Having An Impact: Alumni Highlights
Dotty Marston’63 Receives Parish Nurse AwardDorothy “Dotty” Marston’63 was recently honored with the Carol Story Parish Nurse of the Year Award. This award recognizes excellence in parish nursing in the Seattle, Wash., area. It is named after Carol Story, former director of the Puget Sound Health Ministry (PSHM).
The Parish Nurse of the Year Award is given to a parish nurse who exemplifies the following qualities:
- Dedication and passion for parish nursing;
- Demonstrated success in developing health ministry programs;
- Compassionate, creative, and supportive work with people.
Dotty was recognized with another parish nurse for their contributions to the field. These are a few of the accolades:
- Instrumental in developing the Health Ministries Network, expanding parish nurse programs from 67 to 111 in the past two years and from 43 to 64 congregations;
- Broadened the scope of the parish nurse to include the Continuum of Care Program. In this program nurses make a hospital visit, follow up with a post-discharge home visit, and 2-3 phone calls, resulting in less re-admits and $45,000 in savings for the hospital. These efforts help support both patient health and health care system;
- Helped parish nursing to partner with 20 new community organizations and linked with 6 hospital departments that provide direct services to the community;
- Created a Health and Wellness Library for parish nurses and clergy as well as a nationally recognized website where parish nurses, clergy, and chaplains from all over the world can go for advice.
Dotty serves as Parish Nurse Outreach Coordinator for the Health Ministries Network located in Bellingham, Wash. She lives with her husband, Marvin Marston, in Bellingham, Wash. They have two grown children (Janelle and Camille).
Congratulations on your award and your impact on Parish Nursing worldwide!
Alumni Highlight – Mike Walther’99, Excelling In Energy!
The Organizational Management (OM) program (originally known as Management of Human Resources) at Roberts Wesleyan College is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Since 1986 over 2,100 people have graduated from OM. Those graduates have made a significant impact on their companies and communities and are great ambassadors for their alma mater. One such OM graduate is Mike Walther.
Mike graduated from Roberts in 1999 and currently serves as CEO and President of Spencer Turbine Company in Windsor, Conn. Spencer Turbine started in 1892 and provided air pumps for pipe organs. That business evolved significantly over time and now they manufacture blower and vacuum systems for a wide variety of applications and industries including the Chrysler and Empire State buildings, NASA, power generation, waste water treatment plants, steel making, and mining operations.
Spencer Turbine is a company committed to the global energy challenges ahead (an initiative they call E2). Much of their focus is on increasing the efficiencies of existing energy sources (power, nuclear, coal, gas, electric, and emerging technologies such as fuel cells and hydrogen systems) and a commitment to environmentally sound approaches.
Spencer Turbines employs 140 full time workers in Connecticut and has operations in China. Mike’s work regularly takes him to China, Europe, and Latin America, and their products are sold worldwide.
Mike’s path to Roberts was not typical. His background in engineering began during his four years in the Navy. Mike went on to manage design functions at the ABB Group then worked in managerial positions related to manufacturing, materials, sales, and general management.
Mike was encouraged to seek a college degree by a friend and eventually made his way to Rochester and RIT. However, while at Rochester Institute of Technology, he began to realize that he was no longer engineering products; he was much more involved building teams. The one thing his education was missing was the human element.
While working at Garlock Sealing, he learned about a program called OM at Roberts Wesleyan. Mike was captivated by the curriculum. After much hard work he achieved his goal and was immediately hired as CEO of the Precix Company in New Bedford, Mass. That job eventually led to his current position at Spencer Turbine.
Mike credits the OM program with teaching him how to apply core principles in different business contexts. Spencer Turbine has enjoyed record results due in large part to a team mentality and the drive to develop foreign markets while increasing efficiencies in the manufacturing process. Mike also credits what he learned at Roberts with helping him identify, recruit, and develop strong leaders at Spencer.
Mike has been married to his wife Donna for 35 years. They have two sons and two daughters. Mike is involved in his community in a variety of ways, including his role on the Advisory Board of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth. He enjoys snowboarding and inline skates to keep in shape.
The Congregation, A New Novel By Roberts Alum Dudley Danielson, Spins A “True As I Dare” Tale Of A Church And Its Delightfully Flamboyant Pastor
Roberts alum Dudley Danielson’56 says it took more than 70 years of living and 11 years of writing to complete his latest and most personal novel. But The Congregation – a true-to-life yarn of a country church and its affable pastor set in the idyllic Thousand Islands region of northern New York – is now available through PublishAmerica.
The Congregationtakes place in and around the fictional First Church of Calumet, N.Y., where the flamboyant (and recently widowed) pastor, G. Duaine Andrews, throws himself into every one of his sermons and prayers – delivered to and for church people who easily could be someone you know.
In a story “as true as I dare to write it,” Danielson guides the reader among the foibles and achievements, the dilemmas and delights, the temptations and triumphs of this First Church family with a depth, honesty, and care born of experience. And in each one of its chapters, Danielson says, we see “a beautiful reflection of our Lord shimmering through.”
“Pastor Andrews is delightful,” he says, “and people will find it easy to identify with the characters in a personal way. The Congregation is truly a love story between the pastor and his people. My hope is that the heart and soul of every reader is touched through the narrative.”
Since his days at Roberts preparing for the ministry, Danielson says, his own life has been marked by mountaintop experiences, periods in the valley, and many episodes in between. Currently a resident of Lancaster, Pa., he lived for many years in the same St. Lawrence River area where The Congregation is set. During that time, Danielson managed a bed & breakfast, published the upstate summer newspaper RELAX!, and hosted several gospel radio programs, including the popular "Joy in the Morning", which aired for five years. He is ordained by the International Ministerial Association.
Danielson was featured at a book signing earlier this month in Lancaster. For more information about The Congregation, visit PublishAmerica online at: www.publishamerica.com.