Class Notes - Geneva College, Christian College in Pennsylvania

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Joyce (McBurney) Defont '83

Recently started a new job in Compliance for ETC Build Companies (Ramsay NJ), a leader in the affordable housing arena. Previously, she spent over 20 years teaching English and History (grades 6-12) and 3 years (2017-2020) in QA/Compliance at Schatz Bearing Corporation -an aerospace manufacturer. Joyce continues to work aquatics & safety at Mount Saint Mary College and her local high school pool (since 1995). Joyce and her husband, Michael live in the Hudson Valley of NY and have 2 children/2 grandchildren.

Dr. Walt Mueller '78

Recently released his tenth book, "A Student's Guide To Navigating Culture", published by Christian Focus Publications. Hosting the long-form podcast, "Youth Culture Matters", and a daily one-minute radio spot/podcast "Youth Culture Today". Walt is the President of Center for Parent/Youth Understanding. He and his wife, Lisa (Corle) '82 reside in Pennsylvania.

Dana '15 and Christina (Noble) '17 Phlegar

Welcomed their firstborn daughter, Emery Grace on May 21. The Phlegars reside in Pennsylvania.

Pastor Dan '18 and Megan (Siegle) '18 Havrilla

Welcomed firstborn son, Timothy Edward on May 10. The Havrillas reside in Pennsylvania.

Tim '17 and Caity (Martin) '17 Martin

Welcomed firstborn son, Elijah Timothy on May 28. The Martins reside in Pennsylvania.

Josh '14 and Julie (Kline) '14 Dubs

Along with big sister, Emmalynn, welcomed twin boys, Everett and Ephraim, to their family on April 16, 2021. The Dub family resides in West Virginia.

Stephen Mandella '19

Is employed by Aurora Innovation as a test engineer - simulation. He currently resides in Pennsylvania.

James Kanuch '88

Has been named Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Allegheny Clinic Physician Organization within the Allegheny Health Network. As the Clinic’s CFO, Jim will have a unique opportunity to develop, plan, and implement the financial strategy that supports AHN’s new group of Institute finance directors. This group is responsible for ensuring there is a comprehensive understanding of the Institutes’ financial performance across hospitals, the physician organization, and outpatient locations. Jim and his team will collaborate with financial, clinical, and facility leadership to promote operational growth and sound financial management across the physician organization, and within the Institutes themselves. Jim and his wife Jeri (Crizer) '88 reside in Pennsylvania.

Courtney (Sechler) Martin '12

Was recently promoted to Campus President at Ohio Valley College of Technology. Courtney and her family reside in Pennsylvania.

Gene Madia '93

Authored his first book titled ‘The Fulfillment of Passover and the Timeline of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.’ This book is a first in a series titled ‘The Common Man’s Commentary’ and is available through WestBow Press, Amazon and Christian He and his wife Marie are the parents of five girls, Gina, Angela, Marlo, Dana, and Carmen. Three of the daughters and two husbands are also graduates of Geneva: Gina '92 and her husband Mark '89 Stropkaj, Angel '94 and her husband Jim '93 Bellante, and Marlo Mazur '95. Now retired, he is still preaching and teaching when asked, and he is finding fulfillment in writing commentaries on Biblical topics and books of the Bible. His greatest blessings are his wife, Marie of 52 years, his five daughters and their husbands, and his sixteen grandchildren. The Madia's reside in Pennsylvania.

Kevin Whisler '77

Is employed by Elizabeth Arden NY as a national makeup artist. He currently resides in Pennsylvania. Kevin's daughter, Cherryn went home to be with the Lord in 2013. His son, Matthew has also passed in 2018. They are missed by Kevin, their mother, Cathy Howland Whisler '78 and all their family.

Randall Bray '96

Is an attorney in the criminal division at the Stark County Public Defender's office. He earned his law degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 2013. Randall currently resides in Ohio.

Steven Cunningham '81

Retired on December 31, 2020 from Prosper Bank (formerly Coatesville Savings Bank) after a 36-1/2 year commercial banking career. Steven also founded the Christian band, KINDRED CROSS in 2002, where he writes, sings and plays guitar. KINDRED CROSS has recorded songs for 7 albums and plans on releasing their eighth album in 2021. Steven also serves as the drummer for his church worship band. He and his wife, Cindy reside in Pennsylvania.

Kristen (Smythe) Kopf '18

Recently began a new position as a business office administrative coordinator with Urban Impact. Kristen along with her husband, Robert '18 reside in Pennsylvania.

Amelia (Ward) Takuira '06

Is married to Kihei Takiura who is a pastor in Japan where they currently reside with their four children. They are thankful for God's mercies and will welcome baby number 5 due in June 2021.

Ian Rhodes '19

Accepted the position of Institutional Research Analyst for Westmoreland County Community College. Ian resides in Pennsylvania.

Jodie Carlson '18

Married Tyler LaFollette on December 19, 2020. Jodie earned her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from Saint Mary's College, in 2021. She is employed as Speech Language Pathologist with Waterford Crossing. The LaFollettes reside in Indiana.

Martha (McNally) Rowe '61

Lost her husband, David in December of 2020. The Rowes were married 36 years and Martha currently resides in Maryland.

Elle (Snyder) '21 and Ben '18, MA 20' Kennedy

Were married November 28, 2020. Ben is employed by Geneva College and the couple reside in Pennsylvania.

Rev. David Ketter III '10, MA '13

Recently became the assistant rector at New Life Angelican Fellowship in Beaver, PA. David resides in Pennsylvania.

Rosemary Perkins '15

Began a new position as an editorial assistant at the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. As editorial assistant, Perkins will transcribe radio sermon scans by the late Dr. James Montgomery Boice for online daily devotional posts at and promote them in social media. A native of Chino Valley, Ariz., and the daughter of an Orthodox Presbyterian Church pastor, she lives and serves in ministry with her husband and their son in the Middle East. Perkins graduated from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., with a B.A. in biblical studies. She is pursuing an M.A. in systematic theology from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Mich. Her family has its church membership in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America.

Wendall McBurney '55

Was recently highlighted by Christian Newswire for his book entitled, "Vital Churches: Elder Responsibility for Their Pastors and Congregational Planning." He has been an elder at his local RPCNA church for 50 years. He also is on the board of the Alliance. Wendell and his wife, Jean reside in Indiana.

Lori (McArdle) Rankin '92

Was promoted to Senior Manager – Protection & Preventive Services at FedEx Ground in Moon Township, PA. Lori resides in Pennsylvania.

Lois (Piscatello) '19 and Matthew '16 Montgomery

Recently relocated to Tennessee. Lois is employed as an Information Security Analyst for Highmark Health.

Valerie (Jack) Haijer '00

Along with her family opened a missions focused cafe and restaurant in Nov 2019, just before the most challenging year ever to own a small business. They employ 23 people in central Ohio and every day is an adventure. They also own and operate a car dealership and a number of rental properties.

Anna (Ormsby) '20 and Adam '20 Hall

Were joined in marriage on January 2, 2021. Adam is employed as Highway Engineer at Parson's Corp and Anna is an Employee Relations Administrator for Sheetz, Inc.

Daniela Garcia '17

Married Jonathan Collom on February 27, 2021.Daniela is employed as an Assurance Senior Associate for RSM US LLC. The Collums reside in Virginia.

Conor Dawley ’04, MS, LPC, CT and Josie Badger ’07, PhD, CRC, DHCE

Presented at the Virtual Disability & Mental Health Summit in April 2021. The sessions focused on issues related to the effects of the pandemic on the lives of children and adults with disabilities and mental health concerns.

Matthew '20 and Sierra (Dunfee) '20 Munford

Were united in marriage on December 19, 2020. The Munfords reside in Maryland.

Jacque (Good) Voorhis '83

Retired from IBM after 37 years in business partner sales. She welcomed her first grandchild, Oliver William Voorhis, born September 25, 2020 to Stephen and Keri Voorhis. Jacque resides in Pennsylvania.

Franki (Whritenour) Kilmer '19

Is employed be Grace Christian School as a high school STEM teacher. She and her husband, Ryan '18 currently reside in Virginia.

Robert H. McFarland '55

The FAITHFUL SERVANT AWARD (2021) of the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary has been presented to Robert H. McFarland of Topeka, Kansas. For the 14th consecutive year, RPTS honors one of their alumni who has labored faithfully in ministry throughout a lifetime of service for Christ and His kingdom. McFarland is a 1958 graduate of RPTS. Mr. McFarland was ordained to the ministry in 1959 and has served as pastor in Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America congregations in Pennsylvania and Kansas and as interim pastor of nine different appointments in Northern Ireland, Australia, Japan, and the United States. He served five years as Director of Educational Services and Youth Ministry for the RPCNA and for 13 years as Regional Home Missionary of the Midwest Presbytery. Mr. McFarland and his wife, Georgia, have been married for nearly 63 years. They have three children: Rick (Ruth) McFarland, Allison McFarland, and Nancy (Norman) McCollum. He is a grandfather to seven and great grandfather to six. They have lived in Topeka since 1983. Mr. McFarland has published two books: Papa Got It Right! (recording events in his grandfather’s early life as a cattleman and rancher in the American West), and Reaching Children in the Church – 10 minutes at a time (a collection of the children’s talks given over a 60 year ministry for Christ) The Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1810 making it the fifth oldest seminary in the United States.

Melissa Smathers '94

Became a small business owner of an established print shop located here in Beaver Falls, PA called InkStar in February of 2020. Even though it was a rough first year with the pandemic, she was able to stay open and is looking forward to a healthy, prosperous 2021.


Name Graduation Year Date of Death
Paul E. Kaup '51 *Heritage Society 1951 May 13, 2021
Stephen E. Pontier '53 1953 April 27, 2020
John W. Andrews '54 1954 May 2, 2021
Dr. Charles H. VanDyke '59 1959 April 23, 2021
Gary D. Gache '55 1955 April 28, 2021
Ronald H. Depner '65 1965 May 10, 2021
Glenn A. Neiport '91 1991 May 4, 2021
Robert V. Newman '65 1965 April 26, 2021
Gordon E. Harrington '56 1956 April 1, 2021
Dr. Pau K. Fong '70 1970 March 23, 2021
Norman M. Carson '47 1947 April 6, 2021
Charles S. Horstman '01 2001 April 6, 2021
Richard L. Kaufman '11 2011 March 18, 2021
Daniel Taddeo '56 1956 April 6, 2021
Ann K. (Gilchrist) Lee '47 1947 April 21, 2021
Dr. Spencer T. King '75 1975 April 21, 2021
Owen S. Simon '49 1949 April 2, 2021
Frank E. "Gene" Beall '72 1972 March 3, 2021
Dr. John H. White '58 *Tower / Heritage Societies* 1958 March 11, 2021
Martin R. Yoyvodich '48 1948 March 8, 2021
Michael S. Krick '79 *Heritage Society* 1979 March 11, 2021
Edward B. Gardner '60 1960 March 6, 2021
Sally A. (Dishler) Marich '56 1956 March 14, 2021
Angelo Tomeo Jr. '58 1958 March 19, 2021
Virginia L. (Tutwiler) Williams '67 1967 March 13, 2021
Stephen J. Ragula Jr. '54 1954 March 20, 2021
Thomas M. Yancy '60 *Tower Society* 1960 March 31, 2021
Dunbar K. Abston III '83 1983 March 19, 2021
William A. Jones '72 1972 March 22, 2021
Donald J. Caputo '57 1957 March 12, 2021
Vada M. (McClain) Damaska '57 1957 March 26, 2021
Grace W. (Willson) Turek '38 *Tower Society* 1938 March 27, 2021
Bruno A. Campese '49 1949 March 29, 2021
Gary J. Zalenski '92 1992 February 15, 2021
Mark W. Engle '79 1979 February 17, 2021
Leonard J. Tepsic '67 1967 February 28, 2021
Beverly (Watson) Schmidt '54 1954 February 25, 2021
Phyllis L. (Tench) Thompson '51 1951 February 15, 2021
Adelaide I. (Sternquist) Burry '52 1952 February 28, 2021
Katherine C. (Cleary) Stevens '52 1952 February 23, 2021
R. Caroline (Veith) Wheaton '51 1951 February 25, 2021
Ruth C. (Harden) Collins MSOL '01 2001 February 22, 2021
Patricia J. (Fox) Fellows '63 1963 February 22, 2021
Stephen A. Bryant '71 1971 February 22, 2021
John H. Hood '97 1997 February 1, 2021
Shirley R. (Lathom) Woods '56 1956 May 6, 2019
Warren E. Carr '50 1950 February 9, 2021
William H Fogg '50 1950 February 12, 2021
Robert H. Miksch '52 1952 February 14, 2021
Arthur T. Miller '66 1966 December 16, 2020
Augustus W. Myers '61 1961 January 27, 2021
Edwin C. Kester '52 1952 March 7, 2019

Friends of Geneva - Memoriam

Name Date of Death
Van L. Norman May 5, 2021
George R. Austin September 30, 2020
Jason Durbin April 19, 2021
Herman L. Rosenberger April 14, 2021
William J. Pfeiffer April 16, 2021
Larry E. Derringer March 1, 2021
John F. Kline December 2, 2020
James F. Stussy March 17, 2021
Joseph C. Keaney *Heritage Society* February 18, 2021
Dunbar Abston, Jr July 9, 2019
Charles R. Shaffer March 25, 2021
Maria S. (Schwartz) Cirbus February 23, 2021
David M. Rowe December 23, 2020
Paul L. Bischoff January 5, 2021