Alumni Updates for Fall 2014 On the Move
Richard Huxtable — BS 1952
Last year, Richard authored two children’s books: “Fredrico the Dinosaur” for ages 2 to 95, and “Tommy the Little Leaguer” for ages 5-and-up. You can find them at amazon.com and search “grandpa hux.”
Joanna Gewertz Harris — BS 1955
Joanna has taught dance therapy at Mills College, Oakland, UC-Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University and other state colleges in California. She has lived in California since 1957 and has earned an MA (dance), MBA (arts administration) and Ph.D. (dramatic arts). In 2009, she published “Beyond Isadora: Bay Area Dancing, 1915-65,” which is available on Amazon. In the next year, Joanna will complete a documentary film based on the book. She has six grandchildren.
Beryl Greenspon Levine — BS 1963
Beryl is now retired and volunteers at a no-kill shelter, working with dogs. She now lives in Deerfield, Ill.
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone — MA 1954, Ph.D. 1963
Maxine is the author of a new book titled, “Putting Movement Into Your Life: A Beyond Fitness Primer.” She notes this book is both playful and serious, bridging both popular and scholarly texts. It is definitely not an exercise book -- or a typical self-help book -- but breaks new ground in lively and creative ways while remaining anchored in everyday life.
Jeanne Gelner Blievernicht — MS 1965
Jeanne is now retired from officiating various sports. She is still teaching tennis at an indoor facility, the Franklin Athletic Club.
Bobbie Konover — BS 1965
Bobbie is now retired after teaching for 48 years at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. After serving in many capacities as a teacher, coach, athletic director and middle school principal, she was privileged to have the varsity field hockey field named in her honor. Bobbie is enjoying retirement and has been able to travel in the past year on a safari to Kenya, and around Peru. She is looking forward to a 50th reunion with PE classmates in Madison next summer.
Thomas Trotta — BS 1972
Thomas sold his business and retired at age 59 in 2008. He bought a second home in Tarpon Springs, Fla. He lives there seven months and lives in Madison the other five months. Thomas would like to thank John Powless and the late George Bauer for teaching him racquet skills that have served him well. He recently finished second in a Memorial weekend tennis USTA 3.5 men’s doubles tournament in Florida. “Not bad for a 64-year-old competing with a 67-year-old partner against mostly 30-year-old men” he says.
Wallace Schoessow — BS 1970, MS 1974
For the past nine years Wallace has been a Lecturer at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the Kinesiology, Health and Nutrition Department. During this time he has worked with two other staff members in developing a Coaching Certificate and a Coaching Minor for the department. This program is now certifying 608 students per year in Coaching Education. He also has developed a strength training curriculum to certify trainers and strength coaches.
Gary Gutknecht — BS 1975
Gary taught elementary physical education and high school health education in the Ithaca (Wis.) Public Schools from 1975 until his retirement in 2011. Gary coached wrestling at Ithaca, Riverdale and Richland Center high schools, and is a member of the George Martin Wrestling Hall of Fame and National Wrestling Hall of Fame. While at Riverdale High School, Gary’s team won the WIAA Division 3 State Team Wrestling Titles in 1990 and 1992.
Cynthia Lynne Stewart — BS 1979
After working 20-plus years as both a school psychologist and then as a clinical psychologist in both Wisconsin and Maryland, Cynthia is now working in The Villages, Fla., as a physician assistant.
Kathi Holloway Widenhoeft — BS 1980
Kathi and her family are back in Wisconsin after 14 years. For the past six years she has been the Gifted and Talented Intervention Specialist for the Beaver Dam Unified School District. In addition, she was the lead choreographer for the summer production of The Wizard of Oz for Beaver Dam Area Community Theater (July 26-Aug. 3, 2014).
Jack Edwards — BS 1982
After running his own fitness equipment company for several years in Florida, Jack enrolled in the nursing program at Saint Petersburg College and graduated in 2005. Jack is the Clinical Coordinator for an outpatient orthopedic surgery center in western North Carolina and is a certified CNOR RN living in Asheville, N.C.
Stephen Langendorfer — Ph.D. 1982
Stephen is the newly selected director for the School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies at Bowling Green State University. He was also awarded The Irish Medal by The Lifesaving Association (formerly Irish Lifesaving Association) in recognition of contributions to drowning prevention as editor of the International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (Human Kinetics). In addition, Stephen delivered the keynote presentation to the 2014 Biomechanics and Medicine in Swimming Conference in Canberra, Australia.
Constance R. Fried — BS 1953, MS 1983
Constance is now retired after years of teaching, coaching swimming and teaching biology. She is now a Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children coming under state care. She says that her education was 20 years ahead of its time.
Victoria Anderson Yannie — MS 1987
Victoria is working in the Greater Cleveland Ohio area as a fitness/wellness professional.
Kristi Kropp Wagner — BS 1989
Kristi is a part-time lecturer at UW-River Falls in Health and Human Performance. She is also coaching track and field and is a fitness instructor at the River Falls Area Hospital Wellness Center.
Sharon Jean Carl — BS 1990
Sharon has been employed as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist for 18 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison in cardiac rehab. She also served a three-year term as a Regional Representative for the WISCPR state organization.
Kelli Koltyn — Ph.D. 1990
Kelli’s research was on display at the Discovery Niche in the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery. The display titled, “Baby Boom Ache,” was part of an Aging Exhibit during June and July of 2014. Kelli presented results from her research titled “Influence of Psychosocial Variables on Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia” at the 2014 annual meeting of the American Pain Society in Tampa, Fla. Kelli and Joyce Lubben from the Rock County Council on Aging received funding from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources to conduct a study examining the effects of a “Sit Less, Live Better” intervention to reduce sedentary behavior. And Angelique Brellenthin and Kelli received funding from the American College of Sports Medicine to conduct a study examining endocannabinoid responses to exercise in adults differing in physical activity levels.
Rob Vitense — BS 1999
After staying home with his children for the previous five years, Rob is beginning his second year teaching Health and Physical Education at Maple Grove (Minn.) Junior High. He completed his Master’s of Arts in Education with a focus in Differentiated Instruction at Concordia University-St. Paul in 2013. Rob also recently completed his 20th consecutive year of coaching high school baseball.
Sean Rundell — BS 2002
Sean received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in March 2014. He is currently an acting instructor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington, and is beginning a K-12 career development award in Patient-Centered Outcome Research in September 2014.
Amy Schubert — BS 2004
After seven years at the UW sports medicine clinic, Amy began the journey as sole business owner of BodyFit Solutions in January 2014. The business provides personal training and physical therapy services for women, by women, and is located in downtown Middleton, Wis.
Christian Carter — BS 2006
In 2013, Christian completed his Ph.D. in Sport Physiology and Performance from East Tennessee State University. He is currently the senior assistant strength and conditioning coach at James Madison University.
William Adams — BS 2009
William is entering his third year of his doctoral studies at the University of Connecticut. His current job responsibilities are working in the Athletic Training Program at UConn as well as holding the position of Director of Sport Safety Policy Initiatives at the Korey Stringer Institute. As Director of Sport Safety Policy Initiatives, William assists in coordinating efforts for state high school athletics associations to mandate policies to meet minimum standards for sport safety, such as appropriate heat acclimatization guidelines for pre-season practices. He is currently investigating the influence of hydration on post-exercise recovery.
Brad Julius — MS 2009
In May, Brad graduated from medical school and the University of South Dakota. He is now doing an internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa.
Alexandra Skogen — BS 2011
Alexandra is currently in her first year of the Physician Assistant program at Des Moines University.
Lisa Lai — BS 2013
Lisa recently received her master’s in Exercise Physiology from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minn. This fall, Lisa is moving back to Madison where she hopes to find a position in cardiac rehab in the surrounding area.
Rob McCaffrey — MS 2013
Rob is going into his second year as a Ph.D. student at the University of Regina in Canada where he is researching sport performance and psychology of injury.
Thomas Welk — BS 2013
Thomas is a second-year dental student at the University of Iowa.