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John McLarty ’53, Santa Rosa, CA, is retired in the sunny state of California.
Thomas Braun ’74, Caro, currently is enjoying being able to travel our beautiful and spacious State and country while also making time to watch their nine grandkids at their school events.
Dawn Bray ’76 & ’79, Waterford, retired from Trinity Health after 45 years of service as a Registered Nurse.
Brad Flood ’76, Irmo, SC, retired with his wife, Pam, to the warm state of South Carolina where they are both enjoying spending time with their son, his wife, and their grandson.
Steven Lien ’77, Half Way, MO, remarried his wife, Nan, in June 2018. Together they opened up “Hominy Creek Market” on Etsy Marketplace selling vintage and antique goods. Although the holidays may make business hectic, the work is fun and allows them time together.
Gerry Munsell ’71, Fowlerville, is retired but works more than ever with volunteering in his community.
Bill ’75 and Sara ’77 Nelson, Lansing, returned to campus for the first time in quite a few years for Great Lake State Weekend. During their time visiting, Sara had a chance to check out the Simulation Center. Bill was there in observance of the 75th Anniversary of the Chemistry Department, where he took a self-guided tour of the laboratory facilities at Crawford Hall. He says, “With the upgrades to the wet and prep labs and the level of sophistication in the instrumentation lab, Lake State presents one of the, if not the top laboratory learning facilities for undergraduate chemistry students in the country.” The Chemistry Department has launched a fund-raising effort that will support undergraduate research Lake State. Please navigate to the Chemistry Department to see how you can be a part of the effort!
Sally “Stitch” Shuster Shoff ’78, Hastings, found herself smiling while reading about the history of Women’s Athletics at LSSC from the Summer 2022 Laker Log. She played tennis the first year it was introduced to LSSC and recalls that there were only four players. When traveling to games, they piled into a station wagon and would sleep two players to a bed. Back then, they did not have all the funding and equipment that the women’s teams have now, but everyone on the team was grateful for the chance to play. In her third year, Stitch became the first student Athletic Trainer which allowed her to cover home games and travel with the Women’s and Men’s Basketball and Volleyball teams. She says, “Although I transferred after my third year to enter an Athletic Training Program, my time with LSSC Athletics will always hold a place in my heart.”
Mark Griffin ’82, Bonney Lake, WA, retired at the end of 2021 after 35 years in the Federal Aviation Administration as an Air Traffic Controller. With his wife, they relocated to suburban Seattle from Boise, ID and plan to spend winters in Mexico and summers in Western Washington!
James “Rocky” Lowes ’84, Rochester Hills, is nearing 32 years at General Dynamics designing military vehicles for the US and Canada. He also manages a group of 100 mechanical and electrical engineers. Rocky’s daughter recently graduated from MSUCOM and is a doctor for Covenant in Saginaw.
Scott Menard ’87, Sault Ste. Marie, was promoted to Assistant Principal for Sault Area High School and Career Center in September.
Shari Pulka-McTiver ’82, Mission, TX, shared her experiences in women’s athletics after reading the article by Deb McPherson in the Summer 2022 Laker Log. Despite arriving on campus after pre-season training in 1978, she was able to still be involved as a trainer for volleyball and a walk-on outfielder for softball. She shared how it was a wonderful experience that year and loved getting to know the players and staff. Academics and career-related activities in the Engineering Technology Department became her focus during her remaining years at LSSC. After graduation, Shari began her 40+ year career in the water treatment industry and served in the USAF as a Bioenvironmental Engineer for 10 years and earned the rank of Major. In 1978, Shari married Lester Joslin and together they adopted two sons from Uzbekistan, Igor and Vladimir. Upon retiring in 2019, Lester and Shari moved to South Texas, where they live without snow shovels with their two dogs, Skoontz & Savage.
Chris Nielson P.G. ’87, Ottawa, ON, Canada, is currently serving as the Vice President of ECOH.
Judy Priestley ’80, Flint, was elected to the Flint City Council in 2021.
Kevin Ringwelski C.P.G., P.G. ’86, Traverse City, was promoted to President of Gosling Czubak Engineering Sciences, Inc. He has been with the company since 1990. In 1995, Kevin was selected to direct the newly formed Environmental Services Department, overseeing a team of geologists, scientists, engineers, and drillers. For the past nineteen years, he has also served on the Board of Directors and Management Committee.
Katherine (Hoy) Batten ’97, New London, WI, was inducted into the 2023 of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame (UPSHF).
Basil Buchko ’96, Manitowoc, WI, was appointed to the Wisconsin State Bar Board of Directors. Basil is also currently the Vice President General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Goodwill.
Alyssa Ebaugh ’97, Grand Ledge, recently accepted a position with Pegasystems as a Technical Account Manager.
Brian Jaeschke ’97, Cheboygan, was promoted to Curator of Collections at Mackinac State Historic Parks (MSHP) and has been with MSHP since October 2006.
Celisa Lehew ’94, Chapel Hill, NC, has been named the first female Chief of Police for the Chapel Hill Police Department.
Debbi Lozon ’91, San Diego, CA, was promoted to Senior Marketing & Communications Specialist at Sharp HealthCare.
Lisa Verdon ’98, Irving, TX, accepted a position in August with Point Predictive as a Senior Fraud Consultant.
Charles Bopp, P.G. ’05, New Lennox, IL, recently accepted a new position with Prairie Research Institute as a resource geologist and works on carbon storage, sourcing, and critical minerals.
Dr. William Dallas ’01, Colorado Springs, CO, kicked off the 2022-23 school year as the new superintendent of Elizabeth School District.
Chad Inabinet ’01, Ludington, was hired by Delta College as its newest Vice President of Student Empowerment.
Jared Little ’09, Apple Valley, MN, recently accepted a position with Wings Financial Credit Union as an education specialist.
Matthew McDonell ’05, Lansing, accepted a position in April with Sparrow Hospital in Trauma Services as a Nurse Practitioner.
Marissa Milliron ’05, Traverse City, is currently an audit supervisor for Dennis, Gartland, & Niergarth.
Audrey Fink ’15, Cedarville, since graduating in May of 2015, she has successfully published four murder mysteries. Prior to her student era she had self-published Corruption at James town Prison and Who is Ellen Roquefort? Currently she has finished The Maschke Farm, and is working on Evangaline, Where Are You? She says, “at this ripe old age of 84, I am happy to have a great hobby if nothing else.” Audrey was also a K-12 substitute teacher throughout Mackinac and Chippewa County until 2020. She is currently taking college courses through Hillsdale College when time permits.
Jason Griffin ’17, Beloit, WI, was unanimously approved by the Police and Fire Commission as the Beloit Fire Department deputy chief.
Lisa Hollingshead ’14, Ottawa, ON, Canada, accepted a position with The Good Companions Senior’s Centre as a lead coordinator.
Tara Harvey ’19, Glasgow, Scotland, is working as the lead physiotherapist for the Professional Phase U18 team at Rangers Football Club.
Gabrielle Mason ’17, Wolverine, accepted a position with Dennis, Gartland & Niergarth (DGN), a Traverse City based public accounting firm as a tax supervisor at their Petoskey branch.
Stephanie Sprecker ’12, Sault Ste. Marie, was appointed as the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Development Director during a City Commission meeting in August.