AlumNotes

2012

Mercedes Bender (B.A.) was named associate producer at ABC 22/FOX 45 in Dayton, Ohio.

Cindy Bevan (M.S.) joined Clinton Memorial Hospital Regional Health System in Wilmington, Ohio, as an advanced nurse practitioner. Her responsibilities include providing primary care to patients across the life span with a special interest in the treatment of diabetes and diabetic education.

Ricardo Buenaventura (M.B.A.), a clinical associate professor of surgery and internal medicine, works in private practice in interventional pain management with Pain Relief of Dayton in Centerville, Ohio, and is on the medical staff at Kettering Medical Center.

Brian L. Duke (B.S.) is employed by the Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, after a 28-year military career.

Alyssa Hogue (B.S.B.) was hired as marketing manager for Nexstep Commercial Products, a Springfield, Ohio-based manufacturer of cleaning tools.

Joshua Lisec (B.A.) signed a contract with DonnaInk Publications of Orlando, Fla., to publish his novel, an adventure-thriller titled The Phoenix Reich.

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Aziza Macklin (B.F.A.) is acting with the Columbus Children’s Theatre (CCT) Professional Touring Company. Visiting more than 250 schools each year, Aziza is one of four actors who performs plays and conducts theatre workshops for K–5 audiences around Ohio.

Michael Seesing (M.B.A.)
was appointed accounting manager by Providence Medical Group, a Dayton, Ohio, health care provider organization, and sits on the organization’s finance, compensation and retirement committees.

Maria Monserratre Surita, (B.S.) is serving as a production controller for the Ohio Army National Guard at a field main-tenance shop in Springfield, Ohio.

2011

Darien Crago (B.F.A.) was on the Broadway National Tour of White Christmas over the holiday season.

Tabitha Peters-Guidone (B.S.) has opened Decoy Art Boutique and Studio, a Beavercreek, Ohio, business that offers art classes for all age groups and levels with an emphasis on creativity and hands-on classes that encourage experimentation in many
different mediums.

Mark Phillips (M.Acc.), who provides tax, accounting, and
audit services for Hoover and Roberts in West Alexandria, Ohio, earned his credential as a Certified Public Accountant.

Amy Schoenlein (B.S.) became a Registered Tax Return Preparer with Moorman, Harting & Co., a certified public accounting firm with offices in Coldwater and Celina, Ohio.

2010

Tyler S. Barnes (B.A.), an Air National Guard Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.

2009

Jeremy Gaston (B.F.A.) landed the leading role of Donkey in the Broadway road show Shrek: The Musical.

Andy Platt (B.S.B.) was appointed field director in the Dayton, Ohio, area for Northwestern Mutual-Miami Valley, an insurance and investment-services company.

Ann Rotolante (B.F.A.) served as producer/editor in the film True Nature, a family drama and supernatural thriller that tells the story of a wealthy nuclear family whose perfect life is shattered by a series of unnerving events.

Meredith Sullivan (M.D.), a pediatrician, has joined The Pediatric Group and the medical staff of the Upper Valley Medical Center in Troy, Ohio.

Katherine Takayasu (M.D.)(M.B.A.), a family doctor, is completing a two-year fellowship at the University of Arizona and Stamford Hospital’s Center for Integrative Medicine & Wellness in Stamford, Conn. Her interests include integrating complementary modalities such as acupuncture into women’s health areas like pregnancy, infertility, and menopause management.

2008

Matthew Bockey (B.A.) graduated magna cum laude with a Juris Doctor degree from Capital University.

Daniel Moore (B.S.B.), a former Ohio state trooper, was appointed Muscatine County (Iowa) fine collection coordinator, assisting people who are delinquent in fines or court costs.

2007

Veronica Ford (B.S.) is working as an industrial engineer at Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technology in Kansas City, MO.

Morgan O’Brien (M.A.) has begun serving as vice consul in the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.

2006

Kenny Edwards (M.D.), an orthopaedic surgeon, joined the medical staff of the Columbus Orthopaedic Clinic in Columbus, Miss.

Nathan Kearns (B.S.B.) was promoted to manager of marketing services at The Marketing Formula, a Dayton, Ohio-based company that creates marketing strategies and builds brands for businesses.

Michael D. Riggenbach (M.D.), an orthpaedic surgeon specializing in surgery on the hands and upper extremities, joined Orlando Orthopaedic Center in Orlando, Fla.

2005

Andrew “Drew” Higgins (B.A.) was hired as director of the Miami County (Ohio) Board of Elections.

Avinash Konkani (M.S.), a graduate student in clinical engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., is the winner of the 2013 American College of Clinical Engineering’s “Student Paper Competition.” Konkani was also honored with the Student of the Month Award by the university’s International Students and Scholars Office.

Scott Leverage (M.D.), an expert in a nonsurgical procedure that combines upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and X-rays to treat problems of the bile and pan-creatic ducts, has joined Tri-State Gastroenterology Associates in Crestview Hills, Ky.

Matthew G. Shahady (M.B.A.) joined financial planning and investment firm Derse Morgen in Huntersville, N.C., as a financial advisor.

2004

Lindsay Ackley (B.S.B.)(M.P.A.) was named by Dayton (Ohio) Children’s Medical Center as planned giving officer and member of the hospital’s development team.

Randy Bridge (B.A.)(M.A.)(M.P.A.) was hired as the planning director for the City of New Carlisle, Ohio.

Larry Hartlaub (B.S.B.) was named auditor for Ottawa County, Ohio.

2003

Selena Burks (B.FA.) showed her documentary film Saving Jackie at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

Brittany Lawrence (B.S.B.), tax manager and Certified Public Accountant for accounting firm Clark Schaefer Hackett, was named to the Women in Business Networking Advisory Board.

Jessica Odorcic (B.A.) won the Subaru Buffalo 4 Mile Chase women’s title in the Buffalo, N.Y., race, finishing in 20:38.

Lincoln Schreiber (B.A.)(M.A.), a poet and adjunct faculty member at Sinclair Community College, helped reactivate poetry slams in Dayton, Ohio, with an event at the University of Dayton’s Art Street Studio B.

2002

Joseph Allen (M.D.), who is affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was one of 13 physicians nationwide selected to receive the 2012 Pfizer Teacher Development Award. The award recognizes outstanding, new community-based physicians who combine clinical practice with part-time teaching of family medicine.

Mindy Arnett (B.A.)(M.A.) had her first novel published, a young adult fantasy titled The Nightmare Affair.

Michael Brush (B.S.Ed.), an attorney with the Dayton, Ohio-based firm of Freund, Freeze & Arnold, was named Direct Energy and the Dayton Daily News’ 2012 Dayton Volunteer Citizen of the Year. Brush has been involved in fundraising events for the American Cancer Society and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association. He has also done volunteer work and been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Miami Valley.

Dr. Kevin P. Kaufhold (B.S.), a family medicine physician at the Granger office of the South Bend (Ind.) Clinic, received the 2012 Pfizer Teaching Development Award from the American Academy of Family Physician Foundation. He was one of 12 physicians from 400 family medicine programs nationwide to be selected.

Mindy Kremer (B.A.)(M.B.A.) was promoted to marketing coordinator for Mercer Health, a hospital in Coldwater, Ohio.

Tarin Mink (B.A.)(M.S.W.), a mental health therapist at Samaritan Behavioral Health in Dayton, Ohio, co-authored the article “Using service-learning to teach a social work policy course” in the Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship.

Marianne Porter (B.F.A.) plays the leading role in the film True Nature, a family drama and supernatural thriller that tells the story of a wealthy nuclear family whose perfect life is shattered by a series of unnerving events.

2001

Jenny Garringer (B.S.B.)(M.B.A.) was appointed Academic Admissions Advisor for the new regional location of Franklin University in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Michael A. Policastro (M.D.), an emergency room physician for the Tri Health system that includes Bethesda North and Good Samaritan Hospitals in the Cincinnati, Ohio, area, was named chief medical officer for the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.

Tejdeep Singh Rattan (B.S.)(M.S.)(M.B.A.) became the first Sikh officer to serve in the U.S. Army in more than two decades.

James Reis (M.D.), former medical director of the Golden Living Center Extended Care Facility in Richmond, Ind., became the newest internal medicine physician at Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville, N.C.

Laura Skidmore (B.A.) was named executive director of the Dayton International School, a Spanish immersion school in Dayton, Ohio.

2000

Elizabeth Conzo (B.S.B.) relocated to Tianjin, China, to work as a manager of order fulfillment for Chinese manufacturing facilities.

Guosong Li (Ph.D.), a senior technical leader in research and advanced engineering for Ford Motor Company, received the SAE International Henry Ford II Distinguished Award for Excellence in Automotive Engineering.

Jamal Smith (B.A.), Indiana’s senior advisor for Minority Affairs, was appointed executive director of the Civil Rights Commission by Indiana Governor-elect Mike Pence.

David Turner (B.S.B.) was hired as director of marketing for Century Federal Credit Union in Cleveland. Century is one of the largest credit unions in northeast Ohio, with $330 million in assets, 28,000 members and seven branch locations.

1999

Joe Bellar (B.M.) is playing lead guitar for the recently formed Ultimate Sin, an Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath tribute band in the Chillicothe, Ohio, area.

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. His new book, Retirement Held Hostage, was released in September.

1998

Sharon Galvin (M.D.), a family practitioner, has joined the medical staff of Tyrone Medical Associates in Tyrone, Penn.

1997

David Bowman (B.A.), chief marketing strategist for The Ohlmann Group, was brought in as an adjunct marketing instructor by the Kettering, Ohio-based School of Advertising Art.

Sheila L. Hiddleson (B.S.N.) was hired as health commissioner of the Delaware (Ohio) General Health District.

Kristina McBride (B.S.Ed.)(M.Ed.) is an author whose novel One Moment was released in June. The novel centers on how lives can change dramatically and forever in one moment.

Gary C. Norman (B.A.), recently appointed by the governor of Maryland as a commissioner on the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights, has co-founded Mid-Atlantic Lyceum, a nonprofit designed to bring leaders of diverse perspectives and political orientations together for improved dialogue, enhanced decision-making and the creation of consensus-driven public policy.

Patrick Steele (B.F.A.) wrote, directed and produced the film True Nature, a family drama and supernatural thriller that tells the story of a wealthy nuclear family whose perfect life is shattered by a series of unnerving events.

1996

Chuck Letner (Ph.D.), an Alpharetta, Ga., man who has had three kidney transplants and currently relies on dialysis, received the Fresenius Medical Care Pioneer in Excellence Award. The Fresenius Group provides products and services for dialysis.

Linda Watson (B.S.B.) has joined the Richmond, Ind.-based accounting firm Adamson LLC as director of marketing and operations.

1995

Barry Besecker (B.S.), co-founder of the Beavercreek, Ohio-based Marxent Labs, helped develop “augmented reality” mobile applications that superimpose computer-generated content such as animation or video over images in catalogs, advertisements, and other printed material.

Todd Lawson (B.F.A.) co-created Red-Blooded, All-American Man, a rock musical that premiered in August at The Loft Theatre in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the fifth annual Festival of New Musicals.

Stephen G. Lucas (M.B.A.) was named vice president of human resources at Hartzell Industries, Inc., a Piqua, Ohio-based manufacturer of industrial fans, hardwoods and face veneer.

1994

Keith Klentz (B.S.E.E.) was appointed director, Visualization and Simulation Sales, Visual Environments for Christie Digital Systems, a Cypress, Calif.-based company that designs virtual reality, simulation systems, and control room environments.

1993

Michele Dawn Kegley (M.S.), assistant professor of business and economics at the University of Cincinnati, obtained her Ph.D. in leadership and organizational change from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Kendra Rider (A.A.) joined Community Health Professionals as a medical social worker at the Van Wert (Ohio) Inpatient Hospice Center.

1992

Burak Barmanbek (M.B.A.), co-founder and chairman of Istanbul, Turkey-based Momentum A.S., wrote and released the novel Culpa Innata, a futuristic thriller about a heroine navigating in an unsettling new world.

Susi Ebersbach (M.B.A.) has joined the Gettysburg, Penn.-based Ability Prosthetics & Orthotics, as an advanced billing and reimbursement specialist.

1991

Susan Blackwell (B.F.A.), an actress who originated the role of Susan in the Broadway musical [title of show] worked with the teenage cast at Centerville (Ohio) High School for its upcoming production of the show.

Mark Browne (M.D.) was named chief medical officer and senior vice president at Covenant Health, a Knoxville, Tenn.-based health system.

Leanna Manuel (B.S.)(Psy.D.) , co-owner of the Beavercreek, Ohio-based CCA Companies, LLC, where she provides clinical psychology services, has written Tap It Away: 10 Minutes to Freedom with EFT, a book about the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Matthew S. Miller (M.D.), a gastroenterologist with the Lexington (Ky.) Clinic, expanded his services to Bourbon County.

Richard Smoot (Psy.D.), a clinical psychologist, was hired by innerQuest Psychiatry and Counseling, a psychiatrist practice located in Asheville, N.C.

1990

Eric Jack (M.B.A.), associate professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Management, Information Systems and Quantitative Methods and associate dean of the university’s School of Business since 2008, has been named the school’s interim dean, effective in October.

Christopher K. Nagy (M.D.), an orthopedic surgeon and expert in age-management medicine, has joined Cenegenics as a clinical physician and chief medical officer at the company’s Charlotte, N.C., office.

1989

Mark A. Erickson (M.D.), an orthopedic surgeon at the Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., was named by Orthopedic & Spine Review as among 20 spine surgeons and specialists who are leaders at children’s hospitals around
the country.

Rosalyn Lake (B.A.) was named director of development at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Edwin Mayes (B.S.B.)(M.A.), former director of first-year experience at Wright State, was named director of first-year experience at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

1988

William McGlothlin (Ed.S.) was named superintendent of the Beavercreek (Ohio) Board of Education and won a three-year contract.

Janet Watkins (B.S.B.) was named associate director of the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, responsible for the overall management of the center’s institutional operations. NASA Glenn designs technology for spaceflight and air travel.

Ron White (B.F.A.), an artist and art teacher at Barberton (Ohio) High School, won the inaugural Akron (Ohio) Art Prize for a glazed ceramic/clay sculpture titled Contemplative or Multitasker…Which one are you?

1986

Stephan Bognar (B.F.A.) and fellow filmmaker Julia Reichert produced a documentary film that will air on PBS in February. Sparkle follows Dayton Contemporary Dance Company dancer Sheri “Sparkle” Williams as she recovers from a major injury. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Documentary at the SilverDocs documentary film festival.

Thomas Brunsman (M.D.), a physician with Jamestown (Ohio) Family Medicine, made a mission trip to Romania, where he and other physicians helped treat high blood pressure, diabetes, arthritis, and other conditions in farming communities in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains.

Kay Cartwright (M.S.), vice president and chief nursing officer at Reid Hospital & Health Care Services in Richmond, Ind., received the Lifetime in Nursing Award from the Indiana University East School of Nursing.

Deepak Sood (M.S.) was appointed vice president of global engineering at Kulicke & Soffa Industries, a Singapore-based company that designs, manufactures and sells semi-conductor assembly equipment.

1985

Kevan Buck (M.B.A.), executive vice president of the University of Tulsa, was authorized in September to manage the day-to-day operations of the university in the absence of President Geoffrey Orsak, who was granted a leave of absence to attend to a serious health matter of his father.

G. Bradley Smith (M.D.) joined the Bloomington, Ill., office of  HeartCare Midwest, a group of cardiovascular physicians and staff.

1984

Cathy Essinger (M.A.), who has written several books of poetry, had her Dark Flower poems produced as a play at Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio.

1983

Nannette Bernales (M.D.), associate medical director at Hospice of the Bluegrass in Northern Kentucky, was named Physician of the Year by the American Cancer Society.

1982

Bruce Cromer (B.F.A.) will play Atticus Finch in the play To Kill a Mockingbird for the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company in September.

Gary LeRoy (B.S.M.T.)(M.D.), associate professor of family medicine and associate dean of the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine’s Student Affairs and Admissions Department, was appointed to the Ohio Board of Regents Primary Care Medical Student Scholarship Selection Committee. The scholarships address the need for more primary care physicians in the state’s urban and rural areas.

Rose Romanick Plummer (B.S.B.)(M.B.A.), chief financial officer for Projects Unlimited Inc. in Dayton, Ohio, was named Second Place Honoree in the Dayton Business Journal’s 2012 CFO of the Year Competition in the medium/large private company category.

Mark J. Porter (B.S.B.), an agent New York Life Insurance Co.’s general office in Columbus, Ohio, was named to the 2012 Executive Council of New York Life Insurance. Members of the council are among the most successful of the company’s sales force of 11,900 licensed agents.

1981

Michael C. Bridges (B.S.E.), president and CEO of the Fairborn, Ohio-based Peerless Technologies Corp., a military-focused research and consulting firm, was appointed to the Wright State University Board of Trustees.

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 named by Orthopedic & Spine Review as among 20 spine surgeons and specialists who are leaders at children’s hospitals around
the country.

Barrie Kaufman (M.A.T.), an artist and art therapist, is the focus of the exhibit Curator’s Choice: Barrie Kaufman at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, W.Va.

1979

Mike Vall (M.B.A.), chief operating officer at Firestone Building Products Company in Carmel, Ind., has been elected board chair of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce.

1978

Richard Juarez (M.B.A.), senior manager with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. in Dayton, Ohio, received the company’s Gabe Award for continuous outstanding professional service while producing an exemplary body of work.

1976

Michele Bon-Durant (B.F.A.), a volunteer at the Dayton Visual Arts Center in Dayton, Ohio, was named 2011 Volunteer of the Year out of 200–250 volunteers.

Sondi Kai (B.F.A.), an artist, is presenting Reincarnated: The New Forever Life of Plastic at the Yellow Springs Art Council Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The exhibit, which features colorful and bizarre looking “creatures” made up of post-consumer plastic trash, is designed to help promote environmental awareness.

Ken Ward (B.S.Ed.) was hired as director of Your Human Resource Center, which provides treatment, prevention, and intervention services to residents of Wayne and Holmes counties in northern Ohio.

1974

Dar Bagby (B.M.), a literary illustrator, helped produce Hidden Earth, a series of Christian fantasy books aimed at young audiences.

Charlie Painter (M.Ed.), head tennis coach at Beavercreek (Ohio) High School, was nominated as the U.S. Professional Tennis Association National High School Coach of the Year.

Charles W. “Chuck” Whitney (B.S.B.) joined the Tucker, Ga.-based Oglethorpe Power Corp., where his responsibilities include nuclear and fossil plant construction and operations both as a lawyer and a senior manager.

1973

Cheri Crothers (B.A.), a founding member of Wright State’s first Model United Nations team, was the inaugural alumna of the new Wright State University Alumni Speaker Series.

1972

Curtis Barnes Sr. (B.S.Ed.), art professor emeritus at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, was the featured artist at the college’s Burnell R. Roberts Triangle Gallery.

Raul Blanche (B.S.) received the Col. Anton D. Brees Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Old Crows, an international professional organization representing members engaged in electronic warfare, information operations, and related disciplines.

Dave Corelli (B.S.) was appointed by PCB Piezotronics Inc. as president of the Vibration Institute, a Willowbrook, Ill.-based professional organization for machinery vibration analysts.

1969

Gary Leasure (B.S.B.) will co-host the Transient Veterans Holiday Dinner at the Veterans Administration Center in Dayton, Ohio, on Dec. 31.

1968

Sarah Deets (M.Ed.), a retired physical education and elementary school teacher, was mobbed during a recent trip to the Great Wall of China by the Chinese, who wanted their picture taken with the 95-year-old woman.

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