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Spring 2011

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Thank you to all our alumni who took the time to respond to the “Bee Up to Date” postcard.  These are the responses we received through June.  There will be more updates coming this fall.

Karin Hastings Aders treasured the year she spent at Eastern Montana College during the 1950’s.  Karin is now retired in Billings and enjoys spending time with her grandchildren.

Leona Barnes and her husband Charles have retired to the St. Joe River area near Calder, Idaho.  Leona continues to use her education within the community.

Victoria Franck Wetsch is the owner and director of the Billings Gallery of Fine Art representing over 20 local and regional artists.  Victoria is primarily an encaustic artist, but also works in oils and graphite.

Mark MacLeod is a freelance commercial photographer and the owner of Highlander Photo in Bozeman.  He is a bagpiper with the Central Valley Fire Department in Belgrade and also a licensed fly fishing guide.

Elnora Old Coyote '41 is a retired professor emeritus from Montana State University.  She continues to do research and write articles on the rain shadow of the Rockies.  Elnora earned her Doctorate from Harvard University.

Audrey Woodruff Zuroff '44 is a retired teacher and living in Glendive. She and her late husband, Roman, were blessed with seven children.

Nellie Israel '46 is a retired teacher.  She is a well-known local artist and exhibits her paintings around Montana and Wyoming.

Peggy McCulloch ‘46 is retired but very active with the Senior Center in Lander, Wyo.  She is an avid reader, stamp collector and has 15 pen pals around the United States.

Grace Poehls ’50 of Billings is retired after teaching for 27 years.  Grace has 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Geraldine Mottram ‘51 celebrated 60 years of marriage with her husband Paul in June 2011.  She volunteered for 16 years at the Christian Conference Center in Green Lake, Wis. before moving to Billings.  Her hobbies are arranging flowers, golf, art, playing cards and helping the elderly.

Marlyn Ewald ‘53 is a retired Riverside Jr. High Teacher.   Marlyn raised two daughters and now has five grandsons in Billings.  She loves to travel, garden, draw, and water color.

Lester Heins ‘53 is an artist and has his paintings displayed at Sandstone Gallery in Billings.  Lester and his wife, Beverly, enjoy spending time with their eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Claudeene Marks ‘56 took a one year teaching position in Montana, and then moved to California to work as a stewardess for Western Airlines.  She later earned her BA and MA at California State University in Sacramento and taught the elementary grades until she retired in 1998.

Maxine Schuman ‘56 and her husband, George ‘58 celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in June 2011.  They enjoy winter in Arizona and summer in Montana.

Joan Humiston ‘57 is retired and she and her husband, Bill, will be moving back to Billings from Cooke City this summer.

Fred Anderson '59 and his spouse, Delores, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Yellowstone National Park.  Fred and Doris were both teachers in Glendive before retiring and moving to Nye.  They have two children and two grandchildren.

Leah McDonald ‘59 started her career in elementary education but found her real calling as a library assistant. She spent 20 years in Hawaii before returning to Choteau, Montana.

Jolynn Yenne ‘61 moved back to the Kalispell/Bigfork area after teaching in Central Washington State for 27 years.  Since retiring she keeps busy with church activities, politics, and just enjoying the outdoors.

Joseph Alia '64 of Saddle Brook, NJ is a retired teacher with 35 years experience and during his tenure coached football, wrestling, baseball, golf and bowling.  He was lead negotiator for the teachers’ union and named physical education teacher of the year for special Ed students.

Arthur Bennett '65 is retired and teaches part time at Ivy Technical Community College in Indianapolis.  Art and his wife Barbara are celebrating 45 years of marriage.

Karyl Beattie '67 of Helena has been employed with Sylvan Learning Center for the last 12 years.

Donald Carver '67 and his wife, Joy, ranch near Stanford, Mont.  He owns a Cessna 180 and loves to fly.

Kathryn Gannon '67 retired in as principal of Parkview Elementary, Fort Worth, TX in 2009. She now volunteers at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital, Meals on Wheels and her church and enjoys traveling, reading, exercise, Bobcat football and her friends.

Gerald Hopkins ‘67 is a retired school superintendent from Summerville, OR.  Gerald and his wife Mary enjoy traveling and have been to 65 countries.  Gerald pastors a church and also runs a small ranch.

Wallace Kruger ‘67 retired from the Federal government in 1999.  He was stationed at the Tucson, AZ air base and worked 33 years in the recreation field.

Donna Roberts ‘67 of Helena retired after 35 years of teaching.  She stays active with swimming, reading and watching her favorite sports.

Patricia Waylett ’67 of Missoula is retired after 42 years of teaching.

Col. Thomas Brown ‘68 is a retired Army officer with 31 years of service.   He also taught for 11 years in the Laredo, Texas public school system.

Thomas Irwin ‘68 is a retired principal and central review administrator for the San Juan, California school district.

Robert Joyce ‘68 is retired after 27 years as terminal supervisor at Glacier Park International Airport.

Kristeen Keup '68 was named Teacher of the Year in 2011 by the Billings Education Association.  Kris teaches English at Billings Senior High School.

Michael Kinne ’68 of Whitefish is a retired educator and enjoying all the outdoor recreation activities available in northwest Montana.  Michael and his wife, Margaret, are making the most of their retirement years.

Jeannie Fitch ‘69 is a retired teacher and living on the Salmon River in Idaho.

Anthony Healow ‘69 is a retired US Postal Service mail handler.  He also spent eight years in the Air Force where he served as a B-52 Navigator.

Steven Scanlin '69 of Boise, Idaho was elected president-elect of the National Association of Local Boards of Health and will take office as president in 2012.  Steve runs a law practice in Boise.

Richard Wende '69 and Susan Wende ‘67are both retired from public education although Dick still teaches on-line classes for the University of Great Falls.  They are enjoying their retirement in Spokane and spending time with their grandchildren.

Leonard Redding '70 is the pastor at Fairview Baptist Church in Ballard, MO.  He's almost 75 and still only "thinking about retiring" and with his good health he plans to keep on going.

Charlie Reed '70 is retired after 35 years teaching with the Billings School District.  Charlie is currently the Co-director of the School District’s traffic education program and is active in Golden K Kiwanis.

Gerald Roth ‘70 of Mandan, North Dakota, retired in 2005 after serving in different facets of education for 44 years.

Susan Schlack '70 and her husband, Bob, recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary by touring the Lewis & Clark Caverns. Susan is retired and spends time traveling to visit family.

Yvonne Snider '70 bought a large country home in Joliet, Mont. and rented out her condo in Billings.  She helps her daughter with a small assisted living business, Creekside Home.

Diane Welbes ‘70 has been teaching for 42 years and works for the Rosebud School District.  She is active in the student council, NHS, freshman yearbook and newspaper.

Milton Wester '70 was appointed by Gov. Brian Schweitzer to the County Printing Board.  Milton is the owner of Outlook Publishing, Inc.

Barbara Evans ’71 has spent her entire career in higher Ed, the last 30 years in student affairs at San Diego State University - Disability Services.  Barbara is grateful for the experiences and terrific education she received the four years she spent at MSUB.

Gail Heller ‘71 is retired after teaching for 35 years in Montana.  She and her husband, John, winter in Las Vegas and enjoy their summers in Montana.

Robert Nose ‘71 of Laurel is a pharmaceutical wholesale distributor for MWI Veterinary Supply. Sharon Nose ‘71 is retired after teaching for 35 years.  They are enjoying their time as grandparents.

Donna Blankenship '72 is an LPN at Aspen Meadows in Billings and plans to retire in four years after 40 years of service.  Donna has three boys.

Pamela Briggs '72 has been named vice president of operations and finance for Rocky Mountain Bank in Billings.  She will oversee bank functions across Montana and work with the Billings office overseeing operations at nine locations.

Wallace Hunter '72 retired in 2001 from Billings Public Schools after 27 years of teaching. Wallace enjoys reading and recreational activities.

Velda Lambert ‘72 of McCook, Nebraska is retired after 30 years of teaching and now enjoys spending time as a grandparent.

Marlene Moody '72 retired after 37 years with the Western Area Power Administration as an assistant administrator for power management, operations and maintenance.  She then trained for and began a second career as a psychotherapist from which she retired again in 2002 after ten years.  Marlene alternates her time between her children in Washington and California.

James Anastasi '73 retired in 2005 after coaching football at Catholic University, Northern Michigan University, Eastern Illinois University and New Mexico State University.  He now enjoys playing golf in Florida.

Michael Bierwiler '73 of Texas is a writer in his spare time.  His novel The Color of Darkness won finalist in the North Texas Book Festival this spring.

Marilyn Black Siess ‘73 taught 30 years in Billings and Kalispell and retired in 2008. Marilyn is a national trainer for Project Criss and travels throughout the U.S. and Canada providing professional development to help students learn more effectively.

John Bell ‘74 is an assistant physics professor at Corban University in Salem, Oregon.

David Demott ‘74 retired in 2008 as a Health Care Provider.  He is recently widowed and has two sons and three grandsons.

Nancy McManus ‘74 is entering her 25th year as an elementary teacher with Billings Public Schools.

Julia O'Dell ‘74 has taught at Hardin High School for 37 years.  Julia was nominated for the national cheer coach of the year at the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 2010.

Pat Schuller '74 has written a book, Real Heroes, about her brother Darry's World War II experiences.  It's available through Barnes and Noble and was published by XLibris.  Pat has also had a poem titled True Friends are Forever published in a book of poems, Collected Whispers.

Renee Walters ‘74 is the office manager for the Lewistown Veterinary Service.

Gordon Hills '75 retired as Senior Chemist from PPL Montana in 2010.

Jesse O'Hara '75 is a retired high school counselor.  Jesse has served in the Montana House and Montana Senate and is presently serving in her 3rd session of the House (HD18).

Virginia Zeller 1975 is self employed with her family business Queen Bee Gardens. They are expanding into organic, gluten free & vegan products.

Robert B. Borberg '76 retired after teaching for 30 years with the Billings School District.

Donald Denowh '76 worked for Knife River Equipment for 15 years and is now employed with Tractor & Equipment in Billings.

John Eyerly '76 will be the superintendent of schools for Westfield School District in Wisconsin beginning July 2011.

Tom Ferro ‘76 is President of the American Mental Health Counselor's Association. Tom led a group of mental health counselors on a goodwill trip to Cuba in May.

Vicki Hayes ‘76 teaches elementary methods courses at MSU-Northern, in Havre.

Theresa McIntyre '76 is a Director of Staff Development in a CCRC in Portola Valley, Ca. She has recently obtained a RCFE license to be an Assisted Living Administrator.  Theresa enjoys gardening and garage sales.

Terry Rainwater '76 is an assistant professor of Counselor Education at Eastern Washington University.

Lynden Vickery '76 is a member of the Community Emergency Response Team in Orem, Utah.  He and his wife, Cheri, are active in the Blue Star Mothers of America and have a son in the military.

Robert Branger '77 of San Diego, CA is self employed and makes orthotics.  Robert enjoys ocean swimming, hang gliding and paragliding.

Mary Lou Petrik '77 is retired after teaching for many years for the Lambert School District.  She is enjoying her retirement and is now living in Sidney, Mont.

Marion Coleman '78 of Billings and his wife, Rosaline, traveled to Alaska last year and this year are planning a trip to Egypt and Jerusalem.

Evey LaMont '78, a school psychologist at West High, was awarded the Golden Apple Award for 2011 by the Billings Education Association.

Debra Schneider '78 of Cheyenne, WYO and her husband, Michael, will celebrate 30 years of marriage this year.  Their daughter is in her 2nd year of college and their son has just signed up with the Marines.

David Economou ‘79 has worked for the past 20 years as a high school social science teacher in San Diego.  He enjoys traveling to Europe and thinks Paris is the most beautiful city on earth.

Laurie Goldberg-Foreman '79 is employed with Larimer County in Loveland, Colorado. Her husband, Joseph, proposed on the Eiffel Tower in Paris and they were married in 2010.

Randy Gowen ‘79 retired from the State of Montana as a probation and parole supervisor.  He now works for an irrigation company and subs as a part time teacher in Laurel.

Jill Myhre '80 is working for the Baker School District and has been teaching for over 30 years.

Jerome Reese ‘80 is employed with Drill Pipe International in Magnolia, TX and has worked for 32 years in the oil & gas industry.  He has three daughters.

Cheri Cusson '81 has been a telecommunications manager with Town Pump in Butte for 15 years.  Cheri and her husband, Lyle, have been married for 30 years and have two sons and one granddaughter. 

John Yapuncich '81 is self employed as a Tribal Legal Advocate in Wyola, Mont.  John has one child.

Ken Fichtner '82 is the owner of Fichtner Chevrolet in Laurel, Mont.  He is actively involved with the Al Bedoo Shriners and has served as potentate, emeriti member of the Imperial Council for Shriners International and as a motivational speaker.  He is currently president of the Montana Automobile Dealers Association and serves on the MetraPark advisory board as well as volunteering his time as scorekeeper for boys and girl’s basketball and football in Laurel.

David Parker ‘82 is a principal at Groveland Elementary School in Minnetonka, MN. David earned his advanced degree at the University of Minnesota.  He and his wife Robin met at Eastern Montana College in 1979 and have been married for 25 years.

James Salazer ‘82 is head golf pro at Sierra View Country Club in Carmichael, CA.  James and his wife Julie Campbell Salazar ’82 are active with church, volunteering in their community and their son’s high school activities.

John Smith ‘82 is employed by the Columbus School District and has been coaching for 30 years.  He has been named Coach of the Year five times in his career.

Betty Reamy Sweet '82 is in her 11th year as business manager for the Bridger School District and has earned her Professional Business Official certification.  If having 10 grandchildren wasn't enough, she says, she's also started her own long-arm quilting business and teaches piecing and quilting classes.

Martha Cronin-Bolin '83 just celebrated the 11th anniversary of her dog grooming shop, The Cranberry Dog, in Holland, Michigan.

Jennifer McGahan '83 is owner of One World in Sidney, Mont. and offers recycling in forms of art, fashion and function.

Barbara Ostrum ‘83 is a retired assistant principal.  She was named volunteer of the year for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services of Carbon County and is the President of Messiah Lutheran Church.

David Bergeson ‘84 is employed by House of Clean in Bozeman.  David is chairman of the board of governors of the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and president of this year’s Montana East-West Shrine All Star Football Game to be held in Laurel.

Gaylynn Becker '85 is the curriculum/data director for Mandan Public Schools.  He is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys cycling, camping, backpacking and elk hunting.

James Moshier ‘85 received his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary and was ordained as a pastor in the Lutheran church in Arapahoe, Nebraska.

Taphenee Wertz '85 of Toston, Mont. has operated a successful online bookstore for 10 years.  She enjoys living the quiet, rural life and has three grown children.

Denise Goodrich '86 is a teacher for Gallia County Schools in Bidwell, Ohio.  Denise is currently working on her Ph.D.

Dana Ventling Lich '86 is a realtor with Century 21 Hometown Brokers in Billings.  Alan Lich '83 has worked in the building materials industry for 17 years.

Dorothy King ‘87 of Albuquerque has just retired after 21 years of teaching and has a master’s degree in reading and English as a Second Language endorsement.  She’s looking forward to spending more time with her three children and five grandchildren.

Laurie Ayre '88 has been promoted to full professor at Kings College, Wilkes-Barre, PA.

Robin Harper '88 has been working for Stillwater Mining Company since 2008 in the corporate human resources department.

Nancy Hereim '88 ranches with her husband Thad near White Sulphur Springs and works for Meagher County Ambulance.  She also serves as president of Meagher County CattleWomen, treasurer for Yoked Parish Church and treasurer for the Smith River Ranch Rodeo and sits on the boards of the Meagher County Community Foundation and the Bank of the Rockies.

Kelli O'Neill ‘88 is employed with St. Vincent de Paul in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as a social worker.  Kelli works with the homeless and under privileged and finds her work very rewarding.

Rebecca Rolich '88 is employed by the Connections Corrections Program in Butte as an addictions counselor.  She also has a homed based business selling Tastefully Simple.

Karin Shuler ‘88 retired from the Army Reserve in 2008 and returned to Montana from Fort Knox, KY.  Karin is currently attending the University of Montana in Helena and studying bookkeeping and office technology.

Margaret Lakel-LeDuc '89 retired after a successful career in real estate.  She was newly married in 2010 and she and her spouse are enjoying life in Laurel.

Karen J. Scott '89 has been a floor supervisor for Wal-Mart for the last 18 years.  She resides in the Denver metro area.

Ed Krasinski '90 and his wife, Janet, retired from Boulder, Montana to Dandridge, Tennessee.  Ed volunteers his time with the Jefferson County Police Service.

Ron O'Donnell '90 has been named chairman of the board of Stockman Asset Management in Billings.  His responsibilities include the oversight of the equity and fixed income strategies, portfolio management, business development and direct customer service.

Harry Peck '90 and his wife, Julie, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise and luncheon at the Garneill Community Hall.  They are retired from ranching and had several other businesses including logging, elevator work, and truck driving.  They have six children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Julie Seiffert '90 is an English teacher at Laurel High School.  She started a poetry club and will be continuing with the Poetry Slam again next year.

Tina Shields '90 of Highpoint, NC completed her MBA from Upper Iowa University in April 2011.

Lynne Austin ’91 of Billings is a retired vocational rehab counselor.  Lynne has two sons, two grandsons, and one great grandson.

Alisa Dahl '91 is the area director for the USDA Rural Development in Minot, North Dakota.  She earned a Master of Science degree in management from Minot State University in 2008.

Sarah McGill '91 retired from teaching elementary education after 30 years, 26 of those years in the Broadus School System.

Sandra Bush ‘92 has been teaching for the Big Horn School District in Wyoming for the last 19 years. She earned a Master’s degree in literacy from Walden University in 2004.

Andrea Pluhar '92 has been promoted to director of Claims at Employee Benefit Management Systems in Billings.  She has been with the company since 1999 and has held several roles in her department since then.

Randy Chase '93 was awarded the Golden Apple Award for 2011 by the Billings Education Association.  Randy is a teacher at Castle Rock Middle School in Billings.

George Maruska '93 has been a Social Studies and English teacher at Grass Range High School for the past 10 years.  George is also the regional director of the Montana Officials Association for Central Montana.

Kipton Meinhardt '93 of Ilwaco, WA is in his 15th year of teaching physical education and reading at Ocean Park Elementary.  He is also head coach for the Ilwaco High School boys’ basketball team and led the team three years in a row to the state tournament.

Mark Stordahl ‘93 teaches at a boarding school along the Yukon River in Alaska and led the Galena Hawks, a team of boys from around the State, to the state basketball tournament this year.  They didn’t win, but vowed to return again next year, even if it means another trek through the roadless Alaska bush.

Duane Dittmer '94 recently completed the Graduate Realtor Institute, a three-year course.  Dittmer has been a member of the Billings Real Estate Professionals since 2008.

Stacy Lamoureux '94 is an administrator for Heartland Home Health Care in Becker, MN.  She will complete her Bachelor of Science in nursing this fall and is thinking about pursuing a Master's in Counseling or Clinical Social Work.

Patricia Michaels '94 of Shepherd, MT retired in 2010 after a career in the insurance industry.  She's a half marathoner and swims over four miles a week.

Dawn Harmon ‘95 is the IT manager with the State Auditor’s office in Helena.  She previously worked at Fish, Wildlife and Parks as their Network Security Officer.

Katrina MacLeod ‘95 is employed with United Way of Yellowstone County. Katrina received her MBA in 2004 from Mesa State College.

Anna Elkins ‘98 earned an MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro in Creative writing then traveled to Germany on a Fulbright to write poetry. She’s spent time as a curator of a gallery in southern Oregon and taught high school on an island in Micronesia.  Anna currently works and lives in Jacksonville, OR.

Thomas Gauthier ‘98 is a K-12 principal in Gardiner, MT.  He earned a Master's in educational leadership and worked as an administrator in Park City, MT.

Michael Qualls '98 a math and science teacher at Lewis and Clark Junior High in Billings has been promoted to the rank of Major in the Montana National Guard.

Diana Spint '98 of Billings is housing coordinator with Beartooth Resource Conservation & Development Area Inc.   She received a Counseling Excellence award for her service and accomplishments in assisting clients through the homebuyer education process to homeownership.

Angela Hildebrand '99 is a licensed clinical professional counselor at Youth Dynamics in Billings.  She has been with Youth Dynamics for three years as a therapist/lead clinical staff and received her master's degree from MSU Billings in 2001.

Heidi Knudson '00 is a credit union development educator with Altana Federal Credit Union in Billings.  She was one of Billings’ “40 Under Forty” this spring.

Jamee Wilson ‘01 is a 4th grade teacher with Billings Public Schools and the elementary director on the Billings Education Association's board of directors.  Jamee and her husband, Bill, had their 1st child in July 2010.

Peggy Ennenga ‘02 is the owner/roastmaster of Fieldhead's Coffee in Kalispell.  She is also a certified health coach.

Renae Johansen '02 of Helena was recently promoted to Workforce Planning Bureau Chief with the Montana Department of Transportation.  She had previously worked for Target Corporation.

Nicholas Kanning '02 graduated with a degree in dentistry from Creighton University in 2007.  He recently purchased Dundee Family Dental in Omaha, Nebraska.

Tegan Leffler '02 was awarded the Golden Apple Award for 2011 by the Billings Education Association.  Tegan teaches at Sandstone Elementary in Billings.

Chucody McNiven ’02 of Laurel is the tech support manager at Optimum and was recently named to Who's Who for Professionals.  Chucody and Deva ‘02 have three children.

Melinda Melendez ‘02 earned a Masters in Education with a focus on international teaching from Framingham State University.   Melinda and her husband recently moved back to the U.S. from Guatemala where they lived for the past three years. They have two daughters.

Tia Tallbull ‘02 has been a heavy equipment operator at Spring Creek Coal Mine for the past five years.  She has also worked as the CFO for a private school and as an accountant for the Sheridan Police Department.  This fall, Tia will be attending the MSUB College of Technology in the Radiology Technology Program.

Darcy Bouchard ‘03 is the Executive Director of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Montana. 

Elizabeth Fishcher Howard ‘03 is a teacher with the Billings School District.  She received a Masters of Education in literacy, curriculum and theory from Lesley University in 2010.

Kirk Keysor '03 is working for the US Department of Agriculture in Bozeman in the Community Programs section.  He assists with financing infrastructure and essential community facilities in rural Montana.  Originally from Circle, Mont. Kirk says it’s great to help keep rural America sustainable!

Catherine Myrick '03 is employed by Montana State Hospital as a treatment specialist and helps design and implement treatment programs.  Catherine, will be testing for her LCPC exam 2011.

Dannielle Ruoff ‘03 is the Head Cheer/ Mascot coach for Kansas State University.

Shauna Samsel '03 was a winner of the Golden Apple Award for 2011.  Shauna teaches at Alkali Creek Elementary in Billings.

Jay M. All '04 recently graduated from the Catholic University of America School of Law and will be sitting for the Maryland bar exam.

Meagan Guerrero '04 is teaching English as a Second Language for K-2 at Edison School in Illinois.  She is also an adjunct professor for Concordia University-Chicago where she teaches graduate classes for ESL endorsement.

Kim Thompson ‘04 is teaching 3rd grade at Beartooth Elementary School in Billings.

Joseph Walsh ‘04 is a counselor at Bench Elementary in Billings and a therapist with Walsh Counseling Inc. He also coaches junior varsity girl’s basketball and is an adjunct instructor at MSU Billings.

Tonya Briscoe ‘05 is a lead classroom teacher at Head Start in Billings.  Tonya and her husband have one son, Ruger, born in 2010.

Rachel Christoferson '05 is a CPA with her own accounting practice.  She is president of the American Society of Women Accountants Billings Chapter.

Karri Fenstermacher ‘05 is a teacher for the visually impaired for the Riverside County Office of Education in California.  She teaches Braille and assistive technology and is working on her Masters of Education Degree.

Catherine Grams '05 is a licensed addiction counselor for South Central Montana Regional Mental Health Center.  Catherine is pursuing a graduate degree in mental health and rehab counseling at MSU-B to become a dually licensed therapist. 

Jodi Griffin ‘05 is a special education teacher at the Sunburst Elementary Middle School.  Jodi loves her job and is so thankful to MSU- Billings for supporting her goals!

Beth Hewett '05 is employed at Exxon Mobil as a laboratory analyst. She is involved in YES Kids, an organization that helps children with Downs Syndrome, and founded Jack Packs, a program that takes backpacks of goodies to children with serious injuries or illness that have extended hospital stays.  Beth has two children of her own.

Andrea Ogburn ‘05 is a program manager for Trinion Quality Care Services in Alaska.  She has been living in Anchorage for four years now and loves it.  Andrea has been part of sea turtle rescue for five years.  

Alicia Ruiz '05 is currently finishing her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA.  She will graduate in February 2012.

Glenn Gunther '07 is a Billings Police Officer and a member of the department’s honor guard unit, bicycle patrol, and is a state certified physical fitness coach.  He recently completed drug recognition training to identify and protect against drug impaired drivers.

Robert Huus '07 is working for the Missoula Fire Department and is pursuing a Masters Degree in Disaster and Emergency Management through Columbia Southern University.  Robert is a staff sergeant with the US Army and a mountain bike enthusiast.

Laura Redmond '07 is the owner of Calico Rodeo a western boutique in Great Falls. Laura and her husband, Jason, have four children.

Kayla Erickson ‘08 of Helena has been accepted into the DVM program at Washington State University and will begin the four-year program in August.

Jessica George ‘08 is employed by Deaconess Cross Pointe Hospital in Evansville, IN.  She begins a Masters program at Indiana State University this fall to pursue a career in school psychology.

Darcy Johnston ‘08 is employed by the Institute of Business and Medical Careers in Fort Collins, CO. where she teaches English.  She thanks MSUB for providing her with the tools she needed to succeed.

Eonho Kim '08 is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the University of Oklahoma.  She hopes to complete her degree in 2012.

Alyson Miller ‘08 is employed by the Heritage Foundation in Alexandria, VA.  She earned her CPA certificate in May 2011.

Amanda Ziemer Myers ‘08 graduated with a Masters of Science in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of Montana in May 2011.  She relocated to Chinook and will begin her job in rural schools in the fall.  She thanks MSUB for giving her the educational foundation she needed to pursue her goals.

Teresa A. Harris '09 is a teacher at Winnett Public School. She has been accepted into Rocky Mountain College’s Educational Leadership Master’s program.

Brooke Knowles '09 is a 2nd year kindergarten teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Great Falls.  She is working on her Master's degree online through the University of Texas.  Jeremy Knowles '09 is a senior manager at Target.

Samantha Liptac ‘09 teaches 4th grade at Copper Canyon Elementary in Tooele, Utah.  Samantha is a drug and alcohol rep for her school and is active in the art club and writing committee.

Jerusha Shipstead ’09 of Emporia, Kansas is earning a Masters in Library Science and will be graduating next spring.

Caitlin Watson '09 just completed a successful first year as an elementary teacher at Melstone School in Musselshell County.

Erin Biondich '10 is a management trainee at Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Billings and hopes to become an assistant manager in the near future.  She credits the MSUB College of Business for great business training.

Kaycee Downs ‘10 is a property tax associate at GE Capital Commercial in Billings.

James Henry ‘10 is attending Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.  He has an internship with a professional soccer club, the Portland Timbers, in their soccer operations department.  James played for the MSUB Yellowjackets Soccer Team.

Michael McCrary ‘10 is a manager at Hollister Company in Hanford, CA.  He played basketball in the Republic of Georgia following graduation from MSUB.

Mari Smith ‘10 of Billings is employed at Edwards Jet Center and Golden Beetle where she was recently promoted to office manager.

Leslie Taylor ‘10 is pursuing a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of Kansas.

Marriages

Courtney Holmquist '03 to Seth Roosevelt, 3/31/2011
Carmen Ehlert '06 to Michael Van Voast, 4/9/2011
Lisa Kloepfel '05 to Leon Doney, 4/29/2011
Belinda Knopf '10 to Mike Kaufman, 4/30/2011
Julie Cantrell '08 to Kelly Gorder, 5/2011
Danielle Lundin '07 to Jim Jackson, 5/21/2011
Reisha Robinson '08 to Darrick Vatterrodt, 5/21/2011
Kristen Stutterheim '09 to Richard Dawes, 5/22/2011
Megan Nenow '10 to Jonathan Thiel '04, 5/28/2011
Alyssa Heppner '11 to Dalton Cornell, 6/2011
Jacqueline Madole '10 to Michael Seeberger, 6/1/2011
Andrea Brewer '10 to Jeremy Charette, 6/2/2011
Jyton Nichols '10 to Roger Schrotenboer, 6/3/2011
Kelly McMillan '10 to Colter Cederberg, 6/11/2011
Kirsten Kidder '10 to D.J. Cormier, 6/2011
Lyndi Schuman '08 to Ryan Groshans '07, 6/11/2011
Christina Mouat '05 to Shane Reintsma, 6/12/2011
Heather Dove '11 to Cory Stratton, 6/17/2011
Parker Powell '07 to Ashley  Keller, 6/18/2011
Scott Steinbacher '07 to Tawni  Waldo, 6/18/2011
Fiina Burns '09 to Brock Fauth, 6/25/2011
Matthew Kakalecik '09 to Kathryn  Fairchild, 6/25/2011
Amanda Baskerville '11 to Glynn Maddox '10, 6/25/2011
Adriane Urbaniak '10 to Kevin Nielsen, 6/25/2011
Nichole Van Noten '09 to Erik Hamnes, 6/2012

Deaths

William Kober '42, 4/1/2011
Melvin Schwartz '42, 4/6/2011
Mary Feeley Ponessa '42, 4/11/2011
Janet Whitney Barnhart '86, 4/12/2011
Barbara Keating Twiford '50, 4/12/2011
Francis Nile '63, 4/13/2011
Deniece Dailey Meissner '93, 4/19/2011
JoAnn Clark O'Brien '52, 4/19/2011
Gaylord Johnson '63, 4/20/2011
Kerry Booke, 4/24/2011
Blase Dilulo '60, 4/26/2011
Margaret Williams Schmaus '39, 5/3/2011
Hallie Guest Weller '63, 5/4/2011
Carroll Larson '62, 5/7/2011
Rachel Foltz Faught '47, 5/10/2011
Robin Wodrich Moll '85, 5/10/2011
Frances Holliday Johnson '40, 5/27/2011
Debra Unterseher Van Hemelryck '78, 5/27/2011
Bessie Welch Cummings '62, 5/30/2011
Eric Houser '08, 5/30/2011
Sidney Grovenstein '77, 5/31/2011
Ethel Fleming '40, 6/9/2011
Phillip Thomsen '74, 6/10/2011
Pamela Fredericks Sessions '72, 6/12/2011
Carol Spaulding Massey '88, 6/13/2011
Gertrude Gilles Burke '41, 6/23/2011
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