Russell Shaffer ’01

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.


Kara Wenger ’07

Kara Wenger ’07 is Director of Residence Life and Student Accountability at Palm Beach Atlantic University in Palm Beach, Florida. She started at Palm Beach Atlantic as a resident director and was also the assistant director of Residence Life. Wenger graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2010 with a master of arts in Clinical Counseling and Pastoral Counseling. Pioneer fans will remember Kara as a member of the women’s soccer teams 2003-2006.

Seth Byrd ’17

Seth Byrd ’17 is a news reporter for The Herald Chronicle in Winchester, Tennessee. Byrd lives in the city of Cowan. He wrote, “I appreciate the impact Malone is having on my career and post college life.”

Lin McDowell ’96

Lin McDowell, ’96, was recently hired as the news director for AVC Communications in Cambridge, Ohio, after spending three years as news anchor/reporter for powerhouse radio station News/Talk 1110 WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina. AVC Communications is a cluster of six radio stations covering a six county area in southeastern Ohio.

Sarah Stevens ’15

Sarah Stevens 15 has accepted a promotion as the assistant director of nursing at Main Street Care Center in Avon Lake.  Stevens has been with the facility since graduating from Malone University.

Jonathan Davis ’16

Jonathan Davis ’16 has joined the Ohio Army National Guard as a Cannon Crewmember. He recently accepted a full-time position in the Lakewood City School District (OH) as a general education preschool teacher at Horace Mann Elementary School.

Laurel Weir Mundell ’12, ’13

Laurel Weir Mundell ’12, ’13 is the soprano intern with the Kansas City Lyric Opera. She was featured on the cover of Kansas City’s “Journal of Society.” Laurel returns to Malone as part of the Faculty Artist Series next Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Barn!She returns to Malone as part of the Faculty Artist Series on Monday, Oct. 2, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stewart Room of the Barn/Randall Campus Center.

Scott Armstrong ’73

Dr. Scott Armstrong ’73 retired in May from Olivet Nazarene University (IL), where he served as Chair and Professor of the Department of Exercise and Sports Science and Associate Athletic Director. Scott and his wife, Susan, former Malone University Chorale Director and Professor plan to move to Columbus, OH, to be near grandchildren.

Laura (Steer) Rees ’09

Laura ReesLaura (Steer) Rees ’09 was recently named the writer-in-residence at the Boston Public Library, a prestigious award in a competitive field. She has worked as a scribe, editor, ghostwriter, and creative writing instructor. Rees received a B.A. in English from Malone and is in a Master’s degree program in Creative Writing & Literature at Harvard University. She is the daughter of Malone alumni Steve & Sheila Steer.