Harrison High School Hall of Fame
Brent Beeler attended Harper Elementary School and graduated from Harrison High School and Indiana State University. He dedicated his career to building Berry Plastics into a multi-billion dollar international business before retiring as the Chief Operating Officer in 2009. In 2013, he joined the Graham Partners as a Senior Operating Partner.
In addition to his role at Graham Partners, Mr. Beeler is currently the Governmental Relations Consultant for Berry Plastics Corporation, a board member of the Processors Council of the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI), and the President of the Rigid Plastic Packaging Group, a business unit of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). Mr. Beeler volunteers his time as a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Evansville; the EVSC Foundation Board; the Indiana State University Executive Dean’s Council; the University of Evansville Institute for Global Enterprise Board; the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, and is a Past President of the Indiana State University Foundation Board.
Karen (McCarty) Ellerbrook
Karen (McCarty) Ellerbrook graduated from Harrison High School, Indiana State University, and Butler University. Ms. Ellerbrook is an outstanding vocalist who has donated her talent to help raise money for a number of organization including: the Evansville Museum, Reitz Home, Lampion Center, Children’s Museum of Evansville (CMoE), Joshua Academy, Carver Community Center, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. She and her husband have served as chairs or honorary chairs of capital campaigns for CMoE, Easter seals rehabilitation center. Mrs. Ellerbrook has served on numerous civic and charitable boards.
Mrs. Ellerbrook is a founding member of the Da Vinci Institute which has partnering with McGary Middle School to integrate Arts into the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) model at the school. She is a passionate supporter of early childhood education and the arts in elementary schools as shown through her volunteer efforts as Commissioner with the Indiana Arts Commission, University of Evansville Theatre Society, EVSC Foundation, and Rocking Readers program at Glenwood Leadership
Alan B. Graf, Jr.
Mr. Graf graduated from Harrison High School, and the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Mr. Graf holds the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of FedEx Corporation and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Graf serves on the Board of Directors for Nike, Inc. and Mid- America Apartment Communities. Mr. Graf also serves as Chairman of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare in Memphis, TN, and is a Director of the Indiana University Foundation.
Kevin Hardy was a four year varsity letterman in football, track and field, as well as a three year varsity letterman in basketball. As a Harrison senior in 1991, he was second team all-city in basketball, first team all-city and all-conference in football and 1990 Evansville Player of the Year in football. Mr. Hardy was also named first team all-state in football as a senior while leading the Warriors to the second 5A sectional football championship in school history during his senior season in 1990. He was also a state finalist in track and field. Mr. Hardy would finish his high school athletic career at Harrison with 11 varsity letters while earning the coveted Harrison varsity letter blanket.
Mr. Hardy played Division 1 football at the University of Illinois. As a four year letterman and two year starting linebacker for the Fighting Illini, Hardy was named first team All-Big Ten and a consensus NCAA All-American during his senior season in 1995. He also won the prestigious Dick Butkus Award in 1995, an award given to the nation’s top linebacker in Division 1 NCAA football.
Kevin Hardy was drafted #2 overall in the 1996 NFL Draft Pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He played nine seasons in the NFL (six with the Jacksonville Jaguars, one with the Dallas Cowboys and two with the Cincinnati Bengals) before retiring in 2005. Hardy was an NFL All-Pro selection in 1999 and played in the NFL Pro Bowl in 1999.
Walter McCarty is the only Harrison High School basketball player in school history to be named a Parade All-American (1992). During his senior year, he was named the 1992 Evansville Player of the Year and to the Indiana All-Star basketball team. Mr. McCarty led the Warriors to the city title, conference title, and the first basketball sectional championship title in school history. He finished second in the Indiana track and field state finals in the 800 Meters.
In college, Mr. McCarty played Division 1 basketball at the University of Kentucky. As a senior co-captain and starter, he led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 1996 Division 1 NCAA national championship, becoming the first former Harrison High School basketball player to win the Division 1 NCAA basketball national championship.
Walter McCarty was a first round NBA Draft Pick in 1996 and played 10 seasons in the NBA before retiring in 2006. A former assistant coach for the University of Louisville men’s basketball team and the Indiana Pacers, he is currently the assistant coach for the Boston Celtics.
Mr. Romain graduated from Harrison High School and the University of Southern Indiana. He is a major supporter of public education and of the EVSC Harrison High School Multipurpose Complex Campaign. As the Owner and President of United Companies, Mr. Romain also serves as the Owner and President of United Leasing, Inc., Romain Automotive Group, and Professional Transportation, Inc. Under his leadership, United Companies, Inc. supported more than 30 community-wide, nonprofit organizations in the past year.
Mr. Romain is actively involved with State and local efforts to improve Early Childhood Education in our community. He Chairs the Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable; comprised of area CEO’s committed to expanding early childhood education for at-risk children in the region. The group was instrumental in successfully advocating for creation of the state’s pilot Early Education initiative, while also raising the necessary funding for Southwest Indiana’s participation. He is also active in supporting over 80 community non-profit organizations through the Web.Com’s United Leasing Championship golf tournament, with distributions of over $300,000 during the last 3 years. Currently, Mr. Romain serves on the boards of the University of Southern Indiana, the Welborn Baptist Foundation; St. Mary’s Medical Center; the Signature School Foundation; the Evansville Regional Business Committee; the Evansville Police Department Foundation; and the EVSC Superintendent’s Business Council.
Mr. Sater attended Harrison High School, graduated Summa Cum Laude from Washington University in St. Louis, and received a Master of the Arts in English Literature from Princeton University. An exceptionally talented poet, playwright, lyricist, television writer, author and screenwriter, Mr. Sater won two Tony Awards, Best Book and Best Musical Score, for his work on Spring Awakening. With his creative partner, Mr. Sater received the 2007 Grammy Award for Best Musical Show Album. In addition, Mr. Sater was awarded The Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award, the Outer Critics Circle, the Drama Desk, the Lucille Lortel, New York Drama Critics' Circle, the Drama League Award, and the 2008 London Critics' Circle and Laurence Olivier Award for Best Musical. Mr. Sater’s Spring Awakening recently concluded its second national tour, and has opened internationally in over 35 countries, including Australia, Sweden, Japan, Israel, Serbia, Brazil, Korea, Argentina, Norway, and Great Britain.
Mr. Siau attended Harper Elementary and graduated from Harrison High School. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from the University of Evansville. Mr. Siau served his entire teaching career at North High School where he encouraged students to strive for excellence in and out of the classroom. His students won local, state, and national academic and athletic awards. Mr. Siau was also honored numerous times at the local, state, and national level as an exemplary educator and an accomplished artist. The Jon Michael Siau Art Gallery at North High School was named in his honor with support of many former colleagues, students and friends. Currently, Mr. Siau serves on the board of directors for the EVSC Alumni Association; EVSC Foundation; Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana and volunteers countless hours with many organizations.
John C. Schroeder and Diane (Marion) Schroeder
Diane (Marion) Schroeder graduated from Harrison High School, Butler University, and the University of Evansville. She has an extensive history in volunteer service and leadership. Mrs. Schroeder was a violist in the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra (EPO) and served on the Board of the EPO and as President of the EPO Board. She founded the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra in 1994 and chaired the EPO Advisory Council. Mrs. Schroeder served as the Board Chair for the Suzuki Association of the Americas. Mrs. Schroeder has also served on the boards of Friends of Music at the University of Evansville, the YWCA and the United Methodist Youth Home. She and her husband are active members of the Methodist Temple in Evansville.
Mr. Schroeder graduated from Harrison High School, Wabash College, and Indiana University. He is the president and CEO of Wabash Plastics, Inc. and Crescent Plastics, Inc., both privately owned, Indiana-based companies headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. He also serves on the board of three other privately held companies which are owned primarily by his family: Cresline Plastic Pipe Co. Inc., Cresline West Inc., and Cresline Northwest LLC.
Mr. Schroeder received the Samuel Orr Honorary Alumnus Award given by the UE Alumni Association. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Evansville since 1991, including serving as the Chairman for three years. He has been a member of the Wabash College Board of Trustees since 1993 and the Indiana Academy. Mr. Schroeder is a member of the Board of Directors at Old National Bank Community Bank Board; Anchor Industries; Keep Evansville Beautiful; Signature School Foundation; Rotary Club of Evansville; Evansville Regional Business Committee; and the Welborn Foundation. Mr. Schroeder was a member of the Board of the Louisville Branch of the St. Louis Federal Reserve for six years.