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» 2010s

Jeff Blackford (Ed.D. ’16, Education) was named superintendent at Nodaway-Holt in Maryville, Missouri.

Kristie Cross (B.A. ’12, Arts and Sciences) joined North Central Missouri College in Trenton as the Director of Admissions.

Sydney Crimmins (B.S.N. ’15, Nursing) of Clay Center, Kansas, was selected by the WAC senior woman administrators to represent the WAC for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Courtney Frerichs (B.A. ’15, Biological Sciences) of Portland, Oregon, qualified for the Olympic Trials and then for the final race at the 2017 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Adam Fontana (D.M.A. ’16, Conservatory) was appointed assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music at Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas.

Daniel J. Garlow (M.D. ’11, Medicine) was elected chief of staff at Cloud County Health Center in Concordia, Kansas.

Benjamin Grohmann (J.D. ’16, Law) was hired as a lawyer at Overland Park, Kansas-based Hovey Williams LLP.

Suzanne R. Hendrix-Case (D.M.A ’11, Conservatory) joined Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, as an assistant professor of music.

Steve Lewis (M.M. ’12, Conservatory) was named music director of the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City. Lewis is also the music director of the Midwest Chamber Ensemble.

Vu Nguyen (B.A. ’12, Arts and Sciences), co-founder of MADE Urban Apparel, opened the brand’s first retail shop in Kansas City, Missouri.

Andrés Salguero (D.M.A. ’11, Conservatory) of Washington, D.C., won a Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album. Salguero performs as 123 Andrés and was honored for his record Arriba Abajo. While studying at UMKC, Salguero taught students as part of the Musical Bridges program at the Conservatory.

Travis Tanaka (D.D.S. ’16, Dentistry) opened Seneca Family Dentistry in Wichita, Kansas.

Jillian B. Yakominich (J.D. ’15, Law) joined Gilmore & Bel, P.C. in Kansas City, Missouri, as an associate.

» 2000s

Danielle Carron (M.D. ’07, Medicine) became a medical partner of Saint Francis Healthcare Systems in Farmington, Missouri. Carron specializes in family medicine and will join Farmington Medical Associates.

Kiran Chelluri (M.S. ’01, Arts and Sciences), founder of Chelsoft Solutions in Olathe, Kansas, announced that the organization was named number seven on Ingram’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies list for 2016.

Ramin Cherafat (MBA ’02, Management) will become the CEO of McCownGordon Construction in Kansas City, Missouri. Cherafat currently serves as the firm’s COO and will assume the role of CEO on Jan. 1, 2018. In August, he became president of the UMKC Alumni Association.

Chandra Clark (B.L.A. ’06, Arts and Sciences) received the 2016 Athena Young Professionals Leadership Award. Clark is the manager of external partnerships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City.

Bruce Copeland (M.A. ’01, Education) became a member of the board at BioKansas. Copeland is the director of business development at Cardinal Health Regulatory Sciences in Overland Park, Kansas.

Brian D. Corn (EMBA ’04, Management) of Lenexa, Kansas, joined Athlete Network as CTO, where he will lead all product development and engineering.

Gregory T. Cotton (J.D. ’00, Law) joined PG LLC as partner and president to work on the development of the Gateway Sports Village. Cotton is the former COO and general counsel for Sporting Kansas City.

David K. Dunning (M.P.A. ’02, Management) is the new director of the Memphis VA Medical Center. Dunning was formerly commander of an Army medical center in Hawaii.

Kerri Evans (M.A. ’02, Education) was named principal at Swift Creek Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Jennifer Friend (Ph.D. ’04, Graduate Studies) was named dean of the College of Health and Human Services at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.

Esther George (EMBA ’00, Management) joined the Kauffman Foundation Board. George is the 2017 UMKC Alumna of the Year and the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Alyssa Greedy (Pharm.D. ’06, Pharmacy) was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional in the field of retail. Greedy is a pharmacy manager at a Walgreens in Kansas City, Missouri. She has also been recognized by the National Association of Professional Women as a VIP Woman of the Year.

David Gohn (J.D. ’00, Law) was named president and CEO of West Plains Bank in West Plains, Missouri.

Ryan W. Horsman (J.D. ’07, Law) was named the Mercer County prosecuting attorney in Princeton, Missouri. He was appointed by former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Tamora Kapeller (MBA ’05, Management) of Kansas City, Missouri, was promoted to head of U.S. Global Markets at SCOR Global Life. Previously, Kapeller served as COO of the Americas branch.

Jan Kraybill (D.M.A. ’00, Conservatory) of Stilwell, Kansas, was named executive director of the Hymn Society in the U.S. and Canada. Kraybill holds the certification of Fellow of the AGO, the highest level of certification available to organists.

Jeffrey Meisenheimer (Ed.S. ’06, Education) was named the 2017 Principal of the Year by the Greater Kansas City Missouri Principals Association. Meisenheimer is the principal of Lee’s Summit North High School.

Kelly A. Schnieders (J.D. ’06, Law) joined Armstrong Teasdale’s Kansas City office. Schnieders works on intellectual property matters in the biological arts, chemical arts, medical technology, food science and other health care-related technologies.

Anna Stubblefield (Ed.S. ’02, Education) was named interim superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools in Kansas.

Kevin Tuttle (J.D. ’06, Law) was elected partner at Spencer Fane Law Firm in Kansas City, Missouri. Tuttle provides intellectual property counsel. For the past three years, he has been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers.

Shateel Higbee (M.D. ’09, Medicine) joined Conemaugh Health System as a medical oncologist in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

Sara Jahnke (Ph.D. ’06, Education) of Kansas City, Missouri, received the Excellence in Leadership Award at the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association Conference. Jahnke is a principal investigator in the Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research and director of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.

John Owen (M.S. ’03, Management) of Kansas City, Missouri, joined Executive AirShare as CFO. Previously, he served as vice president of EFL Associates.

Joel P. Rhodes (Ph.D. ’00, Graduate Studies) of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, published a book titled Growing Up in a Land Called Honalee: The Sixties in the Lives of American Children through the University of Missouri Press.

Sarah Littleton Schiltz (M.S. ’07, Management) was named partner at MarksNelson LLC in Kansas City, Missouri. She is the youngest woman in the history of the firm to be named partner.

Damian Thorman (J.D. ’04, Law) was named vice president and chief innovation officer at Miami Dade College in Florida. Previously, he served as director of the White House Social Innovation Fund.

Alan Woolever (J.D. ’08, Law) was promoted to director at Gilmore & Bell in Kansas City, Missouri.

» 1990s

Elizabeth R. Bender (M.M. ’99, Conservatory) was named interim executive director of the Racine Symphony Orchestra in Wisconsin.

Stephen J. Farnsworth (B.A. ’90, Arts and Sciences) received the 2017 Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award from the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia. Farnsworth is a professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

Keith Hart (M.F.A. ’99, Arts and Sciences) was named managing director of Blue Barn Theatre in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sherri Lewis (M.A. ’95, Education) was named Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Lewis is principal at Bernard Campbell Middle School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.

Jodie Lin (M.M. ’92, Conservatory) was selected as the 2017 recipient of the Honor Administrator Award, presented by the Kansas Music Educators Association for her work in Kansas City, Kansas public schools.

Greg Manis (B.B.A. ’90, Management) was appointed to the position of corporate director of communications at MGP. Previously, Manis served as the director of client engagement for VML.

Damon Mitchell (B.A. ’97, Arts and Sciences) was named chief deputy attorney for Wyandotte County, Kansas.

Vickie S. Murillo (M.A. ’97, Education) was named the next superintendent by the Council Bluffs Community School District Board in Iowa. Previously, Murillo was chief academic and accountability officer at the Kansas City, Missouri, school district.

Michael L. Racy (J.D. ’92, Law) was named the next commissioner of the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in Kansas City, Missouri.

Jeffery E. Schreiber (M.D. ’99, Medicine) received the RealSelf 100 Award for Enduring Commitment to Consumer Education. He is one of 100 doctors worldwide to receive this award. Schreiber is a plastic surgeon in Baltimore, Maryland.

Catherine Rachel Woods (B.A. ’94, Arts and Sciences) was selected as one of Bixby (Oklahoma) Public Schools’ 2016-2017 Teachers of the Year. Woods teaches social studies at the middle school and has been teaching for 10 years.

» 1980s

Todd Bower (B.B.A. ’89, Management) was named assistant vice president and branch manager of the corporate branch location of Dime Bank in Norwich, Connecticut.

Dana Tippin Cutler (J.D. ’89, Law) was elected president of the Missouri Bar. She is the first African-American woman to hold this position. Cutler is a partner at her family’s law firm of James W. Tippin & Associates in Kansas City, Missouri.

Karen Daniel (MBA ’81, Management) was selected to serve as chair of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. She is the first African-American woman to serve in this role. Daniel is the chief financial officer of Black & Veatch.

Virginia L. Fry (J.D. ’80, Law) was selected as chair of the Missouri State Board of Governors. Fry is a partner at Husch Blackwell in Springfield, Missouri.

Pamela Jo Grant (M.D. ’89, Medicine) joined Stormont Vail Health in Topeka, Kansas, as a maternal fetal medicine physician.

Kirby L. Hatcher (D.D.S. ’80, Dentistry) was appointed to the Missouri Western State University Board of Governors. He has operated the Hatcher Dental Group in St. Joseph, Missouri, for 36 years.

Larry Kemm (B.S. ’84, Bloch) joined the business transactions practice group at Carlton Fields law firm in Tampa, Florida.

Tom Bark Kretsinger Jr. (J.D. ’81, Law) received the Truckload Carriers Association’s Past Chairmen’s Award. Kretsinger is CEO for American Central Transport of Liberty, Missouri.

Olevia Pitts (M.D. ’86, Medicine) was named chief medical officer for Research Medical Center in Independence, Missouri. She is the first woman and person of color to hold the position.

Andrea Spillars (J.D. ’89, Law) was named by former Missouri Governor Jay Nixon as the Counsel to the Governor.

Scott W. Turner (J.D. ’89, Law) was nominated for the judgeship in the 9th Judicial District of Colorado.

» 1970s

James Bartimus (J.D. ’77, Law) was named to Ingram’s Magazine’s list of the 250 most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area. Bartimus is a trial lawyer with four decades of expertise. He is a partner at Bartimus, Frickleton, Robertson.

Robert F. Carpenter (B.A. ’75, Arts and Sciences) was elected to the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Carpenter is a sportscaster and the TV voice of the Washington Nationals.

John Dane (D.D.S. ’75, Dentistry) of Lee’s Summit, joined the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health’s board of directors. He has served as Missouri’s state dental director since January 2016.

Jeanne Drewes (B.A. ’76, Arts and Sciences) received the Ross Atkinson Award from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services. Drewes is chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division and the Deacidification Program at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Merlin Eaton (D.D.S. ’77, Dentistry) retired in November from his dental practice in Warsaw, Missouri, after nearly 40 years in the business.

Dorothy Jackson (M.D. ’79, Medicine) joined Swope Health Northland in Riverside, Missouri.

Randolph L. Lais (D.D.S. ’78, Dentistry) of Rogers, Arkansas, completed a two year residency program at the Texas Center for Occlusal Studies and Minimally Invasive Dentistry.

» 1960s

Paulette Jiles (B.A. ’68, Arts and Sciences) published a novel titled News of the World and has been named a finalist for the National Book Award. Jiles is the New York Times bestselling author of Enemy Women and lives in San Antonio, Texas.