New York State In-depth

Class notes: Summer 2022 – News


Alice (Markiewicz) Kiesewettrer ’42, M.A. ’48, is a retired teacher who celebrated her 101st birthday this year; widowed and resides in Springfield, Pennsylvania.
Frances (Durham) Henderson ’45 taught school for 20 years; enjoys playing bridge, reading, and puzzles; resides in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas.


Kay (Ashdown) Drake ’59 retired from teaching career that began in 1962; taught home economics at Washington Community High School for 30 years; resides in Arizona and Washington.


Gerald Hug ’60, M.S. ’61, is a retired educator who started his career at Normal Community High School; his wife, Brenda (Larson) ’60, M.S. ’61, retired as a library assistant from the Park Ridge Public Library; couple resides in Des Plaines.
Dennis Kleidon, M.S. ’67, emeritus professor of art who taught at University of Illinois and University of Akron; co-founded Kleidon & Associates, a marketing communications firm; art is represented by galleries in New York City, Scottsdale, and Italy; authored Unleash Your Imagination: Transform Your Life; resides in Akron, Ohio.
Bruce Boehm ’68 is retired from Deere and Company; resides with his wife, Mary, in Naples, Florida.
Kathy (Jones) Cahill ’69, M.S. ’77, teaches at the Judah Preparatory Academy; resides in Stanford.
Donald Davis ’69 is an ISU history professor emeritus who taught Russian history from 1964 to 2004; directed History Department’s master’s degree program; resides with his wife, Mary, in Bloomington.
Fred Landbeck ’69 received a Special Recognition Award from the Grey Eagles, a national organization for senior and retired pilots of American Airlines; he and his wife, Carolyn, enjoy time with their three children and one granddaughter; resides in Bull Valley.
Keith McCall ’69 is semi-retired from Pureline Treatment Systems, where he is vice president of agricultural sales; introduces chlorine dioxide biocide to the livestock, fruit, and vegetable world; resides with his wife, Linda, in North Richland Hills, Texas.
Kathryn (Child) Whitely ’69 retired from teaching in District 150; resides with her husband, Joe, in Granville.


Rosemary (Layendecker) Buffington ’70 taught art 37 years at New Berlin High School; chair of the Scholastic Art Awards Mid-Central Illinois Region; superintendent of the professional, amateur, and junior art exhibitions at the Illinois State Fair; resides with her husband, Rod, in Springfield.
John Curry ’70 is retired from Athens Community School District 213; he and his wife, Francene (Anderson) ’70, met on a Sunday after church; married 51 years and reside in Athens.
Edward “Terry” Dunn ’70, ’03, retired after teaching in the Lee County School District in Florida; resides with his wife, Jan, in their hometown of Pontiac.
Jean (Stulajter) Garner ’70, M.A. ’73, is retired from teaching; resides with her husband, Richard, in Hinsdale.
Vivian (Sanders) Sallee ’70, M.S. ’91, retired from Peoria Public School District 150 after teaching special education for 35 years; resides in Houston, Texas.
Ron Novak ’71, M.S. ’77, and his wife, Patricia (Okrie-Ellen) ’71, M.S. ’77, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; both retired from teaching; parents to three adult children and grandparents to five; reside in Rock Falls.
Carol Wickstrom ’71 retired as a distinguished teaching professor from the University of North Texas; taught pre-service teachers in the college of education; taught 25 years before working in higher education; resides in Denton, Texas.
Earl Woods ’72, M.S. ’80, retired as a software quality engineer with Aerospace; resides with his wife, Elba, in Harbor City, California.
Larry Livingston ’73, M.S. ’78, is a senior measurement and standards/process improvement analyst with Irving Burton Associates; resides with his wife, Susan, in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Wendy (Kasten) Bocock ’74 retired from working as a specialist in network engineering at Verizon; volunteers at Carle BroMenn Hospital; resides with her husband, Philip, in Bloomington.
Marilyn Crawley ’74 is a songwriter; won four awards from Tennessee Songwriters Association International; worked as professional actress and dancer in Chicago for many years; resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Willie Dixon ’74 retired from IBM Corporation; resides with his wife, Mary, in Carrollton, Texas.
Ernest Hendricks III ’74 retired from Caterpillar as a planning and research manager; holds a master black belt; resides with his wife, Nancy, in Washington.
Cheryl (Wills) West ’74 retired as a cancer program coordinator; resides with her husband, Dale, in Arrowsmith.
John White ’74, M.S. ’77, retired after 24 years of teaching and administrative work in Illinois; an additional 11 years completed in Hawaii, teaching how to teach reading to elementary students; worked two years for Houghton Miff publisher; continues writing; resides with his wife, Lee, in Coto de Caza, California.
Bill Anderson, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’79, is retired from a career in education; resides in Beaverton, Oregon.
Mary Molgard ’75, M.S. ’77, retired as an assistant professor after teaching communication courses in radio, television, and film for 36 years at the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York; works as a disaster public affairs team lead for the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York; commissioner for the Berne Fire District in Berne, New York, where she resides.
Renda (Griebel) Rabe ’75 retired as director of developmental training at Washington County Vocational Workshop; agency serves individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities; resides in Coulterville.
Sandra (Batek) Reliford ’75 retired as the owner and director of ABC Daycare; resides with her husband, Roger, in Chillicothe.
Cheri (Irons) Rubin ’75 retired as a litigation paralegal; resides with her husband, Howard, in Naperville.
Maggie (Fung) Santinanavat ’75 completed an M.S.W. degree at the University of Illinois-Champaign; works in private practice with Psych Care Consultants; planning retirement and work with Afghanistan refugees; resides with her husband, Mike, in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Katherine (Wetzell) Ganschow ’76 retired from teaching physical education; resides with her husband, Randall, in Mendota.
Charles Hatfield ’76 is the assistant producer for WSEC-TV/PBS; resides in Springfield.
Carolyn Kirksey ’76 retired from the Chicago Public Schools; resides in Chicago.
James Krumholz ’76 retired as senior director of manufacturing for Agropur Inc.; worked 44 years in the chemical and food industries; he and his wife, Carolyn, have two adult children; resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Mary (Giltz) McCarty ’76 retired from nursing at Unity Point Health Methodist; resides with her husband, Doug, in Peoria.
Paul Schult ’76 is pastor emeritus of King of Kings Lutheran Church; resides with his wife, Joy, in Kansas City, Missouri.
David Brinza ’77, Ph.D. ’84, is an engineer in the jet propulsion laboratory at the California Institute of Technology; resides with his wife, Dawn, in Sylmar, California.
David E. Casson Jr. ’77 elected to serve as the 109th Potentate of the Ainad Shriners of Southern Illinois; serves on board of directors of the Children’s Dyslexia Center of Southern Illinois; worked more than 40 years as a construction boilermaker; resides with his wife, Sandy, in Collinsville.
Russell Derango ’77 retired as manager of Illinois State University’s farm; resides with his wife, Teri, in Lexington.
Sandra Lindberg ’77, M.A. ’79, retired from Illinois Wesleyan University as an associate professor in the School of Theatre Arts; resides with her husband, Samuel Galewsky, in Normal.
Pamela (Coleman) Nesmith ’78 retired after teaching 43 years in Illinois, Maryland, and South Carolina; resides with her husband, Eddie, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Tom Curatolo ’79 retired as chief financial officer of Hometown America Holdings in Chicago; his wife, Dawn (Lotharius) ’79, retired as a high school teacher from the Plainfield School District; enjoys time with their children and grandchildren; resides in Sarasota, Florida.
Carol (Funke) La Bissoniere ’79 retired as a music teacher and choral director for Hawthorn District 73; resides with her husband, Dennis, in Wauconda.
Holly Robinson ’79 retired as a sergeant in the Chicago Police Department; resides in Chicago.
Cindy Scaruffi-Klispie ’79 is a professor of music at Florida SouthWestern State College; performed this year with her all-female trumpet ensemble, Trompettes Soniques, at the International Trumpet Guild Conference and the International Women’s Brass Conference; established ISU’s International Trumpet Guild Chapter as student; resides in Punta Gorda, Florida.
Daniel Schreck ’79 completed a doctorate in Christian counseling; executive director and owner of Connection Points Inc./Living Free Recovery counseling organization; pastor of Robinson Chapel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he resides.
Mary Tohill, M.S. ’79, is an adjunct English faculty member at University of Akron; resides with her husband, H. Arden, in Canal Fulton, Ohio.


Linda (Funk) Brown ’80 has completed 37 years of teaching in the Virginia CUSD 64 School District; teaches junior high math; resides with her husband, Paul, in Petersburg.
Rebecca Hines ’80, MBA ’95, retired as vice president of members services at the YWCA; resides in Bloomington.
Barbara (Evans) Kees ’80 is an assistant vice president in dental underwriting with Aspen Insurance Group; resides in Oak Park.
Charles King ’80, M.S. ’82, retired from the State of Illinois Environmental Protection Agency; worked as a hazardous, special, and solid waste inspector; resides with his wife, Mary, in Springfield.
Cheryl Woods-Clendening ’80 retired after a 40-year career in education; resides with her husband, Randy, in Plainfield.
Gregory Anderson ’81 is the deputy chancellor for finance and operations at the University of North Texas system; resides with his wife, Janet, in Fort Worth, Texas.
David Gaynon, M.A. ’81, retired from a career as an archivist, records manager, and E-discovery specialist; worked with VMS Realty Partners, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Countrywide Financial Corporation, and Yamaha Motor Corporation; resides with his wife, Trina, in Beaverton, Oregon.
Kathleen (Long) Kozlowski, M.S. ’81, is a speech language pathologist and clinic supervisor at Saint Xavier University; resides with her husband, Paul, in Chicago.
Anthony Oatis ’81, M.S. ’84, is a special investigator with the U.S. government; authored Your History, Your Future: An Insider’s Guide to Background Investigations; resides in Slidell, Louisiana.
Dieter Oelschlaeger ’81, M.S. ’83, retired as a product development manager at Anchor Packaging; worked 37 years in plastics processing and product design; invented the Crispy Food container line; regrets not chasing his dream of making perfect pizza; resides in Fulshear, Texas.
Karl Moro ’82 retired after more than 31 years of federal service in the area of environment, safety, and health management; served as U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science Consolidate Service Center as assistant manager for office of technical services; resides with his wife, Peggy, in Algonquin.
Joseph Sigman ’82 completed an MBA degree at the University of California San Diego Rady School of Management; is an accounting and finance manager at Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, which helps businesses thrive in marginalized communities; resides with his partner, Dana, in San Francisco, California.
Michael Walsh ’82 is managing director of public policy and research at IncubEx based in Chicago.
Paula (Hinkle) Beasley ’83 celebrated 38 years with The Hartford; works as a senior risk engineering consultant; resides with her husband, Jim, in Waterloo, Iowa.
Amy Belice ’83 owns Amy Belice Graphic Design; received a Silver Award in the International Anthem Awards Competition for the Cornell Report, Summer ’21 issue; entries totaled 2,500 from 36 countries; also won Gold Award in the Educational Digital Marketing Awards competition; resides with her husband, Rick Whiteaker, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Jami Simon, M.S. ’83, is an actress; plays Sideways Jane in Riding the D with Dr. Seeds showing on PlexTV; played Margaret in the film The Man Behind the Camera, which received two prizes at the 2021 Sunscreen West Film Festival; resides in New York, New York.
Doug DuBois ’84 worked 32 years with IBM; works in commercial real estate; resides with his wife, Suzanne, in River Forest.
Cathy Early ’84 retired from State Farm Insurance Companies after working as an agent for 32 years; resides with her husband in Macomb.
Katy (Powell) Engels ’84 is the connections director at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church; resides with her husband, Steve, in Sun City West, Arizona.
Jeffrey Miller ’84 is vice president and senior advisor at Merrill Lynch; resides with his wife, Debreah (Parish) ’84, in Phoenix, Arizona.
Karen Hall ’85 is an E-learning curriculum coordinator with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, where she resides.
Karyn L. Aguirre ’86 is a social worker in the Chicago Public Schools; appointed to the Illinois State Board of Education Whole Child Task Force; resides in Chicago.
Donna (Prochot) Graver ’86 is a hygienist with Fox River Dental; resides with her husband, Chris, in Montgomery.
Jonathan Norvell ’86 is the vice president and senior farm manager with Heartland Bank and Trust Company; has worked more than 30 years in agricultural service, including the University of Illinois system and Office of Treasury Operation; serves on Tatman Village Board; he and his wife, Wendy, have two children; resides in Monticello.
Julia (Albers) Horchem ’87, ’93, M.S. ’00, has completed 29 years in education; serves as principal of Lincoln Elementary School in Morton CUSD 709; resides with her husband, Randy, in Morton.
Jeffrey Klepec ’87 is a lieutenant with the Illinois State University Police Department; resides with his wife, Kimberly, in Bloomington.
Monica Mapel ’87 retired after serving the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a federal agent for nearly 34 years; worked in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; ended as an assistant special agent in charge of homeland security investigations in San Antonio, Texas; resides in New Braunfels, Texas.
Rick Picl ’87 retired from Caterpillar Inc. after 32 years as the manager of logistics new process introduction; resides with his wife, Melanie, and family in Peoria Heights.
Craig Quinlan ’87 is the senior growth and development director for Northwestern Mutual; resides with his wife, Renee, in Los Angeles, California.
Debra (Stoll) Smith ’87 is the vice president of financial reporting for Citizens Inc.; resides with her husband, Tim, in Jonesboro, Texas.
Barry Auth ’88 retired from the Department of Defense’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as a cartographer, geospatial intelligence analyst, and a geodetic surveyor; his 31-year career spanned more than 27 states and 40 countries; resides in St. Louis, Missouri.
Scott Cant ’88 is a self-employed risk advisor; resides with his wife, Cynthia, in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Jennifer (Jungk) Heidbreder ’88 supervises auxiliary operations at Lincoln Memorial Hospital; resides with her husband, Mark, in Lincoln.
Terri (Schaefer) Hoss ’88, MBA ’90, is a marketing analyst with State Farm Insurance Companies; resides with her husband, Eric ’87, MBA ’90, in Bloomington.
Therese (Stasior) Pokryfke ’88 is completing a doctorate in instructional technology and distance education; teaches as an adjunct professor at Nova Southeastern University; resides in Sunrise, Florida.
Tracy Rodenberg ’88 has taught 33 years in special education at South Holland School District 151; resides in Lansing.
Daphne (Whitehead) Sligh ’88 is completing a doctorate in curriculum and instruction; serves as the division director of contracting for HCA Healthcare; resides with her husband, Nate, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Daniel Dimitroff ’89, M.S. ’10, is a systems analyst with Caterpillar Inc.; he and his wife, Tamme, have daughter at ISU; couple resides in East Peoria.
Lorene Kennard ’89 produces and hosts The Librarian Linkover podcast; resides in Morris.
George Sullivan ’89 retired from law enforcement; resides with his wife, Lisa, in Mount Prospect.


Jackie Thompson ’93 has been promoted to the rank of General in the U.S. Army; resides in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
Army Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Rozhon ’00 is a Department of Defense strategic planner; stationed at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois with his wife, Lori.
Adam Binder ’08 is serving with the U.S. Army; resides with his wife, Kelley, in Brandon, Florida.
Brandon Farber ’12 is a medical officer with the U.S. Air Force; resides in Carol Stream.
Bianna Yeager ’13 is a retired Army combat veteran; resides in Elmhurst.
Margaret Bourdon ’19 is an analyst with the U.S. Navy; deployed to the Horn of Africa; resides in Withee, Wisconsin.

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