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UCM Alumni Association

Achauer House
314 S. Holden St.
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-8000
Toll-free: 866-752-7257

<Today class notes spring 2011>

Class Notes

1950 - 1959

Patrick Horner fs '52-'55 was a probate ex-officio magistrate and associate circuit judge for 24 years. Since his retirement, he is serving as a senior judge. He has written a book based on his life, "Stand on Your Own Two Feet." He and his wife, Julia (Twyman) '54, reside in Auxvasse, Mo.

Christa (Creason) '58 married Alfred Elter on Oct. 12, 2012. She is retired from IBM and he is a retired building contractor. They split their time among Fort Myers, Fla., Bergenfield, N.J. and Catskill, N.Y.

1960 - 1969

Marilyn (Fajen) Stafford '65 resides in Nixa, Mo. Her husband, Robert, passed away in December 2013 and she would love to hear from friends.


1970 - 1979

Beverly (Kastl) Gossage '72 is the founder of HAS Benefits Consulting. She is past president of the Greater Kansas City Association of Health Underwriters. She is a 2014 candidate for Kansas Insurance Commissioner.

Mike Manners
'72 retired Aug. 1, 2013, from his position as judge of the Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence, Mo. He reentered the private practice of law with the firm of Landgon & Emison in Lexington, Mo.

Diana (Cliffe) Blackmon '74 received her doctoral degree in nursing in May 2013. She is now an assistant professor in nursing after 35 years in nursing and hospital administration. She resides in Norman, Okla.

Cheryl (Breyer) Tyler '75 retired from the San Benito County assessor's office after 15 years as assistant assessor. She and her husband, Jerry, are spending time between Hollister, Calif., and Phoenix, Ariz.

Dale Schmidt '76 retired April 1 from the Missouri State Highway Patrol after 34 years of service. He and his wife, Debbie, have one son, Grant.

Lana (Miller) Caywood '77 and her husband, Thomas '77, '81, reside in Platteville, Wis. Their son, Nathan '09, is in the Dish Network commercial that aired during March Madness.


1980 - 1989


Franklin Dobkins '84 has been a supply support analyst at Boeing Aircraft in St. Louis, Mo., for 29 years. On Mondays he performs military funeral honor services for fallen veterans at Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. He is a member of both the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He resides in Bridgeton, Mo.

Tracy Hor
n '86 is the owner/broker of King Realty International, a Vail and Beaver Creek Colo. resort, real estate and property management firm. She and her two daughters live in Edwards, Colo.

Bruce Kohen '86 of Rocky Mount, Mo., designs and invents speed skating equipment. He is a one-man show and uses a method and materials he pioneered to make some of the most durable skates in the sport. He designed boots for gold-medalist winner Apolo Ohno for the 2006 and 2010 Olympics. Eight athletes in the Sochi Olympics wore his skates, including Chris Creveling. He's been interviewed by KOMU, KSDK and KRCG.

Tim Rowden '89 is editor of the St. Louis and Southern Illinois Labor Tribune. He is also a Boy Scouts of America Venturing Crew adviser, merit badge counselor and district public relations chair for the Greater St. Louis Area Boy Scouts of America. He and his wife, Kim, have four children. The family resides in Arnold, Mo.


1990 - 1999


Stephen Jones '91 works at ZieglerCat as a dispatch coordinator. He resides in Bloomington, Minn.

Shawn Long
'93 is vice president of operations for all General Motors work with Commercial Contracting Corporation in Auburn Hills, Mich. He and his wife, Judy and sons, Tyler and Peyton, reside in Warrensburg.

Asher Snook '97 was promoted to major with the Warrensburg Police Department, where he has served for 29 years. He also served in the Air Force Reserves and retired in 2007 as a senior master sergeant.

Brett Hieronymus '98 will be the assistant principal at Smith-Cotton Junior High School for the 2014-2015 school year.

Chris Post '98 will be the faculty adviser for the Missouri Valley College student newspaper beginning in the Fall 2014 semester. He is a professor of mass communication and English at the college. He resides in Marshall, Mo.


2000 - 2009


Heather (Myers) Reynolds '00, '11 is the treasurer for Johnson County, Mo. Prior to her election she was a realtor and still retains her broker's license. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Johnson County Big Brothers Big Sisters. She and her husband, Jarrod, reside in Warrensburg.

Eric Jones
'01 is principal adviser and director of financial planning at Stepp & Rothwell, Inc. in Overland Park, Kan. He has helped raise more than $180,000 to support cystic fibrosis research and has served on the Board of Directors of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. He is a member of the Financial Planning Association. He and his wife, Melissa '00, and their three children reside in Lee's Summit, Mo.

Jessica Garner '02 married Jim Heimann in June 2013. She is corporate service manager for CT Corporation, and he works for Wells Fargo Advisors. They reside in O'Fallon, Mo.

Jason Richey '03 and his wife, Julie, announce the birth of Keegan James on March 15, 2014. He joins brother, Finnegan, 2. The family resides in St. Louis, Mo., where Jason is a safety manager for Metal Exchange Corporation.

Danielle DeLozier '04 married Travis Peacock on March 15, 2014. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at UCM. They reside in Raymore, Mo.


2010 -

Andre Brown '06, '08 graduated from the University of Missouri May 18, 2014, with a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis degree. He resides in Auburn, Ala.

Amanda Roberts '07, '09 is a copy editor for "Shenzhen Daily," one of only four English daily newspapers in China. She and her husband, Seth, reside in Oviedo, Fla.

Kymberly (Caskey) Hill '08 and her husband, Ryan, announce the birth of Kalynn Marie on Oct. 18, 2013. The family resides in Shawnee, Kan.

Richard Steckel '08 graduated May 15, 2014, with a Ph.D. in Aviation from Parks College of Engineering Aviation and Technology, St. Louis University. He retired in 2009 from the Boeing Company after 24 years as quality engineer. He is currently senior research assistant at the Center for Aviation Safety Research at St. Louis University.

Jaqlyne (Underwood) Jackson '09, '12 and her husband, Aaron, announce the birth of Ariel Maddison Dec. 30, 2013. The family resides in Abilene, TX.

Daniel Murphy '11 is a member of the board of directors of FW Bank in Omaha, Neb. He is the general manager and lead photographer for Stonehouse Golf. He is also on the board of directors of Ameriwest Corporation and is active with the Mid America Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Mandy (Cagna) Weigand '11 and her sister-in-law own a home décor and gift shop in downtown Warrensburg. She and her husband, Chad, reside in rural Warrensburg.

Bethany (Moe) Frazier '12 is the face for the YMCA's new weight management program, Y Weight. She is featured on billboards around Kansas City and in print ads. She resides in Gardner, Kan.

Evan Grotewiel '14 is a safety engineer for Tarlton Corp., based in St. Louis.