Dr. James B. Buhr '67
Dr. James B. Buhr has devoted his life to global influence as a family practice physician for more than 40 years. During his career, he has served hospitals in Chicago, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Africa, Liberia and Cameroon. In 2006, he led a group on behalf of Global Health Ministries to assess the need and feasibility of building a hospital in Central African Republic, a country facing extreme poverty and ongoing violence. He then participated in efforts to build the hospital in Gallo and returned to evaluate the services provided by it. In Valley City, he serves as county health officer/medical director, coroner, and is the primary physician for more than 100 individuals at the Open Door Center, which serves adults and children with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities and mental health needs.
Jean E. Bye '79
Jean Bye has been focused throughout her career at Dotson Iron Castings on building a company that outperforms the competition while creating a culture that values and inspires employees. Today, she is president and CEO of the iron foundry in Mankato, Minn. Among her successes are managing the stress of recession, meeting high demand pressures from U.S. industry giants and launching an Employee Stock Ownership Plan plan for the company. She willingly shares her expertise and experience. In 2014, she initiated a special interest group within the American Foundry Society that mentors and coaches women in the industry. She is the first woman to serve on the society’s executive committee and will be the president of the association in 2018. Additionally, she has been invited to participate in the invitation-only International Foundry Forum twice.
Dr. Karen A. Feste '66
Dr. Karen Feste has contributed greatly to the international relations fields of conflict resolution, terrorism and military intervention. She is professor at the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. There she founded and is director of the interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution Institute and is director of its International Security master’s program. She has published numerous articles and books, and has been asked to speak within and outside the U.S. Many of her former students have achieved distinction, including former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice and former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey. She was twice a Fulbright Scholar to Vienna, Austria. She serves on the board for the Oslo Center for Peace and Human Rights and is active in Forward Global Women, which strives to bring peace to troubled areas of the world.
David J. Horazdovsky '78
David Horazdovsky, president and CEO of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, has key passions for innovative care and consumer-focused service. As leader of the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of long-term care, housing and senior services, he emphasizes well-being and improved environments. He joined the society in 1978 and served as an administrator at three locations until 1989, when he became regional director for Minnesota. He was tapped to lead the organization in 2003. In addition to his work with the society, he serves as a board member of a healthcare technology company and a national affordable housing trust company. He represented South Dakota at the 2005 White House Conference on Aging and was a member of an advisory board for the U.S. Department of Labor. He continues to be involved in public policy and advocacy for seniors.