Calhoun natives Jeremy and Terri Malona are on their way
to one of the world’s oldest civilizations.
The Malonas are scheduled to depart the U.S. on
Thursday, Mar. 5, for Guangzhou, Southern China.
Originally from Grantsville, both are graduates of
Calhoun County High School and both attribute a great deal of their
success to their families and background.
Terri, daughter of Dwane and Nancy Weekley, has worked
in an ophthalmology practice in Newark, Ohio, since 2004. She has a
master’s degree in physician assistant studies from Alderson-Broaddus
Jeremy, son of Jerry and Phyllis Malona, has a degree in
chemistry and environmental studies from Wheeling Jesuit University and
a masters in business from University of Phoenix.
He is employed by Bayer Material Science and began his
career as a lab chemist in the Newark Compounding Facility in 1999. In
2007, he became head of the small lot compounding unit.
With another promotion, Jeremy gained new adventure,
responsibility, and challenges. The move to China is an opportunity for
him to operate a small compounding unit for a new Bayer facility
Married since 2004, the couple is excited about the
opportunity to live abroad.
“It will be a challenge,” said Jeremy, as he discussed
how the cultural differences will be an adjustment.
Jeremy and Terri Malona
A move far away
from anything familiar and comfortable is not something everyone jumps
into, but this young couple is willing and ready.
Besides the change in culture, climate, and time zones,
Jeremy’s work in a new facility will also be an ongoing test. He will
need to create a team environment and a sense of loyalty.
“Our parents have always pushed us to achieve. They have
helped us excel, and we are thankful for our upbringing here in a small
town,” said Terri.
“I agree,” said Jeremy. “Our
experiences from growing up in this community have made us a success.
From becoming an Eagle Scout with Kitty Wilson and troop 39, and
watching my father at home and in the com-munity, I have always had an
example of leadership around me. I now hope our example shows young
people in Calhoun that anything is possible, and that they too can
achieve their dreams.”
As the Malonas prepare for their move, family and
friends are also excited and supportive. It has been said, “Let faith be
your sail, not your anchor.” This young couple is doing just that.
They are setting sail for a far off land. From the
Little Kanawha River to the great Pacific Ocean, and into a world of
immeasurable differences, they will have some struggles.
With the prayers of the community, the understanding of
who they are, and the promise and hope for what is to come, the Malonas
will reach their destination. They will achieve their goals.
We anticipate great things for their future, and we are
thankful their faith is strong enough for them to set sail for
May they find the water to be smooth and the wind to be
swift, and when the waves rise and the clouds roll in, they will weather
the storm with Calhoun pride.