Meet Your Coaches

Suzanne HostetlerSuzy Hostetler, coach

A native of Telford, PA, Suzy graduated from Bluffton (Ohio) University a degree in youth ministry/recreation and music minor. She served five years as part-time youth pastor at Bethel Mennonite Church in West Liberty, Ohio and joined EMU's Campus Ministries as program assistant in 2009. In 2012 she began her role as a coach. "I see my CoachLink role as a mentor, connector, advocate, and extra layer of support for students I work with. Each student has different needs and goals. I meet each student where they are, stand in the gap whatever it may be, and walk alongside them as they work towards their goals. One-on-one support is powerful. I believe this service can help all students be successful."
Email: suzanne.hostetler@emu.edu

Josh BaconJosh Bacon, coach

Josh grew up in a suburb right next to Washington, D.C.  He attended Salisbury University (played football) and graduated with a degree in Sociology.  After undergrad, he worked for a year in Washington, D.C. as a live-in youth counselor, at a home for troubled youths (where he first felt called to mentor students).  He then went back to Salisbury University and earned a master's degree in Education Administration with a concentration in Counseling. Josh worked for a year in Sussex County, Delaware as a Case Manager for individuals and families with learning disabilities.  From there, he went to Clemson University in South Carolina (met his wife Darcy!) and completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with a cognate in Law. 

For the past twenty years, Josh has been working as an administrator at James Madison University.  He retired last year after a number of years as Dean of Students.  Josh has always felt called to work with people/students in need of additional support and spent most of his time at JMU doing just that.  He looks forward to coaching and mentoring students in the EMU community.  Josh lives in Lacey Springs, VA, with his wife Darcy and three teenage daughters (prayers always appreciated!). 

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Jonathan SwartzJonathan Swartz, CoachLink program supervisor

 

 

 

 

 

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