Alumni and Friends Advisory Council

The first meeting of the Mizzou Honors College Alumni and Friends Advisory Council took place on 21 May 2016.  The goal of this council is to advise the Director as he sets future directions, develops strategic plans, and implements programs. The council members give their guidance and informed views as interested yet removed parties.

Members of Advisory Council

Dr. William “Bill” Bondeson

James Brazeal, ’67 (BA), ’69 (MBA)

Kia Breaux, ’96 (BJour)

Dr. Adrian Clifton, ’06 (BS), ’07 (MEd), ’16 (Ph.D)

Jay Dade, ’85 (BJour), ’93 (JD)

Sheela Lal, ’12 (BA and BS)

Stephanie Tinsley Regagnon, ’99 (BA)

John Wright (Honors College Instructor)

Kim Nyoni (Ex Officio, Advancement)

J.D. Bowers (Director/Chair, Honors College)

Member Biographies

Bill Bondeson

Dr. Bill Bondeson has been with the University of Missouri for more than 30 years. During that time he has taught graduate, undergraduate and pre-professional students in Greek history, philosophy and medical ethics. An acclaimed teacher, Dr. Bondeson has won every award given on campus for outstanding teaching, including the Amoco Teaching Award, Purple Chalk Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching, the Distinguished Faculty Award and the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching.

Jim Brazeal

Jim Brazeal is a native of Springfield, Missouri and graduated from Central High School. After high school, he served active duty at Parris Island and Camp Lejeune in the Marine Reserves. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors in History degree in 1967 and a Master of Business Administration in 1969 from the University of Missouri.  Jim worked for Ford Motor Company for 12 years in vehicle and industrial engine sales and marketing management. He left Ford in 1981 to launch a new industrial engine distributorship in Kansas City. He and his wife, Cathy, owned and operated Kansas City Power Products, a distributor of Ford, Kubota and Honda industrial engines until 2015 when the company was sold. They have three children and three grandchildren. Jim and Cathy established the Brazeal Honors College Endowed Diversity Scholarship in 2004. This scholarship provides full ride support each year at Mizzou for four high achieving students in under-represented groups, with preference for African Americans. They are also members of the Chancellor’s Society for Excellence and the Davenport Society. Jim has served as Professor for a Day in the Trulaske College of Business.

Kia Breaux

Kia Breaux is the director of regional media for The Associated Press in Missouri, Kansas and Iowa. As director of regional media, Breaux develops new business and manages newspaper member and commercial/digital accounts in the region. Breaux joined AP in 1997 as a reporter in the Kansas City bureau. She’s also served as correspondent in the AP’s Roanoke, Va., office and as the news editor for Nebraska. Breaux is a Kansas City native and 1996 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. She holds a Master of Science in Management and Human Resource Management from Baker University.

Adrian Clifton

A Columbia native and product of the Columbia Public School system, Adrian went on to receive a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Mizzou and a Masters through their teaching fellowship program. After teaching first grade for 5 years at Rock Bridge Elementary as their first African-American classroom teacher, she is now pursuing her doctorate degree at Mizzou in Education. Her research focuses on the social capital attained in community-based learning spaces, in particular at Granny’s House, an after school ministry serving youth in the housing projects. She is a wife and mother of four and is also the co-founder and president of Worley Street Roundtable. This group of concerned students and community members partners with Columbia Public Schools to thread together students, families, universities, and outside organizations to create ways to help marginalized children succeed academically, socially, and spiritually.

Jay M. Dade

Jay M. Dade, B.J. 1985, J.D. 1993, is a Shareholder in the Kansas City office of Polsinelli, PC, where he practices labor and employment law. Jay is a proud parent of two Honors College students. His son, Christopher, is a junior majoring in Chemistry in the College of Arts and Science. His daughter, Caroline, begins her pursuit of a broadcast journalism undergraduate degree at the Missouri School of Journalism this fall. Jay is a past president of the Mizzou Alumni Association, where he also served and continues to serve on multiple committees, and the most recent president of the MAA Webster County Chapter. He is member of the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence Development Committee and a former trustee of the Jefferson Club. Jay and his wife, Christie, live in Kansas City, Missouri, where they most recently moved from Rogersville, Missouri.

Sheela Lal

Sheela is a Columbia born, Mizzou graduate (2012, BS, BA) who currently works in progressive state policy in Jeff City. During her time at Mizzou, she actively learned from the university’s social justice programs and took this to her work at Center for American Progress, the Missouri House, Progress Missouri, and the National Bureau of Asian Research. After graduating, Sheela moved to Sri Lanka for a Fulbright research grant, and later, worked in Kolkata, India at a social enterprise. She spends her spare time running, reading and learning, and spending time with friends who are certainly smarter than her.

John Wright

John Wright is the founder and managing partner of Rollins Capital, a private equity investment partnership, and The Rollins Reading Company, a non‐profit organization dedicated to developing and funding early childhood education programs in mid‐Missouri. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Missouri and, since 2012, has taught courses at both the MU law and business schools. John previously served a term in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2013‐2014. He is a proud graduate of Hickman High School. After Hickman, John earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale College in 1998 and later earned a J.D. from Yale Law School (2005).