Class Notes

Class Notes

1930s

Edward Janosik ‘39 and Martha (Harris) Brabson ‘40 have moved to the classiest retirement home on the planet. They send their best to all their friends and encourage any inquiries.

1950s

Max Heeb ‘50 has completely retired and built a home on Kentucky Lake.

Donald Russell ‘50 served in the Army during World War II. Following graduation, he taught school for one year, owned and operated a service station and roughnecked in the oil fields. He served as office manager and accountant for two construction firms. He was an accountant and auditor for the Illinois Department of Public Aid for 31 years and served in several supervisory positions. In 1981, he was National Commander of AMVETS (a Veterans organization).

Milton “Gene” Bierbaum ‘54 is the author of the recently published The Parliamentarian of Tomorrow. He retired from the State University of New York College at Cortland after 25 years as a professor of communication studies. He remains active as a parliamentarian during retirement.

Rich Eichhorst ’56 and his family will be celebrating several milestones in 2011. He and his wife, Barb, will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Aug. 11, 2011. Their eldest granddaughter, Molly, will be starting her freshman year at Southeast this fall, 59 years after Rich’s freshman year, and the first volume of his book on the history of athletics at Southeast could be coming off the press! Exciting times!

Eugene Munger ‘56 is expecting his second book, The Elegant Mentor, to be released in June. ]

Bob Crawford ’57 and his wife, Brenda, have relocated from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Houston, Texas, to be closer to their oldest son and his family.

Thomas Gwaltney ‘57 is a professor emeritus after having taught and administered every grade in school from first through the doctoral level in the United States and the Republic of Mexico. He also had the opportunity to teach for his university in the Republic of Cyprus, in the Mediterranean. He enjoyed his slightly more than 50 years as an educator.

Franklin Black ‘59 retired from clinical practice as an otologist/neurotologist on Aug. 30, 2010. He remains active in research and consultation.

John Reid ‘59 taught high school mathematics for 37 years in Missouri. He spent 28 years in the Parkway School District in Chesterfield, Mo., and is now in his 12th year as an adjunct math instructor at the University of Southern Indiana.

1960s

Elroy Kinder ‘60 retired from the Military Reserve and also from the Cape Girardeau Public Schools. Retirement has given him much time to work in historic preservation activities. He is presently restoring Shady Grove Cemetery.

Martin Oswald ‘60 has retired from Boeing in St. Louis after 39 years. He and his wife Kristina enjoy traveling.

Gene Statler ’60 and his wife, Sherry, celebrated their 50th anniversary in August 2010. He was a senior in the fall of 1959 at Southeast and president of the Wesley Foundation. Sherry Colton, a freshman, came to Wesley one night and caught his eye. The next day he went to the Dean of Students office, and the dean allowed him to go through the card file and find her address and phone number. As they say, the rest is history. They were married less than a year later. Forty years ago they moved to Sebring, Fla., and have not missed the cold weather and snow. They have three children, eight grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Life has been good.

Carla (Harvey) Wills ‘61 and her husband, Bill Wills ’69, are both retired. She teaches private piano lessons and has been a skin care consultant with Mary Kay for 27 years.

Judith (Wilkes) Johnson ‘62 retired from Cape Girardeau Public Schools as choral director at Central High School. She taught three years in Europe: England, Germany and Spain. She then became an LPGA golf professional after a career in music.

John Thurston ‘62 is enjoying the retired life in Southwest Florida. He travels a lot and enjoys sailing.

Ronald McCord ‘63 is retired and living in Wilmington, N.C. He and his wife, Diane (Burns) McCord’63, have three children and seven grandchildren. Ron is a sailor, and Diane is an artist.

Rosemary Jones ‘64 left medical social work in June 2009 and is now learning techniques of genealogical research.

Donna Reed ‘64 is retired after 44 years in education: 33 years in K-12 teaching, counseling and administration and 11 years in higher education, teacher education and educational administration.

Ron Compton ’65, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, taught science and was a track coach in the Parkway School District in West St. Louis County for four years after graduation. He then served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years, retiring with the rank of colonel. More recently, he retired from Federal Civil Service as a logistics war readiness planner. He currently resides in Belleville, Ill., near Scott Air Force Base, with his wife of 38 years, Becky. He has two grown children and three grandchildren. He would to love to hear from old classmates at roncompton@charter.net.

Vernon Bruckerhoff ‘66 has retired, is a member of the Missouri General Assembly and collects rare tractors.

Richard Gundelfinger ‘66 retired from the U.S. Army in 1993, but he continues to work for the Department of Defense as a contracted employee.

Linda (Peacher) Rhodes ‘66 and Larry Rhodes ‘65 recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Larry retired after more than 40 years in the corporate business world. He held executive management positions with IBM, Exxon, MCI and Verizon. They now have a home on a golf course where Larry plays regularly. Linda recently retired from teaching and now spends her free time visiting with her grandchildren and friends and doing charity work.

Sandra (DeClue) Miller ’67 is still enjoying working part time at her local community college and traveling with her husband.

Gary Smith ‘67 has more than 40 years of sales and operational leadership experience. He gained these experiences working with major Fortune 500 companies like IBM, MCI, EDS and Amdocs, as well as smaller companies such as Aspect Communications and start-up Intersect Software Exchange Solutions Inc. His roles include chief sales officer, COO, EVP of sales, division president and branch manager. In October 2010, the Southeast Alumni Association honored Gary with the Distinguished Service Award.

Shelton Smith ‘67 is the director of educational leadership programs for Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

Nancy Bolt ‘68 has started her own library consulting company, Nancy Bolt & Associates. Her big project now is to start a national certification program for people without a master’s degree in library science who work in libraries. The project is sponsored by the American Library Association.

James Eaton ’68, after a successful career as a chiropractor, is now the director of the only chiropractic clinic in Sichuan, China and one of fewer than 20 chiropractors in all of China.


Virginia (Gihring) Winkelmann ‘68
retired from her 25-year career in human resources on May 21, 2010. She resides with her husband Jim in Naperville, Ill. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Keith Dunn ‘69 is the president and CEO of Strategy, LLC. After retiring from the Office of the Secretary of Defense after 30 years of service, he set up his own consulting firm. His work focuses primarily on supporting security sector reform and defense institution building initiatives in former Soviet republics, particularly advising and mentoring ministries of defense as they conduct forces’ processes and procedures and institutionalize NATO-like defense planning, budgeting and resource management processes. He and wife Terry live in Williamsburg, Va.

Carol (Wehmueller) Khoury ‘69 has retired from getting up with an alarm, lesson plans, recess duty, assessments, etc., and is looking forward to sleeping in and doing whatever she would like to do.

1970s

Judith (Matthews) Gallagher ‘70 has taught in public and private secondary schools and community colleges after earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southeast. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration.

Carl Nelson ’70 has had three of his publications accepted for addition to the Library of Congress General Collection, including “Life as a Black Student in the 1960’s at Southeast Missouri State College/University.” In January, he became a member of the American Indian Council, Inc. He is a retired educator as well as author, educational consultant, community advocate and evangelist.

Jim Wagner ‘70 retired this year after teaching more than 30 years in the Sacramento, Calif., area.

Larry Grossmann ‘71 and his wife, Janice Grossman ’71, have sold their 40-year-old publication, “The Add Sheet,” that he started as a class project when a student at Southeast. Richard Neal ‘71 is the senior pastor at Williamsville United Methodist Church, near Buffalo, N.Y. Steven Stahl ‘71 retired following a 32-year career in secondary education in the St. Charles and Fort Zumwalt school districts. He is currently serving on the boards of the St. Charles School District Foundation, the St. Charles County Community and Children’s Resouce Board and the Tom Lombardo Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. He enjoys golf, fitness activities and Cardinal baseball in his spare time.

John Strickland ‘71 is currently serving as Governor of the East Missouri Optimist District 30.

Leese Yarbrough’s ’71 firm, LeCoya Packaging & Process Equipment, Inc. has just added a new partner, Raytec Vision Spa of Italy. Raytec makes high-tech electronic inspection/defect removal systems for fresh vegetables and fruit.

Eliza (Bonham) Brownfield ‘72 retired in 2003 after teaching in the Fox School District for 30 years. She now is enjoying volunteering in the Fox district as an OASIS reading tutor, at the local food pantry, as a member of the Arnold Relay for Life Planning Committee and at her church.

Barbara Willis ‘72 works as the assistant director of career services for the Journalism School at the University of Missouri.

Charles Holt ‘73 has retired after 35 years of teaching.

Jana Norton ’73, ’84, ’90 is a school psychologist with Massac Unit 1 School district in Metropolis, Ill., and lives in Paducah, Ky.

Sharon (Crader) Baker ‘74 is a retired elementary teacher with 29 years of service at Woodland R-4 School District in Marble Hill, Mo.

James Berry ‘74 has been elected chairman of the Houston Golf Association’s Board of Directors. The Houston Golf Association manages the PGA tour event, the Shell Houston Open, along with scholarships and The First Tee and Junior Golf programs. Having held membership with the Houston Golf Association since 1997, Jim served as vice chairman of the board from 2009 to 2010 and as general counsel from 2000 to 2008. He also served as vice chairman of the Shell Houston Open Hospitality Committee for three years. Jim is a shareholder with national law firm Chamberlain, Hrdlicka, White, Williams & Martin, where his practice focuses on general and commercial real estate. He is married to Jan (Borth) Berry ’74.

Robert Copeland ‘74 retired in 2011 as a regional vice president at Prudential Financial, where he worked for 21 years.

Pamela Uhls Herrmann’s ‘74 mother Thelma Inez Fiehler ’50 passed away on Dec. 2, 2010, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was a long-time assistant circulation librarian at Kent Library. She was married to William Joseph (Tiger Joe) Uhls ’49, a long-time baseball coach at Southeast, from 1950 until his death in 1987. In 1991 she married Harlan Edward Fiehler ’50.

Deborah (Jordan) Kanyo ‘74 was presented the “Mary Hoffman Award of Excellence” from the Illinois Music Educators Association. Only two music teachers from the state of Illinois were selected for this honor. Debbie teaches in Alton, Ill.

Donna (Offill) Kholer ‘74 retired from teaching in 2006, and in 2010, she and her husband started a business in St. Louis, Mo., selling electronic cigarettes.

John Powell ‘74 has retired after 33 years of teaching public education.

Janet (Perez) Eckles ‘75 continues to live out her passioin as an international speaker, writer and author. Her 16th “Chicken Soup for the Soul” story appears in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Grandmothers, released in March 2011.

Donna (Ditch) Padavano ‘75 is living in Orlando, Fla., enjoying her human resource specialist position with the Winn Dixie grocery chain. She also enjoys spending time with her daughter and two-year-old grandson.

Paul Alexander ‘76 has announced the release of his newest novel, Dark Star. Dark Star, a revenge thriller set mostly in St. Louis and the Ozarks of Missouri.

Cynthia Anderson-Vaupel ’77 was recently promoted to policy analyst for the U.S. Army’s Transition Processing Computer Program System and transferred to the Human Resource Center of Excellence at Ft. Knox, Ky.

Cheryl (Limbaugh) Bennett ‘77 is making a career change and going to seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, to get her master’s degree in mental health counseling.

Trudy (Stuckey) Lane ‘77 has retired after completing 30 years of service teaching special education students in Township High School District 211.

David Wilper ‘77 retired from the St. Louis County Police Department on July 1, 2010, after 33 years of service.

William McDaniel ‘78 had a heart attack hiking in Smoky Mountain National Park in July 2010. He was rescued by park rangers 14 hours later. He now has an LVAD (heart assist pump) and is waiting for a heart transplant. William is still coaching baseball at McCluer North High School.

Sheryl Smith ‘78 retired from the Missouri State Teachers Association in July 2010. Since her retirement, she has enjoyed traveling and volunteering as a concierge at the Cape Girardeau Public Library.

Nancy (Grommet) Bland ‘79 is a high school counselor who serves approximately 300 students and their parents. She is residing in Ellington, Mo. Since she lives only 20 minutes from the Current River, she gets to enjoy her hobbies of fishing and camping on a regular basis.

Brenda (Beck) Fisher ‘79 is a full-time artist and exhibits her work in galleries and shows. She also holds a part-time position at the Hannibal Arts Council as program coordinator.

G . Elizabeth Kiehne-Perry ‘79 is working for Sealaska Heritage Institute, a Native Alaskan cultural organization. She is married to Jesse Perry ’83 and has a 16-year-old son, Joel.

Tom Smith ‘79 is working on a new show for Fox. The production title is the “Untitled Foxx/ Crockett Project,” and it had a preview on March 31 following American Idol. Michael Strahan was a guest on a recent shoot…what a blast!


Paul Sulser ‘79
is finishing his first year as the superintendent of the North Shelby School District after serving for 12 years as the principal at Highland Junior/Senior High School in the Lewis County school district. Next fall will be his 33rd year in the education field.

Sue Anne Whitener ‘79, an early childhood teacher at Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center, School District of University City, has been recognized in Who’s Who of American Women 2010-2011 (28th edition).

1980s

James Brightman ‘80 has retired from space industry work. He worked at Kennedy Space Center for Rockwell International and Lockheed Space Operations.

Erik Ketcherside ‘80 is a school band director and freelance trombonist in Phoenix, Ariz. He has also been a writer and journalist, most notably for The San Antonio Current, Texas Journey, the San Antonio Spurs, the San Antonio Symphony and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. He authored two editions of City-Smart Guidebook: San Antonio for Avalon Travel Publications.

Glenna (Miller) Lucas ‘80 retired in May 2010 after 30 years of teaching special education students. She now teaches GED classes part-time and enjoys spending time with her family.

Terri McClard ‘80 retired in August 2010 after 30 years in the information technology industry. Her last 15 years were spent at Edward Jones, as a senior programmer analyst. Terri and her husband recently purchased her childhood home in Jackson, Mo. They plan on renovating the house and moving back to Southeast Missouri in the near future.

Diana (Lambdin) Meyer ‘80 has produced two travel apps available on iTunes, St. Louis Uncovered and Kansas City Uncovered. Diana and her husband are a freelance travel journalism team based in Kansas City, Mo.

Julie (Fredstrom) Walker ‘80 retired from her full-time teaching position as a grades 5-7 gifted education facilitator at Jackson R-2 School District in May of 2010 and now works part time at Grace United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.

Raymond Bohannon ‘81 received the Greek Week “Professor of the Year” award in spring 2010 and the Success in Scholarship, Sports and Service Award from the Southeast Department of Athletics in September 2010. He was also inducted into the Sikeston Honor Wall for meritorious service.

Ervin Smith ’81 has been retired for several years and is enjoying life in Foley, Mo.

Rebecca (Moore) Smith ‘81 is in her 19th year as an elementary music teacher in Schuyler R-I School District in Queen City, Mo.

Bruce Fleshren ‘82 has been with the Mascoutah Illinois Police Department since 1996 and was made chief in 2004. Bruce has been in law enforcement for 27 years. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 15 years.

Randall Smith ‘82 is in his 24th year as professor of saxophone and music theory at Truman State University.

Leverett Archer ‘83 has been working with the “at risk” students in a great alternative learning program called the ALLPS Center at Fayetteville High School.

Bruce Baker ‘83 currently lives in the Atlanta metro area, where for the last eight years he has served as the vice president of Innovative Chemical Technologies, Inc.

Shirley (Lee) Moore ‘83 is employed as an adoption caseworker with Love Basket, Inc. Her daughter, Rachel, is presently a second-generation Southeast student.

As a former U.S. Air Force pilot, Milton Davis ‘84 knows the right training can make or break a mission. A pilot instructor for Boeing and the Delaware Resource Group at Hickham Air Force Base in Honolulu, he’s passing that same high level of training onto his students.Davis served active duty with the Air Force for 12 years, stationed in Phoenix, Tokyo and Germany. He left military service in 1996.

“I work in a Class C Simulator facility teaching flight instruction. Our facility trains pilots and loadmasters to fly the C-17 Globemaster III,” says Davis. “Essentially I fly the C-17 as a civilian with the Air Force and the Hawaii Air National Guard to insure our Class C simulator models the aircraft accurately. We train active duty Air Force, Hawaii Air National Guard and Australian crew members. Many of our former students are flying actively in theaters of operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.”

Keeping up with changes in technology as the aircraft is continuously modified can be challenging. Davis recently began teaching a new method of instrument flight rules area navigation referred to as RNAV. RNAV is a method of navigation that permits aircraft operation on any desired course within the coverage of station-referenced navigation signals or within the limits of a self contained system capability, or a combination of these.

“It’s been fun learning new types of instrument approach work,” Davis said. “We also make sure that we stay current on the latest employment tactics to keep our crews sharp.”

Even when he’s not instructing classes or piloting C-17s as a civilian with the Air Force, Davis keeps his feet off the ground. “I’m a long board surfer and enjoy most everything on the water,” Davis said. ”Kayaks, sailing, deep sea fishing, I do it all. I also like to run, lift and stay active with Team In Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.”

Milton and his wife Donna have two sons and reside in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Sherri (Rockwell) Hennis ‘85 is a labor and delivery nurse at St. John’s Mercy since 1985.

David Jackson ‘85 has worked for the Department of Social Services since October 1986. He was eligible for retirement as of Sept. 1, 2010!

Olalekan Oguntoyinbo ‘85 recently joined South Dakota State University as an associate professor of journalism. A veteran journalist, his work has appeared in numerous publications, including the Detroit Free Press, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Washington Post, St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Black Enterprise.

Susan (Lang) Sharp ‘85 has just received her doctorate in education from Maryville University. She has been working in education for 25 years. She is married and has one son.

Lorianne (Lynn) Stettler ‘85 was recently promoted to assistant vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University -Carbondale.

Danny Pogue ’86 is the regional president of Midwest Bank Centre’s South County division in St. Louis, Mo.

Lisa Rose ‘86 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in advanced developmental psychology. Her favorite professors were Dr. Paul Lloyd, Dr. Larry Clark and Dr. Thomas Harte as well as Dr. Hamner Hill. She finished her first master’s degree (MS. Ed.) in counselor education at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. Lisa has been a perpetual student in many disciplines. She has travelled and led groups throughout the world. Her favorite countries are Tibet, Bali, Greece, Bhutan, Australia, Peru, England, Scotland, French Polynesia and Italy. She finds the fast-pace style of America challenging. Therefore, she takes the time to stop and “smell the roses.”

Fatima (Turcios) Zayas ‘87 is the coordinator of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program at her local health department. She enjoys helping people adopt healthier lifestyles and giving them tools to do so.

James Burnett ‘88 retired from the U.S. Air Force after 33 years. He is currently working for ARCH Air Medical as a base supervisor/flight nurse. This will be his 11th year with the company.

Brian Kelly ’88 recently joined the Enterprise Solutions Divisions Charter Group with Profiles International, Inc.

Steven Nelson ‘88 completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wyoming. Since 2001 he has had a private practice in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyo. Steven was named “Psychology Professional of the Year” by St. John’s Medical Center in 2008. He is married to Myra (Prestage) Nelson ‘88, and they have two children.

John Cooley ‘89 is the director of behavioral health at Touchette Regional Hospital.

Jeanette (Andersen) Engelhart ‘89 is an ovarian cancer survivor and celebrated the completion of chemo with a summer in France in 2008 and is currently undergoing chemotherapy for the second time. She is thinking of another celebration trip!

Stacey (Clayton) Hughes ‘89 is an associate professor in the communication department at St. Petersburg College.

Matthew Krich ‘89 works as a school teacher and coach while he builds a small business out of his log cabin in the woods.

Alecia (Clippard) Robert ‘89 and husband, Bruce Robert ‘87, welcomed their son, Braedyn John, on Sept. 29, 2010.

1990s

Chad Bartholomew ‘90 retired from the U.S. Air Force on March 1, 2011, after 20 years of service.

Michael Goodin ‘91 was deployed to Iraq on Sept. 13, 2010. He is a lieutenant colonel with the Intelligence Agency in the U.S. Air Force. While at Southeast, he was in the Air Force ROTC all four years and then went on to flight school.

Michael Reber ‘91 has been living and working in Tokyo since 2008; has just published a new systems thinking free market economics activity book, What is Seen and What is Not Seen; is a featured radio guest on Republicans Abroad Radio in Washington, D.C.; and now serves as the coordinator for the Frederic Bastiat Revival Blog.

Gerald Landewe ‘92 quit smoking seven years ago and has finished the past three Memphis marathons.

Montrice (Christian) Williams ‘92 has written her first children’s book, Changing Seasons, released on March 21, 2011.

James Adair ‘93 has been teaching at Dyersburg State Community College. He is taking political science graduate classes at University of Tennessee in Martin, so he can teach political science at the college level. James is also serving as the Western District Vice President of the Tennessee Mathematical Association of two-year colleges.

Jennifer (Sides) Wells ‘93 has owned an all star competitive cheerleading gym since 1995, where they train athletes from the ages of 3 to 18. She also owns a custom cheerleading uniform manufacturing company called The Sew Factory.

Shelia (Higgs) Burkhalter ‘94 was named the chief student affairs officer at the University of Baltimore in June 2010 shortly after completing her M.B.A. at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

Jeffrey Davis ‘94 was selected by The American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) as a delegate to China for a 15-day political exchange program that began on Dec. 3, 2010. He joined nine other young political and policy leaders from across the United States to study China’s political system, engage in dialogue on international issues and forge professional relationships and friendships. The program is arranged by ACYPL and made possible by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Jeff joined other delegates in Washington, D.C., for briefings by the United States Department of State and other Chinese regional experts before flying to Beijing. The program will provide the delegates opportunities to travel within the country and to interact with key national and local leaders, business representatives and civic and community groups. Jeff has been a commissioner on the Missouri Public Service Commission since April 2004, and served as PSC chairman from 2005 until 2009.

Renee Duenckel ’94 is celebrating earning the use of her seventh Mary Kay Career Car in 10 years, her third pink Cadillac!

Dennis Kluesner ‘94 served in the Missouri National Guard and the U.S. Coast Guard. He served two years in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Dennis is currently working as a hydrographer in the U.S. Geological Society in Atlanta, Ga.

Barbara Loggins ‘94 is now teaching developmental education classes at the Community College of Qatar – West Bay, Doha, Qatar.

Mahalley (Allen) Turner ‘95 is a political science professor at California State University, Chico. She married her husband, Cory, on June 2, 2010, in San Francicso, Calif.

Tracey (Crowe) Glenn ‘95 is the vice president for organization and leadership development of the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. She has received the designation of Institute for Organization Management from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Michael Woodard ‘95 and his wife, Amy (Anderson) Woodard ‘97, welcomed their baby son, Blake Michael, on Feb. 14, 2011.

Mary Jane (Moyers) Mason ‘96 and her husband James welcomed the birth of their son, Joshua Daniel, on Feb. 11, 2011. Daniel joins big sisters Abigail, 8, and Hannah, 3.

Jerome Staab ‘96 and his wife Carrie have two children, Bailee, 13, and Alex, 2. They moved back to Ste. Genevieve, Mo., in 2001, and he has owned and operated Mid-West Lawns since 2008.

Timothy Fish ‘97 is the author of several books including the recent novel, Mother Not Wanted, published in December 2010.

Danielle (Cole) Hicks ‘97 and Matthew Hicks ‘97 welcomed their second child, Chloe Michelle, on Sept. 4, 2010. She joins her older brother Cole Raymond, 7.

Kimberly (Speight) Nordyke ‘97 was recently promoted to senior producer at The Hollywood Reporter, where she is part of the online team. The Hollywood Reporter is a Los Angeles-based magazine that covers the entertainment industry. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband Brett and son Braden.

Aaron Bruening ‘98 and his wife, Cristie (Logan) Bruening ’98, welcomed their fourth child, Xander Logan, on Dec. 10, 2010. The proud older siblings are Austyn, Ainsley and Miles.

Jeffery Glenn ‘98 launched Glenn Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in governmental affairs, public relations and project development.

Mandy (Wagoner) Ford ‘99 recently assisted with photo preservation efforts at the Nodaway Valley Historical Society Museum in Clarinda, Iowa, and works with the museum on a monthly “history page” highlighting historical information about the area.

Melanie (Hartman) McCool ’99 has been named a Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellow. The Teaching Fellowship is designed to recruit outstanding candidates to teaching and transform teacher preparation.

Andrea Staton ‘99 will finish graduate fieldwork for her occupational therapy degree from Colorado State in April. She and her husband Brian reside in Denver, Colo. 2000s Jared Edwards ‘00 is an assistant professor of psychology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

2000s

Jared Edwards ‘00 is an assistant professor of psychology at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

Chanda Adair ’04 has been promoted to partner in charge of office operations at Terril & Co. She resides in O’Fallon, Mo.

Angela (Price) Buss ‘04 is a CRNA with Medical Anesthesia Group. She and C..J. Boss ’05 were married on Oct. 9, 2010, and spent their honeymoon in Hawaii.

Mark Langenfeld ‘04, a professor of exercise science at Southeast Missouri State University, taught UI343 Transcultural Experience in France, Germany and Switzerland over winter break. The course focuses on health issues in the transcultural context with visits to a hospital, fitness facility and pharmaceutical headquarters.

Kimberly (Preston) Miller ‘04 is pursuing a Ph.D. in organization and management at Capella University. She and her husband Marcus were married on Aug. 21, 2010. They reside in Newport News, Va., where she works for the Norfolk Navy Base in process improvement.

Benjamin Spirk ‘04 started working at the St. Louis Area Foodbank as the vice president of finance on Feb. 1, 2011. He and his wife Amanda (Pracht) Spirk ’05 welcomed their son, Zachary, on Dec. 1, 2009.

Amanda (Guethle) Alton ‘05 and her husband Christopher welcomed their first child, Jameson Scott, on Sept. 24, 2010.

Bryce Aubuchon ‘05 and his wife Kathleen were married Oct. 17, 2010. Lieutenant Aubuchon is a United States Navy aviator, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft. He is stationed in Jacksonville, Fla., with Patrol Squadron 26. In June 2010, he returned from deployment to Central America, where he had flown drug interdiction missions.

Justin Brooks ’05 graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on May 22, 2010.

Cammi Cheney ‘05 is living in Central Illinois and working for the state of Illinois. She and her husband Don are enjoying their fourth year of marriage and their golden retriever, Lucy.

Kyle Clark ‘05 was promoted in August 2010 to director of client technology at Martiz. He and Caitlin (Murphy) Clark ’07 were married on Aug. 7, 2010.

Carolyn (Suntrup) Firebaugh ‘05 and her husband Jeffrey were married on June 5, 2010. In September 2010, they moved to St. Louis, Mo., and Carolyn accepted a position with Charter Media as a client service coordinator.

Rebecca (Hecht) Kundu ‘05 and her husband Vikram Kundu ‘04 welcomed their first child Benjamin Waris on Oct. 24, 2010.

John Taylor ’05, ‘08 and Stefanie (Tooley) Taylor ‘07 were married on Sept. 11, 2010. The couple resides in St. Peters, Mo., where he works as a healthcare recruiter for Maxim Healthcare, and she is a graphic designer for Krey Distributing, the local Anheuser- Busch distributor.

Megan (Price) Woodcock ‘05 and her husband Torrey will be opening their second Jimmy John’s franchise in spring 2011 in Rolla, Mo. They opened their first Jimmy John’s franchise in Washington, Mo., in January 2008.

Leah Forbis ‘06 is currently working as a case manager for BJC Behavioral Health in Kirkwood, Mo.

Keith Georger ’06 graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine on May 22, 2010.

Nicki (Brown) Green ‘06 is teaching special education at Clearwater Elementary in Piedmont, Mo.

Rebecca (Langan) Haberberger ‘06 and her husband Steve were married on Oct. 29, 2010. She is a kindergarten teacher at Bayless Elementary School in St. Louis, Mo., and is pursuing her master’s degree in educational administration.

Dane Huxel ‘06 made a career change, leaving AT&T Advertising Solutions after four years. He now works for State Farm. He and his wife Sarah (Martin) Huxel ’06 welcomed their son, Elijah Ray, on Aug. 18, 2010.

Sheila (Fitch) Moore ‘06 was married in October 2010. She is working as a contracts administrator at Riverside Publishing.

Keith Myers ‘06 and his wife, Lacinia, were married in October 2010 and survived Hurricane Tomas in St. Lucia during their honeymoon. He is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia.

Rachel (Williams) Saito ‘06 and her husband Joe were married on Oct. 2, 2010. They recently relocated from Tampa, Fla., to Wildwood, Mo.

Trista Stahr ‘06 completed her Master of Arts in human resource management in December 2010 and a senior professional in human resources designation in January 2011.

Michael Taylor ‘06 and Alyssa (Meyer) Taylor ‘06 were married on Sept. 25, 2010.

Emily (Wessell) Watson ‘06 is the supervisor of client services at National Medical Billing Services, LLC in Wildwood, Mo. She and Matthew Watson ’04 were married on Sept. 18, 2010.

Jennifer Weggenmann ‘06 was promoted to staff auditor in July 2010 and recently was elected vice president of membership for the Institute of Internal Auditors.

Eva (Masterson) Edwards ‘07 teaches sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade special education and is a parent educator for Parents as Teachers.

Christopher Goetter ‘07 relocated to New Orleans, La., to work as a full-time city firefighter.

Alexandria Miller ‘07 has been accepted into the Second City Conservatory, an improvisation and sketch comedy training center in Chicago, to study with the company. The Conservatory is a year-long program and offers those accepted the opportunity to be seen by several major players such as Second City tours, cruise lines and mainstage shows along with shows like Saturday Night Live popping their head in from time to time looking at the new, upcoming talent.Alex will learn several forms of improv and will write and perform a show at Second City at the end of training.“For so long, I have wanted and dreamed of this opportunity to do what the actors on SNL do, and this is the foot in the door to get that training from the best of the best,” she says.

Alex says she was told countless times it was very unlikely to get in the first time you audition.

“It’s taken famous people, such as Tina Fey, three times to get this opportunity, so, of course, I was just lucky to audition and get the experience. I told myself regardless what happened, I would learn and try again and again at the future auditions. But, to be accepted, this is truly a dream come true!”

Adam Hanna ‘07 graduated from the University of Missouri School of Law in May 2010. He joined the law firm of Bradshaw, Steele, Cochrane & Berens, L.C. in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and maintains a general civil practice.

Abbi Karcher ‘07 is currently in her fourth year teaching junior high computers and coaching the cheerleading squad at Nell Holcomb R-IV School District in Cape Girardeau, Mo. She will be graduating from Southeast again in May 2011 with her master’s degree in educational technology.

Sara Parks ‘07 is currently in her fourth year teaching elementary music in the Central R-3 School District. She has plans to begin her doctoral degree in educational philosophy this summer.

Carisa Schlosser ‘07 will be graduating from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May 2011 with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. She will be starting her residency on July 1, 2011, in the Internal Medicine Program at Des Peres Hosptial in St. Louis, Mo.

Stephanie Tracy ’07 graduated from Commissioned Officer Training as a captain in the United States Air Force on July 30, 2010. She is stationed at Lackland Air Force Base and works as an audiology resident. She is currently in her final year of the Doctor of Audiology program at the University of South Florida and will graduate in May 2011.


Deborah (Woods) Vanvickle ‘07
has written a short story about her loving grandmother. This story has been accepted to be published in the August edition of Good Old Days magazine.

Clinton Wolford ‘07 was elected mayor of East Prairie, Mo., in 2009.

Kevin Blair ‘08 is in his third year of teaching middle and high school band in Hillsboro, Mo. He is currently working on a master’s degree in music education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Ashley (Jordan) Blakey ‘08 and her husband Scott were married in August 2008. They welcomed their daughter, Paisley GracAnn on Dec. 9, 2010.

Crystal Herman ‘08 is currently working at Valley R-6 School in Caledonia, Mo. She teaches junior high communication arts and coaches the junior high and varsity academic teams.

Twila (Patrick) Mason ‘08 passed her qualifying exam, so she is officially a Ph.D. candidate in cell and development biology at Vanderbilt University. She is presenting part of her research in Washington D.C. in April 2011.

Kristen (Johnson) Pind ‘2008 and her husband Max Pind ‘08 welcomed their son, Cooper Donald, into their family in October 2010.

Nathaniel Saverino ‘08 was hired on Dec. 15, 2010, as the coodinator for marketing and promotions in the Department of Athletics at Southeast Missouri State University. He is engaged to Dana Gordon ’10.

Jacquelyn Bauch ‘09 is employed at St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., as a clinical dietician.

Trenton Doss ‘09 is currently working as a realtor for Prudential Advantage Realtors in St. Louis, Mo. He plans to start working with the Institute of Real Estate Management to become an accredited residential manager.

Leni Fluegge ‘09 and Matthew Lambdin ‘07 will be married June 4, 2011, at the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus. Leni also recently passed her CPA Exam and started a new job as an accountant at Jo-Co Pools, Inc., in Anna, Ill.

Amy Smith ‘09 and Josh Narup ‘08 were engaged Jan. 4, 2010, and are getting married Oct. 15, 2011.

Ashley Whitehouse ‘09 works for a trucking company utilizing her bilingual skills on a daily basis and is looking into publishing a book of poetry.

Stephanie Black ‘09 may have already accomplished the professional feat for which we all desire: “I know I’m where I want to be,” she says of her experience thus far in law school.“They say in law school: the first year, they scare you to death; the second year, they work you to death; and the third year, they bore you to death. Well, I’m certainly ready to be bored!”

Black worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Missouri last summer and calls it the best work experience of her life.

“The Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSA) were exceptional as mentors, and I was lucky to learn from them.”

Part of her work included legal research and writing along with courtroom observation.

“I helped write plea agreements. One of the best work experiences was being able to assist an AUSA write an appellate brief. It was a unique case because there was not much case law to go on in order to allow conviction, so the judge ruled against the government and we appealed the decision. It was a great feeling to know what I was working on would go before the Eighth Circuit.”

While the professional experience exceeded her expectations, Black admits not all aspects of the job were pleasant.

“One of the hardest parts of working with the U.S. Attorney’s office was work related to child pornography. I must admit, I was naive to the extent child pornography exists and is shared. Still, by working on these cases, I felt like I was really working towards justice,” she says.

The experience changed her career goals and assisted with determining her course work at law school, but Black says it was the attorneys who had the biggest impact.

“I learned what it means to be a true professional,” she says.

2010s

Erin Berry ‘10 is working on her master’s degree in social work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Brittany Meek ‘10 is employed as an account representative at The Printing Co., in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Timothy Nowak ‘10 processes fund trades for shareholders at Janus Capital Group.

Erin Parks ‘10 worked as a staff nurse in an emergency room until August 2010, then moved to Nashville, Tenn., to attend Vanderbilt University’s Graduate School of Nursing. She is a student in the acute care nurse practitioner program, with an expected graduation date of August 2011. “Without the education I received from Southeast, particularly the school of nursing, I would not be where I am today! Many thanks to Southeast for being the wonderful university it is!”

Brooke Privett ‘10 and Ken DeArman were engaged on Nov. 28, 2010, and will be married Dec. 17, 2011. Brooke is attending Oklahoma City University, pursuing a Master of Music in instrumental performance and will graduate May 2012.

Kasey Steffens ’10 and her high school sweetheart, Tim Lucas ‘10, were engaged in May 2010 during a trip to Chicago. They will be married on June 11, 2011.

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