Class Notes

Class Notes

Class Notes


Roy Keller ‘50, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, and his wife, Eldora moved to Excelsior Springs to be near extended family. Roy retired from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1990. Prior, he was director of the Computer Research Center and assistant professor of mathematics at the University of Missouri.

Shirley (Shemwell) Virdon ‘51, of Springfield, Missouri, has a new great grandson, William Bernard Elsenraat. 

L. Walter Williams ‘53, of St Peters, Missouri, will celebrate his 62nd wedding anniversary. After retiring from St Louis College of Pharmacy as vice president for finance, Walt served as controller of Church of The Master UCC in Florissant for 15 years. After retiring, Walt has been an upright bass player and bass singer for an entertainment group called “Those 3 Guys” who visit, play and sing bluegrass/gospel music at senior centers and skilled nursing facilities. Walt and his wife, Marilyn, have two grown sons, two granddaughters, and are looking forward to their first great granddaughter.

Eugene Munger ‘56, of Flagtaff, Arizona, has two books available on Amazon, Leaving New Madrid and its sequel, Return to Osage Beach. Royalties benefit the Ruth H. Munger Endowed Scholarship.

Elizabeth “Libby” (Hartsfield) Farmer ‘57, of Spring Valley Lake, California, was illustrator for a children’s book, Polly Possum’s Wandering Path. 

John Burciaga ‘58, of Newburyport, Massachusetts, currently writes regular editorial page columns for daily and weekly papers and blog at Ichabod’s Kin.


60TedMillerTed Miller ‘60, of Portland, Maine, and wife, Priscilla celebrated their 50th anniversary. They are looking forward to many more and enjoying living in Portland, despite the extreme winter. 

Larry Charpiot ‘61, of Sunset Hills, Missouri, is enjoying life with wife, Donna, who brought him into a new family of two children, their spouses and six grandchildren.

Judith (Wilkes) Johnson ‘62, of Knoxville, Tennessee, retired from Central High School in Cape Girardeau, acquired an LPGA golf professional card and taught golf in Missouri, England and Germany. Since returning to the U.S., she continues teaching both golf and music. She has two sons and is looking forward to a chamber choir reunion of over 30 years of directing at Central.

John Muench ‘62, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was active in officiating high school track & field and football for 45 years. He is now executive director of the SEMO Football Officials Association.

Conrad Hudson ‘63, of St. Louis, Missouri, is enjoying the golden years after being retired more than 20 years from a federal career.

Bobby McElrath ‘63, of Athens, Georgia, is enjoying travel in retirement, visiting all seven continents and more than 75 countries, with four more trips abroad scheduled. He also enjoys meeting and working with internationals at his church.

Jim Piatchek ‘63, of Lakeland, Tennessee, has just written and published his fifth book, The Catholic Bucket List for all Christians. Jim is an ordained permanent Catholic Deacon in the Memphis West Tennessee Diocese. Profits go to charity, including the St. Vincent de Paul Food Mission and the Southeast Missouri State University Campus Ministry. It will be available on Amazon and some bookstores soon. Jim is an Alumni Merit Award winner. His book Mistakes Retirees Make with their Finances-How to Avoid Them is in its second printing, and Winning the Rejection Olympics-Running the Roadblocks of Life, his first book, features stories of Southeast campus life in the 1960s.

Jerry Caulder ‘64, of Rancho Santa Fe, California, founded Finistere Ventures, a venture fund to invest in biotechnology and medical devices. Finistere II was founded in 2015 to continue investing in entrepreneurs and biotechnology start-up companies. Dr. Caulder also founded Kapyon Ventures which incubates biotechnology startup companies.

Carol (French) Cobb ‘64, of Kirkwood, Missouri, published a young adult book a few years ago about the Vietnam War Era, No Ordinary Dare. She visits schools to discuss the writing and research process after being a teacher for more than 25 years.

Georgann Freasier ‘64, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is partially retired and active in animal assisted therapy as handler, instructor and evaluator for Pet Partners. 

Gerald Richards ‘65, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, works part-time for the school district he was a math teacher, guidance counselor and principal. He began his career in 1965 in Fox School District in Arnold and is now completing his 50th year. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southeast. Our son, Thomas, and his wife, Melissa, also completed their undergraduate degrees at Southeast.

60RuthAnnSalaterRuth Ann (Nyhoff) Salater ‘65, of Naples, Florida, is active in PEO, Panhellenic and Alpha Chi Alumnae Association. She celebrated her mom’s 101st birthday this year. Once again the Alpha Chi Omega’s had a wonderful reunion luncheon in Frontenac, Missouri.

Georgia (Green) White ‘65, of Richland, Missouri, has two sons and four grandchildren, with another one on the way. She’s been married 48 years and enjoys following her grandchildren in sports, music, dance, and other interests. She is supervising a speech implementor in the public schools.

Byron Luber ‘66, of Caruthersville, Missouri, retired as judge of Division II Circuit Court after 29 years of service.

Clyde Miner ‘66, of Friendswood, Texas, is tutoring high school students in algebra, geometry and calculus. He’s finding it more rewarding than any software he ever wrote or IT project/department he ever led. Kids say you’re great and hug you; vice-presidents never seemed to get around to it.

66EarlYoungEarl Young ‘66, of Dexter, Missouri, is a retired real estate broker and business owner. He manages personal rental properties, travels and spends time with grandchildren. Still enjoys mountain hiking, beach combing and video production and shares several of these with his wife of 41 years, Rosemarie.

Full page fax printAnnette (Seigel) Heller ‘67, of Chesterfield, Missouri, was a 2015 Honoree of the Women’s Justice Award in the business practitioner category by the Missouri Lawyers Weekly. In addition, Streetscape Magazine did an article on her husband and her.

Michael Peters ‘67, of Charleston, Missouri, went directly into the service after graduating and spent 12 months in combat in Vietnam. He returned in 1969 began work as a marketing manager with International Harvester, managed a retail farm equipment store, acquired an IBM franchise and owned a retail computer store with four Internet sites. He retired in 1999 and began work for the State of Missouri before retiring again in 2008. Now he spends time with granddaughters in the St. Charles area and fishing and hunting. 

Joyce (Headrick) Darr ‘68, of Rolla, Missouri, received the first M.A. in history from Southeast. After retirement from Rolla Public Schools, she taught as an adjunct for Southwest Baptist and Columbia Colleges for a few years. She now designs and makes quilts and still maintains a very active interest in politics.

Sandy (Wilmesher) Hechst ‘68, of St.Louis, Missouri, substitutes for Mehlville School District during the winter and works at Grant’s Farm during the summer. She enjoys babysitting my grandson, Zion. Hobbies include reading, Pilates and bike riding, and visiting family members in Orlando.

Donald Howard ‘68, of Savannah, Georgia, retired from Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation after 30 years of service. He was fortunate to travel around the world to export the Gulfstream aircraft models to a number of countries.

Randall Pierce ‘68, of Franklin, Tennessee, enlisted in the U.S. Army after graduation. After returning from Vietnam in 1971, he enrolled at the University of Memphis Law School. He just retired after practicing law for 40 years in the Memphis area. He has five children, three of whom are married, and three grandchildren. When he’s not spending time with family, he enjoys woodworking.

Linda (Knichel) Davis ‘69, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, earned her M.A. in education at Washington University and taught elementary education for 25 years. During sabbaticals she taught in Honduras, Central America and in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and Ecuador. After retiring, she continues studying fine arts and does custom oil paintings.

Carolyn (Herwig) Helderman ‘69, of Whitewater, Missouri, has a new grandson, Dallas James, and is looking forward to summer.

Ann (Obermeyer) Maki ‘69, of Boca Raton, Florida, is having her fifth Grandchild in June. She is teaching swimming part-time.

Delores (Hopkins) Poulos ‘69, of Palatine, Illinois, is currently racing at Arlington International.

Michael Skinner ’69, of St. Louis, Missouri, received his master’s degree from Washington University and his J.D. from Saint Louis University. As an attorney, Michael now teaches Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy and runs the Mock Trial Program at Saint Louis University. Michael lives in Lafayette Square close to the University with his wife Betty (Hagedorn).


Judith (Matthews) Gallagher ’70, ‘73, of Ft. Worth, Texas, has taken on the duties of coordinator for an early college high school, Marine Creek Collegiate High School, at the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County.

Gary Gardner ‘70, of Ironton, Missouri, is retired and serves on the Board of Alderman for the City of Ironton as well as on the AV Medical Center Board and the AV Alumni Association Board. He and wife, Carla Jean (Hovis) ‘73, ’77, have three children and three grandchildren.

Robert Guth ‘70, of Tucson, Arizona , is retired after 43 years working in the food and defense industries. He is currently doing consultant work in labor relations and working on his golf game.

Richard Hobson ‘70, of Phoenix, Arizona, has another book published. Shadows of The Brigade by RW Hobson is available on Amazon as well as two previous books, Us Until Now and The 365 Club.

Larry Jeffries ‘70, of Columbia, Missouri, retired and moved from Arizona to be near family. He is married to Mary (Hall) ‘70.

Jeff Lerner ‘70, of St Louis, Missouri, is enjoying tennis and pickleball. His two grandchildren are currently in Japan with his son, who is stationed there with the Navy. Jeff will be traveling most of 2015.

Jim Smith ‘70, of St. Louis, Missouri, and his wife are enjoying retirement by spending time at their homes in St. Louis and Lake of the Ozarks. They travel extensively and have two married children and three grandchildren.

Vicki Boren ‘71, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is honored to be serving as president of the University Alumni Association Board. She also works with Trinity Lutheran Church as a part-time music coordinator and keeps busy singing with the quartet Faith in Harmony.

Lonna (Hill) Enox ‘71, of Roswell, New Mexico, has completed a spring book signing tour in New Mexico and Texas for her second mystery novel, Blood Relations.

Inge (Farnham) Henderson ‘71, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, hiked the Appalachian Trail at age 65.

71JoanLangeJoan (Koeln) Lange ‘71, of Tampa, Florida, and husband, George ’72, have two sons and two grandchildren. George is the senior VP manager of investments/fiduciary services for Wells Fargo Private Bank West Coast of Florida.

Charles R. Stamp Jr. ‘71, of Atlanta, Georgia, will receive a Significant Sig award from the national Sigma Chi Fraternity. He is a Southeast Alumni Merit Award Winner.

John Young ‘71, of Mission, Kansas, retired and moved from Omaha to the Kansas City area to be near her daughter and her family.

Mark Drury ‘72, of Littleton, Colorado, was elected into the St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame.

Jerry Kinder ‘72, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, is retired as superintendent at Fredericktown, Missouri. He has taught educational administration classes for MSU, William Woods University, Southwest Baptist University, and ASU at Mountain Home.

John Murphy ‘72, of Collinsville, Illinois, will be retiring after 35 years in the semi-conductor and electronic contract assembly industries.

James Crawford ‘73, of St. Charles, Missouri, is forming a coalition of those with the knowledge, skills and abilities to create a model type Farmers Market to be on Bishop’s Landing in Saint Charles.

Bill Ganzer ‘73, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, provides sailing charters and sailing instructions for beginners to coastal cruising on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland.

Dan Groat ‘73, of Herculaneum, Missouri, has three published works of fiction: A Punctual Paymaster, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy, and Monarchs and Mendicants.

Brenda (Schlimpert) McCowan ‘73, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, retired after 37 years in education as business teacher and school administrator.

Douglas Miller ‘73, of Tamms, Illinois, is retired and enjoying it. 

Velva (Warren) Redman ‘73, of Hope, Arkansas, works alongside her husband, pastor of Grace Baptist Church.

Steve Ruffin ‘73, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, has a second book, entitled Flights of No Return in publication. His first book, Aviation’s Most Wanted was published in 2005.

Dwain Hahs ‘74, of Jackson, Missouri, is now mayor of Jackson.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADeborah (Jordan) Kanyo ‘74, of Alton, Illinois, had an exciting year including a trip to Hawaii, the birth of her first grandchild, and retiring after teaching/directing music for 41 years!

Monica (Heuring) Stein ‘74, of Mesa, Arizona, is celebrating her 25th wedding anniversary this year. She directs theatrical productions in her community, is an American Legion Auxiliary officer and a karaoke DJ and entertainer.

Bill Black ‘75, of Knoxville, Tennessee, is returning to the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer for his 24th continuous season. He has designed costumes for nearly 50 productions at the festival including this season’s Taming Of The Shrew and Charley’s Aunt. He made a rare stage appearance playing Reverend Kimball in The Threepenny Opera at the Clarence Brown Theatre Company in Knoxville.

Gary Kamp ‘75, of Burfordville, Missouri, was reelected to Associate Circuit Judge for Cape Girardeau County, for a sixth term. He was elected as the 101st president of the Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Judges and will lead that organization for the next year in its legislative and administrative priorities, representing every county of the State of Missouri.

Kevin Snavely ‘75, of Easley, South Carolina, was recently appointed president of PCC Chemax, a global manufacturer and supplier of chemicals used in oilfield, plastics and metalworking fluids.

Ron Alfred ‘76, of St. Charles, Missouri, is pleased his son, Henry, graduated Cum Laude from Southeast with a B.S. in political science and B.A. in philosophy. 

Karen (Dennis) Cauble ‘76, of Kissimmee, Florida, loves living in Central Florida where there is something to do all the time.

Nancy (Job) Davis ‘76, of Marble Hill, Missouri, is retired and enjoys spending time with friends and family. She has two daughters, sons-in-law and four grandchildren. 

Teresa (Clayton) Tidwell ‘76, of Caruthersville, Missouri, was named director of Caruthersville Public Library.

77Carolyn JonesCarolyn (Cummings) Jones ‘77, of St. Louis, Missouri, is enjoying retirement after 38 years with the federal government. She has two children and three grandkids.

LaDon (Williams) Dial ‘78, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, retired from the State of Missouri as a probation and parole officer and started working full time for the retirement community of John Knox.

Mark Hurt ‘78, of Creve Coeur, Missouri, is president of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

Bradley Jones ‘78, of Lohman, Missouri, retired as a captain with the Missouri State Highway Patrol after serving for 35 years.

Lawrence Nothdurft ‘78, of Jefferson City, Missouri, is semi-retired and loving it.

Rita (West) Oddie ‘78, of Saint Peters, Missouri, became a first-time grandma to twin grandsons.

79HarveyAbramsHarvey Abrams ‘79, of State College, Pennsylvania, created the IISOH, a non-profit corporation organized to build a library and museum for the history of sport, physical education, recreation, dance, sport in art and the Olympic Games.

Robert Butler ‘79, of Webster Groves, Missouri, was elected chairman of the board for Delta Dental of Missouri, the largest provider of dental insurance benefits in the state.

Teresa (DeLeonardo) DeMattei ‘79, of Centralia, Illinois, retired from teaching after 34 years with the same school district, Centralia City Schools.

Linda (Thornton Gers) Johnson ‘79, of High Point, North Carolina, was selected as one of 15 leaders at Guilford Technical Community College to participate as a member of the 2015 President’s Leadership Program. The program occurs every two years and identifies leaders within the college to attend a week long leadership seminar and then work as a leader on college issues for the following two years.

Bonnie Sperry ‘79, of Titusville, Florida, just learned she’s going to be a great grandmother for the first time to twins!

Nancee (Hurley) Werts ‘79, of St. Charles, Missouri, opened her own business, the Black Orchid, after a career in the insurance and real estate industry.


Roberta Broeker ‘80, of Jefferson City, Missouri, was named interim director of the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Denise (Backhaus) Cole ‘80, of St. Charles, Missouri, retired from teaching middle school in the Francis Howell School District, after 34 years in the district. She now substitutes part-time.

Linda (Neal) Hodges ‘80, of Wanathavillua, Puttalam, is developing a wildlife conservation area in Northwest Sri Lanka. The project is based on eco-education aimed at locals and tourists. Though the area is labeled the dry zone, it is teaming with wildlife including elephants, leopards, jackal, crocodile, otter, birds, and reptiles. She is building wetlands, reforesting, planting mangrove, and digging tanks, so the habitat will attract and support the fauna and flora all year round. It is quite a leap for her from teaching physics in the States.

Rick Meadows ‘80, of Campbell, Missouri, retired after teaching for 31 years in the Campbell R-2 Schools. He enjoys family, friends, and church family, and he spends his time attending auctions, visiting historic sites, and going to antique stores.

Terry Spitzmiller ‘80, of Bellbrook, Ohio, has been selected to handle the Service Area Office Contracting East Office for the Veterans Health Administration. He will have oversight of all VHA Contracting Employees and Contract Operations for the East Coast.

Sid Aslin ‘81, of St. Peters, Missouri, is retired and traveling with his wife, hunting, and spending time with his two sons and daughter-in-law. He has started fly fishing. 

Louis DesPres ‘81, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, resigned as a nurse anesthetist from SoutheastHealth and is now providing independent anesthesia services to several hospitals and surgery centers in the area. He has six grandchildren and is a retired commander from the U.S. Navy after serving active duty and reserves for 29 years.

Therese (Schuberth) Hubble ‘81, of Bixby, Oklahoma, works for Marshall Electronics based out of El Segundo, California as a regional sales manager working out of her home.

Barbara Wood ‘81, of Wilmington, North Carolina, would love to hear from old friends and classmates. It is amazing to see the old campus growing and expanding for the new generations of alumni.

Nancy Glover ‘82, of Marble Hill, Missouri, was promoted to regional director of operations, overseeing school food service operations in the Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas regions.

Tim Lewis ‘82, of Festus, Missouri, will have a daughter attend Southeast starting this fall. 

Gregg Billmeyer ‘83, of Columbia, Illinois, is president/owner of Zounds Hearing Aid Franchises in St. Louis and operates two stores located in South County and Chesterfield.

Jann (Wodell) Schrader ‘83, of Aurora, Illinois, finished a Master of Arts in psychology this year.

Donnie Shelton ‘83, of St. Peters, Missouri, is blessed with five grandchildren.

Elzena (Bradshaw) Simmons ‘83, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a new grandmother. 

84RogerCayceRoger Cayce ‘84, of Florissant, Missouri, is retired as assistant superintendent after 24 years in the University City school District and is now working as chief of staff in the St. Louis Public Schools.

Ricky Lewis ‘84, of Waterford, Michigan, retired after 27 years in the IT Industry, servicing General Motors internationally. 

Bryan McGraw ‘84, of Imperial, Missouri, took on additional leadership responsibilities with the National Archives. In addition to overseeing operations of the National Archives at St. Louis, he supervises operations in Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth and Kansas City. These combined operations account for approximately one-half of the accessioned records in the National Archives system.

84MichaelVanattaMichael Vanatta ‘84  and his wife Christine, celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on January 4. Mike has been an engineer with Jefferson County for 19 years,and Chris has been a teacher with Jefferson County for 22 years. The have two great kids, Kurtis and Kait, and a wonderful son-in-law,Tyler Compton,from Buffalo, Mo.

Sue (Lang) Sharp ‘85, of Saint Charles, Missouri, received a doctorate from Maryville University. In addition to being the principal of Fairmount Elementary in the Francis Howell School District, he is an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University.

Eric Dahl ‘86, of Nashville, Tennessee, was featured in InTune Magazine

Dan Gabbert ‘86, of Lees Summit, Missouri, is married with two children. He received a Master of Science in counseling psychology from Avila University and owns a private. During the past eight years, he’s completed over 25 triathlons including Ironman Florida. He and his wife enjoy bicycling, golfing, traveling and creating memories together.

Kevin Katon ‘86, of St. Louis, Missouri, achieved his 25 year service award with Energizer Holdings, Inc.

Linda (Lessor) Pahl ‘86, of Wildwood, Missouri, is a teacher. She continued her education, earning a master’s degree in administration and specialist degree in superintendency. 

Chris (Lehr) Alexander ‘87, of Hollywood, Florida, has a great 14-year old son, is involved with a Christian performing arts ministry, and creates GuitArt (guitar art). 

Brenda (Hennecke) Smith ‘87, of Festus, Missouri, is an international representative for Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary educational sorority for women educators.

William Wehmeyer ‘87, of St. Louis, Missouri, married Robin K. Ricca.

Jacquelyn (Gregware) Hibbler ‘88, of Manchester, Missouri, started a new position at Confluence Academy-Old North campus as a 7th grade math teacher. Her husband, John ‘88 has worked at Sigma Aldrich for 27 years and is currently a production manager. 

Jeff Lance ‘88, was named property director at CMI, a third party claims administrator which manges claims for Lloyd’s of London and various domestic carriers. He is also an active executive general adjuster managing claims in excess of $10 million. He keeps in touch with his artistic roots by playing professionally in three bands in the St. Louis area.

John Cooley ’89, ‘92, of Eldorado, Illinois, received a doctorate in psychology from California Southern University. He has three children. Two of them are students at Southeast. Cooley got remarried in 2014 and has three stepchildren. 

Mike Dean ‘89, of Wellington, Florida, and his wife Lisa (Roussin) ‘91 have two children. Mike has been with his company, J.M. Family Enterprises, for 22 years. He has relocated many times for his company and currently holds the position of district manager. 

Jackie (Ross) Lorrainne ‘89, of St. Louis, Missouri, is a graduate of the executive MBA program from Washington University in St Louis.


Kerry Hesselrode ‘90, of Vancleave, Mississippi, retired from the U.S. Air Force after 21-plus years at the rank of Lt. Colonel. He secured a position in one of the country’s premier shipyards that build ships for the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense. 

Jennifer (McIntyre) LeGrand ‘90, of St. Louis, Missouri, and her husband, Kevin, have six children, Logan, Noah, Samuel, Elijah, Gabriel, and Amelia. She homeschools the youngest five children.

Rick Schmidt ‘90, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has been with the Cape Girardeau Police Department for 22 years. 

91LyneseHoffmanLynese (Cargill) Hoffman ‘91, of Chesterfield, Missouri, is chairman of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, facilitator of Leadership Chesterfield, and president of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter for Southeast Missouri State.

Dean Cowan ‘92, of Sikeston, Missouri, relocated from Tokyo, Japan to Hong Kong for a new job assignment. He’s looking forward to the challenge and adventure but will miss Japan-a truly great place to live and work.

Jamie Frakes ‘92, of Portageville, Missouri, was recognized by the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Higher Education with the Milton Phillips, Jr. Award for Outstanding Involvement in Economic Development and Continuing Education.

James Adair ’93, ’96, ‘00, of Dyersburg, Tennessee, is serving as the president-elect for the Tennessee Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. He is serving as the lead faculty for the Tennessee Department of Education Dual Credit Committee in Statistics. At Dyersburg State Community College, he teaches both mathematics and political science classes.

David Jackson ‘93, of Greenwood, Missouri, retired as archives director for the Jackson County (Missouri) Historical Society in Independence, Missouri He continues to research, write and publish books through The Orderly Pack Rat, an independent consulting service he founded in 1996, and serves as director and archivist.

Devon Lake ‘93, of Bolivar, Tennessee, has recently finished his master’s degree in education at Freed Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee.

Rosemarie Mesnier ‘93, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been with Build-A-Bear Workshop for two years at the St. Louis Zoo location. 

Lisa Moore ‘93, of St. Louis, Missouri, celebrated 18 years as a correctional officer for the City of St. Louis. She looks forward to exploring other opportunities within the fields of law enforcement. She is the proud aunt of two nephews and a niece.

David Thomas ‘93, of Manassas, Virginia, and his wife, Stacey ‘91, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. David was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in U.S. Army. He will begin a Ph.D. in nuclear policy at the University of Maryland-College Park on three-year U.S. Army orders.

James Thompson ‘93, of Florissant, Missouri, retired from the University of Missouri-Police Department and received his education specialist degree in 2013.

Shawn Asmus ‘94, of Jackson, Missouri, was promoted to principal security consultant within the application security practice at Optiv Security, one of North America’s leading information security services and solutions providers. 

Dan Hecht ‘94, of Jackson, Missouri, is currently pursuing a specialist in education administration from Southeast.

Jennifer (Layton) McCluskey ‘94, of Ballwin, Missouri, has been at Maryville University for 13 years and recently became the vice president for student success. She and her husband Brian have three boys, Braden, Blake, and Bennett.

Kenny Sil94KennySillsls‘94, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, is the author of the horror novel Tattoo: A Beautiful Sin. He recently held a book signing at the Southeast Bookstore and will return again on Friday, Sept. 11 for another signing during Family Weekend. Sills is currently working on his second book, in what will be a trilogy, that takes place on the Southeast campus and around Cape Girardeau.

Rob Aldrich ‘95, of Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, retired from the U.S. Army and is currently attending the University of West Florida for a master’s degree in clinical social work.

95MarlowBartonMarlow (Greiner) Barton ‘95, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, had her second child, Jack Michael, who joins big brother, Luke Austin Allan.

Ryan Kasten ‘96, of Vero Beach, Florida, was recently named director of music/organist at Community Church of Vero Beach after an international candidate search. He was also named artistic director of the region’s top choral ensemble, the Indialantic Chamber Singers. Kasten will be married later this year to Dr. Jason Hobratschk.

Kathy (Perryman) Winn ‘96, of Franklin, Tennessee, is the vice president of marketing services for LifePoint Hospitals. 

William (Bill) Hart ‘97, of St. Louis, Missouri, was named executive director of the statewide organization Missouri Alliance for Historic Preservation.

Fara McDonald ‘97, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is completing her 18th year as a math teacher for Sikeston Public Schools. McDonald worked on the school yearbook for 15 years. She got her middle school certification in 1999 and received her master’s degree in administration in 2004. 

Bryan Wyman ‘97, of High Ridge, Missouri, has been married to Kirsten Heroux ‘95 for 17 years. They have two daughters, Tatum and Reese. He has been teaching in the Fox School District for 18 years and also coaches girl’s basketball and fastpitch softball. 

98JenniferBlockJennifer (Bullerdick) Block ‘98, of St. Charles, Missouri, and Kevin Block were married this year. Jennifer received her master’s degree in business administration with highest honors.

Brenten Byrd, M.S., CPS, VHACM, ‘98, of Lowell, Arkansas, has been focused on helping veterans recover from serious mental illness, addictions, cognitive, and other physical disabilities in order to reintegrate back into their communities and return to the workforce. Byrd is working to erect a national Persian Gulf War Memorial for those heroes who sacrificed for our freedoms.

Lee (Rains) Clauss ‘98, of Fullerton, California, is an archaeological and historic preservation law consultant working exclusively for the Sherwood Valley Band of Pomo in Mendocino County. Her husband of 15 years, Dan Clauss ‘99 has been athletic director for Cerritos College since 2011. They have one son, Elijah.

Jeremy Siebert ‘98, of Holcomb, Missouri, and his wife, Mika, have three boys, Kaden, Conor, and Kennan. 

Vance Pawielski ‘99, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has been working at Air Force ROTC at Southeast Missouri State for more than 20 years.

Cathy (Guffey) Robertson ’99, ‘06, of Eureka, Missouri, just finished her Ed.D. degree in teacher leadership from Walden University. She has taught at St. Clair High School for 14 years and is also teaching as an adjunct geology professor at Missouri Baptist University. 


Elizabeth (Albright) Riley ‘00, of New Madrid, Missouri, is married with three beautiful children. Her husband farms in the Missouri bootheel.

Juliana (Ott) Hardy ‘02, of O’Fallon, Missouri, will celebrate seven years of marriage in June. They have one three year old son, Adler. She recently began underwriting for corporate banking at First Bank after 10 years as a lender in the commercial middle market group. 

Richard Harris ‘02, of Phoenix, Arizona, welcomed his first child, Kaitlyn Grace, on April 17.

03EmilyBeckEmily (Schoemehl) Beck ‘03, of St. Louis, Missouri, celebrated the birth of her first child, Gretchen Virginia.

Lacey (Marshall) Bommarito ‘03, of Surprise, Arizona, accepted a legal assistant position at Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold, LLP, in Phoenix in the tax law department.

03MaryDennehyMary “Morgan” (Trousdale) Dennehy ‘03, of Columbia, Missouri, married Sean Michael Dennehy of Hannibal, Missouri. They met in fall 2005 in Canterbury, England.

Rachael (Lowes) Dufek ‘03, of Fenton, Missouri, and her husband Joseph just welcomed their first child, Lucille Elizabeth, into the world. Dr.Jim Dufek is one proud Grandpa! 

Kate (Monzyk) Winkelmeier ‘03, of Marthasville, Missouri, had her second son, Max. He joins big brother Liam. Earlier this year, Kate and her husband launched their small batched brewery, Winkelmeier Brewing Company.

Vicki Bean ‘04, of Gideon, Missouri, has been honored as Missouri Art Educator of the Year, Regional Art Educator of the Year, and National Secondary Art Educator of the Year. 

David Bishop ‘04, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, recently finished his first novel, The Gospel of Adam.

Angela (Price) Buss ‘04, of Herrin, Illinois, and her husband C.J. ‘05, ‘08 just welcomed their son, Cian. 

Erin Corkery ‘04, of St. Louis, Missouri, left Maritz after nine years in the corporate world for a job with Washington University. As an administrative coordinator in the College of Arts & Sciences, she coordinates scholarship events and graduation activities for Arts & Sciences students. Corkery will be taking over the Presidency of the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter of Gamma Phi Beta. The chapter helps support Missouri chapters and works with Girls on the Run St. Louis. She has also signed up to be a GOTR Sole Mate to help with fund-raising for GOTR programming. Corkery is hoping the GOTR program will help her train for her fourth half marathon in November in Nashville.

04KatieHubbardKatie (Beers) Hubbard, MPH, CHMM ‘04, of St. Peters, Missouri, welcomed her first child, Ronan Miles Hubbard.

Chris Krueger ‘04, of Oakville, Missouri, is currently in his 10th year at Windsor School District where he also coaches boys JV soccer and basketball. Krueger married last year and completed his Masters of Educational Administration from Missouri Baptist University.

Joseph Gissy ‘05, of Woodland Hills, California, founded and created, creating the e-surance of the financial industry. The website gives consumers affordable financial budgets and planning as well as investment advice all through virtual meetings.

Christina (Miskell) Tygett ‘05, of Paducah, Kentucky, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in dietetics. She began working in the nursing home industry as a registered dietitian, was promoted to a regional dietitian, and then completed an administrator-in-training program. Tygett was promoted as the administrator of the Barkley Center in Paducah, where she is overseeing the expansion of a Transitional Care Unit and construction of a rehabilitation gym with full rehabilitation staff. Tygett plans to begin pursuing a master’s degree in healthcare administration this year. 

SONY DSCVallie Lynn Watson ‘05, of Wilmington, N.C., is teaching for the creative writing department at UNCW and completing her second book. Her debut novel, A River So Long, was published in 2012.

Shad Burner ’06, ‘08 of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is the business development specialist for the Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce. His wife, Layne ‘06, is a third grade teacher at St. Mary Cathedral School. They live in Cape Girardeau with their two children, Kaydence and Lennon.

Crystal Jones ‘06, of Jackson, Missouri, moved to the Cape Girardeau area after accepting a position at the Institute for Regional Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Southeast Missouri State University.

06TinaMarraTina (Venker) Marra ‘06, of St. Louis, Missouri, married Brandon Marra (‘07) last year in St. Louis. Alumni in their wedding party included Erica (Bias) Claudin ’06, Ben Bryant ‘09 and Art Polizzi ‘08.

06JulieWeatherspoonJulie (Horrell) Weatherspoon ‘04, ‘06, of St. Charles, Missouri, and her husband Ryan ‘03 welcomed their third daughter, Olivia Ryann. She was welcomed home by big sisters Marena Grace and Avery Celeste. Ryan and Julie both work in finance at The Boeing Company. Ryan is a new team lead for material accounting in the Boeing Military Aircraft division. Julie is a financial planning analyst in the engineering, operations and technology division. She is a recent graduate of the Boeing Emerging Leaders Development program, a very selective three-year leadership and strategic development program which focuses on personal and professional development. 

07CynthiaBlalockCynthia (Ulrich) Blalock, DDS ‘07, of St Charles, Missouri, married Richard Blalock, last year. Cyndi owns Cardinal Dental in St. Peters, Missouri. They have two dogs, Abby and Max.

Lance Lemen ‘07, of Maplewood, Missouri, married Carrie (Dryer) Lemen last year in Catawissa, Missouri They were married in the same church as her parents and grandparents.

Elizabeth (Boan) Lilly ‘07, of Dexter, Missouri, just congratulated her youngest son on his graduation from Southeast Missouri State. Her older son also graduated from Southeast. 

07JenniferMcKenzieJennifer (Belmar) McKenzie ‘07, of Imperial, Missouri, and her husband, Aaron, welcomed the birth of their son Aaron Spencer McKenzie Jr. (AJ). The proud parents recently celebrated their fourth wedding.

Sara (Sherman) Brandon ‘07, of DuBois, Illinois, married Joshua Brandon at Giant City Park last year.

Stephanie Tracy ‘07, of APO, AE, celebrated her five-year anniversary in the United States Air Force. This summer, Tracy will finish her three-year tour at Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England and move to Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. She has also been selected for promotion and will pin on the rank of Major this fall. 

Lynsie Creasman ‘08, of Royal Oak, Mich., is getting married to Mike Lightfoot. 

John Hope ‘08, of St. Louis, Missouri, has been working for St. Louis Community College part-time for five years and full-time for three years. Following in his footsteps, Hope’s son is beginning his fourth year at Southeast this fall. Forever a Redhawk! 

Stacey Morgan ‘08, of Gobler, Missouri, works at St. Jude’s Childrens Research Hospital where she provides education to parents and patients in order for them to not have to spend their entire chemotherapy course inside the hospital. 

Emily (Binger) Stahr ‘08, of St. Louis, Missouri, completed her MBA at St. Louis University and started a new job as a property manager for a small commercial real estate firm in Clayton.

Danielle (Liley) Torbet ‘08, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, married Matthew Torbet at Maple United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau. Rev. Ron Watts performed the ceremony. 

Jenna (Russell) Adkins ‘09, of Lees Summit, Missouri, married Nick Adkins.

Aaron Alter ‘09, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, just celebrated his one year wedding anniversary.

09ElizaBalestracciEliza (Grove) Balestracci ‘09, of Satellite Beach, Florida, married Mike Balestracci at sunrise on the beach in Florida surrounded by her closest friends and family.

09RachelBevell2Rachel (Reeder) Bevell ‘09, of Imperial, Missouri, welcomed a baby girl, Lucy, to her family on St. Patrick’s Day. Reed is officially a big brother.

Matthew Brucks ‘09, of Shawnee, Kan., and wife, Megan (Anderson) ‘09, welcomed a baby girl, Madelyn Sue Brucks, to the world. Both Matthew and Megan graduated from the College of Business. 



Sarah (Snyder) Becvar ‘10, of Kirkwood, Missouri, and her husband Kevin welcomed their first child, Benjamin Francis.

Brett Maikowski ‘10, of Houston, Texas, has accepted the communications manager position with the Houston Texans after spending the last three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts.

Amanda Marchegiani ‘10, of Archbald, Pennsylvania, became the community relations coordinator at the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in Scranton. She completed her fifth half marathon, the Scranton Half Marathon this spring with a time of 2:13:11. 



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