2022 Homecoming Awards


Alumni of the Year: Richard (’70) & Kathleen (Gilbert) Theriault (’71)

Dr. Richard Theriault specialized in the treatment of patients with breast cancer prior to retiring in 2021. Kathy has been an educator as well as a stay-at-home mom. They are enjoying retirement together with their new dog, Rosie.

Young Alumni of the Year: Oseyi Ikuenobe (’05) & Sucheta Jawalkar (’06)

Oseyi Ikuenobe is currently the Head of Product at Square, Inc. (now Block, Inc.). Sucheta Jawalkar has more than 15 years of experience in quantitative research and big data modeling. Industry experience in scoping, building, and deploying machine learning models in production which deliver business value at scale. Together, they established the Emerging Innovators Undertragudate Summer Research Program to support undergraduate research opportunities for Truman students.

Distinguished Service: Amanda Gioia (’93)

Amanda Gioia is currently the Vice President for Technology Risk Management, Communications and Partnerships at MasterCard, where she has worked in a variety of roles for more than 20 years. She is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee at Truman, has served as a judge for Truman’s Bulldog B.I.T.E. pitch competition and was the 2019 Bentele/Mallinckrodt Executive in Residence at Truman.

Distinguished Service: Floyd Simpson III (’02)

Floyd Simpson is a Director with PFM Asset Management, a subsidiary of US Bank. He served two terms on Truman’s Foundation Board of Directors from 2015-2021. He has also been involved with Truman’s Bulldog Investment Club.

Parade Grand Marshals: Dr. R. Keith Beeman (’79) & Lu Ann Beeman (’80)

Dr. R. Keith Beeman is a retired public school educator, most notably as a superintendent and deputy superintendent. Lu Ann (Friedrich) Beeman proudly retired in 2016, following a 36-year career in public education. Through their relationship with Truman State University’s Foundation, Keith and Lu Ann are generous supporters of the University’s emerging Autism Center.

Denise L. Smith Volunteer of the Year: Brian Krippner (’89)

Brian Krippner is currently Senior Vice President/Regional Manager for UMB Bank, in St. Louis, MO. He has been a member of Truman’s School of Business Advisory Board since 1999 and recently completed a 6-year term on the Truman State University Foundation’s Board of Directors.

More information on additional alumni awards, past recipients and how to nominate someone, visit Awards and Recognition or contact bulldogforever@truman.edu.