History, Politics, and Justice Alumni Panel Discussion
Stephanie Crandall, Melissa Wheeler, and Adam Schwiebert will discuss what they did at ONU (internships, study abroad, minor/major, student orgs, etc., that have helped them in their career). See below for a brief bio on each of these alumni.
Melissa Kuhn Wheeler
Major: History & Political Science
Year of Graduation from ONU: 2001
Current Employer: Molina Healthcare of Ohio. Industry Type: Managed Care Company (Health Insurance)
Position: Director of New Initiatives (Part of the Government Contracts/Regulatory Affairs Department)
Bio: Since leaving Ohio Northern, Melissa has been pursuing a career in public policy by serving in various state government and private sector roles. She started her career as an Ohio Legislative Commission Service Fellow where she had the opportunity to learn about the legislative environment by working in the office of an Ohio State Senator. After the 13-month fellowship concluded, she stayed on to work as an Aide in State Senator Kimberly Zurz’s office. Next, she served in two roles for the Governor Ted Strickland Administration; Legislative Liaison for the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services and Assistant Director for Government Affairs at the Ohio Department of Insurance. From there, Melissa spent 3 years as the Director of Public Policymaker Education at the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation. At the Griffith Foundation, Melissa was responsible for coordinating a nationwide training program about insurance basics for state legislators and Congressional staff. She has spent the last 5 months in a new role at Molina Healthcare. Molina is a Fortune 500 company that primarily serves the Medicaid population by providing managed care services to Ohio’s vulnerable families.
Major: Political Science
Year of Graduation: 2011
Current Employer: Ohio House of Representatives
Position: Legislative Aide
Bio: Following graduation from Ohio Northern in winter 2011, Adam has held several positions in the public policy realm of Ohio state government. Adam began his career as an administrative aide in the Ohio Senate, overseeing the daily operations of a busy legislative office. From there, Adam had the opportunity to get hands-on public policy research experience as the William & Helen Diehl Research Fellow at the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions—a 501(c)(3) free market think tank. Following the conclusion of his fellowship at the Buckeye Institute, Adam returned to the Ohio General Assembly as a Legislative Aide in the Ohio House of Representatives.
In addition to his professional experiences, Adam is a current part-time MPA student at the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University.
Stephanie (Spirer) Crandall
Major: Political Science & Spanish; Minor: Philosophy
ONU Graduation Year: 2003
Current Employer: City of Fort Wayne. Industry Type: Local Government
Position: Legislative and Business Liaison
Bio: After graduating from Ohio Northern University with high honors, Stephanie received her Juris Doctor from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA. In 2006, she joined the Indianapolis office of Baker & Daniels LLP (now Faegre Baker Daniels LLP) as an attorney in public and municipal finance, representing local governments in bond transactions and economic development deals. In addition, Stephanie served as general counsel to the Indiana Young Democrats and volunteered for various campaigns, including acting as deputy campaign manager for a local city-county council candidate and helping with legal issues during the primary and general elections at the Indiana headquarters of President Obama’s campaign (marking the first time Indiana voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964).
In 2009, Stephanie moved to Washington, D.C. and began working for the National League of Cities. She served as a principal associate in federal advocacy, representing cities and towns before Congress and the Administration.
Last August, Stephanie returned to Indiana to become the Legislative and Business Liaison for the City of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a member of the Mayor’s cabinet, she provides strategic direction on intergovernmental relations, legislative priorities on all levels of government, and various community initiatives.