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Alumni Updates: Fall 2020

Accent Fall 2020 Magazine

ALUMNI NEWS

Michael Major ('76) is now the regional chief financial officer and senior vice president for Heartland Financial USA.

Brad Dyrness ('83) is superintendent of the Michigan District of the Church of the Nazarene. Brad and his wife, Deborah (Angier '83), most recently served the congregation at Lansing South (MI) Church of the Nazarene.

Todd Laytham ('89) is now vice president for finance and chief financial officer at Assured Trust in Kansas City.

Scott Schaffer ('91) was recently promoted to vice president of technology with Suprajit Technology Center and Wescom Controls.

Damon Stelting (’93) is now vice president, commercial banking at First Business Bank, Kansas City.

Leslie Payne (MBA ’98) has been named vice president for advancement and marketing at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. She had been director for corporate and foundation relations for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio since 2016.

Bill Fitzpatrick (MHR '01) is now the owner of CMIT Solutions of Overland Park South.

Daniel Hofferbert ('04) has joined Trility Consulting as a senior software engineer.

Amber (Dalziel ’07) Dawkins competed in NBC TV’s American Ninja Warrior in July. She did not make it through the course, but she’s already a winner. Amber has cystic fibrosis and being invited into that competition is a significant accomplishment.

Alison Kennedy (’10) is now assistant principal at Wilson Middle School, Council Bluffs, Iowa.

GW Weld ('11) is president of the Eudora (KS) Chamber of Commerce. He owns Cornerstone Property Management and has renovated over 50 properties in the Eudora Area. His passion is to revitalize his hometown. Kathy (Matney '13) Weld, owns Zeb’s Coffeehouse and is director of visioneering at Velocity Church in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jeff Bell (PADM ’13) recently started a public relations firm. Bell PR specializes in branding, media relations, crisis communications, and more.

Lindsay (Duggins '14) Weathers was recognized in the April 2020 issue of Ingram's Magazine in its "40 Under Forty List" of leaders to watch. She is co-founder of Elite Physicals in Kansas City, Kansas.

Dade Baker ('17) is the analytics assistant at ShotTracker.

Jonathan Melton ('18) joined the staff of Kansas City First Church of the Nazarene as youth pastor.

Zach Helm ('20) is now an audit associate with Grant Thornton. LLC.

Kyren Martin ('20) is now a safety and support specialist with KidsTLC in Olathe.

Ellie Nyhus ('20) is the account coordinator at DH Pace in Olathe.

Lauren Page ('20) is attending Law School at the University of Kansas.

Kalea Robert ('20) is a care facilitator with KidsTLC in Olathe.


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BIRTHS

  1. Tyler (’12) and Megan (Palmer ’14) Allen, a son: Palmer Jonathan, September 25, 2020. 
  2. Mark (’10) and Alexandra (Cox ’11) Ball, a son: Allister Gene, September 18, 2020. 
  3. Marcus and Danielle (Morgan ’15) Blandford, a daughter: Melanie Anne, August 8, 2020.
  4. Cole (’10) and Rachelle (Warren ’10) Branstetter, a daughter: Elsie Dawn, July 16, 2020.
  5. Matthew (’08) and Lauren (Gilmore ’09) Buchanan, a daughter: Lena Marie, August 8, 2020.
  6. John (’13) and Tara Burgat, a son: Jones Arthur, July 16, 2020.
  7. John (’99) and Heather (Naftzger ’06) Bustle, a daughter: Harper Mae, July 14, 2020. 
  8. Austin and Kassidy (Ritchel '14) Chuning, a son: Roy Lee, April 20, 2020.
  9. Yort (’11) and Caitlin (Gardner ’12) Clark, a son: Yorton Levi, May 1, 2020. 
  10. Dane ('10) and Shayna (Smith '09) Conant, a son: Rigstin Ace, April 15, 2020.
  11. Brady (’10) and Breanna Jo Croucher, a son: Rex Joseph, July 25, 2020.
  12. Jonathon ('08) and Mallory Darcy, a son: Kingston Jair, April 18, 2020.
  13. Douglas (FS ’15) and Morgan (Sands ’15) Eichman, a daughter: Addison May, May 13, 2020.
  14. Glen and Emily (Gauer ’14) Engle, a daughter: Riley Elizabeth, October 1, 2020.
  15. Josh and Sarah (Hunt ’07) Fash, a son: Jacob James, January 16, 2020.
  16. Keith and Beth (Keeley ’11) Ferguson, a daughter: Harper Olivia, January 16, 2020. 
  17. Corey and Micah (Yantis ’06) Fischer, a son: Jamison, August 23, 2020. 
  18. Kyle (’13) and Janessa (Halvorson ’12) Ford, a daughter: Jillian Eliana, May 18, 2020. 
  19. Jacob (’13) and Shara French, a daughter: Remy Jane, May 20, 2020. 
  20. Terrin (’15) and Reagan Garber, a daughter: Quinn Eloise, June 26, 2020. 
  21. Nathan (’13) and Kelsey Garcia, a son: Edgar Allen, May 12, 2020. 
  22. Jason and Morgan (Singleton '16) Grossardt, a daughter: Addison Elaine, April 19, 2020.
  23. Franco (’15) and Ariana Gutierrez-Rivas, a daughter: Camila del Rosario, September 26, 2020.
  24. Sean (’15) and Emily (DeLong ’14) Hephner, a son: Davide Andrionico, June 18, 2020. 
  25. Garrett (’13) and Kelsey Hobbs, a son: Maverick Jon, May 23, 2020. 
  26. Brandon (’17) and Kara (Stallings ’17) Jeffries, a son: Truitt Wade, June 3, 2020. 
  27. Matt and Carolyn (Wheeler ’10) Jensen, a son: Wesley Emet, May 15, 2020. 
  28. Luke (’15) and Jamie Johnston, a daughter: Emmi Rose, May 12, 2020.
  29. Calvin (’08) and Jamie Kiburz, a daughter: Elsie Maye, March 2, 2020. 
  30. Seth (’12) and Lauren (Tredoux ’14) Kilber, a son: Forest Ira, August 7, 2020.
  31. Jeff ('08) and Megan Kimmel, a son: Alec Bowen, April 10, 2020.
  32. Brett (’12) and Marlena (Prewitt ’11) Knox, a daughter: Jade Charity, July 31, 2020. 
  33. Hunter and Hannah (Atwell ’12) Lareau, a son: Elend James, September 15, 2020.
  34. Eddy and Melissa (Miller ’11) Lozano, a daughter: Amelie Renise, August 17, 2020.
  35. Addison (MBA ’19) and Maggie Lucchi, a daughter: Elinor, September 1, 2020. 
  36. Caio and Samantha (Moore ’15) Maciel, a son: Enzo Lee, October 27, 2019.
  37. Derek (’13) and Becky (Wieczorek ’13) McGown, a son: Barrett Randall, August 26, 2020. 
  38. Daniel (’08) and Candace (Barkman ’08) Moss, a son: Brooks Elias Alan, May 13, 2020. 
  39. Brandon and Megan (Brown ’14) Ott, a daughter: Brecken Kay, April 21, 2020. 
  40. Blake ('17) and Maddie Owings, a son: Forest Wayne, April 10, 2020.
  41. David (’09) and Essy Peterka, a son: Taji Daniel, September 12, 2020.
  42. Grant and Erica (Drege '11) Peterson, a daughter: Evelyn Joy, April 4, 2020.
  43. Justin (’11) and Kyndra (Zeigler ’14) Pickens, a son: Whit Rosen, July 9, 2020. 
  44. Josh (’15) and Kassy (Cole ’10) Poteet, a daughter: Parker Jean, June 28, 2020. 
  45. Cristian (’18) and Emily (Phillips ’18) Reyes, a son: Benito James, July 10, 2020. 
  46. Bryce (’16) and Anna (Rich ’14) Reynolds, twin daughters: Ryleigh Grace and Hallie Faith, July 1, 2020. 
  47. Jason and Heather (Lukens ’07) Roberts, a son: Lukas Michael, May 23, 2020. 
  48. Leon (’14) and Lyndsay (Crabtree ’15) Robinette, a daughter: Liliana Noelle, July 14, 2020. 
  49. Daniel (’12) and Ashley (Taylor ’10) Ruegsegger, a son: Crew Daniel, April 27, 2020.
  50. Andrew and Lacey (Unruh ’14) Rush, a daughter: Madison Renae, July 29, 2020. 
  51. Galen ('14) and Justean (Covert '14) Ryman, a daughter: Shiloh Elaine, April 6, 2020.
  52. Jesse (’09) and Justina Smith, a daughter: Lucy Joelee, August 24, 2020. 
  53. Kyle and Jana (Laughlin '10) Steinke, a son: Oliver Brody, April 9, 2020.
  54. Kendel and Felicia (Goodwin FS ’10) Stites, a son: Silas Edward, May 28, 2020. 
  55. Jeff (’13) and Jourdan (McGuire ’12) Suos, a daughter: Ivy Jeanne, July 28, 2020. 
  56. Derek and Melanie (Asplund ’07) Taylor, a daughter: Brene Asplund, July 18, 2020. 
  57. Darin (’09) and Shaina (Wright FS ’12) Ware, a daughter: Emberly Mae, September 1, 2020. 
  58. Billy (’13) and Katie (Jackson FS ’13) Weissend, a daughter: Rosemary Ellington, July 25, 2020. 
  59. Matt (’06) and Melissa (Meyer ’06) Wells, a son: Caleb Robert, August 4, 2020. 

 


MARRIAGES

Clair (Plummer ’16) and Zac Crase, August 16, 2020. 

Michael and Dacia (Harris ’20) Magee, August 30, 2020

Joe and Deborah (Dixon ’14) Mayer, August 29, 2020. 

Eric and Liza (Zumbrunnen ’11) Rowlands, June 27, 2020. 

Sam and Carly (Doane ’16) White, August 7, 2020. 


CONDOLENCES

Frank W. Orton (’72), July 8, 2020. 

Dr. Glenn Kell (’73), August 6, 2020.

Lisa Daggett (FS ’75), November 8, 2020.

Darrel Krehbiel (’75), October 29, 2020. 

Ronald Frizzell (’77), May 5, 2020. 

Darrell Knee (FS ’77), September 22, 2020. 

Sharon (Dicken ’79) Queen, September 22, 2020. 

Mike Copeland (’84), August 19, 2020. (See page 11)

Kendall Hudson (’84), April 24, 2020. 

Kelly Lauffenburger (’95), June 19, 2020. 

Phil Shriner (’95), June 12, 2020. 

Laura (Scherman ’99) Park, August 7, 2020. 

Steve Vandemark (’99), September 25, 2020. 

Derek Leppert (FS ’04), September 25, 2020. 

Gordon D. Degraffenreid, former football coach, August 8, 2020.

Dr. Paul E. Hendrickson, professor emeritus of physics, September 16, 2020.

Ron Hill, former athletic director and faculty, September 24, 2020. 

Nancy Robinson, former first lady, September 23, 2020.

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