Class notes


Shavon Brown, BS ’12, was a keynote speaker in July at a breakfast for the Phoenix Family Organization. She discussed growing up in a friendship village and how participating in their youth program helped her develop personally.

Timothy Haynes, ’09, and Emily Speicher, ’10, were married May 25, 2012, in Independence, Kan.

Michael Pickman, MAEd ’10, is an English teacher at Louisburg High School.

Joe Sample, BA ’08, MASL ’12,  is the assistant principal at Iola High School. He previously taught at Gardner.

Jamie Starling, ’12, teaches third grade at Spring Hill Intermediate School and is an assistant volleyball and basketball coach at Spring Hill Middle School.

Tige Stone, MASL ’10, is an assistant principal at Council Grove High School and activities director for USD 417.

Clint Stoppel, MSSL ’11, is the activities director at Hesston High School.


Scott Akers, BS ’08, received a Doctor of Osteopathic from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May.

Donna Bradford, MBA ’08, was selected as CFO of the Year for nonprofit businesses by the Kansas City Business Journal. She is CFO of The Whole Person.

Ashley Butler, ’05, and Jacob Hamilton, BA ’04, Zeta Chi, were married on April 14, 2012. They reside in Gardner.

Nate Scott, ’05, and Kelli Sutley were married Sept. 8, 2012, in Baldwin City at Stony Point Hall.

Isaac Chew, MBA ’02, has joined the Marquette University men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2012-13 season. Chew spent the 2011-12 campaign under head coach Frank Haith at Missouri.

Tiffany Day, BSN ’03, has joined the Providence Saint John Clinical Education department as a nurse educator. She has worked at Providence for eight years on a medical/telemetry unit.

Kyle Bradley Ferrell, ’09, and Morgan Rae Rinck, BSN ’10, were married on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at First United Methodist Church in Independence, Kan., with the Rev. Ira DeSpain, ’70, officiating. Kyle is a recruiter for Aerotek in Lenexa. Morgan is a registered nurse in the post-anesthesia care unit of Children’s Mercy Hospital and Clinics of Kansas City. The couple lives in Mission, Kan.

Joshua Johnson, ’08, bachelor’s degree in history and minor in religion, is the pastor at Methodist Parsonage in Little River, Kan.

Gaven Ludlow, MBA ’08, is the director of Resource Family Services for TFI Family Services Inc. in Topeka. He has 15 years experience in child welfare.

Pat McCollin, ’06, is the head football coach at Pleasant Ridge High School in Easton, Kan.

Bobby Renneisen, BS ’02, MLA ’04, is the associate head soccer coach at Cal State San Marcos. He has coached at San Marcos, led by former Baker coach Ron Pulvers, since the school adopted men’s and women’s soccer in 2006. His teams have combined for four Association of Independent Institutions titles and four appearances at the NAIA national tournament. The men’s and women’s teams have won 10 or more games in each of the last three seasons and both won the A.I.I. championship in 2011.

Abe Rodriguez, MBA ’05, is the executive director at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Wichita.

Sarah Sachs-Jepson, BSN ’02, was recently named a “20 Under 40” honoree by the Jayhawk Area Council of the Boys Scouts of America for her involvement in the community. She will be recognized at a November 15 banquet at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in Topeka.

Jessica Schmitz, BSN ’08, and Brian Seaton were married on May 12, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Abilene, Kan. Jessica works in the cardiac intensive care unit at St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City. The couple resides in Olathe.

Andrew Michael Spain, ’06, married Michelle Davis in June at Trinity United Methodist Church in Hutchinson, Kan. He is an IT sales consultant for Lowen Corp. in Hutchinson, where the couple resides.

Daniel Joseph Watkins, BA ’07, is the author of the book Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist, which was published in 2011 by the People’s Press. He was awarded the 2012 Colorado Book Award for pictorial works. 
More info on the book. More info on the award.

Richard Webber, BBA ’02, is a Chanute business instructor for Neosho County Community College.

Mike Wolgast, Ed.D. ’08, is principal of Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe. He was inducted into the Baker School of Education Wall of Honor in May and Pioneer Trail was named first runner-up for National Middle School of the Year.


Brenda Gillogly, MBA ’98, has been named vice president of administration at Black River Technical College in Arkansas. She previously served as vice chancellor of finance and administration at Phillips Community College in Helena, Ark.

Shawn Whitcomb, MSM ’93, is vice president and chief information officer at HNTB Holdings Ltd. In his role, Whitcomb will manage the firm’s information technology from his office in Kansas City, Mo. Whitcomb has 23 years of technology experience in the field, serving a diverse range of industries. He most recently served as IT leader over multiple lines of businesses, including Wellness, ExamOne and Employer Solutions, at Quest Diagnostics.

Daniel Wooge, BME ’97, is the band instructor at Spring Hill Middle School and Spring Hill High School.


Stephen Koch, ’81, MAED ’10, business and psychology degree, serves as principal at Lincoln Elementary School.


William Betz, ’69, Sigma Phi Epsilon, is the senior associate dean for Osteopathic Medical Education and chair of Family Medicine at the University of Pikeville – Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He was recently appointed to the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Bill Scott, ’64, Delta Tau Delta, was inducted on May 26 into the Horton (Kan.) High School Hall of Fame. He spent 36 years in education and 30 years as an administrator. He serves as president of the Burlington City council.

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