Contact & Directories

Wentworth Military Academy & College

Main Location

1880 Washington Avenue
Lexington, MO 64067
Phone: 1 800-962-7682
Main Fax: 660-259-2677
admissions@wma.edu
Admissions Fax: 660-259-2012
Infirmary Fax: 660-259-2093
SROTC Fax: 660-259-2789

Campus Sites

Cameron
517 South Walnut
Cameron, Missouri  64429
Phone: 1 844-542-4411


High School Academy

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management
COL Rick Cottrell
(660) 259-2221, ext. 1304
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682,  ext. 1304
rcottrell@wma.edu

Admissions Counselors

Boarding Cadets
CPT Dillon Harp
Direct – (660) 259-6021
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1351
dharp@wma.edu

Day Cadet
CPT Dillon Harp
Direct – (660) 259-6021
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1351
dharp@wma.edu

Director of International Department
MAJ Cristhina Starke
(660) 259-6023
cstarke@wma.edu
Recruiting International Students

High School Office
(660) 259-2221, ext. 1505
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682,  ext. 1505

Commandants Office
(660) 259-2221, ext. 1404
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682,  ext. 1404

Infirmary
(660) 259-2221, ext 1422
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682,  ext. 1422


College

Admissions Counselors

SROTC Cadets/Commuting Students
CPT Dillon Harp
Direct – (660) 259-6021
Toll Free – (660) 259-2221, ext. 1351
dharp@wma.edu

Student Athletes
CPT Elise Finch
Direct – (660) 259-6050
Toll Free – (660) 259-2221, ext. 1314
efinch@wma.edu

CPT Shane Reickard
Direct – (660) 259-6051
Toll Free – (660) 259-2221, ext. 1310
rreickard@wma.edu

College Operator
(660) 259-2221
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682

Registrar
(660) 259-6042

Financial Aid
(660) 259-6013

Accounts Receivable
(660) 259-6012

Director of Distance Learning
(660) 259-6045

Dual Enrollment Coordinator
(660) 259-6043

Student Services
(660) 259-6044

Administration

COL Michael Lierman, President

COL Tim Casey, Academic Dean

LTC Joe Aull, VP for Academics/High School Principal

COL Rick Cottrell, Sr. VP for Enrollment Management

Admissions

CPT Sherry Ellensohn, Administrative Asst.

CPT  Dillon Harp, Admissions Counselor – SROTC, Commuting Students, High School

CPT Elise Finch, Admissions Counselor – College Athletics, High School

CPT Shane Reickard, Admissions Counselor – Athletics, High School

MAJ Cristhina Starke, Director of International Admissions

CPT Cacey Ryun, Administrative Asst. for International Admissions

Support Staff

BUSINESS OFFICE
CPT Carol Coats, Accounts Receivable/Student Billing

CPT Katie Walker, Accounts Payable/Payroll

MAJ Cindy Howard, Financial Aid Director 

CPT Brandy Luman, Financial Aid

CPT Cindy Mikoychik, HR Director

 

COMMANDANT’S OFFICE
LTC Darren Fitz Gerald, Commandant

CPT Aaron Crouse, Deputy Commandant

CPT Anissa Wuthnow, Administrative Assistant

CPT Katelyn Brockman, Student Life Coordinator

 

INFIRMARY
CPT Barbara Pierce, Office Manager

CPT Neil Crews, Nurse

CPT Cherie Davis, Nurse

High School Staff

LTC Joe Aull

Aull began his educational career in the state of Missouri as a math teacher and coach at Slater High School, and he then moved to Lexington where he served as principal at Lexington Middle School and then Lexington High School. Aull was named the KMZU Boys Basketball Coach of the Year in 1980.

He then became the principal of Fulton High School for a three year period, and returned to Lexington to become the Superintendent of Schools. Aull served as the Superintendent of the Lexington School District for nine years and then became the Superintendent of the Marshall School District, a position that he held for seven years, until his retirement from public education in 2004.

In 2004, Aull was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives and he served for eight years.  During his time in the House, he was the Ranking Member of the House Committee of Elementary and Secondary Education.

During his thirty-four year career in Missouri public schools, Aull was twice selected as the West Central Superintendent of the Year, and in 2002 he was selected by his peers for the Pearce Award as the outstanding School Superintendent for the State of Missouri. He was elected President of the Central District Principals and West Central Superintendent’s Associations, and he served for five years on the Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Directors.

Alan Meyer

Captain Alan Meyer is the High School Counselor and a College Advisor.  He came to WMA in 2014.

Meyer earned his bachelor’s degree in Middle School and Secondary Education from Northwest Missouri State University, and his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Missouri.

Meyer worked in public school education for 38 years. He served as a teacher, K-8 Guidance Counselor, and High School Guidance Counselor; he coached football, basketball, and track; and also served eight years as a District Testing Coordinator.

High School Faculty

F Blomquist, Jim

Captain James Blomquist, who began his teaching career at Wentworth Military Academy High School & College in 2013, teaches biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and anatomy.  Dr. Blomquist earned his bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and his PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, focusing on molecular and cellular biology.

After 7 years as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Dr. Blomquist left academic science to pursue opportunities in the private sector, but found his calling to the educational field too strong to ignore.  He shifted his focus from the college to the high school level, feeling that those years are much more influential in a student’s future success.  To this end, he returned to Missouri, where he earned his teaching certificate in 2012 and gained classroom experience as a student teacher and substitute in the Clayton and Parkway districts in suburban St. Louis.

Dr. Blomquist’s wide experience in both private enterprise and academia make him a valuable resource for students interested pursuing either career path.   Furthermore, his science training has instilled in him the desire and capability to constantly work toward improving his students’ educational opportunities at Wentworth.

Among Dr. Blomquist’s honors and achievements are a National Merit Scholarship, completion of the 3-year BA program at Northwestern, 4-time president of local running club in Chicago, and successful completion of 17 marathons and 7 solo 100-mile bicycle rides.

Bob Brock

Bob Brock is a painter from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and a member of the Midwest Paint Group.  He received his BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied with Wilbur Niewald, Stanley Lewis and Michael Walling.  After attending the Art Institute, Brock received his MFA in painting at Boston University where he studied with James Weeks, Philip Guston, Langdon Quin and George Rose.  

After graduate school, Brock traveled to Australia as a Fulbright Scholar. While there he worked in collaboration with the Australian classical music composer Nigel Butterley, researching the compositional parallels between music and painting.  While in Australia, Brock was awarded a Camargo Fellowship to the Camargo Study Center to paint landscapes in the port city of Cassis, France for a semester where he did a series of 10 paintings showing views of the Mediterranean. Brock was also a recipient of an American Scandinavian Foundation Grant to paint landscapes at Thingviller Lake in Iceland.

Brock has taught for 37 years off and on at places such as Boston University, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Missouri in Kansas City, Park University, University of Central Missouri, and Blue River Community College.  Brock recently received an IPC teaching certificate in Art Education at the University of Central Missouri.  He currently teaches at Wentworth Military Academy and College where he has taught High School and College classes in Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Art Appreciation for 8 years. He is also one of Wentworth’s on-line instructors.

Linda Christian

Major Linda Christian joined the United States Army immediately after high school graduation.  Upon finishing her tour, she earned an Associate of Arts degree at Wentworth College.  Shortly after graduating, she was offered the position of librarian at Wentworth, and is currently in her nineteenth school year.  

She works closely with both the high school and college cadets and students.  Christian was awarded the Employee of the Month for May 2012 and also received The Oliver Family Faculty Recognition Award the same year.

In addition to her duties as Librarian, Christian has been the yearbook adviser since 2008.  She is also in her second year as the editor of the school electronic newsletter, “The Trumpeter.”  She is the assistant coach for the high school girl’s volleyball team and the high school boy’s tennis team.

Christian is currently working toward her degree in accounting through Kaplan University in Iowa.

Tim Dougherty

First Sergeant Timothy Dougherty is the Army Instructor for the WMA, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC). He teaches leadership skills, conflict resolution, first aid, basic drill and ceremony, map reading, personal finance, physical fitness and self discipline.

Dougherty earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Liberty University in Lynchburg Virginia.  He coaches  the JROTC Raider team and assists with JROTC Rifle team.

After a distinguished twenty-four year career as an Airborne Ranger in the United States Army, First Sergeant Dougherty joined the staff at WMA in August 2010.  He has direct responsibility for the WMA Rappel Tower operations along with the Obstacle courses on the WMA campus.

First Sergeant Dougherty is one of the primary instructors for Camp Lead.  The summer course is designed to help build confidence, leadership, and improve physical fitness in a military style environment.

Ed Fiora

Major (Retired) Ed Fiora enlisted in the Missouri Army National Guard, as a 62B Engineer Equipment Mechanic, Charlie Company, 110th Engineer Battalion, in Lexington, Missouri 1977. He obtained his commission as a Second Lieutenant in Field Artillery graduating Officer’s Candidate School in 1979.  In 22 years of active duty in the US Army, his assignments include: 101st Airborne Division (Company Fire Support Officer, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer) , 8th Infantry Division (Mechanized) ( Battalion Fire Direction Officer, Assistant S3, Battery Commander), US Army Test and Experimentation Command ( Test Officer, Senior Operations Officer), XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery ( Assistant G3 Training, 18 FA Bde Brigade Assistant S3, 5-7 FA Battalion Executive Officer, Corps Assistant Fire Support Officer, Task Force Fire Support Officer 229 Attack Avn Regt (Bosnia),  Assistant G3 Current Operations, and ACOS G3 XVII Abn Corps Artillery.  He retired from the Army May 99.  After Retiring he worked for Northrup Grumman as a contractor to the XVIII Airborne Corps Headquarters in the Balkans Cell.  He moved to Lexington in August 2002 where he went to work for Wentworth Military Academy as a TAC Officer.  He became the Senior Army Instructor of the Wentworth Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in August 2005.  He coaches the High School Marksmanship Team, and assistant Coach of the High School Raider Team.  He is the Sponsor for the School Color Guard and Cannon Crew.  He is also a member of the Academy’s Senior Staff.  Major Fiora currently resides in Lexington Missouri, with his wife Caprice.  They have 6 grown children and 10 grandchilden.

MAJ Fiora’s Civilian and Military Education include a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Liberty University, Graduate of The Field Artillery Officers Basic Course, Cannon Battery Officer’s Course, Jungle Expert Training Course, Field Artillery Officer Advance Course, Nuclear, Chemical Target Analysis Course, TACFIRE Computer Systems and Maintenance Course, and Command and General Staff College.  Awards and Decorations include:  Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Armed Forces Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NATO Medal, as well as Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and German Parachutist Badge.

Marjorie Griffin

Captain Marjorie Griffin teaches English, public speaking, creative writing, and test preparation at Wentworth Military Academy High School & College. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Secondary Education from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Master’s degree in Activities and Athletic Administration from William Woods University.  She sponsors National Honor Society and coaches girl’s basketball.

After a distinguished thirty year career in public school teaching including teacher of the year four times, Griffin joined the staff at WMA in 2011. She serves on many committees and focuses much attention to the efforts of the National Honor Society chapter, which is currently the state treasurer school for the Missouri Association of National Honor Societies. She served on the state executive council for MANHS for a three year term. In addition to NHS, Griffin is the ACT and SAT testing site coordinator. In that capacity she conducts test preparation workshops, offers individual tutoring, and assists students with scheduling tests, traveling to testing sites, and coordinating tests on the WMA campus.

Griffin has high expectations for herself and her students who know her motto of Prior Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance well. She is eager to assist students who strive for excellence, she gives of her personal time to attend ballgames, matches, and competitions to support the efforts of all students, and she provides a taste of home for cadets whenever possible. Mentoring students and new faculty members is an honor, and Griffin does so with a ready smile.

Griffin is excited to be part of an AdvancEd Review team to see how other schools maintain excellence. She takes seriously the challenges of improving curriculum to keep up with educational and technological advances.

Dan Grosso

Major Dan Grosso attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years.  He played and lettered on the Army football team.  He transferred to Southwest Missouri State University in 1972,  continued his football career, and lettered in football.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1974, and his master’s degree in 1975.  

Grosso  is certified to teach social studies, mathematics, and earth Sscience. His master’s degree is in Administration.

He taught in Missouri public schools for 28 years teaching math and history, and coaching football, basketball, and track.  He co-sponsored National Honor Society, and sponsored the Letterman’s Club.  

Currently in his 12th year at Wentworth Military Academy, Grosso has taught math, coached football and track, and sponsored the math competition team.  He has earned teacher of the year honors, Coach of The Year, and also the “Steven Oliver:  Faculty Recognition Award”. 

Pat Lang

Captain Pat Lang teaches Algebra I, Geometry, Integrated Math, and ACT Test Preparation.  He also coaches the high school boys basketball team.  Lang earned his AA degree from Trenton Junior College and his Bachelor’s in Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri.

Captain Lang retired after 25 years in the public school system.  He is also a small business owner in the prepaid market.  Lang first came to WMA in 2010, left and worked as a business broker for ABMI, and returned to WMA in 2012.

Walter McLauren

Captain Walter McLauren teaches Spanish, French, and German.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in French from Washington University and BSEd in vocal music from Webster University.  He was a professional musician in St. Louis from 1967 to 1982.  

Captain McLauren has taught in several Missouri public schools, including Eminence R-I and Winona R-III where he taught over the ITV network that included Ste. Genevieve, Bismarck, Lesterville and Summersville.  From 2000 to 2011 he taught in the St. Louis area.  Retired from Missouri public schools, Captain McLauren has been an instructor at Wentworth since 2011.

Jay Robbins

Captain Jay Robbins teaches English, public speaking and vocal music classes for high school and college students at Wentworth Military Academy and College.  

Although this school year marks Jay’s ninth year as an instructor at Wentworth, his ties to the school stem back to the late nineteen-sixties when his father, O.C. Robbins, attended Wentworth and served in a cadet leadership role as Alpha company commander.  Jay is honored and proud for having carried on the family tradition here at Wentworth.

Captain Robbins earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in theatre arts at Kansas State University (1994, 1996 respectively).  His passion for vocal music was ignited over thirty years ago; ever since he has been actively involved in various choral ensembles and occasionally performs as a soloist.

Ryan True

Captain Ryan True is in his tenth year as an educator and his first year at Wentworth Military Academy.  True teaches Economics, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, ACT Prep, and World History. He is certified by the Missouri Department of Education to teach all middle and high school social science classes and high school language arts.

True started his professional career in marketing , sales management and motivational speaking. After the tragedy of the September eleventh attacks, he decided to change  direction and  give back to his community by becoming an educator. He earned an Associate of Arts degree with honors from Metropolitan Community College (after attending Wentworth Junior College) and was accepted to the University of Missouri- Kansas City. At UMKC True earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Secondary Social Science with an emphasis on urban education), and a Bachelor of Arts in history. He received  a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration from William Woods University.

In addition to teaching, True is an assistant coach for high school boy’s basketball.

Christan Waage

Dr. Chris Waage serves as the Wentworth Bandmaster and teaches college music courses.  He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. His Master of Arts degree is from the University of Central Missouri, and his Bachelor of Science in Music is from William Jewell College.

Waage joined the staff at WMA in 2015.  He is active as an educator, clinician, conductor, and performer throughout the United States, most recently serving as guest conductor for the Medical Arts Symphony of Kansas City, Kansas.  In March of 2015, he taught as a guest clinician and soloist at Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS.

College Staff

MS – University of Central Missouri
Applied Mathematics
MS – Naval Post Graduate School
Aeronautical Engineering
BS – United States Military Academy

tcasey@wma.edu

BA – University of Phoenix
Criminal Justice
AA – University of Phoenix
Accounting

prios@wma.edu

BS – Park University
Social Psychology
AA – Wentworth Military Academy & College

kmyers@wma.edu

MA – Mid America Nazarene University
Educational Technology
BS – University of Central Missouri
Business Education

bzweifel@wma.edu

Ed.D. – University of Missouri, Kansas City
School Administration and Educational Policy Studies
Educational Specialist – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Secondary School Administration
MA – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Secondary School Administration
BS – Missouri State University
History and Secondary Education

rcordell@wma.edu

College Faculty

ED (Candidate) Trident University
Educational Leadership
MSEd – University of Central Missouri
Educational Administration
BSE – University of Central Missouri
Unified Science
AAS – Community College of the Air Force
Surgical Services

eanderson@wma.edu

MA – University of Central Missouri
Education

lharmon@wma.edu

BS – Allameh University, Tehran
Persian Literature and Language

hghazaei@wma.edu

EdSp – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Curriculum and Instruction
MS – Pensacola Christian College
Secondary Education
BS – Bob Jones University
English Education

ckruger@wma.edu

BS – University of Missouri
Mathematics

alegate@wma.edu

PHD – (Candidate) University of Missouri
Mathematics
MS – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Mathematics
BS – Fayetteville State University
Mathematics

jmasuda@wma.edu

MA – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Adult Education
BS – University of Missouri
Education

dmcewen@wma.edu

PhD – Kansas State University
History
MA – University of Missouri, Kansas City
History
BA – Mid America Nazarene

smischka@wma.edu

BS – Excelsior College
Literature and Communication
Department of Defense
Certified Russian Linguist
Certified Spanish Linguist

snelson@wma.edu

MAT – University of Central Missouri
Education
BA – University of Missouri, Kansas City
Chemistry

eoldham@wma.edu

Phd – St. Louis University
English

trowland@wma.edu

JD – University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
Law
BA – University of Missouri
Political Science

byoung@wma.edu

Adjunct Instructors

Bob Brock

Bob Brock is a painter from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and a member of the Midwest Paint Group.  He received his BFA in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute where he studied with Wilbur Niewald, Stanley Lewis and Michael Walling.  After attending the Art Institute, Brock received his MFA in painting at Boston University where he studied with James Weeks, Philip Guston, Langdon Quin and George Rose.  

After graduate school, Brock traveled to Australia as a Fulbright Scholar. While there he worked in collaboration with the Australian classical music composer Nigel Butterley, researching the compositional parallels between music and painting.  While in Australia, Brock was awarded a Camargo Fellowship to the Camargo Study Center to paint landscapes in the port city of Cassis, France for a semester where he did a series of 10 paintings showing views of the Mediterranean. Brock was also a recipient of an American Scandinavian Foundation Grant to paint landscapes at Thingviller Lake in Iceland.

Brock has taught for 37 years off and on at places such as Boston University, Kansas City Art Institute, University of Missouri in Kansas City, Park University, University of Central Missouri, and Blue River Community College.  Brock recently received an IPC teaching certificate in Art Education at the University of Central Missouri.  He currently teaches at Wentworth Military Academy and College where he has taught High School and College classes in Painting, Drawing, Ceramics and Art Appreciation for 8 years. He is also one of Wentworth’s on-line instructors.

BA – Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Political Science
MA – Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Sociology

tbrown@wma.edu

BA – University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
Business Managment

mburke@wma.edu

BS – Bethel College
Elementary Education
MS – Pittsburgh State University
Special Education
MS – Pittsburgh State University
Educational Leadership
Educational Specialist – Missouri State University
School Administration

sdelaney@wma.edu

BS – American Intercontinental University
Business Administration
Organizational Psychology
MA – University of Phoenix
Psychology

nfirth@wma.edu

BS – Rockhurst University
Physical Therapy

afulte@wma.edu

BS – Northwest Missouri State University
Education
MA – University of Central Missouri
Physical Education

dgerber@wma.edu

BA – William Woods University
Mathematics Education
Secondary School Administration

kgerber@wma.edu

Dan Grosso

Major Dan Grosso attended the United States Military Academy at West Point for two years.  He played and lettered on the Army football team.  He transferred to Southwest Missouri State University in 1972,  continued his football career, and lettered in football.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in 1974, and his master’s degree in 1975.  

Grosso  is certified to teach social studies, mathematics, and earth Sscience. His master’s degree is in Administration.

He taught in Missouri public schools for 28 years teaching math and history, and coaching football, basketball, and track.  He co-sponsored National Honor Society, and sponsored the Letterman’s Club.  

Currently in his 12th year at Wentworth Military Academy, Grosso has taught math, coached football and track, and sponsored the math competition team.  He has earned teacher of the year honors, Coach of The Year, and also the “Steven Oliver:  Faculty Recognition Award”. 

BS – Northwest Missouri State University
Therapeutic Recreation

dhenry@wma.edu

MS – University of Phoenix
Psychology

ljones@wma.edu

BS – William Jewell College
Physical Education
MA – Western Illinois University
Education

jmartin@wma.edu

BA – University of Kansas
English

amurphy@wma.edu

BA – Georgetown University
Political Science
Juris Dr. Law Degree – William & Mary University

jpowell@wma.edu

BS – Northwest Missouri State University
Secondary Education

jdickkut@wma.edu

Jay Robbins

Captain Jay Robbins teaches English, public speaking and vocal music classes for high school and college students at Wentworth Military Academy and College.  

Although this school year marks Jay’s ninth year as an instructor at Wentworth, his ties to the school stem back to the late nineteen-sixties when his father, O.C. Robbins, attended Wentworth and served in a cadet leadership role as Alpha company commander.  Jay is honored and proud for having carried on the family tradition here at Wentworth.

Captain Robbins earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in theatre arts at Kansas State University (1994, 1996 respectively).  His passion for vocal music was ignited over thirty years ago; ever since he has been actively involved in various choral ensembles and occasionally performs as a soloist.

MA – University of Central Missouri
Rural Farming Nursing

trogers@wma.edu

MA – Lincoln University
Sociology

lsloan@wma.edu

MA – Midwestern Baptist University
Divinity

jstreicher@wma.edu

BS – Southwest Baptist University
English

jwright@wma.edu