Nikki Kalenges ’75

Nikki KNikki Kalenges ’75 is a sales associate with Howard Hanna Real Estate Services. Nikki, a specialist in residential sales, brings years of experience to the Howard Hanna team. She loves working with people and especially Malone University families and alumni.

Nikki may be reached at nikkikalengis@howardhanna.com.

Allegra Waldron ’02

Allegra WaldronAllegra Waldron ’02 is the owner/consultant of Maple Run Management Solutions and Practice Manager at Maple Run Veterinary Clinic LLC in Mt. Gilead.

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
I am blessed to work for a Christian boss, however I have co-workers that are not Christians. I strive for the same thing in my work place as I do in everyday life, to be the best witness for Christ that I can be. I was raised to preach the Gospel always, and if necessary use words.

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
My road to the profession I have come to love was a rocky one. When I was at Malone I thought I had the future all figured out. How wrong I was. God had a plan for me that I never expected. I am learning to trust His plan and His timing. I got such a diverse education at Malone that my degree still prepared me for almost anything. Malone also prepared me to be able to stand as a Christian in a fallen world.

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
Remember that God is always in control. Even when you feel like things are completely out of control and you aren’t sure what direction to turn, remember He knows what’s next. Also, remember to trust in His timing. It is perfect. His plan and timing has always been perfect.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Networking—Learn how to use the connections you have and how to make new ones.

How did you find your first job?
Networking, before it was given the name.

Elizabeth “Liz” Barkan ’03

Liz Barkan for blogLiz Barkan ’03, pictured with her daughter, is the Band Director at Fairless Local Schools and Fine Arts Department Chair. Here is #MyAlumAdvice from Liz for the Class of 2015:

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
If you live according to Jesus’ teaching, it is easy to be an example for Christ – even if you can’t use words. I saw a quote once that said, “Your life might be the only Bible someone reads.”

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
Continue to search for God in every experience, friendly encounter, and situation. Malone may offer you a “bubble of comfort” but it also offers a pillar of strength that cannot be taken away from you.

What skill should recent grads hone?
The ability to show your skills with humility, grace, and integrity.

How did you find your first job?
Through the education department, I was placed in a great student teaching assignment. While there, I utilized Career Development to hone my resume and interview skills. By the grace of God, a position opened up at the school I was student teaching and I was able to earn the position.

Brylee Lynn Rodgers

Baby Brylee Lynn Rogers

 

A daughter, Brylee Lynn, to Jeremy ’07 and Kara (Keener) Rodgers ’07 on February 28, 2015. Brylee joins two big brothers, Bryson and Brexton. Jeremy and Kara teach for New Philadelphia City Schools.

Landon Letner

Landon Letner

A son, Landon, to Kurt ’04 and Megan (Dodd) Letner ’04, on September 30, 2014. Kurt is a supervisor with Swagelok. Landon joins big sisters Caelyn and Emily. The family lives in Wadsworth.

Heather Craig ’08

Heather ConleyHeather Craig ’08 teaches at Marlington Local Schools and is the founder and executive director of Love the Children Ministries, a nonprofit organization she started in 2004 to serve families in the city of Canton.

What is your advice for working in a secular world?
I remember being concerned about not being able to share Jesus with my students. Shortly after I had a classroom of my own I learned that every choice I make and every reaction I have shares Jesus with my students. When I build relationships with my students and fight for their hearts, Jesus is given the space to move freely in my room. Don’t be afraid to show your faith – it is a huge part of who you are and how you live!

What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
My time at Malone was incredible! I was prepared to write and execute lessons as well as step into a classroom of students. I knew what to expect for the most part and how to be flexible and handle unexpected things as well. Malone also helped me launch Love the Children Ministries. God gave the vision and Malone stood beside me and put me in contact with wonderful support people and taught me how to make it a reality.

What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
Life after graduation can be hard, everyone finds careers or searches for one, and families begin to grow. Really consider the question, “What is my purpose here?” and serve God in the process of seeking the answer. In many ways graduation is a fresh start – embrace it and decide how you will impact the world for Christ, and honor the call placed on your life.

What skill should recent grads hone?
Networking and communication are incredibly important skills; finding great positions can happen from excellent networking and communication skills.

How did you find your first job?
I taught in a nearby district’s remedial summer school program. The principal felt that I should be in a classroom on a full-time basis so he made phone calls to local principals on my behalf. A week later I had an interview for a part time position in Marlington Local Schools. After one year I was offered a full-time classroom position at Lexington Elementary. I not only love what I do, I love where I get to do it every day. (It is all about networking!)

Michael Oster ’99

021515-oster-02Michael Oster ’99 argued cases before the Ohio Supreme Court as an attorney. Now he is a judge for the Court of Common Pleas in Butler County, Ohio. Here is his #MyAlumAdvice for the Class of 2015:

During my time at Malone I learned a great many lessons, but the number one thing was always to glorify God in all things you do. I try to always remember that as I serve as a Judge and be guided by the words in Micah 6:8 “And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”