Woods Briefs

Woods Briefs: Spring 2021

News and notes about William Woods students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Updated continuously throughout the semester.

William Woods Students, Faculty, and Staff

William Woods Alumni

Erin Troast ’11 is now a Client Representative at NetSmart. Also, she just graduated from Officer Candidate School and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Kansas Army National Guard. 

Suzanne Morr Humphreys ’83 and her husband, Greg, moved to the beautiful Upstate of South Carolina in 2018 after she served in Children’s Ministry for 8 years. Greg and Suzanne are the Owners and Innkeepers of Sunrise Farm Bed and Breakfast, a country retreat, in Salem, South Carolina.

Caitlin Cook ’20 is currently on a waiting list for a seat in the veterinary school at the University of Missouri, where she has been accepted. During the time awaiting her spot, she start propagating and selling plants, worked as an assistant riding instructor at the Saddle and Sirloin Club in Kansas City, Missouri, worked as a Spanish teacher at the Heritage Homeschool Academy, and worked in public health as a bilingual disease investigator for COVID-19.

Nancy Canestrari Williams ’76 has retired after a decade of teaching public relations in the Communications Dept. at Milligan College (now Milligan University), a sister institution to William Woods. She continues to write as a PR/communications specialist, posts a weekly blog at https://lightbournecreative.com, and published her first book last year, “A Crocus in the Desert,” a devotional book for women suffering through infertility.

Martha Long, JD, CIE, MCM ’88 received the Chartrand Communications Award which is given to Insurance Regulatory Examiners Society (IRES) members who have made a significant difference to IRES through their actions and have actively demonstrated their support of the organization, helping to build support and membership. Martha served as the President of IRES September 2018-August 2019.

Former longtime WWU International Cooking/Nutrition professor Dr. Sharon Kay Payton passed away January 4, 2021, at 81. Dr. Payton taught at William Woods from 1971 through 1985, alongside her husband Dr. Gerald Payton, who taught Geology over the same time period. During her career, Dr. Payton also worked as a food product developer and researcher for national brands such as Food Innovations, Gerber Baby Food and Borden Foods. She is survived by her husband Dr. Gerald Payton and two daughters who both attended WWU, Jennifer Payton ’84 and Kathy Payton Kupka ’86.