UW Oshkosh Alumni Lecture Notes: July 2024

’73 Carl Wegner (B) of West Bend is the retired president of Wegner & Associates. Wegner and his wife, ’73 Marlene (Lechner) Wegner (B), are expecting their seventh great-grandchild in July.

’74 Eugene Lorge (LS) of Newport News, Virginia, retired after more than 50 years of military, government and civilian service. Lorge was a senior military analyst in the U.S. Army.

’74 Lauren Young (LS) of Milton completed her doctoral studies at the University of Southern Mississippi.

UW Oshkosh Alumni Lecture Notes: July 2024

Lauren Young

’78 David Tehle (LS) of San Diego, California, was named Chairman of the Board of US Foods, where he has served as a director since 2016. Tehle served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dollar General Corporation from 2004 to 2015.

’85 Steve Jorgensen (EHS) of Oshkosh has been named head coach of the Bay Port High School football team. Prior to serving as an assistant coach at Bay Port, Jorgensen coached at Fond du Lac High School.

’85 Jan (Ralston) Ptacek (EHS) and ’91 (MSE) of Clintonville was inducted into the DKG Nu Chapter, an international society of important women educators in Shawano and Waupaca counties. Ptacek had a 37-year career in the Clintonville School District and currently works part-time in the Shawano School District.

Dan Lenz

’89 Dan Lenz (B) of Oshkosh celebrated his 25th anniversary of service at National Exchange Bank & Trust. Lenz currently serves as Vice President of Credit and Loans.

’91 Greg Giles (EHS) of Fond du Lac is the executive director of the Fond du Lac Area Community Foundation. Giles is the former executive director of the UW Oshkosh Foundation.

’91 Michael Gustafson (LS) of Kiel is CEO of the Sheboygan County YMCA. Gustafson has been executive director of the Sheboygan Falls YMCA since 2001.

’93 Steve Heimerman (B) of Chanhassen, Minnesota, is Executive Vice President and Head of Asset Management at MidWestOne Financial Group, Inc. Heimermann was previously Senior Vice President and Regional Senior Investment Officer at Northern Trust Corporation in Chicago.

’95 Karen (Woelfel) Schuchardt (EHS) of Sheboygan Falls is a claims consultant with Acuity Insurance. Schuchardt holds the Certified Leadership Program (CLP) certification.

’95 Aaron Vanden Heuvel (Federation ’16 (MBA) of Sun Prairie is Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Wisconsin Office of the State Public Defender.

Aaron Vanden Heuvel

’97 Travis Froze (B) of Hortonville is president of First Business Bank Northeast Region. Froze is married to ’97 Jill (Suttner) froze (B).

1998 Mike Vaughan (B) of Winneconne is senior vice president of commercial banking at Bank First. Vaughan has more than 26 years of experience in the banking industry.

’99 Kim (Paape) Esselman (LS) of Appleton has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Esselman is the director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the Public Housing Program. She is married to ’99 Patrick Esselman (B).

’00 Keri Harke (LS), from Oshkosh, received her 4th Black belt degree in May.

’04 Jennifer Koenecke (EHS) of Hortonville is principal of Neenah Middle School after serving as assistant principal for the past two years. Koenecke was a founding member of Fox West Academy in the Hortonville Area School District and taught there for 12 years.

’05 Alicia (Smolinski) Frank (LS) of Menasha has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Frank is the Assistant Director of Resource Development at United Way Fox Cities.

’06 Steven Rosencrans (EHS) and ’18 (MBA), of Oshkosh, is assistant principal at Fond Du Lac High School. Rosencrans previously taught English and literacy in the Menasha, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac school districts.

’07 Holly Magnus (MSE) of Kaukauna has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Magnus is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Continuous Improvement for the Kaukauna Area School District.

’07 Melanie Steinbarth (MSE) of Fond du Lac is the new principal of Chegwin Elementary School. Steinbarth has 10 years of teaching experience.

’08 Kari (Mathusek) Godsill (LS) of Neenah has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Godsill is the housing portfolio manager for the Appleton Housing Authority.

’08 David Knepfel (LS) of Plymouth is an officer with the Omro Police Department.

’10 Robert Goplin (LS) of Green Bay is the new fire chief of the Waukesha Fire Department. Goplin has more than 27 years of experience with Green Bay Metro and the City of Green Bay Fire Department.

’11 Dexter Hoban (LS) of Manitowoc is general manager of information systems at Acuity Insurance.

’11 Kari (Cassidy) Seefeldt (LS) of Neenah has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Seefeldt is a senior marketing generalist at Bassett Mechanical.

2013 Joe Johnson (LS) of Northfield, Minnesota, is the director of emergency services for Rice County. Johnson has more than 17 years of experience in the emergency services industry.

’13 Jake Schreiber (B) of Milton is regional manager for Advia Credit Union’s Wisconsin and Illinois markets.

2014 Christopher Van Dyke (B) of De Pere has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Van Dyke is the director of data services at Capital Credit Union.

’15 Danielle Kolman (LS) of Oshkosh has completed the Fox Cities Chamber’s 2023-2024 Leadership Fox Cities program. Kolman is the assistant director of employee and alumni relations at Lawrence University.

2015 Matthew Spence (MPA) of Sheboygan was appointed Sheboygan County Sheriff by Governor Evers. Spence is a veteran law enforcement officer with over two decades of service with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office.

’16 Abigail Martin (LS) of Kaukauna is a business analyst with Pitney Bowes and completed her ninth season as an assistant track and field coach at Lawrence University. Martin earned a master’s degree in sport management and administration in 2019.

Miranda Rudnick

’17 Brandon Lloyd (LS) of the City of Wilson is a senior commercial underwriter with Acuity Insurance. Lloyd is a Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU).

’18 Kendall Clark (MSE) of De Pere is a high school science teacher for multilingual students in the Little Chute Area School District. Clark previously taught at an International Baccalaureate School within Green Bay West High School.

’18 Brooke Giltner (LS) of Two Rivers is an assistant coach for the Seattle Mariners’ High-A affiliate, the Everett AquaSox. Giltner was previously the head coach for the Green Bay Blizzards football team.

’19 Zach Radde (LS) of Oshkosh is an officer with the Oshkosh City Police Department. Radde was formerly a deputy correctional officer at the Winnebago County Jail.

’20 Amanda Rudnick (LS) of Clinton, Illinois, will graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy in August. Rudnick has accepted a position as an acute care physical therapist at Carle Hospital.