Spring 2013 Mileposts

May 12th, 2013

Faculty & Staff

Kenton Derstine ‘72, director of field education, has been keeping bees since he was 15 years old. He now maintains 40 hives. In an effort to promote sustainability and introduce students to the responsibility everyone has to the environment, Kenton placed four hives on the hill west of EMU. Beekeeping provides a good metaphor for teaching students to be good ministers. “Beekeeping is good practice in managing your own reactive responses,” said Derstine. “If you can’t manage your own reactions with bees, they are able to sense it. If you move back too quickly, for example, they are attracted to that movement. Good ministry takes similar management of your own anxiety.”

David Glanzer ‘71, undergraduate dean, and Annmarie Early, director of MA in counseling, recently published their article “The Role of Edge-Sensing in Experiential Psychotherapy” in the American Journal of Psychotherapy. The article focuses on the point of intersection where implicit or “gut knowing” and explicit or “head knowing” processes meet. Their collaboration began with a shared interest in the process of paying attention to “what our bodies know” and how experiencing something is different from merely talking about it. They then started teaching from that perspective and presenting their developing ideas at conferences. As they plan their next writing project, they would like to experiment with writing from, not only about, this felt sensing place. Such an exploration contributes to a greater capacity for the integration of these complementary ways of knowing and practice, not only in therapy, but in teaching and everyday life.

Amy Knorr, MA ‘09 (conflict transformation), is the new practice coordinator at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Amy has worked in over 15 countries in Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. A specialist in international peacebuilding, she has worked for Catholic Relief Services, World Vision, UNDP/DDR, and Concern Worldwide.

James (Jim) Leaman ‘86, associate professor of business and economics, was a plenary speaker at the International Conference on Creating a Sustainable Business: Managerial Implications and Challenges. The conference took place Dec. 7-9 in Jaipur, India. The title of Jim’s presentation was “Leading Organizations Toward Sustainability in a Full-Earth Economy.”

Bonnie Price Lofton, MA ‘04 (conflict transformation), editor-in-chief, was appointed by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education to serve as host judge for the 2013 Circle of Excellence Awards in the Special Issues Magazines category. In this role, Bonnie coordinated the work of five other editorial judges during March and April – one each from American University, George Washington University, and West Virginia University, plus two from Cornell University, in evaluating 39 entries for gold, silver or bronze awards.

Catherine (Cathy) Rittenhouse ‘82, associate professor of nursing, was recognized at the Virginia Nurses Foundation Gala on September 29, 2013, for her work with the Virginia Action Coalition (VAC). The coalition seeks to implement solutions to the challenges facing the nursing profession and build upon nurse-based approaches to improving quality and transforming the way Americans receive health care. Cathy, along with several nursing educators and members of the VAC that comprise an education task force for Va., seeks to increase the proportion of nurses with baccaluareate degrees to 80% by 2020. Studies show that patients cared for by baccalaureate-prepared nurses have better outcomes in terms of safety and overall recovery. They have made huge strides toward this goal and Cathy is proud to be a part of this valuable effort.

Lynn Roth, director of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, has been appointed as the Mennonite World Conference (MWC) North American representative. As such, he will maintain relationships and encourage active participation in MWC by the North American member denominations and agencies.

Dorothy Jean Weaver ‘72, professor of New Testament, spoke at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington D.C. for a gathering of the D.C. chapter of Friends of Sabeel, the North American support group for the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem. Her presentations were “’Is This Your First War?’ On the Ground Learnings from Israel/Palestine” and “Herod, the Child, and a God’s-Eye View of Power: An Advent Meditation on Matt. 2:1-23.”


Pearl Hartz ‘45, Escondido, Calif., began the Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) in San Diego after retiring in 1993. VORP is a social program that seeks to bring victims and offenders together in safe mediation or family group conference settings to permit the offender to take responsibility for his or her actions, to make things as right as possible with the victim, and to be clear about future intentions.

D. Rohrer ‘45 and Mabel Horst Eshleman, Lancaster, Pa., were nominated and chosen to receive one of eight Everence Regional Journey Awards. The award recognizes people who model Christian stewardship, focusing on their use of resources, including time, talent, money, and health given to better serve others. Everence will make a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.

Donald (Don) Jacobs, class of ‘49, Lancaster, Pa., has released his book titled “What a Life!” published by Good Books in Intercourse, Pa. The book covers Jacobs’ church career and the challenges of planting churches globally. The account is bookended by his reflections on his Johnstown family heritage. Though “I have blown hot and cold on the issue [of being a Mennonite],” he writes, “God used denominational affiliations in my life to bolster my view of the church and the world. For me, that was grace.”


Abram Hostetter, class of ‘51, Charlottesville, Va., is a leading researcher of bipolar disorder. He is a part of a University of Miami team that for four decades has been researching mental illness among generations of Old Order Amish families in Lancaster County, Pa. – ideal subjects for genetic study due to their closed gene pool. “We worked on ‘coding’ cases to detect particular characteristics of each of their manifestations of illness,” Abram said. “We have very detailed medical histories and DNA samples on over 100 bipolar patients.” Currently, his team is on the verge of whole genome sequencing for 80 subjects. Abram was a pre-med major at EMU for two years in the late 1940s, but earned his bachelor’s degree from Goshen College in 1953. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and trained in psychiatry at Norristown State Hospital.

Clara Landis ‘57, Lititz, Pa., has put the library collection at Landis Homes on the computer. She also completed the same task for Meserete Kristos College in Ethiopia.

Arlene Leatherman ‘59, Lititz, Pa., volunteers at Landis Homes as a “friendly visitor.” She routinely visits residents to chat and pray with them. She sees those who are assigned to her as well as other people she meets.


Edwin D. Miller ‘60, Kalona, Iowa, worked in numerous teaching positions before his retirement in 1995, including three years in a one-room K-8 school, before entering EMU and 26 years as an elementary school principal at Mid-Prairie Community School District, four of which were spent at the Amana Colonies in Iowa. After retirement, Edwin volunteered at Jubilee Partners in Comer, Ga., Camp Deerpark in N.Y., and the International Guest house in Washington D.C. He currently is self-employed, having developed a small sewing machine repair business.

Helen Longenecker ‘62 and Samuel (Sam) Lapp ‘60, Harleysville, Pa., are enjoying their retirement. Both retired twice: Helen from activities director at Peter Becker Community and then as executive director of Mennonite Association of Retired Persons; Sam from teaching industrial arts at Wissahickon High School in Ambler, Pa., and then from administration at Camp Men-O-Lan in Quakertown, Pa. Their retirements were interrupted by terms as country reps with Mennonite Central Committee in Jamaica and Egypt. Helen, an avid reader, continues to read aloud to residents of Dock Meadows retirement community. Sam pursues his hobby of sculpting. Both are active at Plains Mennonite Church in Hatfield, Pa., and enjoy their three children and their spouses, and six grandchildren.

Rev. Merle Cordell ‘65, Chambersburg, Pa., has always been a bi-vocational churchman, serving as minister for 59 years and active bishop for 25. Among his numerous achievements are serving as chair of the Historical Association of Cumberland Valley, where he was instrumental in purchasing the Historical Center itself and raising finances to write the history of the “Mennonites in Cumberland Valley,” released by Herald Press in 2004; serving as chair of the Menno Haven steering commitee in leading the process for accrediation in the national Continuing Care Accreditaiton Commission, resulting in a five-year certification of honor and accreditation ever since; and performing over 30 weddings and 300 baptisms as bishop and conference secretary. However, perhaps Merle’s biggest accomplishment of all is his desire to not call attention to himself, preferring to give all the glory to God for all that was accomplished through his service.

Ellen Shenk ‘65, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, was laid off in 2001 from her technical writing positon in the second large wave of layoffs from Nortel that led to its eventual demise. Currently, Ellen edits papers on a freelance basis for graduate students for whom English is a second or third language. Although the work is sporadic, Ellen enjoys it, particularly as some of these working relationships have extended beyond graduate school. She married Philip Neufeld on August 31, 2012, in the home of their soon-to-retire minister and plans to have a celebration of their marriage in May with family and friends.

Samuel (Sam) Weaver ‘66, Harrisonburg, Va., and his wife, Sarah, were chosen to receive the 2012 Lifetime Service Award by the Alumni Board of Eastern Mennonite School. Sam’s visionary spirit, keen business acumen, and engaging leadership in his position as principal of EMHS, along with Sarah’s grace and intuitive sense of truly understanding how to best connect with others, made the Weavers ideal recipients of the award.

Alton Longenecker ‘66, San Jose, Costa Rica, currently volunteers locally as a reading tutor and assists North American work teams helping with various construction projects. His wife, Lois Moyer ‘66 Longenecker, volunteers in the library of Universidad Biblica Latinoamericana. She catalogs books in the library and assists patrons.

Helen Kraybill ‘66 Miller, Lancaster, Pa., retired from teaching math at Lancaster Mennonite School in 2007. Currently, she spends her time tutoring, serving as treasurer for the Landis Homes Auxiliary and Mennonite Women of Lancaster Conference, and being an excited and involved grandmother to her two precious grandchildren.

Harry King, class of ‘66, Malvern, Pa., retired from administering cash payments, food stamps, and medicaid to low income families through the local welfare office in 2002. He currently takes care of lawns, plows snow part time, and volunteers in the eligibility section of a local free medical clinic.

J. Daniel (Dan) Martin ‘67, York, Pa., will assume the newly created position of director of instructional improvement for Lancaster Mennonite School (LMS). This position will focus on developing new tools for the evaluation of instruction, including student and parent surveys, and establishing baselines that will provide a structure for increased instructional effectiveness. Dan was first employed at the Kraybill Campus of LMS as a special education teacher in 1999. He has since been the assistant principal of the middle school.

Gary Smucker ‘67, Alexandria, Va., volunteered in the fall of 2012 with Cross Cultural Solutions in a school in Villa El Salvador, a neighborhood of Lima, Peru. He additionally traveled to Paraguay and Bolivia to visit Mennonite colonies during his time in South America.

Bruce ‘68 and Anne Landis ‘68 Hummel, formerly of Millersburg, Ohio, are choosing to spend their retirement in service and volunteer work in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Mary Jane Seitz ‘69 Melhorn, Lewisberry, Pa., though she majored in home economics at EMU, currently works part time as accounts payable assistant at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and part time as office manager and bookkeeper for Melhorn Builders, Inc.

Wilbur (Will) Bontrager ‘69, MA ‘99 (conflict transformation), Shortsville, N.Y., was selected to receive the 2013 Community Service for Peace Award by the Center for Dispute Settlement in Canandaigua, N.Y. The award is given to a local citizen who, by word and deed, has promoted the causes of peace and nonviolence, civility and conciliation. Will’s passion for restorative service work has led him to volunteer with both Mennonite Central Committee in Africa, providing refugee assistance, and Alternative to Violence Project, offering assistance in local correctional facilities. He founded the Finger Lakes Restorative Justice Center in 2000, now Partners in Restorative Initiatives, and currently serves on its advisory board. He also serves on the board of directors for the National Council of the Fellowship of Reconciliation and is active in his faith community’s Peace and Social Concerns Committee.


Richard (Rich) Garber ‘70, Eagle, Idaho, has dedicated his entire career to the promotion and advancement of Idaho and U.S. agriculture. For 20 years, Rich was the third generation owner/operator of his family’s diversified row crop farm just outside of Nampa. From farm and production agriculture, he moved to the agriculture management and policy arena. He established Garber Associates and for eight years provided association management, consulting, and lobbying services to several Idaho-based commodity associations. For the past 12 years, he has been employed by the University of Idaho, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences as director of industry and government relations.

Jonas ‘70 and Barbara (Barb) Wenger ‘70 Borntrager, Harrisonburg, Va., were nominated and chosen to receive one of eight Everence Regional Journey Awards. The award recognizes people who model Christian stewardship, focusing on their use of resources, including time, talent, money, and health given to better serve others. Everence will make a $500 donation to a charity of their choice.

Melvin (Mel) Lehman ‘71, New York, N.Y., is the director of Common Humanity, a nonprofit organization with an all-volunteer staff operating on a shoe-string-thin budget which seeks to build friendship, respect, and understanding with the Arab and Muslim world. Most recently, they’ve been attempting to aid Iraqi and Syrian refugee artists by opening exhibits displaying their works of art. The exhibits are extraordinarily beneficial, not only monetarily, but psychologically and academically as well.

Esther Kniss ‘72 Augsburger, Harrisonburg, Va., traveled to Albania in October 2012 to visit the Lezha Academic Center and stimulate an interest in an art program there. She traveled with her husband, Myron ‘55, who was asked by Virginia Mennonite Missions to meet with local church leaders and speak in churches. In the two weeks there, the Augsburgers enjoyed how easily and excitedly the students took to exploring various art mediums and were impressed with the dedication and strong faith of the leaders and members of the four churches with whom they worshipped.

Betty Peachey ‘72, Tipp City, Ohio, is the founder of Coldwater Cafe & Catering, Inc. Prior to founding the cafe in 1994, Betty was a corporate accountant for 18 years. After being encouraged to find an occupation that allowed her creative and artistic side to develop, she opened the cafe. She is self-taught in the culinary arts and attributes her Mennonite heritage growing up in Belleville, Pa., with providing her ample practice to cook. The values of integrity, honesty, and quality from her background have contributed significantly to the immense success of the cafe. Though this success is certainly tangible, the real glory goes back to God. “The cafe has been my church and mission field,” Betty states. “It is here that I have an opportunity to model godliness and integrity. I am proud of the success of the cafe, but I know that it is God’s blessings that have made it successful.”

Daryl Peifer ‘75, Lancaster, Pa., was hired as director of business development with Landis Communities. He will serve as the first connection to potential residents and will aid in apartment selection, the signing of lease agreements, and generally help to get Steeple View Lofts up and running as a great community.

Julia Mumaw Lambert, class of ‘75, West Salem, Ohio, was promoted to underwriter assistant at Westfield Insurance after over a decade of experience there.

Dennis ‘76, MDiv ‘79, and Linda Augsburger ‘76 Gingerich, Cape Coral, Fla., planted Cape Christian Church in 1986 in partnership with Southeast Mennonite Conference and Mennonite Mission Network. They recently announced that as of January 2013, the church received $1.28 million in Christmas offerings, which will be used almost exclusively to benefit the Cape Coral community. Specifically, the dollars raised will provide the funds to complete phases two and three of Fellowship Park at the church’s main campus off Chiquita Boulevard, expand mentoring programs in Lee County schools, and launch a health care clinic in the city. They’re also going to cover the start-up costs of a north campus extension for the church in northeast Cape Coral and build four church buildings in Haiti for needy congregations. As a testament to their ministry, the church’s attendance is now averaging about 1,700 each weekend.

Steven (Steve) Harder ‘76, Mountain Lake, Minn., along with his wife, Judy Dickerson ‘76 Harder, have instituted Iglesia Evangelica Agape (Agape Evangelical Church), a church plant accepted into the Central Plains Mennonite Conference in July 2012. It offers afternoon services and weekly Bible studies in the First Mennonite Church building in Mountain Lake, Minn. The Harders had been trying to decide what to do with their spiritual lives when they noticed an increase in the city’s Hispanic population. Hearing God’s call to address the need, they started taking Spanish classes and attending workshops in order to learn how to be the best church leaders possible. David Boshart ‘86, executive conference minister, said the Harders “are doing important work. They have busy and full lives, but they heeded a call.”

David A. King ‘78, Elverson, Pa., was inaugurated as the 13th president of Malone University in October 2012. His inaugural speech focused on the theme “A Community on the Rise” and reaffirmed the school’s mission of preparing students for service to the church, community and world.

Trula Gingrich ‘79, Lititz, Pa., is one of four EMU 1979 nursing graduates who lived together in Richmond, Va., after graduation that have now gathered annually for the last 31 years. Most recently, they united in the fall of 2012 in Kentucky and experienced a rich time of reminiscing that proved deep friendships formed at a crucial time in life can remain strong. The foursome includes: Trula, currently working as a hospice nurse in Lancaster, Pa.; Chris Holsopple ‘79 Kauffman in Goshen, Ind; Sue Glick ‘79 Ruth and her husband, Tom ‘79, parents of three young adult children, who spend their time homemaking and gardening in Bucks County, Pa; and Susan Classen ‘79, currently the director of Cedars of Peace, a retreat center on the grounds of the Sisters of Loretto, a Catholic religious community in central Ky.


Twila Berg ‘81, Maysville, W.Va., is in her 29th year of teaching mathematics at her alma mater, Petersburg High School in Petersburg, W.Va. She currently teaches math I at the ninth grade level, conceptual math, and financial algebra. She hopes to retire in June 2014.

Bruno Dyck, class of ‘82, Winnipeg, Canada, professor of business administration at the I.H. Asper School of Businesss, University of Manitoba, has authored a book titled “Management and the Gospel: Luke’s Radical Message for the First and Twenty-First Centuries.” It provides a reader-friendly yet scholarly examination of what the Gospel of Luke says about management, based on an understanding of the meaning, trends, and key management debates in the first century, and draws out implications for contemporary management.

Thomas (Tom) Garlitz ‘82, Joliet, Ill., was recently appointed as director of the newly created Office for Human Dignity for the Catholic Diocese of Joliet in Illinois. In this role, Tom is responsible for the ministries of Respect Life, Justice and Peace, and Missions. Prior to this appointment, he served for 20 years as the director for the Joliet Diocese Peace and Social Justice Ministry. He continues as executive director of the Partnership in Mission, sending medical, construction, and university teams to Bolivia, the Philippines, the Navajo Nation, and Kenya.

J. David (Dave) Swartley ‘83, Lancaster, Pa., tranisitioned from vice president of finance to CEO of Moravian Manor, a retirement community offering residential living, personal care, and skilled nursing services in Lititz, Pa.

William (Bill) Eichelberger ‘83, Wichita, Kan., has been a hospice chaplain for six years with Good Shepherd Hospice in Wichita, after working 20 years as an accountant.

Douglas Borg ‘85, Durham, N.C., has been named as Olivet College’s (OC) first-ever Risk Manager in Residence. Douglas will bring to the position a wealth of experience, having been the director of risk management for Duke University Medical Center for 13 years and the current director of insurance at Duke University Health System since 2007. He has served on numerous boards and committees at both the state and national level, and has been elected twice to the presidency of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Management. OC is moving toward a more holistic enterprise risk management and is looking to Douglas for leadership and guidance in this new role.

Ann M. Landis ‘86, Tallahassee, Fla., began moving up through the administration of Thomas University in Tallahassee, Fla., in 1998 when she was employed as an assistant professor of English. She now serves as both the provost and vice president of academic affairs. As such, she is responsible for the administration of eight divisions and 32 academic programs at the university and its satellite campuses. Her primary responsibilities include the supervision of more than 100 faculty and academic staff; program growth and management; development of satellite, distance, and international programs; community academic partnerships; and operational matters relating to the academic mission.

James Wheeler ‘86, Akron, Pa., was employed by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to be the manager for the Material Resources Center. He has served for a total of 15 years with MCC in the Middle East in Egypt, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, teaching English in a variety of settings. He and his wife, Linda Herr, MA ‘11 (conflict transformation), co-directed the MCC Egypt program from 2003-09 and are currently in Egypt leading a group of Lancaster Theological Seminary students on a cross-cultural experience.

Greggory (Gregg) Brubaker ‘88, Klaipeda, Lithuania, teaches mathematics at Lithuania Christian College (LCC), which provides an atmosphere that challenges thinking and incorporates God into every facet of life. In an area where the existing stigma is one where science disproves God, Gregg challenges his students to take an in-depth look at the patterns and relationships present within numbers in such a way that allows them to consider the idea that there could be a higher being. “I can see the Holy Spirit wrestling with them, at whatever level they may be on,” he states.

Jon T. Wenger ‘88, Harrisonburg, Va., is employed by James Madison University as chief engineer in the College of Media Arts and Design. Prior to this, Jon worked for WVPT-TV for 14 years.

Scott ‘89 and Anne Marie Stoner-Eby ‘89, Lancaster, Pa., led eight students from Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and eight students from Meserete Kristos College (MKC) in Addis Ababa, on a three-week cross-cultural trip to Ethiopia, in the hope that it would elicit ongoing relationships. The students lived and traveled together while studying the political and religious history of Ethiopia. One of the Messiah students, Sarah Horst, is the granddaughter of Nevin ’53 and Blanche Mohler ‘53 Horst, who were missionaries there for a number of years and led the mission station where Negash Kebede, president of MKC, grew up. Having their granddaughter visit Ethiopia was an extreme blessing for Negash.

Susan Thompson ‘89 Obarsky, Johnstown, Pa., completed her MA in social work from the University of Pittsburgh in December 2011 and received a license to practice social work in February 2012. She is a board certified professional counselor through the American Psychotherapy Association and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is currently employed as a counselor at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pa.


Charles (Chuck) Snader ‘90, Oakland, Neb., has launched a new personal website, www.snaderfinancial.com, the primary focus of which is to improve his investing skills and share what he learns with others. A critical component of his investing purpose is to discover valuable companies which are selling today at a discount, compared to future value. “I am striving to invest the resources entrusted to me, both financial and intellectual, in the best way I can, in the service of Jesus and my fellow man.”

Gaye Spivey ‘91, Reidsville, N.C., began at Strayer University in Greensboro, N.C., in January 2013 to pursue a master’s in healthcare administration.

Keith Lyndaker Schlabach ‘91, ‘08 (conflict transformation), Mount Rainier, Md., is the co-founder of PeaceGrooves, a project centered around the creation of alternative media, stories, and games that reflect an Anabaptist nonviolent perspective. Additionally, Keith writes a monthly column for PeaceSigns, the newsletter of the Mennonite Church USA Peace and Justice Support Network.

Scott Ramer ‘91, Williamsburg, Va., was recently made co-owner and vice president of finance of the Whitley’s Peanut Factory after being CFO of a medical supply company for 13 years. Whitley’s peanuts are known for their distinctive flavor because they are still roasted the “old-fashioned” way, hand selected for size and freshness, and slowly hand cooked.

Alison Birkey ‘95 Sties, Goshen, Ind., is the owner of Sties Design Agency, an organization of seasoned professionals providing graphic design, WordPress web design, and commercial photography to the Midwest. She and her husband, Mark, employ Christian principals in their work to help build brands and create engaging marketing experiences for small businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Todd Lilley ‘96, Bridgewater, Va., has been hired as director of institutional advancement at Bridgewater College (BC). He enters BC with an extensive background in development and fundraising, having most recently come from Bridgewater Retirement Community, where he served as vice president for development for a number of years. As director, Todd will oversee planning, coordination and implementation of the college’s fundraising programs and alumni activities. He is senior pastor at Mount Olivet Church in Mt. Solon, Va., a member of the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and Shenandoah Chapter of the Association of Fund Raising Professionals, and is currently a doctoral candidate in organizational leadership at Shenandoah Univeristy.

Grant Rosenberger ‘99, State College, Pa., is now self-employed, owning and operating an Ace Hardware store in State College, Pa.

Ervin Stutzman, MA ‘99 (religion), Harrisonburg, Va., was appointed to a second three-year term as executive director of Mennonite Church USA. The appointment came after a review with input from executive conference ministers, members of the cabinet, and the executive board that showed widespread appreciation for Ervin as a strong servant leader. During his second term, he plans to emphasize the Purposeful Plan, giving attention to youth and young adult ministry, planting more peace churches, and exploring ways the church is engaging people of other-than-Christian faiths.


Gayle Jones ‘00, Woodstock, Va., is now an information technology program manager with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C.

Shanti Martin ‘01, Washington D.C., is an immigration attorney for Kids in Need of Defense. As such, she provides free representation to undocumented minors who are in deportation proceedings in immigration court. Should they be eligible for relief, minors will be given legal status as citizen of the U.S., due to Shanti’s efforts.

Zachariah (Zach) Derstine ‘01, Telford, Pa., president of Derstine’s Inc., a foodservice distributor in Sellersville, Pa., has hired alumni Nathaniel (Nate) Overly ‘02 as client services lead and Denis Cela ‘05, MA ‘11 (business), as operations director.

Andrew (Andy) Hershberger ‘02, West Liberty, Ohio, recently became the administrator at Logan Acres Senior Community in Bellefontaine, Ohio. The campus includes Logan Acres Care Center, a 95-bed nursing facility, and the Homestead, a 24-unit assisted living facility.

Jason Coleman ‘02, Buena Vista, Va., retired from eight years of teaching art in 2011 to pursure a career as a CAD operator in the engineering department at Everbrite, LLC. Additionally, this year marks his sixth year as head baseball coach at Parry Mccluer High School. In that time, the baseball program has advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history, as well as won the first regional championship.

Mary Jane (MJ) Smith, MA ‘02 (education), Manheim, Pa., currently the middle school leader at the Kraybill Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, accepted the postion of assistant principal at the Kraybill and Locust Grove campuses.

Trenton (Trent) Wagler ‘02, Harrisonburg, Va., prevention educator at the Colins Center, an organization that provides models for the prevention of child sexual abuse, sexual assault response, and treatment, spoke during a community discussion on strategies to prevent child sexual abuse. The forum was held on February 1, 2013, at the Court Square Theater in downtown Harrisonburg, Va.

David Brubaker ‘03, Philadelphia, Pa., is employed as the senior IT project leader at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (PENN). As such, he is involved in managing and developing web applications and supporting the IT infrastructure at the external affairs office. David brings a wealth of knowledge to this position from seven years as a web developer for the School of Engineering and Applied Science. As of December 2012, David also finished his master’s in computer and information technology from PENN.

Eloy Rodriguez ‘03, Lancaster, Pa., will move to the position of part-time principal and part-time teacher at the New Danville Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School, where he is currently serving as lead teacher.

Eric Kennel ‘04, Lancaster, Pa., received his MA in public administration from Penn State University in May 2012. He now works as a grant writer for Liberty Lutheran Services in Philadelphia, Pa.

David ‘04 and Anna Dintaman ‘05 Landis, formerly of Harleysville, Pa., were featured in an ABC News special report with Christiane Amanpour on December 21, 2012. The report took an in-depth look at the similarities, differences, struggles, and common origins of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. As developers of Abraham’s Path, a walking route that traces the footsteps of Abraham’s journey throughout the Middle East, David and Anna were ideal interviewees for the intersecting religions and the Holy Land where each originated.

Lam Oryem Cosmas, MA ‘04 (conflict transformation), Kampala, Uganda, led a training for county peace mobilizers from six counties of Jonlei in June 2012 with a project of the Sudan Council of Churches called “Peace from the Roots.” It was intended to organize church leaders, representative of civil society groups, women leaders, and local administrators to form a cohesive group for engaging in transformative peacebuilding in their respective communities, between and among their neighbors.

Lorie Hartt ‘04, Bridgewater, Va., teaches information technology essentials at Blue Ridge Community College, dual enrollment courses at local high schools, and part-time computer information systems at JMU. In 2008, she finished her master’s from Nova Southeastern University.

Odelya Gertel, MA ‘06 (conflict transformation), Boston, Mass., is a doctoral student in expressive therapies at Lesley University. She completed her MA in expressive therapies and mental health counseling in 2010 and has since worked with victims of gender-based violence as a trauma therapist, trainer, and facilitator for the United Nations Fund for Population Activities in Lesotho, Africa. Odelya has 14 years of experience as a trainer, facilitator, and coach for individuals, couples, and groups in the Middle East, Europe, United States, and Africa.

Rosario (Charito) Calvachi-Mateyko, MA ‘06 (conflict transformation), Lewes, Del., a restorative justice consultant and trainer with Latino Initiative on Restorative Justice, Inc. was appointed a member of the Delaware Heritage Commission by Governor Jack A. Markell on January 29, 2013. Additionally, Charito led training sessions on restorative justice at the Instituto de la Proteccion de la Ninez in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, provided a three-day training session on trauma healing and resilience at the Foro de la Mujer por la Vida, delivered a presentation on restorative justice to the family court judges and staff in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and gave a four-hour seminar to the youth in three juvenile detention centers in February 2013.

Lena Risser ‘09 Weaver and sister, Leah Risser ‘11, Greencastle, Pa., opened The Baker’s Nook, a homey bakery in Greencastle, Pa. They offer an assortment of cookies, brownies, cupcakes, sticky buns, breakfast muffins, artisan breads, pies, and soft pretzels. For the time being, donuts are not on the menu due to a shortage of manpower and a deep fryer, though plans to obtain both are underway. The Baker’s Nook also offers a coffee bar, selling fair-trade coffee and tea and a seating area with free Wi-Fi.

Jennifer Lynne, MA ‘09 (conflict transformation), Austin, Tex., is the director of thecontractproject, a conduit of resources and information for leadership and community development. Through facilitation, training, consulting, and assessment, she serves individuals, communities and organizations seeking sustainable relationships and solutions.

Heidi Konstant ‘09 Findlay, Elkton, Va., is the manager of development operations with the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton, Va., and the executive director of the Elkton Welcome Center. She plans to graduate from Bay Path College in Longmeadow, Mass., in 2013 with a master’s degree in nonprofit management.

Mack Capehart Mulbah, MA ‘09 (conflict transformation), St. Paul, Minn., works as an independent consultant for organizations engaged in transforming conflicts around the world. For the past three years, Mack has worked mostly with organizations and governments in West Africa (Ghana, Sierra Leone, and Liberia), promoting social justice, gender equality, and peaceful coexistence among youth.


Dawn Miller Sander, MA ‘10 (conflict transformation), Harrisonburg, Va., recently retired from a 20+-year career with AT&T in order to pursue her area of passion, addressing conflict within families and organizations using various tools, training, and dialog. She currently leads Conflict Transformation Associates, LLC, an organization that provides comprehensive conflict and security management solutions. Dawn offers mediation, training, and ombudsman services and attributes CJP with providing her the skillset needed to provide such a valuable service.

Janelle Freed ‘11 Duerksen, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, is volunteering in the public education department of Winnipeg Harvest, a local food bank distributor. Here, Janelle focuses her energy on research, public speaking, and educating others on issues related to hunger and poverty. Aside from her work at Winnipeg Harvest, Janelle volunteers and is on the board of Project Peacemakers, an organization dedicated to working towards peace from a faith perspective.

J. Wilson Roth ‘11, Lancaster, Pa., is the new manager of shipping, property, and maintenance at Good Enterprises in Intercourse, Pa. He splits his time between this hands-on occupation and helping to boost social media, marketing, and photography, particularly to increase the company’s online presence. “The kind and friendly staff, the fast-paced and ever-changing work environment, and the knowledge I gained from my visual arts education at EMU has made Good Enterprises an ideal fit,” Wilson states.

Justin Rittenhouse ‘12, Green Lane, Pa., is spending his first year teaching, serving as a volunteer math teacher at the Lezha Academic Center in Albania. The center is a nonprofit organization with a mission statement that encompasses a rigorous academic education, a trusting community of learners, and a biblical worldview. Justin made the decision to go to Albania in the beginning of August 2012, raised the necessary funds, and was on the plane to Albania before the end of August. His mission coordinator from VA Board of Missions did not expect Justin to have his money raised until the end of November, but as his father, Jim Rittenhouse ‘84, put it, “God laughed at that pessimism.”

Joel Rittenhouse ‘12, Harrisonburg, Va., is the morning shift manager at the Port Republic location of A Bowl of Good. His responsibilities include greeting customers, preparing food, and managing the breakfast and lunch teams to provide the best possible service. Joel’s primary goal is to have fun and turn strangers into friends so that the restaurant can be a bright spot in the greater Harrisonburg community.

Nathan Toews, MA ‘12 (conflict transformation), Bogota, Colombia, is an accompaniment worker with victims of sociopolitical violence with Mennonite Central Committee. His assignment is to develop and conduct research and evaluation initiatives for Inter-Church Coordination for Psychosocial Action (CEAS). The organization is an initiative of the Brethren in Christ, Mennonite Brethren, and Mennonite Church denominations to assist churches in their efforts to provide psychosocial and pastoral support to members in their church communities that are living in vulnerable situations.

W. Dale Detweiler, SEM ‘12, Port Allegany, Pa., was installed as pastor of Birch Grove Mennonite Church in August 2012. He was honored with The Disciples’ Cross, a replica of the window at EMS, and with the many congregrants from his home church of Salford Mennonite in attendance.


Nancy Hartzler ‘62 Peachey to Marion G. Bontrager, Dec. 23, 2012.

Ellen Shenk ‘65 to Philip Neufeld, Aug. 31, 2012.

Brent Showalter ‘88 to Diane Shenk ‘86, Sept. 6, 2012.

Brian Myers ‘97 to Kristen Trout, May 26, 2011.

Dawn Ranck ‘99, MDiv ‘02, to Bryan Hower, Mar. 10, 2013.

Michelle Burkholder ‘00 to Rebecca (Becca) Haas ‘01, Feb. 10, 2013.

Fikir Tilahun ‘00 to Charles E. Sanders III, Oct. 9, 2012.

Amy Stutzman ‘05 to Chad King, Nov. 17, 2012.

Alyssa Gerig ‘06 to Wyane Scheler, Sept. 23, 2012.

Kimberly Siemens ‘07 to Philip Nelson, Sept. 1, 2012.

Joy Shaiebly ‘07 to Brad Shelly, Oct. 19, 2012.

Kevin Ressler ‘07 to Melissa Sandrock, Nov. 24, 2012.

Justin Steiner ‘08 to Lindsey Grosh ‘10, Sept. 15, 2012.

Lena Risser ‘09 to Adam Weaver, Feb. 4, 2012.

Stephen (Steve) Kniss ‘11 to Monica Stouffer ‘09, June 17, 2012.

Janelle Freed ‘11 to Micael Duerksen, Nov. 24, 2012.

Julie Weaver ‘11 to Kendall Landis, Dec. 31, 2011.


Cheryl ‘90 and Daniel Nester-Detweiler, Evanston, Ill., Grace Keri, Feb. 6, 2012.

Timothy Martin ‘92 and Kirsten Johnsen, Lancaster, Pa., Kai David Johnsen Martin, Nov. 16, 2012.

Jeremy ‘92 and Julie Kauffman Frey ‘03, Tucson, Ariz., Elsie Ray, Sept. 13, 2011.

Steve Weaver ‘93 and Magdalen Hess, Manheim, Pa., Layla May Evelyn, Aug. 2, 2011.

Manuel ‘94 and Kristie Nunez, Alexandria, Va., Estella Quinn, July 18, 2012.

Tim ‘94 and Rachel Smith ‘00 Swartley, Telford, Pa., Ethan James, Dec. 6, 2012.

Andrew (Andy) ‘95 and Holly Saltzman, Kalona, Iowa, Christian, Feb. 12, 2012.

Terry Hardy ‘95 and James Rodgers III, Verona, Va., Leland James, Jan. 2, 2011.

Brian ‘97 and Kristen Myers, Roanoke, Va., Finley Alana, Oct. 15, 2012.

Melissa Ward ‘98 and Mike Atkins, Mount Jackson, Va., Seth Allen, Jan. 20, 2012.

Ben ‘99 and Anna Yoder ‘95 Wyse, Harrisonburg, Va., adopted Desmond Joseph, Sept. 25, 2012.

Jeffrey (Jeff) Eshleman ‘99 and Soila Matute, Lancaster Pa., Frederick Matute Eshleman, Jan. 5, 2013.

Virginia Showalter ‘00 and Timothy Godshall, Harrisonburg, Va., twins Sylvia and Cora Showalter Godshall, Jan. 1, 2013.

Bethany Spicher ‘01 and Micah Schonberg, Huntington, Pa., Benjamin David, Jan. 15, 2013.

Lynette Weber ‘01 and David Miller, Sturgis, Mich., Kinley Joy, April 23, 2012.

Andrea (Annie) Lengacher ‘02 and Morgan Browning, Englewood, Colo., Reuben Lawrence Lengacher Browning, June 15, 2012.

Bradley (Brad) ‘02 and Kristen Hoffman, Denver, Colo., Charlotte Rose, Jan. 24, 2013.

Glenn ‘02 and Erin Kauffman ‘02 Nofziger, Harrisonburg, Va., Luke William, Mar. 2, 2011.

Matthew ‘02 and Sara Bergey ‘03 Clemmer, Winter Park, Fla., Harper Rose, Oct. 30, 2012.

Andrea Good ‘03 and Joshua Leaman, Lancaster, Pa., Davis Conrad, Dec. 15, 2012.

Obiageli (Oby) Nwankwo-Otti ‘03 and Benson Otti, Maplewood, N.J., Ziva Obioma Nneoma, Nov. 18, 2012.

Bettia (Tia) Widmer ‘04 and David Johnson, Goshen, Ind., Sarah Nel, Dec. 23, 2012.

Rebecca Reeder ‘05 and Jeremiah Mast, Dalton, Ohio, Kylie Amanda, Oct. 5, 2012.

Rodney ‘05 and Janae Yoder ‘05 Hostetter, Ephrata, Pa., Rilynn Faith, June 2, 2012.

Anthony, SEM ‘05, and Sarah Siegrist, Three Hills, Alberta, Canada, Elias, July 17, 2012.

Daniel (Dan) ‘05 and Megan Yoder ‘05 Sandberg, Linville, Va., Nora Rae, Jan. 21, 2013.

Ben ‘06 and Andrea Kniss ‘06 Stutzman, Mount Rainer, Md., Eva René, Nov. 5, 2012.

Nicole (Niki) Zahour ‘06 and Josiah Schieck, Douglassville, Pa., Millie Raine, July 29, 2012.

Adam ‘06 and Christy Hurst ‘06 Savanick, Harrisonburg, Va., Landon, Sept. 17, 2012.

Trevor ‘06 and Jeneé High ‘06 Bare, Mount Joy, Pa., Olivia Louise, April 21, 2012.

Lena Risser ‘09 and Adam Weaver, Greencastle, Pa., Aeva Marie, Oct. 28, 2012.

Trevor ‘09 and Lauren Byler ‘09 Weaver, Belleville, Pa., Addelyn Rae, Oct. 7, 2012.

Aaron ‘10 and Crystal Steiner ‘10 Martin, Canton, Ohio, Benson, Mar. 14, 2012.

Allison Byler ‘11 and Chase Peachey, Belleville, Pa., Joseph Grant, Sept. 7, 2012.

Brett, MDiv ‘11, and Cassie Friesen, MA ‘10 (counseling), Klingenberg, Maya Lynn, June 30, 2012.

Brice (financial assistance counselor) and Suzy Hostetler (campus ministries program assistant), Harrisonburg, Va., Ivy Jean, Dec. 1, 2012.


Betty Springer ‘35, Goshen Ind., died Oct. 11, 2012, at the age of 95. Toward the end of her life, she worked to improve her local community by volunteering in numerous capacities, including being a leader for Campfire Girls, welcoming international guests to her home, and promoting recycling. Prior to moving to Goshen, Betty worked as a secretary both at the then EMC and Mennonite Central Committee. She served as editor of the children’s paper “Beams of Light” and helped in the admitting department and laboratory at Goshen General Hospital.

Ruth Brackbill King, class of ‘40, Ephrata, Pa., died November 30, 2012, at age 90, after dealing with congestive heart failure for several years. After leaving the Eastern Mennonite community in 1940, Ruth was involved in nearly every operation of her parents’ store, Brackbill’s Farm Markets in Malvern, Pa. She was a member of Frazer Mennonite Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and served as secretary of the Frazer Summer Bible School as well as the Marsh Hill Summer Bible School. In 1986, she moved with her husband to Marsh Hill, Pa., where they enjoyed their retirement years and helped establish Mountain View Fellowship. Ruth was well known for her gracious hospitality and good food as evidenced by her guest books which she maintained faithfully for all of her married life. Her home, where there was always good food and a jigsaw puzzle, was open to everyone.

Ruth King Horst, class of ‘45, Lititz, Pa., died January 13, 2013, at age 90. A consummate homemaker, Ruth’s greatest joy was to prepare and serve delicious homecooked meals to family and friends and was widely known for her homemade bread and pumpkin pies. She was vastly influential in the lives of many women through her frienship, mentorship, and her involvement as an active member of Gehman Mennonite Church in Adamstown, Pa.

Lester C. Shank ‘49, formerly of Harrisonburg, Va., died December 10, 2012, at Landis Homes Retirement Community at age 96. Until his retirement in 1976, Lester worked in varous administrative positions at EMU for 31 years. He was highly involved in missions both abroad and at home, serving in Zambia, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, and becoming a charter member for Park View Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, Va. Lester enjoyed gardening, playing the piano, and camping in the great outdoors; doing so in 49 states.

Theodore (Ted) Walter, class of ‘52, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada, died June 15, 2012, at age 83.

Ann Keener Gingerich, class of ‘52, Goshen, Ind., died January 18, 2013, at age 81. A 1948 graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School, she attended EMU in 1952, but gained her BA in secondary education from Goshen College in 1971 and her MA in theology and ethics from AMBS in 1987. Among her numerous achievements, she and her husband Paul M. Gingrich ‘52, SEM ‘53, served as missionaries, teachers, and counselors in Ethiopia and Kenya from 1954-1969, were awarded the 1993 “Distinguished Service Award” in recognition of their lifetime of service from EMU, and she was awarded the 2005 “Alumni Ministry and Service Award” from AMBS for her work with victims of abuse. An active member of Belmont Mennonite Church, Ann facilitated worship leading, sexual abuse survivor groups, and did some occasional preaching. She served on the Mennonite Stewardship Commission, the Personnel Committee of Mennonite Board of Missionaries, and led retreats on marriage and family, women’s issues, and human sexuality. She also served as resource person for Intentional Communities and Christian growth groups. From 1947-91, she was involved with Assembly Mennonite Church as pastoral counselor, elder, worship leader, and trustee.

Taizo Tanimoto ‘54, Osaka, Japan, died after a short battle with cancer on March 26, 2012, at age 84. When his home was destroyed during World War II, Taizo aspired to join the Japanese navy and volunteer to be a kamikaze pilot, but was thwarted by his father who insisted Taizo pursue his education. Through the influence of Mennonite missionaries in Japan, he learned of scholarships available to study at Mennonite colleges and was accepted at Messiah College before coming to EMU. His wife, Megumi, recently wrote that “he often told me how the Christian people around him took him in and treated him as a Christian.” Taizo earned his master’s in English from the University of Oregon in 1961. His doctoral studies in American literature were completed at Kwansei Gakuin University in 1975. His dissertation focused on Herman Melville and in 1977 he published “Herman Melville’s Tragic Ambiguity and Beyond.” Later in life, he was an English professor who taught, wrote, and published more than 40 scholarly articles, many of which are related to theological elements in American literature. Upon retirement, Taizo coached an American football team, but will be most remembered for his sense of humor, dedication to his family, commitment to sharing his faith, and the depth of gratitude for the many ways EMU had shaped his life.

Martha Wagner Brubaker, class of ‘54, New Holland, Pa., died November 28, 2012, at the age of 85. Martha worked as an X-ray technician at Ephrata Community and Lancaster General Hospitals, working a total of 30 years until her retirement in 1984. She was a member of Akron Mennonite Church, a volunteer at the Mennonite Central Committee Material Resource Center, and traveled the world with her husband, Christian, doing various mission-related works.

Ruth Miller Baugher, class of ‘56, Myerstown, Pa., died December 7, 2012, at age 83. She was an elementary school teacher in both Idaho and Pa., an active member of Swatara Mennonite Church, and a prison ministry volunteer for 21 years.

Rachel Stauffer ‘58, Landisville, Pa., died February 3, 2013, at age 79. She received her doctor of dental science degree from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and owned and operated East Earl Family Dentistry office until her retirement in 2004. Rachel was a member of both Community Mennonite Church in Lancaster, Pa., and the American Dental Association, of which she had been a member since 1967.

Anna Zimmerman Wenger, class of ‘58, Goshen, Ind., died after a short battle with cancer on February 2, 2013, at age 79. She served as director of nursing at Goshen College and was an active member of College Mennonite Church. An avid traveler, Anna was extremely interested in different cultures.

Mary Louise Miller ‘60, Goshen, Ind., died April 8, 2012, at age 77. A longtime Goshen resident, Mary managed the Goshen High School Cafeteria for 25 years. She was a member of North Goshen Mennonite Church and the Elkhart County Home Extension.

Marvin D. Kauffman, class of ‘61, Albany, Ore., died Dec. 6, 2012, at age 76. He attended EMC from 1958-59 until he had to serve his 1-W alternative service with MCC in Haiti. He finished his BS in soils at Oregon State in 1963. After receiving an MA from Cornell University and a PhD in soil science from Oregon State, Marvin became an independent soil scientist/consultant, an active member of the Oregon Ryegrass Growers Association, a lifelong member of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants, and a member of Mennonite Economic and Development Association.

Paul J. Smoker, class of ‘62, Newark, Del., died June 22, 2011, at age 72. He retired from the Wilmington Trust Company (WTC) in 2001, where he served as assistant vice president for 40 years. Paul was a member of the Quarter Century Club with WTC, treasurer of the Historical Society of Delaware, an employee at the Delaware Center for Horticulture, a volunteer at the Newark Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels, and a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church where he held many positions on several committees.

Joyce Rutt Eby ‘63, Dillsburg, Pa., died November 24, 2012, after a long battle with cancer at age 71. Before retirement, she worked as a hospice and home care social worker for Lutheran Social Service of Central Pa. Earlier, she worked for Mennonite Mutual Aid and taught mathematics at Eastern Mennonite, Bethany Christian, and Lancaster Mennonite High Schools. With service as a guiding value in her life, Joyce was an active member of Slate Hill Mennonite Church in Camp Hill, Pa., served three years with MCC in Botswana, and was instrumental in founding Bridge of Hope Harrisburg Area, which serves homeless women and their children. She enjoyed reading, skiing, travel, and attending her grandsons’ soccer games. In nearly every community where she lived, she started a book club. Though diagnosed with cancer nearly two years ago, Joyce maintained an active life, showing great courage and perseverance.

James (Jim) G. T. Fairfield ‘64, SEM ‘83, Bridgewater, Va., died peacefully on Nov. 19, 2012, at age 86. A native of Canada, he worked for the family woolen mill business, Fairfield and Sons Ltd., based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, until moving to Harrisonburg in 1963 to complete his education. He began his writing career in 1952 with the sportsman’s column “Wings, Woods, and Water,” which was syndicated in newspapers across Canada. This led him to accept a position with Mennonite Broadcasts as a writer, editor, and producer after graduation. Since then, Jim authored several books including “When You Don’t Agree,” “God’s Pace,” and his most recent “Frog Hollow Journal,” which is a combined memoir and meditation on the Beatitudes that traces his and his wife, Norma’s, spiritual journey and their delight in Shenandoah Valley culture.

David (Dave) Ponn ‘85, Luray, Va., died August 24, 2012, at age 49 after a long battle with cancer. A graduate of Luray High, David dedicated his life to the school serving as teacher, basketball coach, athletic director, and assistant principal before becoming head principal in 2003. He was an educator through and through, preferring to stay loyal to the students and teachers at Luray though receiving numerous job offers elsewhere, many with higher pay. He is remembered for his strong relationships with his students, staying in contact with them long after graduation. Because of his dedication and love for the school, Luray High is organizing a scholarship in his honor. The David E. Ponn Scholarship will provide money for two well-rounded, hardworking students to use toward their education, whether for tuition, books, or other fees. According to Randy Thomas, acting principal, based on the donations they have received thus far, the scholarship is likely to continue for at least the next five years. The Ponn family will likely be consulted when choosing the awardees, issuing the scholarship to students who need the money and will use it wisely toward their education – “just like Dave would have wanted.”

Connie Largent ‘88 Dailey, Stephens City, Va., died February 6, 2012, at age 65. Over the years, Connie had a number of occupations ranging from a beloved waitress at Abe’s Restaurant to an office manager at Community House, Northwestern Community Service; most recently as a facillitator of the Batterer’s Intervention Group in Front Royal, Va. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City, Va., the Strasburg Moose Lodge, Winchester Eagles Aerie 824, and founder and co-leader of the Fibromyalgia Support Group, “Daily Pain.”

Tasha Kauffman ‘95, Lancaster, Pa., died December 9, 2012, at age 38. She was an analyst in the electronic records department at Lancaster General Hospital and an active member of Mountville Mennonite Church,where she led worship. Tasha led a life full of grace, mentored many young people, and enjoyed traveling, sports, and, most of all, her family and friends.

Degree Key

CLASS OF – attended as part of the class of a given graduation year.
HS – high school degree from era when high school and college were one
MA – master of arts
MDiv – master of divinity
SEM – attended the seminary

Mileposts is compiled by Braydon Hoover ’11, who may be reached at braydon.hoover@emu.edu or at 540-432-4294. send news directly to braydon or to alumni@emu.edu.

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