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Alumni News Summer 2019

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Accent Summer 2019
(clockwise - Julian Vaughn, Tim Purdin, Dean Nelson and Shelley Hayes)


Bill ('76) and Theresa (Maynard '76) Grigory are serving as missionaries in Bulgaria with the Church of the Nazarene.

Dean Nelson ('76), Point Loma Nazarene University’s journalism program founder and director, recently published, Talk to Me: How to Ask Better Questions, Get Better Answers, and Interview Anyone Like a Pro. Nelson has won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for his reporting, and has written or co-written 15 books.

Steve ('81) and Peggy (Denny ’84) Cecil moved to Manning, South Carolina, where he is senior pastor of New Start Community Church of the Nazarene. 

Melinda (Wright '85) Madden is a reading specialist with the Kansas City, Missouri, School District. She is working to become nationally certified to teach dyslexic scholars.

Steve Menke ('01), Olathe Chief of Police, retired this spring after serving 31 years with the Olathe, Kansas, Police Department. 

Gregory Hager ('94) signed a four-album recording contract with MFG Records. State of Mind, the first album under this label, was released in March 2019.

Ron Ryckman, Jr. ('94) was re-elected as the Speaker of the House for the Kansas House of Representatives. 

Shelley Hayes ('96) was promoted to chief development officer at Community Health Charities in Washington, D.C. 

Jolene (Tate '96) Ibarra was recognized with the 2018 Class 1A Assistant Track and Field Coach of the Year Award by the Kansas Cross Country Track and Field Coaches Association.

Jack Hansen ('92, MBA '99), a veteran financial advisor with Edward Jones, was promoted to regional leader. He is responsible for nearly 70 of the firm's branch offices in northeast Kansas, west of the Kansas City metro, while continuing to serve clients in Olathe, Kansas. 

Kristen (Bohi ’04) Gore was honored with the MNU Department of Education’s 2019 Teacher who Inspires award.

Adam Hooker ('08), former MNU assistant basketball coach, is now the head men's basketball coach at Sterling College.

Christina (O’Dell '08) West has become an ambassador for Smart Bottoms cloth diapers.

Duane Buchanan ('09, MA '10), adjunct professor in the School of Professional and Graduate Studies at MNU, earned his PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership at Ashford University.

Julian Vaughn (’10), Kansas City jazz bassist, will release his fifth album, Supreme, on June 28, 2019. Vaughn has two No. 1 Billboard hits and three top-5 Billboard singles. He has performed across the U.S. and in six foreign countries. 

Tim Purdin (’11), Johnson County Sheriff’s deputy, recently became the handler of Bono, a seven-year-old German Shepard. Bono is a trained narcotics detection dog and is certified in the detection of methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, and marijuana. Bono and Purdin have been certified together as a Narcotic Detection Dog Team through the National Police Canine Association. 

Tanya (Khvitsko '12) Trimborn was awarded the Lockton Courage Award at Lockton Companies’ Win for KC luncheon. The award recognizes women who redefine barriers notwithstanding physical or mental challenges in sport.

Sara Prigel (MA’13) is now philanthropy and special events director for Heartland Soccer, the largest youth soccer league in the U.S. From recreational to premier, 1,300 teams participate each season in league play and 2,500 teams participate annually in its tournaments. 

Officer Jacob Burris (’15) was selected as the 2018 Patrol Officer of the Year for Shawnee, Kansas. Burris was nominated for Patrol Officer of the Month in April, August and October 2018 for investigation and recovery of marijuana, assisting Lenexa police in the capture of a felony suspect and the apprehension of three serial auto theft suspects, respectively. 

“Officer Jacob Burris' solid work ethic combined with high productivity earned him the title of 2018 Patrol Officer of Year,” says Major Jason Brunner of the Shawnee Police Department. 

Kelli (Springs '18) and John Shoemaker completed their third race of the Spartan Trifecta in Iskandar Puteri, Johor, Malaysia. They received the Spartan Trifecta Award for their accomplishments on December 1, 2018.  

Trey Cooper (FS '20), former MNU quarterback, signed with the professional Salina Liberty indoor football team.



Nick and McKenzi (Foster '12) Burdge, September 18, 2018.

Alex and Hannah (Kingrey FS '16) Elston, November 10, 2018.

Brandon ('15) and Halie Harvey, March 9, 2019.

Greg and Lexi (Riedel FS '17) Mason, November 3, 2018.

Jonny ('18) and Mattie (Bell '20) Melton, November 17, 2018.

Eric and Lauma (Knupke '16) Ritters, November 10, 2018.

Nick ('16) and Navia (Palu '14) Syrie, May 4, 2019.



William ('11) and Kasey (Johnson '12) Ashcraft, a daughter: Abigail, April 17, 2019.

Trey and Michelle (Vogt '11) Avins, a son: Titus Allen, February 12, 2019.

Mark ('10) and Alexandra (Cox '11) Ball, a daughter: Evelyn Elaine, November 15, 2018.

Caleb ('14) and Lauren (Jenner '14) Barnum, a daughter: Remington Jeanne, December 22, 2018.

Drew ('14) and Jessa (Winters '15) Bauerle, a daughter: Ember Verna, January 23, 2019.

Daniel ('10) and Lisa (Koehn '05) Berg, twin daughters: Rowan Carys and Reese Emerson, August 7, 2018.

Tyler ('09) and Elissa Bottles, a daughter: Cora Josephine, January 25, 2019.

Dan and Erika (Bentz FS '11) Cool, a son: Henry, January 22, 2019.

Nathan ('15) and Taylor (Howell '12, MA '17) Curtis, a son: Brayden Patrick, March 6, 2019.

Trevor ('08) and Kaylee Dahl, a daughter: Elouise Christine, March 19, 2019.

Rustin ('13) and Breanna (Brenneman '13) Dowd, a daughter: Jetlyn Ray, April 25, 2019.

Nathan ('05) and Robyn Eick, a son: Brannon James, April 11, 2019.

David ('04) and Jennifer Fenwick, a daughter: Eleanor Mae, March 28, 2018.

Justin ('07) and Tarah (Kirksey '05) Fricke, a daughter: Paisley Rose, November 5, 2018.

Andrew and Jessica (Gee '13) Gregory, a son: Ares Andrew, November 12, 2018.

James (FS '18) and Paula (Valente Rosa MSM '18) Guerrero, a son: Jacob Drake, January 21, 2019.

Keely Hammontree ('06) and Nick Baum, a daughter: Emersyn Mae, February 20, 2019. 

Josh ('06) and Dawn (Ellis '09) Hankey, a son: Elijah Ellis, December 26, 2018.

Zach ('07) and Nicolle (Hannon '08) Harris, a son: Layton John Alan, December 18, 2018.

Michael ('10) and Rachel (Templeton '11) Hephner, a daughter: Isabel Jane, December 9, 2018.

Lynn ('08) and Melissa (Weidert '07) Hoffman, a daughter: Grace Elizabeth, January 16, 2019.

Jonathan ('10) and Saundra (Boehm '10) Hooker, a son: Isaiah, April 9, 2019.

Justin ('16) and Hannah Huggins, a son: Hunter Michael, April 28, 2019.

Josh and Ashley (Braaten '18) Jablonski, a son: Brooks Naismith, December 1, 2018.

Jeffrey (FS '11) and Shaeli Ann Johnson, a daughter: Raela Karri Lynn, November 7, 2018.

Stephen ('10) and Ashley Kiburz, a daughter: Kennedy Ann, February 20, 2019.

Hunter and Hannah (Atwell '12) Lareau, a daughter: Junia Elaine, January 2, 2019.

Jeremy and Molly (Frei '05) Latchaw, a son: Alexander Marshall, January 2, 2019.

Mike (FS '13) and Mindy (FS '11) Lee, a son: Jude Micheal, April 8, 2019.

Joshua and Jenni (Campbell '09) Limback, a son: Brayden James, April 26, 2019.

Brad ('17) and Lauren (Smith '12) Loyd, a daughter: Emma Frances, April 11, 2019.

Connor and Kylen (Young '15) Lutz, a son: Daniel Phillip Thomas, April 6, 2019.

Brett and Lori (O'Bryan '01) McFall, a daughter, Matalie Riann, January 10, 2019.

Josh and Gisele (Silva '18) Moody, a son: Alexander, May 5, 2019.

Michael ('13) and Brianna (Davis '13) Morrison, a daughter: Brylynn Elizabeth, November 30, 2018.

Matt ('12) and Becky Netherton, a daughter: Maeve Grace, January 4, 2019.

Kyle ('08) and Abby (King '08) O'Neill, a son and a daughter: Grigsby Richard and Evelyn Vera, March 7, 2019.

Jonathan and Alicia (Godwin '05) Parker, a son: Logan Charles, January 28, 2019.

Josh and Kendra (Flemming '14) Roberts, a daughter: Naomi, November 20, 2018.

Terrance ('17) and Janelle (Ostry ' 14) Steinhart, a daughter: Eden Grace, February 17, 2019.

Eli ('10) and Ashley (Kyle '11) Stewart, a daughter: Bostyn Ash, January 21, 2019.

Jacob and Amber (Brown '16) Tefft, a daughter: Brooklyn Grace, April 12, 2019.

James ('FS '14) and Dajah Tillman, twin daughters: Jordyn Rose and Skye Lynn, April 4, 2019.

Casey ('06) and Nicole Thrasher, a daughter: Raelynn Hope, January 7, 2019.

Ashley ('09) and Sarah (Worthington '09) Thompson, a son: Graham Elias, July 13, 2018.

Josh ('08) and Rashele (Powell '08) Veach, a son: Milo Price, November 17, 2018.

Kris ('10) and Cora (Meyers '10) Wiens, a daughter: Malaya Grace, March 3, 2019.

Montez L. ('12) and Quincy Willis, a daughter: Nadia Nicole, December 25, 2018.



Melinda (Adamson FS '73) Phillips, April 15, 2019.

Sam Lee Storkson ('73), December 26, 2018.

Rick Wells (FS '73), February 26, 2019.

Richard Dennis (FS '76), March 18, 2019.

Cheryl M. Macoy (’76), February 28, 2019.

Derril E. Peabody ('81), December 3, 2018.

Marilyn (Stout '86) Ablard, April 20, 2019.

Autumn Raquel (Taylor FS '98) Robinett, November 9, 2018.

Kylee (Krogman '07) Allen, February 15, 2019.

Cheryl M. Macoy (’76), February 28, 2019.

Laurie Brooks (former professor), January 1, 2019.

Bill Fleming (former assistant men's basketball coach), January 17, 2019.

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We hope you enjoy this issue of Accent featuring women in leadership. From alumni to students to administration, MNU and the new We Lead initiative seek to empower our graduates.

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