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Updates submitted between March 22 and March 20, 2015

1950s

James W. Sloan, '52, Topeka, was honored with one of the highest Salvation Army awards, the William Booth Award, at The Salvation Army of Topeka's Civic Luncheon.

1960s

Bill Hunsaker, '65, Arvada, Colorado, launched his new law practice with Donnie Emmi, serving clients with personal injuries or business disputes, and estate law.

Winton M. Hinkle, '68, Wichita, retired from the firm he founded, Hinkle Law LLC.

Thomas A. Adrian, '69, Newton, Kan., received the Outstanding Service Award from the Kansas Bar Association and the Robert K. Weary Award from the Kansas Bar Foundation.

Michael H. Haas, '69, Hoxie, Kansas, retired as attorney for Sheridan County after more than 40 years, and was the longest-serving, continuously elected county attorney in state history. He also served in the National Guard during his career and continues to operate his private firm.

1970s

H. Philip Elwood, '71, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Elwood is an attorney with Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer L.L.P. Elwood's legal experience includes extensive work in health care law.

John T. Bird, '74, Hays, Kan., who 40 years ago began with the firm Glassman Bird Brown & Powell, LLP, and is senior partner, has announced that well-respected Hays lawyer Todd D. Powell, '98, is now a partner in the full-service law firm that serves Northwest Kansas.

John F. Stasiowski, '74, Scottsdale, Arizona, retired after working for 36 years in the beer industry.

Gerald L. Green, '76, Hutchinson, Kansas, was sworn in as the 129th president of the Kansas Bar Association.

The Honorable J. Thomas Marten, '76, Wichita, has been appointed as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas. After serving as law clerk to retired Associate Justice Tom C. Clark of the United States Supreme Court, he spent 19 years practicing law in Nebraska, Minnesota, and Kansas, the last 14 years of which were as a member of Bremyer & Wise, P.A. in McPherson, Kansas. Judge Marten is a founding member of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, a frequent speaker at seminars and conferences, and has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School for more than 25 years.

Michael L. Merriam, '76, Topeka, was honored by the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for his promotion of open government. Merriam has practiced media and First Amendment law for more than 35 years and has represented many communications and news companies.

Jeffrey C. Joy, '77, Irvine, Calif,, was recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America.

Patrik W. Neustrom, '77, Salina, Kan., has been chosen by his peers to serve as president of the Kansas Association for Justice (KSAJ) for 2014-15. Neustrom has practiced law in Salina for more than 30 years with Neustrom & Associates, P.A., and has been a KSAJ member for 34 years.

Martin R. Ufford, '77, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

S. Lucky DeFries, '78, Topeka, has been selected for 2014 induction into the Ottawa High School Wall of Fame and has been named vice chair of the Ottawa University board of trustees.

Edward J. Nazar, '78, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

Edward L. Barker, '79, Mission Hills, Kansas, has joined Husch Blackwell's Kansas City, Missouri, Healthcare, Life Sciences & Pharmaceuticals industry team as senior counsel, and brings extensive experience having previously served as the senior vice president and chief legal officer of the four-state nonprofit healthcare organization Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System Inc. for more than 25 years.

Bradley J. Prochaska, '78, Wichita, has been elected as chairman of the American Association of Justice's professional negligence section.

Robert F. Hartsook, '79, Kansas City, Missouri, was inducted into the Emporia High School Hall of Fame. He is the owner of Hartsook Companies Inc., one of the largest fundraising consulting practices in the world.

Jeffrey W. Schemmel, '79, Atlanta, is founder and president of College Sports Solutions (CSS), a leading full-service provider of collegiate athletic consulting, strategies, and solutions to universities, intercollegiate conferences, and collegiate organizations.

1980s

Douglas D. Depew, '80, Neodesha, Kan., was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback to the K-12 Student Performance and Efficiency Commission.

The Honorable Marla J. Luckert, '80, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association’s Warren W. Shaw Distinguished Service Award.

Jerome A. Gorman, '81, Kansas City, Kan., received the lifetime achievement award from the Kansas County and District Attorney's Association.

E. Lou Bjorgaard Probasco, '81, Topeka, has been elected as a trustee of the TARC Foundation Board.

Ronald J. Caron, '82, Manchester, New Hampshire, has joined the Devine Millimet Law Firm as part of its litigation practice group. He also focuses on real estate and construction litigation, and labor and employment-related matters for individuals and businesses.  He is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and admitted to the U. S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire.

Philip S. Milone, '82, Garden City, New York, was named a "Top Family Law Attorney" in New York by New York Magazine, April 2014. He has been an active Matrimonial and Family Law practitioner in New York City and Long Island for over 30 years. Milone also is serving his third four-year term as justice of the Village of Stewart Manor, Long Island, N.Y.

Terri A. Roberts, '82, Topeka, has been appointed to the Tower Mental Health Foundation Board of Directors. Roberts is executive director of the American Holistic Nurses Association. Previously, she served 23 years as executive director of the Kansas State Nurses Association.

Nancy A. Goodall, '83, Topeka, is secretary of the Topeka Performing Arts Center Board of Trustees.

Laura L. Ice, '84, Wichita, has been awarded the Howard C. Kline Award by the Wichita Bar Association. She also received the Professionalism Award from the Kansas Bar Association at its annual meeting in Topeka.

Patricia A. Gilman, '83, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

W. Thomas Gilman, '84, Wichita, has joined Hinkle Law Firm LLC as a member.

Gary A. Norton, '84, Des Moines, Iowa, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015.

Frank M. Ojile, '84, Wichita, was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor of the Year at Wichita State University.

The Honorable Nancy L. Moritz, '85, Topeka, has been appointed to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court, based in Denver, reviews legal cases from Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.

Steven J. Obermeier, '85, Olathe, Kan., was selected by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission as the recipient of the 2014 Robert L. Gernon Award.

Gregory G. Meredith, '86, Hutchinson, Kansas, has been named vice president of Compliance and Ethics at Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System.

Randall W. Schroer, '86, Kansas City, Missouri, previously of counsel with Morrow Willnauer Klosterman Church, LLC, became a member (partner) of the firm.

The Honorable Rene S. Young, '86, Salina, Kan., became chief judge of the 28th Judicial District for a two-year period that started January 1, 2015. Young has been a Saline County District Court judge since 2006. 

Associate Dean Jalen Lowry, '87, Topeka, was awarded the "Achieving Excellence Award" from Washburn University's Vice President of Student Life, Denise Ottinger.  This award recognizes people at Washburn University who demonstrate excellence in working with individual students, student groups, or organizations.  The award specifically cites that "she meets with students during difficult times in their lives.”

Lt. Col. Bryan T. Wheeler, '87, Annapolis, Md., was formerly the Department of Defense Associate General Counsel at the TRICARE Management Activity. Wheeler is now the Deputy General Counsel of the Defense Health Agency, a 12,500 plus organization that provides healthcare services for 9.6 million beneficiaries.

Thomas R. Merkel, '88, Rosemount, Minn., retired January 30, 2015 after 14 years with Hennepin County, Minn., serving first as an inspector within the Sheriff's Office and since 2007 as director of community corrections & rehabilitation (DOCCR).  With 925 employees and a budget of $100 million, the DOCCR is responsible for the supervision of 27,000 offenders each day.

Natalie Camacho Mendoza, '89, Boise, Idaho, has been selected to chair the Dean’s Advisory Council for Concordia University School of Law in Boise. She has served on the Council since 2009 and chairs the Diversity Task Force. The law school is part of Concordia University, a private, nonprofit, Lutheran, liberal arts university, based in Portland, Oregon. Mendoza was also appointed to serve on the University’s Council of Trustees.She was selected by the Idaho Business Review for 2014 Leaders in Law, one of 22 attorneys recognized. This is the second year of the program. Factors considered for the selection included professionalism, leadership, experience, and commitment of substantial time to community and national organizations to benefit others.

Marcos Mendoza, '89, Austin, Texas, graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law with an LL.M. in Insurance Law, with honors, and was profiled in the spring edition of Insurance Litigation Magazine.

1990s

M. Kristine Savage, '91, Topeka, is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015 among the country's most distinguished attorneys. Savage is honored in two areas: Criminal Defense: Non-White-Collar and Criminal Defense: White Collar.  Savage practices family law and is certified by the Kansas Supreme Court to perform mediation in domestic cases.  She also has extensive experience in complex federal and state criminal cases, including appeals. Before joining the firm in 1999, she was chief of the Northeast Kansas Conflicts Office, and served as an assistant appellate defender and public defender in Shawnee County.

Curtis S. Sneden, '91, Topeka, is the new vice president of government relations for the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Sneden has served as a Chamber's volunteer vice chairman of government relations since 2012.

The Honorable Douglas P. Witteman, '91, Burlington, Kan., has been appointed to the Fourth Judicial District court that serves Osage, Anderson, Franklin, and Coffey counties.

Brent A. Mitchell, '92, Wichita, was recognized by The Wichita Business Journal and Best Lawyers as one of the Wichita-area lawyers of the year at an event on September 29.

Thomas G. Lemon, '93, Topeka, has been elected as a trustee of the TARC Foundation Board.

Samantha M. Musso, '93, Fairfax, Virginia, serving as Virginia director of the Military Spouse JD Network, led the effort to adopt a rule for military spouse attorney admission in the Commonwealth. The Supreme Court of Virginia adopted Rule 1A:8 effective July 1, 2014, enabling qualified attorneys relocating to Virginia due to their service member spouse's military orders to seek admission to the Virginia bar without examination. Virginia became the seventh state to adopt such a licensing rule. Musso, a military spouse of 24 years herself, has experienced nine relocations and is admitted to practice in three jurisdictions. She is an estate planning attorney with M. H. Lawrence, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia.

Steve Gorny, '94, Kansas City, Missouri, established The Gorny Law Firm, LC, on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. He represents individuals and businesses harmed by the carelessness of others.

Luis O. Rodriguez, '94, Charlottesville, Virginia, was promoted to the rank of colonel with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, fall 2013.

Douglas T. Shima, '94, Topeka, received the Topeka Bar Association Honorable E. Newton Vickers Professionalism Award.

The Honorable Teresa L. Watson, '94, Topeka, has been appointed as the newest judge on the Shawnee County District Court bench.

Joseph E. Donovan, '96, Washington, D.C., has joined Stradley Ronon as a partner in its Washington, D.C., office. Donovan has close to 20 years of experience representing utility companies in complex regulatory advocacy, litigation, and transactional support. Throughout his career, Donovan has repeatedly appeared before energy regulatory agencies on behalf of his clients, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Department of Justice, Federal Communications Commission, and more than 30 different state public utility commissions.  While at Exelon, one of the nation’s largest integrated energy companies, he directed FERC and state regulatory advocacy matters in the New England, New York, and Southeast regions. Donovan also created and implemented litigation and outreach strategies related to state utility commission and FERC proceedings and Office of Enforcement investigations, and was responsible for overseeing and implementing compliance and risk mitigation strategies.

Clint J. Westhoff, '97, Dallas, is a newly appointed partner to the firm of Goranson, Bain, Larsen, Greenwald, Maultsby & Murphy PLLC.

David A. Bohm, '98, Cary, North Carolina, assistant executive director of the North Carolina Bar Association since 2008, was honored at the 2014 annual meeting of the National Association of Bar Executives in Boston as a recipient of the Peer Excellence Award.

Todd D. Powell, '98, Hays, Kan., is a partner with Glassman Bird Brown & Powell, LLP. His areas of practice includes government law, labor/employment, business/transactional, appellate practice, administrative law, and personal injury.

Jennifer Lewis Williams, '98, Dallas, has published her second novel, Highland Games Murder. She is an appellate attorney at the Court of Appeals, 5th District of Texas at Dallas.

Kevin J. Cook, '99, Topeka, has been elected chairman of the Shawnee County Commission.

Gregory D. Hill, '99, Greenwood Village, Colorado, was named executive director of the Colorado Dental Association.

2000s

Gregory A. Schwartz, '00, Hays, Kan., and Carol M. Park have opened a new law firm, Schwartz & Park, L.L.P.

The Honorable William W. Carter, '01, Caruthersville, Mo., is now an associate judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit Court, Pemiscot County, Division 2.

Stephanie E. Bunten, '02, Topeka, has joined the Kansas Supreme Court Judicial Branch as its new budget and fiscal officer.

The Honorable Adam J. Espinosa, '02, Denver, has been appointed as a judge to the Denver County Court.

The Honorable Michael Hoelscher '02, Wichita, is the new State District Court judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District in Kansas.

Stephen L. Martino, '02, Baltimore, was named "Regulator of the Year for the Americas." The International Masters of Gaming Law cited the 67 percent increase in the state's lottery and gaming revenues during Martino's four-year tenure as one of the reasons he was awarded the distinction.

Jennifer M. Hill, '03, Wichita, will serve as the Wichita Bar Association's president for the next year. This is the second consecutive year that the executive committee of the Wichita Bar Association has had all-female representation.

Amanda J. Kiefer, '03, Topeka, FHL Bank, assistant vice president, assistant general counsel & director of minority and women inclusion, was named as a 2014 "20 Under 40" honoree by The Jayhawk Area Council of Boy Scouts. She also received the Woman of Achievement Award at the Women's Initiative Recognition Reception, organized by Go Topeka's Entrepreneurial and Minority Business Development Council.

Glen C. McBeth, '03, Topeka, was named a Washburn University School of Law Adjunct Professor of the Year.

The Honorable Timothy L. Dupree, '03, Kansas City, was elected as Wyandotte County district court judge.

James A. Thompson, '03, Wichita, is now with Malone, Dwire & Thompson, LLC.

Andrew D. Wimmer, '03, Overland Park, Kansas, was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Indigents’ Defense Services.

Teri C. Adam, '04, Phoenix, has been promoted to assistant director of Professional Development and Pro Bono director at Arizona Summit Law School.

Laura K. Castillo, ’04, Hobbs, New Mexico, has been appointed by Governor Susana Martinez to a newly created district court judgeship in southeastern New Mexico. Castillo has operated her own law practice in Hobbs since 2010, previously worked in a private law firm in the community, and was an assistant district attorney. 

Clinton M. Goos, '04, Denver, is regional manager of the Rocky Mountains office of Holland Services.

Zachary J. Anshutz, '05, Overbrook, Kan., is director of regulatory affairs and chief compliance officer at Advisors Excel. He previously worked as assistant commissioner of insurance for the State of Kansas.

Matthew R. Bergman, '05, Topeka, has been elected vice president of the TARC Foundation Board.

Melissa A. Bleser, '05, Denver, is partner at Kutak Rock LLP. Bleser focuses on corporate and partnership tax matters and is experienced in working with a wide range of sophisticated corporate and real estate clients. She advises on matters ranging from fundraising, to mergers and acquisitions, to reorganizations. Her work encompasses structuring transactions to minimize federal and state income and sales/use taxes; negotiating deal terms; performing due diligence; and drafting stock and asset purchase agreements, management contracts, buy-sell agreements, shareholder agreements and ancillary documents, including confidentiality and employment agreements.

Vincent M. Cox, '05, Topeka, is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors ABA liaison.

Justin L. Ferrell, '05, Concordia, Kansas is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors president-elect.

Jeffrey N. Lowe, '05, Wichita, has successfully achieved board certification as a family trial advocate.

Jason N. Miller, '05, Gilbert, Arizona, has been named a partner at Carpenter, Hazlewood, Delgado & Bolen, PLC.

Kimberly A. Vining, '05, Wichita, has been elected 2014 to 2015 president of the Wichita Women Attorney's Association.

Jessica L. Carrerata, '06, Dallas, is senior planner at Frontier Investment Management Company.

Ryan Gering, '06, Wichita, has been named a partner at Hulnick, Stang & Gering P.A.

Jason T. Gray, '06, Washington, D.C., was elected shareholder at Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer, & Pembroke, P.C. He practices Utility Law and Energy Regulation.

Mary K. Hanisch, '06, Chicago, Illinois, is the assistant director of the business law clinic at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Carol M. Park, '06, Hays, Kan., and Gregory A. Schwartz, '00, have opened a new law firm, Schwartz & Park, L.L.P., at 1401 Main Street, Suite A, Hays, Kan., 67601.  They continue to provide services to clients in Hays and the surrounding areas.

Eunice C. Peters, '06, Topeka, has joined the Office of Judicial Administration as a staff attorney.

Angel R. Zimmerman, '06, Topeka, is the new vice chair for the international women in the law committee for J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Kristen C. Kellems, '07, Provo, Utah, is an Adjunct Professor at Brigham Young University.

Captain Michael J. Scaletty, '07, Chapman, Kansas, was chosen by the American Bar Association as one of this year's Young Lawyer Division (YLD) Outstanding Military Service Award recipients.

Daniel M. Westhoff, '07, Broomfield, Co., has formed the firm of Danielsen Westhoff, PC.

Zachary L. Chaffee-McClure, '07, Kansas City, has been named a partner with Shook, Hardy & Bacon. Chaffee-McClure is a member of the firm's Business Litigation team.

Jason T. Farley, '08, Des Moines, Iowa, was named to the Master Builders of Iowa MB EYE on the Future leadership program. The program is MBI's leadership development program, designed to prepare participants for leadership within their companies, the construction industry in Iowa, and the MBI.  Farley is a member of Whitfield & Eddy, P.L.C. and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Great Plains Super Lawyers 2014.

R. Scott Gordon, '08, Topeka, has been promoted to the position of general counsel of the Kansas State Department of Education, where he has worked as an Attorney IV since 2012.

Amy J. Mellor, '08, Great Bend, is being appointed to serve a four-year term on the Kansas State Civil Service Board. She is currently the assistant county attorney in Barton County.

Clayton I. Kerbs, '09, Dodge City, Kansas, is 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors social chair.

Matt Koupal, '09, Topeka, has been promoted to FHLBank Legal and Compliance officer.

Christine M. Larson, '09, Liberal, Kan., has become a shareholder in Sharp McQueen, P.A.  Larson has been with the firm the past five years. Her practice emphasizes family and civil law, along with general practice.

Johnathon A. Rhodes, '09, Denver, is now senior corporate counsel - health care regulatory at DaVita.

Aaron Sauerwein, '09, Wichita, is attorney at the Kansas Department of Transportation.

2010s

Ashley M. Barton, '10, Kansas City, Missouri, is an assistant city attorney for the City of Kansas City, Missouri in the litigation department.

Daniel S. Heinz, '10, Topeka, is an associate with Riling, Burkhead, & Nitcher, Chtd., in Lawrence, Kansas.

Jennifer N. Horchem, '10, Wichita, is associate general counsel at Slawson Companies.

Kahlea M. Porter, '10, Topeka, is now with Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.

Robert M. Weaver, '10, Uthrecht, Netherlands, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam. Weaver is also with Weaver & Henderson On Point Legal, focusing on European/Dutch Immigration and Free Movement, EU law, Dutch administrative, and entrepreneurial/legal persons law.

Shawn P. Yancy, '11, Topeka, is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors mock trial chair.

Brandon M. Barros, '12, China Lake, California, is a contract specialist with the US Navy - NAVAIR - NAWCWD.

Lisa M. Brown, '12, Topeka, has joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds & Palmer. She practices primarily in the area of civil litigation.

B.J. Harden, '12, Topeka, is the Kansas State Treasurer's director of the Unclaimed Property Office.

Joslyn M. Kusiak, '12, Independence, Kansas, is the 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors secretary/treasurer.

Asel T. Mukeyeva, '12, Kansas City, has joined Husch Blackwell. Mukeyeva focuses her practice primarily on corporate tax and tax controversy matters.

Jill R. Gillett, '13, Fredonia, Kansas, is 2014-15 KBA YLS Board of Directors social chair.

Matthew W. Parker, '13, Omaha, Nebraska, is the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

William E. Paulson, '13, Ottawa, Kansas, has accepted a commission into the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General's Corps as a first lieutenant to be stationed at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

Timothy R. Sipe, '13, Lawrence, Kansas is an associate attorney at Hamilton, Laughlin, Barker, Johnson & Jones.

Jonathan D. Weishaar, '13, Topeka, has joined Ralston, Pope & Diehl LLC.

Michael J. Baxter, '14, Hays, Kan., has joined the Jeter Law Firm.

Julianne N. Burton, '14, Newton, Kan., has joined Cornerstone Law, LLC.

Taylor B. Concannon, '14, Kansas City, Missouri, has joined Husch Blackwell's Business Litigation group.

Nathan L. Dickey, '14, Salina, has joined the Saline County Attorney's Office.

Christopher M. Ray, '14, Kansas City, Mo., is an Associate at B.L. Harrison Law.

Matthew J. McGivern, '14, Topeka, has joined Gay, Riordan, Fincher, Munson & Sinclair, P.A.

Patrick Salyer, '14, Salina, Kansas, is an associate with the firm of Kennedy & Coe, LLC.  Salyer will be preparing tax returns and financial statements, and providing general accounting services. He is studying for the Kansas bar exam and the CPA exam. 

Tucker A. Stewart, '14, Topeka, has joined Kansas Livestock Association as associate legal counsel.

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Recent Notifications

Jerome A. Gorman, '81, Kansas City, received the lifetime achievement award from the Kansas County and District Attorney's Association.

The Honorable Rene S. Young, '86, Salina, Kan., became chief judge of the 28th Judicial District for a two-year period that started January 1, 2015. Young has been a Saline County District Court judge since 2006. 

The Honorable William W. Carter, '01, Caruthersville, Mo., is now an associate judge for the 34th Judicial Circuit Court, Pemiscot County, Division 2.

The Honorable Michael Hoelscher '02, Wichita, is the new State District Court judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District in Kansas.

The Honorable Timothy L. Dupree, '03, Kansas City, was elected as Wyandotte County district court judge.