Lydia Carmany is the Development and Marketing Coordinator at Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, which provides at-risk public school students with adult mentors, and connects them to community organizations that help them to stay in school and achieve in life. With prior nonprofit development experience in Ohio, New Jersey, and Santa Monica, she also has a background as a creative writing teacher and theater production assistant. Lydia graduated with a B.A. in liberal arts from Malone. She hopes to further her reach in educational nonprofit and to connect good people with worthy causes in Los Angeles and beyond. Lydia is married to Aaron Ensweiler, a film executive, and has a little dog named Harvey.
Cordell Coblentz is the Associate Operations Coordinator for The Reckoning International and Forest of Hope. These nonprofit ministries are working to overcome poverty with opportunity. Through micro-loans, business training, and development initiatives, they have pioneered successful economic development projects in impoverished areas of Central America, Ukraine, Uganda, Burundi, and Kenya.
A son, Malachi James, was born on April 21, 2014 to Kelly (Crowell) ’01 and Christopher Cooke. Malachi joins big sister, Eliana. Kelly is in ministry to athletes at the University of Pittsburgh through CCO – a campus outreach that partners with churches, colleges and other organizations.
Jerome West earned an associates degree in human social services from Stark State in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at Malone and decided to keep going. He earned dual master’s degrees in religious education and counseling at Liberty University online, and is taking doctoral classes at Capella University.
Jerome feels called to help youth and has a passion to give back. His jobs have included mental health case manager, teacher, youth pastor, adjunct professor and wrestling coach. His career goal is to be president of a community college.