The Wright State University Alumni Association recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of Wright State alumni on an annual basis at an awards ceremony celebrated each fall during Homecoming weekend. Top row, from left to right: David R. Hopkins, Wright State president; Carolyn Wright, president of the Wright State Alumni Association Board of Directors; Greg Scharer, executive director of alumni relations Bottom row, from left to right: David Brush, brother of award recipient Michael P. Brush (accepted the award on Michael’s behalf); Anthony “Scott” Keen; Satyam Kantamneni; Bradley Roediger; Lilah H. Findley; Elizabeth Omolewu, mother of award recipient Rachel F. Omolewu (accepted the award on Rachel’s behalf)


Cassie Fishbein (M.S.), a certified pediatric nurse practitioner, joined the pediatric practice of Karen Smith and Abigail Fischer in Kitsap, WA.

Kurt Holden (B.S.) is a police officer at Wright State University.

Jeremy Williams (B.S.B.) is a consultant with Sogeti USA, a Dayton, OH-based information technology consulting services company.


Darin Awad (B.S.B.) is employed at Wright-Patt Credit Union in Dayton, OH.

Scott Christian (B.S.) finished as one of the 10 best bartenders in the world in TGI Friday’s World Bartending Championship.

Maytal Levi (B.A.) is working as a broadcaster with KEYC-TV-Online in North Mankato, MN.

Elizabeth Morgan (M.A.) lectured at the Hancock Historical Museum in Findlay, OH, about the World War II bombing mission and crash of her grandfather John Wells Kellogg’s B-24 “The Maxwell House.”

Jake Schierloh (B.A.) worked in the White House Internship Office within the Office of Management and Administration, managing programming for his fellow interns and educating potential applicants from across the nation about the program.

Kyle Stauffer (B.S.B.) is the accounts receivable administrator at Konecranes, Inc., a Springfield, OH-based company that provides lifting equipment and services.

Alexandra Zelles (M.S.), a conservation biologist, co-wrote with Mark K. Leach The Nineteenth Century Flora of Dane County, Wisconsin: A Twenty-First Century Update, which lists more than 1,400 species of plants and lichens along with historical information on each.


Rebecca Cantrell (B.A.)(M.A.) was named executive director of Ohio Robotics, Inc., a Dayton, OH-based nonprofit that uses robots to lead students into manufacturing careers.

Francia De Francisco (B.F.A.) is a production team member onboard for Royal Caribbean and marketing and production coordinator for Breathtakers Events Planners and Decorators.

Hilary Fingerman (B.F.A.) is starring in the 50th anniversary tour of the Tony Award–winning 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! which also stars actress Sally Struthers.

Lashonta T. Hodges (B.A.), an Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

Rachel Folashade Omolewu (M.S.), who conducts “Fit-for-Life” fitness and wellness boot camps in the United States and abroad, received the Graduate of the Last Decade Award at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Anthony Petro (B.S.B.) is assistant business manager for Wright State Athletics.

Matt Wuebker (B.S.B.) was named associate attorney at the Dublin, OH, law firm of Barrett, Easteday, Cunningham & Eselgroth LLP.


Jenna Filipkowski (M.S.)(Ph.D.) is a research scientist at the Dayton, OH-based Chally Group Worldwide, which helps clients increase sales and management productivity and profitability.

Eric D. Germann (B.S.Ed.)(M.Ed.) is an intervention specialist at Highland Elementary School in Sparta, OH.

Sara Pyszka (B.S.) wrote Dancing Daisies, a novel about a 17-year-old girl with cerebral palsy who must use a computer to communicate and a power wheelchair.

Bradley Roediger (B.A.)(M.P.A.), volunteer services coordinator for the Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Dayton, OH, received the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Alumni Society Award of Excellence at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Julie (Brown) Williams (B.S.B.) is a financial analyst in the Dayton, OH, office of DRS Technologies, Inc., an Arlington, VA-based supplier of products, services, and support for military forces, intelligence agencies, and prime contractors worldwide.


Danielle Aveyard (B.F.A.) is dancing with FANTASY, a Las Vegas show that features dancing, singing, acrobatics, and comedy.

Rebecca Bettelon (B.S.B.) announced the launch of Superior Hard Surface Solutions LLC, a family-owned and -operated tile-and-grout cleaning and epoxy-floor-coating business.

Allyson Copper (M.A.) is working as program coordinator in the Department of Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations in the College of Education and Human Services at Wright State University.

Melinda Poist (M.Ed.), a special educator and board-certified behavior analyst, is serving children with autism in the Dayton, OH, area.

Nan Whaley (M.P.A.) was elected mayor of Dayton, OH.


Kristi Horvath (B.F.A.) is manager of Duke University’s Box Office & Information Desk, managing ticketing and front-of-house operations for performing arts events at several different venues on campus.

Steffin Johnson (B.M.) was a featured performer at the Schuster Center in Dayton, OH, for TEDxDayton, talks devoted to spreading ideas from the world’s most inspired people.

Sherri Ladd (B.S.), a published author and owner of an e-commerce business, is employed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, as a human-resources specialist.


Randall Daniel (M.P.A.) is vice president of the Bellbrook (OH) 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.

Sara Houston (M.D.) joined the pediatrics department at Essentia Health-South University Clinic in Fargo, ND.

Mark W. Knox (B.S.B.) is a regional sales supervisor for Sony Electronics in Cincinnati, OH, promoting home theater products across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Andrew J. Neumeier (B.S.B., M.B.A.) is director of school account specific marketing in the Kettering, OH, office of ACCO Brands Corporation, a supplier of branded office products.

Brookelyn Perry (B.S.) is working as a hair stylist at the Montgomery Hair Boutique in Montgomery, OH, specializing in keratin hair treatments.

Derrick Seaver (B.A.), former member of the Ohio House of Representatives, is director of field operations for Advocacy Group, Inc., an independently owned public affairs consultancy with offices in Washington, DC, Austin, TX, and Minster, OH.


Angelle Haney Gullett (B.A.) narrated an audiobook, A Marker to Measure Drift by Alexander Maksik, for Random House Audiobooks.

Tiffany Jenkins (B.S.) was named quality engineer for DG Medical, in charge of overseeing U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations for the Centerville, OH-based manufacturer specializing in plastic molding of medical devices.

Bette S. Sydelko (M.Ed.) was honored with the 2013 Distinguished Librarian of the Year Award by the Midwest chapter of the Medical Library Association during its annual meeting in East Peoria, IL.


Douglas Duff (B.S.), who for four years served as a patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, was hired as an associate in the litigation and intellectual property group of Ice Miller LLP, a Columbus, OH-based law firm.

Lilah H. Findley (B.A.), a licensed social worker who works as a therapist for children at Samaritan Behavioral Health in Dayton, OH, received the Social Work Alumni Society Award of Excellence at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Avinash Konkani (M.S.) was named Professional of the Month by TechNation, a monthly magazine and resource guide for more than 12,000 medical service professionals.

Kimberly Watkins (M.Ed.) was named principal of Schaefer Middle School in Springfield, OH.


Misty (Woods) Baker (B.S.Ed.) was named the new principal of the Cridersville Elementary School school in Wapakoneta, OH.

Leslie I. Benson (B.A.), a journalist and marketer living in Indianapolis, IN, was promoted to public relations specialist/copywriter at the civil engineering consulting firm American Structurepoint, Inc.

Liz Wheeler (B.F.A.), a middle school drama instructor at the Columbus (OH) School for Girls, starred in A Lovely Night, a musical fundraiser by the SRO Theatre Company at the Columbus Performing Arts Center.


Michael Gebhart (B.A.)(M.P.A.) is the community development director for the City of Fairborn (OH).

Chastity Edwards (M.D.), a surgical specialist in obstetrics and gynecology, joined the medical staff of the Sidney Health Center in Sidney, MT.

Sundaram Nagarajan (M.B.A.), executive vice president of Illinois Tool Works Inc., was named to the board of directors of EWI, a Columbus, OH-based company that develops and applies manufacturing technology innovation in the manufacturing industry.


Nancy Lintner (B.S.N.)(M.S.N.) participated in writing the first Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses guidelines for diabetes and pregnancy, which will be published in 2014. She also participated in writing a book chapter for The Manual of Obstetrics, Endocrine Diabetes, editor Arthur T. Evans, M.D.

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


Alicia Burdick (B.S.B.) became a certified public accountant in South Carolina after passing the CPA exam.

Edward Burdick (B.S.B.) was promoted by the U.S. Army to Chief Warrant Officer Two.

Jason Gilder (Ph.D.) is director of infomatics for Explorys, a Cleveland, OH-based company that analyzes and organizes data from hospitals around the nation.

Angela Kahle (B.F.A.) is in her 10th season as a dancer with the Radio City Rockettes.


Sean Barnett (M.D.), a former surgeon at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, has been named chief medical officer at Kaleidoscope, a Cincinnati-based company that offers clinical expertise in medical product design and development.

Rick Davis (B.F.A.) is the owner of DH Productions, a Dayton, OH-based company that produces documentaries, television shows, and commercials.

William Lutz (B.S.)(M.P.A.), development program manager for the City of Piqua, OH, was named “Forty Under 40” award winner by the Dayton (OH) Business Journal. The award honors top young talent.

Kelly Mahaffey Burns (M.B.A.) is senior financial analyst for BAE Systems, Inc., a defense, security, and aerospace company.

TyKiah R. Wright (B.S.B.)(M.B.A.), president of WrightChoice, Inc., a Columbus, OH-based workforce development organization, will be appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans.


Darius Prier (B.A.)(M.U.A.), an assistant professor in the School of Education at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, was named Alumnus of the Year by Wright State University’s Department of Urban Affairs and Geography.

Kimberly Puckett (M.Ed.), a mathematics instructor at the Tri-Village Local School District in Darke County, OH, was presented with the K–12 Promotion of Education Award at the 2013 Women of Color STEM Conference in Dallas, TX.

Gregory Schumm (Ed.S.) has served 35 years at the Wright State University–Lake Campus. His positions have included associate professor, advisor, assistant dean, associate dean, interim dean, director of community services, and coordinator of dual enrollment.


Nathaniel T. Church (B.S.B.) is the owner of On Track Wellness, a San Diego–based company devoted to helping people improve their overall wellness for sports or life.

Lt. Col. Evangelina Duman (M.S.), commander of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Detachment 7 at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts, was named Woman of the Week as part of Women’s History Month.

Thomas Hess (M.R.C.) was named director of transition services for the Licking County (OH) Board of Developmental Disabilities.

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

Shea Pease (B.S.B.) was promoted to senior manager at ParenteBeard, ranked among the top 25 accounting firms in the United States.

Kristina McBride Purnhagen (B.S.Ed.)(M.Ed.) wrote One Moment, a novel that centers on how lives can change dramatically and forever in an instant.


Timothy Rogers (B.S.B.) wrote Ten Steps to ITSM Success: A Practitioner’s Guide to Enterprise IT Transformation.


George Noonan (B.S.B.), a certified public accountant, was admitted as a shareholder of Elliott Davis, LLC, an accounting, tax, and consulting services firm serving clients in the Southeast.

Shirley (Ivory) Stallworth (M.Ed.) founded the Straight Talk/Safe Space mentoring program in Petersburg, IN, for adolescent males.


Jennifer Converse Gebhart (B.S.B.) is the general manager of the Wright State University Bookstore.


Kelly Kuhlman Brown (B.A.) was named associate publisher of the Dayton Region Magazine.

Gina (Burch) Kundan (B.F.A.) was elected board chair of Ananya Dance Theatre, a Minneapolis, MN-based company that works to present works that exist at the intersection of artistic excellence and social justice.

R. John Stukey (B.A.) was named the health officer of Cass County, IN.

Michael R. Thirtle (M.B.A.)(M.S.) was named vice president of strategy and information systems at Bethesda Lutheran Communities, a Watertown, WI-based provider of services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Kristin Gray (B.S.) has a home-based business in Enon, OH, in which she and her husband tutor students from grades K–12 to help them improve their classroom skills, especially in math and language arts.

Steve Heitbrink (B.S.B.) purchased F&B Engraving Tools & Supply, a manufacturer of solid carbide tools for the award and signage industry, and is moving the company to Troy, OH.

Nerina Jeanette Stepanovsky (M.S.) was named distinguished alumna by the Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, OH.

Kimberly McCrone Wickert (M.R.C.), a rehabilitation and disability specialist, co-authored The Sandwich Generation’s Guide to Eldercare.


Charlotte M. Harris (M.Hum.), dean of the Wright State University College of Education and Human Services, received the African American Alumni Society Award of Excellence at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Bill Murphy (B.A.)(M.U.A.) was named executive vice president of economic development at the Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Christine Sears (B.S.Ed.) published a book titled American Slaves and African Masters: Algiers and Western Sahara.

Wade R. Smith (M.S.), a brigadier general in the U.S. Air Force and a flight test engineer with the Federal Aviation Administration’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office, is the mobilization assistant to the director, Defense Contract Management Agency, Alexandria, VA.

Denise Stretcher (M.D.), a family practitioner who practiced medicine for nearly 20 years in Cincinnati, OH, joined Brevard Family Practice, which is affiliated with Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, NC.


Andrew Baker (B.A.) is working in the Department of Teacher Education at Wright State University.

Eamon Costello (B.A.), assistant Madison County (OH) prosecutor, was named a Madison County Common Pleas Court judge, overseeing the general and domestic divisions.

Eric Loomis (B.S.C.S.) is vice president and co-owner of The Design Knowledge Company, a Fairborn, OH-based software development company.

Eric Rupert (B.A.)(M.A.) was accepted into the Ph.D. program in English literature with a graduate teaching assistantship at Idaho State University, where he will begin his study of science fiction and philosophy in the spring of 2014.

Kip Wright (A.A.)(B.S.), who addresses matters of student conduct at Wright State University–Lake Campus, won the Hometown Hero contest at the Mercer
County Fair.


Nancy Brown Diggs (M.H.) has written Breaking the Cycle: How Schools Can Overcome Urban Challenges, a book about inner-city teens who can achieve the American dream with the help of good schools.

Sunil Kulkarni (M.B.A.), an investment advisor from Springboro, OH, started website for people searching for investment information and discount opportunities.

Robert Leonard (B.A.) received the Community College Outstanding Educator Award from the National Communication Association.

Jessica Odorcic (B.A.) finished first among women runners and 16th overall in the 39th annual Youngstown (OH) Peace Race, a 10K run.


J. Andrew Chance (M.B.A.) and his wife, Danette, have started Canopy Creek Farm, a working horse farm in Miamisburg, OH, available for special occasions such as weddings and receptions.

Melinda Garcia (B.S.) was appointed to the New Mexico State Rehabilitation Council.

Kevin Jones (B.S.) was named warden at the Allen Oakwood Correctional Institution in Lima, OH.

Jim Utt (B.S.) is president of Defense Engineering Corp., a Beavercreek, OH-based company that specializes in advanced sensor and processing technologies.


Bob Heaton (B.S.B.) was named director of sales for the Northeast and Midwest Territory for Havells USA, an Atlanta-based company that provides LED, incandescent, halogen, fluorescent and high-intensity discharge lighting products, fixtures, and ballasts.

Anthony “Scott” Keen (B.S.) (M.S.), chief engineer for the F-22 Program Division, Fighter-Bomber Directorate, Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and a .291 hitter over his four-year baseball career with the Wright State Raiders, received the Athletics Alumni Award of Excellence at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Pablo Luther (M.B.A.) was named chief financial officer of Liquid Robotics, a Sunnyvale, CA-based ocean data services provider and developer of the wave-powered Wave Glider marine robot.

Brad Sherwood (B.F.A.), an improvisational comedian, performed with Colin Mochrie in An Evening with Colin & Brad at the Aronoff Center Procter & Gamble Hall in Cincinnati, OH.


Steven J. Berberich (B.S.) (Ph.D.), chair of the Wright State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was appointed associate provost for faculty and staff affairs.

Brett Allen Cooper (B.S.E.) was among those honored by the NASA Langley Research Center with the NASA Group Achievement Award for exceptional technical achievement and outstanding contributions to NASA and the nation in revolutionary technology development for advanced aircraft.


Ricky L. Peters (B.S.E.), a senior executive who has spent most of his 33-year Air Force career in technology and supervisory roles at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base,
is executive director of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

William Priore (M.S.) operates Strategic Sediment Solutions LLC, which specializes in investigating and remediating contaminated sediment.


Fred G. Dickenson (B.A.) has written Hard Knocks & Consequences Too, a personal memoir of the hardships he faced and the joys that got him through.


Stephen W. Meldon, (B.S.) is director of the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Emergency Department and vice chair, Emergency Services Institute, Cleveland Clinic Health System.

Sharon Short (B.A.) had her latest novel, My One Square Inch of Alaska, published by Penguin Plume.

Cindy Stickley (M.Ed.) was appointed to the West Liberty (WV) University Foundation.

Thomas Verdon (M.S.)(B.F.A.), a painter, had his show The Artful Struggle: A Creative Quest to Paint Our Own Kind exhibited at the Yellow Springs (OH) Arts Council Gallery.


Gary McCullough (B.S.B.) endowed the Gary & Kim McCullough Scholarship Fund at Wright State University.

Thais Reiff (M.B.A.), a certified specialist in insects, trees, and the emerald ash borer, was named Ohio’s 2013 Outstanding Master Gardener Volunteer.


Marianne Fisher-Giorlando (B.A.) is volunteering at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola Museum and The Angolite prison news magazine after retiring as professor of criminal justice at Grambling State University.

Rosemary Ramsey (B.A.)(M.B.A.) was named the 2013 Robert J. Kegerreis Distinguished Professor of Teaching at Wright State University and won an Excellence in Teaching Award from the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education.


Kenneth C. Frisch (M.Ed.) was appointed senior philanthropic services officer for the Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.


James R. Harris III (B.A.) is founder and CEO/executive of Healthcare Economics LLC, a St. Petersburg, FL-based company that provides consulting services to manufacturers for biotech and pharmaceutical markets.


Joyce Beatty (M.S.), a U.S. congresswoman representing Ohio Third Congressional District, received the Distinguished Alumni Award of Excellence at the 2013 Wright State University Alumni Association Achievement Awards ceremony.

Sharon Rab (M.Ed.) was a featured speaker at the Schuster Center in Dayton, OH, for TEDxDayton, talks devoted to spreading ideas from the world’s most inspired people.

Richard Yinger (B.S.) retired as a public health environmentalist with the Warren County (OH) Health Department.


Marilyn Balsamo (B.S.Ed.)(M.Ed.) retired from Dayton Public Schools after 35 years of service.


James F. Wasson (B.S.) retired after 40 years in the insurance industry.

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