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In praise of INNOVATION We are all connected to Kettering College—a place distinguished from other colleges by our legacy of innovation. It is founded on innovation, with wealth derived from innovation, by the Kettering family, a family renowned for innovation. In fact, innovation is one of the values that we regard as essential to fulfilling our mission.1 Isn’t that interesting? We value trustworthiness. We value caring. We value competence. We value collaboration. And yes, we value innovation. Innovation doesn’t apply only to new gadgets and technologies. It can apply to ideas, processes, services and artistic expression. Recently I spent time with 12 other college presidents and members of their governing boards at the Florida Hospital Innovation Lab, a center dedicated to be an incubator of ideas and innovations. I learned much while I was there. Let me share with you two of the most important insights I gained. First, innovation requires empathy. It requires perceiving and deeply understanding the perspective of someone else. What do they really want? How do they see things? What motivates them? Empathy is necessary for hospitals to practice patient-centered care. It means designing and building a cancer center using input from an advisory board of cancer survivors and current patients — something that the Kettering Health Network is doing now. It means delivering advanced coursework using new modalities, including simulation. It means letting go of one’s own preconceived idea, and opening the mind to the views and values of another. Second, innovation requires forgiveness. This is because innovation requires risk-taking. Risktaking will inevitably lead to failure some of the time. Organizations with a culture of forgiveness have a tolerance for failure. Without a tolerance for failure, people won’t take risks, and they won’t innovate. Of course, a tolerance for failure in the context of innovative effort is not the same thing as a tolerance for incompetent bumbling.


That spirit of innovation that inspired our founders is alive and well at Kettering today… The namesake of our college, Charles F. Kettering, was certainly one of history’s great inventors and innovators. His electric starter for automobiles met a critical need. But another of the College’s foundational innovators takes first place in human history for innovation: Jesus Christ. Because I follow Him, I call myself a Christian. After all, God didn’t just look down at our broken world, full of broken people, and feel sorry for or even angry about our human condition. He became human. This was the ultimate way for God to see things from our perspective, so He could serve us in a way that only God possibly could. Jesus taught tolerance, forgiveness, acceptance and love — innovative concepts at the time. Implementing these principles today requires continued social innovation, which aligns well with the educational mission of Kettering College. That spirit of innovation that inspired our founders is alive and well at Kettering today in the work of our faculty, staff and students — and on the pages of this edition of Pacesetter. I hope you are inspired by everything you find here. Blessings, Nate


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EDITOR: Jessica J.W. Beans ASSISTANT EDITORS: Breana Soliday Haughton and Teresa Simmons CONTRIBUTING WRITERS: Leigh Wilkins, Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Nate Brandstater, Olivia Snell, Teresa Simmons, Chelsya Ernina, Tyler Callahan, Kathy Keyes PHOTOGRAPHY: Jessica J.W. Beans, Breana Soliday Haughton, Julie Walling Photography, Scott Robins, Tyler Callahan, AGI Studios » Photos submitted by Jake Ringering, Ricardo Chujutallia, Abigail Lesoine, Carrie Smith, Paul Yoo » Photos used for Partnerships article by permission COVER IMAGE: Photo courtesy of Steve Carlson PRINTING: Mound Printing Co. Inc., Dayton, Ohio

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ON THE COVER: medical missonary program exposes 14 International students to a wider world During his three-month medical mission in Thailand last summer, Jake Ringering learned to expect the unexpected — green pit viper bites and elephant stampede injuries included. Ringering, a third-year human biology major at Kettering College, was the first student to participate in the school’s new international medical missionary program.

FEATURES 9 Serving from the heart

At Kettering College, students and alumni live out their commitment to service in many ways, whether close to campus or on the other side of the world. In this issue of Pacesetter, three individuals share how they use their time and talents to serve people in Dayton’s inner city, in Bangladesh, and beyond.

life-changing partnership 20 APonitz Pipeline helps students fulfill their potential after high school and beyond Jaria Bell knew she wanted to attend a good college that would prepare her for a career in the medical field. But she couldn’t envision how that would come together. Taking national college admissions tests, filling out college applications, and making it all happen financially seemed overwhelming. Enter Ponitz Pipeline, an innovative partnership between Kettering College and a Dayton Public School. ·

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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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“ I was humbled to be part of a team of 25 students, staff and faculty members from Kettering College that traveled to Belize on a 10-day medical mission trip in July. We had our work cut out for us, as we organized and ran six health fairs encountering between 600 and 800 people in the western portion of Belize, including Santa Elena, Bullet Tree, Buena Vista, San Antonio, Billy White Village and Caye Caulker. I was assigned to screen blood pressures and educate individuals about hypertension and the effects of diet and exercise on their blood pressure and overall wellness. Traveling to Belize put the

first stamp in my passport, as it was my first international trip. I would not trade my experience for the world, meeting some of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered; their stories were awe-inspiring. My experience in Belize broadened my views of the world and expanded my perspectives as a more cultured individual spiritually and as a future healthcare provider. Belize left its fingerprint on my heart. I’m hoping that Peru will do the same for the team of Kettering personnel going in March to touch the lives of countless more individuals.” — Nursing student Tyler Callahan

Pictured above clockwise » Top photo: In Belize, nursing student Tyler Callahan said he met “some of the most beautiful souls I have ever encountered.” Photo 2: Students, faculty and staff conducted health fairs in six cities during their 10-day mission trip to Belize. Photo 3: Nursing student Tyler Callahan screened residents for high blood pressure and educated them about diet, exercise and wellness. Photo 4: Health clinics addressed wellness and the relationships between diet, exercise and hypertension.


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On Aug. 30, the first-ever Kettering College Carnival brought students, their families and the community together to kick off the school year and showcase Kettering College’s services, student life, ministry and activities. The students and families enjoyed a fun-filled day with water slides, a Velcro wall, miniature golf, kids’ games, a dunking tank and a variety of musical acts. “The Kettering College Carnival was a fantastic way to begin the school year,” said Ryan LaFave, a human biology major. “It brought us students together in a fun way before the regular schedule of classes. I really enjoyed having fun with my friends while getting to meet new people, too. I hope this is a new tradition for our school.” The sponsors for the carnival included the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church and Kettering Health Network human resources. Pictured above clockwise » Top left photo: Human biology student Abigail Lesoine prepares to send human biology student Kyle Davis into the dunking tank. Photo 2: Human biology student Faith Stewart races through the three-lane bungee run. Photo 3: Advanced imaging student Bhavin Patel climbs the rock wall. Photo 4: From left, human biology student Chelsya Ernina, Rayne Watson-Dennis, and human biology students Nolan Dietrich and Abigail Lesoine.

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EXPANSION into Greene County by hosting a ribbon-cutting at its new location Twenty students made history this fall as the inaugural class in the occupational therapy doctoral (OTD) program — Kettering College’s first doctoral program and one of only 21 OTD programs in the United States. Kettering College celebrated its expansion into Greene County and its new occupational therapy doctoral program Tuesday, Oct. 27, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for elected officials, community members, and the leaders of Kettering College and the Kettering Health Network. The new Kettering College Ollie Davis Center is at 68 Darst Road in Beavercreek, near Indian Ripple Road.


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Pictured above » Top photo: An OTD photography competition was held in celebration of the new program. Winning entries were announced at the ribbon cutting ceremony and these photos, which represent eight areas of occupation, were installed on the walls of the Kettering College Ollie Davis Center. Photo 2: Gregory Parker, a student in the OTD program and a graduate of Kettering College’s human biology program, shares his perspective about what the new program means to his class. Photo 3: Kettering College’s first cohort of OTD students.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE DAY On Make a Difference Day Oct. 24, students, faculty and staff lent helping hands and listening ears at Target Dayton Ministries, an East Dayton church for the poor and homeless. “It’s never a terrible experience when you set aside your regular activities to do service to your community and to God. I had been to Target Dayton before and was immensely blessed by the simple encounters I had. So when I heard that on Saturday, October 24, Kettering College campus ministries was going to bring a group of students to Target Dayton to talk to the homeless and pray with them and build relationships with them, I was very excited. When that day approached, I had some problems of my own, and I hadn’t intended on going. But I’m grateful that I did. I met a man named Leslie that Saturday. He asked me to sit down when I smiled and said hi to him. I remember that there was just a sense of peace the moment I sat down. We had talked for a little more than 30 minutes — more than the usual amount of time I’d spent with other guests that evening. In that short amount of time, he shared memories of his wife, his children and his grandchildren; his recent struggle; his favorite memories; and the most influential of all, his feeling of being showered with God’s blessing every single day of his life no matter what mountain he faces…Each time he shared something, he seemed genuinely interested in my goals, ambitions, where I was from…and would ask me all sorts of questions. I will always remember what he told me at the end of our conversation. He said to me, ‘You have a beautiful smile. But I can sense that even though your smile is quite genuine, you’ve been through a lot. And because that’s how life is, you will go through much more. But just remember, God is greater than your highs and lows. So even when it’s hard, just keep on smiling. The God who was and is with me every day of my life is the same God who parted the seas, who turned water into wine, and He’s the same God that’s with you every day of your life.’” — Human biology student Chelsya Ernina Pictured clockwise » Top right photo: Human Biology student Chelsya Ernina speaks with Leslie. Photo 2: Campus ministries organized the day of service with Target Dayton Ministries. Photo 3: Human biology student Christina Cribari passes out programs to the visitors at Target Dayton.

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With 100 percent job placement within two months of graduation and 100 percent first-time pass rates on national credentialing exams, Kettering College has distinguished itself as a recognized leader in respiratory care education. “Kettering’s perfect pass rate on the National Board for Respiratory Care entry-level credentialing examination was far above the national first-time pass rate of 79.7 percent,” said Nancy Colletti, director of the respiratory care program. “On the NBRC Advanced Practitioner Examination, a clinical simulation required for the Registered Respiratory Therapist designation, Kettering students also logged a 100 percent pass rate, compared with a national pass rate of 69 percent.”

“They’re entering the field at a time of great growth,” she said. “The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher, with the number of positions expected to grow by 19 percent between 2012 and 2022 — faster than average among all occupations,” Colletti said. “This anticipated growth is largely due to the fact that our population is aging, and older people are most likely to have breathing problems that require respiratory care.” Patrick Sellers graduated from the Kettering College program in late July and began working as a respiratory therapist for two Kettering Health Network hospitals in the fall. “When I was looking for a career change a few years ago, I originally was considering nursing, but all the local nursing programs were full,” Sellers said. “The more I heard about respiratory care, the more it appealed to me. By the time I graduated, I had really fallen in love with the profession.”

“The demand for respiratory therapists has never been higher…” HIRING RATES

Job opportunities are high in this field with the national average employment rate within 6 months of graduation being 84.6%. In 2015, 100% of the Kettering College grads were employed in the field within 2 months of graduation!


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KETTERING AMONG TOP OHIO SCHOOLS Kettering College, Sinclair Community College and Ohio State University were the top three respiratory care programs in the state based on employment rates and student success in national credentialing and licensing exams, earning the Distinguished Registered Respiratory Therapist Award for Credentialing Success from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care in 2015. Kettering College also received the award in 2014.

Pictured clockwise from lower left: Respiratory care student Josh Isabell. Photo 2: Respiratory care students learn from faculty member Alisa French. Photo 3: Respiratory care faculty member Elizabeth Golba presents to students. Photo 4: Respiratory care program director Nancy Colletti and 2015 respiratory care graduate Patrick Sellers at the respiratory care dedication ceremony. Photo 5: Lab exercise with respiratory care student Stephanie Neidhart.

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KETTERING COLLEGE LAUNCHING NEW MAJOR IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT In August, Kettering College will offer a new baccalaureate major in healthcare management for students interested in pursuing business in the healthcare industry. The three-year, full-time course of study results in a four-year degree. Classes will begin in August 2016. “This major will prepare students to work on the business side of healthcare in a management role,” said Paula Reams, chair of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program at Kettering College. “The major also offers a pre-occupational therapy track for students who are interested in going on to a graduate-level

occupational therapy program, such as Kettering College’s occupational therapy doctoral program.” About half of the courses in the program are offered on the Kettering College campus; the other half are online. All students will take approximately 125 hours, including general education and business management courses. During their final year, students will gain practical experience in an internship in a local healthcare organization. Visit for more information.

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NEW SONOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT TO ENHANCE STUDENT LEARNING With the purchase of a new obstetric ultrasound simulator worth more than $42,000, Kettering College will be able to send its students into the workforce with more experience identifying fetal anomalies that at one time could only be observed and taught with actual patients. Susan Price, director of the medical sonography program at Kettering College, said this new simulation equipment is a wonderful teaching tool. “It has improved student confidence and their knowledge of obstetrical scanning anomalies without undue stress on obstetrical patients,” she said. Price also commented that the company that produces the simulation equipment has asked Kettering College to become a beta testing center for any new obstetrical simulator models. “They were so impressed with our program’s credentials, faculty experience, registry results, and our 10-year program accreditation that they want us to be a testing center now,” she said. “It is fulfilling to know that our program is gaining recognition for its quality and innovation.” 8

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This purchase is a part of a recent investment plan that emphasizes technology and academic program equipment improvements, said Nate Brandstater, Kettering College President. “We strive to support our programs in their pursuit of academic leadership so that our College will continue to be at the forefront of quality healthcare education,” he said. Pictured above right: Susan Price, Professor and Director of the Medical Sonography Program, demonstrates the new Sonography Equipment.

SERVING FROM THE At Kettering College, students and alumni live out their commitment to service in many ways, whether close to campus or on the other side of the world. In this issue, three individuals share how they use their time and talents to serve people in Dayton’s inner city, in Bangladesh, and beyond.—BY LEIGH WILKINS


Ricardo Chujutalli and Abigail Lesoine have been volunteering at the Victory Project ministry since September 2015. Located just a few blocks from Dayton Children’s Medical Center, Victory Project offers at-risk teenage boys a home-cooked meal five nights a week, plus mentoring, tutoring, Bible study, and employment opportunities. Above clockwise: Human Biology student Ricardo Chujutalli with the young men he works with at the Victory Project in Dayton. Photo 2: Carrie Smith, Bangladesh, 2011. Photo 3: Human biology student Abby Lesoine, center, serves at the Good Neighbor House with other students and friends.”

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ne of our goals at Victory Project is to educate young men about how to be positive role models in their community, and a lot of them don’t have that example in their homes,” says Demarcus Suggs, program director. “We want them to meet people with different careers, backgrounds and personality types so they can see beyond their own experiences as they mature. Ricardo and Abigail are among our younger volunteers and can relate to our young men differently than staff and other volunteers can. Their willingness to give of their time means a lot to our young people.” Lesoine says she agrees with this assessment now, but at first she wasn’t so sure what kind of impact she could have at Victory Project. “I grew up in rural Vermont, and the idea of being around 20 guys from the inner city was pretty intimidating,” says Lesoine, 19. “But after a couple of weeks, I wasn’t apprehensive at all. Some of the boys opened up to me about their lives, and I realized pretty quickly that while I can’t solve their problems, I can definitely listen and be a friend. Sometimes that’s all a person needs.” Lesoine and Chujutalli come to Victory Project every Monday for dinner, then hang out with the boys in a comfortable room with a pool table, games and couches. “We help with homework if the kids need it and share stories,” says Chujutalli, 21. “It’s a great time, nothing stressful. In fact, I think helping out at Victory Project relieves stress in my life.”

BUILDING CONNECTIONS Sometimes simple gestures build connections, Lesoine says. “On one of our first Mondays at Victory Project, Ricardo brought a Rubik’s Cube,” she says. “A couple of the boys were fascinated and started asking a lot of questions. Ricardo gave them some pointers, and now when we arrive, they’re waiting at the door asking to give it a try. Eventually, they learned how to solve the cube, which is more than I can say for myself.” Serving at Victory Project is just one outlet for service for Chujutalli and Lesoine. Over the years, they have volunteered at network hospitals, local churches and nonprofit organizations. 10

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“I was surprised by how supportive administrators and professors are,” Chujutalli says. “They are always willing to get behind student ideas, and help us take something small and make it big. For instance, the school’s recruitment office just donated sweaters to Victory Project, which will help keep the boys warm this winter.” When Chujutalli and Lesoine graduate in May, their time at Victory Project will likely come to an end. They say they hope that doesn’t mean the end of Kettering College’s involvement in this high-impact ministry. “This winter, a few more students from Kettering College — including my sister, Gissel, who is a physician assistant student — will be coming along with us on Monday nights,” Chujutalli says. “I think a lot of people here want to be part of what’s happening at Victory Project.”

CARRIE SMITH, INTERNATIONAL MISSION TRIPS It took a car wreck for Carrie Smith to realize that instead of playing it safe, she ought to be going on international mission trips. Smith, a medical sonographer and 2008 Kettering College graduate, had always thought about getting involved in missions. When some friends at work invited her to join them on a trip to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, she agreed — at first. “I had about a week to get ready, and as I talked to my co-workers about the trip, they started telling me terrible stories about mission trips gone wrong,” recalls the 31-year-old Kettering resident. “I got more and more nervous about my safety and finally backed out.” Three weeks later, she was driving in icy conditions when another driver crashed into Smith’s car, totaling it. “When I had time to think about what happened, it seemed like God was saying, ‘Carrie, you can stay here and think you are safe and in control, but you aren’t,’” she says. “I realized that only God could keep me safe. The next time I got a chance to go on a medical mission trip, I took it.”

RIGHT TIME, RIGHT PLACE That opportunity came in 2011, when Smith traveled to Bangladesh with a large medical team from the Dayton area and from Loma Linda University. Since then, she has joined groups on trips to Zambia (2013 and 2014), Trinidad and Tobago (2015), and India (2015). Smith brings an ultrasound machine with her, and can set it up almost anywhere. While many encounters are routine, others touch her deeply. One in Zambia stands out. “We were doing ultrasounds at a clinic, and a woman came in who looked to be about 30 weeks pregnant,” Smith says. “I started doing the ultrasound and could tell right away that her baby was dead.” One of the doctors on the mission team gently broke the news to the woman. She was shocked and frightened and explained that she had no money to be induced at the local hospital. The doctor gave her money for the procedure; that night, he and Smith and some others went to visit her at the hospital. They found the woman crying. She was terrified to tell her husband about the baby, saying that he was already angry with her about previous miscarriages. “The doctor called this woman’s husband and explained the situation and made sure he understood that the wife wasn’t to blame,” Smith says. “Sometimes I wonder what would have happened to her if we hadn’t been there. We were just in the right place at the right time.” Smith says she is often out of her comfort zone on these trips, and nowhere was that more apparent than on her 10-day trip to India. It rained every day, and mud mingled with cow dung on the streets. The team stayed in an empty house that had no running water and was sometimes without electricity.

“Some days it poured, and we couldn’t do anything but sit in the house,” she says. “The air was so humid that our bed sheets never dried. We were so discouraged. One day, we prayed that the rain would stop—and it did. That afternoon, we were able to go to a school and counsel some young students. A little girl asked me to pray for God to protect her because she loves Jesus and knew that if her Hindu parents found out they would beat her. I just couldn’t believe the faith of this 12-year-old girl. It really made an impression on me.”

THE REWARDS OF SERVICE Smith, a sonographer at a Kettering Health Network outpatient center, says she looks forward to the next time she can travel to some far-off country. “These trips put life into perspective for me, and it is so rewarding to be able to help people in some small way,” she says. “We can’t always communicate with words, but it is really awesome to feel their love and appreciation.” Pictured above left to right: Human Biology student Ricardo Chujutalli with his sister, Gissel—a physician assistant student at Ketttering College. Photo 2: On a November 2015 trip to India, Carrie Smith and trip members Lorinda Emmanuel and Tammy Michelle worked with students from the SDA Matric Hr. Secondary School. Photo 3: Carrie Smith with Trinidadian youth during the 2015 Trinidad and Tobago mission trip. Photo 4: During that May 2015 Trinidad and Tobago mission trip, Carrie Smith teaches school students about how to take an ultrasound.



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about 300 alumni, students, faculty, staff, families and Rain offriends Sept. 11 at the annual alumni event at Young’s Jersey Dairy in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The event featured food, face didn’t painting, miniature golf, batting cages, a driving range, pedal races and a bouncy house. Each graduate received a Kettering dampen cart College t-shirt, and physician assistant alumni received a gift to the fun commemorate the program’s 40th graduating class. 12

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Pictured above: 1] Physician assistant graduates from the Class of 2015 celebrate 40 years of their program’s existence. 2] In the alumni drawing, Roger Streidl (BMET ’85) won a gift card to Figlio, an Italian restaurant in Kettering, and two tickets to see the Lion King at the Schuster Center. 3] New activity at Young’s Dairy: pedal cart racing. 4] Each graduate received a new Kettering College shirt. 5] Nursing students from the class of 2011. 6] John Ferrell (radiology ’10, ’11) at the batting cages. 7] Carrie Smith (sonography ’07, ’08), John Ferrell (radiology ’10, ’11) and Katie Ferrell (nursing ’12). 8] Pitching in to help where needed are student alumni board members Ryan LaFave (human biology), Bhav Patel (radiology ’15; advanced imaging) and Jake Ringering (human biology). 9] Kelly Olsen Wendth (nursing ’07), left, and Michael Wendth, right, with their daughter. 10] The picnic under the shelter included barbecue standards as well as Young’s Dairy’s homemade ice cream. kettering college


kettering college’s international medical missionary program opens a window to a wider world | by leigh wilkins During his three months as a medical missionary in Thailand in the summer of 2015, Jake Ringering learned to expect the unexpected — green pit viper bites and elephant stampede injuries included. Ringering, a third-year human biology major at Kettering College, was the first student to participate in the College’s international medical missionary program. 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 14

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basic medical care in other countries. More than that, it is a chance for students to grow personally as they spend time in unfamiliar — and often uncomfortable — surroundings. Ringering learned about the program last spring. With the help of program director Steve Carlson, campus chaplain and director of campus ministries, he found an opportunity to serve in Kanchanaburi Province near the Thailand-Myanmar border. The plan was for him to live in a hut on the property of Bamboo School, an orphanage operated by a Christian

missionary from New Zealand. During his 11-week stay, he went on ambulance runs and provided patient care in local health clinics. “The orphanage is located in the village of Bong Ti in a hilly, jungle area, about an hour from any hospital,” Ringering said. “One of the first things I noticed after I arrived is that the people there are beyond poor. Families live in bamboo huts and subsist on whatever food they can grow themselves. I ate with kids in the orphanage, and we had potatoes and rice for every single meal.” E X P O S I N G S T U D E N T S TO A W I D E R W O R L D



busy shifts, difficult experiences For the first month of his stay, Ringering worked 12-hour shifts doing ambulance runs. Relying on his basic first aid training and cardiopulmonary resuscitation certification, he and a Thai driver responded to straightforward calls — women in labor, snake bites — and many vehicle crashes. Motorbike accidents were the worst, he said. “About 75 percent of vehicles on the road are motorbikes, and four or five people might be riding on one at once,” Ringering said. “Nobody wears helmets or follows traffic laws. One night, a call came in at about 10 o’clock, and when we arrived to help, we found a horrific scene. A car had crashed into a motorbike that had been carrying four passengers,

including three kids. They were all dead. But Thai law says you have to perform CPR on patients until you get them to a hospital, no matter what. So for the entire 30-minute ambulance ride, I had to do CPR on a child who had already died.” Falling asleep after shifts like that one wasn’t easy, Ringering said, but he was so busy he didn’t always have time to reflect. Pictured clockwise from bottom left: Jake Ringering with students at the Bamboo School. Photo 2: Ringering’s work included emergency squad runs, treating patients in a clinic and sharing health education. Photo 3: Jake Ringering (center) with the director of the Bamboo School, Catherine Riley-Bryan (left) and the IMM program director, Steve Carlson (right). Photo 4: Green pit viper bites were just one of the ailments Ringering encountered with patients. International Medical Mission opportunities are currently available in Thailand, Chad (Africa), India and the Marshall Islands.

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THE TRIP WAS CONFIRMATION THAT BEING A DOCTOR IS THE RIGHT CAREER PATH FOR ME. IN FACT, I HOPE TO SERVE ON THE MISSION FIELD FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER EARNING MY MEDICAL DEGREE. After his ambulance riding days were over, he spent the next seven weeks working in two health clinics, one in the town of Bong Ti Bon (population 300) and another at Sai Yok Hospital in the city of Kanchanaburi (population 172,000). Under Thailand’s permissive rules about who can provide medical care, Ringering was able to provide wound care, set broken bones, put in nasogastric feeding tubes, remove cysts and more. The variety of medical maladies he encountered astounded him, he said. “We saw a lot of patients with dengue fever, people with parasites caused by bamboo shoot tattoos, and patients who needed antivenim for a cobra or green pit viper bite,” Ringering said. “When I was at Sai Yok Hospital, I helped treat people who had been crushed in stampedes at a nearby elephant sanctuary.” The most challenging aspect of his time in Thailand was the language barrier, Ringering said. “Almost no one in the villages spoke English, so I often had to rely on charades to communicate,” he said. “It was easier in Kanchanaburi because a lot of the doctors spoke English and were able to answer any questions I had and help me communicate with patients.” By the end of his time in Kanchanaburi Province, Ringering said he was ready to return to Kettering College and the familiar schedule of going to class, doing labs and studying late into the night. Ringering said he thinks about the trip often and is thankful for the ways it affected him.

“This was my first medical mission, and it was really eye-opening to see how people get by on almost nothing,” he said. “The language barrier forced me to be more independent and resourceful. Also, the trip was confirmation that being a doctor is the right career path for me. In fact, I hope to serve on the mission field for a couple of years after earning my medical degree.”

just the beginning With one international medical missionary student experience in the books, program director Carlson said he is excited about the interest that the program is generating on campus. He expects as many as six students to go overseas as a part of the international medical mission program in 2016, either during the summer or on winter break. Potential sites include Peru, Chad and Malawi, with clinical opportunities in occupational therapy, primary care and others. “Going on a medical mission by yourself for an extended period of time can be a profound experience,” said Carlson, who has traveled to all 50 states and 32 countries. “When no one speaks your language, and you are tired of the food, and the newness has worn off, you begin to ask yourself big questions like, ‘What am I capable of doing? What are my limitations? Who am I spiritually? What is God calling me to?’ God desires to speak to all of us, and it is often easier to hear Him when we are alone and uncomfortable. I hope we can give every student who wants to go on one of these trips the opportunity to do so.”

Pictured left, top to bottom: Photo 1: Jake Ringering and Malee Kraihom at the end of Jake’s first day working in the clinic. Photo 2: Ringering checks in on one of his young patients. Photo 3: Ringering and some Kettering College friends visit before Ringering leaves for Thailand. Photo 4: Ringering tells about his IMM experience during a Kettering College student assembly.


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J. Robert Franks started his journey of becoming a physician assistant (PA) right after high school in 1968. Starting without a game plan, he worked several jobs as a gas station attendant, a motor parts delivery driver and a Cutco knife salesman. Threatened with the draft, Franks joined the Naval Reserves and was placed on active duty in 1971, serving as a hospital corpsman in the operating room. This is where he first heard about physician assistants, so when he returned home, he used the GI Bill to pursue a degree as a PA. He applied to Kettering College in April 1978 and was put on the waiting list. The following July, he received the call that he’d been accepted. In 1980, he and 15 others graduated from the program. Franks started his career at the Cherry Psychiatric Hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, helping detox patients, caring for acute admissions patients, working with people with developmental disabilities, and caring for geriatric psychiatric patients. He worked at Cherry for 30 years and is now working in a private outpatient practice. Giving to the College has been a long tradition for Franks. He started donating monthly beginning in 1989. In 2015, he endowed the Bob Franks Physician Assistant Scholarship, awarded annually to an honorably discharged veteran.

Franks describes himself as “an ordinary guy” who wanted to make a difference in the lives of other veterans. The Bob Franks Physician Assistant Scholarship is an example of how one “ordinary” person can make an extraordinary impact on an individual and on society. For information about establishing an annual or endowed scholarship, email Kathryn Keyes at or call 937-395-8607. kettering college


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NEW FACES Marcia Cox, occupational therapy adjunct faculty, was an occupational therapist for adult and geriatric acute inpatient and outpatient populations with neurological impairments for Kettering Medical Center and Kettering Neuro Rehabilitation and Balance Center before accepting her position at Kettering College. Outside of work, Cox works with the social action committee of Temple Israel, which includes Clothes That Work and the Dayton Food Bank. She also knits gifts to welcome new babies and spends time with her sons Joseph and Daniel, their spouse and partner, and her new foster granddaughter. Susan Aebker, associate professor of occupational therapy, is a 1989 Kettering College alumna with a desire to support others in developing the knowledge and skills to enter the occupational therapy profession. She is currently an autism-coaching consultant for the Montgomery County Educational Service Center. She and her husband, David, have four children, Emily, Annika, Trina and Zach. Leisure activities include jogging and watching Ohio State University sports. Rhonda Davis-Cheshire, assistant professor of occupational therapy, chose occupational therapy because she enjoys play, creativity, working with people and contributing to the quality of life of the people she serves. David-Cheshire said she welcomes the career challenge of moving from clinician to educator. As an occupational therapist, she has worked in surgical, pediatric, inpatient, outpatient and ICU settings. While working toward a doctorate, she does not have much free time for her favorite leisure activities, watching TV and movies, playing video games, camping and doing artwork. Her husband, Michael, is also an occupational therapist, and they have three children, Noah, Jonah, and Jordan.

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Brittny Merkel, associate registrar, was a certified surgical tech at Redlands Community Hospital in Redlands, California, for two years before deciding to move to Ohio. In her free time, Merkel cooks, enjoys Pinterest projects, and explores the many festivals Ohio has to offer. She also enjoys spending time with her husband, Jathan, an administrative fellow in the Kettering Physician Network. They have a chocolate lab, Luna; a mackerel tabby cat, Fury; and three nephews. The Merkels are fans of off-road racing, attend SCORE and Lucas Oil races and dream of transforming their Ford F-150 into a trophy truck.

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Deleise Wilson, professor and director, Division of Nursing, said she was attracted to Kettering College’s commitment to student success, innovation and community engagement. Wilson earned her BSN from Northern Caribbean University, her master’s in nursing education from Colombia University and her doctorate in nursing from the University of Michigan. Wilson has been a pediatric critical care nurse, a pediatric health nursing course coordinator and a post-doctoral fellow and assistant professor. Her leisure activities include hiking, traveling and reading biographies on influential figures in history. Wilson and her husband, Colwick, a medical sociologist, have two daughters, Chidinma, a freshman at Oakwood University, and Corliss, a junior at Spring Valley Academy. Sandra Simi, front-desk receptionist and recruitment assistant in enrollment services, chose Kettering College because of its match to things she values: education, service, giving and spirituality. Simi was previously a church secretary for Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church, a computer programmer and an independent care provider. Outside of work, Simi spends time with children Shem, Victor, and Rebecca; sings in the choir; reads; jogs; and stitches quilts. Nicholas Henson, director of finance and administration, has spent the past nine years being treasurer, interim treasurer, associate treasurer and assistant treasurer for the Gulf States Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Montgomery, Alabama. Before that, he spent a year at a Florida Hospital as a financial analyst. Henson received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Adventist University in 2004 and his MBA from Webster University in 2011. Leisure activities include wakeboarding and playing cornhole. He also serves on the finance committee at Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. Henson is married to Joia, a pediatric nurse practitioner, and has a 4-year-old daughter, Abigail.

NOTEWORTHY MOVES » John Luckiesh moved from being the front-desk operator to being the associate director of admissions, replacing Tammy Erickson, who is now the executive assistant to the vice president of patient experience. » Teresa Simmons, librarian, was named director of alumni relations. » Amy Ortiz-Moretta, formerly the director of alumni relations and career services, is now an assistant professor for psychology and the Title IX program coordinator.

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Pictured: Ponitz Pipeline mentor Pamela Wilson, program coordinator, site office coordinator and academic advisor for the occupational therapy doctoral program at Kettering College, welcomes Ponitz Pipeline students. Inset: Jaria Bell completed Kettering College’s three-year associate degree in radiologic technology and is now working toward her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences, shown receiving diploma from Kettering College President, Nate Brandstater.


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Jaria Bell knew she wanted to attend a college that would prepare her for a career in the medical field. But like many of her classmates at Ponitz Career Technology Center in Dayton, she couldn’t envision how that would come together. The prospect of taking national college admissions tests, filling out college applications and arranging the financing seemed overwhelming. Enter Ponitz Pipeline, an innovative partnership between Kettering College and the Dayton Public Schools. Established in 2007, the program offers extensive career and college preparation activities for 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students in Ponitz’s allied health program, one of 13 career-oriented tracks. Kettering College employees provide health career counseling; classroom-based instruction on topics such as interview skills and financial literacy; science-related field trips; job shadowing; and mentoring. These activities complement the career-oriented curriculum that Ponitz teachers and guidance counselors deliver. Everything about Ponitz Pipeline is geared toward removing barriers to academic and career success, said Pam Wilson, who coordinates the program and also works at Kettering College as site office coordinator and academic advisor for the occupational therapy doctoral program. “The prospect of applying to college is intimidating for a lot of Ponitz students, many of whom will be the first people in their families to go to college,” Wilson said. “These students really appreciate the support they receive from Pipeline volunteers, and their parents do, too. A number of Ponitz parents have said to me, ‘Thank you so much for caring about my child.’ That means a lot, because we really do care and really do want to help.”

A perfect match Bell participated in Pipeline activities throughout her sophomore and junior years and set her sights on applying to Kettering College’s radiologic sciences and imaging program. At the beginning of her senior year in 2011, she was matched with Ponitz Pipeline mentor Becky McDonald, Kettering College’s director of admissions at the time. Bell quickly realized how valuable — and fun — a mentoring relationship could be. “Becky helped me with everything I needed to prepare for college,” Bell said. “She gave me study tips and time management advice, talked to me about the radiologic technology program requirements, helped me fill out financial aid forms, introduced me to faculty members and followed up with me to make sure I didn’t fall behind on anything. We got together for dinner sometimes, and we texted and called each other a lot. Becky was always really positive and supportive. She was really excited for me when I got into Kettering College.”

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Reaching goals Bell, now 21, completed Kettering College’s three-year associate degree in radiologic technology in May and is now working toward her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. If all goes according to plan, she will graduate in two years with certifications in X-ray, angiography and computed tomography. Classmates who participated in the Ponitz Pipeline also have achieved success, some in higher education and others in the workforce.

“They [Ponitz Pipeline volunteers] gave me advantages and helped me get where I needed to be.” Bell said she sometimes wonders what her life might be like without the support she received from Ponitz Pipeline. “Without Becky and the other volunteers, applying to colleges and figuring out everything with financial aid would have been so stressful,” she said. “Plus, I might not have even ended up at Kettering College. They really gave me advantages and helped me get where I needed to be.” Pictured: Pamela Wilson works with Ponitz Pipeline coordinator, Niki Ross.

A HI G H- I M PACT G I F T A new fund established by Kettering Health Network’s former chief executive officer and his wife provides financial assistance to Ponitz Pipeline participants who attend Kettering College and need help with non-tuition expense. Awards from the Carmen and Frank Perez Fund can mean the difference between a student graduating or dropping out because of financial concerns related to paying for books, uniforms, rent, groceries or other necessities. Frank Perez, Kettering Health Network’s chief executive officer from 1992 to 2011, was a vocal supporter of the Pipeline when it was established in 2008. This gift will help ensure that Ponitz grads at Kettering College have the resources they need to graduate and pursue the careers of their choice. For information on starting a scholarship fund at Kettering College, please contact Kathryn Keyes at or call 937-395-8607.

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1970s Marsha Coleman ’76 (respiratory care) lives in Mansfield, Ohio, and is a clinical director. Her email address is

1980s Debra Eskildsen ’80 (nursing)

lives with her husband, Peter, in Edmore, Michigan, and is a nurse at Sparrow Ionia Hospital. She works in an outpatient infusion center and is chemotherapy/biotherapy-certified. Her email address is debeskildsen@

Tracie Miller Fickert ’88 (nursing) is a staff nurse. She lives with her husband, Jeff, in Hollansburg, Ohio. They have a 21-year-old son and a 19-year-old daughter.

1990s Karen Mann, a staff member in the 1990s, lives in Caldwell, Idaho. Her email is

Tom Williamson ’90 is a biomedical equipment technician and lives in Kettering, Ohio. His email address is

Richard D. Brooks ’91 (physician

assistant) lives with his wife, Michelle L. Brooks ’91, (respiratory care) in Nunda, New York. Richard is chief physician assistant at Noyes Memorial Hospital. His email is

Lisa Harpe Greer ’93 (nursing)



lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and her email is

Fern Toop ’93 (respiratory care) lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, with her spouse, Stephanie Madill. She is a contract sleep scorer. Her email is

Beth DeVore Walker ’94

(nursing) lives in Newman, Georgia,

Amber Figgins Gass ’97

(respiratory care) lives in Maryville, Tennessee. Her email is

Brian Lee ’97 (respiratory care) lives in Spokane, Washington.

Christine Martindale ’98

(physician assistant) lives in Selbyville, Delaware. Her email address is

Kris Pyles-Sweet ’99 (physician

assistant) lives in Justin, Texas, and is a chief physician assistant. Her email is

2000s Angela Njoroge Mwangi ’02 (radiologic sciences and imaging) lives in Fort Washington, Maryland, with her husband, Simon, and daughter. She is a CT technologist.

Todd Gibson ’03 (physician assistant) lives at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan, with his wife, Amy. He is a medical officer and officer in charge. His email is

Nicole Narog Burgbacher ’04

2010s LaKisha Burger Smith ’10 (nursing) lives in Miamisburg, Ohio, with her husband, David.

Nadine Corlew ’11 (nursing) lives in Columbus, Ohio, with her husband, Rahn. She is a critical care nurse at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She writes that her work as a registered nurse at Kettering Health Network for two years prepared her well for critical care nursing. Her email is

Katie Fulkersin ’11 (nursing) lives in Dayton, Ohio, and works at Miami Valley Hospital.

Angela Wicker Goldschmidt ’11 (nursing) lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Jason. She is a registered nurse case manager. Her email is

Damon Bradley ’12 (respiratory care) lives in Trotwood, Ohio, and works at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Rebecca Boggs Daily ’13

(physician assistant) lives in Troy, Ohio. She works with Orthopedic Associates of Southwest Ohio. Her email is

(sonography) lives in Fairborn, Ohio, with her husband, James. They were married on Jan. 2, 2015.

Datwana Gaddis ’04 (nursing)

(nursing) lives in Lebanon, Ohio.

lives in Yakima, Washington, with her husband, Quintin, and son, Baron. Her email address is

Exechaelle Myrthil Norris ’13

Ben Plahtinsky ’04 (physician assistant) lives in Ooltewah, Tennessee, with his wife, Amy. He is a physician assistant at Chattanooga Emergency Medicine. His email is

Amanda Milleson Mascotti ’13

(human biology) lives in Euclid, Ohio, with her husband, Scott. Her email address is

Kaylie Lauren Snyder ’13 (human biology) lives in Massillon, Ohio. Her email is

Katlyn Goodwin ’14 (sonography)

(nursing) lives in Franklin, Ohio.

lives in Middletown, Ohio, and works for Kettering Health Network.

Shannon Faller ’06 (respiratory

Robyn Mitchell ’15 (nursing) lives

Amy Jones Bowman ’05

Share and with her husband, Todd. She is a health care) lives in Tipp City, Ohio, and works in Dayton, Ohio. She is a registered nurse at Miami Valley Hospital. Her submit services manager in Atlanta. Her email at Grandview Medical Center. is email is your Jessica Jewell Short ’07 events and Joel Stoia ’95 (physician assistant) Jacey Smith ’15 (respiratory care) (nursing) lives with her husband, lives in Centerville, Ohio. photos to lives in Durham, North Carolina. He and Joshua, in Trenton, Ohio. his wife, Deborah Stoia ’96, (physician alumni@ assistant) work for Duke University Deborah Gantner ’07 (nursing) lives in Dayton, Ohio, with husband, Paul. Medical Center.


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Pictured above Âť 1] From left, human biology students Faith Stewart and Megan Baker and sonography student Kristen Barone partake of food provided during Student Appreciation Week. They also were offered free caricature drawings, and faculty and staff used social media Twitter, Instagram and Facebook each day to share why they appreciate the students. 2] From left, nursing students Samuel Supangkat, Ribka Panjaitan, Violet Lewis and Brenda Nyakanga connect at one of the orientation weekend social events. 3] From left, nursing students Inez Hutauruk, Chyna Holbert and Brooke Hatton participate in the lighting of the Nightingale nursing lamps at the 48th nursing dedication ceremony in October.

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4] Kettering Health Network CEO Fred Manchur and Kettering College President Nate Brandstater draw back the curtain on the Creation Wall, installed at Kettering College in the fall 2015 term. It consists of eight sculpted and painted bronze panels, one for each day of creation and one to reflect the beginning of time. “I have often admired the Creation Wall in some of the other Kettering Health Network hospitals and was pleased when I heard that Kettering College was going to get its own,” said David VanDenburgh, professor and chair in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. “It is a great testimony to our faith and our understanding of what it means to be created in God’s image on this earth.” 5] OTD students show off their Christmas gifts from Kettering College. 6] Family members help students move in to the Residence Hall at the beginning of the fall semester. 7] Popular Christian artists Shane and Shane perform in concert Nov. 7 at the Kettering Seventh-day Adventist Church. 8] From left, pre-radiology student Michaela Fullenkamp, occupational therapy doctorate student Mercedes Brookman and respiratory care student Tiffany Rogers play an ice-breaker game during the fall 2015 orientation. 9] The Kettering College lobby was arranged as a lounge for the evening as Kettering College students and staff led out in praise songs during Night of Worship.


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