Four grads to be inducted into HHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame

Special to the Democrat MissourianJanuary 17, 2014 

Four Harrisonville High School graduates will become the tenth class inducted into the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame during winter Homecoming activities at the high school Friday, Jan. 24.

William Mills, Victor Blaine, Shaun Holden, and Kelli (Wolf) Moles will be formally inducted during a banquet Jan. 24 and will be introduced to the community prior to the varsity basketball game at approximately 7 p.m. that night.

The Wall of Fame induction is sponsored by the Harrisonville Public School Foundation.

Mills graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1972. He has been a business and civic leader in Harrisonville ever since.

Mills owns and operates Family Center with four locations including Harrisonville, Butler, Paola, Kan., and Winterset, Iowa. He also was the developer for Mill-Walk Mall in Harrisonville.

Mills served as the mayor of Harrisonville from 1993-1995. During his tenure, he started the Mayor’s Christmas Tree fund to support the Ministerial Alliance. Today, he continues his governmental involvement as chair of the Planning and Zoning Board on which he’s served for 20 years. He’s also a director of the TIF Commission for the improvement of 291 Highway.

Within the community, Mills has volunteered and led several organizations. He is the past president of the Harrisonville Public School Foundation and continues to serve on that board. He was a Founding Donor and continues to give to the organization through personally matching the donations made in the Mill Walk Mall Fountain.

He is the past president of the Harrisonville Rotary Club. Through Rotary, Mills participated in an international service project traveling to Ecuador to bring clean water to schoolchildren. He’s also organized the annual Casco picnic and hosted three foreign exchange students.

He is past president of the Harrisonville Area Chamber of Commerce. He was also a founding member of the Chamber’s Ambassadors program.

Mills also serves on the Harrisonville Schools Financial Advisory Board and has actively supported and served on steering committees for district bond and levy campaigns.

He is a 20-year board member of Wheatbelt, Inc., a national buying group. He is past president of the organization and currently serves as treasurer. This group and Mills himself were instrumental in the building of the KCI Expo Center and Holiday Inn, a convention facility near KCI airport.

He’s also served on the Cub Cadet National Dealer’s Advisory Board and has been a director on the Commerce Bank board.

Mills has been married to his wife Joy, also an HHS graduate, for 38 years, and they have two sons – Keith is a 1998 graduate of HHS and Blake graduated in 2002.

Victor Blaine is a 1983 graduate of Harrisonville High School. While in high school, Blaine participated in track and football. Football is the area in which Blaine has made a significant contribution to the community of Harrisonville.

For more than 20 years, Blaine has been involved in youth football programs. He has served in leadership roles as president, commissioner, league-wide equipment manager, and board member of the Cass County Junior Athletic Association. He has coached in both the CCJAA and Harrisonville Youth Football League for 23 years.

During his time in CCJAA, he was instrumental in two construction projects – a press box at North Park in Harrisonville and a press box and equipment storage building at Lion’s Park in Peculiar.

However, Blaine’s impact goes beyond his leadership in the youth football league to those children and families he’s influenced as a coach. Their words describe it best.

“Just recently I won an award at the National Championship for NAIA Basketball,” said former player Tanner Sutton. “It was a scholarship that goes to an athlete that exhibits the Champions of Character – respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. It is because of Coach Vic that I was even considered. He set the foundation for me and the rest of my teammates.”

Former player Brandon Poole said, “Personally, growing up without a father, I was grateful to have Victor not only as a football coach but as a role model. He has a way of making hard work and sacrifice fun, even for men at a young age. Whether you had a father or not, Victor was a great role model who taught us how to work hard, be accountable, and be respectful.”

Fellow coach and parent Doug Alexander said, “He instills values and principles that not only help the boys with athletics, but also life. He is always willing to pick up boys before practice, take them home after practice or games, provide equipment for those whose family could not afford to buy it, provide meals and snacks, and most of all he is always encouraging the boys to be their best. Before games he will ask, ‘What do I want?’ and the boys respond, ‘All we’ve got.’”

Fellow coach and parent Brett Jones said, “He has never coached for the awards, he has coached for the rewards. Those rewards are the smiles on the faces of the kids he coaches when they achieve things they never thought possible for themselves because he cared enough to make them see it inside themselves. The other rewards are lifelong friendships he has developed because he sees the best in other people.”

Fellow coach and parent Jeff Rudell said, “His sacrifices related to youth football, both in terms of time and finance, are staggering and compelling. If I had to estimate the number of lives, both in Harrisonville and throughout the county, that received some sort of benefit of his voluntary commitment to youth football, it would most likely surpass the population of Harrisonville.”

Victor has been married to his wife, Janet, for 22 years. They have two sons – Zech and Tyler – both Harrisonville High School graduates. Victor also has a daughter-in-law and granddaughter, Leah and Addison.

Shaun Holden graduated from Harrisonville High School in 1986. During high school, Dr. Holden was involved in National Honor Society and Student Council, serving as student body president his senior year. He graduated with a grade point average over 4.0 and presented the student address at graduation.

He graduated from the six-year medical program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in 1992 with a Doctorate in medicine and a Bachelor’s degree in biology. Holden completed his residency at Genesis Family Practice Residency Program.

Holden returned to Harrisonville to work as a family practitioner at Harrisonville Family Medicine and is now a full partner. He is a also a certified wound care specialist. He’s served as director of Cass Regional Medical Center’s Wound Care Center for 10 years. The Center has recently moved into a new home at Rockhaven Medical Mall and will offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy.

Holden is also the medical director for the Harrisonville Family Medicine Zone Wellness Center, which started last January. The program focuses on health, fitness, and motivation as prevention and treatment of disease and to improve overall health. With the program’s rapid growth in just a year, Holden has given up primary care and devoted himself full time to wellness medicine.

In addition to his work, Dr. Holden has been involved in his community. He served a term on the Harrisonville Board of Education, served as medical director for the Life Choice Center, and is a member of the Antioch Southern Baptist Church where he is a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and small group leader.

Holden has been married to his wife, Susan, for 20 years. They have four children in the Harrisonville School District – Luke, a senior; Reagan, a sophomore; Peyton, a seventh grader; and Walker, a fifth grader.

Kelli (Wolf) Moles graduated from Harrisonville High School in 2002 as valedictorian of her class. While in high school, Moles was involved in National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, newspaper, and Student Council. She lettered in basketball, volleyball and soccer. She served as newspaper editor, student body president and FCA captain her senior year.

Moles graduated Summa Cum Laude from Missouri State University in 2006 with a degree in accounting and minors in Economics and Spanish. While at MSU, she was selected to represent more than 20,000 undergraduates as Student Governor, the highest student office in the state's four-campus system. She founded Public Affairs Week, a university-wide event to promote civic awareness and engagement. Internships in the U.S. Capitol and on Wall Street heightened her interest in the social and institutional inefficiencies of the broader world. Moles was also named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women and received Honorable Mention on USA Today’s All-Academic Team for her achievements in and outside the classroom. In 2008, she was honored by Missouri State with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

Moles went on to earn her Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard in 2011. She authored a chapter in the book “Passion and Purpose: Stories from the Best and Brightest Young Business Leaders” published by Harvard Business Review in 2011.

Her career has included time in New York City working in public sector investment banking at JPMorgan. In this role, she worked on all financing and market access problems related to governmental and 501(c)(3) clients, focusing on healthcare. She then worked for Civic Consulting on economic development efforts in Chicago. Currently, she is a manager with McKinsey and Company in Chicago. She travels the U.S. and abroad serving large corporate clients on topics ranging from strategy to operations.

Moles is also a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of Project SPARK, a nonprofit dedicated to channeling the enthusiasm of busy professionals to solve global problems. SPARK is now in its eighth year with operations in New York and Chicago, and to date the organization has raised $150,000 and taken more than 80 professionals to Africa to volunteer their vacation time and unique capabilities. Moles has traveled to Guatemala and Africa multiple times in these efforts.

In addition to Project SPARK, she has served on the boards of Missouri State University, Global Action Project, iCouldBe.Org, and YWCA Board of Ambassadors.

Moles is married to Kyle, also a 2002 HHS graduate. They recently completed their goal of seeing 50 countries before turning 30 with a trip to Thailand. They are expecting their first child in April.

HHS Distinguished Alumni Wall of Fame inductees are selected based on their significant contribution to their community or their field of work. Nominations are accepted continuously with the deadline for consideration each year on Oct. 31.

For more information, contact the Harrisonville Public School Foundation at 816-380-2727, ext. 1224.

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