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Updates on Religion Major and Minor Alumni
Laura Dunson is working as an Emergency Assistance Interviewer in the AmeriCorps Partnership to End Homelessness in Greensboro, NC.
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 in her second 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 is in her third year at Harvard Divinity School, pursuing an MTS with a focus on Religion and the Sciences.
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 Director of Training and Customer Success at Galaxy Digital, a software company in Asheville, North Carolina.
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 received a Masters of Divinity degree at Boston University School of Theology in May 2013. Lorrin married David Radzik on June 23, 2012.
Josh Whitson completed his Master of Theological Studies degree, focusing on East Asian Religious Studies from Harvard Divinity School in spring, 2012. Josh is Resident Coordinator for Residence Life - International and Area Coordinator - International Student Advisor - Part-time Philosophy and Religious Studies Instructor at Advisor at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Josh and his wife Emily announce 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 doing a chaplain residency full-time at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, mostly working in oncology.
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, Berea, is director of the STORM youth center at Church on the Rise in Westlake. He also heads up the production team at the church and is an assistant youth pastor.
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 assistant 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 Scripture scholar. 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, In October 2009, Walter de Gruyter Co. published his book. Rhetoric and Theology: Figural Reading of John 9. Dr. Wright graduated from BW with a major in history and a minor in religion.
Heather Taylor Zirke, Berea, and husband, Chris, welcomed daughter, Aurelia Bennett on March 30.