Class Notes – March 2023

Have you recently celebrated a wedding, baby, new job, promotion, or honor? Been published, moved into a new home, or welcomed a grandchild? Share your news with the CSU alumni family by submitting a class note. Approved class notes will be published here and in CSU Magazine.

Man in CSU t-shirt on a beach
Vernon Lowrey


Vernon Lowrey (B.S., ’76) and his wife Nancy moved to Hawaii in 2021 and settled in the west-side village of Kailua-Kona. They are now active with a local church, Rotary Club of Kona Sunrise. They also volunteer at the local Kailua Pier tourism booth as cruise ships arrive, and strum with a local Kanikapila ukelele group. They continue to enjoy retirement and learn various Hawaiian traditions while they soak in the endless summer. Aloha!

Randy Schindle (B.S., ’78) retired after 42 years with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, spending most of his career working with private landowners on forestry and prairie restoration projects. During his career, he helped develop hardwood direct seeding guidelines on private land. He also received the University of Minnesota Forester of the Year Award in 2009 and the Carol Mortenson Lifetime Achievement award in 2022. He plans to spend retirement chasing grandchildren, writing, practicing photography, and managing his own forest and prairie.


Clay Lambert sits at a desk with his hands folded in front of him
Clay Lambert

Clay Lambert (B.A., ’86) was promoted to editor and publisher of Coastside News Group Inc., based in Half Moon Bay, California. The group publishes Half Moon Bay Review and Pacifica Tribune, which are weekly newspapers, as well as Coastside magazine and their affiliated special publications and websites. Lambert takes the news group’s top management position after nearly 20 years writing and editing the San Mateo County coast’s newspapers. He has won top awards from the California News Publishers Association and was named the national Editor of the Year by the Suburban Newspaper Association in 2010. He is a member of the Colorado State University Media Hall of Fame.

Stacy Houk (B.S., ’88) was recently appointed Chief People Officer at Extend. Extend is an insurtech start-up based in San Francisco. Houk’s home base is still Austin, Texas.


David Ridpath (B.A., ’90) was promoted to full professor with tenure in September as a Professor of Sports Administration in the College of Business at Ohio University. Ridpath has been at Ohio University since 2006 and tries to catch the Rams athletic teams anytime they are east of the Mississippi.

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Teressa Gehrke


Teressa Gehrke (M.A., ’07) is the CEO of PopCykol, a cybersecurity awareness company for kids. She will be a keynote speaker at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women presenting “From Second Grade to Second Act: Cybersecurity Promotes Gender Equality” in March. Gehrke will participate as a UN delegate for Canada representing her networking club, Business and Professional Women (BPW).  She was nominated for Cybersecurity Woman of the Year in 2022 by the United Cybersecurity Alliance and is the current vice president of the BPW Denver chapter and social media chair of the Women in CyberSecurity Colorado chapter. Gehrke is also an award-winning kid’s music singer-songwriter, author, and cyber blogger.


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Vicki Wade

Vicki J. Wade, (M.B.A., ’12) joined Thrivent Financial as Market Developer (director, Iowa) in January, 2023.

Marianna Savoca (Ph.D., ’16), Associate Vice President for Career Readiness and Experiential Education at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York, shared news of the recent publication of The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration, 5th edition (Wiley, 2023), edited by George S. McClellan & Judy Marquez Kiyama. Savoca’s chapter, “Student Employment as Learning Integrated Work,” is an extension of her CSU dissertation, subsequent book Campus Employment as a High Impact Practice and marks the first time this topic has been addressed in The Handbook.

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In Memoriam


Dorathy Kendall (B.S., ’49


Lincoln Parkes (B.S., ’54; D.V.M., ’57)

Jack Hazelhurst (B.S., ’58)

Richard Beaubien (B.S., ’59)


Lynda L. Harriman (B.S., ’66)

Robert Kennish (B.S., ’66)

Ardith Wallace (B.S., ’68; M.Ed., ’71)

Floyd Kerr (B.S., ’69; M.Ed., ’76)


Michael Mooney (B.S., ’71)

Nancy Castro (B.S., ’73)

John Plotnicki, Ph.D. (M.B.A., ’74)

Sydney Johnson (B.S., ’75)

David Archer (B.S., ’76)

Gary Spahr (B.S., ’76)


Betsy Byrne (D.V.M., ’82)


Mandy Gerace (B.A., ’09)

Anne Crecelius (M.S., ’09; Ph.D., ’13)


Joyce Nation


Paul Opler, Ph.D.