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Updates submitted 2012 to February 2013


The Honorable Joseph W. Morris, '47, Tulsa, Okla., was honored for his career accomplishments when he was one of five people named to the Tulsa Hall of Fame.


Harry S. Connelly Jr., ’62, Las Cruces, N.M., was certified as a specialist in 13 areas of local government law by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization.

James C. Wright,  ’63, Topeka, retired after nearly 50 years of practicing law. He was a partner at Shaw, Hergenreter & Quarnstrom before opening his own practice, which focused on workers’ compensation defense.

Roger K. Weatherby,  ’66, Shawnee, Kan., has published the novel, Death in the Rear View Mirror (the first of the Parlous Trilogy set in Kansas City) released by Amazon. Weatherby ’s second novel in the series, Cold Stone Alive, will be published early in 2013, with the final book, Will Evil Never Die, following later in the year.

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners has passed a resolution honoring former Kansas State Representative and former Kansas Corporation Commission member Ward Loyd,  ’68, Topeka, for his service to the group. Loyd was a KCC member from February 2010 to June 2012, before working for the attorney general.


Linda D. Elrod,  ’72, Topeka, published “Please Let Me Stay: Hearing the Voice of the Child in Hague Abduction Cases,” which appears in 63 Oklahoma Law Review 663 (2011).

Thomas D.  Haney Jr., ’73, Topeka, has been selected for the 2013 edition of Best Lawyers in America. Haney, who is of counsel for Henson, Hutton, Mudrick & Gragson, was named in the area of Criminal Defense: White Collar. • William T. Nichols,  ’73, Topeka, is the general counsel, assistant compliance officer, and assistant board secretary at Denison State Bank in Holton, Kan.

Stephen L. Day,  ’74, Seattle, Wash., was named president and chief executive officer for American Fast Freight, an ocean freight forwarder headquartered in Renton, Wash. He joined the company as vice president of Corporate Counsel in 2005, became chief operating officer and later was named president. •  C. Michael
Lennen,  ’74, Topeka, received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Southwestern College, Winfield, Kan. He is counsel for the Morris, Laing, Evans, Brock and Kennedy law office in Topeka. • The Honorable Christel E. Marquardt,  ’74, Topeka, retired effective Jan. 2, 2013, from the Kansas Court of Appeals. Before being appointed to the bench, she practiced law for 21 years and was the first female president of the Kansas Bar Association. Marquardt was managing editor of the Washburn Law Journal and is a former Washburn University regent and trustee of the Washburn University Foundation. • The Honorable Meryl D. Wilson,  ’74, Manhattan, Kan., was appointed chief judge of the 21st Judicial District, which includes Clay and Riley counties in Kansas. He has served as a district court judge since 1997. • Roy H. Worthington III,  ’74, Lake Quivira, Kan., retired as president and general counsel of Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstracters Inc., Manhattan, Kan., on Jan. 1, 2012.

David F. Fisher,  ’75, Minneapolis, Minn., joined the University of Minnesota Law School as executive director of the Corporate Institute. He is of counsel with Larkin Hoffman Daly & Lindgren, where he has specialized in business law, business organization, and corporate and board governance, and has served clients as general counsel. • William L. Frost,  ’75, Manhattan, Kan., retired as Manhattan city attorney after more than three decades in that position.

Gary B. Harbaugh,  ’76, Fort Wayne, Ind., was a candidate for the Indiana House of Representatives.

Jeffrey O. Ellis, ’77, Lake Quivira, Kan., is a health care consultant at Pershing Yoakley & Associates in Kansas City, Mo. • Michael C. Manning,  ’77, Phoenix, was named to the 2012 Top Lawyers list in Business and Corporate Law categories by Arizona Business Magazine. He serves as the managing partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, in the firm ’s Phoenix office. • Patrik W. Neustrom,  ’77, Salina, Kan., has been selected to serve as the 2012-13 treasurer and Eagles Chair for the Kansas Association for Justice, a statewide, not-for-profit professional association that champions individual and corporate responsibility and accountability, the right to trial by jury, independence of the judiciary, and high standards of ethics. • Washburn Law Professor David E. Pierce,  ’77, Topeka, received the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Clyde Martz Teaching Award at the Foundation’s Annual Institute, July 18, 2012, in Newport Beach, Fla. 

Bradley J. Prochaska, ’78, Wichita, has been awarded the 2012 Arthur C. Hodgson Award by the Kansas Association for Justice. • Former Secretary of Labor Karin Brownlee reappointed The Honorable Rebecca A. Sanders,  ’78, Topeka, for a four-year term as an administrative law judge for the Kansas Division of Worker ’s Compensation. • John C. Shultz, ’78, Wichita, has been awarded the 2012 Humanitarian Award by the Kansas Association for Justice.

Craig C. Blumreich  ’79, Topeka, has been awarded a Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers designation the last five years, from 2008 to 2012. • The Honorable Thomas E. Malone,  ’79, Topeka, was appointed chief judge of the Court of Appeals by the Kansas Supreme Court. He has been a member of the Court of Appeals since 2003. • David N. Zimmerman, ’79, Overland Park, Kan., has joined Spencer, Fane, Britt & Browne LLP as partner in its Kansas City, Mo., office working with the corporate practice group. Zimmerman has provided strategic counsel to clients for more than 30 years in estate and charitable planning; business succession planning; corporate acquisitions and divestitures; and real estate exchanges among others.


Dale E. Bennett,  ’80, Westwood, Kan., was selected by his peers to serve as the Kansas Association for Justice (KsAJ) 2012-13 president-elect. As president-elect, Bennett serves in the officer corps and will assume the office of president on July 1, 2013. Bennett is with the Law Offices of Dale E. Bennett. • Douglas A. Matthews,  ’80, Great Bend, Kan., is the Barton County attorney. • Michael A. Preston, ’80, Lenexa, Kan., has become a shareholder at Yeretsky & Maher LLC.
• Bradley G. Rigor,  ’80, Naples, Fla., of Quarles & Brady LLP, was named by Florida Super Lawyers magazine as among the top five percent of attorneys in Florida for 2012. He concentrates his practice on estate planning and probate. • Teresa G. Zimmerman,  ’80, Fountain Hills, Ariz., received an Outstanding Performance Award from the Arizona Public Defender Association in recognition and appreciation of her commitment to excellence and the provision of high-quality legal representation to indigent people. She was specifically cited for her case work and her commitment to Fountain Hills Teen Court. The award was presented at the 10th Annual Statewide Arizona Public Defender Association Conference in June.

Bradley J. Frigon,  ’81, Littleton, Colo., is a special needs content co-editor for ElderCounsel. • Kevin B. Johnson,  ’81, Emporia, Kan., is the general counsel at Emporia State University and a professor in the School of Business at ESU. • Jeffrey W. Jones, ’81, Topeka, has joined Hamilton, Laughlin, Barker, Johnson & Watson as a partner.

Douglas K. Manion,  ’82, Vernon Rockville, Conn., has joined the Law Offices of Kahan, Kerensky & Capossela LLP as a partner where he is continuing his practice in the areas of divorce, residential real estate, criminal defense, estate planning, and personal injury litigation. • Timothy P. McCarthy  ’82, Overland Park, Kan., is president of the Johnson County Bar Association. The JCBA is an association of 1500 lawyers who live or work in Johnson County. Tim is a partner in the Overland Park office of Gilliland & Hayes. • Theresa A. Roberts, ’82, Topeka, is the executive director of American Holistic Nurses Association, where she had been serving as the interim executive director since February 2012. She previously served for 23 years as the executive director of the Kansas State Nurses Association. • The Honorable Kim R. Schroeder, ’82, Hugoton, Kan., was appointed by Gov. Sam Brownback to the Kansas Court of Appeals. He previously served as a district court judge for the 26th Judicial District. 

David K. Holmes,  ’83, Alexandria, Va., is an attorney at Santos, Postal & Company PC. He previously practiced law in Wichita, Kan.

The Honorable William G. Henderson,  ’84, Las Vegas, Nev., serves as a district judge in Clark County, Nev. • Cynthia J. Sheppeard Langston,  ’84, Topeka, has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2013 in the field of product liability defense. • Blake A. Post,  ’84, Wichita, is with the Sedgwick County Public Defender ’s Office.  
• W. Thomas Stratton Jr.,  ’84, formerly of Topeka, was named the director of the New Orleans City Council Utilities Regulatory Office. Stratton previously was chief litigation counsel for the Kansas Corporation Commission. New Orleans is one of only two U.S. cities that exercise regulatory authority over their utility companies, rather than having a state commission handle oversight.

Natalie G. Haag,  ’85, Topeka, was appointed as executive vice president-general counsel for Capitol Federal Savings and Capitol Federal Financial Inc. For the past nine years, she served as the associate general counsel/director of governmental affairs for Security Benefit Corporation.

J. Patrick Flanigan,  ’86, Overland Park, Kan., has written the action adventure novel The Fifth Miranda, which is available at The novel tells the story of a Johnson County, Kan., lawyer whose court appointment as guardian ad litem for the only child of a militia leader places him in the case with the child ’s social worker. The novel culminates on the Elk River in southwest Missouri.

The Honorable Kyle A. Bryson,  ’88, Tucson, Ariz., was named presiding judge of the probate division of Pima County (Ariz.) Superior Court. • Gregory L. Shevlin,  ’88, Swansea, Ill., is the president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is a partner in the firm Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin. Shevlin was notes editor of the law journal while at Washburn.

Sandra L. Jacquot, ’89, Lecompton, Kan., retired from her position as director of law/general counsel for the League of Kansas Municipalities on Dec. 31, 2012. • Greer M. Lang, ’89, Lawrence, Kan., was elected partner at Lathrop & Gage in Kansas City, Mo. • Natalie Camacho Mendoza,  ’89, Boise, Id., was selected to serve on the 16-member board of Farmworker Justice, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that seeks to empower farmworkers across the nation on issues such as improving their living and working conditions, immigration status, health, occupational safety, and access to justice.


Diana G. Edmiston,  ’91, Wichita, is now with Glaves, Irby & Rhoads, Wichita. • The Honorable Anthony J. Powell,  ’91, Wichita, has been sworn in as a judge on the Kansas Court of Appeals. He was a district judge in Sedgwick County. He had a private practice and was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives before his current position.

Bill H. Raymond, ’92, Manhattan, Kan., was named Manhattan city attorney. He had served as chief assistant county counselor for Sedgwick County (Kan.) since 2007.

Katherine L. Kirk,  ’93, Lawrence, Kan., has been selected to serve as the 2012-13 secretary of the Kansas Association for Justice.

Shari L. Berry, ’94, Peoria, Ill., is a partner with Heyl Royster’s Peoria, Ill., office. She is one of the leaders of Heyl Royster’s Railroad Practice Group and manages litigation involving crossing accidents and Federal Employers Liability Act claims. • Mary Mattivi, ’94, Topeka, was appointed as Shawnee County District Court judge by Gov. Sam Brownback. She previously had served as pro tem judge in Topeka Municipal Court and in Shawnee County District Court. • Patricia A. Sexton-Dorsey, ’94, De Pere, Wis., is an attorney with Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli PC. • Charlie Smithson, ’94, Des Moines, Iowa, joined the Iowa Secretary of State’s staff as legal counsel. He had been chief clerk of the Iowa House since 2010.

Marc Bennett, ’95, Wichita, is the new Sedgwick County (Kan.) district attorney. Before his election to the office in August 2012, Bennett was deputy district attorney and served in the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office for 15 years supervising the Trial Division II.

Jason Monteleone,  ’96, was elected president of the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association. He is a founding partner of Johnson and Monteleone in Boise. • Kimberly D. Phillips,  ’96, Charleston, S.C., has joined the faculty at the Charleston School of Law as law professor teaching criminal law, criminal procedure, and constitutional law. Phillips began her teaching career at Texas Tech University School of Law. She also served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy ’s Judge Advocate General Corps.

Susan C. Hascall, ’97, Pittsburgh, Pa., was elected chairwoman of the African law section of the Association of American Law Schools, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit composed of 176 law schools. It is the principal representative of legal education to the federal government and other organizations. • Terry D. Holdren,  ’97, Manhattan, Kan., was appointed to the Information Network of Kansas by Gov. Sam Brownback. He is the general counsel for the Kansas Farm Bureau. • Joseph S. Passanise,  ’97, Springfield, Mo., has been featured in Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers 2012 magazine in the area of criminal defense.

Amy E. Burns-Brooke, ’98, Topeka, was named president of Junior Achievement of Kansas Inc., effective March 1, 2013. Previously Burns-Brooke was in-house legal counsel and director of marketing and development for Family Service & Guidance Center in Topeka. • Lesley A. Isherwood,  ’98, Bel Aire, Kan., made the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40 for 2012.

Kevin J. Cook, ’99, Topeka, represents the second district on the Shawnee County Commission. He is a partner in the law firm of Cook & Fisher. •  Michael Gayoso Jr., ’99, Frontenac, Kan., was re-elected Crawford County (Kan.) attorney. He has held the office since January 2009. •  Eric G. Kraft,  ’99, Olathe, Kan., is now a trial lawyer at The Katz Law Firm, Overland Park, Kan. •  Ann Marie G. Steel,  ’99, Bronte, New South Wales, Australia, left Washington, D.C., earlier this year and her role as deputy assistant director with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with the Department of Homeland Security to work for Ogilvy Public Relations in Sydney, Australia. She specializes in issues and crisis management and strategic communications counsel.


Samantha Parks Angell,  ’00, Salina, Kan., was appointed to the Kansas State Board of Indigent Defense Services by Gov. Sam Brownback. She is a partner at Achterberg & Angell law firm. •  Andrea C. Reed, Ph.D., L.M.L.P.,  ’00, Wichita, joined the staff of Prairie View as a psychologist. She focuses her work in several treatment specialties, including anxiety and depressive disorders, PTSD, Borderline Personality Disorder, ADD/ADHD in children and adults, stress management, and obsessive compulsive disorders. Reed will provide outpatient services at Prairie View ’s Reflection Ridge in west Wichita.

Michael J. Fleming,  ’01, Leawood, Kan., has been selected by his peers to serve as the Kansas Association for Justice 2012-13 legislative chair. Fleming previously served as KsAJ ’s Legislative Chair from July 2011-June 2012. He is a member of the Wendt Goss Law Firm of Kansas City, Mo., and has practiced law in the Kansas City area for more than 10 years.

Scott  J. Schneider, ’03, Wichita, is a lobbyist and president of Schneider Public Strategies, which represents such clients as the City of Derby, Uncork Kansas, and Shell Oil.

Teri C. Adam,  ’04, Tempe, Ariz., married Nicholas Adam and joined Phoenix School of Law in its Center for Professional Development. • Timothy C. Hodge,  ’04, has been named a partner and shareholder in the Newton, Kan., law firm of Adrian & Pankratz PA. Hodge has practiced with the firm since 2003.

Zachary J. Anshutz,  ’05, Topeka, Kan., is assistant commissioner at the Kansas Insurance Department. • Matthew R. Bergmann, ’05, Silver Lake, Kan., was named to Greater Topeka ’s 20 under 40. He is a partner at Frieden, Unrein & Forbes LLP. • Melissa R. Doeblin,  ’05, Lawrence, Kan., joined Kansas Electric Cooperatives Inc. as manager of government relations. Doeblin previously was advisory counsel to the Kansas Corporation Commission. • Trinity J. Muth,  ’05, Wichita, was named 2012 Kansas Prosecutor of the Year at the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association fall conference in Overland Park, Kan. Muth, assistant district attorney in Sedgwick County, is a member of the office’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit and was nominated for his successful prosecution of several gang-related homicides and other crimes of violence. • Randy J. Obert, ’05, Springfield, Ill., has been named division responsibility officer and division director of Risk Management for the Central Illinois and Springfield Referral Divisions of Hospital Sisters Health System. • Ashley Polston, ’05, Morgan Hill, Calif., is co-owner of Odeum, an eco-friendly and sustainable restaurant in Morgan Hill, Calif., that was recently awarded the 2012 Best Food in all of San Jose and Silicon Valley. She co-owns the restaurant with fiancé and Michelin Star Chef Salvatore Calisi. Polston is also an estate planning attorney. • Jennifer R. Sourk, ’05, Topeka, is the director for Kansas Insurance Department, Consumer Assistance Division. Sourk has worked with the Insurance Department since 2007, previously as assistant general counsel and as a staff attorney. She joined the Insurance Department as a consumer representative in the division she now leads.

Stefanie M. Benson-Hebberd,  ’06, Overland Park, Kan., has opened The Law Office of Stefanie Benson-Hebberd LLC, in Olathe, Kan. Her practice focuses on family law issues in the counties of Johnson, Wyandotte, Franklin, Leavenworth, Miami, and Linn.

Benjamin J. Strohman,  ’07, Stevens Point, Wis., has joined Associated-Banc Corp., Green Bay, Wis., as senior vice president, senior enterprise risk program manager.

Catherine Sundwall,  ’08, Murray, Utah, is with Perretta Law Office, West Jordan, Utah. • Cynthia G. Waskowiak,  ’08, Topeka, was hired as compliance officer for Washburn University in September 2012, where she focuses on regulatory compliance, policy writing, and general higher education advising.

Timothy M. Belsan,  ’09, Alexandria, Va., was named the 2012 Department of Justice Civil Division Rookie of the Year. The award is given in recognition of exceptional performance and notable contributions toward the Division ’s mission by any employee with fewer than three years of service with the division, and fewer than five years overall federal service. • William K. Schmidt, ’09, Roeland Park, Kan., completed a master of laws in Taxation at UMKC School of Law and is an associate attorney at Murray, Tillotson & Burton, Chartered, Leavenworth, Kan. He received the 2012 Pro Bono Award from the Kansas Bar Association.


Robert E. Bauer,  ’10, Great Bend, Kan., has joined the Law Office of Bauer, Pike and Johnson Chtd. as an associate attorney. • Travis R. Cantrell,  ’10, Tulsa, Okla., is with Armada Consulting LLC. • Jamey A. Critchlow, ’10, Crown Point, Ind., has joined Zaumdio Law Professional PC as an associate. • William H. Kariker, ’10, Saint Joseph, Mo., has joined Morton, Reed, Counts, Briggs & Robb LLC. • Teresa A. Mata,  ’10, Kansas City, Kan., is an associate at McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips PA in Kansas City. • Jason E. Oller,  ’10, Shawnee, Kan., has joined Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP as an associate in global product liability litigation.

Amanda R. Haas,  ’11, Wichita, is an attorney at Morris Laing Evans Brock & Kennedy in Wichita. • Craig E. Lowe, ’11, Colby, Kan., has joined the Thomas County Attorney’s Office as assistant county attorney. • Jonathan M. Snyder,  ’11, Topeka, is an associate with Cook & Fisher LLP. • Christopher R. Walker,  ’11, Phoenix, Ariz., is an associate at the Law Offices of Scott M. Clark PC in Phoenix.

Joshua A. Decker, ’12, Topeka, has joined Coffman, DeFries & Nothern as an associate attorney. He works with clients in the areas of estate planning, real estate, business transactions and business tax, and will be preparing fiduciary and individual income tax returns. • Tyson R. Eisenhauer, ’12, Pratt, Kan., has joined Johnston & Eisenhauer as a partner. • The Hon. Renee J. Henke, ’12, Downs, Kan., was elected as district magistrate judge in Kansas’ Seventeenth Judicial District, Division 4. • Andrew D. Holder,  ’12, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith as an associate in the firm ’s Topeka office. While in law school, he served as a law clerk for the Kansas Court of Tax Appeals for two years before joining the firm as a law clerk earlier this year. • Nicholas H. Jefferson,  ’12, Topeka, has been named an associate at the law firm of Alderson, Alderson, Weiler, Conklin, Burghart & Crow, LLC. His practice will focus on the areas of Intellectual Property, Oil and Gas, Environmental Law and Water Law. • Joslyn M. Kusiak,  ’12, Wichita, has joined Klenda Austerman LLC. Kusiak’s practice focuses on civil litigation. • Steven A. Lautt,  ’12, Minot, N.D., is an associate at the law firm Pringle & Herigstad P.C. • Allison H. Maxwell,  ’12, Topeka, has joined the law firm of Sloan, Eisenbarth, Glassman, McEntire and Jarboe as an associate. She will be working primarily in Sloan’s domestic relations section. • Andrew T. Newcomer,  ’12, Great Falls, Mont., is a new associate attorney with Ugrin Alexander Zadick and Higgins. He is engaged in the firm ’s litigation practice, providing representation to individuals and businesses in the areas of personal injury, property damage, employment, and insurance defense. • LeTiffany O. Obozele, ’12, Wichita, is now with the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. • Robert J. Rojas,  ’12, Lawrence, Kan., joined Husch Blackwell ’s Labor and Employment group in the firm ’s Kansas City, Mo., office. Previously, Rojas was an assistant account executive at Vanguard Media Group in Las Vegas and a legislative assistant for the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce. • Rebecca F. Sisk, ’12, Wichita, former Chanute assistant city attorney, has joined the family law department of Joseph, Hollander & Craft LLC’s Wichita office. She also worked for a private firm in Chanute where she handled primarily family law cases. • Alison J. St.Clair,  ’12, Topeka, has joined Goodell, Stratton, Edmonds and Palmer LLP as an associate attorney. Her areas of practice are primarily business and transactional law and civil litigation practice. • Nikolas S. Stoffel, ’12, Denver, has joined Holland & Hart LLP’s Energy and Infrastructure Group. Stoffel focuses his practice on transactional matters, including the development and financing of projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors and mergers and acquisitions.

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