Southeast to Salute Outstanding St. Louis Alumni at Awards Luncheon

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 15, 2005ᾰThe Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will salute six outstanding Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area at noon April 28 at a “Southeast Salutes” Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton West Port-Chalet.  The awards will be presented in conjunction with the announcement of the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award recipient and finalists.

This year’s Southeast Salutes recipients are Cynthia Fleck, Peter Gallagher, Don Heeb, the Honorable Dennis Kehm, Dennis Schoemehl and Dr. Shelton Smith.

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

Selected from more than 15,000 alumni in the St. Louis area, this year’s six honorees come from a wide variety of career fields and educational backgrounds.

Cynthia Fleck ’87Fleck has more than 17 years of experience in diverse critical care, rehabilitation, management, wound care, sales and marketing.  She is the vice president of clinical marketing at Medline Industries, and is a self-employed CAF clinical consultant for skin and wound care.

Fleck received a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Southeast in 1987; graduated from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Wound, Ostomy, Continence (WOC/ET) nurse education program in 1997; became board certified in 1998 by the American Academy of Wound Management (AAWM) as a wound specialist; and received a master of business administration degree from Fontbonne University in 2003.

Fleck lives in St. Louis with her husband Joseph Leuchtmann.

Peter GallagherGallagher attended Southeast from 1956 to 1957.  He received a bachelor of science degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1975.  Gallagher is the owner and chief executive officer at Hits Scanning Solutions in St. Louis, which was named the fastest growing technology company in 2002 by the St. Louis Business Journal.  Gallagher lives in Ferguson, Mo.

Don H. Heeb ’58 Heeb received a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in physical education from Southeast in 1958 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Missouri in 1962. Before retiring in May 2000, Heeb served as Vianney High School’s athletic director and head football coach from 1966 to 1996. 

Prior to his service at Vianney, Heeb served four years as assistant coach at McBride High School and four years as head coach at Mercy High School.  Heeb lives in St. Louis with his wife Billie Jean.

The Honorable Dennis J. Kehm ’65 Kehm received a bachelor of science degree in history and social science from Southeast in 1965 and a juris doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law in 1972.  Kehm has more than 33 years of experience in the law, serving as prosecuting attorney for Jefferson County, circuit judge, presiding judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, and juvenile court and probate judge.  Kehm is currently serving as juvenile judge and judge of court of general jurisdiction.   Kehm has been a member of the Missouri Bar Association since 1972.  He lives in Festus, Mo., with his wife Dorothea.

Dennis F. Schoemehl ’74 Schoemehl is the chief executive officer at Logistics Management Solutions (LMS) in St. Louis, a company he established in 1996 with John McHugh.  LMS provides logistics services for trucking companies, many of which are Fortune 500 companies.  LMS was named a Top 100 Third Party Logistics Provider by Inbound Logistics in 2004 and ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies by the St. Louis Business Journal in 2003.    Schoemehl received a bachelor of science in education degree with a major in physical education from Southeast in 1974.  Prior to starting LMS, Schoemehl was employed by Roadway Transportation, operated Apartment Living magazine and spent 15 years at CF Motorfreight.  Schoemehl lives in Sappington, Mo., with his wife Debbie.

Dr. Shelton E. Smith ’67, ’72, ’77 Shelton received a bachelor of science degree from Southeast in 1967, with a major in English; a master of science degree in educational administration from Southeast in 1972; a doctorate in educational administration from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1974; and a specialist degree in educational administration from Southeast in 1977. 

Shelton has spent nearly 50 years in education and is currently serving as superintendent of schools for the Hillsboro R-3 School District.  Shelton lives in Herculaneum, Mo., with his wife Glenda.