Alumni Masters Week

Nine outstanding alumni were honored as "masters" during the annual Alumni Masters Week celebration on Nov. 13-15, 2013.  These alumni spent three days interacting with students and faculty, sharing how their UNL education paved the way for successful careers.

Meet the 2013 Alumni Masters:

Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac
Maj. Gen. Daryl L. Bohac earned three degrees in psychology from UNL in 1987, 1991 and 1994. Most recently, he served as the assistant adjutant general – Air, Nebraska National Guard, and deputy adjutant general of the Nebraska Military Department. He began his military career in 1978 as an enlisted member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' 4th Engineering Maintenance Company and was commissioned in 1988 at the Air National Guard Academy of Military Science. Bohac has served the Nebraska National Guard in command of the 155th Maintenance and 155th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons, and as deputy chief of staff for operations; director of staff; and vice-director of the joint staff, Joint Force Headquarters. From December 2008 until May 2009, he deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom to Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. Bohac and his wife, Kristie, reside in Waverly and have two children. The College of Arts and Sciences is hosting him.

Charles Dalluge
Charles Dalluge is executive vice president of Leo A Daly Co. Headquartered in Omaha, he works closely with Leo A. Daly III to direct the Leo A Daly and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) components of the company, contributing to strategy and policy that guide the firm's long-term, global growth. Dalluge is responsible for the firm's operations and projects worldwide. Since joining Leo A Daly in 1989, he has assumed a variety of roles including designer, senior project manager, corporate director of development, assistant to the chairman, managing principal and president of Leo A Daly International. Dalluge has worked in the Hong Kong, Singapore, Honolulu, Phoenix, Omaha and Washington, D.C., offices. He has promoted the Leo A Daly concept of green design started more than 30 years ago, and has a LEED® Accreditation from the US Green Building Council. Dalluge earned a bachelor of architecture degree from UNL in 1982. His visit is hosted by the College of Architecture.


Sharon McIlnay
Sharon McIlnay is a member of Matias Energy LLC, an energy industry focused consulting and project development company formed in 2007 by McIlnay and her business partner, Tom Miller. Matias Energy provides international and domestic energy infrastructure project consulting and management services, including support for project development, ownership and operation, acquisition and divestiture. Prior to 2007, McIlnay served as vice president and general counsel of CMS Enterprises Company, the non-utility subsidiary of CMS Energy. There she had overall legal responsibility for approximately $7 billion of independent power production, electric distribution and natural gas transmission, storage, gathering and processing assets located across the globe. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism in 1976, an MBA in 1980 and a J.D., cum laude, in 1989 from UNL. She and her husband, Gifford Rogers, Jr., live in Franklin, Mich. McIlnay's visit is hosted by the College of Law.

Karen Jennings
Karen Jennings is a real estate agent with CBS Home Real Estate, licensed to practice in Iowa and Nebraska. Jennings has received countless awards from CBS Home including Top Sales Agent in 2008, Top Producer in 2009-2012 and Best of Omaha Winners Circle 2013. She is active in the Omaha community and serves as a motivational speaker. Prior to her career in real estate, Jennings worked as a physical therapist for Methodist Hospital in Omaha. As a student-athlete at UNL, she played basketball and was a three-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American and two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for women's basketball. Jennings received her bachelor of science from UNL in 1993 and her master of science in physical therapy from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998. She and her husband, Ronald Peoples, have one daughter. Jennings is hosted by the Department of Athletics.

Dean Rasmussen
Dean Rasmussen is president and CEO of Grandmother's and Don & Millie's restaurants and Prairie Life Fitness. Following graduation from UNL in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in music, Rasmussen began working full time for Kings Food Host USA, first as a restaurant manager in Lincoln and then as a state manager, opening and supervising 12 restaurants in Indiana. Today he and his partners own and operate nine restaurants in the Midwest, and Rasmussen owns nine Prairie Life Fitness Centers in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Tennessee. He is active in the Omaha, the Nebraska and the National restaurant associations and has also served on the boards of the Omaha Chamber of Commerce, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Project Harmony and more. Rasmussen and his wife, Jessie, live in Omaha and have two daughters and four grandchildren. His visit is hosted by the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Tim Roesler
Tim Roesler is chief business development officer and senior vice president for American Public Media, where he supervises business development, business planning, sponsorship sales (underwriting) e-commerce, and ticketed events for APM and its subsidiaries Minnesota Public Radio, Southern California Public Radio and Classical South Florida. He also is president of MPR's Fitzgerald Theater Company. Roesler spent 22 years in commercial broadcasting, serving in various management positions in Omaha; Monterey, Calif.; San Francisco; and Minneapolis. Before joining APM in 2001, he was director of sales for Internet Broadcasting, which created and operated digital assets for commercial TV companies like Hearst-Argyle, Post-Newsweek and NBC-TV. Roesler earned a degree in broadcast journalism from UNL in 1977. He and his wife, Marci, live in Deephaven, Minn., and have two daughters. The College of Journalism and Mass Communications is hosting him.

Luke Smith
Luke Smith is a consultant based in Scottsdale, Ariz., who specializes in start-ups and launches, international business and turnarounds. He currently provides consulting services for a California-based fabless semiconductor start-up and is a director of ITAC (aerospace design services), a fellow of NUTech Ventures at UNL and an adviser for Newport Media Inc. Previous positions include chief operating officer of Newport Media; president and CEO of Potentia Semiconductor Inc.; chief operating officer and site manager for Philsar/Conexant; vice president of operations for Synergy Semiconductor; and vice president and manufacturing general manager of Analog Devices Inc. Smith also served National Semiconductor Inc. in a variety of roles earlier in his career. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from UNL in 1970 and 1971, respectively. The College of Engineering is hosting Smith's visit.

Joe Stone
Joe Stone is the business unit leader for the Cargill Feed and Nutrition business globally, with responsibilities for serving customers and more than 10,000 employees across 26 countries. He also serves as a member of the Cargill Risk Committee. Stone joined Cargill in 1985, spending the majority of his career with Cargill AgHorizons and Grain and Oilseeds business units before joining the Cargill World Trading Unit in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2005, he joined his current unit. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1984 in agricultural economics from UNL. Stone serves on the board of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program at UNL. He is a member of the Campaign for Nebraska Advisory Board and also serves on the New Millennium Academy Charter School Board in Minneapolis. He and his wife, Chris, live in Chanhassen, Minn., and have two sons. The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program are hosting him. 

Cecil L. Walker
Cecil L. Walker retired in 2001 as the chairman and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting. A Nebraska native who graduated from the UNL College of Business Administration in 1959, Walker began his media career in Denver and held financial and officer positions for years with a company purchased in 1979 by Gannett Co. Inc. In 1984, he was promoted to president and general manager of WXIA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Atlanta. In 1985, Walker was promoted to president of Gannett Television and in 1987 to president and CEO of Gannett Broadcasting. Walker and his wife, Jeanette "Jan" Turner Walker, '59, who have three children and 11 grandchildren, have established family endowments to make annual awards of Walker Family Scholarships at several universities, including Nebraska. The College of Business Administration is hosting Walker's visit.