Class NotesSummer/Fall 2018

Summer 2018: Monumental Moments

Karly Bryans ’17 graduated from the Franciscan Health Clinical Laboratory Science Program May 18.   

Evan Dant ’17 has been hired as a public affairs specialist with the state and local government relations team at Bose Public Affairs Group LLC in Indianapolis.

Logan Fox ’17 was recently awarded Roosevelt University’s 2018 Aeolian Classics Emerging Artist award.

Nancy Shannon ’17 has accepted a full-time position as the Communications Coordinator for Cancer Support Community in Washington, D.C.

Kathryn Dawson ’16 has joined the audit staff at ComerNowling in Indianapolis.

Adam Cornwell ’16 has signed to pitch for the Traverse City Beach Bums baseball team in Traverse City, MI.

Ashlee Giesler ’16 is a nurse practitioner who is dedicated to postoperative, inpatient and outpatient Urology of Indiana patients.

Leo Fletcher ’15 began working at Eli Lilly as an IT Desktop Support Technician.

Francesca Zappia ’15 was chosen as an Emerging Author Finalist as part of the 2017 Indiana Authors Award during an October celebration.

Alexa Alfaro ’15 is the lead assistant coach of the softball program at Morehead State University in Morehead, KY.

Royce Carlton ’14 is the head baseball coach at Shelbyville High School.

Cori Eckerle ’14 is the head coach of the women’s softball program at Hanover College in Hanover, IN.

Heather Zalewski ’14 began a job with the Indiana Youth Institute as a marketing associate.

David Kiley ’14 was promoted to south region president at Community Health Network in Indianapolis.

Jenn Meadows ’14 married Allen Bower on October 14, 2017. The ceremony occurred on Smith Mall. Former UIndy chaplain and professor L. Lang Brownlee administered communion during the ceremony. The wedding party included maid-of-honor Jenna Whalen ’14, bridesmaids Kelsey (Becker) Bunetta ’14, Rachel (Taller) Mellencamp ’15, Hanna (Carter) Cripps ’14, and Haley (Carter) Elizondo ’14. Current UIndy student Andrew Meadows was a groomsman. Ushers included Mark Foerster ’14, Will Schnabel ’14, Kristen Hay ’14, Austin Cripps ’14, Kelbi (Ervin) Schnabel ’15 and Matt Mellencamp ’15.

Michele Bates ‘14 joined Octago as the marketing communications manager in Naples, FL, in September 2017.

Diane Renforth ’14 ’16 has been hired as a senior client advisor at Huntington National Bank in Indianapolis.

Ashley Balazs ’13 is the head softball coach at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, KS.

Saisha Rairdon ‘13 and Kaleb Meredith ‘14 married October 7, 2017.

Cara Silletto’s ’03 book, “Staying Power: Why Your Employees Leave and How to Keep Them Longer” was released in March by Silver Tree Publishing. Cara is the President and Chief Retention Officer of Crescendo Strategies, and is an international keynote speaker on employee retention and generational dynamics in the workplace. 

Elizabeth “Betsy” Bigler ’13 is vice president of quality and administration at Northwind Pharmaceuticals in Indianapolis.

Adam Robinson ’12 ’15 is principal at Crothersville Junior-Senior High School in Crothersville, IN.

Dayne Charbonneau ’12 ’16 is a sports psychologist at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

Joseph “Joe” McGuire ’12 is an associate manager at the Siegfried Group in Chicago.

Brooklyn Kohlheim ’11 is an assistant women’s basketball coach at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, MI.

Mark Martinez ’11 and Laura Martinez ’11 ’12 celebrated their one year anniversary on July 24, 2018.

Angela Woodlee ’11 has been elected newsletter director for the Indiana Paralegal Association. In April 2017, she became administrative assistant for the chief legal officer at the Indianapolis Colts.

Ben Bertoli ’11 wrote a book entitled “101 Video Games to Play Before You Grow Up.” It landed on Amazon’s children’s crafts and hobbies section as the number one book.

Jonathan “Johnny” Henry ’11 is interim head wrestling coach at Harrison High School in West Lafayette, IN.

Chelsey Chang ‘11 was married to Adam Schmenk on October 10, 2017.  (photo A)

Nichole Goddard ’11 has been promoted to chief operating officer of the south region at Community Health Network.

Cole Varga ’10 is listed on the annual Indianapolis Business Journal “Forty under 40” list for 2017.

Sam Kingdon ’10 married Lisa LeCleir on October 7, 2017.

Michael Richardson ’10 was featured in a February 19, 2018, Journal and Courier article about his success as the director of bands for Benton Central Schools.

Samuel “Sam” Moya ’09 ’11 has been promoted to chief administrator of children’s residential services at Damar Services in Indianapolis.

Isabell ’09 & Braxton ’09 Mills welcomed Braxton David Mills II on September 7, 2017.

Rachel Matusik ’08 married Jon Michael O’Brien on November 12, 2016.  (photo B)

Kristen Rosenberger ’08 earned two master’s degrees from Indiana Wesleyan University specializing in Addictions Counseling and Clinical Mental Health and is employed by St. Vincent Stress Center.

Amy Jarecki ’08 was promoted to dean of students at Indiana University East.

Christa Peters ’07, executive director of patient health at St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis, received the “Leading Light Award” from Professional Research Consultants, Inc.

Michael “Mike” Solari ’07 has been promoted to president at Short Strategy Group, a long-time legislative lobbying and business consulting firm in Indianapolis.

Nicole Jonas ’07 married Mark Bolado on March 23, 2018, and now resides in Melbourne, FL.  (photo C)

Virginia “Nickie” Redick ’06 was promoted to office industry leader for construction at BKD, LLP in Indianapolis.

Aaron Lawson ’06 is an environmental scientist at RQAW Corp. in Indianapolis.

Chantal Uwizera ’06 is the Director of Global Programs for The Africa-America Institute and frequently travels to manage educational programs in multiple African countries.

Whitney Boling Norton ’06 is an ophthalmologist at the Elkhart and Notre Dame locations of Boling Vision Center.

Wade Baker ’06 is the director of bands in the music department at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, IL.

Josie Dillon ’06 has been named treasurer of the Center Grove Education Foundation board of directors.

Cara Veale ’05 ’06 ’10 has been promoted to executive director of provider services at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, IN, where she also serves as chief patient experience officer.

Molly Whithead ’04, executive director of the Boone County Economic Development Corp., has been recognized on the annual “Forty Under 40” list by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Amber Fields ’03 is on the Damar Services board of directors.

Brenda Barrie ’02 was featured in The House Theatre of Chicago play United Flight 232 about the July 19, 1989, plane crash in Sioux City, Iowa. Of note, Professor Greg Clapper helped tend to the workers and the wounded of the crash that day as a United Methodist minister and National Guard chaplain and is a character in the play.

Peter Buck ’01 was named vice president for investments at the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Robert “Bob” Wonnell ’01 is the boys’ varsity basketball coach at Kokomo High School in Kokomo, IN.

Kevin Kammeyer ’01 was hired by Gilead Sciences in Strategic Sourcing supporting the company’s advertising and media buying.

Thomas Smith ’01 has been promoted to regional vice president at the First Internet Bank of Indiana.

The Lopez triplets, Monica, Angelica, and Veronica, class of 2001, returned to UIndy to tour campus and visit with professors in November.  (photo D)

Ryan “Brady” McClure ’00 is the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director of Peru Junior High School.

Jayson Boyers ’00 will serve as President and CEO of Cleary University in Howell, MI, for five more years.

Melanie Schroeder Patterson ’00 is a senior scientist at AbbVie and discussed her research on how to spy on cancer cell messages and decode them in a November Science Rocks! article.

Beenu Sikand ’99  has been appointed to be a state delegate from Franklin Township for the GOP convention this year. She is the top producer with Berkshire Greenwood in AGC in 2017.  (photo E)

Joseph L. “Joe” Shelburn ’98 ’03 has been recognized as an outstanding Catholic school educator by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). He is the principal at St. Jude Catholic School in Indianapolis.

Jeffrey Stein ’96 presented at TEDx Vernon Area Library on October 15, 2017.

Theodore “Ted” Maple ’96 was named a program director at the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Juan Paz ’95 ’96 ’99 was promoted to Director of Property Tax at Simon Property Group.   

Michael DeHaven ’95 is the assistant police chief for the city of Valparaiso, IN.

Stephanie Crabill Dunfee ’94 graduated with a Master of Science in Accounting from Kelley School of Business – Indianapolis and started as an accountant at the Department of Defense, Defense Finance & Accounting Service.

Philip Jackson ’94 is the Director for the CPA firm OnTarget CPA in Indianapolis.  (photo F)

Todd Sturgeon ’94 has been honored as one of six “Bob King Coaches of the Year” for 2018 by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association.

Angela Hopson ’93 ’97 has been elected as the National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA) primary representative for the Indiana Paralegal Association board of directors. In May 2017, she was promoted to the position of legal project management analyst at Ogletree Deakins.

Daniel Andrews ’93 will retire as Professor of Accounting from Franklin College at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.

Rose-Marie Howell ’90 is the head of the Adult Services Department at the Jennings County Public Library in North Vernon, IN.

Rebekah Lester ‘90 won the “Governor’s Shine Award” which Gov. Rick Scott of Florida presents to teachers who pursue excellence.

Daniel “Dan” Salian, Jr. ’89 has been hired as chief financial officer of Graybug Vision in Redwood City, CA.

Sharon Annee ’89 has been appointed administrative director of neurosciences at Franciscan Health Central Indiana.

Ann Vendrely ’87 is the academic dean and vice president for academic affairs at Goshen College in Goshen, IN.

Ron Morris ’86 won an award for the best geography lesson plan of 2017 with the National Geography Association.   (photo A)

Katherine Welch ’93 was recognized by Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor as the 2018 recipient of the Harold Wilkinson Distinguished Alumni Award.

Paige Dooley ’85, chief nurse executive at Community Hospital East, has been recognized as a “Top Honoree” in the non-physician category by the Indianapolis Business Journal on its list of “Health Care Heroes” for 2018.

Terri Smith ’10, Jana Stall ’83, Kathy Taylor Remsburg ’83, Chris Dyar ’84, Diane Dietz-Darnell ’83, Cindy Marks ’83, and Sue Leibrock ’86 returned to tour campus in October which included taking time to visit their residence hall rooms and sitting in the egg chairs.  (photo B)

Dawn Puckett ’80 has been selected to manage secondary curriculum and technology for the state-appointed emergency management firm in charge of Muncie Community Schools.

John Liles ’79 has been appointed senior vice president at George E. Booth Co. in Indianapolis.

Paul Harper ’78 was inducted into the Blue River Valley High School (Mt. Summit, IN) athletic hall of fame on December 1, 2017.

Jana Marie Cole ‘77 was ordained after graduating from Grace Bible College.

John Erwin ’77 has been appointed interim president at Black Hawk College in Moline, IN.

Chris Brown ’76 and his business partner Gary Peterson were awarded a patent and FDA approval for the first non-surgical electrical device to assist in the reduction of the symptoms of opioid withdrawal.

Janice Lesniak ’75 has been named vice president of the Friends of Garfield Park board of directors for 2018.

John Burroughs ’72 retired in 2016 from 44 years in Indianapolis Public Schools. He is now a writer and is hoping to have a book published in November 2018.

Robert Coleman ’68 in addition to serving part time in retirement as associate District Superintendent, is also serving as president of the Otterbein Franklin Senior Life community, as a member of the Otterbein Corporation Board and member of the Board of Trustees for United Theological Seminary.

Six members of the Class of 1966 traveled to Indianapolis from North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and Wisconsin on March 3-4, 2018, to reminisce and catch up on their lives over the last five decades. Pictured left to right are Wayne Anderson, Robert Denney, Joseph Chambers, Pamela (Ormond) Anderson, James Miller and Joseph Huse.  (photo C)

Larry Gates ’65 won the election for the Bargersville, IN, town council at-large seat in April.

Reba Boyd Wooden ’62 has been named a recipient of a 2017 Indiana Woman of Achievement Award. The award recognizes her Distinction in Advocacy for Education, Civil and Human Rights. The award was presented at a dinner at Ball State University on October 18, 2017.  (photo D)

Raymond and Nancy Alexander, both class of 1952, are retired school teachers and administrators, and enjoy reminiscing about their years at Indiana Central where he served as Dr. Morgan’s lab assistant and she was the senior year Campus Queen.

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