2008 – Fall ’19 Class Letter

Stephanie Sommer Faulds

608-630-3369 / [email protected]

Leah Hover-Preiss

608-432-2399 / [email protected]

Zac Schwandt

920-291-5685 / [email protected]


Greetings, Class of 2008! We hope you had a chance to relax this summer and enjoy time with family and friends. Maybe you were even able to attend an event at Ripon College like Alumni Weekend or just a stroll around the campus as you were passing through town. If you have not had a chance to visit recently, make plans to come to Ripon soon! There are so many things to do — reconnect with some classmates during a weekend visit, participate in Homecoming festivities or check out the fall colors on campus. Remember to share pictures on the Ripon College Class of 2008 Facebook page so they can be submitted to be included in the R Connections publications!

As usual, our classmates have been up to some amazing things! Check out the class notes listed below. Remember, if you would like your life event (engagements, marriages, births, continuing education, new jobs or promotions, moves, starting a business, and so on…) shared in the class notes, contact one of the class agents at any time during the year. We would love to hear from you. Keep in touch! You also can submit these notes online at https://www.ripon.edu/r-connections/.  

As always, Go Red Hawks!


ART BRATTON ’08 and EMILY HOFFMAN BRATTON ’10 of Ripon, Wisconsin, welcomed a baby girl, Clara.

STEPHANIE SOMMER FAULDS ’08 and ROBERT “BOB” FAULDS ’07 and welcomed their newest child, Loretta Grace, on June 30, 2019.

KIMBERLY LARSON ’08 of Apple Valley, Minnesota, is the president of Ripon College’s Alumni Association Board of Directors. 

TYLOR LOEST ’08 of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, recently completed a master of arts in arts administration from Goucher College. He works at the John Michael Kohler Art Center. 

BILLIE JEANNE LOWE ’08 of Brooklyn, New York, is now the client care coordinator at Women In Need, Inc. (Win)

ZACHARY SCHWANDT ’08 of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, married EMILY KIJEK SCHWANDT ’13 on campus this past May. 

ADAM SONNTAG ’08 is city administrator for the City of Hillsboro, Wisconsin. He was among 20 people younger than 40 honored by the River Valley Media Group and the 7 Rivers Alliance as having made a positive difference in that area of Wisconsin. He also is a regional director for the Wisconsin City/County Management Association and a member of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Lobby, the Monroe/Vernon/Crawford Growth Fund Board, Hillsboro Library Board and Hillsboro Lions Club.

KYLE UNGER ’08 of Miami, Florida, is stationed at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station in Miami where he works as a fixed wing search and rescue pilot. In addition to flying, he also serves are the Air Station’s external affairs officer.