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6382-Malone University welcomes 17 new faculty members

6382-August 29, 2012

Malone University welcomes 17 new faculty members this fall. They are:

David B. Beer, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science

David joins the faculty after serving last year as an adjunct at Malone.  He earned his doctorate from the Catholic University of America in spring 2012 after receiving his master's degree in January 2009.  He graduated from Georgetown University with departmental honors in Government in 2007.  Prior to coming to Malone, David served as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University-Mansfield and North Central State College.  He, his wife and two daughters reside in Canton.

Cecelia E. Gallagan, MSN, instructor of nursing

Cecelia has worked as an RN since graduating from Malone University in 2003. She worked initially as a cardiac nurse but spent most of her RN days working in labor and delivery since graduating with her MSN in 2007, from Kent State University, as a nurse practitioner in women's health.

Steven Grimo, DMA, associate professor of music

Steve Grimo earned a B.M.E. in music education and a B.A. in percussion performance, followed by the master of music degree in wind ensemble conducting, from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He earned the doctor of musical arts in conducting from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Dr. Grimo served as the director, Music Ministries Department at the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Prior to that, he served 22 years from 1986-2007 in the United States Air Force. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel serving with the USAF Bands and Music Branch as a commander & music director for The USAF Academy Band, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. His service as an USAF Band officer took him to Washington DC, serving the National Capital Region, where he was on US Presidential support; while in Texas, he was assigned to the Air Education and Training Command with the USAF Band of the West. While stationed in Alaska, with the USAF Band of the Pacific, he served overseas, supporting forward deployed locations throughout the Pacific. He also served as the commander of the USAF Band of Mid America, in southern Illinois, stationed at Scott Air Force Base.

Christine A. Harrington, MSN, MBA, assistant professor of nursing

Christine's nursing career has spanned pediatric intensive care, post-anesthesia care, nurse manager duties of emergency/trauma departments and currently works as a staff R.N. in the Emergency Department of Akron City Hospital. She received her B.S.N from Creighton University's accelerated program in Omaha, NE. and her M.S.N. & M.B.A. from the University of Iowa.

Leslie A. Hay, Ph.D., associate professor of biology

Leslie has worked as a professional wildlife ecologist as well as teaching ecology in various settings since she received her doctoral degree from the University of Idaho, College of Natural Resources in 2000. She received a master's of science in wildlife ecology from the University of Florida specializing in the tropics, and a bachelor of science in environmental studies and biology from Western Washington University. She has worked for the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service as an ecologist and program director, as well as other state, University, and NGO positions.

Jennifer L. Hollinger, director of field and clinical experience

Jennifer has spent the last ten years teaching middle school math in the Plain Local School District in Canton. She received her BA in education specializing in middle childhood education science and math from Cedarville University in 2002. In 2007, she received both her master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati and Ohio Principal License. Recently, she received the distinction as an Ohio Master Teacher.

Dakota L. King-White, assistant professor of counseling & human development
Dakota King-White has worked full-time as school counselor since graduating from Heidelberg University. Since 2006 she has worked as an adjunct instructor at Heidelberg University in the master of arts in counseling program. Dakota has a bachelor of arts in psychology from Notre Dame College of Ohio, a master of arts in counseling from Heidelberg University and a Ph.D. in counselor education and supervision from The University of Toledo. She is a professional licensed school counselor and a professional counselor through The Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

David P. Melvin, visiting assistant professor of biblical studies
David recently received his Ph.D. in biblical studies (Old Testament) from Baylor University. Prior to coming to Malone, he taught in the Religion Department at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, while also serving as youth director at First United Methodist Church, Crawford. He received his M.A. in Jewish studies from Washington University in St. Louis and his B.A. in biblical studies/biblical languages from Evangel University. David and his wife, Kendra, have two sons, Malachi (6) and Josiah (4).

Jason R. Moyer, assistant professor of communication arts
Jason enters his first tenure-track appointment this fall after graduating from the University of Iowa in 2011 with a Ph.D. in communication studies. Although Jason teaches as a generalist in his discipline, he writes at the intersection of presidential rhetoric and religion. His dissertation, "Not Just Civil Religion: Theology in the Cases of Woodrow Wilson, John Kennedy, and Barack Obama" won this year's top dissertation award from the Religious Communication Association. Jason received his M.A. in communication studies from Bowling Green State University in 2007 and his B.A. from Bluffton University in 2006. Last year he taught media studies curriculum at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Elizabeth A. Postlewaite, instructor of business
Beth is in her third year of teaching. She has taught as an adjunct instructor in the Business and Entrepreneurial Studies Division at Stark State and in the School of Business at Malone University. Beth has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from The Ohio State University and a master's degree in business administration from Malone University.

William P. Racine, associate professor of business and leadership
Bill received his B.S. in biology from the University of Akron. He has worked in the environmental management industry as a consultant since 1982. Bill received his MBA from Kent State University in 1986. In 1989, he started his own firm; Environmental Support Network, Inc., where he has worked ever since. Bill earned a Ph. D. from Capella University in 2009. He has been an adjunct in the Malone Management Program and with the MAOL Program since 2009.

Judy L. Risko, assistant professor of nursing
Judy graduated with her BSN from Ursuline College in 1988. She received her MSN in psychiatric nursing from Kent State University in 2008, and is currently enrolled there pursuing her PhD in nursing. She is a certified clinical nurse specialist in child and adolescent psychiatric mental health nursing and works as an RN at University Hospitals of Cleveland in the addiction recovery services program.

Angela Elizabeth Rose, lecturer in music
Angela teaches voice and piano and holds a bachelor in music education from KSU, an M.M. in vocal performance from the University of Akron and a vocal performance certificate from Chautauqua Summer Institute. She also studied voice in NYC and went on to become a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera national council auditions. She has performed locally at the Palace Theatre, E.J. Thomas Hall and has done extensive sacred works at various churches. Angela has taught music for many years in public & Christian schools and also private studio instruction. She performs locally with a group called Musicali and also with her violinist daughter, Joy.

Karen L. Slovak, associate professor of social work
Karen joins Malone after serving as an associate professor in social work at Ohio University Zanesville since 2004. She previously taught at Miami University, Ohio University Athens, and Youngstown State University. She received her Ph.D. in 1997 and her MSSA in 1996 from at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Slovak is a licensed independent social worker (LSISW-SUP) in the State of Ohio.

Jennifer J. Stanke, visiting assistant professor of biology
Jennifer received her Ph.D., in biomedical research from The Ohio State University. While at OSU, she specialized in the mechanisms of human disease and published multiple articles in the areas of developmental neurobiology, retinal development, and cellular therapies. She recently worked at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN where she developed a clinical sample-to-model transplantation procedure and laid the groundwork to identify potential mediators of metastasis in solid tumors. Jennifer's love for science and family has brought her full circle to Malone University; she is a class of 2000 alumnus.

Cynthia L. Wohlschlager, lecturer in music
Cynthia has been a member of the Malone adjunct faculty since 2002.   She has served on the faculties of The Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University since 2006. She received her PSD through The Cleveland Institute of Music and her MM through the University of Akron. This summer, she joined the voice faculty of the summer music festival Sessione Senese per la Musica et l'Arte in Siena, Italy.

Amy M. Yuncker, reference librarian/archivist
Amy Yuncker finished a double degree in the humanities at The Ohio State University in 2006 and has since worked in a paraprofessional capacity for the OSU Libraries, beginning as a roving circulation assistant and ending as the lead weekend supervisor at the William Oxley Thompson Library.  While employed, she completed her master's degree in library and information science through Kent State University at the State Library of Ohio, with a focus on archival management.


Malone University, a Christian university for the arts, sciences, and professions in the liberal arts tradition, affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 100 academic programs. Malone is recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, named an NAIA Champions of Character Five Star Award winner, and is ranked among the top colleges and universities in the Midwest under the category Regional Universities according to U.S.News & World Report's America's Best Colleges 2012.


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