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Mount Vernon Now - Winter 2007
Allen and Leigh Haines with their adopted children.
Allen Haines (’83) and his wife Leigh recently adopted two boys from Russia, ages 1 and 3. A former Cougar baseball player, Allen earned his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling and management and is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College Program Management course. He is a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army as an acquisition technology officer, stationed at the Pentagon on the Army staff. His wife is a speech writer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Nicholas Terrell Sanders
Holly (Smith ’93) and Ben Sanders (’97) announce the birth of their third child, Nicholas Terrell, on March 16, 2006, weighing 7 lbs. 8 oz. and measuring 21 inches long. He joins big sisters Krista and Lauren.
Calin Julia Black
Mike (’95) and Carrie (Robertson ’98) Black announce the birth of daughter, Calin Julia, on April 18, 2006. Weighing 6 lbs. 7 oz., Calin joins big sister Micayla (5) and brother Mason (2). Michael is an Erie Insurance agent and investment /healthcare advisor and Carrie is a stay-at-home mom. The family resides in Hurricane, W.Va.
Shira wedding party
Staci Shira (’95) married Tom Matthews at Cocoa Beach, Fla., on March 26, 2006. Shown in the photo are Staci’s parents, Dean and Linda Shira, along with Staci and Tom’s children: Jusden, Drezden and Cynthia.
The Dubusky Family
Dave (’99) and Amy (Wilson ’00) Dubusky welcomed their son, Jackson David, on April 6, 2006. He joins big sister, Taylor (2). The family has recently moved back to Mount Vernon where Dave, a 2004 graduate of the OSU College of Veterinary medicine, is a veterinarian at Hillside Veterinary Clinic. Amy taught first grade in Gahanna for four years and is currently a stay-at-home mom.
Mike and Melissa Hershberger with Caedon Benjamin
Mike (’00) and Melissa (Weaver ’02) Hershberger welcomed Caedon Benjamin on June 12, 2006, weighing in at 7 lbs. 9 oz. and measuring 21 inches in length. Mike is a systems analyst at Ontario Systems in Berlin, Ohio, and Melissa is a CPA at Troyer & Associates in Sugarcreek.
Hillary and David Nikkel with Isaac Neil
Hillary (Ellis ’00) and David Nikkel welcomed Isaac Neil on Feb. 24, 2006. He weighed 7 lbs., .5 oz. and was 19.5 inches long. Hillary left an orthopedic and sports medicine office position to be a full-time homemaker. David graduated from the University of Akron in May 2005 with a degree in computer science engineering, and is now a systems analyst at Ontario Systems in Berlin, Ohio. The family is active in the Wooster Church of the Nazarene.
Avery Rose Ziemnik
Jennifer (Dunn ’01) Ziemnik and her husband announce the birth of daughter, Avery Rose, on April 12, 2006. She weighed 8 lbs. 14 oz. and measured 21.75 inches. The family resides in Toledo, Ohio.
Kim Crawford with husband Shanea nd daughter Audrey
Kim (Crawford ’02) and Shane Campbell welcomed Audrey Eleanor on January 18, 2006, weighing 7 lbs. 11 oz. and measuring 19 inches in length. The Campbells reside in Gahanna, Ohio, where Kim is a stay-at-home mom and Shane works for Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects as a civil engineer.
Martin and Heather Burns with Kaden Isaac
Martin (’03) and Heather (Mann ’03) Burns announce the birth of their son, Kaden Isaac, on March 3, 2006, weighing 7 lbs. 7 oz. and measuring 20 inches. The family resides in Waynesburg, Penn., where Martin works as a youth pastor at First Church of the Nazarene.