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Kelvin Burzon ’12 art on display

Kelvin Burzon

Kelvin Burzon ’12’s art exhibition titled, Noli Me Tangere,” will be on display Aug. 30 through Dec. 10 at Syracuse University’s Point of Contact Gallery.

“Noli Me Tangere,” “touch me not” or “don’t tread on me,” (Latin) is a series of photographs that examines an internal conflict of homosexuality and Catholicism, according to a university news release. The photographs address, but don’t aim to solve, the contentions between religion and homosexuality.

Utilizing appropriated religious imagery and language, the work is recontextualized by the insertion of LGBTQ members and activists posing as Catholic deities. Themes, lighting and color treatment are adopted from the works of Renaissance artists. The photographs are then presented as polyptychs in the style of Catholic altarpieces.

“I have always been interested in the religion’s role in culture and familial relationships and have been drawn to the religion’s traditions, imagery, theatricality, and its psychological vestige,” Burzon said, adding that his work is inspired by cerebral influences growing up in and around the church.

“My cultural and familial identity, my memories as a child, cannot be separated from the church,” he said. “It was an integral part of what it meant to be Filipino.”

Burzon received MFA degree from Indiana University’s School of Art + Design, where he developed his most recent bodies of work. At Wabash, he studied studio art and music, and became versed in painting, sculpture, ceramics and photography.

While at the College, Burzon was a member of Kappa Sigma and the Glee Club.


Will Folsom ’15 joins Swanson Russell

Will Folsom

Will Folsom ’15 recently joined Swanson Russell, a branding, advertising and public relations agency in Lincoln and Omaha, Nebraska.

The agency partners with clients across many industries while specializing in agriculture, construction, landscape/turf, outdoor recreation and healthcare.

Folsom is a public relations associate and will work in the Lincoln office, according to a report by the Lincoln Journal Star. Previously, he worked at Spreetail as a senior product copywriter and marketplace content lead.

While at Wabash, Folsom majored in history and minored in economics. He was an independent, member of the Independent Men’s Association, Student Senate and Glee Club.


Franciscan adds Dr. Todd Bertrand ’03

Dr. Todd Bertrand

Franciscan Physician Network has added Dr. Todd Bertrand ’03 as an orthopedic surgeon, according to an Inside Indiana Business report.

Bertrand specializes in complex joint revisions, joint replacement, and orthopedic oncology. He previously served as an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Center for Joint Replacement.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Wabash College and doctorate from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2008. He completed an orthopedic residency at Duke University, with a six-month stint at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

Bertrand completed two fellowships in musculoskeletal oncology: one at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, Florida, and one at Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute in Bologna, Italy.

While at Wabash, Bertrand was an independent and studied chemistry.

In his free time, Bertrand enjoys running, cycling, swimming, and spending time outdoors with his wife, Courtney, and their dog, Alan.


Joe Heller ’04 joins coreVISION Financial Group

Joe Heller ’04 recently joined coreVISION, a financial consulting firm in Shelbyville, Indiana, as advisor support assistant.

Joe Heller with family

Heller, who previously worked for Penske Logistics, has spent 17 years in manufacturing and logistics, working the bulk of those years as a financial analyst.

“We are excited to have Joe as part of our family,” coreVISION Financial Group officials wrote in a Facebook post, announcing Heller’s hire.

Heller is a graduate of Rushville High School and Wabash College, where he earned a degree in economics. While at Wabash, he was an independent and member of Alpha Phi Omega.

He has lived between Shelby and Rush County for almost 40 years, and has three children, Jackson, Camden and Marle. Heller and his wife, Ashley, spend most of their free time supporting the kids’ extracurricular activities.


Jacob Jeffries ’10 joins family law firm

Jacob Jeffries

Jacob Jeffries ’10 recently joined Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson, a family law firm in Frisco, Texas.

Jeffries has experience in civil and family law matters, including divorce, child custody, child support, property division and appellate disputes. He also handles interstate jurisdiction cases and unique family law cases.

“I firmly believe that we, as attorneys, are advocates and ‘translators’ of our client’s legal problems,” Jeffries said in a news release. “I look forward to assisting the talented team at Orsinger, Nelson, Downing & Anderson.”

Board Certified in Family Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, Jeffries has been recognized by his peers, earning a spot on the list of Texas Rising Stars each year since 2018 for his track record in Family Law.

He is a member of the Collin County Bar Association, the Denton County Bar Association, State Bar of Texas Family Law, LGBT and Appellate Law Sections, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

“Jacob’s substantial expertise will bolster our Frisco team,” ONDA managing partner Brad LaMorgese said. “We know our clients will appreciate him and his ability to find positive solutions even as they are struggling with stressful situations.”

Jeffries is a graduate of Baylor Law School and Wabash College. While at Wabash, Jeffries majored in religion and psychology and was a member of the cross country team.


Dr. Ted Kieffer ’02 named regional medical director

Dr. Ted Kieffer

Dr. Ted Kieffer ’02 was recently named as Blood Assurance’s new regional medical director in Middle Tennessee.

Kieffer is tasked with overseeing and ensuring the safety of donors and collected blood products while acting as a liaison to hospitals. He will also help develop and launch a cellular therapy program, geared toward reforming the way physicians treat cancer, genetic, and infectious disease.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Kieffer join Blood Assurance,” Dr. Liz Culler, the chief medical officer for Blood Assurance, said in a Williamson Herald report. “His medical expertise will be invaluable in providing the highest level of service to Blood Assurance donors, hospitals and patients in the Middle Tennessee area. He will be bringing cutting edge technology to the area in the future.”

Kieffer previously worked as a clinical pathologist, medical director and assistant professor at West Virginia University. In addition, he has experience working as a medical consultant for several companies in Indiana and Arizona.

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“When Blood Assurance offered me the opportunity to return to my passion and solely focus on blood banking/transfusion medicine with the added benefit of developing a cellular therapy program, I jumped on it,” Kieffer said. “The cellular therapy program will be the donation program of the future.”

While at Wabash, Kieffer studied chemistry and music and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha, Brass Ensemble, Rugby Team, and WNDY Radio Station. He received a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University and a M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Kieffer resides in Davidson County, Tennessee, with his 7-year-old daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys engaging in community service, listening to and playing music and rebuilding Jeep Wranglers.


Doug Kowalski ’01 joins Kroger Gardis & Regas

Doug Kowalski

Doug Kowalski ’01 has recently joined Kroger Gardis & Regas. He will primarily practice in the areas of municipal law, corporate law and real estate for the Indianapolis law firm.

Kowalski most recently served as chief of staff at the Indiana State Board of Accounts. He also served as Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis under Mayor Greg Ballard. From 2008-2012, he was a major felony public defender for Marion County.

While at Wabash, Kowalski studied speech and psychology and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, Student Senate and the soccer team. He earned his JD from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Outside the office, Kowalski enjoys family activities, lawyer’s league softball and mountain biking. He and his wife have three young children.