Making their mark

Across the nation, and around the world, Bluffton graduates are making a difference in their chosen professions. The young alumni profiled here have taken their Bluffton training to the next step in fields from communication to recreation, plus psychology, social work and marketing.

 

Hannah Heinzekehr

 

When she was 16, Hannah (Kehr '07) Heinzekehr joined a group of friends who rode bicycles to Nashville, Tenn., for the 2001 convention of the soon-to-be Mennonite Church USA. Looking back, she particularly remembers the "cloud of witnesses"—employees of Mennonite colleges and universities. Convinced that the convention was a welcoming place, she has missed only one of the biennial gatherings in the 12 years since. More>>>

Nathan Bidlack  

One of Dr. Nathan Bidlack's patients at the Veterans Transition and Empowerment Center wanted to take up martial arts. Bidlack '04, a clinical psychologist and the center's coordinator, helped him get started, and the man currently practices twice a week. After 10 years in a group home, another patient has now been living in his own apartment for more than two years. More>>>

Abbi Stern  

Ask Abbi Stern '10 how she came to work for Health Care for the Homeless in Pittsburgh, and the underlying answer is simple. "That was really a God thing," says Stern, a case manager for the medical nonprofit since August 2011. And how had she first become interested in social work? "That was also a God thing," she explains. More>>>

Cody Litwiller  

Over the last year, Cody Litwiller '11 has been in the right place at the right time. Since May 2012, he has advanced from new intern to coordinator of social media and online communications at the home office of Ten Thousand Villages, the nation's largest fair trade retailer. More>>>

Rachael Stine   Rachael Stine '06 had another major in mind when she came to Bluffton in 2002. But once she took an elective class in games and social recreation, "I decided that's what I wanted to do," she recalls. The decision has worked out well for Stine. She has worked since then at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Natural Bridge (Va.), where she started as recreation director and is now in her second year as general manager. More>>>