After 40 years of experience, I retired as Managing Director, Investments, for Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis. My son, Andrew (now working for Standard and Poors), earned his SPEA MPA in 2015, making us among the very first legacy graduates.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
I graduated in 2014 and now manage one of Colorado Springs’ top-rated tourist attractions – Colorado’s first and only outdoor laser tag facility. We do both military training and civilian recreation and I love being outside and representing an amazingly successful small business. IU taught me a lot about managing people and finances and that formed me into a successful leader.
Amanda Lynn Shine Zambrano
In January of 2017 I left my adopted home state of Indiana to move to New York, where I took a job at my undergraduate almamater, Houghton College, serving as grant writer, researcher, and donor relations specialist. I was married in 2010 shortly before finishing my MAAA at IU, and my husband and I have a three-year-old son. It is eternally surprising to me that I’ve not remained in the arts, as I’d intended, but working at a small liberal arts college allows me to stay in touch with my musical roots and expand into other areas of interest as I pursue funding for projects across the campus.
Ann J. New
Bainbridge Island, Wash.
I have applied my IU education through all of my work life. I just completed my most recent non-profit gig as development director for the Center for Courage & Renewal in Seattle and I’m now working full-time as a personal trainer on Bainbridge Island. I’m grateful for Indiana University and all it has offered me in my life and work.
Jennifer R. Geisenhaver
After graduation from SPEA, I became employed by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management as an environmental manager in the Office of Air Quality. Since that time I’ve been promoted to a senior environmental manager and now facilitate the Great Lakes Air Deposition grant program, as well as help with other projects that deal with the implementation of U.S. EPA air regulations within Indiana, including the Clean Power Plan and other rules under Section 111 of the Clean Air Act. I am happily engaged to my wonderful fiancé, Nicholas Villalobos, and we will be married on September 1, 2018, in Michigan.
I started a company in 2006 after leaving IU and we are now in our 13th year managing the logistics behind travel baseball tournaments around the country. The success of that company was covered in the 2014 edition of the Indiana Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” We now see over 5,000 teams at our events from 25-plus states, and Canada, and host over 200 events a year. My passion for non-profits led me to become a managing partner of BreadBoost, which is a crowdfunding platform used by nonprofits around the country to maximize their fundraising efforts.
Jessica Harbison Weaver
After graduating from IUPUI in 2013 I left the NCAA National Office in August for an assistant athletic director of compliance position at Mercer University in Macon, Ga. I was there for three years during which I used my MPA as a strong foundation in nonprofit management and policy analysis. After that I moved to Riverside, Calif., for a year and a half where I was the assistant athletic director for compliance services at the University of California, Riverside. Most recently I made the move into being the senior woman administrator for the Athletics Department at Concordia University in Portland, Ore., where I supervise baseball, men’s soccer, men’s golf, and women’s golf. I also serve as the associate athletic director for compliance and academic support, a member of the athletics department senior management team, and as the Title IX liaison for athletics. My foundation at SPEA has been what has given me the edge in achieving my career goals of being the senior woman administrator at a small private school on the west coast.
I live in Markle and work in Marion, Ind., as the regional director of human resources and attorney for a nursing home management company. I am married to a great wife, Emily. My stepdaughter, Ciara, is currently a SPEA student. Since my time at IU Bloomington, I have not only graduated from law school, but I’ve also become more active in sports and sports administration. I recently retired from competitive rugby after playing for 13 years, mostly for the Fort Wayne Black and Blue RFC. I’ve been fortunate to play for various other teams worldwide, including the Queensland East Tigers RFC, Kapiti Coast Gorillas RFC, Michigan Select Sides, and the Farm Boys of Indiana. I coached high school and college rugby and then spent five years as the president of the Indiana Rugby Football Union. Currently, I am the midwest representative to the USA Rugby Congress. The Congress consists of 36 regional representatives and ten international rugby athletes. The Congress, in conjunction with the national office and the board of directors, develops and implements the strategic plan that shapes the experience of our Olympic and national team, as well as the experience for our youth, college, and senior athletes.