Class Acts — Winter 2013

Class Acts — By on January 22, 2013 3:58 pm


Marcia Carter, ‘69G, has been named assistant dean at Western Illinois University’s Quad City campus.

David Wessel, ‘69G, who studied history and Latin American studies at Indiana State, was the first Peace Corps volunteer from the State of Louisiana.  During his formal service, he worked in Columbia.  When the earthquakes hit El Salvador twice in two, Wessel returned to South America as a Peace Corps response volunteer to serve as a construction supervisor for six months as housing was reconstructed.  His undergraduate alma mater, Loyola University New Orleans, recently published a profile of Wessel that may be read at


William “Keith” Ruble, ‘70, ‘72G, Vigo County Parks Superintendent, retired at the end of 2012.  He had served in the position of parks superintendent since 1973.

Charles DeMaio

Charlie DeMaio, ‘73, has been promoted to the position of vice president for external relations with the Indiana State University Foundation. 

Chuck Schroeder, ‘73, was hired right out of college to be the workshop supervisor of the Putnam County Sheltered Workshop.  Forty years later, Schroeder now directs the same agency that serves more than 200 clients and has been named Putnam County Comprehensive Services.

J. Scott Williams, ‘73, has been named director of development for the Wabash Valley Community Foundation.

Steven D. Spencer, ’76, ‘79G, retired in August 2012 after serving more than 36 years a school media specialist.

Dr. Patrick Madison, ’78, recently left the position of executive director of the College Hill Alliance based in Macon, Ga.  Madison held the position since 2009.  The alliance, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, identifies its mission as to revitalize the area around Mercer University in Macon.  Madison is returning to private business.

Janet Reed, ’79, is the new Lake County extension service director for the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.


Jane Bahler-Hurt, ‘80G, who studied accounting at Indiana State, has been named general manager of Tri-County Electric Cooperative.

Photo info:From left to right: Operation Classroom, Inc., President Rev. Bob Coolman of Valparaiso, Sierra Leone Bishop John Yambasu, and Operation Classroom, Inc., Board Chair and Indiana State alumnus Mark Eutsler of Linden.

Mark Eutsler, ’80, has been named to an international covenant ministry exchange team.  As part of Eutsler’s work with Operation Classroom, Inc., he will help coordinate covenant ministry exchanges between Sierra Leone and Indiana.  Operation Classroom, Inc., is Indiana’s largest United Methodist-affiliated missions ministry.  Eutsler was also recently elected board chair of Operation Classroom, Inc.

In addition, Eutsler recently graduated from the FBI Citizens’ Academy.  The academy strengthens relationships between the bureau and the community and educates citizens by providing substantive presentations that explain efforts to combat crime and preserve national security.

Kathy Louise Wells Deal, ‘81, has taught for 30 years in the Clay and Vigo County School Corporations as a media specialist.  She was recently named the Vigo County School Corporation District Intervention Coach working on Title 1, Language Arts, media center, 21st Century Learning Communities, school improvement, and before/after school programs.

Philip Pena, ‘81, has been named vice president of finance and administration at East Central College located in Union, Mo.

Kelly Zimmerly, ’83, has been elected New Greene County Treasurer.

Dr. Nancy Greene Cerio, ‘85Ph.D., has opened a counseling psychology practice, along with her husband, Dr. James Cerio, ‘83Ph.D., in Canton, N.Y.

Leaann Newman

Leaann Newman, ‘85, has joined Springleaf Financial Services as vice president for human resources.  Previously, she had been Vice-President of Human Resources for Daymar Colleges Group.  Newman has also been with the human resource departments of Mead Johnson Nutrition and Bristol-Myers Squibb. 

Lisa McBride, ‘86, a fomer DEA agent, has been named ombudsperson at California University of Pennsylvania.  McBride studied criminology at Indiana State.

Brian Bergen, ‘87, has been named director of the Lincoln and Logan County Development Partnership. Bergen was formerly director of agribusiness and economic development for six counties in east-central Indiana.

C. Scott Ballard, ‘88, who studied finance at Indiana State, has been named president of Salin Bank’s new Columbus, Ind., market.

Dave Fleet, ‘88, has been named technical director for airport operations at Futron.  The Bethesda, Md., based company is a leading provider of decision management solutions for telecommunications, aerospace, and other technology enterprises.

Janet Herman, ‘88, has been named executive director at Medtech College.


Patricia Barwise Tyree, ‘90, is the chief executive officer and owner of Caring Call Connection Senior Care.

Ruth Ann Sheey, ‘92G, and Sean Hoisington, ‘11G, both had their art featured at the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill., in September.  Hoisington is an accomplished photographer, and Sheey is recognized for her work in fiber.

Kenneth R. Warner, ’92, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana State, was recently appointed as senior vice president and director of the Terre Haute market for Bison Financial Group, part of Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network.

Dr. Phil Harrison, ‘93, ‘96G, ‘05Ph.D., is the new superintendent and high school principal at Jamaica, which serves about 500 students in the Sidell area, southwest of Danville, Ill.

Stephanie Laws

Stephanie Laws, ‘96, is the new executive director of the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative, which counts Indiana State among its 10 member organizations.   PHOTO

Jennifer Nowak Payne, ‘96, is the co-founder of the business  Payne indicated that her job as student advertising manager of the Indiana Statesman was her “first cold-call experience” and also provided her with an opportunity to manage a group of peers as well as learn time management. She said she has used those skills in building her own business.

Jason A. Demeter, ‘97, has joined Kermida’s South Bend office as director of EHS Services.

Monica Ramey, ’99, has released her second album recently.  It features 14 extraordinary jazz tunes and a wide variety of other jazz artists including George Tidwell, Denis Solee, Beegie Adair, and Lori Mechem.  For more information about the album, see


Amy Keller, ‘00, is one of three content directors named to lead a program designed to boost college readiness in science, math, and English, in partnership with the state department of education.

Heather Skelly, ‘01, who studied athletic training at Indiana State, has been chosen to lead a new wellness center than has recently be opened by IU Health Starke Hospital

Dr. Javier Abrego, ‘04G, is the superintendent of the Morenci Unified School District in Morenci, Ariz.

Cynthia “Cyndy” Boyce, ’04, ‘06G, has been appointed as a social science instructor at Lincoln Trail College in Robinson, Ill.

Amy Delashmit, ’05, recently joined the Human Resource Center of Edgar and Clark Counties.

Shawn Bayouth, ‘06G, has been named fire chief in Ames, Iowa, the state’s eighth largest city.  Bayouth studied human resource development at Indiana State.

Dr. Tracy P. Pierner, ‘06Ph.D., whose doctoral studies at Indiana State were focused in technology management and manufacturing systems, has been named vice president for academic affairs at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Mich.

Shelly Langona, ‘07, is an account executive with RJE Business Interiors.  Her father, Denny Sponsel, is the president of the company.  Previously, Langora had been in donor relations with the United Way of Central Indiana.

Dr. Amy Stagg Barfield, ’10 Psy.D., has been appointed to the clinical staff of Prairie View Mental Health Center and is based in the east Witchita office. 


Savanna Cline, ‘10, a graduate of Indiana State’s nursing program, has been appointed to the newly created medical liaison position with Pacific Meso Center in Los Angeles, Calif.  In her role, Cline will develop a comprehensive educational system to provide enhanced outreach services for patients with mesothelioma. 
Koichiro Gomyo, ‘10, has been named athletic trainer for the Oregon Institute of Technology’s Owls.

Sean Hoisington, ‘11G, and Ruth Ann Sheey, ‘92G, both had their art featured at the Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Ill. In September.  Hoisington is an accomplished photographer, and Sheey is recognized for her work in fiber.

Alyson Rech, ‘11, was recently sworn in as a new police officer in Columbus, Ind.

Amos Wegner, ‘11, is the athletic director at the YMCA in Salem, Ind.

Philip Dobelstein, ‘12, who studied physical education at Indiana State, has been hired as a personal trainer at the Paris, Ill. YMCA.  Dobelstein is a native of Paris.


Scot Longyear, who grew up as a member of the Maryland Community Church congregation, was recently ordained as the church’s new senior pastor.

Peggy Wolfe, who studied nursing at Indiana State University, was one of the many health care professionals who assisted the victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey.


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