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2022 Initiates:

 

Elizabeth “Beth” Bell

Beth is sponsored by Teresa Ashcraft and Julie Terhune. 

I have been married to my husband, Scott Bell, for 32 years. We have 3 children who all live in Texas: Alex – 32, Sydney – 30, and Collin – 27. We’re now empty nesters with a dog and two cats. We moved to Muncie last Spring after living in Richmond, IN for 32 years. I am originally from Noblesville and have a bachelor’s degree in political science from DePauw University. I have worked at DeFur Voran for 3 years as the legal assistant to Jim Williams. I’m a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Phi Delta Theta National Family Council, Wabash College Parent    Advisory Committee, and I’m on the board of directors for the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission. I enjoy reading (a lot!), knitting, and cross stitching.

Monica Clark.

Monica is sponsored by Jacqueline Burton and Janice Leiphart

I am a lifelong resident of Muncie and graduate of Southside High School. I am married to my husband of 9 years Jacob, also a lifelong resident of Muncie, and we have a 4 year old daughter Charlotte. Jacob is a network technician for Meridian Health Services. I earned a bachelor's degree from Ball State University in 2013. I have been a middle school math teacher for 7 years and I currently teach at Alexandria-Monroe Junior Senior High School after working for Southside Middle School in Muncie for five and a half years. I am involved in school climate and culture and education in general. In my spare time, I enjoy running a very small home-based bakery, gardening, crocheting, attending educational conferences, and spending time with family.

Valerie Craig

  Valerie is sponsored by Teresa Ashcraft and Sandy McCallister

I have been a resident of Delaware County for 39 years, moving to my husband’s hometown in 1983 after spending several years in Sarasota, FL. I am widowed and have one daughter, Teresa Ashcraft, who is also a member of Psi Iota Xi. My husband, Jack Craig, was a retired Muncie Police Department officer and City Court bailiff. I retired after 35 years from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital in October 2018 having held many titles including unit secretary, staffing specialist, and administrative assistant. I currently work part-time at the Delaware County Airport Authority as the administrative assistant to the airport manager. Born and raised in Illinois, I graduated from East High School in Rockford in 1971. I enjoy sewing, bowling (in my younger years), spending summers at the lake, and playing with my two dogs, Fred and Gilligan.

Amanda Dunnuck

  Amanda is sponsored by Penny Prow and Sandy Clevenger

I am a 47 year old female and a resident of Muncie, Delaware County. I was born and raised in Delaware County, more specifically the Albany/Desoto area. I am the youngest child of Donald and Betty Dunnuck. I graduated from Delta High School in 1993. Upon graduation, I enrolled at Ball Slate University. After a year or so, I took some time off from school and started working at Delaware County 911 Emergency Dispatch in the fall season of 1995. | then re-enrolled in BS the winter semester of 1997. I worked full time and went to school full time, including summer courses, and completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 2000. I attended law school at the University of Dayton School of Law from July 2000 through May 2003. Upon graduation, I returned to work in Delaware County at my father's law firm. In 2015, I was appointed by then Governor Mike Pence to be the Muncie City Court Judge. The position was a part-lime* position meaning that I could continue my private practice which I did until December of 2020. Muncie City Council turned the Judge position into a full-time position starting January 2021, so I had to end my private practice. I am currently in my second elected term as Judge. I am also currently running to become Delaware County Circuit Court 1 Judge following Judge Vorhees retirement I am single and do not have children. I spend time helping care for my parents and enjoy time with my 13 nieces and nephews. In my spare time, I also enjoy traveling and spending time with friends and family wherever we can meet up. Throughout my life, I have always enjoyed giving back and helping people wherever I can. I feel that this organization is great fit for me in that regard. I want to be a benefit to the community.

Audra Koontz

  Audra is sponsored by Julie Herron and Lynn Shipley

 A full-time paralegal by day for a small law firm in Muncie, I wear many hats after 5pm: Wife, mother, homeschool educator, bible study facilitator, fitness instructor, government official, volunteer, aerial artist, bartender, disciple of Jesus Christ (all in no particular order). I  graduated from Wes-Del High School in 1997. During high school I also earned my vocational decree in Law Enforcement from the Muncie Area Career Center. After high school, I attended Ball State University and graduated in July, 1999 with my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology. My husband is water treatment specialist by day and also wears many hats at night (actor, singer, volunteer). Our family has volunteered for many organizations over the past several years including, but not limited to: Muncie Civic Theatre, Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, YWCA, Secret Families of Delaware County, Girl Scouts of America, First Choice for Women, and commUNITY church. My husband began acting shortly after we married in 2000. Our daughter began dancing at the age of 2, in 2007. She now dances with the Joffrey Ballet School in Dallas Texas. In 2010, my husband began a charitable cause entitled The Berry Long Run (now known as ABLR). I have worked alongside him organizing each event since it's commencement. From organizing free community carnivals, t-shirt sales, painting the streets in town, and booking summer concerts, ABLR is always a great challenge. In 2011, as Gaston Town Council President, I entered Gaston in the "Back Home Again in Indiana" contest with the indianapolis Motor Speedway who was celebrating 100 years. As a town with around 300 households, we made it into the top 10 in the State by organizing a local racing museum, a community block party, and painting the IMS logo on the street in the main intersection of town. I take pride in my community and always strive to serve in any capacity the Lord directs to me.

Joanna Saleem

Joanna is sponsored by Jacqueline Burton and Janice Leiphart.

I grew up in Huntington, Indiana and obtained an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Public Affairs from Indiana University.  Growing up,  my family was unable to pay for organized sports, and in high school I was able to join our high school gymnastics team.  I truly believed this opportunity changed my life.  I found something that I was passionate about that challenged me to grow as an athlete and a person.  I coached through-out college to help pay for school and to grow as a coach.  This passion turned into a profession that has taken me all over the country, having lived in several states during my 20’s.  I began coaching collegiate gymnastics shortly after college and have been involved in the development of young women over the past 26 years.  I met my husband Dr. Mark Saleem through the sport at a summer camp in Pennsylvania.  We lived in West Virginia for 6 years while Mark completed his surgical residency and his fellowship and I obtained my Masters Degree in Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University. Our only child Brayden, was born in 2009.  Starting a family created a strong desire to return home to Indiana to be closer to family.  We moved to Delaware county in 2011 when Mark was hired by IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital as a general surgeon.  When we first moved to Muncie, I volunteered my time coaching gymnastics at a local club and with the Ball State University team.  I was hired as the head Ball State Gymnastics coach in 2013.  I am fortunate in that one of my passions is also my profession.    I spend lots of time with the team coordinating community engagement.  Each year we task our young women with developing ways to give back to the community.  Things we have done include free clinics for the Burris Kindergartners, work at Second Harvest Food bank, both in the facility and at the local tailgates.  We have worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Muncie during Trunk or Treat events, and have participated in isolation alleviation with the local nursing homes.  We have had so much fun playing bingo with the residence on game night.  We have helped with helped with the Muncie Ironman and the other local races and walks.  They have also done work with Habitat for Humanity.  We have continued to find ways of engagement over the past few years during COVID trying to help where we can while also adhering to the safety requirements of the University and the athletic department.  I truly love my job as it encompasses so much more than just coaching a sport.  When I am not with my team or my family, I spent time at the barn with my horse and work on developing horsemanship and riding skills.

Barbara Shaffer

 Barbara is sponsored by Julie Terhune and Chris Bowles

Barbara moved to Muncie in 2006 when her    husband, Carl, accepted the associate director’s position at the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State. Barbara grew up in   Logansport, Indiana where her parents still live. Barbara and Carl have two children. George is a junior at IU in the School of Social Work. Hannah is a freshman in the early college program at Muncie Central. Barbara has a bachelor’s degree in history and       secondary education from Hanover College and a master’s degree in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University.  She worked as a museum curator for institutions in upstate New York and eastern Pennsylvania for sixteen years before becoming the grants administrator at the Muncie Children’s Museum in 2008. Barbara has also studied to be an  art and antiques appraiser   compliant with the Uniformed Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP). Since November 2015, Barbara has been      co-owner of Gordy Fine Art and Framing with her husband. In 2019, Barbara formed Schafer Grants & Project Management LLC under which she writes grants and helps facilitate special projects for several non-profits, including the Muncie Children’s         Museum, 8twelve Coalition, and ecoREHAB. She is currently chair of the board for Cornerstone Center for the Arts. She is a     member of the Muncie Arts Students’ League.  Through her businesses she supports various organizations and events to help make Muncie a great place to live. She loves reading mysteries, cross stitch, cooking, puzzles, yard work, and traveling.

Jennifer Wills

Jennifer is sponsored by Valerie Helms-Mejia and Julie Bering. 

~Business Owner

~Jennifer born in 1979 is a child of God, wife, mother, and business owner.

~Lives in Muncie with her husband Steven Wills with their 2 kids Anthony and Isaiah.

~Graduated with a BS Degree in Criminology from Indiana State University in 2021.

~Happily married Steven Wills since 2015.

~Parishioner at St. Mary's since 2012. 

~She believes that "God has provided her a new opportunity in life to be able to help others."

Major Milestones

2000- Started career with the Indiana Department of Correction as a Correctional Officer in 2000. Received 5 different promotions and two degrees during this time. 

2021- Left her 20.5-year career with Corrections to begin her own business. 

Alexis “Lexi” Starost. 

  Lexi pledged June 10, 2014 and has sent written notification that she is ready to join the sorority as legacy member and daughter of Deb Starost.

I was born at Ball Memorial Hospital in June of 1996,  raised in Yorktown, Indiana and attended Yorktown High School. Upon my graduation from Yorktown High School I attended Ball State University where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies, and a Master of Public Administration. After finishing my Master’s I enrolled in University of Dayton School of Law. I am currently a second year law student specializing in criminal law. I plan on coming home to my roots in Delaware County to prosecute once I have finished my degree.  My passion for justice and being a voice for those that have none, particularly  animals, is what inspired me to go to law school. My love for my community and family is what inspires me to return home after law school in order to give of myself to enhance our community in Delaware County. From a young age my mother instilled the value of giving back to my community; that is why I want to be Psi Ote  and why I have chosen a career of public service in Delaware County.

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