Laura Carmany ’06 is an entrepreneur and the owner of The Wholesome Hive, abusiness that focuses on the physical well-being of the local customer through the education and use of high quality, homemade, chemical-free, all-natural body and home care products. Learn more at www.thewholesomehive.com
Laura and her husband, Matt Carmany ’04 a beekeeper, live in Canton with their two sons.
Garret Barbush ’07 earned his M.B.A. at Lebanon Valley College in 2013. After 3 years in corporate America, Barbush was offered the Executive Director position with Men of Iron, a community benefit organization designed to sharpen men and strengthen churches across the nation. Barbush is the most senior manager of Men of Iron’s operational hierarchy and is charged with increasing the number of church partners, serving as spokesman for the ministry and crating ministry diversification and financial sustainability. Visit the Men of Iron website.
In his corporate career at Mid Atlantic Farm Credit, Garret developed new business and expanded existing relationships. He was on the team that creation and implementation of a training manual for all members of the sales department. He served on the Pennsylvania region’s Workflow Enhancement Team, the MidAtlantic Farm Credit’s Strategic Action Council and was awarded the company’s Distinguished Service Award in October, 2011.
Tina Savant Gibson ’82 has always loved words. She spent twenty-something fabulous years in financial services marketing as a marketing director and a marketing vice president. She even had her own biz as a marketing consultant. But these days, her love for Jesus is taking her words in a different direction. Her heart is overflowing with life stories. She has launched a blog and is writing and speaking for Him. Tina and her husband, Gibby (aka “Frank” ’80) have been on a great adventure together for almost a quarter of a century! Visit Tina’s blog at www.tinasavantgibson.com
Tina’s story: I didn’t choose Malone. God did. My family had just moved to Ohio from Illinois due to my Dad’s cancer. As a junior transfer student, I visited Malone only because it was a 45 minute drive to my folks. But instantly, I felt at home. I had some awesome professors (Burley Smith and Alvin Anderson to name just 2), participated in Dr. Lair’s magnificent NYC trip during December break, and was even crowned Homecoming Queen while Russ Taft (look him up!) sang at my coronation.
The best thing? God used my Malone experience to lead me closer to Him! He put wonderful people along my path. After graduation, I worked a year in the Malone Admissions Office. My Dad died during that time and the love and support I felt from my Malone family is as fresh in my heart as yesterday.Today, that heart is yearning to share my faith with others through writing, speaking, and blogging. And, I know that my Malone experience has prepared me for this new venture because I didn’t choose it. God did!
The Malone University volleyball team defeated Walsh University on October 28, 2014. This win gave 16th-year Pioneer head coach Tanya Hockman her 400th career win at the school.
Hockman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries in 1994 and was a four-year letter-winner in both volleyball and basketball. She went on to attain a master’s degree in Christian Ministries, also at Malone, in 1999.
Tammy Lawson ’07 is a 7-12th Grade Bible teacher at Christian Academy Schools in Sidney, Ohio.
Erik Hansen ’14 is the Creative Arts Director at Grace Christian Missionary Alliance Church in Middleburg Heights. Erik writes, “I couldn’t have done it without my Malone education! I feel very prepared for what I am doing, because my professors gave me the opportunity to learn exactly the tools I needed for this type of job.
…working for Ryan Laux (and Mike Land ’07 before him) was just as important to my Malone experience. The knowledge and experience I gained in those opportunities as a student worker gave me the expertise to advance quickly in my field.
Lastly, Malone gave me the opportunity to build a solid spiritual foundation in my studies. I actually think this has been the most important aspect of my whole college career, because now that all the activities, classes, and the “college experience” are over, what still sticks out to me is the Christian foundation that everything was built on. My professors, especially Dr. Moroney, were incredible in helping me to cultivate a solid foundation for my faith.”
Cassie Hunt ’14, a Community and Public Health graduate, is now serving with AmeriCorps, assigned to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s GIS Planning Task Force Team. Cassie is currently in a 12-week training camp in Vicksburg, Mississippi, learning the ropes as a Health and Wellness Team Liaison and Service Learning Initiator in preparation for a 17-week deployment.
Amber Bourcier ’13, a Community Health Education graduate, is currently completing an internship at Suburban Hospital/Johns Hopkins Medicine, as a Patient and Family Liaison. This is a final component of her course work for a Masters in Public Health.
Kelly Ann Gerber ’14 is an insurance agent with Mutual of Omaha. She writes, “I love the job tremendously. My job is to help families look at their finances and prepare for the unexpected, such as how they will pay their mortgage if they should become disabled or lose their spouse. I help them budget to send kids to college and my specialty is working with the senior market and Medicare supplements.”
Edie Bowman ’13 graduated with a B.A. in communication arts and a concentration in theatre. She wrote and directed a very successful community play entitled The Courtroom and performed in June, 2014 at Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon. Edie was featured in the Canton Repository and interviewed on The Ron Ponder and Pioneer radio shows on WHBC. She is the founder of Into The Light Productions. Her next production is for a dinner theatre show, The Christmas Blessing, to be performed on Sunday, December 7th at First Christian Church in Canton.