Class Notes Fall 2023


Trent Nichols (BS ’65), along with colleagues at Quietmind Foundation in Philadelphia, has submitted for FDA approval a medical device for memory enhancement in patients with early- to mid-Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s dementia. 

Ramon Ricker (BME ‘65), along with his wife Judith, received the Centennial Award from the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. 


Kathy Brombacher (MFA ‘73) was awarded a Lifetime Theatre Achievement Award by the Oceanside Theatre Company. 

Richard Lapchick (MA ’70, PhD ‘73) received the Stuart Scott ENSPIRE Award from ESPN. The award celebrates individuals who have taken risks and used an innovative approach to help the disadvantaged through the power of sports.

William A. Cornell II


William A. Cornell II (BA ’74), a long-time prosecutor and district attorney in California, has embarked on a second career as a physician practicing in developing countries. William will do medical work 4-6 months each year overseas. 


Robert J. Croce

Robert J. Croce (BS ’75) was reelected to serve as chairman of the board of directors of The Rideshare Company in Connecticut.

ZJ Czupor (MA ’75), writing as Zoltan James, has published his latest novel, a thriller entitled, “Cut Right Through Me.”


Ed Dwight (MFA ‘77) received a 2023 Lifetime of Achievement Award from Gov. Jared Polis for “monumental artworks commemorating African American leadership and legacy that have left an indelible mark on Colorado and the nation.” 


Michael Hettich (MA ’79) has published “The Halo of Bees: New and Selected Poems, 1990-2022.” 


Rod Jahner (MBA ’80) has published a memoir, “Never Do Anything Just Right – A Mile Down the Road and a Half,” about a life journey from a small town in North Dakota to places around the world and back. 

Carol (Rolloff) DeBoer-Langworthy (MA ‘80) retired in June after nearly 30 years of teaching nonfiction writing at Brown University. 


William C. Kilpatrick (MA ’76, JD ’81) has retired after 43 years in law enforcement. Bill served as a police officer for the City of Englewood for 10 years and then served 33 years with the Golden Police Department, the last 20 as chief of police. 

Ken Reed
(BSBA ‘81) has published a book, “How We Can Save Sports: A Game Plan.” 


Jeff Benedict (BM ’80, MA ‘82) has recorded a new album, titled “Denver Sessions,” with his jazz partner Dave Askren. Jeff is on saxophone, and Dave is on guitar. 

Diana Tixier Herald


Diana Tixier Herald (MA ’85), an individual reviewer, won the 2023 CODES Louis Shores Award from the American Library Association for excellence in book reviewing. 

Gail Nussbaum (BSBA ’85) published her first children’s book, “Paisley’s Pay it Forward Adventure,” about a teddy bear focused on the power of small acts of kindness and paying it forward.

Matthew S. Mingus


Matthew S. Mingus (BA ’88) was named director of the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University. 

Susan Lehr (JD ’88) was named the U.S. Attorney for the District of Nebraska. She has been with the Nebraska U.S. Attorney’s Office for 24 years. 


David Geck (BA ’88, MS ‘91), a clinical assistant professor of restorative dentistry, was recognized for 25 years of service at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Mike McQuillan (LLM ‘91) has been appointed to the board of directors for the Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation. Mike is the attorney for the City of Ogallala.


Marianne Goodland (MS ‘94) was elected president of the Denver Press Club. She is the fourth woman to serve as the club’s president since its founding in 1867. 

Megan McMorrow and Barry Reicherter

Megan McMorrow (BSBA ‘91, MBA ‘94) and Barry Reicherter (MA ‘93) of Arlington, Virginia, provided lunch for the DU men’s lacrosse team the day before they played Georgetown University.


John Scott (JD ’95) was appointed Lake County Court Judge by Gov. Jared Polis. 

Kori Novak (BA ‘95) has been named the executive director of the Colorado Cancer Coalition. 

Jennifer Stenman


Jennifer Stenman (JD ‘97) has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as a real estate attorney in the Denver office.


Heather Teressa Gehrke (BA ‘99) presented “From Second Grade to Second Act: Cybersecurity Promotes Gender Equality,” as a keynote speaker at the 2023 United Nations Commission on the Status of Women event in New York City. 

Amy Ruhl


Amy Ruhl (JD ’00) has joined Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren as a real estate attorney in the Denver office.

Victoria Klingensmith (BA ’00) was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to the 18th Judicial District Court.


Keely Buchanan (BA ‘01) was named one of the 2023 Cable TV Pioneers. Keely is director of event experience and internal communications for Charter Communications and has more than 20 years of cable industry experience.


Bryan Walpert (PhD ’02) has published his eighth and ninth books: “Late Sonata” won the Australian Viva La Novella Award, and “Entanglement” was a finalist in New Zealand’s national book award.


Jamie Edgin Swanson (MA ‘01, PhD ‘03) has been named chair of the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech College of Science.


Morgan Wood (JD ‘04) has been appointed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to the Santa Fe County Magistrate Court. 

Sven Tustin


Sven Tustin (MS ’06) has been promoted to chief growth officer and Southwest market officer at Conor Commercial Real Estate in Arizona.

Greg Grimm (MBA ‘06) received the Distinguished Engineering Service Award from the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Susannah Pedigo (MBA ‘06)
has been named head of government and regulatory affairs for Vesper Energy in Texas.

Karen Middleton


Karen Middleton (MA ‘07) has been confirmed to the Adams State University Board of Trustees. Karen is president of Cobalt, a Colorado-based organization that advances reproductive rights. 

Mary Kate Johnson (MA ‘07)
was named executive vice president of human resources for the Denver Broncos. 

Rachel Clifton


Todd Huffman (MT ‘09) was appointed chief financial officer for Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center in Montclair, New Jersey. 

Rachel Clifton (MA ‘09) has been named executive director of the Wyoming Arts Council. 


Antoinette Gomez (MSW ‘10) was promoted to clinical program manager at the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless.

Hani Yaafouri (MS ’08, MRLS ‘10), along with his twin brother Zahi, has opened Firehouse Café on Tejon Street. The duo also has operated Steam Espresso Bar on South Pearl Street for 10 years.


Rafael Hernández (MBA ‘12) recently completed 20 years of military service in the U.S. Army National Guard. Rafael is the Battalion Executive Officer for 3/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment (3/278 ACR) in Texas.

David Carle

Sarah Stout (JD ’12) was appointed by Gov. Jared Polis to fill a vacancy on the 17th Judicial District Court.

David Carle (BSBA ’12), head coach of the Pioneers men’s ice hockey team, will serve as head coach of the 2024 U.S. National Junior Hockey Team. Team USA will play in the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Taylor Szilagyi

Sara McGuire Settle (MS ’14) and husband William Settle welcomed daughter Selena Jasmine Settle on September 29, 2022.

Taylor Szilagyi (MPP ‘14) has been named executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau. Taylor is the first woman and first native Coloradan in 57 years to lead the Bureau, which represents 25,000 farmers across the state.  


Halena Kapuni-Reynolds (MA ’15) has been appointed associate curator for Native Hawaiian history and culture for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.  


Norman W. Holden (EMBA ’17) recently published his second book, “The Lucky Seven,” a story about his father-in-law’s brave journey as a B-24 pilot in 1944 who was shot down over Europe. 


Michelle Friends (MPS ’07, MSLA ‘19) has joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, a trial firm based in San Francisco, as the firm’s first chief operating officer. 


Jasmine Sauceda-Izbrand (MA ‘22) is the new director of cultural diversity for Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Kentucky. 

Colorado Women’s College

These DU-Colorado Women’s College graduates gathered at a luncheon in La Jolla, California, in April. From left to right: Judy Diltz Quinton (CWC ’62, BA ‘62), Sheron Doll Mayer (CWC ‘60), Carole Olsen Davenport (CWC ‘60), Trudy Wahl Mitchell (CWC ‘67), Julie Bolger Davey (CWC ‘62), BarbaraDuPont Hendrix (CWC ‘58), Harriet Putnam Morris (CWC ‘64), Carol Quackenbush Norton (CWC ‘70), Joan Kruse Rogers (CWC ‘70) and Helen Purcell Montag (CWC ‘72). 


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