2012 – Fall ’20 Class Letter

2012 – Fall 2020 Class Letter


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Greetings, Class of 2012!

It would be inappropriate to send out this letter without mentioning that we are living in a drastically different world than the last time we asked for your life updates. While this list reflects a small portion of our class this month, we sincerely hope that you all are safe and healthy. These are challenging times in a myriad of ways, and whether you’re a new parent, in between jobs, dealing with physical, mental and/or emotional difficulties, we miss you and wish you the best wherever you find yourself today. 

Here’s what we’re up to: 

KATHARINE SHADLE GAILS ’12 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin started fostering dogs with her husband, RYAN GAILS ’13, and she has started two new part-time jobs, including one with the Milwaukee County Zoo as an educator and one as a patient service representative at a dental office. 

BRY TUDOR GAWLIK ’12 and JUSTIN GAWLIK ’12 of Green Bay, Wisconsin just relocated and will both be working at UWGB (UW-Green Bay) athletics and UWGB (UW-Green Bay) police. They had a little girl, Emeri, in early July.

STACEY HAMILTON ’12 of Ithaca, New York has been an assistant director in the financial aid office at Cornell University for over two years. She lives with her husband, Clay, two dogs, Zena and Zeus, and way too many chickens to count.

KURT HARDY ’12 of South Bend, Indiana just began his MBA journey at the University of Notre Dame.

JESSICA BRUNGARDT LARSON ’12 of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and her husband, Drake,  are enjoying their almost 11-month-old, puppy dog, and three cats in their new house. They enjoy hikes in the mountains. She is still working as an Assistant County Attorney on child protection cases.

MEGAN MCGEE NORRIS ’12 of Kenosha, Wisconsin, and her husband, Adam, had a baby girl, Ashlyn, in April. Colton loves his little sister and they keep them busy. Megan is back working solo and enjoying the flexibility and the freedom to do what she loves.

ERIN SCHAICK ’12 of Concord, New Hampshire is chair of the Concord Young Professionals Network Steering Committee and ex-officio member of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

HEATHER GAIE SCHULTZ ’12 of Appleton, Wisconsin, and husband, Kory, will be welcoming their little girl, Kelsey, at the end of August.

KATLYN LEE SCHUMACHER ’12 of Monroe, Wisconsin, and her husband, Sam, welcomed their first child, Isaac, at the end of May. She will be starting her new position as a web merchandiser for Monroe & Main and Ashro, two apparel companies, in August.

MATTHEW SWITZLER ’12 of Madison, Wisconsin works at Epic and leads the Behavioral Health team and works on a suicide prevention initiative and lots of other stuff. He has started woodworking and his favorite species of wood is White Oak. 

BRYANT J. VANDE KOLK ’12 of Baltimore, Maryland is a Principal Systems Engineer at Northrop Grumman.

VICKY “AUBREY” WEBER ’12 of Madison, Wisconsin is working in business operations/Salesforce administration for a health IT startup. They just got acquired by a larger company and she is excited to do a lot of the transitional work. This fall she will also be starting her third year as an adjunct instructor at Edgewood College teaching two sections of the basic Communication course. She recently returned from a camping/paddling trip to the Apostle Islands and now goes by her new middle name, Aubrey.

GAVIN ZIMMERMAN ’12 of Rock Springs, Wisconsin is the assistant chef for the Wisconsin Union at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Gavin and his wife, Briana, are staying busy with their 4-year-old.

Be sure to check out R Connections (http://www.ripon.edu/rconnections) – this is a great place to submit your story (news notes, alumni sightings, and career updates), check out your class page, find previous Class Letters, view classmate news notes, photos, and more. 

Stay Well!

Katlyn, Erin, and Brandon

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