Vikings of Distinction

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2015 Vikings of Distinction

2015 Honorees

Ronald B. Cooley, Class of 1967 (Omaha, NE) 
Ron—an accomplished gold and platinum record award-winning guitarist, bassist, and lutist—has been with the acclaimed Mannheim Steamroller for 35 years.  He was an adjunct faculty member in the music departments at many universities, as well as an instructor for the Cathedral Arts Project Jazz Workshops.  In the 1970’s he was the guitarist for C.W. McCall. 

Micah Laaker, Class of 1993 (Mountain View, CA)
Micah’s journey from North High to his current post at Google has closely mirrored his passions. His career has involved everything from board games to technical manuals, from music videos to mobile apps. His career in technology has been highlighted with leadership roles at Def Jam Records, Yahoo!, and Graphicly prior to joining Google.

Mike McGee, Class of 1977 (Omaha, NE)
As the World-Herald Athlete of the Year in 1977, Mike’s basketball talents took him from North High to the University of Michigan.  He then went on to play nine seasons in the NBA, including helping the LA Lakers win two NBA Championships.  He also played for the Hawks, Kings, Nets, and Suns in the NBA and later for France and Italy in European leagues. Following his professional career, he coached in China.
Dwight L. and Marleen Morgan, Class of 1962 (Milwaukee, WI) 
Friend of NHS Award
Dwight and Marleen were high school sweethearts at North High and now they are being honored for their commitment to North High and their exceptional support of the NHS Foundation and its scholarships to NHS students. They have been actively involved in their Milwaukee
Community. Dwight is the Senior Vice-President of Human Resources at Wisconsin’s Aurora Health Care and Marlene has been an educator.

Lance G. Morgan
, Class of 1986 (Winnebago, NE)
After earning his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1993, Lance launched Ho-Chunk, Inc., an economic development corporation for the Winnebago Tribe.  With his leadership, Ho-Chunk now has over 30 subsidiaries and operations throughout the United States and in five foreign countries, and provides Edu-Care child care, banking and housing opportunities for their new community, the Ho-Chunk Village.  In July, 2014, he received the Advocate of the Year Award by the Minority Business Development Agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce.

Judith A. Wells, Class of 1968 (Omaha, NE)
A graduate of Creighton School of Law, Judith has her own practice and is also an Independent Attorney Contractor with Omaha’s Housing Authority.  She is involved with the EEO Network as a GSA Contractor and as a Final Agency Decision Writer for the US Post Office.  Holding numerous leadership positions with legal and community groups and boards, she is committed to civil rights and to equal opportunity for all.

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