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Phil Haverstick 68
and Dolores (Erskine) Haverstick 70 of College Park, Md., have been married 48 years. After graduating from Jewell, Phil served three years in the Army and earned a master's degree in math at the University of Maryland. He worked 24 years as an actuary for the U.S. government and was an associate of the Society of Actuaries. He retired in 1999 to devote himself to tutoring high school students in math, a second career which he loves.

Alicia (Rikard) White 69 serves as cruise director of Victoria Cruises/Yangtze River in China. She resides in Eden Prairie, Minn.

James Lowrance 70
of St. Joseph, Mo., is enjoying retirement. In 2015 he went on a mission trip to Honduras, and in 2016 he visited his daughter's family at their home on the island nation of Mauritius. He has three children and five grandsons and enjoys singing and collecting.

Bill Cantrell ’71 has been named to the inaugural class of the Wabash, Ind., High School Athletic Hall of Fame. While attending Jewell, Bill was a member of the Cardinal football team. He resides in Muncie, Ind.

Rodney Hader ’71 retired as a customer service representative from I.R.S. Kansas City in May 2015. He was also self-employed by Hader Poultry for more than 35 years. He is spending his retirement enjoying time with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as building projects and making stained-glass windows. He resides in Independence. Mo.

Dr. Prabu Raman ’76 was installed as the 148th president of the Missouri Dental Association in November 2016. He has been in private practice as the owner of The Raman Center for Advanced Dentistry in Kansas City since 1983 and served in a variety of other dentistry roles. He and his family reside in Liberty, Mo.

Fran Anderson ’77 is senior director of internal communications for Sodexo Corporation in Gaithersburg, Md. She resides in Baltimore.

Dr. John W. Richmond ’77 was named dean of the University of North Texas College of Music in Denton, Texas. He had been the director of the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln before the announcement. He began his duties on Aug. 1, 2016.

Linda Haberstroh ’82
was named one of the Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journalin August 2016. Linda joined her mother’s business, Phoenix Textile Corp., in 1985 and has since risen to become the company’s president, helping the company average $61 million in annual sales. 

Bill Gautreaux ’85 has been named to the "Ingram’s 250," the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram’s magazine. He is the president of Crestwood Midstream Partners. A member of the William Jewell Board of Trustees, Bill resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Brad Sprong ’86 of Leawood, Kan., has been named to the "Ingram’s 250," the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram’s magazine. He is the managing partner of KPMG Kansas City serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees.

Ellen (Douglas) Merritt 88 recently published a workbook entitled, "Break Free and Move Forward" (Amazon). Ellen holds a master's degree in psychology, is a certified life coach and is studying for certification as a master neurolinguistic programming practitioner. She and her husband reside in Cayce, S.C.

Scott VonderBruegge ’89 was among 100 St. Louis-area educators to receive the Emerson Excellence in Teaching Award. The awards honor educators for their achievements and dedication to education, and come with an engraved Tiffany & Co. crystal apple box. Scott is the director of instructional innovation at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis, where he resides.

Michael Aoki-Kramer 90
has been promoted to managing principal and senior building science specialist, responsible for the Seattle regional office operations of RDH Building Science, Inc. Michael joined RDH in 2004 and is a nationally recognized speaker on building science and the relationships between sustainable building, building durability and building codes, and has contributed to several publications regarding building enclosure performance. He resides in Seattle.

Jason Klumb ’90 has been named to the "Ingram’s 250," the list of the most powerful business leaders in the Kansas City area according to Ingram’s magazine. He is the region administrator for the U.S. General Services Administration. He resides in Kansas City, Mo., and serves on the William Jewell Board of Trustees.

Jim Richerson ’90 has been elected to serve as secretary on the board of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of America. The move puts Jim in line to potentially serve as president of the association, which runs the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup professional golf tournaments and includes more than 28,000 members. He is general manager and group director of golf at Kohler Co.’s Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run golf courses in Wisconsin and was already a member of the PGA of America board. He and Kristi (Iglehart) Richerson '90 reside in Kohler, Wisc.

Dr. Mark Hoffman ’91 was one of six people inducted into the Raytown School District 2016 Hall of Fame. Mark is the chief research information officer for Children’s Mercy Hospital and is an associate professor of biomedical and health informatics at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine. He was recently inducted into the National Academy of Inventors for his 19 issued patents, many of which were issued during his time as an application developer at Cerner Corporation. 

Stacie (Stonum) Bratcher 92 has been named the executive director of TNK Children's Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 that provides support for parents caring for children with cancer. Before joining the foundation, Stacie oversaw development efforts for the Center for Developmentally Disabled and worked as an associate executive director for Immacolata Manor in Liberty. She resides in Liberty, Mo.

Andrea Brandes Newsom 95 has been named vice president and general counsel for the University of Indianapolis. She and her husband, Adam, reside in Indianapolis.

Aimee (Waldman) Patton 95 has been appointed the director of marketing/digital for Park University. In that role, she will direct the university's digital efforts, including social media, the website, search engine optimization and pay-per-click advertising. She had been the strategic planning manager for Gragg Advertising. Aimee resides in Overland Park, Kan.

Jack DeWees III 96 was inducted into the Liberty High School Sports Hall of Fame. While at LHS, he was a four-year football and three-year track letterman, as well as all-state band and choir member, member of the National Honor Society and Boys State participant. He resides in Franksville, Wisc.

Sandy Weston Burhans 97 is the manager of taxes and disability insurance at Priority Sports, which was recently ranked by Forbes magazine as the 14th best sports agency in the world. She resides in Chicago.

Loren Cunningham 98 and Jamie Cunningham, a husband-and-wife game designer team working as WIBAI Games, have launched their second board game, Pathogenesis, in conjunction with the scientific illustration company somersault 18:24. The game explores the life of a bacterium as it develops, mutates and spreads inside a human host on a cellular level. The game, designed for 1-4 players, has competitive, cooperative and classroom modes, as well as accurate scientific concepts and illustrations. The deck-building game has already met its $20,000 Kickstarter target. The Cunninghams reside in Lenexa, Kan.

Jaime (Stuart) Pruitt 98 and Michael Pruitt welcomed a daughter, Faye Annelise, on Aug. 18, 2016. She joins siblings Norah, 10, Lucy, 8, and Henry, 5. They reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Dr. Jonathan Rhoad 98 and Jennifer (Graebner) Rhoad 00 welcomed a daughter, Vera Grace, on June 19, 2016. They reside in St. Joseph, Mo.

Dr. Emily (Donnelli) Sallee 99 has been named associate vice president for faculty affairs at Park University. She joined Park in 2004 and had served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences since 2013. She and Andrew Sallee '99 reside in Platte City.

Eric Blair ’01 was promoted to associate vice president of enrollment management at Park University. He has served in a number of other roles at Park, most recently as executive director of enrollment. He resides with his family in Lawson, Mo. 

Meghan (Sharp) Diecchio 01 and Michael Diecchio welcomed a daughter, Maxine Lillian, on Aug. 10, 2016. Meghan is a registered landscape architect and associate principal with a firm in the San Francisco area. The family resides in San Rafael, Calif.

Suvir Dhar ’03 was one of 14 attorneys elevated in January 2017 to shareholder in Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass torts firms. Suvir joined the firm’s Alton, Ill., office in 2010 as a mesothelioma attorney. He has also volunteered with numerous organizations, including Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, the St. Louis Wyman Young Leaders Board and the World Pediatric Project.

Eli Marchbanks 05 and Beth Lewis Marchbanks welcomed a son, Andrew Lewis, on Aug. 6, 2016. He was named after Rev. Dr. Andrew Pratt '81, William Jewell's vice president for social responsibility and engagement and dean of the chapel, who also officiated their wedding ceremony. Eli got acquainted with Andy as a Jewell student, while Beth met Andy when he was a professor at another college. Eli and Beth reside in Columbia, Mo.

Jonathan Simcosky 06 is an acquiring editor with Quarry Books at Quarto Publishing Group near Boston and has edited a number of celebrity books. He was profiled in North Shore magazine for his work as a community organizer in creating a monthly cocktail club and a pop-up picnic for fashionable tastemakers, in the Salem, Mass., area. He resides in Salem.

Kelly Adams 07 and Dr. Dan Sleve were married September 19, 2016, in Roatan. They reside in Kansas City, Mo.

Asheley Brown ’07, of Liberty, Mo., and her partner Brooks Proctor have opened a flagship location of their international apparel line, SquareBear, in California. SquareBear, founded in 2012, has reached 14 countries with its message of “embracing your inner square.” The brand has been worn by celebrities, has been featured on various media, and has developed a following in Japan. The flagship location opened in early February at the Northridge (Calif.) Mall.

Naphtali Faris ’07 joined the Mid-Continent Public Library as the early literacy coordinator. Naphtali previously worked for the Kansas City Public Library, the Missouri State Library and the St. Louis Public Library. She was elected to serve on the 2018 Randolph Caldecott Award Selection Committee. The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Katherine (Heugatter) Becnel ’08 was hired as an historic interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park (Pa.). She earned a master’s degree in history, emphasis in museum studies, from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2010. She and her husband, Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Becnel, reside in Morrisville, Pa.

Dr. Emily Fine 08 received her Ph.D. in English literature from Brandeis University in August 2016. She resides in Somerville, Mass.

Dr. Trisha Stan ’09 has been named to the Amgen Scholars Ten to Watch list. The list honors the best and brightest up-and-comers in science and medicine from the more than 3,000 people who have completed the Amgen Scholars Program. She is the assistant professor of natural sciences at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute. She has also co-founded a podcast with Stanford scientists called Goggles Optional, a weekly humorous and informative look at what’s new in the world of science. She resides in Palo Alto, Calif.

Rev. Ashley (Grys) Whitaker 09 is the new senior minister of Hyde Park Union Church in Chicago.

Rachel (Phillips) Wallenbeck ’15
completed a master of arts degree in information science and learning technologies from the University of Missouri and has been appointed digital services librarian at Southwest Baptist University. She was one of the first students to complete Jewell's Apple Vanguard Certification Program in 2014 and used her Journey Grant to complete an ALA-sponsored web design and development course. She also completed a National Archives & Record Administration internship while at Jewell.

Bradley Dice 16 earned a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Scholarship. He was one of 2,000 winners among nearly 17,000 applicants in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The fellowship provides three years of support totaling $138,000 to be used for graduate school. He is a doctoral student in condensed matter physics at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

Margaret Perko 16 accepted a two-year teaching assignment in Kansas City, Mo., as part of the Teach for America Corps.