#MemberMonday

Every other Monday we feature a member profile on our Facebook and Twitter page. Join the K-State Alumni Association today and you could see yourself featured below! 

Steve Braun

Steve Braun '84
Overland Park, Kansas

Steve was recently selected by the Kansas City Business Journal as the CFO of the year. Emplyed by Brandmeyer Enterprises LLC and Cognios Capital LLC. When asked about his favorite K-State tradition, Steve said, "In particular, now that we have kids attending K-State, my wife, Susan Stone Braun '85, and I love spending our fall Saturdays tailgating, attending K-State football games and catching up with all the great K-State alumni."

Mitchell Moss

Mitchell Moss '02
Hoxie, Kansas

Mitchell is a Loan Officer and Vice President with the First State Bank. Mitchell's favorite K-State tradition is: a quality education and preparation for the future. "Myself, along with many of my family members and friends, were very fortunate to receive an education, second to none, from this wonderful university. That education provided the tools necessary to achieve very high goals in our careers and succeed in life. This can especially been seen in all of the outstanding accomplishments from our alumni in their: cities, counties, states and beyond." Go 'Cats!

DeeAnn Turpin

DeeAnn Turpin '13
Houston, Texas

DeeAnn was awarded a 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship. When asked to describe K-State in five words, she said, "A continuous blessing in disguise." 

Todd Nighswonger

Todd Nighswonger '86
Joplin, Missouri

Todd  is a media relations specialist at Mercy Hospital. Todd said his favorite K-State tradition is "What's become a nearly annual opportunity to attend bowl games. I've been to the last two."

Jodi Kaus

Jodi Kaus '90
Manhattan, Kansas

Jodi is the director for K-State’s Powercat Financial Counseling. She recently received the K-State excellence in engagement award. Jodi's favorite benefit to K-State alumni is  "...that all K-State alumni have access to the free financial tool at Saltmoney.org/k-state to help answer student loan questions, search for jobs and get helpful advice about finances!"

Cathy Bandyk

Cathy Bandyk ’82, ’86, ‘99
Morriston, Florida

Cathy was recently named member of the year for the American Feed Industry Association. When asked to describe her favorite K-State tradition, she said, "The noon Hearts game in the Animal Science department!"

Bruce Frost

Bruce Frost '70
Wichita, Kansas

Bruce received the Pioneer Award for Outstanding Ag Banker from the Kansas Ag Bankers, a division of the Kansas Bankers Association. Bruce's favorite K-State tradition is family. "Our family has a tradition of being K-Staters. My wife’s father and his brothers attended K-State in the 1930’s. My wife and I were at K-State in the late 1960s,  our daughter attended K-State in the late 1980s and we had our two granddaughters at K-State the last two years until the oldest graduated in May. Of the eight family members, all of us had different majors, showing the diversity of education at K-State." 

David Franz

David Franz '69, '70
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

David received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from K-State College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Medical Alumni Association. His favorite memory of K-State is, "It was spring of 1970.  I was in a small animal exam room in Dykstra Veterinary Clinic, a senior across the exam table from Dr. Robert Taussig, my favorite clinician-teacher.  I had just palpated the abdomen of a dog and found nothing abnormal.  Dr. Taussig did the 'same thing' and quickly gave me a presumptive diagnosis.  I said, "Maybe when I'm older and wiser?".  Without changing his expression or moving his hand from the animal, he said, "You will get older Mr. Franz, but it remains to be seen if you will get wiser."  I learned more than just veterinary medicine from him. Thanks Dr. Taussig!"

Stephanie McCallister

Stephanie McCallister '14
Early Branch, South Carolina

Stephanie is a career coach at Eckerd Kids in South Carolina. When we asked her abouther favorite K-State tradition, she said, "Definitely Call Hall ice cream! It's absolutely fantastic!"

Mako Miller

Mako Miller '04
Kansas City, Missouri

Mako is a postsecondary coach with Kauffman Scholars, Inc. She shared this favorite memory of K-State: "One of my favorite memories at K-State is the K-State vs. Nebraska football in 2000. It was my freshman year and it started snowing during the game. The stadium was packed! K-State pulled off the win 29-28. We rushed the field and made snow angels! My clothes were soaked, but I didn't care. It was so much fun to be around so many K-State students and celebrate a great victory.  What a great freshman year memory!"

Larry Erickson

Larry Erickson '60, '64
Manhattan, Kansas

Larry co-published the Solar Powered Charging Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles. Larry says his favorite K-State memories are from the K-State Landon Lecture Series. 

Chris Merriewether

Chris Merriewether '10
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chris is an MBA student at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Chris said his favorite memory of K-State is, "Our 2010 NCAA tournament run to the Elite Eight! I enjoyed going to work everyday with that group of guys. Times like this you just don't forget. The K-State family showed an incredible amount of love.  I recall seeing a lot of royal purple at every game!"

Cynthia Fails

Cynthia Fails '02
Kansas City, Kansas

Cynthia is a Senior student service coordinator for the Coaching Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a member of the K-State Alumni Association Multicultural Alumni Council. She describes her K-State experience in these five words: Scholarly incubator for servant leadership.

Abdul Yahaya

Abdul Yahaya '08
Gardner, Kansas

Abdul is a staff engineer for the Gardner, Kansas, Public Works Engineering Department, and an owner of Open Minds Child Development CEnter in Olathe, Kansas. His favorite membership benefit is the annual wall calendar. "I look at each of the images every  month and reflect on all the great memories and love I have for K-State."

Jean Folkerts

Jean Folkerts '67, '73
Manhattan, Kansas

Jean recently received the Sidney Kobre Award for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism History by The American Journalism Historians Association. When asked about her favorite K-State memory, Jean said her favorite memory was working on the Collegian. 

Debbie Mercer

Debbie Mercer '84, '88, '96, '99
Manhattan, Kansas

Recently, Debbie was invited by Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, to participate in Operation Educate the Educators at the White House. Debbie said, "Some of my favorite undergraduate memories are in Ahearn Fieldhouse. I distinctly remember the K-State versus KU game in 1987. After two overtimes with Steve Henson and Mitch Richmond leading the way, we celebrated a Wildcat win over Manning’s Jayhawks. The den was deafening! Everyone was hugging. It was a family celebration atmosphere at its best!"

Brant Roney

Brant Roney '11
Olathe, Kansas

Brant is a technology architect at Cerner Corporation. His favorite K-State tradition? "Singing the Alma Mater with the K-State family after a K-State victory!"

Nels Lindberg

Dr. Nels Lindberg '01
Great Bend, Kansas

Dr. Lindberg received the 2015 Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association. He said his favorite K-State tradition is tailgating at football games.

Casey Clark

Casey Clark '01
Springfield, Missouri

Casey is an assistant U.S. attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. His favorite memory of K-State is "Spending late spring Friday nights at Frank Myers Field watching the K-State baseball team."

Andy DiOrio

Andy DiOrio '02
Overland Park, Kansas

Andy is the first two-time president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of Public Relations Society of America. When asked how he would describe K-State in five words, he said, "Friends; Family; Preparation for Life."

Rod Harms

Rod Harms '82
Manhattan, Kansas

Rod recently received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. Rod's favorite K-State traditions are: "...of course tailgating and attending football games with family and friends."

Zaldy Doyungan

Zaldy Doyungan '15
Topeka, Kansas

Zaldy is a sports journalist for KSNT News. "My favorite K-State memory would have to include experiencing three court stormings in three different perspectives: As a fan, as part of the security and as part of the media," Zaldy said. "Each one was different, but all of them were really intense and it was great to have gone through that."

Leah Carreno

Leah Carenno '08
Nolanville, Texas

Leah is a captain in the U.S. Army. Her favorite K-State tradition is tailgating at Bill Snyder Family Stadium with friends and family.

William Service

William Service III '08
Anchorage, Alaska

William is a production optimization engineer at ConocoPhillips. He had this to say about his favorite K-State memory: "Late hours in the Chemical Engineering lab, supporting K-State sports teams, enjoying Aggieville, building relationships, and learning about the possibilities a K-State education can provide. There are too many to single out just one favorite memory. But wherever I work and travel, whether it be Alaska, Europe, Asia, or South America, I always know I belong to a strong K-State family that supports each other, no matter where life takes us."

Elizabeth Grilliot

Elizabeth Grilliot '14
Hutchinson, Kansas

Elizabeth is the director of neighborhood development at the Hutchinson Recreation Commission. Her favorite memory of K-State is "The great friendships made with fellow graduate assistants in the Kinesiology Department. Many hours of post-class discussions were spent at Little Apple Brewing Company on Wednesday evenings."

Kathy Palermo

Kathy Palermo '71
Lee's Summit, Missouri

Kathy is serving as the 2014-16 state president of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of Missouri. She had this to say about her favorite K-State memory: "My favorite memory of K-State is being in the marching band the first year women were allowed to join. Before 1968, it was an all-male marching band. We had so much fun in the band under Dr. Phil Hewitt and I made a lot of great friends in the band. The highlight was traveling to the away games on the train or the bus. Such great memories!"

Adriane Falco

Adriane Falco '07
Olathe, Kansas

Adriane Falco is an elementary school music educator in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas. She was recently selected as a 2016 Kansas Master Teacher. When asked about her favorite memory at K-State, Adriane said, "I truly enjoyed my memories of being a K-State Singer under the direction of Gerald Polich. It was a wonderful opportunity to perform and travel throughout the state of Kansas. I loved the camaraderie my fellow singers and I shared over countless hours spent in a bus traveling to a new place to perform, and how we still keep in touch to this day."

Staci DeGeer

Staci DeGeer '07, '09
Edwardsville, Illinois

Staci is a product development scientist for Nestle Purina PetCare. Staci described her K-State experience in these five words: Family, Friends, Home, College of Agriculture, Future.

Abby Buchman

Abby Buchmann '15
Washington, Missouri

Abby Buchmann is an interior designer at the St. Louis office of HOK. When asked to describe her K-State experience in just five words, she replied,"K-State; where friends become family."

Samuel Brinton

Samuel Brinton '11
Washington, D.C.

Samuel is a nuclear engineer and senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center. When asked to describe his K-State experience in five words, Samuel said, "Unwavering Support for the WHOLE Wildcat."

Michelle Snyder

Michelle Snyder '08
Alexandria, Virginia

Michelle Snyder is a requirements manager for the U.S. Department of Defense. She also was awarded Joint Staff Action Officer of the Month from Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. "My favorite K-State memory is K-State football games - go 'Cats!" Snyder said.

Kevin Dale

Kevin Dale '90
Evergreen, Colorado

Kevin is the executive editor of Cronkite News at Arizona PBS, a daily news operation and innovation hub operated by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. "My favorite memory of K-State is JMC Professor Bill Brown and his thundering lessons in Kedzie Hall." Kevin said. "I remember those lessons to this day and try to live that passion for what we do as journalists. I could never match his delivery, but hopefully I have been able to impart his values and lessons to colleagues and now students."

Lisa Rockley-Cline

Lisa Rockley-Cline '05
Lenexa, Kansas

Lisa is president and CEO for Community Health Charities of Kansas and Missouri. Her favorite K-State tradition has always been Purple Power Play on Poyntz in downtown Manhattan. "It was great to start the school year at the community pep rally with the coaches, cheerleaders, band and thousands of K-State fans in purple," Rockley-Cline said. 

Tom Ksiazek

Tom Ksiazek '69, '70
Galveston, Texas

Tom was recently recognized by global experts who study deadly infectious diseases with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual International Symposium on Filoviruses. When asked about his favorite K-State memory, Tom said, "I lived in the KSU veterinary teaching hospital between my sophomore and junior years in veterinary school during the summer of 1968. I really got a great chance to work with the clinical teaching staff and that was more intense than the ordinary academic year teaching cycle. There was also a larger opportunity to have hands on clinical experience during this experience. Altogether, it was a great experience." 

Kaye Kabus

Kaye Kabus '88
Topeka, Kansas

Kaye was recently honored as the 2013-14 School Nutrition Association Regional Outstanding Director of the Year for the Southwest Region. Her favorite memory of K-State is meeting herfuture husband, John Kabus ’88, for meals at Derby whenever they could. "I have enjoyed getting to dine there again with two of our children, Caroline and Conrad Kabus, who are both currently attending K-State," Kabus said. "Can you tell I was in the Hotel and Restaurant Management program?"

Nick Relic

Nick Relic '10
Overland Park, Kansas

Nick is coordinator of minor league and amateur video for the Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp. His favorite memory from his time at Kansas State University is "storming the court after beating KU for the first time in Bramlage Coliseum, on Jan. 30, 2008."