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November 2018

Class of 1986 

Bravo Christian Storms! Christian, who is a producer, director, and sound recordist at the Japanese-based TV and film company Local 81 Inc., recently wrapped his job as assistant producer and on-set translator for the much-anticipated Japanese epic film "Samurai Marathon 1855," which will be released to the public on February 22, 2019. The film is directed by the critically-acclaimed director Bernard Rose (Candyman, Imortally Beloved, Anna Karenina 1998) and stars Sato Takeru, Komatsu Nana, Mirai Moriyama, Sometani Shota, Aoki Munetaka, Takanaka Naoto, Etsushi Toyokawa, Hiroki Hasegawa. Other notable contributors include producers Jeremy Thomas (Last Emperor, Naked Lunch), and Toshiaki Nakazawa (Departures, Sukiyaki Western Django). Two-time Academy Award-winning musician Phillip Glass composed the score, and Emi Wada, the only Japanese person to ever win an Academy Award, designed the costumes.

Samurai Marathon 1855 is based on the novel “Bakumatsu Marason Samurai" by Akihiro Dobashi (2014). To prepare his warriors for potential attacks from foreign invaders, the Hanshu holds a 58 kilometer marathon along a dangerous mountain path. Unfortunately, the Edo government views this as an act of treason, and assassins are dispatched to kill all the samurai.

 

Class of 1994 

We’re so proud of our own Maria Ramirez, who became a citizen of the United States on October 30, 2018. The naturalization ceremony took place in her hometown of Orlando, Florida, where Maria works as the Inventory Manager for the Walt Disney Company. Felicidades Maria!

 

 

 

 

Class of 1995 

Ultra-marathoner and world-record-title-holder Adam Ellenstein, is off on another exciting life adventure with his wife and business partner Amelia! After Adam completed the world’s longest uninterrupted swim in 2016, the couple spent time in Hawaii recuperating. They instantly fell in love with the islands, culture, and lifestyle, and decided to make it their permanent home. Two years later, the Ellensteins have created a one-of-a-kind spiritual retreat for women on Maui. Roamori Hana is a retreat experience created and run by women, for women, on the island of Hana, Maui. Roamori Hāna’s mission is to ignite a community of curious and adventurous women to strive toward their limitless potential. Roamori Hāna experiences are created in partnership with Ala Kukui, a 501c3 cultural center for native Hawaiian spiritual and intellectual advancement. Every aspect of the itinerary is developed under the guidance of Ala Kukui's Executive Director, Kau'i Kanakaole, and respected practitioners to create inclusive and transformational experiences for all.

 

Class of 1995

Keach Hagey travelled back Evansville this October to present at the University of Southern Indiana and Willard Library about her book, The King of Content, published by Harper Collins in June 2018. Keach’s biopic tale is about the life and work of media giant Sumner Redstone and his family’s bid to take over his vast empire. Students and attendees were delighted with Keach’s retelling of Redstone’s absurd life events and sometimes devious plots to hold onto power and wealth. Keach lives in New York where she is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

 

Class of 1997

David Woessner married the love of his life Tudo Pham on August 17, 2018. The couple celebrated their marriage in Detroit, Michigan, where they first met and fell in love. David is the General Manager of Local Motors facility in National Harbor, MD, a technology company that designs, builds, and sells vehicles. He is responsible for operations of the educational, sales and demonstration facility located just outside of Washington D.C. proper.

 

 

 

Class of 1997

InKyu Lim married Kristine O’Brien on September 22, 2018 in their hometown of New York. InKyu is the Director of Projects and Operations of Enterprise Services at Intersection. Intersection is at the forefront of the smart cities revolution, improving the experience of public places through technology that provides connectivity, information, and engaging content and experiences. With award-winning products like LinkNYC, the largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi network in the world, Intersection connects the digital and physical worlds, enhancing people’s journeys through their cities and offering brands the opportunity to drive more relevant and engaging advertising, rooted in real-world context. Intersection partners with cities, transit systems, airports, and real estate developments around the globe, as well as advertisers seeking to reach audiences on a global, national, or local scale.

 

 

Class of 1999

Brittany Robinson, PhD is a licensed Marital and Family therapist in the state of Missouri and an adjunct professor at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine. She recently presented on “Gender Identity and Inclusivity in Marriage and Family Therapy” at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy national conference, in Louisville, KY, representing scholars from Virginia Tech, the University of Minnesota, and Saint Louis University. AAMFT’s Annual Conference is the world’s leading education and networking event for marriage and family therapists. It is an opportunity to learn from leaders in the field, network with peers, and discuss cutting edge research and techniques over four days filled with educational and professional development activities. 

 

 

 

 

 

Class of 2005

Louisa Peyronnin married Alexander White in a beautiful ceremony on June 23, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky, where the couple currently lives.

 

 

 

Class of 2007

This has been a great year for Marcus Hester who received the Courier and Press 2018 20 under 40 award for his outgoing service to the local community. Marcus is involved with a number of local organizations whose missions are bent toward community improvement: Southwest Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Young Leaders United, Green River Kiwanis Club and more. As a financial advisor for Eagle Strategies, LLC, a subsidiary of New York Life, Marcus’s goal is “… to equip our community with the necessary tools and resources to not only create financial stability but to build multigenerational wealth.”

Also in 2018, Marcus was recognized as a Member of the Million Dollar Round Table, a collection of the top insurance and financial advisers within the industry and is also recognized in his field as the standard of excellence in life insurance sales performance.

“I am humbled and thankful to be recognized by the Courier and Press as one of this year’s 20 under 40 award recipients! I cherish this recognition and I am extremely grateful for my family, friends, clients, colleagues, and the community for continuing to support and encourage me throughout my journey both personally and professionally,” exclaims Marcus.

 

Class of 2016

Joey Ballard, a sophomore at Wabash College, travelled to Ecuador last June for a week-long pediatric surgical immersion. The experience was sponsored by the Wabash College Global Health Initiative and Dr. Jack Myers, a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon who established an award-winning congenital heart surgery program at Hospital de Niños Roberto Gilbert E. in Guayaquil, Ecuador. On his first day, Joey observed a 12-hour and a 9-hour surgery.

“It reinforced my desire to be a doctor someday,” Ballard said. “Seeing Dr. Myers reflect on the trip, hearing him say how much he appreciates being able to do the work he does, it made me want to do something like this.”

Joey Ballard is a Global Health Initiative fellow at Wabash and as a Dartmouth MD-PhD Undergraduate 2018 Summer Fellow.