Amanda (Eckelberry) Kelly, ’01, was recently awarded the Ohio Society for Public Health Education’s “Outstanding Contributions to Health Education” at the annual Health Educators Institute at Mohican State Park. Kelly was recognized for her work throughout Ohio in policy, systems and environmental change for overall health, injury prevention and healthy lifestyles. Kelly is currently the Grants Coordinator for the Stark County Health Department. She, her husband Scott, and daughter Emma reside in North Canton.
Alicia Hopkins ’09 was presented with a proclamation naming October Dysautonomia Awareness Month by City of Cuyahoga Falls. She received the proclamation from Mayor Don Walters at the City Council Meeting. Alicia writes, “I requested this proclamation to raise awareness of dysautonomia and to help millions, like myself, who struggle with this disease.” Read the full story.
Hilda Zimmerly ’72 is serving another term as Treasurer Commissioner for the City of LaBelle, FL. She has already served on the Commission for 12 years. In March, Hilda was recognized by US Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart during a speech in commemoration of Women’s History Month. The Congressman shared of Hilda’s struggles to get through school while working and raising a family and commended her on fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher. That speech is now part of the official Congressional Record. Read the full story here.
Brian Ziegler ’09 has written a book entitled “A Paralyzing Redemption.” Brian writes, “The focus revolves around the change that occurred in my life when I accepted Christ in my heart… I went from a star basketball player to a quadriplegic paralyzed from the chest down. After many years, I realized my accident was a gift from God and He used the accident to rebuild me from the ground up. He rebuilt me in His image.
My life is different now… I’m an author, pastor, businessman, father and husband. But I wouldn’t change one thing about my life.”
Dan Bacj, Jr. ’10 is the Camp Director at Camp Aldersgate in Carrollton. Dan has 19+ years of Christian Camping experience to Aldersgate including posts at Camp Wanake and Ligonier Camp and Conference Center. Dan and his wife, Kelcey (Lauer) ’11, live in Carollton.
Ben Strouse ’12 is the Retreat and Program Director at Round Lake Christian Camp in Lakeville. Ben has been a regular at Round Lake since he was a young boy. He started his camp career early, working in the kitchen at age 16. After 7 years of working as summer staff, Ben is now a full-time member of the Round Lake staff. Ben is married to Malone alumna, Sasha (Blankenship), who also works at the camp.
Chris Watson ’01, Malone University’s Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer, has been hired by the National Football League to work as an ATC spotter (independent certified athletic trainer) at home games played by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns’ preseason finale on September 1st will mark Watson’s first ATC spotter assignment.
This summer, Watson worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for Team USA for the NACAC Under-23 Championships in San Salvador, El Salvador. This year’s championships marked Watson’s sixth USATF international appointment.
Jennifer (Quast) Noonan ’97, Ph.D. and her family, (husband Ben, daughter Katy, and cousin Abbie) spent two months this summer in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, teaching at Evangelical Theological College. Jennifer taught Hebrew, and Ben taught Pentateuch. The students at ETC are Ethiopians being trained to minister in local churches and ministries in Ethiopia.