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Student completes first year of University of Iowa REACH Program

(Student name) of (hometown), is one of 18 University of Iowa students who has successfully completed the first year of the UI Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) Program in the UI College of Education. (Student's last name), (son/daughter) of (parents' names), is a (year) graduate of (name of high school.)

REACH, one of the first of its kind at a major public university, is a two year certificate program that creates a living-learning campus experience where young adults with multiple learning and cognitive disabilities are empowered to become independent, engaged members of their community. Coursework, campus life and career preparation assist students in reaching their full potential. Post-graduation support is offered to students as they transition to their community.

For more information on REACH, visit

EDITORS: REACH students are listed below alphabetically by hometown, with Iowa students listed first.


BETTENDORF: Lauren LeMasters, daughter, Clarke and Mary LeMasters

CEDAR RAPIDS: Jon Teig, son, 2005 graduate of Cedar Rapids Washington High School

DES MOINES: Courtney Bertogli, daughter, Joe and Mary Bertogli, 2005 graduate of Lincoln High School

Ricardo "Rico" Lozano, son, Gary and Dora Lozano, 2005 graduate of Roosevelt High School

DUBUQUE: Matthew Santjer, son, Merle and Mary Santjer, 2006 graduate of Dubuque Hempstead High School

IOWA CITY: Daniel Peters, son, John and Marsha Peters, a 2005 graduate of Iowa City High School

MARSHALLTOWN: Stacy Winkler, daughter, Dick and Pam Winkler, 2007 graduate of East Marshall High School

STORY CITY: David Murken, son, Pat and Jo Murken, 2007 graduate of Roland-Story High School

WASHINGTON: Brian Pierson, son, Kristine and Richard Pierson, 2006 graduate of Washington High School

WAUKEE: Cara Kazor, daughter, Joe and JoAnn Kazor, 2006 graduate of Waukee High School


DEKALB: Ross Boltz, son, Irene Boltz of Sycamore, 2008 graduate of Sycamore High School

FOX RIVER GROVE: Matthew Mascolino, son, Neil and Judy Mascolino, 2008 graduate of Cary Grove High School

GLEN ELLYN: Pete Fultz, son, Gretchen Hoenecke, 2006 graduate of GlenBard West High School

ISLAND LAKE: Katie Braun, daughter, Linda Braun, 2008 graduate of Wauconda High School


INDIANAPOLIS: Allie Thompson, daughter, Carol and Jerry Gassen, 2008 graduate of Lawrence Central High School


BLOOMINGTON: Adam Schnack, son, Tom and Jeanne Schnack, 2006 graduate of Groves Academy


WRIGHT CITY: Jeremy Barker, son, Paul and Sheila Barker, 2005 graduate of Wright City High School


RENO: Stephen Schumacher, son, Stephen and Cheryl Schumacher, 2005 graduate of Galena High School

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Center One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jo M. Hendrickson, 319-384-2127,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,