Five distinguished alumni will be inducted into the Lee’s Summit High School Hall of Fame at a banquet scheduled for 6 p.m. April 14 at Lee’s Summit High School. Alumni being honored for the 2017-2018 school year are Terry Sappenfield, Class of 1963; J.R. (James) Hobbs, Class of 1974; Charles Duane Muckey, Class of 1980; Jennifer Elliott, Class of 1990; and Jori Jones Robinson, Class of 1995.
Cost for the banquet is $25 per person, and reservations are required. For more information, call (816) 986-2107 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lee’s Summit High School has inducted distinguished graduates into the school’s Hall of Fame for 22 years. Plaques featuring the honorees are displayed on the wall of fame at Lee’s Summit High School, which is located just outside the James T. Brockman Lecture Hall.
The LSHS Hall of Fame inductees are selected by a committee of graduates and staff. Alumni are eligible for this honor 10 years after graduation. Nomination forms for the 2018-2019 school year are available by calling (816) 986-2000. They should be returned to the high school at 400 SE Blue Parkway, Lee’s Summit, MO., 64063.
Terry Sappenfield – Class of 1963
Mr. Sappenfield earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, both in chemical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Mr. Sappenfield joined Enjay Chemical/Humble Oil & Refining (now Exxon Mobil) where he developed the Appropriation Request and Economic Justification for a Major Olefins Expansion (MOX). The project provided the basis for further manufacturing and market growth in the decades to come. In 1975, he was transferred to Exxon Mobil Chemical Headquarters in Houston with assignments of increasing responsibility in business planning, supply/demand planning and coordination, technology development and application, and domestic and international sales and marketing. Mr. Sappenfield later represented Exxon Mobil Chemical globally to customers and suppliers with focus on Carbon Black Feedstock, Normal Paraffins and C4/C5 Olefin products. During the final year of his more than 37-year Exxon Mobil career, he served as a loaned executive to the Houston Gulf Coast United Way where he handled major United Way marketing responsibilities. He retired from Exxon Mobil in 2006, but has remained active and involved in both civic and social organizations. He is a rabid Houston Astros and Mizzou Football fan and also enjoys working out at the Sports Club, hunting, fishing, boating and an occasional round of golf. Terry and his wife, Nancy, have two adult children and four grandchildren.
J.R. Hobbs – Class of 1974
Mr. Hobbs earned a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kansas and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He began his career as an investigator with the Jackson County Public Defender’s Office and then as an assistant public defender. Mr. Hobbs later became a shareholder in a major Kansas City law firm where he tried both civil and criminal cases. Since 1991, he has been a shareholder in a boutique litigation firm with emphasis in criminal defense now known as Wyrsch Hobbs & Mirakian, P.C. His caseload is primarily in white-collar criminal cases, state criminal matters and complex commercial litigation. While his practice is focused in the Midwest, he has appeared in courts throughout the country. Mr. Hobbs has earned numerous recognitions including American College of Trial Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Best of the Bar, past recipient of the Lon Hocker Award, past recipient of the KCMBA Congenial Counselor Award. He also teaches at UMKC Law School, speaks at countless CLE seminars, serves as a board member and former president of the UMKC Law Foundation and assists with various high school debate and trial teams. Within the community, he has been involved in Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Woods Chapel United Methodist Church. Mr. Hobbs and his wife, Dori, raised three sons and adopted three daughters from a Russian orphanage.
Charles Duane Muckey – Class of 1980
Captain Muckey received a bachelor’s degree in aviation technology from the University of Central Missouri and became a certified flight instructor. At Kansas City Aviation Center, he taught flight and ground school to both primary and instrument students. In 1989, Captain Muckey started his 27-year airline career, logging over 17,000 hours while flying domestic and international flights. Throughout his career, Captain Muckey has landed in more than 50 countries around the world, flew college and professional football and basketball teams, transported Kentucky Derby horses and even delivered dolphins to SeaWorld in Florida. He has obtained an Airline Transport Pilot rating in the Boeing 727, B737, B757 and B767. While flying the B767 he had the honor of flying our United States Troops and other allied soldiers around the world. Captain Muckey now flies an air ambulance aircraft for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. This allows him the opportunity to continue his passion and career in aviation and help families and their children seek medical attention. In the local community, Captain Muckey has served on the Lee’s Summit Social Services Board for several years and donates his time to his church. He lives in Lee’s Summit with his wife, Barbara, and they have two grown children, Laura and Nathan.
Jennifer Elliott – Class of 1990
Dr. Elliott completed the six-year bachelor’s/MD degree program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. After medical school graduation, she completed a residency in anesthesiology, serving as chief resident in her final year of residency and then in a pain management fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard University in Boston. Subsequently, she returned home to Kansas City and began practice at Saint Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza. She has served in numerous roles during her time at Saint Luke’s, including more than 10 years as a member of the Institutional Review Board. She is presently director of Chronic Pain Management at Saint Luke’s. Dr. Elliott has mentored many residents at the UMKC School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology and has achieved the rank of professor of anesthesiology. She is the author of many published articles and served as the lead editor of a book entitled “Handbook of Acute Pain Management.” She resides in Prairie Village, Kansas, with her husband, Michael, and six-year old son, Elliott.
Jori Jones Robinson – Class of 1995
Colonel Robinson was a distinguished graduate from the U.S. Air Force ROTC program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning a bachelor’s degree in communications, as well as later earning master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma and George Washington University. She is a career military officer with assignments in Texas, Germany, Arkansas, Washington, D.C., the Pentagon and Maryland. Colonel Robinson was a distinguished graduate from Intelligence Officer School and is a highly decorated Cyberspace Warfare officer. She has commanded airmen at the Squadron and Group level and is currently a vice wing commander where she oversees more than 1,400 airmen in the execution of flying and cyberspace combat operations. She has worked directly for the chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the secretary of the Air Force, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and the U.S. Cyber Command. Colonel Robinson has deployed and supported operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, South China Sea and North Africa. In 2015 she was selected as a National Security Fellow at Harvard University where she completed a yearlong intensive studies program focused on increasing the security of critical infrastructure in cyberspace. Within the community, Colonel Robinson is a former vice president and current member of the PTA and a member and speaker for the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association. She is also a member of Women in Computing and was a mentor to fifth-grade grade students at Meadow Lane Elementary. Colonel Robinson and her husband, Brett, live in Maryland with their three sons.