Read the latest professional and personal updates on Jewell alumni.
News from Jewell alumni received in 2019
Rev. Jerry Ostrom, ’57, has served as pastor of Farber (Missouri) Baptist Church for 12 years after retiring from a 34-year pastorate at Centennial Baptist Church in Mexico, Missouri.
Susie Oberdahlhoff, ’62, was appointed the Pike County Clerk by Gov. Mike Parson after a unanimous vote by the Pike County Commissioners. She will serve for two years until the next election. She has previously served in roles for the Missouri Beef Council and the Missouri Soybean Board. She and her husband reside in Bowling Green.
Dr. James Pettijohn, Jr., ’69, was one of six 2018 inductees into the Missouri State University Wall of Fame, one of the highest honors an employee can receive from the university. James helped the school’s College of Business Administration earn AACSB accreditation while serving in a variety of roles, including as associate dean and professor. He and his wife, Robin Pettijohn, ’71, reside in O’Fallon.
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.
Linda (Higginbotham) Schaller, ’72, had her latest documentary, “A Spark of Nerve,” air on select public television stations in January 2019. The film focuses on Dr. Susan Mackinnon, who is using a new surgery tactic to restore movement to limbs that were believed to be permanently paralyzed. Linda is a four-time Emmy winner for her documentaries on the arts, history and medical science. She and her husband reside in San Francisco, California.
Dr. Steven Popejoy, ’79, recently had an article titled “Right to Work in Missouri — The People Have Spoken” published in the University of Missouri-Kansas city Law Review. Steven is the chair of the School of Business Administration and professor of business law at the University of Central Missouri, where he previously served as head of the School of Accountancy. He continues to research areas of employment and labor law, as well as U.S. Supreme Court history. He resides in Blue Springs.
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 Cunningham, ’81, was inducted into the Louisiana (Missouri) High School Athletic Hall of Fame in February 2019 for his contributions to the school’s football, basketball and track teams. David, who became Jewell’s leading rusher, was inducted into the Jewell Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. He has retired from a career as a teacher and resides with his wife in Louisiana.
Lori (MacCurdy) Rodgers, ’82, has moved back to Kansas after living more than 30 years in northern Virginia and overseas. She resides in Lawrence.
Timothy Krause, ’83, has written a book, "Finding Theo: A Father's True Story of Loss, Courage and Discovery" (Clovercroft) that was published in August 2018. The book tells the story of the mountain biking accident of his son, Theo, and the people the family met along Theo's journey of recovery. Timothy is a former chief marketing officer of a large telecommunication supplier. He and his wife, Jorja (Morton) Krause, ’83, reside in Dallas.
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.
Sam Beckett, ’88, is one of the solo pianists performing alongside the Kansas City Symphony during the Kansas City Ballet’s performance of “The Lady of Camellias” in February 2019. He and his family reside in Kansas City.
Lisa O’Brien Enger, ’90, is the vice president of university relations for Lindenwood University. She has more than 20 years of senior leadership and management experience, including executive director positions at the Clayton Chamber of Commerce, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure St. Louis affiliate and the United Soybean Board, of which she was recently the chief operating officer. She is active in the community, including as board member of the Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital Foundation Guild. She and her husband reside in St. Louis.
Lt. Col. Eric T. Olson, ’90, was appointed the 24th superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol by Gov. Mike Parson in March 2019. Eric, also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, had been serving as interim superintendent since September 2018. In his time with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, he has served as commanding officer of Troop A and has overseen the Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. He and his family reside in Macon.
Jana Henry Funderburk, ’96, received promotion to full professor of theatre and dance at Millikin University. She has been teaching theatre design and technology since 1999 while continuing to design professionally in regional theatre. She and her family reside in Decatur, Illinois.
Matthew Myers, ’98, recently retired from the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant commander after 20 years of service and multiple combat deployments. He completed a second master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington and is pursuing a second career in librarianship. He and his family reside in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
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, Missouri, where he resides.
Suvir Dhar, ’02, has been named to the St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” list for 2019. He is a Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholder focused on mesothelioma litigation. Suvir volunteers with The Little Bit Foundation and is a board member for both La Salle Middle School and the United Way, Southwest Illinois Division. He and his family reside in St. Louis.
Dr. Christopher Strelluf, ’02, had his new book, “Speaking from the Heartland: The Midland Vowel System of Kansas City,” published by the American Dialect Society and Duke University Press in December 2018. He works as an assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Warwick in Coventry, and he and his family reside in Kenilworth, United Kingdom.
Dr. Gregory Bohner, ’04, earned a Ph.D. in counseling and student development from Kansas State University in December 2018. His dissertation title was “The Relationship Between College Counselor Work Responsibilities and Burnout.” Greg currently serves as the director for disability services at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, where he resides with his family.
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, Nebraska.
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.
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.
Heather Jones, ’06, was hired in January 2019 as executive director of Iowa Sister States, a nonprofit that manages Iowa’s nine official international partnerships. Heather had previously served as deputy campaign manager for the campaign of Deidre DeJear, the first African-American nominated by a major party for statewide office in Iowa. Heather resides in Des Moines, Iowa.
Sean Riordan, ’06, is a research assistant professor at Children’s Mercy Hospital and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is currently researching brain damage caused by severe hyperbilirubinemia in babies and the resulting brain damage known as kernicterus. He and his wife, Rachel (Butz) Riordan, ’06, reside in Lenexa, Kansas.
Joshua Rogers, ’06, and his wife, Katee McLean, have opened a new restaurant concept, Vildhast, in the Parlor Food Hall in the Crossroads. Vildhast is a fast-casual concept focusing on Scandinavian street food and Korv (sausage). This is in addition to their other restaurant, Krokstrom Klubb & Market. They reside in Kansas City.
Adam Hill, ’07, has been named president and COO of the Scarbrough Group of Companies in Kansas City. Adam began at Scarbrough, a logistics provider, as an account representative and he most recently served as the executive vice president. His career with Scarbrough began through a college internship while at Jewell. He and Dr. Tiffany (Keller) Hill, ’07, reside in Parkville.
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, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son.
Sarah Taylor, ’09, earned a master’s degree in international advocacy and leadership from Avila University in December 2018. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.
Rev. Nathan Rueb, ’12, was ordained to the Transitional Diaconate at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in September 2018. The ceremony was presided by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Bishop’s Conference and was among those presented to Pope Francis. Nathan will remain in Rome until his ordination to the priesthood in May 2019.
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.
Adam Young, ’14, completed an Executive MBA from Rockhurst University in May 2018. He works for Burd and Fletcher. Adam and Haley (Jones) Young, ’14, reside in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Brooklyn Bradley, '16, was named the 2018-2019 Teacher of the Year at Byhalia (Mississippi) Elementary as a result of successful test scores in reading and math, and for her community involvement in starting the school's first music club. She went to Mississippi through Teach For America to impact the lives of children in a small town. She resides in Olive Branch.
Parker Wood, ’17, has been named a managing partner with Josh DeShong Real Estate in Heath, Texas, where he resides.