Twelve Kansas State University alumni selected as 2019 Alumni Fellows

Posted March 27, 2019

Twelve accomplished Kansas State University alumni have been selected as the 2019 Alumni Fellows and will address students and faculty in classes and receptions April 10-12 during the 2019 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 2019 Alumni Fellows are:

Segenet Kelemu, director general and CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya, for the College of Agriculture. Kelemu earned a doctorate in plant pathology from K-State in 1989.

William Sullivan, professor and head of landscape architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Sullivan earned a master's degree in landscape architecture in 1985.

John Guinotte, spatial ecologist in the ecological services program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Sheridan, Wyoming, for the College of Arts and Sciences. Guinotte earned a bachelor's degree in 1996 and a master's degree in 1999, both in geography.

Woody Leel, consulting geologist and owner of Woodruff G. Leel Jr. consultancy, Plano, Texas, for the College of Arts and Sciences. Leel earned a bachelor's degree in geology in 1966.

Audrey Mross, partner and chair of the labor and employment section, the law firm of Munck Wilson Mandala, Dallas, for the College of Business Administration. Mross graduated from K-State in 1980 with bachelor's degree in marketing.

John Heim, executive director, Kansas Association of School Boards, Topeka, Kansas, for the College of Education. Heim earned a doctorate in educational administration in 1987.

Kevin E. Burke, president and CEO, Burke Construction Group, Las Vegas, for the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering. Burke graduated from K-State in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

Nathan Smit, senior innovation manager, Hormel Food Corporation, Austin, Minnesota, for K-State Global Campus. Smit received a bachelor's degree in food science and industry from K-State in 2008.

Barbara W. Ballard, Ph.D., associate director of the Dole Institute of Politics, University of Kansas, and a state representative for Kansas' 44th district, Lawrence, Kansas, for the Graduate School. Ballard earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling in 1976 and a doctorate in counseling and student personnel services in 1980.

Cheryl Johnson, director of child nutrition and wellness, Kansas State Department of Education, Topeka, Kansas, for the College of Human Ecology. Johnson graduated from K-State in 1980 with a bachelor's degree in foods and nutrition and in 1983 with a master's degree in dietetics and institutional management.

Kali M. Hague, attorney, Jetlaw LLC, Washington, D.C., for the College of Technology and Aviation. Hague received a bachelor's degree in aeronautical technology in 2010.

M. Gatz Riddell Jr., secretary general of the World Association for Buiatrics and a professor emeritus at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, for the College of Veterinary Medicine. Riddell earned a bachelor's degree in veterinary medicine and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, both in 1977.

For more information about the Alumni Fellows program is available here.