Class Notes


Neil L. WeismanBA’68, MPA’74, JD’90, is a South Bend, Indiana, attorney, on the board of directors of the Indiana Public Defender Council, chief deputy of the St. Joseph County Public Defender Department, staff attorney for the South Bend Human Rights Commission, and runs a private criminal-law practice.


Samuel L. Brooks Jr.BA’70, MPA’78, recently graduated from Walden University, where he received a PhD in public policy and administration. He lives in Park Forest, Illinois.

Dale S. DuffalaBA’75, MS’78, is a self-employed environmental scientist who lives in La Jolla, California. In July, he attended the 85th birthday party of Marie Hlavacek Holbrooke, BA’48, a former real estate investor, in San Diego.

Margarita Sainzdelapena GagliardiBA’77, MPA’79, joined Urban Engineers as vice president of transit planning. Urban Engineers is a Philadelphia-based company that provides planning, design, and construction-management services for highways, transit, bridges, and airports. Gagliardi leads Urban’s transit and passenger rail division in transit-related planning assignments.

Donald F. IsaacAS’73, BS’74, now lives in Liberty, Indiana, retiring in 2011 after 22 years as chief probation officer of Union County, Indiana.

Robert A. Meyer Jr.BS’75, is an attorney with the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur and has been recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as one of the publication’s “Leaders in Their Fields.” Meyer was named a leader in the field of real estate-zoning, and land use. He lives in Gahanna, Ohio, and practices in Porter Wright’s Columbus, Ohio, office, and co-chairs the firm’s green practice group. Meyer is a member of SPEA’s Distinguished Alumni Council.


Michael D. AbramsBA’84, MPA’92, moved to Columbus, Ohio, and is president of the Ohio Hospital Association, a state-level organization that represents 167 hospitals and 16 health systems throughout Ohio.

Robert D. DriverMA’89, became a consultant this past year for Gonser Gerber, a firm that provides consulting services to not-for-profit organizations. Driver provides counsel to educational, health-care, and other not-for-profit organizations in building effective advancement programs and campaigns, integrated marketing, public relations, and strategic planning. He has more than 25 years of experience in not-for-profit and advancement leadership, most recently as vice president for development at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, Ill. Driver lives in Champaign, Illinois.

Steven M. EllerBS’84, of Granger, Indiana, is vice president and chief human resource officer for Beacon Health System in South Bend, Indiana. He also serves on the IUAA Executive Council and is president of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Alumni Board.

Mark JohnstonMPA’83, recently won one of the most prestigious awards the federal government offers, the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, affectionately known as the “Sammies.” Johnston, a member of SPEA’s Distinguished Alumni Council, was part of the team that won the 2012 Citizen Services Medal Recipient for his work on behalf of homeless veterans.

Richard M. KerlinBS’84, writes, “Very recently, I followed the final trek of space shuttle Endeavor from Los Angeles International Airport to the California Science Center. I live in L.A. and work as a marketing and media consultant, including copywriting.”


Libby BrabandImage of Scoot TealJoshua A. CarterBS’95, is currently the chief operating officer/managing partner of Integrity Metals’ Richmond, Connersville, and Morristown, Indiana, locations. Integrity Metals operates three full-service industrial/retail recycling operations in central Indiana. Carter lives in Indianapolis.

Anne Dix ChastainBA’99, MA’03, is executive director for development and external affairs in the School of Science at IUPUI. She lives in Indianapolis.

Liza (Marczak) DimitriBS’96, recently earned a master’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s College in Maine. Liza and her husband Brian (BA’97), a teacher at Edward Little High School, live in Auburn, Maine.

Christy GillenwaterMPA’96, is the new president of the Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce in Evansville, Indiana. She previously served as the president of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce in Bloomington, Indiana.

David D. “Beau” Haynes Jr.BS’99, is an attorney with Kathleen L. DeBruhl & Associates, a New Orleans law firm that represents physicians and physicians’ practices. He is married to Jessica Schott Haynes and the couple recently welcomed a son, Miller, to the family.

Darren C. KlinglerBS’96, MPA’06, lives in Indianapolis and works as the director of vital records for the Marion County Public Health Department.

Ryan D. MinniearBS’99, MPA’01, writes, “I have started my own consulting business and I am president of Cadence Communications. I am working part time, as my full-time job is being a stay-at-home dad.” Minniear’s wife, Susan (Hilbish), BAJ’99, is a senior account manager for Google, working out of the company’s Los Angeles office. The couple, from Santa Monica, California, celebrated the first birthday of their son, Caden, in June.

Adam K. Van RooyBS’99, is president of Van Rooy Properties in Indianapolis. The company, which was started by Van Rooy’s father 35 years ago in Madison, Wis., has 300 employees and owns about 10,000 apartment units in Indianapolis and Madison. It buys run-down buildings and rehabilitates them into living space. Van Rooy began working in maintenance for the company while he was in high school and became president in 2006.


Andrea Sheneman CiobanuBGS’04, MPA’06, JD’10, resides in Indianapolis and was accepted as one of 25 lawyers across the state into the Indiana State Bar Association’s inaugural class of the Leadership Development Academy. The five-month training course was established to help young lawyers become more informed, committed, and involved; to prepare them to fill significant leadership roles; and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism. Ciobanu, an Indianapolis attorney who focuses her practice in the area of civil litigation, graduated from the program in May.

Marty PoschSamuel K. ConradBS’06, joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate in the firm’s Fort Wayne office. His practice focuses on labor and employment law. Conrad graduated from the University of Dayton School of Law in January 2012. Before attending law school, he spent two and a half years in Washington, D.C., with the White House’s Presidential Personnel Office. As deputy associate director, Conrad consolidated, edited, and compiled personnel-related briefing materials for the president, vice president, White House chief of staff, and PPO staff. While at IU, Conrad served as an intern with Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in the Fort Wayne office, Rep. Michael Pence (R-Ind.) in Washington, D.C., and with the White House Scheduling Office. He lives in Decatur, Indiana.

Matthew T. DattiloBS’05, lives in Chicago and has been appointed to the board of the Loyola University Museum of Art. He was also elected to membership in the Economic Club of Chicago. Dattilo is vice president and general counsel at MAC One Midway Premier Restaurant Group, the largest food and beverage operator at Chicago’s Midway International Airport.

Angelo A. GreccoBS’01, is director of ISO sales at FTS Services, a small payment processing company in Chicago. He specializes in recruiting and developing successful relationships with top sales groups. Grecco manages and supports the portfolio of merchants and network of agent groups for the FTS subsidiary Allied Bancard. Grecco has served as Allied Bancard’s president for the past three years. Prior to starting and building up Allied Bancard, he worked as vice president of operations at Allied Merchant Services controlling the day-to-day needs of the agents and merchants. Grecco lives in Chicago.

Emily M. HoffmanBS’05, lives in Brownsburg, Ind., and works at Indianapolis-based Cargo Services, a Midwest freight forwarding company. Prior to joining the company, she worked in the UPS supply chain solutions international office as an account executive managing the logistics for accounts in the Chicago area.

Sally J. KeenanBS’01, is executive director of Hoosier Village, a retirement center in Indianapolis. She has held the position for 23 years. Previously, Keenan was assistant administrator at Westminster Village in Muncie, Indiana. Prior to that, she was a staff nurse at Westminster Village and a registered nurse for area hospitals and physicians’ offices. Keenan lives in Indianapolis.

Willa Borom LeeBS’00, is a senior level case manager in Gary, Indiana, where she lives. She writes that she has a master’s degree in business education.

Samuel Newlin-HausBA’09, is a police officer for the Westfield Police Department in Westfield, Indiana. He recently revisited his alma mater, IUPUI, to speak to Professor Jerry Wise’s Public Management Economics course about income-based fines for moving violations. The information is being used for Senator Greg Taylor’s proposed Senate Bill 428.

Jon M. PrattBS’06, writes that he is living in Arkansas, but working in Oklahoma for Reynolds American Inc.

Sean E. RussellBS’09, is a rental account manager with the transportation and logistics company Ryder. In August, he married Stefanie H. Conrad, BS’09, a dietician who specializes in home tube-feeding supplies and services, on the IU campus in Bloomington. The couple lives in New Orleans.

Cliff W. SessomsBS’08, MPM’10, lives in Gas City, Ind., and was recently hired as the security director at the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Sessoms is retired from a distinguished 25-year career with the Marion (Ind.) Police Department, most recently serving as the deputy chief of police from 2004–2012. He began his new duties in June. As security director, Sessoms will also oversee security at offsite IU Health Ball Memorial facilities in addition to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and IU Health Blackford Hospital. A graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., Sessoms has been recognized as a two-time Crime Stoppers Officer of the Year, is a recipient of a Meritorious Service Award from the Marion Police Department, and received the 2006 Angel Award for his recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina from Slidell, Louisiana.

Anthony C. UghettiBS’06, is the administrator of Huntsville Health Care Center, a 92-bed nursing facility in Huntsville, Texas. The facility recently won two corporate awards from its parent company – 2011 Texas Center of the Year and 2011 Center of the Year. Ughetti lives in Spring, Texas.

Adam WasonBS’02, is the communications director for the city of Bloomington. His position incorporates duties that were previously handled by the assistant deputy mayor, and will require him to take on traditional duties of the communications director.

Marshawn A. WolleyBA’03, MPA’06, is the new director of partner relations at the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association. Wolley joins the ICVA team after working as director of emerging business for the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee. As director of partner relations at ICVA, Wolley’s responsibilities include developing and managing strategic partnerships with potential and current ICVA stakeholders. He will also act as a community relations representative. Wolley lives in Indianapolis.


Fahad A. BegBS’11, of Indianapolis, is city project manager in the office of Indianapolis Mayor Gregory Ballard.

Jake KuczerukBS’11, is the chief marketing officer at Tie Society, a rental-style service for menswear. His company provides a cost-efficient method to provide men with dress apparel and is ideal for students who are just entering the workforce. As a recent graduate, he attributes his success to the education and experience he obtained at SPEA.

Abigail F. PurcellBS’11, lives in Palo Alto, Calif., and works as a marketing associate and assistant to the CEO at Bottlenotes Inc., an online wine community based in Palo Alto. Originally an e-commerce site that matched users’ taste preferences with wine options, it has developed into a media platform with both marketing and social media capabilities. Bottlenotes also hosts wine tastings in cities across the U.S. as part of its “Around the World in 80 Sips” program.

Nicole E. ReisingBS’12, founded Children of Bungoma, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless children in Bungoma, Kenya, through assistance with housing, education, and food. The organization is based in Reising’s hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. For more information, visit SPEA acknowledges the IU Alumni Association for assistance in compiling Class Notes