More Outstanding Young Alums

In about a month, we received nearly 100 nominations of young Evans Scholars who have found success in their career and in their lives.

As much as we wanted to, we couldn’t include all of their stories, but below is a sample of additional outstanding Alums.

Allison (Peake) Parker (Wash. '01)

Senior philanthropic advisor, The Seattle Foundation

Every year, Allison helps more than 100 clients donate millions of dollars to causes that they would not otherwise know about, matching aspiring philanthropists with nonprofit organizations.

“I foster a trusting relationship with donors,” Allison says. “It’s very important to me because I play a small role in helping all sorts of nonprofit organizations do something effective.”

The Seattle Foundation is the 20th largest community foundation in the country. 

Phil Funk (Ind. 06)

Principal, Centerbridge Partners

As a principal at Centerbridge Partners in Indianapolis, Funk manages capital on behalf of hundreds of investors, with a focus on intensive projects in distress credit. Put more simply, he helps to fix a company’s operations and strategy by buying whole companies, taking a few years to fix them up and then selling them.

“What I love most about this job is I am constantly learning. Every day is different, so I can learn at a very fast pace,” Funk says.

Funk believes he acquired his work ethic when he started caddying at Highland Golf and Country Club in Indianapolis in seventh grade.

Tom Lehman (Purdue '05)

Vice president of research, development and technical sales, Mansfield King

As if garnering awards for his work as a leading researcher at one of the nation's fastest growing contract manufacturers wasn't enough, Tom is also an entrepreneur.

As part of a childhood dream to own his own company by the time he was 30, Tom founded Lucky Penny Coffee.

"It's becoming more and more clear that what has happened with beer and the rising popularity of craft brewing will soon happen with coffee," Tom says. "It's an exciting time to be producing coffee."