Paul H. O'Neill , MPA'66, in February announced his intention to donate $100,000 to IU. The gift is designated for the Lynton Keith Caldwell Professorship in international environmental studies through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. O’Neill was a student of Caldwell’s during his time at IU and cites Caldwell as a pivotal influence on his career. Since graduating from IU, O’Neill has worked in government agencies and the not–for–profit and private sectors. He rose to become CEO of Alcoa, the world’s third–largest producer of aluminum, and led the company to dramatic revenue growth over a 12–year period. O’Neill was subsequently named secretary of the treasury in 2001 by President George W. Bush and served for two years. O’Neill has remained active in a variety of civic, corporate, and philanthropic roles since leaving the Bush administration. He lives in Pittsburgh.
Perry M. Adair , BS’71, MPA’74, writes, “I retired in 2008 after a 34-year career with the U.S. government, including 10 years with the General Accounting Office and 24 years with the Department of State. I have continued to work intermittently under contract with the State Department Office of Inspector General, performing management reviews of overseas embassies. My wife of 41 years, Nancy (Hermetet), BA’72, MAT’76, has also retired after teaching for 33 years in three schools in the U.S. and in six other countries. We reside in Bellingham, Wash., and are active with the Seattle Chapter of the IU Alumni Association.”
Bradley E. Berner , AS’78, published author of Blood on the Irons, retired last year from the Richmond Police Department. Blood on the Irons chronicles the dangerous adventures of fictional Sergeant Jacob Brenner as he investigates three mysterious murders and pursues an elusive killer. From Indianapolis to West Palm Beach, with a finale in Nashville, the investigation leads Brenner on his most dangerous assignment ever.
Mary Wheeler Bullock , BS’78, is the domestic violence coordinator for the Indianapolis Healthy Start Program at Wishard Hospital. She works with women who keep their babies with them during their time in prison. Many of these women are serving time due to violent relationships. Bullock has been featured in a documentary called “Babies Behind Bars.” She also developed Ten Questions to Ask Before You Fall in Love, a relationship guide for both men and women. Bullock, a licensed social worker with the state of Indiana, is the founder of the Fair Chance Corporation, a not–for–profit program that helps give people a fair chance of a good quality of life through counseling and social services. She lives in Indianapolis.
Gregory E. Lindsay , BS’70, MPA’76, retired from NASA in December after 35 years of service as a financial/budget analyst, policy analyst, and contract manager. He worked on programs such as the Space Shuttle, the Spacelab, the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System, and the grants management support contract. Lindsay writes, “I look forward to playing more golf, traveling, and reconnecting with old friends and Delta Chi brothers.” He lives in Fairfax, Va.
Donna (Rudasky) Mommer , BS'77, lives in Indianapolis with husband Anthony W. Mommer, JD’68, who recently retired as an attorney with the law firm Krieg DeVault. A partner in the Indianapolis office, he was a member of the firm’s litigation practice group for 36 years.
Geoffrey D. Paddock , BA’77, MPA’88, was elected to the Fort Wayne (Ind.) City Council on November 8. Executive director of the Headwaters Park Flood Control Project, Paddock won election to the Fifth District seat by 62 percent of the vote. He served a four–year term on the board of trustees of Fort Wayne Community Schools from 2002 to 2006 and was president of the board in 2006.
Alfred F. Sherer Jr. , BA’70, MPA’94, is a retired laboratory purchasing coordinator for the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He writes, “My main occupation is the care of my children, grandchildren, and great–grandchildren. I am very interested in trees and health matters and somewhat interested in politics, history, and geography.” Sherer lives in Indianapolis.
Donna Berry Spears , BS’79, MPA’81, has been named to the board of the Indiana Youth Institute. Spears is a realtor for Lingle Real Estate in Richmond, Ind. Prior to joining the company, she worked in the fields of dentistry and public health. Spears is also a past chairwoman of the IU Alumni Association and has been involved in numerous professional and community organizations such as Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc. of Wayne County (Ind.), the Richmond Art Museum and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. She and her husband Alan, BA’79, MPA’81, JD’90, a senior vice president and trust officer at First Bank Richmond, live in Richmond.
Jeffrey S. Tunis , MPA’79, retired in August after 35 years of government service, 28 of those years spent as a Foreign Service officer. His final position was consul general at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia. Tunis is now director of government and foreign affairs at Pt. Smart Tbk., a large Indonesian agribusiness, telecommunications, and finance firm. He is also an inaugural member of SPEA’s Distinguished Alumni Council.
Mary A. Zachar , BS’74, JD’77, LLM’07, after completing an LLM in intellectual property at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis,” writes Mary, “I returned to California to practice law using the skills and wisdom gained through my academic pursuits, including the beginning of a mediation perspective formed through Professor John Krauss’ public policy mediation training. Adding to the mix contemplative meditation practices, as well as additional mediation training, I have what I describe as a contemplative law practice. I contribute to an intellectual property blog and enjoy a diverse legal practice focused mainly on IP and business matters. I also volunteer through the LA Zen Center at the Los Angeles County jails, guiding meditation and transformative justice practices with inmates. I have found that the integration of all the skills we can bring to resolve a dispute, or solve a problem, is the most rewarding way to practice law — to help others and contribute to our own wellbeing. It is with great fondness that I recall the beginning of my academic career when SPEA was first recognized for its interdisciplinary approach in addressing public policy issues — really thinking outside the box. SPEA continues to contribute and develop new ways of solving very human problems, cultivating the best in its students through its multidisciplinary approach. I am proud to say I started out with this very open and broad view of what is possible. Thank you, SPEA!” Zachar lives in Santa Monica, Calif.
Michelle T. Boone , BA’83, MPA’98, in May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed Michelle commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The department presents and promotes free festivals, exhibitions, performances, and holiday celebrations each year in parks and other venues throughout the city. Most recently, Boone was the senior program officer for culture at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago, responsible for distributing funding to arts and cultural institutions in major Midwestern cities. She serves on the board of numerous arts organizations and has been a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Illinois Arts Council, and the Cuyahoga (Ohio) Arts and Culture program, among others. Prior to the Joyce Foundation, Boone was the director of Gallery 37, an arts–focused job–training program for Chicago youth. Earlier in her career, she served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, Africa. Boone lives in Chicago.
Daniel W. Bortner , BS’87, is currently working as the director of Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs.
Steve W. Chafin , BS’89, is the CEO of Eco-Systems, Inc./Soilandandwater.com, an environmental consulting, construction, and ecological restoration firm, and is also the owner of Most High Adventure Outfitters, a canoe, kayak, mountain bike, and eco-tours store. Steve operates both in Bloomington, Ind. and is married to his wife of 22 years, Karen and has three children.
Thomas J. Chomyn , BS’83, is currently the national sales manager for TCL Multimedia, selling flat-screen televisions. He writes “This is my third sales position in the consumer electronics business after 20 years with Panasonic and three years with LG. My current position has given me the chance to visit China for the first time and to travel around the U.S. opening new accounts. My family has lived in Irvine, Calif., for the last 15 years. It is America’s largest master-planned city and one I studied in my urban–planning class at IU 30 years ago. My oldest daughter is a freshman at IU majoring in SPEA. After visiting ten universities, she said IU had the prettiest campus and made her choice.”
Thomas C. Fox , BS’81, MPA’90, was appointed executive director of Allen County (Ind.) Regional Water and Sewer District in January 2011. He lives in Fort Wayne, Ind.
Allen C. Galloway , BA’81, Cert’84, MPA’85, of Indianapolis, is vice president of strategic planning and business development at the Boyle Construction Management, Inc., LEED. Galloway recently qualified for the USA Master National Team for the World Road Race Championships. In September, he traveled to Stavelot, Belgium, for the championships and placed 46th in the world.
Michael W. Griffin , BA’81, MPA’95, of Highland, Ind., was elected to serve on the board of directors of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada during the organization’s 46th annual conference held in Oklahoma City. He has served as clerk–treasurer for the town of Highland since 1992.
Claire Conolly Grove , BA’88, JD’99, Cert’10, was appointed assistant dean for administration at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Fla. Her responsibilities include institutional research, policy and long-term planning initiatives at the college. Grove lives in Bradenton, Fla.
Marta C. Kelly , BS’82, was named as the National Park Service’s chief of interpretation. She oversees all National Park Service interpretive services, including education programs, community outreach, planning, employee training, cooperating associations, and the volunteer–in–parks program. She also provides guidance to 5,100 permanent and seasonal interpreters and 196,000 volunteers. Last year, 173 million people participated in National Park Service interpretive activities. For the past 30 years, Kelly has designed and managed large–scale education and civic engagement programs, incorporating partnerships and cutting–edge technology. Her other National Park Service experience includes serving as site manager at Mary MacLeod Bethune National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.; training manager at Albright Learning Center located in Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona; and superintendent of New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park. Kelly’s most recent position was as e–training project manager for the U.S. Department of the Interior, where she used technology and media to improve government operations and public service. She has also worked in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Educational Partnerships and for the Student Conservation Association, the Philadelphia Ranger Corps, and Earth Force, Inc., in a variety of supervisory outreach roles. Kelly lives in Upper Marlboro, Md., and works in Washington, D.C.
Stuart S. Kurlander , Cert/BA’84, was elected president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Last year, the not–for–profit organization raised and distributed $28 million locally, in Israel, and in 70 countries around the world. Kurlander, a Washington, D.C.–based philanthropist, community leader, and attorney, oversees the Jewish Federation’s executive committee and board of directors. He is a corporate partner in the law firm Latham & Watkins’ Washington, D.C., office, where his practice focuses in the health care and life sciences field.
Kathleen Morrow McNeely , BS’82, MPA’00, was named vice president of administration and CFO of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. She formerly served as associate vice president and executive director of IU’s Financial Management Services. McNeely, who began her new position on April 29, oversees the NCAA’s financial resources, risk management, insurance, investments, travel management, physical plant operations, the Hall of Champions, purchasing and procurement, publications and printing, and information technology. She lives in Bloomington, Ind.
Lisa M. Meister , BS’85, of Nashville, Tenn., is director of claims at the Hospital Corporation of America, a provider of healthcare services in Nashville.
Michele R. Redman , BS’88, was named the women's golf coach at the University of Minnesota. Redman graduated from IU as a four–time All-Big Ten selection, a two–time All–American, and medalist at the 1987 Big Ten Championships. She recently completed her 20th season on the LPGA Tour. Redman lives in Minneapolis.
Randy J. Rogers , BS’89, was named executive director of advancement and campaigns for its Central Indiana region at Ivy Tech Community College. His responsibility includes developing a comprehensive fundraising campaign as well as building a significant advancement office. Rogers had served as director of development for the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs since 2007. He lives in Bloomington, Ind.
Karen A. Rybak , MA’84, was awarded the Project Management Institute’s 2011 Community Advancement Through Project Management Award at PMI’s Leadership Institute Meeting in Dallas. She accepted the award on behalf of the PMI Buffalo Chapter for its innovative “Project Management for Nonprofits” program that provides project–management training and free mentoring tools to western New York not–for–profit organizations. Rybak, vice president of outreach at PMI Buffalo and vice president of events management at the Buffalo chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis, led the creation of the project along with a team of volunteer project managers. She lives in Tonawanda, N.Y.
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Matt Turner , MPA’88, was recently named Special Assistant to the President for Mission Advancement at Putnam Museum in Davenport, Iowa. She works in the 115,000–square–foot facility, designed to connect the public with different cultures throughout history. Turner lives with her husband Jonathan in Bettendorf, Iowa, with their two sons.
John C. Babione II , BS’95, JD’01, is an attorney with the law firm Frost Brown Todd in Indianapolis and practices in the areas of toxic torts, environmental law, and civil litigation. His wife, Leslie (Smith), BA’96, is a part-time communications consultant and a full-time mother. Babione writes that their older daughter enjoys dancing to the IU fight song. The Babiones live in Carmel, Ind., and welcomed their newest family addition, daughter Brienne Annalise, on Sept. 16.
Jeff F. Cappa , AS’98, is sheriff of Wayne County, Ind. He previously served as chief deputy of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department and assumed the role of sheriff on Jan. 1, 2011. An active participant in the IU East Alumni Association, Cappa has been on the board since 2001. He is president of the group and has helped coordinate numerous events, including a homicide investigation/crime scene forum for students, community members, and alumni. Cappa also worked closely on student–recruiting initiatives and helped establish internships with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office. In 2010, Cappa was one of IU Alumni Association’s President’s Award, the highest honor the Alumni Association bestows on alumni volunteers. He lives in Richmond, Ind., with his wife, Susan.
Yu-Che Chen , MPA’93, PhD’00, is editor of Electronic Governance and Cross-Boundary Collaboration: Innovations and Advancing Tools (2012). More information about the book can be found at http://www.igi-global. com/book/electronic-governance-cross-boundary-collaboration/49579.
Darren C. Collier , BS’90, AC’90, was promoted to senior vice president for McGuire Woods Consulting. “Darren has become an invaluable member of the McGuireWoods Consulting team during his tenure with the firm,” said Tom Londrigan, senior vice president and director of Illinois Government Relations. “After starting out as part of our state government relations team, he has expanded his work to our federal government relations teams and City of Chicago and Cool/DuPage County teams strengthening both practices.” Darren’s work and experience in areas of public finance, government relations, energy and climate change policy, and financial markets allows him to provide legal expertise to clients in a wide range of public finance projects.
Steven L. Driehaus , MPA’95, served in the Ohio House of Representatives from 2000–2008 and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for Ohio’s 1st Congressional District from 2009 to 2011. Additionally, Driehaus has served as the executive director of the Community Building Institute and associate director of the Center for International Education and Development Assistance for Indiana University. As executive director, Driehaus organized an internship program between Southern Africa and the United Sates. Recently, the former congressman was sworn in as the new Peace Corps country director in Swaziland.
Brittany D. Friesner , BAJ’98, MA’11, is program manager for Phi Delta Kappa International, a professional association of educators based in Bloomington, Ind. She recently completed a master’s degree in arts administration from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs, focusing her studies in film festival management, civic engagement and public policy. Friesner serves as a film programmer and consultant for the Indianapolis International Film Festival and, in January, will celebrate her fifth year as a volunteer with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. A former member of the Indiana Alumni Magazine’s editorial staff, she lives in Bloomington.
Rekaya M. Gibson , BS’92, is the author of Mama Don’t Like Ugly, published in 2011 by NCM Publishing Company. In the novel, Dana, a dark–skinned girl, grows up in a household with a mother who mistreats her because of her skin color. Gibson is an author of two other works of fiction, The Food Temptress and its sequel, The Food Enchantress. She started her freelance writing career in 2005, and her magazine articles have appeared in Cabo Living, Lake of the Ozarks Second Home Living, and Relocating in Saint Louis. In her spare time, Gibson is a freelance grant writer and consultant. When she is not writing, she likes to dance, eat, and promote her books. Gibson resides in Hampton, Va.
Derek M. “Dak” Hardwick , BS’98, writes, “I was recently selected by the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia to join the Political Leaders Program class of 2011.” Located in Charlottesville, Va., the Sorensen Institute prepares Virginia’s emerging leaders for public service as candidates for office, government officials, and citizen activists in the affairs of their communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the nation. The Political Leaders Program is Sorensen’s flagship leadership–development program and focuses on ethics in public service, public policy, and campaign and advocacy skills. “I’m looking forward to participating in the program,” adds Hardwick, who lives in Alexandria, Va. Hardwick serves on SPEA’s Alumni Association Board of Directors.
David L. Hatchett , BS’93, MPA’96, JD’96, is a partner in the environmental law firm Hatchett & Hauk LLP, which focuses on regulatory compliance and litigation matters for clients of all sizes.
Howard S. Hirsch , BS’91, has been named a shareholder by the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz in its Atlanta office. His practice focuses in the areas of real estate investment trusts, securities law, and commercial transactions. Hirsch has been named one of Georgia’s “legal elite” in business law by Georgia Trend magazine and was recognized as a “rising star” by Georgia Super Lawyers magazine. He also serves on the board of the Business & Finance section of the Atlanta Bar Association. Hirsch lives in Atlanta.
Candice M. Leuthold , BS’95, MLibSt’03, is executive assistant for internal communications at Aurora Health Care in Milwaukee, Wis. She previously served as annuity sales support specialist at Chase Insurance Agency Inc., and as marketing associate at Seton Identification Products. Leuthold is co–founder of the Civil Rights Heritage Center at IU South Bend. She lives in Franklin, Wis.
Steve J. Ma , MPA’96, is the founder and GEO — “green executive officer’ — of DC Live Green, an online organization designed to make green living simple. Since its launch in 2008, the site’s mailing list has swelled from about 1,000 to 26,000 subscribers, and the organization has partnered with more than 75 green businesses throughout the Washington, D.C. area, from cleaning services to yoga studios. The organization was awarded the Environmental Excellence Award in 2009 by then–D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, along with many of the businesses that Live Green sponsors. Through its website, LiveGreen.net, DC Live Green works as a tool for residents to help them find affordable, quality services that are also eco–friendly. For $13 per year, members are given discounts to many of the businesses the organization sponsors. DC Live Green also recently launched its sister site, GreenBacks.net, a deal site for green products. The system operates similarly to Groupons — each week, Live Green offers subscribers a 40 to 70 percent discount at one of its sponsored green businesses. Ma lives in Washington, D.C., and was featured on the cover of The Georgetowner magazine in April 2011.
Kathleen McDonald Siegmann , BS’93, is owner, president, and CEO of Career Investments, a job placement and career–management firm with offices in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Ind., and Chicago. Prior to founding Career Investments, McDonald Siegmann was vice president of professional placement for Personnel Management, Inc., a light industrial staffing firm with over 60 U.S. branch locations. She has served as president of the Indy Reads board of directors and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business Alumni Club of Indianapolis, and as a member of the development committee of the Athenaeum Foundation. McDonald Siegmann lives in Indianapolis.
Jennifer Gallas Steffus , BS’96, is vice president of annual programs and events at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She lives in Palatine, Ill., with her husband, Tom, BAJ’96, a freelance documentary producer, writer, and broadcast producer. The couple has two daughters, Lainey and Holly.
Elizabeth Krug Teague , BS’99, is an associate attorney with Downs Law Offices in Chicago. She concentrates her practice in family law, including divorce and dissolution of marriage; spousal support, alimony, and maintenance; child custody, support, and visitation; paternity; and premarital and post-marital agreements. Teague lives in Oak Park, Ill.
Lawrence D. Vellani , MPA’95, has joined the staff of the North Carolina Humanities Council as director of development. The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide not–for–profit organization and an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. As director of development, Vellani is responsible for securing and expanding resources to create and strengthen public humanities programs for the citizens of North Carolina. Vellani joined the Humanities Council from Elon (N.C.) University, where he served as director of corporate and foundation relations. At Elon, Vellani directed efforts with for–profit and not-for-profit partners to strengthen the university’s support from philanthropic institutions. Since 1990, Vellani has held academic appointments at many institutions of higher education in North Carolina, Ohio, and Indiana. More recently, he taught as adjunct professor and lecturer in the department of political science and public administration at Elon University.
Christopher M. Burkhart , MPA’09, has been promoted to director of global sourcing for MasterBrand Cabinets Inc., in Jasper, Ind. He lives in Petersburg, Ind.
Caroline M. Daly, MPA’08; , Brandon M. Wozniak, BS’04, MPA’08, Susan Shannon Spraker, MA’77, PhD’81, of Maitland, Fla., writes that IU is truly “a family affair.” Spraker started touting IU to her two children when they were still toddlers. Daughter Caroline M. Daly, MPA’08; Caroline’s father, David J. Daly, PhD’78; and Caroline’s fiancé, Brandon M. Wozniak, BS’04, MPA’08, are all IU graduates. Spraker and Daly’s son, Robert R. Daly, is the latest family member to attend IU. He is a student in the Kelly School of Business, where he plans to complete an MBA in 2013. Both Caroline and Brandon are energy industry analysts for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C., where they live.
Nicholas L. Dus , BS’05, MHA’07, is owner and manager of Stevens Court, a real-estate investment company currently consisting of a 10–unit apartment complex in Evansville, Ind. He lives in Evansville.
Khatuna Gogaladze , MPA’08, credits her graduate education at IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs with preparing her to manage the Aarhus Centre Georgia, which facilitates the implementation of democratic and transparent environmental policy in the republic of Georgia. The Aarhus Centre draws on SPEA expertise in its ongoing efforts to work with government officials, nongovernmental organizations and the business and academic sectors to promote informed discussion of environmental policy. In 2010, Matthew Auer, professor in SPEA and dean of IU’s Hutton Honors College, traveled to Georgia to lead an Aarhus Centre seminar on sustainable development. The seminar included participants from Georgia’s environment, economic development, energy, agriculture, and education and science ministries. Gogaladze, who earned a master’s degree in public affairs from SPEA as an Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Scholar, has worked for the centre in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi since 2008.
Laura M. Hartman , Cert/BA’01, is the author of The Christian Consumer: Living Faithfully in a Fragile World, published in November by Oxford University Press. The book discusses the ethics of consumer lifestyles, particularly in the developed world, from a Christian perspective. The book includes discussions of Christian practices such as fasting, gratitude, solidarity, gift-giving, Sabbath-keeping, and the Eucharist. Using exemplars from the Christian tradition and practical examples from everyday life, The Christian Consumer offers a thoughtful guide to ethical consumption. Hartman is assistant professor of religion at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill., where she lives.
James R. Hensley , Cert/BS’02, JD/MBA’06, has been appointed as counsel in the Indianapolis law firm Alerding Castor Hewitt. His practice concentrates on supporting the careers of professional athletes through contract negotiations, drafting/executing endorsements, and community relations. He was previously director of business development and legal counsel at KMG Sports. Prior to that, Hensley was an elite athlete coordinator with USA Track & Field. He lives in Indianapolis.
Charles M. Hughes , BGS’00, Cert’09, is executive director of the Gary, Ind., Chamber of Commerce, attended the Midwestern School of Broadcasting, and was the first black sports director and play–by–play announcer for radio station WWCA in Gary. He is a past member–at–large for the IU Alumni Association Executive Council. Hughes also served as an officer for the IU Northwest Alumni Association Board of Directors and as board member for the IU School of Continuing Studies Alumni Association. He is currently a member of Hoosiers for Higher Education. In 2010, Hughes was one of two SPEA alumni who received the IU Alumni Association’s President’s Award, the highest honor the Alumni Association bestows on alumni volunteers. Hughes and his wife, Danita, reside in Valparaiso, Ind., and have three daughters.
Ashley D. Hutcheson , BS’05, and husband were married in Nashville, Tenn., last May. Following the wedding, the couple enjoyed an outdoor reception at the Union Station hotel and proceeded to their honeymoon in Greece. The two work in the Healthcare industry. Hutcheson obtained her PHR and works for a private company in the Human Resources department. The couple currently lives in Nashville, Tenn.
Elizabeth M. Jarry , MPA/JD’03, has served as an administrative law judge for the State of Oregon Office of Administrative Hearings, in Salem, Ore., since March 2009. She lives in Portland, Ore.
Kaliah Wade Ligon , AS’99, BS’01, Cert’06, writes, “I recently graduated from the inaugural class of the AmeriCorps Public Allies–Indianapolis program. Upon completion of the apprenticeship program I was hired by the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center as a neighborhood development specialist.” Ligon lives in Indianapolis.
Andrew Merchant , BS’07, Edward P. Merchant, ’75, writes “I am closing in on the end of a long career in banking.” He adds, “We returned to our hometown of Marion, Ind., in 1986 where I am community bank president for Regions Bank. My wife, Jane, is an associate director of nursing at Marion General Hospital. Our sons, Ed, BS’03, JD’06, an attorney with the Indianapolis law firm Ruckelshaus, Kautzman, Blackwell, Bemis, & Hasbrook and Andrew, BS’07, a project manager for the Tippmann Group, also graduated from IU and now live in Indianapolis. We have a granddaughter, aged 11 months, who I am sure will be a member of the IU Class of 2032. We enjoy time at the lake, boating and fishing, and we also like to travel.”
David A. Northern Sr. , Cert’02, MPA’03, was recognized as one of 2012’s Most Influential African Americans in Lake County and was presented with the Award of Vision by The People’s Voice newspaper and the Soaring Eagle Publishing Company. As executive director of the Lake County (Ill.) Housing Authority, Northern is responsible for administrative and professional oversight in planning, directing, and coordinating the authority’s varied and complex Housing and Community Development Programs while also ensuring complete compliance with all HUD regulations. His responsibilities include managing a budget of $30 million and overseeing $50 million in other assets, as well as supervising approximately 60 staff members and a housing inventory of over 3,200 units. The Lake County Housing Authority serves more than 11,000 citizens of Lake County. Northern lives in Round Lake, Ill.
Nicholas Parkevich , BS’01, MPA’04, has been named partner at the veteran non–profit consulting firm Loring, Sternberg & Associates. He joined LSA in 2010 to lead the firm’s growing capital campaign consulting practice. Parkevich previously served as executive director of Best Buddies Indiana and director of advancement for Damar Services, both non-profits.
Jennifer Pollitt , MPA’09, works as the chief of staff for the City of Green Bay Mayor’s Office. Pollitt serves as the liaison between Mayor Jim Schmitt and city staff. Further, she informs the community on city happenings. Pollitt is a member of the International City/County Manager’s Association and serves on the Sustainable Green Bay taskforce. In January, Pollitt was recognized by the Green Bay Press–Gazette as a “Future 15,” a young professionals award to recognize emerging leaders in the Green Bay community. Individuals selected for the Future 15 are growing and excelling in their respective fields and demonstrate the ability to positively impact the area in the future through professional accomplishments and community involvement. Pollitt recognized Professor Orville Powell as her mentor in the profession in her Future 15 profile.
Jennifer L. Shea , MPA’03, JD’03, and husband Robert McCracken, MPA’01, recently moved from Washington, D.C., to Cincinnati, Ohio, with their two children, Gaven (age 4) and Molly (age 2). Shea serves as environmental, health & safety counsel for GE Aviation and Robert works for the Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance.
Tavis E. Smiley , BS’03, LHD’04, discussed leadership, business, and his latest book, FAIL UP: 20 Lessons on Building Success from Failure, in Alumni Hall of the Indiana Memorial Union at IU Bloomington this past November. Smiley recounted instances throughout his career of perceived “failures” that were, in fact, “lessons” that shaped the principles and practices he employs today. In addition to the presentation, Smiley met with African-American student leaders from the Kelley School of Business and SPEA as well as students who received Smiley Scholarships, a program designed to encourage young leaders capable of effecting positive social change. Smiley is the host of a PBS television talk show, Tavis Smiley, and a radio talk show, The Tavis Smiley Show. He lives in Los Angeles.
Sandra Hall Smith , BA’04, Cert’05, MPA’07, a veteran staff member of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Northwest, has accepted the post of assistant director of the campus’s Center for Urban and Regional Excellence. She most recently served the IUN campus as SPEA’s assistant to the dean for graduate programs and outreach. Hall Smith is responsible for making connections between community organizations and the university, and spearheading initiatives for the benefit of northwest Indiana. She will also foster relationships with government, not–for–profit organizations, businesses, and community residents. Hall Smith lives in Merrillville, Ind.
Brian L. Spector , MPA’02, became a board member of the newly formed Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine. He completed his fifth marathon in Fargo, N.D., in May. Spector is the department administrator for emergency medicine at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. He lives in Chicago.
Eric J. Spoonmore , BS’05, MPA’07, started a new job as an assistant director of development at the IU Kelley School of Business in July. His wife, Lindsey (Jarrett), BS’05, is an events planner at the Kelley School of Business. The couple lives in Bloomington, Ind.
Stacy Plebanski Swentko , BS’01, writes, “I am currently an attorney with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Valparaiso, Ind.” She continues, “I joined the agency in May 2009 and have recently been selected to train newly–hired attorneys and paralegals. This includes traveling to give presentations and provide one–on–one mentoring,” In October 2010, Plebanski Swentko married Nathan Swentko. The couple resides in Dyer, Ind.
Samantha C. Weiss , BA’09, AC’09, MA’10, works as the media and public relations associate for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, an internationally celebrated museum of modern and contemporary art. Specifically, Weiss is part of the in–house public relations team, creating press for exhibitions, public programming, film screenings, and special projects like BMW Huggenheim Lab and YouTube Play. She lives in New York.
Jessica R. Wray , BS’09, writes that she taught English in a Spanish primary school for a year and is now vice president of marketing and sales for a packaging company. She lives in Wilmette, Ill.
Nan Zhou , MPA’06, started Chimerica Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in business cooperation between China and America and travel planning to China. She lives in Fort Wayne, Ind., with her husband and two sons.
Alexander H. Katzman , BS’10, works in Morgan Stanley’s equity research department in New York. She lives in New York City.
Scott C. Lurkins , BS’10, is economic development coordinator for the city of Greenville, Ill. He is completing an MBA degree at St. Louis University.
Randy E. Marsh , BS’10, writes, “I was chosen to be IUPUI’s first undergraduate commencement speaker for the Spring 2010 Commencement ceremony.” He continues, “At IUPUI, I was also the two–term president of SPEA Ambassadors, secretary of Jaguar Ambassadors, Supreme Court Justice for the Undergraduate Student Government, and student body representative on the Parking and Transportation Appeals Committee. I am currently residing in Cairo, Egypt, where I am a graduate student in both the international human rights law and the forced migration and refugee studies programs at the American University in Cairo.”
Nicholas M. Reich , Cert/BSW’08, Cert’10, is coordinator of student and family services and a basketball coach at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a charter school established in 2004 to cater to students who have been unsuccessful in traditional schools. He lives in Indianapolis.