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Alumni in the News | February 2019

Alumnus to lead City of York Fire Department
Deputy Chief Chad Deardorff was recently appointed to fire chief for York, Pennsylvania. He started his career with the department in 1995 and has received three department commendations, a unit citation and was named Firefighter of the Year in 2005. Deardorff holds an MBA with a concentration in public administration from CSU.

Knight Gets Promotion at Fire Department
The Franklin Fire Department in Franklin, Tennessee, announced the promotion of Jonathan Dye to assistant fire marshal. Dye, who joined the department in 2003, holds a bachelor’s in occupational safety and health from CSU. He also serves as a petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

Graduate Named County Administrator in Maryland
Jeremy Goldman was recently chosen as Caroline County administrator in Denton, Maryland. Goldman comes with a wealth of experience in local government, having served as Dorchester County manager and director of emergency services. He has a bachelor’s degree in in health care administration

Knight to Head Cecil College Facilities, Capital Projects
Cecil College in North East (cq), Maryland, has chosen CSU graduate Chris Mills as the new director of facilities and capital projects. Mills will oversee all the facilities operations on the North East campus, Elkton Station and Bainbridge campus, along with the maintenance of college buildings and grounds, utilities, energy management, and safety systems. He graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s in business administration with a concentration in project management. Mills is currently working on an MBA with a concentration in finance.

Grad Runs for Coroner’s Office
Gregory Jones recently announced his candidacy for the Cambria County, Pennsylvania, coroner’s office. The CSU 2010 graduate plans to bring “compassion and education back to that office.” The Army veteran holds a bachelor’s degree in health care administration.

Knight Joins Canadian Firm
Pario Engineering & Environmental Sciences LP, one of Canada’s top providers of specialized engineering and environmental services to the insurance and risk management industries, announced the addition of Brandon Northrup as fire investigator. Northup has a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration and is seeking a master’s in emergency service management at CSU.

Knight Serves as Officer in Krewe
Gloria Dangerfield was recently named as captain of the Krewe of Janus 2018-19 in Natchez, Mississippi. She is a 2003 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

Graduate Named Fire Chief in Illinois
Manhattan, Illinois, Fire District recently promoted Deputy Chief Steve Malone as fire chief. Malone has been with the district since 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science and completed his Chief Fire Officer certification through the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association.

Lexington County Names Knight as Fire Chief
Mark A. Davis, who began his fire service career in 1991, was recently named fire chief for Lexington County, South Carolina. Prior to this position, Davis retired from the Charleston, South Carolina, Fire Department in 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fire science from CSU.

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  1. Steve Sappington

    Hi, Andie! Since October, 2016, I’ve been volunteering my electrical skills as a licensed, nonrestricted electrical contractor (State of Georgia) and Master Electrician for two local (Fayette County, GA) non-profits: DayGLOW Music and Royal Animal Refuge. DayGLOW Music (www.DayGlowMusic.org) is the vision of my dear Friend and neighbor, Daniel De Los Reyes, the percussionist in the Zac Brown Band. The organization’s mission is to provide music education to youth who do not have access to it. I manage and complete all electrical projects on Danny’s six acre property, including his workshop where we prototype percussion instruments for one of his several sponsors, his recording studio and control room, and his personal residence. Since November, 2018, I’ve performed electrical work for Royal Animal Refuge (https://royalanimalrefuge.org/) as well to ensure the pups have a safe place to live and play before finding their furever homes.

    1. Brittany Gibson Post author

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for sharing this news with us. The work that both organizations are doing is tremendous and inspiring. (I especially like DayGLOW’s tagline, “Music feeds the soul. We supply the fork.”) We have passed your message along to Andie and will feature these updates in the March edition of Alumni in the News.

      Keep up the good work,
      Brittany Gibson Fillmore
      Communications Manager

    2. Andie Bills

      Hey Steve! It’s sooooo good to hear from you! It’s been awhile.

      I absolutely love what DayGLOW Music is doing. The arts always seem to be the first thing that is cut from schools, but I feel they are such a wonderful outlet for youngsters (and adults!). As an art major, I commend you for your time and efforts. You truly are part of a wonderful organization that are able to help propel the youth of today forward.

      I’ve not heard of the Royal Animal Refuge before, but again, your efforts are definitely impacting! Brittany already stated she was going to feature these in March edition of Alumni in the News, but I definitely think you should post these in the chapters you’re a member of, as well. It might draw some additional interest and possibly some volunteers!

      Again, great work, Steve and thank you so much for keeping us up-to-date with everything you’re up to. If we can ever help, reach out to me and let’s see how we can help one another!!!! CSU-Alumni@ColumbiaSouthern.edu.

      Hopefully, I’ll hear from you soon! Take care and keep up the AWESOME work, Steve!

      Andie Bills
      Alumni Relations & Special Events Coordinator

  2. Jason Kinlaw

    Jason Kinlaw was recently promoted to Regional Training Officer for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic Fire & Emergency Services. Prior to being promoted, he was selected as EMS Provider of the Year for the Mid-Atlantic Region and will go on to compete for the award at the Navy level. Jason was also recently awarded the Robert E. White Scholarship through the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association to continue pursuing his Master of Public Administration degree.