Alumni Board of Directors
William “Bill” Link ’63 and his wife, Harolyn, have one son, Todd, who also attended Evangel. In 1994, Bill and his family moved back to Springfield and bought Christian Publishers Outlet, which they owned and operated for 10 years. He currently owns Redeemed Music and Books, and is also involved in real estate investments. Besides his voluntary activities in his local church and to Evangel University, Bill initiated the Trees of Honor Project, and his community leadership has won him many awards over the years. Bill is currently a volunteer for United Way of the Ozarks, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Messiah Project, Stained Glass Theater, Sports World International and The NOVA Center of the Ozarks.
Judy (Nicholson) Werner ’71 lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with her husband Wayne. They have three children. Their children, Karl and Kiersten are 1998 and 2005 graduates. Judy earned her Master of Music in Piano Performance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She taught at Broken Arrow Public Schools for 21 years. Now retired, she continues to give private piano lessons. Judy is the church accompanist, teaches the children’s choir and music to children in a community outreach program.
Ron Cunningham ’74 lives in Sagamore Hills, Ohio, with his wife, Joi (Mauer ’74). One of their two daughters, Angela, is a 2002 graduate of Evangel. Ron is vice president and CFO of Dougherty-Hanna Resources Co. in Cleveland. He has served his community on the hospital board of directors, commerce director, school board member, and board member of Teen Challenge. Ron is also the worship leader, finance committee member and a teacher in his church. Ron previously served one term with the alumni board (1985-1987).
Ron Holt ’75 and his wife, Sharon (Nelson) ’74, live in Kansas City, Missouri. He and Sharon have three adult children. Ron is a lawyer and partner with Dunn & Davison in Kansas City. He received his law degree from Rutgers-Camden School of Law. Ron received the Evangel University Outstanding Young Alumnus Award, Christian Legal Society KC Leadership Award and Career College Association Associate Member Award. Ron holds leadership positions on the following community boards: Della Lamb Community Services, South Platte Rotary Club, Wright Career College, and Christian Legal Society. He also is active in his church as finance deacon, choir member, an adult Sunday school class teacher, and participates in mission trips. He was part of a team that climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for water wells.
Esther (Mayfield) Harper ’77 and her husband, John ’77, live in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have four children; Justin is a 2007 Evangel grad. A retired nurse, Esther has been involved in church ministries as a Sunday school teacher, Missionettes coordinator, women’s ministry leader, and in her community, has helped with free health clinics and as a volunteer coordinator in the public schools. A heart for students, she and family members established a scholarship at Evangel to honor her parents.
Cary “Dutch” Van Kampen ’81 and his wife, Wanda (Hubbard ’80) reside in Pella, Iowa. Both of their children will be students at Evangel this year―Charlie will be a sophomore and Emily a freshman. Dutch’s career has been highlighted by blessing people as a teacher, principal and chaplain. He is currently the Network Administrator of the Iowa Ministry Network for the Iowa District Council of the A/G. He is a volunteer for outreach ministries and is a speaker for local nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He is also a member of a local high school athletic booster club and is a volunteer at the Sunstream Campground. Dutch sponsors and brings high school students to attend campus visit days at Evangel.
Dennis McDonald ’84 and his wife, Shannon (Swink) ’89, live in Frisco, Texas. They have two children, their daughter, Meghan, is a senior at Evangel. Dennis is the principal at Staley Middle School in Frisco. He earned his Master of Education Administration from Missouri State University in 1990. Dennis has been a youth coach in soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball, and flag football. He has served his church as a board member, cell group leader, parking attendant, childcare worker and usher.
John Porter ’84 and his wife, Beverly ( Van Luven ’84), reside in Reeds Spring, Missouri. Their three children all chose Evangel. Brandon, their oldest son is a 2010 graduate, Brittany is currently a nursing student and Blake will be a sophomore this coming school year. John is the vice president of strategic outsourcing in Automotive Aerospace and Defense Industries for IBM Corporation in Springfield. He was recognized as the first certified mainframe specialist in IBM worldwide and the Gold Circle Awardee, being in the top 4% of sales rep, in the US. In his local church, John is a Bible quiz coordinator/coach and alter prayer team member. He is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Cheryl (Minsky) Matejka ’86 is married to Terry ’83. They live in St. Charles, Missouri, with their two teenage children. Cheryl earned an MBA from Washington University and was awarded the Leadership and Bronze Folmer Awards. She is the CFO for East Communities of Mercy Health System in St. Louis. Cheryl is a small group leader, Junior Bible Quiz coach, runs the church library and is an usher in her church. In her community, she is on the Washington University alumni board, and the advisory board for Christian High School, in O’Fallon, Missouri.
Donnelle (Painter) Johnson ’88 and her husband, David, reside in Franktown, Colorado, with their three teenage children. Their daughter, Denae, will be playing volleyball for Evangel this year. Donnelle is a SEO real estate manager, co-owner of Colorado HuntData LLC, and a CPA. She is also on staff at Parker Christian Center where she oversees the worship ministry, sings, plays keyboard and acoustic guitar. She will be leading the 11th International Youth Camp Mission to Europe this summer (2012) in Budapest, Hungary.
Mark Allen ’90 and his wife, Jocelyn “Josie” (Zastrow) ’90, reside in Colleyville, Texas, along with their two children. Mark is senior vice president-chief financial officer, and treasurer of Denbury Resources, Inc., a growing independent oil and gas company headquartered in Plano. Mark has been with the company since 1999 and in 2010 he was a Dallas Business Journal CFO of the Year finalist. Mark and Josie are very active in their church, having taught the high school class for years and serving on the building committee. They have encouraged prospective students to attend EU and have, on occasion, hosted EU students in their home when college-sponsored activities required over-night stays in the DFW Metro area.
Shelley (McNeil) Groves ’92 and her husband, Brandon, have two children. They live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, where Shelley is the Dean of Arts & Sciences and Head of Language Arts Department at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany. She earned her M.A. in educational leadership from Southern Nazarene University and an M.A. in English from the University of Central Oklahoma. Shelley is currently a Ph.D. candidate, instructional leadership in academic curriculum, at the University of Oklahoma. In her local church she is a part of the children’s ministries, college and career group, education director, small group teacher and involved in various parts of the music ministry. She is also a committee member for the Mustang Chamber of Commerce. Shelly was named as one of Oklahoma’s Top Women Professors for 2013 and was Teacher of the Year at SCU in 2007 and 2009.
Shane Cole ’93 resides in Norman, Oklahoma, with his wife, Ellen, and their two elementary age children. Shane is the vice president of institutional marketing for Covenant Financial Services in Oklahoma City. He has also owned and operated Kwik Kar of Norman since 2003. His career has earned him many business awards. Shane is a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce, United Way, board member of Single Parents Support Network, and Toastmasters. A two-time Academic All-American at EU, he also coaches basketball, soccer and is involved in a life group ministry in his church.
Jay Hellwig ’95 resides in Lewisville, Texas, with his wife, Jill (Henning ’93), and their three young sons. He was formerly a personal assistant for motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, which opened the door to his present position. Jay is the director of life teams at the 12,000-member Covenant Church, where he oversees nearly 600 small groups. He was inducted into the Evangel Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Early in his career, he earned the Achievers Club and Millionaires Club awards as an account executive for Lucent Technologies and the Top Gun award as a trainee for Siebel Systems.
Dawn (Crader) Dauer ’97 and her husband, Lawrence, make their home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Dawn is a senior vice president-loan officer for The Bank of Missouri. She is currently involved in the MBA’s Banking Leadership Class and is a graduate of the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, achieving one of the highest scores on the capstone project. She was recognized as one of Cape Girardeau’s 40 under 40. She is a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Young Banker ‘s Association, Junior Achievement advisory board, and is a volunteer for an elementary school. In her church she has taught a Teen Challenge Sunday school, is a choir member and played keyboard for the worship team.
Kristin Lochner ’03 makes her home in Springfield, Missouri, where she is employed as a community development/special events manager for the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce. She is a violinist in the sanctuary orchestra and member of the handbell choir in her local church. Kristin is actively involved in her community as a committee member of the Junior League of Springfield, Gift of Time, Springfield Little Theatre Associate Board, Salute to Construction, Springfield Prayer Breakfast and a past member of Springfield Rotaract Club
Chase Tacker ’05 and his wife, Tara (Arsenault) ’01, live in Rogers, Arkansas. Chase is senior manager -corporate finance for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Bentonville. He earned his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in international finance from Missouri State University in Springfield. While a student at Evangel, Chase was awarded the U.S. Presidential Student Service Award and the SIFE Leadership Award for 2002, 2003, and 2005. Chase is on the board of trustees for Valley Forge Christian College. He is a part of the men’s ministry program and a small group member for his church. He has also been helping with the disaster relief in Joplin.
Eric Laing ’07 resides in Smyrna, Georgia, with his wife, Janelle. He is a certified public accountant for Delta Air Lines in Atlanta serving as Team Lead – Network Planning. Eric met his wife while volunteering at a Passion Conference event in 2011, which is an outreach ministry of his local church. Eric and Janelle love to travel around the world on their favorite airline. Eric served as Senate President his junior and senior years as Evangel.