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Meet the Alumni Council Members

 

 

 

Jeff McKinney
President

Degree:   Bachelor of Arts, 1981

Major:     Communication Arts

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


Antoinette (Toni) Madeira
President-elect

Degree: Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, 1988

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

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.


Kathryn Phillips Hernandez
Secretary/Treasurer

Degree:    Bachelor of Arts, 1983

Major:      Mathematics

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.


Susan Kensett McGaughey
Immediate Past President

Degree:     Bachelor of Arts, 1974

Major:       Political Science and German

While at Park, I lived on campus and was active in a variety of organizations. I worked on the Stylus, and NARVA. I was President of the Student Senate, after having served three years as a student senator. I really got to know my husband, Rich, while we both worked on the Student Union Development Committee....original purpose was to build a new student union, and we had a carnival each year to raise funds. We ended up remodeling the PUB, which included painting (my first time) and adding booths.

After graduation, I intended to join the Foreign Service, and or go to Law School. Rich and I got married a few weeks after I graduated. I worked as Assistant to the Registrar at Park College, while Rich and I were Head Residents at Hawley which was then the Freshman Girls Dorm. At the end of that first year, I transferred to the Park College School for Community Education and worked in the then new military campus center program.

What are you doing now?  I was blessed to be able to stay home for 20 years, raising our four children. Five years ago I went back to school to get credentials required to work in the healthcare field. I worked in two long term care facilities, then joined a Hospice organization. I took off a year to help with childcare for two infant granddaughters, and just recently started a new full-time job as the Administrative Assistant for Benton House of Prairie Village, a new assisted living facility.

Family: Four children, ages 28 thru 36. Soon to be eight grandchildren, two new granddaughters are due two days apart in August.

Where do you presently live? Roeland Park, Kan.


David Barclay

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, 1953

Major:    Philosophy

While at Park, I lettered in multiple sports and was a Parchevard (one of Park College's 8 social clubs). I left for 4 years to go into the Navy and fought in the Korean War. I then came back to school to finish. I met my wife, Joan Caldwell, at Park. I was president of Alpha Phi Omega, a scouting fraternity. We cleaned up the campus as a service project. I was also a member of Theta Alpha Phi (acting fraternity). I originally lived in Woodward Hall, which stood out in what is now the Nature Sanctuary. When I returned from the service, I lived in the Quonset Huts. My work study assignments were as dishwasher, maintenance and in the print shop.

After graduation, I married Joan, in 1954. I then went to the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass., which is affiliated with Harvard, where I earned a Masters in Divinity. I became ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1956. I served in churches in West Plains, Mountain Grove, and Kansas City, Mo.; Anderson, Ind.; San Diego, Calif., and Overland Park, Kans. I also worked for New York Life as a chartered financial planner.

What are you doing now?  Army Chaplin at Ft. Leavenworth, 1983 - present; Tour Ambassador for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Family: 5 children, 10 grandchildren

Where do you presently live? Overland Park, Kan.


Nick Casale

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, 1970

Major:    Political Science

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.


 

 

 

Robert M. Dandridge

Degree:  Bachelor of Science, 2002

Major:    Social Psychology

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


Duane Davidson

Degree:  Bachelor of Science, 2000

              Masters of Public Affairs, 2003

Major:     Criminal Justice Administration

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.


David Ehrlich

Degree:   Bachelor of Science, 2000

Major:     Business Management

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


Jay Flaherty

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts,  1971

Major: History, minor secondary education

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

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


Karen Peters Frankenfeld

Degree:   Bachelor of Arts, 1959

Major:      Music Education

While at Park, I worked 12 to 20 hours per week in the work study program, played sports and music, I was in the Lancelot-Elaine Club, Goon Squad, and Park Singers.

After graduation, I began teaching and retired after 38 years.

What are you doing now?  I direct a women's barber shop quartet and a church choir. I sing in a barber shop quartet and volunteer at the local hospital. I am a member of Questers Antique Club.

Family: My husband, Bob, is deceased. My daughter and son-in-law live in Ohio with their two children. My son and daughter-in-law live in Minnesota with their two children.

Where do you presently live?  Bella Vista, Ark.


Michelle Gaiewski

Degree:  Bachelor of Science, 2010

Major:     Social Psychology

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


Sarah Hopkins-Chery

Degrees:  Bachelor of Arts w/ Honors in Psychology, 2007
                Masters of Arts, Communication and Leadership, 2009

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.


Lakeisha Johnson

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

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

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.


Edna Martinson

Degree:   Bachelor of Science, 2012
 
Major: International Business

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


Betsy Streeter Porter

Degrees:    Biology, 1962
                  MAT, Harvard University, 1963
                  MLS, University of Denver, 1975

While at Park, I
worked in the kitchen, the gym, and as a biology lab assistant. I was a member of the Orion-Aurora Social Club and lived in the Stephens honor dorm. I received the Alpha Delta Distinguished Writing Award and was named outstanding graduating woman in 1962.

After graduation, I went on to study at Harvard University and The University of Denver. I pursued a career in librarianship at the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Wyoming where I served as the Head of Reference. I was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church in 2002 and have served churches in North Dakota and Arkansas for the past ten years.

What are you doing now? I am an active assisting priest at St. James' Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. I am on the board of directors of the local food bank and volunteer as a cook for a free lunch program. I also volunteer at a thrift shop which supports our free health clinic

Family info: My husband, Clifford, Park x64 graduated from Drury University.Our sons, Miles and Matthew are both married. Our grandchildren are the joys of our lives.

Where do you presently live? We live on Holiday Island which is on Table Rock Lake about five miles north of Eureka Springs, Arkansas.


 

Julie McCollum

Director of Alumni Relations
staff liaison to the Alumni Association
ex officio member of the Alumni Council

 

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.