Thursday, April 12, 2018


Martha (Haag) Behlow (BA ’77) teaches French at Geneva Community High School in Geneva, Illinois. She was named Illinois Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by the Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages in October 2015.


Stephen Allen (PhD ’87) retired from the practice of psychotherapy after 38 years.

Michael Clark (BA ’89), won the Council on Economic Education’s John Morton Award, which recognized him for being the top high school economics teacher at the council’s annual conference in Brooklyn, New York, in October 2017.

Clark is in his second year as an AP economics teacher at Obra Tompkins High School in the Katy Independent School District in Katy, Texas. In his first year at the school, the AP Macro average test score increased from 2.83 to 4.09. Because the district does not offer AP Micro, he taught that subject outside of the school day. The students he taught obtained a 4.45 cumulative average on the AP Micro exam.

Before coming to Tompkins, Clark taught at Bellaire High School. While at Bellaire, he won many teaching awards including the HEB Excellence in Education Lifetime Achievement Award, the Texas Council for Economic Education Cooper Award for State Teacher of the Year, the Teacher of the Year Award from Houston Independent School District, the West Houston Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and the Bellaire PTO Teacher of the Year.

He has coached two teams to National Championships in the Council’s Economics Challenge, three national runners-up, and four third-place finishers. He also had one National Champion and one national runner-up in the National Personal Finance Challenge.

“I owe all my success to what I learned in the College of Education at the University of Iowa,” Clark says. “Back in my days, Dr. Shive and Dr. Fitch did an expert job in preparing us for a teaching career… My true dream is to come back to Iowa to teach AP Economics soon and lead a group of Iowa students to a national championship in Economics or Personal Finance.”

Marc McCoy (MA ’82/PhD ’88) is an associate professor of education at Mount Mercy University.

Anthony “Tony” Paustian (PhD ’98), provost of the West Des Moines campus of Des Moines Area Community College, received the Book Excellence Award for Best Management Book for his new management book, “A Quarter Million Steps.”

Nancy Schneider (MA ’88) is director of academic advising and retention at the University of Iowa College of Engineering.

Sheri Spaine Long (BA ’80/ MA ’83) is named the next executive director of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. She will assume the new position on July 1 after serving as executive director designate during the transition period.

Ann Weber (MA ’82) co-authored Student Teaching: The Cooperating Teacher Series.


Eva Chatterjee-Sutton (MA ’92) was appointed to the Legal Issues in Higher Education Conference Board and the City-Wide Development Commission for Washington, Pennsylvania and the Washington/East Washington Planning Commission.

Sarah Hansen (MA ’92) is associate vice president for student life at the University of Iowa.

Nancy Humbles (MA ’97) was awarded the University of Iowa Distinguished Alumni Award.

Jorg Vianden (MA ’99) is department chair for student affairs administration in higher education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Becki Elkins (PhD ’04) is an assistant professor in the student affairs administration in higher education program at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Mary Elliot (MA ’04) is a director of residence life at Colorado School of Mines.

Thom Felton (PhD ’00) completed work assignment evaluating students for special education services in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.

Krish Das (MA ’00), a U.S. Department of State employee, was named the information officer/spokesperson for the United States Consulate in Karachi, Pakistan. He plans and manages relations with local Pakistani media and serves as press point-of-contact for all mission sections and agencies. Even though Pakistan is a one-year post, beginning in July of 2017, Das volunteered to serve for two years and will be in Pakistan until 2019.

Bill Huff (MA ’06) is the member engagement and marketing chair for the ACPA18 Convention Steering Team.

Allison Kipp (MA ’05) is an academic advisor with the Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines.

Sue Kuehl (Elementary Teaching Certificate ’01) retired from her position as a high school instructional strategist I with the Iowa City Community School District.

Eric Moschella (MA ’00) is an associate provost for student success at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Amy Pfeiler-Wunder (MA ’04/PhD ’10) was named the 2017 Pennsylvania Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator by the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. Pfeiler-Wunder, a professor of art education at Kutztown University, received the award at the PAEA state conference in Pittsburgh in October of 2017.

Stephanie Schutt (MA ’03/MA ’08) is a school climate specialist with Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Ellen Sunshine (MA ’01) is associate director of orientation and student engagement with the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota.


Jill Abruzzio (MA ’15) is an ELL teacher at Coralville Central Elementary School in Coralville, Iowa.

Milo Alfarero (MA ’17) is a community director at Georgetown University.

Michele Armstrong (MA ’13) is assistant dean of students at Brown University.

Laura Behlow (BA ’14) is a second-grade teacher at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva, Illinois.

Erik Buol (MA ’13) is an area coordinator with housing and residential education at the University of Utah.

Brett Caskey (MA ’17) is a coordinator of transition programs at Colorado State University.

Whitney DeBey (BA’16) is a fourth-grade teacher at Kirkwood Elementary School in Coralville, Iowa.

Lona Davenport (MA ’10) is a diversity program coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Anne Ghinazzi (MA ’17) is a STEM advising specialist at Big Bend Community College.

Kelly Giese (MA ’11) is an area coordinator with the division of university housing at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Shalyn (Steward) Hughes (BA ’15) is a teacher librarian for K-fifth grade with the Davenport Community School District.

Cindy Ann Kilgo (PhD ’16) is an assistant professor at the University of Alabama.

Evan Kopespel (MA ’14) is a coordinator for the Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE).

Gina Marino (MA ’16) is director of alumnae and volunteer development at Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.

Jarvis McCowin (MA ’15) is the coordinator of inclusion at Hartwick College.

Jesse Meyer (MA ’12) is regional director of development for the University of Notre Dame.

Brendan Miller (MA ’17) is a hall director at the University of Tennessee.

Kristi Mindrup (PhD ’12) is a council of representatives’ member of the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

Laura Nichols (MA ’17) accepted a position advising football-student athletes at James Madison University.

Jenny Noyce (MA ’13) was named the Hire Big10+ Outstanding New Career Professional.

Danielle Oakes (BA ’15) is a kindergarten teacher at Lucas Elementary School in Iowa City, Iowa.

Sarah Jo Purcell (MA ’17) is a career services coordinator at Iowa State University.

Katie Radtke (MA ’15) is the coordinator for new student and family programs at Marquette University.

Chad Richmond (MA ’17) is assistant resident manager at University of Nebraska-Omaha.

Javiera Romero Araya (MA ’17) is an accreditation administrative coordinator at the University of Iowa.

Kelsey Ryder (MA’14) was awarded the Outstanding New Professional Award from the Iowa Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.

Mike Schluckebier (PhD ’13) was awarded the University of Iowa Honors Advising Award.

Teri Schnelle (MA ’13) is associate director of assessment and strategic initiatives at the office of the vice president for student life at the University of Iowa.

Elizabeth Schupp (MAT ’17) was awarded the 2017 Michael Oates Teacher of Promise Award by the Iowa World Language Association. Schupp is a German language teacher at Timberline School in Waukee, Iowa. This award is given annually to students in teacher training programs or in early stages of their careers who have shown exceptional promise and potential to become outstanding world language educators.

Lisa Schumacher (PhD ’17) accepted a position with University of Iowa Human Subjects/IRB Office.

Janelle Smithson (BA ’17) is a social studies teacher, teaching U.S. history, government, and world geography with high school students for the Leona Group at South Ridge High School in Phoenix, Arizona.

Cassandra Storlie (PhD ’13) was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Advancing Diversity Award at Kent State University.  The Advancing Diversity Scholarship Award is given annually to recognize faculty members, research teams, or departments that have conducted research or been involved in scholarly activity related to and/or focusing on the advancement of the quality of life for under-represented/ underserved populations.

Justin Kyle Tanner (MA ’17) is a hall director at the University of Connecticut.

Teniell Trolian (PhD ’16) is an Assistant Professor at University at Albany, SUNY.

Brian Tu (MA ’13) is an assistant director of residential life at Florida International University.

Hannah Walsh (MA ’17) is a coordinator for school improvement and Title IV at the Iowa Department of Education.

Larissa Wilming (BA ‘17) is a music teacher at Central DeWitt Intermediate School in DeWitt, Iowa.

Tracey Wool (BA ’16) is a deaf and hard of hearing itinerant teacher for the West Allis-West Milwaukee school district.

Read more of the College of Education's 2018 Alumni Magazine