A newsletter for alumni of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

Welcome to Nyack Nation--a brand new publication created just for you! You'll learn about the latest achievements and life events of Nyack & ATS alumni. Contribute to the "conversation" by sharing your news on our website or by emailing them to alumni@nyack.edu. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

'96 Fiona (Delamere) Mellett is a pastor and worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. She adds author to the hats she wears with the publication of her first book, Brave and Beautiful, which was released May 11, 2014 in English and Spanish. However, of all she does, Fiona's first ministry is her family. She and her husband Michael are raising their five children, family dog "Copper", and twenty-plus chickens at their home outside of Houston, Texas. Their country home is full of faith, family, fun, and the love of Christ! Rounding out the Mellett "Clan" are their families in New York, New Jersey, and Ireland. 

Fiona co-pastors the English Choir in the Music Ministry at Lakewood Church. Fiona's heart for the nations has been present since very early in her life. She has done extensive missionary work with a focus on Spanish-speaking nations. To learn more about Fiona and her book visit www.fionamellett.com.
Shuree (Jennings) Rivera, a 2001 Nyack alumna, will add her name to the list of Christian artists who are producing empowering music. Shuree signed her first record deal with BEC/Tooth&Nail with plans for a spring 2014 release.


The music business grad says the label is "home to many bands that fall under the Christian rock/contemporary umbrella."  BEC's major artists include Kutless, KJ-52, Jeremy Camp, and Hawk Nelson. Under BEC, she says she will be the first and only female artist on the roster. The hope is to reach young girls while still catching the ear and heart of their moms. Let's face it, Mom turns on her station in her mini van and her daughter puts in her ear buds--not with my music! The sound will be progressive and fresh enough to hit the pop strings the young listeners want while providing the lyrical strength that will encourage all generations!"


Christianity Today web article (2/28/12) reported on Shuree's passion for ministry which evolved while she was a student at Nyack College. Because of her personal experience, she developed a particular interest in children from families plagued by drugs and abuse. "I believe that a girl with a clear purpose will not be easily influenced by the social pressures of today and will be too focused on fulfilling her purpose to get sidetracked with the lifestyle pop culture is shamelessly promoting." Her single, "One G1RL Can Change the World," is the theme that runs through her music, mentoring, and speaking engagements. Visit her website at www.shureemusic.com.
Miqueas Lopez, a 2010 Nyack alumnus, (right) and his band released their first CD, Miqueas and Moseley Lot, Volume 1 on iTunes. Lopez, now the worship pastor at Grace Church in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, says he and Ricky Ortiz ('10) (left) "started writing songs at Nyack in Moseley Hall"--hence the name "Moseley Lot."


Lopez, a social work major with a minor in Bible, and Ortiz, a music major, were mentored by then campus pastor, Rev. Kelvin Walker. Of his alma mater, Lopez says "Without Nyack College's spiritual focus and Pastor Kelvin's mentoring influence on us, we would not have been able to go forward with completing this album!"


A singer-songwriter, Miqueas also loves playing sports, which earned him a scholarship to play basketball and baseball as a Nyack Warrior.


'70 Jim Zeim married college sweetheart '71 Florence DeVaughn Zeim on June 7, 2011. While love connections and proposals are quite a common story at Nyack College, this love story has a unique twist.  


The Zeims met in the dining room of Simpson Hall in the fall of 1968 and dated until 1970 when Jim was called to serve in the Air Force. Life took Jim and Florence down different paths. Over forty years had passed when they "met" again through email about a Homecoming at Nyack. The couple planned their own reunion at Nyack College in the fall of 2010 when they gave Jim's daughter and grandchildren a tour of the "Hillside" they knew so well.


The following year, Jim and Florence met again and walked alone on the path to Pardington Hall. As they sat in the balcony looking down on the hall where they had attended chapel meetings in the late 60s, Jim was suddenly quiet. He got down on one knee and proposed to Florence. With tears in her eyes, she said, "Yes!"

The photos above were both taken on the Nyack Rockland campus--one in 1968 and the other in 2010. Florence says, "We have many fond memories of our romance at Nyack College. As we celebrate our third wedding anniversary this June, it feels as if we were never apart."

You can call Ralph Partelow's world just grand.


The 1970 Nyack alumnus has crafted over 3,000 miniature grand pianos--more than 30 different models made in mahogany, walnut, cherry, and rosewood--over the past forty years. His masterful handiwork is still in demand.

Today he is also the senior pastor of Zion Evangelical Luther Church in Worland, Wyoming. Prior to leading his independent Bible church, Rev. Partelow worked with Africa Inland Mission (AIM). His active service with AIM ended in 2007, but he has plans to resume domestic ministry with the organization.


There are many fond memories of Nyack College for the miniaturist turned missionary and pastor.  He says, "I cherish my time at Nyack College back in the late 60s. I met Carolyn, my wife of 42 years, in the lunch line at Simpson Hall in 1968." They were married on September 1, 1968; Mrs. Partelow passed away on September 1, 2010. He adds, "Both of us credit our fervor for missions to seeds sown in our hearts during our Nyack days."


Rev. Cora W. Taitt (MPS '02) | ATS Alumni Board Vice President


1. Why did you choose to attend ATS? When I was a young Christian, some of my friends attended Nyack College. I was so impressed with the impact the school had on their lives and with the way the professors connected with them. I dreamed of such an opportunity but never thought it possible. Many years later while serving as director of my church's Christian Education studies, I felt a "call" to return to school. While struggling with the call and where to attend I heard an announcement about Nyack on one of my favorite radio stations saying, "Come to Nyack, it's the place for you." I agreed!


2. What is your favorite ATS memory/experience? One of my greatest experiences is the experience of community that ATS students create...genuine, caring and nurturing. One memory that stands out is during one of my urban studies classes, Dr. Luis Carlo was giving a lecture on the needs of the City...I don't know if it was the lecture or a word that resonated with me but for a moment everything stood still, I looked out the window, prayed, and made a commitment to the City. I had no idea that ten years later I could be called to pastor in an area that would call me to live up to that commitment.


3. Who was your favorite ATS Professor? I had a great experience with all my professors at ATS. Although very difficult, if I had to select one I would say the late Dr. Siu. He challenged my thinking in so many ways. Not only did he challenge my thinking in such a way that it caused me to re-think and affirm what I believed, he poured into the students each week...my two semesters with him were invaluable.


4. Most meaningful course studied? Why? One of my favorite courses, "Preaching 101" with Dr. Luis Carlo. Imagine your first semester in seminary and finding yourself in a class with pastors and educators...priceless!  I couldn't wait to get to class each week to hear the next great sermon and to learn, grow, be encouraged, and develop.   


5. Which Nyack core value transformed your life? Nyack's core value that changed my life is "Personal transformation." This is still a core value for me. James 1:27 says that true religion is to take care of the poor and needy and keep one's self unspotted by the world; Paul tells us in Corinthians that we are reconcilers, reconciling others to God. To do any of this, continuing transformation of one's life is necessary. As my denomination would say, "Transformed and transforming."


'45 Gilbert Cicio retired as organist of Northwest Baptist Church in Gainesville, Florida. For the past 10 years, Gilbert played the organ for the church every Sunday morning, evening, and Wednesday night. He majored in music at Nyack College and has played the organ since 1947, serving as the organist for a long list of temples and churches throughout his life. Gilbert says he feels closer to God through playing the organ.



'60 Bruce A. Jackson retired three times from the same institution! In 1997 he was appointed the first president of Alliance Latin American Graduate School of Theology (FATELA), a ministry providing advanced training for pastors and leaders of the urban churches of Latin America. In 2000 he turned over his leadership but then from 2000 until 2005, served as academic dean of FATELA and from 2005 until 2013, Bruce served as treasurer of FATELA. Prior to his work with FATELA, Bruce taught at Seminario Biblico Alianza in Guayaquil, Ecuador and planted a church in Quito, Ecuador.


'63 Elizabeth (Nichols) Miller attended Nyack College in the early sixties and was a candidate for 1963 graduation. Unfortunately due to illness, she had to discontinue her studies. This "honorary member of the class of 1963" returned to campus for Homecoming 2013. Elizabeth completed her degree and graduated from Elmira College in 2002. She is an educational therapist with the National Institute for Learning Development and has been in active ministry with Wesleyan Church in Painted Post, New York.



'73 Rev. Dr. Leo S. Thorne was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree by the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, California on May 18, 2013. Rev. Thorne is currently the associate general secretary for Mission Resource Development of American Baptist Churches USA at the Mission Center in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.


'74 Gordon Scott was ordained in September at The First Baptist Church in the City of New York, where he has been the pastor for administration and music since August 2012 and the director of music for the past seven years. Rev. Scott is an adjunct lecturer at Nyack's Rockland campus where he teaches music appreciation. He is also an adjunct professor at Bergen Community College in Paramus, New Jersey.


'89 Rev. Robert (Bob) Davidson was installed as pastor of Second Baptist Church of Newark, Ohio in September.  He is credited with growing the church's dwindling, aging congregation, and has been working with leaders of the church to develop a vision for its future. Davidson says he's working to make the church open to anyone. He said the church is modeling its mission statement after Jesus' final command to His disciples: "To go and make disciples of all the nations." 

'89 Christopher Otten was appointed full-time Chaplain for the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing in August 2013. In April 2014, Major Otten was promoted to the rank of Lt. Colonel in the United States Air Force. In his new role, Chaplain Otten oversees the spiritual care and welfare of over 1,500 Airmen in the 175 Wing's Intelligence and CybeWarfare Squadrons, as well as an Air Combat Command squadron that flies the A-10 "Warthog" fighter jet. He and his wife, Marianne (Elek '89), reside in Forest Hill, Maryland with their son, Elliott.


'95 Albert Ramsey was honored in July as a veteran who served 28 years in the United States Air Force. The Honorable Eliot L. Engel of New York in the House of Representatives stated, "Albert Ramsey has led the Yonkers Department of Veterans Services since 2000, modernizing an office and bringing new services to help the approximately 18,000 veterans and their dependents in the City of Yonkers. Prior to his joining the City of Yonkers staff, Albert was a service officer at the New York State Division of Veteran's Affairs and a board member of the Veterans Coalition of the Hudson Valley. His work was recognized by the New York American Legion who awarded him their Service Officer of the Year Award.


'99 Col. Patrick Center was named chief of staff of the New York Army National Guard and is responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the force. Prior to this appointment, Patrick served as director of logistics for the New York Army National Guard, managing a network of repair facilities across the state as well as logistic support provided to troops and local governments during the New York National Guard's response to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Col. Center has earned a Meritorious Service Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and an Army Achievement Medal. 


'03 Ralph Carusillo was named head coach of the Varsity Football Team at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School. Ralph Carusillo has been coaching at St. John's for the past 11 years in both the football and baseball programs. Coach Carusillo was inducted into the Catholic High School Football League (CHSFL) Board of Governors. He was also inducted into Nyack College's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. Ralph and his wife, Jenn, have two children, Nicholas and Luke, and are expecting their third this summer. The entire family is excited and Coach Carusillo is eager to begin his tenure as the leader of the St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School Football Program.



'03 Lance Malbon wrote and produced a film, Black Marigolds, which has been submitted to film festivals across the country, including the Boston International Film Festival in April 2013, where it won a special recognition award. The film stars Rachel Boston, who plays a detective in the TV series In Plain Sight and Noah Bean, who plays the character Ryan Fletcher in the TV series NikitaBlack Marigolds also received a Golden Ace Award from last year's Las Vegas Film Festival held in July. Although Malbon's film was not screened at the festival, it was considered one of the best of over 1,000 films submitted from over 30 countries around the world, and according to the judges, "demonstrated superior and standout filmmaking and is deserving of special recognition."

'05 Kamie B. Brown will be participating in The World Race through Adventures in Mission in July 2014. The World Race is a stretching journey into 11 countries in 11 months to serve "the least of these" while amongst real and raw community. This unique mission trip is a challenging adventure for young adults to abandon worldly possessions and a traditional lifestyle in exchange for an understanding that it's not about you; it's about the Kingdom. Kamie's travel route will include Albania; Turkey; Bulgaria; Romania; South Africa; Swaziland; Botswana; India; Nepal; Mongolia; and China. For more information on The World Race, click here.


'06 Douglas Ament was appointed to the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the United States Copyright Office. Ament will serve as the Register's top advisor on information technology initiatives and will be principally responsible for developing technology strategies related to upgrading and recalibrating Copyright Office services over the next several years. Ament assumes the position after serving as the director of Information Technology for the Copyright Office since April 2009 and chief of the Copyright Technology Office since July 2008.


'06 Carly Gibson Hasseler 

earned her master's degree in occupational therapy from Dominican College. She was president of the Gamma Alpha Chapter of Pi Theta Epsilon, the national honor society of occupational therapy. She was nominated for the "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges", and recognized with the Academic Excellence Award for Outstanding Leadership Qualities. She is one of 17 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2013 American Occupational Therapy Association's Emerging Leaders Development Program.


'08 Joseph R. St. Fort's book, What if All Organizations Were Sinless?, was published in April 2013 by Tate Publishing. From the book's jacket copy: "Just recently, a chain of unfortunate events has violently shaken the financial world and contributed to exposing our irrational exuberance in Ponzi schemes and our vulnerability as human beings. Joseph St. Fort offers a roadmap for corporate leadership transformation specifically intended to achieve financial prosperity here on earth, while harvesting righteous values and spiritual maturity as investments for eternal life, thereafter."


'10 Antionetta Allen is currently working towards earning her master's degree from Pace University.


'11 Erik Salvesen is pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree at Alliance Theological Seminary.


'12 Shakeya Britton served on the 2013 Governing Board for the National Youth Leadership Network (www.nyln.org). A native of Brooklyn, New York, the 2012 social work major represented the United States in Mobility International USA (MIUSA), 2011 U.S./Spain: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Disability Rights Leadership Exchange Program. This life-changing experience allowed her to participate in workshops and discussions focused on disability rights laws, education, employment, media, and strategies for disability rights leadership. She facilitated a workshop to inform the Brooklyn residents about Spain's disability policies and encourage people to become advocates in their own communities. She is also the 2013 Harris Wofford Global Service Fellowship Recipient, which offers individuals with disabilities the unique opportunity to participate in an international volunteer program.


'12 Daniel Serrano accepted a position as a case manager for The Salvation Army.


'12 Alfonso Solorzano accepted a position as a case manager for The Salvation Army.


'13 Daniel Ortiz is an Admissions Counselor at Nyack College and an intern at Living Christ Church.


'66 Robert F. Davis and Patricia J. (Isherwood '66) celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in July. They have two children and six grandchildren. Patricia is completing her 25th year as director of guidance at Hawthorne Christian Academy in New Jersey. After serving as Dean of Women at the Stony Brook School and opening her own employment agency, Barry-Davis Associates, Patricia returned to Christian education. Robert is music director and conductor of the American Chamber Orchestra; the Cathedral Choir; the Brass Factory; and Swing Picante. Robert was vice president for advancement at Bryan College and director of development at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is currently consulting, specializing in institutional advancement for Christian schools and colleges.


'98 Bethany (Ilsley) Jenkins married Michael W. Jenkins on September 14, 2013 in Hooper, Utah. The couple met at New Harvest in Layton, Utah several years ago, where Bethany served on the worship team. They are expecting their first child, a boy, this summer.  

'02 Carol Johnsen got engaged to Ray Wilkins on March 14, 2014. Their wedding is being planned for October 4, 2014 in Rockland County, New York.


'03 Mary C. Byrne is engaged to marry John Slokovitz of Farmingdale, Long Island. Mary is currently employed by H2M Beverages in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Her fiancÚ is a graduate of Muhlenberg College and is self-employed with CMJ Enterprises. A 2014 wedding is planned.


'03 Kevin Reece married Santa Cilevica of Latvia on January 12, 2013. The happy couple met in Tanzania, where they currently reside, and married in Barbados. Congratulations, Kevin and Santa!

'10 Orlando Suazo and Kristen (Forsythe '13) were married on July 6, 2013. Congratulations to the happy couple!


'11 Jamel Wright and Jamila (Yousif '05) were married on July 12, 2013 at the First Reformed Church of Nyack. A reception followed at the Nyack Center. Congratulations to the happy couple!


'12 Brianna P. (Meyers) Joy married Russ Joy on September 1, 2012. The happy couple welcomed baby boy Owen on July 1, 2013. 



'93 (CAS) '03 (SACE) Zchantell and James McDonnell have welcomed a daughter, Sophia Elizabeth, into their lives. "Instantly loved. Always cherished. Forever home." These words announcing their new addition says it all. In November, National Adoption Month, their family was featured in a Journal News article, "Three Local Families Who Are Making A Difference." Zchantell is writing a sequel to her book, The Night I Held an Angel, which will be entitled, The Day I Brought an Angel Home.



'98 David and Gina Julien welcomed baby boy, Christian Joseph, on October 13, 2013. He weighed 8 lbs. 15 oz. and was 21 inches long. Dave says, "He came in with a Hallelujah shout!"


'01 Margie (Nagy) and Brian Jennings welcomed their second child, Francesca Hart. Born on February 19, 2013, Francesca weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 20 inches long. Charles Clay is big brother to Francesca.

'03 Raquel (Sanchez) Shaffer and husband, Gregory Bret Shaffer, welcomed a baby boy, Logan James, on January 29, 2013. Raquel is the Woman's Head Volleyball Coach at Nyack College.


'04 Timothy and Jenny (Munoz '01) Lee celebrated the birth of baby boy, Parker, on October 15, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Parker Lee weighed 6 lbs. 9 oz. and was 19 inches long.


'04 Steven and Jacqueline Phillips welcomed baby girl, Adelaide Ruth, on April 20, 2013 who weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and measured 22-1/2 inches long. Caleb Eric is big brother to Adelaide.


'06 Paul and Heather Garcia welcomed their fourth child, Liam Daniel, born on July 28, 2013 at 6:02 am, and weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. Liam is the younger brother of Isaac, Rylan, and Jude.

'07 Bradley and Melissa Hickey celebrated the birth of their second child. Owen James was born on June 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm, and weighed 8 lbs. 7 oz. Big sister Jennah couldn't be happier!


'08 Tim and Danielle Conway welcomed Madison Grace to their family on August 17th at 3:12 a.m. She weighed 8 lbs. 5 oz. and was 21 1/4 in long. 


'09 Justin and Kaitlyn Mars welcomed baby girl, Maia, on March 27, 2014, weighing 8 lbs. 14 oz. She joins 5 big brothers.


'12 Bokkun and Talicia-Lane (Docherty '12) Chang welcomed baby boy, Timothy, on August 6, 2013 at 10:30 am and weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz.


'42 Albert B. Shaw, 95, passed away on April 20, 2013. He graduated from Rockland State Hospital Nursing School and then from Nyack, where he met Bernice Garrison. The couple married in 1942 and dedicated their lives to Christian service. They sailed to India with their daughter, Peggy, where two more daughters, Lynette and Vivian, were born. They served as missionaries in India until 1974 and then in Ecuador until 1982. After retirement in Portland, they continued to be active in the C&MA Church in the Hollywood area. He is survived by his three daughters and their husbands, 13 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.


'45 Dr. Wade T. Coggins went home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2013. He met his wife, Jane (Wells '45) at Nyack, and they graduated in 1945 and married shortly after. The couple served in Colombia, South America where they taught in the Bible Training Institute preparing Colombians for ministry. Due to Jane's medical problems, they returned to the United States where Wade took a pastorate in Knoxville, Tennessee. He later accepted the position of assistant to the Executive Director at what is now the Evangelical Fellowship of Missions Agencies in Washington, D.C. He served as the editor of Missionary News Service and helped found the Evangelical Missions Quarterly. He also co-edited a number of publications and wrote a study book entitled So That's What Missions is All About that was last published in 1975. Jane, his wife of 65 years, passed away in April 2011. Wade is survived by his son, two granddaughters, and one great-granddaughter.


'45 Rev. Revere C. Perkins went home to the Lord on June 30, 2013. Rev. Perkins served in the ministry in North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and New York. He was a pastor for Western New York Conference of the United Methodist Church. He and his late wife, Lyna (Erickson '46), were directors of the Senior Citizens Camp in Watson Homestead for many years. The couple shared 59 years together. Surviving are two sons, three daughters, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. 


'45 Virginia Jane (Sprunger) Steiner went home to be with the Lord on August 1, 2013, and '45 Matthew Bliss Steiner went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2013, both at Chapel Pointe at Carlisle in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Matthew and Virginia married in 1944. Together they served as C&MA missionaries in French Indochina and Cambodia from 1948 until 1964 in various capacities. When Americans were denied visa renewals in Cambodia in late 1964, he and Virginia returned to the U.S. and Matthew pastored Curdes Avenue Missionary Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana and the C&MA Churches in Marion, Indiana, and Findlay. He and Virginia retired to Beulah Beach in 1987 and they moved to Chapel Pointe in 2011. Matthew and Virginia are survived by three sons, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. 


'46 Ruth Marian (Allen) Denhart, 86, went to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ on January 21, 2014. Ruth graduated from Nyack, where she met her husband, Charles Denhart ('46). They were married in 1946 and began their ministry in 1947. Ruth was an accomplished musician and greatly aided their ministry. She was an outstanding pianist and organist. In college, she played the violin at Carnegie Hall in New York. Together Ruth and Charles pastored in Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and Florida. They retired in April 2013, moving to Shell Point Retirement Village. Ruth leaves her husband, a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


'46 Dr. William B. Marshall, Jr., age 96, went home to be with his Lord on March 24, 2013. He served four years in the Army Medical Corp during WWII. After the war, he practiced chiropractic medicine in Georgia and later in Michigan until his retirement in 1993. Following his retirement, William worked as a Health and Wellness consultant, served in the prayer ministry in his local church, and cared for his wife. In 2006 his wife, Helen, passed away at the age of 90. They had been married for 59 years. William is survived by a daughter, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


'48 Vivian Eunice Ellison, 86, passed away on June 4, 2013 at Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Nyack in 1948, she received her degree in nursing in 1951, the same year she married her husband, J. Paul Ellison ('49). Eunice and Paul served two five-year terms in Cambodia. In 1966 they were appointed to Dalat where Paul worked on translating Theological Education by Extension (TEE) materials into the Cambodian language. Eunice was involved with the students housed there. Due to political unrest, the Ellisons could not return to Cambodia, so they continued to help the people of Cambodia via radio programming. In 2008 Paul went home to be with his Lord. Eunice completed a book of "memoirs" for her family. She is survived by a daughter, two sons, and eight grandchildren.



'49 Rev. H. Robert Cowles passed away on January 9, 2013 at Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, Pennsylvania at the age of 90. He was married for 63 years to Marjorie Dailey Cowles, who pre-deceased him. After graduating from Nyack, he earned a master's degree from New York University. He was an Army Signal Corps operator in WWII, stationed in the South Pacific. He subsequently was ordained as a minister and then served as a missionary to the Philippines with his wife from 1952-1963, then served at the C&MA headquarters in NYC for five years, and an additional fifteen years as editor of the church magazine, 

Alliance Life. He is survived by a son, three daughters, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 

'49 Eva (Goodwill) Martin passed away on December 26, 2013. She graduated from Youngsville High School in Youngsville, Pennsylvania, and attended Nyack College and Toccoa Falls College. Eva married Rev. Richard Martin in 1950. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Richard; two children, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. 


'49 Dawn (Hollenbeck) Robie, 90, went home to be with the Lord on March 6, 2014. Dawn and her husband, Robert ('50), who predeceased her in 2009, moved to Rockland County in the 1940s and attended Nyack College. Dawn later graduated from BOCES with her LPN and Rockland Community College with her RN degree. She worked at Rockland Psychiatric Center and Nyack Hospital for many years until a stroke in the 1970s led her to early retirement. Both she and her husband were very active in their church, New City Gospel Fellowship, now renamed Gracepoint Gospel Fellowship in New City, New York. She is survived by her two children and three grandchildren.


'50 Thelma "Elaine" McGarvey of Carlisle, Pennsylvania went home to be with her Lord on March 12, 2013. She worked for the Bell Atlantic Telephone Company in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina. While working in North Carolina, Elaine started attending a C&MA church in Raleigh, where she was encouraged by the pastor to attend Nyack. Elaine studied Bible at Nyack and graduated in 1950. She met Ray McGarvey while here, and they were later married on May 10, 1951. Ray and Elaine McGarvey served in the Pastorate of the C&MA church in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Milton McGarvey ('50), in 2012.


'51 June Watson Hunter of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away on April 24, 2013. June was born in Forsyth County. She graduated from Wheaton College in 1948 and from Nyack in 1951. June retired from Asheboro City Schools in 1987 after teaching for 32-1/2 years. She was a member and former teacher of Maple Springs United Methodist Church Fellowship Class and a member of United Methodist Women of Maple Springs. She loved music and singing in the choir and was a member of Old Town Woman's Club. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Billy Hunter, and a son.


'53 Joyce Elaine Myers Nauman, 82, passed away on October 27, 2013. Joyce graduated from Nyack with a BA in Christian education. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Schenectady, New York. She and her husband, Calvin Nauman ('58), were volunteers with SOWERS for 20 years. She is survived by her husband, four children, 12 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.


'55 Violet M. (Deitrich) Machamer went home to be with the Lord on December 27, 2013, with her family by her side. Violet was a classroom aide for over 30 years in the Conneaut School System, retiring in 2000. As a pastor's wife, she assisted her husband, the late Rev. Charles Machamer, Jr., in various churches in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky, and Mississippi. She attended the Erie First Assembly of God and enjoyed singing, knitting, crocheting, and attending craft sales and shows. She is survived by two daughters, a sister, three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


'56 Worth Gordon Polson, 80, went to be with the Lord on October 21, 2013. After graduating from Nyack in 1956, Gordon was employed for many years by Belk as the head buyer for women's coats and suits in New York. He is survived by two nephews.


'57 Rev. Joseph Mahady, age 91, of Wheaton, Illinois, went home to be with the Lord on January 23, 2013. He was born July 1, 1921 in Forfar, Scotland. After leaving the Royal Air Force at the end of WWII, he immigrated to the United States and became a citizen. He is survived by his wife, Anna D. Mahady ('57), and four sons. Rev. Mahady was a pastor of various churches in Connecticut, New York, and Illinois. He pastored a mission in the NYC area and frequently spoke at the Bowery Mission and other missions in that area. He led the Calvary Fellowship in Wheaton and was known for his local TV program called "The Call to Wholeness."


'59 Loren G. Ingram went to be with the Lord on January 1, 2013 at the age of 86. He served in the U.S. Navy before becoming a student at Nyack, and served on the Pacific aboard the U.S.S. Shangri-La during the atomic bomb tests in World War II. After graduating from Nyack, he worked as a truck driver and dispatcher for Interstate Motor Lines. He was a member of the First Nazarene Church of Eugene and also attended the First Baptist Church of Eugene. He is survived by his wife, Connie, a son, daughter, six grandchildren, one stepdaughter, and three step-grandchildren.



'60 Allen E. Bisbee passed away on January 1, 2013 at the age of 75. Allen served in Germany as a member of the United States Army from 1960-1962. In 1965, he began his teaching career at Mayville Central School where he served as a sixth grade teacher for five years. A lifelong educator and follower of Jesus, Allen and his wife, Nada (Loomis '61), served together as missionaries in Penang, Malaysia at the Dalat International School from 1971-1975. Upon returning to the United States, Allen taught fifth grade at Chapel Hill Christian School for 20 years. He also worked as the retail manager at Frecka Plumbing for 18 years until his retirement in 2009. He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Nada, their two children, and three grandchildren. 


'61 Judith Mae Hardy Sadler, 73, passed away on July 18, 2013 at home with her family by her side. She was born in Nashua, New Hampshire and met her husband of 52 years, Robert E. Sadler ('61), at Nyack College. Judy was a member of Schoharie Valley Alliance Church. She enjoyed being a housewife and raising her three children. She is survived by her husband, Robert, three children, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 


'63 Florence M. Corwin McCabe, 76, went to be with her Lord on August 29, 2013. While Florence was in high school, she worked as a dental assistant and upon completion of high school, she graduated from dental school. After graduating from Nyack in 1963 with a degree in Christian Education, she received a degree in elementary and special education from William Paterson College. She was a talented violinist, pianist, and bassoonist. She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Edwin H. McCabe, and three children.


'83 William John Trinidad, 58, went home to be with the Lord on September 11, 2013. William earned a Master of Divinity degree from ATS in 1983. He married Coral Kazebee (NC '79; ATS - M.Div. '83/MA '02) on August 8, 1981. He was employed as the pastor of the Roswell Alliance Church in Roswell, Georgia and as director for Africa at the College of Prayer in Lilburn, Georgia. William served the C&MA for over 30 years. He was a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Candor, New York and was pastor of the Candor C&MA Church. William is survived by his wife, Coral, his father, a daughter, and three sons.


'85 Jane Leigh Dyer was called home to the Lord on August 2, 2013. After obtaining her bachelor's degree from Nyack College in 1985, she earned a master's degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She had a successful career as an Information Technology recruiter. She was a loving mother to her 12-year-old son, Justin Dyer. It was Jane's wish to let people know that it was her belief in Jesus Christ that gave her the strength to go on in this life and now she knows the peace of being in His arms.


'94 Theresa M. Gibbons 

passed away on July 18, 2013. She was born, raised, and educated in Braintree public schools and was a 1965 graduate of Braintree High School. Theresa served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and over thirty years in the Army Reserves. She was employed by the Department of Defense for over thirty years and was an administrative officer at Fort Totten in New York for many years when she retired. She was a member of American Legion Post 139, Milford, Pennsylvania.


'96 Deborah A. (Worchester) Curtis, 59, went home to be with the Lord on January 25, 2014. She received a bachelor's degree from Nyack in 1996, and her master's degree from Long Island University. Deb was a teacher at Evangel Christian School in Long Island City, NY and later at Full Gospel Christian School in Flushing, NY. She was predeceased by her son, Andrew Scott Curtis. Deb is survived by her husband, Bernard Curtis ('75), two daughters, six grandchildren, two brothers, and several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. 


'00 Bishop Perry Lindsay, Jr., 72, passed away on December 31, 2013. He worked as director of the Central Complaint Bureau of New York City for 31 years, retiring in 1996. He served as pastor of Glorious Church of God in Christ in St. George and was also the North Eastern District overseer and general bishop of the Glorious Church of God in Christ Nationwide. Bishop Lindsay was a member of the Staten Island United Ministerial Alliance, where he served as treasurer from 2005 to 2007 and then president until he became ill. Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Gloristine Conwell Lindsay, a son, a daughter, and his mother.


'03 Ka Yang, 32, passed away on February 12, 2014. Born in 1981 in Vancouver, Washington, she was a 1999 graduate of Wheaton North High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Nyack College in 2003. She loved God and to serve and lead worship in church. Ka is survived by her parents, George C. and Bao M. Yang, and three brothers.


How? Our Student Referral Program invites alumni to share contact information with us for new students you are encouraging to attend Nyack or ATS. When first-time matriculating students do enroll, your referral qualifies them to receive a $2,000 scholarship! Learn more about the referral program by visiting www.nyack.edu/AlumReferral.

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