Spring 2020: Class Notes

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2010–2019

Jeffrey Jay Smith ’18 is an ocean exports logistic coordinator for BDP International.

Lajuana Warren ’18 is the director for learning and development for Damar Services.

Kylen J. Butler ’18 is a graduate assistant for the men’s basketball team at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

Aspen Lovejoy ’17 teaches language arts and social studies at Perry Meridian 6th Grade Academy in Indianapolis.

Taylor DeLong ’17 is the owner of DeLong Landscaping.

Cori Davis ’17 is a formulation support technician with Corteva Agriscience.

Samuel H. Daggy ’17 has been promoted to audit senior at Dauby O’Connor & Zalewski in Carmel, Indiana.

Kali Flores ’16 is the director of student learning services at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis.

Tyler Whetstone ’16 is employed with Striker Endoscopy working with orthopedic robots.

Christopher Walker ’16 is the owner of 148 Wellness in Greenwood, Indiana.

Alexandria Kessens ’16 ’18 is an occupational therapist with the Children’s TherAplay Foundation Inc. She married Travis Schebler on July 13, 2019.

Hailey Brown ’16 ’19 works for Greenfield Health Care Center and Community Rehab Hospital South as an occupational therapist.

Hannah Johnson ’16 graduated from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in May 2019 and recently sat for the bar. She works at the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

Andrew R. Bryant ’16 has been promoted to audit senior at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski in Carmel, Indiana.

Nicole Meert ’16 ’18 is an occupational therapist and was selected to be the Indiana Arthritis Foundation’s Medical Honoree for the 2019 Arthritis Foundation Walk to Cure Arthritis in Portage, Indiana.

Melissa R. Hicks ’14 ’19 has been promoted to chief nursing officer at IU Health Tipton Hospital.

Georgene R. Nitzsche ’13 has been honored by the Gerontological Society of America in the part-time/adjunct faculty category.

Meghan Teunis McLeod ’12 was featured in the May 27 issue of Chemical & Engineering News. She is employed with Heritage, working in atomic force microscopy (and other techniques) in the asphalt division.

Jeremy VanAndel ’12 has joined Franklin College as the founding director of the Hive at Franklin College along with serving as an instructor of business.

Robert J. Doyle, Jr. ’12 has been promoted to audit senior manager at Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski in Carmel, Indiana.

Amanda M. Fruland ’11 ’16 is the new corporate communications manager at AgReliant Genetics in Westfield, Indiana.

Abigail Brickler ’10 completed her master of arts degree in arts administration at the University of Akron in Ohio.

Rachel H. Yates Halleck ’10 is the new deputy director and chief of staff for the Division of Mental Health and Addiction at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration.

2000–2009

Chris ’08 ’10 and Lindsey (Fischer) Horty ’08 welcomed their second child, daughter Allison Marie Horty, on August 4.

Whitney Miles Miller ’08 is the owner and founder of Transcend Health & Wellness. She is an RRCA Certified Running Coach and ICF Certified Health & Life Coach. Transcend Health & Wellness opened in 2018. Whitney and Matthew Miller were married on April 15, 2017.

Uche Unogu ’08 is an international evangelist and enterprise architect and was the featured speaker at a meeting organized by his Indianapolis- based ministry, Onyx Evangelistic Association, in Bhawanigarh, India, which drew 10,000 attendees in September.

Michael Fields ’07 graduated from Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) with a doctorate of philosophy in global leadership and concentration in organizational management. He will begin his fifth year
as a faculty member in the College of Business at Eastern Oregon University in September 2019.

Lani Jones ’07 ’13, a clinical psychologist, and Brad Dobson ’07 ’09, a pastoral and addictions counselor, recently opened a faith-based mental health practice, Providence Behavioral Group, in Fortville, Indiana.

Daren P. Johnson ’07 is a commercial relationship officer at Indiana Members Credit Union in Indianapolis.

Joe Boehnlein ’07 is the new afternoon drive host for WFYI-FM 90. He also does voice-tracking for the afternoon drive programming for WBAA in Lafayette. He will continue to teach at UIndy as an adjunct faculty member and to host and produce the program “A Blast from the Past” on 88.7 WICR.

Barbara Olszewski ’06 is the new dean at Noblesville High School. She is also the new leader of the Little Millers Preschool and Miller Explorers before/after school programs.

Corrine Michel ’06 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Mongolia.

Keith Fechtman ’06 ’08 is the owner of Books and Brews South, located next to campus in the former Shelby Bowl building.

Alicia Rader ’05 has been promoted to senior audit manager at Greenwalt CPAs in Indianapolis.

Matthew Byerly ’04 performed at Carnegie Hall in July 2019 while participating in the Summer Music Educators Workshop. He will also assist with piloting and evaluating Carnegie Hall’s new “Great Music Teaching Framework” curriculum guide. He is the general music teacher and choral director in the Lake Ridge New Tech School System in Gary, Indiana.

Michael Sullivan-Tibbs ’01 ’03 published “Sleep disturbances and suicide—New battles for veterans of U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: A retrospective review” in the Journal of Social Work and Mental Health.

Christopher R. Peterson ’01 has been named chief financial officer at Hillside Family of Agencies in New York.

Kevin J. Brown ’00 ’02 began his tenure on July 1 as the next president of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Adrienne Harvey ’00 is an occupational therapist at Park County Schools in Powell, Wyoming.

1990-1999

Kareem A. Richardson ’99 has been hired as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

Barbara Schuetter Dill ’98 retired from Monroe County Community School Corp., where she had been an elementary educator since 1999, and from Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, where she had been an elementary and early childhood adjunct since 2009.

Justin Barrett ’96 is the Associate General Counsel for Golars, LLC in Noblesville. He lives with his wife, Kathleen, and children, Noah and Emma, in Carmel, Indiana.

Brian E. Kemple ’94 is founder of a new company called Your Legacy Advisors in Indianapolis.

Charles M. “Chad” Cassinelli ’93 ’99 is a new member of the Schools on Wheels board of directors in Indianapolis.

Frank R. Horvath ’92 has been appointed to the Fairfield Glade Fire Department board of directors in Crossville, Tennessee.

Mark L. Marchino ’90 is the new director of clinical education in the doctor of physical therapy program at the University of Evansville. Most recently, he served as executive director of practice operations at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes, Indiana.

Carol Hatfield ’90 published her first book of poetry, entitled “Diary of the Soft World.

1980–1989

Robert F. Marchesani Jr. ’89 has been added to the Isofol medical board of directors.

John R. “Rick” Schooler ’89 has been named chief information officer for Lee Health in Fort Myers, Florida.

Steve R. Herriford ’87, vice president and chief technology officer at UIndy, has been honored as one of the CTOs of the Year for 2019 in the non-for-profit/government category by the Indianapolis Business Journal and TechPoint.

Donald C. Gillespie ’86 became President and CEO of CrossRoads Financial FCU in Portland, Indiana, on January 2, 2020.

1970–1979

Catherine Burton ’78 has owned and operated a state-licensed child care center and preschool since 1980. She serves as the president of the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations and as the Land Use Chairman and Family Assistance Chairman of the Franklin Township Civic League.

Bruce D. Jennings ’78, the principal at Bremen High School in Bremen, Indiana, was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Bremen Chamber of Commerce on September 19, 2019.

E. Elaine Barrett ’77, executive assistant to the senior vice president of basketball at the NCAA, was named the 2019 President’s Award recipient during the annual Staff Appreciation Day. The award is presented to a staff member who best exemplifies national office core values. Barrett was presented with a trophy by President Mark Emmert.

Harley Robinson ’74, was awarded the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indiana Veterinary Medical Association.

Jon Burroughs ’72 ’76 is retired from Indianapolis Public Schools. His latest novel, Karma and Crime, will be published through Bastet Publishing. Last December, his story, “The Reindeer Murder Case,” appeared in the anthology Homicide for the Holidays.

David W. Bowman ’72 retired in 2017 from 25 years of creating and hosting national cable automotive television shows. With a business partner in 1991, he founded Brenton Productions and created the popular “Shadetree Mechanic” series seen on the former Nashville Network. He later created and hosted the “Crank & Chrome” and “Two Guys Garage” automotive shows. After semi-retiring, he joined with Masters Entertainment to both start and host “Motorhead Garage,” now seen on Motor Trend Television Network. Earlier, he retired after 20 years with Honeywell International,  where he worked in the automotive aftermarket division in advertising and was the manager of motorsports with the Fram, Autolite, and Bendix product lines. Mr. Bowman and his wife, Karen, live in Lutz, Florida.

J. Donald Cossairt ’70 and co-author Matthew Quinn, PhD, recently published a new textbook entitled “Accelerator Radiation Physics for Personnel and Environmental Protection.” Despite profound developments in particle accelerators over the past four decades, this book is the first new textbook on this topic published since 1973. Dr. Cossairt is a Distinguished Scientist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois.

David Geible ’70 has retired from full-time work as a mapping specialist for the Fremont County Assessor’s Office, Lander, Wyoming, but continues to work as a consultant performing archival and regulatory research, specializing in mineral rights ownership, grazing rights, and water rights.

Samuel Pieh ’72 received the Honorary Lifetime Achievement Award during the third annual National Entertainment Awards in Sierra Leone. He is a descendant of Sengbe Pieh, who led a revolt in 1839 on the Spanish slave ship, La Amistad, and then won his freedom in a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Pieh served as a dialect coach and played a role in the 1997 Steven Spielberg film based on these events. He is currently being filmed for a new series titled “One Thousand Years of Slavery” for London, U.K.-based Channel 5.

1960–1969

Gregory Hoback ’69 retired after 35 years from Haynes International, Kokomo, Indiana. He and his wife, Ellen, recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

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