Southeast to Salute Outstanding St. Louis Alumni

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 29, 2013 – The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will recognize seven Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area at the 13th annual “Southeast Salutes” celebration from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at Ces and Judy’s, 10405 Clayton Road in St. Louis.

All alumni, spouses and friends are encouraged to attend. Registration is open, but space is limited. Hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available. The cost is $10 per person, and reservations can be made through the Southeast alumni website, www.iAMsoutheast.com or by calling the University’s Alumni Relations office, (573) 651-2259.

The 13th annual celebration will honor Dan and Marilyn (Hill) Glore, retired educators of Fox and other school districts; Lynese Hoffman, executive vice president, chief financial officer and co-founder of Common Ground Public Relations, Inc.; Dr. Charles Hudson, retired superintendent of the Fox C-6 School District; Kimberly Holshouser Link, director of Corporate Communications for Arch Coal, Inc.; Al Poelker, senior vice president for Long Term Care with Bethesda Health Group; and Dr. Pili Robinson, director of Consulting Services for the Missouri Youth Services Institute.

The St. Louis Chapter of the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association created Southeast Salutes in 2001 to honor outstanding alumni from the St. Louis area who have brought distinction to themselves and to the University through career and community achievements.

Dan Glore graduated from Southeast with three degrees. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (high school education) with a major in social studies in 1970, a Master of Arts in education in 1975 and a Specialist’s in education in 1988. He is a retired Fox High School principal.

Marilyn (Hill) Glore received two degrees from Southeast. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (high school education) with majors in mathematics and English in 1968 and a Master of Arts in education (counseling) in 1972. She retired as Guidance Department head for Fox Senior High School in 2007.

Both Dan and Marilyn have been educators in the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Mo., and other school districts for many years. They live in Barnhart, Mo., and are members of the Southeast Copper Dome Society. The Glores’ charitable foundation has funded numerous cultural activities in the St. Louis area. The Glores have also provided numerous scholarships for local students.

Hoffman is a 1991 graduate of Southeast where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. She was a member of the University’s Accounting and Finance Club and the Delta Delta Delta sorority during her time at Southeast.

Common Ground Public Relations, Inc., in Chesterfield, Mo., the company Hoffman helped found, was named one of the leading public relations firms in the St. Louis area for five consecutive years from 2009-2013 by the St. Louis Small Business Monthly and one of the fastest growing privately held companies by the St. Louis Business Journal. The firm celebrated its 10th anniversary in July. Before starting Common Ground in 2003, Hoffman was senior vice president and principal with the Standing Partnership, a reputation management consulting firm, for eight years. Hoffman is on the board of the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, serves on various Chamber committees and is the facilitator of the Chamber’s Leadership Chesterfield program.

As a Southeast alumna, Hoffman serves on the St. Louis Alumni Chapter Executive Committee and the St. Louis Cares alumni affinity group. She was a Young Alumni Merit Award recipient in 2005.

Hudson is a 1964 graduate of Southeast, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (high school education) with majors in social science and geography. He is also a graduate of Morley High School, now Scott County Central High School. He is a retired superintendent of the Fox C-6 School District in Arnold, Mo., a position he held for 12 years. As superintendent of schools, Hudson coordinated a presidential visit when Fox Schools hosted the 1993 conference on area flooding. Then-President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore conducted the meeting.

Hudson has served on the National Alumni Council and has been a member of the Copper Dome Society. He and his wife, Sharon, are the parents of two sons, David and Derek.

Holshouser Link, who graduated cum laude in 1992 from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in mass communications, public relations option, is director of Corporate Communications for St. Louis-based Arch Coal, the sixth largest coal producer in the world. She has responsibility for enterprise-wide communication strategies and execution, as well as oversight for Arch’s charitable giving and teacher awards program.

Holshouser Link’s professional experience includes 18 years in the energy and manufacturing sector. Prior to joining Arch Coal in 2001, she worked for Ameren and Emerson, and she also has served as an adjunct faculty member at Maryville University.

At Southeast, Holshouser Link was a part-time student writer and assistant in the President’s Office. She served on the University’s Homecoming Steering Committee and the Emerging Leaders Society. She was also a member of the Order of Omega honor society and the Delta Delta Delta sorority and has been a member of the Copper Dome Society.

After completing her undergraduate degree, she went on to earn a Master of Arts in communication from Saint Louis University in 1998. Holshouser Link and her husband Brian have two children and are co-owners of a Sky Zone franchise in Fort Lauderdale.

Poelker, a 1969 graduate of Southeast where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in marketing management, was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and played on the Southeast football team. After graduation, he became a member of the “Knox Boys” group. He has been a member of the Copper Dome Society.

Poelker has been with Bethesda since 1986 and previously served as a skilled nursing administrator and a general manager of an independent senior living community. In his current position as senior vice president for Long Term Care, he oversees operations at Bethesda’s three skilled nursing communities: Bethesda Dilworth, Bethesda Meadow and Bethesda Southgate.

Robinson, a 1996 graduate of Southeast where he earned a Bachelor of Science majoring in criminal justice/corrections, was a member of the men’s basketball team during his time at Southeast.

Robinson has 17 years of experience in managing and developing programs for juvenile offenders, including serving as director of the juvenile program in St. Louis. He is currently director of Consulting Services for the Missouri Youth Services Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leading the reform of juvenile justice systems.

In addition to his Southeast degree, Robinson holds a master’s degree in counseling and a doctoral degree in human services with a specialization in social and community services. He is a licensed professional counselor and a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.