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The Lakeland College Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomes five new members to the board and one class representative, and extends a heartfelt thanks to five departing board members and one class representative.
Julie Hed `03, Peggy Hoks MBA `06, Christy Jaeger `07, Mark Schowalter `79, and Debby Thorn `04, CPP replace Christin Buzaitis `99, Steve Podewils `06, Johnny Ramos `03, Tamara Rozmarynowski MBA `05, and Casey Wendt `03. In addition, Helen Daniel `08, replaces class representative, Michael Muhs `08.
We thank those leaving for their time, talent, and energy provided to the college during their tenures on the board. We welcome these new members, who will begin serving the board in February, 2009:
Julie Hed `03 holds a degree in sociology and non-profit management and is a licensed credit counselor. She has worked or volunteered with many community and educational organizations including Rainbow Kids, United Way, and Lakeshore Technical College. Julie writes that as a non-traditional student, she hopes to bring a unique perspective to the board's activities and that she is honored to give back to her alma mater.
Margaret (Peggy) Hoks MBA `06 is a research scientist at DIXIE® Food Services Solutions in Neenah where she directs the design and development of new products. She recalls that while she attended the Kellett School of Adult Education at the Fox Cities Center, she met many wonderful people. She writes that she would like to "foster that sense of camaraderie and help instill a Lakeland College connection in current students and alumni."
Christy Jaeger `07 is a staff assistant at Schenck Business Solutions and was listed in the 2007 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She was also named a J. Garland Schilcutt Scholar, a Windway Foundation Scholar, and was named Outstanding Accounting Student of 2006-07. Christy is looking forward to being "a champion for my extended family at Lakeland."
Mark Schowalter `79 is pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Genoa City, WI. Mark's life took a unique twist 7 months after his graduation from Lakeland, when he lost his sight due to diabetes. In looking back at this challenge, Mark writes, "Fortunately, the four excellent years of relationships, education, and personal development that I received at and through Lakeland College gave me the spiritual fortitude to deal with this tragic loss and turn my liability into an asset." He looks forward to ensuring that the Lakeland experience will be there for many others in the future.
Debby Thorn `04, CPP is a payroll analyst at Kohler Co. and a volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. She is a regular at many alumni events and writes "Lakeland has given me so much more than a great education. It has helped me broaden my horizons, and I've made a great many friends along the way. I have an incredible amount of pride when saying that Lakeland is my alma mater and would enjoy giving back to the college and being part of its future successes."
Helen Daniel `08 is currently employed as a direct service professional at Misericordia, Heart of Mercy, an organization in Chicago that provides direct care to individuals with developmental disabilities. Helen describes herself as "a daughter of Lakeland College" and looks forward to the opportunity to help present and future sons and daughters of the college experience the same wonderful things that Lakeland has given her.