Alumni Inductees 2017
  • Shannon Shy  -  Jo Ann Karll  -  Bill May


Shannon Shy - Class of 1981

  • Shannon Shy is senior land use attorney in the Department of the Navy (DON). Serving the Office of the Assistance Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) in the Pentagon, Shannon’s portfolio includes matters involving real estate, military construction, base realignment and closure, cultural resources, tribal/indigenous people, encroachment partnering and gifts.

    Shannon returned to the DON Office of General Counsel in November 2015 after spending three years in the private sector, the last two of which he served as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Analyst for Marstel-Day, LLC, an environmental consulting company. Prior to leaving government service, he served 24 years with the DON as a Marine Corps officer and civilian.

    Among his career duty assignments, Shannon served as the senior environmental and occupational safety attorney in the Naval Sea Systems Command enterprise and also as the U.S. Marine Corps’ senior land use and environmental attorney. Shannon also served in an additional duty billet as the legal advisor to the Department of Defense team that developed the DoD Native Hawaiian Consultation policy and served as the legal instructor for the DoD Native Hawaiian Cultural Communication Course. Among his civilian service awards are the Department of the Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the highest award the Secretary of the Navy can bestow upon a civilian, the Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

    Commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1986, he spent 11 years on active duty and then finished his career in the Marine Corps Reserves, retiring in 2007 as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Camp Pendleton, CA, Camp Lejeune, NC, and Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in the Pentagon. As a Marine, Shannon served as a prosecutor, review officer, legal assistance officer, a non-combatant evacuation detachment operations officer, and an environmental/land use attorney. Among his military awards are the Legion of Merit Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (x2), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terror Medal.

    Shannon received a Master of Laws from the Army’s Judge Advocate General School with Honor Graduate distinction (1995), a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law (1988), where he served as President of the Student Bar Association, and a Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Missouri State University (1985), where he was a two-year letterman in wrestling. Shannon graduated from Northwest High School in House Springs,
    MO in 1981, where he served as President and Vice President of the Student Council, Freshman and Sophomore Class President; earned membership to the National Honor Society, lettered in football and wrestling, participated in chorus, Madrigal Singers, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and wrote for Lion Truth, the school newspaper. Shannon represented Northwest at Missouri Boys State and the National Student Council Convention and was selected to attend Mr. Teen USA.

    Shannon grew up in High Ridge and attended High Ridge Elementary School as well as North Jefferson Middle School. He is the son of Al and Trudy Shy and he has four sisters who also graduated from Northwest High School, Sheryl, Class of 1977; Sandy, Class of 1978; Sue Class of 1979; and Stacy, Class of 1983.

    Shannon has authored three books, two about overcoming obsessive-compulsive disorder and one about his daughter, Samantha. He serves as the President of the Board of Directors of the International OCD Foundation, serves on the Board of Directors of two other mental health organizations, is a certified Peer Recovery Specialist, and serves on the National Council for Youth Sports Safety (co-chaired by a former Surgeon General of the United States). He also  serves as the National Membership Chairman for American Youth Football, on the National Council for Youth Sports Safety, and as a stadium/play by play announcer. He has served as a youth football, baseball, soccer, and volleyball coach as well as a Cub Scout Pack Master. He and his wife Debbie (nee Brunsman), Northwest Class of 1982, live in Woodbridge, VA. They have three children: Alex, Andrew, and Samantha.

Jo Ann Karll - Class of 1967

  • Jo Ann Karll is a 1967 Northwest graduate. In her high school years she served as the Vice-President of the senior class, Secretary of the Student Council, a Homecoming Maid in 1966, Prom Queen in 1967. She enjoyed the drama club and pep club. She is the second oldest daughter of Joe and Dorothy Karll who raised six children. Her parents encouraged her to learn to type, file and take shorthand so she could get a job. Between Mr. Maharrey's, Phyllis Butts', and Trudy Garrett's classes in typing, bookkeeping and office practice, she earned a job for an insurance company as a secretary after high school graduation. She then spent the next 17 years advancing in the insurance claims business before deciding to acquire a formal education earning a B.S. in 1988 with honors Magna Cum Laude from Maryville University; she completed all of her course work on weekends while working full-time.

    Ms. Karll set out to make a career change at age thirty-nine with her acceptance and award of a partial scholarship to Saint Louis University School of Law. She attended school full-time until the end of her second year when she was recruited and encouraged to file for election to the State Legislature. Even though Jo Ann was raised by politically active parents, she had not imagined her future to include a run for political office, especially at that time with a final year of law school to complete. Because the timing of the election was critical, Jo Ann agreed to throw her name in the hat and on the ballot. She won a hard-fought primary election in August and went on to defeat the incumbent in the November election in 1990 becoming one of only 33 women in the State House.

    The General Assembly is in session from January to May in Jefferson City. Law school had been temporarily interrupted during the campaign until Jo Ann resumed classes in January at both the University of Missouri at Columbia and at Saint Louis University with a Saturday class. Jo Ann returned full-time to Saint Louis University for the summer and fall semesters finishing course work and graduating in May 1992 with a juris doctor degree.

    Ms. Karll was a very active and tenacious legislator. She is most proud of her success in fighting to remove the affirmative defense of marriage to the crime of rape. Missouri’s law was among the last three states in the nation that allowed rape within marriage. Several women before Jo Ann had sponsored similar legislation without success.

    Jo Ann co-sponsored and helped pass legislation establishing the Family Courts System in Missouri. She prevailed against strong religious organization opposition to child care safety and health regulations in passing a law to protect all children. Jo Ann helped increase funding for home delivered meals for the elderly homebound. She improved safety awareness and benefits for injured workers in Missouri.

    Currently, as a private practice attorney, Jo Ann is frequently requested and appointed to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for children in custody disputes and as a Mediator in similar-type cases, successfully assisting moms and dads resolve disagreements without protracted litigation. She trained as a mediator and received additional training to be qualified as a M.A.R.C.H. mediator where qualified parties are able to receive free mediation services.

    Jo Ann continues to be an active member of both her local community and the legal community in addition to managing the law firm she founded five years ago as a solo practitioner, which has grown to include two associate attorneys and five support staff. Always committed to valuing workers, Jo Ann provides health care benefits, profit-sharing bonuses, an IRA Plan and generous other benefits to her staff. 

Bill May - Class of 1959

  • Bill May was raised in Cedar Hill and has spent his life in our community. Bill was a part of the first class to go all four years at Northwest High School in House Springs, graduating in 1959. He was an athlete in football, basketball, baseball and track.  

    Bill went on to Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. He was studying to be a dentist when his career path suddenly changed. While playing golf with friends, Bill was struck in the eye by a golf ball, causing him to lose that eye. Bill still graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree and went into sales. In 1964, he married Sandy Mueller, his sweetheart from their time in DeMolay and Job’s Daughters. 

    In 1969, Bill & Sandy were presented with an opportunity to buy Chapel Hill Mortuary and Memorial Gardens. They lived in an apartment above the mortuary at Cedar Hill, with three children and wall to wall cribs in one room. By day, Bill managed the funeral home, and by night, he sold cemetery property. Like most rural funeral homes at that time, Chapel Hill also provided the only emergency services and ambulance for the area. In 1975, rural Ambulance Districts were formed in the State of Missouri, and Chapel Hill donated the ambulance and equipment to the new Big River Ambulance District.

    In the 70’s, Bill began the “Avenue of Flags” to honor the first 40 Veterans buried at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Since this dedication, Chapel Hill continues the important responsibility of honoring the more than 1,000 Veterans buried at Chapel Hill.

    In 1981, Bill May helped form the Northwest High School Alumni Association, becoming its first President. He s erved as President of the NHS Alumni Association for several years. Under his leadership, the Alumni Association launched many successful fundraisers, like fireworks stands, craft shows and even Donkey Basketball.

    In 1992, Bill May helped fund the “Jaws of Life” for the High Ridge Fire District, also helping with the purchase of the “SWAT” vehicle for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department. In 1996-97, Bill served as President of the High Ridge Rotary. In 1997, Bill was voted Business Person of the Year by Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce.

    In the 90’s, Chapel Hill launched its Grief Outreach Program to the community, offering Support Groups, Holiday Programs and a Lending Library absolutely free to families in need. Chapel Hill began Hospice Seminars and Clergy Breakfasts connecting industry and community professionals. Chapel Hill was a charter member of the Jefferson County Growth and Development Association.

    In the summer of 1998, the High Ridge Rotary helped with the construction of the new Northwest High School in Cedar Hill by assisting with the drainage and fill dirt, using Chapel Hill’s backhoe to help with the building and irrigation of the new football field. In 1999, Chapel Hill received the “Small Business Jeffersonian Award” from the Jefferson County Growth and Development Association.

    In 2002, Bill May helped establish the Highway 30 Foundation as a 5013c, serving as President from 2002 to 2007. The Highway 30 Foundation successfully raised community donations and support to build the Jefferson County Skate Park in Byrnesville. The Foundation raised over $100,000.00 in cash, half the cost of the construction, to help build the Community Skate Park for safe, free and fun activities for our area children.  In the spring of 2003, Bill helped the Northwest R-1 nurses and the Jefferson County Community Partnership to form the 1st Northwest Health & Safety Fair. Bill helped by getting donations from the House Springs Lions, the High Ridge Elks and the High Ridge Rotary so that free medical screenings could be provided at the Health Fair.

    In 2002 and 2003, Bill May sponsored the R-1 Scholar Shot and was voted Volunteer of the Year by the Jefferson County Community Partnership. In 2004, Bill co-chaired the committee for the Lions Campaign for Northwest R-1 School District.

    In 2005, Bill May received the Presidential Award from the Northwest Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce for establishing the Highway 30 Foundation.
    Over the years, Bill May has helped Jefferson County Law Enforcement with donations to the DARE vehicle program, protective vests for Deputies, and he served on the Sheriff’s Advisory Committee.

    Though retired from his Presidency at Chapel Hill, he still donates his time to the community events that Chapel Hill hosts to benefit our community. He collects donations for the Trivia Night Event that Chapel Hill hosts to benefit the Peace Pantry in Cedar Hill. This event raised over $21,000 for Peace Pantry in 2016, and has helped the Peace Pantry expand to its new, larger location, offering a thrift store and future community garden.

    Each Memorial Weekend, Chapel Hill honors Veterans and Soldiers serving, and the Fallen Heroes of Jefferson County from Operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Bill and Sandy have been married for more than 50 years. Their three children, Bill, Brian and Susan, all attended Maple Grove Elementary, Cedar Hill Middle School, and graduated from Northwest High School in House Springs.  Their four grandchildren all attend Northwest schools.  

    Currently, Bill May is serving on the Jefferson County Parks Board and enjoys traveling and playing golf.