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Amy Allison (2003-06)
Amy graduated after her playing days and moved to Russellville, Ark., where she worked in a physical therapy clinic for a year. In July, 2008 Amy moved to Bolivar, Mo., where she began work on her doctorate degree in physical therapy, a three-year program. In two years, after graduation, I plan on working as a traveling physical therapist around the country and I also plan on doing short term mission trips with my sister (Kayla).
Denise Baez (1994-96)
Denise returned to Northwest Arkansas and worked as a massage therapist. She returned to Barnhill Arena in 2008 as the Director of Volleyball Operations for the Razorbacks for the 2008 season and took a full-time job in Fayetteville in August 2009. Her extended family also lives in the area.
Jennifer Blankenbeckler (1994-95)
One of the first players to take the court for the Razorbacks is Jennifer Blankenbeckler. After school, Jennifer returned to her native California and currently lives in Santa Barbara. She graduated from UCSB in 1998. Jennifer was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2001 but has been cancer free for eight years. She says “I’m feeling great!”
Kele Brewer (2003-06)
Kele completed her master’s in teaching and worked a year teaching at Sherwood Elementary School near Little Rock. She got engaged to former Razorback football player Jonathan Luigs in May 2009. Luigs was drafted by the Bengals and the couple have moved to Cincinnati where Kele plans to teach.
Caroline (Clock) Shrieve (1995-98)
Caroline Clock returned to her native Indiana after graduation marring Doug Shrieve, a financial planner in Fishers, Ind. The Shrieve’s have two sons, LJ who is three and Warner who is one. LJ is an avid water skier and Warner likes cards, motorcycles, trucks and tractors. Clock is a Muncie, Ind., native and current Razorback head coach Robert Pulliza was one of her coaches during her senior season. Pulliza was playing at Ball State and helped out at her high school.
Michelle Coens (1999-02)
Michelle Coens completed her bachelor’s in education in 2003 and earned her master’s degree in teaching in 2004. She began her professional career as a teacher and coach in Springdale, Ark., at George Junior High. Since then, Coens has coached and taught at Springdale High and is now in her third year at Bentonville High where she teaches physical education and coaches. Coens’ Bentonville team is the back-to-back 7A State Champions. Coens also coaches for the Ozark Volleyball Academy.
Kelli Cole (2005-08)
Kelli Cole graduated in May 2008 and earned her master’s in teaching for secondary English education at Arkansas. She accepted her first teaching assignment for the 2009 school year in Northwest Arkansas.
Karla Crose (2002-05)
Karla Crose graduated in December 2008 from physician’s assistant school at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in her home state of Nebraska. She works in Lawrence, Kan., at OrthoKansas, an orthopedic surgery group. Crose was engaged and the couple are planning a May 2010 wedding.
Iva Docekalova (2002-05)
Iva Docekalova graduated from Arkansas and got her master’s degree from Bolwling Green University. She is currently working on her PhD in sport management at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. In addition, Docekalova is on the faculity teaching and doing research. She teaches Czech in her free time.
Jessica Dorrell (2004-07)
Following her collegiate volleyball career, Dorrell remained in the Northwest Arkansas area and is currently pursuing her MBA at the University of Arkansas. In addition to her graduate studies, she is currently working as a member of the Razorback Foundation staff.
Caira Dougherty Dortch 2005-06, 08)
Caira Dougherty graduated from Arkansas in May 2008, after completing her eligibility with the Razorbacks. She and husband Jarrod, returned to her hometown of Springfield, Mo., where Dortch is attending graduate school in clinical psychology at Evangel University. She is also an assistant volleyball coach at Evangel.
Amanda Eskridge (2004)
Amanda played one season as a setter in 2004 for the Razorbacks. A back injury sidelined Amanda but she remained in Fayetteville, graduting in May 2009. She plans to stay in Northwest Arkansas and is currently job seeking for a teaching position.
Jessica (Field) Phelan (1995-98)
Jessica is the volleyball coach at Fayetteville High and teaches AP psychology. Husband Darin returned to the high school ranks in 2008 also at Fayetteville High as the head tennis coach and health teacher. The couple have three children; Tyler, 5; Kennedy, 3; and Lucas, 19 months.
Jennifer (Haaser) Power (2000-04)
Jennifer Haaser married former UA distance runner Mike Power in the summer 2006. The couple settled in Southaven, Miss., and Jennifer was a teacher and volleyball coach at Lewisburg High. Mike is the assistant track coach at the University of Memphis. The Power family returned to Northwest Arkansas in 2008 when Jennifer took a job working with former Razorback Michelle Coens in the Bentonville school district where she is a teacher and coach. The Power family is expecting their first child this fall.
Sara Kincaid (2002-03)
Sara works at Fayetteville High School in the ALLPS Program (Alternative Program) and is an assistant volleyball coach at Fayetteville High.
Evgeniya (Jenny) Rangelova Kirk (2000-01)
Jenny stayed in the Northwest Arkansas area working and coaching at All Star Sports Arena in Springdale. She runs the local club, Ozark Juniors, and returns as a volunteer assistant coach for the Razorbacks.
Denitza Koleva Mineva (2003-06)
After graduation, Denny moved to Mount Prospect, Ill., where she attended physical therapy school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. As the 2009 season begins, she has completed her first year of school. Denitza married in May 2009, and the couple are expecting their first child in September.
Ashley Miller (2005-08)
Ashley Miller graduated in May 2008 after breaking the Arkansas and Southeastern Conference digs records. She returned to Arkansas and is working towards her master’s degree in health science. She is also teaching classes while going to school.
Krystal Osborne (1994-97)
Krystal fulfilled her life-long ambition and works as a mortician. She returned to her hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., where she lives and works. Krystal and Tina Rico play together on a co-ed volleyball league in Las Vegas, Nev.
Tina (Rico) Smith (1994-97)
Tina married Kyle Smith and the couple have a son, Kyan who is three, a daugher Keira, one. The Smiths live in Las Vegas where Kyle is an attorney at Harrison, Kemp, Jones, & Coulthard. While Tina is barred in Arkansas and Nevada, she considers herself a stay-at-home mom.
Jamie Rohme (1996-98)
Jamie Rohme returned to her home state of Arizona where she and husband of 15 years, Mike, have three children; Taylour, Tatum and Brayden. Jamie coaches the Arizona East Valley Juniors and Mike is a Phoenix, Ariz., police officer. Taylour is 14 and will be a freshman in high school this fall. She is playing club volleyball and is six-foot tall. Tatum is nine and will be in fourth grade. Tatum is a volleyball player too. Brayden is eight and will be in third grade. He is our football player.
Yarleen (Santiago) Pagan (1997-99)
Yarleen Santiago Pagan returned to her native Puerto Rico after three seasons at Arkansas. A mother of eight-year-old Jaime Yadriel Matos Santiago, Yarleen also plays volleyball full-time and attends school. Yarleen is currently playing for the Puerto Rico Professional League and playing for a beach volleyball league in the summers. She, her husband and son all live in Puerto Rico.
Kim (Storey) Chronister (1995-98)
Kim married Graham Chronister shortly after graduation. The couple has two children, Ashton and Aidan. Kim is working as a supplier for Wal-Mart (Dreyer’s/Edy’s Grand Ice Cream) as a supply chain manager. Husband, Graham, is also a supplier for Pactiv as a category advisor. Ashton is now three years old and Aidan is 17 months. The family lives in Rogers, Ark.
Eftila Tanellari (1999-01)
Eftila is a Ph.D., student in agricultural and applied economics at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. She is teaching an introductory level course and, with one year of school left, Eftila is activley job seeking. She still plays pickup volleyball when she gets a chance.
Roberta (Tarnauskaite) Trandev (2002-03)
Roberta Tarnauskaite remained in Northwest Arkansas for a couple of years after graduating with a bachelor’s in chemistry in May 2008. She married and was accepted into medical school at Pacific Northwest University of Health Science in Yakima, Wash. Her husband, Nick, works as a consultant for Infosys.
Anna (Velikanova) Vester (2000-02)
Anna lives in Fayetteville and works full-time at Rockfish Interactive in Rogers. She is married to Eric Vester who works for Matthews, Campbell, Rhoads, McClure, Thompson and Fryauf P.A., in Rogers
Chelsey Warmack Smith (2002-04)
Chelsey Warmack is attending medical school in Little Rock and is anticipating a May 2010 graduation. She plans to pursue a career in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery and hopes to do her residency in Arkansas. Warmack married in July 2009 and her husband is also a senior student pursuing Orthopedics. He is a cowboy and steerwrestles. Chelsey has taken up calf roping the past two years and hopes to compete in her first rodeo this year.
Libby Windell (1999-2002)
I am now Dr. Windell. I graduated in May 2009 and have already started the madness called residency. I’m currently working at Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Ore., where I am a first-year general surgery resident.
Ning (Nikki) Zhao Kong (1998-99)
Ning married Tao Kong shortly after graduation and the couple has a son, Tyler. Tao worked for J.B. Hunt but took a job with a consulting company and the family moved to Houston, Texas. Work again moved the family this time to Salt Lake City, Utah, in April 2009. Tyler spent the summer 2009 in Beijing with his grandparents and the family is looking forward to life in SLC. Nikki will be helping with the volleyball team at SLC Community College this fall.