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Alumni News

Every Monday, our Alumni Association highlights a former Heritage student on Facebook to celebrate their achievements since graduation. Listed below are a few of our alumni that have been featured on our Facebook page in the past. To submit your own #AlumniMonday story, contact Derek Todd, Development Manager, at derek.todd@heritagechristian.net.

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Ben Conner ('02)

Congratulations to 2002 graduate, Ben Conner, who was recently named a 2021 Forty Under 40 by the Indianapolis Business Journal.

Jack Booker ('20)

Congratulations to Jack on receiving the Grove City College Presidents' Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year awards!

M.J. Furnish ('17)

Congratulations to M.J. for being named the 2021 Anderson University Outstanding Senior Male Athlete!

Nick Thompson (‘09)

After serving in the Army for seven years, Nick stepped down in March 2020 to pursue a new career path in law. He is currently in law school at IU’s Maurer School of Law.

Lori (Caldwell) Casson ('82)

Lori is the Executive Director at Dayspring Center. She’s been serving homeless communities in Indy ever since completing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work.

Karen (Crookshanks) Carmody (‘79)

Karen recently published her first children’s book, Someone I Love Has Gone to Heaven: A Sweet Object Lesson (available on Amazon). A lifelong educator and writer, Karen has always turned to books to explain any and every topic she’s teaching to children.

Janette (Keller) Marson (‘81)

Janette was recently promoted to VP of the Kentucky Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus. She will become President in 2022. Aside from this role, Janette works full-time as Executive Director of the Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission

David Thienes ('95)

Go behind-the-scenes and see '95 grad David Thienes work his magic as 1st AD during the filming of the movie Tulsa.

Grace Ramey ('13)

After spending time in Watertown, SD working as a photographer for a newspaper, Grace Ramey is now a photographer at The Bowling Green Daily News in Bowling Green, KY.

Sami Bradford ('15)

Sami is a teacher for the deaf and hard of hearing students (DHH) at the Brownsburg Community School Corporation. She gets to work with almost every grade level and spends most of her time with students in one-on-one or small group settings.

Dr. Ben McDonald (‘04)

Dr. Ben McDonald is a dentist in West Union, OH, where he has practiced for the last seven years.

Rachel Elliott ('01)

Rachel, a nurse at IU Health, was one of 50 people in the nation awarded with a brand new car as part of the Mazda USA Hometown Hero Program. The program awarded local heroes who’ve demonstrated kindness, compassion, and community spirit during the pandemic.

Logan Gay ('11)

Logan returns to Indianapolis as a reporter for WISH-TV. Her journalism career began after graduating from Ashland University. Since then, she's worked for news stations in Illinois and Minnesota.

David Messer (‘76)

David is currently a Professor of Social Work at Kentucky Christian University. His journey to get there included full-time ministry, a career in social work, and serving on boards and task forces for multiple organizations.

Laura (Young) Jones ('03) and Kristin (Young) Toner ('07)

Last summer, sisters and best friends Laura and Kristin launched Fire Stationery, a custom handmade stationery company. Each set includes an envelope lined with patterned paper and a notecard with an embossed stamp.

Nancy (Cox) Lohr (‘71)

Nancy is an acquisitions editor at JourneyForth Books, a Bob Jones University Press division in Greenville, SC. Aside from editing, Nancy has written two historical fiction books (Pelts and Promises and Songbird), Newbery reviews, articles on reading and literacy, and blogs on parenting.

Michelle Hudson ('99)

This July, Michelle started a new position leading Operational Excellence for Global Data Centers at Microsoft. She is eager to be part of such an innovative industry leader as Microsoft.

Lauren (Apple) Ritz (‘08)

Aside from managing a full-time job at a pet hotel, Lauren is also pursuing a career as a voice actor

Greg Wiesert ('93)

Greg has journeyed through various civil service jobs and has ended up at a Dayton area police department, where he has served as a 9-1-1 Dispatcher, a Records Clerk, and now as the Technical Services Supervisor.