2018 – Fall ’19 Class Letter

Lauren Hince ’18

763-706-7473/ [email protected]

Holly Erickson ’18

262-497-7796 / [email protected]

Eleanore Mueller ’18 

920-539-2935 / [email protected]


Happy summer, Class of 2018. It’s hard to believe that it has been a little over a year since the last time that all of us were gathered together to receive our diplomas, but here we are! As I sit down to write this letter, puppy snoring happily on my lap and all, I am blown away where everyone is in their life. A little over a year ago, I could have walked down the sidewalks on campus and waved to most of the Class of 2018. Now we are scattered once again, all over the globe making our own paths. Ripon College brought us all together our first year and began to teach us not only in the classroom, but also to navigate our way into adulthood. Our connections that we made in Ripon will last us all a lifetime. 

By now we have mostly settled into our adult lives in one way or another. Adulthood has taken on a new meaning for each of us, some of us are continuing our education, some have gotten engaged, bought a house, started their 9-to-5 jobs, gotten pets, and some of us are still finding our path to what adulthood will mean to us. Our class letters are a way for us to stay connected to each other that we would not otherwise be able to! I, for one, enjoy reading what we have accomplished in our short time from graduating. I hope to see at least a few familiar faces at Alumni Weekend. Please feel free to reach out to any of us (Lauren, Holly or El) with any life updates. 

JONALEE ELLIOT ABEL ’18 moved to Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband, Tony, and is a mental health technician. The couple are heading back to Wisconsin in June 2019.

EMMA ALLEN ’18 is spending her summer in Ghana investigating the presence of parasitic species around Lake Bosumtwi in Kumasi. 

JAMES “JIMMY” AMEDEO ’18 is pursuing his master’s degree at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. 

ADRIANNE ANDING 18 is working at Planet Fitness in Madison, Wisconsin, and was recently promoted to assistant manager. He will be attending Manchester University of Indiana where he will pursue his master’s degree in athletic training. 

ZACH BART ’18 moved back to the Chicagoland area and is a field sales representative at Burndy LLC.

MICHAEL BAUMHARDT 18 was accepted into a Master’s program in clinical psychology at Cardinal Stritch University. He is in his second semester.

JAKE BAUS 18 is attending graduate school in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

COREY BEECHER 18 is an athletic department intern at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, He has accepted a position as their assistant director of athletics and student activities. He also will represent Wisconsin soccer referees at the Midwest Region at Presidents Cup Nationals this summer. 

LEAH BLAZKOVEC ’18 is a rehabilitation assistant at Door County Medical Center. 

AUSTIN BORCHARDT 18 is a night shift production supervisor at Menasha Packaging in Hartford, Wisconsin. 

CEANNA CAELWAERTS 18 is spending the summer traveling and working full time before starting the last year of her master’s in social work program.  

MOLLIE CARLSON 18 has been working for CDK Global as an implementation consultant which has given her the opportunity to travel across North America every week on new projects. She just wrapped up a trip to Greece with fellow alumna ALEXA BECK ’18

TAYLOR CORKRAN 18 is being deployed to Afghanistan with the 2-127 IN. Once he returns to the United States, he will work as a deputy for the Dane County Sheriff’s Department. 

DAVID DAUGHERTY 18 ran the Chicago marathon in October to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society charity. The following month, he was hired as an analyst programmer at Mayo Clinic.

BRADLEY DREW 18 has been studying for the MCAT and preparing for medical school applications. 

COLLEEN ELZINGA 18 has started school at the University of Illinois in the doctor of veterinary medicine program. In her very limited free time, she volunteers at the Wildlife Medical Clinic. 

EFRAIN GARZA ’18 is a client services technician for Northland Laboratories in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since graduating, he has made some “big boy” purchases such as a car and a new place. 

SAM GEORGESON ’18 of Windsor, Wisconsin, is a software engineer at RateLinx, an integrated data intelligence company specializing in supply chain and logistics software solutions. He designs and implements software for clients and their internal systems.

NICHOLS HENNING ’18 bought a house and moved to Washington State where he is an engineer officer with the United States Army. He is serving as a medical officer. 

AVERY HERBON 18 was promoted to associate QA specialist at Medline. She also recently moved to Waukegan, Illinois, with her boyfriend. 

DREW HETZ 18 married his now-wife, Amanda, in the summer of 2018, surrounded by friends and family. They live in Milwaukee with their elderly cat. He also is enrolled in the physician assistant program at Marquette University, working toward his master’s degree.

HARRY HILLMAN 18 moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and is an ordained minister. 

LAUREN HINCE ’18 is working at GrouponLive helping promote tickets for the live events division at Groupon. She also coaches debate for New Trier High School on the side. 

ELLIOT HOERDEMANN ’18 recently moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and started a new position with MillerCoors as a sales representative. 

PATCH HOFFMAN ’18 is engaged to VERONICA DELISLE ’17 of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

ROSE HOGMIRE ’18 moved to Chicago and started a new role as a global operations associate at Flexport. 

ERIKA ISAACSON 18 is excited to spend another summer at Wisconsin Badger Camp in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

DAVID KNAPP ’18 is attending Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., with an emphasis on international law. 

RACHEL KOLODZIEJ 18 is a chef for Sodexo at Ripon College. She really loves what she cooks and is learning a lot through the leadership of the executive chef. 

KAT KULAS 18 is attending Elmhurst College and working toward a master’s entry in nursing degree with a clinical nurse leader certificate.

JESICA LATTIMER 18 is an accountant for Columbia County, bought a house, adopted a dog and gotten engaged. 

HAILEY MATTHEISEN 18 participated in a summer research internship at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she was one of only 10 students chosen out of the entire country to conduct scientific research. She will be presenting her findings at the American Chemical Society Conference this March. During her internship, she was offered a research associate position at the Center of Musculoskeletal Health. Currently, she is working on multiple research projects that look to identify preventions for cancer-induced cachexia. Overall, she is making major steps to turn her dream of becoming a surgeon into a reality.

EMMA MCDONALD ’18 is pursuing a doctor of physical therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

ELEANORE MUELLER 18 is engaged to ANDREW WOOD ’16. Congratulations, El and Andrew!

MEGAN RINGO 18 just wrapped her first year at the University of Nebraska in the leadership education program. Her dog and hamster are still doing great. She will be spending the summer working at the New Student Enrollment office as the orientation intern where she is helping plan, organize and execute the first Big Red Welcome week!

TENE ROBINSON 18 is pursuing a master’s of social work degree at the University of St. Francis. She, along with fellow alumna JESSICA KOBELT 18, is coaching a youth traveling softball team. Additionally, she also juggles two part-time jobs. “Busy, but worth it!” she says. 

CLAIRE SCHAIBLE ’18 is attending the University of Wisconsin Madison Law School with an emphasis in public interest. 

EMILY STANCZAK 18 is at Indiana University School of Medicine. So far she has studied Coxsackievirus, and Toxoplasma gondii. Her next rotation will be studying Chlamydia trachomatis. Emily also adopted a loving 8-year-old dog. 

JOSH OSWALD ’18 works at Geneva Laboratories. He plans to pursue his master’s in business administration. 


SAMANTHA RAYGO 18 is pursuing her Juris Doctor degree at Marquette University alongside fellow classmate RANDY FINGER 18.

MERRANDA SCHMID ’18 is studying for a Ph.D. in chemistry at Colorado State University.

JOSH SCHUBRING 18 is a development manager for the Green Lake Association. In addition, he has teamed up with alumnus JORGE GUTIERREZ 17 to reboot the Green Lake Area Young Professionals. 

TENZIN TSEPHEL 18 is a social media marketing coordinator at Beacon Technologies; she also is involved with 360 Magazine

KATELYN VAN SWOL ’18 is a customer service representative at Uline. 

CARYSSA WAITE 18 is the website and marketing manager at Gysbers Jewelry.

CORDELL WALKER ’18 is a graphic designer in the publications department at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. 

SOPHIE WIDMAN ’18 is living in Minneapolis where she is pursuing a career in theater. She is engaged to JAMES BALISTERI ’19

DELOU WILSON ’18 started a new position as a records program associate with the Department of Financial Institutions in Madison, Wisconsin. 

ANDIE WINTERS 18 is working at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Lodi, Wisconsin. In August, she will move to Miami, Florida, to begin the physician assistant program at Barry University.

JUSTINE JACONSEM WOZNICZKA 18 and BEN WOZNICZKA 18 got married this past October and are expecting their first child in September. 

DAN ZIPPERER 18 has obtained his real estate license and is now a licensed Realtor in Wausau, Wisconsin. He works for Amaximmo.