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Erin Zeller Craven

Class of '06, College of Arts and Sciences

Class of '10, Master of Education

Class of '13, Master of Education

Erin Zeller Craven ’06, ’10E, ’13E, Platte Center, was recently appointed to principal at Shell Creek Elementary School within the Columbus Lakeview School District.

Jennifer L. Gustafson

Class of '06, College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer L. Gustafson ’06, Littleton, Colo. married Justin Limon on May 10, 2019.  Jennifer is director of product for AbsenceSoft.

John R. Perry

Class of '64, College of Arts and Sciences

John R. Perry ’64, Palo Alto, Calif., was the featured speaker at Doane University for the Fall Dredla Speakers Series. Perry’s talk, “Finding One’s Self,” was delivered to an overflowing room of 200 students. Perry is Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of California at Riverside.

Karen Hochstetler Lamb

Class of '83, College of Arts and Sciences

Karen Hochstetler Lamb ’83, Lincoln, was the recipient of the Paul Kersenbrock Humanitarian Award at the 2019 Doane Homecoming Alumni Banquet. Because of her efforts to feed the hungry and aid those in need, Karen embodies the spirit of the Paul Kersenbrock Humanitarian Award and is a true Tiger worthy of distinction. 

Dr. Terri J. Vrtiska

Class of '83, College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Terri J. Vrtiska ’83, Rochester, Minn., was recognized for 25 years of service as a Mayo Clinic physician where she currently practices as an associate professor in the Department of Radiology.

Thomas R. Brewer

Class of '84, College of Arts and Sciences

Thomas R. Brewer ’84, Gordon, announced he will run for a 2nd term for the Nebraska 43rd Legislative District.  Brewer currently serves as a State Senator for the 43rd district.

Troy Kash-Brown

Class of '84, College of Arts and Sciences

Lincoln, Nebraska 

Troy wrote to reflect on Doane since he is nearing his retirement:

" After 32 years in the career of a firefighter, I have 14 months left to retirement. Sue Kash, who was the first Foreign Student adviser at Doane's "new" ESL institute, and I have been married 33 years with two daughters. After graduating from Doane in 1984, I was enticed to travel to New England, where Susan was studying for her masters. We moved to Burlington, Vermont, where Susan worked as a Foreign Student Adviser. I worked in several jobs: cheesemaker, lifeguard, and Maine summer camp trip director. In the end, I became a firefighter in the Burlington Vermont Fire Department. Ironically, the mayor was Bernie Sanders. We moved back to the Lincoln area to farm with my grandparents and be close to the family as our children were born. Two months after ending my firefighter job in Burlington, I started working for the Lincoln Fire Department, farming with my grandparents and building a new home on our farm right on the highway that ten years prior, I had driven to Doane on from Fremont. Eventually, I became a Certified Organic farmer, full-time firefighter, and father. Susan coordinates the ESL program at Southeast Community College and is a great mom. 

It has been a wild ride since I started attending Doane College in 1979 during the Phil Heckman era, who once told us that Doane was like a protective uncle letting you experience new things in life but only to a point. My experience during that time at Doane allowed me to learn many things academically, extracurricular, and about myself. The world has changed a great deal since Reggie Gomendo and me, who was from Rhodesia and then Zimbabwe, moved into Frees Hall. My hope is Doane, now University will continue to improve the world for us all."

Ginger Grimm Schieffer

Class of '92, College of Arts and Sciences

Fordyce, Nebraska

Ginger received her Master's in Curriculum & Instruction from Mount Marty College in May of 2017. In September, she was honored as one of the Educators of the Year by the Archdiocese of Omaha.  

Taylor Bonow Biel

Class of '93, College of Arts and Sciences

Taylor Bonow Biel ’93, Fairbury, is coach of the Fairbury Softball Team.  The team won the recent state championship for Class C in Hastings.  In addition to serving as coach, Biel is a 9-12 guidance counselor in Fairbury.

Holly Bedient Parsley

Class of '93, College of Arts and Sciences

Holly Bedient Parsley ’93, Hickman, was awarded the Distinguished Judge Improvement of the Judicial System, given in recognition of contributions to the improvement of the judicial system, service as a trial judge or promotion of judicial efficiency.  Parsley was recognized for her leadership serving on the Nebraska Supreme Court Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship, the Guardian and Conservatorship Forms and Rules Committee and the Bench-Media Committee. Parsley serves as a Lancaster County Judge.