Alumni Board Officers

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Justin Shy '02


Justin Shy '02 lives in Festus, Missouri.  Justin, a WWU Alumni Board member since 2004, holds a BS in Computer Information Science from William Woods. Justin is currently employed with Scottrade, Inc. as a Senior Storage Engineer.  Justin is an elected official in The City of Herculaneum, serving as Ward 3 Alderman and Mayor Pro-Tem.  During his year's at The Woods, Justin's interests included his fraternity, Pi Kappa Alpha and the WWU Owls baseball team.  Justin is currently active in the Alumni Association and has hosted alumni gatherings.

Karla DeSpain

Karla Williams DeSpain '79

First Vice-President

Karla Williams DeSpain '79 lives in Columbia, Missouri. Karla holds a BS degree from William Woods in business administration with minors in math and political science. She serves on the Columbia Public Schools Board of Education. She is also the Financial Officer for John DeSpain Dermatology and Skintuition Medical Spa. Prior to this she served as Assistant Vice-President and Director of Personnel and Training at Boone County National Bank. Karla is involved with various local community service organizations, including the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, Advent Enterprises board of directors, Central Missouri Community Action, United Way, Speaking of Women's Health, and Columbia Chamber of Commerce. She enjoys cooking, skiing, singing, swimming and piano. John and Karla have two daughters, Caitlin and Ryanne. While at The Woods, Karla was active in the College Government Association, choir, Student Alumnae Council, Junior Senator, and was voted Outstanding Freshman and Senior.

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Leigh Hailey Kieffer '72


Leigh Kieffer lives in Kansas City, Missouri.  She graduated from William Woods in 1972 with a BS in Education/Family and Consumer Science.  She also has a MAT from Webster University and Secondary Administration Certification from Lindenwood University. Leigh taught in Kirkwood, Mo for 22 years before moving to Kansas City as a school administrator. She recently retired with 35 years in education. Leigh is active with the Kansas City Chi Omega alums, Front Porch Alliance and is a PAL for the Kansas City School District.  Leigh has also served as a William Woods alum president in St. Louis area and as the Chi Omega president in St. Louis. She lives with Lee McMillan and has a son, Jason, who also lives in Kansas City.

christi tennyson

Christi Slizewski Tennyson '97


Christi Slizewski Tennyson '97 lives in Cottleville, Missouri with her husband, Jamie, and children, Chase and Cassie. She holds a BA in Marketing Management and English Communications from William Woods. Foregoing her marketing career for the mommy track, Christi is a Managing Partner in the family real estate business. She also works with her sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, on a national level and advises the William Wood's chapter. Christi serves as a Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Pack, Vice President of her church council, chair of the church stewardship committee, and is active in P.T.O. Christi is currently pursuing a degree in Seminary.