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The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is extremely proud of the accomplishments of its graduates! In 2002 the College of Liberal Arts initiated a program of annual awards to its Distinguished Alumni; here are those alumni who have been so honored by Sociology and Anthropology (their positions listed were as of the time of the award).

Distinguished Alumni

Parris Carter (2016 Recipient)

BA, Sociology, 1997 ME, Student Affairs in Higher Education-Administration, 2004

Parris Carter is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Howard University where he evaluates and redirects the university’s services and programs. Prior to his current appointment, Carter was the Executive Director of Student Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville where he oversaw all areas of student life, coordinated retention efforts, and served as a senior team member for the institution. Before arriving to Pitt-Titusville, he was the Dean of Students at Wilberforce University for almost a decade. His role at Wilberforce entailed a broad range of student leadership and program development work.

Carter completed his Doctorate program in Higher Education at Union Institute & University. Carter graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Master of Education in Student Affairs in Higher Education. While at Wright State, he was highly involved in the Student Union Administration Office and represented undergraduate and graduate students on various institutional committees.

Carter is a member of several organizations, including Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB), and the American College Personnel Association. He enjoys spending time with his wife Nina, daughter Nya, and sons Parris Jr. and Princeton Elijah.

Michael Neatherton (2015 Recipient)

BA, Sociology

Mike Neatherton is a nationally recognized leader in the alcoholism and drug dependency treatment industry with a career spanning over 30 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Wright State University in 1975 and a Master of Science from Indiana State University in 1976. As Chief Executive Officer at Northbound Treatment Services (a residential treatment program for young adults, headquartered in Newport Beach, California), Neatherton’s passion for treatment is founded upon the belief that all individuals can recover. Prior to joining Northbound, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California, where he worked for more than 20 years. Immediately preceding his relocation to California in 1989, he worked at Good Samaritan Hospital and was an adjunct professor at Sinclair Community College.

Neatherton speaks throughout the nation on the topic of organizational leadership and serves as a mentor and coach to younger healthcare executives. He believes that successful leadership requires not only vision, purpose, and clarity of mission, but also the ability to gain the trust and commitment of others in the organization. By consistently focusing on his own personal growth, Neatherton leads by example, asking those around him to maintain a healthy balance and perspective in their lives.

David Pettegrew (2014 Recipient)

'98 B.A. Anthropology

David Pettegrew graduated from Wright State University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Greek in 1998. He subsequently earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University with a specialty in ancient history and the archaeology of the late antique Mediterranean world. Since 2006, Pettegrew has served as a professor of history at Messiah College near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, teaching courses in introductory Latin,   Roman History, Late Antiquity, Digital History, Historical Archaeology, and a Fieldschool in Archaeology in Larnaka, Cyprus.

As a WSU student supervisor for two summers in Dr. Riordan’s annual field school in archaeology, Pettegrew learned to manage both the logistical side of archaeology and the intellectual side of making methodological     decisions about how to investigate sites. These experiences transferred   directly to subsequent fieldwork and enabled him to register as a Professional Archaeologist in 2007.

Since leaving WSU, Pettegrew has been involved in archaeological projects in Greece and Cyprus, and is today an acting co-director of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project near Larnaka. He has authored dozens of papers, archaeological reports, and historical interpretations of ancient landscapes, and is the co-author of Pyla-Koutsopetria I. Archaeological Survey of an Ancient Coastal Town (2014).  Pettegrew lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife Kate, three little children, and one fat cat.

Phillip Roney (2014 Recipient)

'11 B.A. Sociology

In 2011 Phillip Roney graduated from Wright State University with a B.A. in Sociology. While working multiple jobs, he held memberships in several honor societies, actively volunteered in the community, and was a mentor and leader in the Iota Gamma chapter of Delta Tau Delta fraternity where he continues to serve as an assistant chapter advisor, event volunteer, and mentor. Most recently Roney was honored as Iota Gamma chapter’s Most Dedicated Alumnus for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Roney enlisted in the United States Air Force in 2012. During his time in the military, he distinguished himself among his military peers, garnering such accolades as Basic Military Training Honor Graduate and promotion to Senior Airmen Below-The-Zone-- both honors reserved for the top  10% among Airmen—and volunteering his time and talents with Airmen Against Drunk Driving, the Sexual Assault Response Coordinator’s office, and Airmen Dormitory Manager’s office.  

Since October 2013 Roney has volunteered a combined 100 hours with Habitat for Humanity, St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, and Bellbrook Youth Soccer, all the while maintaining devotion to the Wright State community.  As a participant in the Gracie Defense System program, he coordinated communication between university and base personnel and collection of research survey material. 

Gregory Brush (2013 Recipient)

'85 B.A., Sociology

Gregory Brush graduated from WSU with a B.A. in Sociology in 1985.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Central Michigan University in 1990.  Greg has a long and varied career of service to the citizens of Montgomery County.

Greg started his career as a police officer for the City of Vandalia in 1986.  During his more than twenty years of service, he worked as a patrol officer, crime scene technician, hostage negotiator, shift sergeant, and emergency medical technician.  In 1999, Greg was elected as the Fiscal Officer for Butler Township and served in that position until 2007.  On January 24, 2007, Greg accepted the appointment to the position of Montgomery County Clerk of Courts.  He was then elected to his first four year term in 2008 and later           re-elected to the position in 2012.  The Clerk of Courts and the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court have received national and international awards that recognize effective and innovative programs which enhance county government.  Among these was an award for the new eFiling service that promotes intergovernmental cooperation in addressing shared problems.

Greg was president of the Ohio Clerk of Courts Association in 2011 and is an active member of the International Association of Clerks, Recorders, Election Officials and Treasurers; the Ohio Association of Municipal/County Court Clerks; the Montgomery County Township Association; and the Dayton Bar Association.  He and his wife Kym currently reside in Butler Township, Ohio.

Fred Finney (2013 Recipient)

'77 B.A. Anthropology

Fred A. Finney is a professional archaeologist specializing in the Midwest, and owner and principal investigator of Upper Midwest Archaeology, which specializes in archaeological surveys. He received a 1977 BA from WSU in anthropology. The next six years were spent working on the FAI-270 Archaeological Mitigation Project while also obtaining a MA in anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Fred earned his PhD in anthropology (archaeology) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1993.

Fred worked at the Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist from 1991 to 1994 as a principal investigator for surveys and excavations throughout the state. He was briefly a professor at Cleveland State University where he    ran the 1995 field school in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and worked at the Institute for Minnesota Archaeology where he conducted pipeline surveys. Fred returned to Urbana-Champaign to join the Illinois Transportation Archaeological Research Program before founding Upper Midwest Archaeology.

Fred has written more than 450 archaeology reports in addition to numerous academic papers on archaeology. He lives with his wife, Nancy Finney (a.k.a. NY Times bestselling author Elizabeth Hoyt), and their two daughters in Urbana, Illinois.

 

Regina Bier (2012 Recipient)

'87 Anthropology

Regina Bier graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a degree in Anthropology in 1987. In 1991 she started her career in law enforcement and is currently a detective with the Kettering Police Department. As a detective she works in the areas of crimes against the family, children and the elderly. She is also involved in crime scene investigation and underwater evidence recovery.

Regina became involved in the Wright State Scuba Diving Program in 1986. She continued her diving education to the level of course director, with the National Association of Underwater Instructors. In 1994 she started as an adjunct instructor with Wright State in the Department of Kinesiology and Health. Regina is now the Program Coordinator for the WSU Scuba Program. She has developed the program to educate students up to the level of Scuba Diving Instructor. In 2010 she started an underwater education internship program with the Newport Aquarium in Newport, Kentucky. With the combination of her work in underwater education and underwater crime scene investigation, Regina was inducted into the Women Divers Hall of Fame in 2011. She was awarded the National Association of Underwater Instructors Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to underwater education in 2011 and she was selected in 2012 as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in the Miami Valley by the Women in Business Networking Organization.

Sharif Rasheed (2012 Recipient)

Sociology

Sharif says his mother has always been his inspiration. Time and time again she created something out of nothing, not one time allowing him to see the struggles she went through on a daily basis. Sharif has seen his mother turn 15 cents into a dollar but hardly a dime was spent on herself. She turned her circumstances into a master's degree and to this day, still inspires Sharif to be the best he can be in any situation that life hands him.

Along with that, his father's ideology and drive to end inequality will always motivate Sharif to keep moving forward. "He never concerned himself with people's perceptions and never hesitated to discuss his beliefs. He made you hear him. He was a true radical, a man who inspired me to never sit idle but instead to open my mouth and initiate change."

With a family like Sharifs', you would have thought he’d have been born and bred into a movement but instead, in 2006, he was a business management major at Cincinnati State community college. His grades were poor and he had lost all interest in college and higher education. Around that same time Sharif was coming into his own and began to take interest in race and ethnic issues in social environments. He signed up for class: sociology 201, exploring race and ethnicity and would have to admit, sociology saved his life. It inspired him to get involved, educate himself more and inevitably, open his mouth and make a change. The next day Sharif switched his major to sociology and 6 months later transferred to Wright State.

Sociology at Wright State challenged his thoughts and motivated Sharif in ways he never could have imagined. Professors Dr. Weinzimmer, Dr. Orenstein and Dr. Kim all opened his eyes to new things and he truly thanks them for that.

Today, Sharif works at a halfway house with drug addicts. He is a life skills counselor and supports youth in developing and implementing individual plans for independence including housing, employment, education, and life skills goals. It is a job that has not only challenged Sharif but provoked him to see things differently.

His experience while enrolled at Wright State University has encouraged Sharif to bring about change and to inspire people to be the change they want to see. Recently he lectured at Wright State and discussed the major issues surrounding the Black American, including stereotypes, slavery and the media’s bias. It is his goal to continue this conversation inside and outside classrooms or wherever he may go. Sharif currently writes and lectures about race and equality.

Colonel Keith Donahoe (2011 Recipient)

'86 B.A. Anthropology

Keith Donahoe graduated from Wright State with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1986. Since graduating from Wright State he has earned an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix, a Masters in Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, and a Master of Arts in History from the University of Louisville. He was commissioned as an Army officer while he was at Wright State and after graduation he spent the next 8 and half years on active duty. After 1995 he continued to serve in the National Guard and after 2000 in the Army Reserves. He is currently a colonel serving as the Chief Current Operations with the 84th Training Command.

As a civilian he has worked with the US Army Cadet Command at the University of Louisville and Fort Knox since 2000. He deployed to Iraq in 2004, returning in 2005. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal with one oak l eaf cluster, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with 1 Service Star, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Service Ribbon and the Overseas Service Ribbon 4th Award. He and his wife Jan have two children.

Wendy Stiver (2011 Recipient)

'06 B.A. Sociology

Wendy Stiver graduated with her BA in Sociology in 2006.  She currently serves as a Lieutenant in the Dayton Police Department and is the Night Watch Commander for the East Patrol Division.  Lieutenant Stiver was honored with the Award of Merit in 2001, and was also recognized as Officer of the Month in October of 2004.  She has received numerous letters of commendation for her outstanding work with the Dayton Police Department and was recently appointed as the Department’s liaison to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community.

As a daughter of career Air Force father, Wendy lived in Germany and many locations across the U.S. until settling in Dayton.  A 1990 graduate of Berlin American High School in Berlin, Germany, Wendy served in the Army as part of the Military Police Corps.  A convert to both Wright State and sociology, she began her academic pursuits at Ohio State University as an engineering major.  She came to Wright State in 1997 and after a few elective sociology classes, she was hooked.  Wendy worked part time as a dispatcher for the Fairborn Police Department to support herself through school and was hired by the City of Dayton as a police officer in 1999.  She returned to Wright State in 2005 to complete her Bachelor’s degree.  Lt. Stiver feels her degree in Sociology has been central to her success as a supervisor and has found the focus on critical analysis, writing, and statistics emphasized by the major to be particularly beneficial. 

Carol Davis (2010 Recipient)

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.

R. Greggory Cross (2009 Recipient)

'72 B.A. Sociology

After graduating from Xenia H.S., Gregg Cross received a football scholarship to attend Central State University. After attending his freshman year, he transferred to Wright State University, majoring in anthropology. He later transferred to Indiana University, but once again returned to WSU on a basketball scholarship, majoring in sociology and playing on the first varsity basketball team.

Gregg returned to WSU in 1974 to earn his teaching degree in social studies. He was hired by the Beavercreek school district in 1975, and in 1988 became the high school head football coach. In his 34 years teaching, he has served as a department chair, the chairperson of numerous committees, served as the registrar and registered approximately 8,500 students with the Board of Elections, and also served as the advisor to the Young Democrats and Young Republicans at the high school.

Gregg has been fortunate to have taught over 6,000 students in the school system. The valedictorians and salutatorians have honored him by selecting him as their most influential teacher through the Greene County Educational Services “Excellence in Education Awards” in nine different years.

He has been married for 34 years to Linda, who retired from the Beavercreek School District after 35 years of teaching. They proudly shared the excellence in teaching award in 1998 and 2005.

Robert Hunkeler III (2009 Recipient)

'87 B.A. Anthropology

Robert L. Hunkeler III was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Air Force ROTC Detachment 643 at Wright State University and earned a B.A. in Anthropology from Wright State University in 1987. Bob was awarded a Master’s degree in Forensic Science from The George Washington University in 1994.

Bob is a forensic investigator with the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. He previously served in the United States Air Force for 20 years as a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) before retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2008. Bob completed a fellowship in forensic medicine with the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC and an internship with the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office in Chicago in 1994. He served as a field forensic science officer from 1994-1998 and as the chief of death investigations at Headquarters AFOSI from 1999-2002. Bob has over 20 years of felony criminal investigative experience, working major criminal investigations, including the Pentagon crime scene of 9/11/01. He has trained hundreds of law enforcement and medical personnel. Bob served as adjunct faculty at the AFOSI Special Investigations Academy teaching advanced homicide investigative techniques and currently serves as adjunct faculty at Wright State University teaching Methods of Human Identification.

Bob credits his success in criminal investigations and crime scene processing to the WSU department of anthropology, specifically Dr. Robert Riordan’s field school at the Pollock Works and his instruction in archaeology, Dr. John Thatcher’s instruction in cultural anthropology, and Dr. Anna Bellisari’s instruction in physical anthropology.

Mary Oliver (2008 Recipient)

'95 B.A. Anthropology, '98 M.A. Public History

Mary Oliver discovered anthropology as an undecided Wright State University student looking to fulfill curriculum requirements with some interesting electives. The courses proved so captivating that she went on to study archaeology and physical anthropology, and was awarded a B.A. in Anthropology with a History minor in 1995. Mary went on to receive an M.A. in Public History, also from Wright State University, in 1998. While a student in the anthropology department, Mary participated in the summer field school in archaeology, first as a student in 1994 and 1995, and then as a supervisor in 1996 and 1997. Mary also worked as a contractor for various local archaeological excavations.

Following her graduation, Mary was hired by the Montgomery County Historical Society as Curator of Collections. Presently, she is the director of collections for Dayton History, where she supervises the curatorial staff and oversees a collection of more than three million artifacts of local and national significance, including the Wright Flyer III, the world's first practical airplane. Despite a full schedule, Mary also currently serves on the board of the Ohio Association of Historical Societies and Museums and the Springfield (Ohio) Historic Landmarks Commission. Mary lives in Springfield with her husband, Brian, a fellow WSU graduate (B.A., Sociology, 1993), and their daughter, Sarah.

Terry D. Royer (2008 Recipient)

'72 B.A. Sociology

Terry Royer is a native of Dayton, Ohio who attended Dayton public schools and graduated from Belmont High School in 1968. He graduated from Wright State University in 1972 with a B.A. in Sociology. In 1976, he earned a Masters Degree in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University, and in 1983 he received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in Social Welfare. He is an Ohio licensed independent social worker (LISW).

Terry has been employed as a human service professional for the past 35 years. He began his career as a social worker in 1973 at the Dayton Mental Health Center. Since that time he has worked at a number of social service and mental health agencies in both Ohio and Washington state. He has taught social work courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level at the University of Cincinnati. He began his employment at the Butler County Mental Health Board in November 1989 and was named the executive director late 2005. As the executive director, he is active in the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities.

He has been married to his wife Mary for 20 years. They have two children, Nora, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Charlotte, a freshman at Ohio State University. The Royers have resided in Hamilton, Ohio for the past 17 years where Terry is an active member of the Hamilton Rotary Club. In his leisure time he enjoys tournament bass fishing and is a member of the Hamilton West Side Bass Club.

Julia Frasure (2007 Recipient)

'90 B.A. Anthropology

Julia Frasure spent almost twenty years at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base as a Budget Assistant when she began taking courses at Wright State and discovered anthropology. She had harbored an interest in archaeology for years, and at Wright State she was able to combine coursework with field experience in the summer. She served as a supervisor for the WSU Field School in Archaeology for four years, and went on to obtain her M.A. degree in anthropology from the University of Illinois, writing a thesis on the ancient Olmec culture. After a brief stint doing archaeology in Oaxaca, Mexico, she returned to Ohio and worked as an adjunct instructor at Sinclair, the University of Dayton and Wright State for eleven years.

In December of 2002, Julia was hired by the National Park Service. She is currently the Lead Park Ranger at the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park. She supervises the desk staff at the Wright-Dunbar Interpretive Center in Dayton and conducts programs on- and off-site for visitors and civic groups. Julia is a wonderful example of a nontraditional student who persevered in obtaining the academic training that has allowed her to make a significant career for herself in a closely related field.

Karhlton Moore (2007 Recipient)

'95 B.A. Sociology

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Karhlton Moore received his bachelor of arts degree from Wright State University and his law degree from American University's Washington College of Law.

Karhlton became the executive director of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services (OCJS) on July 1, 2005. Previously, he served as the chief legal counsel and legislative liaison for OCJS. He moved to OCJS in September 2003 from the Governorís office where he served as the assistant deputy legal counsel for two years. Prior to his work at the Governor's office, he served as an assistant attorney general in the Ohio Attorney General's office, in the Court of Claims Defense section and the Capital Crimes section. As executive director, Karhlton is responsible for the administration and evaluation of state and federal grants for law enforcement, victim assistance, juvenile justice, crime prevention, and courts and corrections programs. He also provides the Governor with current and projected criminal justice strategies. He serves on the State of Ohio Security Task Forceand the Governor's Council on Juvenile Justice.

Marianne Fisher-Giorlando (2006 Recipient)

'79 B.A. Sociology

Marianne Fisher-Giorlando graduated the same year her eldest child graduated from high school. Inspired and encouraged by the Wright State faculty to pursue her Ph.D. in Sociology, Marianne was accepted at The Ohio State University where she pursued a degree in Sociology, first emphasizing Social Theory and then switching to Criminology.

Her first full-time job was in the Sociology Department in Cedar Falls , Iowa. Marianne then joined the Criminal Justice Department at Grambling State University. She has now been at Grambling for 20 years where she is a full professor responsible for the department's corrections courses. She served as coordinator for the department 2002-2003 and was acting head of the department from February through July 2005.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities recognizes Marianne as one of two Louisiana prison scholars in the state. She has consulted for various prison films, including The Green Mile, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Criminal Justice and reviews for Women and Criminal Justice, Sociological Spectrum, Louisiana History and Feminist Criminology. Her honors include the Lincoln Parish NAACP award for community activism, Who's Who Among America 's Teachers, 2004 and the Excellence in Research Award for 2002-2003.

Todd Tucky (2006 Recipient)

'90 B.A. Anthropology

Todd Tucky graduated from Wright State in 1990 with a B.A. in Anthropology and went on to The Ohio State University to pursue graduate work in archaeology. He completed his M.A. degree in 1992, but while working toward the Ph.D. was sidetracked into the information technology world by taking a position with the Ohio Historical Society.

Todd became the resident computer and IT at the Ohio Historic Preservation Office (OHPO) and was named their computer systems manager, a position he held from 1997-2003. Since October 2003, he has held the position of information systems manager for the Historical Society, in which he oversees the Society's network and internet systems, the GIS program, and support and reporting functions for the OHS Accounting and Budgeting process. In December 2005, he was recognized as a certified GIS professional. Among his numerous accomplishments has been the development of a comprehensive GIS system for the archaeological and historical sites maintained by the OHPO, which received the Best Practice Award for the State of Ohio in 2003. He has also been the project manager for the digitization of all the paper inventory forms and maps for the OHPO.

To date, Todd has received almost 1 million dollars in grant support for his GIS, digitization, and historic preservation work.

Robert Brooks, Ph.D. (2005 Recipient)

'71 B.A. Anthropology

Dr. Robert Brooks received his B.A. in Anthropology from Wright State University in 1971 and his Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1986. Originally from Ohio, Dr. Brooks is the State Archaeologist of Oklahoma and also serves as part-time Assistant Professor in Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. His research interests are in Eastern U.S. and Plains prehistory, ethno-archaeology, sedentary societies, archaeo-logical theory, geographic and economic models, and Plains and Southeastern Indians.

Robert is the past President of the National Association of State Archaeologists and State Network Coordinator of the Committee on Public Education, Society of American Archaeology. He also works on a variety of issues concerning resource management and protection of places of traditional value to Native Americans in Oklahoma.

Douglas Hickey (2005 Recipient)

'95 B.A. Sociology, '97 M.S. Applied Behavioral Sciences

Douglas Hickey graduated cum laude from Wright State University with his B.A. in Sociology in 1995 and his M.A. in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program in 1997. Mr. Hickey is currently employed as a Police Officer with the City of Franklin where his responsibilities include protecting and serving the citizens of Franklin by conducting routine patrols of the city, investigating crimes and maintaining order. He has completed the Ohio Peace Officer's Training Academy in Sex Crimes Investigation, Sexual Assault, and Behavioral Analysis of Violent Crime.

Karen Lahm, Ph.D. (2005 Recipient)

'95 B.A. Sociology, '97 M.A. Applied Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Karen Lahm graduated from Wright State University with her B.A. in Sociology in 1995. She then obtained her M.A. from WSU in the Applied Behavioral Sciences program in 1997 and her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Kentucky in 2001. She is currently an assistant professor in the Behavioral Sciences Department at Capital University. Her areas of specialization include criminology/deviance, corrections and penology, women and crime/corrections, and quantitative methods. She has been active in presenting her scholarship at professional conferences and has published research articles in leading criminology journals.

Byron Thomas (2005 Recipient)

'02 B.A. African American Studies and Sociology

Byron Thomas graduated from Wright State University with degrees in African American Studies and Sociology. Prior to completing his bachelor's degrees, Byron had spent three years in the U.S. Army receiving an honorable discharge in 1986. He worked in a variety of occupations before earning his associate's degree in communication from Sinclair Community College in 1995 and obtaining a position at Key Bank. In 1999, he returned to Sinclair and received dual degrees in African American Studies and Sociology in 2000. After completing his studies at WSU in 2002, he continued on to Indiana University in Bloomington where he will defend his thesis this month. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University . His research interests include social inequality and stratification issues and he has presented his research at various national conferences. He published a review of Nation-Building, Propaganda, and Literature in Francophone Africa by Dominic Thomas in the Journal of African and Asian Studies in 2003. Byron has served on the founding committee for the Herman C. Hudson Graduate Symposium and was President of the African American and African Diaspora Graduate Society.

Marjorie Baker, Ph.D. (2004 Recipient)

'72 B.A. Sociology

Dr. Baker obtained her M.S.W. and Ph.D. in social work from Ohio State University in 1984 and 1995, respectively. Her research interests focus on gerontology and health care, the effects of forgiveness on health and mental health, minority perspectives and service delivery to vulnerable populations. Dr. Baker was named Social Worker of the Year in 2001 by the National Association of Social Workers for both the Dayton Region and the state of Ohio; being the first WSU social work faculty member to receive this honor. She serves as a member on six different boards at the local, state, and national levels, and is a member of seven professional associations.

Mary Leal (2004 Recipient)

'79 B.A. Sociology, '03 M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

Commander Mary Leal joined the Dayton Police Department in 1982, performing a variety of duties including those of a patrol officer and detective, as well as those involved with communication and conflict management. Due to injuries received in the line of duty, Mary retired on disability in 1989 but continued to teach in a variety of forums. In July 2003, she was appointed the first commander of the new Criminal Justice Training Academy at the Greene County Career Center.

David Pettegrew (2004 Recipient)

'98 B.A. Greek and Anthropology

David has been involved in archaeological projects in Greece since 1998, including the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia, the Eastern Korinthia Archaeology Survey, the Australian Paliochora-Kythera Survey and a project near Larnaka in Cyprus. He has delivered conference papers and published articles about rural farmsteads and country life in Greece during the Classical and Roman periods.

Lynn Marie Simonelli (2004 Recipient)

'91 B.A. Anthropology, '02 M.A. Public History

After graduation, Lynn Marie went on to work for the Dayton Museum of Natural History as an assistant curator of anthropology. In 2000, she was appointed as curator of anthropology at the renamed Boonshoft Museum of Discovery. She has worked on the museum's compliance with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, on museum exhibits, and she conducts field archaeological research in the Dayton area.

Dawne Dewey (2003 Recipient)

'80 B.A. Anthropology, '84 M.A. History

Dawne has been employed by Dunbar Library since 1989 and Head of Special Collections and Archives since 1997, with research interests focusing upon Ohio regional history and early aviation history. Dawne has given numerous presentations on the Wrights and other subjects to local, regional, and national conferences, also serving as a consultant for a variety of grant projects and educational publications and media productions. She chaired the Wright Brothers symposium at Wright State in 2001, served on the Board of Advisors of Aviation Trial, and has advised numerous organizations on archival matters.

Bonnie Langdon (2003 Recipient)

'77 B.A. Sociology, '79 M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

After completing her degrees at WSU, Bonnie did additional graduate work at Ohio State and Duke. She is currently President and CEO of the Marion-Joseph Center, a 440-bed long-term care facility in Montgomery County. Bonnie has served the Dayton community as chair of the Montgomery County Human Services Levy Campaign, the Board of Governors of Leadership Dayton, the United Way Campaign for Health Services, and Sunrise of Oakwood. She was the first woman to chair the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dayton Business Journal named her one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Dayton Region in 2001.

Kathryn M. Felty (2002 Recipient)

'78 B.A. Sociology, '82 M.A. Applied Behavioral Science

Kathryn completed her Ph.D. in sociology at Ohio State University in 1988. She was hired by the University of Akron where she served as director of the Women's Studies Program and director of undergraduate studies for the Department of Sociology. Her professional service to her discipline includes having served as vice president of Sociologists for Women in Society and vice president-elect of the North Central Sociological Association.

Kathleen M. Robinette (2002 Recipient)

'78 B.A. Anthropology

Upon graduation, Kathleen Robinette took a job with a Yellow Springs firm and began her career in applied work in physical anthropology, concentrating in anthropometric studies. She received an M.S. in mathematics and statistics from WSU in 1982, going on to complete her Ph.D. in biostatistics at the University of Cincinnati. Kathy's curriculum vitae reveals her as the sole author of 11 articles and co-author of an additional 38, and is the past recipient of numerous service and managerial awards.