Alumni Association welcomes 3 new members to board
01/12/2012

Three new members of the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association Board of Directors were announced June 8 at the board's summer meeting in Hays: Jon Armstrong, Hays; Dr. Diane Scott, Broomfield, Colo.; and Tracy Metzger, Hutchinson.

Armstrong received a bachelor’s degree in communication in 1996 and a Master of Liberal Studies in organizational leadership in 2008, both from FHSU. He is the assistant director of admissions and the transfer coordinator in the FHSU Office of Admissions. He will serve a three-year faculty term on the board.

Scott graduated from FHSU in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and again in 1990 with a Master of Science degree in counseling and guidance. She obtained her Ph.D. in college student personnel administration from the University of Northern Colorado in 1995. Self-employed as a consultant and life coach, she will serve on the board for four years.

Metzger obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration degree in computer information systems from FHSU in 1996. He is the vice president and chief technology officer at Lowen Corporation in Hutchinson. He was appointed to a two-year term to fill a vacancy.

The Executive Council of 2012-2013 is Dr. Marcella Aycock, Sedgwick; Brenda Herrman, Hays; Dr. Stephanie Bannister, Manhattan; Daron Jamison, Hays; Dan Sharp, Healy; Dr. Mary Martin, Hays; and Dennis Spratt, Lawrence.

Aycock now serves as president of the board. She is a 1984 FHSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in art education. She is a 1994 Newman University graduate with a master’s degree in elementary education. She obtained her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Kansas State University in 2006. Aycock is the director of the Early College Health Science Academy at Butler County Community College.

Herrman serves the board as past president. She graduated from Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas, with a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in public administration in 1997 before obtaining a Master of Liberal Studies degree in organizational leadership from FHSU in 2000. Prior to retirement, Herrman held the position of director of public works for the city of Hays.

Bannister is chair of the association's Awards and Recognition Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree in communication from FHSU in 1992 followed by a master’s degree in higher education administration at the University of Kansas in 1995. Bannister obtained her Ph.D. in education (counseling and student personnel) from Kansas State University in 2009. She works as the associate director of housing at KSU.

Jamison obtained a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management in 2003, both from FHSU. He works as the project coordinator of Nex-Tech Wireless, LLC, and will serve the board as Finance and Operations Committee chair.

Sharp is the Membership and Marketing Committee chair. A 1984 FHSU graduate with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, he is the president of Sharp Brothers Seed Co. in Healy and Greeley, Colo.

Martin will serve as an at-large member of the board. Martin obtained a bachelor’s degree in advertising from Kansas State University in 1988 and a Master of Business Administration in management from FHSU in 1991. She graduated from the University of Nebraska in 1995 with a Ph.D. in marketing. She is an associate professor of marketing at FHSU.

Spratt graduated from FHSU in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education. He is the vice president of Wealth Management Group of KC Inc., Overland Park. Spratt will serve as an at-large member of the board.

Other members of the board:

Molly Aspan, a 2000 FHSU graduate, Tulsa, Okla., an attorney with Hall Estill.
Cassie Augustine Jones, a 1996 graduate, Lakewood, Colo., vice president of O'Brien Advertising.
Josh Biera, 1992 graduate, Garden City, a lieutenant with the Kansas Highway Patrol.
Monte Broeckelman, a 1992 graduate, Dodge City, chief financial officer of Pride Ag Resources.
Brian DeWitt, 1989 graduate, Hays, a CPA with Adams Brown Beran & Ball Chtd.
Rich Dreiling, 1969 graduate, Wichita, regional sales manager for Carlson Products.
Diane Long, 1972 graduate, Flower Mound, Texas, retired.
Kevin Moeder, 1982 graduate, La Crosse, senior vice president and regional manager, Farmers Bank & Trust.
Denise Riedel, 1986 graduate, Overland Park, owner of Riedel Communications and a freelance consultant and writer.
Chuck Sexson, 1972 graduate, Topeka, director of the Concealed Carry Licensing Unit, Office of the Kansas Attorney General.
Dave Voss, 1980 and 1982 graduate, Colby, network development manager for Centene Corp. Sunflower State Health Plan.
Barry Yoxall, 1981 and 1982 graduate, Phillipsburg, vice president of First National Bank and Trust.
Gordon Zahradnik, 1955 and 1958 graduate, Lyons, artist, Art of Z.

Three board members are retiring: Brad Haynes, a 1993 and 1997 graduate, Hays; Stacy Kohlmeier, a 1984 graduate, Manhattan; and Half Century Club President Leo Lake, a 1957 and 1961 graduate, Salina.

Established in 1916, the Fort Hays State University Alumni Association serves the population of FHSU graduates by identifying needs and providing solutions. More than 51,980 graduates live throughout the United States and approximately 73 foreign countries. The 24 dedicated members of the board of directors work to set the policy and direction of the association toward development of beneficial relationships between the university and alumni.

Board nominations are accepted as positions become available. To apply, contact the Alumni Association at 785-628-4430, toll free at 1-888-351-3591, or by e-mail at alumni@fhsu.edu.


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