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Alumni Board

Updated September 2020

Chase BeachChase Beach
Class of 2015
San Francisco, CA

Chase graduated from Wittenberg in 2015 with a major in Business and a concentration in Entrepreneurship. While at Witt, he played on the Men's Lacrosse team, volunteered at the Springfield Promise Neighborhood, was a member of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI), and helped start the schools Fly Fishing club, Fishenberg. After graduating Chase moved to San Francisco where he has been working in the Silicon Valley tech world.


Ryan CharlesRyan Charles
Class of 2008
Atlanta, GA

Ryan was a Political Science major and History minor at Wittenberg. After Wittenberg, Ryan spent time in numerous operations roles at Turner Construction in Cincinnati and San Francisco. Ryan currently resides in Omaha, NE where he works at Google as a Program Manager in Data Center Construction. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys travel and photography.


Jeff JonesJeff Jones
Class of 1994
Charlotte, NC

Jeff's experience embraces US politics and business in emerging markets. In Washington DC, he worked as Senior Legislative Adviser to Congressman Roscoe Bartlett and then as Director of Congressional Affairs at the US-Russia Business Council. At the 101-year old Dixon Valve and Coupling Company, Jeff opened its Russian business, directed sales and marketing for Europe, Middle East, and Africa and later led global sales for the firm’s largest division. He currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Tikun Olam USA, a JV based on the firm that pioneered Israel's medical cannabis industry. Jeff was educated at the U.S. Naval War College and Wittenberg University.


Phil KochPhil Koch
Class of 1999
Ingram, PA

Phil Koch has been working to strengthen communities for over 15 years. He started his career as an elementary and middle school teacher in the Chicago Public Schools and the Pittsburgh Public Schools. In 2005, Phil left the classroom and began working in the non-profit sector as the Pittsburgh Director for MGR Youth Empowerment, a direct service non-profit focused on youth development. As the National Executive Director, Phil grew the organization to five metropolitan cities, impacting over 50,000 youth during his tenure. Currently, Phil serves as the Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Westmoreland County whose mission is to encourage local residents to become philanthropists, to provide grants that support a wide variety of non-profit organizations, and serve as a community leader. Phil obtained his Bachelor’s Degree from Wittenberg University and his Master’s Degree in Professional Leadership and Non-Profit Management from Carlow University.


Jim McCoyJim McCoy
Class of 1998
Columbus, OH

Jim graduated from Wittenberg in 1998 with a major in Business and a minor in Economics. After Wittenberg, Jim received a M.A. in Sport Management from the Ohio State University and has spent more than 19 years in the field of Sports Marketing with the University of Virginia, the Columbus Blue Jackets, Newell Rubbermaid, and most recently with Nationwide. Currently, Jim is Associate Vice President, Sports Marketing Nationwide, charged with strategy development, implementation, and measurement of all sponsorships in Nationwide’s Sports Marketing portfolio, including their official relationships with the NFL, NASCAR, the Memorial Tournament, Hendrick Motorsports, and the Ohio State University. Jim also manages personal services agreements with Peyton Manning, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Eli Manning, Larry Fitzgerald, and Jerome Bettis. Jim and his wife Melinda also a Wittenberg grad live in Columbus with their three kids.


Arif MirzaArif Mirza
Class of 2005
Springfield, OH

Arif graduated in 2005 with a BA, majoring in Political Science along with a Business minor. While at Witt, Arif was an active member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Wittenberg College Republicans, and spent three years working as an intern in the Office of Alumni Relations. After graduation, Arif served for several years as President of the Lambda Chi Alpha Housing Corporation supporting the local chapter. In his professional career, Arif has worked in a variety of business roles within the financial services, procurement, mergers & acquisitions and project management fields. He earned his MBA from Wright State University in 2018. Currently, Arif works in Project Management at Speedway LLC, and resides in Springfield, Ohio. Outside of work, Arif serves on the Board of Directors for the Springfield Arts Council, is a fundraising volunteer for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, serves as a member of the Springfield Country Club Membership Committee, and is President of his Homeowners Association. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with family and friends.


Laurice MooreLaurice Moore
Class of 1995
Akron, OH

Laurice R. Moore (Bargas) graduated in 1995 with a BA in Biology. While at Witt she played on the Women’s Soccer Team, serving as captain her Senior Year, a member of Chi Omega Fraternity serving as Secretary her Senior Year, a member of Tri-Beta Biology Honors Society, and served on the Panhellenic Council. After graduation from Wittenberg, Laurice earned her Doctor of Medicine from Ross University, completed her Pediatric Residency in Cleveland, Ohio, at MetroHealth and practiced in Canton, Ohio. Laurice and her husband Steve, also a Wittenberg alum, reside in Akron with their two daughters, Emma and Ellie. She enjoys volunteering for various community organizations, hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Summit Metro Parks and attending various regional Wittenberg events.


Matt OverturfMatt Overturf
Class of 2011
Columbus, OH

Matt graduated from Wittenberg with a Political Science major and Business minor. While at Witt, he competed on the track and cross country teams and worked as a tour guide and intern in the Admission Office. After graduating, Matt was selected to participate in a state legislative fellowship and has held various positions in state government since. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Amy (Stamon) Overturf ’13, daughter Sloane and dog Willett.


Apryl PopeApryl Pope
Class of 2001
Cincinnati, OH

Apryl M. Pope (Walker) is a 2001 graduate from Wittenberg University. She is a mother, wife, friend, daughter and former Peace Corps Volunteer. During her time at Wittenberg, Apryl studied Economics and Spanish and also studied abroad in Liverpool England her Junior year. Apryl is currently a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ Professional with Pope Financial Planning in Cincinnati, Ohio where she lives with her husband she met at Wittenberg, Kenny Pope ’99, and their 3 sons. Fun facts about Apryl: 1- Loves playing rugby 2- Summited Mt. Kilimanjaro 3. Lived in South Africa.


Johnny PryorJohnny Pryor
Class of 1999
Carmel, IN

Johnny Pryor graduated from Wittenberg with a BA in English and Political Science, and subsequently pursued his JD from Indiana University’s School of Law. Johnny has been a law clerk for the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and an Assistant Prosecutor. While serving as a volunteer coach for Witt's first undergraduate mock trial team, Johnny was inspired by his work with students and decided to pursue a career in higher education administration. Johnny currently serves as Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he advises students on academic and personal issues, is a member of the law school administrative team, oversees academic advising, registration and records, state bar eligibility, and student organizations, as well as other areas affecting the law student experience.


Jennifer RamageJennifer Ramage
Class of 2000
Loveland, OH

Jenn Ramage graduated in 2000 a BA in Psychology. She was an Office of Admission Intern and campus tour guide, member of Chi Omega Fraternity and Panhellenic Council, and head OA for New Student Days. Jenn earned her Master of Education at Xavier University and taught middle school math and science for sixteen years prior to joining the team at Kids First Sports Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys representing Wittenberg at college fairs and accepted student events in the Greater Cincinnati area, attending regional theatre performances, and volunteering for various community organizations. She lives in Loveland, Ohio, with her husband and three children.


Beth SextonBeth Walter Sexton
Class of 1977
Wheaton, IL
Alumni Board Officer: Board Recruitment
LinkedIn: Beth Sexton

Beth graduated in 1977 with a BA in History. She was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity and served as Panhellenic Council president her senior year. In 1978, she received a Paralegal Certificate from The Institute of Paralegal Training in Philadelphia. She was employed as a paralegal at Squire, Sanders and Dempsey (Cleveland) and Ross and Hardies ( Chicago) until 1984. In 1984, Beth graduated with high honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago Kent College of Law and for the next 12 years practiced general civil litigation. During that time, she was very active in the Dupage and Illinois State Bar Associations. In 1996, Beth was appointed Associate Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Dupage County, Illinois. Since then she has served primarily in Divorce, Juvenile and Domestic Violence courtrooms. Beth is married to Mike, a shareholder in the Commercial Real Estate practice group at Dykema. Beth and Mike are servants to their 4 cats, particularly, Princess Toad. They have one daughter, Kit ,who is a fourth generation Wittenberger who graduated in 2013. In May, 2017, Kit married Matthew Rupert '12.


Stephen ShanorStephen Shanor
Class of 1990
Roswell, NM

Stephen S. Shanor graduated from Wittenberg with a BA in political science and minor in East Asian studies. Following graduation from Wittenberg, Steve earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver, College of Law in 1993. Steve is a member of the New Mexico State Bar and has practiced civil litigation for 26 years primarily in the areas of labor and employment law, including Title VII and municipal liability. Steve has been very active in the legal profession serving as President of the State Bar Of New Mexico in 2010 and Chair of the New Mexico Disciplinary Board in 2014 and 2015. Steve is married to Heidi Shanor, class of 1991, and has three kids Katelyn ‘17, Andrew '20 and Matthew, who is currently a sophomore at Wittenberg.

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