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Dr. Marion Roberts ’70
was elected into the Kansas Music Educators Hall of Fame. He is currently conductor of the Lawrence (Kan.) City Band and the De Soto (Kan.) Brass Band. Marion is the retired director of bands at Blue Valley North High School (Overland Park, Kan.). He and Marcia (Rains) Roberts '71 reside in Lawrence, Kan. 

Rev. Jim Coffer ’73 celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ministry in November 2017 at a ceremony at Stockton (Mo.) United Methodist Church. After graduating with a master's in divinity from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1977, he served in a variety of roles in Baptist churches before being led to the Methodist church. He joined Stockton UMC in 2013. 

James “Jim” Cooksey ’77has been appointed by Gov. Eric Greitens as associate circuit court judge for Randolph County in north-central Missouri. Jim was previously associate circuit court judge in Randolph County from 1984-2003. Since 2003, he has been principal attorney and owner of the Law Office of James M. Cooksey. He and his wife reside in Moberly.

David Bollinger ’78 opened a branch of ClearSound Hearing in Fulton. The branch, David’s third, offers hearing evaluations, education, hearing instrument fittings and other services. He and his wife reside in Jefferson City.

Dale Phelps 80
was named the editor and vice president of news for The News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash. He had served as the managing editor since 2008 and has been with the paper since 1998. He and his wife, Julie, reside in Tacoma.

Rebecca Sandring ’82 was recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Pinnacle Professional member in the field of finance. Becky is the senior vice president, treasurer and secretary at CorEnergy, an energy infrastructure company. She and her family reside in Lee’s Summit.

Scott Burton ’84 was appointed by Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to the newly formed Nevada Sentencing Commission in November 2017. Scott is a professor of criminal justice at the College of Southern Nevada. He is retired from a 25-year federal law enforcement career. Scott is a former member of the State of New Mexico’s Adult Parole Board and has experience as a warden and facility director in the private prison industry. He and his wife reside in Henderson, Nev.

Connie Dover '84 was unanimously inducted into the 2017 Missouri Music Hall of Fame as both a musician and a composer/songwriter. She is a singer, poet and Emmy Award-winning producer and composer. Her music has been highlighted on a number of national broadcasts. Connie lives and works on a ranch in Wyoming's Beartooth/Absaroka Wilderness.

Randy Reinholz ’84 recently saw the world premiere of his play, Off the Rails, at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. The play is loosely based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Randy is the first Native American playwright to write for the festival. He and his family reside in Chula Vista, Calif.

Honorable Zel Fischer ’85 was selected by colleagues in July 2017 to serve a two-year term as Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court. He was first appointed to the Missouri Supreme Court in 2008 and also has worked in private law and was an associate circuit judge in Atchison County. At Jewell, he is an adjunct professor of American jurisprudence, a 2012 Citation for Achievement recipient and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame. He and his family reside in Tarkio.

Jody Jensen Shaffer ’86 had her recently released picture book, Prudence the Part-time Cow (Laura Godwin Books/Henry Holt), chosen to represent the state of Missouri at the 2017 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.

Scott Anders ’87 was selected in December 2017 as the Chief U.S. Probation Officer of the Eastern District of Missouri by Chief U.S. District Judge Rodney Sippel. The position is a court unit executive position in the federal judiciary, equivalent to senior executive service in the Executive Branch. He and his family reside in St. Louis.

Dr. James Wooldridge ’88 was named chief medical officer of Aeglea BioTherapeutics, a biotechnology company in Austin, Texas, that develops enzyme-based therapeutics in the field of amino acid metabolism to treat genetic diseases and cancer. He had worked at Eli Lilly as chief scientific officer for immuno-oncology clinical development.

Greg Canuteson ’89 was awarded the Civic Leadership Award by the West Gate Division of the Missouri Municipal League. The mayor of each community in the division nominated an outstanding civic leader to be presented with a certificate of appreciation at the annual Civic Leadership Award Banquet. The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of business and civic leaders in developing stronger cities. Greg was elected state representative in 1992, then was elected to two terms as Liberty mayor starting in 2009. He and his family reside in Liberty.

Dr. Kathy (Beasley) Fuchser ’89 has been named campus president of Central Community College-Columbus (Neb.). She had been serving as dean of instruction for academic education at the school since 2014. Before joining CCC-C, she had been an education professor and secondary program coordinator at Midland University. She and her family reside in Columbus, Neb.

Michelle (Dillard) Young 89 was appointed manager of gang and violence programs for Durham County Department of Public Health in Durham, N.C. She will oversee program teams that work to prevent shootings and homicides and provide intervention services to youth and young adults involved in gangs. She previously worked as a senior research associate with the National Gang Center, and has worked in the field of gang prevention/intervention for more than 20 years. She and her family reside in Wake Forest, N.C.

David Israelite ’90 has signed a five-year contract extension to continue as the CEO of the National Music Publishers’ Association. He has been with the NMPA since 2005. Before joining the NMPA, he was chief of staff for former Missouri Senator Kit Bond and the chairman of the Department of Justice’s task force on intellectual property. He and his family reside in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Belcher ’92, operatic baritone, was the focus of the cover story of the December 2017 issue of Classical Singer magazine. He won a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording and received the Jewell Citation for Achievement in 2010. He resides in Liberty with his family.

Dr. Cynthia Otts '95 has been appointed registrar at Park University. Cindy had recently served as associate registrar at Indiana State University and has previously held various positions at Grantham University, Kansas City Kansas Community College, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Park University. 

Dr. Kimberly (Dunback) Bentrott ’98 received the Center for Health Progress’ 2017 Physician of the Year Award by the Center for Health Progress, formerly the Colorado Coalition for the Medically Underserved. Kimberly is a physician with Centura Health. She and her family reside in Denver. 

Amanda Pennington Ketchum ’98 was elected to the 2017-2018 USLAW Network’s Board of Directors at the organization’s annual membership meeting in Carlsbad, Calif. She also serves on the organization’s Managing Directors Steering Committee. She is the managing director of the Kansas City-based Dysart Taylor Cotter McMonigle & Montemore, P.C. She and her family reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Kristen (Honerkamp) Buckley '99 was appointed by Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to the Child Abuse Neglect and Review Board. She is also the program director at Isabel's House, the crisis nursery of the Ozarks, and is a licensed professional counselor. She and her family reside in Battlefield. 

Andrew Johnson ’05 has written On Earth As It Is, a collection of essays published by Possum Trot, and is working on his next collection of essays, Such Small Hope. He is the director of Pilgrim Center, a nonprofit focused on driving community engagement. Andrew and his family reside in Kansas City. 

Anthony Shop '05 has been named to the OUTstanding LGBT+ Future Leaders List by the Financial Times for the second year in a row. This year, Anthony moved up from ninth on the list to fifth. He and his husband are cofounders of Social Driver, a digital creative agency in Washington, D.C., where they reside.

Shea Sowers ’08 was named a “Rising Star” by Plastics News in its August 2017 edition. He is a senior account manager at PolySource, and has grown his territory twentyfold. Shea and his family reside in Pleasant Hill.

Chris Stathos ’14
was named to the Ink Magazine 30 Under 30. Chris is the partnership activation coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs. He and his wife Michelle reside in Overland Park, Kan.

Adam Young ’14 and Haley (Jones) Young ’14 were married on Dec. 16, 2017, at First Lutheran Church in Mission Hills, Kan. They spent their honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. They reside in Prairie Village, Kan.

Lindsey (Pollock) Stevens ’15 received the Star Award from Park Hill School District for September. Lindsey is a second grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School. She is also working on her master’s of science in education in differentiated instruction at William Jewell. She and her family reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Andrew Baxley ’16 joined the Daly Elementary School (Fayette, Mo.) faculty as a physical education teacher. He resides in Huntsville.