Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Carol Jenkins '68, Ph.D.

Carol A. Jenkins '68, Ph.D. has received the 2016 American Sociological Association Section on Teaching and Learning's "Distinguished Contributions to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Sociology" national award. This award recognizes over twenty years of research and publication involving the infusion of issues and interests of American rural life into the mainstream Sociology curriculum. She is the Department Chairperson for Sociology at Glendale Community College in Arizona.

Dr. Jenkins also wrote an invited "legacy" article entitled "Passing on the Insights of Rural Sociologists:  My Journey as a Pedagogist in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning" in The Methodology of Political Economy 2015 and an invited chapter entitled "Developing Effective Classroom Exercises" in Learning from each Other (2017 forthcoming).


Christopher Wisby '11

chris-wisebyAVI Food Systems has named Christopher Wisbey '11 the Resident Director at Kenyon College in Gambier. Rreviously, Wiseby had been the Resident Director for AVI at Malone since 2013. Chris earned a bachelor degree in Marketing Management at Malone.

Zacahry Walts '13

zachary-waltsZachary Walts '13 is a Help Desk Technician at The Ohio State University in Columbus. Walts provides primary desk side, phone and email support for the Advancement department at Ohio State University. He is also responsible for deploying new equipment, minimal hardware repair and extensive troubleshooting.

Brett Fogle '07

brett-fogleBrett Fogle ' 07, CPA has joined the accounting firm of Himes, Slater & Hershberger, LLC in Kidron. Prior to joining Himes, Slater & Hershberger, LLC, Brett was an Assurance and Tax Director at a national accounting firm, specializing in the real estate, construction and manufacturing industries. Brett earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration from Malone University and a Master’s degree in Taxation from the University of Akron.  He is licensed in Ohio as a Certified Public Accountant, and is a member of the Ohio Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. He is a member of the Malone University Alumni Executive Board and serves on the Malone's EPAC Advisory Committee.  Brett and his wife, Susan '04, '09 M.A., live in Tuslaw with their children, Andrew and Emma.

Becca Yourko '16

becca-yourkoBecca Yourko '16 has accepted a position as a flight attendant with Mesa Airlines, a regional airline based in Phoenix, AZ. They also operate as American Eagle and United Express in other hubs. Since graduating, Yourko has worked to market and plan the premiere of a new film by fellow Malone alumna, Connie Collins, and worked in customer relations at Clay's Park Resort in Canal Fulton.

Matthew Everhard '99

matthew-everhardDr. Matthew Everhard '99 has published a new work in which he served as both the general editor as well as a contributor, A Collection of Essays on Jonathan Edwards (JESociety, 2016). His two articles in this book are entitled, "Jonathan Edwards: Calvinistic Homeboy or Reformed Eccentic" and "Jonathan Edwards and the Silkworm: Preaching and Typology." Matthew has been continuing his work on Jonathan Edwards (17-3-1758) since he finished his doctoral dissertation on the Northampton Puritan at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He delivered two invited lectures at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, "The Westminster Confession and the Continuing Influence of Calvinistic Orthodoxy" and "Jonathan Edwards: Calvinism in the American Colonies" (December 12, 2016). Matthew also serves as the editor of, a website devoted to the theology and philosophy of Jonathan Edwards.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ron Robinson, Jr. '06

ron-robinsonRon Robinson, Jr. '06 has been promoted to Director of Studio Operations nationwide at Atlantic Records. Previously he was the  Director, Creative & Editorial and Studio Director for Atlantic Records in NYC. Robinson graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Liberal Arts with areas of emphasis in Business Administration; Commercial Music and Visual Art. Based in NYC, Robinson is also a freelance producer.

Taylor Wilhelm '15

taylor-wilhelmTaylor Wilhelm '15 is the Director of New Media at Iowa State University. He graduated with double majors in Business Administration and Accounting. Wilhelm played football at Malone and was named to the GLIAC All-Academic Excellence Teams. Read more about Taylor's encounters with the OSU Buckeyes and NFL players here.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bennett Gene Zacour


A son, Bennett Gene, to Kendra and Kyle Zacour ’14 on June 25, 2016.  Kyle is the student ministries pastor for Foothills Community Church.  The family lives in Seneca, South Carolina.

Zachary Henry Grass



A son, Zachary Henry, son of Ben and Alisa (Barkan) '06 Grass on April 29, 2016. Alisa is Supervisor of the Intake/Assessment Unit of the Stark County Department of Job & Family Services.  The family lives in Brewster.

Brett Fogle '07

brett-fogBrett Fogle '07  has re-joined Himes, Slater & Hershberger, LLC in Kidron as a CPA.  master degree from University of Akron.



Friday, December 9, 2016

Casey (Stevens) Wilson '14

casey-wilsonCasey (Stevens) Wilson '14 has accepted a position as search engine marketing specialist with OuterBox Design, a web design and e-commerce marketing agency in Akron. Since January 2015 Casey has been a social media and communications assistant at Top Echelon, a Canton website and software developer for the job recruiting industry.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Micah Carleton '15

Micah Carleton '15 is a multi-line Representative at Dan Morgan State Farm Agency in Canton. He has volunteered as a camp counselor at Pine Valley Bible Camp in

Hollie Brubaker '02

hollie-brubakerHollie Brubaker '02, a two-time Emmy Award winner, is owner and Chief Creative Officer at Thespis Media LLC in the Cleveland/Akron area. Hollie has over 15 years experience in TV, web and multi-media production. Thespis Media develops and delivers web video content for area businesses through  creative storytelling in short films, commercials, and brand videos.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Whitney Prather '08

whitney-pratherWhitney 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

jonesrichardRichard 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.

S. C. Toe '

S. C. Toe is Director of Music Ministries at St. Luke's Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Toe has been an organist/music director most of his life. He studied music education, piano pedagogy, orchestral conducting, and was student conductor of choral actives at university at Malone. He has served many orchestras on conducting staff and appeared with professional and student orchestras alike both nationally and internationally. Toe is conductor of the Memphis Youth Symphony.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Pastors Joe '06 and Cara (Caudill) '06 Pfeiffer

joe-and-cara-pfeifferJoe '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.

Kyle Zacour '14

kyle-zacourKyle Zacour '14 is the Student Ministry Pastor at Foothills Community Church in Seneca, South Carolina. He started working at Foothills as the Junior High Student Ministries Pastor. Kyle and his wife, Kendra, have one son.

Marc Harvey '10, '14 MBA

Marc Harvey '10, '14 MBA is Vice President for Organizational Development at The Commercial & Savings Bank and is based at the Bank's operation center in Millersburg. Marc is engaged in civic leadership within the community, serves on the Steering Committee for the Orrville Leadership Lab, and has tutored students at Wayne County A.B.L.E. and Dalton Local Schools.

Marion Mazzarella '64

fullsizerenderMarion 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

rev-steeleRev. 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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Caleb Norrick '15, '16 MAOL

caleb-norrickCaleb Norrick '15, '16 MAOL (master of arts in organizational leadership) is Assistant Athletic Director of Internal Operations and Director of Football Operations at Malone. 2015-16 marks Caleb's fifth season as a member of the Pioneer coaching staff.

Mandy Bankert '01

mandy-bankertMandy Bankert '01 is a 7th Grade Language Arts teacher in the Mansfield City School District. Previously, Mandy taught at North Canton City Schools and was an adjunct professor at Stark State College.

Cindy Flood Ries '79

cindy-riesCindy 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.

Matt Troyer '08

matt-troyerMatt Troyer '08 is director of accounting at Keim Lumber in Charm, Ohio. Previously, he was a Senior Financial Analyst at The J.M. Smucker Company in Orrville. He earned an MBA from Ashland University in 2012. Matt and his wife, Berta (Kryah) '06, have two children and live in Berlin.

Dan Kell '99

dan-kellDan Kell '99 is now Executive Director of Physician Services at Northeast Georgia Health System. Dan was previously a VP of Finance & CFO - Physician Enterprise at Aultman Hospital in Canton. He also served on the Malone Alumni Executive Board and was a member of the School of Business Advisory Board. Dan and his wife, Sherry, have two children and live in Flowery Branch, Georgia.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Trudy Schwartz '02, '15 MAOL

trudy-schwartzTrudy Schwartz '02, ’15 MAOL (master of arts in organizational leadership) is a telecommunications senior analyst at Ohio CAT in Broadview Heights. She is a member of the Malone University Alumni Executive Board. Trudy and her husband, Jon, have two adult children, Carrie and Brandon '15.

James Thomas Talbert '13

James TalbertJames Thomas Talbert '13 is one of the pastors at Citizens Akron, a church for all people. Previously, James was on the staff at the Chapel in North Canton. James married Julia Messenger on June 25, 2016. The couple lives in Akron. Learn more about Citizens Akron.

Dr. Bruce Bell '77

Dr. Bruce Bell '77 has earned a doctor of ministry degree in Spiritual Formation from Ashland Seminary. The title of his doctoral dissertation was, The Cohort Program and Spiritual Formation: Fostering Spiritual Formation Within the Cohorts. Bruce  holds a master degree in Christian Ministries from Wheaton College (IL). He is the pastor of Friends Worship Center in Columbus. Bruce and his wife, Judy, have three adult children.

Lonette (Clinkscale) Baity '04

lonette-baityLonette (Clinkscale) Baity '04 is the Director of Marketing at Lake Center Christian School in Hartville. She previously worked at the Pregnancy Support Center of Stark County as  public relations and events director. Lonette is also a faith-based speaker and writer. She lives in Akron with her husband, Stephen, and their three children.

Elisa Schleig '98

elisa-schleigElisa Schleig '98, M.A., education, is Education Manager at the Stark County Community Action Agency. She previously worked as the Early Childhood Specialist at the Early Childhood Resource Center in Canton. Elisa and her husband, Shawn '98, have four children and live in North Canton.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Judah Lee Corpier

judah-corpierA son, Judah Lee, to Rachel (Scarborough) ’08 and Sean Corpier on September 15, 2016. Judah joins a brother, Kelly. Rachel is a stay-at-home mom and Sean works for Cobb, a subsidiary of Tyson. The family lives in Fruitland, Maryland.

Elijah Michael Deckerd




A son, Elijah Michael, to Natalie and Scott Deckerd ’13 on June 16, 2016.  He joins big sister Carolyn.  The family lives in Rootstown, Ohio.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Russ Libb '70

russ-libbRev. Russ Libb '70 was named to the Western Reserve Athletics Hall of Fame for his contributions as Chaplain for Western Reserve Local Schools in Berlin Center. Rev. Libb was pastor of the Berlin Center United Methodist Church for 38 years. He is a Navy veteran

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Rebecca Geyer '07

rebecca-geyerRebecca Geyer '07, RN is a Trauma Process Improvement Consultant and Trauma Injury Prevention nurse at Genesis Healthcare System in Zanesville. Rebecca earned her BSN at Malone and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from The Ohio State University.

Emily Farls '07 and Mike Tolliver

emily-farls-tolliverEmily Farls ’07 and Mike Tolliver on July 3, 2016. Mike works as a Financial Advisor for Navy Federal Credit Union and Emily works as a School Psychologist in Adams 12 Five Star Schools. The couple lives in Thornton, CO.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Elaine Russell Reolfi '88

elaineElaine Russell Reolfi '88, Vice President of Organizational Advancement and Corporate Relations at TimkenSteel Corporation, was named to the 2016 Women's Hall of Fame by the Stark County YWCA. She is also President of the TimkenSteel Charitable Fund. Russell Reolfi holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from Malone and an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Amanda (Eckelberry) Kelly '01

amanda-kelly-copyAmanda (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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Amanda Zabukovec '06, '08 MBA and Joseph Herbst

joe-and-amanda-herbstAmanda Zabukovec '06, '08 MBA, and Joseph Herbst on October 24, 2015. Joseph is the brother of Julie Herbst '06, Amanda's roommate, soccer teammate and best friend. Amanda is the Director of Development at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. The couple lives in Dyer, Indiana.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Autumn Berry '15 and Michael Terry '15

berry-terry-weddingAutumn Berry '15 and Mike Terry '15 were married on June 17, 2016.  The couple moved to Wilmore, Kentucky, where Mike is attending Asbury Seminary and Autumn is working as an administrative assistant at Hill 'N Dale Christian Church in Lexington.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Susan Lindbloom and Beau Concilio

susan-concilio-lindbloomSusan Lindbloom '11 and Beau Concilio on October 3, 2015. Susan is a nurse at St. Clair Hospital in Mt Lebanon, Pennsylvania. The couple lives in Bethel Park.


Friday, September 23, 2016

Makayla Lauren Strunk

dstrunk-newborn-6141A daughter, Makayla Lauren, to Danielle (Dowling) '14 and Daniel Strunk on July 13, 2016. Danielle is a registered nurse at Akron City Hospital. The family lives in Brimfield.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hilda Zimmerly '72

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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.

Brooklyn Adele Beebe

brooklyn-beebeA daughter, Brooklyn Adele, to Jordan and Kelly (Fath) '03 Beebe. She joins her older sister Adalyn.  Jordan teaches personal finance and history at Claymont High School and Kelly is a nurse anesthetist at Aultman Hospital in Canton. The family lives in Dover.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Brian Ziegler '11

brian-zieglerBrian Ziegler '11 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."

Read more about Brian's book and story on Facebook.

Jacquleyn Canonico '14

jacquelynJacquelyn Canonico '14 is in her third year of teaching third grade at Green Elementary School in Wayne County. Jacquelyn, an early childhood major, was hired right after graduation in 2014. Jacquelyn is pictured with her cousin, Harper.



Friday, September 2, 2016

Dan Bacj, Jr '10

Dan Bacj JrDan 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

Ben StrouseBen 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.

Alexis Kreiner '16

Alexis KreinerAlexis Kreiner '16 has been hired for a full-time position with Rahab Ministries in Akron. Alexis will be writing news releases and grants, speaking on behalf of the organization, and assisting with social media, events, and volunteer coordination.

Norah Grace Barbarich

Norah BarbarichA daughter, Norah Grace, to Jessica (Crooks) '11 and Jim Barbarich on July 23, 2016. The family lives in Willoughby, Ohio.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Heather Cameron '13 and Garret Keibler

Heather Cameron WeddingHeather Cameron '13 and Garret Keibler on August 8, 2015. Heather is a nurse at the Cleveland Clinic and Garret works for Charles Schwab. The couple lives in Twinsburg.

Chris Watson '01

WatsonChris 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.

Andrew Michael Karbowiak

Andrew KarbowiakA son, Andrew Michael, to Julia (Evanovich) '99 and Mike Karbowiak on December 3, 2015. He joins a brother, Ethan. The family lives in Kent.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

Jennifer (Quast) Noonan '97, Ph.D.

Jennifer Noonan FamilyJennifer (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.