Rev. Bruce Hitchcock ’85 is the new superintendent of the Ohio Valley District of the United Methodist Church, East Ohio Conference. He returns to the Ohio Valley area after having served since 2011 as pastor of Geneva United Methodist Church in the conference’s Western Reserve District. Before that, Hitchcock was the executive director of Urban Mission Ministries in Steubenville for nine years.
Janis Bowdler ’00 is President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, JP Morgan & Chase, Co. in Washington, D.C. Bowdler graduated from Malone with a degree in Urban Studies and went on to earn a masters in urban studies from Cleveland State University. Before going to CHASE, she worked for several years as a housing policy specialist for UnidosUS.
Andrew Ciaccia ’12 has graduated from boot camp at Ft. Benning, Georgia as a Specialist in the US Army. Upon graduating, Andrew was enrolled into the US Army Officer Candidate School to earn a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.
Rod Neuenschwander ’99, president of the Ruhlin Group, has been named Chair of the Malone University Board of Trustees. Neuenschwander was elected to a three-year term and has spent the past six years as vice chair of the board and chair of the Finance Committee. He oversees and directs the strategic objectives of the North Canton-based Ruhlin Group. An expert in business turnarounds, he serves as the company’s lead consultant. Prior to his appointment to the Malone board, he served his alma mater as a president of the Young Alumni Board and a member of the Alumni Executive Board. During his time at Malone as a student, he was senior class president. Neuenschwander and his wife, Liz ’99 (Bradshaw), have three children.
Kaitlyn Stump ’15 completed coursework for an M.A. in History from Kansas State University. Her degree will be awarded in August 2018.
Erik Hanson ’14 is a licensed pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination serving as the Pastor of Technical Arts at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights. He joined the team in 2014. Previously, Erik worked as a web designer, producer, musician, and multimedia engineer in the NE Ohio region.
Erik, a Music Production grad, programs and maintains the audio, video, and lighting systems, trains and oversees tech volunteers, and oversees production of sermon video and DVD replication.
Erik lives in Middleburg Heights with his wife, Jaynie (Cooper) ’14, who also works at the church as administrative assistant to the High School student ministry.
Diedre Haupt ’14 completed a term as a missionary working with the EFCA ReachGlobal in Germany. Her focus is anti-human trafficking and equipping the church to take it’s role in prevention, intervention, and after-care. She writes, “I was previously in Berlin for 3 years as a short term missionary, where I fell in love with the city, but also learned of the huge need…Less than 2% of people in Berlin have a relationship with God and Germany has become the number one destination for trafficking according to the United Nations. Berlin alone has over 600 Brothels and countless other women who are working on the streets. But even with the darkness that exists, being there, you can feel that God has something big planned for Berlin.”
Andrew Rowan ’11 graduated cum laude with his Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. Andrew completed his degree while working full-time at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Andrew will be taking the Ohio bar exam in July. He is married to Nancy (Shahan) ’11. They have a five year old daughter and are expecting their second child (a boy) in September.