Monica Mills is recognized by largest publication on Capitol Hill
a caseworker with the Wyoming Department of Corrections.
Lesley Leahy, Class of ’05, and Robert Becker married July 25, 2009. Lesley is a kindergarten teacher in Blythe, Calif.
Karla McClain, Class of ’07, married TJ Dieterle April 25, 2009. Karla is a teacher.
Kayla Morrison, Class of ’07, and
Josh Davis married July 18, 2009. Kayla is earning her master's degree in special education through Fort Hayes State University and is an early childhood special education teacher at Lakin Grade School in Lakin, Kansas.
Jesse Mutschelknaus, attended, will marry Jessica Geiman Oct. 10, 2009. Jesse is a carpenter with Waddell Construction in Rapid City.
Jared Nies, Class of ’07, and Sarah Hintz
married July 11, 2009. Jared is attending Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis, Mo.
Gerald Ohman, Class of ’07, and Carrie Fischer, attending, married June 13, 2009. Gerald is employed at South Dakota STAR Academy in Custer. Carrie is a claims representative for Progressive Insurance in Rapid City.
Erin Olsen, Class of ’04, will marry Corey Pilot in Sept. 2009. Erin is an account executive at VIRGEN Advertising in Las Vegas, Nev.
Valerie Reddeman, Class of ’05, and Nathan Jagim, Class of ’02, married May 23, 2009.
Valerie is employed by the U.S. Forest Service. Nathan is the Meade County weed and pest supervisor.
Amber Richter, Class of ’09, and Matthew Ogaard married May 23, 2009.
Mandie Ripple, Class of ’08, married Mike O’Meara July 11, 2009. Mandie is a case manager at the Stepping Stones Program through Lutheran Social Services.
Savannah Sandberg, Class of ’06, and Jeffrey Williamson married June 13, 2009. Savannah is a purchasing agent for H-S Precision.
Carrie Schlaak, Class of ’07, and Nathan Barnes married July 3, 2009. Carrie is employed with the Rapid City Area School District.
Megan Schriever, attended, married Jason Whittington July 4, 2009.
Carlie Sukut, Class of ’04, married Ryan Berger June 20, 2009. Carlie is a loan officer at Black Hills Federal Credit Union in Rapid City.
Stacy Vogt, Class of ’06, and Matt Huether, Class of ’05, were married July 18, 2009. Stacy is a certified public accountant with Ketel Thorstenson, LLP in Rapid City. Matt is a financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in Rapid City.
Nichole Von Eye, Class of ’06, and Victor Gust will marry Sept. 12, 2009. Nichole is a dental apprentice at Dakota Smiles in Rapid City. She also runs her own photography business.
Monica Mills, Class of ’82, Washington, D.C., was named one of the top 30 grassroots lobbyists on Capitol Hill by The Hill newspaper, which is Capitol Hill’s largest publication. Monica is the director of government relations for Bread for the World, a collective Christian voice that urges the nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad. The newspaper also praised Bread for the World's grassroots support network. According to The Hill, “running an effective grassroots lobbying campaign is about more than sending emails…the trick is to combine an activated grassroots network with representatives in Washington who can personally explain to members and their staff the real-world consequences of legislation.”
Monica has been with Bread for the World since 2006. She has a broad background in public policy and has worked for nongovernmental organizations, political campaigns, and Capitol Hill. At the Peace Corps, she oversaw the recruitment and overseas placement of volunteers. She has worked in senior management for more than 20 years.
BHSU alum recognized as Teacher of Distinction at South Canyon Elementary in Rapid City
Travis Swartz, Class of ’06, Rapid City, was named the Teacher of Distinction for the 2008-2009 school year at South Canyon Elementary School in Rapid City. Travis, who is in his second year of teaching fifth-grade at South Canyon, was nominated by his colleagues. Travis enjoys being a role model and believes the best thing about being a teacher is the adventure that each new day brings. "Every day is an exciting experience that keeps me continually searching for new practices and methods to adapt to the changing environment that fifth-graders challenge you with. I can honestly say there has not been a day that I didn't look forward to going to work," said Travis. He credits the BHSU Education Department for preparing him so well for his career. According to Travis, the cutting-edge education department at BHSU was consistent to the current trends in education and trained him for the challenges and commitments that the education field requires. "When I came to the Rapid City area schools, I knew exactly what was expected of this career. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to attend BHSU."
Travis Swartz, Class of '06, assists one of his fifth-grade students with a class project. Travis, who is in his second year of teaching at South Canyon Elementary School in Rapid City, was named the Teacher of Distinction by his colleagues.
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