Distinguished Alumni 2012-2013


John Bouman, President of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will spoke to law students on Friday, October 4, 2013 about his work at the Center and how those passionate about public work can become involved. Michael Bergmann, Executive Director at the Public Interest Law Initiative also be presented on public interest internship and fellowship opportunities.



Mark Olson (’65)

Mark D. Olson’s practice is concentrated in representing healthcare providers. Clients include hospitals, home health agencies, physician groups, IPAs, ancillary service providers, adult day care agencies and nursing homes. Mr. Olson also has extensive experience in representing providers in Medicare and Medicaid fraud prosecutions. Prior to entering private practice in 1982, Mr. Olson served as Staff Attorney at American Hospital Association; as Director, Office of Medical-Legal Affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics; and as General Counsel at Alexian Brothers of America, Inc.

While serving as General Counsel for Alexian Brothers of America, Inc., Mr. Olson also served as a Vice President for Edessa Insurance Company, Hamilton, Bermuda. Edessa is a captive insurance company created to provide primary layers of professional liability coverage for then five (5) Alexian Brothers owned Hospitals in the United States.


Jonathan Sichtermann (’12)

Jonathan Sichtermann currently serves as the Valparaiso Law School Fellow in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. He is currently working in the Criminal Appeals Division where he represents the State of Indiana in appeals of criminal defendants’ sentences.

Before joining the Attorney General’s Office, Jonathan worked for Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen in the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.  While working for Judge Van Bokkelen, Jonathan researched legal issues before the court and drafted orders for the judge.  His work focused primarily on civil rights and employment discrimination issues.

Jonathan has also worked for the National Association of Realtors’ Government Affairs Division in Washington DC.  In this capacity he advocated for homeowners’ rights during a time when many homeowners were losing their homes due to foreclosure and the housing market was at an all time low.  Jonathan also drafted advocacy material that was sent to Congress urging members of Congress to not pass several pieces of environmental legislation that would adversely affect home values and homeowners’ rights.

He graduated magna cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2012 and from Purdue University in 2009.  While at Valparaiso University School of Law, he served as the Editor in Chief for Volume 46 of the Valparaiso University Law Review.  He was also Best Oralist in the 2010 Swygert Moot Court Competition and was a semi-finalist at the Kaufman Securities Law Moot Court Competition in New York City in March, 2011.



Cornell Boggs, III (’85)

Cornell Boggs joined Dow Corning as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary in 2012. In this role, Cornell is responsible to lead the company’s global Legal, Corporate Security, and Government Relations functions.  Prior to joining Dow Corning, Cornell served as chief responsibility and ethics officer for MillerCoors, LLC.

During his 27-year career, Cornell served as chief legal officer and group vice president, Public Affairs, for Coors Brewing Company; and vice president and general counsel for Tyco Plastics and Adhesives, an operating division of Tyco International Ltd. He also worked in the corporate legal departments of Monsanto Company, Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. and Intel Corporation.  He began his career as a judicial clerk for the Court of Appeals of Indiana, followed by an appointment in the Attorney General’s Honor Program, where he served as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Justice.

Cornell is a graduate of Valparaiso University and the Valparaiso University School of Law. He currently serves on the board of directors of Valparaiso University and the Association of Corporate Counsel.



Aubrey Kuchar (’04)

Aubrey Kuchar focuses her practice on the defense of businesses in employment related litigation.  Aubrey represents employers in litigation brought by current and former employees in the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Indiana State Courts, including the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board and Indiana Department of Workforce Development.  Aubrey also provides counseling to businesses in the areas of hiring, termination, benefit analysis, and litigation strategies to minimize exposure due to employment decisions.

Aubrey is a member of various professional and legal organizations.  She is currently involved in the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series and assists the Indianapolis Bar Association with various fundraising opportunities for the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.  Aubrey also enjoys her volunteer work with Girls, Inc.


Bonnie Coleman (’84)

Bonnie C. Coleman, a native of Neenah, Wisconsin, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the three-year accelerated program at Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, where she was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She obtained her law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1984.

Ms. Coleman concentrates her practice in the following areas:

• General corporate and business law

• Real Estate

• Estate planning and probate

• School law

• Commercial and municipal financing

• Employee benefits

• Appellate practice

• Health care law

A member of the Lake County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations, Ms. Coleman is admitted to practice before all courts in the State of Indiana, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. She is also a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation. For several years, Ms. Coleman has been an Adjunct Professor at Valparaiso University School of Law teaching various courses, including business and health care law. Her involvement in civic organizations includes serving as a Director and Past President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, Inc.

Richard Castleton (’07)

Richard W. Castleton grew up in Naperville, Illinois. He attended Brigham Young University for his undergraduate degree, and then returned to the Midwest to attend Valparaiso University for his Juris Doctor and a Masters in International Commerce & Policy.

After graduating from Valparaiso University, Mr. Castleton worked in International Business, but soon returned to the practice of law. His experience includes defending businesses in litigation and employment law matters, counseling employers on wage and hour and discrimination matters, representing business in government investigations, and drafting and revising employer handbooks. Mr. Castleton has published several articles and regularly presents on a variety of federal and state employment law topics.

Mr. Castleton’s professional affiliations include the Labor & Employment Sections of the American, Indiana, Colorado, and Maryland State Bar Associations, and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.

Mr. Castleton is fluent in Spanish. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, attending their dance recitals and sporting events, cycling, and running. He enjoys being an active member in the community