Alumni Achievements

  • Jeff Blackford (Ed.D., ’16) has been named superintendent for Nodaway-Holt School District, effective July 1.
  • Katrin Gubser Sweeney (M.A. ’16) was elected as secretary of the Kansas Counseling Association and president of the Multicultural Division.
  • Barbara R. Grayson, Esq. (B.A., ‘98) has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in recognition of her professional accomplishments. Read more.
  • Robin Ewy, M.A. (’13), LPC, ACA, has been named the new executive director for the American Counseling Association of Missouri (ACAM).  In addition to having a small private practice in Kansas City, she facilitates the Northwest District Counseling Ministries for the Missouri conference of the United Methodist Church, and leads the Hope and Healing Ministries at Gashland United Methodist Church.
  • Dr. Sara A. Jahnke (M.A. ’04), director, Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS, Institute for Biobehavioral Health Research, National Development & Research Institutes, Inc. received the Dr. John Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership and Management Research this summer in Tulsa, OK, from the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management (IFSJLM).
  • Nancy Cramer (M.A. ’71, Ed.S. ’79) in retirement has written four books for children on World War I: A Student Guide; Unheard Voices, Untold Stories (1898-1918); Unheard Voices, Untold Stories (Volume 2); and Beko, The Little French Dog – World War I Hero.  Email her at for more information.
  • Kerry Lane (M.A. ’02) will be the new principal at Kansas’ Olathe South High School this fall.  Read more.
  • Chris Wolff (M.A. ’12) has written A Pearl of Great Value: The History of UMKC, Kansas City’s University, with proceeds supporting the UMKC Alumni Association’s student scholarships.  Pre-order your copy today.
  • Sierra L. Warren (M.A. ’15) is now an admissions coordinator at MCC Maple Woods in Kansas City, Mo.

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SOE Alumni Achievement Award Recipients

2016Harlan Brownlee (M.A. '04)
2015Larry Long (Ph.D., '97)
2014Rodney Watson (Ed.S. ’00, Ph.D. ’07)
Dorothy Watson (’64)
2012Suzanne McCanles (’97)
2012Yvonne S. Wilson (’76)
Steve L. Obenhaus (’88)