Laura (Wenger) Carmany ’06

Laura Carmany ’06 is an entrepreneur and the owner of The Wholesome Hive, abusiness that focuses on the physical well-being of the local customer through the education and use of high quality, homemade, chemical-free, all-natural body and home care products. Learn more at

Laura and her husband, Matt Carmany ’04 a beekeeper, live in Canton with their two sons.

Nicholas Benjaman and Mariem Grace Bell

A son, Nicholas Benjamin (“Nico”) to John and Rebecca (Haver) Bell ’00 born and placed with them on September 4, 2013 and a daughter Mariem Grace (“Emmy”) born and placed with them on May 20, 2014.  Both adoptions have finalized, and the family is moving from Denver back to Honduras, where John and Becca work with the Micah Project, a group home ministry for street boys.

Garret Barbush ’07

Garret Barbush earned his M.B.A. at Lebanon Valley College in 2013. After 3 years in corporate America, Barbush was offered the Executive Director position with Men of Iron, a community benefit organization designed to sharpen men and strengthen churches across the nation. Barbush is the most senior manager of Men of Iron’s operational hierarchy and is charged with increasing the number of church partners, serving as spokesman for the ministry and crating ministry diversification and financial sustainability. Visit the Men of Iron website.

In his corporate career at Mid Atlantic Farm Credit, Garret developed new business and expanded existing relationships. He was on the team that creation and implementation of a training manual for all members of the sales department. He served on the Pennsylvania region’s Workflow Enhancement Team, the MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s Strategic Action Council and was awarded the company’s Distinguished Service Award in October, 2011.

Tina Savant Gibson ’82

Tina Savant Gibson has always loved words. She spent twenty-something fabulous years in financial services marketing as a marketing director and a marketing vice president. She even had her own biz as a marketing consultant. But these days, her love for Jesus is taking her words in a different direction. Her heart is overflowing with life stories. She has launched a blog and is writing and speaking for Him. Tina and her husband, Gibby (aka “Frank” ’80) have been on a great adventure together for almost a quarter of a century! Visit Tina’s blog at

Tina’s story:  I didn’t choose Malone. God did. My family had just moved to Ohio from Illinois due to my Dad’s cancer. As a junior transfer student, I visited Malone only because it was a 45 minute drive to my folks. But instantly, I felt at home.  I had some awesome professors (Burley Smith and Alvin Anderson to name just 2), participated in Dr. Lair’s magnificent NYC trip during December break, and was even crowned Homecoming Queen while Russ Taft (look him up!) sang at my coronation.

The best thing? God used my Malone experience to lead me closer to Him! He put wonderful people along my path. After graduation, I worked a year in the Malone Admissions Office. My Dad died during that time and the love and support I felt from my Malone family is as fresh in my heart as yesterday.Today, that heart is yearning to share my faith with others through writing, speaking, and blogging. And, I know that my Malone experience has prepared me for this new venture because I didn’t choose it. God did!

Tanya Hockman ’94, ’99

The Malone University volleyball team defeated Walsh University on October 28, 2014. This win gave 16th-year Pioneer head coach Tanya Hockman her 400th career win at the school.

Hockman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries in 1994 and was a four-year letter-winner in both volleyball and basketball. She went on to attain a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, also at Malone, in 1999.

Tammy Lawson ’07

Tammy Lawson is a 7-12th Grade Bible teacher at Christian Academy Schools in Sidney, Ohio. Tammy writes, “With my degree in Youth Ministry and Bible not formal academic teaching learning the ins and outs of day to day teaching is different. It was nice though to see a Malone banner flag hanging in the hallway of the school, though it is a little smaller than some of the others schools still pretty neat.”

Maria (Baker) ’13 and Micah Thomas ’13

Maria (Baker) and Micah Thomas were married on June 28th in Canton. The wedding reception took place at the Johnson Center Dinning Hall at Malone University. They live in Apex, North Carolina. Maria is a second grade teacher of an ESL cluster group at Greenwood Elementary School in Lee County. Micah is in his second year in the Masters of Divinity program at Duke University.