Class Notes – April 2018


*indicates member of the Alumni Association


Marie Macy (B.S., ’55) is continuing her dedication to CSU’s youngest Rams through a generous gift to the Marie Macy Director’s Legacy Endowment to benefit CSU’s Early Childhood Center. Macy’s gift added to the fund she created in 2015. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial support for pressing needs and improvements at the Early Childhood Center, a part of CSU’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies.


John (B.S., ’60) and Judy Sitzman have established three student scholarships in CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences: in interior design, fermentation science and technology, and human development and family studies.

Christina Boyd (B.A., ’94)


Libby James (M.A., ’71) received the 2018 Masters Running Award from Sportswomen of Colorado during an annual awards ceremony in March. She is an 81-year-old runner who holds numerous world and American age-group distance running records; she also runs each year in well-known Colorado races, including the BolderBOULDER 10K and FORTitude 10K.

Ralph Swain (B.A., ’67; M.A., ’72) has authored a new book entitled Coolidge as part of the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing. This 128-page picture book covers the early history of the founding of Coolidge, Arizona.

Barbara Winter (B.S., ’72), Chief Community Officer at Ent Credit Union, was recognized with the 2017 Accolades awards presented by the Southern Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce. It annually recognizes a Business Leader of the Year who exemplifies the qualities of outstanding leadership, exceptional business acumen, and selfless service to the community.

Perry L. Goorman (B.A., ‘73) is pleased to announce that he was recently elected President of the Scottsdale Bar Association. Mr. Goorman has law offices in Denver, Colorado and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wendy Lieber Poinsot (B.A., ’74) hopes to finally be able to retire in 2018 from a career that started in 1970 at KFC in Fort Collins and ended as a fire management planner with the National Park Service. She hopes to move to France and lead a more Trump-free life.

Larry Johnson (B.S., ’75) of San Antonio, TX, is retiring after 43 years of service as an Army Officer and Department of Army Civilian. Larry has enjoyed teaching management for the past nine years at the Army-Baylor MBA/MHA Program.

Margaret Mizushima (M.S., ’75) has been named among the finalists for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award for her novel Hunting Hour.  Hunting Hour is one of five finalists in the Mystery category of the 2017 RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Awards.

Karen Morris-Fine (B.S., ’67; M.S., ’70; Ph.D., ’78), who retired after a career working as a toxicologist for companies including Coca-Cola and The Boeing Co., recently established two funds at CSU to support graduate students and early-career faculty members conducting research in nutrition science. The funds help pay for salaries, equipment, conference fees, and travel. Morris-Fine grew up on a ranch in Eastern Colorado; that experience sparked her interest in nutrition.

Lois Peltz (M.S., ’84)


Russell Gehrlein (B.S., ’80) recently published his first book, “Immanuel Labor – God’s Presence in our Profession: A Biblical, Theological, and Practical Approach to the Doctrine of Work”.  Russ has spent the last ten years working as a Department of the Army civilian at Fort Leonard Wood.  He and his wife Linda (Cassell) (B.S., ’82) live in Rolla, Missouri.

Lois Peltz (M.S., ’84) was honored by The Fort Collins Historical Society (on 4/1/2018) for her books: In Search of Harmony… an Anthology and In Search of Harmony… Family Trees. Peltz received the society’s 2018 writer’s award for “Historic Research and Writing.”

Rebecca Schlunegger (B.S., ’87) is going on her 8th year as the CEO of a national nonprofit organization called, “Stop Foodborne Illness.” They are involved internationally with bringing awareness of the issue associated with foodborne illness forward, working on legislative initiatives and supporting those who have been ill or lost family members. She speaks internationally.

Thomas Tan (M.S., ’88)

Brian Hart’s (B.S., ’88) business, Frame de Art, was honored to win 2018 Business of the Year with The Greater Chamber of Commerce 33rd Annual Business Awards, held at the Guild!.

Michael Madrid (B.A., ’88) recently traveled to PyeongChang, South Korea, to cover his eighth Olympic Games as a photographer and photo editor for USA Today Sports. He is based in Fort Collins, yet travels the globe in his role as international sports director for USA TODAY Sports Images; he has worked for the organization for 22 years.

Thomas Tan (M.S., ’88) ran the California International Marathon in December 2017 and Los Angeles Marathon on March 18 this year, the 7th and 8th full marathons after Orange County, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Big Sur, and Chicago. Hopefully a lot more coming!


Christina Boyd (B.A., ’94), managing director and senior financial advisor with Merrill Lynch in Wayzata, Minnesota, was recently recognized as the state of Minnesota’s top financial advisor by Forbes in its “Best State Wea;th Advisors,” list. Boyd was also named to Barron’s list of America’s, “Top 1,200 Financial Advisors.”

David Nester (B.S., 94’) has been named Chief Security Officer for ThreatModeler Software, Inc.  Prior to joining ThreatModeler, he served as Global Director for Fortify on Demand.  Viva Fortify!

Kevin Weed (B.S. ’93; M.S. ’96) is now Chief Engineer of the Ball Aerospace Thermal Engineering Department and is an active Thermophysics Technical Committee Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind how Female Marines are Trained, by Kelly Kennedy (B.A., ’97)

Kelly Kennedy (B.A., ’97) has a new book coming out April 3 that she cowrote with Marine Corps Lt. Col. Kate Germano: “Fight Like a Girl: The Truth Behind how Female Marines are Trained.” This is Kennedy’s second book. Her first was, “They Fought for Each Other: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Hardest Hit Unit in Iraq.”

Edward Zimmerman (M.B.A., ’98) was just named President of Livingston & Haven, an engineering and industrial automation provider headquartered in Charlotte, NC.


Holly Griebenaw (B.F.A., ’03) is a graphic designer in Southern California who works on luxury real estate magazine design through LIV Sotheby’s International Realty in Denver.

Chelsea Rae Clark (B.S., ’06; B.A., ’06) earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, in 2016.  In the same year, Ms. Clark passed the Colorado Bar, and was admitted to practice law by the Colorado Supreme Court.  In April, 2017, Ms. Clark opened her own transactional and real estate law practice in Aspen, Colorado, where she has resided for the past eight years.  

Vera Bosner

Cora (Sloan) Bonser (B.S., ’06) and Tristan Bonser (B.S., ’07) welcomed Vera Bonser in November 2017.

Bill Kimball (B.S., ’09) recently relocated from Golden, CO to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to lead Xero’s Canadian business partner channel. Xero is a New Zealand based, cloud accounting software company optimized for small business owners and their advisors with 1.2 million global subscribers. Prior to this move, Bill and his family traveled 10,000 miles exploring the United States in their Airstream, during the summer of 2017.

Sergio Ortiz (B.S., ’09) has worked in Colorado for nearly ten years with the Neenan Company based out of Fort Collins; notably completing the Powerhouse Energy Institute, a LEED Platinum project for Colorado State University.

Kate Quillin (B.A., ’09) has traveled across the world as part of the Peace Corps to advocate for people facing discrimination and abuse, in the years since graduation.


Jamie (Phebus) Hughes (B.S., ’10) has been hired as an adoption specialist in Austin, Texas for Presbyterian Children’s Homes & Services (PCHAS). Hughes grew up in Denver and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Colorado State University. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University.

Joe Akmakjian (B.A., ’13) served for a year as National Ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, working to raise awareness and research funding to help people with muscular dystrophies and other neuromuscular diseases. He spoke at the TED x CSU event in March, with the message, “Your ability does not define your humanity.”

Ashley Wylde (B.A., ’16) self-published her first book, an experiential concept novel that doubles as an art installation. The work is titled, BLANK: A Novel Abstraction.

Jermain Griffin (Ph.D., ’17) recently joined the faculty at American University in Washington D.C. Griffin, a graduate of the school’s Higher Education Leadership specialization, teaches international education as a professorial lecturer for AU’s School of Education.


In Memoriam

*indicates member of the Alumni Association


James W. Edwards (B.S., ’48; D.V.M., ’49)

Virginia B. Krieg (B.S., ’48)


Donald E. Bailey (D.V.M., ’50)

Robert R. Klaus (B.S., ’50)

*Arwin M. Bolin (B.S., ’52)

William D. Barber (D.V.M., ’54)

*Jack N. Sohrbeck (B.S., ’52; D.V.M., ’54)

*George H. Boulton (B.S., ’58)

*Lyle L. Blessman (B.S., ’59)


John A. Andrews (B.S., ’57; B.S., ’60)

Wallace D. Sjoblom (MED, ’63)

Jeffery L. Ibbotson (B.S., ’67)

  1. Edward Monson (B.S., ’67)

*MAJ Robert H. Riley (B.S., ’67)

*Ronald R. Schmidt (B.S., ’68)

Richard S. Pospahala (B.S., ’67; M.S., ’69)

*Roger L. Bohling (D.V.M., ’69)


*George H. Emert (M.S., ’70)

Kenneth M. Jameson (B.S., ’70)

Clyde E. Richmond, Jr. (B.S., ’48; M.S., ’72)

William E. Wood (B.S., ’72)

Rankine M. Smith (MED, ’73)

Eleanor V. Millis (B.S., ’76)


Kathy L. Beck (B.S., ’83)

David E. Diener (M.S., ’83)

Terry W. Stephen (D.V.M., ’83)

Kirk L. Kimberling (B.S., ’84)

Kristi L. Konieczka (B.A., ’89)


Roxanne S. Snell (MED, ’90)

Charles A. Cone (B.S., ’92)

Jefferson D. Leibee (B.S., ’92)

Chris S. Tabeling (D.V.M., ’93)


Kerri R. Laman (B.S., ’01)


Timothy G. Ehresman (Ph.D., ’12)


Keith W. Boehm

George Crouter


Sharon K. Cooper

Claude Bernard Elliot

Leona M. Rittenhouse

Barbara Salazar

Lori Ward


Urban Bowman

William D. Fronk