Fall/Winter 2015 Alumni News and Notes
Dian (Frew) Kautz and Dr. George Bagley ’54, who met as Houghton freshmen in 1950, were married on December 13, 2014, in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Bagleys reside at Woodcrest Villa Retirement Community in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Allyn Foster is in his 15th year as Pastoral Assistant at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church. Rev. Foster’s work includes pastoral care, preaching, and leading Bible studies. He sings with a chamber choir, the Freudig Singers of Western New York. He has three daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
David Neu published the first of two books on worship and congregational singing titled Volumes of Praise for a Vanishing God in July of 2015. In the book, Dr. Neu examines the effects of the music of congregational songs on the church’s concept of God.
Stanley Sandler continues to host a call-in radio show called Stan the History Man, which streams globally on WFNC, Fayetteville, North Carolina on Saturdays at noon. He would especially welcome calls from Houghton folks. In addition, Dr. Sandler has recently written a short essay about Houghton’s connection to Thomas Bramwell Welch (of Welch’s Grape Juice), who was the first to pasteurize bottled fruit juice using Concord grapes.
Tom Farver retired on July 1, 2015, after 38 years as Professor of Biostatistics in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. One gift he received was a framed poster listing the approximately 860 veterinarians who had taken required biostatistics courses from Tom while working on the post-professional degree Master of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM). Bordering the list were the flags of the 77 countries from which those veterinarians had come.
Gene Lemcio, Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Seattle Pacific University, has edited A Man of Many Parts: Essays in Honor of John Westerdale Bowker on his Eightieth Birthday (Wipf and Stock, 2015). Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote the introduction. Gene’s contribution is titled, “Daniel & the Three ‘Historical’ Signs of the Eschatological Son of Man and Saints of the Most High: a Paradigm for Gospels Christology and Discipleship.”
Don Warren participated in a two-year clinical trial that tested the effects of selenium supplementation in HIV+ patients in Kigali, Rwanda. The positive results of the study were published in the medical journal AIDS (June 1, 2015, Volume 29, Issue 9, p. 1045-1052), the official journal of the International Aids Society. “We are pleased and thankful that the results of this study will get wide exposure through this journal,” reported Dr. Warren. “Who can tell the long-term impact this will have? Right now, as a result of the study, there are up to 1,000 HIV patients at five hospital sites in Kigali, Rwanda, who will be receiving selenium (supplied by Global Benefit Canada) over the next two-year period.” Watch a mini-documentary about the clinical trials.
Robert Anderson retired in July of 2015 after 42 years in ministry. Dr. Anderson served churches in Vanport and North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania as well as Daytona Beach, Florida. Bob and his wife, Diane, reside in Port Orange, Florida.
Mary Pollock is currently in Cote d’Ivoire creating a documentary about the village of Korobo and the indigenous language spoken there.
Jeff Prinsell was elected President of the Georgia Society of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons (OMS). Dr. Prinsell is a past president and Distinguished Service Award recipient of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, founding president of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and past chair of the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons’ (OMS) obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) section and served on the American Academy of Sleep Medicine Standards of Practice Committee Task Force to update the practice parameters for OSA surgery (Sleep, 2010). Jeff maintains an OMS private practice in Marietta, Georgia, where he lives with Kim, his wife of 34 years. The Prinsells have two sons: Jeffery, an anesthesiologist, and Eric.
Jack Bradley recently completed his Certified Funeral Celebrant’s course in Albany New York. Rev. Bradley is senior pastor at Athens and Mississippi Free Methodist Churches; celebrant for Irvine’s Funeral Home and is an occasional (substitute) teacher for the Upper Canada and District School Board.
John Lamb is celebrating 25 years of ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America this year. John lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Brenda (Jones) McCloud was recently honored in a Shabbat service as a Jew by Choice at Temple Bat Yam (Reform Jewish Congregation) in South Lake Tahoe, California. She writes, “Houghton was very instrumental in developing my life’s emphasis on social justice/action and intellectual pursuits in Biblical studies. I am the social justice/action chairperson for our outreach in the South Lake Tahoe community and the Carson Valley community.” McCloud is also a part-time private piano teacher.
Brian Hazlett was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, at the 2015 Honors Convocation held May 7th. The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in one or more of the following areas: teaching, research, service to the university, creative work, community-based application of knowledge, and/or the integration or synthesis of knowledge. The presenter said, “Those of us who have the pleasure of working with [Dr. Hazlett] are grateful for his commitment to the university, support for academic quality, and collegial nature. He treats students and colleagues alike with respect and gentleness. He exemplifies the excellence that lies at the heart of the Briar Cliff University mission.”
Sheila (Bentley) Bower and several Houghton friends met up this summer in North East, Maryland, for the 5th Annual CSC Girl’s Camp 1970s Reunion at Camp Sandy Cove. Pictured left to right: Shelley Dugan ’77, Carol (Capra ’77) Kuniholm, Linda (Luckey ’73) Reed, Peg (Roorbach ’78) Shrum, former Houghton faculty member Doris (Garrett ’71) Nielsen, Lois (McAleer ’81) Watts, Jane Campbell ’73, and Sheila (Bentley) Bower.
Tyke Tenney was recently named executive director for Virginia Technical Institute (VTI) in Altavista, Virginia. VTI provides hands-on training in a variety of fields including electrical, plumbing, heating and air, welding, carpentry, multi-craft industrial maintenance, and project management. Tenney has over 20 years of educational expertise at the service delivery level and over 10 years’ experience at the senior management level.
Karen (Eckstrom) Hodges married Paul Allan Clark ’78 on July 11, 2015, at The Fellowship in Easton, Massachusetts. Paul and Karen met at Houghton College in the fall of 1976, when Karen was a freshman, and Paul was a junior. They renewed their friendship 37 years later and were married 39 years after they first met. Celebrating with the couple were Brian and Karen (Clark ’02) Winey ’02, Walter and Laura (Clark ’04) Hopkins ’04, Rebecca (Clark ’05) Newkirk, Ben Clark ’12, Stephen and Paula (Doughten ’73) Clark ’73, and Kevin and Patty (Gatrost ’79) Lawson ’78. The Clarks live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Paul is the director of education and engagement for Overseas Council, and Karen is a former fourth-grade teacher.
Darlene Teague married Charles “Chuck” Stailey on May 2, 2015, at The PROMiSE Church in Fishers, Indiana. Houghton alumni in attendance included matron of honor, Janel Sallman-Carnes ’80, Steve and Nancy (Parker ’80) Cooper ’80, and David Higle ’79. The Staileys live in Indianapolis, Indiana, where Darlene is a retired ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church, and Chuck is an embedded software engineer for Ritron Inc. “This is the first marriage for both of us,” writes Darlene. “We also like to say it’s our last marriage.”
Linda Palmer was awarded a special recognition plaque by the ZP Group, Inc., for encouraging her fellow WalMart store employees to take the ZP Challenge—a program that helps employees reach their goals and live a healthier lifestyle.
Jeanne (Nelson) Pedigo, an internist and graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, is currently employed as a medical evaluation board physician for Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia. Dr. Pedigo does disability evaluations for soldiers who are no longer healthy enough to serve in the military.
David Knightly recently received a Master of Science in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the director of diversified occupations at Oxford Hills Technical School in Norway, Maine, where he teaches job skills through horticulture and small engine repair to kids who need hands-on learning. In addition, Knightly also co-founded a local restorative justice collaborative that is diverting juvenile offenders away from the courts and to a restorative process that brings them together with those they have harmed.
Ann (Irving) McNeill married Rob McNeill ’87 after graduation and taught grade-, middle and high school English at Fillmore, Dryden Central, and Shalom Christian Academy in New York State. After homeschooling her children for a number of years and teaching part-time in the Houghton College PACE and English departments, Ann accepted an English position at Houghton Academy in 2010. She has enjoyed serving in various ways at the Houghton Wesleyan Church, connecting with young adults seeking a full life in Christ, and having hobby farm and nature adventures in Rushford with her veterinarian husband and three children: Noah (21), Jill (18) and Liam (15).
Rich Strum recently met fellow Houghton alumnus, Stacy Garber ’07, when she attended the NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for School Teachers in Ticonderoga, New York, titled The American Revolution on the Northern Frontier: Fort Ticonderoga and the Road to Saratoga. Rich is the director of education at Fort Ticonderoga and served as the NEH Project Director for the workshop.
William Greenway, Jr. recently published two books, For the Love of All Creatures: The Story of Grace in Genesis (Eerdmans, 2015) and A Reasonable Belief: Why God and Faith Make Sense (Westminster John Knox Press, 2015). Dr. Greenway is associate professor of philosophical theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.
Maribeth (Danner) and Joey Jennings attended the annual “Pickle House Reunion” this past July in Washington, D.C. The name “Pickle House” may not be familiar to alums outside of this group of friends, but many will remember “Russell House,” a very green (pickle-colored) house that sat across the street from what is now the Gillette Hall/Center for the Arts parking lot, and next door to what many remember as “Moon House.” Russell/Pickle House was torn down in 1987, but not before Keith Palmer ’86, painted a large cartoon pickle on the front of the house, thus naming their house mascot. Various members of this group of friends have been meeting yearly since 1986.
The Houghton alums/students in the photo are (not including spouses and kids who are not alums):
Sitting: Keith and Diane (Farley ’86) Palmer ’86; Kristin Palmer ’12; Laurie (Palmer ’84) Virkus; Sandy (Huey ’86) Tabolt; Sandy (Wilson ’86) Schulz.
Other members of the original seven residents not pictured are: Jon Bershe ’86 and Jim Leininger ’86.
Jim Toner married Lisa Johnson on August 2, 2014, at First Assembly of God in Niagara Falls, New York. Houghton friends in attendance included Jean-Louis and Sandy (Carlson ’64) Roederer ’64, Philip Toner ’86, and Jeff and Lenora (Wenger ’89) Fry ’87. The Toners spent their honeymoon in Orillia, Ontario, and reside in North Tonawanda, New York, where Jim is an accountant, and Lisa is a home health care aid.
Chad Groff was recently named school superintendent for the Canaseraga Central School District in Canaseraga, New York. Groff had been serving the school as interim superintendent since April and was previously employed as guidance counselor and superintendent in the Jasper-Troupsburg Central School District in Jasper, New York.
Elizabeth (Oswalt) West married Tim West in 2013, and on August 5, 2014, they welcomed son Jonathan Francis West into the world. Tim is an editor at Baker Publishing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Elizabeth plays organ at Trinity Lutheran Church and teaches organ lessons privately and at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids. Prior to Jonathan’s birth, Elizabeth taught first-year music theory at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, for four years but has stepped down from that work to spend more time enjoying their son.
Brad Zarges was recently named athletic director for Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) in Quincy, Massachusetts. Zarges will also serve as a faculty member in ENC’s Exercise and Sport Sciences Department. “His experience as a coach, educator and national conference committee member make him uniquely well qualified to take ENC’s athletics programs to the next level,” said ENC Vice President of Student Development, Jeffrey Kirksey.
Nate Ransil was recently promoted to Director of Program Ministries at Sandy Cove Ministries, located in North East, Maryland, where he oversees all retreats, conferences, and events programmed by Sandy Cove, including five weeks of Family Camp each summer as well as weekends for women, men and couples throughout the year. His wife, Evelyn (Tillapaugh ’95) Ransil is the director of The Marsh, A Day Camp at Sandy Cove, an eight-week summer program for children ages 4-14. Nate points out that the hiring of his wife, who reports to Tim Nielsen ’90, the Director of Children’s Ministries, “completes the clean sweep for all of Sandy Cove’s programs being directed by Highlanders!”
Peter Friguletto married Allicia Petraccione on August 8, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church of Ballston Spa, New York. The bride is a preschool teacher in Schenectady, New York, and the groom is the station keeper for the Jonesville Fire District and a firefighter/EMT. The couple lives in Schenectady with their two children, Kaylee and Thomas.
L. Scott Ekstrom was recently named library director of the Smith Memorial Library at the Chautauqua Institution. Before directing “The Smith,” Scott was the book department manager at the Chautauqua Bookstore for five years, and prior to coming to Chautauqua, he worked in theater, at faith-based not-for-profits, and as an English teacher.
Ruth (Erde) and Johnathan Hartt ’00 are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Henry George Francis Hartt, on November 16, 2014. The Hartt family resides 12 miles north of Boston in Stoneham, Massachusetts, where Ruth runs her own private vocal studio and is the youth choral director at the Concord Conservatory of Music in Concord, Massachusetts. Jonathan is chair of the English department at Mystic Valley Regional Charter School in Malden, Massachusetts.
Justin Paul Lawrence completed his MBA at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, in 2014 and recently obtained employment by InterVarsity Press (IVP) as their academic and library markets sales manager. In this new position, Justin connects IVP’s thoughtful Christian books with scholars, students and professionals through stores, libraries and internet booksellers. He also has the opportunity to represent IVP at large academic conferences. Justin lives in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife, Joy—a freelance writer and biblical storyteller—and their two children, Evelyn (5) and Judah (2).
David Ely earned his PhD in pharmaceutics from Purdue University in 2010 and is now the program chair of pre-engineering at Ivy Tech Community College in Lafayette, Indiana. David and his wife, Elizabeth (Waechter) Ely ’02, are happy to announce the birth of their son, Matthew, on April 4, 2014. Matthew joins brothers Brynning (11), Benjamin (7) and Iain (2) and sister Audrey (9).
Colin Ryan was recently appointed to the Vermont Commission of Women (VCW) by Vermont governor, Peter Shumblin. Ryan will serve as VCW’s newest commissioner and its only male member. “I’m honored to appoint Colin to this position,” Shumlin said. “His expertise and unique way of engaging individuals in important conversations about financial literacy will provide a great benefit to the mission of the Vermont Commission on Women.” Colin is a financial literacy advocate and a comedic speaker.
Meghan Chalmers-McDonald received her MFA in applied craft and design from Oregon College of Art and Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art in May, 2014.
Matthew Moran received an MA in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2015. Matt is married to Laurel (Hoffman ’05) Moran, and they live in Melrose, Massachusetts, where Matt is the gospel communities pastor at Seven Mile Road Church.
Adam Sullivan married Angela Scouras in Marlborough, Massachusetts, on July 26, 2014, and received his PhD in biostatistics from Harvard University on May 7, 2015. The couple lives in Johnston, Rhode Island, where Adam is assistant professor of biostatistics and teaching scholar at Brown University. Next year, he will direct Brown’s master’s program in biostatistics.
Andrea (McCullough) and Christopher Owens are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Meredith Rubye Owens, born March 19, 2015. The Owens family lives in Roanoke, Virginia, where Andrea works as a speech language pathologist at Carilion Clinic, and Chris is a territory manager for Iron Planet.
Charla (Bradley) and Matthew Williams are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Maisie Joy Williams, on August 1, 2014. Proud grandparents are Rev. Jack and Bonnie Bradley ’76 of Brockville, Ontario.
Christopher Marshall earned his Master of Social Work degree from Edinboro University on August 12, 2015.
Janna (Bradley) and Cory Swann are happy to announce the birth of Emma Clara Elizabeth on September 8, 2015. She joins big brother, Jackson (3). Proud grandparents are Rev. Jack and Bonnie Bradley ’76 of Brockville, Ontario.
Kelly (Hanson) and Frank Eisbacher are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Willow Christine Eisbacher, on March 24, 2015, by the Midwives of New Jersey at the Morristown Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey. The family resides in Budd Lake, New Jersey, where Kelly is a chemist, and Frank is a Sergeant in the Army Reserves serving as a mechanic. In civilian life, Frank is a carpenter.
Christopher Olsen MM’14 and Lauren Stabley ’13 were married on July 5, 2014, at Victory Highway Wesleyan Church in Painted Post, New York. Many Houghton friends were on hand to celebrate with the couple, including wedding party members Janelle Conklin ’14, Holly (Morgan ’14) Norsen, Anna (Silbert ’10) Dibble, Maribeth Olsen ’13, Jesse Stevenson ’09, Josh Gabrielsen ’09, and James Schmieder ’09; parents of the groom Steven and Marilee (Banner ’81) Olsen ’78; aunt of the bride Christine (Hall ’83) Conklin; and wedding coordinator Melinda (Mattison ’95) Hayes. Other alums in attendance were Austen Kewin ’15, Sean Douglas MM’15, Margaret McGowan MM’14, Kelly VanKirk ’13/MM’15, Andrew and Chloe (Naujokas ’14) Williams ’12, Joshua Robbie Stitt MM’14, Megan Driscoll ’13, Maggie Gorham ’14, Mike and Beth (Rogers ’83) Bayba ’83, Katelyn Williams ’12, Jon and Katie (McCulloch ’08) VanSkiver ’08, Wren and Kate (Glurich ’11) Hillis, Sara (Forsythe ’10) Kensinger, Matthew and Emma (Franson ’10) McCann ’11, Wynn and Kristen (Schnitzer ’14) Horton ’15, Kate Thweatt ’14, Jessica (Vogt ’08) Stevenson, and Orion Harrison ’09. The Olsens live in Warrensville Heights, Ohio, where Christopher is the choral director for the Orange County School District, and Lauren is a marketing assistant/administrative assistant for Goodman Real Estate.
Cana Roth was ordained by the Elliott Avenue Baptist Church in Springfield, Illinois, on July 12, 2015. The ordination was recognized by the American Baptist Churches of the Great Rivers Region (ABC-USA), and she is the congregation’s first female pastor.
Lindsay (Hansen) married Luis Rosado on December 6, 2014, in Staten Island, New York. Houghton friends in attendance included Emily Leo ’10, Heather Haverstick ’10, Caitlin (Cleland ’10) and Matthew Whittemore ’09, Jordan Zaner ’09, Justin Zaner ’09, Michael Danylak ’09, Joel and Amy (Buckingham ’11) Vanderweele ’10, and Havilah (Ford ’09) Whetstone. The Rosados live in Staten Island.
Lindsay (Timian) married Adam Silvernail ’11 on June 21, 2014. Annie Peterson ’10 was the maid of honor, Katrina Koehler ’11 and Megan Ginder ’10 were bridesmaids, Joshua Timian ’13 was a groomsman, and Jennifer “Jazz” McClure ’09 was Lindsay’s bridal attendant. Also in attendance were guests Benjamin Hammer ’11, Wes and Hillary (Chartrand ’11) Bevens ’10, Ethan Sjolander ’08, Ray and Lisa (Parizek ’85) Parlett ’85, and Josiah Parlett ’19. The couple resides in Richmond, Virginia, where Lindsay teaches physics and math at Veritas School, a classical Christian school, and Adam works as a technical support engineer for Virginia Controls Incorporated.
Caroline Hogan began her graduate work in library and information sciences in August, 2015 at the University of Iowa.
Eric and Joella (Eppenhimer ’12) Liddle will be traveling to Ukarumpa, Papua New Guinea, this January to begin a two-year term as teachers with Wycliffe Bible Translators. Eric will be teaching high school math, and Joella will be teaching intermediate language arts.
Jeremy Raff co-wrote a chapter in the book Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope by Cambridge Scholars Publishing (January 10, 2015). Jeremy and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where Jeremy is the assistant executive director at The Mix at Arbor Place, a youth-serving non-profit.
Zach and Jenny (Huyett ’11) Wise are happy to announce the birth of Malachi James on September 25, 2015. Malachi was born in Augusta, Georgia, while Zach was attending Captain’s School for the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
Sarah Jacoby is currently in Durham, North Carolina, working on her Master of Divinity degree at Duke Divinity School.
Elizabeth Pisaniello married Robin Munn on May 23, 2015, at Lowville Baptist Church in Lowville, New York. Houghton friends on hand to celebrate the occasion were Susan Peterson ’13, Rebecca Brown ’13, and Ethan and Tricia (Powles ’13) Ocock ’14. The Munns make their home in Chiang Mai, Thailand, where Elizabeth will continue to pursue a master’s degree in applied linguistics at Payap University, and Robin will continue his work with Wycliffe Bible Translators as a computer programmer.
Hanna Kahler recently began a volunteer internship at Confluence, a year-long service program with Episcopal Service Corps in Columbus, Ohio, where she is doing asset-based community development in conjunction with St. John’s Episcopal Church. Hanna joins other recent college graduates in an intentional community committed to spiritual formation, service and social justice.
Courtney Smalt married Tim Angel on June 6, 2015, at the John Joseph Inn in Lansing, New York. Houghton alumni in attendance included Michal Erdogan ’15, Clayton Danner ’15, Victoria Bachman ’15, and Theresa (Bailey ’13) Eggleston. The couple is living in Alfred, New York, where Tim is pursuing his MBA at Alfred University, and Courtney is attending graduate school for a master’s in public health.