What do a trauma nurse, a radio producer and a handful of entrepreneurs have in common? They all graduated from Penn State before launching careers and achieving early success.
These nine prominent alumni, 35 years of age and younger, are the latest group of young alumni to be recognized with the Alumni Achievement Award, presented this month by the Alumni Association.
They are nominated by an academic college or campus and invited by the president of the University to return to campus to share their expertise with students and the Penn State community. Alumni Achievement Award recipients demonstrate to students that Penn State alumni succeed in exceptional fashion at an early age.
Each award honoree will receive a commemorative medal designed by internationally recognized artist and 2007 Alumni Fellow Jeanne Stevens-Sollman ’72g. Award recipients will also meet and talk with students on the Thursday night before at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, and many will guest lecture on Friday, sharing insight on their successes in life and business.
Following is a brief description of each honoree. Full bios of these recipients will be posted online soon. Read bios of past recipients here.
Erin K. Antosh ’06 is a manager at Integrated Business Consulting, based in the Washington, D.C. area. A serial entrepreneur, Antosh is also in the early stages of launching a tech start-up venture with a fellow Smeal College of Business alumnus. Antosh owned and operated four businesses and served as an independent consultant for various innovative start-ups and small businesses. As a senior consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton’s organization and strategy team, she developed expertise in various management consulting areas, while serving various commercial and federal clients.
Emily R. Bear ’10 is a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Health Network on the Transitional Trauma Unit. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Penn State World Campus and completed pre-medical requisites at Penn State Schuylkill and Penn State Berks. Bear has been a trauma nurse for more than seven years as well as an active member on the unit’s Performance Improvement and Practice Committee. She recently joined the Nightshift Nurse Council, representing medical-surgical nurses, and has spent numerous hours as a nurse preceptor to senior nursing students and nursing graduates.
Mohit Shankar Bhende ’01 is co-founder of CoTrain, a talent evaluation platform that helps companies to expedite and improve their interviewing process. CoTrain connects clients to a network of highly skilled technical interviewers who evaluate skills on demand. With an initial focus on software jobs, the network of interviewers includes chief technology officers, freelancers, and industry professionals who identify and hire great talent. Bhende cultivated his passion for the talent industry and entrepreneurship while studying economics at Penn State. He previously served on the Schreyer Honors College Alumni Society Board.
Caroline Bowman ’10 is currently performing the lead role of Eva Peron in the national tour of the musical Evita. She previously performed on Broadway in Wicked and the new musical Kinky Boots, which won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when she was part of the cast. Before earning her degree, Bowman completed a tour of Fame in China and was contracted to play Rizzo in Grease in Turkey. After Grease, she returned to the United States to play Lady of the Lake in the national tour of Spamalot. Upon completion of the tour, she was offered her first Broadway contract, in Wicked.
Brian R. Geary ’01 is director of business development for OnDeck, Inc., a technology-enabled financial firm that provides financing to small and medium-sized businesses. OnDeck was named to Forbes Most Promising Companies in America and to the Inc. 500 List of Fastest Growing Companies in America for the last two years. During a five-year tenure at Citigroup, Geary developed cutting-edge products for both consumer and small business finance. At Penn State, Geary was a Naval Reserve Officer and was elected to Company Commander, overseeing 200 students.
Kirk S. Hinkley IV ’04g is the medical director and chairman of the Emergency Department at Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton, Pa., and the medical director of Lackawanna and Wayne Ambulance companies. He has achieved success as a military flight surgeon, emergency medicine physician, and administrator. Hinkley is a Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. His military service—both humanitarian and combat aeromedical evacuation missions—has led to numerous commendations and awards, including Flight Surgeon of the Year in 2011.
Brad Hoffman ’99 is the founder and chief executive officer of My Learning Springboard, a multidisciplinary educational consulting company and “learning concierge”service. My Learning Springboard helps families and schools construct and manage private teams of experts focused on educational consultation, which includes academic tutoring, enrichment teaching, test preparation, special education advocacy, professional development, teacher mentorship, and curriculum development. The company is growing rapidly, with more than 350 educational and related service professionals.
Chad A. Lindell ’05 is founder and chief executive officer of IntelliMetrics, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based business intelligence and geospatial intelligence consulting firm created in 2010. Lindell currently contracts to the director’s office at FBI Headquarters and is responsible for delivering a variety of the FBI’s internal operational and budget information to executives throughout the government. While a student, Lindell was a sergeant in the Army Reserves and was stationed from May 2004 to August 2005 in Fallujah, Iraq. He was awarded a combat action badge and a meritorious service medal.
Amanda Gifford Lockwood ’04 is a program director with ESPN Radio, overseeing sports talk programming to millions of sports fans nationwide. Under her purview are the nationally syndicated Mike & Mike in the Morning on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio, and The Dan LeBatard Show on ESPN Radio. Mike & Mike is heard on more than 350 affiliates. For nearly a decade at ESPN, Lockwood has produced national radio shows such as College GameDay and The Herd with Colin Cowherd.