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Fridley Public Schools 2015 Distinguished Alumni
GARY AASEN (1982) has been the Tennis Director of the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, MN since 2003. In this capacity Gary has increased pro retention and quality through job descriptions, training and review process, managed billing with 99% accuracy, created an outstanding service culture, and met members needs in regards to facility, staffing and hours of operation. He sees to it that the Minikahda Club promotes all tennis activities and has quality staff to meet the needs of its members and maintains the club’s budget. Gary is also the head tennis coach of Edina High School where has held this position since 1994. He has coached the team to eight state titles, eight individual titles, and fourteen Conference titles. Since his tenure, he has developed and prepared multiple players for Division I scholarships. Gary has been tennis director at Bearpath Golf and Country Club in Eden Prairie, the head tennis professional at Edina Country Club, and head tennis professional at Northwest Athletic Club/Lifetime Fitness in St, Louis Park, MN, and a professional ski instructor at Buck Hill, MN. Among his many accolades, he has number one rankings as a United States Professional Tennis Association Coach, is a Certified Personal Trainer, was USPTA Coach of the year in 2000, and Minnesota State High School Coaches Association Boys Tennis Coach of the year in 2002 and 2005. Gary often donates tennis lessons to local fund raising charities like Pine Tree Event for Children’s cancer, Children’s Heart link and many others. After graduating from Fridley High School, Gary attended the University of Minnesota where he created his own degree which exists today as “Sport and Exercise Science.” He has a BS in Public Health and a BS in Psychology. Gary resides in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and son.
CAROLYNN JOHNSRUD ANDERSON(1963) spent her career as an educator for the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activities (DODEA). She lived in Europe for five years, the Middle East for ten years (two years as the Personnel Manager for the Prime Minister of Bahrain) and Asia for four years. Carolynn taught history, humanities, art, anthropology, psychology, English and Spanish on the high school and college level. While working Carolynn was involved in many volunteer activities: in Germany she started and coached a Girls Track team at Frankfurt American High School, an Archeology Club for teens and organized visits from local teens to area Bahraini home for disabled children, and served as a Docent and invited guest curator of a major multi-media exhibit to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Carolynn has received many special awards and bonuses for community activities. In Seattle, Carolynn volunteers at the Seattle Arts Museum, the Burke Museum of the University of Washington, and the Neely Mansion (an historic Victorian Home in Auburn, Washington). Carolynn studied Ikebana in Japan and became a Sogetsu Master. She is an active member of the Ikebana International and Sogetsu community in Seattle. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Annual Cherry Blossom Festival for Ikebana International at the Seattle Center. Carolynn lives part time in Costa Rica where she started a “Kits for Kids” project to donate school supplies, books, and clothing and sports equipment. The project is based in Seattle and Carolynn takes supplies twice a year to Costa Rica. After high school Carolynn received a BA in English from Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, an AA in Interior Design from University of Anchorage, Alaska, and three Master’s Degrees: MS Education/Administration from the University of Southern California, MA Anthropology Museum Studies from the University of Washington, and MA Art History from the University of Washington. Carolynn currently resides with her husband in Seattle, Washington.
KIM BUTORAC GOOD (1978) is the Founder and President of Premier Charter Network, Inc., a private aircraft charter company dedicated to creating personalized travel solutions for clients. Over the years, Premier Charter Network has achieved unparalleled knowledge in the industry and high recognition for their services. Many clients come by way of referral including Fortune 500 companies, professional and collegiate sports teams, entertainers, heads of state, and wealthy individuals. Kim previously worked for Charter Services Air Charter Broker Sales, and Carlson Marketing Group, a travel company where she gained valuable knowledge and experience. Kim is also the founder of Music of the Heart Nonprofit, an organization she started in 2011. Music of the Heart develops long-term, sustainable instrumental music programs for youth in Haiti with the goal of equipping, empowering and enlightening Haitian youth through music. Music of the Heart utilizes music as a way of fostering hope, discipline, teamwork and learning. The organization also provides support for families with food, medicine, computers and technology, solar energy projects, clean water and outreach programs with Christian fellowship. Students from this program play music for the sick, elderly, disabled, and those in prison. They also make money performing at weddings, funerals and festivals around Haiti. Kim also donates time to an Open Door Ministry in Denver serving the homeless. She is active in Women’s Ministry at Calvary Chapel, Castle Rock. From Fridley High School Kim attended Saint Cloud State University graduating in 1980. She resides in Castle Rock, Colorado with her husband.
DR. KATHRINE DANIELS(1991) is a Family Social Scientist, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy where she is accredited as a clinical training supervisor. An expert of family loss and grief counseling, she is also a member of the Association of Death Education and Counseling and of the National Council on Family Relations. Dr. Daniels is a clinician in private practice, providing therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families. She provides supervision for those seeking licensure, where she provides supervision for those seeking licensure in Marriage and Family therapy. She is an instructor providing classes at the University Of Minnesota Department Of Family and Social Services doctoral program, and a course instructor at Saint Mary’s University where she is an adjunct assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Master’s Program. Dr. Daniels provides resource education and training regarding family loss and grief. She offers these services to individuals as well as health care providers. Dr. Daniels is an expert witness to assess loss in a particular family which attorneys may use in a legal case. Dr. Daniels has received the Neubeck Award, from the Department of Family Social Science in 2004. She received a University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Block Grant in 2002-2003. She also volunteers at her daughters’ schools in many capacities such as facilitating an advanced math group, supervising field trips and classroom or building parties. After high school Dr. Daniels received a BS from the University of Minnesota in 1995 in Individualized Studies: Family Social Science, Psychology and Spanish. She received a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1999. Dr. Daniels was awarded a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Minnesota in 2004. She resides in Columbia Heights, MN with her husband and children. Her children attend Fridley Schools.
DR. DAVID EITRHEIM (1975) is a Family Physician who has worked for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Cedar in Menomonie, Wisconsin since 1987. His responsibilities include emergency room care, clinic practice, hospital rounds, obstetrics, minor surgery, medical student teaching and working at a free clinic. Dr. Eitrheim, who is a fan of rural medicine, was elected president of the Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians in November 2014. Although he practiced in a community too large to be called rural, he served as director of the Menomonie Family Medicine Rural Track Training Program. It was a program designed to train medical students in the full scope of family medicine so they would be comfortable practicing in a small rural community. The Wisconsin Academy of Family Physicians created a scholarship award called “The David C. Eitrheim, MD Rural Resident Scholarship Award” given annually starting in 2015. The award will be given to a first year resident in a Wisconsin residency program that demonstrates an interest and commitment to rural medicine. Dr. Eitrheim has served on many foundations and boards in the course of his career.
After high school, he attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN where he graduated in 1979 with a BA in biology and chemistry. He attended the University of MN Duluth medical school and the University of MN, Minneapolis becoming a medical doctor in 1983. He did his residency in Sioux Falls Family Practice from 1983-1986, and was chief resident from 1985-1986. Dr. Eitrheim has extensive experience in teaching, presenting papers and writing grants. His many volunteer activities include a charity race, bicycle race series and a Menomonie Triathlon. Dr Eitrheim resides in Menomonie, Wisconsin with his family.
DR. TODD JOHNSON (1973) is a dentist in Columbia Heights, MN where he has had a dental practice since 1981. Dr. Johnson’s other business interests include ownership of Fish America Franchise, Bevco Bottling Company, and Serum’s Good Time Emporium in downtown Anoka since 1981. He belongs to the American Dental Association, the Minnesota Dental Association, and the Minneapolis Dental Association. Dr. Johnson is also a member of the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, the National Rifle Association, Ducks Unlimited, and Pheasants Forever. Dr. Johnson has coached both youth soccer and basketball, House League and Traveling League ages 4 – 14. He is a charitable contributor to Give Kids a Smile, Catholic Charities, Shriners Hospital, the Animal Humane Society.
Dr. Johnson also donates dental services on a regular basis. He is a man who has worked in and contributed to his community all of his adult life. After high school Todd attended the University of Minnesota, Morris earning a BA in biology and chemistry and graduated with distinction in 1977. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Human Services in 1979. Dr. Johnson received his Doctorate in the School of Dentistry in 1980. He is a lifelong resident of Fridley where he resides today with his wife and daughter. He still holds Fridley Basketball records to this day.
ROBERT POWELL(1959) worked for 34 years as a 5th grade teacher at Mississippi Elementary School in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. As a teacher Bob was an Honor Roll Finalist in the 1983 Minnesota Teacher of the Year Program, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anoka Hennepin Education Minnesota. He is a lifetime member of the National Education Association, Education Minnesota Retired, and Retired Educators Association of Minnesota. Since his retirement in 1999, he has been a substitute teacher in the Anoka Hennepin District. Active in his community, Bob serves as the secretary of the Coon Rapids Scholarship Association, the Coon Rapids Historical Commission, the Anoka County Historical Society, and the Fridley Historical Society. He is a member of the Anoka Kiwanis Club volunteering many hours there and at school functions. Bob has been a railroader all of his life and is a member of the National Railroad Association, Minnesota Transportation Museum, Minnesota Streetcar Museum, St. Croix Railroad and other local railroad clubs. After high school Bob received a degree in Elementary Education, including junior high certification and library science from Saint Cloud State in 1965. He received a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on elementary and secondary remedial reading. Bob resides in Coon Rapids with his wife. They have grown children and grandchildren.
JOLENE ROEHLKEPARTAIN (1980) is the writer and chief executive officer of Ideas to Ink, LLC, in Minneapolis, MN, a business she developed in 1995. Ideas to Ink help writers and develop products, books and websites for publishers, nonprofits, and corporations. Jolene is the author of 32 published books, co-author of 10 books and has had more than 1,000 magazine articles, journal articles, and blogs published. Her best sellers include Fidget Busters, Building Assets Together, and What Young Children Need to Succeed. She is the founder of Children’s Ministry and Adoptive Families magazines. Together they have thousands of subscribers. Jolene has won many writing awards including a National non-fiction Award, a Fiction Writing Grant, Parent’s Choice Award. Prior to this Jolene was Editor in Chief and Director of Publications for Adoptive Families of America Minneapolis from 1991-1995. She also worked as associate editor for Group Publishing in Loveland, Colorado; assistant editor for Maclean Hunter Publishing in Chicago, Illinois; and assistant editor of Curriculum Innovations in Highland Park, Illinois. Jolene volunteers in community organizations, the arts and congregations, including: doing writing workshops at Stevenson Elementary School in Fridley with teacher Nancy Simoneau, speaking in high school classes, singing in the Fridley Alumni Choir, playing flute for worship services at Hennepin United Methodist Church, and leading adult education writing classes at several congregations in the Twin Cities. After high school Jolene attended Saint Olaf College in Northfield, MN where she graduated with a double major in English and “Messages in Media,” a self- designed communications degree. She completed graduate courses as part of the MBA program at the University of Saint Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Jolene currently lives in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota with her family.
JAMES SKELLY (1980) is the newly appointed Director of Communications for the Anoka-Hennepin School District, the largest school district in the state of Minnesota. Prior to this position, Jim was Communications Manager for Pillsbury United Communities of Minneapolis, where he provided communication and marketing media relations leadership for strategic focused non-profit corporation from 5 community centers and 175 employees. He also served as the Communications and Marketing Coordinator for Farmington Area Public Schools from 2011-2014. There he would plan and direct public information and marketing for a growing public school district with over 800 staff and serving 6,700 students. Jim has also been the communications coordinator for the City of Burnsville, MN where he created and coordinated a multi-media communications plan including public relations, advertising, internal communications, website, social media, trade shows and engagement events. He was responsible for budgets totaling $1.1 million, supervised three full time staff and four primary consultants and 12 part time staff. Jim was also public relations coordinator for Northwest Community Television from 1980-1994. He managed a comprehensive communications and public information program for a television entity serving nine northwest Hennepin County suburbs with over 300,000 residents and 50,000 customers. Jim has been awarded the Minnesota School Public Relations “Star Award” for a newsletter publication. He has been recognized by the Minnesota Association of Government Communicators “Best for Least” in marketing, and Local Government Innovations Award for his work in Burnsville, and 3CMA Silver Circle Award. Jim has also served on the Lakeville School Board in many capacities, and has coached and helped many youth teams in the Lakeville area. After high school Jim received a BA in speech communication from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. He resides in Lakeville, MN with his wife. They have 2 grown children and one child in college.