Sue (Snapp) Seibring ’82 was nominated for the Communication Innovation Award, presented at the Association for Women in Communications Bloomington-Normal Chapter’s Crystal Awards, on Feb. 27 2o2o. As Advocate BroMenn’s mananger of volunteer and auxiliary services, Sue manages hundreds of volunteers and oversees several community events, including the biennial Chase for Champions, an innovative event to honor public safety responders. Money raised from the event supports public safety scholarships and facility funding for BroMenn to continue to provide top-quality care.
Ann Marie Morgan ’82 was appointed Early Music Ensemble interim director at the University of Colorado’s College of Music for the spring 2020 semester. A performer on viola da gamba and baroque cello, Ann Marie has enjoyed a 30-year-career of concertizing, recording and teaching, serving on the faculties of the Peabody institute of Johns Hopkins University and the Interlochen Arts Camp. She has performed as viola da gmba solist with the Cleveland, Philadelphia and Minnesota orchestras in Bachs’s Passions, and internationally at the CRR Hall in Instanbul and tat the Prague Spring Festival. This spring, she served as a judge for the 2020 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition.
Wendy (Oldenburg) Hall ’78 and Kristin (Schwab) Kroll ’85 are teachers with Allendale Association, a nonprofit organization providing care, treatment and education for youth with emotional, behavioral and mental challenges. Kristin has taught at Allendale for the past 30 years, while Wendy has taught art for the past 10. Wendy has taught art for the past 10. Wendy and Kristin have teamed up to deliver home-based instruction during COVID-19.
Scott Layman ’81 passed away on April 6, 2019. He was born on August 12, 1959 in Peoria Illinois. He is survived by his wife and sister. Read the full obituary here.
Brenda Lessen Knoll ‘89 is featured in the summer/fall issue of the IWU magazine. The work of Brenda and other co-authors such as Victoria Drake ‘18, titled Randomized Controlled Trial of a Prefeeding Oral Motor Therapy and its Effect on Feeding Improvement in a Thai NICU, was nominated for the 2020 Best of Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing Writing Award.
Wow! Very exciting news for you, Brenda!
Kimberly (Kaskavage) Coomber ’88 of Fairbury, Illinois, died Nov. 19, 2019. She was 61. Kim studied nursing at Illinois Wesleyan and later served as a registered nurse at Fairbury Hospital, Dr. Orville Hable Medical Office, and Thomas Metcalf School, where she provided care for children with disabilities. She most recently served patients at Livingston County Health Clinic in Pontiac, Illinois. Kim was a fan of the Prairie Central High School Hawks and Chicago Cubs. She loved spending time with family and especially enjoyed attending her grandchildren’s sporting events. She is survived by her husband, three children, eight grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a sister.
Mark Harris ’83 died Oct. 5, 2019, in Aledo, Illinois. He was 58. Mark loved to entertain and earned a BFA in drama at Illinois Wesleyan. He traveled many career paths but finally found his calling in the ministry. Mark served churches in Fairview Heights, Illinois, and St. Joseph, Illinois, and was most recently the pastor at Aledo United Methodist Church. He was also a devoted family man and enjoyed nothing more than time spent with family. Diagnosed with cancer in 2017, Mark chronicled his journey through a blog he described as “a daily look at the life of a shaved-headed, earring-wearing, rock drumming, United Methodist minister.” Writing with transparency and authenticity, Mark’s blog inspired many fighting the same battle. He is survived by his wife, two songs, including Sam Harris ’10, three siblings, and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Vickie Folse ‘86, Professor and Director of the School of Nursing and Caroline F. Rupert Chair of Nursing, anticipates a strengthened partnership in placing students for quality experiences as Carle Health acquires Advocate BroMenn. Click here to read more.
Author, actor, and Peru, IL native Frank Vlastnik ‘87 discussed his craft and latest projects in a recent livestream interview.