2012-13 Wichita Alumni Advisory Board Members

Nicole Black
Member

Nicole attended Friends University from 2003 to 2008 and received her bachelor's degree in psychology / human services. Her favorite class was being a part of the Concert Choir and Kantorei musical student groups, especially when they had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C.

Nicole and her husband, Chris, live in Wichita and are the proud new parents of a little girl named Piper. When she's not spending time with her family, she enjoys watching movies, knitting, listening to all kinds of music, and family game night.

As a young alumna, Nicole wanted to be a part of the alumni advisory board to stay involved with Friends University. "I want to continue to be in the 'know' of what is going at the University as well as help encourage current students to stay involved as well."

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Donald Hernandez
Member

Don graduated from Friends University in 2011 with his Masters in Leadership and Management. While attending his program he found out there were 5 other people attending that were employed at the same place as him, Spirit AeroSystems. Don’s graduation was very special, his daughter Shy graduated with him in 2011.


In his spare time he enjoys running, fishing, museums, art and volunteering in the community. He also enjoys coaching various sports.

I’m very excited to be a part of the Alumni Advisory Board so I can give back to Friends University.

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Tyrena Judie
Member

It was in 2002, when Tyrena started looking to go back to school. She heard about the PACE program that was offered at Friends University and knew that would fit her needs. Her first class was an English class where she met another returning student Lilia. They remain close friends today keeping up with the latest news and kid’s activities. Tyrena graduated in 2007, with her Bachelor’s degree in Management Accounting and again in 2012 with an MBA in Accounting.

In her spare time she enjoys reading self-help books, shopping and volunteering.

Tyrena is honored to be on the Alumni Advisory Board. She is excited to focus on engaging the current students, alumni and fellow classmates on all the great events and opportunities that Friends University has to offer.

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Lisa Kraemer
Member

Lisa obtained her bachelor's degree from Friends University in 2009, and in 2010 earned her Master's of Business Administration graduate degree. Some of her favorite instructors as a student were Tony Lybarger and Frank Choriego.

Lisa works as an adjunct professor at Friends University in business management and various courses in the College of Adult and Professional Studies, at FedEx in Wichita as operations lead, and is also self-employed as a business consultant. She has four children and loves to volunteer, keep fit, go bicycling and spend time with her kids.

As a member of the alumni advisory board, Lisa hopes to find ways to get students and alumni involved, and encourage traditional and non-traditional students while they attend.

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Lynn Matsler
Member

Lynn had the unique opportunity of “growing up” at Friends University. “Both of my brothers attended Friends in the 1970s and early 1980s. This allowed me to spend quite a bit of time on campus with them and their friends.”

Lynn returned later in life to Friends to finish her bachelor’s degree by way of the human resource management degree completion program offered through the College of Adult and Professional Studies. “Graduation was a tremendous personal accomplishment as it signified the completion of something I started 30 years prior.”

She and her husband, Karl, along with their three children, Jacob, Lee and Karly, reside in Wichita, Kansas. Lynn works in the Friends University Financial Aid Office, and in her spare time enjoys reading and doing crafts.

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Caren Remmers
Member

Caren Remmers graduated from Friends University in 2002 with an associate’s degree in General Studies and went on to obtain a degree in Business Management in 2004.  She has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years.  When she is not working she enjoys various outdoor activities and spending time with her family and friends.  Caren and husband, Warren, have one daughter, Nicole, son-in-law, Chris, and a precious new granddaughter, Piper.

While attending Friends University, some of Caren’s most memorable experiences included the study groups outside of classes with her friends and classmates.  She particularly enjoyed the Marketing course with Professor Susan Osborne-Howe and the accounting course with Professor Steve Field. 

Caren says she is really proud to be an alumni of Friends University and believes that with a degree she can obtain anything she sets her mind to.

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Ashley Scheideman
Member

Ashley graduated in 2004 a degree in Political Science/History then again in 2012 with her Master’s in Business Administration. Ashley’s parents Hugh G’68 and Linda G’67 (Koleczek) Nicks graduated from Friends and they have been married for 47 years.  Friends University has always been a part of my life so it just seemed natural to continue my education at Friends.

Ashley and her husband Derek reside in Maize with their daughter, 2 ½ year old Quinn. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, playing golf, reading, gardening, cooking, playing piano, and traveling. I am very devoted to my work at
Make-A-Wish-Kansas.

Ashley would like for people to feel the same way she does about Friends. She also wants to convey her love and excitement of the university to others and is very excited to be a member the Alumni Advisory Board.

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Jennifer Wassemiller
Member

Jennifer graduated from Friends University in 2000 with her bachelor’s degree in music education. Her first exposure to Friends was when she made a campus visit during fall break. The availability of the administration and music professors to talk with her about attending solidified her decision to attend Friends.

In her spare time, she enjoys being involved in fiber arts, music, traveling and spending time with her family.

Jennifer is excited to serve alumni and also hopes to help the University in the Wichita area via networking events between students and alumni for all the Friends University campuses.

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Sanya Wiles
Member

Sanya began her journey at Friends University as an adult student in 2000. Her first class was English Comp 1. She was very nervous about her first class because she had not been in school for 20 years. Her Professor, Darcy Zabel made me feel at ease. Sanya graduated in 2004 with her bachelors in Business Management. Graduation was one of the best days of her life.  Sanya had a great sense of self-fulfillment and achievement. She also received her master’s 2012.

Sanya and her husband Michael live in West Wichita. They have 3 children Ryan, Matthew and Brock. In her spare time she enjoys reading a good book and spending quality time with her family.

Sanya is employed at Friends University as Director of Prior Learning Assessment.  Her expectation is to offer programs and services that meet the needs of all student populations, and to share those experiences with our students.
I wear my Falcon pride well!!

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Kimberly Wilson
Member

Kimberly was first introduced to Friends University when she attended the graduation for her neice and nephew in 2006.  She thought Friends would be a good place for her to get her degree. She signed up for the OML program and graduated in 2010. Kimberly then enrolled in the Master of Global Leadership and Management program and graduate with her Master’s in 2012. She was so excited that her dad was able to watch her cross the stage to receive her MGLM.

In her spare time Kimberly is an Independent Promoter for Body by Vi, she also enjoys reading and sailing.

Kimberly is excited to be a part of the Alumni Advisory Board so she can be more involved with the University.

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