UW-Madison Department of Kinesiology 2012 On the Move Alumni News

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1940s-50s

Joan Chalmers Harris BS 1948
“Our graduating class of 1948 was a very cohesive group - small and close since we were together four years majoring in Physical Education. Lathrop Hall was our second home. I think 35 or 40 of us graduated that year.

I taught all grades of Physical Education at Glastonbury, Connecticut for five years. Then, I wanted a change. What a change – I was a Service Club Director with the Strategic Air command at different air bases. I was in charge of all recreational activities, tips, parties, dances, etc. for enlisted men. Fun, challenging and rewarding. About eight years later I wanted to return to teaching, so I taught Physical Education in Needham, Massachusetts, elementary schools. At first, I was taking a bag of balls, depending on the season, from school to school (nine of them). I did a lot with movement education, and a cohort and I conducted workshops in the Boston area. The system grew. We finally had our own building for the most part – even our own office. I had a gymnasium named after me at one of the schools in which I taught. I was really pleased with this honor. My superb education at the University of Wisconsin gave me a solid foundation.

I returned in 1986. My husband and I travelled a lot, some by boat. We had a 28 foot SeaRay. When I first started with him, I thought a cleat was something on the bottom of a track shoe. One learns fast. We spent six months in Largo, Florida and six months at our home on the lovely bay in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts. We also took a number of cruises – always on the go.

Fred passed away in 2010. I still go between the two places, but life does change when one loses a spouse. I would love to hear from any of the old gang (’44-’48).”

Marilyn Grabin Putz BS 1954, BA 1954
“I taught physical education for many years, then got a Master's in Counseling.  I am now doing pet-loss counseling at an animal hospital.  I do keep active and work out as often as I can.  I also direct a large group of therapy dogs in my area....not too related to physical education.  However, P.E. will always be my first love, and I try to keep abreast of what's happening in the field.”

Sharon Blackadder BS 1959 
“My profession activities concluded in 2002 when I retired. My last 9 years in education were spent as an elementary school counselor in several high risk schools in Seattle. Did lots of elementary physical education there before that, which was great fun. At home I now keep busy with 4 grandchildren, all under 3 years old. I am definitely "on the move" in retirement, having travelled with a great group of friends to Tanzania and Kenya; China, Cambodia and Tibet; Costa Rica and Guatemala; Tunisia,Egypt, and Jordan and are about to do another safari in South Africa/Zambia/Botswana/Zimbabwe.  When I'm in the country, I backpack in the Wind River range in Wyoming and in the southwest, mainly Grand Canyon and Utah's Cedar Mesa canyons. My hiking buddies and I are known as The Geriatric Babes. With lots of wrinkles and white hair showing, we get lots of "Good for you's" from the under-60 set. They do tell us that we are inspirational.  Just keep doing, we say.”

1960s

Sue Anderson BSE 1962
“I have been working for Jamestown College as an Associate Professor in Education at a small liberal arts college, Jamestown College in North Dakota. I had a knee replacement in 2010 which was when I hung up my dancing shoes at age 71 (Graduated with a PE/Dance major) and have had the most thrilling career as an Artist in Residence and choreographer for over 60 shows in the places we have lived. I am so thankful for the background I had from Madison. I have taught in Finland, Mexico, China and Korea (last year). I am married to Terry Anderson, a Lutheran pastor for 47 years. Our kids live on both coasts and our grandkids are the smartest, best, and most adorable of all children.”

Jean Gelner Blievernicht MS 1965
“On May 5, 2012, in Lansing, MI., Jean was honored for 40 years of officiating. The Award was given by the Michigan High School Athletic Association. She has officiated state finals in 2 sports--volleyball and girls lacrosse.”

Jan Hornback BSE 1967
“After graduating, I taught and coached in Madison Public Schools for twenty-one years. At the same time, I enjoyed raising three sons. I returned to school and worked in the Graduate School at UW-Madison in Admissions, as Fellowship Director, and Assistant Dean of Graduate Admissions and Academic Services. I recently (summer 2010) retired to spend time with grandchildren, volunteer, recreate, move, and play.”

Bonnie Mansfield BSE 1969
“After spending most of my teaching career at Sennett Middle School in Madison, WI, I am now enjoying retirement at my cabin in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Teaching and raising two boys took up most of my time, but I was able to fulfill a personal dream of attending an Olympics.  I was selected as curling official at both Salt Lake and Torino!  The People to People Student and Sports Ambassador program gave me an opportunity for me to travel around the world on a teacher's salary.  My back yard is now the Ottawa National Forest and I am active in our local riparian and environment organizations.  I also spend much of my time with my golden retriever who I trained to be a Therapy Dog.  We have fun visiting nursing homes and participating in the "Tail Waggin' Tutor" program at our local elementary school.  This program gives children an opportunity to improve their skills by reading to a nonjudgmental dog.  They love it and Moosha and I love it, too!”

Ruth Bragman BS 1969
“Following teaching in Israel I returned to the states to continue my studies.  I had wanted to continue studying Physiology of Exercise, which I had become interested in during my senior year at Wisconsin.  I selected University of Texas, Austin, and when I began my studies I was given a graduate assistantship in Physical Education for the Handicapped.  My BS from WI was important in their selection and I was able to apply the knowledge and skills I had gained from classes at University of Wisconsin. 

After I received my M. Ed., I moved to Norfolk Virginia where I was the Head Adaptive Physical Education teacher in a Rehabilitation Center.  I taught students aged from 4 years to 12 years.  Again it was exciting to be able to apply the approach to physical education that I had been taught with a wide-range of students with various skills.

After teaching in Norfolk, I decided to go back to school; I went to University of Maryland, College Park and completed my Ph.D.  in Special Education with minors in Human Development and Measurement/Statistics.  While working on my degree, I taught adaptive physical education in a number of alternative schools in DC.   Again I was able to draw on my many classes and able to apply the skills, be it teaching students how to do a log roll to playing tennis. 

After I received my PhD. Form University of Maryland, I offered a position as Assistant Professor at Memphis States (now U of Memphis) so I moved to Memphis TN.  While an Assistant Professor at Memphis State I taught classes, conducted research on issues related to employment for individual with disabilities, and wrote numerous publications related to individual with disabilities.

I left Memphis State to become a program coordinator for Special Education with a Regional Resource Center (located at FAU, in Florida.  My focus was on transition into community living for students with disabilities and technology for individual with disabilities. 

While in this position I was approached by the owner of Phillip Roy, Inc. a publisher of multimedia curriculum materials...I am still the President of Phillip Roy, Inc, and have been given the opportunities to travel throughout the world providing training in our materials.   I have also developed and helped in the development of many multimedia curriculum materials and teacher support materials. 

All of this has been made possible because of the initial studies in Physical Education. Thank you University of Wisconsin.”

Carole Mundschau BSE 1969
“I have had many occupations since I left Madison.  PE Teacher, craft painter, postal clerk and I enjoy knitting, crocheting, tatting, but the thing I enjoy most is traveling.  I've taken my 3 grandsons to the Rose Bowl (Badgers lost), and in 2011 I took all 3 of them on a cruise to Alaska.  It was a trip the 3 of them will NEVER FORGET.  It was awesome!  As for physical activity, we climbed a 3/4 mile hike up to EXIT Glacier in Seward, AK, went whitewater rafting down the Mendenhall River in Juneau, AK, saw black bear, eagles, moose.  It's going to be hard to top that trip.”

1970s

Rosemary Aten PhD 1970
“I retired as chair/professor of physical education (now Kinesiology) at Western Illinois University, Macomb, in 1994 and have been active in community as well as personal wellness.  This year will conclude my 10th year as president of Macomb Beautiful Association an organization that promotes good landscape and environmental improvement of the community.  Following my graduation from Wisconsin in 1970, Ph.D., I enjoyed an active professional career at WIU which included state and national achievements.  I have been fortunate to have good health and live on the Macomb Country Club golf course where I am still passionate about the game of golf. I love visiting campus and will be attending the Wisconsin - Illinois football game October 6th in Madison.”

Don Marx BS 1974
“I graduated from UW Dec. 15th 1974 at age 31 having been in the Army for a few years after High School class of 62. I taught in the Madison School District for 25 years at a few elementary schools in Physical Education. I was one of the 1st three students to go into the teaching profession with a Physical Education for the Handicap degree. I coached several sports at the High School Level but settled in with golf for 25 years at Memorial High here in Madison.  25 years of boys and 18 seasons of girls. Boys won 2 State Championships because we had good players. Through the leadership skills I obtained in the Military and UW Physical Education Department. I was very involved in organizing events in golf along with a few tournaments. I had a lot to do with bringing the Boys/Girls State High School Tournament the U-Ridge. I retired from teaching in 2001 and coaching in 2005 at which time I was inducted into the Wis. High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame. Thank you very much and On Wisconsin!!!!! I'll be a Badger forever.”

Jane Austin BS 1976
“I was hired to teach Physical Education at the Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia right after graduation from UW-Madison.  The Department Chairperson at Germantown Friends School at the time was Barbara Konover, also a graduate of UW-Madison, and lucky for me, she looked back to her alma mater to recruit another graduate of the Physical Education Department to join her Phys. Ed. team on the East Coast.

I enjoyed teaching Phys. Ed. for many years in Pennsylvania at a variety of high schools and eventually started my own business. Feeling a need to provide an opportunity and forum for parents and young children to exercise and participate in fun physical activity together, I started "Kids-Ercise" ... a business that was very successful in my community and directly coincided with my master degree theses topic which explored the health consequences of sedentary lifestyles to very young children.  Research in this area was just beginning in the late 1980's and much of the knowledge we can now confirm about the health risks to young children who lead sedentary life styles came from this kind of early research.  I was happy to be a part of those early beginnings.

I currently work for Education Affiliates as a Regional Director of Admissions; training college admissions teams throughout the country to help high school seniors with their plans for college. Although my journey has taken me away from my beginnings as a Physical Educator Instructor, I have always drawn from the great foundation given to me by my early mentors at the UW. I think of them and my former UW classmates often and am proud of their accomplishments.  I also enjoy hearing about new innovations and educational breakthroughs of the current students and newer graduates of the Department of Kinesiology...and am glad the search for excellence continues!”

Dean Martell BS 1976
“I left the UW Madison campus in 1972, having competed in track and cross from 1967-71 (Big 10 3 Mile Champion-69/awarded 6 varsity letters). I enlisted (JANUARY 1972)in the US Army as a medical corpsman (my physical education background was incredibly helpful). I was stationed in hospitals in continental US and in Europe. Many of the patients were in transit from Vietnam. After my military duty (1975) my wife and I returned to Madison, where I completed my undergraduate degree while taking additional courses and she began her Master’s Degree in Meteorology. We left Madison in 1976 and relocated to New York City, NY where I pursued a Master’s Degree in Hospital Administration from New York University (NYU) (MHA ‘78). I recently retired after a 34+ year career with the Veterans Healthcare System, Department of Veterans Affairs.”

Peg Sorenson BS 1978
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Peg Sorenson started teaching and coaching in the Shorewood area and with the Badger Dolphins Swim Club for five years. She later settled in Minneapolis and had daughter Jenna Marie in 1983. That same year, Peg started as a high school PE teacher and Head Swim Coach for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. Peg retired from teaching in 1996 to start her own swim club. Peg tragically lost her daughter to a car accident in 2006. She credits her faith and love of exercise for her ability to continue thriving and teaching swimming."

Eleanor W. Gwynn PhD 1979
“My current position is Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at North Carolina A&T State University. I am coordinator of the Dance Program and Founder and Artistic Director of the E. Gwynn Dance Company at A&T. Since leaving Madison I have received two Fulbright Scholarships for study in Egypt,  "Nubian Dance and Culture: Survival and Change.” I established a Study Abroad Program on -0- budget. In the past 17 years I have traveled with students to Jamaica, Ghana, Puerto Rico, South Africa and Cuba.  Students conduct field research and present their findings in a public forum. The focus of the company is to preserve dances of Africa and the Caribbean. We perform and conduct workshops in schools and community venues. My life in Madison at UW was one of the best times of my life. I met lifelong friends, learned a lot and left a changed person.  I will forever be grateful for the experiences in the dance program!”

1980s

Alan "Bud" Damato BS 1980
“I will be retiring from Milwaukee Public Schools after teaching Adaptive Physical Education for 32 years. I also was a Varsity baseball coach for 25 years. In retirement, I will be helping my son with some of his social work job duties and working part time teaching for the Wisc. P.G.A.”

Virginia Diggles Buckles PhD 1981
“I was recently promoted to the rank of Research Professor of Neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis.  I am the Executive Director of the Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at Washington University.”

Charles Stebbins PhD 1981
“After completion of my PhD in 1981, I moved on to the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) for a postdoctoral fellowship studying neural control of the cardiovascular system with Dr. John Longhurst in the Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine.  In 1985, I obtained an NIH New Investigator Grant Award that allowed me to stay at UCSD as an Assistant Research Physiologist until 1987.  At that time, I took a position at the University of California, Davis as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Physiology.  I am presently at the rank of Professor.  My responsibilities primarily include: 1) teaching medical and graduate students and 2) conducting human and animal research.   This research is focused on cardiovascular control during exercise and vascular biology related to effects of nutraceuticals such as fish oils and resveratrol on cardiovascular function and regulation of skeletal muscle blood flow.  I was also the Chair of the Exercise Science Graduate Group for six years.  I live in Davis with my wife Marilyn, who is a clinical pharmacist, and my daughter Lindsay, a high school senior.  I look back on my experience at the University of Wisconsin with fond memories and still keep in touch with many of my classmates from that period.”

Kathleen Williams MS 1979, PhD 1982
“I currently serve as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the newly formed School of Health and Human Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.”

Tim Ritchie BS 1983
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Tim is currently the Athletic Director at Madison Memorial High School and Pool Director at Hawk’s Landing Swim and Tennis. He is married to Maggie Ritchie, and has two sons – Patrick, age 22 and Daniel, age 21."

Greg Schofield BS 1975, MS 1984
“I suffered a severe stroke in 1989, leaving me with residual effects on my right side.  I continued to teach physical education until retiring in 2007. Last fall I published BEATING STROKE: A GAME PLAN FOR SUCCESS, relating my story and presenting the exercise program that allowed me to lead a full life after stroke. I am currently speaking at stroke support groups throughout the Midwest. My story can be found on my website at http://www.beatingstrokegameplan.com.” 

Kristin Skarie BS 1984
“Hello Fellow Badgers – Kristin Skarie here! (’84, BS Physical Education/Adapted PE) I get to travel internationally for Teamworks, a team building company I started 16 years ago while working in higher education and student affairs. Teamworks consults with college, corporate and community organizations on leadership, communication, strategic planning and managing change. I have found my PE background (and my House Fellow experience in Sellery Hall!) to be priceless in designing engaging, active and fun curricula for large and small groups of student leaders, managers, and business owners. On a personal note, my backyard garden drives my localvore living – an outcome of a recent yearlong experiment to not buy anything new. 365 days of striving to shop, work, play, eat and live within a 100-mile radius of my home resulted in simple yet profound learnings around how I spend my money, my time and my energy. The book, “Nothing New” will launch on 12/12/12 and chronicles the year with stories, resources and challenges to teach others how to live more with less. I have the privilege of volunteering as a Pencil Partner with the Rochester City School District (NY), and as a new crewmember with Flower City Habitat for Humanity. I am ever grateful for my UW education and the sport/health/resilience/appreciation perspective it afforded me. I know it put me in a position to pursue all the above with tenacity, gratitude, integrity, faith and humor!”

Cynthia Stewart BS 1979, MS 1984
“My degree in women's PE and dance in 1979, as well as my second B.S. in Psychology served as a wonderful foundation and my springboard to a protracted professional evolution to medicine.  I went on to earn my M.S. degree in educational psychology at UW-Madison, with a school psychology specialization that served me well during the years I raised my children.  I worked for 5 years as a school psychologist in Verona, WI before moving to Bel Air, MD.  I worked another 15 years in the Baltimore Country School system as a school psychologist, and during that time, earned my Psy.D. from Argosy University in Arlington, VA, and obtained clinical licensure as a clinical psychologist in the state of Maryland.  I worked both degrees for several years, then felt the urge to return to school and pursue a career in medicine.  Given my advanced age by this time, earning my degree in physician assistant studies seemed most appropriate.  I attended Towson University/CCBC and earned a master's degree, and certification in physician assistant studies.  I have since worked as a primary care provider in both internal and family medicine outpatient clinics.  My basic knowledge of anatomy/physiology, and kinesiology/physical education has been an invaluable foundation from which I pursue my present life work.”

Steve Henkel BS 1977, MS 1984, PhD 1986
Henkel authored two books, entitled “Success for Kids in Active Games” and “Integrating Active Games with Other Subjects.” More information can be found at: people.bethel.edu/~shenkel/books.html.

Duane Knudson PhD 1988
“I received the 2011 Ruth B. Glassow Biomechanics Honor Award. The Glassow Biomechanics Honor Award is given by the Biomechanics Committee of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) for significant contributions to applied biomechanical research, and transmission of knowledge to the practitioner. The award was presented at a ceremony at the national convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and is sponsored by Vicon Motion Systems. I am Professor and Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University in San Marcos.”

1990s

Sarah E. Homan BS 1991
“Since graduation, I've gained several certifications in the field; most recently through the Monkey Bar Gym - Certified Natural Trainer (2010). I continue to teach classes at the Waunakee Village Center and work as a Personal Trainer.  Being in the field for over 25 years, found that it was important to add yoga for recovery and focus on healthy eating to ensure that I can continue to work in the field of fitness.”

Deborah Nucatola BS 1994
“After completing my BS in Kinesiology at UW-Madison, I decided to go to medical school and planned to pursue orthopedic surgery. It was clear to me in medical school that I was attracted to the very hands-on, surgical specialties. But, by the end of my third year I was leaning in an entirely different direction. I completed medical school and did a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology followed by a Fellowship in Family Planning Clinical Care and Research at the University of Southern California and I am happy to share that I have been Senior Director of Medical Services at Planned Parenthood Federation of America since 2009. I also continue to see patients.”

Nancy Getchell MS 1989, PhD 1996
“In December, Human Kinetics published a book that I co-wrote with Mary Ann Roberton (another Wisconsin Alumnus) and Kathie Haywood called "Advanced Analysis of Motor Development.” We started writing the book a loooong time ago and are thrilled it has finally been published!  I am currently an associate professor at the University of Delaware.”

Rob Vitense BS 1999
“Since graduating in 1999, my teaching and coaching career has led me to health and physical education positions at high schools in Green Bay and Lodi, WI; as well as Minneapolis and Brooklyn Park, MN. I have coached high school baseball at every stop along the way and continue to do so in Maple Grove, MN, where I reside with my wife and family. I am presently spending my fourth year as a stay-at-home dad for my kids (ages 8 and 5) and currently finishing up the first year of my masters of arts program in education (differentiated instruction) through Concordia University-St Paul. On a more personal note, I was recently recognized in the April (2012) edition of BadgerVoice. Wisconsin alumni and fans can follow along on my Twitter account (@BadgerCubinMN) as I continue to extend #Badgershirtstreak for what might spread to a second full year.”

Renee Robbins BS 1999
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Renee is graduating from the UW Madison PA program in May 2012. She is married ten years, with daughter Rachel (7) and son Brock (4). Currently, Renee and her husband are building a home in Waunakee, Wisconsin."

2000s

Shana Martin BS 2002
“Since graduation I've been very lucky to succeed in the fitness industry through my work at Supreme Health and Fitness as Director, and more recently, as one of 15 Master Trainers for TRX Suspension Training in the United States.  I'm also having a blast spreading my love of lumberjack sports to children (and adults!) all around the Madison Area.  And finally, I've used all of this to help my cause: the Huntington's Disease Society of America. For more information, here is a link to a recent article (and cover story!) in Brava Magazine: www.shanamartin.com/BRAVAStory.pdf”

Kevin Monroe BS 2002
“I taught high school health and physical education shortly after graduation.  Due to budget constraints, and a job description change I found myself applying for another position.  Though, I quickly accepted a manager position of a health club called, Fitness For Success in Waunakee, WI (now owned by my good friend; Clayton McCaulley, and fellow alumni of UW-Madison Kinesiology and Physical Education).  This was an easy transition since I was a personal trainer, while attending UW-Madison.  After doubling the gym membership at Fitness For Success I decided to take on a new challenge in 2008, and became the Nutrition & Prevention Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Center of Sauk County, WI (yes, that was a mouthful to tell someone every time a person asked what I did – ha).  Though, after two years of working as the Nutrition & Prevention Specialist my “star in the sky” of becoming an entrepreneur and owning my full-time business was starting to shine!  What was my “star in the sky?”  I had an idea, even while I was managing Fitness For Success, years ago to have an in-home personal fitness training business, because I have always believed in doing more with less – when you have the right education!

Today, I am the proud owner of Monroe Real Training, LLC.  We provide professional in-home personal fitness training.  Our niche’ is that we go to our client (we come to you!) – we even bring the fitness equipment!  Monroe Real Training is also a proud distributor of LifelineUSA functional fitness equipment!  So, we not only sell LifelineUSA equipment to individuals for their homes and workplace, but also to health clubs, studios, and we are now starting a pilot program in retail stores!  When I sell LifelineUSA equipment to someone I provide free training, and demos, which adds a big marketing splash for any health club, or retail store!   I have even sold LifelineUSA equipment to a personal trainer in France, from our website (http://www.monroerealtraining.com), and have stayed in touch with that personal trainer as well – fun!  LifelineUSA is a Madison, WI based company owned by Bobby Hinds, which is also a UW-Madison alumnus!  Bobby Hinds is known world-wide in the fitness industry as the “Jump Rope King”!

Every semester I am also a guest speaker to the Intro to Kinesiology students and tell my story of how I started my business, without a bank loan or line of credit, and met my friend…the legendary Bobby Hinds!”

Cara Kugle Wendt BS 2003
“I am currently living in Fitchburg and starting my 10th year at Meriter Hospital. I work in the Heart and Vascular Unit performing Echocardiograms currently and have in the recent past taught scan lab for new ultrasound students.”

Scott Maier BS 2004
“I am currently employed at Madison West High School as an ESL P.E./Health Teacher.  This position has allowed me to work closer with English Language Learners (ELL) which has been very rewarding.  Since leaving the UW with my undergraduate degree in 2004 I have added a Health certification, ESL certification, and earned my Master’s degree in education.  I am also employed as a full-time father to three wonderful children.  Life is good!”

Courtney Vaughan BS 2005
“My school, Granton, received one of the School of Recognition grants. There were 6 of us teachers who got together and wrote the grant, of course, it was all wishful thinking at the time and now here to find out, we received it! Our grant total was approx $180,000 so we are pretty excited for all new programs we are able to start! We are starting a whole 3-pronged enrichment program for our students, staff and community. We are starting an after-school program where we can pay teachers to stay after-school to do some interventions or enrichment activities. We are doing some trainings for our teaching staff and multiple workshops for our parents in our community. One of the most exciting parts for me is the SPARK curriculum that we purchased for "The Learning Zone," that's the name of our after-school program. We were also able to hire a "SPARK instructor" to run the wellness portion of the after-school program. Now our students will have even more opportunities to get active. Outside of the grant, we are currently doing the Movin and Munchin Program too. Our families are getting involved and we are earning lots of miles!”

Justin R. Wienke BS 2000
“I’m currently a therapist for Frontier Therapy Center of Longmont.  I provide both subacute inpatient rehabilitation services as well as general outpatient services.  I am a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and a Neurology Section member.  I hope to further my training through a neurology residency program in the future.  My wife, Allison DeVan, a former graduate student in the UW Kinesiology program, continues post-doctoral research in cardiovascular aging under Doug Seals in the Department of Integrative Physiology for the University of Colorado at Boulder.”

Sonja (Hughes) Carpiaux and Aaron Carpiaux BS 2007
“We started dating senior year and graduated together in Exercise Science.  In 2010 we got married!  Aaron is now an orthopedic surgery resident at University of Kentucky in Lexington and Sonja just finished a Nurse Practitioner program at Marquette.  We're looking forward to enjoying married life in KY, although UW and Kinesiology will always be special since that's where we started.”

Leia Maves BS 2007
“After completing my Kinesiology Movement Science degree at the University of Wisconsin, I continued my education and earned an MBA in Healthcare Management. I started my career as a data analyst and auditor in December 2010. My accomplishments within the past year include earning a certification and purchasing a home. I have earned a certification that only 71 people in the country hold, Certified HEDIS Compliance Auditor and I recently purchased a beautiful Victorian home in the historic district of Stoughton. I am employed by MetaStar, located in Madison, WI. I work in the Performance Measurement department as a Lead Auditor for Medicare Part C and Part D Data Validation and HEDIS audits.  I assist in project management, team coordination, and client engagement.”

Ross Pinter BS 2008
“After graduating from UW-Madison in December 2008 I was presented with the opportunity to compete in the world’s largest modeling competition in Los Angeles. I saw it as a great opportunity to fulfill my desire to travel and possibly make money for graduate school. Long story short, I won Male Model of the Year and was signed with Wilhelmina Models two weeks later. After making the tough decision to postpone graduate school, I moved to L.A. for four months, and since then, have spent almost three years working and traveling in Taipei, Seoul, Shanghai, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Brazil, and Hong Kong. Along the way, I have experienced cultural diversity that ranged from worshiping in the Buddhist temples of Thailand to dancing in the New Moon festival on the northern banks of Taiwan. It has been an incredibly memorable time as I have been given the chance to experience the world in a way I never imagined possible. Although I’ve been doing something nonrelated to my Kinesiology major, I never forgot my educational and career goals and was able to work in a hospital as a phlebotomist during my time back in Wisconsin, in between modeling contracts. I am happy to say that I will be continuing my education as a physician assistant student in Boston this coming September!”

Corrine Boyea BS 2009
“Within this past year, I have completed my last clinical rotations and graduated from Carroll University with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy. I have accepted a job full-time job offer with Aurora and will be practicing physical therapy within the Greater Milwaukee Area. I am continuously proud of my UW Madison background, and feel it has brought me to where I am today.”

William Adams BS 2009
“I graduated from the University of Connecticut in May 2012 with an M.S. in Exercise Science. I have been actively involved with the Korey Stringer Institute, specifically overseeing a project to help get states to adopt appropriate heat acclimatization guidelines at the secondary school setting. In fall of 2012 I will begin my doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut in Exercise Physiology and plan on focusing my research in strategies for the prevention of sudden death in sport.”

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