Alumni Spotlights
Chris Wilson
Chris Wilson

Year of Graduation: 2001
Major: Environmental Science (I believe I was the first ever graduate from the Env. Science major program, since its inception in 1997)
Hometown: Jupiter, FL
Current Career Position: Project Manager / Sr. Environmental Scientist
Accomplishments: 10 years experience in career; just recently launched my own company, www.titeland.com


Who from ENC had the greatest impact on you?
I have to hand it to a few professors. Professor Twining was able to acclimate my major to a real world perspective. He had some real working world experiences which he brought into the classroom. He was always very practical and logical. I could talk to him on just about any topic.

Doc McLaren is an “old school” teacher who was able to put a “new world” spin on things. He was key on focusing on academics, but realizing having fun is almost as important. I ran the ski club and studied abroad with him. On one occasion, he made me miss a soccer game when we had an ecology lab scheduled for that same day. He made it known where his priorities were. He could have used some athletics in his life, I once saw him run from a sea lion in New Zealand. The sea lion was gaining on him, but stopped running when it realized Doc was more than it could chew. Looking back on that one still makes me laugh.

I also really liked the poise and dedication of Dr. Lowell Hall. It was obvious that he had a great deal of patience and passion for the classroom. He was truly interested in what the students had to say. On one occasion in his class we had to do an experiment on water hardness. I hauled 40 ounce bottle of water back from a Switzerland mountain stream when I was there on a school ski trip (go figure who set that one up). Dr. Hall’s eyes lit up when I walked into the classroom with “foreign” water. He seemed thrilled at the opportunity to compare results from ENC’s lab water vs. the Swiss Alps. I really enjoyed working with him.

Jeff Frame
Jeff Frame

Year of Graduation: 1985
Major: Communication Arts (Theatre)
Graduate school: MA Emerson College (theatre education); PhD (ABD) Middle Tennessee State University (English/film studies)
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Current Career Position: Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts / Film at Trevecca Nazarene University
Accomplishments: Producer of 76 theatre productions at Trevecca and director of 45 of those; Founder and director of The MasterWorks Touring Company (a University-supported drama education team at Trevecca performing for school children grades K-6 throughout the regular school year). (1990-2000); Consultant for Nazarene Publishing House (1998-2008); Presenter at numerous conferences, published in journals, and author of two books: Intermission: Spiritual Refreshment for the Drama Ministry Team (2001) and (with Kim) Early to Rise: Sketches to Recover the Meaning of Lent and Easter (2003).


What was the college experience like for you?
My experience at ENC was a great time for me to learn to become independent as an adult, to become disciplined as a student who cared about the work that God had set my hands to in the arts, and to take responsibility for my commitment to Christ. So much of my four years at ENC felt like it was about social life and, in many ways, it really was—from the never-a-dull-moment dorm life to concerts on the road to boosting box office revenue at the Wolly movie theatre! But, the subtext of social life, coursework, and chapel at ENC consistently came back to the same bottom line: discovering God’s calling on my life.

Who from ENC had the greatest impact on you?

Faculty who changed me forever in the most positive ways include Ronda and Carl Winderl and Henry Spaulding (each of them are still my dear friends). What’s cool is that I’ve had the privilege to teach alongside them, too, at ENC and TNU—it’s a never-ending story. Their influence on me extends far beyond the reaches of the classroom, and I’m deeply thankful for their obedience to God in allowing Him to shape my life (and the lives of so many others) through the ripple-effect of their faithful teaching and fellowship. In the classroom, Jim and Ruth Cameron also had a significant hand in shaping my vision and inspiring me to dig for truth as a learner. Among ENC’s staff, the most meaningful influence on me was the daily witness of Rev. “Colonel” Saunders, who exemplified the kenotic life and care of Christ for me.

Jim Hammer
Jim Hammer

Year of Graduation: 1985
Major: Chemistry
Graduate school: ENC, M.Ed. 1987, Secondary Education
Hometown: Uxbridge, MA
Current Career Position: Director of Research and Development with Pharmasol Corporation; Owner of Mix Solutions consulting firm. Former Director of Research and Development with Shuster Laboratories/STR.
Accomplishments: Several US Patents and recognized expert in the beauty industry as “Cosmetic Chemist Jim Hammer”; frequently quoted in magazine and newspaper articles and websites. Formulation, product development and commercialization of many very successful consumer products, ranging from household cleaners and detergents, to dietary and sport supplements, to health and beauty aids, to OTC and prescription pharmaceuticals.  Singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboard player with contemporary Christian musical group “CrossWalk.” Producer, arranger, and featured artist on over ten musical recordings, including the Garritan Orchestra Christmas CDs. Husband to Sue, and father of two daughters, Rebecca and Lauren.


What was the college experience like for you?
I enjoyed college, especially the Christian aspects of ENC. Coming from a public school background, it was so different to have professors who would open class with prayer, and who were genuinely concerned about each one of their students. I liked that ENC was a small college too; I was not just “a number”, it was easy to get to know people, to meet with my professors, and in my case, we actually got to use the analytical instruments in the Chemistry lab. It was great being able to spend time with other Christian students. Going to college in an area which was in close proximity to Boston was very convenient, and having the “T” just a short walk away was perfect. ENC also offered a range of activities which allowed me to not only pursue my major, but also to pursue other outside interests as well.

How has your ENC education prepared you for your career and life beyond college?
My life has sort of gone down a couple distinct paths, and ENC helped to prepare me for both. ENC gave me the skills to channel my creative energies into a commercially viable field, called formulation chemistry. I now spend my days creating exciting new product formulations, products which impact the lives of people on a daily basis. And ENC gave me many opportunities to hone the musical skills which have brought me an enormous amount of satisfaction over the years.

Jose Delgado
Jose Delgado

Year of Graduation: 1996
Major: Bachelor of Arts, Music Performance (Trumpet)
Graduate school: Penn State University, 2000, Master of Music in Conducting (Vocal Performance)
Hometown: Lisbon, Portugal, then East Providence, RI
Current Career Positions: Emerson College, P/T faculty; Delgado’s Music Studio, Private Instructor; Freelance music director, composer, arranger, and performer
Accomplishments: Successful full-time dad, husband, and constantly working musician; 3-time IRNE Award winner for Outstanding Music Direction; have won at least 2 frappes from Dr. Shetler


What was the college experience like for you?
Immeasurably rewarding, often challenging, a lot of fun, way too brief and fast-moving, and even (shocker!) tremendously enlightening intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. If I’m completely honest, though, I would say that I did not take full advantage of all of the opportunities I had available to me so in that regard it’s a bit bittersweet, but I’m truly grateful for those times that I DID get it together and really made something happen both personally and professionally. I can very easily trace back much of my “chops” today to what I learned from the incredible musicians and educators on the faculty.

How has your ENC education prepared you for your career and life beyond college?
My time at ENC helped make me aware that I will never run out of things to learn – EVER! As a musician, a dad, a Christian, an intellectually curious human being – across the board, I can trace my hunger for professional and personal achievement in life back to many of the roots that took hold while I was there – a BIG thank you also to Mike Schutz (then chaplain, life mentor, friend and all-around butt kicker to many of us). I believe I possess more academic and life “knowledge” now than I ever have, which means I’m in the perfect place to self-assess and realize that, relatively speaking, I know sooo little and have soooo much more to learn about the world of music, the craft of composing/arranging, handling disappointment, leading an often crazy multi-tasking life, love in all of its machinations, the vast universes of marriage and parenthood, career, ambition, disappointment – all of it. I’m a baby!

Larry Bollinger
Larry Bollinger

Year of Graduation: 1991
Major: Business Administration
Graduate school: Eastern University
Hometown: Quincy, MA,
Currently: Lenexa, KS
Current Career Position: Administrative Director – Nazarene Compassionate Ministries
Accomplishments: Convinced Lynne Sheridan to marry me


How has your ENC education prepared you for your career and life beyond college?
Knowledge and skills were important but my favorite parts of education were the classes that taught you how to think and ask the right questions. My work constantly puts me in challenging environments requiring decisions in project implementation, marketing, advocacy, systems development and managing people. Often I find strategic thinking more valuable than my knowledge on fast changing global issues and opportunities.

What advice would you give to a current or future student?

Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in Christian higher education as an undergraduate student. Most of the major life decisions will be made within those four years. Do them in an environment that is conducive to good decisions with no regrets for both career and companions.

Leigh (Killberg) Purinton
Leigh (Killberg) Purinton

Year of Graduation: 1996
Major: Communication Arts
Graduate school: After graduation, I spent one semester in Los Angeles, CA attending the Los Angeles Film Studies Center
Hometown: Fairfax, VA. I am currently living in Los Angeles, CA
Current Career Position: Television Producer
Accomplishments: Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmy Awards; Member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; Member of the Producers Guild of America; Currently the Line Producer on CBS daytime talk show “The Talk”


What are some of your favorite memories at ENC?
So many to choose from! Considering I was a late addition to the freshman line-up, I ended up on a great floor. The women I met on my floor were amazing and we stuck together all the way through my senior year. I remember the late night talks with the girls, the long tetras games in my room, the trips into Boston, and a lot of laughing.

How has your ENC education prepared you for your career and life beyond college?
ENC provided a great foundation for me both personally and professionally. I was encouraged and challenged for 4 years as I not only followed my passion for a career in television, but also was exposed to other interesting studies and extra curricular activities, which helped, give me a complete college experience. Serving as Student Body President during my senior year was an honor and gave me the opportunity to travel both in the United States and in Brazil. It also gave me the opportunity to speak before many groups on a variety of levels, which paved the way for where I am today. ENC was also a great community. My time at ENC also provided me with a great spiritual foundation and encouragement through various bible studies. That tradition has carried on and my husband and I continue to participate in a small group similar to what I experienced at ENC. It’s a great source of support and accountability. It has also been fun to watch this group grow as we all have children now. Between keeping up with a busy work schedule and a very busy 2-½ year old, it’s great having friends to support us.

Maureen (Wall) Fish
Maureen (Wall) Fish

Year of Graduation: 2001
Major: Communication Arts - Theatre Arts
Graduate school: Emerson College, 2006, Theatre Education
Hometown: Abington, MA
Current Career Position: Drama Teacher at Hingham Middle School
Accomplishments: Married in 2003 to Daniel Fish (ENC Alum 2003). Two children, Violet Elisabeth (3 yrs) and Lucy Alexandra (5 months).


What was the college experience like for you?
Much of my time was spent in rehearsal! To some it might sound tedious or repetitive, but I loved that I was constantly learning. Not just the notes to "Faure's Requiem," or blocking for "Kiss Me, Kate", but the manner in which great rehearsals and lessons are executed, and the worth of the relationships that are cultivated there. It taught me the value of finding the joy in the process, not just the performance; a fantastic life lesson.

Who from ENC had the greatest impact on you?

There are so many individuals from ENC that have had a lasting impact on my life, professors and students alike; in particular, Professor Mike Ballard and Dr. Timothy Shetler. Both men are amazingly talented and accomplished in their respective fields, and yet incredibly humble. I was deeply affected by what they were "teaching when they weren't teaching:" the importance of their faith, greeting each student with respect and as an individual, and, most of all, their devotion to their art and how they use it to glorify God. I strive to emulate these attitudes in my own teaching. I'm deeply grateful to have learned from them.

Misti Wills
Misti Wills

Year of Graduation: 1992
Major: Communication Arts, Theatre Concentration
Graduate school: Emerson College, 1997, MA in Theatre Education
Hometown: Greensburg, PA
Current Career Position: Freelance Professional Stage Director in Manhattan,  HR representative at American Federation of Arts, Adjunct Professor at the New York Film Academy
Accomplishments: Member of SDC, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society; Founding member of Threads Theater Company, NYC


What are some of your favorite memories at ENC?
Interviewing Michelle Wells during my Intro to Speech course and making a friend for life, singing New Kids on the Blocks songs with Jennie Gorton, being a guest on John VandenOever’s radio show, playing Sardines in Cove, all the theater productions I acted in and the Comm Arts majors I hung out with, directing Our Town as my senior project, traveling on summer and drama ministry teams, returning as a faculty member.

How has your ENC education prepared you for your career and life beyond college?
ENC gave me a solid spiritual foundation upon which to build my career. I learned how to examine art through the Christian worldview which has had a major impact on my career.

Neil Nicoll
Neil Nicoll

Year of Graduation: 1968
Major: History
Graduate school: Springfield College – Community Development, 1972
Hometown: Braintree, Ma.
Current Career Position: President and CEO - YMCA of the USA


How did your education prepare you for your career and life beyond college?
More than anything else my years at ENC taught me how to think critically, how to analyze issues and balance decisions against a personal value system. The broad liberal arts education gave me a perspective on life that has helped me throughout my career appreciate the diversity of views in the world and how to find bridges to common understanding.

How did ENC help you “discover your purpose”?
I would say ENC helped me affirm how I wanted to spend my life. The opportunity each day to know that in some way I am making a contribution to improving people’s lives is what keeps me going. ENC provided the opportunity through academics, part-time jobs, friendships to know I was on the right path for me early on.

Peter Doane
Peter Doane

Year of Graduation: 1979
Major: Biology
Graduate school: M.D. Loma Linda University School of Medicine, 1983
Hometown: Bristol, NH
Current Career Position: Newfound Family Practice, a local family medical practice; Assistant chief of staff at Franklin Regional Hospital, Franklin, NH


What are some of your favorite memories at ENC?
Making some great friends (meeting my wife). Really enjoyed going to Kings Tourney. We started the Biology club while I was there and had many great times and outings. My most favorite memory is taking a marine biology course with Doc McLaren We went and studied the Florida Everglades, Florida Keyes and spent a week sailing to the Bahamas to scuba dive and study there. We actually did work and had a final at the end of the class.

What was the college experience like for you?
It was very positive being in a Christian environment. This allowed for person growth of my faith. The academics at ENC are also rigorous and I felt like I received excellent training that prepared me well for medical school.