Professional and personal updates on Jewell alumni
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Larry Holley, ’67, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Small College Basketball. A four-year letterwinner as a Jewell Cardinal player, Larry coached for 51 years, including 40 seasons as Jewell’s head coach. He is the winningest college coach in Missouri and No. 10 in the nation among four-year colleges, a 15-time Coach of the Year and a member of five regional and national Halls of Fame.
Dr. Stephen Jones, ’70, is co-pastor of First Baptist Church of Kansas City, Missouri. Stephen had two books published last year: "Galusha, Crisis and Courage in a Civil War Pastor" (Trafford) and "Learning Jesus" (Wipf and Stock). On June 6, 2022, he will celebrate 50 years of service as an American Baptist pastor. He has served churches across the country, serving in his current capacity since 2013. Stephen will become president of the Great Rivers Region of the American Baptist Churches in October 2022. He and his wife, Janice, reside in Kansas City and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2020.
Bob Stergos, ’77, co-founded and serves as executive director of a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization, A Seat at the Table, which provides residential mentoring and community resources in a Christian family environment for at-risk 18- to 25-year olds. The nonprofit is working to establish chapters in Kansas City, Cincinnati and other major U.S. metropolitan areas to help provide a sense of family as well as the educational/vocational, life and job-skill, counseling and spiritual development resources needed to help young people transition into thriving adulthood.
Dr. Murray Jennex, ’78, has been included in Stanford University's list of top 2% of scientists in the world. The list is based on data from Elsevier's Scopus of the most-cited scientists in 22 fields. Murray’s published research was in the category of information systems. He is a management information systems professor emeritus at San Diego State University and is a clinical professor of computer information systems at West Texas A&M.
Jack Hopkins, ’81, president of Community Bank of Raymore, was named president of Missouri Independent Bankers Association for the 2021-2022 term. MIBA represents more than 150 independently owned community financial institutions.
Dr. Katie (Martin) Lawson, ’99, was inducted into the Liberty High School 2021 Hall of Fame. At LHS, she was a three-sport athlete receiving all-conference honors in basketball and volleyball. She also served as National Honor Society president and drum major. Katie currently is the executive director of special programs for North Kansas City Schools.
Dr. Cindy (Knowles) Thompson, ’04, was appointed dean of libraries for the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries in February 2022.
Andrew Johnson, ’05, of Kansas City, received a two-year studio residency for writing at Charlotte Street Foundation and an ArtsKC Inspiration grant for his new book, "The Thread," which will be published in September.
Justin Wichert, '06, has been named the head baseball coach at Fort Hays (Kansas) State University. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in 2003, then pitched for the Jewell Cardinals for two years. After graduating from Jewell, he played at the professional level with the Kansas City T-Bones and the Port Charlotte (Florida) Redfish before starting his college coaching career.
Emily Wales, ’07, has been named president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Great Plains, which covers Kansas, western Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. She joined the organization in 2017, having served as chief operations counsel, general counsel and, for nearly a year, as interim president and CEO. She earned a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 2013.
John Egorugwu, ’08, joined the New York Giants in February as the inside linebackers coach. He was the linebackers coach at Vanderbilt for the 2021 season and spent four years with the Buffalo Bills and two years with the Baltimore Ravens. The accounting and business major and Cardinal Football alumnus also worked with linebackers at Jewell from 2010-2011. John has a master’s in educational and counseling psychology from University of Missouri-Columbia.
Kyle Wampler, ’10, has been named the activities director in the Northwest School District (House Springs). He had been teaching health and principles of biomedical science and serving as the head baseball coach and assistant football coach at the high school where he graduated in 2006.
Dr. Annie (Shepard) Farris, ’12, of Kansas City completed a Doctorate of Nurse Anesthesia Practice in May 2021 from Missouri State University and is working at Centerpoint Hospital.
Trista Turley, ’12, joined the Columbus, Ohio, law firm of Isaac Wiles as an associate in the public law and litigation practice groups. She previously served for six year as an assistant attorney general and staff attorney for the State of Ohio.
Lauren Anderson, ’13, accepted a position as a senior marine mammal trainer at SeaWorld San Antonio where she works with beluga whales and Pacific white-sided dolphins. Lauren spent the last six years putting her Jewell psychology degree to use as a trainer in Florida, working with marine mammals at the Miami Seaquarium.
Jennifer (Carney) Kahmann, ’13, was named director of people operations at The Scarbrough Group in February 2022. She joined the international global logistics company as an intern, then became a licenses customs broker and a certified customs specialist. The company's headquarters are in Kansas City.
Dr. Edward Scott, Jr., ’13, completed a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Applied Developmental Science at the University of Virginia and accepted a tenure-track faculty position as assistant professor of social work at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work. He earned the Gansneder Dissertation Award for Qualitative Research and was a co-recipient of the Outstanding Doctoral Student Award.
Chris Stathos, ’14, was promoted to senior manager of partnership development for the Kansas City Chiefs. He will begin his ninth National Football League season with the Chiefs this fall and has been with the club's partnership team since graduating from Jewell.
Dr. Stewart Duncan, ’15, completed a Ph.D. in Musicology from Indiana University and was awarded the Freda and Walter Kauffman Prize. His article "'An Excellent Piece of Propaganda': The British Council's Use of Choirs as Cultural Diplomacy in the 1930s" was recently published in The Musical Quarterly. He has been named an assistant teaching professor of musicology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory.
Dr. Bradley Dice, ’16, completed a Ph.D. in physics and scientific computing at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor in 2021. He resides in Liberty and recently started at NVIDIA Corporation developing software for accelerated data science.
Jessica (Holcomb) Sloan, ’20, of Topeka, Kansas, began work as an associate auditor for the Kansas Legislative Division of Post Audit in November 2020.
Kole Wagener, ’21, will start the Doctor of Psychology program at Kansas City University in fall 2022. He has been serving Tri-County Mental Health Services as a caseworker.