Jon DeSmet ’02 Named Account VP for Business Development at Purdue Credit Union

Purdue Federal Credit Union (Purdue Federal) has announced the hiring of Jon DeSmet as Account Vice President of Member Business Services. In his position, Jon looks forward to being a trusted advisor to real estate investors and business owners by using market experience and competitive loan terms to help accomplish their goals.

Following his 2002 graduation from Wabash, Jon attended the Graduate School of Banking at University of Wisconsin.  Jon brings more than 15 years of banking experience to the credit union.  Outside the office, he coaches multiple youth sports.


Hollis Evans ’83 Receives Award

Hollis Evans has received Lourdes Health System’s 2017 Sister M. Elizabeth Corry, OSF Award. The annual award is the highest honor bestowed upon a Lourdes Health System employee and is named after the former president of Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.  A licensed clinical social worker with the mental health unit at Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, New Jersey, Hollis was among 16 employees from throughout the health system nominated for demonstrating the core value of stewardship.  A former hospital administrator, he joined Lourdes in 2007, and cares for patients who not only suffer from mental illness and drug/alcohol abuse, but also financial hardships as well.  In his nomination, Hollis was cited for helping a patient with mental illness and alcoholism who was admitted to the mental health unit after 50 emergency room visits.  He also is noted for going on his own time to pick up patients’ belonging from shelters and motel rooms, obtaining medication and using his own money to pay for transportation, food, clothing and other patient needs.

Following his 1983 graduation from Wabash, Hollis earned a MSW from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985.

The Intelligencer

Michael Tempel ’96 Elected to the American Health Council’s Board of Physicians

The American Health Council has announced the election of Michael Tempel, MD to the AHC Board of Physicians. A general surgeon specializing in colon and rectal cancer, Mike has spent 17 years in the medical field and is currently with the Lima Memorial Health System in Lima, Ohio.

Following his 1996 graduation from Wabash, Mike received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2000, and completed a residency in general surgery followed by a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery. He is also a Fellow with the American College of Surgeons and with the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Mike is Vice Chairman of the Department of Surgery and a member of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee. His long-term goal is to develop a comprehensive program for the treatment of rectal cancer at Lima Memorial.

American Health Council

Bob Knowling ’77 Joins K12 Inc. Board of Directors

Technology-based education company K12 Inc. announced that Bob Knowling ’77 has been elected to the company’s Board of Directors. Nate Davis, Executive Chairman of the K13 Inc. Board of Directors, said “Bob’s work in developing school leaders for the NYC Public School System was both groundbreaking and continues to be highly impactful to this day.  His passion for education, combined with his business expertise, will add depth and insight to our Board as we execute on our mission to transform learning for every student served.”

Bob is Chairman of Eagles Landing Partners, which specializes in helping senior management formulate strategy, lead organizational transformations, and re-engineer businesses. Earlier in his career he served as CEO of the NYC Leadership Academy, an independent non-profit corporation that is chartered with developing the next generation of principals in the New York City public school system.  He also serves on the board of directors for Roper Industries in Sarasota, FL, and Convergys, in Cincinnati, OH; and has held roles as CEO of Telwares, Chairman and CEO of SlimDesk Technologies, Inc., and Chairman, President and CEO of Covad Communications.

Following his 1977 graduation from Wabash, Bob earned an MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Business Wire

Jeff Perkins ’89 named Managing Director of Stanton Chase Washington DC Office

Global executive search firm Stanton Chase announced the opening of a new office in Washington, D.C., and the appointment of Jeff Perkins ’89 as managing director. International Chairman Mickey Matthews remarked, “We’re delighted to expand our reach into this important market, and we’re glad to bring Jeff and his deep client relationships into the fold of Stanton Chase where we can serve their senior executive search requirement.”

Jeff founded Huntbridge, an HR consultancy in D.C., several years ago and serves as CEO. Previously, he was Vice President of Human Resources at SpaceX. In his new role with Stanton Chase, he will lead efforts to support client initiatives in the technology, media, non-profit, association, and government affairs communities.

Following his 1989 graduation from Wabash, Jeff earned a Master of Science in Organization Development from the School of Public Administration at American University, and an MBA from Georgetown University. Jeff serves on the Wabash College Board of Trustees.  PR Newswire

Allen Yow ’86 Appointed Chair of Court Committee

Allen Yow has been appointed chair of a committee that investigates the character and fitness of those applying to practice law in the Fourth Judicial District. An attorney for Rammelkamp Bradney, P.C., Allen has served on the Committee on Character and Fitness for the Fourth Judicial District since 2010, and has served as vice-chair since 2015.  His appointment as chair was voted on by the Illinois Supreme Court in November, to become effective the beginning of January, 2018.

Following his 1986 graduation from Wabash, Allen attended Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Geoffrey Coates ’89 Named National Academy of Inventors Fellow

Geoff Coates is one of 155 new members elected to the National Academy of Inventors. The 2017 NAI fellows will be inducted April 5, 2018 at the NAI annual conference in Washington, D.C.

Geoff’s teaching and research interests involve science at the interface of organic, inorganic and materials chemistry. The broader impacts of his research include benign polymers and chemical synthesis, the use of renewable resources, and economical energy storage and conversion. The Coates Research Group focuses on the development of new synthetic strategies for producing polymers of defined structure. His group’s recent work offers a new approach to recycling plastic.

He is co-founder of Novomer, which produces high-performance, cost-effective and environmentally responsible polymers and chemicals, and Ecolectro, which develops and manufactures enhanced polymers for clean energy, chemical and water applications. Both companies are founded on his Cornell-developed technologies.

Following his 1989 graduation from Wabash, Geoff received his doctorate in organic chemistry from Stanford University, then joined the Cornell faculty in 1997 following postdoctoral studies at Caltech. In 2008, he was named the Tisch University Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Cornell.

Congratulations, Geoff!

Cornell Chronicle

David Hensel ’79 Moves to Hoover Hull Turner LLP

Following seven years representing defendants in white-collar criminal cases, David Hensel ’79 and Linda Pence announced the decision to dissolve PenceHensel LLP. Andy Hull, a Hoover Hull Turner partner, said of David’s move “From our point of view, this is a perfect match.  We have long respected David’s abilities and experience, and we are now proud to name him as our newest partner.”  David adds to Hoover Hull’s depth in representing businesses in complex civil litigation, including federal and state regulatory matters.  Indianapolis Business Journal

Bill Cook ’66 Dedicates Retirement to Laying Educational Foundations Around the World

It began with feeding a hungry child in Mexico in 1992, and grew into a mission to provide educational opportunities across the globe. Bill Cook ’66 has travelled to 20 countries in the past two and a half years, stopping where he is needed most, looking for ways to help children obtain an education––whether that means building a school, supplying books or clothes, working to change a policy, or providing food and housing so the children can focus on their education.  Bill Cook is changing lives.  Read more about Bill, and the Bill Cook Foundation

Ethan Roe ’96 receives prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award

The Harvard Club of Boston recently announced that the prestigious Harvard Club of Boston 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award has been given to Ethan Roe’96.

“Ethan Roe was awarded the prestigious Harvard Club of Boston 2017 Excellence in Teaching Award from the Harvard Club of Boston at a celebratory breakfast at the Club on October 4, 2017. At the breakfast over 200 student winners were recognized and awarded the Harvard Club’s Prize Book Award. The teachers selected for this award are recognized for their ability to inspire curiosity and excellence among their students and to perform their role daily in a manner that is clearly above and beyond the call of duty.

Some impressive highlights of Mr. Roe’s teaching career include his role as Chair of the Math Department at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School.  BMRHS is a public high school with approximately 415 students serving the towns of Blackstone and Millville.  Ethan is a graduate of Wabash College and holds a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics from Providence College.  He is in his 21st year of teaching at Blackstone-Millville.  Among other classes, Ethan currently teaches both AP Calculus and AP Physics.

Ethan was raised in Rhode Island and now resides there with his wife and two sons.  Prior to this year he served as the varsity boys basketball coach for 15 years.  Earlier in his career he also coached the girls track team for 8 years.

In addition to his amazing teaching career, Ethan is the Assistant Director at Camp Ruggles; Rhode Island’s only therapeutic summer day camp program for children diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disabilities.  Ethan has been working at Camp Ruggles for 13 years.”

Congratulations, Ethan!