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Donna Fiske (Sellden), Accounting 1966, has worked in a number of positions over the course of her career, including at Concordia College, as an independent Mary Kay beauty consultant, and at Big Lake Nursing Home.

Judy Dupree, Certified Lab Assistant 1968, retired from the medical field in 1993. In 1994 she became the office assistant to the principal at the Catholic school in Thief River Falls, Minnesota. She and her husband, Dave, have a son and a daughter and one granddaughter.

Donald C. Foss, Machine Shop 1968. I graduated from A.V.A.T.S. and I have been with the same employer since graduation. Started at what was FMC Corporation, now BAE Systems in Fridley, MN. I currently am a Journeyman Machinist. Married in September 1972 to Brenda and we have two children. We live in Spring Lake Park, MN and enjoy spending time with family and at our cabin on Lake Minnewaska and traveling.

Gerald Koetter, Welding 1968, is a machinist at Nezarik Corp. in Sartell, Minnesota (where he has worked for 35 years). He and his wife Rita have three children.

Catherine Rudolph, Clerical/Key Punch 1969, has been doing home-based daycare for more than 26 years.

Ann Dennemeyer, LPN 1969, has been with Lakewood Health System for 29 years. She lives on a farm north of Staples, Minnesota, with her husband and enjoys traveling, biking, gardening and cross country skiing.

Sandra Johnson, Computer Programming 1970, worked as a computer programmer for Northwestern Bell/US West/Qwest for 30 years in Omaha, Nebraska, and retired in 2000. She and her husband, Howard, now spend their winters in southern Texas.

Lynette Greiner, General Secretarial 1970, works for Brooks Motors Inc. in Sisseton, South Dakota, as a title clerk.

Mike Hirman, Law Enforcement 1970, started his law enforcement career as a patrolman for the Springfield (Minnesota) Police Department. He then worked as a deputy for the Meeker County Sheriff's Office for one year and as a patrolman for 16 years for the City of Litchfield. He has spent the last 18 years as sheriff of Meeker County.

Gail Estenson, Legal Secretary 1972, is still using the skills she learned through the legal secretary program many years ago. She enjoys the work she does as office manager at a sheriff's office and plans to continue working for many more years. ATCC provided the necessary training in clerical, office, and work ethics to enable her to be successful and enjoy her career in office management with several businesses. Last Updated: June 2015

Susan Kaneski, Accounting 1972, has worked for Banta Publications in Long Prairie, Minnesota, since August 1975. In that time, she's held positions in the billing and estimating Departments. She is now the company's pricing administration coordinator. She and her husband, Dennis, and have four children and five grandchildren.

Candice Ohnstad, Clerical 1972, lives in Wyoming. She and her husband, Johan Ohnstad, have one daughter.

Marcy Peterson, General Secretary 1972, is an account manager at Eden Incentives and Promotions in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. She previously worked at ADC Telecommunications for 20 years as its international trade show manager.

After graduating, Teresa Vanselow, Medical Secretary 1972, moved to Rochester, Minnesota, where she worked for the Mayo Clinic until 1976. She is now a school secretary for Rochester Catholic Schools.

Patricia Seidl, Commercial Art 1973, retired last year after working for four years in production art at West Publishing, for 12 years at 3M, and for 12 years at Taymark.

Roxane Koster, CLA 1974, has worked at Worthington (Minnesota) Regional Hospital as a med lab tech for more than 25 years. She and her husband, Steve, have been married for 29 years, and have two children and a grandson.

Randall Rinkenberger, Diesel Mechanics 1974, has been teaching diesel truck technology at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa, for more than 20 years.

Mari Johnson, Marketing & Sales 1975. She is currently Board Administrator at the Wedge Co-op in Minneapolis and continues to serve on the ATCC Foundation Board. Last Updated: October 2012

Jan Laudenbach, PN 1975, works at Park Nicollet Clinic and teaches a class at Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis.

After graduation, Karen O'Leary, PN 1975, continued her nursing education at North Dakota State University, and graduated in 1983. She's now an RN, and is employed at Innovis Health in Fargo, North Dakota. She and her husband, Gayle, have two daughters.

After graduation, Tom Klyve, Carpentry 1976, became a paramedic. He later earned a business degree from Moorhead State University, and eventually owned three ambulance services. He now works as a loan officer for Midwest Minnesota Community Development, and is a licensed auctioneer. He and his wife of 23 years also have remodeled many houses—he reports that they are living in their 10th home.

Rona Matheson, Nursing 1976, has worked for WIC programs in two Montana counties for 17 years. She was named the state's WIC employee of the year in 2004.

Laura Lee, Medical Secretary Shorthand 1977. Laura has worked in offices for the Merced, CA police department and state government in Austin, TX. A career highlight was working for the U.S. Navy in Naples, Italy from 1982-1986. Upon returning stateside, Laura worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. For the last 19 years, she has worked for the North Dakota Department of Health in Bismarck, ND.

Brenda Arnold, CLA 1978, is married and has five sons living in Kandiyohi, Minnesota. She works as a phlebotomy technician.

Tammy Johnson (Kleinschmidt), Clerical Secretary 1978, runs her own business, Tammy's Toddler Time Daycare. She and her husband, Conrad, have three children.

Scott Hansen, Commercial Art 1978, Marketing Communications Manager for Synovis Surgical Innovations in St. Paul, MN

Helen Oslund, Fashion Merchandising 1978, works at Clark Consulting in Minneapolis. She and her husband, Mike Oslund, 1979 Accounting, have two children: Gretchen and Derek. Mike works for Hennepin County in its benefits administration department.

Kevin Kallinen, Law Enforcement 1978, is a police sergeant with the Grand Forks (North Dakota) Police Department. He has been with the department since March 1980.

Audrey Eibensteiner, Interior Design 1979, and her husband own Choice One Cabinets, a Blaine, Minnesota, commercial and residential cabinet design and manufacturing firm.

Carrie Hanson, Office Assistant 1979, and her husband, John, Carpentry 1979, live in Evansville, Minnesota, and have three children. Carrie works as a career resource specialist through RAED and ATCC. John is a self-employed carpenter who works in the commercial and residential fields.

Robert Finnegan, Truck Driving 1979, has been a full-time bus driver for the city of Mankato, Minnesota, since 1980.

Gretchen S. O'Fallon, Interior Design 1980, has her own interior design firm. She's also married and has three children.

Kevin O'Leary, Farm Equipment Mechanic 1980, works in the service department—primarily on tractors—at Larson's Inc. in Wheaton, Minnesota.

Laurie Lahman (Caauwe), Clerical/Office Assistant 1980, is a secretary in the guidance office at Jefferson High School in Alexandria.

Janet Waldman (Nodsle), Practical Nursing 1980, has lived in the Boston area since 1984, married with two daughters. Working in the film industry doing commercials, films, and TV hosting. Featured on cover of Imagine Magazine (November 2015) with a group of women over 50 making it in the film industry. A regular on the show THE FOLKLORIST a comcast tv show ON DEMAND. Last Updated: November 2015

Dennis Holtz, Refrigeration/AC Program 1980, started his own business, Three Rivers Refrigeration Inc., in 1981. The firm does commercial and residential heating, A/C, sheet metal, and refrigeration work.

Brian Luchtenburg, Diesel 1981, and is wife have two daughters. The family lives on a farm east of Edgerton, where Brian crop farms. He's also a bus mechanic for Edgerton School District 581.

Rory Bochniak, Law Enforcement 1982, is a SGT/FTO coordinator with the Burnsville (Minnesota) Police Department. He's married with three children.

Peter Melby, Avionics 1983, has worked in aviation related work from 1983-1997. He then went into industrial automation where he worked for Douglas Machine 1997-2003 as a field service technician/new product development. Currently he works at Chippewa Valley Ethanol as a process controls technician/DCS controls engineer located in Benson, MN. Last Updated: March 2013

Jennifer Neuberger, Marketing and Sales Management 1982, Clerical 1984, has worked as a graphic designer with American Express in Minneapolis since 1993. She is active in a variety of charities, including Meals on Wheels, Habitat for Humanity, and Metro Paint-A-Thon, and in her church.

Kara Boughey (Werner), Parts Sale Management 1984. After graduation Kara worked for John Deere Implements, working in the Parts Department, setting the inventory up on computers and implementing programming/process to eliminate obsolete parts, (becoming an Inventory Control Specialist). In winter of 1986 she decided to return to college and graduated in 1991 with a BS in RPLS/Leisure Planning & Management. In 1996 she found herself back working for a John Deere Construction Equipment company in a career relating back to her course of study at ATCC. From there she moved into another Inventory Controller position and trainer in the farm supply retail business, in Mankato, MN and is still there. Last Updated: May 2013

Dan Winkels, Law Enforcement 1984, is a detective with the Stearns County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department.

Dale T. Olson, Carpentry 1985, and his wife, Suzi, have three children. He started a home building project in 1988, constructing houses in Tijuana and Ensenada, Mexico. He reports that the Homes of Hope program has built more than 1,700 houses for families in the years since.

Chuck Pinkney, Law Enforcement 1985, has worked for the Sarasota County Sheriff's office in Sarasota, Florida, since 1988. He's now an instructor for all high-liability areas, and has previously worked in the department's patrol, parks division, community policing, training division, and currently special operations/K-9 units.

After graduation, Carrie Haugen, Clerical/Word Processing 1986, worked at Cargill Inc. before returning to school at the University of Minnesota. She graduated from the U in 1991 with a B.A. in English, and completed a Master's in education in 2003. She and her husband and six-year-old daughter live in Perham, Minnesota, where Carrie has taught high school English for 12 years and served as department chair for five.

Valerie Quist, Hotel-Restaurant Management 1989, left the hospitality business after 15 years of managing a Comfort Inn and an AmericInn. She's now working as a bookkeeper in a luxury condo on the beach.

Jennifer Graphenteen, Office Information Processing Specialist 1991, and her husband are the busy parents of one-year-old, boy and girl twins, and a two-year-old son.

Robert Haberer, Dietary Manager 1991, is the food service director at Loveland Good Samaritan Village, a 450-bed multilevel care facility/retirement village. He oversees a 30-person staff that produces 600 meals each day.

Dave Murphy, Law Enforcement 1991, graduated from the Wisconsin State Patrol Academy in 1992, and recently accepted a motor carrier assignment at a weigh station in Grant County, Wisconsin.

Heather Visser, MLT 1991, has worked at Central Lakes Medical Clinic for the past 12 years.

Gulbranson Debbie, Legal Secretary 1993, works with the Crow Wing (Minnesota) County Attorney as a legal assistant responsible for drug and forfeiture cases and computer support.

Nichole Kavaloski, Interior Design 1994, is currently at home raising her three children. She reports that she still has an interest in design and plans to work in the field again once all her children are in school. She also volunteers as the president of the White Bear Lake (Minnesota) Chapter of MOMS Club and in the local school district.

Todd Banaszynski, Aquaculture 1995, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Veterinary School and is employed as a mixed animal veterinarian DVM at Harretown Veterinary Clinic in Oronto Falls, Wisconsin.

Nicole Blazevich, Interior Design 1995, is a designer at Starmark/Norcraft Cabinetry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her husband is a carpenter and custom furniture maker for a builder in Sioux Falls.

Mike Schreader, Law Enforcement 1995, is employed with the Otter Tail County Sheriff's office (Fergus Falls, MN) as a Senior Patrol Deputy, Assistant Entry S.W.A.T. Team Leader, and Department Instructor with the West Central MN Training Consortium. Last Updated: December 2012

Kathleen Terwey, Law Enforcement 1995, is a certified surgical technologist at the St. Cloud Surgical Center. She and her husband, Scott, have two children: Nick, 11, and Travis, eight.

Darrin Vegsaa, Law Enforcement 1995, is in the patrol division with the Chandler (Arizona) Police Department.

LeAnn Jeffcoat, Interior Design 1996, works at the Hearth Room as a kitchen designer in Brainerd, Minnesota.

Chad Nelson, Law Enforcement 1996, is a police officer for the City of Willmar, Minnesota.

Jay Dulas, Law Enforcement 1996, is currently a Deputy Sheriff with the Waseca County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota. Last Updated: December 2012

Tammy Ellering, Child Care & Education 1997, recently opened her own Montessori school in Melrose, Minnesota.

Tim Hockett, Fluid Power 1995, MET 1997, works for B.T.D. Manufacturing in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, as a machine maintenance lead. He and his wife, Tanya, live in rural Frazee, Minnesota, and have a son, Trevor.

Angie Blair, Administrative Secretary 1998, is married and has a child, Clay Mitchell. She also recently opened a children's store, Kid Zone Clothing, in Alexandria.

Becky Stock, Communication Art and Design 1998, works at Range Printing in Brainerd, Minnesota, as a graphic artist. She lives in Brainerd with her son, Jaden.

Kari Shuette (Rath), Finance & Credit Management 1998, Human Resources Manager for Presbyterian Homes/Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson. Last Updated: October 2012

Kris Sufka, Interior Design 1998, is a kitchen and bath designer with the Tacoma Design Market.

Joleen Hartmann, Law Enforcement 1998, is a deputy sheriff in the Wright County (Minnesota) sheriff's office.

Chad Mills, Law Enforcement 1998, is a state trooper with the Minnesota State Highway Patrol. He's stationed out of Mankato, where he handles a drug canine.

Paul J. Peters, Law Enforcement 1998, is the McIntosh County (North Dakota) sheriff.

Jason Bauer, Machine/Tool Die 1998, recently got married and is working full time at Desman Engineering in Alexandria.

Benjamin Odden, Interior Design 1999, is a sales associate with Gabberts Furniture and Design Studio.

Kyle Alcott, Communication Art and Design 2000, is a graphic artist at the Fargo Forum in Fargo, North Dakota.

Tony Charles DeMars, Diesel 2000, is a diesel mechanic at Bauerly Bros. Construction in St. Cloud.

After working for the Arizona Department of Corrections for four years, Sara Ellingson, Law Enforcement 2000, recently accepted a position with Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Chris Evens, Fluid Power 2001, works in the technical support department at Park Industries in Waite Park, Minnesota. As part of his job, he does some field service work and assists customers in troubleshooting electrical/CNC and hydraulic problems.

Matt Haubrich, COAR 2001, works at Creative Memories in St. Cloud, Minnesota, as an illustrator.

Amy Hoheisel, Finance and Credit 2001, works at State Farm Insurance's Alexandria field office.

Bradley Jenson, CAMC 2001, After graduation he worked at Advanced Hydraulic and Machine in Casper, WY, followed by Dakota Fluid Power in Sioux Falls. He currently works at Massman Automation Designs as the Service Coordinator. He's married to Linda Warfield and they have two kids Benjamin, 2 years old, and Alexis, 5 months old.

Alissa Larson (Lundeen), Interior Design 2001, is engineering from home for R & S Casework Inc., a commercial casework company, in Fargo, ND.

Melissa Link, Interior Design 2001, Interior Design at Welcome Home By Design, in Grand Forks, ND. Last Updated: November 2013

Kristie Ludovissie, COAR 2001, is a designer for Unique Screen Media in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

Drew Syring, Fluid Power (CAMC) 2001, worked for MTS in Eden Prairie, MN after graduation before moving to R.E. Purvis & Associates in Bloomington, MN. He has worked for R.E. Purvis for over 10 years in many roles, most recently as a Sales Engineer. He is married and has two daughters. Last Updated: July 2012

Nathan Verch, Marine and Small Engine 2001, works as a mason for OakRidge Construction in New London, Minnesota.

Ryan Gehrke, Law Enforcement 2002, has been working for Le Sueur County Sheriff's Department as a jailer/dispatcher since June 2004. He also has worked for the Nicollet County Sheriff's Department as a jailer/dispatcher, and for the Le Center Police Department as an officer.

Ryan Krogh, Communication Art and Design 2002, working for Marketing Creatives Inc., in Richfield, Minnesota.

Jaime Kirtz, HRM 2002, is the front desk supervisor at the Holiday Inn in New Ulm, Minnesota.

JoDee Klosowski, Administrative Assistant 2002, works as a legal assistant in Alexandria.

Travis John Rueckert, Law Enforcement 2002, is a deputy for the Carver County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department.

Andrew Barnaal, Law Enforcement 2002, works for a hazardous waste recycling company as a supervisor of its warehouse and drivers.

Sarah Bauer, Child Care and Education 2002, is self-employed as a family child care provider in her home.

Guy Schermerhorn, Law Enforcement Transition 2002, works for the Bagley Police Department and substituting in the local school district.

Kim Jo Speidel, COAR/Advanced Multimedia 2002, owns and operates Minnow's Design, a graphic and Web design firm in Sauk Centre, Minnesota.

Justin Sabo, Law Enforcement 2003, is a deputy sheriff with the Anoka County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Office. He currently is serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, and is expected to return in December 2005.

After working in the Twin Cities as a preschool teacher for a year, Sara Berg, Child Care 2003, is working as an assistant preschool teacher at Community Nursery School in Alexandria. She also works for Prairie Community Services as a consumer counselor.

David Menke, Diesel Technician 2003, works on cranes, booms, forklifts, and skid steers at Ziegler in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Amanda Hill, Mechanical, Drafting, Design, & Engineering 2003, has worked for Fagen Engineering, LLC in Granite Falls, MN, Duffy Engineering in St. Cloud, MN, and has been a Project Manager/Electrical Designer for Gausman & Moore in St. Paul, MN since 2010. Last Updated: December 2012

Marie Meyer, Administrative Assistant 2004, is working at Maurice's in Alexandria. She is currently enrolled in ATCC's Sales and Marketing program.

Kathy Hoffman, Legal Administrative Assistant 2004, began working on her Paralegal B.S. degree at Moorhead State University in August 2004.

Melissa Arnold, Law Enforcement 2007, is a Police Officer for the Aberdeen Police Department in Aberdeen, SD. She has been employed with the police department since June 2008. Last Updated: February 2016

Robert Kiefert, Business Web Strategist / E-Commerce Web Development 2009, has been working at Pioneer Public Television since February 2010 as their Web Producer. Last Updated: July 2012