Written by Kathryn Amey Shelton
Western Pennsylvania was originally home for Dave Mollenkopf. He was born and raised in Beaver Falls and graduated from Geneva College with a degree in history. A teaching job brought him to the Baltimore County public schools, where he taught social studies at Dundalk and Northpoint junior high schools. He served in the school administration as assistant principal at Dundalk Middle School and later as principal at Deep Creek and Perry Hall middle schools. He retired in 1994.
Since his retirement, Dave has worked part-time at the Pine Ridge golf course, where he continues to play on a weekly basis. He is an outdoorsman, so he will be out and about on the trails at Broadmead on a regular basis. Playing pickleball on the new court at Broadmead is something else he intends to investigate.
Dave looks forward to participating in the men's group and sharing his adventures, which include canoe trips, particularly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (between Ontario and Minnesota) and in Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario. He has also made a number of flyfishing trips for salmon in Alaska.
Dave and his wife, Donna, form a blended family of his two sons, Jim (Fairfax, VA), and Steve (San Diego, CA), and Donna's son, Dustin (Rutherford, NJ). There are five grandchildren.
A resident of Baltimore County for most of her life, Donna is a graduate of Towson State College and received a master's degree from Loyola College. Her career in the Baltimore County public schools began as a speech pathologist, first working with deaf teenagers at Parkville High School and later evaluating children from birth to the age of five in the diagnostic center at Chatsworth School. Concurrently, Donna pursued a second graduate degree, this time in administration. This shifted most of her career to roles as principal of White Oak School and Franklin Middle School and then as the Southwest Area superintendent. After retiring in 2001, Donna's role shifted again when she became Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Goucher College.
Over the years, the Council at Ascension Lutheran Church has consistently benefited from her leadership skills. Donna continues to write and facilitate programs for Well for the Journey, also known as The Well, a spiritual wellness center in Towson. As part of a church group, she lived with families in Nicaragua. In Egypt she co-led pilgrimages and camped in the Sinai.
Donna married her husband, Dave, in 2004. In retirement, Donna and Dave have traveled the world, visiting every continent except Antarctica. They have been to China, Australia, on an African Safari, and to several countries in South America, as well as national parks in the United States and Canada.