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From Spring 2021
Class notes from the Spring 2021 issue of Marquette Magazine.
Holly S. (Bessert) Edwin, Eng ’04
Holly S. (Bessert) Edwin, Eng ’04, is a new product introduction manager at Caterpillar and was named as one of Peoria Magazine‘s 40 Leaders Under Forty in 2020. She led the introduction of the world’s first high-drive, electric-drive bulldozer and is a board member for Women in Leadership Central Illinois.
The Organ I Gave: I Am Marquette
“My wife, Janelle, and I were having dinner with our friend Jessica and her new boyfriend, Kory, when he mentioned he had polycystic kidney disease.”
Embracing Graces: Second Act
Signs of Maggie Broeren’s special gift emerged in grade school, says childhood friend Mary Ellen Penicook.
Gaelen (Bell) Orbon, Comm ’02
Gaelen (Bell) Orbon, Comm ’02, was promoted to senior vice president, content services at the Motion Agency in Chicago. Motion is a full-service, woman-owned agency, specializing in building brands through strategy, digital marketing, public relations, content, creative and advertising.
John (Jay) Jackson, Arts ’00
John (Jay) Jackson, Arts ’00, was promoted to chief legal officer and secretary of Thrivent Funds at Thrivent Financial, a Fortune 500 financial services company based in Minneapolis. He has been with Thrivent since 2017.
Equity in Tech: Off & Running
After getting dual degrees from Marquette, Nadiyah Johnson, Arts ’14, Grad ’16, noticed something: Her hometown, Milwaukee, was becoming a tech hub.
Dr. John R. Humm, Eng ’94, Grad ’99, Grad ’20
Dr. John R. Humm, Eng ’94, Grad ’99, Grad ’20, started his new position at the Medical College of Wisconsin as an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosurgery.
Kathy Pazak, Grad ’86
Kathy Pazak, Grad ’86, was appointed by Governor Tony Evers to the Wisconsin Hearing and Speech Examining Board. This board oversees the licensing and credentialing of all practicing speech-language pathologists, audiologists, hearing aid dealers and speech-language pathologist assistants across the state.
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