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Meet the Alumni Council Members

 

 

 

Antoinette (Toni) Madeira
President

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1988

Major:   Dual major in Business Administration & Management of Human Resources

Campus:    Portfolio, Kansas City, Missouri

While at Park, I was a student at the downtown Kansas City campus and finished my degree in the Portfolio Program.

After graduation, I continued to work for a metal building company and eventually became the quality manager for the corporate office. I went on to manage the back office for a business membership organization.

What are you doing now?  CFO for a market research firm (Candice Bennett & Associates, Inc.) I serve on the School of Business Advisory Council and continue to develop the Alumni Mentor Match program for Park students and alumni.

Family: I live with my husband Bill Meynier and our dog Molly.

Where do you presently live? North Kansas City, Mo.

Term expires 2015


Sarah Hopkins-Chery
President-elect

Park Degrees:  Bachelor of Arts, 2007
                        Masters of Arts, 2009

Major:              Psychology, Communication and Leadership

While at Park I was a three-time Daktronics/NAIA All-American Scholar-Athlete, captain of the women’s basketball team (‘05-’07) who earned the first national tournament appearance for Park Women’s Basketball. I was a member of the women’s cross-country and track teams (’07-’08) both which also competed in national championships. I was also a founding member of the Sigma Alpha Pi Honor Society, a Psi Chi Honor Society Member, Alpha Chi Honor Society Member, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Member, and two-time recipient Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Whilst completing my M.A. I was a teaching assistant in the psychology department.

After graduation, I began adjunct teaching for Park and Johnson County Community College (Kan.) and working at Kansas City International Airport.

What are you doing now?  Shift Manager for US Airways at Kansas City International Airport, Adjunct Professor and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Park. Go Pirates!

Family:  Married to Lenes Hopkins-Chery, '09

Where do you presently live? Parkville, Mo.

Term expires 2015


Kathryn Phillips Hernandez
Treasurer

Park Degree:    Bachelor of Arts, 1983

Major:      Mathematics

Campus:  Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was Student Body President and Secretary; member of Alpha Phi Omega, Iota chapter; Outstanding Senior Woman and Herr House resident

After graduation, I raised a family with my husband (four girls, the youngest is 11); focused my career in the non-profit sector as finance officer for several agencies. I served as board member of CANBE, Community Association of Non-profit Business Executives, now known as the Council on Philanthropy.

What are you doing now?  Currently, I am working as a contractor for Boehringer-Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. as a sourcing analyst. I actively volunteer in my community as blood platelet donor (10 gallons this year!) and performing leadership duties in my church.

Family: I am blessed to be a wife, mother and grandmother. My daughter, Ariel Vickery, is a graduate of Park University.

Where do you presently live? Saint Joseph, Mo.

Term expires 2015


Jeff McKinney
Immediate Past President/Board of Trustees Representative

Park Degree:   Bachelor of Arts, 1981

Major:     Communication Arts

Campus:     Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, Park University baseball team, a resident assistant, worked in the Alumni office, student government Senator, NARVA yearbook editor, STYLUS newspaper photographer, a DJ for KGSP-the Just Jazz radio station, and Harvest Fest King.

After graduation, I worked for the Plainfield (IL) Enterprise newspaper for 10 years serving as a reporter, photographer, and managing editor for three years. I attended Central Bible College in Springfield, MO from 1990 to 1993, receiving a Bible degree and Assemblies of God ministerial credentials, later ordained in 2001. I also worked 10 years for Wal-Mart in Texas and Missouri.

What are you doing now?   These days, I'm living in Austin, Texas, and working as a special education teacher and associate pastor of Pursuit Church (Assemblies of God) in Austin, Texas, and currently serving as president of Park University Alumni Association.

Family: Single

Where do you presently live?   Round Rock, Texas

Term expires 2016


Michael J. Badilla

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, 2009

Major: Criminal Justice Administration (emphasis in Law Enforcement)

Campus: Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, and Online

While at Park, I served in the U.S. Air Force at Whiteman AFB, MO as an Aviation Maintenance Technician; McConnell AFB, KS as a Paralegal; and RAF Lakenheath, UK as a Defense Paralegal. I began my studies “on ground” at Whiteman and transitioned to online courses when I moved.

After graduation, I moved to Minot AFB, ND where I began pursuing a Masters of Criminal Justice at Minot State University. I am expected to graduate Fall 2014.

What are you doing now? I am working under the Office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington, D.C. as a Defense Paralegal.

Family: Wife, two children, and a dog.

Where do you presently live? Washington, D.C. Metro Area

Term expires 2015


Andre T. Butler

Park Degree:
Bachelor of Science, 1995

Major: Social Psychology

Campus:  Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I enjoyed working with the professors and interacting with my fellow students. I was just coming off of active duty with the U.S. Navy and was working part time with Kansas City, MO Public Schools.

After graduation, I used my degree and experience to join the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA) where I served as the Outreach Coordinator. I also volunteered with several non-profit organizations, giving an average of 20 hours per month to the community.

What are you doing now? Currently, I am the Executive Vice President for Development, Marketing and Public Relations at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City. I also retired from the United States Navy Reserve in 2011 as a Lieutenant Commander.

Family: I am married to Lori and we have two children – Drake (13) and Ava(8).

Where do you presently live? We currently reside in Raymore, MO

Term expires 2015


Nick Casale

Park Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, 1970

Major:             Political Science

Campus:         Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was a member of Chesnut and the men's basketball and cross country teams.

After graduation, I spent 32 years in the hospitality industry, including private country clubs and the Kansas City Chiefs.

What are you doing now?  I am the associate publisher for Theatrical Playbooks. I am engaged in the local civic and political organizations.

Family:  2 sons, 25 and 27, living in Redondo Beach, Calif., and Lawrence, Kan.

Where do you presently live? Parkville, Mo.

Term expires 2015


 

 

 

Robert M. Dandridge

Park Degree:  Bachelor of Science, 2002

Major:            Social Psychology

Campus:        Scott Air Force Base, Illinois

While at Park, I served the Armed Forces.

After graduation, I volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol.

What are you doing now? Professional speaker

Family: Married to Park alumna, Brenda Dandridge, '07

Where do you presently live? St. Louis, Illinois

Term expires 2017


Duane Davidson

Degree:         Bachelor of Science, 2000
    
                 Masters of Public Affairs, 2003

Major:            Criminal Justice Administration

Campuses:     Portfolio, Hauptmann School of Public Affairs

While at Park, I truly enjoyed my time so much that, after receiving my masters, I became an adjunct professor for a time. I filled the position until a full time person was hired.

After graduation: I was an adult student while at Park, starting my college education at age 48. At that time I already had 28 years as a law enforcement officer. I chose to get my degrees so I could further my career in administrative positions in the police department.

What are you doing now?  I am currently Commander of the Criminal Investigations Unit.

Family: My wife, Mary Jo, and I have been married forty years. We have two children. Our daughter, Dr. Stephanie Davis, is an emergency room physician t Cameron Hospital. Our son, Stephen, is a police officer with the Independence, Mo., Police Department. We have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls.

Where do you presently live? We currently live in Kansas City, Mo., just outside of Liberty.

Term expires 2016


Dan Durrer

Park Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2004

Major: Business Administration, Emphasis in International Business

Campus:  Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was a 4 year member of the Park University Men’s Basketball team. I received my degree in Business Administration in 2004 and I am currently pursuing my Masters in Healthcare Administration at Park University. I consider my time at Park to be some of the most formative years of my life. The relationships that I made both in the classroom and on the court as an athlete have proven to be invaluable over the years. The lessons that I learned along the way have provided me the skills that I have needed to navigate my professional career as well. My goal as a Council Member is to engage both our current and soon to be alumnus in a way that keeps them engaged with Park University so that the institution continues to be a transformative environment for generations to come.

After graduation,
I went to work. I got my feet wet in the world of management by taking on a role with Enterprise Rent a Car where I learned the “ins and outs” of running a business.

What are you doing now?
After two years with Enterprise, I chose to take an opportunity with Cerner Corporation, a healthcare and healthcare IT company based in Kansas City, Missouri. I began my role at Cerner as a Business Analyst, identifying business and client trends and also creating and managing business operation presentations. After two years in that role I transitioned into our IP Development organization where I spent four years as a Test Analyst validating software applications created by our development team. Most recently, I have taken a position as a Technical Project Manager and Team Lead within the same organization that I previously supported as a Test Analyst. As I had mentioned previously, I am currently working toward s the completion of my Masters in Healthcare Administration at Park University. This degree not only allows for me to pursue more knowledge in my professional field of choice, but it also allows for me to pursue my goals of being a lifelong learner.

Family:
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Bethany, who has put up with me in both a dating and married capacity for the better part of 17 years now. We have been blessed with three beautiful daughters; Peyton, Addison and Tegan. They keep us busy, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Where do you presently live?
I currently reside in Kansas City, Missouri; just a few miles away from Park University’s home campus in Parkville. I enjoy getting back to campus to cheer on the current Park University athletic teams and to visit with my extended family in the athletic department (Claude English, Pat Fayard, and many others) when I can.

Term expires 2017
 


David Ehrlich

Park Degree:   Bachelor of Science, 2000

Major:              Business Management

Campus:          Quantico

Additional Degree:  Naval War College, 2013

While at Park, I attended classes at Military District Washington.

After graduation, I continued serving on active duty with the United States Navy until my retirement in October 2006.

What are you doing now?  I continue to serve as a civilian for the Department of the Navy. I work for the Navy International Programs Office as the Training Officer and Workforce Development Program Element Manager.

Where do you presently live?  Northern Virginia

Term expires 2016


Jay Flaherty

Park Degree:     Bachelor of Arts,  1971

Major:                History, minor secondary education

Campus:            Parkville, Missouri

While at Park,
I was a 4 year letterman, swimming; TiKi, '67 to '70 and Hermits, '70; Hell week coordinator, '70, student union development committee, 1968.

After graduation,
I worked as an underwriter and fire safety inspector, published a quarterly magazine, waited tables and tended bar.

What are you doing now?
Doing replacement cost insurance surveys for several ins. cos. and tending bar.

Family:
Married to Cindy Humbird Flaherty, x73, 3 adult children.

Where do you presently live?
Old Hyde Park, Kansas City, MO

Term expires 2016


Michelle Gaiewski

Park Degree:  Bachelor of Science, 2010

Major:             Social Psychology

Campus:         Austin, Texas

While at Park, I was a student at the campus in Austin, Texas. I volunteered as a Park Ambassador and assisted with recruitment of students from the local community college. Due to the flexibility of online courses and 8 week sessions on campus, I was able to work and support my family while attending.

After graduation I worked for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

What are you doing now? I just got accepted to Graduate school at Park and will start working towards a Masters of Education in Adult Learning Fall 2013. I currently work with child care providers as a mentor, trainer, and regulator.

Family:  I have two fabulous school age boys and a wonderful husband who keep me very busy!

Where do you presently live?  Cedar Park, Texas

Term expires 2017


Kelvin Igumbor

Park Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2013

Major: Political Science (International)

Campus:  Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was a work study assistant to the student life department, Vice President Park Student Government Association, President of the Park Political Science Club and Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honor Society), member Park advising task force, Model United Nations club, served on faculty and staff search committees. I was awarded the Cindy K. Anderson senator of the year award 2012/2013, awarded the political science department honors 2013, and Doris Howell leadership award 2014.

After graduation, I immediately continued with my Masters of Public Affairs degree at Park.

What are you doing now? I am currently an MPA candidate at the Hauptmann School for Public Affairs, Park University and a graduate assistant with the graduate admissions office.

Family: My family members reside in Nigeria.

Where do you presently live? Kansas City, MO

Term expires 2015


Pedro Jimenez, III

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, 2001

Major: Criminal Justice Administration

Campus:  Fort Bliss

While at Park, I followed the crowd. I did not stick out much I was too busying attempting to find myself (apparently I was lost). I was not sure exactly what my plan was or what I wanted to do with my degree, but Park planted a great seed that grew into the “tree” I am today. I quickly realized at Park that I excelled in public speaking and writing, I did not mind the presentations and the research in fact I anticipated an opportunity to get up in front of the class to present, it became a craving. This only helped my grade point average, which in turn allowed me to graduate Magna Cum Laude and a member of Pi Gamma Mu National Honor Society, which in turn assisted me in attending graduate school not once, but twice. At Park I found what I was missing focus. I was not sure how this degree was going to help me because I was not sure what I wanted to do but as time passed, I eventually found where I was supposed to be…Because of Park’s great beginning I eventually found purpose. After graduation, I bounced from job to job and potential career to career. While I found focus with public speaking and writing, I was not exactly sure where those skills would come in handy. Because my degree was in Criminal Justice I decided to attempt that career field. I first tried my hand at the County Probation office as a Probation Officer for a little over a year. From there I tried Case Management with the El Paso Psychiatric Hospital. I quickly got hired as a Federal Correctional Officer by the Federal Bureau of Prisons out of Long Beach, CA. I stayed there for four years, then as a family, we decided to return to El Paso, TX. I worked for a short time as a State Probation/Parole Officer for New Mexico but I was getting tired of working with the criminal element and needed a new challenge.

What are you doing now? Six years ago I found that teaching was exactly where I was going to be able to utilize those skills I learned at Park so many years ago. I tried my hand applying for different teaching positions, Social Studies, English, Science, Alternative Teacher, Elementary, to no avail. For an entire year I was denied a teaching job and at my wits end and about to give up on being a teacher. I interviewed for a Criminal Justice teaching position at Horizon High School and got it. I am having the time of my life. I found my purpose. Not just teaching but teaching Criminal Justice is why I am here. I love talking about this topic, and sharing my short experience in the career field with my students there is no greater feeling. A little over a year ago I expanding on my teaching and I have been instructing as an Adjunct Professor in Criminal Justice with Park University coming full circle and giving back what I have been given.

Family: Wife Yolanda, Son Diego (8), Son Joaquin (3)

Where do you presently live? El Paso, TX

Term expires 2017
 


Lakeisha Johnson

Park Degree:      Bachelor of Science, 2008
                           Masters of Public Affairs, 2012

Major:                 Management and Finance; Public Affairs, Non-Profit Organizations

Campus:             KC Area Accelerated Program and Hauptmann School of Public Affairs

While at Park, I worked full-time while a student through the accelerated program for both my undergraduate and graduate studies at the Downtown Kansas City campus.

After graduation, I am a member of Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI). The benefits I acquired from TLI have helped expand my skill sets as a communicator, as well as my presentational skills.

What are you doing now?  I am employed with the Jackson County (Mo.) Office of the  Prosecuting Attorney – Family Support Division as a Child Support Specialist-I. The nature of my professional work involves the management of assigned child support cases in establishing paternity within Jackson County, Missouri. Outside of work, I mentor and offer a 12 week leadership competency class to young adult women at Mother’s Refuge as well as to other organizations in the community.

Family:  Single

Where do you presently live?  Independence, Mo.

Term expires 2016


Edna Martinson

Park Degree:   Bachelor of Science, 2012
 
Major:              International Business

Campus:          Parkville, Missouri

While at Park, I was a work study in the Alumni Office, worked as a weddings liaison for the Chapel, was President of Park Model United Nations Team, was award recipient for the C. W. Bailey Freshman of the Year Award, was award recipient for the 2012 Department Honors in International Business, worked as a Summer Conference Assistant for Residence Life 2011-2012, was a Business Advisor for the Park Summer Business Academy Program, 2010-2013 and was a member of Park Rotaract Club.

After graduation, I plan to continue my education and pursue an MBA degree.

What are you doing now? Work at Copaken Brooks, a commercial real estate company in Kansas City, assisting the Retail as well as tenant and corporate services departments. Apprentice at a recording studio learning music production.

Family info: From Uganda, where most of my family live. I currently live with my brother, Douglas, who is a 2013 graduate of Park.

Where do you presently live? Kansas City, MO

Term expires 2016


Elizabeth Weese Muncal

Park Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, 2005

Major:  Journalism and Public Relations

Campus:  Parkville, Missouri


While at Park, I served as editor of The Stylus, and was the Chief Operating Officer of Pirate Grounds when it was in its first years and housed in the foyer of the McAffee underground. I was also active in the theatre program, acting in several plays and working on sets along the way as well. I even had the starring role my senior year as a dog named Sylvia.

After graduation, from Park in 2005, I worked in NFL and MLB stadiums in Kansas City, Seattle and Los Angeles. I then moved to Arizona and began my career in the nonprofit sector working at Arizona State University for four years in alumni and development. I then transitioned to A. T. Still University, where I served as Director of Development until November 2013. I now work at Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation as a fundraiser. I earned my Master in Nonprofit Studies in 2011 from Arizona State University.

What are you doing now?
  I am a fundraiser for Scottsdale Healthcare, a community based 3 hospital system in Scottsdale, AZ.

Family:  I have been married for one year to my husband, Mike, and we have a four legged baby, Bella.

Where do you presently live? Scottsdale, AZ

Term expires 2016
 


Derrick W. Quarterman

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, 2003

Major: Management/Computer Information Systems

Campus:  Moody Air Force Base, Georgia

While at Park, I attended courses at a resident campus located at Moody Air Force Base, GA. I had a great experience while attending Park as this was my first exposure to taking college level courses at a University. I took classes both in residence and online. This experience opened my eyes to education as we had one member in our classes, whom was 60 years old at the time and I was amazed at his dedication to graduating college.

After graduation, I moved to Atlanta, GA taking a job as a consultant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation performing system upgrades for their IT System. I have completed a Master’s of Science Degree in Organizational Management from Capella University.
What are you doing now? Currently working for the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration. I work as a Senior IT Specialist in the Emerging Technology section. In this role, I am working to help the organization review new and innovative technologies, which can help the Department better accomplish its mission. Pursing a second Master’s degree in Organizational and Security Management with Webster University.

Family: I am proud to be married to a Park University Alumni member, Dr. Deidra Walker-Quarterman and we have one son.

Where do you presently live? I presently live in Triangle, VA.; a small town outside of Washington, DC.

Term expires 2017
 


Amber Steele

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, 2010

Major: Human Resources Management

Campus:  Online

While at Park, I attended classes online while working full-time.

After graduation, I continued to work fulltime for a local Radio Pharmacy for several years as their Facility Coordinator and Administrative Technician.

What are you doing now? I am employed with Lifetouch Services as their Human Resources Coordinator in the Kansas City plant. Outside of work I have been an assistant den leader for a local Boy Scout Troop and an active member of several professional and community boards and committees.

Family: My husband Danny, stepson Jake, 3 dogs and 2 horses.

Where do you presently live? We currently live outside Excelsior Springs, MO

Term expires 2017
 


C. K. (Charles) Williams

Park Degree: Bachelor of Science, 1996

Major: Management/Human Resources

Campus: Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

While at Park, I worked part-time at American Airlines and refereed college basketball.

After graduation, I was hired by the State of Ohio.

What are you doing now? I’m a retired State Employee and retired Air Force Veteran.

Family: Spouse: Bettie H. and children: Julio, Antone, Dionne, Quo Vardis, Donilea; and 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter

Where do you presently live? I live in Trotwood, Ohio.

Term expires 2015
 


 

Julie McCollum

Director of Alumni Relations
      staff liaison to the Alumni Association
      ex officio member of the Alumni Council
      Honorary Alumna, 2011
      Honorary Member of the Class of 1971

 

I have been the alumni director since 2001. My two daughters and one son-in-law are Park alumni.

I grew up in Parkville so I know many of the Park alumni as teachers, neighbors, and family friends.

In 2011, the Alumni Association made me an honorary Park University Alumna. In addition, the reunion class that year made me an honorary member of the Class of 1971, so I am an official Parkite.

As of August 2014, I am back in class at Park working on my Graduate Certificate in Creative and Life Writing.