Amanda J. Pigford ’14 and her collaborator, Michaela Muckelrath, have self-published “Case of the Missing Monet,” the second book in their illustrated children’s mystery series. The Collar Cases mysteries are chapter books intended for readers ages ten to twelve. Amanda holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Malone and is a graduate student in library science at Kent State University. She writes humorous mystery and adventure stories for kids and has trained with the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild. Amanda lives in northeast Ohio with her family.
Kevin Pike ’06 is a chaplain associate at Mercy Medical Hospice in Canton. In this role, Kevin assesses spiritual needs of new patients to create a plan of care, works with fellow members of an interdisciplinary team to ensure patient needs are addressed and assists patients in finding closure to unresolved issues. He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible/Theology from Malone and a master’s degree in arts in theological and ministerial studies from Walsh University.
Paula Calhoun ’01 is director of annual giving at Malone University. Calhoun holds a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Malone and a master’s degree in arts administration from the University of Akron. Previous experience includes admissions counselor, special event/concert coordinator, athletic recruiter and adjunct faculty member positions at Malone University, and events manager at the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County. She is married to Scott Calhoun, also a 2001 graduate of Malone University. They are the parents of two sons.
Abigael Jaymes ’13 is a Multimedia Journalist at KHQA News, a Sinclair Broadcast Group station, reporting the latest news from around Illinois, Iowa and Missouri. Abigael writes, “One of the most valuable lessons I learned during my college career and especially my semester studying in Washington, DC, is the importance of narrative. By knowing one’s own story and the stories of the people in one’s community, it is possible to affect real change. Broadcast journalists have the ability to exert great influence in a community through access to information, whether this information relates to safety issues, weather and natural disasters, employment statistics, or even product recalls.”
Lyndon Thomas ’82 is Manager of Real Estate and Facility Planning at the TimkenSteel Corporation in Canton. He is responsible for leading and managing real estate and facility services for the Corporation. Thomas also manages a team of service providers to set furniture standards, office design protocols, adjacency requirements, and real estate procedures. He completed CoreNet MCR certification in 2014. Lydon is married to Barb (Emery) ’83.
Randy Leali ’84 began working in Canton, Ohio for Ernst & Young (EY) immediately after college, and would have never imagined it would lead to a global career in the Philippines, Australia, Beijing, Singapore, Taiwan, and all over the world. He is currently leading a global project for EY’s assurance practice, now based in Chicago, but travels throughout the world approximately 40 weeks of the year. You can read his full story here.
Michael Oster ’99 was sworn in as Common Pleas Court Judge in Butler County, Ohio. He took over his new position on Feb. 9, 2015 according to Journal-News.
Herb and Ginny Hallman celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on January 5, 2015. Their children, Diana (Hallman) Miller ’71 and Duane ’68 and Carole Hallman, joined the happy couple in Venice, Florida for the celebration. Herb was director of development at Malone for many years and Ginny is a retired teacher. Congratulations!
Allison (Biery) Toren ‘02 recently accepted a job at Ivy Tech Community College as a Communications Instructor and Program Chair. “Part of my choice for this path were my own positive experiences with my communication professors at Malone (Marcia and Andrew). I still have many fond memories of those classes and experiences!” said Allison.