April Linard has been the Director of Bands at Union Local High School in Belmont, Ohio, for the past nine years. This fall one of her students, Hannah Smith, asked Linard to nominate her for an audition for the Macy’s Great American Marching Band, Linard eagerly agreed. And Smith was accepted. In New York, Linard learned that “Hannah’s audition came in first out of all of 24 selected flute players – and out of all applications from all over the country.”
Linard and Smith arrived in New York City a week before Thanksgiving and spent their days rehearsing and sight-seeing. “My favorite moments were actually marching in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade,” Linard said. “It was an awesome experience to see so many people wave to you and wish you ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ along the parade route.”
Linard teaches all bands grades 5-12, 7th grade general music, and high school theatre.
Tammy Troyer ’09 RN, BSN, is part of a new and growing trend in healthcare – Nursing Informatics. As a clinical documentation improvement specialist at Akron Children’s Hospital, Troyer helps ensure payers, such as Medicaid, reimburse hospitals for the full extent of their care, and ultimately improve patient care by having a more complete medical record. Her team is highly valued as they help the hospital receive reimbursement for millions of dollars for care that was provided but somehow not completely documented and billed.
Compassion, said Troyer, is a lasting lesson she took with her from Malone. “Always be compassionate in whatever field you go into,” she said. “Sometimes all it takes is a touch to make someone feel better, or a prayer to help get someone through a rough time. Never let your job be automatic, always give 100% because you never know whose life you will touch.“
The Research Park Corp. board of directors has voted to hire Malone alumnus Byron C. Clayton as its CEO after a six-month national search. Clayton, an economic developer, is currently the vice president of cluster acceleration for NorTech, a nonprofit group in Cleveland. He earned his bachelor degree in business management from Malone and was voted the most outstanding senior in his class. Clayton holds a Doctor of Management in Mergers and Acquisitions from Case Western Reserve University; a Master of Business Administration from Myers University, and has completed coursework at Tuskegee University.
Michael A. Oster, Jr. ’99 has been elected to the Butler County Court of Common Pleas as a General Division Judge. His term will start on February 9, 2015.
Jeremy Scott ’98 is Senior Vice President of the District Policy Group. Before joining the District Policy Group, Jeremy served as director of public policy for the national Tourette Syndrome Association, legislative associate with Kinghorn & Associates, LLC, a government consulting firm in Washington, D.C., and legislative correspondent and staff assistant for U.S. Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH)—focusing primarily on health issues.
Jeremy graduated magna cum laude from Johns Hopkins University with a master’s degree in government.
Vera (Shaver) McKelley ’82 has launched a new business. She is Operations Manager for V&B Specialties, LLC, an online retailer of fine home decor. Learn more at www.vbspecialties.com.
Alicia Hopkins ’09 released a second book, Princess Zoe Dances, published by Tate Publishing. Alicia writes, “It was a very special project for me. God has really blessed me in life. I went through a lot in the last year and half with my health but God has been by my side through everything. The idea that He can use us no matter where we are. I give glory to God for every ounce of talent God has given me. This is really a reflection of the intimacy I have with God and how knowing him on a deep level can really change a person’s life.”
The Tate Publishing website describes it this way, “Princess Zoe Dances by Alicia Marie Hopkins reveals the miracle of life that comes from knowing God intimately and explores the idea that everyone has a purpose and a reason to live.”
Read more about Alicia’s book here.