Class notes


Bob Ewbank, BA ’55, Delta Tau Delta, has written the book Wesley’s Wars, which discusses the religious battles John Wesley raged on behalf of “true religion.” The wars were fought to protect the people in his society who trusted Wesley with their spiritual guidance and health. Ewbank describes Wesley’s fight against the ideas of original sin, predestination, the church and Christian Perfection. He is a third-generation Methodist minister and has led several presentations regarding the life and theological wars of John Wesley.

Dick Purdy, ’56, has been selected for induction into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame. A member of Baker’s Hall of Fame, he coached six state championship football teams in Kansas—five at Lawrence High and one at Shawnee Mission West. He and his wife, Norma (Norris) Purdy, ’56, live in Green Valley, Ariz.


Ken Jones, BS ’70, was recently inducted into the Columbus (Kan.) High School Sports Hall of Fame. He coached five state championship wrestling teams and 17 individual state champions in 20 years at Columbus.

Rick Rieder, BS ’78, was recently named vice president for administration at the Kansas City Art Institute. He was previously the senior administrator at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.


Don Austin, ’93, is the assistant superintendent of educational services for the Huntington Beach Union High School District. He and his wife, Paula (Hutchings) Austin, live in San Clemente, Calif.

Paul Berardi, BBA ’93, on Jan. 10 was named fire chief in Kansas City, Mo. He had been serving as interim fire chief for six months and has more than 25 years of service with the fire department, including 11 years as deputy chief.

Toniann (Granzow) Richard, BS ’99, executive director of Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri, has been accepted into the Community Health Center Fellowship. The program, led by the University of Kansas Medical Center, includes collaborations with the Greater Midwest Association of Primary Health Care and the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved. Collectively, these organizations have developed a rigorous educational program for professionals serving as senior managers and executive directors of community health centers.

Jennifer Skaggs, BS ’99, is a veterinarian at Pilchuck Veterinary Hospital in Snohomish, Wash., where she lives.


Whitney (McDaniel) Blanton, BSN ’09, is a nurse associate for Cotton-O’Neil Nephrologists at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kan.

Jamie Buckley, MAEd ’09, teaches fifth grade at Lincoln Elementary School in Augusta, Kan.

Dan Bower, MBA ’07, has been appointed assistant vice president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s technology solutions delivery division, where he leads many of the bank’s initiatives in application deployment and middleware services, database administration, change management, application and systems architecture and customer relationship management.

Lucretia Craig, MSM ’09, is the chief nursing officer at Freeman Health System at Joplin, Mo.

Mark DeSchepper, BS ’03, is an operations manager at Construction Solutions. He recently joined Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association and has created the Imaging Committee within the organization to address the use of technologies such as Ground Penetrating Radar. This new committee is the first of its kind in the industry to begin writing new standards/specifications and training courses. The committee compromises both manufacturer and contractor members to create a certification program for operators of the technology.

Donna Ferguson, MASL ’08, is principal at Herington (Kan.) Elementary School.

Kathryn (Millsap) Glasser, MSM ’08, is a legal and compliance consultant for CommunityAmerica Credit Union and lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Amber Hauder, BS ’09, was recently named Kansas Internal Support Banker of the Year as part of Peoples Bank Peoples Promise Awards recognition. Hauder works at Peoples Bank in Lawrence, Kan.

Aaron Heckman, BS ’02, is the director of the Montgomery County Action Council in Independence, Kan. He previously was chief operating officer for East Central Kansas Economic Opportunity Corp.

Pat Tate, MASL ’01, is the principal at Gardner (Kan.) Elementary School and will head USD 231’s newest elementary school when it opens in the fall. She is a member of the Baker School of Education Wall of Honor.

Lorie Weston, MBA ’07 and MLA ’11, is the faculty coordinator at Baker University.

Ty Theurer, MASL ’08, is the principal at South Central High School in Coldwater, Kan. He previously was in agricultural education at Chaparral (Kan.) High School.

John Collin Thomas, BA ’06, is enjoying a successful music career and has been featured in one of the biggest recording magazines in Germany. He and his wife, Ashley (Peters) Thomas, ’07, live in Olathe, Kan. His website is

Thomas A. Van Fleet, MBA ’09, is a senior manager for infrastructure at Sprint.

Sondra Wallace, MASL ’04, is principal at Sunset Ridge Elementary School in Overland Park. Sunset Ridge recently received the prestigious Governor’s Academic Achievement Award based on the results of its 2011-12 state assessments. The award is presented to the top 5 percent of the schools in Kansas.

Randy Weber, EdD ’09, has been named vice president for enrollment services at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colo. Weber worked for more than 10 years at Allen Community College, including the last five as vice president for student affairs and athletic director.


Chris Elmore, BBA ’12, is a field supervisor for Cox Communications.

Ali (Rumbaugh) McClafferty, BSN ’10, recently opened AMPT FITNESS Personal Training Studio in Sabetha, Kan.

Chelsea Twietmeyer, BA ’11, is a proposal writer for the OSU Foundation in Stillwater, Okla.

Adam Wessel, MAEd ’12, and Kelly Warren were married Oct. 20, 2012, in Kansas City, Mo. Adam is an English instructor and head golf coach at Mill Valley High School in Shawnee, Kan. The couple resides in Overland Park, Kan.

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