Alumni Council

Alumni Council 2019

One way we stay in touch with you is through the Alumni Council. Each member represents their local area and partners with us to make sure alumni all over the country can be involved. 

Austin Boon

I graduated from AU in 2011 with a BA in Psychology. I am contracted with Missouri State University to provide counseling for faculty, staff, and their families. I am also self-employed for counseling individuals, couples, and families, as well as providing an educational program for males who have been convicted of domestic abuse.

At AU, I loved learning from my professors and peers in the classes. It was more than just an education, it was food for my soul. 

I serve on the council because I want AU to continue to be a “home” for students to learn and become connected to God’s plan for their lives. I want to support the staff and faculty in each of their victories and challenges.

I am married to my wife Lisa, and we have two sons, Leo and Hudson.

Brandon Casburn

In 2004, I graduated from with a degree in physical education. I work as a Special Education Teacher with Hamilton Southeastern Schools. One of my favorite things about AU is the people that I met, including my wife and lifelong friends. When I was at AU, I started the Intramural Program as it operates now!

Steve Davis

I graduated in 2001 with a degree in Marketing. I work as the Vice President at Vizi Courseware. I came to AU to run cross country and win races. But, as it turns out, I’m not very fast! Thankfully, the Lord led me to this great school for reasons I wasn’t even aware of and introduced me to students and faculty who are still a big part of my life. My wife, Sara (also an AU grad), and I have three children and we attend Genesis Church in Noblesville.

Gena Ford

I graduated from Anderson University in 1986 with a degree in Communications and Religion as well as a sociology minor. I have good memories of building long-lasting friendships that continue today with fellow students and professors. I have been married to Wendell Ford, II for 26 years, and we have two children: Jessica and Wendell Ford, III. I volunteer as a youth leader for high school senior girls at Grace-Snellville, and while I have worked in the PR field for many years, I also am a certified personal trainer and photographer.

Dr. Shanu Kothari

I graduated in 1991 with a bachelor of arts in Biology with a Chemistry minor from AU. I am a General Surgeon with the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Some of my favorite things about AU are the friendships made and the spiritual growth I experienced. I am a past president of the Wisconsin Surgical Society, ASMBS Board member, ACS Governor for Wisconsin. I am married to my wife, Peg, and we have two daughters, Brittany and Samantha.

I practiced as a general surgeon in Wisconsin for 19 years. I am currently the Vice Chair of Medical Staff Affairs, Department of Surgery, Prisma Health, Greenville SC. I am the President-Elect of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and the President-Elect of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Kenita Kyle

I graduated in 2015 from AU with my BA in Marketing. I work as an Associate Underwriter at Hallmark Financial Services. 

I have so many favorite moments and memories of Anderson University. My time serving in residence life and CAB graduate assistant was one the most enriching AU Experiences. The people I met during my time at AU have continued to enrich my life. 

Anderson University enhanced my life richly. I serve with a heart full of gratitude with the desire to help students and the leadership of Anderson University.

Phil Martinez

I graduated from AU in 2009. My degree is in Marketing and Psychology. I now work with Carter Logistics as management of logistics and supply chain. My favorite parts about AU are Dativus, chapel, the community, Falls School of Business, and SIFE (now Enactus). My wife Jaime and I have a baby daughter named Remi.

Philip Peters
  • Lives in Franklin, TN
  • Graduated in 2002 with a Marketing degree.
  • He does Music Management for True Artist Management and also started a non-profit called Restore Haiti.
  • Philip is married and has one son.

“My favorite thought about AU center around the close bond you can create with the people you are in contact with….from dorm life, classmates and the faculty and staff.”

Allynn Powell

I graduated from AU in 2005 with a degree in Biology. I work at the University of Maryland in the University Career Center. Some of my favorite things about AU were the Gospel Choir, Discipleship Coordinator program, Cultural Resource Center, and my time as an RD in Myers Hall.

AU was transformative for me. Serving on the Council allows me to stay connected and give back. 

I am married to Victor Powell BA, a 2005 alum, and we have two kids.

Ariana Milla Ramirez

I graduated from Anderson University in 2017 as a general study, business administration major, and I am currently working on my MBA at AU as well. I work as a graduate assistant and academic coordinator at Anderson University. During my time as a student, I enjoyed being able to build community through working in Res Life for 3 years and being fully involved in the Cultural Resources Center, especially with HLSA, and served on the MOSAIC committee for 4 years.

Amy Rouse

I graduated in 1988 with a degree in mass communication/public relations from AU. I am a self-employed musician, and I have traveled with the Gaithers, Sandi Patty, and the Discovery singers, as well as doing studio singing in many area studios. I am still actively doing sessions and have also done children’s ministry and some substitute teaching at our kids’ school. My husband, Jay, and I have two awesome kids, Thatcher (22) and Londyn (17) who is attending AU starting in 2017. Some of my dearest and most treasured friendships began at AU, as well as meeting my best friend and husband of 29 years.

Abby Scott
David Sebastian

I graduated from Warner College in 1975 and Anderson University’s School of Theology in 1977. I am Dean Emeritus of AU’s School of Theology (the longest serving School of Theology Dean, 1995-2014) and currently a minister at large. Some of my favorite things about Anderson University are the helpful faculty and and lifelong friends I have made.

Kevin Sheward
  • Lives in Fishers, IN
  • Graduated in 2013 with a degree in Political Science and 2014 with an MBA in Non-Profit Leadership
  • He is the manager of Resource Development for Aspire Indiana/ Indiana Health
  • Kevin met Alex, his wife, during the residential MBA program, having never met in undergrad. His sister and a sister-in-law both attended AU, as well as both of his in-law parents. He enjoyed serving as Student Body President while at AU, and he considers it to be one of the most defining opportunities of his life thus far. He is a Madison County Leadership Academy graduate, 2017 Madison County 20 Under 40 selection, and he enjoys being connected to the communities he calls home.

When reflecting on his favorite thoughts about AU, Kevin says: “I love how invested AU is in its mission and how I was personally changed by it. As someone who was determined not to go to AU, I am so glad that is the place God called me to go.”

Eric Spencer

I graduated from AU in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in History and then in 2013 with my MBA. I work for MJ Insurance as a Risk Management Consultant. 

My favorite thing about AU was my time playing on the soccer team. I serve on the Alumni Council for the connection and community with those that share the experience of going to AU. 

I am married to my wife Emily (Prichett) Spencer BA ’12 and we have one daughter, Molly, and our pet Roxy.

Eric Stone

I graduated from AU in 2017 with a BA in Psychology. I work as a mental health counselor in the Cincinnati area. I work mainly in the areas of substance use counseling and trauma work. It is a great privilege to get help people in some of the biggest moments of their lives.

During my time at AU, I absolutely loved TRI-S. I tried to go on as many trips as I could squeeze together. After my first trip to Calcutta, it greatly changed how I see the world and how someone can make an impact regardless of the faith of the people they are serving as Mother Theresa did. 

I love getting to be connected to AU and serve through this roll. Working to help keep people stay connected or reconnect with this great place is one of the best things about working on the council. 

I am engaged to my fiance Becca and I have one dog, Max.

Lauren Votaw

I graduated from AU in 2008 with a degree in Physical Education/Health and 5-8 Math. I am a teacher and the varsity assistant girls basketball coach at Fishers High School and also work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In my time at AU, the relationships I formed and the spiritual growth I experienced were life-altering. Those 4 years were the most transformative of my life and I am grateful I had the opportunity to attend AU! I attend Grace Church in Fishers and enjoy working with the youth there.

Jeff Whye

I graduated with a degree in communication production in 2001 from AU. I work as a Teaching Pastor at North Hills Church and a University Professor at Arizona Christian University in Phoenix. I also do consulting with the company Ministry Insights. My favorite things about AU include CAB, Student Life, Dativus, and the friends I made. I am married to Nicky, and we have three kids, Justice, Holland, and Titus (and one on the way).

Cindy Wiggins-Kardatzke
  • Lives in Wichita, KS
  • Graduated in 1985 with a Vocal Performance Major
  • She volunteers at the Director of Women’s Ministry for Central Community Church
  • Cindy and her husband Scott (an ’86 AU alum) have two children (one married) and one granddaughter. Their daughter Ali was a fourth-generation Kardatzke to attend AU. Music is still very much a part of Cindy’s world and she loves serving the women of her church.

Her favorite thoughts about AU are: “The joy and laughter and community. I enjoyed Cheap Thrills and musical productions. I loved my college experience and met my husband!”

Jody Zachary
  • Lives in New Castle, IN
  • She graduated in 2015 with her BSN and 2018 for MSN
  • She is currently the Director of Nursing for the Youth Opportunity Center
  • Her daughter graduated from AU in 2018.

When considering her favorite thoughts, Jody says: “I love that I was never just another number at AU. I was a real person that professors knew and truly cared about.”

I decided to transfer to AU as a sophomore and major in psychology and marketing. I quickly threw myself into the Falls School of Business and really loved the professors there. When I think back on my time at AU, I look back at those specific mentorships and the one-on-one coaching that I got from my professors. Now as a member of the AU Alumni Council I want to take this opportunity to encourage others to explore the same types of opportunities that I was able to experience at AU.

Phil Martinez BA ’09ALUMNI COUNCIL MEMBER