2016 New Alumni Board Member Bios

DJ Curran

Class Year: 1998

Location: Madison, Wisconsin

Occupation: Healthcare IT consultant

Major(s)/Minor(s): Communication major, leadership studies minor

Hobbies: Hunting, indoor rock climbing, hiking

Favorite Ripon Memory: “When Mitch Gross broke his door, essentially locking himself in his room until Plant people could climb through the second-floor window of Scott and take it apart.”


J.J. Grinde

Class Year: 2017

Location: Currently Ripon, Wisconsin

Occupation: Student/EMT

Major(s)/Minor(s): Philosophy/chemistry-biology majors

Volunteer Activities: Crossroads Academy mentor, hospice volunteer

Hobbies: Tennis, attending movies, concerts and shows, traveling, reading

Favorite Ripon Memory: “Pledging Theta Chi and all the fun that came along with it.”


Linda A. Jensen Hall

Class Year: 1982

Location: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Occupation: Attorney and Mediator

Major(s)/Minor(s): Politics and Government

Volunteer Activities: Volunteer Lawyer Project of Iowa; Animal Rescue League of Iowa.

Hobbies: Dog agility; adventure travel.

Favorite Ripon Memory:“I met my husband of 36 years at Ripon, so meeting him tops the list of favorite memories. I also have favorite memories of Friday night movie night at Farr Hall and the Fireside Chat series of lectures at the Theta Sigma Tau Lounge.”  


Winona Holmes-Robbins

Class Year: 2017

Location: Ripon College! / Birmingham, Alabama

Occupation: Student

Major(s)/Minor(s): Exercise science: sports management/business management

Volunteer Activities: President of the Student Athlete Leadership Team: Canned Food Drive, Special Olympics.

Hobbies: Swimming, searching for good vegan food, photography.

Favorite Ripon Memory: “While I was visiting the school, I was hosted by a girl who was a current first year on the swim team. That summer, we kept in contact and decided to become roommates the following year. That meant as a first year, I was rooming with a sophomore, which made everyone pretty jealous. Unfortunately, she decided to graduate in three years, but with the two years we did have together as roommates we made amazing memories and still remain close friends today. That is my favorite memory or Ripon because I know a friendship like this only comes along once in a lifetime.”


Rick Krueger

Class Year: 1980

Location: DeForest Wisconsin

Tricia (wife)


Andy ’14

Major(s)/Minor(s):  Politics and government major; U.S. history minor

Volunteer Activities: Member of the Ripon College Parent Advisory Board (3yr)

Hobbies: “I home-brew beer. Big Packers and Badgers fan.”

Favorite Ripon Memory: “Saturday night steak night was awesome.”


Liz Morrell

Class Year: 2007

Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Occupation: Assistant director of residence life, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Major(s)/Minor(s): Communication

Volunteer Activities: Wisconsin German Shorthair Pointer Rescue; Women On Call

Hobbies: Outdoor activities, travel, cooking and home-brewing beer

Favorite Ripon Memory: “One of my favorite Ripon memories is registering for classes in the Tartan Area of Storzer. Even though registering took only a few minutes, I was often there for so much longer simply catching up with friends, faculty and staff. It was really one of the highlights of the Ripon experience.”


Sue Rigler Palmer

Class Year: 1979

Location: El Dorado Hills, California

Occupation: Former French teacher

Major(s)/Minor(s): French ; Elementary education

Volunteer Activities: Mission trip to Guatemala; Bible study group

Hobbies: “Traveling to Europe and in the United States with my husband, Jon, and our son, Matt. Love to exercise, find great restaurants, and love anything cats!”

Favorite Ripon Memory: “I hadn’t stepped foot on campus until the day Tom Babcock ’51, my dad’s childhood friend, took me to Ripon to check in. Even though I was so far from home, I instantly loved the campus and felt so much at home! I never wanted those four years to end!”


Andy Peck

Class Year: 2010

Location: Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin

Occupation: Mutual funds instructional designer

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology/music

Volunteer Activities: Pabst Theater usher, US Bank Green Team

Hobbies: Climbing, camping, running

Favorite Ripon Memory: “Singing with my Ripon College a capella group Untied. (Yes, we’re on YouTube)”


Carrie Roca-Dawson

Class Year: 1994

Location: Southwest suburbs of Chicago

Occupation: Commercial real estate closer

Major(s)/Minor(s): French and history

Volunteer Activities: Kindergarten Sunday school teacher, board member of First Friday Club of Chicago, college fair representative for Ripon and Finance Committee.

Hobbies: “I like big books and I cannot lie 🙂 I read a lot, mostly books about WWI and WWII and world history.”

Favorite Ripon Memory: “I loved SpringFest! Everyone in the Quads listening to different bands and participating in different activities. We played volleyball, danced, went from building to building to see how they decorated. Weather never deterred us. We partied like it was 80 and sunny no matter what!”


Tierouviel “Marsha” Some

Class Year: Sophomore (Class of 2019)

Location: Ripon, Wisconsin

Occupation: Library circulation desk worker

Major(s)/Minor(s): Psychology major; English and biology minors

Hobbies: Writing/blogging

Favorite Ripon Memory: “My favorite Ripon memory was summer orientation before freshman year. The energy that the counselors exuded made me excited to start the school year. In that moment, I realized why I had chosen Ripon. You’ll always see a smiling face on campus.”

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