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March 2016

Class of 1989

Joseph Kim is part owner of Newburgh’s newest sushi restaurant, Ninki. Joe has varied and remarkable professional experiences in a number of different fields, varying from missionary work, international business development, education, medical equipment sales, and psychiatry.
Joseph lived and worked in China for a number of years in the 1990s and 2000s, during a time in which China’s government was violently opposed to Christian mission work. It was there that he met and married his wife, who now helps him manage the restaurant in Newburgh. While in China, Joe and his family successfully built and funded an international network of missionaries that traveled to and from China to work in English-speaking, American-based schools. Joe and his wife left China in 2004 and returned to the United States where Joe pursued a medical degree; however, the English education program Joe helped create in China is still active and fully funded through a network of Korean-American churches in the U.S.
After moving back to the States, Joe finished medical school and earned his medical degree in psychiatry. Joe moved back to the Evansville area four years ago from Staten Island, New York, to be closer to family in Owensboro. His main business is now in the medical equipment field, but with his work at Ninki, Joe is already planning further activity in the restaurant world.


Class of 1993

Chris Bautista and his wife, Nazan, moved to their new home in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio in late 2015. They are happy to announce that their 4 cats and their daughters, 4-yr old Mirai and 7-yr old Aycha, took the move well. Chris’s wife is a professor at Miami University, and he is an engineering manager of a robotics automation company, Combined Technologies Group. Chris and Nazan celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary this year. Outside of their work and family lives, they both enjoy running and look to rack up the miles in 2016.

Class of 1997

Mathew Powers, PhD helped write and produce a recent episode for the online education site Crash Course. Mathew shared his knowledge of gaming with the production crew and was interviewed for the segment What is a Game #1, that went live on April 1, 2016. You can watch the episode on YouTube:
Mathew received his MFA in Digital Art in 2006 concluding a four-year career as Webmaster of the SoFA website and as an Assistant Instructor at Indiana University, Bloomington. His teachings focus on 2D and 3D animation, virtual reality environment construction, and web design. He specializes in character, environment, narrative, and game creation. After graduation, Mathew continued his digital teachings as an Adjunct Instructor in the Digital Art department. He was also an Adjunct Instructor at the Columbus, Indiana Ivy Tech Community College Visual Communication department. Here, he focused on Web Design and Flash Animation. Additionally, Mathew spent the last year and a half as a Flash Media Developer at the Bloomington based company, Option Six. At Option Six, Mathew designed and created e-Learning applications and animations for clients such as Microsoft, Lilly, and Toyota.

Class of 2001

Austin Brooks was recently hired to lead Evansville Day School’s basketball program. After graduation in 2001, Austin received a full scholarship to play basketball at Ancilla College and then at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, where he majored in sociology. Rodney Watson, one of Austin’s coaches at SIU and the current Head Coach at The University of Southern Indiana, commented, "Austin Brooks was one of my favorite student athletes at Southern Illinois University. His work ethic, desire, attitude and love for the game made it fun to coach every day. Austin was the ultimate teammate and team player.  He gave everything he had to his team and his school.  Austin is currently working toward his Master’s in Business Administration and is relocating from the St. Louis, Missouri area, where he works as a regional family therapist with the Division of Youth Services. Austin’s coaching career includes assistant boys varsity basketball coach at Beaumont High School (2008-09) and Berkley High School (2011-2016) and head girls freshman basketball coach at Berkley (2010-11).The Brooks family includes Austin’s wife, Trinisia, a social worker/counselor, and their daughters McKenzie and Paisley. Austin’s father, Reverend Adrian Brooks, Sr. is the Head Pastor at Memorial Baptist Church in Evansville.


Class of 2007

This April, Dr. Melissa Porter celebrated a successful first year owning and operating her very own chiropractic clinic in Denver, Colorado. Melissa graduated cum laude from Logan College of Chiropractic with her Doctor of Chiropractic degree in December of 2014.  She received the prestigious award, “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities” for 2015. After graduating with a master’s degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan College of Chiropractic, she moved to the Denver Metropolitan Area, where she opened Top Notch Chiropractic. Melissa earned her bachelor’s degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She began her chiropractic journey during her senior year at Rhodes, when she shadowed her family chiropractor.  She was amazed by the effectiveness of a simple chiropractic adjustment, and was excited to see how thrilled the patients were with the results they received! Dr. Porter is certified in a multitude of techniques she learned through her years of school and continuing education seminars.

Class of 2009

Stan Jackson, Jr. recently became engaged to girlfriend, Courtney Brasher. Stan and Courtney met in 2011 while we studying at Murray State. Their first communication was through Facebook. Stan remembers, “I was so nervous before sending her a message, I asked my sister to read it before I sent it to make sure I didn't sound lame. I remember before we were together I told all my friends that if I ended up with her, she'd be my wife.” Stan and Courtney live in Evansville where he works in marketing for Old National Bancorp at the corporate office. Courtney will be graduating in May from Marquette with her masters in Speech & Language Pathology. We wish the happy couple all the best!