Avila University
Steer Dinner

Steer Leadership

Dave '76 and Geri Frantze
Honorary Chairs

Kenneth and Marilyn Hager
Event Chairs

38th Annual
Inspire. Influence. Transform.
Steer Dinner and Auction

Steer Leadership


38th Annual Steer Honorary Chairpersons: Dave ‘76 and Geri Frantze

For Dave ’76 and Geri Frantze, the duties that come with being Honorary Chairs of Avila University’s 2014 Steer Dinner & Auction are taken very personally and held close to their hearts.

For Dave, the purpose behind Steer Dinner – to raise money for student scholarships – especially hits close to home. Part of the first generation of his family to attend college, Dave, currently a partner at prestigious Kansas City law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP, fully admits he never would have had the opportunity to attend Avila, where he graduated in 1976 with a bachelor of arts in theatre and history, were it not for financial aid that came from scholarships and earnings from a work study job.

A lifelong resident of the Kansas City area, Dave’s father was a maintenance foreman at a General Motors plant. His mother worked part-time. While he believes his parents placed a high enough value on education that they would have found a way to send him to a public school if necessary, the only way he could have ever afforded a private college was with a scholarship.

“A significant part of the decision process was cost,” said Frantze, the youngest of three siblings. “At the time I graduated high school, my parents were living on Social Security and my dad’s pension from GM.

“At Avila, I had straight scholarship assistance, work study and Social Security. It took all of those things for me to be able to attend Avila.”

"To me, that’s the American dream … to have the chance to move up in life through furthering your education. An opportunity to be a part of that really excites me." - Dave Frantze

Honorary Chairpersons
Dave '76 and Geri Frantze

dave and geri