FACETIME FEBRUARY 2013 1970S AND EARLIER
Yavapai-Apache Nation elder Vincent Randall, ’63 BS (photo above), of the Verde Valley, was featured in a
discussion “Water: Yavapai-Apache Source of Life”, where he highlighted the
importance and sacred nature of water. Vincent understands the political importance
too, having spent the last 40 years involved in water issues and tribal
politics. He currently serves as the Nation’s Apache Cultural Preservation
director and is involved in water negotiations.
The Chinook Observer featured Robert
Lindberg, ’64 BA & ’73 MA, in a Q&A about some of his favorite
things. Rob taught science and drama for 38 years, nine years ago he relocated to
Oysterville, WA and settled a small farm.
He raises donkeys, horses, pygmy goats, and fowl, amongst other
critters. A member of the Peninsula Players theatre group, Rob has directed
more than 100 plays.
Governor Jan Brewer recently announced the five year appointment of Edward
“Pat” Madden, ’68 BS & ’78 MS (photo at left), to the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
Pat’s extensive work with the Arizona Department of Gaming as a special
investigator, and more than 30 years spent with the Flagstaff Police Department
gives him the skills to take care of the health of wildlife in Arizona. “Pat
has hunted and fished all over our beautiful state for more than fifty years,”
said Governor Brewer. “I know his love of the Arizona outdoors and expertise in
wildlife issues will be a tremendous asset to the Commission and to the
long-term health of wildlife in Arizona.”
Jim McCarthy, ’71 BS, pioneered numerous advances in the
self-service electronic banking industry. He was the manager of the first ATM
installations in Arizona with United Bank, which was the first bank to
implement an online interface between the ATM and a Burroughs banking system.
Eventually Jim became the executive vice president in charge of operations for
STAR System, where he worked with the U.S. Secret Service to make mandatory
receipts to show the last four digits of the credit card number used. He was
also granted the National Automated Clearing House Association's Lifetime
Achievement Award in 1998 for his work with an electronic benefits council. He
is currently a senior business leader at MasterCard.
The following is a message we received from Bruce Gordon, ’72 BSBA, via LinkedIn:
was a while back, but I remember my days at NAU very fondly. I still keep in
touch with several friends I met along the way even though my career in
healthcare took me in different directions. Following NAU, I obtained my master’s
degree in healthcare administration from the University of Colorado. The
program was part of the medical school in those days and my time there opened
the door for me to pursue a career with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Healthcare in the VA was always underfunded, and you sure don’t get rich being
a government employee, but I will always treasure my career in the VA and the
noble mission it served to take care of America's heroes. Lots of memories and
accomplishments, but the one I am most proud of was my receipt of the American
Hospital Association's Award of Excellence as the Federal Executive of the
Year. Leading an enormous team of wonderful people, we created and operated two
very large medical shelters in Waco and Marlin Texas for people that lost their
homes in hurricanes Rita and Katrina. We had universal healthcare, got the kids
back into school, re-established social benefits and found housing for hundreds
of individuals. Teams of volunteer clinicians and administrative specialists
from all over the VA came to our shelters for one or two month assignments and
made a difference. Retiring from the VA in 2008, I am now proud to be part of
the executive leadership team for Scott and White Healthcare, serving a 30,000
sq. mile area of central Texas with one of the largest fully integrated health
care systems in the country. It's an incredible organization to be part of and
offers me a chance to keep making contributions to my community. I don't get a
chance to visit NAU often, but know that it has grown from the single campus I
attended to something we are all impressed with. So to all my fellow Lumberjacks,
be proud and tell your story!
Karen (Lemons) Jennemann, ’77 BS, of the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Florida signed an administrative order to create a district-wide steering committee to study unified court procedures. Karen was
appointed to the U.S Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida in
Nov. 1993 and served as the chief judge from 2003-2011.