Class Notes


News from Jewell alumni

1950

Dr. William Hooper, ’53, had his choral work “The Second Coming” chosen to be performed at the National Association of Composers/USA conference on March 16, 2018, at Liberty Memorial. His composition is based on a poem by William B. Yeats. He has published more than 40 choral pieces, numerous instrumental and keyboard compositions and eight books. He and his wife reside in Bolivar, where he also serves as senior adult pastor at First Baptist Church.

1960

Jim Gladden, ’62, was chosen for induction into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Jim, a defensive coach of the Florida State football team for 27 years, will be inducted in a ceremony in September 2018. He and his wife reside in Tallahassee, Fla.

Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue, ’62, received the Friend of Science Award from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences in April 2018. Mary is a former science teacher in Naponee, Neb., and Franklin, Neb., who organized science fairs and had students compete in numerous science and engineering academies and competitions. She later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) and the University of Central Florida. She has been awarded the Henzlik Award for Outstanding Teacher in Nebraska and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Sciences and Mathematics Teaching Certificate of Honor, State Award Winner in 1985. 

Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue, ’66, has been honored by the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health with the creation of the Carol J. Rowland Hogue Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Achievement. The award grants $5,000 to a mid-career epidemiologist who has made an “exceptional contribution” to the practice of epidemiology and invites the winner to give a scientific presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Carol is the Jules and Uldeen Terry Chair of Maternal and Child Health at Emory University and established the Women’s and Children’s Center at the university.

Larry Holley, ’67, received Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement on Aug. 4, 2018, in Jacksonville, Fla. The honor is the highest award granted to an alumnus of the fraternity for success in his career. Larry was also the keynote speaker at the Purple, Green and Gold Banquet for the 2018 General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar.

Janet (Hirsch) Keeney, ’68, was honored with the 2017 Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award by the Johnson County (Kan.) Commission on Aging. The award honors volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Janet recruited volunteers to create a meal service for families at the Olathe Hospice House. She also serves as chair of the Master Food Volunteer Sunshine Committee, a volunteer caring committee that sends “sunshine” to seniors in happy and difficult times. She and her husband reside in Olathe, Kan.

1970

Philip Love, ’71, retired as managing director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture at Yale Divinity School. Before that, he retired as CEO of Pryor Resources, a business training company. He serves on the board of Angel Flight Central, a nonprofit organization that arranges free flights for people in need, and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Service and Leadership Award.

Dr. Murray Jennex, ’78, won the Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University (also called the Faculty Monty award) for the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University for the 2018-2019 school year. Murray is a professor of management information systems. He and his wife reside in Oceanside, Calif.

1980

Philip Krause, ’80, of Krause Law LLC, has been practicing law in the Kansas City area for more than 40 years, focusing primarily on corporate, securities, real estate and business law matters. He recently began offering mediation services to disputing parties and their legal counsel, primarily in business-based disputes. Philip also is a frequent lecturer on negotiating principles.

David D. Powell, ’80, has joined Harbour Energy as chief financial officer. He had previously served as CFO of Cobalt International Energy and CFO of the petroleum unit of BHP Billiton. Before joining BHP, he spent more than 28 years in various roles at Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation. He and his family reside in Houston.

Debbie Snyder, ’83, has been named group vice president of corporate social responsibility solutions at StratustLIVE, a provider of cloud-based, enterprise-class CRM and donor management software for nonprofit organizations and corporate social responsibility teams. Debbie has served as director of global community affairs at EDS, a Fortune 100 company. She has been a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Congressional Award for Youth, the JASON Foundation for Education, and Young Audiences of North Texas. She and her husband reside in Frisco, Texas.

Dr. Susan Mace Weeks, ’83, was named the first vice provost of Texas Christian University. She had served as dean of the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute since 2015. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and chair of the board of trustees for a Fort Worth, Texas, area hospital. In addition to her work in TCU’s administration, Susan is also a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. She and her family reside in Aledo, Texas.

Jody Jensen Shaffer, ’86, has had her 2017 picture book, “Prudence the Part-Time Cow (Henry Holt Children’s),” named as a finalist for the 2019-2020 Missouri Show Me Award by the Missouri Association of School Librarians. "Prudence" was also chosen to represent Missouri at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She resides in Liberty.

Scott Anders, ’87, was selected in January 2018 as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer of the Eastern District of Missouri by Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel. The position is a court unit executive position in the federal judiciary, equivalent to senior executive service in the Executive Branch. He and his family reside in St. Louis.

Barbara Warren Peterson, ’88, was invited by the May 18th Memorial Foundation to speak at the 20th anniversary of the Asian Human Rights Charter in Gwangju, South Korea, on behalf of her deceased husband, Arnold Peterson ’65. While serving as Southern Baptist missionaries, Arnold and Barbara witnessed and documented the Gwangju May 18th Democratic Uprising in 1980, a significant event in South Korean history. Arnold’s testimony during South Korean Congressional Hearings in 1995 led to the conviction and imprisonment of former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan. She resides in Dallas.

Dr. Crystal Harris, ’89, was promoted to associate dean of the Missouri Western State University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. She has been a nursing faculty member at the school since 1999 and served as interim director and interim associate dean of the department. She has been the coordinator of the school’s RN to BSN program since 2013.

Allen Ward, ’89, is the director of athletics at Abilene (Texas) Christian University. He had been the athletic director at Murray State University in Kentucky for 13 years.

1990

Susan Chambers, ’90, was named to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is currently the chair of the Jewell Board of Trustees and a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education. She is the retiring executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Wal-mart Stores, Inc. 

Shara (Clevenger) Brice, ’91, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) Public School Foundation. While living in England, she developed the Epping Forest Council for Voluntary Service, the Ascension Eagles cheerleading program, the London Cheerleading Academy and Talent Central UK. She was later named a Member of the British Empire and was one of four “Woman of the Year” winners for the United Kingdom in 2010. Shara also carried the Olympic torch for the London games. She resides in Aspen, Colo.

Jennifer May, ’92, was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hear cases as an immigration judge at the Fort Worth (Texas) Immigration Adjudications Center starting in October 2018. Since 2006, Jennifer served as assistant chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Kansas City. Before that, she was the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, Family Support Division, in Liberty. She is a member of the Kansas Bar and Missouri Bar.

Judge W. Brent Powell, ’92, was retained on the Missouri Supreme Court in the 2018 election. He was first appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2017 and served as a Jackson County circuit court judge from 2008-2017. He has also served as an assistant Platte County prosecutor and an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City. He and his wife reside in Kansas City, Mo.

2000

Kevin Keeton, ’00, was hired as the head football coach at Benton High School. He had previously worked as associate head coach and strength coordinator at Winnetonka High School. He and his family reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Kirk McCullough, ’01, was profiled in August 2018 by KCUR 89.3 FM for his use of a new Achilles tendon surgery, the “mini-open,” which has been used to treat several Kansas City professional athletes. Kirk, of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, is also a member of the National Football League’s Foot and Ankle Subcommittee. To view the story, follow this link.

Gus "Jack" Wetzel, III, ’01, has been appointed to the Hawthorn Bancshares, Inc., board of directors. He had served on the board of directors of Hawthorn Bank, one of Hawthorn Bancshares’ subsidiaries, since 2017. Jack is the president of Meadows Construction Company and Meadows Development Company, both of Clinton, Mo., where he resides.

Jacquelyn (Crenshaw) Bode, ’02, was appointed executive director of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists. She had worked as the executive director and senior development manager for the Christian Hospital Foundation in St. Louis. She and her family reside in St. Charles.

Matt Bowman, ’03, president of Thrive Internet Marketing Agency, was nominated for Fort Worth Inc.’s Entrepreneur of Excellence Awards in the Media, Communications and Public Relations category. The awards recognize and honor entrepreneurial owners of private companies in the Greater Fort Worth area. He and his wife reside in Arlington, Texas. 

Frank Hensley, ’04, and Heather Hensley welcomed as son, Beric David, on Feb. 26, 2018. The Hensleys reside in Marina del Rey, Calif, and Frank celebrates 10 years at Universal Music Group where he is senior director of label relations.

Dr. Alan Wegener, ’04, opened Richards & Wegener, Optometrists, with Dr. John Richards in October 2018 in Liberty. Alan also serves as treasurer for the Missouri Optometric Association. He and his wife, Emily (Wommack) Wegener, ’05, and their three sons reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Catherine “Cat” Comley Adams, ’05, was hired as assistant executive director of advancement at the State Historical Society of Missouri in August 2018. She had previously served as the senior director of advancement for the University of Missouri Extension, the MU Truman School of Public Affairs and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Dr. Zachary Frey, ’05, was selected to serve on the board of directors for the Nebraska Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently the medical director of primary care services at Mary Lanning Healthcare. He, his wife Lindsay (Wiegel) Frey, ’04, and their two children, Emerson and Madelyn, reside in Hastings, Neb.

Ryan Harwell, ’05, has been promoted to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He will be responsible for the bank’s credit and risk management; statistics, structure and reserves; support solutions; and surveillance and risk analysis departments. He has been with the Federal Reserve since 2005, and has served as an assistant examiner, assistant vice president and manager of the examinations and inspections team. Ryan also is the 2018 William Jewell Young Distinguished Alumnus.

Josh Payne, ’05, is a National Wildlife Federation Cover Crops Champion. After graduating from Jewell, he worked as a high school English teacher and coach before becoming a full-time farmer on his grandfather’s farm. He and his wife reside in Concordia.

Anthony Shop, ’05, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Social Driver, was as one of nine Americans selected for the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship Program. As part of the program, he will pursue an individual project focused on digital media and engage in transformative exchanges of knowledge and ideas with leading thinkers in their respective fields. He will meet with experts and leaders across multiple cities in China. He and his husband, Thomas Sanchez, reside in Washington, D.C.

Megan (Dusing) Bright, ’06, earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of Library Media: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. Less than 2 percent achieve National Board Certification. Megan works as an elementary school librarian in Liberty, where she resides with her family.

Dr. Gayla Huffman, ’06, was elected as director of the Society of Pediatric Nurses board. She is also the chair-elect of the organization’s Program Planning Committee and the education and professional development program manager at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Cody Hunter, ’06, has been hired as a world history teacher and head football coach at Herculaneum High School. He previously worked at De Soto High School.

Jill (Sladek) McClure, ’06, has been hired as senior vice president of American National Bank in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She will lead the commercial banking team at the bank. Jill holds an MBA from Creighton University and serves on the board for Completely KIDS, as well as the Women’s Center for Advancement Guild. She and her family reside in Elkhorn, Neb.

Andrew Wingfield, ’07, completed his doctor of education degree in May 2018 from Vanderbilt University. He will continue his work in international higher education administration after graduation.

Patrick James, ’07, was accepted into the dietetics internship and master’s program with St. Louis University. He will continue toward becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist upon completion of the internship.

Dr. Ryan Alvarado, ’08, has been hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of mathematics at Amherst College. He and his family reside in Amherst, Mass.

Trent Figg, ’08, was hired by Missouri State University as assistant football coach, working with running backs. He spent last year as defensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas University. 

Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, ’09, earned master’s degrees in Jewish education and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in June 2018. She serves as the assistant rabbi of a synagogue in Brookline, Mass., where she lives with her husband and son.

2010

Brian Gehrlein, ’10, was hired as the youth services associate at the Excelsior Springs branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. He and his wife, Katherine (Myers) Gehrlein, ’11, reside in Liberty. 

Kate Rettig, ’10, was named the 2017-2018 Liberty (Mo.) Public Schools Teacher of the Year and was one of 32 named to the Regional Teachers of the Year. Kate is a third-grade teacher at Lillian Schumacher Elementary School, and she also serves on her building’s leadership team and the Curriculum Council. She and her family reside in Liberty.

Ben Dougherty, ’11, is the head coach of Parkview High School in Springfield after seven seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator. He resides in Springfield, Mo.

Trista Turley, ’12, was hired as staff attorney for the Ohio Court of Claims. She previously worked as assistant attorney general at the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She resides in Columbus, Ohio.

Jessica (Chandler) Jansen, ’13, and Mitchell Jansen welcomed a son, Theodore Renly, on Jan. 4, 2018. They reside in St. Charles, Mo.

Sarah Scoggin, ’14, has earned a doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tenn.

Adam Young, ’14, and Haley Jones, ’14, were married on Dec. 16, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Mission Hills, Kan. They spent their honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They reside in Prairie Village, Kan.

Logan Winter, ’16, was promoted to staff accountant at Sink, Gordon and Associates LLP, where he specializes in tax and accounting services for individuals, partnerships and corporations. He resides in Manhattan, Kan.

Abram Fernandez, ’17, will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon. He plans to become an author and a college professor or philosophical consultant.

Parker Wood, ’17, has been named a managing partner with Josh DeShong Real Estate in Heath, Texas, where he resides.

Aubrey Kent, ’18, is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. She and her family reside in Independence.

Luke Lockhart, ’18, has been accepted to the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Julia Parker ’18 will pursue dual master’s degrees in divinity and social work from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Zoe Spangler, ’18, will pursue a master of fine arts in lighting design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will also work as the master electrician at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival during the summer of 2018.

Elizabeth Stevenson, ’18, has been hired as a cell culture technician in the Tissue Culture Core Lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

 
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Class Notes from 2017

  • 1950

    Dr. William Hooper '53 won the Open Category Choral Composition Competition sponsored by the Missouri New Music Initiative with his piece titled "Crucifixus." William received an M.A. degree at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is professor of music emeritus at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

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  • 1960

    William "Bill" Dreyer '60 was named to the Board of Trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va. Bill, who started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., now AT&T, in 1959, retired as a senior executive of the company in 1998. He also served as Knight Commander (national president) of the Kappa Alpha Order from 2011 to 2015. He and Linda (Hill) Dreyer '61 reside in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue '66 received the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a member of the Emory College faculty or staff for significant service to the university. Carol has worked at Emory for 25 years, including being named to the first endowed professorship at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and serving as a counselor to the Emory College Board of Trustees. While at Emory, she has established and led the Women's and Children's Center. She worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the Emory faculty. She and Dr. Lynn Hogue '66 reside in Atlanta.

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  • 1970

    Dr. Marion Roberts '70 was elected into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame. He is currently conductor of the Lawrence (Kan.) City Band and the De Soto (Kan.) Brass Band. Marion is the retired director of bands at Blue Valley North High School (Overland Park, Kan.). He and Marcia (Rains) Roberts '71 reside in Lawrence, Kan.

    Rodney Hader '71 retired as a customer service representative from I.R.S. Kansas City in May 2015. He was also self-employed in Hader Poultry for more than 35 years. He is spending his retirement enjoying time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as building projects and making stained-glass windows. He resides in Independence.

    Rev. Jim Coffer '73 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ministry in November 2017 at a ceremony at Stockton (Mo.) United Methodist Church. After graduating with a master's in divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977, he served in a variety of roles in Baptist churches before being led to the Methodist church. He served in several Methodist churches before joining Stockton UMC in 2013.

    Dr. Prabu Raman '76 was installed as the 148th president of the Missouri Dental Association at the MDA House of Delegates on Nov. 5 in Jefferson City. He has been in private practice as the owner of The Raman Center for Advanced Dentistry in Kansas City since 1983 and served in a variety of other dentistry roles. He and his family reside in Liberty.

    James “Jim” Cooksey ’77 was appointed as associate circuit court judge for Randolph County in north-central Missouri. Jim was previously associate circuit court judge in Randolph County from 1984-2003. Since 2003, he has been principal attorney and owner of the Law Office of James M. Cooksey. He and his wife reside in Moberly.

    David Bollinger '78 has opened a branch of ClearSound Hearing in Fulton. The branch, David's third, offers hearing evaluations, education, hearing instrument fittings and other services. He and his wife reside in Jefferson City.

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  • 1980

    Dale Phelps '80 was named the editor and vice president of news for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. He had served as the managing editor since 2008 and has been with the paper since 1998. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Tacoma.

    Linda Haberstroh '82 was named one of the Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal in August 2016. Linda joined her mother's business, Phoenix Textile Corp., in 1985 and has since risen to become the company's president, helping the company average $61 million in annual sales.

    Rebecca Sandring '82 was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional member in the field of finance. Becky is the senior vice president, treasurer and secretary at CorEnergy, an energy infrastructure company. She and her husband, Dennis Boatright '83, reside in Lee's Summit.

    Scott Burton '84 was awarded tenure status as a professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the College of Southern Nevada. Scott is retired from a combined 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services. He is a former member of the State of New Mexico's Adult Parole Board and has prior experience as a facility director and warden in the private prison industry. The 2nd edition of his college textbook entitled Professionalism, Integrity, and Ethics in Criminal Justice is scheduled for release in fall 2017. Scott also was appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to the newly formed Nevada Sentencing Commission in November 2017. He and his wife reside in Henderson, Nev.

    Randy Reinholz '84 recently saw the world premiere of his play, Off the Rails, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The play is loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Randy is the first Native American playwright to write for the festival. He and his family reside in Chula Vista, Calif.

    Connie Dover '84 was unanimously inducted into the 2017 Missouri Music Hall of Fame as both a musician and a composer/songwriter. She is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her music has been highlighted on a number of national broadcasts. She lives and works on a ranch in Wyoming's Beartooth/Absaroka Wilderness.

    Bill Gautreaux '85 has been named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the president of Crestwood Midstream Partners. A member of the William Jewell Board of Trustees, Bill resides in Kansas City.

    Dawn (Barnes) Morhaus '85 was appointed executive vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Treasury Services and Technology Support Division. She has been senior vice president of the division since 2011 and serves on the Bank's Management Committee. She started with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in 1987 and held various staff positions in the Computer Systems and Check Collections departments. She resides in Kansas City.

    Honorable Zel Fischer '85 was selected by colleagues in July 2017 to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in October 2008, and he also has worked in both private law and as an associate circuit judge in Atchison County. At Jewell, he is an adjunct professor of American jurisprudence, a 2012 Citation for Achievement recipient and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his family reside in Tarkio.

    Brad Sprong '86, of Leawood, Kan., has been named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the managing partner of KPMG Kansas City serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees. 

    Jody Jensen Shaffer '86 was honored by Highlights magazine editorial, art and production staff as "Best of the Issue" for her story titled "Earth Day Birthday," published in the April 2017 issue. In addition, her picture book, Prudence the Part-time Cow (Laura Godwin Books/Henry Holt), was chosen to represent the state of Missouri at the 2017 National Book Festival on Sept. 2 in Washington, D.C. Jody is an award-winning poet and author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She and her family reside in Liberty.

    Dr. James Wooldridge '88 was named chief medical officer of Aeglea BioTherapeutics, a biotechnology company in Austin, Texas, that develops enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat genetic diseases and cancer. He had worked at Eli Lilly as chief scientific officer for immuno-oncology clinical development. 

    Greg Canuteson '89 was awarded the Civic Leadership Award by the West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League. The mayor of each community in the division nominated an outstanding civic leader to be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the annual Civic Leadership Award Banquet. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of business and civic leaders in developing stronger cities. Greg was elected state representative in 1992, then was elected to two terms as Liberty mayor starting in 2009. He and his family reside in Liberty.

    Michelle (Dillard) Young '89 was appointed manager of gang and violence programs for Durham County Department of Public Health in Durham, N.C. She will oversee program teams that work to prevent shootings and homicides and provide intervention services to youth and young adults who are involved in gangs. She previously worked as a senior research associate with the National Gang Center for 15 years, and has worked in the field of gang prevention/intervention for more than 20 years. She and her family reside in Wake Forest, N.C.

    Dr. Kathy (Beasley) Fuchser '89 has been named campus president of Central Community College-Columbus (Neb.). She had been serving as dean of instruction for academic education at the school since 2014. Before joining CCC-C, she had been an education professor and secondary program coordinator at Midland University. She and her family reside in Columbus, Neb.

    Brad Williams '89 was hired by Alliant Employee Benefits as vice president of its Southwest division. He previously served as senior benefits strategist for HUB International, one of the nation's largest insurance and employee benefits consultants. He and his family reside in Oklahoma City.

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  • 1990

    Jack Hood '90 was named the Lawrence (Kan.) Public Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in March 2017. Jack is a history and economics teacher at Lawrence High School, and received a $1,000 check along with the award. In addition to his work inside the classroom, he also coaches the boys and girls track and field teams at the school, earning the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association Class 6A Boys' Coach of the Year Award. As the district's secondary winner, Jack will be nominated to the Kansas State Department of Education's Kansas Teacher of the Year program. He resides in Lawrence, Kan.

    David Israelite '90 has signed a five-year contract extension to continue as the CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. He has been with the NMPA since 2005. Before joining the NMPA, he was chief of staff for former Missouri Senator Kit Bond and the chairman of the Department of Justice's task force on intellectual property. He and his family reside in Washington, D.C.

    Jason Klumb '90 was named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the region administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration. He resides in Kansas City, Mo., and serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees.

    Dr. Mark Hoffman '91 was one of six people inducted into the Raytown School District Hall of Fame on Oct. 7-8, 2016.  Mark is the chief research information officer for Children's Mercy Hospital and is an associate professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. He was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors for his 19 issued patents, many of which were issued during his time as an application developer at Cerner Corporation.

    Daniel Belcher '92, operatic baritone, was the focus of the cover story of the December 2017 issue of Classical Singer magazine. He won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and received the Jewell Citation for Achievement in 2010. He resides in Liberty with his family.

    Adam Boster '92 released a horror film called "Slasher" on DVD in major retail outlets in March 2017. His studios, Photo-Kicks Cinema Group and Boster Castle, are based in Columbia, Mo., where he resides.

    W. Brent Powell '92 was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Missouri. Brent has served as a Jackson County circuit judge since 2008. He has previously worked as assistant Platte County prosecutor and an assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas City.

    Jennifer (Buffa) Sirangelo '93, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was named No. 46 of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" list for 2017 by Fast Company. She was recognized for "raising new leaders" and helping to launch the 4-H's Grow True Leaders campaign, a rebranding initiative aimed to promote the diversity of 4-H programs and participants. She resides in Poway, Calif.

    Dr. Cynthia Otts '95 was named registrar at Park University. Cindy had recently served as associate registrar at Indiana State University and has previously held various positions at Grantham University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Park University.

    Dr. Kimberly (Dunback) Bentrott '98 received the Center for Health Progress' 2017 Physician of the Year Award by the Center for Health Progress, formerly the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. Kimberly is a physician with Centura Health. She and her family reside in Denver.

    Amanda Pennington Ketchum '98 was elected to the 2017-2018 USLAW Network's Board of Directors at the organization's annual membership meeting in Carlsbad, Calif. She also serves on the organization's Managing Directors Steering Committee. She is the managing director of the Kansas City-based Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. She and her family reside in Kansas City.

    Kristen (Honerkamp) Buckley '99 was appointed to the Child Abuse Neglect and Review Board. She is also the program director at Isabel's House, the crisis nursery of the Ozarks, and is a licensed professional counselor. She and her family reside in Battlefield. 

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  • 2000

    J.D. Gravina '00, head coach of the Western Illinois women's basketball team, led his team to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. The 14-seed Leathernecks lost in the first round to 3-seed Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. It was Western Illinois' first NCAA berth since 1995. He was also chosen the Summit League Coach of the Year and tabbed to speak at the 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention. At Jewell, he played basketball, tennis and track and later served as assistant coach of the women's basketball team. Most recently, he coached at Quincy (Ill.) University.

    Eric Blair '01 was promoted to associate vice president of enrollment management at Park University in January 2017. He had been serving as executive director of enrollment and has worked in a number of other roles at Park. He resides with his family in Lawson.

    Dr. Christopher Strelluf '02 accepted a position as assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

    Suvir Dhar '03 was one of 14 attorneys elevated on Jan. 1 to shareholder in Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation's largest mass torts firms. Dhar joined the firm's Alton, Ill., office in 2010 as a mesothelioma attorney. He has also volunteered with numerous organizations, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the St. Louis Wyman Young Leaders Board, and the World Pediatric Project.

    Darren Prenger '03 of Parkville, Mo., was named by Ingram's magazine to the 19th annual "40 Under 40" list and to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. Darren is the COO of ECCO Select Corp. He is the chief operating officer of ECCO Select, the region's largest IT staffing and consulting company. He has served on the boards of the FIRE Foundation, Donnelly College, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Port Authority, Ameristar, Isle of Capri, Economic Advancement Fund and the YMCA's People Services Council. He and his family reside in Parkville.

    Andrew Johnson '05 has written On Earth As It Is, a collection of essays published by Possum Trot. He is the director of Pilgrim Center, a nonprofit focused on driving community engagement. He is also working on his next collection of essays, Such Small Hope. He and his family reside in Kansas City.

    Anthony Shop '05 was named to the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List by the Financial Times for the second year in a row. This year, Anthony moved up from ninth on the list to fifth. He and his husband are co-founders of Social Driver, a digital creative agency in Washington, D.C., where they reside.

    Dr. Jill (Jackson) Morris '06, senior scientist at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, led a study on Alzheimer's disease that was featured in a March 2017 article by The New York Times. The study found that frequent, brisk walks may modestly provide improvements to physical abilities and slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients. The study was originally published in PLoS One in February. She resides in Kansas City.

    Chris Rosson '06 was named to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. The program identifies emerging leaders in the metro and connects them with each other, readers and current leaders. He is the executive director of Teach for America's Kansas City region. He and his family reside in Independence.

    Katherine (Heugatter) Becnel '08 was hired as an historic interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park (Pa.). She earned her master's degree in history, emphasis museum studies, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2010. She and her husband, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Becnel, reside in Morrisville, Pa.

    Shea Sowers '08 was named a "Rising Star" by Plastics News in its August 2017 edition. He is a senior account manager at PolySource, and has grown his territory twentyfold. Shea and his family reside in Pleasant Hill.

    Dr. Trisha Stan '09 has been named to the Amgen Scholars Ten to Watch list. The list honors the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine from the more than 3,000 people who have completed the Amgen Scholars Program. She is the assistant professor of natural sciences at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. She has also co-founded a podcast with Stanford scientists called Goggles Optional, a weekly humorous and informative look at what's new in the world of science. She resides in Palo Alto, Calif.

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    Chris Stathos '14 was named to the Ink Magazine 30 Under 30. Chris is the partnership activation coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Overland Park, Kan.

    Rachel (Phillips) Wallenbeck '15 completed a master of arts degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri and has been appointed digital services librarian at Southwest Baptist University. She was one of the first students to complete Jewell's Apple Vanguard Certification Program in 2014 and used her Journey Grant to complete an ALA-sponsored web design and development course. She also completed a National Archives & Record Administration internship while at Jewell.

    Lindsey (Pollock) Stevens '15 received the Star Award from Park Hill School District for September. She is a second-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School. She is also working on her master's of science in education in differentiated instruction. She and her family reside in Kansas City.

    Andrew Baxley '16 has joined the Daly Elementary School (Fayette, Mo.) faculty as a physical education teacher. He resides in Huntsville.

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