June Class Notes

Signature Class of 1995, The Greatest Class

Commissioner Steve Hambley ‘95, The Board of Directors of the Medina County Land Reutilization Corporation  (Land Bank) elected Commissioner Steve Hambley as Chairman at the organizational meeting in April. County land banks are nonprofit organizations whose mission is to strategically acquire properties, and return them to productive use, reducing blight, increasing property values, supporting community goals, and improving the quality of life for county residents.


Signature Class of 2009, A Class Act

Deborah Wasylko ‘09, is now in the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses, Cohort 33.

Baskets Galore (est. 2003) will be going through a major brand change this year because they outgrew their brand. Stay tuned for launch in 2025!


Signature Class of 2016, Silver Jubilee 

Janice Jokkel ’16, founder of The Biz Hive and Biz Learning Lab, is proud to announce that she has received certification from the State of Ohio for both “Women Owned Enterprise” and “Encouraging Diversity, Growth, and Equity.”

She has also received approval from the State of Ohio as an official Training Partner.  With this partnership, the Biz Learning Lab will facilitate training for small businesses to upskill their staff. Eligible businesses will have their training paid for by using the Ohio Means Jobs and TechCred grant funding.


Signature Class of 2017, The Collaborators

Christina Thomas-Lewin ’17 & LEAD ’23, is excited and happy to share her promotion at The Will-Burt Company to Corporate Controller.


Signature Class of 2019, The Difference Makers

Chief Ed Kinney ’19, was recently elected and sworn in by Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost as Second Vice-President of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police.  His term began on June 1.  Based on the succession, he will be First VP next year and President the following year.


Signature Class of 2023, The Grateful Givers

Janet Newcomer ’23, was recently named the new Executive Director of Feeding Medina County, as of May 15th.

Read more here: Feeding Medina County welcomes new executive director – Feeding Medina County


Signature Class of 2024, The Total Eclipse Class

The Rev. Dr. Luke Lindon ’24, ‘…received Lancaster Theological Seminary’s Meck Award, presented for distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry.

The Meck Award from the Alumni Council of Lancaster Theological Seminary is presented annually to a graduate for distinguished service in the practice of pastoral ministry. The Awards and Recognition Committee looks at specific criteria for indications of excellence in ministry including: fostering the vitality of the ministry; exhibiting excellent pastoral presence, demonstrating creativity in ministry, enlisting and nurturing the gifts of others, and relating the Gospel to the commonly-shared experiences in the ministry.

He says, “Thank you to every church community that has loved me into being and supported and engaged with my ministry.” Pastor Luke has served as the senior pastor of Medina United Church of Christ, Congregational since 2017.’

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