Alumni Outlook Magazine



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Ronald Lemke BS ’70, MS ’71 has retired after 34 years with the Alpena Michigan Public Schools and Northeastern Michigan Area Career Center. During this time, he held the positions of counselor, co-op coordinator, at-risk student counselor, placement director, follow-up person for 17,000 graduates and job placement specialist for thousands of students.

Aleda Schuetz McArdle ’71 received an Outstanding Service Award on Feb. 8,  at the awards reception of the Wisconsin State Reading Association  Convention held in Milwaukee. Outstanding Service awards are presented to individuals who have provided outstanding service to WSRA. McArdle has served on the WSRA Title 1 Committee and has attended local, state and national conferences on its behalf. She has been an active member of the Madison Area Reading Council for more than 10 years, having served two of those years as council treasurer. She has also been involved with the Teacher’s Choice Book Awards, a project of the International Reading Association. McArdle is currently a teacher/reading specialist at Kegonsa Elementary School in Stoughton.

Elizabeth Lang Shapiro BS ’71, MS ’75, West Palm Beach, Fla., is a family and consumer science curriculum specialist for the Palm Beach County School District.

James Arndt ’73, Duluth, Minn., received Minnesota’s Outstanding Career and Technical Educator Award for 2006. He is currently employed by Duluth Public Schools as the principal at Secondary Technical Center.

Paulette Braun ’73, Shawano, has retired after 29 years of teaching family and consumer education, with 26 of those years at Gresham School.

Charles Willihnganz ’73, Rochester, Minn., is a plan reviewer and building inspector for Olmsted County. He is also beginning his 30th year as a registered basketball official with the Minnesota State High School League.

Karin McInnis Benalcazar ’75 is a guest relations representative for Target Corp., Minneapolis.

David Stout ’75, Emmaus, Pa., received his MBA at De Sales University.

Frederick Baumgartner ’77, Elizabeth, Colo., is director of broadcast engineering for Qualcomm’s MediaFLO project, which broadcasts video to cellular telephones.

Huseyin Kaya MS ’78 is a technical analyst for The Boeing Co., Seattle.

Stuart Arp ’79 has been appointed general manager of Sandpearl Resort, the first new beachfront resort on Clearwater Beach, Fla., in more than 25 years. Arp has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, most recently as a vice president and general manager for Adam’s Mark Hotels & Resorts.

Julia Hierl Burmesch ’79 was recently promoted to director of Campus Services at Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. Campus Services, a new office, manages multiple campus functions including Carleton’s new OneCard campus card program, Fleet Services, Scheduling Services, and Printing and Mailing Services.

Karen Dickrell BS ’79, MS ’85, Appleton, has been named the 2007 Wisconsin Association of Family and Consumer Sciences  Leaders Award recipient. This award is given annually to an outstanding professional in the field of family and consumer sciences. Dickrell is the department head and family living educator with the University of Wisconsin Extension in Outagamie County.

James Winistorfer BS ’79, MS ’83 is vice president and general manager of MEC, The Milwaukee Electronics Co., Milwaukee.


Michael Holien ’80 is a senior consultant for RGS Associates Inc., Arlington, Va.

Sandra Sunquist Stanton MS ’80, Eau Claire, is president of Connections of the Heart, a consultation and freelance writing business. She contributed three chapters to the book Educators as Writers, which was released from Peter Lang Publishers in September 2006. Stanton retired in 2004 after 25 years as a professional school counselor. Her Web site is

Doris Bilhorn Simpson ’81 is the director of the preschool program at First Lutheran Church and Preschool, Rice

Renay Hodson Brock ’82, Flower Mound, Texas, was awarded the Chairman’s Award of Excellence at JC Penney. The annual award is presented to the top-performing managers and is the company’s highest honor for excellence. Individuals are nominated by senior executives for consistently demonstrating the level of leadership and partnership that is key to making JC Penney a leader in performance. Brock was recognized at a banquet in Dallas in May 2006.

David Hilgart ’82 was promoted to assistant plant manager at Birds Eye Veneer Co., Butternut. He has been employed at Birds Eye for 14 years in a number of positions.

Vickie Peterson Meyer ’83, Howards Grove, has earned a master’s degree in education from Lakeland College in Sheboygan.

Thomas Piotrowski ’84 is a machine design engineer for Jacobs Engineering, De Pere.

Kelly Theder Butler ’86 is a planner with VF Corp., Lee Jeans, Menomonee Falls.

Martin Hedlund ’89 has been promoted to vice president of the Central Business Unit of Werner Electric Supply Minnesota, a Minneapolis-based electrical distributor with seven branch locations serving communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Igel BS ’89, MS ’90, Greenville, was inducted into the American Academy of Chefs in July 2006. The primary goal of the academy is to promote the education of future culinarians. In addition to fund raising, AAC Fellows promote education in the profession by passing on the skills, training and expertise they possess to culinary students as well as those who seek it. Igel is the department chair of Culinary Arts and Hospitality at Fox Valley Technical College.

Michael Johnson ’89 and Chris Krause-Johnson ’90 reside in Plymouth, Minn. Michael is regional sales manager for Sapoto Cheese, and Chris is a planning specialist for Macy’s North.

William Johnson ’89  has accepted the position of Midwest territory manager for Armfield Inc., Jackson, N.J. The UK-based company produces engineering, teaching and research equipment for universities and industrial food product development companies worldwide.

Peter Wright ’89 is group sales manager at the Science Museum of Minnesota,
St. Paul, Minn.