Class notes

News and updates about your J-School classmates

Summer 2019 Edition


1940s

Margery Stubbs Handy (j’47) and Russell L. Handy Jr. live in Sun City Center, Florida, where she writes poetry and plays tennis three times a week.

1970s

Stephanie K. Blackwood  (j’74) was inducted in April into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. Blackwood, director of major gifts for the Ms. Women’s Foundation, has advocated for women’s advancement and LGBTQ inclusion in the fields of innovative marketing, development and communications. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Seifert Photography, KU Women’s Hall of Fame 2019)

Stephanie K. Blackwood (j’74) was inducted in April into the University of Kansas Women’s Hall of Fame, which is sponsored by the Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity. Blackwood, director of major gifts for the Ms. Women’s Foundation, has advocated for women’s advancement and LGBTQ inclusion in the fields of innovative marketing, development and communications. (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Seifert Photography, KU Women’s Hall of Fame 2019)

Judith Diebolt (j’70) is on the board of trustees of The Helm, a nonprofit organization at the John A. and Marlene L. Boll Life Center in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. She’s a retired reporter and editor at the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

Carla Ernst (j’73) wrote “Life Without Pockets: My Long Journey into Womanhood,” which was published in 2018 by Henschel HAUS Publishing. She owns CarlaAnne Communications in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

Doug Barrington (j’78) co-owns Team Barrington/Realty Professionals in Topeka, Kansas.

Timothy McCarthy (j’79) a judge on the 10th District Court in Olathe, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from United Community Services of Johnson County for his work on Veterans Treatment Court. He lives in Overland Park with Kay Small McCarthy (c’81, l’87) who owns a law firm.

1980s

Patti Regan  (j’87), leader of the Regan Group and CEO of TRG Fulfillment, was awarded Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at the Los Angeles Lakers game on Jan. 29. Patti manages direct client relationships while also positioning TRG as a partner for other marketing agencies. Under Patti's leadership, the Regan Group is now one of the top 50 promotions agencies in North America and has won multiple awards for its innovative campaigns.

Patti Regan (j’87), leader of the Regan Group and CEO of TRG Fulfillment, was awarded Woman Entrepreneur of the Year at the Los Angeles Lakers game on Jan. 29. Patti manages direct client relationships while also positioning TRG as a partner for other marketing agencies. Under Patti's leadership, the Regan Group is now one of the top 50 promotions agencies in North America and has won multiple awards for its innovative campaigns.

Barbara Kinney (j’80) in November released a new book, “#StillWithHer: Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Moments That Sparked a Movement,” which was published by Press Syndication Group. Kinney was the official White House photographer during Bill Clinton’s presidency and covered Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Jeff Kious (j’80) is a freelance audio technician who works primarily for FOX Sports but has freelanced for ESPN, CBS and other regional networks. He worked The Olympics in 1996 in Atlanta, four World Series, college football, basketball, soccer, tennis and various other sports.

Rick Zuroweste (j’82) wrote “Christmas Comes to Prairie Dog Village,” a children’s book that was published in December. He owns Zuroweste Marketing Consulting in Lewisville,Texas.

Darryll L. Fortune (j’83) is principal consultant of SmallFortune Public Relations & Marketing, LLC, in Milwaukee. Fortune hosts a talk radio show, "A Brand New You," a self-help program focused on taking positive actions to overcome barriers in life. He also co-owns FortuNuts, a packaged nuts business with his wife, Melanie Fortune, also a KU alumna.

Kathryn Myers (j’85, l’91, g’05) and John Hampton (c’92) own The Black Stag, a brewery and restaurant in Lawrence.

Phil Wilke (c'88, j'92) was named general manager of North State Public Radio, the NPR affiliate based at Chico University in Chico, California. Previously he had been development director at KRWG Public Media in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and media manager at Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence.

Mary Padilla (j’88) manages plant communications at General Motors in Kansas City.

1990s

Gene King (j’90, j’01) is director of public relations and thought leadership at Ally Financial based in Charlotte, North Carolina. He completed his accreditation in public relations in 2015.

Derek Schmidt (j’90, l’16) in November was elected to a third term as Kansas attorney general, making him the second-longest serving attorney general in state history.

Monica (Hayde) Schreiber (j’90) has worked for the last eight years as a marketing and business development manager for international law firm Skadden, Arps, in the firm's Palo Alto, California, office. After graduation, she worked for local newspapers in and around Palo Alto, then graduated from law school in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Belmont, California, with husband, Matt, and two teenage daughters. She writes restaurant reviews for the Palo Alto Weekly and freelance articles for SiliconValley magazine.

Taiju Takahashi (j’91) joined WJTV in Jackson, Mississippi, as news director in December. For the past two years, he was the assistant news director at KGW in Portland, Oregon.

Malissa Courson Nesmith (j’92) is vice president of marketing and business development at Lee Aerospace in Wichita.

Scott Stucky (c’92, j’92) lives in Atlanta, where he’s vice president and news director at Fox 5 Atlanta/WAGA-TV.

Sara Beane (j’93) has accepted a job as marketing/content writer for U Inc., in Overland Park, Kansas.

Katherine Manweiler (j’93) lives in Wichita, where she’s self-employed as a copywriter and marketer.

Marlene Dearinger Neill (j’94) has been promoted to associate professor and graduate program director at Baylor University in the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media.

Jennifer Miller Pesanelli (j’93, c’94) lives in Rockville, Maryland, where she’s executive officer at the Biophysical Society.

Hale Sheppard (j’93) is a partner in theTax Dispute Section and Chair of the International Tax Section of the law firm of Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Atlanta, Georgia. He published 13 articles in major tax journals, including the Journal of Taxation, Journal of International Taxation, International Tax Journal, Journal of Tax Practice & Procedure, Taxes – The Tax Magazine, and Journal of Real Estate Taxation. In addition, he was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Tax Counsel. Finally, he was invited to present in 2018 at the Southern Federal Tax Institute, Tennessee Federal Tax Conference, Fraud and Forensic Accounting Conference, Georgia Estate Planning Conference, and American Institute of Federal Taxation.

Josh Whetzel (j’94) in November received Labette Community College’s William and Allene Guthrie Van Meter Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award. He’s in his 19th year as radio and TV Voice of the Rochester Red Wings, the Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Neil Getzlow (j’95) has started a new company, Glow Relationships + Communications in Overland Park, Kansas. He was a communications manager for McDonald’s for more than 13 years.

Erin Curtis-Dierks (j’97) and Amy Nouri (j’10) have joined alum Katie Hollar Barnard (j’03) at her legal marketing agency, Firesign. Curtis-Dierks is the marketing project manager and Nouri is the vice president of public relations and programming for the agency.

Kelly (Kepler) Dispennette (j’98) is managing director, corporate development, for International Speedway Corporation with headquarters in Daytona Beach, Florida.

2000s

Nicholas Bartkoski (j’00, c’01, g’04) is an assistant professor of business at Southwestern College in Winfield, Kansas. He and his wife, Jennifer, make their home in Wichita with their sons,Thomas and Leo.

Megan Brouillette Dunn (j’00) is an enterprise sales manager at Comcast Business. She and her husband, Jeremy, live in Denver.

Krista Tatschl Eyler's (j’00) musical, "Overture," of which she is the composer, co-book writer and lead actress, won entry into the 2019 New York Musical Festival and was in the top 10 of all selections globally.The musical is a work of historical fiction about the 1953 season of the Kansas City Philharmonic and premieres at the New York Music Festival in July 2019.

Bill Woodard (j’00) is a media relations specialist at Stormont-Vail Healthcare in Topeka, Kansas.

Brian Hanni (j’02), Voice of the Jayhawks, received the 2019 Hod Humiston Award for Sports Broadcasting from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB). The award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of sports broadcasting as well as work in the community. Hanni was a sports director at KLWN, did play by play for Texas Tech baseball and basketball and has been heavily involved in several charities in Lawrence during his nearly 20-year career. Hanni was the first recipient of the award who previously earned a KAB Scholarship while attending KU (2000 and 2001).

Autumn Bishop (j’03, j’19) is social media and digital communications specialist for Lawrence Memorial Hospital. She recently finished her master's degree in digital content strategy from the J-School.

Kristi Henderson (j’03, j’14) is chief of staff and communications for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at KU.

Leita Schultes Walker (j’03, c’03, l’06) is a litigator in Ballard Spahr’s media and entertainment law group. She lives in Minneapolis.

Katie Briscoe (j’05) has been promoted to president at MMGY Global.

William Cross (j’05, l’11) is an associate at Lathrop Gage in Kansas City. He specializes in labor and employment law.

Ryan Greene (j’05) is director of social media and content at Top Rank Boxing. He previously was director of Social Strategy-Sports and Entertainment Brands at MGM Resorts International.

Derek Klaus (j’06) directs communications at Visit KC.

Malinda Osborne Larkin (j’06) was promoted to senior news editor of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Morgan Wallace Crane (j’07, l’12) is senior counsel for Lyft Inc. in San Francisco, California.

Jonathan Kealing (j’07) is the chief network officer at Institute for Nonprofit News in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Chris Pumpelly (c’07, j’07) lives in Wichita, where he directs operations at Bodhala.

Kimberly Wallace Carlson (j’08) is director of engagement at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

Christopher Nelson (j’09, l’12) is an associate at Lathrop Gage in Overland Park, Kansas. He’s part of the firm’s business litigation team.

2010s

Shelly London  (j’74) was named the 2019 recipient of the  Dole Humanitarian Award . The award, from the KU Department of Special Education in collaboration with the Dole Institute of Politics, honors individuals who have had a direct effect on parents and families. London has led national initiatives to support families of individuals with learning and attention issues, and she helped launch Understood.org.

Shelly London (j’74) was named the 2019 recipient of the Dole Humanitarian Award. The award, from the KU Department of Special Education in collaboration with the Dole Institute of Politics, honors individuals who have had a direct effect on parents and families. London has led national initiatives to support families of individuals with learning and attention issues, and she helped launch Understood.org.

Stephen Montemayor (j’10) is a reporter on the politics and government team at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he previously covered federal courts and law enforcement.

Brenna Long Malmberg (j’11, c’11) manages content marketing at Punkpost, a greeting card company. She resides in San Diego, California.

Jessica Nelson Palm (j’11) has been promoted to vice president, lead executive, at TeamKC: Life+Talent at the Kansas City Area Development Council.

Isaiah Cardona (j’12) is art director at Intouch Solutions, a full service agency in Overland Park, Kansas.

Devinee Fitzgerald (j’12) works at Yelp, where she’s a senior account executive.

Andrew Vaupel (j’12, b’12) is associate editor of the Kansas City Business Journal.

Brian “Fraze” Frazier Wright (j’12) is a musician and performer in Chicago, Illinois. He’s also vice president of the Green Pet Shop, an eco-friendly pet supply company.

Jessica Bjorgaard Crozier (j’13) directs public relations and social media at InQuest Marketing in Kansas City.

Whitney Antwine (j’14) is the paid media manager for Jubilant Digital Marketing in Overland Park, Kansas.

Ashleigh Lee (j’14) is an internal communications associate at Garmin in Olathe, Kansas.

Nikki Wentling (j’14) has been promoted to national reporter at Stars and Stripes in Washington, D.C.

Hannah Wise (j’14) has accepted a position at The New York Times. She also was named to Editor & Publisher’s “25 under 35” list of young newspaper professionals moving the industry forward by showcasing a wide range of skills.

Lydia Young (c’14, j’14) is a social media specialist at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City.

Hannah Barling (j’15) is social media specialist for the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Laura Fagen (j’15, c’15, g’18, g’18) lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she’s a digital communications specialist at Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Derek Skillett (j’15) is a night copy editor at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Victoria Kirk (j’15) lives in Los Angeles, where she’s a proposal specialist at Chrome River Technologies.

Lauren Sati Rich (j’15, a’15) is a merchandising artist at Gear for Sports in Lenexa, Kansas.

Jennifer Salva (j’15) has been named a Law School Student of the Year by National Jurist magazine. Salva is attending Washburn University School of Law in Topeka.

Lauren Armendariz (j’16) is the digital marketing manager for First Hawaiian Bank in Honolulu.

Hank Cavagnaro (j’16) has accepted a position as a multimedia journalist for KVUE in Austin, Texas. He also won an award from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for Best News Series.

Kelly Cordingley (j’16) is the marketing and content manager at Travel Mindset in Chicago, Illinois.

Vicky Diaz-Camacho (j’16) has joined KCPT's FlatlandKC as a community reporter.

Melissa Gall (j’16) has been promoted to senior account executive at Parris Communications in Kansas City, Missouri.

Margaret Hair (j’16) is the director of communications at the KU School of Law.

Emma Hogg (j’16) is a reporter for KMOV in St. Louis. She previously was a reporter for KWQC News in Davenport, Iowa.

Allison Kite (j’16) is the City Hall reporter for the Kansas City Star.

Molly Norburg (j’16, c’16) is an advance associate for the Office of the Mayor in Chicago, Illinois.

Ally Northrup (j’16) is a marketing coordinator for Advance Auto Parts.

Abby Ogden (j’16) is a project manager at Barkley, a marketing and advertising agency in Kansas City.

Cole Anneberg (j’17) is a marketing coordinator for Hawes Group in Vancouver, Washington.

Nathan Bachynski (j’17) coordinates digital marketing at Allebach Communications in Souderton, Pennsylvania.

Mary Kate Baker (j’17) is a field representative for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in Boston.

Ryan Brinker (j’17) is the public information officer for the Kansas Department of Commerce.

Kelly Davis (j’17) is social media specialist at Rally House.

Maddie Irelan (j’17) is a producer at Tic Toc by Bloomberg in NewYork City.

Amie Just (j’17) accepted a position to cover the Saints for the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. She previously covered Louisiana State University football and basketball for NOLA.com in New Orleans.

Marissa Khalil (j’17) is a production assistant for B17 Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Rebeka Luttinger (j’17) lives in Dallas, Texas, where she’s a communications associate at Temple Emanu-El.

Candace Miller (j’17) lives in Kansas City where she’s a consulting analyst at Cerner.

Madelyne Moloney (j’17) is a public relations associate for Guaranteed Rate in Chicago, Illinois.

Michael O'Brien (j’17) is the marketing and public relations manager at Saint Luke’s Health System in Kansas City, Missouri.

Abby Stuke (j’17) is the director of events at the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce in Lenexa, Kansas.

Meg Talbott (j’17) manages accounts at Quest Diagnostics in Lenexa, Kansas.

Alison Peterson Tyler (j’17) resides in Denver, where she coordinates social media for Red Robin.

Autumn Bishop (j’03, j’18) was promoted to marketing communications manager for LMH Health.

Chandler Boese (j’18) is a copy editor at the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch.

Caroline Burkard (j’18) is a multimedia journalist at WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Madison Coker (j’18) has been promoted to communications project manager at Sprint in Kansas City.

Nick Couzin (j’18) has joined Fox affiliate KVRR in Fargo, North Dakota, as weekend sports anchor/reporter.

McKenzi Davis (j’18) is a multimedia journalist at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

Vanessa Gonzales (j’18) is an associate account executive for The Marketing Store.

Danya Issawi (j’18) is a news assistant at The New York Times.

Shane Jackson (j’18) is a sports reporter at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Kara Kahn (j’18) is an account associate at Kemper & Company in Kansas City, Missouri.

Ilana Karp (j’18) is a web editor/social video producer at Right This Minute in Phoenix.

Kathleen Keleher (j’18) is a news reporter for the News-Press & Gazette Company in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

Sara Kruger (j’18) is assistant director, philanthropic resources, at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Jackson Kurtz (j’18) is a multimedia journalist at WJCL-TV in Savannah, Georgia.

Ryan Miller (j’18) is the media coordinator for the Nuclear Waste Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Anna Pankiewicz (j’18) is an account executive at Octagon in Kansas City, Missouri.

Hanna Ritland (j’18) is a large customer sales associate at Google in Chicago.

Jayla Scruggs (j’18) is a digital interactive specialist at Capitol Federal.

Lexanna Sims (j’18) is a producer at WVTM-TV in Columbus, Georgia.

Grant Stephens (j’18) is a multimedia journalist at WIBW in Topeka, Kansas.

Kailin Stinson (j’18) is a website marketer with Thruline Marketing in Lenexa, Kansas.

Ellis Wiltsey (j’18) is a multimedia journalist at KOLN in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Jordan Wolf (j’18) is an editorial producer at MiLB.com.

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