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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

    Oct. 27, 2016

    Northwest Foundation welcomes seven new members

    The Northwest Foundation Inc. has appointed seven new members as directors of its Board to help guide the University’s advancement and grow private support.

    The new members are Eric Geis, Dr. David Holmes, Bill Oellermann, Patricia Poulos, Thomas Sanchez, Dennis Sapp and Ken Scribner.

    The Northwest Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, is responsible for receiving, investing, stewarding and disbursing private support on behalf of the donors of Northwest Missouri State University for the benefit of the institution, its students, faculty, staff and alumni.

    The 2016-2017 Foundation Board is led by President Arnold Johnson ’77, Houston, Texas; Jennifer Dawson Nicholson ’71, Kansas City, Missouri; and Immediate Past President Mark Doll ’80, West Des Moines, Iowa. Board members may serve up to two three-year terms.

    The Foundation, governed by a 30-member volunteer board, is staffed by members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement.

    Additional information about the new Board members is provided below. For more information about the Northwest Foundation, visit

    Eric Geis is a vice president with Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. He has almost 15 years of experience in the healthcare information technology industry, working in various roles connected to sales, consulting, client relationships and engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems in 2001 and his Master of Business Administration in 2002, both from Northwest, where he also was a member of the track and field team. He resides in Prairie Village, Kansas, with his wife and their twin daughters. Eric Geis
    Dr. David Holmes has 35 years in the medical and health science fields and has worked as an audiologist in north central Arizona since 1983. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Northwest in 1979 as well as a master’s degree in communicative disorders and sciences from Wichita State University in 1981 and a doctor of audiology from the University of Florida in 2004. He resides in Prescott, Arizona. Dr. David Holmes
    Bill Oellermann retired as assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Texas A&M University-Commerce. His professional career included roles in news, public affairs, sports reporting and management in small, medium and major market radio stations. He served as director of news and public affairs at Southern Illinois University and for 18 seasons as the public address announcer for the Dallas Stars professional hockey team. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech and physical education from Northwest in 1972 as well as a master’s degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University. He resides in Mansfield, Texas. Bill Oellermann
    Patty Poulos is a senior consultant and outsourcing project director with Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company in Dallas. She has more than 35 years of consulting experience, including 15 years as a Texas line of business leader for operations outsourcing, supporting Dallas and Houston offices and surrounding areas. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Northwest in 1975 as well as a master’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She resides in Highland Village, Texas. Patty Poulos
    Thomas Sanchez is the founder and chief executive officer of Social Driver, an agency with offices across the United States that delivers creative digital and social media solutions for leading companies. Before founding Social Driver in 2011, he spent eight years working in various roles at Cerner Corporation. The Northwest Alumni Association awarded him with its Young Alumni Award in 2015. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Northwest in 2002 and resides with his husband in Washington, D.C. Thomas Sanchez
    Dennis Sapp was a pilot and captain for Delta Air Lines for 17 years and spent six years as a commercial pilot. He also served for 24 years as an officer and aviator with the U.S. Navy, retiring as captain, and he maintains a membership with the Blue Angels. He received his bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Northwest in 1968 and resides in Gig Harbor, Washington. Dennis Sapp
    Ken Scribner is a vice president and production executive at Cerner Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri, where he has been employed since 1987. He remains connected to Northwest through various activities, including participation in mock interviews, Career Day and as a member of the Computer Science and Information Systems Professional Advisory Council. The Northwest Alumni Association awarded him with its Turret Service Award in 2014. He earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwest in 1987. He resides in North Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife; their son, Garrett, attends Northwest. Ken Scribner

    For more information, please contact:

    Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468