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This list is updated three times a year — February, June and October — when St. Catherine University Magazine is published.

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Joan Gregoryk ’66 was chosen to lead the honor choir at the 2017 American Choral Directors conference in Minneapolis in March 2017. A number of her St. Kate’s classmates attended the performance. 


Mary Dee Hacker ’74 won the Senior-Level Leadership Award, one of the 2017 Excellence in Nursing Awards. She is vice president of nursing and interprofessional research Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Christine Palumbo ’75 was elected to a position on the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics national leadership, and will serve on the Nominating Committee.

Debra Barone Sheats ’75 was selected to receive an Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year Award. She is an assistant professor and director of St. Kate’s didactic program in dietetics.

Virginia Carroll Stoffel ’77 was honored as one of “100 Influential People” by the American Occupational Therapy Association as it celebrated its centennial in late 2016.

Jane Tilka ’79 is the owner of Tilka Design, a consultancy helping assess brands and developing branding strategies. The 35-year-old company moved to Minneapolis’s North Loop in February 2017. 


Kathleen Weflen ’81 retired from her position as editor of Minnesota Conservation Volunteer after 30 years. The magazine amassed many state and national publishing awards, and circulation grew from 5,000 to 115,000 during her tenure.

Anne Krisnik ’82 is executive director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition, a lobbying organization based in Minneapolis. The JRLC consists of four partners: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Islamic Center of Minnesota, the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Minnesota Council of Churches. It lobbies for social justice issues that each faith tradition agrees on.

Kate Kelly ’83 was hired as a regional president for PNC Financial Services Group, one of the 10 largest banks in the country. Kelly cofounded Minnesota Bank & Trust in 2008 and has been in the industry for more than 30 years. 

Rosemary Lavin ’83 was appointed director of the Hennepin County Environment and Energy Department.

Patricia Dorsey Nanoff MAT’84 is retiring after 33 years of teaching, 30 of them on St. Kate’s Minneapolis campus. In retirement, she plans to spend time doing stone sculpture and volunteering at the Regions Hospital men’s alcoholism unit.

Errin Kratochwill Stevens ’89 published her second book, Breakwater, the sequel to Updrift


Kristina Hash ’90 received the Ph.D. Alumni Making a Difference Award from the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. The award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves as leaders and innovators in social work scholarship, education, practice/policy or service.

Linda Hutchinson MAT’93 was a speaker at the TedxEdina Conference in January 2017. She spoke on “Exploring Your Humor Heritage and Creating Your Laughter Legacy.”

Shannon Jankowski ’97 was awarded a Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowship in Human Rights and Law at World Without Genocide. Shannon is a third-year law student at the University of Minnesota.

Paula Cisewski ’98 celebrated the simultaneous release of her third and fourth poetry collections: The Threatened Everything, a finalist in Burnside Review Book’s annual contest, and quitter, which won the 2016 Diode Poetry Prize.  

Megan Dwyer Gaffey ’99 was promoted to manager of web and user experience at Medica. 



Sahra  Noor M’00, ’02 was named one of “The (Real) Power 50” by Minnesota Business Magazine. Members are “remarkable players in the Minnesota business community with a knack for getting things done — and being helpful along the way.” Noor is CEO of People’s Center Health Services.

Nancy JP Anderson ’01 was inducted into the Minnesota Women’s Business Owners Hall of Fame in May 2017. She is the owner and CEO of Midwest Sign and Screen Printing Supply.

Lisa Houdek MAED’02 won a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She teaches science at Central High School in St. Paul.

Heather Rachel ’02, who started her first business when she was barely 10 years old, recently published a new book for small-business owners. “The B.I.G. Plan – Growth Strategies Toward Success!” is receiving rave reviews on Amazon for its “tell it like it” is style and splashes of humor along the way. Heather has 20 years financial industry experience — having worked with clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to mid-size business superstars; learn more about her, and her latest publication, at

Meghan Cummings Irving ’03 earned a graduate-level communications certificate at Walden University in 2016. She works as a dissertation editor at Walden.

Regina Hickman Carlson ’05 welcomed son Trevor Andrew Carlson in November 2016.  

Sarah Compton ’05, a graduate student at Miami University, studied in Namibia in 2016. Her research included radio tracking, cheetah conservation and ecosystem management as well as the design of school and community programs.  

Erin Murphy MAOL’05 announced a run for governor of Minnesota in 2018. She is currently serving her sixth term representing District 64A in the Minnesota House, and is the Deputy Minority Leader.

Nicole Anderson Davis ’07 welcomed daughter Josephine Ann Davis in November 2016.

Tashina Good ’09 was consecrated as a deaconess in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She is the director of community life and faith formation at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Shoreview, Minnesota.



Courtney Honsa Bouthilet M’10 was elected president of the Wisconsin State Chapter of the International Association of Forensic Nurses.

Katrina Stock Hinzie ’10 was married on February 25, 2017.

Elizabeth Kringen Turner ’10 married Phil Turner on September 24, 2016 in Boise, Idaho.  

Maria Karpinski MAT’11 earned certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains, and works as a hospital chaplain at St. Cloud Centra Care Hospital.

Marie O’Neil Schutte ’13 welcomed son Leo Robert Schutte, born in March 2016.

Erika Tate ’13 welcomed baby Fiona Mary Margaret on June 19, 2016. Erika also graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity in May 2017. 

Erica Mauter MAOL’14 is a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council, in Ward 11. She is also the executive director of the Minnesota Women’s Choir.

Melea Anderson MBA’16 was awarded a 2017 Trauma Centers Association of America fellowship. She is the director of trauma services at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 


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