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Joan Gilmore ’51 (Oklahoma City, Okla.) was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from both The Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation and The Journal Record.
David Harrison ’59 (Springfield, Mo.) had his book Pirates selected to represent Missouri at the Library of Congress National Book Festival in September 2013.
Becky (Turner) Morgan ’62 (Bella Vista, Ark.) was elected to the Bella Vista city council in 2013.
Dwayne Holden ’64 (Springfield, Mo.) was honored with a 2013 Missourian Award.
Jim Chappell ’65 (Kansas City, Mo.) had his restaurant, Chappell’s Restaurant & Sports Museum, named one of the ten best sports bars in America.
Dr. Mark Adams ’75 (Columbia, Mo.) was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with the 2014 class.
Prof. John Martin Gillroy ’75 (Bethlehem, Pa.) published An Evolutionary Paradigm for International Law: Philosophical Method, David Hume & the Essence of Sovereignty, the first in a three-book series.
Dr. Mike Matthews ’75 (Cornwall Hdsn, N.Y.) published his book Head Strong: How Psychology is Revolutionizing War in January 2014.
Connie Montgomery ’82 (Ozark, Mo.) opened Springfield Law Group LLC with two partners.
Per Brinck ’83 (Nixa, Mo.) opened Brinck Insurance Group LLC in December 2013.
Kim Hogan-Chaffin ’83 (Springfield, Mo.) had her business, Hogan Land Title Co., listed as First American Title Insurance Company’s “Top 10 Agencies” for 2012.
David Kunze ’83 (Branson, Mo.) retired as president of BancorpSouth.
Stephanie Miller M.Ed. ’83 (Bolivar, Mo.) joined Westminster College as the vice president and dean for enrollment management.
Keith Chaffin ’84 (Springfield, Mo.) had his business, Hogan Land Title Co., listed as First American Title Insurance Company’s “Top 10 Agencies” for 2012.
Dennis Lancaster ’84 (West Plains, Mo.) joined the Ozarks Small Business Incubator board of directors.
Tony Roberts ’84 (Nixa, Mo.) joined the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks as executive director.
The Hon. Ron Carrier ’86 (Springfield, Mo.) was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon as Associate Judge of the 31st Judicial Circuit.
Curtis Dinan ’89 (Tulsa, Okla.) joined ONE Gas as Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer.
Shari (Bandy) Hoffman ’89 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” for 2013.
Donna (Owen) Patterson M.Ed. ’91 (Monett, Mo.) was named as one of Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” for 2013.
Missie (Blakemore) Wehner ’91 (Walnut Grove, Mo.) joined Missouri Ozarks Community Health as controller.
Jennifer (Matlock) Ingraham ’93 (Kansas City, Mo.) was named one of Kansas City’s “Rising Stars of Philanthropy” for 2013.
Jay Titus ’93 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to president of the Springfield market at BancorpSouth.
Brad McKenzie ’95 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Sapp Design Associates Architects, PC as an architect.
Jennifer (Horton) Silliman ’95 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Ollis and Company as director of finance and operations.
Matthew Sugarbaker ’95 (Portland, Ore.) was promoted to associate at THA Architecture.
Senator Bob Dixon ’97, M.Ed. ’09 (Springfield, Mo.) was recognized by the Missouri Police Chiefs Association as its “2013 Senator of the Year”.
Jason Hainline ’97 (Springfield, Mo.) was named to the 2013 class of LEED Fellows.
Mary (Lehman) Iarussi ’97, M.Ed. ’10 (St. Robert, Mo.) was named as the director of Drury University’s Rolla satellite campus.
Cristy (Garrison) Mitchell ’97 (Carl Junction, Mo.) was named one of the Pittsburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Women of Distinction” for 2014.
Connie (Stone) Rizzo M.Ed. ’97 (Springfield, Mo.) was chosen as a “Health Care Champion” by the Springfield Business Journal and Springfield Chamber of Commerce.
Jim Meadows ’98 (Nixa, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.” Brian Jared ’99 (Rogersville, Mo.) was elected as the 2014 president of the Greater Springfield Board of Realtors.
Aaron Washburn ’99 (Jefferson City, Mo.) joined DentaQuest as executive director.
Amy (Seckington) Clark ’00 (Kansas City, Mo.) joined American Century Investments as marketing manager.
The Hon. James Owen ’00 (Springfield, Mo.) was appointed by Governor Jay Nixon as Associate Circuit Judge for Webster County.
Jason Pierce ’00 (St. Louis, Mo.) was one of eighteen recipients of the 2014 AIA Young Architects Award.
Jason Bartelsmeyer ’01 (Rolla, Mo.) was awarded the Central District of Missouri Outstanding Music Teacher Award by the Missouri Music Educators Association.
Holly (Holden) Beadle ’01 (Nixa, Mo.) was named as one of Springfield Business Journal’s “20 Most Influential Women” for 2013.
Laura (Heavin) Brown ’01 (Rolla, Mo.) was appointed to the Missouri Farm Bureau’s Promotion and Education Committee.
Jeremy Burcham ’01 (Florissant, Mo.) joined ACES Risk Management Corporation in St. Louis, Mo. as chief operating officer.
Dr. Justin Puckett ’01 (Kirksville, Mo.) received the Steelman-Seim Educator Award from the American Society of Bariatric Physicians.
Dr. Leigh Salzsieder ’01 (Shawnee, Kan.) was selected as the MSCPA’s 2013 Educator of the Year.
Missy Blackwell ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) opened Midwest Cremation and Funeral Services, LLC in August 2013.
Tim Guillot ’02 (Springfield, Mo.) was named a partner of Esterly Schneider & Associates Inc.
Evelyn Lee ’02 (Oakland, Calif.) was elected by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) California Council to serve as a Regional Director to the AIA National Board for 2014-2016; has been selected as Public Relations Director for the AIA National Young Architects Forum for 2014-2015; and was one of eighteen recipients of the 2014 AIA Young Architects Award.
Matt Lemmon ’02, MBA ’09 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Zac Rantz ’02, M.A. ’08 (Nixa, Mo.) published his book Hindsight: Lessons learned from the Joplin tornado and other crisis events and was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Jared Doty ’03 (Nixa, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Dr. Amy (Ford) Turner ’03 (Highlandville, Mo.) joined CoxHealth as a physician.
Tyler Watskey ’03 (Battlefield, Mo.) joined Ozark Bank as senior vice president and commercial loan officer.
Adam Woody ’03 (Springfield, Mo.) opened the Law Offices of Adam Woody in January 2014.
Abby (Milner) Akin ’04 (Springfield, Mo.) joined ADsmith Marketing and Advertising as workflow traffic manager.
Dr. Cory Bethmann ’04 (Willard, Mo.) joined CoxHealth Center at Elfindale.
Sara Cochran ’04, M.A. ’06 (Columbia, Mo.) launched Treehouse Treasures, an online boutique specializing in eco-friendly items for babies and children.
Dr. Amy Luna ’04 (Statesboro, Ga.) chaired a paper session on aggression and violence at the Southeastern Psychological Association Conference in March.
Ross Murray ’04 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Justin Butler ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to assistant vice president of commercial banking with UMB Bank.
Dr. Teresa (Taylor) Mace M.Ed. ’05 (Springfield, Mo.) received an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville. Teresa was invited to present her study at the DREAM conference in February 2013 and at the American Association of Community Colleges conference in April 2014.
Adam Shuler ’05 (North Kansas City, Mo.) joined Hollis + Miller Architects as a licensed project architect.
Matt Cash ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to senior manager at BKD LLP.
Ryan Daniels ’06 (High Ridge, Mo.) joined Bates & Associates Architects as associate architect/designer.
Jason Gomez M.Ed. ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) joined the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks as assistant executive director.
Kristy (McDonald) Nelson M.A. ’06 (Ozark, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Donnie Rodgers ’06 (Lees Summit, Mo.) joined Lee’s Summit Downtown Main Street as assistant director.
Amy (Burrows) Unser MBA ’06 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to assistant vice president and loan review officer at Empire Bank.
Nathan Fitzgerald ’07 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to senior associate II with BKD, LLP.
Jenna (Gier) House ’07, MBA ’08 (Ozark, Mo.) opened a third Eagle Stop convenience store in Springfield, Missouri in September 2013.
Jansen Otterness ’07 (Houston, Texas) was promoted to senior associate at BKD, LLP.
Brandy (Gordon) Pollack ’07 (St. James, Mo.) published her book D-Card in October 2013.
Michael Hampton ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) passed the state exam and received his Mo. architectural license.
Edward House ’08 (Ozark, Mo.) opened a third Eagle Stop convenience store in Springfield, Mo. in September 2013.
Dr. Chase Kelly ’08 (Springfield, Mo.) opened Kelly Dental in August 2013.
Gloria (Martin) Beitler ’09 (Springfield, Mo.) received the Moore Excellence in Nursing Award from the Missouri Association of Occupational Health Nurses.
Joel Doepker M.A. ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) joined East Central College as Vice President of External Relations.
Laura (McCarthy) Knese ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to senior associate II with BKD, LLP.
Patrick Thompson ’10 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Hollis + Miller Architects as a project designer/architectural intern.
Khrystsina Tryboi ’10 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) joined CoreDigitalWorks as the marketing and social media manager.
Kim Greene M.A. ’11 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Graham McCaleb ’11 (Battlefield, Mo.) joined Kum & Go, LLC as district supervisor in the Springfield, Mo. market and now oversees 15 Kum & Go stores in the area.
Vanessa (Armstrong) Montileone ’11 (Nixa, Mo.) was appointed finance chairwoman for the Missouri Coordinating Board for American Association of Diabetic Educators.
Chelsey Mullins ’11 (Willard, Mo.) was promoted to program coordinator at Washington Bakers Association.
Allison Rudnicki ’11 (Denver, Colo.) joined Kieding Office Architects as project manager.
Ashley (Payne) Day ’12 (Vichy, Mo.) joined the Steelville School District as a sixth grade teacher.
Nicholas Beishir M.Arch. ’13 (Arnold, Mo.) joined Sapp Design Associates Architects as an architectural intern.
Jacquelyn (Thompson) Lawhon ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) was promoted to director of finance at BluCurrent Credit Union.
Brett Neill ’13 (Columbia, Mo.) was accepted to medical school at the University of Missouri.
Anna (Regan) Regan ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) was accepted into the Peace Corps.
Jazmin Roman ’13 (Springdale, Ark.) began working as a bilingual advocate at Northwest Arkansas Rape Crisis Center (NWARCC) in Fayetteville, Ark.
Austin Seaborn ’13 (Mountain Home, Ark.) was accepted into the White House Internship Program.
Bryan Simpson MBA ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) was named one of Springfield Business Journal’s “40 under 40.”
Devon (Burke) Swatzell M.Arch. ’13 (Billings, Mo.) joined Sapp Design Associates Architects as an architectural intern.
Colton Todd M.Arch. ’13 (Springfield, Mo.) joined Butler, Rosenbury & Partners Inc. as an architectural intern.
Elfriede (Taylor) Tolly ’13 (Steelville, Mo.) joined the Steelville School District as a second grade teacher.
Steven Windisch ’14 (Springfield, Mo.) successfully defended his master’s thesis in December.
Joseph Beaubien ’08, MBA ’11 to Ashley Williams
Holly (Bergman) ’10 to Kalen Brown
Kara (Kramme) ’09 to Juan Chavez ’09
Margaret Graul to Lt. Justin Cordova ’13
Ashley (Payne) ’12 to Ryan Day
Lauren (Lowther) ’06 to Florent de Goriainoff
Kaitlyn (Vaughan) ’10 to James Den Beste ’10
Abby Morrow to Jack Hyde ’08
Skyler Julian ’11 to Kayla Dildine
Lindsay (Berger) ’08 to Brandon Kemp ’07
Allison (Larson) ’07 to Brian Kist
Jeni (Porter) ’00, M.Ed. ’02 to Chase McIntyre
Caeli (Keltner) M.Ed. ’11 to Drew Richards
Rachel (Newton) ’91 to Paul Selby
Lucy Sugianto to Reggie Solaiman ’09
Eliza Mills to Bruce and Elizabeth (Musteen) Allison ’93
Elizabeth Clare to Heather (Craig) Alonge ’05
Olivia Fiona to Kathleen (Helsper) ’06 and Alan Barr
Henri Bouteille to Hilary (Wisdom) ’08 and Christophe Bouteille ’09
Samantha Adele to Angela (Major) ’01 and Christopher Donjon
Amelia Leigh to Lauren (Blumenstock) ’08 and Steven Gum ’08
Henry to Stephanie (Rauch) ’04 and Tyler Hesser ’07
Liam Thomas to Kay (Allen) ’11 and L.T. Kincannon
Quinn Elise to Shania (Frichtel) Martin ’99
Grace to Cecily (Miller) ’09 and Levi Mitchell ’09
Sarah Beth and Emily Anne to Sharman and Dr. Andrew Russell ’06
Andrew Joseph to Carrie (Cox) ’97 and Wade Short
Connor Eli to Dr. Summer (Hilton) ’07 and Austin Williamson ’02
Mar’Lyn (Davidson) Cowan ’38, M.Ed. ‘67
Rachel (Kamerer) Anderson ’39
Mary “Betty” (Kissick) Martin ’39
Jane (Reynolds) Rankin ’39
Bill Cantrell ’42
Betty (Heltzell) Robertson ’42
Robert Tilley ’43
Rev. Wilmer Wernecke ’43
Dr. Edwin “Mac” Powell ’44
Lucille (Davidson) Rainwater ’44
Wendell Reed ’44
Mary (Rettig) Minnich ’45
Frances (Adams) Ferguson ’46
Eleanor (Greig) Rickerson ’46
Phillip Christopher ’47
Hortense “Genny” (Genung) Hodges ’47
James Sloan ’47
Susanne (Chambers) Wheat ’47
Rev. Frederick Fieker ’49
Philip Hoff ’49
Alfred Eppestine ’49
Robert Huitt ’50
Milton Thompson ’50
Jo Ann (King) BeVier ’51
Eleanor (Pratt) Dulebohn ’51
William King ’51
Melvin Poston ’51
William Lusk ’52
David Welch ’52
Donald Bown ’54
Donna (Robinson) Brigham ’54
Carlee (Claxton) Johnson ’55
Elizabeth (Morrow) Jackson ’56
James Thompson ’57
Michael Trower ’57
Patrick Brower ’58
Mary “Jane” (Thomas) Dunn ’58
Dr. John Potts ’58
Gary Goss ’59
Reva (Barnes) Tribble ’62
Doris “Ann” (Mayse) Denny ’63
Robert Sawyers ’63, M.Ed. ’66
Imogene (Davis) Stephens ’63
Joanne (Graves) Bradley ’65
James Strassner ’65
Arthur Pratt ’68
Carole Shaw ’68
Ann (Scarlett) Wilson ’68, MBA ’72
George Hagen ’71
Scott Pitts ’81
Novella “June” (Davidson) Crawford M.Ed. ’82
Dr. Mikel Dodd MBA ‘82
Wallace Squibb MBA ’95
Heather (Birtciel) Jones ’98
Jerad Bickford ’12
Kayla Letterman ’14
A Life Well-Lived
Bill Cantrell ’42 lived to serve. He was a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and a Springfield City Council member, in addition to the jobs he held in his 93 years.
At Drury, he majored in economics and joined Kappa Alpha. After graduation, he continued giving back to Drury by helping support the Scholarship Fund. He even dedicated all of the proceeds from his book Friends, Dear Friends and Heroes to the fund.
Cantrell passed away November 28, 2013, one day after his 93rd birthday. He is remembered fondly by Todd Parnell, former Drury University president, and his legacy lives on through the students who are able to come to the university he loved thanks to the Scholarship Fund.
Dr. Edwin S. Hill
Dr. Edwin S. Hill, Emeriti faculty member and former Dean of the College, passed away last year. He touched many lives during his career at Drury (1961-1988). In addition to his time at Drury, he was a veteran and a Christian minister.