Alumni Notes: Summer 2014


Bill Bunten, AB ’53, recently received the prestigious Garvey Award for his support and participation in Washburn University affairs. He was president of INTRUST Bank of Wichita from 1982 until his retirement in 1996. His previous banking positions were as executive vice president of United Central Bank, Des Moines, Iowa (1979-1982); Merchants National Bank as president from (1967-79); and vice president of National Bank of Detroit (1957-67).

Howard Haynes, BA ’57, received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Baker at his home in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. He was recognized for his many years of service and support to Baker and to the greater Kansas City community for his philanthropic work. After graduating from Baker, he served as his alma mater’s director of admissions. He later served as director of admissions, housing and financial aid at the University of Akron in Ohio. He was the second headmaster of the Grafton School in Berryville, Va., a cutting-edge co-ed boarding school that deals specifically with learning disabilities in young children. It was at that point that he co-founded North American Riding for the Handicapped Association, serving as its president for the first three years.


Bob Henry, BS ’67, has been elected vice president of the American Soybean Association by the ASA board of directors. Henry is one of nine soybean growers who make up the ASA Executive Committee.

Larry Poore, BA ’63, is a management consultant and lives in Olathe, Kan. Richard Simpson, BA ’67, is a professor of special education at the University of Kansas, where he has directed numerous demonstration programs for students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities and coordinated a variety of federal grant programs related to students with autism spectrum disorders and other disabilities. He recently was honored as a 2014 Icon of Education in Ingram’s Magazine.


Ethel Phillips, BA ’71, and her husband, Richard L. Phillips, live in Colorado. Richard was a professor and administrator at Baker from 1966 to 1975. He was a member of the United Methodist Church clergy and president and executive director of the American Youth Foundation and dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University from 1981 to 1998. Richard recently wrote a biography of influential theologian Harvey H. Potthoff. The couple has had two stints living abroard and have hiked the Grand Canyon.


Kerrie Bacon, ’82, has been appointed as a KanCare ombudsman by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Bacon is a quality management specialist in KDADS’ Community Services and Programs Commission, overseeing the federal Money Follows the Person program. Before joining the state last year, she served as interim executive director of the Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2011 to 2012 and as state coordinator, research analyst and liaison at the Kansas Commission on Disability from 2003 through 2011.

Doug Smith, BS ’81, is a board operator for Bott Radio Network. He lives in Overland Park, Kan.


Jeremy Armstrong, BS ’94, is the administrator of Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems. He previously served at St. Luke Hospital and Living Center in Marion, Kan.

Jeffrey Gossard, BA ’97, is an attorney in Coffeyville, Kan. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Gossard is the chairman of the Coffeyville Recreation Commission and serves on the board of directors for the Coffeyville Regional Medical Center Foundation, the Coffeyville Housing Authority and the Coffeyville Public School Foundation.

Sarah Hanson, BS ’89, is a sports medicine instructor for the Olathe (Kan.) District Schools.

David Jackson, MLA ’92, received a doctoral degree at age 83 from Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind., and specialized in Biblical counseling. He is a registered social worker, a certified therapist and instructor.

William Lively, MBA ’93, is a program director for Xerox. He received in 2013 a Ph.D. in organization and management from Capella University. Lively and his wife, Cecilia, live in Dallas.

Bill Miller, BA ’90, is the director of facilities at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Mo. The concert hall was recently recognized as one of the world’s most spectacular halls by Hamburg-based Emporis, a building data company.

Shawn Whitcomb, MSM ’94, is senior vice president and chief information officer at Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories in Spokane, Wash.

Brent Widick, MSM ’99, is superintendent of the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, Kan. He served as KNI’s program director from 2007 through 2013.

Dan Wooge, BME ’97, the band director at Spring Hill (Kan.) Middle School and Spring Hill High School, was named Secondary Teacher of the Year for the school district.


Jenifer (Koelzer) Bahner, BS ’07, is the head volleyball coach at Drury University in Springfield, Mo. She previously coached at Cowley Community College in Kansas.

Kyle Deterding, BS ’00, is a math teacher and the head boys basketball coach at Eudora (Kan.) High School. He coached the Cardinals to the Class 4A-II state championship in March.

Jason Filbeck, BA ’02, MAEd ’07, has been named head football coach at Augusta (Kan.) High School. He previously was an assistant at Shawnee Mission East High School, which advanced to the Kansas Class 6A state championship in 2013.

Brooke Fischer, BBA ’02, MSM ’05, has been hired as operator of Prairie Wind Senior Living in Berryton, Kan.

James Fox, BME ’03, is the band director for Fort Scott (Kan.) High School and Fort Scott Middle School.

Kenneth E. Gagnon, BBA ’00, works for Honeywell FM&T and lives in Spring Hill, Kan., with his wife, Debra.

Blake Glover, BA ’04, is an attorney at the Law Office of Blake Glover in Baldwin City, Kan.

Doreen Hansen, MSM ’03, is a vice president of residential lending at Metcalf Bank. She and her husband live with their two sons in Overland Park, Kan.

David Herndon, BBA ’00, is the executive vice president of Community First Bank in Shawnee, Kan. He celebrated his 43rd year in banking in May and is chairman of the Shawnee Chamber of Commerce board.

Lance Hinson, MLA ’00, is the head football coach at McMurray University in Abilene, Texas. He is a former Wildcat assistant coach.

Constance Johnson-Cage, MSM ’02, has been promoted to the rank of colonel in the Air Force Reserve. She will become the deputy mission support group commander of the 442nd Fighter Wing at Whiteman Air Base. She previously was commander of the 908th Force Support Squadron.

Erol Kinkaid, BS ’05, is vice president of commercial lending with United Republic Bank. He is a graduate of the Nebraska Bankers Association Leadership Class of 2014 and lives in Omaha, Neb.

Chris Lowe, MASL ’08, is the principal at Horizon Elementary School in Shawnee, Kan. He previously was the assistant principal at Monticello Trails and the school improvement specialist at Clear Creek Elementary.

Kristina (Anspaugh) Manion, BS ’03, recently completed her residency with Michigan State University for Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery. She has accepted a position as an ear, nose and throat surgeon at Via Christi in Wichita. She and her husband, Michael, have two sons, Isaac, 5, and Luke, 3.

Sara Matthews, BS ’09, has been named the head women’s soccer coach at Avila University in Kansas City, Mo.

Kristopher McDonald, BS ’08, is the social media manager at MMGY Global.

Paul McQuiston, BA ’05, is a development assistant at Cambridge in America. He lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Phillip Oliver, BBM ’05, is president and general contractor of Oliver Construction in Wichita, Kan.

Valerie Oltman, MAEd ’07, retired at the end of the spring semester as a vocal music teacher at Marysville (Kan.) High School, where she began teaching in 1982. Former MHS students surprised her with a special song at the end of the junior-senior high winter concert in December. She also coached girls tennis and was named the Class 4A coach of the year in 1994.

Robert Reed, MSSL ’04, has been named superintendent and high school principal for USD 332 in Cunningham, Kan., for the 2014-2015 year.

Jose Salcido, MBA ’04, has been promoted from Wichita (Kan.) police lieutenant to captain. Salcido joined the department in 1995. He was named the department’s Officer of the Year in 2003. He is also a major in the Kansas Air National Guard.

Philip Smetak, BSN ’08, started on March 1 as the director of clinical excellence and magnet development for the Via Christie Health System in Wichita, Kan.

Megan (Lamb) Smith, BS ’07, has joined the North Newton (Kan.) office of Everence as a financial representative. She previously led fundraising efforts for Wichita State’s College of Engineering.

Orrin Smith, BA ’03, is a full-time freelance writer, focusing primarily on search engine optimization and web content writing for various marketing firms and corporations. He has published short stories, including most recently “Never Bet the Devil and Other Warnings.” He recently co-edited an anthology of fungus-themed stories titled “Fungie” for Innsmouth Free Press. A couple of his latest publications include short stories in “Tales of Jack the Ripper” from Word Horde and “Handsome Devil” from Prime Books.

Michelle (Lockhart) Sundstrom, BS ’02, is associate director of client development for RuffaloCODY, a leader in providing strategic fundraising and enrollment management services. She and her husband, Craig Sundstrom, live in Oklahoma City. Stacey Weil, BSN ’05, earned a Master of Nursing from Pittsburg State University. An APRN-FNP-C, she is employed by Bluestem Emergency Medicine, working in an emergency department at Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla.

Carley (Mason) Wells, BS ’07, is a teacher for USD 428 in Great Bend, Kan.

Wes Wilson, BA ’03, has been promoted from captain to major in the U.S. Army.

Nick Wood, BS ’01, recently accepted a position to teach physical education classes and coach boys basketball at the American International School of Muscat in Muscat, Oman. He previously coached girls basketball at Lawrence (Kan.) High School.

Monte Zillinger, MSM ’00, is the director of police training at BNSF Railway. He and his wife, Linda, live in North Richlands, Texas. 2010s

Samantha (Webster) Glover, MASL ’03, is an assistant principal at Haysville (Kan.) Middle School. In February, she was selected as a Kansas Association of Middle School Administrators Exemplary Middle School Assistant Principal. She has been at Haysville Middle School for 15 years as an eighth-grade elective teacher, sixthgrade science teacher and assistant principal. She also has coached cross country, track and cheerleading.

Jeremiah Gress, BS ’07, is the territory sales representative at Overhead Door Company of Kansas City.

Monica Hein, MBA ’07, and Daniel Donatelli were married March 8, 2014, in Newton, Kan. She is an insurance management associate in Overland Park, Kan.

Patrick Howell, BS ’13, is director of marketing at RepQue Inc.

Donald Hughes, BBA ’13, is the maintenance superintendent for Kansas City Power and Light.

Lisa Janeway, EdD ’13, is the curriculum specialist for Lee’s Summit (Mo.) R-7 School District.

Sofia Javier, BSN ’10, is a travel nurse. She was recently assigned to Tarzana, Calif. Her first assignment was in Houston.

Jacqueline Koch, BSN ’11, is a charge nurse at Stormont-Vail HealthCarein Topeka, Kan.

Justin Lane, BS ’13, is an audit associate for KPMG.

Leah Lowell, MAEd ’12, is a second-grade teacher for Park Hill School District in Kansas City, Mo.

Kathy Mosher, MBA ’10, is the executive director for Central Kansas Mental Health Center. The licensed community mental health center, founded in 1964, provides mental health care and treatment for children, adults and families in a five-county area that includes Saline, Dickinson, Ottawa, Lincoln and Ellsworth. She has 18 years of community health center experience and is the former assistant director of mental health for Kansas.

Darcey Nance, BA ’10, (left) is the director of graduate recruitment and outreach for the University of Kansas School of Engineering.

Davy Phillips, BA ’06, MLA ’12, was recently promoted to head women’s soccer coach at Baker University.

Dawn (King) Ramirez, ’13, is the human resources coordinator at GraceMed Health Clinic in Wichita, Kan.

Danelle Shaw, BSN ’02, provides primary health care at the F.W. Huston Medical Clinic in Valley Falls, Kan. She is an advanced practice registered nurse. Shaw previously worked at the Midwest Rehabilitation in Topeka, treating neurological and orthopedic injuries and illnesses. She and her husband, Ryan, live in Holton, Kan., and have two children, Katereina, 8, and Cale, 6.

Don Sherman, BBA ’13, has been named Westar Energy Inc.’s vice president, community relations and strategic partnerships. In his new role, Sherman will enhance community relationships, develop strategic partnerships and continue to oversee economic development in the Wichita metropolitan statistical area.

Savannah Smith, BS ’13, is an admissions counselor for Baker University.

Britton Streck, BSN ’10, is a staff nurse in pediatrics at University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kan. He recently was awarded the DAISY Award, a national recognition for excellence in nursing.

Army Spec. Hakeem K. Young, BS ’12, recently graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga.