Kevin Carroll, assoc., of Johns Creek, Georgia, joined the Board in 2012. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, he became a Jayhawk in 1983, when he was hired as the first director of the Adams Alumni Center and manager of The Learned Club for the Association. He has served on the Executive Committee, the Alumni Programs Committee and the Communications, Marketing and Records Committee. He also led the Association’s Task Force on the Strategic Facility Planning for the Alumni Center. He and his wife, Lisa, assoc., are Life Members and Presidents Club donors. Carroll is chief operating officer and general manager of the Bath and Tennis Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
2016-’17 Immediate Past Chair
Scott Seyfarth, b’83, Hinsdale, Ill., joined the Board in 2010 after serving as a volunteer for the Chicago Network. He is the owner of Hipskind Seyfarth Risk Solutions, LLC. He is a Life Member of the Association and he and his wife, Eileen, are Presidents Club donors.
2017-’18 Chair Elect
John Ballard, Director to 2018
John Ballard III, b’73, Overland Park, is principal owner of Property Specialists Inc. in Leawood. With his wife, Cindy, assoc., he chaired the 2011 Rock Chalk Ball in Kansas City; they have hosted and attended numerous KU events through the years. They are members of the Williams Education Fund for Kansas Athletics and, as a former KU football player, Ballard has served as a Jayhawk Mentor for student-athletes. He is a Life Member of the Alumni Association. The Ballards are donors to the Presidents Club and benefactors of KU Libraries. In 2000 they donated to Spencer Research Library a 3,000-year-old Egyptian scroll, now known as the “Ballard Papyrus.”
Aaron Brinkman, Director to 2018
Aaron Brinkman, j’98, is senior director of sales for Activision Blizzard Inc. in Dallas. He earned his master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University. He has participated in Dallas Network events and helped guide the group as a board member. He is a Life Member of the Association. He and his wife, Molly, are Presidents Club donors; they have attended the Kansas City Network’s Rock Chalk Ball.
Ryan Colaianni, Director to 2021
Ryan Colaianni, c’07, j’07, is vice president of Edelman public relations in Washington, D.C. He leads the Washington D.C. Network as president and has hosted numerous events in the area to support the Association and KU student recruitment efforts. He received the Dick Wintermote Award for his local volunteer leadership. Ryan has offered creative ideas for new programs to attract young alumni. Ryan and his wife, Erinn, b’07, g’08, are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Carrie Coulson, Director to 2019
Carrie Coulson, b’02, l’05, New York City, is a Life Member who has volunteered for the New York Network for more than six years. She currently serves on the local network board and participates in student recruitment. She is a partner at Park Madison Partners.
Steve Dillard, Director to 2022
Steve Dillard, c’75, of Wichita, earned his bachelor’s degree in personnel administration and is president of Pickrell Drilling Company. He is a longtime volunteer for the Wichita Network and served on the network’s board as well as committees for the Jayhawk Roundup. As a member of Jayhawks for Higher Education, Steve is involved as a Steering Committee member. He is also a member of the Williams Education Fund for Kansas Athletics. He is married to Gena Gunn Dillard,’77, and they are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Debi Dennis Duckworth, Director to 2018
Debi Dennis Duckworth, d’79, Houston, a former elementary school teacher, has hosted numerous KU events with her husband, Bart, c’77, g’82. As Life Members and Presidents Club donors, they have created an endowment to support KU alumni programs in Texas.
Michael Flowers, Director to 2022
Michael Flowers, c’77, of Apollo Beach, Florida, is president of Leadership, Defense, Asia Consulting, where he assists customers in leader development and defense contracting. He also is vice president of aerospace and special operations for DigiFlight Inc. He retired in 2008 as a brigadier general in the U.S. Army after 31 years of service, including deployments in Grenada, Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Kosovo. In addition to his bachelor’s degree in general studies, he earned a master’s in public administration from Shippensburg State University, and he is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College and the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College. He is an advisory board member for the Veterans Alumni Network and a mentor for KU Offce of Graduate Military Programs.
Michael Happe, Director to 2022
Michael Happe, j’94, of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, is president and CEO of Winnebago Industries. He has led Winnebago since 2016, after 20 years in senior leadership positions with The Toro Company. He majored in broadcast news at KU and earned his MBA from the University of Minnesota. He is married to Shannon Fitzsimmons-Happe, j’94, and they are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Jay Kerutis, Director to 2021
Jay Kerutis, c’82, a computer software professional, rose through the ranks at Digital River Inc. to become president of the software and digital commerce services division. Now retired, he is president of the Las Sendas Golf Club. He competed for KU as a swimmer and, as captain, led the team to two conference championships. He organized a 25-year reunion of his teammates. He is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor. He and his wife, Pat Caldwell, live in Mesa, Arizona.
Portia Kibble Smith, Director to 2021
Portia Kibble Smith, c’78, owns PKS Executive Search & Consulting and has served on the Kansas City Network board for several years. She has participated in numerous events, including the Rock Chalk Ball and ’Hawks, Helmets and Handlebars. She personally recruits students to KU through her involvement in the local KU network as well as the Black Alumni Network.
Cory Lagerstrom, Director to 2019
Cory Lagerstrom, c’94, g’98, l’98, Mission Hills, is the former president of Frontier Wealth Management and is starting a new wealth management firm. He led the Kansas City Network board as president and has chaired the Rock Chalk Ball with his wife, Julianne Leeland Lagerstrom, b’98. In addition to volunteering in other roles for the Association in Kansas City, he has served on the Chancellors Club advisory board for KU Endowment. For his longtime local KU service, he received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in 2010. The Lagerstroms are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Missy Hodge McCarthy, Director to 2020
Missy Hodge McCarthy, c’86, s’88, lives in Rancho Mirage, California, where she co-founded the Jayhawk China Fund. She and her husband, Kent, b’80, g’81, have hosted numerous events for the Association and KU Endowment in the Palm Desert area, and they have contributed to the Rock Chalk Ball. They are Life Members and Presidents Club members.
Jill Simpson Miller, Director to 2018
Jill Simpson Miller, d’01, lives in Webb City, Mo., where she is president of the Tri-State Network and helped created and host an annual event, Hawkstock, in Mulberry, Kan. She is assistant manager of operations for BBC Electrical Services Inc. in Joplin, Mo. From 2004 to 2008, she worked for the Association as director of chapter development. She now serves on the School of Education advisory board. She and her husband, Reed, c’07, are annual members and Presidents Club donors. As a KU student, she competed on the women’s golf team.
Rosa Aguirre Mitchell, Director to 2022
Rosa Aguirre Mitchell, s’85, of Elkhart, is a social worker and directed the Geo Psychiatric Unit in Elkhart for 15 years. She continues her involvement in mental health services at Morton County Health System. Rosa and her husband, Brian, b’86, are Life Members and Presidents Club donors and longtime volunteers with the Southwest Kansas Network. For KU Endowment, she served on the advisory board for Women Philanthropists for KU. She also volunteered for the School of Social Welfare advisory board.
Janet Murfin, Director to 2021
Janet Murfin, d’75,her husband, David, b’75, have generously hosted the Jayhawk Roundup every year at Murfin Stables and helped make the event an annual tradition. She is a member of the Wichita Network board and has volunteered for numerous programs, serving as an ardent KU advocate. The Murfins are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Cindy Emig Penzler, Director to 2019
Cindy Emig Penzler, c’81, m’85, Lawrence, is an ophthalmologist with Kresie & Penzler in Topeka. She has sup- ported the Kansas Honors Program and served on the board for the Audio-Reader Network, KU’s service for blind and print-disabled listeners. She and her husband, Craig, a’81, are Life Members, Presidents Club donors and members of the Williams Education Fund for Kansas Athletics.
Keturah Harding Pohl, Director to 2022
Keturah Harding Pohl, f’04, a’08, of Findlay, Ohio, co-owns and manages Putnam Family Dental, with her husband, Brad, a 2005 KU graduate. They moved to Ohio from Lawrence, where Keturah was an architect with Treanor Architects. She earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial design and her master’s in architecture. She volunteered for the Lawrence Network and served five years as the Association’s representative on the KU Memorial Unions board. The Pohls are Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
Ellen Remsing, Director to 2020
Ellen Remsing, c’00, of Manhattan, earned her KU degree in biology and graduated from dental school at Creighton University. She is past president of the Flint Hills Network, a Life Member and a Presidents Club donor. She is a longtime Kansas Honors Program volunteer and was a Kansas Honor Scholar and a member of the KU’s rowing team.
Dave Roland, Director to 2020
Dave Roland, e’80, Shorewood, Minnesota, is president of NDC Technologies. He is a Black Alumni Network volunteer, and he helps guide the School of Engineering as a member of its advisory board. He is a Life Member, and he and his wife, Vyonne, are donors to the Presidents Club.
Al Shank, Director to 2019
Al Shank, b’77, Liberal, is president of Al Shank Insurance Inc. He has coordinated the local Kansas Honors Program since 1978 and participated in Jayhawks for Higher Education; he received the Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award in 1991. He has helped lead the Southwest Network and has volunteered for KU Endowment and Kansas Athletics. He is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor.
Jerry Skillett, Director to 2018
Jerry Skillett, b’81, lives in New York City and is an operating partner with Antarctica Capital. He has served as a ’Hawk to ’Hawk mentor for KU students, and he is a Life Member. As a student, he led the Married Student Housing Association as president. He and his wife, Leonor, are Presidents Club members.
Tim Trump, Director to 2019
Tim Trump, b’80, l’83, Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a partner in the law firm of Conner & Winters. He is a donor to the Presidents Club and School of Law. He has helped establish the Association’s Tulsa Network and has assisted KU with student recruitment. He and his wife, Melanie, b’80, are Life Members.
Adam Wray, Director to 2022
Adam Wray, c’93, of Medina, Washington, leads Basho, a cloud database company, as CEO. As a longtime entrepreneur and executive, he also serves on the boards for several other technology firms. He earned his KU degree in English and went on to complete his MBA at the University of Washington. Working with the Association and KU Endowment, Adam and his wife, Amanda Stroth Wray, d’93, hosted in their home a gathering for more than 20 alumni executives with major companies and the Gates Foundation. They are donors to the Presidents Club.