2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

Kansas City, KS, October 4, 2017 – The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools (KCKPS) is pleased to announce the members of the 2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll. These are individuals whose accomplishments showcase their incredible skills and life stories, highlighting their perseverance, hard work and dedication. Their qualities exemplify to all of us why they are Reasons to Believe and inspirations to many.  The following individuals will be honored at the Reasons to Believe ceremony that will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in the Central Office and Training Center, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, Kansas.

Please join us in celebrating the following members of the 2017 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll:

  • Dennis Ray Brockman, Sr., regional vice president – Midwest Region, Starbucks Coffee Company, Washington High School class of 1983.
  • Latorua J. Chinn, DOM, principal of Trini-Con, Thel, & Beck LLC, a government contract compliance company, Wyandotte High School class of 1974.
  • Joanne Collins, community leader and former Kansas City, Missouri councilmember, Sumner High School class of 1953.
  • Stephanie Dawkins Davis, United States District Court magistrate judge, F.L. Schlagle High School class of 1985.
  • Mark Dupree, Wyandotte County district attorney, Wyandotte High School class of 2000. 
  • Chris Gaunce, division president, SumnerOne| Unisource Document Products, Washington High School class of 1975.
  • Ronald Harland, Sr., president and founder of Evolv Solutions, LLC, Sumner High School class of 1967.
  • John William Hudson, II, is chief executive officer and president of Focus Driven Enterprises, LLC, Washington High School class of 1996.
  • Ronald Miller, United States marshal for the District of Kansas, Washington High School class of 1968.
  • Mary Helen Murguia, United States circuit judge for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, J.C. Harmon High School class of 1978.
  • Raymond Rico, immigration attorney, Garcia Immigration Law Firm, LLC, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science class of 2001.
  • Yolanda Thompson, principal, F.L. Schlagle High School, Sumner Academy of Arts and Science class of 1989.

Reasons to Believe was established in 2002 to generate pride and celebrate the progress being made throughout the school district. As part of the program, nominations are sought for the Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll, which spotlights successful alumni to encourage and inspire today's students. The nominations are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes members of the Board of Education, Reasons to Believe Steering Committee, students, business leaders, and a former Alumni Honor Roll recipient.

For more information about the Reasons to Believe program, visit www.kckps.org.