Whitney Prather ’08 is director of communications at Absolute Skilled Home Health & Hospice in North Canton. She previously worked in account services at the Grabowski & Co. marketing agency and as the Events & Marketing Manager at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. Whitney and her husband, Eldredge, have one daughter and live in Massillon.
Richard A. Jones, III ’03 is pastor at Gilead Friends Church in Mt. Gilead. He served as the pastor at Trinity Friends Church in Lisbon (Ohio) for five years before receiving the call to return to his home church. Richard and his wife, Aleta (Morgan) ’03, have two sons and live in Marengo. Read more here.
Joe ’06 and Cara (Caudill) ’06 Pfeiffer are training Indonesian Friends in leadership development through the Evangelical Friends Church Southwest. They live in southern California and use technology to invest in leaders. They also spend one month in Indonesia for on-site training each summer as part-time missionaries with EFC SW. Joe is pursuing a Ph.D in Intercultural Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary; Cara trains and supports public school teachers in Los Angeles in peacemaking and conflict resolution skills. They also provide leadership at Friends Community Church in Midway City.
Marion Mazzarella ’64 was awarded the Purple Aster Award for Education at the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Ben V. Marconi Lodge of the Order of Sons of Italy of America. A former president of the Lodge, Marion now serves as Lodge historian. She is a retired teacher from Canton City Schools and a member of the Beta Beta chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma sorority serving twice as president. Marion was also a teacher of Italians helping them with the basics of American culture. She is pictured (right) with Lodge Trustee Gloria Talarico ’87.
Rev. Ashley Steele ’04 is the Executive Director at Urban Mission Ministries, Inc. in Steubenville. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Rev. Steele previously did missionary work in Liberia and Uganda and pastored a church in Ohio. She is a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer, president of the Steubenville Rotary Club, and Chair of the Jefferson/Harrison County Coalition on Housing. Urban Mission is in a multimillion dollar expansion to redevelop the surrounding neighborhood. Rev. Steele and her husband, Matthew, have two sons and live in Imperial, Pennsylvania.
Cindy Flood Ries ’79 is Associate Professor of Language and Literature at Malone. She has a master of arts in from Mt. St. Joseph University and a Ph.D. in Curricular and Instructional Studies from the University of Akron. She teaches Elements of English, Principles of Composition, Literature in Society, African American Literature & Culture, Expository Writing, and Adolescent Literature, and Methods courses for Middle Childhood Education and Integrated Language Arts.