Twelve Kansas State University alumni selected as 2022 Alumni Fellows

Posted March 25, 2022

Alumni Fellows

Twelve accomplished Kansas State University alumni have been selected as the 2022 Alumni Fellows and will address students and faculty in classes and receptions April 20-22 during the 2022 Alumni Fellows week.

Alumni Fellows return to discuss current business and industry trends and to meet with students and faculty. The program is sponsored by the K-State Alumni Association, the Office of the President and the Deans’ Council.

“The Fellows were chosen based on their high levels of professional accomplishment and distinguished service in their respective careers,” said Andrea Bryant Gladin, K-State Alumni Association assistant vice president of alumni programs and organizer of the Alumni Fellows program.

The 2022 Alumni Fellows are:

Justin Knopf, a fifth-generation family farmer in Central Kansas, Gypsum, Kansas, for the College of Agriculture. Knopf earned a bachelor’s degree in agronomy in 2000. 

Brian Diederich, vice president – interior design for Wynn Design and Development, Henderson, Nevada, for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Diederich earned a bachelor’s degree in interior architecture in 1994.

Mark D. Carlson, M.D., M.A., is chief medical officer and senior vice president at Covanos Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, for the College of Arts and Sciences. Carlson received a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1977.

Nancy Siepman, retired head of ethics and compliance for the research and development and vaccine business unit at Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, Barrington Hills, Illinois, for the College of Arts and Sciences. Siepman received her master’s and doctorate in statistics from K-State in 1981 and 1988, respectively.

Greg Case, CEO of Aon, Chicago, Illinois, for the College of Business Administration. Case earned a degree in finance in 1985.

G.A. Buie, executive director for the United School Administrators of Kansas, Gardner, Kansas, for the College of Education. Buie earned a master’s degree in educational administration in 1996.

Mark Nyquist, who recently retired as the CEO of DynaTen Corporation, Fort Worth, Texas, for the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Nyquist earned a bachelor‘s degree in construction science in 1980.

Jennifer McDonald, is the founder and CEO at Jenny Dawn Cellars, Wichita, Kansas, for K-State’s Global Campus. McDonald earned a master’s degree in agribusiness through K-State’s Global Campus in 2016.

Dr. Mary B. Gregoire, professor emeritus at Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, for the Graduate School. Gregoire earned a doctorate in foodservice and hospitality management from K-State in 1985.

David Relling, PT, Ph.D., associate dean for health sciences and professor of physical therapy at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota, for the College of Health and Human Sciences. Relling earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from K-State in 1994.

David G. Delker, retired associate dean and professor emeritus of the K-State College of Technology and Aviation, Salina, Kansas, for the College of Technology and Aviation. Delker earned an associate degree in electronic engineering technology from Kansas Technical Institute in 1973.

Tolani I. Francisco, DVM, MPH, wild horse and burro coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service, Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the College of Veterinary Medicine. She also owns Native Healing in Laguna, New Mexico. Francisco earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1990 from K-State.           

For more information about the Alumni Fellows program, visit