Ivy Tech Honors 14 'Outstanding Alumni'

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Ivy Tech Community College has announced its annual Outstanding Alumni Award winners. This year's class includes the tribal chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, a clinical director for labor and delivery for Indiana University Health Bloomington Hospital and a grill cook for St. Elmo Steak House in Indianapolis.

The honors have been given annually since 1998 and recognize contributions to the community or the college through leadership or volunteering.

President Sue Ellspermann says "the Ivy Tech Outstanding Alumni Award is the highest honor given to recognize alumni from each region for their exceptional achievements. We are proud of our hundreds of thousands of alumni that are contributing to their community, Indiana and beyond. We are successful because of all of these incredible graduates and their achievements."

This year's honorees are:

  • Nate Kloosterman, PT, DPT, OCS (Northwest region): Kloosterman is a physical therapist and founder/director of PhysioPoint Therapy and Wellness in Crown Point, Ind. In addition, he is a member of the American Physical Therapy Association, Indiana Physical Therapy Association and the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce. After Ivy Tech, Kloosterman continued his formal education and leveraged his degree to become a successful entrepreneur.
  • John Warren (North Central region): Warren is the CEO of the Pokagon Gaming Authority and the Tribal Chairman of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi. Warren works to improve the quality of life for the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. In 1994, alongside Notre Dame’s Law School, he created the first draft application that led to the reaffirmation of the Pokagon Band’s sovereignty.
  • Matthew Kruger (Northeast region): Kruger is a technical support specialist for the Panoramic Corporation. He built his first computer at the age of 13 and today is a creative, entrepreneurial person with a passion for electronics, robotics and additive manufacturing (3D printing).
  • Jamie Metzinger (Lafayette region): Metzinger is a graduate teaching assistant at Purdue University. She has worked on behalf of and had leadership roles in a wide variety of organizations within her community such as Indiana Voices of Women, Wabash River Enhancement Corporation, Big Brothers Big Sister and Habitat for Humanity.
  • Yesenia Martinez (Kokomo region): Martinez is a case manager for the Counseling Partners LLC of Lafayette. This first-generation college graduate dedicates her time to helping others and serving disadvantaged students, some of which being graduates or current students of Ivy Tech. She also helps to mentor and direct individuals in disadvantaged immigrant populations to helpful resources.
  • Caleb Churchill (East Central region): Churchill is the executive chef of the Horizon Convention Center. He has over 15 years of professional and paraprofessional cooking and kitchen management experience and three years of teaching experience. He works to be an individual with high ethics and an enthusiastic work ethic.
  • Billie Elizabeth Hodges (Wabash Valley region): Hodges is an IT business consultant III for Duke Energy. This honors graduate was a model for student leadership that helped struggling students understand important concepts and techniques. Today, she has worked her way through the ranks as a respected technical consultant.
  • David “Sarge” Anderson (Central Indiana region): Anderson is a grill cook for Indiana’s famous St. Elmo Steak House. Anderson also served as a sergeant for the United States Marine Corps. In addition to his over 35 years of food service industry experience, Anderson is a food service worker at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis, where he positively impacts his fellow veterans.
  • Shannon Shuman (Richmond region): Shuman is a certified family nurse practitioner (FNP-C) at Reid Health. She built her career on her practical nursing and associate’s degrees in nursing at Ivy Tech. After entering in a Master of Science nursing program, she became an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech. Completing her FNP-C has been her lifelong dream.
  • Brian Heaton (Columbus region): Heaton is the senior director of field service east division for Omnicell. He has also been a reserve sheriff deputy since 2001 and a board member of the Bartholomew County 4-H Fair for six years. Heaton has supported a number of his community’s non-profits both financially and through volunteering. With over 30 years of medical industry experience, Heaton makes patient safety his utmost concern.
  • Captain Michael D. Turner, USN, Ret. (Southeast region): Turner is a middle school and secondary publication teacher for Madison Consolidated Schools. He has made a significant impact on improving STEM related courses which made this public school corporation certified with Project Lead the Way. Turner was also one of 88 Selected Reserve U.S. Navy Emergency Preparedness Liaison officers.
  • Bo Drake (Southwest region): Drake is a workforce alignment executive at Ivy Tech Community College. He helped to launch the Skill UP II Indiana program created by the Southwestern Indiana Workforce Coalition. This effort brought major manufacturing partners together to collaborate and help solve workforce needs and get participants trained and hired. Drake’s efforts has taken their workforce program to the top of the state.
  • Jennifer (Jen) Broida (Southern Indiana region): Broida is a physical therapist for SelectMed. She is praised for her commitment, dedication and professionalism and makes a lasting impact on her patients. Broida continues to give back to Ivy Tech with her time, treasure and talent and has welcomed in students for observations.
  • Anna Weigand (Bloomington Region): Weigand is a clinical director for labor and delivery for the IU Health Bloomington Hospital. She is also a member and instructor for the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. Weigand was also a member and board president of United Way of Monroe County while she was a student where she spearheaded the board’s involvement in community outreach projects.
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