Alumni News – Summer 2021


Larry Oden ’75 wrote and published the book Holding an Edge: A Guide to Sixty Years of BUCK Factory Production Knives.

William Westafer ’78 retired from the First Baptist Church of Cowpens, SC and published Clergy Stress: Causes and Cures available on Amazon.

Robert Patterson ’79 completed 25 years as the IT manager for General Tire Wabash and 14 years as a programmer and system analyst at Weaver Popcorn in Van Buren, IN. He is currently enjoying retirement in Indiana and Foley, Alabama.


Anthony Abell ’97 is Vice President for Enrollment at Trinity College in Trinity, FL. He continues in his adjunct professor roles at both Trinity College and Saint Petersburg College.

Marcus Kephart ’98 is a Commanding Officer of the Electronic Attack Squadron 132 – a US Navy Unit that flies the EA-18G Growler.


Will Sims ’00 is the Founder and CEO of Tru-Spot Technologies in Pelahatchie, MS.

James Rowland ’00 is serving as a Police Officer assigned to the Air Support Unit (drones) of the Fort Wayne, IN Police Department.

Ann Johansson ’07 completed her PhD in Nursing in April 2018 and Doctor of Nursing Practice in August 2020 at the University of Pittsburgh. Ann is currently working as a nurse practitioner in the Department of Medical Genetics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Lindsay Rapini ’07 was honored with a DAISY Award at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital for the high level of care she shows towards her patients.

Lisa S. Chambers ’08 is the program director for the Prestera Center for Mental Health in Mason County, WV.

Matthew Prost ’09 is the General Manager and COO of the Bayview Yacht Club in Detroit, MI.


Robert Anderson ’10 completed his MBA with the IU Kelley School of Business and is currently working as the Account Manager for Eli Lilly and Company.

Dawn Pittinger ’13MBA17 is a Research Billing Compliance Manager at Moffitt Cancer Center and is on track to become a doctoral graduate in the inaugural DBA program at IWU.

Jenn Phillips ’15 is a Financial Advisor at Northwestern Mutual in SC. Her regions team experienced a historic moment when herself and two other women became the first females to ever lead their district’s monthly leader board.

Michael K Blanchard ’15 has recently published two books available on Amazon: The Black Book of Lamentations and A Community Research Guide to Student Persistence: Research-Based Strategies to Improve Student Persistence.

Laura Schmidt ’17 is a Chief Human Resources Officer at Marburn Academy in New Albany, OH.

Sherri Smith ’17 is the new Event Services Coordinator at IUPUI in Indianapolis, IN.

Abbie Grisham ’17 is a self-employed author who released her first book June 2021.

Susan Manser ’17 is the Senior Coordinator of Treasury Services at Raytheon Technologies and serves on the board of UR Community Cares, Inc.

Sheryl Hayes ’18 is an ICU Charge Nurse for Licking Memorial Health Systems in Ohio and a Clinical Adjunct Professor for Central Ohio Technical College.

Patrick Donahue ’18 is the VP of Leadership Development at Danaher Corporation. He has also written and published The Power of Genuine Leadership: How Authentic Leaders Earn Trust, available on Amazon.

Bradford Denham ’19 was promoted to Lead Project Manager at L3Harris Technologies in Salt Lake City, UT.

Maggie O’Heran ’19 is the owner and CEO of Magpie Weddings, specializing in unique floral designs, in Bloomington, IN.


Heather Martinez ’20 is an SSA (Service & Support Administrator) at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities in Lima, OH.

Tanika Edmonds ’20 is a motivational speaker, writer, and published author. She is also a co-founder of Be A Bridge & Elevate (BABE), an organization that uplifts women and connects communities.

Carol Oliver ’20 is a Vendor Management Professional at Humana in Louisville, KY.

Thomas K-Johnson ’21 is the Founder and Executive Director of The Kneeland Center for Poetry, Inc – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that discovers and enhances the works of underrepresented poets across the globe.

Birth Announcements

Olivia Brooke Dongell was born April 3, 2020 to Oliver Brent Dongell ’06 and his wife, Natasha.


Margot Patricia Colwell was born May 20, 2021 to Justin ’16 and Melia (Sneden) ’15 Colwell.







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