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Every day, our alumni reach new professional heights, and make a difference in their communities. Scholarship support means many more talented individuals will be given the opportunity to succeed with a Maryville education. 

  • Kathryn Cox, ’91
    Kathryn Cox

    Kathryn Cox, ’91
    Senior Vice President of Business Development

    Kathryn Cox, ’91, has enjoyed a successful career in actuarial science at RGA, where she first began as a Maryville student intern. As senior vice president of business development, Cox works with client companies on the front lines, leading a team of senior level associates in strategic planning and execution, relationship-building and data analytics.

  • Robert E. Tucker, ’98
    Robert Tucker

    Robert E. Tucker, ’98
    Vice President

    Robert E. Tucker, MD, MBA, AIF, has enjoyed two successful careers. He was an orthopedic hand surgeon for more than 25 years and served as medical director of the St. Louis Orthopedic Institute, but he changed his career path 10 years ago to pursue Financial Advising.

  • James Eberlin, ’02
    James Eberlin

    James Eberlin, ’02
    Founder and CEO

    In 2015, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon awarded Jim Eberlin the Governor’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, in recognition of his success in founding not one, but three start-up companies, beginning with Host Analytics in 2001 and followed by Gainsight (formerly JBara Software) in 2011 and TopOPPs in 2014.

  • Minyu Cao, ’13
    Minyu Cao

    Minyu Cao, ’13
    Assistant Actuary

    As an undergraduate in actuarial science, Minyu Cao, ’13, was a multicultural scholar and co-president of the Maryville Cultures Connect program. In 2012, she was the only student in the nation to receive the Actuary of Tomorrow-Stuart A. Robertson Memorial Scholarship—a prestigious award from the Actuarial Foundation.

  • Patrick McPartland, ’14
    Patrick McPartland

    Patrick McPartland, ’14
    Social Studies Teacher
    Parkway South

    Patrick McPartland, ’14, earned his master’s in education at Maryville. For the past 25 years, he has served as a social studies educator at Parkway South High School, and currently serves as Parkway NEA President. In addition, he has been an advocate and partner for Maryville’s Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry program for the past 16 years.

  • Kathleen “Kay” Quinn-Malone, ’99

    Kathleen “Kay” Quinn-Malone, ’99
    KSDK News Channel 5

    Kathleen “Kay” Quinn-Malone is anchor of KSDK News Channel 5’s First at Four program and co-anchor of News Channel 5 at Six. Prior to these roles, she anchored the weekend evening newscasts. Quinn-Malone has earned industry-wide respect and an Emmy for her work.

  • Lonnie Folks, ’82, ’98

    Lonnie Folks, ’82, ’98
    Director of Athletics
    Maryville University

    Lonnie Folks is director of athletics for Maryville University. Folks is a former standout student-athlete and Maryville women’s soccer and softball coach. An award in his name honors members of the Maryville athletic community who exemplify good spirit, stewardship, and service. In 2009, he was inducted into the Maryville University Athletics Hall of Fame. Folks is a member of the Duchesne Society Council and the Hall of Fame Committee.

  • Jason Adams, EdD, ’05, 08, ’09, ’13

    Jason Adams, EdD, ’05, 08, ’09, ’13
    Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary

    Jason Adams, EdD, is principal of Maplewood Richmond Heights Elementary in the Maplewood Richmond Heights (MRH) School District. Adams earned each of his four degrees at Maryville University. He has served in leadership positions for the Missouri National Education Association/DESE and the Missouri Reading Association.

  • Susan Rowold Brueggemann, ’95

    Susan Rowold Brueggemann, ’95
    Human Resources Compliance Strategist
    ESCO Technologies

    Susan Rowold Brueggemann is a human resources leader, talent management expert, and human resources leader at ESCO Technologies. Brueggemann provides leadership and consultation on policy, employee relations and engagement, performance feedback, HR tools and infrastructure, and more.

  • Christine Crain, ’73

    Christine Crain, ’73
    COO, Mercy Kids

    Christine Crain is chief operating officer for Mercy Kids, a division of Mercy. She is the executive leader for strategic and operational initiatives related to pediatric and neonatal services across Mercy’s four-state region, and is responsible for improving access to services and the overall quality of care for children. She also serves on the leadership team overseeing strategic and operational planning, and goal setting, for Mercy Hospital St. Louis.

  • Cuong Q. Dang, ’06

    Cuong Q. Dang, ’06
    Founder and CEO
    PHC Media Vietnam

    Cuong Q. Dang is founder of PHC Media and a serial entrepreneur. An accomplished speaker, Dang has presented at conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad on web development and user experience design.

  • Evelyn Chiao Yuan, ’58

    Evelyn Chiao Yuan, ’58

    Yuan was the first student from China to attend Maryville on a scholarship. She was educated by Sacred Heart nuns throughout her academic career, and with the assistance of Mother Patricia Barrett she converted to Catholicism while at Maryville. Yuan has commemorated her experience by endowing the Evelyn Yuan Scholarship, awarded annually to an academically gifted Asian student, and supports other major Maryville initiatives. Following her studies in chemistry, Yuan worked in labs for Pfizer and Schering-Plough (now Merck & Co.) pharmaceutical companies, and is now retired.

  • Michael Dragoni, ’09, ’13

    Michael Dragoni, ’09, ’13
    Art Teacher
    Buder Elementary

    Dragoni has a long academic association with Maryville University. He earned his bachelor’s in art education followed by a master’s in educational leadership, and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program in teacher leadership. Dragoni teaches in Maryville’s Summer Science and Robotics program. As the art teacher at Buder Elementary in the Ritenour School District, he is a recipient of the district’s First Class Teacher Award, and received a $67,992 grant from the St. Louis-based Innovative Technology Education Fund to introduce technology into his classroom.

  • Stacey Corbet Morse, ’89

    Stacey Corbet Morse, ’89
    VP of Community Giving and Nonprofit Consulting
    The Staenberg Group

    Morse earned her BFA in studio art after first considering a career in business—two fields she has successfully combined since her Maryville days. She serves as vice president of community giving and nonprofit consulting for The Staenberg Group. Morse is also co-owner of The Morse Group with her husband, Stuart Morse, ’87, where she works to build partnerships between arts organizations and the business community.

  • Crystal E. Weaver, ’04, ’10

    Crystal E. Weaver, ’04, ’10
    Senior Music Therapist
    SLU Cancer Center

    Weaver earned her BA in music therapy and her master’s in rehabilitation counseling. She is the senior music therapist at SLU Cancer Center. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University in both the music therapy and rehabilitation counseling programs. Weaver also supervises music therapy staff, student volunteers, and music therapy internship students from Maryville University.

  • Mary Pfanstiel Heger, ’86

    Mary Pfanstiel Heger, ’86
    CIO and VP of Information Technology and the Ameren Service Center for Ameren Services
    Ameren Corp.

    Heger is chief information officer and vice president of information technology and the Ameren Service Center for Ameren Services, a subsidiary of Ameren Corp. She earned her BS in management at Maryville, and also holds an MBA. Heger is a member of the board of the International Institute, and a former board member of Craft Alliance and SouthSide Early Childhood Center. Heger is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis ® and has been cited as one of the most influential businesswomen in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal.

  • Jenny Bristow, ’06

    Jenny Bristow, ’06
    Anvil Analytics + Insights

    As a full-time student, Bristow earned her BS in e-marketing, while also working full-time. Bristow was named Maryville’s e-marketing Student of the Year in 2006. A 2013 St. Louis Business Journal “30 Under 30” recipient, Bristow built a full-service online marketing agency on the West Coast and then sold it. Later recruited as a marketing manager by Amazon, she worked on strategy and consumer sales before returning to St. Louis to work in digital engagement.

  • Matt Baker, ’14, ’15

    Matt Baker, ’14, ’15
    Science Educator / Head Wrestling Coach
    Shawnee Mission West High School

    Matt Baker is a physics and chemistry teacher at Shawnee Mission West High School in Kansas City, KS. He joined the Saints for two years as an assistant wrestling coach after a successful collegiate career at Maryville. He earned numerous honors and awards as a student-athlete, including becoming Maryville’s first-ever NCAA Division II national champion.

  • Asa Toney, ’14

    Asa Toney, ’14
    Associate Attorney
    Farris Bobango

    A former student-athlete for Saints basketball, Toney achieved tremendous success both on and off the court, including two first-team All-Conference selections, and finishing the program as the all-time assists leader.

  • Daniel Abebe, ’97
    Daniel Abebe

    Daniel Abebe, ’97
    Vice Provost
    University of Chicago Law School

    Graduating summa cum laude, with the honor of speaking at Commencement, a more seasoned and mature Abebe was on his way to Harvard for his law degree, and eventually to the University of Chicago for a master’s and PhD in political science. Now, he is helping that institution’s law school shape its programming and strategic planning. Looking back warmly at his Maryville experience, and the relationships that helped bring him where he is today, he notes the well-worn adage, “It takes a village.”

  • Nicole M. Sahin, ’14
    Nicole M. Sahin

    Nicole M. Sahin, ’01
    Founder and CEO
    Globalization Partners

    A self-proclaimed entrepreneur at heart, Nicole M. Sahin, ’01, launched Globalization Partners in 2012 with a mission is to break down barriers to global business by making it easy to hire employees in 150+ countries without setting up branch offices overseas. Under her leadership, Globalization Partners has achieved national recognition for growth and corporate culture. These recognitions include No. 33 on the 2017 Inc. 500 list of fastest-growing private companies in America; No. 6 on the 2016 Inc. 500 list and 2017 Inc. “Top Company to Work For.” Nicole was named Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 – New England by Ernst & Young and was a 2017 Stevie Award recipient as Female Executive of the Year.