Abby (Cominsky) Trombley '04Abby Trombley

by Rebecca Rogg ’12, assistant director of annual giving

Baldwin Wallace University students and alumni have a spirit that we know as the “YJ4L spirit.” They have pride in their community, personal drive to do their best and an inclination to give back. They are often reminded of what others have done for them and are inspired to “pay it forward" for the next generation of Yellow Jackets. Abby Trombley ’04 is no exception.

“I wanted to support future students in the same way that I was supported when I attended Baldwin Wallace. My college experience was wonderful, and I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to spend four years there.”

When asked to describe BW, three things came to mind for Abby: personal growth, leadership and friends.

Abby arrived at BW in 2000 feeling shy and nervous. From the moment she arrived, she was welcomed by coach William Taraschke and the cross country team. “My experiences on the cross country and track teams built the foundation for my growth.” Abby was given leadership opportunities and grew a network of friends that felt like family while away from home. She credited her involvement in athletics for facilitating an environment where she was truly able to grow academically.

After graduation, Abby worked for a few years for Ohio Construction News Corporation and then, with encouragement from former BW professor Richard Little, went on to attend The Ohio State University to earn a Master of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering in 2008. Upon graduation, she accepted a job offer from Marathon Petroleum Corporation in Findlay, Ohio and has been employed there since.

Abby continues to pursue her passion for running and has completed six marathons. During the 2006 Cleveland Marathon, she finished third place overall. She was also invited to join the U.S. duathlon team and competed in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Duathlon World Championships in Nancy, France in 2012 and in Ottawa, Canada in 2013. She was named the U.S. Duathlon All-American in 2012.

From athletic experiences to great friends and mentors and an educational foundation that set her on the path for success, Abby thanks BW for her wonderful experience through giving that supports the cross country and track teams. “As a student I was fully responsible for my own tuition. I would have never been able to participate in athletics if it had not been for the donations of others towards the program.”

Abby and her husband, Kerry, live in Findlay, Ohio. They enjoy the small town values of Findlay and staying involved with their local church.