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Jeff Grabill ’91 joins University of Leeds

Jeff Grabill

Jeff Grabill ’91 will be joining the University of Leeds in England as its new Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education.

“I’m excited to join an institution so clearly leading in educational transformation,” said Grabill, who will be joining the school in August.  

Grabill currently serves as Michigan State University’s Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, and Technology, where he is a professor of rhetoric and professional writing. He is also responsible for facilitating innovation in learning via his role as Director of the Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology. He has worked at the university since 2012.

While at Wabash, Grabill majored in English and was a member of Sigma Chi.


Jason Bridges ’98 named Fairwinds Counseling Center’s executive director

Jason Bridges

Fairwinds Counseling Center in Nantucket, Massachusetts, has recently named Jason Bridges ’98 as its new executive director. He joins the agency in this role in September.

“I echo what our community feels when I say how grateful I am that Fairwinds is here to serve the critical needs of Nantucket’s residents,” Bridges said in a report by The Inquirer and Mirror. “I am thrilled to do my part along with the dedicated Fairwinds team to build on such a rich legacy of service, and work collaboratively to deepen how this unique mission integrates into our island’s safety net.”

Bridges is the vice chair of the Nantucket Select Board, former owner of the Handlebar Café, and founder of Nantucket Bike Tours. For the past year, he has served as the interim executive director of the Maria Mitchell Association.

“After a national search which yielded numerous candidates, we found just who we were looking for right here on Nantucket,” said Ann Smith, Fairwinds search committee and board vice chair. “Jason’s experience, community engagement, and compassion made him rise to the top of the list of candidates.”

While at Wabash, Bridges majored in psychology and minored in chemistry. He was a member of Phi Kappa Psi, the basketball team and worked at the WNDY radio station.


Rob Love ’05 named as Michigan City Schools’ new diversity coordinator

Rob Love ’05 was recently named as Michigan City Area Schools’ new Coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He assumed the role on May 3.

Rob Love

Love will lead the district’s efforts to sustain a culture of equity and inclusion for all students, according to a report by The Times of Northwest Indiana. Over the past two years, the school has been intently focused on these issues, working in partnership with the National Equity Project to build a framework for equitable access to opportunities that support the district’s strategic plan and mission.

Previously, Love served as the Founding Dean of Culture for Vanguard Collegiate of Indianapolis, Dean of Students for Carpe Diem Indiana Innovative Schools, and Director of School Services for the Indiana Charter School Network. He also was a Policy and Research Specialist for the Indiana Department of Education, where he served as Director of the Teacher Incentive Fund.

“We’re pleased to welcome Rob to our district,” MCAS Associate Superintendent Wendel McCollum said in a news release. “He will be closely examining data on student achievement, attendance, involvement, and discipline, helping us to identify and address gaps. He will also lead professional development and recruitment initiatives that will in turn benefit our students.”

Love has a bachelor degree in history, specializing in teacher education from Wabash College and a law degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law. While at Wabash, he was an independent, a member of the Student Senate, Malcolm X Institute of Black Studies, Young Democrats and the football and track teams.

Love said his work with Michigan City Area Schools will be guided by listening and collaboration, and he will be meeting with and surveying students, staff, families and the community.

“I want to ensure that all voices are heard, so we can truly equip our students for success and make sure everyone is comfortable in our spaces,” he said. “I’m excited about making MCAS my new home, and am excited to get started with this important work.”


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.