Alumni News

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Updates on Religion Major and Minor Alumni


Matthew Gesicki serves as a community organizer with The Crossing, an alternative emergent worship community located in downtown Boston.  He is placed here through his participation in Life Together, the Boston cohort of the Episcopal Service Corps, an inclusive faith-based organization committed to the training and development of leaders in the efforts towards nonviolent, restorative justice.

Sophia Kemble is a Research Navigator at Case Western Reserve University and an Editor at Cactus Communications.

Kailey Sherrick is in her first year at the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts program (NEOMFA) where she is pursuing an MFA in Creative Nonfiction. 


Laura Dunson is in her first year at Duquesne University pursuing a M.Ed in in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and is a graduate assistant at the Center for Catholic Intellectual Tradition. 


Molly Gabriel Angney is nearing her first year anniversary at St. John & Partners Advertising and PR Agency. SJ&P is the largest independent agency headquartered in Florida with clients including the Florida Lottery, Zaxby's (QSR), Winn-Dixie Stores, JEA and more. Molly began at SJ&P in June of 2012 as a PR Account Coordinator and recently transitioned into a new role as the Omni-Channel Shopper Marketing Coordinator with a focus in New Business Development.

Laura Huber is in her second year at Ball State University in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master's program. She is currently a Chaplain Intern at Ball Memorial Hospital in Muncie, IN to fulfill the internship requirement for her program.  She plans to graduate in July 2014 and then return home to Toledo, OH to begin the licensure process and her career.

Gina Huschka Schneck, Provo, Utah, is a graduate instructor at Brigham Young University.

Rachel McDonald is entering her third year at Princeton Seminary and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree with future ordination in her plans.

Clarence (Jimmy) Thornton is attending Ashland Seminary and is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. He and his wife are the proud parents of a baby girl born July 12, 2012.


Katelynn Carver received an MTS with a focus on Religion and the Sciences in May 2014 from Harvard Divinity School.

Vicky Shaw is working for AmeriCorps as the Development and Marketing Coordinator at Hard Hatted Women in Elyria, Ohio.


Katie Bartholomew Kiss is pursuing her MTS at Garrett Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, concentrating on the Old Testament. Katie married Dave Kiss on November 27, 2012.

Andy Gmitter is Head of Product, Get Connected at Galaxy Digital, a software company in Asheville, North Carolina.  He was honored in October 2014 as one of Asheville's four "Top 40 Under 40."

Emily Mastroianni earned her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University (BSU) in the summer of 2012. She began the Ph.D. in in the Counseling Psychology program at BSU in fall 2012. Emily is one of two BSU graduate students to receive the Merrell Thomas Marshall Scholarship, which is awarded to students dedicated to diversity and social justice related work. Emily is the president of BSU's Social Justice League and serves on the Advisory Board of the BSU's Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.

Danae McQueen is studying costume design at the University of California San Diego.

Lorrin (Pringle) Radzik earned her Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology in May 2013 and was commissioned as a Provisional Elder in the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church that same summer. As of July 1, 2014, Rev. Radzik has been appointed as the Pastor of St. James UMC in East Troy, Wisconsin.

Josh Whitson completed his Master of Theological Studies degree focusing on East Asian Religions from Harvard Divinity School in spring 2012. Josh is an Immigration Coordinator in the Office of International Affairs at The Ohio State University. Josh and his wife Emily announced the birth of a son, William Rex, on April 30, 2013.  


Ann Cominsky is an Assistant Business Analyst at First Energy in Akron, Ohio.

Kristina Dodge Harris is the Director of Youth Ministries, working with 7th-12th grade students at Northwest United Methodist Church in Upper Arlington, Ohio.

LeeAnne Kosovich Brunner is a graduate assistant for Wellness Education at the University of Northern Colorado in the campus Recreation Department where she is pursuing her Master's of Public Health degree. LeeAnne married James Brunner in the summer of 2012.

Joanna Smith D'Agostino received her Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. She secured a position as pastor of First Congregational Church in Ripon, Wisconsin in the fall of 2012. Joanna graduated from BW with a double major in French and English and was active in the Religion Department.


Deanna Drake received her Master of Divinity degree at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois in May 2013. She is officially a candidate in the PCUSA ordination process. Deanna is currently

a Chaplain Fellow at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.


Michelle Lasky, MSW, LSW, received her Masters of Social Work from Cleveland State University in May, 2010 and is a licensed social worker in the state of Ohio. Michelle is a Community Linkage Social Worker at the State of Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Adam Spencer married Rose Sengenberger on August 6, 2011. He began his M.A. in Religious History in the fall of 2012 at the University of Chicago.


Betsy Butti married Brian Kuhn in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on October 18, 2012.

Glen Rectenwald received a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) degree at Harvard Divinity School and graduated with a law degree from the law school at Duke University. He has secured a position at a top law firm in Pittsburgh.


Dawn Martin received her Master of Divinity degree from Eden Theological Seminary in Saint Louis, MO on May 18, 2012 and is now a Chaplain at St. Anthony's Medical Center in St. Louis.

Marcia Molmen is the Director of Education at Euclid Avenue United Church of Christ.


Stanya Greathouse, Lewis Center, OH, received her Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries at MTSO (Methodist Theological School in Ohio) in May of 2008. She has been hired to head the Family Services Department of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio in Columbus. She will oversee the emergency shelter and permanent supportive housing programs for families. Stanya previously founded and served as executive director of Teen Start Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing independent living skills to youth living in poverty or foster care, as well as those with emotional and behavioral problems.

Peter Kerlin is now executive pastor at Journey Community Church.


Alice Walsh, Cleveland, OH received a Master of Divinity (summa cum laude) from the Theological School of Drew University. In June 2010, Alice was ordained as Elder in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is currently Chaplain at Fairview Hospital.


Heather Good, Washington, D.C. is a licensed associate practicing primarily antitrust law for Cornell & Moring. She graduated from Emory Law School in 2005 and also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edward E. Carnes on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Joseph Wilson is the CEO - President and Executive Pastor of Power 2 Beome Ministries, Inc. He is the Director of International Evangelism for the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. and President of the Cleveland Apostelic Ministerial Fellowship. Joe authored a book: Walking Towards Christ with the Apostle Paul


William Wright, Pittsburgh, PA, is an associate professor of theology at Duquesne University. He received an M.T.S. from the University of Notre Dame and completed his Ph.D. in religion from Emory University. Dr. Wright is a biblical scholar, and his areas of specialization and interest include the New Testament writings, the Gospel According to John in particular, as well as the history of biblical interpretation. He is the author of Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9 (Walter de Gruyter, 2009) and has co-authored The Gospel of John (Baker Academic, 2015). He also serves on the US Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue.  Dr.  Wright graduated from BW with a major in history and minors in religion and English. 

Heather Taylor Zirke, Berea, and husband, Chris, welcomed daughter, Aurelia Bennett on March 30.

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