Newman University alumnae Melissa Grelinger '82 and Linda Snook '77 were among those celebrated at the Dress for Success 4th Annual Kansas Women of Distinction Tribute Book publication party on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Abode Venue in Wichita. Each year, Dress for Success Wichita publishes a tribute book that highlights women across the state of Kansas who make a difference in their communities.
Grelinger is a native of Wichita who met her husband Bart while attending Newman. The couple have two children, Katie, a 2009 Newman graduate now studying medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, and Adam, a 2011 Newman graduate who is now in seminary formation for the Diocese of Wichita. Melissa Grelinger is a member of the Mission Outreach Apostolate at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and has delivered meals on wheels for 13 years. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Charities and co-chair of the Development Committee. Keeping ties to her alma mater, she has assisted Newman University with various fundraising and community activities for several years.
Snook earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and bachelor of science in accounting at Newman. She has three adult children and two granddaughters. Snook is a parishioner of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. For the past six years she has served as a member of the Catholic Charities Board of Directors, and is currently in her sixth year as a member of the Newman University Board of Trustees, where she serves as vice chair of the board and chair of the Operations Committee. Snook is also a member of the Downtown Rotary, a member of the Board of Directors of First National Bank in Pratt, Kan., and a member of the Diocese of Wichita's Building Commission. She is the president of Seeders Inc., which she founded in 1980. The company specializes in municipal and commercial landscaping erosion control.