2017 Alumni Fellow
Amy Martens, P.E.
Engineering Management ‘01
Amy Martens, P.E. is the manager of engineering services at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas. She has more than 20 years of project leadership experience and manages a team of engineers on process improvement and quality projects. She is an emeritus member of the K-State Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Advisory Council, launched the department’s mentoring program for the IMSE Professional Academy, and is the past chair of the Healthcare Operations Resource Center.
Martens is a senior adviser for the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers KC chapter and serves on the Kansas Society of Professional Engineers (KSPE) board of directors. She is an executive committee member and founder of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Toastmasters Club, earning Leader/Communication awards. She was named one of Topeka’s 20 under 40 and was nominated as an honoree for the YWCA Women in Excellence.
2016 Alumni Fellow
Joel DiGirolamo is the director of coaching science for the International Coach Federation, where he leads the organization’s efforts to develop, curate and disseminate information around the science of coaching. He completed his master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in industrial and organizational psychology (MIOP) through K-State.
Prior to his current position, DiGirolamo formed a consulting firm, Turbocharged Leadership, which helped companies and other organizations with leadership training and employee selection. He has more than 30 years of staff and management experience in Fortune 500 companies and is the author of two books.
2015 Alumni Fellow
Carole Schwartz recently joined Research Triangle Institute International (RTI) as a research public health analyst. Her projects include the education and implementation of requirements of the IMPACT Act (Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014).
With more than 16 years of occupational therapy clinical experience, Schwartz has served as senior policy advisor for the Illinois Department on Aging, project manager at the Center for Rehabilitation Outcomes Research (CROR) at the Rehab Institute of Chicago, adjunct professor for a gerontology graduate course, and coordinator of program development for a rehabilitation agency. Schwartz also completed a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Chicago in occupational therapy prior to her master's degree through K-State.
2014 Alumni Fellow
Cristina Mansfield completed K-State's Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program in 2004. Among her many global experiences, she completed her degree while working on democracy and governance issues in Cambodia, and she became interested in where the country should be investing their money, particularly in agriculture.
Prior to her education at K-State, Mansfield completed a bachelor's degree in politics from NYU and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She is pursuing a juris-doctorate from Vermont Law School.
2013 Alumni Fellow
Maj. Gen. Mark R. Stammer
Adult and Continuing Education ‘99
Fort Campbell, Kentucky
Major General Mark R. Stammer was among the first cohort of students to complete K-State's Adult and Continuing Education master's degree program based at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1999. Prior to K-State, he received a bachelor‘s degree in criminal justice from the University of Houston and a master's degree in national strategy and security policy from the College of Naval Warfare.
While serving as the Commanding General of the Joint Task Force North in Fort Bliss, Texas, Maj. Gen. Stammer provided military support to U.S. drug law enforcement agencies. He is currently the acting senior commander of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
2012 Alumni Fellow
San Diego, California
Kristine Smith completed her online bachelor's degree in dietetics in 2004 while on duty overseas with the U.S. Navy. She serves as director of nutrition services at San Diego's Neighborhood House Association, where she revamped the daily menu for the association's Head Start program, which provides approximately 6,500 meals each day to children from low-income families.
Now focusing on a Farm to Pre-School program, Smith is working to replace much of the factory-distributed food in her kitchen with healthy, locally grown foods. She continues to utilize her K-State dietetics degree to reform child nutrition in her region.
2011 Alumni Fellow
Engineering Management ‘03
To transition from military to civilian life and prepare for the corporate world, Allan Sicat completed an online master's degree in engineering management, working in various finance and operational roles with General Electric and Booz Allen Hamilton after graduation. Currently, he is president of Carousel Designs, a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of distinctive baby bedding.
Sicat is a former U.S. Army officer and a graduate of the Military Academy at West Point. He established the Allan D. Sicat Scholarship for military students through Kansas State University Global Campus in 2013.