Lynne (Shaw) Sekarski ’85

Lynne (Shaw) Sekarski ’85 had her manuscript accepted for publication in the July/August 2024 issue of The Journal of Pediatric Nursing. She has worked with children and families with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia for about 25 years.

You can read more about this amazing work here. Congratulations Lynne!

Peter Rose ’88

Peter Rose ’88 retired from Pfizer, Inc. in February 2024 after 32 years with the company. He was Associate Research Fellow and Team Lead for Crystallization Technologies within Chemical R&D based in Groton CT. He led a team of chemical engineers and chemists in the development of the final solid form of the active ingredients for many of Pfizer’s commercial pharmaceutical products. Peter contributed as inventor on 15 patents and authored/ co-authored more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles.

During his career, Peter was recognized for his scientific contributions by the American Chemical Society (ACS) with the Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry award. In 2021, Peter was a member of the scientific team that received the ACS ‘Heroes in Chemistry’ award for the design and development of LOBRENA, a third-generation ALK inhibitor specifically designed by Pfizer scientists to inhibit the most common tumor mutations that drive resistance to current medications and to address metastases in the brain. Now residing in Rhode Island, Peter plans to enjoy their new home near the beach with his wife Carol, spend time with friends, and his two sons, continue his hobby of nature photography around the shoreline, and continue to perform music as a bass trombonist with various music groups in southern New England. Congratulations Peter!

Kris Condon ’84

Kris Condon ’84 recently came out with her second book, Fragments of Flossmoor: A Series of Essays on the Interesting, Curious, and Unique in Our Village. All of the proceeds are going to the Veterans’ Wall of Honor project, for which Kris is the corporate secretary-treasurer. The Wall of Honor is a long time in coming. Her paternal grandfather was the American Legion Post commander in 1945 who spearheaded the original World War II Honor Roll project, but the temporary marker they installed that day disappeared to history decades ago. Her father was 13 years old when the 1945 marker was dedicated, and at 92, he’s the corporate vice president of Flossmoor Veterans’ Memorial, which will benefit from the sales of this book. Read more here.

Scott Zeller, MD ’82

The New Yorker magazine did a big feature article on Scott Zeller, MD ’82 life’s work and his invention, the EmPATH unit (Emergency Psychiatry Assessment, Treatment and Healing unit).

These are new ERs in hospitals specifically designed for people experiencing behavioral health emergencies, who in the status quo are stacked in hallways for long hours waiting for an elusive psychiatric hospital bed to open up, and instead, EmPATH units have resulted in the following improvements in care and metrics published in the top peer-reviewed academic journal Academic Emergency Medicine:

*Reduced Emergency Department (ED) behavioral health patient length of stay from an average of 16.2 hours to just 4.9 hours (70% reduction!)
*Reduced inpatient psychiatric admissions from 57% of patients to just 27% of patients (53% improvement)
*Reduced 30-day psych patient return to ED (recidivism) by 25%
*Improved the outpatient follow-up of patients from 39.4% to 63.2% (60% improvement)
*For those patients that still needed inpatient admission after EmPATH, their inpatient Length of Stay days were decreased.
*Added $861,000 to the emergency department bottom line in the first year alone by moving patients to better, more prompt care in EmPATH, thus opening up ER beds for other patients

EmPATH units are also far safer than traditional ERs for even the highest acuity patients, and avoid coercive care in over 99% of patients, while greatly reducing delays and costs.

There’s now several dozen EmPATH units operating across the US, with scores more in development around the US and across the world, including in Singapore, Australia, United Arab Emirates, Canada, Scotland and South Africa.

You can read more about this amazing work here. Congratulations Scott!

Carl Teichman ’80

After over four decades of being at Illinois Wesleyan, Carl Teichman ’80 is stepping away from being the Director of Government and Community Relations and taking the job of Business Retention Manager at the Bloomington-Normal Economic Development Council. You can read more about Carl and this new position here. Congratulations Carl!

Vickie Folse ’86

Vickie Folse ’86 was recently inaugurated as Ripon College’s first female president. She reflects on her time at Wesleyan and looks to the future here. Congratulations Vickie!

Sara Rodriguez ’97 (left) and Vickie Folse ’86 (right)

Jeff Parkhill ‘85

Jeff Parkhill ‘85 was elected to the City Council for Wayzata, MN. in November 2022. Jeff was previously appointed to the Wayzata Planning Commission where he served four years, with his last year as Chairman. Jeff also serves on his children’s school board at Breck School in Golden Valley, MN. Congratulations Jeff!