GCU Alumni Hall of Fame

2014 Inductees

The Alumni Hall of Fame celebrates and honors the accomplishments of our most distinguished graduates. These are individuals who exemplify the spirit of GCU and have made significant contributions to the university and as humanitarians to our society. Feel their inspiration as you take the next steps in your lives after GCU. 

Read about this year's Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that was held at GCU's Ethington Theatre on March 1, 2014

Stephen BarnesStephen Barnes
Ken Blanchard College of Business, Class of 1981

Stephen Barnes has been in the financial services industry for 30 years, thriving through four major market declines. A chartered financial analyst and certified financial planner, he owns Barnes Investing Advisory Inc., Phoenix, where he specializes in portfolio management and supervision. Barnes writes about and discusses financial topics for media outlets and professional associations, and is a member of the Desert Schools Federal Credit Union Board of Directors, the CFA Institute and the Financial Planning Association.

D. Samuel CoffmanD. Samuel Coffman
College of Arts and Sciences, Class of 1980

Samuel Coffman, an employment law attorney at Dickinson Wright/Mariscal Weeks of Phoenix, uses his degree to help those who cannot afford or otherwise cannot access legal services. He is a longtime board member of two nonprofits, Uplift Ministry, providing free Christian counseling to teens and at-risk families, and Helping Hands for Single Moms, helping single mothers obtain financial independence through college education. Coffman has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Arizona, Best Lawyers in America and Arizona's Finest Lawyers.

Michelle Gilman Michelle Gilman
College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, Class of 1984

Michelle Gilman has contributed significantly to regional programs focusing on improved patient outcomes through innovative delivery systems. Gilman is director of education and founder of the Learning Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, Phoenix. Her background is in intensive-care nursing, organ-donor recovery, hospice and adult education. Gilman was instrumental in implementing the first Arizona nursing education/practice partnership model with GCU and currently leads development of a nursing simulation center and American Heart Association training center. 

Nick Halonen   Nick Halonen  
College of Fine Arts and Production, Classes of 2004 and 2008

Nick Halonen believes God has called him to be a role model for teenagers. For 10 years, he has been the choir director at Phoenix's Trevor G. Browne High, a socio-economically disadvantaged school, where he also offers emotional support and encouragement. Students chose Halonen as 2013 Teacher of the Year, and staff named him Employee of the Year in 2009. He is an assistant director of the Phoenix Children's Chorus and, with his wife, GCU alumna Keslie Kattau Halonen, leads worship at Spirit Song United Methodist Church in Peoria. 

Dr. Paul F. Kinnison Dr. Paul F. Kinnison 
College of Theology, Class of 1978

Dr. Paul Kinnison has done some grand things in his life: He was pastor of Grand Canyon Baptist Church in Grand Canyon National Park and has taught at GCU. Today, as associate pastor of First Baptist Church, Sun City West, he focuses on Christian discipleship, pastoral care and mission ministries. A graduate of three institutions of higher learning, Kinnison has studied the needs of people in physical, emotional and spiritual crises, and worked with families grappling with domestic violence, grief and death. 

Samantha MurphySamantha Murphy
Basketball Student-Athlete, Class of 2011

Sam Murphy is easily the most "decorated" student-athlete in the history of GCU women's basketball. Murphy was named Pacific West Conference Freshman of the Year during her inaugural college season; PacWest Player of the Year twice; First-Team All-PacWest four times; and Daktronics First-Team All-American. Murphy was honored as PacWest Female Scholar Athlete of the Year three times and an Academic All American twice. In 2013, she was selected to the NCAA Division II 40th Anniversary Tribute Team. Currently, Murphy is finishing a physician's assistance program at Midwestern University in Glendale, AZ.

Natalie Wilcox Natalie Wilcox
College of Education, Class of 1988

Natalie Wilcox learned to care for the heart of every child in her sphere of influence during her education at GCU. Wilcox, principal at Echo Mountain Primary School in Phoenix, has worked with orphans in Mexico and Romania, and is involved in programs that meet the needs of less-fortunate children. She has been a principal for 14 years and previously taught grades 5-8 for 10 years.  Wilcox was named Arizona's Gifted Principal of the Year in 2006, and has taught at GCU and Arizona State University, among other institutions.

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