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Kurt Snyder ’89 earns Inspiring Change Leadership Award

Kurt Snyder ’89, executive director of the Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education, received the 2019-2020 Stanford University School of Medicine Inspiring Change Leadership Award.

Kurt Snyder

The award is given to a staff employee who has outstanding performance and have initiated or led change and innovation: implementing new processes, systems, organizational structures, or operating paradigms which will result in transformative improvements in service, efficiency, value, effectiveness, outcome, or satisfaction. The winner receives a $3,000 check.

As the executive director, Snyder advances patient outcomes via physician education on behalf of Stanford Medicine. He’s held this role since 2018.

“We appreciate all you do for our team, Stanford University and the community,” the Stanford CME Team said in a LinkedIn post. “We are lucky to have you!”

Prior to working at Standford University, Snyder worked as the Director of Continuing Medical Education at Indiana University School of Medicine and was an adjunct professor at Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

At Wabash, Snyder majored in history and minored in political science. He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta, Sphinx Club and the cross-country team.


Steven Pfanstiel ’95 hired as CFO for Marinus Pharmaceuticals

Steven Pfanstiel ’95 was recently hired as the Chief Financial Officer for Marinus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company dedicated to the development of innovative therapeutics to treat rare seizure disorders.

Steven Pfanstiel

“Marinus is committed to making a significant difference in the lives of people touched by rare pediatric and refractory epilepsy,” Pfanstiel said in a news release. “The science is strong, and I am pleased to bring a strong financial discipline and foundation to support the company in its continued development activities and as it plans for commercialization of ganaxolone.”

Pfanstiel has a long track record in life sciences and pharmaceuticals, supporting the financial side of R&D, supply chain, and global commercialization organizations.

Before joining Marinus, Pfanstiel worked for 16 years in various divisions and operating companies of Johnson & Johnson.

He was most recently the Vice President of Finance for LifeScan of Malvern, a world leader in blood glucose monitoring known for its OneTouch brand products for managing diabetes, according to a news release. At LifeScan, he was responsible for a finance team of over 40 and drove significant cost savings while optimizing investment in sales and marketing.

Dr. Scott Braunstein, Chief Executive Officer of Marinus Pharmaceuticals, said Pfanstiel is a “stellar leader” who will be instrumental in positioning the company for its next phase of growth.

“(Pfanstiel) brings skills and seasoned expertise that will prove invaluable as we build our organization and prepare for potential commercial launch,” Braunstein said in a news release.

Pfanstiel majored in physics at Wabash College and was a member of Delta Tau Delta. He holds a M.S. in environmental systems engineering from Clemson University and an M.B.A. in finance from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.


Alonzo Weems ’92 named Eli Lilly’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer

Alonzo Weems

Alonzo Weems ’92 was recently named as Eli Lilly and Company’s new senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer.

Weems joined Lilly in 1997 and currently serves as its vice president and deputy general counsel. He will assume his new role in June 2021.

He has held roles of increasing responsibility at Lilly, according to a news release, including general counsel of Lilly Canada, general counsel for Lilly USA and general counsel for the global Bio-Medicines and Diabetes business units, which included responsibilities for legal teams in Australia, Canada, China, Europe and Japan.

In his current role, Weems is responsible for the corporate legal functions which includes commercial transactions, litigation, regulatory, and human resources.

“Alonzo’s legal roles, including extensive experience directly supporting our commercial efforts, make him the right leader to advance our strong compliance culture and lead our global risk management effort,” David A. Ricks, Lilly chairman and CEO said in a news release.

“I along with our executive team look forward to collaborating closely with … Alonzo as we work to overcome many of the world’s most pressing unmet medical needs.”

Weems earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Wabash College. He was an independent, and a member of the Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies and Glee Club.


Mark Grossenbacher ’97 named Woodland Middle School principal

After serving 11 years as an elementary school principal, Mark Grossenbacher ’97 was recently named the new Woodland Middle School principal in North Port, Florida.

Mark Grossenbacher

“I cannot explain how proud I am of our staff, community, and children for everything we have accomplished together,” Grossenbacher wrote in a statement, which was published in a report by the Englewood Sun. “I am also humbled and honored to be chosen to lead Woodland Middle School. It is such a great school with wonderful teachers & staff members, with the profound potential to do many wonderful things for the North Port community.”

Grossenbacher, who will continue to serve as the Englewood Elementary School principal until the end of the school year, was called “an exceptional school leader with a passion for excellence and an unwavering belief in every student,” by Chris Renouf, executive director of Elementary Schools.  

“He is a community connector with a commitment to building and fostering strong relationships with all stakeholders in an effort to help every student exceed the highest of expectations and achieve individual success,” Renouf said.

“Mr. Grossenbacher has made a tremendous impact at Englewood Elementary and will be dearly missed; however, we are excited to see him start a new chapter within the school district family.”

Grossenbacher majored in English and minored in religion at Wabash College. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi, involved in Fellowship of Christian Athletes and competed on the football and track teams.


Rob Reimondo ’93 named Indiana Super Lawyer

Rob Reimondo

Crawfordsville attorney Rob Reimondo ’93 has been named a 2021 Indiana Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters in the area of alternative dispute resolution (mediation).

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers in more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, the Journal Review reports. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Reimondo, a partner in the law firm of Capper Tulley & Reimondo, majored in political science and was a member of Phi Delta Theta while at Wabash College. He graduated in 1997 from Indiana University Law School at Indianapolis.

He has been a registered civil and family law mediator since 2010, and serves annually as a faculty panelist for Indiana Continuing Legal Education.


Brian Poole ’88 promoted to Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance’s director and chief actuary

Brian Poole

Brian Poole ’88 was recently promoted to director and chief actuary at Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance.

Poole joined Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance in 2017 as the actuarial data manager in the product management solutions department.

With 32 years of experience in insurance, Poole has also served in various leadership roles at other companies and is a Fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (FCAS), as well as a member of the American Academy of Actuaries (MCAA).

Poole grew up in Evansville and earned his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College, where he studied mathematics and was a member of Kappa Sigma.


Nicholas Nussbaum ’01 promoted to director of medical affairs for community service

Dr. Nicholas Nussbaum ’01 of Adams Medical Group, a division of Adams Memorial Hospital in Decatur, was recently promoted to director of medical affairs for community services.

Dr. Nicholas Nussbaum

His new responsibilities include physician and advanced practice provider leadership and coordination at all Adams Medical Group outpatient locations. As a physician leader, he will be responsible for the alignment of provider teams to the Adams Health Network mission and vision.

To achieve this goal, Nussbaum will facilitate provider success through an emphasis on quality of care, patient experience, and patient access to care.

Nussbaum is a life-long Adams County resident, returning to the area in 2008 as an employed physician for Adams Memorial in Monroe. Following significant growth at the Monroe office, he became medical director of the Monroe location with its transition to a federally qualified Rural Health Clinic. With further growth in Adams Medical Group, he became the Medical Director of Rural Health and Primary Care in 2018.

“His new role as director of medical affairs for community services is an expansion of his prior primary care role to include outpatient specialty providers and clinics,” Adams Memorial Hospital officials wrote in a Facebook post.

Nussbaum is Board Certified in Family Medicine and is a 1997 graduate of South Adams High School. He completed his undergraduate degree from Wabash College, where he studied religion and was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha. He then graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2005.

He completed his Family Medicine Residency in 2008 at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie.


Marty Brown ’06 writes children’s book ‘ABCs in Indianapolis’

Marty Brown’s ’06 first children’s book “ABCs in Indianapolis” is now available for pre-order through Kickstarter until March 1.

“ABCs in Indianapolis” is written and illustrated based on a lifetime spent in Indianapolis, said Brown, vice president of strategy and operations at LDI, Ltd.

The idea behind the book came after Brown realized much of what his two and four-year-old daughters read in books “take them to outer space, tropical jungles, and into the far-off worlds of their favorite characters” but not to where the family lives, plays and explores.

The book, illustrated by Jingo de la Rosa, is designed to be representative of the whole city, and each letter of the alphabet will highlight landmarks in and around downtown, parks, events and other sites throughout the city.

“I wanted books that inspired my daughters to explore and take pride in their hometown,” said Brown, who studied English at Wabash College.

“I wanted to bring to life the people, history and neighborhoods that make Indianapolis special. Many nights, we sing, ‘The wheels on the bus go round and round … all through Indianapolis.’ Now I am proud to create and share books that make my daughters more curious about Indianapolis. We hope you like these books, too.”

To pre-order and learn more about “ABCs in Indianapolis” and its journey to publication, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/littlehoosier/abcs-in-indianapolis?ref=checkout_rewards_page.


John Penn ’14 named field manager for Chillicothe Paints

The Chillicothe Paints, a collegiate summer baseball team based in Chillicothe, Ohio, has recently hired John Penn ’14 as its new field manager.

“I’m just very thankful and humbled for the doors that have opened up for me to be able to take this role,” Penn said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to a great season. The Paints are a team with high standards and, technically speaking, are the defending champs.”

Penn is currently an assistant coach at Bryant & Stratton Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Prior to joining the staff at Bryan & Stratton, Penn spent two seasons with NCAA DI Old Dominion working with catchers and hitters, two seasons with Iowa Western Community College and two seasons in coaching at NCAA DIII Bluffton University, serving as a graduate assistant.

Penn graduated from Wabash College with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric. He was a relief pitcher and a member of the 2011 team that won the North Coast Athletic Conference at VA Memorial Stadium.

“I’ve celebrated high school district championships at VA Memorial Stadium and celebrated Wabash’s first NCAC Championship in school history on that field,” Penn said. “I have a ton of memories stretching back to being a little kid going to Paints (youth baseball) camps. It’s all a little surreal that I’m going to be at the helm of a team in a town I grew up in.”

The Paints have made the playoffs eight times and won two championships in 11 seasons since joining the Prospect League as a charter member in 2009. The team will open the 2021 season against the Lafayette Aviators on May 27 at VA Memorial Stadium.


Jake Gilbert ’98 earns AFCA Regional Power of Influence Award

Jake Gilbert ’98 was recently highlighted as one of the best high school head coaches in the nation and was chosen as the midwest region’s winner of the American Football Coaches Association’s Power of Influence Award.  

Jake Gilbert

Gilbert is the Dean of Wellness, Connections and Growth, department head for physical education and best known as the varsity football coach who led Westfield High School to an IHSAA state championship in 2016.

He joined the staff 10 years ago, and previously taught U.S. government and leadership classes at the school.

Coaches who receive the Power of Influence Award are recognized for their impact on their team, as well as the legacy they leave with the school and surrounding community, according to a news release. This award is not based on wins and losses; however, it should be noted that coaches of powerful influence have longevity and success.

“This makes him one of five finalists in the entire country for the national award,” Westfield High School officials wrote in a Facebook post. “This award is the highest honor given to a high school coach. Congratulations, Jake!!”

In addition to coaching and teaching, Gilbert has been a Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor since 2012 and created a Freshman Mentor Program and Life Ready Initiative at Westfield. He’s also hosted Special Olympic football clinics, raised money to tackle childhood cancer, led a mission trip to Haiti and helps support the Indiana Blood Center.

Gilbert and other winners were honored during a virtual AFCA Convention in January.

During his time at Wabash College, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and graduated cum laude with a major in history, Gilbert was an all-conference and honorable mention All-American defensive lineman. He served as an assistant coach for Wabash’s football team from 2006 until 2011.