Alumni Award Winners
DR. JEFF DEGRAFFENREID ('90)
Male recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
Jeff is the Fire Chief and Director of Emergency Management for the City of Olathe, KS where he has served since 2010. Jeff has an undergraduate and graduate degree in Education from MNU. He also earned a Doctor of Education degree from Saint Louis University. Jeff has spent over twenty years in public service working to keep communities safe and winning national honors for the City of Olathe. Jeff is married to Paula (Lash ‘92) DeGraffenreid. Jeff and Paula have three children, Faith, Isaac and Grace.
DR. AMY (MORSCH, '99) CLARKSON MD
Female recipient chosen for outstanding achievements not only in their career, but also for their contribution and service to the university, church, or in their local community. May be either a traditional or non-traditional student.
After graduating with a BA in psychology from MNU, Amy earned a medical degree from The University of Kansas School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital. Amy has presented regionally and nationally on end-of-life topics. More than careers, committees, and awards, Amy’s true passion is in providing opportunities for individuals to deepen their walk with Christ. She currently leads three weekly Bible Study groups. Amy and her husband, Eric (’01), live in Pratt, Kansas with their children, Tess, Cade, and Ian.
JACOB LETT ('10)
Recent graduate recipient who has demonstrated early success in their first five years since graduation as a traditional student.
Jacob has served in MNU's Department of Christian Ministry and Formation since 2011 and is currently the visiting lecturer of theology. In addition to teaching, he has published articles and book chapters and is a frequent conference speaker. He also has a passion for missions and has lived in a creative access country. He holds a master's degree from Nazarene Theological College (NTC), University of Manchester. He is currently working on a PhD at NTC, University of Manchester. Jacob, and his wife Whitney live in Olathe.
TIM AND GAIL (F.S. '79) BUCHANAN
Recipient chosen based upon humanitarian contributions to MNU, their church and their community. We recognize this recipient as "Carrying the Torch for MNU" by living out MNU's Pioneering Spirit, Passion to Serve and Purposeful Lives. This recipient is not required to be an alum of the university.
A pioneer and leader in the senior housing and care industry, Tim brings more than 25 years of entrepreneurial and professional experience to his leadership roles. He is the CEO/Founder of Legend Senior Living and an owner/operator of 35 Senior Living Residences in five states. He has served on several industry, educational and church boards, and is currently a member of MNU's Board of Trustees. Gail attended MNU and holds a music education degree from Friends University. She is also active in local music education and performance. Tim and Gail reside in Andover, Kansas, and have two adult children who attended MNU.
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