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Matt Boehler '98
Theatre Arts

The sky seems to be the limit in the musical career of Matt Boehler.

Boehler has just finished his residency at the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center, to which he had won a full scholarship, and has now embarked on his career as a professional opera singer. He has earned glowing reviews for his dramatic ability and his voice in the Washington Post, Washington Times, and Opera News.

Having very little singing experience when he began at Viterbo as a theatre major, his education included the self-discovery of his hidden talent. He was aided tremendously in his journey by assistant professor of music Jerry Benser.

His impressive resume includes roles with the Juilliard Opera Center, the Wolf Trap Opera Company, and the Minnesota Opera. He will also play Pooh bah in The Mikado with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis in 2007.

He has also been very successful in several singing competitions, including winning the National Opera Association Vocal Competition in 2004 and the Schubert Club Vocal Competition three times. He was also a Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions district and regional winner in 2003 and 2004.

Patti Jo Severson '78
Community Medical Dietetics

Patti Jo Severson makes her mark on the world by being an advocate for the mentally ill.

Employed as nutrition and health educator in the behavioral health department at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, Severson also belongs to several organizations that seek to improve the lives of the mentally ill and educate the general public.

She serves on the Mental Health Coalition of La Crosse, the National Alliance on Mental Illness Wisconsin, the National Alliance on Mental Illness La Crosse County Inc., and the La Crosse County Mental Health and Alcohol and Other Drug Awareness Redesign Committee. She has also done a great deal to help jail inmates who are mentally ill and their families.

Severson earned a bachelor’s degree in Community Medical Dietetics from Viterbo and went on to obtain a master’s degree in Community Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


Gregory Lind '76

To say Greg Lind has been successful since graduating with a nursing degree from Viterbo would be quite an understatement.

Lind went on to earn his master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Missouri at Columbia and the University of Kansas, respectively. He worked as an assistant professor at the University of Washington before starting his own business in 1990.

The independent nursing practice he founded, Lake Serene Clinic, has grown to employ eight nurses and a staff of 15 others who serve over 20,000 patients.

Thankful for the education he received at Viterbo, and for the help of Grace Clare Beznouz, FSPA, Lind provides a scholarship for male nursing students at Viterbo. He also provides a similar scholarship for male students in the University of Missouri graduate program.

Lind is a member of the Stevens Health Network and serves on its Credentialing and Care Management Committees. He is also a doctoral student in Kennedy Western University’s Health Administration program.

Mary (Sendelbach) Dudley '76

Mary (Sendelbach) Dudley uses her many gifts to help people not only here, but overseas as well.

Dudley is the chief anesthetist for Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. She has earned a degree in nursing from Viterbo and a master’s degree in Health Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She also earned a diploma from the St. Francis School of Anesthesia in La Crosse.

When she is not working in La Crosse, she volunteers on mission trips, traveling to other countries to improve the lives of people there. She has traveled to Peru every year since 2001, and has also worked in Africa, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, and the Gaza Strip.

Dudley is a member of the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia, Health Volunteers Overseas, the American Nurses Association, the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, and the Wisconsin Association of Nurse Anesthetists.