Spring 2008

Class Notes

Comings, goings, appointments, retirements, honors, accolades and other personal alumni news. Former students are designated by fs. Honorary alumni are noted as hn. Members of the Wichita State University Alumni Association are identified by an asterisk (*). Membership dues support alumni publications as well as many other programs and services that support higher education at Wichita State.

George J. Ablah fs ’51, real estate developer and the 1988 WSU Alumni Achievement Award honoree, has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Kansas CCIM Chapter. He lives in Wichita.*

Robert E. Ault ’60, M S ART/P, who worked for  more than 30 years as an art therapist and psychotherapist at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan., owns Ault’s Art Academy in Topeka, where he resides.

Duane C. “Bill” Parcells fs ’64, retired professional football coach and the 1996 WSU Alumni Achievement Award recipient, is executive vice president of football operations for the Miami Dolphins. He also returned to ESPN for the 2007 season as a studio analyst on Monday Night Countdown. Parcells coached for 19 NFL seasons including, most recently, a stint with the Dallas Cowboys. He resides in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

James R. Carter ’66, PE, is head coach of the high school tennis team for the Monterey Plainsmen of Lubbock, Texas. He lives in Lubbock.

James “Jim” D. Moore ’66, HIST, ’69 M EAS, who is a former WSU Alumni Association executive director, plans to retire in early 2009 from his position as executive director of the Wichita Community Foundation, the city’s second-largest nonprofit organization. Moore, who has been with the foundation for 17 years, resides in Wichita.*

Larry E. Koon ’68, M SEC ED, teaches ethics in the workplace and human relations at Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland, Kan. He has also taught at Pomona High School, Greely Country High School and Colby Community High School. He lives in Colby, Kan.

John C. Bredfeldt ’69, ECON, ’71 M ECON, economics/finance project leader at Modern Technologies Corp. in Warner Robins, Ga., is the author of Of Political Correctness, Leading to Economic Insanity — Both, Needing God. In the book, Bredfeldt explores U.S. political policies from 1936-2005. Published in paperback by Publish America, the book can be purchased online from Books A Million, Amazon.com and Publish America. Bredfeldt resides in Macon, Ga.*

Christopher S. Shank ’69, POL SCI, has received the Hope Award, the highest honor presented by the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Shank is a commercial account executive at the firm of HRH Kansas and is a Wichita resident.* 

Sue A. (Billings) Steele ’69, EL ED, is the homeless children liaison for Wichita area schools. She lives in Wichita.

Paul S. Allen ’70, BUS ADM, chief executive officer of Allen, Gibbs & Houlik LC, has been named chair of the Kansas Board of Accountancy. He resides in Wichita.*

David M. Rapp ’70, PSYCH, an attorney with the Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm, has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. He resides in Wichita.

Roger K. Scholes ’70, M ADM, was the starter and timer for the 2006 Gay Games (Olympics) sailing events and teaches sailing for people with disabilities. He resides in Chicago, Ill.

Robert “Bob” O. Anderson ’71, M MUS C, who is a clarinetist and adjunct music professor at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., has performed as a member of the U.S. Military Academy Band at West Point, the Wichita Symphony, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and others. He lives in Heber Springs, Ark.

Dennis R. Ballinger ’71, SEC ED, ’75 M SPG, is senior vice president at the Western National Insurance Co. Previously, he was the company’s vice president of claims. He lives in Edina, Minn.*

Howard “Dick” K. Dameron ’71, ACCT, is president of CBIZ Accounting, Tax & Advisory Services. He lives in Wichita.

John C. Gaston ’71, SEC ED SP, ’73 M SEC ED, former WSU minority studies department chairman, helped the Wichita Public Library honor the 20th anniversary of the African-American History Celebration by conducting storytelling workshops at several Wichita library branches. Gaston lives in Valdosta, Ga.

Naomi L. Stuart ’71, ANTHRO, is deputy director in the Kansas City Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB investigates and works to remedy unfair labor practices. She will assist the regional director in enforcing the National Labor Relations Act in Kansas, Oklahoma and in some counties in Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska. She lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Deltha Q. Colvin ’72, SEC ED, vice president of student affairs at WSU has been honored with the Governor’s Distinguished Community Service Award. Colvin, who is a 2007 WSU Alumni Recognition Award recipient, is also being recognized for her professional and community-service work as one of six honorees of the 2008 “Honoring Our Heroines” program. She resides in Wichita.*

Margaret “Peggy” B. (Leisek) Furan ’72, ART ED, ’75, M SEC ED, an art educator for 36 years and art curriculum coordinator for Wichita public schools, organized the “USD 259 Art Teachers K-12” exhibition at CityArts. She resides in Wichita.

David W. Herrold ’72, M S ART/C, professor of art at DePauw University for 36 years, is having his artwork showcased at DePauw’s Richard E. Peeler Art Center. He plans to retire from teaching later this year. He resides in Greencastle, Ind.

Floyd D. Powell ’72, AJ, who is serving as vice president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Central Kansas Funding Board of Directors, is a 21-year veteran of the Wichita police force and was the first African American to serve as the city’s chief of police. His tenure as police chief was noted for a commitment to community involvement and victim outreach. He lives in Wichita.

Susan E. (Hayes) Ensz ’73, EL ED, kindergarten teacher at Wichita Collegiate School, has been selected as 2008 Distinguished Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Association of Independent and Religious Schools. She lives in Wichita.

Sarah E. Gilbert ’73, SOC, ’86 M PUB ADM, is the human resources director for the city of Wichita. A 30-year employee of the city, she had been serving as interim HR director since November 2006. She lives in Wichita.

Tim Holt ’73, GEN ST, a broker with Realty Executives of Wichita, has been re-elected as secretary/treasurer of the board of directors for the Wichita Area Association of Realtors. He resides in Kingman, Kan.*

Balbir Singh Mathur fs ’73, founder and president of Trees for Life, has been recognized for his exemplary community service with the David Wessling Award presented by Diversity Kansas (formerly National Conference for Community and Justice of Kansas). Mathur lives in Wichita.

David R. Andres ’74, MFA P, adjunct instructor at Central Arizona College in Coolidge, Ariz., is showing his latest paintings and prints at the college’s Visual Arts Gallery. His work is inspired by scuba diving and underwater photography. He lives in Tucson, Ariz.

Jonathan C. Griffith ’74, M MUS I, co-founder  and artistic director of Distinguished Concerts International New York, conducted the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and guest soloists at Carnegie Hall. The concert was in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Griffith resides in New York, N.Y.

Robert J. Kerr ’75, ENG CR, who was co-captain of the first rowing team at Wichita State, is the coordinator of Greek life at Oregon State University. He was recently named National Outstanding Campus Administrator of the Year by the Chi Phi National fraternity. A member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, he lives in Corvallis, Ore.*

Steven J. Oyler ’75, MUS, ’75 MUS ED, ’78 M MUS P, a doctoral graduate of Hartt School, University of Hartford, and a librarian at Yale University, has been elected president of the Connecticut State Music Teachers National Association. He lives in West Haven, Conn.

Randall L. Preuett ’75, ECON, is a registered representative at Perkins Smart & Boyd Inc. in Wichita, where he resides. 

Stephen N. Hart ’76, JOURN, is a senior group brand manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink. He resides in Wichita.

Debra K. (Debbrecht) McKenna ’76, EL ED, ’78, ED PSYCH, is the director of safety services for Wichita public schools. She lives in Wichita.

John L. Blazek ’77, PE, principal at Maize, Kan., South Middle School, will lead Maize’s new high school when it opens in 2009. Blazek resides in Wichita.

Gary V. Cantrell ’77, HC ADM, ’77 BUS ADM, is CEO of Yasoo Health Inc., a research-based nutraceutical firm with worldwide headquarters in Cyprus and U.S. headquarters in Morrisville, N.C. He has 30 years of experience in the life sciences industry, most recently serving as president of the Catevo Group, a health-care consulting firm. He lives in Raleigh, N.C.

Steven G. Edwards ’77, SOC WK, is director of children’s community services at Hutchinson Hospital. He previously worked as head of community-based mental health services for children and youths at Horizons Mental Health Center. He lives in Hutchinson, Kan.

Melody D. (Griffith) Everhart ’77, SEC ED, is vice president of operations at NetVision Technologies Inc. She lives in Wichita.

Trix L. Niernberger ’77, ENG L/LIT, ’79 M URB A, is executive director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness for New York State, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with serious mental illness. She resides in Petersburgh, N.Y.*

Debbie M. Trimmel-Martin ’78, GEN ST, a licensed specialist clinical social worker who is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certified, works at Behavioral Medicine Specialists PA in Wichita, where she lives.

Stacie (Phillips) Valdez ’78, ENG, ’85 M ED, an English/language arts teacher at Wichita North High School who has been recognized with a 2008 Governor’s Distinguished Community Service Award, has also been chosen from a pool of 90 nominations as one of eight finalists for 2008 Kansas Teacher of the Year honors. Throughout the year, this team of eight will work together to advocate for education and teaching. Valdez’s efforts in leading the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at North High School helped increase the graduation rate from 48 percent in 2001 to 80 percent. Valdez, who has taught at North since 1988, resides in Wichita.

Steven B. Yakle ’78, ACCT, is vice president of corporate administration at Swift Energy in Houston, Texas. He also serves as vice president of finance and cfo of Swift Energy’s subsidiary, Swift Energy New Zealand. Yakle, who joined Swift Energy in 1989, resides in Houston.

Johann “Hannes” A. Zacharias ’78, BIO, ’79 GEN ST, Johnson County, Kan., deputy manager, has been recognized for excellence in public management as the recipient of the Buford Watson Jr. Award. He resides in Lenexa, Kan.

Alan D. Banta ’79, GEO, a geologist with 25 years of experience in the Kansas oil business, is executive vice president and managing partner at Trans Pacific Oil Corp. in Wichita, where he lives.*

Randall Fornshell ’79, AJ, is a forensic scientist at the Sedgwick County Regional Forensic Science Center in Wichita, where he lives.

Susan M. (Crawshaw) Bane ’80, S ART/P, has combined her design studio, CHIArt, with Sarah Scott’s business, Vidi I Sogni Design Studios, to create VidiCHIArt in Wichita’s Clifton Square. Bane lives in Wichita.*

John L. Carmichael ’80, AJ, has been appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to the Kansas Human Rights Commission. Carmichael is a litigation partner at the law firm of Wilson Lee Gurney Carmichael & Hess and lives in Wichita. 

Richard M. Cherry ’80, M MCH E, an executive in the nuclear industry with more than 34 years of experience, is a board director of the Nu-Mex Uranium Corp. He lives in Norman, Okla.

Sharon F. (McCreery) Fearey ’80, M ADM, vice mayor of Wichita, has been recognized with the Distinguished Elected Official award by the Kansas Recreation and Park Association. She has worked on improvements to Riverside Park, the Evergreen Library, Neighborhood City Halls, the 21st Street Master Plan, the Historic Midtown Neighborhood Plan and Orchard Park Skate Park. She lives in Wichita.*

Kim R. Martens ’80, POL SCI, a partner with the Wichita law firm of Hite Fanning & Honeyman, is serving a three-year term as employer co-chair of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Section Workers Compensation Law Committee. He resides in Derby, Kan.*

Bonnie E. (Butler) Tandoc ’80, NURS C, ’94 GEN ST, ’00 M COUNS, who works at the Wichita Clinic-Bethel in Newton, Kan., has been named Kansas Nurse Practitioner of the Year by the Kansas Alliance of Advanced Nurse Practitioners. She  lives in Newton.*

Robert A. Vartabedian ’80, M COMM, vice president of academic affairs at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, will become the next president of Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph when its current president retires in June. Vartabedian previously served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Carolina University and, before that, as head of the department of art, communication and theater at West Texas A&M University. He has also taught at East Central Oklahoma State, University of Oklahoma, California State University and at Wichita State, where he was assistant dean of graduate studies.

Monty Allen-Coulson ’81, ACCT, is audit manager and tax specialist at Kirkpatrick, Sprecker & Co. LLC. She resides in Wichita.*

Stephen G. Grillot ’81, CDS, is a family practice and occupational health physician at New Medical Health Care in Wichita, where he resides.

Anita G. (Pettay) Kirkpatrick ’81, CDS, ’82 M CDS, is human resources director at the Kingman County Courthouse. She lives in Kingman, Kan.

Douglas R. Billings ’82, M ART, is the printmaker behind the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art membership drive’s gift print, an original linoleum relief block print titled “Oil Dorado.” (The art museum is in El Dorado, Kan.) Billings is president of Wichita’s Gallery XII, and a member of the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Boston Alliance, The Print Center and the American Color Prints Society. He lives in Wichita.

Michael E. Brown ’82, BIO, is the wastewater treatment plant superintendent for the city of Pittsburg, Kan. He lives in Pittsburg.

Cynthia “Cyndi” K. (Day) Chapman ’82, NURS, ’99, M NURS, is manager of the pediatric intensive care unit at Wesley Medical Center. She resides in Wichita.*

Lisa M. (Evans) Dodson ’82, M ECON, ’91 M COUNS, is serving as interim executive director of the Kansas African American Museum in Wichita, where she lives.

Sonia R. Greteman ’82, ART GD, has been selected as a judge for Communication Arts’ 49th design annual. The judging will take place in mid-July in Menlo Park, Calif. Greteman is principal of Greteman Group, Wichita’s third largest advertising agency. She lives in Wichita.

Edward A. Hinck ’82, M COMM, professor and director of forensics at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, is co-author of Politeness in Presidential Debates: Shaping Political Face in Campaign Debates from 1960 to 2004. In the book, the authors analyze what presidential candidates said in debates, how they said it and how their communication choices may have affected their bids for the White House. Hinck lives in Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Bruce W. Krase ’82, M SEC ED, Remington Middle School principal, was selected by the Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators as the Kansas Middle School Principal of the 2007-2008 school year. He resides in Whitewater, Kan.

Dan C. Peare ’82, FIN, ’85 M BUS ADM, a Hinkle Elkouri Law Firm partner and chairman of the firm’s trust and estates practice, lives in Wichita.*

Robbie N. Atkins ’83, M AJ, a 33-year law  enforcement veteran who served two years in the International Police Mission to Iraq, is a Hodgeman County, Kan., deputy sheriff.

Barbara (Zajac) Bunting ’83, M SPG, vice president of the Newton, Kan., board of education, also serves as president of the Kansas Association of School Boards. She lives in Newton.

Aaron Harrison ’83, AJ, Wichita police detective, is lead investigator in cases of metal theft in Wichita. He resides in Newton, Kan.

Denise M. (Hiebert) Irwin ’83, M ED PSYCH, is director of development at Wichita Public Radio KMUW-FM at Wichita State. She lives in Wichita.

Tim A. Jacobs ’83, ACCT, is a Kansas Children’s Service League accountant. He lives in Wichita.

Rory A. Oldenburg ’83, BUS, is a lean implementer for Johnson Controls in Wichita, where he resides.* 

Dave Copeland ’84, GEN ST, is vice president of sales and marketing at Avidyne Corp., an avionics supplier. He lives in Wichita.*

Edna (Kerwood) Keeler ’84, HC ADM, is the administrator of Mennonite Manor in Hutchinson, Kan., where she resides.

Richard D. Kincaid ’84, FIN, former president and chief executive of Equity Office Properties Trust and now a principal in Lakeshore Holdings LLC and president and founder of the BeCause Foundation, delivered the keynote address on March 5 during the WSU Barton School of Business’ annual Business Week. Kincaid resides in Northbrook, Ill. 

Kenneth E. Norman ’84, BUS, is an attorney and associate in the labor and employment and the wills and trusts practice groups in the Law Offices of Marcia L. Kraft in Woodland Hills, Calif. He lives in Tarzana, Calif.

Lorelei K. (Tilford) Norman ’84, NURS, a nurse for 24 years, most recently at Wichita’s Galichia Heart Hospital, has opened Cheesecake and More, a shop that offers many varieties of cheesecake, cake, pie and bread. She lives in Wichita.

James “Jim” M. Tellus ’84, JOURN R/TV, is vice president and general manager of WTHR-TV and the SkyTrak Weather Network in Indianapolis. Tellus joined WTHR as news director in 2006, after working at KOMO-TV in Seattle and helping launch KOMO 1000 news, Seattle’s only 24 hour all-news station. He was news director at WVEC-TV in Norfolk, Va., and at KSNW-TV in Wichita. While in Wichita, he began “KSN Listens,” a community project that has been used as a national model for civic journalism. He resides in Carmel, Ind.

Danette Tipton ’84, PSYCH, ’95 M PSYCH, is the executive director of the Shawnee County Family Resource Center. She lives in Topeka, Kan.

Ronald D. Blackwell ’85, I ED, ’97, M PUB ADM, the former fire chief in Anne Arundel County, Md., is chief of the Wichita Fire Department. He resides in Wichita.*

Michael P. Cannady ’85, FIN, is vice president and trust officer in Intrust Bank’s private trust group. He lives in Augusta, Kan.*

Thomas J. Robinson ’85, BUS, is a city commissioner in Tempe, Ariz., where he lives.*

Julie K. (Stewart) Russell ’85, GERON, is executive director of Kansas Health Ethics, an organization providing education on health ethics and quality of life decisions. She resides in Wichita.

Michael Kien Yuen Shih ’85, AERON E, ’88, M AERON E, former director of aircraft structural integrity, heads Cessna Aircraft’s China operations. He oversees production of the Model 162 SkyCatcher, a plane that will be built by Shenyang Aircraft Corp. He lives in Wichita.*

Joel T. Erskin ’86, PA, is a physician assistant and manager at the Varicose Vein, Aesthetic, and Rejuvenation Center in Wichita, where he lives.

Kenn R. Hughes ’86, M MUS I, is lead trombonist and musical director for Denver & the Mile High Orchestra, a band comprised of three trumpet players, three sax players, two trombone players and a rhythm section. Since forming five years ago, the group has traveled around the globe and performed on The Next Great American Band, a Fox TV show. Hughes lives in Hermitage, Tenn.

Eric E. Kauffman ’86, FIN, ’99 M EAS, is a math teacher at Wichita’s Northeast Magnet High School, which has posted an impressive 80.2 percent passing rate on state reading and math tests. Kauffman told a Wichita Eagle reporter that he believes the best way to raise test scores is to embrace students’ interests, relate math to real life, introduce concepts, and then let them go: “It’s really fun to watch them. To see what they come up with when you take down the barriers.” He lives in Wichita.

Muriel (Bogle) Berry ’87, MGT, is internal communications director at Hawker Beechcraft. She lives in Milton, Kan.

Eric M. Cale ’87, S ART/P is director of the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita, where he resides. 

Phillip F. Grossardt ’87, M COMM, a broadcaster with Eagle Radio and Hull Broadcasting in Great Bend, Kan., has won the Kansas Association of Broadcasters’ 2007 Sonny Slater Award, an annual award that recognizes a Kansas broadcaster who has provided exemplary service to his station, community and listening audience. He resides in Great Bend.

Myrna M. Messer ’87, EL ED, a retired teacher, has written Remembering…A Town That Was, a book that chronicles Messer’s story of growing up in Foxholm, a village on Highway 52 northwest of Minot, N.D. She lives in Derby, Kan. 

Susan A. (Tilton) Rosell ’87, EL ED, is principal at Riverside Magnet Elementary School in Wichita, where she resides.

Gary A. Hughes ’88, ART GD, a senior graphic designer for Hallmark, designed the 2007 Kansas Book Festival poster, which features a stylized sunflower. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Sandra K. Peer ’88, M SEC ED, a math teacher who earned Wichita’s Northwest High School a $10,000 award in 2007 when named the top teacher in Kansas in the 12th annual Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club Teacher of the Year program, now teaches math at WSU. She lives in Wichita.

Kent L. Hixson ’89, GEN ST, is city administrator in Mulvane, Kan., where he lives.

James R. Sergeant ’89, HCA, ’00 M BUS ADM, a past president of the Kansas Surgical Hospital Association, is chief executive at Salina Surgical Hospital. He resides in Salina, Kan.

Reinis (Koland) Smith ’89, NURS, is co-owner of Beyond Beads Boutique. She lives in Wichita. 

R. Tyler Cundith ’90, M PE, sports information director at Johnson County Community College, has been inducted into the JCCC Athletics Hall of Fame. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.

Carla S. (Bell) Dunigan ’90, SOC WK, is administrator of Riverview Estates Nursing Home in Marquette, Kan. She resides in Hutchinson, Kan.

Cody G. Barnett ’91, PT, physical therapist and owner of Bodyworx Physical Therapy, has been awarded the 2007 Community Awareness Grant by the Kansas Physical Therapy Association. This grant is meant to help facilitate public relations and advertising efforts at the local level. Barnett lives in Wichita.

Michael Boyd ’91, COMM, is a dealer services analyst with the Ford Motor Credit Co. in Irving, Texas. He lives in Grand Prairie, Texas.*

Jane A. (Patton) Brewer ’91, JOURN/ADV, is associate director for enrollment management at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Previously, she was an admissions representative at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kan. She lives in Batesville, Ark.

Frank L. Carson III ’91, BUS ADM, president at Mulvane State Bank, has been chosen to serve on the American Bankers Association’s Community Bankers Council. He resides in Mulvane, Kan.

Tyler R. Graham ’91, AJ, ’94, M AJ, heads the Wichita office of the Drug Enforcement Administration. He lives in Wichita.

Jennifer L. (Rhoads) Keller ’91, JOURN/ADV, is public relations manager for Viega, a Germany-based plumbing and heating systems manufacturer. She headed the company’s recent promotional project of buying a custom motorcycle to generate interest in the new-to-Wichita company. She lives in Wichita.*

Angie D. (Holton) Witman ’91, M PSYCH, is a human relations instructor at Northwest Kansas Technical College. She lives in Goodland, Kan.

Grace (Xiaogao) Wu-Monnat ’91, M PE, who runs the Grace Wu Kung Fu School in Wichita, has been named to AAU Chinese Martial Arts Hall of Fame. She resides in Wichita.

Douglas D. Dutton ’92, ACCT, is controller of Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan. He lives in Concordia, Kan.

Robert Elliot ’92, ART GD, is co-owner and lead decorative artist of Art Effects. The company, which specializes in hand-painted marble, gilding, stenciling, wood graining and decorative walls and ceilings, works with residential, commercial and religious properties. He lives in Wichita.

Brian D. Huffman ’92, M EAS, is principal at Kelly Elementary Liberal Arts Academy in Wichita, where he resides.

Joyce M. McBride ’92, M H SCI, is information systems director at Wichita’s Wesley Medical Center. She resides in Bel Aire, Kan.

Scot G. McCloughan ’92, PE, a former Wichita State baseball player, has been named general manager of the San Francisco 49ers. He will oversee new talent that comes through the Santa Clara practice facility, help manage the team’s salary cap and player contracts, and work with Head Coach Mike Nolan in making a plan to improve the team. He resides in Los Gatos, Calif.

KaLyn M. (Muncy) Nethercot ’92, M BUS ADM, is city administrator and clerk in Douglass, Kan., where she lives.

Mary L. Werner ’92, S ART/P, ’94 M S ART/P, the director of visual arts at Wichita’s Newman University, showed her artworks in an exhibition called “Trick My Tiara” at the Hesston, Kan., College Gallery. She lives in Wichita.

Tracie R. (Wintamute) England ’93, SOC WK, is a partner in the Wichita law firm of Hite Fanning & Honeyman. She lives in Haven, Kan.

John W. Marker ’93, RT, ’95 H SCI, ’03 M NURS, chief nursing officer at Wesley Medical Center, is leading the renovation project for a cardiovascular center that is planned to open next year. He lives in Wichita.

Sue A. (Ward) Osterhout ’93, GEN ST, is a counselor at Hutchinson, Kan., Community College. She lives in Hutchinson.* 

Greg Bontrager ’94, M MUS CH, vocal instructor at Goessel, Kan., public schools, directs the Kansas Mennonite Men’s Chorus. He lives in North Newton, Kan.

Angela Y. (Cowan) Cato ’94, JOURN, is marketing and communications manager at the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland Council, which covers 80 counties. She lives in Wichita. 

Ingrid V. (Cavender) Dennis ’94, PSYCH, ’94 SOC WK, a licensed clinical social worker, provides psychotherapy services at Affiliated Psychiatric llc in Wichita, where she resides.

John C. Spielman ’94, POL SCI, a former assistant prosecutor, is associate circuit judge in Dunklin County, Mo., for the 35th Judicial Circuit. He lives in Kennet, Mo.*

Shane E. Goodwin ’95, MGT, ’00 BUS ADM, the materials manager at Krause Corp. in Hutchinson, Kan., oversees the purchasing department and the company’s Value D supplier program. He lives in Buhler, Kan.*

Martin H. Kinsman ’95, PA, is a physician assistant with Kansas Orthopedic Specialists at the Miami County Medical Center in Paola, Kan. He lives in Lenexa, Kan.

David W. Larson ’95, SOC, the Communities in Schools coordinator at Lincoln Elementary School, has received the organization’s national Unsung Hero Award. Communities in Schools ranks as the largest dropout prevention program in the United States. Larson lives in Wichita.

Amy R. (Morley) Tracy ’95, AJ, is a sergeant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Department. She lives in Wichita.

Marlee S. (Bertholf) Carpenter ’96, HIST, is vice president of government affairs at the Kansas Chamber of Commerce in Topeka, Kan., where she resides.*

Angela J. (Haig) Neish ’96, HSOP, ’98 M PT, is director of the Kansas Joint & Spine Institute’s physical therapy center in Wichita. She lives in Valley Center, Kan.

Jennifer R. Nordyke ’96, ART GD, ’01 M LIB ST, is president of the Wichita Association for the Deaf. She resides in Wichita.

Julie L. (Zabokrtsky) Siefers ’96, PA, is a physician assistant at Norton County, Kan., Hospital. She also serves as one of the county’s coroners. She lives in Plainville, Kan.

Larry L. Vanderwege ’96, M PT, is CEO at Lindsborg Community Hospital and Lindsborg Rural Health Clinic. He lives in Lindsborg, Kan.

Dustin C. Miller ’97, M PE, is the football offensive coordinator at Malone College in Canton, Ohio. He lives in Canton.

Quinolla D. “Shawne ” (McClellan) Morgan ’97, AJ, ’99 M PUB ADM, is director of human resources at Wichita Area Technical College. She lives in Wichita.

Uzma Pierpoint ’97, ART GD, former graphic designer at WSU, is a marketing manager at Viega in Wichita, where she lives.

Steven M. Sjogren ’97, M PT, is a physical therapist at the physical therapy clinic at Salina Medical Arts Building. He resides in Lindsborg, Kan.

Christina A. (Karaoli) Taylor ’97, COMM, is a producer at KWCH Channel 12 in Wichita, where she resides. 

Valarie A. Florio fs ’98, former WSU Alumni Association events director who most recently worked as a development officer for Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas, is chief development officer for the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland. She is a resident of Andover, Kan.*

Carrie L. (Howard) Lindeman ’98, ADV, is senior brand reputation manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink Inc. She lives in Wichita.

Colin B. McKenney ’98, M PUB ADM, is president and CEO of Multi Community Diversified Services, McPherson, Kan. He resides in Valley Center, Kan.

Christina R. (Lee) Wheeler ’98, NURS, works in the pediatric clinic on Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. She received the Juanita Redmond Award for providing significant contributions to health care of an AF individual or family and excellence in clinical nursing or improvement in nursing care. She lives in O’Fallon, Ill. 

Rhody J. (Cauley) Burnett ’99, HSOP, is the administrator for Halstead, Kan., Health and Rehabilitation. She resides in Wichita.*

Cari S. (Schmidt) Clayton ’99, PSYCH, ’05 M BUS ADM, is vice president of commercial relationship management at Fidelity Bank. She lives in Wichita. *

Vicki L. (Strathman) Courtney ’99, FIN, provides payroll and tax preparation services to clients of the CPA firm of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC in McPherson, Kan., where she lives.

Maurice E. Evans fs ’99, a professional basketball player who played collegiately for two seasons at WSU before transferring to the University of Texas at Austin, was traded last November from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Orlando Magic.

Charlotte R. (Hawkins) Hannah ’99, CDS, is a library media specialist at the Chesapeake Bay Academy in Virginia Beach, Va., where she lives.*  

Joshua W. Oeding ’99, ENTRE, is director of business development at Wichita Technology Corp. Oeding is a Wichita resident.*

Jeremy W. Parks ’99, MKT, is brand manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink. He lives in Wichita.

Shala J. Perez ’99, CJ, ’02 M CJ, an instructor at the Kansas Center for Effective Learning and an adjunct instructor at Butler Community College, serves on the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission after being appointed by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. Perez lives in Wichita.

Jennifer R. (Sparlin) Richardson ’99, M COMM, had her short story for children, “Hideaway Island,” published in the October 2007 issue of Beyond Centauri. She lives in Wichita. 

Lynn A. (Fritz) Duncan ’00, COMM, is the membership manager at the Sedgwick County Zoo. She lives in Wichita.

Kenya L. Jackson ’00, REL, ’03 M LIB ST, is probations officer at the Sedgwick County Department of Corrections. She lives in Wichita.*

Sean M. Milleson ’00, HIST, ’03 M PUB ADM, is a revenue division financial analyst with the city of Kansas City, Mo. He lives in Kansas City, Mo.

Kamiel A. (Potter) Rawie ’00, EL ED, was named by the Rotary Club of Johnson County as the 2007 Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, for her teaching of third graders at Clearwater Creek Elementary School in Olathe, Kan. She resides in De Soto, Kan.

Terry M. Rombeck ’00, JOURN, is features and special sections editor at the Lawrence Journal-World. He resides in Lawrence, Kan.

Lainie R. (Mazullo) Rusco ’00, COMM, is news writer and editor in WSU’s office of university relations. She lives in Wichita.

Mohammed Salman Akram ’01, CS, is an Identris security analyst. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jennifer R. Morrow ’01, FIN, is an external reporting manager at Discover Financial Services in Riverwoods, Ill. She lives in Chicago.*

Debra A. (Davis) Scheer ’01, M SP ADM, is a territory sales representative for Forest Pharmaceuticals in Hauppauge, N.Y.

Megan R. Bush ’02, EX SCI, ’04 M PT, a traveling physical therapist for Advanced Medical Personnel of South Daytona, Fla., lives in Allen, Kan.* 

Haydee P. Serna ’02, IE, is an industrial engineer at Hawker Beechcraft. She lives in Wichita. 

Jeffrey C. Holmes ’02, SOC, is a fire fighter with the Wichita Fire Department. He resides in Haysville, Kan.

Carla A. (Lindberg) Jerwers ’02, M CDS, is a speech language pathologist at Sacramento City Unified School District. She resides in Sacramento, Calif.

Nicholas A. Stone ’02, I BUS, is a director at Key Principal Partners, a Cleveland-based private equity firm with offices in Greenwich, Richmond, San Francisco and Shanghai. He resides in Sausalito, Calif. * 

Derek A. Bennett ’03, ART GD, a graphic designer at the Wichita Eagle, lives in Wichita.*

Matthew P. Bogner ’03, PSYCH, ’06 M PUB H, is health care administrator at Presbyterian Manor in Newton, Kan. He resides in Wichita.

Sergio I. Gonzalez ’03, MGT, is an inside sales representative at Viega. He lives in Wichita.

Courtney A. (Hall) Blankenship ’03, BIO, ’06 M PA, a physician assistant at Overland Park Regional Medical Center, lives in Leawood, Kan.

Robert R. Noland ’04, M PUB ADM, has been named campaign manager for Todd Tiahrt in his bid for re-election as U.S. Congressman for the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. Noland resides in Wichita.

Kristen “Kristi” J. Verbeckmoes ’04, COMM, is a marketing coordinator at the Wichita Clinic. She lives in Wichita.

Gilbert O. Alvarez ’05, EAS, former North High School assistant principal, is principal at Coleman Middle School in Wichita. He lives in Wichita.

Jenni L. (Glasgow) Heffron ’05, EL ED, is a kindergarten teacher in Newton, Kan. She lives  in Wichita.

Courtney C. Kessinger ’05, COMM, a brand manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, lives in Wichita.

Nemmy Ngugi Matiru ’05, M ACCT, is an accounting manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink and resides in Wichita.

Brandi L. (Johanson) McCoy ’05, HRM, is a retail banking officer at Intrust Bank in Wichita, where she lives.

Sarah A. McKenna ’05, PA, is a physician assistant at the Hays Orthopaedic Clinic and at the Rooks County Health Center in Stockton, Kan. She resides in Hays, Kan.

Daniel C. Mehl ’05, ART GD, an associate creative at Sullivan Higdon & Sink, resides in Wichita.

Anand Narsai ’05, FIN, is an associate in the Wichita office of the Wealth Creation and Management Group. He resides in Wichita.

Micah M. Snider ’05, ART ED, is a painter and an art teacher at Kelly Elementary School in Wichita, where she lives.

Christopher “Kit” H. Strief ’05, M SP ADM, is director of operations and media relations at Montana State University Billings. Previously, he was director of media relations at the University of South Alabama.

Hilary A. (Rush) DeLong ’06, ACCT, is a staff accountant at Viega in Wichita, where she lives.*

Matthew J. Geyer ’06, ACCT, auditor at KPMG in Kansas City, Mo., lives in Bonner Springs, Kan.*

Nichole D. Ivery ’06, PSYCH, is manager of alumni and volunteers at Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas. She lives in Wichita.

Carol M. (Pearson) Lujano ’06, MKT, is senior brand contact manager at Sullivan Higdon & Sink. She resides in Wichita.*

Carol S. Caster ’07, ACCT, specializes on tax preparation and audits at the CPA firm of Swindoll, Janzen, Hawk & Loyd LLC in McPherson, Kan. She lives in Inman, Kan.*

Brent M. Depperschmidt ’07, M BUS ADM, is a strategic planner at Hawker Beechcraft in Wichita. He is a Park City, Kan., resident.* 

Casey M. Dickman ’07, MCH E, is a structural design engineer for Spirit Aerosystems in Wichita. He lives in Hutchinson, Kan.*

Ryan J. Martin ’07, SP ADM, a former WSU basketball player, is assistant basketball coach of the Red Ravens of Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Kan.


Class Notes

Comings, goings, appointments, retirements, honors, accolades and other personal alumni news.