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Malone University honors Alumni of the Year for 2013

October 11, 2013 | Release # 6747

Malone University honors the following 2013 Alumni of the year award recipients: 

  • Lori Stokes, of Canton, Ohio, Malone Management Program Leadership Excellence Award
  • Ronald D. Crock, M.D., of Uniontown, Ohio,  Graduate School Alumnus of the Year
  • Brian Hollingsworth, of Akron, Ohio, Young Alumnus of the Year
  • Cyrus Mad-Bondo, of Lynchburg, Va.,  Alumnus of the Year


Lori E. Stokes, Malone Management Program Leadership Excellence Award

Lori StokesLori continues to make her home in the town of her birth, Canton, Ohio. She earned her bachelor's degree from Malone University while working full-time and raising five children. Her husband was the late Ronald Stokes, Jr., also an MMP graduate. As a widow and mother, Lori is an example of what can be defined as a 'virtuous woman'. Lori is the EEO officer for Akron Metro RTA and was previously the fair housing manager for the City of Canton under the appointment of Mayor William J. Healy.

She also is a board/committee member of various social and civic organizations such as N.E.A.R., Inc., Canton Schools Federal Credit Union, Leadership Stark County Committees, and the Stark Community Foundation Summertime Grant Committee. She has earned degrees from Stark State College of Technology, Malone University, and Ashland University. Lori ministers to others through the gift of praise dancing using arts, drama and sign language, with special emphasis on reaching and encouraging the youth in her community. She co-founded Christ First Praise Dance Ministry with her younger sister, Rachel Burch. Their annual dance concert gathers dancers of various church denominations both locally and from surrounding communities to praise God in the form of dance.

Lori has received a number of community awards, including: Ystark! 20 under 40, Stark State College Alumna of the Year, Time Warner Cable Community Pillar Award, Canton Exchange Club Golden Deed Award, the Malone University MMP Ambassador Award and the Stark County Phenomenal Woman Award. She somehow also finds time to keep active by participating in First Friend's Church's Volleyball League, Trinity Gospel Volleyball League, and Community Betterment of Canton Sand Volleyball League.

Ronald D. Crock, M.D., Graduate School Alumnus of the Year

Ronald CrockRon graduated from Malone University in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry, and later from NEOUCOM, completing his residency in internal medicine in 1995, where he also became a member of the faculty. Ron says that his goal was integrating theology with medicine and teaching. He completed a one year fellowship in faculty development at Michigan State University and became a trainer for the American Medical Association in their EPEC (Education for Physicians in End of Life Care) program. Ron also graduated from Malone's master's degree program in Christian Ministries in 2001 - he says, "with a better understanding of what a Christian physician should look like." He completed a master's degree in bioethics from Trinity International University in 2004, then went on to teach bioethics, specifically end of life care, to physicians, clergy, social workers, nurses, and many others in the medical field.

Ron was named medical director for Mercy Medical Center's hospice program, and later medical director for Mercy Medical Center's palliative medicine program, becoming board certified in hospice and palliative medicine. Ron has also added another degree - the master's of divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Of all the hats he wears, Ron says his true passion is serving in his roles as a father, fisherman, and photographer. He and his wife Kristine have five children, Sarah, Rachel, Isaiah, Josiah, and Julia, whom they look forward to meeting one day in heaven. Ron says that until lying on the beach taking photographs of big fish he's caught pays better, you will find him coaching and playing volleyball at his home church Canton First Friends, refereeing soccer, becoming a better photographer, and enjoying movie night with the family.

Brian Hollingsworth, Young Alumnus of the Year

Brian HollingsworthBrian is an associate development officer at Akron Children's Hospital, where he works with staff, volunteers, donors, and community leaders to engage them with the hospital and find ways to support its mission. At 32, Brian was the youngest development officer to step into that position. Brian is currently involved in a capital campaign to raise $50 million for a critical care tower. As part of the campaign, he coordinated a group of 30 volunteers that created a nearly three-foot long representation of the new tower out of LEGOs. The model required several dozen different types of LEGO bricks, more than 12,000 pieces in all, and about 120 volunteer hours to construct.

Brian has been involved with a men's bible study / accountability group for 10 years. He is also a member of Torchbearers of Akron, a board member for the Firestone Park YMCA, a board member for the Akron Children's Museum project, the hospital liaison for the Akron Children's Emerging Leaders Board, past-president and on the board of directors for the Malone Young Alumni Community, past chair for the hospital's Employee Foundation Council and a past president of the West Akron Kiwanis. Brian is currently completing his master of arts degree in organizational leadership from Malone, where he also received his BA in communication arts. While an undergraduate at Malone, from 1998 – 2002, Brian was involved in Theater, the Open Frame Film Festival, and the MC Comedy improv group. He was inducted into Alpha Psi Omega, the theater honorary and served as associate editor of the Aviso as well as a course assistant. Brian lives in Firestone Park in Akron with his wife Ryan and their dog, Licorice. He enjoys reading, running, and games.

Cyrus Mad-Bondo, Alumnus of the Year

Cyrus Mad-BondoCyrus, a 1998 graduate of Malone University, is the Africa regional director for World Help, headquartered in Forest, Va. He has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout Central African Republic, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Cyrus was born in the Central Africa Republic. He is a sought after speaker and expert on the social, humanitarian, economic and environmental issues facing Africa. Cyrus is fluent in English, French, Sango, the native language of the Central African Republic, and two additional dialects. He served at the American Embassy in Bangui in the Central African Republic and earned his MBA from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

As director for Africa at World Help, Cyrus builds relationships with national relief partners, coordinating and implementing myriad projects in humanitarian assistance, child development, community building and faith-based support. Cyrus and his wife of 24 years, Julie, have three children: Becky, Michael, and Irene who went home to be with her Lord in September of 2008. Cyrus says that his passion is to share the Word and love of God to as many people as he is able. He has led many short term missions' trips to Guatemala, Dominican Republic, and in Africa, and he has traveled extensively in the U.S. preaching, building relationship with donors, and sharing how each person can use his or her life to make an impact for the cause of Jesus Christ.

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 has been recognized by the prestigious Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development, as one of Northeast Ohio’s Top Workplaces by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 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 2014,has been awarded the designation Military Friendly School by Victory Media, and is named to AffordableCollegesOnline (ACO)’s Best Lifetime Return on Investment list for the State of Ohio.


Suzanne Thomas, APR
Director of University Relations
Malone University
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