Celebrating Achievement

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Join us for the 77th Annual Achievement Day Celebration!
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Virtual program featuring special guests and music

Featured Speakers

Kansas City business leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities in our region and how the community is poised to thrive post-pandemic. These speakers will cover equity in education, social justice, shared prosperity, economic and entrepreneurial health and more:

  • Bill Gautreaux, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and KC Rising; William Jewell College Board of Trustees Chair; MLP Holdings LLC Managing Partner
  • Esther George, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and CEO
  • Wendy Guillies, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President
  • Charlotte Kemper, Commerce Trust Company Charitable Trusts and Foundations Director
  • Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President
  • Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, William Jewell College President
  • Qiana Thomason, Health Forward Foundation President and CEO
  • Carolyn Watley, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Chair; CBIZ Vice President of Community Engagement
  • Jewell students Manny Macias, Carman Stephenson and Jack Still


Citation for Achievement Honorees

We are proud to present four accomplished William Jewell graduates with the 2021 Citation for Achievement at the Achievement Day Dinner.

Dimple Dhabalia portraitDimple Dhabalia, ’97
Senior Advisor for Workforce Enrichment, Refugee, Asylum, and International Operations (RAIO) / U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Founder and CEO, Roots in the Clouds
Washington, D.C.




Mike Frazier portraitR. Michael Frazier, ’86
President and CEO, ReeceNichols Realtors, Inc.
Kansas City





Calvin Whitehouse portraitCalvin Osborne, ’85
Associate Director, Office of Federal & Regional Affairs
Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C.;
President and CEO, Potomac Realty Company





Jim Richerson portrait.jpgJim Richerson, ’90
President, The PGA of America
Senior Vice President of Operations, Troon



“Every year William Jewell College produces hundreds of qualified graduates and engaged citizens who make Kansas City their home. We hope you will join us in supporting these students and the College. ”

Corporate Sponsor Committee Co-Chairs Tyler Griffin, '01, and Darren Prenger, '03

Event Details

  • Event Leadership

    Corporate Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs:
    Tyler Griffin, ’01, and Darren Prenger, ’03

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  • Tickets

    • Individual Patron Tickets: $150. Includes one ticket to the virtual event.
    • Individual Ambassador Tickets: $250. Includes one ticket to the virtual event and a listing in the program.

    Purchase your tickets today.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Visit our sponsors page to complete your sponsorship online.

  • Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program including Video Message
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
    2021 Presenting Sponsor:

    The Ever Glades Fund and Lead Bank

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  • Grand Underwriter – $15,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
    2021 Grand Underwriters:

    Linda and Bill Dreyer - Kappa Alpha Order
    Jewell Unlimited
    Dianne Shumaker and Bob Southard

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  • Underwriter – $10,000

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Prominent Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
    2021 Underwriters:

    Gill Family Investments L.P.
    Donald J. Hall

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  • Celebration Sponsor – $7,500

    • Prominent Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Recognition in Event Publicity
    • Premium Wine and Catered Dinner for 8
    2021 Celebration Sponsor:

    Mark and Karen Mathes

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  • Benefactor Sponsor – $5,000

    • Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Premium Wine and Charcuterie for 8
    2021 Benefactor Sponsors:

    Charles and Susan Chambers
    Commerce Bank
    ECCO Select
    Gautreaux Family Fund
    Tyler Griffin
    Jason Houseworth
    JE Dunn Construction Company
    Steven Karbank
    Liberty Hospital

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  • Ambassador Sponsor – $2,500

    • Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    • Wine and Charcuterie for 8
    2021 Ambassador Sponsors:

    Jerry Abbott
    Arvest Bank
    Bank Midwest
    BKD CPAs & Advisors
    BlueCross and Blue Shield of Kansas City
    Melanie and Russ Cline Family Trust, RCA Group
    CommunityAmerica Credit Union
    Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Alumni
    Fresh Ideas
    Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
    Hallmark Cards, Inc.
    Jeffrey and Sarah Hon
    Husch Blackwell, LLP
    Kansas City Chiefs
    Jamie and Ted Kapke
    KCUR 89.3
    Tom and Jan Kreamer
    Lockton Companies
    Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
    The Miller Group
    Beth and Pat McCown
    McDonald’s Essig & Associates, Inc.
    Bobbie Mathes in honor of Dr. Elizabeth Betty Kingsley
    Shirley Neff Pryor
    Rein Staal
    Steven and Sandra Stites
    Nancy and Mike Thiessen & Rob and Mary Thiessen
    Qiana F. Thomason
    UMB Bank
    U.S. Engineering
    RDML Diane Webber, USN (Ret) and CAPT Charles Webber, USN (Ret)
    Buzz and Pam Willard
    Shirley Williams
    Craig and Deana Zahnd

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  • Scholars Sponsor – $1,000

    • Recognition in Event Invitation Emails and Virtual Program
    2021 Scholars Sponsors:

    American Public Square at Jewell
    George Boltniew
    Georgia Buchanan
    CBIZ, Inc.
    Vince and Julie Clark
    William Dunn, Sr.
    James and Elizabeth Ferrell
    Gould Evans Associates
    Irv and Helen Hockaday
    James and Marcia Pierce
    Fred and Jami Pryor
    Anselm Y. Siao
    The Shepard Wealth Management Group
    Don and Jean Wagner

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More about our Honorees

Read the bios for this year's distinguished Citation for Achievement honorees.

  • Dimple Dhabalia, ’97

    For 20 years, Dimple Dhabalia has worked at the crossroads of the government and humanitarian sectors with a focus on asylum- and refugee-related policies and operations. She began her role as a senior advisor to the Refugee Asylum and International Operations Directorate (RAIO) in 2016. Since beginning her federal career as an asylum officer in 2004, Dhabalia has served in a variety of positions with RAIO at both the field and headquarters levels, working, living and traveling to more than 40 countries. Her work is now focused in Washington, D.C.

    As a result of her own experiences with compassion fatigue, burnout, and secondary trauma from working with vulnerable populations, Dhabalia launched RAIO Thrive in 2017 to provide the workforce with tools and resources to create a culture of belonging, support greater work/life harmony, and begin the process of destigmatizing mental health related occupational stressors. She is also the founder of Roots in the Clouds where her mission is to put the “human” back into humanitarian work. Through Roots in the Clouds Dhabalia supports leaders and organizations across High Human Impact (HHI) sectors to design human-centered workplace cultures where head, heart, and metrics work together to create nimble organizations that can thrive and grow, even in the midst of uncertainty and challenge, and where empathy and social connection are at the heart the employee experience.

    She was an Oxbridge Institutions and Policy major at Jewell, studying economics, philosophy and politics during her year at Oxford University, and earned a juris doctor from the University of Denver College of Law. She also holds a Certification in Applied Positive Psychology and is an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) as well as a Certified Mindfulness, Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge (mPEAK) Facilitator.

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  • R. Michael Frazier, ’86

    Mike Frazier assumed the role of CEO and president of ReeceNichols Realtors Inc. in 2018, seven months after he was named president and CFO. He guides the strategy and vision for the largest residential real estate company in Kansas and Missouri with a team of more than 3,000 agents and 250 employees. Frazier joined ReeceNichols in 2007 as CFO and COO. During his tenure, ReeceNichols has expanded geographically in Kansas City and southern Missouri and has grown in market share.

    Frazier began his career in banking, then spent 15 years with Hallmark, including CFO of Crown Center Redevelopment real estate division. In that role, he was responsible for daily operations of retail, two hotels and nine office buildings. For the past 10 years, he has served on the board of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and currently is president.

    At Jewell, Frazier studied accounting. He was a two-year member of the Cardinal Basketball team and was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.

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  • Calvin Osborne, ’85

    Most of Calvin Osborne’s career has been focused as a senior legal and regulatory professional for government organizations. In 2018, he was named associate director in the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C. He is senior advisor to the mayor, proposes and negotiates language for bills introduced in both chambers of Congress, and serves as chief lobbyist for the mayor on environmental issues, land transactions and transportation infrastructure issues.

    He previously spent 15 years with the Federal Communications Commission, he served as attorney, senior attorney, then was promoted to associate director in the Office of Communications Business Opportunities. He led a team of attorneys in promoting competition and opportunities on behalf of small telecommunications businesses. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel in the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and at the FDIC.

    After studying business administration and management at Jewell, Osborne completed his juris doctor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The lifelong learner is currently pursuing a certificate in real estate investment and a master’s degree in management, both through Harvard University Extension. In 2004, he founded Potomac Realty Company in Washington, D.C., and continues to serve as president and CEO.

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  • Jim Richerson, ’90

    Jim Richerson was elected president of The PGA of America (Professional Golfers’ Association) in October 2020 after serving consecutive two-year terms as Vice President and Secretary. The PGA of America is one of the largest sports organizations in the world with more than 28,000 members and associates. In the President role, he will help lead the United States team in the 2020 Ryder Cup. Throughout his 30-plus year career in the industry, he has served in various executive roles and on numerous industry boards and committees, including as an Executive Committee Member of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 PGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, and the 2015 PGA Championship.

    Richerson is also senior vice president of operations for Troon, a golf course management, development and marketing company serving 585 golf locations around the globe with properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries. Previous to his work at Troon, he served as Kohler Company's general manager and director of golf for more than 11 years, overseeing the operations at Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run in Wisconsin and The Duke’s Course in St. Andrews, Scotland. He spent the first 18 years of his career affiliated with the Marriott and Ritz-Carlton Hotel & Golf Corporation, holding various management and executive positions at golf properties in six states.

    At Jewell, Richerson was a communication major and a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He played football for two years and was a four-year letterman and captain of the golf team. He and his wife, Kristi Iglehart Richerson, '90, are the proud parents of daughter Mary-Claire.

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