You are encouraged to share your milestones (marriages, births, job changes, promotions, etc.) with your classmates. Information will be posted on this page for approximately one year and printed in the North Star. To submit information for both listings, click here.


Sharon (Simpson) Rice received a Distinguished Toastmaster Award, the highest honor of Toastmasters International, at their district conference on May 11. She has served as an area governor and assistant division governor for the organization. Sharon lives in Redmond, Wash.


Teresa (Music) Salley completed her master’s degree in nursing in 2013. She has accepted a position with Kettering Health Network and Sycamore Hospital as a professional development specialist and the perioperative education coordinator. Teresa’s husband, David, works in property management and sales with Big Valley Realty. The couple resides in Springboro, Ohio.


Ernie May retired in October from his position as a deputy sheriff after serving over 31 years in the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. He plans to work on a part-time basis as a deputy with the Oakland County court system while enjoying more time with his motorcycle and banjo. His wife, Ginny (Fidler-78) May, is an office assistant for the dean of the Oakland University School of Business. She was selected as Oakland’s employee of the year last January after only one year at the university. Ernie and Ginny’s daughter, Caitlin, is a case worker with the South Oakland Shelter. Ernie may be contacted at


Mike Morningstar has been employed by Dwyer Instruments since 1992. He recently began duties as a supply chain engineer in the materials management division, which includes travel to the Pacific Rim. His wife, Peggy (Whitman-’85) Morningstar, recently ended a 20-year tenure at Shults-Lewis Child and Family Services and is now doing freelance public speaking on teen development. The Morningstars have four children: Dawn Zachary, Larissa, and Seth. The family lives in Valparaiso, Ind.


Chad and Lesly (Hoggatt-’83) Brock recently purchased a new house in Nashville, Tenn. Chad is the part owner of Ashley’s Transportation and an operations manager for Tennessee Logistics. Lesly works as the business manager for Ashley’s Transportation.

Sherry Hall is working as a probation officer for the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. She is living in Cutler, Ohio.


Jeff and Wendy (Barnett) Denny are living in Brownsburg, IN. After working for St. Vincent Health System for over 15 years, Wendy has accepted a position as a benefits specialist for Badger Daylight Corporation. Jeff was recently named varsity soccer coach for Tri-West High School. In his first season as a head coach this past year, his junior varsity team finished its season 13-0.


After serving 18 years as a youth and family minister, Philip Brackney recently accepted a role as program director at Michigan Christian Youth Camp. Philip and his family now live in Attica, Mich.


Brian and Carrie (Pier) Ellerbrock welcomed John Bernard on Jan. 30, 2014. John has four brothers: Donald, Josiah, Samuel, and Philip; and five sisters: Abigail, Miriam, Elizabeth, Joanna, and Gloria. Carrie is a homemaker and Brian an inside salesman for Verhoff Machine and Weld. The family lives in Leipsic, Ohio.

Soren James joined Jonathan, Eliana, Rowan and Kellen in the home of David and Anna Handley on Nov. 17, 2012. The family lives in Waverly, Neb. David is an attorney at Dyer Law.


Trent William joined McVehil and Elijah in the home of Aaron and Colleen (McVehil-’05) Bell on July 29, 2014. Aaron began serving as connections director for the First Christian Church of Canton, Ohio, last fall. Colleen is the director of education and marketing for Emerge Counseling Services.

Paul Dry Books recently released “The Elk Hunt: The Adventure Begins,” the first book in a new series by Nathan Dahlstrom. The second book in Nathan’s ”Adventures of Wilder Good” series, “Texas Grit,” will be released April 1, 2014. Nathan is an avid outdoorsman and founder of Whetstone Boys Ranch. Nathan and his family reside in Lubbock, Texas. More information about his series is available at

Kristy Wells married Nick Eklund on Oct. 6, 2012. Kristy is employed by the Detroit Area Library Network, and Chris by CareTech Solutions. The couple resides in Dearborn, Mich.

Jonathan Woodall earned his Ph.D. in communication from the University of Memphis last December. His dissertation was titled, “The Post-Termination Rhetoric of the American Restoration Movement.” Jonathan recently accepted a position as minister of the GracePointe Church of Christ in Elizabethtown, Pa. His wife, Hayley (Richards) Woodall, is an optometrist at Life DOC.


Madelynn Heather joined Gracelynn and Shealynn in the home of Ryan and Misty (Ringle) Hoggatt on Nov. 19, 2012. The family lives in Delaware, Ohio.


Keith Price was honored at the 2013 God’s Family Banquet with the R. Vernon Boyd Diversity Award for his efforts in the cause of reconciliation and bridging the racial divide. Keith is a technician for Outsource. His wife, Lora (Ryan-71) Price, is a documentation specialist for the Automotive Industry Action Group. The family lives in Berkley, Mich.


Josh and Kim (Griswold) Kashorek welcomed Kalista Michal on Jan. 10, 2014. Kalista joins big brothers Jedrek and Jeston. Josh is the e-commerce marketing manager for Premier Retail. The family lives in Rochester, N.Y.

Eban James joined Ezra, Elijah, and Elam in the home of Caleb and Suzy (Goffin) Plettner on April 24, 2013. Suzy reports her boys “love their Rochester College bears and call them Rochy Bears.” The bears are sent to alumni who submit birth announcements for the North Star. Suzy and her family live in Lincoln, Neb.


Thomas Julian joined Dina, AJ, and Evie in the home of Rick and Michelle (Witt) Corbin on Nov. 24, 2012. The family lives in Highland, Mich.

Benny Lumpkins moved to Los Angeles in 2012 and is working in the film and television industry as a costume designer. His previous credits include Oz the Great and Powerful, Real Steel, Detroit 187, and 21 Days.


MolliePup Press recently released “The Stars Fell Sideways,” a young adult novel by Cassandra Brown. Cassandra works as a freelance book writer/editor and penned the book under the name Cassandra Marshall. She lives in Emmett, Mich.

Robert Stewart recently earned a master’s degree in social work from Western Michigan University. Robert lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., and is a youth treatment shift supervisor at Wedgewood Christian Services.


Susan Babb is completing an internship as an addiction counselor with Personalized Nursing Lighthouse. At the end of her internship, she will receive her master’s degree from Western Michigan University. Susan lives in Farmington Hills, Mich.

Curtis Storm and his wife, Nicole, welcomed Alexander James on Jan. 5, 2014. Curtis is an elementary music teacher for the Durango School District, and Nicole teaches music in the Montezuma-Cortez School District. The couple lives in Cortez, Colo.


Chris and Jamie (Johnson) Krupinski welcomed Graydon John on Oct. 16, 2013. Jamie is the lead preschool teacher at Handprints Christian Early Learning Center and Chris is employed by the Department of Human Services. The family lives in Pontiac, Mich.

Lavita Modest recently completed training as a public service chaplain through the Macomb County Criminal Justice Training Center and the 21st Century Chaplain Network. She was chosen by her class to deliver the cadet response during graduation. Lavita is employed as a program release manager for Hewlett-Packard and is enrolled in a master’s program at Spring Arbor University. Lavita lives in Detroit, Mich.

Rebecca Trouse recently opened Aspects Counseling in downtown Rochester. Rebecca holds national board certification along with state licensing credentials, and is now accepting new clients and referrals. Her website address is She can be emailed at


Teri Butcher completed her master’s degree in marriage and family counseling at Liberty University on March 10, 2014. Teri lives in Romeo, Mich.

Amber Stephenson-LaForest completed her master’s degree at the Michigan School of Professional Psychology in July. She currently lives in Marine City, Mich.