Outstanding Alumni Awards
Matt Boehler ’98, Patti Jo Severson ’78, Greg Lind ’76, and Mary (Sendelbach) Dudley ’76 were presented with outstanding alumni awards at the annual reunion in June.
Matt Boehler was the winner of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. 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.
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.
Patti Jo Severson was the recipient of the Service to the Community Award. Employed as a 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.
Greg Lind was named winner of the award for Professional Development. Lind 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.
Mary (Sendelbach) Dudley was named the Franciscan Spirit award winner. Dudley is the chief anesthetist for Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center. 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.