AlumNotes

2012

Amber M. Wilson (B.S.) was
awarded a full scholarship for a five-year Ph.D. program in genetic research at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

2010

Natalia Jones (M.B.A.) was hired as client services executive by TriComB2B, a Vandalia, Ohio–based agency involved in business-to-business marketing of technical products and services that include electronics, refrigeration, millwork, engineering, and construction.

Andrew D. Sanctis (B.A.) a Marine Corps Pfc., completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.

2009

Trey Back (B.A.) produced an award-winning story about a bugler that was featured in V-DAY 11.11.11., a documentary honoring military veterans.

David Baur (B.A.) is in the cast of the hit stage musical adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which is on a national tour.

Melissa Grohowski (B.F.A.) portrays Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, a major role in the touring Broadway production of the musical Cats.

Helena Traner (B.A.) served as an extern for an international war crimes tribunal in The Hague in the case of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Traner, who was on a team of Case Western Reserve students and professors, matched physical and documentary evidence with testimony.

2008

Joshua Denning (B.F.A.) is a regular performer at theaters in Austin, Texas. His performances included Next to Normal at the ZACH Theatre.

John M. Donnelly (M.S.) had an article published in the January/February edition of APICS magazine titled “The Role of Supply Chain in Healthcare.”

Grant Shirley (M.S., M.D.) joined the medical staff at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville, Tenn., and the hospital’s Business Health program. An occupational medicine physician, Blount is seeing patients at the Blount Memorial Occupational Health Center at Springbrook in Alcoa, Tenn.

2007

Randy Daniel (M.P.A.) is vice president of the Bellbrook (Ohio) Sugarcreek Optimist Club. Daniel oversees the Edward Jones office in Bellbrook and is a volunteer with the Kairos Prison Ministry in the Lebanon Correctional Institution, where he helps provide a 72-hour Christian course for inmates.

Aaron Friedrich (M.S.), a geolgist employed by Conestoga Rovers & Associates in Indiana-polis, Ind., presented “Vapor Intrusion Mitigation System Design, Installation, and Testing”—which covered the remediation of the vapor intrusion pathway at a daycare facility with elevated indoor air impacts—at the Eighth International Conference of Remediation of Chlorinated and Recalcitrant Compounds in Monterey, Calif.

2006

Megan Feasel (B.A., M.P.A.),
assistant director of the student recreation center at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Ga., ran a 3:40 in the 2012 Boston Marathon, finishing in the top 9 percent.

KJ Hippensteel (B.F.A.) plays the understudy for the male lead, Fiyero, in the touring company production of the Broadway show Wicked.

William McIntire (B.A., M.A.), who teaches at Edison Community College, was elected to the New Carlisle (Ohio) City Council.

Matthew C. Sortman (B.A.), formerly a full-time corrections officer at the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and a part-time police officer for the Cedarville Police Department, was hired by the Fairborn Police Department.

2005

Matthew Burgy (B.F.A., M.Ed.), whose murals decorate the hallways of Apex Community Church in Kettering (Ohio), will be teaching Early Childhood Art Education at the University of Dayton this fall.

Avinash Konkani

 

Avinash Konkani (M.S.) was awarded the “Michael J. Miller Scholarship” by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation Foundation, one of only two such scholarships awarded nationwide.

 

 

 

Julie Sommer (B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed.), a fifth-grade teacher in Marion (Ohio) Local Schools, was named one of 25 finalists for the “Best Teacher in America” award.

2004

Amy Caperna (B.A.) was named Director of Business Development for the Wilmington, N.C., office of Gray & Creech Water Systems, Inc., a Raleigh-based distributor of drinking water and coffee systems.

2003

Vernard Hollins

 

Vernard Hollins (B.S.Ed.), who played basketball for Wright State, has written The Disease Didn’t Kill the Dream, a book about Hollins’ life in basketball.

 

 

 

Ryan Johnson (B.S.B.), an equity research analyst at Fifth Third Bancorp in Cincinnati, was promoted to assistant vice president.

Scott Mendelson (B.A.) is a freelance film critic/pundit who specializes in box office analysis. He blogs primarily at Mendelson’s Memos while syndicating at The Huffington Post and Valley Scene Magazine.

2002

Catherine “Katy” Crosby (M.P.A.) was appointed executive director of Dayton’s Human Relations Council. The council investigates discrimin-ation complaints and works to boost participation in contracting with the city by minority-owned companies as well as women-owned and small businesses.

Ryan Singer (B.A.), a Los Angeles-based comic, was named by Rolling Stone magazine as “Comedians Who Should Be Big.” His debut album was selected as one of Punchline magazine’s Top 10 comedy CDs of 2010.

2001

Macarthur Drake Jr. (M.D.), a radiologist, was appointed to the medical staff at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, N.Y.

2000

Katie Pennington (M.S.T.), a physics and physical science teacher at Miamisburg (Ohio) High School, was honored by Sigma Xi as Outstanding High School Teacher.

Denise Robinson (B.S.N., M.S.) was promoted from assistant treasurer to treasurer of the Northeastern Local School District near Springfield, Ohio.

1999

Rob Boley (B.A., M.A.) won first place in the Adult/Best in Show category of the Dayton Daily News Short Story Contest for a story titled Bump. His short fiction has been published in A Cappella Zoo, Day Terrors Anthology, Necrotic Tissue, and Pseudopod.

Staci Sigman Dennison (B.A.),  director for corporate, foundation, and government relations at Cincinnati Museum Center, was named the 2011 Ohio Museums Association (OMA) Professional of the Year.

Alexandra Grizinski (B.F.A.) won a FilmDayton contest for a Web series called Freak Club.

Robert Russell (B.S.B.), CEO of the Dayton, Ohio-based Russell & Company Private Wealth Management, will be the subject of a documentary film by Emmy award–winning director Nick Nanton.

1998

Bob Goodman (B.S.B.) was hired as vice president of strategic sourcing and programs for the Dayton-based Peerless Technologies Corp.

Keir Holeman (B.A.), former director of the Ohio Board of Elections in Warren County, was hired as the election support manager for Dayton Legal Blank, an election-services company that serves Ohio’s boards of election.

Christine Morrison (B.A.) was appointed opiate projects manager in the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services, coordinating efforts across state departments to attack opiate abuse.

1997

Gerald Ferrero (B.S.Ed.), former assistant principal at Wilmington (Ohio) High School, was hired as assistant principal at Lebanon (Ohio) High School.

Chris Jackson (B.S., M.S.) joined Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP’s Intellectual Property practice group in Columbus, Ohio.

Bill Kennedy(B.A.) is an anthropologist and curator for the Dayton Museum of Natural History, which operates the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, SunWatch Indian Village, and the Fort Ancient State Memorial. He is responsible for the care of a collection of 1.4 million anthropological and archaeological objects from around the world and conducts research, excavates, and reconstructs archaeological sites, presents exhibits and programming, and teaches college-level courses.

Tom Mayor (B.F.A.) released a documentary, Call of the Scenic River: An Ohio Journey, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. He is an educational film and video producer and runs his own film production company, The Message Shop. The documentary was filmed by Ohio cinematographers and fellow Wright State motion pictures graduates, Mike King (B.F.A. 1991) and Adam White (B.F.A. 1995), with underwater footage by Mayor. Public screenings are scheduled in select Ohio cities.

Gary C. Norman (B.A.) has been appointed by the governor of Maryland as a commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights. He has served since 2009.

Kellie Warren (Psy.D.) was named CEO of Phoenix, Ariz.–based Florence Crittenton, a nonprofit organization that provides shelter, education, counseling, and support to at-risk girls.

Dan Young (M.B.A) is chief executive officer of Young’s Jersey Dairy, one of the most visited attractions in the Dayton region, with more than 1.1 million visitors annually. He currently provides leadership and training for a 300-person workforce, directs marketing and positioning of the company, leads the strategic planning process, and is responsible for the company’s financial performance.

1995

Kevin Bell (B.S.Ed., M.Ed.) was named superintendent of Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) Schools.

Mel Grosvenor (B.A.) is a park naturalist with Greene County Parks & Trails. She is lending her artistic talents to murals throughout the Narrows Reserve Nature Center in Beavercreek, Ohio, and adding nature-based murals to the nature center, which houses not only naturalist staff but also a variety of native wildlife.

Bruce Robertson (B.S.B.), police chief of the Centerville (Ohio) Police Department, has earned a master’s degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Adam White (B.F.A.) won two regional Emmys for his work as director on a documentary about the restoration of a plane used in the famous Doolittle Raiders bombing run of Japan in WWII. The Restorers: They Were All Volunteers won for Writing (Program) and Technical Achievement. The awards were bestowed at the 43rd Annual Lower Great Lakes Regional Emmy Awards held in Indianapolis, Ind. White, who received his degree in motion pictures, has worked in the film industry for almost 20 years and is based in Cleveland.

1994

Rob Evans (B.S.) is president of the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association in Ohio. The all-volunteer organization oversees about 1,800 acres of wetland along the Big and Little Beaver Creeks. Evans is a systems engineer at the Computer Sciences Corp. in Beavercreek.

Kirsten McCaw Grossman (B.A.), counsel at the New Jersey law firm of Nukk-Freeman & Cerra P.C., was presented along with her firm with the Platinum Award for Private Sector Law Firm by the New Jersey Women Lawyers Association.

Danielle Kuehnle (B.A.) was promoted to director of new development sales and leasing at Miamisburg, Ohio-based Oberer Realty Services.

1993

Shawn Heflick

 

Shawn Heflick (B.S.), a herpet-ologist and conservation biologist, stars in Python Hunters on the NatGeo WILD television channel. Python Hunters chronicles the search for giant pythons in the Florida Everglades.

1992

Mike Costarella (M.S.), who owns a software development consulting firm that has performed subcontracting for large organizations in the Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh areas, has served two terms as Council at Large in Girard, Ohio.

Jim Mozer (B.S.M.E.) was named senior vice president of Crown Equipment Corp., overseeing the New Bremen, Ohio–based company’s international sales and marketing programs as well as business operations throughout the Americas and Asia Pacific regions.

1991

David Gunter (B.S.) was hired as product manager for Everris
Ornamental Horticulture, a Dublin, Ohio–based company specializing in ornamental horticulture, turf and amenity, and specialty agriculture.

1990

Terry Bouquot (B.S.B.) was appointed by Cox Media Group Ohio as senior director of business operations for the northern Cincinnati market. Bouquot leads CMG Ohio’s Cincinnati-based team of sales and marketing professionals, and works closely with the content team to evolve the company’s brand offerings in Cincinnati. CMG Ohio’s media businesses include newspaper, publishing, radio, television, digital, and direct marketing.

Sheri Sword (B.A.), the Dayton Better Business Bureau vice president of communications, has been selected as 2012 Wright State University Department of Communication Outstanding Alumna.

1989

Lynne Brown (B.S.) was appointed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to be an Administrative Patent Judge on the Board of Patent Appeals.

1988

Elliott Fegelman (M.D.) was named chief of staff at Jewish Hospital in Cincinnati. He was appointed chief of surgery in 2002.

Diane LeMay (M.D.) of Licking Memorial Pediatrics in Newark, Ohio, was honored with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Childhood Immunization Champion Award for Ohio for her successful immunization program.

N. Gemini Sasson (B.S.Ed., M.S.) has written The King Must Die, a book set in 1326 England that revolves around King Edward and Queen Isabella.

Barbara Schwartz-Arevalo (M.A.), an art therapist who works with troubled children and adults or those with disabilities, is teaching an art therapy course at West Virginia State University.

1987

Betsy Brown Hand Baugh

 

Betsy Brown Hand Baugh (B.A.) was hired as vice president of fund development and community relations for Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a not-for-profit organization in North College Hill, Ohio, that empowers people who are blind or visually impaired to be self-sufficient and full participants in their communities.

 

 

Gina Bier (B.A.), a detective and underwater crime scene invest-igator for the Kettering (Ohio) Police Department, was inducted in the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Pouran Faghri (M.S., M.D.), is director of the University of Connecticut’s Graduate Program in Health Promotion Sciences.

Ross D. Martin (B.A., M.D., M.H.A.), is working for Deloitte Consulting and serves as an advisor to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amy Twarek (B.S.B.), treasurer at Upper Valley Career Center in the Mad River Local School District in Piqua, Ohio, has been named treasurer of Princeton (Ohio) City Schools.

1986

Tom Clayton (M.B.A.) is an industry consultant for the financial services and insurance practice within HP’s Imaging & Printing Division’s Enterprise Software business in Seattle.

Stuart Donavan (M.D.) has been appointed by TriHealth as medical staff president of the Bethesda (Ohio) Medical/Dental Staff, a role that includes supervision of the
Butler County Surgery Center. Donovan is a national preceptor for laparoscopic hernia surgery for Ethicon and has instructed surgeons from the United States and Europe on advanced laparoscopic techniques in hernia surgery.

1985

Judy Dodge (B.A.), Montgomery County commissioner, received a Women of Influence award from the Dayton YWCA.

Jonathan Hargis(M.B.A.) was named executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Charter Communications Inc., overseeing sales and marketing activities for the St. Louis–based broadband communications company and cable operator.

1984

Mike Meade (B.S.M.T.) was named manager of laboratory services at Clinton Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, Ohio. He previously worked for Decypher Technologies as a consultant in transitioning the U.S. Air Force Epidemiology Laboratory from San Antonio, Tex., to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

1983

James Augustine (M.D.) was named a senior reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine – EMP.com. Augustine serves as director of clinical operations at EMP and works with EMP’s partner hospital locations as well as other hospital organizations across the country to help improve the design and efficiency of emergency departments. He has published more than 150 articles, chapters, and columns in emergency medicine literature.

Frances Duntz (M.B.A.), a former Air Force executive who consults for companies, was named to the National Aviation Hall of Fame board of trustees.

John Hassoun (B.S., M.A.) is co-chief executive officer at ATSC, which provides IT systems solutions, consulting services, and infrastructure support to federal civilian agencies, the Department of Defense, public safety, national security customers, and commercial enterprises.

1982

Jean Koeller (B.F.A.), an artist, had about 30 of her landscape paintings featured in Nature = Art, an exhibit at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center in Troy, Ohio.

1981

Tyeis Baker-Baumann (M.S.), president and CEO of Rebsco, Inc., a Greenville, Ohio–based design/build contractor and custom fabrication company, was named 2012 Chamber Citizen of the Year by the Darke County Chamber of Commerce.

John R. Dimar II (M.D.), an orthopedic surgeon at Norton Leatherman Spine Care in Louisville, Ky., and chief pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Kosair Children’s Hospital, was among spine surgeons who focus on scoliosis that were featured in Becker’s Orthopedic and Spine Review.

Mark Sparling (B.S.B.), a financial executive in the airline and manufacturing industries, was named to the National Aviation Hall of Fame board of trustees.

1980

Anthony B. Whitmore (M.Ed.), who helped connect Wright State University with a university in Turkey and helped get the growing local Ahiska Turkish community more involved in the Dayton area, won the International Student Advocate Award presented by the University Center for International Education.

1979

Larry Hamilton (M.Ed.), a retired teacher and a genealogist, has
written Between Two Suns: The Berean Experience, a family history narrative that includes a Reconstructive Era outlook at the struggle to maintain the mission of Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, as the first coeducational and interracial educational institution in the South.

Joni Shives (B.S., M.Ed.) retired as a teacher in the Tri-Village School District in New Madison, Ohio, after a 34-year career teaching kindergarten and first-grade students.

1978

Cheryl Hoying (B.S.N., M.S.), senior vice president of patient services at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and an adjunct instructor at Wright State, has been named a 2012 YWCA Career Women of Achievement honoree.

1977

Betsy Stone Witt (B.S., M.S.), who retired as senior intelligence engineer for the National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) and chair of the national Defense
Intelligence Space Threats and Operations Committee, is teaching mathematics at Wright State.

1976

Brooke Atherton (B.A.), fabric artist and artist in residence at the Yellowstone Art Museum, had her exhibit at the Toucan Gallery in Billings, Montana, extended because of the show’s popularity.

Claire Orologas (B.S.Ed., M.Ed.) was named executive director of the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, Fla. Orologas spent a decade at the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C., both part of the Smithsonian Institution. She served as head of education and public programs for the museums, which specialize in Asian art.

1975

Judy Hennessey (M.Ed.), superintendent/CEO, The Dayton Early College Academy, Inc., received a Women of Influence award from the Dayton YWCA.

Frank Wagner (B.S.B.) was named executive vice president and senior commercial lender for Richland Bank, which serves the Mansfield (Ohio) area.

1974

Charlie Painter (M.Ed.), head tennis coach at Beavercreek (Ohio) High School, was named the U.S. Professional Tennis Association Midwest High School Coach of the Year, an honor that covers eight states.

Thomas A. Reichert (B.A.) is course director of the Defense Distribution Management Course at the Army Logistics Management College in Fort Lee (Va.).

Michael R. Schock (B.S.) is the 2011 recipient of the A.P. Black Research Award from the American Water Works Association. The award is given to recognize outstanding research contributions to water science and water supply rendered over an appreciable period of time. Schock is a chemist with the U.S. EPA in Cincinnati.

1973

Dan Orr

 

Dan Orr (B.S., M.S.), president of the Divers Alert Network, is a recipient of the 2012 Diving Equipment & Marketing Association’s Reaching Out Award and an inductee into DEMA’s Hall of Fame. The award recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the sport of diving by “reaching out” in some special way to improve the sport.

1971

Doug Boyd (B.S.Ed.) celebrated his 40th year with Junior Achievement, including the last 35 years as director of Junior Achievement in the Middletown (Ohio) area. Junior Achievement serves 5,000 students K–12 at 30 area schools.

Barbara W. Parsons (B.S.Ed.) is a teacher, senior class advisor, and commencement coordinator at Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio.

David Schwinn (M.B.A) is a professor of management at Lansing Community College and a part-time consultant in the college’s Small Business and Technology Development Center. He is also a consultant in systems and organizational development with InGenius and INTERACT Associates and an associate of PQ Systems. Schwinn worked with W. Edwards Deming, Ph.D, at Ford Motor Co.’s corporate quality office.

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