Nicole Ainsworth, daughter of Marla and Mike Ainsworth, graduated from the UMKC School of Dentistry on May 12, where she was Clubs Class officer and 2013-2017 Fundraising Chair. As a Summer Dental Scholar Participant 2014-2015, she presented her findings in a trip to Boston.
Bruce Bowman, Nicole’s grandad, was her patient at the Dental School this spring. His procedure qualified to meet a graduation requirement.
She plans to live in Albuquerque and practice at Albuquerque Modern Dentists. Her memories of LQ fishing, pontooning and swimming with family and friends will accompany her there.
On May 10, 2017, Meggie Alpert graduated Magna Cum Laude with a master’s degree in social work and a specialization in school social work from Loyola University, Chicago. Meggie is the daughter of Kate Alpert of Kansas City and David and Angela Alpert of Lake Quivira.
While a student at Loyola University, Meggie worked at Deborah’s Place, a permanent housing shelter for homeless women in the West Side of Chicago. Meggie helped residents navigate the barriers faced with being homeless, facilitated counseling regarding physical and mental health-related needs and participated in professional development. In addition, Meggie collaborated with other staff members to help reach the goal of 98 percent of the residents obtaining health insurance.
Most recently, Meggie worked at Evanston Township High School as a school social work intern. At ETHS, Meggie worked with 9th and 11th graders in Special Education, providing counseling, crisis intervention, group facilitation and case management services to students and their families. Additionally, Meggie served as a member on the LGBTQ Risk Advisory District Board at Evanston Township High School, in which she coordinated professional development for other staff members in supporting diverse students and orchestrated future strategies to better include LGBTQ-identified students and allies.
Meggie will begin her post-graduate career as a school social worker for the UNO Charter School Network in Chicago, where she will be working with grades K through 8.
Dennis and Ginny Ayer’s son, Riley Ayer, graduated from The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) with a master of arts in economics. While at UMKC, Riley was able to obtain a summer internship as a trading analyst at Valero Energy Corporation. Here, he utilized his skills in computer programing and statistical analysis to develop various crude oil pricing models to assist Valero’s Trading Department and Economic Planning Department.
After graduation, Riley will continue his graduate studies at UMKC by pursuing a doctorate in economics. He intends to focus his studies on mathematical finance and macroeconomics. In particular, he is eager to investigate the behavioral aspects of the financial markets and the impacts they have on the overall economy.
Delaney Bates, daughter of Raymond and Evelyn Bates, earned a BS degree at the University of Kansas, with a major in ecology and evolutionary biology. She was on the College of Liberal Arts and Science Honor Roll for four semesters.
While in pursuit of her degree, Delaney was a member of the group Natural Ties her first two years, served on the Executive Board her junior year, and was elected president her senior year. Likewise, Delaney served on the Executive Board of Delta Epsilon Mu her junior and senior year, as Director of Prospects and Secretary, respectively, and a member of Kappa Alpha Thetaall four years.
Delaney was a research assistant her junior year in Costa Rica. She conducted work for her independent research project during her senior year in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico. She received an Undergraduate Research and Travel Award Recipient from The Howieson Opportunity Fund, and an FAS Crimson & Blue Merit Scholarship.
During her junior and senior year she volunteered at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in the Division of Mammalogy as a collection assistant.
As for the future, Delancy applied to medical school and plans to begin that chapter of her life in August 2018.
Delaney’s favorite LQ activity is spending time with her family and dogs.
Alec Friesen, son of Craig and Lynn Friesen, received a BGS (Bachelor of General Studies) degree at the University of Kansas, with a major in psychology and a minor in applied Behavioral Sciences. He was the recipient of a Crimson and Blue Scholarship all four years and was listed on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean’s Honor Roll from 2014 to 2017
Alec was a Yell Leader for KU Cheer Squad, 2014-2016. In 2015, the KU Cheer Squad placed 4th at the UCA (Universal Cheerleaders Association) Nationals Competition in Orlando, Florida–the highest place the KU Cheer Squad has ever placed.
Jobs during college included Research Assistant at University of Kansas Cancer Research Center, 2013-2014; Research Assistant at University of Kansas Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science Departments, 2015-2017; and Football Manager, 2016-2017.
In addition, Alec volunteered over 300 hours toward long term commitments at Health Care Access, a clinic that serves low income and uninsured families of Douglas County, Kansas, Don Bosco Center in Kansas City and Asera Care Hospice in Lawrence, Kansas.
Alec will begin Medical School at Kansas University Medical Center in July 2017 and has received the Gladys Lichty Medical School Scholarship.
Adam Huff, son of John and Marian Huff, graduated May 14, 2017, from the University of Saint Mary with a doctorate in physical therapy.
In addition to his studies he was the Social Chair and Class Ambassador for the Department of Physical Therapy class of 2017.
Adam graduated from Kansas State University in 2014 with a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and was a member of Theta Xi fraternity, where he served as recruitment chair. He met his fiancé, Briana Talkington, while at the University of Saint Mary.
Briana is also a graduate from the University of Saint Mary with a doctorate in physical therapy, who resides at 128 Lakeshore Drive West. They were married June 3 at Lake Quivira and plan to live and work in the Kansas City area.
On May 13, Adam Perkins, son of longtime Quivirans Tim and Teresa Perkins, received BS and BA degrees from Drake University in entrepreneurial management and marketing, with a finance concentration. While at Drake, Adam was a member of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, 2014-2017, and competed in pole vaulting all four years as a member of Drake University Track and Field.
At Lake Quivira had a business delivering flyers around the lake. In addition, he followed in his father’s snow tracks by snow plowing driveways.
Adam has taken a position with the Gremler Financial Group in Des Moines as a financial advisor and is currently studying to take the Series 7 Securities Exam.
Alison Phillips graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Science degree in Criminal Science from UMKC. Her thesis, entitled “Commercial Sexual Exploitation: An Analysis of Prostitution in Kansas City” formulated Kansas City’s first ever population estimate of the number of adult commercial sexual exploitation victims using a statistical method common to wildlife biology. Furthermore, the thesis is being nominated by the Criminal Justice & Criminology for UMKC’s “Thesis of the Year.”
During my time as a graduate student Alison worked part time as a graduate teacher’s assistant for UMKC’s Criminal Justice Department. Additionally, she worked on a volunteer level as Community Engagement Coordinator for KC Street Hope (a faith-based non-profit working to eradicate sex trafficking in Kansas City). However, perhaps the most demanding job Alison held during college was raising three kids!
Upon graduation, UMKC hired Alison to teach an elective for criminal justice and sociology majors on human trafficking. The department is looking to expand their work on the issue of human trafficking and Alison looks forward to being a part of that effort. In addition, she will continue working for KC Street Hope, helping to raise awareness about human trafficking and inspire grassroots level engagement and volunteerism. “We have several exciting initiatives and events we are working on for the next year that promise to be real difference makers,” she says.
Joseph William Rebori, son of Bob and Elaine Rebori, received a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Kansas on May 14. Following graduation, he took a 10-day trip to Cinque Terre, Florence, and Rome, Italy.
For the last nine years, Joey has worked in Research & Development and Sales at Bio-Microbics, Inc. during his spare time and has now started his full time position in Sales and Product Development at Bio-Microbics, Inc.
His hobbies include golf, family get-togethers, spending time with friends, tinkering with his 3D printer and small antique sewing machine motors and flying his drone.
Joey is in the process of buying his first house!
Stewart Simms, daughter of long-time members Anne and David Simms, graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston College in May.
Stewart’s academic focus has been mental health and international refugee support. She recently completed a five-month practicum with Jesuit Refugee Services at the Vatican, traveling to the Kokuma refugee camp in Kenya.
In August, she will travel to Zambia with a BC professor to conduct HIV related research before pursuing work in refugee support.
Kelsey Marie, daughter of Mark and Jan Stephan, and granddaughter of Milton and Jennie Stephan and Dean and Donna has graduated from the University of Kansas with a major in East Asian Languages and Culture and an emphasis on Japanese Language & Culture.
Through the years, you’ve probably seen Kelsey kayaking during the summer and taking photos of all the amazing plants and animals here at the lake. In addition, Kelsey worked at the Lake Quivira Clubhouse during the time she attended classes at Johnson County Community College.
Kelsey has been graciously accepted into the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and will be traveling to Japan on July 22 of this year to live and work there as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) for at least one year. Her tentative goal is to remain there through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
Kelsey would like to thank everyone for all the goodwill and support she has received over the years at Lake Quivira. No matter where she travels, her memories c of the lake will always remain close to her heart.
Johnny Terry, son of Stewart and Lianne Terry, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in business administration, with a major in marketing and a minor in management information systems. He was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, a member of Oklahoma State President’s Leadership Council and a Jim Watson Scholarship recipient,
While at Oklahoma State, Johnny was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity (Pledge Class President 2014, Head Recruitment Chair 2015, Executive Board Member 2014-2017, Conduct Committee Member 2015-2017); Spear’s Business Student Council; Spring Sing Director 2015-2017; Freshman Follies Director 2015-2017 and OSU Varsity Review Director 2016-2017.
Johnny was a counselor at Kanakuk Kamp in 2014 & 2016. His favorite LQ activity is hanging out with family and friends on the lake.
Next up: Johnny will begin his career as a consulting analyst at Cerner.
Bridget Treas, daughter of Randy and Leslie Treas, graduated in May from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in visual arts management. Bridget was on the Dea’s List and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). Her work was selected for a student photography exhibition at Prescott College
While at Columbia, Bridget managed the Hokin Gallery, a student-run art gallery at the college.
In 2013, Bridget completed a gap year program called SeaMester. Through this program she had the opportunity to spend a semester at sea exploring the world from the deck of a sailing vessel while earning college credit in marine sciences and seamanship, as well as sailing and scuba diving certifications. In 2014, she completed a 21-day backpacking trip through the Grand Canyon and the Superstition Mountains, while going to school at Prescott College in Arizona. In 2017, she gained a new perspective of international art business from a condensed, intensive international exhibition management course in Rome.
Currently, Bridget is in the process of moving back to Kansas from Chicago and is very excited for her next adventure in life, whatever that may be. She will continue to look for a career in visual arts management, a field about which she is passionate.
Megan Treas, daughter of Randy and Leslie Treas, graduated in May from William Jewell College with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, where she was awarded the Mary Grant Seacole Award for Service 2017. Previously, Megan had attended Wichita State University, where, in 2015, she received a BA with a major in psychology and a minors in sociology, health professions and anthropology.
She was a member of the Student Nurses Association, 2015-16; Assistant to the Health and Disabilities Coordinator (Intern Position) Operation Breakthrough – summer 2013; Co-founder and Project Manager of Anti-Human Trafficking Billboard Campaign alongside KC Street Hope, 2016 to current; and member of the KC Street Hope (Anti human trafficking collation).
While a student at Wichita State U, Megan worked as a Pediatric Patient Care Tech/CAN from 2014 to 2016 at Via Christi St. Francis Hospital and was also the only female member of the Wichita State Club Hockey Team, 2013-2015.
Megan is passionate about community service. The following are highlights: International Health Volunteer with Cross Cultural Solutions, working with orphans with HIV/AIDS in Salvador, Brazil 2015; three trips to Haiti during college with the Global Orphan Project; working with Jackson County Corrections about victim recognition / victims of human trafficking 2015.
When asked about future plans and goals, Megan replied, “I will be getting married to the love of my life on September 23 of this year and I got a job starting in July as a Labor and Delivery Nurse at Truman Hospital downtown! I couldn’t be more excited to empower the laboring women, educate the new mommas and touch the lives of many during their childbirth journey. I plan to attend graduate school within the next five years.”
Mentioning that a favorite activity at LQ was swim team, Megan commented, “ I hope to have future kids on the swim team someday.”
Hannah Weise, daughter of Paul and Staci Weise, graduated from the University of Kansas with a major in applied behavioral science and a minor in psychology. Part of her education consisted of studying abroad in Stirling, Scotland, UK.
Academic Honors include the Todd R. Risley Award for outstanding achievement in autism and adults with developmental disabilities, the Dean’s List spring 2014-2017; Academic Distinction Award (4.0 GPA) spring 2015-2017; Academic Excellence Award (3.5+ GPA) spring 2014-fall 2014.
While at KU, Hannah worked for Personal Care Attendant Helpers, Inc. ; was an undergraduate teaching assistant for Anatomy; and an undergraduate research assistant.
She was a ember of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and a member of Kansas Association for Behavior Analysis.
Her favorite LQ activity is hanging out with friends on boats
Hannah is currently working as an Applied Behavioral Analysis Technician at North Star Academy and plans to work toward a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy next year.