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

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Rebecka (Weliczko) Weliczko-Barta

Class of '88
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

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

Rev. Lori A. Holstein ’86

Class of '86
Began serving First Christian Church of Lehigh Acres in January 2016.

Robert Bowers

Class of '87
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

Class of '98
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

Class of '99
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

Class of '01
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

Class of '03
, 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

Class of '08
Married Anastasia Ealey on November 18, 2017 at Rose Point RPCNA in New Castle, PA. The couple resides in Hermitage, PA.

Erin Bruker

Class of '12
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

Class of '12

Benuel Post

Class of '12
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

Class of '13
Married wife Laurie on October 14, 2017. The couple resides in Indianapolis, IN.

Jessica (Driscoll) Owens

Class of '14
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)

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

Rev. Robert McFarland ’55

Class of '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

Class of '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

Class of '81
Is a French and English teacher at Beaver Area High School in Beaver, PA where she resides.

Dr. Christina (Pinon '84) Bouwens

Class of '84
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

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

Rachel (Kuegler) Greenfield

Class of '12 and '12
Nick Greenfield ('12) and Rachel Greenfield (Kuegler '12) were married on July 1,2017 in Lowell, Michigan. Currently they reside in Hartsville, South Carolina where Nick works as a Chemist for Sonoco Products and Rachel is a Physician Assistant at an ENT and Allergy Practice.

Christina (Pinon) Bouwens

Class of '84
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.

Bruce Axon

Class of '79
Bruce Axon lives in Jackson, MI. He has been married for 34 years to wife Becky. They have six children (3 boys, 3 girls) and 4 grandchildren. Bruce is currently working at Consumers Energy as a Sr. Financial Analyst where he has been for 38 years.

R. Bruce Andrews

Class of '72
Is the founder of General Pump and Machinery. He recently transferred ownership of the business to three of his four sons but has no plans to retire from the company. Bruce and wife Elizabeth reside in Palmyra, PA.

Linda (Frazier) Brown

Class of '72
Was inducted into the Lakewood High School Hall of Fame, Lakewood, NJ, in May 2017. In June of 2017, Linda received the Community Service Award from the Lakewood Chapter of the NAACP, Lakewood, NJ at their annual Freedom Fund Banquet. She has set up a scholarship fund in memory of her late husband, John R. Brown, Sr., for children of veterans.

H. Robert Headland

Class of '78
Was inducted into the Beaver Valley Musicians Hall of Fame on May 7, 2017. He resides in Beaver, PA.

Shirley (Reed) Rutter

Class of '78
Was named NCTE High School English Teacher of Excellence. Shirley teaches at Weeki Wachee High School in Weeki Wachee, FL.

Wanda (Lair) Tooker

Class of '83
Resides in Garland, TX.

Nancy (McFarland) McCollum

Class of '86
And husband Norman announce the birth of their first grandchild, Calum Robert Morrison, born on May 27, 2017, in Antrim, Northern Ireland, to Erin and Andrew Morrison.

Sharon Rudolph

Class of '89
Resides in Hagerstown, MD.

David Fabricatore ('90) and Michelle (Droz ’90) Fabricatore

Class of '90 and '90
Was awarded two patents from the country of China related to his work on the Ford Focus Electric Vehicle. David and his wife Michelle (Droz ’90) reside in Canton, Michigan.

Benjamin Hanna

Class of '97
Was recently promoted to the position of Chief Deputy District Attorney at the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office in Redding, CA, where he has served as a prosecutor since 2001. As Chief Deputy DA he is the second highest ranking employee in the office, reporting to the elected district attorney.

Sarah (Doren) Illsley

Class of '07
Married John Illsley on August 20, 2016. The couple resides in Roxboro, NC.

Dr. Elisabeth (Eriksson) Jacobson

Class of '09
Was awarded the title of doctor on May 26, 2017. She completed her doctor of education degree and defended her dissertation entitled "Teachers’ Perceptions of Instructional Practices for Yup’ik Students with Special Education Needs: A Case Study." She is currently working on submitting an article based on this dissertation to a peer-reviewed journal. Elisabeth continues to work at the local high school in Bethel, Alaska and is looking to transition to the collegiate level.

David Callahan

Class of '10 and '11
Is beginning his third year as Head of School/Principal of Payson Christian School (PreK-8). He and wife Julia (Urbanski ’11) welcomed their second daughter, Dorothy Steel Callahan on December 8, 2016. She joins big sister Ailee. The Callahan family resides in Payson, AZ.

Daniel Thomas

Class of '10
Is a RAN Optimization Engineer for AT&T. He and his wife reside in Glenshaw, PA.

Josh Brown

Class of '11
Married Jazmin Velazquez. He is attending UCLA school of law.

Adam Fencil (MSOL)

Class of '11
Resides in Butler, PA.

Jennifer (White) LeRose

Class of '11
Married Jeremy LeRose on June 20, 2017. The couple resides in Sewickley, PA. Jennifer is a Senior Tax Analyst at Rice Energy and is planning on attending Robert Morris University in the fall of 2018 for a Master’s in Tax degree.

Gwenyth (Gamble) and Austin Jarvi

Class of '14 and '15
Were married on May 13, 2016 and reside in Pittsburgh, PA.

Linae (Hayward) Mahoney

Class of '14
And husband Mark welcomed daughter Norah Mae Mahoney on October 15, 2016. Linae taught first grade the past three years and recently switched to teach pre-kindergarten. The Mahoney family resides in Somerset, PA.

Rebecca “Becki” (Smith MAHE) McCue

Class of '14
Married Zachary McCue on October 10, 2016. Becki is an admissions representative at Harrison College. The couple resides in Avilla, IN.

Marissa (Seighman) Wiley

Class of '14
Is a high school teacher at Valley Christian School in Youngstown, OH where she and her husband reside.

Travis Rogan

Class of '15 and '15
Resides in Cranberry Twp, PA and works at Discovery Christian Church. He is engaged to be married to Hannah Rozgonyi ’15.

Tina Lewis (ADP)

Class of '17
Resides in Monument, CO.

Dr. Ralph "Pat" and Naomi (Smith) Kilpatrick

Class of '40 and '42
Dr. Ralph “Pat” Kilpatrick ’40 celebrated his 100th birthday on July 16, 2017 with 250 family members and friends. He and wife Naomi (Smith ’42) reside in Greensboro, NC.

Ron Elkin

Class of '67 and '70
Retired from the Ruidoso School District in 2012 after 44 years in education in OH, WY, and NM. Merry (Blair ’70) Elkin retired in 2013 after 29 ½ years in education. Ron and Merry have three grown daughters, four grandchildren, and reside in Seattle, WA.


Name Graduation Year Date of Death
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
Clara (Renn) Askanas 1944 March 2017
Raymond H. Loughridge 1944 July 26, 2017
Irene D. Palfi 1945 June 26, 2017
Lois A. (Hadfield) Knaggs 1949 August 9, 2017
William M. Thorpe 1949 June 27, 2017
George W. Rowse 1950 August 5, 2017
Eunice J. Whitford 1950 August 12, 2017
John W. Ellefson 1952 August 8, 2017
Dr. H. Frances (McClure) Griffin 1952 May 13, 2017
Edna J. (Mooney) Milnes 1952 July 19, 2017
Anthony H. Cimino 1953 July 4, 2017
David M. Smith 1953 May 21, 2017
Robert M. Black 1954 May 10, 2017
David “Ken” Fowler 1954 July 29, 2017
Fred E. Zoeller 1955 July 13, 2017
Mary June (Blair) Bruska 1958 May 15, 2017
Thomas R. Pantoni 1961 November 14, 2016
Florence Fattal 1962 July 31, 2017
Nelson M. Cumpston 1970 July 24, 2017
Catherine L. (Vekasy) Swogger 1970 July 5, 2017
A. William Bauman III 1972 June 27, 2017
Marianne (Foley) Hill 1975 July 20, 2017
Robert L. Tonks 1977 June 18, 2017
Carol M. (Smith) Barringer 1984 June 14, 2017
Donna S. Kopp 1994 July 5, 2017
Travis A. Ramsey (MBA) 2010 June 15, 2017
Jeremy L. Shull (MA) 2014 August 6, 2017
Rev. Roger E. Russell 1947 August 10, 2014
Frieda E. Beaman 1949 September 25, 2014
Richard L. Jarrett 1949 September 24, 2014
Roy M. McDonald 1949 September 27, 2014
Ruth (Schnebly) Dawson 1945 June 9, 2015
Elizabeth “Libby” M. (Gissel) Orr 1946 April 30, 2015
Albert C. Hardies Jr. 1947 April 15, 2015
Faye (Steele) Davison 1938 May 27, 2017
Dr. Milton L. Caplan 1938 March 7, 2017

Friends of Geneva - Memoriam

Name Date of Death
Edna Marian Dunlap July 26, 2017
Sister Rosemarie Schwartz June 17, 2017
Raymond S. Walker June 9, 2017