Distinguished Alumni

Four to be honored as 2018 Distinguished Alumni of Stillwater Area Public Schools

This year’s inductees include a nationally-known marketing executive, a trailblazing lawyer, a leader in healthcare, and a retired Naval officer.

Four individuals will be honored for a lifetime of distinction after graduating from Stillwater Area High School. They will join more than 90 others who have been named Distinguished Alumni since the award was first given in 1987.

This year’s class of Distinguished Alumni are, from left to right below: Maureen (Hooley) Bausch, Class of 1972; Tracey A. Galowitz, Class of 1979; Pamela (Ogren) Johnson, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, Class of 1976; and David S. Ratte, Capt, USN (Ret.), Class of 1980.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The four Distinguished Alumni will be honored at a special dinner on Friday, June 1 and also the next day during the commencement ceremony for graduating seniors of Stillwater Area High School at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul. The June 1 dinner at Lake Elmo Inn Event Center is open to the public and is sponsored by the high school and The Partnership Plan.

The dinner will begin with a cocktail hour at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Please note that there is no reserved seating for this event. Tables seat eight. If you would like to claim a table for you and your friends, it’s wise to get there early.

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Maureen (Hooley) Bausch

As a marketing executive, Maureen (Hooley) Bausch has helped put Minnesota on the map – from Cub Foods to the Mall of America to Super Bowl LII. The 1978 alumnae started her career as an elementary teacher in Arizona, but was drawn to marketing. She returned home to work at Cub Foods which was co-founded by her father, and spent 13 years in the advertising department. From there she moved to the Mall of America where she was instrumental in building the mega retailer into a national tourist destination for 25 years. As CEO of the Host Committee for Super Bowl LII, Bausch once again shined the spotlight on Minnesota. The committee’s Bold North campaign put the state on the biggest stage in the world. Bausch holds unmatched skills in marketing and has received two Maxi awards, a Clio award, and was named one of the Top 100 Marketers in the nation by Advertising Age.

Tracey A. Galowitz

For more than thirty years, Tracey Galowitz (Class of 1979) has dedicated herself to serving residents of the St. Croix Valley as a highly-respected and trusted estate planning attorney at Galowitz Olson, PLLC. After graduating law school, Galowitz committed herself to serving her local community, despite having other prestigious offers. As a lifelong Stillwater resident, she has provided expert legal advice to many clients, friends, colleagues and business leaders. Galowitz has served on many local nonprofit boards and committees. She was a trailblazer for women, becoming the first female member of the Stillwater Noon Rotary, Tozer Foundation Board of Directors and Chair of the Lakeview Health System. One particular organization which is dear to her heart is Cancer Legal Care, which provides free legal care to Minnesotans affected by cancer who otherwise have limit access to an attorney’s help for the legal issues that directly impact their health and quality of life.

Pamela (Ogren) Johnson, MS, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

Pamela (Ogren) Johnson, MS, RN, is the Chief Nursing Officer for Mayo Clinic and the Chair of the Department of Nursing in Rochester, Minnesota. In her role, the 1976 alumnae is accountable for all aspects of nursing and provides leadership, guidance and direction across all Mayo Clinic sites to align Mayo’s 14,000 nurses as a single integrated nursing practice. Ms. Johnson has worked at Mayo Clinic for 37 years, starting her career as a staff nurse at Rochester Methodist Hospital, and most recently as chair of the Department of Nursing. Ms. Johnson has been a member of both the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Mayo Clinic Board of Trustees. Ms. Johnson received her Bachelor of Art degree in Nursing from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN and holds a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Ms. Johnson is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), the MN Organization of Leaders in Nursing (MOLN), the Rochester Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Ms. Johnson has spoken nationally on a number of topics including system integration and the integral role of professional nursing in contributing to healthcare redesign for patients and consumers.

David S. Ratte, Capt, USN (Ret.)

Dave Ratte (Class of 1980) traveled the world with the U.S. Navy. The former nuclear-trained submarine officer served 34 years in uniform. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Ratte was deployed 13 times. He served onboard five nuclear powered submarines, commanding the fast attack boat USS MINNEAPOLIS-SAINT PAUL (SSN-708) and Submarine Squadron 17. In addition, Ratte served on numerous shore duties, gaining an expertise in naval manpower, personnel, training, and education plans and policy development, as well as maintenance and material readiness program management. His final tour in the Navy was at the University of Minnesota as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps battalion and Professor of Naval Science. Ratte busily volunteers for several local governmental commissions and nonprofit organizations, including the Stillwater Veterans Memorial and Lumberjack Days Parade, while also officiating collegiate and high school cross country and track and field meets.


The Distinguished Alumni Awards honor Stillwater Area High School alumni who have made a significant impact in the lives of others and the community. A dinner to honor the award winners is held on the day before graduation and represents the formal induction to the Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. The honorees are officially recognized at the commencement ceremony. Awarded since 1987, The Partnership Plan became a co-sponsor with Stillwater Area Public Schools of the awards in 2005.

Plaques of Distinguished Alumni are permanently hung near the main rotunda at Stillwater Area High School. The plaques afford current Stillwater students an opportunity to read about the successful life paths former SHS and SAHS students have taken after graduation.
Use the link below to nominate someone for the 2017-18 awards. Deadline for nominations is Feb. 17, 2018.

Submit an online nomination

Read more about the Distinguished Alumni

Criteria for Distinguished Alumni Award: Nominee must be a living or deceased graduate of Stillwater High School/Stillwater Area High School

  • Nominee must have shown distinguished achievements in his/her chosen professional or educational field(s)
  • Nominee must have shown significant community involvement.
    To be eligible, nominees must be graduated for at least 10 years.

Online nominations are preferred. However, a Word document nomination form is available. Please mail the completed form to The Partnership Plan, P.O.Box 582, Stillwater, MN, 55082.

For additional information contact Rachel Anselmo at anselmor@stillwaterschools.org.