Alumni Board 2020-21

The Avila University Alumni Board cultivates an ongoing connection between alumni, current students and stakeholders—who build traditions, create opportunities and serve the community. The board is made up of members from Avila’s Alumni Association with the responsibility to advise the University on alumni-related policies and activities.

If you would like more information on the board or joining one of the committees, please contact the Alumni Office at 816.501.3780 or alumni@avila.edu

Current Board Members

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BRETt BENEKE ’14, ’20

  • CT, English Education; MA, Education
  • Raymore-Peculiar School District, English Teacher
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Leonard Casey Jr. ’07

  • BSB, Marketing
  • Spire, Director, Pipeline Management
  • Year Joined: 2016
  • Committee: Athletics
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Shawnalee Criss Petty ’14

  • BA, Psychology
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Evaluation & Information Resource Specialist
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Events & Activities
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Emilee Hill ’12 ’16

  • President
  • BA, Communication; MBA
  • JE Dunn Construction, Marketing Specialist
  • Year Joined: 2016
  • Committee: Executive
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Laura Hoffman ’93

  • BS, Computer Science/Math
  • Cerner Corporation, Integration Executive
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Philanthropy
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Jennifer Lindsey ’10, ’15

  • BA, Psychology & Sociology, MS, Organizational Development Psychology
  • MRIGlobal, HR Generalist & Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Lead
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Professional Development
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Sheila Luehrs ’89, ’19

  • BSN, Nursing; MBA
  • Cerner Corporation, Senior Regional Operations Manager
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Sarah McKee ’02

  • BA, History
  • UMKC, Course Coordinator
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Athletics
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Shawna Pena-Downing ’12

  • BFA, Theatre
  • Avila University
  • Year Joined: 2018
  • Committee: Events & Activities
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Andy Phillips ’06

  • BA, Political Science
  • H&R Block, Director – Agency & Industry Relations
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Athletics
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Tonya Phillips ’06, ’09

  • BSB, Marketing; MBA
  • Zerto, Enterprise Account Representative
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Emilee Rehling ’10

  • BA, Communication
  • Intouch Solutions, Resource Manager
  • Year Joined: 2017
  • Committee: Events & Activities
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Chadd Rivera ’08

  • BA, Communication
  • Cerner, Senior Client Accountable Executive
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Philanthropy
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Erin Sheehy ’17

  • Vice President for Strategy
  • BS, Biology
  • Kiewit, Civil Designer
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Executive
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Ben Walker ’16, ’18

  • BA, Psychology; MBA
  • University of Kansas Health System, Talent Acquisition Consultant
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Professional Development
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Scott White ’85

  • Secretary
  • BS, Chemistry
  • Honeywell FM&T, Administrator Principal
  • Year Joined: 2017
  • Committee: Executive

Bailey Carr ’09, ’12

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