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Alumni Notes: Spring 2014


J. Robert Ewbank, BA ’55, has completed the book “To Whom It May Concern” from WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson. It is a compilation of vignettes of things that have happened to members of his family. The stories are grouped around various events in the author’s life, including childhood, children, Baker University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, places of employment such as Union Steel Products, Michigan Standard Alloys, Echlin, Hi-Lex Controls and a bakery. He also taught at colleges and universities. Ewbank is a third-generation Methodist minister. He has written two previous books on John Wesley’s theology.


Marty Conrad, BA ’76, is the president of the Wyoming Senior Olympics. He is entering his 39th year as an educator, including stints as a social studies teacher, principal, and athletic director. He has coached football, wrestling, baseball, and basketball.

Donald Levering, BA ’71, is a poet living in Santa Fe, N.M. His 12th poetry book, “The Water Leveling With Us,” will be published this spring and available through Red Mountain Press at


Dane Ditto, BS ’86, is a doctor of internal medicine at Wamego (Kan.) Health Center and Family Clinic. He previously practiced medicine for 15 years in Manhattan, Kan.


Tom Beall, BA ’90, has been appointed first assistant U.S. attorney for Kansas. As first assistant, he will be the second in command of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Kansas.

Eric Driskell, BS ’97 and MAEd ’09, coached Blue Valley High School to the Kansas Class 5A state football championship in November.

Amy Kincaid, BSN ’93, was in December inducted as a community member into the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing.

Larry Glatczak, BS ’92, coached Centralia (Kan.) High School to the Class 2A state football championship in November. Chris McAfee, BA ’96, coached De Soto (Kan.) High School to the Class 4A girls state cross country title in the fall.


Former Baker football players Kendall Bradley, BS ’08 and MLA ’10;Mack Brown, BS ’10; and Eric Munoz, BS ’10; were on the sidelines as members of the coaching staffs at the Southeastern Conference football championship between Missouri and Auburn on Dec. 7 in Atlanta. Brown serves as a graduate assistant coach at Missouri, working with tight ends, and Bradley is the offensive quality control coach for MU. Munoz is the assistant director of high school relations and offensive quality control coach at Auburn, which played in the BCS Championship Game on Feb. 6.

David D’Ercole, BS ’00, currently the vice principal at Shanghai American School in China, has been appointed lower school principal for Kansas City’s Pembroke Hill School effective for the 2014-2015 academic year. Before joining the Shanghai American School, D’Ercole served as the elementary school principal for Butler Global School in Washington, D.C., and the principal for two private schools in Colombia, South America. He was selected the 2012 Most Outstanding Principal by the Washington, D.C., Association of Chartered Public Schools.

Chelsey Forge, BS ’09, is a certified public accountant and senior accountant at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Mo.

Emily (Grabner) Johnson, BA ’06, and Dylan Johnson were married Aug. 31, 2013, in Brighton, Utah. Benjamin A. Martin, BA ’07, recently graduated from Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

Steve Peterson, BSN ’02, is a physician liaison for SVConnectOne in Topeka, Kan. Nichole Potts, BSN ’05, is an advanced practice registered nurse for medical clinics in Jefferson County (Kan.).

Ron Schroeder, MBA ’08, is a project manager for Level Five Solutions and resides in Prairie Village, Kan.

Nathaniel Tyler, MBA ’05, and Angela (Crowdes) Tyler were married Oct. 19, 2013, at John Wesley Chapel, Church of the Resurrection UMC in Leawood, Kan. Nathaniel works at Sprint Corporate Headquarters in Overland Park, Kan.

Brett Weir, BSN ’08, is a brigade nurse for the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Sarah, live in Colorado Springs, Colo.


Kelly (Krien) Allen, MAEd ’10, was selected recently to be a part of the first Teacher Leadership Team for the Riley County (Kan.) School District. Allen taught fourth grade in the Riley County schools for 24 years.

Jenna Brantley, BS ’11, is the senior sales consultant for the Dallas Cowboys Football Club.

Rachel (Walkowiak) Couture, BS ’11, is the director of business development for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She and her husband, Justin Couture, live in Olathe, Kan.

Elizabeth Deng, BSN ’11, in December was inducted as a community member into the Eta Kappa Chapter-at-Large of Sigma Theta Tau International, the national honor society for nursing.

Anne Henderson, BA ’81, was part of an ArtQuest team that was nominated for an Emmy from the Midsouth Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Michael Howell, MSM ’13, is a police sergeant with the Kansas City (Kan.) Police Department.

Donald Hughes, BBA ’13, is the maintenance superintendent for Kansas City Power and Light.

Brianne Lowrey, BS ’12, is the building operations console operator at Pinkerton Government Services and lives in Kansas City, Mo.

Kevin Lyon, MLA ’13, is an adjunct instructor at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, teaching classes in state and local government and political science.

Justin Mohney, MBA ’10, is a police officer for the Gardner (Kan.) Police Department. Christine (Janssens) Morton, BS ’11, is the youth director at Camp War Eagle in Arkansas. She and her husband, Matt, live in Rogers, Ark.

Reina Murphy, BS ’11, is a program coordinator at Bishop-McCann, a brand experiences agency, and resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Chelsea Twietmeyer, BA ’11, is the digital and social communications strategist at Oklahoma State University Foundation.

Megan Umscheid, MAEd ’10, was recently named executive director of the Wamego (Kan.) Chamber of Commerce/Mainstreet.

Anita Vanderpool, MAEd ’13, is a teacher for Turner USD 202 in Kansas City, Kan. Amanda Wahlmeier, ’10, Phi Mu, is a curator for the National Orphan Train Complex and lives in Concordia, Kan. She is seeking membership into the Sisters of St. Joseph in Concordia.

Rhonda Wedel, MAEd ’13, is a seventh-grade math teacher for the Blue Valley School District in Kansas.

A Special Thanks

Baker University thanks Bill Gordon, BA ’60, for his persistent endorsement and financial support of his alma mater to assist students as they continue their education.

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