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Anna E.J. Flores

Class of '19, College of Arts and Sciences

Anna E.J. Flores  ’19, Lincoln, was a featured speaker at the Plattsmouth TeamMates Event.  Flores gave testimony about growing up in Crete in a difficult family situation.  Her middle school physical education teacher became her TeamMates mentor and helped her gain confidence as a teenager.  Flores now serves as a training and match support specialist at the organization’s Omaha Office. She knew serving in this position would fulfill the need to give back to the community.

Tazia J. Simpson

Class of '19, College of Arts and Sciences

Tazia J. Simpson  ’19, Scottsbluff, is an owner/coach with Aerial Gymnastics.  Four gymnasts from the club will compete in the Simone Biles International Invitational in Houston, Tex.

Dennis D. Nelsen

Class of '66, College of Arts and Sciences

Dennis D. Nelsen ’66, Crete, will be inducted into the Lloyd and Trudy Reeves Alumni Hall of Fame at Crete High School on March 27, 2020.  Nelsen taught Crete junior and senior high school English, Social Studies, Physical Education and German and served as basketball coach.  He continued coaching at Doane and for the Madonna wheelchair basketball team.

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. 

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.  

Erin Cimpl-Nahorny

Class of '01, Master of Counseling

Erin Cimpl-Nahorny '01C, Columbus. After her 4 year old son was diagnosed with Stage 4 High-Risk Neuroblastoma cancer in 2012, she and her spouse, Chris, started up Sammy's Superheroes Foundation in response to the needed research and funding for childhood cancers compared to all other forms.  The Foundation works to raise funds, as well as research and awareness, for all kinds of childhood cancer.  Now, she’s helping not only her own son, but thousands of children battling cancer.

Eric L. Stearns

Class of '03, College of Arts and Sciences

Eric L. Stearns ’03, Lincoln, associate professor of art and design and Erin Cross, assistant professor of art and design, designed and painted the cardinal art titled, Transformation.  Doane is the proud owner of Transformation, however, other cardinals were auctioned off at a Blue River Arts Council event. All proceeds went to the Blue River Arts Council. Eric was also a showcased artist at the Annual Lincoln Arts Festival in Lincoln. 

Christopher L. "Howie" Howard

Class of '04, College of Arts and Sciences

Christopher L. “Howie” Howard ’04, Lawrence, Kan. and Scott M. Morris ’05, Syracuse, debuted their new album “V is for Voice” at the Brew House in Crete.  The two have been playing music together as Howie & Scott.