Class Notes



’07 Sarah Phelan and Ryan Waterson, on April 9, 2016. Sarah is a cardiac cath lab specialist at Via Christi, Wichita, Kan.

’09 Paige Stockham and Chris Hermann, on Jan. 23, 2016. Paige is an occupational  therapist at Wesley Medical Center.

’13 Luke Somes and ’16 Samantha Engels, on June 11, 2016.

’14 Dawn Booher-Terry and Thomas Terry, on Nov. 21, 2015. The couple recently moved to San Antonio. Dawn’s son Trey Tucker presently attends Newman and is a pitcher on the Jets Baseball Team.

’16 Abigail (Abby) Schmeidler and Tony Nolla, on June 25, 2016.


’36 Verena Gunzelman, ASC celebrated her 83rd anniversary as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’40 Leona Riebel, ASC celebrated her 81st anniversary as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’42 Elizabeth Determan, ASC, Sylvana Schulte, ASC and Thomasine Stoecklein, ASC celebrated their 75th anniversaries as Adorers of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’46 Marilyn Rupp, ASC and ’47 Janice Friess, ASC celebrated their 70th anniversaries as Adorers of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’63 Ursula Schones, ASC celebrated her 65th anniversary as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’64 Janet Rowley, ASC celebrated her 50th anniversary as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’65 Denise Schwartz, ASC celebrated her 60th anniversary as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ in May 2016.

’65, ’69 Gerry Killeen retired as executive vice president, managing director of creative services at Publicis Kaplan Thaler Group, New York, N.Y.

’67 Eloise Hertel, OP retired from teaching in May 2016 to begin service as coordinator of the Dominican house in Great Bend, Kan.

’68 Celeste Albers, OP celebrated her 50th jubilee as a Dominican Sister of Peace on June 25, 2016.

’80 Thomas Stolz was named director of public safety/assistant county manager for Sedgwick County.



’88 Donette Alonzo received a doctorate degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City in May 2016.

’93 Diana Kranz retired from teaching elementary school at Haven, Kan., grade school after 23 years.

’93 Sheila Landis is an assistant professor of nursing at Bethel College, North Newton, Kan.

’95 Rick Heiser joined North Arkansas Regional Medical Center, Harrison, Ark., as director of outpatient rehabilitation and sports medicine.

’99 Becky (Jellison) Luerman received the Ashland (Kan.) Distinguished Teacher Award on May 21, 2016.

’00 Todd Martz, Ph.D., was awarded tenure in the chemistry department of Scripps Oceanographic Institute, San Diego, Calif.

’00 John Rapp, J.D., of Hinkle Law Firm was elected vice president of the Wichita Bar

’01 Regina (Srajer) Phipps is an e-communications specialist at American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Broken Arrow, Okla.

’03 Jamie (Harrison) Taulbee is chief retail officer at Meritrust Credit Union, Wichita, Kan. She will maintain her previous responsibilities as vice president in marketing/sales initiatives and corporate communication.

’03 Matthew Olson joined Stinson, Lasswell & Wilson as a member, after working for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office.

’04 Eva Harmon is principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Arkansas City, Kan.

’04 Rebecca Sandoval-Kennedy is a district social worker for USD 308 and is owner- operator of Complete Circle Counseling & Coaching, Hutchinson, Kan.

’06, ’13 Kalli (Schremmer) Nance is a legal secretary at Foulston Seifkin LLP in Wichita, Kan.

’07 Jennifer (Davis) Pickler is a social studies teacher in USD 259 in Wichita, Kan.

’08 Daniel Bryan has resigned from Bishop Kelly High School in Tulsa, Okla., to enter the seminary for the Diocese of Tulsa. Daniel is completing his term on the Newman National Alumni Board.

’08 Matt Smith is the junior/senior principal at Rawlins County USD 105 (Kan.) high school.



’10 ’12 Georgia (Wiggins) Drewes is the assistant director of admissions at Newman University.

’11 Amanda (Harris) Pavlovich is a social studies teacher in USD 259 in Wichita, Kan.

’11 Tyler Nordman is athletic director at Highland Community College, Highland, Kan.

’11 Melissa Winter Gillenwater is a 2016 recipient of the St. Philippine Duchesne Award for outstanding young elementary school teacher from the Wichita Catholic Diocese. Melissa teaches at Christ the King Catholic School in Wichita, Kan.

’12 Heather (Ranney) Pianalto, math instructor at Southwest College, Winfield, Kan., heads the Quantitative Literacy Center at Southwest, which offers tutoring services to students.



’13 Peter Abella is an admissions counselor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

’13 Yaney Rocha received her juris doctor degree from De Paul University School of Law in May 2016.

’14 Danielle Cobb is a nurse in the CVICU as part of the heart institute at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Kansas City, Mo.

’14 Michael Linthicum is the new health care pastor at Woodworth Healthcare of Parsons, Kan.

‘16 Joan Simoneau is superintendent of schools/elementary principal at USD 369 Burrton (Kan.) Schools.

David Skinner, honorary alumnus and former assistant men’s basketball coach at Kansas Newman College, retired from his chiropractic practice in California on March 31, 2016.


Josephine A. Smith Jacobs, sister of ’46 Theresa Neises, on Jan. 1, 2016.

Mark Farmer, son, and Justin Campbell, grandson of ’48 Wanda (Miller) Farmer, on March 22, 2016, and May 29, 2016, respectively.

Larry Bolte, husband of ’57 Patricia (Dougherty) Bolte, on Nov. 1, 2015.

Everett Hartman, brother of ’61 Louise (Hartman) Ast, on Jan. 30, 2016.

Betty Utz, on June 17, 2016. Betty is the mother of ’67 Mary Clare (Utz) Page (deceased); ’73 Howard Utz, and retired Newman employee ’95, ’99 Cheryl (Utz) Young. She was motherin-law to ’74 Denise “Dee” (Agostinelli) Utz and ’71 Don Young, and grandmother of ’01, ’06 Michael J. Young and ’04 William (Bill) Young. Betty’s brother, the Hon. Leonard Utz, attended Newman but did not graduate.

’64 Mary Ann (Seiwert) Winkler, on March 25, 2016.

Marcella LeFevre, mother of ’65 Cathy (LeFevre) Coward and ’75 Carolyn LeFevre, on May 3, 2016.

James Edward Stover, husband of ’67 Frances (Strouse) Stover, on Jan. 17, 2016.

Mary Suter, mother of ’69 John Suter and mother-in-law of ’66 Jeanne (Stone) Suter on May 30, 2016.

Larry Brake, brother of ’71 Theresa Brake, on Nov. 2, 2015.

Michael Perez, father, and Consuelo Perez, mother of ’71 James Perez and ’76 Robert Perez, and grandparents of ’02 Nicholas Perez, M.D., on Feb. 11, 2016, and June 2, 2016, respectively.

Marcella Bayer, mother of ’73 Mike Bayer, M.D. and ‘76 Teddy Bayer, and mother-in-law of ’77 Lynne (Danielson) Bayer, on Feb. 12, 2016.

Edward Szczepanik, brother of ’74 Vicki (Szczepanik) Hanaka, on May 16, 2016.

’74 Patricia (Wittman) Bayles, on Feb. 19, 2016. She was former dean of nursing at Butler County Community College.

Sylvester Stuhlsatz, father of ’75 Shirley (Stuhlsatz) Wiebe and ’77 Carol (Stuhlsatz) Dwyer, on May 14, 2016.

John “Jack” Alfred Ludlow Jr., father of former Board of Trustees Member ‘78 Michael Ludlow, M.D., on April 24, 2016.

Charles Dix, brother of ’80 Linda (Dix) Keiser, on June 27, 2016.

Barbara McCarthy, mother of ’82 Thomas McCarthy, O.D., on June 4, 2016.

Thomas Bette, brother of ’83 Heidi Bette, DDS, on May 17, 2016.

Walfred Kieffer, father of ’85 Vicki Kieffer-Rockhill, on Oct. 22, 2015.

’97 Geri Chamberlain on March 19, 2016. Geri worked in accounting and human resources at Professional Insurance Management, Wichita, Kan.

’09 James Hocutt, on Jan. 14, 2016.

Tyler Whitney, husband of ’12 Megan E. (Rassel) Whitney, on Aug. 3, 2015.

’13 Dorelia Carrillo, on Jan. 2, 2016.



Born to Bill and Suzanne Berg, Ph.D., a daughter, Lorelei Allsion, on March 16, 2016.  Suzanne is assistant professor of communication at Newman.


Vimala Pillari, former dean of the School of Social Work at Newman, has been named the first dean of the College of Health Sciences and Human Services at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, Texas.


Mike Chance, president of Chance Rides Manufacturing, Inc., on April 19, 2016. His mother, Marjorie “Marj” Chance, played a key role in starting the nursing program at Newman University.

Marguerite “Marge” Finn, on March 22, 2016. Marge was the wife of former Newman University Board Member John Finn.

John J. Murphy, Ph.D., on Jan. 18, 2016. John was an adjunct professor who taught in the Newman University MBA program for several years.



’49, ’58 Jeanne Lobmeyer Cardenas, on April 24, 2016, from Parkinson’s disease. Baptized Alfrieda Theresa Lohmeyer, she taught 32 years at Newman and was named professor emerita of English and Communication. Jeanne was an Adorer (she took the name Sister Mary Jeanne) from 1951 to 1969, wife of Michael Pena Cardenas for 41 years, author, painter, photographer, quilter, creator of the Newman Vantage and feature writer for The Wichita Eagle/Beacon. She received the 1971 Kansas Press Women Sweepstakes Award, the 1993 Newman Faculty



Emeritus Award and the 1995 St. Maria De Mattias Award. She wrote and was the voice for the “Sunday With Sisters” radio program and created “For Women Only,” a way for women to re-enter college. Memorials to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Wichita, Kan. or Gentiva Hospice.


Jerry Johnston, former owner of Johnston’s Clothiers, on March 21, 2016. Jerry was the father of Newman Vice President for University Advancement ’82 J.V. Johnston, and grandfather of ’06 Benjamin Johnston, ’08 Jacob Johnston and ’10 Isaac Johnston. Memorials to The Center of Hope, 400 N. Emporia, Wichita, KS 67202, and The Lord’s Diner, 520 N. Broadway, Wichita, KS 67214.

Judith Coombs Schreiber, Ph.D., on Sept. 21, 2016. Schreiber was a chemistry professor at Newman in the 1970s. She resided in Estes Park, Colo., near her daughter Ann and family.