Professional and personal updates on Jewell alumni
News from Jewell alumni received in 2021. Send us your update via our Class Notes Submission Form.
Larry Burchett, ’75, was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his football coaching career at Midway High School. He resides in Freeman.
Kelly McClelland, ’75, was appointed to the Missouri Veterans Commission. Kelly has been president of McClelland Law Firm, P.C. since 1993 and General Counsel of the New Liberty Hospital District since 1984. He resides in Liberty.
Charlie Funk, ’76, was awarded the 2021 James A. Leach Leadership Award by the Iowa Bankers Association in October. This is the highest honor an Iowa banker can receive. Charlie has more than 40 years of banking experience and serves as president and CEO of MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City.
Glenna (Sharp) With, ’76, was inducted into the Winnetonka High School (North Kansas City Schools) Hall of Fame for her teaching career, community involvement and church-related activities. She resides in Newnan, Georgia.
Janette Lohman, ’77, was selected as State Tax Lawyer of the Year by Finance Monthly. One of just 11 U.S. attorneys highlighted in the publication, Lohman was recognized for numerous honors in her career, including a groundbreaking role as the first female director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. She joined Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis as a partner in 2003.
Mark Bredemeier, ’79, of Lee’s Summit, was appointed to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority by Gov. Mike Parson. Mark is an attorney with a background in political, government, and business litigation and policymaking.
Jim Gaines, ’80, was promoted to Enterprise Imaging Seller at IBM Watson Health. He resides in Wildwood.
Dr. Jeremy Spencer, ’80, received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2019 from Northeastern Seminary, which is on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. His dissertation was titled, “Ties That Bind: A Case Study of Restructuring and Reorganizing in the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A., 1962-1978.” He is pastor at Odessa Baptist Church in Odessa, N.Y.
Robin Carnahan, ’83, was nominated by President Joe Biden as Administrator of the General Services Administration. Robin is a former Secretary of State of Missouri and founded and led the State and Local Government Practice at 18F, a tech consultancy inside the U.S. government.
Steve Arbo, ’84, received a 2021 MARC (Mid-America Regional Council) Regional Leadership Award for his leadership in emergency preparedness, including the pandemic response efforts. Steve has worked 35 years in the public service sector, serving as city manager of Lee’s Summit since 2008.
Scott Burton, ’84, was named director of the Southern Desert Regional Police Academy at the College of Southern Nevada where he is a tenured professor of criminal justice. He is retired from a 25-year combined federal law enforcement career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services.
Zel Fischer, ’85, was one of six Missouri judges chosen to be trained to help educate and lead their colleagues forward as novel COVID-related issues are raised in Missouri courts. The training was part of the COVID-19 Case and Evidentiary Support Initiative from the National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing courts’ capacity to handle complex and novel scientific evidence. This initiative was funded by a grant from the State Judicial Institute. Zel also serves as NCSI president and is an Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri.
Alma Sealine, ’89, received the Association of College and University Housing Officers Parthenon Award, which recognizes achievement, outstanding service, leadership and contributions to the field of campus housing. Alma got her professional start as the resident director of Semple Hall at Jewell and is now the housing director at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has held resident life roles at Case Western Reserve University, Western Illinois University and West Virginia University. She holds a master’s degree in college student personnel administration from Indiana University.
Chris Thompson, ’89, has retired from teaching. He taught social studies for 10 years in Jefferson City and 19 years in Warrensburg. He currently works as an adjunct at the University of Central Missouri and coaches for the KC Athletics youth soccer club. He resides in Warrensburg.
Lisa O’Brien Enger, ’90, started her new role as executive director for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter in December 2020. She previously served as chief operating officer of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance.
Sarah (Lindgren) Fravel, ’90, has been named the lead pastor at Crossings Wesleyan Church in Millville, New Jersey. She is also working on a Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary.
David Israelite, ’90, has been named Billboard's CEO of the week. The president/CEO of National Music Publishers' Association has geared his focus on unlicensed music being used in the gaming industry and on other platforms. At Jewell, David studied political science and communication. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.
Tom Carnahan, ’91, of St. Louis was appointed as a U.S. representative for the 76th Session General Assembly of the United Nations that met in September 2021. A renewable energy developer, entrepreneur and attorney, Carnahan founded Wind Capital Group in 2005 and developed Missouri’s first wind farm before expanding throughout the Midwest. He also co-founded Upepo Energy, focused on bringing sustainable, large-scale wind energy projects to East Africa. He became partner in Oakland Capital Partners in 2019 where he manages solar energy portfolio companies.
Erika Sandstrom, ’91, was featured on the cover of EdTech K12 magazine for the summer 2021 issue. A digital media teacher at Higgins Middle School in Peabody, Massachusetts, she was interviewed about the use of digital tools in art education to help with self-expression.
Kristen (Fairlie) Smarr, ’91, has been named associate vice chancellor for communications and marketing. Kristen has served at the University of Missouri for more than 20 years, including 14 years as the director of marketing and communications for the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. In 2018, she joined MU’s Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing and has focused on enhanced integration and planning among communicators across Mizzou’s campus. She resides in Columbia.
Tony Ceballos, ’96, of Kansas City, received a 2020 Author Elite Award in Historical Fiction for his book “Forced Turnovers: A Novel for Racial Unity.” The audiobook release was held in 2021 at Corbin Theatre in Liberty’s Garrison Cultural Center where Tony attended kindergarten.
Jennifer (Franklin) Schenck, ’96, received the 2020 Debin Benish Outstanding Businesswoman Award. This award honors a Columbia businesswoman who exhibits leadership in supporting small business, volunteers in the community and creates positive change. Jennifer is the co-founder of The Connection Exchange, a welcome service that connects new businesses and residents with resources. She resides in Boonville.
Nancy Nicholson, ’97, was elected the next Kankakee County (Illinois) associate judge. She resides in St. Anne, Illinois.
Leslie (Bailey) Boe, ’98, has been elected as a shareholder/director of Dysart Taylor Cotter & McMonigle, P.C., a law firm in Kansas City, Missouri. She resides in Leawood, Kansas.
Andy McGill, ’99, has been named assistant principal at Cape Girardeau Central High School.
Dana (Youngs) McEachen, ’01, a Microsoft business applications sales executive, was awarded the exclusive Circle of Excellence Gold Club Award for the third time. The distinguished award recognizes the extraordinary performance of individuals who transform and contribute to the overall success and growth of Microsoft. She resides in Overland Park, Kansas.
Jill (Esely) Durnin, ’02, was named the new director of Lake Career & Technical Center with the Camdenton School District. She has been serving as assistant principal at Camdenton Middle School and is pursuing a doctorate in educational administration.
Kristin (Knopik) Gillette, ’02, was appointed athletics director at Park University in Parkville. She previously served as associate director of athletics/compliance at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. She holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Gonzaga University.
Dr. Christopher Strelluf, ’02, has been promoted to associate professor of linguistics at University of Warwick (United Kingdom).
Dr. Amy Smith, ’04, has accepted a job as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Children’s Mercy Research Institute in Kansas City. She will be working in the Health Services and Outcomes divisions, developing music interventions that target health needs in infants.
Mark Rorvig, ’05, serves as principal at Harrisonville (Missouri) High School after seven years as assistant principal and years as a personal finance teacher and basketball coach.
Robert Barr, ’06, received the 2021 American Library Association Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. He was honored for his service during the pandemic as planning section chief of the Emergency Operations Center. He is the director of Juneau (Alaska) Public Libraries.
Dr. Ashley (Ihde-Baker) Popejoy, ’07, was named to the 2020 American Dental Association 10 Under 10 list, which recognizes new dentists who demonstrate excellence early in their careers. She resides in Nixa.
Dr. Allyson Fry-Petit, ’08, was promoted to associate professor of analytical and materials chemistry with tenure at California State University, Fullerton.
Vanessa (Ayers) Thomson, ’08, was named one of six Regional Teachers of the Year for Kansas City. Vanessa is a second-grade teacher at Chapel Hill in the North Kansas City School District.
Robby Discher, ’09, was named special teams football coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
Alexa (Broyles) Summit, ’09, was appointed Clay County (Liberty) public administrator, working with the most vulnerable populations in the county. She took office in August 2021. She had served in the administrator's office for 13 years as a case coordinator.
Brian Gehrlein, ’10, published The Book of Rules, an interactive book for young readers. Brian is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, participates in kid lit critique groups and is the creator and manager of Picture Book Spotlight, a literary blog featuring interviews with authors, agents and other industry professionals. He resides in Liberty with his wife and son.
Rachel (Aunspaugh) Goddard, ’10, accepted a position at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as Project Coordinator for the Congressionally-mandated Intelligence Community (IC) Centers of Academic Excellence program. The program provides grants to minority-serving institutions of higher education to build the diverse IC workforce of the future. She has completed 10 years of federal service.
Nick Larson, ’12, has been named superintendent of Community R-6 School District in Laddonia, Missouri. He resides in Centralia.
Kate Bowles Shively, ’12, was named Peace Educator of the Year 2021 by The Wholistic Peace Institute. Kate, a counselor for Canby (Oregon) School District, received the honor for using a innovative and creative approach with her middle school students to create an enriching learning experience during the pandemic.
Hannah De Priest, ’13, won Second Prize at the 2021 International Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera in Austria. The soprano has a master’s degree in vocal performance from McGill University in Montréal, and a master’s in historical performance practices from Case Western Reserve University.
Jake Hartley, ’14, was recognized by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals as the Clay-Platte region honorees. He is the assistant principal at Crestview Elementary and resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Jake Holliman, ’16, moved back to the Kansas City area after five years of working around the country for various professional sports organizations and getting involved in high-volume manufacturing sales. He currently works in sales at Creative Blow Mold Tooling.
Jacquinta (Hammons) Nelson, ’16, of Kansas City is founder and head coach of STEP Movement, LLC, and was nominated by the group as World of Step's Coach of the Year. STEP Movement is an organization whose mission is to cultivate youth to express their passion for creativity, community and collaboration through art of stepping.
Colton Simmons, ’16, is in his fourth year at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences through the Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics track. He currently works in the AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care at NSU.
Logan Winter, ’16, CPA, was promoted to supervising senior associate at Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP. He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.
Ben Shinogle, ’17, was named the 2021-2022 Mortar Board Diane Selby Fellow, one of a few fellowships awarded annually to Mortar Board members pursuing an advanced degree. He is working on a master’s degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar to Greece and earned a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University while committing two years to Teach for America as an English teacher to Hmong refugees.
Charlotte Burns, ’18, was accepted to the Stephens College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in Columbia. She will graduate in December 2023.
Nichole Marquis, ’18, of Jacksonville, Florida, teaches in Duval County Public Schools. She serves as the PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) coordinator and will be starting a master’s degree in educational leadership.
Dalton Nelson, ’19, received a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, researching infectious disease diagnostics with an emphasis on low-resource engineering.
Thais Quiroga, ’19, was on a four-person team representing South America that placed second in the 2020 international contest for graduate students, The Geneva Challenge. Charged with addressing social inclusion, her team created a multiplatform solution to Bolivian youth’s education and labor inclusion. Quiroga completed a master’s degree this year in development economics and international development at The Graduate Institute of Geneva in Switzerland.
Parker Tergin, ’20, is founder and CEO of PondDay. He launched the booking platform in 2021 to connect private landowners with people who want to rent a pond or lake property.
Kevin Kim, ’21, has been hired as Jewell’s new outside linebackers coach for football. Kevin was also part of the Cardinal football team during his time at Jewell.