Alumni Achievement Awards and Distinguished Young Alumni Awards were presented to six Hanover College graduates during a March 18 event in the J. Graham Brown Campus Center. The honors, presented annually, recognize Hanoverians who have distinguished themselves in their profession and through service to their community or the College.
Dr. Joe Beardsley ’72, Julia Irwin Richter ’65 and Sue Seifert Williams ’65 each received the Alumni Achievement Award. Brian Michitti ’05, Katie Miltner ’02 and Catherine Peel ’01 were each presented with the Distinguished Young Alumni Award.
Beardsley is a board-certified obstetrician-gynecologist. After working for two years in Cincinnati, Ohio, he moved his private practice to the greater Indianapolis area in 1982. He has served the Franklin, Greenwood and Beech Grove, Ind. areas for more than 30 years.
He has been active with the United Way of Johnson County (Ind.) and the American Cancer Society. He also served on the Franklin Park Board and was a member of the committee for a healthier Johnson County.
Beardsley, who lives in Waverly, Ind., has hosted a chili supper for his Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers (1970-74) for more than 40 years.
Richter is a retired elementary school teacher with a lengthy history of community service. She was founder of the Conner Prairie Alliance, which has raised more than $1 million to support the Conner Prairie Living History Museum, and the Dyslexia Institute of Indiana’s Wells Tutoring Program, which helped children learn to read and build academic skills.
Richter, who resides in Fishers, Ind., has a long association with the Indiana branch of the International Dyslexia Association State Conference. She also has served such organizations as the Junior League of Indianapolis, The Indianapolis Museum of Art, U.S. Figure Skating National Championships and Orchard Parents Association Board.
Williams was president of WJDR, Enterprises, Inc., and worked as a stockbroker, business owner and middle-school teacher. She has an extensive history of community and charity involvement in central Florida and Dayton, Ohio.
Williams, from Clearwater Beach, Fla., serves on the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Florida Wildlife Corridor boards of directors. She has previously been a board member for the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Dayton Public Radio, Woodland Arboretum Foundation, Cox Arboretum, Antioch University and St. Paul’s College.
She has past involvement with The Dayton Foundation, Garden Club of America, Women of United Way, Ronald McDonald House, Dayton Black Cultural Festival, Opera Association of Dayton and many others.
Michitti, a senior media consultant with Sedo in Cologne, Germany, has worked internationally in the internet industry for more than 10 years. He has been in face-to-face meetings with the leaders of seven nations, including prime ministers, premiers and presidents, and has closed many top deals within the field.
Michitti has played American football professionally in Germany for eight seasons. He holds the single-season record for interceptions in Germany’s highest league. In addition, he joined the Italian national team and competed in an international tournament last September.
He also serves SOS Kinderdorf, a community service foundation for an orphanage, and contributes regularly to a local animal shelter.
Miltner, from Cincinnati, Ohio, is a law clerk in the U.S. District Court. She has drafted hundreds of published opinions, including work on Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case which guaranteed the fundamental right to marry for same-sex couples.
In 2008, Miltner earned the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys Under 40. She co-founded “5 for the Kids,” a five-kilometer race which has raised funds to benefit CARE House, a children’s advocacy center.
In 2014, she founded the Hamilton County Youth Court, a diversion program for first-time teen offenders. She received the Cincinnati Bar Association’s “Voice-Rising Star Award” for her work with the program in 2015.
Peel promotes courses and residential programs as international education and development executive at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, England.
She helped establish Shakespeare's Birthplace America, designed to help Americans connect with Shakespeare’s life, works and times, and leads the growth of its partnerships and programs in the U.S.
Peel, who completed two master’s degrees at the Shakespeare Institute, has directed Shakespeare's plays in England, Germany, Russia, Spain and the U.S., and conducted workshops and lectures in Japan and South Korea. She is a board member of the Garden of Geniuses Festival and has directed four productions at the event in Yasnaya Polyana, Moscow and Tula, Russia.