J. Joseph Marr, MD, ’59 BS published a book, Fall from Grace, a physician’s retrospective on the past 50 years of medicine and the impact of social change. Marr spent 20 years in academic medicine and then was an executive with biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies and with an international venture capital firm. He is retired and lives near Denver.
William Kehoe ’69 MBA has been selected for the Jefferson Scholars Foundation Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Virginia. Kehoe is entering his 40th year with the faculty at the University of Virginia and is a professor of commerce at the McIntire School of Commerce.
J. Michael Brandt ’72 MED was named superintendent of Clermont Northeastern School District. He had been serving as the interim principal at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School. After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Cincinnati, Brandt spent 29 years at Cincinnati Public Schools as teacher, principal and superintendent. Brandt also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky University, Mount St. Joseph University and Xavier, a position he still holds today.
Tim Akin ’72 BSBA/’73 MBA was awarded the 2014 Indiana CPA Society’s Outstanding Accounting Educator Award.
Mark Clement ’76 AB/’80 MHA has been named president of TriHealth in Cincinnati. Clement is a Cincinnati native who until recently was chief executive officer of the Rochester General Health System in western New York. He is based at TriHealth’s headquarters in Avondale.
Jim Ray ’77 BS/’14 MEd was inducted into the Hall of Honor by the Association of Western Hills Alumni Athletes. At Western Hills High School, Ray played three sports: football, basketball, and track and field. He attended Xavier on a football scholarship.
Paul Warndorf ’78 MBA, vice president for strategic planning of The Association For Manufacturing Technology, has been selected for the prestigious Lawrence J. Rhoades Award given by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). Warndorf graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in electrical engineering.
Sister Norma Janssen ’79 MHA celebrated her 50th Jubilee anniversary as a professed Roman Catholic nun in the order of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Janssen, who lives in the Chicago area, and 10 others celebrated their jubilee anniversaries with a Mass and luncheon in Frankfort, Ky.
Tim Schroeder ’79 BS was named 2015 Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young. Schroeder is the CEO and founder of Clinical Trial and Consulting Services. He is a member of Xavier’s Board of Trustees.
Molly R. Stinn ’81 AB was named an equity director at Corrigan Krause but continues to serve in the role of director of the assurance services department. Stinn has spent more than three decades in the public accounting profession, and at Corrigan Krause has worked with clients in fields such as homeowners’ associations, closely held businesses and ambulatory surgery centers. Every three years, she leads the firm through an external peer-review process, for which Corrigan Krause regularly meets the highest quality standards. Stinn applies her technical skills on various financial reporting, business consulting and auditing engagements.
Ted C. Downing ’82 MED was named superintendent of Bright Local Schools. Downing has served as the superintendent for the Bridgeport Exempted Village Schools for the past six years. Prior to that, Downing was high school principal at Eastern Brown Local Schools in Brown County for 18 years. Prior to his service at Eastern Local Schools, Downing served as assistant high school principal, athletic director and teacher at the Greenfield Exempted Village Schools for 17 years. He has also served as an adjunct professor for Southern State Community College. He has a master’s from Xavier in educational administration.
Kathy McElligott ’83 MBA has been appointed executive vice president and chief information officer (CIO) and chief technology officer (CTO) for McKesson Corp. McElligott previously worked at Emerson where she served as CIO since 2010 and managed Emerson’s information technology strategy and information security for the company’s global operations including hardware software and services as well as its telecommunications and data center infrastructure. Prior to joining Emerson, McElligott spent 22 years with General Electric, holding multiple information systems leadership roles and ultimately becoming CIO of supply chain for GE Aircraft Engines. She received a bachelor’s in computer science from Kent State University.
Tom Lampe ’84 BSBA joined Furlong Building Enterprises, LLC, a commercial and industrial construction firm, as director of business development. Lampe is responsible for attracting new business for the company and working with clients. Prior to joining Furlong, Lampe worked at Stand Energy, Tapke Asset Management and Trellis Companies. Tom was recently elected as a commissioner for the Campbell County Kentucky Fiscal Court.
Kevin Halter ’88 MHA, CEO of Bon Secours Health System, was elected and installed as chairman of the Kentucky Hospital Association’s board of trustees for the 2015-2016 year. He has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in health care including strategic planning, operations, business development and management engineering. Halter joined Bon Secours, which includes Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital and Bellefonte Physician Services, in 2004. Kevin also served as chief operating officer with Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.V. Halter earned a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Kathy Kane ’88 ’BS / ’05 MED, nationally recognized principal of Our Lady of Victory School in Delhi Township, joined the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Catholic Schools Office as Director of Certification. Kane, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, began her career as a second grade teacher at Our Lady of Visitation School in Green Township. She later taught third grade and became the school’s assistant principal for teaching and learning. Kane joined Our Lady of Victory as principal in 2007. She also has served as a mentor principal and a member of the Archdiocesan Vision Steering Committee for Catholic schools and as an instructor for Xavier, teaching cohorts of educators in the Initiative for Catholic Schools. Kane also received the Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association for 2015 and the Civitate Dei Award from the Archdiocese in 2014.
Holly Purcell ’89 MBA has been promoted to portfolio operations manager at Madison Wealth Management. With more than 15 years of experience in the financial analysis and investment fields, Purcell has been serving on Madison’s portfolio management team for more than five years. In her new role as portfolio operations manager, Purcell is responsible for maintaining the integrity of data in their portfolio management systems. She also actively helps to manage and rebalance portfolios, monitors account cash flows and prepares prospective client portfolio overviews along with other duties. Purcell earned her BA from Williams College in Williamstown, Mass.
Julia Meister ’91 BAU, an attorney, has been appointed ethics and malpractice co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law. Meister currently serves as vice-chair for the section. Meister is a partner in Taft’s Litigation, Health & Life Sciences, and Private Client groups and heads the firm’s Cincinnati Estates, Trusts and Fiduciary Litigation practice. She counsels clients and represents them in business, commercial, estate, guardianship, trust and fiduciary matters, and professional ethics and discipline matters before courts, administrative tribunals and arbitrators. Meister advises clients on a variety of health care issues, including privacy, statutory compliance and decision-making by health care surrogates. In addition, she represents clients in disciplinary proceedings and investigations before licensing boards and professional societies. Meister earned her JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Michele Farhat ’93 BS is deputy director at Family Service of Napa. She oversees internal operations for human resources and operational duties and continues to oversee development and marketing for the agency. Through her work in human resources, sales and marketing, she has always been a supporter of access to mental health services. Farhat has most recently served as development director for Family Service and as a previous member of the board.
Lauri MacNeel ’93 MED is recognized by The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty with the 2015 Lakota Educator of Excellence Award. An educator for 30 years, MacNeel has been a guidance counselor in Lakota since 1995—the past 14 years at Lakota East and six years prior to that at Hopewell Junior School. In addition to her professional duties, MacNeel has served as the advisor for the J. Kyle Braid leadership program and the Gay Straight Alliance, where she has helped countless students make a difference in their communities. In addition to the award, MacNeel received a $2,000 grant for the implementation of a special project or program at her school.
John Marrocco ’93 MBA was named president of Cincinnati market by KeyCorp. He left his role as commercial sales executive and senior vice president at Fifth Third to take on the role as local market chief at KeyBank in Cincinnati. John was also named commercial sales leader for KeyBank’s Greater Cincinnati market. He had been Cincinnati market president at First Financial Bank for five years before leaving to join Fifth Third in 2010. He was in charge of dealing with business customers greater than $10 million. Marrocco has been greatly involved in the community, serving on boards or as an adviser with the Taft Museum of Art, Boys & Girls Club, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Catholic Intercity Schools. He graduated from St. Xavier High School and earned an undergraduate degree from Denison University.
Leslie Patterson Tyler ’93 BA was appointed Director of Media Relations and Communications by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. She joined the Kimmel staff from Tyler-Made Productions, where she served since 2008 as president and CEO. She also served for over 25 years as a television news manager in Cincinnati, Miami, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia’s own Fox29 as assistant news director. She resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband, the Rev. Mark Kelly Tyler, and four children. Tyler is a 2011 Fellow of Leadership Philadelphia and a distinguished Fellow of McCormick Tribune. She also served as adjunct professor at Temple University in the Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Patterson is also a member of the board of directors for the American Red Cross where she holds the position of secretary and co-chair of the Diversity Donor Committee; co-president of the Meredith Elementary Home and School Association; and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Rho Theta Omega Chapter.
Terri Cento ’94 MED was named principal of Cardinal Pacelli School in Cincinnati. Cento has been in education for over 25 years as a teacher and faculty leader, and most recently as an assistant principal. She is a product of Catholic education, having attended St. James the Greater in White Oak and McAuley High School in Cincinnati. Cento completed undergraduate work at NKU while raising four children. She attended Northern Kentucky University for a master’s in arts in instructional leadership, graduating with honors. Cento’s resumé includes teaching experience in a variety of classrooms, which range from grade one through grade eight.
Stacy Oldfield ’94 MBA launched a new business, Minerva Management Partners, a practice dedicated to providing business consulting services to businesses owned or operated by women and providing life coaching to professional women. The company’s mission is to partner with women in discovering the clarity needed to build the confidence that empowers them to succeed.
Heather Buettner ’95 BSBA/’99 MBA has been named executive director—SC Johnson, CFO Deb Group (Deb). Buettner is responsible for the finance and information technology functions as well as the harmonization of Deb’s procedures within SC Johnson. Buettner brings to this role extensive commercial finance experience, strong collaboration skills and a proven ability to manage for results. Most recently, as senior director—business planning and analysis, Buettner managed the company’s annual planning process, providing financial and analytical support to the Office of the Chairman and CEO, and the Office of the CFO. As project manager— corporate treasury, Buettner provided analytical support to help manage the company’s relationships with global banks and rating agencies. Buettner has a master’s degree in marketing and a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is based in Denby, U.K.
Jerry R. Howard ’95 BSBA was named senior counsel at Anselmo Lindberg Oliver’s, satellite office in Cincinnati. Howard has a BScience in business management from Xavier and a JD from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and he’s been licensed to practice law in Indiana and Kentucky since 2000 and Ohio since 2001. His areas of practice include residential and commercial foreclosure, creditors’ rights commercial litigation and bankruptcy. Howard is active in representing the Southern Hills Baptist Association and other local churches in a pro bono capacity.
Edward Joseph “EJ” Schultz ’95 BSBA was promoted to bureau chief at Ad Age. Schultz joined Ad Age five years ago and covers packaged food, beverage and sports marketing. During his time with Ad Age, he has been recognized with the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award for best range of work by a single author, as well as a Best in Business award for a feature story from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Prior to joining Ad Age, Schultz worked for McClatchy newspapers, including the Fresno Bee where he covered business, state government and politics, and the Island Packet in Hilton Head, S.C. He has a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in economics from Xavier.
Nicole R. Tzetzo ’95 BSBU and Nicholas Tzetzo have been named vice chairs for the 2015 Catholic Charities Annual Appeal. Tzetzo is a partner and member of Jaeckle Fleischmann’s Executive Committee. She concentrates her practice in tax and business matters including mergers and acquisitions and real estate investment trusts, and represents clients in both federal and state tax disputes including business tax, sales and use tax, and personal income tax. Tzetzo’s tax practice also extends to the not-for-profit sector where she provides counsel in connection with entity formation, board governance, regulatory compliance and establishment of foundations. She also counsels closely-held businesses and individuals in the areas of estate planning, succession planning, and charitable remainder and life insurance trusts. Tzetzo graduated from the School of Law, Catholic University of America with a JD 1998.
Tim Ackermann ’97 MED was named superintendent of Kings Local School District. He was assistant superintendent of Milford Exempted Village School District. Ackermann has spent much of his career at Milford, also serving as a high school teacher, middle school principal and director of human resources and special education. Ackermann earned his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton. Prior to his tenure in Milford, he worked for Reading Community City Schools as principal of Hilltop Elementary School.
Dan Bolden ’97 MED, athletic director at Colerain High School, was named assistant principal at Northwest High School’s alternative school program. Bolden has been the athletic director at Colerain for the last eight years.
Frank Sraj ’97 MBA was named vice president of sales and marketing by Mayfran International. Sraj reports directly to the company’s president and is responsible for the pursuit of opportunities that meet and grow Mayfran’s revenue and profit goals. Sraj joined Mayfran International with more than 30 years of leadership and management experience from companies within and outside of the chip and coolant management and material handling industries. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from Cleveland State University.
Keith Becherer ’00 BA was appointed director of campus recreation at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville after a national search. He had served as interim director of the department. Since the beginning of his service in SIUE’s Department of Campus Recreation nearly 13 years ago, Becherer has held positions as a graduate assistant, recreation specialist and assistant director of recreational programs. He has also served as president of the University Staff Senate. As director, Becherer manages multiple university facilities, including the Student Fitness Center, Activity Center, Outdoor Recreational Sports Complex, Cougar Lake Recreation Area, SIU School of Dental Medicine Fitness Zone and satellite fitness rooms located in the residence halls. Keith also earned a master’s in education, kinesiology, from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2004.
Anthony Fletcher ’00 BSBA was hired by dunnhumbyUSA as senior business analyst in the Cincinnati office. He is responsible for assisting in managing the deployment, configuration and support of business systems for dunnhumby’s internal business units. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, Fletcher worked for Luxottica Retail as a senior business systems analyst and as a systems analyst for Agile Pursuits Franchising.
John Gennaro ’00 BSU/’01 MBA/’02 MHSA was appointed director of the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. He oversees delivery of health care to more than 43,000 veterans annually and an operating budget of over $387 million. Gennaro began his career with the VA in 1997 in the research foundation at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. He then moved to the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, where he held various positions of responsibility, and since has held various progressive leadership positions within the VA. In February 2012, he was appointed to serve as the director for VA Butler Healthcare in Butler, Pa. Gennaro has also served as the deputy director at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Associate Director at the Erie, Pa., VA Medical Center. He is also a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and serves on the Board of Directors for the YMCA.
Erin Hoeflinger ’00 MBA, president of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Ohio, has been appointed to the MainSource Board of Directors. Hoeflinger was also appointed to the Board of Directors of MainSource Bank. Hoeflinger has served as president of Anthem in Ohio, a division of Anthem, Inc., since January 2008, and in various other positions with Anthem since 1995. She is currently responsible for the strategic leadership of the largest health benefits company in the state. Her responsibilities include the development of innovative programs and services to improve the health care experience for more than 3 million members, leading efforts to improve access to health care in Ohio and serving as a leader in the transformation of health care. Hoelinger combines her commitment to improving the health of Ohio residents with leadership in civic and business affairs. She is currently a member of Gov. John Kasich’s Advisory Council on Health Care Payment Innovation and serves on the board of trustees of The Ohio State University. She has a BA in Communications from Wright State University
Alan Swayne ’00 MS, has been named director, Global Brand Protection at LBrands. Swayne started his career with LBrands in November of 2001 in central investigations before moving to JPMorgan Chase in September of 2005. He returned to LBrands in August of 2008 as brand protection investigator and most recently served as the manager of brand protection investigations prior to his most recent promotion. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and has taken graduate courses in anti-counterfeiting and product protection from Michigan State University.
Sandy Hempel ’01 MED is the Project SEARCH coordinator for the Warren County Career Center. The program began under her leadership in 2006. After graduating from Ohio University with a bachelor of elementary education in 1991, Hempel went to Xavier to earn master’s degrees in special education and educational administration. She also earned her Transition to Work certification at Wright State University. Hempel has worked at the Ohio Department of Human Services teaching parent workshops, the American Red Cross teaching disaster preparedness, St. Joseph’s Orphanage with children with severe behavioral issues and the Children’s Home of Cincinnati as teacher and principal.
Josh Kauffman ’01 BA was named principal of Milford High School after serving as Indian Hill Middle School’s principal. Before that Kauffman was assistant principal at Indian Hill High School for three years. He also has been an assistant principal at Fairfield High School as well as an English teacher and communication specialist at Oak Hills High School. Kauffman has his master’s in secondary education from the University of Cincinnati.
Chris Rees ’01 MBA/’02 MHSA joined Georgetown Hospital System as associate vice president of patient safety, service excellence and physician services. Rees came to the hospital system from the Medical University of South Carolina, where he held positions in quality, patient safety and performance improvement. Most recently, he served as director of quality systems and improvement. A Kentucky native, Rees began his career in health care quality improvement at Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has more than 13 years of experience in the field. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Kentucky.
Melissa Roderick ’01 MED has joined Dayton-based Boost Technologies as director of human resources. She joined the parent company of Shumsky Promotional and Boost Rewards with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Prior to joining Boost Technologies, Melissa held HR positions of increasing responsibility in the government contracting, retail and health care industries. Melissa holds a certification as a senior professional in Human Resources.
Debra Eschmeyer ’02 BA was named executive director of Let’s Move! and senior policy advisor for nutrition policy by the White House. Eschmeyer leads First Lady Michelle Obama’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of children and ensure that all children have the opportunity for long, healthy lives. Eschmeyer also created public-private partnerships to collaborate with diverse stakeholders to combat the epidemic of childhood obesity and food insecurity. Debra co-founded FoodCorps, a national AmeriCorps service program that places emerging leaders into schools in limited-resource communities for a year of public service. In her role as vice president of external affairs, Eschmeyer helped build FoodCorps into a 182-member corps serving in 16 states and in Washington, D.C., that supports the National School Lunch Program’s healthier guidelines ensuring kids eat healthy school food and lays the essential groundwork for children to build lasting relationships with healthy food.
John Ryan Chambers ’05 BSBA has joined Columbus-based investment management and financial advisory firm Hamilton Capital Management as associate financial advisor. Chambers is a member of, and provides support to, Hamilton Capital’s award-winning wealth advisory team, working to develop dynamic strategies that help firm clients achieve their financial goals. He most recently served as a senior business information analyst for Nationwide Securities and has held financial advisory, planning and client service positions with several other financial services firms. A Certified Financial Planner™ certificant, Chambers holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Xavier. He lives in Dublin.
Elizabeth Coyle ’05 BA was named dean of student life and campus ministry at Father Ryan High School, which she graduated from in 2002. Most recently, Coyle was co-director of Lydia House, a hospitality home in Cincinnati helping women and children in crisis. She also was a part-time university minister at Xavier for the past year. Coyle spent three years as the associate university minister at the University of San Diego. She has previously served as a theology teacher at Pope John Paul II High School, a volunteer with various Catholic organizations, a youth minister at the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Ohio and a conference coordinator for the Center for Action and Contemplation in New Mexico. She has undergraduate degrees in English and theology and a master’s degree in theological studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Simcha Kackley ’05 BSBA was appointed VP of Marketing at The Business Backer. In her new role, Kackley is responsible for leading the firm’s marketing and growth strategy. Additionally she supports the execution of all marketing activities including lead generation and penetration of the direct and partnership channels. Kackley has over a decade of diverse marketing experience, most recently serving as director of marketing at iSqFt, an online platform that connected contractors with construction jobs across the U.S. Prior to that, she served as the director of marketing for the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. In both roles she demonstrated measurable results in cross-functional strategic planning, branding and lead generation. Kackley holds an MBA from the University of Cincinnati. She is active in the local community through philanthropic work with the National MS Society. She is also the incoming president of the local chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Ellen M. Katz ’05 MBA has been named Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation. Since 2005, Ellen has been president and CEO of The Children’s Home of Cincinnati, a $20 million organization of 270 staff offering services to nearly 7,000 children and their family members per year. Katz serves on the boards of Bethesda and TriHealth. She was listed as one of the region’s Power 100 by Cincy Magazine in 2014 and 2015. Ellen was named Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s Woman of the Year for 2013. In 2012, she received Medical Mutual’s Pillar Award for Executive Director of the Year. Katz holds a Master of Psychology from the University of Cincinnati.
Brigid McGivern ’05 BA, a New York artist, was featured at Chelsea’s Agora Gallery. Her original work was featured in The Essence of Abstraction. The exhibition ran March 6 and until March 26, 2015.
Christopher McGinness ’06 HAB and his wife, Kristen, had a baby girl, Allison Marie on Feb. 19, 2015.
Jasilyn L. Weaver ’06 BSBA and Brian J. Fuller ’06 BSBA were married on Aug. 2, 2014. The outdoor ceremony was held on the Xavier campus, with the Rev. K. Nicholas Yoda officiating. Weaver is the marketing manager for VEGA Americas in Cincinnati. Fuller is a 2011 Northeast Ohio Medical University graduate. He is a board-certified family physician and is currently doing a fellowship in sports medicine at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati.
David Plummer ’07 BA was hired as village administrator by the Village of Moscow, Ohio. Most recently, Plummer was the solid waste coordinator in Campbell County Fiscal Court for six years. For two years before that, he was the administrative analyst for Campbell County Fiscal Court. Plummer has a bachelor’s in political science from Xavier and a master’s in public administration from Northern Kentucky University.
Mark Heitkamp ’08 MBA was named vice president, Enterprise Services by CareSource, a nonprofit, Ohio-based health plan. In this role, Heitkamp oversees both enterprise vendor relations and the enterprise project office, which supports strategic project execution initiatives across the organization. Heitkamp, who joined the CareSource team just one year ago as director of the Enterprise Project Office, is now responsible for coordinating an expanding vendor portfolio, including contract negotiations and performance. He also leads the Enterprise Project Office, which guides the processes, methods, planning and execution for corporate projects and growth initiatives. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.
Robert Siegmann ’08 BS/’12 MBA, COO of Financial Management Group, and two partners bought FMG as part of the company’s succession plan. The three formed a new company, DRR Partners, to buy the firm. It continues to operate as Financial Management Group. Siegmann has worked at Financial Management for 21 years. He started working there when he was in high school. Siegmann is a board member and development co-chair of the Boys & Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty near Cincinnati.
Minette Cooper’09 MED was honored as a local trailblazer. In honor of Black History Month, Councilmember Yvette Simpson and the Cincinnati Human Relations Commission featured Cooper on Feb. 19 at Cincinnati City Hall. Cooper holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Howard University. She served on Cincinnati City Council for eight years and was vice mayor under Mayors Roxanne Qualls and Charlie Luken. She was an advocate of requiring cameras be installed in all city police cars and lobbied her colleagues until her motion to require them passed on the third try. Recent national events illustrate the vision of her initiative.
Mark Prampero ’10 BSBA and Bethany Fessenden were married Nov. 8, 2014, at the Beachview Club in Jekyll Island, Ga. Prampero graduated from Moeller High school. The Kemper Corporation in Chicago employs him as a financial analyst. Bethany is employed as an associate director of strategic programming and outreach at the University of Chicago.
Brendan Colantuono ’11 MBA was promoted to associate director, client leadership at dunnhumbyUSA, Chicago office. He is responsible for working with clients to design and implement data-driven solutions focused on improving new product development and optimizing media effectiveness. Previously Colantuono served as senior client lead, responsible for driving customer-centric thinking throughout the organization and business of dunnhumby’s clients. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, he was a category development manager for Acosta Sales & Marketing. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing in 2008 from Miami University’s Richard T. Farmer School of Business.
Matthew Buis ’11 MA has been named assistant principal at Mercer elementary. He had been working as a school counselor at Turkey Foot Middle School and worked there in special education. Buis has also worked as a physical education teacher at Milford High School and a health and physical education teacher at Deer Park Junior/Senior High School. While at Deer Park, he was also a basketball and track coach. Buis has a bachelor’s in physical education from NKU and a master’s in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati.
Eliot Isaac ’11 BLA was promoted to the rank of assistant chief of the Cincinnati Police Department and more recently interim chief. Isaac is a 26-year-veteran of the department and was promoted to captain in 2004. He previously served as District 4 commander, criminal investigation commander, internal investigations commander and as the night chief. Isaac has received 20 commendations and is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. He is currently pursuing a Master of Human Resources Development from Xavier.
Matthew Lemp ’11 BS was named chemistry leader by Q Laboratories. He is responsible for sample flow-through in the chemistry lab and has a role in analyst training and scheduling, new client development and expanding lab capabilities.
Tyler Miller ’11 MED was named athletic director for Kings Local School District. He previously served two years as the district’s assistant AD and as the athletic assistant at Kings Junior High School. Miller, a 2004 Middletown High School graduate, earned degrees at The Ohio State University and Xavier in education and sports administration.
Murphy Robinson ’11 BS was appointed assistant city manager for general services by the City of Brighton, Colo. Robinson assists the city manager in coordinating the executive and director team, creating and implementing city policies, overseeing city projects for the city manager and city council, directing the Brighton Sustainable initiative, overseeing the city’s emergency management/risk management policy, and implementing change leadership development in departments. Robinson received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Xavier and his master’s degree this spring in political science with an emphasis on policy and politics from the University of Colorado Denver.
Katherine D. Keller ’13 BS was hired by Cristofoli-Keeling, a marketing communications firm, as marketing and public relations associate. Keller has experience in marketing, public relations and social media, primarily for start-up companies, most recently with Osborne Coinage Co., in operations and business development. She has held roles at The Brandery’s Impulcity, Rent The Runway in New York City and Bad Girl Ventures. At Cristofoli-Keeling, Keller works on strategy and execution of marketing communications activities for a variety of clients. Keller is an active volunteer with Bad Girl Ventures and concert: nova. She graduated from Xavier with a bachelor’s in psychology and a minor in business.
Megan McKee ’13 MED was named 2015 Educator of the Year by Madeira City School District. She represented Madeira at the annual Hamilton County Education Foundation’s “Celebrate Excellence” award ceremony in May. McKee is in her sixth year of teaching, all in Madeira. She started in preschool, then moved to second-grade and is in her fourth year of teaching first-grade.
Nishant Nath ‘13 MBA was hired by dunnhumbyUSA as senior business analyst in the Cincinnati office. He is responsible for developing innovative analytical solutions that allow dunnhumby retail clients to better understand shopping behavior and consumer trends. Prior to joining dunnhumbyUSA, Nath worked for Clear Measures as a managing consultant and as a business analyst for Luxottica. Nath earned an MBA in business intelligence from Xavier and a bachelor of science in computer engineering with a minor in engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Tim Stoll ’13 MBA was promoted to senior business analyst at dunnhumbyUSA in the Cincinnati office. He is responsible for collaborating with developers to ensure dunnhumby’s products and analysis for assortment, pricing and promotion meet the needs of dunnhumby clients. Tim previously served as business analyst. His MBA from Xavier is in finance and international business, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture in 2002 with a focus in Micro Economics from Miami University. Stoll is a member of Toastmasters.
Lindsey Fasching ’14 BSBA was recognized by the University of Cincinnati’s Linder College of Business as the 2015 Outstanding Masters of Science in Accounting Student during the college’s business awards reception on March 31. Fasching was honored based on her excellent academic record and involvement in campus life. She sat for her CPA exams in the State of Ohio in May and is an auditor at Grant Thornton, in Cincinnati. Fasching graduated in May with a master’s in accounting and a 4.0 GPA from the University of Cincinnati.
Ashley Wanninger ’14 BA was named head girls’ varsity basketball coach at Colerain High School. Ashley, a Colerain High School graduate, still holds Colerain records for career points, career free throw and 3-point shooting percentage. In 2010, Wanninger’s senior season, she was Division I first team All-Ohio as well as The Enquirer Division I Player of the Year. Her basketball career came to an end in 2014 after a memorable four years at Xavier. She played in 129 career games including 79 starts with the Musketeers. Wanninger’s first coaching job was this past winter as an assistant at Deer Park.
Chuma Nnawulezi ’15 HAB of Omaha, Neb., was awarded the 2015 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. State Department and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, the fellowship provides approximately $95,000 over two years to pursue a master’s degree in public administration. As part of the Rangel Program, Nnawulezi worked this summer for a member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs and, in the summer of 2016, will work in a U.S. embassy to get experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the U.S. Foreign Service.