Jerome Robinson ’11, ’14 is Data Processing/Project Manager at Sare Plastics Custom Injection Molding Manufacturer in Alliance. Jerome is a double graduate having earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Malone.
Gary Mast ’71 was inducted into the 50th Class of the Ohio Agricultural Hall of Fame on August 7, 2015. A sixth-generation farmer, Gary and his brother farm more than 1,200 acres in Holmes County. Gary has been an ardent advocate for agriculture at the local, state and national levels. He has served on the leadership team for the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts and as a board member of the Holmes County Soil and Water Conservation District and Holmes County Farm Bureau. On a national level, Mast served as deputy undersecretary for natural resources and environment, one of the top positions with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Gary earned his bachelor of arts degree in Biology at Malone and was named the 2008 Alumnus of the Year. His numerous achievements include Ohio Supervisor Hall of Fame inductee by the Ohio Federation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Environmental Protection Agency District 5 Distinguished Service Award, and International Honor Award for Conversation Activities by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Crystal LaRue ’97 graduated with a Master’s degree in Communications from Walden University, earning a 3.82 GPA overall. Crystal earned a bachelor of arts in Communication Arts at Malone. She wrote, “I am now looking to move ahead into the world of public relations or a similar field. I am currently a Scheduling Coordinator for an IT company in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. I still have dreams that I am in school at Malone. I miss it there. That was a great time in my life.”
Tyler Wentz ’15 is the Analytics Coordinator for Corporate Partnerships for the Florida Panthers Hockey Club of the NHL. He is responsible for keeping track of contracts, proposals, and accounts. Tyler, a former Pioneer quarterback, double majored in business administration and sports management at Malone. He wrote, “…by integrating my studies in sports management and business administration I was able to more fully grasp how the business side works as it relates to sports.”
While in college, Tyler worked on the Orange Bowl Committee in events and logistics services. He also participated in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, volunteered at his local church and worked with children and at The Potters House in Guatemala City during the summers.
Mark R. Witmer has been named Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Banking Officer of the former First National Bank of Orrville, now Farmers National Bank. Mark served as President and Chief Executive Officer of National Bancshares and First National Bank for the past three years and has more than 25 years of expertise in community banking, credit evaluation and agribusiness.
In his new position, Mark will create and execute a vision for all lending and credit functions in the East and West regions of the Bank’s footprint. He will also be a Director of the Farmers National Bank Board.
C. Wess Daniels is the William R. Rogers Director of Friends Center and Quaker Studies at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. His book “A Convergent Model of Renewal: Remixing the Quaker Tradition in a Participatory Culture” was published in February and is available through Wipf & Stock.
Wess, a Quaker minister, educator, researcher and public theologian, has been working toward cultivating renewal among all branches of the Religious Society of Friends. He served as Quaker pastor at Camas (Wash.) Friends church for more than five years. As a doctoral student at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, he created a model of renewal for use by Quakers and all faith traditions. He received his Ph.D. from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies in 2014.
His wife, Emily (Miller) Daniels ’03, will be teaching English to 7th and 8th-grade students at Mendenhall Middle School. The Daniels have three children.
Casey Stevens is Social Media and Communications Assistant at Top Echelon Contracting, Inc. in Canton. As a Malone student, Casey was a social media intern at First Friend Church (Canton), event planning intern at the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County, online marketing and web development intern with the Karcher Group, and social media intern at Site Logic.
The Rev. Dr. Linda Leon was ordained as Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), with a continued call to Malone campus ministry. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Geneva College, and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Malone University.
Linda oversees the Office of Spiritual Formation. She loves working with college students and helping them understand the role of faith in their lives. She has been in campus ministry at Malone for more than 20 years.
Linda is married to Jeff, who also works in the Office of Spiritual Formation as a volunteer, and they have two teenaged children.
Keith Burns is an adjunct instructor of Anatomy and Physiology at the University of Mount Union and a research aid at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Hospital. He graduated from Malone with a B.A. in Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
Keith earned his master’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina-Columbia where he was mentored by fellow Malone alumnus, Larry Durstine ’73, PH.D., Distinguished Professor and Chair of Exercise Science.
In 2014, Keith completed his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Kent State University where he served as a teaching and research assistant in the Department.