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Jacob Isaacs ’99 joins University of Minnesota Crookston

Jacob Isaacs

Jacob Isaacs ’99 has been selected by the University of Minnesota at Crookston to serve as the new Director of Student Success and Academic Advising.

Issacs will be working with programs in student success, academic advising, tutoring, multicultural education, career services, and first-year experience.

He has worked as an education researcher, higher education administrator, and consultant throughout his career, previously serving as the Assistant Director of Student Life Residential Education Research and Communication at Purdue University. He worked at the university since 2014.

While at Wabash, Issacs was an independent who majored in speech and minored in history with specializations in business. He was a member of the Student Senate, The Bachelor newspaper and worked at the WNDY radio station.

Along with his family, Issacs will be transitioning to the Crookston, Minnesota area in mid-summer 2021.


Robert Grand ’78 presented with IUPUI’s Spirit of Philanthropy Award

Robert ’78 and Melody Grand were recently presented with the IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

Melody and Robert ’78 Grand

The Grands were recognized for having loyally supported the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and demonstrating the value of giving back to one’s alma mater.

Bob is a member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, according to a news release. The couple’s recent gifts have focused on an endowed chair and a memorial scholarship, created to recognize the excellence of the faculty and to help students who face financial challenges.

Bob graduated from Wabash College in 1978, where he majored in economics and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. He graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 1978 with a degree in biological sciences and from IU McKinney Law in 1982.

Bob is the firm managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg and concentrates his practice in the areas of public finance and governmental regulation.


Scott Campbell ’14 joins Ambassador Enterprises

Scott Campbell

Scott Campbell ’14 has joined Ambassador Enterprises as Corporate Counsel. Based in Fort Wayne, Ambassador Enterprises is a private equity firm engaging with leaders and organizations committed to creating lasting, positive impact on people and communities.

“I’m excited to add Scott to our team,” Chief Legal Officer Jeremy Gayed said in a news release. “I’m confident that Scott’s unique combination of talent and humility will be a valuable addition to AE’s culture of care, performance, and responsible capitalism.”

Campbell comes to Ambassador Enterprises from the law firm of Barrett McNagny, LLP, where he served as an Associate in their Business Practice Group. He was most recently honored as a 2021 Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch.

“Ambassador Enterprises’ commitment to generating financial, cultural, and eternal returns in every investment truly makes it a special and rewarding place to grow as an individual and team member,” Campbell said. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to create effective transition plans for businesses and owners interested in sustaining their legacy, as well as partnering with other AE leaders focused on community impact, philanthropic partnering, and civic engagement.”

Campbell graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College. At Wabash, he double majored in economics and Classics and was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Student Senate, Pre-Law Society, Interfraternity Council, and the Bachelor.


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.