Alumni Stories–

How FHS Alumni are Impacting Our World!
At our Fall Banquet on October 11, 2019, we shared alumni stories that were submitted to this page.
Here are those submissions… plus any that were submitted following that event.
To share your story, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Gina (Bolognone) Bailey, Class of 2010

Gina attended Onondaga Community College right after FHS, and then began working for her father’s company, Koffee King Vending. She now helps to run the catering department at Koffee King, along with some office responsibilities.

“I see and meet lots of people as I cater and help organize larger catering events. I have also been a youth group leader at my church for about seven years. That’s where I met my husband. We were both youth leaders at the same time, for the same church youth group. We took some time off from that this past year to focus on planning our wedding, buying a home, and beginning our marriage on a firm and Godly foundation. We intend to get back involved in church ministry, looking forward to serving where God leads us.


Jeremy Blaise, Class of 2004

Jeremy earned his Bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, then his MBA from the University of Florida.  He worked for Lockheed Martin for a few years, where he met his wife Lindsey.  Jeremy is currently a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

“Since leaving Syracuse I have lived in Tampa, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; and currently Jupiter, Florida. But after growing up in Syracuse, I find that anything north of Atlanta is just too cold!  My beautiful wife and I have been married for seven years and have two amazing little girls, Ashleigh (3) and Emily (1). When I am not working or chasing after the girls, I spend my time with Passion Conferences helping lead Logistics at their various events. And whenever we have free time, our family loves to visit National Parks. We have visited 19 of 61 so far with a goal to see them all!


Rebekah Boulos, Class of 2014

Since graduating from FHS in 2014 I have earned my bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University in Journalism and am currently pursing my JD from NYU School of Law. After school I hope to stay in NYC and begin my career as a lawyer at a large law firm. I am thankful to Faith Heritage for equipping me with the academic training, lasting friendships, and a strong moral compass that has no doubt been tested since graduating from high school. I am looking forward to carrying the ideals instilled in me at FHS of service, compassion, and gratitude with me as I begin my career in NYC. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” 2 Timothy 1:7


Lauren (Malara) Bowers, Class of 2010

Lauren is a Pharmacy Manager at Walgreens Pharmacy.  “I am a pharmacist today because of a call God put on my heart at the age of 12. Every day I come in contact with people from different age groups, ethnicities and backgrounds. I have the opportunity to help my patients get the medications they need in times of sickness as well as to manage their chronic health conditions. However, the best part of my job is the relationships and personal connections that I get to make over time with my patients. Pharmacists are perhaps the most accessible healthcare providers and because of that I get to help people when they don’t know what or whom to turn to in tough times. These personal moments have become my ministry and have given me countless opportunities to show God’s love to the community around me.

“My career has also allowed me to travel to third world countries on medical missions trips. During these trips I have helped run the pharmacy and give back to people who need medications. I am always amazed at how simple pills like vitamins and over the counter pain medications can change a person’s life. Every trip I make I learn more about God’s love and how the calling he put on my life years ago is impacting lives today.”

 


Natalie Camloh, Class of 2014

Natalie received her Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from Liberty University. She now works work as a Visual Designer for an app startup called Plowz & Mowz.

“I am the only designer, so I am responsible to create the screens for the app, website, and any advertising content the company needs. I have so much creative freedom and it has been so rewarding to see my designs come to life. When I’m not in the office, I keep myself busy designing for my own freelance clients. I also spend my time walking dogs for Helping Hounds, singing on the worship team at my church, and salsa dancing at a weekly Latin dance night.”

 

Gabrielle Capone, Class of 2014

After graduating Faith Heritage, I went to Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts for my undergraduate degree where I majored in Biology and minored in Chemistry. I was able to do mission work in Northern Ireland and study conservation in Belize! After college I spent a year serving adults with developmental disabilities in the Syracuse area before moving to Buffalo, NY to start medical school. I am currently in my first year at Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

“Faith Heritage helped me develop the skills required for competent and compassionate care in the medical field. Through class learning, outreach opportunities, and the mentorship of faculty and staff, Faith Heritage provided me with unique experiences and perspectives which have equipped me to serve diverse populations and allow me to emulate Christ’s role as the Great Healer to serve my community.”


Michaela Capone, Class of 2016

I am currently a senior at Le Moyne College studying finance. I attended Onondaga Community College (OCC) for the first two years of my college education where I had the opportunity to serve on the Student Association executive committee as the VP of Entertainment and Programming. During my time at OCC, I was able to plan events on campus to increase student engagement and meet with the president of the college every month to address student concerns. Throughout my college career, I have had the privilege of interning at Faith Heritage, OneGroup, Pioneer Companies, and Harding Brooks Insurance, as well as coach the Faith Heritage Girl’s JV Volleyball team.


Abigail Childs, Class of 2018

Amanda Zaborowski, Class of 2017

Abigail Childs and Amanda Zaborowski are starting a new adventure together as first year nursing students at St. Josephs Hospital Health Center. Abigail graduated from FHS in 2018 and Amanda in 2017. They both went off to different schools after graduation but have since come together this year to pursue nursing. Best of luck to these awesome girls who will impact our world of health care serving others.


Christie (O’Brien) Cleaveland, Class of 2007

Christie is the State Operations Manager for the Susan B. Anthony List in Washington D.C.

“Susan B. Anthony List is a pro-life, non-profit in Washington D.C.  SBA List’s mission is to end abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives, with a special calling to promote pro-life women leaders.  I serve as State Operations Manager, and I help support our field program, as well as lobbying and federal PAC compliance.  Our field team is already out on the ground knocking on doors in key states.

“I recently got married in Frederick, Maryland and my husband and I are living in the Northern Virginia area.”


 

Abby (Studt) Cole,  Class of 2015

I am living in Louisville, Kentucky with my husband and our new puppy. This past spring I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Cedarville University. I now work as a registered nurse on a cardiovascular unit specializing in open-heart surgery and cardiac interventions for heart attacks and dysrhythmias. I’m thankful for Faith Heritage setting me up so well with a Biblical foundation to help direct my life!”


Eric Day, Class of 1996

I am a high school chemistry teacher and track/XC coach in the Chicago suburbs. I came to Chicago in 1996 to attend Wheaton College but never intended to make this my home. But here I am, over 20 years later…

I met my wife (also a teacher) at Wheaton’s Honey Rock Camp in northern Wisconsin. We’ve been married for 17 years and have three boys. We live in Chicago’s western suburbs and I work at a mid-size (2,200 students) high school just north of Wheaton. I am the Department Chair for Science, Technology, and Engineering so I oversee the staff, budget and curriculum in these departments. I still get to teach every day and have come to really enjoy teaching high school chemistry (believe it or not, chemistry was my least favorite class at FHS). In addition to teaching, I am also the Head Girls Cross-Country Coach and an Assistant Coach for the Girls Track team. I never thought I would become a teacher but God has blessed me with a wonderful and rewarding career in the classroom. My public high school is very different than Faith Heritage but I have come to love this place. I am very thankful for the quality teachers and coaches that were so influential in my own school experience. I came to love running in high school and still think about the practices with Coach Loch and Coach Fuller. Now I stand in their shoes and get to pay it forward to a new generation. I have also caught the marathon bug and have completed 21 marathons, including Boston in 2011 and 2018.


Jeannie (Ma) Gasper, Class of 1994

Jeannie is a Registered Architect and Project Manager for a large commercial Architecture & Engineering firm called AECOM in Arlington, VA.

“I serve my community each day by making them safer by designing new Public Safety buildings in the DC Metro area such as courthouses, police stations, and fire stations. In my free time, I balance work with volunteer lacrosse coaching alongside my husband so that we can be part of our children’s lives throughout the spring season. “


Roy George, Class of 2007

After leaving Syracuse, New York fresh out of high school, Roy performed in an Off-Broadway show and directed music all around Syracuse, New York.  After directing music for Nottingham High School, Fayetteville Manlius High School, Jamesville Dewitt High School, Cazenovia College and Syracuse University, Roy packed up and moved closer to family in Chesapeake Virginia. He worked as a music director for a church there, arranged music for local theatre companies and revamped the music for the annual Christmas show “A Christmas Carol” at Virginia Stage Company. Roy went on to music direct at Virginia Wesleyan College, Norfolk State University, and around the D.C. area. Roy was also a teacher’s assistant for an intermediate school where he worked in the ED and Gifted classrooms and learned heavily about trauma-informed learning. Roy is also a patient advocate and spokesperson for the chronic illness community.  Roy travels around the country, occasionally with his mother Madalyn George-Thiemann (Mimi to friends of his and his brother), speaking to medical professionals, patients, children and caregivers about quality of life, encouraging perseverance and determination. Roy has since moved to NYC where he works for two theatre companies and works for Peaceful Schools Productions where he arranges, writes, orchestrates and music directs new musicals with an impactful meaning. Roy’s newest project is Weird! The Musical- A musical about anti-bullying. Weird! The Musical is a musical based off a book series by Free Printing Press and tells the story of Sam, Jayla and Louisa and how bullying behavior impacts every day life and how they work together to realize everyone’s unique and different. After a successful Upstate New York tour, Roy went into the recording studio with a cast and recorded the whole show now available on iTunes, GooglePlay and Amazon Music. Although a different path and journey from what Roy anticipated back in 2007, Roy is blessed to be submerged in what he loves and educating our youth of all ages using theatre and music — the two gifts The Lord has blessed him with from an early age.

Philippians 4: 12 and 13 “I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”


Robert E. Geyer, Jr., Class of 1989

Robert is a graduate of SUNY Oswego (B.A., magna cum laude, 1995) and Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1999).

“I am a partner at Wolff, Goodrich and Goldman, located in Syracuse, NY. I am married to my wife, Jackie, with 2 children, 3 stepchildren, and two step-grandchildren. Yeah, I feel old. 🙂 ”


Brian Harvey & Danielle (Beaudin) Harvey, Class of 2005

Brian and Danielle, both class of 2005 graduates, were married in Lake Placid, NY, in August of 2012.

Brian received his B.S. from SUNY ESF in 2009, followed by his M.H.S. from Quinnipiac University in 2011. He is a Certified Clinical Cardiac Perfusionist and recently joined the cardiac surgery team at Upstate Medical University after working for over seven years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Danielle received her B.A. from Le Moyne College in 2009, followed by her M.A. from SUNY Oswego in 2011. She currently works as a Career Counselor and Employer Relations Lead at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Prior to joining the Career Development Center at Newhouse, Danielle worked at Colgate University.  Upstate New York has a special place in the hearts of these two, and they frequently say that they’ll never leave! In the little bit of free time that they have, they enjoy hiking, working to conquer the 46 high peaks in the Adirondacks together. Brian is an avid woodworker and enjoys tending to the many apple trees that he has planted, while Danielle has developed a running habit that she never thought was possible (after walking the mile every year in high school). She is currently training for her fourth marathon.

Both consider Faith Heritage to have been instrumental in the development of their relationship, and they cherish the wonderful memories and lifelong friendships that started there!


John and Emily Hoover, Class of 1997

John is a high school health and physical education teacher at Warsaw High School, Warsaw, IN. He is the head coach for the girls’ soccer team which is ranked 25th in the state and 248th in the nation. He is the assistant coach for the Grace College Women’s Soccer program. Jon also serves on the worship team for Mission Point Community Church.

Emily works in the Connection Department of Mission Point Community Church. In September she chaired a women’s conference. She weekly directs the enfolding process of guests, as well as oversees adult Bible studies and big events such as baptism and parent/child dedication services. While Mission Point is committed to discipleship and equipping its members, it is also focused on community outreach and providing care and support for vulnerable populations such as orphans, foster children, and the disenfranchised through collaboration with the local school system, local organizations and international ministries. Jon and Emily have two sons. Alex is 10, and Bennett is almost 2 years old. They live in Winona Lake, Indiana.


Paul Jackson, Class of 2008

“I attended Faith Heritage from 7th grade through 12th. It was at FHS that I met my wife Tirzah (Reikes-Moody) Jackson. We’ve been married now a little over six and a half years.

“I currently work as a Content Creator, or at least that’s probably the best way to describe what I do for work. I started making content (entertainment) a little over five years ago on a website called Twitch.tv part-time. Since then I have taken the venture on full-time and have been blessed by Gods faithfulness to continue this career path and meet new and interesting people all the time. I am able to minister to people who are hurting or lonely in a way that not many have the chance to do. I am uniquely positioned as a streamer to encounter people at their worst and best moments. For the people that reach out to me I can offer support and prayer when they feel as though they cannot talk to anyone else. Their favorite stream can be the person that they feel comfortable talking to when they feel isolated from others.  Although I do not take the position of a ‘Christian Streamer’ I certainly am a streamer who gets to connect with people and share my faith with people that may be desperate for love and belonging. I am also occasionally able to meet others in the industry who are also believers, which allows us to encourage one another.

I currently serve at my church, North Central, on the sound team, and have been blessed to live life alongside my brothers and sisters who attend there. Investing in my relationships there and connecting with other couples, as Tirzah and I have, or just getting to know some of the senior members, have all been an incredible blessing in my life.”


Tirzah (Reikes-Moody) Jackson, Class of 2010

I attended FHS from my first year in Pre-School with Mrs. Pabst until I graduated in 2010. While attending FHS, I met my husband, Paul Jackson (‘08), as well as many close friends that we still keep in touch with. We have been married for 6 years and we reside in Liverpool, NY. I have the privilege of teaching first grade at FHS.

“I recently received a Master’s Degree in Literacy which has allowed me to have a better understanding when teaching my 1st graders reading strategies and teaching phonics. Through my work as a teacher, I also am able to be a part of God’s plan and Jesus’ last commandment to make disciples as I impact students both academically and spiritually. As an alumna, who had the honor of being a part of the first musical ever performed at FHS, it is my joy to continue the tradition every Spring by being the musical director of the FHS Spring Musical.  At my church, North Central, I have the opportunity once a month to lead worship on the worship team as well as sing background vocals. I also serve as one of the preschool teachers for Kid Central Jr. during the service as well as being a part of the leadership team for Kid Central Jr.”


Erica Johns, Class of 1989

Erica (Temple ‘89) Johns is a happy mother of six mostly-grown children, and proud Mumsie to four little grands so far. Erica is coming down the home stretch of a 22+ year career as a home educator, with her final 3 kids graduating in 2020 and 2021. She is also the owner of EnrichmentStudies.com where she helps homeschool families incorporate more fine arts appreciation into their lives with the programs and products she has developed. Erica and most of her family live among the beautiful rolling hills of central Kentucky.

 


Jay Koshy, Class of 1987

I am serving the Lord reaching out to the “nations of the world at our doorstep” as a full time missionary with the mission board started by my parents called International Friendship Evangelism (IFE). I have the privilege of showing the love of Jesus to students at Syracuse University and SUNY ESF, here and when they return back to their home countries. Can you believe that there are over 4,000 international students at Syracuse University from over 100 countries…and each year the number of international students keeps growing?  Many of these countries are closed to traditional missionaries or it is getting harder and harder to do ministry there. When God closes a door he opens a window. We have an amazing window of opportunity to reach the nations of the world through these international students during their time in CNY! Moreover what makes SU even more strategic for world missions, is that we have the Number 1 ranked government training degree in the United States perhaps the world right here in the Maxwell School.  This brings many future and present government leaders to do courses here! Leaders of countries such as India and China, both of which do not officially allow missionaries to come in.  Think about the impact if one of these leaders becomes a follower of Jesus Christ! By God’s grace, we have seen some of these leaders come to Christ!  Many of them then go back to their home countries, but now they are disciple makers for the Lord Jesus themselves. They do not need to learn the language, make new connections, get a visa, or get permission to minister as they are returning to their home countries. A small investment in their lives now can lead to much eternal impact.

This also opens the doors for me to travel to visit with and encourage these former students in their home countries. God has done amazing things and we have seen students who accepted the Lord and have been discipled here in Syracuse go on to become mighty leaders for the Lord in their home countries. I also wear the hat of being the Evangelical Chaplain at SU and SUNY ESF. I can be as a bridge connecting the local churches with students. My ministry would not be possible without local churches and believers praying for me, joining me and helping “send me” as a missionary. As all of my work is by faith.

Our ministry opens the doors for people in Syracuse to personally reach students from all over the world! Being a local missionary I am available to share to speak to churches or groups about how we together can reach the nations of the world from right here in Central New York. For example, we have a Friendship Luncheon where we feed any student who walks in, free of charge each week, right in the heart of the SU Campus in Hendricks Chapel. We average 150 home-cooked meals served weekly and many local volunteers are needed. The 11th grade class at FHS has been coming to some of these Friendship Meals every semester as volunteers where they interact with students from all over the world! I am grateful for my years in FHS and how that has helped me to serve the Lord in missions today and the ongoing connections we have both with FHS and the families of FHS.


Katie Masten,  Class of 2008

Upon graduation from Liberty University, I spent 6 years in public accounting, both at Ernst & Young in Richmond, VA, and at a regional accounting firm (Fust, Charles, Chambers) in Syracuse. Working primarily in financial statement audits, I spent the majority of my career concentrating in the financial services, healthcare and not-for-profit industries. Despite the crazy hours in the industry, these roles provided me numerous opportunities to travel along both the east and west coasts, as well as see many landmarks and beautiful places along the way.

As much as I loved living in Syracuse, the Lord led me back to the Virginia area again, to my current position as an Internal Auditor at BWX Technologies in Lynchburg, Virginia. BWXT manufactures nuclear reactors for aircraft carriers and submarines. In my role, I lead cross-organizational audits (primarily operational) and have spent quite a bit of time establishing my Internal Audit Department infrastructure. I am also currently pursuing my MBA with an Information Security concentration at James Madison University.


Parker Nash, Class of 2015

Parker recently graduated from the University of Findlay with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a minor in political science. He is currently studying at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as part of the Atlantis Transatlantic Dual Degree Program.

“I am currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at the Maxwell School, and next year I am attending the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany for a Master of International Affairs.

“I was inspired to take this path by the economics and political science class offered at FHS, my college political science classes, and a positive study abroad experience in central Europe. Someday I hope to work in an International Organization. A Christian worldview lends us to care for our neighbors, so it is important for students to be trained and prepared for lives as civil servants and international citizens.”


Ryan Nellenback, Class of 2002

Ryan is the Director of Student Onboarding at Onondaga Community College.  He is the JV Boys Basketball Coach for Faith Heritage School and serves as a member of the FHS School Board.

“I serve my community by helping prepare people for an education that will allow them to continue in their studies, work and/or serve in our community.

Faith Heritage gave me a solid foundation that prepared me for life in a world that needs capable servant leaders. I experienced a community that loved me and pushed me even when I didn’t want to be pushed. I am who I am today because of the incredible foundation I received and still rely upon today.”


Jeff O’Brien, Class of 2010

After getting my bachelor degree in history at Liberty University I enlisted in the Army. I then went through RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Program).  After being selected, I now serve as Sergeant in the U.S. Army Rangers, 3rd Ranger Battalion, Fort Benning, GA.


Nicole (Burns) Paschall, Class of 1991

Nicole lives in Budapest, Hungary, with her husband Matt and their four children. Jake is a senior at Cedarville University, Clarisa is a junior at Taylor University, Shane and Adelaide are at the International Christian School of Budapest in 8th and 9th grade. Matt is overseeing migrant ministries in Europe. He is on the leadership for the Refugee Highway Partnership in Europe and heads up migrant ministries for the #HowWillTheyHear campaign. #HowWillTheyHear is a collaboration of 12 mission agencies in Europe to address this historic movement of peoples. We specifically come alongside the church with training and resources, work to plant new multi-cultural churches in destination countries, provide relief in transit countries, and mobilize new global workers specifically for migrant communities and diverse cities all over Europe. Nicole works at The Garden House, a soul care center in Budapest. They work to provide spiritual formation resources, retreats, community forums, and space for encountering the Lord, others and one’s own heart in deeper and transformative ways.


Tori Riccelli, Class of 2012

Tori received her bachelor’s degree in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University in 2016 and is in training to become a physician.

“I am currently completing a research fellowship in between my 2nd and 3rd years of medical school at Janelia Research Campus in Virginia.  My study focuses on how the brain and nervous system are involved in movement. In my downtime, I help out with hospitality at National Community Church in Washington, DC, and enjoy outdoor activities like camping and hiking.”


Noah Seabrook, Class of 2013

Since my time at FHS, I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Biology and Health Sciences at SUNY Oswego with a full-ride scholarship that allowed me to conduct cardiac/biomedical research in Costa Rica in 2015. After interning at the Onondaga County Medical Examiner’s Office in 2016, I started my graduate studies at Syracuse University in 2018 for Biomedical Forensic Science with a Certificate of Advanced Study in Medicolegal Death Investigation. I just graduated in May 2019 and I am currently in a year-long application process of applying to medical schools in order to earn my medical degree to perform autopsies as a Forensic Pathologist.

“All of that aside, everyone who knows me knows that my faith is my life, so every step of the way I have been a part of Christian leadership on the Oswego campus as president of Brothers And Sisters In Christ, Sunday School ministry and serving as a Board Member for Purpose Farm. Purpose Farm is a faith-based ministry that was started by my family as a direct result of the Erin Maxwell story in Palermo, NY. The Farm is a local youth mentoring program for youth who have been through or are struggling with difficult life challenges such as abuse, trauma, neglect, loss, anxiety, behavioral issues, or may live in a high-risk environment. We pair those youth with one of 40+ rescued farm, domestic and exotic animal mentors who come from similar situations of trauma. We offer sessions free of charge to the youth to remove any financial barriers. Needless to say, I have been a bit busy since my time at FHS and look forward to where He brings me and Purpose Farm in the coming years!”


Dawn (Bouck) Sessler, Class of 1983

“Hello everyone!!  I am currently a broadcaster for the Mars Hill Network and a substitute teacher for Cato-Meridian School District.

“I have 4 children and one granddaughter.  I am busy with taking care of my family. My brother, David Bouck, is a missionary in Saskatchewan and has been in the upper part of Canada for a long time.”


Ben Smid, Class of 2018

I’m a sophomore at Cedarville University majoring in Communication and Psychology.

I plan to attend graduate school after finishing here, but am not yet certain what that will look like. Right now, I’m preparing myself to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology and law.

At Cedarville, the Lord continues to bless me and allow me to worship him through many different activities. I sing in two vocal ensembles this year, up from the one I did last year (maybe not the best decision time-wise, but it’s still a blast). Being a part of Cedarville’s Concert Chorale and Vocal Arts Ensemble is a great outlet for all my pent-up energy, and a way for me to use my talents to praise God. The chorale is a group of approximately 35 men and women who sing mostly choral music, while the ensemble is a group of seven singers that performs a wider variety of music. I had the opportunity to sing in Poland with students from various ensembles last May.  God has laid it on my heart to always be involved in one Global Outreach ministry at any point during my time at Cedarville. This year, I am actively involved in the Clark County Jail Ministry. Every Tuesday, several members of my team meet for dinner before heading out to Clark County Jail in Springfield, Ohio. For about an hour we each talk one-on-one to inmates behind glass via telephone. Sometimes we can talk to the same inmate for weeks at a time. The Lord has been working in my own heart through this ministry by putting me in situations where I have to be steadfast in prayer and rely completely on him for the words that come out of my mouth. I’m excited about what the Lord is doing and will do through this ministry and I would appreciate prayer from my friends and family back home.


Mary (Gettman) Smid, Class of 1987

Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

In these last 32 years, since graduating from FHS. I have not done anything grand enough to write about. I am sure that many alumni feel this same way. I have done a wide assortment of things including teaching at FHS, a year of maintenance at FHS, building an addition, and lots of car and home repairs. I am currently a stay at home mom/handy woman. My husband, Hans, and I have two boys who both attended FHS. I currently have the privilege of leading the worship team at our church and I am involved in the International Friendship Evangelism ministry at SU, led by another graduate from FHS. (Jay Koshy) I also enjoy volunteering at FHS and continuing to be a part of that special community.

Although I did not feel that anyone would be interested in my “story”, I was encouraged by a few staff to jot it down anyways as a testimony of how God does His work through us, in the daily, simple and often mundane routines of life, because we act in obedience to Him.  It’s about the lives that we touch in His Name each and every day and not our accolades.

I had envisioned myself going off to serve Him as a missionary to the remotest parts of the world, thinking that this was real commitment and service, as it is for some. But for me, like many of you, I was called by the Master Gardener to tend to a local garden. While I am still forever honing in my gardening skills, being involved with the International Students at SU has brought a section of that far away garden to my doorstep. It has been a blessing to work with international students from all over the world. Praise God that He establishes our steps, in His time and for His Glory, and not ours.”


Kevin Smith, Class of 2006

Kevin is a Deputy Attorney General for the Delaware Dept. of Justice. As a prosecutor in the Special Victims Unit, he represents the State in serious felony cases including homicides, sexual offenses, and crimes against children. His office advises police agencies conducting investigations and presents evidence and arguments in court to judges and juries.

“I entered the legal profession because I wanted to be a criminal prosecutor. Rather than just representing a client’s interests, the primary duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice within the bounds of the law, not merely to convict… but to protect the innocent and convict the guilty, consider the interests of victims and witnesses, and respect the constitutional and legal rights of all persons, including suspects and defendants.”

Micah 6:8 says: “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” I have this verse on the wall in my home and on my office desk as a reminder that we are to do justice and to love mercy in every part of our lives, and in that way to reflect God’s character.   It is a blessing to be able to do a job where I can try to bring some measure of earthly justice for people who have been wronged, and especially for those who can’t stand up for themselves.

“I received a bachelor’s degree in policy studies and linquistics from Syracuse University worked for two years as a Spanish teacher in Delaware before returning to SU for law school. While in law school, I interned for a justice of the Delaware Supreme Court and later for the United States Attorney’s Office in Syracuse. After graduation, I clerked for a judge of the Delaware Superior Court before becoming a prosecutor.

Faith Heritage prepared me academically to do well at SU.  I started attending FHS in ninth grade and I received excellent instruction in writing from the start. That instruction didn’t just happen in English class. It was also a big part of my history classes and, to some degree, Bible classes.

One of the things that stuck with me the most from Faith Heritage was the work of my Spanish teacher, Señora Comings. Sra. Comings was an excellent teacher. She led the annual missions trip to Mexico. Most years she was able to offer AP Spanish for students interested. The year I wanted to take AP, however, there wasn’t enough interest. So Sra. Comings took her planning periods several times a week to teach me more advanced Spanish. And when I took the exam, I ended up getting a 5. There’s no way that would have happened without her. At SU, I placed into the highest level of Spanish possible my first semester. Again, that’s attributable entirely to her.


Jordan Stinziano, Class of 1990

Jordan Stinziano lives in Manlius, NY, while serving at Missio Church in Syracuse.

“I have the privilege to serve locally as one of the pastors/elders at Missio Church. I have been doing so since 2007. As part of my role I have the opportunity to invest in leaders, both locally and globally, as they seek to mobilize all of Christ’s people to grow in relationship with Him and representation of Him.“


Jennifer (LaCourse) Studt, Class of 1989

Jennifer is now a teacher at her alma mater, having served Faith Heritage for seven years now.  Currently, she is the 2nd grade teacher. Jen holds a master’s degree in differentiated instruction.

“I am the mom of four wonderful children, two have graduated as ‘FHS Lifers’ so far! I love serving at Faith Heritage, and most recently I am excited to come alongside my husband, Dan, in his new position as President of Freedom in Christ USA.”

 

Krystal Tyrrell, Class of 2011

Spreading the word that living donation is an option is important to us. This is our story.

Krystal met Gail’s daughter, Faith, in May of 2014. That summer they took an architectural program together and became fast friends. Over the next few years, they became very close and Krystal spent a lot of time with Faith and her mother Gail. Krystal started calling Gail her second mom.

In December of 2014, Gail started to feel sick. She felt as though she couldn’t breathe. A series of testing began and she saw several doctors. Gail was so ill she had to stop working in July 2015. She struggled, still waiting for a diagnosis. In 2016 she had a liver biopsy and was told she had stage 4 liver disease. She was placed on the transplant list. Gail continued to get sicker, her brain filled up with fluid. Her short term memory failed her. In October 2016 Gail was placed on the liver transplant waiting list. She was told the likelihood of getting a liver was slim- she just wasn’t sick enough.  Her daughter Faith told Krystal that living donation was a viable option however no one in the family was a match for Gail. Krystal went home that day and seriously considered donating 60% of her liver to Gail. She first spoke to her husband who gave his blessing, then her mother and father who were in favor too. She then reached out to her 3 brothers to speak with them about being a living donor. Her brother Steven replied “Greater love has no one than a man who lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13. This, to Krystal, was a clear sign that she would be Gail’s donor. She broke the news to Faith that she wanted to be her mom’s liver donor. Krystal underwent testing in May, 2018 to see if she was a match. She was a match! The transplant surgery was on September 25, 2018 and was a success!

Gail and Krystal are doing well after the surgery. They walk because they want to raise awareness about living donation and the need for donors in NY. Krystal says that the short amount of recovery time is nothing compared to giving someone an extension on their life. Krystal and Gail have created a bond that will last an eternity and lovingly refer to one another as their liver twin.


Jason Weigner, Class of 2001

“I lived up to my yearbook superlative as “Most likely to be a missionary” although “Next Crocodile Hunter,” which was vetoed at the time, would have also been pretty accurate. I currently live in the rural Bolivian town of San José de Chiquitos working with South America Mission (SAM). I am supporting a Bolivian mission here as they set up a discipleship center for rural indigenous people groups. There is a growing hunger in the rural churches to grow in their faith, however, most missions have left their young church plants to focus on urban ministries leaving a massive need for discipleship. The current Bible schools in Bolivia all require at least a high school education, a requirement which many rural Christians cannot meet. This discipleship center we are helping set up will be a place where low literacy believers can come, live in a Christian community for several years, and grow in their faith as they take courses geared towards oral cultures. Another aspect of the center will be teaching life skills they can use to sustain their families and ministries. I am using my life-long passion for Creation Care and Ecology by teaching sustainable small-scale agriculture with a little demonstration farm that will also provide food for the center. We hope to get other skill sets taught as well such as carpentry, mechanics, etc. We broke ground on the center 2 years ago and right now it functions more as a retreat center, but we hope to move into the school phase within the next few years.  The time between FHS and where I am now was filled with preparation and training for the mission field. After FHS, I traveled around the world with the JESUS Film Project for a year and a half before attending Messiah College where I received a degree in Environment Science with the intention to use it on the mission field. I attended Messiah with another FHS Alumna, Jenna Hunsberger.  We married 12 years ago and are raising 4 boys together. After college, I received training in Sustainable Agriculture for Missions from ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) for a year before heading to Bolivia for our first associates’ term. We have moved around a lot over the years but are now finally settling down into life and ministry here in Bolivia. My wife serves here as a Certified Professional Midwife.

We will be back in the USA for Home Ministry Assignment (HMA a.k.a. furlough) December 2019 through September 2020.”


Jenna (Hunsberger) Weigner, Class of 2003

“My story into missions actually started at FHS. During a very pivotal retreat in Jr. High, I felt that the Lord was calling me into missions, although I had no idea what that looked like at the time. In 9th grade, I took my first missions trip with SWAM to Reynosa, Mexico and continued to go for several years after that. I remember thinking that Spanish was actually useful, and I started to put more effort into my studies! I graduated and went to Messiah College where I studied sociology, Spanish and Bible. After college (and getting married to fellow alumnus- Jason Weigner Class of 2001), Jason and I looked for opportunities to serve and we landed with South America Mission in Bolivia. During our first 2-year term (2009-2011), I discovered my passion for midwifery and women’s health through my own journey of having our eldest son and seeing the lack of resources and care available in Bolivia. We decided as a family that I needed more training, so we returned to the USA where I completed a Master’s Degree of Midwifery at Bastyr University (Seattle) and passed a national exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife all with the goal of returning to Bolivia to continue working with women.  We have been back since 2015. I work helping expectant families during their pregnancies and postpartum by providing prenatal care, birth support and education. I specialized in lactation and became an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I have been invited to teach other health professionals (OBs, nurses, Pediatricians etc.) at a local university on normal birth. I speak publicly at hospitals on lactation and do private individual consults for moms who are struggling with nursing. I advocate for women who want to have a normal birth in a culture where the c-section rates are well over 95% in private hospitals and over 70% in public hospitals. Along with a general practice doctor and colleague, we are working towards putting together a birth center in our small town to be able to provide better care to laboring moms. I absolutely love being able to serve families in this way and show the love and care of Jesus for each mom who comes to me. Every day is an adventure and every day is different, but we love living and serving overseas as a family (4 boys!).

We will be back to the USA December 2019-Sept 2020 for a normally scheduled Home Ministry Assignment (aka furlough).


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