Annual Member LM:
Honored as Entrepreneurs
of The Year for 2001 by Ernst & Young, Utah, are the following alumni:
David Blain BS88, Blain Olsen White Gurr Advertising; Philip
M. Thompson ex64, Industrial Supply Company; Daniel B. Fugal
ex72, Niels Fugal Sons Company; Kent H. Murdock BA72
JD75, O.C. Tanner Company; Rhoda Ramsey BS47, Jodie
Bennion BA66, Barbara Carrier ex74, Sue Christensen
BS56, Richard Lockwood BS81, Norine Foote ex56,
The Ramsey Group; and Eric Olafson BS78, Tomax.
Paul E. Nord ex56 graduated from the John F. Kennedy School
of Law in Walnut Creek, California, in December 2000, and passed the California
Bar examination in February 2001. He retired as a partner in the San Francisco
office of an international CPA firm and now has a private practice in
law and accounting in Walnut Creek. AM
P. BA61 and Peggy K. Pappas BS62 received the husband-wife
team Hellenic Heritage Award from the Hellenic Cultural Association.
This award honors those who demonstrate dynamic civic leadership on a
local and national level, who promote and preserve Hellenism, and who,
by example, inspire others to serve. James Pappas is vice president for
outreach at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and oversees programs
that serve over 150,000 participants. Peggy Pappas is marketing director
of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine, Oklahoma City,
David N. Sundwall BA66 BA67 MD69 has been appointed
to the Board of Trustees of Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, the oldest
college for African-American women in the United States, founded in 1880.
Sundwall is president of the American Clinical Laboratory Association
in Washington, D.C.
William W. Hansen BS67 MS73 has been appointed to
the National Defense University Foundation board of directors. He will
serve a three-year term and will focus on the civilian support activities
for the National Defense University. Hansen is vice president for the
Army programs and technology services business area for the Washington,
D.C., Operations Office, Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is a graduate
of the Army War College and a distinguished graduate of the Navy Command
and Staff College. During his 27 years of military service, Hansen has
been awarded the Silver Star (twice), the Legion of Merit (twice), the
Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Gold Star.
Larry E. Nelson BS70 was named head of the Department of
History at Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina. He has
been a member of the FMU faculty since 1974, and received his doctorate
from Duke University.
Scott Buehler BS71 is with the Ogden office of Van Cott, Bagley,
Cornwall & McCarthy, where he is a member of the business and litigation
sections. His practice is focused on real estate and construction law.
Buehler earned his juris doctorate at the University of the Pacific/McGeorge
School of Law and has practiced in northern California and Weber County.
He is a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, the
Utah State Bar, and the State Bar of California.
Robert L. Jays MBA71 has published an article, Patent
No. 6,035,321Opening the Door to Software Product Liability Exposure,
in the Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance, Vol. 6,
R. Shaw PhD73, senior scientific advisor with Weyerhaeuser Co.
in Federal Way, Washington, has received the American Society for Testing
and Materials (ASTM) Award of Merit for his exemplary service to ASTM
Committee E05 on Fire Standards. This award recognizes his guidance and
support of ASTMs role in the internationalization of fire standards
through his leadership in the U.S. delegations to the Fire Safety Committee
of the International Organization for Standardization. The Award of Merit
is the highest Society award for individual contributions to standards
work and is accompanied by the title of fellow.
Marty Plunkett BS74, Craig Kaminski BS88, and Mike Merrill
BS00 have been given new staff assignments by the Salt Lake
office of CB Richard Ellis. Plunkett was appointed vice president of the
office buildings division; Kaminski was named senior associate in industrial/
flex properties; and Merrill was made sales associate in industrial/flex
Anne M. Rogers MBA76 was honored as one of the top 20 women
in information technology for 2001 in Houston, Texas. She currently provides
IT systems management and security consulting for various clients, focusing
on implementing broadband communication and services.
Marc J. Sievers BA78 is deputy director to the Office of
Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria Affairs in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
for the U.S. Department of State. He was formerly political counselor
with the American Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Sievers entered the
foreign service in 1981 and has served overseas in Hong Kong; Cairo, Egypt;
Rabat, Morocco; Ankara, Turkey; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and in the State
Departments Intelligence and Research and the Bureau of Near Eastern
Affairs. He was a Pearson Fellow assigned to the office of Congressman
Lee Hamilton and to the staff of the House International Relations Committee.
He has received the State Departments Meritorious Honor Award (twice),
the American Foreign Service Associations Sinclaire Language Award,
and the Intelligence Communitys Exceptional Collector Award. Sievers
was recently designated one of Secretary of State Colin Powells
S. Davis BA80 fills the position of senior counsel in the music
legal affairs department at Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City,
California. He provides legal services in connection with the creation
and acquisition of music for 25 theatrical films and 43 television series
Lloyd Sadler BS81 MS84 MBA89 JD96, a patent
attorney, has joined the law firm of Parsons Behle & Latimer, having
previously been with the McCarthy and Sadler law firm. He concentrates
his practice on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and licensing.
Thomas Callister MS82 PhD86 received the Robert Y.
Fluno Award for Excellence in Teaching in the social sciences at Whitman
College, Walla Walla, Washington. He has served as chair of the education
department at Whitman since 1994 and is an expert in the area of education
and technology. Callister has held the Paul Garrett Fellowship at Whitman
Natalie Gochnour BS84 MS88 serves as deputy for policy
and communications in the administration of Governor Mike Leavitt. Her
background in research and analysis enhance her policy-making abilities
beyond the usual image-enhancing skills common to this office. Gochnour
was formerly state planning coordinator and deputy director for the Governors
Office of Planning and Budget.
Angela Harwood BA84, a professor in the Woodring College
of Education, has received the Excellence in Teaching Award representing
Western Washington University. She joined the Woodring faculty in 1991and
has consistently received recognition for her dedication to service learning.
Harwood collaborated with a former student to develop and implement Project
Connect, through which local students provide services at 23 different
community sites. She was recently selected as one of 10 nationwide finalists
for the 2001 Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning.
E. Mergele BS85 has been appointed chief executive officer of
SER Solutions, a provider of knowledge-enabled software solutions. Mergele
joined the company in 1998 and is responsible for strategic direction
and general supervision of the company. His previous work included serving
as vice president and assistant general counsel to InfoVest Corporation,
The Faneuil Group, and Credit Card Services Corporation. He earned his
juris doctorate from the Drake University School of Law in 1988.
Peter Badovinatz MS85 has been promoted to senior technical
staff member at IBM, where he is a key technical leader in the areas of
clustering and distributed systems. He is currently the Linux Technology
Center expert and leader in these areas and is the contact to the open
source community for the Distributed Lock Manager project recently released
as open source. Badovinatz is a member of multiple architecture and design
groups exploring and defining future directions for IBM. AM
Heather Ferguson ex86
is a senior designer with Bottom Duvivier, a design, architecture, and
workplace consulting firm. She received her BA in interior design from
California State University at Long Beach and has developed interior designs
for companies such as Hewlett Packard and Levi Strauss & Co. Ferguson
is president of the Northern California chapter of the International Design
T. Roberts BS86 JD89, a shareholder with Van Cott, Bagley,
Cornwall & McCarthy, has received a Master of Laws degree in agricultural
law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. Roberts represents
clients in the agriculture industry in the western region of the United
States in a wide variety of areas and also represents clients in acquisitions
and transactions related to the operation of foreign farmland. He is a
member of the Utah State Bar.
Erik A. Christiansen BA86 BA87 JD90, president
of the U of U Young Alumni Association and a shareholder with Parsons
Behle & Latimer, was selected from more than 90 applicants to serve
as one of 15 attorney advocates to represent athletes in Salt Lake Citys
Court of Arbitration for Sport during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Christiansen
was also tapped by the Utah State Bar Association to represent athletes
in hearings before the United States Olympic Committee and before the
governing bodies of individual sports. AM
Robert David Mitchell BS87 has been named senior vice president
of global sales and marketing for Cook Incorporated, a medical device
manufacturer in Bloomington, Indiana. He joined the company in 1987 as
a sales representative covering the Rocky Mountain states for the radiology
and cardiology product lines. Since then he has been director of sales
of the Asia/Pacific region for Cooks diagnostic and interventional
products division, and was manager of international sales and marketing
for that division.
Brooks Ryan Amiot BA88 is an associate in the Baltimore,
Maryland, office of Piper Marbury Rudnick & Wolfe specializing in
labor and employment law. He and his wife, Susan, have one son.
Michael Moffit BS89 has been admitted to the partnership
of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Salt Lake City.
Steensma Scott BA90 is a member of the litigation department
at Parsons Behle & Latimer law firm and concentrates on construction
and real estate litigation. She is also a member of the employment department
where she advises employers on many aspects of employment law. Scott received
her juris doctorate from Arizona State University in 1993.
Scott Storrs BS90
is creative director at Ogilvy/Interactive in New York, where he has helped
shape the online brand identity of IBM since 1977. Previously, he was
with Alan Frank & Associates in Salt Lake City, where he worked as
a photographer, a producer, a copywriter, and eventually as creative director.
Gee BA91 MA94 is vice president of operations for Gold
Systems, Inc., a custom software firm located in Salt Lake City. Her responsibilities
include oversight of the firms project management methodologies
and practice, human resource management, development of company policy
and strategic planning, and software development. A founding member of
the firm, Gee has previously served in capacities from business analyst,
software designer, and project manager, and has facilitated the companys
growth to nearly 20 developers, managers, and support staff. She and her
husband, Michael Stoker BS86 MS91, have one
daughter, Heather Gee BA95. AM
Holle BS94, business development manager at Utah State Universitys
Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL), has been appointed by Gov. Mike Leavitt
as Utahs delegate to the Aerospace States Association (ASA). This
organization represents the interests of states in federal aerospace policy
formulation and implementation and is made up of delegates from 40 states
and the District of Columbia. Holle previously served as program manager
for NASAs Commercial Remote Sensing Program and was in the U.S.
Tawni Anderson Sherman JD98 has joined the law firm of Snell
& Wilmer in Salt Lake City and will practice in the commercial litigation
area. She is married to Marcus Sherman BA92.
Jeff Hoyt MPA94 PhD01 is director of institutional research
at Utah Valley State College, Orem, Utah. His unit of five researchers
coordinates 10 to 15 surveys each year across the UVSC campus, fulfilling
government reporting requirements, providing information for Board of
Regents reporting requirements, and conducting program evaluations and
studies. Hoyt has recently had his article, Performance Funding
in Higher Education: The Effects of Student Motivation on the Use of Outcomes
Tests to Measure Institutional Effectiveness Research, published
in Research in Higher Education.
Matthew Breen BA96 has joined the staff of the Austin (Texas)
Film Festival as Los Angeles-based film program director. He was responsible
for programming films for screening at the 2001 Austin Film Festival and
promotes the festival in southern California through year-round film and
screenwriting events in the Los Angeles area. Breen is also a freelance
entertainment journalist and contributes film reviews to several publications.
Nathan S. Merrill BS97 was selected to The Order of
the Barristers for excellence in and service to lawyering skills
competitions at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He received
his J.D. from Washingtons School of Law in May 2001.
Rick Lifferth BS97 MPrA98 recently transferred to Salt
Lake City from the San Francisco office of Arthur Andersen LLP. He joined
the firm in 1998 and is a tax senior.
Candace Anne Hutton BS98 MPrA99 has been promoted
to senior accountant in the audit and business assurance practice in the
Salt Lake City office of Arthur Andersen LLP, where she has worked since
1999. She was honored by the Utah Association of Certified Public Accountants
for achieving the highest score in the state of Utah on the fall 1999
CPA exam. Hutton currently serves as a member of the UACPA committee for
emerging CPAs as well as a member of the advisory board of The Caring
Connection, a grief counseling program. She and her husband, Jim, are
parents of a daughter.
Linda Ellison BA98 has been elected president of the Harvard
Graduate Council, the student governing body of Harvard University. She
is in her third year of graduate study and has served the past two years
on the University Council as a representative of Harvard Divinity School.
The photo identified as biathlon record-holder Peter Karns BS67
included in Through The Years in the Winter 2001-02 Continuum
was not Karns, and Continuum regrets the error. The real Pete
Karns is pictured here. Karns is associate broker/owner of Real Estate
of Jackson Hole in Jackson, Wyoming.