Alumni News & Notes
Christian camping has been a lifelong adventure for Bob Sabean ’58. Serving with Latin American Mission since 1965, Bob spent the first 15 years developing Costa Rica’s most well-known camp in Central America, Camp Roblealto. He went on to co-found Christian Camping International Latin America which provides resources, training and support for all the Spanishspeaking Christian camps of Latin America. Today Sabean teaches and trains camping professionals all over the world. Over the years, he has been a professor of recreation at the National University of Costa Rica, as well as advisor to the government of Costa Rica in the development of the national policy on recreation. He co-founded the Institute for the Formation of Instructors, a 17-day-long intensive training institute through which C.C.I.L.A. forms its instructors, giving them official approval to teach the camp counselor and program director training courses in their respective countries. At 76, Sabean is still on that Christian camping adventure. He is currently writing a book in collaboration with the University of Costa Rica titled El Juego: una Perspective Cristiana (Play: a Christian Perspective), due to be published early this fall. He hopes to teach the book in seminaries and Bible institutes around Latin America to the next generation of pastors and camping professionals. Bob and his wife of 50+ years, Nancy, make their home in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Valgene Dunham recently published a new book with Syracuse University Press titled Allegany to Appomattox: The Life and Letters of Private William Whitlock of the 188th New York Volunteers. Dr. Dunham is Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the College of Science at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books, chapters, and journal articles.
Ralph Speas was recently a guest instructor at Hindustan Bible Institute in Chennai, India. Dr. Speas is founder and president of Meridian University of Biblical Training, which recently formed a partnership with Hindustan Bible Institute to help facilitate the church planting movement there.
Robert S. Burns was honorably retired from ministry at First Presbyterian Church in Mount Joy, Pa., celebrating 45 years as pastor in Presbyterian churches. Rev. Burns is now the parish associate at the Highland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pa., and is a clergy volunteer chaplain at the Lancaster County Prison. He recently offered the opening prayer for the Pennsylvania State Senate in the State Senate Chambers in Harrisburg, Pa.
Charles Green is “in retirement” serving an independent church in New Jersey, occasionally teaching a Bible study at a nearby Baptist church and attending the Romanian Baptist Church once or twice a month. Twice a year, he travels to the Republic of Moldova (formerly part of the Soviet Union) to visit an orphanage where, according to Rev. Green, they “purchase clothing for the most needy children, take some of them to church with us, and after church we have lunch together.”
Elwood “Woody” and Carol (Wells ’62) Zimmerman celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in August on a celebratory cruise with all of their children and grandchildren, including son and daughter-in-law Brian and Deb (Perry ’89) Zimmerman ’93; and again on September 29, 2012, with an anniversary party at the Lightfoot Restaurant in Leesburg, Va. Eighty-five well-wishers were there to celebrate with the couple, including best man, Hall Burchell ’62 and three other members of their original wedding party.
Milton Scott assisted with the book, Choosing Fatherhood: America’s Second Chance, by Lewis Kostiner. Scott was a staff member of the National Fatherhood Initiative at the time of the writing.
William (Bill) and Marilyn (Burroughs ’65) Francis retired recently from their ministry with The Salvation Army after serving the denomination for 40 years in various pastoral and administrative appointments in the U.S., England and Canada. Marilyn and Bill retired with the rank of Commissioner, the highest rank next to that of General. In retirement, Bill continues his role as chairman of the Army’s International Doctrine Council, and Marilyn continues to minister through music, preaching and her unique and well-respected counseling ministry throughout the world. Together, they continue to lead annual pilgrimages to Israel, Greece, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt. Their retirement home is in Orlando, Florida, a perfect place for their two children and nine grandchildren to visit.
Jean (Hogan) McFate and her husband, Paul, spent 25 years working at Camp Pinnacle, a Christian camp in the Helderberg Mountains just outside of Albany, N.Y.; and 17 years serving as missionaries with IAM in east/central Africa doing discipleship ministry. Now in retirement, they continue to serve both ministries by volunteering once a week at the camp and once a week at the IAM headquarters.
Faye (Boorum) Zuidema retired in June 2012 after a career in secondary education that spanned 46 years. Dr. Zuidema spent her last 15 years in education as assistant principal for curriculum at Santa Fe High School in Alachua, Florida. She remains active in First Baptist Church of Alachua, Florida, and resides with husband, Jack ’66, on their horse farm where they raise thoroughbreds.
John and Sue (Osterhout) Babbitt have co-authored their second book in Arcadia Publishing’s Postcard History Series titled Genesee River. The book includes more than 200 vintage images and postcard memories of life along the Genesee from the spring in Gold, Pa., where the river originates, up to the mouth of the river along the shore of Lake Ontario in Rochester, N.Y. The Babbitts’ first book, Postcard History of Steuben County, was published in 2010.
Deborah (Marble) Hubbard recently published her debut novel about an American Jewish graduate student who travels to Mainz, Germany, to rescue her mother from the traumas of the past. The Peace Bridge by D.C. Hubbard is available through Amazon. com. For more information visit www. dchubbard-writes.com.
Jeanne Meeder recently joined Wixon, a manufacturer of seasonings, flavors, ingredients and consumer products for the food and beverage industry, as industrial ingredients and consumer products director. Wixon is located in St. Francis, Wis. Prior to this appointment, Meeder worked as director of food product development at Koch Foods in Chicago and has worked in research and development for Barber Foods, Luigino’s HFI Foods, Del Monte, and Stouffer’s.
Karen (Smith) Roberts recently published a children’s book on Kindle titled Silly Old Book of Walrus Fun. For more information and links to her other two Kindle books, visit her Amazon author web page.
David Clark was named vice president and dean of Bethel Seminary. Clark will lead the 1,100-student seminary, which operates in St. Paul; San Diego; Auburn, Mass.; and Washington, D.C. Prior to this appointment, Clark served Bethel University as executive vice president and provost since 2009.
Karin A’Hearn-Sweeney recently began a master’s in theology studies at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. “After 20 years of teaching the faith,” says A’Hearn-Sweeney, “those seeking to convert to Christianity have been asking for more in-depth philosophical and theological explanations, so I am going deeper myself.”
David Penne currently shows and sells his artwork through the online gallery Sociarty. Sociarty is a committed sponsor of the international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), and half of all the gallery’s profits go to helping that organization deliver emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made disasters or exclusion from healthcare. To see David’s work, visit sociarty.myshopify, www.facebook.com/PicturethisPenne or penne5.wix.com/picturethis
Mark S. Caruana has served Tabernacle Baptist Church in Utica, N.Y., as pastor for the last 13 years. This year his congregation received a grant of $47,425 to enable him to participate in the 2012 Clergy Renewal Program funded by the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment Inc. This program allows pastors to step back from their busy lives and renew their spirits for the benefit of their ongoing ministries. During Dr. Caruana’s 13-year tenure, Tabernacle Baptist Church has welcomed hundreds of ethnic Karen refugees from Burma (Myanmar) into its congregation. He will be spending his sabbatical immersed in the history and culture of Burma, the experience of Baptist Christians in Burma, and the experience of other Baptist congregations in the U.S. that are welcoming refugees from Burma into their fellowships. His plans include an extended visit to Burma in late 2013.
Leah (Omundsen) Slye and Sherry (Kingdon ’80) Johnson both have sons who graduated in the class of 2012. Leah reports that “Kyle and Jon became friends without any introductions or involvement of their mothers, who were friends while attending Houghton, and remain so today.” In the photo from left to right: Leah (Omundsen ’80) Slye, Jonathan Slye’12, Kyle Johnson ’12, and Sherry (Kingdon ’80) Johnson.
Marc Troeger has recently been promoted to practice manager for the higher education practice at Ciber Inc., a global information technology company based out of Denver, Colorado. This promotion allowed Troeger and his wife, Jan, to move back “home” to Holland, Michigan, where Jan runs her own consulting business.
David Hoffman, M.D., has been promoted to area medical director for USHealthworks in Seattle, Wash.
Kris (Paroline) Cavanaugh recently published a book titled Be Still? Really Lord??: Surviving Unexpected Losses and a Long Desert Season with my Smile and Laughter Intact. Find out more at www.bestill-reallylord. com or visit Kris on her website at www. begintoshift.com/what-is-coaching.
Melissa Fisher was named CEO of Entertainment Promotions, leading the company’s marketing, communications, product production, pricing, procurement, promotional partnerships, business services, information technology, human resources and legal functions, as well as direct-to-consumer sales via retail stores, internet and call centers. Entertainment Promotions is the leading provider of the most recognized and sought-after discount and promotion products in communities throughout North America.
Caroline (Roederer) and Shane Larson were married on December 29, 2012. In attendance were her 11-year-old daughter, Montana; and his daughters, Hailey (15) and Malia (17). The Larsons reside in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ricardo Lopez has been recently promoted to financial credit manager for Etro, an Italian fashion house located in New York City that produces textiles, home décor and perfumes. Lopez has been with the company for over eight years and has worked in the fashion industry since receiving his M.B.A. from Fairfield University in 1993.
Michael Foster is owner and lead animator for Foster Animation, a Christian and family-oriented cartoon and animation company located in N.Y. Foster Animation has produced work for Phil Vischer, creator of Veggie Tales; Big Stuf Camps, Way of the Master, and Go Fish Guys. Their original cartoon titled Minimum Wage was optioned by Atomic Cartoons and is being considered for a mainstream cartoon series. To see more of Michael’s work, visit www.fosteranimation.com.
Karin “Davlyn” (Davidson) Alexander and her husband, Gary are serving with United World Mission in central Asia. Their teammates include Brian and Jennifer (Nelson ’96) Derbe ’96. Gary and Karin were recently blessed with their first child, Asher, on October 1, 2012.
April (Vaughn) and Nigel Fabien ’99 wish to announce the birth of a son, Gabriel, on February 14, 2012. Gabriel joins big brothers, Xavier (9) and Keegan (8). The Fabiens reside in Georgia, where Nigel has recently completed his M.B.A., works fulltime at the bank and coaches his son’s soccer team. April works full-time managing an electronic content team and website and still has time to play chauffeur to her band of boys and their various activities.
Ruth (Erde) Hartt received her master’s degree in vocal performance with honors from Boston University in 2011 and was selected that same year to be a member of the Gerdine Young Artist Program at Opera Theater of Saint Louis, Mo. She returned to her home state of Maine to join the PORTopera Young Artist Program in Portland and was recently named the winner of the 2012 American Prize for Vocal Performance in Opera. This spring she will compete as a semifinalist in the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra’s Concerto Competition.
Naomi (Hanson) and Christopher Luce announce the birth of a son, Benjamin David Luce, on April 24, 2012. The family resides in Nanuet, N.Y., where Chris attends Pace University to become a nurse practitioner and Naomi is a tutor at Huntington Learning Center.
Christine Reese recently moved from State College, Pa., to Alexandria, La., to accept a faculty position with the department of history and political science at Louisiana College. Dr. Reese will be teaching a wide range of undergraduate European history classes at the four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Louisiana Southern Baptist Convention.
Allison Syvertsen and Benjamin Gallman ’02 were featured in a joint exhibition called Urban Perspectives at Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio in Philadelphia, Pa. Syvertsen’s paintings and Gallman’s photographs stem from their immediate neighborhood or places they repeatedly pass by and are very much about the city of Philadelphia, without depicting recognizable sights. Syvertsen is both adjunct drawing/ painting faculty and continuing education coordinator at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Gallman currently works at Yard’s Brewery in the tasting room.
Jeremy Veenema and several friends from Stone House attended the wedding of housemate Kurt Sauder on July 24, 2011. Included in the picture: Tim Graffam; Dan Jackson; Jim and Julie Ulrich; Kevin and Lynda (Jones) Baker; Kurt and Jane Sauder; Dan and Bronwyn (Coughlan) Mund; Jeremy and Susan (Ventresca) Veenema and Ray Solis, all from the class of 2000. These families, along with their 16 children, are planning another Stone House reunion in the spring of 2013.
David and Courtney (Yerdon ’03) Gleason welcomed daughter, Rosemary Ruth Gleason, on July 5, 2012. The Gleason family lives in Charlotte, N.C., where David is a national accounts manager for Newell Rubbermaid, and Courtney has her own tax and bookkeeping business, Courtney R. Gleason, CPA, PLLC.
Cathi Hackett is an elementary school principal in the Seattle area, where her administrative responsibilities include instructional leadership and overseeing 660+ kindergarten through 6th grade students.
Joy (Brautigam) and David Sonju are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Ian David, on August 24, 2011. Ian and big sister, Ellie (3), were both born in Scotland, where David was pursuing a doctorate at the University of St. Andrews.
Karen (Jennings) Buell was recently promoted to assistant vice president – eChannel manager at PeoplesBank, the largest community bank in western Massachusetts. Buell previously served as the internet branch officer. She received her M.B.A. from Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts and currently resides in Belchertown, Mass.
Jeremy and Julie (Brisben) Bullinger are happy to announce the birth of Rachel Elizabeth on October 5, 2012. She joins big sister, Anna Katherine (3). The Bullingers reside in Greenville, S.C., where Julie has recently received her M.A. in Spanish language teaching from Southern Oregon University and continues to work as a high school Spanish teacher at Christ Church Episcopal School in Greenville. Jeremy is a middle school science teacher at Camperdown Academy, a unique school in Greenville designed to meet the needs of students with dyslexia.
Sarah Graham opened a solo art exhibition on November 8, 2012, at the Desoto City Hall in Desoto, Texas, where she was honored as the November 2012 Featured Artist. Graham is particularly known for a sensitive touch with watercolors, especially in her portraits. In addition to receiving national and regional recognition for her work in competitive art shows, she is sought as a guest demo artist, curator, and juror. She resides in Duncanville, Texas, where she teaches both high school art and private lessons. For more information about Sarah and to see her work, visit her blog at sarahgrahamartwork.blogspot.com.
Daniel and Laura (Mann ’06) Kilpatrick are excited to announce the birth of their son, Eli Joel, on September 30, 2012. They currently live in Waxhaw, N.C., where Daniel is an epidemiologist for the state of South Carolina’s Health Department. Laura is taking a break from her school counseling career to be a stay-at-home mom, while also tutoring children from their community.
Lucas Rees married Deanna Ingerham on June 9, 2012, in Bradenton, Fla. Fellow ’05 classmates, Ben Howard and Timothy Ridgway, participated in the wedding. The couple currently resides in Fort Polk, La., where Lucas serves as an army chaplain.
Kristen (Poyer) and Michael Zale ’04 welcomed son, Dominick Thomas Zale, into the world on August 18, 2012. The Zale family lives in Spencerport, N.Y., where Kristen works as a human resource coordinator, and Mike is a high school business education teacher.
Daniella (Knapp) and Jason Shambach are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Eden Lea, on September 21, 2012. She joins older brother, Soren (4), and big sister, Avielle (1.5). The Shambachs live in Canaseraga, N.Y., where Jason is the pastor of Valley Wesleyan Church, and Daniella runs an in-home day care.
Sarah Bishop was recently named a BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) Local Economy Fellow. BALLE is the only fellowship committed solely to advancing the local economy movement. She joins 15 other Fellows from across North America in an 18-month leadership immersion program designed to help strengthen their capacity for transformative change in their communities. Bishop is the executive director of Buffalo First!, a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering small-business owners and communities in Buffalo, N.Y.
Joelle (Potts) VanEtten was married to Duane VanEtten on August 18, 2012, at Wellsville Bible Church in Wellsville, N.Y. Included in the wedding party were Houghton alumni, Janelle Potts ’04 and Kate Hamilton ’08. Proud family members included mother of the bride, Cheryl (Greenfield ’76) Potts and brother of the bride, Brett Potts ’09. The VanEttens reside in Scio, N.Y., where Joelle is in her second year of graduate school at Alfred University working toward a degree in counseling, and Duane is a math and physics teacher at C.A. BOCES in Belmont N.Y.
Nicole (Trask) Gustafson, husband Alan, and big sister Kathryn welcomed Erik Alan into their family on November 20, 2012. The Gustafsons reside in Bath, N.Y., where Alan is the creative service director at Family Life and Nicole is a stay-at-home mom.
Jessica (Mullen) and Peter Romance are pleased to announce the birth of Katelyn Janae Romance on May 15, 2012. Jessica is in her second year of teaching special education at Belfast Central School in Belfast, N.Y., and the Romance family makes their home in Fillmore, N.Y. Katelyn is the first grandchild of James and Darice (Beardsley ’86) Mullen ’86.
When Eric Stevenson ’08 and Elizabeth Jancewicz ‘09 of Pocket Vinyl play a show, they give the audience a heart-stopping artistic experience – complete with Stevenson pounding on the piano and singing while Jancewicz paints an original work of art live on stage. At the end of each show the painting is sold to the highest bidder. The husband and wife duo tour for a living and recently finished their “Little Dog Tour” after playing in 24 states over the last four months.
“Life on the road is fantastic!” says Stevenson. “The adventures and joy always outweigh the negative parts.” Although touring can be strenuous at times, Stevenson and Jancewicz are doing what they love. “We’re some of the only folks who sleep in their car sometimes,“ adds Stevenson, “yet feel like they’re living the dream!”
Pocket Vinyl has released two full-length albums, “Protagonist” in 2010, and “Monsters Talking” in 2011. In 2013 they released a 7” called “MP1” which was the world’s first “MP” (Mini-Play). They are working on their third fulllength album “Death Anxiety,” due to release in the fall of 2013. To learn more about Pocket Vinyl and to see some of Elizabeth’s paintings, visit their website www.pocketvinyl.com. When they are not on the road, Eric and Elizabeth make their home in New London, Conn.
Kimberly (Gaul) Lewis married Michael Lewis on October 6, 2012, at the Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, Md. Houghton alumni involved with the wedding were bridesmaid, Jane Brown ’09; photographer, Kaylan (Reynolds ’09) Buteyn; and wedding coordinator, Jenny Taylor ’08. The couple makes their home in North East, Md., where Kim is employed by Sandy Hill Camp and Conference Center, and Mike is a police officer with the Elkton Police Department.
Madeline (Arkin) Mbeh married Ellis Mbeh on October 13, 2012, in Corning, N.Y. The ceremony was officiated by uncle of the bride, Kenneth Wood ’66. Other alumni in attendance include Amanda (Wilgus ’10) Lucashu, Ashley Crane, Bonnie Null, Rebekah Devenney ’09, and Mindy Swancott ’09. The couple lives in Silver Spring, Md., where Madeline is employed by Children’s National Medical Center.
Sisters Ruth Kenote and Rebekah (Kenote ’08) AuYeung appeared as the soprano and mezzo-soprano soloists for Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra November 9-11, 2012, at the historic Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pa.
Emily (Tullar) and Patrick Barringer ’05 are happy to announce the birth of their first son, Micah Stanley Barringer, on December 16, 2012. The Barringers live in Syracuse, N.Y., where Patrick is a high school math teacher.
Jennifer (Curinga) Aitken married Chris Aitken on August 4, 2012, at Grove City College in Grove City, Pa. Chris, a graduate of Grove City College, received his M.A. in music from the Greatbatch School of Music in 2010. The bride and groom were both music majors at their respective institutions, and each wanted to incorporate their college musical heritage into the ceremony. Choral pieces were performed by a choir made up of friends from Grove City and Houghton, and all of the other music in the wedding was performed by Houghton and Grove City graduates or professors. Houghton friends in the wedding party included Jewel (Buckwalter ’10) Aagaard, Bethany Abrahams ’12, Susanna (Thomforde-Garner ’09) Ballard, Dara Searcy-Gardner ’08, and matron of honor Assistant Professor of Voice Kelley Hijleh. The Aitkens make their home in Asheville, N.C., where Chris is the director of choirs at Asheville Christian Academy, and Jennifer is interning with a local opera company while working on her teaching license/graduate degree at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Susanna (Brautigam) and Andrew Roorbach ’13 were married on August 18, 2012, at Houghton Wesleyan Church in Houghton, N.Y. Many Houghton alumni celebrated the special occasion with the couple, including but not limited to, David Brautigam ’72, father of the bride; Amy (Konz ’83) Brautigam, mother of the bride; Colleen Jennings ’13 and Elizabeth Rutledge ’07, bridesmaids; Sarah (Brautigam ’10) Moore, sister of the bride/music; Joshua Moore ’10, brother-in-law of the bride/ music; Sharon Brautigam ’14, sister of the bride/maid of honor; Michael Jordan ’99, officiant; Douglas Roorbach ’81, father of the groom; Krista Roorbach ’98, stepmother of the groom; and Jeffrey Roorbach Braaten ’09, brother of the groom. The Roorbachs reside in Houghton, N.Y., where Susanna is a financial aid counselor at Houghton College, and Andrew is a debt collector for Pioneer Credit.