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CLASS NOTES Campaign, which is running now through May 29, 2014. She is participating in the competition and raising funds for blood cancer research in honor of her mother, who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2012 and is currently in remission. Her mother is her hero and inspiration. ’07 Brian and Tiffany (Swan) Poterbin ‘07 welcomed the birth of their son Deacon Patrick on November 12, 2013. He joins big sister Cadence. Tiffany completed her doctorate in chiropractic medicine in 2012. Brian recently began a new career as a loan officer with Veterans United Home Loans. Prior to that, Brian was with Enterprise as a fleet manager.

’08 Corey Vitt was married on Saturday, March 29 to Sarah Reape. The couple will reside is Kansas City. ’08 Shawn Lang is a proud grandmother of Karter, who was born in April 2013. She celebrated eight years with DST in November. She recently presented in Albany, New York: “When Generations Collide-A New Diversity Issue to the Capital Region Postal Customer Council and Chamber of Commerce.” She credits her Avila MSOD with giving her the opportunity of being a regularlyselected national presenter at the National Postal Forum each year. ’09 Jeremy Lillig debuted his original artwork at the Wheat Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. on March 7. His show, entitled “Smudges: Observations on Perspective” attracted more than 500 art lovers. ’09 Andy Perkins completed his MFA in acting from Purdue University last year. Since then, he has been heavily involved with the theatre community in Kansas City. He performed and taught at the Coterie Theatre, the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, the Living Room Theatre, the Fishtank Performance Studio and the KC Fringe Festival. He is also a regular performer for the Kansas City Improv Company and represented by Exposure Talent Agency. ’10 Steven Chung’s new exhibit, ”Observation & Impulse,” featuring new works on paper, took place on Sunday, January 12,

2014, in Philadelphia. Steven works for the award-winning interior design firm, Weixler Peterson Luzi, and studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. ’10 Cristina (Baker) Cowan has taken on a new and exciting role at Avila University as assistant athletic director.

Alumni All-Stars Congratulations!

’10 Jessica (Armstrong) Hassler and her husband John welcomed daughter Charlotte to the world on October 16, 2013.

’10 Heath Roberts and his wife welcomed Willow Grace Roberts to the family on January 26, 2014. She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20 inches long.

’10 Jennifer (Lee) Springman married Scott Springman on March 1, 2014 in St. Louis. The couple resides in Gray Summit, Mo. Jennifer is the district administrative assistant at Target. ’11 Kat Guyer is an ESL/ELL coordinator at KC Frontier School of Excellence in Kansas City, Mo. She also recently joined the Avila Alumni Board of Directors as a board member.

’11 Paige Solomon, an Avila Glitter Girl alumna, was named, for the second year, to the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleading Team.

Calling all Avila College Class of 1989 Alumni Reunite to celebrate 25 years during Homecoming 2014! Visit your Class Reunion website for the latest reunion details at and join the Avila College Facebook Group at


Lauren McCarthy ’07 is the first female and youngest president of the Kansas City-area Automobile Owner’s Association. As such, she served as president for the 2014 KC Auto Show, which this year welcomed famous comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno as a guest. Lauren, in her role as car show president, had the honor of introducing Leno to the crowd. Lauren also was recognized as a 2014 Rising Star of Philanthropy at NonProfit Connect’s Philanthropy Awards Luncheon in May.

Jan Regan ’63

appearing here with Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., CSJA, was awarded Volunteer of the Year by NonProfit Connect, a highly-respected organization in the Kansas City area. Jan was honored for her extensive impact/service to the Ronald McDonald House.

Avila University Accent Magazine - Spring 2014  

Accent is published twice yearly by the Office of Marketing & Communication. Opinions expressed in Accent are those of individual authors an...

Avila University Accent Magazine - Spring 2014  

Accent is published twice yearly by the Office of Marketing & Communication. Opinions expressed in Accent are those of individual authors an...