Friday, December 4, 2015

Chad Bucci '91

chad bucci cropChad Bucci '91 is head men's and women's golf coach at Ohio Northern University in Ada. Bucci earned his bachelor of arts degree in physical education from Malone in 1991 and was a four-year member of the golf team there. He qualified for the NAIA National Championships in each of his four seasons and won the NAIA District title as a senior in 1991. He is a class A-1 member of the PGA.

Chad and his wife, Cheryl, have two sons, Sutton and Rocco, and a daughter, Karsten.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Ashleigh (Straus) Harris '09

Ashleigh HarrisAshleigh (Straus) Harris '09 has written a a children's 25 day advent book, Once Upon A Nativity. Ashleigh is a writer who has a love for words and a passion for family. Photographer by trade, and writer by leisure she desires to bring the magic of Christmas back into the homes of Christian families. Find out more about it at or


Thomas Michael Solich

Thomas Michael SolichA son, Thomas Michael, to Thomas and Bethany (Seyman) Solich '08 on October 15, 2015. Bethany is a school librarian in the Westerville City Schools. The family lives in Westerville, Ohio.

Jason D. Christman '08

Jason ChristmanJason D. Christman '08, MT, is an assistant corporate controller at Energy Focus Inc. in Solon. Jason earned double majors in accounting and business administration at Malone and a masters of taxation degree from the University of Akron.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Jessie Crooks '11 and Jim Barbarich

Jim Jessie BarbarichJessie Crooks '11 and Jim Barbarich on August 16, 2015. Jessie teaches high school Ceramics, Dance, Human Biology and Photography at an international boarding school. The couple lives in Willoughby.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Megan McAbee '13 and Lawrence McElrath '13

lawrence-meganMegan McAbee '13 and Lawrence McElrath '13 on May 23, 2015. Megan teaches for the Wauwatosa School District; Lawrence works for the U.S. Army and is in seminary at Nashotah House. They live in Wisconsin.

Jessica Pacula '04 and Zac Nance

jessica.pacula.weddingJessica Pacula '04 and Zac Nance, in August. Jess taught for 10 years at Alliance Middle School and is now teaching and tutoring at Shawnee State University, where Zac is completing a doctoral internship. The couple lives in Portsmouth.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Britney Redpath '14 and Wayne O'Brien

View More: Redpath '14 to Wayne O'Brien on  April 4th, 2015 in Canton. Britney is a substitute teacher and the couple lives in Memphis, Tn.

Rocky Bourquin '83

BourquinRocky Bourquin '83 is the head baseball coach for the Minerva High School Lions. Previously, he had a successful 10-year coaching career at Canton South compiling an 181-62 record. Bourquin helped Canton South to three Northeastern Buckeye Conference championships and four district title game appearance before moving to Athletic Director in 2003. Bourquin retired as an administrator from Canton South in 2012.

Bourquin, a four-year letterman in Pioneer baseball, was voted First Team All District 22 in 1981 and 1982. He was the team captain and team MVP in ’81 and ’82 and earned the Mr. Pioneer Class award for the ’81 season. In 1995, he was inducted into the Malone Athletic Hall of Fame.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Five Alumni Join Malone Board of Trustees

Five of the eight new members to Malone University's board of trustees are alumni. Each will serve a three year term and began their service on the board at the October meeting. New alumni trustees are: Dr. Ronald Crock '88, '01, Physician, Mercy Medical Center, Kathleen Graening '82, CEO/Owner of the Alive Christian Music Festival, Martha Mooney '74, D.V.M., Owner, Maple Run Veterinary Clinic, Lyndon Thomas, Manager, Real Estate and Facility Planning, Timken Steel and Lamar Wyse '68, President/Owner, Wyse Solutions.

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Shawn Campbell '99 and Adam Klemann '01

Shawn CampbellAdam Klemann Recently, Shawn Campbell '99 and Adam Klemann '01 were part of a team awarded with a National Science Foundation grant of $320,000. The grant will be used towards providing network infrastructure and programming and data handling support. That will be used for scientific research on campus, in the Timken science building. This project will go on for two years.

Davis "Dave" Baker '76

Davis Baker and HS AwardDavis "Dave" Baker '76 is principal of William Henry Harrison High School. The school received a National High Schools That Work Gold Award for School Improvement. William Henry Harrison High School has also received national recognition as a Newsweek Magazine’s “America’s Best Public Schools” program. As an administrator, Dave has served in buildings earning the United States Department of Education “Blue Ribbons Schools” national recognition, Redbook Magazine “America’s Best Schools Project”, and repeat recognition for Newsweek’s “America’s Top Public High Schools".

Dave has served on the Board of Directors for the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, the National Association of Secondary School Principal’s National Publication Council, and as a Peer Reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education National Educational Smaller Learning Communities Grants. The recipient of numerous professional awards from state and local professional organizations for leadership and service as an educator, Dave continues to publish and speak frequently at local, state and national seminars, workshops and conferences.

Dave and his wife, Kate (also an educator and former Malone employee), reside in Harrison, Ohio. They have three grown children,

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Mitchell Conner Grossi

Grossi babyA son, Mitchell Conner, to Stephen and Cassie (Conner) Grossi '00 on September 14, 2014. The family lives in Norwich, Connecticut.

Michael Riley '87

Mike RileyMichael "Mike" Riley is the new Ashland High School principal as of August 3, 2015. Riley worked for Minerva Local Schools for 18 years as a science teacher, elementary school principal and most recently as the assistant high school principal. He also taught science at Canton McKinley High School for 10 years and is a former member of the Malone Alumni Executive Board. Mike and his wife, Shawn  (Headings) '86, have four adult children.


Monday, October 26, 2015

Victoria Bankhead '13

VictoriaBankhead Victoria Bankhead '13 returned to campus as the alumni speaker for the 2015 Homecoming Worship Service. Victoria is in her third and final year of the School Psychology program at Youngstown State University.

Throughout her time at Youngstown State, she has received a master ‘s degree in Education in Intervention Services and maintained a graduate assistantship in the department of Housing and Residence Life where her duties include serving as interim Residence Hall Coordinator and for campus wide residential education and programming.

Upon the conclusion of her internship with the Youngstown City School District in May, 2016, Victoria will graduate with her Education Specialist degree in School Psychology.

Mark Engel '78

Mark EngelAfter 30 years of ministry with the Evangelical Friends Church-Eastern Region as a pastor and as a missionary in Taiwan and East Asia, Mark Engel '78 founded Restoration House Ministries International (RHMI) in 2008 and opened the Canton House of Prayer. In 2009 Mark, his wife Terri (Shackelford) '84, 98 and a small group of ministry partners, planted Gateway Church, which fully aligned with the Anglican Church of North America in April, 2015.

Mark serves as an Overseer for Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, IL, on the board of directors of Transformed Hearts Ministries in Post Falls, ID and as an Instructor in the U. S. Center for World Missions Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course.  He has previously served as a board member and trainer for a mission organization training church leaders in East Asia, as an adjunct professor of Missions/Cross-Cultural Ministry and as a member of the Advisory Council of the School of Theology at Malone University.  He is an active participant in local City/County ministerial associations.

Mark and his wife, Terri, are the parents of three adult children.

Rashawn McCraney, M.Ed. '12

RashawnRashawn McCraney '12 graduated from Malone with a master of arts in education: counseling and human development. He is a school counselor for the Akron Public School District. Rashawn writes, “Every day I fall back on something I learned from Malone. Whether it was from the classroom, practicum, or my internship, Malone prepared me and gave me a voice as a leader.”

Curt Thompson '84, M.D.

CurtCurt Thompson '84, M.D., a psychiatrist in private practice in Falls Church, Virginia has published a new book, The Soul of Shame. It follows up on the research and discoveries he made in his first book, Anatomy of the Soul (Tyndale, June 2010).

Dr. Thompson graduated from Wright State University School of Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at Temple University Hospital. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Throughout his career, his main focus of clinical and research interest has been the integration of psychiatry, its associated disciplines, and Christian spirituality. He is a frequent speaker on the topic at workshops, conferences, and retreats. Learn more about Curt's books.

Benjamin Adams '13

Aug 2015 Head Shots.  Ben AdamsBen Adams ’13 is a graduate student at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, pursuing a graduate degree in higher education leadership. Adams also is a graduate resident assistant for the University Apartment Community, supervises resident assistants in the apartment community, and facilitates activities of Oakland’s International Village, an apartment community dedicated to the success of international students.

Jessica Bowling '14 and Ty Emerick

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Jessica Bowling ’14 and Ty Emerick on July 11, 2015Jessica is a  Customer Service representative for Ameridial. The couple lives in Louisville, Ohio.

Elia Scarlet Masters

Elia MastersA daughter, Elia Scarlet, to David and Jennifer (Adams) Masters ’06 on August 21, 2015. She joins big brother Davison. The family lives in Medford, Oregon.

Jared Hetherington '10

Jared HetheringtonJared Hetherington '10 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with double majors in Youth Ministry and Bible & Theology. He is the Director of Student Ministries at Faith United Methodist Church in Montoursville, Pennsylvania where he lives with his wife, Nikki.

Dave Yakley '95

Dave YakleyDave Yakley '95 served as chair of the 2015 University and College Designers Association (UCDA) Conference held in Orlando in October. He was responsible for arranging speakers for six general sessions and 24 breakout sessions as well as pre-conference activities and workshops. Nearly 300 people were in attendance. UCDA inspires designers working in academia in North America and around the world by delivering relevant programming and benefits in a personal and thoughtful way. The organization provides for the professional and personal growth of its members, and advocates for designer and educators roles within their institution. Dave has served on the UCDA Board of Directors since 2012 and has also organized workshops in Akron, Elyria, and Cincinnati. He is currently director of design at Malone.

Dave also serves on the board of Canton Harbor High School, a non-profit charter school dedicated to serving students in Stark County who struggle in a traditional school setting. The school's mission is to advance under-served youth through education, job training, personal and leadership development, and community service. The school has been successful in helping many students earn a high school diploma.

Junia Marion Rozko

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A daughter, Junia Marion, to Amy and R.J. Rozko ’01 on November 13, 2013. She joins big sister Aubrianna. J.R. is co-director of Missio Alliance. The family lives in Elgin, IL.

Allison Reynolds '14 and Tyler Thomas '15

Tyler & Allison Reynolds

Allison Reynolds '14 and Tyler Thomas '15 on August 8, 2015. Allison works for Summa Health System at Barberton Hospital. Tyler is working for Synchrony Financial in Canton. The couple lives in Barberton.

Chloe Athena Hollingsworth

{f67c5e3f-547f-4128-b0ba-b2b022cbd9b7}_4A daughter, Chloe Athena, to Ryan (Karp) '03 and Brian Hollingsworth '02. Ryan is the Director of Social Media at Grabowski & Co. in Uniontown. Brian is a Major Gifts Officer at Akron Children's Hospital. The family lives in Uniontown.

Elizabeth Anne Inks

A daughter, Elizabeth Anne, to Laura (Hunter) '05 and Joshua Inks on March 28, 2015. Elizabeth joins big sister, Rosemary, and the family lives in Rome, Ohio.

Chelsea Carlson '15 and Steven Niewiedzial '15

Steven & Chelsea NiewiedzialChelsea Carlson ’15 and Steven Niewiedzial ’15 on June 27, 2015. Steven is a registered nurse at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Chelsea works for Starbucks. The couple lives in Franklin, WI.

Janelle Linder '14 and Kyle Lodermeier '13

Kyle & Janelle LodermeierJanelle Linder ’14 and Kyle Lodermeier ’13 on August 1, 2015. Janelle is a physician liaison at Fisher-Titus Medical Center. Kyle is a strength and conditioning personal trainer at local gyms in Norwalk. The couple lives in Norwalk.

Logan Joshua Montague

Logan MontagueA son, Logan Joshua, to Brandon and Jessica (Nevergall) Montague ’05 on August 29, 2015. He joins big brother Tyler. Jessica is the director of Social Services for Good Samaritan Society. The family resides in Findlay.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Joe Scalzo '00

scalzo-sports-column.jpg&MaxW=315&MaxH=315Recently, Joe Scalzo '00, joined The Repository sports department after working 14 years at The Vindicator in Youngstown. He has won several awards throughout his career. Joe is the current and four-time Associated Press Ohio Sports Writer of the Year.

Elizabeth Unger '13

Unger_Elizabeth_AmazonIn summer 2015, Elizabeth Unger ’13 studied evolution and maintenance of biodiversity and the effects of human intervention in the Amazon.  Elizabeth, a temporary wild animal keeper at the Akron Zoo in Akron, Ohio, took the graduate course in pursuit of her master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Alex McMahan '07

McMahan_Alex_Kenya-150x150In summer 2015, Alex McMahan ’07 studied sustainable approaches to human-wildlife coexistence at the Maasai Mara National Reserve in the South Rift Valley of Kenya.  Alex, a teacher at Stow-Munroe Falls High School in Stow, Ohio, took the graduate course in pursuit of his master’s degree from Miami University’s Global Field Program.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Ryan Hamsher '01, '08 MBA

Hamsher familyRyan Hamsher '01, '08 was promoted to General Manager of Label Operations for GBS in Malvern. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in computer science in 2001 and an MBA in 2008 from Malone. Ryan is married to Danielle (Edwards) '00 and they have two children, Allisynn and Braedan.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Rachel Landon '15 and D. Lukke Sweet '14

Sweet wedding picRachel Landon and D. Lukke Sweet on July 4, 2015. Rachel will graduate from Malone in December '15 and Lukke is pursuing a masters degree in statistics at the University of Akron. The couple lives in Barberton.

Matt Strayer '08

Matthew StrayerMatt Strayer '08 graduated magna cum laude in the top 5% of his class and as a member of the order of the Coif from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in the spring of 2014.  He is an associate at Porter Wright Morris and Arthur LLP in Columbus. His wife, Kaitlin (Cook) '08, is an assistant nurse manager on the Progressive Care Unit at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The Strayers have one daughter, Olivia.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Victoria Branham '14, MBA

VictorBranhamsia Branham '14 is the Manager of Planning and Distribution at the Willard Pepperidge Farm facility. In this role, she is in charge of all of the warehousing at the largest warehousing system in Pepperidge Farm. Victoria's husband, Ricky, also earned his MBA from Malone.

Beth Wright '85

Beth WrightBeth Wright '85 is now in Case Management/Social Work at Mercy Medical Center in Canton. She worked in Admissions at Malone for 15 years.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Joel Brady '12

Joel BradyJoel Brady '12 was valedictorian at his graduation with a Master of Divinity degree from Saint Tikhon's Orthodox Theological Seminary in May. He works for InVision Human Services in the Pittsburgh area.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jerome Robinson '11, '14 MBA

Jerome RobinsonJerome Robinson ’11, ’14 is Data Processing/Project Manager at Sare Plastics Custom Injection Molding Manufacturer in Alliance. Jerome is a double graduate having earned both his bachelor's and master's degree in business administration from Malone.

Gary Mast '71

Gary MastGary Mast '71 was inducted into the 50th Class of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame on August 7, 2015. A sixth-generation farmer, Gary and his brother farm more than 1,200 acres in Holmes County. Gary has been an ardent advocate for agriculture at the local, state and national levels. He has served on the leadership team for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and as a board member of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District and Holmes County Farm Bureau. On a national level, Mast served as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment, one of the top positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Gary earned his bachelor of arts degree in Biology at Malone and was named the 2008 Alumnus of the Year. His numerous achievements include Ohio Supervisor Hall of Fame inductee by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Environmental Protection Agency District 5 Distinguished Service Award, and International Honor Award for Conversation Activities by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

Crystal LaRue '97

Crystal LaRue editCrystal LaRue '97 graduated with a master's degree in Communications from Walden University earning a 3.82 GPA overall.  Crystal earned a bachelor of arts in Communication Arts at Malone.

She wrote, "I am now looking to move ahead into the world of public relations or a similar field. I am currently a Scheduling Coordinator for an IT company in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. I still have dreams that I am in school at Malone. I miss it there. That was a great time in my life."

Monday, August 31, 2015

Jessie (Shilling) Wingart '02

Jessie (Shilling) WingerJessie (Shilling) Wingart ‘02 earned a Masters in Public Health in Health Policy and Management with a focus on Leadership and Organizational Change from Kent State University in August, 2015, earning a 4.0 overall GPA. She received a bachelor of arts degree in Community Health from Malone.

Tyler Wentz '15

Tyler WentzTyler Wentz '15 is the Analytics Coordinator for Corporate Partnerships for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club of the NHL. He is responsible for  keeping track of contracts, proposals, and accounts. Tyler, a former Pioneer quarterback, double majored in business administration and sports management at Malone.  He wrote, " integrating my studies in sports management and business administration I was able to more fully grasp how the business side works as it relates to sports."

While in college, Tyler worked on the Orange Bowl Committee in events and logistics services. He also participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volunteered at his local church and worked with children and at The Potters House in Guatemala City during the summers.

Caitlin Pickard '13 and Paul Krauss

Caitlin Pickard weddingCaitlin Pickard '13 and Paul Krauss on June 21, 2015. Caitlin is a 7th grade language arts teacher at Rittman Middle School and also serves as the high school and middle school drama director. The couple lives in Akron.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Charlotte Adalah Ellis

Charlotte EllisA daughter, Charlotte Adalah, to Nate and Emily (Penick) Ellis ’08 on April 18, 2015. She joins big brother Noah. The family lives in Dayton.