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Alumni News

July 1, 2014

Ron Bynum (’75) is pastor of Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazarene in Falcon, Colo.

Richard Cannon (’75) was named CEO of Solution Services International. The release of his latest book, Money Mastery, was recently announced by CC Publishing Co.

Dean Flemming’s (’75) new book, Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing and Telling, was published by Intervarsity Press (October 2013). 

A magazine from Selah Media group called Refreshed recently launched and features articles from MNU alums David (’75) and Lisa (Jacobson, ’78)Frisbie, as well as Dean Nelson (’76). Visit

Michael and Cheryl (Crenshaw, ’76) Dugas are teaching English at SIAS International University (China).

Dr. Kay Ethridge (FS ’76) received the Profiles in Education Award from the San Diego Youth Symphony Nov. 10, 2013. She is professor of music at University of San Diego.

Mike Major (’76) was hired as the new chief financial officer at Great Plains SPCA.

Robert Hull (’77) has been appointed dean of the School of Education at Olivet Nazarene University.

Dr. Claudia (Garner, ’77) Reinfelds, completed a Doctor of Education with emphasis in special education from the University of Kansas.

Rick D. Power, PhD, (’78) was elected district superintendent of the Hawaii Pacific District of the Church of the Nazarene.

Lynn Lemke (’81) is president and CEO of Marillac, a children’s psychiatric treatment center in Overland Park, Kan. Lynn has worked in behavioral healthcare for 20 years and most recently served as director of behavior health for Saint Luke’s North Hospital for 16 years.

Carla (Johnson, ’83) Sunberg is now president of Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Mo.

Susan (Sciolaro, ’84) Lynch won the 2013 Bronze Stevie Award for Female Executive of the Year - Business Products (More than 2,500 employees). She is chief financial officer for Hitachi Data Systems.

Alan (’88) and Marlys (Haun, ’90) Arnold recently introduced their first culinary magazine on Newsstand for iPad. The magazine, Adventures with Tea, features articles about tea, along with tea-infused recipes. Read more at  

Pete Brumbaugh (’90) is director of major gifts & annual fund at Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City.

Greg Hager (’94) has been nominated for a third time as Western Artist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Greg also made history in North Dakota with the release of his seventh album of original songs.

Ron Ryckman Jr. (’94) is chair of the Kansas House Social Services Budget Committee.

Stephanie (Tayloe, ’99) Dulin published a book, Life In The Passenger Seat, available on 

Gayla (DeBok, ’99) Posch was selected as the Olathe School District’s 2013-14 Elementary Teacher of the Year.  

Heather Attig (’00) earned a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. She is now an assistant professor of communications at Olivet Nazarene University.

Donnie (’00) and Erin (O’Toole, ’01) Miller are serving as volunteers with Nazarene Mission Corps in Versailles, France, until July 2014.  Donnie and Erin have a 5-year-old son, Dawson.

Luke Johnson (’03) is the band director and instrumental instructor at MNU. He also works as a graduate teaching assistant with the University of Kansas bands and is completing a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting.

Larissa Klinger (’04) appeared in a Purina commercial on Thanksgiving during the National Dog Show. The commercial can be found on ThePurinaNetwork on Youtube and is titled “Doggie Duet.

Daniel Toburen (’04), Simmons First National Bank (Olathe), is in Leadership Olathe’s 2014 class.

Elizabeth (Dagley, ’05) Graham was elected to the Nazarene Children's Leadership Network.

Rod Tucker (FS ’05), founding pastor of The River church in Kalamazoo, Mich., author and blogger, has a new book called Uncovered: The Truth about Honesty and Community, available on

Dr. Darin Freeburg (’07), PhD, will join the School of Library and Informational Science at the University of South Carolina in August 2014. Freeburg earned his PhD in communication and information from Kent State University in 2013.

Blake Revelle (’07) is the Olathe School District’s 2013-14 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Dave Elliott (MHR ’08) won the dessert category at the 2013 World Food Championship.

Duane Buchanan (MHR ’09) received the 2013 University of the Rockies academic scholarship award in his doctoral studies.

Jeremy Bird (’11) works for Amazon on the instant video team in Seattle, Wash.

Matt Gow (’11) is goalkeeper coach for Virginia Tech’s men’s soccer team.

Jacob Lawrence (’11) was awarded the 2013 Sheriff’s Deputy of the Year by the Kansas Sheriff’s Association.

Anna Nostrant (’12) is training for the Olympics in Kansas City and hopes to compete in bobsledding in the 2018 Olympics.

Rustin Dowd (’13), former MNU basketball player, signed with the Werribee Devils in Australia.

Kiley Herold (’13) works for Learfield Sports in Omaha, Neb., as an emcee and as advertising promotional specialist at SKAR, a marketing company.

Travis Walker (’13) completed an internship with Entercom Communications Corp., a radio broadcasting company with stations located in Kansas City, Mo.

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