1994 – Fall ’19 Class Letter
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TODD JOHNSON ’94 of Powell, Wyoming, received the Ripon College Distinguished Alumni Citation during Alumni Weekend in June. He is retired as a lieutenant colonel after a 22-year career in the U.S. Army and now is a park ranger with the National Park Service.
KATRIN HERBOLSHEIMER LINDBERG ’94 of Hastings, Minnesota: “I am being recognized in the top 10% of Farmers Insurance agents for the eighth year in a row.”
MICHAEL BASILE ’94 retired as the coach for the Pewaukee High School boys’ basketball team after his twins graduated from Pewaukee and headed off to college.
MICHELLE BENEDICT ’94 of Honolulu Oahu, spends up to 20 hours a week teaching tricks to puffer fish at the Dolphin Quest in Hawaii. She has taught more than 15 species and more than 50 individual fish impressive cognitive games that can take between a few sessions and a few months. Her video of a trained puffer fish has gone viral with over 13 million views. Read more at: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/any-fin-is-possible-meet-the-reel-y-obedient-fish–who-can-perform-tricks-from-swimming-through-hoops-to-recognising-shapes-and-colours/vi-BBLU3Eb.
TODD JOHNSON ’94 also was featured in a short documentary film about veterans working in the National Park Service. He works as a park ranger and social media coordinator for the Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area in Lovell, Wyoming. Todd also wrote a blog, “President Trump Needs to make some Huuuge Changes, and Soon.” My favorite line from the blog is: “The Trump decision-making matrix seems to have more in common with an Etch-A-Sketch than a deliberative process.” You can read the full blog at: https://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/the-administration/335317-president-trump-needs-to-make-some-huuuge-changes-and
DREW PETERSEN ’94 of Middleton, Wisconsin, was elected president of the University of Wisconsin System’s governing board June 7. He will determine committee memberships, sign contracts and represent the Regents in front of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and the state Legislature during his one-year term.