Rising Professional Award

The Rising Professional Award honors 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.

Here is a list of our latest recipients.

Cole Foster '16
Cole Foster '16
Partner & Wealth Advisor
Generations Wealth Design
Topeka, Kansas
Lauren Koepp Tines '13
Lauren Koepp Tines '13
Senior Interior Designer, R&D Coordinator
StudioSIX5
Austin, Texas
Tonya Ricklefs '15
Tonya Ricklefs '15
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas
Joseph Lightner '11, '13, '16
Joseph Lightner '11, '13, '16
Assistant Professor & Program Director
University of Missouri-Kansas City
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tiffany Oppelt '10
Tiffany Oppelt '10
Owner/Operator
Therapie
Manhattan, Kansas
Kristen Buchman '16
Kristen Buchman '16
Advisor
Castlepoint Wealth Advisors
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Derek Tharp '17
Derek Tharp '17
Assistant Professor of Finance
University of Southern Maine
Portland, Maine
Grace Burghart '15
Grace Burghart '15
Account Manager
Wellsky
Overland Park, Kansas
Brenna Shields '18
Brenna Shields '18
Market Operator & Owner
delivery.com & B's Sweet Treats
Newton, Iowa
Alyssa Mix '13
Alyssa Mix '13
Associate Designer
DLR Group
Chicago, Illinois
Sydney Hall '13
Sydney Hall '13
Interior Designer
AECOM
Kansas City, Missouri
Marc Lindstrom '14
Marc Lindstrom '14
General Manager
Gordon Ramsay Steak
North Kansas City, Missouri

Past Recipients

2020: Ryan Baldwin, Brian Bollinger, Sara Bonnes, Lacey Boven, Klaire Brumbaugh, Brooke Cull, Monica Ebert, Staci Gann, Amy Guerich, Teagan Hamblin, Janet Holden, Clark Holdsworth, Clara Valadares Kientz, Corey Miller, Uyen Thuy Xuan Phan, Heath Rath, and Kelby Stehl

2019: C.J. Aducci, Jamie Bosse, Robert T. Davis III, Meghann Day, Cody Derby, Trent Jones, Mitchell Keating, Audrey Koehn, Katrina Marshall, Laura McCabe, Michael Minnis, Kale Monk, Monica Nelson, Kristen Brunkow O'Shea, Pratik Patel, Jake Quigley, and Kara Schmidt-Robben

  • 2017: Josh Mathiasmeier
  • 2016: Haley Van Wagenen
  • 2015: Emily Diederich & Andrea Oltjen
  • 2014: Kali Buchanan
  • 2013: Angie Hasemann
  • 2012: Josh Umbehr
  • 2011: Courtney Lair
  • 2010: Amy Chu
  • 2009: Tatyana El-Kour
  • 2008: Jamie LoCastro
  • 2007: Aaron Anderson
  • 2006: Vance Lahey
  • 2005: Kristin Van Scoy
  • 2004: Meredith de Vera
  • 2003: Angela Herbers
  • 2002: Robyn Stuewe
  • 2001: Traude Sander
  • 2000: Kevin L. Sauer
  • 1999: Judy Wagner
  • 1999: Tandy Rundus
  • 1999: Royalyn Rolfs
  • 1998: Hayley Matson
  • 1998: Kent Bradley
  • 1997: Brenda Sharpe
  • 1996: Heide Cashman
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