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Dustin DeNeal ’04 joins First Internet Bank

Dustin DeNeal

Dustin DeNeal ’04 recently joined First Internet Bank as First Vice President Counsel. He will be responsible for a range of legal and regulatory matters, while also providing guidance to the bank’s executive leadership team.

“First Internet Bank is known for trailblazing leadership in the development of digital banking products and services, customer commitment and unique workplace culture,” DeNeal said in a news release. “I am excited to join this forward-thinking team and to work alongside them as we build for the future.”

DeNeal joins First Internet Bank from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP where he practiced for 13 years. 

“Dustin’s extensive experience working with a variety of financial institutions through his practice in the private law sector will prove valuable as we continue to execute our strategic growth plans,” Nicole Lorch, President and Chief Operating Officer at First Internet Bank said in a news release. “We have worked with him through an external legal counsel relationship for the past decade and are so pleased to welcome him. His ability to evaluate risk and explore alternatives enhances our team’s capabilities.”

DeNeal earned a law degree from Indiana University and bachelor’s degree from Wabash College. While at Wabash, he was an English and Classics double major, and a member of Phi Delta Theta, Pre-Law Society, Sons of Wabash and the football team.


Luke Messer ’91 joins Bose Public Affairs Group

Luke Messer ’91, former U.S. Congressman, recently joined Bose Public Affairs Group LLC as a principal where he will counsel clients on state and federal policy matters in Indiana and Washington, DC.

Luke Messer

“I am thrilled to be joining the Bose family and I look forward to helping our clients grow their businesses in this challenging environment,” Messer said in a citybiz report.

He will work closely at the firm with state and federal government relations teams as well as the strategic communications group, according to the report. In addition, Messer will join Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as a partner at the law firm, where he will focus on serving clients in the business services, labor and employment, and financial services practice groups.

“With the ever-changing political landscape at the state and national level, having Luke join us will provide our clients with a tremendous competitive advantage,” said Andrew Miller, managing principal for Bose Public Affairs Group. “Luke’s experience and understanding of the state and federal landscape will be a welcomed addition to our dynamic team.”

Messer served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 2003 to 2006 when he represented House District 57. He then served three terms as the U.S. Congressman for Indiana’s Sixth Congressional District from 2013 to 2019.

He was the chairman of the Republican Policy Committee for four years where he led hearings on Conservative Clean Energy Agenda; Women in the 21st Century Workforce; Law Enforcement and the American Worker. Messer served on the House Committees on Financial Services; Education and the Workforce; Budget; and Foreign Affairs.

Messer earned a law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School and a bachelor’s degree in speech at Wabash College with the honors summa cum laude. While at Wabash, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, the football team and the Pre-Law Society.


Jordan Surenkamp ’13 named coach of Greensboro Swarm

Jordan Surenkamp

Jordan Surenkamp ’13 was recently named the new Head Coach of the Greensboro Swarm NBA G League basketball team.

Surenkamp will be the third full-time head coach in Greensboro’s history, the first to be promoted internally from within the Hornets organization and at 30 years old, according to an NBA.com report.

“As soon as the opportunity was presented to me, I was excited to take it,” Surenkamp said. “It seemed like not only for myself, but also for the staff and organization, a really good situation. Something that we focus and really pride ourselves on is the developmental aspect of our players and organization as a whole. [This opportunity] is something I’m greatly appreciative of and certainty humbled by.”

Prior to accepting this job, Surenkamp served as the team’s Head Video Coordinator the past two seasons.

His regular season debut will take place on Friday, Nov. 5 when the Swarm host the visiting Birmingham Squadron for the first of two back-to-back home games.

“He’s a young energetic coach who has a great feel for what we’re doing here in Charlotte,” said Director of Player Personnel Larry Jordan. “He has a great mind as a young coach, so we’ll obviously rally behind him and give him all the resources he needs. He’s going to make those young guys down there better. I’m one hundred percent confident in that.” 

While at Wabash, Surenkamp majored in rhetoric and minored in economics, and was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the basketball team. Surenkamp appeared in 25 games and average 3.5 points per game. He received the Freshman of the Year Award and Most Improved Award.


Luke Rowles ’19 joins Community Foundation of Randolph County

Luke Rowles

Luke Rowles ’19 recently joined the Community Foundation of Randolph County team as their full-time program officer, donor relations and communications specialist.

As program officer, Rowles is involved with the administration of grants and scholarships for the Foundation. He originally started as a part-time communications cpecialist through funding from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. GIFT VII Implementation Grant.

“I love working closely with the community and having a positive influence. I look forward to working with area schools and organizations,” Rowles said in a report by The Winchester News-Gazette. “I am impressed with the way this organization affects so many different groups and people in the community.”

Rowles grew up in nearby Portland, Indiana, and graduated from Jay County High School in 2015. Receiving Jay County’s Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, he went to Wabash where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2019 with a liberal arts degree in social psychology and nonprofit business.

While at Wabash he was a member of Delta Tau Delta, Student Senate, Sons of Wabash, and the Wabash Acts Responsibly Council.

“Randolph County is a wonderful place,” Rowles said. “I look forward to serving and working with this community. There are lots of good people here.”


Sam Henthorn ’20 to teach in Bulgaria

Sam Henthorn

Sam Henthorn ’20 is set to head to Bulgaria to teach English under the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship this year.

He was recently profiled in a Student International report, which you can read here.

“Earning this award was an extremely validating moment for me,” Henthorn said in the report. “I’m hoping this experience will grant me more opportunities to spend more time abroad and connect with others who are passionate about teaching and global service.”

A Classics major with a religion minor, Henthorn was a varsity letterman for the Little Giant track and field and cross country teams.

He was named was an Academic All-District selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Additionally, he earned North Coast Athletic Conference Men’s Cross Country Runner-of-the-Year honors in 2019 and added the Indoor Track and Field Men’s Distance Runner-of-the-Year award at the conference championship meet in 2020. Henthorn won the men’s individual title at the 2019 NCAC Cross Country Championships.

He was also a member of the Sphinx Club, Cycling Club and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

Henthorn was one of five current or former Wabash College students who recently accepted fellowships to locations in Europe and Asia. You can read about others who earned international fellowships in this report.


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.



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