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John Carnahan III, BS, 1971, Thomas Peebles Jr., BA, 1977, Joseph Sheppard III, BS, 1980 and Rodney Nichols, BA, 1992, from Springfield were all named as top attorneys by Missouri-Kansas Super Lawyers magazine.


Renie McClay, BS, Wheeling, Ill., released her latest book, “The Art of Modern Sales Management,” which offers advice for sales leadership success. She is the founder of Inspired Learning, LLC, which helps companies develop solutions to make their employees more effective and efficient. Inspired Learning has worked with several Fortune 500 companies.



William Potts-Datema, BSED and MS, Lawrenceville, Ga., was elected regional vice president of North America for the International Union for Health Promotion and Education, which includes a three-year term on the organization’s Global Executive Board of Directors. He currently serves as acting deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.


James Lance, BS, San Diego, has been named to The Best Lawyers in America 2014 list for commercial litigation. He was also selected for the 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer list for business litigation.


David Shore, BS, Kalamazoo, Mich., accepted a position as SAP basis engineer for the information technology and systems team with the Perrigo Company. He will help with the installation of new SAP applications and maintain the SAP systems to run at optimal performance.


Roger Camp, BS, Richardson, Texas, was promoted to assistant director in the credit risk management division of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. He is responsible for the bank’s discount window and payments system risk operations.

Richard Ollis, BS, Springfield, has earned national recognition in Money Magazine for his take on health insurance coverage for his employees at Ollis & Company, his benefits and insurance business in Springfield. He offers incentives, such as a reduced deductible and zero-cost health insurance premiums, for employees who adopt a fitness routine and maintain a healthy lifestyle, among other things. Ollis serves on Missouri State’s College of Business Executive Advisory Council.



Shelley I. Ericsson, BA, Kansas City, Mo., a partner with the law firm of Armstrong Teasdale, was named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2013 list of outstanding Kansas City lawyers chosen by their peers. Ericsson is a litigator who defends employers against claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wages, and has appeared extensively before state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies.

Todd Gentry, BS, O’Fallon, Mo., a financial planner and services representative at MetLife, received the 2014 Legacy Award at Community Living Inc.’s 14th Annual Legacy Ball. Gentry has volunteered for years with Community Living Inc., which supports people of all ages with disabilities. CLI hosts the Legacy Ball each year to recognize individuals for their ongoing service and contributions.

Karen Paul Jolley, BS, Ozark, Mo., a member of the tax department with BKD, has obtained the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.


Rebecca Douglas Keesling, BS, Tulsa, Okla., was promoted to chief auditor of BOK Financial. Keesling, a 10-year veteran of BOK Financial, will report directly to the audit committee of the board of directors.


Jeff Madden, BS, Lee’s Summit, Mo., was promoted to senior account supervisor at Trozzolo Communications Group. He leads teams in business-to-business, consumer and nonprofit segments, and the accounts Madden leads won six first-place gold awards and one silver at the PRISM awards hosted by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Jonah White, BS, Michael, Ill., the inventor of Billy Bob Teeth and the owner of Billy Bob World, a “redneck” novelty shop, is now the star of a Discovery Channel special called “Billy Bob’s Gags to Riches,” which premiered Jan. 28, 2014. In the show, “redneck” inventors come to Billy Bob World to pitch their ideas to White.


Bethany Johnson-Javois, BS, St. Louis, CEO of Integrated Health Networks, was selected to be part of the American City Business Journal’s 2014 Class of 40 Under 40.


Tiffiney Bradley, BS and MA, Reno, Nev., published a book called “Shine and Inspirations” about prayer. In the book, she highlights Missouri State’s contributions to her success. Bradley has been a student, administrator and/or instructor at seven universities throughout the United States. She is currently a communication instructor at the University of Nevada, Reno.


Holly Schindler, BA and MA, Springfield, published her first young adult novel, “The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky,” through Dial Press, a Random House publishing group.



Scott Bryant, BSED, Springfield, was ordained as a minister in November 2013 by Homeland Baptist Church.


Laura Nowlin, BA, St. Louis, published her first novel, “If He Had Been With Me,” about friendship, first love and tragedy.

Marie Pearl, BS and MAcc, Springfield, was a contestant on season 15 of the NBC competition show “The Biggest Loser.”


Andrew Murphy, BA and MIAA, Poplar Bluff, Mo., transportation planning coordinator for the Ozark Foothills Regional Planning Commission, was selected by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon as one of 51 participants from eight states for the 2013-14 Delta Leadership Institute Executive Academy, a year-long leadership development program for regional leaders that prepares them to collaborate and address the most pressing issues of the Delta region.


Forrest Miller, BS, GRCT and MAcc, Moline, Ill., was named Royal Neighbors of America 2013 Employee of the Year. Miller joined the Royal Neighbors staff in 2012 as an accountant.


Emilyann Girdner, BFA, Orlando, Fla., was named an Amazon.com best-selling author this winter when her young adult novel, “The Labyrinth Wall,” hit number two in the fantasy category on Jan. 3, 2014. Desert Rose Reviews said of Girdner’s novel, “Full of exciting situations, humor and a good look at the human psyche of a labyrinth prisoner, this book pulls you in, and doesn’t let you go until the very end.”

Mark Leist, BS and MAcc, O’Fallon, Mo., a member of the audit department at BKD, has obtained the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation.

Stephen Owen, BS, Springfield, helped develop a mobile application called Mixgrid, released to the iTunes store Nov. 15, 2013.


Marilee Teasley, BS, Springfield, has been published in the National Academic Advising Association Journal with her Missouri State advisor, Dr. Erin Buchanan, an assistant professor of psychology. Their article, “Capturing the Student Perspective: A New Instrument for Measuring Advising Satisfaction,” explores student satisfaction related to academic advising at Missouri State using a new survey instrument.