Class Notes

Class Notes

Fall 2017

1940s

Dorothy (McDonald) Donnell ’41 of St Louis, MO, is retired but still finds time for church, shopping, theater, and P.E.O. Sisterhood. She and her late husband R. Hart Donnell, M.D. made their home in Crystal City, MO, with a family of five sons.

 

1950s

Bobbye Hardin ’51 of Thousand Palms, CA, is checking to see if friends from ‘47-’51 are around.

Donald Brod ’54 of St Charles, IL, edited Lighting the Chalice: The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva at 175, celebrating the 175th anniversary of the church in Geneva, Illinois.

Joe Lewis ’1957 of Fresno, CA, married a former classmate from Charleston, MO, Shirley (Swank) Robinson, following the loss of a spouse after 56 years of marriage. After retirement from Samford University (2002) he did mid-week Bible Studies for Mountain Brook Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL for eight years. Some of these studies have now appeared as a book, St. Paul and the Cities, and he looks forward to publishing more now that he’s fully retired.

 

1960s

Judith (Palmer) Foard-Giucastro ’60 of Westfield, MA, married Giuseppe Giucastro whom she met while writing and publishing her book Senior Year.

Sandra (Carter) Pfefferkorn ’61 of St Louis, MO, and her late husband Michael G. Pfefferkorn ’61 were married for 53 years and have two children, Michael G. Pfefferkorn, Jr. and Patricia A. Hutchison, and four grandchildren, Molly R. and Allison K. Pfefferkorn and Sarah A. and Colin M. Hutchison.

Gilbert Baumker ’62 of Washington, MO, is enjoying retirement, spending time with eight grandchildren as well as fall deer and elk hunting.

Judith (Wilkes) Johnson ’62 of Knoxville, TN, taught in Europe for three years, then returned to Tennessee in 2000 to teach golf in Tellico Village, a resort outside Knoxville. She is semi-retired, but still teaches golf by appointment. Her earlier career was in music, and she will be returning to Cape Girardeau in September to direct an Alumni Choir.

Thomas Pruneau ’62 of Belleville, MI, and his wife have three children, Tom, Beth, and Jeff; eight grandchildren, seven living. He says their lives have been very blessed. Thomas was a TKE and his daughter an ADPi and a graduate of SEMO.

John Thurston ’62 of Saint James City, FL, is enjoying retirement and sailing and traveling as much as possible. His granddaughter, Mary Inman, has just completed her freshman year at SEMO, where she is a member of the Sundancers and made the Dean’s List.

Charles Luetje ’63 of Olathe, KS, received the Award of Merit from the American Otological Society. The award is given annually and the highest honor bestowed by the society, the second oldest medical society in the U.S., established in 1868. The award was presented for his dedication to his patients, leadership in the society and early work in cochlear implantation in deaf adults and children. In addition, he received the Patrick E. Brookhouser, MD, Award of Excellence from the American Larungological, Rhinological and Otological Society. A Jackson, MO native, Dr. Luetje retired from active practice in Otology & Neurotology in Kansas City in 2009 and from volunteer cochlear implant surgery in 2014.

Ronald McIlvain ’63 of St Louis, MO, is retired after teaching art for seven years and more than 30 years in legal publishing as a VP/GM at Thomson/Reuters in Chicago. He is in his 12th national juried art exhibition and was interviewed recently at the St. Louis Artists Guild.

Donald Culwell ’64 of Conway, AR, taught 37 years at University of Central Arkansas serving as director of the University Jewel Moore Nature Reserve, the Biology Department greenhouse, and the Vascular Plant Herbarium. Following retirement he was honored by UCA as Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Biology. Today he’s the program director and board member for the South Fork Nature Center. He and his wife Deborah Jeanne (McBroom) Culwell ’69 have two children, two grandchildren, and are leaders in St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Avocations have include gardening, camping, canoing, carpentry, and travel.

Michael Rapp ’64 of Jackson, TN, and his wife, Sharon ’63 have moved to Jackson, TN, to be closer to their children and grandchildren.

Robert Kumming ’66 of Canton, GA, and his wife, Joyce, retired to North Georgia. They love their gardens, animals, and five grandchildren.

Jerry Slayton ’67 of Pearcy, AR, is an active optician after earlier careers in the military and pharmaceutical sales and marketing. He has an 18 year old daughter beginning college this fall with almost total scholarships, and she loves the SEMO campus including the bookstore!

Jane (Mifflin) Trease ’67 of Edmonds, WA, and Kenneth (Rod) Trease, ’66 celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They enjoy their three grandsons. Jane retired from teaching. Rod was a career Air Force service member, and later, he also retired from a second career as a City of Spokane, Washington fire fighter.

Vonnel Johnson ’68 of St Charles, MO, has been working for Boeing since 2000 (Harpoon and SLAM ER Retrofit Tech Specialist). He married while in the Peace Corp in the Philippines to Corazon, and they have three children, Marvin, Reina, and Tiffany, and one grandson, Ryan.

John Ulmer ’1968 of Scott City, MO, spends the winters at his home near Orlando.

Delores (Armbruster) Poulos ’69 of Palatine, IL, operates a public thoroughbred racing stable at Arlington International and Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois. Her current top horse is Crewman who won the Graded Hanshin Stake at Arlington.

Frederick Schaljo ’69 of Florissant, MO, retired after 36 years with Florissant Valley Community College. He also retired from the Ferguson Florissant School District as an elementary teacher. He and his wife have two sons and six grandchildren. They enjoy camping and travel and are both active in the Boy Scouts as trainers.

 

1970s

Mary (Cole) Kerner ’70 of Ballwin, MO, retired from teaching 31.5 years at Special School District of St. Louis. She has three married children and five grandchildren and would love to hear from some new or old friends.

Susan (Koeln) Koch ’70 of Agoura Hills, CA, is a retired principal from Simi Valley Unified School District. She is currently supervising student teachers from California Lutheran University.

Douglas Smith ’1970 of Front Royal, VA, just moved to a lake in the Shenandoah Mountains and is retired.

Lonna (Hill) Enox-Tucker ’71 of Roswell, NM, is author of three cozy mystery novels: The Last Dance, Blood Relations, and Striking Blind. All three have received awards from Chanticleer Book Reviews. She is currently writing a fourth sequel.

Richard Neal ’71 of Buffalo, NY, retired from parish ministry with The United Methodist Church and is working as consultant to enhance fullness of life for individuals, families, communities, and not-for-profit and religious organizations.

Ronald Peek ’71 of Houston, TX, taught school, worked part-time in the local hospital lab, and received a real estate broker’s license. He was president of a large development company and opened his own real estate brokerage office, specializing in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, and property management. He has two sons and two daughters.

Leon Book ’72 of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired after a 38-year career at Southeast and became dean of General Education at the College of Nursing & Health Sciences affiliated with SoutheastHEALTH. After seven years he has retired from that position.

Ronald Koehler ’72 of Cleveland, MS, retired after 35 years at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi with the title of chair and Professor Emeritus. At the May 2017 Commencement, he received the 2017 Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award and will give the Commencement Address at the December Commencement.

Bruce Preston ’72 of West Plains, MO, was chosen as the Missouri Family Physician of the Year by the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.

Susanna (Laird) Madden ’73 of Lutz, FL, just got back from Havana, Cuba. She has been in real estate over 30 years and still has an Amazon parrot “Thammy” that she had in college J204 Alpha Xi. He’s 52 now, looks the same, and still talks up a storm. Waterskiing and her horses take up most of her time.

Richard Stewart ’73 of Hillsboro, IL, has been married 43 years. He has a son and daughter and has taught for 43 years, coached baseball for 30 years, and basketball for 41 years. He still teaches half days as a building trades instructor.

Janie Teston ’73 of Sammamish, WA, retired from real estate and is enjoying life.

Sharon (Crader) Baker ’74 of Marble Hill, MO, retired after 29 years of teaching in the Woodland R-4 School District. She loves being home and getting to spend time with the grandchildren.

Linda (Neal) Hodges ’74 of Wanathavillua, Putta, moved to Sri Lanka to build a safe haven for endangered wildlife. After five years the land is being roamed by wild elephants, deer, jackal and leopard. In January they began removing invasive plant material to produce varieties of paper and now have a paper factory, using the money to support conservation efforts.

Monica (Heuring) Stein ’74 of Mesa, AZ, received the Team Player Award from the Office of the Attorney General, State of Arizona. Monica is a lead legal secretary in the Child and Family Protection Division, Protective Services Section.

Myra Crews ’75 of Panama City, FL, serves as secretary to the Alpha Delta Kappa Honorary Womens Educators Sorority in Panama City, FL.

Janet (Perez) Eckles ’75 of Orlando, FL, received the 2016 Woman of Distinction Award in the visionary and courage category. The award recognizes the woman with a courageous spirit, imagination, insight and boldness; an agent of change who sees the big picture and thinks of others first; and inspires people to achieve higher goals by modeling a clear vision, empowering relationships and supporting innovative actions.

Ronald Fields ’75 of Rogers, AR, is president of the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. He has been married to Norma for 50 years, and they have three children and seven grandchildren.

Gary Kamp ’75 of Burfordville, MO, was recently recognized by the National Rifle Association as the Volunteer of the Year for Southern Missouri for his volunteer work associated with the Friends of the NRA Charitable Foundation.

Thomas Schlimpert ’75 of Columbia, MO, has been married to Sherrill for 42 years. They are retired teachers (and principal) now working at DESE with two kids and three grandchildren.

Lois (Moses) Haworth ’76 of Potosi, MO, received a Masters of Education in ‘95 from Boliver and has one child. She has retired after 30 years of teaching. After fishing, camping, traveling, and gardening for a few years, she became an employment consultant. In 2013 she retired after celebrating her 35th wedding anniversary.Her husband (Jim) passed away in August.

Steven Hubele ’76 of Affton, MO, wrote three books: Sunset, Almost Full Circle – A Tribute to Dad and The Hobsons of Rainbow Creek.

James Stephens ’76 of Princeton, IN, recently accepted the position of executive director for the Gibson County Chamber of Commerce. In this role he is leading business support initiatives for the local business community.

Hubert Guillet ’77 of Concarneau, visited SEMO in June and was excited to see the University growing! He has four married kids and four grandchildren.

Patricia (Reisinger) Riehl ’79 of St. Louis, MO, a former Jefferson County Circuit Judge, has joined the mediation and senior arbitrator panels of the United States Arbitration & Mediation (USA&M), the leading provider of mediation and arbitration services.

Daniel Robinson ’79 of Dexter, MO, has worked in counseling for over 30 years and been in private practice since 1995.

 

1980s

Kurt Bauche ’80 of Farmington, MO, is recipient of the Charles Emmons Outstanding Band Director Award given by the Lambda Chapter of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity and was elected into membership of the Hall of Fame of the Missouri Bandmasters Association.

Laura (Dement) Biel ’80 of Denver, CO, retired as an elementary school principal after 32 years. She is now working at a university in administration.

Rick Schmidt ’80 of Cape Girardeau, MO, transferred to public information officer for the Cape Girardeau Police Department.

Gary Ujka ’80 of Fenton, MO, retired after a 32 year career as a teacher and administrator in the Rockwood School District. He served as a member of the Lindbergh Schools Board of Education and was honored as a Lindbergh High School Distinguished Alumni, the Rockwood School District as a Rockwood ROSE (Rockwood Outstanding Service to Education) Award, the Special School District as a special ambassador for work with children with special needs, and upon retirement, the Library Media Center at Rockwood South Middle School was named in his honor.

Daniel Bartnett ’81 of St. Louis, MO, and his wife, Kathie, enjoy their six grandchildren. He works in the real estate business and travels as much as possible.

Mark Cook ’81 of Tustin, CA, was elected chairman of the board of his firm; is chairman of the AICPA Tax Practice Committee; former PWC tax partner; and editor of The Tax Adviser. He plays jazz piano and enjoys staying in shape.

Ruth (Brockmeier) Orr ’81 of Cape Girardeau, MO, partnered with an organization called PathLight, International which partners with primary and secondary schools in the country of Belize. She will be returning for the third summer as an educational presenter at the Teacher Trainer Conference which presents professional development to the teachers in the Cayo and Belize Districts.

John Huff ’82 of Leawood, KS, spent eight years in public service as director of the Missouri Department of Insurance, Financial Institutions & Professional Registration, and has now joined the insurance regulatory practice group of Denton, the world’s largest law firm.

Debra Reid ’82 of Dearborn, MI, wrote a book, Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites.

Leigh (Burchyett) Burchyett ’83 of Columbus, IN, is Crossroads Association of Realtors president and donates a portion of the proceeds from all team sales to Homes for our Troops USA.

Jason Johnson ’83 of Chatham, IL, is proud his daughter enrolled at SEMO for the fall 2017 semester.

Edward Kipping ’84 of Springfield, IL, has worked for the Department of Treasury for 33 years. He and his wife Cathy have been married 26 years and have three children.

Gloria (Pate) Hayes ’85 of Pulaski, IL, retired after 30 years of teaching at Meridian CUSD #101 in Mounds, IL. She has seven wonderful grandchildren and is currently pastor at St. Paul A.M.E Church in Mounds.

Denise (Hart) Tinsley ’88 of Nolensville, TN, builds health care related software and is co-founder of a technology startup for patient centered software solutions and consulting.

Dorothy (Underwood) Gerstenkorn ’89 of St. Charles, MO, recently began working for Boone Center, Inc. in St. Peters, as marketing communications manager. Prior to that, she spent nine years as a part-time consultant, primarily working for the City of St. Charles and the Greater Saint Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau. She has four children.

Tammy (Aufdenberg) Lueders’ ’89 of Fort Stockton, TX, daughter, Brianna Lueders, graduated with a nursing degree from SEMO, and is employed by St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Her son is at Colorado School of Mines.

 

1990s

Christopher Giles ’90 of Creve Coeur, joined the First Bank Mortgage team as an assistant vice president, Mortgage Group Manager.

Mary Jane (Simmons) Bryan ’91 of Farmington, MO, has two books available in paperback and eBook online with seven more contracted, the next coming in December.

Michael Goodin ’91 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is retired Colonel, United States Air Force.

James Beasley ’92 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is in his fourth year of working for Edward Jones Investments.

Steve Harsy ’93 of Tucson, AZ, relocated there due to a new job.

David Jackson ’93 of Greenwood, MO, published another local history-related book. He lives in the Kansas City metro area, and remains steadfast to local history and its preservation through research, writing, editing, and publishing books and articles in area newspapers.

Aaron Layton ’93 of St. Charles, MO, is at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis as the director of diversity and history teacher. He is also the founder of Relate2Color a diversity consulting agency author of the book Dear White Christian. His wife

Gretchen (Summers) ’94 works in the childcare field. They have been married for 23 years and have two children, Caleb, 17 and Kalei, 15.

Howard Bryan ’94 of Jim Thorpe, PA, was awarded the Lehigh Valley Zoological Society 2016 Presidential Award For Outstanding Service And Commitment.

Jennifer (Woodsides) Harsy ’94 of Tucson, AZ, recently relocated and is making adjustments to life in the west.

Chad Bradley ’95 of Park Hills, MO, is athletic director and assistant principal at Central High School. He is married to Debbie and has three children, Peyton, Trevor and Reagan.

Celine Finney ’96 of Austin, TX, works for the City of San Antonio ensuring the City maintains compliance during the construction phases of transportation and vertical projects for its cultural resources. She will complete an MBA with Texas State and is looking forward to new adventures ahead.

Leslie (Nail) Quarles ’96 of Fenton, MO, is director for Employment Services with MERS Goodwill and also surveying for CARF International. This involves traveling both domestically and internationally to provide consultation to various non-profit and government programs.

Jason LeGrand ’97 of West Sacramento, CA, has been appointed senior director of development for the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Jason spent the last 9 years working for the University of Maryland, College Park, as their chief major gifts fundraiser for the West Coast, and previously held posts at Cornell University, the University of Denver, and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Jennifer (Bullerdick) Block ’98 of St. Charles, MO, and her husband Kevin announce the birth of their son, Joshua Matthew.

Shanda (Thiele) Underwood ’98 of Cape Girardeau, MO, received a BS in nursing.

Andrew Tinnin ’99 of Collingswood, NJ, received a Doctor of Education from Rowan University. His dissertation study was entitled “Encouraging professional competency development of higher education administration graduate students through supervised student affairs practice.”

Michelle (Gruber) Torline ’99 of Mission, KS, is married to Steve Torline and has three children, Danica, John, and Frances. She graduated from Washington University School of Law and moved to Kansas City to practice law at the law firm, Hursch Blackwell, before joining WireCo WorldGroup currently as the vice president and general manager.

 

2000s

Edwin Blanton ’00 of San Antonio, TX, completed his PhD in International Education and Entrepreneurship from the University of the Incarnate Word. Dr. Blanton’s dissertation focused on the impact of short-term international volunteers on capacity building.

Jessica Duffy ’00 of Waterloo, IL, is the early childhood special education teacher in the Millstadt Community Consolidated Schools. She is currently in her 15th year of teaching special education. She has two sons, Tyler and Ethan.

Carson Heady ’00 of St. Louis, MO, recently accepted the role of corporate territory manager for Microsoft after leading the top team for the Direct Business Channel for eight consecutive quarters. He published his third novel, A Salesman Forever.

Bridgette (Epple) Kelch ’00 of Washington, MO, was named to the planning committee for the National Main Street Conference in Kansas City.

Kristin (Stanger) Kuepfert ’00 of Eureka, MO, has one son, Tanner.

Margery (Wickham) Waller ’00 of Jackson, MO, celebrated the birth of a daughter, Aria Claire, and finished her eighth year of teaching.

Jennifer Bettis ’01 of St. Louis, MO, was Rockwood School District Middle School Teacher of the Year, Rockwood School District Teacher of the Year and Missouri Regional Teacher of the Year (St. Louis) and received the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award.

Ellen (Talley) Carlson ’01 of Jackson, MO, joined KBSI, the local Fox affiliate, where her media career began.

Brian Kohlberg ’02 of St. Louis, MO, is looking forward to visiting the new Pike House.

Pamela (Iversen) Skaggs ’02 of Poplar Bluff, MO, is married and has a daughter. She works as an internal bank auditor for First Midwest Bank.

Jeremy Wells ’02 of Silver Spring, MD, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the historic preservation program at the University of Maryland.

Paul Dobbins ’03 of Saint Augustine, FL, his wife, Stacey ‘04 and their two sons relocated to Saint Augustine, Florida. Paul continues to work for Fortegra and is now based out of their Jacksonville corporate headquarters. Stacey is a middle school counselor in the St. John’s County School District.

Jenell (Anderson) Hironimus ’03 of Mt. Zion, IL, and her husband, Gary, celebrated our 10-year anniversary. They have a son, Elden, 6. She was recently promoted to associate director of communications for the Alumni & Development Office at Millikin University in Decatur, serving as managing editor for Millikin’s alumni magazine.

Mindy Hoffman ’03 of West Minster, CO, is working on her Masters of Clinical Mental Health and Counseling at Denver Seminary in Littleton, CO.

Jessica Leggett ’03 of Orange, CA, was Executive Board of OC Small Paws, a 501(c)(3) animal rescue group.

Nicholas Risch ’03 of Washington, MO, has two children, Louie, 9 and Madie, 6. He was promoted to the assistant fire chief for the Washington Missouri Fire Department.

Robert French ’04 of Long Beach, MS, received his Specialist in Education (Instructional Leadership) from William Carey University. He has been the assistant director of special education for the Pass Christian School District before the move into Curriculum and Instruction. He is the administrator for the alternative school, Pirate’s landing.

Christopher Krueger ’04 of St. Louis, MO, completed his ninth year of teaching and was named the varsity boys soccer coach for the 2017-18 season. He enjoys free time with wife, Rebecca, and 2-year-old daughter, Charlotte.

Justen Meyer ’04 of St. Louis, MO, welcomed twins, Hartley James and Madeline Rose, into the world on St. Patrick’s Day.

Carol Nunnery ’05 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is an independent business owner of a local travel agency.

Samuel Rauls ’05 of Festus, MO, and wife, Lynda, celebrate the birth of their first child, Samuel Ray.

Larry Rhodes ’05 of Cape Girardeau, MO, joined Commerce Bank as a residential-loan representative. He will handle business development and customer service related to the bank’s full line of mortgage-loan products.

Troy Starwalt ’05 of Brooklyn, NY, had his first baby, Montgomery Starwalt, who was born on Troy’s birthday (only a few years earlier).

Nick Cutelli ’06 of West Hollywood, CA, did a commercial for the Virginia Credit Union.

Gina Martin ’06 of Fenton, MO, was in St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017.

Lea (Beckemeyer) Nenninger ’06 of Breese, IL, a Southeast volleyball player, was inducted into the 2016 Hall of Fame Class.

Lauren (Kelley) Poettker ’06 of Columbia, IL, was promoted to accounting supervisor and was married last year.

Riley Rushin ’06 of Montgomery, AL, is attending University of Alabama School of Law.

Scott Clark ’07 of Jackson, MO, manages the Jefferson City office as well as three satellite offices, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Springfield.

Melissa Eddy-Sides ’07 of New Madrid, MO, has three children, ages 16, 6, and 2.

Christopher Goetter ’07 of St. Louis, MO, was recently married and is celebrating 15 years in the National Guard as an airborne paratrooper.

Ashley Arcand ’08 of Farmington, MO, is an executive communications leader and program manager for an organization of over 150,000 technical professionals.

Brian Knowles ’08 of Alexandria, IN, is the Command Historian for the US Marine Corps Reserve and received the Marine Corps Association & Foundation’s 2017 Colonel John Magruder Heritage Award for his team’s design and creation of the US Marine Corps Reserve Centennial exhibit located at the Pentagon. He is the Command Historian for the United States Africa Command.

Bethany (Fink) Petty ’08 of Farmington, MO, was recently selected as a 2018 Spotlight Educator for the METC conference.

Danielle (Liley) Torbet ’08 of Cape Girardeau, MO, has twin sons, Blaine Christopher and Brody Stephen. She is a development officer with Saint Francis Foundation.

Jacquelyn Bauch ’09 of Florissant, MO, completed her MBA and was promoted to manager at Mercy Hospital.

Jill (Farmer) Bryant ’09 of Florissant, MO, married Benjamin Bryant ’09. Jill is currently a special education teacher in the St. Louis area, and Ben is working in logistics.

Lindsey (Grissom) Limbaugh ’09 of Jackson, MO, gave birth to her third baby, Clara Jo.

Ricardo Santacruz ’09 of St. Louis, MO, and wife, Ashley ’07, had their first baby, Ricardo Jay.

 

2010s

Rebecca Boester ’10 of St Louis, MO, and husband, Ralph ’06 welcomed their daughter, Oswin Jane. Rebecca is an opera singer and Ralph is a director at a software company.

Rita (Childers) Gentsch ’10 of St. Louis, MO, started a healthy food business making plant-based cheesy sauce sold in grocery stores later this year.

Charles Holbrook ’10 of Jackson, MO, was a non-traditional student and has been promoted twice in five years.

Marlie Love ’10 of St. Peters, MO, started a life coaching business helping millennial women find their purpose and destiny.

Amanda Marchegiani ’10 of Archbald, PA, was selected as one of 20 women as a 2017 participant in Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority’s Labyrinth Leadership Experience and as a participant in Leadership Lackawanna’s leadership and professional development organization.

Tatianna Parham ’10 of Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated with a Masters of Organizational Management from Southeast.

Amy (Nickless) Pauley ’10 of Festus, MO, married Scott F. Pauley ’10, ’12.

Jason Phinney ’10 of Pevely, MO, is a full-time Reference Librarian at the Windsor Branch of the Jefferson County Library.

Patricia (Coughlin) Sanderlin ’10 of Berger, MO, just welcomed her second child, Ryan, to join big sister, Rebecca.

Leslie Smith ’10 of Puxico, MO, recently welcomed baby girl, Kate Adalyn, to join older brothers Hudson, 6, and Sawyer, 4.

Caleb Bennett ’11 of Johnson City, TN, taught English and coached American football in China for 14 months and recently got married.

Colton Crook ’11 of Overland Park, KS, started a new job with KU Medical Center as a Simulation Technician in the Zamierowski Institute for Experiential Learning (ZIEL), working with highly advanced medical manikins to create simulations for both students and medical staff.

Amy (Pinter) McCurdy ’11 of Arnold, MO, gave birth to her second child, Adalyn Catherine. Big brother Lucas adores her!

Christine (Ehrhard) Ostendorf ’11 of Cape Girardeau, MO, is the principal of St. Mary Cathedral School.

Nolan Ryan ’11 of Tacoma, WA, began working as the events coordinator for the University of Washington School of Nursing.

Maggie Smith ’11 of Luling, TX, teaches students with special needs. She wrote a children’s book, Attila the Hummer, a story that teaches kids you’re never too young to make a difference.

Christi Thebeau ’11 of Park Hills, MO, has been a first grade teacher for the past ten years at Central Elementary in Park Hills, MO.

Stephen Backer ’12 of Springfield, MO, married Laura Whitmire.

Jessica (Dickey) Ballance ’12 of Scott City, MO, married Alex Balance and is restoring her paternal grandparents house.

Valerie (Stallman) Blechle ’12 of Chester, IL, received an MSN.

Andrew Dorn ’12 of St. Charles, MO, celebrated his daughter’s first birthday.

Hannah Groom ’12 of Columbia, MO, is training to be an Eagle, on the USA national rugby team.

Kaitlin McElfresh ’12 of O’Fallon, MO, welcomed first child, William (Billy) Delford McElfresh.

Jennifer Rowan ’12 of Keller, TX, graduated from Cornell University with an M.A. in historic preservation planning, specializing in economics, disaster and policy.

Efthymia Sidiropoulos ’12 of Jackson, MO, and Felix Graham ’14, a native of Ghana, were married. Felix relocated to Missouri from the Chicago area and is a financial analyst-revenue cycle with BJC Healthcare, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Shayla (Storey) Almond ’13 of Harper Woods, MI, graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law.

Joshuah Holland ’13 of De Soto, MO, has been a teacher for four years.

Margaret O’Neal ’13 of Lubbock, TX, is in her fourth year of medical school and is applying for residency in emergency medicine.

Ryan Rose ’13 of Rock Hall, MD, is a biological science technician with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doing research with piping plovers, red wolves, sea turtles, crawfish, frogs and fox squirrels.

Olivia Snider ’13 of Louisville, KY, is an associate with the business combinations and capital transactions group in Frost Brown Todd’s Louisville office. She focuses her practice in the areas of corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

Bessie Conner ’14 of Riverview, FL, bought her first house and is living on 2.7 acres in sunny Florida. Daughter Bess is a senior in high school and her brother, Robby, is an Army Sergeant abroad. Her other two brothers are in Florida working.

Chelsea Edwards ’14 of St. Louis, MO, is working for advertising firm, H&L Partners, as an account executive on the Explore St. Louis account.

Molly Eggleston ’14 of St. Louis, MO, completed her first year as a doctoral student at Saint Louis University in the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. This year she was also elected to the Southeast Foundation Board.

Ralph Ogden ’14 of Farmington, MO, is an adjunct professor of history and political science.

Kimberly Peters ’14 of Cape Girardeau, MO, received her MSN/AGNP degree and is a nurse practitioner at an oncology practice. .

Alisa Taylor ’14 of Hayti, MO, welcomed another little boy named, Bryson Anthony into the world.

Candice (Snider) Chasteen ’15 of West Des Moines, IA, is starting her second year of medical school and couldn’t be more excited about becoming a foot and ankle physician and surgeon!

Elaine (Dickey) Harrison ’15 of Independence, MO, married David Harrison ’10.

Derrion Henderson ’15 of St. Louis, MO, is a reporter at FOX 2/News 11.

Chelsea Kline ’15 of Fort Collins, CO, graduated with a Master of Science in human development and family studies with a specialization in marriage and family therapy from Colorado State University. She was hired by CSU as a clinician for the Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center working with kids and teens who have endured high-level complex trauma.

Stacy O’Keefe ’15 of Plainfield, IL, was honored as one of the Early Career Teachers of the Year for the state of Illinois, received the award of Early Career Educator of the Year for Plano Community Unit School District #88 last year.

Jacqueline Russell ’15 of Fredericksburg, VA, graduated with a master’s degree in psychology and biophysics from Georgetown University.

Talha Siddiqi ’15 of Portageville, MO, recently had a daughter.

Zelma (Branch) Winford ’15 of New Madrid, MO, is a case manager for MersGoodwill.

Amber Camp ’16 of Kennett, MO, is a kindergarten teacher at Senath-Hornersville.

Brian Martin ’16 of Jackson, MO, is working on his master’s degree in music performance at Western Illinois University.

Ali Ozen ’16 of Eskisehir, FR, sends greetings from Turkey, and is working as a sustaining engineer in R&D department at Vaillant Group (Heating Systems).

Meaghan (Sheehan) Sachs ’16 of O’Fallon, MO, married Alan started her first teaching job.

Sarah Ulsaker ’16 of Fenton, MO, just received a job offer with Scottrade.

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