Alumni Stories


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

Nathaniel Buttram (’14)
Musician/Bariton Vocalist, United State Navy Band, Sea Chanters

John O’Brien (’14)
Vice President of Programming, The Fabulous Fox

Neil Salsich (’11)
Musician and contestant on “The Voice”

Cody Sumter (’10)
Product Manager, Meta

Corey Owens (’06)
Chief Communications Officer, Metropolis

Oseyi Ikuenobe (’05)
Head of Product, Orders and Checkout at Square

Mike Chen (’03)
YouTube Star

Akela Cooper (’03)

Dominic Armstrong (’02)
Opera Singer

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

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

Jenna Fischer (’95)
Actor and Producer

Darwin Harris (’95)

Charlie Miller (’95)
Cyber Security Expert

Mark Taggart  (’95)
President and CEO, Toyota Industries Commercial Finance

Scott Piper (’93)
Opera Singer

Kristopher Battles (’92)

Lara (Runnels) Olsen (’91)

Glenn Jacobs (’90)
WWE Wrestler (Kane)

Dawn (Wellington) Tartaglione (’90)

Harsha De Silva (’89)
Member of Parliament, Sri Lanka

Kevin Fitzpatrick (’89)
Non-Fiction Writer

John J. Sastry, Esq., CFP ® (’88)
Vice President and Financial Planning Officer at Central Trust Company

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 (attended)
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)
President and CEO, Precis Therapeutics, Inc.

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

Timothy Joseph (’67, ’69)
Novelist, Teacher/Professor, Technical Writer, Environmental Engineer

Sandra Benitez (’63, ’75)

Ken Norton (attended)
Professional Boxer

Maurice Medland (’61, ’77)

Betty Jo White (’59)
First female DO to do a General Residency in surgery

Major General John V. Cox (’52)
Naval aviator for 33 years/flew in 292 combat missions in Vietnam

John J. Pershing (1880)
General of Armies of the United States

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