2020 Alumni of the Year
Learning that leads to lives of purpose
Dock Mennonite Academy is pleased to announce our awards for Outstanding Achievement, Distinguished Service, and Young Alum of the Year for 2020. These graduates embody the significance of learning that leads to lives of purpose.
The Award for Outstanding Achievement
Beverly Lapp '87
Beverly is Vice President and Academic Dean of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS) in Elkhart, Indiana. She works with a dynamic team of faculty to deliver graduate programs at AMBS including the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees in theology, peace studies, Christian formation, and global Anabaptism.
She was previously on the music faculty at Goshen College from 1995-2018, where she taught piano and chaired the Music Department, served as Core Curriculum director for four years, and led Study-Service terms in the Dominican Republic, Peru and China.
An active church musician, Beverly received her master's and doctoral degrees from Westminster Choir College of Rider University and Teachers College of Columbia University. With her spouse Dale Klassen and their two young adult daughters, she enjoys frequent trips to Lansdale and Philadelphia to visit family.
John L. Frankenfield '64
John is a former owner and Employee Benefits Advisor at Franconia Insurance & Financial Services, an independent insurance agency, where the focus is group insurance programs, and business and personal insurance.
John is currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Directors at Peter Becker Community, where he has served since 2004.
Prior to entering the insurance business, John worked as Director of Alumni Relations and Community Relations at Goshen College and as Director of Development at Penn View Christian School. He is a member of Blooming Glen Mennonite Church where he has served as Chair of Church Council, Administrative Elder, choir member and Sunday School teacher.
The Award for Distinguished Service
Laura (Gaugler) Schroyer '04
Laura spent her Senior Experience at Dock doing a week of service in Honduras with the MAMA Project. The desire to serve others stayed with her and became stronger over the years. Recently, Laura served as the Healthy Ninos Honduras team leader for groups from the Western Maryland region, including groups sent by her former church, Crossroads Church. Laura has since relocated to Pittsburgh and plans to continue leading groups to Honduras with Healthy Niños in upcoming years.
Laura is a registered nurse at St. Clair Hospital and Mon General Hospital, where she works as a float nurse. Her trips to Honduras with Healthy Ninos impacted her decision to return to school to pursue master’s level medical courses.
Dustin Leatherman '02
Dustin serves as the Director of Eagles Wings Disc Golf ministries, a division of Push the Rock. He coordinates national and international events, recruits staff and leads fundraising. Dustin started children's and family programs to teach the game of disc golf and has built courses in Zambia and Costa Rica. Before joining Push the Rock in 2008, Dustin gained invaluable sports management experience as an intern with the Philadelphia Phillies and full-time positions with the Philadelphia Flyers and Philadelphia Phantoms. Dustin earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise at Messiah College and a Master of Arts in Missional Theology from Biblical Seminary.
Young Alum of the Year Awards
Maura Hanlon '07
Maura serves as a Forensic Psychologist at Norristown State Hospital, writing assessments for the Courts and serving as an expert witness. In a part-time capacity, she works as a certified School Psychologist in private practice doing educational assessments.
Maura completed her undergraduate degree at American University in Washington, D.C., a master’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Healthcare Management at Widener University, and a Doctorate of Psychology at Widener University.
Outside of work, Maura coaches intramural and travel basketball for Plymouth Jr. ABA and serves as a leader in Children's Ministry at LCBC-Branch Creek in Harleysville, PA.
Benjamin Bergey '07
Benjamin serves as assistant professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University, where he directs the choirs and orchestra and teaches courses in music theory and conducting. He also conducts the Rapidan Orchestra, a community orchestra in Central Virginia.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Eastern Mennonite University and his masters and doctorate in Orchestral Conducting at James Madison University.
Benjamin serves as Music Editor for Voices Together, the new hymnal for Mennonite Church USA and Mennonite Church Canada. He also serves as Director of Music at Harrisonburg Mennonite Church.