Ben Beachy received his bachelors degree from Eastern Mennonite University in 2002, after spending two years volunteering and providing technical support for non-profit organizations in southern Colorado. Also since 2002 he has worked for the university’s information system department in various capacities. He completed a masters degree in business administration in December 2009 and has helped his wife found Shenandoah Valley Community School, a non-profit alternative school in the pattern of the Sudbury Valley School. Beachy lives outside Harrisonburg with his wife, their son, and their various pets.
Steve Gibbs graduated from Eastern Mennonite University in 2004 with a major in Computer Science and minor in Youth Ministry after transferring from Rosedale Bible College. He has been part of Information Systems since 2007. He grew up in Cusco, Peru and is fluent in Spanish. Gibbs stays busy by volunteering at church with the Youth Group. He lives with his wife and son in Port Republic. He is also an avid sports fan. His favorite teams include the Philadelphia Phillies and Eagles.
Brian telecommutes for EMU from rural Iowa, working with faculty teaching online and academic program directors seeking to further their use of online education. Brian is an ordained minister in the Church of the Brethren and has part-time ministry responsibilities involving communications and leadership development for his district (Iowa & Minnesota).
Brian is a graduate of EMU’s Seminary (MDiv ’12) and Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (MA ’11), where he studied for four years while living in Harrisonburg with his family.
Jenni Piper received her bachelors degree from Eastern Mennonite University in 1992. She began working at EMU in the Admissions Office in 1994 processing inquiries. After a couple years she moved into the role of Office Manager. In 1999, she took a break from working at EMU but returned in 2000 to work in the Information Systems department. In her current role of Associate Director of Technology Services she manages a team of eight techs who provide customer service and support for all the technology at EMU.
After graduation from EMU, Mike worked as a software developer for Bell Telephone Laboratories, Church of the Brethren National Board, the University of Illinois, CMDS (now Jenzabar), and Mary Baldwin College.
Mike and his wife Julie Alderfer Stauffer, also an EMU graduate, live in Harrisonburg.