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Alumni Board

 

Shakeer Abdullah
Class of 1999
Columbus, GA

 

Brian May
Class of 1999
Chicago, IL
President-Elect

 

Amanda Barth
Class of 2002
Williamsburg, VA
Amanda Barth is the Director of MBA Admissions for the Mason School of Business. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish in 2002 from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio. She spent two years working in undergraduate admissions at Wittenberg, before pursuing her Master of Education degree in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Program at the College of William & Mary from 2004-2006. After completing her Masters she worked as a development officer at the Arizona State University Foundation in Tempe, Arizona. Amanda returned to the College of William & Mary, joining the Mason School of Business in 2009 and has been an active part of the Mason family ever since. She enjoys traveling around the globe, immersing in international culture, all sports and spending time with her husband Brent, son Jack and Labrador Retriever, Hachiko.

 

Timothy McIlvaine
Class of 2001
Columbus, OH
After Wittenberg Tim worked in investment banking before earning his MBA from Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University. Since receiving his post graduate degree, Tim has worked in Management Consulting and is an Associate Vice President with Weber Associates in Columbus, Ohio where he lives with his wife Abbey and their two daughters.

 

LaTosha Bell
Class of 2007
Centreville,VA
Tosha Bell was a Physics major and a Math minor at Wittenberg. While at Witt, she was a Resident Advisor, played on the Women's Varsity Basketball team, volunteered at Springfield Christian Youth Ministries, participated in Honor Council, Athletes for Christ, Primetime, Society of Physics Students, and went on the Lesotho trip. In 2009 Tosha graduated with a Master’s of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT). She currently works as a Nuclear Engineer for MELE Associates, Inc., a government contractor, and supports the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).

 

E. Christopher Olson
Class of 2003
New York, NY

 

Seth Bridger
Class of 1997
Columbus, OH
After graduating from Wittenberg with a History degree; Seth served as an Americorps volunteer with City Year Columbus before entering graduate school at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. He earned his Master of Divinity in 2006, and was subsequently ordained into Word and Sacrament ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). He has served congregations in Savannah, Georgia and Cincinnati, Ohio. He is married to Shelley Nelson-Bridger, a 1999 graduate of Wittenberg and together they are raising two sons, Noah and Zachary. Recently, Seth was inducted into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Board of Preachers at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

 

Eric Rusnak
Class of 2000
Falls Church, VA

 

Jeff Ebihara
Class of 1984
Raleigh, NC
Jeff Ebihara has extensive experience in sales, marketing, and public policy, primarily in the energy and wireless telecommunications industries. He has worked in several executive capacities for BellSouth Mobility, AT&T Wireless Services, American Tower Corporation, Consert and Network Building + Consulting. Having served in local government as a twice-elected official in Michigan, he received special recognition for his innovative leadership from Governor Jennifer Granholm. Ebihara is a 1984 graduate of Wittenberg (ATO) and earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

 

Allison Scaia
Class of 2009
Chicago, IL
Allison graduated from Wittenberg with a double-major in Economics and Management, and since graduation, she has worked at The Hartford. She currently leads The Hartford’s Auto and Property Claims Performance Analytics team. Allison received her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 2016. Outside of work, she enjoys running and has completed 5 marathons.

 

Ashley Harriman
Class of 2007
Cincinnati, OH
After Wittenberg, Ashley stepped into a role on campus in the Alumni Office. She had the privilege of travelling across the country to meet other Wittenberg alums. Ashley moved to Colorado to get her M.S. in Strategic Communication from the University of Denver. After graduate school, Ashley worked at a small, marketing agency in Colorado before heading back toward the Midwest to work for Angie's List in Indianapolis. Ashley has since moved back to her hometown of Cincinnati and is now working for WCPO, the local ABC affiliate, as Director of Marketing. She married a fellow Wittenberg alum in graduation hollow and has a son planning to attend Wittenberg in the Class of 2037.

 

Beth Walter Sexton
Class of 1977
Wheaton, IL
Membership

 

A.S. Vikki Hooper
Class of 1978
Woodstock, GA
President
After graduating from Wittenberg with a Psychology degree, Vikki worked in the Admission Office for three years prior to earning her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Vikki is a certified professional development trainer working part-time at IBM.

 

Pam Stewart
Class of 1969
Vincennes, IN
Secretary
Following graduation Pam taught Spanish in the Marple-Newtown School District in Broomall, Pennsylvania, and at the Overbook School for the Blind in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1976 the family moved to Vincennes, Indiana, where she and Alan (Class of 1969) raised their six children who are Wittenberg graduates. She earned a Masters of Education and returned to teaching the Vincennes Community School Corporation until retirement in 2007. She presently serves in non-profit organizations and is the handbell director, worship and music chair, and council member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

 

Mary Howell
Class of 2000
Charleston, SC

 

Scott Strawn
Class of 1976
Solon, OH
Two weeks after graduation with a Business Administration degree with an Accounting emphasis, Scott started his career with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. (now KPMG) in Cleveland, where he earned his CPA. He subsequently spent over twenty years in financial management at Reliance Electric and Rockwell Automation. Scott currently provides tax planning and preparation services along with consulting to small businesses while serving on the boards of several non-profit organizations.

 

Larry James
Class of 1978
Cincinnati, OH
After almost 40 years as an executive in corporate America, Lawrence W. (Larry) James retired in March of 2016 from his position as the Vice President & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of Mercy Health in Cincinnati, OH. Prior to joining Mercy Health, he has served as the Senior Director of Community Relations and Local Marketing Programs for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and, formerly, as the President, CEO, and principal consultant of L.W. James & Associates (LWJ&A) and The Center for Multicultural Competence in Healthcare Organizations (CMCHO, LLC) also located in Cincinnati, OH. His many years of progressive corporate experience and service stretch across the fields of marketing, diversity and cultural competence and a wide range of for profit and non-profit industries, from consumer goods to healthcare. Mr. James has also worked in and for such well known institutions as Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Borden’s, Ross/Abbott Labs, Lens Crafters, Choice Care/Humana and Atrium Medical Center.

Mr. James is currently a member of the following Boards:

  • The Greater Cincinnati Alzheimer’s Association
  • Gabriel’s Place
  • The Wittenberg University Alumni Board

He currently resides in Blue Ash, Ohio with his wife, Dr. Adrienne James, also a Wittenberg alum and recently retired superintendent of the Sycamore Community School district in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have two grown children and four grandchildren.

Mr. James is a seasoned strategic marketing, diversity and cultural competence specialist who has the ability to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to any organization or situation that is in need of these competencies. His strength is his ability to quickly identify an organization, product, service or individual’s core strengths and how those strengths match up to the needs of the marketplace, and do so in the simplest of terms. His trademark is straight talk and simplicity of both strategy and execution.

In addition to his non-profit board work and other community volunteering efforts, Mr. James has also been very involved, since his retirement, from corporate life, with family business endeavors, having founded James River Holdings, LLC a professional support services holding company, with his wife and children and, launching Performance Financial Solutions, a credit building and financing support firm for small to medium sized business owners, with his oldest son, Aaron.

 

Jeremy Tuke
Class of 1979
Rochester, NY
History Major and member of Beta Theta Pi. Sales Professional since graduating, working for The Stanley Works, Chevron Chemical Co and for the past 22+ years with Thyssenkrupp Materials NA Copper and Brass Sales Div. After several years working in the Midwest and 12 years in New England, My wife Martha and I raised our two boys in Rochester NY. Daniel graduated Witt with honors in PoliSci/International Studies in 2014 and has just been accepted to a 5 year doctoral program in Poli Sci at The University of Maryland. Matthew graduated Alfred University in 2016 and is employed as a Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer with Harris Corp. I am involved with historic railroad preservation and operations at a local Railroad Museum and enjoy golf and skiing.

 

Andrew Steele
Class of 2010
Chicago, IL
Andrew Steele has served as the Director for ELCA Global Church Sponsorship since April of 2015. In this capacity, Andrew oversees the advancement efforts for ELCA Missionaries, Young Adults in Global Mission volunteers, Global Ministry projects, and the International Women Leaders initiative. These ministries make up $33 million of the $198 million goal as part of Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA.

He joined the ELCA in 2013 as the Manager of Donor Relations for Always Being Made New: The Campaign for the ELCA after serving as a Senior Major Gifts Officer for United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. Prior to joining United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Andrew spent a year volunteering in Bloemfontein, South Africa, as an ELCA Young Adult in Global Mission volunteer. He is also founder of BLOOM Africa, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization working to strengthen communities and empower orphans in Lesotho, Africa. He leads annual cultural immersion trips to Lesotho and South Africa. Andrew graduated from Wittenberg University, (one of the ELCA’s 26 affiliated colleges and universities,) with a degree in Sociology. He now serves on the University’s Alumni Association Board as well as the Board of Directors for Wheat Ridge Ministries, United Way North-Northwest, and Friends of Lesotho.

 

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