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Updates submitted between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.

1950s

The Hon. Robert J. Dole, '52, Washington, D.C., received the Kansas Bar Association Courageous Attorney Award.

1960s

Richard F. Hayse, '69, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award.

1970s

Jan R. Pierce, '71, Portland, Oregon, clinical professor of law and director of the Lewis & Clark Law School Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) is retiring this year after starting the LITC in 2000 and leading it for 19 years. Through the LITC, Pierce offered students opportunities that many lawyers never obtain during their careers, such as arguing before the 9th Circuit. Through those experiences, students gained the confidence of knowing they could practice law.  Moreover, they learned that they could make a difference in the lives of clients.

Otis W. Morrow, '73, Arkansas City, Kansas, has stepped down as Arkansas City's hospital attorney having served the South Central Kansas Medical Center for more than 43 years. He calls this transition part of a logical progression of scaling back on his work.

JoAn Hamilton Lindfors, '75, Marquette, Kansas, retired effective June 30, 2019 after nearly 45 years primarily in the criminal law practice. Lindfors started in October, 1974 as a legal intern at the Shawnee County district attorney's office. She was hired as the first female assistant district attorney when she graduated from Washburn Law School in 1975. Gov. Carlin appointed her to the Kansas Parole Board in 1983 - 1989. She was elected 51st Representative in 1990; and then elected first female district attorney in Shawnee County in 1992 & again in 1996.  After losing her third election for DA, Lindfors returned to her hometown of Lindsborg, Kansas and practiced defense criminal law until retirement on June 30, 2019 at the Saline County regional public defenders' office and appointed counsel for the Board of Indigent Defense Services.

The Hon. Christel E. Marquardt, '74, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Christel Marquardt Trailblazer Award.

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Pete L. Ramirez, '74, Wheat Ridge, Colorado, has been elected president of the Colorado chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization of 7,600 of the nation's premier plaintiff and defense trial lawyers. During his career he has tried more than 100 jury trials. 

The Hon. Meryl D. Wilson, '74, Manhattan, Kansas, who has served as a district judge for more than 20 years, retired June 14. Wilson practiced law in Manhattan from 1974 to 1997. During that time, he served on the Manhattan-Ogden School Board. He began working as a district judge in the 21st Judicial District, which includes Riley and Clay Counties. The Kansas Supreme Court appointed Wilson as chief judge in 2012.

Terry E. Beck, '75, Topeka, was recently reappointed by the Shawnee County Board of County Commissioners to a second term on the Washburn University Board of Regents, to serve through June 30, 2023.

Alan L. Rupe, '75, Wichita, has been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work in litigation-labor and employment. Rupe, managing partner at Lewis Brisbois, was also recognized in civil rights law, employment-management, and litigation-municipal.

Mark V. Beshears, '76, Topeka, has been named the Kansas Department of Revenue Chief of Staff.

R.E. "Tuck" Duncan '76, Topeka, recently retired as director of the Topeka Bar Show. He directed 5 shows and produced a sixth over the past 25 years. In April he argued a case to the Kansas Supreme Court at the Lied Center, Lawrence, in front of the largest audience (805) to ever witness oral arguments

The Hon. J. Thomas Marten, '76, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Government Service Award.

The Hon. Timothy J. Chambers, '77, Hutchinson, Kansas, will retire from the bench after 20 years. He spent two years with a large law firm in Kansas City before he decided he didn't like the big city or that type of law and moved back to the central Kansas area. Chambers was assistant Reno County attorney from 1978 to 1981 and then ran for county attorney. Chambers was first elected to the bench in 2001.

Michael C. Manning, '77, Phoenix, Arizona, was recognized by Southwest Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019. In the April edition of AZ Business Magazine, Manning was one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona for 2019.

Anthony A. Utter, '77, Wichita, has moved to J.P. Weigand & Sons Inc. as a vice president and commercial general manager. Utter created Utter Commercial Real Estate Inc. 15 years ago, and before that was vice president in charge of leasing and sales transactions for Transamerican Management Company. Utter was also property manager and leasing agent for a year with Builders Inc., a Garvey Enterprises subsidiary.

Stephen C. Funk, '77, El Dorado, Kansas, recently retired from a 42-year career in the financial services industry, which included serving as President and COO of the Walnut Valley Bank & Trust Co., Partner in GTRUST Financial Partners, and Senior Vice President and Market Executive with The Bank of Oklahoma. Funk currently serves as President and CEO of The Graham Foundation, President of the Susan B. Allen Hospital Foundation, Director of the Greater Wichita Metro YMCA, Elder of Eastminster Presbyterian Church and Past President and Trustee of the Coutts Memorial Museum of Art.

James W. Gallagher, '77, Damariscotta, Maine, retired from Gallagher & Stein Attorneys at Law on December 31, 2018. His daughter, Jennifer Villeneuve will continue the practice.

William C. Rein, '77, Evanston, Wyoming, is the new superintendent of the Wyoming State Hospital. Rein has an extensive background working with both mental health patients and providers.

The Hon. Wilbert M. Warren, '77, Wichita, retired after 24 years on the bench. Warren was appointed district judge in 1995. He was in private practice for more than 18 years.

Lucky DeFries, '78, Topeka, has been recognized in the 26th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Edition. DeFries for both "Litigation and Controversy-Tax" and "Tax Law."

The Hon. Bruce Gatterman, '78, Larned, Kansas, has been elected president of the Kansas District Judges Association, an organization open to all state district court judges. Gatterman is chief judge of the 24th Judicial District, composed of Edwards, Hodgeman, Lane, Ness, Pawnee, and Rush counties. He has served as a district judge and chief judge in the 24th Judicial District since 2003.

Randy Rathbun, '78, Wichita, was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an honor limited to 500 lawyers around the world.

Teri L. Wood, '78, New York City, New York, has joined Jackson Lewis P.C. in the firm's New York City office as Of Counsel. Wood joins the law firm after more than two decades at International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), serving for most of that time as chief global labor and employment counsel spanning more than 170 countries. Wood focuses her practice on international employment issues, corporate governance and investigations, workplace training, and restrictive covenants worldwide.

Sally B. Shattuck, '79, Ashalnd, Kansas, received the Kansas Bar Association Pillars of the Community Award.

Mark A. Burghart, '79, Topeka, was named by Governor Laura Kelly as Kansas Department of Revenue Secretary. Burghart was a partner in the Topeka law firm of Alderson, Alderson, Conklin, Burghart, Crow & Slinkard LLC where he was responsible for litigation of state tax matters and an adjunct professor at the Washburn University Law School. He previously had been general counsel for the Kansas Department of Revenue for seven years.

1980s

Ann C. Frigon, '80, Des Moines, Iowa, has joined Farm Bureau Financial Services as a wealth management advisor. Prior to joining the company, Frigon worked at Carson Wealth Management as a wealth advisor in Western Kansas.

The Honorable Lee A. Johnson, '80, Caldwell, Kansas, has retired after a nearly 20-year career on the appellate bench. Justice Johnson was placed on the Kansas Supreme Court in 2007 and previously served as a member of the Kansas Court of Appeals.

Jeffrey E. King, '81, Salina, Kansas, has been selected to serve as workers compensation division director for the Kansas Department of Labor. King has been in private practice in Salina since March 1981 and has spent the last 28 years with Hampton & Royce L. C. King's practice primarily involved Workers Compensation cases. He also served on the Workers Compensation Advisory Council for several years. King has also been a Fellow of The College of Workers Compensation Lawyers since 2010.

The Hon. Larry D. Hendricks, '82, Topeka, received the Kansas Bar Association Outstanding Service Award.

The Hon. Timothy P. McCarthy, '82, Overland Park, Kansas, received the Distinguished Public Service Award from United Community Services of Johnson County for work on Veterans Treatment Court.

Barbara W. Rankin, '82, Topeka, was named as Assistant Insurance Commissioner of the State of Kansas.

The Honorable James F. Quinn, '83, Central Islip, New York, was re-elected to another l0-year term as a county court judge in Suffolk County, New York. He was also elected as president of the New York State County Court Judges Association and has been named as the supervising judge of all Suffolk County Family Courts.

Laura L. Ice, '84, Wichita, has been promoted to General Counsel of Textron Financial Corporation. Laura has worked for TFC (formerly Cessna Finance Corporation) for 21 years, managing aircraft, golf and turf equipment finance transactions worldwide. Prior to her work with TFC, Laura was a shareholder with the Wichita law firm, Adams & Jones, where she began her law practice immediately after graduation from law school. Laura is a former President of the Wichita Bar Association and of the Kansas Bar Foundation, and serves on the Washburn University Board of Trustees.

Dennis C. Jones, '84, Topeka, was hired as Director of Anti-Fraud of the Kansas Insurance Department. Jones brings more than 30 years of legal experience, having previously served as a city attorney, county attorney, special prosecutor and most recently as assistant District Attorney for Shawnee County.

The Hon. John J. Kisner Jr., '84, Wichita, retired after more than 15 years on the bench. Before being appointed to the bench, he was special counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission and assistant district attorney and then deputy district attorney for the 18th Judicial District.

Natalie G. Haag, '85, Topeka, is the 2018 recipient of Capitol Federal's highest recognition, the
Henry A. Bubb Distinguished Service Award. This award, named in honor of Capitol Federal's longtime chairman, is presented annually to an employee or officer who demonstrates the leadership qualities of the late Mr. Bubb. An important requirement to earning the prestigious Henry A. Bubb Award is community volunteerism.

Myall S. Hawkins, '85, Houston, Texas is now a partner at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP.

Christine Tamburini Ladner, '85, Kansas City, Missouri, has accepted a fellowship focusing on human trafficking. She will be an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps fellow. There are approximately 46 EJWCVC fellowships placed at nonprofits across the U.S. Funded mostly by the D.O.J., these fellows focus on assisting survivors of human trafficking. Her host organization will be Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Christine prosecuted in Sedgwick County, Shawnee County, the Attorney General's Office and Saline County.

Brenden J. Long, '85, Topeka, was named general counsel at TFI Family Services Inc. He was previously vice president of law and performance improvement for TFI and the vice president of organizational integrity for Midland Care Connection Inc. Long also previously served as the Topeka city attorney and regulatory compliance attorney for Kansas Electric Cooperatives.  As general counsel, Long will provide legal guidance and support to TFI staff on all matters affecting the organization. He will also oversee the quality, risk management and legal services functions of the organization.

The Hon. Evelyn Z. Wilson, '85, Topeka, was appointed to the Kansas Supreme Court by Gov. Kelly. Wilson has served since 2004 on the Shawnee County District Court, rising to chief judge in 2014. Wilson previously worked at a Topeka law firm for 12 years and at private practice in Oberlin for seven years.

Terri L. Savely, '86, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, has relocated to Christansted on St. Croix of the U. S. Virgin Islands where she serves as the career law clerk of Chief Judge Wilma Lewis of the District of the Virgin Islands. Savely worked for the Kansas Court of Appeals more than 20 years working including serving as the Director of Central Staff and Associate Counsel to the Court.

Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Missouri, is now the managing partner in the Overland Park office for Chicago based Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

The Honorable Phyllis K. Webser, '86, El Dorado, Kansas, was appointed by Gov. Laura Kelly to fill the term of retiring Magistrate Judge Ross McIlvain in the state's 13th judicial district. Webster has spent the last five years as an Assistant Butler County Attorney, where she prosecutes criminal and traffic cases. Webster has prior experience as an assistant Butler County attorney, in addition to over a decade of experience as a public defender to juveniles and guardian ad litem to abused and neglected children.

Ronald D. Jung, '87, Boulder, Colorado, has been elected as the president of the Boulder County Bar Foundation and is the president elect for the Boulder County Bar Association. He was elected last year to be a member of the Real Estate Section Council of the Colorado Bar Association.

Keith A. Schraad, '87, Phoenix, Arizona, director of the Arizona Department of Insurance (ADOI), was appointed as interim director of the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions (AZDFI). Schraad will serve as director of both ADOI and AZDFI in anticipation of a potential consolidation between the agencies. Schraad has served as director of ADOI since February of 2018. Prior to his time at the department, he served as President of Online Insurance Corporation where he focused on streamlining customer service and improving government interfaces for insurance companies and healthcare professionals.

The Honorable Kyle A. Bryson, '88, Tucson, Arizona, was named Judge of the Year by the Arizona Supreme Court.

Chief Judge James Fleetwood, '89, Wichita, who has been on the Sedgwick County bench more than 22 years and has been chief judge since 2009, has retired. Under his leadership, Sedgwick County was the first district court in the state to require electronic filing of court documents. Fleetwood also oversaw the development of a paperless court system, a website that serves as a portal to the courts, and a self-help center for people trying to access the legal system on their own.

Brian l. Leininger, '89, Lenexa, Kansas, was elected president of the Kansas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

The Hon. Tony Martinez, '89, Kansas City, Kansas, was elected as a Wyandotte County District Court judge.

Mark E. McFarland, '89, Overland Park, Kansas, became a partner in Hinkle Law Firm LLC. McFarland specializes in serving design professionals, handling transactional law and litigating business matters. He spent the past 14 years at Wallace Saunders as a part of special practice groups for banking and financial institutions, business litigation, construction, design professionals, employment law, litigation, professional liability and real estate. He was appointed to the Legal Counsel Forum for the American Council of Engineering Companies and is a member of the Defense Research Institute.

Marcos A. Mendoza, '89, Austin, Texas, has accepted an offer from Quinnipiac Law Review to publish his article The Limits of Insurance as Governance: Professional Liability Coverage for Civil Rights Claims Against Public School Districts .

Susan B. Cunningham, '89, Topeka, was named senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel at Kansas Electric Power Cooperative, Inc. (KEPCo). Cunningham most recently was with the law firm Dentons US LLP. Cunningham has more than 28 years of experience in the electric utility industry, including General Counsel with the Kansas Corporation Commission. As senior vice president of regulatory and government affairs and general counsel, Cunningham will act as general counsel and be responsible for all legal functions and the oversight of regulatory and government affairs functions for KEPCo.

1990s

Steve Coen, '90, Andover, Kansas, has retired after working 31 years at the Kansas Health Foundation (KHF), including 11 years as president and CEO. Before going to the foundation, Steve served on Sen. Bob Dole's staff.

Michael J. Kuckelman, '90, Overland Park, Kansas, was elected to a two-year term as the Republican State Chairman by the GOP State Committee.

The Hon. Christopher D. Sanders, '90, Garden City, Kansas, was appointed to the district court seat that opened in December. Sanders has been a magistrate judge for Finney County since late 2004.

Teresa L. Anderson, '91, Overland Park, Kansas, received the Legal Aid of Western Missouri Robert C. Welch Volunteer Attorney Project Award for her outstanding commitment to the delivery of pro bono legal services to the greater Kansas City metropolitan community. Anderson, a trial attorney and former criminal defense lawyer, currently handles family court appointments as well as family law preparation and disposition at Polsinelli. Anderson has served VAP as a pro bono attorney for 19 years and has been an advisory board member since 2018. She has served 26 different clients and committed 367 hours to the VAP in a variety of cases including guardianship, custody, civil suits and landlord/tenant disputes. 

Randy D. Gordon, '91, Dallas, Texas, is a partner in the firm of Barnes & Thornburg. Gordon was previously a director at Crowe & Dunlevy. Beyond his legal work, Gordon is an Executive Professor of Law at Texas A&M University, where he holds joint appointments in History and as Special Advisor to the Dean of the School of Innovation and Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development.

The Hon. Laura E. Johnson-McNish, '91, Marysville, Kansas, has been appointed to fill a District Court Magistrate vacancy in the 22nd Judicial District. Johnson-McNish has spent the last eight years as the Marshall County Attorney, where she prosecutes criminal, traffic, and child-in-need-of-care cases. She was first appointed County Attorney in 2010 to fill an unexpired term and has since been elected to the office twice. Before working for Marshall County, Johnson-McNish was a deputy director of the Kansas Department of Revenue's Division of Property Valuation. Johnson-McNish also holds an active CPA Certificate. 

The Honorable Michael W. Riley, '91, Hiawatha, Kansas, has opened Michael W. Riley, Attorney at Law, LLC, a general practice law firm in Hiawatha.

Anson J. Flake, '92, Enola, Pennsylvania, was appointed to the LINKBANK Board of Directors and the Board of Directors of its holding company, LINKBANCORP, Inc. Flake is the co-founder and former CEO of HydroWorx International, Inc., the Middletown, Pennsylvania-based sports medicine and healthcare manufacturing company. During his tenure at HydroWorx, he served as vice president of legal and business affairs, responsible for intellectual property, business planning and legal matters, and as chief executive omfficer from 1997 through 2016.

Tessa K. Jacob, '92, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a partner with Husch Blackwell LLP. Jacob is a commercial litigator and the founder/co-leader of the firm's eDiscovery Solutions team. She represents clients in contentious, high-stakes litigation and government investigations with respect to electronic discovery issues. Jacob also works with clients to develop litigation preparedness policies and to assess processes and technology solutions related to eDiscovery and information governance.

Kimberly A. Rodebaugh, '92, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been appointed as a Senior Assistant District Attorney for Reno County. She previously was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Wichita. Rodebaugh will handle a general felony caseload, including violent person crimes.

R. Scott Seifert, '92, Plano, Texas, has joined Spencer Fane as a Partner. Seifert has represented both sides in a range of business disputes, including contracts, shareholder and lease disputes, trade secrets, nondisclosure agreements, breach of fiduciary duty and construction cases

Brandon Smith, '92, Denver, Colorado, has been hired by Summit Financial, as the director of the integrated planning group. Smith will be responsible for leading the team that provides complex financial planning support for Summit Financial advisors and their clients. The integrated planning group is a key component of the firm's newly introduced SummitVantage advisor platform.

Jonathan D. Beeker, '93, Richmond, Virginia, is now is now Senior Counsel, Brand Integrity for Altria Client Services

Colleen Jamison, '93, Tecumseh, Kansas, has opened Jamison Law, LLC. Her practice is in the area of public utility regulation.

Leslie J. Kaufman, '94, Topeka, has been promoted to Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. to vice president of government relations and legal counsel. Kaufman joined KEC in November 2017 as director of government relations and legal counsel after previously serving as president and CEO of the Kansas Cooperative Council, the statewide association representing all forms of cooperatives.

Tony Mattivi, '94, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association's Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award. Mattivi serves as a mentor for young lawyers in a variety of ways. He is an officer with the Federal Bar Association (FBA), Kansas and Western District of Missouri Chapter and participates in the local mentorship program with the FBA; and is a long-time member of the Sam A. Crow American Inn of Court. He also reaches out to mentor law students and actively mentors the students in the Federal Practice Clinic.

Stephen W. Durrell, '95, Lawrence, Kansas, was appointed as interim Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. Durrell has been chief counsel and assistant attorney general specializing in the Lottery since 2007.

Todd Ehlert, '95, Saint Joseph, Missouri, has joined Rouse Frets White Goss Gentile Rhodes, P.C.

The Hon. Penny R. Moylan, '95, Topeka, was appointed to fill district court vacancy in the Shawnee County 3rd Judicial District. Moylan was a deputy disciplinary administrator for the Kansas disciplinary administrator's Office.

Phillip D. Smith-Hanes, '95, Salina, Kansas is now the Saline County administrator. Smith-Hanes has served as a county administrator since 2009, first in California, then in Ellis County for the past three and a half years. Smith-Hanes has also been serving as president of the Kansas Association of County Administrators and has spent decades serving in local government.

Michelle E. Bowman, '96, Washington, D.C., was confirmed by the United States Senate to serve a full 14-year term on the seven-member Federal Reserve Board. Bowman has held a spot on the Fed board designated for a community banker since November 2018, filling a vacancy on the panel that had a term ending on January 31. President Trump re-nominated her for a full 14-year term.  Before joining the board, Bowman served as state bank commissioner of Kansas and had been an executive of a community bank in the state.

The Hon. Joel B. Jay, '97, Chappell, Nebraska, was appointed to the County Court of the Eleventh Judicial District. Jay was previously the Deuel County Attorney. He also is the sole practitioner at Jay Law Office, where he handles cases including criminal, civil, and real estate transaction cases, and serves as the City Attorney for the City of Chappell. Before his role as Deuel County Attorney, Jay was an attorney at the Rork Law Office in Topeka.

Elaine M. Reddick, '97, and Paula D. Langworthy, '06, Wichita, have formed Reddick Langworthy Family Law.

Jeffrey W. Deane, '98, Shawnee, Kansas, has joined Lauber Municipal Law, LLC in Lee's Summit, Missouri after 7 years with the Law Department of the City of Independence, Missouri. Deane will continue his general municipal, government liability and workers compensation practice areas in western MO and eastern KS.

Patricia A. Voth Blakenship, '98, Wichita, partner at Foulston Siefkin LLP, has been named to lead a new Energy Industry Group for Geneva Group International (GGI), a global alliance of professional service firms. This Energy Industry Group will connect thought leaders from legal, accounting, and financial services GGI member firms to benefit the energy clients of those firms.

Christina L. Ball, '99, Lincoln, Nebraska, together with her law partners Andrew M. Loudon , Brett E. Ebert, and Kara E. Brostrom have founded Ball, Loudon, Ebert, & Brostrom, LLC, a boutique estate and business planning law firm in Lincoln.

Sharmyn K. Calhoun-Alley, 99, Fort Worth, Texas, has accepted the Chief Risk Officer role for Lone Star Ag Credit. In that role she is a member of the executive management team and over sees the following areas of responsibility: Enterprise Risk Management, Compliance, Business Intelligence, Quality Control and Collateral Risk Management.

Scott A. Liljegern, '99, Escondido, California, was named a 2019 California SuperLawyer.

2000s

Bryon L. Koepke, '00, Whippany, New Jersey, has joined Suburban Propane Partners L.P. as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Prior to joining the Partnership, Koepke spent seven years in the vehicle rental industry at Avis Budget Group, Inc., where he was senior vice president, chief securities counsel and assistant corporate secretary.

The Honorable Jared E. Smith, '00, Tampa, Florida, was appointed as a circuit judges for Hillsborough County's 13th Judicial Circuit. Smith has been a Hillsborough County judge since 2017.  Before that he was a partner at Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell. Smith also served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General's corps captain.

Andrew D. Smith, '01, Las Vegas, Nevada, is now of counsel at Winner & Sherrod.

The Hon. Amanda K. Bundren McNelley, '02, Saint Louis, Missouri, was appointed an associate circuit judge for the 21st Judicial Circuit, which covers St. Louis County.

Anthony L. Springfield, '02, Kansas City, Missouri, will serve as region VIII treasurer of the National Bar Association during 2019-2020.  Springfield will manage and oversee the financial affairs of the region, controlling and safeguarding its finances.

The Hon. James Witteman Jr., ’02, Independence, Missouri, is serving as interim Presiding Judge of Jackson County Municipal Court. Witteman was the City Prosecutor for the City of Greenwood, Missouri. He steps into the judgeship with experience as a practicing attorney at his own law firm, and others, in the areas of criminal defense, criminal misdemeanor and traffic, family law, personal injury and DUI/DWI. Wittemen also served as an Assistant Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney in the Drug Unit, litigating numerous felony and misdemeanor drug and alcohol cases.

Wesley L. Ashton, '03, Council Bluffs, Iowa, is the new Black Hills Energy vice president of operations for Iowa Gas. Ashton joined the company in 2006 as the manager of government affairs for Colorado and Kansas. He became senior manager of public affairs for the company's Colorado utilities in 2011. His responsibilities supported the Colorado electric and natural gas utilities, as well as Black Hills Power Delivery and Exploration and Production divisions.

Jeremy J. Crist, '03, Manhattan, Kansas, has joined Realty Executives Weis Real Estate Company as a member of the Linda B. Weis listing and sales team. From 2007 until May 2019, Crist served Riley County as assistant county attorney.

Dustin J. Curry, '03, Topeka, has joined DiPasquale Moore, as the managing partner in their Topeka office. His practice is devoted to personal injury law.

Scott J. Schneider, '03, Topeka, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC. Schneider's practice includes governmental relations and lobbying, and professional association representation and administration. His addition creates a new Topeka office for the firm and brings the number of Hinkle attorneys to 46. Previously, Scott had a private practice focused on governmental relations. He was, formerly, director of governmental affairs for Cox Communications and governmental relations director for the City of Wichita. He is a member of the Wichita and Kansas Bar Associations and serves as executive director of the Kansas Metro Business Healthcare Coalition. Scott will also represent the firm in numerous business-focused public policy and economic development entities.

Justin A. Barrett, '04, Colby, Kansas, has been named by the Kansas Supreme Court to serve on a task force to improve the pre-trial detention process. Barrett is one of three attorneys designated to represent defense attorneys on the panel. The committee is charged with making recommendations to the Supreme Court on the fairest and most efficient way to modernize the pretrial process that will be best for defendants and adequate for the system.

Donald H. Snook, '04, Memphis, Tennessee, has accepted a position with FedEx as Senior Counsel - Litigation.

The Honorable Monique Centeno, '05, Wichita, will fill the remaining term of retiring Judge James Fleetwood in the 18th Judicial District. That term has just over a year remaining and the judicial seat will be on the November 2020 election ballot

Todd Hiatt, '05, Topeka, has been promoted to litigation counsel at Kansas State Board of Healing Arts.

Carolyn L. Payne, '05, Jefferson City, Missouri, was promoted to chief risk officer at FCS Financial.

Nicholas D. Purifoy, '05, Kansas City, Missouri, is an assistant legal counsel for Missouri's 16th Judicial Circuit.

The Hon. Jana A. Sieve Wilson, '05, Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to fill the term of retiring Wyandotte County Chief Judge Wayne Lampson. Wilson has spent the last five years as an Assistant Attorney with the Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas, where she handles various legal issues affecting county management, the county jail, the Sheriff's Department, and labor relations. Before working for the Unified Government, Wilson was a trial attorney with Liberty Mutual, and spent almost four years in private practice at the firms of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., and Lathrop Gage LLP. Wilson has also served as a municipal judge pro tempore.  In 2018, Wilson was the runner-up in the primary election for the Division 5 district court judge position.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., became a partner at Duncan & Allen. The firm focuses on energy law, regulation of public utilities and administrative law.

Jake T. Henry III, '06, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is the new assistant dean of student affairs at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center. Henry has spent the past eight years as LSU law director of admissions. In his new role, Henry will administer the law center's interactions with its students, focusing on the academic, intellectual, psychological and personal aspects of student life at LSU Law. Additionally, he will work closely with all other administrators to ensure that students experience a supportive, inclusive and successful legal education

Brian J. Malone, '06, Saint Louis, Missouri, has been named shareholder at Lashly & Baer, P.C. Malone has been with the firm since 2016. He devotes his practice to assisting governmental bodies and public institutions in the St. Louis area.

Robin R. Anderson, '07, Merriam, Kansas, is now a law clerk for The Honorable Holly Teeter, US District Court of Kansas.

Shanelle E. Dupree, '07, Kansas City, Kansas, is now the regional director at Kansas Department for Children and Families. 

Dana L. Lauer, '07, Boston, Massachusetts, was promoted by Cordell & Cordell to Litigation Manager. Lauer has previously been recognized as a Massachusetts Rising Star in the family law practice area by Super Lawyers.

Michael K. Mayer, '07, Houston, Texas, was welcomed by the law firm of Davis & Associates to its team. Prior to joining Davis & Associates in Houston, Mayer worked across several fields of law in San Antonio - but today, he focuses solely on immigration law to provide his clients with the highest level of service available. Mayer is from an immigrant family, so he has first-hand knowledge of both sides of the same coin. His mother was born in Canada, and his grandfather hailed from Austria. Mayer himself served as a missionary in the Dominican Republic for two years

Richard C. Stevens, '07, Emporia, Kansas, is now with BLI Rentals LLC.

John Paul D. Washburn, '07, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. Along with the work he does through the TBA, John Paul is an active member of the KBA, serving on the Family Law Section Executive Committee and the young Lawyers Section Board. John Paul is active in the community serving on the TFI VEC Advisory Committee, leading a high school youth group, and coaching youth sports. In addition to being recognized twice by the KBA for his pro bono service, in 2016, he was selected by the Jayhawk Area Council as one of Greater Topeka's Top 20 under 40 professionals.

Laurel A. Klein Searles, '08, Topeka, was named Director of Unemployment Insurance. Searles joined Labor in 2012 as an Appeals Referee and became Chief of Appeals, leaving the agency to work for the Social Security Administration in 2018.

Patrick A. Turner, '08, Wichita, has joined DeVaughn James Injury Lawyers.

Nanette C. Turner Kalcik, '08, Wichita, has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner. Kalcik is experienced in nationwide complex litigation.

Nicholas J. Zluticky, '08, Kansas City, Missouri, has been selected as one of American Bankruptcy Institute's 40 Under 40, ABI's annual program that recognizes 40 of the top insolvency industry professionals under the age of 40. Zluticky writes frequently on recent court decisions in the bankruptcy field, publishing on JD Supra and in the Journal of Corporate Renewal, and he presents regularly at conferences for ABI and the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees.

Matthew W. Bish, '09, Wichita, was named to the 40 Under 40 list by the Wichita Business Journal.

Wesley A. Ashton, '09, Fayetteville, Arizona, has been appointed to vice president of operations for Black Hills Energy in Arkansas. In his new role, Ashton is responsible for all aspects of managing operations for Black Hills Energy in Arkansas. Black Hills Energy serves 172,000 customers in 104 Arkansas communities including Bentonville, Blytheville, Fayetteville, Harrison, Ozark, Rogers and Springdale.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Alexandria, Virginia, was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, the U.S. Department of Justice's second-highest award for employee performance. 

Timothy  M. Belsan, '09, Alexandria, Virginia was awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division's Special Commendation Award.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., received the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Division's Special Commendation Award, which is given in recognition of particularly outstanding acts of service that have materially contributed to the successful accomplishment of division objections.

Timothy M. Belsan, '09, Washington, D.C., has been promoted to Chief of the National Security & Affirmative Litigation Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation.

Brett A. Flachsbarth, '09, Topeka, serves as the Deputy Secretary for the Kansas Department of Labor. His appointment is effective immediately. Flachsbarth joined KDOL in 2005 as a member of the agency legal team, became the Chief of the Office of Unemployment Insurance Appeals in 2011 and was promoted to Director of the Unemployment Insurance Division in January 2013.

The Hon. Daniel D. Gilligan, '09, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been named as District Magistrate Judge for the 27th District. Gilligan was previously a Reno County prosecutor. 

Dustin L. Grant, '09, Egllin AFB, Florida, is the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate at the 96 Test Wing Legal Office.

Danielle M. Hall, '09, Topeka, was one of seven Topeka women honored during this year's Women of Influence Awards hosted by GO Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development program, Hall received the Distinguished Mentor Award.

The Hon. Christine M. Larson, '09, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was appointed as the associate district judge for Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Larson was previously a partner at Sharp McQueen, P.A. in Liberal, Kansas.

Kimberly M. Lynch, '09, Topeka, is now associate regional counsel at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Kimberly M. Lynch, '09, Topeka has been named State Hospital Commissioner. Lynch began her more than 10 years of state service in 2009 with the Kansas Attorney General's Civil Litigation Division. She joined KDADS in 2012 and was promoted to Chief Litigation Attorney, then Senior Counsel, before being named Chief Counsel in 2017.

Justin L. McFarland, '09, Topeka is now General Counsel of the Kansas Insurance Department. McFarland formerly was Deputy General Counsel and Labor Market Information Director in the Kansas Department of Labor.

Kevin W. Mechtley, '09, Overland Park, Kansas, was named to the board of directors of the National Association of Fixed Annuities. Mechtley has been in the middle of insurance industry efforts related to the Labor Department's fiduciary rule, the Securities and Exchange Commission's advice reform proposal and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' revision of its annuity suitability rule.

Amber R. Smith, '09, fills a new fulltime position in the Office of Judicial Administration as deputy judicial administrator. She will assist judicial administrator Nancy Dixon in managing, organizing, developing, and implementing the office of judicial administration.  Amber will provide leadership for programs and special projects throughout the court and will assist with implementing organization changes, policies, and procedure.

2010s

Vo-Laria N. Brooks, ’10, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the Director, Domestic Operations, at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Center for Law and Military Operations.

Ryan K. Meyer, '10, Wichita, has been appointed to the Federal Bench-Bar Committee.

Sean T. Pribyl, '10, Norway, has joined Gard AS as Senior Claims Executive, Lawyer (Charters & Traders Defence Claims).

Lisa S. Tse, '10, Bellevue, Washington, has opened the Law Office of Lisa S. Tse.

Christopher "C.J." Velez, '10, Syracuse, New York was appointed as district magistrate judge for Hamilton County. Velez worked in child support enforcement for Young Williams, and has been in private practice since 2013, in which he specialized in family law and estate planning.

Patrick M. Vogelsberg, '10, Topeka is now the manager of government affairs at Kansas Gas Service. Vogelsberg will be chief political and lobbyist liaison for the Kansas Legislature and local government officials. He has lobbied for more than 10 years in Kansas, recently as in-house legal counsel and lobbyist for the Kansas Association of Realtors.

Ashley D. Comeau, '11, Hays, Kansas, has joined Jeter Turner Sook Baxter, LLP. in an of counsel capacity. Her practice will encompass a broad range of civil matters, including estate planning and elder law, to guide the firm's business and individual clients.

Samuel R. Foreman, '11, Wichita, has opened a solo practice, Foreman Law. Foreman had previously been with Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch LLC for nearly three years. He had been with Klenda Austerman LLC prior to that. Foreman is a former Wichita Business Journal 40 Under 40 honoree.

Levi Morris, '11, Great Bend, Kansas, was appointed as the new Barton County Attorney.

Shawn P. Yancy, '11, Topeka, was named deputy director of unemployment insurance and chief of the Office of Appeals for the Kansas Department of Labor. He also began a term as secretary for the Board of National High School Mock Trial Championship from May, 2019 through May, 2020, with which he has been an elected at-large member since 2015.

The Hon. Courtney D. Boehm, '12, Hillsboro, Kansas, was appointed as a district judge in the 8th District. Boehm currently served as Marion County Attorney and had a private practice with Cottonwood Law Group.

Whitney L. Casement, '12, Topeka, was named a Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America "Top 20 Under 40" award recipient. The honorees this year were selected from more than 230 nominations and more than 100 applications submitted to a selection committee consisting of more than 20 community members.

Jennifer M. Cocking, '12, Topeka, vice president and associate general counsel for Capitol Federal Savings Bank was elected President-Elect of the Women Attorneys Association of Topeka at the organization's annual meeting on June 26. 

Dustin Crook, '12, Shawnee, Kansas, and Caleb Biesterveld, '12, Olathe, Kansas, relocated their law firm Biesterveld & Crook, LLC from Olathe to Overland Park. The law firm represents plaintiffs in personal injury, consumer and employment cases as well as companies involved in business disputes.

Joshua A. Decker, '12, Olathe, Kansas has joined Spencer Fane's estate planning group as of-counsel in the firm's Overland Park and Kansas City office. In Decker's practice, he advises individuals and families on various aspects of estate planning and trust and estate administration.

Matthew Z. Hudson, '12, Denver, Colorado, has started a new position as program specialist at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children's bureau.

LeTiffany Obozele, '12, Lawrence, Kansas, has joined the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office.

Matthew D. Quandt, '12, Omaha, Nebraska, has joined the Erickson Sedstrom as an associate with a practice in litigation. Before joining Erickson Sedstrom, Quandt worked in Kansas City where he gained ample litigation and trial experience in state and federal courts. His practice concentrates on litigation, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death, trucking and transportation, construction defect, employment, product liability, and professional liability, including engineers and architects.

Nicole M. Revenaugh, '12, Topeka, was one of seven Topeka women honored during this year's Women of Influence Awards hosted by GO Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development program, Revenaugh received the Rising Star Award.  Revenaugh is an equity partner in a new minority-owned law firm in Topeka. She also served as co-campaign manager for Mayor Michelle De La Isla's campaign.

Sarah E. Tadtman, '12, Lenexa, Kansas, is now counsel at Cboe Global Markets.

Lyndzie M. Carter, '13, San Diego, California, is now an assistant United States attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of California.

Will Lawrence, '13, Topeka, was named Chief of Staff for the Kansas Governor's Office. Lawrence has provided counsel to Senate Minority Leader Anthony Hensley, D-Topeka, for the past two years.

Matthew A. Spahn, '13, Wichita, is now a Partner at Martin, Pringle Attorneys at Law.

Nickolas C. Templin, '13, Kansas City, Missouri, is now with Schmitt Law Firm, LLC.

Travis L. Cook, '14, Wichita, is now with Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC., Legal Department.

Kelsey R. Floyd, '14, Wichita, is now with the Sedgwick County district attorney's Office.

Steven E. Iverson, '14, Council Grove, Kansas, has opened Iverson Law Office. Iverson's practice will include estate planning, probate and trust administration, special needs planning, elder law/Medicaid, Medicaid crisis planning, veterans benefits and appeals, succession planning for farmers and ranchers and more.

Robert J. Moody, '14, Wichita, received the Kansas Bar Association Diversity Award.

Jennifer L. Ouellette, '14, Topeka, is now a Staff Attorney for the Kansas Insurance Department.

Travis M. Pfannenstiel, '14, Scottsdale, Arizona, is now an Acquisitions Attorney at DEPCOM Power, Inc.

Bo Turney, '14, Topeka, was named a Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts of America ""Top 20 Under 40"" award recipient. The honorees this year were selected from more than 230 nominations and more than 100 applications submitted to a selection committee consisting of more than 20 community members.

Kevin B. Coombs, '15, Spanish Fork, Utah, is now In-house counsel at United Energy Workers Healthcare, Corp.

Jessica L. Conrow, '15, Topeka, has been promoted to Senior Legal Counsel at Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

Kristina J. Crawford, '15, Topeka, is now a Trust Officer at Kaw Valley Bank.

Candice Y. Farha, '15, Wichita, has joined Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP.

Courtney L. Kelley, '15, Denver, Colorado, has relocated from the Tulsa, office to the Denver office of Hall, Estill.

Jennifer L. Harper, '15, Wellington, Kansas, assumed the position of Assistant District Attorney for the 27th Judicial District. She had previously been a Deputy Sumner County Attorney. She is currently handling the juvenile, child in need of care, and care and treatment (substance abuse/mental illness) caseload.

Tomas S. Ellis, '16, Garden City, Kansas, has accepted a position with the Calihan Law Firm. Ellis has a background in prosecution along with an emphasis in agricultural law, water law, oil and gas law, and real estate law.

Blair W. Loving, '16, Garden City, Kansas, joined the law firm of Hope, Mills, Bolin, Collins & Ramsey as a Partner.

Joe Pilgrim, '16, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Alspaugh Family Law.

Joseph A. Dempewolf, '17, Wichita, is an associate attorney in the litigation section of Klenda Austerman, LLC.

Ryan A. Laudermilk, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, is now a staff attorney in the domestic unit at Legal Aid of Western Missouri. 

Lisa L. Martin, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, is now with Constangy Brooks Smith Prophete LLP.

Ethan M. McInteer, '17, Wichita, has joined Klenda Austerman. McInteer commits a majority of his law practice in Wichita to aviation-related matters, particularly those in the way of finance and regulatory compliance.

Stryder D. Montgomery, '17, Dighton, Kansas, is the new district manager of the Lane County Conservation District.

Evan M. Schodowski, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, joined Baty Otto Coronado as an associate. Schodowski previously worked at Lewis Brisbois.

Morgan L. Simpson, '17, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Baty Otto Coronado as an associate. Simpson previously worked at Lewis Brisbois.

Lauren N. Wright, '17, Wichita, has joined Klenda Austerman, LLC. She was previously with the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Joseph R. Aker, '18, Abilene, Kansas, has joined the Cottonwood Law Group.

Sarah C. Anderson, '18, Albuquerque, New Mexico, is an assistant trial attorney for the Bernalillo County District Attorney.

William C. Dauster, '18, Raymore, Missouri, is now an associate at Carter Law Office.

Christopher M. Helt, '18, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Lewis Rice, as an associate practicing in the Litigation Department. Chris advises clients on matters relating to commercial and civil litigation. He has experience in state contract law, employment, bankruptcy, firearms, and appellate procedure.

Matthew J. Wiebe, '18, Holland, Michigan, has joined Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge. Wiebe was a legal intern at Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge and also interned at the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas.

Kristen N. Zacharias, '18, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Newbery, Ungerer & Hickert LLP as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, commercial real estate law, business law and tax planning. Before becoming an associate attorney, she worked as a law clerk for the firm.

Justin L. Crawford, ’18, Joplin, Missouri, is now the Joplin School District's director of educational support and human resources. Crawford previously worked for the district in various capacities and has specialized in dropout prevention and technology integration.

Samantha J. Leeds, '18, Austin, Texas, is an associate at Venero Law, PLLC.

Dominic D. Cavicchia, '19, Manhattan, Kansas, is an associate at Graber & Johnson Law Group, LLC. His practice will focus on estate planning, tax law, and medicaid planning.

John M. Glamann, '19, Wichita, is now with the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Colin T. Halpin, '19, Saint Louis, Missouri, has joined Lathrop Gage, LLP's tax and employee benefits team, focusing his practice on real estate and tax credit financing. He works on matters involving new markets tax credits, historic rehabilitation tax credits, opportunity zones and low-income housing tax credits, as well as other federal, state and local tax credits and incentives.

Adam P. Huser, '19, Wichita, has joined Arn, Mullins, Unruh, Kuhn & Wllson, LLP.

Audrey D. Koehler, '19, Wichita, has joined Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, L.L.C.

Jeremy E. Koehler, '19, Wichita, has joined Foulston.

Keegan M. McElroy, '19, Topeka, was recognized by CASA of Shawnee County as CASA Rookie of the Year.

Issac M. Wright, '19, Larned, Kansas, has joined Smith, Burnett & Hagerman, LLC.

Allison A. Zerbe, '19, Topeka, has been promoted to associate attorney and a human resource adviser at HR Partners. Zerbe clerked for John R. Dietrick, P.A., during her final year of law school and served as an HR adviser for HR Partners.

Recent Notifications

Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Missouri, is now the managing partner in the Overland Park office for Chicago based Hennessy & Roach, P.C.

The Hon. Laura E. Johnson-McNish, '91, Marysville, Kansas, has been appointed to fill a District Court Magistrate vacancy in the 22nd Judicial District.

The Hon. Jana A. Sieve Wilson, '05, Kansas City, Kansas, was appointed to fill the term of retiring Wyandotte County Chief Judge Wayne Lampson

Vo-Laria N. Brooks, ’10, Charlottesville, Virginia, is the Director, Domestic Operations, at The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Center for Law and Military Operations.