Achievement Day Highlights 2022

Citation for Achievement Honorees

We presented four accomplished William Jewell graduates with the 2022 Citation for Achievement. They share their personal and professional journeys in these brief videos.

M. Tyler Griffin, ’01
Vice President, North American Consulting at Cerner Corporation

Coreen Dawkins Jackson, Ph.D., ’84
Dean, Honors College, Tennessee State University

The Honorable W. Brent Powell, ’92
Justice, Missouri Supreme Court

Chris Rosson, ’06
President and CEO, United Way of Greater Kansas City


The Critical Thinker of the Year Award

We are proud to announce Karen Daniel as the recipient of this inaugural award. She was selected for encompassing William Jewell College’s 7 attributes of a Critical Thinker: analytical, passionate, creative, problem solver, humanitarian, truth seeking and innovative. Daniel joined us at the Achievement Day Celebration event in a conversation with Roshann Parris, founder and CEO of Parris Communications, Inc. Hear Karen's story below, in a conversation with Roshann Parris, founder and CEO of Parris Communications, or see Karen's bio.

Citation for Achievement Honoree Bios

  • M. Tyler Griffin, '01

    Vice President, North American Consulting, Cerner Corporation

    Tyler Griffin is a healthcare information technology executive who designs, deploys and operates large healthcare information technology initiatives and organizations. In his 21 years at Cerner Corporation, he has been frequently promoted for being an innovator and problem-solver who delivers results. Among his past roles include vice president of U.S. Commercial Consulting, senior manager of Worldwide Consulting Operations and manager of United Kingdom Consulting Operations.  

    Since 2021, he has served as vice president and senior consulting leader. He oversees the consulting services, sales, engagement strategies and delivery outcomes of new and active engagements for all clients across North America and is responsible for Cerner’s Professional Service business model that contributes $1.4 billion in annual revenue. He is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds a Master of Business Administration from the Bloch School of Management at University of Missouri-Kansas City. He also has served on the Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association Kansas City Heart Ball, chair of Jewell's Annual Giving Membership Committee and chair of Jewell's Corporate Development Committee.

    As a Jewell student, the business administration and psychology major studied at Harlaxton College in England, served as IFC president and participated in Kappa Alpha Order, Pryor Leadership Studies, First-Year Student Mentors and CUA.

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  • Coreen Dawkins Jackson, Ph.D., ’84

    Dean, Honors College, Tennessee State University

    Dr. Coreen Dawkins Jackson is a dynamic leader, visionary and academician. She graduated as valedictorian in her native Jamaica at age 16 and accepted a full academic scholarship at William Jewell College to study speech communication. She then earned a master’s in broadcast journalism from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in mass communication from Howard University.  

    In just two years as an assistant professor at Houston Baptist University, she revived the fledgling Mass Media Program. After several years as a conference ministry leader and cofounder of the Nashville Marriage Network, the ordained minister taught at Middle Tennessee State University before joining the faculty at Tennessee State University in 2003. An an associate professor of communications, she received approval to build a $1.5 million campus television station. For eight years she has held leadership roles with the University Honors College and was named dean in 2021. 

    Among her honors include serving as senior advisor and past president of the National Association of African American Honors Programs and a board member of the National Collegiate Honors Council. At Jewell, she was involved in Baptist Student Union, Tatler Revue, International Student Organization and Black Student Organization.  

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  • Honorable W. Brent Powell, '92

    Justice, Missouri Supreme Court

    Judge Brent Powell was appointed to the Supreme Court of Missouri in 2017, retaining the seat at the 2018 election for a 12-year term expiring in 2030. For nine years, he served as a circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit (Jackson County). Prior to judicial service, he held several positions including executive assistant United States attorney, Western District of Missouri, and assistant prosecuting attorney in the Platte County Prosecutor’s Office. He earned his juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia. 

    He has received numerous honors for his professional contributions, including the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association President’s Award, the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City Judge of the Year, and additional accolades from the Missouri Bar Foundation, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. 

    The Springfield, Missouri, native was a political science major at Jewell where he played varsity football and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He also valued the educational opportunities he received, such as studying at University of Oxford and interning for a U.S. Senator in Washington, D.C. 

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  • Chris Rosson, ’06

    President and CEO, United Way of Greater Kansas City

    Chris Rosson is an experienced executive with a track record of organizational reinvention, culture transformation and social impact. He has studied, lived and worked across the globe, including Lebanon, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Washington, D.C. Closer to his native Kansas City, he has been an advisor to the Governor of Missouri, a program manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and executive director of Teach For America – Kansas City. In 2021, after a national search, he was named president and CEO of United Way of Greater Kansas City. 

    A first-generation college student, he graduated summa cum laude from Jewell with a B.A. in Business Administration and Economics. While at Jewell, he played basketball and completed an honors tutorial in philosophy and politics at Oxford University. He was one of the nation’s top 20 college students named to USA Today’s All-Academic First Team and was Jewell’s first Rhodes Scholarship national finalist. He earned an M.A. in International Economics and International Relations at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and was a George Mitchell Scholar.

    He serves on several Kansas City charitable boards and committees including the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award Commission, Startland, KIPP KC and Jewell's Radical Inclusivity Advisory Committee. In 2017 he was named a NextGen Leader by the Kansas City Business Journal

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Thank you to our sponsors

  • Presenting Sponsor – $25,000

    Sarah Rowland and The Ever Glades Fund

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  • Grand Underwriter – $15,000

    • Kappa Alpha Order | William E. Dreyer
    • Dianne C. Shumaker
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  • Underwriter – $10,000

    • ECCO Select
    • Donald J. Hall
    • Gautreaux Family Fund
    • Gill Family Investments L.P.
    • Muriel McBrien Kauffman Family Foundation
    • Evan and Mischelle Tripp
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  • Celebration Sponsor – $7,500

    • Tyler Griffin
    • Mark and Karen Mathes
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  • Benefactor Sponsor – $5,000

    • American Public Square at Jewell
    • Cerner Corporation
    • Commerce Bank
    • David and Lisa Essig
    • Jason and Bethany Houseworth
    • JE Dunn Construction Company
    • Steven Karbank
    • KPMG LLP
    • Liberty Hospital
    • Bobbie Mathes
    • McCownGordon Construction
    • North Kansas City Hospital
    • Shirley Neff Pryor
    • Todd S. Taylor DVM—Taylor Animal Hospital of Parkville
    • United Way of Greater Kansas City
    • U.S. Engineering
    • Buzz and Pam Willard
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  • Ambassador Sponsor – $2,500

    • Arvest Bank
    • Bank Midwest
    • BKD CPAs & Advisors
    • Bradco Incorporated
    • Charles and Susan Chambers
    • Children's Mercy Kansas City
    • Melanie and Russ Cline Family Foundation
    • Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Brumitt, P.C.
    • Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Alumni
    • Fresh Ideas
    • Gilmore & Bell, P.C.
    • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
    • Hallmark Distribution Center
    • Jeff and Sarah Hon
    • Husch Blackwell, LLP
    • ISSCO, INC.
    • Jewell Unlimited
    • Kansas City Chiefs
    • Kauffman Foundation
    • KCUR 89.3 / 91.9 Classical KC
    • Tom and Jan Kreamer
    • Lockton Companies
    • Doug Mason and GonserGerber, LLC
    • Mammoth Sports Construction
    • Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC
    • McConnell & Associates
    • Pat and Beth McCown
    • The Miller Group
    • Jason Parks
    • The Scarbrough Group
    • Jim and Lisa Shoemaker
    • Spencer Financial
    • Rein Staal
    • Steve and Sandra Stites
    • Nancy and Mike Thiessen & Rob and Mary Thiessen
    • Qiana and Cedric Thomason
    • Strickland Construction Company
    • UMB Bank
    • Craig and Deana Zahnd
    • Zipco Contracting & Restoration
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  • Scholar Sponsor – $1,000

    • CBIZ, Inc.
    • Len Dawson
    • Jill and Marshall Dean
    • Terry and Peggy Dunn
    • Jim Ferrell
    • Linda and Bill French
    • Charles and Patty Garney
    • Larry and Debbie Harman
    • Irv Hockaday
    • Larry and Linda Holley
    • i9 Sports
    • Chad and Edie Jolly
    • Kansas City Marriott Downtown
    • Tim and Jorja Krause
    • Barbara Koval Nelson
    • Helmar Nielsen
    • Jim and Marcia Pierce
    • Bob and Cheryl Steinkamp
    • Marise Stewart
    • Don and Jean Wagner
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