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Frances Allen 37, of Newton, Kansas, enjoyed celebrating her 100th birthday with family and friends in June. Much to her delight, she received birthday greetings from across the U.S., and many family members joined her for a “Roaring 20s” birthday party. Dr. Allen continues to do well and lives at her home in Newton, Kansas.


Norman Hoffmeister 54, of St Louis, Missouri, was head of the Art Department and yearbook sponsor for 35 years at Webster Groves High School. He was recently selected as a Distinguished Member of the St. Louis Artist Guild.


Judith (Palmer) Foard 60, of Westfield, Massachusetts, has spent time tutoring, writing, and volunteering in church and community activities since her retirement as a teacher. In 2013, she published a book entitled Senior Year through iUniverse.

Elroy Kinder 60, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has volunteered in historic preservation, writing National Register Nominations for three historic churches, the restoration of five historic cemeteries and writing complete histories including genealogy reports of immigrant members. Kinder served in the U.S. Army stationed in Stuttgart, Germany. He married Mary Susan Sciortino, RN, in 1962, and has four children.

Darrel Statler 60, of Sebring, Florida, and his wife, Sherry, just celebrated their 55th anniversary. They have eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Statler retired from South Florida State College as dean of adult education. He and his wife have a two-acre peach orchard.

Betty (Lewis) Stanley 62, of Salem, Indiana, retired from teaching, having taught elementary school for 35 years in St. Louis County, Charleston, and Salem, Indiana.

Ronald Eaglin 62, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, retired as President Emeritus of Morehead State University in 2005. He is married to Bonnie (Clinton), 63. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Donald LaFerla 62, of Carthage, Missouri, was honored to receive an Alumni Merit Award in 1998 which re-connected he and his wife to Southeast. He met his wife, Gloria, there in 1959. He was again honored to serve on the Southeat Foundation Board for three terms and was appointed a regent in December 2013 by Governor Jay Nixon. LaFerla is a proud member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity Delta Zeta Chapter at Southeast. He and his wife love Southeast Missouri State University.

Ruth (Painter) Newman 65, of Arnold, Missouri, taught for 33 years at Fox C-6 Schools and retired to watch her grandchildren. She is an organist at New Hope Methodist Church.

Thomas Harte 65, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a retired professor and chair of the Department of Speech Communications and Theater. He is currently hosting the “Caffe Concerto” on KRCU and writes a food column for the Southeast Missourian.

Dennis Kehm 65, of Festus, Missouri, is a retired Circuit Judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, Division 4, in Jefferson County, Missouri. He is married to wife, Dorothea, who is now a retired educator. He has a daughter, Laura, who is a teacher and a son, Dennis, who is an attorney. In their free time, the couple enjoys traveling and spending time with their five grandchildren.

Jane (Feldmeier) Harte 65, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, worked for over 30 years at AAA Travel as a travel agent and manager. She is now retired and enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old granddaughter and traveling Europe and the U.S. at every opportunity with her husband, Dr. Tom Harte.

Barbara (Bierbaum) Lee 65, of Manchester, Missouri, retired from Blue Cross Blue Shield in 1999 after 34 years. She enjoys volunteering at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and loves to travel.

Terry Heuer 65, of Redmond, Washington, retired after 30 years of Commercial Real Estate Development in Southern California, followed by 18 years in finance with Wells Fargo Private Mortgage Bank. He and his wife enjoy an active lifestyle at Trilogy Golf and Country Club playing golf, tennis, snow skiing, reading, volunteering and spending lots of time with their six grandchildren.

Kenneth Bollinger 65, of Marietta, Georgia, and his wife, Fran, are enjoying their fifth year of retirement by traveling the world and have recently welcomed their second grandchild. He wishes a Happy 50th and all the best to his fellow ‘65 classmates.

Sandra (Brown) Hankins 65, of O’Fallon, Missouri, and her husband have retired after 35 years as educators. During their summers, they volunteered with Thunderbird Boy’s Camp in Bemidji, Minnesota. They have nine grandchildren with whom they enjoy spending time. She and her husband love to go on cruises and will soon be taking a cruise to Hawaii to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. She still meets monthly with several of her college Alpha Xi Delta sorority sisters.

Jay Thomas 65, of Indianapolis, Indiana, is a retired digital signal processing engineer who works as a consultant part-time. He is married to his wife, Barb, with whom he has two children, Denise and Danna. Jay is also a former United States Marine.

Linda (Hose) Lawrence 65, of San Diego, California, lives four blocks from the Pacific Ocean and life is delightful in her little beach house. She does miss her Midwest roots, rivers, canoeing, family, and friends.

Sandra (Weber) Behlmann 65, of St. Charles, Missouri, was excited for her 50-year Class Reunion this year! She believes her education and time at Southeast allowed her to “grow old gracefully.” She is currently retired but is still a substitute teacher when needed. Most importantly, she enjoys spending her free time with family and friends.

Patricia (Kleisly) Brinkhorst 65, of Manchester, Missouri, taught in the Parkway School District as she raised two children in addition to pursuing an MAT + 30 hours at Webster University. Her extra time was filled rescuing animals, participating in diabetes research at BJC Healthcare, and “playing” with computers. After she retired, grandchildren, volunteering for church, rescuing greyhounds and promoting a Fair Trade Market have filled the time gaps.

Mary (White) Roney 65, of Middle Brook, Missouri, taught for 30 years in the Fox C-6 School District. After retirement, she and her husband moved to a farm near Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park.

Rhonda (Turner) Hogan 66, of Oakland, Tennessee, retired from Kennett Public Schools as psychological examiner in 2000. She and her husband of 49 years, Larry, relocated to Oakland, Tennessee, a few miles out of Memphis. They have a daughter in Kansas City and a son in Memphis.

Shelton Smith 67, of St. Louis, Missouri, was recently named to the Commissioner’s Task Force to review the state’s preparation and certification requirements for school leaders. He is also the chairman of the board for Missouri Professors of Educational Leadership organization. Smith is also the director of master’s degrees through doctoral programs at Missouri Baptist University and teaches in the education division.

Colin Ponder 67, of Flowery Branch, Georgia, is retired. He and his wife, Nancy, split their time between Georgia and Orange Beach, Alabama.

Dennis Drum 67, of Herndon, Virginia, was born and educated in Cape. He had an early interest in rocks, fossils and caves and has a B.S. in geology from Southeast Missouri. While in college he married Mary (Hopen) and they have two sons, both married, and three grandchildren. Dennis worked for 37 years with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency as a civilian employee and worked another eight years as a contractor. As retirees, he and Mary are pursuing their mutual interests in English country dancing, photography, genealogy and travel. He is still involved in fossil collecting and caving but in a more leisurely sense.

Glenn Westover 68, of Florissant, Missouri, was a science teacher in the Ferguson-Florissant School District from 1968-1999. during that time, he received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching and the National Association of Biology Teacher’s Outstanding Biology Teacher Award for Missouri. He was also awarded the Outstanding Science Teacher award by the Academy of Science of St. Louis. He was recently inducted into the Ritenour High School Hall of Fame.

Paul Walker 68, of Raytown, Missouri, retired after 45 years of owning an insurance agency.

Juanita (Rapp) Wyman 69, of Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, spent 30 years teaching art at Desoto High School, three years as an adjunct at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, and is now producing and selling her art at galleries in Ste. Genevieve, Cape and elsewhere.

Claudette (McWilliams) Scott 69, of Kansas City, Missouri, retired after 50 years as a Missouri Educator. She was Missouri Teacher of the Year in 1993. In 2015, she received the Key Woman Educator Award presented by Delta State of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Glenda (Besselsen) Hegr 69, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and her husband, Edwin, will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary in January. Both are retired and they are enjoying the “good life.”


Norman Swan 70, of Knoxville, Tennessee, continues to serve as professor of journalism and electronic media at University of Tennessee-Knoxville and director of international and outreach programs for the College of Communication and Information. He teaches TV news courses and coordinates the study abroad programs. He has been at UT for 30 years. For the past 20 years he has also served as an international media trainer and consultant for the U.S. State Department, Voice of America, and many other agencies. He trains journalists in developing and transitioning countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has conducted more than 150 workshops in close to 50 countries around the world.

John Tant 70, retired after 38 years with E.C. Barton Company serving as store manager, district manager and V.P. of training & development.

Lonna (Hill) Enox-Tucker 71, of Roswell, New Mexico, is writing her third mystery novel. Currently, she is on a book tour, culminating in Raleigh, North Carolina, at the Bouchercon Book Conference.

James Crawford 71, of St. Charles, Missouri, has been tasked by Mayor, Sally Faith to form a coalition of those with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to create a model-type farmers market to be on Bishop’s Landing.

James Truesdell 71, of Manchester, Missouri, continues in his 12th year teaching the introductory MBA course in law and ethics at Saint Louis University. He has authored three books and over 500 articles for numerous national business magazines.

Victoria Boren 71, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is honored to be serving as president of the University Alumni Association Board and is looking forward to the new Cape County SEMO University Alumni Chapter becoming active. She is also working with Trinity Lutheran Church as a part-time music coordinator and keeps busy singing with the quartet “Faith in Harmony.”

Thomas Burniski 71, of University City, Missouri, has been retired from teaching since 2001 and is currently coaching track at Cor Jesu Academy in St. Louis. He and his wife have six grandchildren, four girls and two boys.

Charles Young 72, of Santa Monica, California, retired from the State Department where he was advisor to the CFO for diplomatic security and recently moved to Santa Monica, California to promote the production of feature films and television programming developed by his company, MCMFILMS. In April, his company released a feature film, The Haunting of Pearson Place via Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google, and YouTube. MCMFILMS also launched a pilot for a TV series called DRAKUL.

Donald Bussen 72, of Yuma, Arizona, has many fond memories of his Spanish classes. He is retired and currently splits his time between Puerto Penasco, Mexico and Yuma, Arizona finding the Spanish language and Latino community very enjoyable. He and his spoiled dog love walking on the beach.

Monica (Heuring) Stein 74, of Mesa, Arizona, was recently appointed Music Chairman of the American Legion Auxiliary and will be performing the National Anthem at the Fall Conference in Tucson.

Robert Cribbs 74, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a proud father of an Eagle Scout that earned a scholarship to Kalamazoo College.

John Burneson 75, of Lynwood, Illinois, is currently an associate professor at Northwestern College. He and his wife Cheryl are proud parents of three adopted daughters from Peru, Paraguay and Cambodia.

Nancy (Mason) Hale 75, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is the owner of Education Solutions Consulting which holds the contract in 19 counties of Missouri First Steps Early intervention which provides services to children age birth to three.

Janet (Perez) Eckles 75, of Orlando, Florida, is one of the three finalists for the Don Quixote Award in the Excellence category given to illustrious Latinos by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Among the former winners is Dr. Antonia Novello, former U.S. Surgeon General. Winner to be announced at a gala to be held at Disney’s EPCOT in December.

Donald Roussin 76, of Maryland Heights, Missouri, published his third book, St. Louis Brews: The History of Brewing in the Gateway City. He just celebrated 30 years as an employee of Boeing. One of his sons graduated from Southeast as well; the third male Roussin to live in Myers Hall.

Steven Lomax 76, of Sikeston, Missouri, has been working for Bob Ralph Distributing for 27 years as an accounts manager. He says hello to his TKE brothers and welcomes the new chapter to SEMO.

Robert Wehling 76, of Fenton, Missouri, and his wife, Evale ‘75, celebrated their 40th anniversary. They have a son, Adam, and two grandchildren.

Carol (Grzesiowski) Shimizu 78, of St. Louis, Missouri, recently retired from the Special School District of St. Louis aftermore than 20 years as a speech pathologist.

William Palmer 78, of Sikeston, Missouri, is working on his next novel.

Fernando Contreras-Lopez 78, of Miami, Florida, is in business development for Latin America Iblesoft (India) Software.

Linda (Dortch) Stevens 78, of Bernie, Missouri, retired after 30 years of teaching at Bernie. She and her husband enjoy their grandchildren, attending St. Louis Cardinal baseball games and gardening.

Sue (Strawder) Whitener 79, of St Louis, Missouri, retired from teaching. She was an early childhood teacher for a total of 34 years, employed with University City Schools for 22 of those years. Whitener is currently working at the University City Public Library as an assistant in their youth outreach program.

Nancy (Grommet) Bland 79, of Ellington, Missouri, retired as a high school counselor. She is currently working part-time.

Norma (Huey) Leonard 79, of St. Charles, Missouri, and her husband opened his art gallery, Fraser Leonard Fine Art Gallery, in historic St. Charles.


Edsel Allen 81, of Greeley, Colorado, has lived in Austin, Texas, for three years after living 30 years in Denver, Colorado. He has been married for 12 years, and they have three beautiful dogs. He is very happy working at PeopleFluent.

Michael Spissinger 83, of Paducah, Kentucky, an award-winning photojournalist, currently serves as chief photojournalist at WPSD Local 6. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up a fan of Cardinal baseball, football and television news. While at SEMO, he initially focused on print journalism but fell in love with news during a television class. In 1984, Mike accepted a full-time position with WPSD and has called the station home ever since. He has won numerous awards from the Kentucky Associated Press and the Kentucky News Photographers Association.

Kelly Greer 83, of Lockport, Illinois, and his wife, Laura ’79, recently celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary by taking a long-awaited and well-deserved trip to Paris, France.

Donnie Shelton 83, of St Peters, Missouri, obtained a Bachelors of Science in industrial technology in combination with his AA in computer science from Southeast. He is an estimator and technical support specialist for Nestle Purina. He enjoys his career very much and is extremely grateful for the education he received at Southeast.

Lorianne (Lynn) Stettler 85, of Marion, Illinois, was promoted to interim vice chancellor for student affairs at Southern Illinois University.

Murray Phillips 85, of Whiteside, Missouri, celebrated 10 years as a pastor at the Whiteside and Auburn Presbyterian Churches. He is a recent graduate of the United States Army Command and General Staff College as part of his duties as a U.S. Army Reserve chaplain with First Army at Rock Island Arsenal. Starting in October, he begins a new chapter in ministry as a chaplain with the Missouri Department of Corrections at the Northeast Missouri Correctional Center in Bowling Green. Phillips and his wife, Julie, celebrated their 26th anniversary and are proud parents of two children, LeAnne Dugan and Sean Phillips.

Timothy Colyer 85, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, retired from the U.S. Navy after 28 years active duty as a Naval Captain/O6. He will begin his second career as a program manager with ALL Solutions supporting the Defense Logistics Agency in Richmond, Virginia.

Paula Brashers 86, of Fredericktown, Missouri, received an educational specialist degree in administration. She is serving as president of the Southeast Region Teachers Association for the 2015-2016 school year. The Southeast Region has over 5,000 teachers who belong to MSTA. Brashers has two grandchildren, Garrett and Jenna. Garrett was one of two students from Missouri selected to attend the People to People Program at Tulane University.

Liese (Hutchison) Behrle 87, of Key West, Florida, and her husband, Jay 87, celebrated their 50th birthdays, 20th wedding anniversary and three years living in Key West full time this year!

Audrina (Gilstrap) Phillips 87, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, has just become an empty nester with all her children in college. She is now a voiceover talent.

Tammy (Aufdenberg) Lueders 89, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and her husband are very proud of their children. Their daughter, Brianna, is studying nursing at Southeast, and their son is studying engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado.


Sherrie (Willis) Malone 91, of Villa Ridge, Illinois, was chosen as the Southern Illinois Business Education Association Teacher of the Year.

Deneke (Borders) Murphy 92, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, has been married to Ken 87 for 20 years. The good memories and lasting friends are because they were part of a Greek organization. Deneke is an Alpha Xi Delta and Ken is a Sigma Chi. They have three children and their oldest, Morgan, is a freshman at Southeast and a new member of Alpha Xi Delta. They are proud parents and proud alumni!

Tim Adkisson 92, of Brownsburg, Indiana, was recently promoted to the operating manager of special processes for Rolls Royce Corp.

Kenneth Mayberry 93, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was promoted to assistant director of police operations at Southeast Missouri State University Department of Public Safety.

Stacy (Busch) Heisserer 94, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and her husband are opening Deer Creek Doggie Day Camp, an interactive day care facility for dogs. They currently operate Busch Pet Products which is the first holistic pet supply store and self-serving dog wash in the area.

Stacy (Webb) Reaves 95, of Jenks, Oklahoma, recently published A History of the Andersonville Prison Park Monuments with History Press.

Laura (Lesslie) Heitert 95, of Ballwin, Missouri, is a national board certified teacher who taught elementary education until her diabetes diagnosis at age 27. To teach healthy habits and disease prevention to her students, she became certified to also teach physical education and health. Heitert published her first book, Maddie’s Me Bag based on an actual activity she completed with her third grade students. Her goal is to raise diabetes awareness and to help others who are newly diagnosed or simply need support. When she is not actively teaching her students or writing stories about them, she is most likely spending time with her family.

Stephen Owen 96, of Christiansburg, Virginia, is a professor and chair for the Department of Criminal Justice at Radford University where he was recently honored with the 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award.

Kimberly (Speight) Nordyke 97, of Woodland Hills, California, is the online deputy editor for The Hollywood Reporter. She welcomed her third child, Brooklyn Reese, in August.

Brenda (Hartbarger) McAllister 99, of Palo, Iowa, completed her Ed.D. at the College of St. Mary in Omaha, Nebraska and graduated in May.


Stephen Bauer 00, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was recently promoted to chief of staff for Public Allies, a national nonprofit organization focused on developing young diverse leaders to create a more just and equitable society. He was promoted after working as director of strategic initiatives for Public Allies for four years.

Misti (Pikey) Harrison 01, of Scott City, Missouri, is currently pursuing her master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling. She is currently teaching the interpreter preparation program at John A. Logan College. She is also a proud grandmother of four.

Nathan Wills 01, of Bell City, Missouri, recently graduated with a master’s degree in school administration. He was named an Exemplary New Principal in the Southeast District by the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. For the 2015-2016 school year, he is president-elect of the Southeast District of the Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals. Nathan is completing his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Frank Bertrand 01, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is married to Rachel 03 and has three daughters, Laura, Camille and Stella. He started the Bertrand Law Firm in 2015, practicing in both civil and criminal law.

Jeffrey Augustine 01, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is a working voice over artist and recently landed the voiceover duties for Missouri Tourism’s “Visit MO” spring/fall campaigns.

James Hessel 01, of Florissant, Missouri, was promoted to division inspector and now coordinates the post-construction BMP inspection and enforcement program for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.

Andrew Fozard 02, of Denver, Colorado, and his wife, Kristi, recently welcomed twins, a boy and a girl.

Cheryl (Johns) Umfress 03, of Campbell, Missouri, moved back after receiving her degree in exercise science. She continued her education at Arkansas State University, completing the middle school education program. Now, she is in her 10th year teaching and recently earned a Master of Arts in education administration from Southeast. She and her husband, Scotty, currently reside in Campbell with her two step-children, Holden and Raven.

Ashley (Ball) Berry 04, of Luka, Mississippi, and her husband, Clint, celebrated the birth of their fist child, Jeremy Clinton Berry Jr., and she also celebrated two years in remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in June. This is her 14th year working for the National Park Service. Currently, she serves as a supervisory park ranger at Shiloh National Military Park.

Bradley Cygan 04, of Belleville, Illinois, was recently named the 2015 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Sports Information Director of the Year for his work during the 2014-15 season. Cygan majored in communication/public relations at Southeast.

Matthew McCord 04, of Marion, Arkansas, is a wellness center coordinator, a health & physical education instructor, and is also in charge of intramurals. He has been promoted to director of health, wellness and recreation at Arkansas Northeastern College in Blytheville, Arkansas. He is from a long line of PE teachers and coaches.

Kristin (Moore) Christenson 05, of Eureka, Missouri, and her husband, John, welcomed a baby girl, Colby Kay.

Rachel (Williams) Saito 06, of St. Charles, Missouri, and husband, Joe, welcomed their second child, Wyatt Reed. Their first son, Evan Joseph, is two and a half years old. They relocated to Tampa, Florida in September for work promotions.

Katherine (Maher) Robertson 06, of Gwinn, Michigan, and Kyle were married in April and shortly thereafter, they moved to Melbourne, Australia to fulfill a lifetime dream of living abroad. Robertson accepted a position with RSM Bird Cameron, an affiliate of her prior company, McGladrey. Her assignment will last at least three years at which time she will return to the United States.

Heather Brown 06, of San Angelo, Texas, works as the assistant director of student life at Angelo State University.

Michael Barrett 06, of St. Peters, Missouri, and his wife, TarAnn 08, celebrated their fifth wedding anniversary. They recently purchased a home in O’Fallon, Missouri, where they live with their 14-month old daughter, Linden.

Brian Kennedy ’07, of Festus, Missouri, joined the United States Army after he graduated. He was a military police officer for five years. He was deployed to Iraq in 2008 and spent 15 months there. Kennedy was a team leader his entire time in the army thanks to his leadership skills acquired while playing Southeast football. He currently resides in Festus, Missouri, and works at the hospital in Crystal City as part of the security department.

Fredamae (McGhee) Christian 07, of Jackson, Missouri, began working as a high school special education paraprofessional for the Jackson School District in Jackson, Missouri.

Diane Sanders 07, of Hanover, Maryland, married James Sanders in June. She is the exhibits specialist for the architect of the Capitol.

Matthew Ciolek 07, of Kansas City, Missouri, recently started a new job as a cage cashier at Harrah’s North Kansas City in mid-June. He and his wife celebrated their one year wedding anniversary.

Stacy Kuykendall 07, of St. Louis, Missouri, and her husband, Chris 07, welcomed a baby girl, Ellie Claire Kuykendall in July.

Ian MacKenzie 08, of Alameda, California, joined the U.S. Department of State as a foreign service specialist in January. Shortly thereafter, Ian, Maria, and their son, William, moved to San Francisco for Ian’s first assignment. Maria’s career followed and she is now teaching first grade at a Catholic elementary school in San Leandro, California.

Twila (Patrick) Mason 08, of Bloomfield, Missouri, and husband, Dustin, welcomed their baby girl, Bella Ivy. She has become a work-at-home mom and entrepreneur. She also has her own business, Twila’s Crafty Cat Studio, where she sells homemade products and offers custom craft services.

Natasha (Bennett) Hershey 08, of Sims, Illinois, was hired for her first full-time public school teaching position in July. She is loving it!

Ashley Arcand 08, of Farmington, Missouri, manages a team of seasoned IMBers who use agile and lean practices to collaborate across organizations and geographies for IMB clients. She is also the executive communications leader for the delivery vice president and client excellence vice president at IMB.

Brian Knowles 08, of Arlington, Virginia, just completed a Master of Science in historic preservation, from Roger Williams University. He is currently on active duty as a historian for the Marine Corps Reserve, working on their centennial project.

Alana Thompson 08, of Kellogg, Iowa, completed her master’s degree and has been married for four years. She and her husband have a son who is one and a half years old. Recently, they went whitewater rafting and started competing in obstacle races. Her husband served in the Marines and is now serving in the National Guard.

Gina Clark 09, 10, of St. Louis, Missouri, married Justin Caputa 12 in October at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in St. Louis. Justin is graduating from the UMSL nursing program in December with his RN, BSN in pediatric nursing.

Rachel (Moore) Ashworth 09, of Casper, Wyoming, is a blogger and feature writer for OUTLOOK Magazine.


Marlie Love 10, of St. Peters, Missouri, and her husband Anthony started an entertainment company named Chase The Dream Entertainment, LLC. They signed their first artist, Phill Love shortly thereafter.

Mark Wilhelm 10, of Omaha, Nebraska, manages a 40,000 square-foot indoor sports facility in addition to being the league director for the Greater Omaha Softball League. Wilhelm also works as the announcer for the Division I University of Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks and the Triple A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, Omaha Storm Chasers. He got his start as an announcer for Southeast athletics from 2006-2011 while attending the University.

Kacie (Wilbanks) Humphrey 10, of St. Peters, Missouri, and Scott ’10 were married in October. They both graduated from Southeast. Kacie is an Alpha Xi Delta alumna and Scott is a Pi Kappa Alpha alumnus.

Amy Nickless 10, of Festus, Missouri, is now serving as the special services librarian at the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library in Jefferson City, Missouri.

Erin Parks 10, of Farmington, Missouri, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a master’s degree in nursing and has been practicing as an acute care nurse practitioner for the past four years. In 2015, Parks obtained a post master’s degree (also from Vanderbilt) as a family nurse practitioner and is now a dual certified nurse practitioner. She has been working in the emergency room of her hometown, Farmington, Missouri, for the past two years and absolutely loves taking care of her community.

Cara Hennessy 10, of Overland Park, Kansas, and her husband, Nick, welcomed their second daughter, Elizabeth Berrigan Hennessy, in January.

Jason Phinney 10, of Pevely, Missouri, recently graduated with his master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University and has started working with Jefferson College as a reference librarian.

Dominique Thomas 11, of Chicago, Illinois, released his first studio album Sweet Dreams in October. The album is available on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.

Emily Carr 11, of Farmington, Missouri, and her husband, Lucas, welcomed a daughter, Lydia Hazel, in May.

Autumn Cabaniss 11, of Panama City Beach, Florida, worked for the state of Missouri for three years as a social worker for the elderly and disabled after graduation. As a hobby, she took to flying helicopters and decided to pursue a career in the field of aviation. After completing her commercial and certified flight instructor licenses, she gained employment in Panama City Beach, Florida, flying helicopter tours. She now flies the coast and enjoys the beautiful beaches for a living.

Magda Salem 12, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is in her first year as the Sikeston R-6 School District 7th-12th grade choir director.

Haneen Wadi 12, of Plano, Texas, works with children with special needs. She has the privilege of meeting with and learning from many knowledgeable people around the country about the amazing brain and communication and speech systems.

Melanie (Marxkors) Vechiarella 12, of St. Louis, Missouri, and Jim 10 were married last year and bought their first home in Creve Coeur, Missouri. Jim is a forecasting analyst with Maritz Travel and Melanie is the administrative manager with Vantagelinks.

Benjamin Shea 12, of Minot, North Dakota, was featured in the ICBM test launch on the 45-year Minuteman anniversary. He and Detachment 205 alumni (SIU Carbondale) Adam Pruim, together provided the final “key-turn” for the launch.

Heather De Los Santos 12, of Knobnoster, Missouri, and Zachery De Los Santos 12 got married and moved to Missouri where Zachery now serves in the United States Air Force and Heather works as a registered nurse at a local hospital.

Samantha Montana 12, of Piggott, Arkansas, and Matthew Yager were married in September.

Christopher Heise 12, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, is currently publishing a fiction/fantasy series of short stories called, Consequences Rising, on Amazon Kindle.

Jennifer Rowan 12, of Ithaca, New York, is attending Cornell University for her master’s degree in historic preservation. The last year and a half she has been serving as the planning & zoning director/economic-community development director/Main Street manager of Pittsburg, Texas. She plans to focus on economic revitalization hoping to work for a national or world organization.

Rachel Peters 13, of St. Louis, Missouri, graduated with her master’s degree in August.

Juan Zavala-Aleman 13, of Kansas City, Kansas, moved to Miami Beach, Florida, to work for a nutritional supplements company as an international account manager. He is in charge of handling all of the company’s Latin American sales and marketing needs. He has had the opportunity to travel to several countries including Brazil, Ecuador, Trinidad, Tobago, Colombia and more. He is currently learning Portuguese and considering returning to school to get an MBA.

Megan Moore 13, of Arlington, Virginia, recently accepted a new position as the member services manager at the International Employee Assistance Professionals Association. She was previously the academic and professional affairs associate at the National Communication Association.

Emily Cabot 13, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, works at the Safe House for Women as a crisis advocate.

Priya (Tauro) Cramer 13, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and Wade ‘11 were married in May. Priya works as the assistant director for International Admissions at Southeast Missouri State University and Wade is a critical care registered nurse at Southeast Hospital.

Ryan Ungerank 13, of De Soto, Missouri, has been with CGB a little over a year and loves it.

Rebecca Schmitt 13, of Jackson, Missouri, earned a Master of Arts in history from the University of Massachusetts in May. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Science in historic preservation at Eastern Michigan University.

Desmond Bryant 13, of Florissant, Missouri, had the opportunity to be a part of his first art show put on by RAW Artists in May. It was a humbling experience for him, and he made great connections. Desmond also landed his dream position of graphic designer for CBS Radio-St. Louis in April. There, he is making creative ads, logos, signage, etc., for the KMOX, Y98 and 102.5 KEZK radio stations. It’s been a great year for him, and he’s excited to see where this will lead him next.

Andrew Murray 13, of Imperial, Missouri, is currently working for Mallinckrodt as a quality control scientist II.

Ella Shelton 13, of Piggott, Arkansas, accepted a position at Marmaduke Elementary School in Marmaduke, Arkansas, this year. She is the self-contained teacher for grades K-12 and is extremely excited about this new opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children.

Pamela Avila 14, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, worked in a management position for a year before deciding to return to Southeast where she is currently pursuing her master’s degree in higher education administration. She is also working as a graduate assistant for student engagement in the Office of Campus Life and Event Services.

Dixie (Richardson) Mitten 15, of Jackson, Missouri, and her husband, Lyman, welcomed their first grandchild, Weston Lynn Crider.

Brandon Tappmeyer 15, of O’Fallon, Missouri, is currently working for the Missouri Department of Conservation researching and managing the Chronic Wasting Disease and its prevalence in the deer herds of Missouri.

Kyle Jacobsmeyer 15, of Florissant, Missouri, is a financial advisor with Renaissance Financial in St. Louis Missouri. He was president of Pi Kappa Alpha, served on the Harrison College of Business Dean’s Advisory Board, actively volunteered with the local Boys and Girls Club, and traveled to London to compete in an international business competition. He also completed an internship with Boeing. Jacobsmeyer has gone on to receive his life accident and health insurance agent license, as well as FINRA Series 7 and 66 registrations. He is excited to be able to serve clients in his hometown of Florissant, Missouri.

Candice Snider 15, of Overland Park, Kansas, received her Master of Science in biomedical science.

Michael Peters 15, of Apple Valley, California, started his own production company called MJP Creative Films.



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