Class Notes – December 2018


Dan Roque (B.A., ’67) is substitute teaching and tutoring in Spanish after retiring from Cherry Creek High School after 33 years of teaching.

Thomas Krapu
Thomas Krapu


Thomas Krapu (B.S., ’76) implements 360 feedback programs in organizations and published an article in the refereed journal, Philosophy of Coaching.

Mark De Gregorio (B.S., ’79) retired after 25 years as founder and director of Rocky Mountain National Park’s education and outreach program. In 2013, he received the Enos Mills award, Colorado’s highest achievement in environmental education. Prior, he spent many seasons as a ranger in Colorado, Wyoming, and Alaska. In retirement, he continues work as a wildland firefighter and on the Wildland Firefighter Foundation board.


Carol Borchert (B.A., ’84) has been promoted to vice president of marketing and brand strategy at the Morris Animal Foundation, the largest worldwide nonprofit advancing animal health. Borchert joined the Foundation in 2015, had been serving as the organization’s senior director of communications.

Carol A. Stormer (B.S., ’86), was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Lifetime Member in the field of occupational therapy in recognition of her role as a lead occupational therapist at Pacific Care Center.


Kara Johnston
Kara Johnston

Jim Sheeler (B.A., ’90) is the Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism and Media Writing at Case Western Reserve University, a position he has held since 2010. He began teaching after an illustrious journalism career, which culminated with his work at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, where Sheeler earned the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2006 for a 12,000-word story called “Final Salute.” The piece followed a Marine responsible for notifying families that their loved ones had been killed in the Iraq War. Sheeler expanded the story into a book titled “Final Salute: A Story of Unfinished Lives,” which was a finalist for the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2008. He lives near Cleveland, Ohio, with his wife, Annick Sauvageot(B.S., ’90), whom he met at CSU.

Kara Johnston (B.A., ’91) started a new position as the Director of Alumni and Parent Relations at Colorado Christian University. Her oldest son, Alec, is a Cav Scout in the U.S. Army and she has two teenage daughters, Molly and Elizabeth.

Sean O’Connell (B.S., ’92; M.S., ’94) has been hired as the department manager of the water/wastewater facilities group at the Denver, Colo., office of Dewberry, a privately held professional services firm. O’Connell brings more than 25 years of consulting engineering experience in Colorado and the western U.S. delivering large, multidiscipline water and wastewater infrastructure projects.


Dana Turse (B.S., ’02), who graduated in mechanical engineering, recently was elected chair of the High Strain Composites Technical Subcommittee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. In this national leadership role, she collaborates with industry stakeholders to establish new engineering practices and standards for design and qualification of high-strain composite structures. She works as director of Space Deployable Research and Development programs for Roccor, an aerospace supplier in Longmont.

Sean O’Connell

Rob Novak (B.S., ’07), director of communications for CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, and Steve J. Roberts (B.A., ’96), a cinematographer and owner of Crescent Sun Pictures Inc. of Fort Collins, teamed up to produce a video titled “Snowpack to the Tap: A Poudre River Story.” The video debuted at River Stories, a Fall 2018 community event that celebrated the Poudre River during the 50thanniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. The video highlights how the treasured northern Colorado river delivers snowmelt to the Front Range in the form of fresh, clean water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural use. It also details water-related research at Colorado State and community engagement in watershed research and river conservation. The video may be viewed at:


Phillida Charley (Ph.D., ’18) recently earned a doctorate in pathology, becoming the first Native American woman to complete her Ph.D. in the CSU program. While pursuing her doctorate in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, she served as a mentor for the Women’s Circle in the Native American Cultural Center, often mentored other Native women graduate students, and presented at the national conference of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science.


In Memoriam

Gail A. Bagley (B.S., ’42)

George H. Cowen, Jr. (B.S., ’52)
William J. Chapparo (B.S., ’55)
Mary Ann Berry (B.S., ’57)
Carol A. Trumpe (B.S., ’57)

Rosemary O’Donnell (CERT, ’65; B.A., ’65)
Anita L. Green (M.S., ’68)
Sally L. Hingley (B.S., ’68)

Janet M. Lowe (CERT, ’70; B.A., ’70)
Patricia L. Arnott (B.A., ’71)
Jerry R. Hartman (B.S., ’71)
Kevin A. Oltjenbruns (B.S., ’71; MHEC, ’74)
Richard F. Dworsky (M.S., ’74)
Roy C. French (B.S., ’77)
Arthur H. Boisselle, Jr. (Ph.D., ’79)

Raymond W. Arritt (Ph.D., ’85)
David K. Croker (B.S., ’89)

James B. Barthlama
Milo D. Bohlender
Carolyn L. Johnson

Iris S. Handa
Doreen E. Jordan
Luella Sutton