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WALLY BROWN, ’63, ’73, is serving on a Rotarian mission in East Africa. In March, he received a Presidential Volunteer Service Award from ShelterBox USA and President Obama for his work in 2011 providing assistance to disaster survivors worldwide. He is a retired endodontist in Salt Lake City.

JOHN BYRON, ’65, was named Volunteer of the Year by Florida Today for his pro bono work in strategic planning for more than 50 organizations in the state of Florida. He is president of Sun State Strategy Inc. of Cocoa Beach.


KAJ JOHANSEN, ’70, has been elected to a twoyear term as chief of vascular surgery at Swedish Medical Center. He is a clinical professor of surgery at the UW School of Medicine and a nationally known vascular specialist.

DENNIS COLEMAN, ’71, ’72, was named a Voice for Social Justice at the Seattle Business and Humanitarian Awards gala. He is the artistic director of the Seattle Men’s Chorus.

EDMUND K. JOYCE, ’77, joined California Public Radio as its Orange County Bureau reporter after working as an environment reporter and afternoon news anchor at KPBS-FM in San Diego.


CORY CARLSON, ’81, was named President and CEO of Washington Capital Management, a company he joined in 1999 as portfolio manager for real-estate equity portfolios. He was president of the UW Alumni Association from 1998-99.

RUSSELL ROSENDAL, ’81, is the new president and CEO of Salal Credit Union, formerly Group Health Credit Union. He has more than 25 years experience in the financial industry.

KATHLEEN L. WEBER, ’82, a director at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s office in Bellevue, has been named one of Barron magazine’s top 1000 advisers.

WARD S. BRANNMAN, ’85, was named the 2012 Junior High Music Teacher of the Year by the Washington Music Educators Association. He leads the Jazz Ensemble at Kamiakin Junior High in Kirkland.

KATHY HSIEH, ’87, was named director of the City of Seattle’s cultural partnerships and grants program.


JOHN STARBARD, ’90, director of the King County Department of Development and Environmental Services, was named Public Employee of the Year by the Municipal League of King County.

HOWARD F. JENSEN, ’95, is a founding member and partner of a new Seattle-based law firm, the Veris Group. Alison Jones Robinson, ’06, and Denver Gant, ’07, also practice at the firm.

TRACY SUDMAN, ’98, has been named vice president for human resources for Leisure Care, LLC.


GARLAND BROWN, ’07, has been selected by the American Bar Association Journal as one of “America’s techiest lawyers.”

ALLISON KOESTER, ’09, ’11, has joined the faculty at Georgetown University’s School of Business as an assistant professor of accounting.

One Response to Alumnotes

  1. Alan Rammer, '74 says:

    How does one submit alumnotes and to whom?

    I was named National Marine Science Teacher of the Year for 2012 on June 28th at the annual conference for the National Marine Science Educators Association in Anchorage, Alaska at the University of Alaska. I am the 3rd Washingtonian to win this award since its inception in 1976. The association is made up of 17 chapters from across the US as well as the Pacific Rim and Caribbean territories.

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