The many faces of Goshen College

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Suzanne Gross ’81, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, went on a learning tour of Honduras through Canadian Peacemakers International (CPI), a local organization that supports education and housing projects in Honduras. As chair of CPI, she was interested in seeing projects first hand. She was also interested in seeing how Honduras had developed and changed since she was there 34 years ago as an SST student. “My SST experience has had a lasting influence on my life’s passions and interests,” she wrote.

Brent Kaufman ’84, Lancaster, Pa., continues to run his painting business and is an authorized O’Leary Paints distributor. Cheryl Detweiler Kaufman ’84 works as the compensation and benefits manager for Ten Thousand Villages in Akron, Pa. Roger Stichter ’82, Winona Lake, Ind., was named Outstanding Educator at the Indiana CPA Society’s celebration in November 2013. He teaches in the accounting program at Grace College. Michael Zehr ’81 and Rebecca Detweiler Zehr ’84 moved from Ohio to Key West, Fla., to plant a Mennonite church called The Gathering Tree. They plan to take a relational approach to the Gospel, and anticipate building the congregation slowly through small groups. Michael helped start a business called Ultimate Destination, focusing on marriage preparation and ceremonies, vow renewals and spiritual direction. Rebecca is administrator at the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition, a nonprofit that works to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children and their families in Monroe County, Fla. DEATH Karen F. Nofziger ’81, Telford, Pa., died Dec. 29, 2013.

1985-89 NOTES Beth Bontrager ’85, Goshen, a legal secretary, is involved in music and worship leadership at College and Faith Mennonite churches, both in Goshen. Rod McQuillin ’88 and his family moved from Ohio to Saint Cloud, Fla., where he serves with Wycliffe Associates on a technology advancement team, supporting translation projects all over the world. He has been to

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Dawn Yoder Harms ’81 was installed as pastor at Assembly Mennonite Church, Goshen, on July 14, 2013.

Thirteen women with Goshen College connections met at Wilderness Wind in Ely, Minn., for an extended retreat weekend in late August 2013. During the 1980s and ’90s, Goshen College Continuing Education offered many classes to the local community. Although most were on campus, some were offsite and were week-long adventures. For several summers Paula Northwood and Pert Shetler led a variety of trips for women including backpacking on the Appalachian trail, exploring Isle Royale National Park and canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Left to right, front row: Pert Miller Shetler ’72, faculty ’79-80, ’81-96 (trip leader), Kathy Duford, Anne Raftree, Sally Williams Fuller ’75, Anne Birky ’72, Beth Landis (faculty ’85-87). Back row: Mary Sutter ’81, Faye Newcomer Litwiller ’63, Jan Schrock ’72, Dottie Shank Kauffmann ’68, Jeanette Salisbury, Carol Burkholder, Paula Northwood (trip leader)

Kenya, providing Bible Translation Acceleration Kits (BTAK) which includes a solar power kit, Internet connectivity (satellite, cell amp) and laptops. Brad T. Miller ’88, Goshen, is the owner of AllPro Sales LLC. Kathleen Nofziger ’86, Goshen, works as a development administrative assistant at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, where she has been a part-time student since 2007. Stan Pletcher ’86, Berrien Springs, Mich., has practiced general ophthalmology with an emphasis in oculoplastics at Great Lakes Eye Care Center in St. Joseph, Mich., since 1997. In 2006 he started the Mission Eyes Network in response to the need for better networking and information sharing for improving mission ophthalmology efforts. He is active in the Christian Ophthalmology Society, serves on its board of directors and coordinates the yearly

mission emphasis program. Dr. Pletcher, his wife Shelly and their four children lived in Ecuador for two years, where he was involved in starting an ophthalmology program at a small mission hospital for the eastern Amazon jungle provinces. Linda Lehman Thomas ’87 was ordained as director of Pathways Retreat in Goshen, on Sept. 8, 2013. Kyle E. Troyer ’86, Tawas City, Mich., works as a CPA with Stephenson Gracik & Co. PC. Ed Zuercher ’87 was appointed city manager of Phoenix, Ariz., the nation’s sixth largest city, in February 2014. He is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, managing its 14,500 employees and implementing a roughly $3.5 billion budget. He has worked for Phoenix for more than two decades, starting as an intern in the 1990s and working his way through various city departments.

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