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Office of Development & Alumni Relations


Nate Houser, ’94

Associate Vice President of Advancement
Senior Advisor for DE&I | 785.594.8316 | cell 785.571.2327

Nate returned to Baker in 2003 after a professional soccer career to give back to the place that changed his life. He served as head coach of the women’s soccer team, a role he held until 2013. He also coached the men’s team from 2008 to 2022. In 2017, he was named athletic director.

Nate enjoys the opportunity to share the incredible impact Baker can make on a student’s life. He looks forward to connecting alumni and friends of the university with Baker’s incredible students, faculty, and staff.

As a student, Nate majored in history and political science and minored in Spanish. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and served as the Interfraternity Council president and president of Mungano. He met his wife, Erica, at Baker, and they were married in Osborne Chapel. Their daughter will graduate from Baker in 2023, and their son is in high school.


Doug Barth, ’91

Director of Alumni Relations | 785.594.4799 | cell 785.571.2329

Doug, who earned a bachelor’s degree in art from Baker, has served as director of Alumni Relations since 2008. Before that, he was the creative director at KU Endowment for 10 years.

He enjoys engaging alumni with their alma mater through alumni events and connecting Baker alumni with each other and with current students. He loves it when alumni send their children to Baker. Want to talk Baker? Call or email Doug—he enjoys meeting for coffee and getting to know Wildcats and hearing their Baker stories.

Doug met his wife, Sara, at Baker, and his two brothers followed him to BU. He and Sara are part of the Greek system. His youngest son is a student-athlete on campus and a member of the Greek system, too. His oldest son graduated from K-State and lives near Indianapolis. In Doug’s time away from campus, he enjoys his new hobby of making leather bags and wallets by hand, photography, traveling, and driving his Baker Orange Jeep with the top off.


Cheryl Stefanik McCrary, ’87, MLA ’13

Director of Donor Relations | 785.594.8423

Cheryl, who earned a BA from Baker with majors in mass communication and psychology, has spent more than 25 years working in higher education, 20 of those at Baker and 15 in college admissions. She joined the Office of Development in 2018 and serves as the assistant director of Donor Relations, where her goal is to foster and nurture lifelong, meaningful relationships between the university and its donors.

While at Baker, Cheryl was involved in theatre and was a member of the Baker Orange staff, a University Admissions Assistant, and a Cardinal Key member. She served as president of Phi Mu. She serves as the vice president of events for the Zeta Alpha Alumna Chapter of Phi Mu. She married her favorite Baldwin “townie,” George McCrary. Their two daughters graduated from Baker and are married to Baker grads. Cheryl loves spending time with family and friends, Baker football, and a great salad.


Philip Hannon, ’86

Associate Director of Development | 785.594.8493 | cell 913.804.7346

After a career playing, coaching, and managing professional baseball, Philip returned to Baker as head baseball coach from 1999 to 2015. In 2016, he was hired by the Office of Development to serve as associate director of special gifts, and in 2020 he was named associate director of development.

Philip enjoys the opportunity to meet alumni and constituents who support Baker and the mission of this great institution. Baker has been a large part of his life since stepping on campus as a student in the fall of 1982. Philip, his wife, Charlene (Potter), ’85, and all four of their children are proud Baker graduates.

Phil looks forward to bringing all generations of Baker families together.

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Jake Morse, ’13

Annual Fund Director and Assistant Development Officer | 785.594.4524

Jake, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Baker, is excited to be a member of the development team and have the opportunity to build relationships with the entire Baker community.

As a student-athlete, Jake was the starting quarterback for four years. Before joining the Office of Development, he served as a franchise manager for a fundraising company and before that coached college football for six years. From 2015 to 2018, he coached quarterbacks and served as the offensive coordinator at Baker and was a member of the staff when the Wildcats made a run to the NAIA National Championship Game in 2016. Jake and his wife, Kate, have a daughter, Ella, and a son, Wyatt.


Susan Kruger

Donor Relations and Annual Fund Coordinator | 785.594.4590

Susan is a graduate of Baldwin High School and lives in Baldwin City with her husband, Rob. She has two sons, Cole and Jedidiah. She enjoys cooking, weekend road trips, looking for treasures at estate sales, and spending time with her extended family and friends.

Before joining the Office of Development staff in early 2021, Susan managed a customer service department for a microbiology lab for 18 years and worked at the NAIA national headquarters for 12 years as an assistant to the vice president and director of legislative services. She also served on a team of five that originated and developed the NAIA Eligibility Center.


Michelle Honn

Advancement Services Assistant | 785.594.4555

Michelle graduated from Baldwin High School and lives in Baldwin City with her husband and daughters. She began working at Baker in 2021 after spending many years as a stay-at-home mom to Isabella and Zoey. While her girls are her main passion, she also loves cats, dogs, sci-fi, reading, PC gaming, fishing, and kayaking.

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