Wentworth Military Academy & College
1880 Washington Avenue
Lexington, MO 64067
Phone: 1 800-962-7682
Main Fax: 660-259-2677
Admissions Fax: 660-259-2012
Infirmary Fax: 660-259-2093
SROTC Fax: 660-259-2789
517 South Walnut
Cameron, Missouri 64429
Phone: 1 844-542-4411
6th & Walnut
Lamar, Missouri 64759
Phone: 1 844-542-4411
High School Academy
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management
COL Rick Cottrell
(800) 962-7682, ext. 1304
CPT Sherell Lewis-Cole
Direct – (660) 259-6026
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1361
CPT Dillon Harp
Direct – (660) 259-6021
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1351
Director of International Department
MAJ Cristhina Starke
Recruiting International Students
High School Office
(800) 962-7682, ext. 1505
(800) 962-7682, ext. 1404
(800) 962-7682, ext. 1422
SROTC Cadets/Commuting Students
CPT Dillon Harp
Direct – (660) 259-6021
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1351
CPT Tom Gang
Direct – (660) 259-6022
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1214
CPT Shane Reickard
Direct – (660) 259-6051
Toll Free – (800) 962-7682, ext. 1310
Director of Distance Learning
Dual Enrollment Coordinator
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
CPT Sherry Ellensohn, Administrative Asst.
CPT Dillon Harp, Admissions Counselor – SROTC, Commuting Students
CPT Tom Gang, Admissions Counselor – College Athletics, High School
CPT Sherell Lewis-Cole, Admissions Counselor – 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
CPT Carol Coats, Accounts Receivable/Student Billing
MAJ Sharon Bayne, Accounts Payable/Payroll
MAJ Cindy Howard, Financial Aid Director
CPT Shannon Williams, Financial Aid
CPT Cindy Mikoychik, HR Director
LTC Darren Fitz Gerald, Commandant
CW4 Ed Stryker, Deputy Commandant
CPT Anissa Wuthnow, Administrative Assistant
CPT Nicole Cahill, Student Life Coordinator
CPT Barbara Pierce, Office Manager
CPT Neil Crews, Nurse
CPT Cherie Davis, Nurse
High School Staff
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Captain Mike McClafferty teaches American History, Current Events, History Through the Movies, and Weight Training. He is the head football coach and assistant coach for girls basketball, and coed track.
McClafferty earned his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and has been at Wentworth Military Academy High School & College since the fall of 2013
Coach McClafferty is active in all aspects of the student’s life at the school, whether that be in the classroom, barracks, or in athletic endeavors undertaken by the cadets. He has enjoyed watching many students become successful in the classroom as well as on the athletic field.
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.
Captain Heather Murphy is an instructor in the International Department at Wentworth Military Academy High School and College. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in both English and Secondary Education from William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Currently, Murphy teaches English as a Second Language to students from all over the world, including China, Yemen, Brazil and Angola.
For ten years prior to joining the Wentworth family, Murphy taught English to native Japanese speakers, ages 4 to 64 years. While working for a translation company, Murphy edited and proofread documents for the Japanese government, Tokyo Medical Centers, doctoral dissertations, and patent law.
While working as an independent consultant, Murphy also worked in public schools as an aide to children with developmental, health and physical restrictions, adapting curriculum to meet the needs and requirements of each child.
Murphy is passionate about the importance of teaching language, and has an easy rapport with her students. She believes learning should be lively, tactile and experiential. Class time on any given day might include a racing game to learn vocabulary, researching and building paper mache sculptures, presentations about popular culture such as rap or hip-hop music or general conversation to discuss current events.
Murphy started work at Wentworth during summer school in 2015. She is very excited to be part of the Wentworth community and looks forward to many happy years on its campus.
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.
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.
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.