Class notes


Adam O’Trimble, BS ’10, is the director of operations at Kansas Soybean.


Jenifer (Koelzer) Bahner, BS ’07, coached the Cowley College volleyball team to the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II national title in Toledo, Ohio.

Tanja Baker, BS ’03, is the vice president of Gorilla Capital and has been named one of the winners of this year’s “20 Under 40” awards in Eugene, Ore. Each year, 20 of Eugene’s most notable emerging business leaders under the age of 40 are recognized with the award. Judged by a panel of local business leaders, the accolade is given to professionals for their significant contributions to their companies and for their potential to affect the community’s future. Baker joined Gorilla Capital in July 2006 and was promoted to vice president in 2009. She is active in her community, giving her time to several organizations including the Eugene Marathon. She has also served as an assistant volleyball coach at several area high schools.

Isaac Chew, MBA ’02, is an assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Missouri.

Dustin Dooley, MSL ’08, is head football coach at El Dorado (Kan.) High School.

Gidget Henoch, MAEd ’09, married Adrian Dinkel, July 16, 2011, at Bella Sera in Brigthon, Colo. They live in McPherson. Gidget is a second-grade teacher at Cottonwood Elementary.

Eric Lundstrom, BA ’06, Kappa Sigma, is director of talent and development for EnergySolutions. He and his wife, Erin Cox Lundstrom, BS ’05, Alpha Chi Omega, live in Lindsborg, Kan.

Kari Jean Nace, MBA ’05, married T.J. Smith July 30, 2011, in Kansas City, Mo.

Pam Tate, MASL ’01, is the principal at Gardner (Kan.) Elementary School, where she was selected as Kansas Distinguished Principal of the Year. She received a master’s in education from Baker.

Michael Wolgast, Ed.D. ’08, is the principal at Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, where he recently was named one of three exemplary middle school principals of the year by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators. He is a member of Baker’s first Ed.D. graduate class in May 2008.


Miki Esposito, BS ’95, is the Public Works and Utilities Director in Lincoln, Neb., where she will oversee the business office, engineering services, special projects development, StarTran, watershed management, wastewater and solid waste and the Lincoln Water System.

Darryl Forte, MLA ’97, was sworn in on Oct. 13, 2011, as the 44th chief of police of the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department.

Larry Glatczak, BS ’92, coached Centralia (Kan.) High School to its second Class 2-1A state football title in three years.

Megan Overall, BS ’07, married John Wickey May 21, 2011, in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Britt Reynolds, MBA ‘93, has been named president of hospital operations at Tenet Healthcare Corporation. Reynolds is responsible for Tenet’s operations, consisting of 50 hospitals and 90 outpatient facilities primarily serving urban and suburban communities in 13 states. He previously served as senior vice president and division president of Health Management Associates, Inc.

Bret Shaw, BS ’09, married Tara Bryson on April 30, 2011 in Wamego. Bret is attending Cleveland Chiropractic College in Overland Park, Kan., where they reside.

Dr. Travis Tollefson, ’93, was recognized with a 2011 Early Career Achievement in Medicine Award at the University of Kansas Medical Center for his work traveling the world with Smile China and Operation of Hope to perform surgeries on children with cleft lip, cleft palate and other craniofacial anomalies.

Derrick Watts, BS ’91, MBA ’05, is the author of “Shorts,” 52 Devotionals for Your Weekly Life’s Strife. The book is a collection of Biblically based short story devotionals. The book was released in November 2011 and can be viewed at Derrick lives in De Soto, Kan., with his wife, Kimberly (Nichols) Watts, BA ’92, Delta Delta Delta, and their three sons, Trevor, Shane and Andrew.


JoNina Abron-Ervin, ’70, shares the inspirational stories of 20 African-American social justice activists in the book Driven by the Movement: Activists of the Black Power Era. The book focuses on ordinary African-Americans who did extraordinary things for the black liberation struggle in the United States during the Black Power decade of 1965-1975. Abron-Ervin, a veteran social justice activist, was co-editor of the Baker Orange from 1968 to 1970. A Memphis, Tenn.-based writer, she is a retired associate professor of communication from Western Michigan University.


James Houston Turner, ’69, is the author of Department Thirteen, which won the Hottest New Thriller in the 2011 Best Book Awards.

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