Mark R. Witmer has been named Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer of the former First National Bank of Orrville, now Farmers National Bank. Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bancshares and First National Bank for the past three years and has more than 25 years of expertise in community banking, credit evaluation and agribusiness.
In his new position, Mark will create and execute a vision for all lending and credit functions in the East and West regions of the Bank’s footprint. He will also be a Director of the Farmers National Bank Board.
C. Wess Daniels is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. His book “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture” was published in February and is available through Wipf & Stock.
Wess, a Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, has been working toward cultivating renewal among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends. He served as Quaker pastor at Camas (Wash.) Friends church for more than five years. As a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, he created a model of renewal for use by Quakers and all faith traditions. He received his Ph.D. from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies in 2014.
His wife, Emily (Miller) Daniels ’03, will be teaching English to 7th and 8th-grade students at Mendenhall Middle School. The Daniels have three children.
Casey Stevens is Social Media and Communications Assistant at Top Echelon Contracting, Inc. in Canton. As a Malone student, Casey was a social media intern at First Friend Church (Canton), event planning intern at the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County, online marketing and web development intern with the Karcher Group, and social media intern at Site Logic.
The Rev. Dr. Linda Leon was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a continued call to Malone campus ministry. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Malone University.
Linda oversees the Office of Spiritual Formation. She loves working with college students and helping them understand the role of faith in their lives. She has been in campus ministry at Malone for more than 20 years.
Linda is married to Jeff, who also works in the Office of Spiritual Formation as a volunteer, and they have two teenaged children.
Keith Burns is an adjunct instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Mount Union and a research aid at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Hospital. He graduated from Malone with a B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
Keith earned his master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina-Columbia where he was mentored by fellow Malone alumnus, Larry Durstine ’73, PH.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair of Exercise Science.
In 2014, Keith completed his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University where he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Department.