2010 Program Distinguished Alumni

College of Liberal Arts graduates exhibit many fascinating paths to success. Each year we celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni at an Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony.

 

Monica Mickles Ascar

'96 M.A. Social Work

Ms. Monica Mickles Ascar, 1996 BASW graduate, is the 2010 Social Work Alumna of the Year. She received her Masters of Social Work from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1999. She received the Ohio National Association of Social Workers Dayton Region MSW Student of the Year Award in 1999. Monica is currently completing her dissertation on childhood obesity in pursuit of her PhD in Social Work from The Ohio State University.

Monica’s social work practice has included working in health care and child welfare settings. She has been a social worker at The Children’s Medical Center of Dayton since 2000 where she conducts psychosocial assessments, crisis intervention, emergency department services, and child abuse assessment and prevention. Destry Fallen, Director of Social Services at Children’s Medical Center speaks highly of Monica’s devotion to families who are facing enormous challenges. Ms. Ascar also worked at Miami Valley Hospital and Montgomery County Children’s Services helping families where there was risk for child abuse and neglect.

Monica Ascar is a researcher and educator of Social Work. Her research has included grants supported by the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer prevention and the Robert Woods Johnson grant addressing childhood obesity within the Columbus, OH Public School District. She co-presented a paper on conducting systematic reviews of evidence based practice at the annual conference for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). She has been an adjunct professor for the Department of Social Work at Wright State University and the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University since Fall 2003, receiving high student evaluations. Ms. Ascar received the competitive Minority Fellowship Award from CSWE. Dr. Denise Bronson, former chair of the OSU doctoral program, described Monica as a role model and source of support for other doctoral students through Monica’s research and dedication to Social Work.

Kevin Carver

MPA

Kevin Carver is our standing alumnus from the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. Mr. Carver was a member of the first class and a graduate of the MPA program. He has held a number of leadership positions in government and nonprofit corporations serving the needs of our region. Mr. Carver was Executive Director of Community and Economic Development for Montgomery County from 1987-1995. During this time, he helped forge a model economic development and tax sharing program that has received state, national and international attention for over 25 years and two investment funds, one to develop affordable housing and the other to support the performing arts. In 1992, the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks honored him with their “Public Official of Year” award.

Since 1995, Mr. Carver has developed affordable housing projects for a private developer, and he has served as city manager and deputy city manager for the cities of Riverside and Huber Heights. He currently works for the Ohio Department of Development. He is the Director of Regional Economic Development for the nine county west central Ohio area. Mr. Carver is the point of contact for our region’s business leaders, elected officials and economic and community development professionals.

Beyond his day job, Mr. Carver serves his community, his profession, and our MPA program. He has served on the boards of the International City/County Management Association, Ohio Housing Council, a housing development arm of the Dayton Montgomery County Housing Authority, and Big Brothers of Dayton. Mr. Carver has been a steadfast supporter of our MPA program, helping us earn national accreditation in 2002 and reaccreditation in 2009, and helping us launch alumni and honorary programs. This award is a small token of recognition for your many good works and service.

Carol Davis

Sociology

Carol Davis has been professional health care executive for the past 25 years.

Currently serving as CEO of Pinecrest Community for the past 5 years, she has also served in leadership roles with 3 other health care organizations in the past. She earned her Masters of Business Administration from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio. She also holds an additional 2 degrees in Sociology and Business Management. She is a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and has certification as an Aging Services Professional.

Carol serves on two national board of directors and several state and local boards. She has taught at the university level and is involved with her church. She believes in giving back to her community through volunteering and in servant leadership.

Ronald D’Allessandris

'03 M.A. International and Comparative Politics

Ronald D’Allessandris is Chief of Staff (CS), Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He is responsible for all executive support functions on behalf of the AFSAC Command Section. He manages the center facilities and supports the Commander’s execution of the center’s safety and security programs. Mr. D’Allessandris also manages the deployment readiness for military members assigned to AFSAC.

In total, Mr. D'Allessandris has over 44 years professional experience in Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Program Management, Personnel Management, Research and Development (R&D), Avionics Maintenance and Medical Laboratory Technology. He began his military affiliation in 1966 upon enlistment in the USAF. His experience in aerospace photography/electro optical repair was gained in Texas, the Republic of Vietnam, Florida and Japan. He held supervisory positions in the medical laboratory technology field in Illinois and Alaska. He was then assigned to WPAFB as Superintendent of the Toxic Hazards Division of the Air Force Medical Research Laboratory. His final assignment prior to retirement was as First Sergeant with the Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD), WPAFB, OH.

Mr. D'Allessandris worked as Senior Logistician for Information Systems and Networks Corporation, Dayton, OH for several years before re-joining the USAF as a civilian in 1989. He then served as Deputy Program Manager, FMS, at ASD's F-16 Systems Program Office, WPAFB, OH. There he was responsible for directing and executing projects and programs for acquisition by foreign countries of the F-16 weapon system, valued in excess of four billion dollars.

First arriving at the AFSAC in 1992, Mr. D’Allessandris served as Command Country Manager for the Saudi Arabian Programs. He was later promoted to Chief, Arabian Programs Branch, where he assisted in the development and execution of international agreements with numerous foreign customers in support of US national security. He supervised the Command Country Managers and their supporting staffs in providing "cradle-to-grave" support management for 11 countries, for weapon systems including the F-15, F-16, AWACS, C-130, including communication equipment and computer systems. The logistical support provided to these countries exceeded $1.5B in annual sales.

Mr. D'Allessandris left the AFSAC for a two-year assignment as Acquisition Support Leader in the Aeronautical Systems Center (ASC), WPAFB, OH. He was responsible for developing and establishing processes used by the Acquisition Program Managers in ASC to accomplish contractual, financial and technical aspects of programs throughout their designed phases of the acquisition cycle.

He returned to the AFSAC in 2003 serving first as Chief of Strategic Planning and then Director of Staff. Prior to his appointment as AFSAC/CS, Mr. D’Allessandris served as Director, 555th International Support Squadron, 555th, International Group. He was responsible for implementing and maintaining processes to ensure appropriate visibility, accountability and priority for all USAF FMS cases.

Expanding his professional experience to the field of education, Mr. D'Allessandris developed and team-taught a course, "The Politics of Homeland Security," while at Wright State University. The course is currently offered in both the Political Science Department and in the Applied Behavioral Science Master's Degree Program.

EDUCATION

CIVILIAN:

  • 2003 M.A., International Relations/ Comparative Politics Wright State University
  • 1985 B. S., Business Management Park College
  • 1983 A. S., Business Management Park College
  • 1983 A. A. S., Resource Management Community College of the Air Force

APDP:

  • Defense Systems Management College, Advanced Program Management Course - 1995
  • Level III - International Affairs Professional
  • Level III - Program Management
  • Level I - Acquisition Logistics

ASSIGNMENTS

  • 2008 – Present, CHIEF OF STAFF DIRECTOR - Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), WPAFB, OH
  • 2005 – 2008, DIRECTOR 555TH International Support Squadron, International Group, Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), WPAFB, OH
  • 2004 – 2005, DIRECTOR OF STAFF Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), WPAFB, OH
  • 2003 – 2004, CHIEF, STRATEGIC PLANNING Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), WPAFB, OH
  • 2001 – 2003, ACQUISITION SUPPORT LEADER Aeronautical Systems Center/AE, WPAFB, OH
  • 1992 – 2001, CHIEF, ARABIAN PROGRAMS BRANCH SAUDI ARABIAN COMMAND COUNTRY MANAGER Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), WPAFB, OH
  • 1989 - 1992, DEPUTY PROGRAM MANAGER, FOREIGN MILITARY SALES. (FMS) Aeronautical Systems Division (ASD) F-16 Systems Program Office (SPO) WPAFB, OH
  • 1986 - 1989, SENIOR LOGISTICIAN Information Systems and Networks Corporation, Dayton, OH
  • 1982 - 1986, FIRST SERGEANT, AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIVISION Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH
  • 1978 - 1982, SUPERINTENDENT, TOXIC HAZARDS DIVISION Air Force Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory (AFAMRL), WPAFB, OH
  • 1975 - 1978, LABORATORY MANAGER USAF Hospital, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
  • 1972 - 1975, SUPERVISOR, BIOCHEMISTRY BRANCH USAF Hospital, Chanute AFB, Illinois
  • 1966 - 1972, RF-4C AEROSPACE PHOTOGRAPHIC/ELECTRO OPTICAL REPAIRMAN 18th Armament and Electronics Maintenance Squadron, Kadena AFB, Japan 46th Tactical Fighter Squadron, McDill AFB, Florida 460th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, Tan Son Nhut, Republic of Vietnam 67th Avionics Maintenance Squadron, Bergstrom AFB, Texas

AWARDS

Meritorious Civilian Service Award - 2002
Performance Awards 1990 to present
Outstanding Graduate Student Award (WSU) - Applied Behavioral Science Program 2003

Dan Foley

Master of Humanities

Dan Foley is currently the President of the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners and has served as Montgomery County Commissioner since January of 2007. From 2000 to 2006 he held the position of Montgomery County Clerk of Courts serving as the elected record keeper for the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court. Foley has also held the position of Assistant Treasurer for taxpayer service in the office of Montgomery County Treasurer and is a former Staff Assistant to United States Representative Tony P. Hall.

Dan Foley has taken a leadership role in establishing a multi-county comprehensive criminal justice information system designed to improve mission critical data support for all levels of the justice system. The system he helped create has saved taxpayer dollars by allowing the county to better manage its jail population and lower costs.

He has been a strong advocate for regional collaborations including the consolidation of services and the promotion of new models of revenue sharing to promote regional economic development. He has also been a strong advocate for improving the quality of life by spearheading efforts to improve the river corridor, the bikeway system, and amateur sporting events. Commissioner Foley serves on the following boards and committees: Ohio Commission on Local Reform and Collaboration, County Commission Association of Ohio’s Fiscal, Economic & Infrastructure Committee, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton Chamber of Commerce, Dayton Foundation Neighborhood Schools Committee, South Metro Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, State Emergency Response Commission, and the Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations.

He is a native of Dayton having graduated from Chaminade-Julienne High School in 1983. He holds a BA in political science from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Arts in Humanities from Wright State University. He and his wife Kathleen have two daughters, Margaret and Ellen. The Foley's reside in Harrison Township.

Ty Greenlees

'88 B.A. Communication

Ty Greenlees grew up in Doylestown, Ohio where he received his first camera as a 7th birthday gift. His father recognized his intense interest in photography and taught him the finer points of manual rangefinder cameras. After saving his lawn mowing money, Greenlees assembled an odd collection of cameras and darkroom equipment from yard sales and friends to launch his photography career in 1980 as the Chippewa High School yearbook photographer. Having always been an aviation enthusiast, he was now equipped to capture images of the flying machines he admired.

Seizing an opportunity to get closer to cameras and flying machines, Greenlees moved to the Dayton area to work at Click Camera after graduating from high school and entered Wright State University’s Communication Program in the fall of 1984 – a mere two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers crafted the art of powered flight. A portfolio of his high school photography work earned Greenlees a part-time photographer position at the Dayton Daily News that same year.

The Dayton Air Show was the highlight of his summers during his teenage years and the Dayton Daily News was more than happy to accommodate his request to swelter in the July heat to photograph jets, planes, parachutes and helicopters.

Earning a bachelor’s degree in communication from Wright State University, 1988, while working at the newspaper, he found a niche for his love of photojournalism and flying in Dayton, the Birthplace of Aviation. Greenlees covered the Dayton Air Show with Dayton Daily News writer Timothy R. Gaffney from 1985 though 2006 capturing thousands of photographs of show planes and the people who make them fly. The culmination of this work was published in 2008 in a book titled: The Dayton Air Show, A Photographic Celebration. A licensed airplane and helicopter pilot, Greenlees teamed with Gaffney in 1997 to fly a small airplane across the country photographing and reporting about general aviation in a series called “Spirit of Flight” which earned the Max Karant Award for aviation journalism from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Greenlees has utilized his love of flying and artistic eye to capture unique images of people and places of the Dayton region through his work for the Dayton Daily News over the past 25 years and was awarded the Associated Press Contributing Photographer of the Year in 2008.

Greenlees’ work has appeared in numerous publications including the Wright State Guardian, Dayton Daily News, The Dayton Air Show, A Photographic Celebration, 2008, Orange Frazer Press, A Place Called Home, 2006, Orange Frazer Press, Associated Press, New York Times, University of Dayton, Dayton Development Coalition, Miami Valley Research Park, Smithsonian Air & Space, Udvar-Hazy Museum, Women in Aviation International, Ohio Magazine, National Aviation Hall of Fame and the National Aviation Heritage Foundation.

Jonathan Katz

'72 B.A. Philosophy

Jonathan Katz received a B.A. from Wright State University in Ohio, an M.A. from the University of Manitoba, and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, all in philosophy.

His dissertation addressed some of the philosophical puzzles raised by the indeterminacy of modern physics. Besides the philosophy of science, his interests include metaphysics and the philosophy of religion, with papers published in all three areas. Dr. Katz is Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Kris Kropff

'99 B.M. Music History and Literature

Kris Kropff joined The Lorenz Corporation in 2000 and was named President, Music Publishing in September of 2011. In the intervening decade, Kris learned the music publishing business from the ground up as she served the company in a variety of capacities. Beginning as an Editorial Assistant for various sacred keyboard and instrumental titles, Kris soon developed the position of Editorial Coordinator to help streamline workflows and improve and implement new software applications.
In 2006, her editorial role was expanded to include leadership of the Heritage Music Press General Music catalog. As part of this position, she also served as founding editor of the general music magazine Activate! And her connection to this market further extends into her 2011–2014 term as Industry Representative on the National Board of Trustees for the American Orff-Schulwerk Association (AOSA). In addition to authoring numerous general music resources, Kris has edited more than a dozen textbooks for Lorenz, Heritage Music Press, and Roger Dean Publishing Company and continues to serve as Literary Editor.
Named Vice President, Marketing in 2008, Kris’s responsibilities changed to include developing and directing advertising strategies—print and digital—for our more than 500 new music titles released each year; partnering with resellers throughout the U.S. and Canada on co-operative promotions; attending various industry conventions; and overseeing the company’s sales and service team. In her current position, Kris enjoys facilitating the work of our amazing team of editors, composers, and Dayton staff as we continue on our long-term growth path.
Kris graduated summa cum laude from Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, Ohio with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music History and Literature. As a student, she performed as part of numerous ensembles, playing clarinet and bass clarinet in Wind Symphony, saxophone in Jazz Band, and reed player for many of the university’s award-winning theatre productions. In 2010, she was named the Music Department’s Alumni of the Year.
An avid reader and fan of books on paper, some of Kris’s favorite authors include Dave Eggers, Nick Hornby, and Margaret Atwood. As for other hobbies, she doesn’t miss a kettlebell workout at The Edge if she can help it; jumped out of a perfectly good plane—twice; has a 1977 Suzuki 650XS motorcycle; and is a licensed open-water diver, which is a great excuse to vacation in watery locales.

(updated 2014)

Eric M. Leckey

'02 B.S. Urban Affairs, Minor in Political Science

Eric M. Leckey graduated in 2002 from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and a Minor in Political Science. As a sophomore, he completed an internship with the Office of Scheduling and Advance to the President of the United States. Mr. Leckey also participated in Wright State’s Model United Nations Team and was Head Delegate in his senior year.

After graduating, Mr. Leckey received an appointment by the George W. Bush Administration to the Office of the Secretary of Education. In 2003, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the Homeland Security Council at the White House where he assisted with the implementation of the Homeland Security Act of 2002, including the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. From 2005 – 2007, Mr. Leckey served as an Advisor to Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and as the White House Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security. He left the Homeland Security in 2007 and joined the PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP in Washington, D.C., specializing in the management, administration, and operations of homeland and national security. Mr. Leckey returned to the public service two years later and now again serves Homeland Security as the Associate Director for Privacy Compliance.

During his many appointments, Mr. Leckey has not forgotten Wright State University or our students. He sends us emails about internships for students in various federal offices and gives us a heads-up about other opportunities. Further, he has hosted former President Goldenberg on his visit to the White House, and provided critical assistance to Wright State’s Glenn Hamilton and Mark Gebhart as they requested federal funding for a National Center for Medical Readiness. Work is now underway constructing the Center which is called Calamityville. The Urban Affairs faculty are very pleased to recognize Mr. Eric Leckey as our 2010 outstanding alumnus for his service to country and our university.

Barbara LeMaster

'85 B.A. Political Science

Since November 2003 Barbara LeMaster has been the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology (US-VISIT) Data Integrity Section Chief. She develops, directs, coordinates and conducts enterprise-level, business-centric data management for the program. Organizations supported by her staff include the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Bureau of Customs and Border Protections (CBP), Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Department of State. This organization was formed as a result of 9/11 where 4 of the hijackers were over stay violators. As a result of her efforts for the first time in the history of the United States non-immigrant overstay violators have been arrested and deported on the sole charge of violating the terms of their admission to the United States. As of March 25, 2010, 1,980 in-country overstay violators have been deported and another 5,703 have been prevented from re-entering the country. Her office is expanding and by the end of 2010 she expects to have over 50 Federal staff members and 30 contractors.

Ms. LeMaster earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Wright State University in 1985, and a Master’s in Administration from Central Michigan in 1989. She began her Federal Career at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in 1984, transferred to the Pentagon in 1994, was caught in the Department of Defense down sizing in 1996 and transferred to the then Immigration and Naturalization Service where she has worked in immigration enforcement.

Barbara’s first husband attended Wright State when it consisted solely of the Quad. Edward LeMaster eventually graduated from the University of Dayton and worked for Fritz Russ, at Systems Research Labs. Edward passed away in 1990 leaving Barbara with three children ranging in ages from 1 to 13. In 1995 she remarried Raymond Pankiewicz and resides in Woodbridge Virginia. Her work accomplishments pale in comparison to the pride she has in her children’s success and the sheer joy of learning from the grandchildren. Barbara is profoundly hearing impaired. This means that without her hearing aids, she hears noting except extremely loud sounds. However, with her hearing aids and the ability to read lips she is able to comprehend the vast majority of any topic of conversation.

Mark Lyons

'97 B.F.A. Motion Pictures Production

After working in the printing industry for ten years, Mark Lyons returned to college and earned his BFA in Motion Pictures Production from Wright State University. As an independent documentarian, Mark began his directing career with Confrontations: A Film About the Abortion Controversy, which was screened at the Cork, Ireland International Film Festival. Screened on PBS, his subsequent film 1913: The Great Dayton Flood – From Story to Stage documented the process by which real people’s stories became the basis for a play about this historic tragedy.

Over the years, Mark has worked on numerous local films, in many different capacities. Mark’s most recent film, Lest We Forget: Silent Voices, sheds light on how society has treated the mentally handicapped and the profoundly tragic impact this treatment has had on both them and their loved ones. Five years in the making, Lest We Forget was screened at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and is now being distributed by Fanlight Productions.

Mark has also worked on a wide variety of TV and film projects as a field producer, gaffer, and director of photography. Mark is now teaching filmmaking at Wright State University while working on his personal projects – activities which have effected such a profound change in his life that when asked his occupation, he answers: “Filmmaker.”

Major Videt R. Norng

'99 B.A. International Studies

Major Videt R. Norng is an Intelligence Officer serving as the Flight Commander for the Operatons Flight, AFMC Intelligence Squadron, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. He commissioned in the Air Force on 17 Sept 1999 through AFROTC Det 643, Wright State University after completing a Bachelors of Arts in International Studies.

Son of Onn Kim Prak and Veak Thoun Prak, he was born in Batambong, Cambodia in 1976 during the Khmer Rouge occupation and immigrated as a refugee to Dayton, Ohio in 1980.

Thoughout his assignments, he has been privileged to deploy on five different occasions: Dec 2001 – May 2002 to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia to the Combined Air Operations Center as the Foreign Disclosure Officer; Feb – July 2003 to Camp Virginia, Kuwait and Kirkuk, Iraq as an Air Intel Liaison Officer with US Army V Corps during the push into Iraq and Intel Flight CC for the 506th Expeditionary Operations Group for bare base setup; Sep 2005 – Jan 2006 as the Senior Intel Officer for the 380 Air Expeditionary Wing, Al Dhafra AB, United Arab Emirates and the Italian Intel Liaison Officer to Al Bateen Air Base, UAE; Jan- Aug 2007 as the Intel Officer for Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team, Laghman, Afghanistan and the Coalition Air Operations Center Intel Liaison Officer to NATO forces Regional Command South, Afghanistan; and Oct 2008-May 2009 as the ISR Collections Manager for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force, Balad, Iraq. Major Norng is married to the former Adrianna Nicole Allen.

EDUCATION

  • BA: International Studies in Foreign Relations, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
  • Aerospace Basic Course, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  • Air Command & Staff College, Correspondence

ASSIGNMENTS

  • September 1999 – December 2000, Special Assistant to the CC, DET 643, AFROTC, Dayton, OH
  • February 2000 – November 2000, Intelligence Officer Course, 17 TG, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • November 2000 – November 2001, Chief, CROFA Operations, 94 IS, Fort Meade, MD
  • November 2001– November 2002, Chief, Operations Management, 94 IS, Fort Meade, MD
  • November 2002 – November 2003, Chief, Combat Intel Systems, 4 ASOS, Mannheim, Germany
  • November 2003 - November 2004, Executive Officer, 4 ASOG, Heidelberg, Germany
  • November 2004 – November 2005, Flight CC, Intel Analysis, PACAF AIS, Hickam AFB, HI
  • November 2005 – November 2007 Deputy Flight CC, Operations, PACAF AIS, Hickam AFB, HI
  • November 2007 – Present, Operations Flight CC, AFMC IS/A2O, Wright Patterson AFB, OH

AWARDS

  • The Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • The Air Force Commendation Medal (Third Oak Leaf Cluster)
  • The Army Commendation Medal
  • The Air Force Achievment Medal

Victoria Peagler

'93 B.A. Religion

Victoria Peagler graduated with a BA in Religion (Magna Cum Laude) in 1993. She has subsequently earned a Th.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Grace School of Divinity, Indianapolis, IN, and an MA Cross-cultural and Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate [ABD] in Intercultural Studies.

She has taken a leading role in Holiness circles as a preacher, evangelist, scholar and humanitarian, advocating for the leadership of women and addressing the racial and socio-economic gap in the United States and abroad. She has been active in Habitat for Humanity and was the first African American female invited to speak at one of South Africa’s most celebrated National holidays—“Women’s Day,” a day dedicated to heroines instrumental in the abolishment of Apartheid. She currently directs Women on the Move for God (Victoria Peagler Ministries, Inc.). Among other activities she is a member of the International Association of Mission Studies, the American Society of Missiology (ASM), NAACP, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, The Society for Biblical Equality, The World Council of Churches and is a board member of South Africa Councilor’s Family Forum and the African National Council of Churches.

Arliss Perry

'80 B.A. Geography

Arliss Perry was selected as the outstanding Geography alumnus because of his service to our security and nation and the service he provides to our Geography program. Mr. Perry graduated with a Geography Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, in 1980. He continued his studies after leaving Wright State University earning a Geography Master of Arts degree in 1982 from The Ohio State University and then returned to Wright State and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Mr. Perry has been an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Geography at Wright State University since 1986.

Mr. Perry has spent 26 years in civilian employment with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He has held a variety of positions over the years including Senior Intelligence Analyst within the Imagery Analysis Squadron. As the Senior Intelligence Analyst Mr. Perry lead a 140+ civilian employee squadron whose primary mission was to provide imagery of foreign air and space weapon systems for the US intelligence community and national policy makers.

Mr. Perry currently serves as the Technical Advisor in the Sensors Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson AFB. He has been in this assignment for one year. He is responsible for the interface between external Air Force product centers (such as the Aeronautical Systems Center), Major Commands (MAJCOM’s) and the Sensors Directorate. He seeks to match war-fighter advanced sensor technology needs with Directorate capabilities and expertise. In addition, he provides technical guidance to the 150 personnel within his division in the areas of program management, coordination, testing, and transition of developed sensor capabilities to larger AF military programs.

The faculty congratulate Mr. Perry for his many accomplishments and leadership. And, more personally, we thank him for the many years of support and instruction that he has provided to our Geography students and program.

Barbara Siwecki

'91 B.F.A. Sculpture and Installation Art

Barbara Siwecki graduated from Wright State University in 1991 with a BFA degree and an empasis in sculpture and installation art. As a student gallery monitor, she also developed a great interest in museum/gallery preparation and administration. Barbara’s knowledge of gallery management grew as she assisted with administrative duties and the preparation/ installation of approximately twenty-five exhibitions during her undergraduate and graduate studies in art. This priceless experience opened up a world of opportunities for her.

In 1998, Barbara was approached by the Chief Curator of the Dayton Art Institute who offered her the position of Registrar. Leaving WSU was extremely bittersweet for Barbara, but this prospect was much too interesting to pass up. As Registrar, she was in charge of not only caring for the permanent collection, (comprised of more than 26,000 objects), but also for every piece of art that was brought in or out of the DAI for loans. One of her first and most challenging assignments was serving as courier for ETERNAL CHINA: Splendors from the First Dynasties. This involved taking charge of thirty-six large crates containing 115 priceless Chinese artifacts from X’ian, including twelve life-size figures of Emperor Qin’s terracotta army. Barbara first accompanied the exhibition to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and subsequently back to Bejing, China (accompanying the DAI’s Monet to London and Paris wasn’t bad, either!).

Barbara began to notice a change in her health and stamina. A routine exam and mammogram revealed that she had breast cancer, which was quite a shock after already surviving two bouts of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. She underwent a lumpectomy and continued to work while taking chemotherapy, but it eventually became too much and she knew that it was time to take medical leave. Nearing the end of treatments, Barbara returned to the Dayton Art Institute and soon realized that the demands of this position, especially international travel, were much more than her condition would allow at that time. In the summer of 2000, she received a call from then Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at Wright State, Dr. Lind Caron, suggesting she apply for the position of University Galleries Coordinator. Since Barbara was already very familiar with the WSU Galleries as a student worker, and had actually taken care of business during the absence of a coordinator, she happily applied and was subsequently offered the position. It felt like being back home for her as she dove back into her duties of caring for the permanent collection, coordinating shipments of artwork, installation, lighting, labeling, security, taking care of visiting artists/gallery talks and publicity for the exhibitions. Barbara was excited to be back in an academic setting with her many colleagues in the Art Department for inspiration. By 2002 her health became an issue again as the extreme amount of chemotherapy and radiation that she underwent over the years began to damage her heart and lungs. She required open-heart surgery in 2002 and subsequently in 2003. Barbara’s physicians gave her the painful news that it was time for her to quit working.

Although she tries to keep up with her artwork and the art world, most of Barbara’s days since working are filled with family and friends. She reflects on some of the profound relationships that she developed while there, especially with that of her husband, Tony! Barbara cherishes the days that she spent at WSU and would like to think that she made a difference. As outstanding Alum for 2010, the Department would like her to know that she indeed did.

Christopher Wahl

'97 B.A. English, '99 M.A. TESOL

While working toward two degrees—a B.A. in English (1997) and an M.A. in TESOL (1999)—Christopher tutored in the University Writing Center. After graduation, he taught ESL and Composition classes part time at the University of Cincinnati, Edison Community College, and Franklin University.

In 2000, he joined the Intensive English Language Programs at the University of Findlay, where he also served as treasurer for Ohio TESOL. In 2002, he accepted a faculty position at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City, NJ. After earning tenure in 2005, he moved to administration at HCCC, first as director of the ESL/Bilingual Program, then as Associate Dean of ESL/Bilingual and Developmental Education.

He now lives in Jersey City with his wife Heather and son Dylan.