Hannah Finley ’14 is the Development Coordinator at Our Lady Of Mercy Community Outreach Services in Charleston, South Carolina. She previously worked in Account Services at Grabowski & Company in Canton from 2014-2017.
Bethany Nicole Taylor ’09 received the BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS award at Atlantic City Cinefest. Taylor is an actor, singer/song writer, improviser, puppeteer, and trumpet player based in Brooklyn, New York. Bethany is a frequent actor in Amios Theatre Company‘s SHOTZ, is a Eugene O’Neill Theater Center NTI alum, she holds an acting certificate from the St. Petersburg Theatre Arts Academy in Russia, and is an alum of the Peoples Improv Theater in Manhattan. In 2017, she was also awarded BEST ACTRESS at the Grove Film Festival and Brghtside Tavern Film Festival.
Dr. David Johns ’85 has been named president of Ferrum College in Virginia. Johns, currently the vice president for academic affairs at Union College in Kentucky, will become Ferrum’s 12th president on January 1, 2018. He earned a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Earlham School of Religion, a Master of Library and Information Sciences from Kent State University and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Duquesne University.
Kathleen A. Trissel ’84 is the author of Waiting for Grace: How to Make the Most of Your Suffering. She has years of experience as a counselor in the mental health field. The book was written to offer comfort and hope to people suffering from emotional and mental disorders. She has been published in a variety of publications including The Lookout, Prison Fellowship’s Inside Journal, Breakthrough Intercessor, Psychology for Living, Alive Now, and Light and Life Magazine. Kathleen also serves as a National Speaker with Daughters of Destiny, a ministry that goes into women’s prisons throughout the United States.
Russell Shaffer ’01 was named chair of The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a national nonprofit that creates a world of no limits for people with vision loss. Shaffer was director of Global Culture, Diversity & Inclusion at Walmart at their national headquarters and is responsible for brand strategy, outreach and benchmarking. He has been there for nearly 12 years. He has served two terms as chair of Walmart’s Advocates for Disability Awareness and Education (ADAE) resource group, and has been a board member of Sources for Community Independent Living in Fayetteville, Ark. since 2012. Shaffer graduated with honors from Malone and majored in business administration and communication arts. He lives in Rogers, Ark. with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Sophia and Brady.