Class NotesWinter/Spring 2019

Spring 2019: Monumental Moments

Kaley Gatto ’18 and Dallas Thacker ’17 were married on September 8, 2018. Dr. Gregory Clapper, professor of philosophy and religion, performed the ceremony with several alumni and other UIndy professors in attendance.

George R. “Rob” Dury ’17 is a consultant for the healthcare performance advisory services team at BKD in Indianapolis.

Jordan Loyd ’16 made history as the first University of Indianapolis men’s basketball alumnus to play in the NBA. On a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors, he scored his first points in the NBA regular season against the Chicago Bulls on Nov. 17.

Thomas (Tom) Hakim ’15 has been named principal of Westfield’s Washington Woods Elementary School. Hakim is the second principal in the school’s history.

Becca Christensen ’15 and Matt Harrison ’13 were married on September 22, 2018. 

Chamroeun Kong ’15 has been promoted to vice president of origination at ACES in Carmel, IN.

Alexa M. Alfaro ’15 is the new assistant softball coach at the University of Evansville.

Abby Stimpson ’15 has been hired as a government relations specialist at the Indiana Municipal Power Agency in Indianapolis.

Nicholas J. “Nick” Voelker ’14 has been named Athletic Trainer of the Year for the Minor League Baseball Dominican Summer League by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society.

James ’14 and Stephanie Figy ’12 moved to the Twin Cities in Minnesota after James completed his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato, in May. Stephanie now works as a marketing specialist for Warners’ Stellian Appliance, and James works as a marketing communications specialist for Beckhoff Automation USA.

Tyonka P. Rimawi ’14 has been selected as the new program director for community partnerships at the Robins Foundation in Richmond, VA.

Elizabeth J. “Betsy” Bigler ’13 has been promoted to chief operating officer at Northwind Pharmaceuticals in Indianapolis.

Jaclyn L. “Jacki” Klintoe ’12 is an attorney at Cline Williams Wright Johnson & Oldfather in Omaha, NE.

Bryttenny Sands ’12 was featured in a touching June 22, 2018, article in the Pharos-Tribune (Logansport, IN) about how she helped fulfill the last request of a grandmother who wanted to see her out-of-town family.

Paul G. Corsaro ’12 ’14 has been hired as an assistant coach for the men’s basketball program at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Seth Smoker ’11 is a staff attorney in the Taft Indianapolis office litigation group.

Andrew B. “Andy” Troxel ’10 is director of client success at SteadyServ in Fishers, IN.

Jessica Arnett Ebinger ’10 graduated from an obstetrics and gynecology residency at University of South Carolina and has accepted a position as an OB/GYN physician with St. Vincent Medical Group in Fishers, IN.

Jennifer B. “Jen” Conely ’09 has been hired as the new head women’s basketball coach at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

Alison Baker ’09 has been promoted to retail experience manager at International Game Technology (IGT) in Indianapolis.

Katharine “Katie” Kirkton ’08 has been promoted to creative manager at the Indiana CPA Society in Indianapolis.

Matthew E. “Matt” Zimmerman ’07 is an economic development specialist at One Dearborn in Dearborn County, IN.

Jenna Brown ’07 married Jeremy Baier on May 22, 2010, in Normal, IL. They welcomed two beautiful girls, Azalea May and Jersey Marie, into their home on December 28, 2017, and they became a forever family on August 6, 2018.

Corrine Michel ’06 participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Baja during the summer of 2018.

Amy Schlessman ’06 is an assistant professor in the physical therapy program at the University of Findlay while she continues to work as a school-based physical therapist. Amy is the author of “Recycle Bin Boogie: Move and Learn with Recyclables,” an activity guide to combining movement and learning with common household recyclables.

Dr. Nathan Sanderson ’05 has been named executive director of the South Dakota Retailers Association in Pierre, SD. He currently serves as director of policy and operations for the governor of South Dakota.

Shannon R. Schwier ’04 has been appointed manager of the Manhattan Landmark Four Seasons Hotel New York Downtown in New York City.

Timothy K. Gilford ’04, ’06 is the new director of marketing and sales at LightStream in Buffalo, IN.

Adam J. George ’04 has been promoted to principal at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island, SC, after serving as vice principal for the past two years.

Matthew Byerly ’04 has been hired as the new instructor in music and middle school choir director for the Lake Ridge New Tech School Corporation in Northwest Indiana. He has also been selected to serve as the secretary for the Northwest Indiana Excellence in Theatre Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves to market and network regional theatre productions.

Virginia M. Sanders ’03 was nominated for a scholarship at the 2018 Women & Hi Tech Leading Light Awards. The Leading Light Awards recognize and celebrate women of achievement in STEM who are innovators in their industries and have shown expertise, professionalism, leadership, service, courage and tenacity throughout their careers.

Sumeeta Bhatia ’02 was added to the Community Health Network Foundation board of directors in March, and appointed president- elect for the Board of Directors, Sycamore School, Indianapolis in 2018-2019 and will serve as the president for 2019-2020 & 2020-2021.

Angela M. Bratina ’01, ’06 has been appointed the administrative director for the Center of Women and Children at Franciscan Health Indianapolis and Mooresville.

Stephani Remetta ’01 joined Pandora Media in January 2018 as the senior sales executive covering Indiana and Kentucky.

Elizabeth M. “Liz” Ramsey ’01 is director of basketball operations and intelligence for the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, CA.

Mi’Chelle Z. Bettner ’99 is the new director of marketing at Relocation Strategies in Indianapolis.

Beenu Sikand ’99 earned “Chairman’s Circle Gold” distinction at Berkshire Hathaway in 2017.

Tina M. Seymour ’98 is the new senior director of school support at The Mind Trust in Indianapolis.

Austin Hamner ’98 is serving in the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission in the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

Carl Dodd ’97, director of finance at Endangered Species Chocolate, has been named “CFO of the Year” for 2018 by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Gregory S. “Greg” Smith ’95 is the new head volleyball coach at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH.

Patrick L. Hauer ’95, professor of physical therapy at Briar Cliff University (Sioux City, IA), has been honored as the 2018 Physical Therapist of the Year by the South Dakota Physical Therapy Association.

Amber L. Denney ’95 is on the Indianapolis Children’s Choir board of directors.

Philip Jackson ’94 is a CPA who recently joined the accounting firm Sponsel CPA Group as a tax services manager.

Bradley R. Brownell ’94 has agreed to a six-year contract extension through 2024 as head coach of the men’s basketball team at Clemson University.

Kathleen Barnes ’93 was appointed interim president of Endicott College in Beverly, MA.

Cindy Bickel ’93 has been promoted to scrum master at Zotec Partners.

Katherine E. Welch ’93 has been named one of the “25 Most Influential Hoosiers” by the Indianapolis Business Journal. Dr. Welch is the founder of Relentless, a nonprofit that helps healthcare professionals and global organizations assist victims of human trafficking.

Corine Konz List ’92 and Alan List ’92 celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on June 5, 2018. They have six children.

Jeffrey S. “Jeff” Mitchell ’91 has been elected to the DecisionLink board of directors.

Pamela D. Ritzline ’87 PT, EdD, received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association at the 2018 NEXT Conference in Orlando, FL.

Randall L. “Randy” Heisler ’86 is the new track and cross country coach at Vincennes University.

Donald Gillespie ’86 serves as Portland City Court Judge and is the runner’s coordinator for The Run Across America/ Run For The Fallen. Participants in the event run from Ft. Irwin, CA, to Arlington National Cemetery in honor of the 20,000 service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice since the bombing of the USS Cole in 2000. The run lasted 120 days, passed through 19 states and totaled 6,000 miles. Gillespie coordinated more than 400 runners for a relay that included 10 days of running in Indiana and passed through Indianapolis on June 26, 2018.

Juleen Henderson ’85 is on the board of directors for a free health care clinic in Siesta Key, FL.

Alan Grieger ’84 competed in his first Naturally Fit Federation (NFF) Classic Physique show in April 2018 where he placed fifth in the novice division and second in the masters division.

Dr. James W. “Jim” Hurrell ’84 has been named the Walter Scott, Jr., Presidential Chair in Environmental Science and Engineering at Colorado State University.

Glenn L. Woods, Jr. ’80 is a teacher in the clay studio at the Marco Island Center for the Arts in Florida.

Charlie Sparks ’79, president and CEO of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance, was one of eight people to receive statewide recognition from the Indiana Economic Development Association for having a significant impact on the Hoosier economy.

James Dennis Rippy ’78 retired from teaching at the John Glenn school corporation in Walkerton, IN, after 40 years of service. He taught business law, marketing, general business, freshman physical education, weightlifting and conditioning. He was also a head coach in four sports over the course of 28 years. He was honored with the school corporation teacher of the year (2004), Region 2 Division 2 football coach of the year (1987-90), and coached the smallest school to win the Penn track sectional (1995). Because of this success, the high school named the Dennis Rippy Track Invitational in his honor. He also received the John Glenn Falcon award for his years of service in athletics at John Glenn (2008) and the Northern States Conference service award for years of service in the Northern Lakes Conference (2008). He and his wife, Sarah, also class of 1978, celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on July 30, 2018.

David G. Sease ’77 is on the Indianapolis Urban League board of directors.

Mike Cagle ’77 celebrated 35 years of excellent service to the F.C. Tucker Company.

Manny McGuire ’73 helped host more than 50 alumni and guests for the 11th annual baseball team reunion at Victory Field and McQ’s during the weekend of July 27-28, 2018.

Charles Patrick ’72 retired in September 2017 as a utility analyst with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. He previously served as a financial officer, controller and accountant for more than 35 years. Prior to becoming a student at Indiana Central, he served in the United States Marine Corps for more than five years. He has been married for 45 years and has two daughters and four grandsons.

Royce D. Thrush ’72 retired in 2017 from 32 years teaching music at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis. Prior to Park Tudor, he was an instructor of piano at Butler University and freelance musician, serving as pianist for, among others, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Indianapolis Arts Chorale, and Indianapolis Maennerchor.

David Geible ’70 retired from the Fremont County Assessor’s Office September 30, 2017, and from the Fremont County Fire Protection District as a volunteer in 2015. He plans to continue to improve the mountain cabin he built near the townsite of Atlantic City, WY, during the summer and enjoy it for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Robert G. “Bob” Smock ’69 will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in March 2019.

Patricia Youmans ’67 and husband, Al, have traded the beaches of Florida for the mountains of Las Vegas. Both of their sons live in Nevada, so they made the move in May 2018 to a suburb of Las Vegas to enjoy family and the dry air.

Jim Ellars ’66 retired in June 2018 after 52 years of service in the Greenfield-Central (IN) School Corporation. He taught third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades at four schools in Greenfield. Jim and his wife, Georgia, a former UIndy student, are enjoying retirement in Indianapolis.

Ray Trisler ’65 fondly remembers pitching against Steve Carlton (who was named one of the top 25 greatest pitchers of all time) in 1964 as a member of the Milwaukee Braves (now Atlanta Braves) farm team in Greenville, SC. Trisler was the only pitcher to beat Carlton that year. Trisler retired from Eli Lilly and Company after 25 years of service in 1993.

Brenda Cosey ’62 retired from the East Orange School District in June 2015 after 31 years of service.

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