Friday, January 29, 2016

Laurie Ellyn Grace

Laurie Ellyn Grace baby picA daughter, Laurie Ellyn, to Mariellyn (Dunlap) '02 and Ryan Grace on Dec. 28, 2015. Mariellyn is a Church and Community Worker with the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. She also works with the Charitable Pharmacy in Columbus and at the conference office. Laurie Ellyn is the granddaughter of Ellyn (Atchison) Dunlap '72.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Julie Burley '99

Librarian JulieJulie Burley ’99 has been promoted to Youth Services Manager at the Stark County District Library’s main branch in downtown Canton. Burley graduated from Malone with a degree in elementary education, earned a master’s degree in education from Ashland University in literacy and reading instruction and a master’s in library and information science with a concentration in K-12 School Library Media from Kent State University, and earned her Reading Endorsement. After more than 15 years as a teacher and school librarian, she was hired by the Stark County District Library as the North Branch Children's Librarian in March, 2015.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sarah Eades '05 and Ryan M. Reed

indexSarah Eades '05 and Ryan M. Reed on November 4, 2015. Ryan is a language arts teacher at Tuslaw Middle School and Sarah is Corporate Counsel at Patriot Software, Inc. The couple and daughter, Ava, live in Massillon.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Merv Yoder '75, M.D.

Merv YoderMerv Yoder '75, M.D., will be honored with induction into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence. He is the director of the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children. Inductees are chosen by a committee of OFIC presidential and corporate trustees based on the criteria of professional achievement; impact on society through service, leadership, scholarship, minority affairs, sciences, research, arts or elected office; and service to alma mater, all of which exemplify the value of a liberal arts education.
Some well-known inductees to the OFIC Hall of Excellence are Hugh Downs, Senator John H. Glenn, Coretta Scott King, and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Malone graduates inducted in previous years include missionary and educator Meredythe Scheflen and United States Ambassador David Rawson.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Jeffrey Hines, MBA '99

Jeff HinesJeffrey Hines, MBA '99 was hired as executive vice president by McCarl’s Inc., a $150 million industrial contractor serving oil and gas, power generation, chemical and manufacturing industries. Hines will lead the expansion of all of McCarl's Inc. services, including industrial construction, maintenance and fabrication. He has over 30 years of experience in construction and construction management previously serving as general manager of strategy and business development at Babcock & Wilcox Construction Company.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Cassie Berringer '10, MFA

Berringer MFACassie Berringer '10 graduated from Malone with a bachelor of art degree in Art with concentrations in Drawing and Painting. In December, she graduated from The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) with a Master of Fine Art (MFA), the terminal degree in the field of studio art. See some of Cassie's art at

Brooklynn Renee Ferwerda

BrooklynnA daughter, Brooklynn Renee, to Ashley (Yocum) '07 and Jarrod Ferwerda '09 on June 10, 2015. Jarrod and Ashley own and run a party and event rental company, Statewide Party Rentals. The family lives in Ludington, Michigan.

Erin Hollenbaugh '03, Ph.D.

Erin HollenbaughErin Hollenbaugh '03, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies at Kent State University Stark, presented "A Uses and Gratifications Approach to Exploring Antecedents to Facebook Dependency" at the National Communication Association Conference in November, 2015.  In previous studies, "Facebook Self-disclosure: Examining the Role of Traits, Social Cohesion, and Motives" (2014) and "Predictors of Honesty, Intent, and Valence of Facebook Self-disclosure" (2015) published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, Dr. Hollenbaugh and Amber Ferris, assistant professor of communication at The University of Akron's Wayne College, uncovered personality traits common among specific types of Facebook users.  Read more here.


Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Brayton Bolinger '08

Brayton BolingerBrayton Bolinger '08 was hired as a VAR Operations Manager at DAS Health in Tampa, Florida. He is an MBA and MS Marketing candidate at UT Sykes College of Business. Bolinger earned a bachelor of arts degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science at Malone, graduating with honors. He was named Outstanding Graduate in Exercise Science.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Abigail Farmer '04, Ed.D.

Abigail Farmer editAbigail Farmer '04 successfully defended her doctoral dissertation at Jackson State University in Jackson, MS, and graduated with a Doctor of Education degree in December, 2015. She is making edits to her dissertation "Choctaw Tribal School Instructional Aides' Perceptions of Preparedness for Implementing Choctaw Language Materials in Elementary Classrooms" and will present her academic research and findings to the Choctaw Tribal Council in the spring of 2016. Dr. Farmer works with the Choctaw Bible Translation Committee and Choctaw Tribal Language Program as an Education and Literacy Specialist.

Melody Scott '95

melody-scottMelody Scott '95 is Director of Community Living at Malone. She fosters an environment of intentional community among residential and commuter students. Scott previously served as youth director with the Evangelical Friends Church for eight years before returning to Malone where she has served as resident director, associate dean, and as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Bible, Theology, and Ministry. She has also performed humanitarian work in the UK, India, Nepal, Hungary, Malawi, New Zealand, and domestically. Scott earned a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College, and a master’s degree in theology and religion from Durham University.

Bill Roman '71

Bill RomanBill Roman '71 is a private practice licensed professional counselor and the pastor of Nova Faith Christian Community in Toledo. He is a member of the American Counseling Association, Ohio Counseling Association and American Association of Christian Counselors and brings years of service, study and experience to his counseling practice.  Roman and his wife, Karen, have two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

​Learn more about Roman's private practice at  The Nova Faith Christian Community website is


Monday, January 4, 2016

Connie (Porter) Machan '68

Doula NanaConnie (Porter) Machan '68, BA, RN, CD (CBI) retired in June, 2014 after a five year teaching stint in Ohio, Sierra Leone, West Africa, and Vienna, Austria followed by a 29 year career in nursing, including Coronary Care, ICU, trauma nursing, Patient Care Coordinator, preceptor and Case Manager at Huron Rd Hospital and at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus as an RN Case Manager in Coronary Stepdown, the Heart and Lung Transplant unit and on the VIP floor. After retirement, Machan trained with Childbirth International as a doula and started her own business, Doula Nana LLC. To date, she has attended eighteen births. Learn more by visiting Doula Nana on Facebook or on her website at Machan and her husband Tim have five children and five grandchildren between them.

Amy Allgyer Wentworth '92

Amy WentworthAmy Allgyer Wentworth '92 is the Assistant Superintendent of New Philadelphia City Schools. Wentworth earned her master of arts in education from Muskingum College in New Concord. She spent four years at New Philadelphia, working as a gifted intervention specialist, district gifted coordinator and a substitute principal. Wentworth served as elementary principal at Fredericksburg and Holmesville in Southeast Local Schools from 2011 to 2013 before returning to New Philadelphia as middle school principal.


Zachary Reuther '14

Zachary Reuther '14 is a Seaman with the United States Coast Guard. He is deployed on a 420' Ice Breaker based out of Seattle, Washington, the USCGC Healy. The Healy was recognized in 2015 as the first surface ship from the United States to reach the geographical North Pole on a solo mission.  Reuther graduated from Malone with a degree in Exercise Science. He was a member of the Pioneer swimming and diving team.

Hannah Berendson '14

Hannah BerendsonHannah Berendson, BSN '14, is a pediatric nurse at University Hospital Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Steven Darr '76

Darr-Dr.-Steven-CropDr. Steven Darr '76 is the Vice President and Chief Academic Officer at Warner University in central Florida. He earned his M.M. from Bowling Green State University and an Ed.D. from the University of Central Florida. Steven and his wife, Joyce (Reeder) '75, live in Lake Wales.

Keegan Spera '03

Keegan SperaAfter just 2 years with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, ASPCA, Keegan has been promoted to Senior Manager, Research and Development. In this position, she analyzes quantitative and qualitative research data in order to make strategic recommendations that will enable the ASPCA's goal to improve the lives of animals.  She provides analytical and operational support, leads tactical teams, assists in developing research and programs. Although she works from home in Charleston, SC, Keegan manages the data for the Los Angeles (CA) Animal Services and the LA County Animal Care & Control systems and also travels for meetings, conferences, and hands-on work in animal shelters.