John Ballard III
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.”
2018-’19 Immediate Past Chair
Kevin Carroll, assoc., of Jupiter, Florida, 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.
2018-’19 Chair Elect
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.
Sasha Flores Boulware, Director to 2023
Sasha Flores Boulware, c’98, g’00, of Fairway, earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and remained at KU to complete her MBA. She formerly worked for Pfizer and Accenture Foundation, and she is currently a part-time consultant. She is a member of the Kansas City Network board, and she co-chairs this year’s Rock Chalk Ball committee; she also led the group in 2017. Sasha and her husband, Al, c’98, l’02, g’02, have attended numerous balls, and they have served as honorary co-chairs. Sasha also has volunteered for Jayhawks for Higher Education and the Emily Taylor Center advisory board.
F. Taylor Burch, Director to 2023
F. Taylor Burch, p’88, g’90, PharmD’09, of Lantana, Texas, completed his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in pharmacy and a master’s degree in health services administration. He is in his 20th year at Eli Lilly and Company and is currently a global operations consultant, creating strategy and supporting the various platforms used by the medical affairs teams worldwide. He remains connected to the School of Pharmacy as a donor and volunteer, creating an endowed scholarship named for his father and returning to Lawrence often as a guest lecturer to first-year pharmacy student. He also volunteers for KU Admissions. With his wife, Lisa Howell Burch, c’92, he served on KU Endowment’s Far Above campaign committee for the school. They are Chancellors Club members for Endowment and Alumni Association Life Members and Presidents Club donors.
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, Miami Beach, Florida, is a partner at Park Madison Partners. She has volunteered for various local networks for more than ten years and previously served on the New York Network board. She is a Life Member, donor to the School of Law, and she and her husband, Manish Naik, are President’s Club members. .
Brenda Roskens Dicus, Director to 2023
Brenda Roskens Dicus, b’83 of Topeka, began her career in marketing, and she is involved in several nonprofit organizations in Topeka. With her husband, John, b’83, g’85, she has volunteered for the Kansas Honors Program, and she has attended numerous alumni events in Topeka as well as several Rock Chalk Balls. The Dicuses are Association Life Members and Presidents Club donors as well as Chancellors Club members for KU Endowemnt and Williams Education Fund members for Kansas Athletics. They have remained involved with the School of Business, most notably through the Capitol Federal Foundation’s leadership gift to provide the new home for the business school.
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.
Eric Edell, Director to 2023
Eric Edell, c’76, m’81,of Rochester, Minnesota, is a professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, specializing in pulmonary and critical care and interventional pulmonary medicine. He previously served at vice chair of the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as the vice chair of Mayo Clinic Practice in charge of the outpatient practice in Rochester. His research interests have included programs aimed at the prevention and diagnosis of and novel treatment approaches to lung cancer. For KU, he is a member of the Medical Alumni Association board. He and his wife, Rosemary Privitera Edell, f’77, are Life Members of the Association.
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.
David Hoese, Director to 2023
David Hoese, e’86, of Chicago, is a private wealth advisor at Goldman, Sachs LLC, based in the Chicago office. He earned his KU degree in mechanical engineering, and later received an MBA from Northwestern University. As a KU alumnus, he has served on the Chicago Network Board, has attended and hosted numerous KU events in Chicago, and has assisted in student recruitment. He also served as a moderator for the Association’s 2017 Chicago Entrepreneurship career networking event, which became a model for future Jayhawk Career Network events. He and his wife, Joan, are involved in local church and community organizations. They are Presidents Club donors to the Association.
Peter Johnston, Director to 2023
Peter Johnston, c’94, l’97, of Salina, is an attorney with Clark, Mize & Linville, Chartered in Salina, and now a second-generation member of the Board, following in the footsteps of his dad, Donald A. Johnston, b’56, l’66, who served from 1986 to ’91. Peter is a longtime volunteer for the Kansas Honors Program and Jayhawks for Higher Education and has served on the School of Law’s Alumni Board of Governors. He and his wife, Sara Peckham Johnston, c’96, m’00, g’03, are Life Members of the Association and Presidents Club donors. For KU Endowment, they are Chancellors Club members. Sara is a family medicine physician and part-time faculty of the KU School of Medicine-Salina and volunteer faculty of the KU-affiliated Smoky Hill Family Practice Residency.
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 serves on the Phoenix Coyotes alumni board. 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 president of ChangePath. 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.
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 supported the Kansas Honors Program and served on the board for the Audio-Reader Network Development Committee for the past 18 years. A/R provides reading services for blind and print-disabled listeners. She and her husband, Craig, a’81, are Life Members, Presidents Club donors, members of the Williams Education Fund for Kansas Athletics, and donors to KU Libraries and the School of Architecture and Design.
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. Locally she works with the Findlay Economic Development on downtown and special projects, and sits on the Findlay Hope House Board of Directors.
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.
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.
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 AstrumU, a machine learning company focused on higher education, 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.