Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

News from alumni and friends


Lori Erdman

After working more than 25 years for the California State University headquarters office in Long Beach, Lori Erdman, 1988, has changed jobs. She is working on a special project for the campus president at California State University East Bay in Hayward.


Ben Paulos, 1997, has moved on after 13 years with the Energy Foundation in San Francisco, where he spent $60 million of other people's money promoting clean energy policy. He is going back to his Madison roots as a freelance consultant and writer. He can be found on Twitter at @benpaulos.


2011 alum Lydia Bi and Emily Brunjes, who graduates in December, got together for lunch this summer in Shanghai, where Bi works as an analyst for a private firm. Brunjes was traveling prior to attending a summer Chinese language program at Tsinghua University in Beijing. "I feel quite blessed for a visit like this," Bi says, "because I refreshed my Madison memories and felt my links to the La Follette School and the UW growing strong." Read more …

Patrick Morrow, 2004, U.S. Army, was promoted to colonel in April. He graduated from the U.S. Army War College in June and is assigned as the director of plans and policy, U.S. Army Central Command, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

In March, Catherine Hall, 2009, accepted a position as assistant county administrator for Douglas County, Nebraska, in Omaha. She served as the grant administrator for Douglas County's criminal justice system for the three years prior.

Katie Maguire Jack

Jamie Aulik

After graduating in 2006 with a Master of Public Affairs, Katie Maguire Jack went on to complete her Ph.D. in social welfare at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in May. She started as an assistant professor at The Ohio State University College of Social Work this fall. "My research focuses on child maltreatment prevention," she says. "I will be teaching social work courses related to program evaluation, policy analysis, macro social work practice and the use of evidence in social work practice."

Jamie Aulik, 2006, who is serving his third term as Manitowoc County clerk, was elected the Wisconsin County Clerks Association legislative committee chair and website and publicity committee chair. The legislative committee advises state legislators on election administration policies and other issues that affect county clerk duties. Aulik also was promoted to sergeant first class in the U.S. Army Reserve where his specialty is chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons defense. He serves as battalion CBRN staff noncommissioned officer at the 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion in Green Bay.

Jennie Mauer, 2008, married Raj Annamalai in September with many Bobs in attendance. Corey Palmer-Rehorst was in the wedding party, and Andria Hayes-Birchler was an usher. Others in attendance included Joe Fontaine, Nick Bubb and Alissa Quade, Sean Moran, Carrie (Traud) Ray, Carissa DeCramer, Alexis MacDonald, Adam Lee and Katie Miskell.

man and woman
Two alumni serve on Madison Plan Commission

Michael Heifetz, 1991, and Melissa Berger, 2011, serve on the City of Madison Plan Commission, which makes and adopts the city's master plan, and makes recommendations to the Common Council related to physical development. It has final approval authority on land divisions and conditional use requests. Commissioners are continually challenged to interpret and apply policy to land-use decisions, and they assist the city in creating new land-use policy such as the downtown plan and city zoning code.

Future Bob

2009 alum Gail Kiles Krumenauer and Matt Krumenauer welcomed the arrival of their daughter, Marin Mae Krumenauer, on August 5. Gail works as the senior economic analyst for the Research Division of the Oregon Employment Department and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

bride and groom

Rachel (Johnson) Janke, 2012, celebrated one year as a fiscal analyst with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau on July 9, and she married Nathan Janke on August 3.

This compendium appeared in the fall 2013 issue of La Follette Notes