Class notes

Elaine Aaron ’51 was recognized for 73 years of service primarily to St. Patrick’s Wichita.

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Rev. Michael Peltzer ’75

Rev. Michael Peltzer ’75 is now in residence at the Priest Retirement Center in Bel Aire, Kansas, after 38 years of parish ministry.

Kathleen (Wille) Webb ’79 recently secured a $10,000 donation from TIAA for the nonprofit organization she is executive director for part time, Children First.

Tad Druart ’87 is the new chief marketing officer at Cantata Health in Austin, Texas.

Robert Marks ’89 was promoted to chief nurse for the United States Air Force.

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Cynthia (Reed) Ebers ’90

Cynthia (Reed) Ebers ’90 became associate chief nursing officer at Newton Medical Center in August 2018.

Richard “Rick” Schaffer ’93 was hired as the executive director at SouthWest Kansas Area Agency on Aging Inc. in July 2018.

Lora Allen ’95 accepted a new position as IT analyst for the City of Wichita Advanced Learning Library.

Danny Driskill ’95 became responsible for online curriculum at Halstead High School in the fall of 2018.

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Antonio “Tony” Hernandez ’96

Antonio “Tony” Hernandez ’96 was named CEO at Western Sky Community Care in New Mexico.

Jennifer “Jenny” (Shepard) Buie ’98 teaches at Mulvane USD 263 at the middle school and grade school as well as Munson Primary.

Emily Williams ’01 was named 2018 Kansas Secondary School History Teacher of the Year by the Kansas Council for History Education.

Eva Harmon ’04 is the new principal at St. Patrick’s Catholic High School in Kingman, Kansas.

Tim Belsan ’05 has been promoted to chief of the National Security & Affirmative Litigation Unit within the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation.

Cassandra (Ferrel) Dolen ’05, ’06 joined the team at Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball Chartered, certified public accounting firm, as a senior audit manager.

Lakshmi Kambampati ’05 received  the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching for 2017-18.

Mark Slattery ’05 is pastor at First Southern Baptist Church in Larned, Kansas.

Jenn Bowman ’07, ’16 was promoted to vice president of patient experience at HCA Healthcare Gulf Division Transfer Center in Houston.

Pamela (Fanning) Hall ’07 began teaching pre-kindergarten at Lakin Grade School in the fall of 2018.

Kathy (Fernandez) Cowin ’09 married Michael Cowin on Sept. 5, 2018. Michael and Kathy welcomed baby boy Calvin to the world on Sept. 12, 2018.

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Greta (Leiker) Heiman ’09

Greta (Leiker) Heiman ’09 became director of the Sabetha Health and Wellness Center in August 2018.

Pierce Mulvaney ’09 is the new VP of North American Operations for International Plant Services in La Porte, Texas.

Nathan Norris ’09 accepted a family medicine position in the Herington Municipal Hospital Rural Health Clinic and will also assist in the emergency room.

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Ben Smith ’09

Ben Smith ’09, CFO of iSi Environmental, was a Wichita Business Journal CFO honoree.

Kamisha Howe ’12 started teaching kindergarten at Glasco Elementary School, USD 334, in Glasco, Kansas.

Laila (Ingalls) Brownlee ’13 was awarded the Sterling College Alumni Award from her undergraduate alma mater for her continued service to the community.

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Anna (Kimrey) Teixeira ’13 with husband Matheus Matos Teixeira.

Anna (Kimrey) Teixeira ’13 married Matheus Matos Teixeira on Aug. 24, 2018.

Erin Schmidt ’13 joined the team at Central Kansas Veterinary Center in October 2018.

Danica Strasser ’13 started teaching second grade at Chetopa – Saint Paul USD 505 in Chetopa, Kansas.

Kelly Green ’14 is teaching third grade at USD 262 Valley Center school district.

Darren Marquez ’15 began a new job teaching special education at USD 262 Valley Center school district.

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Abby (Schmeidler) Nolla ’16 and husband, Tony, welcomed Elliot Miguél Nolla to their family on Dec. 3, 2018.

Mark Russo ’16 is the new Junior High High School principal at Argonia USD 359.

Luke Sponsel ’17 is the new health care operations manager at Reeds Cove Health and Rehabilitation in Wichita.

Craig Bair ’18 accepted a chemist position at Pfizer.

Delaney Hiegert ’18 was a finalist for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Jacob Hobbie ’18 became a web developer at Lifeboat Creative in October 2018.

Rebecca Tyndall ’18 began a career in forensic science as a scientist at Quest Diagnostics.

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