All Things STA
Class Notes and Career Updates
- March 24, 2023
- March 17, 2023
- March 10, 2023
- March 3, 2023
- February 24, 2023
- February 17, 2023
- February 10, 2023
- February 3, 2023
- January 27, 2023
- January 13, 2023
- January 6, 2023
March 24, 2023
Jaxen Mertens '20 is working toward more training/schooling within the US Marine Corp this year. He will be attending the Survival, Evasion, Resistance Escape School, Advance Intelligence School, Airborne School, Free Fall School, and Combatant Scuba Dive School. These courses will further Jaxen's development in the Intelligence & Special Combat Forces within the US Marine Corps.
Congratulations to Charlie Deckas '17 for starting a new position as Marketing Specialist at CBRE Investment Management.
Social Studies teacher Mr. Jurkovich, doing geography research in Arizona over Spring Break, ran into Sam Nields '12, who currently works as a Ranger for the National Park Service at Wupatki National Monument.
Peter Wicks '17 and Tim D'Agostino '16 have grown their company from a young start-up into one of the largest players in the Bitcoin space, with a public markets merger recently announced. They travel North America building, managing, and operating some of the largest bitcoin mines (data centers) globally. Their work intersects a multitude of fields and practices- construction, engineering, energy, design, technology, finance etc. Great work, Peter & Tim!
Congrats to Ed '79 and Michele Driscoll (parents of EJ '17 and Michael '21)! The Villaume-Driscoll Gallery has been nominated for best gallery in the Star Tribune’s "Minnesota Fun" category this year. Show them your support with your vote, vote daily through April 5. Stop by the museum to say hello too!
Congratulations to Isaac Hayes '12 on his patents with Apple inc.! A note from Isaac: "I've wanted to be an "inventor" since I was a kid but didn't think it was attainable. I'd like to inspire others that their dreams are possible with an example. I haven't been able to share these patents because they were only recently made public, but I earned two patents (Patent One, Patent Two) while designing packaging at Apple. This patented work is used in many Apple products including the iPhone and Apple Watch!"
March 17, 2023
David Hottinger '85 ran into Baker '21 and Hayes '19 Reding at Holy Cross.
Congratulations to Michael Abbott '08 for starting a new position as Senior Software Engineer at Moov.
Congratulations to Eric Ruzicka '16 for being promoted to Paving Product Specialist at Ziegler Caterpillar.
Congratulations to Andrew Lentsch '13 for starting a new position as Analyst - Central Analytics at Newell Brands.
March 10, 2023
March 3, 2023
Peter Mork '85 and his nephew, Bill Mork '12 with Northmarq, spoke together on the panel for the Capital Markets Summit MN hosted by the Minnesota Real Estate Journal. Both had interesting things to say about the state of affairs in credit markets and its impact on CRE financing.
Congratulations Matt Hoyland '08 for starting a new position as Senior Account Executive at Island.
Congratulations Chris Becker '15 for starting a new position as Director of Business Operations at Daymaker.
Congratulations to Mac Brown '16 for signing with the Orlando Guardians of the XFL.
February 24, 2023
Cadets from the 2001 and 2003 State Champion Alpine Ski Team reunited for their 22nd annual ski trip this February in Utah's Cottonwood Canyons. Pictured here at Snowbird's iconic Tram Club (left to right): Chris Eakins '03, Luke Hinz '03, Ryan Nintzel '03, Joe Masciopinto '09, Will Buckley '01, Chad Commers '01, and Matt Eakins '01
The trustees of the Otto Bremer Trust (OBT), Charlotte S. Johnson and Daniel C. Reardon, today announced they have appointed Francis M. Miley '80 to serve as the third trustee.
The Nativity Men's Club Sport Shirt Stag was a big hit with the likes of Pat Eilers '85 and Tim Figge '70 in attendance.
February 17, 2023
John Abdo '01, and his father Larry Abdo's My Burger restaurants made the 40/40 List for 2023: America's Hottest Startup Fast Casuals by QSR Magazine (see slide # 27). Congratulations!
February 10, 2023
A group from the class of 1990 won Epic Bragging Rights after winning the STA Fathers' Club Trivia Night on February 4. Congratulations to: Matt Dudley, Rich Dreher, John Gainor, Peter Martin, Mike Sundquist and Charlie Weier along with their former STA religion teacher, Father Jack Long.
David Hottinger '85 went to Maui, HI and visited with Jim Dicks '54.
PFC Jack Killian ‘18 completed the Army’s One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Benning, GA. He returned to Fort Benning after the holidays for Airborne Training. Once Airborne Training is complete, Jack will report to Fort Bragg, NC.
Congratulate Tyler Wright '17 for starting a new position as Legal Extern at Sleep Number Corporation.
Congratulate Mitch Newburg '13 for being promoted to Engineering Manager at Uromedica, Inc.
Congratulate William Sosniecki '12 for starting a new position as Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley
Congratulate Zachary Wynne '10 for starting a new position as Senior Accountant at OHC LLC.
February 3, 2023
Ryan Gall '15 excited to formally announce that he will be a Graduate Student Summer Administrative/Finance Intern at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
Alex Farley '18 is happy to share that he has been promoted to the role of Business Development Representative at Infor!
Congratulate Maxwell Thorpe '12 for starting a new position as Associate Scientific Solutions Engineer at Flywheel.io.
John Copeland '19 is currently in his Junior year at the Military College of South Carolina - The Citadel. He serves as 1st Battalion’s Supply NCO and is responsible for all things related to supply in his battalion of 400+. He is majoring in Military Intelligence and minoring in Education. He has just recently earned Gold Stars (3.7 gpa or above and with no grade below a C) for his 5th consecutive semester. He has also just been named to the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List and President’s List. The President’s List is one of the most distinguished cadet awards presented by The Citadel. It indicates excellence in academics and military duties. The list is a combination of the Dean’s List and the Commandant’s Distinguished Service List and is composed of cadets who contribute the most to their companies while maintaining excellent academic, military and fitness records.
January 27, 2023
Annual new year's meeting in Beaver Creek for a group of Saint Thomas Academy Class of '89 grads...Charley Gardner, Danny Queenan, Steve Kluz, Kevin Kelly, Jason Gray, Steven T Nilsson, Jon Riley, Leo Lauer, Christian M Sirek.
January 13, 2023
Ryan Malone '94 just celebrated his 20th year at Youngstown Glove Company in Los Angeles, CA in November 2022. He loves spending summers fishing, golfing, and farming at his cabin in Deerwood, MN.
About a year ago Kevin Geraghty '00 was diagnosed with ALS. He's dedicated to fighting this disease and finding treatments to cure/manage the disease. Check out his website for more information; prayers and donations are welcome!
Michael Hermann '11 recently accepted a new position at Wells Fargo as a Senior Securities Operations Representative.
January 6, 2023
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January 14, 2022
"Ole Miss Punter Mac Brown Has An Insane Amount Of Drip, Lays Bodies, And Gives Back With A Smile" - Read BroBible's article about Mac Brown '16 and his final season with the Ole Miss football team.
Congratulations to John Nichols '80, who has been named the 2022 Nominee to the MDRT Executive Committee. Read more about the nomination and John's remarkable accomplishments here.
Congrats to Billy Jerry '16, who is Long Island University's FIRST Hobey Baker Memorial Award nominee! Read more about the award and nominees here.
Alex Adams '20 has accepted a Financial Analyst internship position for the summer of 2022 with UnitedHealth Group in their Minnetonka offices. Congrats, Alex!
Last month, David Hottinger '85 presented retired teacher, Frank Blankley, his 35 year service pin, which Mr. Blankley never received due to a timing issue when pins were originally handed out. We were lucky to have such a remarkable educator for such a long time!
Members of the classes of 1973 and 2010 had a joint deer hunting outing last month in Danbury, WI. Pictured above: John McQuillan '73 and Larry Fryklund '73 (Not pictured: Kevin Daly '73) Pictured below: Jack Anderson '10, Brady Jordan '10, Pat Fryklund '10, and Casiano Ortega '10.
Also in 1973 news, some '73 alumni met with new STA leadership instructor, First Sergeant Troy Hill. Troy brought the men up to speed on the Academy and the new military program, and everyone was all very impressed with him and knew the Cadets will benefit from his leadership. Said Tim Plunkett '73, "Troy was definitely able to pick up on the lifetime brotherhood element of being an alumnus." Tim also gave Troy his Field Jacket for STA's museum. The jacket was professionally dry cleaned by St Croix Cleaners using their Museum Care process since it was over 50 years old! Pictured above: (left side) Kevin Daly '73, Troy Hill, Tim Plunkett '73, and Tom Clements '73; (right side) Tim Ridley '73, Eddie O'Phelan '73, John Rooney '73, and Gordon Drake.
January 21. 2022
Jim “Moose” Markert '81, Tim Theisen '81, and Toby Madden '81 recently rendezvoused at Toby’s house in Naples, FL .
It's not often that folks behind the scenes get the kind of credit the deserve for the hard work that they do, but the LA Clippers broadcasters had kind remarks for Kyle Rohde '10, Manager of Team Operations for the Clippers. Click here to watch the clip.
Woody Hubbell '16 was given the all clear at his post-chemo bone marrow biopsy. Congratulations! Read more here at Woody's CaringBridge.
Congratulations to Travis Hines '05, who was just named the Iowa Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Travis is currently the sports editor for the Ames Tribute and also writes for the Des Moines Register. To read more and see all honorees, click here.
Jacob Lentz '96 is currently shooting his film "Freelance" in Colombia. The movie stars John Cena, Alison Brie, and Juan Pablo Raba. Endurance Media’s Steve Richards is producing alongside Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and Christopher Tuffin, with Jaime Hernandez as executive producer. Congrats, Jake! Read more about the film here.
January 28, 2022
After receiving an MBA from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management in May 2021, Jeff Juul '09 will be starting a new position on the public policy / government affairs team at PepsiCo! Congrats, Jeff!
It was a big weekend at the 2022 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. Five of the eight players on the Saint Helena's Crusaders team were former STA hockey players! Pictured above: Brian Borg ’05, Rev. Michael Daly ’07, Patrick Daly ’09, Danny McManus ’13, and Jack Brady ‘14. Click here to read Rev. Daly's summary of the experience and click here to see local Fox 9 coverage of the win.
In his fourth year as Macalester College's head basketball coach, Abe Woldeslassie '04 has been selected as one of 50 rising Division III head men's basketball coaches in the nation by Silver Waves Media. Congratulations, Abe! Read more here.
February 4, 2022
The Rink Live recently profiled Jackson Hallum '21, discussing his early beginnings in hockey, his current team, and his professional prospects with the Golden Knights. Read more here.
Ed Kieger '76, Tom Cross '75, Gerry Brown '58 and Jim Cross '79 gathered at the annual Cadillac Dinner Fundraising Gala for Coach Tom Cross' Dakota County Technical and Vocational Women's softball team in the Rosemount American Legion Club.
Congratulations to John Lorence '00 on his new position as Executive Vice President at CBRE.
Congratulations to Jaiah Kamara '00 on his new position as Senior Manager, Reporting and Insights with Best Buy Ads!
February 11, 2022
Greg Monahan ’81 caught up with Odeen Tufto ’15 after his game recently in Ft. Myers, FL. Tufto is currently playing hockey for the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL and has 6 points in his 4 games with the Solar Bears.
Carsten Lardy ’21 recently graduated from Basic Training in Fort Benning, GA. where he worked his way to be the Assistant Platoon Leader and received his blue braid to designate being an Infantry Soldier. Carsten is currently serving in the D Company, 1st Battalion 46th Infantry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas.
February 18, 2022
Matt Hanousek '82, Tony Berg '79, Dan Faricy '79 and John Hanousek '79 got together the first week of February for a week of fly fishing at the Belize Permit Club in Hopkins, Belize.
Johnathan Schlaefer '06 and wife Chloé welcomed their son, Liam Luc Schlaefer, on Friday, January 28, 2022. Mother and son are doing great, and they could not be happier!
Congratulate Paddy Clancy '12 for starting a new position as Acquisitions Associate at CBRE Investment Management.
Lewie '13 & Noah '16 Kloster short film "Stranger than Rotterdam" was awarded the prestigious Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival 2022.
The film is directed and animated by the boys and written by Sara Driver. The story follows the completion of independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's sophomore film, Stranger than Paradise in 1982. The completion hinged on smuggling one of the world's rarest and controversial films across the Atlantic Ocean.
The film will also be showing at SXSW 2022.
Stranger than Rotterdam
Congratulate David Zimmerman '10 for being promoted to Assistant Manager at Hank's Specialties Inc
February 25, 2022
2LT Joe Harvey '16, just completed U.S. Army Flight School at Fort Rucker, Alabama, qualified in the UH-60 Blackhawk. His next assignment with be with the Aviation Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, New York. Congrats to Lieutenant Harvey!
Michael l. Igo '56
Congrats to Sean Nasifoglu '09 of Wedding Day Diamonds opening their 9th location in Rochester, MN.
Our family trip to Steamboat Springs Colorado in February 2022. The condo was purchased at the STA auction two years ago.
In the first picture it is David Johnson '78 in red ski jacket, wife Mary, Auction Co-Chair in 2008, and grandson Otto Gibbs 6 months old. They are at the summit of Steamboat after a gondola ride for three.
In the second picture from left to right are son in law Joe Gibbs, daughter Caroline Gibbs,, son Matthew Johnson '09, daughter in law Josie Scheunemann, and David Johnson '78 in red ski jacket.
Congratulate Sean Byom '12 for starting a new position as Program Manager at TheoremOne.
Kurt Altrichter '10
LITQUIDITY 30 UNDER 30: THE 2021 COHORT
The 2021 Cohort is a top-tier collection of the best, brightest, and hardest working individuals that stood out from a pool of fantastic applicants. The Litquidity team took into account their career accomplishments, unique stories, tenacity, and embodiment of the Litquidity spirit.
After a decade working in the wealth management industry, in the midst of the global pandemic, Kurt decided to resign from his wealth management firm to start Ivory Hill with a noncompete, no clients and no assets under management.
In less than 14 months, Ivory Hill grown to almost $50M in AUM. Kurt credits Ivory Hill’s success to his investment philosophy, “winning by not losing as much”.
Kurt grew sick of the bear market advisor rhetoric such as “This is a long-term investment approach" and "the market will come back eventually so we just need to stay the course.” He started his own firm so he could manage his client’s money the way he manages his own.
His investment strategy is hyper-focused on reducing risk when market conditions signal volatility is likely and increasing risk when conditions signal volatility is unlikely.
Kurt specializes in overseeing the finances for closely held businesses, entrepreneurs, and social media influencers.
March 4, 2022
Congratulate Erik Dumer '15 for being promoted to Centralized Vendor SME at UnitedHealthcare.
Congratulate Huy Bui '16 for starting a new position as Paraplanner at Bernicke Wealth Management.
Alex Farley '18 finished his 16th and final year of swimming, with the Catholic University Men's team getting first place in conference, personal bests in all his events, and third overall in the 100 breaststroke.
Liam Adam '15 is happy to share that he will be starting a new position as Project Manager at LQwD Fintech Corp.
Congratulate Zach Schroeder '11 for starting a new position as VP Buisness Banker at Citizens Independent Bank.
Sam Williams '13 started a business with a current classmate at Dakota County Tech called Dark Hammer Forge. They are selling custom forged and fabricated metal goods. More information can be found at darkhammerforge.com and on their Facebook and Instagram pages, linked on the website or search for Dark Hammer Forge.
Mitch MacDonald '20 won his first bout in BengalBouts at ND to move onto the Qtr-Finals on March 1
March 11, 2022
Congratulate Christian Isackson '11 for being promoted to Senior Project Engineer at Ryan Companies US, Inc.
Congratulate Charlie Russell '06 for starting a new position as Director Center Store at Cub.
Congratulate Andrew Herzog '06 for being promoted to Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at United States Air Force.
David O'Neill '17 is excited to share that, this summer, upon returning from teaching English in Montpellier, France, he will be joining Spencer Stuart as an Analyst in their New York City office.
Christopher Daly '07 completed the Master of Public Policy program in May 2022
March 25, 2022
Seamus Kelly '13 is happy to share that he will be starting a new position as Associate Director in the Priority Initiatives team at Iowa State University Foundation.
Congratulate Jake Geiser '13 for starting a new position as Software Engineer II at Best Buy.
Sean Mullen '87 has been in the railroad/ transportation field for 27 years. He is, and has been, a fully federally licensed Locomotive Engineer and Conductor with a Remote control certification. He has worked for many Class 1, 2 and short line railroad operations on the ground and in management positions. He decided to start his own railroad contracting business after working at many properties all across the country. He enjoys working for the railroad as a locomotive engineer and meeting different people in his travels. Sean has two children, Molly who is currently a student at NYU and Shane, who is currently a Junior at Cretin-Derham and will be attending MCAD for art school.
April 29, 2022
Congratulate Mario Bognanno '14 for starting a new position as Business Supervisor at Kiewit.
Congratulate Thomas Steveken '17 for starting a new position as Commercial Insurance Underwriting Associate at Chubb Limited at Chubb.
Congratulate Michael Lokowich-Kohler '11 for starting a new position as Sales Representative at Hayden-Murphy Equipment Company.
Congratulate Austin Peterson '13 for starting a new position as Director of Finance and Development at MAVEN Development Group.
April 22, 2022
Congratulations to Anthony Palumbo '13 for starting a new position as Data Engineer at CHS Inc.
Congratulations to Jordan Castle '15 on his promotion to Project Manager Scrum Master at Capgemini.
Stu Whitney '13 will be attending Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in the fall.
Congratulations to Pat Reagan '13 on his engagement to Sydney Bramer.
April 15, 2022
Congratulations to Anthony Hayes '11 for starting a new position as Chief of Staff at ServiceCore.
Congratulations to Luke Marks '11 and Samantha Marks on the arrival of Magdalen Margaret Marks, born, April 6.
Congratulations to Timmy McManus '07 and Elizabeth McManus (Abbott) 'Vis 07 on the birth of their baby son Timmy McManus born March 20.
Congratulations to Vinny Motzel ‘18 on winning the National Collegiate Boxing Association Championship last weekend.
Check out some STA alumni Jeremy Harris '03 and Jackson Finn '15 enjoying the Masters.
April 8, 2022
Brendan Zimmel '14 happy to share that he is starting a new position as a Process Engineer at Amazon!
Congratulate Andrew Miller '17 for starting a new position as Acquisition Analyst at NETSTREIT Corp.
Congratulate Robert Short '03 for being promoted to Financial Consultant- Respiratory Interventions at Medtronic.
TJ Samec '13 is happy to share that he is starting a new position as Project Engineer at Jack Link's Protein Snacks!
Danny Sullivan '90 and Tom Sullivan (STMA Class of 1999), have launched our wine brand, "Makasi - Wines of Gratitude". Go to www.makasiwine.com to see their first releases and purchase.
April 1, 2022
Many thanks to Saint Thomas Academy for supporting the Boy Scouts of America by hosting our annual Scout and Leaders Swim Night. We had over 115 youth and adult leaders do their annual swim check prior to going Summer Camp. Many youth required their parents to transport them to Saint Thomas Academy and this was their first exposure to the amazing facilities of STA for these folks from all over the St. Paul area.
Again Thank You for your support of Scouting.
Yours in Scouting,
Pat Coonan '61
District I Assistant District Commissioner
May 13, 2022
Congratulate David C.Sheaffer '11 for starting a new position as Director of Trading at Curran Financial Partners.
Congratulate Alex Tangen '12 for starting a new position as Sr. Partner Success Manager at Shipt.
Congratulate George Budzius '19 for starting a new position as Clinic Assistant at Children's Minnesota.
Mike Farley ’09 married Kara Greiner on a beautiful July 17, 2021 in Kansas City.
STA alums pictured in the photo (L to R) Greg Farley ’79, Brian Farley ’87, Michael Farley ’84, Alex Farley ’18, Patrick Farley ’56, Tim Farley ’81, Mike Farley ’09, (Kara Farley), Peter Farley ’12, Steve Plunkett ’81, Connor Plunkett ’14, Travis Uecker ’09, Rob Litwin ’09, Dan Farley ’93, Kevin Farley ’83, and John Teeples ’56.
Mike graduated from Creighton University in 2013, University of Iowa Law School in 2017 and University of Iowa School of Urban Planning in 2018.
Mike is currently a City Planner for Kansas City, Kansas where he and Kara live with their two dogs.
May 20, 2022
Congratulate Brady Happe '16 on starting a new position as Senior Analyst, Commercial Excellence & Strategy at Coloplast Wound & Skin Care North America.
Congratulations to Matthew Roberts '09 on his promotion to Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor at the LAX Line Maintenance Base for Southwest Airlines.
Congratulations to Alex Moeller '18 on his graduation from the U of M.
Congratulations to Nathen Pucel '18 on his graduation from Creighton.
Congratulations to Joey Gerend '18 on his graduation from Notre Dame.
May 27, 2022
On Thursday May 26, many of the Saint Thomas Academy alumni spent the morning putting up the big flags at Fort Snelling.
Congratulations to Quinn Dolan'18 on his graduation from Boston College.
Congratulations to Vernon Lovegreen '18 on his graduation from Creighton.
Congratulations to Sam Ruhland '17 on his graduation from the University of Saint Thomas
Foley Schmidt '08 was recently married to Hayle Stern in Malibu in May. Foley is the Head of Portfolio Operations at FBA Capital Management.
Jack Killian ‘18 graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College on May 21. He heads to the US ARMY on July 4.
Kelton Anderson '13 is an attorney in litigation maintaining a global practice out of the law firm of Winston and Strawn’s in Washington D.C. focusing on Antitrust, Regulatory, Maritime and Labor law. Prior to joining he served as law clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights. Last month he was admitted to the New York State Bar.
Congratulations to Austin Sattler '13 on his engagement to Delaney Mary Burke.
June 3, 2022
Congratulations to Jack Kotok '18 on his graduation from West Point.
Congratulations to Jack Lee '15 on his engagement to Annelise Orthey.
Lieutenant Colonel Thomas P. O’Keefe ‘00 assumed command of the 1st Training Support Battalion, 338th Infantry Regiment of the US Army Reserve at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
Michael Fitzgerald '09 spent 8 years in active duty serving in financial management and as an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Science at Miami University’s Air Force ROTC detachment. In March, he joined the reserves serving part time in finance at the 934th Airlift Wing in Minneapolis-St. Paul.
June 10, 2022
Nicholas Lunsford '16 recently graduated from the Khoury College of Computer Science at Northeastern University with a Master of Science in Cybersecurity. He is looking forward to the next chapter of my Army career.
Congratulations to Murphy Galligan '14 on receiving his masters in Human Resources and Industrial Relations from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.
Congratulations to Thomas Ingebrigtsen '11 he started his first position as a physician assistant working for Essentia Health emergency services, primarily in the St Mary’s Medical Center ED in Duluth, MN.
June 17, 2022
We had a great STA/Denver alumni event with 20 STA alumni attending! Ray Kennedy '12, Greg Culligan '88, Tom Dieveney '60, Frank Dieveney '66, Patrick O'Donnell '10, Luke Siegler '11, Richard Hunnewell '16, Gus Horner "12, Charlie Fafinski '19, Ethan Rasmussen '12, Mark Bastiaens '16, Peter Corniea '19, Andrew Johnston '07, Colin Ferrian '07, Fred Klaas '07, Connor Farley '11 Daniel Siegler '08, Chris Strout '16
The class of 1973 gathered for breakfast. Left from top; John Rooney, Tom Cosgrove, Tim Plunkett, Mike Sirek
Right from top; Jim Murlowski, Kevin Daly, John Maguire, Pete Gillen
Chris Roberts '58 opened The Samuel Slater Experience three months ago. Using Disney like technology it tells the story of the beginning of American Industrial Revolution with the textile business.
The Samuel Slater Experience
June 24, 2022
On June 18th, Aaron Hove '14 graduated from Mitchell Hamline School of Law and in the fall will begin as an associate attorney at Lockridge, Grindal, and Nauen in Minneapolis.
2022 MDRT Executive Committee Nominee John Nichols '80, MSM, CLU, is the 2022 Nominee to the MDRT Executive Committee. Nichols will assume the position of Secretary on September 1, 2022. He is a 22-year MDRT member with two Court of the Table and 15 Top of the Table qualifications. He is also an Excalibur Knight and Legion of Honor member of the MDRT Foundation and is currently serving as President of its Board of Trustees. Nichols entered the financial services profession in 1984. He is a disability benefits consultant, a creator of disability products and administrative systems, and serves as an expert witness in disability proceedings. Nichols is president of Disability Resource Group, a national insurance agency that he founded in 1999. Additionally, he is a partner with Acrisure, a global fintech services provider.
July 1, 2022
Congratulate Colton Kruger '13 for starting a new position as External Wholesaler at Allianz.
Congratulate Joe Hovanec '12 for starting a new position as Senior Investment Analyst at United Properties.
Congratulate Ryan Meitz '17 for starting a new position as Rotational Associate at Oakwood Homes.
Congratulations to Nick Bonfe '12 and his wife Lesley, on the birth of their daughter Clara Mary Bonfe on 6/23/22 at 1:41 am 🎀 Nick and Lesley are overjoyed with their sweet girl.
Capt. David Dietz '85 just accepted a Supply Chain Director role at the Savannah River Site in Aiken SC! Reach out classmates if any of you are here for the Masters!!
July 14, 2022
July 21, 2022
Last weekend Lt. William J. McGowan '37 was laid to rest at Normandy American Cemetery, alongside 9,386 brothers and sisters who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Saint Thomas Academy had the honor of attending the ceremony and was able to document it for you all to see. You can read more about McGowan '37 and other Cadet Alumni that died in WWII in our Spring 2020 edition of the Saber. Video Link
After successfully defending his master's thesis titled "Effects of injectable vitamin E on transit stress and receiving performance and investigating the relationship between acidosis risk and feeding behavior during finishing in beef steers," Colten Dornbach '15 was awarded a Distinguished Graduate Student Assistantship by Texas Tech University to conduct his PhD research investigating the prevalence of pathogenic bacteria in finishing feedlot cattle and its implications for food safety, animal health, and antimicrobial resistance.
Check out this monster Bennett Kotok '23 caught on Lake Superior last week! What have the rest of you been up to this summer? Please share your summer highlights with us in a message and we will share it with the STA community!
A number of Saint Thomas Academy alumni gathered in Beaver Creek over the weekend to celebrate the wedding of Kevin Battis. Kevin is the son of Rick Battis ‘79. From left to right: Sean Galvin ‘79, Mark Glodek ‘79, John Battis ‘82, Rick Batts ‘79, Mitch Berg ‘77, Tony Berg ‘79, and Mike Myser ‘79.
July 29, 2022
Not to be outdone by brother Jay ('15), Joey Engeswick ('13) had a hole-in-one at Theodore Wirth GC 128 yard par 3 with a pitching wedge.
Adam Stryker '98 and his wife Dr. Brittany Stryker owners of Orthopedic Motion Inc. and OMI Kiddos provide custom orthotics, prosthetics and cranial remolding orthoses in Las Vegas, Reno and Omaha, Nebraska. Orthopedic Motion was recognized in 2019 by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest growing company's in America. Our company was featured on TLC's "Doubling Down with the Derrico's" multiple times as we provided treatments for two of their 14 children. Just last spring our company opened an office in Omaha, Nebraska where the governor honored us by proclaiming it OMI-Kiddos day in the state of Nebraska. Our specialty is utilizing the StarBand laser data acquisition system to treat congenital plagiocephaly, torticollis, brachycephaly and craniosynostosis in addition to providing custom prosthetics to the VA hospital and amputees in Las Vegas.
August 5, 2002
August 12, 2022
Steve Morris '08 and Naomi Morris are excited to let everyone know the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Nöelle Laverne Morris.
From Tim Plunkett '73 regarding classmate Peter McGough '73:
Peter was part of our lunch group and never wanted his picture taken or posted to STA, no stopping us now! Peter McGough '73 Memorial Lunch Front: Joe Boland, Mike Breckman, John McQuillan Back: Tim Plunkett, Jim Miley, Pat Murphy, John Rooney, Larry Fryklund, Eddie O'Phelan
Full Obituary for Peter McGough '73
August 19, 2022
Mike Deasey ‘12 will be joining the MBA Class of 2024 at the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management, starting this fall.
This summer, Joseph Boyle '17 completed his Master of Arts in English from the University of Dallas, and starting this fall, he will be teaching high school history at the Montfort Academy, a Catholic classical school in Mount Vernon, New York.
August 26, 2022
4 generations of Cadets, Left to right:Tim Carroll '74, Jackson Carroll 6th grade middle school, Ryan Carroll '01, Terrance Carroll '52.
Chris Nichols '87 CULT Artisan Beverage launched the first ever Plant-Based Botanical Infusion Beverage in 14oz Bottles. CULT Botanical Infusions offers healthy hydration: Zero sugar, zero caffeine and made with all natural ingredients with zero to low calories. Sprouts Farmers Market is first National Retailer to partner and launch CULT Botanical Infusions. Press release
Congratulate Gus Horner '12 for starting a new position as Systems Engineer at Raytheon Intelligence & Space.
Some 1964 alumni enjoying some lake time together. Front: Don Bachmeier, Tom Linstroth, Back: Mike Ciresi, David Carroll, Mike Barcelow
Michael Smilanich '14 has started a new role as a Cybersecurity Consultant at RiskLens.
Anders Kilen '18 is extremely excited to announce that he has accepted a role as a Wealth Management Client Associate at Merrill Lynch. "A special thank you to everyone who helped me throughout this process. I am excited to get started in September and see what the future has in store!"
On August 19, 2022 author Kevin Lovegreen '87 released his latest book, Catching Big Bubba. This is the 17th children's book of the Lucky Luke’s Adventure series. As a motivational speaker for schools focusing on grades K through 6th, Kevin inspires kids with his energy and passion to love the outdoors and reading.
EM composer & modular synthesist, Bart Hawkins '87, is a sound artist who creates visionary musical landscapes & sonic textures, on 8-24 Bart released another album named Dream Porch.
September 2, 2022
Mike Ciresi '64 and past parent, Earl Gray, are featured in the Minnesota Super Lawyers 2022 magazine. Read more here
Congratulations to Steve Nilsson '89, CCIM, SIOR, Andrew Odney, and Matthew Newell '16 of Colliers Minneapolis-St. Paul for being named to the CoStar Power Broker Quarterly Deals for their work on the Cold Spring Brewing lease in St. Cloud. Read more about the deal.
Aryeo's co-founders are pictured, from left to right: Brendan Quinlan '16, Matt Michalski '15 and Branick Weix '15.
Aryeo Inc., a property technology startup, recently raised nearly $4 million in equity, according to a securities filing.
The company's software centralizes visual content for property listings, such as images, videos and 3D tours, and offers marketing and scheduling tools. Aryeo’s website says its software helps more than 100,000 real estate agents and creators.
To date, we've raised $85K! Remember, we've challenged our STA alumni and friends to reach $250K to unlock the matching $250K. Peter Mark ’14 and Bishop Richard Pates just returned from the groundbreaking ceremony in Malawi. Over 3,000 people from the surrounding villages came to celebrate groundbreaking Mass – this school means the world to them. Come be a part of real change in the lives of thousands of our brothers & sisters in Africa. Thanks so much for your generosity!
To donate, please contact Peter Mark ’14 email@example.com or make a tax-deductible donation directly TTEMalawi.org
Last week Baker Reding ‘21 participated in the Fullbridge Professional Edge at the College of the Holy Cross
Hello world! Proud parents Connor Farley '11 and Briana Farley welcome Carson Gregory Farley born August 31, 10l bs 3 oz & 22.25 inches of the most perfect rolls & chubby perfection! Mama & baby are healthy and our little family is taking in all of the snuggles!
September 16, 2022
Sam Goaley '18 and his family will be on Family Feud on October 10, 2022
Peter Curran '07 started a new position as Director Product Marketing Management at AT&T. Congratulations!
1LT Will Dietz ‘16 graduated the US Army Sapper Leader Course last week.
Gregory Babler '68 retired form Thomson Reuters this past June after celebrating 45 years of service!
September 23, 2022
The Class of 1982 had great turnout for their 40th Reunion held at STA. We missed all of you who could not attend. The highlight was beating CDH 34-0. Big special shout out to Professor Westerback. He has taught out there for 22 years and is making our class proud. The class of '82 wants to remind classmates that STA still needs our help and in particular to assist with students who cannot afford this great education. Please consider donating more this year since it is our 40th reunion year. Finally, there is a five school reunion planned during Thanksgiving Weekend -- Saturday November 26, 2022 -- 6 p.m. at the Rathskellar room at the old Schmidt brewery now run by Mancinis. More details will follow. STA/VIS/Derham/Cretin/Regina.
The Class of '02 had a great turnout for their 20 year reunion! They had on-campus tour, graciously given by Nick McCarthy, STA teacher & coach (and class of 2002 alum)! Classmates really enjoyed seeing what has changed, what has stayed the same and re-visiting the scene of many memories. In the hallway where former class senior pictures are hung up, Jordan Beissel saw not only his dad and uncle's senior photo, but even saw his grandpa's photo on display from the class of 1938.
Rev. Nate Wills '95, helped prepare and welcomed Notre Dame Head Football coach, Marcus Freeman, into the Catholic faith!
October 7, 2022
Class of 1972 at their class dinner held at the Lexington.
Kneeling L to R Bill Drexler, Chris Baldwin Tom Maun, Bob Janette, Howard Quinlan, Vince Bradford, Dan Sheran
1st Row Standing L to R Tom Johnson, Greg Roedler Matt Finley, Paul McHugh, Paul Bard, Pat Scallen, Neal Rauenhorst, John Miley, Paul Clemmons, Greg Vanelli
2nd Row Standing Joe Horan, Jake Schroepfer, Roger Anderson, Jim Kronschnable, Dan Kozlak, John Culligan, Phil Boyle, Bill Foussard, Dan Kingston, John Hickey, Bill Kleinman, Bob Mcnamara, Chad Lemmons, Terry Fenlon
Back Row Jim Kellner, Greg Ribotto, Bill Marzolf
Missing but attended John Mach, Dennis Stevens, John Skowronski, Andy O'Connel, Greg Hynan, Dave Cowley, Rory Rowe, John Mork, Peter Hinsch, Dale Duthoy, Bill Krebsbach, Gary Magrum
Ryan Barnes '15 is happy to announce he is now with Total Quality Logistics in Dallas as an Account Executive Trainee. So happy with the move! He is thankful for his time coaching at Clarke. He is now learning a new business and loving it!
October 14, 2022
Matthew Goldammer '12 is humbled and grateful to share that he has passed the Minnesota Bar Exam with a score to pass in every jurisdiction in the country. He wants to thank his beautiful and amazing wife, Lauren, his parents, Joan and Duane and everyone who has supported him on his journey.
Congratulate William Patt '10 for starting a new position as Accounting Policy Manager - Credit at SVB.
October 21, 2022
Thomas Thurlow '19 is happy to announce that he has accepted a full-time position as a Fixed Income Associate Analyst with Travelers. He will be joining a two-year program in St. Paul with an incredible team this upcoming summer following his graduation from the University of Minnesota.
Congratulations Zach Schroeder ’11 for accepting a new position as Vice President Business Banker at Citizens Independent Bank.
The STA Alumni Association had a great visit with many STA Alumni in Chicago. We will be in New York from November 29 - December 2.
Congrats to Rob Bauleke '03 on swimming the Alcatraz swim this past weekend! He was wondering if any other STA alums have done this? Rob was second swimmer to finish with a time around 40 min for 2 miles with a current and wetsuit.
Ben Reppenhagen ’20 is enjoying a 5-0 start for the TCU Hornedfrogs. The redshirt sophomore has seen some playing time on special teams and tight end.
Nick Johnson '11 is happy to share that he is starting a new position as Actuarial Analyst at Optum.
Carter Henry '19 is happy to announce that he has accepted a full-time position as an Actuarial Analyst with Securian Financial. This position will officially begin in June 2023, after his graduation from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Congratulate Tommy Conley '13 for starting a new position as Senior Growth Marketing Manager at Skydio.
Winnebago Industries CEO, Michael Happe (father of Brady '16, Callan '19, and Sean '24 Happe) has been named Minneapolis-St Paul Business Journal’s 2023 Executive of the Year.
Congratulations to Mathew Delmont '96 for the publishing of his new book, Half American - The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, published by Penguin Random House. Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History at Dartmouth College. A Guggenheim Fellow and expert on African American history and the history of civil rights, he is the author of four books: Black Quotidian, Why Busing Failed, Making Roots, and The Nicest Kids in Town. His work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and several academic journals, and on NPR. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Delmont earned his BA from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from Brown University.
October 28, 2022
November 4, 2022
This past Monday the 3A Sporting Clays event took place at the Horse and Hunt Club in Prior Lake. The day was a little damp but still a success!
Kevin Gust '12 and Mike Smilinach '14 work together in cyber security at a company called RiskLens, and were on a work trip in Bend, OR last week.They ran into Augie Braddock '11 at this random little sandwich shop and had to snag the below picture. Augie was in town for work as well, and none of them had been there before. It was fun catching up. Crazy small world.
On September 20, 8 Diehard Golfing Classmates from the Class of 1974 gathered at the Dellwood Country Club for some End of year Fun. Special Thanks to Craig Mueller for Hosting the event. Some of the guys combined Golf with Motocross - Happy to report there were no injuries !! In attendance were : Tom Farley, Frank Countryman, Dennis McGuire, Joe O’Neil, Jeff Warner, Chris Schneeman, Craig Mueller, and Mark Mazzitello.
Paul Cramer '87 had some free time earlier this year and made a decision to write a book, BURNT PEANUT BUTTER TOAST. The intent was to write a business book, but it didn't turn out that way. Instead, he wrote a book that follows the downfall of the main character, Jack Daly, and his subsequent comeback. He self published the book, under the mentorship of classmate Kevin Lovegreen. You will find the book easy to read and very timely. You can purchase the book on Amazon.
Celebrating the marriage of Mike DePauw '10 to Katie Murphy in Charlottesville, Virginia were the following STA alums (from left to right)- Standing - David Johnson '78, Phil Reim '83, Cotter Kelly '10, Mike DePauw '10, Luke Hvidhyld '10, David Zimmerman '10, Dan Freund '10, Tom DePauw '78. Kneeling- Matt Johnson '09, Kyle Rohde '10. The celebration lasted 4 days as pre and post wedding gatherings were Thursday night to Sunday afternoon. A good time was had by all...the wedding and reception were held on a vineyard so do I need to say more?
Hugh Burke '16 published a children's book called "The Way We Play". All of the proceeds of the book benefit Ready Set Go Books, a project of Open Hearts Big Dreams, a US 501(3)(c) which aims to increase the child literacy rate and love of reading in Ethiopia. “The Way We Play” follows a group of students on a normal afternoon during school playtime. The students participate in a number of different activities as they all learn to work together. Throughout the series of games they play, the classmates come to recognize their own strengths and appreciate the differences that make them all unique.
John Hanten '13 (center) and Marks Group Wealth Management ranked 42nd on the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal's 2022 Fast 50 List. The awards recognize the Twin Cities fastest-growing private companies.
Two Academy grads, Tim Salem '80 and David Raih '99, are on the coaching staff for the Pittsburgh Panthers Football Team. Go Pitt!
November 18, 2022
Congratulate Tom Warner '06 for being promoted to Director of Product Management at The Toro Company.
Drew Gavic '13 is happy to announce that he will be starting a new position as Principal at ARCO/Murray!
Matthew Callahan '12 is happy to share that he is starting a new position as Social Media/Content Specialist at Visitation School! #socialmedia #content
Picture perfect time at the Holy Cross Family Weekend for the Reding Family, Baker '21, Hayes '19, James '17 and Andy '88 along with our Director of Admissions Francie.
Congratulations to Jack Berigan '10 on his wedding to Ivy Malone Berigan!
Congratulate Nate Tackaberry '06 for starting a new position as Regional Philanthropy Officer at American Red Cross.
Congrats to Matt Michalski '15 on his wedding to to Hailey Wright (Visitation '15) on October 15th! They have been dating since junior year of high school in 2013, just about 9 years.
Craig J. Anderson '61 is directing the Centennial Production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” for Greater Lakes Area Performing Arts in Pequot Lakes MN in February 2023. Details at GLAPA.org.
November 25, 2022
PJ Doran, Charlie Berg, Luke Sampair and Drew Walser, STA class of 2019 meet up in Omaha.
Austin Hurley '16 is happy to share that he will be starting a new position as Human Resources Coordinator II at Andersen Corporation.
Congratulations to Teddy Andrews '12. Teddy married Anna Gotsis in Northridge California in October 2022. Curran Yarano '12 served as best man. The couple honeymooned in Hawaii and will live in Chicago Illiniois. Teddy just accepted a new position with Korn Ferry in Chicago.
McClain Beaudette '20 is excited to announce that he has accepted an internship with Munich Re as an Underwriting Intern - SLDP.
December 2, 2022
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Zac Brown '06 recently accepted a position with the US Army Special Operations Command, Fort Brag, NC. He will be working (remotely from Illinois) as a Human Resources Specialist - Action Officer.
Dave Wolvert '75 is now a state of Minnesota Agency Policy Specialist.
Here's a picture of our joint Classes of 1973 & 2010 hunting together - 2022 Deer Hunting Trip in Danbury, Wisconsin. Class of 1973 - Pictured left to right: John McQuillan, Kevin Daly, and Larry Fryklund
Here's a picture of our joint Classes of 1973 & 2010 hunting together - 2022 Deer Hunting Trip in Danbury, Wisconsin. Class of 2010 - Pictured left to right: Pat Fryklund, Jack Anderson, Casiano Ortega, and Chris Larsen
In June Jordan Castle '15 started a new position as a GPS Consultant at Deloitte.
December 23, 2022
In September 2022, Matthew Kirschbaum '12 moved to Chicago and accepted a Customer Sales Executive position with TransLoop Logistics, a tech-based freight brokerage company. Congratulations Matthew!
Dr. Bill Stein '67, retired dentist and local humorist, has written a Keillor-esque book called Tales From Lard Lake, a collection of "adventures" from his popular Lard Lake column published in the area newspaper. It's a great read with more than a few belly laughs!
Ben Reppenhagen '20 will be playing in the College Football Playoff Fiesta Bowl game on December 31 at 4 p.m. ET. Ben and the #3 ranked TCU Horned Frogs will take on #2 ranked Michigan. Fun fact: Axel Raarup '18 is the only other cadet to make an appearance in a CFP game.
Here is the photo of all of the STA guys from our deer camp. Front row: Joe Sturdivant '77 and Norb Berg (former chairman of the board of trustees) Second row: Kevin Berg ’76, Tony Berg ’79, Rick Battis ’79, Paul Berg ’81, and Drew Ayotte '09 Back row: Bob Slater ’76, Mitch Berg ’77, Dillon Donavan, Oscar Berg '21, Charlie Berg '19
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Time to catch up with the Scheid family! Both Kevin '99 and Dan '01 Scheid are living in Colorado. Dan is currently working for Leprino Foods in their International Global Supply Division. Meanwhile, Brian Scheid '97 lives in New Jersey with his wife, Melissa, and two children. Brian is a senior reporter for S&P Global Market Intelligence.
Peter Mudge '98 is living in Arkansas with his wife and 3 Children, Career is Lt Col in U.S. Air Force.
Nicholas Creamer '09 was recently promoted the position of "Senior Tax Associate" within the accounting firm he works for- CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman MaCann P.C. Nicholas prepares primarily both individual and business tax returns (specializing in business tax returns- particularly those with multi-state / international filing requirements). He is also the "go-to resource" in his local office when it comes to advising clients on the various matters related to the multiple rounds of COVID relief legislation that have been enacted over the past year (CARES Act, PPP loans, Etc.).
Tommy Odegard '17 is very excited to share that he has accepted a summer internship at the University of Minnesota Athletics Department-Golden Gopher Fund! Tommy gives special thanks to John Barnes and the CadetWorks program at Saint Thomas Academy for guiding him through the internship process.
We have another update about Odeen Tufto '15! Odeen has been named as a Hobey Baker Award Nominee. The Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey's top player, on Monday announced its nominees for its 2021 award. Among the nominees was Odeen, a senior forward for the Quinnipiac Bobcats. He is considered a front runner for the award by thehockeywriters.com Criteria for college hockey's top honor include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
Fan voting is now open and runs through March 7 with the top 10 finalists announced March 17, the Hobey Hat Trick released on April 1 and the award winner announced April 9. Fans can vote once per day per person between now and March 7th at https://www.hobeybaker.com/vote
Bryan Swintek '00, a Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard, recently led his team to rescue 66 fishermen trapped on an ice float on Lake Michigan. As the Response / Search and Rescue Coordinator for Sector Lake Michigan, Bryan was in charge of the entire operation. The daring rescue was featured on the national news!
Congratulations to Tim Vetscher '94, who has been promoted to the position of news director at TMJ4 (WTMJ-TV) in Milwaukee. .
Christian Pilhofer '05 and his wife, Lis, welcomed twin boys on Jan 17th - Robert (Bobby) and Edward (Teddy). Said Christian, "Let the games begin!"
Robbie Stucker' 17, a current University of Minnesota hockey player, has been selected to represent the Big10 Hockey Conference on a newly formed national D1 hockey committee to address Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Read more here!
Sean Creamer '19 and Matthew Goldade '18 holding the Secretaries Cup after USMMA beats Coastguard 24-14, in their only game of the season.
Edwin Perry '17 is the very first former student of Northern Voices to be selected to serve on the board of directors with the organization. In 2017, WCCO did a feature on Eddie and his experience as a deaf athlete, which you can watch here. Congrats Eddie!
Congratulations to Eric Schneeman '82 on being the retirement solutions Regional Vice President of the year for Securian Life.
Emmett Rice '17, a Broadcast and Electronic Media Studies student at Gonzaga University, recently became the host of "The Pulse of Spokane," a weekly talk show highlighting small business owners and community leaders in the Spokane Area. His internship with Spokane Talks Media will add to his experience producing and hosting broadcast news, live radio shows, podcasts, and comedy productions.
Several updates on the Applebaum brothers today! Drew Applebaum '13 recently started a new position as Payments Strategy Lead at nate. nate is a digital assistant able to buy any item on any website without human intervention. Its neural networks use deep learning and natural language processing to read web code and transact online on behalf of people. nate is a venture-backed artificial intelligence startup with offices in New York and London, founded in 2018 by Albert Saniger. nate uses cognitive automation to make people's lives better.
Additionally, since June of 2015, Drew, his brother Sam '18 and their father Scott, have been co-hosts of the podcast, Apple 2 Apples, a father-son podcast that's supposed to be about sports, but you never know what topic is going to cause a generational divide. When they do discuss sports, Minnesota sports is the focus. To give Apple 2 Apples a listen - https://anchor.fm/apples-2-
Congrats to Jared Gray '07, who recently got engaged to Pounnaphone Phomtalikhith, Esq. They purchased their first house together in December.
Not only did Matt Johnson '09 get married in a small, private ceremony this past May, but he was also featured on an episode of CBS This Morning: Saturday because of the new technology he and his bride, Josie Scheunemann, used for their first song, played live by Joshua Radin in the backyard of David '78 and Mary Johnson. Was Joshua Radin at the wedding? He was not, but his music was, thanks to the new live concert streaming platform, TOPEKA.
In February 2019, Michael Brombach '08 founded SupDoc, a telehealth startup. While we're now curious if Michael has psychic powers, there's no denying that he's giving customers virtual access to doctors at the very time they need it most. Read more about Michael and SupDoc and be sure to check out the site SupDoc for all of Michael's insights.
Congratulations to Luke Schneeman '13 for starting a new job as Senior Tax Accountant at UnitedHealth Group.
We have lots of updates to share about John Sheahan '80! He recently became the Executive Director of Special Operations at MGM Resorts International. He's engaged to Donna Cannon with a wedding planned for May 2021 in Islamorada, FL. John's oldest son, Michael, is following in his dad's footsteps and is a police officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and John's daughter, Kara, graduated with a degree in communications from Concordia and is now a human resources manager for Target. Meanwhile, his youngest son, Ronan, will be starting first grade in the fall. Congrats on all the milestones!
Carl Forsberg '05 recently began an appointment as Assistant Professor of history and strategy at the US Air Force War College in Montgomery, Alabama. He was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow with Yale's International Security Studies program.
Mark Gaertner ’85 and Greg Walsh ’86 have been law partners for the past 21 years. Recently, the STA alumni were recognized in the inaugural listing of the Power 30 ranking of Personal Injury Lawyers in Minnesota. Congrats!!
Congratulations to Stu Whitney '13 on his Fall 2020 marriage to Emily Anderson (Vis 2014)! Pictured above are a number of STA alumni. From left: Andy Groebe '18, Rick Anderson '80, Ben Kern '13, Tim Anderson '12, Tony Palumbo '13, Stu Whitney '13, Tom Groebe '14, Charlie Anderson '25, Larry Anderson '77, Jack Anderson '10, Bill Anderson '85, and Will Anderson '19. Stu, we thought we postponed the 2020 Alumni Reunion, but apparently it took place on your wedding day! Congrats again to Stu and Emily Whitney!
Congrats to David Dietz '85, who retires from the US Navy after over 31 years of combined active and reserve service effective April 1, 2021. His retirement ceremony was onboard the USS Yorktown in Charleston, SC on March 6 with family and friends. He also moved recently to Albuquerque as the Supply Chain Director for Sandia National Laboratories.
Congratulations to Patrick Connelly '10 and his wife, Kaylie, on the birth of their daughter, Emerson Michelle Connelly, on April 16, 2021.
Odeen Tufto '15 of Quinnipiac University, is among the top ten finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, college hockey's top honor.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 61 Division I college hockey head coaches plus online fan balloting. Next, the 30-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting through the Hobey website March 18-28 will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship, and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on April 1, 2021 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on Friday, April 9, 2021. The announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network and streamed on the Hobey Baker website at 6:00 p.m. ET. Read more about Odeen and all the finalists!
Fr. Robert Sipe '50 recently wrote to let us know that he has been retired since 2004 and is living at the Sipe family lake home on Lake Pokegama in Grand Rapids, MN. Sipe still helps out in parishes all over northern MN and WI and he served as a cruise priest for 8 years, where he had to opportunity to travel the world. Currently, he is trying to create a Native American History & Spirituality center on his property in order to increase understanding of the riches of the Native spiritual practices. According to Sipe, "Can still walk with a cane, balance shot, depend on Depend."
Justin Alducci '11 is now a Business Banker at North American Banking Company- a locally owned Community Bank in the Twin Cities. Justin and his wife, Ashley, welcomed their son, Remington, in August of 2020. Congrats, Justin!
Thanks to the CadetWorks internship program, Nicholas Kern '17 accepted an internship with Surgical Technologies Inc. as a manufacturing engineering intern for the summer of 2021! Said Nicholas, "Thank you to STI for this opportunity and I am beyond excited for this coming May!" Congratulations, Nicholas!
James Dicks '54 wrote to let us know that he has two sons and retired to Hawaii after his wife passed away. Jim would love to hear from other 1954 boarders, so please get in touch with Jessica Sutherland if any of you are still kicking around and would like to reach out to Jim.
After getting married in Columbia in 2019, David England '09 just celebrated his second wedding anniversary with his wife, Laura, and is getting ready to celebrate his son Daniel's 1st birthday in May. David currently resides in Salt Lake City, UT with his family and was recently promoted to one of the top private wealth teams at his firm. Congrats, David!
Heine Lund '82 hit the slopes with Charlie Berg '19 (son of Paul Berg '81) out in Breckenridge, CO.
Heine Lund '82 has been making the rounds in Colorado! Here he is pictured with classmate Andrew Villaume '82 in Summit County, CO where the two men caught up on old times.
Congratulations to Jim McGuire '07 and his fiancé, Natalie Meshbesher, on their engagement in Sanibel Island, FL in March 2021!
Odeen Tufto '15 signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. See the tweet. Congrats, Odeen!
Jack Rech '54 reached out to us from sunny Arizona to let us know that he and wife, Mary Kae, have been married for 63 years. An incredible feat! Congrats Jack and Mary Kae!
Former English teacher, Donna Isaac, recently wrote to us with several exciting updates:
• Her poem "Costumes" will be published by Midway Journal, vol. 15, issue 2, April 15 (Read it at: midwayjournal.com).
• Her poem "Whither" was published in the journal Conestoga Zen (Order at: rustinlarson.wordpress.com/
• She will be reading in the 2021 Arts Consortium of Carver County's celebration of National Poetry Month, April 21 at 6:30 pm, CT. Please RSVP by April 18, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom invitation.
Col Collin Coatney '94 has taken a new position with the 19th Air Force in San Antonio, TX. He will continue to instruct in the F-16 with the local guard unit in San Antonio along with his new responsibilities with the 19th Air Force.
John Michael Coatney '09 is still in Panama working for a non profit company, Future Scientist, out of Seattle while completing his MBA with N. Illinois University. JM and his wife will be expecting their second child in October.
Thomas Curran '60 is mostly retired, and has been working as a Private Investor. As of this coming December, he'll have been married to Dale Harrington for 50 years! Congrats, Thomas!
On Friday, May 7, 2021 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM, the Ramsey County Bar Association will be holding a virtual event to honor and memorialize the following deceased STA alumni: Michael Sheahan ’51, Robert Murnane ‘53, Jerome Ciresi ’56, and John Kennefick '58.View the ceremony.
Former STA Art Teacher Brian Leo ’58 just can’t retire! After recently completing a month-long art show featuring 2-D pieces and a few steel pieces at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, he went to work on another project for his long-time customer, a St. Paul businessman for whom he has done extensive projects in the past. Eighty-year-old Brian specializes in ornate hardware such as chandeliers, gates, doors and door handles, hinges and railings and has done work on St. Paul properties like the Commodore Hotel and the University Club. Brian’s work appears in many places on the STA campus. His sculpture of four cadet figures greets visitors in the quadrangle in the front of the school. He designed the archway entrance and entry gate of Gerry Brown Stadium as well as many of the plaques that hang inside the stadium. The belt buckle worn by the Crack Drill Squad is another of his creations. All of the outside door handles of the school bear the logos of the two different campuses in the school’s history courtesy of Brian. We are so impressed with Brian's work ethic and legacy on our campus!
After graduating from St. Thomas University and the University of Minnesota Medical School, John Gaertner '54 married his wife, Patricia, on June 24, 1961 and the two will be celebrating their 60th Anniversary this summer. Jack and Pat have eight children (two sets of twins) — four boys and four girls. All four boys are STA graduates (Frank '80, John Jr. '82, Stephen '85, and Anthony '88), while three daughters graduated from the Convent of the Visitation and one daughter graduated from Cretin-Derham Hall. Seven of the Gaertner children graduated from Catholic Universities. Out of their twenty-three grandchildren, three grandsons are STA graduates — PJ Gaertner '19, Charles Haugh '18, and Nick Santulli '17. Jack served six years as a Captain in the Minnesota National Guard and was a Family Practice Physician for fifty years before retiring on October 1, 2011. Currently, he keeps active in his family Holding Company.
Peyton Rechtzigel '11 and his wife, Brittney, welcomed their daughter Scarlett into the world earlier this month. Congrats!
Alex Farley '18 won on the landmark conference championship with the Men’s Catholic University Swim and Dive team for the 5th consecutive year, personally scoring over 25 points. Congrats, Alex!
Joe D'Agostino '20 discovered the above photo in Congressman Tom Emmer '79's office recently and thought interested alumni would enjoy seeing it. The image can also be viewed online .
Congratulations to John Hanten '13 on passing the Certified Financial Planner exam!
Tom Emmer '79 attended the Father/Son Banquet last weekend and is seen posing with senior members of this year's Crack Drill Squad. Emmer was himself a member of the squad in 1979.
Rob Worthington '98 has been working as a Senior Executive Financial Recruiter with Empower Associates. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife, Meghan, and their two children, Hannah and Billy.
Tim Scanlan '64 has been married for 54 years to Mary Rasmussen of St. Luke's & Our Lady of Peace Schools. Tim and Mary have 5 children (all married), 12 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson. Tim is the 3rd Generation President of Scanlan Group. He took over the business from his dad, Dennis Scanlan '32. Tim's sons, Russell '02 and Adam '07 are the 4th generation of the 100 year old family business, designing and manufacturing surgical instruments. Tim also mentioned that he has been blessed with great friends from the Class of '64 & beyond!
Joe Geiser '04 has been working at Microsoft as a Partner Development Manager since 2018.
Tom Nardini '74, his son Dominic Nardini '09, and business partner Chris Jensen sold the Nardini Fire Equipment Company, Inc. businesses to Pye-Barker Fire & Security in Alpharetta, Georgia in December 2020. All three of them continue to work for the new owners performing local/regional/national corporate business operations, IT management, sales efforts and new acquisition opportunities.
Michael Carroll '67 retired after receiving the lifetime achievement award from the International District Energy Association. He has been married for 45 years and has 4 granddaughters to enjoy. Congrats, Michael!
Henry May '19, a freshman at University of Dayton, made a long eagle putt on the final hole to win the Atlantic 10 Conference championship Sunday at the Reunion Resort and Golf Club in Orlando, FL. May became the first UD men’s golfer to win medalist honors at the A-10 championship since 2008. May was also named the A-10′s Most Outstanding Rookie.!
Congratulations to Mike DePauw '10, son of Tom DePauw '78, who recently received his MBA from the University of Minnesota.
The debut novel of Patrick Meisch '10 is NOW AVAILABLE! The work takes current-day models on topics such as resource depletion, overpopulation, and environmental degradation and extrapolates them to create a world suffering from the fallout of problems we continually brush off today on the chance that others will solve them for us tomorrow. You can buy it now from Amazon, or your local independent bookstore! Since Patrick is currently a science teacher at STA, keep an eye out for upcoming events to help promote the novel.
David O'Neill '17 is excited to share that he has accepted a position for the upcoming school year as an English Teaching Assistant through the French National Education Ministry's TAPIF program. He will be teaching middle and high school students in the school district of Montpellier, in southern France.
Tim Figge '70 and Scott Larson '70 recently got together now that they can safely socialize.
Bill Reilly '85 shared this newspaper clipping of the 1981 Twin Cities Baseball Champions and invited everyone to look for familiar names and faces and take a trip down memory lane.
In 2020, Max Mussel '13 founded a new company, Updo. Updo is a growing marketplace of at-home grooming services, including pet grooming services! Read a brief interview with Max!
Congratulations to Branick Weix '15, Matthew Michalski '15, and Brendan Quinlan '16, for continuing to grow Aryeo into an amazing real estate listing platform!
We received the following update from Jake Matlon '08: "Although there were quite a few bumps in the road during my STA days, I am proud to say I have made it. Graduated from UMD with business. Joined Bloomington Fire Dept after college as well as landing my first office job. If it wasn't apparent in high school, I do not do well confined to a desk/computer. The office life was not for me at all. Worked even harder to make full-time fire a career and was hired by the Duluth Fire Department in 2018. Been doing it ever since and life is great." Thank you so much for sharing Jake -- we loved this update!
Bill Reilly '85 shared the photo above with us after he got together with a bunch of grade school friends. Pictured above: Pat Finn '84, Bill White '85, Mark Pilate '85, John Messing (Cretin '85), Rick Johnson '85, Bill Reilly '85, Tom Lee '85, and Matt Bosrock '85.
Gunner Regan '13 will be competing in the Granite Games in Eagan June 4-6 as one of the top 120 CrossFit athletes in North America. He is excited to come home (from Florida) and represent!
This past Wednesday, the Alumni Association held an alumni barbecue on campus and dozens of alumni showed up to enjoy some Dickey's BBQ and alumni camaraderie. It was great seeing so many of you!
Congratulations to Woody Hubbell '16 on finishing his treatment for leukemia and getting his chance to ring the bell! See the video of Woody ringing the bell on his instagram and read the story of Woody's experience on his blog.
Brian Nordin '97 has moved his business, Northmade Co. (www.northmade.co), to Vandalia Tower in St. Paul. The company will be hosting a grand opening sale this weekend starting on Saturday 5/22. Stop by and enjoy a special Northmade Brew from their neighbors at Lake Monster Brewing. 550 Vandalia St., St. Paul.
Congratulations to Kelton Anderson '13 on his graduation from Georgetown Law School in Washington D.C.! Kelton will be joining the global law firm of Winston & Strawn in D.C.
Jesuit educated x2, Brady Happe '16 completed Creighton’s MBA program this past weekend. Three degrees later, Brady is excited to head back to the Twin Cities.
Congrats to Sam Enderby '17 on his graduation from University of Dayton!
Congratulations to Joe Maher '13 for starting a new position as Senior Associate, TT Capital Partners at TripleTree.
Congratulations to Will Treacy '17 on a number of milestones! Will married Emma Schildgen, graduated from the University of Minnesota, and started a job with ChemTreat, Inc.
It's the time of year for graduation announcements, and we have several! Congrats to the following college graduates...
Thomas Bulach '17, University of Missouri
Henry Burke '17, University of Michigan
Nicholas Goblisch '17, University of Wisconsin - Madison
John Jakubowicz '17, Southern Methodist University
Seth Pribbernow '17, Southern Methodist University
John Pursley '17, Creighton University
Nick Santulli '17, University of Missouri
Matt Waterloo '17, Creighton University
TJ Wright '17, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Congratulations to Andrew Tri '16, who was the closing pitcher for University of St. Thomas for the Regional NCAA Championship Title. Tri got the last six outs with no runs allowed. The team qualified as one of eight teams that will now go on to the D-III College World Series in Cedar Rapids, IA. They'll be up against Adrian College on Friday, June 4. See the bracket.
Congratulations to Ned Reagan '15 on his engagement to Allie Wilson!
Congratulations to Tommy Stang '15, who received the Bob Paradise Most Valuable Player award for hockey at St. Mary's University. The award is voted on by teammates and given to the player that had the largest positive impact on the team both on and off the ice.
Congratulations to Max Shulman '17 on his graduation from the US Naval Academy!
Congratulations to Jeff Juul '09 on his recent MBA from University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management!
Congratulations to Mac Brown '16, who recently received the Brad Davis Southeastern Conference Community Service Award. Read more about the award and watch this brief video from Commissioner Greg Sankey.
Dennis Kelly '66 has written a new book that you won't want to miss! Dennis' latest novel takes place in a St. Paul funeral home and has already received high praise from some high-profile names. Visit Dennis' author page and learn more about the novel and how to purchase!
While the Tommies didn't win it all, Andrew Tri '16 had an incredible season as one of four captains and pitched for yet another win last Friday in the College World Series. Congrats, Andrew!
Congrats to Michael Black '12 on his new job at OkCupid in New York as a Senior Software Engineer.
Tom Malchow '95 was recently spotted on olympic swimmer Michael Phelps' instagram feed! Pictured above (L-R): Malchow, coach John Urbanchek, Aaron Peirsol, coach Jack Roach, Lenny Krayzelburg, Michael Phelps, and Phelps' wife, Nicole.
Connor Farley '11 has been working at Twelve CG for over four months now and says that it has been an awesome experience! Twelve CG is currently hiring consultants in Minneapolis and Chicago for in-person and remote positions. The work revolves around the implementation of Anaplan connected planning solutions for our clients. If you have any questions or are interested in applying, feel free to contact Connor through his LinkedIn and read more about the job opportunities.
Connor Farley '11 was married to Briana TerBush in a lovely ceremony at The Thayer Hotel, on the post of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, in Highland Falls, NY, on June 18th, 2021. Connor is a 2016 USMA alumnus. Serving as best man was Connor’s identical twin, Dillon Farley '11 and in the bridal party was Connor Mulhere '12 (also a 2016 USMA alumnus). In attendance were many ST(M)A graduates including grandfather Patrick '56, father Greg '79, and uncles Tim '81, Kevin '83, Michael '84, Brian '87 and Daniel '93. The day was perfect and the wedding was memorable.
Congrats to Jack Schultz '16, who was recently hired at Holly Hunt, a modern luxury interiors company in Manhattan, after graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2020.
Sam Enderby '17 is beyond excited to announce that he accepted a position to join the middle school team as an English Language Arts teacher at Carondelet Catholic School in Minneapolis, MN. He will be starting in the fall and is excited to meet his students!
Fred Plessner '95 is part of the Twin Cities River Rats water ski team. Fred can be seen in the photo above on the far right. He also has a daughter in each level of the 4-tier pyramid and his son, Freddie '23, is also on the team as a jumper, bare-footer, and baser. The team was recently featured in the Star Tribune and on WCCO news and has free shows every Thursday. Read more about the team here and check out the full schedule at tcriverrats.com. Shows are family-friendly and a lot of fun, so don't hesitate to get out and watch them this summer!
STA Fishing Team in action! Big Bear (Rich “Bear” Hanousek III ’87) and Little Bear (Charlie Hanousek ’23) get ready for bass fishing competition on July 21 and 28 in South East Conference Minnesota bass circuit fishing tournament.
Rich Hanousek '87 is pictured above (far right) as a coach of the newly established Saint Thomas Academy Fishing Team!
Marko Jurkovich '17 graduated on June 12 from Carleton College in Northfield, MN with a double major in Economics and Statistics and a minor in Spanish. He has accepted a position with Epic medical software in Madison, WI as a Technical Solutions Engineer.
On July 10, 2021, Sean Fellows '98 (pictured above, center) concluded his Squadron Command Tour as the Commander of the 326th Training Squadron (Basic Training) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Said Sean, "It was awe inspiring transforming nearly 800 civilians to Airmen & Guardians every 7 weeks! I am now privileged to one of a handful of Air Force officers at Naval Station Newport, RI & will earn a Masters in National Security Strategy at the Naval War College over the next year. I live a block from the Narragansett Bay & would love to connect with any fellow Cadets in the area!"
Congratulations to Tom Knoedler '09 on his marriage to Lindsay Matthews in St. Michael’s Maryland last weekend! Tom is living in Madison, WI where he is in his 4th year of Orthopedic surgery residency. The wedding was well attended by STA and Vis alumni.
Top row (l-r): Stowe Kintzinger '07, Chris Knoedler '07, Colin Knoedler '11, Jeff Juul '09, Tom Knoedler '09, and Matt Johnson '09.
Bottom row (l-r): Joe Masciopinto '09, Brennan Early '09, Margaret Knoedler (Vis '05), Alice [Stoddart] Knoedler (Vis '06).
Lawrence Chlebeck '04 is a marine-biologist working in Australia for Humane Society International. Larry is featured as one of the main contributors in the documentary, Envoy: Shark Cull, about the plight of sharks in Australia and world wide. The film began airing in the U.S. on July 1, 2021 as part of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" and is currently available on Discovery+.
Tom Nelson '61 has had quite the educational journey. In 1966, he received his BS in Education from the University of Minnesota. In 1970, he received his Masters in Education from Chicago State University. Now he's currently working towards his doctorate at the University of Minnesota as a non-degreed candidate in the STEM Education Program. Tom has published four articles in Industrial Arts and Vocational Education, a national professional magazine from the late '60s. He started the Environment Learning Programs in the South Washington County school district 833. Finally, he's currently working on a project for STMA Class of '61.
2021 has been a very busy year for John Sheahan '80. He left his position as Executive Director of Special Operations for MGM resorts International, and accepted the position of Director of Global Physical Security for North America at Oracle. In May, he married Donna Cannon in the Florida Keys and they recently moved from Henderson, Nevada to Austin, Texas. John and Donna are building their dream home in Dripping Springs, Texas.
Congratulations to Bobby Thompson '14, who was recently named head coach of the STA Baseball team!.
After attending Saint Paul Seminary and a number of additional schools pursuing multiple degrees in philosophy, latin, theology, musical education, and choral conducting, Robert van Keuren '60 moved to San Diego, CA, in 1980. It was there that he took a position as senior programmer analyst with UserWare International. His husband, John Henry Martinez, died Oct. 7, 2020 after a ten year battle with Alzheimer's. Robert and John were together thirty-nine years, with a religious union ceremony in 1991 and civil marriages in 2004 (annulled six months later) and 2008. Robert is currently retired and still resides in San Diego.
Congratulations to John Colleran '16, who recently moved to Washington DC to work with Advisory Board, a health care consulting firm owned by UHG/Optum.
Kevin Lovegreen '87 recently published his 14th book! Check out his Lucky Luke series and also see if booking Kevin for a presentation is right for you!
After receiving his BA in Theology at Notre Dame, Samuel Russ '07 went on the University of Minnesota Medical School to complete his MD and Orthopedic Surgery Residency. Russ finished Foot and Ankle Fellowship training in Portland, Maine and will now be starting at Summit Orthopedics in the Twin Cities as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in foot and ankle surgery. Russ is happy to be back in the Twin Cities with his wife, Caitlin (Visitation '11), 3 children (Luke, Thomas, and Grace) and the baby boy they're expecting in November. If any current or former Cadets have foot and ankle concerns, don't hesitate to visit Dr. Samuel in Woodbury, Eagan, or Vadnais Heights!
David Hottinger '85 shared the above photo with us from the annual Class of 1958 Luncheon that took place earlier this week. From L-R: Fr. Mike McNulty (in back), Gerry Brown, Dr. Tom McCarter, Brian Leo, Bob Winkler, Joel Phillippi, Carl Conney, Tom Gleason, John Tracy, and Dan Eldredge. Looking great, gentlemen!
Classmates from the Class of 1964 got together at Mike Ciresi's lake home recently for their annual gathering. Pictured above: (Back row, L-R) David Carroll, Tom Linstroth, Don Bachmeier; (Bottom row, L-R) Mike Ciresi and Mike Barcelow. Looks like a gorgeous summer weekend!
While the reason for gathering was a sad one, members of the Class of 1980 still enjoyed each other's company while mourning the passing of classmate Erik Edwards. Lifelong friends from STA pictured above: (L-R) Marc Sciamanda, David Adams, Tom Smith, Doug Dewitt and Terry Teynor. Full military honors rendered For QM1 Erik A. Edwards on 8/23/21 at Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Erik passed at the VA Minneapolis on Memorial Day Weekend. Please see the obituary section of the newsletter for further information.
Congratulations to John Matthews '95 on his recent appointment to Homeland Security Investigations Task Force Officer! Before this appointment, John spent 26 years serving on the Sioux Falls Police Department.
Frank Miley '80 and his family (including son Joe Miley '11) were recently featured in The Catholic Spirit for their commitment to being educators in Catholic schools. Read the article here!
After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2021 with a double major in military history and Arabic, Erik Vick '17 will begin the Infantry Basic Officer Leadership Course this September. Good luck, Erik!
It has been quite a remarkable time in the professional life of Joe Nuñez '77. He and his partner have once again been recognized in the Best Lawers in America© guide, which marks the 4th year in a row that Joe has been recognized. He has also been elected a fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is also a Top Rated Real Estate Attorney on Super Lawyers. Joe has been back in private practice for the last 6 years after spending almost 20 years helping Target's Real Estate Law department. Congrats, Joe!
Jack Kotok '18 is in his final year at United States Military Academy at West Point and received his 2022 class ring, which has a fascinating history. If anyone would be interested in learning more about the ring melting ceremony, in which 52 past graduate's rings from 1916-1990 were melted down, we highly recommend watching this five-minute video about it.
Bill Drexler '72 recently retired as a Captain from American Airlines. Along with the love of his life, his wife Cindy, he spends winters in Arizona and summers at their lake in Hayward, WI.
John Nichols '80 was recently named president of the MDRT Foundation. Read more about this honor and John's commitment to serving others. Congratulations, John!
Congrats to Kyle Barker '05 and his wife, Brooke, on welcoming their third child, daughter Vera Mae, in August! She loves all the attention she gets from older siblings, Vincent (4) and Violet (3).
Earlier this week, members of the class of 1961 took a tour of all the renovations that took place around campus over the summer. Pictured above (L-R): Headmaster Kelby Woodard, Pat McCauley, Pat Coonan, Jim Rutzick, Ray Spack, Bill Lucas and Commandant of Cadets Col. Neil Hetherington. The gentlemen are standing in front of a renovated classroom in the Garberg Wing of the school where all the leadership classrooms are located.
Congratulations to Brian Teng '97 on the birth of his third child, Henry. Brian is currently living in Rochester, NY with his wife, his newly minted kindergartener Grace, his pre-k-aged daughter Audrey, and their new infant son. Brian works as a colon & rectal surgeon.
Members of the Class of 1953 got to meet some current STA students while on a tour of the new building renovations earlier this week. In front of a renovated classroom in the Garberg Wing of the school, Ned Gordon, Mike O’Connor, Jerry Thomas, Jerry Bilski, and Denny Monahan had a chance to chat with some of our student leaders.
Pat Finn '84, President of Now Micro, shared that the company has been named as one of the top 10 Managed Service Providers in St. Paul by Expertise.com. Congrats, Pat!
STA Junior Gold Hockey alumni were well represented on the ice at Creighton University! Pictured above, Joe Middleton '20 and Jack Schwab '20 as well as goalie, Charlie Miller '19
The Class of '81 gathered last night to celebrate their 40 year reunion and it looks like it was a strong turnout! Pictured above: Pat Maguire, Mike Pilney, John Lally, Todd Westcott, Jim Boyne, Peter Orme, David Abramowicz, Paul Boland, Lee Schaak, Mike Pappenfus, Toby Madden, Mike O'Neill, Tom Bieter, Jim Markert, Greg Monahan, Mike Orme, Dan Saad, Jack Simerson, Steve Plunkett, Paul Berg, Tim Theisen, Rich Tregilgas, and Jeff Radecki
Jim Wilson '51 shared that he is retired as President from James K Wilson Associates, Inc. and now spends his time traveling North America extensively as well as Hawaii and the UK. He is an Irish citizen and enjoys TransAtlantic cruising and regatta sailing. Quite the active retirement—congrats Jim!
After teaching at Columbia University, Harvard University, and University of Oregon, Thomas Mossberg '69 currently owns and manages a 200-acre tree farm, Mossberg Forestry, where he grows Douglas Fir, Cedar, etc for timber. Tom founded LightSmyth Technologies in 200 and retired in 2018. He married his wife, Colleen, in 2007, has two daughters from his previous marriage and just welcomed his first grandchild in March of 2020. In addition to Mossberg Forestry, Tom is an amatuer radio operator at K7SEM in Oregon and welcomes any calls from MN.
Congratulations to Patrick Krieger '10 on his upcoming nuptials! Patrick is living in Alabama and will be getting married in October 2022 to Meg Brabston.
The Class of 1951 celebrated their 70th Class Reunion on Saturday, Sept. 25th, 2021, with a gala party at the the beautiful home of Ron ’51 and Mary Smith on the shores of Rogers Lake in Mendota Heights. Not in the picture but arriving later were Mary and Peter Ritten '51 and Harry Thibault ’51. Also in attendance were spouses of departed classmates. Pictured above (L-R): back row: Mike Sweeney, Tom Gainor, host Ron Smith, Dick Palen, Gerry Brown '58 (adopted member), and Walt Roberts. Front row: Dick Shapiro, Jim Wilson, and Tom Biegel.
Members of the Class of 2000 gathered last weekend at O'Shaughnessy Distillery for their class reunion! Pictured above (L-R): Back row: Joseph Thomas, Jacob Skramstad, Andrew Weisbecker, Shawn Murphy, Andrew Sonnen, and Joseph Foley; Front row: Joseph Trojack, Michael Jones, Michael Miller, and Frank Verdeja. Not pictured: Shaun Hainey.
A few 1980 classmates getting together for golf and fishing in Cordillera, CO. Pictured above: Mike Finley, John O’Neill, Jim Kolar, Todd Madden, Bob Harnett, George Donovan, and John Nelson.
Colin Rooney '93's Providence Academy team played Tom Flood '86’s St. Agnes School squad last week. At the time of the match-up, both teams were 3-0. Colin and Tom both thought it was pretty cool that a couple STA Grads were coaching against each other with their own Catholic High School teams. It was a great game with both teams playing their toughest, but Providence pulled away at the end, winning 17-8.
Christiano Versich '15 is returning to the rink at University of St. Thomas! He was recently featured on therinklive.com and you can read more about his decision to play for UST.
John Sullivan '72 was recently recognized by the Minnesota chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his remarkable philanthropic work in the community. Please read more about John's long history of philanthropic engagement and all the ways he has served his community.
Kevin Frederick '08 is currently a 2nd year MBA student at Kellogg School of Business and recently accepted a position as an investment banking associate at Piper Sandler in consumer banking in Charlotte, NC starting in 2022. Kevin and his wife, Marie, just had their 2nd child in June named Jude Pio, who accompanies his 20 month old sister Zelie Louise. Kevin has been crushing it as a dad, a student, and in the Navy, since he was recently selected to be promoted to Lieutenant Commander. Congrats Kevin!
Glenn Hickock '87, President of Noblis Mission Solutions & Defense, was recently featured in the Executive Spotlight Interview for ExecutiveBiz.
Congratulations to Tipton Woodard '14 on his engagement to Alexandra Bremer! Tipton proposed on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and his friend was able to capture this candid photo of the special moment. Tipton and Alexandra currently live in Arlington, VA.
Joe Harvey '16 visited the University of Alabama to cheer on STA classmate and Ole Miss punter, Mac Brown '16, against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Joe is currently in his second year of flight training with the US Army at Fort Rucker, AL. Mac is completing an MBA degree at Ole Miss while continuing his collegiate football career.
Mike Eastwood '68 had a great experience at Grandparents Day earlier this week with his twin grandsons, sixth graders Logan and Noah Stofferahn. The trio is pictured in front of the 1968 composite photo in Flynn Hall at STA.
Matthew Martine '18 is excited to announce that he has accepted a full time investment banking analyst position with Lincoln International starting in the summer of 2022!
Congratulations to Joe Fewer '15 on his new position as Senior Associate - Financial Accounting Advisory Services at Ernst & Young!
Matthew Roberts '09 recently received the 2021 AMT 40 Under 40 Maintenance Professionals Award by Aircraft Maintenance Technology Magazine. Congratulations! Matthew can be seen in the October 2021 Issue, which can be accessed here.
Congratulations to Jay Engeswick '15 and Emily Gendreau (Vis '15), who finally tied the knot on September 18th, 2021. The high school sweethearts had been dating since freshman year. STA and Vis were well represented at the wedding, with best man Joey Engeswick '13, groomsman Ned Reagan '15, maid of honor Allie Wilson (Vis '15), and bridesmaids Katrina Schneeman (Vis '15), and Cady Pagel (Vis '22). Mother of the groom is Julie (Parrish) Pagel (Vis '86) and father Jon Engeswick is the STA baseball coach. The couple honeymooned in Maui, HI.
Since graduating from Creighton University in 2021 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Philosophy, Tony Franks '17 recently started working as a Project Manager in the Healthcare IT department at Direct Recruiters. While the organization is based in Cleveland, OH, Tony is currently working remotely in St. Paul, MN.
Congratulations to Colin Rooney '93, who was named High School Coach of the Week by the Minnesota Vikings! Read more here.
Each year, Progressive Grocer recognizes the food industry’s best and brightest under the age of 40. This year, Charlie Russell '06, Director of Produce & Floral at Cub, was named one of the four UNFI associates named to Progressive Grocer’s list of GenNext leaders fueling the future of food. Congrats, Charlie!
The Allstate AFCA Good Works Team recognizes college football athletes for their unwavering commitment to community service and their “good works” off the field. Mac Brown '16 is a nominee for captain of the 2021 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Click here to read Mac's bio about his charity of choice and his inspirational story. Then, vote for Mac as team captain! Voting is open until November 22, 2021!
Members of the Class of 1973 gathered on campus earlier this week for a class breakfast. Pictured above: (Front row) Greg Palen '73, John Rooney '73, Tim Ridley '73, Paul Bussmann '73, and Kevin Daly '73. (Back row) Mike Maxwell '84, Tim Plunkett '73, Tom Cosgrove '73, John Maguire '73, and Kelby Woodard.
Will Burns '18 completed his clinical internship with the Boy Scouts of America at the Philmont Scout Reservation in Cimarron, New Mexico. He submitted the cadet colors on Mt. Baldy (12,441 Ft) above the Sangre de Cristo Mountains.
Paul Tanghe '00 gave the Veterans Day speech yesterday at his former school, Our Lady of Grace in Edina, MN. Recognized in the speech, and present in the audience, was OLG and STA classmate, Tommy O'Keefe '00. Dan Farley '93 and Colin Rooney '93 were also present in the audience at the event. To watch the speech, click here and fast forward to the 15-minute mark.
Jackson Smith '20 (far right) was featured as a Scout Player of the Week for the Kansas State football team!
We at Saint Thomas Academy are so grateful to the Nuñez family for their gift of the Peter Lupori Crucifix, donated in loving memory of Norma A. Nuñez, the mother of Justo '71 and Joe ’77, and grandmother to RJ ’12. Norma was a tremendous believer in the promise of Saint Thomas Academy and its four pillars. She grounded her family in the teachings and examples of Christ, and her children and grandchildren reflect that grounding.
Kurt Altrichter '10 was recently featured on Yahoo! Finance for the incredible performance of his financial planning firm, Ivory Hill. Read more here!
Congratulations to Alex Tangen '12 on his engagement to Jordie Schnell!
Congratulations to Connor Farley '11 for starting a new position as Internal Wholesaler at Transamerica.
Congratulations to Jack Schneeman '09, who recently joined Mayo Clinic's Corporate Development team, working alongside innovators who are creating meaningful change for patients around the world.
Alumnus and former trustee Tom Schreier '80 was featured in Twin Cities Business Magazine back in September for his service on the board for Allina Health. Tom was named one of 2021's Outstanding Directors. Read more here.
Eric Mattson '60, owner of Mickey's Diner in downtown St. Paul, was recently featured on KSTP regarding the diner's planned reopening next Spring. Watch the news segment and read more here.
On his road trip down to Dallas, John Barnes met up with Christian Pilhofer '05 and Alex Jurich '10 in Chicago. Said John, "It was amazing listening to them. They are 5 years apart 2005 and 2010 but both spent time touching on importance of relationships and the community feeling as the most important part of STA."
Earlier this week, we hosted an Alumni & Friends gathering in Dallas, TX. It was so wonderful seeing so many of you from such a wide range of class years. We always enjoy catching up with fellow alumni and it's great to be able to host these gatherings again.
Rob Winters '81 is a clown! No really—he's an actual clown! Rob has been serving as Tullie Osman for the past 3 years and is currently the VP of Osman Shrine Circus Clowns. The Circus starts Friday and runs through Sunday at the State Fair Coliseum and if you can’t get out this weekend, look for him putting smiles on kid’s faces all summer long at your local parade, in and around the state of Minnesota!
#6 ranked Notre Dame finished off their regular season last week with a 45-14 victory over Stanford, and there were some familiar faces on the sidelines—Axel Raarup '18 and board member Father Nate Wills C.S.C '95! Axel was also recently featured in The Observer for his performance as a walk-on player at Notre Dame. Click here to read the article.
Each year, before the Final Promotions Ceremony, we host a luncheon for former Command Sergeant Majors, Lieutenant Colonels, and Cadet Colonels. This year, we had a wonderful group of alumni attend the luncheon and, as always, it was so great catching up with everyone. Pictured above: FRONT ROW (l-r): Tom Spaniol '70, Denny Smith '70, Nick McCarthy '02, Jordan Young '21, Devin Klein '20, Bobby Deeb '00, Tom Dzik '60, Jack Kelly '20, Andy Ritten '81; MIDDLE ROW: John Doyle '68, John Sexton '21, Jack Rowe '18, Joe D'Agostino '20, Sam Enderby '17, Dan Kubes '87, Callan Happe '19, Charlie Berg '19, Jake Schroepfer '72, Hayes Reding '19, Tom Werner '06; BACK ROW: Steven Geis '88, Jacob Goldade '20, Matthew Goldade '18, Jim MacDonald '85, Oscar Berg '21, Nick Lunsford '16, Baker Reding '21, Mitch MacDonald '20, and Danny Michel '04.
Congratulations to Peter Hampl '60 on being named Washington State Dental Association's Citizen of the Year for 2021! Read all about Peter's remarkable career and life and this well-deserved honor here.
Kelly Rowe '79 and Jack Rowe '18 are both featured in an article in The Catholic Spirit about Bishop Cozzens' Thanksgiving Mass. Read more here.
Congratulations to Michael Bader '03 for starting a new position as Vice President - Development at McGough.
Congratulations to Ryan Meitz '17, an associate at Calhoun Commercial Partners LLC, who TenantBase just named as a Partner of the Month. "These Partners of the Month exemplify what it means to have a service mindset and always work with the best interests of their tenants in mind." Read more here.
Congratulations to former English teacher, Donna Issac, on her 1st place One and Only Glenna Glee Award from the Poetry Society of Indiana.
Congratulations to Park High School football coach, Rick Fryklund '02, for being named Maroon South District Coach of the Year. From the Park Football Booster Club, "This award is a testament to the work of all those in the program who are working to add onto the storied legacy of the Park Football brotherhood with love, passion, commitment, trust & grit."
Congratulations to Pat Plunkett '66 on his recent designation as a "Minnesota Icon" by Minnesota Lawyer and Finance & Commerce magazines in recognition of his "...remarkable role in legal education in Minnesota teaching...in our law schools and for the bar...there may be no other lawyer who has given so much to help our profession through continuing legal education, and through mentoring other lawyers in their development and client service." Pat joins Mike Ciresi '64 as STA alumni who have been selected as Legal Icons. A huge honor!
Congratulations to Mack Marrin '13 for starting a new position as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy McManus '77 at the Minnesota Judicial Branch.
Congratulations to James Riley '14 on his engagement to Azura Rudd, sister of Aero Rudd '10, in Santa Barbara, CA!
For those of you interested in a throwback, Gerry Brown '58 recently discovered this video of the 2014 Army-Navy football game promo featuring Connor Farley '11. We're not saying this teaser made us tear up a bit, we're just saying our allergies strangely flared up while watching.