J.J. Peller ’13 has joined the United Way of Porter County, IN board of directors.
J.J. is a financial adviser at Merrill Lynch Bank of America in Merrillville, IN. Active in his community, he is a member of United Way of Porter County’s Young Leaders United and a chamber member of the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also active in the Wabash College Alumni Group of Northwest Indiana and Phi Delta Theta – Indiana Beta.
Father David Buckles ’82 has joined Sacred Heart University as its chaplain and director of Campus Ministry. He will oversee all Sacred Heart pastoral and spiritual activities for students and faculty and ensure a strong educational foundation anchored in academic and spiritual learning and community service.
David joins SHU from the Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana, where he was a parish priest and pastor. After Wabash, David earned a Canon Law degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, Italy.
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Barry Tyler ’06 is the Director of Northwest Indiana Partnerships for Teach for America. Barry joined Teach for America in 2013, working in Chicago but living in his hometown of Gary, IN. He is also an assistant football coach and former golf coach at his own alma mater Hammond High School. He is also involved with the Lake County Success Coalition and the African American Student Achievement Council – all the time working to connect the community and schools with students.
Last month, Barry was one of twenty young people in the northwest Indiana region who were named to The Times Media Co. “20 Under 40” list based on their ability in business and as leaders. Click here to read more about Barry.
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Cris Johnston ’81 has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Indiana Gaming Commission by Gov. Mike Pence, and will serve as chairman. Cris is a practice director with KSM Consulting LLC, focusing on organizational improvement programs.
After Wabash, Cris earned an MBA from Butler University.
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Sean Hayes ’04 is the new Executive Director of the Oberlin Project, a collaboration between Oberlin College, the city of Oberlin, Ohio, and local businesses to build on economic development, local foods, and energy, a major issue of the project for Oberlin to become a “climate positive city.” Click here to read more about Sean and the Oberlin Project.
After Wabash, Sean focused on waste-to-energy biofuels at Appalachian State University, where he received his master’s in appropriate technology.
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Evan Brown ’97 is now a Principal at the Chicago law firm Much Shelist P.C. in the Intellectual Property & Technology group. His areas include technology, intellectual property and privacy, cloud-based technology, data security, social media, copyright and trademark protection and advertising.
Evan is also an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law, teaching legal and business negotiations. After Wabash, Evan earned a JD at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
Tony Reyes ’99 has joined Apparatus in Indianapolis in the business development department. Apparatus manages and services IT solutions for businesses.
Michael J. Akers ’68 has written a new book of daily meditations: Morning and Evening Meditations from the Word of God: Education, Challenge, Inspiration, and Encouragement.
“Severe hearing disability forced me to stop teaching Bible classes that I had been doing for nearly 30 years,” writes Akers. “I started writing these meditations to compensate for the loss of my teaching ministry. Basically, I transferred teaching from the spoken word to the written word.” Click here to read more about his book, which is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
After Wabash, Mike earned a PhD in pharmaceutical chemistry from the University of Iowa and worked for 40 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He is an ordained pastor through the Evangelical Church Alliance.
Jacob A. German ’11 received a doctorate of jurisprudence degree from Indiana University Bloomington Maurer School of Law in May. He is employed as an associate attorney in governmental services and finance at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, Indianapolis.
Jake’s father is Charles A. German ’70, now an assistant football coach for Wabash.
Jason Hood ’91 has been named Human Resources Director by the city of Champaign, Illinois.
Jason has over ten years of experience in the public and private sector as a Human Resources, Employee Relations and Labor Relations professional. He has served as the Senior Director of Labor and Industrial Relations for the Association of Union Constructors, Human Resources/Americans with Disabilities Act Manager for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Human Resources/Equal Employment Opportunity Manager with Tyson Foods and the Human Resources Specialist for the City of Decatur, IL. He has worked for the city of Champaign since 2012 as Community Relations Specialist and then Community Relations Manager/Compliance Officer.
After Wabash, Jason earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and an MBA from Millikin University Tabor School of Business.