2014 Alumni Award Winners

June 26, 2014
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Alumni Relations announced its annual slate of alumni award winners this week. The group includes five alumni from all walks of life who are being recognized for their efforts to improve life for others.

James "Jamos" Amos ('85) is Alumnus of the Year. Amos is the chaplain and spiritual life coordinator at KidsTLC in Olathe, Kan. In 2012 Amos was the recipient of the Olathe Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Kathy (Ness, '72) Buxie, PhD, is Alumna of the Year. Buxie is a former professor of math and computer science who taught at both MNU and Ohio University.

Kevin ('12) and Ashley (Mackey, '12) Liddle are recipients of the 2014 Young Alumni Award. Kevin is the executive director of the BRIDGES sports outreach program at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. Ashley is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Shawnee Mission Health.

Lisa (Smith, '80) Clements, PhD, is the recipient of the Carry the Torch Award. Lisa is the state of Colorado Office of Behavioral Science director.

Winners will be honored at MNU Homecoming October 24-26, 2014.

 

Alumni Award Winner Bios

James "Jamos" Amos ('85) Alumnus of the Year. Earning a BA in Christian education he was ordained on the Kentucky District of the Church of the Nazarene in 1991. He holds an M.A. in spiritual formation from Northeast Nazarene University and an ecumenical endorsement as a chaplain in the Church of the Nazarene.

Jamos has worked with children, teens and families for more than 30 years holding numerous district Nazarene Youth International leadership rolls. He currently serves as chaplain and spiritual life coordinator at KidsTLC in Olathe, Kansas. KidsTLC provides children with a continuum of care through innovative and successful psychiatric treatment, community outreach, outpatient behavioral health, autism and wellness programs, with a strong emphasis on family wellness and preserving the family unit. In 2012 Jamos was the recipient of the Olathe Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Jamos is married to Carrie (Aubrey). They have three children, Chelsea, Conner and Olivia.

 

Kathy (Ness, '72) Buxie, PhD, Alumna of the Year. A member of the Pioneer class, Kathy was salutatorian with a BS in mathematics. Earning a master’s degree in math education from the University of Kansas in 1974, Kathy returned to MANC to teach mathematics and computer science until 1992. While teaching at MANC, Kathy continued her education at KU earning a PhD in applied statistics, in 1987. She also won MANC’s Donald Metz Teacher of the Year award in 1989.

In 1992, Kathy moved to Ohio with her family when her husband was transferred to Columbus, Ohio, where she began teaching at Ohio University, Lancaster Branch. She continued teaching until 2010. Currently Kathy and her husband Joe (’72) reside in Lancaster, Ohio. They have two grown children, Debbie (Buxie, ’01) Jasiczek and Danny Buxie (’07).

 

Kevin ('12) and Ashley (Mackey, '12) Liddle Young Alumni Award. An organizational leadership major, Kevin was a four-year starter on the Pioneer baseball team. Ashley earned a BS in Nursing and ran cross country and track as a freshman. Both Colorado natives, the Liddles now reside in Olathe, Kansas.

Ashley is a neonatal intensive care nurse at Shawnee Mission Health where she serves on a leadership committee in her unit. Kevin is the youth pastor at Living Hope Church of the Nazarene in Olathe. He is also the executive director of the BRIDGES sports outreach ministry program at Living Hope. BRIDGES offers a spring soccer league for youth, a youth NFL flag football/cheer league in the fall and an adult outdoor volleyball league in the summer.

 

Lisa (Smith, '80) Clements, PhD, Carry the Torch Award. Lisa has served as the state of Colorado Office of Behavioral Science director since August 2011. A licensed psychologist, she previously served as the Chief Behavioral Health Officer for Missouri HealthNet (Medicaid) in the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Lisa and her late husband, Tom (’79), raised two daughters. Rachel works for a community mental health center, and Sara is a junior at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs majoring in criminal justice.