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Arden Travis, born January 3, 1920, passed away on August 15, 2019 at age 99. Predeceased by his wife of 67 Years, Jean. He is survived by his children, David (Melanie) Travis, Ruth (Cass) Stacy; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; one sister-in-law and five nephews. Arden was a WWII Navy Veteran and a professor at the RIT College of Business. In lieu of flowers, donations for Bibles would be gratefully received in his memory through Gideons International, www.gideons.org
Stephen C. Shewan ’83
Stephen C. Shewan ’83 (Music Education) has written a new composition entitled, “Four Poems of Laura E. Richards,” for SATB Choir and Piano. The work received an Honorable Mention in the 2019 Freudig Singers Choral Composition Competition in Western New York.
B. Jean Reigles ’69
B. Jean Reigles ’69 (Music Education), a former resident of Houghton, died Friday (Aug. 16, 2019) in Unity Hospital, Rochester. She was born May 13, 1947, in Hackensack, N.J., a daughter of the late Edwin and Beverly Gibbons Reigles. Jean was a graduate of Whitney Point High School and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Roberts Wesleyan College. She later received her Master of Music and Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati, and she received her Ph.D. […]
Bethany Pulice Phelps ’18 and Dylan Phelps ’16, ’17
Bethany Pulice Phelps ’18 (Nursing) and Dylan Phelps ’16 (Biology) and ’17 (Master of Education) were married on July 7, 2019. Congratulations!
Roger K. Peters ’66
Roger K. Peters ’66 (Religion-Philosophy), under his penname, Taylor Penfield, has written a novel called Wonder Clearing. For more information and to read a synopsis of the book, click here.
John Ike Owen ’65 and Christopher J. Owen ’96
John Ike Owen ’65 (History) and Christopher J. Owen ’96 (Biology), father and son, embrace upon Ike receiving The Chaplain Medallion Award at the Free Methodist Church-USA 2019 General Conference held in Orlando, Florida. Ike was recognized for his more than 55 years of ministry as a pastor and police/crisis chaplain.
Abby Monroe ’17
Abby Monroe ’17 (Psychology) was highlighted in The Good News New York for her work as the VBS coordinator at Pearce Memorial Church. Abby and her team modified an existing curriculum called “Mega Sports Camp” so that it would fit the interests and needs of all children, not just those interested in sports. To read the full story, click here.
Charles A. Maxson ’96
Charles A. Maxson ’96 (Elementary Education) was appointed as the new head coach of the men’s and women’s track and field team at Herkimer College. Charles has been assistant coach for the team since 2014. Click here to read the full announcement online.
Jean Pursel Lindsay ’65
Jean Pursel Lindsay ’65 (Nursing), 77, of Frederick, MD, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Born on July 10, 1942, in Phillipsburg, NJ, she was the daughter of Henry S. Pursel and Vida Frances (Voorhees) Pursel. She graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1960. She attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY, attained a Bachelor of Science degree, became a registered nurse, met her husband of 52 years, and made life-long friends. Her nursing career involved pediatrics, […]
Alec Kunzwiler ’19
Alec Kunzwiler ’19 (Accounting Information Management) recently joined Allied Financial Partners in Victor as a staff accountant. As a member of the tax team, Kunzwiler will provide operational support to the accounting department by processing returns and completing business accounting work.
Mildred Main Fulks ’35
Mildred Main Fulks ’35, 102, went to be with her Lord July 23, 2019 in Aylett, Virginia. Mildred was born in Kingston, New York to Charles and Mabel Main. She attended Allegheny High School and Chesbrough Seminary, (now Roberts Wesleyan College) in North Chili, New York. She was married to McKendree Garrett Fulks in 1936. They soon made their home in Laytonsville, MD, and became involved in farming and business. Besides raising four children, Mildred was active in the Rockville […]
Ramona Strickland Davis ’56
Ramona Strickland Davis ’56 was born on May 13, 1935 in North Chili, NY to her devoted parents Raymond and Doris Strickland. On July 25, 2019 Ramona passed away in Modesto, CA surrounded by her loving family. At the young age of 20, Ramona married the love of her life, Arthur, and they spent 64 amazing years together. Ramona and Art had five children: Chip Davis of Colorado, Carol Kenyon of California, LuAnne Crane of Colorado, Ken Davis of Colorado […]
Scott A. Blystone ’86
Scott A. Blystone ’86 passed away on July 21, 2019. Survived by his loving wife Betty, children Renee Reschke, Robert Blystone & Richard (Cherrie) Blystone, 4 grandchildren, brother in-law Jim (Ruth) Andrews, nieces, nephews & cousins. Scott was a past member of Wakan Hubbard Lodge # 154 F&AM.
Mary Eleanor (Mel) Staines Anderson ’51
Mary Eleanor Staines Anderson ’51 (Comprehensive Social Studies), affectionately known by many as “Mel,” was a beloved staff member and alumna of Roberts Wesleyan College. She died peacefully on Saturday, August 17, at age 93. Read the full article in memoriam: https://www.roberts.edu/news?id=3613
George K. Sutton ’48
George K. Sutton ’48 was born on a small farm in Hunlock Creek, PA on August 2, 1924. Growing up during the Great Depression, he always appreciated the little things in life. He attended Seattle Pacific University and Roberts Wesleyan College, receiving his formal degree in theology. George met his wife Mary Ann Gibson while attending Seattle Pacific. They were married and remained steadfast to each other and their family. George loved life and liked to tell stories, always finding […]
Dr. Charles W. Schaefer ’64
Dr. Charles W. Schaefer ’64 (English) has published Expanding the Frontiers of Christian Consciousness, a book intending to reinvigorate faith with thinking and thinking with faith, and is available online at most book outlets. Click here for more information.
Josh W. Reynolds ’01 ’03
Josh W. Reynolds ’01 (Biology Ed. 7-12) and ’03 (Master of Education) and his wife, Marissa, welcomed Ruby Marie to their family in June 2019. Ruby joins big sisters Ella and Faye. Congratulations!
Michael Pallone ’47
Michael Pallone ’47, 91 of Lake Ridge, VA, passed away February 14, 2019. He was born July 8, 1927, in Donora, PA, He is preceded in death by his parents Mike and Tomasina; wife Armeda, siblings Felix, Frances, Jimmy and Santina; nieces Maryanne & Tina and nephew Jimmy. He is survived by his nephews & nieces Alan, Tammy, Sharon, Paul, Linda, Scott, Debbie, Mark, William, Timothy, Robert, Frances, Anna, Claudia Ann & Michael. Mike took chances in life. He once […]
Donna Murdock McCagg ’58
Donna Murdock McCagg ’58 (Nursing) age 84, died June 4, 2019 at her home in Honeoye Falls, NY after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born May 17, 1935 in Fowlerville, Michigan to William W. Murdock and Mary (Murdock) Clark and was one of six children. Donna graduated from Hartland High School and Spring Arbor University in Michigan. She went on to study nursing at Roberts Wesleyan College and earned her Master’s degree from the University of Rochester, NY. […]
Austin J. Curtis ’10 and Katherine Dorsey Curtis ’11
Austin J. Curtis ’10 (Childhood & Special Ed.) and Katherine Dorsey Curtis ’11 (Music) welcomed their fourth child, Eleanor Marianne Curtis, in May 2019. She is 9 lbs. and 21 inches long. Austin, Zoe, Liam, and Darcy are thrilled and Katie is doing well. Congratulations!
Morgan M. Mitchell ’15
Morgan M. Mitchell ’15 (Management Entrepreneurship) was married to Emma Hayman on Monday, March 4, 2019 in San Diego, CA. The happy couple reside in the San Diego, CA area where Morgan is Encounter High School Director at Journey Community Church.
Brian Sullivan ’03
Brian Sullivan ’03 (Northeastern Seminary – Master of Arts in Theological Studies) was recently appointed to the position of dean of libraries. Brain has been at Alfred University for 11 years. He served as a theological library consultant at the Golisano Library, Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan, from 2016-18. He also served as an instructor at the Seminary during those years, teaching classes in library research for Seminary students and leading Doctor of Ministry dissertation workshops and new graduate student […]
Golda Woodcock McCracken ’45
Golda Woodcock McCracken ’45, 94, of Portersville died on April 12, 2019 at Concordia Lutheran Ministries of the Good Samaritan Hospice in Cabot. Golda was born on March 7, 1925, in Ulysses, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Harry and Eleanor (Mitchell) Woodcock. She was born and raised in Potter County. She was the wife of Arnold McCracken, who preceded her in death on July 11, 2001. Golda attended Roberts Wesleyan College and Houghton College in New York […]
Logan C. Geen ’07
Logan C. Geen ’07 (Management) joined Bond, Schoeneck & King as an attorney in the health care practice. Logan brings a background in regulatory, compliance, reimbursement, contracting and operational matters, as well as professional/corporate issues and fraud and abuse issues. To read the full article in The Daily Record, click here.
Dudley E. Danielson ’56
Dudley E. Danielson ’56, age 83, of Oxford, PA, formerly of Lancaster, PA and Clayton, NY, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Ware Presbyterian Village. He was the husband of Diane Ruth Danielson, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in North Chili, NY, he was the son of the late Guy Danielson and the late Grace Hendrickson Danielson. Dudley was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School, Warren, PA, and he attended Roberts Wesleyan College […]
Zachary H. Ashley ’12
Zachary H. Ashley ’12 (Religion-Philosophy) returned from an overseas deployment with the Army Reserve and is back at the Church of the Holy Spirt in Portland, Maine where he currently serves as an assistant pastor. On August 31, 2019 he will marry Emily Scarborough (Houghton College, Class of 2009) at Church of the Holy Spirit.
Vernice Mae Anders ’59
Vernice Mae Anders ’59, 83, of Gladwin, MI passed away at Gladwin Nursing and Rehab community on Thursday, May 2, 2019. She was born to Nelson and Stella (Cady) Anders in Gladwin County on August 2, 1935. She resided in Gladwin MI. Vernice graduated Spring Arbor Junior College in 1956 then attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY. Her early career was in teaching, then secretarial and customer service work, including American Roller Company, Amway, and Foremost Insurance Company. […]
Thomas R. Worth ’03
Thomas R. Worth ’03 (NES – Master of Divinity) and ’07 (NES – Doctor of Ministry) published a new book of poetry entitled, The Incarnation: Twenty-five Poems for Advent On the Word Made Flesh. For more information, visit Thomas’ website by clicking here.
Debra Clark Stahl ’00
Debra Clark Stahl ’00 (Mod RN), 56, passed away on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Strong Memorial Hospital. She was born in Bath, NY on August 31, 1962 the daughter of Robert Clark and Mary Angel Clark. She married Stephen Stahl on July 3, 1993 in the Savona Methodist Church. She received her LPN from Corning Community College. She got her BSN from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY. She was also a Diabetic Educator. She worked as an RN […]
Dr. Charles W. Schaefer ’64
Dr. Charles W. Schaefer ’64 (English) has published a new book entitled “Twilight of the Church,” which underscores the dire need of church revitalization in these times. The book is available at all major book outlets online.
Maryann Rivera-Dannert ’14
Maryann Rivera-Dannert ’14 (Organizational Management) recently collaborated on two anthologies entitled, W.O.M.B. Sister Chronicles: Volume 1 and Women Inspiring Nations: Volume 2. For more information about Maryann and her work, click here.
Walter N. Pettifor ’57
Walter N. Pettifor ’57 (English and Mathematics) published a book entitled, Pioneer Preacher: The Life Story of Thomas Nield, Walter’s great grandfather. The book is for sale online at Amazon. For more information, click here.
Margie Adair Mason ’59
Margie Adair Mason ’59 (Nursing) Margie A. Mason age 81 of Greenville, former 1st lady of Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas, passed away at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday January 2, 2019 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, IL. A Celebration of Life will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 6, 2019 at the Greenville Free Methodist Church with Rev. Deborah Somerville officiating. The family will receive friends there from 1:30 p.m. Sunday until service time. For those who desire […]
Nora Lynch Lee ’68
Nora Lynch Lee ’68 (Psychology) 80, passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at her residence at Park Point Village (Rock Hill, SC). A memorial service for Mrs. Lee will be 4:00 PM, Thursday, June 29, 2017 at Park Point Village with Chaplin Randy Wright officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at Park Point Village. Mrs. Lee was born in Apollo, PA and the daughter of the late Ewart A. Lynch and the late Ethel W. Palmer […]
C. Wes King ’48
C. Wes King ’48, 90, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Good Shepherd Hospice House in Lakeland, FL. Wesley was born December 22, 1928, in Brocton, New York to Carroll and Louisa King. Wesley was a retired minister and missionary. He is survived by his wife, Mary King; daughter, Kathy Decker; granddaughter, Erika Ann Jaggers (Nick) and great grandson, Wesley Robert Jaggers. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Free Methodist World Missions, 770 N. High […]
Daniel T. Kime ’51
Daniel T. Kime ’51, age 89, of Sanford, Florida, passed away May 13, 2017. Mr. Kime was born July 19, 1927 in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of the late Robert W. & Annie (Roach) Kime. He served his country proudly with the United States Army. Daniel was a Missionary with New Tribes Mission of Sanford. He Loved the Lord! Mr. Kime is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Geneva M. Kime, children Kennard Kime, Daniel T. (Juana) Kime, […]
Katie Hollowood Jones ’16
Katie Hollowood Jones ’16 (Physics) was married to Sean Jones on December 7, 2018 Birch Hill in Castleton-on-Hudson, NY. Roberts Wesleyan College alumni in attendance in the bridal party included: Shannon Van Niekerk (Maciulus ’16), Rebecca Moore (Hartje ’16), Lora Finney (’16), and Megan Guinta (’16) Alumni in attendance included: Grace Trumbull (’16), Naomi Hartnagel (’16), Matthew Van Niekerk (’17).
James B. Harrington ’97
James B. Harrington ’97 (Religion-Philosophy) was recently featured on The Avanti Entrepreneur podcast talking about his work with the Ugandan Water Project (an organization he founded in 2007). The first water projects were installed in 2008 and the organization now works in over 300 communities across Uganda. To listen to the podcast, click here.
Lloyd R. Eyre ’77
Lloyd R. Eyre ’77 (Religion-Philosophy) was recently made President of the Educational Endowment Fund at the Lorne Park Foundation. He recently retired from his role as senior pastor of the Peterborough Free Methodist Church.
Rev. Dr. Bradley J. Donahue ’76
The Rev. Dr. Bradley J. Donahue ’76 (Religion-Philosophy) retired January 1, 2019 from Lorain Christian Temple Disciples of Christ, Lorain, Ohio where he served for twenty-three and one half years and is the longest serving pastor of that church. Dr. Donahue began his ministry at Roberts as a youth pastor at the Spencerport First Congregational Church. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Divinity School and his Doctor of Ministry from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is an […]
Dudley Danielson ’56
Dudley Danielson ’56, age 83, of Oxford, PA, formerly of Lancaster, PA and Clayton, NY, passed away on Friday, February 1, 2019, at Ware Presbyterian Village. He was the husband of Diane Ruth Danielson, with whom he shared 10 years of marriage. Born in North Chili, NY, he was the son of the late Guy Danielson and the late Grace Hendrickson Danielson. Dudley was a 1952 graduate of Warren High School, Warren, PA, and he attended Roberts Wesleyan College in […]
Dorothy Ingraham Cross ’82
Dorothy Ingraham Cross ’82 (Nursing) 82, of Silver Creek, NY passed away Friday morning January 20, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, NY surrounded by her loving family. Dorothy was born on December 13, 1934 in Naples, NY , the daughter of the late Stuart and Gladys (Shamp) Ingraham. She was a graduate of Corfu High School Class of 1953 and worked as a teller for M & T Bank. Dorothy was a long time resident of Silver Creek and […]
Linda J. Carl ’01
Linda J. Carl ’01 (Mod RN), 68 of Zellwood, FL and formerly of Bath, NY passed away January 25, 2017. She was born January 14, 1949 in Elmira, NY. She retired as a Registered Nurse for the VA Medical Center, Bath, NY after 27 years of service. Linda was a very caring and Christian woman, and she was always there to help anyone. She loved to fish, play bingo and collect antique dolls. She loved to go to the beach […]
Ruth Smith Barton ’53
Ruth Smith Barton ’53 (Spanish), 87, died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2019, in Peabody, MASS. Ruth was born to W.L. and Beulah Smith in Toronto, Canada, on May 10, 1931. She grew up in the town of Ajax, Ontario, near Toronto, with her siblings, Carolyn, Mendal, and Marion, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. She met her husband, David Campbell Barton, at Roberts Wesleyan College in New York. It took a determined effort on David’s part to win her […]
Brianna Starr is a teaching English as a New Language (ENL) for Greece Central School District in both the middle and high schools. Starr was the first graduate for the ESOL program at Roberts. She graduated in December 2018.
Steve Shewan recently won 1st place in a national music competition. Shewan won the award for his composition of “Mother Goose Gems” set to music. His music has been broadcast on more than 200 radio stations in America. Read the full story.
John M. Wellington ’18
John M. Wellington ’18 (Sports Management & Marketing) is doing missionary work for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He was previously the Rochester representative for the FCA. His responsibilities include impacting the world for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
Patricia Pilarski Weise ’76
Patricia Pilarski Weise ’76 (Social Work), passed away on November 9, 2018 at home. Born December 19, 1952 in Buffalo NY, she was the daughter of the late Raphael & Jeanette Pilarski. She married Craig A. Weise on September 11, 1982. Patti was a dedicated Emergency Medical Social Worker who worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, Strong Memorial & Newark-Wayne Community Hospital. She graduated from Pittsford High School, from Roberts Wesleyan with a BSW & was a member of the first […]
Bill D. Starkweather ’60
Bill D. Starkweather ’60 (Comprehensive Social Studies), 80, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 21, 2018. He was predeceased by his parents Ellen and John Starkweather; brothers John and Ronnie Starkweather. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Kathleen; sons William (Kris) Starkweather, Timothy Starkweather, Daniel Starkweather; daughter Michele (Patrick) Conner; stepchildren Lynn (Jim) Potenziano, Matthew (Jen) Ciesielski; grandchildren Marie, TJ and Shannon, Marissa, Patrick and Krista, Kyle, Sean and Shannon, Taylor, Kendra, Faith, Noah, […]
George E. Sisson ’87
George E. Sisson ’87 (Physics Education) was appointed as Jamestown Community College’s director of athletics and recreation. George previously was the women’s basketball coach from 2012-15 and the men’s coach since 2015. To read the full announcement, click here.
Lois Longrod Reining ’52
Lois Longrod Reining ’52 (Business), 87, entered eternal life on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Traditions at Hunter Station in Sellersburg, IN. She was a bookkeeper and member of the Christ Community Nazarene Church in New Albany. Lois enjoyed sewing, playing Bunco with her friends and dominos with her loving family. She was preceded in death by two siblings, Evelyn and Wilbur. Surviving are her loving husband of 65 years, William Reining, Memphis; sons, Lawrence Reining, Jeffersonville, Edwin (Gena) Reining, […]
John J. Prill ’98
John J. Prill ’98 (Organizational Management), 64, passed away of natural causes in Visalia, CA. Predeceased by his grandparents, Ruth and James Leary, John and Margaret Prill, and niece Daniele Prill, also predeceased by infant brother Kevin. John is survived by his parents, John and Patricia Prill (Sarasota FL) and his sons, Noah and Kevin Prill (Sacramento and Fresno, CA), as well as 3 sisters; Ellen Prill (Rochester, NY), Lauren (Mark) Johnson, (Sarasota FLA), and Meg (Rob) DeRidder, ( Southbury, […]
Joshua D. Parry ’08
Joshua D. Parry ’08 (Physics), age 33 of Monroeville, PA, passed away on October 29, 2018. Beloved husband of Maria Parry. Loving father of Elijah, Josiah, and Andrew Parry; son of Dean and Ann Marie Parry; brother of Tabitha Collins Parry. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to an education fund for Joshua’s children. www.jobefuneralhome.com
Bob W. Mullen ’72
Bob W. Mullen ’72 (Social Work), 86, of Stafford, went home to be with his Savior on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at The Grand Rehabilitation & Nursing at Batavia, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Mullen was born January 26, 1932 in Batavia, a son of the late Earl W. and Terresa (Wooster) Mullen. Easily recognizable by his trademark Stetson Cowboy Hat, Robert was a long-time member of Northgate Free Methodist Church, and recently was attending Roanoke Community Church in Stafford […]
Kelly A. Monahan ’09
Kelly A. Monahan ’09 (Master of Strategic Leadership) Dr. Kelly Monahan released her first textbook with Academic Press entitled, “How behavioral economics influences management decision-making: A new pardigm.” The text critically reexamines the management function in 21st century workplaces. It explores well-observed but rarely understood features of employee cognition and irrationality, challenging the dominant discourse and offering an alternative to gain greater competitive advantage in today’s complex markets. It also provides an effective new framework on the best ways to […]
Billy J. McKinstry ’04
Billy J. McKinstry ’04 (Religion-Philosophy) was hired by Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary (Seoul, South Korea) as an Assistant Professor. He teaches two conversational English classes (beginners and intermediate) with emphasis on being able to convey the Gospel message and to better explain their faith journey in English for the purpose of missionary work. He also teaches an English Bible class that focuses on reading the Bible as the living word of God that speaks to us, not a reference […]
Phyllis Church Lilly ’56
Phyllis Church Lilly ’56 (Nursing) passed away on November 9, 2018, at the age of 83. Predeceased by parents, Elmer & Coralie Church. Survived by her husband, James & her children, Karen (Gregg) Carpenter, Kevin (Lanette) Lilly, Kim (Keith) Russell; grandchildren, Kendra (Peter), Ali, Scott (Jennifer), Meagan (Nathan), Joshua, Cayla (Kevin), Alex, Adam, Christie and her great grandchildren; siblings, James, Frieda, Ellen & Elmer; family & friends. Phyllis was loving, caring, generous to all who knew her & will be […]
Jenn Gould LaRue ’02
Jenn Gould LaRue ’02 (Music Performance) and her husband, Don, welcomed Asher LaRue to their family in June 2018. Asher joins older siblings Philip and Josiah. Congratulation!
Rachel E. King ’15
Rachel E. King ’15 (Art Education) is a Kindergarten-8th Grade Art Teacher at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Along with teaching and designing the art curriculum for her school, she is also a practicing artist. She received her MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has shown her work locally and internationally.
Sandra E. Fostano ’12
Sandra E. Fostano ’12 (Modular RN) earned her Master’s in Nursing: Family Nurse Practitioner from D’Youville College in December 2018. She graduated with distinction, is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing National Honor Society, and was the 2018 March of Dimes Nurse of the Year/Emergency and Critical Care. She currently works at Rochester Regional Health as an Emergency Department Staff Nurse.
Pauline Kast Broadwell ’47
Pauline Kast Broadwell ’47, age 91, died October 11, 2018 in United Memorial Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1927 in Albion to Milton and Ernestine Kast and was a life-long resident of this area. Mrs. Broadwell was predeceased by her husband Franklin, her son Steven Broadwell and her brother Karl Kast. She is survived by her children: Yen (Hoa) Nguyen of LA, Robert Broadwell of MI, James (Renee) Broadwell of Waterport, Patti Broadwell of Barker, her brother: Bill […]
Ruth Smith Barton ’52
Ruth Smith Barton ’52 (Spanish), 87, died peacefully on Jan. 8, 2019, in Peabody, Mass. Ruth was born to W.L. and Beulah Smith in Toronto, Canada, on May 10, 1931. She grew up in the town of Ajax, Ontario, near Toronto, with her siblings, Carolyn, Mendal, and Marion, with grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins nearby. She met her husband, David Campbell Barton, at Roberts Wesleyan College in New York. It took a determined effort on David’s part to win her […]
Bob J. Alfonso ’52
Bob J. Alfonso ’52 (English), 90, Johnson City (Tennessee), died December 25, 2018 at Johnson City Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was born on December 17, 1928 in Queens, New York. He graduated from Garden City, New York High School in 1947 and from Roberts Wesleyan College, North Chili, New York, in 1952. After receiving his masters degree from New York University in 1953, he entered the United States Marine Corps, achieving the rank of First Lieutenant. In […]
We are proud of these members of the Class of 2018 who are in professional schools after completing a pre-professional health program at Roberts Wesleyan:
Nathanial O’Dell’18 (Business Administration), Palmer College of Chiropractic Medicine, Davenport, IA. Emily Pelletier’18 (Biology), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Katie Schults’18 (Chemistry), Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, PA. Josh Johnson’18 (Biology), SUNY Upstate School of Physical Therapy, Syracuse, NY. Stephen Bunal’18 (Biology), University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY.
Laura Armstrong Kruspe’11 (Master’s in Health Administration)
is the Vice President of Contract and Network Management at ICircle Services. Read the story at https://rbj.net/2018/11/07/icircle-services/
Rebekah Cornell Hylton’14 (Communication and Media Studies)
is a Communication Specialist at Liazon, insurance industry, in Buffalo, NY. Previously she was a Direct Marketing Specialist with Soleo in Victor, NY.
Steve Field’78 (Math/Economics)
was recently recognized as the New York State Financial Aid Administrator of the Year in Region IV, at the 50th Anniversary New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association conference.
Renee Colon’07 (Management)
owner of Fuego Coffee Roasters moved the café operations to 1 Woodbury Boulevard in Rochester. The move tripled their seating capacity as well as allows the cafe to expand their menu to include light breakfast and lunch options alongside the coffee that has kept customers coming to their midtown cafe locations since 2013.
Joshua Bower’02 (History)
is the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Albany. Prior to that he was the Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Whiteville, NC. After Roberts, Bower went to Princeton Theological Seminary. Read the story at https://www.albanyherald.com/news/local/young-pastor-took-roundabout-path-to-first-presbyterian/article_8f3eeb48-135b-53a7-baf5-49fc68b77668.html
Darrell Bell’18 (MSL)
was recognized as a RBJ Forty Under 40 honoree on Nov. 15 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Bell is the VP for Advancement at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary.
Veronica Dasher’10 (Organizational Management)
was recognized as a RBJ Forty Under 40 honoree on Nov. 15 at the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center. Dasher is the Regional Outreach and Development Manager for Avangrid (RG&E).
Ken Sisson (Longtime Roberts Coach and Athletic Director)
Ken Sisson (Longtime Roberts Coach and Athletic Director), longtime basketball coach, died peacefully in his sleep in Rochester on October 23, 2018, surrounded by family. He was 87. Coach Sisson is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Jerry Sisson (Brandenburg); daughters, Kimberly (Donald) Conklin, and Kerry (Michael) Palombo; son Kenneth Sisson II; stepdaughter Deborah (Dominic) Mammoliti; stepson Doug (Julie) Thurley; brothers-in-law, John (Sarah), Thomas (Glenna), and Michael Brandenburg; and sisters-in-law, Mary Helen Thomas, Nancy B. Whitley, Judith Russell, […]
Mark Saladzius ’09
Mark Saladzius ’09 (Mathematics) was named the interim head coach for the upcoming Roberts Wesleyan College season after the retirement of Coach Rob McCoy. Mark has served as the Assistant Coach at Roberts since graduating in 2009 with a degree in Mathematics and a minor in Physics. Mark has been the lead Assistant Coach since 2014. Mark played for the team from 2005 – 2009, scoring over 1,000 points during his career. After graduation, Mark played professionally for the Brandford […]
John “Jeff” McLallen ’69
John “Jeff” McLallen ’69 (Religion-Philosophy), 74, of South Edmeston went home to be with the Lord on Monday October 1, 2018 at his home. Jeff was born on June 19, 1944 in Phoenix AZ the son of the late Clarence and Ruth Schoonover McLallen. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by brothers Keith and Roger McLallen, and a granddaughter Elise McLallen. He is survived by his wife Carol McLallen of South Edmeston, his sons Peter (Nicola) McLallen and […]
Ray L. McGinnis ’58
Ray L. McGinnis ’58 (History), 88, of Heritage Village, Gerry, N.Y., went to his eternal reward October 13, 2018, in Heritage Village Health Care Center, bringing to a close a lifetime of service to God and his fellow man. He was born December 27, 1929, in Barboursville, W.Va., the only child of Luther B. and Mamie M. Butcher McGinnis. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by Marjorie, his wife of 60 years; a daughter, Dixie […]
Rob McCoy Head men’s basketball coach Rob McCoy is retiring after 16 years with Roberts Wesleyan College. McCoy is the longest tenured coach in the athletics department and is the winningest coach in Redhawks’ men’s basketball history. Coach McCoy leaves Roberts with 185 career wins. In the 2017-18 season McCoy led the Redhawks to the East Coast Conference Championships for the first time in program history. It was the first time the men’s basketball team competed in post season play since transitioning […]
Charles “Bud” Lucie ’51
Charles “Bud” Lucie ’51 (Music Ed.) passed away on October 30, 2018, age 92. Predeceased by his wife, Jeanette. Survived by his children, Lesa (James) Kohr, Sally A. Chapman & Timothy C. Lucie; 7 grandchildren, & 2 great-grandchildren. Donations in lieu of flowers to Roberts Wesleyan College Advancement Office, 2301 Westside Dr. Rochester, NY 14624.
Phyllis Church Lilly ’56
Phyllis Church Lilly ’56 (Nursing) passed away on November 9, 2018, at the age of 83. Predeceased by her parents, Elmer & Coralie Church. Survived by her husband, James and her children, Karen (Gregg) Carpenter, Kevin (Lanette) Lilly, Kim (Keith) Russell; grandchildren, Kendra (Peter), Ali, Scott (Jennifer), Meagan (Nathan), Joshua, Cayla (Kevin), Alex, Adam, Christie and her great grandchildren; siblings, James, Frieda, Ellen & Elmer; family & friends. Phyllis was loving, caring, generous to all who knew her & will […]
William J. Gucker ’05
William J. Gucker ’05 (NES – Theological Studies) – He’s in the arms of Jesus, and finished his race well on Friday, September 28, 2018. Survived by wife, Rachel, children, David, Luke, Margaret, John, Matthew, Jane, William, parents, John and Alice Gucker, sister, Elaine Gucker, and mother and father-in-law, David and Vicki Chittenden.
Pauline Kast Broadwell ’47
Pauline Kast Broadwell ’47, age 91, died October 11, 2018 in United Memorial Medical Center. She was born June 8, 1927 in Albion to Milton and Ernestine Kast and was a life-long resident of the area. Mrs. Broadwell was predeceased by her husband Franklin, her son Steven Broadwell and her brother Karl Kast. She is survived by her children: Yen (Hoa) Nguyen of LA, Robert Broadwell of MI, James (Renee) Broadwell of Waterport, Patti Broadwell of Barker, her brother: Bill […]
Josh Bower ’02
Josh Bower ’02 (History) was recently named pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Albany, NY. Josh has previously been pastoring in Whiteville, NC. Learn more about Josh’s ministry by reading the Albany Herald article, here.
Thomas H. Beck ’95
Thomas H. Beck ’95 (OM) passed away on January 31, 2018. Survived by his wife, Nancy Beck; children, Matt (Jessica), Jennifer, Amanda; granddaughter, Emma; sisters, Nita (Jeff) Beck, Paula (Bill) Robbins; brothers, Richard (Marcia) Beck, Lawrence Beck & William (Eileen) Beck; nieces and nephews. A retiree of Eastman Kodak Co., he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and a Deacon at Mother of Sorrows Church, St. Thomas the Apostle, Nativity Church in Brockport and St. Lawrence Church. He […]
John Swick ’09 and Danielle Swick (Snell) ’08
welcomed their third son, Jared Stuart Swick, on June 13th, 2018. John is in his 7th year as the K-12 Building Principal for the Town of Webb UFSD while Danielle is able to stay home with the 3 boys. They currently reside is Old Forge, NY.
Linda Gray ’14
Linda Gray MS, RN was recently appointed as the Associate Vice President of Behavioral Health at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo NY. Linda is a 2014 graduate of the MS in Nursing Leadership and Administration program at Roberts Wesleyan.
Susie Gatewood ’18
Susie Gatewood MS, RN is speaking at “Walk and Talk with a Doc” at the Westside Farmers Market on September 25 & October 9th. Susie is , a 2018 graduate of the Nursing Leadership and Administration graduate program at Roberts Wesleyan College. For more information, click here.
Dr. Yvette Conyers ’10
Dr. Yvette Conyers DNP, FNP-C, CTN-B serves as Assistant Director of Undergraduate Nursing Programs at University of Rochester School of Nursing. Yvette is a 2010 graduate of the MS, Nursing Education program at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Natasha Walsh ’13
Natasha Walsh ’13 (Music Performance-Voice) is one of eight recipients of the George Black Membership Scholarship presented by the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. The award goes to students attending Canadian post-secondary institutions studying and developing congregational song in their studies. Recipients of the award receive a year’s membership in the Hymn Society and an 18-month membership to the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. To read the full article from the York University website, click […]
Ashley Andrews Uhlman ’16 and David R. Uhlman ’18
Ashley Andrews Uhlman ’16 (Music Ed.) and David R. Uhlman ’18 (Criminal Justice) were married on July 21, 2018 at Grace Road Church, Rochester, New York. Roberts Wesleyan College alumni in attendance included Ryan Hardy ’18, Samuel Crane ’18, Brandon Moser ’18, Joseph Condoulci ’16, Leanna Pratt (Shipman) ’16, Tyler Pratt, Maria Hogan ’15, Ashley Monast ’16, and Kerstin Burns ’16. The couple resides in Webster, NY.
Steven E. States ’12
Steven E. States ’12 (Music Ed.) has a new position within the U.S. Army. Stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, Steven is a musician in the Army Band and is involved in the vibrant tradition of performing at Army ceremonies, parades, concerts, festivals, dances and many other events. Musicians perform in a variety of ensembles ranging from ceremonial band to jazz band to small ensembles, playing all styles of music. Previously, Steven has played music in Arizona, Georgia, New Jersey, New […]
Brette-Ashley Wilcox Schmitt ’07 ’11 and Phil Schmitt ’07
Brette-Ashley Wilcox Schmitt ’07 (Marketing) and ’11 (Master of Science in Marketing) and Phil Schmitt ’07 (Accounting Information Management) recently purchased a Victorian c. 1904 building near the corner of North Lake Street and Rochester Street in Bergen, NY. The plans are to renovate the historic building and use the downstairs as a new photography studio for Brette-Ashley. This will help enhance downtown Bergen and add to BA’s family legacy in that town which dates back to the 1800’s. To […]
Doug Newton ’75
Doug Newton ’75 (English) published a series of books entitled Fresh Eyes. Every chapter in the Fresh Eyes Series will leave you thinking, I never saw this [Bible] passage that way before! Even better, each chapter will show you how to gain transformative new insights on your own that you can share with others. To learn more about the series, click here.
Susan Smith Muro ’79
Susan Smith Muro ’79 (Fine Arts-Art), Scranton, died Monday morning at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. She was the widow of Ronald G. Muro. Born in Peckville in 1957, daughter of the late Marshall H. and Dolores Tripp Smith, she was a 1975 graduate of Abington Heights High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Roberts Wesleyan College. She was a devoted member of the Elm Park United Methodist Church and […]
Beth Malone ’07
Beth Malone ’07 (Organizational Management) – Auburn United Methodist Church (Auburn, NY) welcomed a new pastor in July, the Rev. Beth Malone. Malone earned her bachelor’s degree at Roberts Wesleyan College and her Master of Divinity at Colgate Theological School in Rochester. Her mother is a retired United Methodist Church pastor, and her father is a retired Kodak security guard. She has a husband, Darren, as well as a son, Corey, and daughter, Jamie. In a news release, Malone said: […]
Caroline Bitton Lee ’05 and Jonathan A. Lee ’05
Caroline Bitton Lee ’05 (Pre-Law) and Jonathan A. Lee ’05 (History) welcomed Jonathan David Lee to their family in August 2018. Jonathan joins siblings Liliana and Madison. “We are overjoyed with our blessings and his big sisters adore him!! Everyone is doing very well!”
Adam M. Jones ’14 and Sarah Spencer Jones ’15
Adam M. Jones ’14 (Childhood & Special Ed.) and Sarah Spencer Jones ’15 (Childhood & Special Ed.) were married on Saturday June 23, 2018 at Lighthouse Christian Camp. Adam and Sarah met at Roberts Wesleyan College and began dating in 2013. Adam is a teacher at Rochester Prep Charter School in Rochester and Sarah is the Librarian at the Albion Elementary School.
Weldon J. Johnston ’62
Weldon J. Johnston ’62 (Religion-Philosophy) passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, in his 81st year. Beloved husband of Marie for 60 years. Loving father of Weldon B. (Kathy), Cheryl Hargraves (Steve), Creg and Tammy Fink. Cherished grandfather of Brent, Sarah, Warren, Corissa, Michael and Alex. Dear brother of Paul (Betty) and David (Ann). Predeceased by his parents, John and Lillas, his brother Creighton (Anna) and his grandson Corey. Those wishing to make a donation in […]
Taylor Harding Johnson ’13
Taylor Harding Johnson ’13 (Music Education) married Ryan Johnson on July 21, 2018 in Rochester, NY. Alumni in attendance included Kristin Monica ’13, Savana (Huffman) Gargana ’13, Marie (Henry) Crasta ’12, Stephanie Short ’13, Alexandria Emmerson ’14, Amanda (Todd) Read ’13, Eric Read ’13, Victoria Urbanczyk ’13, Katie (Briggs) O’Donnell ’12, Amanda Tobias ’11, Dylon Walbridge ’18, and Jenn (Brady) Walbridge.
Lois Barber Gustafson ’42
Lois Barber Gustafson ’42, 95, formerly of 344 Looker Mountain Trail, passed away Wednesday (Sept. 5, 2018) at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 5, 1922, in Herkimer, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late William and Rose Coffin Barber. On Aug. 6, 1949, in the First Baptist Church in Bradford, she married Gerald N. Gustafson, who survives. Lois attended Roberts Wesleyan College and was a member of the musical group there. In 1948 she graduated from Bradford Hospital […]
Leon R. Frisbee ’61
Leon R. Frisbee ’61 (English) 8/18/2018, age 83. Born 1/14/1935, Olean, NY. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Elizabeth L. Nilsen-Frisbee; sons Kenneth and Brian (Shari), grandchildren Erik and Megan; predeceased by parents Leon and Mary Winkler-Frisbee; brothers Stanley and Ralph; also survived by brothers Larry and Stephen. Lee was raised in Eldred, PA., graduated Otto-Eldred High School, Roberts Wesleyan College, BS; SUNY College at Brockport, MA; taught 28 years at Brockport Central School, English Dept. […]
Dale R. Easterly ’68
Dale R. Easterly ’68 (English), of Arcade, NY, died Monday, June 4, 2018 at his residence at the age of 73. He was born March 30, 1945 in Buffalo, NY a son of the late Norris and Edna (Tullar) Easterly. Dale enjoyed golfing, NASCAR and all sports. He was a huge Yankees fan as well as a UCONN fan of women’s basketball. He was a Physical Education Teacher for Pioneer Central School. Dale is survived by his beloved companion – […]
Bruce Congdon ’64
Bruce Congdon ’64, 77, of Alexander, NC, passed away on Friday, July 6, 2018 at Mission Hospital. He was born in Cherry Creek, NY to the late Claude and Myrtle Crowell Congdon. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Carpenter Congdon; son, Jeffrey Congdon of Winters, TX; daughters, Ginny Penley of Alexander and Amy Congdon of Hendersonville; grandchildren, Taylor and Sean Penley, great granddaughter, Dorothy Penley; sisters, Audrey Congdon, Doris Welch, Trish Weinag, Helen Lindberg and MaryAnne Sticek.
Mary Hendricks Clement ’44
Mary Hendricks Clement ’44 – Mary H. Clement “Jackie,” loving wife of Dr. Bob Clement, for over 70 years, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 4, 2018. She was 93 years old. Mary is the daughter of Rev. Fred and Melva Hendricks. She and Bob have four children, Dale and Nancy Clement, Carol and Gerald Boehlke, Dan and Annie Clement, and Keith and Cora Clement. Bob and Jackie have 11 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, with one […]
Kirk Wagar ’90
Kirk Wagar ’90 (History) joined Mercury as Co-Chairman responsible for Asia. “Singapore and China are home to an increasingly vital community of businesses and other organizations with global interests, including here in the United States. With Ambassador Wagar’s leadership and wealth of experience in the region, Mercury is proud to expand our unrivaled suite of capabilities to this key geography,” said Mercury co-founder and President Kirill Goncharenko. Read the full announcement here.
Rachael Diello Van Dyke ’94
Rachael Diello Van Dyke ’94 (Fine Arts-Art) was hired to create six covers for the Tyndale House Publisher’s IMMERSE Bible Reading Series. The Immerse Reading Bible is a six-volume Bible for personal reading and church discussion groups. For more information on the Immerse Reading Bible visit http://immersebible.com/. For information related to Rachael and her art, visit www.rachaelvandyke.com.
Kayleigh M. Shamp ’13
Kayleigh M. Shamp ’13 (Early Childhood & Special Ed) was engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Derek, on October 20, 2018 while on vacation in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The wedding is set for October 4, 2019.
Christine Haughton Reynolds ’81
Christine Haughton Reynolds ’81 (Elementary Ed) announced her retirement as the Dolgeville Central School District Superintendent where she has served as District head since 2010. To read the full story about Christine and her impressive career, click here.
G. Ben Perkins ’66
G. Ben Perkins ’66 passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at age 73. Predeceased by son, Keith and brother, Robert. Survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ruth; children, Katrina (Bob) Wilkins and Kurt (Lindsay); daughter-in-law, Tanya Perkins; grandchildren, Esther, Isaac, Grant, Ben, Alena, Kalin, Lukas and Cobi; brother, David (Li Man); sister, Marina Perkins (Fred); several nieces and nephews. Rev. G. Benjamin graduated from Greenville College. He was a Free Methodist pastor, serving primarily throughout NYS and […]
Chuck L. Morey ’57
Chuck L. Morey ’57 (Music Ed) April 10, 1931 – June 10, 2018 Charles L. Morey, lifelong music educator, consummate drummer, loving husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, died June 10, 2018 after a brief illness. His rich life of 87 years was driven by his love for God, his family and a passion for all things music. Born in 1931 in North Chili, New York, Chuck was the sixth of seven children. Steeped in an environment of music […]
Mandie Caton Mara ’09
Mandie Caton Mara ’09 (Nursing) finished her DNP in Nurse Anesthesia in May and successfully completed CRNA certification in June at the University of Iowa. Mandie, her husband Josh, and dogs (Winston & Georgia) have relocated to Omaha where she will start as a CRNA in August at Nebraska Medical Center.
Gayle Zimmerman Lentz ’98
Gayle Zimmerman Lentz ’98 (Contemporary Ministries) passed away on June 05, 2018. Beloved wife of Lawrence Lentz; devoted mother of Iona; dear daughter of Thomas, Andrea and Joan (Washburn) Zimmerman; sister of Keith (Michelle) Zimmerman; granddaughter of the late George and Helen Zimmerman, Leon and Mary J. (Carlton) Gertis. Donations in Gayle’s name may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Heidi A. Heen ’03
Heidi A. Heen ’03 (Nursing), age 63, died in her home, Monday, April 30 2018. She was predeceased by her brother, Leif Heen. She is survived by her mother, Martha Wadsworth of Geneseo and father, Helge (Leslie) Heen of Rochester, her daughter, Julia (Ryan) Ast and grandchild Avery Ast all of Rochester, her sister, Sara (Peter) Scondras of Geneseo, nephew Lee DeLaVergne of Gainesville, Fla., her stepbrother, Bill (Rula) Clune of Ithaca, stepsister, Kristina (Jason Raduns) Heen of Lyndonville, N.Y. […]
Meg Roupe Hartman ’07 and Bob J. Hartman ’07
Meg Roupe Hartman ’07 and Bob J. Hartman ’07 (Religion-Philosophy) welcomed Joanna Rae Hartman to their family in June 2018! Joanna Rae joins big brother Caleb. Congratulations!
Ruth Powell Gay ’07
Ruth Powell Gay ’07 (Physics) is Portfolio Energy Manager for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. Their vision is to reimagine the world of real estate, creating rewarding opportunities and amazing spaces where people can achieve their ambitions. JLL is a Fortune 500 company with nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of 83,500.
Kathryn Anderson Garrett ’94
Kathryn Anderson Garrett ’94 (Social Work) is working as the Director of Girl’s Programming for Camp Hickory Hill in Varysburg, NY. Her responsibilities include running a year-round ministry to families and young people specializing in the leadership development of young women. Her main responsibilities are team development, mentoring and discipling young women, and marketing. She also directs two weeks of a girls-only camp in August and runs retreats throughout the year. As an added note, Kathryn is the first female […]
Gloria Johnson Fidler ’58
Gloria Johnson Fidler ’58 (Secretarial Science) published her 6th book and 2nd Historical Novel in December 2017 entitled “A Mountain Man” based on the life of her father, Ralph Johnson, who grew up in the Catskill Mountains. Ralph was a railroad man and a Deerpark Township Constable.
Eric Elias ’87
Eric Elias ’87 (Social Work) received the Connecticut Association for School Psychology’s School Psychologist of the Year Award! Eric is married to Carlita Rankin Elias ’92 (Psychology).
George A. Bliss ’05
George A. Bliss ’05 (Mod RN), 66, of Bath, NY, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018 at the Vincent House in Wayland, NY following an extended illness. Born in Corning, NY on April 17, 1952, George was the son of George A. and Doris I. Miles Bliss. He was a graduate of Addison Central School. As a young adult, he aspired to enter the nursing field and enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing Program at the Horseheads BOCES, earning […]
Anne Rosati-Hooper ‘06’09 (Mod Nursing, Master’s in Nursing Education)
is the executive director of Seabury Woods for Episcopal SeniorLife Communities. Read the story at http://www.monroecopost.com/news/20180613/episcopal-seniorlife-communities-announces-recent-hires
Mark Saladzius’09 (Mathematics, minor in Physics)
has successfully dunked a basketball in 50 states! It took three and a half years to complete this feat with his final dunk in Hawaii on June 1. Saladzius is the assistant men’s basketball coach at Roberts Wesleyan. He previously played professional basketball for the Bradford Dragons in the United Kingdom from 2012-13.
Michael Loete (’14 OM,’16 MSL)
is the Director of Provider Network Operations at iCircle Services in Rochester. He leads a team to support a new health insurance product specifically marketed for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Loete is also pursuing his doctorate in Executive Leadership at St. John Fisher College.
Sean Leduc’18 (Management-Entrepreneurship)
graduated in May and is the Fiscal Intermediary (FI) Specialist at Starbridge Services, Inc. in Rochester. In this role he will support the FI team that currently serves over 100 individuals in the greater Rochester and outlying areas. He will continue to be involved with the BELL program at Roberts and hopes to develop more athletic opportunities for the BELL students. In his senior year he was instrumental in the creation of the BELL swim team and their first ever […]
Beryl Hutt Weaver ’59
Beryl Hutt Weaver ’59, 82, Dexter, went home to be with the Lord Jesus on March 20, 2018 at Samaritan Keep Home, where she had been a patient since December, 2017. She was born August 5, 1935 in Dekalb Junction, the daughter to Rev. Herschel H. and Valentine Bohall Hutt. Beryl was a graduate of Watertown High School, Watertown School of Commerce and attended Roberts Wesleyan College where she met her husband to be. She married J. Virgil Weaver on […]
Donald Vining ’66
Donald Vining ’66 (English), it is with great sadness that the family of Donald “Don” Alfred Vining announces his passing after a long illness on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the age of 73 years. Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of four years, Elsie, and his children, Jeanne (Carl) Keller and Jim (Robyn) Vining. Don will also be fondly remembered by his three grandchildren, Jackson, Belle, and Luke, and by his sister Sally (Miles) Nelson. Don was […]
Mark W. Tellier
Mark W. Tellier (Management of Human Resources), West Irondequoit – Passed away peacefully with family at his side on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the age of 68. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Nancy (Travis); children, Thad (Betsy) Tellier, Lisa (Keith) McMahon & Adam “Bum” (Pam) Tellier; grandchildren, Leo & Owen Tellier, Thaddeus McMahon, Riley, Kennedi, Samuel & Charles Tellier; sisters, Joan (Tom) Williams, MaryClare (Tom) Ekiert; sisters-in-law, Carey (Frank Luebbe) Travis, Martha (Bill) Hanley, […]
Jim M. Stuermer ’90
Jim M. Stuermer ’90 (Computer Science), Rochester – 10/23/1966 – 4/19/2018. Survived by loving wife, Denise; son, Brett (Miranda); his parents, Charles and Neva; brothers, C.J. (Sharon) and Kent (Patricia); brother-in-law, Nelson (Deborah Indivino) Hill; step-sons, Adam (Kendra) and Dan (Amanda) Martone; also nephew and nieces, Shane (Aimee), Jaymi Stuermer and Diane (Tim) Cossey and many other loving, caring family and friends. Jim was an incredibly loyal and dedicated husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend and employee which worked at […]
Dan ’06 & Diane Snyder ’06
The hamlet of Salem, NY recently had an alumni gathering with 100% attendance! Dan ’06 (Communication) and Diane Loyd Snyder ’06 (Social Work) connected with Barbara Kriesat Berber ’64 and shared this picture. It’s always good to get Roberts alumni together!
Rebecca Pangrazio Rodriguez ’08
Rebecca Pangrazio Rodriguez ’08 (Accounting and Information Management), is a CPA and has joined Lumsden McCormick as a Tax Manager. Rebecca went to Lumsden McCormick with ten years of public accounting experience, working previously in Rochester, NY. She is a co-founder of Free to Fly, a nonprofit organization that helps the poor working-class in Metro Rochester.
Kyle S. Rapp ’15
Kyle S. Rapp ’15 (History) completed his Master of Science in Human Rights at University College Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) in August 2016. Currently, he is a PhD student in Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California.
Roger A. Newton ’71
Roger A. Newton ’71 (English), 69, of Smethport, died Thursday (May 10, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. He was born April 26, 1949, in Port Allegany, a son of Arlo C. and Martha Barnes Newton. Mr. Newton was a 1967 graduate of Smethport Area High School and attended the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Roberts Wesleyan College of Rochester, N.Y., where he graduated in 1972. Mr. Newton worked as a journalist and freelance writer. He was employed […]
Ardis Updyke Nerby ’47
Ardis Updyke Nerby ’47, Rochester – Faithful servant of God, passed away peacefully on March 15, 2018. Born June 22, 1928 in Jackson, MI to Howard and Cora (Dodds) Updyke. Predeceased by devoted husband of 49 years, Richard S Nerby and brother, Wynn F Updyke. Survived by her 3 loving daughters: Catherine (Christopher) Collins, Valerie (Roger) Roach, and Elizabeth Deutsch; grandchildren, Joshua (Sarah) Collins, Jesse Collins, Alison (Aaron) Harrington, Gavin Roach, Marisa Roach, Dustin (Emily) Deutsch, Andrew Deutsch, and Holly […]
Patrick Lenney ’14, ’16
Patrick Lenney ’14 (Master of Social Work) and ’16 (NES Master of Divinity) shared that his daughter Ariella has made a miraculous recovery following the drowning accident at their home. The Christian Broadcasting Network visited the family in April to tell this powerful story. Click here to learn more.
Sandra Lauer ’08
Sandra Lauer ’08 (Mod RN) was named the 2018 Distinguished Nurse Honoree by ECMC Corporation and ECMC Foundation. She is director, Continuum of Care, Supportive Care and Palliative Medicine at ECMC. She is a member of the palliative care outreach team, specially trained in the discipline of advance care education and planning.
Roy C. Jones ’54
Roy C. Jones ’54, 81, of Dalton, MA, died Thursday, March 7, 2018 at Craneville Nursing Home in Dalton. Born on his Dad’s birthday, December 27, 1936, he was the son of Roy C. Jones and Elisabeth Wilcox Jones. He grew up in Vermont where his Dad was a dairy farmer and he learned early the virtues of good work, dedication, and patience. After elementary school in a one room school house he finished his education at Roberts Wesleyan in […]
Bonny Smothermon Hoeflein ’84
Bonny Smothermon Hoeflein ’84 (Elementary Education) recently published a book entitled: More Cake: Discovering the true substance, “cake” of joyful living without being robbed by the “frosting” of the culture. More Cake is about finding out what’s really able to bring you peace and satisfaction. It’s not a temporary topping. Your cake is the core and substance of who you were made to be, not the perceptions other people have of you or how the culture and social media define […]
Kim Stearns Higgins ’92
Kim Stearns Higgins ’92 (Music Education) earned her Doctorate of Education from Northcentral University in March of 2018. Kim’s degree had a curriculum and teaching emphasis and her dissertation was entitled: A Qualitative Action Research Study of Blended Inclusion for PK12 Students with Disabilities in Rural New York State Public Schools.
Heidi A. Heen ’03
Heidi A. Heen ’03 (Nursing), age 63, died in her home, Monday, April 30, 2018. She was predeceased by her brother, Leif Heen. She is survived by her mother, Martha Wadsworth of Geneseo, NY and father, Helge (Leslie) Heen of Rochester, NY, her daughter, Julia (Ryan) Ast and grandchild Avery Ast all of Rochester, NY, her sister, Sara (Peter) Scondras of Geneseo, NY, nephew Lee DeLaVergne of Gainesville, FL, her stepbrother, Bill (Rula) Clune of Ithaca, NY, stepsister, Kristina (Jason […]
Leah Frazier ’04
Leah Frazier ’04 (Criminal Justice) was awarded the Startup Evangelist of the Year award by The Dallas Entrepreneur Center. Some of the top CEO’s from Dallas and Mayor Mike Rawlings were in attendance.
Jackie Brenon Finch ’08
Jackie Brenon Finch ’08 (Psychology and Mathematics) and her husband, Corey, welcomed Isaac to their family in February of 2018. Isaac joins his big sister, Lydia. Congratulations!
Brittany Catlin ’13, ’18
Brittany Catlin ’13 (Studio Art) and ’18 (Master of Science in Marketing) is the new Marketing Programs & Digital Design Manager at Roberts Wesleyan College. Brittany will oversee the creative direction of digital design.
Scott E. Clark ’80
Scott E. Clark ’80 (Music), age 60 of Abingdon passed away Sunday, March 25, 2019 from cancer. Scott was born and raised in Binghamton, NY and was a very talented musician. He is survived by his family and many close friends.
Colleen Clohessy Baker ’93
Colleen Clohessy Baker ’93 (Music Education) is in her 23rd year of teaching at Highland School District in Highland, Illinois. She just earned her National Board Certification in Early Childhood Music Education.
Lillian Harriff Oliveira ‘62
wrote her autobiography An Irrepressible Passion – Pointing People Heavenward. The book presents a rare opportunity to draw a wealth of wisdom and pearls of faith from an account of rich life experiences gained over many decades. It is available on Amazon.
The Greatest Era: A Team to Know: Men’s Basketball 1965-67
There is no greater honor for any athletic team than to be recognized as the greatest of its era. The 1965-67 Roberts Wesleyan College men’s basketball team took time to grow and nurture into this lasting legacy, realizing it goes beyond individual players and team stats. These young men, most Hall of Famers in their own right, learned to fill their role for the success of the entire team. Led by Coach Bill Hughes, they learned to communicate well, focus […]
Sarah Weyman ’17
Sarah Weyman ’17 (Liberal Arts) is teaching 4th grade in the American School in Zarqa, Jordan. Sarah is on the right, pictured with Shirley Hoogstra, President of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.
Sara Swaciak Snyder ’14
Sara Swaciak Snyder ’14 (Early Childhood & Special Ed.) graduated from Roberts Wesleyan in 2014 with a degree in Early Childhood and Special Education. Right after graduating, she transitioned from her student-teaching position at Holy Childhood to a being a Special Education Teacher for the summer. After, she got a job as an Employment Specialist in the Adult Program at Holy Childhood. Sara enjoyed that job more than she had expected. She had the privilege of assisting adults with disabilities […]
Roy Smith ’04
Roy Smith ’04 (Music Ed.) is currently 2nd trumpet with Symphoria Syracuse (the professional orchestra in Syracuse) and also is first call sub with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
Mark C. Santangelo ’89
Mark C. Santangelo ’89 (Religion-Philosophy) was recently featured on Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. Mark is the Chief Librarian and Archivist at the Fred W. Smith National Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate in Washington, DC. The story was for President’s day. To watch the video, click here.
Sharon Rogers Palmiere ’59
Sharon Rogers Palmiere ’59 (English) passed peacefully in her sleep October 26, 2017 at the age of 79. Survived by her husband, Darwin Palmiere; sons, Stephen (Kristen Stewart) Kreckman, & Tracy (Eileen) Kreckman; & brothers, David, Vincent, and Charles Rogers. As a young girl, Sharon enjoyed many summers up on the St. Lawrence River. She enjoyed countless hours sitting on the side rocks of her beloved island, Thrums. Sharon took great pride in the accomplishments of her sons as well […]
P. Douglas Page ’75
P. Douglas Page ’75, 65, passed into the presence of the Lord on October 18, 2017 after a 15-week battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Gay, daughter Meredith Perna of Prince Frederick, MD, stepson Jason Harper (Lindsey) of Sarasota, FL, father Paul Page, brother Greg Page (Colleen), 3 grandsons and one granddaughter and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by his mother Rayma C. Page. Doug was a 1970 graduate […]
Bonnie Secondino Osgood ’85
Bonnie Secondino Osgood ’85 (Music Education) Churchville, NY – On January 21, 2018, Bonnie died peacefully surrounded by her family and friends. She was 54. Predeceased by her mother Romona Secondino and grandmother Phyllis Secondino. Bonnie is survived by her husband of 31 years, William Osgood; children, Joshua (Valerie) Osgood and Daniel (Melissa) Osgood; father, Ronald Secondino; siblings, James Secondino and Linda (Robert) Taylor; friends, family, and her beloved dachshund Zoey. Bonnie was born on March 24th, 1963 in Gates, […]
Lillian Oliveira ’62
Lillian Oliveira ’62 (Nursing) recently published her autobiography, An Irrepressible Passion – Pointing People Heavenward. From age 14, her calling to missionary service focused all of her plans. After completing her nursing degrees, she was led on an incredibly varied and adventurous path: God took her through five continents, five languages and cultures, and many different branches of ministries: from medical work to teaching Bible studies, to teaching Seminary courses, to leadership positions with the denominational Women’s Ministries Executive Committee, […]
Annie L. Nichols ’05
Annie L. Nichols ’05 (Communication) is finishing her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Maryland; she has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Communication at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA.
Tracey Newton ’12
Tracey Newton ’12 (Studio Art – Painting & Spanish), after completing her studies at Roberts, Tracey completed a year of service through Mission Year (www.missionyear.org). She then spent the next two years at Koinonia Farm in Americus, Georgia. While there, she was commissioned to paint and coordinate several largescale mural projects. Now she is at Jubilee Partners in Comer, Georgia and continues to paint and illustrate. See more of Tracey’s art and missions work at https://sites.google.com/site/lifelikeartistry/
Ella Zehr Moyer ’17
Ella Zehr Moyer ’17 (Studio Art – Graphic Design), even before graduating, Ella accepted a Digital Analyst position at Hearst Media Services in Buffalo, NY. In addition to working at Hearst, she works as a designer and editor for Marshall Art Studios in Rochester and runs a popular a life-style blog/brand The Local Sprout. Follow her at @thelocalsprout and http://thelocalsprout.com/.
David C. Morrow ’47
David C. Morrow ’47, 92, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Tuesday, January 2, 2018. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 68 years, Beryl “Jean,” and is survived by his sister, Betty Towne, sisters-in-law Jean Alley and Mary Alice Stam, and their families. Dave was born in New York in 1925 and attended Roberts Wesleyan College and the University of Rochester, as well as earned his master’s in education administration from State University in Brockport. Dave served […]
Martha Ballew Morey ’41
Martha Ballew Morey ’41 was born in Lake Wales, FL, on August 8, 1923 to Myrtle Manora (Cummings) Ballew and Rev. Marvin C. Ballew. Her father was a Free Methodist minister who traveled the coast from Florida to Georgia, moving from one poverty-stricken parish to another during most of her childhood. Mart left home at age 15, finishing her last year of high school and her first year of college at the same time at Chesbrough Seminary (now Roberts Wesleyan […]
Angela Alico Merrill ’01 ’07
Angela Alico Merrill ’01 (Art-Graphic Design) & ’07 (Master of Strategic Leadership) presented at the ALA Mid-Winter Conference. Angela is a Library Systems Specialist at the Golisano Library at Roberts Wesleyan College, and was invited by Ex Libris to participate in their session at the American Libraries Association Mid-Winter Conference in Denver Colorado. As the first college in New York State to implement Alma and PRIMO, Angie’s experience has been a valuable contribution to Ex Libris as they roll out […]
Daniele Lyman-Torres ’06
Daniele Lyman-Torres ’06 (Organizational Management) & ’07 (Master of Strategic Leadership) was recently named the Commissioner of the Department of Recreation and Youth Services for the City of Rochester by Mayor Lovely A. Warren. Prior to this posting she was President of the Arc of Yates County. To read the full announcement, click here.
Maria Larner ’09
Maria Larner ’09 (Mod RN) is the Director, Nursing position in the Communication Center effective Monday, February 12th. Her new position supports the 24/7 clinical operations in the Communication Center and its continued evolution in support of the growing Rochester Regional Health System.
Roy W. King ’04
Roy W. King ’04 (Master of Theological Studies at NES) The Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary campus community is deeply saddened by the loss of former trustee Roy Wheatley King who died January 5 at age 81. Roy served as a trustee and leader at Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary from 2004-October 2017. Roy was a graduate of Northeastern Seminary, earning a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree in 2004, His significant contributions in the classroom and […]
Rachel King ’15
Rachel King ’15 (Art Ed.) completed her MFA program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, interning with the P.A.F.A Museum Outreach Program, in 2017. She was awarded the Murray Dessner Travel Award following her time at P.A.F.A. and traveled to Greece to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee crisis as it impacted the country and people of Greece. She has also spent time studying art abroad at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Rachel currently works […]
Matthew M. Hohler ’15 and Isabella Mitrevski Hohler ’16
Matthew M. Hohler ’15 (Criminal Justice) and Isabella Mitrevski Hohler ’16 (History) were married on December 28, 2017 in Nags Head, North Carolina.
Diane Hewitt-Johnson ’07
Diane Hewitt-Johnson ’07 (Master of Strategic Leadership) was recently promoted to the position of Director of Operations at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. In this role, Hewitt-Johnson will provide mission-driven leadership, guidance and direction through day-to-day development and implementation of strategies, major service development plans, and the integration of services with a focus on impact, service quality, positive and measurable client outcomes, and sustainability. To read the full article and announcement online, click here.
Brittany Hebel ’10
Brittany Hebel ’10 (Music Performance – Voice) has been invited to join the 2018 inaugural season of Teatro Nuovo, a Bel Canto opera festival founded by Will Crutchfield, former music critic of the NY Times. The new program, which will take place in Purchase, NY, is a continuation of his Bel Canto at Caramoor Festival, where he was music director for over 20 years. Currently a resident of Chicago, IL, Brittany was the soprano soloist in Handel’s Judas Maccabeus in […]
Erika Harrington ’14
Erika Harrington ’14 (Music Performance – Voice) will sing the lead role of Rosalinde in Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with Westminster Opera Theatre in April 2018 at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she is currently completing her master’s degree in vocal performance. As a member of Westminster Symphonic Choir, she performs regularly with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Kimmel Center and the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center.
Harold G. Fisher ’59
Harold G. Fisher ’59 (Religion-Philosophy), 84, of Lakeland, FL, formerly of Mt. Pleasant, died Monday, February 15, 2016, in Lakeland, FL. He was born Jan. 24, 1932, in Mt. Pleasant, a son of the late William Carl and Alice Ruth McConnell Fisher. He was a minister for 53 years, serving Free Methodist Churches in Pennsylvania and Florida. He is survived by his siblings, Earl Grafton Fisher and his wife, Nellie, of Hunker, Lillian Roadman, of Whitehouse, Tenn., and Carl Fisher […]
Sarah Fantauzzi ’05
Sarah Fantauzzi ’05 (Organizational Management) & ’13 (Master of Strategic Leadership) was named Executive VP by RES Exhibit Services. She joined RES in 2012 as the vice president of human resources leading the organization with a personal dedication to maximizing organizational efficiency and empowering others to succeed. To read the full announcement, click here.
Walter A. DeHaven ’53
Walter A. DeHaven ’53, Port Allegany, PA, 81, of Wildwood Drive, passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport. Born June 15, 1936, in Austin, he was a son of Walter A. and Agnes Atkinson DeHaven. On Dec. 8, 1983, in Port Allegany, he married Anna P. Love (Anna Brookens), who survives. He was a lifetime resident of the area and attended Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY. Walter had been employed with Pittsburgh Corning […]
Austin J. Curtis ’10
Austin J. Curtis ’10 (Childhood & Special Ed.) and Katherine Dorsey Curtis ’11 (Music) welcomed Darcy Ruth Curtis to their family in April 2017. She joins siblings Zoe Noel and Liam Gabriel.
Charles Conrad ’63
Charles Conrad ’63 (Comprehensive Social Studies) is enjoying running around in the grass in Heaven with his brother, while being chased by their mom. Chuck passed away suddenly on December 14, 2017 at home. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on June 30, 1939. Chuck is survived by his wife Joyce, eldest son Thomas and wife Jen, and youngest son Mike. He also leaves behind, 4 sisters, and way to many nieces and nephews, and all the kids that they […]
Greg Coles ’12
Greg Coles ’12 (Communication) is a graduate assistant at dissertation stage at Penn State. Greg is an academic scholar and most recently author of Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity.
Alma Bundy Christian ’49
Alma Bundy Christian ’49, 93, DuBois, PA, passed away Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at Highland View Health Care, Brockway. Born Oct. 18, 1924, in Penfield, she was the daughter of the late Hiram and Dora (Shoemaker) Bundy. She married Archie Theodore Christian on Dec. 18, 1948, in DuBois. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 2002. Alma graduated from Sandy High School and went on to study ministry at Roberts Wesleyan College. Life would take her to Erie where […]
Helen Anderson Canfield ’48
Helen Anderson Canfield ’48, 88, of Townhouse Rd., died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, at the Augusta Rehab while recovering from a serious fall. She was born on February 21, 1929 in Burlington, VT, the daughter of Carl Anderson and Helen (Hart) Anderson. She was educated in Portland, Roberts Wesleyan Jr. College, Rochester, New York, and graduated from Greenville College Cum Laude in Illinois in 1950. She married Robert Canfield August 18, 1950. Together they worked in Light and Life Children’s […]
Bryan Blankfield ’08
Bryan Blankfield ’08 (Communication) received his Ph.D. in Rhetoric from Penn State in 2016. Bryan also had two visiting professorships (Oregon and University of Pittsburgh) and is now rhetoric professor in the Honors College, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Hillary J. Bartoszek ’14
Hillary J. Bartoszek ’14 (Master of Social Work) is a Mobility Mentor at Action for a Better Community, Inc. Her responsibilities include assessing the self-sufficiency of participants on caseload set goals, assisting participants to reach self-sufficiency, providing referrals and services, recruiting participants through community outreach and collaboration, and responsibilities for social media.
Chip’04 & Kathy(Becker)’05 Rudd’s Future Redhawks
Future Redhawks Abby and Isaac were geared up for Dr .Suess week at school — “Oh, the places you’ll go!” Parents are Chip’04 & Kathy(Becker)’05 Rudd.
Bessie Wilcox Weld ’38
Bessie Wilcox Weld ’38, 98, passed away on Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at Savannah Cottage of Lakeland. Born on September 27, 1918, Bess was originally from Titusville, PA, but had been a long time resident of Lakeland. She is preceded in death by her husband, Frank.
Brian Wegman ’10
Brian Wegman ’10 (Entrepreneurship Management) recently earned his CPA credential. Brian is employed by the accounting firm Dermody, Burke and Brown. To read the full announcement online, click here. Congratulations!
Hailee E. Schultz ’17
Hailee E. Schultz ’17 (Music Education) was hired less than a week after graduation as a Music Teacher for Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES. She teaches K-12 Special Education and 7-12 Alternative Education.
Lori Hahn Schrenker ’17
Lori Hahn Schrenker ’17 (Nursing) was recently hired as a Nurse Educator at Highland Hospital in Rochester, NY. Her responsibilities include providing educational programming to nurses and nursing support staff, as well as collaboration and committee involvement.
Fred R. Schreffler ’55
Fred R. Schreffler ’55 (Religion-Philosophy) passed away at the age of 91 on November 30, 2017. Fred was born December 1, 1925 in Oil City, PA to Clinton and Dorothy Schreffler. He was pastor to five Free Methodist Churches in the Pittsburgh Conference, serving three of them 8 years each. He retired in 1989 after 31 years in pastoral ministry. Fred served two years in the Army Air Corps and then with the U.S. Postal service before attending Roberts Wesleyan […]
Karen Parkhurst’89 (Human Resources) is serving others through both the Rotary Club of Gates-Chili and Victor-Farmington. The Gates-Chili group is a small Rotary Club of 14 members who serve others in the community. Parkhurst recently presented a project to provide potable water to a small village in Nicaragua. The Gates-Chili Rotary approved to support this project which will supply clean water to approximately 800 villagers, two schools, and a health outpost. Parkhurst has chaired five humanitarian projects since 2008; four […]
David C. Morrow ’47
David C. Morrow ’47 passed away on January 2, 2018. A resident of Rock Hill, South Carolina, David came to Chesbrough as a student but was drafted into the war after his first year of school. After the war, in 1947, he completed his studies at Roberts Junior College, then enrolled at the University of Rochester and later at The College at Brockport. In 1968, President Voller, whom he had called for a reference, asked him if he would have […]
Shaniece McClaney ’16
Shaniece McClaney ’16 (Master of Strategic Leadership) was recently featured as a “Woman to Watch” in the Democrat & Chronicle for her work, involvement in the community, and connections to family. To read the full story, click here.
Andilene F. Humphrey ’12
Andilene F. Humphrey ’12 (Pathway to Teaching) was born on April 1, 1976 and passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017. Andilene was a resident of Rochester, New York at the time of passing. Andilene graduated from Auburn High School in June of 1994.
Aaron D. Cornell ’16 & Katherine Schrenker Cornell ’15
Aaron D. Cornell ’16 (Childhood & Special Ed.) and Katherine Schrenker Cornell ’15 (Chemistry) were married on October 22, 2017 in Albion, NY. Congratulations!
Eric C. Cole ’90
Eric C. Cole ’90 (Management of Human Resources), 58, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Mary Washington Hospital. Eric was born in Rochester, NY where he graduated from Brockport High School, Monroe Community College and Roberts Wesleyan College. He later moved to Stafford in 1990. He enlisted in the U.S. Army, later continuing his career with the Federal Government as a civilian for 28 years in the DC area. Eric was a survivor of the 9/11 attacks on the […]
Jean P. Boyle ’95
Jean P. Boyle ’95 (Management of Human Resources), aged 76, died peacefully with her children by her side on December 10, 2017 at Highland Hospital, after a brief struggle with cancer. Jean was born January 17, 1941 in Duquesne, PA, the daughter of Peter Paul Pope and Zella Orris. Jean had a fantastic sense of humor, joking with her daughter, friends and nurses until her very last days. She was an avid gardener who always started her days with coffee, […]
David A. Bogey ’61
David A. Bogey ’61 (History) went home to be with his precious Savior on December 28, 2017, surrounded by family. He was born February 11, 1940, in Jamestown, New York, to the late Walter Adrian and Frances (Van Tassel) Bogey. A graduate of Kensington High School in Buffalo, he went on to Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1961. David continued his education and received two Masters Degrees in Russian History from the […]
Alumni Spotlight: Proud Sailor Tradition in the Hardy Family
Petty Officer Ryan Hardy’18 was recently named ‘Sailor of the Year’ from the Naval Operations Support Center in Buffalo. He was assigned to Naval Reserve Assault Craft Unit 2 while a student at Roberts Wesleyan College. Ryan also served at the 58th Presidential inauguration. Seaman Chad Hardy’15 graduated from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, as an Honor Recruit. He will be continuing his training at the Naval Station Great Lakes in Lake County, IL. Great Lakes is the largest military […]
Karen Parkhurst ’89
Karen Parkhurst ’89 (Human Resources) is serving others through both the Rotary Club of Gates-Chili and Victor-Farmington. The Gates-Chili group is a small Rotary Club of 14 members who serve others in the community. Parkhurst recently presented a project to provide potable water to a small village in Nicaragua. The Gates-Chili Rotary approved to support this project which will supply clean water to approximately 800 villagers, two schools, and a health outpost. Parkhurst has chaired five humanitarian projects since 2008; four in […]
Alan T. Wheeler ’63
Alan T. Wheeler ’63 (Comprehensive Social Studies), of Rochester, NY, left this life on earth to enter his heavenly home after a long illness. He is survived by his loving wife, Joy; brother, Donald (Judy) Wheeler of Ridgewood NJ; Nephew, Steven Wheeler & his children Candice & Luke; Niece, Christy (Ali Erdur) Wheeler; Extended Family: George (Jane) King of Webster NY, Ronald (Ginger) King of Ball Ground GA, Evelyn King of Johnson City TN & many nieces, nephews, cousins & […]
Faith Mosseau Turner ’82
Faith Mosseau Turner ’82 (Music Education) is an Assistant Special Education Teacher at the Early Childhood Education Center in Troy, NY. Faith’s responsibilities include teaching preschoolers with special needs, implementing their IEPS in the classroom setting, and assisting the Master Teacher in all areas. As she moves toward retirement age, she has decided to stop being a Master Teacher and take on the less demanding role of special education assistant. Faith specializes in working with children with emotional issues and […]
Anthony Stornelli ’56
Anthony Stornelli ’56 (Mathematics), age 82, of Newark, DE, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, June 14, 2016. Anthony retired after 35 years of dedicated service as a computer programmer with ATK Corporation in Elkton, MD. He served selflessly for many years on the board of deacons and as a Sunday School teacher at Newark First Assembly of God. Anthony was a loving father and brother who will be greatly missed and fondly remembered. Anthony is survived by […]
Jay A. Stephenson ’12 and Rebecca Sadler Stephenson ’14
Jay A. Stephenson ’12 (Information Systems Management) and Rebecca Sadler Stephenson ’14 (Nursing) welcomed their beautiful daughter Norah Jayne to their family in October 2017. Norah was born on her dad’s birthday! Jay declares her to be “the best birthday present ever!” Proud first-time grandparents are Ron ’78 and Shelly ’85 Sadler. Congratulations Jay and Rebecca!
Bob J. Smith, Sr. ’48
Bob J. Smith, Sr., ’48, age 91, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born and raised in Okmulgee, OK, he graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1944. He graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1948. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northeastern State University in 1962 and his Master’s degree from Ohio University in 1967. He contracted polio when he was one and was thus classified as 4F during WWII, working at Kaiser Shipyard as […]
Maryllew Falconer Panzig ’65
Maryllew Falconer Panzig ’65, 75, of Magnolia passed away on October 27, 2017. Maryllew was born in Port Washington, NY on May 21, 1942 to Fredrick S. and Dorothea Jane Hamm Falconer. As a child she was sickly but overcame her illness to become a great lady. Maryllew was a graduate of the Port Washington, NY school system and attended Roberts Wesleyan College. She was very active in Port Singers and appeared in several shows. Maryllew married her husband Dietmar […]
Sarah E. Ochs ’09
Sarah E. Ochs ’09 (Psychology) was hired by Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY) as an Assistant Professor. Sarah has a Ph.D. School Psychology from the University of Houston.
Christopher T. Matteson ’16 and Sarah Rung Matteson ’15
Christopher T. Matteson ’16 (Criminal Justice) and Sarah Rung Matteson ’15 (Music Education) were married on July 1, 2017 at The Colgate Inn in Hamilton, NY. The new couple will reside in Morrisville, NY. Congratulations Christopher and Sarah!
Corey Phillips Kuhn ’13
Corey Phillips Kuhn ’13 (Psychology) married Mark Kuhn on September 16, 2017 at St. Joseph’s, Husband of Mary Catholic Church in Las Vegas, NV. The new couple will reside in Las Vegas. Congratulations Corey and Mark!
Constance Chappel Hoffman ’71
Constance Chappel Hoffman ’71 (English), 68, of Youngsville, PA, passed away on September 28 , 2017 at Hospice House in Warren, PA after a brief battle with lung cancer. She was born March 11, 1949 in Warren, PA, daughter of the late Noyd and Dorothy Chappel. Constance resided most of her life in Warren County and was a 1967 graduate of Youngsville High School and a 1971 graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree […]
Michelle Weinberg Heed ’03 and Dave Heed ’03, ’08
Michelle Weinberg Heed ’03 (Nursing) and Dave Heed ’03 (Music Education) and ’08 (Master of Music Education) adopted Olivia and welcomed her into their family in October 2017. Michelle and Dave minister in Tanzania. Congratulations to the entire Heed family!
Thomas Haschmann ’71
Thomas Haschmann ’71 was posthumously inducted into the Gates Chili Hall of Fame. The board of education approved the establishment of a district hall of fame in October 1992. It is designed to honor GCHS graduates who achieve distinction, outstanding accomplishments or significant contributions within their schools, families, careers, communities or personal lives. Tom was honored posthumously through his wife, Barbara. He graduated in 1966, and was Finger Lakes regional coordinator for the New York State Office of Alcoholism and […]
Alyssa Myslivecek Fox ’14 and Joshua D. Fox ’15
Alyssa Myslivecek Fox ’14 (Business Administration) and Joshua D. Fox ’15 (Management Entrepreneurship) were married on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. Congratulations Alyssa and Josh!
Jean Robson Darling ’54
Jean Robson Darling ’54, of North Chili, NY, passed away at age 84 on October 28, 2017. Her devotion to her family and her abiding trust in God supported her gave her peace. Jean was born on November 4, 1932 to the late Robert J. and Hazel Robson, both respected life-long residents of Eldred, PA. Jean was a graduate of Eldred High School and attended one-year at Roberts Wesleyan College where she met the love of her life Richard. She […]
Bill F. Bachmann ’67
Bill F. Bachmann ’67 (Mathematics) passed peacefully on to his eternal home on October 11, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Bill was a world-renowned commercial photographer with assignments that took him all over the world for over 40 years. He was a native of Pittsburgh, PA and went to college in New York and London, England. He earned a BS, MFA and MBA before eventually embarking on his free-lance photography career. He amazingly traveled on photography assignments to […]
Holly M. Acito ’13
Holly M. Acito ’13 (Master of Strategic Marketing) has a new job as the Assistant Director of Communications, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University at Buffalo. Her responsibilities include managing and executing marketing and communications strategies for stakeholders, which include engineering students, faculty/staff, alumni and industry professionals. Holly creates graphic design projects for digital and print publications and assists with social media management. She also manages the engineering.buffalo.edu website and provides web support for 8 departments and […]
Roger Haskins ’81
Roger Haskins ’81 (Religion/Philosophy) has accepted the pastorate of Pearce Memorial Church effective September 2017. Haskins is also adjunct faculty for the Master of Strategic Leadership program.
Greg Coles ’12
Greg Coles’12 (Communication) published Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity. In this book he talks about his struggle as a gay Christian. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Penn State University. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDBT4Mpdeuo&feature=share
Nicholas Grunert ’17
Nicholas Grunert’17 (Business Administration) is Program Center Manager at Ruffalo Noel Levitz (RNL) in Rochester, NY. Grunert is managing calling centers at RNL for partner institutions (St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College).
Chris Williams ’93
Chris Williams ’93 (Social Work) was named the President of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Chris is currently Director of Athletics at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC. Chris has been on the NCCAA Board of Directors and Administrative Committee Member since 2011. He has been the director of Southern Wesleyan Athletics since 2007 and has had nine teams become NCCAA national champions during that time. He has brought nine athletic programs to Southern Wesleyan: women’s golf, men’s […]
Robert J. Smith, Sr. ’48
Robert J. Smith, Sr. ’48, 91, went to be with Jesus on Sunday, August 20, 2017. Born and raised in Okmulgee, OK, he graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1944. He graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in 1948. He got his Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northeastern State University in 1962 and his Master’s degree from Ohio University in 1967. He contracted polio when he was one and was thus classified as 4F during WWII, working at Kaiser Shipyard as […]
Leslie “Jerry” Moore, Sr. ’57
Leslie “Jerry” Moore, Sr. ’57 (Comprehensive Social Studies) passed away on July 16, 2017 at age 87. Survived by his loving wife, Connie; 2 sons, Leslie Jr. (Paula) and Darrell (Patty); granddaughters, Kimberly (Harsha) Rajamani and Corinne (Daniel) Sirois; 3 great-grandchildren, Nala, Simone and Josephine; brother, R. Keith (Janet); and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was a Korean War Air Force Veteran, former Chili Town Councilman, and teacher at Churchville-Chili Central School.
Don Leonard ’63
Don Leonard ’63 (Mathematics) rode his bicycle on the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Towpath from Pittsburgh, PA to Washington, DC. He rode 334.5 miles in 8 days. He visited Falling Waters, Harper’s Ferry, and in Fort Frederick he saw the countryside in slow motion.
Anne E. Ennett
Anne E. Ennett, 79, formerly of Malone, died August 20, 2017 in Goldsboro, NC. Born in Malone, August 21, 1937, she was the daughter of Vincent and Lula Whitman Fairchild. Mrs. Ennett graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Education from Roberts Wesleyan, and continued her career as a teacher until her retirement. She married Robert Ennett who predeceased her.
Melissa Singleton Zawislak ’96
Melissa Singleton Zawislak ’96 (Psychology), and her husband Tim, adopted Shannon Ireland Zawislak on April 18,2017. Shannon joins older siblings Jenna and Ryan. Congratulations to all!
Natasha L. Walsh ’13
Natasha L. Walsh ’13 (Music Performance-Voice) is now a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology & Ethnomusicology at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, & Design at York University (Toronto, ON), where she is a graduate teaching assistant. Her son, Peter, celebrated his second birthday on March 31st.
Sarah Crocker Tudela ’17
Sarah Crocker Tudela ’17 (Psychology) and Rafael Tudela were married on July 16, 2017 at Becker Farms in Gasport, NY. The couple lives in Athens, GA. Congratulations!
Sarah J. Tooley ’08
Sarah J. Tooley ’08 (Master of Social Work) is newly employed by Columbia University Medical Center, Mailman School of Public Health (New York, NY) as the Associate Director of Student Support. Sarah worked for the past three years at Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC) Sarah is now living in Manhattan and enjoying the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple.
Cicely V. Strickland ’15
Cicely V. Strickland ’15 (Organizational Management): The United Way of Greater Rochester has named a new chief operating officer. A six-year veteran of the organization, Cicely Strickland has served as director of development and chief development officer. In her new role, Strickland will be responsible for operational leadership and execution of the chapter’s new strategic plan, now in its second year of implementation. “We have seen tremendous successes at United Way thanks to Cicely’s leadership,” United Way of Greater Rochester […]
Julie White Stevens ’12
Julie White Stevens ’12 (Master of Social Work) passed away after a courageous battle on July 29, 2017 at age 54. Julie was employed at the Center for Youth for 23 years. She is preceded by her parents, Elick Samuels and Margaret White. Julie will be forever cherished by her husband of 28 years, Kipper; sons, Terrance (Raevon) and Jamaal Stevens; grandchildren, Rasean and Aaliyah; brothers, Pastor Lloyd (Rudean), Jimmy (Shirley), Randy (Denise), Michael (Roberta), Matthew, Dexter (Sheila) and Bernard […]
Bonnie Park Stevens ’64
Bonnie Park Stevens ’64 (Nursing), 74, passed away on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, due to heart failure. The Lord took her at Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, California. Bonnie was born on Nov. 25, 1942, in Buffalo, N.Y. to Clyde William Park, Sr. and Alys Jane Holden. Bonnie began her nursing career at UCLA Medical Center, but retired as a Registered Nurse after 31 years with the Veteran’s Administration. She earned her BSN in 1964 through Roberts Wesleyan College and […]
Kelsey Medeiros Roberts ’12 & Shawn C. Roberts ’11
Kelsey Medeiros Roberts ’12 (Forensic Science) and Shawn C. Roberts ’11 (Psychology) were married on September 2, 2017 at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst, MA. The couple now lives in Chicopee, MA. Congratulations!
Lesley A. Perry ’66 (Nursing)
Lesley A. Perry ’66 (Nursing) was recently named Interim Dean of Villanova University College of Nursing. The Villanova Press Release states: Lesley A. Perry, PhD, RN has been named Interim Dean of the Villanova University College of Nursing, effective immediately, as announced by Provost Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD in an email today to the University community. “I am confident that the College will continue to thrive under her watch,” he noted. Dr. Perry previously served the College as Associate Dean since […]
Melissa Buskey Michael ’14
Melissa Buskey Michael ’14 (Master of Education) and Bryan Michael were married on August 12, 2017 at Calvary Assembly Church in Rochester, NY. The couple lives in Canandaigua, NY. Congratulations!
Jessica Meyer-Crosby ’13
Jessica Meyer-Crosby ’13 (Communication) and Ben Meyer-Crosby were married on July 22, 2017 in the woods of Jerusalem, NY. Ben is a graduate of RIT and originally from Portland, Oregon. The couple is active together in local theater productions. Congratulations!
Cindy Walb Briggs Mallin ’74
Cindy Walb Briggs Mallin ’74 has written and published two books. The first (Simple Trust, Simple Prayers) was published in 2011 and is the well-known story of George Mueller. The second book (Simply Trusting God) is co-written with her husband, Mickey, and tells their own story.
Rachel E. King ’15
Rachel E. King ’15 (Art Education) is newly employed by Saint Mark’s Episcopal School in Palm Beach Gardens, FL as an Art Teacher (K-8). Her responsibilities include planning art lessons, teaching art to grades K-8, assisting students in submitting artwork to art competitions, supporting her school community, and working to develop students’ artistic skills.
Kathryn L. Hollowood ’16
Kathryn L. Hollowood ’16 (Physics) is currently a PhD biomedical engineering student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was accepted into RPI’s NIH biomolecular science and engineering training program recently starting in the fall. This program includes funding from both RPI and the NIH and funds 7 students each year. The program includes attending special seminars, taking extra courses in multiple disciplines, and attending professional development events.
Miranda Feller Gendrue ’15
Miranda Feller Gendrue ’15 (Social Work) and Shaun Gendrue were married on June 17, 2017 at Lighthouse Christian Camp in Barker, NY. The couple currently lives in Rochester, NY. Congratulations!
Augustine A. Egiebor ’04
Augustine A. Egiebor ’04 (Master of Social Work) works for Victory and Praise Christian Ministries in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He previously served as a Senior Pastor/Presiding Bishop.
Tracy M. Donaldson ’13
Tracy M. Donaldson ’13 (Nursing Education) is a Nurse Manager for Strong Memorial Hospital Her responsibilities include managing an acute 23 bed unit for solid organ transplant patients.
Milton E. Dickens ’57
Milton E. Dickens ’57 (Business Administration) age 86, of Venice, FL, passed away on September 13, 2017. Born in Ithaca, NY on February 11, 1931 to William and Twila Dickens, he came to the Venice area 18 years ago from Fairport, NY. Milt served in the US Army during the Korean War. A graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College and he worked for Travelers Insurance before retiring. His passions include his family, golf, baseball, fishing and hunting. He was an active […]
Ronald B. Dewitt ’76
Ronald B. Dewitt ’76 passed away on February 9, 2016 at the age of 72. Ronald was a resident of Millersville, Pennsylvania at the time of his passing. He was married to Margaret.
Daniela Marsala Dempster ’94
Daniela Marsala Dempster ’94 passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 28, 2017, at age 48. Predeceased by her father, Giovanni Marsala. She is survived by her husband, Robert A. Dempster ‘94; sons, John Michael and Luke Robert Dempster; mother, Anna Marsala; sister, Valerie (Dino) L’Abbate; mother-in-law, Jane Dempster; many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jennifer Reitz de Benavides ’08
Jennifer Reitz de Benavides ’08 (Nursing) was married to Jose Marvin Benavides Gonzalez on December 17, 2016 at the Third Presbyterian Church in Rochester, NY. The couple now lives in Taura, El Salvador. Congratulations!
Bonnie E. Cameron ’92
Bonnie E. Cameron ’92 (Nursing) earned a Master of Science in Clinical Nurse Leader from the University of Rochester in 2016. She is currently working at URMC/Strong in the Cardiovascular Care Unit as an Assistant Nurse Manager.
Rev. Lyle S. Bundy ’46
Rev. Lyle S. Bundy ’46, 91, died Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Rest Haven York. He was the husband of the late Iris L. (Barry) Bundy. Rev. Bundy was born on December 17, 1925 in Penfield, PA and was a son of the late Hiram H. and Dora (Shoemaker) Bundy. He graduated from Sandy Township High School in DuBois and attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY and received his BA degree from Seattle Pacific University and his M.Div. degree […]
Joey Angelina ’16
Joey Angelina, a 2016 Graduate of the Master of Science Nursing Leadership and Administration program and RN to BS program graduate ‘12 is implementing her graduate project at SUNY Upstate. Joey currently serves as the Nurse Manager at Upstate Triage and Transfer Center. She developed a tele-caring program proposal while in her graduate studies and this program is now being implemented for individuals over 65 who have been discharged from the ED with heart failure.
Destiney Fraguada ’17 MS
(MSHA) is an Operational Support Analyst in the Behavioral Health program with Rochester Regional Health. She is currently pursuing a doctor of Health Administration degree from Walden University (online) where she was able to transfer credits from her MHA degree from Roberts.
Lauren Marks ’16
(Cross Disciplinary Studies) is the Special Event Coordinator at Old Metropolitan Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia. Old Metropolitan Hall, which opened in 2013, is a restored historic event and wedding venue in downtown Charlottesville.
Brady Fogle ’13
(Studio Art) is the co-founder of Black Bird Design in Rochester. The company specializes in brand development including logo design, screen printing, pens, vinyl, posters and promotional items. The company was featured in the Rochester Business Journal in June. http://www.rochesterblackbirddesign.com/about-us/
Bob Hartman ’07
(Religion/Philosophy and Humanities) is Program Director, Product Strategy and Planning at MVP Health Care in Rochester. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Roberts Wesleyan College for the Organizational Management Program. Hartman received his Master’s in Management from Nazareth College.
Denis Johnson, Jr ’05
(Religion-Philosophy) recently accepted the Director of Multicultural Student Success position at Roberts Wesleyan College. Denis also graduated from Northeastern Seminary’17 with his Master’s in Divinity. Most recently he has served as an Associate Pastor at The Father’s House since 2006.
(Marketing) is the Fundraising Coordinator for The Muscular Dystrophy Association. In this role she will be securing new sponsors, executing fundraising programs and events and building relationships within the community.
Elizabeth Valento Bender’17
(Early Childhood and Special Education) will be a teacher for Spencerport Schools at the start of the 2017-18 school year this fall. Valento-Bender will be teaching kindergarten.
Christian Gardner ’16
Christian Gardner ’16, RN-BS alum and current graduate student at Roberts Wesleyan College, has accepted a new position as a Clinical Nurse Leader in the Adult Emergency Department at Rochester General Hospital. Christian plans to graduate in May 2018 with his MS in Nursing Leadership and Administration.
Floyd E. Totman ’53
Floyd E. Totman ’53, 90, passed away on Friday, May 26, 2017 at Willowbrook at Park Pointe Village in Rock Hill, SC. Born February 26, 1927 in Belona, NY, Mr. Totman was the son of the late Ted Totman and Eleanor Swarthout Totman. He was a graduate of Phelps High School in Phelps, NY and Houghton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Voice in 1950. He received a Masters in Music Education from The State University of New York, […]
Shannon Conley Medeiros ’13
Shannon Conley Medeiros ’13 (Childhood and Special Ed.): Congratulations to the Conley and Medeiros families as they welcome Stella Christine. Mom, Dad and Stella are all doing well. Stella came into this world at 7 lbs. 8 oz. and 20 inches long! God Bless this new life!
David P. Lowery ’82
The Facilities department and the entire Roberts community said a heartfelt goodbye to David P. Lowery ’82 (Religion-Philosophy) in June. Dave accepted a job with the Albion Central School district. We will miss Dave’s passion for Roberts and his big caring heart, but we congratulate him for the opportunity that has been afforded to him. Thank you and may God Bless you Dave, as you begin this new chapter and as you shine God’s light in a new place.
S. Leslie King, Jr. ’53
S. Leslie King, Jr. ’53 (English) is celebrating life in his eternal home today. Les passed away suddenly on, June 11, 2017 at Lighthouse Christian Camp (Barker, NY). He leaves behind his wife, Jeannette King and four daughters and their families; Kathy (Vern) Kauffman, Sharon (Rod) Bassett, Karen (Bob) Roushey and Lynda (Doug) Cornell.
Denis G. Johnson, Jr. ’05
Denis G. Johnson, Jr. ’05 (Religion-Philosophy) and ‘17 (Master of Divinity – NES) is the new Director of Multicultural Student Success at Roberts Wesleyan College. Denis most recently served as an Associate Pastor at The Father’s House since 2006. Denis’ engaging personality and his experience in working with students and families in cultivating spiritual, personal, social, and professional growth will serve him well in this new role. In previous senior management roles, he provided oversight for programs that stewarded the […]
John M. Jennings ’99
John M. Jennings ’99 (Communication) is a lawyer at Harter Secrest & Emery LLP and was recently promoted to counsel. As a member of the firm’s government affairs practice, he will represent and counsel entities with regard to their interactions with New York State government.
Brady Fogle ’13
Brady Fogle ’13 (Studio Art) was recently featured in the Rochester Business Journal for his work with Black Bird Design. He co-founded Black Bird Design with his partner, Melissa Kane. Read the full RBJ article, “Black Bird Design Stresses Beauty of Branding” here.
Charles Finlayson ’61
Charles Finlayson ’61 (Comprehensive Social Studies) went home to his Savior on June 28, 2017 at the age of 92. He leaves behind his faithful and loving wife, Elsie, brothers, Bruce and Gerald, Sister, Edith Dean, Daughter June (John) Seefried, Son Charles, Daughter Nancy (Robert) Gorski, granddaughters, Vickie (Victor) Bennett, Becky (Jeff) Kremer, Grandsons, Gary (Linda) Heale, Donald Ward, Stephen (Esther) Seefried, Kevin (Nicole) Seefried, many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Mr. Finlayson, a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College […]
Denise Bartos Cunningham ’97
Denise Bartos Cunningham ’97 (Psychology) completed her Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Management at Regent University. Her dissertation was titled, UNDERSTANDING THE BARRIERS AND STRATEGIES OF PRIVATE CHRISTIAN HIGH SCHOOL COLLEGE/GUIDANCE COUNSELORS: A DELPHI STUDY and is available through ProQuest. Denise was also married to Nathan Cunningham on April 2, 2017 in Virginia Beach, VA. Congratulations!
Philip Coene ’60
Philip Coene ’60 (Business Administration) went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at age 80. He leaves his wife of 55 years, Donna; children, James (Michelle), Laurie (Mark) Dashnau; grandchildren, Nicklaus and Michael Coene, Elijah Dashnau; sister, Laura Wetmore; nieces and nephews.
John R. Buskey ’86
John R. Buskey ’86 (Psychology) is the Senior Pastor of the Manlius First Baptist Church Manlius, NY. John oversees the Camping programs for American Baptists in New York as well. He remains as the CEO of Vick and Pathfinder Camp and Conference Ministries. John Coaches volleyball at the Bishop Ludden JR/SR High School in Syracuse as a way to relax from the ministry.
Pamela C. Bastek ’10
Pamela C. Bastek ’10 (Visual Art Education) was recently featured in an article in the New Jersey Herald for her work in the field of traditional Irish dancing. Specifically, Pamela dresses dancers who perform world-wide. To read more about Pamela and her work, click here.
Jane Dewandel Ballesty ’90
Jane Dewandel Ballesty ’90 (Business Administration) passed away on May 20, 2017, at age 49. Jane is survived by her parents, Bill & Barbara DeWandel; her loving husband of 25 years, John; children, Aidan (Bianca), Brian, and Sidney Yancey; brother, Jeff DeWandel; sister, Kathy Cody; several nieces & nephews.
Elizabeth Bender ’17 & Justin Bender ’16
Elizabeth Valento ’17 and Justin Bender ’16 were married at First Presbyterian Church in Brockport on June 30, 2017. Their reception was at Hickory Ridge Golf & Country Club in Holley. Running is a sport that has become a huge asset in the lives of both Justin and Liz. While they both competed at the collegiate level, they became teammates at Roberts Wesleyan and from there really got to know each other. In February 2015, Justin and Liz made a […]
Grove L. Armstrong ’53
Grove L. Armstrong ’53 (English) recently published a new book entitled, Meeting Jesus Christ: The Theology and Practice of Private Personal Worship. Grove writes, “The Theology chapter takes away the guilt that so many Christians carry relative to their personal devotions and replaces it with the blessing it is meant to be. The Practice chapter emphasizes a simple incredibly important truth relative to building a relationship with Jesus that I have never seen suggested anywhere. The Study Guide enables you […]
Nicole Hungate ’17
Systems Society (HIMSS) awards scholarships to financially assist students. Nicole Hungate ’17 alumna (Health Administration) and current Master of Science in Health Administration student received the award for graduate students. The award was based on an essay. Congratulations Nicole!
Connor Dixon-Schwabl ‘15
Connor Dixon-Schwabl ‘15 (MSMK) is the Studio Manager and Workplace Wow leader at Dixon Schwabl and owner of Lakeview Valet. He was a finalist for the Health and Wellness Champion of the Year Award. He initiated and led the company’s fitness challenge with more than 80 team members participating in the six-month effort. Connor volunteers at the Monroe Family YMCA, coaching youth sports and mentoring the children. He’s also on the board for Hope Hall and is co-President of Ronald […]
Chantel M. Foster ’00
Chantel M. Foster ’00 (Social Work) is an elder advocate at St. John Meadows and Brickstone by St. John. Foster focuses on keeping residents living an independent lifestyle in their individual residences, for as long as possible. She was recently featured in the Democrat & Chronicle’s Woman to Watch feature.
Jacqui (Kemp) Stack’13
Jacqui (Kemp) Stack’13 is a certified Life Coach and she started her own practice Thrive Life Coaching. Prior to that, she worked as a Resident Director at Monroe Community College.
Dr. Ron Montgomery’90
Dr. Ron Montgomery’90 (Music Education) is the director of bands and Wayland Baptist University. His collegiate teaching experience includes Missouri Valley College, Missouri Southern State University, Xavier University, University of Northwestern and Eastern Nazarene College. Montgomery earned his doctorate at the University of Arizona and a master’s degree from the University of Kansas.
Pamela Bastek ‘10
Pamela Bastek ‘10 (Art Education) is the owner of Prime Dress Designs in Frankford, New Jersey. She has a 3,000 square-foot facility that focuses on manufacturing dresses for Irish Step dancing competitions. While at Roberts she joined Drumcliffe School of Irish Dance, in Rochester, and started team dancing. Drumcliffe was also her first customer. The cost of one dress runs into the hundreds.
Mark Virkler ’74
Mark Virkler ’74 (Religion-Philosophy) and his wife Patti’74 (English) have co-authored more than 50 books. Best sellers include “4 Keys to Hearing God’s Voice,” and “Prayers That Heal the Heart,” and “Christian Dream Interpretation. He has many YouTube videos on hearing God. The Virklers live in Buffalo, NY.
Jason Morgan ’13
Jason Morgan, May 2013 graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Education program is a Nurse Manager at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, VA. “I am humbled by the opportunity to serve as a leader in healthcare. I strive to remain hungry for continual improvement and growth in my career. Those that have mentored me have truly shaped my desire to serve others and embrace the calling of nursing. As a manager and leader I am afforded the opportunity […]
Stacie Morgan ’14
Stacie Morgan, May 2014 graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration program is the Integrated Care Manager at Sentara Princess Anne Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Cathy Wells ’10 & ’12
Cathy Wells completed a Doctorate of Nursing Science at The Sage Colleges on June 9, 2017. Her dissertation is titled, The Exploration of Emotional Intelligence in Nursing Leaders Using Narrative Pedagogy and Reflection. This descriptive qualitative study identified the components of emotional intelligence used by nurse managers in their daily practice. Additionally, Dr. Wells gained insight into best practices for learning emotional intelligence. Cathy is a 2010 graduate of the RN to BS program and a 2012 graduate of the MS, […]
Ana Ramos ’16
Ana Ramos, Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration December 2016 graduate, was recently appointed as the Director of Nursing for Women’s and Pediatric Care at Rochester General Hospital. “None of this would have been possible without your (graduate nursing faculty) support and belief in me. Thank you for playing integral roles in my leadership growth and support network.”
Ann Carpenter ’13
Ann Carpenter, MS, RN-BC (M.S., Nursing Administration Group 11, 2013) delivered a poster presentation, “The Effect of Nurse Led Transitional Care Management on Attendance at Follow-up Appointments” during Nurses Week in the Best Practices Showcase at Strong Memorial Hospital. This project resulted in improved patient outcomes with a significant increase in health engagement and the percent of follow-up appointments attended.
Debbie Fracassi ’13
Debbie Fracassi, MS, RN-BC (MS, Nursing Education Group 9, 2013) recently presented two posters of Best Practices in Nursing. She presented, Malignant Hyperthermia Education at the national conference for American Society of Perianesthesia Nurses. Additionally, Debbie was a co-author of a project, “Patient Safety Initiative Utilizing Pink Limb Alert Wristbands in a Hospital Setting”. This poster was presented in the Best Practices Showcase at the University of Rochester during Nurses Week. This initiative improves communication and alerts health care workers […]
Tammy Molins, graduate of our RN – BS Group 80 program, recently received the DAISY Award at Strong Memorial Hospital. This is a Nationwide program that rewards and celebrates the extraordinary clinical skill and compassionate care given by nurses everyday who work with those suffering from ‘Diseases Attacking the Immune System’ and their families. SMH recognizes one of their nurses every quarter.
Dorothy Hendrickson Wermuth ’42
Dorothy Hendrickson Wermuth ’42, 94, of 4570 Rte 60 Heritage Village, Gerry, NY passed away Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at Heritage Village. Born in Warren, PA on December 27, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Frank William and Lottie (Deshner) Hendrickson. She was a member of the Free Methodist Church in Gerry, NY. Dottie graduated from Youngsville High School and Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY. She was a Life Underwriter for Manhattan Life Insurance Co. 1955-1965, […]
Edward A. Stam ’58
Edward A. Stam ’58 (Biology), 79, of Southlake, Texas, died Saturday, April 29. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mary Alice, his three children and five grandchildren, as well as his sisters Betty DeWaard and Carol Flint. Ed was born in Rochester, NY in 1937 and lettered in basketball and soccer at Roberts Wesleyan College. The family respectfully requests that contributions be made to the Roberts Wesleyan College Redhawk Scholarship Fund for student athletes in Ed’s honor.
Annasheril Richards Santos ’95
Annasheril Richards Santos ’95 (Psychology) is a customer service representative for TPWD (Texas Parks and Wildlife) in Houston, TX. Her responsibilities include working in the Battleship Store. She is also currently working on a Masters degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management in Natural Resources.
Gordon E. Nygren ’58
Gordon E. Nygren ’58 (History), 81, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017, surrounded by family at St. Ann’s Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ellen Marie Nygren; his daughter Sondra and husband Dan Johnson; his daughter Karen and husband Robert Matis; his daughter Jennifer Duncan; his son Geoffrey and wife Carol Nygren; 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was loved and will be missed. Born March 19, 1936 and raised in Jamestown, New York, he met […]
Sandra Marvin Istvan ’92
Sandra Marvin Istvan ’92 (Organizational Management), aged 78, of Rochester, passed peacefully on April 15, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. She was born Sandra Joan Marvin on May 3, 1938, in Rochester, New York to Kenneth Reid and Rita (Stilson) Marvin. On January 10, 1959 Sandy was wed to Robert Joseph Istvan, also of Rochester. During their 58-year marriage Sandy and Bob lived in numerous locations including various homes in the greater Rochester area, South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida, […]
Barbara Blue ’11
Barbara Blue, a May 2011 Roberts RN to BS graduate recently received the 2017 Health Care Achievement Award presented by The Rochester Business Journal, celebrating the region’s medical community. The award’s aim is to recognize excellence, promote innovation, and honor individuals and organizations in the area who have contributed to the health care field. Ms. Blue has worked as a clinical registered nurse for 43 years at Highland Hospital. She was nominated for the award by the president and CEO […]
Donald M. Vorp ’57
Donald M. Vorp ’57 (Religion & Philosophy) passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center in Plainsboro, NJ. Born in Tarentum, PA, he resided in Plainsboro for the past 31 years. Mr. Vorp retired after 31 years from the Princeton Theological Seminary, where he served as the James Lenox Librarian. He was a former member of the American Theological Library Association, the American Library Association and the United Methodist Church of Cranbury. Don is survived by […]
Kellie Whittier Spychalski
Kellie Whittier Spychalski ’02 (Organizational Management) was named the new Chief Exectuive Officer of the Hospice of Orleans. “I am honored and excited to have been selected to serve as the CEO for Hospice of Orleans County,” Spychalski said. “I wholeheartedly believe people should be empowered to make their own health care decisions including end of life care. Hospice of Orleans is a wonderful organization which provides outstanding care and support to people faced with life-limiting illness and their loves […]
Glenn E. Smith ’66
Glenn E. Smith ’66 (Religion & Philosophy), of West Newton, passed away peacefully Tuesday, February 14, 2017, on the eve of his 74th birthday at the home of his son, Mark (Ruth) Smith, in Harvest, Alabama. Glenn was born Feb. 15, 1943, in McKeesport. He was the son of the late Jack and Evelyn Smith, of Elizabeth. Glenn was loved by all who crossed his path, mostly for his gentle, loving spirit and appreciation for storytelling and good humor. He […]
Stephen C. Shewan ’83
Stephen C. Shewan ’83 (Music Education) recently had his piece, “Just Sayin” performed by Yale professor and virtuosic trombonist Scott Hartman joined pianist Dr. Gloria Kim. The performance was at the Winter Trombone Workshop at Ithaca College Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in Hockett Hall. It was again performed in recital this past Sunday evening, February 19th, at Yale. Scott Hartman’s sister is Roberts alumna Lisa Hartman Crupi’s (’83).
Chip S. Rudd ’04 and Kathy Becker Rudd ’05
Chip S. Rudd ’04 (Computer Science) and Kathy Becker Rudd ’05 (Inclusive Childhood Education) welcomed Abigail Rachele Brynn Rudd to their family in October 2016. Congratulations Chip and Kathy!
Wanda Disbrow Roushey ’59
Wanda Disbrow Roushey ’59 passed away on June 21, 2016. She was predeceased by her husband William H. Roushey Sr., her parents Reginald Disbrow and Evelyn (Osborn), and grandson Jason Andrew. She is survived by her daughter Beverly (Paul) Nemecek; sons William (Patty), Robert (Karen), Bradley, Brian (Valerie), 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren; her sisters, Maxine Jaeger, Sandy (Norman) Koehler, brother Ron (Kate) Disbrow; several nieces and nephews. Wanda was a homemaker for several years before earning her teaching degree […]
A. Lewis Payne ’30
A. Lewis Payne ’30, 105, went to his heavenly home on Sunday, January 29, 2017. His firm belief in the Lord Jesus framed his entire life and provided his ultimate hope in the end. We can rejoice in the fact that his worn-out body has been made new and he has now found great joy in heaven. Lewis was born January 6, 1912 in Ouaquaga, New York to the late Rev. James and Nellie Payne, both Free Methodist pastors. Lewis […]
DiAnne Illsley Mott ’84
DiAnne Illsley Mott ’84 (Music Education) and her Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville Central School District Band performed in Washington, DC during the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration. “What they were doing, actually, became a part of history,” Mott said. “They are a part of the next generation and a part of the peaceful demonstration while others in D.C. were protesting. The kids were just celebrating, maybe not who was in office, but the fact of and the process of how […]
Bernice Clement McLaughlin ’49
Bernice Clement McLaughlin ’49, lifelong resident of Ransomville, died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 in the Briody Health Care Facility in Lockport, after a lengthy illness. Bernice was born December 14, 1928 in Ransomville, the daughter of the late Robert and Bernice Cora (Glenn) Clement. She had attended Roberts Wesleyan Junior College in North Chili. Bernice married William McLaughlin on October 28, 1950 and her main job became raising her family. She had worked as a secretary/assistant for Dr. Piazza and […]
Mary Kunkle Reinhold McAninch ’57
Mary Kunkle Reinhold McAninch ’57 (Nursing) passed away in Greensboro N.C. on January 30, 2017. Mary was born in Indiana, PA on July 14, 1935. She was the daughter of Lisle Henry Kunkle and Mary Stewart Harris. She was the former wife of Victor E. Reinhold Sr. and Ivan McAninch. She was the loving mother of Victor E. (Diane) Reinhold Jr. and Vern C. (Sonia) Reinhold. She was the dearest sister to Calvin Kunkle, Lisle Kunkle Jr., Jane Rulong, John […]
Melodee Buchanan Hibma ’07
Melodee Buchanan Hibma ’07 (Mathematics) and her husband Andrew welcomed Remington Carlyle Hibma to their family in January 2017. Congratulations Melodee and Andrew!
Winifred E. Hessler ’42
Winifred E. Hessler ’42 passed away late Tuesday afternoon September 6, 2016, in Spring Arbor, MI where she was living the past few years. She was born in Dansville on March 25, 1923, a daughter of the late Rev. Frederick and Vosie (Southworth) Hessler. She was also predeceased by a sister, Claribel Thompson and two brothers, Erwin and Evan Hessler. Winifred was a school teacher at the Dansville Primary School for thirty-two years. Prior to her Dansville teaching she had […]
Paul K. Cooley ’58
Paul K. Cooley ’58 (Religion & Philosophy) was recently inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame. A baseball umpire for 35 years, a basketball official for more than 50 and a beloved teacher/coach at CVCS for more than three decades, will join 10 other inductees at the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame’s 36th annual banquet. Click here to read more about Paul’s life and career in the recent Post-Journal article.
Greg Coles ’12
Greg Coles ’12 (Communication) has written a new book entitled: Single, Gay, Christian: A Personal Journey of Faith and Sexual Identity (InterVarsity Press). The book is written from a personal point of view and is a look at Greg’s journey as a gay, celibate Christian.
R. Wayne Brimner ’65
R. Wayne Brimner ’65 (Psychology) passed away on December 28, 2016. Wayne will be remembered for his deep faith in a loving, merciful God; his relationship with Jesus colored every facet of his life. Wayne’s passing came 53 years to the day that he pledged himself to Joann until death did them part. As a devoted husband to Joann and father to Beth, he modelled that there is nothing you don’t do for the ones you love. Wayne’s enormous heart […]
Timothy Bellavia ’92
Timothy Bellavia ’92 (Art Education) will be honored at the Smithsonian Affiliate Gala on April 20, 2017 in Flushing, NY for his work in the community. Timothy is the author of We Are All The Same Inside. His curriculum and Sage dolls have been used to help teach tolerance and acceptance to students in the New York City School district and beyond. Last year Timothy was honored by the Harvard Club of New York as the Outstanding Educator of the […]
John F. Beeson ’51
John F. Beeson ’51 (English) passed away on March 18, 2017. Beloved husband of Eva (nee Englert); devoted father of Dr. Robert (Dr. Heather Auld) Beeson, Brooke (Adrian Carless) Beeson and Dawn (Dr. William) Maher; cherished grandfather of Katrina, Rebecca, Virginia, John, James, Tracey, Kimberly, William, Bradley, Kelby, August, Deanna, Caroline, Laura and Derek; loving brother of June (late Jack) Atkinson; also survived by three great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Amy Murphy, MSNLA ’16
Amy Murphy, MSNLA ’16 December 2015 graduate, recently co- authored the publication: Development of a Global Respiratory Severity Score (GRSS) for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection in Infants, Mary T. Caserta, MD, Xing Qiu, PhD, Brenda Tesini, MD, Lu Wang, MS, Amy Murphy, MSN, Anthony Corbett, MS, Ann R. Falsey, MD, Jeanne Holden-Wiltse, MPH, Edward E. Walsh, MD. Amy is a research nurse at URMC Golisano Children’s Hospital in the Pediatric Infectious Disease unit.
Joshua Smith, MS ’16, RN
Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, part of Rochester Regional Health, appointed Joshua Smith, MS ’16, RN, to the nursing leadership team as the nurse manager for Telemetry and ICU. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (2008) and master’s degree in Nursing Leadership and Administration (2016) from Robert’s Wesleyan College.
Christina Ostwald, MSNE ’15
Christina Ostwald, MSNE ’15 has been appointed as a full time instructor at Niagara County Community College. She is teaching in the nursing lab and is a clinical instructor. “The nursing education philosophy that I wrote while a student at Roberts has truly been a guide in all my endeavors. I have been given the opportunity to work on the team to transform the current traditional curriculum to a concept based program of study which we hope to implement in […]
Jennifer Gales, RN, MSN ’12
Jennifer Gales, RN, MSN ’12, has recently been named Chief Nursing Officer at Unity Hospital, and will serve on Rochester Regional’s CNO Council. In this role, she will report to Doug Stewart, president of Unity Hospital, and she will assume responsibility for nursing and patient care services. Jen began her career at Rochester Regional more than 26 years ago. She has acted as interim chief nursing officer since January of this year. Previously, she served as Associate Chief Nursing Officer […]
Stephen D. Wyllie ’74
Stephen D. Wyllie ’74 (Psychology), 65, was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on January 5, 2017 after a brief illness. He was born on January 7, 1951 in Buffalo. Stephen grew up in Painted Post, NY before relocating to Rochester with his family. Steve graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with his bachelor’s degree in Psychology. It was there he had made many lifelong friends and also where he met Carla Duffy, who later became his wife. […]
Kirk Wagar ’90
Kirk Wagar ’90 (History), former Ambassador to Singapore, was given the Distinguished Public Service Award by the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus. The award is the highest recognition that the Secretary of the Navy may pay to a civilian not employed by the Department of the Navy.
Amanda Dollinger Tulowitzki ’07
Amanda Dollinger Tulowitzki ’07 (Marketing) married Dr. Ryan Tulowitzki on July 23, 2016, on the pier at the Buffalo Yacht Club. Congratulations Amanda and Ryan! To read the full wedding announcement, click here.
Frederick W. Thomas ’51
Frederick W. Thomas ’51 (History), 95, entered into the presence of his Savior on January 5, 2017. During World War II, Rev. Thomas served in the US Army. He earned a diploma from the Providence Bible Institute in Providence, RI; a bachelor’s degree from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, NY; and a Master of Education from the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. He ministered as a pastor of independent Baptist churches in Canada and New York State. He was […]
Zane F. Smith ’53
Zane F. Smith ’53 (Comprehensive Science), 83, of Dublin, GA, passed away December 14, 2016. Born in Gowanda, N.Y., he was the son of the late Fletcher and Lois Smith. He served in the Air Force, and worked as a supervisory medical laboratory technologist at the VA Hospital. Survivors include his wife of 58 1/2 years, Elvera; sons, Scott (Gail) of Redford, Mich. and Bryon (Jackie) of Goshen, Ind.; five grandsons, Scott Jr., Grant (Holly), David, Parker (Aby), and Benjamin; […]
Maureen M. Sheahan ’07
Maureen M. Sheahan ’07 (Master of Strategic Leadership) passed away January 15, 2017 from progressive supranuclear palsy. Born Dec. 12, 1955, in Olean, she was the daughter of John Vincent and Colleen Hogan Sheahan. She was formerly married for 25 years to Francis C. McClure of Olean, who survives. Maureen was a 1973 graduate of Ten Broeck Academy in Franklinville. In 2003 she was able to further her educational goal of attaining a Bachelor of Science degree, which she received […]
Kourtney Reed Severance ’15
Kourtney Reed Severance ’15 (Social Work) married Michael Severance on August 27, 2016 at Westside Calvary Chapel in Spencerport, NY. Congratulations Kourtney and Michael!
Douglas E. Parker III ’00
Douglas E. Parker III ’00 (Organizational Management), a certified financial planner and senior vice president at Sage Rutty & Co. in Henrietta, was recently featured in a Democrat & Chronicle article called, “Financial planner urges clients to stay course.” In the article, Doug gives strategies for staying on track with financial goals. To read the article, click here.
Anne Hadsell Mobley ’04
Anne Hadsell Mobley ’04 (Master of Ed.), 57, of Phelps passed away suddenly on December 18, 2016, the Love Sunday of Advent, at the Clifton Springs Hospital. Anne was born on September 6, 1959 in North Hornell, N.Y. to Theodore I and the late Mary Jane (Tyler) Mullen. She is a graduate of Midlakes High School (1977), Eastern New Mexico University (BS, 1981) and Roberts Wesleyan College (MS, 2003). She enjoyed crafting, boating, fishing, crocheting, game nights, time at the […]
Robert J. Miller ’54
Robert J. Miller ’54, 82, of Sylvania Road, Slippery Rock, passed away the night of December 29, 2016 at his daughter’s residence. Born December 22, 1934 in New Castle, he was the son of Jefferson A. and Ruby Mae Young Miller. Surviving at home is his wife of 59 years, Joan Velma Rogers Miller, whom he married on June 21, 1957. Robert attended Roberts Wesleyan College and was a graduate of Clarion University. He received his certification in Comprehensive Science, […]
Kenneth Lott ’12
Kenneth Lott ’12 (Cross Disciplinary Studies) recently returned to Rochester from New York City to film a movie in his home town. Read the full story and see the video from Time Warner Cable News here.
Clara Sutton Lockwood ’51
Clara Sutton Lockwood ’51, 86, of Sweet Valley, formerly of Westmoreland, N.Y, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at ManorCare Health Services, Kingston. Clara was born in Lake Township on June 2, 1930, and was the daughter of the late John and Florence Ashburner Sutton. Clara graduated from the former Laketon High School in 1948 and attended Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y. She worked at the former Endicott Johnson in Johnson City, N.Y. for several years. Clara was a […]
Kathryn Heiderman Hathaway ’14
Kathryn Heiderman Hathaway ’14 (Nursing) married Seth Hathaway on September 10, 2016. Kathryn and Seth met at Roberts in 2010. Seth was unable to finish his degree, and went to serve in the military. He has finished his enlistment and is now back at Roberts to finish a degree in math with a minor in physics. Congratulations Kathryn and Seth!
Thomas E. Haschmann ’70
Thomas E. Haschmann ’70 passed away on December 31, 2016. Survived by wife of 45 years Barbara Pilato Haschmann; children James (Diane Sayre) Haschmann, Amy Joy (Miguel) Ortiz, Matthew Haschmann, Jeffrey (Melody Ossola) Haschmann. Grandchildren Charlotte, Sarah, Peter and Otis James Haschmann; Kati, Lina, and Angel Ortiz. Siblings Terry (Marianne) Haschmann, Laurie (Rick) Kincaid, Todd Haschmann. Aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, god children and many dear friends. Predeceased by parents Edwin and Myrtle Haschmann and infant daughter Erin Elizabeth Haschmann. […]
Joan Steenburgh Girts ‘66
Joan Steenburgh Girts ‘66 (Nursing), 72, of Clarks Summit, died peacefully January 11, 2017, surrounded by family and loved ones after a prolonged battle with cancer. A beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt and friend, she was a beacon of love and support to everyone around her. Her life was defined by love, selflessness and her relationship with Jesus Christ. Her smile, her laugh, her kind and caring eyes will always be remembered. Born on June 11, 1944, in Cooperstown, […]
Edna Wandover Dutton ’46
Edna Wandover Dutton ’46 (Art-Studio), 84, formerly of Pierce Brook, passed away January 19, 2017 in The Grove at New Castle following a lengthy illness. Born June 26, 1932, in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles A. and Irene L. Hunt Wandover. Edna was a graduate of Otto High School, attended Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, and received her degree in education from Mansfield University. She spent most of her life on Pierce Brook in East Smethport […]
Ralph L. Crowell ’45
Ralph L. Crowell ’45, 93, passed away March 3, 2016. He was born Aug. 25, 1922 in Forestville, NY, to George Leigh and Clara Naegel Crowell. He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army. He was the minister at a Free Methodist Church in Illinois. A resident of Okeechobee, FL since 2000, he was a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Reverend Crowell is survived by his wife of eight years, Marian Crowell of Okeechobee and formerly of […]
Gloria L. Berent ’06 and ’07
Gloria L. Berent ’06 (Mod RN) and ’07 (Master of Health Administration) has accepted the newly created system-level position of senior director of Clinical Education for Rochester Regional Health. Gloria will be responsible for driving the growth, alignment, and integration of system-wide nursing orientation, training, and advancement. In this role, she will work to expand the Isabella Graham Hart School of Nursing, and develop innovative partnerships with institutions of higher education that share our commitment to nursing education. To read […]
David Belliveau ’08
David Belliveau ’08 (Management) founded Belview Floorcare in March of 2015. David and his company were recognized by the Fairport-Perinton Chamber of Commerce as the December Business of the Month. The Chamber citation reads, “While in college, Belliveau sold vacuum cleaners. This job led to an entrepreneurial effort cleaning carpets for extra money during his college years. After college, his interest in carpet cleaning continued. Belliveau said, ‘My interest led to researching carpet cleaning techniques, but I ended up putting […]
Horace Thuline ’43
Horace Thuline ’43, age 94, passed peacefully at home on September 11, 2016 surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife Janice; children Dale (Marcia), Lynn (Ron), Clare, Wade (Sheryl), Keith (Sheila), Faye and Bren (Christine); stepchildren Cynthia (Rick), Kimberly (Winfried), Dale (Callae), dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Judy, Dorothy (Ralph) and Marian (Jim). Horace was predeceased by his first wife, Blanche, his son Mark, his daughter Gail, and his grandson Eric. Horace, widely […]
Lisa McArthur Sicilio ’81
Lisa McArthur Sicilio ’81 (Nursing) has been named the President of Texas School Nurses Organization. Lisa serves as the chief executive officer and representative of the Texas School Nurses Organization to promote, protect, and enhance professional school nurse practice through advocacy, evidence-based education, collaboration, and partnerships that support each student’s well-being and readiness to learn. She leads in the transformation of excellence in the professional school nursing practice and in best-practice school health services acting as one strong voice for […]
Kimber Shelton ’02
Kimber Shelton ’02 (Psychology) Dr. Kimber Shelton is the co-author of the newly released (August 2016) Springer publication, The College and University Counseling Manual: Integrating Essential Services Across the Campus. Dr. Shelton is a licensed psychologist and owner of KLS Counseling & Consulting Services in Dallas, TX and previously served as a Staff Psychologist and Coordinator for Diversity Programming at The Georgia Institute of Technology Counseling Center. She earned her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Georgia and […]
Crystal Sessoms ’16
Crystal Sessoms ’16 (Master of Educational Leadership) serves as an administrator at Ithaca High School (a student body of approximately 1,400). Crystal is in her first year as the Associate Principal of 9th Grade Students. Her experience as a teacher, equity mentor, and passionate learner contributed to her passion as an educational leader. She is looking forward to increasing family engagement and working collaboratively with the community to support students at Ithaca High School in their academic, athletic, and professional […]
Douglas Parker ’00
Douglas Parker ’00 (Organizational Management) was recently named to the Financial Times Top 401 Retirement Plan Advisors list. Parker is a certified financial planner and senior vice president at Sage Rutty with almost 30 years of experience in the financial industry. Parker and his team, Parker & Burke, are responsible for advising individual and corporate clients on financial issues including retirement plan design, management and service. “Financial Times” determines rankings based on data including industry experience, certifications, assets under management, […]
Amy Schneider Leahey ’05
Amy Schneider Leahey ’05 (Art-Studio) and her husband Reverend Jeffrey R. Leahey have been the lead pastors of Church on the Rock in Oneida, NY since 2005. They just bought their permanent church home in April 2016 through the generous support of The Gorman Foundation and Knights of Columbus. They are a City of Oneida mission that provides faith-based services of food, clothing, and advocacy to the community.
Daniele Lyman-Torres ‘06 and ’07
Daniele Lyman-Torres ‘06 (Organizational Management) and ’07 (Master of Strategic Leadership) was inducted into the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame on November 17th.
Andrea Leenhouts Huntley ’15
Andrea Leenhouts Huntley ’15 (Social Work) married Michael Huntley in Rochester, NY on May 27, 2016. Andrea and Michael were married at Faith Temple Church. Congratulations!
Matt Hill ’04
Matt Hill ’04 (Religion & Philosophy) Matt is listed as an editor on the book In Spirit and in Truth: Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship (Claremont Studies in Methodism & Wesleyanism) (Volume 1). The essays are diverse yet strong. The contributors are established scholars and practitioners with a passion for both worship and philosophical reflection. The topics of exploration range widely, as do the philosophical intuitions and commitments of the essayists. This book fills a significant gap in philosophical […]
Scott Grefrath ’96 and ’02
Scott Grefrath ’96 (Communication) and ’02 (Master of Social Work) and Casandra Grefraith welcomed Wilson Jack Grefrath to their family in July 2016. Congratulations!
Jackie Brenon Finch ’08 and ’11
Jackie Brenon Finch ’08 (Psychology and Mathematics) and ’11 (MS in School Counseling) and her husband, Corey, welcomed daughter Lydia Marie to their family in March 2016. Congratulations!
Laura Shear Dorman ’46
Laura Shear Dorman ’46 passed away on March 6, 2016 surrounded by her family. Laura’s life was one of love for Jesus Christ, her Savior, and service to her church and community. Teaching children to come to saving knowledge of Jesus was her passion. She taught Sunday School for 37 years, conducted Vacation Bible Schools and Good News Clubs in her home, and currently was an AWANA listener. Laura held many positions in the Middlesex Baptist Church, served on numerous […]
Glenn Harkins ’67
Glenn Harkins’67 was inducted into the Section V Boys’ Basketball Hall of Fame on November 5, 2016. He was Director of media relations from 1996-2007 and published Section V tournament programs. He was also the recipient of the NS Coaches Special Honor Award.
Kathleen (Gonyou ’02) & Doug Spencer Send Cheer from the Cayman Islands
Alumna Kathleen (Gonyou ’02) Spencer currently resides with her husband Doug and 4 kids (“The Quad Squad”) in the Cayman Islands. President Porterfield recently sent Redhawk shirts to the Spencer kids and they were thrilled to receive this gift from Roberts Wesleyan College. Watch video here – Go Redhawks! Photo: Ethan, Justin, Ashley, and Brandon Spencer
Steven Metzger ’14
Steven Metzger ’14, Physics Teacher at Victor Senior High School, Receives Golden Apple Award! When asked what drives him to give so much to the students, Metzger gestured to his students and said, “These guys right here, just coming in for them every day and giving my best effort, I really love connecting with the kids, teaching them everything I can share with them to inspire that and to help them be the best person they can be.” Metzger was the “first pick” […]
JP Anderson ’11
Congratulations to One of Our Own! Roberts wants to congratulate, JP Anderson ’11 (MSMK), Associate VP of Undergraduate Admissions, who recently received the Business as Mission Award from Spring Arbor University’s Gainey School of Business where he graduated in 1999. Upon receiving this award, he was also inducted into the Gainey School of Business Hall of Fame. The recipient of this reward needs to demonstrate leadership in mobilizing the Christian business community to apply free enterprise principles to advance God’s […]
Courtney Dixon ’11
With a Vision and a Direction Courtney Dixon ’11 (MSMK) is currently the director of marketing and communications at Allendale Columbia School. Dixon earned her master’s degree in Strategic Marketing from Roberts Wesleyan College in 2011. Courtney is responsible for internal and external communications, planning and executing brand management, public relations and special events for the school. “The other part that I really love that’s very different than anywhere else in my career so far are the kids; it’s very […]
Roberts Names Young Alum of the Year & Alum of the Year
Each year, the College takes time to honor alumni who make a significant impact on their community and profession. The alumni chosen for these awards are recognized for their professional excellence, service to community, and lifestyle that promotes the spirit and mission of Roberts Wesleyan College. Roberts Wesleyan College celebrated its alumni on September 19, awarding two alumni with honors. Dr. Elvera Berry ’63 was honored as the 2016 Alumna of the Year and Dr. Jesse Wenger ’03 was honored as the 2016 Young Alumnus of the […]
Donna McLaren ’99
Congratulations to One of Our Own! Roberts wants to congratulate Donna McLaren ’99, Associate Vice President Brand & Marketing Communications and Chief Marketing Officer, who was recently featured in Rochester Women Magazine and made the cover. McLaren began her relationship with the College when she earned her Master’s in Strategic Leadership (MSL) , an advanced business degree that prepares people to apply the lessons of ethical decision making, leadership courage, and work/life balance. Mclaren is now working for Roberts and is also an adjunct professor […]
Kathy Phelps ’15
Kathy Phelps ’15 earned her Masters in Strategic Marketing (MSMK) from Roberts in 2015. Today Phelps leads the events division at Dixon Schwabl Inc., which she created as vice president of special events. Phelps currently leads a team of three who have grown the company’s events operation. “I just wanted to grow, and it’s taken off,” Phelps says. “It’s almost like I feel like I’m living in a dream. It’s happened so fast”, said Phelps. Read Full Story Here (Rochester Business Journal 9/2/2016) Professionals—or aspiring professionals—in […]
Jessica (Lincoln) Wallenhorst ’14
Jessica (Lincoln) Wallenhorst ’14 found her niche in account management and digital marketing while earning her Masters in Strategic Marketing (MSMK) degree from Roberts in 2014. Wallenhorst was recently featured in Her Magazine, “Working Woman of the Month”, highlighting her work as a digital account manager for Naartjie Multimedia, an advertising agency and marketing consultant in Columbus, Georgia. Read Full Story Here The Roberts Master’s in Strategic Marketing (MSMK) integrates a strategic perspective, a strong theoretical foundation, ethical considerations, global focus, and current trends and topics. Professionals—or aspiring […]
Keith Ward ’00 and Angelina Walker-Ward ’98
Keith Ward ’00 (English Education) and Angelina Walker-Ward ’98 (Social Work) welcomed son Tobias Amelio Walker-Ward to their family in March 2016. Congratulations!
Christopher Walker ’72 and Marie Papa Walker ’71
Christopher Walker ’72 (Social Work) and Marie Papa Walker ’71 (Social Work) are continuing to serve in the Presbyterian Church in Canada, presently near the Thousand Islands Bridge, a 2-point charge in Lansdowne and Mallorytown, Ontario. They live in Kingston, Ontario which has been home to them for over half of their married and ministry life. They have together served in 4 different denominations in that city. Marie began a chaplaincy at the Kingston Campus community college (St. Lawrence) which […]
Kirk Wagar ’90
Kirk Wagar ’90 (History) and his wife, Crystal, welcomed Avery Blanche to their family in August of 2016. Avery joins big sisters Sarah and Rhys and brother Declan. Congratulations!
Gary Verdine ’73
Gary Verdine ’73 (Music), 65, passed away on September 1, 2016 at his home, with family at his side, after a long battle with brain cancer. Gary was born February 3, 1951, in Rochester, the son of the late Lyle and Evelyn Ghyzels Verdine. He graduated from Williamson High School, earned degrees in both Education and Music at Robert Wesleyan College. Gary continued at Nazareth College, where he earned his Master’s Degree in Education. He loved teaching and for thirty-nine […]
Steven Tompkins ’04
Steven Tompkins ’04 (Music Performance) made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2016 in the role of Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, performed with New York Lyric Opera. To read more about Steven’s performance, click here.
Hannah Terry ’09
Hannah Terry ’09 (Communication) is pastor of the Westbury United Methodist Church (Houston, TX). She was recently featured in an article entitled, “Meet the Minister Building Bridges Between Refugee Communities in Westbury.” To read this inspiring story about her work and ministry, click here.
Gloria Kambara Takaya ’44
Gloria Kambara Takaya ’44 passed away peacefully with family members at her side on June 27, 2016. She is now reunited in heaven with her husband George and son Timothy who had passed away 7 months earlier. Mitsi was born in Berkeley, California, the fifth of six children of Genji and Ayaki Kambara. Her father was the proprietor of the Aki Grocery store in Berkeley. She attended UC Berkeley until the onset of WWII when she was relocated along with […]
Dianne Briggs Sherman ’69
Dianne Briggs Sherman ’69 (History) passed away on May 2, 2016. Dianne was a resident of Warren, Pennsylvania at the time of her passing. She had obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in History from Roberts Wesleyan College and earned her Master of Counseling degree from Liberty University.
Lynn Rogers ’49
Lynn Rogers ’49, age 90, passed away peacefully on June 18, 2016. Lynn was born on June 8, 1926 in Wellsville, New York, son of Lynn and Reva Rogers. Lynn joined the US Navy during World War II. After his Navy duty, Lynn enrolled in and graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. It was in college where he met his future wife, Ruth Kingcaid. In 1948, they were married and remained so for 63 years until her […]
Jamie Parsons Rogers ’08
Jamie Parsons Rogers ’08 (Contemporary Ministries) and Nathan Rogers welcomed daughter Helena Reagan to the family in June 2016. Cong