FHSU Alumni Association announces officers,
06/14/2005

HAYS, KS – Fort Hays State University's Alumni Association Board of Directors recently announced the 2005-2006 Executive Council and the addition of seven new board members and two returning board members.

These members were introduced June 11 at the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors summer meeting in Hays.

On the association's Executive Committee, Dennis Gaschler, Hutchinson, will continue in his role as president of the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors for a second year. He also serves as a member of the Alumni and Endowment Joint Building Committee and as an ex-officio member of the FHSU Endowment Board of Trustees.

Gaschler holds a 1973 bachelor of science degree in business administration from FHSU and is executive director of administration for Dillons Stores. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Hutchinson Hospital and the Salvation Army. He is the past president of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Dillons Employees Credit Union Board of Directors.

Other Executive Committee members include Bonnie Lowe, Lawrence, incoming FHSU Alumni Board of Directors president; Alan Deines, Woodbine, past FHSU Alumni Board of Directors president and chair of the Finance and Operations Committee; Stacy Kohlmeier, Manhattan, chair of the Membership and Marketing Committee; and Kim Stewart, Hays, chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee.

Seven members are new to the FHSU Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Brian DeWitt, Hays, has been selected to serve a four-year term. DeWitt graduated from FHSU in 1989 with a bachelor of business administration in accounting. He works as a certified public accountant for Adams, Brown, Beran, and Ball, Chartered. DeWitt is also currently the treasurer for the Optimist Club and Northwest Kansas Chapter of CPAs and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of CPAs. He is also a board member of the United Way of Ellis County and is an active volunteer for Holy Family Elementary School, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and the Hays Recreation Commission.

Brenda Herrman, Hays, has been selected to serve a four-year term. She graduated from Midwestern State University with a bachelor of applied arts and sciences in public
administration in 1997 and from FHSU with a master of liberal studies in organizational leadership in 2000. Herrman is the director of public works for the city of Hays. She is an ambassador for the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of Kansas Rural Water Association, Lions Club, Water Environment Federation, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, American Planning Association, American Public Works Association, Solid Waste Association of North America, and the American Water Works Association.

Stephanie Knebel, Wichita, has been selected to serve a four-year term. She graduated from FHSU with a bachelor of arts in 1986 and from Wichita State University with a master's in public administration in 1993. She is manager of Facility Project Services of Sedgwick County. Knebel volunteers as a United Way Young Leader and as a member of the Junior League of Wichita. She is also a life member of the WSU Alumni Association and a member of the Alpha Gamma Delta Alumni Group and the First Presbyterian Church of Wichita.

Leslie Paige, Bison, has been selected to serve as a faculty appointment to the board for a three-year term. Paige received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 1974, and her master's in school psychology in 1981 and her educational specialist's degree in school psychology in 1987, both from FHSU. She is the grants facilitator for FHSU's Graduate School and Docking Institute of Public Affairs. She volunteers her time as the Treasurer of the Hays High School Vocal Boosters, as a member of the Hays Arts Council, and as the chair of the Ellis County School Crisis Response Team. She is also a member of the Community Youth Development Study Communities That Care Key Leadership Committee, the Hays Rotary, and the National Association of School Psychologists, of which she is treasurer.

Robert Rosin, M.D., Scott City, has been selected to serve a four-year term. He graduated from FHSU with a bachelor of arts in chemistry in 1980, the University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1985, and the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita with his internal medicine residency in 1988. He is in private practice in internal medicine. He volunteers as the medical director of the Scott County EMS, the medical director for sports medicine and student training at Scott County High School, and as a member of the Scott City USD 466 Board of Education. He is also a member of the KU Alumni Association, the American Medical Association and the American Society of Internal Medicine.

Loren Young, Salina, has been selected to serve a four-year term. He graduated from FHSU with a bachelor of arts in accounting in 1984. Young is the newest partner of Kennedy and Coe, LLC. He volunteers as a lay leader at Trinity United Methodist Church, Salina, as a board member of Child Abuse Prevention Services, and as a member of the Salina Symphony. He is also a member of the American Business Clubs.

Barry Yoxall, Phillipsburg, has been selected to serve a four-year term. He graduated from FHSU with a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1981 and a bachelor of science degree in accounting in 1982, and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School of Banking in 1994. Yoxall is assistant vice president of First National Bank and Trust in Phillipsburg. He volunteers for the Phillipsburg United Methodist Church Audit and Finance Committee and the city of Phillipsburg Zoning and Planning Commission and serves Ducks Unlimited as treasurer and committee member. Yoxall also volunteers as a Little League Baseball and Kiwanis Youth Basketball Coach. He is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Phillipsburg Investment Group and Phillipsburg Golf Club.

Alan Deines, Woodbine, is one of two returning members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors. He is a past president of the board and is chair of the Finance and Operations Committee. He has been selected to remain on the board for one additional year. Deines graduated from FHSU in 1973 with a bachelor of arts in political science. He is president of Stout and Deines Inc., Bank Management. He is also a president and trust officer at the Citizens State Bank and Trust Company and a chief executive officer at various other banks.

Larry Dreiling, Hays, is also a returning board member. He has been selected to serve a second four-year term and serve as a member of the Awards and Recognition Committee. Dreiling earned three degrees from FHSU -- a bachelor of arts in communication, a bachelor of arts in political science, both in 1980, and a master's in communication in 1985. He is employed as senior field editor for the High Plains Journal. Dreiling is a member of the National Agri-Marketing Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the National Press Club of Washington, DC. He is also a Rotarian, a member of the Hays Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Cavalry and is a lector at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

The FHSU Alumni Association, established in 1916, is dedicated to identifying and serving the needs of more than 37,000 graduates living throughout the United States and 61 foreign countries. The board of directors is a governing board that sets the policy and direction of the association in developing life-long relationships between the university and its alumni and friends.

For more information, visit www.fhsu.edu/alumni or e-mail alumni@fhsu.edu or call (785) 628-4430 or toll free 1-888-351-3591.


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