This entry is part 26 of 28 in the series Spring - 2017


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*BEN KONISHI (D.V.M., ’50) has retired after 66 years of practicing veterinary medicine, most of that time at his private practice in Alamosa, Colo. He and his wife, Bessie, are finding new hobbies and spending time with family.

MARY JANE (ROSELIEVE) GATELY (’57) is starting her 26th year of teaching English as a second language at Literacy Volunteers of Greater Hartford, Conn.


JIM FOX (HARRY JAMES FOX) (B.S., ’65; M.S., ’72) released the fantasy novel, The False Prophet, a sequel to The Stonegate Sword, which won a bronze medal in the 2016 Global eBook Awards.

TOM PHILLIPS (’66) published In the Shadows of Victory: America’s Forgotten Military Leaders, a Military History Book Club selection.

JIM SCHELL (B.S., ’66; M.S., ’69) retired from Bayer Crop Science after 32 years.


DR. ROBERT L. KELLER (M.S., ’70) has retired from CSU-Pueblo, where he taught criminology for 30 years.

RON PEVNY (’70) is founding director of the Center for Conscious Eldering based in Durango and author of the recently published book, Conscious Living, Conscious Aging.

ROBERT T. LACKEY (P.h.D., ’71) was named Fellow of the American Fisheries.

DR. ALLEN HERTZKE (B.A., ’72), a University of Oklahoma political science professor, received the Oklahoma Medal for Excellence in Teaching at a Research University.

J. DAVID REMPLE (D.V.M., ’72) published Footprints on the Toilet Seat: Memoirs of a Falcon Doctor, which recounts the establishment of the world’s first falcon hospital in Dubai.

VIRGINIA B. RICARD (M.Ed., ’72, ’73) published A Goodly Heritage, the story of one family of former slaves and free people of color who left the South after the Civil War to settle in the Midwest.

*R. DEAN BOYD (’74) has received the Animal Nutrition Award for distinguished contributions to animal nutrition research.

DR. DEBORAH I. OLSZEWSKI (’75) co-edited Archaeological Variability and Interpretation in Global Perspective.

DR. ERNEST GREENE (Ph.D., ’76), professor of engineering and biology at New Mexico Highlands University and research professor of engineering and medicine at the University of New Mexico, has been named a Jefferson Science Fellow.

SUSAN VORENBERG MUSGRAVE (’76) was a finalist for the 2016 New Mexico- Arizona Book Awards for her book, Business is About Goofy People.

JASON H. SILVERMAN (M.A., ’76), a writer and history professor at Winthrop University, won the annual Immigrants’ Civil War Award.

AUBREY DUNN (’78) is serving as New Mexico state land commissioner.

JENNIFER JUZWIK (M.S., ’78) has been named the L.C. Chadwick Award winner by the International Society of Arboriculture.

COL. GARY C. WEST (’78), a combat veteran who flew more than 130 combat missions over Iraq and Bosnia, was appointed executive officer to the director of the Pentagon on 9/11 and served as JCS chair at the National War College during the final three years of his career.


EDA C. EGGEMAN (’80) married Stephen C. Ebe in Vancouver, Wash. Stephen worked at CH2M Hill as an agricultural and civil engineer and is retired. Eda works as an environmental scientist at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

CAROL ARNY (’81), a science teacher at Buckeye Valley High School in Ohio, studied lowland rain forest and montane cloud forests in Costa Rica through Miami University’s Earth Expeditions program.

*AMY LAW (B.S., ’81; M.S., ’88) has published A Natural History of Trail Ridge Road: Rocky Mountain National Park’s Highway to the Sky.

THERESA (DANIEL) CLARK (’84) has been promoted to assistant director of prospect research and management at Western Kentucky University.

LT. GEN. JAMES H. DICKINSON (’85) has been promoted to lieutenant general and assumed command of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command and the Joint Functional Component Command for the Integrated Missile Defense in Redstone Arsenal, Ala.

THOMAS LEAHY (’85) has been named president of Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association, an international educational association serving the construction and industrial market.

LAURA MCMARLIN (’85) has been promoted to superintendent of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

MARK HARTWELL (’87) reached the 30-year service milestone with Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

DR. TERRI LITUCHY (M.S., ’87) is the PIMSA Distinguished Chair and International Professor at CETYS Universidad in Mexico and published a new book, LEAD: Leadership Effectiveness in Africa and the African Diaspora.

JACK LUELLEN (’88) has been named to the 2016-17 “Who’s Who in Energy” list, compiled by the Denver Business Journal.

THOMAS Z. TAN (M.S., ’88) finished the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, 2016, his third marathon in six months.

ROBERT RAWLE (M.S., ’89) has been certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.


B. DAVID RIDPATH (’90) received a 2016 Keystroke Catalyst Award for being the faculty member at Ohio University with the highest media placement in 2015.

CHRISTINA BOYD (’94), a Merrill Lynch adviser based in Wayzata, Minn., was recently named to Barron’s 2016 list of the Top 100 Women Financial Advisors in America.

MICHAEL M. GEARY (M.A., ’97) is the author of Sea of Sand: A History of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

CARLA HARPER (M.S., ’97) has published her first novel, Worthy.


JASON BORGES (M.S., ’02) received the Property Manager of the Year award from Capstone Collegiate Communities.

*KRISTIN BUSCHER (’03) started a new position as the director of assessment at Peru State College where she plays a significant role in the college’s accreditation and strategic planning process.

JILL HOWARTH (Lents) (’03) founded CocoRoo®, a company making USDA-certified organic lotions, after marrying an Australian she met while studying abroad with CSU.

DARLA GABBITAS (’04), has been promoted to partner at Wick Phillips, which was recognized as one of the 2017 Best Law Firms by U.S. News – Best Lawyers.

ARA MASSEY (’04), senior associate and sustainability director for the Denver-based architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht, has been named to Building Design + Construction magazine’s 40 Under 40 list.

KAREN ABT (B.A., ’06; M.A., ’08) has recently been appointed as one of four women FIFA center referees in the U.S.

JUSTIN SANTAROSA (’06) has joined Duane Morris’ Los Angeles office as an associate, joining seven other attorneys from noted corporate and banking boutique Horgan Rosen Beckham & Coren LLP.

NICOLE DURHAM (’07) and MIKE THIEME (’10) celebrated the one-year anniversary of their Fort Collins-based business, The Coffee Stop, on Sept. 21, 2016. They continued celebrations by getting married Sept. 24.

JAMES LYALL (Ph.D., ’07) has been selected as chief information officer for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colo.

ROBERT S. MCNAMARA (M.S., ’05; Ph.D., ’08) and his wife, Elizabeth, welcomed a baby boy into their family, July 18, 2016. Robert John is the little brother to Belle.

ASHLEY KIDDER (’08) works at Knotty Tie, a humble tie company in Denver. Hillary Clinton visited last year and mentioned the company in her DNC acceptance speech.

MALLORY PAIGE KIMBLE (’08) bought a motorcycle and is adventuring through the country with her dog, Baylor, for Operation Moto Dog. In 400 days, they have ridden more than 30,000 miles from Alaska to Florida.

JENNIFER HOOSON (’09), an administrator at Hidden Gem LLC, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja as part of her master’s degree program.


STEVE SOICH (M.M., ’10) is currently an assistant principal at Sobesky Academy, an alternative K-12 school in Jefferson County, Colo., serving students with emotional disabilities.

SAM FRANZEN (’11) serves as the project manager for the Rueter-Hess Water Purification Facility in Parker, Colo. The facility received the 2016 Excellence in Environmental Engineering Award from the American Society of Environmental Engineers and Scientists.

KRISTEN PETTY (B.A., B.S., ’11) teaches at Achievement First Brownsville Elementary in Brooklyn, N.Y., and named her classroom Colorado State University to give her young students an aspirational goal.

JASMINE RAINEY (’11) published her first novel, Journey to the High Road: Lessons Learned with Alyson & Friends. She currently works as a college adviser for the Denver Scholarship Foundation.

HANNA COX (’12) has been named partner at Cox Insurance Associates.

MICHAEL MAY (’12) accepted the position of town administrator in Bartonville, Texas.

C. HUNTER HUGHES (’13) was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force at Maxwell Air Force Base and is currently immersed in undergraduate pilot training at Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

ANDREW E. STONER (Ph.D., ’13) has had his book Cobra Killer adapted into a film, released last year, titled King Cobra, directed by Justin Kelly and produced by James Franco.

WESLEY DEYOUNG (’14) has been certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.

LAUREN TAUER (M.S., ’14) has been certified as a registrant of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists.


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