Carissa Nemmers ’09 and Maurits Olsson welcomed their new baby girl, Etta Ann, into the world on April 6th, 2022.
Margaret Kane ’09 and Patrick LaClair welcomed Juniper Mae LaClair-Kane to the world on July 3, 2022. Congratulations to them!
Jessica Block ’09 married Brian Ervin in Chicago, IL, on March 12, 2022. Alumnae Ann Erickson ’08 and Katie Greenock ’06 were members of the wedding party. Congratulations!
Kristin (Siegfried) Ballenger ’09 is a maker and restorer of violins, violas, and cellos. She has recently had instruments in the Celebrating Women Luthiers Exhibit in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Burlington, Vermont. In November, she will have three instruments featured at the Anaheim 2022 Competition and Convention of the Violin Society of America. As well as her new making, she does fine instrument restoration for Reuning and Son Violins in Boston.
Thure Ross ’09 and Laura Ross ’09 had a baby girl, Allison Shirley Ross, on February 21, 2022. Congrats on the Tiny Titan!
Aimee Rieger ’09 and Jeremy St. John welcomed their daughter Mara Lorraine St. John on November 2, 2021. Congrats on the Tiny Titan!
Carissa Nemmers ’09 married Maurits Olsson in an intimate ceremony on August 4, 2020 in White Salmon, Washington. They celebrated with family, friends and fellow IWU alumni on June 26, 2021 in Dubuque, Iowa. Congratulations!
Angela (Tomazin) Hesemann ’09 is the co-founder of BreakAway Meetings, LLC, a startup company that brings the custom food and beverage experience of in-person conferences and meetings to virtual events. Like many others working in the hospitality industry, Angela and co-founder Kim Carlson were laid off at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the event world went virtual, they noticed a lack of fun and customization in virtual gatherings. BreakAway Meetings allows organizers of virtual events to choose food and beverage packages, customize their contents to match a theme or focus, and ship packages directly to meetings attendees in advance of their event.
Robert Porter ’09 was appointed public administrator and public guardian of McLean County by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.
Pat Stephens ’09 and Kelli (Flahaven) Stephens’10 welcomed their baby boy, Calvin Patrick Stephens on February 4, 2021. Congratulations on the Tiny Titan!