Professional accomplishments earn 17 alumni recognition from College of Health and Human Sciences
Thursday, April 2, 2020
MANHATTAN — Seventeen accomplished alumni were selected to receive the Rising Professional Award from the College of Health and Human Sciences at Kansas State University.
The Rising Professional Award is given to honor significant contributions made by a graduate in the early stages of his or her career. Recipients have demonstrated significant professional accomplishments in the areas of design, business, human behavior, teacher education or health sciences.
Receiving the award this year:
• Janet Holden, family and consumer sciences education teacher, USD 247, Cherokee. Holden received her bachelor's degree in human ecology, with an emphasis in family and consumer sciences education, in 2012.
• Staci Gann, executive director of Stand Up For Your Sister in Manhattan. Gann received her bachelor's degree in family studies and human services in 2018.
• Clara Valadares Kientz, assistant director II, K-State CARE Office, Manhattan. Kientz earned a bachelor's degree in family studies and human services in 2014.
• Brian Bollinger, certified training restaurant general manager with Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers, Overland Park. Bollinger earned his bachelor's degree in hospitality management in 2009.
• Amy Guerich, partner at Stepp & Rothwell Inc., Overland Park. Guerich earned a bachelor's degree in family studies and human services, with an emphasis in personal financial planning, in 2006.
• Corey Miller, policy manager for the Healthcare Leadership Council, Washington, D.C., Miller earned his master's in public health in 2017.
• Clark Holdsworth, research communications manager with Accdon in Waltham, Massachusetts. Holdsworth received his master's degree in kinesiology in 2013 and his doctorate in anatomy and physiology in 2016.
• Sara Bonnes, consultant with the Division of General Internal Medicine, assistant professor of medicine and physician nutritional specialist at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. Bonnes received two degrees from K-State: a bachelor's degree in human nutrition in 2003 and a master's degree in human nutrition in 2005.
• Ryan Baldwin, general manager of Hotel Kansas City by Hyatt, Kansas City, Missouri. Baldwin received his bachelor's degree in hotel and restaurant management in 2001.
• Lacey Boven, regional administrator with Region VII, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living in Kansas City, Missouri. Boven graduated in 2008 with a degree in family studies and human services.
• Heath Rath, executive director of PACE KC in Kansas City, Missouri. Rath earned a secondary major in gerontology in 2013 and a master's degree in gerontology in 2015.
• Kelby Stehl, buyer at Halls Kansas City in Kansas City, Missouri. Stehl earned a bachelor's degree in apparel and textiles in 2011 and a master's degree in 2013 in the same field.
• Klaire Brumbaugh, assistant professor and director of clinical services at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri. Brumbaugh received her bachelor's degree in family studies and human services, with an emphasis in communication sciences and disorders, in 2009 and her master's degree in the same field in 2011.
• Brooke Cull, vice president-business operations, Central States Research Center at Midwest Veterinary Services in Oakland, Nebraska. Cull received four degrees from K-State: two bachelor's degrees, one in human nutrition and one in kinesiology; a master's degree in public health; and a doctorate degree in human nutrition.
• Teagan Hamblin, technical designer II with Nike Inc., Beaverton, Oregon. Hambling received a bachelor's degree in apparel and textiles in 2013.
• Monica Ebert, international brand development manager for CORE Merino in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ebert earned a bachelor's degree in apparel and textiles in 2013.
• Uyen Phan, department head of food and science nutrition, Institute of Biotechnology and Food Technology, at the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Phan earned her doctoral degree in sensory analysis and consumer behavior and a graduate certificate in applied statistics in 2015.
For full bios on the award winners, please visit the College of Health and Human Sciences website.