Exciting Features Focused on Our Alumni!
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These alums have been around the world and back!
Nathan Wilson '17
G’day mate from Australia! Nathan Wilson ’17 recently returned home to Bellevue, after spending time living in Australia working as an Au Pair. He had some amazing experiences while living in Australia including scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, competing in the IM70.3 Cairns race as well as being involved in a number of productions including an original musical. He hopes to someday return to the beautiful continent.
Jason Wheeler ‘97
Haisai from Okinawa, Japan! Jason Wheeler ‘97 currently lives in Okinawa, Japan with his wife Sarah and sons David and Samuel. He is an embedded Physical Therapist/Rehabilitation Coordinator for the THOR3 program at Torii Station.
Jessica Slattery ‘98
Jessica Slattery ‘98 is a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department and is currently serving as a Deputy Political Director at the U.S. Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
Kent McLaughlin ‘01
Bonjour from Rabat, Morocco! Kent McLaughlin ‘01 is a Naval Officer currently serving as the Navy Program Manager in the Office of Security Cooperation at US Embassy Rabat, Morocco. Kent, his wife Elizabeth and daughters Annie (2), and Jane (5) love to explore Morocco, learning about new places and enjoying all the delicious food. In Rabat, they enjoy going to the beach and exploring the local artisanal market
Michelle Monico Maher ‘99
Marhaba from Bahrain! Michelle Monico Maher ‘99 and her family moved to Bahrain at the beginning of 2022 after living in the Dominican Republic for two years. David, Elijah, Michelle, and Samuel travel whenever and wherever they have an opportunity, most recently to Jordan and Greece.
Susie Louis ‘92
Susie Louis ‘92 is the founder of Conservation Fusion, a non-profit organization whose goal is to engage individuals and communities in education about the world’s unique biodiversity, promoting knowledge and understanding while instilling ownership and ultimately responsible, sustainable stewardship to the environment on a local and global scale. Susie spends much of her time in Madagascar, as that is where Conservation Fusion is currently focused. Read more about Conservation Fusion HERE.
Andy (Ben) '04 and Leanna (Tucker) '05 Brown
Hallo from Germany! Andy (Ben) ’04 and Leanna (Tucker) ’05 Brown are currently living in Regensburg, Germany (Bavaria) with their 3 children (Ben, Jacob, and Mariana). Andy is a computer programmer and LeAnna is a professional travel blogger. They enjoy traveling all over the world with their family.
These former boys and girls working together at Gross Catholic High School have grown up to be young men and women who are achieving all kinds of success in the world. Thank God for a Gross Catholic education!
Morgan Stern 2018
Morgan Stern ’18 is a senior nursing student (with a minor in Spanish) at Rockhurst University. Her goal is to become a pediatric endocrinology nurse after she graduates in May! The Marianist community has always had a special place in her heart, and she believes it was such a blessing to be a student moderator for Gross Catholic, during this summer’s LIFE Week!
Brooke Bowen 2015
After Brooke Bowen graduated from Gross Catholic in 2015, she continued her education at Peru State College where she earned a Bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology. She is now putting her expertise to the test, at her alma mater, coaching volleyball and assisting with the powerlifting and strength and conditioning programs. Brooke is passionate about helping student athletes achieve their goals and is excited for the upcoming Powerlifting season.
Brennan Connelly 2012
After working as an athletic trainer in pro baseball for three years, Brennan Connelly ’12 has found life as a Catholic missionary through “Varsity Catholic”, a division of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. His work is to spread the Gospel to college athletes and share the Christian lifestyle with them to help them build relationship with Christ through prayer, Christian mentorship, fellowship, and reception of the sacraments. He loves helping to grow the Catholic Church with the aim of leading souls to heaven. He currently lives in Atchison, KS.
Marlo Lundak 2015
Marlo tells us…
At Gross, I made some of the most amazing friends and memories. From playing soccer with my incredible coaches and teammates, to winning state cheerleading, I loved my experience at GHS! After graduating, I attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where I earned my minor is Spanish language and major in Journalism and Media Communications. After graduating in 2019, I moved back home to Nebraska to work in Lincoln at Channel 8 News as I started my career in broadcast journalism. Now, you can catch me reporting on WOWT 6 News here in Omaha! It’s been an honor to work in my hometown and even share stories about our community and even our beloved Gross Catholic High School! DUX ESTO and GO COUGARS!
Izzie Krupa 2018
Izzie Krupa graduated from Gross Catholic in 2018 and will be graduating from Chaminade University this coming May with a major in cellular and molecular biology. She recently went on a veterinary internship this summer where she spent one month in South Africa with a group of students from all over the world. They worked mostly with small animals and large animals, but also did a fair amount of wildlife and game captures. Read more about her internship.
Matt Jesus 2015
Matt Jesus graduated from Gross Catholic in 2015 and would go on to get his undergraduate degree in advertising and public relations, as well as sports media communications from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2019. In 2017, he began work within the sports information office at Nebraska, and worked as the public relations and media relations sports information director for the men’s tennis and women’s gymnastics team, where he ran social media accounts, wrote feature stories and recaps, set up interviews with student-athletes and media, as well as issuing press releases surrounding the team. He would also provide game day assistance to all major sports including football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and volleyball. While at Nebraska, he spent multiple years as a media coordinator for the College World Series in Omaha and volunteered as a press box overseer during the 2018 NCAA Tournament. in 2019, Jesus moved across the country and would go on to spend the next two years as an intern in the sports information department at the University of Georgia, also working towards earning his Master’s degree in integrated media communications online through UNL. While in Georgia, he worked with the nationally prominent women’s tennis team, and covered the team while they won two Southeastern Conference Championships and finished in the Elite-8 of the NCAA Tournament. He also assisted with game day help with other UGA programs such as football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. Beginning in May of 2021, he started his current role as a football communications intern for the Indianapolis Colts where he helps with the weekly game notes, moderating press conferences, helps coordinate media availability with players and media members and assists in day to day public relations operations involving the team. After his internship is up in May of 2022, Jesus will look for a potential full-time position, either in a collegiate athletic department or with another team in the National Football League.
Emily Mendick 2017
Emily Mendick ’17 attends Bellevue University where she will graduate this January with a major in Health and Human Performance in Education with a coaching endorsement. She played softball at Bellevue for four years and wishes to teach PE and Health in the future. Emily is currently student teaching at Saint Gerald Catholic School in PE. She graduated from Saint Gerald in ’13 and loves being back at the school she where she grew up.
Nora Jean Baker and Alice Baker, 2017 & 2020
Nora Jean Baker graduated from Gross Catholic in 2017. She is currently pursuing a degree in Music Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with an expected graduation date of December 2021. Alice Baker is a 2020 graduate. She is currently a sophomore at UNO majoring in theatre with a concentration in acting and directing. Both Alice and Nora assisted in our summer junior high production of Godspell.
Blake Schneiderwind 2012
Blake Schneiderwind ‘12 is a corporate and health care attorney at Erickson | Sederstrom PC LLO in Omaha, Nebraska. Blake graduated from Creighton University School of Law in 2019. He has been able to use many skills he learned while at Gross Catholic and is grateful for Gross providing a solid foundation both in education and in faith.
Victoria McNamara 2014
Victoria McNamara graduated from Gross Catholic in 2014 and from Wayne State College in 2018 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary English Education with a minor in Theater. Currently, she is in her 3rd year at Blair High School where she teaches Freshman English and runs the Theater Department as the Director of Theater Arts. She will also be getting married in November of 2022 to her college sweetheart, Ryan Umland.
Dylan Travis 2012
Dylan Travis ’12 studied and graduated from Florida Southern College. He received his degree in education and also played basketball. He then played basketball for four years professionally overseas in Germany, Brazil, and Australia. He now teaches special education at Westside High School and travels on the weekends, playing 3×3 basketball.
Jennifer Melcher 2013
Jennifer Melcher ’13 currently works overnights as a Respiratory Therapist. When she isn’t at the hospital she spends her time as the Gross Catholic head dance coach. She just completed her 4th year in Respiratory and is in the middle of her 3rd year coaching the dance team.
Alex Homan 2016
Alex Homan ’16, is a Doctor of Physical Therapy student at the Medical University of South Carolina. She played soccer at Morningside University in Sioux City, Iowa and graduated in December of 2020. Alex had amazing memories at Gross Catholic. Some of her favorite memories were making it to state in basketball and soccer and being a SALT leader for Barrett House. Alex’s goal is to finish DPT school and become a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy. She also plans on coaching soccer in the future. When in Omaha, Alex still looks to cheer on the Cougars at any event she can.
Paloma Power 2015
Paloma Power ’15 graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with her B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and immediately moved to New York City where she worked professionally around the country in regional theatre productions. Recently Paloma was the lead of Katrina in “The Sleepy Hollow Experience,” a musical being produced by Brian Clowdus Experiences, in the city of Granbury, Texas. In addition to acting and choreographing, she is currently in Grad school working towards her master’s in Teaching: Secondary Education of English.
Emily Riha 2017
Emily Riha’17 graduated from Briar Cliff University in May 2021 with her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. Emily played softball at BCU for 4 years. She is currently working at CHI Immanuel as a pediatric psychology nurse on the night shift. Emily hopes one day to become a Gross Catholic tennis coach to follow in her mother’s (Tristen Riha ‘94) footsteps. #rollcougs
James Farnan 2014
James Farnan ’14 attended Morningside University and graduated in 2018 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. While there he played a little football, ran track and field, was apart of the Morningside Civic Union, and Omicron Delta Kappa. After graduating from Morningside, James moved to Atlanta, Georgia to go to Law School at Emory University School of Law. He graduated in May of 2021. While attending law school he had the chance to work at the Barton Center for Child Law and Policy where he found his life’s passion- advocating for children in court and defending their constitutional rights. James just recently passed the Georgia Bar exam and is currently practicing law in Gainesville, Georgia where he works as a juvenile public defender and a criminal defense attorney with the Office of the Public Defender for the Northeastern Circuit. In his free time he coaches PeeWee tackle football and spends time with his dog, Bess.
Abby Dostal 2020
Abby Dostal ’20 is currently a sophomore at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is in her second year as part of the Husker Cheer Squad and loves cheering for the Huskers! She is a marketing major planning on going into medical sales after graduation. Her favorite memory from Gross Catholic was winning the State Cheerleading competition all 4 years! Abby said “Gross Catholic helped shape me into the person I am today by instilling a strong work ethic. Dux Esto!”
Ashley Jacobson 2017
Ashley Jacobson ’17 graduated in May of 2021 from Doane University with a degree in Health and Human Performance with an emphasis in Exercise Science and a minor in Strength and Conditioning. While in college, Ashley enjoyed her time interning at Gross Catholic as a strength and conditioning coach under the direction of Mrs. Justine Sullivan. Ashley also played and pitched for 4 years for the Doane Tigers Softball team. Ashley lives in Omaha and works full time at LaVista Chiropractic & Wellness Center as a Chiropractic Assistant and Physiotherapist. She really enjoys helping people take care of their health and overall physical well being!
Bill and Debbie Rice
Bill ’86 and Debbie (Egermier) ’86 Rice have been doing A LOT of laundry the last 30 years!
They were married on November 24th, 1990 at St. Bernadette’s.
They have 9 children, Anton ’12, Vincent ’15, Margaret ’17 , Will ’19, Luke ’21, Ellie ’22, Ben ’23, Anna ’25, and Emma ’27.
Bill and Debbie started dating at the end of their freshman year at Gross Catholic and are members of St. Bernadette’s Parish.
Steve and Carla Rizzo
Steve ’98 and Carla (O’Donnell) ’00 Rizzo met in 1996 and have been doing laundry together since November 27th, 2010.
CJ and Kim Zimmerer
CJ ’09 and Kim (Wees) ’09 Zimmerer have been married since July 18th 2015. They have added daughters Melanie (3 years) Samantha (10 months) and dog Maci to their Cougar Family.
Joe and Theresa Stanek
Joe ’73 and Theresa (Coates) ’73 Stanek were married in January of 1977. With two daughters (Katie (Stanek) O’Gorman ’01 and Melanie (Stanek) Seitzer ’07) attending Gross Catholic they did a lot of team laundry!
Did you find love at Gross Catholic? Post a photo of you and your love on Instagram or Facebook along with the hashtag #welovegrosscatholic, and we can all enjoy together!
Joe and Jody Skradski
Who found love at Gross Catholic?
Joe ’96 and Jody (Coniglio) ’96 Skradski were married on August, 25th 2001. They are great supporters of the school. #WeLoveGrossCatholic
George and Mary Jo Thompson
George ’88 and Mary Jo (McKernan) ’88 Thompson met in 1984 and have been doing laundry together since April 5th, 1997.’
Brian and Steph Duhacek
Brian ’09 and Steph (Johnson) ’09 Duhacek met in 2005 and have been doing laundry together since August 6, 2016.
Sam and Kerri Canova
Sam ’90 and Kerri (Donohue) ’90 Canova met in 1986 and have been doing laundry together for over 26 years! They were married on October 15th, 1994.
Did you find love at Gross Catholic? Post a photo of you and your love along with #welovegrosscatholic, so we can share your photo!
Luke and Zoe Cunningham
Luke ’11 and Zoe (McCann) ’11 Cunningham met in 2007 and have been doing laundry together since July 15, 2017.
Greg and Christine Nelson
Greg ’02 and Christine (Monico) ’02 Nelson met in 1998 and have been doing their laundry together for over 11 years! They were married on August 1, 2009 and have two children, Noah, ’32, and Isabelle, ’34.
Did you find love at Gross Catholic? Post a photo of you and your love along with #welovegrosscatholic, so we can view your photo!
Nate and Lexi Zimmerer
Nate ’13 and Lexi (Volcek) ’13 Zimmerer have been doing laundry together since September 19, 2020.
Chris and Danielle Lyons
Chris ’97 and Danielle (Mendick) ’97 Lyons met in 1995 and have been doing laundry together since November 20th, 2004.
Dan and Julie Vankat
Dan ’87 and Julie (Parr) ’87 Vankat met in 1983 and have been doing laundry together since July 3, 1993.
Jackson and Nicole Overkamp
Jackson ’12 and Nicole (Gregory) ’11 Overkamp were married on
July, 6th 2019.
Taylor and Nicole Sidzyik
Taylor ’09 and Dana (Nisi) ’10 Sidzyik met in 2006 and were married on October 25, 2019.
Bobby and Sarah Paladino
Bobby ’98 and Sarah (Mendick) ’98 Paladino met in 1994 and have been doing laundry together since February 3rd, 2007.
Andy and LeAnna Brown
Andy’04 and LeAnna (Tucker) ’05 Brown met in 2005 have been doing their laundry together since they were married on May 29th, 2009. They have added two more regulars to their laundry routine, Benny (4.5) and Jacob (2).
Many of Our Alumni Own Businesses
Introducing our Alumni Business Feature! We are excited to promote local Gross Catholic alumni who are carrying out our motto, “Dux Esto”! Please consider supporting these these local alumni businesses, however you can!
Scriptown Brewing Company
Located in the heart of the burgeoning Blackstone District, Scriptown Brewing Company brews classic examples of traditional beer styles. Check out their online menu online, order ahead and they’ll have your order ready to go. Current hours are Wednesday thru Friday 12 pm – 6 pm and Saturdays from 11 am – 4 pm. https://app.upserve.com/s/scriptown-brewing-company-omaha
For 40+ years Elman has delivered cutting-edge printing and personalized customer service. From their website, “Culture first. Everything else will follow. Partnership drives us. It guides us internally, as our staff works together closely and collaboratively, to strategize and execute every project. It inspires us as we walk alongside our customers, understanding their needs, their industries and their vision for the printed pieces we produce. At Elman Print, we pride ourselves not only on our work, but also in the WAY we work, fostering a culture of respect, creativity and trusted reliability.”
Jeff Leuschen ’08 is licensed to practice law in Nebraska and provides representation throughout eastern Nebraska. The Law Office of Jeffrey S Leuschen is focused in the areas of criminal defense, family law, juvenile law, and civil litigation.
Susie Louis ’92 founded and runs Conservation Fusion, an international non-profit organization whose mission is to educate to build and strengthen our world. You can learn more about her non-profit and support this cause at conservationfusion.org or www.facebook.com/ConservationFusion/
Mark Adamson ’74 is the true definition of an entreprenuer. He is the Practice Executive for Radiology Consultants of the Midwest as well as the owner of four Supercuts and Cost Cutter franchises across the metro area. Currently the Supercuts and Cost Cutter businesses are closed due to Douglas County health directives, but will re-open as soon as mandates allow. These locations include Supercuts Elkhorn, Supercuts Gretna, Supercuts Twin Creek and Harrison Cost Cutters.
Amy Huck ’90 and Sue Hebda ’76 team up to offer great insurance rates through State Farm!
Ideal Designs, Trademark Homes, Imark Properties
Our Alumni Business Video Series continues with Ryan Krejci ’01. Ryan is the owner of several different custom building companies in Omaha that build both residential homes and commercial buildings.
The Diamond Room
Stephanie Hile ’04, Jenny Christian ’11, and Theresa Beck’ 79, own and manage The Diamond Room. This event venue features high ceilings with industrial lighting, sealed concrete floors and a beautiful outdoor patio which can be opened up to the event space.
Witchita Heating and Cooling
>Witchita Heating and Cooling has been in business for over 70 years serving the Omaha area. Chris Wichita ’95 is the third generation owner and Kevin Kielion ’82 has been a long time employee (and a former Gross Catholic Spirit man).
The Tooth Doc
Dan Ellingson ’04 is passionate about giving his patients a dental experience that will leave them smiling! Dr. Ellingson is a firm believer in the oral-systemic connection, and he believes that all people deserve to receive comprehensive dental care for superior oral health. Always eager to add more expertise to better serve his patients, he has received extensive additional training through continuing education.
Off The Wall Indoor Soccer
Tim and Theresa Gillespie ’78 own and operate Off The Wall Indoor Soccer. They offer not only indoor soccer leagues, but also lacrosse and now welcomes the newest sport in the metro…bubble ball!
James Pull ’90 has been in the construction industry for over 25 years. He has been a roofer, and siding contractor for more than twelve years. His mission is to make sure that customer satisfaction is always a priority.
Scroll through and see what our alumni are doing!
Mike Turco ’90
After leaving Gross Catholic in 1990, Mike Turco went on to earn a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska. In 1997 Mike began a 17 year career with the U.S. Geological Survey where he served as a Hydrologist in Iowa and Nebraska before moving to The Woodlands, Texas to serve as the Chief Hydrologist for Gulf Coast Programs. In 2013, Mike retired from the USGS and accepted the position as the General Manager of the Subsidence District, a regulatory agency unique to the Houston region that regulates groundwater to prevent land surface subsidence. Mike and his wife Amanda have two children, Joe attends Northeastern in Boston and Abby attends California Polytech in San Luis Obispo, California. Mike enjoys spending time outdoors with Amanda and their two dogs, and officiating Texas High School Football.
Carolyn Snell ’93
Carolyn Snell, ’93, knew she wanted to work in music touring when she was still a student at Gross Catholic. A graduate of Emerson College in Boston & former resident of Los Angeles, Carolyn has traveled with world with artists such as Janet Jackson, Reba, John Mayer, and New Kids On The Block. She now helps manage Brandi Carlile.
Anton Rice ’12
Anton Rice ’12 moved to Milwaukee, Wisconson, after graduating from Gross Catholic, where he attended Marquette University. At MU he majored in civil engineering and ran on the track team as a long sprinter. In 2016 he graduated from MU and started working full time for a general contractor, Hunzinger, in the Milwaukee area. He is now a project manager for Hunzinger, and June will mark his 5 year anniversary at the company. He was married to Taylor in 2019surrounded by many Gross Catholic alumni and current students. Anton and Taylor are having a great time in Milwaukee, especially in the summers when they can hang out at patio restaurants, on a pontoon, at the beach, and in our backyard with their dog Luna.
Dave Pogge ’00
Dave Pogge lives in Peoria, AZ. Dave is married to Elizabeth and has three kids: Colton (9), Genevieve (6), and Scarlett (2). Dave works in the Aviation Industry. He spends his free time playing pickleball and hiking. Dave met up with his brothers Justin ’03 from Omaha, NE and Mark ’05 from Ankeny, IA at the final game of the World Series to watch their lifelong favorite team, the Dodgers, win it all!
Melissa Marie Worrell Matthews ’99, MBA currently lives in Chesapeake, Virginia with husband Rob and two daughters Arileigh (7) and Ellawyn (3). Rob is active duty Navy and stationed in Norfolk, Virgina and Melissa is the Director of Development at Children’s Health Investment Program (CHIP) of South Hampton Roads. The organization works with children and families in the area who live in or near poverty to break the cycle of poverty by providing education and resources.
Jen Bradley ’96
Jennifer (Fox) Bradley ’96 has lived in Phoenix suburb, Gilbert, Arizona for over 17 years. She and her husband, Chris, have been busy raising 4 boys ages 7 to 14. They love when family and friends visit them in Arizona. Recently her sister and cousins visited them. Pictured here with Jennifer is Nicole Maher ’17, Jamie Fox ’09 and Kelly Maher ’12.
Kent McLaughlin ’01
After Gross Catholic, Kent McLaughlin graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2005 and became a Naval Aviator. He deployed to the Western Pacific on the USS John C. Stennis and flew the MH-60S helicopter accumulating more than 1,000 flight hours. He was then assigned to Washington DC where he worked at the Pentagon, White House, and the US Capitol. He took a job at the US Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, where, looking for adventure but finding love, he met Elizabeth, who was teaching English at an international school. After convincing her to move to the States for a few years, they have again moved abroad – this time to Rabat, Morocco. Kent is currently a US Navy Commander (select), at the US Embassy in Rabat, Morocco, where he helps advance the defense relationship between the US and the Moroccan military. Kent and Elizabeth have two daughters, Jane (3) and Annie (1).
Meg Fritton ’96
With laser beam focus, Internal Shadow Work and 20 years’ coaching experience, Meg Fritton, is skilled at helping illuminate the restrained layers of your subconscious. She is a World Class Breakthrough coach and Certified Quantum Healing facilitator and has served thousands of clients including Conscious CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Leaders, high-end Coaches and Healers. She is currently living in San Diego, California.
Andrea Stranglen ’85
Andrea Stranglen resides in Lighthouse Point, Florida. She is the VP of Human Resources at Blackstone in Miami. Andrea and her husband take advantage of the south Florida climate to enjoy boating, swimming and fun in the sun.
Ryan Schrack ’09
Ryan Schrack is currently living in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is the Chief Technology Officer at Lightyear, a company he co-founded with his college roommate from UNL, that makes enterprise IT purchasing and management easier. When Ryan is not working or studying for his Masters in Computer Science at Georgia Tech, he spends most of his free time in the mountains skiing, climbing, hiking, biking, and trail running.
Debbie Macalla ’76
After graduating from nursing school and working for five years at Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Debbie (Szeliga) Macalla, married her husband Ken and together they relocated to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. She continued her work in critical care and endocrine nursing until the birth of their second child. The McCalla family moved to Dakota Dunes, SD in 1992 where Debbie was an active volunteer until moving to Littleton, CO in 2019 after Ken’s retirement. Debbie’s family all greatly enjoy the many outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer.
Jason Wheeler ’97
After high school, Jason Wheeler graduated from Creighton University with a BS in Exercise Science and then UNMC with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He moved all over the country before meeting his wife, Sarah, and has kept moving due to her career as a Pediatric Dentist in the United States Air Force. While they were living in San Antonio, TX Jason started working for the Air Force as a GS employee and also became a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. 2020 brought a move to Okinawa, Japan where Jason has been a stay at home father to their boys, David and Samuel, while waiting to start with the Army as their Physical Therapist and Rehabilitation Coordinator at Torii Station.
Mariah Webinger ’96
Mariah (Nelson) Webinger is an associate professor of accountancy at John Carroll University in University Park, Ohio. She and her husband Jeff, have been married for 22 years and are preparing to welcome their 8th child in July.
Dan Reilly ’75
After Gross Catholic, Dan Reilly graduated from the USAF Academy and served as an Air Force pilot for 24 years, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. For the past 17 years he has worked as an Airline Pilot with Southwest Airlines. He and his wife Cindy have been married for 35 years and have 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Dan and Cindy divide their time between homes in Winter Park, CO and Aurora, IL. Dan enjoys spending his free time running, swimming, bike riding and skiing.
Bridget Goldsmith-McKee ’94
Bridget Goldsmith-McKee, and husband Shawn, have lived the northern Colorado area since 1996. They have raised 3 young adults Delaney, Aidan and Darby. Bridget joined the hemp industry early on and launched her own plant medicine company, NoteCBD soon after. It’s now a family business that includes a cannabis communication company and several farms. Helping humans heal is a big part of her life.
Cameron Tysor ’05
Cameron just reached 9 years working for “The Mouse” in Orlando, Florida. He spends his days managing construction projects of all sizes and his nights watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks from his couch (yes they are that close!) Cameron is standing in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom Theme Park in Orlando.
David Loignon ’83
David and his wife Julie currently live in Austin, Texas. He is a freelance producer and director, specializing in live sports and events, such as Formula 1 racing, The Kentucky Derby and X Games. This photo was taken at the top of the Big Air ramp at X Games Aspen this year. David also produced the US coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to Juarez/El Paso in 2016!
Yvonne (Wilhelm) Schilz ’76
Yvonne lives in Annadale, Virgina. She is currently the Chief of the Commemorative Partner Program and POW/MIA liaison with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. This photo is taken at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Christmas time in Washington, D.C. “The Wall”, as they call it, lists all the names of those who were killed during the Vietnam War, and those still missing in action. Learn more about Yvonne in the next Dux Esto Magazine!
Jolene (Wright) Hotovy ’79
Jolene Hotovy and Michael have lived in Charleston, South Carolina almost 6 years. This picture is taken from their “backyard”. They currently live in a condominium on the Ashley River, about 3 miles up from Charleston Harbor. They also spend part of the year in Nebraska, where her family lives. They love it in Charelston but Jolene says, there really is “no place like home” in Nebraska!
Ryan Crnkovich ’09 & Caitlyn (Maher) Crnkovich’09
Ryan, Caitlyn, and Luke (Future Cougar) currently live in Colorado Springs, CO. Ryan is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base as the Area Defense Counsel and Caitlyn works as a pediatric occupational therapist at the Shandy Clinic.
Jessica Slattery ’98
Jessica Slattery ’98 has lived all over the world but recently moved to Paris, France. She is a Foreign Service Officer with the US Department of State working in the Economic Section at the US Embassy in Paris. In this photo she is visiting the Arche de Triomphe with her daughter Gabrielle and husband Camille.
Daniel Schmidt ’78
Daniel is currently living in Inman, South Carolina and is a Boeing 737 Captain for United Airlines. He waves hello to his alma mater, when “flying by”!
Kenny Burson ’99
Kenny lives in Denver, Colorado and recently opened a Dental Clinic called The Denver Dentist! Most weekends in the winter you can catch him skiing in the mountains, unless there is a good Nuggets game. Burson is aslo a Bronco’s fan through and through! He says Denver has become a great place to live, but Omaha and Papillon will always be home.
Danny Shaffar ’02
Danny lives in Roseville, California. He just started his 9th year at Union Pacific and recently accepted an Operations Manager position. He spends some of his time at the local breweries in the area, and in the summer, he typically looks for cool Airbnbs on the coast and spend the weekend there. If he is not on the coast, you can usually find him camping or hiking in Tahoe National Forrest.
Mike Dmyterko ’88
Mike and his wife Amy just celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary in November. They have 3 children, 2 post high school and one junior in high school. He was also recently named as President of Coffman Associates, an airport consultancy. This is a photo of Mike at the Kansas City Chiefs playoff game in January of 2020!
Sarah (Kirkland) Moeller ’08
Check out Sarah in Okinawa, Japan! The city lights these lanterns to celebrate the new year! The orange in the background goes really well with the blue in her scarf! Orange and Blue! Dux Esto! Sarah lives in Yomitan-son Nakagami-gun, Okinawa, Japan and recently was able to view the beautiful blooming of the cherry blossoms in Japan.
Chris Conzett ’03
Chris lives in Charleston, South Carolina with his wife Christine, son Hudson, and new daughter Madison who was born on February 8, 2020. Chris graduated dental school from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2017 and will finish his residency in periodontics at the same institution this coming May. In the photo, Chris is standing in front of the Charleston harbor which is where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired. Chris has lived many places since he graduated from Gross Catholic, but he always enjoys his trips back to Omaha to see lifelong high school friends and his entire family who still resides in Omaha.
Veronica (Kelly) Mower ’83
Veronica is a proud military mom of 3 sons – Cody Mower, USMC. Casey Mower USN. and Cole Mower USN. She is an entreprenuer, owner of Emerald Insurance Services and Maine Wine Tastings. She is also a wine consultant for the award winning winery, WineShop At Home. You can find her website at http://www.mainewinetastings.com.
Billy Stanek ’01
Billy lives in Glendale, California and is the Director of Creative and Client Services at BLT Communications in the Broadway division. Over the past year, his team has brought to life the advertising campaign for the revival of West Side Story on Broadway, which officially opens today! Here he is standing in front of the art his team designed for the Broadway Theatre in New York City.
Jamie (Swertzic) Cook ’82
Jamie moved to Phoenix Arizona 34 years ago, after graduating from UNL. This May, she will celebrate her 30th anniversary with her husband Doug Cook. Jamie owns Strategic Meetings, Ltd, a full service corporate meeting and incentive planning company. Some of her favorite things are traveling, morning walks, Arizona sunsets, pilates, chardonnay, visitors (family & friends), her garden, country music and ANYTIME she gets to hang out with her best friends from Gross High!! AND almost being retired!
Paul Garro ’79
The Alamo in San Antonio, originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas. In 1836 the Battle of the Alamo became an enduring symbol of resistance to oppression and perseverance for independence, In 1845, the United States annexed Texas and in 1852 the Marianists started a primary school in San Antonio above a livery stable near the site of the Alamo. Central Catholic High School is a derivative of that first school founded by the Marianists and Paul Garro is the current President of Central Catholic.
Alex Homan ’16
Alex usually lives in Sioux City, Iowa, studying Biology and Psychology @MorningsideEdu, but during her second semester of 2020, she is studying abroad in Maastricht, Netherlands. Next year, she is planning on applying to graduate schools to study Physical Therapy. Since she has been in Holland, Alex has already visited Berlin, Munich, Prague, and Venice. In this photo, Alex is enjoying a trip to Amsterdam.
Scott Shiller ’89
Scott Shiller received his high school diploma from Gross Catholic in 1989 and went on to graduate from the University of Nebraska in Omaha in 1994 and the United States Naval War College in 2015. He currently lives in Edgewater, Maryland, in the Washington, DC area and works in the federal government.
KayLynne (Koubsky) Gasiorowski ’99
KayLynne graduated from Gross Catholic High School in 1999 and then went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology from UNO and a Doctorate in Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City. She has practiced Chiropractic in Chicago since 2006 alongside her husband. Together they have two little girls, Amelia (5) and Annabelle (3).