A newsletter for alumni of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary

Welcome to Nyack Nation--a publication created just for you filled with the latest achievements and life events of Nyack & ATS alumni. Please share your news and stories on our website or by emailing them to alumni@nyack.edu. And keep the conversation going on Twitter and Facebook using #NyackNation and #NyackCollege. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Save the date for Homecoming 2015: October 16-17!


Homecoming 2015 is just four short months away and we're already busy planning a family-friendly, event-filled weekend for our alumni and friends. We hope you'll plan to join us in October on the Nyack, NY campus for this annual tradition! In the meantime, visit www.nyack.edu/homecoming for frequent updates.


Did you graduate in '65, '75, '85, '90, '95, or '05? If yes, 2015 is a milestone reunion year for you! No one knows better than you what made your class so special. What was "trending" during your Nyack years? Consider this your invitation to take the lead in planning what your reunion will look like. Call Erica Videc in the Alumni Office at 845-675-4426 or Erica.Videc@nyack.edu. We want to hear from you!

Congratulations to our newest alumni, the Class of 2015!


Over 600 graduates walked the stage at Nyack's Commencement 2015 and will be joining the more than 32,000 alumni serving in over 80 nations around the globe. 


"Every commencement ceremony is a confirmation," explained President Scales. "For graduates of Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary, what is confirmed is a calling to serve people wherever the need is found. This is the legacy of our founder, Dr. A.B. Simpson."

Visit our gallery of Commencement Week photos here. 

To purchase a DVD of the Commencement ceremony, please contact Erica Videc in the Alumni Office at 845-675-4426 or Erica.Videc@nyack.edu.

'75 Richard Allen Farmer serves as pastor of Crossroads Presbyterian Church in Stone Mountain, Georgia. After more than 20 years on the road as an itinerant Bible expositor and concert artist, Rich Farmer now ministers in one place most Sundays. He received the Nyack College President's Award from Dr. Michael Scales during Homecoming Weekend 2014.


'82 Greg Walker, a 12-year veteran of Lakeview Center and its FamiliesFirst Network, was appointed as the organization's director of quality. In his new role, Greg is responsible for ensuring that Lakeview Center Inc. meets or exceeds quality standards and continually finds new ways to improve overall results for the organization. Greg joined Lakeview in June 2002 as a team manager for FamiliesFirst Network's Service Center in South Okaloosa County. After serving as FamiliesFirst Network's policy development manager from 2006 to 2012, Walker moved to Lakeview Center's main campus as a quality systems specialist. CARF International is the leading accreditation agency for rehabilitation and mental health facilities.


'86 David Flynn, formerly the U.S. director of the Perspectives on the World Christian Movement Program, is now the director of program development for Perspectives Global. Dave and his wife, Liz, moved to Lima, Peru to lead the Latin American Mobilization Office of the Center for Mission Mobilization in spring 2015.


'86 Alison Ravello-Feliciano is running for the Office of Mayor of Powder Springs, Georgia in the upcoming November 3 election. Alison believes that as mayor, "Powder Springs can enjoy a thriving economy, business growth and quality jobs making it the best place in Georgia to live, work, play, and retire. She also plans to focus on the needs of young adults who are looking for not only higher education opportunities but sound employment options thereafter." For more information on Alison's campaign, visit her webpage.


'94 (ADCP) Robert San Pascual ('02 ATS) wrote an e-book entitled I once was lost, but now am found: Poems and songs on life, love, and our Lord that was published on May 10, 2014. This book captures in a few words Bob's former life as well as his new life with Christ. Bob earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Management from Nyack College in 1994 and his Master of Divinity degree in Theological and Biblical Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary in 2002. He's been in ministry since 1993 and currently serves as a part-time pastor at one church and as a regular speaker at another.


'95 Shawn Wallace and '96 Heather Brooks Wallace relocated to Nairobi, Kenya to work with Serge training pastors and leadership in East Africa. They have four children, the oldest of whom will be attending Nyack as a student in fall 2015.


'00 Samuel Ruiz, music minister at Ridgeway Church in White Plains, New York; his wife, '98 Kristen Ruiz, New York University professor of voice production and director of Cantate Music at the university; and a diverse cast of professionally-trained singers and actors starred in a theatrical production of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," presented by Ridgeway Church. This production portrayed the inherent message of the holiday to snappy Andrews Sisters-like tunes, authentic 1940s period scenery and costumes, and good, clean comedy. It chronicled a family's journey just prior to the outbreak of World War II. "I wanted to give our community a chance to see some good old fashioned theater, and this seemed like the perfect vehicle to start off the season," said Sam, who is a Nyack College trained pianist and vocalist, and holds a master's degree in education from the University of New England.

'01 William Wonders, III (ATS '06), founder of Quiverfull Productions LLC, presented Stacy's Touch Movie Premiere at Long Island University (LIU) Brooklyn campus on April 9, 2015. "Stacy's Touch" explores the first day a single mother comes to terms with being molested as a child. She navigates through her past and makes decisions that affect not only her, but also her daughter's life. "Stacy's Touch" production served as a summer internship for three teenage female students. 


'04 (ADCP) Maj. Patrick G. Clare, New York Army National Guard,G4 logistics officer of the 42nd Infantry Division, received a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel at a ceremony on November 21, 2014. Originally a native of Weedsport, Clare serves as the division logistics officer, with responsibility for support and logistics. He previously served as the 427th Brigade Support Battalion executive officer, Syracuse, from 2013 to 2014. Clare began his military career as a New York Army National Guard soldier in the 1st Battalion, 108th Infantry, Auburn in 1994. He earned his logistics officer commission through the New York State Officer Candidate School at Camp Smith in 2000. Maj. Clare served in numerous company, battalion, and division leadership and staff assignments. He was assigned in May 2003 as 42nd Infantry Division transportation officer. In 2004, he deployed to Iraq with the 42nd, where he served as division transportation officer headquartered in Tikrit. After his return and several additional assignments, Clare transferred to the 27th Infantry Brigade in February 2010 as the brigade logistics officer and deployed to Kuwait, serving in this assignment until his redeployment in February 2012 and was selected as executive officer, 427th Brigade Support Battalion. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Armed Forces Medal with "M" device, and 10-year Bronze Hourglass.


'07 Justin Chiarot graduated Nyack College with a BA in English and philosophy and minors in history and biblical studies. He earned a master's in philosophy from SUNY Albany in 2009. He has been teaching philosophy at Mount Saint Mary College for five years and resides in Goshen, New York with his wife Julia, daughter Leah, and two dogs, Nietzsche and Plato. Justin is also a lecturer and co-founder of the Dwaarkill Study Center, established in 2013 to provide the Hudson Valley with a venue for continuing adult Christian education. Dwaarkill offers classes and lectures on a wide range of subjects in Bible, theology, philosophy, history, apologetics, and many others. The goal at Dwaarkill is to demonstrate how the Lordship of Jesus Christ applies to every aspect of human life. For more information on Dwaarkill, click hereJustin is currently teaching a lecture series at Dwaarkill entitled Rediscovering Postmodernism: A Christian Understanding of the Human Experience. To learn more about this lecture series, click here. Justin also has an audio series available in digital and CD format on the topic of Job and the Problem of Evil, New Atheism, Political Philosophy and Postmodernism.


'09 Roland N. Nicol, Sr. was appointed vice president of business development of the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service. In his new role as a member of the executive team, Roland will focus on initiation, development, and continuation of contractual relationships with referrals for all agency divisions, especially in new expansion areas. He has 20 years of experience in health care. "Dominican Sisters Family Health Service is pleased to have Roland join the executive team with his high-level strategic thinking and innovative philosophy around business development," said Mary Zagajeski, president/CEO of Dominican Sisters Family Health Service.


'12 Laura Martinez Leon, Nyack College School of Music opera alumna and winner of the 19th Annual Florida International University (FIU) Concerto Competition, will showcase her talent in the Orchestral Masterworks Series featuring the FIU Symphony Orchestra and the Miami Music Project. Every year, FIU music majors in good standing compete against one another. Judges this year included violist Marcia Littley, FIU Wind Ensemble Director Brenton Alston, violist Viera Borisova, and bassoonist Luciano Magnanini. Laura emigrated from Cuba to the United States in 2005 and is currently finishing her master's degree in voice performance under the tutelage of Robert B. Dundas. Laura has established herself as the official performer of the national anthem for the Immigration Services of Miami-Dade County, where she has had the privilege of singing for the Mayor of Miami, as well as other government officials. In 2014, she performed the role of Königin der Nacht in the 2014 Miami Summer Festival production of Die Zauberflöte directed by Michael Rossi, Washington's National Opera orchestra director. This spring, she performed the role of Laoula in FIU Opera Theater's L'etoile by Chabrier and made her debut with Opera Fusion's The SopranosTo read more about Laura Martinez Leon, click hereFor more information on the April 17th Orchestral Masterworks performance, click here. 

'12 (ATS) David P. Jones was recently appointed president and CEO of The Bowery Mission, a non-profit organization that has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879. Jones most recently served as the interim executive director of Newark's Goodwill Rescue Mission, where he successfully led a dramatic turnaround. Previously, David enjoyed a 26-year career at accounting firm KPMG, serving in various client service and leadership roles as a tax, corporate transactions, and risk management partner. He retired as a partner in 2010. David is also an ordained minister who has worked directly with vulnerable people in the New York metropolitan area and overseas. He earned an MBA from Columbia University, an M.Div. from ATS, and a Th.M. from Princeton Seminary.


'12 (ATS) Frederick Towles authored three books. Walk through Proverbs, published in September 2012, is a journey through the book of Proverbs containing thought-provoking questions, and an invitation to journey through the Book of Wisdom. Project Debt Free: A Practical Guide to Financial Freedom, published in June 2013, explains the culture of debt in America, and a plan to successfully carry out the mission of debt freedom. Leadership Under 30: Maxims for Young Leaders, published in September 2014, is designed to assist in the process of acclimating young leaders in their leadership roles. The maxims in this book will inspire young leaders to perform exceptionally in their roles with both the for-profit and not-for-profit communities as well other areas of life.


'12 Byron J. Williams has been selected as the management and program analyst of Corporate Veteran Recruitment and Marketing for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Byron is working towards completing his doctoral studies in business administration at Capella University. He serves as senior pastor of New Beginnings Ministries of Landover, Maryland, which he founded in May 2012.


'15 Jeremy Fuscaldo, communications major, published a comic strip entitled Creativity in the spring 2015 issue of Brain World, a magazine which explores cutting-edge science and how its findings can affect human health, culture, education, technology, business, aging, the arts, global issues, and more. Fuscaldo's piece addresses the importance of encouraging creativity in a child's life and how it develops great ideas. To view the comic strip, click here.


'15 Allie Van Hooker earned the highest honor from the Nyack College School of Education--the prestigious 2015 Apple Award--as the most outstanding graduating student teacher of all teaching majors, according to Nyack Professor Dr. James Nichols. Allie graduated summa cum laude from Nyack with a 3.96 GPA, finished eight straight semesters of high honors, was a member of two national honor societies, and received the Excellence in Teaching Award. She completed a double major in early childhood/childhood education with an English specialization. Nyack School of Education Dean JoAnn Looney stated, "Allie's Apple Award confirms that all of her qualities--knowledge, skills, and disposition--will be an asset to any school district that hires her."

Congratulations to the happy couples!

'12 Shawna Norese Miller
and '13 Trenton Mitchell have been engaged since August 23, 2014. The couple is planning an August 14, 2015 wedding at The Fountainhead in New Rochelle, New York.

'13 Johanna Ziegler-Ritter married Eric Wilmot on April 18, 2015 in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. 



'15 Renee Curry married Justin Kegley on June 6, 2015. 



Congratulations to the happy families!

'99 Andres Valenzuela and wife, Kim, welcomed their second daughter, Neomi Selena, on April 20 at 7:26 p.m. Neomi weighed 7 lbs. and 9 oz. and measured 21 inches long. Neomi Selena joins big sister Ana Sofia.


'01 (ATS) Nicole (Baker) Bernacet and husband, Jon, welcomed baby boy Micah Dale Bernacet on May 21, 2015 at 7:45 p.m. Micah Dale was born in Long Island Jewish Hospital, weighed 7 lbs. and 14 oz., and measured 19.5 inches long. Micah joins big brother JB (three-and-a-half years old) and big sister Isabella (two years old). Nicole is a 2001 graduate of AGSC. She formerly worked as a financial aid officer at ATS and as a resident director at Nyack College. 

'03 Kevin L. Reece and wife, Santa, welcomed baby boy Lukas Anderson Reece, on March 31, 2015.


'07 Ashley (Berman) Tringale and husband, '08 Gabe Tringale, welcomed baby boy Noah James Cerio Tringale on March 26, 2015. He weighed 9 lbs. and 3 oz. and measured 21-1/2 inches long. Noah James joins big brothers Jack and Gabriel and big sister Lucy.


'08 Gordon Lanpher (ATS '14) and his wife, Noelle, are proud parents of Megan Joy Lanpher, born January 14, 2015. She weighed 8 lbs. and 7 oz. and measured 20 inches long.


'11 Jamel and '05 Jamila (Yousif) Wright welcomed baby boy Jackson Owen on February 11, 2015 at 9:59 a.m. Jackson weighed 9 lbs. and 5 oz. and measured 21 inches long.


'14 Brittany (Diaz Pantoja) Vides and husband, Dimas, welcomed baby girl Faith Ester Vides on April 24, 2015. Faith weighed 8 lbs. and 4 oz. and measured 21 inches long.

Condolences to the family and friends of the following deceased alumni.

'46 Letitia J. Waite went home to be with the Lord on May 3, 2015 at 91. Letty received her three-year diploma from Nyack College in 1946 and was appointed to the Ozark Mountains, where she served for 36 years, working with children and youth as well as adults. In 1991, she moved to Akron, Ohio, continuing her ministry with the Laotians and then with the Hmong people. In 2005, Letty moved to Chapel Pointe in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Letty was appointed as president of the Missionary Prayer Fellowship (MPF) at Chapel Pointe in 2010, and in 2012 she was made a member-at-large of the MPF.


'47 Leon Benjamin Gathany, 94, went to be with the Lord on March 30, 2015 after a long and fruitful life. He earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1945 from Toccoa Falls, where he met his wife, Rachel Pritchard. Leon enrolled at Nyack College where he earned a bachelor's degree in religious education in 1947. He was pastor of the North Birmingham Gospel Tabernacle in Birmingham, Alabama, and then of the Great Bend Alliance Church, founded by his father in Great Bend, Pennsylvania. Leon's career in education began in 1960 when he and his family moved to Mountain Lake, Minnesota, where he was the principal and sixth grade teacher of the Mountain Lake Christian Day School. In 1964, Leon accepted the position of principal of Toccoa Falls High School, and in 1976 accepted a teaching position in the Stephens County Schools at Big A Elementary and Stephens County Middle School. Upon retiring from teaching, he became a naturalist at Tugalo State Park from 1983 until 1995. Leon was a member of the Georgia Retired Educators Association and the Stephens County Retired Educators Association. He was a member of the First Alliance Church Toccoa and an associate member of Allens United Methodist Church. Leon Gathany's legacy continues with the Leon and Rachel Gathany Museum of Natural History at Toccoa Falls College, where many of his collections are housed.  



'51 Marion L. Carlson, 96, passed into the presence of her Lord on February 12, 2015.

Marion graduated from Avon High School as salutatorian of her class and then continued her education at Burdett College in Boston, graduating in 1938. She was employed as a secretary for several years in businesses located in Brockton, Massachusetts. In April 1941, she married John R. Carlson (NC '51) at Olivet Memorial Church in Brockton, where she had served as organist and pianist for many years. In 1946, she and her husband entered Nyack College and graduated in 1951. Following college, she faithfully assisted her husband as he pastored churches of The Christian and Missionary Alliance in Vermont and Connecticut. Marion was a gifted musician who used her musical talents during church services, family gatherings, and weddings. Marion was predeceased by her husband, Rev. John R. Carlson, and brothers Howard, Richard, and Roger Lenehan. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.               


'51 Norma Dailey Gardner, 85, passed away on March 18, 2015. She was the loving wife of Rev. Andrew D. Gardner (NC '54). Following a year as secretary in Stroehmann's Bakery in Sayre, Pennsylvania, Norma earned a diploma from Nyack College. It was here that she met her husband, Andy, and they were married in 1951 at The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Waverly, New York. While her husband continued his studies, Norma worked as a secretary in Williams & Williams Law Firm in Nyack. In 1954, they were assigned as missionaries to Guinea, West Africa, where they served until 1983. During this time, their three children were born. Andy served as field builder for a few years, after which they were both involved in teaching at the Telekoro Bible Institute. Their time in Guinea was terminated because of Norma's increasing health problems with asthma. Since that time, they have been pastoring at Wendell Avenue Alliance Church in Brockton, Massachusetts. Besides her husband, Norma is survived by her three children: Janet Eileen (NC '84), wife of Rev. James Weiss, Rev. Andrew Daniel Gardner, Jr. (NC '84) and wife Janice Cline (NC '83), and Stephen Eldon Gardner (NC '87) and wife Victoria Bennett (NC '87). Norma is survived by granddaughter, Chrislyn, and grandsons, A. Daniel Gardner, III and his wife Erin, Peter, Nathan, Timothy, and Josiah Gardner; and her sister, Mariane, and husband, John Holbrook. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

'53 Rev. Roslyn (Ross) Francis Ingram, 83, passed into the presence of the Lord on December 30, 2014. At the age of eighteen, Ross committed his life to the Lord Jesus and upon graduation from high school, enrolled at Nyack College. Here he met the love of his life, Marjorie Ann Brewer '51, whom he married in 1950. After graduation they moved to the Chicago area where Ross enrolled at Wheaton College. Ross and Marjorie entered ministry with The Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1955, planting a new church in Coburg, Ontario. Ross was given the assignment of planting Rexdale Alliance Church by the C&MA. Within two years, the church had grown so large, that an adjoining property of three acres was purchased to accommodate an expanding congregation and ministry. Ross served as a full-time professor at Canadian Bible College/Canadian Theological Seminary, a part-time preaching pastor at Glencairn Alliance Church, and senior pastor of First Alliance Church in Scarborough, Ontario. Ross often said that though his kids were very different from one another, they were his greatest treasure. He loved each of his grandchildren and warmly demonstrated that love to each one. Ross and Marjorie, who predeceased him in 2007, had four children: Daniel, Marilyn, Timothy, and Jonathan.


'58 Chaplain (Major General) Donald J. Harlin, 79, passed away on February 9, 2015. He was the United States Air Force Chief of Chaplains from 1991 until 1995. His military career spanned thirty years. Chaplain Harlin was an ordained minister of the American Baptist Churches. His civilian pastorates were in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and Freeland/Hazleton, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Nyack College, a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Divinity degree (honorary) from Nyack College. He is also a graduate of the Air Force's Air Command and Staff College, and the Hadley School for the Blind. Don began his Air Force career in 1965. Among his favorite assignments were Arlington National Cemetery and faculty member and Commandant of the Air Force Chaplain School in Montgomery, Alabama. His overseas assignments were in Vietnam, Okinawa (Japan), and Korea. He served as the Command Chaplain of Air Education and Training Command, Air University, and Air Combat Command. He became Deputy Chief of Chaplains (Brigadier General) in 1988, and Chief of Chaplains in 1991. His major military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Defense Superior Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. He was awarded Outstanding Military Chaplain of the Year by the American Baptist Churches, USA, in 1977 and 1995, the only chaplain to receive that award twice. He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 56 years, Carol (McCandless) Harlin; his son, Tim Harlin and his wife Beth (Gresham); his daughter in-law Cheryl (Celis); grandchildren, TJ, Katie, Rachel, Rebecca; brother and sister-in-law, Wilbur and Caroline Harlin; brother-in-law, Doug Harlin; sister-in-law, Norma Brydon; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim and Gina McCandless; 18 nephews and nieces; surviving guide dog and loyal companion, Valerie; and deceased guide dog and loyal companion, Goldie.


'65 Lorraine Hakes Ballou, passed away on March 7, 2015. Lorraine attended Nyack College where she met her husband, Rev. David Ballou (NC '68). They married in 1966 and came to Ulster County in 1968 to pastor Lattingtown Baptist Church. She worked in numerous banks in New York and co-managed the Bible Bookstore in Newburgh, New York for a time. She enjoyed singing in church and with the Evergreen Chorus of Sweet Adelines. Lorraine is survived by her husband; a daughter, Diane; a son, Michael; and six grandchildren, Emily, Elizabeth, Sean, Evan, Lauren, and Jacob; and two sisters, Janice and Julie.  


'76 William "Buffalo Bill" James Tarr, 61, passed away peacefully in his home on January 21, 2015. Bill married Ruth (Forman) Tarr at the Seamen's Bethel Church in New Bedford in 1991. He was the proprietor of several businesses throughout his life, including Tarr Automotive Restoration, Street Level Leather, Totem Tattoo Studios, Liam Robert's Art Gallery, and Tarr Detective Agency. Bill was an internationally known, award-winning tattoo artist, a guest artist at many tattoo shops throughout the U.S. and abroad, and a builder of fine tattoo machines. Bill was also an award-winning fine artist, a lifelong learner and a mentor to many. He loved motorcycle touring with his wife, spending time with his family and friends, traveling, vacationing, going to the movies, reading, teasing and making people laugh, and was a master at creating clever games to entertain his children. Bill is survived by his wife, Ruth Tarr; children, Aaron Tarr and his wife, Teddi Prettiman-Tarr; Levi Tarr and his wife, Desiree Tarr; Beau Taby and his wife, Donna Taby; and Sarah Taby and her husband, David Bender; grandchildren, Noelle Tarr, Eric Winters, Jacob Taby, and Emmaleah Taby; a great-grandchild, Julian Winters; brothers, Daniel Tarr and James Tarr; and seven nieces and nephews.

'83 Jennifer Ellenberger, 53, passed away on January 30, 2015 in her home. Following her graduation from Nyack in 1983, Jenny worked for World Relief in Congers, New York and then at Catholic Charities in Brooklyn, New York. From 1993 until her passing, she was a dedicated medical assistant at Annapolis Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy Associates. Jenny will be remembered for her generosity, her personality, her creativity, and her devotion to family. She shared her love with the children of friends as well as her four nieces. She donated groceries to the food bank each time she shopped for herself. Her creativity was displayed in her art, decorating, and personal style. Jenny was preceded in death by her father, Ralph Ellenberger (NC '55). She is deeply missed and survived by her mother, Dorothy Ellenberger; her sister, Laura Rainoff (Brad); her brother, Bradley Ellenberger (Holly); nieces, Emma and Olivia Rainoff  and Allison and Meghan Ellenberger; as well as aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


'88 Elbert LeRoy "Tim" Shingleton, 53, went to be with his Lord on January 10, 2015. Tim was passionate about his faith and personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and was an active member of Bible Center Church. He lived out his faith daily in extending kindness to others and helping anyone he could. Tim is survived by sisters, Carol Delberta Comas and her husband, Larry (Fairmont), Beulah Dianne Dodd (Armore), Sherri Lynn Cale and her fiancé, Bobby Vernon (Morgantown); brothers, Delbert Wayne Shingleton and his wife, Brenda (Shinnston) and James Franklin Shingleton (Monogah); as well as by aunts Val, Brenda, and Margie. Several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and a host of friends also survive him.


'91 Mark A. Loveland, 46, passed away on May 4, 2015 at home surrounded by his loving family. Mark was employed by the Onondaga County Sheriff's Department for more than 20 years before retiring in 2014. For 12 years he served as a K9 officer and 15 years as a SWAT officer. He was a member of Christ Community Church of the Nazarene and volunteered for Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (W.A.V.E.S.). Above all, Mark loved spending time with his family, especially his children. Surviving is his loving wife, Katherine "Kate" Loveland; children, Connor, Hannah, Benjamin, Jonathan "Jack," Ethan, Scott, Melody, and Marek; brothers, Larry, James, Adam, Jacob, and Tyrell; sisters, Melissa, Emily, Cristina, and Jamie; parents, Ernest and Sandra Loveland; parents-in-law, Eugene and Barbara Bojarski; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.


'13 (ATS) Bruce Ham, 58, was a victim of a fatal car accident on May 8, 2015 en route to his home in New Jersey. He was starting a counseling practice in Canada and had been offered a job teaching mental health counseling in Toronto. Bruce Ham earned a Master of Divinity degree and was a pastor for much of his life. To support his growing family while pastoring and continuing his education, Bruce and his wife ran a dry cleaning business for about ten years. "His faith was always an important part of his life, but in recent years Bruce Ham had taken a break from his work as a pastor. He came to the realization that people needed more help in addition to spiritual counseling, and he earned a master's degree in mental health counseling. He felt it was the best way he could help the world," son, Paul Ham, stated.


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