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Leadership Quality: Four Alumnae Share Their Journeys

Susan Lynch, Shelley Hayes, Carla Sunberg and Candace Moss
Accent Fall 2019 Magazine
Susan (Sciolaro ’84) Lynch, Shelley Hayes (’96), Dr. Carla (Johnson ’83) Sunberg, Candace (Barkman ’07) Moss credit MNU with a great start in their leadership roles.

They're at different points in their varied careers. Some are seasoned professionals, and some are in the middle of their career climb. All are leaders in competitive settings, feel called by God to serve, and got their start at MNU. 

Candace (Barkman ’07) Moss, business education

Candace has the best professional title anyone could aspire to. She’s the honey buyer for Barkman Honey, a beekeeper family-owned business headquartered in Hillsboro, Kansas, with beekeeping operations in South Dakota, Florida and Michigan. If you’ve purchased the store brand honey at a national retailer like Walmart, you’ve likely purchased Barkman Honey. 

It’s Candace’s responsibility to forge relationships with beekeepers and farmers. The work comes naturally because she grew up in the bee yards, spending spring in Oklahoma, summer in South Dakota, and winter in Hillsboro. Starting as a clerk in the honey purchasing department in 2008, she’s now the buyer for the Northern and Western United States. Candace is also a beekeeper with six hives of her own. 

Career Highlights

  • Developing nurturing partnerships within the beekeeping industry.
  • Balancing professional life with home, church and civic responsibilities.

Candace is part of the team on the frontlines of safeguarding and sustaining honeybees. Barkman Honey is one of the largest honey packers in the U.S. and the first to achieve the True Source Certified® stamp of approval, a honey industry certification. 
MNU Influence 
“MNU provides an incredible opportunity for students to study their field of interest at a school with integrity,” Candace says. “It’s a great place to question and build one’s faith. The future may look different than what you start out thinking. Be open to God’s changes for you.”

Favorite Inspiration 
Candace notes the core purpose espoused by her family’s company. 

“We believe that it is our core purpose to serve God with all resources entrusted to us, enlarging our territory of influence through wise stewardship and servant leadership.” 

Shelley Hayes (’96), business administration and public relations

Shelley is the chief development officer at Community Health Charities, Washington, D.C., where she oversees a remote staff of fundraisers who work on corporate partnerships and grants supporting nearly 2,000 nonprofits nationwide. Shelley connects with corporate partners to build their corporate social responsibility programs. She chairs the board of the Combined Federal Campaign Foundation, which delivers workplace giving to over 4 million federal, military and postal employees.

Career Highlights

  • Developing Prison Fellowship and Angel Tree Camping programs 
  • Directing all Angel Tree programs with hundreds of organizations and families across the US. 
  • Developing a weekend enrichment program for the children of incarcerated mothers.

Additional Education/Certificate
Certificate, nonprofit executive management, Georgetown University.

Shelley says her greatest accomplishment has been taking Jesus into the marketplace. “I’m currently working at the first non-faith-based nonprofit in my career. It’s been amazing to use parables to lead the team and pray with those who might not have any other such outlet in their lives.” 
MNU Influence
“The coursework prepared me for a job, but providing a solid Biblical worldview gave me the tools to succeed at life. MNU also fostered a friendship base that still plays a very active role in my daily life.”

Favorite Inspiration
Shelley has counted on Philippians 4:4-7 to guide her career. Each verse in the passage from “Rejoice in the Lord always,” to “…the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus,” has specific and practical meaning in her work and personal life. 

Susan (Sciolaro ’84) Lynch, accounting and business administration

Susan is senior vice president and chief financial officer at Vectrus, a leading provider of global service solutions in the areas of information technology and network communication services, and facility and logistics services. She is responsible for global financial management of the company’s business, including tax, treasury, audit, accounting, financial planning and analysis, and government compliance. Susan has more than 25 years of financial experience with senior leadership roles in the technology, aerospace and defense, and industrial manufacturing industries. 

Career Highlights

  • Executive Vice President and CFO for Sungard Availability Services 
  • Executive Vice President and CFO for Hitachi Data Systems (now Hitachi Vantara) 
  • Vice President and CFO at Raytheon Technical Services Company
  • Assistant Corporate Controller for Honeywell International

Additional Education/Certificate
           Certified Public Accountant, State of Arizona.
Susan led Hitachi Data Systems' financial organization through a significant growth period, optimizing its financial processes while improving business partnering. 
Susan received the Alumna of the Year award from MNU in 2006. 

MNU Influence
“MNU helped me to reground myself in my Christian upbringing and to put all of my faith in Christ. 

Favorite Inspiration
Susan’s favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” 

“I came from very humble beginnings and never could have accomplished what I have without my faith and reliance on Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. To God, be all the glory.”

Dr. Carla (Johnson ’83) Sunberg, nursing

Carla is a general superintendent in the Church of the Nazarene, the highest office in the denomination. At the time of her election in June 2017, she was president of Nazarene Theological Seminary, where she had served since January 2014.
Carla’s early career was in nursing in the U.S. and as a missionary in Russia, she helped develop a training program for nurses in hospitals and clinics. Nursing, she says, will always be foundational to her life and work. In fact, she still maintains her RN license.
“Nursing taught me how to assess situations and problem solve, as well as how to be a wife and mother.”
Career Highlights
Pioneer missionary, Church of the Nazarene, former Soviet Union
Director of Compassionate Ministries, Moscow, Russia
Director of Theological Education, Moscow, Russia
Co-district Superintendent, East Ohio District, Church of the Nazarene
Additional Education/Certificate

  • MA, Theological Studies, Nazarene Theological Seminary 
  • PhD, Historical Theology, Nazarene Theological College and University of Manchester, United Kingdom


  • Authored numerous publications
  • Provided healthcare and auxiliary services to missionaries and volunteers in Russia.
  • Chair, USA/Canada Region's Nazarene Women Clergy Council
  • Former president, Wesleyan-Holiness Women Clergy

MNU Influence
“I’m very grateful to MNU and how I was shaped and formed by those who invested in me,” Carla says. “A few years ago, I was at a meeting of Nazarene College and University Presidents from around the world. We discovered that three of us had started our careers as nurses. There must be something in that nursing education that helps to prepare leaders.”
Favorite Inspiration
“During our life and ministry in Russia, we faced incredible challenges,” Carla says. “Things that we had never experienced in life. It was at that time that we were led to the verse that we have clung to in life, ‘With God all things are possible.’ Matthew 19:26

This article merely scratches the surface of the many female leaders from MNU. Check out WE LEAD: Engage for a list of more names and titles of leaders who we hope inspire you and our students.

Do you know someone who should be on this list? Contact the editor, Carol Best at with your nomination. 

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