Class Notes



’88 Jennifer Green and Kent Miracle, on Dec. 31, 2014. Jennifer recently was named the director of sales and development at Wichita Festivals Inc.

’05 Melissa Plymale and ’07 Patrick Edwards on Nov. 22, 2014. Pat is an attorney with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP and Melissa is senior storekeeper for the Wichita Fire Department.

’04 Pattie Peitz and Kent Carroll, on July 7, 2014.

’09 Leigh Ann Mullin and Michael Persondek, on Oct. 25, 2014. Leigh Ann is an acute care nurse practitioner with the Neurological Care and Stroke Team at Via Christi in Wichita.

’11 Amanda Lynn Knabe and Jacob Hadley, on May 24, 2014. Amanda is a graduate teaching assistant at Wichita State University and will receive her master’s degree in Spanish in May.

’13 Danica Strasser and Cody Julich, on Aug. 30, 2014.

’14 Navani Espinoza and ’08 Jonathan Baalmann, on Jan. 4, 2014. Navani was a radiologic technology major and graduated in May. Jonathan graduated with an accounting degree and is currently employed at Invista in Wichita.

Baby Jets

Born to ’11 Chelsey (Potter) and John Tiemeyer, a daughter, Sterling Tiemeyer, on March 27, 2015. Grandaughter to ’86, Mark Potter, Newman head men’s basketball coach.

Born to ’00 Missy (Porter) and Eric Stump, a son, Lucas Michael, on Feb. 27, 2014. They live in Shawnee, Kan.

Born to ’02  Jennifer (Kruse) and Joe Hladik, a daughter, London Isabelle, on March 18, 2015.

Born to ’04 Mary (Washburn) and Nathan Blasi, a son, Kodiak Ray, on Nov. 26, 2014.

Born to ’11 Lindsay (Laird) and Adam Pahls, a son, Wyatt Michael, on Dec. 30, 2014. Lindsay is a certified physician assistant at Via Christi in Wichita.

Born to ’12 Michelle and Chad Achterhof, a daughter, Emery, on May 21, 2014.

Born to ’13 Kim (Simmons) and Carlos Garcia, a son, Christian,
on Oct. 24, 2014.

Born to ’14 Pauline Boyd and Nicholas McPherson, twins, Sarah Elise and Tony Robert, on Oct. 8, 2014.

Class Notes

’62 JoAnn Mark, ASC, Ed.D. left Newman University March 20, 2015 to become the executive director of Partnership for Global Justice, an international non-government organization with special consultative status to the United Nations. Sister JoAnn taught math and pioneered computer science classes at Newman, and was vice president of academics and, most recently, director of transfer student orientation and retention and institutional research. She also served on the Newman Board of Trustees.

’79 Rebecca Low is a resource teacher at St. Francis of Assisi in Wichita.

’79 Sharon May Trujillo is a resource teacher at St. Jude Catholic School in Wichita.

’87 Brenda Eck wrote and published a children’s book entitled Big Brutus, the Kansas Coal Shovel.

’91 Janine Calvillo is the 5th and 6th grade English and science teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School, Hutchinson, Kan.

’94 Barbara Clark is the librarian at Attica Public Schools in Attica, Kan.

’97 Casey (Jones) Cotrill was inducted into the Cowley County College Tigers Athletic Hall of Fame on Feb. 1, 2014.

’98 Jerri Lyddon was named trustee for the national College Bookstore Association.

’98 Mary Nuss is the special education teacher at Little River High School, Little River, Kan.

’98 Stacie Ricker is the principal at OK Elementary, USD 259 in Wichita.

’98 Jeromy Swearingen is the assistant principal at Derby High School in Derby, Kan.

’99 Steve Crum was elected to the Haysville City Council.

’00 Jamie (Woo) Page, M.D. joined the medical staff at Redbud Pediatrics in Wichita.

01 Marlene Clayton was recently named the Teacher of the Year for the Diocese of Dodge City.

’02 Nick Esterline is the principal/president of TGC Development in Wichita. He and his wife Sabrina have three young boys.

’02 Andrea (Ohl) Meidinger is a 5th grade teacher at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School, Shawnee, Kan.

’03 Angela Gragg is managing the pediatrics
unit at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

’05 Francis Baalmann recently became partner of the law firm of Foulston Siefkin LLP, Wichita.

’07 Brandon Relph is the principal at St. Patrick Catholic School, Wichita.

08 Andy Hill teaches algebra at Andover High School, Andover, Kan.

08 Connie Skibbe opened Newton Christian Counseling in Newton, Kan.

’09 Ann Swank is in her third year of teaching special education in Plains, Kan. She will receive her master’s degree from Fort Hays State University in May 2015.

’10 Amanda (Engels) and ’10 Kyle Miller were inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, an honorary fraternity of the University of Kansas for the top 10 percent of medical school graduates. The Millers, both physicians, are in the Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program in Salina, Kan.

’11 Tammy White, CEO of Blue Sky Ranch and Airport and the non-profit Equine Endeavors of Hope and Healing, was recently named the 2015 Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women. Tammy is also program manager for government and military operations at Textron in Wichita.

’11 Melissa (Winter) Gillenwater is a 5th grade teacher at Christ the King Catholic School in Wichita.

’12 Joy Yeakley, LSW is a school social worker at Academy School District 20, Colorado Springs, Colo.

’14 Valeria Jones, MSW is a social worker for the State of Washington.

’14 Lynnette Gladney, LSW received her license and is working at the Department of Behavioral Health Psychology Clinic, Ft. Carson, Colo.

’14 Courtney Gallardo, LSW received her license and is working with Maple Star Colorado, a foster care and child placement agency.


Sheryl Baker, former member of the Newman Board of Trustees, died on Sept. 27, 2014. Baker also attended Sacred Heart College.

Patricia Catherine Orth, sister of ’36 Cecilia Polan ASC and ’41 Catherine (Kerschen) Junger, and mother of ’78 Diane Orth-Baalmann, MD, on Oct. 22, 2014.

Mary K. Blick, sister of ’38 Helen Suellentrop, mother of ’75 Vivian Sooter and ’86 Fr. Ned Blick, and sister-in-law of Honorary Alumna Joyce Suellentrop, on Oct. 19, 2014.

’40 Floriana Voegeli ASC, on Feb. 2, 2015 at age 93.

’49 Cleo Werth, on Aug. 31, 2014.

’57 Helena (Hohnke) Setter, on Jan. 14, 2015.

’60 Janiece Ille, ASC, on Jan. 11, 2015.

’64 Jeannette (Nash) Nikkel, wife of ’72 L. Wayne Nikkel, sister of ’59 Mimie McGuire, and sister-in-law of ’11 Patrick Hanrahan, on Jan. 6, 2015.

’64 Janice Marie Newberry, on March 28, 2015.

’73 Dillard Wiggins, in September 2013.

’93 Mark Haynes, on Sept. 1, 2014.

’08 Rebecca Minor, MSW, on Feb. 5, 2015.

Harry “Britt” Brown Jr., former Newman Board of Trustees member, on
Jan. 30, 2015.

Father Victor Bieberle, former Newman Board of Trustees member, on Feb. 2, 2015.

John Suellentrop, former Newman Board of Trustees member, on Feb. 3, 2015.

Vivian Miller, ASC, former School of Education faculty member, on Feb. 19, 2015.

Dr. Benjamin Gail Henry, former Newman assistant professor of education, on Feb. 26, 2015.

Miriam Madrigal, wife of Newman Board of Trustees member Tony Madrigal, on March 22, 2015.