Class Notes


News from Jewell alumni received in 2019

1940

Rev. Paul Powell, ’47, recently 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

1980

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

2010

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.

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

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

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.

2018 Class Notes

  • 1950

    Dr. William Hooper, ’53, had his choral work “The Second Coming” chosen to be performed at the National Association of Composers/USA conference in March 2018 at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City. His composition is based on a poem by William B. Yeats. He has published more than 40 choral pieces, numerous instrumental and keyboard compositions and eight books. He and his wife reside in Bolivar, where he also serves as senior adult pastor at First Baptist Church.

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  • 1960

    Jim Gladden, ’62, was chosen for induction into the Florida State University Athletics Hall of Fame. Jim, a defensive coach of the Florida State football team for 27 years, will be inducted in a ceremony in September 2018. He and his wife reside in Tallahassee, Florida.

    Dr. Mary Kalen Romjue, ’62, received the Friend of Science Award from the Nebraska Academy of Sciences in April 2018. Mary is a former science teacher in Naponee, Neb., and Franklin, Neb., who organized science fairs and had students compete in numerous science and engineering academies and competitions. She later earned a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and taught at Fort Hays State University (Kan.) and the University of Central Florida. She has been awarded the Henzlik Award for Outstanding Teacher in Nebraska and the Presidential Award for Excellence in Sciences and Mathematics Teaching Certificate of Honor in 1985. 

    Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue, ’66, was honored by the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health with the creation of the Carol J. Rowland Hogue Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Achievement. The award grants $5,000 to a mid-career epidemiologist who has made an “exceptional contribution” to the practice of epidemiology and invites the winner to give a scientific presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research. Carol is the Jules and Uldeen Terry Chair of Maternal and Child Health at Emory University and established the Women’s and Children’s Center at the university.

    Larry Holley, ’67, received Lambda Chi Alpha’s Order of Achievement in August 2018 in Jacksonville, Fla. The honor is the highest award granted to an alumnus of the fraternity for success in his career. Larry was also the keynote speaker at the Purple, Green and Gold Banquet for the 2018 General Assembly and Stead Leadership Seminar.

    Janet (Hirsch) Keeney, ’68, was honored with the 2017 Peg Deaton Leadership in Aging Award by the Johnson County (Kan.) Commission on Aging. The award honors volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families. Janet recruited volunteers to create a meal service for families at the Olathe Hospice House. She also serves as chair of the Master Food Volunteer Sunshine Committee, a volunteer caring committee that sends “sunshine” to seniors in happy and difficult times. She and her husband reside in Olathe, Kansas.

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  • 1970

    Dr. Murray Jennex, ’78, won the Award for Outstanding Faculty Contributions to the University (also called the Faculty Monty award) for the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University for the 2018-2019 school year. Murray is a professor of management information systems. He and his wife reside in Oceanside, California.

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  • 1980

    David D. Powell, ’80, has joined Harbour Energy as chief financial officer. He had previously served as CFO of Cobalt International Energy and CFO of the petroleum unit of BHP Billiton. Before joining BHP, he spent more than 28 years in various roles at Occidental Oil and Gas Corporation. He and his family reside in Houston.

    Debie Snyder, ’83, was named group vice president of corporate social responsibility solutions at StratustLIVE, a provider of cloud-based, enterprise-class CRM and donor management software for nonprofit organizations and corporate social responsibility teams. Debbie has served as director of global community affairs at EDS, a Fortune 100 company. She has been a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the U.S. Congressional Award for Youth, the JASON Foundation for Education, and Young Audiences of North Texas. She and her husband reside in Frisco, Texas.

    Dr. Susan Mace Weeks, ’83, was named the first vice provost of Texas Christian University. She had served as dean of the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practice and Research: A Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute since 2015. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the National Academies of Practice, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and chair of the board of trustees for a Fort Worth, Texas, area hospital. In addition to her work in TCU’s administration, Susan is also a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric-mental health nursing, a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a licensed chemical dependency counselor. She and her family reside in Aledo, Texas.

    Jody Jensen Shaffer, ’86, has had her 2017 picture book, “Prudence the Part-Time Cow (Henry Holt Children’s),” chosen to represent Missouri at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. She resides in Liberty.

    Scott Anders, ’87, was selected in January 2018 as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer of the Eastern District of Missouri by Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel. The position is a court unit executive position in the federal judiciary, equivalent to senior executive service in the Executive Branch. He and his family reside in St. Louis.

    Barbara Warren Peterson, ’88, was invited by the May 18th Memorial Foundation to speak at the 20th anniversary of the Asian Human Rights Charter in Gwangju, South Korea, on behalf of her deceased husband, Arnold Peterson, ’65. While serving as Southern Baptist missionaries, Arnold and Barbara witnessed and documented the Gwangju May 18th Democratic Uprising in 1980, a significant event in South Korean history. Arnold’s testimony during South Korean Congressional Hearings in 1995 led to the conviction and imprisonment of former South Korean President Chun Doo Hwan. She resides in Dallas.

    Dr. Crystal Harris, ’89, was promoted to associate dean of the Missouri Western State University’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. She has been a nursing faculty member at the school since 1999 and served as interim director and interim associate dean of the department. She has been the coordinator of the school’s RN to BSN program since 2013.

    Allen Ward, ’89, is the director of athletics at Abilene (Texas) Christian University. He had been the athletic director at Murray State University in Kentucky for 13 years.

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  • 1990

    Susan Chambers, ’90, was named to the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Board of Trustees. She is currently the chair of the Jewell Board of Trustees and a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education. She is the retired executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Wal-mart Stores, Inc. 

    Shara (Clevenger) Brice, ’91, received the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Raymore-Peculiar (Mo.) Public School Foundation. While living in England, she developed the Epping Forest Council for Voluntary Service, the Ascension Eagles cheerleading program, the London Cheerleading Academy and Talent Central UK. She was later named a Member of the British Empire and was one of four “Woman of the Year” winners for the United Kingdom in 2010. Shara also carried the Olympic torch for the London games. She resides in Aspen, Colorado.

    Jennifer May, ’92, was appointed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to hear cases as an immigration judge at the Fort Worth (Texas) Immigration Adjudications Center starting in October 2018. Since 2006, Jennifer served as assistant chief counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, in Kansas City. Before that, she was the assistant prosecuting attorney for the Clay County Prosecutor’s Office, Family Support Division, in Liberty. She is a member of the Kansas Bar and Missouri Bar.

    Judge W. Brent Powell, ’92, was retained on the Missouri Supreme Court in the 2018 election. He was first appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2017 and served as a Jackson County circuit court judge from 2008-2017. He has also served as an assistant Platte County prosecutor and an assistant U.S. attorney in Kansas City. He and his wife reside in Kansas City.

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  • 2000

    Kevin Keeton, ’00, was hired as the head football coach at Benton High School. He had previously worked as associate head coach and strength coordinator at Winnetonka High School. He and his family reside in Kansas City.

    Dr. Kirk McCullough, ’01, was profiled in August 2018 by KCUR 89.3 FM for his use of a new Achilles tendon surgery, the “mini-open,” which has been used to treat several Kansas City professional athletes. Kirk, of the Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute, is also a member of the National Football League’s Foot and Ankle Subcommittee.

    Jacquelyn (Crenshaw) Bode, ’02, was appointed executive director of the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, the charitable arm of the American Association of Orthodontists. She had worked as the executive director and senior development manager for the Christian Hospital Foundation in St. Louis. She and her family reside in St. Charles.

    Matt Bowman, ’03, president of Thrive Internet Marketing Agency, was nominated for Fort Worth Inc.’s Entrepreneur of Excellence Awards in the Media, Communications and Public Relations category. The awards recognize and honor entrepreneurial owners of private companies in the Greater Fort Worth area. He and his wife reside in Arlington, Texas.

    Frank Hensley, ’04, and Heather Hensley welcomed as son, Beric David, on Feb. 26, 2018. The Hensleys reside in Marina del Rey, Calif, and Frank celebrates 10 years at Universal Music Group where he is senior director of label relations.

    Dr. Catherine “Cat” Comley Adams, ’05, was hired as assistant executive director of advancement at the State Historical Society of Missouri in August 2018. She had previously served as the senior director of advancement for the University of Missouri Extension, the MU Truman School of Public Affairs and the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

    Ryan Harwell, ’05, was promoted to vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is responsible for the bank’s credit and risk management; statistics, structure and reserves; support solutions; and surveillance and risk analysis departments. He has been with the Federal Reserve since 2005, and has served as an assistant examiner, assistant vice president and manager of the examinations and inspections team. Ryan also is the 2018 William Jewell Young Distinguished Alumnus.

    Josh Payne, ’05, is a National Wildlife Federation Cover Crops Champion. After graduating from Jewell, he worked as a high school English teacher and coach before becoming a full-time farmer on his grandfather’s farm. He and his wife reside in Concordia.

    Anthony Shop, ’05, co-founder and chief strategy officer of Social Driver, was as one of nine Americans selected for the Zhi-Xing China Eisenhower Fellowship Program. As part of the program, he will pursue an individual project focused on digital media and engage in transformative exchanges of knowledge and ideas with leading thinkers in their respective fields. He will meet with experts and leaders across multiple cities in China. He and his husband, Thomas Sanchez, reside in Washington, D.C.

    Megan (Dusing) Bright, ’06, earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the area of Library Media: Early Childhood through Young Adulthood. Less than 2 percent achieve National Board Certification. Megan works as an elementary school librarian in Liberty, where she resides with her family.

    Cody Hunter, ’06, has been hired as a world history teacher and head football coach at Herculaneum (Missouri) High School. He previously worked at De Soto High School.

    Jill (Sladek) McClure, '06, has been hired as senior vice president of American National Bank in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She will lead the commercial banking team at the bank. Jill holds an MBA from Creighton University and serves on the board for Completely KIDS, as well as the Women's Center for Advancement Guild. She and her family reside in Elkhorn, Neb.

    Patrick James, ’07, was accepted into the dietetics internship and master’s program with St. Louis University. He will continue toward becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist upon completion of the internship.

    Dr. Andrew Wingfield, ’07, completed his doctor of education degree in May 2018 from Vanderbilt University. He will continue his work in international higher education administration after graduation.

    Dr. Ryan Alvarado, ’08, has been hired as a tenure-track assistant professor of mathematics at Amherst College. He and his family reside in Amherst, Massachusetts.

    Trent Figg, ’08, was hired by Missouri State University as assistant football coach, working with running backs. He spent last year as defensive coordinator at Southern Arkansas University. 

    Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, ’09, earned master’s degrees in Jewish education and rabbinic ordination from Hebrew College in June 2018. She serves as the assistant rabbi of a synagogue in Brookline, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and son.

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  • 2010

    Brian Gehrlein, ’10, was hired as the youth services associate at the Excelsior Springs branch of the Mid-Continent Public Library. He and his wife, Katherine (Myers) Gehrlein, ’11, reside in Liberty. 

    Kate Rettig, ’10, was named the 2017-2018 Liberty (Mo.) Public Schools Teacher of the Year and was one of 32 named to the Regional Teachers of the Year. Kate is a third-grade teacher at Lillian Schumacher Elementary School, and she also serves on her building’s leadership team and the Curriculum Council. She and her family reside in Liberty.

    Ben Dougherty, ’11, is the head coach of Parkview High School in Springfield, Missouri, after seven seasons as the team’s defensive coordinator. He resides in Springfield.

    Jessica (Chandler) Jansen, ’13, and Mitchell Jansen welcomed a son, Theodore Renly, on Jan. 4, 2018. They reside in St. Charles.

    Dr. Sarah Scoggin, ’14, has earned a doctor of optometry degree from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee.

    Logan Winter, ’16, was promoted to staff accountant at Sink, Gordon and Associates LLP, where he specializes in tax and accounting services for individuals, partnerships and corporations. He resides in Manhattan, Kansas.

    Abram Fernandez, ’17, will pursue a master’s degree in philosophy at the University of Oregon. He plans to become an author and a college professor or philosophical consultant.

    Caris Boegl, ’18, is in the Master of Arts in Arab Studies program at Georgetown University.

    Aaron Brake, ’18, is a research assistant at the University of Kansas Medical Center and will begin the University of Kansas School of Medicine's M.D. program in fall 2019.

    Mackenzie Giegling, ’18, attends Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, working toward a master's degree in deaf education.

    Jared Hobby, ’18, is a junior auditor at Cochran Head Vick & Co. Certified Public Accountants in Kansas City. He also attends University of Missouri-Kansas City where he is pursuing a master's degree in accounting.

    Easton Koch, ’18, is founder and head of design at Easton K. Clothing in Kansas City.

    Dylan Jones, ’18, was accepted to George Mason University where he is pursuing a master's degree in American history.

    Aubrey Kent, ’18, is pursuing a Ph.D. at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. She and her family reside in Independence.

    Luke W. Lockhart, ’18, attends the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

    Jesse Lundervold, ’18, is working toward a Ph.D. in chemistry at University of California, Davis.

    Shea Marcinski, ’18, serves as the Spanish teacher at Fremont (Nebraska) High School.

    Michael McCuaig, ’18, is a news producer and radio host at KVGC 1340AM and 96.5FM in Jackson, California.

    Erin Melton, ’18, was accepted to the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England, for fall 2019. She will pursue a master's degree in international social and public policy. Erin was William Jewell's 2018 Faculty Award Winner.

    Grace (Miller) Morrison, ’18, is an analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

    Julia Parker ’18 is pursuing dual master’s degrees in divinity and social work from Princeton Theological Seminary.

    Zoe Spangler, ’18, is pursuing a master of fine arts in lighting design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She will also work as the master electrician at the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival during the summer of 2018.

    Elizabeth Stevenson, ’18, has been hired as a cell culture technician in the Tissue Culture Core Lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research.

    Luce Virlynn-Apollon, ’18, is a registered nurse in North Kansas City Hospital's Cardiac ICU.

    Davis Warton, ’18, was selected for the Teach for America Corps and is a high school biology teacher at Ewing Marion Kauffman School in Kansas City.

    Grace Webber, ’18, is an assurance associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Washington, D.C.

    Omas Wijahat, ’18, is a registered nurse in Neuro ICU at St. Luke's Hospital, Kansas City.

    Valerie Yeutter, ’18, is a dual-degree engineering student, pursuing a chemical engineering degree at Columbia University in New York City.

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2017 Class Notes

  • 1950

    Dr. William Hooper '53 won the Open Category Choral Composition Competition sponsored by the Missouri New Music Initiative with his piece titled "Crucifixus." William received an M.A. degree at the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. He is professor of music emeritus at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Mo.

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  • 1960

    William "Bill" Dreyer '60 was named to the Board of Trustees of the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va. Bill, who started working for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., now AT&T, in 1959, retired as a senior executive of the company in 1998. He also served as Knight Commander (national president) of the Kappa Alpha Order from 2011 to 2015. He and Linda (Hill) Dreyer '61 reside in San Antonio, Texas.

    Dr. Carol Rowland Hogue '66 received the 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award, which honors a member of the Emory College faculty or staff for significant service to the university. Carol has worked at Emory for 25 years, including being named to the first endowed professorship at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health and serving as a counselor to the Emory College Board of Trustees. While at Emory, she has established and led the Women's and Children's Center. She worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before joining the Emory faculty. She and Dr. Lynn Hogue '66 reside in Atlanta.

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  • 1970

    Dr. Marion Roberts '70 was elected into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame. He is currently conductor of the Lawrence (Kan.) City Band and the De Soto (Kan.) Brass Band. Marion is the retired director of bands at Blue Valley North High School (Overland Park, Kan.). He and Marcia (Rains) Roberts '71 reside in Lawrence, Kan.

    Rodney Hader '71 retired as a customer service representative from I.R.S. Kansas City in May 2015. He was also self-employed in Hader Poultry for more than 35 years. He is spending his retirement enjoying time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as building projects and making stained-glass windows. He resides in Independence.

    Rev. Jim Coffer '73 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ministry in November 2017 at a ceremony at Stockton (Mo.) United Methodist Church. After graduating with a master's in divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977, he served in a variety of roles in Baptist churches before being led to the Methodist church. He served in several Methodist churches before joining Stockton UMC in 2013.

    Dr. Prabu Raman '76 was installed as the 148th president of the Missouri Dental Association at the MDA House of Delegates on Nov. 5 in Jefferson City. He has been in private practice as the owner of The Raman Center for Advanced Dentistry in Kansas City since 1983 and served in a variety of other dentistry roles. He and his family reside in Liberty.

    James “Jim” Cooksey ’77 was appointed as associate circuit court judge for Randolph County in north-central Missouri. Jim was previously associate circuit court judge in Randolph County from 1984-2003. Since 2003, he has been principal attorney and owner of the Law Office of James M. Cooksey. He and his wife reside in Moberly.

    David Bollinger '78 has opened a branch of ClearSound Hearing in Fulton. The branch, David's third, offers hearing evaluations, education, hearing instrument fittings and other services. He and his wife reside in Jefferson City.

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  • 1980

    Dale Phelps '80 was named the editor and vice president of news for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. He had served as the managing editor since 2008 and has been with the paper since 1998. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Tacoma.

    Linda Haberstroh '82 was named one of the Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal in August 2016. Linda joined her mother's business, Phoenix Textile Corp., in 1985 and has since risen to become the company's president, helping the company average $61 million in annual sales.

    Rebecca Sandring '82 was recognized by Continental Who's Who as a Pinnacle Professional member in the field of finance. Becky is the senior vice president, treasurer and secretary at CorEnergy, an energy infrastructure company. She and her husband, Dennis Boatright '83, reside in Lee's Summit.

    Scott Burton '84 was awarded tenure status as a professor in the Criminal Justice Department at the College of Southern Nevada. Scott is retired from a combined 25-year career with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services. He is a former member of the State of New Mexico's Adult Parole Board and has prior experience as a facility director and warden in the private prison industry. The 2nd edition of his college textbook entitled Professionalism, Integrity, and Ethics in Criminal Justice is scheduled for release in fall 2017. Scott also was appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to the newly formed Nevada Sentencing Commission in November 2017. He and his wife reside in Henderson, Nev.

    Randy Reinholz '84 recently saw the world premiere of his play, Off the Rails, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The play is loosely based on Shakespeare's Measure for Measure. Randy is the first Native American playwright to write for the festival. He and his family reside in Chula Vista, Calif.

    Connie Dover '84 was unanimously inducted into the 2017 Missouri Music Hall of Fame as both a musician and a composer/songwriter. She is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her music has been highlighted on a number of national broadcasts. She lives and works on a ranch in Wyoming's Beartooth/Absaroka Wilderness.

    Bill Gautreaux '85 has been named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the president of Crestwood Midstream Partners. A member of the William Jewell Board of Trustees, Bill resides in Kansas City.

    Dawn (Barnes) Morhaus '85 was appointed executive vice president of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank's Treasury Services and Technology Support Division. She has been senior vice president of the division since 2011 and serves on the Bank's Management Committee. She started with the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank in 1987 and held various staff positions in the Computer Systems and Check Collections departments. She resides in Kansas City.

    Honorable Zel Fischer '85 was selected by colleagues in July 2017 to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in October 2008, and he also has worked in both private law and as an associate circuit judge in Atchison County. At Jewell, he is an adjunct professor of American jurisprudence, a 2012 Citation for Achievement recipient and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his family reside in Tarkio.

    Brad Sprong '86, of Leawood, Kan., has been named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the managing partner of KPMG Kansas City serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees. 

    Jody Jensen Shaffer '86 was honored by Highlights magazine editorial, art and production staff as "Best of the Issue" for her story titled "Earth Day Birthday," published in the April 2017 issue. In addition, her picture book, Prudence the Part-time Cow (Laura Godwin Books/Henry Holt), was chosen to represent the state of Missouri at the 2017 National Book Festival on Sept. 2 in Washington, D.C. Jody is an award-winning poet and author of more than 30 books of fiction and nonfiction for children. She and her family reside in Liberty.

    Dr. James Wooldridge '88 was named chief medical officer of Aeglea BioTherapeutics, a biotechnology company in Austin, Texas, that develops enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat genetic diseases and cancer. He had worked at Eli Lilly as chief scientific officer for immuno-oncology clinical development. 

    Greg Canuteson '89 was awarded the Civic Leadership Award by the West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League. The mayor of each community in the division nominated an outstanding civic leader to be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the annual Civic Leadership Award Banquet. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of business and civic leaders in developing stronger cities. Greg was elected state representative in 1992, then was elected to two terms as Liberty mayor starting in 2009. He and his family reside in Liberty.

    Michelle (Dillard) Young '89 was appointed manager of gang and violence programs for Durham County Department of Public Health in Durham, N.C. She will oversee program teams that work to prevent shootings and homicides and provide intervention services to youth and young adults who are involved in gangs. She previously worked as a senior research associate with the National Gang Center for 15 years, and has worked in the field of gang prevention/intervention for more than 20 years. She and her family reside in Wake Forest, N.C.

    Dr. Kathy (Beasley) Fuchser '89 has been named campus president of Central Community College-Columbus (Neb.). She had been serving as dean of instruction for academic education at the school since 2014. Before joining CCC-C, she had been an education professor and secondary program coordinator at Midland University. She and her family reside in Columbus, Neb.

    Brad Williams '89 was hired by Alliant Employee Benefits as vice president of its Southwest division. He previously served as senior benefits strategist for HUB International, one of the nation's largest insurance and employee benefits consultants. He and his family reside in Oklahoma City.

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  • 1990

    Jack Hood '90 was named the Lawrence (Kan.) Public Schools Secondary Teacher of the Year at a ceremony in March 2017. Jack is a history and economics teacher at Lawrence High School, and received a $1,000 check along with the award. In addition to his work inside the classroom, he also coaches the boys and girls track and field teams at the school, earning the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association Class 6A Boys' Coach of the Year Award. As the district's secondary winner, Jack will be nominated to the Kansas State Department of Education's Kansas Teacher of the Year program. He resides in Lawrence, Kan.

    David Israelite '90 has signed a five-year contract extension to continue as the CEO of the National Music Publishers' Association. He has been with the NMPA since 2005. Before joining the NMPA, he was chief of staff for former Missouri Senator Kit Bond and the chairman of the Department of Justice's task force on intellectual property. He and his family reside in Washington, D.C.

    Jason Klumb '90 was named to the Ingram's 250, the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram's magazine. He is the region administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration. He resides in Kansas City, Mo., and serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees.

    Dr. Mark Hoffman '91 was one of six people inducted into the Raytown School District Hall of Fame on Oct. 7-8, 2016.  Mark is the chief research information officer for Children's Mercy Hospital and is an associate professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. He was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors for his 19 issued patents, many of which were issued during his time as an application developer at Cerner Corporation.

    Daniel Belcher '92, operatic baritone, was the focus of the cover story of the December 2017 issue of Classical Singer magazine. He won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and received the Jewell Citation for Achievement in 2010. He resides in Liberty with his family.

    Adam Boster '92 released a horror film called "Slasher" on DVD in major retail outlets in March 2017. His studios, Photo-Kicks Cinema Group and Boster Castle, are based in Columbia, Mo., where he resides.

    W. Brent Powell '92 was appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Missouri. Brent has served as a Jackson County circuit judge since 2008. He has previously worked as assistant Platte County prosecutor and an assistant U.S. Attorney in Kansas City.

    Jennifer (Buffa) Sirangelo '93, president and CEO of the National 4-H Council, was named No. 46 of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" list for 2017 by Fast Company. She was recognized for "raising new leaders" and helping to launch the 4-H's Grow True Leaders campaign, a rebranding initiative aimed to promote the diversity of 4-H programs and participants. She resides in Poway, Calif.

    Dr. Cynthia Otts '95 was named registrar at Park University. Cindy had recently served as associate registrar at Indiana State University and has previously held various positions at Grantham University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Park University.

    Dr. Kimberly (Dunback) Bentrott '98 received the Center for Health Progress' 2017 Physician of the Year Award by the Center for Health Progress, formerly the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. Kimberly is a physician with Centura Health. She and her family reside in Denver.

    Amanda Pennington Ketchum '98 was elected to the 2017-2018 USLAW Network's Board of Directors at the organization's annual membership meeting in Carlsbad, Calif. She also serves on the organization's Managing Directors Steering Committee. She is the managing director of the Kansas City-based Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. She and her family reside in Kansas City.

    Kristen (Honerkamp) Buckley '99 was appointed to the Child Abuse Neglect and Review Board. She is also the program director at Isabel's House, the crisis nursery of the Ozarks, and is a licensed professional counselor. She and her family reside in Battlefield. 

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  • 2000

    J.D. Gravina '00, head coach of the Western Illinois women's basketball team, led his team to the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. The 14-seed Leathernecks lost in the first round to 3-seed Florida State in Tallahassee, Fla. It was Western Illinois' first NCAA berth since 1995. He was also chosen the Summit League Coach of the Year and tabbed to speak at the 2017 NCAA Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention. At Jewell, he played basketball, tennis and track and later served as assistant coach of the women's basketball team. Most recently, he coached at Quincy (Ill.) University.

    Eric Blair '01 was promoted to associate vice president of enrollment management at Park University in January 2017. He had been serving as executive director of enrollment and has worked in a number of other roles at Park. He resides with his family in Lawson.

    Dr. Christopher Strelluf '02 accepted a position as assistant professor of linguistics at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.

    Suvir Dhar '03 was one of 14 attorneys elevated on Jan. 1 to shareholder in Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation's largest mass torts firms. Dhar joined the firm's Alton, Ill., office in 2010 as a mesothelioma attorney. He has also volunteered with numerous organizations, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the St. Louis Wyman Young Leaders Board, and the World Pediatric Project.

    Darren Prenger '03 of Parkville, Mo., was named by Ingram's magazine to the 19th annual "40 Under 40" list and to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. Darren is the COO of ECCO Select Corp. He is the chief operating officer of ECCO Select, the region's largest IT staffing and consulting company. He has served on the boards of the FIRE Foundation, Donnelly College, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Port Authority, Ameristar, Isle of Capri, Economic Advancement Fund and the YMCA's People Services Council. He and his family reside in Parkville.

    Andrew Johnson '05 has written On Earth As It Is, a collection of essays published by Possum Trot. He is the director of Pilgrim Center, a nonprofit focused on driving community engagement. He is also working on his next collection of essays, Such Small Hope. He and his family reside in Kansas City.

    Anthony Shop '05 was named to the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List by the Financial Times for the second year in a row. This year, Anthony moved up from ninth on the list to fifth. He and his husband are co-founders of Social Driver, a digital creative agency in Washington, D.C., where they reside.

    Dr. Jill (Jackson) Morris '06, senior scientist at the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center, led a study on Alzheimer's disease that was featured in a March 2017 article by The New York Times. The study found that frequent, brisk walks may modestly provide improvements to physical abilities and slow memory loss in Alzheimer's patients. The study was originally published in PLoS One in February. She resides in Kansas City.

    Chris Rosson '06 was named to the 2017 class of NextGen Leaders by the Kansas City Business Journal. The program identifies emerging leaders in the metro and connects them with each other, readers and current leaders. He is the executive director of Teach for America's Kansas City region. He and his family reside in Independence.

    Katherine (Heugatter) Becnel '08 was hired as an historic interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park (Pa.). She earned her master's degree in history, emphasis museum studies, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2010. She and her husband, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Becnel, reside in Morrisville, Pa.

    Shea Sowers '08 was named a "Rising Star" by Plastics News in its August 2017 edition. He is a senior account manager at PolySource, and has grown his territory twentyfold. Shea and his family reside in Pleasant Hill.

    Dr. Trisha Stan '09 has been named to the Amgen Scholars Ten to Watch list. The list honors the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine from the more than 3,000 people who have completed the Amgen Scholars Program. She is the assistant professor of natural sciences at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. She has also co-founded a podcast with Stanford scientists called Goggles Optional, a weekly humorous and informative look at what's new in the world of science. She resides in Palo Alto, Calif.

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  • 2010

    Chris Stathos '14 was named to the Ink Magazine 30 Under 30. Chris is the partnership activation coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Overland Park, Kan.

    Rachel (Phillips) Wallenbeck '15 completed a master of arts degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri and has been appointed digital services librarian at Southwest Baptist University. She was one of the first students to complete Jewell's Apple Vanguard Certification Program in 2014 and used her Journey Grant to complete an ALA-sponsored web design and development course. She also completed a National Archives & Record Administration internship while at Jewell.

    Lindsey (Pollock) Stevens '15 received the Star Award from Park Hill School District for September. She is a second-grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School. She is also working on her master's of science in education in differentiated instruction. She and her family reside in Kansas City.

    Andrew Baxley '16 has joined the Daly Elementary School (Fayette, Mo.) faculty as a physical education teacher. He resides in Huntsville.

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