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Alumni Profile: Andrew Ledbetter

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A career in higher education was not what Andrew Ledbetter originally planned to pursue after his Westside graduation. A love of technology had him pointed toward a degree, and career, in computer science. And while he did receive a college computer science degree, he paired it with another from Wheaton’s communication studies department. Andrew was a double major at Wheaton (computer science & communication) before earning his masters, and eventually Ph.D., from the University of Kansas.

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Andrew, wife Jessica, and daughters Sydney and Kira

Andrew is currently a Associate Professor at TCU’s College of Communication, and teachers the following courses: Communication Theory, Social Networking Sites, Interpersonal Communication, and Quantitative Research Methods. Since questions about human beings originally drew Andrew to explore communication classes at Wheaton, it is quite appropriate that he now specializes in understanding how people use communication technology to maintain their interpersonal relationships. He has received multiple top paper awards for contributions as an active member of the National Communication Association and Central States Communication Association, in addition to co-authoring a best-selling textbook, A First Look at Communication Theory.

Andrew met and married his wife, Jessica, while at Kansas, and they have two daughters Sydney and Kira.

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Alumni Profile: John Hanscom

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John graduated Cum Laude from Biola University in 2016 with a degree in Business Administration, with a marketing concentration, as well as a minor in Biblical Studies. At Biola, John played on the men’s varsity soccer team. He was honored with All-Conference and All-American awards his senior season. He also served as the Director for Biola’s PR firm, 6th Street PR, during his final year at Biola.

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Biola All-American John Hanscom

Following graduation, John landed a job at Nike WHQ. After interning for Nike in 2015, John was happy to return to the company he loves. Currently he works as a Social Media Specialist. He works on a team that manages the day-to-day voice of Nike’s numerous social media accounts.

At Westside, John competed in soccer, cross country, and track. He was also part of Student Council for three years and traveled to Thailand with the annual team. His favorite memory from his time at Westside came from the Thailand trip. Playing soccer in rural Thailand with kids who didn’t speak the same language helped open his eyes to how he could share Christ’s love with people with something as simple as sports.

 

Alumni Profile: Ryan Smith

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Alumni Ryan Smith holds a $10,000 check from his organization Spirit of Blue to the Philadelphia Police Department.Seven years as a Reserve Police Officer in Beaverton, Oregon led Ryan Smith to care deeply about the needs of those in law enforcement. His experience serving in the Beaverton Police Department eventually led him to transition away from for-profit work into his current role as Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation (www.spiritofblue.org), a national law enforcement public charity that protects police officers by granting safety equipment and training.

In addition to his work with the Spirit of Blue Foundation, Ryan is also the President and Board Chairman of Flower City Outreach (www.flowercityoutreach.org), a non-profit in Rochester, NY. Flower City Outreach operates Flower City Work Camp, which deploys middle and high school students into the city. This year 765 middle and high school students and 640 adult volunteers will perform work on 53 homes, hold two basketball camps, one soccer camp, and host 32 Sidewalk Clubs, a mini-VBS, for younger neighborhood children. Collectively Flower City Work Camp will deliver over 25,000 hours of service in one week. See more at (https://vimeo.com/193626100) Ryan is also an elder at Browncroft Community Church, where he and his wife lead a weekly ministry for young families focused on marriage building and parenting skills.

Ryan graduated from Westside Christian High School in 1994. While at Westside, Ryan was the Student Body Vice President, but more importantly, met his wife Kimberly McReynolds ‘96. Ryan and Kimberly have two children, Lauren (13) and Nolan (9) who attend a private Christian school where they live in Western, New York.