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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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.


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.

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.