Phil Helmuth has been involved in development for nearly 30 years. He served as Coordinator of Development at EMU from 1987-1995. From January 1996-December 2000 Phil worked as a non-profit organizational and development/fundraising consultant for numerous churches and organizations in North America, including serving as the Coordinator of North American Mennonite Relief Sales for Mennonite Central Committee. In January 2001 he joined the EMU Development team as the Director of Seminary Development and Church Relations and in July 2005 was appointed as the Executive Director of Development and Church Relations for the university. Phil is an ordained minister with Mennonite Church USA and has eleven years of pastoral ministry experience. Phil is a member of the Shenandoah Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the elder of financial care at Park View Mennonite Church.
Jasmine Hardesty joined EMU in 2015 as the Director of Planned Giving after having owned a private law practice in Broadway, Virginia. In private practice, she worked in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business law. Within those areas of law, she primarily worked with clients to assist them in preparing appropriate end-of-life documents, which allowed for their present and future financial security.
In her free time, she serves on the board and several committees of local non-profits and charitable organizations, advising on legal matters and fund development. She is married to Mr. Ashley David Driver, Director of Operations at Howell Metal in New Market, Virginia. Together they enjoy restoring their circa 1810 family farm and relishing life in the Shenandoah Valley.
Braydon graduated cum laude from EMU in 2011 with a B.S. in biology (pre-med concentration) and a minor in theatre. While there, he served as president of the Pre-Professional Health Society, co-founded Bellaccord – a men’s acapella group, performed in several theatre productions, and – most importantly – met his wife, Heidi Muller ’10 Hoover. He is co-president of the Class of 2011 and a recipient of the Cords of Distinction.
Upon graduation, Braydon began working for the office of Alumni & Parent Relations as the Database Specialist and Milepost Editor. He served as co-chair and then chair of the Alumni Engagement Task Force, chair of the Homecoming Cross-Cultural Subcommittee, secretary of Haverim, and advised both the Homecoming Committee and Executive Committee of the Alumni Council.
He is thrilled to join the already stellar Development team as Associate Director for the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia and is looking forward to building relationships with the local constituency.
Dave began his professional career in the alumni office at EMU before moving to Lancaster, PA where he taught elementary and middle school Physical Education, was the athletic director and coached several sports. After receiving his master’s degree, he served as Executive Director at Camp Hebron for five years. In 1991, he was invited to Lancaster Mennonite High School where he served for 14 years as Athletic Director along with various administrative duties, including Middle School Principal. He returned to EMU to carry out his vision for an athletic program of excellence through which Christian character is developed.
Lindsay Martin grew up in Harrisonburg and then in Salem, Oregon, returning to Harrisonburg to attend EMU and graduating in the Class of 2005. After college, she spent two years in Mennonite Voluntary Service in San Francisco, and then attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Her focus in law school was on civil rights and indigent criminal defense, and she spent a year clerking in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania for a federal district judge.
In 2012 Lindsay returned to Harrisonburg to work at EMU’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding, as Assistant to the Executive Director and Program Coordinator for the Zehr Institute for Restorative Justice. In 2015 she began her current role as Associate Director of Development for the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding. Lindsay visits with alumni and stakeholders across the country who are interested in the work of CJP.
Lindsay lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Nathan Musselman, their sweet new son, Fox, and their delightful puppy, Maggie. She enjoys vegan cooking, gardening, hiking and sci fi.
Karen came to development work 20 years ago from a background in music. She has found that both fields focus on relationships and that is what has made her development work so rewarding. She particularly enjoys the collaborative nature of the work with her colleagues at EMU as well as from other institutions. In addition to her “day job,” Karen directs the choir at Park View Mennonite Church and leads music there. She loves her family which now includes three grandchildren, reading and being in a book group, and always has several knitting projects going. The knitting and books go with her whenever she travels.
Marcia K. Myers earned a bachelors degree in social work from EMU in 1984. After graduating, she worked as an EMU admissions counselor for more than four years. For the next 12 years she worked at home, raising her three daughters. In fall 2000 she returned to EMU as part-time office coordinator for Bible and religion and currently is special events assistant in the development and church relations office. She enjoys baking, gardening, traveling, hiking and spending time with her two grandsons.
Stuart W. Showalter returned to his native Virginia in 2010 and began working with Eastern Mennonite University, his beloved alma mater, early in 2011. He entered EMU in 1963, majored in English, edited the Weather Vane, and graduated in 1967. Perhaps most significantly, at EMU he met his wife, Shirley Ann Hershey ’70. They are the parents of Anthony, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kate, Pittsburgh, Pa.
After a first job with Mennonite Board of Missions, Elkhart, Ind., Stuart earned his M.S. in journalism at Ohio University, Athens. Then he was employed by EMU for three years (1969-72) as director of public relations and part-time instructor. Then Shirley and he left to pursue their doctorates at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1976 until 2004, they were on the faculty at Goshen College where they both were engaged in teaching and administration, including development and fund raising at multiple levels.
After working six years as an independent communication consultant, Stuart is delighted to represent his alma mater. His territories are Ohio, most of the South, and the Upper Midwest. He stated, “My college years at Eastern Mennonite were positive and life-changing, and I strongly believe that today’s EMU students also receive a first-rate education infused with Christian values. Our graduates serve lovingly and heroically in a world filled with human need. I’m so impressed by the community of faculty, staff, administrators, and donors and friends who contribute in so many ways to perpetuate the excellence found at EMU.”
Cindy grew up near Cleveland, Ohio and then lived in Lancaster County, Pa. for 15 years following college. Her work experience has focused on office management and development for several non-profit agencies, including 8 years with Mennonite Central Committee in Akron, Pa. Cindy serves as assistant to the executive director of development, supervises the office staff, and spends considerable time managing the database as well as appeals and other development mailings. She and her family (husband LeVon MAR ’06 and son Jeffrey ’16) relocated to Harrisonburg in 2003. Outside of work, Cindy enjoys vegetarian cooking, gardening and walking. Cindy and LeVon are members of the urban congregation, Early Church.
Tim grew up in Elkhart, IN, attended Bethany Christian H.S., and studied at EMU from 1991-1995. He spent the 95-96 year in three West African countries as a missions intern with Mennonite Mission Network, then returned to EMU to serve in admissions. In 2000 he moved to Silver Spring, MD to work for the Chronicle of Higher Education, in Washington, D.C. In 2002 he assumed his current role at EMU. He married Nicolle Nogueras, an attorney in Washington, in March 2006. Their daughter, Shane Nogueras Swartzendruber, was born on July 31, 2011. Tim is a member of Hyattsville Mennonite Church.
Tim visits with EMU alums and stakeholders living along the I-95 corridor (DC to Boston) and in central and western states such as Colorado, Kansas, California, and Oregon. Tim also relates with alums and donors in Canada.