50 Years of Cavaliers
It’s been 50 years since the merger of Pio Nono and Don Bosco High Schools. To celebrate 50 Years of Cavaliers, throughout 2022 and 2023, St. Thomas More will release a series of spotlight stories and videos highlighting esteemed alumni from the Classes of 1973 to 2022.
Here are the alumni spotlights we’ve released so far. Be sure to sign up for our emails and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok so that you are among the first to enjoy the latest stories!
Yazmin Rodriguez (STM ’19)- Wisconsin Lutheran College Development
Yazmin Rodriguez is a proud member of the STM Class of 2019. She currently attends Wisconsin Lutheran College, and in addition to being a full-time student, she also works in the development office, where she builds relationships with donors to support her college.
Fr. Tom Kirkendoll (TM ’75): Novicate Director at Glenmary Home Missioners
“If I didn’t have my faith, I would have been helpless, useless. But I knew God wanted me to continue on and help folks.” By Kevin Russell Fr. Tom Kirkendoll (TM ’75) has spent over 40 years serving others as part of Glenmary Home Missioners. Glenmary Home Missioners is a Catholic missionary dedicated to serving
Dave Reese (TM ’97)- Founder of Fly Llama Brewing
Meet Dave Reese, the founder and head brewmaster of Fly Llama Brewing in Biloxi, Mississippi. He is also a proud member of the Thomas More Class of 1997. Reese remembers his time as a student at TM and how it impacts him in his career today!
Izzy (Hamilton) Baier (STM ’13): STM Alumna Thrives in Milwaukee Sailing Community
“I love how sailing gives us the opportunity to spend time with each other without the many distractions of life.” by Katlyn Putney (STM ’10) The oldest of four Hamilton sisters to attend STM, Izzy (Hamilton) Baier (STM ’13) has always been able to find her sea legs. Of all the sports Izzy has participated and
Steve Ozbolt (TM ’86)- Emerald City Catering & Events
Steve Ozbolt is a proud member of the Thomas More class of 1986 and the owner of Emerald City Catering & Events. Ozbolt serves his community at every stage of life; he has always had a passion for cooking and helping others.
Chris Duffey (TM ’92)- Strategic Development Manager at Adobe
Meet Chris Duffey, a member of the Thomas More Class of 1992. His background is in advertising, and he works as Strategic Development Manager at Adobe. He believes his time at TM gave him a sense of community and provided a place to express himself.
Dr. Tim Radke (TM ’73)- Explorers Club
Dr. Tim Radke is a Member of the Thomas More class of 1973. He is a retired interventional radiologist. Today he spends his time traveling the world with the Explorers Club, where he gets to pilot underwater submersibles and go on scientific expeditions.
Deacon Stan Lowe (TM ’77)- Pastoral Coordinator
Deacon Stan Lowe is a proud member of the Thomas More class of 1977! He works as a Pastoral Coordinator for St. Matthias Parish, where he works to serve his community every day. He remembers his experience as a student at Thomas More fondly and feels blessed to have received a Catholic education.
Gabby Hamilton (STM ’14) – Veterinarian
“The best advocate for your future is always yourself.” by Katlyn Putney (STM ’10) When we think of graduates who fit the description of “woman for all seasons,” people like Gabby Hamilton (STM ’14) come to mind. Despite being heavily involved in clubs and sports, Hamilton also thrived in the Project Lead the Way
Dr. Kurt Weber (TM ’81)- Licensed Psychologist
Dr. Kurt Weber is a proud member of the Thomas More class of 1981! He remembers his time winning the state championship in baseball his senior. Those lessons he learned on the baseball field and in the hallways of TM influence him to this day!
Matt Ziems (STM ’12) – Milwaukee Firefighter & Dive Rescue Team Member
“I am so fortunate to have this life. Do what makes you happy.” by Katlyn Putney (STM ’10) Matt Ziems (STM ’12) has been a man on the move for as long as he can remember. Those who knew him in high school remember a student who couldn’t sit still unless it was on
Tuy “Crumbles” Tran (TM ’04)- Break Dancer
Tuy Tran, AKA Crumbles, is a member of the Thomas More Class of 2004. He works as a break dancer and competes all around the nation in dance competitions. His dancing has opened up many opportunities for him, including getting to dance for the Bucks!
Brian and Katie Ward (TM ’93 and ’94)- Ward’s House of Prime
Brian and Katie Ward are a brother and sister duo that run Ward’s House of Prime in Downtown Milwaukee. Their experience in high school helped to shape their careers. To view more 50th Anniversary Alumni Spotlights, visit tmore.org/50th.
The Honorable Pedro Colón (TM ’86)- Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge
Judge Pedro Colón is a member of the Thomas More Class of 1986. He works as The Circuit Court Judge of Milwaukee County, where he presides over civil court cases. He recounts his experience at TM and how it influences his life today. To view more 50th Anniversary Alumni Spotlights, visit tmore.org/50th.
Mike Boeder (TM ’88): Chief Operations Officer at Chorus Community Health Plans
Mike Boeder is a proud Thomas More alumnus from the class of 1988. He currently works as a Chief Operations Officer for Chorus Community Health Plans, and he was also a member of the TM basketball team the last time they won the state championship. Boeder is looking forward to seeing another STM team bring
Bryant Olivares (STM ’20): Engagement Coordinator at Latino Chamber of Commerce of SEW
A 2020 graduate of STM, Bryant Olivares works to connect Latino Business owners with resources to help their companies flourish! To view more 50th Anniversary Alumni Spotlights, visit tmore.org/50th.
Sara Magno (STM ’15): Science, Soccer & Serving Her Country
Sara Magno takes the STM promise of developing Men and Women for All Seasons seriously in her life after high school By Katlyn Putney (STM ’10) In the 2014-15 yearbook, the list of activities under Sara Magno’s name almost fills the entire space allotted to her. By participating in sports, helping at Mass and retreats,
Dr. Cecilia Margraff (STM ’11): Dentist at The Dentists South Shore
Dr. Cecilia Margraff is the biggest fan of a St. Thomas More education. She graduated from STM in 2011, followed in her family’s footsteps, and became a dentist. Today she serves the south side of Milwaukee and even became an owner in her family’s practice. To view more 50th Anniversary Alumni Spotlights, visit
Jessie Ramirez (TM ’07): Engineer and 2007 Alumnus Joins STM Board of Directors
October 26, 2022: Jessie Ramirez (TM ’07) has been elected to the St. Thomas More High School board of directors. A 2007 alumnus and the founder of two successful engineering firms, Ramirez brings experience in structural engineering and entrepreneurship, along with a passion for St. Thomas More, to the school’s board. “St. Thomas More has
Azucena Guizar (STM ’13): Assistant District Attorney for Racine County
Azucena Guizar is a proud member of the STM Class of 2013. She is working as an assistant district attorney for Racine County, where she hopes to make a difference in her community.
Steve Lynch (TM ’07) Celebrates 500th Game as STM Announcer
A proud St. Thomas More alumnus, Steve Lynch (TM ’07) has recently celebrated his 500th game doing the public address announcing for STM. In a recent interview, Lynch said that he was grateful to have witnessed some of the most significant moments in STM Athletics’ history. He is looking forward to continuing his job for
Elsa Mercado (TM ’03): Alumna Begins Career in DEI at Nike
Elsa Mercado, Ph.D., is the first Mexican-American to complete the doctorate program in Spanish and Portuguese at Vanderbilt University By Dan Steffes (TM ’03) Spending her childhood both on Milwaukee’s south side and with her extended family in rural Mexico, Elsa Mercado (TM ’03) refers to herself as a “Milwauxican.” “It was very rural, almost
Mike Matel (STM ’87) – Freese’s Candy Shoppe
A member of the STM Class of 1987, Mike Matel is the owner of Freese’s Candy Shoppe and Heavenly Roasted Nuts in West Allis. Mike and his family specialize in assorted candy, nuts, and chocolate! Mike considers St. Thomas More to be like family to him, and he credits his experience as a student there
Caitlin Russell (STM ’09): Bougie Berries: A Dessert Boutique
A member of the STM Class of 2009, Caitlin Russell has been the owner and operator of Bougie Berries for the last seven years. She credits her parents and the connections she made at STM for giving her the tools necessary for success. Bougie Berries is a dessert boutique specializing in handmade delectables like cupcakes,