1977 Class Notes

David Abbott, ’77, is regional vice president of operations for PSAV, a company that provides technology solutions for events, meetings, conventions, and trade shows. He is retired from the Marine Corps. David has been a high school lacrosse coach for 11 years, and was named High School Coach of the Year in 2004. He has served as a high school and college lacrosse referee. He also served on the Orange County Lacrosse Association board. David earned his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. He and his wife, Sally, have two grandchildren. They live in San Clemente, CA.

Teg Baxter, ’77, works in wholesale sales as a national account manager for AT&T. He enjoys boating on Lake Michigan. He and his wife, Deborah, have two children and live in Zeeland.

Chris Bredeson, ’77, is self-employed. He has been a professional ski instructor for 19 years, specializing in teaching children to ski. Chris has also been a youth baseball coach for four years. His wife, Nancy Cannatti Bredeson, ’79, owns Sporthorse Saddlery in New Hudson. They live in Bloomfield Hills and have a son.

Janet Armstrong Carr, ’77, is a director of finance and human resources at the Greater London (Ontario) International Airport Authority. Janet is involved with a local trap shooting organization. She has served on boards for Tourism London and the Ronald McDonald House. She earned a degree from the University of Western Ontario. She has traveled throughout the United States, as well as to the Caribbean, Australia, and Europe. Janet and her husband, Greg, have been married for 25 years. They live in London, Ontario.

Rae Lynn Collins Carr, ’77, is a finance manager for General Motors, where she has worked for 31 years. Rae Lynn and her husband, Ricard, live in Southfield and have two daughters. (Io Triumphe! misspelled Mr. Carr’s name in the fall edition. We regret the error.)

Lisa Edwards Ellsworth, ’77, is a learning specialist. She earned degrees from the University of Michigan and Santa Clara University. Lisa and her husband, Stote, have two daughters. The Ellsworths live in Palo Alto, CA.

Randy Grubius, ’77, works in insurance as a sales representative for First Agency Inc. He coached high school boys’ basketball for 20 years and has coached girls’ basketball at the high school and AAU levels for the last nine years. He and his wife, Paula Kelly Grubius, ’79, live in Kalamazoo.

Harris Hoekwater, ’77, is the pastor for Pentwater Centenary United Methodist Church. He and his wife, Jane, have taken several trips to Mexico, both along the Gulf and the Pacific. They live in Pentwater. They have a daughter, Deanne, ’04.

Ruth Brammer Johnson, ’77, is executive director for OK Corral Camp. It is a “Hole in the Wall Camp” for kids with chronic or life-threatening illnesses. She and her husband, Kris Sabel, were married in 2006 and live in Avon, CO. She has two children.

Betsy Hydrick Lindberg, ’77, is a school social worker and art therapist for Manassas City Schools in Manassas, VA. She has been named a master gardener for Fairfax County, VA. Betsy earned degrees from Syracuse University and George Washington University. She and her husband, Eric, have two children and live in Oak Hill, VA.

Christine Nolen, ’77, is president of Christine Nolen Inc., a consulting firm specializing in fundraising and communications for arts organizations. She serves on the advisory council for the Aspen Education Foundation and is editor of Aspen Philanthropist magazine. Christine is also on the board for the Aspen Valley Ski Club. She has traveled to Scotland, England, Ireland, and Paris. Christine and her husband, John Quigley, have a son. They live in Aspen, CO.

Karen Weideman Parker, ’77, is the office manager for Humanergy Inc. in Marshall. Treasurer for the YMCA board, Karen also tutors a third grader in math and reading. She is active with her church. She and her husband, Randy Parker, ’76, have two children. They live in Battle Creek.

Leonard “Len” Price, ’77, is a farmer and owner of Nutkin Knoll Farm in Newburgh, ME. The farm has fresh cut flowers, Christmas trees, maple syrup, and hardwood lumber. He has also been a science teacher at the Brewer School for over 20 years. Chairman of the planning board for the town of Newburgh for seven years, he has also been a director of the Maine Christmas Tree Association. He was a teacher and mentor with the Education Department at the University of Maine for 12 years. He has traveled throughout Europe, Central America, and Canada. He and his wife, Nancy, have two children.

Craig Wells, ’77, works in the external relations office for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Vermont. He has joined the board for Vermont CARES. Craig will continue to mentor theatre students attending the university. He has previously lived in El Paso, TX, and Jersey City, NJ. He and his partner, Gregory, were joined in a civil union last year. They live in South Burlington, VT.

Susan Heyman Whinnery, ’77, and her husband, Dana, have been married for 23 years. They have five children, including Patrick Whinnery, ’09. They live in Northville.

Jim Williams, ’77, has been a self-employed dentist for 25 years. He has volunteered as a basketball coach and at a soup kitchen and as a school trust board member. He has taken bicycle tours to Austria and the Netherlands. He and his wife, Donna, have been married 23 years. They have a daughter, Elizabeth Williams, ’11. They live in Flint.