Alumni Board

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

brandon allen ’05

  • B.S. Pre-medicine
  • University of Florida, Vice Chair of Clinical Operations
  • Year Joined: 2021
  • Committee: Athletics
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BRETt BENEKE ’14, ’20

  • Secretary
  • CT, English Education; MA, Education
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Shawnalee Criss Petty ’14

  • BA, Psychology
  • University of Kansas School of Medicine, Assessment & Evaluation Analyst
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Events & Activities

drew dowd ’18

  • BSBA, Marketing
  • Avid Communications, Account Executive
  • Year Joined: 2021
  • Committee: Athletics
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Laura Hoffman ’93

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

  • Vice President of Strategy
  • BA, Psychology & Sociology, MS, Organizational Development Psychology
  • EPR Properties, 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, Director of Clinical Services
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Philanthropy
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Sarah McKee ’02

  • President-Elect
  • BA, History
  • UMKC, Course Coordinator
  • Year Joined: 2020
  • Committee: Athletics

indra mursid ’18 ’22

  • BA, Art
  • Johnson County Community College, Counselor
  • Year Joined: 2021
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Shawna Pena-Downing ’12

  • BFA, Theatre, BA, Communications
  • Avila University, Career Services Coordinator
  • Year Joined: 2018
  • Committee: Professional Development
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Andy Phillips ’06

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

  • BSB, Marketing; MBA
  • Zerto, Regional Sales Director
  • Year Joined: 2019
  • Committee: Awards & Recognition
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Emilee Rehling ’10

  • BA, Communication
  • Intouch Solutions, Senior Resource Manager
  • Year Joined: 2017
  • Committee: Events & Activities

larry squirers ’92

  • BSBA, Information Science
  • DST Systems, Director
  • Year Joined: 2021
  • Committee: Athletics

Mary Von Bohland Rau ’99

  • B.S., Pre-Medicine
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital, Physical Therapist
  • Year Joined: 2022
  • Committee: Athletics
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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

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

Bailey Carr ’09, ’12

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