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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 1, 2018

Northwest Foundation welcomes eight new members

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

The new members are Rex Brod, Susan Gladstone Tucker, Terry French, Tondee Voortman Lutterman, Marcus Mack, Seann O’Riley, Ted Place and Tyler Seals.

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 2018-2019 Foundation Board is led by President Jennifer Dawson Nicholson, a 1977 graduate from Kansas City, Missouri; Vice President Gary Thompson, a 1976 graduate from Princeton, Missouri; and Immediate Past President Arnold Johnson, a 1977 graduate from Houston, Texas.

The Foundation, governed by a 36-member volunteer board, is staffed by members of Northwest’s Office of University Advancement. Board members may serve up to two three-year terms.

Additional information about the new Board members is provided below. For more information about the Northwest Foundation, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/alumni/foundation/.

Rex Brod

Rex Brod is a market president for US Bank in Maryville and has more than 35 years of experience in the banking industry, working various roles in management. A native of Cook, Nebraska, he earned his bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics in 1982 from Northwest where he was a member of agriculture clubs and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He graduated in 1992 from Colorado Graduate School of Banking in Boulder, Colorado. He has four children and resides in Maryville with his wife, Vicki.

Terry French

Terry French is the chief executive officer and chief finance officer at Line-X, an installer of truck accessories, in Austin, Texas, and has more than 30 years of experience in corporate leadership and management. A native of Clear Lake, Iowa, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 1975, where he was a member of the track and field team, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Tau Kappa Epsilon. He earned an associate degree from North Iowa Area Community College in 1973 and a MBA from Central Missouri State University in 1978. French, who also is an accomplished high school and college football official, has six adult children, including Northwest alumni Michael and Marissa, along with a daughter-in-law, Lisa Shannon French. He resides in Leander, Texas, with his wife, Kari.

Tondee Voortman Lutterman

Tondee Voortman Lutterman is a national industry partner for not-for-profit, higher education and the public sector at BKD, an accounting firm in Kansas City, Missouri. A native of Sgt. Bluff, Iowa, she earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1998 and MBA in 1999, both from Northwest, where she was involved in the Delta Zeta sorority, accounting society and Pi Beta Alpha business fraternity. She resides in Kansas City, with her husband, Shawn, and their daughter.

Marcus Mack

Marcus Mack is a retired CEO for Boy Scouts of America in the San Gabriel, California, area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in education in 1977 from Northwest where he played basketball and was a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. He also earned a certificate in non-profit from Harvard Business School in 2004. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in 1989 and 1990 by the Kansas City, Missouri, Urban League in addition to receiving the BSA Brotherhood Leadership Award and various scouting honors. He has twin boys and three grandchildren and resides with his wife, Marian, in Henderson, Nevada.

Seann O’Riley

Seann O’Riley is executive vice president and chief lending officer for Nodaway Valley Bank and has worked in the banking industry for more than 25 years. A native of Maryville, he earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Northwest in 1993 and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. He resides in St. Joseph, Missouri, with his wife, Christi Apple O’Riley, a Northwest alumna; they have two children, including a son attending Northwest.

Ted Place

Ted Place is a senior vice president and chief development officer at Kansas City PBS. Previously, he worked in various development roles at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1999 from Northwest, where he was involved in the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and the Northwest Missourian. He resides in Kansas City with his wife, Kate, and their two children.

Tyler Seals

Tyler Seals is an associate attorney at Koley Jessen P.C. L.L.O. He earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2013 from Northwest and his Juris Doctor degree and business law certificate from Creighton University School of Law in 2017. At Northwest, he played football on the Bearcats’ 2009 national championship team and was involved in mock trial, the International Student Conversation Partner program and Mentors Over Retention and Education program. He resides in Omaha, Nebraska, with his wife, Elle.

Susan Gladstone Tucker

Susan Gladstone Tucker is a self-employed attorney and certified public accountant in Worth, Missouri, while operating an active farm with cattle, soybeans and corn. Previously, she was a director in the areas of finance, real estate and human resources at Payless ShoeSource’s corporate headquarters in Topeka, Kansas, from 1993 to 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1976 and a Master of Business Administration in 1977 from Northwest, where she was Franken Hall director and a member of the business club. She received her doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 1992 and resides in Worth with her husband, Bob.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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