Zach Patton ’18 Hall of Fame Inductee

Zach Patton at the 2019 Alumni Basketball Game


The Tri-County Athletic Department (Remington, IN) inducted three-sport athlete Zach Patton into its Hall of Fame on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. During his junior year in high school, Zach was named Journal and Courier Small School Honorable Mention, Herald Journal First Team and all-Midwest Conference First Team.  In his senior year, while leading the Cavaliers in almost all statistical categories, he earned Journal and Courier All Area First Team selection and player of the year honors from the Midwest Conference, Herald Journal and Rensselaer Republican.

Zach played both basketball and baseball at Wabash, while majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Psychology. He is currently attending IU School of Medicine.

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M. Ashraf Haidari ’01 is Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka

Following key assignments as Deputy Ambassador to the US and India, Director-General of Policy & Strategy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Deputy Assistant National Security Adviser at the Office of the President, Ashraf Haidari was appointed Ambassador of Afghanistan to Sri Lanka in 2018.

Ambassador Haidari came to Crawfordsville from Afghanistan in 1997, determined to achieve the education he needed to “make a global impact” ( Following his 2001 graduation from Wabash, where he majored in Political Science and International Relations, Ambassador Haidari earned a Master’s degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University/Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, was a Fellow in Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and earned advanced certificates in International Affairs and Refugee & Humanitarian Emergencies from the University.

Read more about Ambassador Haidari: Embassy-Official Biography   Embassy-Colombo-Sri Lanka    The Ambassador Blog

Mark Miles ’76 joins LDI Ltd. Board of Managers

Mark Miles has been elected to the board of managers of Indianapolis-based LDI Ltd. He is president and chief executive officer of Hulman & Co. Mark has also served as a director at two other closely held, family-owned companies––City Securities, an Indiana-based investment firm and The Pantry, a multi-billion-dollar operator of convenience stores in the southeast U.S.

Mark also previously served as president and CEO of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc., chief executive officer of the Association of Tennis Professionals and executive director of corporate relations for Eli Lilly and Co. He also serves on numerous civic and nonprofit boards and notably was the chairman of the board of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee.

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Todd Rokita ’92 Joins Apex Benefits

Indianapolis-based Apex Benefits, a benefits strategy and services provider, has announced Todd Rokita will join them as general counsel and vice president of external affairs. In this executive role, he will oversee corporate legal strategies and serve as a representative for the company and an advocate for its customers by leading public policy initiatives throughout Indiana and the nation.

Todd practiced law for several years before serving as Indiana’s Secretary of State from 2003 to 2011, and U.S. Congressman representing Indiana’s Fourth Congressional District from 2011 to 2019.

Following his 1992 graduation from Wabash, Todd earned his J.D. from the IU McKinney School of Law.

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Chris Comella ’80 National Distinguished Principal

Pilgrim Lutheran School Principal Chris Comella, 2018 National Distinguished Principal, was honored during the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association’s National Administrator & Pastor Conference that was held at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, TX January 31-February 2, 2019. Chris was selected by fellow principals through a national process conducted by the Evangelical Lutheran Education Association.

Following his 1980 graduation from Wabash, Chris studied at DePaul University (Chicago), the University of Aberdeen (UK), and the Goethe Institute (Berlin) before receiving his Master of Arts Degree in Educational Administration from Northeastern Illinois University.

Congratulations, Chris!


Hipólito Chacón ’85 Director of Montana Museum

Hipólito Chacón has been named director of the Montana Museum of Art & Culture at the University of Montana, where he has assumed responsibility for the 124-year-old institution’s collection of more than 11,000 pieces of art and cultural artifacts and its two exhibition galleries. A faculty member since 1994, Hipólito said he wants the museum to be a classroom, a laboratory, a space to see art and spark conversations.

Between his junior and senior years at Wabash, he interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, an experience he says “really sold me on the museum as a forum to learn and to explore and to play.” In graduate school, he weighed a choice between museums or academia. He chose the latter, and was hired at UM not long after graduating with his Ph.D.

Following his 1985 graduation from Wabash, Hipólito earned his graduate degree in art history and then his doctorate at the University of Chicago.

You can read more about Hipólito in the Missoulian.

Kenyatta Brame ’92 Promoted to Executive VP

Cascade Engineering announced  the promotion of Kenyatta Brame to executive vice president. Most recently, Kenyatta served as CE’s group services senior vice president and chief administration officer.

In his new position, he will remain chief administrative officer and continue overseeing the services group, which includes legal/risk management, human resources, marketing, IT and several other key departments. His additional responsibilities include managing the following business units: IWS, Decade, Xtreme RFID, Cascade Consulting Group and Triple Quest.

Prior to joining Cascade Engineering in 2006, Kenyatta was senior vice president for operations and merchandizing at Sysco Food Services of Grand Rapids, LLC and he served as a practicing attorney for Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cumminsky, P.L.C. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Following his 1992 graduation from Wabash, Kenyatta earning a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School and a master’s degree from Michigan State University.

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Tom Stafford ’97 Named Krieg DeVault Partner

Krieg DeVault announced it has named Tom Stafford as partner. Tom joined the firm in 2011 as a member of the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation and employee stock ownership plans practice groups.

Tom’s focus is on employee stock ownership plans, and he works with companies, trustees, lenders and sellers on ESOP-related matters, including design and implementation, ongoing fiduciary and governance counseling and sales of ESOP companies.

Following his 1997 graduation from Wabash, Tom earned his J.D. from the IU McKinney School of Law. He was recently named a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers.

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Chris Barry ’03 New Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC Partner

Craig, Kelley & Faultless LLC, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm, has announced Chris Barry as a new equity partner/member, working out of the firm’s Indianapolis office.

Chris has also been named a Rising Star by Indiana’s Super Lawyers since 2012. He is listed as one of the Top 100 Indiana Lawyers and one of the Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Following his 2003 graduation from Wabash, Chris earned his law degree from IU McKinney School of Law.


Adam Berry ’04 Named Indiana Chamber VP

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has appointed Adam Berry vice president of economic development and technology. Adam is a former policy director and attorney for Governor Mike Pence’s administration, where he focused on small business economic development and entrepreneurship policies.

Adam is also co-founder of, an all-inclusive campaign platform for candidates and voters that has been utilized for local, state and federal campaigns throughout the United States. He most recently served as chief executive officer of

Following his 2004 graduation from Wabash, Adam earned his law degree from the IU McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

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