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Alumni Board

Updated November 2019

Allison ScaiaAllison Scaia
Class of 2009
Chicago, IL
Alumni Board Officer: President

Allison graduated from Wittenberg in 2009 with a double-major in Economics and Management and subsequently received her MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management in 2016. While at Wittenberg she was active in Student Senate as Educational Policies Committee senator and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. Allison has worked at The Hartford since graduating, with roles ranging from a Six Sigma Black Belt on the Enterprise Process Improvement team, leading the Auto and Property Claims Performance Analytics team, and managing the Auto and Home products for the Northeast region of the country. She is now part of the Homeowners product team. Outside of work, she is active with both Girls on the Run - Chicago and Greater Hartford, and she's done the Chicago Marathon for Girls on the Run since 2014.

Amanda Peters BarthAmanda Peters 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.

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.

LaTosha BellTosha Bell
Class of 2007
Falls Church, VA
LinkedIn: LaTosha Bell

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).

Seth BridgerSeth Bridger
Class of 1997
North Olmsted, OH
LinkedIn: Seth Bridger

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, Cincinnati, Ohio, and now serves on staff of Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park, Ohio. He is married to Shelley Nelson-Bridger '99, and together they are raising two sons, Noah and Zachary. They live in North Olmsted, Ohio.

Ryan CharlesRyan Charles
Class of 2008
Omaha, NE

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.

Walter DaileyWalter Dailey
Class of 1997
Columbus, OH

Walter Dailey is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and currently lives in Columbus. After graduating from Wittenberg with a Business Management degree, he went on to start a small creative services firm — DSV Media, was an op-ed marketing columnist for a major news outlet, wrote and published a media-related book, and worked on indie music projects. In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Walt has worked in the technical recruiting industry. He has been married for 19 years and has two sons.

Vicki HooperA.S. Vikki Hooper
Class of 1978
Woodstock, GA
Alumni Board Officer: Past 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.

Mary HowellMary Howell
Class of 2000
Charleston, SC

Mary has 20 years of professional experience successfully directing and building non-profit ministries, government organizations and a corporation, and encouraging community engagement through collaborative efforts. She majored in Mathematics and was involved with Student Senate, Habitat for Humanity, Circle K, College Life, and intramural athletics at Witt. Mary began her career as a Risk Analyst with Bank One in Dallas, TX and transitioned to non-profit management at Tricounty Family Ministries in Charleston, SC. Mary served as a City Manager for two municipalities in NJ before returning to Charleston, where she is currently the COO and CFO of a cyber security corporation. While raising her two children, Micah and Lydia, Mary continues to be involved in philanthropic endeavors throughout her community as a volunteer with her church (St. Andrew's Mt. Pleasant), Montessori Community School, Habitat for Humanity, Pass the Purse, and Operation Christmas Child.

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.

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.

Tim McIlvaineTim 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.

Chris OlsonChris Olson
Class of 2003
Brooklyn, NY

Chris Olson is from Canfield, Ohio and currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. After graduating from Wittenberg with a Psychology degree in 2003 he has spent the last 14 years with Pfizer, Inc., 11 of them based in New York City. He has held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility including Sales, Marketing, Portfolio Management, Strategy & Operations and his current role as the Director of Business Operations for the European Commercial Organization. In addition to volunteering on the Wittenberg Alumni Board the last 7 years, Chris also volunteers with the "Make A Wish" foundation in greater New York City and enjoys traveling and exercising in his spare time. He is looking forward to seeing the 13th member of his family, Caroline Olson, graduate from Wittenberg in 2019.

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.

Eric RusnakEric Rusnak
Class of 2000
Falls Church, VA

Eric graduated from Wittenberg in 2000 with a major in Business and a minor in English. While at Wittenberg, he worked in the Business Department’s Center for Applied Management and served as a peer advisor at the Writing Center. Eric was also editor of The Wittenberg Review and Spectrum literary journals. After Wittenberg, Eric earned his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Eric is a partner at the law firm K&L Gates, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and trials. In 2016, Eric was elected to Wittenberg’s Board of Directors, where he serves on the Advancement & Alumni Relations, Endowment, and Marketing & Enrollment subcommittees. Eric represented the Board of Directors and Alumni Board in developing the University’s current Strategic Plan and is a member of the implementation task force. He regularly volunteers with student projects in the Business Department, frequently speaks at campus events, and enjoys meeting with students about post-graduate opportunities. Eric has served on the Alumni Board since 2009.

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 ands 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.

Jim ShermanJim Sherman
Class of 1982
Plano, TX

Jim graduated with a BA in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. He was a member of Alpha Tau Omega holding many offices during his time at Wittenberg. Most of his career has been in the construction products industry, primarily with ITW.  In 2008 he moved to another division of ITW as a sales manager for commercial foodservice equipment. He is the Director of Sales for the Western half of the US. Married to Jeanne, a VP of Marketing, for 29 years with one son, Matt, who is an Emergency Medicine Resident in Dallas. They reside in Plano, TX with their two dogs, Ozzie and Chili Dawg.

Pam StewartPam Stewart
Class of 1969
Vincennes, IN
Alumni Board Officer: 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.

Scott StrawnScott 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. Two months later he married Carol Pfeifer, Class of 1975. Scott is a member of Beta Theta Pi and played lacrosse at Wittenberg. He subsequently spent more than 20 years in financial management at Reliance Electric and Rockwell Automation. Scott currently provides tax planning and preparation services while serving as Chair of the Alumni Board Prospective Students Committee and the boards of several other non-profit organizations. Scott and Carol have a son, John, a fourth generation Wittenberg grad from the Class of 2007. Scott and Carol enjoy traveling and following Cleveland sports teams.

Chris ThompsonChristopher Thompson
Class of 1994
Columbus, OH

Christopher graduated from Wittenberg with a degree in Speech/English. After graduation he served his alma mater as an Admission Counselor, Assistant Director of Admission, and Co-Director for MultiCultural Affairs. Christopher has 20 years of experience leading initiatives around strategic pipeline recruiting, coaching, Diversity and Inclusion, training and organizational development; he is also a skilled facilitator. Having worked as an Executive and Diversity Recruiter, Business Development Manager, and Director of Talent Acquisition, Christopher is currently the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at JPMorgan Chase. Christopher is active in the community and as an assistant pastor at Agape Outreach Ministries. He and his wife Melanie, also a Witt alum, have been married for 20 years, and are the parents of three children, Kris, Kaleb and Kennedy.

Jeremy TukeJeremy Tuke
Class of 1979
Rochester, NY

Jeremy was a History Major and member of Beta Theta Pi while a student at Wittenberg. He has worked as a 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, he and his wife Martha raised two sons in Rochester, NY: Daniel, who graduated from Wittenberg with honors in PoliSci/International Studies in 2014 and is in a five-year doctoral program in political science at The University of Maryland; and Matthew, who graduated from Alfred University in 2016 and is employed as a Manufacturing Mechanical Engineer with Harris Corp. Jeremy is involved with historic railroad preservation and operations at a local Railroad Museum and enjoy golf and skiing.

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