Alumni News Engagements & Marriages
Della (Authier), Class of ’97, married Mike Childress,
Dec. 28, 2008. Della is the activities/athletic director for Lee-Davis High School. The couple lives in Hanover, Va.
Jacquelyn Bierer, Class of ’97, married Jeffrey Cunningham Oct. 16, 2009. Jacquelyn is a puppeteer at Walt Disney World. The couple lives in Haines City, Fla.
Richard Dodson, Class of ’91, married Mary Rychlik May 30, 2009. The couple lives in Austin, Texas.
Danielle Green, Class of ’99, married Edward Osloond Aug. 29, 2009. Danielle is employed by the Black Hills Pioneer.
Venessa Adcock, Class of ’05, married Lonnie
Edwards July 19, 2009.
Steve Afa, Class of ’03, married Koby Greff, Attended, June 27, 2009. Steve is a mortgage broker with Keystone Mortgage. The couple lives in Sioux Falls.
Christa (Authier), Class of ’04, married Grant Crawford July 25, 2009. Christa is a second-grade teacher at Liberty School in Mesa, Ariz. The couple lives in Chandler, Ariz.
Beth Azevedo, Class of ’01, married Nicholas Oaks Sept. 18, 2009. Beth is the director of Admissions at BHSU. The couple lives in Spearfish.
Karla Jo Benson, Class of ’01, married Ryan Parisien Sept. 19, 2009. Karla is a kindergarten teacher.
Lauren Beyersdorf, Class of ’04, married Derek Dahl in August 2009. Lauren works for Premier BankCard.
Alanna Case, Class of ’07, married Chris Seljeskog Oct. 9, 2009. Alanna is an auditor with Casey Peterson & Associates in Rapid City.
Erin Chalberg, Class of ’08, married Lee Bauer Oct. 17, 2009. Erin is a fourth-grade teacher for the Douglas School District in Box Elder.
Lacey Cole, Class of ’07, married Justin Weiss Sept. 12, 2009. Lacey is the adult athletic clothing manager at Scheels in Rapid City.
Nicole Dana, Class of ’02, married Bart Samuelson Sept. 4, 2009. Nicole practices dentistry in Spearfish and Rapid City at Dana Dental Arts.
Brianne Engwall, Class of ’09, married Chad Bingaman Jan. 2, 2010. Brianne is currently employed at A-1 Auto Recyclers.
Mary Kate Guilfoyle, Class of ’04, and Todd Bareman are engaged to be married in the summer of 2010. Mary Kate is employed on the North Slope in Alaska.
Tessa Hatzenbuhler, Class of ’03, will marry Jason LaHaie July 24, 2010. Tessa is employed by the state of South Dakota as a juvenile corrections agent.
Casey Hibbert, Class of ’09, and LeeAnn Kostur, Attended were married Aug. 26, 2009. Casey works for Meadow Brook Theatre, Michigan’s largest non- profit professional theatre, as the scene shop intern. LeeAnn works at Donna Sacs Leather Outlet.
Cady McDonald, Class of ’07, will marry Forrest "Frosty" Paris, Attending, May 15, 2010. Cady is employed by Black Hills Power. Frosty is pursuing a history education major at BHSU and is employed as a football and track coach at Sturgis High School and a wrestling coach at South Middle School in Sturgis.
Jammie McKey, Class of ’01 married Ryan Prager, Feb. 1, 2010. Jammie is an account executive for Robert Half Management Resources. The couple resides in Irvine, Calif.
Travis Miller, Class of ’00, married Sage Robinson July 14, 2009. Travis is an eighth-grade science teacher at North Middle School in Rapid City. He is also the JV boy's basketball coach at Rapid City Central High School and the head cross-country and track coach at North Middle School. The couple lives in Black Hawk.
Shannon Olive, Class of ’05, married Trevor Schmelz Nov. 28, 2009. Shannon is a reading teacher at South Middle School in Rapid City. The couple lives in Rapid City.
Ann Pipal, Class of ’01, married Kyle Perkins June 20, 2009. Ann is a seventh-grade teacher for Denver Public Schools.
Halter-Waider earns national teaching fellowship
Carol Halter-Waider, Class of '00 and '09, was awarded one of 13 Teaching Ambassador Fellowships for the 2009-2010 school year from the U.S. Department of Education. Carol is a K-5 math and language arts teacher at Stagebarn-Piedmont Elementary School in Rapid City. The fellows were chosen for
their strong record of leadership, effect on student achievement, and insight into education policy from school and classroom experience. The Teaching Ambassador Fellowships were
created to give outstanding teachers leadership opportunities to learn about national education policy and to contribute their expertise to those discussions. The Fellows, in turn, provide outreach and communication about federal initiatives to other educators on behalf of the Department of Education. Carol applied for the ambassadorship along with 1,400 other applicants and was the only teacher selected from South Dakota.
BHSU business graduates named to prestigious boards
Gary Pechota, Class of '71, was elected to the board of directors of TXI Industries, a construction materials firm with $900 million in revenues headquartered in Dallas, Texas. He was part of a dissident shareholder slate of candidates nominated by Shamrock Holdings. Gary received his business degree from BHSU and his MBA from Stanford University. He is also on the board of directors for Black Hills Corp and Insteel Industries.
John Johnson, Class of '70, was elected to the Twin Cities United Way board of directors. John is president and chief
executive officer of CHS Inc., a national energy, grains, and foods company. He currently serves on the boards of Ventura Foods, LLC; CF Industries, Inc.; and the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives. John is also an active member of United Way serving on the Campaign Cabinet and receiving the United Way CEO of the Year Award for his contributions to the 2008 campaign.
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