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A STORIED COLLEGE The story of my coming to Kettering College is an epic tale, at least in my mind. The thrill of a new adventure; the awe-inspiring sense of responsibility to the students, faculty and staff who make ours an outstanding institution; the pangs in our hearts as Ronda and I said goodbye to many family and friends; the Herculean feat of transporting cats

educate, to heal and to share the good news of the Gospel

across the country – it’s the stuff of legend.

with a world that is caught up in the greatest story of them all—the supernatural struggle between good and evil that

Each year, hundreds of students begin a new chapter as they

SDA co-foundress Ellen White titled The Great Controversy.

embark on a healthcare education journey here. They learn, strive, struggle and ultimately earn the accolades and responsibilities

In 2017, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kettering College.

of professional service. I invite you to get to know, if only briefly,

Its story has touched and been touched by each of you. Through

some of our current students highlighted in this issue. The snippets

events and activities, we invite you to join us in highlighting this

are amazing, inspiring—and epic. It’s no wonder that Kettering

important place and your place in it. To learn about events or to

College enjoys such a great reputation. As Jesus said to His disciples,

share your story, contact alumni director Teresa Simmons or

“Blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because

connect with us on social media. We would love for you to be

they hear.” (Matthew 13:16)

part of our 50th anniversary, but we want you to be a part of Kettering College’s next 50 years, too. Celebrate with us,

In his book Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? (Farrar, Straus

and stay in touch.

and Giroux, 2009), Harvard University philosophy professor Michael J. Sandel makes the case that our story-telling nature does


more than connect us to one another. Through our ties to families,


sports teams, nations and churches, we come to see our lives and our choices as part of a narrative quest that makes more sense when we understand how our situated identity contributes to the particular persons we are. As Seventh-day Adventists, we feel called to Nate Brandstater, Ph.D., President


Justice: What’s the right thing to do? Farrar, Straus and Giroux




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Campus Notes Program Innovations Alumni News New Faces Campus Candids

The magazine of Kettering College


ON THE COVER: the call: Students from Kettering College’s 11 Answering eight programs tell their story of why they are “called to care.” Life is exciting and full of possibilities for people who believe they are fulfilling their God-given purpose. Those are the kind of people who attend Kettering College, which must be one reason our campus is such a special place. We recently interviewed nine students and alumni who spoke about their own sense of calling, sharing stories and memories that underscore their passion for serving in the healthcare field. We think you’ll enjoy reading what they had to say. Want to see more? Find videos at

FEATURES EDITOR: Jessica J.W. Beans ASSISTANT EDITORS: Breana Soliday Haughton and Lauren Brooks CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Leigh Wilkins, Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Nate Brandstater, Adrianna Larracuente, Teresa Simmons, Sonoka Fanwar, Danielle Aka ALUMNI RELATIONS: Teresa Simmons PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Scott Robins COVER: Photos by Jessica J.W. Beans and Breana Soliday Haughton

College’s new Inter-professional Educational 6 Kettering Simulation Center creates lifelike learning experiences for all health disciplines Kettering College has transformed its nursing laboratory into a state-of-the-art space where students in all allied health disciplines can practice their skills. The 6,000-square-foot Inter-professional Educational Simulation Center is the first of its kind in the Dayton area.

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The Kettering College Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is both bigger and better this year. In January, Kettering College was granted permission to expand its cohort size from 45 to 60 students beginning in Summer 2016. To accommodate the increase, the College added new learning spaces and technology upgrades. Kettering College, born out of Adventist faith, is a fully accredited college that offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in health science education. Upholding Christ, the College educates students to make service a life calling and to view health as harmony with God in body, mind, and spirit. A division of Kettering Medical Center, Kettering College is located on the KMC campus in a suburb of Dayton, Ohio.

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SPRING INTO HEALTH 5K RAISES $10K MORE THAN 500 RUNNERS AND WALKERS laced up their running shoes April 10 for the eighth annual Spring into Health 5K, raising more than $10,000 for Good Neighbor House and the physician assistant department’s student professional development fund. Students in the physician assistant department have been the primary organizers of the event since its start. Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment and Student Life, said he was impressed with the turnout in spite of the cold weather. “Over the years, this event has grown,” Brown said, “but we hope the number of participants will continue to grow so that we will be able to donate even more in the future.” Good Neighbor House, a collaborative endeavor of eight Dayton-area Seventh-day Adventist churches, provides health, dental and vision services as well as clothing, food and household items to those in need.

ON SATURDAY, APRIL 30, Kettering College conferred degrees and certificates on 244 students at the College’s 48th annual commencement ceremonies. The event, held at the Dayton Convention Center, featured an address by Frank Perez, CEO emeritus of the Kettering Health Network. President Nate Brandstater granted 39 Associate of Science degrees, 138 Bachelor of Science degrees, and 22 Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences degrees; 39 students earned the Master of Physician Assistant Studies. Human biology majors Ricardo Chujutalli, Christina Cribari and Rachel Mack received recognition as graduates of the Anna May Vaughan-Winton Beaven Service Learning Honors Program. Pictured above from top » Photo 1: Nursing students Richelle Jones, left, and Jiries Jaraiseh. Photo 2: President Nate Brandstater, left, and Vaughan-Beaven Service Learning Honors graduate Ricardo Chujutalli.


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Pictured above from top » Photo 1: Victor Brown, Dean for Enrollment and Student Life, approaches the finish line. Photo 2: The Kettering College Physician Assistant Program present funds raised from this year’s 5K to Good Neighbor House.


PERU MISSION TRIP HOT. SWEATY. TIRED. These words come to mind when I look back on the Peru mission trip. I can’t say that we were exposed to mint-perfect conditions or that we were prepared for the experiences to come. What I can say, however, is that I was blessed with an opportunity to see God’s work at hand, to see how He can put the right people at the right place at the right time and use them to serve those in need. This past spring, I was given the chance to travel to Peru with an amazing group of more than 30 students, medical professionals and faculty to serve the people of Iquitos and the Amazon jungle. Being an avid lover of traveling and having a strong passion to make a difference in the lives of others, at the mention of the words “Peru” and “mission trip,” I automatically knew I had to go. Going to Peru would give me my first exposure to how medicine could truly impact the lives of those who do not have the privilege or the ability to attain it. I was not sure what to expect, but the experience was incredible. I was fascinated by the culture and lifestyle of the first South American country I have ever been to. In only four days of clinics, we were able to serve more than 800 individuals. During those days, I was able to work in triage, assist in pharmacy and educate families about the dangers of sugar intake. The best part of the experience though, was seeing the honest, innocent smiles on the children’s faces. My only regret is that I could not stay longer. In the end, the heat was worth it. The sweat didn’t matter; our tiredness reflected the dedication with which each of us served. » Sonoka Fanwar, nursing student Pictured clockwise from top » Photo 1: Pre-nursing students Zoe Ting and Sonoka Fanwar with a child from Iquitos. Photo 2: Human biology student Faith Stewart uses puppets to deliver health care education to the children of Peru. Photo 3: Kettering College students, faculty and staff on an excursion day to Machu Picchu. Photo 4: During health clinics, students, faculty and staff work in triage, assist in pharmacy and educate families about diabetes prevention and nutrition. Photo 5: PA professor Pamela Wireman-Keller performing health screenings on children. kettering college



Student LIFE: A TESTIMONY ON SPIRITUALITY AND COMMUNITY DURING THIS PAST SCHOOL YEAR, I had the privilege of being involved with Kettering College Campus Ministries. From spiritual encounters, to fun events, to meaningful outreach, to powerful Sabbaths, I have seen how Campus Ministries has made a real impact on the students here. As a team, we planned monthly spiritual emphasis assemblies, weekly collective vespers programs and weekend social events. We constantly look for new ways to share our faith and our students’ stories. From daily morning prayer to ridiculous social events like bubble soccer, Campus Ministries was all over campus. The culmination of all of this growth was a new identity for Campus Ministries: Student LIFE. What exactly does that mean? Why make the change? More importantly, what is Student LIFE? Student LIFE has one main goal: to create opportunities for students to experience the life that God intended for us. We want to eliminate the separation between spirituality and the rest of campus life. We want to encourage spiritual growth by creating meaningful encounters with each other, with our community and with God. As we continued to grow and create new facets of our ministry, it became clear that we were breaking the typical campus ministries mold, merging the spiritual aspect of our campus with the academic, service and social aspects to form a supportive backbone for our little community. The change to Student LIFE is not to downplay the spiritual portion of what we do, but rather the opposite. It is to stray from the tendency to separate spirituality from everything

Pictured clockwise from top left » Photo 1: Sonography student Kristen Barone, right, starts off the winter semester with Student LIFE’s Winter Welcome Event. Photo 2: From left, respiratory care student Winelia Flores and pre-nursing student Fiorella Chujutalli. Photo 3: Nursing student Danielle Aka, third from left, and nursing student Sonoka Fanwar, right , on the mission trip to Peru. Photo 4: Students gather at Collective, a Friday-night get together with food, friends and worship. Photo 5: Bubble soccer/knockerball draws a crowd. 4

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else and to extend our ministry even further. By reaching outside of the box and collaborating with the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church and Kettering Health Network, Student LIFE (along with the rest of our LIFE network), is already finding ways to connect our community and to encourage uplifting encounters. As a student leader in Student LIFE, I have been able to contribute to the spirituality at Kettering College. Even more so, I have grown and been shaped by my school. Coming to a new place where I knew no one, I was nervous. Student LIFE has given me a voice and a creative outlet. It has challenged me to be a positive influence on our campus. After spending a whole year working with this team, I have never been more encouraged by the realization that God is able to use me wherever I am. Student LIFE is not just for the students who go to church or are practicing religion. It’s for you. No specific qualifications or skills are necessary to be a part of our team or to get involved. We encourage everyone—all students—to give us a chance and see what we’re all about. After all, our goal is to create encounters with God, our community, and each other. We certainly cannot do that alone. » Danielle Aka, nursing student


RESPIRATORY CARE PROGRAM RECEIVES RECOGNITION FOR DISTINGUISHED CREDENTIALING SUCCESS FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR IN JULY OF 2016, the Kettering College respiratory care program received the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) Credentialing Success award from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC) for the third consecutive year. Nancy Colletti, director of the respiratory care program and a Kettering College faculty for 14 years says, “This award is a measure of a program’s success in inspiring its graduates to achieve their highest educational and professional aspirations. This award highlights the quality of education we have here at Kettering College.” Pictured left » Respiratory care faculty member Hope Appelbaum receives the 2016 award from the president of CoARC, Bradley Leidich, MSEd, RRT.


IMM GIVES STUDENTS A CHANCE TO USE LEARNED CLASSROOM SKILLS AND TO GROW PERSONALLY AS THEY SPEND TIME IN UNFAMILIAR SURROUNDINGS. RYAN LAFAVE, a fourth-year human biology major at Kettering College, was the second student to participate in the College’s international medical missionary program (IMM). Established in 2015, the program gives students the opportunity to use the skills they are learning in the classroom to serve people without access to basic medical care in other countries. More than that, it is a chance for students to grow personally as they spend time in unfamiliar surroundings. LaFave served three months in the Marshall Islands working at the Majuro hospital and other clinics around the island.

Pictured left » Photo 1: Chaplain Steve Carlson, left, and Ryan LaFave, right, in front of the sign for Canvasback Wellness Center—the center with which IMM is partnering. Photo 2: Ryan LaFave working with his team assisting to help a patient.

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KETTERING COLLEGE LAUNCHES NEW MAJOR IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT AND PRE-OT KETTERING COLLEGE is celebrating the start of a new undergraduate program. In August of 2016, the College began offering a new baccalaureate major in healthcare management for students interested in pursuing business in the healthcare industry. The major also has a track for those that wish to pursue a graduate degree in occupational therapy. The three-year, full-time course of study results in a four-year degree. Students in the new program met together for this first time during fall orientation 2016.

INTER-PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL SIMULATION CENTER CREATES LIFELIKE LEARNING EXPERIENCES FOR ALL HEALTH DISCIPLINES KETTERING COLLEGE has transformed its nursing laboratory into a state-of-the-art space where students in all allied health disciplines can practice their skills. The 6,000-square-foot Inter-professional Educational Simulation Center is the first of its kind in the Dayton area. With a grant of $130,000 from the Board of Trustees, the College equipped the center with six Laerdal manikins in February. “We are thrilled to begin using this innovative and leading-edge center,” said Ruth Abbott, Dean for Academic Affairs. “Interdisciplinary learning will now be integrated into every health professions program at Kettering College. As this is the environment where our healthcare students will work upon graduation, this realistic learning opportunity will provide a superior educational experience which will bridge the gap between book learning and professional life.”

Pictured above: Paula Reams, Program chair for Health Sciences, with the first class of the program during fall 2016 orientation.


Pictured opposite page: One of six high-fidelity manikins in the new Inter-Professional Educational Simulation Center. Pictured above from top » Photo 1: A Laerdal staff member came to Kettering College to demonstrate the use and care of the new manikins. Photo 2: Nursing instructors run simulation software to operate the manikin from a computer. This encourages students to interact with the manikin, simulating a patient experience without the professor’s presence. kettering college




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IN JANUARY, the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) granted the program’s request to expand its cohort size from 45 to 60 students beginning in Spring 2016. To accommodate the increase, the College added $530,000 in new learning spaces and technology upgrades with the support of Kettering Health Network.

PA PROGRAM EXPANSION AT A GLANCE: COHORT SIZE » Increased from 45 to 60 (three cohorts per year) CONSTRUCTION » Added seven examination rooms, bringing the total to 15 » Created a new lab/classroom for skill training and clinical simulations » Added space to main classroom to accommodate up to 60 students TECHNOLOGY » Incorporated the electronic medical record software Epic into clinical simulation labs » Upgraded equipment and software in the main classroom more »

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The expansion is a response to a nationwide need for more physician assistants, said Fran Angerer, program director. “Demand for physician assistants has grown significantly under the Affordable Care Act, which recognizes PAs as a way to deliver high-quality care at lower costs,” Angerer said. “Our program is well-regarded and attracts more than 700 applications each year. Expansion is something we’ve been thinking about for a while.” Kettering College’s 27-month physician assistant studies program was one of the first in the country and now has the largest cohort size in the state of Ohio. The ARCPA’s recent extension of accreditation to 2024 is an affirmation of quality at a time PA programs nationwide are struggling to meet accreditation standards.

AN EPIC ADDITION A significant aspect of the program’s expansion is that PA students now learn how to document cases on the Epic electronic medical record system rather than on paper charts. Epic is in use at most hospitals and physician practices in the Dayton region, including those affiliated with Kettering Health Network.


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“Epic computers are installed on every computer in the clinical simulation area, and students will train on the system from the very beginning of their course of study,” Angerer said. “Offering Epic is a big financial investment that will give our graduates a strong advantage during their clinical rotations and during the hiring process, and help them function more effectively in their jobs as well.” Pictured clockwise from top left » Photo 1: In May, 2015, Kettering College’s commencement celebrated the physician assistant program’s 40th graduating class. Photo 2: Fran Angerer, program director. Photo 3: Ron Bowers, left, teaching a group of PA students. Photos 4 and 5: Old classroom spaces will be renovated, expanded and enhanced with innovative new technology.

Answering the call Students from Kettering College’s eight programs tell their story of why they are “called to care.” Life is exciting and full of possibilities for people who believe they are fulfilling their God-given purpose. Those are the kind of people who attend Kettering College, which must be one reason our campus is such a special place. We recently interviewed nine students and alumni who spoke about their own sense of calling, sharing stories and memories that underscore their passion for serving in the healthcare field. We think you’ll enjoy reading what they had to say.

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Helping Patients Breathe Easy Respiratory care (student) FINDING her chosen profession was a long process for respiratory care student Hannah Merritt. Unsure about what to do straight out of high school, she began to explore health care fields. Finally she settled on respiratory care and was admitted to Kettering College’s program in 2014. Hannah can pinpoint the moment she recognized that respiratory care was her professional calling. During a clinical rotation in 2015, she and her respiratory care preceptor, Robert, went to draw blood for an elderly patient.



Long Road to a Boyhood Goal GARY SHINKLE Radiologic sciences and imaging (student)


“She was very sweet, talking up a storm,” Hannah says. “But when Robert was getting his supplies together, she started to get nervous and cry. So I asked her to tell me her favorite song. And she said, ‘Well, it’s Amazing Grace.’ So I said, ‘Let’s sing it together.’ ” They did. “That’s when I knew,” Hannah says. “I can take care of people like this for the rest of my life. I love making people feel comfortable; I love getting to know them. I want to take my time; I want to get to know them and know their story. I want to see them from their worst day to their best day and be part of that process.”

DECIDING to pursue a career in radiology was the easy part for student Gary Shinkle. In fact, the idea came to him in seventh grade, when he was asked to write a paper about “hot” healthcare-related jobs. Now, more than 20 years later, Gary’s goal is within reach. Hard work and a drive to succeed have helped Gary maintain a 3.94 grade point average as he pursues his bachelor’s degree and earns certificates in advanced imaging modalities. But it has been a long road.

“Radiology isn’t just something I like or a way to earn a paycheck. It’s a passion.” “Looking back, I truthfully hated school,” says Gary, 38. “I got a job when I was 14 washing dishes, making good money. Then I got a better job making more money. By 2010, I had been working for 13 years in a warehouse, but I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. There had to be something better.” With his boyhood goals in mind, Gary began taking prerequisite courses at a local community college, then applied to Kettering College’s radiologic technology associate degree program. “I got goose bumps the first day of orientation at Kettering College,” he says. “I knew I was supposed to be here. And on my first day of clinicals a few months later, I was elated. I couldn’t believe I was finally doing what I had set out to do 20 years earlier.”

“ I love making people feel comfortable; I love getting to know them. I want to take my time; I want to get to know them and know their story. I want to see them from their worst day to their best day and be part of that process.”


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These days, Gary is an X-ray technician juggling a full-time course load in advanced imaging with the support of his wife and two children. “Radiology isn’t just something I like or a way to earn a paycheck,” he says. “It’s a passion.”

ricardo&gigi Following in Their Parents’ Footsteps RICARDO CHUJUTALLI & GIGI CHUJUTALLI Human biology (alumni ’16, ’14) THE Chujutalli family left everything behind when they immigrated to the United States in 2003. “My dad went from wearing a stethoscope—he was a doctor in Peru—to wearing work gloves for his job at a boot factory,” says Ricardo, now 22. “For a while, we lived in a chilly basement apartment in Massachusetts and got by on $400 a month. We didn’t have a car, and we had to volunteer at a local shelter to ‘earn’ clothing. But sometimes in the worst of times, you make the best out of it.” Ricardo’s sister Gigi, 24, agrees. “We learned to appreciate what we had, and that was each other,” she says. “Our parents moved to the U.S. to give us a better opportunity and more options. We have so much to be thankful for.”

Over time, with their father a doctor and their mother a nurse, Ricardo and Gigi realized they wanted to follow in their parents’ footsteps and serve in the medical profession. Both graduated from Kettering College as human biology majors, Gigi in 2014 and Ricardo two years later. Gigi is still at Kettering College, working on her master’s degree in physician assistant studies, and Ricardo is in his first year of medical school. “Coming to Kettering College is one of the best decisions we ever made,” Ricardo says. “People here have a big heart for one another. You can just feel that from the students and faculty. The teachers are so nice! Their doors were always open no matter what, and they were there to listen and give advice. They were our family when we didn’t have family here.”


A Personal Crisis, a New Direction LEE HAMMOND Diagnostic medical sonography (student) LEE Hammond was at a crossroads in 2009. Five years earlier, he had dropped out of college to teach private drum lessons, supplementing his income with a job at a utility company. When the recession hit, parents pulled their kids out of drum lessons to save money, and his company laid him off. Then, Lee and his family were in a serious car accident. Lee’s 13-month-old son sustained serious injuries. His medical issues lingered for almost two months before doctors were able to diagnose him with a lacerated kidney—thanks to a series of diagnostic ultrasound scans. “Every time my son had an ultrasound, a student was in there on a clinical rotation,” he says. “One day it just clicked. I thought, ‘I need a solid career where I won’t get laid off, and I can do that right there.’ Not only all that, but it was knowing I could help people. That’s what got me motivated to go back to school and get a degree.” Lee took classes at a local community college, and in 2013, he enrolled as a sophomore in the diagnostic medical sonography bachelor’s degree program at Kettering College. He says his most meaningful experience so far was during clinical rotations at a local children’s hospital.

“Coming here is one of the best decisions we ever made. People here have a big heart for one another. You can just feel that from the students and faculty.” » Ricardo Chujutalli

“At Kettering College, I am learning about the holistic and spiritual aspect of healing too. That’s what I was looking for, and I am so happy I got into the physician assistant program.” » Gigi Chujutalli

“Just knowing you are part of helping little kids get better … it’s huge,” says Lee, now a father of four. “These kids might only be with you for a half an hour, and you might not see them again, but you are part of helping them get better.” The son injured in the car accident is now nine years old. Every two years, he undergoes ultrasound scans to ensure that his kidney is continuing to heal. “Someday, I will have the chance to scan him and see for myself and know what I’m looking at,” Lee says. “Knowing that I came from watching a student scan my son to actually getting to do it myself makes me feel really good. If I think about it too hard, I get emotional about it. It drives me.” answering the call


“ It’s an honor to be in those difficult moments with a patient and their families, and I always pray that God gives me the wisdom to do it well.”

ANISHA MATHI, PA-C Physician assistant (alumna ’15) ANISHA Mathi knew she wanted to pursue a future in healthcare from the first time she held a frog’s heart in her hand during a seventh grade biology lab. “I remember thinking, ‘How miraculous it is that every creature God has created has a heart,’” she recalls. “I knew right then that I needed to do something more with medicine.” Anisha, a 2015 graduate of the master’s of physician assistant studies program at Kettering College, shares that as a healthcare provider, she spends her days practicing how to share joy with her patients. Her career in Emergency Medicine provides her opportunities daily to not only share joy, but also to walk through moments of pain with patients. One of the motivating factors for how she chooses to treat patients when they encounter their own traumas draws from her own painful childhood experiences in the ER. When she was 13, Anisha’s father died of a heart attack in the Emergency Room. His medical team, while competent, was unsympathetic and cold. “Their attitude was ‘well, this happens to people all the time, and it happened to him, too,’” recalls Anisha. “I thought, ‘Wait, this is my father. Maybe you see this sort of thing every day, but to me, this is not just another case.’ I know I can’t get my dad back, but I do strive to affirm the importance of each life and intentionally connect with my patients on a personal level every day, in hopes that I can bless them as they walk through their own dark moments. It’s an honor to be in those difficult moments with a patient and their families, and I always pray that God gives me the wisdom to do it well,” she says.


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LORIN COLLINS Health sciences, respiratory care and management (student) LORIN Collins says she didn’t really need a bachelor’s degree. She already had an associate degree in respiratory therapy and was serving patients well at a local hospital. But she says she has always been a little “extra,” so in 2013, she began working toward her bachelor’s degree in Kettering College’s health sciences online program with a focus on respiratory care and management. “I want to stay in this profession and learn as much as I can and get as many letters behind my name as I can,” she says. “In my classes, I have learned a lot—things I can apply to my work, to my patients. Things I can teach other people in my department.”

Lorin says going above and beyond comes naturally. She has been known to paint an elderly patient’s fingernails, to sit and talk to patients who are lonely, to hold a baby who is struggling to breathe. Her heart for service extends to co-workers as well. “I don’t just go to my work and do my job,” she says. “I try to make everyone feel better about themselves and their work while I am there. I pray every day for God to make me a leader and a good example to other people.”



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“ I try to make everyone feel better about themselves and their work while I am there. I pray every day for God to make me a leader and a good example to other people.”

Finding Her Passion in Peru DANIELLE AKA Nursing (student) KETTERING College nursing student Danielle Aka says she loves taking care of people, so a career in health care seemed like an obvious choice. “My mom is a nurse, and I felt like that was something I could be happy doing,” says Danielle, a Toronto native. “But even in my first semester in the nursing program at Kettering College, I wasn’t sure I would ever be passionate about it.”

“ You don’t care for people because they

deserve it or you’re in the right situation for it. You do it because you genuinely want to help people, and you have a set of skills that they really need.”

All that changed during her second semester, when Danielle joined a medical team from Kettering College on a mission trip to Peru. Despite blistering heat, long days and sometimes chaotic clinic atmosphere, she describes the experience as “pretty awesome.” “When you go to Peru and you see how grateful people are and how much they need care and want care, and how we were doing really basic things for them, and it meant so much, ... it just kind of changes the way you think about things,” she says. “In that setting, you see this crazy need for service, and it’s so easy to open your heart to that.” Danielle, a third-year transfer student, returned to campus refreshed and with a new perspective as she participated in clinical rotations. “I realized that if I feel I am called to serve, then it shouldn’t matter if it’s somewhere people are in dire need like Peru, or here in one of our hospitals at Kettering,” she says. “You don’t care for people because they deserve it or you’re in the right situation for it. You do it because you genuinely want to help people, and you have a set of skills that they really need. I just want to be able to help people.”

GREG PARKER Occupational therapy (student) OCCUPAT IONAL therapy doctoral student Greg Parker is learning how to help patients find creative solutions using occupational therapy techniques. But he is also realizing that sometimes, the best kind of therapy happens when he is simply being himself. Greg graduated from Kettering College in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in human biology. He returned to campus in 2015 to join the new occupational therapy doctoral program.

“I knew I was in the right place. I knew this is what I needed to do; this is where I needed to be.”



In the Right Place

“My mission in life is to look at situations from every perspective that’s involved, and I think that’s what drew me to occupational therapy,” he says. “You’re looking at multiple perspectives to help figure out how to solve problems, and that’s something I’ve always done.” One of Greg’s first field assignments was at a local hospital with children who have cognitive deficits related to autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions. There, he met a young boy with autism who had lost his parents and younger sister in a car accident.

“We were working with him, and he drew to me,” Greg says. “Over that week, we just bonded. We ate lunch together. We talked and had fun. I think that’s what he was looking for and needed because it reflected what his father did with him before his passing.” The experience has deepened Greg’s resolve to serve others. “I knew I was in the right place,” he says. “I knew this is what I needed to do; this is where I needed to be. I want to continue making that impact.”

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MEMBERS OF THE CLASS OF 2016 and their family and friends turned out to celebrate at a Dayton Dragons game May 9 for Kettering College Alumni Night. At the game against the South Bend Cubs, they received free Dayton Dragons caps and concessions. Brian Astor (radiologic sciences and imaging), the George B. Nelson Award honoree, was scheduled to throw out the first pitch. Though rain forced the scheduling of a make-up game on Aug. 16, it didn’t keep alumni, family and friends from celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2016.

Pictured: From left to right, Human Biology graduate Gerald Miranda-Alvarez with friends, Human Biology graduate Ricardo Chujutalli, and Alumni Relations Director, Teresa Simmons. Inset photo 1: Nursing graduate Brooke Fugate, far left, and her family. Inset photo 2: Respiratory graduate Alyssa

PA STUDENTS COMPETE IN CLEVELAND THREE KETTERING COLLEGE physician assistant students, Danielle Abraff, Joe Busam, and Mara Kohls participated in the 2016 Cleveland Clinic PA Student Medical Challenge Bowl, held June 16 at the Intercontinental Hotel. Though the team didn’t place, the PA Class of 2017 and alumni director Teresa Simmons cheered and provided support.

Farmer, middle, and her friends enjoying the game. Inset photo 3: A guest of Teresa Simmons, Alumni Relations Director, Matthew Bonifield, caught the homerun ball. Inset photo 4: Alumni Relations Director, Teresa Simmons, left and nursing graduate, Christine Collins, right.

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1970s Leota Stahl ’70 (nursing) lives in

(radiologic technology) lives in Brookville, Ohio.

Irene Parcels Mackin ’72 (nursing)

Physician Assistant Studies) lives in Liberty Township, Ohio.

is retired and living in Anthem, Arizona. Her husband is deceased. Her email address is

1980s Dennis Case ’80 (physician

assistant) lives in Sumner, Michigan, and is an instructor at Central Michigan University. His email address is

Benita Aleksei Steele ’82

(nursing) lives in Pasadena, Maryland. and is a hospice case manager for Hospice of the Chesapeake. Benita and her husband, Bob, sail the Chesapeake Bay on their sailboat. Her email address is

Lisa Mackey-Brown ’84 (nursing) lives in Dayton and is an RN and MDS coordinator in Xenia, Ohio. Her email address is

Todd Smiley ’85 ’85 (radiologic

technology) lives in Burlington, North Carolina, and is the director of imaging services at the University of North Carolina. His email address is

Shawn Fordham ’86 (general

studies) has expressed an interest in alumni activities.




Stacey Bell ’92 (nursing) lives in

Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Her email address is

Scott Hitter ’95 (physician assistant) lives in San Antonio. His email address is

Share and 2000s submit David Mullbock ’03 (radiologic your technology) lives in Silverdale, events and Washington. He is a cardiovascular photos to radiologic technologist at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton, alumni@ Washington. His email address is


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Jenell Dunigan Shirk ’05

Shelton, Washington, and is a retired. Leota wants to “just let you know I am still here!”

Update your info online at KC.EDU/ALUMNI

Mary Pfiester ’07 (Master of

Cindy Hummel Douglass ’08 (advanced imaging) lives in Winchester, Kentucky, with her husband, Robert, and two children. Cindy, an MRI technologist, started back to school at the University of Kentucky in 2009. Her email address is

Anna Kroll De Guzman ’09 (sonography) lives in Huber Heights, Ohio, with her husband, Carl.

2010s Jackelyn Cox Dursch ’12 (nursing) lives in Middletown, OH with her husband Michael. Jackelyn received her AS in 2011 and her BSN in 2012.

Candice Huff Chamblin ’13 (radiologic technology) she lives in Springboro, Ohio. She is a radiology technician at Bethesda North/TriHealth in Cincinnati. Her email address is

IN REMEMBRANCE Susan Marie (Bonfield) McIntosh ’08 nursing alumna passed away on May 17, 2016. Susan was a Dayton resident at the time of her passing. She leaves behind her husband Don McIntosh, children Lori and Mark McIntosh, and grandson Karsen McIntosh.

Amanda Christiana Hertel ’11 nursing alumna passed away on August 7, 2016 at her residence. Amanda was a graduate of Franklin County High School, as well as Kettering College of Medical Arts. She leaves behind her mother Charlene Hertel, a brother, John D. (Angie) Hertel, and a beloved niece, Chloe Hertel.


Delois Sylvia Ellies ’13 (nursing) lives in Miami Township, Ohio, and is a trauma nurse at Grandview Hospital’s emergency department. Her email address is

Tracel Holly Leavelle ’13 (nursing) lives in Winchester, Kentucky, with her husband Preston. Tracie is an RN and is currently working on finishing her Bachelor’s degree. Her email address is

Jorja Magley ’15 (Master of Physician Assistant Studies) lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Jorja is a nocturnist physician assistant in Louisville.

Ashley Savage ’16 (health sciences education) lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, with her husband, Robert Vagedes, and 11-year-old son. Ashley’s email address is

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Adam Brown

Lauren Brooks

Josie Burns

Anne Collier-Freed

ADAM BROWN :: Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, Bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation, 2004, Southern Adventist University: After 11 years in the field, Adam Brown, Kettering College’s new Associate Dean for Enrollment Management, is passionate about Adventist education. When he had the opportunity to interview for a job in enrollment management, he saw it as God opening a door, he said. From the day he arrived at Kettering College, he’s felt welcome. Outside of work, he plays basketball, golf, disc golf, and softball and goes skiing and trail running. He and his wife, Jessie, have been married for eight years and have two sons, Callan and Henry. Brown also has an identical twin brother and said he’s proud to be from the South.


LAUREN BROOKS :: Communication specialist Intern, Bachelor’s degree in public relations, 2012, Southern Adventist University: Lauren Brooks said her love for writing and connecting with people led her to her profession in communications, listening to people’s stories and sharing them through various media. She said she chose to work at Kettering College because of the opportunity to develop in the profession and the College’s intentionality of creating community in the area. In her free time, Brooks attends concerts, reads, trails and spends time with friends and family. After spending a year in Argentina, she has made it her mission to experience the world. However, having grown up in the Midwest, she said, she’s glad to experience the snow again. JOSIE BURNS : : Division of Nursing program clinical coordinator, Bachelor’s degree in English, 2011, Andrews University: Josie Burns’ family has been involved with the Kettering Medical Center since its inception. When a job opportunity opened at Kettering College that matched her skills and provided an opportunity to work closely with students, she accepted the role and began working as the Division of Nursing program clinical coordinator in January. Burns said she enjoys traveling, cooking, reading and music. ANNE COLLIER-FREED : : Associate professor of religion and co-chair of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Bachelor’s degree in history, 1988, Pacific Union College; Master’s degree in religion, 1992, Andrews University; doctorate in theology, 2000, Fuller Theological Seminary: Anne Collier-Freed said she became interested in spirituality and its impact in healthcare one summer when she toured Seventhday Adventist Hospitals in Asia with her grandparents. She came to Kettering College, she said, because its mission fit well with her calling to nurture whole-person care in healthcare contexts through education and mentoring along with other ways of engaging the learning community on campus and in the broader community. She said she enjoys reading, exploring new places, participating in musical activities, hiking and watching films. BENJAMIN HOTELLING :: Director of career servies, Bachelor’s degree in elementary education, 2012, Andrews University; Master’s degree in leadership development, 2015, Wright State University: Benjamin Hotelling says he has a passion for helping connect students with professional opportunities in the health field. He says he chose to work at Kettering College because it develops students into motivated, compassionate, dependable healthcare providers. He enjoys traveling, playing and watching sports, exercising and trying new restaurants. He and his wife, Rachel Hotelling, the community outreach coordinator for Kettering Health Network, do not have children, but they do have a golden retriever that “acts like a child,” he says.

Benjamin Hotelling

NOTEWORTHY MOVES » Carolyn Gersch, associate director of nursing and chair of the BSN completion program, has transitioned to an adjunct faculty role. She has been a faculty member at Kettering College since 2001. » Tim Willsey, professor of physical education and wellness, retired after dedicating 39 years to Kettering College.

» Marsha Purtee, associate professor of nursing since 1988, retired. » Linda King, Division of Nursing program clinical coordinator since 2000, retired. » Mary Harden is now the administrative assistant in the Division of Nursing. kettering college


PA students Pearl Kuo, left, and Ryan Priest, right, enjoy a chocolate fountain during Valentine’s Day week.

Respiratory care director Nancy Colletti pins student Audrey Heinlein during the department’s dedication ceremony.

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Kettering College is the best #kettstudentlife

Dorothy Hall @puRRple28 Feels good to be back here @KettCollege campus despite the brutally cold weather! Getting closer and closer to achieving my dream!

Pre-nursing student Talisha Hawkins partakes in one of the orientation social events.


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Radiologic sciences and imaging professor Robert Hoover pins student Tiffany Elises during the department’s dedication ceremony.

Christian Artist Shawn McDonald performs in concert March 25th at the Kettering Adventist Church.

PA graduates Fiorentina Miraka, left, and Jonathan Omane, right, wait to receive their diplomas at commencement.

Carlie Finley @Carley_Finley I’m officially done with another semester at @KettCollege !!!!!!!!! Now I have all summer to relax and prepare for the nursing program Bethany Wirth @BethanyWirth Have I mentioned how much I love my school? @ketteringccm #KetteringCollege #FreeStarbucks

Human biology student Megan Baker, center, waves as she skates with friends to start off the new semester during the Winter Welcome event.

Background pic from left, PA student Sabrina Powers, medical sonographer and 2008 Kettering College graduate Carrie Smith, PA student Mara Kohls, sonography student Demi Alexander, PA student Ellie Manley and radiology student Nicole Moorman jump for joy on top of Machu Picchu.

Dalton @Daltonirish18 Every normal college kid is excited for summer. Then there’s Kettering students. #Week4 #TrueKettering

From left, international student Kevin Gill, Kettering College alumnus Danny Biddinger ’15, and human biology student Katherine Vicente lead music during a student assembly.

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