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- Kathryn Cox, ’91
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 E. Tucker, ’98
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.
- James Eberlin, ’02
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, ’13
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, ’14
Social Studies Teacher
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. 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 NewsChannel 5’s First at Four program and co-anchor of NewsChannel 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
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
Director of Human Resources
Jim’s Formal Wear
Susan Rowold Brueggemann is a human resources leader, talent management expert, and director of human resources for Jim’s Formal Wear LLC. Brueggemann provides leadership and consultation across 10 geographic locations 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
Co-founder and CEO, Enliven
Cuong Q. Dang is co-founder of Enliven, a creative technology company in St. Louis focusing on user experience on web and mobile technologies. As Enliven’s CEO, Dang directs business strategies and leads user experience work. 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
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 recently 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
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.
- Janet A. McMahon, ’62
Janet A. McMahon, ’62
Janet McMahon serves as director of a charity foundation begun by her father in the turbulence of the 1960s to provide food and clothing for the needy. She recently retired as bookkeeper with her family’s hotel business. McMahon, who earned her BA in sociology with minors in history and philosophy, has been close with many of her classmates for more than 50 years, saying: “I admire them for their devotion to whatever profession they chose—many chose education—because they persevered in their careers despite the sacrifices they needed to make and even though their devotion to family came first.”
- Jenny Bristow, ’06
Jenny Bristow, ’06
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
University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law
Asa Toney is a Juris Doctor candidate at the University of Memphis – Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, in Memphis, Tenn. 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, ’97
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, ’01
Founder and CEO
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.