Professional and personal updates on Jewell alumni
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June (Tinsley) Seat, ’59, and Dr. Leroy Seat, ’59, of Liberty, were thrilled to become great-grandparents in 2022. Their son Keith Seat, ’80, and daughter-in-law Brenda (Helland) Seat, ’80, became grandparents of Vander Sage Moller-Seat in Maryland. Their daughter Kathy (Seat) Laffoon, ’82, and her husband, Tim, became grandparents of Nina Irene Hlousek in Arkansas.
Larry Holley, ’67, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Small College Basketball. A four-year letterwinner as a Jewell Cardinal player, Larry coached for 51 years, including 40 seasons as Jewell’s head coach. He is the winningest college coach in Missouri and No. 10 in the nation among four-year colleges, a 15-time Coach of the Year and a member of five regional and national Halls of Fame.
Dr. Stephen Jones, ’70, is co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri. Stephen had two books published last year: "Galusha, Crisis and Courage in a Civil War Pastor" (Trafford) and "Learning Jesus" (Wipf and Stock). On June 6, 2022, he will celebrate 50 years of service as an American Baptist pastor. He has served churches across the country, serving in his current capacity since 2013. Stephen will become president of the Great Rivers Region of the American Baptist Churches in October 2022. He and his wife, Janice, reside in Kansas City and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020.
Jim Dunn, ’71, published a book “Fairlane: A Cosmic Rascal Memoir” (Amazon) in December 2021. He and his wife, Kathy (Moore) Dunn, ’73, reside in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Bob Stergos, ’77, co-founded and serves as executive director of a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization, A Seat at the Table, which provides residential mentoring and community resources in a Christian family environment for at-risk 18- to 25-year olds. The nonprofit is working to establish chapters in Kansas City, Cincinnati and other major U.S. metropolitan areas to help provide a sense of family as well as the educational/vocational, life and job-skill, counseling and spiritual development resources needed to help young people transition into thriving adulthood.
Dr. Murray Jennex, ’78, has been included in Stanford University's list of top 2% of scientists in the world. The list is based on data from Elsevier's Scopus of the most-cited scientists in 22 fields. Murray’s published research was in the category of information systems. He is a management information systems professor emeritus at San Diego State University and is a clinical professor of computer information systems at West Texas A&M.
Dale Labuary, ’79, was inducted into the 2022 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his successful 27-year run as football coach at Monroe City High School. His teams won two state championships and were state runners-up twice. He is the 21st coach in state history to reach 200 career victories, posting an overall record of 201-73.
Jack Hopkins, ’81, president of Community Bank of Raymore, was named president of Missouri Independent Bankers Association for the 2021-2022 term. MIBA represents more than 150 independently owned community financial institutions.
Jeanette Meyer, ’83, of RE/MAX Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado, was awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified® Platinum. This is the 17th consecutive year that Meyer has received the award, a recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2021 as measured by Leading Research Corporation.
Gary Witt, ’87, was elected chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. He was appointed to the Western District in 2010, and previously served as an associate circuit judge in Platte County (6th Judicial Circuit) and practiced law in Platte County and served in the Missouri House of Representatives
Lisa Essig, ’89, of Kearney was among 10 Fred L. Turner Golden Arch Award U.S. recipients for 2022. This highest recognition for a McDonald’s franchisee is presented at the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention to franchisees who put their customers and people first, lead with integrity, promote inclusion in their community and champion the McDonald’s system.
Kristen (Fairlie) Smarr, ’91, was named interim vice chancellor of communications and marketing at University of Missouri and chief marketing and communications officer for the UM System in September. She has worked at the university for more than 20 years and most recently served as associate vice chancellor for the Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing.
Bil Brown, ’94, was hired as the creative and digital specialist in the Marketing and Public Relations Office at Liberty Hospital.
Chris Leaver, ’94, received the Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Merit award. This award recognizes lengthy and dedicated service at the local chapter level and has been given to less than 400 members from the entire fraternity membership since it was started in 1935.
Megan Word, '94, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners. She serves as the government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for Kansas and Nebraska. Previously, she served the Missouri Housing Development Commission and The Salvation Army for Western Kansas and Missouri. She has a master's degree in public policy from Pepperdine University.
Jill (McCrea) Nagel, ’98, was inducted in the 2022 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In her 17 seasons as women’s basketball coach at Columbia Rock Bridge High School, her teams have won five state championships, four of them consecutive. She is a five-time Coach of the Year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
Rick Kayser, ’99, was promoted to executive Vice President of Alberici Constructors, Inc., having served the company for 21 years. He oversees the steel fabrication division, equipment, warehouse, maintenance field operations and Hillsdale Fabricators which supports large projects including the construction of the new MLS stadium in downtown St. Louis. He serves on Jewell’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board.
Dr. Katie (Martin) Lawson, ’99, was inducted into the Liberty High School 2021 Hall of Fame. At LHS, she was a three-sport athlete receiving all-conference honors in basketball and volleyball. She also served as National Honor Society president and drum major. Katie currently is the executive director of special programs for North Kansas City Schools.
Carolyn Shadid Lewis, ’01, completed a feature-length documentary that was part of the Kansas City Underground Film Festival in September. “InterGeneration” is an animated, cross-generational journey of Boston’s past and present through the vantage point of a group of inner-city teens and elders.
Dr. Alexis (Barnes) Richter, ’02, of Olathe, Kansas, completed a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Rockhurst University in August. She is employed by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Frank Hensley, '04, and his wife, Heather, welcomed a daughter, Violet Elizabeth, on May 13. She joins a brother, Beric, age 4, and the family resides in California's San Fernando Valley. Hensley has worked at Universal Music Group for 14 years and enjoys his career as senior director of label relations for partner labels.
Dr. Cindy (Knowles) Thompson, ’04, was appointed dean of libraries for the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries in February 2022.
Andrew Johnson, ’05, of Kansas City, received a two-year studio residency for writing at Charlotte Street Foundation and an ArtsKC Inspiration grant for his new book, "The Thread," which will be published in September.
Jessica Flanary, ’06, accepted a position in September with VA Portland Healthcare System as deputy chief nurse executive.
Justin Wichert, '06, has been named the head baseball coach at Fort Hays (Kansas) State University. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2003, then pitched for the Jewell Cardinals for two years. After graduating from Jewell, he played at the professional level with the Kansas City T-Bones and the Port Charlotte (Florida) Redfish before starting his college coaching career.
Dr. Josh Hastey, ’07, completed a Ph.D. in international studies in 2020. In 2021 he published his first academic book chapter, co-authored an article in the Journal of Strategic Security with Dr. Adam Knight, ’08, and was appointed assistant professor of government at Regent University. Rebekah (Bouas) Hastey, ’08, serves as the children’s ministry director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where they reside with their three children.
Emily Wales, ’07, has been named president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which covers Kansas, western Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. She joined the organization in 2017, having served as chief operations counsel, general counsel and, for nearly a year, as interim president and CEO. She earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2013.
John Egorugwu, ’08, joined the New York Giants in February as the inside linebackers coach. He was the linebackers coach at Vanderbilt for the 2021 season and spent four years with the Buffalo Bills and two years with the Baltimore Ravens. The accounting and business major and Cardinal Football alumnus also worked with linebackers at Jewell from 2010-2011. John has a master’s in educational and counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Bethany Hughes, ’08, completed a seven-year, 18,221 mile human-powered odyssey. She and companion Lauren Reed traveled the length of the Americas, from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean. They set out to redefine how the outdoor sport and long-distance community engage with local peoples and the landscape.
Lieutenant Commander Kayron Parrish, ’08, is a 3rd Battalion executive officer and 13th company officer at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He most recently served as executive officer on USS Devastator and fleet up to commanding officer with deployment to Bahrain. He holds a master’s degree in leadership, education and development from George Washington University.
Major Tyler B Folan, ’09, was selected and is currently serving as the commanding officer of Recruiting Station Denver. He and his Marines are responsible for enlisted and officer recruiting across five states and over 217,000 square miles. Less than 3 percent of all Marine majors were selected for this competitive position.
For the second year, Ashton Botts, ’10, and Professor Nathan Wyman, ’95, teamed up as director and set designer. Their show, “The Curious Savage” with Olathe Civic Theatre Association, swept the awards ceremony for the 2021-2022 season with eight awards, including Best Direction (Botts), Best Set Design (Wyman) and Best Show.
Kyle Wampler, ’10, has been named the activities director in the Northwest School District (House Springs). He had been teaching health and principles of biomedical science and serving as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at the high school where he graduated in 2006.
Dr. Annie (Shepard) Farris, ’12, of Kansas City completed a Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice in May 2021 from Missouri State University and is working at Centerpoint Hospital (Independence).
Trista Turley, ’12, joined the Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Isaac Wiles as an associate in the public law and litigation practice groups. She previously served for six years as an assistant attorney general and staff attorney for the State of Ohio.
Lauren Anderson, ’13, accepted a position as a senior marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio where she works with beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. Lauren spent the last six years putting her Jewell psychology degree to use as a trainer in Florida, working with marine mammals at the Miami Seaquarium.
Jennifer (Carney) Kahmann, ’13, was named director of people operations at The Scarbrough Group in February 2022. She joined the international global logistics company as an intern, then became a licensed customs broker and a certified customs specialist. The company's headquarters are in Kansas City.
Dr. Edward Scott, Jr., ’13, completed a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science at the University of Virginia and accepted a tenure-track faculty position as assistant professor of social work at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. He earned the Gansneder Dissertation Award for Qualitative Research and was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
Sean Shelton, ’13, was named director of sporting operations of the Munich Ravens. He was a quarterback and MVP in the European League of Football, retiring in fall 2022.
Chris Stathos, ’14, was promoted to senior manager of partnership development for the Kansas City Chiefs. He will begin his ninth National Football League season with the Chiefs this fall and has been with the club's partnership team since graduating from Jewell.
Dr. Stewart Duncan, ’15, completed a Ph.D. in Musicology from Indiana University and was awarded the Freda and Walter Kauffman Prize. His article "'An Excellent Piece of Propaganda': The British Council's Use of Choirs as Cultural Diplomacy in the 1930s" was recently published in The Musical Quarterly. He has been named an assistant teaching professor of musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.
Dr. Bradley Dice, ’16, completed a Ph.D. in physics and scientific computing at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2021. He resides in Liberty and recently started at NVIDIA Corporation developing software for accelerated data science.
Jessica (Holcomb) Sloan, ’20, of Topeka, Kansas, started in the new Media Accelerator Program at GALE Partners, a media and marketing agency.
Hannah Koehler, ’21, begins Wake Forest University’s Clinical Mental Health graduate program in fall 2022.
Kole Wagener, ’21, will start the Doctor of Psychology program at Kansas City University in fall 2022. He has been serving Tri-County Mental Health Services as a caseworker.