Alumni Class Notes - Archived


Class of 2009


SAMUEL CHEON is working as dean of the graduate school of theological interdisciplinary studies in Hannam University, South Korea. He will stay in Sydney, Australia for his sabbatical year during the next academic year from March 2012....

South Korea
Posted: 2011



Class of 2008


Dan Binder is having a great time at Episcopal High School in Bellaire, TX, where he teaches world religions, ethics, history of Christianity, and New Testament. He did CPE this past summer (better late than never, he says), and he’s looking for ways to bring...

Abby Cooper plays with her spunky one-and-a-half-year-old daughter Lucy while she prepares for the last stages of her qualifying exams for her Ph.D. in American History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is expecting to give birth to another baby girl in...

Anna Doherty completed a yearlong CPE Residency from August 2008—09 at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI. Since winter 2009, Anna has served as vicar of St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church in Hartford, WI. She enjoys parish ministry and, in her spare time...

Christopher Doucot is the father of two teenage boys and continues in urban ministry with the Hartford Catholic Worker. For the past two years he has also been teaching race, class and gender at Central Connecticut State University and in the fall will teach...

Caroline Levy is serving as chaplain at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital in Philadelphia. Ordained earlier this year in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she is enjoying providing pastoral care to people with spinal cord, brain, and orthopedic injuries and their...

Tom Meredith is serving as an addictions counselor for drug- and alcohol-addicted youth in Wernersville, PA. He works with 15 to 27 year-old young men who come to his facility for one month of inpatient treatment. Tom brings deep compassion, understanding,...

Dawn Stegelmann is curate at Trinity Episcopal, Southport, CT, where she has served the past two years. She was the priest-in-charge for four months this year while the rector was on sabbatical and loved it. Earlier this year, she and her husband traveled to...

Willis J. McCaw was installed as pastor of First Baptist Church in Middletown on October 3. Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dale Peterson participated in the service of installation, as did YDS Professor Yolanda Smith. Alumni Brian Bellamy ’05...

OBY BALLINGER has now served for two years at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. Oby also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. Husband Javen Swanson...

Minnesota St. Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT CLYBURN is currently teaching as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon).

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


ABIGAIL COOPER is enjoying life with 3-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Alice and writing her dissertation on slave religion in Civil War refugee camps as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

DAN BINDER is teaching religion and philosophy at Episcopal High School in Houston, TX, and working toward a D.Min. in educational leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Texas Houston, United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, CHRISTOPHER DOUCOT, founder and leader of St. Martin de Pores Catholic Worker House in Hartford, CT, was honored by the Alumni Board with the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice....

Connecticut Hartford, United States
Posted: 2011


LINDER LADER followed the suggestion of fellow YDS alumna AMALIE ASH ’10 (currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida), in early 2011 and was called as temporary supply pastor to the Second...

District of Columbia Washington, United States
Posted: 2011


CAMERON RANDLE is an Episcopal priest serving in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. On Nov. 13, 2011, Cameron was instituted as rector of the churches of St. George’s Parish, a colonial-era faith community established in 1636. He is priest and...

Virginia Pungoteague, United States
Posted: 2011


OBY BALLINGER has now served for two years at Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. Oby also serves on the board of directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. Husband Javen Swanson...

Minnesota St. Paul, United States
Posted: 2011


SCOTT CLYBURN is currently teaching as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology at the University of Portland (Portland, Oregon).

Oregon Portland, United States
Posted: 2011


ABIGAIL COOPER is enjoying life with 3-year-old Lucy and 1-year-old Alice and writing her dissertation on slave religion in Civil War refugee camps as a doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania United States
Posted: 2011


DAN BINDER is teaching religion and philosophy at Episcopal High School in Houston, TX, and working toward a D.Min. in educational leadership at Virginia Theological Seminary.

Texas Houston, United States
Posted: 2011


At Convocation and Reunions 2011, CHRISTOPHER DOUCOT, founder and leader of St. Martin de Pores Catholic Worker House in Hartford, CT, was honored by the Alumni Board with the William Sloane Coffin ’56 Award for Peace and Justice....

Connecticut Hartford, United States
Posted: 2011


LINDER LADER followed the suggestion of fellow YDS alumna AMALIE ASH ’10 (currently administrator for the Presbytery of Tropical Florida), in early 2011 and was called as temporary supply pastor to the Second...

Florida Ft. Lauderdale, United States
Posted: 2011


CAMERON RANDLE is an Episcopal priest serving in the Diocese of Southern Virginia. On Nov. 13, 2011, Cameron was instituted as rector of the churches of St. George’s Parish, a colonial-era faith community established in 1636. He is priest and...

Virginia United States
Posted: 2011


I am the pastor of the South Britain Congregational Church in Southbury, CT.

In August 2013 after completing a residency with Broad Street Ministry in Philadelphia, Jeannine Oakes moved home to Chicago where she entered into a civil union with her partner Denise Daugherty, a relationship which was then blessed by her home congregation in November...

I'm in my fifth year as pastor of Community United Church of Christ in St. Paul Park, MN. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Conference of the United Church of Christ. My husband Javen Swanson (M.Div. '09) and I are the proud new owners of a cute little...

Mark Powell's fourth novel, THE SHELTERING, is forthcoming from Story River Books, with an introduction by Pat Conroy.

My daughter is five years old, and I am a Candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Diocese of Rhode Island!

Tom Meredith (M.Div., 2008) has, like Dante and the Israelites before him, been wandering in the wilderness for the past few years. Currently nearing the completion of an MA in counseling psychology at the University of West Georgia, Tom is starting to see some...


Class of 2007


ALICIA BROOKS completed a Master of Science in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Maryland in May 2011 and was licensed as a graduate professional counselor in Maryland in September 2011. In December, she is beginning work as a family...

Maryland Annapolis, United States
Posted: 2011


MEGHAN HENNING is finishing her Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University. While writing her dissertation, she has been living in Boston with her husband, Doug, and their dog, Barkli. In addition to writing, Meghan has been teaching as adjunct...

Massachusetts Boston, United States
Posted: 2011


MINDY ROLL has had a busy year! Mindy was called as Lutheran Campus Pastor to Texas A&M and Blinn Colleges in September of 2010, was ordained in November, engaged in January of 2011, installed in March, and finished her S.T.M. in May. But...

Texas United States
Posted: 2011


ANDREW NURKIN completed his M.F.A. in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems recently appeared in the North American Review, Rattle, and Drunken Boat, among other places.

TRAVIS SCHOLL and wife Jenny ’07 M.S.N. welcomed into the world Evan James, born on Aug. 15, 2011 and reborn a child of God on Oct. 30. Evan joins a proud big brother, Justin, 3. Everyone is healthy and well, living in St. Louis, MO.

Missouri St. Louis, United States
Posted: 2011


ALICIA BROOKS completed a Master of Science in pastoral counseling from Loyola University, Maryland in May 2011 and was licensed as a graduate professional counselor in Maryland in September 2011. In December, she is beginning work as a family...

Maryland Baltimore, United States
Posted: 2011


MEGHAN HENNING is finishing her Ph.D. in New Testament at Emory University. While writing her dissertation, she has been living in Boston with her husband, Doug, and their dog, Barkli. In addition to writing, Meghan has been teaching as adjunct...

Massachusetts Boston, United States
Posted: 2011


MINDY ROLL has had a busy year! Mindy was called as Lutheran Campus Pastor to Texas A&M and Blinn Colleges in September of 2010, was ordained in November, engaged in January of 2011, installed in March, and finished her S.T.M. in May. But...

Texas United States
Posted: 2011


ANDREW NURKIN completed his M.F.A. in poetry at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems recently appeared in the North American Review, Rattle, and Drunken Boat, among other places.

Vermont United States
Posted: 2011


TRAVIS SCHOLL and wife Jenny ’07 M.S.N. welcomed into the world Evan James, born on Aug. 15, 2011 and reborn a child of God on Oct. 30. Evan joins a proud big brother, Justin, 3. Everyone is healthy and well, living in St. Louis, MO.

Missouri St. Louis, United States
Posted: 2011


Wallace and Margaret Ann Marsh welcomed the birth of their first child, William Bradford Marsh on April 27, 2013.

The Reverend Nora Smith is currently the rector of the The Church of St. Barnabas (Episcopal) in Irvington-on-Hudson, NY.

Kurt has served as Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life at Colby College since the Fall of 2012. He and his wife, Joanna, are the proud parents of Lillian, who also came along in the Fall of 2012. Life is good.

I married Andrew O'Brien on December 31, 2012. Many YDS friends attended and participated in the ceremony, including Mindy Roll, Tamara Shantz, Jessica Anschutz, Matt Haugen, Jeremy Deaner, Anna Doherty, Diana Carroll, Sarah Lamming, and Justin McIntosh. Tamara...

Peter is a part-time staff chaplain at Hennepin County Medical Center, a level-one trauma center in Minneapolis, MN. He is also a Ph.D. student in pastoral theology at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN. Peter and his wife Kristin (a middle school teacher) live in...

Travis and Jennifer continue to live in St. Louis, with their growing boys Justin and Evan. Travis' book, "Walking the Labyrinth," (IVP) will appear in October 2014, and he continues work on his PhD in English/creative writing at the University of Missouri, Columbia...


Class of 2006


Joe Primo is entering his fourth year as the director of the Good Grief Center in Summit, NJ. This year he was elected to the Board of Directors of The National Alliance for Grieving Children, the premier resource for the more than 200 children’s grief...

Matthew Kustenbauder just returned from summer research in Africa. He begins the second year of a Ph.D. program in history at Harvard University this fall. Matthew divides his time between Cambridge and New Haven, where he enjoys spending time with Alice and...

Kelly Stone and John Anderson are delighted to announce the birth of their son, Ashley Micah Stone Anderson. He was born in June and weighed 6 lbs and was 19.5 in. long at birth. Ashley is their first child and, of course, has been an...

Janice Fournier continues to serve on the Admissions Office staff. She also serves as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Raphael’s hospital and in her parish as a lector and as chair of the liturgy committee. In July of 2009 Janice welcomed a new...