From left, Jay Christensen SL'82, Dan Phillips SL'77 and Dr. Stacy Carmichael SL'96.
The Buena Vista University National Alumni Association honored three individuals over Homecoming weekend for their service to the university and to society. The awards were presented at a special ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 24.
Those honored were:
Dr. Stacy Carmichael, Class of 1996, is the recipient of the Keith Briscoe Alumni Award. The award was named in honor of BVU’s 16th President, who led the University from 1974 to 1995. It is intended to recognize graduates for their past student achievements and present career success
Stacy is a clinical child and pediatric psychologist in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area.
While a psychology and biology double major at Buena Vista University, Stacy was a member of Danceline, Peer Wellness Mentors, the Tack, band, and volunteered as an English as a Second Language (ESL) tutor. She was in BVU’s Honors Program, a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, received the William Cumberland Research Award twice, and was selected Senior of the Year in psychology.
After graduating cum laude from BVU, Stacy, a native of Sibley, Iowa, did her graduate studies in clinical health psychology (with a concentration of clinical child and pediatric psychology) at the University of Florida, receiving a doctorate in 2003. When she applied, she was one of 12 students admitted to the program out of over 400 applicants. She completed a psychology internship at the A.I. Dupont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., followed by post-doctoral work at the Florida State University College of Medicine. From 2005 to 2007, she completed her residency at Psychological Wellness for Children and Families in Altamonte Springs, Fla, followed by the successful completion of her national licensing exam.
In 2007, Stacy had the opportunity to develop a pediatric psychology clinic at St. Mary’s Medical Center at Evansville, Ind., for the evaluation of children with a variety of neurological, developmental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Preferring a warmer climate, in 2009 she moved back to Florida where she joined a group practice in the Safety Harbor/Clearwater area as a licensed psychologist. In August 2011, Stacy opened her own psychology practice serving children and families in downtown Tampa, Fla.
During her years as a graduate student and as a licensed psychologist, Stacy has authored or co-authored a number of professional articles and made many peer presentations. Her mentor at the University of Florida, Dr. Suzann Bennett Johnson is the president-elect of the American Psychological Association for 2012.
Her work as a pediatric psychologist focuses on special needs children, including those with autism and autism spectrum disorders, and their families. Her dedication to working with special needs children has been very personal for Stacy whose son, Jaden, 11, was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Stacy is active in the Autism Society of America, the Florida Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Jay Christensen, Class of 1982, is the recipient of the John Fisher Alumni Award. The award was established in 1970 and named for Buena Vista’s 14th president. This outstanding service award recognizes a former student who possesses a consistent and persevering dedication to the qualities for which the University stands.
Jay is the chief executive officer of Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa, a regional medical center that serves Mahaska and surrounding counties in southeastern Iowa.
A native of Storm Lake, Jay was an accounting major at BV and graduated magna cum laude. He was one of three senior accounting students in his class to pass the CPA exam on their first try. While attending BV, he worked for Christensen Landscaping, which was owned by his late father, Willard.
Following graduation, Jay worked for accounting firms in Spencer and Storm Lake. In 1986, he joined Buena Vista County Hospital as chief financial officer and remained in that position until 1996 when he became CEO of the Pocahontas Community Hospital. In 1999, He moved on to Mahaska Health Partnership as CEO. He completed his master’s degree in Health Administration at Des Moines University (DMU) in 2001 and holds additional professional certifications in Health Care Financial Management and Health Care Administration.
In addition to his professional accomplishments, Jay developed a passion for teaching when he taught accounting classes at BVU’s Storm Lake campus from 1987 to 1996, and at the Denison and Fort Dodge locations of BVU’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program from 1989 to 1999. In 2004, he began teaching in DMU’s master’s degree program in Health Care Administration. In 2007, he was named the faculty member of the year in that DMU program and is still on its faculty but not currently teaching.
Jay has been on the DMU board of trustees since 2007. He also served on the board of the Iowa Hospital Association from 2002-2009, including a term as chair from 2007-2008.
He has been active in community and civic organizations, and served on industrial development organizations in Storm Lake and Oskaloosa. He has been a member of the Mahaska Community Development Group since its inception in 2006.
Jay and his wife, Karla (Kramer), Class of 2000, have two children — Megan, a paramedic specialist currently working as a patient technician at a medical clinic in Sioux Falls, S.D., and Carter, who is in kindergarten — and two grandchildren. Karla, a social worker at Mahaska Health Partnership, earned her master’s degree in social work in 2005 at the University of Iowa. Jay’s mother, Florence, Class of 1955, is a retired teacher.
Dan Phillips, Class of 1977, is the recipient of the Henry Olson Distinguished Service Award. The award is the highest honor presented by the BVU Alumni Association. Named in honor of BVU’s 13th president, the award recognizes former students who have made significant contributions to society and/or to the University for their exceptional effort, dedication and self-sacrifice in service to others.
Dan is senior vice president of investments for UBS Financial Services in Bloomington, Minn.
A native of Storm Lake, Dan, a business major, was a starting offensive guard on the Beavers football team, which won the Iowa Conference in 1972 and 1973, and played in the Boot Hill Bowl in 1975. Several years ago, he helped lead a group of former players in establishing an endowment fund in memory of Coach Jim Hershberger which helps support the BVU football program. They also raised funds for a plaque at the football stadium honoring Hershberger.
Dan has been active in the BVU National Alumni Association, serving on the board from 2002-2008, including two consecutive years as chair, starting in 2007.
In 1976, prior to graduating from BV, he started working at his father’s insurance agency in Storm Lake. In 1978, he moved to Minneapolis where he was the assistant to the national sales manager for Security Life Insurance company.
In 1981, Dan joined Piper Jaffray as the annuity product manager at the corporate headquarters, and he was named marketing vice president and remained in the home office until 2000 when he became a financial advisor focusing on retirement and estate planning. His wife, Jane, also worked at Piper Jaffray until retiring in 1996. UBS acquired Piper Jaffray’s brokerage business in 2006.
Among Dan’s community involvement, he is a former girls director of the Minnetonka Youth Hockey Board, past president of the University of Minnesota Goal Line club, a football booster group, and is active in the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church.
After their daughter, Kelly, 17, died from injuries suffered as a passenger in a car accident in September 2007, Dan and Jane established the Kelly Phillips Charitable Foundation (www.kellyphillipscharitablefoundation.org) in her memory. The foundation supports youth charities for church, academics and athletics; and encourages volunteerism and teen driving safety initiatives.
Dan has also done a number of speaking engagements at high schools to promote safe driving by teenagers and has been involved in promoting safe driving legislation.
The Phillips have two other children: Annie, 19, a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College; and Bobby, 16, a junior at Minnetonka High School.