Fall/Winter 2014-15 Mileposts

January 13th, 2015

Faculty & Staff

David (Dave) King ’76, director of athletics, Harrisonburg, VA, was honored with one of the distinguished service awards from Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. The award is based on mission or service involvement since graduation. Dave has spent his entire professional career in athletics and recreation, saying “Athletics is the avenue through which many young people develop themselves to their fullest potential. My passion has always been to see personal growth and development of lifetime skills in players, coaches, and community through the athletic experience.”

Jim Yoder ’94, professor of biology, and Doug Graber Neufeld, professor of biology, Harrisonburg, VA, had a two year grant funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Federation for stream restoration and riparian buffer work in the Bergton, VA area. The grant is a collaboration between EMU’s biology department, the CJP program, Ecosystems Services LLC, the Shenandoah Valley Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Students and faculty from biology and CJP will work together in the assessment part of the grant (measuring water quality, ecological health, and community social dynamics).

Nate Koser ’02, MA ’09 (counseling), assistant professor of counseling, Harrisonburg, VA, has recently established the Harrisonburg Center for Psychoanalysis. The work of the Center has begun with the formation of a reading group addressing the question: What is a psychoanalytic clinic? Nate also delivered a paper presentation titled “Of Anguish and a Feast,” at the 12th annual conference of the Affiliated Psychoanalytic Workgroups, “On Desire.” He is currently working on another paper addressing the Lacanian and Freudian perspective on depressive states, and this will be presented at the Lacanian Forum of Washington D.C.’s annual International Conference in early December.

Edwin Lehman, assistant director of the physical plant, Harrisonburg, VA, received the Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP) credential. The CEFP is a way to validate the unique knowledge and competency required of an accomplished professional in the educational facilities field.

Martha Eads, professor of language & literature, Harrisonburg, VA, along with composer Gwyneth Walker, recently published the choral setting of “From Dusk to Dawn” from The Peacemakers, based on Leymah Gbowee’s, MA ’07 (conflict transformation), Mighty Be Our Powers. The music will be avialbable through ECS Publishing in Fenton, MO.

Don Clymer, MA ’08 (church leadership), assistant professor of language & literature, Harrisonburg, VA, co-authored a book with his sister, Sharon Clymer Landis, titled The Spacious Heart: Room for Spiritual Awakening. The book takes modern spirituality and turns it on its head to flesh out a Christian spirituality of emptyness.Through riveting stories and text grounded in scripture, the book speaks to the deep cynicism of soul and despair that grip so many in this age.


Willard Helmuth ’63, Harrisburg, NC, medical director of the Tree House Children’s Advocacy Center in Monroe, NC, has published a young adult novel about sexual abuse titled Climbing up to the Tree House. The story focuses on two girls: Lily, an American, and Antoinette, a Haitian. It seeks to bring awareness and guidance to victims of sexual abuse with compassion and sensitivity.


James (Jim) Buller ’75, Goshen, IN, guidance counselor at Bethany Christian Schools (BCS), has been named interim head of school for BCS, effective Jan. 1, 2015.

Michael Kurtz ’77, Oak Ridge, NC, published his latest book, MICHAEL’S MUSINGS: A Pastor Blogs on Life, in October 2014.


Jill Basinger ’84 Mullet, Berlin, OH, joined Rea & Associates as a client service specialist. She will split her time between their New Philadelphia and Millersburg offices.

Elaine Hunsecker ’89 Dunaway, Harrisonburg, VA, a psychotherapist at Sentara Hahn Cancer Center, completed courses at Duke Integrative Medicine to become an integrated health coach. Elaine will use integrated health coaching with cancer patients and their caregivers by being a biofeedback practitioner, providing counseling, stress management care, and psychosocial education.


Stacy Atkins ’93, Roanoke Rapids, NC, has been named chief financial officer at Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center in Emporia, VA. Stacy worked 10 years as a health care financial controller before being promoted to CFO.

Allison Rohrer ’93 Kokkoros, Washington, DC, is now executive director and CEO of Carlow Rosario International Public Charter School.

Dianne Warren ’94, MA ’04 (conflict transformation), Buckeye, AZ, began a career in the Maricopa County Library District. She currently works at the Northwest Regional branch in Surprise, AZ as a library assistant. Dianne believes that conflict resolution begins with education and bridging the digital divide to minimize the economic and social inequalities in our society.

Lynda Brockington ’95 Lutz, Charlottesville, VA, and her family recently returned from a missons trip to Nicaragua with Because We Care Ministries (BWCM), a Christian non-profit organization with a mission to evangelize the lost. While there, they built houses, provided basic medical care, and testified to the town of Somotillo. Founded in 2000, BWCM has built many churches and houses, and has provided food and medical care to thousands. The Lutz family hopes to return to Nicaragua in the next couple of years.

Jonathan (Jon) Shenk ’96, Goshen, IN, was nominated for the MutualBank BetterLife Award for his holistic medical care approach – treating the emotional and spiritual, as well as the physical needs of each patient. He demonstrates his ability to inspire his patients to live healthier lives on a daily basis.

Roscoe Johnson ’97, North Chesterfield, VA, head coach at Atlee High School, was recently named the Washington Redskins High School Coach of the Week. The Redskins announce a “coach of the week” every week. Each coach chosen receives a $1,000 donation to the school’s football program, and a framed certificate signed by head coach Jay Gruden. The nomination included this quote from the Atlee director of student activities, “Coach Johnson knows how to motivate and communicate well with his student-athletes. He is an amazing role model and works hard to help his players be successful on and off the field.”

Derek Yoder ’98, Hesston, KS, is the new director of fund advancement at the Bluestem Communities of Kidron Bethel Village of North Newton, KS and Schowalter Villa of Hesston, KS. He will oversee fundraising for projects, campaigns, and tax credits on both continuing-care retirement community campuses.


Kevin Gift ’02, Essex, MD, accepted a call to be the senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Essex, MD. He and Laura Ward ’02 Gift and their two children, Hallie and Xander, begin their new ministry in December 2014. Kevin will continue teaching courses at Liberty University online. Laura will be closer to her doctors as she continues to battle gastroparesis disease, which requires a permanent feeding tube.

Nathanael Overly ’02, Havertown, PA, is senior 401K account executive at Ascensus.

Manjrika (Manjri) Sewak, MA ’02 (conflict transformation), New Delhi, India, has enrolled in the PhD program at the Nelson Mandela Center for Peace and Conflict Resolution at Jamia Millia University in New Delhi.

Micah Robinson ’03, Strasburg, PA, was recently accepted to the Pennsylvania College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is pursuing the doctoral program in clinical psychology, which will lead to a PsyD.

Adam Starks ’03, Pittsburgh, PA, founder and chairman of Urban Light Initiative, a nonprofit established for the purpose of providing stability and a twenty-first century education to foster, homeless and at-risk youth in Pittsburgh, has recently published an e-book titled, Broken Child, Mended Man. It is an unabashed account of his life that highlights how he overcame the odds from years of childhood neglect and foster care to graduation from college and beyond. The paperback is slated for release late December 2015.

Joshua Suderman ’03, Ada, MI, completed his medical residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan in June 2014 and has begun a job at Javery Pain Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Benjamin (Ben) Wideman ’04, State College, PA, is now the Anabaptist campus pastor for Penn State University in State College, PA. The position is funded by University Mennonite Church and will oversee a new student organization called 3rd Way Collective.

Sharon Kniss ’06, South Bend, IN, is a security fellow at Partners for Democratic Change, an organization that works through a global network to support local leaders and create partnerships that transform conflict, strengthen democratic institutions, and achieve sustainable development.

Amy Umbel ’06, Markleysburg, PA, owner of Fiddlehead Woodworking, was a design finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made contest for her hand-carved kitchenware. She sustainably uses wood harested from her family’s land to make beautiful, functional items that are meant to be interacted with on a daily basis.

Kyle Mast ’07, Canby Ore., is now the owner of Clarity Financial, LLC, a fee-only financial planning firm in Portland, Ore.

Bébhinn Egger ’09, Front Royal, VA, was elected to the Front Royal Town Council on November 4, 2014. She will become the third woman in the history of the town to serve on the council. Her four-year term will begin on January 1, 2015. Bébhinn will also continue her work as a Suzuki violin teacher in downtown Front Royal.


Mary Beth Spinelli, MA ’10 (conflict transformation), Ontario, NY, is the restorative practices coordinator with the INSPIRE Initiative (Invested Neighbors Seeking Progress, Inspiration, Restoration & Empowerment). INSPIRE is the neighborhood arm of the Rochester Drug Free Streets coalition group through Ibero-American Development Corporation in Rochester, NY. Mary Beth recruits and trains residents from challenged neighborhoods to participate and lead INSPIRE’s restorative process.

Seng Pan, MA ’10 (conflict transformation), formerly of Camp Hill, PA, is now associate field officer/head of field unit with UNHCR for the Kachin Internally Displaced People response program.

Muhammah (Asad) Asadullah, MA ’11 (conflict transformation), Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, successfully defended his masters thesis at Simon Fraser University titled “Values of a reconciliation for Bangladesh’s independence war: a restorative justice and peacemaking criminology approach.”

Jerod Bontrager ’11, Harrisonburg, VA, was recently hired as accounts payable specialist with Rosetta Stone. As such he handles the company’s daily invoices and organizes payment.

Monika Burkholder ’11, Norfolk, VA, is in her second year at Eastern Virginia Medical School for a masters in art therapy and counseling. Among her studies, she’s completed a number of internships where she practiced art therapy with a variety of populations. Of her experience thus far, she says, “It has been a challenging, but rewarding journey, and I have been excited to see the power of art to express, communicate, and heal people’s experiences.” Monika will graduate May 2015.

Ryan Wolz ’11, Charlottesville, VA, is now a strength coach at Power Training. As such, he is responsible for programming workouts, helping with technique, and coaching athletes in golf and rugby.

Adam Blagg, MDiv ’12, Harrisonburg, VA, was recently appointed head pastor at Otterbein United Methodist Church, the congregation of which he was a member before going into the ministry. Adam’s first order of business at Otterbein is to get to know the congregants saying, “the best ministry and the best mission work stems from the passions of the congregation.”

Travis Duerksen ’12, Canton, KS, began a one year service term in Indonesia with the Radical Journey program of Mennonite Mission Network. Radical Journey is a program for young adults that emphasizes faith formation, service, and cross-cultural learning. Participants spend 10 days in orientation, 10 months in an international service location, and one month in reorientation with home congregations.

Katie Jantzen ’12, Elkhart, IN, is co-coordinator of Church Community Services’ Seed to Feed program, which began in 2012 from a need for local fresh produce in Elkhart County. Katie works with hundreds of volunteers from various ethnic, political, religious, and business backgrounds to provide good food to hungry people. Last year she helped Seed to Feed disperse 150,000 pounds of food to families in need. The harvest included fruits and vegetables from ten area gardens, 64,000 pounds of potatoes, and multiple donations from other farms and gardens. They also recieved $50,000 in donations from other farmland proceeds that helps provide logistical support.

Justin King ’12, Harrisonburg, VA, a governement and world history teacher at East Rockingham High School, was one of 21 local teachers who received Gold Star awards from Working In Support of Education (WISE), an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing educational support services nationwide. Gold Star teachers must achieve a 90 percent pass rate in at least one of their classes on the WISE Financial Literacy Certification test. Justin gave his students all the credit for the honor, stating that “they recognize that, ‘this is going to help me now.”

Hannah Wenger ’12 Richter, Souderton, PA, is an administrative assistant with Family Food, LLC, an organization that makes reliable nutrition information easily accessible by providing evidence based nutrition counseling in convenient locations such as the home or work settings.

Lois Walters, MA ’13 (nursing), Drumore, PA, is a full time mental health instructor for Lancaster General Hospital’s associate nursing degree program. She is also PRN at Philhaven Mental and Behavorial Health Care Provider.

Brittney Wenger ’13, Dayton, VA, is a therapeutic day treatment specialist at Crossroads Counseling Center.

Grace Yoder ’14 Huxman, Moundridge, KS, joined the professional staff of Adams, Brown, Beran & Ball, Chartered.

Virginia (Ginny) Morrison, Grad. Cert. ’14, San Anselmo, CA, is president of Collaboration Specialists, an organization committed to the principle that conflicts can be healed, differences can be managed, and seemingly insurmountable distances can be bridged. Ginny is most interested in drawing out communities’ resilience and building on traditional practices. She works through conflict assessment, facilitation, training, mentoring, structured dialogue, system design, and building networks.

Brandon Waggy ’14, formerly of South Bend, IN, began a one-year term of Mennonite Voluntary Service in Washington, DC, as an administrative and legal intern at Catholic Charities DC.


Lisa White ’99 to Eddie Cameron, Nov. 1, 2014.

Jeremy Good ’03 to Joanna Snyder, Aug. 16, 2014.

Chelsea Mast ’09 to Jonathan Stewart, Aug. 2, 2014.

Sara Derstine ’12 to Tyler Bergey, June 28, 2014.

Travis Nyce ’12 to Emily Hodges ’14, Aug. 2, 2014.

Owen Longacre ’13 to Kimberly (Kim) Floyd ’13, Aug. 2, 2014.

Krista Johnson, MA ’10 (conflict transformation) to Clint Weicksel, Aug. 9, 2014.


Patrick ’00 and Christine Lehman ’00 Nafizger, Millerburg, OH, Aidan William, Aug. 29, 2014.

Eric Rutt ’01 and Mahlet Aklu ’01, Cambridge, MA, Naomi Aklu-Rutt, Sept. 2, 2014.

Jared Hankee ’02 and Mindy Nolt ’01, Lancaster, PA, Moselle Sinead Nolt Hankee, Oct. 10, 2014.

Vania Moskal ’02 and Michael Whitlock, Schuylkill Haven, PA, Elliott Johnathan, July 14, 2014.

Michelle Kuhns ’03 and Josh Brodesky, San Antonio, TX, Sylvie Elizabeth, June 30, 2014.

Sara Neuenschwander ’03 and Sunday Obri, Cleveland Heights, OH, Issac Ukwin-Ada Paul, May 2, 2014.

Amanda Sanders ’03 and Charles Mullen, Churchville, Va., Judah William, April 14, 2014.

Joshua ’03 and Jaclyn Lederman ’02 Suderman, Ada, MI, Jaren Kai, April 13, 2014.

Emily Sommers ’04 and Dariush Meraj, Hartville, OH, Cyrus Iman, Mar. 27, 2014.

Seth ’07, associate residence director, and Kristen Souder ’07, MA ’12 (counseling) Miller, Harrisonburg, VA, Abigail Lynne, Nov. 1, 2014.

Rachel Schlegel ’07 and Andrew McMaster, Moundridge, KS, Natalie Claire, June 11, 2014.

Andrew ’08 and Annie Johnson ’08 Dutcher, Madison, WI, Hans, Feb. 15, 2014.

Christopher (Chris) ’10 and Heidi Hershberger-Esh ’10, Philadelphia, PA, Camilo Sky, Aug. 26, 2014.

Aaron ’10 and Andrea Bowman ’10 Yutzy, Broadway, VA, Levi Edward, Sept. 30, 2014.

Joshua ’14 and Sarah Demaree ’10, MA ’12 (counseling), Defnall, Northlawn residence director, Harrisonburg, VA, Elana Rae, Oct. 12, 2014.

John III ’14 and Ashley Skelly, Broadway, VA, Coleman Moore, June 27, 2014.

Janet, MA ’10 (conflict transformation) and Scott Hines, McKees Rocks, PA, Lachlan Emory, Oct. 7, 2014.

Hong (Scott) Kim, SEM ’12, MA ’13 (conflict transformation), and Cheryl Woelk, MA ’11 (education), Saskatoon, Canada, Rohan, Oct. 1, 2014.

Charles Kwuelum, MA ’14 (conflict transformation) and Helen Momoh, Hillside IL, Roy Chiwetalu, Aug. 29, 2014.


Marjorie Yoder ’35 Guengerich, Harrisonburg, VA, died Oct. 21, 2014, at age 99. Her 26 year teaching career included 14 years in Iowa, 11 years at McGaheysville Elementary School, and one year at Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan. Following her retirement, Majorie helped to found and co-manage the Harrisonburg Gift and Thrift Store. She was an active and faithful member of the Mennonite Church all her life. For the past 35 years, she was a member of Community Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA.

Richard Weaver ’36, Harrisonburg, VA, died July 27, 2014, at age 94. He was ordained as a Mennonite minister by lot in 1948 and pastored serveral churches since. A lover of the radio, Richard opened Weaver Audio Studio in 1954, was the announcer on The Mennonite Hour for many years, and enjoyed his ham radio until his passing. For many years, he operated the Dale Enterprise Weather Station, the third oldest in the U.S. begun in 1868 by his wife’s grandfather, Bishop L.J. Heatwole. He loved people and often volunteered his time with organizations, including Rockingham RELAY, Mennonite Disaster Service communications, and the Red Cross.

Susanna Kurtz Umble, class of ’37, Atglen, PA, died Oct. 23, 2014, at age 94. She was a member of Maple Grove Mennonite Church, where in the past she was a Sunday School teacher and a member of the sewing circle. Along with her husband, John, she operated Swampy Hollow Dairy Farm of Atglen. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and spending time with family. She also volunteered at the Coatesville Re-Uzit Shop.

Elizabeth Hostetter ’47, Harrisonburg, VA, died April 27, 2014, at age 87. She spent almost 30 years in service abroad, beginning with Mennonite Central Committee in a children’s home in the Netherlands, continuing with Eastern Mennonite Missions in a bookstore in Addis Abba, Ethiopia, and finally serving for 16 years as hostess of the Mennonite Guest House in Nairobi, Kenya. Returning stateside, Elizabeth worked as copy editor for Christian Light Press until her retirement in 1998.

John Drescher ’51, died July 10, 2014, at age 85. He was a well-known author, teacher, and pastor, authoring 37 books, serving in various Mennonite churches, editing a number of church magazines, and serving as campus pastor at Quakertown Christian School.

David Hostetler, class of ’51, Bluffton, OH, died Sept. 24, 2014, at age 84. He was dedicated to the Mennonite Church and served as pastor, missonary with the former Mennonite Board of Missions, journalist and editor of Mennonite publications with Mennonite Publishing House, and program director at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center in Mt Pleasant, PA. David also served as overseer to Mennonite congregations in PA.

Florence Weaver Keener, class of ’51, New Holland, PA, died Aug. 1, 2014, at age 92. She was a homemaker that grew food for her family of six, worked in and out of the home in various capacities, and could break an apple in half with a twist. She nourished her family physically and emotionally and maintained grace and dignity through the loss of a daughter and husband. She was an active member of Stumptown Mennonite Church, participating in sewing circles and praying daily for her family and friends.

Ruth Martin Horst, class of ’52, Elkhart, IN, died Sept. 24, 2014, at age 92. Her role and calling was to maintain a strong and well-functioning home base and family while her husband, Ray, traveled for the former Mennonite Board of Missions. She was a loving mother, a superb organizer, excellent financial manager, had great problem-solving and engineering abilities, and loved nature and natural beauty, especially flowers and birds. When she had free time she enjoyed doing counted cross stitch and other crafts.

Addona Nissley, class of ’54, Harrisonburg, VA, died Aug. 23, 2014, at age 90. He began his career in missionary work in 1956, serving in Pueto Rico and Trinidad, as well as Virginia Mennonite Missions, where he served as secretary of missions. Addona helped start Christiansburg Mennonite Fellowship, serving as pastor there and at congregations in Chesapeake, VA, Asheville, NC, and Beldor, VA. He volunteered at the Caring Friends ministry at VMRC and was an active member of Lindale Mennonite Church.

Floyd Zehr ’54, Lancaster, PA, died Sept. 19, 2014, at age 85. He was a physics professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA from 1965 to 2000. He taught astronomy and energy conservation, as well. In 1999, the college honored Floyd with the Distinguished Faculty Award. After his retirement, he worked for four years with the Science in Motion program to support high school teachers to conduct physics experiments. He and his wife, Pearl, were active leaders at Maple Grove Mennonite Church in New Wilmington, PA for nearly 50 years before moving to Lancaster.

Isaac (Ike) Risser, class of ’55, Roanoke, VA, died Aug. 29, 2014, at age 85. He was a Mennonite minister for 50 years, serving the congregation of Hopkins Gap the longest. As an evangelist, he combined ministry and business and was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

Marcus Smucker ’59, Lititz, PA, died Oct. 29, 2014, at age 82. He was known as a pastor, teacher, spiritual advisor, and conflict mediator for his roles at Portland Mennonite Church, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. Marcus specialized in conflict mediation, bringing a healing ministry to hundreds of pastors and churches struggling with divisive issues. He was an expert teacher in spiritual formation, mentoring individuals and teaching at the seminary level.

Arnold Moshier ’60, Sarasota, FL, died Nov. 15, 2014, at age 88. He was the first full-time music teacher at Lancaster Mennonite School and created Campus Chorale, which still continues to sing together today. Early in his teaching career, Arnold founded the Choraleers, a traveling music ministry, and directed the group for over 40 years. The choir members, who were mostly young adults he had taught in high school, toured the United States, the national parks, Central America, Jamaica, and various other places. They were the first group to sing with instruments in Lancaster Mennonite Conference churches. In 2008, when he was 81, Arnold led about 75 of his former singers in a homecoming reunion concert at Lancaster Mennonite’s fine arts center.

Amos Bontrager ’62, Quarryville, PA, died June 12, 2014, at age 87. He pastored for 38 years, retiring in 1993 from the former Christiana Mennonite Church. He was active in mentoring, influencing men to be better husbands and fathers through Bible Studies and enjoyed woodworking, ceramics, gardening, and engaging his children and grandchildren.

Noah Martin ’63, Johnstown, PA, died Nov. 16, 2014, at age 74. He was an ordained minister in the Western PA District of the Church of the Brethren, pastoring and serving as marriage and family counselor at Moxham Colonial Chuch of the Brethren. Noah was founder,retired director, and counselor of New Day, Inc., a Christian Ministry to at-risk families. He also established Noah’s Ark Publishing Company, authoring, editing, and publishing a number of inspirational books, pamphlets, and articles. He dearly loved his family and treasured time spent with his children and grandchildren.

Ronald (Ron) Sawatzky, class of ’71, Souderton, PA, died June 28, 2014, at age 64. He had a passion for the church, and patience for endless meetings and conversations. Always willing to put himself in the midst of controversy, he freely gave great amounts of time to be present where he was needed. His commitment as moderator of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada exceeded what most people could give to a voluntary position, and it was invaluable through those creative and sometimes conflicted years. In 1999, he became chief executive officer of Rockhill Mennonite Community in Sellersville, PA, a position he held until December 2012.

Jonathan (Jon) Dutcher ’72, Harrisonburg, VA, died Sept. 2,2014 at age 64. He was a dedicated teacher and administrator with a passion for education. After retiring, he volunteered and was active in the community, continuing his commitment to helping and connecting with others. His gentle spirit, heart for service, and compassion are an inspiration to those who knew him.

Freeman Lehman, class of ’83, Dalton, OH, died Oct. 18, 2014, at age 82. He had recently retired from Central Christian Schools as a music teacher and respected piano tuner. Freeman was a member of the Sonnenberg Mennonite Church and sang in the Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for more than 30 years.

Kenton Miller ’91, Toledo, OH, died Sept. 9, 2014, at age 51. He worked as a medical technologist at various hopitals, including St. Luke’s for 13 years and, most recently, North Campus Lab at Toledo Hospital.

Thomas McGinn ’97, Harrisonburg, VA, died July 30, 2014, at age 61. Until his retirement, he served as vice president of global sourcing with National Geographic Society in Washington, DC. Thomas was a member of Vision of Hope United Methodist Church.

Shirley Crabtree, MA ’02 (counseling), Berkeley Springs, WV, died July 12, 2014, at age 73. She was a teacher at Thomas A. Edison High School in Fairfax County, VA from 1973 to 1995 and considered teaching and education to be her greatest achievements. Shirley also provided inmate ministry at the Shenandoah County Jail in Woodstock, VA.

Kevin Quick ’10, Afton, VA, died Feb. 6, 2014, at age 45. He joined the Waynesboro Police Reserves in 1990 as an active volunteer, eventually rising to the rank of captain. For the last 18 years, Kevin was employed with Invista, where he worked as superviosr and volunteered with the company’s fire brigade. One of Kevin’s enjoyments in life was watching and attending any sporting event by the University of Virginia. In addition to UVA sporting events, he enjoyed watching his nieces and nephews play sports and family beach trips to Nags Head. Those who knew him will miss his smile, his willingness to care for those around him, and his sense of love for life.