Category: 2000s

Colin McSharar, ’07, is Uganda Women’s Lacrosse Coach

Colin McSharar, BCHS Class of 2007, has been named the Head Coach for Uganda’s Women’s Senior Lacrosse Team. Team Uganda will be the first African nation to compete at the World Championship, June 29 through July 9, 2022, in Towson, MD. This will also be the first time Uganda has ever sponsored a women’s team to compete internationally.

Colin was a four-year letter winner as goalie at BCHS and went on to an illustrious college career at NCAA DIII Mount St. Joseph University. There he was a four-year letter winner and two-year starter. He holds the university record for wins in a season and total goals against the average. He holds the NCAA record for career points as a goalie with 3. He has coached at BCHS, Butler U., Franklin College and Anderson U. – helping start or develop new programs in many places.

Read his most interesting story at ugandalacrosse.ug

Congratulations Colin!

Sarah (DeNardin) Olvey, ’09, pediatrician in Carmel

Congratulations to Sarah (DeNardin) Olvey, D.O., BCHS Class of 2009, on her new position as full time pediatrician with St. Vincent at a clinic in Carmel. She is taking new patients, and would love to see the kiddos of other BCHS alum if they are in search of a doctor or potentially expecting a baby soon! Sarah can be found on the Ascension website at this link.

Anna Hoefer ’05 – from CPA to Sr. Karol Ann

On August 2, 2021, Anna Hoefer, BCHS Class of 2005, made her final vows as a Sister of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration in Mishawaka, Indiana. We rejoice in her journey!

Anna graduated from St. Mary’s in South Bend had became a certified CPA before God’s call drew her to the Sisters of St. Francis.

Upon taking her final vows, Anna chose the name Sr. Karol Ann, honoring St. Pope John Paul II (whose name was Karol Wojtyla) and also honoring her baptismal name.

Sr. Karol Ann will continue to use her skills as an accountant in her work with the Franciscan Alliance that manages several hospitals run by the community. She will also be studying for a master’s degree in business administration.

But, most of all, her “a radical response”, as St. John Paul II says, in following Jesus’ call through acceptance of the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity, and obedience for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven begins a journey of faith and love in her life and those around her.

— Read the full story in Fr. Richard’s weekly letter, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Bulletin, August 8, 2021.

Dr. Michael O’Connor, ’02, is named medical director

Michael O’Connor, MD, BCHS Class of 2002, and assistant professor of Pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, has been named medical director of the Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) Foundation Registry, which he also helped develop. The registry will serve as a repository of clinical data that will include the demographics, symptoms and current therapies of patients with PCD who consent to participate. Read the full story at Vanderbilt University Medical Center news.

Michael Henry, ’02, becomes Director of Experiential Learning Environment

Michael Henry, BCHS Class of 2002, a senior data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), has accepted a joint appointment at the Texas A&M University RELLIS Center for Applied Research and Experiential Learning. Henry will also be the inaugural Director of the Experiential Learning Environment, a component of the newly established Human Machine Ecosystem Laboratory. The Texas A&M facility provides an environment for multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional teaching, research and workforce development instruction. Read the full story at pnnl.gov.

Jackie Appleman, ’05, becomes a mom

Congratulations to Jackie Appleman, BCHS Class of 2005, on the adoption of her daughter, Jessica in March 2020! We wish them the best of times as mother and daughter!

Eleanor (Ellie) Smith, ’08, receives doctorate

Congratulations to Eleanor (Ellie) R. Smith, BCHS Class of 2008, who successfully defended her dissertation in May, 2019, for the degree of PhD at the Graduate School of Education of Fordham University, NYC. Her dissertation is titled “Fighting Cyberbullying with Technology: Anonymous Reporting; Access Impact on Student Perceptions of School Climate.” Ellie received her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University and her master’s degree from Fordham University. She currently works in Indianapolis for Washington Township Schools as a school psychologist.

Jenny (Bryant) Lis, ’03, and family welcome new baby boy

Jenny (Bryant) Lis, BCHS Class of 2003, and her husband Eric welcomed their third son, Elias Joseph, in early January! He joins big brothers Gabe and Gus who are very excited to have another brother. Congratulations to the Lis Family!