Honorees

All biographical information refers to the accomplishments of each individual at the time of his or her induction into the Carmel High School Alumni Hall of Fame.

2014 Honorees

Jonathan F. Dickens, Class of 1997

    Major Jonathan F. Dickens, MD, is a United States Army Medical Corps Officer and orthopedic surgeon at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Maryland who specializes in orthopedics, sports medicine, and shoulder surgery. After graduating from CHS in 1997, Dickens received a “super-tier” ROTC scholarship to attend Davidson College before graduating with honors from IU Medical School and completing his residency at Walter Reed in 2013. As a resident during the apex of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dickens spent countless hours performing complex surgeries on seriously war-wounded soldiers. Following his residency, Dickens completed the military’s premier sports medicine fellowship at the US Military Academy at West Point in 2014, working as a team physician at both West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy. He is also an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University and an Associate Director of Research at Walter Reed.
    In his short career Major Dickens has received 28 academic recognitions, published 24 peer-reviewed journal articles, and presented 36 papers. His accolades include the Aircast Award, which is awarded to the top national researcher among military and civilian fellows within the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Michael Mazurek Award for promising early-career military orthopedic surgeons, an Outstanding Educator Award at Walter Reed, and the Norman T. Kirk Award for best original resident research project, as well as the Graves B. Erskine Award for Outstanding Resident at the Walter Reed National Military Center.
    Major Dickens will deploy in April to Afghanistan, where he will work with a Forward Surgical Team.

Janica Kyriacopoulos, Class of 1977

    Janica Kyriacopoulos is a successful financial officer who graduated from Carmel High School in 1977. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in economics from Earlham College, Janica moved to Washington, D.C. and spent several years handling the book-keeping for a variety of private firms before entering the world of political finance in 1992. Kyriacopoulos advanced to become Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), managing the finances of the multi-million dollar operation that provides financial and technical support to candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives in all 50 states. In 2001 she created her own campaign reporting and finance company before being asked to serve as the CFO of Congressman Dick Gephardt’s 2004 presidential campaign. Following the 2004 primaries she served as Deputy Chief Financial Officer of the Senator John Kerry campaign, after which she returned back to her business, building a substantial client list of political campaigns for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2007 and 2008 she was a senior consultant for the presidential campaign of Barrack Obama, and upon his election she held the position of Deputy Chief Financial Officer for his presidential inauguration, helping to manage the $160 million event.
    In addition to her extensive political work, Kyriacopoulos has also served as interim CFO of Planned Parenthood, volunteered as a teaching assistant at her local elementary school, and served as P.T.A. Committee Chair at her local high school. She currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two children.

2013 Honorees

Scott Sander, Class of 1990

Scott Sander is an award-winning news anchor who graduated from Carmel High School in 1990 as a National Merit Scholar. Upon earning a degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, he began to pursue his dream of broadcasting, instilled in him from his days with Carmel’s own radio station, WHJE. He worked for a number of major networks across the country, before returning to Indianapolis in 2005 with WISH-TV, where he now hosts the morning Daybreak Show.
During his career as a news anchor, he has won the Illinois Associated Press Best News Writing award and received 9 Emmy awards, including being named Best News Anchor five years in a row. Throughout his career he has continued to give back, supporting several local charitable organizations including: Best Buddies, the Ronald McDonald house, the Indianapolis Fire Department, and the American Red Cross.

Kara Oehler, Class of 1996

After graduating from Carmel High School in 1996, Kara Oehler received a B.S. in Sociology from Northern Arizona University in 2000. Her interest in radio that began with Carmel High School’s WHJE continued into her career as she became an independent producer for major national public radio shows. Through her work, Oehler has earned some of the highest honors in the field including Peabody, Third Coast Festival, and Edward R. Murrow awards. Exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art and Webbies also top her list of achievements.
She has also recently expanded her horizons to innovation in media technology and education with notable inventions such as Zeega, a platform for web-based multimedia editing, and her new app, Pop, that allows users to communicate with combinations of images, videos, and animated GIFs. Her work in media technology is well known not only throughout the nation, but also internationally, and as such, she has been invited to speak around the country, including lecturing at Harvard, Duke, and MIT. Oehler has also contributed immensely to the community through immersive projects that include Mapping Main Street, a platform for sharing pictures and stories from the thousands of Main Streets in the U.S., and the UnionDocs Collaborative, a center for documentary arts in Brooklyn that receives ongoing support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

2012 Honorees

James G. Inskeep, Class of 1992

Mr. Inskeep graduated from Carmel High School in 1992 and received a BA in Education from Purdue University in 1996. He returned to Carmel to begin his exemplary career as a teacher at Carmel Junior High School. Working there, he was nominated for Disney’s American Teacher Award, honoring creativity in teaching. In 2000, he transitioned into the position of assistant athletics director at Carmel High School and shortly after became the Director of Athletics, responsible for managing Carmel’s 20 varsity sports and the 1150 student athletes who compete each year. In this position he has led the school to innumerable accolades including 46 team state championships, distinction from CBS Max Preps as the #1 large school athletic program in the nation, and countless record breaking years for both individual sports and also for the school as a whole.
Inskeep also serves as the liaison with the IHSAA, Greyhound Booster Club, Carmel-Club Parks and Recreation, and Parent Support Groups and continually strives to give back to the community by donating his time and effort to Grace Community Church, Carmel Dad’s Club Board of Directors, and the Indiana Teaching Faculty for Athletic Administration Leadership Courses. Mr. Inskeep has always been willing to work behind the scenes to persistently push the boundaries of success for his school and his community.

Dr. Terry L. Grimm, Class of 1983

Dr. Terry L. Grimm started his post-high school career at Purdue University where he obtained a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering in 1987. He continued his education at MIT, receiving his doctorate in Applied Plasma Physics/Nuclear Engineering in 1992. Twelve years after his graduation from MIT, his success caught the attention of the Cryogenic Society of America, who awarded him the Roger W. Boom Award due to his promising prospects in the field of cryogenic engineering. In 2005, Dr. Grimm founded Niowave, a worldwide leader in superconducting accelerating research. He has earned many accolades including the CSC Carl H. Rosner Entrepreneurship Award for Applied Superconductivity and the SBIR/STTR small business of the year from the Department of Energy.
In addition to his extraordinary contributions to science, Dr. Grimm has also given back to the community in many ways. Through his company, he has hosted a two-week long school that offers graduate level accelerator science courses that are often not offered at universities.  He has sponsored a 16 and under girls’ softball team and a science program, “F1 in Schools.” Dr. Grimm was also a Cub Scout Leader from 1996 to 2001.

2011 Honorees

Mr. Ted Allen, Class of 1983

Ted Allen began his career with Lerner Newspapers and then became a senior editor for the Chicago Magazine focusing on topics in the culinary world. In addition, Allen has been a contributing editor for Esquire Magazine, published articles in Bon Appetite, Epicurious, and Food Network, and nominated for two national magazine awards. Allen is currently a fixture on television networks like, Bravo, the Food Network, and PBS and has won an Emmy Award in 2004 for the show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
Allen’s exemplary community service includes recently hosting the “Taste of the NFL, Super Bowl 44” that benefited food banks in other NFL cities and serving as spokesperson for Dining Out for Life from 2007 to the present, which raises several million dollars for local HIV/AIDS service organizations.

Mr. Gregory Lentz, Class of 1977

Gregory Lentz was valedictorian for his class in 1977. Since then, Lentz has provided financial management services to Carmel for 30 years and is currently the Vice President/ Senior Loans Relationship Manager at First Merchants Bank.
Over the years, Lentz has immersed himself in the Carmel community through his beloved high school sport, baseball, and in service to organizations such as Carmel Dad’s Club, the Carmel Babe Ruth Baseball Organization, and the Indiana High School Athletic Association. One of Lentz’s most notable community services was his influential role in the relocation of the community Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball programs to Badger Park and Matt O’Malia Field in 1987.


2010 Honorees

Franklin Booth, Class of 1893

Described in a biography as “an artist for the ages” Franklin Booth was born in central Indiana in 1874 and graduated from what would become Carmel High School in 1893. This self-taught artist grew to be an expert in using pen on paper to copy engravings. His expert craftsmanship was often-times perceived to be an actual wood engraving. His ink studies were featured in such publications as Good Housekeeping, Harpers, McClure’s, Cosmopolitan, Redbook and Ladies Home Journal.  In 1925, a book of 60 Drawings was published dedicated to his works and was reprinted in 1978 as The Art of Franklin Booth and in 2004 a new work entitled Franklin Booth-Painter with a Pen was issued by Flesk Publications.

Todd Young, Class of 1990

Todd Young, a father of four, graduated from Carmel High School in the spring of 1990 and went on to graduate from the United States Naval Academy, cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. With a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Mr. Young was elected into the United States House of Representatives in November, 2010. Earlier in his career Mr. Young was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps and in 1996, he became a Naval Intelligence Officer where he was entrusted with top secret security clearance. In 2000, Mr. Young was honorably discharged from active duty as a Captain.  In 2001, he received a Master of Arts degree from the University of London’s Institute of United States Studies and began working for the Heritage Foundation in Washington D.C. After being a management consultant of Crowe Chizek and Company. Mr. Young received his law degree from Indiana University in 2006 and then worked in Orange County as a deputy prosecutor.  Even with all the degrees and accomplishments Mr. Young has earned, he always gave back to the community.  Mr. Young volunteered with Big Brothers/ Big Sisters, Indiana Sports Corporation, aided with homeless veterans, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Crisis Pregnancy Center, American Legion, and AMVETS. Being a Representative, Mr. Young now resides in Washington D.C., as well as Bloomington, Indiana.

Dr. Phillip Michael Cullison Bonner, Class of 1999

Doctor Phillip Michael Cullison Bonner graduated from Carmel High School in 1999.  Dr. Bonner then attended Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in microbiology with honors. From the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Bonner earned his Master of Science in Control of Infectious Diseases in 2004. He also attended the Medical School for International Health, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in collaboration with Columbia University Medical Center to become a Doctor of Medicine. Aside from his numerous qualifications, Dr. Bonner has performed an extensive amount of service work. Dr. Bonner has volunteered in over 40 countries throughout Africa with a focus on malaria vaccines. In addition, Dr. Bonner also has a widespread research resume ranging from intestinal parasitic infections in rural villages to isolation and characterization of novel genes found in breast cancer patients. Uncertainties and Research in Providing Medical Aid in Complex Disasters is just one of the many publications Dr. Bonner has created throughout his career. He has received many awards including the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Trust Grant, Emerging Infectious Disease Research Fellowship, and Indiana University Founder’s Day Highest Academic Achievement Award. Dr. Bonner now resides in Portland, Oregon.

2009 Honorees

Mark Hartman, Class of 1974

Mark Hartman graduated from Carmel in 1974. After high school, he earned a Bachelor of Science in biology and physics. Mr. Hartman is currently the president of Hartman Associates Inc. Mr. Hartman has been a member of the Carmel Clay Commerce for 25 years. Mr. Hartman began volunteering for the Carmel Dad's Club in 1990. Mr. Hartman served as board member and eventually became the president of the organization in 2007. He served as a member of the Carmel Clay School Board from 1996 to 2006 and was board president from 2000-2005.

Dr. Nate Hinerman, Class of 1990

Nate Hinerman, PhD graduated from Carmel High School in 1990. Dr. Hinerman went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts with a triple major in Philosophy, English Literature, and Spanish from Asbury College. Dr. Hinerman continued his education at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and has since received advanced degrees from many prestigious schools. Dr. Hinerman is currently a professor in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco, and in Liberal Studies at Golden Gate University. Dr. Hinerman also volunteers each week on the bereavement service of local community hospice as a grief counselor, and Chairs of the San Francisco Bay Area End of Life Network.

2008 Honorees

Fred Swift,Class of 1960

Fred Swift spent most of his life in Carmel, graduating in 1960. He earned=a journalism degree from Franklin College, served as Editor of the Noblesville Daily Ledger, assistant director of the Indiana Public Employees Association, Carmel Clay Township Board and Carmel City Council.

Rue Hinshaw,Class of 1910

Rue Hinshaw was born on a west Carmel farm in 1891 and graduated from Carmel High School in 1910. He served as a member of the Carmel Clay Township Board, co-founded the Carmel American Legion Post, helped establish Carmel's=first Boy Scout Troop and enjoyed sharing experiences with 4th grade history classes.

2007 Honorees

Tim Padgett, Class of 1980

Padgett is the bureau chief for Time magazine's Miami and Latin American divisions and is an award winning journalist. He is holds a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. His list of accomplishments is quite extensive and shows his care and support for the community.

Dr. Scott Pittman, Class of 1977

Pittman is a practicing surgeon at St. Vincent Hospital Carmel. He is very involved in the Carmel community through his church and the Carmel lacrosse program. As a former athlete, musician and Young Life member, he continues his passion to save lives by visiting third world countries for medical missions.

Avriel Christie Shull (deceased), Class of 1947

Shull attended Butler University and the John Herron School of Art. A woman of high energy and imagination, she became an architectural designer, builder and interior decorator. Her home design plans have been sold across the United States and Canada.

2006 Honorees

Howard Hunt, Class of 1926

Hunt was an active member in the Gray Friends Church, member of the Carmel Library Board and a former Carmel Clay School Board member. He was characterized as a man of true common sense with respect to his decision making in the community, especially with regard to the Carmel Clay Schools

Timothy Hodges, Class of 1979

Hodges was a member of the Carmel state championship football team. He then went on to study biology at Wabash College. Dr. Hodges has received a PhD In pharmacology and is also a practicing medical doctor. He is a resident of Carmel and is a proud father of four.

Jim Steckley, Class of 1958

Steckley was a member of the all-county football team. After graduating, he served two years in the Navy as a payroll clerk. He operated his own restaurants and has catered many high school events after opening the Oak Hill Mansion in 1992. Among numerous other donations, he has also supplied WHJE with radio equipment so the radio is now available through the Internet.

Jeffrey Wood, Class of 1982

Maj. Jeffrey I. Wood flies an F16D jet with the elite Air Force Thunderbirds. He holds a bachelor’s degree in botany and a master’s in forestry. He is the father of three children and owns Wood Tree Farm in Zionsville.

2005 Honorees

Oliver Brown Brunner, Class of 1909

A Carmel High School teacher for 50 years, Brunner started the first bookstore from the trunk of her car and the first cafeteria, using her home economics teaching skills to do so.

Jennifer Burman, Class of 1988

A co-valedictorian and Girls State delegate, she received the Meritorious Award from the U.S. Army and the James J. Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching Internal Medicine at Northwestern University.

Mark Herrmann, Class of 1977

The associate director of education programs for the NCAA in Indianapolis, Mark was the mental attitude award winner for basketball and an all-America quarterback at Purdue University. He has served as a board member on several community foundations.

John "Doc" O'Neal, Class of 1972

A Carmel Dads Club volunteer and coach for 15, years, he served on the PGA Executive Committee at Crooked Stick and president of the Carmel Dads Club. He has also volunteered for numerous civic organizations.

2004 Honorees

Jack Edwards, Class of 1947

A quintessential community minded individual, his accomplishments include serving as a U.S. Naval Reservist, co-founder of Home Place Library, a co-author and publisher of History: A View of Home Place, Indiana.

Dr. Tom Schmidt, Class of 1974

A medical doctor at St. Vincent's breast cancer treatment program, Dr. Schmidt has saved countless lives by being the first surgical breast oncologist in Indiana. He continues to show passion for his work and family while demonstrating leadership in the community.

Todd Witsken (deceased), Class of 1982

Witsken was an all-state and all-America CHS tennis player who went on to play in the professional ranks that included competing at Wimbledon. He started tennis camps for children and was a loving father and husband.

2003 Honorees

Paul Estridge Jr., Class of 1976

Founder and president of the Estridge Group, he won the Nation Housing Quality Award in 1998 and was featured in Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Home Builders in 1995. He was named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 1994 and Builder of the Year in 1989. The Indianapolis Business Journal included him in its “40 under 40” listing.

William Silvers, M.D, Class of 1967

Initiated into Phi Beta Kappa in 1970 at Indiana University, he is known worldwide for his writings and expertise in the areas of allergy and immunology. Dr. Silvers works with medical societies and medical centers around the country. He is widely published and also volunteers with the Boy Scouts and Eagle Scouts of America.

2002 Honorees

Dr. Roger Bowen, Class of 1965

Dr. Brown teaches, lectures and writes for educational institutes. He was the president of State University of New York at New Paltz. He served as a professor and chair of government at Colby College and is the president of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Oliver Earl Hinshaw, Class of 1903

A Carmel High School teacher, coach and principal, he was also served as the superintendent of the Clay Delaware School system from 1904 to 1924. He was credited with the design and supervision of the new Carmel High School in 1921. He selected the Greyhound to be the school mascot and was the superintendent of the Noblesville Schools in the 1940s.

Steve Inskeep, Class of 1986

Steve is a Congressional correspondent and reporter for National Public Radio and was awarded the Pew Fellowship for Journalism in 1999. He has covered the Florida election dispute, international air disasters and the war in Afghanistan.

Sarah Litzsinger, Class of 1990

She played the lead in “Les Miserables” and “Beauty and the Beast” on Broadway. She also has appeared on television in “Ed” and “Law and Order” and on Comedy Central. Litzsinger also volunteers for organizations that offer opportunities for children to become involved in and attend Broadway productions.

2001 Honorees

Eric Clark, Class of 1953

Carmel High School teacher, coach, sponsor, counselor and assistant principal for 39 years, he was the head coach of the 1977 boys’ basketball state championship team. Clark is also honored as a member of the Earlham College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Deborah Pearlstein, Class of 1989

A Rhodes Scholar finalist, she was also the articles editor for the Harvard Law Review. She has been a clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens and the senior editor and speech writer for President William J. Clinton.

Marvin Pike, Class of 1948

A survivor of the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in Korea, he was a vice principal and principal of Lapel Community School and the first office manager of Clay Township Regional Waste District. He also co-directs the Home Place Library.

Gregory Shaheen, Class of 1986

A chief administrator for Long Electric Company and a vice president of Evergreen Development Corporation, he was also the director of relocation for the NCAA's move to Indianapolis. He is the director of operations for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Board.

Craig Tornquist, Class of 1985

The executive director of LOFT Teen Center in Michigan and president of Capstone Center's child abuse prevention program, he is also a professional comedian and has opened for Jay Leno, Sinbad and Frankie Valli.