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Faculty Transitions
Tim Ogden, chair, Department of Accounting and Business

With sadness, I share the news that Janis Fahs '82 will leave Manchester College at the close of this academic year. Jan has been a part of this community for many years, going back to her childhood when her father, Eldon (Gene) Fahs '54, first came to Manchester as registrar in 1964. 

Jan joined the faculty in 1996 and provided excellent leadership as chair of the department and chair of the faculty. She has been an outstanding teacher, a wonderful colleague, and a good friend to all of us. We will miss her.

At the same time, we are thrilled to welcome two new faculty members to the Department of Accounting and Business. Jennifer Shock '94 Simmers earned an accounting degree from Manchester and an MBA from Indiana University. 

She has worked in both public accounting and in industry, and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Indiana Tech and Ivy Tech Community College. Most recently, she was controller for Insurit Inc. in Fort Wayne. She will teach accounting and finance courses at Manchester.

Joe Messer earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Purdue University, and he brings a wealth of business experience to the College. He has served as the president of four companies, in industries ranging from flower seeds to orthopedics. 

He left Organiks, which marketed organic products, to come to Manchester, and will teach marketing and management classes.

Accounting Mixer is a Big Success

Stephanie TaylorIt has been a number of years since we invited accounting firms to campus to meet in an informal environment with accounting students before beginning formal interviews, but we decided to try it again last fall. 

In the past, these events were held on a Sunday evening, often the night before the first day of interviews. This time, we decided to have the event on a weekday afternoon in the newly renovated College Union, and it went very well. In response to requests from the firms, we invited not only juniors and seniors, but also the first-year students and sophomores.

The College hosted 13 public accounting firms, and 63 students attended the event. If you would like to have your firm added to the invitation list for fall 2008, please contact Betty Butterbaugh at

Internships Lead to Jobs

Kristen Caldwell and Amy Crow

For many years, accounting firms and law firms have used internship programs as their prime recruiting tool, and although internships are sometimes used more sporadically and with less formal structure in other industries, they are still extremely valuable. 

The experience not only allows the company to evaluate the quality of the intern’s work and his or her work ethic, it also gives both the prospective employee and the organization a chance to size each other up to see if there is a good fit between the two.

Often these experiences lead to job offers. Kristen Caldwell ’07 completed a marketing internship with the Foot and Ankle Marketing Team, a division of the Trauma and Extremities Team at DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., in Warsaw, and recently accepted a full-time position with the company’s Trauma Marketing Team. 

Amy Crow ’08 has job offers from two public accounting firms: Crowe Chizek and Company and BKD LLP. Amy completed an internship with Crowe this past spring, and will work as an intern at BKD this summer. She will make a decision about which job to accept after she completes the summer internship. 

If you have not had interns from Manchester but are interested, or if you want to renew your internship program, please contact Heather Twomey, associate professor of accounting (

Thank You!

These firms and individuals made donations to the department last year, providing scholarship assistance to our students. Thank you for your support.

Donor 2007-2008 Recipient
BKD LLP Sarah Conwell
Crowe, Chizek and Co. LLP Eric Williams
Randall and Patricia Holler  Anna Emrick
Katz, Sapper & Miller Amy Crow
McGladrey & Pullen Sara Oszuscik

Additional Alumni News

Lindsey Beverly ’05 of Marion, Ind., and has been the administrative assistant to the Mayor of Wabash, Ind., for 11 months.

John Brehmer ’82 of Denver, Colo., has been the manager of auditing services for Leprino Foods Co. for 11 years.

Shawn Collyer ’00 lives in Hilton Head, S.C., with his wife Sara Crowninshield ‘00 Collyer and their son, Jackson. Shawn has been the assistant principal of career and technology at Hilton Head Island High School since fall 2005.

Carol Garner Keppen ’78 of Fort Smith, Ark. is manager of Hardscrabble Country Club.

Matt Goins ’07 of Stroh, Ind., has been a co-manager at Kroger since June 2007.

Tish Hart ’85 of Auburn, Ind., is the accounting supervisor at Trelleborg Sealing Solutions.

Michael Hasselbring ’75 of Hawi, Hawaii, has been the purchasing and supply manager for Hilton Hotels Corporation-Hawaii for 15 years.

Melinda Hoffman ’94 of Columbia City, Ind., has served as the director of children’s ministries at the First Church of God in Columbia City for the past six years.

David Kaydo ’93 of Ashtabula, Ohio has been a senior claims representative for Cincinnati Insurance for 12 years.

Matthew Kitson ’91 of Huntington, Ind., is the manager of Lehman & Associates PC in Elkhart, Ind.

Roger Sipe ’73 of Fort Wayne, Ind., has owned and operated Roger Sipe CPA Firm, LLC for the past 20 years.

Alex Strati ’87 of Elkhart, Ind., recently started a new career with Old National Bank as president of the Michiana market.

Kevin Winicker ’83 of Frederick, Md., has worked for the U.S. Department of Education for two years as assistant director of non-federal audits.

Robert Zerkle ’90 of Middlebury, Ind., recently accepted the position of manager of accounting at Bayer Healthcare, LLC in Mishawaka, Ind. Bayer is a global leader in the development and supply of diabetes care products.

Summer Interns Begin Work

The department has interns working this summer at Pinnacle Security (marketing), Goshen Community Bank (management and finance), BKD LLP (accounting), the Dekko Foundation (nonprofit management), Zimmer (accounting and finance), and Waste Management (marketing).

Connect with us!

Please take this opportunity to update your profile, and if you have news to share with alumni and friends of the department, please send us that information, too. We want to hear from you! In addition, please indicate your interest in participating with the College in other ways. (If you have already expressed your interests, there is no need to respond again unless your preferences have changed).

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