Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Megan Fowler '08 and Brent Kovacs

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Megan Fowler ’08 and Brent Kovacs on May 16, 2015. Megan is the development/outreach administrative assistant at Northside Christian Church in Wadsworth, Ohio. The couple lives in Copley Township.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ryan Battles '01

Ryan and Heather BattlesRyan Battles has launched a company that makes software to help self-employed workers ride out the financial ups and downs of client work. The mission of Harpoon ( is to help freelancers achieve their financial goals, schedule projects, bill clients, track revenue, make more money, and take more vacations.

Ryan shared with us, "I built this application while pursuing entrepreneurial dreams with the support of my wife (Heather Hurst Battles, '01) who works in the Columbus area as a pediatrician. It was tough building this company while my wife was working, and we are raising our four young children (future Pioneers), and homeschooling to boot!

In addition to providing invoicing and easy online payment, Harpoon helps freelancers answer the following questions:

- When do I need to add more projects to my schedule to meet my goals?
- Is it financially okay for me to take 2 weeks off?
- Which clients and projects are the most profitable?
- How much am I really making per hour?

We have a few hundred beta testers right now from our pre-launch list and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Freelancers are hungry for an app that gives them answers to real questions that they struggle with on a daily basis."

Monday, July 27, 2015

Jeff Goff '92, Ph.D.

Jeffreyjeff-goff11 Goff, Ph.D., professor of chemistry at Malone University, offers free insect removal services as a collector for pharmaceutical companies. The venom is used to help immunize patients who would suffer severe allergic reactions to stinging insects without the allergy shot. Dr. Goff has successfully removed over 1300 nests. His work provides help to many individuals who are allergic to these insects. For them, a sting can cause anaphylactic shock or even death.

Dr. Goff is able to provide this service free of charge because the companies pay for the insects. To contact Dr. Jeff Goff for free insect removal, call 330-492-3340 or email

Jeff graduated from Malone with a B.A. in Chemistry and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Akron. He is married to Julie, a '92 graduate in Psychology.


Carolee Vanicek '06, MBA

TimkenCarolee VanicekSteel recently promoted Carolee Vanicek to director of tube manufacturing. She will lead all aspects of Gambrinus Steel Plant’s operations. The 250-acre Gambrinus Steel Plant in Canton, Ohio, produces seamless mechanical steel tubing that ranges from 1.9 to 13 in. in diameter and processes alloy steel rounds up to 13 inches in diameter. Gambrinus includes three piercing mills and a variety of steel inspection and finishing operations, including three thermal treatment facilities.

Carolee was previously senior product manager for tube-based products. She joined the company in 1996. She has a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Rachael (Chalwe) Little '05

FullSizeRender Rachael Chalwe '05 to Philios "Phil" Little on July 2, 2012. Rachael, an international student from Zambia, Africa, is a social worker at a mental health rehabilitation facility in Chicago. She has worked in healthcare for over ten years serving mental illness patients and developmental disability consumers. Rachael graduated with a B.A. in educational ministries from Malone and completed an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling at Kent State University. She writes, "It's been a wonderful career journey. I do enjoy advocating for our diverse patients! It is MY God-given gift."

Amie Hale '04

Amie (Shelly) Hale is the new principal at St. Paul School in North Canton. She holds an M.A. in Educational Administration from Ashland University and a B.A. in Integrated Science from Malone. Amie was previously a Science teacher in the Coventry Local Schools at the high school level and is the administrator of the Coventry Local Summer School Program.

Kirk Greaves '09

Kirk GreavesKirk Greaves is a financial advisor at Northwestern Mutual. He writes, "My goal is to work with people in all walks of life, helping them develop a financial strategy that will allow them to reach their goals personally, financially, and professionally. It is a wonderful experience being able to help people achieve what is most important to them."

Kirk is a life long resident of Stark County and graduated from East Canton High School. While at at Malone, Kirk traveled to Trujillo, Peru to serve at an orphanage before graduating with a bachelor of arts in Business Administration and Spanish.

Kirk and his wife, Catilin, have one daughter, Riley. The family attends NewPointe Community Church in Canton. If you would like to contact Kirk, he can be reached at

Evan John Rusch

Evan Rusch

A son, Evan John, to John '01 and Jacki (Bertmeyer) Rusch '01 on June 18, 2015. He joins big sister Addison. John is a science teacher and Jacki is a nurse anesthetist. The family lives in Satellite Beach, Florida.


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Chrissy Wilthew '13 and David Gorski '13

David & Chrissy GorskiChrissy Wilthew '13 and David Gorski '13 on April 18, 2015.  Chrissy is a registered nurse at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland.  David is the worship leader of Chester Christian Center and teaches music at St. Anselm School in Chesterland.  The couple lives in Mayfield Heights.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Scott and James Gastin

Scott & James Gastin

Twin sons, Scott and James, to Tim and Kara (Duncan) Gastin ’00, on March 24, 2015. They join big sister, Brianna. The family lives in McKinney, Texas.

Ryan Matthew Mahon

Ryan Mahon

A son, Ryan Matthew, to Eric and Carrie (Close) Mahon ’06, on April 10, 2015. He joins his two big sisters Caylee and Adalynn. The family lives in Rocky River.