Class Notes: Fall/Winter 2020-21

’60s

BEN MIXTER MCDS’63, along with his wife, Terri, and their cock-a-poo, Molly, have moved from Palmetto, Florida, to North  Port, Florida. Ben writes, “The house has its own new-house growing pains, like getting the sulfur smell out of the otherwise clean well water, getting the A/C system to work all the time, and figuring out the intricacies of RING and NEST systems. We would love to connect with other USM alumni in the region, especially contemporaries from the early ’60s! Message me on Facebook to exchange contact information!”

’70s

SARAH (HEWITT) HULL ’79 was recently promoted to managing director at Ankura Consulting. Hull has more than 30 years of experience in hospital, integrated delivery system, and medical group settings. Her experience covers all areas of finance and operations, with a focus on strategy development, financial and operations improvement, physician compensation, and health system integration.

EUGENE “PEPI” RANDOLPH ’79 was a featured alumnus in the Next Door foundation’s 50th anniversary commemorative book, and honored for his work to support the foundation’s Books for Kids program.

’80s

RAJ BHALA ’80 was selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve as an expert for its U.S. Speaker program. The program sends American experts abroad, either in person or virtually, to engage and consult with key foreign audiences on a variety of technical topics. Bhala was asked to speak about international trade law, various dimensions of the increase in China’s global influence, Islamic Law, and India. Bhala currently serves as the Brenneisen Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas School of Law and as a senior advisor with Dentons U.S.

BILL ZITO ’82 has been named general manager of the Florida Panthers hockey team. He oversees the club’s hockey operations including all matters relating to player personnel, scouting, and minor league operations. “I believe in this organization and I am incredibly proud to be a part of it,” said Zito. “Our team has great potential and I look forward to start working together in building something special in South Florida.”

MARGY STRATTON ’84 was recently elected to serve as treasurer of the board of Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children’s Book Council. Stratton has served on that board for a little more than one year and is the founder of Milwaukee Reads.

MICHAEL GREBE ’85 was re-elected as vice president of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. He has served on the board since 2015 and is the chief legal officer for Advocate Aurora Health, the largest integrated health care system in Wisconsin. Grebe graduated from Dartmouth College and earned his law degree from the UW-Madison Law School. He also serves as a member of USM’s Board of Trustees.

’90s

R.P. EDDY ’90 moderated the COVID-19 Intelligence Forum hosted by Ergo. The event was chaired by Gen. H.R.  McMaster, former White House National Security Advisor, and included Reince Priebus, former White House chief of staff, and numerous experts. It provided members with the most current intelligence on the pandemic from frontline sources with high-value insights and access. Eddy is the CEO of Ergo and co-author of “Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.”

SCOTT FRIEDMAN ’90 received a Peabody Award nomination for the documentary “The Invisibles,” an investigation his team produced along with their sister-station, Telemundo 39. The documentary explores the previously untold story of Texas-born children deported to Mexico who are unable to get paperwork allowing them to register for government services such as schooling. Friedman is the senior investigative reporter with NBC5/KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, and leads the “NBC 5 Investigates” team.

DR. KEVIN DAHLMAN ’92 assisted in the development of USM’s reopening and COVID-19 testing plans and spoke to faculty and staff in August, ahead of the school reopening for classes on Sept. 1, 2020. Dahlman is a pediatrician at Advocate Aurora Health, serves in leadership as medical director of Aurora Children’s Health, and is an assistant clinical professor of pediatrics.

SUMEETA KRISHNANEY ’92 started a new role as an attorney with von Briesen & Roper, s.c. in Milwaukee. Krishnaney also serves as a member of USM’s Board of Trustees.

PETER KLUG ’93 is the director of channel development with Novir, and he worked closely with Dr. Kevin Dahlman ’92 and USM administrators to implement the school’s COVID-19 testing plan.

DR. LOUELLA AMOS ’95 was named one of 30 Women of Influence by “Milwaukee Business Journal” for her work identifying the dangers of vaping. Amos is a pulmonologist at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and part of a team that was the first to publicly connect vaping with injuries that resulted in hospitalizations and deaths.

MATTHEW CHAROUS ’96 and his wife welcomed a daughter, Evelyn Rae, in September 2020.

SMITHA CHINTAMANENI ’96 was named a notable woman in law by “BizTimes Milwaukee,” which shines a spotlight on accomplished professionals throughout the region. Chintamaneni is a shareholder at Milwaukee-based von Briesen & Roper and serves as one of the attorneys for the Village of Mount Pleasant surrounding the Foxconn development, where she represents the village in all eminent domain matters.

RAJ CHETTY ’97, along with a team of economists and scholars, co-led the development of the website www.tracktherecovery.org, which uses credit card and payroll data to track the economic impacts of COVID-19 on people, businesses, and communities across the United States, in real time. The site was created by Harvard University-based think tank Opportunity Insights, of which Chetty is the director.

’00s

CHRISTOPHER CHAN ’00 published his first book, “Sherlock & Irene: The Secret Truth Behind ‘A Scandal in Bohemia’” in August 2020. It’s a work of literary criticism that uses the “great game” approach to literary analysis pioneered by Monsignor Ronald Knox to argue that Sherlock Holmes’ supposed biggest failure was actually a resounding success.

EMILY MAZZULLA, PH.D. ’01 is the author of the children’s book “School in the Time of the Coronavirus.” Mazzulla is a clinical assistant professor of psychology at Marquette University, and director of SWIM Collaboration and Innovation. Her clinical and research interests are in trauma and resilience. Learn more at www.emilymazzulla.com.

JOHN GRAHAM ’02 along with his wife, Hillary, and their older son, Tripp, welcomed Henry on Aug. 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. Henry has 10 fingers, 10 toes, and looks just like his dad!

CHARLES UIHLEIN ’02 was recently interviewed by WTMJ4 for his work with Teens Grow Greens, about the organization’s efforts to keep nearly 50 Milwaukee students involved and employed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uihlein is the executive director of Teens Grow Greens, which provides experience-based internships designed to help teens experience holistic growth through gardening, cooking, teambuilding, and more. Visit www.teensgrowgreens.org to learn more.

ANDREW ROBBINS ’04 and Grace (Hauske) Robbins ’08 welcomed Katherine Elizabeth Robbins on Aug. 30, 2020. Katherine joins big brother Everett.

HIRAM “BENY” PEREZ-REYES ’05 was interviewed in July by the WUWM 89.7 “Lake Effect” program in honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Perez-Reyes is a Milwaukee native and principal owner of Clover Phoenix Capital, which helps fund businesses in the Milwaukee area.

T.J. HAUSKE ’08 and his wife, Sarah, welcomed Thomas John Hauske IV on Oct. 5, 2020. He joins big sister Adeline.

CHRISTOPHER TERRIS ’08 married Liz Jones in an intimate ceremony at Milwaukee Country Club on Sept. 5, 2020. The groom’s  closest friends, T.J. Hauske ’08, Read Servis ’08, Spencer Reinhart ’08, and Michael Sendik ’07, were in attendance.

CHRISTINA (MALLIET) VANDAGRIFF ’08 married James Vandagriff at St. Frances Catholic Church in Cedarburg, Wisconsin on Feb. 23, 2019. The couple lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

LILLIAN HUTSON ’09 married Joseph Wahman on Sept. 7, 2019 in Campagnatico, Italy. They both work in liability insurance in Chicago. Megan DeAngelis ’10 was a bridesmaid.

THOMAS “HOZ” TANNER ’09 married Riley (Kelly) Tanner ’12 on Aug. 29, 2020 in Milwaukee. Alumna Lauren Wilhelm ’11 served as a bridesmaid and alumni Jake Tanner ’10, Alex Tanner ’12, Arjun Sawhney ’09, and Alex Skebba ’09 served as groomsmen. “We both are loving living in downtown Milwaukee and look forward to finding a home and starting a family in the coming years,” said Riley.

’10s

BRODIE MUTSCHLER ’19 conquered the Appalachian Trail, hiking all 2,192 miles in four months and 11 days. He trekked the last 85 miles with his parents, Jock and Linda Mutschler, finishing at Springer Mountain in time for Thanksgiving. He plans to resume his classes at Carleton College in January.

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