ALUMNI NOTES | Celebrating our alumni

Select from the BakerProud issue dates below to see alumni notes from that magazine edition.

Fall 2017


Naomi (Estopy) Mitchum, ’51, was presented the Robert M. Pitzer Award by the DisAbility Committee of the United Methodist Church for “providing exemplary leadership in furthering the inclusion of persons with disabilities in our communities, our churches, and our world.”


Ken Snow, ’64, and Dottie (Deye) Snow, ’84, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary


Ira, ’70, and Barb, DeSpain, ’71, celebrated their 48th wedding anniversary.

Dale and Tammy (Spiva) Hawks, both ’72, moved back to Kansas City and welcomed a new granddaughter, Carmen Jaye, in mid-August. Tammy serves as a member of Baker’s Board of Trustees

John Musgrave, former student, ’69-’71, who served as a Marine in Vietnam, is featured prominently in the 10-part documentary by filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick “The Vietnam War,” which aired on PBS in September. On Sept. 27, Musgrave participated in a 40-minute chat with the Kansas City Star’s editorial board on Facebook Live, and he spoke at a screening of select clips from the film at Liberty Hall in Lawrence, Kansas, on Oct. 2. An interview with Musgrave appeared in the article “The Vietnam War’s John Musgrave on Fighting, Coming Home, and ‘Thank You for Your Service’ ” in Vanity Fair magazine’s September edition. Musgrave spoke at Baker Nov. 19.


Jeff Faulkner, ’81, serves as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and on Nov. 1, was named acting president and CEO of the organization.

Diana Gish, ’82, performed as Pearl the Singing Mermaid on the ABC TV show The Gong Show on Aug. 3.

Bart Needham, ’84, teaches math at Osawatomie (Kansas) Middle School. He began his teaching career this fall after retiring from 33 years at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing and Technologies (formerly Bendix Corp.).

Thomas Sutherland, ’81, of the 10th Judicial District, sat with the Kansas Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in a case on the court’s Sept. 14 docket. Sutherland was appointed a Johnson County district judge in 2003 after 17 years in private practice.


Ann Brandau-Murguia, MBA ’97, has been reappointed to serve a four-year term on the Kansas Board of Regents. She serves as the executive director of the Argentine Neighborhood Development Association in Kansas City, Kansas, and is a 3rd District Commissioner on the Unified Government Board of Commissioners.

Leroy Brown III, ’94, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.

Eric Driskell, ’97, was recognized posthumously by the Kansas City Chiefs, who will rename a coaching award in his honor: The Chiefs Eric Driskell Kansas High School Coach of the Year Award. Driskell, who taught and coached football at Blue Valley High School, passed away in February 2017.

Nate Houser, ’94, was named the athletic director and senior advisor to the president at Baker in August. Houser will also serve as the head coach of the men’s soccer program in 2017-18, his 10th season in that role. On Oct. 4, he became Baker’s winningest soccer coach with a win over Benedictine and a record of 127-48-24, which surpasses that of Ron Pulvers.

Gordon Lansford III, ’93, serves as CEO of the Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction Co., which was named the Midwest Contractor of the Year in August by Engineering News-Record magazine. Lansford was also named to Ingram’s 2017 list of 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area. Lansford serves as chair of Baker’s Board of Trustees.

Matt, ’92, and Kelleigh (Temple) Magle, ’93, operate a Hokulia Shaved Ice franchise in Olathe, Kansas.

Juan Price, ’94, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.

John Thomson, ’95, is founder and CEO of the Kansas City-based company PayIt, which was named a Rising Startup at Techweek  Kansas City in September.

Major Lydia (Alexander) Thornton, ’98, was recently promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army.

Jacquelyn Wolf, MSM ’91, serves as an executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Anthem, Inc.


Dale Adams, MASL ’04, was named superintendent of Udall USD 463, in Kansas, and began his duties July 1.

April Counts, MAEd ’07, serves as assistant professor of education at McPherson College in Kansas.

Angie Currey, EdD ’08, who serves as the Kearney School District’s assistant superintendent of special programs, has been named the 2017 Missouri Council of Administrators of Special Education’s Outstanding New Special Education Administrator.

Scott Hughes, ’03, was named to Ingram’s 40 Under Forty Class of 2017. He is a partner at KPMG in Kansas City, Missouri. He also sits on the board for KCPT, chairing its radio and audit committees, and is on the steering committee for the United Way’s Young Leaders Society. He and his wife, Molly (Humphries) Hughes, ’03, have two sons.

Debra Kunz, MBA ’00, founder and president of Center for Deliberate Growth, was selected as the 2017 Kansas Women Business Advocate of the Year. She received the award Oct. 5 at the annual Kansas Minority Enterprise Development Week Awards luncheon in Topeka, Kansas. The award recognizes her more than 20 years of dedication to helping female entrepreneurs and women corporate leaders succeed.

Tanner Purdum, ’07, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.

Jennifer Sanders, MBA ’03, serves as the executive director for the south-central and southeast regions of the American Red Cross.

Brandon Scarborough, ’02, and his wife, Courtnay, welcomed a new baby girl to their growing family.

Lindsay (Ferrell) Vise, ’03, and her husband, Justin, welcomed a baby girl, Whitney Grace, on Aug. 29. She joins big sister, Ella Cate.

Kelly Wolverton, ’03, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 15.


Jesse Austin, ’17, received a Youth Coaching Award from the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association for his year-round involvement in youth wrestling during summer workouts, camps, and clinics and coaching Team Kansas at tournaments in Iowa and Texas. Austin is an assistant wrestling and football coach at Baldwin High School, where he also serves as a special education instructor.

Alan Callahan, ’14, received a Youth Coaching Award from the Kansas Wrestling Coaches Association for his year-round involvement in youth wrestling during summer workouts, camps, and clinics and coaching Team Kansas at tournaments in Iowa and Texas. Callahan is an assistant wrestling and football coach at Baldwin High School and serves as a certified teacher aid at Baldwin Junior High.

Amer Didic, ’16, who plays center back for Sporting Kansas City, was named to the Canada Men’s National Soccer Team in August for an international friendly against Jamaica on Sept. 2. He made his debut for the Canada U-23 team in March at a tournament in Doha, Qatar. Didic signed an MLS contract with Sporting Kansas City on May 31 after his first professional season for USL affiliate Swope Park Rangers in 2016.

Blake Edwards, ’17, fulfills a dream by working for the FDIC in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Abbey Elsbernd, ’15, who is in her third year at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, will spend the 2017-18 academic year in Denmark at the University of Copenhagen as a Fulbright Scholar, where she will study cancer care for adolescents and young adults. Abbey is the daughter of Carey, ’93, and Bob Elsbernd, MBA ’15.

Lauren Everett, MBA ’16, was named to Ingram’s 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2017. She serves as a client development executive at ECCO Select. After earning her master’s, she was promoted from an account manager into a client development executive role.

Emily Gibson, ’11, was named to Ingram’s 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2017. She serves as a benefits consultant at Bukaty Companies. Inducted to Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016, she also serves on the Don Bosco Junior Board, and Baker’s Alumni Advisory Council.

Chris Giuliani, MBA ’05, CEO of Spring Venture Group, was named to Ingram’s 2017 list of 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area.

Diamond Griffith, ’15, earned the Miss Black Harris County title and represented the county in the Miss Black Texas Pageant on Nov. 4 in Houston, Texas.

Brock Hamlin, BBA ’14, serves as vice president, commercial portfolio manager at UMB Bank in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jim Joyner, ’16, serves as the news and sports director of KNGL-AM 1540/KBBE-FM 96.7 radio in McPherson, Kansas.

Tera Lyons, ’14, was promoted to digital marketing manager at Daytona International Speedway.

Hayley Morrical, ’15, serves as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina. She took charge of the Big Brothers Big Sisters team after gaining not-for-profit experience at the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.

Andrew Patch, ’10, MBA ’14, serves as a marketing specialist at ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostics Co. Patch is also the founder of the Heartland Drone Co. in Kansas City.

Stephanie Woltkamp, ’17, was accepted to the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.

Spring 2017


Cheryl Brown Henderson, ’70, was unanimously confirmed as a member of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Board of Directors.


Alex Gonzalez, ’83, was named the chief marketing officer for Leisure Pools and Spas Manufacturing. He leads branding and marketing and is responsible for development of new corporate showrooms and for expansion of the international network of professional dealers for the world’s largest producer of fiberglass pools, spas, and water elements.

Philip Gronemeyer, ’81, creates unique woodworking and handcrafted gifts for his Gronemeyer Gallery shop. His creations can be seen at

Gwenn Pike, ’80, was selected as a 2016 National Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Coaches Association for her work with the volleyball team at Bishop Miege High School in Fairway, Kansas. A member of Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Pike recently retired from a 36-year coaching career at Bishop Miege that included more 2,100 match wins and 21 state championships.

Steve Robertson, ’86, was named Kansas City Interscholastic Administrators Association Athletic Director of the Year. He was honored at the Missouri Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association conference. Robertson has been a teacher and coach in the Grandview School District for 29 years and served as the athletic director for the last 14 years.


Diane Cooper, ’92 BBA, ’95 MBA, was appointed to the BMO Financial Corporation Board of Directors.

Russell Evans, MBA ’94, was named to the national board of directors for Gift of Adoption, a nonprofit charitable organization that provides financial assistance to complete both domestic and international adoptions.

Rob Maher, ’94, was selected as a 2016 Best of the Bar honoree for his work as an attorney at McDowell, Rice, Smith & Buchanan PC.

Emily Neufeld Grant, ’97, had her paper, “Helicopter Professors,” published by the Social Science Research Network. She is an associate professor at Washburn University School of Law.


Sarah Lucero, ’09, was recently recognized by TK Business Magazine on its Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40 outstanding young professionals list. Lucero serves as the principal of Scott Dual Language School. Scott is the only school in Kansas to receive an International School of Excellence in Spanish award. It has been named a State of Kansas Success Showcase School and a National School of Improvement (IndiStar) Spotlight.

McKenzie Lueders, ’08, was a Dodge City Public Schools USD 443 Kansas Teacher of the Year nominee for secondary education.

Eric Moon, ’03, joined the vibrant start-up company Amaranth Medical, Inc. in Mountain View, California, as a laser engineer involved in making bioresorbable heart stents.

Blake Reynolds, ’03, was named the head coach of the Fort Hayes State University women’s soccer team. Reynolds previously served as an assistant coach for Baker’s men’s and women’s soccer teams from 2007 to 2009.

Brandon Scarborough, ’02, was hired as senior vice president of Cobbs Allen of Kansas City, an insurance and risk management firm. Scarborough has also served as a member of the Baker University Board of Trustees since 2011.

Jana Tenbrink, ’08, was recently recognized by TK Business Magazine on its Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40 outstanding young professionals list. Tenbrink serves as the nurse manager of medical critical care, rapid response, and intermediate care at Stormont Vail Health. She provides leadership and guidance to staff nurses, charge nurses, and patient care technicians.


Brittany Gapter, ’15, was accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Wichita State University.

Olivia Hernandez, BA ’11, created the video “material girl halleluja,” which was named the overall short film work-in-progress at the CreActive International Open Film Festival in Bangladesh in August.

Trey McGuire, ’16, was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps after a successful college football career.

Andrew Miller, ’16, was named an assistant coach of the boys soccer team at Olathe West High School. Miller played soccer for four years at Baker and received the NAIA Champions of Character award in 2014 and 2015. He has also coached and mentored young soccer players through Sporting Blue Valley and the Special Olympics.

Charlotte Parker, Honorary Alumna ’15, celebrated her very youthful 80th birthday with a party at the Topeka Country Club in December.

Enedina Patch, ’14 MBA, was recently recognized by TK Business Magazine on its Topeka’s Top 20 Under 40 outstanding young professionals list. Patch serves as program manager of palliative medicine and supportive care at Stormont Vail Health, where she and her team provide care for patients with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses. She also has developed clinical services to support patients over 55.

Special Bond

Nikki Armbruster Deal, ’10, MBA ’16. Baldwin City had a similar feel to her hometown of Lindsborg, Kansas, and was a comfortable choice. But choosing a major was more difficult until she took her first sociology class, and Dr. Jacob Bucher became her academic advisor.

As a sociology major, Deal appreciated that in addition to the normal course work, faculty also prepared her and other students for the demands of graduate school, including the application process.

So when Deal decided to go back to school and earn a graduate degree, she not only felt prepared, but she also knew she wanted to enroll somewhere that was close to her heart. She decided to attend Baker University once again.

“I was just comfortable with Baker because it was something familiar. I had a very positive experience during my undergraduate years, so I figured that I would have a positive experience going through Baker for my master’s as well,” she said.

Deal and Dr. Bucher stayed in touch throughout her graduate program. When she attended his “Last Lecture” in May 2016, engaged to her fiance, Jesse, Deal was reminded of how much passion and preparation Bucher puts into his lectures. So the couple decided to ask Bucher to officiate their wedding.

“I figured he’s lectured me on just about everything else, so why not marriage?” she asked. “I thought Dr. Bucher might think it was a strange request. But it turned out he loved the idea and really wanted to do it!”

The couple was married in October of 2016. Just a couple of months later, in December, she graduated with her Master of Business Administration. And when the time came for her to walk across the commencement stage and receive her diploma, Dr. Bucher was there to cheer her on and to participate in her hooding.

Fall 2016

1940s & 1950s

John, ’51, and Lois (Creel) Albright, ’48, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 16. The couple celebrated by packing more than 70,000 meals for families in need.


Dennis DeLay, ’63, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott.

Brock Winans, ’60, and his wife, Sharon, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 5. Both are retired elementary teachers from the Shawnee Heights school district outside of Topeka, Kansas. They now live in Williamstown, New Jersey.


Garth Fundis, ’71, was honored in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Music Masters series on Oct. 10 for his work as a producer. Fundis has collaborated with several notable names on the country music scene, including Trisha Yearwood, Sugarland, Keith Whitley, and Don Williams.

Ross Hartley, ’70, was honored in July as the newest inductee to the Wall of Fame at the Baxter Springs Heritage Center and Museum.

Debbi Iwig, ’74, recently became a member of The Washington Chorus, one of the most prestigious symphonic choruses in the nation. A 200-member group, The Washington Chorus’ excellence has earned two Grammy Awards and numerous other national recognitions.

Harold Jackson, ’75, was back on campus as the keynote speaker at the 2016 Convocation on August 30. Jackson received a Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1991 and serves as the editorial page editor for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Skip Kalb, Jr., ’73, will retire from his position as director of strategic development for BNSF Railway Co. in December.

Donald Levering, ’71, was a runner-up for both the Dana Award and Ruth Stone Poetry Prize in 2016. His 2015 book, The Water Leveling with Us, from Red Mountain Press, placed second in the National Federation of Press Women poetry book contest. His most recent book, Coltrane’s God, won the New Mexico Press Women book award in poetry.


Kevin Mahogany, ’81, a jazz vocalist, received the 2016 Jazz San Javier Award at the 19th San Javier International Jazz Festival in Spain on July 30.

Candice Millard, ’89, opened her book tour for Hero of the Empire at Unity Temple on the Plaza on Sept. 20 in front of more than 700 guests, including several Baker alumni, students, and faculty. The event was hosted by Rainy Day Books. This is Millard’s third book and gives an account of the Boer War, a daring escape, and the ascension of Winston Churchill.

Dan Pace, ’80, and Brenda (Barnhardt) Pace, ’81, earned the award for “Barn  of the Year” from the Kansas Barn Alliance for their Collingwood Barn. The beautiful facility can be seen at


David Barth, ’93, formed Barth Financial Services, LLC, to help others find happiness through financial independence. He works with clients one on one to incorporate their concerns and goals into a financial plan, including a monthly budget and net worth statement.

Dr. Christopher Cink, ’94, received the Lucas-Hathaway Teaching Excellence Award at Waynesburg University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Cink is a professor of biology and chair of the Department of Biology, Environmental Science and Athletic Training.

Sean Franklin, ’90, was honored as a hero at an event last August for helping save the life of a 13-year-old girl who suffered sudden cardiac arrest after a volleyball match. The event was organized by HeartSafe Johnson County, a collaboration among several first-responding agencies that promote and train people in AED use and hands-only CPR. Franklin is an AED instructor.

Gary Greenwood, ’93, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott.

Tony Rider, ’93, started his last command as a leader in the U.S. Marine Battalion Sergeant Major 2nd Battalion 14th Regiment.

John Thomson, ’95, PayIt CEO and president, was invited to present his business at the Civic Tech Pitch Contest at the 84th Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in June in Indianapolis. Thomson and his tech startup took first place and won $10,000. Also in June, PayIt was named one of 19 finalists for Amazon’s City on a Cloud competition. And in March, the company placed third at Code for America Tech Innovation Pitch, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors at South by Southwest in Austin. PayIt has developed a mobile and Web application that streamlines citizens’ financial interaction with government agencies.

Rian Watts, ’96, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott.


Kyrstan Hubbel, ’07, is a park ranger for the National Park Service, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this fall.

Triece (Baker) Krause, ’01, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott.

Mark Kabban, ’08, was accepted into Harvard University’s graduate school to study technology, education, and innovation. After graduating from Baker, the former wide receiver for the Wildcats created Youth and Leaders Living Actively (YALLA), a college-preparatory program that uses soccer to motivate migrant and refugee youth to rebuild their lives in the United States. For his efforts, Kabban has been named one of CNN’s Heroes, and his organization has been featured by the BBC, National Public Radio, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Disney Channel.


Kayla Anderson, ’12, is working as an education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Morocco.

Aaron Caldwell, ’13, is a provost lecturer and doctoral student pursuing a Ph.D. in exercise science at the University of Arkansas along with his wife Megan Rosa-Caldwell, ’14, a distinguished doctoral fellow. Aaron recently became a published researcher when his article “Effect of Caffeine on Perceived Soreness and Functionality following an Endurance Cycling Event” was featured in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Amer Didic, ’16, plays professional soccer for the Swope Park Rangers and Sporting Kansas City.

Emily Gibson, ’11, was inducted into Baker’s Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 23 at the Overland Park Marriott.

Cate Richards, ’12, was recently named to American Craft Week’s list of 30 Exceptional Craftspeople Under the Age of 30 for her work in jewelry and metalsmithing.

Carly Young, ’11, was named Teacher of the Year at American Preparatory Academy in Salem, Utah.

Spring 2016


Naomi Estopy Mitchum, ’51, is a consultant in special needs and church environment. She recently wrote the book Every Child Can Bloom in the Classroom, the second in a series about meeting needs in churches and the community. More information is available at


Ron Bogle, ’74, is president and CEO of American Architectural Foundation in Washington, D.C., and spoke about how school design process can enhance student achievement at the first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools last fall.

Rose, MBA ’97, and Ed “Sneezie” Schneeberger, BA ’70, both retired from federal service on January 28. Rose was employed by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Ed was a U.S. administrative law judge assigned to Norwalk, California, by the Social Security Administration. Before their federal service, Rose and Ed opened a law office in Ed’s hometown of Leavenworth, Kansas, after having served in the U.S. Air Force together. Although they live in California, Rose and Ed continue to be members of Baker’s Wildcat Football Quarterback Club and return to Baldwin City for at least one football game each year, as well as attending the annual Alumni Weekend and Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Sigma STAGs. Rose and Ed have two children, Noel and Carmen. Carmen is a dual Baker graduate with both a BS and an MBA. Upon his retirement, Ed had a courtroom in Los Angeles named in his honor.


Ruthie Goldey, ’85, rewrote and published an abridged version of Johanna Spyri’s Heidi to include the novel’s original messages of faith and religion. More information is available at

Philip Gronemeyer, BS ’81, and his wife, Donna, live in Amarillo, Texas. Philip is a paraprofessional for Amarillo (Texas) ISD and does woodworking with a Gronemeyer Gallery store.

Janeane Houchin, ’84, is an assistant professor of nursing at Kansas Wesleyan University. She has been a registered nurse since 1986 and specializes in teaching in pathophysiology and medical surgical nursing.


Don Austin, ’93, is in his second year as superintendent of schools for California’s Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, which was recently named the No. 16 school district in the country.

Darren Beck, ’91, became a published author when his book, Smart Energy: The Future of Power Storage, was released last fall.

Mark Curry, MBA ’94, is the founder of Executive Pride, the nation’s first organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender business executives. An online industry veteran and entrepreneur, he serves as CEO of SOL Partners and is the founder of MacFarlane Group, a service provider to the online finance sector. His philanthropic activities focus on reinvesting in disadvantaged communities and supporting efforts to serve domestic abuse victims through organizations like the Hope House in Kansas City and De La Mesa a la Calle, a charity he started in Puerto Rico to serve the hungry and homeless. He lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Nate Houser, ’94, was named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s NAIA Midwest Regional Coach of the Year after leading Baker’s men’s soccer team to an 18-4-1 record and a final ranking of No. 11 in the NAIA Coaches’ Top 25 poll.

John Thomson, ’95, is the co-founder of PayIt, a company that helps the initial pain-point of working with the DMV and streamlining services for other government agencies, including those that manage permitting, taxes, licenses and citations.


Emily Brush, ’06, married Curtis Newman on Nov. 6 in Leavenworth, Kansas. As a student, Emily was a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Jade Geuther, ’07, is the new softball coach at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. She previously led Cardinal Stritch University to a 44-12 record in 2015, including a 19-3 record in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Britton Hart, MASL ’03 and EdD ’13, is the new principal at Emporia (Kansas) High School. He previously was the assistant principal and athletic director at the high school.

Tom Herrera, ’02, owns and operates Casa del Sabor, a Topeka, Kansas, business that produces a line of Mexican food flavorings. He began selling flavorings based on his family’s recipes in Topeka grocery stores and specialty shops in 2014.

Cynthia Rapp Sandhu,’03, was selected as a participant for the National Endowment for the Humanities institute at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University of Oxford in England in 2014. She spent five weeks on location with 25 other faculty members from across the U.S. studying Jews in Medieval England. In January 2015, Cynthia was awarded the President’s Mission Award for her work to expand internationalization through study abroad, curriculum integration of international perspectives and on-campus events at San Juan College, where she teaches history and ethics as an adjunct instructor.

Amanda Shafer, MBA ’07, served four years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She is a registered nurse at Memorial Health Systems in Abilene, Kansas.

Brandon Simmelink, MASL ’07, is principal at Hesston (Kansas) Middle School. He previously served as the assistant principal and activities directory at McPherson Middle School.

Kasey Stertz, BS ’08, has been honored by International Sculpture Center with the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. She was recognized in the October 2015 issue of Sculpture magazine and at

Tammy Thomasson, EdD ’08, is the new Louisburg (Kansas) High School principal. She has been an elementary teacher and a middle school principal in two school districts, Baldwin and Wellsville. At Wellsville, she also worked as the district’s curriculum director.

Juli Watson, MAEd ’09 and MSSL ’14, was selected as “20 under 40” in Topeka Business magazine for excellence as the assistant principal at Highland Park High School.

David Whittaker, MBA ’08, was named chief information officer of Park University in Parkville, Missouri.


Brad Barnes, ’13, is the producer for 101ESPN’s afternoon show, “The Fast Lane,” in St. Louis, Missouri.

Carly Berblinger, BA ’15, is teaching in Arkansas after being accepted into Teach for America 2015 teaching corps. Teach for America is a national nonprofit working to expand educational opportunity for students in low-income communities. Corps members commit to teach in high-need urban or rural public schools and become lifelong advocates for educational equity.

Dawn Callahan Dennis, ’12, is a process consultant for the St. Joseph (Missouri) School District.

Earl Glase, ’14, is a compliance analyst for the state of Kansas.

Kristy Hamit, MSSL ’13, has joined Scranton (Kansas) Attendance Center as the principal and district curriculum director. She previously taught seventh- and eighth-grade social sciences at Overbrook Middle School from 2004-2009, sixth grade at Carbondale Middle School from 2009-2012, and was vice principal at Carbondale Attendance Center 2012-2015.

Brittany Hines, ’12, became the new girls basketball head coach at Nickerson High School, and ended a 47-game losing streak in her third game leading the team. Hines played basketball at Baker from 2009-2011, setting the single-game scoring record with 34 points and tying the school record for most 3-point field goals made in a game (7). She was a second team all-conference selection and Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete as a senior.

Alyse Menghini, BS ’15, is a third-grade teacher at Central Elementary School in Holton, Kansas.

Megan Rosa, ’14, was recognized by the Central States American College of Sports Medicine with a Best Master’s Student Award for her excellence in research on liver disease and obesity.

Leslie Rupell, MBA ’12, is an account executive for Townsquare Media. She and her husband, Doug Rupell, live in Greeley, Colorado.

Rachel Sachs, MBA ’10, was selected as “20 under 40” in Topeka Business magazine for her accomplishments as director of life operations at Advisors Excel.

Rachel (Hawkins) Shuck, ’12, is a senior alumni relations consultant for Pennington & Company.

Adelyn Soellner, MSSL ’10, is the principal at Wheatland Elementary School in Valley Center, Kansas. She previously was principal at McCandless Elementary School in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Bryan Williams, MSSL ’14, is a teacher at Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland, Africa, a boarding school that features primary tutoring for children from surrounding villages and cities as well as orphanage tutoring for children in the neighboring city of Hargeisa, Somaliland’s capital.

Krystal Wiltz, MBA ’10, was selected as “20 under 40” in Topeka Business magazine. She is the director of development and marketing for the Boys & Girls Club of Topeka.

Fall 2015


William T. Betz, BS ’69, is the board president for the American Osteopathic Foundation and the senior associate dean for the Osteopathic Medical Education Chair, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine. He has served on the board since 2010. In addition to his leadership role at the university, Betz is a staff physician at the Pikeville Medical Center, Family Medicine Residency Program.


Deanna (Medsker) Day, BA ’77, is a librarian for North Carolina State University. She and her husband, Kenneth, live in Cary, North Carolina.

William (Mike) DeNoon, BS ’72, is retired after working 40 years in public education. He most recently taught and coached at Blue Valley High School in Kansas. He lives in Olathe.

Greg Goff, BS ’71, was inducted in May into the Dodge City (Kansas) Community College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Phil Harpel, BS ’74, is the senior community banking officer and branch manager for U.S. Bank in Clarksville, Tennessee. Harpel has worked in the financial services industry for more than 30 years.


Anita (Verhaeghe) Felzke, BA ’80, recently retired from teaching in the Olathe (Kansas) School District. She lives in Spring Hill, Kansas.

Tierney (Polk) Grasser, BS ’81, is the CFO for Olathe (Kansas) Health System Inc. In April, she was named a CFO of the Year in the nonprofit category by the Kansas City Business Journal.

Jeffrey Magee, BS ’86, is the author of Your Trajectory Code: How to Change Your Decisions, Actions, and Directions, to Become Part of the Top 1% High Achievers and The Managerial Leadership Bible: Learning the Strategic, Organizational, and Tactical Skills Everyone Needs Today, 2nd Edition.

Betty Majors, MLA ’87, has served as a volunteer in Jefferson West (Kansas) Elementary School classrooms for the past six years and on the elementary school site council for the past two years. Before retiring, she taught mathematics at the middle school, high school and community college levels.

Marcos Mendoza, BA ’86, is the assistant director of legal and regulatory affairs for the Texas Association of School Boards in Austin. His article “Reinsurance as Governance: Governmental Risk Management Pools as a Case Study in the Governance Role Played by Reinsurance Institutions” was recently published in the Connecticut Insurance Law Journal, Issue 21.1.

Patti Phillips, BA ’88, is the CEO of the National Association of the Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. In March, she was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

Steve Ridpath, BS ’83, recently self-published A Walk Through Life: Poems of Virtue. He has worked as a certified public accountant for 25 years.

Connie Holloway Smith, BS ’85, is a senior product development leader for DST/ Argus.

Andy Walker, BS ’83, is a family practice physician for Republic (Kansas) County and the surrounding area as part of the North Central Kansas Health Care Foundation.

Andrea (Casey) Wall, BA ’81, is a middle school ELA teacher for St. Paul Lutheran School. She recently celebrated 20 years as a Christian educator, cheer coach and mentor.


Cristin Glaze, BS ’91, is a post closer for CLM Mortgage. She lives in Houston, Texas.

Jennifer (Jeffery) McFall, BS ’90, is a controller for Najafi Companies. She and her husband, Matthew, have a daughter, Madison, and son, Austin. They live in Glendale, Arizona.

Jessica McClellan, MSM ’94, founded Giving Hope and Help in 2013 to support cancer patients and to aid domestic violence and natural disaster victims.

Mo Chung, BS ’98, has been promoted to vice president, sales for Apple Daily and NxTomo, overseeing print and digital sales for Next Media’s flagship publication. Chung was general manager of digital sales at Apple Daily for more than three years heading up the digital sales business. He also was media sales head at PCCW NOW, responsible for cross-platform advertising for corporate sales teams and cross-functional business units.

Lori Curtis-Luther, BA ’95, was sworn in on June 1 as the new city manager of Beloit, Wisconsin. She had been the Peoria County, Illinois, administrator before accepting the position in Beloit. She formerly was administrator for Reedsburg and Waukesha in Wisconsin.

Misty Deaton, BA ’99, is a senior paralegal for H&R Block. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Kit Harris, BS ’96, MASL ’03, coached Baldwin (Kansas) High School’s wrestling team to its first state title in February.

Chris Marshall, BA ’95, is the majority owner of Callahan Creek in Lawrence, Kansas. He has been with Callahan for 10 years and serves as the marketing agency’s president. In his role, he manages client relationships, new business and day-to-day operations of the marketing agency.

Scott Stemmermann, BA ’91, in June was named vice president, digital marketing at NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution. In his role, Stemmermann oversees all multiplatform digital and social products associated with NBCU Domestic TV Distribution’s first-run television properties. In addition to managing “Access Hollywood,” “Access Hollywood Live,” “Steve Harvey,” “The Meredith Vieira Show,” and all shows produced from NBCuDTD’s Stamford Media Center, Stemmermann will lead digital and social strategy for prospective shows produced by the division.

Brett Thomas, BA ’93, co-anchors NewsChannel 15’s First at 5, News at 6 and Nightcast Monday through Friday in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He previously worked at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he anchored 24 Hour News 8 Daybreak. Thomas earned several awards while working in Grand Rapids, including an Emmy, recognition from the Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and the Michigan Television and News Photographers Association.

Chad Wilkins, BS ’95, MBA ’00, has joined Midland Care Connection as chief financial officer. He has been involved in financial and executive management for nearly 20 years, including serving as CEO and CFO for the Resource Center for Independent Living and CFO for Prairie Band.


Randy Adams, MBA ’04, is division vice president for Ace Cash Express.

Emily (Braker) Allshouse, BS ’04, is an associate director, relationship marketing for Kellogg Company. She and her husband, Shaun Allshouse, live in Sycamore, Illinois.

Michael Beaven, MASL ’09, is the new vice principal for Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas. He previously taught in the Shawnee Mission Unified School District and Turner School District and at Christ the King in Kansas City, Kansas.

Andrea Bresee, BA ’02, is the assistant director of the Johnston Public Library in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

Mary Halleran, MBA ’00, is the crisis services director for SOS Inc., in Emporia, Kansas. She was a clinical instructor at Emporia State University for 10 years and coordinated the sociology, anthropology and criminal justice internship program at ESU.

Levi Davis, BA ’04, MBA ’15, is the administrator at the skilled nursing facility at Louisburg (Kansas) Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Megan Dailey Fitzgerald, BS ’04, is a social worker at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She was named the CMH employee of the month in March.

Brady Garren, MBA ’08, is an employee relations manager at Nebraska Furniture Mart. He also is an instructor at Columbia College and frequently teaches college classes in human resources management, benefits/compensation and employee relations.

Tim Haynes, BA ’09, and his wife, Emily (Speicher) Haynes, BS ’10, live in Independence, Kansas. After graduating from Baker, Tim earned a master’s degree in sustainable communities at Northern Arizona University and is a lab manager at Fab Lab ICC. Emily completed her Doctor of Physical Therapy at University of Kansas School of Medicine and is a physical therapist at Mercy Health For Life.

Jessica Hill, BA ’01, is talent director, North America, for Saatchi and Saatchi X. She lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

John Humiston, BS ’04, serves as a physician assistant with Quincy (Illinois) Medical Group, where he practices orthopedic surgery specializing in joint replacement and sports medicine as well as running his own clinic. He previously worked as a physician assistant at Johnson County (Kansas) Orthopedics. In 2008 he earned a Master in Physician Studies from Wichita State University. He and his wife, Whitney, have a son, Johnny, and live in Quincy.

Bill Lynch, MBA ’07, is the director of Global OEM Sales for Oregon Products, an international brand for Blount International.

Jason Montgomery, BA ’01, is an attorney for Bond, Schoeneck and King. He and his wife, Katie (Harrington) Montgomery, BA ’00, MSM ’04, live in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Robert Osborn, BBA ’00, is general manager, fabrication and engineering at Strategic Marine Co., Ltd. He lives in Vung Tau City, Vietnam.

Emily (Fike) Ostrander, BBA ’03, MBA ’06, is a regional sales manager for SPX. She and her husband, Teague, live in Akron, Ohio.

Jonathan Roper, BA ’09, is a customer service representative for Westar Energy. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Wichita, Kansas.

Brandon Scarborough, BS ’02, of the Power Group Companies, was honored in Ingram’s 40 Under Forty. He works with companies that have 100 to 15,000 employees and has been recognized as Benefits Selling magazine’s 2012 national Benefits Broker of the Year, and by Employee Benefit Advisor magazine as one of its rising stars in employee benefits.

Noah Simpson, MASL ’08, is the head girls basketball coach at Liberty (Missouri) High School.

Michelle (Lockhart) Sundstrom, ’00, is the associate director of client development at Ruffalo Noel Levitz. She and her husband, Craig, announced the birth of their son, Henry Craig, on Jan. 20, 2015.

Shawn Walters, MASL ’09, is the new football coach at Central Heights High School in Richmond, Kansas. He spent 22 years as a defensive coach at Ottawa, West Franklin and Williamsburg high schools in Kansas. He and his family live in Williamsburg, Kansas.

Brent Wolf, MAEd ’07, teaches English and language arts at Derby (Kansas) Public Schools. He also teaches writing courses for Baker’s MBA program.


Jasmine Briedwell, EdD ’12, is the principal of Lake Contrary Elementary School in St. Joseph, Missouri. She was recently named the St. Joseph School District Principal of the Year and the National Distinguished Principal for Missouri.

Kyle Britton, BS ’12, is a control center operator for Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services and lives in Olathe, Kansas.

Eric Clark, MSSL ’11, is the new administrator for Elryia Christian School in McPherson, Kansas. He previously was the principal at Moundridge Middle School and assistant principal at Moundridge High School in Kansas. He will oversee the school’s kindergarten through 12th-grade operation as well as development and marketing.

Emily Crockett, MBA ’12, was recently promoted to first senior vice president and director of retail banking at CoreFirst Bank & Trust. She will oversee all retail functions, including call center, retail operations, training, branches, sales and consumer loans. She has been with CoreFirst for 20 years.

Brandon DeVader, MBA ’11, graduated from the Academy of Military Science at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama, on Dec. 19, 2014. He was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He works as an intelligence officer with the 161st Intelligence Squadron at the 184th Intelligence Wing and lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Baba Diallo, BS ’13, is the assistant director of basketball operations at DePaul University in Chicago. He previously was a graduate manager at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma.

Jordan Dolbin, BS ’13, is a social media content producer for the NFL.

Haley Epperson, BS ’13, and Casey Gleue, BS ’12, were married May 30, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. They reside in Kansas City, Kansas.

Kate Hennessy, BSN ’14, is a registered nurse for the emergency department at Belton (Missouri) Regional Medical Center. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Jeff Hermesch, BBA ’14, works at Computer Science Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jamie Inglett, BBA ’12, was recently promoted to assistant vice president and assistant cashier at Heritage Bank in Topeka, Kansas.

LaTasha (Roberts) James, BS ’12, was recognized as a ROCKSTAR volunteer for her role as a Go Red for Women Ambassador for the American Heart Association.

Stephanie Jasnoski, MSM ’14, recently was named the director of nursing for Ambulatory Surgery Center at KU MedWest in Shawnee, Kansas.

Raymond Johnson, BBA ’12, married Matthew Combes on May 24 at Stony Point Hall in Baldwin City, Kansas. He is an information technology analyst at Belger Cartage Service and lives in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shelly Long, BA ’14, is senior account manager at DataSource Inc.

Tera Lyons, BS ’14, is a web content and development contractor for AMB Sports & Entertainment in Flowery Branch, Georgia. She previously was a web production assistant for the Atlanta Falcons football team.

Alesha Miller, BS ’13, is marketing and public relations coordinator at Cass Regional Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Madison Morris, BS ’11, is the manager of the service department at Midwest Coating in Topeka, Kansas. He is the third generation of his family to work for the company.

Molly Olson, BSN ’10, is a registered nurse at Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska. She and her husband, Brent, won the 2014 Kansas Bankers Award for water quality as part of a conservation recognition program.

Andrew Patch, BS ’10, MBA ’14, and Shawna Stokes, BA ’10, were married May 2, 2015, in Kansas City, Missouri. Shawna recently graduated from the University of Kansas School of Medicine and began her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. Andrew is a business development associate for KForce Inc.

Erin Riggs, BA ’11, is an enrollment and student services program assistant for the University of Kansas. She lives in Overland Park, Kansas.

Seth Schooley, MAEd ’14, teaches math to students in grades six through high school for USD 379 in Wakefield, Kansas.

Clarence Scott, ’12, MSM ’15, is a membership specialist for the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.

Christopher Sipe, BSM ’14, is a wind technician for Buckeye Wind Farm in Hays, Kansas.

Adelyn Soellner, MSSL ’10, is the new principal at Wheatland Elementary in Valley Center, Kansas. She previously was an assistant principal at an elementary school in Hutchinson, Kansas.

Connor Stremel, BS ’14, is a graduate assistant at the Williams Education Fund for the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

Ian Sutherland, BS ’10, is an engineer for GSI Engineering in Wichita, Kansas.

Jose Torres, MSM ’13, is a supervisory surface maintenance specialist at Kansas Army National Guard.

Taryn (Britain) Willibey, BS ’11, works in the Behavioral Health Resources Social Work Department at Children’s Mercy Hospital. She and her husband, Kyle, live in Shawnee, Kansas.

Paige Wilson, MBA ’08, is the associate director of human resources at Cretcher Heartland in Kansas City, Missouri.

Spring 2015


Don Nutt, BA ’50, and Ruth Ann (Yocum) Nutt, ’50, served as grand marshals of the Festival of Lights Parade on Dec. 6 in Baldwin City.


David Balke, AB ’71, was recognized on the 2014-2015 Assembly Wall of Honor by the Inter-agency Assessment Assembly for his voluntary and advisory service toward the open source reporting and commentary on national issues and concerns. He was the sole inductee and was recognized on the 10-year mark of his retirement from federal service. Balke received post-graduate certifications from government contracted facilities, universities and colleges in the St. Louis and Washington, D.C. areas. He is the author of many guides, including “Ode to a Chair,” and “Cowboys and Christians in Chaos,” which are still used in selected training sessions. The induction ceremony is scheduled for this spring.

Connie (Fothergill) Deel, ’79, MLA ’98, is the chief human resources officer at Baker University. She recently was honored for 20 years of service to Baker.

Cheryl Brown Henderson, ’72, was the featured speaker at the Albany State University Martin Luther King Jr. convocation in January. She was one of the plaintiffs in the historic Supreme Court ruling in Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Gary Irick, BS ’79, is an associate professor and chair of the business and economics department at Baker. He was recently honored for 25 years of service.

Fred Wightman, AB ’70, and his wife, Randi Wightman, BS ’71, were recently inducted into the Tulsa (Okla.) Historical Society’s Hall of Fame.


Phil Hannon, BS ’86, is the head baseball coach at Baker University. He was recently honored for 15 years of service at Baker.


David Albright, MBA ’99, is a financial operations analyst for the Boeing Co. and lives in San Antonio.

Mary Larson Diaz, MSM ’96, is a research executive at Mulberry South in Leawood, Kan.

Darryl Forte, MSM ’97, was named the Kansas City Star’s area newsmaker of the year for 2014. He is the Kansas City (Mo.) police chief.

Bryan Harris, BS ’93, is a golf professional at Rheinblick Golf Course in Germany.

Cody Howard, BA ’97, is the communications coordinator for the University of Kansas School of Engineering in Lawrence, Kan. He and his wife, Christine Metz Howard, welcomed their first daughter, Julia Rose, to their family on Jan. 18, 2015.

Stacie (Ervin) Prosser, BA ’92, is the new publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal, where she has worked for 18 years. She had been the advertising director since 2012.

Pat Richard, BS ’91, is the head football coach at Oak Grove (Mo.) High School, which won the Missouri Class 3 state football championship in the fall. He was recognized as the Time Warner Cable SportsChannel Missouri Coach of the Year for his efforts.

Robert Villafranca, BA ’95, works for the Texas Department of Public Safety and lives in Mission, Texas.

Jeff Sims, BS ’95, MLA ’98, is the head football coach at Garden City (Kan.) Community College. He previously was the director of player personnel at the University of Indiana.


Adam Barry, BS ’09, is a business analyst at Amobee and lives in San Diego.

Melissa Berry, BS ’05, is a data scientist for The College Board and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jason Bessey, BS ’03, and his wife, Lauren, have joined the hospital and family medicine practice of Family Health Specialists of Lee’s Summit, Mo. He received his medical degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and completed his family medicine residency at Goppert Trinity.

Jon Boyd, BS ’00, is the resident refuge manager at the Baker Wetlands. He was recently honored for 10 years of service at Baker.

William Gladhart, MBA ’09, owns Will Gladhart Consulting LLC, which provides cloud-based, video e-learning workforce training solutions and digital media marketing services to businesses in the Kansas City area and nationally, including Pfizer, Hillyard, Morton Salt, Merck, Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi.

Barkley Hoover, BSN ’04, is a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu.

Sarah Kettler, BA ’09, is a compliancy coordinator at Kansas Virtual Academy in Olathe, Kan.

Paul McQuiston, BA ’05, is the communications manager for Cambridge in America and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Jon Michaels, MBA ’09, is the general sales manager at For Rent Media Solutions and lives in Louisville, Ky.

Matt Mills, BS ’08, MBA ’12, is the director of finance for Baker University’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies and School of Education and director of internal audit. He was recently honored for five years of service at Baker.

Anthony Nguyen, BS ’04, is an assistant women’s tennis coach at Purdue University. He previously was the men’s and women’s tennis coach at Niagara, where he was the first coach in the conference to win both the men’s and women’s tennis coach of the year awards.

Britt (Strick) Sherer, BS ’07, teaches social studies at Shawnee Mission North High School in Overland Park, Kan. She is the varsity assistant girls soccer coach and the junior varsity boys soccer coach at Shawnee Mission East High School. She and her husband, Brandon, welcomed their first son, Joey, to the family on Dec. 26, 2013.

Dana Smith, MAEd ’07, is a preschool teacher at Puls Elementary School in Attica, Kan.

Linda Sutton, MBA ’94, has retired as director of student activities at Kansas City Kansas Community College. She had been at KCKCC since 1984, starting in the business office.

Charisse Symmonds, ’05, is a general practitioner in internal medicine and is a doctor at Internal Medicine Associates of Ottawa (Kan.). She earned her doctorate in medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Bob Turner, MSSL ’03, is the principal at Central Elementary School in Lyons, Kan.

Autumn Wilgers, BSN ’04, is certified with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and is a health-care provider at McPherson (Kan.) Hospital. Wilgers has experience as an emergency room nurse and in a family practice setting, specializing in preventive care and health maintenance as well as pediatrics and managing diabetes.

Kirbee Yost, BA ’09, is an attorney for the Denver Probate Court and lives in Denver.


Stacy Bennett, MBA ’10, has joined Commerce Bank in St. Joseph, Mo., as a business banking representative in commercial lending. He has more than 17 years of lending experience.

Mack Brown, BS ’10, is the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach at Missouri State.

Erin Carlile, BSN ’07, has joined the Flint Hills Community Health Center in Emporia, Kan., as a nurse practitioner.

Dustin Cates, MSSL ’10, is the artistic director for the Heartland Men’s Chorus in Kansas City, Mo.

Chase Coburn, BS ’05, MSM ’10, works in Lenexa, Kan., for PRA Health Sciences, compiling audits to ensure pharmaceutical research is conducted following government guidelines. He also is a volunteer fireman in Baldwin City, Kan.

Jenny Deneault, MAEd ’14, is a third-grade teacher at Soderstrom Elementary School in Lindsborg, Kan.

Evan Durnal, BS ’05, is a senior chemist at MRIGlobal in Kansas City, Mo. He recently co-founded, a comprehensive database designed to allow scientists, first responders and others to quickly research and choose equipment to be used for the detection and identification of chemical, biological, radiological and explosive threats.

Haley Epperson, BS ’13, teaches fourth grade at Spring Hill (Kan.) Elementary School. She received the district’s Horizon Award for first-year teaching excellence. Only 32 educators from across the state earn this distinction, including 16 secondary teachers.

Casey Gleue, BS ’12, is a medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Meredith Hodges, BS ’12, is the study abroad advisor at Emporia (Kan.) State University, where she is a dual master’s candidate in art therapy counseling and clinical counseling. She has traveled to Canada to recruit prospective students, had interned abroad in the Bahamas at the Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled. She plans to study abroad in Italy this summer.

Sherece Huddlin, BS ’14, is a first-grade teacher at Randolph Elementary School in Topeka, Kan.

Todd Johnston, BA ’14, is an assistant basketball coach at Missouri Southern in Joplin, Mo.

Adam Kenne, BS ’10, is the business development manager at Marathon Solutions Inc.

Kayla S. Kohn, BS ’14, recently graduated from the Basic Air Force Photojournalist Course at the Defense Information School in Fort George G. Mead, Md. The course trains selected enlisted personnel in the principles, techniques and skills required to perform the duties and functions of public affairs specialists.

Breezy Mangan, BSN ’11, married Derek LaForge Sept. 6, 2014, in Independence, Mo. She is a pediatric psychiatric nurse at Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Kayla Morse, BSN ’14, is the health-care liaison nurse at Brookdale Shawnee in Shawnee, Kan.

Stephanie Nelson, BS ’14, is residential counselor at Family Resources Inc.

John Phillipp, BBA ’04, MBA ’10, was recently named chief executive officer at the Shoshone-Bannock Gaming Operation, and Hotel and Event Center in Fort Hall, Idaho.

Gentry Sauder, MAEd ’13, and Scott Peltier, MAEd ’09, were married Nov. 1, in Wichita, Kan. Gentry is a sixth-grade English teacher in Andover, Kan., and Scott is a seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher in Haysville, Kan.

Marci Solander, MBA ’14, is the executive officer for the Kansas National Guard.

Ashley Srna, BSN ’14, is a registered nurse at Mercy Regional Health Center in Manhattan, Kan.

Donald Stith, BBM ’12, has joined CBE Companies as director of operations. He was previously at Sheridan Healthcorp.

Tige Stone, MSSL ’10, and Jennifer Taylor were married July 12, 2014, in Wichita, Kan. Tige is the principal of Colwich Elementary School in Wichita.

Garrett Walke BBA ’10, has joined Brookridge Golf and Fitness in Overland Park, Kan., as the head golf professional.

Justin Whittaker, BA ’10, is a professional improvisational comedian working in the Kansas City area.

Winter 2014


Margaret (Meyer) Jones, BA ’48, and her husband, Harold, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. The couple lives in Lawrence, Kan.


Wayne Algire, ’65, and Barbara Jane (Bell) Algire, BA ’65, are retired and live in Tucson, Ariz. Wayne previously worked as a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State. Barbara previously worked as a counselor.

Lloyd Baumwart, ’61, is a dentist and earlier this year celebrated a longtime dream of opening of his new dental office at Sixth and Main streets in Neodesha, Kan. He and his wife, Marti, have been married for 53 years

Norm Samuelson, BS ’64, received the 2013 Faculty Teacher of the Year award from Wayne County Community College in Detroit, Mich. His fellow faculty nominated him for the honor.


Nancy (Hey) Arnold, BS ’76, recently retired after working 36 years as a physical education teacher at Edgerton (Kan.) Elementary School.

Theresa Walsh Cullen, BA ’78, MASL ’01, is part of the founding faculty of De La Salle Academy, a middle school in Concord, Calif., for boys of academic promise and from low-income families. She teaches language arts and history to the fifth- and sixth-graders and also serves as the curriculum and assessment coordinator.

Nick Harris, BS ’79,  MSM ’99, is a sixth-grade science teacher and football coach at Ottawa (Kan.) Middle School.


Tim Brady, BA ’82, recently joined USD 233 to become the activities director for Olathe (Kan.) high schools.

Dan Liston, ’80, was honored on July 30 in the Buck O’Neil Legacy Seat at Kauffman Stadium. He and his wife, Ann, ’79, have volunteered for The Dream Factory since 1989. The Kansas City chapter granted 74 dreams in the past year. Dan has served several positions on the local board for more than 10 years and on the national board. He is on the advisory board and manages the organization’s program with the Royals in which they take a child and his or her family to every home game on Wednesday to watch batting practice and meet the players.


Don Austin, BS ’93, is the superintendent of schools for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District, which serves nearly 12,000 students in one of the highest-performing districts in California. Don and his wife, Paula (Hutchings) Austin, live in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Teresa Commerford, BBA ’94, is the new high school business teacher in Bucklin, Kan.

Dan Decker, BS ’92, is the superintendent of schools at Neosho (Mo.) R-5 School District.

Rachel (Huhn) Langford, BS ’99, was selected as an All-Star Athletic Trainer by the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association. She is an athletic trainer at Wakeland (Texas) High School.

Dave Mace, BA ’92, has joined Great Plains Communications in Wichita, Kan. He works with small to medium-sized businesses to craft solutions to their business telecommunciations and IT needs.

Treva Scheuerman, BS ’97, is a social worker at Truman Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Michael Slife, BS ’93, is the state director of pupil transportation for the Illinois State Board of Education. He and his wife, Melissa, ’94, live in Chatham, Ill.

Cindy (Pipes) Swatek, BS ’96, is the head volleyball coach at Hollister (Mo.) High School. She is the founder and coordinator of MOGUATE, a retreat and support group  for families with children from Guatemala. She and her husband, Matthew, live in Nixa, Mo., with their two children.


Matt Berens, MASL ’06, is the new principal at St. Marys (Kan.) High School. He has been in education for 18 years, including six as a principal.

Jim Brockway, MASL ’07, is the new principal of Wheatridge Middle School in Gardner, Kan. He recently served as the principal at Ravenwood Elementary School and as assistant principal at Pioneer Trail Middle School in Olathe, Kan. He is completing his doctorate in educational leadership at Baker.

Kristin Bryan, BSN ’09, and Aaron Reed, BSN ’08, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2013 and were married on April 19, 2014. They are working as certified registered nurse anesthetists in Raleigh, N.C.

Myron Ellegood, MSSL ’11, is an assistant principal and athletic director at Great Bend (Kan.) Middle School.

Sarah Ellegood, MSSL ’11, is a physical education teacher at Park Elementary in Great Bend, Kan.

Emily (Nickel) Farley, BS ’08, is the communication and collaboration manager for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. She previously was the planning and volunteer coordinator for KDHE.

Jimmy Gillispie, BA ’04, is a sportswriter for the Stillwater (Okla.) News Press. He and his, wife, Rachel, are the parents of Isabelle Grace Gillispie, born on Sept. 9, 2014.

Adam Gotsche, BS ’09, is a senior financial analyst for Hyperion Administration for WireCo WorldGroup and lives in Kansas City, Mo.

Emily Grabner, BA ’06, is a corporate trainer for Global Medical Staffing.

Melissa Green, MASL ’07, is the assistant principal at Trail Ridge Middle School in Gardner, Kan. She previously served as a school counselor at Grand Star Elementary School.

Justine Greve, BA ’09, is a judicial executive assistant for the Kansas Court of Hadley, live in Grantville, Kan.

Travis Hermreck, MASL ’08, is the new K-8 principal at Crest USD 479 in Colony, Kan.

Barbara (Ludwig) Jurgensmeier, BME ’07, is a music therapy clinic coordinator at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan.

Ashley Mason, BME ’05, is the program manager for Health Connect, the new health home program of Pawnee Mental Health Services in Manhattan, Kan. The program, part of Kansas Medicaid, provides coordinated physical and behavioral health care for eligible KanCare consumers. Mason is a certified health insurance marketplace navigator for the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved.

Kristopher McDonald, BS ’08, is the social media strategist at MMGY Global in Overland Park, Kan.

Meagan (Crough) Meneley, BA ’00, MAEd ’08, teaches German at Abilene (Kan.) High School. She was presented in September with the Outstanding German Teacher of the Year award at the 29th annual German Immersion Weekend of Kansas Association of Teachers of German. In 2013, she was named Abilene’s Teacher of the Year by the National Education Association.

Jason Montgomery, BA ’01, has joined the Bond, Schoeneck and King law firm in Overland Park, Kan., where he practices in the area of collegiate sports and higher education. Montgomery has extensive experience in intercollegiate athletics and NCAA regulatory matters after serving as an athletics compliance officer at a major NCAA Div. I institution and in various positions at the NCAA national office.

Nikki (DeSimone) Pauls, BA ’03, is an adoption social worker and visiting instructor of social work at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo. She and her husband, Brian Pauls, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Yiyi Pauls, into their family on Jan. 6, 2014. Yiyi was adopted at age 10 from Guizhou, China.

Tim Robertson, MASL ’07, is the new principal at Lakin (Kan.) High School. He previously taught at these Kansas schools: Linn High School, Frankfort High School, Wellington Junior High School, Derby High School and Campus High School in Haysville. Robertson also served as principal for Peabody-Burns Middle and High School in Kansas.

Jon Robins, BS ’04, has earned a doctoral degree in medicine from the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He recently started his four-year residency in the ER department at OSU Medical Center in Tulsa.

Nicole Schwartz, BS ’01, was ordained elder in the United Methodist Church June 13 at the Great Plains Annual Conference in Lincoln, Neb. She serves as the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Coffeyville, Kan.

Andy Taylor, BS ’03, Ed.D. ’13, and Sydney Eagleton were married June 28, 2014, in Carpinteneria, Calif. He is an assistant principal at Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kan. The couple resides in Lenexa, Kan.

Colin Waters, BS ’07, is a social media specialist at the Colorado Department of Corrections. He lives in Denver.

Mike Wolgast, Ed.D. ’08, is the principal at Pioneer Trail in Olathe, Kan. His school was selected as the 2014 School of the Year from the National Association of Middle School Principals.


Garrett Anderson, BS ’13, is a deputy sheriff for Washington County (Kan.).

Kayla Anderson, BA ’12, is an international credential advisor for the University of Arkansas Graduate School and lives in Fayetteville, Ark.

Hayley (Scheetz) Appelman, BSN ’12, is a registered nurse in the medical intensive care unit at the University of Kansas Hospital. She received a 2014 nursing excellence award as the outstanding new graduate nurse.

Gloria Atanmo, BS ’13, lives in Barcelona, Spain, where she teaches private English classes, studies Spanish and collaborates on blogs. She also participates in several public speaking engagements and is developing her travel photography brand. She plays semipro basketball in Catalunya.

Kyle Bolton, BS ’12, plays football with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

Molly Bostwick, BS ’14, has joined TPP Certified Public Accountants LLC in Overland Park, Kan., as a staff accountant. She assists clients in the CPA services division.

Matt Brock, BS ’11, MAEd ’12, is the linebackers coach at Texas Tech. He previously was the defensive quality control coach for the Red Raiders.

Bailey Buchman, BS ’13, is a teacher for USD 501 in Topeka, Kan.

Julie Charay, BSN ’12, is a registered nurse and works at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Wash.

Dennis Charbonneau, MSSL ’13, is the new assistant principal and activities director at Wamego (Kan.) High School. He previously taught and coached at the following Kansas schools: Anderson County High School, Clay Center Community High School and Emporia High School.

Kyle Davis, BS ’11, is a marketing copywriter and content producer for DEG in Overland Park, Kan., a full-service marketing firm that specializes in digital marketing, commerce and collaboration strategies. He and his wife, Amanda Davis, ’10, live in Lawrence, Kan.

Aaron Dewlen, MSSL ’11, is the principal at Argonia (Kan.) Junior-Senior High School. He has worked in education for 13 years, including three years as a principal. He previously taught science and was a coach in Haven, Kan.

Margaret Dupes, BS ’12, and Adam Taylor, BS ’11, were married July 12 at Faultless Event Space in Kansas City, Mo. Margaret is a fifth-grade teacher for the Kansas City (Kan.) public school system. Adam is a solutions architect with Cerner in Kansas City, Mo.

Katie Duroe, BS ’14, is attending the Baker School of Nursing in Topeka, Kan.

Mercedes Eicher, BSN ’12, participated July 14-26 in the Streams of Hope mission trip to Kenya. She was joined by nursing faculty members Marlene Eicher, BSN ’05, and Ruth Ohm. Other participants on the mission included School of Nursing fourth-level students Alex Clark, Sierra Clark Emilee Durgan and Erin Stephan. During the trip, the group participated in three health clinics, taught about diabetes and cardiovascular health and collaborated with nursing school faculty and students.

Jeff Folger, MSSL ’12, is a secondary language arts teacher at Jackson Heights High School in Holton, Kan.

Tanner Gleason, BS ’11, recently graduated from the Kansas Highway Patrol Training Academy and has been stationed in the Riley County (Kan.) area within the Patrol’s Troop North Central Region.

Johna Herrea, BSN ’13, was crowned Fiesta Queen at the Mexican Fiesta in July in Topeka, Kan.

Jenny Hurlbut, MAEd ’13, is a high school mathematics teacher for USD 362 in LaCygne, Kan.

Jan Hutley, MSSL ’12, is the new principal at Alma and Maple Hill grade schools in Kansas.

Sarah Hutchings, BSN ’13, is a registered nurse at Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka, Kan.

Lauren Jaqua, BA ’14, is an English teacher at Olathe (Kan.) South High School.

Jessica (Hill) Johnson, BS ’10, recently graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry. She is an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Resident at UMKC and lives in Lenexa, Kan.

Bryan Kindle, BS ’13, teaches math and is the head baseball coach at Wellsville (Kan.) High School. His wife, Heather (Gruber) Kindle, BSN ’13, is a registered nurse and works in NICU at Overland Park Regional Medical Center.

Jennifer Konrad, BBA ’14, is an assistant vice president and banking services supervisor at Capitol Federal Savings Bank in Topeka, Kan.

Cody Liebelt, MSSL ’13, is the grades 7-12 athletic director at Chaparral (Kan.) High School. He previously was the middle school and high school social studies teacher at Osage City (Kan.) High School, where he also was the head girls basketball coach, assistant football coach, head baseball coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach.

Bruce Lolling, MSSL ’13, is an assistant principal at Augusta (Kan.) Middle School.

Tera Lyons, BS ’14, is a Web production assistant for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.

Seth Malloy, BS ’09, is a histotechnologist at Children’s Mercy Hospital of Kansas City.

Brianna Mangan, BSN ’11, is a pediatric psychiatric nurse at Crittenton Children’s Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Jon Ramon McGillivray, BBA ’14, is a delivery manager for Lowe’s Home Improvement.

Patrick Mirch, BA ’12, is a producer at KMBC in Kansas City, Mo.

Emily Mitchell, MAEd ’14, is a kindergarten teacher at Swenson Early Childhood Center in Osawatomie, Kan.

Clayton Naff, BS ’13, is the group fitness instructor at the Rehab and Fitness Center at Neosho Memorial Regional Medical Center in Chanute, Kan.

Andrew Patch, BS ’10, MBA ’14, is a business development associate at Kforce Inc., in Overland Park, Kan.

Sheri Ratliff, BSM ’14, is director of total rewards at Sprint Corporation. She lives in Olathe, Kan.

Chelsea (Twietmeyer) Robinson, BA ’11, is the marketing manager for the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology at Oklahoma State University. She previously was the digital and social communications strategist at the Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Josh Rydberg, BS ’13, is a risk analyst for Lockton. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Miles Sanderson, BS ’13, is an assistant baseball coach at Between the Lines: Elite Baseball Academy in Shawnee, Kan.

Jennifer Schmelzle, MAEd ’11, is the K-12 band and vocal teacher for Axtell (Kan.) Public Schools.

Sara Schwarz, BS ’11, is a special education teacher at Jefferson School in Independence, Kan. She previously taught two years at  community Elementary School in Coffeyville, Kan.

Katie Sellers, BS ’11, received her Juris Doctor with a concentration in International and Comparative Law from Creighton University School of Law in May 2014.

Rachel (Hawkins) Shuck, BS ’12, is the senior alumni relations consultant for Pennington & Company. She and her husband, Kirsten, BS ’12, live in Lawrence.

Alex Skov, BS ’10, is the community outreach representative at Helix Education in Overland Park, Kan.

Tige Stone, MSSL ’10, is the principal at Colwich (Kan.) Elementary School. He and Jennifer Taylor were married on July 12, 2014, in Wichita, Kan., where the couple lives.

Jeromy Swearingen, MASL ’04, is the new Derby (Kan.) High School assistant principal. He previously was an assistant principal at two Haysville middle schools.

Megan Vail, BA ’13, is an interrelated teacher at Paola (Kan.) High School.

Hector A. Vasquez, MSM ’14, is a command chief warrant officer at Joint Force Headquarters in Topeka, Kan.

Amy (Huebert) Wells, MSSL ’10, is the new principal at Cooper Elementary School in Goddard, Kan.

Billy Wicks, BME ’14, is the secondary instrumental and vocal music instructor at Hill City (Kan.) Junior-Senior High School.

Ryan Young, BA ’05, is a social studies teacher at South Gray Junior High School in Montezuma, Kan.

Summer 2014


Bill Bunten, AB ’53, recently received the prestigious Garvey Award for his support and participation in Washburn University affairs. He was president of INTRUST Bank of Wichita from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. His previous banking positions were as executive vice president of United Central Bank, Des Moines, Iowa (1979-1982); Merchants National Bank as president from (1967-79); and vice president of National Bank of Detroit (1957-67).

Howard Haynes, BA ’57, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Baker at his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was recognized for his many years of service and support to Baker and to the greater Kansas City community for his philanthropic work. After graduating from Baker, he served as his alma mater’s director of admissions. He later served as director of admissions, housing and financial aid at the University of Akron in Ohio. He was the second headmaster of the Grafton School in Berryville, Va., a cutting-edge co-ed boarding school that deals specifically with learning disabilities in young children. It was at that point that he co-founded North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, serving as its president for the first three years.


Bob Henry, BS ’67, has been elected vice president of the American Soybean Association by the ASA board of directors. Henry is one of nine soybean growers who make up the ASA Executive Committee.

Larry Poore, BA ’63, is a management consultant and lives in Olathe, Kan. Richard Simpson, BA ’67, is a professor of special education at the University of Kansas, where he has directed numerous demonstration programs for students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities and coordinated a variety of federal grant programs related to students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. He recently was honored as a 2014 Icon of Education in Ingram’s Magazine.


Ethel Phillips, BA ’71, and her husband, Richard L. Phillips, live in Colorado. Richard was a professor and administrator at Baker from 1966 to 1975. He was a member of the United Methodist Church clergy and president and executive director of the American Youth Foundation and dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University from 1981 to 1998. Richard recently wrote a biography of influential theologian Harvey H. Potthoff. The couple has had two stints living abroard and have hiked the Grand Canyon.


Kerrie Bacon, ’82, has been appointed as a KanCare ombudsman by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Bacon is a quality management specialist in KDADS’ Community Services and Programs Commission, overseeing the federal Money Follows the Person program. Before joining the state last year, she served as interim executive director of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2011 to 2012 and as state coordinator, research analyst and liaison at the Kansas Commission on Disability from 2003 through 2011.

Doug Smith, BS ’81, is a board operator for Bott Radio Network. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.


Jeremy Armstrong, BS ’94, is the administrator of Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems. He previously served at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion, Kan.

Jeffrey Gossard, BA ’97, is an attorney in Coffeyville, Kan. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Gossard is the chairman of the Coffeyville Recreation Commission and serves on the board of directors for the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Coffeyville Housing Authority and the Coffeyville Public School Foundation.

Sarah Hanson, BS ’89, is a sports medicine instructor for the Olathe (Kan.) District Schools.

David Jackson, MLA ’92, received a doctoral degree at age 83 from Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind., and specialized in Biblical counseling. He is a registered social worker, a certified therapist and instructor.

William Lively, MBA ’93, is a program director for Xerox. He received in 2013 a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University. Lively and his wife, Cecilia, live in Dallas.

Bill Miller, BA ’90, is the director of facilities at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert hall was recently recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular halls by Hamburg-based Emporis, a building data company.

Shawn Whitcomb, MSM ’94, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories in Spokane, Wash.

Brent Widick, MSM ’99, is superintendent of the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, Kan. He served as KNI’s program director from 2007 through 2013.

Dan Wooge, BME ’97, the band director at Spring Hill (Kan.) Middle School and Spring Hill High School, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the school district.


Jenifer (Koelzer) Bahner, BS ’07, is the head volleyball coach at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. She previously coached at Cowley Community College in Kansas.

Kyle Deterding, BS ’00, is a math teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Eudora (Kan.) High School. He coached the Cardinals to the Class 4A-II state championship in March.

Jason Filbeck, BA ’02, MAEd ’07, has been named head football coach at Augusta (Kan.) High School. He previously was an assistant at Shawnee Mission East High School, which advanced to the Kansas Class 6A state championship in 2013.

Brooke Fischer, BBA ’02, MSM ’05, has been hired as operator of Prairie Wind Senior Living in Berryton, Kan.

James Fox, BME ’03, is the band director for Fort Scott (Kan.) High School and Fort Scott Middle School.

Kenneth E. Gagnon, BBA ’00, works for Honeywell FM&T and lives in Spring Hill, Kan., with his wife, Debra.

Blake Glover, BA ’04, is an attorney at the Law Office of Blake Glover in Baldwin City, Kan.

Doreen Hansen, MSM ’03, is a vice president of residential lending at Metcalf Bank. She and her husband live with their two sons in Overland Park, Kan.

David Herndon, BBA ’00, is the executive vice president of Community First Bank in Shawnee, Kan. He celebrated his 43rd year in banking in May and is chairman of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce board.

Lance Hinson, MLA ’00, is the head football coach at McMurray University in Abilene, Texas. He is a former Wildcat assistant coach.

Constance Johnson-Cage, MSM ’02, has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the Air Force Reserve. She will become the deputy mission support group commander of the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Base. She previously was commander of the 908th Force Support Squadron.

Erol Kinkaid, BS ’05, is vice president of commercial lending with United Republic Bank. He is a graduate of the Nebraska Bankers Association Leadership Class of 2014 and lives in Omaha, Neb.

Chris Lowe, MASL ’08, is the principal at Horizon Elementary School in Shawnee, Kan. He previously was the assistant principal at Monticello Trails and the school improvement specialist at Clear Creek Elementary.

Kristina (Anspaugh) Manion, BS ’03, recently completed her residency with Michigan State University for Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. She has accepted a position as an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Via Christi in Wichita. She and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Isaac, 5, and Luke, 3.

Sara Matthews, BS ’09, has been named the head women’s soccer coach at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.

Kristopher McDonald, BS ’08, is the social media manager at MMGY Global.

Paul McQuiston, BA ’05, is a development assistant at Cambridge in America. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Phillip Oliver, BBM ’05, is president and general contractor of Oliver Construction in Wichita, Kan.

Valerie Oltman, MAEd ’07, retired at the end of the spring semester as a vocal music teacher at Marysville (Kan.) High School, where she began teaching in 1982. Former MHS students surprised her with a special song at the end of the junior-senior high winter concert in December. She also coached girls tennis and was named the Class 4A coach of the year in 1994.

Robert Reed, MSSL ’04, has been named superintendent and high school principal for USD 332 in Cunningham, Kan., for the 2014-2015 year.

Jose Salcido, MBA ’04, has been promoted from Wichita (Kan.) police lieutenant to captain. Salcido joined the department in 1995. He was named the department’s Officer of the Year in 2003. He is also a major in the Kansas Air National Guard.

Philip Smetak, BSN ’08, started on March 1 as the director of clinical excellence and magnet development for the Via Christie Health System in Wichita, Kan.

Megan (Lamb) Smith, BS ’07, has joined the North Newton (Kan.) office of Everence as a financial representative. She previously led fundraising efforts for Wichita State’s College of Engineering.

Orrin Smith, BA ’03, is a full-time freelance writer, focusing primarily on search engine optimization and web content writing for various marketing firms and corporations. He has published short stories, including most recently “Never Bet the Devil and Other Warnings.” He recently co-edited an anthology of fungus-themed stories titled “Fungie” for Innsmouth Free Press. A couple of his latest publications include short stories in “Tales of Jack the Ripper” from Word Horde and “Handsome Devil” from Prime Books.

Michelle (Lockhart) Sundstrom, BS ’02, is associate director of client development for RuffaloCODY, a leader in providing strategic fundraising and enrollment management services. She and her husband, Craig Sundstrom, live in Oklahoma City. Stacey Weil, BSN ’05, earned a Master of Nursing from Pittsburg State University. An APRN-FNP-C, she is employed by Bluestem Emergency Medicine, working in an emergency department at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla.

Carley (Mason) Wells, BS ’07, is a teacher for USD 428 in Great Bend, Kan.

Wes Wilson, BA ’03, has been promoted from captain to major in the U.S. Army.

Nick Wood, BS ’01, recently accepted a position to teach physical education classes and coach boys basketball at the American International School of Muscat in Muscat, Oman. He previously coached girls basketball at Lawrence (Kan.) High School.

Monte Zillinger, MSM ’00, is the director of police training at BNSF Railway. He and his wife, Linda, live in North Richlands, Texas. 2010s

Samantha (Webster) Glover, MASL ’03, is an assistant principal at Haysville (Kan.) Middle School. In February, she was selected as a Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Middle School Assistant Principal. She has been at Haysville Middle School for 15 years as an eighth-grade elective teacher, sixthgrade science teacher and assistant principal. She also has coached cross country, track and cheerleading.

Jeremiah Gress, BS ’07, is the territory sales representative at Overhead Door Company of Kansas City.

Monica Hein, MBA ’07, and Daniel Donatelli were married March 8, 2014, in Newton, Kan. She is an insurance management associate in Overland Park, Kan.

Patrick Howell, BS ’13, is director of marketing at RepQue Inc.

Donald Hughes, BBA ’13, is the maintenance superintendent for Kansas City Power and Light.

Lisa Janeway, EdD ’13, is the curriculum specialist for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District.

Sofia Javier, BSN ’10, is a travel nurse. She was recently assigned to Tarzana, Calif. Her first assignment was in Houston.

Jacqueline Koch, BSN ’11, is a charge nurse at Stormont-Vail HealthCarein Topeka, Kan.

Justin Lane, BS ’13, is an audit associate for KPMG.

Leah Lowell, MAEd ’12, is a second-grade teacher for Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Mo.

Kathy Mosher, MBA ’10, is the executive director for Central Kansas Mental Health Center. The licensed community mental health center, founded in 1964, provides mental health care and treatment for children, adults and families in a five-county area that includes Saline, Dickinson, Ottawa, Lincoln and Ellsworth. She has 18 years of community health center experience and is the former assistant director of mental health for Kansas.

Darcey Nance, BA ’10, (left) is the director of graduate recruitment and outreach for the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Davy Phillips, BA ’06, MLA ’12, was recently promoted to head women’s soccer coach at Baker University.

Dawn (King) Ramirez, ’13, is the human resources coordinator at GraceMed Health Clinic in Wichita, Kan.

Danelle Shaw, BSN ’02, provides primary health care at the F.W. Huston Medical Clinic in Valley Falls, Kan. She is an advanced practice registered nurse. Shaw previously worked at the Midwest Rehabilitation in Topeka, treating neurological and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Holton, Kan., and have two children, Katereina, 8, and Cale, 6.

Don Sherman, BBA ’13, has been named Westar Energy Inc.’s vice president, community relations and strategic partnerships. In his new role, Sherman will enhance community relationships, develop strategic partnerships and continue to oversee economic development in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area.

Savannah Smith, BS ’13, is an admissions counselor for Baker University.

Britton Streck, BSN ’10, is a staff nurse in pediatrics at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He recently was awarded the DAISY Award, a national recognition for excellence in nursing.

Army Spec. Hakeem K. Young, BS ’12, recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.

Spring 2014


J. Robert Ewbank, BA ’55, has completed the book “To Whom It May Concern” from WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson. It is a compilation of vignettes of things that have happened to members of his family. The stories are grouped around various events in the author’s life, including childhood, children, Baker University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, places of employment such as Union Steel Products, Michigan Standard Alloys, Echlin, Hi-Lex Controls and a bakery. He also taught at colleges and universities. Ewbank is a third-generation Methodist minister. He has written two previous books on John Wesley’s theology.


Marty Conrad, BA ’76, is the president of the Wyoming Senior Olympics. He is entering his 39th year as an educator, including stints as a social studies teacher, principal and athletic director. He has coached football, wrestling, baseball and basketball.

Donald Levering, BA ’71, is a poet living in Santa Fe, N.M. His 12th poetry book, “The Water Leveling With Us,” will be published this spring and available through Red Mountain Press at


Dane Ditto, BS ’86, is a doctor of internal medicine at Wamego (Kan.) Health Center and Family Clinic. He previously practiced medicine for 15 years in Manhattan, Kan.


Tom Beall, BA ’90, has been appointed first assistant U.S. attorney for Kansas. As first assistant, he will be the second in command of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Kansas.

Eric Driskell, BS ’97 and MAEd ’09, coached Blue Valley High School to the Kansas Class 5A state football championship in November.

Amy Kincaid, BSN ’93, was in December inducted as a community member into the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing.

Larry Glatczak, BS ’92, coached Centralia (Kan.) High School to the Class 2A state football championship in November. Chris McAfee, BA ’96, coached De Soto (Kan.) High School to the Class 4A girls state cross country title in the fall.


Former Baker football players Kendall Bradley, BS ’08 and MLA ’10;Mack Brown, BS ’10; and Eric Munoz, BS ’10; were on the sidelines as members of the coaching staffs at the Southeastern Conference football championship between Missouri and Auburn on Dec. 7 in Atlanta. Brown serves as a graduate assistant coach at Missouri, working with tight ends, and Bradley is the offensive quality control coach for MU. Munoz is the assistant director of high school relations and offensive quality control coach at Auburn, which played in the BCS Championship Game on Feb. 6.

David D’Ercole, BS ’00, currently the vice principal at Shanghai American School in China, has been appointed lower school principal for Kansas City’s Pembroke Hill School effective for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before joining the Shanghai American School, D’Ercole served as the elementary school principal for Butler Global School in Washington, D.C., and the principal for two private schools in Colombia, South America. He was selected the 2012 Most Outstanding Principal by the Washington, D.C., Association of Chartered Public Schools.

Chelsey Forge, BS ’09, is a certified public accountant and senior accountant at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Emily (Grabner) Johnson, BA ’06, and Dylan Johnson were married Aug. 31, 2013, in Brighton, Utah. Benjamin A. Martin, BA ’07, recently graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Steve Peterson, BSN ’02, is a physician liaison for SVConnectOne in Topeka, Kan. Nichole Potts, BSN ’05, is an advanced practice registered nurse for medical clinics in Jefferson County (Kan.).

Ron Schroeder, MBA ’08, is a project manager for Level Five Solutions and resides in Prairie Village, Kan.

Nathaniel Tyler, MBA ’05, and Angela (Crowdes) Tyler were married Oct. 19, 2013, at John Wesley Chapel, Church of the Resurrection UMC in Leawood, Kan. Nathaniel works at Sprint Corporate Headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.

Brett Weir, BSN ’08, is a brigade nurse for the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Kelly (Krien) Allen, MAEd ’10, was selected recently to be a part of the first Teacher Leadership Team for the Riley County (Kan.) School District. Allen taught fourth grade in the Riley County schools for 24 years.

Jenna Brantley, BS ’11, is the senior sales consultant for the Dallas Cowboys Football Club.

Rachel (Walkowiak) Couture, BS ’11, is the director of business development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She and her husband, Justin Couture, live in Olathe, Kan.

Elizabeth Deng, BSN ’11, in December was inducted as a community member into the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing.

Anne Henderson, BA ’81, was part of an ArtQuest team that was nominated for an Emmy from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Michael Howell, MSM ’13, is a police sergeant with the Kansas City (Kan.) Police Department.

Donald Hughes, BBA ’13, is the maintenance superintendent for Kansas City Power and Light.

Brianne Lowrey, BS ’12, is the building operations console operator at Pinkerton Government Services and lives in Kansas City, Mo.

Kevin Lyon, MLA ’13, is an adjunct instructor at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, teaching classes in state and local government and political science.

Justin Mohney, MBA ’10, is a police officer for the Gardner (Kan.) Police Department. Christine (Janssens) Morton, BS ’11, is the youth director at Camp War Eagle in Arkansas. She and her husband, Matt, live in Rogers, Ark.

Reina Murphy, BS ’11, is a program coordinator at Bishop-McCann, a brand experiences agency, and resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Chelsea Twietmeyer, BA ’11, is the digital and social communications strategist at Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Megan Umscheid, MAEd ’10, was recently named executive director of the Wamego (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce/Mainstreet.

Anita Vanderpool, MAEd ’13, is a teacher for Turner USD 202 in Kansas City, Kan. Amanda Wahlmeier, ’10, Phi Mu, is a curator for the National Orphan Train Complex and lives in Concordia, Kan. She is seeking membership into the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia.

Rhonda Wedel, MAEd ’13, is a seventh-grade math teacher for the Blue Valley School District in Kansas.

A Special Thanks

Baker University thanks Bill Gordon, BA ’60, for his persistent endorsement and financial support of his alma mater to assist students as they continue their education.

Winter 2013


James L. (Jim) Allen, ’69, in May received the Outstanding Alumnus of the University of Wyoming’s College of Arts and Sciences, where he received a doctoral degree. He is chairman of J.L. Allen Exploration Ventures, an oil and gas exploration company in the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana.

William T. Betz, ’69, was honored with the Distinguished Fellows Award by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians during the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine’s 2013 Annual Convention and Scientific Seminars in Las Vegas. Betz, one of seven ACOFP members who received the distinction, is the senior associate dean for osteopathic education and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pikeville. The award recognizes exceptional members of the Conclave of Fellows who have shown exemplary contributions to ACOFP governance and committees, as well as consistent attendance at state and national ACOFP meetings. The award is conferred on founder and active members after review and approval by the Executive Council of Conclave of Fellows and by a majority vote of the ACOFP Board of Governors.


Teri (Walsh) Cullen, ’BA 78, MASL ’01, is the principal at St. Dominic School in Benicia, Calif.

Jeline (Kelsey) Harclerode, ’73, has retired from the Emporia school district, where she taught for 28 years. She received an Emporia Master Teacher Award in 2009 and Kansas Master Teacher Award, and in 2010 she traveled the state as a member of the Kansas Teacher of the Year team.  She was inducted into Baker’s School of Education Wall of Honor in 2009.


Christie (Apgar) Bagley, BS ’93, is a chemist for the County of Kauai in Linhue, Hawaii.

Jennifer Kimble Esch, BS ’93, is a customer service specialist for Bach Medical Supply. She and her husband, Brent, are foster parents to Jacob, 4, and Lilly, 9 months.

Kent Galley, BS ’93, is chief operating officer of Ticket Solutions, Earned Rewards Cash, VeriProcess and VeriShip. Galley was named as Kansas City Business Journal’s 2011 CFO of the Year in the small-company category for his work at Saepio Technologies Inc.

Matt Johnson, BS ’93, MAEd ’99, is the director of student services and athletics for the Shawnee Mission (Kan.) School District.

Aaron Todd, BS ’93, is an assistant principal and activities director at Spring Hill (Kan.) Middle School.


Andy Bertapelle, BSN ’00, is the director of nursing at Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital in Barrow, Alaska, the northern-most city in the United States. He previously was the director of patient care for two 20-bed inpatient units at a Level 1 trauma center in Denver. After graduating from Baker, he was commissioned in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps and was sent to a smaller hospital at the U.S. Naval base in Rota, Spain.

Emily Bogue, MAEd ’05, teaches world history at Hoxie (Kan.) High School and seventh-grade and eighth-grade science and social studies. She has been teaching for 11 years.

Lisa Carlsten, AAB ’03, BBA ’05, MBA ’09, is a retail accounting/IT specialist at Peruvian Connection in Tonganoxie, Kan.

Dustin Dooley, MASL ’08, is the middle/high school principal for Solomon (Kan.) USD 393.

Evan Funk, MBA ’07, is a vice-president commercial relationship manager at Fidelity Bank in Wichita, Kan.

Ann Gandhi, BSN ’05, and Mike Koss were married on Jan. 6, 2013, on St. Maarten Island. She is employed at St. John OB-GYN in Leavenworth. The couple resides in Lawrence, Kan.

David Gaston, BS ’08, co-owns Experience Fitness in Overland Park, Kan. He was recently recognized as Ingram’s 2013 “Class of 20 in Their Twenties.”

Aaron Heckman, BS ’02, is the director of the Montgomery County Action Council, an economic development and industrial business recruitment organization.

John Hill, BA ’03, is the head baseball coach at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College.

Melissa Holloman, MLA ’00, recently retired form Royal Valley High School in Hoyt, Kan., where she taught for 13 years. She most recently taught senior-level English and at-risk reading. She previously taught French, Spanish and freshman and junior English for 10 years at Northern Hills Junior High School and Seaman High School in Topeka, Kan. She also taught six years of French and sophomore English at Washburn Rural High School in Topeka and one year of French and Spanish at Eisenhower Middle School in USD 501 in Topeka.

Meagan (Crough) Meneley, BA ’00, MAEd ’08, was named Abilene Teacher of the Year. She teaches German.

Jenalea Myers, BS ’08, is manager of multimedia and special projects for the Franklin County (Kan.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Nikki (DeSimone) Pauls, BA ’03, is an adoption social worker. She married Brian Pauls on April 28, 2012. They live in Prairie Village, Kan.

Tanner Purdum, BS ’07, MAEd ’09, has re-signed with the New York Jets. He is entering his fourth season as a long snapper with the Jets.

Joe Sample, BA ’08, MASL ’12, is the principal at Baldwin (Kan.) Junior High School. He previously taught Kansas history to seventh-graders at Wheatridge Middle School in Gardner, Kan.

State Rep. Clark Shultz, MBA ’00, of McPherson, Kan., has been appointed to fill an unexpired term on the Kansas State Use Law Committee. Shultz has served in the Kansas State House of Representatives since 1997.

Tammy Thomasson, EdD ’08, is the principal of Wellsville (Kan.) Middle School. She previously was the principal of Baldwin (Kan.) Junior High School.


Ron Barry, MSSL ’12, is the school’s assistant principal and activities and athletics director for Valley Center (Kan.) High School.

Mason Bruza, BS ’13, was honored as a newly commissioned officer of the Air Force on May 20.

Elizabeth Edds, MLA ’12, is an administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office of Student Affairs in the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin.

Leosha Giardina, MSSL ’13, is an instructional coach at Lowman Hill Elementary School in Topeka, Kan.

Trisha (Dietz) Haskell, BSN ’12, is a registered nurse and works in the cardiac progress unit at Hays (Kan.) Medical Center.

Todd Junker, MAEd ’13, was named the recipient of the Wichita (Kan.) Public Schools 2013 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award. Junker is a physical education instructor at Christa McAuliffe Academy.

Patrick Mirch, BS ’12, is a producer for Channel 6 News in Lawrence, Kan.

David Muhammad, MAEd ’12, was named 2013 Outstanding Alumnus by Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. He teaches U.S. history and economics at Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) High School.

Corina Ouellette, MSSL ’10, is the special education coordinator with USD 232 in De Soto, Kan.

Meagan Strang, BSN ’12, is a registered nurse in Bethlehem, Pa.

Tressa Wright, EdD ’11, is assistant principal for Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lee’s Summit, Mo. A teacher at the school since 1999, Wright has taught mathematics and at-risk courses. She previously taught mathematics at Raytown South Middle School and Liberty High School in Mountain View, Mo.


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