G. Ira Wentworth ’93, ’97 M.A. in Education

G. Ira Wentworth is the Superintendent of Indian Valley Local Schools in Gnaddenhutten, Ohio. Here is his advice:

What skill should recent grads hone?C
Communication skills are critical, both oral and written. Represent yourself well.

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
Take time to stay plugged in to Jesus. Time in the Word and prayer is a must to maintain His perspective in our work.

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
I met both Jesus and my wife, Amy (Allgyer) while at Malone. Those two have been the central figures in my life ever since.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Communication skills are critical, both oral and written. Represent yourself well.

How did you find your first job?
I got my first job at East Canton High School, where I had done my student teaching. I believe I got that job because I made a favorable impression during student teaching. This can be summed up in one of my favorite quotes by Rick Renner, “Our lives today are nothing more than the result of the decisions we made yesterday.

Naomi Bosler ’14

Naomi Bosler is now working at First Christian Day Services in Canton as direct care staff.  “I’m really excited to be working in such a positive environment and to have the opportunity to work with adults with developmental disabilities. They are wonderful!” writes Naomi, “Hope all is well at Malone! I can’t believe my time there is already over and new freshmen are about to come. I hope they experience the same amazing spiritual and personal growth that I did.”


Damaris Murphy ’12

Damaris Murphy is an elementary intervention specialist position at Lima City. “I am excited for the school year!”, writes Damaris. This past year, Damaris was a 7th and 9th grade intervention specialist with Canton City Schools.

Elizabeth Reynolds ’12

Elizabeth Reynolds is a nurse with Grand Valley Local Schools in Orwell, Ohio. She received the 2014 Susan Kramer Excellence in School Nursing Award for her outstanding work with children dealing with diabetes. Elizabeth is also a nurse during the summer at Camp Ho Mita Koda, the nation’s oldest ongoing camp for children with diabetes and a program of Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland.

The annual award recognizes the contributions of a school nurse who demonstrates compassion, initiative and leadership in the care and management of diabetes in an elementary, middle or high school setting.

“I’m extremely honored to have been selected for this wonderful award,” said Reynolds. “I am blessed to enjoy my work as I do and to have the opportunity to work with all of the students at Grand Valley Local Schools and the campers at Camp Ho Mita Koda.”


Andrew Griffin ’04

Andrew Griffin has been promoted to Supervisor at Hall, Kistler & Company LLP. Griffin joined the company in 2004 after receiving his bachelor of science in Accounting and Business. He practices in the areas of accounting, audit and tax for clients in the oil and gas, manufacturing and distribution and wholesale industries as well as other closely held companies. He serves on several firm committees including the oil and gas and audit and accounting committees.

Griffin is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (OSCPA), and the Council of Petroleum Accountants Society (COPAS) – Appalachia. He is a graduate of the 2007 Spotlight Stark County program and is a member of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Canton Preservation Society.

Jared Messer ’14

Jared Messer ’14 is a pitcher with the Kansas City T-Bones. Messer is a 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander originally from Massillon. After the Washington Nationals picked Messer in the 38th round of the 2012 June Amateur Draft, he did not sign, but opted to finish his collegiate career and earned a bachelor of arts in Exercise Science.  A Pioneer starter in his last season, Messer went 6-4 with a 2.70 ERA, four complete games, two shutouts, 66 strikeouts and 18 walks in 76 2/3 innings.