Class Notes - Geneva College, Christian College in Pennsylvania

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Adam Wehr '19

Is employed by Keystone Surveying and Mapping as a CAD Technician. Adam and his wife, Hannah (Richardson) Wehr '19, who is employed as a teacher for McKeesport High School, were married in 2019. The Wehrs reside in Pennsylvania.

Joshua Gongloff '17

Is currently the lead preschool teacher at Dream Builders Childcare and is pursuing his director credentials at Lackawanna College. He and his wife, Monica along with their daughter, Harper bought their first home in 2020 and reside in Pennsylvania.

Michelle (Leo) Kopriva MBA '16

Is currently the VP of Finance for Rivers Agile. She also serves as an adjunct accounting professor at both Penn State Beaver and CCBC. Michelle resides in Pennsylvania.

Robert '70 and Candice (Luce) '71 Padgett

Have been married for 50 years and have a daughter, Mandy. Robert also received a degree in community banking from University of Wisconsin in 1981. He is currently employed as a human resources consultant for Brunner, Blackstone & Associates, PC. The Padgetts reside in Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kristen (Karasek) Gerhardt '07

Married Benjamin (Ben) Gerhardt on March 6, 2021. Fellow alum, Ashleigh (Jones) Warwick '08, was matron of honor. Kristen is still serving students as the Director of Bridge Programs at Tri-County Technical College and Ben is a Manager with FedEx. They reside in the Greenville, SC area with their dog, Simba.

D. Joshua Troxell '12

And wife, Amanda welcomed daughter, Emily Joy in May of 2021. David and Amy reside in North Carolina. Sweet baby Emily is the 15th grandchild of Connie (Openshaw) '71 and David '71 Troxell. Connie and David reside in Arizona.

Britteny (Douglas) Porter '18

Married Matthew Porter in June of 2021. Britteny is employed by Foundation Academy as an intervention specialist. The Porters currently reside in Ohio.

Jordan (Blythe) Sweeney '11

Is a client service associate with Jumet Financial, who is registered with LPL Financial. Jumet Financial with offices in Canton, OH and Scottsdale, AZ, announces the grand opening of their first flagship office in Beaver Falls, PA. Jumet Financial has a growing team of 6 who service over 562 clients in 33 different states.

Lori Holstein '86

Is employed at Dick's Sporting Goods as the Footwear Lead. She and her spouse reside in Florida.

Cristie Bidelspach '21

Was awarded this year’s 1889 Foundation Medical Laboratory Science Scholarship from Conemaugh Schools of Allied Health for demonstrating excellence in academic performance in the pursuit of Medical Laboratory Science, excellence and proficiency in clinical performance, and professional behavior. Cristy will continue her career at Danville Geisinger Medical Center.

Alysa Runco '15

Welcomed sweet baby, Bella in February. They currently reside in Pennsylvania.

Leah Knepper '20

Will start a PhD program at Lehigh University for Chemistry in the Fall. She hope to study possible treatments and cures for genetic diseases that affect children. Leah resides in Pennsylvania.

Hannah (Winkle) Lund '12

Along with husband, Chase welcomed a son, Jaxon Owen in June. Jaxon joins big brother, Peter (5) and big sister Emma (3). The Lunds reside in Virginia.

Chalmers Blatch '64

Was recently joined in Oregon by his wife after three years undergoing the visa process. Maricel comes from San Carlos City, Negros Oriental. They also have a home they share when in the Philippines in Laguna.

Stephen Noell '15

Received his PhD in Molecular & Cellular Biology, Oregon State University in March 2021. Stephen is employed by the University of Waikato. He and his wife, Tamara live in New Zealand along with their son, Ralph.

Ian '14 and Sarah (Abbott) '15 MacKenzie

Welcomed their fourth child, Rebecca Joy MacKenzie, on December 21st, 2020. The MacKenzies reside in Wisconsin.

Henry '20 and Alexandra (Dell) '21 Meese

Were united in marriage on June 12, 2021. Henry is employed by Agilon Health as an Actuarial Analyst. The Meeses reside in Pennsylvania.

Marissa (Sleighman) Wiley '14

And husband, Gilbert celebrated the adoption of 3 sons, William and twins Avery and Austin. The Wileys are also eagerly awaiting the adoption of a 4th son in the fall. The Wiley family resides in Ohio.

Beverly (Hanson) Carson '70

Recently relocated to eastern Pennsylvania.

Hayley (Gunter) Moelker '19

Recently began as a Detention Specialist at the Newport News Department of Juvenile Services. The Moelkers currently reside in Virginia.

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.


Name Graduation Year Date of Death
Gaynelle L. (Lutton) Jordan '68 1968 July 2, 2021
Mary J. (Shoemaker) Fay '45 1945 December 15, 2020
Jeannette I. (Heineman) Gould '73 1973 March 27, 2018
Margaret C. (Carson) McKee '46 1946 July 10, 2021
William W. Dixon '63 1963 January 17, 2021
Barbara (Hodge) Strealy '75 1975 July 19, 2021
Frances L. Hartung '48 1948 July 25, 2021
Robert M. Bishop '60 1960 July 13, 2021
William W. Dawson '63 1963 August 15, 2021
Charles T. Brown '65 1965 August 2, 2021
Mary K. Connolly '14 2014 August 9, 2021
Jene Thorne '74 1974 August 14, 2021
Glenn Koach '53 1953 August 18, 2021
Lois A. (Brugos) Tarbert '73 1973 August 15, 2021
Judith C. (Claypoole) Renshaw '96, MSOL '98 1996 August 24, 2021
Robert A. Miller '75 1975 July 23, 2021
Donald D. "Dale" Groscost '59 1959 July 24, 2021
Mary C. (Shuster) Shillingburg '99 1999 August 22, 2021
Patrice M. (Wolfe) Mohr '75 1975 July 7, 2021
M. Louise (Hampe) Bunner '62 1962 July 12, 2021
Ronald E. Peduzzi '55 1955 July 13, 2021
W. Vernon Kennedy '52 1952 July 9, 2021
Robert G. Klitz '63 1963 July 10, 2021
Dr. Martin J. Kreshon Sr. '50 1950 June 20, 2021
Alan J. Richards '67 1967 June 24, 2021
Sheila A. Germusa '95 1995 June 28, 2021
Bonnie L. (Barile) Mark '53 1953 June 27, 2021
David B. Murray '87 *Tower/Heritage Societies* 1987 July 6, 2021
David A. Boyer '76 1976 June 26, 2021
Michael J. DeSimone '86 1986 May 25, 2021
Ronald E. Frye '72 1972 May 16, 2021
Richard I. Kantner '59 1959 May 15, 2021
Charles J. Longsdorf '58 1958 May 18, 2021
Edward S. Smilak '58 1958 May 23, 2021
Shyrl P. (Packer) Sell '61 1961 January 29, 2021
D. Maxine (Snyder) Beyers '95 1995 June 5, 2021
Louis M. Ricci '65 1965 June 1, 2021
Karen A. (Mellish) Autman '70 1970 June 3, 2021
Leigh A. Cox '87 1987 June 9, 2021
Albert M. Pavese, Jr. '65 1965 June 1, 2021
Ruth A. Wilson '94, MA '91 1994 June 12, 2021
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

Friends of Geneva - Memoriam

Name Date of Death
Ralph C. Fisher July 18, 2021
Alan W. Luce July 16, 2021
John D. Cowley October 8, 2020
Robert C. Jones August 1, 2021
Robert Barnesfeld August 2, 2021
Thomas E. Gomory February 5, 2021
Rose E. Freeman September 30, 2020
Arthur J. Bouwers July 4, 2021
Johnathan M. Smith May 22, 2021
Michael K. Write May 19, 2021
Beatrice M. (Grimes) Davis May 30, 2021
Dr. Marshall L. Burke June 16, 2021
Van L. Norman May 5, 2021