4 Alumni to Receive Citations for Achievement
William Jewell College's 77th annual Celebration of Achievement will be held on April 22, 2021 (virtual). One of the College's longest standing traditions, the event supports student scholarships and honors distinguished alumni who have made significant contributions in their fields.
At the event, featured Kansas City business leaders will discuss the challenges and opportunities in our region and how the community is poised to thrive post-pandemic. These speakers will cover equity in education, social justice, shared prosperity, economic and entrepreneurial health and more:
- Bill Gautreaux, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, Civic Council of Greater Kansas City and KC Rising; William Jewell College Board of Trustees Chair; MLP Holdings LLC Managing Partner
- Esther George, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President and CEO
- Wendy Guillies, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation President
- Charlotte Kemper, Commerce Trust Company Charitable Trusts and Foundations Director
- Bob Kendrick, Negro Leagues Baseball Museum President
- Dr. Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, William Jewell College President
- Qiana Thomason, Health Forward Foundation President and CEO
- Carolyn Watley, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Chair; CBIZ Vice President of Community Engagement
Four alumni will be recognized with Citations for Achievement, Jewell's highest alumni honor. They will share their professional journeys in the Achievement Day Convocation on April 21 (virtual) and will be introduced to Kansas City in the April 22 celebration event.
Dimple Dhabalia, '97, has worked at the crossroads of the government and humanitarian sectors for 20 years, focusing on asylum- and refugee-related policies and operations and organizational well-being. Since beginning her federal career as an asylum officer in 2004, she has served in a variety of leadership positions at both the field and headquarters levels. As a result of her own experiences with compassion fatigue, burnout and secondary trauma after years of working with vulnerable populations, Dhabalia identified the need for an in-house well-being program, which she launched in 2017 with the goal of destigmatizing mental health related occupational stressors and creating a culture and climate of equity, inclusion and belonging. She also founded Roots in the Clouds where her mission is to put the “human” back into humanitarian work, seeking to improve the lives of others and alleviate suffering in the world by supporting leaders and organizations across high human impact sectors to design human-centered workplaces. The Oxbridge Institutions and Policy major at Jewell earned a juris doctor from the University of Denver. She also holds a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, is an ICF Associate Certified Coach and a Certified Mindfulness, Performance Enhancement, Awareness and Knowledge Facilitator.
R. Michael Frazier, '86, assumed the role of CEO and President of ReeceNichols Realtors, Inc. in 2018, seven months after he was named President and CFO. He guides the strategy and vision for the largest residential real estate company in Kansas and Missouri with a team of more than 3,000 agents and 250 employees. He joined ReeceNichols in 2007 as CFO and COO. During his tenure, ReeceNichols has expanded geographically in Kansas City and southern Missouri and has grown in market share. Frazier began his career in banking, then spent 15 years with Hallmark, including CFO of Crown Center Redevelopment real estate division. In that role, he was responsible for daily operations of retail, two hotels and nine office buildings. For the past 10 years, he has served on the board of the Down Syndrome Guild of Greater Kansas City and currently is president. At Jewell, he studied accounting. He was a two-year member of the Cardinal Basketball team and was a member and president of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.
Calvin Osborne, '85, has focused his career as a senior legal and regulatory professional for government organizations. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Director in the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor of Washington, D.C. He proposes and negotiates language for bills introduced in both chambers of Congress and serves as chief lobbyist for the mayor on environmental issues, land transactions and transportation infrastructure issues. In his 15 years with the Federal Communications Commission, Osborne served as an Attorney, Senior Attorney and then was promoted to Associate Director in the Office of Communications Business Opportunities where he led a team of attorneys in promoting competition and opportunities on behalf of small telecommunications businesses. Earlier in his career, he served as counsel in the District of Columbia Public Service Commission and at the FDIC. Osborne completed a juris doctor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is pursuing a certificate in real estate investment and a master’s degree in management, both through Harvard University Extension. In 2004, he founded Potomac Realty Company in Washington, D.C., and continues to serve as President and CEO.
Jim Richerson, '90, was elected President of the PGA in 2020 after serving consecutive two year terms as Vice President and Secretary. The PGA of America is one of the largest sports organizations in the world with more than 28,000 members and associates. In the President role, he will help lead the United States team in the 2020 Ryder Cup. Throughout his 30-plus year career in the industry, he has served in various executive roles and on numerous industry boards and committees, including as an Executive Committee Member of the 2007 U.S. Senior Open, the 2010 PGA Championship, the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open and the 2015 PGA Championship. Richerson is also Senior Vice President of Operations for Troon, a golf course management, development and marketing company serving 585 golf locations around the globe with properties located in 40-plus states and 30-plus countries. At William Jewell, he was a four-year starter and captain of the Cardinal golf team, a two-year letterman of the football team and a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He and his wife, Kristi (Iglehart) Richerson, '90, are the proud parents of daughter Mary-Claire.
For more information on tickets and sponsorship, visit www.jewell.edu/achievement-day.