Class Notes


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1940s

Mary-Ellen (Haw) Berkbigler ’42, of Marysville, WA, has a good life in the Northwest, has 34 great-grandchildren, slowed down a lot (not running races), but still active and interested in many things.

Helen (Fox) Glazer ’45, of Bethesda, MD, was able to meet the new president of SEMO when he came to Washington, D.C., and proud to be the oldest graduate to attend the event.

Harvey Heimann ’49 of Hudson, FL, has gained international distribution of his historical fiction novel, The Midas Kiss. A major portion of the book features life in St. Louis in the 1890s. After retiring from his pharmaceutical consulting firm, Harvey and Jean, his wife of 59 years, divide their time between their home in Florida and traveling to visit their four children and seven grandchildren.

1950s

Arthur Pfaff ’52, of Gladstone, MO, taught, coached, and was a principal for 34 years. After retiring, he became the first executive secretary of the Missouri Middle School Association, an award was named in his honor when he retired from that position. He became a volunteer for many organizations, and he follows SEMO athletic teams.

Joe Lewis ’57, of Fresno, CA, married Shirley Ann (Swank) Robinson on Jan. 7, 2016, and moved to Fresno.

John Burciaga ’58, of Newburyport, MA, is impressed with the growth and development of SEMO that began under President Mark Scully and is especially proud of attention to the arts at the River Campus.

1960s

Robert Kotrba ’60, of Ashland, VA, has retired three times after having three excellent work experiences. He reports a wonderful, new life-season with his life partner and her family. Robert is the second bass with the Central Virginia Masterworks Chorale ensemble. He has returned to artwork and photography and loves it.

Gilbert Baumker ’62, of Washington, MO, was blessed with his eighth grandchild in March. Still turkey and deer hunting. He loved the 18 years he went elk hunting in the Rocky Mountains and now vacations in the same mountains.

John Muench ’62, of Cape Girardeau, MO, encourages others to attend the annual get together of mid-1950s to mid-1960s Southeast football players who meet at Perryville to remember and share memories of the past.

Thomas Pruneau ’1962, of Belleville, MI, and his wife, Carolyn Okey-Pruneau, purchased a new home and are residing in their new home with their son, Jeff, and two grandchildren. Tom retired from H&R Block in 2015 as a store manager.

Louis Summers ’62, of Springfield, MO, retired after a 49-year teaching career in educational theatre. He says it’s time to get back on the boards, and old actors never die because they just get new parts.

John Thurston ’62, of Saint James City, FL, is enjoying retirement, sailing when possible and traveling to see the world. His youngest granddaughter will be enrolling at SEMO this fall-the tradition continues!

Robert Ruble ’63, of Kirksville, MO, is approaching his 20th year of retirement. He spends the winters in Green Valley, Arizona, where he just helped his softball teammates win the league and tournament championship for the second straight year.

Georgann (Martin) Freasier ’64, of Little Rock, AR, is semi-retired from private psychotherapy practice and teaches part-time at University of Arkansas in Little Rock. She volunteers as an animal assisted therapy handler, instructor and evaluator with a standard poodle therapy partner. She and her husband also enjoy time with their six children and nine grandchildren.

Ronald Keeney ’64, of Raleigh, N.C., wants to thank SEMO for providing him with the education and self-confidence that led to a career in medical research that allowed him to participate in key roles in the development of a whole new field of medical practice – antiviral chemotherapy. The drugs became the leaders and groundbreakers for the treatment of infections caused by herpes viruses, influenza and human immunodeficiency virus. Ronald feels his SEMO education prepared him to confidently interact with the world’s best researchers at academic institutions in a number of countries and to negotiate with regulatory agencies around the world. When he was growing up in Bourbon, MO, he was inspired by his high school English teacher and principal, Mrs. Caroline Strayhorn, herself a graduate of the original SEMO Normal School for Teachers. Even though he knew he would go to college, he had no idea why. It was through the leadership of SEMO faculty that he was able to find his way.

James Schmidt ’64, of Fort Collins, CO, taught JROTC in Florida for 14 years after serving 26 years in the Army Special Forces and retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Then after retiring from teaching, Jim wrote the book, Victory Rests with the Lord: God in the Vietnam War, which is being used in a number of university history departments.

Kenneth Bollinger ’65, of Marietta, GA, just celebrated his fifth year of retirement. He has two wonderful grandchildren and is traveling the world. He has trips planned over the next 12 months to Russia, The Greek Isles and a river cruise of the Nile. He wishes the very best to all his old Sigma Chi brothers.

Paul Harty ’65, of Fayetteville, NC, is retired and enjoying his grandchildren and seven children. He has also compiled several historical books.

Peggy (Grimwood) Tharpe ’65, of Cadet, MO, is retired and recently returned from a month in Spain and Portugal. She celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary this summer, celebrating the day with family and friends at Busch Stadium.

Charles Depro ’66, of Sikeston, MO, was chosen for the School of Education Hall of Fame at Ole Miss and currently serves as Mayor Pro Tem for Sikeston.

Martha (Launius) Ward ’66, of St. Louis, MO, has been teaching and counseling women in crisis, who were homeless due to drug and alcohol abuse and other life crises. The program’s goal was to help them return to a purpose driven life through education or training and gainful employment.

Fonda (Brigance) Davis ’67, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is a retired teacher, now living in Cape and teaching yoga.

Joe Dunn ’67, of Spartanburg, SC, just completed his 40th year as professor at Converse College. He was an Alwaleed bin Talal Fellow in Oman this year.

Sharon (Fox) ’67, of Valkaria, FL, teaches senior exercise classes at the Greater Palm Senior Center in Palm Bay. She also now teaches a beginning Hawaiian dance class and belongs to the hula school/group Na Lima ‘Olu Ma Ke Kai.

Michael Peters ’67, of Charleston, MO, is enjoying fishing with his granddaughters and deep frying what they catch.

James Scheidt ’67, of Eureka, MO, retired after 42 years as a self-employed real estate appraiser in the St. Louis area and has been married for 48 years to Patricia (Thomas) ‘67.

Jacqueline (Koester) Cowan ’68, of Sikeston, MO, and her husband, Ed, are currently retired educators, spending time as community volunteers and traveling when possible. Their next stop will be Hong Kong and southeast Asia. They are both avid listeners of Southeast’s public radio station, KRCU.

Thomas Gilliam ’68, of Ballwin, MO, has been married for 47 years and has six children and 15 grandchildren.

James Mayer ’68, of Arlington, VA, retired from the Wounded Warrior Project as outreach coordinator. He retired from the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs with 27 years federal service. Jim continues volunteering; he is co-host of Aleethia Foundation weekly, free dinners for wounded, injured and ill service members and families. He also serves on the board of directors of Guide Dog for the Blind Foundation and America’s Vet Dogs. He is president of the VA Alumni Association.

1970s

Michael Cooley ’70, of Mount Berry, GA, retired from university teaching after 30 years. He and his wife travel extensively, especially in France and England. He continues to play tennis, read and write.
Augustus Hough ’70, of Stuart, FL, babysits his first grandson which keeps him young and laughing a lot.

Susan (Koeln) Koch ’70, of Agoura Hills, CA, is helping graduate students become teachers.

David Bauer ’71, of Sun Lakes, AZ, accepted a promotion and job transfer to Phoenix. He lives in a retirement golf community.

James “Steve” Hodges ’71, of East Prairie, MO, retired after serving as a Missouri State Representative. He spends free time supporting local school sports programs, attending activities for his two grandsons, and participating in his church choir events.

Richard Neal ’71, of Buffalo, NY, is spending the final years of his career as a United Methodist pastor in the specialized work of intentional interim ministry, working with congregations in the creative time of transition to new leadership and directions in ministry.

Ronald Peek ’71, of Channelview, TX, taught school for seven years during which time he worked at the Missouri Delta Community Hospital Lab and received his real estate broker’s license. He now owns and operates a very active real estate office in the Texas Medical Center.

Kenneth Tharpe ’71, of Cadet, MO, is enjoying retirement with wife, Peggy, They travel, read, enjoy family and, best of all, watch the birds and wildlife on their farm as they have coffee each morning.

Kathryn (Hall) Lang ’72, of Edinburg, TX, retired after 32 years as an educator, 23 of those as an administrator. She and her husband will hit the road and travel to different places in the United States and Canada after his retirement later this year.

Randal Saul ’72, of Springfield, MO, is retiring after more than 35 years in the financial service industry and 14 years at BKD Wealth Advisors.

Diana Scott ’72, of Nahunta, GA, is retired.

Lawrence Bahn ’73, of Cape Girardeau, MO, welcomed his first granddaughter, Beya into the world.

Tim Bohn ’73, of Oklahoma City, attended the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and finished a family practice residency including serving as the chief resident. He practiced in the Oklahoma metro area until retiring. He serves as the medical director of a Catholic indigent care clinic, takes a few courses each semester at the University of Oklahoma OLLI program and stays busy enjoying his three grandsons. His wife and two of his sons are also physicians.

Kevin Davis ’73, of Norman, OK, and wife, Anne (Walendy) ’74 recently retired from East Central University in Oklahoma where they had both been on the faculty since 1987. Anne served as professor of nursing and director of the School of Nursing; Kevin served as professor of English and director of the Writing Center. They are making their retirement home in Norman to be close to their two children and three grandchildren.

Russell ’74, of Cape Coral, FL, received his doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Sarasota.

James Holifield ’74, of Davenport, IA, moved to Griggs Music after 18 years as a high school band director. He has been married to Chris (Brown) ‘73 for 42 years and has two grown children and a new grandson. Jim teaches classes on iPad and Mac-related skills in his free time and plays bass trombone in four ensembles.

Deborah (Jordan) Kanyo ’74, of Galena, MO, retired from the Alton, Illinois School District and accepted an elementary music teaching job with the Springfield School District and moved to Table Rock Lake.

Dennis Maxey ’74, of Knoxville, TN, retired after 40 years in pastoral ministry. He was volunteer director of a school and community drama program for 13 years and currently volunteers at Zoo Knoxville. His first book, Blessed Are Those Who Mourn, was release earlier this year.

Frances (Thorne) McCoin ’74, of Caruthersville, MO, was the librarian at Greenville, Missouri, Elementary School for five years. She taught 4th grade for eight years and was middle school librarian for five years at Caruthersville Public Schools where she retired. She will turn 90 years old this year and will celebrate her 67th wedding anniversary. Her hobby has been traveling; she and her husband have visited all 50 states in the U.S.A., traveled to China, Australia, New Zealand, and all European countries.

Keith Bambei ’75, of Austin, TX, retired after 30 years as regional sales manager for C.R. Bard, Medical Care Division. He spends his time playing golf.

Myra Crews ’75, of Panama City, FL, was recently honored with an invitation to join the Florida Tau chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary sorority of women educators. Myra is a chemistry teacher in Panama City, Florida.

Irma (Bohnert) Lauer ’75, of Blue Springs, MO, serves as a State Representative in Eastern Jackson County and is owner of The Management Edge.

Mary Readey ’75, of Columbus, OH, earned two additional degrees and practiced law in Ohio for 25 years after serving in the Air Force. She now works at The Ohio State University and is married to her long-time partner.

Robert Wolfenkoehler ’75, of Jackson, MO, is enjoying retirement, after teaching for 32 years in Missouri, Illinois and Arizona.

David Barnhart ’76, of Florissant, MO, retired from The Boeing Company in the Contracts & Pricing Department and sold aircraft parts to the Air Force and U.S. Navy. He has been married to Mary for 37 years. They have four children and three grandkids.

Rebecca (Tope) Belli ’76, of Gastonia, NC, retired from Gaston County Schools after 30 years.

Steven Hubele ’76, of Affton, MO, has a new book, SUNSET, available at Amazon.

Carrie (Hunter) Mahmood ’76, of Bakersfield, CA, has been married over 35 years and has two sons, a daughter and a daughter-in-law. Currently she helps folks with mortgages as a mortgage loan originator.

Robert Wehling ’76, of Fenton, MO, has been married to Evale ‘75 for 41 years. They have one son and three grandchildren.

Stephen Wenninger ’76, of Fredericktown, MO, retired from Farmington High School after 19 years as the Senior AFJROTC Senior Aerospace Science Instructor. He also completed 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant from the SEMO Senior ROTC program. His wife, Sandra (Weyand) 71, retired from teaching.

Pamela (Macke) Johnson ’77, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is proud to be a member of the John Guild Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She served as president of the State Officers Club for the past two years.  Her daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Biri ’05 was named Missouri State Society Daughters of the American Revolution – State Outstanding Junior.
Patrick Robb ’77, of Agency, MO, is the presiding judge of the 5th Judicial Circuit in Missouri which covers Buchanan and Andrew Counties in Northwest Missouri.

Lawrence Schramka ’77, of Anna, IL, retired after 32 years of teaching junior high social studies and 12 years of being a church janitor. He is looking forward to watching the Chicago Cubs and reading historical fiction.

William Mills ’78, of Sikeston, MO, has worked at the Sikeston BMU for the past 37 years. He is stepping down in search of warmer waters and a white beach.

Danny Gunter ’79, of Minneapolis, MN, published a short story “Hell for a Nickel” in the Concho River Review.

Sue (Strawder) Whitener ’79, of St. Louis, MO, is employed by the University City Public Library as a Youth Outreach Assistant after retiring early from a career in teaching. She takes story times out to University City area preschool children and assists with youth department grant writing.

1980s

Kim (Nelson) Crouch ’80, of Aberdeen, MD, has two grandchildren and hopes to retire next year after 35 years in special education. He works for the Department of the Army, Human Resources.

Karim Mansouri ’80, of San Francisco, CA, announces the birth of his third child. He is living in Bahrain with his wife, Olga, and children.

Scott Scherer ’80, of Allen, TX, is married to Laura. They have three wonderful children and recently became a first-time grandparent.

Mark Braun ’81, of Blue Eye, MO, opened her own property management company in Branson.

Therese (Schuberth) Hubble ’81, of Bixby, OK, is currently working on three studies with Oklahoma State University. Two are partnered with the Community Action Project of Tulsa and Northwestern University: The CAP Family Life Study and the CAP Family Advancement Study. A third study is The Legacy for Children Project funded by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

Cynthia (Bakerink) Stone ’81, of Fort Myers, FL, is retiring for the third time after a rewarding career as an educator: a teacher, math/science specialist, university adjunct professor, administrator (campus and central office), school improvement specialist for the state of Texas, and finally chief academic officer at a small maritime college.

Kathleen (Nabholz) McIntosh ’82, of St. Charles, MO, retired as Colonel from the USA/MOANG after 30 years of service.

Dennis Wooldridge ’82, of Deltona, FL, is a member of the board of directors of Toastmasters International.

Michael Cowan ’83, of Oak Ridge, MO, retired after 40 years as a Missouri public school educator. In retirement, he has joined the Board of Trustees at Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis, the board of directors of Churchnet serving Missouri Baptist churches, the Foundation board of the Oak Ridge R-6 Public Schools and the executive board of the Old Goshen Cemetery Association in Oak Ridge.

Charles Doerge ’83, of Jackson, MO, is starting the second half of his life as the auctioneer for Most Wanted Auctions.

Kelly Greer ’83, of Lockport, IL, has been blessed to experience: celebrating 32 years of marriage; 16 years with the national engineering firm, PSI; and seeing his 18-year-old grandson take 2nd place in his weight class in the Arkansas High School 2016 State Wrestling Championship.

Carol (Light) Hasegawa ’83, of Baton Rouge, LA, is serving in her 33rd year as an educator.

Bryan Hollerbach ’83, of Ste. Genevieve, MO, joined the staff of Ladue News as copy editor/staff writer following a three-year stint as community editor with the weekly newspaper in his hometown, Ste. Genevieve.

Ricky Lewis ’84, of Waterford, MI, retired from HP after 27 years supporting General Motors worldwide operations.

Delight Everett ’85, of Cuba, MO, retired after 31 years in the Steelville R-3 School District teaching at the elementary level, at the middle school level, and the last 19 years at the high school level as the library media specialist, Missouri options instructor, and the director of Alternative Programs.

Maude (Bankhead) Harris ’85, of Sikeston, MO, was the recipient of the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Citizen of the Year Award.

Douglas Sanders ’86, of Jackson, MO, married Southeast graduate Janet (Hahs) Sanders ’91. They have two daughters, both Southeast graduates, and four grandchildren. He spent 18 years with Bluff City Beer Company as sales manager.

Michael Seabaugh ’86, of Jackson, MO, started his own appraisal firm, Seabaugh Appraisal & Consulting, specializing in the appraisal of all types of commercial real estate, vacant land, and residential and multi-family properties.

Michael Benz ’87, of Marthasville, MO, is married and loves selling commercial and government fleet vehicles for Lou Fusz Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge/RAM.

Cynthia (Fleck) Fleck ’87, of Chesterfield, MO, was crowned Mrs. Missouri USA. An advanced practice dermatology nurse, her platform included providing advanced skin care to those with diabetes and increasing the awareness of the importance of regular diabetic foot screenings, foot care and preventing amputations. She will compete for Mrs. USA later this summer.

Gary Grojean ’87, of Blue Springs, MO, is proud of his twin daughters, Emily and Molly, who recently graduated from SEMO.

Bill Marshall ’87, of Springfield, IL, married Carol (Harfst) ‘88 and retired after 23-plus years with the Springfield Police Department. Carol works for the University of Illinois.

Melinda (Hannis) McGregor ’88, of Van Meter, IA, retired from the Army Reserves as a Senior Major after serving for over 27 years and three Title 10 Tours of Duty.

Thomas Neff ’88, of Kansas City, MO, works for the City of Kansas City putting his B.S. in historic preservation to work in a great city! He just celebrated 20 years with the City.

Karen Sellars ’88, of Caruthersville, MO, had her first article “Experiencing Paper” published in SchoolArts magazine.

Chandra (Richardson) Hussey ’89, of O’Fallon, MO, married to Jeffrey Hussey ’90. They have three children: Tyler, Shannon and Lauren. Tyler is in his third year at SEMO.

1990s

Mary Jane (Simmons) Bryan ’91, of Farmington, MO, has contracts for four novels to be published. The first, a contemporary romance, No Small Deceit, is scheduled for a September 2016 release. The next three are murder/mystery thrills, Errant and its sequel, Spiral (ETA December 2016) and A Morning’s Worth of Murder (ETA February 2017).

Chee Lim ’91, of Sungai Petani, Kedah, is now working in an audio manufacturing factory, mainly producing SHARP audio and ONKYO AV receiver products. Major market areas are U.S.A., Euro and Japan.

Lisa (Kumming) Sievers ’92, of Jackson, MO, works with attorneys on mass tort, personal injury, criminal and medical malpractice cases. She screens cases for merit, writes interrogatories, does medical research and writes reports for the attorney.

David Jackson ’93, of Greenwood, MO, wrote his latest book, Born a Slave: Rediscovering Arthur Jackson’s African American Heritage, looks at one Caucasian family’s rediscovery of their black roots. The illustrated biography includes a reunion between descendants of their slave ancestor, Arthur Jackson, and descendants of his slave-holding family from Franklin County, Missouri.

Devon Lake ’93, of Bolivar, TN, finished his Master of Education and was named basketball coach, pursuing licensure in administration and supervision.

Leslie (Parmer) Newsom ’93, of Decatur, AL, is a proud mom to son, Nicholas, who is a sophomore in college. She has her dream job and is loving life as a recent transplant to Decatur!

Angela (Conley) Young-Robinson ’93, of Sikeston, MO, is thrilled to be back home reconnecting with family and old friends, and making new friends. She is teaching in the same school system she grew up in and proud to be doing her part to educate the children in this area.

Richard Potter ’94, of Scott City, MO, is attending grad school at Southeast pursuing an M.S. in technology specializing in networking. He has been married 22 years, is a deacon at church and has two children, a daughter who is a pre-med student and a son who is a senior in high school.

Diana (Amann) Van Leuven ’94, of Knoxville, TN, is celebrating her 15-year anniversary with VAN LEUVEN Communications supporting clients committed to healing, nurturing, enriching, and sustaining the world.

Mahalley (Allen) Allen ’95, of Chico, CA, is the chair of the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at California State University, Chico, where she has been a professor since 2005. She lives with her husband and son.

Phillip Davis ’95, of Cape Girardeau, MO, was in the powersports business for 40 years before retiring and now teaches a concealed carry class and works for the family business, McDonalds part-time. He still enjoys SEMO football and baseball games.

Jill (Dawalt) Jackson ’95, of Cape Girardeau, MO, married Michael Jackson ’81. They are pleased their son, Garrett, has accepted a Regents’ Scholarship and will be attending Southeast full-time this fall.

Jarrod Leffler ’95, of Rochester, MN, was the recipient of the American Board of Professional Psychology Early Career Psychology Service Award and Teacher of the Year in Psychology at Mayo Clinic. He is president-elect of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and developed and directs the Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAIMP) at Mayo Clinic and co-directs the Pediatric Mood Clinic.

Morgan (Marino) Beasley ’96, of Cape Girardeau, MO, has been a leader in the long term care industry for 20 years and finds teaching and mentoring current SEMO students, workers or interns the most rewarding. She is a past Tri Delta and has one working for her currently. It’s great to see life in full circle.

Tracy (Newberry) Henson ’96, of St. Louis, MO, published a novel entitled Forever Sometime and is currently at work on a follow-up entitled Every Little Thing.

Kendra (Foster) Mitchell ’96, of Atlanta, GA, graduated with her Juris Doctor from Georgia State University College of Law in May.
Terry Reese ’96, of Branson, MO, was elected president of the Missouri Nurses Association and started a two-year term in office. The Missouri Nurses Association represents over 99,000 Registered Nurses licensed in the state.

Rebecca (Rolwes) Sawyer ’96, of Wilmington, NC, has worked for the North Carolina Department of Natural & Cultural Resources as an historic interpreter for the past 18 years. She spent nine years at Bentonville Battlefield where she worked with the Civil War Trails program and the expansion of the battlefield driving tour. For the past nine years, she has worked at Fort Fisher State Historic Site. She has recently worked on installation of the Medal of Honor exhibit highlighting recipients from the Battles of Fisher and the expansion of other outdoor exhibits.

Debra (Hutchinson) Sikes ’96, of O’Fallon, MO, is owner of a commercial embroidery company called Sew N Stitches Embroidery LLC.

Timothy Weatherby ’96, of House Springs, MO, purchased a Junk King franchise. Junk King St. Louis assists residential and commercial customers remove unwanted junk from wherever it is.
William Schlichter ’97, of Willard, MO, is a drama teacher and an award-winning playwright and just published his first novel, a post-apocalyptic zombie adventure titled The Good, The Bad, And The Undead. His second novel, Enter The Sandmen, was released in June and is the first book in his Silver Dragon Chronicles series.

Catherine (Mahoney) Wissehr ’97, of Springdale, AR, was promoted to associate clinical professor at the University of Arkansas, Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Becky Bradley ’98, of Germansville, PA, was named one of the top 10 most influential people in the Allentown area by the Lehigh Valley Business Journal for her investment in and management of nearly $4 billion in road, bridge, and transit projects as well as planning for the future land use of the region.

Stephen Emery ’98, of Kansas City, MO, has been a police officer with the Kansas City Police Department for 17 years.

Addie Raines ’98, of Jackson, MO, received her specialist degree in teacher leadership and has been teaching 7th grade social studies for 12 years.

Amanda Branham ’99, of Kevil, KY, welcomed her third son, Walter Louis Pace.

Amanda Little ’99, of St. Charles, MO, recently opened a new event space for Bissinger’s Handcrafted Chocolatier named The Caramel Room at Bissinger’s and has won a ton of awards: Perfect Wedding Guide Magazine, Mentor of the Year; Perfect Wedding Guide Magazine, Wedding Venue of the Year; St. Louis Wedding Awards, Best Venue of the Year; St. Louis Wedding Awards, Best Caterer; St. Louis’ Best Bridal Magazine, Venue of the Year; International Special Events Society’s, Best Event Produced for Corporation; and International Special Events Society’s, Best Food Presentation

2000s

Matthew Champlin ’00, of Glen Carbon, IL, has been elected partner at the law firm of HeplerBroom, LLC with offices in Edwardsville, Illinois, Springfield, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. Matthew focuses his practice on complex litigation matters such as personal injury/wrongful death, public utilities, appeals, insurance, employment law, and trucking accidents and transportation litigation.

Vannesa (Torrey) Schwendemann ’01, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is currently working on her dissertation for an Ed.D. with MU/SEMO’s Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis program. She has three beautiful children: Emma, Joseph and Mirabella.

Sarah Torretta-Trout ’01, of Ballwin, MO, married Justin Trout.

Erin Davis ’02, of St. Louis, MO, welcomed their first son, second child, William Richard Davis.

Sarah Guilfoyle ’02, of Chesterfield, MO, is completing her 14th year of teaching. She and her husband have a four-year-old son and are expecting.

Kaci (Pilcher) Heins ’04, of Bellemont, AZ, received the Young Alumni Award for the College of Education, and it was a highlight of her teaching career. What has led to the numerous awards over the years is her integration of space into her entire 6th grade science curriculum. She has flown experiments on the NASA Zero g plane, sent a student experiment to the International Space Station, and every year she and her students launch a high altitude balloon with a scientific payload to 100,000 feet in the atmosphere. She reaches 100 kids each year, but now she will reach more in her new job at Space Center Houston. She will be an education supervisor and will oversee some of their educational outreach programs.

Jessica Johnson ’04, of Lawrence, KS, graduated with her M.Ed Reading Specialist certification and is currently working on her 2nd master’s degree in educational leadership, building administration and planning on graduating in 2017.

Bradley Watkins ’04, of Maumelle, AR, married Jennifer Kessee and began working as general manager at the Courtyard by Marriott in North Little Rock.

Amanda (Guethle) Alton ’05, of Wright City, MO, and her husband are proud to announce the birth of their second child, Lainey Jean Alton who joined brother, Jameson.

Kelly Darby ’05, of Jackson, MO, works for Modern Woodmen and feels the Harrison College of Business and Southeast have given her the foundation for a very successful business.
Garret Kremer-Wright ’05, of North Little Rock, AR, joined the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture. Previously, he had worked as the archivist for the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Florida, for seven years.
Samuel Rauls ’05, of Festus, MO, has been married for five years and had their first baby. He has been teaching for 11 years as well as serving as head girls basketball coach and junior varsity volleyball coach for two years and student council adviser for four years.

Cody Walker ’05, of Jackson, MO, celebrated 10 years with the City of St. Peters and received a promotion from video technician to television program development assistant and also celebrates 10 years at Rhodes 101 Stops.

Kelly Blanner ’06, of St. Peters, MO, met husband, Kevin at SEMO. They have a daughter, Eila. Kevin is a plant technician at Proctor and Gamble. Kelly is a nurse educator and charge nurse at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the Emergency Department and is now pursuing a degree to become an acute care nurse practitioner.

Nick Cutelli ’06, of West Hollywood, CA, is as an actor and writer. He was discovered by Barry Krost at the Second City Chicago and has five people who represent him currently. With his writing partner, they produce short comedic films and currently have three completed sitcoms they’re pitching. Nick auditioned for three pilots so far this season from projects at ABC, CBS and the SyFy network.

Brandy Earls ’06, of Ballwin, MO, is currently serving as the executive director at the Bridge at Florissant Assisted Living. This is a Century Park Associates (CPA)property which is a division of Life Care Centers of America. Before joining CPA, she spent a year outside of long-term care in the acute setting as the business supervisor, therapy services at Missouri Baptist Medical Center.

Jeri (Tice) Hardy ’06, of Kennett, MO, graduated with her doctorate from the University of Missouri.

Christina Kopecky ’06, of Sunnyvale, CA, is a flute instructor in the Silicon Valley area, teaching beginner and intermediate students, and keeps an active flute studio. She is also the vice president of membership of the San Francisco Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota – the music fraternity she was initiated into at Southeast.

Tina (Venker) Marra ’06, of St. Louis, MO, and husband, Brandon ’07 welcomed son, Bradley Michael.

Corby Neal ’06, of Pocatello, ID, and husband, Joe Neal ’05 welcomed their first child, Lochlan. Joe is finishing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Idaho State University.

Rachel Pobanz ’06, of Pella, IA, attended the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and received an  M.A. and doctorate in clinical psychology.

James Quint ’06, of West Columbia, SC, and wife, Samantha, welcomed their second child.

Jeremiah Townsend ’06, of Spring Hill, TN, works for HCA Healthcare, one of the largest for-profit healthcare companies in the country with facilities in 20 states and the United Kingdom. Jeremiah currently oversees the procurement pieces of a company wide financials system replacement. He obtained an MBA from William Woods University.

Gurol Butun ’07, of Houston, TX, is married and has a son who is one year old. Gurol has been working in Houston for an oil and gas company as a plant manager.

Julie Ladd ’07, of Atlanta, GA, is working as an adult case manager at DeKalb Community Service Board, a public nonprofit treatment provider of community-based behavioral health and developmental disability services.

Jennifer McKenzie ’07, of Imperial, MO, celebrated her fifth wedding anniversary to Aaron. Both Jennifer and Aaron are educators with the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Missouri.

Stephanie Tracy ’07, of Edmond, OK, marked her six year anniversary in the U.S. Air Force and is currently stationed at Tinker AFB and manages the largest Hearing Conservation Program in the Air Force. She also pinned on the rank of major.

Trista (Kurfman) Cohea ’08, of Perry, IA, graduated with a B.S. in Education, then completed a master’s degree in special education. She married Chris ’07 who is the program director at Raccoon Valley Radio. Trista is a functional behavior special education teacher with the Coon Rapids-Bayard CSD. They welcomed their first child, Ahryn Willena Cohea.

Alana (Beasley) Davis ’08, of Germantown, MD, and husband, Paul ’10, with their two children, Olivia and John Mark, are starting a new chapter of their lives just north of Washington, D.C., as Paul is pursuing a Ph.D. in semitic languages and literatures at the Catholic University of America. Both are currently serving on staff at Greenridge Baptist Church in Boyds, MD.

Matthew Knickman ’08, of Rocky River, OH, his wife, Candice, and their dog, Lou, welcomed baby boy, Avery. Matt works in Student Activities and Leadership at Case Western Reserve University.

Eric Kohler ’08, of Cocoa Beach, FL, is currently teaching in Brevard Public Schools in Florida and received Teacher of the Year for his school for this school year.

Mark Sophie ’08, of Barnhart, MO, was awarded a promotion to a technical capability leader and lead analytical/micro analyst. He trains analysts on current methods and procedures, communicates any outages with operations and works with R&D to initiate new methods.

Jacquelyn Bauch ’09, of Fenton, MO, works as a clinical dietitian and is a certified diabetes educator at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. She is in graduate school to get an MBA at Western Governors University.

Heather Hayes ’09, of Taylorsville, UT, taught English in South Korea for three years. She traveled the globe and immersed herself in culture. She now has a great job in the telecommunications industry and recently bought a house. She is finishing her MBA with Webster.

Hallie Hearnes ’09, of Knoxville, TN, and husband, David ‘11 recently welcomed their first son, Jonathan. David is the executive director at Blount Mansion, a historic house museum.

Leni (Fluegge) Lambdin ’09, of Jonesboro, IL, joined a new firm, Amy D. Parrish, CPA.

Lindsey (Grissom) Limbaugh ’09, of Jackson, MO, and husband, Lance welcomed their daughter, Caroline Hope.

LaToya Owens ’09, of Roanoke, TX, started her own accounting business with services including business consulting, auditing, financial analysis and taxes, providing virtual accounting services from anywhere in the United States.

Shatrasha Stone ’09, of St. Louis, MO, worked for one year as a secretary at Saint Louis University before being promoted to an academic advisor in the business school while attending law school. She graduated from law school and took the Missouri Bar and became a licensed attorney. She is now interviewing to practice law with the State of Missouri

Kristy Wagner ’09, of Poplar Bluff, MO, is being published for the first time in a collection of short stories. Her story, “See,” will be published in Gems of Strength in the Gems of Sisterhood book series

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Lee Clinton ’10, of Perryville, MO, is chief executive officer of Titusville Area Hospital and vice president of systems integration at Meadville Medical Center in Pennsylvania.

Molly Himmelberg ’10, of Bentonville, AR, and husband, Mark, welcomed their daughter, Nora Grace who shares a birthday with mom!

Amanda Long ’10, of Dexter, MO, was one of the teachers chosen for a core grant/research project and will receive the classroom set of iPads, $2,600 for her classroom, and a MacBook and an iPad for her use.

Eric Martin ’10, of Clive, IA, and wife, Hannah ’12, welcomed their first child. They moved to St. Louis, Missouri upon his graduation from medical school to begin residency training in family medicine.

Darryl Mullally ’10, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is wrapping up his first year of law school at Southern Illinois University. He made the Dean’s List first semester and has received a total of three scholarships for academic achievements. He was selected for a teaching assistant position by the director of the legal writing program.

Kristen Alexander ’11, of Poplar Bluff, MO, is attending A.T. Still University Missouri School of Dentistry and Oral Health.

Adrian Byrd ’11, of Parma, MO, was elected vice president of the Southeast chapter of the NAACP.

Todd Cruts ’11, of Jackson, MO, became the new director of human resources at The Lutheran Home in Cape Girardeau.

Connor Gaumond ’11, of Saint Robert, MO, is owner and operator of Motto Breakers INC, and has opened a second location in Freeburg, IL.

Chelsea McConnell ’11, of Troy, IL, married Austin ‘10. He is currently a security analyst with Scott Credit Union in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Alyssa (Longcor) Osborne ’11, of Oklahoma City, OK, is the art manager for Hobby Lobby Art Department where she designs product packaging, collateral and advertisements for Hobby Lobby. Alyssa began as a graphic designer before becoming team leader assistant over the Card and Party Team. She moved to the Digital and Print Team before being promoted to art manager of the Digital and Print Team and Batch Team.

Jennifer Geist ’12, of St. Louis, MO, is the publisher of Pen & Publish, Inc., with three imprints: Brick Mantel Books (literary fiction and poetry-including a book of poetry by SEMO professor Susan Swartwout), Open Books Press (general fiction for all ages and nonfiction for adults), and Transformation Media Books (body/mind/spirit). She works with all aspects of book publishing, from acquisitions to editing to cover design and layout.

Thomas Rauls ’12, of Valley Park, MO, finished his fourth year as a middle school PE teacher and high school basketball/baseball coach at Valley Park in West St. Louis county. He graduated with a master’s degree in education administration.

Sharon Berry ’13, of St. Louis, MO, fondly remembers the TRIO Program, McNair Scholars, Presidential Ambassadors, and CSIS! She will be starting the fall semester MSW program at Washington University, St. Louis.

Ross Freeman ’13, of Cape Girardeau, MO, graduated from University of Missouri School of Law and accepted employment to become an associate at Osburn, Hine, Yates & Murphy in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Austin Littleton ’13, of Sikeston, MO, owns and operates a row crop farm which consists of about 2,600 acres of cotton, popcorn, rice and beans.

Stephen Willard ’13, of Jacksonville, AR, graduated from the U.S. Air Force’s specialized undergraduate pilot training and is now stationed at Little Rock AFB flying the C-130J Super Hercules living out his childhood dreams.

Juan Zavala-Aleman ’13, of Miami, FL, became an account manager at MasterCard Regional Headquarters for Latin America and the Caribbean. He manages 15 different accounts in the Caribbean region, including the Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Bermuda, and Puerto Rico where he’s helping MasterCard expand their footprint and gain market share.

Dmitry Zavyalov ’13, of Moscow, is working in the investment department of a leading Russian bank, doing in-house funding (DCM execution).

Lauren Polk ’14, of Sikeston, MO, finished her second year of teaching and has been accepted to the master’s degree program for school counseling at SEMO.

Majid Mufaqam Syed Abdul ’14, of Columbia, MO,  is pursuing a Ph.D. in nutritional sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Benjamin White ’14, of Chillicothe, MO, was accepted in the University of Illinois-Springfield to the Master in Public Administration program.

Keyman Asefi ’15, of Erie, PA, is now a full-time instructor of interior architecture and design at Mercyhurst University in Erie. He is applying his learning experiences from teaching at Southeast with Dr. Brune to his new teaching position.

Andrew Bauman ’15, of Festus, MO, is finishing his first year at Saint Louis University School of Law with a concentration in urban development, land use and environmental law.

Alexandra Jackson ’15, of St. Louis, MO, got married and bought a four-bedroom fixer-upper home. She thanks her professors for getting a full-time job in her field of study within three months of graduation.

Kelli Mitchell ’15, of Natchez, MS, was accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design and will be working towards a Master of Art in historic preservation.

Stacy O’Keefe ’15, of Plainfield, IL, is a first-year teacher who won teacher of the year in her district – Plano Community Unit School District. She teaches third grade bilingual students at Centennial Elementary.

Candice Snider ’15, of Overland Park, KS, has been accepted to Podiatric medical school at Des Moines University for class of 2020.


In Memoriam

Dr. Frances A. Allen ’37
February 28, 2016

Mr. Emmet J. Fink ’40
April 26, 2016

Mr. J. Elwood Slover ’42
April 25, 2016

Mrs. Margaret E. McKinnis ’45
May 22, 2016

Mr. Wilber W. Neumeyer ’48
February 27, 2016

Mr. Martin D. Hecht ’49
May 20, 2016

Mrs. Delba A. Engelhardt ’50
May 17, 2016

Dr. M. Louise Remley ’51
May 27, 2016

Mr. Billie C. Johnson ’51
February 1, 2016

Mr. Roland R. Strickert ’51
April 23, 2016

Mr. Earl W. Morris ’54
May 21, 2016

Mrs. Joyce M. Sander ’55
April 27, 2016

Dr. John K. Holcomb ’56
March 24, 2016

Mrs. Martha J. Stewart ’56
May 4, 2016

Mr. Stanley E. Reinholz ’58
April 22, 2016

Mr. James L. Schmidt ’60
January 12, 2016

Mr. Paul A. Hendrix ’60
March 11, 2016

Mrs. Electa L. Goldwasser ’61
January 14, 2016

Mr. Curtis L. Myers ’63
January 31, 2016

Mrs. W. Joyce Edwards ’63
April 12, 2016

Mr. Joseph T. Jackson ’65
January 21, 2016

Mr. John O. Wittenborn ’66
March 29, 2016

Mr. Stephen Fuemmeler ’66
March 26, 2016

Mr. Earl P. Holland ’68
May 31, 2016

Mr. Richard G. Vieth ’68
April 1, 2016

Mr. Gene W. Francis ’69
May 27, 2016

Mrs. Dolores M. Richards ’69
February 13, 2016

Mrs. Anna K. Barnwell ’70
April 14, 2016

Ms. Brenda M. Cobbs ’71
May 7, 2016

Mrs. Doris J. Lemons ’72
January 18, 2016

Mr. Philip J. Black ’74
January 27, 2016

Mr. Michael Schlimme ’74
May 29, 2016

Mrs. Laura A. Henry ’75
February 4, 2016

Mr. James C. McGinnis ’76
January 31, 2016

Mr. Stephen Miles ’76
March 6, 2016

Mrs. Lois F. Emerine ’80
February 29, 2016

Mrs. Diane M. Callin ’81
May 14, 2016

Ms. Rose M. Detloff ’83
January 14, 2016

Mrs. Linda L. Thurston ’85
April 10, 2016

Mrs. Sharon K. Lange ’87
May 27, 2016

Mrs. Ollie J. Kaufman ’89
May 26, 2016

Mr. Robert L. Marshall ’89
May 2, 2016

Mr. John T. Brunkhorst ’90
March 3, 2016

Mrs. Peggy R. Pletcher ’92
May 28, 2016

Mrs. Linda L. Givens ’00
May 5, 2016

Mr. Kevin M. Stueve ’02
April 26, 2016

Ms. Christie R. Nash ’09
April 4, 2016

Ms. Kathryn L. Loos ’09
May 20, 2016

Mr. Richard K. Withers ’10
January 8, 2016

Mrs. Liz R. Saalfeld ’10
May 5, 2016

Mr. Daniel B. F. Memel ’12
March 14, 2016

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