Distinguished Alumni

Valparaiso University alumni excel in a number of fields, and are well known for their service work and efforts to make the world a better place. Valpo alumni remain engaged with the University and form an extensive network that benefits recent graduates. Here are a few of those alumni:

  • Marjorie Albohmclass of 1972 — Director of Research and Business Development, Ortho Indy; the first woman certified as an athletic trainer in Indiana (Indianapolis)
  • Linda Allenclass of 1978 — Director, C-130J International Programs, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics (Retired)
  • G. Allen Andreas, Jr.class of 1965 and Law 1968 — Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Archer-Daniels-Midland
  • Kathryn Baerwaldclass of 1972 — Assistant University Counsel, Georgetown University
  • Jacqueline Bakerclass of 1984 — Registered nurse and founder of health clinic in Vancouver, WA, which treats individuals unable to afford medical care
  • Richard Bimlerclass of 1963 — Former Director, Wheat Ridge Ministries; Valparaiso University Ambassador
  • N. Cornell Boggs IIIclass of 1982, JD 1985 — Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary; Dow Corning
  • Stephen BuyerLaw 1984 — U.S. Congressional Representative for the 4th District of Indiana
  • Denise Casalinoclass of 1986 — Won national recognition for her work as project manager for the $200 million+ reconstruction of Chicago’s historic Wacker Drive
  • JoBe Cernyclass of 1970 — Actor, producer and author; voice of Pillsbury Dough Boy and silent actor in Cheers detergent commercials; appeared in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) and Road to Perdition (2002)
  • Jay Christopherclass of 1967 — Chairman of the Thatcher Corp., a software developer and reseller in Addison, IL; co-founder of The Pampered Chef
  • Jeffrey Dippold, class of 1974, Vice President-Global Markets Finance, Bank of America
  • Bryce Drewclass of 1998 — Former NBA player (Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets); Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Valparaiso University
  • Richard Duesenbergclass of 1951 — Retired General Counsel, Monsanto Co.
  • Robert Duesenbergclass of 1951 — Retired Senior Vice President, General Dynamics
  • Arthur Fabsitsclass of 1962 — Consultant, Hansen Information Technology
  • Carolyn Femovichclass of 1971 — Executive Director of the Division I Patriot League
  • Donald Fitesclass of 1956 — Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Caterpillar, Inc.
  • Richard Gozonclass of 1960 — Retired Executive Vice President and CEO, Weyerhaueser Co.
  • Lowell P. Hagerclass of 1947 — Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois; National Academy of Sciences inductee
  • Catherine Jennyclass of 1957 — Retired Director, Addiction Recovery Programs at N Street Village, Washington, D.C.
  • Heather (Mitchell) Johnsonclass of 1974 — Obstetrician and gynecologist, Reiter Hill & Johnson, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Mary Junckclass of 1969 — Chairman, President & CEO, Lee Enterprises, Inc.
  • Richard Kauzlarichclass of 1966 — Former U.S. Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Tiiu Keraclass of 1967 — Major General, U.S. Air Force (Retired)
  • Robert Kirtlandclass of 1991 — Soldiers’ MEB Counsel /JAG, Department of Defense-Medical Command
  • Paul Landahlclass of 1961 — Bishop of the Metropolitan Chicago Synod of the ELCA
  • Jacki Lydenclass of 1975 — Host and senior correspondent, National Public Radio; author of The Queen of Sheba (1997)
  • Paul Manskeclass of 1960 — Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine
  • Lloyd McClendonclass of 1981 — Nearly 20 years in Major League Baseball; Hitting Coach for Detroit Tigers
  • Holly Messickclass of 1999, Vice President-Corporate Relations, American Heart Association
  • Julie Meyerclass of 1988 — Founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital Ltd., United Kingdom.
  • Robert Moellering Jr.class of 1958, 1974 LL..D. — Chair, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital; Former professor at Harvard Law
  • Deborah Neymarkclass of 1979 — Vice President of Regulator Affairs, Vascular Solutions
  • Carole Nuechterleinclass of 1983 — Chief Corporate Counsel, Sangstatt Medical Corporation in Switzerland
  • Rebecca Pallmeyerclass of 1976 — Judge, U.S. District Court
  • Robert Palumboclass of 1980 — Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Valparaiso University; research scientist at Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland
  • Eugene ParkerLaw 1982 — Attorney and Sports Agent; clients include Deion Sanders, Aeneas Williams, Ray Lewis, Derrick Brooks, and Emmitt Smith
  • Michael Rickmanclass of 1984 — Corporate Counsel, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
  • T. Marshall Rousseauclass of 1955 — Retired Executive Director of the Salvador Dali Museum, Sarasota, Florida
  • Robert RuckerLaw 1976 — Justice, Indiana Supreme Court
  • Ben Schnakenbergclass of 2000 — Associate, High Road Capital Partners
  • Paul Schrageclass of 1957 — Retired Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at McDonald’s Corporation
  • Al Seibclass of 1978 — Pulitzer-winning photojournalist, Los Angeles Times
  • Kathi P. Seifertclass of 1971 — Retired Executive Vice President, Kimberly-Clark Foundation; Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business in 2002 and Forbes.com’s annual “America’s Top Businesswomen”
  • Paul Sievingclass of 1970 — Director of the National Eye Institute
  • Nick Skytlandclass of 2002 — Open Government Initiative Director, NASA
  • Rene Steinkeclass of 1986 — 2005 National Book Award finalist
  • Jill Long Thompsonclass of 1974 — Former Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; former member of U.S. Congress; CEO/Sr. Fellow for National Center for Food & Agriculture
  • Charles R. VaughanLaw 1957 — Attorney, defended Ryan White, AIDS victim
  • Amy Vieclass of 1989 — District Sales Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Marc Vothclass of 1965 — Nuclear Reactor Inspector for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Richard Wamhoffclass of 1967 — Retired Vice-President, Asia/Pacific & Global Manufacturing / Supply Chain, H.J. Heinz Company; Retired President/CEO, Ore Ida Foods
  • Julie Winklerclass of 1996 — Managing Director of Research and Product Development, CME Group
  • Ron Zechclass of 1965 — Chairman and CEO, GATX Corporation
  • Ginger Zuidgeest (Zee)class of 2002 — Meteorologist, ABC News
  • Jennifer Lake Zigmundclass of 2004 — Vice President, Zapwater Communications

Where They Work

Here are a few of the companies and organizations that employ Valpo graduates:

American Heart Association
Chicago Board of Trade
Mayo Clinic
Hong Kong International School
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Caterpillar
Biomet Orthopedics, Inc.
Catholic Charities
Johns Hopkins University
Eli Lilly & Co.
GE Medical Systems
Lincoln Park Zoo
National Geographic
IBM
U.S. Air Force Weather Agency
Lutheran Volunteer Corps
NASA
Motorola
Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
Duneland School Corporation
NBC 5 Chicago
National Public Radio
Meguiar's International
Coors Brewing Company

Where They Study

Here are some of the institutions where Valpo alumni have pursued advanced degrees:

Oxford University
Carnegie Mellon University
Concordia Theological Seminary
Duke University
Harvard University
Yale Divinity School
Northwestern University
Stanford University
University of Illinois
Julliard Conservatory
University of Minnesota Law School