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Benjamin Gakinya

Benjamin Gakinya

'12 MBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Bachelor in Management

David Anderson

David Anderson

Senior Vice President, PURE

Class of 2003 - B.A. Communications

Stephen Boulware

Stephen Boulware

Videographer & owner of REC, an outdoor film production company.

Class of 2002 - B.A. Communications

Wanda Brown

Wanda Brown

Assistant Superintendent of Columbia Public Schools

Class of 1977 - B.A. Education

Allison McIntosh Carenza

Allison McIntosh Carenza

Owner, Allison Carenza Photography, LLC

Class of 2002 - B.S. Education

Marsha Wardlaw Clevenger

Marsha Wardlaw Clevenger

Class of 1979 - B.S. Accounting

Andre Cook

Andre Cook

Chief of Detectives, Fulton Police Department

Class of 2012 - B.S. Management

Kathleen Dabrowski

Kathleen Dabrowski

Director of Girl Development, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri

B.A. History and Psychology '74

Karla Williams DeSpain

Karla Williams DeSpain

Financial Officer, DeSpain Cayce Dermatology Center and Medical Spa

Class of 1979 - B.S. Business Administration

Bennett Family

Bennett Family

(l. to r., Brandon, Liz, Bill, Ross and Lane Bennett)

Jill Flakne

Jill Flakne

Principal, Royal Heights Elementary in Joplin Public School District

M.Ed. '03

Helen Geldbach

Helen Geldbach

Owner, Tigerlily Gifts and Monograms

Class of 1969

Debbie Fulk Hay

Debbie Fulk Hay

Chair, Texas Physician Hospital Advocacy Center

Class of 1975 - B.A. Psychology

Michelle Linn Slizewski Hodge on Air with Fox23

Michelle Linn Slizewski Hodge

Co-anchor, FOX23 News Daybreak

Class of 1996 - B.F.A. Communications

Cindy Dietrich Logan

Cindy Dietrich Logan

Painter and Art Instructor

Class of 1974 - B.A. in Art

Patti J. Leonard Lyons

Patti J. Leonard Lyons

Retired, Volunteer chairwoman of the Hawaii Family Support InstituteChair of the Dean's Advisory Board at the University of Hawaii School of Social Work

Class of 1954 - A.A. Social Work/Social Services

Betty Brewin Magnusson

Betty Brewin Magnusson

Commodore - Monomoy Yacht Club

Class of 1949 - A.A. Associate of Arts

Matthew Mueller

Matthew Mueller

Master Scheduler, Vi-Jon Laboratories

Class of 2008 - B.S. Political/Legal Studies

Romney Oualline Nesbitt

Romney Oualline Nesbitt

Class of 1977 - B.F.A.

Evan and Mary Marcum Orr

Evan and Mary Marcum Orr

Owners, High Caliber Stables

Class of 2001 - B.S. Equestrian Science

Kristin Harkison Paulus

Kristin Harkison Paulus

Children's Book Author, Licensed Social Worker

Class of 1996 – B.S. Social Work

Mark Penny

Mark Penny

Superintendent, Lincoln County R-III (Troy, Mo.) Public School District

M.Ed. '98, Ed.S. '05

Diana Petrovich-Tao

Diana Petrovich-Tao

B.S. Business Administration - '81

Steve Picker

Steve Picker

Executive Director, Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Owner, Grandma's Cool & Zesty Salad Dressing

Class of 1999 - M.B.A.

Becky Price

Becky Price

Dean of Students at La Cense Montana, Professional School of Horsemanship

B.A. Equestrian Administration '07, M.B.A Human Resources '09

Joy Henson Primoli

Joy Henson Primoli

Class of 1997 - B.S. Paralegal Studies

Jerome Sally

Jerome Sally

Assistant Principal, David H. Hickman High School

M.Ed. '04

Diane Jones Seif

Diane Jones Seif

Entrepreneur/Owner, Not Just Desserts

Class of 1974 - B.S. Biology

Valerie Shaw

Valerie Shaw

Executive Vice President and Regional Retail Director for Central Missouri, Commerce Bank

MBA '03

Ashley Smith

Ashley Smith

Full-time staff interpreter at Birnbaum Interpreting Services in Washington, D.C.

Class of 2009 - B.S. American Sign Language Interpreting

Kristen Trenary Stremel

Kristen Trenary Stremel

Critical Care RN, St. John's Regional Medical Center - Joplin

Class of 1991 - B.F.A.