panther-tracks

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  • Jean (Short) Coday ’52, M.Ed. ’79 (Mansfield, Mo.) was honored as a recipient of the 2014 Missourian Award.

  • Dr. Billie (Crawford) Davis ’61 (Springfield, Mo.) was recognized by the Evangel University Alumni Association on October 11, 2014 for founding Evangel’s social work program.

    Saundra (Burks) Lynch ’65 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to the Board of Directors for the Discovery Center of Springfield.

    Thomas Singleton ’66 (Springfield, Mo.) was named the Lost & Found Grief Center’s Chairman of the Board for its fiscal year.

  • Dr. Gary Buzbee ’71 (Springfield, Mo.) was one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2014 Economic Impact 30+ Years in Operation Award finalists.

    Alan Lasley MBA ’74 (Red Bud, Ill.) retired from his position as adjunct assistant professor at Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

    Henry Stocek M.Ed. ’76 (North Troy, Vt.) published his first book Queen of the Valley: The Days of XYZ.

    Walter George ’79 (Fairway, Kan.) was elected Vice Chair of the Coker College Board of Trustees.

  • Liz (Wiles) Godwin ’83 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to the Board of Directors for the Discovery Center of Springfield.

    Cheri (Cook) Fenton ’84 (Nixa, Mo.) was named corporate human resources manager with Larson Farm and Lawn Inc.

    Michelle Hastings ’84 (Little Rock, Ark.), Ringleader of WEAR LUCK.com, was on Good Morning America’s Deals & Steals. The show featured shirts with New Year’s goals imprinted on them.

    Tony Roberts ’84 (Nixa, Mo.) was appointed to the Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club Board of Directors.

    Lisa (Felin) Lilley ’85, M.Ed. ’94 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to a three-year term on the Board of Directors for the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

    Timothy Reese ’85 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Men of the Year.”

    Greg Booker ’87 (Marshfield, Mo.) had his work, Small Towns and Quiet Places, exhibited at the University of Oklahoma School of Art and will be showing at Drury’s Pool Art Center this fall.

    Loren Broaddus ’88 (Springfield, Mo.) was named Daughters of the American Revolution Missouri History Teacher of the Year. He was nominated by two of his former students.

    Tony Shalloup MBA ’88 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Men of the Year.”

    Curtis Dinan ’89 (Tulsa, Okla.) was appointed to the Board of Directors for Paul Mueller Company.

  • Cora (Durbin) Scott ’90 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Most Influential Women.”

    Chris Coulter ’91 (Springfield, Mo.) was named as Greene County, Missouri’s Acting County Administrator.

    Rachel (Newton) Selby ’91 (White Hall, Ark.) graduated in May 2014 with a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock; received second place in the 2013 U.S. Army Material Command Keith L. Ware Competition for the Arsenal Sentinel; and published an article in the Winter 2014 edition of Army Chemical Review.

    John Mentgen ’92 (Saint John, Ind.) joined Regional West Health Services as president.

    Justin French ’94 (Springfield, Mo.) was named the Lost & Found Grief Center’s Vice Chairman of the Board for its fiscal year.

    Chris Swan ’97 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to the Board of Directors for the Discovery Center of Springfield.

    Jana Letterman ’98 (Kimberling City, Mo.) published her book The D Diary: The Story of a Girl’s Struggle with Depression & God’s Transforming Power in September 2014.

    Jim Meadows ’98 (Nixa, Mo.) joined Lathrop and Gage LLP as an attorney.

    Zora Mulligan ’98 (Jefferson City, Mo.) was chosen to serve as new chief of staff for the University of Missouri.

    Shelly (Stulce) Baclesse ’99 (Ballwin, Mo.) completed her master’s degree in leadership and organizational development at St. Louis University.

    Erica (Osborn) Crain ’99 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Commerce Bank as senior vice president and relationship manager.

    Robert Kearbey ’99 (Bethesda, Md.) joined Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP.

    Jennifer (Wenners) McClean ’99 (Springfield, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 under 40.”

    Dr. Kayce (Whittington) Morton ’99 (Nixa, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 under 40.”

    Irick Thurman ’99 (Springfield, Mo.) was appointed a shareholder of KPM CPAs PC.

  • Jason Bekebrede ’00 (Springfield, Mo.) received the 2014 Builder Member of the Year award.

    Katie (Imig) Harper ’00 (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) was inducted into the Drury Athletics Hall of Fame.

    Kelly (Nowaczynski) Robertson ’00 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Tuthill Vacuum & Blower Systems as information technology systems administrator.

    Jeremy Burcham ’01 (Nixa, Mo.) joined The Compliance Group, Inc. as Chief Strategy Officer.

    Adrian Cox M.Ed. ’01 (Wynnewood, Pa.) was named the varsity soccer head coach at The Baldwin School.

    Crystal (White) Adkins ’02 (Nixa, Mo.) joined Miller & Associates CPAs and Advisors LLC as a CPA.

    Summer (Massey) Bryant ’02 (Ozark, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Most Influential Women.”

    John Gore M.A. ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was named a partner in Franke, Schultze & Mullen PC.

    Chris Jarratt ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 under 40.”

    Matt Lemmon ’02, MBA ’09 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to media director with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

    Paul Logsdon M.A. ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of the Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Men of the Year.”

    Lauren Holtkamp ’03, M.A. ’04 (Atlanta, Ga.) joined the NBA as a full time referee and is currently only one of three women to do so.

    Amanda Kastler ’03 (Willard, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “2014 Most Influential Women” and was named a new board member for the Harmony House.

    Matt O’Reilly ’03 (Springfield, Mo.) sold Dynamic Earth, his outdoor gear store to an Austin, Texas based chain.

    Suzanne Anderson ’04, MBA ’05 (Chicago, Ill.) was promoted to Vice President, Corporate Accounting with Capri Capital Partners, LLC.

    Janna (Burris) Elfrink M.Ed. ’04 (Blue Eye, Mo.) was promoted to Director of Instructional Technology at Reeds Spring R-4 School District.

    Bradley Fritz ’04 (Chicago, Ill.) graduated from the Tippie School of Management at the University of Iowa with an MBA and accepted a position in July 2014 at Threshold Acoustics in Chicago as an Acoustic Consultant and Business Development Coordinator.

    Charles Hachtel ’04 (Rogersville, Mo.) was appointed to the Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club Board of Directors.

    Aaron J Scott ’04 (Springfield, Mo.) had a series of photographs titled “Misadventures in Musky Country” displayed at The Coffee Ethic in Springfield, Mo., in February and March 2015.

    Stacy Shoemake ’04 (Nixa, Mo.) had her nature and landscape photography exhibit called “Old Barns and Forgotten Charms” displayed at the Springfield Conservation and Nature Center.

    Craig Stranathan ’04 (Haysville, Kan.) was named a partner at PBA Architects in Wichita, Kan.

    Justin Butler ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 under 40.”

    Meg Myers Morgan ’05 (Tulsa, Okla.) had her article, “Lessons my Daughter Taught Me,” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

    Stephanie Shadwick ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 under 40.”

    Winter Skelton ’05, MBA ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to assistant vice president of donor development and operations with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.

    Dr. Laura Waters ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) was elected to the Board of Directors for the Missouri Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and was recently selected for the American Academy of Pediatrics Young Physician Leadership Alliance.

    Laura Kiesel ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to vice president for the Private Client Group.

    Erin (Stone) Norris ’06 (Sparta, Mo.) joined Miller & Associates CPAs and Advisors LLC as a CPA.

    Elise (Winn) Pollard ’06 (Woodland, Calif.) was awarded a 2015 Emerging Writer grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation.

    Mary Weddle ’06, M.Ed. ’11 (Lebanon, Mo.) joined Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment (COPE) as an education specialist.

    Carrie (Winston) Brown ’07, MBA ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) is one of Springfield Business Journal’s 2015 “40 Under 40.”

    Lisa (Dugan) Holt ’07, MBA ’08 (Ozark, Mo.) joined Miller & Associates CPAs and Advisors LLC as a CPA.

    Cindy Jones ’07, MBA ’09 (Tulsa, Okla.) was the recipient of Drury’s Staff of the Year award.

    James Lea ’07 (Springfield, Mo.) was named partner of Sanford, Lea & Associates.

    John Whitaker ’07 (Raleigh, N.C.) joined The Raleigh Architecture Co.’s design-build team.

    Kevin Baird ’08 (Denver, Colo.) founded Poing, LLC, a small tech startup company.

    Joseph James ’08, M.Ed. ’14 (Plato, Mo.) joined the Salisbury R-4 school district as a seventh through ninth grade teacher.

    Dr. Jacob McLauchlin ’08 (Nixa, Mo.) opened MacDental in Nixa, Mo.

    Amanda (Taylor) Snelson ’08 (Culver City, Calif.) and her Ehrlich Architects colleagues have been honored with the 2015 AIA Architecture Firm Award, the highest honor a firm can receive from the AIA.

    Veronica (Wylie) Zeigler ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) earned certification as a Crime and Intelligence Analyst from Alpha Group law enforcement training.

    Sarah DeCloux ’09 (Barnhart, Mo.) completed a four-month internship at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland on September 30, 2014.

  • Kaitlyn (Vaughan) Den Beste ’10, M.A. ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) joined O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC as the Director of Sales for TownePlace Suites Springfield.

    Laura (McCarthy) Knese ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Elliott, Robinson & Co. as senior accountant.

    Coleman Lee ’10 (Raymondville, Mo.) joined Fulton Middle School as a sixth grade math teacher.

    Brooke (Guthrie) Meier ’10 (Clever, Mo.) was named a new board member for the Harmony House.

    Erin Morris ’10 (Philadelphia, Pa.) accepted a position as manager of strategic analysis at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Ashley (Pratt) Twibell ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) was appointed to the Springfield Sunrise Rotary Club Board of Directors.

    Jonathan Thomas ’11 (Washington, D.C.) was promoted to assistant manager, major gifts and trustees at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

    Janice Emery ’11, M.Ed. ’13 (Mountain Grove, Mo.) joined the University of Missouri Extension as the 4-H Youth Development Specialist.

    Denise (Hollis) Powley M.Ed. ’11 (Lamar, Mo.) joined the Carthage R-9 school district as a first grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School.

    Kyrie (Hopkins) Stewart ’11 (Nixa, Mo.) joined Elliott, Robinson & Co. as senior accountant.

    Brenna Rose Davis ’12 (Newark, N.J.) was offered an internship at the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibition design department. The internship entails building scale models and fabricating animals and interiors for the museum.

    Duhamel Diaz ’12 (Wichita Falls, Texas) completed military basic training.

    Kristal (Wright) Hall ’13 (Cuba, Mo.) joined the Cuba school district as a 4th grade reading teacher.

    Bryan Simpson MBA ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to a two year term on the Next Professional Advisory Board.

    Ian Carter ’14 (Fort Smith, Ark.) has signed on to play professional basketball with the Dragons Rhondorff program in Germany.

    Paden Chambers M.Arch ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) was appointed to the Landmarks Board for the City of Springfield, Mo.

    Heather (Prickett) Chapman ’14 (Cuba, Mo.) joined the Cuba school district.

    Grant Haverly ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) published an eBook titled Faraway Lands.

    Hannah (James) Heavin ’14 (Rolla, Mo.) joined The Community Partnership as a Capable Kids and Families specialist.

    Nigel (Kenney) Holderby M.A. ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to executive director of the Red Cross in Southern Missouri.

  • Sophia Rebecca Alderfer to Dr. Garrett ’05 and Jennifer (Adams) Alderfer ’05

    Emmaline Mae Elliott to Lisa Elliott ’06

    Maverick Lee Brack to Michelle Everett ’12 and Shawn Brack

    Wyatt Michael Faust to Ryan Faust ’05 and Shannon Faulkner

    Taylor Jai Neusche to Jacob ’07 and Cory (Sollecito) Neusche ’09

    Ruby Kaye Hoogstraet Safley to Amy (Hoogstraet) ’97 and Robert Safley

    Jaxon Lee Stanley to Grant ’11, MBA ’13 and Meagan (Harmon) Stanley ’11

  • Bradley Fritz ’04 to Daniel Newbold

    Malorie (Cashel) ’09 to Jon Marrs ’08

    Christa (Scott) ’13 to Kevin Rieger

    Dr. Erin (Fisk) ’07 to Matthew Schoenherr

    Rachel (Newton) ’91 to Paul Selby

    Meagan (Harmon) ’11 to Grant Stanley ’11, MBA ’13

    Kyrie (Hopkins) ’11 to Ty Stewart

    Jessica (Burns) ’07 to Evan Weight

  • Marjorie (Cantrell) Mendieta ’41

    Rev. Donald Cochran ’43

    Oliver Russ Jr. ’45

    Jacquie (Kidd) Dushko ’46

    Emily (Taylor) Viets ’46

    Clara “Charlie” (Raper) Gambill ’48

    Robert Webb ’48

    Miona “Oney” (Crane) Armstrong ’50

    Dr. Elmer “E.J.” Webb ’50

    Evelyn (Goldberg) Barbian ’52

    Dr. Charles Estus ’52

    Lyle Jones ’54

    Anna (Brown) Freeman ’56

    Ruth (Gatton) Shook ’56

    Clarence Billings ’58

    Samuel “Nick” Maas ’58

    Bernice (West) McNiel M.Ed. ’59

    Charles Higman ’61

    Dr. Ireland Kimball ’62

    Dr. Claudie (Barrett) O’Connor ’63, MBA ’65

    Philip Stockton ’64

    Hoyle Massey M.Ed. ’65

    William “Tink” Woolsey ’65

    Donald Kosten ’66

    Ronald McNatt ’66

    John Young ’66

    Don Caudle ’67, MBA ’70

    Garry C. Durbin Matney ’67

    Pearl (Buck) Wilson M.Ed. ’68

    Victor Tyler ’69

    Bonnie (Blue) Byers M.Ed. ’70

    Ann (Richards) Ketcham ’72

    Jacqueline (Putman) Harmon ’73

    Rod Schellack ’76

    David Teufel ’83

    Robert Anderson ’00

    Kori (Keltner) Driver ’01

    Karon (Burtrum) Robertson ’10

    Dr. James Griffin, Emeritus Faculty

    Wayne Holmes, Emeritus Faculty