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Class Notes: Fall/Winter 2017-18

Class Notes: Fall/Winter 2017-18


Bruce S. Foerster MCDS’59 recently caught up with Gil Thelen MCDS’56 in Tampa, Florida and found him to be doing well despite his struggle with Parkinson’s Disease. Foerster shared a piece that Thelen recently wrote for the Tampa Bay community.


Mark Rylance displays the medal he received after being Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

Mark Rylance ’78, Academy and Tony Award-winning actor, was appointed a Knight Bachelor at Buckingham Palace on April 19, 2017 for services to drama.

The book cover of %22Friday Afternoon%22 by T.D. Johnston.

Timothy D. Johnston ’79 was named the winner of the 2017 International Book Award for Best Short Fiction, for his collection of short stories, “Friday Afternoon and Other Stories,” in May 2017. The title story is being adapted for film in California. Johnston’s father, Robert Johnston, was headmaster of USM from 1977 to 1986 and led the consolidation of the north and south campuses.


The book cover of %22Warnings%22 by Richard Clarke and R.P. Eddy.

Randolph Post Eddy III ’90 and Richard A. Clarke co-authored and published “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.” Eddy is a globally recognized national security and intelligence expert and CEO of Ergo, a leading intelligence and analysis firm. Previously, he served as director at the White House National Security Council, chief of staff to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Richard Holbrooke, and senior adviser to the Secretary of Energy, Bill Richardson.

Ajit A. Krishnaney ’90 was appointed vice chairman of quality and clinical affairs in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic. His wife, Mariel, is an anesthesiologist at the Cleveland Clinic, and they have three boys who attend University School (Cleveland).

Brook D. Scheibe ’90 along with his wife Allison and son Augie welcomed the newest addition to the family this past July: Hazel Joy Scheiber was born on July 13, 2017 and is as cute as can be. Everyone is adjusting well and looking forward to the adventures ahead!

Reginald A. Chambers ’94 recently joined J.P. Morgan Chase as a managing director – head of business improvement. He will be a part of the leadership team for the new CEO, Thasunda Puckett.

Donte McFadden poses for a photo with USM students after speaking at an assembly.

Donte L. McFadden ’95 spoke to Upper School students on Oct. 5, 2017 to highlight the Milwaukee Film Festival and to discuss the Black Lens Program, of which he is the founder. Pictured are (from left) Royale Wilson ’18, Donte McFadden ’95, and Alyse Robinson ’19.

The Gordon baby.

Charles A. Gordon ’98 and his wife Melissa welcomed their first child, August Henry Gordon, on Aug. 13, 2017.


Maggie (Hayes) Kruse ’01 was promoted to associate winemaker at Jordan Vineyard & Winery in Sonoma County, California. Kruse started at the company in 2006 as an enologist. Rob Davis, winemaker at Jordan Winery, stated “Not only does she possess a fine-tuned palate, but her stamina through harvest is strengthened weekly by a Green Bay Packers win.” Kruse was featured in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Sept. 10, 2017 for her work.

Kate (Taylor) Mouton ’02 has been named head coach for the USM girls’ soccer program. She also serves as USM’s assistant athletic director and Middle School athletic director. In addition, Mouton was recently recognized as a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Eric Taylor ’02 was named one of 14 “hottest vegan firefighters” by PETA.

The Wright-Davis baby.

Keeley (Wright) Davis ’03 and her husband Kyle welcomed Charlotte Elizabeth Davis on Dec. 23, 2016. She is the granddaughter of Chris Wright ’69 and great-granddaughter of David L. Wright MCDS’40 and Elizabeth Niss Watson MDS’40.

Laura (Weisman) Cleavland ’03 and her husband Luke welcomed Lydia Mae in spring 2017.

Michael Anderson and Laura Maly on their wedding day.

Michael J. Anderson ’04 married Laura Maly on Oct. 6, 2017 at Green Acre Campus Pointe in San Diego. Together they co-founded Wonderist Agency, a dental marketing agency.

Peter T. Burke ’04 married Elizabeth (Liz) Kenna in 2016 and they had a baby boy in May 2017.

Ann K. (Durkin) DeGroot ’04 married Jeffrey DeGroot on July 22, 2017 at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

Christine Esche ’05 was selected by U.S. Department of State for a 10-month fellowship project developing an English program in Panama at the Universidad Especializada de las Américas – Panamá. Esche is one of only 140 U.S. citizens selected for the 2017–18 English Language Fellow Program.

Matt Roadhouse and Abigail Gilsinger on their wedding day.

Matthew C. Roadhouse ’05 married Abigail Gilsinger on March 11, 2017 at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas. Roadhouse is the owner of Swing Time Germantown and Paradise Golf. He is also the current varsity boys’ hockey assistant coach at USM.

Douglas Schadewald ’07 was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 class of 2018, in the finance category. Schadewald runs Barclays S&P 500 and VIX derivatives portfolio, one of the biggest options books on Wall Street. He also is a member of the Chicago Futures Exchange’s advisory committee.

Emily Cooley ’08 has an orchestral piece, “Green Go to Me” (2014), which will be performed by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra March 9–10. The symphony previously performed the piece, which Cooley wrote, in 2014.

Thomas Hauske and Sarah Moede on their wedding day.

Thomas J. Hauske ’08 married Sarah Moede, daughter of Peter Moede ’84, on June 9, 2016 in Bay Harbor, Michigan. In the wedding party were: Charlie Hauske ’12, Andrew Robbins ’04, Chris Terris ’08,
Spencer Reinhart ’08, Charlie Koss ’08, Billy Crimmins ’08, Patrick Lubar ’12, Colin Fritz ’09, Grace Hauske Robbins ’08, and Harriette Hauske ’14.

Stephanie L. (Morello) Simmonds ’09 married Elliott Simmonds in Orlando, Florida on Oct. 15, 2017.


Cassie Bence ’12 has been named head coach of the USM ski program. Bence served as assistant coach with the program in 2016–17, and has served as an assistant coach with the Wildcats field hockey program for five years.

Emily Bach poses for a photo following her graduation from St. Norbert College.

Emily Bach ’13 graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Saint Norbert College on May 14, 2017. Emily is teaching 4-year-old kindergarten at Saint Jude Catholic School in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Isaac Schlenker celebrates scoring a goal for the UW Badgers soccer team.

Isaac Schlenker ’14 was named a captain for the UW-Madison men’s soccer team. Schlenker is a senior mathematics major and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Alumni Association Updates

The new members of the USM Alumni Association leadership.

We are pleased to welcome Charles “Andy” Gordon ’98 (right), as the new Alumni Association president. In addition, we welcome Barbie Brennan Nelson ’91 (left) and Adam VanderVeen ’01 as new Alumni Association members.

Lasting Connections

USM alumni pose for a photo during a hunting trip.

No matter the years, the USM alumni community stays connected. From left, Bill Hansen ’64, Gus Hansen ’05, Peter Hansen ’98, and Hack Noyes ’66 (along with Drummer the springer) had a successful hunt at the Delta Waterfowl Station in Manitoba.

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