Class NotesSummer/Fall 2020

Summer/Fall 2020: Class Notes


  • Amanda G. Rubadue ’19 has been named vice president of economic development at Aspire in Johnson County, IN. 
  • Evan ’19 and Carrie ’18 (Atkinson) Hawk welcomed their first son, Judah Thomas, on November 20, 2019. Judah’s Greyhound family also includes Grandma Jodi (Bellman) Atkinson ’91 and Great-Grandma Carolyn (Huff) Bellman ’64
  • Jacob Byrd ’18 and Sarah Cornelius ’18 were married on October 25, 2019.
  • Meghan Fogus ’18 (experience design and communication) started her own wedding planning business, “Meghan Nicole Events.”
  • Nehal Gajjar ’18 completed her Master of Professional Studies in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration degree from Georgetown University.
  • Semona Gavin ’18 was promoted in September 2019 to an assistant unit manager for one of the inpatient medicine floors with the VA Medical Center.
  • Kara Haymond ’18 works for WebMD Health Services.
  • Baley Hunter Waltz ’18 is employed with Plymouth Regional Health in North Vernon, IN.
  • Shelby Johnson ’18 married Vincent Aguirre on September 28, 2019. Lyndsy Eslinger ’18 and Molly White ’18 served as bridesmaids.
  • Felicia Manning ’18 is an RN with Community South Hospital.
  • Brock Martin ’18 is working as a sports performance coach at Norton Sports Performance and will be graduating with an MS in Exercise Physiology from the University of Louisville in May.
  • Baylee Messamore ’18 works in the pediatric cancer center with Riley Children’s Hospital.
  • Kimberley Pawlecki ’18 is the surgical service director with Community Medical Services in Montana.
  • Heather Reid ’18 works for Americorps Health Solutions.
  • Mary Tomblin ’18 married Brandon Johnson on December 8, 2018.
  • Erin Whysong-Garner ’18 is the human resource manager for Rubber Products Distributors.
  • Brian T. Wichman ’18 has been named to the All-Decade Baseball Team (2010-2019) by The Republic in Columbus, IN.
  • Rebecca Wilson-Lusk ’18 is the social media manager for Folds of Honor, Indiana.
  • Emma Beauchamp ’17 works at Indiana Physical Therapy and was married in November 2018.
  • Cara M. Carrion ’17 is the ticket services coordinator for the Indianapolis Indians.
  • Brandi Heil ’17 welcomed a son, Colin, on February 5, 2020. He joins big brother, Patrick.
  • Ashley Ronvik ’17 graduated from Northwestern University in March 2020.
  • Blake Schneider ’17 is currently the VP of Sales and Operations for Legacy Fire Protection in Elkhart, IN.
  • Sarah Shroyer ’17 is the assistant director of development for the school of science at IUPUI.
  • Tori Zimmerman ’17 passed the CBMT (music therapy board certification exam) on November 20, 2019. She began her first music therapy position at Embracing Abilities in Avon, IN.
  • John R. Northcutt ’13 has been hired as a construction account manager at Tech Electronics of Indiana in Indianapolis.
  • Andrew Armour ’12 launched Activate Fitness, an app that regulates children’s screen time based on daily activity levels. 
  • Paul Arthur ’11 has been named chair of the department of occupational therapy at the University of Southern Indiana.
  • Katie Gainey ’11 (English, theatre minor) and Jared Boomer ’15 (communication, electronic media concentration) launched the Silver Screen Podcast in 2019 to discuss movies and the media.
  • Caitlin Church ’10, co-coordinator of the cleft and craniofacial anomalies program at Riley Children’s Health, has been named one of the “Healthcare Heroes” for 2020 in the non-physician category.
  • Leanne Tokarcik Brooks ’10 was recognized as a finalist for Indy’s Best & Brightest Award in the Technology category. Each year Junior Achievement of Central Indiana recognizes 100 of the city’s most outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under. All 100 individuals are recognized for their professional success and philanthropic impact on our community.


  • Isabell ’09 & Braxton Mills ’09 welcomed Bella Bea on May 28th. She joins big brother BamBam.
  • Ryan J. Bojrab ’09 has been promoted to director of health strategy at FirstPerson in Indianapolis.
  • Dr. Jennifer M. Tippmann ’09 ’12 is the owner of Tippmann Physical Therapy in Fort Wayne, IN.
  • Heather E. Freeman ’09 has been re-appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to serve on the Indiana Board of Physical Therapy.  Her term will end on May 31, 2024.
  • James G. Aldridge ’08 has been selected as chief information officer at Hoosier Hills Credit Union in Bedford, IN.
  • Steven R. “Ryan” Cassell ’08 is the new vice president of enrollment and dean of admission at Hendrix College in Conway, AR, effective June 1, 2020.
  • Kristen Rosenberger ’08 has recently opened her own mental health counseling private practice. Enlightened Pathways LLC works with adults with general mental health and addiction issues. Her office is located in Broad Ripple.
  • Michael J. Solari ’07 has been promoted to president at Market Street Group in Indianapolis.
  • Ross E. Alexander ’06 is a new partner at Flaster Greenberg in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Dr. Ryan A. Cotton ’06 serves as secretary of the Rock Steady Boxing board of directors.
  • Cara A. Veale ’05 ’06 ’10 has been named CEO of the Indiana Rural Health Association, effective July 6, 2020.  She currently serves as vice president of provider services at Daviess Community Hospital in Washington, IN.
  • Jennifer Fredrick ’04 is the archaeologist for the United States Air Force 49th Civil Engineer Squadron, Environmental Element, at Holloman AFB, New Mexico.
  • Austin Schultz ‘04 and wife, Julie celebrated the birth of their son Casen Cross Schultz on July 2, 2019.
  • Nathan Scott ’04 released an all-instrumental album titled “MasterPeace” in January. The project was created with the sole purpose of bringing awareness and solutions to the problems of racial profiling and discrimination. All proceeds from the sales of the project will be donated to non-profit organizations that have programs in place to help solve this problem. 
  • Amber M. Fields ’03 has been elected to the Damar Charter Academy board of directors and has been hired as director of corporate sales at AIS, an information technology consulting, strategy, and security company in Indianapolis.
  • Basharat Saleem ’03 is the new executive director of the Islamic Society of North America in Plainfield, IN.
  • Noel A. Watts ’02 has been named vice president of mortgage operations at Lake Michigan Credit Union (LMCU) in Grand Rapids, MI.
  • Ryan Scott ’01 founded PR Face Masks, a new brand that showcases Puerto Rican and Afro-Caribbean pride through unique face mask styles. The company’s goal is to create fashionable non-surgical/medical masks for people of the island of Puerto Rico, the Diaspora, and individuals looking for stylish face masks. 
  • Dr. Jayson M. Boyers ’00 has been hired as the new president of Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA, effective July 1.
  • Lysandros Lysandrou ’00 published a book, Make a Mountain Out of a Molehill. Available on


  • Deana A. Labriola ’98 has joined Fox Rothschild LLP in Raleigh as a partner in the Corporate Department.
  • Jerry P. Orem ’98 has been promoted to president of Hendricks County Bank and Trust Company.
  • Richard E. “Rick” Kester ’97 is the new chief operating officer at Johnson Memorial Health in Franklin, IN.
  • Melissa ’96 ’17 and Jeff Roor ’96 have four children: Dillon 11, Olivia 6, Taylor 4, and Xander 2. Melissa started a second career in nursing and Jeff works in financial strategy and development.
  • Sondra J. “Sandy” Herre ’93 has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. The women’s induction class of 2020 was honored on April 25.
  • John M. Duffy ’91 has been promoted to executive director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Indianapolis.
  • Sydney S. Loomis ’91 has been inducted into the “Forty Year Banker Club” of the Indiana Bankers Association.
  • Kelli D. Tungate ’91 has been promoted to vice president of the central region at Seniorlink.


  • Mark D. Fogg ’88 has been hired by Keystone Technologies as an account manager for the southeast region of the United States. Keystone is a lighting company based in Lansdale, PA.
  • Donald C. Gillespie ’86 has been promoted to CEO of CrossRoads Financial Federal Credit Union in Portland, IN.
  • Emmanuel D. “Mann” Harris ’82, a member of the UIndy Board of Trustees, has been honored with the “Chancellor’s Legacy Award” by Elizabeth City State University in Elizabeth City, NC.
  • Don Striegel ’81 celebrated 50 years of marriage on June 6th to Dorothy Butcher. He is very grateful to his wife for the family and home sacrifices she made while he attended night school from 1972-1981.


  • Linda M. Dillman ’76, a member of the University of Indianapolis Board of Trustees, has been recognized by WomenInc. Magazine as one of the “Most Influential Corporate Board Directors” for 2019.
  • Deborah Van Peeren Bucholz ’75 ’82 ’99 retired from both of her careers in May 2020 after 33 years with Community Health Network and 13 years with MSD Decatur Township. She held licensure in both nursing (1975, 1982) and elementary education (1999) with degrees from UIndy under all three of the university’s names!
  • Becke Major ’74 retired after 46 years as a hospital nurse. Her career covered many different areas and experiences from the ICU to the NICU to general surgery to the nursing supervisor for a 400-bed hospital, and finally to working in an oncology unit. She misses her patients and co-workers greatly but is also grateful to have spent last year traveling the country and seeing her children and grandchildren.
  • Susan (Graves) Thompson ’70 and Marti (Brown) Stigers ’70, college roommates living in Indiana, visited fellow college roommate Susan (Blubaugh) Hulse ’70 in Arizona in March.


  • Marina (Chapman) Brown ’65 has been a professional ballet dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, a hospice nurse, a deep water sailor, an award-winning painter, a cellist with the Tampa Bay Symphony, and is the author of six books including three novels—the latest of which, The Orphan of Pitigliano, was recently released. Her debut volume of poetry, The Leaf Does Not Believe It Will Fall, won a Silver Medal from the Florida Authors & Publishers Association, Inc. (FAPA) in 2019.
  • Ginnvor E. “Ginny” Bullard ’65 has been honored with the 2019 “Abe Martin Award” for her service to the Brown County Historical Society.
  • Charles R. “Dick” Nyers ’56 has been named to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Class of 2020. The induction ceremony took place on March 25, 2020.
  • The Clay Community Schools board of trustees has voted to name the auxiliary gymnasium at Clay City High School in honor and memory of the late Angus J. Nicoson ’42.