Regina honors alumni at homecoming

In front are Jane (DeFrance) Brown ’68 and Celeste (Cook) Vincent ’84; in back are David Bulgarelli ’61 (accepting on behalf of his parents Guido and Adelaide), Sarah Martz ’98, John Allen, Bill Goedken ’73, Barry Lehman ’79 and Nick Kron ’03.

IOWA CITY — Six graduates and two honorary alumni of Regina Catholic Education Center received Regina alumni awards during the school’s homecoming ceremonies Oct. 5.
Receiving the 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards were Celeste (Cook) Vincent ’84 and Bill Goedken ‘73.
Named Regina Elementary principal in 2000, Vincent directs 500 K-6 students and 55 staff members on a daily basis. In 2010, she was honored with the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce Excellence in Education Award and in 2011, she received the KCRG TV A+ in Education Award.
For 24 years, Goedken was affiliated with Profit-Stars, a company that provides software and services to more than 8,000 financial institutions worldwide. He was named Entre­preneur of the Year in 2003 by the Omaha Chamber of Commerce and in 2005 the “Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry” by the Nebraska Society of CPAs.  In 2009, he received the “Volunteer Pilot of the Year” award from Angel Flight Central.
Jane (DeFrance) Brown ’68 and Barry Lehman ’79 received the Alumni Appreciation Award.
Along with a 33-year career in the insurance industry, Brown has been a Regina volunteer since 1978. She completed 10 years of continuous Regina Foundation board service in June 2012.
Lehman, as one of the few who know the inner workings of the school’s buildings, grounds and fields, is the “go to” guy for many Regina projects. His expertise has saved Regina thousands of dollars in labor and materials.
Sarah Martz ’98 and Nick Kron ’03 received the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.
In 2006, Martz joined the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton; she hopes to make perpetual vows next summer.  She currently works in Chicago with Port Ministries, which serves the poor from often volatile neighborhoods.
In 2010, Kron was selected to join Teach for America National Service Corps. At West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, N.C, he achieved a student growth rate in the top quartile of algebra classrooms nationwide and earned the school’s Apple Award and the New Teacher of the Year Award.
John Allen and Guido and Adelaide Bulgarelli received the Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award.
Allen taught religion and social studies for 33 years at Regina and was the first teacher to add world geography to the school’s curriculum. He also served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 39 years, retiring in 2001.
Before Adelaide Bulgarelli’s death in August, she and husband, Guido, spent many of their 74 years of marriage in service to others. In 1976, Adelaide founded St. Anthony’s Bread, which provides food, rent money, medical supplies and other necessities to those in need. Both spouses were leaders in this ministry. In 1988, Pope John Paul II awarded Adelaide the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifica award for 35 years of distinguished service in the Church.

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