Ronald A. Smith – Ph.D. 1969
As a professor emeritus after 28 years on the faculty at Penn State University, Ronald has recently published a book about the Jerry Sandusky Scandal at Penn State titled, “Wounded Lions: Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky, and the Crises in Penn State Athletics" (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2016). Using the history of intercollegiate athletics, especially at Penn State, the book explains how Penn State administrators’ dealings with athletics in the past may have influenced how they responded ineffectively to the 2011 scandal. Removing athletics from an academic unit under Joe Paterno as Athletic Director and placing athletics in a hidden away business office was a contributing factor in isolating athletics and Jerry Sandusky from greater scrutiny, Ronald explains.
Karen R. Shevet Dinah – BS 1970
Karen is a Dane County retiree. She says she began a “post-retirement” career as an interpreter/translator for the Jewish Social Services of Madison Immigration program.
Jean K. Wiggins – BS 1971
Jean has been retired for 12 years and “loves it.” Jean says her husband was also a PE graduate so the two are active in all types of silent sports. Jean says they also love traveling and have been all over the world hiking and biking.
Frank Cerny – Ph.D. 1972
Frank officially retired in 2005 as professor and chair of the Department of Physical Therapy, Exercise and Nutrition Sciences at the University at Buffalo. While in his second career as a full-time pastor and executive director of a non-profit, Frank continues to be involved in research on exercise and the treatment of cystic fibrosis. Frank’s non-profit, the Rural Outreach Center, offers wrap-around services to the rural poor. The ROC is organized to help persons and families attain self-sufficiency.
Mary M. Larsen – BS 1973
Mary retired from her position as an educator and has moved to Florida.
Nelson D. Neal – MS 1974
Dr. Neal delivered a presentation titled, Hemsley Winfield: First African-American Modern Dancer at the Lake Oswego, Oregon, public library on Aug. 16. His research on Winfield's dance career was published in 2012 and his manuscript on Hemsley Winfield dancing as the Congo Witch Doctor at the Metropolitan Opera is under consideration for publication. Dr. Neal has also completed an annotated bibliography on Winfield which has over 360 citations. He is also the head coach for boys golf at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego.
Rod Dishman – MS 1975, Ph.D. 1978
Rod is currently a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. He received a prestigious 2016 Citation Award from the American College of Sports Medicine at the annual meeting held in Boston in June.
Karen J Schwabe – BS 1979
Karen took a full-time job with Jackie Sorensen's Aerobic Dancing after graduation. She then moved to Chico, Calif., in 1986 and became director of leagues/social events at the Chico Racquet Club and Resort. Karen received her BSN in nursing from Chico State in 2009 and currently works full-time for Davita Dialysis.
Virginia Diggles Buckles – Ph.D. 1981
Virginia was awarded the 2016 Harvey A. and Dorismae Hacker Friedman Award for excellence in service to older adults from the Friedman Center for Aging, Washington University in St. Louis. Virginia is a professor of neurology and executive director of the Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Washington University.
Linda Almar Caldwell – MS 1981
Linda is coordinator of doctoral studies in the Department of Dance at Texas Woman's University. She also is vice president for the North America regions of the World Dance Alliance-Americas. She reports that she is “enjoying bringing the dream of retirement almost to real life.”
Stephen J. Langendorfer – Ph.D. 1982
Stephen is completing his third year as the school director for the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University. Stephen was awarded the Ireland Medal by the Lifesaving Foundation for contributions to swimming and lifesaving as founding editor of the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education.
Constance Fried – BS 1953, MS 1983
Constance has become a Guardian Ad Litem, a voice for a child in the custody of the Department of Children and Families. She plays clarinet in a band of 36 women, and still plays volleyball – although Constance reports that “the game has changed dramatically since 1953.”
Richard Barrent – MS 1985
Richard is president of The Barrent Group, a residential mortgage quality assurance firm in Urbandale, Iowa.
Melanie Maguire Kuzmanovic – BS 1985
Mallanie in June completed her 26th year as a School Counselor at Oak Creek High School in the Milwaukee area, where she also was re-elected to the Greendale School District's Board of Education.
Laurie Kleisinger – BS 1987
Laurie retired from coaching high school track and cross country after 20 years between Wisconsin and Colorado. She says she is looking forward to what this next chapter will bring. Laurie says: “More school/another degree? Travel? Maybe a combination of both.”
Kris Nelson Angerthal – BS 1994
Kris worked full-time as an elementary physical education teacher for Arlington (Va.) Public Schools. She recently started participating as a board member for the Washington, D.C., chapter of the UW Alumni Association.
Kimberly B. Castle (nee Harbst) – Ph.D. 1996
Kimberly retired from teaching, which she started in 1988, in the physical therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and has relocated with her husband, Kevin Castle, to the mountains of northern Georgia. Kimberly has accepted an associate professor position in the physical therapy department at the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega, where she will teach adult and pediatric neurorehabilitation, neuroanatomy and motor behavior courses. She report that “UW-Madison (and La Crosse) will always hold a warm and special place in my heart and I will carry much of what I have learned and taught to the students in Georgia!”
Ann Garvin – MS 1990, Ph.D. 1997
Ann is a full professor at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in health promotion and education. She also teaches at Southern New Hampshire University at its brick-and-mortar campus in the Master of Fine Art's program. Ann has published three novels that have been translated to German and Hebrew. Her most recent novel is, “I Like You Just Fine When You Are Not Around.” It centers on families who are caregivers with chronic disease. It is a funny and sad depiction of our generation, says Ann.
Ann Klitz Hockett – BS 2005
Over the past year Ann and her family welcomed their first child to the world, moved to a new state and embarked on new careers. Ann says her husband was hired as the assistant men's basketball coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth. I was also hired at UMD in the Applied Human Sciences Department as an instructor in the Physical Education Teacher Education Program. For this upcoming year, I am full-time, instructing upper level PE Majors in their methods courses and student teaching.
Aaron Carpiaux BS 2007
Sonja Carpiaux – BS 2007
Aaron recently completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Sonja (Hughes), recently moved to the Indianapolis area for him to complete a one-year fellowship in sports medicine with Methodist/Indiana University. Sonja had enjoyed working as a nurse practitioner in cardiology while in Kentucky but were expecting the birth of their first child in August 2016.
William Adams – BS 2009
William recently graduated with his Ph.D. in exercise science at the University of Connecticut, where his dissertation project focused on the effects of exercise-induced hypohydration on sleep and recovery. He has taken a postdoctoral fellowship position at the University of Connecticut, where he has taken the role of vice president of sport safety at the Korey Stringer Institute. His primary responsibilities are to oversee efforts in the development and implementation of evidence-based best practice recommendations surrounding issues related to sudden death in sport at the youth and high school levels. William’s current research is examining how metrics of sleep and recovery change over the course of a collegiate soccer and cross country season. In addition, he is examining the effects of training load and risk of injury in collegiate soccer and cross country athletes. William has recently published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, and Current Sports Medicine reports on topics related to policy changes in the realm of preventing sudden death in sport, validity of body temperature assessment, body cooling during exercise in the heat, and discussing the relationship of malignant hyperthermia to exertional heat stroke.
Daniel Dwyer – BS 2010
Daniel has started his second year of medical school at Boston University.
Sarah Friedman – BS 2011
Sarah received her master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. She now works in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, specializing in urologic, gynecologic and general robotic surgery.
Michael Ziegele – BS 2011
Michael recently graduated from UW Medical school and is now a first-year orthopedic surgery resident at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Amanda Leitch – BS 2012
Amanda started working as an athletic trainer at Dartmouth College in August of 2015, primarily providing care for the student-athletes of the women's soccer, women's tennis, and women's lacrosse teams. She says she has joined a fantastic team of athletic trainers, one of which is fellow Badger alumna Tracy Purcell (2004).
Lindsay Grunwald – BS 2013
Lindsay is pursing a master of science degree in health services research, policy, and administration in the School of Public Health at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She expected to graduate in September 2016.
Tylee Schraufnagel – BS 2013
Since graduating Tylee has honed her clinical skills as a licensed athletic trainer in the Boston, Massachusetts, area. She attended Boston University as a graduate student and gained additional clinical training as a graduate assistant athletic trainer with the BU Athletic Training Services staff. She graduated with her master’s degree in May 2016 and immediately accepted an offer from BU to complete their Residency in Athletic Training program as the neurotrauma and spine pathology resident. She will complete the program in May 2017. Aside from these duties, Tylee has also worked and traveled with the New England Revolution professional and academy soccer teams as an independent athletic training contractor.
Elan Van Vlack – MS 2013
Elan works as an ACSM registered clinical exercise physiologist. She specializes in cardiac rehabilitation at Unity-Point Health-Meriter Hospital. She has proudly worked as a CEP since her graduation from UW. Elan says enjoys being a part of her patients' journey to a healthier lifestyle. She has truly found her passion in providing patient care. She pays it forward by serving as a mentor to UW kinesiology practicum students. In her free time, Elan enjoys working out (of course!), training for triathlons, and spending time with her friends and family, especially her 18-month-old daughter and her husband.
Mara Martin – BS 2015
Mara is currently working as a personal and team trainer at Anytime Fitness on the east side of Madison. She is also looking into going back to school for a physical therapy or physical therapy assistant degree.
Abby Johnson – MS 2015
Abby is working in a physical therapy clinic where she utilizes her athletic training skills for outreach youth sports. Abby recently received the Back to Sports grant from the American Heart Association and NFL. She will be conducting this education event for parents with children looking to participate in sport this fall. Abby also got involved with her community volleyball program, where she is the recreation league coordinator and coach for the Eden Prairie Volleyball Association.
Tessa Mertins – BS 2015
Initially after graduation, Tessa spent two months volunteering in Hawaii. Upon returning she now is employed at Aurora working as a rehabilitation and clerical aide for an outpatient rehabilitation department, and have moved to Milwaukee. At the same time, Tessa has applied to Physical Therapy school and is waiting to hear back. I am also starting to coach a few group personal training classes at ASCENT gym downtown.
Michaela Rabas – BS 2015
Michaela is currently a graduate assistant at the University of South Carolina working as an athletic trainer for USC's men's soccer and baseball teams while working towards a master's degree in advanced athletic training.
Emily Wolfenden – BS 2015
Emily recently started medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix and will graduate with an MD in 2020.
Michael Martin – MS 2016
Michael accepted a full-time position as an assistant athletic trainer at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He was promoted to the assistant head athletic trainer at Loras All Sports Camp, which has an enrollment of about 2,400 athletes during a summer.