Rumor Mill

Posted by admin | | Monday 10 January 2011 8:20 pm

A little bit of this and that from our alums.

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Ben McGlamery ’10 recently wed Celese (Leech, Baker Alpha Chi ’10) on March 26th, 2011, and thanks to Andy Roberts started a new job this past May working for Guardsmark, a security company serving the Kansas City area.  (2/6/2012)

James Houston Turner ’69 affectionately known as “Townie” was recently in Baldwin City promoting his thriller, Department Thirteen, and reminiscing with pledge brothers from the class of ’69.  Brother Turner will be traveling all over the United States this year promoting his book on the “Too Ugly” tour.  To find out more about Turner and his tour check out his website or follow him on Facebook! (10/9/2011)

Kurt Fahey ’78 is in his 17th year as a manufacturers rep in the marking industry selling product to federal, state, county government as well as municipalities. He and his wife Janet have been married for 22 years and currently reside in Overland Park, KS. (10/9/2011)

Paul Pfeifler ’08 is currently studying at Cleavland Chiropractic and will finish up his degree in 2013! (10/9/2011)

Darin Williams ’95 and his wife Melissa now have two boys, Jacob (8) and Brandon (6). Darin is serving as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, now in his 14th year. Darin is currently serving a year tour at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar where he is supporting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Stay safe, Darin! (9/6/2010)

Mike Maphies ’76 is the Liquid Division Sales Manager for Scotwood Industries in Overland Park, KS, a distributor of liquid calcium and magnesium chloride used for ice and snow removal, as well as dust control on gravel roads. This upcoming basketball season will be Mike’s 20th of officiating Kansas high school basketball. Over his long career, Mike has worked in 14 Kansas high school sub-state playoff games and four Kansas high school state tournaments. (9/6/2010)

Michael Cattaneo ’93 is currently a Senior Director of Medical Affairs for Pfizer Global Biopharmaceuticals. He is living in Overland Park, KS, trying to recover from his third ankle surgery since January! (8/17/2010)

Chad Cross ’10 recently took a new job as an Account Executive with Solution Pros, a technology integrator and ongoing IT support resource, in Overland Park. Chad’s new company specializes in voice, data, and video solutions for small and medium-sized business, educational and governmental organizations. This is definitely a very exciting time in Chad’s life as he starts a new chapter! (7/21/2010)

Shaune Parker ’08 was married on August 15, 2009. (4/6/2010)

Bob Lamb ’50 is a retired Naval Aviator having flown in the Korean War and Indo-China during the French Vietnam War. He retired in 1974, moved to Florida, and sold real estate for 20 years. He now lives in Cleveland, TN where he sells real estate with his daughter. Bob and his wife, JoAnn Jones Lamb (Alpha Chi ’51), attend classes for seniors at local Lee University. JoAnn has taught piano for all of their 57 years of marriage and both are very active in all music programs in their area and continue to sing in church choirs. (4/1/2010)

Jack Metzger ’79 is working as the regional manager for TNT Fireworks after selling his business in 2002. He and his wife (Ann) have been married for 29 years and Jack spends free time officiating college basketball games. His oldest son (Kyle) played baseball for Baker before graduating in 2007. (3/16/2010)

Jonathan Affalter ’07 will be graduating with a Masters in Higher Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in May. (3/10/2010)

Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald ’03 recently finished chiropractic school and has joined Swickard Chiropractic Clinic near 151st and Antioch in Overland Park. He’s accepting appointments so go see him soon! (2/21/2010)

Doug Chapman ’75 is now coaching high school softball at Ironwood Ridge HS in Tucson, Arizona. His daughter, Rachel, is playing D1 softball at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. (9/16/2009)

Doug Lunsford ’85 has now been married to his wife for 19 years. They have a son who is a junior in high school and a daughter in the 8th grade. He is currently working for U.S. Bank as a collection manager. (9/1/2009)

Bill Speer ’64 and his wife Pearl are now traveling throughout the year in their motor home and spending their winters on the beach in Port Arkansas, Texas. (7/20/2009)

Ken Wells ’85 stays busy with his four children, Megan (18), Katie (17), Emily (15), and Luke (13). He is currently working in San Francisco, CA as an Assistant Regional Director for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Ken is responsible for the Phoenix and Orange County field offices and oversees the administrative function of hiring, firing, and promoting individual for the SF regional office. (1/10/2009)

Steven Terrill ’78 is the Director of Sports in the Atlantic States region for HKS Architects in Richmond, Virginia. He and his wife, Cea Ann, bought a new home last spring. Finally, his oldest daughter, Lauren, is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, while their youngest is still living at home but is planning to attend college next fall. (1/10/2009)

Dave McCain ’08 just wrapped up his first semester of law school at UMKC. Semester two of many begins soon! (1/10/2009)

Mark Schusterman ’80 is the acting Athletic Director at Gulliver Prep in Miami, Florida. In January of 2009, Mark will be inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Joe Jrolf ’04 has joined the Marine Corps and is currently a Lance Corporal with the 24th Marines out of Kansas City. Joe was activated in October and is set to deploy to Ramadi in April 2009. When he returns from the war, Joe plans to attend Officer Candidacy School and become a Marine officer.

Matt Hiss ’08 has opened his own financial planning practice and is in the process of establishing a branch in Atwood, Kansas. Matt has also recently purchased and completely remodeled the outside of his first home in Great Bend.

James Reyes ’04 has been working for Cerner Corporation in Kansas City for about five years now and is the team lead of the system engineer group. James also coaches football at nearby St. Pius X High School in KCMO.

Jarrod Steffens ’04 and his wife Sarah (Jensen, ZTA ’04) celebrated the birth of their first son, Luke, last fall. Jarrod is now a full-time physical education teacher at Grain Valley High School in Missouri and is also the head wrestling coach.

Tanner Purdum ’07 is now a graduate assistant for the Baker football team while he works towards finishing his Master’s Degree in the Spring of 2009.

Connor Treanor ’04 recently completed his first semester of graduate school at KU where he is earning his Master’s Degree in Architecture.

Sean Franklin ’90 joined the U.S. Marshalls a few years ago and is now living outside Kansas City.

Brandon Huddleston ’02 recently opened his own vitalistic chiropractic practice just outside of Dallas. He even has a website:

David Slaby ’95 recently moved to St. Louis where he is now working for Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C.

Dave Layman ’82 has been married to his wife, Beth, for 21 years and they have NINE children! Dave is the Vice President and General Manager for Hillyard, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of cleaning solutions and equipment.

Richard Sutton ’82 recently celebrated his 20th wedding anniversary. He has four daughters – a senior, freshman, fourth grader and first grader – and they consume all of this “free time”. Richard works as Vice President for Security Bank of Kansas City.

Tyler Hibler ’05 graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in May 2008. After passing the Kansas Bar Exam in July 2008, Tyler is now a practicing attorney with the firm of Wallace, Saunders, Austin, Brown, and Enochs in Overland Park, KS. Tyler also plans to take the Missouri Bar Exam next February.

Bill Moulden ’77 and wife Barb (Baker AXO ’79) recently celebrated 30 years of marriage with a second honeymoon in Bora Bora. Bill marks his 31st year as a science teacher and is serving a 3rd term on his county’s Board of Appeals. Barb is a school counselor at St. Mary’s Elementary in Annapolis, Maryland.

Blair Englehart ’75 is currently the director at MZD Advertising in Indianapolis, one of the country’s largest advertising agencies. Prior to his term at MZD, Blair was the owner of Englehart Dicken, Inc., a company he sold in 2007.

Patrick Moore ’77 is working for the State of New Mexico in Las Cruces as an environmental engineer. He is divorced with a son who is now in high school.

Rob Pewtress ’94 recently began a new career with Greg Orscheln Transportation in KCK. He and his wife also welcomed their first child, Alexander Challen, in February of 2008.

John Beilmann ’78 is a captain with the Phoenix Fire Department, where he has been for an amazing 28 years! John plans to retire in May 2011 to spend time with his wife (Pam) and children (Nathan, 20, and Taylor, 19).

Bryan Brutto ’00 is now the Assistant Principal and Activities Director (A.D.) at Blue Valley Northwest High School in nearby Overland Park, Kansas. He and his wife Kaci (Regnier, Baker Alpha Chi) also have one daughter, Rori (3), to keep them busy.

Trent Murphy ’02 recently moved to Washington state where he is working as an engineer for a civil consulting firm.

Rob Maher ’94 and his wife Lisa (Smithmier, Baker Alpha Chi ’96) now have two children: Brady (5) and Allison (2). Brady has taken up tee-ball and Allie is a human tornado!! Lisa is selling advertising with KCWE Channel 29 in KC while Rob is a partner with the Husch Blackwell Sanders, LLP law firm. They are a 630 attorney full-service law firm located in downtown Kansas City.

Kevin Sullivan ’06 has accepted a position as a Cost Accountant with a general contractor, CSBI, in Wichita, Kansas, where he has been since December. It was a great opportunity to get into another field and make a career change. So far it has been working out for the best!

John Chlebak ’84 has been married for 24 years to his wife Lesley (Carr, Baker Tri-Delt) and they call Rowlett, Texas home. The couple’s oldest son will graduate from KU in the Spring of 2008. Their middle son is current an undergraduate at Texas State University and their youngest son is a sixth grader. John is currently the insurance and risk manager for HOOTERS of Texas.

Joe McDonald ’94 is currently in the middle of an internal medicine residency at KU Med School. Joe completed his MD/Ph.D. at KU Med as well. He and his wife Mary (Cutler, Baker Zeta) have two children: Will (9) just completed his second year of football and Katie (6) who is a promising young soccer player.

Kim Brooks ’83 is still running his fire and water restoration business after 15 years. His middle daughter, Katelyn, is now talking about attending Baker next year. Better warn her about the Delts, Kim!

Craig Herre ’77 and his wife Joanna have celebrated 29 years of marriage. Their son Tim is a fourth-year dental student and plans to join dad in his family practice.

Kit Harris ’96 is now the assistant principal at nearby Baldwin High School where he has been working for 10 years. He is also a journalism teacher and acclaimed wrestling coach. He and his wife – Sarah, an elementary school teacher in Baldwin – have three children: Cael (8), Ty (6), and Malin (2).

Reed Black ’65 and Louis Roller ’62 still get together regularly to ride bicycles. Reed has also taken several trips, along with brother Don Thomson, to Morocco and Spain.

Chad Hansen ’95 and his wife Kate – an attorney at H&R Block – have two little girls: Abby (4) and Jane (2). Chad is now a partner in a business boutique law firm, Vincent Fontg & Hansen LLC, located on Kansas City’s Country Club Plaza.

Craig Hansen ’91 and his wife Jennifer Stone-Hansen – a physician – have two boys: Dane and Drew. Craig is now an orthopedic surgeon at Loess Hills Orthopedics in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Kit Harris ’95 recently received another great coaching honor – Kit was named the 2007 Midwest Sectional Coach of the Year for wrestling by the National Federation of State High School Associations. Congratulations, Kit! That is quite an honor! To read more, please click here.

David Davies ’82 and his wife, Sharla, now have three children: Emily, Ian and Leah. David is the Vice President of Stewardship for Gift Planning for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Scott Mann ’58 has, after living in his hometown of Iola, Kansas for the past 28 years, decided to move. His new home is now Georgetown, Texas, just north of the Austin area. However, please don’t let his kids know if they ask – there was no forwarding address left!

Manny Duran ’01 is currently living in Orange County, California where he is working for Integra as a Medical Device Rep. Good to hear from you, Manny!

Lawrence Gray ’66 is a full Professor of Political Science at John Cabot University in Rome. Lawrence unfortunately had to transfer from B.U. before graduating, but went on to attend Tulane University and later The Johns Hopkins University where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Economics. He has been living in Italy a majority of his life where he has remained active in economic and political consulting for both the Italians and the United States. For several years, Lawrence was the Executive Director of the the Commission on Cultural Exchange between the U.S. and Italy (the Fulbright Commission). Wow – quite a résumé!

Bill Daily ’58 is now in Niceville, Florida, just across the bridge from Destin, Florida.

Ronald Harvey ’63 has now retired and spends his free time on the golf course.

Brad Scott ’91 is currently the head football coach at DeSoto High School where he is also teaching. This June will mark 15 years of marriage to his wife, Juli. The couple has two boys, Hayden (9) and Mason (6), and lives in Western Shawnee.

Ross Hartley ’70 is now retired and living in beautiful Jackson Hole, Wyoming with his wife, Chris-Anne (Ness) Hartley. The couple have two daughters, Hillary and Toni, who are both grown and married, along with a son, Will, who is a student at Montana State University. If you’re ever in the area, Ross says that there is always an open room for a Gamma Theta brother!

Eric Ericckson ’58 is hard at work on a new C.D. entitled Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, a blues-based album of original songs. He plays lots of duplicate bridge and is even a Bronze Life master…in his words, “not bad for a honky blues singer”!! Eric spends his summers in Minnesota beating his kids & grandkids on the golf course.

Wade Fothergill ’87 is proud to say that he has the same “sweet, smart, beautiful wife” and three great kids (sounds like Wade’s wife might be checking out!!). Wade’s business is going great and he is living the dream.

Don Rogers ’69 recently returned from a great trip to Australia where he went to visit his son and daughter-in-law who are living there for a year on business. Don now celebrates six grandchildren between two and eight years old.

C. James McCurry ’63 is now semi-retired from Blue Cross & Blue Shield. He is now busy spending his time trying to keep up with the kids and is expecting his first grandchild in March 2008! Paul “Full Moon” Joiner – if you read this – he says that he is waiting on a phone call for you two to head to the Ozarks to do some fishing. No excuses!

Donald Niemeyer ’91 recently completed a second masters degree, this one in IT Management. He and his wife, Rhonda, are celebrating the one year anniversary of becoming parents in Feb. 2007. They have a baby girl, Charliese Renee.

Roger Underwood ’65 is retired and living the good life in Florida with his wife of over 25 years, Brenda. The happy couple still enjoys traveling extensively, their five grandchildren and frequenting Disneyworld.

Jon Robins ’04 has moved to Coffeeville, Kansas where he is working as an environmental specialist at the Coffeeville Resources Refinery.

Paul Joiner ’63 recently retired from 38 years of teaching and administration – sounds like a well deserved break! He now spends his time trying to keep up with sports with his five grandsons.

Karl Wehmhoener ’05 is now at Iowa State University where he is working on his masters degree in journalism.

Kelly Cook ’06 has moved to Oklahoma and is working in West Texas as a Petroleum Landman.

Mark Gastelum ’07 has recently graduated from B.U. and is working around the Baldwin area as a substitute teacher. He is hoping to land a permanent position as a social studies teacher for Jr./Sr. High School.

Bob Williams ’71 is now the Senior Vice President of Investments for Oppenheimer & Co. in Kansas City, MO.

Joe Zubeck ’01 and his wife Erin (Smithmier, Baker Alpha Chi ’01) celebrated the birth of their first child, Madison Elaine, in March of 2006. Joe is currently the Senior Sales Manager for imageQUEST in the Kansas City area. Congrats to you both!

Todd Wiedemann ’88 and his wife Gina recently celebrated 17 years of marriage together! The happy couple, along with their two sons Jordan (14) and Bryce (8) call South Bend, Indiana home. Todd is currently the principal at South Bend’s John Adams High School, which has about 1,800 students.

Jay Scott ’93 and his wife Amy welcomed the arrival of their second son, Colin, in May of 2007. His brother, Brogan (5), has really taken a liking to baby brother! Jay is currently in his first year as an assistant principal at Shawnee Heights High School in Tecumseh, Kansas near Topeka.

Chris Gaylor ’07 has moved to Ohio since graduation where is working for the Cincinnati Insurance Company as a commercial underwriter.

James Houston Turner ’69 reports that after 30 years, “The Identity Factor” is finally available on and corks are popping Down Under!

Zach Good ’04 and his wife Dottie (Patterson, Baker Alpha Chi ’04) recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Silas David, born October 4, 2007. All three are doing well and Silas will likely be hunting and have a moustache before Christmas! Congratulations, Good family!

Jesse Bennett ’99 and his wife recently celebrated the birth of their second child, Brynn, born June 18, 2007. They are also getting comfortable in their new home at Prairie Highlands Golf Course in Kansas City.

Bill Leimer ’84 has been employed with Kraft Foods Global, Inc. for the past 20 years. For 19 of those, he has been married to his wife Nikki. He has a son Adam (27) who is working in various fields of music and video recording and a daughter Amanda who is a sophomore at Southern Mississippi University.

Brandon Huddleston ’02 is an associate Doctor of Chiropractic at Maximal Health, in Irving, TX. He is working towards opening his own practice in the next six months near downtown DFW. Good luck!

Toddy Frye ’04 is working as a purchasing agent at a manufacturing firm and even finds time to hold seats on the local school board and city council in his town.

Murray Blackwelder ’69 recently wrapped up a $1.7 billion national campaign for Purdue in June of 2007. As a Senior V.P. for Advancement at the University, he says that he was fortunate to work with a national campaign committee of 55 alumni in order to make the seven year effort a huge success. Very impressive!

Bud Spear ’61, who retired five years ago from Penn State University, has settled in on six months living in Nova Scotia and six months in Green Valley, AZ. He and his wife Nancy (Boudrot, Baker Alpha Chi ’62) also celebrated the arrival of their sixth grandchild in September of 2007.

Craig Leitnaker ’79 wanted to pass along that he is still employed at the American Airlines maintenance base in Kansas City as a systems analyst.

Trenton Murphy ’02 moved to the Pacific northwest earlier this year and now resides in beautiful Washington state.

Oliver Kurtz ’04 and his wife Becki (Ward, Baker Zeta ’04) had their first child, a girl named Addison Jo, on April 30, 2007. Congratulations!

Bradford Lob ’84 recently sold his business in order to take a position with Lodgeworks, a company which owns and operates hotels around the United States! Also, his daughter is now a junior at BU, his son is a senior in high school, and he and his wife just celebrated their 21st year of marriage – wow!

Zach Good ’04 and his wife Dottie (Patterson, Alpha Chi ’04) are expecting their first child – he is due this October. As if that weren’t enough, Zach is also leaving his managerial job at Wal-Mart in order to take a position with Spears Manufacturing in Caney, KS. Congratulations and GOOD LUCK!

Dave Johns ’89 is currently calling Gardner, KS “home”. He is selling real estate and has taken up coaching, helping out the 3rd and 6th grade Gardner Blazers football teams!

Jim Carr ’71 was recently appointed boy’s basketball coach at Olathe South High School. After spending the past 16 years as an assistant for the team, Jim will do a terrific job at the helm!

Ron Holden ’95 played several years as a linebacker at Baker, was recently elected to the Minor League Football Hall of Fame, and has more recently been named the multicultural recruitment coordinator and admission representative at Mount Union College in Ohio. You can read more about his new position at Mount Union by clicking here!

Richard McDowell ’60 is enjoying retirement in New Mexico where golf rules supreme. He has also picked up the guitar again and is even playing in a couple of Bluegrass bands!

Cecil Miller ’53 and his wife are back in Colorado for the summer trying to enjoy the cool weather.

Mitch Bartley ’98has started medical school at Lincoln Memorial University – DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Knoxville, TN (I don’t have a clue what that is but it sounds really difficult!). He and his wife Shannon are working on getting accustomed to life in the south, but they’re getting there – slowly but surely.

John Warner ’58recently received a very special honor from the West Virginia Academy of Science. More details later.

Jake Barron ’01 and his wife Lindsay had TRIPLETS in December – two boys (Hudson and Carter) and one girl (Ella). After getting married in 2004, the couple now make their home in Hurst, Texas. Congratulations, Jake! (P.S. Don’t let those kids become Sooner fans – it just leads to a life of disappointment).

James Houston Turner ’69 recently completed “The Identity Factor,” his third novel. It is a geopolitical thriller described as “one hell of a ride” by film productive executive Ty Warren (Gladiator, The Mummy). He is also one step closer to seeing his feature film script for “Big John” make it to production. Congratulations on all your success, James!

Torrey Meade ’00 and his wife Valerie recently had a baby in December of last year, a baby boy named Tharron. Sounds like a future Delt!

Jarrod Steffens ’04 was married in June 2007 to his new bride Sarah (Jensen, Baker Zeta ’04). The newlyweds are living in Harrisonville, MO, where Jarrod is coaching football for the defending State Champion Wildcats!

Aaron Anderson ’03 was married on May 6, 2006, to fellow Baker Alum Laura Wells (Baker Zeta ’05) in Elmdale, KS. The happy couple currently live and work in Denver, CO.