Past Alumni Award Winners

To read bios of our past award recipients, please choose from the years below or click on the award categories to see a list of recipients ordered by year.

 

Recipients by Year:

Graduate of the Last Decade Award

Michael Hostad, B.S. Business Management, ’10

Michael Hostad was appointed the executive director of MiKE (Innovation in Milwaukee), an initiative of the Greater Milwaukee Committee in 2014MiKE fosters partnerships between business, education and the community at large to cultivate and support emerging talent networks with the goal of retaining creative and innovative professionals who fuel economic growth in the Greater Milwaukee region.  

One of Hostad’s recent accomplishments is founding The Commons, a collaboration among 23 of the region’s colleges and universities, including Cardinal Stritch University, to pair students with and to be mentored by local professionals. By engaging students outside of the classroom and offering the opportunity to grow in new and exciting ways, The Commons is raising up future leaders that will invest their talents in Milwaukee as a great place to live, work, play and stay.   

Hostad is also involved with the Downtown (Milwaukee) Task Force, which provides leadership and helps facilitate economic bridges connecting downtown to adjacent neighborhoods.   

His entrepreneurial spirit was awakened and nurtured while working in manufacturing during a summer break from high school. He launched his first web development business while still in high school, through which he gained clients from across the United States. After he earned an associate degree in computer networking at Waukesha County Technical College, he began working at University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee as its first and only web developer. In 13 years at UWM, he led the expansion of his department to 17 employees. He was promoted to director of web and mobile services.  

Hostad earned his bachelor’s degree in management in 2010 at Cardinal Stritch University while working as a full-time professional. With a supportive cohort, he was able to balance academic goals with his career and family.  

Named the “Chancellor’s Designee for Entrepreneurship and Innovation” during his time at UWM, Hostad was also recognized in 2014 as one of the Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for his dedication to the city.

Hostad and his wife, Calley, and their orange tabby cat, Slinky, make their home in Fox Point.  Even in his down time, Hostad loves to explore Milwaukee, seeking out its gems whether hidden or well known. He enjoys travel, cooking and getting lost in great movies or TV shows.

 

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Elaine Dyer,  M.S. Healthcare Administration, ’85 

Elaine Dyer is a registered nurse and the administrator of one of Milwaukee’s largest skilled nursing facilities, the Jewish Home and Care Center, a position she has held for the past nine years. In her four-decade career she has been a change agent for quality programs in hospitals, government facilities, nonprofit organizations, for-profit chains, assisted living and faith-based mission driven facilities in a variety of roles. In each of her roles, Dyer has been a tireless advocate of the resident/patient.

Under her leadership, as director of nurses at Racine’s Lincoln Lutheran, she was able to re-certify a 320–bed facility and regain licensure within six months. That licensure had been lost and was unattainable for two long years, requiring Racine area residents to find placement outside their city. Dyer was promoted to administrator, and followed this certification with two perfect annual state and federal deficiency-free survey reviews.

In 1998 she assumed administration of the Willowcrest Care Center in South Milwaukee, which had been ranked 34th of 34 facilities in the region.  Within two years, under Dyer’s leadership, the facility was ranked #1 for Extendicare Facilities in the region. Dyer’s extensive knowledge of the state and federal regulations has proven invaluable in improving the care for residents in several facilities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. She has also become an expert witness for several legal firms in the Milwaukee area, testifying on the care rendered or needed in a skilled nursing facility or assisted living facility in Wisconsin. As part of Cardinal Stritch University’s Health, Wealth& Wisdom Series, Dyer recently shared her insights on ways to manage transitions in living arrangements, including levels of care in different settings, “disease trajectory” and the impact on care levels, and how to spot nursing home neglect.

Dyer holds a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Mt. Scenario College in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, and a master of science degree in health care administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

Dyer is the mother of two adult children, Eric and Sarah (a Stritch alumna, M.S. ’13). Dyer enjoys collecting antiques, which she repairs, repurposes and sells at a small antique mall. She also enjoys fishing, reading, and golfing. 

 

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Peter Engel,  M.S. Management, ’83 

Peter Engel is executive vice president of Johnson Financial Group, a locally owned and privately held Wisconsin headquartered company. His primary responsibilities center on business development in the areas of banking, wealth and insurance in the greater Milwaukee marketplace.

Engel’s solid commitment to community and economic development is demonstrated by his service on numerous non-profit boards and community organizations including the Milwaukee Metropolitan Association of Commerce, the Layton Avenue West Neighbors, Inc., the national Council for Better Business Bureau’s finance committee, and the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin’s finance committee. He has also served as a board member and chairman of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau. 

Engel advocates a combination of mentoring, leading, and partnering in order to build dynamic and successful teams that contribute tangible results. He combines passion, energy, confidence, fairness and humor, to “get the job done and done right.”

Engel earned his master’s degree in Management from Stritch in 1983, in the same cohort as his father Jerry. He describes graduating with his dad as a “phenomenal experience.” He credits the Stritch program with affirming his belief in the power of teamwork, the importance of giving back to the community, and the concept of aggregate responsibility.

In addition to his master’s degree, Engel holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a paralegal graduate certificate from Roosevelt University in Chicago. He served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines from 1983-1985. Engel has also served as an instructor in the Graduate School of Business at Divine Word College.

Believing in healthy competition and teamwork, Engel has dedicated much of his personal time to coaching and refereeing youth sports. He coached girls’ basketball at the grade school and high school level through Catholic Youth Ministry, and soccer through the local community club.

Peter, his wife Katherine Stecker Engel, their daughter Courtney and their white lab, Lottie, reside in Summit, Wisconsin.

 

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service

John Kordsmeier,  M.S. Management, ’84 

John Kordsmeier recently retired from Northwestern Mutual after more than 36 years of service with the company and in the community. His most recent role was vice president of strategic philanthropy and community relations, a position he held since November 2011. In this role he also served as the president of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. The department supports Northwestern Mutual’s ongoing focus on developing and implementing giving and volunteerism strategies that create community impact and underscore the company’s commitment to its employees and the field. During Kordsmeier’s tenure, the Foundation launched the company’s first national signature program, joining in the fight against childhood cancer.

Kordsmeier joined the Northwestern Mutual in 1980 as an underwriter in the new business department and served in various roles prior to being named vice president of underwriting standards in 2003. He became an executive officer in 2004 and served in a number of leadership roles.

In the community, Kordsmeier serves as a member of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, the United Performing Arts Fund board of directors, Milwaukee Succeeds operations team and the executive council for both Milwaukee’s Building Neighborhood Capacity Program and the Community Development Funders Alliance.

Previously he served as the president of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater Board of Directors, trustee for Pius XI Catholic High School, and first vice president and chairman for Catholic Charities Foundation for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Kordsmeier also served as a trustee for Cardinal Stritch University.

Kordsmeier earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from the University of Dallas-Irving and holds a master of science degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University. He says his personal belief in servant leadership was perfectly aligned with the Franciscan tradition and values he encountered at Stritch.

Kordsmeier has strong ties to the Stritch alumni community. He and his wife, Connie, who is also a Stritch alumna (M.A., RLA, ’86), are parents to three adult children. Their family includes two daughters-in law (one of whom, Anna is a Stritch alumna, B.F.A., ’05) and two grandchildren. In his spare time, he is a British Premier League fan and avid Arsenal supporter so he frequents the Three Lions Pub in Shorewood, which is owned and operated by Stritch alumni — David Price, ’07, ’13 and Christopher Tinker, ’06, ’10. His other two passions are building awareness and raising funds for the fight against childhood cancer, and improving the quality of life in three of Milwaukee’s most distressed neighborhoods.  

 

The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award

Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, Ph.D., Ph.B., English, ’50

“Thousands of students have been impacted by Sr. Justine. She embodies the meaning of a liberal arts education, bringing a large-scale view of the world, but also teaching how history has a place in everyday life. Her commitment to teaching, to her students, and to Stritch has been exemplary. She has fostered many to be better civic leaders and to follow her service commitment. Hers is a standard to follow.”

-Lisa Bangert-Balistreri, ’90

Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, Ph.D., professor emerita, served Cardinal Stritch University for more than 50 years as a history professor, department chair, and academic dean. She continues to serve in her retirement as an active member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

At the age of 16, Mary Peter (as she was known before she became Sr. Justine) left her home in Longmont, Colorado, with five high school friends to become a Sister of St. Francis of Assisi. They traveled by train to Milwaukee and finished their final year of high school as postulants at St. Mary’s Academy in St. Francis. The Sisters were teachers and administrators in the grade school in Longmont, which was a mission school of the Sisters. Sr. Justine says she didn’t know the term role model at the time, but that’s what the Sisters were to her. “They were just wonderful and so full of joy. That’s what I wanted,” she says. Teachers were in great demand at Catholic schools in the 1940s because of robust enrollment. Sr. Justine was assigned to two grade school teaching assignments while she worked on obtaining her bachelor’s degree. She claims to have hated the subject of history until she got to Loyola University in Chicago and began working on her master’s degree. Up until then, history had been about men and wars, but a teacher at Loyola opened her mind to the full scale of history. She began to understand how economy, religion, philosophy, politics and culture are inter-related in the events of history. She found it all fascinating and became passionate about it, a passion she passed on to her students for decades.

Sr. Justine taught 6th grade in Chicago the entire time she was working on her master’s degree. She was able to devote full time to study when she began work on her doctorate. She was encouraged by one of Loyola University’s Jesuit priests to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship, which she received. She completed the research for her dissertation at Queen Mary College, University of London.

Sr. Justine holds a bachelor of philosophy degree in English from Cardinal Stritch University, and both a master of arts degree and doctorate in history from Loyola University in Chicago.

In addition to her faculty and administrative roles at Stritch, Sr. Justine’s Curriculum Vitae includes national and international guest lectures. She holds fond memories of directing two study tours to Europe for Stritch students and alumni.  She served as the faculty advisor to the Model UN, which traveled to St. Louis, Boston and New York City. She also has great memories of the students involved in the International Relations Club and the National Federation of Catholic College Students, both of which she moderated.  Through it all, she loved her students and loved teaching. “You take them as they are, and pull out of them what they can be,” she said.

Sr. Justine was concerned admittedly about the impact of co-education in the 1960s on the culture of Stritch. “Our young women were leaders and risk-takers; I didn’t want them to lose that to the men,” she says. “But I don’t think they did.” She held the post of academic dean when Stritch began the program now known as the College of Business and Management. She insisted that the program include a Humanities component, so she co-authored and co-taught (with Sr. Coletta Dunn, ’60, professor emerita) three interdisciplinary modules that were published by the Institute for Professional Development in 1986 and incorporated into the curriculum for students in the College of Business and Management.

These days, in addition to her service on the Stritch Alumni Association Board of Directors, Sr. Justine enjoys reading. She reads every issue of Commonweal and The Tablet from cover to cover. She also participates in a book discussion group at the St. Francis Seminary. She travels to Colorado to visit family nearly every summer.

Graduate of the Last Decade Award

Shannon Reed, M.S. Business Management, ’11

Shannon Reed serves as the income portfolio manager at United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County.  

Dedicated to working for the common good is how Reed is often described for his deep devotion to civic engagement and youth development. In 2014, he was inducted into the YMCA Black Adult Achievers Program, which recognizes the talents of professionals of color who are successful in their careers. As an Achiever, Reed helps teens of color set educational and career goals through facilitating academic support, career exploration, college preparation and leadership development. 

Reed was recently selected for the 2015 Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders, a nationally recognized leadership program that recognizes fellows who are morally anchored, service oriented and committed to making a difference in society despite the personal sacrifice or the challenges faced. Reed has demonstrated great leadership within the City of Milwaukee, being appointed to the Black Male Advisory Council by Mayor Tom Barrett in 2015. He also serves as the chair of the Emergency Food and Shelter Board and has been a long serving board member. Reed and is now treasurer for the Milwaukee Area Workforce Funding Alliance.  

Reed received his Bachelor of Science degree from Upper Iowa University in 2005 and earned his Master’s Degree in Systems Management from Cardinal Stritch University in 2011.

 

Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement

Dr. Cynthia Foronda, M.S. Nursing, ’03

Cynthia Foronda, Ph.D., R.N., C.NE., is an assistant professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing. She specializes in nurse education, online teaching and learning, and virtual simulation. A nationally recognized expert on patient virtual simulation, Foronda has won three national teaching awards for her innovative and creative online teaching including two Blackboard Exemplary Course Awards (2012, 2013) and the 2012 Sloan-C Excellence in Online Teaching Award.  

Her impressive scholarship includes several sponsored research projects, multiple national and international presentations on virtual simulation and twelve peer-reviewed journal articles.  Foronda is currently researching use of virtual simulation to improve interprofessional communication skills. She serves on the editorial board for Clinical Simulation in Nursing and Nursing Educator. She has experience teaching internationally and has an interest in working in developing countries.  

Foronda facilitated a professional development program for Stritch nursing faculty in the summer of 2014. 

Foronda received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Nursing, Master of Science degree from Cardinal Stritch University and her Ph.D. in Nursing from Marquette University. 

 

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: Alumni Service

Lori Craig, B.S. Business Administration, ’92, M.S. Business Management, '09

Lori Craig, senior vice president and market executive with PNC Bank, oversees the team of wealth management professionals assigned to each client. Through Craig’s leadership and the work of her team, clients benefit from investment, trust, financial planning and private banking services.

Craig joined PNC Bank in July 2010 as the market executive for Wisconsin. Prior to PNC, Craig was senior vice president and wealth strategist with Northern Trust in Milwaukee. She has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry, with 14 years of experience specifically in wealth management.

Craig is an adjunct faculty member in Cardinal Stritch University’s College of Business and Management and serves as chair of its advisory council.  She is also is past chair of the Stritch Alumni Association Board of Directors, a board she served for 7 years. 

Craig holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University.

She is an active member in the community and serves on a number of not-for-profit boards, including the UWM Foundation, Go Red for Women, chair of Executive Leadership Team at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, and the Milwaukee Jewish Museum.  She is also on a number of advisory boards including the United Performing Arts Fund Campaign Cabinet, Make a Difference Wisconsin, Milwaukee Women Inc. Steering Committee, and the Milwaukee Area Technical College Paralegal Program.  She is a member of the Delta Mu Delta Business Honors Society.

Craig has two adult children — one in Chicago one in Milwaukee.

 

Spirit of St. Francis Service Award: University Supporter

James Langenkamp, M.D.

Dr. James Langenkamp served as the team doctor for the Cardinal Stritch University athletic department from 1994 until August of 2014.  In this role, he visited athletes weekly, presented student clinics on various health topics, worked with coaches, and offered medical consultation on various injuries and preventative medicine. 

Langenkamp made himself available for special requests and often assisted students who might have difficulty with medical contacts and processing.  He continues to stay close to the athletes he has worked with over the years, attending weddings and other social gatherings.  

Langenkamp is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who recently retired from private practice.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Marquette University, and earned his Medical Degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School.  He served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy from 1973-1980. 

Jim and his wife, Vida, have three adult children and are very active in the community.  

 

The Mother Bartholomew, OSF Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Anthea Bojar, B.A. History, '69

Dr. Anthea Bojar is an educator, leader, author and consultant. A former K-12 teacher, deputy superintendent and curriculum director, her distinguished career at Cardinal Stritch University began in 1972 as an adjunct professor.  She became a full-time professor in 1975 and held several positions within the College of Education and Leadership before she was named dean in 1997, a position she held until 2010.  From 2010 until 2014 she served as executive vice president for academic affairs. Upon her retirement in August 2014, she was granted status as dean emerita of the College of Education and Leadership by the Cardinal Stritch University Board of Trustees. 

From her first days on campus as a student in the 1960s, “Tia Rosati” exhibited leadership skills that were honed over the years and served her well. Bojar models and mentors others in effective strategies in her work.  She has presented and consulted nationally and internationally. She has facilitated strategic planning in numerous non and for profit organizations.  Bojar has co-authored a book with Dr. Nancy Stanford Blair and Dr. Michael Dickmann on Brain Compatible Leadership Strategies.  

Bojar received her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Cardinal Stritch University, Master’s Degree in Curriculum and History from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Marquette University.  She has served on the boards of non-for-profit organizations including the St. Francis Activity and Achievement Center, Nativity Jesuit Middle School, St. Joan Antida High School, and the Milwaukee Academy of Science.  Other service commitments include: Milwaukee Public Schools Accountability and Support Group, Greater Milwaukee Catholic Education Consortium, Milwaukee Area Deans and the Design Board for Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Milwaukee.  

Bojar is married to a Stritch alumnus, Wayne Bojar, ’76.  She is also a mother of one son, mother-in-law and grandmother. She has 10 brothers and sisters and 106 additional relatives that include brothers- and sisters- in-law, nieces and nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.  

When she is not busy with her professional commitments and her family, Bojar serves as a volunteer mentor to young professionals. 

Recipients by Category:

Eve Hall '09  2017
Michael Hostad '10  2016
Shannon Reed '11 2015
Sarah Marie Berndt '04 2014
Raquel M. Filmanowicz '03  2013
Samantha Erschen '09 '11 2012
Molly D. Shiffler, Ed.D. '04 2012
Joel Rechlitz '04  2011
Catherine Bordeau '04 2010
Ellen Vander Heyden '01 2010
Terri Rocole '01 2010
Justina Shaw '06 2010
Jose Perez '99 2009
Elaine Maly '00 2009
John Kordsmeier '84 2016
Lori Craig '92, '09 2015
Gerald Coon '08, '11            2014
Sister Jane M. Nesmith, SBS, '88 2013
Rev. Gerri Sheets-Howard '06 2012
Winston Sharpe Jr. '11  2012
Rev. Alice Belcher, '98 2011
Lisa Calderone-Stewart, Ed.D. '02 2011
Sherrie Tussler '97  2010
Brother Bede Baldry '80 2009
Sister Agnessine Veteska '68 2009
Anthony Burns '82 2005
Rev. Robert Carney Jr. '90 2004
Rosemarie Voros '48 2003
Ester Johnson '86  2002
Carolyn Parker '93 '01 2002
Betty Womack '01 2002
Jose Avila '92 2000
Dr. Gregory Frost '81 1999
Susan Feider Kelly '77, '80 1998
Joan Staeven '83 1997
Norman Wichman '86 1996
Michele Matter '93 1995
Elizabeth Brunner '83, '89 1994
Alice Laukert '74 1993
Julie Byrnes Enslow '62 1992
Marcelline Weinsheim '57 1991
Margaret Flahive '80, '02 1990
Maureen Sadoff '84 1989
Antoinette Carini '84 1988
Rosemary Hinkfuss '54 1987
Dr. James Langenkamp 2015
Marlene Lauwasser 2014
Dr. Barbara Loberg '89 2013
Sara Bayer '05 '10 2011
Harold James "Jim" Anderson '85 '87 2010
Joseph T. Larscheid Sr. 2005
Mary Cieslak-Duchek 2005
Kurt Strenke '91 2004
Nancy Kendall '87 2003
Father Timothy Coday '92 2000
Sister Julitta Fisch '39 1999
Thomas Bergen '90, '93 1998
Anthony Shields '87 1997
Jean Donovan '82 1996
Felicia Rosland '83 1995
Margaret McManus '53 1994
Alice Laukert '74 1993
Mark Van Nuland '86 1992
Eileen Conklin '50 1991
Richard Balge '84 1990
Richard Gonzalez '73, '75 1989
Dr. Anthea Bojar '69 1988
Sharon Durtka '59 1987
Elaine Dyer, '85 2016
Peter Engel, '83 2016
Dr. Cynthia Foronda '03 2015
Brian King '88 2014
James Lindenberg '93  2014
Pamela A. Larde, Ph.D., '09 2013
James T. Alfred '96 2012
Souheil Badran '88, '97 2012
Kieran Antill '03   2011
Kelly A. Brown '07 '09    2011
Father Dr. Thomas Maikowski '74  2010
Dr. Don Grady '87 '88 2009
Ruth Hovland '97 2005
Nannette Hegerty '85 2004
Dr. Michael Downey '80 2004
Wayne Molstad '79 2003
Martyna Ryder Bellessis '63 2002
Sister Florence Deacon '68 2001
Dr. Patricia Cianciolo '49 2000
Gerard Wolf '86 1999
Ardis Koeller '79, '83 1998
Dorsey Kendrick '84 1997
Brother Stephen Braddock '93, '94 1997
Joy Bliss '90 1996
Carl Burtner '92 1995
Joan Plum '83 1994
Valerie Daniels-Carter '83 1993
Linda Cook '90 1992
Brigid O’Donnell '70 1991
Robert Sullivan '74 1990
Joanne Cubbs '77 1989
Sister Sheila Haskett '55 1988
William Everett '70 1987
Sr. Justine Peter, OSF, '50 2016
Anthea Bojar, '69 2015
Jeanette Mitchell, '01 2014

College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award

John C. Eastberg '93 2007
Sandra A. McCabe '66 2006
 

College of Business and Management Alumni Award

Craig Lambrecht '92 2007
Phyllis Schaefer '91, '93 2007
Mildred Leigh-Gold '99 2006
 

College of Education and Leadership Award

Raejean Kanter '85 2007
Barbara Palmer '70, '76 2006
Tyra Stokes 2006
 

Ruth S. Coleman College of Nursing Alumni Award

Darcie Greuel '98, '06 2007
Lynda Gruenewald-Schmitz '03 2006
 

Spirit of St. Francis Award

Patricia Josten '00 2007
Brother Patrick McCormack '89 2006
Father James E. Lobacz '86        2005
Dr. Sally Martin Egge '70 2004
Sister Joanne Marie Kliebhan 2003
Sister Jessine Reiss 2002
Dr. Dickson K Smith, Ph D 2002
Dr. Zaiga Kalnins 2001
Dr. Art Wasserman 2001
Rev. Dr. Trinette McCray 2000
Bob Weissenborn 1999
Dr. Daniel Di Domizio 1998
Sister Adele Thibaudeau '67 1997
Dr. Robert Flahive 1996
Sister Lucille Walsh '40 1995
Sister Lucilda Sewald '42 1994
Mary Ann Mosley '87 1993
Sister Camille Kliebhan 1992
Sister Frederick Lochemes 1991
Sister Coletta Dunn '60 1990
Sister Lourdette Van Driel 1989
Sister Ruth Lawler '42 1988
Sister Justine Peter '50 1987

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