Class NotesWinter/Spring 2016

Class Notes: 1930s–2010s

Do you recognize any of these campus merrymakers from 1961? If so, email This snowy scene took place in front of what is believed to be Trimble Hall, the residence hall that pre-dated Roberts Hall.


Keagin L. Green ’15 is a business development specialist at Express Employment Professionals in Greenwood, Ind. He lives in Indianapolis.

Lillian Cabel ’15 will begin seeing patients next month at Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Ind. The hospital has partnered with Hendricks Regional Health to provide care for OB/GYN patients in the Putnam County area. She resides in Indianapolis.

Kristen Williams ’15 was hired in September as communications coordinator for the Indiana Republican Party. She lives in Morocco, Ind.


Amanda Reed ’15 and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first child, Gunnar Gabriel, on October 10. The family lives in Indianapolis.

Carla M. McCloud ’15 died August 12. She lived in New Palestine, Ind.

Troy A. Heffron ’15 is a residence director for the Flagg Townhouses at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Mass. He lives in North Adams.

Terra Rash ’15 and Clinton Knapp ’15 were married August 2. They live in Indianapolis.

Kendra Tracey ’15 landed her first job as the marketing coordinator for Duke Realty Corporation, where she is the youngest employee. She lives in Indianapolis.

Hayley Good ’15 was hired as the talent assistant at EMC Bowery, an entertainment PR firm in Los Angeles, Calif. She lives in Valencia, Calif.

Jenifer Martin ’15 is working as a medical social worker with Easter Seals Crossroads.

Tiera Davis ’14 married John C. Vaughn Jr. July 25. Bridesmaids were Carla Richey ’15, Amber Beams ’14, and JoHanna Bauchle ’14. The couple lives in Reelsville, Ind.

Coran Coker ’14 and Seth Sigman were married October 17. Caitlyn Spires ’13 was the maid of honor, and Jeff Weiss ’14 served as a groomsman. The couple lives in Indianapolis, where both work for the University of Indianapolis. Coran works as the assistant director of Annual Giving and Seth works as a police officer.

David Kiley ’14 was recently named senior vice president and physician executive for Community Health Network’s North Region. He resides in Fishers, Ind.

Karissa Morris ’14 was promoted to administrative program specialist at Second Helpings in October. She lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Brennan McElroy ’14 signed a contract to play basketball with the Saarlouis Royals in Germany. The team is a member of the third-highest league of professional basketball teams in the country. He is from Decatur, Ill.

Heather C. Zalewski ’14 is a marketing assistant at Meyer Najem Construction in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Stephanie Kirkling ’14 began working at Emmis Communications in February. She lives in Terre Haute, Ind.

Andrew Englemann ’14 was promoted to performance auditor II for the Office of Audit and Performance. He began with the Office of Audit and Performance as an internal auditor in May 2014. He lives in Indianapolis.

Joe ’14 and Lauren Sanford ’12 recently welcomed twin daughters, Juliette Blue and Lyla Belle, on August 22. Their 10-year-old son, Noah, is thrilled to be a big brother. The family lives in Darlington, Ind.

Hannah Klare ’14 is the public relations and marketing coordinator at Home Bank SB located in the Morgan County and Johnson County markets. The General Commission on the Status and Role of Women named Jenn Meadows ’14 director of communications on August 10. She lives in Evanston, Ill.

Jessica Miller-Combs ’14 backpacked through Europe three times. She traveled through the United Kingdom, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Spain. She recently began a new job with Hensley Legal Group. She lives in Indianapolis.

Yu Zhou ’13 completed a master’s degree in finance at Fairfield University and started his career in the field of coffee research at the investment bank BTG Pactual in Connecticut.

Julie Detty-Gin ’13 co-wrote the manuscript “Nursing Job Shadowing as a Tool for Recruitment,” which will appear in an upcoming issue of Nursing Management. Julie and her husband welcomed their third child, Alexandria, on March 19. Julie is a staff nurse at Franciscan St. Francis Indianapolis in the Geriatric Medical-Surgical Unit. The family lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Debi Dixon ’13 wrote a feature article “Charmed and Dangerous” for the September issue of Indianapolis Monthly.

Suying (Elizabeth) Song ’13 earned her master’s degree in business analytics and project management from the University of Connecticut in 2015. She works for General Electric Company as a retirement analyst.

Megan Vance Mathias ’13 is a job coach helping adults with disabilities find and retain jobs. She lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Nicholas R. “Nick” Stewart ’12 was hired to teach second grade at St. Richard’s Episcopal School in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis.

Haley D. Vannarsdall ’12 is a public relations specialist at McFarland PR & Public Affairs Inc. in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Kenneth Albee ’12 and Malorie Coble ’13 were married June 27. The wedding party included bridesmaid Cambrea Schlarb ’14 and groomsmen Loren Ashcraft ’13, William “Hardy” Howard ’13, and Mark Wolfe ’13. The couple lives in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Joan Sojka ’12 accepted a new position with Fieldglass, an SAP company, where she configures and implements software for companies that use a contingent workforce. She lives in Chicago, Ill.

Bob ’12 and Amber Brubeck ’13 welcomed their first child, Brooks Alan, on September 19. The family lives in Indianapolis.

Stephanie Masheck ’11 recently moved back to Indy to attend UIndy’s nursing program.

Kathryn Reinhardt Marris ’11 graduated from the International Culinary School in September. She is culinary lead at Sur La Table in Carmel, Ind. She lives in Indianapolis.

Evelyn Jones-Lofton Lewis ’11 was accepted in the UIndy Master’s Program for Gerontology and is CFO with the Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. She lives in Indianapolis.

Meggan Musgrove Clifton ’11 welcomed son, Eric Allen Clifton, on March 14. The family lives in Richmond, Ind.

Ashley Masters Roy ’11 is a communication coordinator with Raybourn Group International. She lives in Indianapolis and is mom to twin 3-year-old girls.

Isaac Hughes ’10 launched a new business venture called “Hoosier Popcorn,” a cooperative effort with Hoosier farmers who grow the kernels and sunflowers for the oil.

Anna Wright ’10 married Erich Dwenger November 1, 2014. She works as an occupational therapist at Riverview Health. The couple lives in Seymour, Ind.

Angie Stults ’10 is working as a chemist for the state of Indiana.

Benjamin J. Dexter ’09 was promoted to manager of the Indiana Members Credit Union Community Branch in Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis.


Kara Woodlee ’09 is the assistant director in the Honors College at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis. She lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Morgan (Venne) Cooper ’09 accepted the position of digital marketing manager at ConsulTeams, LLC, in Fishers, Ind. She and her family live in Noblesville, Ind.

Lindsey Smith Pierce ’09 is a pediatric nurse at St. Francis Hospital. She lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children.

Misty Spitler ’08 and her husband, Jeremy, welcomed their son, Andrew Jacob, on July 6. He joins big brother Zachary in their Greenwood home. Misty is employed by the Department of Defense as a psychologist and Subject Matter Expert in Psychology for the U.S. Army Medical Evaluation Board and just completed three years as president of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Psychological Association.

Julia Whitehead ’08 is the CEO of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in Indianapolis, which hosted a UIndy Night as part of Banned Books Week in October. President Manuel and faculty member Dr. Milind Thakar spoke at the event.

Alison Copeland Nichols ’08 and husband Peter Nichols ’06 welcomed daughter Claire Elizabeth on April 21. Peter won a University of Indianapolis staff award at the start of the 2015–16 academic year.

Rachel Matusik ’08 and Jon Michael O’Brien got engaged on September 30. The wedding is set for November 12, 2016, in Indianapolis.

Rhyan Ann was born on September 6 to Charley ’07 and Jessica McCollum Hammond ’12. Rhyan joins her big “fur-sister,” Lilly, at the family’s home in Indianapolis.

Jamie Laakmann ’07 welcomed a baby girl, Bella Novalea, on April 17. They live in Fort Myers, Fla.

James A. “A.J.” Eads ’07 is on the associate board of directors of the Business Bank of St. Louis. He also lives in St. Louis.

Amanda Sanders ’07 is a third grade teacher at Arlington Elementary School in Franklin Township. She lives in Shelbyville, Ind.

Matthew Redshaw ’07 and Jeffrey Mestrich ’00 are working with Community Health Network and in the new Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy clinics in the UIndy Health Pavilion.

Andrew “Drew” Hastings ’06 graduated with a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and accepted a position as a postdoctoral research associate with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Yale University studying the relationship between vector, pathogen, and host in Dengue and West Nile virus. He lives in New Haven, Conn.

Joshua Foor ’06 was promoted to Sergeant First Class. He lives in Lafayette, Ind.

Joel Zawacki ’06 was recognized as one of Indy’s Best and Brightest award finalists by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana Inc., which recognizes 100 professionals under the age of 40 in 10 industry categories. Joel works for the Indianapolis Indians baseball team. He lives in Indianapolis.

Nathan Sanderson ‘05 has written Controlled Recklessness, a book about cowboy Ed Lemmon, a man who saddle-handled more cattle than any man in history and oversaw the largest fenced pasture in the world. Nathan lives with his wife, Tiffany, and son, Carter, in South Dakota.

Fenrick James ’04 is a partner of James Scott Apparel, a local apparel company that produces private label and university-branded apparel, including the University of Indianapolis.

Melanie A. McIntyre ’04 is vice president and corporate and institutional service sales officer at Lake City Bank in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Jennifer Cost Bumgarner ’03 ’08 welcomed a daughter, Allison Jane, September 23. She was greeted at their Sidney, Ohio, home by older sister, Avery Elizabeth.

Dana ’03 and Emily Murray Arent ’03 adopted two boys in February: Parker (age 6) and Oliver (age 3). Emily is the district manager at Caregiver Homes. Dana is employed as a commercial services specialist at JP Morgan Chase. The family lives in Indianapolis.

Randal A. “Randy” Collins ’02 is the new national director of the Red Star Rescue for Animals, a program of the American Humane Association. He has worked with emergency response including work with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, incident management, and law enforcement and the armed forces. Before moving to California, Randy was an executive with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, where he established the Indiana Incident Management Program and the District Response Task Force program. Randy served in the United States Marine Corps for six years on active duty and six years in the reserves. He lives in Los Angeles, Calif.

Anna Hurst ’02 was promoted to vice president of Finance at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino. She joined the gaming/racing industry in 2010 as the Track Controller for Indiana Downs (now Indiana Grand Racing & Casino). In 2011, she was promoted to the position of director of Financial Reporting prior to her 2013 promotion to the position of director of Finance for Indiana Grand. She lives in Shelbyville, Ind.

Steve Fulton ’02 was recently promoted from director of New Media to executive director, Marketing and Communications and Business Engagement at Ball State University. He lives in Pendleton, Ind.

Dr. Charbel Harb ’02 launched his company, CryotherapyIndy, earlier this year. CryotherapyIndy is the first and only Whole Body Cryotherapy recovery center in Indianapolis. He lives in Fishers, Ind.

Adrienne Clark-Bogle ’01 ’03 and Kenny Bogle ’11 welcomed son Conor October 12. The family lives in Danville, Ind.

Jayson M. Boyers ’00 began his tenure as the tenth president of Cleary University in Howell, Mich., October 1.


Eric Davis ’99 co-owns Life Recovery Center, an addiction treatment facility in Indianapolis. He also teaches for the Social Work program at Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis. He lives in Indianapolis.

Heather Braniff Gates ’99 became a published author in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. In 2015, she completed her master’s in pediatric primary care nursing at Purdue University and recently joined Fishers Pediatrics as a board-certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She provided inpatient care for children at Riley Children’s Hospital for over 18 years. She lives in Fishers with her husband, Dan, and children Devyn, Myra, and Corbin.

Stacey D. Davis ’99 died June 30. She was a teacher’s assistant at Greenfield Central School, Harris Elementary, for the past two years. She also was the past assistant director at the Division of Anesthesiology and Critical Care at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, and was a former assistant business manager at the IU Department of Medicine Chairman’s Office at Indiana University, Indianapolis. Survivors include husband Craig P. Davis ’98. She lived in Greenfield, Ind.

Mary Jo Kennelly ’99 is vice president and group manager at the downtown branch of Centier Bank in Indianapolis. She lives in Indianapolis.

Alp Z. Berker ’98 died September 16. He lived in Carmel, Ind.

Amanda Baker Bontrager ’98 ’04 is the director of Advancement with the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, Ind. She lives in South Bend with her husband, Tony, and their three children.

Dr. Patrick L. Hauer ’95 is a faculty member in the doctor of physical therapy program at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Before that, he taught for 17 years at the University of South Dakota.

Kimberly Hull Hilton ’94 graduated with a graduate teaching writing certificate and a master’s in English from Indiana University–Purdue University, Indianapolis, in May. She is president-elect of the Indiana Association of Developmental Education. She lives in McCordsville, Ind.

Joe ’93 and Cindy Bickel ’94 ’98 celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary September 2. The couple lives in Carmel, Ind.

Philip Jackson ’94 is now the senior tax manager with Blue & Co. located in Columbus, Ind. He lives in Martinsville.

Brian “Nat” Grubbs ’92 was recognized by his professional peers and received the 2015 Outstanding Physical Therapist Award, given by the Arkansas Physical Therapy Association last month during its annual fall conference in Little Rock. Grubbs has owned South Arkansas Rehabilitation since 1996. He lives in Wilmar, Ark., with his family.

Candice R. Bradbury ’91 is the new business and finance manager for the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana. She lives in Greenwood, Ind.

Jill E. Buck ’90 died July 24. She was an optometrist, having been employed by HealthNet, Center Grove Eye Care, and Greenwood Family Eye Care. She also had previously taught kindergarten at Twin Lakes Elementary School in Monticello. She is survived by her husband, Paul S. Buck ’90 ’99. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.


Brenda M. Emerton ’89 ’91 died October 13, 2015. She lived in Indianapolis.

Mary Scifres ’87 recently launched a series of online worship and church growth resources. The three monthly articles, Worship Plans & Ideas, Words for Worship, and The Art of Extravagant Welcome, provide a nontraditional complement to the three traditional books that she writes for Abingdon Press each year (The Abingdon Worship Annual, The United Methodist Music and Worship Planner, and Prepare). Find out more at Mary lives in Laguna Beach, Calif.

Carol J. Sewell ’86 is vice president of marketing at ADESA and has joined the American Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis board of directors. She lives in Indianapolis.

James A. Buell ’84 is a business relationship manager at Citizens State Bank. He lives in Fishers, Ind.

Rita (O’Brian) Sowers ’82 is president of the Indianapolis Chapter of American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants. She lives in Indianapolis.

Susan Holdren ’80 married Steve Bowsman on July 22. The couple is retired and lives in Greenwood, Ind.

John Cheesman ’80 has been selected to serve as 2015–16 chairman of the Board for the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association. He lives in Carmel, Ind.

Lois A. Nadler ’80 died August 2. She lived in Indianapolis.


Richard L. Hemphill ’79 died August 23. He lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Darlene M. Graves ’78 died August 12. She lived in St. Pete Beach, Fla.

Mark Rihm ’76 retired in December 2014 after 34 years with the Indianapolis Fire Department. He lives in Beech Grove, Ind.

Amalie C. “Molly” Swanson ’74 died July 9. She retired from the East Chicago Schools after 27 years teaching, all at Carrie Gosch Elementary. During her teaching career, she taught first through sixth grades as well as elementary vocal music. She lived in Hammond, Ind.

Betty (Butt) LaChance ’74 married Steve Zoelzer  April 18 in Indianapolis. The couple lives in Shelbyville, Ind.

Melanie L. Potocny ’73 died August 13. She lived in Danville, Ind.

Edwin L. Benedict ’73 died June 29. He lived in Columbus, Ind.

Ross D. Furry ’73 died August 4. He lived in Punta Gorda, Fla.

Keith A. Conrad ’73 died September 29. He retired from Lewis Cass High School where he taught history for 31 years. He then taught for 10 years at Ivy Tech University. He lived in Walton, Ind.

Kathy Jo Ashley ’71 passed away October 19, 2014. She lived in Beech Grove, Ind.


Catherine L. Coryell ’68, mother of Patricia R. Coryell ’77, died September 21. She was preceded in death by her brother, Benjamin O. Keutzer ’62. She lived in Indianapolis.

Judy Dresslar Keene ’66 transitioned from a long writing career into a focus on book editing. Begun in 1987 with then-Indianapolis Mayor Bill Hudnut’s Minister Mayor, she has now edited more than 20 books, most recently Rise: Bold Strategies to Transform Your Church, published by NavPress in July 2015. She lives in Zionsville, Ind.

Suzanne Fraker ’65 retired this year after 44 years in ophthalmic nursing at the University of Michigan W. K. Kellogg Eye Center. She lives in Chelsea, Mich.

Sam Young ’64 was recognized May 17 by Central Christian Church in Huntington, Ind., for more than 40 years of pastoral ministry. He lives in Huntington with his wife, Judy.

Judith A. Catania ’64 died September 19. She lived in Indianapolis.

JoAnn E. Brown ’63, wife of Erwin E. “Ed” Brown ’65, died October 5. JoAnn was a geography and history teacher at MSD of Perry Township, Perry Meridian, and Southport high schools, teaching a total of 35 years. Survivors include son Edward J. Brown ’85, daughter-in-law Jane L. “Janie” Brown ’84 ’15, daughter Katherine J. Stierwalt ’91 ’07, and granddaughter Sarah K. Stierwalt ’13. She lived in Indianapolis.

Shirley E. France ’62 ’78, wife of Robert D. France ’86 died on September 26. Survivors include son, Robert B. “Brent” France; daughter-in-law, Dianne E. France; mother, Elsie E. Berg; brothers Kermit L. Berg ’73 and Robert E. Berg ’67; sister, Ruth A. Nunn ’65; brother-in-law, Richard G. France ’78; and sister-in-law, Carolyn E. Lausch ’60. She was preceded in death by her father, Frederick E. Berg ’39. She lived in Mooresville, Ind.

Beverly Copeland ’60 died August 18.  Survivors include her husband, John, and her daughter, Debby J. Hanson ’85. She lived in Indianapolis.


Ron-&-Laura-StrainUniversity Trustee Ronald “Ron” Strain ’57 passed away on November 16. Ron exemplified the University experience, using his education as a foundation for success as a business and community leader, then generously giving back to the UIndy community with a legacy that will benefit students for generations to come. Ron lettered in tennis at what was then Indiana Central University, graduating with a degree in business administration. Ron and Laura, who met as students, both joined the University Board of Trustees in 2013. Earlier this year, the University dedicated the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College in their honor, following their $1-million gift to support and enhance opportunities for top students to pursue independent study, leadership and service opportunities, and faculty-guided research. The Strains settled in Naples, Fla., after retiring. Ron was vice president of Finance and Treasurer of Miller Brewing Co.; Laura was vice president of Marketing and Public Relations for U.S. Bank. “Ron exemplified the University of Indianapolis experience, using his education as a foundation for success as a business and community leader,” says President Robert Manuel. “He generously gave back to the UIndy community with a legacy that will benefit students for generations to come.”

Doris L. Martin ’58 died August 1. She was employed 32 years with MSD of Perry Township as an art teacher and retired in 2002 from Clinton Young Elementary School. She lived in Columbus, Ind.

Gilbert L. Taylor ’58 died September 29. He was the first curator for the Indianapolis Public School Crispus Attucks Museum. He lived in Indianapolis.

John E. Eason ’58 died September 3. Survivors include his son, Steven B. Eason ’85, and daughter-in-law, Andra A. Eason ’84. He lived in Charlotte, N.C.

Classmates Ed Wilson ’57, his wife, Nancy Barkes Wilson, and Wimp Baumgartner ’57 traveled from Fremont, Ind. to visit campus this summer.

Barbara M. Felton ’56 died August 30. She was the branch manager of the Warren Marion County Public Library for 36 years, where she received the Distinguished Service Award. She lived in Greenwood.

Joseph A. Pezzullo ’54 died August 12. His teaching career in secondary education spanned 42 years. He lived in Indianapolis.

Sisters Eloise Bilby Jones ’52, Betty Bilby Lee ’54, and Janet Bilby Nelson (who attended in 1955 and 1956) visited campus in June. Student Clare Gallman served as their tour guide. Betty came from Rochester, Minn., Eloise traveled from Payson, Ariz., and Janet traveled from Lakewood, Colo.

Rev. Leland L. Brett ’52, husband of Hazel S. Brett ’51, died September 21. Survivors include son, Kenton F. Brett ’83; step-son, James A. Sumwalt ’78; nephew, Dennis R. Brett ’77; and niece, Carol A. Perry ’72. He was predeceased by his first wife, Ura H. Brett ’49, his brother, Rev. William E. Brett ’44, and his sister-in-law, Shirley P. Brett ’45.

Helen Harper ’50 traveled to Indianapolis in August and visited campus to catch up with friends. She is from Zanesville, Ohio.


Malcolm Black ’48 passed away August 1. He was a WWII veteran and lived in Bent Mountain, Va.

Mary Etta Catlin ’44 died October 3. Survivors include her son, Dr. Joel P. Catlin ’76; daughter, Lola C. “Cheryl” Larson ’66 ’71; grandson, Dr. Nathan A. Larson ’00 ’02 ’05; granddaughter, Dr. Rebecca A. Catlin ’98 ’00; and sister, Jane A. Outcalt ’44. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, David S. Catlin ’49. She lived in Greenwood, Ind.

Treva L. Hiatt ’42, wife of the late Lloyd E. Hiatt ’40, died August 5. Survivors include her daughter, Sarah H. Maple ’69, and sons, Anthony (Tony) and Stephen (Steve). Survivors also include grandchildren Theodore (Ted) ’96, Ethan ’02, Zachary (Zach) ’06, Joshua (Josh), Julie, Eric, Julia, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Dr. Donald F. Carmony ’29; brothers-in-law Ralph E. Hiatt ’32, Dr. Vergil E. Hiatt, Gerald C. Carmony ’38, and Herbert D. Hiatt ’34; sisters-in-law Mary Hiatt Carmony ’29, Elnora F. Hiatt ’61 ’73, Lisabeth J. Taylor ’35, Elloise K. Hiatt, and Irene H. Struble ’33; uncle Charles W. Leader ’25, and aunt, Bertha Leader ’21. She lived in Indianapolis.


Louise Chambers ’38 and Michelle Sovern Boyer ’06 met at Otterbein Retirement Living Community in Lebanon, Ohio, more than two years ago. They quickly became friends and have bonded over their common alma mater. Louise celebrated her 100th birthday this summer.

Lloyd C. Brown ’35 died July 13. He was an independent insurance agent in Bloomington for many years. He lived in Muncie, Ind.


In memorium

Patricia-CookPatricia Anne Cook, emerita faculty member of the School of Education, passed away August 16 in Indianapolis. Patricia was instrumental in creating the BUILD program on UIndy’s campus. Memorials may be given in her memory to the Arthur B. Cook Scholarship at UIndy by visiting

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