Class Notes – from the Spring 2017 Vision magazine
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Fr. Wilfred “Sonny” Day, pastor of St. John the Baptist in Starlight, celebrated 50 years of ordination to the priesthood in May.
Retired U.S. Navy Comdr. Michael Scharf has retired from his second career as an executive at Lockheed Martin Corp. Mike and his wife have relocated from the D.C. area to Leland, N.C.
Phill Lovan retired this spring from the Jeffersonville Fire Department as a battalion chief after 34 years of service.
Steve Kraus completed his first Boston Marathon in April, his fourth marathon since 2014. He was featured in the April 26, 2017, issue of the eVision newsletter. Also running that race was Adam Popp ’97.
Reed Gabhart ex-’79 completed all six races in the Abbot World Marathon Majors series with the Tokyo Marathon. He ran his first marathon in 2000 in Anchorage, Alaska, and his first majors race in 2002 in Boston. He was featured in the March 1, 2017, eVision.
Elizabeth (Loveland) Roberts graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in May 2017 with a master’s of science degree in nursing and will be practicing as a family nurse practitioner.
Regalo, owned by siblings Laura (Dotson) Applegate and JD Dotson ’87, received a Pillar Horizon award from Develop New Albany for new and emerging businesses that have been in downtown New Albany five years or less. The art gift shop has two locations, one on Pearl Street in New Albany and the other on South Fourth STreet in Louisville.
Maria Volpert is now a math teacher for Floyd Central High School.
Tim Miller is founded Timothy Miller Consulting and serves as an educational consultant in the San Francisco, Calif., area.
April (Ernstberger) Libs has published her latest book, The Eleventh Hour, which is now available in digital format and paperback on Amazon.
Eric Holden, of New Albany, is now account manager-donor recruitment for the American Red Cross.
Jeremy Jackson is now academic dean of Trinity High School. He was named an honorary alumnus of the Louisville Catholic all boys’ school in 2014, having taught and been a counselor at the school since 1998.
Ian Hall’s New Albany restaurants were winners in Louisville Magazine’s Best of Louisville awards. The Exchange pub + kitchen was named Best Southern Indiana Restaurant and Brooklyn and The Butcher was named Best New Restaurant. The Exchange also received the Business of the Year ONE Award (51 or more employees) at the One Southern Indiana 2017 ONE Awards.
Jason Latta, chief creative officer and founder of Amazing Robot and Sons LLC, is now also vice president LVL1 Louisville Hacker Space, an organization that helps teach and demystify making things with technology featuring an open community lab and workshop.
Rachel Hall’s Jeffersonville restaurant and catering business Orange Clover Kitchen & More received the Economic Development Impact Project of the Year ONE Award at the One Southern Indiana 2017 ONE Awards for the expansion of her restaurant with the opening of The Copper Room at Orange Clover in June 2016. Rachel also was among Southern Indiana Business Source‘s 20 under 40 honorees.
Nicole (Lenfert) Sharp has opened Balance Holistic Salon & Spa in New Albany.
Will Hargis graduated in May 2017 from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and successfully matched in emergency medicine at UofL. Will first worked as a CPA with Monroe Shine before deciding to pursue a career in medicine.
Ryan Ramsey, funeral director in charge at Newcomer Funeral Homes in New Albany, was named one of Southern Indiana Business Source’s 20 under 40.
Cami Culwell, an occupational therapist, has launched Clinitote, a line of fashionable medical, business, and travel bags designed specifically for clinicians. She and her fiancé, Tarek Raucci, live in Washington, D.C.
Kevin and Erin (Hayes) Pickerrell welcomed daughter Madison Ann in April. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long. She joins big brother Jack. Erin was recently promoted to territory manager for Strategic Marketing Services, and Kevin is now on the Hostage Negotiation Team with the Louisville Metro Police Department.
Bradley Rogers is now account manager-orthopedics and tissue technologies for Integra LifeSciences of Louisville.
Andrea (Hensgen) Smallwood, a financial analyst with Northwestern Mutual in Louisville, was named one of Southern Indiana Business Source’s 20 under 40.
Michelle (Landis) Huber and her husband, Derek, welcomed their first child, son Vance Steven Gerald Huber, in May 2017. He weighed 6 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long. The Hubers live in Floyds Knobs.
Morgan Coomer, owner of Sweets by Morgan bakery in Jeffersonville, was named one of Southern Indiana Business Source’s 20 under 40.
Rob Guilfoyle’s business Abe AI has been selected to participate in this summer’s 2017 Barclays Accelerator financial technology program at Techstars in Cape Town, South Africa. The company builds innovative artificial intelligence solutions for banks.
Jordan Gilland has transferred to Los Angeles and is now rental and used operations representative with
Caterpillar Inc., having previously served as marketing representative for the Peoria location.
Matthew Leist is an attorney and is now an associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Chicago.
Hillary Forsee completed her master’s degree in occupational therapy from Spalding University and is now an occupational therapist at Associates in Pediatric Therapy in Louisville.
Tyler Ash recently was sworn in as a full-time officer with the Clarksville Police Department. Previously, he served three years as a reserve officer for the department.
Zev Crawley is now retirement services district manager at ADP in Nashville.
Jordan Oppel married Stephen McNamee on May 27 in New Albany. Alumni in the wedding party included her brother, John Oppelt ’14, groomsman, and her sister, Justine Oppelt ’17, maid of honor. Jordan is a speech therapist at a skilled nursing facility in Salem.
Stephanie Smith is now a success specialist at Salesforce in Indianapolis.
Emily Brier recently was promoted to assistant buyer for Kohl’s Department Stores in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Wade Brown earned his degree in industrial engineering from the University of Louisville Speed School in May and works as project engineer for Bastian Solutions in Cincinnati.
Josh Maled has a new position as corporate finance consultant at Humana.
Logan Popp and Jad Mirchandani ’12 were married in May 2017. Jade is a registered nurse at Baptist Health Floyd, and Logan is an occupational therapist at The Villas of Guerin Woods and Maple Manor Christian Home. The couple resides in New Albany.
Allison Brown earned her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of Louisville in May and will be working as a labor and delivery nurse at Clark Memorial Hospital.
Zack Johnson received his bachelor’s in civil engineering in May 2016 from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and is now a management trainee at R. J. Corman Railroad Group in Nicholasville, Ky. He married Ella Bryant in May 2017.
Kelsey Rogers has been named head girls’ soccer coach at Charlestown Senior High School. She is a registered behavior technician at Meaningful Day Services in Jeffersonville. She recently earned her master’s in applied behavior analysis from Ball State University.
Daniel Wilburn received his bachelor’s in communications from the University of Louisville in December 2016 and now works as an ambassador for BlueIndy in Indianapolis.
MaryAshley Betz graduated from Bellarmine with a bachelor’s in business administration and communications with an emphasis in marketing in May 2017. She is now a marketing/public relations associate for Logan Lavelle Hunt in New Albany and Louisville.
Reed Fansler earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial design in May from Purdue University and now is an associate consultant for Microsoft in Texas.
Cody Schrank is an inside sales representative for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Murphy Sheets earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wabash College in May and is now an account executive with Clear Channel Outdoor in Jacksonville, Fla.
Brandon Sprigler received his bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Indiana University Bloomington in May. He recently accepted a position as development finance associate with PedCor in Carmel.
Justin Starr earned his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Ball State University in May. Prior to graduation, he received the Exceptional Graduate in Construction Management Award and his BSU Pre-Construction Team placed first in the Associated Schools of Construction Great Lakes Region #3 Competition. He is now project manager at American Contracting & Services Inc. in Jeffersonville.
Ashton Cash received her bachelor’s in anthropology in April 2017 from Oregon State University and is now an interpretive naturalist at Charlestown State Park.
Jake Riggs has accepted a position as a corrections officer with the Floyd County Jail. He is a senior at Indiana University Southeast studying criminal justice and plans to graduate in May 2018.
Amelia Voelker will complete her bachelor’s degree in management and marketing with a minor in entrepreneurship in August from Indiana University Southeast. She is now office manager and marketing director at Sweetland Ltd. Trash and Recycling in New Albany.