Alumni updates

September 20, 2011

Which decade of graduates can send in the funniest memories or sign of the changing times and comments about their days at Bradley? In this year’s updates, the 1950s tied 2005-2010 with 11 entries. After 2000, the class years are separated by five-year intervals instead of into full decades as there have been a much higher number of students during this time.


Ruth K. Martin ’39, who enjoyed her four years at Bradley, said, “At my age (92), I can't do the things I've done in the past, but I have great memories. I’ve had a great life.” She enjoys going out to eat with her son Brian.

Louise Barrington Schoenholz ’39, who is 92 years old, said she was in the hospital in the spring. “I am very weak, but I am better than I was.”


Marian Lackland Monser ’42 said she is still “trying to stay out of trouble.” She volunteers as a buyer at the Methodist Gift Shop and enjoys playing bridge.


Marian Winkler Hanna ’50 spent July and August attending grandsons’ weddings in North Carolina.

Doris Ann Larke ‘53 enjoyed a Viking River Cruise from Paris, France, to Normandy this year and said she is “just keeping busy.”

Barbara Bitting Gurtler ’55 said she still runs races nearly every weekend and continues to play competitive tennis and climb mountains. She said, “Much of my time is spent in my local church and District United Methodist Women.”

Lois Comstock Willis ’55 is recovering from surgery. In May, her home economic group went on its annual trip to Starved Rock. The group of six friends and their husbands “always enjoy our time together,” she said.

Alice Crisp Mattioda ’56 said not much new is going on, and “I’m still retired.”

Marelyn VanderWert Verner ’58 said she is “enjoying retirement years.”


Alice Smith Lundholm ’61 took in a homeless family from her church in February after the family lost a place to live. After a month, the mother and five children ages 1 to 9 were able to “get back on their feet,” she said. “It was a humbling experience.”

Sheryl Carper Rocke ’61 is semi-retired as a registered dietitian.

Marion Bowles Charsky ’62 celebrated her 47th wedding anniversary on Aug. 3. She said, “We have seven grandchildren. We have been blessed with good health and continue to stay busy in church activities.”

Susanne Stahl Hilsabeck ’63 is a retired high school family and consumer sciences teacher.

Dorann Anderson Perry ’63 has been retired since 2005. “I enjoy playing golf, traveling and sewing,” she said.

Katherine Philbrick Ewen ’69 said, “Bill retired from teaching math in 2008, and we are doing more traveling.” The two went on a Great Lakes cruise last September and a Hudson River Valley trip this August.

Kathleen Sipp Kindilien ’69, who is enjoying retirement, said she is doing all the things she loves:  “traveling, gardening, painting, golfing, and helping five granddaughters learn to sew, etc.” She spends summers in the Midwest and winters in Florida.

Ruth Ann Sommer Monico ’69, who is looking forward to retirement in a few years, recently took a new job working at Alden Long Grove Nursing and Rehab Center in Long Grove, Ill.


Susan E. Orten Adams ’70 said, “Not much.”

Mary Ann Sargeant Hulin ’72, who continues to do lots of sewing, said, “I'm enjoying retirement by teaching beginning sewing to adults, as well as quilting classes.”

Linda J. Feldner Brown ’73, MA ’92, who had a rewarding and varied career in education, retired in June 2008 as a school administrator for Peoria School District 150.

Jean Dawson Jirucha ’73, who retired from the interior design field when she had her first son, said, “Both boys are now in college, and I focus my energies on training my two horses.”

Kathy Biskind Glazer ’76 continues to practice as a registered dietician in the Washington, D.C., area. She has a private practice, and consults for Kaiser Permanente in three states and the World Bank. She said, “I also am director of nutrition services at GWV-WT Management Program in D.C.”

Susan Bastian Reinhardt ’76 is working as a library aide at Prospect Elementary School. She said, “My daughter, Kristin, just graduated in May from Bradley from the College of Education. My son, David, graduated in 2007 from Iowa State and is a lieutenant junior grade in the U.S. Navy.”

Lisetta E. Volturno Zahm ’76, who has been an art teacher for 16 years, said that she “enjoys it very much.”

Nora J. Carroll Moravcik ’77, who has been employed as a clinical dietitian at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., for 30 years, said, “I am the senior dietitian within the staff. I am the renal dietitian in the Loyola Dialysis clinic and continue to enjoy the daily challenges with this patient population.”


Kathy Lord Millard ’80, MLS ’97 is an account executive with Hill-Rom, which sells hospital beds, stretchers, headwalls, booms, lifts and furniture, as well as designs hospital rooms with architects for remodels or new facilities. She said, “I am using my degree and design skills and love it!! I sold the beds to Bradley University Nursing School.”

Debra Henkel Resing ’80 is a medical sales representative for Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Kim Prather Mitchell ’82 completed a Master of Science degree in financial planning.

Cynthia Diamond Wade ’82 is in her 17th year of teaching at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley High School. She completed a master's degree in integrated technology through Walden University.

Patricia Schramek Minta ’85 said, “My company, Nutrition and Wellness Counseling, will be launching corporate wellness programs this fall.”

Ingrid Backer Smith ’85 is retired from Pekin Hospital.

Dianne Papador Gomez ’86, who is enjoying my retirement, volunteers at The Modern Museum of Contemporary Art.  She said, “Mostly, I enjoy our three grandchildren who visit often.”

Dawn Archibald-Hendon ’87 said, “My son is going to be a freshman at Bradley this fall. His name is Rickey Q. Hendon.”

Karen Tome Curby ’87 has been a district manager for Rainbow (four stores) and 5-7-9 (four stores) for 17 years.


Cara Riggenbach Gartrell ’92 was married on June 5, 2010, to Todd Gartrell. She said, “We live in Sarasota, Fla. We have been here for the past year.”

Denise M. Poradzisz-Grant ’92 has two children: Lucas (3.5 years) and Haley (22 months). She said, “I’m an inside sales rep and live in Plainfield.”

Natalie Bonetti ’94 is currently working as the inspector general at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, Mont.  She will be promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel in October. She said, “My husband and I hope to make it back to Peoria to visit my parents sometime this fall.”

Megan Sliwa ’97 started graduate school to complete a Master of Business Administration degree at the Fisher College of Business at the Ohio State University.

Jodie Prado ’98 started her own personal training company called Peak Physique Personal Training.


Julie Rock Mayhew ’00 said, “I became a stay-at-home mom in September 2009 after a nine-year career with the Department of Veteran Affairs.”

Lisa Justice Schairer ’01 took a new job as director of support services with Aurora Health Care in Wisconsin. The company opened a new hospital in November 2010. She said, “This was a great opportunity to be part of the administration team. I have several departments under me.” Lisa and stay-at-home husband Gavin have two children, Anne (4 years) and Luke (2.5 years).

Angela Orso Thomas ’01, a stay-at-home mom, lives in Louisville, Ky., with her husband and 10-month-old son.

Regina Marie Fabino Becker ’02 got married on June 26, 2010, and lives with her husband in Elgin, Ill. She said, “I changed my career, and I am a physical therapist assistant.”

Lisa Fischer ‘02 was recently promoted to director of residence life/assistant dean of students at Eureka College. She said, “I completed my second master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Illinois State University in May 2010.”

Stephanie Smith Proud ’02 is working part time as a certified nutrition support clinician for a national home infusion pharmacy called Critical Care Systems. She said, “I also enjoy spending more time at home with my 2.5-year-old daughter Ainsley and my husband Nick.”

Molly Hammar Shattuck ’03 and her husband recently moved back "home" to Moline from Chicagoland.  She has two part-time jobs, “which I love”: one as a renal RD at the QC Kidney Center and the other as a supermarket RD at a Hy-vee grocery store in Davenport, Iowa.

Monica Soliz ’03 is currently living in Chicago and working for Forever 21, Inc. She said, “I am on the corporate visual display team creating window and interior displays for the Chicago market specializing in mannequin styling.”

Kelly Briscoe Kenny ’04, who hopes everyone in the FCS department is doing well, “just celebrated my two-year anniversary with my husband Dan.” She is looking forward to starting her seventh year at Oak Lawn Community High School.

Stacy Gradowski Krager ’04 had a daughter June 2008, and she continued working in OSF's eating disorders program until September 2009. She said, “Then I resigned to stay home with our daughter and I started a photography studio,”

Jordanna Debruyn Swan ’04 is still working full-time as lead RD at Kenosha Hospital. She said she is “happy to have a wonderful stable job in today's economy” and that she “misses seeing everyone.”


Laura Merrinette Bland ’05 is employed at Southern Indiana Surgery in Columbus, Ind. She runs the bariatric surgery program. She also teaches group fitness on the side, focusing on weight training. She was married in October 2006 to Christopher Bland. She said, “No babies yet, but going on four years of marriage.”

Lauren Terlecki Grundmeier ’05 continues to work at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines as a clinical dietitian. She also goes out to the Des Moines schools and teaches students about nutrition through a grant program. She said, “I am moving toward becoming certified in pediatrics.”

Krista Timm Sheehan ’05 is currently attending Wright State University for a bachelor's degree in nursing. She has been married since July 2008.”

Margot Cass ’06 is pursuing a graduate degree in child, family and school psychology at the University of Denver. She said, “I am recently engaged and enjoying the West.”

Alana Barone Mitrovich ’06 got married in December 2010 and is teaching child development at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois. She is also getting a chef’s certificate. I have a master’s in reading from Grand Canyon University. She said she is “getting social studies endorsed.”

Jonathan M. Scott ’06 is half way through his Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University and ran his first 100-mile race in July.

Laura E. Thompson ’06 was recently married. She is still working at Boston University, where she completed her master’s degree and internship. She said, “In total, as assistant director of the dietetic internship and as staff dietitian, my responsibilities include: providing nutrition counseling to athletes and students, running a healthy dining program across campus, and teaching healthy cooking on a budget class.”

Karen Watt ’07 will be approaching her two-year anniversary of employment at Hopedale Medical Complex after graduating from Bradley. She said, “I will be a clinical preceptor for Bradley's exciting new dietetic internship program.”

Katelyn Hasten-Arnold ’08, who said she hopes all is well at Bradley, is getting ready to start her third year of teaching at East Peoria High School.”

Rebecca Spires ’08 plans to start Methodist College of Nursing, got married Jan. 1, 2011, and is in her second year at Warren County Health Department as a public health educator.

Bethany Achterberg ’09, who said she loves her job but is missing Bradley, began working at a visual merchandising company about a year ago.

Megan Devereux ’09 is living in Orlando, Fla., and working at Walt Disney World.

Meghan Forness ’09 attended the French Pastry School in downtown Chicago. She graduated in December 2010 and said, “I will hopefully be working my way up to the pastry chef position afterward.”

Alyson Martinez ’09 is recently engaged and works full time at Jones Bros. Jewelers.

Rachael McAllister ’09 got married on Oct. 3, 2009, and had a baby girl, Lucie, on July 10, 2010.

Jordan K. Sheraden ’09 graduated from his internship at the University of Iowa hospitals and clinics in June and started a job as the assistant food service director at Aramark Education K-12 in the Decatur Public School District. He said, “I married my high school sweetheart at the end of July.”

Mallori Tomblin ’09 attended Eastern Illinois University working on her master’s degree and dietetic internship. She graduated in May 2011 with a master’s in dietetics. 

Catrina Mills ’09 lives in Peoria and works as an assistant manager at New York and Company, as well as at Pier One Imports.

Amy Musselman ’09 will be starting her rotations this fall. She will also be a graduate assistant teaching a lab in food sciences. She said, “I am contemplating whether or not to complete a thesis (and I am leaning towards it). I miss Bradley.”