Wartburg News

Doherty, Gamez Sims will lead Wartburg Alumni Board

Dr. Del Doherty is the new president of the Wartburg College Alumni Board, the second former international student to hold the position and the first from Africa.

Doherty, a native of Sierra Leone in western Africa, is a 2006 Wartburg graduate who became the first person at the University of Minnesota to simultaneously earn a doctorate of pharmacy degree and a master’s degree in public health in 2010.

He is a resident of Blaine, Minn., a Twin Cities suburb, and a senior consultant with The Burchfield Group, which specializes in pharmacy benefit management.

Dr. Noel Florendo, a native of the Philippines and now a pathologist in Memphis, was the first former international student to be alumni board president.

Barbara Gamez Sims ’98, the new alumni board president-elect, also is involved in health care as a technology licensing manager at Mayo Clinic. She has a law degree from Marquette University Law School and resides in Rochester, Minn.

New members of the alumni board are:

  • Trudie Goff ’85, a gifted specialist with the Loudon County (Va.) Public Schools, who resides in Herndon, Va.
  • Kristin Huinker ’11, a development manager with Youth Emergency Services and Shelter in Des Moines, who resides in Ankeny.
  • Meredith Keelan ’76, a teacher in the Van Vleck (Tex.) School District and chief of the Van Vleck Volunteer Fire Department, who resides in Van Vleck.
  • Jerold Leichsenring ’98, an attorney and municipal judge in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., where he resides.
  • Judy Nuehring, ’85, a homemaker and color guard coach at Glenbard South (Ill.) High School, who resides in Glen Ellyn, Ill.
  • Trina McPeake ’97, a fifth-through-eighth grade instrumental music teacher and band director at North Cedar Middle School, who resides in Wheatland.