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Diana (Clark) Hancock, BSE ’86/MBA ’93, is co-founder and COO of SPEAK MODalities LLC, a company that develops patented, research-based mobile applications to facilitate speech and language development in children with autism and speech development delays. The company recently received the 2016 R&D 100 Award in the software category, the 2015 Best of Tech in Indiana MIRA award, and was awarded National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovation Research funding. Along with this venture, she innovates as Commercialization Director at Purdue University and was previously a Marketing Manager at Johnson Controls.

Andrew Masterman, MBA ’93/AM ’93/MS ’93, was recently promoted to CEO of landscape architectural company BrightView in Philadelphia.

Benjamin Taub, MBA ’89, is working to commercialize (, a cloud-based service that monitors business processes and alerts managers via text message and email in real time when important events occur or key thresholds are met. It has applications in virtually any industry for things like fraud detection, inventory level monitoring, and rapid response to sales prospect inquiries. 

Craig Schmatz, BSE ’86/ MBA ’89, was the super duty chief program engineer at Ford Motor Company when the Ford Super Duty pickup won 2017 Motor Trend Award for Truck of the Year. Craig is now the F-150 chief program engineer.

Hadas Bernard, BBA ’88, was named executive director of the Michigan Israel Business Bridge, a nonprofit organization focused on expanding manufacturing, technology, R&D, distribution and investment between Michigan and Israel.

Saad A. Khan, MBA ’87, published It’s Business, It’s Personal: From Setting a Vision to Delivering it Through Organizational Excellence in hardcover and paperback (Westbow Publishing); the book is available on Amazon. As the founder of Alamut Consulting (sustainability/governance of NGO's) and VanGuard Matrix (e-commerce solutions), he was previously CEO of Gillette Pakistan.

Barbara Carkenord, MBA ’86, was elected to the Board of Directors of the IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis, In addition, she published her third book, PMI-PBA® Exam Prep, Premier Edition, an exam preparation guide for business analysis professionals. Barbara is the director of business analysis for RMC Learning Solutions in Minnetonka, Minn. She lives on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina with her husband of five years, Lou Thomas. 

G. Scott Haislet, BBA '82, of Orinda, Calif., was named Outstanding Conference Speaker for 2015-16 by the California CPA Education Foundation. CalCPA is the largest CPA society in the nation. Scott is a CPA and tax attorney in Lafayette, Calif., and is a leading practitioner involved with 1031 property exchanges. Scott has lectured with CalCPA for many years, with courses in 1031 exchange and real estate taxation. His clients have saved millions in taxes by implementing 1031 exchanges and other strategies involving real estate.

Marcy S. Klevorn, BBA ’81, was named chief information officer and group vice president of information technology for Ford Motor Company. 

Lony Ruhmann, AB ’77/MBA ’79, wrote and produced Psychophonia, which played at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival in Spain; The Girl, which was named Best Horror Movie at the Burbank Film Festival; She Rises, which received the Best Actress award at the Macabre Film Festival in New York; and The Night Visitor Chronicles, which was released on DVD in November 2016. 

Steve Wasserman, BBA ’78, joined the full-time faculty at Bentley University as a lecturer in the Finance Department. In addition, he continues to work part-time as a consulting CFO for venture-backed companies.

Dave Tornga, MBA ’72, served as the Trump Campaign DuPage County, Ill., chair and as the Trump/Pence 2016 Dupage County, Ill. coordinator. DuPage County is located in the Chicago area and is the largest Republican county in Illinois.

C. John Bauer III, BBA ’65/MBA ’66, completed nine years as a trustee of the Samba Financial Group’s U.K. Pension Scheme. In addition, John spent 38 years with international commercial and investment banks, of which 32 years were based abroad in Germany, Kuwait, Bahrain, the U.K., and Qatar. He was honored for his work as chairman of Republicans Abroad in Kuwait and Bahrain and has been active as a speaker at international conferences.