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Alumni Updates: Summer 2020

Accent Summer 2020 Magazine


Jim Edlin, PhD (’72) recently wrote a new commentary for Haggai, Malachi, and Zechariah (The Foundry); “Covenant in the Old Testament,” an article in the January-February issue of Holiness Today; and “The Irony of Jonah,” an article in the quarterly journal, Illustrated Bible Life. Dr. Edlin retired from his position as professor of biblical literature and languages at MNU at the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. 

Dean Flemming, PhD (’75) wrote the commentary for the Book of Revelation in the recently published Wesley One Volume Commentary, edited by Kenneth Collins and Robert Wall (Abingdon Press). It is intended to help pastors and small group leaders in sermon and lesson preparation and laypeople in Bible study. Dean is professor of New Testament at MNU. 

Alums Team Up: 
Jim and Dean (above), contributed articles to the recently published Global Wesleyan Encyclopedia of Biblical Theology, edited by Robert D. Branson (The Foundry, 2020). Jim’s article is titled, “Land, Theology of the” and Dean wrote the article on “Missional Hermeneutics.” 

David, PhD (’75) and Lisa (Jacobsen ’78) Frisbie authored The Road Back: Hope, Help and Healing for Survivors of Human Trafficking, for Nazarene Missions International (The Foundry). Since 2013 the couple has been privileged to see more than 400 survivors of human trafficking assisted through various ministries. 

Linda Brookshier (’78) (second from left) received the Heart of Kansas City Ambassador of the Year Award from the Greater Kansas City Attractions Association for her work on the Jesse James Farm project. 

Vicki (Lund ’80) Fruetel is now PE and Health teacher for preschoolers to eighth graders at Manvel, ND Public School. 

Harry Wilson (’81), CPA, CGMA is now a tax examiner for the 1040X division at the Internal Revenue Service in Kansas City. 

Dr. Klaus Arnold (’85) is the new global education and clergy development director for the Global Ministry Center Church of the Nazarene. 

David Riley, MD (’85) authored The Last Voyage of the Emir (Elm Hill Books, a division of Harper Collins Christian). 

Joni (McCleery ’86) Wyatt authored Junctures with Jesus, a series of devotionals ministering to caregivers who walk beside Alzheimer’s sufferers. 

Jack Holmes (MHR ’89) recently retired after 50 years in federal service (20 years of active duty with the U.S. Army and 30 years in civil service). He and his wife, Linda, reside in Alabama. 

Dawn (Bornsen ’91) Murphy earned her master’s degree in English from Emporia State University in December 2019. She currently teaches ELA, English composition, and public speaking at Clay Center (KS) Community High School. 

Josh Broward (’00) is now a managerial consultant with Permanente Medical Group in Oakland, CA. 

Whitney (Jenkins ’01) Rodden received the Hallmark Leadership Award at the 2020 WIN for KC event for her work with the Lenexa Police Department and her national charity Harper’s Hugs. Rodden serves as MNU’s strength and conditioning coach. 

Patti Bilka (’05) has been promoted to principal researcher - Self-Serve Business Insights lead at DropBox in
 San Francisco, CA.

Laura (York ’05) Johnson is an entrepreneur and content strategist for Sparkhatch Website Design, which she co-founded earlier this year. 

Ashley (Hechler ’06) Umphrey was named the 2019 Elementary History Teacher of the Year by Kansas Council for History Education. 

Dianna Bell (’07) is now a human resources generalist at MDWise in Indianapolis, IN. 

Robert Laughter (’08), lead solution designer at Cerner Corporation, along with fellow creative entrepreneurs, launched a new web design company called Sparkhatch where he is co-founder and lead brand strategist.

Daniel Rincones (’09, MAC ‘15) has been appointed MNU dean of students following Kristi Keeton who is retiring in July as vice president for student development.

Tyler Vaughan (MHR ’09) was promoted to business development executive at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, MO. 

Barrett Alexander (’10) has been named senior policy advisor for humanitarian emergencies for World Vision. 

Kent Garrett (MHR ’10) is now a simulation operations technologist at the University of Kansas. 

Dallas Purkeypile (MBA ’10) was named the new CEO for AdventHealth Ottawa, Kansas. He previously served as executive director for operations at AdventHeath Shawnee Mission (Kansas). 

Ashford Collins (’12) received the Olathe Human Relations Commission Humanitarian Award at the Olathe (Kansas) Community Awards. 

Nicole Eubanks (’12) is the development director for membership at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. 

Jeff Bell (PADM ’13) is now an insurance advisor with SelectQuote in the Kansas City market. 

Kevin Freeman (’15) was promoted to distribution sales manager at Diageo, where he is responsible for marketing and sales in the Atlanta market. 

Kristi Rose (Jackson ’16) Sexton- Chavoya passed her PA-C certification exam for the State of California and is now a physician’s assistant. 

Addie (Limmex ’16, MAC ’19) Sudhoff is a pediatric clinician at Jordan Valley Community Health Center in Springfield, MO. 

Jonathan Babcock (’17) was elected to the board of directors for the Buddy Fund, a charity supplying sports equipment to nonprofits helping to redirect and change the lives of at-risk children and youth in the St. Louis area. He is currently a client-engagement associate with Forsyth Advisors. 

Reddisha Jit-Erhler (AOL ’17), MBA, HRM, is a recruiter at YRC Freight in Overland Park, Kansas. 

Joey Rosales (’17) is now the college unit director for Northwestern Mutual in Kansas City where he leads the college internship program for his market. 

Caleb Swartz (’17) was recently promoted to assistant manager of Enterprise Rent- A-Car in Gardner, KS. 

Cary Collins (’18) (above) was recently honored for 30 years of service with the City of Leavenworth, Kansas. She is the deputy city clerk. 

Corey Sudoff (MBA ’18) is now defensive assistant on the football staff of Missouri University of Science & Technology in Rolla, Missouri. 

Joy Randle (’19) was a finalist for “This is Our KC” song contest on Fox4 (WDAF-TV in Kansas City). 

Michal Riha (’19) is a compliance associate at CORE-CCO, LLC in Dallas, Texas. 



1) Jeremy and Jessy (Volker FS ’20) Allen, a son: James Fitzgerald, February 17, 2020.

2) Mitchell and Chelsea (Reed ’11) Anderson, a son: Earhardt Alan, February 24, 2020.

3) Joe (’12) and Mallory (Sauer ’12) Auer; a daughter: Lexi Kristine, October 2, 2019.

4) Clayton (’15) and Kelly (Neiderhiser ’13) Brandt, a daughter, Rylee Mae, March 5, 2020.

5) Seongmin and Christina (Wilkins ’14) Cho, a son: Han Randall, January 16, 2020.

6) Brandon (’11) and Miquela Cluff, a son: Truett Moore, December 14, 2019.

7) Raul and Taylor (Conant ’13) De La Torre, a son: Raul Luca, December 19, 2019.

8) Colton (’14) and Sarah (Schmalzried ’14) Easdon, a son: Josiah Clark, December 10, 2019.

9) Josh Fash and Sarah Hunt- Fash (’08), a son: Jacob James, January 16, 2020.

10) Harold (‘16) and Whitney (Newman ’16) Flach, a son: Summit Ray, January 22, 2020.

11) Jaleel and DeSheka (Givens ’17) Graves, a son: Taurus Terrell, January 3, 2020.

12) Caleb (’14) and Megan (Weyrauch ’13) Laird, a son: Hudson Charles, February 10, 2020.

13) Micah (’11) and Nellie (Evans ’12) Lawson, a son: Dakota Thor, December 18, 2019.

14) David (’17) and Ashtynn (Burns ’18) Luna, a son: Noah David, December 12, 2019.

15) Tino (’14) and Amber Luna, a son: Liam, March 10, 2020.

16) Jared (’12) and Karissa (Wangberg ’12) Menard, a son: Nolan James, November 28, 2019.

17) Nathaneal (’14) and Hilary (James ’14) Miller, a son: Sutton Lee, January 18, 2020.

18) John D. (’13) and Rebekah Oster (’13), a son: John Luke, October 8, 2019

19) Eric (’12) and Tara Overmiller, a son: Caleb Steven, January 5, 2019.

20) Brandon (’11) and Andria Owen, a son: Grayson Tucker, March 28, 2020.

21) Olive’ (’14) and Dana Lynn Palu, a son: Landry Olive’, January 8, 2020.

22) Adam and Kristin (Chatham ’13) Simmons, a son: Colin Dean, March 23, 2020.

23) Shane and Brittany (Potts ’13) Simpson, a son: Jack Henry, December 18, 2019.

24) Ben (‘13) and Katie (Traul ’12) Smith, a son: Oakley Theodore, December 24, 2019.

25) Daniel and Bethany (Lawver ’17) Sperry, a girl: Wesleigh Rae, October 28, 2019.

26) Garrett (’17) and Andie Stadler, a daughter: Shilo Joanne, December 18, 2019.

27) Patrick and Karla (’09) Traul, a son: Oaklin Eli, January 1, 2020.

28) Jonathon (’16) and Carlie (Brandt ’11) Tucker, a daughter: Emma Jo, December 19, 2019.

29) Nathaniel and Molly (Harmel ’13) Turner, a son: Milo, December 30, 2019.


Zachary and Monica (Smith ’00) Weeks, October 5, 2019.

Marcus and Kendra (Norman ’08) Hernandez, October 19, 2019.


Raleen A. (Yandell ’73) Cox, April 21, 2020

Gerald R. Miller (FS ’75), March 29, 2020

Bradley D. Yantis (’83), July 18, 2020

Peggy L. (Denny FS ’84) Cecil, December 9, 2019

C. Steven Rarrick (FS ’84), December 27, 2019

Arlen H. Siegfreid (MHR ’89), April 11, 2020

R. Marie Thinglestad (‘89), December 7, 2019

Jill E. Summers (MED ’91), March 31, 2020

Judith A. (Myers ’97) Giannini, July 12, 2019

April J. Plummer (’02), November 10, 2019

Darren S. Enochs (’08), December 26, 2019

George W. Panebianco (’19), April 9, 2020

Tom N. Cross (Former Strength & Conditioning Coach), January 6, 2020

Paul G. Cunningham (Former Trustee), July18, 2020

Chester Galloway (Former Faculty), March 17, 2020

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