Alumni news

June 9, 2010


Louise Barrington Schoenholz ’39 is 91 years old, and “I still walk with a cane.”


Marion Stein Sprenger ’42 is a great-grandmother who loves to play bridge and spend time with “my beautiful family of 17.” Due to her heart condition, she is unable to be active in volunteer work.

Rosemary Ward Baer ’45 says “hello” to everyone. She uses a cane or walker to get around because she has equilibrium issues.

Jeannine Sutter Fischer ’44 loved her days at Bradley and her home economics classes. “Hello to any of my friends from the ’40s,” she said. She is no longer driving, “except for a golf cart.” She also said, “I can still hear well so I can still talk, which I love to do.”

Lois Lyman Wood ’45 celebrated her 90th birthday on May 26, 2009. Earlier this year, she had hip replacement. Reflecting on her time at Bradley, she said, “I was the junior class president. During my senior year, I was the first student teacher in the physical education department.” For the past five years, she has lived in “an especially nice facility called Kirby Pines.”

Theresa Kupper Ross ’47 retired after 24 years as a home economics extension agent from Colorado State University. She said she still takes short travel trips to Arizona to visit her brother and friends. “Presently, I am sewing tote bags for a child abuse center at the extension club that I belong to,” she said. The club delivers the bag complete with a blanket, small quilt, and a children’s book to children who are in need of help.

Barbara Mackie Feltham ’47 still remembers “Bradley Rules for Coeds in 1943. Girls were to wear slacks on campus only when going to the gym.” If students were late checking in at Constance Hall two times, they had to visit Dean White, the dean of women. “Those were the days.”


Marian Winkler-Hannah ’50 manages the Winkler Grain Farms and travels with her husband, H. Ray Hannah ’50 MA ’51. Being a grandmother to her 12 grandchildren also keeps her busy.

Marilyn Amyx ’52 whose husband, Andrew, died in 2005, spends her time quilting, reading, knitting, and visiting with her children and friends.

Alice Palmer Groskie ’52 said she would love to attend one of the alumni lunches, “however, I am way down in Tucson, Ariz. Enjoy.”

Glenda Rawls Flanagan ’53 completed her 15th year of volunteer ushering at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She enjoys entertaining “hordes of friends and family,” and she spends lots of time and energy with my teenage granddaughters.”

Doris Ann Wilcoxon Larke ’53 retired in 1990 from Woodruff High School where she was teacher of the year.

Nancy Lyon Moore ’54 said she is getting a new hip.

Barbara Bitting Gurtler ’55 stays busy with the United Methodist Women, Church Women United, tennis, running, and travel. She said, “I will be climbing in Colorado this August. I went to China last September and will be going to Egypt in December.”

Patricia Helms ’58 said although she graduated in the 1950s, “I am still only 39.” Still traveling, Helms has so far visited 64 countries. “I completed the Silk Road through Central Asia this spring. I have covered over 8,000 miles of the Silk Road!”

Ellen Crosell Corti ’59 has traveled to Acapulco and Rocky Point, Mexico, played golf in Pinehurst, N.C., and visited friends in Savannah, Ga. She plans to golf this summer in Colorado and San Diego.

Dorothy Gillison Grogan ’59 retired in 2004 from the University of Illinois Extension.

Darlene Prechel-Waters ’59 is enjoying retirement with family and friends. “My husband, Mel, and I just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary with a joint reception with our first grandson, who was married on May 23, 2009.”


Sheryl Carper Rocke ’61 is semi-retired. She works two days a week as a consulting dietitian in long-term care, and she volunteers as a dietitian for Ogle County Hospice. When not working or volunteering as a dietitian, she said, “We travel in our motor home with NOMADS, a United Methodist Mission group.”

Rose Marie Schneider Langfels ’61 is “enjoying retirement.”

Dorann Anderson Perry ’63 is retired, and she enjoys playing lots of golf.

Susan Peck Tucker ’65 celebrated her 30th anniversary of selling real estate. Currently, she works at ReMax Accord in Danville.

Janice Lotz Swanson ’66 was in charge of putting together a 100-year style show for the Illinois Valley Yacht Club, which, she said, “was a great success.” Through her participation with the IVYC event, she was invited to help the Peoria Historical Society work on their 75-year style show in November.

Susan Jennings Steffins ’67, who is retired, is busier than ever with her growing family.

Roylene Rieman Allen ’68 retired in February 2008 from American Red Cross Blood Services as a donor representative. She is enjoying living on Lake Hickory and renovating her family’s home and landscape.

Nancy Williamson Marshall ’69 continues to design purses and children’s accessories for an at-home crafts business. Her volunteer work with Welcome to Washington led her to research and write a book that was published this spring in honor of the club’s 50th anniversary. “I found this year-long project the equivalent of a college course, but gratifying to see my final product.” She also gained a new respect for authors during her work. Her two grandchildren are “the joys of my life.” Her daughter and family returned to Virginia a year ago so she no longer takes monthly flights to Arizona. The widow for 13 years said she has been blessed with a great support network. She also said, “I now have two sewing machines, and each cost more than my first year at Bradley! Times have truly changed.  I continue to enjoy seeing the growth and changes at Bradley.”


Jeanette Olson Page ’70 is enjoying retirement and her five grandchildren, who are all under the age of 5 (Zach, Alyssa and Ella, Hannah, and Alexander).

Susan Orten Adams ’70 has been a distributor of Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating for nine years.

Luana Zeeck Butler ’72 thought she retired in 1998, but discovered she loved to substitute teach. “I love teaching high school, and I taught home ec (as it was called in 1972) five years.” She earned a Master of Science in guidance and an Ed.S. in administration. In addition, she has “done a lot of different things” such as traveling sales management (nationwide), social work administrator, and real estate sales in the Carolinas. She returned to Havana in 1991 to care for elderly parents.

Myrna Lindburg DeAngelis ’73 began her fifth year teaching family and consumer science classes at Neshaming High School in Pennsylvania. She teaches three sections of child development with a laboratory nursery school and two sections of nutrition with a lab, which is a new elective.

Sue Green Matiya ’74 retired in 2007 after teaching family and consumer science for 33 years in Consolidated High School District 230. She is in her third year of working on the Turkey Talk-Line for Butterball in Naperville, Ill. She also is a self-proclaimed snowbird in Estero, Fla.

Rebecca Quiller Threewitt ’74 loves her job as a college and academic counselor in high school.

Susan Bruce Pomatto ’75 has three children. Her daughter Kendel Pomatto ’09 majored in health sciences and is going into physical therapy. She enjoys community volunteer work in art, gardens, and museums.

Wendy Printz-Girard ’76 is married and the mother of two boys. She works for School District 54 in Schaumburg, Ill., as an instructional assistant in early childhood.

Lynn Hughes ’78 is an independent landscape design consultant and a garden coach at the Growing Place Nursery. She received her Home Landscape Design Horticulture Certification from the Morton Arboretum several years ago.

Cindy Stewart Murphy ’78 continues to co-manage a Hallmark Store part time while caring for her father, who has Parkinson’s Disease.


Lisa Van Hoose Hill ’81 is a teacher education coordinator at the University of Houston – Downtown where she helps teaching candidates with certification, testing, student teaching, etc.  “I think of my professors at Bradley often and of all my wonderful experiences!”

Anne Hamman Patterson ’82 formed a new local food alliance called Good Earth Food Alliance, which services 110 households in Central Illinois with fresh local, organic produce and other value-added, locally made gourmet foods. “We also sell to two restaurants.”

Julie Hardin Gray ’82 was married March 31, 2009. She is a baker at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

Karen LeDonne Misura ’82 works at the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Ill., as a human resources information systems analyst. She has been “happily married for nearly 22 years” and has three boys. Her oldest, Kevin, is at Bradley. “It was a blast to attend freshman orientation and to see Dr. Joyce Shotick after 30 years and remind her that she taught me sewing back in 1978.” She added, “My son lived in U-hall his freshman year, as did I; however, it was only women back then! Happy trails! It is nice to be back.”

Barb Spink ’83 went back to school for graphic design after graduating. She worked in that field for 18 years until she was laid off. She now works at Goodwill.

Cathi Cychol Shea ’84 is a “busy housewife,” involved with many church and community projects. Her husband, Jim, is retired from Caterpillar. She has no children, but she does have eight step-grandchildren.

Jacqueline Gibbs ’84 continues to travel at least twice a year. She has been a registered dietitian for 21 years.

Dara Nolan Mahoney ’85 is a busy mom of both a 6- and a 7-year old.

Dianne Papadar Gomez ’86 is retired and loving her life in Madison, Wis. She and her husband, Bob, have two grandchildren and another on the way. “We send our best wishes to our Bradley University friends.”

Dawn Archibald Hendon ’87 is busy with her event-planning business, “Intimate Events,” which specializes in weddings of 75 guests or smaller.

Stacy Bernardi ’87 is currently the vice president of sales and marketing for Mastech Enterprise, Inc., a technology company in Atlanta.


Cyndi Ridenour Ragusa ’92 is at home raising her two boys.

Jennifer Tworek-Kolf ’94 has been married for three years and has a 1½-year-old daughter, Josie. She has worked for nine years at Hanes Brands, Inc. in sales planning with her account, Kohl’s.

Jodie Eichmann Prado ’98 owns and operates her own personal training business after five years of pharmaceutical sales with AstraZenca. She said she is finally taking the registered dietitian exam—nine years later! She just completed her Breeders and Associate Review course, “as I really want to have my RD after all this time.”

Adrienne Homes Patrick ’99 teaches seventh-grade science in Liberty, Mo., and coaches eighth-grade cheerleading. She said, “I have been married to a wonderful man named Travis for four-and-a-half years, and we have three large dogs.”

Nikki Ogren Fullop ’99 is a stay-at-home mom in Southern Illinois.

Jamie Williams Cardinal ’99 is a senior buyer/planner with the Right Start. Her first child, Joey, was born on January 17, 2009. She said, “Hello to Dr. Collins, Dr. Choi, and Mrs. Church.”


Angela Abel Stegall ’01 announces the birth of son, Avin Michael Stegall, born on April 10, 2009. He weighed 7 lbs. 1.6 oz. and measured 21¼-inches long.

Lisa Justice Schairer ’01 has two children: Anne and Luke. The director of food and nutrition at Sherman Health in Elgin, Ill., she received her Master of Business Administration from Aurora University.

Kimberle Williams ’01 finished her Master of Business Administration in 2007. She is a regulatory analyst with Argo Group, US, and is pursuing her Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter designation in insurance.

Connie Biggs ’02 runs Food Safety Training Company. She taught basic nutrition part time at Illinois Central College.

Jessica Clark Gregg ’02 is employed by Mondani Handbags and Accessories as a national sales manager for Bill Blass Handbags. She was married on June 27, 2009.

Regina Fabino ’02 is a physical therapy assistant who works for ATI Physical Therapy.

Monica Soliz ’03 is a corporate fashion stylist for Forever 21.

Kelly Briscoe Kenny ’04 is a college, career, and service counselor at Oak Lawn Community High School.

Jordanna DeBruyn Swan ’04 is a lead registered dietitian at Kenosha Hospital. She said, “We just returned from a trip to Europe seeing Italy, Greece, and Turkey.” She plans to visit Bradley this fall.

Kayla Hackman ’05 is the operational wellness manager for the corporate food service, Compass, USA. She is employed at the corporate headquarters of Wal-Mart in Bentonville, Ark.

Lauren Terlecki Grundmeier ’05 works at Mercy Medical Center in downtown Des Moines. She is very interested in getting experience/certification in pediatrics. She currently works on the general pediatrics floor and covers the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when needed.

Alana Barone ’06 is starting Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) at Thornridge High School in Dolton.

Lisa Esposito ’06 finished her master’s in exercise science from the University of Houston in August 2009. She started a job as a sports dietitian at Sanford USD Medical Center at the National Institute for Athletic Health and Performance and Center for Youth Sports and Health in November 2009.

Heather Herbst ’06 works with bone marrow transplant/oncology patients as a clinical registered dietitian at Loyola University Medical Center. She married “a wonderful man” in May.

Melissa Jackson Nagode ’06 resigned after three years of teaching family and consumer science at Midwest Central High School to be a stay-at-home mom. She said, “I have enjoyed my years of teaching, but look forward to raising my children.”

Jonathan Scott ’06 is in the Ph.D. program at Ohio State University. He is training for a 50-mile trail race in August.

Molly Hammar ’07 completed a combined dietetic internship/master’s degree in clinical nutrition at Rush University in Chicago. She works as a dietitian for Lifetime Fitness in Schaumburg. In addition, she is working on several journal articles generated from her master’s thesis that she plans to submit for publication.

Rachel Rogers ’07 is pursuing a Ph.D. in nutrition at Purdue University.

Shannon Duffy ’08 completed her dietetic internship through Central Michigan University and passed her registered dietitian exam. She is a dietitian at Provident Healthcare and Rehabilitation in South Holland.

Danielle Gehrke ’08 graduated from a dietetic internship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in June 2009, and she was awarded The Rachel Schemmel Scholarship. She is studying for the registered dietitian exam and job hunting in Chicago.

Katelyn Hasten-Arnold ’08 teaches family and consumer science at East Peoria Community High School.

Vanessa Radez ’08 is a community account manager in advertising sales for Logonation in the Peoria territory.

In Memoriam

Clara Gilgan, instructor emeritus of dietetics, died on November 30, 2009, in Peoria. She retired from teaching at Bradley in 1989. She held a master’s degree from Purdue University. A World War II Army veteran, she also was a registered dietitian. She volunteered at her church’s food pantry. Survivors include two daughters and three grandsons.

Jane Reid, affiliate home economics instructor in the 1970s and 1980s, died on December 4, 2009, in Peoria. She served as president of Women’s Civic Federation, sang in her church choir, and volunteered at Proctor Hospital. She was the co-author of a holiday cookbook. Her two children survive.