Class Notes

Loraine Pitman resides in Indianapolis, Ind. Many of her family attended Culver-Stockton College including sons, Steve, Bob and Greg Pitman and nieces Jackie Pitman and Anna Lee Pitman Lipka and her husband, Jim.


Charles '56 and Colleen (Roegge) '56 Burlingame celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary June 26, 2015. They live in St. Joe Beach, Fla., and are the parents of four boys.


Tom Cornelius '60 met his lovely wife, Ruth, at C-SC and was married to her for 48 years until her passing in 2007. She was a "GEM" of a person. Tom is retired and lives in Janesville, Wis.

Dr. Wayne McGinnis '66 was recently honored for 40 years of service at Henderson State University as a professor of English. He lives in Arkadelphia, Ark., with his wife Sara.

Peter Zakos ’67 is a 30 year retired teamster. He lives in Scottsdale, AZ.

Joyce Martello ’68 has retired and is living in Tinley Park, Ill. Joyce took a medical leave of absence from her position of CEO of the Colorado Chiropractic Association in 2011 due to AML. She received a bone marrow transplant in Sept. 2011 and is doing well. She relocated from Colorado to Illinois in July 2014.

Bev (Reeves) ’69 and Norb Twillman have four grandchildren; their daughter is due any day with a little boy! They are still enjoying life’s beauty living in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, right on Lake Coeur d’ Alene in the Bitterroot Mountains. They traveled to Europe this fall for some extensive immersion into old Europe. She works as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children taken into custody, as their voice before the court. She has been doing this for 8 years and loves helping the children.

Karen (Lane) Bane ’62 has returned to Virginia after only 1 year of retirement in Tennessee. Karen and her husband Warren have become innkeepers at Braehead Manor B & B, a historic Manor Home (circa 1859, restored in 2008) situated on 26 acres within the bounds of the Fredericksburg National Battlefield.

Lee Plank '63 and his wife Linda (Anderson) Plank '62 will celebrate 55 years of marriage on June 15. Lee sold his business in 2001 and they have enjoyed 14 years of retirement. The couple has three children, four grandchildren and a great-grandson. The Planks reside in Florissant, Mo.

Tom Mott '65 has retired. He lives with his wife, Jackie, in a new location in Grayslake, Ill


Gary DeClue’74 of Quincy, Illinois, was named Faculty Emeritus at John Wood Community College in Quincy upon his retirement in June 2015. DeClue is an experienced actor and has received national recognition for performing the role of Senator Stephen A. Douglas in the C-Span production of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates. He has played music professionally for several years and is currently a member of Quincy’s legendary jazz group Ben Bumbry and the Messengers.


Warren '76 and Enid (Johnson) Martin '78 were married Sept. 21, 2014. They reside in Versailles, Ill.

Douglas Finney '75 and his wife, Margaret, live in French Lick, Ind., where he is directing pastor of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church and associate district superintendent of the South District of the Indiana Conference of UMC.

Earmon Colton Wilcher Jr. '74 retired after 30 years of teaching music overseas in Germany. His wife, Marquita (Hill) Wilcher '73, retired after 23 years of teaching. They will be living in Omaha, Neb.

Mike ’75 and Mary Ann (Muffler) ’74 Schmook are retiring. Mary Ann worked with DuPont as an occupational health regulatory specialist for 26 years and Mike has completed 37 years with Cecil County Public Schools, most recently as the Director of Strategic Planning.   They currently reside in Elkton, MD.

William (Bill) Brown '73 and his wife, Margaret, live in Lake St. Louis, Mo. For over 25 years, Bill has owned Psychological Services, a private behavioral health practice located in O'Fallon, Mo. Bill and Margaret have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Dr. Wayne Byrnes '72 and his wife, Linda, live in Pepperell, Mass. Wayne retired in December 2013, on total disability due to increasing cognitive impairment due to a hemorrhagic stroke from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm in Aug. 1999.

Donald Rhodes ’75 has retired and is living the good life in Arizona.

Buena (Brown) House ’75 from Bonne Terre, Mo. has retired from her career in music education to relax with her husband Donald.

Mary Oatman '79 retired from a career in art education in 2008. Since that time, she has been active in the League of Women Voters, AAUW, P.E.O., substitute teaching, gardening, reading, painting and international travel. In 2014 and 2015, she traveled with a group of watercolorists to Spain and Mexico, respectively. She currently resides in Quincy, Ill., with her husband, Dr. C. Patrick Hotle, C-SC professor of history, and on most Saturdays, she gathers for breakfast with some "Ol' Chi-Os from Canton, Mo."

Janice (Kern) Koleszar '70 is retired as a high school and college librarian. She lives with her husband, Jay, in Warren, R.I. They realized their sons' schedules prevented them from visits home together so Jan and Jay downsized and moved to Rhode Island in December 2014. They like being closer to the water and the activities they enjoy with the Coast Guard Auxiliary. They continue to enjoy traveling by land and sea (flying only when absolutely necessary) to see family and friends.

Richard Rogers '78 retired from Boeing Company and has instructed at NCAT of Wichita Area Technical College since 2008. Richard and his wife, Kathy, life in Wichita, Kans. They have seven children, 14 grandchildren and three foster children. Their youngest child and the foster children live at home.


Rob Porter '89 and his wife, Stacy, and daughters, Abby and Lily, live in O'Fallon, Mo. Rob has worked for 23 years as a probation and parole officer with the State of Missouri. He spends time coaching his daughter's basketball and volleyball teams.

Susan (Reem) Schlatter ’80 retired from Carthage Elementary School district in June 2015. She has taught full-time for 35 years, the last 32 years of which were in first grade. She currently resides in rural Hamilton, Ill., with her husband Joel.

Barb (Dodd) Perkins ’85 is working in Logistics at Nordstrom in Des Peres, Mo. She currently resides in Ballwin, Mo.

Ann (Schneider) Wilson '86 went on a family trip to Germany and Switzerland this past summer. The Wilsons (Michael ’85, Ann ’86, Leslie ’19 and son Taylor) met up with Missy (Walker) Mitchell’s ’84 family in Rothenberg, Germany.

Debbie (Munoz) Riddle '87 continues to substitute teach for three school districts. She lives with her husband, Jim, in Greenville, Ill. Their daughter is a freshman at Spring Arbor University. Their son is a junior in high school. Debbie enjoys volunteering at her son's school and at church.


Jamie Ross '93 is an ortho trauma/CMF hybrid sales consultant for DePuy Synthes Trauma, a company of Johnson & Johnson. Jamie and Dawn (Debro) '91 live in Centralia, Mo., with their son, Logan, and daughter, Kailin. Dawn is now staying at home enjoying her family and taking care of her parents in St. Louis.

Brian Dorian '96 and his wife, Alexandra, celebrated their son Camden's first birthday in April. Brian has been a police officer in Chicago's south suburbs for 17 years. He and his family live in Cedar Lake, Ind.

Damon Morrison '98 is the president of Pinnacle Bank in Marshalltown, Iowa. He lives in State Center, Iowa, with his wife, Heather, and children Emily, Kaitlyn and Brian.

Dani Leigh Van Buskirk ’98 and Christopher Crossley ’97 will be celebrating their 18th wedding anniversary on May 16th, 2016. Dani will mark 10 years of service with the Rainbow Center for Communicative Disorders on Dec. 5th, 2015. In May 2015, Dani was presented with the Direct Support Professional of the Year Award by Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County- eitas. They currently reside in Independence, Mo.

Michelle (Moore) Wade ’95 currently resides in Linn, Mo. She is a counselor with the Disability Determination Services in Jefferson City, Mo.

Tony ’93 & Christine ’93 Johnson have been married 21 years and lived Naperville, IL (2x's), Memphis, TN, Atlanta, GA and now back to Illinois.  They have a 15 year old daughter, Stephanie Johnson. Their company Midwest Salt was named to Inc. Magazine's 2015 list of fastest growing companies.  They ranked #298 and had a spotlight article written about the business.  This is Tony’s second time as a CFO on the Inc. 500 list.

Mario DePasquale ’96 was promoted to the Chief of Police for the McCook, Illinois Police Department in August 2013 and still serves in that capacity today. He currently lives in Lemont, Illinois with his wife, Jennifer and their two children, Dominic and Marissa.

Tonya (Adams) Teasley '96 lives in Bowling Green, Mo., with her husband, Bennie, and children, Teagan and Payton. Her husband farms and they own and operate Prairie's Edge Garden Center in Bowling Green.

Angela (Happel-Wood) Dingess '97 lives with her family in Salem, Mo. After 14 years of teaching at the elementary level, she took the plunge three years ago and switched to an elementary/middle school art teacher. She says, "The switch has been such a joy to me!" Her youngest son is a sophomore in high school and the other two have graduated.

LeGita Scott-Williams '91 is a senior human resources consultant for Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. She is responsible for providing strategic and responsive human resources consulting services to campus departments and divisions in the area of employee relations, performance management and organizational development & effectiveness.


Dustin Little '07 was married to Alexa Michelle Sprick April 11, 2015. Dustin and Alexa live in Park City, Kan.

Brian Gagnon '04 and his wife, Erin, live in Osage Beach, Mo., with their daughter, Elaina. Brian is an assistant vice president for Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks.

Sara (Licari) ’08 and Adam ’10 Enloe gave birth to Marcella Marie Enloe n July 28th, 2015.

Sara (Ellis) ’03 and Jamie Hooker recently expanded their family with the addition of their daughter, Faith Cheyenne who was born on July 12, 2015. She was welcomed home by her brothers Jack 8 and Reese 4. Sara works for Mid America Transplant and was recently promoted to Onsite Donation Coordinator at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.

Jamie (Kenzler) Kerr '07 is married to Justin L. Kerr and currently resides in Bowling Green, Mo.

Kristi (Thurman) Meeks ’02 was awarded the “Teach of the Year” in 2014 for her accomplishments in the classroom.

Samantha (Zaiser) ’09 and Jarrett Leverton celebrated the birth of their son, Owen Theodore Leverton, on September 16, 2015. Samantha works at OSF St. Francis Hospital. The family resides in Washington, Ill.

Chelsea (Taylor) Carleton ’07 married Brian Carleton in June 2015. They currently reside in Columbia, Mo.   Chelsea is a Human Resource Specialist at the University of Missouri.

Melissa Rhea ’07 is currently the program manager of First Resources in Keokuk, IA. She has a 17 year old son Ethan Rhea.

Jennifer (Kenzler) Kerr ’07 currently resides in Bowling Green, Mo.

Nathan and Catherine (Hoeffken) Burkart '06 welcomed their baby girl, Vivyanne Jane Burkart, Aug. 26, 2015.  She was 8lbs. and 20 inches.

Jessie (Lansing) '03 and Joe '04 Gray welcome their baby girl Mia Marie Gray on July 3rd, 2015 at 7:26 a.m. Mia weighed 8lbs and is doing wonderful.

Kory ’07 and Genevieve Buys welcomed their son Kristian Dominick Buys on July 29th 2015 at 9:03 p.m.

Lindsay (Loos) ’05 and Roy Spaulding ’05 welcomed their son Evan Spaulding in November of 2014.

Jason '03 & Kayla '12 (Pickel) Richmond celebrated their marriage on March 7, 2015 this year.


Kimberly Armstrong '13 is an accountant at the Boeing Company in St. Louis where she resides.

William Ryan '11 was approved for ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) May 23, 2015, at the First Christian Church in Des Moines, Iowa. He is engaged to Hannah Fisher and will be married Dec. 31, 2015. He currently is a youth minister at Azle Christian Church in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jessica (Martin) Yagyagan '13 is a 4th grade teacher at Mark Twain Elementary School in Hannibal, Mo. She lives in Palmyra, Mo., with her husband, Brandon, and daughter, Addilynn.

Alexis (Westerhausen) Gumm '11 graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine in Rockford, April 25, 2015 with a M.D. degree. She will specialize in Pediatrics with residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wis. She received the Chancellor's Student Service Award for her efforts in and around the UIC campus and commitment to the community above and beyond the call of duty to serve her peers and community. She lives in Madison with her husband, Justin Gumm '09.

Kelseigh Ruths '13 and Garrett Maas gave birth to a daughter, Leighnkon Lynn-Danielle Maas, June 12, 2015, in Quincy, Ill.

Brad Baker ’10 is currently the Account Administrator of Lockton Companies. He resided in Overland Park, KS.

Josh ’14 & Savannah Gustad gave birth to a little girl, Saige Gustad on October 6th, 2015. They currently reside in Tulsa, OK.

Paul Bengel ’12 recently accepted a promotion as a Probation Officer with the State of Michigan; previously he was in investigator for the State of Michigan with Children’s Services. Paul and his fiancée Amber recently had their first child, Breslynn Tate Bengel in August 2015.

Dakota McKee ’12 recently moved from Las Cruces, New Mexico to take a position as a Residential Life Coordinator at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Kelsey Stout ’10 recently moved to Susanville, Cal.

Sal Rivera ’11 is a project manager for Arrow Construction in Sacramento, Cal. He is also the head varsity baseball coach at El Camino High School.

Whitney (Gibbler) ’11 and Tony ’12 Edmondson welcomed their son Braxton Dale Edmondson into the world on June 28, 2015.

Jimmy ’13 and Carrie (Gerberding) ’13 McKee got married on July 25th, 2015.

Jamie (Janney) ’14 married Dylan ’14 McKinnon on May 30, 2015.

Kegan Sill ’15 is an internal auditor for Steris PLC. in Mentor, Oh. He is currently residing in Rocky River, Oh.