Class Notes

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June (Tinsley) Seat, ’59, and Dr. Leroy Seat, ’59, of Liberty, were thrilled to become great-grandparents in 2022. Their son Keith Seat, ’80, and daughter-in-law Brenda (Helland) Seat, ’80, became grandparents of Vander Sage Moller-Seat in Maryland. Their daughter Kathy (Seat) Laffoon, ’82, and her husband, Tim, became grandparents of Nina Irene Hlousek in Arkansas.


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.

Jim Dunn, ’71, published a book “Fairlane: A Cosmic Rascal Memoir” (Amazon) in December 2021. He and his wife, Kathy (Moore) Dunn, ’73, reside in Prairie Village, Kansas.

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.

Dale Labuary, ’79, was inducted into the 2022 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame for his successful 27-year run as football coach at Monroe City High School. His teams won two state championships and were state runners-up twice. He is the 21st coach in state history to reach 200 career victories, posting an overall record of 201-73.


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.

Jeanette Meyer, ’83, of RE/MAX Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado, was awarded the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry, Quality Service Certified® Platinum. This is the 17th consecutive year that Meyer has received the award, a recognition of earning 100 percent client service satisfaction in 2021 as measured by Leading Research Corporation.

Gary Witt, ’87, was elected chief judge of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. He was appointed to the Western District in 2010, and previously served as an associate circuit judge in Platte County (6th Judicial Circuit) and practiced law in Platte County and served in the Missouri House of Representatives

Lisa Essig, ’89, of Kearney was among 10 Fred L. Turner Golden Arch Award U.S. recipients for 2022. This highest recognition for a McDonald’s franchisee is presented at the McDonald’s Worldwide Convention to franchisees who put their customers and people first, lead with integrity, promote inclusion in their community and champion the McDonald’s system.


Kristen (Fairlie) Smarr, ’91, was named interim vice chancellor of communications and marketing at University of Missouri and chief marketing and communications officer for the UM System in September. She has worked at the university for more than 20 years and most recently served as associate vice chancellor for the Joint Office of Strategic Communications and Marketing.

Bil Brown, ’94, was hired as the creative and digital specialist in the Marketing and Public Relations Office at Liberty Hospital.

Chris Leaver, ’94, received the Lambda Chi Alpha Order of Merit award. This award recognizes lengthy and dedicated service at the local chapter level and has been given to less than 400 members from the entire fraternity membership since it was started in 1935.

Megan Word, '94, of Kansas City, was appointed to the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners. She serves as the government relations director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network for Kansas and Nebraska. Previously, she served the Missouri Housing Development Commission and The Salvation Army for Western Kansas and Missouri. She has a master's degree in public policy from Pepperdine University.

Jill (McCrea) Nagel, ’98, was inducted in the 2022 Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In her 17 seasons as women’s basketball coach at Columbia Rock Bridge High School, her teams have won five state championships, four of them consecutive. She is a five-time Coach of the Year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Rick Kayser, ’99, was promoted to executive Vice President of Alberici Constructors, Inc., having served the company for 21 years. He oversees the steel fabrication division, equipment, warehouse, maintenance field operations and Hillsdale Fabricators which supports large projects including the construction of the new MLS stadium in downtown St. Louis. He serves on Jewell’s Civil Engineering Advisory Board.

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.


Carolyn Shadid Lewis, ’01, completed a feature-length documentary that was part of the Kansas City Underground Film Festival in September. “InterGeneration” is an animated, cross-generational journey of Boston’s past and present through the vantage point of a group of inner-city teens and elders.

Dr. Alexis (Barnes) Richter, ’02, of Olathe, Kansas, completed a Doctor of Education in Education and Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education from Rockhurst University in August. She is employed by the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Frank Hensley, '04, and his wife, Heather, welcomed a daughter, Violet Elizabeth, on May 13. She joins a brother, Beric, age 4, and the family resides in California's San Fernando Valley. Hensley has worked at Universal Music Group for 14 years and enjoys his career as senior director of label relations for partner labels.

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.

Jessica Flanary, ’06, accepted a position in September with VA Portland Healthcare System as deputy chief nurse executive.

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.

Dr. Josh Hastey, ’07, completed a Ph.D. in international studies in 2020. In 2021 he published his first academic book chapter, co-authored an article in the Journal of Strategic Security with Dr. Adam Knight, ’08, and was appointed assistant professor of government at Regent University. Rebekah (Bouas) Hastey, ’08, serves as the children’s ministry director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, Virginia, where they reside with their three children.

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.

Bethany Hughes, ’08, completed a seven-year, 18,221 mile human-powered odyssey. She and companion Lauren Reed traveled the length of the Americas, from the tip of South America to the Arctic Ocean. They set out to redefine how the outdoor sport and long-distance community engage with local peoples and the landscape.

Lieutenant Commander Kayron Parrish, ’08, is a 3rd Battalion executive officer and 13th company officer at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He most recently served as executive officer on USS Devastator and fleet up to commanding officer with deployment to Bahrain. He holds a master’s degree in leadership, education and development from George Washington University.

Major Tyler B Folan, ’09, was selected and is currently serving as the commanding officer of Recruiting Station Denver. He and his Marines are responsible for enlisted and officer recruiting across five states and over 217,000 square miles. Less than 3 percent of all Marine majors were selected for this competitive position.


For the second year, Ashton Botts, ’10, and Professor Nathan Wyman, ’95, teamed up as director and set designer. Their show, “The Curious Savage” with Olathe Civic Theatre Association, swept the awards ceremony for the 2021-2022 season with eight awards, including Best Direction (Botts), Best Set Design (Wyman) and Best Show.

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 Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice in May 2021 from Missouri State University and is working at Centerpoint Hospital (Independence).

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 years 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 licensed 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.

Sean Shelton, ’13, was named director of sporting operations of the Munich Ravens. He was a quarterback and MVP in the European League of Football, retiring in fall 2022.

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, started in the new Media Accelerator Program at GALE Partners, a media and marketing agency.

Hannah Koehler, ’21, begins Wake Forest University’s Clinical Mental Health graduate program in fall 2022.

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.

2021 Class Notes

  • 1970s

    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.

    Charlie Funk, ’76, was awarded the 2021 James A. Leach Leadership Award by the Iowa Bankers Association in October. This is the highest honor an Iowa banker can receive. Charlie has more than 40 years of banking experience and serves as president and CEO of MidWestOne Bank in Iowa City.

    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.

    Janette Lohman, ’77, was selected as State Tax Lawyer of the Year by Finance Monthly. One of just 11 U.S. attorneys highlighted in the publication, Lohman was recognized for numerous honors in her career, including a groundbreaking role as the first female director of the Missouri Department of Revenue. She joined Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis as a partner in 2003.

    Mark Bredemeier, ’79, of Lee’s Summit, was appointed to the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority by Gov. Mike Parson. Mark is an attorney with a background in political, government, and business litigation and policymaking.

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  • 1980s

    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, was 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.

    Steve Arbo, ’84, received a 2021 MARC (Mid-America Regional Council) Regional Leadership Award for his leadership in emergency preparedness, including the pandemic response efforts. Steve has worked 35 years in the public service sector, serving as city manager of Lee’s Summit since 2008.

    Scott Burton, ’84, was 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, was 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 was 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 was 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.

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  • 1990s

    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 has extensive executive leadership experience, most recently serving as COO of U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance. She holds an M.A. in Marketing from Webster University and attended The Wharton School Executive Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

    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.

    David Israelite, ’90, has been named Billboard's CEO of the week. The president/CEO of National Music Publishers' Association has geared his focus on unlicensed music being used in the gaming industry and on other platforms. At Jewell, David studied political science and communication. He holds a juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.

    Tom Carnahan, ’91, of St. Louis was appointed as a U.S. representative for the 76th Session General Assembly of the United Nations that met in September 2021. A renewable energy developer, entrepreneur and attorney, Carnahan founded Wind Capital Group in 2005 and developed Missouri’s first wind farm before expanding throughout the Midwest. He also co-founded Upepo Energy, focused on bringing sustainable, large-scale wind energy projects to East Africa. He became partner in Oakland Capital Partners in 2019 where he manages solar energy portfolio companies.

    Erika Sandstrom, ’91, was featured on the cover of EdTech K12 magazine for the summer 2021 issue. A digital media teacher at Higgins Middle School in Peabody, Massachusetts, she was interviewed about the use of digital tools in art education to help with self-expression.

    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.

    Blake Day, ’92, has been promoted from president of Shick Esteve North America to president and CEO of the Kansas City and France facilities. He joined the company in 2015 as CFO. Shick Esteve creates solutions for the industrial food and beverage manufacturing industry.

    Tony Ceballos, ’96, of Kansas City, received a 2020 Author Elite Award in Historical Fiction for his book “Forced Turnovers: A Novel for Racial Unity.” The audiobook release was held in 2021 at Corbin Theatre in Liberty’s Garrison Cultural Center where Tony attended kindergarten.

    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, Kansas.

    Andy McGill, ’99, has been named assistant principal at Cape Girardeau Central High School.

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  • 2000s

    Dana (Youngs) McEachen, ’01, a Microsoft business applications sales executive, was awarded the exclusive Circle of Excellence Gold Club Award for the third time. The distinguished award recognizes the extraordinary performance of individuals who transform and contribute to the overall success and growth of Microsoft. She resides in Overland Park, Kansas.

    Jill (Esely) Durnin, ’02, was 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.

    Kristin (Knopik) Gillette, ’02, was appointed athletics director at Park University in Parkville. She previously served as associate director of athletics/compliance at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas. She holds a master’s degree in sports administration from Gonzaga University.

    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.

    Mark Rorvig, ’05, serves as principal at Harrisonville (Missouri) High School after seven years as assistant principal and years as a personal finance teacher and basketball coach.

    Robert Barr, ’06, received the 2021 American Library Association Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession. He was honored for his service during the pandemic as planning section chief of the Emergency Operations Center. He is the director of Juneau (Alaska) Public Libraries.

    Kyle Faulconer, '07, is moving to Sydney, Australia, as the new PepsiCo CEO for Australia and New Zealand. In his 14 years with PepsiCo, his roles have focused on field operations, strategic account leadership and direct-to-consumer sales strategy. Kyle has been serving as VP and general manager at Frito-Lay.

    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.

    Dr. Allyson Fry-Petit, ’08, was promoted to associate professor of analytical and materials chemistry with tenure at California State University, Fullerton.

    Vanessa (Ayers) Thomson, ’08, was 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.

    Dan Lanning, '08, was named head football coach of the University of Oregon. He spent the previous four seasons at the University of Georgia, where he directed the top defense in the nation in his three seasons as defensive coordinator and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2022 national championship. He also coached at Pittsburgh, Arizona State, Sam Houston State, Alabama and Memphis.

    Robby Discher, ’09, was named special teams football coach for the University of Georgia Bulldogs.

    Actor and playwright Maggie Lou Rader, ’09, of Cincinnati received Theater J’s Patty Abramson Jewish Play Prize this week. Her play “The Helpers” was selected from 83 scripts for the prize that recognizes a promising emerging woman playwright for work that celebrates, explores, and/or struggles with the complexities and nuances of the Jewish experience. Theater J, a nationally-renowned, professional theater in Washington, D.C., calls “The Helpers” a fascinating journey into the world of Anne Frank.

    Alexa (Broyles) Summit, ’09, was appointed Clay County (Liberty) public administrator, working with the most vulnerable populations in the county. She took office in August 2021. She had served in the administrator's office for 13 years as a case coordinator.

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  • 2010s

    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.

    Nick Larson, ’12, has been named superintendent of Community R-6 School District in Laddonia, Missouri. He resides in Centralia.

    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.

    Hannah De Priest, ’13, won Second Prize at the 2021 International Cesti Competition for Baroque Opera in Austria. The soprano has a master’s degree in vocal performance from McGill University in Montréal, and a master’s in historical performance practices from Case Western Reserve University.

    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.

    Jake Holliman, ’16, moved back to the Kansas City area after five years of working around the country for various professional sports organizations and getting involved in high-volume manufacturing sales. He currently works in sales at Creative Blow Mold Tooling.

    Jacquinta (Hammons) Nelson, ’16, of Kansas City is founder and head coach of STEP Movement, LLC, and was nominated by the group as World of Step's Coach of the Year. STEP Movement is an organization whose mission is to cultivate youth to express their passion for creativity, community and collaboration through art of stepping.

    Colton Simmons, ’16, is in his fourth year at Nova Southeastern University in Florida, pursuing a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences through the Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics track. He currently works in the AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care at NSU.

    Logan Winter, ’16, CPA, was promoted to supervising senior associate at Sink, Gordon & Associates, LLP. He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.

    Ben Shinogle, ’17, was named the 2021-2022 Mortar Board Diane Selby Fellow, one of a few fellowships awarded annually to Mortar Board members pursuing an advanced degree. He is working on a master’s degree in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. He also was a Fulbright Scholar to Greece and earned a master’s degree in educational policy and leadership from Marquette University while committing two years to Teach for America as an English teacher to Hmong refugees.

    Charlotte Burns, ’18, was accepted to the Stephens College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in Columbia. She will graduate in December 2023.

    Nichole Marquis, ’18, of Jacksonville, Florida, teaches in Duval County Public Schools. She serves as the PBIS (positive behavioral interventions and supports) coordinator and will be starting a master’s degree in educational leadership.

    Dalton Nelson, ’19, received a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University, researching infectious disease diagnostics with an emphasis on low-resource engineering.

    Thais Quiroga, ’19, was on a four-person team representing South America that placed second in the 2020 international contest for graduate students, The Geneva Challenge. Charged with addressing social inclusion, her team created a multiplatform solution to Bolivian youth’s education and labor inclusion. Quiroga completed a master’s degree this year in development economics and international development at The Graduate Institute of Geneva in Switzerland.

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  • 2020s

    Parker Tergin, ’20, is founder and CEO of PondDay. He launched the booking platform in 2021 to connect private landowners with people who want to rent a pond or lake property.

    Kevin Kim, ’21, has been hired as Jewell’s new outside linebackers coach for football. Kevin was also part of the Cardinal football team during his time at Jewell.

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2020 Class Notes

  • 1950

    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.

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  • 1960

    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.

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  • 1970

    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.

    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.

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  • 1980

     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.

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  • 1990

    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.

    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.

    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.

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  • 2000

    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 leads a team of designers working on parks, plazas, streetscapes, multi-family developments and commercial projects throughout southeast 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 All-Conference academic at Southwest Baptist University and at Jewell 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.

    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.

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  • 2010

    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. 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.

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2019 Class Notes

  • 1940

    Rev. Paul Powell, ’47, resigned from his position as pastor and retired after 75 years of church ministry. He has lived most of his life in St. Louis and recently moved to Abilene, Texas, to be near three of his sons.

    Rev. Dean Lewis, ’49, and his wife have moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to live closer to family. In 2016, he ended the Presbyterian Cuba Connection after more than 20 years of post-retirement partnership. That ministry raised more than a million dollars to support the Cuban Presbyterian church and made more than 50 partnership visits.

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  • 1950

    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.

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  • 1960

    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. Homer Drew, ’66, was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2019. Homer amassed more than 600 wins as a college basketball coach, largely over 22 seasons at Valparaiso (Indiana) University, which later renamed their court after him. He won eight conference championships with the Crusaders and was named a four-time Mid-Continent Conference Coach of the Year. He and his wife, Janet, reside in Nashville, Tennessee.

    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.

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  • 1970

    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.

    David Young, ’71, is the president of the Missouri Prairie Foundation, a statewide organization that works to protect and restore native prairies and grasslands. David is a retired Missouri Master Gardener Emeritus. He resides with his wife, Judith (Wyss) Young, ’70, in Lee’s Summit.

    Dr. Stephen Cohle, ’72, is a forensic pathologist working for Michigan Pathology Specialists. In November 2018, he presented on sudden cardiac death at a conference on sudden death in Veradero, Cuba. He is also the co-author of two books about cases in western Michigan. He resides in Byron Center, Michigan.

    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.

    Zoe (Wood) Linza, ’74, received the Bolton Award from the National Association of Bar Executives in August 2019. The award is the NABE’s highest honor recognizing outstanding bar leadership. Zoe has been executive director of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for 13 years.

    Gary Barnes, ’75, was named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for professional excellence. Gary is a partner with Husch Blackwell and a member of Jewell’s Board of Trustees. He resides in Liberty.

    Bill Rogers, ’76, has written two books, Redemption and Redemption 2, as part of a three-part mystery trilogy under the pseudonym Malcolm Tanner. Before becoming an author, Bill was a teacher, coach and superintendent for nearly three decades. He and his wife reside near Table Rock Lake in Missouri.

    Janette Lohman, ’77, was named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for professional excellence. Janette is a partner with Thompson Coburn.

    Bob Stergos, ’77, and his wife, Chrissy, co-founded A Seat at the Table, a nonprofit organization designed to help under-resourced 18- to 25-year-olds transition to adulthood through providing parental presence and community support by residential mentoring in a Christian family environment. He and Chrissy reside in St. Louis.

    Dr. Donald Riley, ’78, has practiced dentistry in Kirksville for the last 35 years. He and his wife have three daughters (including Brooke Riley Benson, ’11) and two grandchildren.

    Christy (Sandretto) Carpenter, ’79, moved with her husband from Chandler, Arizona, to Poland, Maine, after retirement to pursue a love of Percheron draft horses.

    Lavonne (Garrison) Moore, ’79, recently moved to Wake Forest, North Carolina.

    Willinda (Jeffries) Perkins, ’79, is retired from social work providing community resources to families and now applies those skills to families in her church. She resides in Kansas City.

    Ken Personett, ’79, is the developer and exclusive home builder of Timber Ridge, an estate-sized lot community in Liberty. He also has restored several historic properties in the greater Kansas City area, including being named Outstanding Preservationist by Historic Downtown Liberty, Inc. He resides in Liberty with his wife, Viki (Bonuchi) Personett, ’84.

    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.

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  • 1980

    Trisha McLaughlin Goering Adams, ’80, opened an art gallery, Trisha Adams Fine Art, in Herndon, Virginia, in May 2019. Her painting, Dazzled by the Light, was selected for Amica Insurance’s 49th annual Thanksgiving card.

    Robert Kirkland, '80, was named to the 26th edition of The Best Lawyers in America publication, a peer-reviewed ranking recognizing lawyers for professional excellence. Bob is the founding partner of Kirkland Woods and Martinsen. He resides in Liberty.

    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.

    Robert Kirkland, ’81, of Liberty, is managing partner of Kirkland Woods & Martinsen LLP. Earlier this year, the firm opened its fourth office in Clayton, with existing offices in Liberty, Springfield, and Overland Park, Kansas. The firm concentrates its practice in trusts and estates law, with capacity in closely-held corporate and real estate law.

    Stephen Lindsay, ’81, became the chancel choir director at North Cross United Methodist Church in Kansas City in fall 2018. He has been the handbell choir director at the church since 1985 and associate director of the North Star Community Band since 2014. He is also the workshop floor supervisor at Vocational Services Inc. He resides in Gladstone.

    Dr. Nanette Nuessle, ’81, was named medical director at Lawrence (Kansas) Memorial Hospital in late 2019. She had been a pediatric hospitalist in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

    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.

    Jeanette Meyer, ’83, received the 2018 Quality Service Certified Platinum award, the highest level of service achievement in the real estate industry. Jeanette has been a real estate broker with Meyer and Associates at RE/MAX Alliance in Fort Collins, Colorado, since 2001. This is the 7th year she has received Gold or Platinum status and the 14th straight year she has received the QSC award, which is based on independently validated, measurable survey results from past customers. She resides in Windsor, Colorado.

    Viki (Bonuchi) Personett, ’84, retired from the Park Hill School District, where she served as a reading interventionist. She now splits her time tutoring children with dyslexia and watching her two grandchildren. She resides in Liberty with her husband, Ken Personett, ’79.

    Randy Reinholz, ’84, received the Ellen Stewart Career Achievement Award in the Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education. Randy received the honor for his work as founder and producing artistic director of Native Voices at the Autry, the nation’s premier equity theatre company dedicated exclusively to the development and production of new plays by Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and First Nations playwrights. He resides with his family in Chula Vista, California.

    Judge Zel Fischer, ’85, was awarded the Theodore McMillian Judicial Excellence Award at the Missouri Bar Association Annual Meeting and Judicial Conference in September 2019 in Branson. The award was established by the Missouri Bar Association to recognize a state or federal judge who is an example of judicial excellence, shown through public and community service, personal ethics and serving as an inspiration to other judges. Zel served a two-year term as Chief Justice through June 2019 and is now an associate judge of the Missouri Supreme Court. He resides in Tarkio.

    Robyn (Breckenridge) Sedgwick, ’86, was hired as general manager of KCME and Jazz 93.5 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She previously served as general manager of radio stations KTLF, KTPL and The Legacy in Colorado Springs, where she resides with her husband.

    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. Her book, “It’s a Field Trip, Busy Bus! (Simon & Schuster),” the second in the Busy Bus series, was released in September 2019. Two more books, “Emergency Kittens!” (RH/Doubleday) and “Who is Jackie Chan?” (Penguin Workshop) will be published in early 2020.

    Julie (Camerer) Logan, ’87, joined Thompson Coburn as director of associate recruiting and legal support services in August 2019. She also serves as the 2019-2020 president of the Association of Legal Administrators – Gateway Chapter. She resides in St. Louis.

    Paul Pautler, ’87, chair of Husch Blackwell’s Labor and Employment practice, was recently named president-elect of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys, a national organization specializing in hospitality legal issues. He resides with his family in Kansas City.

    Brian Wood, ’87, was inducted into the Quincy University Athletic Hall of Fame for the second time in 2019 for serving as the director of sports medicine for the 1994-1995 men’s basketball team. He was also inducted for the same role with the 1993 Quincy University football team. He is now a two-time member of three separate collegiate Halls of Fame: William Jewell College, Clark University and Quincy University. He resides in Gardner, Kansas.

    Sam Beckett, ’88, was 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.

    Greg Duncan, ’88, was hired as vice president for production with Artisan E-Learning, a custom-built online training program for companies and organizations. He and his wife, Amy (Brown) Duncan, ’89, reside in Liberty, where he also serves as a member of the City Council.

    Dr. James Wooldridge, ’88, was named chief medical officer of Checkmate Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is focused on the activation of innate immunity to treat cancer. He held a similar role at Aeglea BioTherapeutics and served as chief scientific officer for immuno-oncology clinical development at Eli Lilly.

    Michelle (Dillard) Young, ’89, completed a study on gang activity in Belize City, Belize, that was published by InterAmerican Development Bank. She resides in Wake Forest, N.C.

    Craig Zahnd, ‘89, was hired as the senior vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Craig had served as managing director and general counsel of Swiss Re, a reinsurance business. He also serves as a Jewell Trustee and is a member of the Community Support Committee of the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. He and his wife, Deana (McCrossen) Zahnd, ’88, reside in Overland Park, Kansas.

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  • 1990

    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, and has been a St. Louis Business Journal “40 Under 40” honree. Lisa and her husband reside in St. Louis.

    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.

    Kristen (Fairlie) Smarr, ’91, has been named deputy chief marketing and communications officer for the University of Missouri. She has led communications at the university’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the past 15 years. She and her family reside in Columbia.

    Tamela Luce, ’94, has been named the president and CEO of the Phoenixville Health Foundation in Pennsylvania. She has served as the senior program officer for HealthSpark Foundation and director of grantmaking for Women’s Way, one of the nation’s oldest and largest women’s funding organizations.  She resides in North Wales, Pennsylvania.

    Hon. Blake Adams, ’96, was sworn in as Collier County, Florida, Court Judge in January 2019 after being elected in November. He earned a J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa in 2009. He resides in Naples, Florida.

    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.

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  • 2000

    Eric Blair, ’01, has been hired as the vice president of enrollment and marketing at Jewell. He had served at Park University since 2002 in a variety of roles, including most recently as associate vice president for enrollment management. He and his family reside in Lawson.

    Laura Smith-Everett, ’01, was named by Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly to the Coordinating Council on Early Childhood Development Services. She is an ELL teacher for the Shawnee Mission (Kansas) School District. In November 2019, she was elected to a four-year term on the Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, beginning in January 2020. She and her family reside in Shawnee, Kansas.

    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.

    Dr. Brooke Whitworth, ’01, received the 2019 Outstanding College Science Teacher Award from the Mississippi Science Teachers Association. Brooke has worked an associate professor of science education at the University of Mississippi since 2017. She was nominated for the honor, which recognizes those who make an impact on their students and the field of science education, by two of her graduate students at Ole Miss. She also received a $1.37 million research grant from the National Science Foundation for her project, Science Coordinators Advancing a Framework for Outstanding Leadership Development (SCAFFOLD). She resides in Oxford, Mississippi.

    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.

    Jill (Esely) Durnin, ’02, will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in December as part of the 2019 “Filbert Five” team. The Filbert Five is a men’s and women’s basketball team chosen each year to honor the late Gary Filbert, a successful Missouri basketball coach who later directed the Show-Me State Games. Jill was honored for her time at Jewell, where she holds the school record for points and was named an All-American twice. She is the assistant principal at Camdenton (Missouri) Middle School and resides in Linn Creek.

    Crystal Howard, ’02, has joined Husch Blackwell in Kansas City as a partner in its tax practice group and its Financial Services and Capital Markets industry team. She advises a variety of business types on all aspects of federal income taxation and at all stages of the business life cycle.

    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.

    Darren Prenger, ’03, COO of ECCO Select Corp., was named the 2019 Emerging Philanthropist of the Year by Nonprofit Connect. He was nominated for his philanthropy and board service with nonprofits including the YMCA of Greater Kansas City, FIRE Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City. Darren and his family reside in Parkville.

    Carrie (Vanderford) Sanders, ’03, accepted the role of director of community engagement and impact at Edgewood College, where she has been serving on faculty in the Social Innovation and Sustainability Leadership Graduate Program. Carrie is also the founder and CEO of Hope Community Capital, a national consultancy that connects community development projects with financing, and investors and organizations with opportunities to cultivate sustainable, inclusive and thriving communities. Carrie resides in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband, Scott, and their three children.

    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. 

    Eric Bunch, ’04, was elected to represent the fourth council district on the Kansas City (Missouri) City Council and took office in August 2019. He is the co-founder and director of strategic initiatives for BikeWalkKC. He and his family reside in Kansas City.

    Dr. Amy Smith, ’04, earned a Ph.D. in music therapy from the University of Kansas in May. In the fall, she will begin her role as an assistant professor in music therapy at Sam Houston State University (Texas).

    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. 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.

    Alexis (Riney) Small, ’05, was named the Whitman Master Teacher through the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. She received a grant to create a curriculum about the War in Europe, and she traveled to Normandy, France, with 30 students from across the country to teach about D-Day. She resides with Ryan Small, ’04, and their children in Smithville, where she works as a history teacher at Smithville High School.

    Dr. Michael Strickland, ’05, was awarded a five-year, roughly $650,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to research the effects of agricultural antibiotics on soil food webs and the ecosystem. Michael is an assistant professor at the University of Idaho’s Department of Soil and Water Systems. The project will also develop training for graduate students and visit middle schools in nearby towns to teach soil health and teach them to collect soil samples.

    Josepha Haden Chomphosy, ’06, was named the executive director of the WordPress open source project in January 2019 for Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, Longreads and more. She had recently worked with the WordPress Foundation, focusing on educational initiatives dedicated to diversity in technology and the introduction of open-source ideals on a global scale. She resides 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.

    Elizabeth Walsh Yoder, ’06, was named to the de Beaumont Foundation’s inaugural 40 Under 40 in Public Health list. The national list showcases leaders who embody collaboration, creativity and innovation, while also highlighting solutions and innovations in the field of public health. Elizabeth, a public health statistician for the Kansas City (Missouri) Health Department, was the only recipient chosen from Kansas and Missouri.

    Karianne (Wagner) Waterland, ’06, and her husband welcomed a son, Warren Russell, on Sept. 28, 2019. The family resides in Smithville.

    Betsy Bramon, ’07, is an interdisciplinary social entrepreneur. She works with Facebook’s Content Policy Team to make the new community standards responsive to the diverse and complex needs of people around the world. Previously, she ran a social impact consulting practice, Kronia Collaborative, spent seven years in human rights, gender and technology-related policy and programs at the U.S. Department of State, and worked more than six years in non-governmental organizations. She splits her time between Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

    Dr. Lindsey Chappell, ’07, is an assistant professor of English specializing in 19th century British literature at Georgia Southern University. She earned a Ph.D. in English from Rice University in 2017 and resides in Savannah, Georgia.

    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.

    Patrick James, ’07, received a master’s degree in medial dietetics and completed an internship at Saint Louis University in August 2019. He is a registered dietitian with Touchpoint Support Services at Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas, where he resides with Andrea (de Regnier) James, ’07, and their family.

    Dr. Lisa (Bush) Lauck, ’07, earned an Ed.D. in educational leadership from Baker University in April 2019. Her dissertation title was “Grade Distribution and Perceptions of School Culture and Climate In a New Secondary School.” In addition to completing her degree Lisa was recently published as a contributor to "Herstory: Woman in American History" a publication created by National History Day Foundation in conjunction with History and Lifetime. The publication is a collection of lesson plans about great American Women. Lisa teaches 8th grade English language arts and coaches cheer and dance in Excelsior Springs. She resides in Liberty with her husband, Jake Lauck '07, and their 3-year-old daughter.

    Daniel Stricker, ’07, has been selected as president of Ascension Post-Acute Services. He had served as chief operating officer for Ascension Living and was named one of the Catholic Health Association’s “Tomorrow’s Leaders” in 2016. Danny and his family reside in Des Peres, Missouri.

    Lilia Toson, ’07, has been named one of 40 Under 40 attorneys by the National Bar Association. The awards recognize those young lawyers who “exemplify a broad range of high achievement in the legal field, including in advocacy, innovation, vision, leadership and overall legal and community involvement. Lilia is the assistant attorney general in the New York State Office of the Attorney General in the Health Care and Civil Rights bureaus. She and her family reside in Brooklyn, New York.

    John Barber, '08, of Kansas City, was promoted to vice president, general counsel and compliance officer at UGA Finance, after joining the organization in 2017 as its in-house counsel. He received a Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law and has previously practiced in the private sector for two law firms. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas.

    Christopher Carr, ’08, has been appointed chief diversity officer at the Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University. He previously served as senior director of programs for the National Society of Black Engineers. He resides in Washington, D.C.

    Sarah (Rahal) Wahrer, ’08, is working on a master’s degree in nursing in clinical nurse leadership at Montana State University. She works as a nurse at Bozeman Health.

    Noah Nash, ’09, has joined the Kansas City office of Lathrop Gage as an associate on the insurance recovery and counseling team. He worked as a catastrophe claims adjustor for a large insurance carrier before going into law. In 2019, he earned his juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he also served as lead articles editor for the UMKC Law Review. He resides in Liberty.

    Alex Saxon, ’09, was cast as “Ace” in the CW series “Nancy Drew.” He recently finished a role on the ABC drama “The Fix” and has played recurring characters on “The Fosters,” “Finding Carter” and “Ray Donovan.” He is based in Vancouver, Canada, while filming “Nancy Drew.”

    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.

    Jon Ubbenga, ’09, has been hired as an assistant baseball coach at Tarleton State University (Texas). He had served as head baseball for two seasons at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School in Oklahoma City.

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    Krysten (Waeckerle) Olson, ’10, and Lauren Olson were married in October in Jewell’s Grand River Chapel. Krysten is employed by SAVE, Inc. and they reside in Kansas City.

    Britany Riley, ’12, graduated from Stanford Law School in May 2019. She moved to Washington, D.C., to be a clerk in the D.C. Court of Appeals. She previously served as a conference assistant to Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

    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.

    Drew Mitrisin, ’13, earned a master’s degree in public management from Johns Hopkins University and works in industry affairs for the American Trucking Association. Angie (Petersen) Mitrisin, ’14, completed a master’s degree in education-reading from Johns Hopkins University and is employed by KIPP DC. They reside in Washington, D.C.

    Jessica (Connery) Montague, ’13, was one of 16 winners selected among 157 Kansas City nominees for the inaugural Jedel Excellence in Mathematics Education Awards, which include a $10,000 prize. Jess is a fourth-grade teacher at Clardy Elementary in the North Kansas City School District, where she also serves as a science and mathematics demonstration teacher.

    David Sanchez, ’14, tenor, will make his solo debut at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in a September 2019 production of “Porgy and Bess.” He moved to New York in 2018 and performed in “La Boheme” and “West Side Story” with City Lyric Opera before performing as an apprentice artist with the Sarasota Opera in Florida in spring 2019. In the summer of 2019, he debuted with New York City Opera in their world premiere of “Stonewall” by Iain Bell.

    Dr. Andrew Wommack, ’14, received the Ruth Ridenhour Scholarly and Professional Achievement Award at High Point University’s commencement ceremony. The award honors a full-time faculty member for exemplary accomplishments in research and creative endeavors. Andrew is an assistant professor of chemistry whose research focuses on synthetic organic chemistry and bio-organic chemistry, earning more than $350,000 in grants from the National Science Foundation and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. He resides in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    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.

    Reed Brown, ’17, will begin the doctorate in physical therapy program at Regis University in Denver beginning in fall 2019.

    Jess Capps, ’17, has been admitted into the University of Kansas Doctor of Medicine program beginning in fall 2019.

    Meghan Scholtens, ’17, recently became wound care certified through the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy. Meghan is a registered nurse for inpatient wound ostomy at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she resides.

    Parker Wood, ’17, has been named a managing partner with Josh DeShong Real Estate in Heath, Texas, where he resides.

    Aaron Brake, ’18, has been admitted into the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program for fall 2019.

    Courtney Eddins, ’18, received the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award from the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at a conference in March 2019. She is a fourth-grade teacher at Brookfield (Missouri) Elementary School and resides in Chillicothe.

    Jessa (Adams) Hahn, ’18, received the Outstanding Beginning Teacher Award from the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education at a conference in March 2019. She teaches math at Kearney (Missouri) High School and resides in Liberty.

    Zhuoshi Liu, ’18, has been accepted by Oldenburg University (Germany) to pursue a master’s degree in neuroscience. Zhuoshi interned in summer 2019 at Shanghai New York University’s Speech, Language and Neuroscience Lab, studying electroencephalograph protocols and taking part in cognitive neuroscience research.

    Alex Millhuff, ’18, was accepted to the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program for fall 2019.

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