Since 1977, Sandy Monfort has been at the forefront of criminal justice for Allen County, Ohio, including juvenile justice and the adult arena, creating Allen County Adult Probation-IPS as well as directing the W.O.R.T.H. Center in Lima for eight years. Her contributions and leadership have been recognized both locally and nationally with the Athena Award from the Lima Chamber, Allen County's Shirley Daley Award and the Jefferson Award. In January 2011, Sandy became a consultant for the Mental Health Recovery Services Board and then, one year later, added the full-time position of Reentry Coordinator at Coleman Behavioral Health.
Sandy holds a bachelor's degree from Transylvania University in sociology and a master's degree in social agency counseling from the University of Dayton. She has been an adjunct instructor for Bluffton University's criminal justice program for 18 years.
Joanne (Schultz `66) Frye
Joanne Frye taught English for 33 years at The College of Wooster, where she was instrumental in developing the women's studies program. Committed to changing women's lives and seeing gender differently, she has written several books, including Biting the Moon: A Memoir of Feminism and Motherhood. After graduating from Bluffton, Joanne continued to pursue her passion for literature through graduate study at Indiana University, earning her Ph.D. in English literature.
Sole proprietor of Staged2SellByMelissa, Melissa has been involved in staging homes since 2007. The passion blossomed with the sale of her first home in a very short time for maximum profit. When several realtors mentioned her home was in perfect showing condition, she started researching how to turn this passion into a profession. Melissa holds a bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University and is also a graduate of the Staging Diva home staging business program.
Elena Rahrig is a wife and mother of four children, has a degree in criminal justice and worked for a time as a correctional officer. Her heart has always been with inspirational speaking and writing so that she could make a difference in others' lives. After further education at Charis Bible College and Andy Harrington's Public Speaking Academy, she created BoxCrushers - a system that delivers inspiration through speaking that pumps the heart and frees the spirit. Author of "Are You Boxed In?" and member of the National Speakers Association, Elena offers workshops and personal coaching between her speaking engagements.
Jeanna Haggard `93
Bluffton alumna, Jeanna Haggard, is assistant professor of food and nutrition for Bluffton and has a graduate degree in nutrition from Bowling Green State University. As a registered and licensed nutritionist, Jeanna has over 15 years of experience as a dietitian consultant in clinical nutrition and employee wellness. She leads health fairs, cooking demos and diabetes presentations at several large local corporations and takes her Bluffton food and nutrition students along on these experiences for field experience.
Returning to school at age 52, Ruth discovered her passion for helping people to relax and teaching them healing from within. Now sole proprietor of Ruth Everett's Healing Touches, LLC, Ruth is a licensed Massage Therapist, EFT (emotional freedom techniques) practitioner, and is certified in hot stone therapy, lymphatic drainage, reflexology, nerve entrapment, repetitive injury, healing touch, chair massage, facial mask massage and has studied energy work and energy healing techniques.