1950s

distinguished scholar — ’58 Janet Wollersheim, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, received the Charles E. Kelly Memorial Award from the Montana Psychological Association, as a distinguished psychologist with outstanding professional contributions. Wollersheim has received many prior awards, including the University of Montana’s Distinguished Scholar Award and recognition by the American Psychological Association.

1990s

more than car sales — ’95 Howie Ruddell was the youngest car dealership owner in the state of Washington at the age of 29. For 15 years, he has been
running Ruddell Auto Mall in Port Angeles, based on values cemented during his time at Gonzaga. He began a giving-back program through which he makes donations to the charity of a customer’s choice when they purchase a car. An open-water swimmer, he was one of 230 racers invited to a Navy Seal competition. A participant in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program while a student at GU, Ruddell still talks with his “little brother” every week.

equitable eating — ’96 Stephen Fofanoff is coowner of Art and Soul Hospitality LLC (with his husband Chris Warnock). After successfully managing Domaine Madeleine Bed and Breakfast for two years, the company purchased the oldest continuously operating waterfront restaurant in Port Angeles, Washington, and has rechristened it Jig and Lure Fish Company (www.jigandlure.com), focusing on fresh local seafood. Echoing the social justice ethics from his Gonzaga education, Fofanoff has moved the company in the direction of providing a living wage for all employees, including the adoption of a transparent “no tip” inclusive pricing approach.

2000s

Colin Pickett - Br. Thomas Aquinas
solemn vows — ’01 Colin Pickett is now Brother Thomas Aquinas. He made solemn vows as a Dominican Friar on April 9 at St. Albert the Great
Priory in Oakland, California. He was a seminarian at Bishop White Seminary while at Gonzaga.

regulating health — ’04, ’06 Kali Wicks Career (B.A. Political Science; M.A. Communications and Leadership) was promoted to senior manager of government relations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Kali previously served there as a government relations specialist. She focuses on health care policy development, and is a registered lobbyist handling legislative, regulatory and public affairs.

master of money — ’15 Samuel Crosby (Master of Accountancy from the School of Business Administration) received the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells
Award for exemplary performance on the Uniform CPA exam. The award is given to those who obtain a cumulative average score above 95.5 percent on all four sections (auditing, business environment, financial accounting and regulation) on their first attempt. Of the 93,742 individuals who took the exam in 2015, Crosby is among just 75 who met the award criteria. He is the only award winner this year from a school in Washington. Crosby works with KPMG in Seattle.

Living Historyliving history — Three Gonzaga alumni are now board members of the Heritage League of Pierce County: ’00 Holly (Kraemer) Stewart, ’08 Molly Wilmoth and ’09 Claire Keller-Scholz. Wilmoth is community outreach specialist at the Washington State Historical Society; Stewart is program manager at Job Carr Cabin Museum; and Keller-Scholz is curator at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.

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