During Alumni Weekend on Friday, Sept. 28, Maryville University honors alumni with several specific awards celebrating their work to strengthen their communities, their considerable contributions to the University and the ways they have put the knowledge and values from Maryville into practice in their own lives. This year, 10 alumni will receive awards.
The Dean’s Awards recognize graduates who bring distinction to their professions, their communities and to Maryville. An award is given in each of the University’s four academic units.
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Award
Kay Barrett, ’98
Kay Barrett works as a senior vice president at Cassidy Turley, one of the nation’s largest commercial real estate services providers. She oversees project and development services for Cassidy Turley’s Corporate Services division, and has played a pivotal role in employing many of Maryville’s Art & Design graduates. She has served on Maryville’s Interior Design Advisory Board, which grew into its College of Arts and Sciences National Leadership Council. She has worked with Cassidy Turley to support corporate sponsorship for Maryville, as well as providing company expertise to teach design students and review and critique their projects. She holds a BFA in Interior Design and a BS in Mathematics from Maryville, and has participated in Maryville Reaches Out and Maryville Trivia Night. Other community involvements include her work with The United Way’s Leadership Giving Society and serving on the 100th Anniversary Committee for the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. She holds many ministry roles at Christ United Methodist Church in Fairview Heights, Ill.
School of Education Dean’s Award
Christeen Schleh Raeker, MA ’93, EdD ’08
Christeen Schleh Raeker is the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Kirkwood School District, which serves about 5,100 children. Prior to assuming that role, she served at the principal of Tillman Elementary in Kirkwood. She began her career in the Parkway School District, where she served for 23 years as a teacher and administrator. Raeker has taught graduate-level education classes in differentiation and gender-specific learning at Maryville, and serves on the School of Education National Leadership Council. She said, “I’ve received as much as I’ve given from the experience. It has been an opportunity to collaborate with educational colleagues and retired educators and to connect with people from throughout the St. Louis area.” Raeker recently collaborated with School of Education Dean Sam Hausfather and Assistant Professor Dan Deschamp in developing the idea of a doctoral program to serve teacher leaders.
School of Health Professions Dean’s Award
Kelly Polkinghorne Behlmann, ’88
Kelly Polkinghorne Behlmann is the founder and executive director of the Disabled Athlete Sports Association (DASA). The St. Peters-based nonprofit organization, formed in 1997, promotes, develops and organizes sports events for children ages five to 18. It provides those who have a physical or visual disability an opportunity to participate in therapeutic sports and fitness activities designed to improve self-esteem and promote well-being. Behlmann said when working as a physical therapist in hospital and school settings, she realized she wanted to create a program that focused on people’s abilities rather than disabilities. Volunteer coaches with the DASA work with teams on wheelchair soccer, sled hockey, track and field, adaptive skiing through Hidden Valley Ski Resort, baseball, swimming, rock climbing and archery. The organization also has a program in Columbia, Mo. DASA’s efforts extend far beyond the St. Louis region and are recognized nationally and internationally as a Paralympic Sport Club through the United States Olympic Committee.
School of Business Dean’s Award
Beth Quick-Andrews, ’91
Jim Andrews, ’94
Beth Quick-Andrews and Jim Andrews are the managing partners of St. Louis-based Q & A Business Solutions. The business is an association management company that works with non-profit professional and trade associations seeking to streamline their operations and maximize their member’s return on investment. They assist their clients with board of directors facilitation, membership management, meeting production, financial management, communications and general administration needs. Quick-Andrews, Andrews and their team of nine work with 15 international, national, state and local associations.
Shortly after graduation from Maryville, both Quick-Andrews and Andrews were honored by the U.S. Small Business Administration as Young Entrepreneurs in recognition of their creative approach to developing a small business and their accomplishments as young business owners. As life-long learners, they have continued their education in the fields of association management and technology development through the American Society of Association Executives and the AMC Institute. In 2006, Quick-Andrews earned the Certified Association Executive credential conferred by the American Society of Association Executives.
The south St. Louis County residents are active with the School of Business’ National Leadership Council, and Quick-Andrews serves as its chair. Quick-Andrews and Andrews have several relatives who are also Maryville alumni.
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes volunteers who have made significant contributions to the University within the past year.
Moira Kelly Steuterman, ’73
Addie Dorsey Tomber, ’68
Moira Kelly Steuterman, ’73, and Addie Dorsey Tomber, ’68, served as co-chairs for the School of Education’s first Birthday Party for Dr. Seuss held Feb. 26, 2012. More than 200 alumni, students and families took part in the event focused on fun learning activities for children. A website developed for the event also provided Dr. Seuss-related curriculum materials for teachers. Bolstered by their initial success, they have agreed to co-chair the 2013 program.
Steuterman served on Maryville’s Alumni Board National Leadership Council (NLC) for many years, including service as its president from 1982 to 1986. She now serves on the School of Education’s NLC. She teaches primary school reading and math at Our Lady of the Pillar. Her husband, Dr. John Steuterman Jr., is the son of an alumna, Mary Sullivan Steuterman, ’46. Moira’s mother, Demetra (Pat) Kelly is a graduate of the Class of ’87.
Tomber served on Maryville’s School Education Council for several years, and leads the fundraising efforts of the School of Education’s NLC. Tomber won Maryville’s Outstanding Volunteer award in 1985, at a time when she was a member of the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education. She has taught and volunteered at St. Elizabeth of Hungary School and Our Lady of Providence School. She makes flavorings for her family’s snow cone flavorings business, St. Louis-based Rio Syrup Company, Inc. Tomber’s mother, Connie Dorsey, ’36, is an alumna.
Young Alumni Award
The Young Alumni Award recognizes young alumni who bring distinction to themselves, their profession, community and alma mater.
Laurel L. Curtis, ’02, MBA ’03
Frank Williams, ’02
Laurel L. Curtis, ’02, ’03, and Frank Williams, ’02, stepped forward in 2007 to create the Young Alumni Board, previously known as the Young Alumni Advisory Council. As co-chairs, they focused on identifying leadership , developing a board structure and creating a mission. The board works in partnership with the Office of Alumni Relations to provide meaningful programs, communications and services for current and future young alumni and to foster lifelong participation and philanthropic support by young alumni.
Curtis, a Kirkwood, Mo., resident, works as an underwriting specialist at Capitas Financial, advising financial planners on planning strategies. Her many volunteer activities include Maryville Reaches Out, a day of volunteering. She volunteers with the Animal Protection Agency and The Humane Society, including work at Longmeadow Rescue Ranch. She also is a shareholder and volunteers in a nonprofit community-supported garden at La Vista, in Godfrey, Ill. She also served as a Susan G. Komen “Spare Nothing for the Cure” committee member from 2010-11.
Williams, of Mascoutah, Ill., works as the fixed income manager for Scottrade Inc., managing day-to-day trading of the fixed income desk. He’s pursuing his MBA degree at McKendree College and is beginning in Maryville’s doctorate program in Higher Education Leadership this fall. He coaches girls and boys soccer at Mascoutah Community High School as well as serving as a volunteer coach for his oldest son’s soccer team.