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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.