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Meet the Board of Directors

2021-'22 Chair

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Jay Kerutis

Jay Kerutis, c’82, retired from his career as a computer software professional. He rose through the ranks at Digital River Inc. to become president of the software and digital commerce services division. As a student, he competed for KU as a swimmer and, as team captain, led the Jayhawks to two conference championships. He organized a 25-year reunion of his teammates. A Life Member and Presidents Club donor, he joined the board in 2016 and has chaired the Revenue Development Committee and served on the Executive Committee. He is married to Pat Caldwell.

2021-'22 Chair Elect

Keturah Harding Pohl

Keturah Harding Pohl

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.

Julie Andrews, Director to 2024

Julie Andrews, c’95, of Waukee, Iowa, is chairman of the board and vice president of business development of Briarcliff Development Co., a real estate sales and management firm based in Kansas City, Missouri. She also owns The Event Pros, a company that offers custom event planning for worldwide travel and hospitality firms’ corporate events. Earlier in her career, she worked in public relations, sales and marketing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Julie and her husband, Chris, j’92, are Presidents Club donors, and they have three sons.

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.

Joseph Courtright, Director to 2024

Joseph Courtright, p’89, of Little Rock, Arkansas, is a second-generation pharmacist who grew up in Baxter Springs, where his father, William, p’54, owned Milo Chew Drug Store. From his early career as a staff pharmacist at May’s Drug Stores, Courtright advanced to become CEO of USA Drug Stores, then the nation’s fourth-largest retail pharmacy. After orchestrating the sale of the company and its subsidiaries to Walgreens, he is now principal of the investment corporation Dale Capital Partners. The School of Pharmacy in 2017 awarded Courtright its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award. He has served on the School of Pharmacy Advisory Council. He is an Association Life Member and Presidents Club donor. For KU Endowment, he is a member of the Jayhawk Faithful and the Chancellors Club. He has hosted many alumni and admissions events at his home.

Brenda Roskens Dicus, Director to 2023

Brenda 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

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. For KU, he is a member of the University of Kansas Medical School Alumni Association board. He and his wife, Rosemary Privitera Edell, f’77, are Life Members of the Association and donors to the Presidents club. 

Allen Fee, Director to 2024

Allen Fee, j’84, Hutchinson, joined Fee Insurance Group, a family-owned business established in 1883, and now leads the firm as CEO. He is an Association annual member and a Presidents Club donor, and he serves on KU Medical Center’s 4-Wichita Advancement Board’s executive committee. He has supported the Williams Education Fund of Kansas Athletics and the School of Medicine-Wichita, and he is a member of KU Endowment’s Jayhawk Faithful. Allen and his wife, Kriss, assoc., have two sons and a daughter who are KU alumni and a son who is a current student.

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.

Jacqueline Hall, Director to 2024

Jacqueline Hall, c’75, of Sublette, president of the Sublette insurance firm Hall & Associates, is a longtime KU volunteer in her community. She and her husband, Sterling, b’75, were honored as 2006 recipients of the Mildred Clodfelter Award. She dedicated more than 25 years of service to the Kansas Honor Scholars Program. She also is a longtime legislative advocate through Jayhawks for Higher Education. Hall returns to campus often for activities of the Association, Kansas Athletics, the School of Business and the School of Music. She is a member of Jayhawks for Higher Education and, for KU Endowment, the Chancellors Club and Jayhawk Faithful. The Sterlings are Life Members and Presidents Club donors. They have two sons, one of whom is a current KU student, and a daughter.

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 2022

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.

Bobb Meckenstock

Bobb Meckenstock, Director to 2025

Bobb Meckenstock, c’76, of Hays, earned his KU degree in political science and is CEO of the Meckenstock Group, a wealth management firm. As a volunteer for the Smoky Hill Network, he has hosted local Jayhawk events, including a reception to welcome and introduce Chancellor Girod when he was new in the role. He, his late wife, Shay, and daughter, Sarah, are all KU graduates. Bobb is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor, and he has contributed to the Alumni Center’s renovation and expansion.

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.

Jessica Palm

Jessica Nelson Palm, Director to 2025

Jessica Nelson Palm, j’11, of Overland Park, is vice president and lead executive for TeamKC: Life and Talent with the Kansas City Area Development Council, where she works with leading companies to market the metropolitan area to prospective executives and other top recruits. Jessica is a Life Member of the Association, a former president and a longtime member of the Kansas City Network Board, and she volunteers as a mentor, event host and speaker for the Jayhawk Career Network. She has participated in numerous other events in Kansas City.

Ryan Pfeiffer

Ryan Pfeiffer, Director to 2025

Ryan Pfeiffer, j’02, of Prairie Village, is a producer for Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services. He has served on the Kansas City Network Board and led the group as president. He is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor, and he has volunteered in numerous roles, especially for the Rock Chalk Ball. He is currently planning a Presidents Club event to recruit new donors.

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.

Clint Rogers, Director to 2024

Clint Rogers, c’98, ’19, of Ellsworth, a business administration and advertising graduate who is currently working toward his KU master’s in business administration, is president of Cashco Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of a broad line of industrial products. Since his promotion from executive vice president in 2011, he has led Cashco through an expansion into global markets by building an international sales team, and he has been instrumental in the expansion of its product line. He is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor and an active volunteer with the North Central Kansas Network, participating in events in both Ellsworth and Salina. For KU Endowment, he is a member of Jayhawk Faithful. Clint and his wife, Dimity, assoc., have one son.

Jody Sellers, Director to 2024

Jody Sellers, p’81, of Council Grove, a U.S. Army pharmacist who works as a PharmD at Irwin Army Community Hospital, earned a doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Florida in 2007. She is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor who received a 2011 Mildred Clodfelter Alumni Award for her longtime volunteer service. She has assisted the Kansas Honor Scholars Program, Jayhawks for Higher Education and the School of Pharmacy Advisory Council, and she is a donor to KU Endowment and the Williams Education Fund. Jody and her husband, Rick, assoc., have a son and a daughter, both KU graduates.

Becky Nettels Sloan

Becky Nettels Sloan, Director to 2025

Becky Nettels Sloan, ’85, of Pittsburg, served on the Wichita Network Board and has remained involved with the Association’s Tri-State Network since returning to her hometown in Pittsburg. She and her husband, Steve, are Life Members and Presidents Club donors. They have hosted KU events and traveled to Jayhawk activities nationwide. She has volunteered for and contributed to the Kansas Honor Scholars Program and currently represents the Association on the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Athletics.

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Lisa Tuchtan, Director to 2025

Lisa Evans Tuchtan, d’74, of Bethesda, Maryland, earned her KU degree in education but has worked in real estate for the bulk of her career. She is senior vice president of Jones Lang LaSalle, a global commercial real estate and property investment firm. She specializes in office leasing, portfolio management and strategic planning for national and international clients. She is a longtime volunteer for the Association’s Washington, D.C., Network and she served as a Helpful Alumni Working for KU (HAWK) volunteer at local college fairs. She is a Life Member and Presidents Club donor.

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.