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.
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.
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, has been 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.
Scott Burton, ’84, has been 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, is 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 will be 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 is being 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, Missouri.
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.
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.
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.
Andy McGill, ’99, has been named assistant principal at Cape Girardeau Central High School.
Jill (Esely) Durnin, ’02, has been 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.
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.
Robert Barr, ’06, is the recipient of the 2021 American Library Association Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. He is honored for his leadership and service in the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which he served as Planning Section Chief of the Emergency Operations Center. He is the director of Juneau Public Libraries (Alaska).
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.
Vanessa (Ayers) Thomson, ’08, has been 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, has been named special teams football coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.
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.
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.
Nick Larson, ’12, has been named superintendent of Community R-6 School District in Laddonia, Missouri. He resides in Centralia.
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.
Logan Winter, ’16, CPA, was promoted to supervising senior associate at Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP. He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.