Alumni News & Notes
At the age of 83, Bruce Waltke was ordained into the diaconate of the North American Missionary District of the Anglican Church of Rwanda. Along with this honor, the William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company released his newest book, The Psalms as Christian Lament: A Historical Commentary (June 6, 2014), co-authored with James M. Houston and Erika Moore. This volume complements The Psalms as Christian Worship: A Historical Commentary (November 22, 2010).
Clara (Bowers) and Anthony Maffucci celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on August 14, 2014. Married in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, in 1954, they now live in the Alliance Retirement Community in DeLand, Florida.
Bob and Nancy Sabean celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on June 13, 2014, in Orlando, Florida, while visiting their daughter and her family.
Enid Nagel has recently retired after a career of editing high school mathematics and business education textbooks. She enjoys watching her grandchildren grow and working with the Sierra Club on clean water issues and renewable energy.
Dean and Carmen (VanderVeen) Liddick celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with their children and 11 grandchildren on August 22, 2014. Dean retired in 2006, after 42 years at Houghton College while Carmen retired in 1996 having taught English at the college and at Houghton Academy. They continue to live in the Houghton house they designed and built in 1966.
Dave and Alice (Fasold) Hull celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise at the end of June 2014, with a special high school YFC friend and family members.
Beverly (Haines) Truxton retired in May 2014 from SIM International. Dr. Truxton had been serving in Jos, Nigeria, since 1973 doing medical missions work. During her service, she treated many patients and was part of a team that trained Nigerian doctors in family practice. She is enjoying retirement close to her daughters and grandchildren in Pennsylvania.
David Oetinger recently retired from full-time teaching on September 1, 2014. Oetinger served as a professor at Houghton for seven years and spent the next 30 years of his career at Kentucky Wesleyan College in Owensboro, Kentucky. He continues to teach part-time.
Rolf Storz recently retired from a 30- year career as a teacher in Christian education. Rev. Storz teaches an adult Sunday school class, ministers in a prison and preaches in a local rest home. He and his wife, Carol, live in North Carolina.
Over the course of three decades, Mimi (Hurd) Harrington Carlson traveled to each continent at least once. Her adventures are recorded in her new children’s book, Beyond Never – The Making of an Adventurer, published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 19, 2014). Since retiring as an elementary teacher, she and her husband have continued to travel. They reside in Sedona, Arizona. Find her book at www.amazon.com
James M. Lewis has recently passed the American Board of Pediatrics recertifying exam in neurodevelopmental disabilities, making him one of fewer than 300 diplomates in the United States. Currently, he works at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, where he cares for children and adolescents with ADHD, autism and learning disabilities. He and Libby, his wife of 33 years, have six children and reside in Huntington.
Shirley Pauler recently finished her work at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, and will be moving to South Korea to teach kindergarten at Gyeonggi Suwon International School, a Christian international school located 12 miles south of Seoul.
Jay Russel recently retired after 22 years with the Tampa Airport Police Department where he was the commander of the Criminal Investigation Unit. Prior to that, he served as a Florida State Trooper and attended the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. In his retirement, he enjoys time with his five children and six grandchildren.
Evelyn Bence announces the release of her book Room at My Table: Preparing Heart and Home for Christian Hospitality published by Upper Room Books (October 1, 2014). During Homecoming 2014, she signed copies of her book and presented a session for students titled “The Myths and Realities of Writing and Editing.” Evelyn is an editor and writer in Arlington, Virginia. To learn more about Evelyn, read “A Conversation with Evelyn Bence” at books.upperroom. org/book-author/evelyn-bence.
Jack Bradley is a pastor, works as clergy for Irvine’s Funeral Home and continues to be a supply teacher in elementary and secondary schools for the Upper Canada District School Board. He and his wife Bonnie live in Brockville, Ontario.
Judy (Harper) Salviolo has been volunteering at an exotic animal ranch in California where she helps to care for lions, tigers, leopards, grizzly bears, monkeys and a hyena. This is in addition to her job as an RN in Santa Barbara, California.
Nick Placido received tenure as an associate professor at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he teaches in the Masters of Social Work program. In February 2014, he co-authored an article titled “Implementing Best Practices for Needs Assessment and Strategic Planning Systems: Social Work and Faith Based Organization Collaboration—A Case Study” published in the Social Work and Christianity Journal.
After 36 years, Douglas Dunham has retired from AT&T. He spent the last 25 years in the corporate finance department.
Eric A. Kouns recently published an autobiographical novel entitled The Long Road from Highland Springs: A Faith Odyssey. The book was published August 23, 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform and is available on www.amazon.com. Houghton College plays an important role in the story.
Jim and Alice (Grunge ’75) Vanderhoof celebrated 30 years in Kenya with World Gospel Mission. They spent 22 of those years as teachers/administrators at Kenya Highlands Evangelical University. In 2006, they were named the Country Directors for World Gospel Mission.
Michael Frost was recently elected to a second term as dean of the Hazelton/ Lehighton Mission District of Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. On August 11, 2013, Michael was honored to baptize his first grandchild, Bryan Lee Everett, at Zion’s Stone Church in New Ringgold, Pennsylvania, where he has been pastoring since 2000.
Tom Trautman is now serving as a pastor in the United Methodist Church after a 35-year career in psychology and education. He pastors churches in Fletcher and Cyril, Oklahoma, and is joined in ministry by his wife of 37 years, Lucy (Costanzo ’75).
Dave Olsen is co-founder of Ministratics, an organization that exists to help leaders in churches and faith-based nonprofits identify solutions to the everyday challenges of running their organizations. For more information see www.ministratics.com.
Paul Clark has accepted a new job as Director of Education and Engagement at Overseas Council, a ministry that provides biblical training to Christian leaders around the globe. Paul is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, where he leads the educational initiatives of the Overseas Council as it gives leadership training support to nearly 200 seminaries. In addition, he plans the Institutes for Excellence in Christian Leadership Development held in 12 locations around the world.
Joseph Hupp, professor of chemistry at Northwestern University, was named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a UK group bringing together chemical scientists from all over the world. He was awarded the society’s Stephanie Kwolek Award in materials chemistry. Joseph was also given the Electrochemistry Award of the Analytical Division of the American Chemical Society and elected as Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Bethany (Emmett) Harter was awarded the Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for outstanding achievement during the Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii, Joint Commission Inspection. Bethany is the senior behavioral health nurse case manager responsible for all air evacuation to the mainland and continuity of care for military personnel and family members who are psychiatric patients.
Patricia Ann (Cunningham) Sweet has published her first novel, The Code (Anaphora Literary Press, July 10, 2014). Patricia is a retired English teacher who spent most of her career at Buffalo PS 81. She works with disabled people through Heritage Christian Services while working on her second young adult novel. She and her husband, Doug, live in Buffalo, New York.
Carol Allston-Stiles is the Director of Enrollment at Wilmington Christian School (WCS) in Hockessin, Delaware, where she oversees enrollment, communication and marketing. Her job has enabled her to travel with WCS students, most recently to Spain and to Budapest. She resides in Newark, Delaware, with her husband, Peter Stiles ’87.
In addition to his role as a senior pastor, Gordon Braun serves on the American Baptist Churches of Nebraska’s Missions Department and is the secretary/ treasurer of the Norfolk Area Ministerial Association. He also sits on the board of Keystone Christian Academy in Norfolk, Nebraska, and in 2013, started a Spanish language worship service at his church.
Barbara Pinto married Andrew Heitner on June 26, 2014, in Newport, Rhode Island.
On May 3, 2014, Denise (Yourth) Roswick, Beth (Orlemann) Knecht, Gloria (Woodmansee) Good and Ellen (Durgala) Si gathered for a mini-reunion in Ocean City, New Jersey. The four met in East Hall (now Gillette Hall) as freshmen in 1982 and have been meeting together once a year for the past 10 years. This year, the friends celebrated Ellen’s 50th birthday together.
Kevin Clayton graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree in 2011 from the Sawyer Business School at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently works as an environmental police officer on Martha’s Vineyard and was recently promoted to Sergeant, Environmental Officer II.
Laura (Grim) Taylor released a children’s book titled EE Otter and the Bullfrog Bullies through Ambassador International on October 21, 2014. The story deals with bullying through applying principles from God’s Word. The book is available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Family Life and Family Christian bookstores. To learn more, visit her website www.thelaurelwood.webs.com. Laura works as a physical education and Bible teacher at a Christian school in South Carolina. She and her husband have five sons and operate a small martial arts school.
In January 2014, Sharon (Wittemann) MacKinnon and her colleagues in the Department of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte published a paper in public health titled “Racial Disparity in Years of Potential Life Lost to Induced Abortion” in the Open Journal of Preventive Medicine, Vol. 4 No.1. The seminal paper marked the first time the statistical construct of years of potential life lost (YPLL) had ever been applied to induced abortion. In addition, Sharon is completing her doctoral work at UNCC in health services research after a 20-year career as a nurse, nurse practitioner and faculty in the School of Nursing at UNCC and Queens University.
Susan Schmidt recently worked as a senior research consultant for “Children on the Run,” a report for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refuge. The team interviewed unaccompanied children from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico about their journey to the U.S. The report is available at unhcrwashington. org/children. Susan is an adjunct social work instructor for the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota, and is working on her doctorate in social work at the University of St. Thomas.
Linda (Geiger) and Ed Fleth welcomed a baby girl, Alanna Joy, to their family on May 24, 2013. She joins siblings Hannah (17), Holly (15), Austin (13) and Heather (8).
Houghton College librarian and alumnus Brad Wilber has been selected to be the puzzle editor for The Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to his editing, Brad also constructs puzzles for The New York Times.
Amy (Pierce) Pacini received the first place prize for her two poems in the Annual Romancing the Craft of Poetry and Fiction Contest for 2013-2014. Her poems are published in Torrid Literature Journal, Volume VIII - Revolution and Volume XII - Tension. Amy resides in Tampa, Florida, and works as a freelance writer and a poetry editor.
Darcie (Yetter) Gudger recently launched her debut novel, Spin, published by Mountainview Books, LLC (September 17, 2014). The book is a young adult novel about a high school sophomore whose life spins out of control when vicious rumors fly. It is available for Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Kobo. In addition to writing, Darcie is the director of the Evergreen High School Color Guard. She and her husband live in Denver, Colorado, with their 8-year-old son.
James DeFelice completed his master’s degree in organizational leadership in March 2014 from Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He recently accepted a position as a physical education teacher at Franklin Academy, in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He and his wife, Sarah (Kolz ’96) DeFelice, relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida, this past July.
On May 17, 2014, Brian Freeman and Joanna Fox were married in Austin, Texas. Brian is a graphic designer for the Texas Department of Transportation where he is a part of the creative services team. He and Joanna live in Texas with their 10-year-old daughter, Zoe.
Rebekah (Randall) and Adam Ekelund are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Elizabeth Elayne, on March 8, 2014. She was welcomed by older brothers Caleb (10), Timothy (6), and Joshua (2) as well as big sisters Hannah (8) and Sarah (4). The family is located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, where Rebekah is an online chemistry instructor for Minnesota State Community and Technical College and a stay-at-home mom. Adam works for the Health Information Systems department at Lake Region Health Care.
After teaching band and chorus in New York and Pennsylvania for several years, Ryan Milliken went back to school and received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine on June 30, 2014. He is working as a pharmacist at CVS, in Washington, D.C.
Aaron and Ali (Roach) Harrington are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Lilah Elise, on May 31, 2013. Lilah joins her big sister, Tessa. The Harrington family resides in Fairport, New York, where Aaron is a physics teacher at Newark High School while Ali is a French teacher at Avon Middle and High Schools.
Jeremy Wilton and his wife, Kari, are pleased to share the birth of daughter, Brielle Catherine, on November 25, 2013. Brielle joins older sisters, Sydney Madison (9) and Emaline Olivia (6).
Melissa (Smith) and Rob Luckey ’00 celebrated the birth of their son, Camden Christopher David, on January 3, 2014. He joins older brother, Jaden (4). The family lives in Farmington, New York, where Melissa is a stay-athome mom and Rob has a chiropractic practice located in Pittsford.
Timothy Chapman received both his J.D. and MBA from Notre Dame Law School on May 17, 2014, graduating magna cum laude from both degree programs. Timothy is a law clerk with Nixon Peabody in Rochester.
Joshua Stamp, M.A. ’06, is now assistant principal at Gouverneur Middle/High School in Gouverneur, New York. Josh and his wife, Gena (Keifer ’06), live in Croghan, New York, with their 3-year-old son, Tobias. Gena teaches music part-time.
Matt Meabon accepted the role of account executive for CDW, for which he is relocating to northern California. Matt has been with the company in New Jersey since 2004. His wife, Angela (Layne ’03), is a stay-at home mother to children Ella (8), Noah (6), Leah (4), Ezra (1) and one on the way.
Megan (Springstead) and Jonathan Neurock welcomed son, Malcolm Mason on May 19, 2014. He joins an older sister, Jocelyn (4). The family resides in Winchester, New Hampshire, where Megan is a third-grade teacher at Cutler Elementary School, and Jonathan is the branch manager at the River Valley Credit Union.
Peter Sumner graduated from the Neurology/Movement Disorders Fellowship program at Georgetown University and has recently accepted a position in private practice as a neurologist/movement disorder specialist. In June of 2014, Dr. Sumner was invited to present two of his papers at the 18th International Congress of Movement Disorders in Stockholm, Sweden. He and his wife, Carissa (Lee ’05), live in North Carolina with their 2-½-year-old daughter, Ellie.
Tamarah (Czebotar) Staschiak and Dan Staschiak were married on April 27, 2014 at ThorpeWood mountain retreat in Thurmont, Maryland. The couple resides in Columbia, South Carolina, where Tamarah is a clinical counselor and Dan is owner/manager of Staschiak Painting Company.
Blake Winter defended his dissertation on July 1, 2014 at the University of Buffalo and now has a Ph.D. in mathematics. He and his wife Jessica (Leete) Winter reside in Orchard Park, New York.
Charla (Bradley) and Matthew Williams are pleased to announce the arrival of daughter, Maisie Joy, on August 1, 2014. Charla is a French immersion teacher for the Upper Canada District School Board.
Elaine Tooley, associate director of creative communications at Wake Forest University, received two Cicero Speechwriting Awards. Her speech, “Leading Lives that Matter,” won Best Campaign Speech of the Year and earned honorable mention as a finalist for the Overall Grand Award. The competition was judged by a panel made up of former U.S. presidential speechwriters, corporate speechwriters and longtime speechwriting professionals. “Leading Lives that Matter” was originally delivered by Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch at a campaign event in Asheville, North Carolina in June 2013.
Nicole (Clayson) and Kevin Housel are proud to announce the adoption of twins, Madeline Catalina and Connor Santiago, on September 15, 2013. The 5-year-olds are filled with joy to be part of the family. The Housels also celebrated the birth of their son, Franklin Ignacio, on November 20, 2013.
Rebecca (Fuller) and Christopher Crocker were married on July 5, 2014, in Brevard, North Carolina. Alumni present included parents of the bride, Tim and Carol (Zimmerman ’78) Fuller’79, and brother of the bride, Daniel Fuller ’06. The couple lives in Greenville, South Carolina, where Rebecca is a senior payroll specialist at Paychex and Christopher is an athletic trainer at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic.
Daniella (Knapp) and Jason Shambach are pleased to share the birth of their son, Alister Wilhelm, on April 16, 2014. He joins brother Soren (5) and sisters Avielle (3) and Eden (1.5).
Brandon Hawk completed his Ph.D. in Medieval Studies at the University of Connecticut in August 2014. He is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he teaches a postdoctoral class in addition to teaching his undergraduate classes.
Daniel Black, M.M. ’08, graduated from the University of Arizona with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting in August 2014. He is now an assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He and his wife, Grace (Essley ’07), are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Evelyn Essley, on August 3, 2014. The family lives in Plymouth, Wisconsin.
Janna (Bradley) and Cory Swann announce the birth of their son, Jackson Richard, on November 3, 2012. Janna is a teacher with the Upper Canada District School Board.
Jessica Davidson will be finishing her two-year commitment with the Peace Corps in Macedonia in November 2014, but will stay on another year as senior programming coordinator for Camp GLOW, a leadership camp for girls. For more information, visit her blog at nguyendavidson.tumblr.com.
Kimberly (Kuntz) Duff and Christopher Duff were married on October 26, 2013 in Yorkshire, New York. Alumni in the wedding party included matron of honor, Kathryn (Kuntz ’03) Ralph and bridesmaid Samantha (Lippert ’08) Darling. The couple lives in East Aurora, New York, where Kimberly is an elementary special education teacher in the Pioneer School District and Christopher is a customer service representative at A. Duie Pyle.
April Hegland completed her apprenticeship at Guide Dogs for the Blind, Inc. in April 2014, and received her Guide Dog Mobility Instructor license through the state of California in July 2014. She currently works as a guide dog mobility instructor at Guide Dogs for the Blind’s Oregon campus where she trains dogs for the visually impaired, instructs clients on proper use of the dogs and assists graduates in the field.
Lisa York was recently hired as gallery director by Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. In addition, she is the ceramic arts technical coordinator and an adjunct instructor. She resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Dan Tomlinson serves as the advancement manager for CompassCare Pregnancy Services, an organization that provides services to women with unplanned pregnancies. Dan plans and organizes all events that raise the funds for the nonprofit to function. For more information on CompassCare, visit www.compasscare.info/about-us.
Emily Rinehart is serving with One Mission Society’s ministry of human trafficking prevention, HOPE61. She is currently in America on home assignment though regularly serves in Australia and New Zealand.
Rachel (Smith, M.M. ’13) Decker married Jason Decker on October 25, 2014. Rev. Steve Dunmire ’01 officiated the wedding, and alumni in the wedding party included bridesmaids Mary Robinson ’14 and Katie Pitts ’12/M.M. ’14. The couple resides in Portageville, New York. Rachel is on the library staff at Houghton College, and Jason is a music teacher at Letchworth Central School.
Erin Smith served as the assistant camp director for the 2014 Houghton College Summer Equestrian Camp. She was recently hired as an assistant pre-k teacher at Right Steps Child Development Center in Lafayette, Indiana, where she resides. In addition, She is serving part-time as the church music leader at Two Cities Church in Lafayette.
Joyce (Taylor) Bingeman and Michael Bingeman were married on July 7, 2014 in Narragansett, Rhode Island. The couple lives in Lincoln, Nebraska, where Joyce is a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Michael is a hospital chaplain.
Lauren (Staley) and Jeffery Jones were married on June 14, 2014. In August 2014, the couple relocated to St. Petersburg, Russia, where they teach at the International Academy of St. Petersburg—the only English-speaking international Christian school in the city. The school provides them with daily opportunities to share Christ with the children of the missionary and international business communities.
Isabel (Sanders) and James Vitale ’14 were married on May 24, 2014 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The couple lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, where Isabel is an assistant preschool teacher at Step by Step Montessori while James is a student at Luther Seminary as well as a youth minister at University Lutheran Church of Hope in Minneapolis.
William Clunn and Melinda (Ramey ’12) Clunn were married on August 9, 2014. The couple lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, where William is a law student and Melinda is a reading coach for Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. She will be graduating this December with a Master of Education degree in curriculum and instruction with a TESOL Concentration from Concordia University-Portland.
Rochelle Cecil was recently promoted to director of alumni and family relations at Central Christian College of Kansas, located in McPherson, Kansas. Prior to this position, Rochelle served as Central’s athletic and transfer coordinator.
Agnes Starr, West Seneca Cohort M5, is the site organizer for the Buffalo/WNY Conquer Chiari Walk Across America. The walk took place on September 20, 2014 in over 80 sites across the country. This year, the Buffalo event raised over $28,000 toward research and awareness for Chiari, a little known, life-threatening neurological condition. Last year, Agnes proposed that September be Chiari Awareness month in Buffalo, and both Mayor Myron Brown and Senator Ranzenhofer signed proclamations recognizing her proposal.
Wendy Cocca, West Seneca Cohort J6, is serving as the executive director at Love in the Name of Christ, a local affiliate of the national movement by the same name. Their mission is to “transform lives and communities in the name of Christ.” They help churches address issues of poverty in an area that serves a 15-mile radius around Springville, New York.