Class notes


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Therese Wetta, ASC, ‘64 completed 30 months of missionary service in Liberia, West Africa. She returned in July 2020.

James “Jim” Correll ‘91 was chosen to serve on the Economic Development Advisory Board by the Independence City Commission.

Margaret “Peggy” Alford ‘96 retired from her role as District Magistrate Judge Oct. 2 after serving 28 years in Grant, Colorado.

Shelly (Coleman) Martins ‘96 is the new vice president of strategic communications at Wichita State University.

Matt Carnal ‘01 is a physiologist for the United States Navy. He also married Marissa Metz on Feb. 22, 2020.

Jamie Harrison ‘03 became the chief growth officer for Meritrust Credit Union in March 2020.

Michael Miller ‘03 was promoted from COO to CEO at the Kansas Masonic Home in Wichita in 2019.

Renee (Crist) Duxler ‘04 is the new economic and workforce development director for the Salina Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tim Belsan ‘05 was recently selected as the inaugural Director of the Enforcement Section within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigation.

Tim Belsan ‘05 and his wife, Asha, welcomed a new son, Mekhi.

Kourtney Magee ‘07 started teaching fifth grade for USD 286 in Sedan, Kansas.

Abby (Niles) Walker ‘07 and her husband, Mark, welcomed a new son, Elliott Dominick, in May 2019.

Amy Gensweider, DDS ‘08 received her pediatric certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD) and earned the title of diplomate of the ABPD.

Michael Ludlow ’08 is the payroll manager at Profit Builders Inc. as of September 2020.

Emily (Sandusky) Shearhart ‘08 is teaching kindergarten for USD 286 in Sedan, Kansas.

Richard Kilgore ‘11 has been hired by Hancock County Health Systems as a pain management specialist.

Tonya Ross ‘11 has a new job as a hospice and palliative care social worker at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas.

Meghan (Jost) Cummings ‘12 and husband Ian welcomed a baby girl, Corinne Elizabeth, in November 2019.

Michael Sine ‘12 is a Master Police Officer III for the Andover Police Department.

Michelle Wessling ‘12 graduated from the University of Kansas School of Pharmacy in May 2020 and started her residency at Wyoming Medical Center shortly after.

Everardo Flores ‘15 has taken over as principal at Newton High School in Newton, Kansas.

Brandon Bozarth ‘16 and his wife, Ally, welcomed their first child, Elliott Bozarth, March 11, 2020.

Ashley (Hare) Brooks ‘16 became a pediatric nurse educator at Wesley Medical Center in March 2019 and also welcomed a daughter, Olive Brooks, with her husband, Nathan Brooks ‘14, on Feb. 7, 2019.

Laura Gerber ‘16 and Gilbert Magallanas ‘16 were joined in marriage Oct. 25, 2019, in Manhattan, Kansas, at St. Isidore’s Catholic Church.

Heidi Flores ‘17 was named the assistant principal at the Santa Fe 5/6 Center, USD 373, in Newton, Kansas.

Kylie (Werth) Hampton ‘17 was married to Alec Hampton ‘17 in November 2018.

Kelsey Kilburn ‘17 began her job as a software engineer at Northrop Grumman.

Julian Montes ‘18 is working at the Kansas Leadership Center as a program associate.

Britiany Pike ‘18 transitioned from Children’s Mercy Hospital into adult care at North Kansas City Hospital. She and her husband, Jacob, welcomed their youngest son, Ryder, in December 2019.

Aspen Herzberg ‘19 became a PICU nurse at Wesley Children’s Hospital in February 2020.

Blake Lee ‘19 is now a science teacher at Lincoln Junior-Senior High School in Lincoln, Kansas.

Shannon Millar ‘19 will be teaching fifth-grade English and language arts at Guthridge Elementary in Parsons, Kansas.

Mary Norris ‘19 began teaching second grade at Garfield Elementary in Parsons, Kansas.

Ryan Willis ‘19 is the new eighth-grade language arts teacher at Parsons Middle School in Parsons, Kansas.

Lucas Farney ‘20 joined the Newman Theatre department as part-time technical director.

LaDessa Forrest ‘20 was promoted to CEO of Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital located in Richardson, Texas, in April 2020.

Alumni in the news

Margaret “Peggy” Alford ‘96 on — “Margaret ‘Peggy’ Alford to retire as District Magistrate Judge in Grant County.”

Shelly Coleman-Martins ‘96 in the Wichita Business Journal — “10 Minutes With…Shelly Coleman-Martins, Wichita State University.”

Renee (Crist) Duxler ‘04 in the Salina Post — “Duxler economic and workforce development director.”

Lynn Hutchinson ‘97 in the Wichita Eagle — “Wichita COVID-19 nurse tells what it’s like on front lines,” by Tom Shine, KMUW.

Richard Kilgore ’11 on — “Hancock County Health System hires Richard Kilgore.”

Heather Linscheid ‘96 in the Joplin Globe — “School occupational therapist named Carl Junction Citizen of the Year.”

Robert “Robi” Lorik ’85 in the Wichita Business Journal — “10 Minutes With … Robi Lorik PWI, Inc.

Jeremy Machain ’08, ’10 in the Wichita Business Journal — “Machain moves to UMB looking to expand bank’s Wichita presence.”

Jenifer Phelps ‘13 in the Wichita Eagle — “Inside the ICU: COVID-19 pandemic as seen through the eyes of a patient, nurse, doctor,” by Dion Lefler, Aug. 16, 2020.

Ponka-We Victors, Ph.D. ’05 in the Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent — “Central Arizona College alumna serves 5th term in Kansas House of Representatives,” by Angela Askey.