Four Under Forty
Four of our “young alums” are putting their Asbury education to (different kinds of) work
Prescription for Business Success:
Jeremy Corbett ‘01
In medicine, the key to nailing a tricky diagnosis or making the right call on treating acute trauma often is an ability to notice details others may overlook. Dr. Jeremy Corbett ‘01 is bringing this attention to detail to the patients he serves, but also to the business systems that serve them and impact the economic health of Kentucky.
Corbett serves as the Chief Medical Director for Kentucky Spirit Health Plan, a managed care organization that supports Kentucky’s Medicare program. Board certified in emergency medicine, Corbett is a Physician Partner with Central Emergency Physicians at Baptist Health Lexington.
“My calling was to help sick patients get better and to bring Jesus to them at the bedside,” he said. “What I didn’t realize is that I have a strong business interest, too. To help more people get better, we’re going to have to get better care to more people at a better price. I think technology is going to get us there.”
For example, Corbett recently designed a program to cross-reference Kentucky Spirit’s members who are pregnant with the state’s electronic prescription reporting system. Doctors of members who fill a dangerous prescription are notified, and case managers reach out to women at risk of giving birth to addicted babies. Fewer addicted babies means lower hospital costs, and the opportunity for a mother to enter substance-abuse treatment can mean a transformed life. By making better use of information already on hand, both the system and patients benefit.
Corbett graduated from Asbury with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and attended medical school in his native Florida. When it was time to choose a residency program, however, he opted to return to central Kentucky and now serves as the vice president of Asbury’s Alumni Board.
“Rather than simply educating me, Asbury taught me how to learn; how to ask the right questions, and what to do when the answers I formulated didn’t solve the equation,” Corbett said.
“Wrapping these foundational keystones with a Christ-centered focus, Asbury propelled me to medical school and ultimately into healthcare leadership with a footing that few of my colleagues were provided with, or have yet attained.”
On a Mission to Serve: Laura Cunningham ‘09
A youth mission organization might seem like an odd choice for someone without a passion for high-school students or evangelistic mission trips. Nevertheless, Laura Cunningham ’09 has found her job — coordinating logistics for YouthWorks’ summer mission sites — to be a solid match.
“It fits so well with how God has created me to be,” she said. “It’s about service and walking alongside of people and being a part of them growing and changing. I wouldn’t have guessed this would be a good fit for me, but it has been a great fit.”
A Christian Ministries major at Asbury, Cunningham also holds a master’s degree in spiritual formation and leadership. Throughout the year, she lays the groundwork for a full summer of service ministry at nine locations throughout West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Much of her time is spent managing details — such as where the students will eat, shower and sleep — but the relationships are the context in which the ministry occurs.
“I have been learning a lot about what mission looks like, and how to do it well,” Cunningham said. “It’s more than coming and doing things for people. It requires a lot of humility and a willingness to learn where people really are. Everyone has a story, and everyone is valuable, and at YouthWorks those are things we lift up as we’re leading others into service.”
Currently, Cunningham lives in Pennsylvania with two roommates and loves spending time with her nieces and nephews. She’s curious about where her life’s journey might take her next but has adopted a relaxed approach to the non-linear aspects of a life in ministry. In the meantime, she takes joy from building authentic relationships with the people she serves.
“Perhaps like many other Christians, I like to put things into a formula where I can do certain things to discern God’s will and know what the outcome will be,” Cunningham said. “I put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself, and other students probably continue to do the same, to find where they are being called. I still don’t have the answers to that. I believe God is continually preparing me for something, but there’s freedom from the formula. I take one step at a time.”
Home is Where the Gospel Lives: David Turley ‘99
One could say that David Turley ’99 has a reverse commute: he lives with his wife, Suzi Chun-Turley, and son, Hudson, in Northern Manhattan and travels to New Jersey each day to work in the financial services industry.
But it is more than his commute that is upside-down, at least from the secular world’s point of view. After graduation, Turley traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, interacting with people across social and cultural categories. He found a good career in putting together commercial real estate financing. But instead of following the upwardly mobile trajectory of education, travel and lucrative career, made it their mission to live … missionally.
“My wife and I connect in different ways to urban issues, the plight of the urban poor and marginalized,” Turley said. “The way we’ve felt called to be involved in those issues is to be incarnational in terms of where we choose to live, and how and with whom we develop friendships, as a way of reaching across the racial and socio-economic barriers society throws up.
“We have chosen to live in Northern Manhattan in a largely Dominican community, first and second-generation, called Washington Heights. We have chosen to be part of a very racially and culturally diverse church that shares some of our same values about diversity and social justice.
“If one’s community is only composed of people who look like me and are the same economic status as me and think like me, then something is lost. The gospel, in my opinion, is bigger than that. And the call is bigger than that. It’s vitally important that churches look across racial and socio-economic lines, as well. Christ came to the poor and outcast. If I’m not willing to go to the same, then I don’t think that I’m truly following Him.
“The gospel compels us to love our neighbors. Like in the story of the Good Samaritan, loving your neighbors often includes picking them up and taking them home. There’s a metaphor for personalizing the issues of poverty and marginalization in all those forms.
“I would love to see more Asburians in New York City. We need firm, grounded Christians to be in the secular professions influencing the birthplace of culture. Big cities are the primary place where culture gets developed and spreads, and it’s hard to expect that a rural, Southern school will send hordes of people to the big city. But I’d sure like for it to.”
Wisdom in the Word: Anna McFadden ’05 Campbell
In some ways, Anna McFadden ’05 Campbell’s daily life seems light-years removed from the nurturing green hills of Asbury’s Central Kentucky campus. She advises a U.S. Congressman on issues pertaining to science, space, technology, education, energy, the environment, natural resources and trade. Previously, she served as a legislative affairs specialist for NASA and in a variety of positions at the U.S. Department of Energy. Hard decisions, high stakes and incomplete information are the norm in her current environment.
“I really enjoyed my time at Asbury, because I was surrounded by other believers and numerous opportunities to learn and grow in my faith,” she said. “Washington, D.C., is a little different. While I love my church and my friends, I have had to make a more conscious effort to stay connected. Praying and trusting in God on a daily basis for the next step is the most important thing one can do. If we can learn to live in the present and seek God’s will daily, then opportunities to serve others will certainly present themselves.”
Campbell balances the high-pressure aspects of her career with a delight in exploring the opportunities of the nation’s capital and a firm sense of God’s leading. She and her husband attend concerts, take in professional baseball games, visit museums and “parent” their dog and cat.
She is intrigued by imagining what the world would be like without crime, which, as she says, “affects nations, families, schools and property values, inhibits foreign direct investment and political stability, and it also contributes even further to our domestic economic problems.”
She fondly remembers her introduction to Asbury University through the Archways program before her first semester began. And always, she tries to stay focused on the big picture.
“When it comes to the career that I’ve chosen, I suppose you could say that God has placed me here,” she said. “Proverbs 16:9 says, ‘A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.’
“My goal for this year is to delve into Scripture more so that I can be a better witness to the magnificence of God and to His great love for us. Scripture is God’s living Word, so there is something empowering and supernatural about engaging in it.
“Not only do we learn more about God and ourselves when reading Scripture, but we also have more wisdom to share with others.”