2020 Hall of Fame Inductees
2020 Saints Hall of Fame Alumni Award Recipients
Drake Dunsmore, Class of 2007
Drew was always intrigued by the game of football but grew up playing other sports. It wasn’t until the summer before his sophomore year of high school, after several lengthy conversations with the late coach Tim Lillis, that he decided to try out for the Saint Thomas Aquinas football team. Thanks to Drake’s coaches and teammates, he quickly excelled on the field. During his tenure at Aquinas, Drake earned Third Team, Honorable Mention, and First Team All-State honors while playing tight end, linebacker, and safety for the Saints.
Drake attributes every opportunity and accolade throughout the course of his high school career and beyond to his family, coaches, teammates, and Aquinas staff and teachers. Their guidance, mentorship, and tutelage laid a foundation for the rest of his life. With the support of the Aquinas community, Drake received multiple college football scholarship offers and ultimately decided to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
While attending Northwestern, Drake was surrounded by an amazing community of teammates, coaches and staff who helped him achieve success both on and off the field. He earned playing time as a true freshman during the 2007 season and was honored as a Freshman All-Big Ten selection. He was the second leading receiver among All-Big Ten tight ends during the 2009 season, made Honorable Mention All-Big Ten for the 2010 season, and First Team All-Big Ten as well as ‘Tight End of The Year’ in the Big Ten following the 2011 season. Additionally, he was a semifinalist for the John Mackey Award in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Off the field, Drake earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and graduated with a degree in Communication Studies.
Following his career at Northwestern, Drake was invited to the 2012 NFL Combine and drafted in the seventh round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Deciding to retire after one season on the practice squad in Tampa, Drake moved back to Kansas City and soon began a career in medical device sales with Medtronic.
In September of 2017, Drake married Saint Thomas Aquinas alumna Meghan (Dunleavy) Dunsmore (’06). Drake and Meghan welcomed their daughter, Georgia Marie, into the world on September 8, 2019. Drake’s days are spent with his family and friends watching the Chiefs, golfing, and enjoying all the activities Kansas City has to offer.
Lisa Karlin Class of 2001
During her time at Saint Thomas Aquinas, Lisa was on the Varsity Drill Team for three years, a member of NHS, show choir and heavily involved in the theatre productions. Lisa participated in the Kairos 11 retreat and to this days feels that deepening of her faith. As an avid student, Lisa thoroughly enjoyed her education at Saint Thomas Aquinas and values the community of teachers and students that continue to thrive.
Funny story about Lisa from her former dance coach, Judy Frankovic (who unfortunately could not attend this evening). Judy remembers Lisa had not tied her shoe laces tight and they came undone. In the middle of a kick sequence her shoe flew off! Luckily no one was hit with the flying shoe!
Lisa’s career began in her hometown of Overland Park, Kansas and has taken her to Broadway and points in between. Most recently, Lisa has had the pleasure of being the Broadway Guest Artist for Disney Cruise Line, playing two iconic villains on the Walt Disney Stage.
Lisa had her Broadway debut with the revival of Ragtime (Emma Goldman u/s). Other Broadway credits include The Addams Family where she understudied the role of Wednesday Addams. Lisa also toured the country with the First National Tour of the Tony Award winning revival of Pippin. She has performed the role of Leading Player over 100 times! Some of her New York credits include the reading of Anastasia with the legendary Angela Lansbury, as well as her creation of Sam Peterson in the original American musical Empire. Lisa has had the pleasure of touring internationally with the 25th anniversary tour of Cats playing Demeter and understudying Grizabella. In addition, Lisa has worked extensively throughout regional theater, including The Paper Mill Playhouse, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Sacramento Music Circus, The MUNY, Kansas City Starlight, The Shakespeare Theater Company, and many more! Her favorite roles include Florence Vassy in Chess, Eva Peron in Evita, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and Mrs. Wormwood in Matilda.
Lisa is humbled and honored to receive a Hall of Fame Award. She is incredibly grateful for her family and the community of creativity in Kansas City. She will be forever indebted to them for their love and support!
Kirk McCullough, Class of 1997
Kirk grew up the eldest of 6 children to James and Leslie McCullough. He attended Cure of Ars Catholic School prior to the start of his Freshman year in the Fall of 1993.
Upon high school graduation, Kirk attended the U. S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO pursuing a dream to play collegiate basketball and ultimately become a pilot. Receiving the Commandant’s pin for military excellence following Basic Training, Kirk continued to excel at the Academy. He received Western Athletic Conference Scholar Athlete Honors and the Superintendent’s Award for military, academic, and athletic excellence in both his Freshman and Sophomore years. Having been awarded top Cadet of the Semester honors from his ten-squadron cadet group, he was ultimately elected from among his peers to serve as the 2nd Group Superintendent for his upcoming Junior year. However, having undergone the 2nd of three knee surgeries following his sophomore basketball season, his career plans to become a pilot faded and were replaced with a passion to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon. With consideration for the extensive post-secondary professional training necessary to become a Sports Medicine surgeon, and upon recommendations from his USAFA academic advisors and JAG counsel, Kirk made the difficult decision to leave the Academy prior to the start of his Junior year.
McCullough returned to the Kansas City area with the aspiration to attend the University of Kansas School of Medicine, finishing his collegiate education and basketball career at William Jewell College. As with the Academy, Kirk found success in both his curricular and extra-curricular activities, earning Academic All-American Honors both his Junior and Senior years, and graduating Summa Cum Laude while obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Biology with Honors in 2001.
Following his education at William Jewell, McCullough attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, where he earned his M.D. in 2007. He was honored to be elected president of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Society chapter and to receive other meritorious commendations during his training at KUMC, but undoubtedly his crowning achievement during this time was meeting and marrying his wife, Leah, while she was completing her nursing degree.
Pursuing his dream of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine training, McCullough and his family left KC and moved to Nashville, TN where he attended Vanderbilt University Medical Center for his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training. Completing his Chief Resident year in 2012, McCullough and his family next moved to Charlotte, NC for a year-long Orthopaedic Surgical Sports Medicine Fellowship, followed by a one-year Orthopaedic Surgical Foot and Ankle Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, OH.
Anxious to return to the Midwest after many years away training, McCullough and his family moved back to Kansas City in 2014 to fulfill a career dream of practicing medicine in his hometown. Since beginning his practice, Kirk has been a Team Physician for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Sporting KC, a consultant for the KC Ballet and multiple regional universities and colleges, and he was recently recognized by Ingram’s as a Top 40 Under 40 Award recipient in 2019. In addition to lecturing frequently on a wide variety of sports medicine issues to health care providers across the nation, he currently serves as Kansas delegate for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and is one of only 4 physicians nationally on the Foot/Ankle Subcommittee of NFL Health and Safety, a position he has held for over 5 years.
Appreciative of the many ways in which the Saints community enriched him and his family, Kirk’s ultimate professional fulfillment since returning to Kansas City has been serving as the Director of Sports Medicine for Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. He has had the privilege of providing care for some of the very same faculty who taught him as a student, and the opportunity to give back to amateur athletes in the same way others helped both him and his siblings throughout their athletic pursuits has been truly rewarding.
Kirk and Leah currently reside in Overland Park, Kansas, with their four children and “Saints-to-be”: Jacob, age 9; Lucas, age 8; Chase, age 5; and Lauren, 6 months.
Drew Morano, Class of 2003
From the small town of Paola, Drew transferred in mid sophomore year, making an immediate impact athletically. A three-sport athlete, he excelled most noticeably on the track and football field.
In football, he earned the starting running back position his junior year. Drew earned multiple EKL and All State honors as a running back and punter. The team made state semifinals in both 2001 and 2002. His senior year, he was invited to play in the Shrine Bowl, as well as the 2003 GKCFCA MO v KS Metro Classic All Star game.
Prior to his tenure at STA, Drew had already seen success on the track. As an 8th grader, he competed at Junior Nationals in Cleveland, OH, placing 6th in the 400m. While representing STA, Drew earned six individual state sprint titles, was the male recipient of the 2003 Wayne F. Campbell Award, the Greater Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation’s 2003 Kansas Male Athlete of the Year, and the 2003 Gatorade Kansas Male Track Athlete of the Year. With an elite performance in January 2003 at the K-State High School Indoor Invitational, Drew tied one (55m) and broke another (200m) of Maurice Green’s sprint records previously set in 1993. His single most impressive time clocked was 46.81 (just .05 short of the Kansas state high school record) for 400m, setting a 2003 Kansas Relays meet record. However, the pinnacle of his athletic success was in 2003 when he became just the second sprinter in Kansas 6A history to sweep the 100m, 200m, and 400m, and anchored the winning 4x400m relay team to solidify the 6A state team title for STA. Newspaper headlines, both small town and big city, highlighted his successes.
Upon graduating, he signed a track and field scholarship at Colorado State University in Ft Collins, CO. He went on to race his way to multiple Mountain West titles (he was a 3-time MW 400m champion, 2-time runner-up), broke the CSU indoor (46.74) and outdoor (45.65) 400m school records (which he still holds today), and earned NCAA semifinalist accolades in 2008. Also, in 2008, Drew competed in the 400m at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, OR; his performance earned recognition and sponsorship from Nike. While continuing to race professionally post collegiately, he also coached at The University of Colorado-Boulder. For 6 years, he trained beside and inspired his student-athletes. He coached athletes to 4 Colorado University school record breaking performances, both male and female, as well as numerous NCAA qualifiers. He also coached professionally, traveling the European race circuit with 2011 World Championship qualifier, Jeremy Dodson.
In 2012, Drew met his future wife, Tara, at Indoor Nationals in Boise, ID. After a year long distance relationship, she joined him at the University of Colorado in Boulder. They were married July 25, 2014, and welcomed their first daughter, Payton, in July 2015. This new phase of life offered many changes. Drew returned to his roots and began working in agriculture. Their second daughter, Emma, was born in January 2017. Drew currently is the Western US Commercial Lead with Northern Agri Brands. When not working, Drew enjoys spending time with his family where they now reside outside of Fort Worth, TX. He continues to stay active, enjoys sports, the outdoors, family travel, and hopes to foster the same love for life and sports in his children.
Mark Roennigke, Class of 1996
While at Aquinas Mark participated in 4 years of varsity soccer winning the boys 5A state championship each year. Mark now has the distinction of being a double Hall of Fame Inductee, as he is also a member of the 1994 National Championship Boys Soccer Team, 2016 Alumni Hall of Fame Honoree. Mark also excelled in his academic work while attending Aquinas by maintaining a high-level GPA and eventually joining the National Honor Society. In his senior year, Mark was also honored with the President's Award for Academic Excellence in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement.
After high school, Mark attended The University of Missouri - Kansas City on a full-tuition soccer scholarship. He entered college as a Biology major and, much to his parent’s consternation, switched to studying art in his sophomore year. As an undecided major in his second semester of college he took an overview course in computer multimedia which exposed him to a number of different tools and techniques for using the computer as a creative tool. Through this course Mark discovered that there were many exciting career paths available for someone with this type of art degree. In addition to completing his B.A. in Studio Art, Mark also played a full 4 years of Division 1 men's soccer and served as team captain in his senior year.
Immediately following his bachelor's degree program, Mark enrolled in graduate studies at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco where he earned an MFA in Computer Animation. His post-graduate education provided him with the skills to land his first career animation job at Maxis, a division of Electronic Arts, where he worked on The Sims 2 game for PC. After a couple of years with Maxis, Mark was offered an opportunity to take a feature film position at Dreamworks Animation where he has worked for the past 14 and half years. Starting as a background crowds animator on Shrek The Third in 2005, he has worked on a number of animated feature films including two films from the Madagascar franchise, Megamind, Home, Boss Baby, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Trolls World Tour and most recently he was promoted to supervising animator on Boss Baby 2.
Mark currently lives in Los Angeles with his lovely wife, Brit, whom he met while they both attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco. In addition to being a dedicated husband and father Mark also serves as Brit's number 1 employee at her small business - ROEN Candles. Mark and Brit have two children, Fritz, 6 and Ilsa, 3. Mark has served on the board of directors at his son's former preschool and prides himself on putting his family first and being as involved as possible with his children's development.
Much like anyone with children, Mark's life in its current state is incredibly busy and hectic. He finds immense joy in the small, intimate moments that the bustle of family life provides. Saturday morning snuggles with the kids after they get up and bound into his bed. Drawing with his son and seeing his own individual talent grow. Packing candle orders for his wife's business and doing his best to support her entrepreneurial adventure. Taking his daughter to tiny tots soccer on Sundays and quietly hoping she finds the same joy in the sport that he did.
Mark is immensely thankful for having had the privilege of attending Saint Thomas Aquinas. The school and the community that support it are bursting with character, integrity, and respect. He leans heavily on the principled background that he was provided with while he attempts to raise two tiny people to have the same level of character, integrity, and respect.
1992 State Championship Girls Golf Team
In the Fall of 1989 and the second year of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, a new tradition was started – a Girls Golf Team. Theology teacher and baseball coach, Tom Patterson was asked to be head coach and he immediately said “Yes” and enjoyed every minute of it! They were a young team but the Lady Saints won their first meet that year. They found great joy, laughter and success in being together. The girl’s golf season is a short season that can bring some tough weather elements including strong winds, rain, and snow. There were memories of van trips across the Kansas plains, giving Mr. Patterson a run for his money during practice and team parents doing an emergency run to the Great Bend Wal-Mart for winter gear during the State Tournament.
The 1992 State Championship Girls Golf Team was comprised of Patty Caulfield, Vaughn Farrar, Darcy Krause, Heather Mahoney, Jodi Scheetz and Gina Spalitto
2020 Saints Hall of Fame Distinguished Service Award Recipients
Kathleen A. O’Hara, Ph.D.
Dr. Kathy O’Hara (“KO”) served as Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas from 2003-2019. Prior to that, she served as Associated Superintendent from 1998-2003. As Superintendent, Kathy provided support to all areas of operations and strategic planning for the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, including approximately 14,500 students and 1,200 faculty and staff. During her tenure as Superintendent, Kathy was an active Board member of Saint Thomas Aquinas High School. Kathy and her husband, Jim, have 5 children who all are graduates of STA. Their son, Andrew, married a Saint alum, Katie Roche O’Hara.
While Kathy and Jim were parents at Saint Thomas Aquinas, they served on the Parent Guild, an advisory group to the President of the school. In addition, Kathy provided professional development workshops to STA faculty and volunteered in other capacities for the activities in which their children were involved. While at the Archdiocese, Kathy worked to ensure that all 3 Catholic high schools in Johnson County remained strong and poised for growth in a collaborative environment. Often this work was not visible to the general public but known to the leaders of the schools. In 2019, Dr. O’Hara received the Michael and Patty Morrisey Angels Among Us Award from the Catholic Education Foundation of the Archdiocese in recognition for her longstanding service to Catholic schools in the Archdiocese.
Kathy is a graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, where she received a BA in English with minors in Theater Arts and Secondary Education. She also holds a MS in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State University, and a Ph.D. in Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to her years of service at the Archdiocese, Kathy worked at Johnson County Community College as a faculty member and administrator. She has taught at all levels of education, including the graduate level, and has served on the boards of several colleges and non-profit organizations.
“KO” is now enjoying the more flexible and relaxed schedule that retirement allows. She spends time volunteering as a narrator for Learning Ally, a non-profit organization that provides audio books to schools, and she also provides professional editing services for authors submitting publications to academic journals and for others for more general purposes. Mostly, though, she is appreciating being wife, mom, and grandma!
2020 Legacy Award
Rita & Lamar Hunt, Jr.
Lamar Hunt, Jr. is the founder of the Loretto Companies, LLC, a real estate development company specializing in the acquisition and management of residential and commercial properties, as well as the Loretto Foundation, LLC, a private charitable organization. Lamar is a member of the founding family of the Kansas City Chiefs and is also the owner of the Kansas City Mavericks. Lamar also serves on the board of directors of the Bright Futures Fund which helps children attend inner-city Catholic Schools, St. Michael the Archangel High School in Lee’s Summit, MO, and Dynamic Catholic, a national organization that leads people into a more dynamic relationship with God. Lamar and his wife Rita won the 2017 Elizabeth Ann Seton Award presented by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) to individuals whose support impacts Catholic Education and the well-being of our nation’s youth. Two of Lamar’s passions in life are the beauty of classical music and the promotion of healthy family relationships. He is regularly in demand as a public speaker regarding effective interpersonal relationships. Between the two of them, Lamar & Rita are the proud parents of nine children and eight grandchildren. Rita, a devoted Kansas State football fan, has worked to promote breast cancer awareness/prevention in the Kansas City community. Five of Lamar’s children attended Saint Thomas Aquinas High School including Maria Hunt, Andrew Hunt, John Hunt, and Jocelyn Hunt.