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Carolyn (Boewer) Cotta ’60 (St. Louis, Mo.) was an honoree of the St. Louis Women of Achievement for 2012.



Ronald Elkins Jr. ’61 (Nixa, Mo.) was reelected mayor of Fremont Hills.


Mac Finlayson II ’73 (Tulsa, Okla.) was announced as the 2012 president-elect and general counsel for The American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditor’s Rights Attorneys.

Carolyn “Carole” Lambert ’73 (Springfield, Mo.) received the Tulsa Press Club’s Media Icon award.

Virginia (Ralls) Darr M.Ed. ’74 (Springfield, Mo.) and her husband, William Darr, were honored by the Southern Reynolds County R-2 School District for their continuing scholarship support.



Bruce Schweitzer ’74 (Naples, Fla.) retired from Hormel Foods Corporation.

Dan Trogdon II ’75 (Carthage, Mo.) self-published and self-illustrated his book, And So It Goes.

M. Scott McKye ’77 (St. Louis, Mo.) and his company, KLEERTECH, received the first U.S. patent for a completely biodegradable event credential, helping to create the new ISO 20121 Sustainable Event Management Standards being implemented at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.


Kevin Biggs ’80 (Los Altos, Calif.) was appointed as executive vice president of global technology sales for Active Network, Inc.

Dr. Christopher Craig ’82, M.Ed. ‘86 (Springfield, Mo.) accepted a position at Missouri State University as the associate provost for faculty and academic affairs.

Brigitte (Gann) Marrs ’82 (Springfield, Mo.) accepted a position with Mercy Health Foundation as the regional major gifts officer.

Gina WyckoffM.Ed. ’83 (Springfield, Mo.) was selected as one of five finalists for the 2012-13 Springfield Public Schools’ Teacher of the Year.

Sharon (Miller) Koechner ’84 (Strafford, Mo.) joined Empire Bank as a mortgage loan officer.

Dr. Paul Koch Jr. ’86 (Washington, Mo.) published When a Man’s Church Is Not the Church through Chalice Pages, Chalice Press.



Grace Heim ’87 (Augustenborg, Denmark) was awarded a marketing contract with the municipality of Sonderborg, Denmark in their efforts to become European Capital of Culture 2017. Steven Edwards ’88 (Springfield, Mo.) CEO & President of CoxHealth, accepted a position on the Drury University Board of Trustees.

Steven Edwards '88 (Springfield, Mo.) CEO & President of CoxHealth, accepted a position on the Drury University Board of Trustees.

Dennis “Denny” Hunt ’88 (Springfield, Mo.) won the Gary Filbert Lifetime Achievement Award from the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Dr. Linda (Steingrubey) Wooderson M.Ed. ’88 (Bolivar, Mo.) was elected president of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Achievement.

Ronald Tanski Jr. ’89 (Torrance, Calif.) joined the Mason & Hamlin Piano Artist Roster, and his CD, Dragged You Down, made the Top 100 in Blues for 2011.


Gina (Stewart) Jarvis ’90 (St. Charles, Mo.) was appointed as the finance director for the City of Brentwood, Mo.

John Oke-Thomas ’90 (Springfield, Mo.) joined senior officials from the Obama administration to participate in a forum on jobs and the economy.

Lori (Enloe) Taylor-Helle ‘91 (Fenton, Mo.) accepted a position as the City of Hazelwood’s finance director.

Andrew Wells ’91 (Springfield, Mo.) has been inducted to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, joining fellow alumnus Richard Stahl ’36. His firm, Dake Wells Architecture, was honored with five design awards by the Springfield chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Thomas Lynch II ’92 (Lenexa, Ok.) was promoted to Manager - OEM (original equipment manufacturer) Accounts.

Michael Ramsey ’92 (Bolivar, Mo.) has joined the Springfield Police Department as an officer.

Dr. Chelsea (Coleman) Watson ’92 (Ballwin, Mo.) was named assistant superintendent of student services for the Parkway School District.

Patricia Phillips M.Ed. ’94 (Grain Valley, Mo.) was chosen as the Missouri Association of Rural Education’s Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Mindy Maddux ’95, M.A. ‘00 (Harrison, Ark.) joined North Arkansas College as vice president of student services.



Jerry Pemberton ’96 (Richland, Mo.) was elected as a member of the Richland School Board.

Sharon (Moss) Bushey ’97 (Waynesville, Mo.) published her book, Megan’s Heart.

Jason Hainline ’97 (Springfield, Mo.) has joined Dake Wells Architecture as a design associate.

Ronald Hartman ’97 (Fair Grove, Mo.) retired from the Springfield Police Department after 25 years of service.

Rachelle (Agan) Jennings ’97 (Lebanon, Mo.) was promoted to assistant principal at the Lebanon R-3 School District.

Brian Bewley ’98 (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) has joined Husch Blackwell Law Firm as a partner.

Christopher Kennedy ’99, MBA ’00 (Palm Springs, Calif.) has been chosen as a featured member of Dering Hall, an online marketplace of premier interior decorators, architects, artisans and design dealers.

Andrew Moore ’99 (Loveland, Co.) won the Highland Hills Amateur Golf Open in Greeley, Co.

Lisa (Smith) Parker ’99 (Dixon, Mo.) was selected as the Outstanding Assistant Principal from the South Central District of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals.

Lori (Chastain) Wilson MBA ’99 (Strafford, Mo.) has been announced as the junior high principal of Nixa Public Schools.


Jody (Randle) Jarrett ’00 (Cabool, Mo.) was promoted to assistant high school principal for the Houston School District.

Dr. Roger Whitson ’00 (Atlanta, Mo.) will be joining Washington State University in the fall as an assistant professor of 19th century British and Anglophone literature.

Holly (Holden) Beadle ’01 (Nixa, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012.

Sarah (Lester) Wilkerson ’01 (Colorado Springs, Colo.) helped to reform legislation regarding newborn screening procedures, resulting in the state health department implementing a new policy.

Shauna (Letterman) Stephanchick ’01 (Kansas City, Mo.) has been selected as the principal of Meadowmere Elementary.

Jonathan Fann ’02 (Republic Mo.) published his book, Grieve Like A Man.

James “Zac” Rantz ’02, M.A. ‘08 (Nixa, Mo.) was named one of the “Men of the Year 2012” by the Springfield Business Journal. Zac also was promoted to director of communications for Nixa Public Schools and president of the Missouri Public Relations Association for 2012-13.

Dr. Megan Weaver ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012.

Kristen (Wiles) Westerman ’02, M.A. ‘05 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012. Matthew “Matt” Fridley ’02 (Rolla, Mo.) accepted a position at Mark Twain Elementary as the elementary principal.

Matthew "Matt" Fridley '02 (Rolla, Mo.) was promoted to manager of audit services for Davis, Lynn & Moots, CPA firm.

Jessica (Lane) Stokes ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to manager of audit services for Davis, Lynn & Moots, CPA firm.

David Taylor‘02 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to senior manager at BKD, LLP.

Mark Grabowski ’03 M.S. (Bolivar, Mo.) passed examination for the designation of Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and is currently the Director of Safety & Security at Southwest Baptist University.

Jason Owen ’03, MBA ‘05 (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) has been hired as the swimming and diving coach at Lindenwood University.

Juliana (Phillips) Tilden ’03 (Springfield, Mo.) graduated with a Master of Arts in Intercultural Ministries from Assembly of God Theological Seminary.

Tahyani (Zabala) Villarroel de Perdomo ’04 and Alexis Perdomo ’05 (Ozark, Mo.) took the oath to become citizens of the United States.

Winter Skelton’05, MBA ‘10 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012.

Jeff Seifried ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to represent Zone 1 of the Springfield City Council and was elected to serve as mayor pro tem.




Dr. Laura Waters’05 (Springfield, Mo.) joined the Mercy Health Tracks Clinic as a pediatrician.

Jarod Michel ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to 417 Magazine’s “20 under 30” list as well as Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list for 2012.

Travis Tindall ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40” for 2012.

Christina (Heil) Gibson ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to corporate services officer at Great Southern Bank.

Kristy (McDonald) Nelson M.A. ‘06 (Ozark, Mo.) joined Drury University as the director of marketing for the College of Continuing Professional Studies.

Elizabeth Reusser ’06 (Wellington, Kan.) joined the Morton County Health System as a physician assistant.

Donnie Rodgers Jr.’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was selected as one of 36 professionals to participate in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Leadership Training Capstone Experience in Beaufort, SC.

LaRita “Shaundell” Hall ’06 (Arverne, N.Y.) graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Cathy “Catie”(Gillette) Neuber ’07 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to 417 Magazine’s “20 under 30” list for 2012.

Thomas “Weston” Kissee Jr. ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to 417 Magazine’s “20 under 30” list for 2012.

Amy McGehee’08 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to 417 Magazine’s “20 under 30” list for 2012.

Amanda (Taylor) Snelson ’08 (Springfield Mo.) was named to 417 Magazine’s “20 under 30” list for 2012.

Steven Gum ’08 (Republic, Mo.) has been hired as assistant coach of the Drury men’s basketball team.

Erika (Koenig) Gates ’08 (New Orleans, La.) graduated with a Master in Preservation Studies from Tulane University.

Rev. Kassandra “Kassie” Smith ’08 (Atchison, Ok.) received her Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She was ordained into Christian ministry and accepted a position as associate minister at First Christian Church.

Kyle Vanderburg ’09 (Norman, Okla.) won first place in the 2012 Belvedere Chamber Music Festival Student Competition with his piece Foi dans l’aleatoire.

Kyle Johnson ’09 (Marshfield, Mo.) was hired as the new basketball coach for the Sarcoxie R-2 School District.

James “Jim” Rea M.Ed. ‘09 (Springfield, Mo.) appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent with his band, The Hillbenders. 

Mallorie Rodak ’09 (Dallas, Texas) was promoted to consumer insights manager at advertising agency The Loomis Agency. 


Todd Burton ’10 (St. Louis, Mo.) graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol Academy and has been assigned to Zone 4 of Audrain County, Mo.

Rachel Regan ’10 (Platte City, Mo.) graduated from Missouri State University with a master’s degree in history, May 2012. She was accepted into the Teach for America Corps and will be teaching childhood education in Oklahoma. 

Chelsey Blackwell ’11 (Springfield, Mo.) was hired as staff accountant for The Whitlock Company.

Nathan Buck ’11 (Tulsa, Okla.) has joined GH2 Architects as an intern architect.



Rachael Hazell ‘11 (Lebanon, Mo.) has been accepted into the master’s program in history at UMKC. She was awarded a graduate teaching assistantship for the 2012-13 academic year. 

Lisa Hellmich ’11 (Manchester, Mo. ) was accepted into the graduate program at Maryville University and will be earning a master’s degree in education with a secondary teaching and inquiry certification.

Stan Maxson ’11 (Springfield, Mo.) was awarded a competitive position as the 2012-13 intern for the Supreme Court of Missouri Historical Society. 

Kelsey Ward ’11 (St. Paul, Mo.) was named a finalist for the NCAA’s prestigious Walter Byers Post-Graduate Scholarship.


  • Jon “J.R.” Hutcheson ’01 to Emily Yates
  • Dr. Shawn Usery ’04 to Blair Usery
  • Stephanie Rauch ‘04 to Tyler Hesser ‘07
  • Jennie Hill ’07 to Dr. Sean LeNoue ’07




  • Erika Koenig ’08 to Robert Gates III
  • Ashley Trantham ’09 to Greyson Broce ‘09
  • Matthew McLaughlin ’09 to Lindsey Dick
  • Emily Manck ’09 to William White


  • Isabella Nicole to Sara (Phillips) ’96 & David Woodcock
  • Evangeline (Eva) Faith to Melissa (Barnett) ’97 & Nathan Constant
  • James Benton and Judson Todd to Molly (Coffman) Zettel ‘97
  • Jake Douglas to Jacqueline (Ross) ’99, M.Ed. ‘09 & William “Gene” Douglas ‘00
  • Madeleine Rose to Caron (Settle) ’99 & Patrick Parnell MBA ‘03


  • Reeve Joseph to Kelly (Richardson) ’00 & Noah Dorrance
  • Thomas Alan to Heather (Davis) ’03 & Dr. Ryan Davies ‘03
  • Cooper to Dr. Shawn Usery ’04 & Blair Usery
  • Nora Ilene to Jennifer (Gott) ’06 & Matt Campbell
  • Genevieve Anne to Kathleen (Helsper) ’06 & Alan Barr
  • Olyvia and Gabriella to Cody Danastasio ‘09 & Erin Danastasio


  • Dr. John P. Ferguson ‘36
  • Elizabeth (Terry) Enochs ‘38
  • James “Tom” Hughes ‘40
  • Marjorie (Herweg) Stakes ‘40
  • Mary (Porter) Wheeler ‘40
  • Joe Jeffers ‘41
  • Edward “Gene” Sooter ‘41
  • Mary “Cathy” (Curran) Sullivan ‘41
  • Maurice McDowell ‘43
  • Gordon Wilson ‘44
  • Mary (Owens) Anglen ‘46
  • Corbett Evans ‘46
  • I.”Kathleen” (Brown) Cox ‘47
  • Betty (Lindhorst) Warren ‘47
  • Eugenia (Covin) Woodle ‘47
  • Robert Glazier ‘48
  • Nancy (Hosier) Lincoln ‘49
  • Daniel Devaney ‘50
  • Richard Lofts ‘50
  • Delores (Sheppard) Watkins ‘50
  • Eugene Smith ‘51
  • Herschel Bennett ‘52
  • Virginia (Cox) Bussey ’55, MBA ‘67, Trustee
  • M. “Ann” (Barratt) Fritsch ‘55


  • Roy Johnson ‘55
  • Betty Butts ‘56
  • LuAnn (Brazeal) Guinn ‘56
  • John Maggs ‘56
  • Lavona (Allen) Keltner ‘58
  • Hardin “Gene” Akeman ‘60
  • Raymond Jones ‘60
  • Geneve (Swearengin) Marlin ‘61
  • Vyron Yount ’61, M.Ed. ‘63
  • Gary Roberts ‘62
  • Glenn Painter ’64, M.Ed. ‘67
  • Jimmie Mitchell ‘67
  • Hazel (Conway) Crouch ‘69
  • Rick Purdy ‘73
  • Frederick Schumpe ‘75
  • Mark Rogers ‘76
  • Shirley (Haskin) Andrews ‘77
  • Lucy (Hurd) Ward ‘77
  • Karl Mindeman ‘78
  • Terry Hover ‘79
  • Patti (Byers) Winget ‘82
  • Mary (Chadwell) Freeman ‘90