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August 2017

Class of 1990

Veronica Wetherill (Moran) and her husband, Dan, live in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, outside Philadelphia with their two children. Their son, Andrew, is a 6th grader at Newtown Friends School and their daughter, Lucia, is starting high school at the Lawrenceville School this fall. Veronica is a former lawyer, now engaged mostly in area nonprofit work. Her sister, Maria Renee (Moran) McKinney 1996, also lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband and two children. 
 

Class of 1995

Aleesia Johnson, a former charter school principal and the current Innovation Officer for KIPP Indy Public Schools, was a featured contributor in a piece published by the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CPRE). In the piece, Aleesia makes a strong case for collaboration between school districts. “The work of educating children, particularly children who often come from really challenging life circumstances, is hard. It is hard for anyone doing it, no matter what kind of school they are in. When we automatically assume the worst or discount someone’s experience because of who they are employed by, we lose out on such incredible opportunities to learn from one another. The work is the work. And the work is hard. If I am able to see you—really see you—as the teacher, the principal, the counselor you are—and not see the ‘system’ you represent, then I can be open to learning from you and sharing with you, and you can feel likewise. And, at the end of the day, that is what will ultimately help us get all our kids to the outcomes that we know and believe they deserve.”
 

Class of 1997

Carmella House works in I.T. for Caesars Entertainment in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the Project Manager and Agile Scrum Master, working on the play by Total Reward mobile app and mobile products. Carmella is also earning a PhD in Physics from University of Las Vegas where she has been a candidate for the MARS One program. She is actively pursuing an application to NASA’s astronaut program. In between her studies and professional pursuits, Carmella runs ultramarathons and coaches track and field with the USATF (USA Track & Field) chapter in Las Vegas.
 

Class of 2005

Robbie Bernardin, Jr. and wife, Stephanie, welcomed their first child, Theodore Gerard Bernardin on Jan 28, 2017. The family is happy and healthy. Robbie is also excited to announce he became an uncle this summer.
 

 

Class of 2007

Audrey Paulsen (Bernardin) and her husband, Ed. welcomed their first child, Edward Samuel “Sam” Paulsen on June 16th. Grandparents, Rob 1976 and Cindy Bernardin are thrilled to welcome babies Theodore and Sam to the Bernardin gang!
 

Class of 2012

Will Hodge is an artillery officer stationed in Anchorage, Alaska, with the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Airborne). He is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in a few months. We wish him well and thank him for his service to our country.
 

 

 

Class of 2013

Evan Stieler graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Southern Indiana last June and received the President’s Medal from the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, the highest honor presented to a 2017 graduate.  Evan was described by one of his professors as “a rare kind of student that is brilliant, outgoing and inspiring to me as a teacher…the kind of student that makes me enjoy walking into the classroom every day.”
Evan now studies at the Harvard School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. The White Coat ceremony that took place on August 5th, marked Evan’s transition into clinical medicine. Evan will be practicing at Massachusetts General Hospital.
 

 

 

Class of 2015

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb appointed Anjali Patel to the University of Southern Indiana Board of Trustees. Anjali is a biology major and a Baccalaureate to Medical Doctor Scholar. She is a participant in the Honors Program, actively involved in the Pre-Professional Health Club and Timmy Global Health. She is also involved in Student Ambassadors, Southern Indiana Dance 
Marathon, the Student Alumni Association and Volunteer USI. As a student trustee, Anjali is a voting member of the nine-member USI Board of Trustees.