Alumni/ae Notes

1940s

Ted Brock (MDiv 1945) is doing quite well and is surprised that at 92 years old, he has been invited to preach several times at the local First United Methodist Church in Richmond, KY, which just completed a $2.5 million building addition.

1950s

William Dalton (THD 1954) celebrated his 95th birthday last August!

Jim Price (MDiv 1958) is serving as chair of the non-profit board that manages the Sunset Community and Cultural Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.  This is a two-block facility for arts, meetings, cultural performances and resident arts organizations.

Pat Schneider (MA 1959) launched a new website, www.patschneider.com, that features information about retreats and workshops, updates on her new book, a store to purchase her previous works, and a variety of poetry (some of it read by Garrison Keillor).

1970s

Barry Brodie (MA 1973) directed a theatrical presentation of mystical poetry entitled "Love Me, Never Leave Me - a Journey of the Heart" for the Windsor Fringe Festival, July 16-23, and then in Toronto at the Summer Festival of Light, Peace, and Sound on July 24.

1980s

Cynthia Winton-Henry (MDiv 1983) was featured in an article in Conscious Dancer magazine as the co-director of Interplay with PSR friend Phil Porter.  Interplay was named as one of the “10 Modalities with Critical Mass.”

Jason Eberhart-Philips (MDiv 1984) was appointed as the Marin County Public Health Officer in April 2011.

Thomas Myers (MDiv 1984) became the new pastor of Rockwood UMC in Portland, OR on July 1, 2010.

Timothy Forester (MDiv 1986) became the new pastor of First Congregational Church of Winona in Winona, MN in June 2010.

Jay T. Rock (PhD 1986) retired from his position as Director of Interfaith Relations of the Presbyterian Church USA in September 2010.

Anne Dilenschneider (MDiv 1987) successfully defended her dissertation "Refusing to be Put Aside: Women and the Meaning of Betrayal" at Pacifica Graduate Institute in October.  This was the last step in earning her PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Paul Clay (MDiv 198) is the new pastor at Hillcrest Congregational Church in La Habra Heights, CA.

1990s

Kyle Ann Lovett (MDiv 1990) was installed in September 2010 as the new pastor of Church of the Crossroads (UCC) in Honolulu, HI.

Judith Reichsman (MDiv 1991) is currently working as a personal care assistant for children with autism. Judith is also working at the New England Youth Theater with the Theater Adventure Program, an arts program for children, youth, and adults with disabilities that includes a smaller number of their typically developing peers.

Laura Stivers (MDiv 1992) is now chair of the philosophy and religion department and associate professor of ethics at Dominican University of California.

Steve McDuff (DMin 1993) began serving as the transitional minister at Kirksville First Christian Church in Kirksville, MO in September.

Laura Gentry (MDiv 1997) is a “laughter yoga” master trainer and was a keynote speaker at the All America Laughter Yoga Conference in Albuquerque, NM in August. In November, she spoke at the Laughter Yoga Conference in Brisbane, Australia.

Greg Ward (MDiv 1997) was arrested July 29 in Arizona while witnessing with 120 Unitarian Universalist ministers to racial discrimination and cultural tension that surrounded the immigration issue in Arizona, especially regarding the SB 1070 law that went into effect that day. He spent 27 hours in jail and saw three prisoners of color for every white prisoner. He saw how they were treated with more aggression and intimidation and how they were still in jail when his group was released. Ward says, "I learned more about immigration and institutional and systemic racism in those two days than in my lifetime of reading newspapers."

Marijke Fakasiieiki (MDiv 1998) is working as an ecumenical/interfaith consultant with Ecumenical Peace Institute.

Laura Adelia (MDiv 1999) served as the chaplain at McMurdo Station in Antarctica for 60 days as the first female chaplain to serve on the continent of Antarctica. While there, Laura was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. The temperature that day was 30 degrees below zero!

Diana Coberly (MDiv 1999) completed a 2-year Chaplain Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa in August 2010.  The second year of the residency was a year of specialization in geriatric care.  Prior to this, Diana served as the minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Great Bend, Kansas from 2000-2008.

2000s

Kim Hinrichs (MDiv 2000) is currently serving as associate minister at First Plymouth United Church of Christ in Lincoln, NE. Kim recently received dual standing in the UCC (she is ordained Swedenborgian). She and her husband Bob are raising two daughters, Claire and Marielle, who are now 10 and 6.

Robert Howell (MDiv 2000) retired in June 2010 from parish ministry. His most recent pastorate was Rossmoor Pilgrim Congregational Church in Walnut Creek, CA.

Moira Finley (MDiv 2001) oversees a successful “Community Clothes Closet” that operates out of her church, St. John’s UCC in Cecil, WI.

Donene Blair (MDiv 2001) was ordained in December 2010 at Community Congregational Church of Tiburon, United Church of Christ. Donene has been serving as a full-time chaplain since July 2008 for AlmaVia of San Rafael, an interfaith assisted-living elder community in Marin County.

Kirsten Linford (MDiv 2001) delivered the keynote address on “Embracing the Journey” for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) of Northern California-Nevada’s fall women’s retreat.

Jan Christian (MDiv 2002) published a book entitled Leave No Brother Behind: A Sister’s War Memorial. It is about war, Jan’s personal faith journey, and her journey with the men who were in Vietnam with her brother, who was killed in the war (www.sistersmemoir.com).

Jennifer (Butner) Banks (MDiv 2003) has been busy since graduation and ordination. She served two churches, completed a CPE residency, and held a fellowship at Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. In addition, she was married in March 2009 and welcomed a daughter into the world in January 2010. Jennifer is currently staying home with her daughter while preaching occasionally and serving in other areas of local church life as needed.

Curtis Preston (MDiv 2003) testified in favor of civil unions in front of the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee to SB-172, the Colorado Civil Union Act.

Heather Moody (MDiv 2004) is serving as the new pastor of First Congregational Church of Poughkeepsie, NY.

Mark Unbehagen (MDiv 2006) wrote and presented “Angels” at Bethel Community Presbyterian Church. The show benefitted the George Mark Children’s House.

Andy Schwiebert (MDiv 2007) was ordained at the First Congregational Church of Pasadena, UCC and is serving as their new associate pastor for new ministries and youth.

Janice Steele (MDiv 2007) is serving as interim minister at Loomis Basin Congregational Church in Loomis Basin, CA.

Kayla Bonewell (MDiv 2008) was ordained with the United Church of Christ in 2010 and is currently serving as the pastor for children, youth and young adults at Peace United Church of Christ in Rochester, MN.

Laura Engleken (MDiv 2008) was named as Mills College’s new Director of Spiritual and Religious Life on January 19 and is seeking ordination with the United Church of Christ.

Kaileen Hogan-Brink (MDiv 2008) was ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on December 5, 2010. Kaileen was called by two congregations: Peace Lutheran and First Presbyterian in Sullivan, MO.

Kim Montenegro (MDiv 2008) and her husband Jaime welcomed daughter Jayme Grace into the world on Thanksgiving Day. 

Ira Setiawan (MDiv 2008) and her husband Icun welcomed daughter Pilar into the world in November. 

Sheryl Butler (MDiv 2009) along with her spouse Mary Dyer (CSR 2009) started a small retreat house called Hestia House in Glenwood, IA with the mission “to provide a nurturing, private and peaceful getaway primarily for those engaged in ministry and other helping professions.” Since Mary is deaf, the couple has also developed a ministry—called the Ephphatha Ministry—to help churches be more welcoming to those who have hearing loss. Sheryl is also trying to start a progressive DOC church in a conservative small town in Iowa.  All of these ventures are under their Journey Road Ministries; see www.journeyroad.org.

Moira Doane (MDiv 2009) accepted the position of coordinator for youth ministries for the Northern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ.

Judith Hollowell (MDiv 2009) was called to serve as the new pastor of Chewelah United Church of Christ in eastern Washington beginning December 2010. Judith was also named a GreenFaith Fellow in September 2010 and will join the 2011 Class of the GreenFaith Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program is the only omprehensive education and training program in the U.S. to prepare lay and ordained leaders from diverse religious traditions for environmental leadership.  Judith will receive education and training in eco-theology, “greening” the operation of institutions, environmental advocacy, and environmental justice.

Abby King Kaiser (MDiv 2009) and her husband Brad welcomed daughter Eliana “Ellie” into the world at the end of November. 

Yoshiki Morita (DMin 2009) has been installed as a chaplain at the Doshisha Internatinal Academy in Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan.

Corbin Tobey-Davis (MDiv 2009) accepted a call at Parkview UCC in Aurora, CO to become an associate minister with a focus on child/youth development and community outreach.

Lizzy Beach (MDiv 2010): is serving as a Global Ministries missionary (www.globalministries.org) in Swaziland, South Africa. Lizzy will be representing the Disciples and United Church of Christ as a missionary of the joint overseas ministries of both denominations. She will be in partnership with the Kukhany'Okusha (New Light) Zion Church working with and walking with them in a variety of ways—in HIV/AIDS programming and capacity building, working with orphans and vulnerable children, lending administrative organizational suggestions, and much more.

Jessica Ireland (MTS 2010) is working for the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement as a Community Organizer. Jessica works to mobilize voters on issues of farming and the environment, housing and financial security, immigration reform, and voter-owned clean elections.

Michael Walker (MDiv 2010) is serving as resident minister and the administrative manager at the UU Rowe Camp and Conference Center in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts.  Michael lives in the intentional community that operates Rowe Center. In August he joined the faculty at Cherry Hill Seminary.

Angela Yarber (PhD 2010) accepted a call as pastor at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Winston Salem, NC.

Joyce Parry-Moore (MDiv 2010) is serving as senior chaplain and development officer for the Seamen's Church Institute of the Bay Area at the International Maritime Center in Oakland.