2022 Outstanding Alumni Award Honorees

Dr. Timothy Beebe '87
Dr. Timothy Beebe '87

Dr. Timothy Beebe '87

B.S., Biology
B.S., Psychology

2022 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
An expert in healthcare survey methodologies, Dr. Timothy Beebe has spent over 30 years lending his expertise to universities, public health research institutions and the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

Beebe is currently a professor and interim dean at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, deputy director for the university’s Center for Learning Health System Sciences and senior advisor for their Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Beebe is also a research affiliate and adjunct professor for Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota, respectively.

His contributions to healthcare research are far-reaching, having authored nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other works over his career. Beebe has also mentored and advised over 70 graduate-level students since 2005.

Cheri Goodwin '11
Cheri Goodwin '11

Cheri Goodwin '11

B.S., Social Work

2022 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
The executive director of Red Lake Nation’s Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog (Uplifting Our Relatives) program since 2015, Goodwin has dedicated her career to building a healing-based social service organization anchored in traditional Ojibwe practices, culture and language.

Goodwin pioneered a dramatic shift in traditional family welfare services by leading a team that provides innovative intergenerational family services to the Red Lake Nation. By removing the stigma associated with receiving services, offering resources to strengthen families and “decolonizing” traditional family services, the Ombimindwaa Gidinawemaaganinaadog program has been one of Red Lake Nation’s greatest success stories.

Dr. Thomas Chong '92
Dr. Thomas Chong '92

Dr. Thomas Chong '92

B.S., Elementary Education

2022 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
Dr. Thomas Chong works as Associate Director of External Relations at James Cook University in Singapore where he builds strategic partnerships with local industries, oversees charity initiatives, community engagement projects and coordinates student career placements. 

Chong’s extensive career history includes receiving multiple awards for his work with IBM’s Asian market, franchising an award-winning indoor playground business, serving as deputy director for Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency and several other tourism, education and business organizations.

The Singapore Ministry of Education recognized Chong’s long-time dedication to education and community by awarding him the ministry’s Service to Education Award three separate times. He was also recognized by the now-president of Singapore for his contributions to public engagement and community leadership in 2016.

Dr. Joseph Provost '88
Dr. Joseph Provost '88

Dr. Joseph Provost '88

B.S., Elementary Education

2022 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient
A 1988 Bemidji State University chemistry graduate, Dr. Joseph Provost has been a tireless researcher, educator and mentor for hundreds of chemists and biologists during his 34-year career.

A believer in undergraduate research’s power to train the next generation of scientists, Provost was instrumental in transforming the biochemistry and biotechnology programs at Minnesota State University – Moorhead from lecture-based to research-centered departments during his tenure as a chemistry professor from 1997-2013.

Provost currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of San Diego, where much of his research focuses on the role transport proteins play in cancer progression.

Previous Outstanding Alumni Award Winners

2022

Dr. Timothy Beebe '87

Dr. Thomas Chong '92

Cheri Goodwin '11

Dr. Joseph Provost '88

2020-2021

Noel (Naegele) Clay '90*

Mike Maher, Jr. '81

 

*deceased

2019
Robert "Bob" Anderson '80

2018
Patrick Pelstring '76
Tom Heaviland '80

2017
Jason Edens ’07
Brian Maciej ’86
Dr. Gene Ness ’66
Dr. Dale Greenwalt ’77

2016
Tracie Curb-Crowser ’90
Mark Ploen (1980-84)
Dr. Bruce Sutor ’86

2015
Sandra (Henderson) Anderson ’82
Joseph Grabowski ’80
Roger Reierson ‘74

2014
Lori Carmichael ’86
Kirk Gregg ’81
Robert Krowech ’72
Dr. Christopher Waller ’81

2013
Tom G. Anderson ’70
Pamela Hovland ’83
Keith Johanneson (1966-69)

2012
John “Terry” Bergum ’72
Dr. James Karner ‘94
Pamela (Fladeland) Rodriguez ’76

2011
Trent Baalke ’87
Bill Hawkins ’74
Michael Roberge ’90

2010
Gary Frazier ’75
Susan (Mattson) Halena ’78
Ron Johnson ’75
R. Scott Pearson ’77
Dr. Tom Richard ’66

*indicates deceased

2009
Paul Hedtke ’81
Kevin Jackson ’85
Gordon Johnson ’71
Michele Leonhart ’78
Adele (Levchak) Munsterman ’74
Col. Gregg Rice USAF (Ret.) ’69
Linda (Christofferson) Shadiow ’69
David Sorensen ’72
Dr. Ranae (Erickson) Womack ’87

2008
Col. Randall Anderson ’85
Lt. Col. Mark Backlin USAF (Ret.) ’79
Dr. Leah Carpenter ’85
Linda Erceg ’90
Anthony Gramer ’70
Margaret (Sullivan) Ingison ’74
Scott Lindberg ’75
Dr. Benjamin Tsang ’71

2007
Paul Boswell ’81*
Dr. Almond Clark ’64
Dr. Hildreth McCarthy ’74
Jon McTaggart ’83
Dan Ninham ’83 & ’92
Trudy (Kocinski) Rautio ’75
Jeanne (Remick) Thomas ’64

2006
Kermit Bensen ’60 & ’70
Lorraine Cecil ’68
Dave Czarnecki ’69 & ’73*
Dr. Bruce Falk ’71
Paul Godlewski ’70
Dr. Debra Kellerman ’72 & ’75
Carol (Johnson) Russell ’74

2005
Caroline (Dahl) Andrican ’53
Col. Patrick Donahue ’72
Lynn Dorn ’72
David Gandrud ’69*
Todd Haugen ’79
William Jacoby ’70 & ’74
James Kraby ’62
Robin Mechelke ’80
Mark Paulson ’61 & ’66
Thomas Saterdalen ’64 & ’66

2004
Melanie Benjamin ’88
Dr. Daniel DeKrey ’80
Mardy Karger ’72
Rachel (Reabe) Nystrom ’76
Judge Alan Pendleton ’77
Barbara (Goehring) Stoflet ’84
Tom Welle ’72
Andrew Wells ’66
Dr. Mark Yorek ’76

2003
Roger Aikten ’73
Nancy (Berge) Bensen ’59 & ’62
Dr. Joanne Provo ’82
Michael Spry ’83
Dr. Roxanne Struthers ’84*
Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser ’76

2002
Jeff Baumgartner ’77
Boyd Bradbury ’88
Lowell Scearcy ’67 & ’76
Curtis Olson ’72
Denis Sauter ’70
Jeff Wallin ’70

2001
Dr. Gene Anderson ’63
Dr. Dan Dressen ’73
Col. Doug Hendricks ’72
D. Patrick McCullough ’67
Dr. Dorothy Moore ’49*
David Ramsey ’78

2000
Dr. Steven DeKrey ’75
Dr. Clinton Moen ’69
Dennis Peterson ’79
Moses Tsang ’72
Joseph Vene ’74 & ’75
Yvonne Wilson ’85 & ’92

*indicates deceased

1999
John Buckanaga, Sr. ’59 *
Dr. Dale Carlson ’60
Dr. Michael Ford ’62 & ’64
Delphine (Forte) Jacobsen ’63 & ’72
Patricia Kelly ’69 & ’74
Dr. Larry Womack ’72

1998
Carl Baer III ’71
Rebecca Dawley ’77
Dr. Robert Thorson ’73

1997
Margaret (Brambrink) Engebretson ’60*
Dr. Lee Norman ’74
Ozzie Tollefson ’60

1996
Dr. Robert Aalberts ’72
Dr. James Bjornerud ’60
George Thelen ’64

1995
Dr. Ann (Moore) Flowers ’42*
Michael McKinley ’65
Dr. James Tuorila ’79

1994
Lloyd Lee ’56

1993
David Odegaard ’66

1992
Marion (Fenson) Christianson ’50 & ’71

1991
Gerald Abbott ’60
Donald Hoganson ’38*
Robert D. Johnson ’52*
Everal Vermilyea ’38*

1990
Helen Gill ’76*
Col. Gerald Green ’60 *
Ethel (Brandt) Roesch ’36*
Prof. Willis Stittsworth ’53

*indicates deceased

1989
Dr. Jack Miller ’56
Roxanne Nawara ’73
Dr. Perry Patterson ’48
Jack Willhite ’55 & ’63
James R. Williamson ’86

1988
Fred Schmit ’78*
John Schmit ’58*
Paul Schmit ’60*
Erna (Meyer) Schuiling ’40*
Dr. Walter Schuiling ’39*

1987
Dr. Caroline Czarnecki ’50
Dr. Herbert Fougner ’36*
Dr. Ronald Ostman ’65
Dr. Sheldon Ramnarine ’71 & ’72

1986
Bill Clark ’53*
Joseph Graba ’61
Dr. William Kirtland ’53*
Dr. Malvin Skarsten ’22*

1985
James Griggs ’70
Harvey Westrom ’57

1984
Dr. Will Antell ’59
Dr. M. James Bensen ’59
Merle Bryant ’46*
Runae (Lomen) Maloney ’70
Gary S. Olson ’50

1983
Lillian (Muckala) Ailie ’34 & ’63*
Paula (Bruss) Bauck ’42*
Robert Drake ’71 & ’80
Col. Clark Gilbertson USA (Ret.) ’72
Richard Hegre ’57 & ’59*
Dr. Royal Netzer ’27*

1982
Gail Gantz-Bergsven ’65
Dr. Richard Haugo ’61 & ’63*
Dr. Dwaine Marten ’58
Edwin Nordheim, Jr. ’41*
Virgil Prestby ’63

1981
Margaret Berg ’43 & ’60*
John Borg ’71
Susan (Chianelli) Jacobson ’71
Lillie Kleven ’37*
Dr. Elwood Largis ’65
Dr. Robert W. Olson ’62

1980
Dr. Carl Knutson ’47*

*indicates deceased

1979
Margaret Galloway ’35, ’37 & ’56*
Margaret Harlow ’36*
Grace Nugent ’23*
Eleanor Traut ’39*
Robert Vleck ’65*

1978
H. Wesley Balk ’54*
John Schuiling ’32*

1977
Farley Bright ’36*
George V. Goodwin ’64*
Dr. Irvin Keeler ’29*
Eleanor (Walter) Kipp ’30*
Dr. James Witham ’38*

1976
William Howe ’52
Guy D. Vena ’60

1975
Bertha Christianson ’39*

1974
Ramond Miller ’59 & ’72

1973
Dr. James Ghostley ’55

1972
George Welte ’61 & ’77*

*indicates deceased