Our Alumni

The multifaceted approach of a liberal arts and sciences education opens the door to endless professional opportunities. Expanding on the broad range of knowledge and strong communication skills they developed at Truman, our graduates are starting businesses, pursuing their passion for the performing arts, and contributing to countless fields.

Alumni Stories

Paul McCain
Paul McCain ('12): Starting His Own Business
The Doctors Are In
Lloyd ('72), David ('02), Jonathan ('04) & Nathan ('06) Cleaver: The Doctors Are In
Kate
Kate Reynolds ('02): Sowing the Seeds of a Healthy Future
Sam Myers Sr. (’73): Mr. Myers Goes to Washington
Mike Leech
Mike Leech ('75, '77): A Teacher on the Watch/Civilian Servant
Truman alumnus Mark Grider
Mark Grider ('95): Building a Broad Base for a Law Career in Washington, D.C.
Leah (Weiler) Cate ('10): A Passion for Patients
Corinne Brinkerhoff
Corinne Brinkerhoff ('02): Writing & Producing in Hollywood
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90) Neurosurgeon
Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90):
Specializing in Neurosurgery
Sarah
Sarah Foltz (’10): Administrative Coordinator & Cultivation Events Specialist for Development, National World War I Museum & Memorial

Dan Sem: Lending a Helping Hand Around the World
Dan Sem ('95): Disaster Relief Volunteer/Pastor/Entrepreneur
Emma Merrigan ('14) Graduate Student
Emma Merrigan ('14): Graduate Student
Brandi Bartel
Brandi (Brown) Bartel ('04): Bringing Hope to Victims of Violence
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
Ray Armstead (’84): Olympic Gold Medalist
Jamie (Smith) Manker (’98, ’00): Social Studies Teacher/Department Chair-Rockwood Summit High School
Jamie (Smith) Manker (’98, ’00): Social Studies Teacher/Department Chair-Rockwood Summit High School
Ben Rearick ('10):  Libraries & Literacy Teacher Trainer with the nonprofit, Link Ethiopia
Ben Rearick ('10): Teaching in Ethiopia
Wally Horn ('58, '62): Iowa State Senator
Wally Horn ('58, '62): Iowa State Senator
Truman Alumnus Marco Ilardi
Marco Ilardi (’99): President of Adknowledge
Rachel ('10) & Jeremy ('10, '12) Mapp: House Parents for Homeless Teenage Boys
Rachel ('10) & Jeremy ('10, '12) Mapp: House Parents for Homeless Teenage Boys
Mike McClaskey  ('85): DISH Network Executive
Mike McClaskey ('85): DISH Network Executive
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Nambia, Africa
Dawn Runge ('05): Chiropractor in Namibia, Africa
Kevin Urbatsch ('88):  Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.
Kevin Urbatsch ('88): Attorney/Myers Urbatsch P.C.
 Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College width=
Ron Thomas ('65): Former President of Dakota County Technical College

We are proud of the many ways Truman graduates are making an impact on the world.


Cody Sumter (’10)
Product Manager for VR Apps and 360 Photography, Facebook

Corey Owens (’06)
Head of Global Policy, Uber

Oseyi Ikuenobe (’05)
Advisor at Fuse Inventory, Product Manager at Square

Akela Cooper (’03)
Writer/Producer

Dominic Armstrong (’02)
Opera Singer

Corinne Brinkerhoff (’02)
Television Writer/Producer/Screenwriter

Jason Beckfield (’98)
Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Jenna Fischer (’95)
Actor

Darwin Harris (’95)
Actor

Charlie Miller (’95)
Computer Security Researcher, Principal Autonomous Vehicle Security Architect, Cruise Automation

Scott Piper (’93)
Opera Singer

Lara (Runnels) Olsen (’91)
Producer/Screenwriter

Glenn Jacobs (’90)
WWE Wrestler (Kane)

Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90)
Neurosurgeon

Harsha De Silva (’89)
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka

Chuck Woods (’86)
Leader in the Aerospace Industry

Mike McClaskey (’85)
Retired CIO & CHRO, Dish Network

Ray Armstead (’84)
Olympic Gold Medalist

Greg Brown (’84)
President/CEO, Learfield Communications

Michael Schwend (’83)
President/CEO, Preferred Family Healthcare

Les Dunseith (’80)
Editor and Educator

Mary Rhodes Russell (’80)
Justice for Missouri Supreme Court

Rhonda Vincent
Bluegrass Singer

Greg Gerhardt (’79)
Parkinson’s Disease Researcher

Trudy Cooper (’76)
Co-Founder, Outback Steakhouse

Michael Gallatin (’75)
Venture Partner and Senior Advisor, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Michael D. Pierschbacher (’74)
CEO/President and Director,  American Life Science Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Larry Moore (’67)
Kansas City Television News Anchor Emeritus

Sandra Benitez (’63, ’75)
Author

Maurice Medland (’61, ’77)
Author


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