Professional and personal updates on Jewell alumni
News from Jewell alumni received in 2020. Send us your update via our Class Notes Submission Form.
Dr. William Hooper, Sr., ’53, published his 10th book, “Congregational Song in the Worship of the Church” (Pickwick Publications - Wipf and Stock). He is professor emeritus of music at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.
Larry Holley, ’67, received the Pinnacle Award from the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. The award is presented to an individual in recognition of a lifetime of work enhancing sports in Missouri. Larry retired from Jewell in March 2019 after 48 seasons as head men’s basketball coach and the all-time winningest coach among Missouri four-year colleges.
Dr. Phillip Ash, ’73, retired in 2016 after spending most of his career as a strategic management consultant in the United States and in Asia. He later moved to executive coaching for the Asian Development Bank before returning to the United States in 2013 to teach at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. He resides in Peoria, Arizona.
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.
Eileen Houston-Stewart, ’79, was appointed as director of communications for St. Joseph (Missouri) schools. She has served as a marketing and public relations specialist for public education agencies around the country.
Jack Talley, ’80, was inducted into the 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his baseball career. At Jewell he was a three-time All-American, a two-time All-Star and a four-year letterwinner. Jack is a member of the Jewell Athletics Hall of Fame, the Excelsior Springs (Missouri) High School Hall of Fame and the Ban Johnson League’s 75th Anniversary Team as one of its Top 50 players. He resides in Golden Oak, Florida.
Mark Thomas, ’80, is the head football coach of the Odessa (Missouri) High School football team, which won the 2019 Class 3 championship. He was inducted into the 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his football coaching career. Mark has been part of seven teams’ trips to state championships and six state titles, four as head coach. He also was inducted into the 2018 Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and is a two-time Missouri Coach of the Year.
Judge Cynthia L. Martin, '81, has been elected chief judge of Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. Her two-year term began July 1, 2020. She resides in Lee's Summit.
Wilson Smith, ’81, was hired as the chief financial officer of Smithville, a telephone company based in Ellettsville, Indiana. Before joining Smithville, he served as the senior controller for Technip FMC and as vice president and chief financial officer of Thales Air Traffic Management.
Anthony “Nino” Giarratano, ’85, won his 900th game as a collegiate baseball head coach in February 2020. He is the winningest coach in history at the University of San Francisco, where he has led the team since 1999. Before joining USF, he was the head coach at Trinidad State Junior College (Colo.) and Yavapai Community College (Ariz.). He resides in San Francisco.
Dr. Carey Adams, ’86, was named provost of Hanover College (Ind.). He had previously served as vice president for academic affairs at Fontbonne University in St. Louis. He has also served in college management roles at Armstrong State University and Missouri State 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.
Jeffrey Clayton Brown, ’90, has co-directed a new film, “We Believe in Dinosaurs,” alongside Monica Long Ross that tells the story of the massive reproduction of Noah’s Ark that was built in Kentucky. The documentary has been shown at the San Francisco Film Festival and was voted outstanding documentary at the St. Louis International Film Festival. Clayton resides in Chicago and teaches film at Northwestern University in nearby Evanston, Illinois.
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.
Jim Richerson, ’90, has been elected PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) president. As president, Jim will lead nearly 29,000 PGA professionals, present the Wanamaker Trophy to the next two PGA champions and help lead the U.S. delegation at the Ryder Cup. He resides in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Craig Wilson, ’90, has been appointed executive vice president/general counsel of HealthEdge, a software company that provides integrated financial, administrative and clinical software platform for health insurers. He resides in Parker, Colorado.
Quentin Lockwood III, ’92, has been hired as interim executive director at The Friends of the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. He resides in Skaneateles.
Annette (Vest) Choti, ’93, is president and owner of Law Quill, a legal marketing agency that helps small law firms increase their online presence. She is a graduate of University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law and resides in Lee’s Summit.
David Hazels, ’93, was named the national managing partner of advisory services for Grant Thornton. He recently led the firm’s risk services division. He resides with Beth (Ackerman) Hazels, ’94, and their daughter in Parkville.
Jennifer (Buffa) Sirangelo, ’93, received a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category in the 17th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This honor recognizes Jennifer for her leadership in conversations about COVID-19, widening opportunity gaps and youth development. She is the National 4-H Council president and CEO.
Chris Cissell, ’94, was named the head women’s soccer coach at Grand Canyon University. He had spent nine seasons as the head coach at University of Missouri-Kansas City and coached 12 seasons at Jewell before joining UMKC.
Mark MacGillivray, ’94, was promoted to director of financial institutions and annuities at Standard Insurance Company. He previously was a regional sales director in annuities at the Portland, Oregon-based company. Mark holds the Certified Annuity Specialist and Certified Financial Fiduciary professional designations.
Blake Moore, ’95, was inducted into the Ban Johnson League Hall of Fame during the league’s annual awards banquet in December 2019. Blake is a former player, coach and general manager in the summer baseball league. He resides with his family in Kearney.
Gloeta Massie, ’96, has been accepted into the doctor of philosophy program at the University of Queensland in Australia. Her research will focus on the impacts of controlled predator exposure on the reintroduction of Australian marsupials. She has been awarded an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship to support her research.
Kimberly (Wuckowitsch) Shores, ’97, has been elected as vice president and principal at Lewis & Ellis, Inc., an insurance agency in Kansas City.
Shawna (Coffey) Wright, '97, has been named one of Ingram's Magazine Women Executives of Kansas City 2020. Shawna is the director of talent management for Commerce Bank Kansas City.
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.
Kimberly Flowers, ’99, was named the executive director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs at Colby College in Maine. She had recently worked as the director of global food security and humanitarian agenda for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Daisy King, ’99, was inducted into the 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with the Liberty High School cheerleading program. Daisy has helped with the program since 2002, serving as varsity assistant since 2006. The Liberty High School cheerleading program is the top in Missouri, winning state championship every year they’ve entered since 2008.
Charlotte Beck, ’00, has been hired as the head coach for the Warsaw (Missouri) High School Ladycats basketball program. She is also a software systems engineer for Greatwest Financial-Empower Retirement, based in Overland Park, Kansas. She resides in Warsaw.
Meghan (Sharp) Diecchio, ’01, has been named director of landscape architecture and urban planning at Hamilton Anderson Associates, a design firm headquartered in downtown Detroit. She resides in Madison Heights, Michigan.
Shanna (Hilt) Adamic, ’02, was named the executive director of First Hand, the corporate philanthropy of Cerner. She has worked with First Hand in various roles since 2002. She resides with her husband in Lenexa, Kansas.
Tiffany (Lemons) Mason, ’02, has been appointed chief operating officer for Belton Regional Medical Center, which is part of HCA Midwest Health. She most recently served as vice president of operations and interim COO at Menorah Medical Center, also part of HCA Midwest Health. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Kristin Leitze, ’03, was named the chief accounting officer of CorEnergy Infrastructure Trust. She had served as controller for the company since 2017. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Dr. Jason Kinser, ’05, received the 2020 David J. King Teaching Award for career achievement and the 2020 Teacher of Distinction Award from George Mason University where he chairs the Computational and Data Sciences Department. He recently published his fifth book, “Image Operators” (CRC Press).
Jared Taylor, ’06, of Bolivar was named to the 2020 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Elite 11, an honor for high school, college and professional players for their contributions to football. Jared earned numerous honors at Bolivar High School, including All-State and setting the school record for yards and receptions in a season. In college, he was was All-Conference academic at Southwest Baptist University and Jewell, and was the Cardinals’ captain his senior year.
Justin Barclay, ’07, was promoted to chief analytics officer for Consumer Edge, a data insights and research company focused on the global consumer. He had served as vice president of data analytics at the company the previous two years. He resides with his family in Brooklyn, New York.
Naphtali Faris, ’07, has been accepted into the Doctor of Philosophy in Information Studies program at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. Naphtali’s research will focus on children’s literature.
Patrick James, ’07, and Andrea (de Regnier) James, ’07 welcomed a daughter, Elsie Rose, on May 5, 2020. She joins a sister, Viola. Patrick is a registered dietitian at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas, where they reside, and Andrea works as a paraprofessional at George Nettles Elementary School in the Pittsburg School District.
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.
Alli (Kirby) Baldwin, '08, has been named Kearney (Missouri) School District's girls swimming and diving head coach and will teach English at Kearney Junior High in fall 2020. She is completing a Master of Education in Educational, School and Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri this summer. Alli resides in Liberty.
Trent Figg, ’08, has been named chief of staff for the University of Hawaii's football program. He spent the past two seasons at Missouri State, coaching running backs and special teams.
Laura (Lefever) Gonzales, ’08, has been named principal of Dogwood Elementary in Kearney (Missouri) School District. She resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
Barrett Wooten, ’08, was nominated for the Plano School District Teacher of the Year Award after being named Teacher of the Year at Frankford Middle School in 2019-2020. He resides in Plano.
Robby Discher, ’09, was named special teams coordinator and defensive assistant for the University of Louisiana. Before joining the Ragin’ Cajuns, he had worked in a similar role at the University of Toledo and served for two seasons as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma State University.
Adam Mickelson, ’09, of Olathe, Kansas, was sworn in as a member of the Olathe City Council after winning the Ward 2 election in November 2019. Adam is a director of software development for Shamrock Trading Corp. and has held various software engineering roles for Balance Innovations and Garmin. He graduated from Leadership Olathe in 2019.
Katie Buzard, ’11, has been named assistant principal at Crossroads Academy in Kansas City, Missouri.
Nick Larson, ’12, serves as principal at Montgomery County High School in Montgomery City, Missouri.
Justin Schmidt, ’12, has been promoted to boys head soccer coach at William Chrisman High School (Missouri), where he worked previously as the assistant coach for eight years. Justin resides in Grain Valley.
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.
Olivia (Dykes) Provance, ’14, won the 2020 STEMMy Award for Student Achiever. This award recognizes a female college student enrolled in a Kansas or Missouri school who has professional aspirations in a STEM field. Olivia is a Ph.D. student at Kansas University studying cancer biology. She resides in Kansas City, Kansas.
David Sanchez, ’14, is one of five artists joining the Portland Opera Resident Artist Program for 2020-2021. The tenor made his Metropolitan Opera debut in “Porgy and Bess” and has performed with New York City Opera, City Lyric Opera, Sarasota Opera, Music Theatre Heritage, Des Moines Metro Opera and Inside Broadway. He holds a master of music degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.
Micah Boise, ’15, has been named the band director of the Cassville (Missouri) School District. He had previously served the district for from 2016-2018 as the choir teacher. He resides in Cassville.
Ayna Palvanova, ’15, is an analyst for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, working out of her home city of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. She has worked with more than 50 private enterprises on consulting projects, and her duties include helping Turkmen production and service companies improve their competitiveness.
James Webber, ’15, will graduate with a master’s of accounting in spring 2020 from the College of William and Mary. He has also accepted a position as an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tysons, Virginia.
Maddie Nelson, ’17, has returned to Jewell as an assistant women’s basketball coach. During her basketball career at Jewell, she started all 110 games and finished as the only player in program history to log 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. She resides in Liberty.
Taylor Friesen, ’18, has been accepted into the University of North Dakota’s Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Speech Pathology) program, starting fall 2020.
Kelsey Neth, ’18, serves as director of communications for the Clay County Public Health Center in Liberty. She is the sole media representative for the county and manages all COVID-19 communication. She resides in Gladstone.
Tana Pottorf, ’18, has been accepted into the neuroscience doctorate program at Emory University in Georgia.
Madeline Culbertson, ’19, a recruitment counselor at Cottey College, has been named head coach of the school’s first flag football team. She resides in Nevada, Missouri.
Tanner Foerschler, ’19, has joined the Colorado State University-Pueblo baseball program as an assistant coach. This role will include coaching hitting and baserunning, and working with infielders.
Emma Staebell, ’19, has been accepted to the University of Missouri Kansas-City School of Dentistry D.D.S. program, starting fall 2020.