Class Notes


Taylor Floyd (B.S.) started the Ph.D. program in neuroscience at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.


Tyler Chilton (B.S.B.) works as an assistant language teacher in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture on the island of Honshu on the coast of the Sea of Japan.

Kate Evans (M.P.A.) was appointed chief deputy auditor of Montgomery County, OH.

Renika Williams (B.F.A.) played the role of Beneatha in Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s production of A Raisin in the Sun and starred in National Black Theatre’s New York City production of Sweet, which follows the tumultuous lives of three Midwesterners in a small town in Kansas during the late ’60s.


Aaron Blake (B.S.), a research scientist with UES, Inc., a contractor at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, helped develop a new type of flexible lithium-ion battery that can be folded and manipulated hundreds of times without voltage fluctuations, making it an effective warfighter technology.

Gabriel Jones (M.P.H.) was named commissioner of the Champaign County (OH) Health District.

Jeremy Katz (M.A.) is director of the Cuba Family Archives at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum in Atlanta.

Sandeep Palakodeti (M.P.H.) was named chief of hospital medicine by CareMore Health System, a Memphis, TN-based company that focuses on prevention and coordinated care to manage chronic disease.


Jonathan Crutcher (B.A.) was named assistant vice president of client development at Synchrony Financial in Chicago.

Jordan Hart (B.F.A.), an employee of the Five Rivers MetroParks in Dayton, rode his bicycle more than 2,000 miles along the route of the Underground Railroad, from Owen Sound, Ontario, to Mobile, AL.


Brooke Moore (B.A.) was named co-anchor of WDTN-TV in Dayton.

Tye Smith (B.A.) was named city manager of Forest Park, OH.


Richard A. McKinley (Ph.D.) was part of a research team at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton that found that transcranial direct-current stimulation of the brain can improve people’s multitasking skills and help avoid the drop in performance that comes with information overload. The study was reported in a pre-publication paper in the open-access journal Frontiers of Human Neuroscience.

Daniel O’Connor (B.A.) was elected Franklin County (OH) recorder.

Nan Whaley (M.P.A.), mayor of Dayton, announced her candidacy for governor of Ohio.


Todd A. Bialowas (M.D.) is the team physician for Fort Campbell, KY, and is a sports and tactical medicine physician for the U.S. Army’s Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program.

Daniel Divine (B.S.) is the manager of research and development at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, FL.


Teri Sholder (B.S.N.) was hired as the new senior vice president, chief quality officer for BayCare Health System in Clearwater, FL.

Ashley Swain (B.A.) was named associate director of sales and marketing for the Columbia County (GA) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Matthew Wadsworth (B.S.) was appointed vice president of clinical affairs for the Nevada Donor Network.


Lois Foy (M.A.) was invited to the White House after writing a letter about her book connecting President Lincoln freeing the slaves to the first black president.

Matt Martin (B.S.) is producer/writer of Free to Ride, a documentary about the establishment of three bus stops between Dayton and Beavercreek, OH, that explores a civil rights issue.

Sarah Miller (M.S.) was named chief information officer and SVP at Neiman Marcus, a Dallas-based luxury department store company.

Stephanie Precht (B.A.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.


Mindi Fisher (B.S.) was promoted to executive director at JPMorgan Chase in Columbus.

Brett Hagen (M.Acc.) was elected principal financial officer of Proteostasis Therapeutics, Inc., a Cambridge, MA-based biopharmaceutical company developing small molecule therapeutics to treat diseases caused by dysfunctional protein processing such as cystic fibrosis.

Clifford Towner (M.M.) is maestro of the Georgia College & State University Wind Symphony.


Chastity Takoma Edwards (M.D.), an obstetrician and gynecologist who practices at Maui Medical Group in Hawaii, was welcomed into the International Association of HealthCare Professionals after being published in The Leading Physicians of the World.

Elizabeth Graves (M.B.A.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.

Daniel Griest (B.D.B.) is head coach of the Dayton Dynamo of the National Premier Soccer League.

David B. Salisbury (Psy.D.), a clinical neuropsychologist, was appointed clinical director of Pate Rehabilitation, a Dallas-based company that operates post-acute treatment centers for stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation.

Christian Stray (B.S.B.E.) is interim CEO of Hy5, a Norway-based medical technology company that develops and markets neuroprosthetics.

Katie Wehner (B.A.), assistant dean for academic affairs and director of the Academic Resource Center and Disability Services at Franklin College in Franklin, IN, received the 2016 Margaret Hommell Staff Service Excellence Award.


Ross Newton (B.S.) works as an in-house visual effects artist at Marvel Studios in Burbank, CA, where he created visual effects on six Marvel feature films, including Captain America: Winter Soldier; Guardians of the Galaxy; Avengers: Age of Ultron; Ant-Man; Captain America: Civil War; and Doctor Strange.


Kevin Cornell (M.S.T.), director of the Dayton Regional STEM Center, was named Ohio’s Lead PBS Digital Innovator for 2016.

Kiran George (M.S.Eg.)(Ph.D.), a computer engineering professor at California State University at Fullerton, was honored with the L. Donald Shields Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity Award for being a transformational force in innovative research.

Jill Kingston (M.Ed.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.

Rob O’Leary (M.S.T.) was named superintendent of Vandalia-Butler (OH) City Schools.

Natasha Randall (B.F.A.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.


Lori Anderson (M.A.) was named chief operating officer of Bethesda Lutheran Communities, which provides services that include homes, day programs, employment supports, faith supports, camps, and educational supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Billi Ewing (B.A.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.

Jason Schrader (B.S.Ed.), middle school principal in New Bremen, OH, was named superintendent of the New Bremen school district.


Wayne Davis (M.U.A.) was appointed city manager of Centerville, OH.

Mark Green (M.D.) serves as a state senator in Tennessee’s 22nd District.


Laurie K. Miller (B.A.), an attorney in the Jackson Kelly PLLC law firm’s Charleston (WV) office and Health Care and Finance Practice Group, received the G. Duffield Smith Outstanding Publication Award from DRI, the Voice of the Defense Bar.

Gary C. Norman (B.A.) serves as corporate secretary and co-legal counsel of a new national trade association for civil rights and equal employment opportunity. He was also honored by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the bar association that recognizes various leaders in the law.


John Waldron (M.D.) joined Centra Medical Group-Brookneal in Brookneal, VA.


Brian Best (B.S.) is president and chief executive officer of GTE Financial, a Tampa-based credit union.

John Busbee (M.S.Eg.) is CEO of the Xerion Advanced Battery Corp., a Champaign, IL-based company that builds batteries with properties such as high power, high energy, fast charge, and reduced cost.

Patrick McCarty (B.S.) was named senior vice president and chief information officer and information security officer for the Jenks, OK-based First Oklahoma Bank.


Edward Schwartz (M.D.) is chief medical officer of CareHere, a Brentwood, TN-based company that provides medical services to more than 110,000 employees and over 225,000 members.


Stephanie M. Smith Albert (B.S.) was named the first director of diversity and inclusion at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

Scott Boose (B.S.) was appointed president and chief executive officer of Service Experts, a provider of HVAC repair, maintenance, new equipment sales, and related services and part of the Toronto-based Enercare.

Katherine Myers (M.R.C.), assistive technology specialist for the Office of Disability Services at Wright State University, was recognized as a Distinguished Professional in her field by Women of Distinction Magazine and by Continental Who’s Who as a Prominent Professional of the Year in the field of Higher Education.


Kelly Ducheny (Psy.D.), director of behavioral health for Chicago-based Howard Brown Health, received the Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally from the Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues.


Christopher Przemieniecki (B.A.) received the Frederick M. Thrasher Award for “superior academic research” from the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago for his work on Gangs, a book on the history of gangs and their relation to corrections, law enforcement, and the media.

Annie L. Sobel (M.D.), an associate professor at the Department of Medical Education and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Texas Tech University, was appointed to the Texas Military Preparedness Commission.


Michael R. Barratt (M.S.), a NASA physician/astronaut and one of the nation’s few specialists dually trained in medicine and aerospace medicine, received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Upstate Medical University commencement.

Joseph V. Homan (M.B.A.) was named chief operating officer of Monterey Technologies, Inc., a Monterey, CA-based company that provides human factors analysis, business process improvement, design and evaluation, and human system integration services to government and commercial customers, as well as defense contractors.

Robert Villamagna (M.A.T.), an artist who produces paintings, cartoons, collages, and assemblages from repurposed tin and other “found” materials, was inducted into the Wheeling (WV) Hall of Fame.


Elaine Fultz (B.S.Ed.), a media specialist for Madison Local Schools in Butler County, OH, served on the Newbery Award Selection Committee for the 2017 awards for most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

Pete Landrum (B.A.)(M.P.A.) was hired as city manager by the city of Beavercreek, OH.


Mary Murphy (B.S.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.

Michael Schneider (Psy.D.) was featured on’s list of Top Counseling Blogs of 2017 for outstanding work on his company blog titled New Directions Counseling Services.

Karen Shadowens (M.B.A.) was appointed vice president of finance and CFO at Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, OH.


Tracy Reimer Canby (B.A.), postmaster of Clarksville, OH, was named Ohio Postmaster of the Year 2016 by the National Association of Postmasters of the United States.

Robert K. Finley, Jr. (B.A.) donated the riverfront forest north of Oregonia, OH, to create the Little Miami Conservancy’s 109th nature preserve along the Little Miami National Wild and Scenic River.

Dale Luebke (B.A.), executive vice president of Minster (OH) Bank and Minster Financial Corp., was named president and CEO.


Sukanya Madlinger (B.S.) retired as senior vice president of retail divisions for The Kroger Co. after 31 years of service for the Cincinnati-based grocery retailer.


Mary Garman (M.S.) was named among the 2017 Top 25 Women to Watch in Dayton and the Miami Valley region by the Better Business Bureau’s Women in Business Networking.


Steven Back (B.S.E.E.) is vice president, global quality assurance for Luminex Corporation, an Austin-based company that develops biological-testing technologies for the life sciences industry.

James Oda (B.A.) was appointed as a trustee to Edison State (OH) Community College’s Board of Trustees by Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Fred Peterson (Psy.D.) is the health behavior coordinator/health psychologist in the Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Chillicothe, OH.

John Wright (M.S.), who works at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, drives NASA’s solar-powered rover on Mars.


James T. Augustine (M.D.) was re-elected to the board of directors of The American College of Emergency Physicians.

John Dietrick (M.D.) is medical director of the surgical weight loss program at Florida Hospital Tampa and president of the Tampa Bay Surgical Group.

Ted Gudorf (B.A.), managing attorney of the Gudorf Law Group, was elected to the board of directors of Life Essentials, a nonprofit organization serving seniors struggling with mental illness in Montgomery and Greene (OH) counties.

Angela Iannone (B.F.A.) was awarded a Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowship for work on her cycle of plays, The Edwin Booth Plays.


Vernon Dale Jones (M.B.A.) was appointed chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State University Wilkes-Barre (PA).

Gary LeRoy (M.D.), associate dean for student affairs and admissions at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, was named co-chair of the Justice Committee of the Montgomery County (OH) Jail.


Sean R. Logan (M.D.), a surgeon with Neurology Associates of Northwest Ohio in Findlay, OH, was welcomed into the International Association of HealthCare Professionals with his publication in The Leading Physicians of the World.


Elizabeth Anderson (B.F.A.) was nominated as an Alexandria Living Legend by three leading Alexandria, VA, arts organizations—The Art League, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board.

Vernon Sykes (M.S.) began a four-year term representing state Senate District 28 in northeast Ohio.


John Kirk (M.S.) was named vice president of regulatory affairs for Millendo Therapeutics, Inc., an Ann Arbor, MI-based company developing therapies for endocrine diseases caused by hormone dysregulation.

Marianne Kuzujanakis (M.D.), chair of the Professional Advisory Committee of the Schenectady, NY-based Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG), is co-author of Misdiagnosis & Dual Diagnosis of Gifted Children & Adults, a medical counseling book.

Elizabeth Madigan (B.S.) was named chief executive officer of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.


Jim McCutcheon (M.M.), an adjunct faculty member for Wright State University and Miami University and artist-in-residence at the University of Dayton, was recipient of a 2017 Governor’s Award for the Arts in Ohio.


Todd Hale (M.B.A.), former Nielsen senior vice president of consumer and shopper insights, presented his American Bakers Association education session titled Opportunities to Accelerate Growth at the International Baking Industry Exposition in Las Vegas.

David Shumway (M.S.) released Birth of a City, a book about the modern-era history of Beavercreek, OH.


Brooke Atherton (B.F.A.), a textile artist, spoke at the Huntington (WV) Museum of Art and exhibited her work titled Macy’s Presents: Brooke Atherton, Maps & Measures.

Dan Patterson (B.F.A.), a photographer, installed a life-sized action photo of Wilbur and Orville Wright at Huffman Prairie on a mesh screen for the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park.


Stephen A. Young (M.S.) is a professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.


K. Stuart Goldberg (B.A.), a civil trial lawyer, was hired as associate attorney by The Berman Group, a Florida-based personal-injury law firm.

Eva Lazear (B.A.), who retired after 30 years of teaching, is working part time as a tutor at Springfield (OH) High School.

Charles Painter (M.Ed.), coach of the Archbishop Alter High School boys tennis team in Kettering, OH, recorded his 700th career coaching win.


Ellen Harshman (M.Ed.), dean emeritus of the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, was appointed to the board of directors and audit committee of Post Holdings, Inc., a St. Louis-based consumer packaged goods holding company.

James Jeffries (B.A.) was reappointed to the Texas Appraiser and Licensing and Certification Board by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.


Brian A. Garry (B.A.) was awarded the U.S. Coast Guard Commandant’s Auxiliary Achievement Medal for superior performance of duty.

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