The Magazine of Marquette University | Fall 2006


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Kenneth E. Grebe, Eng ’80, Grad ’82, was named regional vice president at Graef, Anhalt, Schloemer & Associates Inc. He is responsible for overall performance of the offices in Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay, all in Wisconsin, as well as firm-wide operational enhancements.

David W. Sladky, Bus Ad ’80, joined HellermannTyton Inc. as director of finance for North America. HellermannTyton is a global manufacturer of network cabling, cable management and identification solutions, and its North American headquarters is in Milwaukee.


Theresa L. Carter, Bus Ad ’81, received a master’s degree in psychology from Ohio State University. Her thesis dealt with how career prestige, family and social support, financial security, leisure activities and spirituality are related to the happiness of attorneys. She is employed with the Civil Service Commission in Columbus, Ohio, as an attorney and deputy executive director.

Rev. Jerome M. Hudziak, Grad ’81, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Wauwatosa, Wis., received the 2005 Vatican II Service to the Priesthood Award from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

Brian A. Kahn, Sp ’81, is senior production manager for Showtime Networks, managing sports and special remote productions.

Kenneth A. O’Reilly, Grad ’81, taught for 21 years at the University of Alaska – Anchorage. He recently returned to Milwaukee and hopes to have a new book out this year.

Frances R. Wood, Arts ’81, was awarded a doctorate in educational leadership from Widener University. She holds a master’s degree in counseling and human relations from Villanova University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from St. Joseph’s University. She is the principal at Alexandria Middle School in Pittstown, N.J.

1982 Reunion Year

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Nancy Carpentier Brown, Nurs ’83, wrote a book, The Blue Cross: Hillside Education Study Edition. She is also a columnist for Gilbert, the magazine of the American Chesterton Society, and administers the society’s blog at

Stephane G. Candiff, Arts ’83, joined Administaff Inc. in Kingwood, Texas, as a 401(k) compliance analyst. He was forced to leave his hometown of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and is looking forward to a long and prosperous tenure in Texas.

Catherine M. De Long, Bus Ad ’83, joined a small group of intrepid adventurers in east Africa for a 150-mile walk in the Great Rift Valley of central Kenya.

Craig R. Pluta, Arts ’83, was featured in the book, The Trust Equation: The Savvy Investor’s Guide to Selecting a Competent, Ethical Financial Adviser. He is the founder of the ReAct! program of Ziegler Investment Services, and was featured with his partner as two of only 12 financial advisers who strive to service their clients in an ethical and educational manner.

Andrew M. Wagner, Eng ’83, spent a month on Antarctica as part of the multination project IceCube, which will eventually allow astronomers to see deep into space. He works on the project’s computer software.


Dr. Frank M. Buscher, Grad ’84, presented “Explaining the Holocaust: The Historian as Teacher and War Crimes Investigator” in March. The presentation is part of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership 2005-06 lecture series, Perspectives on Holocaust.

Craig Dolezal, Bus Ad ’84, was named the global health care consulting practice leader for Hewitt Associates, a human resources solutions consulting firm headquartered in Lincolnshire, Ill., where he has worked for 18 years. He lives and works in Atlanta with his wife, Lucy (Mueller) Dolezal, Nurs ’83, and their three sons.

Raymond T. Eppinger, Jr., Arts ’84, has been promoted to vice president of reinsurance services at Cambridge Solutions in Cranbury, N.J. In addition, in January, he was sworn in as a councilman in South River, N.J. He and his wife, Monica, Arts ’84, reside in South River with their children: Laura, 19 (Comm ’08); George, 17; Rachel, 16; and Andrew, 13.


Col. Philip J. Logan, Jour ’86, is recovering at home from wounds received while commanding a tank battalion during combat operations in Salah’ ad Din Province, Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge.

James J. McGrath, IV, Arts ’86, is a general practice lawyer in Shaker Heights, Ohio, specializing in personal injury, contract, probate and real property law. He is also the chief prosecutor for the city of Garfield Heights, and serves as prosecutor and legal adviser to bomb, narcotics and SWAT units for a seven-municipality cooperative of police departments.

Joseph J. Simonetti, Jour ’86, Grad ’88, is director of housing operations for Northwestern University as well as an adjunct lecturer in U.S., Latin American and Asian history at both National Louis University and Columbia College in Chicago.

Phyllis L. Soybel, Ph.D., Arts ’86, Grad ’88, an associate professor at the College of Lake County, published her first book, The Necessary Relationship: The Development of Anglo-American Cooperation in Naval Intelligence During the Second World War (Westport, CT: Praeger, 2005).

1987 Reunion Year

Ronald D. Kellow, Arts ’87, was named vice president/creative director of FSC Marketing Communications. As a former vice president and associate creative director for GSW Worldwide in Columbus, Ohio, he has compiled many years of experience and has received numerous awards.

Kenneth F. Kortas, Bus Ad ’87, was elected partner at Wipfli, an accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Wisconsin and Minnesota. He has been with the company for 17 years, offering strategic information technology planning to small- and medium-sized organizations and leading Wipfli’s governance services. He is a member of the Marquette University Alumni National Board of Directors.

Mathew R. Ostrander, Arts ’84, Grad ’87, won the Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award for his work as an English and speech teacher and as head cross country and assistant track coach at Hayward High School in Hayward, Wis. He also coaches forensics.

Elizabeth (Buffy) Riley, Grad ’87, Nurs ’92, accepted a position as assistant professor at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. She lives in Hayward, Wis., with her husband, Matt Ostrander, Grad ’87, and their three children.


Ronn Johnson, Arts ’88, was named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” for 2006. He was profiled along with eight fellow Marquette alumni who are making a difference in their professions and communities.

Kim (Heller) Marotta, Bus Ad ’88, was named one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “Forty under 40” for 2006. She was profiled along with eight fellow Marquette alumni who are making a difference in their professions and communities.

Steven J. Nooyen, Bus Ad ’88, received the Young Alumnus Award from the College of Business Administration. He is the founder of We Care Senior Care Inc.


James J. Casey, Jr., Grad ‘89, published Mayor Frank P. Zeidler: Transportation Development in Post-war Milwaukee, a book covering Zeidler’s transportation policies and initiatives from 1948-60. The book includes an article co-authored with Zeidler and Arthur Saltzstein titled, “The Inner Core Report: 45 Years Later,” which reviews the report issued in the waning days of the Zeidler administration.

David J. Diers, PT ’89, volunteered as an athletic trainer and physical therapist during the U.S. Figure Skating National Championships, where he worked with the athletes who competed in this past winter Olympics. He also teaches at Governors State University in University Park, Ill.

Daniel J. Foley, Arts ’89, is a reinsurance broker for Aon Corp in Chicago and is married to Erin (Dougherty) Foley, Bus Ad ’87.

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