Eight to Receive Distinguished Service Award from Southeast Alumni Association
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. -- The Alumni Association at
Southeast Missouri State University will honor eight individuals with
Distinguished Service Awards during Homecoming festivities Oct. 26.
Recipients will be Don and Saundra Crader of Marble Hill,
Mo., founder and chief executive officer of Kaiser Midwest and homemaker
respectively; Marsha Haskell, regional director-external affairs with
AT&T Missouri; Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN, of Cape
Girardeau, chief nurse emeritus of Southeast Missouri Hospital, now
SoutheastHealth; Reginald Dickson of St. Louis, chairman and chief
executive officer of St. Louis-based BYW Investment Advisors, Inc.; Dr.
Fred and Mary Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld of Springfield, Va., retired
executive director and technical director of the Office of Naval
Research, and retired founder of the Career College Research Center in
Burke, Va., respectively; and Steven Schneider of Jackson, Mo., first
vice president of Investments and branch manager of Stifel Nicolaus in
Distinguished Service Awards are presented to individuals who
have made lasting contributions to their communities and to the
The awards will be given at an All Alumni Breakfast to be
held at 7:30 a.m. in Kem Statuary Hall in the Aleen Vogel Wehking Alumni
Center at 926 Broadway. Cost of the breakfast is $10 per person.
Reservations may be made by calling the Alumni Association at (573)
651-2259 or emailing email@example.com.
Don and Saundra Felty Crader
Don and Saundra Felty Crader of Marble Hill, Mo., are
semi-retired and spend most of their time with family, fishing and
taking care of the landscape. Saundra has been mainly a stay-at-home
mother, spending her time raising their children and assisting them in
their school and church activities.
In 1960, Don Crader was one of only three dealers in Missouri
and Illinois selling Stihl Chainsaws, which were an unknown name in the
timber industry at that time. He made the decision to become a
distributor and set out into the two-state territory setting up dealers.
He carried saws in the trunk of his car, and the business grew as the
product line increased with more chainsaw models and outdoor power
Today, Kaiser Midwest services more than 1,000 Stihl dealers
in six states with a 55,000-square-foot warehouse and offices in Marble
Hill and a 108,000-square-foot warehouse and offices in McKinney, Texas.
Kaiser Midwest is the world’s third largest distributor for Stihl. Don
Crader is the father of four children, three of whom are the executive
officers of Kaiser Midwest: Stan Crader, president; Val Crader, vice
president; and Rebecca Hurst, executive secretary. Three grandsons are
now involved in the company in the Missouri and Texas locations. His
daughter, Teresa Basnett, is a nurse in Fulton, Mo.
Saundra Crader is the mother of three sons: Randy, Tom and
Dean Sawyer. Don and Saundra Crader have 22 grandchildren and 12 great
The Craders say they have been pleased to become closely
involved with Southeast students in recent years. They have provided
support and made possible the summer education program for Redhawks
men's basketball and provided an endowment as well as many scholarships
for many students from Bollinger County and across the state of Missouri
to study at Southeast. They have also participated with other family
members in establishing the Crader Family Lecture in History with Dr.
Wayne Bowen, chair of the Department of History, which has brought well
known speakers to Southeast and establishing the Crader Endowment for
American Values annual Book Prize. Don and Saundra Crader say they have
enjoyed their many relationships with coaches, faculty and, especially,
students as a result of these gifts.
Reginald Dickson is chairman and chief executive officer of
St. Louis-based BYW Investment Advisors, Inc. BYW is a multi-cultural,
minority-controlled firm that reverse-tithes to charity the fees it
earns helping clients achieve investment objectives.
BYW is the second investment firm Dickson has helped launch.
In 1995, he co-founded St. Louis’ first minority-owned asset management
firm. From 1982-1992, he was president and chief executive officer of
INROADS, an organization that connects minority college students with
summer internships and corporate mentoring programs across the nation.
Dickson currently serves on the board of directors of
Huntington Preferred Capital Inc. and is a former director of First
American Bank (now Regions Bank) and Dollar General Corporation. He is a
regent of Harris-Stowe State University (HSSU) and served as a regent
at Southeast Missouri State University from 2004-2011.
Dickson has bachelor’s degrees from Harris-Stowe Teachers
College and Washington University in St. Louis. He is within three
credit hours of earning a master’s degree in business administration
from Saint Louis University.
Dickson lives in St. Louis with his wife of 45 years, Illona
White Dickson, a bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World. The
couple has three children: Kia Jeffrey; Brandon, a senior at HSSU; and
Rachel, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Kia’s
daughter, Nia, is a sophomore at Southeast and on the Dean’s List.
Marsha Haskell graduated from Southeast Missouri State
University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, secondary education,
with a major in English. She began her 34-year career in
telecommunications with Southwestern Bell. Haskell has held a variety
of positions with the telecom company throughout Missouri. She was the
first female in southeast Missouri to hold a foreman’s position of
installation and repair units. Other assignments included positions in
Springfield and St. Louis, where she managed labor relations, billing
and collection units, and sales centers, and handled regulatory filings
with the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of
Justice, Competitive Analysis and Emerging Technologies. She currently
manages the legislative, regulatory and community relations
responsibilities for AT&T in Jefferson County and in southeast and
Haskell has served or is currently serving on the board of
the following organizations: American Red Cross, Beacon Health Center,
Cape Girardeau Area Chamber of Commerce, Girl Scouts of Otakhi Council,
Jackson Chamber of Commerce, P.E.O. Chapter FY, RSVP/VIC, Rural
Restoration Adopt Ministry, SoutheastHealth Foundation, Southeast
Missouri State University Wellness Program, Southeast Missouri
University Foundation, KRCU, Work Force Investment, and Zonta Club of
Cape Girardeau Area Foundation.
She is the daughter of Hugh and Estella Barron. Cape
Girardeau is her hometown where she married her high school sweetheart,
Dr. Dale Haskell, who is a professor of English at the University. They
have four boxers, Moses, Zeke, Zoey and Tasha.
Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN
Dr. Karen Crites Hendrickson, EdD, RN, graduated from Jackson
High School and Barnes Hospital School of Nursing as an outstanding
alumna before earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Southeast
Missouri State, where she was also named an outstanding alumna. She went
on to earn a Master of Arts in psychological counseling from Southeast
and a doctorate in education from The University of Memphis.
Hendrickson has been active at Southeast Missouri State
University for many years. She is the recipient of an Alumni Merit Award
and served as president of the College of Health and Human Services
Advisory Board. She also served on the Department of Nursing Advisory
Board and established the partnership between the University and
Southeast Missouri Hospital (now SoutheastHealth) to establish the
Campus Health Clinic. She also visioned the partnership with the
University and then Southeast Missouri Hospital to establish the
Southeast Missouri Hospital College of Nursing. She has participated on
search committees for the dean of the College of Health and Human
Services and for the chair of the Department of Nursing. She has served
as president of the Nursing Honor Society Sigma Theta Tau chapter.
Hendrickson has traveled to China as a participant in
Southeast’s effort to establish a Health Management Exchange with
Shanghai, China Universities. She also was part of a contingency in 1992
that visited Maastricht, The Netherlands, to lecture on American
nursing. She also has hosted University international students in her
home, along with high school students from Spain and Argentina, and
served as a host mother for a nursing student from Turkey.
She is a founding member of the Southeast Missouri Music
Academy and has hosted a fund raiser for an instrument initiative in the
Department of Music.
She served as president of the Missouri State Board of
Nursing and has been named an Outstanding Missourian by the House of
Representatives, Woman of Achievement by Zonta of Cape Girardeau and
Otahki Girl Scout Council Woman of the Year. She was president of the
Missouri Organization of Nurse Executives; has presented a paper on
nursing in Geneva, Switzerland; and is the founding director of the Cape
Girardeau School of Practical Nursing. Hendrickson led Southeast
Missouri Hospital to become designated a Magnet Hospital by the American
Nurses Association, which is nursing’s highest honor with only two
percent of hospitals worldwide earning this designation. She retired
from SoutheastHealth in 2011 as vice president and chief nursing
officer, having been given the honorary title of chief nurse emeritus.
Hendrickson served as vice chairman of the Cape Girardeau
Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and serves on the Chateau
Girardeau Retirement Community Board of Directors, Southeast Missouri
Hospital College of Nursing and Health Sciences Board of Directors and
the Grace United Methodist Church Staff/Parish Committee.
Hendrickson and her husband, Jim, have two sons, Rhett
(Jennifer) and Ryan, and a granddaughter, Madeline. Hendrickson is the
daughter of Mrs. Rusby Crites of Jackson, Mo.
Dr. Fred and Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld
Dr. Fred and Mary Elizabeth (Renner) Saalfeld are retired
residents of Virginia with long ties to Southeast Missouri State
Dr. Saalfeld graduated cum laude from Southeast in 1957 with a
Bachelor of Science with majors in chemistry, physics and mathematics.
He holds master’s and doctoral degrees with a major in physical
chemistry with minors in inorganic chemistry and mathematics from Iowa
Dr. Saalfeld is retired executive director and technical
director of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) where he was responsible
for the Navy and Marine Corps science and technology program, including
basic research, exploratory and advanced technology development
conducted in federal and private laboratories, academia and industry. He
is currently serving as a private consultant to several institutions.
Over his lengthy career, Dr. Saalfeld has been director and
associate director of ONR, where he was responsible for the Navy’s $220
million contract research program, largely conducted at universities,
the Navy’s basic research effort and corporate laboratory, the Naval
He joined the Naval Research Laboratory in 1962, where he
conducted and directed research in physical chemistry. He later headed
the Mass Spectrometry Section, where his research led to the innovative
systems for atmospheric monitoring and life support now widely used in
nuclear submarines, firefighting gear, spacecraft and other equipment
using re-circulated air. He also has directed the Physical Chemistry
Branch and been superintendent of the Chemistry Division. He also was
chief scientist and scientific director of the Office of Naval Research
Branch Office in London and was acting associate director of research
for material science and component technology, directing more than 900
scientists and a $90 million program.
Dr. Saalfeld is a charter member of the Senior Executive
Service under President Carter. In 1986, President Reagan conferred on
him the Presidential rank of Meritorious Executive. In 1989, President
Bush conferred on him the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank; and
in 1996, President Clinton bestowed on him the same title. Along with
many other honors, Dr. Saalfeld has been the recipient of Southeast
Missouri State University’s Alumni Merit Award.
He has authored or co-authored hundreds of research papers,
reports and presentations, and is active in many scientific societies.
Mrs. Saalfeld graduated in 1954 from Central High School in
Cape Girardeau, where she was the valedictorian. She began her education
at Southeast Missouri State University, where she met her husband, Dr.
Saalfeld. Because Southeast did not offer a medical technology degree,
she transferred to the University of Tennessee in Memphis, where she
received a Bachelor of Science.
After working three years as a medical technologist, Mrs.
Saalfeld became a stay-at-home mother, volunteering with the Fairfax,
Va., school system. In 1977, she launched a high school Career College
Research Center where she was employed until her retirement in 1999.
The Saalfeld’s son, Fred Jr., passed away from complications
of multiple sclerosis in 1993, and they endowed the Fred E. Saalfeld
Family Scholarship for physically handicapped and deaf students to
attend Southeast Missouri State University. The Saalfelds have enabled
more than 20 students to attend Southeast.
They also have pledged to contribute to the renovation of
Academic Hall and will have a suite of rooms, called the “Renner
Saalfeld Rooms,” that bear their name. Mrs. Saalfeld is the author of
“Remembering Phillip and Ruthie” with a focus on regional history
published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.
In addition to her literary talents, Mrs. Saalfeld is an avid
quilter who designed and made a quilt with a St. Louis Cardinals
baseball team theme that includes photographs from the 1946 through the
2006 teams. The quilt was donated to the University and presented by the
Saalfelds to Southeast President and Mrs. Ken Dobbins at Busch Stadium
in 2008. The quilt currently hangs in Southeast’s Aleen Vogel Wehking
Steven Schneider, of Jackson, Mo., graduated from Southeast
in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with major
in management and minor in economics. He was active in campus clubs and
organizations, was a member of Delta Chi fraternity and served as
Student Government president from 1977-1978.
After graduating from Southeast, Schneider began his career
with Ralston Purina Company and was moved four times in three years.
During his move to Centralia, Ill., he met his future wife, Judy
Wollenweber, whom he married in 1981. Schneider has worked in the
financial services industry for the past 30 years. Currently, he is the
first vice president of investments and branch manager of Stifel
Nicolaus in Cape Girardeau.
Schneider has served on the Southeast Missouri University
Foundation Board since 2001 and is currently a member of the President’s
Council. He has endowed two scholarships at Southeast. He was also
instrumental in starting the Cape West Rotary Club/ Southeast Missouri
State University Scholarship Event. The event has awarded more than
$800,000 in immediate scholarships to students since 2000.
Schneider is currently active in both the Jackson and Cape
Girardeau communities. He is a 30- year member of the Jackson Optimist
Club, a 29-year member of the Cape West Rotary Club, an active member of
St. Paul Lutheran Church in Jackson and an ambassador for Lutheran
Family and Children’s Services. He and his wife are the parents of three
children, Casey, Joseph and the late Jacob Schneider.