With degrees in chemical engineering and business, Robin Elston spent 15 years working in engineering, manufacturing and human resource management in a Fortune 50 Company. In 2001 she left a great job to follow her passion and started Elston Consulting. Since then, Robin has worked with hundreds of organizations to resolve issues and improve productivity and results across the US, and in Europe and South America.
Robin is also a popular workshop leader and motivational speaker on leadership and life. She has a unique ability to combine strategies for personal growth with delightfully humorous examples. Many of those examples come from living with Steve, her husband of 20+ years and their five children.
Born on a farm at Harrisburg, Oregon, and raised in an Amish Mennonite community, Lee Snyder would describe her life and work as unexpected but immeasurably rewarding. In the early 70s, Lee, her husband and two daughters moved to Virginia where Del had accepted a math position at Eastern Mennonite University. Lee continued graduate work in English literature, which led to administrative and teaching opportunities and eventual appointment as vice president and academic dean at EMU.
Following 12 years as dean, Lee accepted the presidency at Bluffton University where she served 10 years. Professional interests include brief international assignments, writing and serving on various boards. Her publications are in the areas of leadership development, board governance and spiritual memoir.
Among her recent publications: "Fortuities and Convergences," in Continuing the Journey: The Geography of Our Faith: Mennonite stories integrating faith and life and the world of thought, ed. Nancy V. Lee (Cascadia, 2009); At Powerline and Diamond Hill: Unexpected Intersections of Life and Work (Cascadia, 2010); and "Leadership in the Fifth Dimension: Balancing Time with the Timeless," in Thriving in Leadership, ed. Karen A. Longman (Abilene Christian University Press, 2012).
Kelly Connor Spallinger
Kelly Connor Spallinger owns and operates Kelly's Boutique in Lima, Ohio. The boutique offers jewelry, clothing, shoes, purses, belts, game-day wear and more. Kelly stocks her store with the latest trends while trying to remain unique and price conscious.
Kelly is also an accomplished musician. She has two national record releases with the IMPACT/WORD record label. In 2008 she released a Nashville project with author Catherine Toal in a combination book/music endeavor titled Loving the Journey.
Kelly and her husband Tim have four sons, a daughter-in-law and two granddaughters. They live on a farm in Northwest Ohio.
Nancy Yeager '66
A native of Bluffton, Ohio, Nancy Yeager '66 earned a degree in education at Bluffton University. Over the years of her teaching career she taught 4th grade in Columbus City Schools and Cory-Rawson Schools, 7th grade language arts in Springfield Local Schools and remedial reading in Bluffton Schools.
Nancy is mom to two daughters and two sons, and grandma to seven grandchildren. She and husband Ed are enjoying retirement with time for family, friends, following soccer, basketball, baseball, football and wrestling, and travel. Being active in the community by serving on boards and committees and being an active member of her church is an important part of her life, as is staying connected to Bluffton University.
Amy Sagraves-Johann is a wife to Kyle and mommy to three precious blessings. A "born and bred" Kentucky girl, she enjoys UK basketball, sweet tea and the Southern culture. She works in campus recruiting at The RightThing. Amy enjoys singing, crafting and spending time with her family.
She believes her family is living proof that God makes beauty from ashes, works miracles and radically changes hearts and lives if we let Him. God took her marriage from brokenness and divorce, to reconciliation, to complete healing and restoration. Kyle and Amy's journey is one of grace and mercy. They are excited to see where God takes them, and are thankful for second (and subsequent) chances, forgiveness and the lessons they learn along the way.