Southeast to Salute Outstanding St. Louis Alumni at Awards Luncheon

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 18, 2007 – The Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association will salute five outstanding Southeast alumni from the St. Louis area at noon on April 19 at a “Southeast Salutes” Awards Luncheon at the Sheraton Westport in St. Louis. The awards will be presented in conjunction with the announcement of the Jack Buck Scholar-Leadership Award.

This year’s Southeast Salutes recipients are Gregg Billmeyer of Columbia, Ill., senior director of marketing strategy and communication with Anheuser-Busch; Michael Grojean of Manchester, Mo., director of the Assurance and Advisory Services Group with Anders Minkler & Diehl LLP; William McKenna of Crystal City, Mo., former president of Jefferson College and former state senator; Glen Mehrhoff of Fenton, Mo., retired Lindbergh School District educator, where he also served as soccer and track coach; and the late Stephen Jerabek, formerly with the St. Louis Police Department whose award will be presented posthumously.

The St. Louis Chapter of the 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.  Selected from more than 15,000 alumni in the St. Louis area, honorees come from a wide variety of career fields and education backgrounds.

Gregg Billmeyer ’83

Billmeyer graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. While at Southeast, he led a celebrated soccer career in which he was on the MIAA all conference team, the KGIR Player of the Year and the Southeast team captain.  After graduating in 1983, Billmeyer received his MBA from Lindenwood University and found a permanent home with Anheuser-Busch.  He has served in 15 different positions of progressing responsibility throughout his 21-year career with the company. Billmeyer is currently the senior director of marketing strategy and communication with the company.

Billmeyer is involved with the Southeast Missouri State University Corporate Marketing Committee in an effort to advise and assist the University in the St. Louis area. He and wife, Robin, have three sons, Jared, Justin and Jason. 

Michael J. Grojean ’68

Grojean received a bachelor’s degree in business administration, majoring in accounting, from Southeast.  He is a certified public accountant in both Missouri and Illinois. Grojean joined Anders Minkler & Diehl LLP in 1976.  In 1981, he was admitted as a partner. In his current position with the company, Grojean is responsible for organizing and directing the Assurance and Advisory Services Group. 

Grojean serves on the board of directors and as treasurer for the St. Louis Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association. He is also on the editorial advisory board and the accounting and assurance committee with the CPA Associates International, Inc. Grojean is involved with the White House Retreat, Inc., and serves on the board of directors and as chair of the finance committee for Nerinx Hall High School. He lives with his wife, Beverly, in Manchester, Mo.

William P. McKenna ’69, ’98

McKenna graduated from Southeast with a bachelor’s degree in education and later with a master’s degree in public administration.  Upon graduating with his undergraduate degree, McKenna served in the U.S. Army Reserves and worked in sales and marketing for National Vendors. He later became a self-employed real estate developer, which he still does today.  In 1983, McKenna was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives, where he served six terms. In 1993, he was elected to the Missouri Senate. McKenna served as the President Pro Tem of the Senate during the 89th General Assembly. In 1999, McKenna became the president of Jefferson College, a position he held until August 2006.

McKenna is chair of the Quad City Senior Center, president of the friends board at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and a member and former chair of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. He is also member of the Jefferson County Developmental Disabilities Resource Board, the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, the board of directors at Jefferson Memorial Hospital, the board of directors of Jefferson College Foundation, Inc., and the Twin City and Hillsboro Chambers of Commerce. McKenna has participated in several other civic, charitable and veterans groups throughout the years.

He has two children, Lisa and Ryan, and three step children, Jennifer, Janine and Joe. McKenna also has three grandchildren and lives with wife, Debbie, in Crystal City, Mo.

Glen Mehrhoff ’70

Mehrhoff graduated from Southeast with a bachelor of science in education degree, majoring in physical education.  While at Southeast, Mehrhoff was on the track team, football team, played club soccer and was part of the PEMM Club. Upon graduation, he joined the Lindbergh School District in South St. Louis, where he worked for more than 28 years. During his time at Lindbergh, Mehrhoff led his teams to numerous conference, district, sectional and state championships in both soccer and track. He was selected as the 1994 Missouri State High School Soccer Coach of the Year, the Coach of the Year in the Suburban West 12 different times, received the Jimmy Dunn Award for being the Outstanding Coach of the Greater St. Louis area, and was inducted into the Lindbergh Hall of Fame. 

Mehrhoff won more public school soccer games than any other coach in Missouri.  After retiring from the Lindbergh School District in 1998, he coached a junior college men’s soccer team and placed third in the nation.  He was recently elected president of the SEMO Varsity Club and vice president of the St. Louis Chapter of the Southeast Alumni Association.  Mehrhoff and wife, Jamie, live in Fenton, Mo., and have two children, Carrie and Jay. 

Stephen R. Jerabek ’70 (Posthumous Award)

Jerabek found success on the gridiron during his high school career at Cleveland High. He continued to excel in athletics as a member of the football team at Southeast. In 1976, Jerabek joined the St. Louis Police Department where he served with pride for 30 years. In 1981, he married and became an instant father of three. 

Jerabek recently passed away while performing a mandatory physical fitness test for the police department.  According to Jerabek’s wife, Mary-Anne, when reflecting on his life, Jerabek credited his parents for providing a nurturing home and teaching important values and life’s lessons.