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.

Jackson Albrecht ’21 joins RT Insurance

Jackson Albrecht

Recent Wabash grad Jackson Albrecht has joined the RT Insurance team as a licensed insurance specialist.

Albrecht ’21 will provide client solutions for property and casualty and life and health insurance.

“I am excited to be working in insurance,” Albrecht said told the Journal Review. “I am a people person and I love getting to know people and being able to provide solutions. It’s very rewarding.”

Tim Congleton, Principal at RT Insurance, called Albrecht a “natural” and said the Crawfordsville-based insurance agency is excited to have him on board.

“He’s a great addition to our team,” Congleton said.

Albrecht graduated from Crawfordsville High School and earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Wabash College. He was a member of Delta Tau Delta.  

Joe Johnson ’11 to launch Obvious Shirts storefront

Joe Johnson

After years of pushing out thousands of witty one-liner T-shirts from his basement, Joe Johnson ’11 will be expanding Obvious Shirts with the launch of a storefront in late July a block from Wrigley Field.

Johnson’s new moves with the business, which he started four years ago, were highlighted in a recent article by the Chicago Tribune. You can read the full story here.

A Chicago Cubs pitcher inspired Johnson’s first Obvious Shirt in 2015 — “Jake Arrieta is Good at Baseball” — and a chance meeting at a Cubs Convention in 2017 led to a deal with Clark Street Sports that put the shirts in dozens of stores across Chicago.

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During the baseball season, Obvious Shirts sells roughly 10,000-15,000 shirts per month from online sales, wholesale and distribution in outlets such as the Cubs Team Store and Clark Street Sports locations.

“It’s nonstop, organized chaos in my brain,” Johnson told the Tribune. “What I’m most proud of is just the fact that my girlfriend and I were able to create this out of nothing and make something that we’re proud of.”

While at Wabash, Johnson majored in rhetoric with a minor in economics and concentration in business and entrepreneurship. He was a member of the baseball team and Lambda Chi Alpha.

Riley Lefever ’17 joins IU wrestling staff

Riley Lefever ’17 has recently joined as an assistant coach for the Indiana University wrestling program.

Riley Lefever

“I’m excited to welcome Riley Lefever to our staff,” IU head coach Angel Escobedo said in a report by WANE TV. “Riley had a tremendous career at Wabash College, becoming only the second wrestler in DIII history to win four NCAA titles. Riley also brings international experience to his resume as he trained at Penn State for the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club. Riley will work with our upper weights and will look to help them achieve their goals on and off the mat.”

Lefever, who grew up in Fort Wayne, wrestled at Wabash where he was a four-time DIII National Champion, three times at 184 and once at 197. He posted a 58-6 record at the College, was an independent and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  

He was a team captain and a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American. Lefever also earned two NCAA DIII Most Domination Wrestler awards and was also a junior national team member in freestyle.

“My wife and I are very excited to return to the Hoosier state and join the Indiana community,” said Lefever, moved to State College, Pa., to train freestyle with the Nittany Lion Wrestling Club for the last five years. “The university and wrestling program has a great group of staff and faculty who are committed to helping the program and the student-athletes achieve success and also create a culture that is comprised of men of character.”

Peter Kempf ’06 joins DeKalb Chamber

Peter Kempf

Peter Kempf ’06 was one of three new board members to recently join the DeKalb Chamber Partnership.

Kempf currently serves as a financial adviser for Credent Wealth Management. He previously worked as the head of the Business and Vocational Department, head football coach, Baron Television director and educator at DeKalb High School.

Kempf serves the community as a member of the Rotary Club and with the Friends of the Eckhart Public Library. He and his wife, Jackie, have two daughters and a son and have family roots that run more than 140 years deep in northeast Indiana.

“The Kempfs are passionate about serving DeKalb County and are excited for the future of our community,” the chamber said in a news release.

While at Wabash College, Kempf studied history, education and psychology, was a member of Sigma Chi and the football and track teams. He earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Western Governors University.

Austin Jarrett ’15 named IU lacrosse coach

Austin Jarrett

Austin Jarrett ’15 was recently named as the new head coach of Indiana University’s men’s lacrosse program

Jarrett, who currently works as a private client advisor for JP Morgan, has been the defensive coordinator and assistant coach at IU under former coach Peter Nelson since 2018.

“I’ve got some big shoes to fill for sure,” Jarrett said in a Mens Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) news release. “I’ve been around great coaches across a couple of different sports and Pete is right toward the top. He’s got the Xs and Os down as any coach should, but he also really cares for his players and coaching staff like they are his family.

“My only hope is to continue to build upon the foundation that Pete has set for us and become a perennial contender for the UMLC title and a familiar face at the MCLA national tournament.”

While at Wabash, Jarrett was a student-athlete, rhetoric major and biology minor, and a member of Phi Gamma Delta. He attached the College primarily to play basketball, but fell in love with the game of lacrosse his junior year.

He started his lacrosse career as a defenseman on the Wabash MCLA squad and finished as a captain on the Little Giants’ first-ever varsity squad under the direction of Terry Corcoran — one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III.

“I won’t be able to achieve any of these goals on my own,” Jarrett said in the news release.

IU will play in the East subdivision of the UMLC along with Miami (Ohio), Purdue University, Michigan State and Western Michigan.

Leo Priemer ’06 named to Michiana Forty Under 40

Leo Priemer

Leo Priemer ’06, an Edward Jones financial advisor, was named a 2021 Forty Under 40 recipient.

The Michiana Forty Under 40 program spotlights 40 of the South Bend/Elkhart region’s most talented and dedicated young executives, leaders, employees, and adults who demonstrate career success and community engagement, all before the age of 40, according to a news release. More than 180 were submitted this year.

Priemer opened his Edward Jones office in 2008, just two years after graduating from Wabash College, where he studied political science and was a member of Phi Kappa Psi. Since then, he has built a thriving financial advisory practice, serving more than 330 clients in 28 states.

For the last five years Priemer’s office has ranked in the top 25% for customer service across all of Edward Jones.

“I’m grateful for this recognition, for my staff who work beside me each day, and the clients who thought to nominate me,” said Priemer, who holds designations as a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Asset Management Specialist.

“My office’s mission is centered on honest, caring, and goal-focused relationships with our clients,” he said. “The nomination alone tells me we are doing something right!”

Leo Priemer (center) stands with his Edward Jones office team members Diane Hui-Wack (left) and Crystal Taberski (right)

In 2019, Priemer attended the Barron’s Top 100 Summit sponsored by Barron’s Magazine. This national conference is by-invitation-only and recognizes top financial advisors across all firms based on industry experience, compliance record, total revenue, and the amount of client assets entrusted to them.

Outside of work, Priemer is passionate about giving back to his community.

He is a 2011 graduate of Leadership South Bend Mishawaka, a member and president of the Studebaker National Museum Board of Trustees, a board member of the South Bend Rotary Club, and involved in the Michiana Estate Planning Council. In addition to raising money annually for the Alzheimer’s Association, Priemer’s office delivers Thanksgiving food baskets to those in need as part of a joint Rotary/St. Vincent DePaul Society initiative.

Michael Langford ’91 joins The Mediation Group

Michael Langford

Michael Langford ’91 recently joined The Mediation Group LLC, an Indianapolis-based law firm, as a mediator and arbitrator.

Previously, Langford worked as a trial and appellate attorney. He litigated high stakes civil lawsuits throughout his 27-year career, and regularly tried jury trials nationwide and argued before state and federal appellate courts.

In his new role as a mediator and arbitrator, Langford will help parties achieve successful resolutions of their cases. He mediates all types of civil disputes including trucking, personal injury and wrongful death, products liability, insurance coverage, bad faith claims, employment law, class actions, real estate issues, and commercial and business disputes.

“I will start mediating in August,” Langford said in a LinkedIn post. “I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

While at Wabash College, Langford was a member of Phi Delta Theta and studied English and speech. He graduated Order of the Barristers from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington.