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Recapping January 2016

Be sure to send us your news and we’ll publish it in the next issue of Maroon & Gold. Enjoy!
Shellie Schwanke ’87
Director of Alumni Relations

Shirley Wright Masongezi '71

Shirley Wright Masongezi ’71

Mellisa Thompson Holtzman '95,

Mellisa Thompson Holtzman ’95

Jeremy Fauser '08, Nichole Mansfield Fauser '10, Whitney Tucker Carver '08, Brian Carver '09

Jeremy Fauser ’08, Nichole Mansfield Fauser ’10, Whitney Tucker Carver ’08, Brian Carver ’09


Jamie Colford Taylor ’66is retired and living in Valencia, CA.


Shirley Wright Masongezi ’71 is currently planting a French speaking church in the western province of Cameroon, West Africa. Pray that it would be launched on or before 2020.

Darlene Frayder Hollar ’72 retired from the Paw Paw ISD after 20 years of working with At-Risk students.

Bob Emser ’76 had a sculpture dedicated in Eureka after being installed at routes 117 and 24 intersection.

Tim Caldwell ’77 is retiring in June of 2016 after 38 years as a Physical Education teacher, the last 27 at Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, IL. He was head swimming coach for 38 years and head water polo coach for 17 and was recently inducted into the Illinois water polo hall of fame in 2015.


Mike Nardini ’85 was recently elected to the Board of Good Shepherd part of St Louis Catholic Charities whose mission is to connect children with families and to keep families connected.


Tracy Ahrens ’92 is having her nature photography featured on scarves and blouses with a company called VIDA.

Professor Mellisa Thompson Holtzman ’95, in addition to being a faculty member at Ball State University, is now the co-director of a sexual assault prevention program called Elemental. In November 2015 the nonviolent response options that are central to Elemental were featured in a TEDx talk. As is the case with TED talks in general, her goal was to transcend conventional thinking and re-imagine a solution to a pressing problem. To that end, she talked about and demonstrated some of the nonviolent response options for sexual assault that are part of the Elemental curriculum. She and her business partner were honored and thrilled to be invited to highlight Elemental in a TEDx talk!

Gretchen Weber Grojean ’96, her husband Bob and children, Bobby and Rievley, welcomed Kate Elizabeth on August 12, 2015.


Craig Negangard ’04 had been named partner with the firm May, Cocagne & King, P.C.

Whitney Tucker Carver ’08 and Jeremy Fauser ’08 surprised Brian Carver ’09 and Nichole Mansfield Fauser ’10 with a trip to St. Louis for their birthdays. This is how they all got dressed. EC Proud!

Jenna Burns ’13 is working for Quad County Fire Equipment, Inc. She resides in Bonfield, IL.

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