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    Rev. Elizabeth Marie Melchionna '06 M.Div.

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Class Notes

Welcome to 2006's Class Notes page. Here you will find news from your classmates as it was submitted in the late summer of 2008 for publication in Spectrum 2009.  Enjoy!

Moved? New job? Retired? Newly married? New grandchildren? Please submit your Class Notes to your Class Secretary or the Alumni Office by August 31, 2008, for publication in the next issue of Spectrum.



Notes from 2008


Philip Anderson ’06 M.Div. has accepted a position as staff Chaplain at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in South Bend, IN.


Janice Fournier ’06 M.A.R. continues to work in Admission at YDS, volunteers at the Hospital of St. Raphael as a Eucharistic Minister, and serves as Lector and chair of the Liturgy Committee of her parish.  She recently attended her 45th College Reunion at Trinity College, Washington DC.  Family brings much joy— her two grandsons are a delight and her mother just celebrated her 100th birthday!


Matthew Kustenbauder ’06 M.Div. received his M.A. in African Studies from Yale Graduate School in May 2008. He will be a Yale University 2008-09 Fox International Fellow at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, where he will conduct historical research on the role of faith-based organizations during the apartheid era and their involvement in political activism in South Africa today. Matt and his wife Alice also have a beautiful son Liam.

Tim Hiller ’07 M.A.R. and Elizabeth Lerohl ’06 M.Div. were married in July 2007.

La Rip M ’06 S.T.M. returned to Myanmar after YDS and was appointed Head of the Biblical Department, Acting Dean of Students, and Male Resident Director at the Myanmar Institute of Theology.  He also serves as Moderator of Kachin Seminary Worship Services.  He continues to write theological articles in Myanmar-based journals and participated in the July 2008 Conference of the Society of Asian Biblical Studies in Seoul, Korea.  La Rip says that the alumni network at YDS encourages him to face the many hardships in Myanmar.


Elizabeth Marie Melchionna ’06 M.Div. continues to serve as the Assistant Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA.  She has had lots of recent adventures with the youth and young adults of the parish— from the National Cathedral, to whitewater rafting, to Heifer International’s Ranch in Perryville, AR.  She enjoys keeping in touch with her former theology students from Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma.  

Norman Nigh ’06 M.A.R. graduated in May 2008 with a M.S. in Economics from Vanderbilt University and now works as a development economist for a private contract firm.  His work has taken him to Dubai, UAE where he specifically addresses the reconstruction efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  He asks that we please pray for his safety as he carries out this work.

Joe Primo '06 M.Div. is the Center Director at Good Grief, a center for grieving children who have experienced the death of a parent or sibling. He lives and works in New Jersey.


Joshua D. Rinas ’08 M.Div. has been ordained as pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.  He is serving as pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterbury, CT and as a Port-Chaplain for Seafarer's & International House, NYC. 


Jared Stahler ’06 M.Div. presently serves as Associate Pastor at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City. This spring he was the religious speaker at the exclusive preview of the new Judaica— a Seder plate, Kiddush Cup, and Candlesticks— by Lella Vignelli commission by The Jewish Museum.  St. Peter’s Church holds the only other religious commissions of Vignelli’s work, which was in sterling silver and executed by the notable San Lorenzo workshop in Milan, Italy.


Notes from 2007


Matthew Kustenbauder ’06 M.Div. finished his first year of a two-year M.A. program in African Studies at Yale. This summer he will travel as a Fulbright-Hays Fellow to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where he will study Zulu language. He has two articles – “Prophetic Movements: Eastern Africa” and “Prophetic Movements: Western Africa,” which appeared in the New Encyclopedia of Africa, edited by John Middleton and published by Thomas Gale in 2007. Matthew’s wife Alice, who completed her M.S. degree in Bilingual Education/TESOL as SCSU this past summer.


Will Mebane ’06 M.Div., postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Connecticut, recently completed his CPE Chaplain Residency at Bridgeport Hospital.  He has been accepted into the CPE Supervisory Residency program of The HealthCare Chaplaincy, Inc. in New York City beginning in September.



Elizabeth Marie Melchionna ’06 M.Div. was ordained to the priesthood at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke, VA on August 23, 2007.  She has recently returned from a year in Chiang Mai, Thailand as a Luce Scholar with the Henry Luce Foundation.  In Thailand, she taught theology in a seminary and facilitated inter-religious dialogue between Buddhists and Muslims.  Elizabeth Marie accepted a call to serve as Asst. Rector at St. Mary's Church in Arlington, VA and began in September 2007.

Ginger Strickland ’06 M.Div. has completed a year of service as Youth/Young Adult Pastor at the American Church in Paris.  Her position has been extended until 2008.