2003 Viterbo University Outstanding Alumni Awards

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Professional Development
Jeanette Hertges '85

Community Service
Rose Kreutz '66, '82

Young Alumni
Kim Sloane Adams '93 

From a Viterbo University graduate with a degree in English to a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy who serves as an intelligence analyst for strategic assessments in the Middle East, Jeanette Hertges’ career has been on a fast-paced course. Hertges, who entered the Navy as an enlisted radioman, quickly rose to the level she’s at today through hard work that has been recognized with medals, honors, and letters of commendation from senior officers. Over the years, she has served as a cryptologic technician in Pearl Harbor, attended aviation training school and intelligence training, served as an intelligence officer in Korea and Virginia, and served as a counter-drug intelligence analyst in California. Among her most impressive achievements, say her colleagues, was her assignment from December 1997–January 2000 in which she was responsible for working directly on the U.S. war on drugs. During that time, Hertges was deployed in a variety of remote locations like Hong Kong, Burma, and Thailand, where her intelligence analysis was directly responsible for the seizure of almost eight metric tons of illegal drugs that would have wound up on the streets of the U.S. Her work also led to the indictment and extradition of a number of drug traffickers. In addition, Hertges supervised the command’s 24-hour intelligence and counter-terrorism operations center established as a result of Sept. 11.


Unselfish. Altruistic. Empathetic. Generous. These are just some of the words that friends and former colleagues use to describe Rose Kreutz, who retired from a more than 30-year career as a professor of nursing at Viterbo University in 2002. Although caring and commitment to the well-being of others is at the core of Kreutz’s professional life as a nurse and nurse educator, Kreutz also made it the mantra by which she lived—dedicating herself in service to others. As a pediatric nurse by training, Kreutz feels a special connection to children, whether by reaching out to the children she’s nursed or serving as a volunteer at Camp Wekidas kids with asthma in Wisconsin Dells for the past 16 years. In addition, Kreutz has organized special summer camp programs for Native American, Hmong, and underprivileged students on the Viterbo campus in cooperation with local hospitals and clinics. The camps introduced the youth to health care related career options. During her tenure at Viterbo, Kreutz served as advisor to the Wisconsin Student Nurses Association. She was also president of the La Crosse District Nurses Association, a member of the Board of Directors for Citizen Advocacy for the past 10 years, and was influential in establishing and serving on the board for the Crohn’s Disease Support Group in La Crosse. A lifelong member of Holy Trinity, Kreutz served the parish as a Eucharistic minister, a member of the Parish Council, and a friend and minister to the shut-ins.

Named one of the 2003 Top Businesspeople under 40 in Southern Nevada in a special report from Las Vegas InBusiness magazine, Kim Adams is known for her commitment to customer satisfaction. And, that’s important these days, particularly in her business—health care. Adams, who received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, has been a family practice physician with Rainbow Medical Centers in Las Vegas since July 2001. Since joining Rainbow, she has increased revenue and patient flows at her office by more than 50 percent with her dedication to making people happy and keeping them healthy. She is also known for her emphasis on wellness and prevention—holding free blood pressure screenings and leading monthly programs that discuss topics like diabetes, menopause, glaucoma, and heart disease for seniors. In addition, Adams is active in a variety of volunteer opportunities and often dons her tennis shoes for the American Heart Association HeartWalk and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure. A member of the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Practice, Adams is also dedicated to women’s issues and is the author and co-author of several articles on women’s health and infertility issues.