Georgene Gottsch (Boardman) – Valley High School Class of ’73

Georgene Gottsch (Boardman) attended Valley High School and graduated in 1973. After graduation she became a nurse and worked primarily in NICUs. She retired in 2016 after serving as a nurse for 41 years!!! Georgene has 3 sons and 5 grandsons and you can find her staying very involved in the community — including as a DC West Schools Foundation board member! Thank you Georgene!

We’d love to hear and share what you have been up to since graduation! Please visit our Alumni Spotlight Submission page and fill out the form, you could be spotlighted next! If you are up to sharing some photos, please email those to dcwestschoolsfoundation@gmail.com.

Breanne Bartek (Block) – Class of 2002

Breanne Bartek (maiden name Block) graduated from Valley High School in 2002. In 2005, she married her high school sweetheart Jay Bartek and they have since had two beautiful daughters together. Breanne has worked as a Registered Nurse around surgery for nearly 15 years. She currently works in the OR at Children’s Hospital as well as in Nursing Education as a Clinical Informaticist. We are proud of all that Breanne has accomplished!!

We’d love to hear and share what you have been up to since graduation! Please visit our Alumni Spotlight Submission page and fill out the form, you could be spotlighted next! If you are up to sharing some photos, you can email those to dcwestschoolsfoundation@gmail.com.

Tracy Kochenderfer (McArdle) – Valley High School Class of ’76

Tracy is an alumna of Valley High School from the class of 1976 and has pursued her passions since! After graduation, Tracy attended Midland University where she was involved in Phi Beta Lambda, Delta Tau Sorority and she was on the Drill Team for four years, two of which were spent as captain! She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and went on to focus her career in Marketing. Tracy currently holds the role of Communication Specialist at the Block 59 Design Group in Omaha.

Outside of work, Tracy enjoys staying involved with the Miss Omaha Scholarship Organization which is a preliminary event to Miss America (she has volunteered with them for 28 years!) and now holds the role as President of the organization. Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed and her awards include Miss Nebraska Volunteer of the Year, Midland Lutheran College Alumni Award for Community Service and Valley High School Alumni of the Year. 

Tracy lives with her husband Kevin and her son Shane in Omaha. They enjoy attending sporting events, musicals and fashion shows as well as traveling. Tracy also sustains a healthy lifestyle and makes it to fitness classes at least four times a week!

We’d love to hear and share what you have been up to since graduation! Please visit our Alumni Spotlight Submission page and fill out the form, you could be spotlighted next! If you are up to sharing some photos, you can email those to dcwestschoolsfoundation@gmail.com.

Dave Melvin – Valley High School Class of ’73

Dave Melvin is a Valley High School alumnus from the class of 1973 and has sure kept busy since graduation! He became a Certified Respiratory Therapist at Methodist Hospital in Omaha where he worked in critical care as well as held supervision roles in the Respiratory Care Department until 1990. He then went to work at Children’s Hospital where he held roles in the PICU/NICU and the Pediatric Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab (whew, that’s a mouthful!). In 2000 he left Omaha and went to work in the Interventional Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital in Orlando, FL followed by the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH where he was named the Manager of TeleMedicine and Information Services for the Heart Center.

Dave’s work and experiences can be found in several scientific papers and presentations he authored or co-authored regarding Cardiac Catheterization Labs and pediatric cardiology. In addition to practicing, he also received the opportunity to assist in designing and supervising the construction of several pediatric heart care-centric conference centers with an emphasis in audio/visual/TeleMedicine components in Omaha, Orlando, Columbus and Doha, Qatar. He then managed Pediatric Cardiology TeleMedicine networks in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas and Ohio. For a time, he was a member of Ohio Congressman Zac Space’s State Wide Internet Working Group aimed at bringing internet to every resident of Ohio and he participated in a research group to determine how to best transmit battlefield echocardiograms via satellite from the Middle East.

Dave retired from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus in May of 2013 and moved back to Nebraska in 2014. He is now retired and is loving being back home! We thank Dave for providing these photos of some of his experiences!

We’d love to hear and share what you have been up to since graduation! Please visit our Alumni Spotlight Submission page and fill out the form, you could be spotlighted next! If you are up to sharing some photos, you can email those to dcwestschoolsfoundation@gmail.com.

Ben Tompkins

Great story by WOWT about a media class in Logan, Iowa taught by Valley High School Alumnus Ben Tompkins! We love seeing former students doing such great things! Watch the story here