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Fall 2017 Alumni News

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Accent Fall 2017

Above, pictured left to right: Tina (Summers ’08) Kraemer of Tucson, Arizona, runs a successful photography business; Melody Suos ('09) of Minnesota, works as a lead behaviorist having earned her Master of Arts in Human Services from University of Northwestern; Ashley (Taylor ’10) Ruegsegger is a pediatric nurse practitioner in Kansas City; Raman (Kaur ’09) Haus is a nurse practitioner in Kansas City; Christina Suos (’08) is a bi-vocational pastor in Minnesota; and Miranda (Barnes ’09) Edwards completed her internal medicine-pediatrics residency and works with a private practice in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Dr. Dean Flemming (’75), MNU professor of New Testament, reports the release of the Korean edition of his book, Why Mission? (Abingdon Press), published by Daiseo Press, Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Randall Stephens (’95) has accepted a position as associate professor of British and American studies at the University of Oslo.

Kim (Kugler ’82) Cook is an RN home nurse visitor with Nurse Family Partnership serving first-time moms and babies in Montrose County, Colorado.

Jeanine McDaniel (’82) accepted a job at Madison Regional Healthcare systems as the assistant laboratory supervisor.

Capt. Tammie Jo (Bonnell ’83) Shults is one of the first female fighter pilots for the U.S. Navy and is currently a pilot for Southwest Airlines.

Pastor Buddy Cook (’85) graduated with a Master of Organizational Leadership from Colorado Christian University.

Gail (Whaley ’86) Anderson was awarded Teacher of the Year by Henderson Elementary in St. Charles, Missouri.

Brad Campbell (’88) founded Bear Claw Construction Management, LLC. The company was named to Ingram's (Kansas City’s business magazine) 2017 Fastest-Growing Companies in Kansas City.

Chip Milhuff, DO (’88) was selected as director of Medical Services at Family Service & Guidance Center in Topeka, Kansas. He leads the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department. He has been a member of FSGC’s child and adolescent psychiatry staff 18 years and has 25 years of medical experience. Board certified from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Chip has a specific interest in the evaluation and treatment of early childhood psychiatric conditions.

Mark Haffey (’93) was elected vice president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Jeff Jaekley (’94) has accepted a new position as pastor of Grace Community United Methodist Church in Buffalo, Missouri. He and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters, Bailey and Kristin.

Wes Jordan (’97) former police chief and assistant city administrator of Prairie Village, Kansas, has been appointed city administrator.

Nickolas Gosnell (’01) accepted a position at WIBW in Topeka, Kan., as a radio announcer.

Jared Menard (’10) is now the youth pastor at Hesston Mennonite Brethren Church in Hesston, Kansas.

Chris Hagedorn (’14), a social studies instructor at Spring Hill (Kansas) High School, has been selected as the school’s Secondary Horizon Award Winner. The award is for a first-year teacher who performed in a way that distinguishes him or her from other novice teachers. He will go on to compete at the state level for an award to be announced in Feb. 2018.

Trudie Mielke (’14) reports how her MNU education directly benefitted her. Hired at Taylor Forge Engineered Systems in 2012, Trudie headed the human resources function there, but was not considered executive staff. Deciding her goal was to become the first female executive there, she enrolled at MNU to complete her bachelor’s degree in the Applied Organizational Leadership (AOL) program. She’s happy to say she was promoted in 2016 to executive level. “It has been challenging, exciting, and a lot of work, but I never would have reached this goal without my MNU education,” Trudie says.

Deann Mitchell (’16) ran for Olathe City Council, At-Large.

Jordan Eckley (’16) recently became a manager at Apollo Insurance Group. The company was named to Ingram’s (Kansas City’s business magazine) 2017 Fastest-Growing Companies in Kansas City.

Nick Stumbaugh (’17) is a geometry teacher at Olathe North High School.


1) Ethan (’13) and Erica (Moore ’12) Alexander, a daughter: Aimes Wilson, Aug. 13, 2017.

2) Trey and Michelle (Vogt ’11) Avins, a daughter: Brayleigh Elizabeth, Aug. 17, 2017.

3) Caleb (’14) and Lauren (Jenner ’14) Barnum, a son: Easton David, July 5, 2017.

4) Brad (’14) and Jessica Baur, a son: Brecken Quinn, July 7, 2017.

5) Matthew (’07) and Lauren (Gilmore ’09) Buchanan, a daughter: Addison Virginia, April 4, 2017.

6) Josiah (’14) and Amanda (Nigus ’13) Crandall, a daughter: Emma Lia, Oct. 5, 2017.

7) Stuart and Britini (Stoltzfus ’07) Girk, a daughter: Hensley Jae, April 19, 2017.

8) David (’09) and Kimberly (Nigh ’09) Gonzalez, a daughter: Catalina Rose, Aug. 13, 2017.

9) Josh and Lacey (Letsinger ’12) Griffith, a son: Joshua Kale, April 10, 2017.

10) Chris (’14) and Rebecca Hagedorn, a daughter: Selah Grace, Jan. 6, 2017.

11) Daniel (’09) and Lauren Hawkins, a daughter: Jaesa Maryanne, Aug. 1, 2017.

12) Justin (’05) and Elly Heckel, a son: Judah Phoenix, March 31, 2017.

13) Ryne (’11) and Anna (Newman ’11) Huff, a daughter: Charlee Rose, Sept. 7, 2017.

14) Stephen (’10) and Ashley Kiburz, a daughter: Kylee Sue, Feb. 4, 2017.

15) Brett (’12) and Marlena Knox, a daughter: Josephine Grace, Sept. 9, 2017.

16) Caleb and Heather (Mahon ’14) Kopta, a daughter: Harper Shea, May 4, 2017.

17) Blake (’09) and Amanda (Wilson ’11) Leoni, a son: Elan Matthew, Sept. 18, 2017.

18) Kevin (’12) and Ashley (Mackey ’12) Liddle, a son: Hudson Wesley, April 25, 2017.

19) Joshua and Jennifer (Campbell ’09) Limback, a son: Caleb Russell, April 16, 2017.

20) Olive (’14) Palu and Dana Lynn, a daughter: Leilani Dana, July 2, 2017.

21) Trevor (’16) and Jennifer (Christenson ’06) Lytle, a daughter: Adelae Mae, Sept. 9, 2017.

22) Jay (’99) and Courtney (White ’04) Main, a daughter: Jaelyne Jessie, March 28, 2017.

23) Hunter and Meghan (Dennis ’09) Matt, a son: Victor John, March 21, 2017.

24) Derek (’13) and Becky (Wieczorek ’13) McGowen, a daughter: Eleanor Fern, July 17, 2017.

25) Jeremy (’09) and Lauren (Ammons ’10) Moser, a daughter: Maya Noelle, March 11, 2017.

26) Gabe (’17) and Sara Nehrbass, a daughter: Raeann, July 13, 2017.

27) Nicolas (’06) and Jenny (Gampher ’06) Nelson, a daughter: Lillian, March 11, 2017.

28) John (’06) and Naomi (Sigler ’06) Pickens, a daughter: Sutton Grace, April 4, 2017.

29) Clayton (’07) and Morgan Pritchard, a daughter: Calli Mae, April 29, 2017.

30) Matthew (’11) and Jessica (Cunningham ’12) Regier, a daughter: Emmalyn Josephine, March 10, 2017.

31) Jacob and Alyssa (Gilmore ’18) Rhoades, a son: Clayton Alan, Sept. 7, 2017.

32) Adam (’11) and Chelsea (Tally ’09) Riggers, a son: Austin Brian, April 13, 2017.

33) Joseph and Alisha (Pluff ’04) Roberts, a daughter: Emmabelle Willene, April 30, 2017.

34) Galen (’13) and Justean (Covert ’14) Ryman, a daughter: Lillian Lauraine, July 21, 2017.

35) Brandon (’12) and Tara (Welsh ’13) Smith, a son: Kaius Alonzo, March 9, 2017.

36) Nate (’07) and Laura (Williams ’08) Snider, a daughter: Hannah, Sept. 10, 2017.

37) Craig and Gail (Burney ’01) Snowbarger, a daughter: Caris Anne, and a son: Cavet Anders, Oct. 11, 2017.

38) Clint (’06) and Keri Snyder, a daughter: Marlee Brookelynn, April 18, 2017.

39) Jeff (’13) and Jourdan (McGuire ’12) Suos, a son: Emmett Sokurt, April 18, 2017.

40) Eli (’10) and Ashley (Kyle ’11) Stewart, a son: Berkley, Aug. 8, 2017.

41) Seth (’02) and Heather (Sinning ’04) Stimson, a daughter: Remedee Jane, Feb. 3, 2017.

42) Benjamin (’10) and Jenna (Matson ’08) Swinger, a daughter: Maryn Marie, March 1, 2017.

43) Rev. Brady (’08) and Karalie (Hale ’07) Thelander, a son: Brigham Ezra, April 25, 2017.

44) Josh (’08) and Adrienne (Black ’10) Warren, a son: Bruce Wayne, March 29, 2017.


Trevor (’08) and Kaylee Dahl, Jan. 20, 2017.

Justin (’09) and Jess Horstick, July 15, 2017.

Matthew and Hayley (Pankratz ’15) Reynolds, Aug. 17, 2017.


Rev. William F. “Bill” Branson (’75), June 15, 2016.

Sharleen (Ketterling ’73) Archer, March 13, 2017.

Carol (Franklin ’76) Caughron, Feb. 28, 2017.

Vinica (Saville ’76) Medlin, Sept. 19, 2017.

Stephen Ketner (’78), Sept. 2, 2017.

Russell W. Wright (’78), Feb. 14, 2017.

Jeffrey P. Lane (’80), May 25, 2017.

Sandra (Dunne ’85) Brown, Aug. 1, 2017.

Victoria (Taprine ’01) Moats, Sept. 24, 2017.

Darlene Lyon (’11), March 22, 2017.

Former MNU President Edwin H. Robinson, May 27, 2017. See article, page 08.

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Fall 2020

With gratitude we present this issue featuring God’s blessings in allowing MNU students, faculty, staff and administration to be on campus and in classes during the pandemic. Many institutions were not that fortunate. Read all about it and enjoy surprising news about increases in enrollment and other progress happening during this unprecedented time.

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