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Beryl Randall Johnson (BSE 1948)
“I studied kinesiology with Margaret H'Doubler, I believe. Never fully understood it other than the concept. I taught PE for 6 months, married, had children, attended Univ. of Pittsburgh graduate school in 1965-1970 earning a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. in Counselor Ed. and Ed. Psych.”

James M. Horsfall (BS 1949)
“Just a brief comment from a WWII veteran and PE graduate: The type of work performed over the lifetime of a person may vary considerably from the discipline of a particular course of study. While I have a degree in Physical Education ('49), most of my career was in the engineering profession with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation in the field of civil engineering-highways for 32 years. I retired in 1986 and moved to the Oakwood Village Retirement Community in Madison, Wisconsin. In the last several years I have completed a number of watercolor paintings that have been displayed at the Overture Center and other places in Madison. Whatever is or was the career and interest of a person, the importance of continuing education is the fundamental activity in furthering one's knowledge and developing skills for a reasonable healthy and rewarding life.”

1950s

Dick Murphy (BS 1952)
“Unfortunately, after graduation I never saw the inside of a classroom. I spent 23 years in marketing division of the Miller Brewing Co. I left the brewery and opened my own distributorship covering three counties and selling to 800+ retail customers. I sold the business and retired 1-1-91. I have since been occupied hunting and fishing throughout the country. Also taking care of our six children's sixteen children (our grand children) and nine great grandchildren. Really lots of fun. I would really enjoy hearing from any of my old classmates.”

Marilyn Grabin Putz (BS 1954)
“The OLD Dept. of Physical Education for Women is a thing of the past, and I was afraid it had been completely forgotten. I am a member of the class of '54, but finished the phys. ed. major in about '58. I taught in various locations around the country for many years: Highland Park High School, Highland Park, IL (my alma mater); Hillsdale High School, San Mateo, California; Schenk Jr. High School, Madison, WI; Alameda High School, Lakewood, CO; and back again to Highland Park and Deerfield High Schools (Deerfield, IL). After this, I got a Master's in Counseling and have been working as a pet-loss counselor (and various other capacities) at a local animal hospital (Lincolnshire, IL) for 18 years.”

John R. Olson (BS 1959)
John received advanced degrees in biology education in 1964; educational administration in 1979 and health education in 2000. He retired after 41 years with Madison School District as an Assistant Superintendent and Director of Athletics for Madison Schools. Since retirement, he has served as Curriculum Director for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; College Liaison for the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association; and as an adjunct faculty member for the Online Graduate Instruction in Sport Administration at Ohio University. He developed 14 in-service courses for high school athletics administrators and traveled in 26 states to deliver the curriculum.

1960s

George Wastila (MS 1960)
“I think the best summary is that which is described about myself in the Hall of Fame, University of Wisconsin, Superior - 1974 inductee. It can be downloaded via Google/Internet. I add that I lost my wife of thirty eight years, Brown University Graduate and English Teacher, Grace Elizabeth (Annotti) Wastila, in '05, and have two sons who are both Marines: Lt Col Michael Wastila and Major Derek Wastila. My sons have given Grace and I three grandchildren each. I am currently fully retired and residing in Coronado, California. I remain...”

Sue Anderson Farmer (BSE 1962)
“This year I will celebrate my 69th birthday and I am still teaching in the Department of Education of Jamestown College. As a dance major, I felt that Wisconsin was on the cutting edge for wellness and my background in kinesiology perhaps allows me to still be doing choreography as well as teaching social dance classes in the community and at the college. I felt very privileged to have met Margaret H’Doubler personally. I look forward to the many communications that I have with the university in the form of alumni news. I just wish that I lived closer so that I could attend various events. I am proud to tell people that I graduated from such a fine institution.”

Marcia Barratt Murray (MS 1964)
“At the present time I am not involved with my "movement" orientation. I have struggling with health problems and have been instructed to cut activities. I normally am active with Sacred Dance, with sign singing, and children's creative movement. Now, best to say, I am retired.”

Bob Bowen (MS 1964)
“I am a retired Emeritus Prof. from UWSP and retired as the Director of International Programs after a 30 year career of teaching Health and Wellness in the HPERA Department; now known as HESA (Health, Exercise Science and Athletics). I also coached gymnastics for a few years at UWSP following 8 years as a teacher and coach in the Brown Deer (Granville) School System where I was fortunate to earn 3 successive State Championships with our boys teams and became wedded to the subject of health education. My gymnastic skills came from being a team member at UW under Dean Morey. It's been a great career and retirement and I very much appreciate my years at UW-Madison prior to earning the doctorate at Indiana University.”

Nancy McGowan Page (BSE 1965)
“I have been retired from UW-Stevens Point for five years. I taught physical education and coached for 31 years there (field hockey for 13 years, softball for 10, and tennis for 18 years.) I was elected to the UW-Stevens Point Athletic Hall of Fame in October 2006. I think I had the best job ever, as I taught tennis, badminton, cross country skiing, in-line skating, walking/jogging, biking, self defense and teaching methods to PE students.”

Jo Safrit (PhD 1967)
“The University of Wisconsin was my home for many years. I received both my Masters and Ph.D. degrees from UW, then taught for 5 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In 1970, my mentor, Dr. Marie Liba, retired from UW-Madison, and I returned there to fill her position in the measurement area. I remained until 1999. One of the highlights of my career was receiving the Henry-Bascom Professorship. After I left Wisconsin, I became Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Fitness at American University in Washington, DC. I stayed at American for 8 years, and retired again! I now live in Greensboro, NC, where I received my B.S. degree at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. I was born in North Carolina, so I have in essence returned home. I have become involved with UNCG in small ways, and now am on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association. I continue to attend conferences, and stay in touch with my colleagues in the measurement area. I have always given Wisconsin credit for supporting and enhancing my growth as a scholar. There was and is a scholarly atmosphere on campus that is pervasive. I occasionally wonder what my academic life would have been like if I had not come to UW. I think it would have been different, and probably not as good. Anyway, I am grateful to Wisconsin for the preparation I received that made all the difference in my career. As for my hobbies, I like to travel in an RV. I enjoy reading, and I belong to an investment club. And, of course, it's always nice to keep up with Wisconsin friends and former colleagues. I return to campus annually to attend the Safrit Lecture, usually held in October. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to stay in touch with the Department of Kinesiology.”

Phil Pabich (MS 1968)
“I ended up using my background in Curriculum and Instruction in P.E. to help me transfer into the Teacher Education at the U.W. and received my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the School of Education. We ended up moving to Northern California and I switched from teaching to ed. administration and was the Dean of Community Education for the West Valley-Mission Community College District in the Saratoga/Santa Clara communities for 15 years retiring in 2006. The background studies that I had at the UW were quite invaluable. I often return to Wisconsin and visit the campus since both of our extended families are still in Madison and Eau Claire areas. We are now Californians who both have great regard for the UW.”

Jack Tupper Daniels (PhD 1969)
Jack coached for 19 years at SUNY Cortland in New York. There, he coached eight NCAA DIII National Championship teams, 30 Individual National Champions and 130 All Americans. He coached three female Olympic runners, including a marathon silver medal winner for the Seoul games in 1988. He spent 10 years coaching distance running at UT Austin, where he was an associate professor of exercise science. He served as Director of Exercise Physiology Research for Nike for six years. He has continued research in exercise physiology on runners and swimmers and the effects of altitude on endurance performance. “For the past 4 years I have been the head coach for the Center for High altitude Training at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ, but NAU recently terminated the Center so I will continue coaching and probably more research with another university.”

1970s

Rosemary Aten (PhD 1970)
“I retired from Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1994. I have enjoyed frequent trips to Madison for football in Camp Randall, etc. While I do not have any professional activities to report, my other activities include golf and working in the yard. I look forward to April 30th when a new UW alum chapter meeting will be held in E. Peoria. UW still receives my valuable support.”

Tim Kennedy (BS 1970)
“My experience at Madison was great and, upon graduating, I taught at the elementary level and coached track and cross country at the high school level in the Minneapolis Public Schools for 7 years. From there, I left teaching (declining enrollment in Minneapolis).” Tim worked at Honeywell International in Minneapolis for more than 20 years as a trainer, training manager to National Operations Management, branch manager and director. Since 2000, he has been working at WennSoft Inc in New Berlin, Wisc., starting as Manager of Professional Services and now serving as Executive Vice President for Development. He served in the Minnesota Army National Guard from 1970 until 2007, when he retired as Brigadier General.

Cindy Christiansen Harder (BSE 1971)
After graduation, Cindy taught middle school in the Wauwatosa, Wisc. Since 1988, she has worked at Holy Innocents Episcopal School in Atlanta, Ga. as a middle school instructor, Physical Education Department Head and Girls Varsity Tennis Coach.

William Marshall (PhD 1971)
William worked for the University of Wisconsin system between 1961 and 1971, serving in various athletic and physical education positions at the Marathon County and Waukesha Campuses. After finishing his Ph.D. at UW-Madison, he accepted the position of Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. starting on July 1, 1971. F&M is a very selective liberal arts college that is known for its strength in the sciences, pre-med, pre-law and business. It is also one of the oldest colleges in the country. He retired from that position on July 1, 2000. During his tenure he ushered in women's varsity sports and eventually oversaw a program of 27 men's and women's varsity sports. William was a leader in Eastern intercollegiate sports. He served on many committees of the Eastern College Athletic Conference and Centennial Conference and served a two-year term as president of the ECAC. He was also active with the NCAA, serving two four year terms on the national governing bodies Council and also served multiple years on the NCAA interpretations and eligibility committees. In addition to the administrative accomplishments described above, he found time to serve 20 years as the varsity men's squash coach at F&M where his team was ranked in the top 5 nationally for 10 consecutive years, finishing 2nd behind Harvard one year. William was inducted into the NACDA National Athletic Directors Hall of Fame in 2001 and later into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame and National Collegiate Squash Racquets Association Hall of Fame. William is married to Julia (Koch) with whom he had four sons and later 10 grandchildren. They live in Lancaster, Penn. where both do volunteer work, travel, and enjoy the freedom of retirement.

Nancy Wichgers Pedersen (BSE 1973)
“I recently retired from a successful career at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago, Illinois. In 2004, I completed my volleyball coaching career with a 9th state championship and retired as athletic director in 2006. I am fortunate to hold numerous state coaching records and have been inducted into our conference (GCAC) Hall of Fame and the Chicagoland Hall of Fame. Presently I am an event specialist for volleyball championships around the country. Semi-retirement allows my husband Niels and I to travel and be Pepperdine volleyball superfans while we watch our son Sean compete as a Pepperdine volleyball Wave.”

Ron Zernicke (PhD 1974)
Since October 2007, Ron has been teaching at the University of Michigan as a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and School of Kinesiology. He is the Director of the Bone & Joint Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Center. In 2008, he received the University of Calgary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Supervision, the Career Award from the Canadian Society of Biomechanics, and an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

Barbara Keene (BS 1975)
“I have been in the education field since graduation from UW, but moved from physical education to higher education and adult learning and now corporate training and development. I recently (December, 2008) completed my Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Missouri--St. Louis. My dissertation is entitled Supporting E-learning within a Social Framework. It was an experimental research design looking at different levels of support for corporate web-based training. Currently I am a Senior Performance Development Specialist at Edward Jones--The #2 best place to work on Fortune Magazines 2009 survey. My position involves measurement and evaluation of learning, instructional design and technology and firm-wide performance improvement initiatives. Most importantly, my daughter Marni Portner, graduated from UW in May of 2008 with a degree in Zoology and recently returned to St. Louis and is in scientific software sales. A degree from U.W. Madison is the foundation for a great career!”

Barbara Allen (BS 1976)
“I graduated from the UW-Wisconsin in 1976 with a BS in Dance. In 2001, I received a certification in the Pilates Method. I teach Pilates privately and also as a warm-up to actors and athletics. In fact a niece of mine is attending college in Colorado on a full golf scholarship. I have designed a conditioning program for her incorporating Pilates, yoga and nutrition.”

Laura Richardson Roberts (BSE 1976)
“I taught physical education, coached and served as an athletic director at the H.S. level. I went on to teach at the college level, earned a master’s degree in P.E. while living in California (Cal. State - Northridge). My degree has served me well in so many ways. Fitness/wellness is my passion and always has been. I now own my own business as a personal trainer specializing in clinical/post physical therapy exercise application. Yoga therapy is also part of my business and it is booming. It's proved to be a great combination. I am very determined to bring awareness and mindfulness to all physical conditioning programs. I'm not sure what the new Kinesiology department has to offer and can't wait to learn more.”

Kit Nordeen (PhD 1977)
“My husband, Buzz, and I live right here in Madison so we can follow many UW sports and pretty much anything that involves the UW. Therefore, most of our UW activities are for fun. We do some low-level volunteering for athletics related events and projects. We both love being able to keep up with UW activities.”

Shelley Joan Weiss (BS 1978)
Shelley received graduate degrees from UW-Platteville and Naval War College, along with continuing graduate work in ELPA at UW-Madison. She spent 28 years in the military and served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF. She has taught at DeForest Middle School and the Academy of Military Science. She has served as Associate Director of the Center of Education at UW-Platteville, Associate Principal at Sun Prairie Middle School, and is now Principal at Waunakee Community Middle School. She is involved in the Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE); Wisconsin School Music Association (WSMA); Association for Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA); National Middle School Association; National Association for Secondary School Principals; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Instruction (State and National levels); Wisconsin Association for School Safety Coordinators; and the National Guard Association. She is the president of WAMLE; a board member of WSMA; a mentor trainer for AWSA; a developer, trainer, and reviewer with the DPI for the Wisconsin Master Educator Assessment Process (WMEAP); and reviewer/editor for Corwin Press and Eye on Education Publishers. “I've had the good fortune of continuing my involvement at UW and in the area of health education through the Healthy Classrooms (UW-Medical Students). I've worked to get more UW departments involved in this important and worthwhile activity. I also keep in touch with contact through WAHPERD as we have had officers for the organization in our school district. I'm always excited to connect with others and connect others to you.”

1980s

Jack Young (PhD 1980)
“I am currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I am also the Executive Director of the Southwest Regional Chapter of ACSM.”

Doris Lennon (PhD 1981)
“My committee included Fran Nagle, Hank Lardy, Earl Shrago, Peter Hanson, and Bob Kochan. My dissertation work involved the study of carnitine metabolism during exercise. I am so pleased to say the my daughter, Courtney Thompson, has been accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Engineering this fall, which will give me a lot of opportunity to return to such a fabulous University!”

Lynn Budzak (BS 1984)
“A lot has happened since I was a student in the PE Dept. I went to med school at UW and then a residency in Family Practice in Eau Claire. I was in private practice in De Pere, WI until 3 years ago when I changed career paths and joined the Green Bay VA Outpatient Clinic. I absolutely love my job! I care for veterans of all ages and have a special interest in health care issues for veterans of the First Gulf War (1990-91) and those deployed in recent years to Iraq and Afghanistan. It is an honor to serve those who have served!”

Ted Hirschfeld (BS 1987)
“I'm finishing up my 7th year at Hinsdale Central High School as well as working as a physician-extender for 3 Hinsdale Ortho doctors. I am in the middle of my 2nd 2-year term on the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association, and have been an original member (since 2004) of the IATA Committee on Revenue (IL-COR). I've also been invited by USA Track & Field to be the Head Athletic Trainer for Team USA at the 2009 Chiba International Ekiden Race (Marathon relay) in Chiba, Japan this coming November (my 6th international trip). This is also my 3rd year of being an Approved Clinical Instructor (ACI) for the Lewis University Athletic Training Program in Romeoville, IL.”

Jennifer Vollrath-Grosam (BS 1988)
“I went on to obtain my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Minneapolis. I have been practicing in Green Bay for 16 years. I utilize rehabilitative exercises in my practice on a daily basis. I am married to David Grosam and we have two boys, Matthew and Mitchell. I look forward to hearing about some of my other classmates.”

Duane Knudson (PhD 1988)
Duane accepted the position of department chair of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. He has recently served as chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Associate Dean of the College of Communication and Education at California State University, Chico.

Michael Deignan (BS 1988)
“I ran track and cross-country for the Badgers and Martin Smith/Ed Nuttycombe and thoroughly enjoyed that experience. I was not a major force on either team, but the experience was invaluable. I joined the Madison School District in 1989 as a PE teacher. I went back to UW for my master’s in Educational Administration in 2000. I am currently in my fourth year as a principal in the Madison School District-Sandburg Elementary School (http://sandburgweb.madison.k12.wi.us/). Having spent the past twenty-five years in Madison, I have enjoyed watching the changes in the Kinesiology and athletic departments. At heart, I'm still a PE teacher and often miss being in the gym.”

1990s

Tom Hagood (PhD 1990)
“I'm currently developing a project with Professor Emerita Mary Alice "Buff" Brennan - we're working on a text or special journal issue on kinesthetic learning in dance, its definitions, its pedagogies, current and historical writings on the topic - finding much of it contributed by Wisconsin alumni. In December 2008 my latest book "Legacy in dance Education: Essays and Interviews on Values, Practices and People" was published by Cambria Press (included a chapter by Wisconsin dance faculty Karen McShane Hellenbrand and an interview with Buff Brennan, Claudia Melrose, Anna Nassif and Jin Wen Yu). I am co-editor (with Dr. Luke Kahlich of Temple University) of the Cambria Press Dance series. I'm always looking for new work, if anyone has something they would like to propose in the area of dance/movement studies: research-based works in dance that address education, sociological or cultural studies, dance and emergent media, somatic studies, advocacy, history or policy analysis.”

Bruce D. Johnson (PhD 1991)
Bruce is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He holds joint appointments in Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, and Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine. As part of his clinical focus, he helps run a preventive and rehabilitative cardiology program. His research includes translational, integrative physiology; respiratory system in heart failure and lung disease; altitude physiology; human performance testing in elite athletes; aerospace medicine; remote patient monitoring and wireless sensors.

Martha James (BS 1993)
Martha is a K-12 Physical Education Coach with the Saint Paul Public Schools. She was named MNAHPERD Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year and completed a doctoral degree in Critical Pedagogy from St. Thomas University in Minneapolis last year.

Lauren Nelson-Bobb (BS 1995)
“I am a 1995 graduate of the Kinesiology program, also attaining a Master of Physical Therapy degree in 1999 from UW. I currently work in an acute care hospital doing primarily outpatient orthopedics, acute care and vestibular physical therapy. I would be interested in finding out where my various classmates are from around the time I graduated.”

Greg Rebella (MS 1996)
“I am happy to be back in Madison after 8 years away... after getting my master’s in Kinesiology, I went to Medical School (UW, grad 2000), Pediatric residency (U of IA completed 2003), Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship (completed 2008); I have returned to UW to help start up the Pediatric Emergency medicine section; I have recently published an article on Pole Vault injuries in high school athletes (AJSM, Mar 2008) and am currently gathering data on PV injuries in collegiate athletes. My wife, Tiffany is also a grad from the department is a dermatologist in the Milwaukee area.”

Nancy Getchell (PhD 1996)
“I have just a little bit of news. First, the 5th edition of Life Span Motor Development came out in 2008 (I am co-author with Kathie Haywood). Second, I will be doing some international workshops. The first is at the National University in Heredia, Costa Rica, at the International Symposium in Physical Activity, Health and Quality of Life. I am doing a workshop on Developmental Task Analysis and one on Developmental Assessments. The second workshop is at Jiangnan University in Wuxi, China, were I will be doing a workshop on curriculum development and course design in Motor Development.”

Mitch Hutter (BS 1997)
“Following graduation, I became certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and then spent 5 seasons working as a strength and conditioning coach with the Chicago White Sox and their minor league affiliates. Since leaving the organization I went back to UW and got my masters in physical therapy and work for Dean Health Systems.”

Ben Miller (MS 1998) and Meredith Frommer Miller (BS 1996)
“After obtaining undergraduate and master’s degrees in Kinesiology at Madison I knew I wanted to pursue academics and research. I was lucky enough to get accepted into the PhD program at UC-Berkeley in Integrative Biology with George Brooks, who many know from his Exercise Physiology textbook. I think it was a recommendation from Jerry Dempsey that helped me into this PhD. I completed my PhD there in 2002 and moved to Copenhagen, Denmark to complete an NIH funded postdoc. In Copenhagen I was part of the famous muscle research center and worked specifically at Bispebjerg Hospital. About 1.5 years into my postdoc I started looking for job opportunities. The first job I applied for I was offered and it happen to be in Auckland, New Zealand. My wife and I decided to take a chance in the southern hemisphere. I was faculty at the University of Auckland for 2.5 years. Anyone that knows New Zealand can tell you that it puts a grip on you because it is a very special place. During this time though I kept my eyes open for a job in the United States for a variety of reasons. I was not particularly looking to leave New Zealand, but was just keeping an eye out for something in a few select places in the US just in case. One such place was northern Colorado. I saw a job opening at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO. I knew the department was up and coming and that Fort Collins consistently ranks among the top places in the US to live. Again, I was lucky enough to be offered the job and found myself in a young, dynamic department with great colleagues and great infrastructure. In 2 years at CSU I have not regretted the move for a second. Currently I study aging skeletal muscle with a particular focus on mitochondria. Ironically, on an NIH grant I was recently awarded I work with Dr. Greg Cartee who I first got to know as an undergraduate student in Kinesiology at Madison. I married Meredith Frommer (now Miller) who was also an undergraduate in Kinesiology at Madison. Meredith and I met when she was playing soccer and I was an athletic trainer for the soccer team. Meredith completed a master’s degree at San Francisco State University while I was working on my PhD. What Meredith has done since then is more impressive. Meredith traded soccer cleats for a bike after watching me bike race some. It was quickly apparent that she had a lot of cycling ability. After a couple of years Meredith turned pro and raced for some years in Europe doing all the big races such as the women's version of the Tour de France. Meredith returned to US-based racing and is generally considered one of the best and most respected women cyclists in the country. Over the years she has consistently placed near the top in races for the US National Championship. She is a full-time pro racer for a domestic racing team and occasionally, when needed, she will jump back to Europe and race with the US National Team.”

Andrea Dow (BS 1999)
Andrea owns a Pilates studio in Milwaukee's historic third ward. For more information and her bio, please visit www.coreconcepts-pilates.com.

Maria DeGiovanni Andres (BS 1999)
Maria is a Physician Assistant at Prairie Clinic, a family practice in Sauk City, Wisc.

2000s

Kevin Monroe (BS 2002)
“I am the owner and personal fitness trainer of Monroe Real Training LLC, ‘Real Training.’ Real Training is an in-home/office personal fitness training business covering Spring Green, Sauk-Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, and Madison. We are also a distributor of Lifeline USA functional fitness equipment.”

Michelle Thompson (BS 2002)
“After I graduated from Kinesiology in 2002, I then graduated from the Physical Therapy program at UW-Madison in December 2004. I moved back to Milwaukee where I came from and began working in the outpatient rehabilitation department of Aurora West Allis Medical Center in January of 2005. In January 2007, I began the program at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences for my transitional doctor of physical therapy degree. I should graduate from that program in spring of 2010. I was married in October of 2007 and my married name in Michelle Thompson (my maiden name is Mueller). I am currently a PT II at the same hospital.”

Sean Rundell (BS 2002)
“I attended Duke University for my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. I have been a physical therapist for almost four years. Within that time, I completed a post-graduate residency at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles and became a board certified orthopaedic specialist. I had a case report, "Physical Therapist Management of Acute and Chronic Low Back Pain Using the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health," published in Physical Therapy this January. Currently, I am a physical therapist at a private practice in Portland, Or. I have decided to pursue a career in academia and research, and I will be starting graduate work at the University of Washington School of Public Health in Epidemiology this fall. My goal is to complete a Ph.D. and study the factors that contribute to disability in people with chronic pain and low back pain.”

Heather Thompson Young (BS 2002)
Heather earned an M.S. in Physical Education, Health and Recreation in 2006 from Emporia State University in Kansas. She currently works as a physical education teacher and a National Subject Area Specialist for Insight School Wisconsin (a virtual high school). She also teaches physical education at Holy Family Parish School in Whitefish Bay, Wisc.

Nick Kitowski (BS 2002)
Nick completed medical school at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2006 and is currently in his general surgery residency training at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse, Wisc.

Mykos Ress (BS 2002)
“As the elder statesman of the 2002 Kinesiology - Exercise Science graduating class, I am pleased to report that I am still breathing - and exercising! Since commencement, I have opened a massage studio on State Street - directly across from the entrance to the Overture Center for the Performing Arts. Called "Ovation Massage", I specialize in Deep Tissue and Sport Massage. I have also had the privilege of providing therapeutic massage to the following University of Wisconsin athletic teams: Wrestling (10 years), Football (9 years), Women's Soccer (8 years), Men's Soccer (8 years), Men's Hockey (6 years) and Men's Basketball (4 years). When not putting my UW - Madison education to work, I enjoy fishing at my cabin on Big Spirit Lake in Price County with my 100 pound yellow Labrador retriever "Zeus". My biggest challenge is to convince him NOT to retrieve the lures that I cast. The loons, bald eagles, mountain biking, trail running and an occasional 'dirty' martini, help me unwind in the North Country.”

Lisa Chinn (BS 2003)
“I started the PhD program in Kinesiology at the University of Virginia with a research focus on ankle instability and prevention. Also, I am currently working with the UVA Track and Field teams. I miss the spring days in Madison, although with how busy I am, not even sure I would be able to enjoy it.”

Katy Knight Baumgartner (BS 2003)
“I work for Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville, IL. I am contracted full-time to Trinity International University as an adjunct instructor in the Athletic Training Education Program and as the certified athletic trainer for men's and women's soccer and the baseball team. In the summer months I cover local high school sports camps for Advocate Condell. Teaching is a great way to support athletic training education and give back to the profession. It keeps me up-to-date with current issues affecting our growing profession and challenges me daily to learn something new. Another way I enjoy continuing my education is through a sports medicine journal club. A group of certified athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and physical therapists meet every couple of months to discuss journal articles of our choosing. It is helpful to gain other's perspectives on important research that we can directly apply in our clinical practices and classrooms. My husband, Matt, and I just bought a house in Arlington Heights, IL. We close on June 1st and can't wait to be first-time homeowners! We have a black lab and have been considering a second dog now that we'll have a fenced-in backyard. Matt and I do plan on starting a family of our own, but not for a few more years... On Wisconsin!!!”

Cara Kugle (BS 2003)
Cara has been working at Meriter Hospital for the last seven years as a Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer. She has an Associate Degree in Supervisory Management and is currently working toward becoming a Registered Vascular Sonographer.

Kari Hatleberg (BS 2004)
“I currently am running my own family childcare, Willow Haven Family Childcare, and have an assistant that works with me and the 7 children that attend my program. I really enjoy using my childcare associate degree knowledge and incorporate it with my kinesiology and health knowledge and teaching all together. Understanding and helping these young children feel comfortable in themselves and the abilities and help them strive to be happy and do healthy things is a great opportunity. The many benefits you receive is all well worth the effort for the future of our children. Being a parent of 2 children ages 5 and 3 is also a very important part of my life and of course my husband to. I stay very active and have recently started P90X. I feel great about the successes in my life and continue to learn about myself so that I can be a better teacher, parent and person.”

Kim Goebel (BS 2004)
“Since graduating, I moved to Austin, TX with (my now fiancé) Tony. When I found out that the state of TX required me to take ANOTHER exam to become a licensed athletic trainer, I decided I didn't want to proceed. I was examined out!!!!!! So, I decided I needed to do something along the same lines as my degree. I needed a job quick so I became a personal trainer. I soon became the rehab girl, given my educational background. I was given all the clients with ANY kind of medical condition. Four years later I am still training and I love it!!!! I have learned so much and been able to put most of my experience into play. I learned so much in college, both from the athletic training program and exercise science program that can be applied to my experience as a personal trainer. I am amazed at some of the information I have retained. I couldn't always do it for the tests, but I sure can now!!! The kinesiology department and athletic training department really put together an amazing program. I wouldn't trade my experiences and education at the UW for anything!!!”

Rachel Uttech Loomans (BS 2005)
“I am graduating from medical school here at UW in May, and then I will be completing my internship at St. Luke's in Milwaukee and then my radiology residency at Washington University in St. Louis.”

Chrystina Henry (BS 2005)
“I am currently employed as a practice coordinator with the Steadman Hawkins Orthopaedic Surgery Clinic in Vail, CO. Anyone interested in visiting or relocating to the high country may contact me via email. Best wishes and Go Bucky!”

Gretchen Whitney (BS 2006)
“I graduated with a Masters in Physical Therapy from UW-Madison in 2008. I am employed as a physical therapist at The Village at Manor Park in Milwaukee, WI.”

Jaclyn Hanson (BS 2006)
“I am currently working at Knox College in Galesburg Illinois as the assistant athletic trainer. I cover a variety of sports with it being a division three school and only two athletic trainers on staff. I am looking at going back to school sometime in the future to get a better background in sports massage.”

Chad Scherr (BS 2006)
“I am about to start the final summer semester of my 15 month accelerated BSN nursing program at Purdue University (don't worry, go BUCKY). Although at the current moment jobs are getting scarce even for nurses, I have taken a scholarship and a 4-year commitment to work at the Community Health Network Hospitals in Indianapolis after I graduate in August (the 8th). I still have to interview when the time comes but I'm not too worried about that. I am interested in ICU, OR, or ER nursing, and hopefully a position will be available when the time comes. I am keeping my certificate in athletic training current and recently ran into Sam Krier at the Medical College of Wisconsin's Sports Medicine Conference.”

Kellie M. Wagner (BS 2006)
Kellie is working toward a Ph.D. in Physical Therapy at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she served as president of the physical therapy student organization for two years. She recently received the Chris Crivello Honorable Mention Scholarship through the WPTA and will be presenting a poster at the WPTA spring conference.

Christian Carter (BS 2006) 
Christian will begin graduate school at Virginia Tech this fall in the Health Promotion area with an emphasis on Sports Performance. He received a graduate assistantship in the Strength and Conditioning Department. Christian is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and USA Weightlifting Club Coach. He works with and receives coaching from Mike Gattone, Director of High Performance and Coaching Education for USA Weightlifting, and Roger Nielsen, 2008 Men's Olympic Weightlifting Team Coach.

Sarah Allard (BS 2006)
“I'm getting my master's degree from UNC-Chapel Hill in May and will be moving to Kalamazoo, Michigan in June to begin PA school at Western Michigan in the fall. Hope all is well!! Go Badgers!!”

Justin R Wienke (BS 2006)
Justin is entering his final year and clinical rotations in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at UW-Madison. This summer, he is marrying Allison DeVan, who was a kinesiology student for one year and is now finishing her Ph.D. in Kinesiology with a focus on cardiovascular aging at the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Fall (BS 2006)
“I am nearing the completion of my Master's Degree in Public Health-Community Health Education at UW - La Crosse. As a graduate project, I am developing an educational program for coaches regarding appropriate care (e.g. prevention, recognition, evaluation, management) of sport-related injuries and conditions within a coach's limitations and scope of practice. The program is designed to be facilitated by an ATC and strives to further educate coaches to improve the healthcare and safety available to student-athletes. I am also in the job-searching process in either or both of my fields, ideally in the Eau Claire/Rice Lake area.”

Elizabeth Johnson (BS 2007)
Elizabeth is a Graduate Asst Athletic Trainer at Arizona State University for their Track & Field and Cross Country teams while working on a MS degree in Higher Education.

Robert Derendinger (BS 2007)
Robert is finishing his first year of nursing school at the UW and works full time in the pharmacy at UW Hospital. He and his wife bought a house in Janesville last summer.

Kristin Everett Heiliger (BS 2007)
“I'm currently finishing up my 1st year in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program here at UW-Madison. I continue to work at UW Health Sports Medicine Fitness Center as an Associate Exercise Specialist where I served my student practicum when I was a Kinesiology student.”

Brittany Roehl (BS 2007)
“I graduated from the Kines-Exercise Science Program in May 2007. I am currently attending the Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program in Downers Grove, IL and will graduate in August 2010 with a Master's in Medical Sciences.”

Aimee Mastrangelo (BS 2008)
“I participated in an internship at Oakwood Village Retirement Center over the summer 2008. The internship involved applying my knowledge about movement and wellness to the seniors/elderly for healthier living. Currently, I work at UW Hospital. I am applying to PA school at UW in the fall - hoping to start PA school in May 2010.”

Sarah Duffy (BS 2008)
Sarah is working toward a Doctor of Physical Therapy at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and expects to graduate in two years.


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