Young Alumnus/na of the Year
Truman graduates are eager to make an impact on the world as soon as they can. And they know how to leverage the knowledge, skills, and connections they acquired as a student to lead meaningful lives of influence. This award recognizes the achievements of some of our most outstanding young alumni leaders.
2014 Young Alumni of the Year:
Ryan Shreve ('02, '03) and Lauren (Rase) Shreve ('03)
Ryan Shreve is the chief financial officer for FireMon, a security technology firm based in Overland Park, Kan. Ryan recently joined FireMon after seven years in various management positions at Garmin International, most recently serving as the controller with oversight of the financial consolidation of more than 50 global entities. Previously, Ryan worked as an auditor for the public accounting firm Ernst & Young in Kansas City.
Ryan is a 2002 graduate of Truman State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He also earned his Master of Accountancy from Truman in 2003. While at Truman, Ryan was active in Blue Key, Beta Alpha Psi, Order of Omega and Sigma Tau Gamma, serving as president and vice president of finance. Ryan studied abroad with the Missouri-London Program and participated in the Europe in Transition Program.
Currently, Ryan serves as a member of the Accounting Advisory Board for the School of Business. He has served as the treasurer for the Kansas City Alumni Chapter and participated on the regional campaign committee for the University's "Bright Minds Bright Futures" campaign. In addition, Ryan sits on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City and has served as the treasurer of the Board of Directors for Girls on the Run of Kansas City.
A Kirksville native, Ryan has a long history of family involvement at Truman. His grandfather, grandmother, mother, step-father and two sisters all attended Truman. His grandfather, grandmother and step-father all worked for the University. His mother, Claire Jepson (’73, ’87), is currently teaching in the Education Department.
Lauren (Rase) Shreve is the creative director at Silpada Designs, a sterling silver jewelry direct sales company based in Lenexa, Kan. Previously, Lauren worked as a graphic designer at Bernstein Rein Advertising Agency. She is active in the community supporting various philanthropies including JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and serving as a coach for Girls on the Run.
Lauren is a 2003 Truman graduate earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing. She was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha social sorority and was actively involved at the Student Recreation Center serving as an aerobics instructor during her four years at Truman. Lauren is originally from Lee’s Summit, Mo., and graduated from Lee’s Summit North High School.
Ryan and Lauren are associate members of Truman's John R. Kirk Society. They reside in Olathe, Kan., with their sons, Grant and Evan, prospective Truman Bulldogs!
Previous Recipients of the Young Alumni of the Year Award
2013: Jason Hill ('00) & Jessica (Neighbors) Hill ('99)
2012: Travis McCubbin ('97) & Mindy (Frick) McCubbin ('97)
2011: Corey Then ('02) & Lauren DeSantis-Then ('03)
2010: Rudy Arredondo ('02) & Alice (Moore) Arredondo ('02)
2009: Scott Sifton ('96) & Stacey (George) Sifton ('00)
2008: Erin (Lesczynski) Church ('02)
2007: Jaime Geer ('00)
2006: Sarah (Hartmann) Burkemper ('92)
2005: Cindy Spiker ('93)
2004: Brian Krippner ('89) & Ame (Ahrens) Krippner ('90)
2003: DeAnn Malone ('93)
2002: Kurt Schulz ('90)
2001: Chris Geisert ('92) & Kara (Tuck) Geisert ('93)
2000: Ryan Brennan ('95)
1999: Jeff Poe ('90)
1998: Joseph Bambenek ('93)
1997: Jim Cherrington ('85)