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Summer 2018 Alumni News

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Accent Summer 2018 Magazine

The Olathe School District honored several MNU alumni at its March 1, board meeting. College Church of the Nazarene and MNU also were honored for participating in the Adopt-a-School program at Central and Havencroft elementary schools. Among the honorees were former MNU Vice President Dr. Bob Drummond (second from left) and MNU alums Dr. David Sharpes (’84) College Church lead pastor, Troy Snyder (’03) College Church of the Nazarene administrative pastor, Jan (Clem ’79) Wessels, Jenny (Wagner ’83) Downs and Dr. Jo Lamar (MED ’91).

Jon “Rocky” Lamar (’76) was honored with the Marcus Priddy Award of the Great American Basketball League in Lenexa, Kansas.

Wayne Dawson (’83) accepted a new position as pastor at Fort Smith First Church of the Nazarene, Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Rev. Phil Rhoades (’83) is now the Joplin district superintendent for the Church of the Nazarene.

Dale Gray (’89) accepted a new position at Point Loma Nazarene University as director of philanthropy.

Faith (Palmer ’92) North was named one of Ingram’s magazine’s Heroes in Healthcare 2018. Faith is currently completing her Master of Science in nursing at MNU.

John Redwine (’92) recently became the member/owner of Bronco Equipment Rental & Sales in Oklahoma City.

Rod Smith (’92) received the Honor Administrator Award from the Kansas Music Educators Association.

Greg Hager (’94) made his second concert tour of Japan in April 2018. He was recently nominated Entertainer of the Year by the Pro Cowboy Country Artist Association.

Walt Cochran (’95), Gardner-Edgerton (Kansas) High School teacher, has been honored with the MNU Teacher Who Inspires award. This annual award from the Teacher Education Department is determined by nominations from MNU student teachers.

Jill (Simms ’96) Becker accepted a new job as a language arts teacher at Aurora Colorado Public Schools.

Larry Campbell (’96) was appointed by Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer to be the new state budget director.

Stacy (Alderson ’97) Jackson was chosen by PepsiCo to receive the Chairman’s Ring of Honor, which is awarded to employees who go above and beyond in service to their customers and business.

Carrie (Runyon ’98) Whitworth accepted a position at You’re Invited as the day of coordinator/event assistant.

Josh Broward (’00) co-authored “Edison Churches: Experiments in Innovation and Breakthrough,” released by The Foundry Publishing. His co-authors are Jesse Middendorf, Greg Arthur, and Megan Pardue.

Debbie (Buxie '01) Jasiczek was promoted to associate director of engineering at Garmin International, Olathe, Kansas.

John Bustle (’02) was promoted to chief executive officer and chief medical officer at Bates County Memorial Hospital, Butler, Missouri.

Nathanael Dungan (’02) is now associate director of project management with Mapp Biopharmaceutical Inc., a San Diego-based company that develops novel pharmaceuticals for the treatment of infectious diseases, including Ebola.

Hope (Tallent ’02) Owens, her husband, Nate, and their family, moved to the Philippines to work with the Asia-Pacific Region of the Church of the Nazarene. Hope is regional communications coordinator.

Phil Burkhart (’04) graduated with a Master of Arts in music and worship from the School of Music at Liberty University.

Ben Bradshaw (’07) accepted a position as senior solutions consultant at Line Drive, Kansas City, Missouri.

Desmond Jamison (’07) was on the television show “The Price is Right” where he won a car and a total of $59,245.

Andrew Phelps (’07) accepted a position as content manager at Parallon, Nashville, Tennessee.

Jonathan Hall (’09) accepted a new position as pastor at Garnett Kansas Church of the Nazarene.

Jason Menard (’10) was named the Kansas District 4 Athletic Director of the Year by the Kansas Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (KIAAA). Jason is the athletic director for USD 396 Douglass High School and Sisk Middle School.

Nicholas Woodward (’10) accepted a position as partner at Dotzler Siding, LLC, Elkhorn, Nebraska


Help us welcome our newest PIONEERS!

1) Dempsey and Vladislava (Kopanarova ’15) Averitt, a daughter: Savanna Louise, March 2, 2018.

2) Andrew (’13) and Emily Blum, a daughter: Noelle Ann, November 2, 2017.

3) Cole (’10) and Rachelle (Warren ’10) Branstetter, a daughter: Evelyn Dawn, February 18, 2018.

4) Mitchell (’10) and Brittany Cloud, a daughter: Remy Kailene, December 13, 2017.

5) Brandon (’11) and Miquela (Smith ’11) Cluff, a son: Summit, March 2, 2018.

6) Ashford (’12) and Cary (Hayes ’11) Collins, a daughter: Demi Juliet, December 14, 2017.

7) Jonathan (’08) and Mallory Darcy, a daughter: Stella Monroe, November 15, 2017.

8) Colton (’14) and Sarah (Schmalzried ’15) Easdon, a daughter: Abigail Grace, January 31, 2018.

9) Kevin and Miranda (Barnes ’09) Edwards, a daughter: Adeline Faith, February 22, 2018.

10) Russ and Kyli (Stoltzfus ’10) Fink, a daughter: Adalaed Remee, March 27, 2018.

11) Justin and Kristen (Bohi ’04) Gore, a son: Jeremiah James, October 24, 2017.

12) Matthew (’11) and Heather Gow, a son: William Andrew, March 18, 2018.

13) Josh and Kaitlin (Wertz ’13) Hartman, a son: Braylon James and three daughters: Teagan Atalie, Ainsley Elia and Sadie Amarisa, November 19, 2017.

14) Matt and Carolyn (Wheeler ’09) Jensen, a daughter: Aviana Tov, December 16, 2017.

15) Jacob (’12) and Monica (Holmes ’12) Johnson, a son: Bo David, December 17, 2017.

16) Taylor (’03) and Kimberly (Talley ’03) Johnson, a son: Joey, December 9, 2017.

17) Mike (’12) and Ashley (Maxville ’12) Keese, a son: Michael Alan, October 28, 2017.

18) Brett and Mindi (Lewis ’04) Kuper, a daughter: Ellie Grace, December 19, 2017.

19) Micah (’11) and Nellie (Evans ’12) Lawson, a daughter: Lanie Sue, January 9, 2018.

20) Karl (’09) and Amanda (Holsinger ’08) Magnuson, a son: Leo Anders, November 2, 2017.

21) Josh (’07) and Callie (Kearns ’09) Maher, a daughter: Korah Mae, January 4, 2018.

22) Micah (’15) and Sarah (Lankford ’15) McEwan, a son: Ryan Worley, December 13, 2017.

23) Jared (’12) and Karissa (Wangberg ’12) Menard, a son: Leeland Daniel, February 11, 2018.

24) Brandon (’11) and Andria Owen, a daughter: McKinlea Ann, November 2, 2017.

25) Matt and Jenna (Schultz ’10) Pence, a son: Everett Matthew, February 27, 2018

26) Andrew (’10) and Tasha Riley, a daughter: Zoey Elaine, January 5, 2018.

27) Jason and Heather (Lukens ’07) Roberts, a daughter: Ellie Marie, November 17, 2017.

28) Tyler (’13) and Bethany (Taylor ’13) Roberts, a son: Whittley Charles, January 24, 2018.

29) Daniel (’12) and Ashley (Taylor ’10) Ruegsegger, a son: Chase Adam, November 2, 2017.

30) Kyle (’08) and Lindsay Sloan, a son: Oliver Perry, February 21, 2018.

31) Craig and Gail (Burney ’01) Snowbarger, a daughter: Caris Anne and a son: Cavet Anders, October 7, 2017.

32) Joshua and Linsey (Rogers ’08) Taylor, a son: Jack G., December 7, 2017.

33) Allen and Cristina (O’Dell ’08) West, a daughter: Lennon Diana, March 1, 2018.

34) Jimmie (’02) and Stephanie Williams, a son: Jimmie V., September 18, 2017.

35) Matthew (’12) and Amanda Williams, a son: Beau Allen, January 3, 2017.

36) Nicholas (’10) and Laura (Zimmerman ’09) Woodard, a daughter: Quincie Dawsyn, February 28, 2018.


Matthew and Kelsey (Balcom ’14) Bickley, December 16, 2017.

Derrick and Breanna (FitzGerald ’17) Crane, March 24, 2018.

Mark (’15) and Jeni Hall, September 30, 2017.

Justin (’17) and McKenzie (Hayes ’17) Randall, September 3, 2017.

Randy and Brenda (Jones ’82) Miller, September 9, 2017.

Greg (’15) and Becca (Skillman ’13) Van Noordt, November 18, 2017.

Richard and Lindsey (Sprague ’12) Hyde, December 17, 2017.

Ray (’16) and Kylin (Winters ’17) Merschbrock, November 4, 2017.

Matthew and Kori (Woods ’11) Phillips, October 22, 2017.


Ronald Attig (’73), March 29, 2018.

Dale Fish (’73), October 31, 2017.

Diane Halter (’77), December 13, 2017.

Janell (Crenshaw ’78) Kellum, November 19, 2017.

Karen (Crow ’79) Blankenship, February 14, 2018.

Anthony Quinn (’80), March 14, 2018.

Alan Couch (’82), November 17, 2017.

Melissa (Andrews ’90) Murphy, April 1, 2018.

Kathleen Beale Patton (MET ’05), March 1, 2018.

Mary Ann Wilson, December 25, 2017 (Former Faculty).

Norman Bloom, February 22, 2018 (Former Trustee).

Jimmy Dillow, December 30, 2017 (Former Trustee).

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