Our alumni win accolades—let us know of your success, too!

From Liberia to the Shenandoah Valley and beyond, EMU alumni are earning accolades for their work! Please use our alumni update form to let us know if you have, too.

EMU appeared in the Grateful Grads Index and rated a Forbes Best Return on Investment (ROI) University in 2018.

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  • Gwendolyn Myers GC ’14 is one of TIME magazine’s “Top Eight Young Reformers Across the Globe Shaping the World.” The feature is part of the magazine’s coverage of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Myers is among the global experts in human rights nominated to provide input to the forum’s agenda. She is founder and executive director of Messengers of Peace-Liberia (MOP), which became the first recipient of H. E. President George Manneh Weah National Peace Prize Award in 2018.
  • Caleb Stitely ’04, of Bealeton, Virginia, was recognized among the “Top 40 Under 40″ Young Professionals in Business Aviation by the National Business Aviation Association at their annual conference in Orlando, Florida. He is the marketing and client relations manager at Chantilly Air.  at their
  • Jay Monger ‘02 was among HVACR News “40 Under 40,” recognizing the contributions of young professionals in the heating, cooling and refrigeration industry. He is the president and co-owner of Excel Heating & Cooling in Harrisonburg. Jay stood for election as a district representative in the Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ACCA), an organization which also recognized his professional achievements in 2016, when he was runner-up for the ACCA Contractor of the Year award.
  • Meghan Painter MBA ‘13 has been named one of the community’s top 10 rising business leaders under age 40 for 2018 by the Shenandoah Valley Business Journal. She is the business operations director at Sentara RMH Medical Group. She supports over 150 medical care providers with behind-the-scenes administrative oversight for the daily operations, insurance credentialing, data reporting and finance, while supervising six analyst specialists.
  • Judith Trumbo ‘82, president and CEO of Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, has been named the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year. The recognition is given to leaders who have guided organizations through challenges or in new directions. A resident of Broadway and former member of the Eastern Mennonite University Board of Trustees, Trumbo holds an MBA from James Madison University.
  • Shirley’s Gourmet Popcorn Company of Harrisonburg was awarded the Franchise of the Year distinction at the company’s annual PopCon conference in 2018. The four co-owners are Wayne Witmer ‘88 and his wife Luisa Showalter Witmer ’89, Lisa Roeschley MA ’01 (education) and her husband Rob, a faculty member from 1993-2008. Among their 16 employees are several EMU students, including their son Eli, a first-year.