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Indiana State alumni dominate '12 under 40' list

October 6, 2015

Most of the people on the inaugural '12 under 40' list of rising community leaders in Terre Haute have something in common - one or more degrees from Indiana State University.

Nine of the honorees selected for their contributions to the community are Indiana State graduates and they represent a cross-section of the university's academic programs.

"The fact that so many up and coming community leaders are Indiana State alumni is further evidence of the university's commitment to service," said university President Dan Bradley. "We attract students who want to serve, that commitment is nourished and supported while they are students. We are proud of these nine individuals selected for recognition in Terre Haute and of our graduates everywhere who are committed to making a difference in their communities."

The nine Indiana State alumni, their years of graduation and majors are:

• Brandon Halleck, chief operating officer of Chances and Services for Youth, 2002, bachelor's degrees, history and social science education and world history

• Kara Kish, superintendent of Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, 2005, bachelor's degree, recreation and sport management

• Rachel Leslie, chief of external relations at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 2006, bachelor's degree, speech communication public relations

• Santhana Naidu, associate vice president of communications and marketing at Indiana State, 2001, bachelor's degree, management information systems

• John Newport, curriculum coordinator for Vigo County School Corp., 2002, bachelor's degree, technology education; master's degree, 2006, school administration and supervision

• Stephanie Pence, course manager for Police Technical and owner of Hallie Hound Barkery, 2003, bachelor's degree, radio-tv/film

• Jon Scherle, vice president of commercial lending at First Financial Bank, 2002, bachelor's degree, accounting

• Susan Turner, senior director of advancement and alumni relations at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 2002, speech communication public relations

• James Twitchell, employer relations specialist at Union Hospital, 2009, Bachelor of Business Administration (marketing)

The '12 under 40' honorees will be recognized Nov. 10 at the Sycamore Banquet Center on the Indiana State University campus.

Writer: Dave Taylor, media relations director, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3743 or