Meet the Distinguished Hudson High School Alumni 2021 | New
HUDSON – Hudson High School recognized four alumni with its Distinguished Alumni Award.
The award recognizes the outstanding work of former HHS students.
This year’s winners are:
A resident of St. Croix County for most of his life, Patrick Casanova was introduced to the arts early on through the St. Croix Valley Arts Guild, which later became the Phipps Center of the Arts. His love of the outdoors comes from his hours of fishing and hunting on the Willow River, Mallalieu Lake and the Sainte-Croix River. He was fortunate to have great colorful storytellers in his family and friends who had a keen sense of the history of this region and shared their knowledge of the community. By participating in the Boy Scouts and following the example set by his parents, he developed a sense of service to the community of yesterday and today.
After graduation, he completed his studies with a BA in Arts Education from UW – River Falls and an MA from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois. He also studied Scandinavian design at the University of Oslo, Norway, and the Kashmiri School of Design in Srinagar Kashmir, India. He returned to the Hudson community in 1979 where he remains today after having later careers as a builder, real estate agent before opening the Casanova Glass Studio. For the past 25 years he has had a downtown studio as well as a home studio where he has produced art glass and lighting. He always maintained an open studio atmosphere that included mentoring artists and organizing events open to the public to create adornments and special projects. He believes that it is important for people to see the process as well as the product to appreciate the importance of mathematics, chemistry and physics to the development of the arts.
Thea Feyereisen has built a very successful and impactful career in the aviation industry as a Senior Engineering Fellow in Aerospace Electronics. Thea leads international teams to develop aviation safety systems, including cockpit vision systems and artificial intelligence. His inventions reduce the risk of aircraft accidents due to pilot error. It has more than 60 US and foreign patents. Prior to his engineering career, Thea was a bush pilot in Alaska.
Living and raising her daughter in her hometown of Hudson, Thea is active in the community. She is passionate about being a positive role model for women and minorities interested in pursuing a STEM career. Thea advocates for Title IX and is a lifelong promoter of equal opportunities for girls and minority groups. As a varsity athlete herself, Thea has volunteered as a coach and is known for the phrase “You Got This” because she encourages others to soar like she has been doing all of her life.
Brian Hayes is recognized for his long career as a physician, specializing as an orthopedic surgeon in several capacities. Born into a military family, Brian served more than twenty years in the military after graduating from West Point. He completed two periods of service in Vietnam before graduating from the University of Texas Medical School in 1976. He is currently a VA Hospital Physician in Roseburg, Oregon.
Brian also holds a science degree from his years at West Point with interests in math and nuclear engineering. Brian Hayes credits his father with the inspiration to explore a variety of interests in life. He could be known as a “Renaissance man” in some way, as he has a high degree of interest and skill in many areas. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time as a carpenter. Brian’s service and dedication to the military and health services is unparalleled and serves as a beacon of light for future generations.
The Honorable Michael A. Schumacher attended elementary, middle and high school, all located in the Hudson School District. He received a BA from St. Cloud State University and received his JD from the University of Nebraska Law School. He practiced law in Eau Claire, Wisconsin from 1981 to 2007. He was subsequently appointed a judge of the Eau Claire County Circuit Court by Governor Jim Doyle. He was elected unopposed in 2008, 2014 and 2020. He was known to be well prepared, knowledgeable and fair.
Justice Schumacher was a judicial member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has been a member and chaired many local and national committees. He was the administrative presiding judge of Eau Claire County. One area he particularly liked, and for which he was well suited, was presiding over treatment tribunals. There he interacted weekly with offenders who suffered from drug addiction. With dedicated members of a treatment team, he strived to provide treatment and support on the path to recovery and a crime-free lifestyle, rather than jail. There have been many successes and many failures, but Judge Schumacher felt that even those discharged from the treatment court left the experience better prepared to face life’s challenges.