John Curtis ’04

John Curtis ’04 and his wife, Katie Pape, recently worked to create a children’s book called, Welcome Home, Margot Flamingo. They worked alongside two other partners to create this book that according to John, “is a delightful story that teaches children about the importance of understanding and connecting with their canine companions. We aim to inspire young readers to become responsible and compassionate dog lovers through engaging illustrations and captivating storytelling.” This book is available to buy on Amazon. You can read more about their story and this book here. Congratulations John!

Meredith (White) Winkelhake ’04

Meredith (White) Winkelhake ’04 graduated from Concordia University-WI in December of 2022 with her MSN, and became a board-certified Adult/Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She now works as a GI Oncology NP in the outpatient Cancer Clinics at UW Health, where she has worked in various roles as an oncology RN since 2006. Congratulations Meredith!

Abby Reel ’04

Abby Reel ’04 recently spoke to The Pantagraph about The Barn III, which she has worked hard to restore. Reel told The Pantagraph that she’s been honored by the ability to help write the next chapter in the barn’s story. “It’s been a labor of love,” she said. Reel is set to give the May address for the Barn Keepers’ Bloomington meeting. You can read more about this incredible story here. Congratulations Abby!

Gwydhar Gebien ’04

Gwydhar Gebien ’04 has published the second book in her Enfant Terrible series. Enfant Terrible: Headliner continues the story of Damen Warner, the washed-up front man for the metalcore band OBNXS, who is determined to do whatever it takes to wrench his career out of obscurity. In an effort to claw his way back to stardom, he teams up with a well-connected but underhanded investor to produce a new album, and his life quickly spirals into a widening gyre of depravity and mayhem. But when he is unexpectedly cast in the role of a father figure to his girlfriend’s five-year-old daughter, he finds himself torn between fame and fatherhood as he continues his odyssey of self-destruction down the path of good intentions and bad behavior. The third and final book in the series, Enfant Terrible: Showstopper, will be released in June 2023.

Laura (Cavallari) O’Connor ’04

Laura (Cavallari) O’Connor ’04 is a fiber artist whose current show will be on display at the Blue Moon Gallery in Grayslake, Illinois from October 22nd to December 18th. Laura’s current show features small, embroidered pieces with a political theme and embroidered, vintage photographs. The link to the upcoming gallery can be found here.