1960s

Robert Junghans ’69 (Saint Paul, Minn.) will be releasing his third novel, The Sower, a mystery/political thriller set in Minnesota and Massachusetts and sequel to his earlier best seller, The Reaper, on May 3, 2021.

 

1980s

Ronald Andro ’81 (Gibsonia, Pa.) has moved from his position as executive at West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA to CEO of Banner Health’s Northern Colorado operations. His past roles include surgical services director, administrative director, director of perioperative services, vice president of operations, and senior vice and chief operating officer at several medical centers and universities across the country.

 

1990s

Julie (Hunger) Nielsen ’92 (Prescott, Wis.) will begin her role as the next Superintendent for South Washington County Schools on Sept. 2, 2021. Neilsen has served the school district for 24 years and will be the first female superintendent in its history.

Patrick Dinan ’93 (Dyserville, Iowa) will join Kerndt Brothers Bank as Market President, where he will be working with customers throughout Allamakee and Winneshiek counties in IA and Vernon County in WI. To his new position, he will bring 27 years of experience in various business positions, including 24 years of experience with bank operations.

Scott Mertes ’94 (Midland, Mich.) has received various awards from the Michigan Liberal Arts Network for Development, including an Institutional Excellence Award and a Distinguished Administrator Award.

Michele (Klecker) Sailor ’94 (River Falls, Wis.) has earned an endorsement from LeRoy Butler’s organization Butler vs. Bullying for her third children’s book, Max and Junk Yard Dog Meet a Rascal.

Randi (Rommel) Stanley ’95 (Humbird, Wis.) has been honored as this year’s inaugural winner of the Crystal Apple program at Neillsville High School. Stanley has 25 years of teaching experience, with 23 years teaching high school science in Neillsville, WI.

Ginni (Stevenson) Hamele ’98 (Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) has become an accomplished leader in the animal health industry and has been appointed president of The Veterinary Cooperative, the largest veterinarian-owned purchasing cooperative in the United States.

Maria (Guion) Lindblom ’98 (Round Rock, Texas) has been nominated and selected for FCCI Insurance Group’s 2021 Emerging Leaders program.

Trisha Breitlow ’99 (Chicago, Ill.) has been a key leader on the Illinois Park & Recreation Association board for years and has been elected as the association’s 2021 Chair-Elect. Breitlow will become Chair in January 2022.

Kyle Draper ’99 (Bedford, Mass.) has been named the additional TV play-by-play announcer for the Sacramento Kings basketball team. Draper will bring with him more than 20 years of television experience, which includes working for NBC Sports Boston.

 

2000s

Victoria Sanchez ’00 (Menomonie, Wis.) is a Multicultural Student Services Coordinator at UW-Stout in Menominee, where she advises students from different backgrounds and serves student organizations such as Latinos Unidos and Black Student Union.

Tabitha Wheeler ’01 (Minneapolis, Minn.) has been selected as the Minnesota School Social Worker of the year for 2020 by the Minnesota School Social Worker Association. Wheeler has been a school social worker for the High School for Recording Arts in St. Paul for 17 years.

Mark Gruen ’05 (Elroy, Wis.) has been named the 2020 Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators. Gruen has led the Royall School District since 2010 and helped bring the district out of financial hardship.

Katrina (Oldham) Glick ’07 (Galesville, Wis.) has spent 13 years teaching kindergarten and first grade in Winona Area Public schools and has served on various committees in WAPS, including Continuing Education, Technology, and Staff Development.

Andrea Hauser ’07 (Caledonia, Minn.) has been nominated as Vice President of Nursing and Patient Experience at Gundersen Health System. She has served as a Medical Surgical nurse, nurse educator, clinical nurse leader, clinical manager, and director of Gundersen Nursing.

Bo Ties ’09 (Iowa City, Iowa) released a second CD featuring the songs of French composer Gabriel Dupont with soprano Rachel Joselson.

Jillian (Hoffman) Lorang ’10 (Chanhassen, Minn.) and her husband Aaron Lorang welcomed their son Robert Richard Lorang on April 3, 2020.

Hailey (Henes) Glaser ’11 (Germantown, Wis.) and her husband Sean Glaser ’11 welcomes their first child, Norah, on March 3, 2021.

Nick Jepson ’11 (Glenville, Minn.) and Meghan Ewing were married on Jan. 23, 2021 at County View Acres in Joice, IA.

Kelly (Poppele) Englebert ’11 (Green Bay, WI) and her husband welcomed their first baby boy, Duke, on July 4, 2020.

Darren Davis ’12 (Minneapolis, MN) has been named the 2019 Mike Siitari Officer of the Year by the Edina Crime Prevention Fund. Davis joined the Edina Police Department in 2015 and has since joined the SWAT team, became a neighborhood engagement officer and drone operator, and currently serves on the city’s Race & Equity Advancement Team.

Mary Catherine (Ramos) Kroeger ’12 (Saint Paul, MN) and Evan Kroeger were married on Oct. 24, 2020 at St. Louis, King of France Catholic Church in St. Paul, MN.

Colin Lodermeier ’12 (Goodhue, Minn.) will serve as a senior tax advisor at Carlson Capital Management in Rochester, where he will lend his experience in proactive tax planning, preparing, reviewing, and completing tax returns.

Emily (Birch) Henning ’14 (Pleasant Prairie, Wis.) and Jake Henning were married on July 31, 2020 at Veterans Terrace in Burlington.

Courtney Harms ’18 (Holman, Wis.) and Grant Brewer are engaged and plan to get married on Oct. 30, 2021 at the Wagner House in Freeport, IL.

Sarah Madsen ’20 (Sioux Falls, S.D.) found her dream job with an exceptional company and wants to encourage others that there is hope for employment even during hard economic times.

Violet DeStefano ’20 (Kenosha, Wis.) serves as a Health and Medical Coordinator in Lancaster County’s Emergency Management Department. She is currently working on the county’s COVID-19 response.

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Tesla Mitchell

Named after the 80's rock band, Tesla Mitchell has a decade of experience covering local news and features as a journalist in Winona. A Saint Mary's University alumna, Tesla graduated with a bachelor's degree in Journalism with an emphasis in political science and entrepreneurship. During her free time, Tesla enjoys organizing block parties, being a super mom and an avid heavy weightlifter.