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Dorothy E. Donnell ’41, of Ellisville, MO, is enjoying retirement at Fountains of West County in St. Louis. She celebrated her 100th birthday last year.


Marceline (Williams) Saphian ’53, of Chesterfield, MO, reached age 91 in November. She remains an active artist, and has been accepted into nine juried local and national art exhibits.

Marietta J. Martin ’56, of De Soto, MO, is totally retired. She is still in good health and doing only what she wants to do when she wants to do it.

Sue C. Dewitt ’57, of Aurora, CO, retired from Simpson Housing, LLLP in Denver as director of financial reporting. She has two daughters, three grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Sue was married to Amos DeWitt who passed away in April 2019.


Ted G. Miller ’60, of Portland, ME, was a music teacher in the Nashville area for 46 years. He also played in Nashville Symphony for 16 years on the French horn. After retiring in 2007, he moved to Portland.

Gary D. Nichols ’60, of Keswick, VA, is retired and enjoying life with his wife and three beautiful daughters and granddaughters.

Judith A. Foard-Giucastro ’60, of Westfield, MA, is a retired social worker and teacher who is currently in the process of publishing a book called “Scrap Paper Reflections” which should come out in the spring of 2021.

Ronald Gray ’61, of Ft. Myers, FL, and his wife, Bonnie, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 27.

Michael B. Neville ’61, of Zalma, MO, and his wife, Marilyn, manage the Bollinger County Stray Project, a dog rescue in Zalma. They assist dogs of all sizes, breed types and ages.

Marilyn J. Beiter ’62, of Chesterfield, MO, is looking forward to her 60th college reunion in 2022!

Barbara J. Klein ’62, of Inman, SC, taught elementary students for 20 years and was a counselor for 12 years and is now retired.

Hermena (Parks) ’63 and Harold ’63 Holigan, of Dallas, TX, provide scholarships for Puxico High School graduates to attend Southeast Missouri State University and other schools. They believe  the University has done an outstanding job working with them on their scholarship program.

Timothy J. Patterson ’63, of Hillsboro, MO, was nominated by Ken McManaman, an alumnus of the Epsilon Phi Chapter of Sigma Chi, for the award of Significant Sig. This recognition is designated by the National Sigma Chi Fraternity to those Sigma Chi Alumni members whose exemplary achievements in their fields of endeavor have brought great honor and prestige to the name of Sigma Chi. Less than 2,000 of these awards have been given since 1935. Tim is the third member of the Epsilon Phi Chapter to receive this award.

James R. Piatchek ’63, of Arlington, TN, completed a marathon,
walkathon of 26.2 miles in May. He is also in the process of writing a new book through his publishing company, “The Professional Disturber.” It is tentatively titled, “Walkathon, Prayathon,  Marathon” (making the most of the coronavirus). The book also shares the stories and experiences of many other contributors. This will be his sixth written and published book.

Mayburn L. Davidson ’64, of Walnut Shade, MO, retired after a 42-year career in education. He was a teacher, principal and a member of the administration at various Bootheel schools and the College of the Ozarks.

Edward C. Gross ’64, of Sarasota, FL, is retired. He dedicates his time to being a part-time senior care coordinator for a church.

Dennis P. Dark ’64, of Grover, MO, worked in sales after graduation; first in New York and then in St. Louis. He co-founded a management firm doing “workouts” and turnaround management for big companies.

Rosemary K. Jones ’64, of Jamaica Plain, MA, enjoys many opportunities for civic engagement in Boston, including participating in Black Lives Matter standouts at Jamaica Plain Baptist Church.

Dr. Ronald E. Keeney ’64, of Raleigh, NC, is still enjoying retirement. He celebrated his great-granddaughter who just turned 1 and great-grandson who is now 6 months old.

Norma M. Prall ’65, of Sterling Heights, MI, is retired. She taught math for 33 years and was an AARP Tax Aid for 20 years.

Tyra E. Buttry ’65, of Norristown, PA, was a high school mathematics teacher for 4 years, then worked in the computer industry for 41 years. She is enjoying retirement.

Judy A. Compton ’66, of St Louis, MO, spent 25 years teaching language arts and literature at a middle school. She began her 18th year as a tutor in the OASIS program working with individual elementary students.

Patricia A. Jennings ’66, of Houston, TX, volunteers at her church and teaches English to international students.

Robert R. Stricklin ’67, of St. Louis, MO, is retired He spends his time golfing, and traveling all over the U.S. visiting family.

Toby J. Roodman ’67, of Morgan Hill, CA, is a retired mortgage broker. He has been a producer of folk music and related concerts and festivals for 27 years. He has been married to his wife, Nita, for 50 years.

Irvin E. Beard ’67, of Virginia Beach, VA, is a retired Navy pilot, and public school administrator. He now lives in Virginia Beach enjoying retirement and his 13 grandchildren.

Donald K. White ’67, of Sioux Falls, SD, is a retired accountant from the USPS.

Joe P. Dunn ’67, of Spartanburg, SC, is in his 50th year as a college professor with another 10 to go. Joe continues to win teaching awards, and present and publish scholarly papers extensively, including four articles in the last year. COVID-19 put a pause on his world traveling, but he hopes to return to it soon.

Francis J. Nowicki ’68, of Lewisburg, PA, is a veteran of the United States Army, and also retired from working in the RV industry after 42 years. He is enjoying time with his wife Pamela, their four children, nine grandchildren and three foster grandchildren.

Robert L.Chapman ’68, ’73, of Arnold, MO, is retired and celebrated 51 years of marriage with his wife Leora.

Stephen L. Vaughn ’68, of Madison, WI, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and 2008 SEMO Alumni Merit Award winner. He recently received an Albert Nelson Marquis Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement award.

Jerry D. Durham ’68, of Stockton, IL, retired as chancellor of Allen College in 2018 after more than 12 years of service. Jerry served as interim resident of Southeast Health College of Nursing and Health Sciences until May 2019. He serves as a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.

Leonard J. Corso ’69, of Glendale, AZ, retired after a long career in the hospitality industry and later as an events manager for Sprint North Supply. He relocated to Glendale, AZ. four years later. His post retirement work load includes five Super Bowls, a couple of Final Fours and Gold Cups plus event management assignments for a Phoenix-based destination events company.

Mary M. Rechenberg ’69, of Jackson, MO, has been retired for 19 years from Oak Ridge R-6 School District. She is currently the president of the Heartland Writers Guild and has two published books with a third one in the works.

Leora M. (Bentley) Chapman ’69, of Arnold, MO, is retired and celebrated 51 years of marriage with her husband Robert.

Gail E. Crader ’69, of Jackson, MO, retired after she was a 10th and 12th grade English teacher for 34 years. She works with Missouri Bicentennial programs for Scott County to write family histories and collect family and community pictures which will be included in a leather-bound book in June 2021. Gail also worked with Michael Sweeney, the Missouri State Bicentennial coordinator, on a quilt project, a photography project and a school student art project.

Fred E. Crecelius ’69, of Leander, TX, retired after 31 years as a Naval aviator. He joined Senior Executive Service in 2005 and served as deputy director, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic until July 2017. Now fully retired, Fred enjoys golf and working out at the gym.

Carolyn S. Helderman ’69, of Whitewater, MO, is enjoying her two grandsons. She survived a major heart attack in December 2019 and is now home.

Dale H. Michaelis ’69, of Barnhart, MO, retired after 30 years of teaching at Oakville High School where he taught electronics, drafting, and computer applications as well as serving as department chair of industrial education and 32 years as an adjunct at St. Louis Community College. Dale and his wife, Vella, have been married 51 years and have two children and one grandchild. They are involved in church, family and volunteering.


Larry W. Wells ’70, of Hillsboro, MO, and Sara J. Wells ’71, have been retired for 18 years. They enjoy traveling, taking care of their eight grandchildren, and the freedom of

Thomas L. Young ’70, of St Louis, MO, is the owner of T.N.T. Enterprises Gym Floors. They install, sand and refinish wood gym floors in colleges, universities and high schools.

David T. Michel ’70, of Charlottesville, VA, married Elizabeth (Betty) in 1995. He has a son in St. Louis, a stepson in Charlottesville, VA and a stepdaughter in Colchester, CT.

Susan E. (Koeln) Koch ’70, of Agoura Hills, CA, taught for 16 years, was a school administrator for 13 years, and has been supervising student teachers as a clinical supervisor for the past eight years. She and her husband have been married for 49 years and they share 3 sons and 2 granddaughters.

Dan B. Svoboda ’70, of Chesterfield, MO, retired from his position as senior vice president of World Wide Technology, Inc.

Wilson K. Reed ’71, of Bonne Terre, MO, retired as an industrial arts teacher.

Mark W. Trautwein ’71, of Festus, MO, retired from teaching music after 45 years.

Lonna W. Enox-Tucker ’71, of Roswell, NM, is a published mystery novelist. Four novels are published. She is almost finished with the fifth one.

Melinda S.(Morrison) Hilterbrand ’71, of Cape Girardeau, MO, celebrated her 20th year as a realtor in Cape Girardeau and surrounding counties.

LaVerne J. McLeod ’71, ’75, of Big Sur, CA, is the owner of Purple Feather Press which produces Bridge Building To Equity webinars and workshops. The topics range from cultural competence to conversations about racism and creating an equitable society. These webinars/workshops are for businesses or groups of individuals.

Stephen W. Harms ’72, of Crestwood, MO, is happily retired. He enjoys his eight grandkids, golf, fishing, camping and travel.

Gene N. Hoffmann ’72, of Ballwin, MO, retired after 26 years with Medline Industries, Senior medical sales representative.

Dianna S. Welsch ’72, of Cedar Rapids, IA, retired from teaching high school math. Her husband, Jim ’71, retired from Duane Arnold Nuclear Plant after 23 years of service. They enjoy traveling when not volunteering at church.

John J. Murphy ’72, of Collinsville, IL, is enjoying retirement after 35 years in the micro-electronics industry. He was primarily involved in both semi-conductor and electronic manufacturing service industries during his career. He came back to the Southeast campus for the Veterans Plaza Dedication in September 2020.

Charles F. Wiegert ’72, of St. Louis, MO, was installed as junior grand warden of the Grand Lodge of Missouri.

Robert A. Ruh ’72, of Pacific, MO, has been enjoying retirement since 2015.

Sandra L. Todt ’72, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and her husband, Mike, moved to Cape Girardeau two years ago. Sandra retired from the public school system after 34 years in the classroom. Mike is employed. Sandra is active in church, PEO, and substitute teaching for Jackson and Kelly school districts. They have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Michael E. Riggs ’72, of Tampa, FL, taught industrial technology at Mehlville Senior High for 30 years after graduating from Southeast. After retirement, he worked for five years in the private sector saving to buy an RV. He traveled in his RV for six years nonstop. Michael spent time in every state west of the Mississippi River. He picked his favorite state, Wyoming, to build his retirement home. He now lives in a new log cabin on 20 acres in northeast Wyoming.

David K. Newberry ’73, of Crossett, AR, is currently enjoying retirement.

Melvin B. Gage ’73, of Conway, AR, is retired from the U.S. Army and Missouri National Guard.

Donna L. Hinkle ’73, of Mocksville, NC, earned her B.A. and B.S. at Southeast. She received her M.A. in counseling and a doctorate of education.

Janie L. Teston ’73, of Sammamish, WA, is living in Washington.

Carol A. (Boefer) Ruh ’73, of Pacific, MO, is a retired teacher from Bowles Elementary in St. Louis County.

Deborah M. Sanders ’73, of Columbus, IN, retired fromHarrison College in Columbus, Ind.

William (Bill) C. Haggard ’73, of Herculaneum, MO, has been the mayor of the City of Herculaneum since 2010. He retired as Herculaneum Fire Chief after 35 years (49 years total in fire service) and retired as a biology teacher from Hillsboro R-3 School District (32 years).

John P. LeBoube ’74, of Herculaneum, MO, is a retired firefighter/paramedic from a St. Louis Country Fire District.

Kara Nunn ’74, of Willow Spring, NC, is retired after a long decorated career in the USMC, US Army, and National Guard. He also taught in a public school system.

Gary W. Winter ’74, of Indianapolis, IN, enjoys retired life and visiting his grandchildren.

George C. Cozby ’75, of Jackson, MO,retired after 27 years with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. For the past 10 years, he has been a school bus driver for the Jackson R-2 School District.

Bonnie I. Clugston ’75, of Altamonte Springs, FL, is retired and enjoying time with her baby grandson.

Laura R. Hawley (Dominguez) ’75, of Kingwood, TX, is an executive member with Young Living Essential Oils.

Philip M. Showmaker ’75, of Sikeston, MO, is the director of the Farm Credit Association of Southeast Missouri.

Cathy L. Norton ’75, of Sparta, IL, finished 35 years of teaching in 2010. She taught physical education and coached softball, basketball, pep club and cheerleading at her junior and senior high school.

Janet C. Perez Eckles-Settles ’75, of Orlando, FL, is working as a public speaker and imparts motivational presentations.

William (Bill) R. Black ’75, of Knoxville, TN, retired from the Department of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville after 43 years of teaching and designing. He still pursues work as a professional theatre costume designer. Bill is currently designing his 30th season for the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

John D. Edwards ’75, of Clive, IA, was selected as Outstanding Citizen of the Year.

Marcia S. Jackson-Finn ’75, of Plano, TX, says 2020 has been a very strange year. All of her friends and family have learned to use Zoom and participate in various local activities in a virtual manner.

Larry D. Speight ’76, of Dexter, MO, retired from Southeast in May after 43 years of teaching. August 2019 was the first August since 1959 that he wasn’t in school.

Linda D. Caldwell ’76, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is spending retirement traveling with her husband as a short term missionary with Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International. They travel mostly in Central America with trips to Honduras on medical teams. Linda does prenatal clinics and her husband works in the pharmacy. They also travel to Kenya through Heart of the Bride International.

Sallie A. Berlemann ’76, of Washington, MO, is married to her best friend, Don. They have a son and a daughter who both attended Southeast. Their daughter is married and has two boys. Sallie and Don are happily retired.

Timothy D. Gould ’76, ’80, ’89, ’96, of Cape Girardeau, MO, earned a bachelor degree, two master’s degrees, then a doctorate in education at Southeast. He worked for college programs for about 10 years. For the past 25 years, he has worked as a licensed therapist in the prison systems in Missouri and Illinois, with adolescents in psychiatric hospitals and with delinquent youth in residential facilities in St. Louis, St. Charles and Southeast Missouri. He has also worked in a residential facility for adolescents with behavioral and personality disorders via complex trauma and attachment issues.

Cynthia E. Anderson-Vaupel ’77, of Valrico, FL, is a retired U.S. Army Policy Analyst, Retirement Services Officer. She moved to the Tampa, Florida area with her husband, Leon.

Robert A. Useted ’77, of St Louis, MO, has been practicing law with Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis & Giljum in St. Louis since 1981. Robert began teaching Education Law in the School of Education at Maryville University for teachers seeking doctorate degrees.

William A. Mills ’78, of Sikeston, MO, is four years into retirement after nearly 40 years in Engineering/Purchasing at Sikeston BMU, putting a Southeast degree to good use. His days are now spent helping coach the Midwest Redwings Baseball Club, drawing house plans, flipping houses, landscaping, spoiling four grandchildren and enjoying life.

Carol A. Primm ’78, of Florissant, MO, retired after 38 years in the field of education. Her accomplishments include an ED.S. degree in educational administration.

Sharon L. Reynolds ’78, of Glencoe, MO, is celebrating over 40 years with the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Shari L. (Uelsmann) Napier ’78, of Dayton, OH, is happily retired and enjoying time with her 10 grandchildren.

Ruth A. Scheidegger ’78, of St. Charles, MO, is very involved in animal rescue and has served on the board of Five Acres Animal Shelter for 12 years. She has her own animal rescue called Angels for Animals and supports animal rescue organizations all throughout Missouri.

Rick E. Borchelt ’78, of College Park, MD, finished a two-year stint on a study committee of the National Academy of Sciences. The report, “Biological Collections: Ensuring Critical Research and Education for the 21st Century,” sets the stage for a national discussion about the importance of herbaria, bird and skins collections, fossils, and living collections for microbes, agriculturally
important seeds and plants, and DNA materials. Rick got his start on these issues in Magill Hall with Professor Ohmart’s herbarium and Professor Diehl’s bryophyte collection.

Leland Hochstatter ’78, of Port Hueneme, CA, says that since Southeast is where he learned how to learn, now at age 69, he is still doing that well. He transitioned from owning two successful separate types of businesses in telecommunications and advertising, and bought numerous houses and raised a great family. He gets to travel worldwide in style about a quarter of the year, lives at the beach and dances a lot.

Fredrick W. Klobe ’78, of Manchester, MO, published a book/memoir titled “We Took an Oath-A Personal Account of What it Was Like to Protect and to Serve.”

Beverlee J. Maschek ’78, of Saint Louis, MO, is enjoying retirement. She is involved in St. Louis Water Garden Society, Gateway Koi and Pond Club, Tuesday AM Bible Class, Retired LSS Nurses and Salem Ladies Guild.

Rosina B. Palmer, ’79, of Affton, MO, earned her B.S. in education at Southeast and her Master of Education from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). She was an educator for 36 years. She retired from Special School District of St. Louis County. She taught for 16 years in the St. Louis Catholic Schools and 20 years as a teacher in the career technical education division of Special School District.

Terrell L. Whitener, ’79, of St Louis, MO, wrote a book titled, “The First 365: Learning to Live After Loss.”

Diana L. Sommer ’79, of Wellsville, MO, is currently a Red Cross volunteer.

David P. Jolliff ’79, of Wildwood, MO, moved back to St. Louis, MO after 21 years. He looks forward to getting his new house completed and spending time with his grandchildren.

Maureen E. Clancy ’79, of St Louis, MO, retired as a school superintendent and now works as a state supervisor for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in the St. Louis region. Maureen enjoys serving on the University Foundation Board for Southeast and helping future educators.

Mary M. Kramolowsky ’79, of Oklahoma City, OK, retired from UPS after 23 years then founded a non-profit feline pet rescue in 2008. She is busy rescuing, fostering and adopting out house cats to loving homes. Mary and her husband, Bill, are very proud of their son, who is an attorney, married and making a life in Boston.


James L. Brightman, Jr. ’80, of Merritt Island, FL, was a founding member of XI Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity in 1979 and was the first chapter president. Roberta L. Broeker ’80, of Jefferson City, MO, is a recipient of the 2020 Governor Mel Carnahan Public Service Award from the University of Missouri Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs. The award is given in recognition of commitment to public service and dedication to improving the lives of the people of Missouri.

Mary L. Meadows ’80, of Chesterfield, MO, completed her doctoral studies in transformative learning in the global community. She helps with cognitive development in children.

Renee L. Richards ’80, of Ballwin, MO, hopes to retire within the next five years. She travels more and is fly fishing which is her favorite hobby after having horses for 20 years. Renee enjoys time with her two grown sons, two grandchildren, family and closest friends. She has started to volunteer with Equine Assisted Therapy toenhance thequality of life of others through horsemanship.

Richard W. Hunter ’80, of St Louis, MO, has been happily preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ all over the world for the last 35 years. After graduating from Southeast, he went to Bible school. He met his wife of 40 years, Maria, at Southeast. For the last 26 years, Rick has been the pastor at Zion City Church in the City of St. Louis.

Patricia L. Miinch ’80, of Jefferson City, MO, is a retired college professor and recently moved to Jefferson City.

Nancy J. Board ’81, of Gig Harbor, WA, is the co-founder and COO of Global Women 4 Wellbeing (GW4W), an international non-profit organization that supports healthy female leadership at all levels for a more sustainable world. Nancy’s husband, Turkish-American explorer and adventurer, Erden Eruc, has 14 Guinness World Records and continues inspiring others through his human-powered adventures.

Shirley Tatum Versemann ’82, of Hillsboro, MO, is a science and robotics teacher at a Catholic school in Missouri. She is happily married to her husband Henry. They have one son and two grandchildren.

L. G. Williams ’82, of Hollister, MO, retired from teaching and temporarily relocated to the hills near lake/rivers for kayaking and other water sports. Glen hikes in the winter. Writing and home projects keep him busy, but he takes time out for Seahawks’ games.

Debra A. Reid ’82, of Dearborn, MI, was a 2020 Alumni Merit Award recipient at Southeast. She is serving on the Sustainability & Climate Committee of the American Association for State and
Local History.

Babette J. HallBohnert ’84, of St. Charles, MO, is utilizing her degree as an artist/businesswoman of Master’s Pieces Fine Jewelry & Gifts in historic St. Charles.

Kevin P. Lorenz ’84, of Perryville, MO, is the father of Jeopardy! Champion Londyn Lorenz.

Teri L. Welker ’84, of Perryville, MO, and her husband, David, were the first to go to college in both of their families. They also earned master’s degrees. Teri became a teacher and David ran his own successful business. They had three children who became a mechanical engineer, occupational therapist and a speech/language pathologist.

Bryan K. McGraw ’84, of Imperial, MO, became the director of the personnel records Division for the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in early 2020. He is responsible for managing the single largest collection of federal military and civilian personnel records in the nation, in excess of 200 million individual files. He is also a subject matter expert on these records. He has been with the NARA for more than 16 years and spent more than 27 years as a commissioned Air Force officer and then a civil servant. Continuing the family tradition, his son graduated from Southeast in 2020 with a BFA and his youngest son is enrolling at Southeast beginning January 2021.

Sheryl K. Hullaby-Saari ’85, of San Antonio, TX, retired after teaching for 30 years. Sheryl taught kindergarten through third grade. She now helps with tutoring and makes products to help teachers.

Michael D. Reeves ’86, of Farmington, MO, retired from teaching after 31 years. He has also been in the field of sports radio broadcasting since 1990, working for KFMO Radio in Park Hills. He worked for numerous networks nationwide as a freelance reporter and was named Stringer of the Year by Associated Press Radio in 2019.

Bertha R. King ’86, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is an assistant librarian at Central Middle School and also the Cape Junior High School 7th grade girls basketball coach. Bertha is a mentor to a girls club called the Tiger Lilies. The Tiger Lilies are fifth and sixth grade girls who are taught social skills during school time.

Eric E. Dahl ’86, of Nashville, TN, has a half-hour TV show called “Rock & Review” that launched in July 2020 on Nashville FOX 17 and Cape Girardeau My49. He also had an updated 2nd edition of his book “B.B. King’s Lucille and the Loves Before Her” that was released in October 2020 through Centerstream Publishing.

Stephen H. Larson ’87, of Ballwin, MO, has worked for Travelers Insurance for 30 years.

Audrina M. Gilstrap (Phillips) ’87, of Broken Arrow, OK, is a PHR/SHRM-SCP certified HR professional and freelance voiceover artist. She has two sons, Ash, 29, and Adrian, 23.

Nyen Fui “Vincent” Choo ’87, of Singapore, joined OCBC Bank as chief risk officer in August 2014. OCBC Bank is the second largest bank in Southeast Asia. He is a management board member of the Risk Management Institute, National University of Singapore and a director of Bank of Singapore, Asia’s global private bank. He is a recipient of Distinguished Fellow awarded by the Institute of Banking and Finance, Singapore.

Linda M. Jones ’87, of Chesterfield, MO, and her husband, Gary, opened Class 101 which is a college planning company in West St. Louis County. They also celebrated the birth of their fifth grandchild.

Melinda J. McGregor ’88, of Van Meter, IA, retired from the Army Reserves after 27 years. She enjoys watching her daughter pursue her dreams as a full-time college student.

Andrew K. Palmer ’88, of Carlyle, IL, is in his 31st year of teaching and his 26th season as a Varsity Boys’ basketball coach. His accomplishments include being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2017, and serving on the IHSA Basketball Advisory Committee.

Susumu Uchiyama ’88, of Elgin, IL, was discharged from active duty Air Force as Lieutenant Colonel information warfare officer in September 2020 and a project manager at LMI.

Maria R. Hanschen ’89, of Cape Girardeau, MO, retired from nursing and nursing management after 43 years in January 2020 with 30 years of service caring for veteran patients. Since retiring from nursing, she has begun a new career as a Realtor for Ritter Real Estate in Cape.

Danny Ho ’89, of Plainfield, IL, celebrated 25 years of employment with the BNSF Railroad in the Chicago area.1990s

Tony L. Smee ’91, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Charlie Herbst ’76 were recently honored with the National Eagle Scout Association’s Outstanding Eagle Scout Award (NOESA). The NOESA was established during the BSA’s 100th Anniversary in 2010.

David M. Rockabrand ’91, of Rustburg, VA, serves as associate professor of biology at Liberty University. He retired from the Navy and then joined the Department of Biology and Chemistry in January 2020.

Glenda V. Wondrick ’91, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is an event coordinator at her job.

Melissa L. Janzow ’91, of Cape Girardeau, MO, says after living away for 30 years, most recently 17 years in Texas, she and her husband, Matt, have returned home. Matt started in his new position as chief medical officer at SoutheastHealth in 2019 and Melissa moved back after their youngest graduated high school in 2020. They have two sons, one is a senior at Texas A&M and one is a freshman at Texas State.

Lisa P. Ruhman ’92, of Raytown, MO, has a Ph.D. from Mizzou in educational leadership and policy analysis.

Vineva (Toni) L. Grimes ’92, of Hazelwood, MO, has been teaching at Garrett Elementary in the Hazelwood School District for 28 years. She taught first grade, second grade and fourth grade. Vineva and her ZTA Sorority sisters spend a Fall weekend in Cape Girardeau every year and usually attend homecoming. She and her sorority sisters say Southeast is a special place for them where they received a great education and made life-long friends.

Dianna C. Detmer ’93, of Belleville, IL, is currently in her 30th year of teaching at a Christian Academy.

Donnie K. Phillips ’93, of Columbus, GA, retired from the U.S. Army in 2014 as a Sergeant First Class. He now works for a university as a postal carrier.

Rosemarie C. Mesnier ’93, of St. Louis, MO, got married in October 2020.

Christopher J. Thomas ’93, of Monument, CO, was promoted to senior director at Gartner, Inc. in April 2020.

Jeremy T. Craig ’93, of Vacaville, CA, assumed the role of president of North Bay Distribution in June 2020. North Bay Distribution is an omni-channel logistics company with locations throughout North America.

Steve A. Nenninger ’93, of Montgomery, TX, was named the acting director of the Smith-Hutson Endowed Chair of Banking at Sam Houston State University.James V. Stallings ’94, of Colorado Springs, CO, was awarded the Best Version Media Presidents Court of Honor Award in September 2020. This is a career achievement award. Only 10 people have achieved this honor.

Mahalley D. Allen ’95, of Chico, CA, is the chair of the Department on Political Science and Criminal Justice at a university. She has been a professor since 2005. She is starting a three-year term as President of the Pacific Coast Association of Pre-Law Advisors

Dennis J. Schroeder ’95, of Los Angeles, CA, is a financial aid advisor at a community college. He has assumed the position of president for the California Community Colleges Student Financial Aid Administrators Association.

Gary A. Wamble ’95, of Swansea, IL, served 27 years in the United States Air Force and has now begun teaching aerospace science at a high school.

Timothy D. Felton ’95, of Florissant, MO, is in his last year of the Doctor of Education program at Missouri Baptist University. He is majoring in higher education leadership.

Jule A. Peukert ’95, of Apo, AP, (Army Post Office, Armed Forces Pacific) has traveled to 30 countries and four continents with more on her list since completing both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southeast. Jule lives in Japan with her husband, son and Airedoodle.Theresa E.

Hoffmeister ’96, of Los Lunas, NM, is in her fourth year as a fourth grade teacher. She earned her level 1 Alternative Teacher Licensure in 2017 from Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, NM. In 2019, she started her pursuit toward a Level 2 licensure through the state of New Mexico Public Education Department and her school, Raymond Gabaldon Elementary in Los Lunas.

Jennifer R. Patterson ’96, of Caruthersville, MO, and her husband (Chris) became first-time grandparents in December!

Morgan L. Slattery ’96, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is an executive director and senior administrator for an assisted living and memory care assisted living facility. She attends graduate school at William Woods. She is an adjunct instructor for Southeast for healthcare administration. She is also a preceptor for new long term care administrators.

Jason A. Burgess ’96, of Overland Park, KS, is a network security analyst for a major mobile network. He is also a Naval Reserve Officer serving in an Intelligence Unit on an Air Force base.

Ellen R. Douglas ’96, of Bartlett, TN, is a high school counselor and soccer coach.

Jeffrey D. Barker ’97, of Jackson, TN, has rejoined the Kilgore Facility of the Chemring Countermeasures Division as a quality engineer. In 2015, he retired from the US Army Reserves after a combined active and reserve career of more than 23 years.

Cristina R. Hall ’97, of Chicago, IL, is a co-author of a new book, “Learning Analytics: Using Talent Data to Improve Business Outcomes.” She regularly speaks and writes about learning and
talent analytics.

Jason J. LeGrand ’97, of Concord, CA, serves as the senior director of principal gifts & strategic initiatives at the University of California – Berkeley and was appointed to the Southeast Missouri University Foundation Board of Directors. He was recognized this year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education for more than 20 years of service and leadership.

Brenten T. Byrd ’98, of Springdale, AR, was the recipient of the 2019-2020 Dr. Jackie Bethany Award for Vocational Rehabilitation Therapy Service Delivery.

Tim Tallent ’98, of New Haven, MO, is a conservation agent Lieutenant for the Missouri Department of Conservation Protection Branch in the St. Louis Region. He has worked for the state for 22 years. Tim is also in his third year working as junior varsity boys basketball coach/varsity assistant for New Haven High School.

Catherine M. Determan ’99, of Belleville, IL, welcomed a son into her family in 2019. She also celebrated 20 years with Washington University in 2019.

Alan K. Byrd ’99 and ’04, of St. Charles, MO, completed his PhD in education policy and leadership studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in December 2019. Alan also accepted a position as dean of admissions at George Mason and started in November 2020.


Edwin L. Blanton ’00, of San Antonio, TX, is the inaugural executive director of the Mays Center for Experiential Learning & Community Engagement at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. He has been recognized by the National Society for Experiential Education with its 2020 Outstanding Leader in Experiential Education-Higher Education Award.

Brian U. Bunche ’00, of Little Rock, AR, is a career transition specialist for Job Corps.

Bridgette L. Kelch ’00, of Washington, MO, is the East Central College Foundation executive director.

Joseph R. Poole ’00, of Belen, NM, is a health sciences division chair and nursing program director after being a nurse educator for 14 years. He oversees the BSN nursing program and five allied health programs while attending PhD school at the university. He and his wife Sasha celebrated their 26th weddinganniversary and have one daughter.

Jennifer A. Garris ’00, of Lilbourn, MO, and her husband, Eric, have three children. Their son is serving in the US Air Force in Okinawa, Japan, and one of their daughters is a junior at College of the Ozarks. Their other daughter is a sophomore at Risco High School. Jennifer is so glad she chose education and became a reading teacher because she loves making a difference in children’s lives.

Sarah L. Geringer ’01, of Jackson, MO, Sarah’s book Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Mediation in Focus, was released by Leafwood Publishers. She is on the devotional writing teams for Encouragement for Today, A Wife Like Me, Devotable, Woman 2 Woman Ministries, and the Hope-Full Living publication. Her husband Derrick ’01 (B.S. in industrial
technology) is a co-owner of Summit Contracting, a residential and commercial builder for Cape Girardeau, Perry and Scott counties. They have three children.

Juliana M. Hardy ’02, of O’Fallon, MO, and her husband, Lee, have two boys. Juliana worked for 13 years at a commercial bank in St. Louis, MO, and has spent the last few years at CoBank, ACB, underwriting loans mostly within the agribusiness industry. She serves as secretary on the board of directors for the National Society of Accountants for Cooperatives and as the public relations and communications director on the Board of Directors for Zonta Club of St. Louis.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Flaherty ’02, of West Lafayette, IN is an associate professor of wildlife ecology and habitat management at Purdue University. She was named one of two national recipients of the 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture Excellence in College and University Teaching Awards for Food and Agricultural Sciences. The award celebrates university faculty for the ability as instructors, use of innovative teaching methods, service to students, professionalism and scholarship.

Janet R. Stovall ’03, of Oran, MO, is retired after 29 years from the State of Missouri as a computer technician.

Mindy A. Hoffman ’03, of Broomfield, CO, is a licensed professional counselor candidate with the state of Colorado and holds her National Counselor Certification.

Lisa A. Sanderson Bollinger ’03, of Potosi, MO, is the chief of mental health for a corrections facility and has been helping offenders with mental illness for 15 years.

Lacey M. Bommarito ’03, of Surprise, AZ, is a legal assistant for a law firm in Phoenix, Arizona.

Christopher M. Foeste ’03, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and his wife, Lauren, welcomed their second son in January 2020. They are excited for Southeast football to return so the boys can see their buddy Rowdy the Redhawk at the football tailgates.

Mikeyel W. Koonce ’03 and ’08, of St Louis, MO, completed 12 years of service with the IRS in September 2020. Mikeyel also completed 20 years of Federal Service (Military/VA/IRS) in September 2020.

Bradley D. Watkins ’04, of Benton, AR, completed his Master of Business Administration in hospitality from Johnson & Wales University.

Randall E. Tucker ’04, of Potosi, MO, is teaching U.S. Army, Army Reserve and U.S. Marine Corps students in writing and some foreign language.

Alicia N. Loucks ’04, of Herrin, IL, is in her 12th year of teaching. She also has two beautiful sons.

Andrew T. Corcoran ’05, of Portland, OR, joined the faculty at Oregon Health Sciences University, specializing in general and regional anesthesia.

Mariah R. McNail ’05, of Farmington, MO, has been working with BJC Healthcare for 17 years. She is currently working toward the implementation of new EHR software at a few of their health service organizations.

Tyson J. Rayburn ’05, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and his wife, Megan (Koch) Rayburn ’08, welcomed their second child. They are now proud parents to two boys.

Katherine A. Robertson ’06, of Mont Albert, VIC, welcomed her second child and was promoted to partner at her firm.

Mark A. Fiala ’06, of Overland, MO, and Kellisa (Humphreys) Fiala ’05, live in St. Louis with their 7-year-old son Ben and their dog Mickey. Mark is an instructor at Washington University and is completing his PhD at Saint Louis University in the School of Social Work. Kellisa is a grants specialist at Saint Louis University.

Mark E. McGill ’07, of Sikeston, MO, graduated from Charleston High School in 1996 and immediately entered the workforce. He began his college career in 2003 and received his B.S. in chemistry in 2007. In 2008, he began working as a chemist at the Sikeston Power Station and worked into the results engineer/plant chemist position in 2014. He was promoted to assistant plant manager in July 2018, followed by plant manager in January 2019.

Damien D. Myers ’07, of St. Louis, MO, entered his third year as school director of KIPP Delta Collegiate High School.

Ian R. MacKenzie ’08, of Plymouth, MI, moved to Michigan with his wife and two children for his job’s next assignment. He was featured in a Time Magazine article, chronicling his experience as an assistant regional security officer in Baghdad, Iraq during the 2019 New Year’s Eve attack on the embassy.

Brian A. Knowles ’08, of Alexandria, IN, is a Wing Historian for the United States Air Force. In 2009, he was named the Wing Historian for the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve in Indiana.

Halley M. Russell ’08, of Jackson, MO, is awaiting to be named the president of the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA). She will take over the position as president in November 2021.

Edward S. Beckmann ’08, of St. Peters, MO, is the principal at Cold Water Elementary in the Hazelwood School District. He met his wife at Southeast through Greek Life. She is an English language learner teacher at John Weldon Elementary in the Francis Howell School District. He is a Sigma Chi and she is an Alpha Xi Delta. They have two sons. At Coldwater, Ed recently hired two Southeast graduates from the Greek community, Clare Klinkhardt and Morgan Kiffmeyer.

Aja M. Brown ’09, of St Louis, MO, was promoted to subscriptions coordinator after working 9 years at the Fabulous Fox. She and her husband, Derick, recently welcomed their son to the family.

Patrick Tyler Tankersley ’09, of Winston Salem, NC, became the senior pastor of Ardmire Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, NC in August 2019.

Ricardo C. Santacruz ’09, of Saint Louis, MO, was promoted to chief operating officer of McFadden Lighting Co. in St. Louis.

Cody Boyer ’09 and ’17, of Dexter, MO, is in his third year of teaching physical education at Southwest Elementary in Dexter. Along with his three year work anniversary with Dexter Public Schools, he celebrated his eight year wedding anniversary and his daughter’s first birthday.


Jessica A. (Buechting) Harris ’10, of Hillsboro, MO, is a family empowerment social worker at an outreach center where she serves families with children 12 years of age and under.

Olivia N. Carter ’11 and ’13, of Jackson,MO, was recognized as the 2019-2020 Missouri School Counselor of the Year.

Daniella C. Waliszewski ’11, of St. Charles, MO, has been married to Mike for five years and welcomed a son, Michael Jr., in April 2019.

Tara W. Coker ’11, of Walnut Ridge, AR, was promoted to vice president of Business Development at Construction Finance. She now oversees business development on the national level.

Christi L. Thebeau ’11 and ’12, of Park Hills, MO, started teaching when she was 28, later than most. She believes it’s never too late to change your career path. Christi says she has been blessed to be part of the amazing group of teachers within the Central R3 school district. She went on to further her education by earning a master’s degree in educational administration and then in 2012,
received a specialist degree in educational administration.

Jennifer L. Rowan ’12, of Tampa, FL, works with the United States Peace Corps Response Program in the Philippines. She works for the City of Bayawan in the Cultural Resources, Planning and Tourism Offices.

Amia D. Warren ’12, of Joplin, MO, celebrated three years as the development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs Organization of Southwest Missouri.

Mandy S. (Tucker) Kiefer ’12, of Perryville, MO, has worked for the Community Counseling Center in Perryville for eight years. In the summer of 2020, Mandy and her husband Kurt went on a delayed honeymoon to various National Parks in Colorado and Utah after they were married in November of 2019.

Renee D. Burgess ’12, of Dardenne Prairie, MO, married Ky Burgess ’12 – Redhawks Baseball – in 2015. They have a 3-year-old daughter. Renee and Ky moved during the summer of 2020 after living in Oklahoma and Minnesota since graduating Southeast. Renee works for Anytime Fitness Corporate Office and Ky works for TekSystems.

Bradley R. Beran ’13, of Cape Girardeau, MO, has begun practicing emergency medicine with a medical center.

Sara B. Woodard ’13, of Poplar Bluff, MO, completed her master’s degree in school counseling and educational specialist in counseling degree at Southeast. She is a school counselor at Poplar Bluff High School.

Kenneth A. Lee ’13, of St. Louis, MO, Kenneth is beginning his family medicine residency at a university starting Summer 2021.

Whitney R. (Tanner) Gorton ’13, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Taylor Gorton ’10 are getting ready to open G&G Nutrition in Jackson, MO. They will serve the community by selling meal replacement protein shakes and flavored teas loaded with vitamins, minerals, and energy.

Juan L. Zavala-Aleman ’13, of Miami, FL, is living in Bogota, Colombia. He is regional sales hub leader for Mastercard and is involved with entrepreneurship and investment opportunities throughout Latin America.

Nicole E. McAllister ’13, of St. Louis, MO, and her husband, Kevin, had twins (boy and girl) in the Summer of 2020. Nicole works from home.

Derrick D. Armstrong ’14, of St. Louis, MO, was promoted to senior help desk technician for a Fortune 500 company.

Lauren M. Mehner ’14, of Kansas City, MO, is a sixth grade advanced Mathematics teacher and was awarded the JEDEL Excellence in Mathematics Education Prime Award in 2020. She also completed her master’s degree in gifted education from Arkansas State University in 2020.

Jonathan D. Lehmann ’14, of St. Louis, MO, is supporting the F/A-18 Sustainment organization within a major aerospace company.

Crystal A. Lein ’14, of Chicago, IL, is using her education from Southeast in a sports-based youth development where she uses the sport of running as a catalyst for physical, social, and emotional change with youth from under-served neighborhoods.

Lauren N. Bethel ’14, of St. Louis, MO, graduated with a Master of Science in food science with an emphasis in Food Microbiology from Kansas State University in
November 2020.

Andrea Gils Monzon ’14, of Lexington, KY, is the co-chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s Diversity & Inclusion National Committee, and has launched and implemented PRSA’s first ever three-year D&I Strategic Plan. She was also published on PRNews for a thought leadership piece on DEI.

Ashley Sansagraw ’15, of Cape Girardeau, MO, is studying at Lindenwood University to earn her MBA. She resides in Cape Girardeau, MO with her husband Jeff Hay, who earned his undergraduate and graduate from Southeast.

Zelma L. (Branch) Winford ’15, of Sikeston, MO, started a new career as a benefits specialist for the New Madrid County Family Support Division after completing her degree at Southeast.

Scott A. Bates ’15, of Fredericktown, MO, and Amanda welcomed a new addition to the family in June 2020. She is still in the hospital in St. Louis awaiting a heart transplant due to several congenital heart defects.

Michael J. Peters ’15, of Apple Valley, CA, moved back to San Diego and became a full time, self-employed cinematographer and photographer specializing in wedding films as well as promotional films for businesses in California. He married his wife, Alissa, in 2020.

Rajesh Cholleti ’16, of San Jose, CA, is a software engineer for Cisco Systems Inc.

Riaheen Farzana ’16, Drayton, SC, completed her MBA at Southeast and finished her Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University in May of 2020. She has begun working as an assistant professor at Converse College in South Carolina. Her best wishes will always be with Southeast.

Nicolette J. Snyder ’16, St. Louis, MO, worked at St. Louis Zoo with the stingrays her first year after graduation. She now works with mice as a laboratory animal technician at Washington University School of Medicine, and pet sits on the side.

Amanda Kiszczak ’17, of St. Louis, MO, is a pesticide use investigator after earning her degree in wildlife conservation. She praises the Biology department of Southeast, stating they are “one of class,” and the professors really care about their students. Without them she would not have the opportunity to do what she does now.

Baylee N. McLaughlin ’17, of Chatham, IL, graduated with a B.S. in Biology: wildlife and conservation. She is an intern at the IDNR as she pursues her Master of Science in environmental science.

Shelby J. Melton ’17, of Sterling, IL, was awarded the First Year Teacher of the Year award for the 2019-2020 school year at her school.

Brianna D. (Lueders) Brown ’17, of Knoxville, TN, received her nursing degree from Southeast. In 2018, she moved to Knoxville, TN where she is a Pediatric RN. She was promoted to clinical leader on her floor. Brianna recently married her husband, Talon Brown.

Rebecca L. Ott ’18, of Wentzville, MO, supports a client program that consists of 45,000+ attendees over three weekends in the summer and has been learning about incentive travel since
January 2019. She also works with the Missouri FBLA.

Michelle E. Stevens ’18, of Warrenton, MO, works as a creative designer for Anjon Manufacturing Company. Prior to this position, she as a graphic designer for Disney.

Dunya Malithi Sembukuttiarachchi’18, of Cape Girardeau, MO, worked at Bayer Crop Science in Kansas City, MO in 2019 after graduation. After her time at Bayer Crop Science, she returned to Southeast at the beginning of 2020 to pursue a MNS in Chemistry and teach freshman year Chemistry.

Laura E. Bauman ’18 and ’20, of Cape Girardeau, MO, continued her Southeast journey by pursuing her masters degree in mental health counseling after graduating with her Bachelor of Science in dietetics in 2018. She works at Gibson Recovery Center. She is finishing up her third and final degree at Southeast which is Educational Specialist in Counseling.

Erin M. Demopoulos ’19, of Ilioúpoli, Attica, took a year off from graduate studies to move to Greece with her husband and son.



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