KATHLEEN HENSON (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) was named a 2017 Distinguished
Alumnus by Purdue Liberal Arts. She is the
founder and CEO of Henson Consulting, which
was named by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of
the 25 top small-company cultures nationwide.
BETH ELZER (BA, Patti and Rusty Rueff School
of Visual and Performing Arts) founded Beth
Elzer Design, a creative consulting and freelance
company in the Washington, DC, area that serves
clients in the United States, Europe, and Asia.
MICHAEL MALARNEY (BA, Political Science) was
promoted to executive vice president and general
counsel at Driving Ambition, an Indianapolis-based company.
INES MONTE (BA, Political Science) was named
special counsel to the Chicago office of Littler,
the world’s largest employment and labor law
practice representing management. She managed
her own practice prior to joining Littler.
STEPHANIE RICKE (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) was named team group leader
by Ogilvy in its implementation of a global
restructuring plan that kicked off in the United
States early in 2017. Ricke, one of nine named
group leaders, is responsible for leading Ogilvy
USA in client management, talent, new business,
LYNN STACY SMITH (BA, English) published
Love, Laugh, Woof: A Guide to Being Your
Dog’s Forever Owner (Archway Publishing). A
combination of anecdotes and instructional
materials, the book offers advice on creating
healthy lifestyles for dogs.
VALERIE ALEXANDER (BA, English) was
named a 2017 Distinguished Alumnus by Purdue
Liberal Arts. She is an advisor for the Clinton
Foundation, where she previously served as
chief marketing officer.
DAWN ROLISON (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) joined HGA Architects and
Engineers as a business developer for the firm’s
public and corporate practice group.
SHARON VERSYP (BA, Brian Lamb School of
Communication) became the winningest coach in
Big Ten Tournament history with 22 victories with
Purdue women’s basketball. In 1984, she was the
first to hold the title of Indiana Miss Basketball.
Now her freshman guard, Karissa McLaughlin,
holds the title.
HENRY HUGHES (MA, English; PhD ’02, English)
published his memoir Back Seat with Fish
(Skyhorse Publishing). He shares stories of the fish
he caught and the people he met traveling across
MICHAEL HUSSEY (BA, School of Languages
and Cultures) was selected as a shareholder for
Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the nation’s largest
intellectual property law firms.
CHRIS MOSS (BA, History), commander of the
30th Space Wing and Western Range, Vandenberg
Air Force Base, will retire the summer of 2017
after 27 years of active duty.
ERIC EDWARDS (BA, Political Science and
Government) has led the Washington, DC,
government affairs office of Franklin Square
Capital Partners since February 2015. He joined
the firm as a senior vice president with over 20
years of public policy experience on Capitol Hill
and in the private sector.
DAVID MANKO (BA, Political Science), a leader in
regulatory and transactional health care matters,
joined the New York office of the international law
firm Proskauer in January 2017.
NICOLE MCLAUGHLIN (BA, Political Science)
was named chair of the trademark, copyright,
entertainment, and advertising division at Duane
ANDREW GRETA (BS, Economics) was appointed
president of Illinois Financing Partners Services
LLP (IFP), a premier Qualified Purchaser of Illinois
receivables under the State’s Vendor Support
JOHNNY SMITH (PhD 2011, History) is
the Julius C. “Bud” Shaw Professor of
Sports, Society, and Technology and an
assistant professor of history at Georgia
Institute of Technology. His research focuses
on the history of sports and American
culture. Smith was named a Distinguished
Lecturer by the Organization of American
Historians in the spring of 2017. He recently
published a book co-authored with Purdue
Distinguished Professor of History Randy
Roberts. Roberts was Smith’s PhD advisor
during his studies.
Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship
between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X
is the story of the relationship between
Malcolm X and Cassius Clay (Muhammad
Ali). The book resulted from Roberts and
Smith’s research on Muhammad Ali’s
early career. It soon became apparent
that the friendship between Malcolm
and Muhammad was a dramatic tale of
brotherhood, love, deceit, betrayal, and
violence. The book has received nine honors
This is the second book published by
Smith. His first, The Sons of Westwood:
John Wooden, UCLA, and the Dynasty That
Changed College Basketball, was recognized
in 2014 by Choice as an Outstanding
Smith is currently writing another work
with Roberts, The Year of the Slugger: When
Mickey Mantle Became an American Hero.
Photo provided by Johnny Smith.