Class Notes - Geneva College, a Christian College in Pennsylvania (PA)

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Ben Becza '00

Ben has been named the Director of Advancement at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, PA.

Rebecka Johnson '88

Is a software engineer for Erie Insurance Group. She resides in Erie, PA.

Maura (McLaughlin '12) Coté

Married Jeff Coté on February 2, 2018.

Shawn '99 and Laura (Speck '00) King

Recently welcomed their fourth child, Juniper. The King family resides in Granville, OH.

Bruce '71 and Carol (Chudik '72) Mawhinney

Bruce Mawhinney '71 retired on December 31, 2017 and is now Pastor Emeritus of Wheatland Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA. Carol (Chudik '72) Mawhinney is retired from teaching in the School District of Lancaster where she had served as Dean of Students at Wickersham Elementary School in Lancaster.

David '09 and Abby Jackson

Reside in Coraopolis, PA with their two daughters, Lucy and Felicity. David is an Engineer II at Michael Baker International in Moon Twp, PA.

Samuel ’94, M.A. ’98 and Tannis (Brown M.A. ’97) Blair

Along with their children, participated in a mission trip with their church to the Matagalpa region of Nicaragua through Agros International. Agros helps those in extreme poverty become self-reliant through sustainable agriculture, education, health programs and community development. Samuel continues to work with Bridges Hospice in Pittsburgh as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator. Tannis works for UPMC Community Care Behavioral Health.

Domenico Sciaretta ’68

Is the President of DPS Consulting. He and wife Patricia reside in North Lima, OH.

Louis Ramunno ’70

Has retired after serving as Superintendent of Schools for many districts in Northeast Ohio. His wife Kerry (Kowalski ‘71) has also retired after teaching in elementary schools and at Kent State University. They have relocated to North Olmsted, Ohio to be near their grandchildren.

George ’71 and Kathy (Walck ’72) Thompson

Are happy to announce the birth of their second grandchild, Mason William Cherico, born on December 19. He joins his big brother, Cooper. The proud parents are Heather and Jason Cherico. They reside in Manchester, CT.

Dr. Darla Twale ’73

Had her 5th book released by Routledge publishers in October 2017 entitled "Understanding and Preventing Faculty-on-Faculty Bullying: A Psycho-Social-Organizational Approach."

Dr. Carlton “Worth” Wilson III

And wife Susan reside in South Cle Elum, WA.

Robert Jones ’83

Is the Sr. VP of Advancement at Western Seminary in Portland, OR He and his wife Marcia reside in Happy Valley, OR.

Rebecka Weliczko-Barta ‘88

Just celebrated her one year wedding anniversary with Stephen Barta, of Plant City, FL (half way between Tampa and Orlando), where they reside. She also celebrated her one year anniversary with United Health Group, working as a Virtual (Remote) Care Worker. She is currently working on her BS in Nursing to add to her Geneva College BS in Civil Engineering.

Gary Coles ’89

Resides in McKeesport, PA.

Becky (Roosa ’97) Linskey

And husband James reside in Jefferson Twp, PA.

Joanna (Stocker ’00) Ledoux

And husband Martin reside in Durham, NH.

Mark Harley ’01

Is employed at Fox Rothschild, LLP and recently joined as a partner in the firm’s immigration practice group. Mark and his wife Kelley have two children and reside in Cranberry Township, PA.

Conor Dawley ’04

Has a new position with Highmark Caring Place.

Joshua ’05 and Natalie (Vidnovic ’05)

Announce the birth of their sons, Jonah Paul, born on September 1, 2014 and Asher Frederick, born on May 19, 2017. The boys join big brother Samuel. The Janov family resides in North Huntingdon, PA.

Dr. Kristina Huggins ’11

Graduated from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in August 2017 with a Doctorate in Clinical Forensic Psychology. She is currently completing her postdoctoral residency in Phoenix, AZ where she does therapy and psychological evaluations at a community mental health center.

Courtney (Sechler ’12) Martin

Recently received the "Outstanding Career Services Award" from the Ohio-Michigan Association of Career Colleges and Schools.

Katelyn (Slagle ’13) married Zachary Miller ’14

On July 25, 2015. Katelyn is a math teacher at Prestonwood Christian Academy in Plano, TX. The couple resides in Richardson, TX.

Ian ’14 and Sarah (Abbott ’15) MacKenzie

Welcomed their first child, Catherine Rose MacKenzie, on September 8th, 2017.

Rev. Larry Oldaker

Resigned as Regional Home Missionary of the Presbytery of Ohio (OPC) in June 2016 and became the Organizing Pastor of Grace Fellowship OPC Mission in Huron, OH. Rev. Oldaker has been involved in the start of 12 new churches during his 33 years of pastoral ministry.

Rebecka (Weliczko) Weliczko-Barta

Rebecka just celebrated her 1 year wedding anniversary with Stephen Barta, of Plant City, FL (half way between Tampa and Orlando), where they reside. She also celebrated her one year anniversary with United Health Group, working as a Virtual (Remote) Care Worker. She is currently working on her BS in Nursing to add to her Geneva BS in Civil Engineering.

Ian MacKenzie

Ian ’14 and Sarah (Abbott ’15) MacKenzie welcomed their first child, Catherine Rose MacKenzie, on September 8th, 2017.

Rev. Lori A. Holstein ’86

Began serving First Christian Church of Lehigh Acres in January 2016.

Robert Bowers

Was promoted to Chief Claims Officer and National Customer Service Leader at Westfield Insurance where has been employed for 22 years. Rob serves on the board of Akron Canton Regional Foodbank as Chair of the HR committee. He also serves at Christ Community Chapel in Hudson, OH in Financial Ministries and CLM. Rob and wife Cindy are pleased to announce the engagement of their son Jack to Micaela Murano, with wedding date of June 2018.

Jon Elvin

Has joined the advisory board of the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists (ACFCS). Jon is a financial crime prevention and anti-money laundering expert and currently leads the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA), Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Sanctions Department for PNC Bank.

David Solivan

Has been the Director of Student Development at Esperanza Academy Charter School for over 20 years, a 6-12 school serving 1,400 students in North Philadelphia. He has also been serving 25 years at New Life Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. David and wife Aimee have been married 42 years and have two children and two grandchildren. David credits the CUTS program and Geneva College for preparing him to serve the Latino community in Philadelphia.

CMSgt Jeffery Barnes ’01, ’07 MSOL

Was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant on December 1, 2017, joining the top 1% of the Air Force enlisted force. He is the 459th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent at Joint Base Andrews, MD overseeing the training and readiness of 55 airmen in four separate functions: supply, fuels, vehicle management, and logistics plans.

John Mackie ’03 MSOL

, a Senior Vice President at Hefren-Tillotson, Inc., one of Western Pennsylvania’s largest investment advisory and financial planning firms, has been named a 2017 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) and Pittsburgh Magazine.

Jeremiah Wilson

Married Anastasia Ealey on November 18, 2017 at Rose Point RPCNA in New Castle, PA. The couple resides in Hermitage, PA.

Erin Bruker

Received her MBA from Shippensburg University and is a business analyst at Phoenix Contact. She resides in Harrisburg, PA.

Nick ’12 and Rachel (Kuegler ’12) Greenfield

Benuel Post

Is an Area Coordinator at Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. He holds a M.A. in Higher Education & Student Development from Taylor University.

Terpstra Jake

Married wife Laurie on October 14, 2017. The couple resides in Indianapolis, IN.

Jessica (Driscoll) Owens

Married husband Jacob on September 3, 2017. She is the Communications & Community Relations Coordinator for Beatitude House in Youngstown, OH. Her husband Jacob is an EMT. They compete in Frisbee competitions with their Australian cattle dog, Josie. Jessica, Jacob and Josie reside in Austintown, OH.

Luke ’13 and Julie (McCracken ’13)

Luke ’13 and Julie (McCracken ’13) Brown welcomed their first child, Grace, on August 30, 2017.

Rev. Robert McFarland ’55

Wrote and published the book “Papa Got It Right!” detailing the life of his grandfather James Calvin McFarland and father Rev. A.J. McFarland as well as the history and family life of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Rev. Theodore Bowers ’59

Was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award from Winebrenner Theological Seminary in 2016 in addition to his other accolades, Navy Commendation for exemplary Ministry in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and Chapel of Four Chaplains Bronze Medallion Award for National & International Ministry. Ted recently published a book entitled “Islam: What You Should Know”. He and wife Lowanda reside in East Berlin, PA.

Melanie (Graham) Barker ’81, ’07 MSOL

Is a French and English teacher at Beaver Area High School in Beaver, PA where she resides.

Dr. Christina (Pinon '84) Bouwens

Has been appointed to the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences (IEMS) in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Central Florida as an Assistant Research Professor. Dr. Bouwens will serve as the Scientific Director for the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory and will be performing research in the area of big data analytics. She will also be teaching courses for the IEMS department.

Rev. Lori A. Holstein ’86

Began serving First Christian Church of Lehigh Acres in January 2016.


Name Graduation Year Date of Death
Robert W. Albright '73 1973 February 19, 2018
Sara L. (Perkins '49) Sheline 1949 February 25, 2018
Karen M. Labor '93 (DCP #008) 1993 February 20, 2018
Mary M. (Bentley '68) Frey 1968 February 15, 2018
Jean M. (Cunningham '43) Wick 1943 February 10, 2018
Mary Beth Dunning '82 1982 February 14, 2018
Vincent L. Rocereto '46 1946 February 11, 2018
Frederic L. Cook '50 1950 October 25, 2017
Dr. Esther Jane Carrier '46 1946 February 28, 2018
Margaret (Ransom ’45) North 1945 November 13, 2017
Rebecca J. Blair ’49 1949 January 16, 2018
Kathleen “Katie” M. (Freed ’49) Claypool 1949 December 15, 2017
Clarence J. Glovier ’50 1950 January 24, 2018
Dr. Louis M. Singleton ’51 1951 January 23, 2018
James W. Baker ’52 1952 December 31, 2017
John “Jack” R. Oakes ’53 1953 February 1, 2018
David S. Houck ’55 1955 December 23, 2017
Albert W. Poholsky ’55 1955 January 7, 2018
Mauro Chiaverini ’58 1958 February 4, 2018
Charles M. Reader ‘58 1958 February 3, 2018
Joseph C. Hammond Jr. ’61 1961 February 3, 2018
Donald R. Elliott ’63 1963 February 9, 2018
Dorothy J. (McNally ’64) Baker 1964 December 9, 2017
John K. Majors ’64 1964 January 26, 2018
David W. Charron ’65 1965 January 1, 2018
Jean E. (Ifft ’66) Smith 1965 December 9, 2017
Elaine M. (Bell ’66) Tweed 1966 December 31, 2017
Ronald D. Elkin ’67 1967 December 14, 2017
Howard R. Herman ’67 1967 January 17, 2018
Nancy A. (Carson ’68) Brown 1968 January 22, 2018
Joseph A. Morabito ’69 1969 November 23, 2017
J. Richard Hanna ’69 1969 December 30, 2017
K. Paul Gacesa ’71 1971 December 23, 2017
Jayne M. Cable ’72 1972 December 30, 2017
Elmetta L. (James ’72) Mobley 1972 December 28, 2017
Eugene M. Metelsky ’73 1973 January 28, 2018
Marlene A. (Hofmann ’74) Holland 1974 February 9, 2018
Dr. Lucille M. Watterson ’75 1975 December 26, 2017
Grant W. Peters ’83 1983 January 24, 2018
Dana (Long ’92) McQueen 1992 January 4, 2018
Eugene D. Springer 1949 November 17, 2017
Lenora (Giammatteo ’43) Osso 1943 November 25, 2017
Eleanore J. (Otto ’48) Lipp on November 9, 2017 1948 November 9, 2017

Friends of Geneva - Memoriam

Name Date of Death
Robert W. Reith February 24, 2018
Dr. Ronald Galbreath December 9, 2017