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Geraldine (Neal) Hahs ’52, of Oak Ridge, TN, has been married to Charles for 65 years. They have two sons and a daughter who are all college graduates and doing very well.
John Burciaga ’58, of Newburyport, MA, has lived all over the U.S. He now permanently resides in New England.
George Hand ’58, of Birmingham, AL, retired from the University of Alabama School of Medicine after serving as professor of cell biology and assistant dean for medical school admissions. He continues staying active working at a resort golf course and teaching a defensive driving course for Training Associates, Inc. He also teaches a Businessmen’s Bible Class and travels abroad.
James Berry ’59, of Oriental, NC, entered the U.S. Navy as a naval aviator and spent 22 years flying fighters, F4 Phantom and F14 Tomcat. In the last five years of his service, he was the government flight representative at Grumman Aircraft and the representative in charge of the final assembly factory and airfield in Calverton, New York. Following his retirement from the Navy, he went to work for Grumman as an assistant manufacturing manager of a DC8 engine replacement program, then becoming the product operations program director of the E-2C Hawkeye and the C2A Greyhound programs. Several years after Grumman’s merger with Northrop, he retired for the second time.
Mona (Nichols) McGinness ’62, of Sun City, AZ, retired from teaching.
Louis Summers ’62, of Springfield, MO, has been retired for seven years. He enjoys acting and/or directing with local groups. He also enjoys his five grandchildren and traveling with his wife.
Ronald McIlvain ’63, of St. Louis, MO, retired from Thomson/Reuters, a Fortune 100 Company, as a divisional vice president and general manager. Since his retirement, he has been in 23 national and regional juried art shows and in January 2019 won the $500 Edgar L. Metzger Award, achieving second place out of 484 national entries at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild.
James Piatchek ’63, of Arlington, TN, celebrated his 10th anniversary as a permanently ordained deacon in the Catholic church in the diocese of Memphis, and published his fifth book, The Catholic Bucket List for all Christians. He is a current alumni board member and looking forward to Homecoming 2019.
Jerry Caulder ’64, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, is a managing partner at Kapyon LLC, a venture capital company investing in agriculture biotechnology.
Schmidt ’64, of Fort Collins, CO, published a book on the Vietnam War titled The Vietnam War: Why the United States Failed. He is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel. He and his wife, Joy, have two daughters, a son, and nine grandchildren.
Thomas Zych ’64, of Malden, MO, served in the Missouri House of Representatives and then as president of the St. Louis City Board of Aldermen. June 2019 marked 30 years in ministry. He presently serves as pastor of the Malden/Holcomb United Methodist Church.
Kenneth Bollinger ’65, of Marietta, GA, and his wife, Fran, are enjoying their eighth year of retirement and have been traveling the world. In early 2020, they will be taking a 40-day cruise around Australia and New Zealand. Kenneth wishes the very best to all of his SEMO friends.
Linda Lawrence ’65, of San Diego, CA, would love to meet up with fellow SEMO alumni in the nearby area.
Gerald Richards ’65, ’74, of Cape Girardeau, MO, will retire as the federal programs coordinator at Cape Girardeau Public Schools. He first retired after 37 years in education as a teacher, counselor, and principal at Cape Girardeau Public Schools. Gerald’s wife, Delores (Hill) ‘78, ‘96, passed away just shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. Their son, Thomas, ‘98 and his wife, Melissa, ‘97, live in O’Fallon, Illinois. Tom is employed as a technology specialist for Nestle-Purina, and Melissa is the children’s director at the First Baptist Church. They have two children.
Peggy (Grimwood) Tharpe ’65, of Cadet, MO, and husband, Kenneth ‘71, grew a beautiful vegetable garden this past summer. They took a great tour of the Canyonlands and have also housed many adopted pets on their farm but never pit bulls due to their reputation. However, this year, “Puppy” wandered into their lives and decided to adopt them, dispelling all their misconceptions about his breed.
Judith (Landrum) Cain ’66, of Gainesville, FL, taught public school art for seven years, then traveled to Florida in search of how to be a “real” artist. She traveled gypsy style with a group of artists from California doing mall shows. Then, she settled in Gainesville where she owned and operated a costume and magic retail store successfully for 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has been painting every day. She has won awards, been accepted into juried shows, had solo gallery exhibits, and now has a following of collectors of her work. She was awarded first place in a national contest for her acrylic on canvas self-portrait. She says her life has become her art, and she has made it her masterpiece.
Clyde Miner ’66, of Friendswood, TX, is spending his retirement fixing up his home in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, visiting his kids and grandchildren, and occasionally substitute teaching, which he finds much more rewarding than the corporate world.
Patricia (Lemonds) Sullivan ’66, of Birmingham, AL, retired after having taught in Africa as a missionary and in three different states as well as having worked as an editor and a secretary. She has traveled all over the United States and Europe. She has two children and obtained her master’s degree at age 50.
Sandra (Nahlik) Wynn ’66, of House Springs, MO, retired from teaching. She and her husband, Jim, are celebrating 50 years of marriage this year.
Judith (Poleos) Bruce ’67, of Montgomery City, MO, retired from Ferguson Florissant Schools after 35 wonderful years of teaching vocal music and Yamaha keyboards. She attended Lindenwood University with a Master of Fine Arts in theater. She is married with three sons, seven grandchildren, and a great grandchild. Judith keeps busy as president of Raintree Arts Council of Pike and Lincoln County and arranging cultural programs for local schools and the community. She is still active in theater, acting, and directing. Judith loves living in rural Missouri on 125 acres of land.
Joe Dunn ’67, of Spartanburg, SC, returned as a tourist to Vietnam and Cambodia 50 years after his combat tour in Vietnam. He was the keynote speaker in June at the 199th Infantry Brigade Reunion, his unit during the war. Joe is the author of six books and was a finalist as the College and University National Teacher of the year. He has been a college professor for 39 years and does not envision retirement for another 10 years.
Richard Ehlers ’67, of Hendersonville, NC, received his Master of Education from University of Missouri in guidance and a Ph.D. from St. Louis University in educational administration. He spent 42 years in public education as a teacher, coach, counselor, and administrator.
Phyllis (Crites) Hansen ’67, of Billings, MT, retired from Montana State University after 19 years as a county extension agent, concluding 50 years of using her degree in some form of education.
Linda (Richardson) Bennett ’68, of Batesville, AR, has two daughters and four grandchildren. During her career, she taught in the St. Louis area and was on staff at a St. Louis County public school library, completed an ALA-MLS degree, implemented a government-sponsored research and development project which resulted in two manuals in E.R.I.C., and taken trips to Europe.
Jacquelyn (Held) Dunn ’68, of Wentzville, MO, completed her fourth Berlin Half Marathon by rollerskating. It was the first stop on her eight-country European vacation, with her husband, Steven, which also included the Kings Day Festival in Amsterdam, a visit to Auschwitz, a tour of the Salt Mines in Poland, and a river cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. Jackie retired from teaching after 33 years with the Special School District. She spent her last 13 years there coordinating their Special Olympics Program. She is very active in Girl Scouts and was awarded the Thanks 2 Badge, the highest national volunteer award. She is in her 43rd year of serving on the volunteer staff for the Girl Scouts of Missouri.
Jerry Durham ’68, of Stockton, IL, served as the interim president of Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences. He had previously retired in January 2018 after serving as chancellor of Allen College in Waterloo, Iowa, for 12 years. He and his wife, Kathy, now live on a family farm in Stocking, Illinois.
James Gosche ’68, of Jackson, MO, retired from the military in 1970. Since then he worked for the USDA and retired in 2003. Jim now enjoys spending time with family and friends and doing volunteer work.
Sandra (Wilmesher) Hechst ’68, of St. Louis, MO, retired from teaching and enjoyed working at Grants Farm for 13 summers. Now she is delighting in spending time with grandkids and luncheons with ADPis.
Charles Hutson ’68, of Jackson, MO, served 36 years as Circuit Clerk of Cape Girardeau County. He managed a Century Farm that has been in the family since 1880. He and his wife, Linda, have two sons.
Glen Norman ’68, of Cecilia, KY, retired from Southern Illinois University and Lufthansa Airline Training Center Arizona.
Patricia (Ryan) Short ’68, of Prescott, AZ, is enjoying retirement after 43 years of teaching physical education, first in Ferguson-Florissant, Missouri, and then in Apache Junction, Williams, and Prescott, Arizona.
Fred Crecelius ’69, of Cost, TX, spent 31 years active duty as a Navy pilot. As a civilian, he served in the Senior Executive Service (SES). Fred served at the White House as director, Presidential Contingency Programs (Bush ’41 administration from 1990-1992). He received the Alumni Merit Award along with Missouri State Legislature Award for service to our country.
Michael Johnson ’69, of Westerville, OH, and Nedra ‘69, celebrated 50 years of marriage. Both are retired, Mike from Nucor Steel and Nedra from retail customer service.
Larry Ludwig ’69, of Woodson, IL, is now retired from the seed business of 45 years in which he was co-owner, Ag Seeds Inc. He has two children and two granddaughters.
Lloyd Rudloff ’69, of Affton, MO, spent a couple of years in the United States Army before starting his own business, Glenlo Awning & Window Company.
Walter Smallwood ’69, of St. Louis, MO, and his wife, Cynthia (Golden) ‘72, are enjoying retirement and remain actively involved with SEMO by supporting many events and activities and cherish the University more than ever.
Robert Guth ’70, of Tucson, AZ, retired as director of labor relations for Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson. He is now in private practice as a labor relations consultant. He currently enjoys traveling the world, golf, and cooking. Robert says the education he received at SEMO and hard work has made his success possible.
Coy Jacob ’70, of Venice, FL, is the president and owner of Jacob Aero. While he spends most of his time in Florida, his career as an aircraft dealer has him flying through Cape Girardeau and St. Louis occasionally. He very much enjoyed his time at SEMO and would love to hear from fellow classmates.
Benjamin Zoellner ’70, of Winter Haven, FL, has two daughters and one granddaughter.
Lonna (Hill) Enox-Tucker ’71, of Roswell, NM, has published the fourth installment, Untold Agony, in her Sorrel Janes mystery novel series.
Richard Hunter ’71, of Chesterfield, MO, is teaching strategic communication courses to graduate and undergraduate students at Lindenwood University and Maryville University, as well as psychology and communication courses at Ranken Technical College as an adjunct professor.
Beth (Cox) Kaiser ’71, of Dyersburg, TN, is enjoying retirement!
David Little ’71, of St. Louis, MO, and his wife, Sandy, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary!
David Lyle ’71, of Tomball, TX, has been fulfilling his dream of world travel since his retirement. He has visited 31 countries with five more international sojourns scheduled in 2019. His goal is to continue his travel adventures until he is too old to find the airport!
Dennis Nail ’71, of Kennett, MO, had a “Proud Dad” moment when his daughter, Leslie, graduated from SEMO 25 years after he did. He enjoyed participating in “Dad’s Day” with Leslie’s Tri-Delta Sorority.
Robert Cowles ’72, of Knoxville, TN, is currently an instructor at the Southeast School of Biblical Studies and the Nashville School of Biblical Studies. Additionally, he serves as the chaplain for the Knoxville Police Department.
Joseph Pappas ’72, of Festus, MO, retired from music education after 46 years and enjoys traveling and fishing. He is active in music and music education as owner/publisher of JPM Music Publication. He and his wife, Cheryl, have seven grandchildren.
Stafford Thompson ’72, of Enterprise, AL, was installed as the president of the Alabama Education Retirees Association.
Michael Courtois ’73, of St. Louis, MO, earned a Master of Arts in experimental psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He retired from the research faculty of Washington University School of Medicine. He and wife, Dr. Constance Courtois, M.D., have one son.
Janet (Callahan) Epresi ’73, of Erie, CO, retired from Cypress Fairbanks ISD, in Houston and moved to Colorado to be near her daughter’s family.
Jana Norton ’73, of Paducah, KY, retired from the public school system. She worked in three different school districts and loved all of them but is ready to enjoy her retirement.
Monica (Heuring) Stein ’74, of Mesa, AZ, retired from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and is president of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27 in Apache Junction, the largest in Arizona and fourth largest in the Nation.
Stephen Gnadt ’75, of Columbia, MD, retired from the University of Maryland where he served as the associate director of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union-Center for Campus Life for the past 22 years. He ends a 42-year career as a university administrator, previously holding positions at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, University of Missouri-Columbia, and East Stroudsburg University.
Linda (Koch) Caldwell ’76, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is spending retirement with her husband, serving as short-term medical missionaries in Honduras and Kenya. She focuses on work in the prenatal clinic while her husband works in the pharmacy and wound care areas. They greatly enjoy helping others and providing their medical needs, but most importantly spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Dan Picarella ’76, of Orlando, FL, was named Teacher of the Year at the University Behavior Center & Colonial High School. He is retired and enjoys time with his seven grandchildren.
Nancy (Nelson) Vines ’76, of Dexter, MO, is enjoying writing for area newspapers and has submitted some more ambitious projects to national and state publications. Nancy’s two adult children are a source of great pride, and her two young granddaughters supply unlimited laughter and happiness.
Mark McQuary ’77, of Tallahassee, FL, has spent 30 years as a solo dentist in his practice but has recently taken in a younger dentist. He plans to work for a few more years and transition the new dentist into the practice before retiring. Mark is a proud member of the America Academy of Facial Esthetics and has incorporated Botox and Dermal Fillers into his dental practice.
Georgia Stergios ’77, of Henderson, NV, retired from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, most recently as the associate director of IT Administrative Services. She is now focusing on her creative side, primarily painting and drawing while enjoying her retirement.
Robert Stevens ’77, of Palm Harbor, FL, is all great and loving life!
Jay Wolz ’77, of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired from Southeast Missouri State University as the director of Alumni Relations. Since retirement, Jay has become the business editor at the Southeast Missourian. He plans to retire again in a couple years to become a full-time grandfather to his daughters’ children.
Pamela (Kneemiller) Bax ’78, of Glencoe, MO, has retired from her job as a physical education teacher after 41 years.
Beverly Logan ’78, of St. Louis, MO, has led multiple beautification efforts, including the addition of four chess tables to the local park. She promotes the connection between chess and scholastic improvement. Further, she has established a scholarship at SEMO in her mother’s name, Annie Bell Smoot, to assist students in under-served high schools with their college expenses.
Beverlee (Kettler) Maschek ’78, of St. Louis, MO, is a member of the St. Louis Water Gardening Society and the Gateway Koi and Pond Club. Beverlee also continues to help with Sunday School at church and belongs to the Ladies Guild. She is very proud of her daughter, Stephanie.
Shari (Uelsmann) Napier ’78, of Dayton, OH, retired from the Montgomery County Board of Disabilities. She is currently busy with her seven grandchildren and volunteering at her church and within her community.
Sylvia (Parsons) Ramsey-Rezner ’78, of Augusta, GA, is a published author of three books. She established a support group for bladder cancer survivors on Facebook. She is a retired high school teacher (art, speech, and various communication courses) and coached a speech and debate team.
Stephen Slinkard ’78, of Farmington, MO, is serving as president of the St. Francois County Historical Society and president of the African American Masonic Cemetery Preservation Board. He also serves on the Farmington History Museum Board.
Barbara (Meyer) Teicher ’78, of Lenexa, KS, is an international TEDx speaker and author of the book, It’s HOWYouSay It, which is endorsed by The Washington Post. Barbara lives in the Kansas City area with her husband, Adam, and their 80-pound rescue dog, Aspen.
Wanda Walkenhorst ’78, of New Haven, MO, is a retired teacher who currently works part time at her local library and has a maltipoo, Angel.
Nancy (Grommet) Bland ’79, of Ellington, MO, is enjoying retirement from teaching but misses her students. She frequently substitute teaches in order to stay connected.
Robert Brown ’79, of St. Charles, MO, is the editor of Heritage, the quarterly journal of the St. Charles County Historical Society and an interpreter (tour guide) at the First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site in St. Charles when he is not substitute teaching.
Gary Daake ’79, of St. Louis, MO, retired after 23 years at BJC. During college, he served as the first music director and on-air personality on KRCU. In September, he performed at his first open mic night in 40 years at the Cape Public Library.
Carla (Thomason) Daniels ’79, of Raleigh, NC, has sold over $100 million in real estate. She enjoys her work, training her German Shepherd, shopping with her grandchildren, and renovating her home with her husband, Tim.
Catherine (Lema) Westbury ’79, of Eureka, MO, published What Color is Your Sand? based upon a chance encounter with a child on an Eleuthera Beach, reminding her of the importance of embracing where you’re planted.
Nancy (Fuller) Williams ’79, of Holcomb, MO, is the owner of Mid-America Glove Company LLC. She enjoys her involvement in private mentorship programs which include select candidates for mentorship in the areas of entrepreneurship, establishing income-producing business assets, leadership and more.
Glenna (Miller) Lucas ’80, of Higginsville, MO, enjoys spending time with her children and grandsons.
Julie (Fredstrom) Walker ’80, of Columbia, MO, retired from public school teaching and has since recorded two albums: Summerhill Dreams and Lifesongs and Lullabies.
Robert Winter ’80, of Wetumpka, AL, and his family do mission work for The University of the Nations, located in Kona, HI.
Steven Brazil ’81, of Burfordville, MO, retired as a district manager with Farmers Insurance Group and has purchased a Farmers Insurance Group Agency in Southeast Missouri.
Mark Cook ’81, of Tustin, CA, is chairman of the Board of Partners at SingerLewak. He is an avid writer of tax topics and on the editorial board of the Tax Adviser. He enjoys studying jazz piano in his free time.
Alan Pace ’81, of Flower Mound, TX, and wife, Gigi, have been married for 17 years after meeting in a class at SEMO. Gigi works in human resources and Alan is in real estate. Their daughter, Tayloir ’08, also graduated from SEMO.
Thomas Rickard ’81, of Sapphire, NC, retired and moved to the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau in western North Carolina after Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, Texas. He is enjoying retirement and the beauty of the mountains and waterfalls near his new home.
Edward Schwent ’81, of Bridgeton, MO, is the owner and instructor at Ed Schwent Golf Academy. He was named by both Golf Digest and Golf Magazine as one of the top golf instructors in Missouri.
Michael Slater ’81, of Altoona, IA, retired from the Department of Transportation in Iowa.
Gwendolyn Squires ’81, of Lees Summit, MO, is the author of the School Day Series children’s book. She is also the owner of Tea Time Publishing Services, assisting aspiring writers in becoming published authors. She is a retired principal of Kansas City Public Schools. She worked 28 years as an elementary school principal.
Mark Brooks ’82, of Hermann, MO, retired after 30 years in education. He worked as a teacher, coach, principal, and a central office administrator. He now is on the school board and holds the office of president for the Gasconade Co. R1 School District in Hermann.
John Huff ’82, of Washington, D.C., splits his time between D.C. and Bermuda. As CEO, he is responsible for public policy, advocacy and education for the Association of Bermuda Insurers & Reinsurers.
Donna Jahnke ’82, of St. Louis, MO, is retiring as the superintendent of the Ladue School District after 36 years in public education, and will join the St. Louis University faculty as an assistant professor in the educational leadership department.
Leanna (Rorex) Johnson ’82, of Farmington, MO, retired from teaching online technology in education at Mineral Area College and Mizzou. She now manages Sugarfire Smokehouse with her two sons in Farmington, Missouri. She and her husband, Bill, also have a daughter in California. Leanna and Bill spend all of their spare time traveling and golfing. She encourages fellow classmates to find her on Instagram.
Paul Leonard ’82, of St. Louis, MO, is retired living in St Louis.
Brent Patton ’82, of Foley, AL, retired as the director of labor and employee relations at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. He is enjoying retirement near the beach.
Debra Reid ’82, of Dearborn, MI, was inducted as president of The Agricultural History Society, as it turned 100 years old. She is busy preparing her presidential address, “Come-Along: Agricultural History’s Many Meanings,” for the 2020 meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Kevin Wicks ’83, of Stoutsville, MO, retired after 33 years in sales and marketing management. He now enjoys hobby farming near Mark Twain Lake on 40 acres.
Laura (Layton) Detjen ’84, of APO, AP lives, works, and travels all over the world as a learning specialist with the Department of Defense. She and her husband work on four continents. When they are in Asia, they visit their daughter who lives in Tokyo.
Lori Irvin ’84, of St. Louis, MO, has been married to James ‘83, for 30 years. Lori has been teaching for 35 years and teaches at Mehlville School District. The couple has two children, Brennan and Madeline.
Rhonda Lunyou ’84, of Piedmont, MO, retired from Clearwater R-1 School District as an elementary and middle school art teacher.
Michael Sargent ’84, of O’Fallon, MO, retired from United Airlines and is now an usher for the St. Louis Cardinals.
John Messmer ’86, of St. Louis, MO, is enjoying retirement by spending time with family and friends!
Linda (Barnes) Davis ’87, of Chaffee, MO, is in her fifth year as a choir director at Cape Central High School, after teaching 20 years at Zalma High School.
Charles Herbst ’87, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is the associate commissioner of Cape Girardeau County and is the current president of the County Commissioner Association of Missouri.
Mark Kumming ’87, of Pea Ridge, AR, works as a para-professional special education teacher at Pea Ridge School District and a freelance writer. He has had over 200 of his articles published in regional magazines and newspapers. He primarily writes on topics of Ozarks history and folklore, but he also writes poetry, short stories, and children’s stories. He also takes photographs to accompany his articles. He has self-published three books. Mark was also the children’s storyteller at the Pea Ridge Community Library.
Thomas Neff ’88, of Kansas City, MO, is the environmental review officer for the City of Kansas City. He would love to hear from fellow classmates of the SEMO Historic Preservation program.
Harold Spindler ’88, of Albuquerque, NM, transitioned from a five-year position with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) under the Department of Energy. He was the director of aviation safety and a captain on a B737-400 aircraft transporting nuclear cargo and security agents throughout the U.S. and Canada. Scott started a new career with FedEx Express where he flies a B-757 freighter for the world’s leader in air cargo transportation service.
Pamela (Miller) Anglin ’89, of Centralia, MO, serves as the housing program director for both single family and multifamily housing programs in Missouri. On an annual average, she assists over 6,000 families to purchase/rehab homes and oversees the multifamily housing complexes to provide homes to over 18,500 families in Missouri.
Jeffery Luer ’89, of Florissant, MO, is director of event production with IMG Live in St. Louis.
Shanna (Hileman) Pender ’89, of Jonesboro, IL, is an eighth grade teacher at Shawnee District #84. She is the proud parent of two children, Trey ’18, and Jaycee.
Christine Rountree ’89, of Lebanon, TN, and her husband, Clyde, celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have five children. Christine is a teacher at Heritage Christian Academy.
Susan (Lassiter) Shortt ’90, of Wentzville, MO, teaches college credit and honors English courses at Visitation Academy-St. Louis. Her husband, Mark ‘90, is a territory manager for Azek/TimberTech building supplies. They have two sons, Steven and Nathan.
Kirk Anderson ’91, of St. Peters, MO, completed training on the Boeing 787 last year and is now flying out of Los Angeles. He has flown to Japan, Korea, China, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Europe. He occasionally flies over Cape Girardeau and smiles, remembering his great education and the times he spent in the city.
Teresa (Frisby) Kresse ’91, of Grimes, IA, is nearing retirement after 28 years of teaching French in four different school districts.
Scott Shelp ’91, of San Francisco, CA, graduated with his Bachelor of Science in nursing and became certified by the State of California as a public health nurse.
Kimberly (Holshouser) Link ’92, of Manchester, MO, and her husband Brian celebrated their second year in business. They own Amp Up Action Park in St. Louis.
Sheila (Wolfe) Luttrull ’92, of St. Louis, MO, is retiring and plans to travel the world.
Gina Martin ’92, of Scott City, MO, married Keith Harper. She is currently employed at the Eastern Missouri Action Agency. She received the certified community action professional designation for her work.
Pamela (Whittington) Millsaps ’92, of Athens, TN, is retired and working part-time as a mental health counselor serving children and adults, individuals and families in a wide range of mental health services ranging from trauma to the worried well. She has a son and three beautiful grandchildren.
Mary (Held) Proffer ’92, of Festus, MO, is a senior graphic designer with Mercy Hospital Jefferson-Festus. She has been married for 25 years and has two daughters, along with two mini-schnauzers.
Donna (Jones) Renaud ’92, of Lake Saint Louis, MO, married Martin and works at a psychiatric group home. She is also a past member of the Golden Eagles Marching Band and does internet marketing in her spare time. Donna owns her own jewelry website. She earned her master’s degree in education and was the Parents As Teacher director at the St. Genevieve School District.
Melissa (Sheeler) Wilkerson ’92, of Belleville, IL, was awarded the 2018 Emerson Excellence in Education honoree.
Robert Bullock ’93, of Scott City, MO, and wife, Denise ‘93, own and operate River Ridge Winery near Commerce, Missouri.
Alecia Fischer ’94, is currently serving as the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Bourbon, Missouri and St. James United Methodist Church in St. James, Missouri.
Russell Tontz ’94, of Mankato, MN, left active duty Air Force service as an operational flight surgeon to join the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota as an aerospace and occupational medicine physician.
Paul Anslow ’95, of Oviedo, FL, established Anslow Engineering & Consulting LLC as a part-time venture but now took the leap of full-time self-employment.
Bryan Wallen ’95, of Park Hills, MO, has been teaching and coaching for 24 years. He is married to Kacy and has two daughters, Chrissy and Kimmy, who is a freshman softball player at SEMO.
Kimberly (Wilcut) Amodio ’96, of Waynesville, MO, completed her fifth year as principal of Piney Ridge Learning Center which provides educational services for a level 4+ residential psychiatric center. While Kimberly’s job is challenging on its best days, she says the rewards of her work are immeasurable. Her students come from all over the country, generally experiencing a mental health crisis. Kimberly says it is a blessing to work with her incredible staff to make a difference in the lives of their students. She is also excited to share that she vacationed in Paris for 10 days.
Morgan (Marino) Beasley ’96, of Cape Girardeau, MO, changed careers from a healthcare administrator to running a not-for-profit adoption and behavioral health agency at Lutheran Family & Children Services. She also married John Slattery and received a Lean Green Belt Certification through Six Sigma. Morgan also is an adjunct teacher at SEMO for business and healthcare administration both online and in the classroom.
Sandra (Shupp) Campbell ’96, of Murfreesboro, TN, has been working with the members of the Historic Preservation Alumni Chapter and the historic preservation student organization to bring networking and soft skills to current students in the historic preservation program at SEMO. She also recently obtained a promotion as executive secretary for the dean of the Honors College at Middle Tennessee State University. Additionally, she is serving as treasurer for the Rutherford County Historical Society.
Stacey Cummins ’97, of Denver, CO, is pursuing a Master of Arts in biology from Miami University’s Advanced Inquiry Program.
Judith (Butler) Swilley ’97, of Portageville, MO, finished her 22nd year of teaching elementary school. Judy and her husband, Chad, have three children.
Amber (Green) Barber ’98, of Wilsonville, OR, earned her Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt after years of study, project leadership, and coaching and guiding others.
Theresa (Haug) Haug-Belvin ’98, of Saratoga Springs, UT, accepted the position of assistant professor of student leadership and success studies at Utah Valley University.
Bobbie Schiller ’98, of Marquand, MO, is on the SEMO social work advisory board. His work in the field of child welfare has helped him to give back to his family, community, state, and beyond.
James Mohrman ’00, of Fenton, MO, has vastly expanded the product selection offered at his business, Wallpaper, Paint and More. The most newly acquired product line is Benjamin Moore Paints. He currently owns two locations-one in Fenton and the other in South St. Louis County.
Teresa Ressel ’00, of Bonne Terre, MO, was promoted to editor of the Daily Journal in Park Hills.
Brian Roth ’00, of Manchester, MO, is a professional soccer player for the St. Louis Ambush.
Vicki Schreiber ’00, of Milwaukee, WI, finished her Ph.D. in leadership for the advancement of learning and service in higher education from Cardinal Stritch University. She moved from Alverno College, where she was associate dean of students to take a job with the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater as the Title IX coordinator.
Mark Winchester ’00, of St. Charles, MO, will be continuing his education 19 years after graduating from SEMO. He starts at Saint Louis University Law in the fall!
Lorrie Chafin ’01, of Seymour, MO, is the owner of LHC and Company which provides a range of mental health services in person and through HIPAA- approved tele-health and tele-medicine.
Andrew Fozard ’02, of Aurora, CO, accepted a promotion to the quality specialist and educator for the MRI department at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Andrew Marten ’02, of O’Fallon, MO, bought a new house.
Jeremy Wells ’02, of Takoma Park, MD, joined the school of architecture, planning and preservation at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is an assistant professor in the historic preservation program specializing in applied social science methods with a focus on social justice and equity in planning. Jeremy’s co-edited book, <em?Human Centered Built Environment Heritage Preservation, was published by Routledge.
Jason Baker ’03, of Naylor, MO, is the owner and broker at Fair Dealing Realty LLC and is looking forward to growing the business by assisting sellers and buyers throughout the Southeast Missouri region and beyond.
Beth (Kania) Kania-Gosche ’03, of St. Charles, MO, was named the founding chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Certification at Missouri S&T.
Jeremy Boyer ’04, of Imperial, MO, is excited to amend his title as the organist for the Stanley Cup Champions, the St. Louis Blues on his resume.
Darren Harris ’04, of Franklin, TN, is CEO of a 16-physician orthopedic group, the Bone & Joint Institute of Tennessee, in Franklin. He is married to Rebecca (Green) ‘00, and the couple has three beautiful daughters.
Alicia Loucks ’04, of Herrin, IL, has a son, Cannon.
Eric Macharia ’04, of Valparaiso, IN, is responsible for administration divisionwide management of dining services, vending, bookstore, University Guest House, mail center, university procurement and purchasing.
Kristin (Moore) Christenson ’05, of Glencoe, MO, and husband, John ‘15, welcomed a son, Camden, joining big sister, Colby.
Jason Peters ’05, of Madison, WI, is an assistant professor of pharmaceutical sciences, bacteriology and medical microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Angela Nikki (Harper) ’06, of Wentzville, MO, and her husband, Keith, welcomed baby Virginia Catherine.
Timothy Wencewicz ’06, of St. Louis, MO, has been recognized by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation as one of 13 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholars for 2019. The Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award recognizes young faculty in the chemical sciences who are outstanding independent researchers and educators. The award includes an unrestricted grant to support Wencewicz’s research and teaching efforts. More specifically, the funds will support his Wencewicz Lab’s efforts to develop new antibiotics to combat antibiotic resistance and improve the organic chemistry curriculum at Washington University-St. Louis.
Matthew Ciolek ’07, of Phoenix, AZ, and his wife, Virginia, celebrated their five-year wedding anniversary. Matt is currently working as an online support technician with Gatestone & Company.
Shandi Greves-Penrod ’07, of Glen Carbon, IL, graduated with an M.A. in communications management from Webster University, St. Louis.
Mareo Hendrickson ’07, of Houston, TX, was selected as the lead enrollment and completion advisor at Texas Southern University, leading a team of 15 freshman advisors to support the academic success and retention of incoming first-time in college students.
Deanna Heuring ’07, of Florissant, MO, is developing the Vocational Skills Educational Training Program (VSET) with a logistics focus in the Special School District. This program enables individuals with varying degrees of disability to work through on the job training at a variety of logistics sites to learn skills, complete paid internships, and obtain employment. Deanna would love to connect with fellow alumni in the St. Louis region who are in logistics to further enhance this program.
Jennifer Hoskins ’07, of St. Louis, MO, is working for Senator Roy Blunt as a field representative.
David Kasky ’07, of Pensacola, FL, is a flight instructor who trains undergraduate Combat Systems Officers on the T-1A “Jayhawk” for the Air Force at the Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida.
Gregory Soutiea ’07, of Spruce Head, ME, and his wife, Lauren, purchased the Craignair Inn and Restaurant, an idealistic getaway spot for travelers, it is a 22-room inn with a seasonal, full-service restaurant on the waterfront. Greg says his education from SEMO and the experiences he gained while here in the hospitality industry have helped him pursue his dreams. Some of his most fond memories at SEMO were with his Alpha Kappa Psi brothers and members of the SEMO faculty.
Ashley Arcand ’08, of Farmington, MO, is an executive program manager at IBM where she transforms people, companies, and lives through the creation and execution of strategic programs including reskilling and upskilling of the IBM Services workforce to take on jobs of the future. Additionally, Ashley is the owner and president of The Comms Lady, training and coaching thousands of area professionals and students to grow their success skills using effective communications and positive relationship building practices.
Nicole Barrows ’08, of Yuma, AZ, is in her ninth year of teaching. She was recently married. She and her husband have a two-year old daughter, Harper.
Janice Bunch ’08, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is the director of Counseling and Disability Services at Southeast Missouri State.
Brooke DeArman ’08, ’10, of Cape Girardeau, MO, says her claim to fame at SEMO was being the first ever Rowdy the Redhawk. She performed as Rowdy for five years. She is now the first ever to hold the title Captain Catfish for the new Cape Catfish baseball team. She loves having the opportunity, nearly 10 years post-Rowdy, to act goofy and entertain the crowd again. She loves the opportunities the Cape Catfish organization is providing for Southeast students and alumni.
Matthew Huber ’08, of Jackson, MO, was named affiliate member of the year for the Missouri Economic Development Council. Matt partnered with the MEDC to discuss how Liberty Utilities could work to better serve communities through economic development projects.
Brian Knowles ’08, of Alexandria, IN, was awarded the Joint Service Achievement Medal for his contributions to the success of the U.S. Africa Command’s 10th anniversary. He and his wife, Brianna, have just moved back to the United States after living in Germany for a year and a half.
Aja Brown ’09, of Scott City, MO, has been promoted to subscriptions coordinator after working nine years at the Fabulous Fox. She and her husband have also welcomed their newest addition to the family, Dennis.
Laura Buchheit ’09, of Perryville, MO, is completing certifications in early childhood education, elementary education, special education, and graduate studies in school counseling and will pursue play therapy certification.
Daniel Dial ’09, of Mableton, GA, recently moved from St. Louis to Atlanta to become the team president for the new Atlanta Hawks NBA G League affiliate.
Kelly Vaeth ’09, of Millersville, MO, is a disability counselor for the State of Missouri. She married her husband, Keith, and they have two fur babies, Josey and Shelby.
Erin Armstrong ’10, of Puxico, MO, teaches family and consumer sciences in Puxico, where she lives with her husband, Matt, and their three children.
Rebecca Boester ’10, of St. Louis, MO, and Ralph ‘06, welcomed twins, Sebastian and Killian. Their daughter, Oswin, is a proud big sister.
Molly Himmelberg ’10, of Bentonville, AR, welcomed Davis James into the family. Big sister, Nora Grace, is loving her new role.
Marlie Love ’10, of Seattle, WA, recently moved to Seattle. Her book, Five Steps to Find Your Purpose and Destiny, is available for purchase. She has also produced a TV show and podcast, both titled, Purpose is for ALL.
Christopher Norris ’10, of St. Louis, MO, has started his own chip company, Nuck’s Chips.
Jamie Brown ’11, of Fenton, MO, moved 2,000 miles from Cape Girardeau to Washington D.C. to take an unpaid internship. Through hard work and perseverance, she landed a career position with the U.S. State Department.
Daniel Bryant ’11, of Fenton, MO, graduated from the Naval Academy and is currently serving in the United States Navy.
Lauren Gaudion ’11, of Indianapolis, IN, was married last year and also helped lead the launch of a flight training school.
Emily Gegg ’11, of Ste. Genevieve, MO, and her husband, Nathan, welcomed triplets, Corbin, Carson, and Cannon.
Emily (Scherer) Glastetter ’11, of Arnold, MO, welcomed a daughter, Darcie Rae.
Katelyn (Kassel) Hoffman ’11, of Fairview Heights, IL, married Adam and started a new career in marketing as the field marketing manager for California Casualty.
Matthew Lawler ’11, of Benton, MO, graduated from SIU Law as a Taylor Mattis Fellow, went into practice, and is now the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking prosecutor for Southeast Missouri.
Amber Moyers ’11, of Cape Girardeau, MO, helped found Cape PRIDE Inc., an LGBTQ+ centered non-profit organization in Cape Girardeau, that hosted the first ever LGBTQ+ PRIDE Festival this year. Cape PRIDE Inc. elected its board of directors and plans to continue working to improve the daily lives of the LGBTQ+ persons in this region as well as to engage in broader community activities with the goal of changing hearts and minds.
Christine (Ehrhard) Ostendorf ’11, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and her husband, Nick ‘12, welcomed the newest addition, a son named Dominic Louis, to their family.
Laura Voss ’11, of San Jose, CA, owned a Silicon Valley-based wellness and confidence coaching business for five years.
Kyleigh (Walters) Felker ’12, of Cape Girardeau, MO, married Curtis, and they live happily with their two dogs, Leroy and Yadi.
Marybeth Niederkorn ’12, of Cape Girardeau, MO, published a book of poetry, Times Knew Roamin by Spartan Press. It is an eclectic collection of poems mostly centered on driving to and from a job teaching basic writing skills to college students. It also riffs on philosophy, cartoon rabbits, and more.
Camille Carroll ’13, of St. Louis, MO, is working as a fine arts high school teacher and swim coach. After this summer, she will be half way through her master’s program in administration at Southeast!
Jason Green ’13, of Fredericktown, MO, was elected as the new presiding commissioner for Madison County, Missouri.
Briana Hammon ’13, of Grand Chain, IL, began teaching first grade and took in a student as a foster child. After five years together, Briana and her soon-to-be son are in the process of adoption. He is almost 10 years old now. They have recently moved to a new home, and Briana has changed positions to teach at Century Elementary School as a kindergarten teacher.
Hanna Mercer ’13, of Sikeston, MO, is a Spanish teacher at Sikeston High School.
Lisa (Trebing) Pruellage ’13, of Ballwin, MO, married Jeff ‘09, ‘11.
Crystal Slipis ’13, of Morley, MO, works with students who are autistic. She says it’s the best job that anyone can have.
Maxwell Wieser ’13, of Cape Girardeau, MO, has been coaching three sports for five years now. He started as the head coach of boy’s soccer, assistant coach for girl’s basketball, and assistant coach for girl’s soccer. Now, he has transitioned into the head coaching position of cross country and track & field. Maxwell led a student trip of Saxony High School students to Europe, including Norway, Denmark, and Sweden this year.
Pamela Avila ’14, of Wentzville, MO, accepted a position at Washington University in St. Louis as the program coordinator for student involvement in Campus Life.
Jill Irvin ’14, of Jackson, MO, earned her law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law. She then worked as the special counsel to Missouri Governor Michael L. Parson. Jill serves as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Cape Girardeau County.
Reggie Jennings ’14, of Arlington, TX, has been accepted into the TCU Neely School of Business and will begin his PMBA.
Trevor Mulholland ’14, of Jefferson City, MO, and Chris Dzurick ‘14 got married.
Justin Pratt ’14, of Oxford, OH, married Hunt Bennett. Justin successfully defended his Ph.D. in chemistry from the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at Miami University and is now Dr. Justin Pratt.
Samantha Schurwan ’14, of St. Peters, MO, has taught in both public and private schools since graduating. Currently, she is a high school autism specialist at a residential facility. Samantha married her high school sweetheart and gained two step-daughters.
Scott Bates ’15, of Fredericktown, MO, is the office manager at the Madison County Sheltered Workshop and president of the Foundation for Historic Preservation and site administrator of the Battle of Fredericktown Civil War Museum.
Andrew Bauman ’15, of Festus, MO, graduated from law school at Saint Louis University School of Law. After passing his Missouri Bar Exam, he began working at Wegmann Law Firm in Hillsboro, Missouri. He won first place in the 35th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition with his law paper “Legally Enabling a Modern-Day Mayberry: A Legal Analysis of Form-Based Zoning Codes.”
Daniel Drust ’15, of Tinley Park, IL, is working in the Chicago theater and event industries as a freelance scenic carpenter, lighting technician, stagehand, and more. He says his workload has skyrocketed over the last 18 months, and he is thankful for the skills and experiences he gained at SEMO.
Alexander Eaton ’15, of St. Louis, MO, is director of nursing at a sub-acute care facility in the St. Louis area. He fondly looks back on his membership in Phi Theta Kappa and Sigma Theta Tau while at SEMO.
Kelli Mitchell ’15, of St. Augustine, FL, graduated with a Master of Art in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
Jacqueline Russell ’15, of Washington, D.C., completed her master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. She completed her first year at the School of Medicine at Georgetown and is currently working with Medstar Institute for Innovation doing research on Sepsis and Septic Shock.
Jessica Devenport ’16, of O’Fallon, IL, is working on her master’s degree in biology at Washington University. She is working on research for leukemia. She also got married and bought her first home.
Amanda Iacampo ’16, moved to China and visited India, Vietnam, Korea, Indonesia, Tasmania, Thailand, Australia, and parts of the United States. She has done Kung-fu on the Great Wall, baked Wallaby Pie in Tasmania, surfed in Bali, played the Mongolian national rugby team and scored a goal, shaved her head, made new friends, and has expanded her horizons more than she ever thought possible. She teaches English in Beijing now which is where she currently resides.
Helen Maschmeyer ’16, of Festus, MO, is a middle school teacher at Festus R-6 School District. She has recently returned to Southeast as an online student in pursuit of a master’s degree.
Anthony Mauricio ’16, of Senath, MO, has taught at Senath-Hornersville School District for three years and recently became the youngest school administrator in the history of the district as the middle school principal.
Sangita Shrestha ’16, of Astoria, NY, teaches English at a government school in Nepal. She works to uplift the school’s education system and discourage school dropout via various methods. In addition, she utilizes her management skills in her school to meet the organization’s vision that one day all children in Nepal will attain an excellent education. Sangita says her time at SEMO has prepared her well for her current position, and her career is very rewarding.
Tyler (Stewart) Vitale ’16, of Virginia Beach, VA, was recently promoted to senior field engineer at The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company where she was immediately charged with a hospital expansion project within her city. This opportunity gave Tyler more time to spend with her husband, Dom, and two children, Carter and Murphy, by allowing her to choose her schedule and the schedules of those around her. She was excited for this opportunity and improved her community with a new hospital.
Kayla Woessner ’16, of Fayetteville, AR, earned her M.Ed in higher education, student affairs, and now works as a career coach. Every day, she helps students take what they have learned on campus and apply it toward their dream career.
Sierra Carter ’17, of St. Louis, MO, is a multi-media specialist at Logan University under the supervision of Michael Chappell ‘98, a fellow SEMO alumnus.
Gaya Epita Gedara ’17, of Mansfield, MA, worked at McLean Hospital, the largest psychiatric facility of Harvard Medical School, as a research assistant for a year. In January 2019, she started her current job at Tufts University, focusing on a project related to the way bacterial pathogens interact with the host in the intestine using 2D and 3D in-vitro models.
Kinsey McClanahan ’17, of Columbia, MO, married Ana Ryberg.
Shelby Melton ’17, of Auburn, IL, completed her master’s degree in advanced clinical social work at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has accepted a position with Sterling Public Schools as a school social worker for 3rd-5th grades.
Elizabeth (Boyer) Owens ’17, of Columbia, MO, married Justin ‘15, after meeting at SEMO on Greek Hill in fall 2012. Their wedding party consisted of mostly fellow SEMO Alumni.
Katarina Rotta ’17, of Kalamazoo, MI, is pursuing her master’s degree and Ph.D. in behavior analysis at Western Michigan University. She recently submitted two research papers for publication and is looking to start her dissertation in fall 2019 with expected completion in December 2022.
Sarah McDougald ’18, of Port Angeles, WA, has been an aquaculture intern at the Land in Epcot at Disney World since January 2019 and will continue to intern until next year. The Land has a ride called Living with the Land that is comprised of four greenhouses and an aquaculture center. She has gained lots of hands-on experience with plants and fish husbandry. She hopes to continue working for Disney in the future if a job becomes available. She says this has been an opportunity of a lifetime for her, and she has made some amazing friends during her time at Disney.
Chelsea Muir ’18, of Royalton, IL, recently accepted a position at a juvenile probation office.
Jessica Southard ’18, of Canalou, MO, has been working at MERS Missouri Goodwill for eight months as a service specialist where she helps individuals find employment and overcome barriers to create a better future.
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