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Dean’s Leadership Council
As the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business Dean’s Leadership Council, we are a core group of alumni and friends dedicated to helping the vice provost and dean strengthen the growth of the college, transform the student experience and improve the impact of faculty involvement. We provide support to the Dean’s Fund, strengthening the impact of philanthropy at the college-wide level, and help identify philanthropic opportunities with fellow alumni, corporations, and friends at S&T. Through our guidance, innovation, and financial commitment, we provide strong leadership to the vice provost and dean, as well as the College, and serve as inspiring role models to the university community.
The Dean’s Fund is used exclusively to fuel valuable support to the College. Resources go specifically toward College needs that align with the strategic plan such as scholarships and stipends for students, construction and renovation projects, equipment, conference travel for faculty and students, and research.
Ted Kelly, Chair
Econ’77, principal at Burns and McDonnell
Ted Kelly, Econ’77, is senior project manager of regulatory services at Burns & McDonnell, having joined the company in 1998. Ted earned a bachelor of science degree in economics with a minor in engineering management from Missouri S&T in 1977, and an MBA in utility regulation and management from Indiana University in 1983. He serves on the S&T Corporate Development Council and as an alumni ambassador. While at S&T, he played on the baseball team and was a leader in the Economics Club. Ted grew up in Branson, Missouri, and now lives in the Kansas City area. He and his wife, Carol, have two adult children — a daughter, Erin, who earned a Ph.D. in English from Rutgers University, where she now teaches; and a son, Doug, a 2010 computer engineering graduate of S&T who is now employed by a major Silicon Valley company. Ted was a registered state basketball official and coached youth sports teams for many years.
Pamela Leitterman, Vice Chair
Math’75, retired from Hewlett-Packard Co.
Pam Leitterman, Math‘75, grew up in Hillsboro, Missouri, and now lives in Sunnyvale, California. She was a member of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship while at Missouri S&T, and is president of the Missouri S&T Academy of Computer Science. Together with her husband, Dennis, an electrical engineering graduate of Missouri S&T, she hosts regular events for the Bay Area Section of the Miner Alumni Association. She is retired from Hewlett-Packard Co., and has been an adult literacy tutor with the Santa Clara City Library since February 2011. A member of the International Association of Business Communicators and the Association for Computing Machinery, she sings tenor in her church’s chancel choir and serves as music librarian. Her hobbies include reading, vocal music and genealogy.
Cori Nelson, Secretary
MgtSys’02, project manager at Cerner
Cori Nelson, MgtSys’02, is a data analyst at Cerner and lives in Leawood, Kansas. While at Missouri S&T, she was a member of Kappa Delta, Student Council and Blue Key and was a peer educator with UMR TECHS (Teaching Encouraging Caring Helping Students). Cori grew up in Bosworth, Missouri. She and her husband, Derek, have three children. In their free time, they like to bicycle and ride motorcycles. Cori also volunteers with the youth program at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Overland Park, Kansas.
Carl Schmitz, Member-at-Large
IST’10, manager of IT Systems at Boeing
Carl Schmitz, IST’10, is an information technology manager at Boeing. He is from the St. Louis area and still lives there. He is the deputy executive focal for Boeing’s relationship with Missouri S&T. While at Missouri S&T, he helped establish the university’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda and was the chapter’s founding president. He served on the Career Opportunities and Employer Relations Advisory Council, the Business and Information Technology Student Advisory Board, was a student ambassador for the Center for Enterprise Resource Planning, and participated in an international ERP Simulation Competition. He is currently co-chair of the Miner Alumni Association’s New Alumni Council and a member of the Miner Alumni Association board of directors and the Order of the Golden Shillelagh. He also volunteers with the Youth & Family Center in downtown St. Louis. He received the Robert V. Wolf Alumni Service Award in 2015, and makes himself frequently present to students.
Rachel Jung, Member-at-Large
MBA’09, information technology director at Brewer Science
Rachel Jung, MBA’09 earned a graduate certificate in enterprise resource planning in 2008. An information technology director at Brewer Science in Rolla, Missouri, she grew up in Washington, Missouri, and now lives in Rolla with her husband, Steven, also an S&T graduate, and their two young boys. While at S&T, Rachel was a founding member of the S&T MBA Association and worked for the biological sciences department’s cDNA Resource Center, handling the business side of operations. Rachel is a member of the Miner Alumni Association board of directors and enjoys hosting events for the Central Ozarks section. In 2012, Rachel initiated a photography and social media initiative, Uncover Rolla, that can be found on popular social media platforms and is still active today.
General board members
CSci’85, COO of Diba Imports
Diane Butrus, CSci’85, is chief operating officer of Diba Imports, a footwear distributor. She is from the St. Louis area and lives there now. A founding member of the S&T Academy of Miner Athletics, she played for the Lady Miner softball team as a student. Diane has served on the board of her condominium association for over three years, and was president for two of those years. She led the finance committee of Explore Transplant, a nonprofit organization committed to kidney transplant education. She spends most of her free time bicycling, and participates in multiple charity rides a year. She drives a Tesla Model S and says she is “thrilled to hear Rolla is getting a supercharging station!” Diane lives with her girlfriend, Me’Shel Riedel, and occasionally Me’Shel’s son Alex, who is a freshman at Washington University in St. Louis studying architecture.
Dr. Xiaoliang “Sean” Cheng
PhD Chem’10, CEO of Wuhan Technologies Ltd.
Xiaoliang “Sean” Cheng, PhD Chem’10, is a serial entrepreneur and adjunct professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T. He has helped found QL Tech, CZ Technologies, Neo-Leaf Technology, Clingnenomix and Wuhan Quality Life Technology and partnered at a private angel investor venture that provides capital to early- and growth-stage life science companies. Sean is from China and lives in Silicon Valley with his wife, Lin Zhu, IST’09.
Steven R. Frey
MS Phys’86, principal system architect/engineer at L3 Technologies
Steve Frey, MS Phys’86, is a senior leader at L3 Technologies in the Sensor Systems Group of Companies, where he directs the technology strategy and execution of programs for approximately 20 companies. He is a former vice president of engineering and technology at Ocean Optics Inc. Steve and his wife, Michelle, have lived in Orlando since 1986. They met as undergraduate students at Bradley University and have two children, Lydia, 25, and Grant, 21. Lydia earned a chemical engineering degree from Missouri S&T in 2014. Grant earned an associate of arts degree from Valencia Community College in Orlando and wants to be a video game developer. Steve is an avid golfer and “beach bum” and also enjoys home improvement projects. Missouri S&T presented Steve with an Award of Professional Distinction in physics in 2007.
Dr. Larry Gragg
Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science
Larry Gragg is a Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor emeritus of history and political science at Missouri S&T. A native of Nevada, Missouri, he joined the history and political science department in 1977 and was chair of the department from 2003 to 2015. He is the recipient of 11 Outstanding Teaching Awards, four Faculty Excellence Awards, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the University of Missouri System President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the University of Missouri System's Thomas Jefferson Award. Larry holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Missouri. He and his wife, Doris, have one daughter, Julie.
Michael A. Haynes
Chem’78, retired from Dow Chemical Co.
Michael A. Haynes, Chem’78, is retired from The Dow Chemical Co. He is from St. Louis County, graduated from Affton High School in 1973, and returned to St. Louis County when he retired in 2002. While at Missouri S&T, Michael was a member of the W.T. Schrenk Society and Alpha Chi Sigma professional fraternity and participated in various student organizations. Michael and his wife are very active in their church community. They donate and contribute to the Order of the Golden Shillelagh at Missouri S&T, the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Trout Unlimited. Since 1990, Michael has been a regular blood donor. To date, he has donated over 25 gallons.
Dr. Jorge A. Ochoa
ME’85, principal engineer at Exponent Inc.
Jorge Ochoa, ME’85, is principal engineer for the Biomedical Engineering practice at Exponent Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm. He has more than 30 years of experience in research and development of medical devices. Ochoa earned a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Purdue University, and he has co-authored more than 100 book chapters, peer-refereed journal articles and conference abstracts and holds 13 U.S. patents. He was born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, and he is proud of the fact that his engineering contributions are directly related to the betterment of the human condition.
Dr. Paul Stricker
LSci’82, youth sports medicine specialist
As a member of the Miner swimming program, Paul Stricker, LSci’82, earned All-America honors in the 400-yard individual medley in 1982 and won three conference titles during his career. Today he is one of just over 200 doctors who are board-certified in both sports medicine and pediatrics. In 2000, Stricker was selected as one of the physicians to represent the United States at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, and he has served as a physician for several U.S. national teams. He is the author of Sports Success Rx!, a book for parents and coaches, and has received Missouri S&T’s Award of Professional Distinction, Alumni Achievement Award and Remarkable Alumni Award. He is a member of the Academy of Miner Athletics and was inducted into the Missouri S&T Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.