Class of 1976
Robert J. Grassino (BSEd, EDS 1992) retired in 2012 after more than 28 years in public education. Dr. Grassino spent 16 years working in the Circle School District, USD 375, in Towanda, Kan. While at Circle, he served as the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the assistant superintendent. In addition to leaving public education, Dr. Grassino also recently retired from the United States Coast Guard Reserve as a captain following 28 years of service and two overseas deployments.
Class of 1980
Lanny Schoeling (BS) has been named vice president of oilfield innovation at NeoTek Energy, where he will oversee the implementation and integration of NeoTek’s technology into the oilfield. Dr. Schoeling holds 27 granted patents in the oil industry and has also served in the U.S. Army.

Class of 1986
Renee A. Grassino (BSEd, MS 1989, EDS 1992) retired from public education in 2012. Dr. Grassino spent time teaching in Lamar, Frontenac, and Arma before working 20 years as a middle school counselor in the Wichita public schools. She and her husband, Robert, are now both retired and living on Table Rock Lake in Shell Knob, Mo.
Carla Farmer (BGS) has been promoted to vice president of marketing and strategic communication at Cottey College. She joined the school in 2009 as the campaign manager and senior major gifts officer where she implemented a $35 million campaign, managing more than 5,800 volunteers nationwide. She traveled the country with her colleagues, building a network of potential donors, which resulted in the campaign topping $40 million. Farmer then moved her way up through other positions at Cottey College until being selected for her new title.

Class of 1988
David Hardwick (BST) was named service manager for Randall Ford, Inc. in June 2014 at Fort Smith, Ark. Randall Ford is the third oldest Ford dealership in America. This is after Hardwick spent 24 years as a master service adviser, including corporate accounts, during which time he earned several awards of distinction with Ford Motor Company. His awards included, Silver Medallion Award in 1994 and 1995, Memphis Region Winner’s Circle Sweepstakes in 1995, Quality Care Leader in 1996, Regional Fast Track Retail Sales Leader in 1998 and 2008, #8 ranked in five states in 2009 and #1 ranked master service adviser in seven state area in 2012.

Class of 1996
Scott Wilson (BGS) was hired by First National Bank in Pratt, Kan., as the new financial adviser for First National Financial Services. Wilson has 10 years of experience as a financial adviser and previously worked in a banking institution.

Class of 1998
Clare Hyatt (BS) is a doctor of veterinary medicine and currently resides in Phoenix, Ariz., where she has been awarded diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (ACVECC). ACVECC recognizes veterinarians who have completed a three-year residency and successfully passed the certifying examination as specialists in veterinary emergency and critical care.

Class of 1999
Chris McLean (BSE, MS 2003) was named District No. 1 Elementary School Principal of the Year in the state of Kansas, which is broken up into six districts. He currently works at Broadmoor Elementary School in Louisburg, Kan. McLean began his career in Osawatomie, teaching fourth and fifth grade from 1999 to 2004, then served as the assistant principal at Osawatomie Middle School from 2004 to 2008 before coming to Broadmoor Elementary.
Shara Reilly (BBA) was nominated for the award of Kansas Teacher of the Year. Reilly began her education career 10 years ago, and currently works as a fourth/fifth grade looping teacher at Mize Elementary School in the De Soto School District.

Class of 2000
Jennifer Brannon (BA) published a children’s book entitled, “Missionary Kid Stories,” which tells fictionalized, first-hand accounts of six different missionary kids and the countries where they live. She grew up in Mexico as a missionary child and used that experience to write her book, which is meant to help families learn about missionaries and other countries. Brannon now lives in Kechi, Kan., with her husband and three children.

Class of 2002
Andrew Nave (BBA) has been hired as the executive vice president of economic development for the Greater Wichita Partnership. Nave previously worked in economic development positions in Johnson County, Overland Park, Shawnee and south-central Missouri for more than a decade. He is chair-elect of the Kansas Economic Development Alliance.

Class of 2011
Eric Jones (BS) was hired as the new center director for Gadsden Job Corps Center, which is a no-cost education and career technical training program carried out through the U.S. Department of Labor. He was previously employed by Alutiiq, which recently took over the Gadsden Job Corps Center contract. Jones went through a similar vocational program after dropping out of high school, giving him a unique perspective as the center director.

Class of 2013
Ashley Wilbert (BBA) joined the Sinnett & Associates firm as an associate. She has three years of experience with operational audits, cost-recovery reviews as well as internal control and compliance activities in the natural gas industry.

Class of 2016
Melanie Garrison (Early Childhood Autism Certificate) has been selected by the Kansas Council for Exceptional Children as one of the special education teachers of the year. Garrison is an early childhood special education teacher in Garden City.