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Rose Mary Rommel Toebbe, 50B, was selected as one of the 37th annual WLKY-TV Bell Award winners for her 40 years of work with Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services. The Bell Award is presented to those who have shown the “Spirit of Louisville” through unselfish, humanitarian volunteer service. She has also started and maintained a scholarship in her name at the College of Business.


Joseph B Feldhaus, PhD, 65B, retired from the University of Louisiana Monroe after 25 years of faculty service.

Michael Harreld, 66A, 69L, was elected to the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation for the Greater Washington Area. Founded in 1945, the Meyer Foundation is one of the oldest and largest private grant-making foundations focused on supporting nonprofits in the area.

John R. Stroehlein, 67MD, was recognized by the Division of Internal Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with the Lifetime Achievement Award and was the sole recipient of this honor at a recent awards meeting.


Michael F. Ryan, 70MD, founder and president of Medical/Marketing Decisions consulting firm, has joined the faculty of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to assist in developing the Clinical Research Professional Assessment.

Rev. Ann Robbins Shamy, 72A, received an award from the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey for her professionalism and caring as a staff chaplain. Her husband, John Shamy, 72L, also received an award from Legal Services of New Jersey for his services as a pro bono attorney representing indigent persons with bankruptcy and domestic violence matters. They reside in Somerset, New Jersey, and have three grown children and one grandchild.

Bob Dye, 75B, began his second term as the Oldham County 7th Distric Magistrate. Dye is also the president/owner of XSRESEN, Inc., a plastic material brokerage firm.

Brent Blue, 76MD, was elected coroner of Teton County Wyoming (Jackson Hole) and is the first physician to be elected to this office in Teton County.

Dino Kasdagly, 76S, 77GS, has been promoted from vice president, payment integrity, to senior vice president, performance management for AmeriHealth Caritas.

Tim Hellige, 78B, recently celebrated the 25 year anniversary of his company, Bandy Carroll Hellige Advertsing/PR with his partners.


William G. Meyer III, 81B, was appointed to the Board of Directors for The Cabbage Patch Settlement House for 2015. Since 1910, The Cabbage Patch Settlement House serves more than 1,000 at-risk children and their families annually.

Timothy J. Fitzgerald, 84A, has been promoted to associate director of development and alumni relations at Boston University School of Medicine, where he helps BU engage MED alumni and raise money on the $100 billion campaign for BU.

Jeffrey Reed, 84MU, 91L, has been invited to conduct the Detroit Symphony Orchestra next season. Last season, Reed returned to London’s Royal Albert Hall for a concert with Neil Sedaka and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Rev. Kimberly Isley, 88A, celebrated 21 years of ordained ministry in 2014 and began her appointment as Senior Minister of The Centenary United Methodist Church in Erwin, Tennessee.

Blaine Early, 88GA, was recognized by the 2015 Client Choice Awards, which honors attorneys and law firms worldwide who stand out for their excellence in client service.


Sagar Lonial, 93MD, was named as chief medical officer at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Lonial, professor and executive vice chair of Emory’s Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, is an internationally recognized authority in the management and research related to B cell malignancies, including multiple myeloma.

Nell Knox, 93A, was named ACC Women’s Basketball Legend. Knox played from 1989–93 and ranks third on the Cardinals’ all-time scoring list.

Amy Cordrey, 94E, 00GE, has been named her district’s new chief academic officer. Cordrey has served as elementary level director/supervisor of instruction for the past three years.

Marisa Midkiff Neal, 95GB, 97GB, president of MMN Consulting, was recognized by the Small Business Administration as the 2014 Kentucky Women Business Advocate of the Year.

Matt Dawson, 96B, joined HealthEdge Investment Partners, a healthcare-focused private equity firm, as vice president and chief financial officer.

Rick Hamilton, 97GE, and Kim Hamilton, 99GMU, have adopted five of their seven children from the foster care systems in Virginia, Arkansas, and Georgia. The Hamiltons also serve as therapeutic foster parents for Hope Tree Family Services in Chester, Virginia.

J. Scott Wantland, 98A, 02L, had the honor of being voted best attorney in Bullitt County by readers of the Pioneer News in its annual best-of survey.

Thomas W. Keith, 99B, 00GB, was recently appointed vice president for development for Kentucky Wesleyan College and has responsibility for development, alumni relations, and public relations.

Jennifer Kovalcik, 99MU, 02L, was noted as one of the winners of the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the category of inspiration/mentor.


Laura Wilkins, 00A, 09GB, was hired as marketing and development manager for the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library.

Kristen Wingfeld, 05MU, 05GB, was selected for the Louisville Business First 40 Under 40. Wingfeld is the vice president for Fund for the Arts and leads the education and outreach initiatives.

Terrance Cook, 05B, has joined the law firm of Middleton Reutlinger in Louisville, as the firm’s director of business development.

Renee Howell, 07GP, serves as the public health officer on the civil affairs team for the U.S. Army in Djibouti, Africa, providing public health assessments and education.

Brent Ditto, 07GB, started Ditto Wealth Management, a financial planning practice in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Tracy (Harris) Green, 07A, has been awarded a foundation scholarship from the National School Public Relations Association to attend the organization’s annual professional development conference this summer. Green is the director of communications and development for Oldham County Schools.

Madalena Sánchez Zampaulo, 08GA, was elected to the ATA Board of Directors by The American Translators Association, the nation’s largest professional organization for translators and interpreters.

Douglas Miller, 09A, was recently awarded first place at the Annual Mazin Exhibit and his work was recently featured on the cover of Louisville Magazine. He is currently exhibiting four drawings at Blue Spiral 1 Gallery in Asheville, North Carolina.


Lori Wagner, 10GE, received the outstanding educator award from the UofL School of Medicine in recognition of her innovations and accomplishments in graduate medical education.

Bradley Coffey, 11A, 13GA, recently received an award from the Indiana Society of Association Executives for outstanding government affairs program.

Ross Jordan, 12L, 13GB, was promoted to senior associate at The Yearling Funds, L.P, which manages two Louisville-based early stage venture capital funds.

Elijah McKenzie, 13A, with the assistance of CODRE funds, completed his documentary, which is being hosted on Creative District.