Alumni Class Notes for December 2018

Kevin (’85) and Lilly Bals celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past July and Brian Bell's (’91) SoCal school is looking for an upper school principal.

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Diana Weber (’67) writes, “This note comes from Lima, Peru and is meant for encouragement. Since graduating from the King’s College in ’67 I attained a M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Syracuse. My 48-year career with SIL International and Wycliffe Bible Translators focused on integrated literacy and multilingual education in Latin America and Africa. Today, as project manager of ‘Language, Literacy, and Life,’ a 501(c)(3), I share our mission. LL&L provides financial grants, strategic consulting and coaching to approved projects and specialists working for the good of indigenous communities. Two of our current projects’ websites are Pacha Waray mission in Peru and Greater Heights School in Ghana. You can visit our website or email me if interested.” You can write to for Diana’s email address.

Helen E. Martin (’67) writes, “TKC uniquely prepared me for my career and far beyond. While at TKC, I was a math major with a minor in science and education. I went on to receive a MEd in Physical Science and lots of study beyond that. I taught math and science at Unionville High School for 32 years before I retired and then mentored teachers through Temple University for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Having said all of that, TKC might be interested to learn that I have been studying Newton’s theological writings since the summer of 1978 and located Sir Isaac Newton’s Bible with annotations in his own hand and in 1981. I believe I was the first in modern times to recognize that Bible for what it is. As a result of my studies in Newton’s theology and education, I was invited to present my work on Newton’s classical education in the very school room where he went to grammar school for 6 years at The King’s School in Grantham, England. My current activity is writing a book for teens on Newton and his lifelong friend, Arthur Storer, who settled in Maryland in the 1670s and observed two comets. Storer sent his observations back to his friend from grammar school, Isaac Newton. In about 1684, Edmund Halley traveled to Cambridge and asked Newton the path of a comet. Newton replied that it was ‘an ellipse of course.’ Storer asked how he knew and Newton said that he had done the calculations 20 years earlier. Halley wanted him to publish but Newton said that he had lost his notes. Halley then offered to pay for the publication and that is how we got Newton’s Principia which was published in 1686 and in which Newton explained motion. In the Principia, Newton mentioned Arthur Storer by name at least twice and quoted his observations. We have Storer’s letters to Newton in the Cambridge University Library in England. In 1705, Halley went back to the Principia and used Storer’s observations cited in Newton’s work to predict the orbit of Halley’s Comet. I continue to follow what happens at TKC and am very grateful for the updates.”

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Vivian H. Martindale (’69) has been retired from “full-time paid pastoral ministry” since 2013. Vivian writes, “I continue to serve on the board of directors of American Baptist International Ministries, the board of directors of Cross Roads House Homeless Shelter, and a family foundation that funds mission projects around the globe. Esther (Burnside ’69) and I celebrated 49 years of marriage this year.”

Doug Forbes (’73) is an associate pastor at Central Congregational Church in Middleboro, Mass. He also writes for Lifeway Publications and several other Christian and secular publications.

Kevin (’85) and Lilly Bals celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past July. They have four children and live in Central New Jersey. Kevin is the principal of High Technology High School, which has been ranked the #1 STEM high school in the nation by U.S. News for 7 of the last 8 years.

Lisa (Kubik) Smith (’86) married Randy Smith in 1989. They have three sons—twins that are 25 and a 23-year-old son. Lisa writes, “I am a special education teacher at Centennial High School in Franklin and Randy works for Lifeway Christian Resources in Nashville. We are active in our church, Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville.”

Greig Holman (Music Education ’86) was recently promoted to banking officer, vendor/business continuity program manager by Canandaigua National Bank and Trust. Holman is a member of the Eastern Great Lakes Association of Continuity Professionals.

Brian Bell (’91) writes, “My SoCal school is looking for an upper school principal beginning for the 2019-20 school year. I would love to get a qualified King’s alum. Go to for more information. It is under About Us/Employment Info.”

Brian Conroy (’04) is married to Hope Conroy and they have four children: Savannah, age 23, married to Mark Huseland; Zechariah, age 19; Brady, age 16; and Chloe, age 13. Brain says, “We currently live in East Earl, Penn. where I am a Northeast representative for a Stucco and EIFS company. I also adjunct at Lancaster Bible College and coach basketball. I network and love doing it as I help others understand what it looks like to live ‘Outside the Walls’ of the church everyday and make disciples wherever life happens.”

Kelsey Eberle (’12) was hired as cultural arts coordinator at the JCC Indianapolis.

Aimee (Pham) Chang (’14) began as senior project coordinator at Profitable Ideas Exchange. In this role, she will support several teams bringing together groups of C-suite executives on behalf of professional services organizations for peer-to-peer roundtable discussions. Prior to joining PIE, Chang worked as an apparel developer at Volcom.

Emily (Collins) Nielsen (’14) married Joshua Nielsen on October 21, 2018.

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