Alumni Council

Alumni Council 2022, Anderson University Anderson Indiana

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 Alumni Council Anderson University Anderson Indiana

Jon Barleycorn

I am a 2005 Business Administration alumnus living in Columbus, OH with my wife and our children: 2 sons and 1 daughter. I am the COO of Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment. Anderson was a place that welcomed me with open arms, and even through my struggles that I had and rebellious nature, Anderson stood by me and believed in me. They could have easily turned their shoulder but they did not. Each leader at the school from Coach Fridley to Brent Baker to Joe Davis to Dr. Fox, helped me through my 5 years and made me the man I am today. I would not be where I am today without my experiences at AU, good and bad.

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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.

Suze Fair Alumni Council, Anderson University Anderson Indiana

Suze Fair

I am a 1987 BA Marketing and Management alumna, and I live in Fort Wayne with my husband Kelly BA ’86 & MDIV ’93.  I also had two daughters come through AU: Katie ’16 and MacKenzie ’20.  I serve as the Vice President of Clearspace Coaching and Consulting. During my student day, I was in Lami’Fidel social/service club, was involved in theatre and drama productions, and was on the student leadership team at North Anderson Church of God.


David Hughes

I am a 2013 Bible and Religion and Christian Ministries alumnus now serving as the youth pastor at Church at the Crossing in Indianapolis. My wife, Brook, is also an alumna of AU and we have two young boys. I wanted to join the council to be able to create a space for alumni to build stronger connections and community while creating a pathway for the university to thrive.


Eric Lindley

In 2002, I graduated from AU with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Then, returned to graduate with an MBA in 2011. Some of my greatest memories of AU include Tri-S trips, Encore, meeting my wife, friendships, and the Falls School of Business faculty. Currently, I serve as in-house legal counsel for Old National Bank’s trust division. My wife is a 2003 graduate from AU. We have two children, Grayson and Hannah. AU has had a great impact on my life, and as a result, I am excited to serve AU through the Alumni Council.    

Shanu Kothari Alumni Council, Anderson University Anderson Indiana

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.

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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.

Karen Mayerik

Karen (McDonald) Mayerick

I am a 2002 Informations System alumna, and I live in West Chester, Ohio with my husband Joe ’02 and our two daughters. I work for Zscaler as a Sales Engineering Manager. At AU, I was on the volleyball team for three years, was an RA, worked in Admissions and Advancement, and did one Tri-S trip with the volleyball team.

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Kelly Parliament

I am a 2006 alumna who studied Biology major, and I am now a scientist working for Beckman Coulter. I live in the Indianapolis area with my husband Nathan, a 2006 alumnus, and our two sons. I cherish the time that I spent at AU. It is the relationships that were developed that stand out as my favorite memories. My professors taught lessons that resulted in a deep love of learning and science, but also the more important skills of truly caring about the individuals that I interact with daily. My friends and roommates from my time at AU have developed into extensions of family. They are the people that I laugh, cry, and continue to grow as an adult with. My time at AU has genuinely changed who I am as a person and how I view the world.

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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 (Ransom) 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.


Jason Samuels

I graduated from AU in December 2014 with a bachelor of arts in Computer Science. I am also an AU football alum and former team captain, playing for four years for the university while also serving as a musician for the AU Gospel Choir. I have worked for multiple companies as a software engineer. I am currently working as an Integration Engineer and also serving as an active member of the ICare Committee for Indiana Farmers Mutual Insurance located in Carmel, IN. I have a passion for software engineering and over the years, I have had the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with students within the Anderson University Computer Science Department. AU has given light to my career and calling, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve and give back to a community that has given so much for me to succeed. 


Karen Smith

I am a 1974 alumna and I studied elementary and physical education. I am now retired having worked in education since my AC days. AU is very important to me. My husband, alumnus of 1973 Dean P. Smith, and I are active fans of the sports teams, and we enjoy the physical campus as well as all of the activities offered to us. I want to give back to my alma mater in order to help it grow and remain relevant.

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Ryan Stuthers

I am a 2020 BS Engineering alumnus living in Lafayette with my wife Abbigail. I work for Tipmont REMC as a Lead Distribution Engineer.  During my time at  AU, I was a Resident Assistant in Smith Hall for two years, Avanti Boosters Social Service Coordinator 2018-2019 and President 2019-2020, was in Chapel Band, Engineering Club Officer, Alacritas Action Hero, and participated in lots of intramurals.