Gary Montel ’65
It’s amazing what you can do for your
alma mater with a few thousand
Almost 25 years ago, former President Bill Robinson
challenged his new alumni director, Gary Montel ’65 to
“find ways to increase involvement of our alumni.”
Montel’s solution: Connections, thousands of
intergenerational connections – with more than 12,316
living graduates in a constantly evolving database.
“Social networking is where it’s got to be, for the young
alums as well as the older generations,” Montel says. “But
it doesn’t replace the face-to-face opportunities.”
“I’ve always appreciated how Gary handled
Homecoming,” says Terry Updike ’70 of Huntington, Ind.,
2002 president of the Alumni Association Board. “You
always feel comfortable coming back. Gary and his staff
work very hard to make it something special.”
New programs also engage young alumni and current
students. “We have to educate them on how to be alums
so they never leave the fold,” Montel says.
Montel also has salted some very successful brainstorms:
- Manchester license plates. More than 900 alumni and friends display their school pride with
Manchester tags – great marketing for future
students while supporting programs for current
- And Umbrellas! “There’s probably thousands of
them out there,” says Montel of the black and gold
huge Manchester umbrellas sold and given away.
On July 12, Gary Montel retired as director of alumni and
church relations. Bet he stays connected.
*As a member of the Otho Winger Society, this donor included the College in an estate plan or established a deferred gift with the College.
David M. Studebaker ‘30 of Dayton, Ohio, Dec. 21, 2011
Gladys Knull ’33n Lambert of Fort Wayne, April 10, 2012
Victoria Fern Dilling ‘34n Grossnickle of Manistique, Mich., Jan. 21, 2012
Glozella Clinker ‘34n Bowman Meyer of Arizona City, Ariz., Dec. 20, 2011
Mary Grube ’35 Schubert of Frankfort, Ind., March 10, 2012
Stuart Van Dyke ‘35x of Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 31, 2011
Virginia Yoder ‘37 Ditmer of Syracuse, Ind., Feb. 25, 2012
* J. Everett Royer ’38 of Miami, Fla., Feb. 6, 2012
Vila Butterbaugh ‘39 Barnhart of LaVerne, Calif., Nov. 22, 2011
* Inez Goughnour ‘39 Long of New Oxford, Pa., Feb. 27, 2012
* G. Frederic Roop ‘39 of North Manchester, Dec. 21, 2011
Ernestine Hoff ’40 Emrick of LaVerne, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012
Mary Durr ‘40 Richey of Goshen, Ind., Dec. 5, 2011
James Byerly ‘41 of Fort Myers, Fla., April 24, 2011
J. Edward Gilbert ‘41x of North Manchester, March 25, 2012
Charles Herr ’41 of Kendallville, Ind., April 10, 2012
Ethel Irvin ‘41 of Wooster, Ohio, Aug. 15, 2011
Clyne Ritchie ‘41x of Gaston, Ind., Oct. 31, 2011
Aubrey Rogers ’41x of Muncie, Ind., March 28, 2012
Ray Becker ‘42 of Coldwater, Mich., Sept. 11, 2011
Clifford Lutes ‘42x of Woodstock, Ill., Nov. 25, 2011
Elizabeth Burton ‘42x Steiner of Phoenix, Ariz., Dec. 14, 2011
John R. Walter ‘42 of Columbia City, Ind., Oct. 19, 2011
Herbert Ballenger ’43x of Rochester, Ind., March 22, 2012
Richard Young ‘43x of Pebble Beach, Calif., Oct. 16, 2011
Thelma Livengood ‘44x Craig of Rochester, Ind., Jan. 12, 2012
Dorothy Malcolm ‘44 Rink of Millersburg, Ind, Sept. 28, 2011
Norma Fowler ’44 Rush of Syracuse, Ind., June 10, 2010
Beveridge Shinn ‘44x of Peru, Ind., Sept. 27, 2010
Mable Bevington ‘45 of Saint Joe, Ind., Oct. 14, 2011
Willadean Rager ‘45x Ewing of Columbus, Ohio, March 6, 2012
Helen Butterbaugh ‘45 Tucker of Longmont, Colo., Jan. 29, 2012
Rose Humke ‘45x Watts of Millington, N. J., Nov. 30, 2011
Isa Hostetler ‘46x Gochnauer of Wooster, Ohio, Jan. 17, 2012
Vanis Deeter ’47 Irick of Hampton, Va., March 16, 2012
Dean Kindy ‘47 of North Manchester, Jan. 27, 2012
Miriam Kuhn ‘47x of South Bend, Ind., Sept. 20, 2011
* Suzanne Eiler ‘47 Miller of Zionsville, Ind., March 6, 2012
Ruth Bittel ’47x Mugford of Eynon, Pa., March 4, 2012
Evelyn Gnagey ’47 Oncken of Chicago, March 4, 2012
Cecil Powell ’47 of New Castle, Ind., April 11, 2012
Dean Rohrer ‘47 of Greenville, Ohio, Nov. 5, 2011
Dale Wilson ‘47 of Chicago, Aug. 2, 2011
Violet Cheal ’48 of Kennett Square, Pa., March 3, 2012
Mildred Landis ‘48 Kimmel of Ozawkie, Kan., March 10, 2012
Lucille Fielitz ‘48 Tittle of Toledo, Ohio, Oct. 1, 2011
Wayne Bock ‘49 of New Haven, Ind., Aug. 8, 2011
Harold Brill ‘49 of Jensen Beach, Fla., Jan. 4, 2012
Doris Morr ‘49 Carpenter of Ashley, Ind., March 2, 2012
John Krieg ‘49 of North Fort Myers, Fla., Dec. 7, 2011
Thomas McNaughton ‘49x of Largo, Ind., Jan. 24, 2012
* Beverly Davidson ‘50 Adair of Fort Wayne, Oct. 12, 2011
Eldon Hoyt ‘50 of Indianapolis, Nov. 3, 2011
Martha Long ’50x of Columbia City, Ind., Feb 16, 2012
Charles Ryan ’50 of Angola, Ind., Feb. 23, 2012
Theron Swank ‘50 of Kansas City, Mo., Dec. 12, 2011
Lex Dormire ‘51 of Uniondale, Ind., Nov. 15, 2011
Mamie Smith ‘51 Keim of North Manchester, Nov. 24, 2011
Paul Ritchey ‘51 of New Oxford, Penn., Feb. 4, 2012
Myra Mow ‘53 Lackey of North Manchester, March 11, 2011
* Joyce Snyder ‘53 McFadden of North Manchester, Sept. 21, 2011
Miriam Skinner ‘53 Mishler of Bremen, Ind., Sept. 28, 2010
John Penrod ‘53x of North Manchester, Feb. 10, 2012
Judith Grady ‘54x Burke of Chicago, Aug. 1, 2011
Paul Dougherty ‘54 of Nappanee, Ind., Feb. 10, 2012
Mary Rudy ’54 Knoop of Poland, Ohio, March 27, 2012
Donnalee Dawald ‘54 McKittrick of Fort Wayne, Dec. 16, 2010
Thomas McClure ‘55x of Indianapolis, March 8, 2012
Carole Joan Longo ’56 Hankel of Beavercreek, Ohio, Nov. 7, 2011
Wendell Meyer ‘57 of Midland, Mich., Feb. 10, 2012
Merideth Norris ’57x Richardson of Kokomo, Ind., Oct. 31, 2011
Suzanne Blessing ‘58x Carothers of Sunset Beach, N.C., Dec. 17, 2011
Donald Ruhl ‘58 of Winona Lake, Ind., Oct. 1, 2011
Kenneth Cripe ‘59x of Van Wert, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2011
Donald Dean ’59 of Greenwood, Ind., March 28, 2012
Marilyn Iske ‘59x Hogge of Durham, N.C., Jan. 6, 2012
Ronald Kirkpatrick ‘61x of Fort Wayne, Oct. 11, 2011
Karel Hollingsworth ’61x Neff of New Paris, Ind., March 27, 2012
James Warner ‘61 of LaCrosse, Wis., Sept. 29, 2011
Paul Flora ‘62 of Enon, Ohio, July 29, 2011
Janet Weeks ‘62 of Sarasota, Fla., March 9, 2011
David McCracken ’63 of Greenfield, Ind., Jan. 3, 2012
Max Egley ‘64 of Wolcottville, Ind., Dec. 25, 2011
Shirley Kehr ‘64 of Goshen, Ind., Feb. 3, 2012
Paul L. Shrider ’64 of North Manchester, April 26, 2012
Edward L. Miller ‘65x of Albion, Ind., Nov. 11, 2011
Kate Bagwell ‘65 Wheatland of Portland, Ore., Nov. 6, 2011
Warren Angle ‘66 of Philadelphia, Pa., Sept. 9, 2011
Lloyd Cabiness ‘67 of Bremen, Ind., Jan. 30, 2012
Steven Joseph ‘67 of Onekama, Mich., Nov. 23, 2011
Gerald Sakaguchi ‘67 of Bloomington, Ind., Jan. 9, 2012
Richard Kehoe, Jr. ‘68 of Warsaw, Ind., Nov. 7, 2010
Kathleen Hippensteel ‘70 of Ottawa, Ohio, Jan. 16, 2012
Linda Miller ‘71 Dombrauckas of Dayton, Ohio, Oct. 28, 2010
Linda Grossman ‘72 Hirschy of Wakarusa, Ind., Oct. 3, 2011
Karen Engle ‘74x Lawson of Richmond, Va., Nov. 23, 2011
Lori Waas ‘75x of Milford, Mich., April 6, 2012
Sheryl Mylin ‘79 of LaFontaine, Ind., March 16, 2012
Daniel Burgess ‘80 of North Manchester, Jan. 14, 2012
Troy McIntire ‘83x of Dunkirk, Ind., March 18, 2012
Timothy Sirk ‘86 of LaGrange, Ind., Oct. 7, 2011
Mark McKrill ‘87 of Huntertown, Ind., Jan. 17, 2012
William “Chris” DeWitt 10x of Grand Ledge, Mich., formerly North Manchester, Feb. 3, 2012
FRIENDS OF THE COLLEGE
Mary Bruhnke Liebman of Bull Valley, Ill., generous donor to The Manchester Fund and Manchester peace programs, Nov. 19, 2011
Alumni News and Notes by CLASS YEAR
Murl Huffman ‘41 of Greenville, Ohio, and Margery Burkhart married
July 17, 2011.
Phil Enyeart ‘50 of North Manchester was inducted into the Manchester High School Hall of Fame in February for his energy and support in the development of the MHS athletics program and in improving all aspects of the student experience.
Mary Bowman ‘52 Baucher of Modesto, Calif., and Gene Palsgrove ’48 married Feb. 12, 2011.
Paula Sheller ’55 Adams of Forest Grove, Ore., has authored a book of poems, this little space, published by Amherst Writers & Artists Press Inc.
Julian Schrock ‘57 of Barre, Vt., has surpassed the 1,000 mark for crostic puzzles published. For 30 years, he was a regular contributor to Dell Puzzle Magazine, other national and regional publications and online.
Gary Tisor ‘57x of Struthers, Ohio, authored The Untold Story, in which he mentions Andrew Cordier ’22 and former Manchester President A. Blair Helman.
Dick Miller ‘61 of North Manchester was inducted into the Manchester High
School Hall of Fame in February. He served as head cross-country coach for 32 years, track coach for 33 years, and a mathematics teacher for 38 years.
Ron Weaver ‘61 of Green Valley, Ariz., was the featured artist in Manchester’s Gallery G for fall 2011. His artwork, mostly acrylic on canvas and linen, brings out the beauty of nature. Weaver is a professor emeritus of art at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Edward “Bill” Murray ‘63 of Lecanto, Fla., has served on the Citrus County School Board since 2004, most recently as chair. He is a certified member of the Florida State School Board Association and is chair of its Board Development Committee.
Gary Studebaker ‘63 of Anaheim, Calif., is a special education instructor for National University.
Kay Ballinger ‘68 Reinoehl of Waterloo, Ind., is among “20 to Watch” of the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network for the 2011-2012 school year. The Network identifies leaders who promote innovative technology into highquality classroom learning and school district
operations. Reinoehl is director of technology for East Noble School District where she successfully wrote a $200,000 grant request for technology.
Larry Stewart ‘69 of Lake Worth, Fla., is national sales developer for Bent Creek Logistics, based in Wellington, Fla. Bent Creek provides warehousing, freight management, packaging and supply chain management.
Robin Gratz ‘70 of North Manchester announced his retirement as director of Manchester College’s Funderburg Library, effective August 2012. He has served in the College library for 29 years, 22 as director. Gratz also is the College organist and a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame, inducted in 1995 for his MC student-athlete career in football and track.
Karen Horn ‘71 of Houston, Texas, is now vice president of corporate and employee commitment for BMC Software, a multinational company specializing in business service management software. An expert in organizational strategy and communication, she has held leadership roles in human resources and corporate communications at GE, Cisco Systems, Washington Mutual Bank and MetLife. She also holds a U.S. patent for inventing a communication planning tool, MyComm, while she was at Cisco.
Jane Bowser ‘72 of Punta Gorda, Fla., and Todd Adams married Nov. 29, 2011.
Tom Hurst ‘73 of McPherson, Kan., is director of service programs for McPherson College. He was the 2011 Kansas Community Engagement Professional of the Year of Kansas Campus Compact, which funds and facilitates higher education service learning and civic engagement.
Kent Zimmerman ‘74 of Vandalia, Ohio, was Sinclair Community College’s 2011 Innovator of the Year for co-creation of a course for adjunct instructors that helps them learn moreeffective teaching methods and move to Lecturer II status sooner. Zimmerman is a professor of communication.
Nolan Long ‘78 of Dayton, Ohio, is associate professor of music at Sinclair Community College in Dayton.
Mark Sherman ‘79 of Indianapolis has joined LoCascio, Hadden & Dennis LHD, an Indianapolis-based employee benefit consulting firm.
Christine Deavel ‘80x of Seattle, Wash., author of a poetry collection, Woodnote, is recipient of the 2011 Dorothy Brunsman Prize. Published in September 2011 by Bear Star Press, many of the Woodnote poems are set in North Manchester and surrounding areas.
Tom Wagner ‘82 of Whitehall, Mich., had a second book published, Work and Hope: Further Thoughts on Living Faith, a compilation of his essays featured in the Muskegon County (Mich.) Cooperating Churches newsletter.
Kevin Winicker ‘83 of Frederick, Md., is director of non-federal audits for the U.S. Department of Education.
Jennifer Mitchell ‘84 Shepherd of Warsaw, Ind., takes the office of principal of Greencastle (Ind.) High School on July 1, 2012. She is an assistant principal for Warsaw Community High School.
D. Randall Brown ‘87 of Fort Wayne is a Fort Wayne managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Brown was recognized in the 2007-2012 editions of The Best Lawyers in America and in Indiana Super Lawyers.
Mark Baer ‘91 of Powell, Ohio, and wife Beth welcomed Emily Katherine, born March 24, 2010.
C. Scott Hullinger ‘92 of Westfield, Ind., and Julie Bischoff married
April 14, 2012.
Lori Caskey ‘94 Caskey Sigety of Mishawaka, Ind., has published a new collection of poetry, In the Family of Trees.
Scott Price ‘94 of Carmel, Ind., is a partner with Katz, Sapper & Miller and a member of the Indianapolis CPA firm’s Audit and Assurance Services Department.
Samuel Cyrus ‘95 of Wasilla, Alaska is a field engineer for Halliburton. He and his wife, Kimberly, have lived in Alaska for 12 years.
Krista Wellman ‘95 Kitson of Syracuse, Ind., is design coordinator for Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles, based in Goshen, Ind.
Jeff Dupont ‘96 of Indianapolis is product marketing manager for the nonprofit Indiana Health Information Exchange, the largest health information exchange in the nation.
Amanda Kreps ‘96 Kreps-Long of Goshen, Ind., is a director of development for Manchester College. In her previous job, she implemented the first development program for Fourth Freedom Forum, a national nonprofit think tank promoting global cooperation to prevent armed conflict.
Jeremy Markham ‘96 of North Manchester is athletic director for Manchester Jr-Sr High School. He formerly was assistant football coach/ assistant athletic director and athletic recruiting coordinator for Manchester College.
Jonathan Emenhiser ‘97 of Lebanon, Ind., is a partner with Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in the Indianapolis area. Emenhiser, an Indiana Super Lawyers 2012 Rising Star for insurance coverage, also practices in areas of civil and commercial litigation, commercial disputes and environmental litigation.
Megan Mattern ‘97 Long of Wabash, Ind., and husband Josh welcomed Cruz Matthew, born Dec. 21, 2011.
Matt Baker ‘98 of Elgin, Okla., and wife, Amanda, welcomed daughter McKinley Carol, born Jan. 18, 2012.
Chris A. Felger ‘98 of Noblesville, Ind., is a director for Katz, Sapper & Miller, in the CPA firm’s Audit and Assurance Services Department, and is a member of its Construction and Transportation Services groups.
J. Michael Salazar ‘98 is an assistant athletic trainer for the Cleveland Indians. He was promoted after serving two years as Class AAA Columbus head athletic trainer. Salazar has been with the Indians 13 years.
Tiffany Manley ‘00 Bull of Clinton, Iowa is head athletic trainer for Ashford University in Clinton.
Spencer Folkerts ‘00 and Kristen Morris ‘02 Folkerts of Fort Wayne welcomed a son, Coen Carter, born June 20, 2011.
Sara Kiesling ‘00 Huntzinger of McCordsville, Ind., and husband Drew welcomed Alex William, born Dec. 17, 2010.
Derek Thompson ‘00 of Lowell, Ind., is an alternative education teacher at Lowell High School for Tri-Creek School Corporation.
Jen Vining ’00 Smith of Mishawaka, Ind., is assistant athletics director for compliance for the University of Notre Dame. Vining-Smith and husband Jeremy Smith ’00, a senior account executive for Mars Advertising, have two sons, Braedyn and Kaleb.
Hillary Hobbs ‘01 Blake of Fishers, Ind., is director of education for Meridian Music in Indianapolis.
Kris Brownlee ‘01 of Bristol, Ind., has signed with Megawave Records. The saxophonist frequently tours in the Chicago area. He is married to Madalyn Metzger ‘99, communication manager for Mennonite Mutual Aid.
Mark Heiden ‘01 of Franklin, Ind., and wife Mary Ellen Lennon welcomed Noah John Francis Lennon-Heiden, born Jan. 26, 2012.
Troy D. Hogan ‘01 ‘02m of Noblesville, Ind., is a director in the Business Advisory Group of Katz, Sapper & Miller certified public accountants. Hogan has experience in tax planning, tax compliance, financial statement analysis and in managing transportation industry business issues. He is a member of the firm’s Transportation Services Group.
Carrie Miller ‘01 ‘02ma Minnich of Fort Wayne was honored by The Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly among its “40 under 40” for professional achievements and contributions to the community. A CPA and supervisor for Dulin, Ward & DeWald Inc., Minnich works with its nonprofit team, auditing and reviewing financial statements, filing tax returns and consulting.
Justin W. Miller ‘01 of Indianapolis, an orthopedic spine surgeon, will open a location for Indianapolis based Indiana Spine Group in the Hendricks Regional Health hospital in Danville.
Amie Fletcher ‘02 of Dothan, Ala., is an assistant professor of English at Bainbridge College. Fletcher and Brian Seidman married in May 2009.
Kristen Morris ‘02 Folkerts of Fort Wayne, Ind., is a PAS Specialist for Aging and In-Home Services of Northeast Indiana.
Carrie Albright ’03 of Bloomington, Ind., completed her Master of Public Affairs at Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs. She is chair of the Environmental Commission for the City of Bloomington.
Stacy Carpenter ‘03 of Tampa, Fla., has finished her assignment with the Peace Corps in Kazakhstan and is living in Tampa.
Beth Allen ‘03 Dubois of Charlotte, Mich., is a developmental analyst for the Michigan Department of State, Bureau of Elections.
Andy ‘04 and Robin Bickel ‘04 Britton of Avon, Ind., welcomed Nolan Andrew, born July 17, 2012.
Tonya Welsh ‘04 of Warsaw, Ind., and Phil Douglass married Oct. 1, 2011. Tonya is senior program director and Kosco Kippers head coach for Kosciusko County YMCA in Warsaw.
Lynn Hefner ‘04 Eriks of Zionsville, Ind., and husband Doug Eriks welcomed David Charles, born May 30, 2011.
Stacey Vangordon ‘04 Jarrett of North Manchester is an accountant for Terrill & Co. Inc., North Manchester.
Kimberly Smith ‘04 Jewell of Indianapolis is a law clerk for Aline F. Anderson, attorney at law in Indianapolis. She graduated from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in December 2011.
Brad Thomson ‘04 of Chicago received the 2011 Legal Worker Award of the National Lawyers Guild for his work with the People’s Law Office in Chicago. The Guild cited Thomson for providing “crucial legal information and assistance to activists targeted by the federal government, including those supporting Palestine international solidarity and animal rights.” When his nose was brokenk in a March 2003 anti-war demonstration, Thomson became a plaintiff in a massive class action.
Brenda Yocum ‘04 of Rochester, Ind., is a schoolbased therapist for Four County Counseling Center, serving Cass, Fulton, Miami and Pulaski counties in Indiana. She earned a master’s in social work from Andrews University in 2011.
Andy Harding ‘05 of Tarboro, N.C., is offensive coordinator for the 2A North Carolina state champion Tarboro High School football team. The Dec. 3 victory was the Vikings’ third-straight state football championship. He also teaches social studies for Tarboro High.
Brianna Martin ‘05 of Indianapolis and Heath Hursey married Sept. 24, 2011.
Paul Sorenson ‘05 of Greentown, Ind., is director of transportation for the 2012 Republican National Convention in August in Tampa, Fla.
Rena Teuschler ‘05 Whiteleather of Winslow, Ind., and husband Sam Whiteleather welcomed Eli Allen, born Dec. 29, 2011. The family also includes daughter Eva.
Joel Garber ‘07 of North Manchester and wife welcomed James Charles, born Oct. 23, 2011. The family also includes daughter Emma and son Jace.
Derek Hammond ‘07 of Indianapolis is a senior accountant for KPMG LLP audit, tax and advisory firm in Indianapolis.
Stephanie Knox ‘07 Hollar and Michael Hollar ‘08 of Columbia City, Ind., welcomed twins, Brexton Kade and Greyson Drake, born Sept. 28, 2011.
Holly Smith ‘07 of Fort Wayne and husband Joshua Smallman welcomed Nolen James, born Oct. 9, 2011
Marie Humpolick ‘09 of Terre Haute, Ind., is an admissions counselor for Indiana State University.
Rosemary Bond ‘10 of St. Charles, Mo., serves as an administrative assistant for Lindstrom & McKenney Inc. international estate buyers in St. Louis.
Mary Jane Dickey ‘10 of Goshen, Ind., teaches fourth grade at HeritageIntermediate School in Middlebury Community Schools.
Andrew Jackson ‘10 of Warsaw, Ind., is a staff accountant for Dahms & Yarian certified public accountants.
Erin Cartwright ’11 of Indianapolis is serving a with Public Allies, an AmeriCorps program that cultivates leaders for the non-profit sector. She is assigned to the Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center in southwest Indianapolis, where she leads the food pantry, holiday assistance and community outreach.
Jason Elliott ’11 of Goshen, Ind., is enrolled in master’s programs in environmental management and forestry preparation for a career as a forest economist. This summer, he has an internship with the Nature Conservancy, analyzing how weather trends impact prescribed forest burn seasons.
Chase Estepp ‘11 and Mary McCauley ‘11 of Knoxville, Tenn., married June 6, 2011.
Austin Freels ‘11 and Ashley Vance ‘11 of Auburn, Ind., married Aug. 6, 2011.
Kaitlin Hughes ‘11 of Holton, Ind., and Mitch Harrell married June 25, 2011.
Julia Largent ’11 of Muncie is working on a master’s degree in digital storytelling at Ball State University.
Lauren Nash ‘11 of Floyds Knobs, Ind., and Aaron McKim married June 18, 2011.
Katherine Pea ‘11 of Fort Wayne is a behavorial health technician at a group home for teenage boys, employed by Park Center Inc. in Fort Wayne.
Laban Wenger ‘13x of Petersburg, Pa., is serving a Brethren Volunteer Service (BVS) assignment with CooperRiis, a therapeutic community for people with mental illnesses and brain-based disorders in Mill Spring, N.C. The farm-based work training program helps residents learn skills that can help them achieve and sustain the highest levels of functioning and fulfillment possible.