Linda Crossland has made the transition from a temporary employee to full time as an executive assistant in the College of Business. She has worked as a temp for the past six months. Before coming to George Fox, she was an administrative assistant for Countryside Community Church in Sherwood from 2004 to 2014. She and her family relocated to Oregon in 2003, after living for almost 10 years in Kuwait. Linda studied microbiology at both Texas A&M University and at California State University-Long Beach. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Callan, and daughter Alissa (17). They also have two sons, Eric and Evan, who live in Sherwood and Beaverton, respectively. The family attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) has been appointed to the New American Bible – Revised Edition translation committee, working on translating the five writings of John. This is the most widely read translation in America, and it will replace the New Testament revision published in 1986. Paul also published nine essays on The Saint John’s Bible on The Huffington Post during Pope Francis’ visit to America in September, and one of the pieces – on the need for forgiveness on 9/11 and every day – was published on Krista Tippett’s On Being website. His essay, “On ‘Seamless Robes’ and ‘Leftover Fragments’ – A Theory of Johannine Composition,” was published in Structure, Composition, and Authorship of John’s Gospel, and his review of Quakering Theology by David Johns was published in the October issue of Quaker Religious Thought.
A review essay Ed Higgins’ (English) wrote for a quarterly publication of the Science Fiction Research Association, SFRA Review, is available on SFRA’s website. The review is of an academic book, Steven Hrotic’s Religion in Science Fiction: The Evolution of an Idea and the Extinction of a Genre, that explores religion in various classical-to-contemporary science fiction novels and short stories. In addition, Ed’s poem, “Green House Harvest,” was published in the Oct. 29 issue of the online poetry journal Plum Tree Tavern, which specializes in short work reflecting themes of nature, environment and ecology.
Jim Steele (Business) was the featured speaker for the Lane County Human Resource Management Association in Eugene on Nov. 17. His topic was “The Road to Strategic HR Management: Are We There Yet?”
Nov. 17 Abigail Favale, Kristine Nelson, Sue O’Donnell
Nov. 18 Kathleen Jones, Gina Miller
Nov. 19 Bob Hamilton, Heather Rainey
Nov. 21 Ryan Tafflinger
Nov. 22 Corban Harwood
Nov. 23 Laura Simmons, Sarah Stevenson
Nov. 24 Tamara Reams
Nov. 26 Larry Weber
Nov. 27 Ryan Jacobson
Nov. 28 Peg Hutton
Nov. 29 Michelle Conrad
The advancement office welcomes Shannon Johnson as a gift officer. She arrives at George Fox from Warner Pacific College, where she served as assistant director for donor development and campaign activities since January of 2013. Previously she was a clinical care coordinator at Albertina Kerr Youth and Family Services in Portland from 2011 to 2013. Shannon also worked at Young Life for eight years both as field staff/direct ministry in Albany, Ore., (2004-2011) and as an assistant housekeeping supervisor at Washington Family Ranch (2003-2004). She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Seattle Pacific University (2000) and a master’s degree in counseling from George Fox (2011). She lives in Beaverton with husband Michael Johnson, stepson Kilohana, stepdaughter Maliyah and son Isaiah (9 months). They attend Imago Dei Community in Portland.
Meghan Gifford joins George Fox as an administrative assistant for the university’s adult degree programs. For the past year and a half she was a barista and shift supervisor at a Starbucks in Tualatin while also working, since October of last year, as a part-time customer service representative for Therapeutic Associates Inc. She gained higher education work experience as a resident advisor at Azusa Pacific University from 2012 to 2014. Meghan earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from Azusa in 2014. She lives in Tualatin and attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland.
Jan Lefebvre (Advancement) is leaving the university on Nov. 6 after serving at George Fox for 30 years. She worked for 22 years as a database/gift specialist and the last eight years as an administrative/executive assistant, all in advancement. She will be in Germany this December and January for the birth of her first grandchild, a girl, and plans to continue working in another occupation upon her return to the states, wherever God leads her. She also plans to continue to devote time to ministry and her sewing outreach for Haitians and locals in need.
Keith Dempsey, Beronica Salazar and Lori DeKruyf (Graduate School of Counseling) attended the American Association of Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Philadelphia Oct. 7-11. Keith received the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Outstanding Leadership Award and presented on “African American Men in Counselor Education.” Beronica presented on “Voices of Doctoral Students of Color in Counselor Education,” “Obstacles and Opportunities: Establishing a Dynamic Counselor Education Career in a Changing Higher Education Environment,” and “Culturally Responsive Supervision: Working with Latino Supervisees and Clients.”
Kevin Jones and Jeff Birdsell (Department of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts) published their essay, “Teaching at-risk high school students communication competence skills through facework and improved self-monitoring,” in the October 2015 edition of the International Journal of Education and Social Sciences. The article identifies the success of a year-long study conducted by Jones, in which at-risk students were tested for communication skill deficiencies, a specific curriculum was designed for those students and taught to them to address those deficiencies, and then post test results showed an improvement in the identified communication deficiencies.
Plum Tree Tavern, an online poetry journal dedicated to nature, environmental and ecology themes, published Ed Higgins’ (English) poem, “Anticipating Winter,” in its Oct. 25, 2015 issue.
Jane Wilson (Admissions) was recognized as the Employee of the Month for October.
Mark David Hall (Politics) published an essay, “Religious Accommodations and the Common Good,” on The Heritage Foundation’s website on Oct. 26.
Ginny Birky (Education) presented a paper, “Mennonite High Schools: A Dynamic Environment for Relationships, Learning, and Faith Development,” at the Mennonite Education Conference at Bluffton University in Ohio Oct. 14-16. The conference was made up of attendees from the seven Mennonite institutions of higher education.
Randy Woodley (Seminary) has published a number of pieces of late.
- “Beyond Homoiousios and Homoousios: Exploring North American Indigenous Concepts of the Shalom Community of God,” in Trinity in Global Perspective, Majority World Theology Series, Vol. 2
- Forward to Jesus and Pocahontas: Gospel, Mission and National Myth, by Howard Snyder
- Forward to Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way, by Richard Twiss
In journals and magazines:
- “An Indigenous Theological Perspective on Sabbath” in Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, Spring 2015, Institute of Mennonite Studies Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
- “Where Post-colonial and Pre-colonial Thought Touch Jesus,” GEEZ magazine, October 2015
- “Mission and the Cultural Other: In Search of the Pre-colonial Jesus,” in Missiology: An International Review, Fall 2015 issue
Randy also spoke recently on “Native American History and Shalom Constructs in Common” in Klamath Falls, Ore., at Journey Towards Healing Community, an event for the public, Klamath Tribes and Klamath Evangelical Association.
Nov. 3 Karen Bowdoin, Nijay Gupta
Nov. 4 Karen Carskadon, Jennifer Farland, Tom Head, Melissa Thomas
Nov. 5 Rob Bohall
Nov. 6 Jon Schatz
Nov. 8 Rebecca Valdovinos
Nov. 9 Jack Lyda
Nov. 10 Glena Andrews
Nov. 11 Rhonda Andrews, Sean Patterson, Steve Wasson
Nov. 12 Kelly Borror, Ian Sanders
Nov. 13 Kristie Knows His Gun, Hannah Stevenson
Nov. 14 Kelly Lafferty, Jan Lefebvre
Nov. 16 Carol Jaquith
The university welcomes alumna Wendy Bruton as an assistant professor and director of the Individual and Family Matters Clinic at the Portland Center. A Licensed Professional Counselor, Wendy directs a counseling group practice in Salem and has had a private practice for nine years. She has also taught part time in the Graduate Department of Counseling at Capella University for the past year and, before that, taught for two years in the Graduate Department of Counseling at Northwest Christian University. Wendy has also served as an adjunct professor at George Fox since 2012, teaching courses in counseling and psychopathology while also supervising internships and doing treatment planning. She also has experience as a supervisor, working the past four years as a clinical supervisor for registered interns and this year as a clinical supervisor of masters-level practicum and internship students. Wendy holds a doctorate of philosophy degree in counseling education and supervision from Oregon State University (2013), a master’s degree in counseling from George Fox (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Oregon (1989). She lives in Salem with Scott, her husband of 27 years, and the couple has four children and three grandsons. The Brutons attend Oasis Community Church in Salem.
Abigail Rine Favale (English) published an essay, “School Shootings and the Book of Job,” in the online edition of First Things on Oct. 8.
Terry Huffman (Education) presented a paper entitled “The Craft of Teaching: Perspectives of Native American Educators” at the Northern Rocky Mountain Education Research Association’s 2015 conference in Boise, Idaho, Oct. 1-2. He also has a paper entitled “Native American Educators and their Leadership Roles on Reservations in the Northern Great Plains” accepted for publication in Great Plains Research, a journal published by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
Ed Higgins (English) published a poem, “Daffodils,” in the October issue (Vol. XVI) of The Torrid Literature Journal, a Florida-based print and online quarterly.
Oct. 20 Paul Becker, Mac Oxford
Oct. 21 Teresa Arnold, Helen Morse
Oct. 22 Samantha Adams, Dwayne Hood, Tricia Hornback
Oct. 23 Andy Baker
Oct. 24 Ryan Dougherty, Dixie Downey
Oct. 25 Rachel Ryan
Oct. 26 Todd Curtis, Linda Sartwell
Oct. 29 Roger Nam, Rusty St. Cyr
Oct. 30 Katie Sol
Oct. 31 Dane Christian Joseph
Nov. 1 Dave Johnstone, Polly Peterson
Nov. 2 Tahlia Martin
Terry Peters (Plant Services) left the university in September in order to work closer to his home in Portland.
Kathie Hummel-Berry (Physical Therapy) has left the university. She was on a specific three-year contract to help with the program and had recently been working about one day per week. She is now working full time in the Seattle area.
Caitlin Corning (History) published her book World History: A Short, Visual Introduction through Fortress Press. The book is a short survey of the last two millennia of world history. The focus is the political, economic, social and cultural events that provide context for the history of Christianity, with the emphasis primarily on Europe and the Middle East after the 16th century. It has been written as a companion volume to a church history textbook or course.
Tom Head (Economics) traveled to Philadelphia Oct. 3-5 for a meeting of the Nobel Peace Prize Nominating Task Group, on which he serves. This body first came to be in 1947, when the American Friends Service Committee and the British Friends Service Council accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of all Quakers. As Nobel Laureates, these Quaker bodies are able to nominate a candidate for the peace prize to the Oslo committee. Each year, the AFSC and Britain’s Quaker Peace and Social Witness take advantage of this opportunity through a long and careful deliberative process of discernment to select and recommend a peace prize nominee.
Jim Steele (Business) conducted a concurrent workshop titled “Is China in Your Business Plan?” at the Northwest Human Resource Management Association Conference & Trade Show in Portland on Oct. 5.
Security Services would like to highlight the impressive number of students and staff who have been trained and certified in the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid/CPR/AED classes that Mark Stone has taught over the past two years. He also teaches the Basic Life Support (BLS) courses that are required for the PsyD and nursing students. All told, 98 people have been certified in the Heartsaver course and 145 have been certified in the BLS course. In addition, he has given AED training to 42 students and staff and first aid training to 23 other students and staff. This summer alone, 86 staff, faculty and students were certified. Contact Mark (email@example.com) if you would like to be certified, especially if nobody in your department is.
Ed Higgins (English) has been named assistant editor of the Irish-based award-winning international quarterly Brilliant Flash Fiction. Previously, he had been a consultant for the online journal and also a writing contest judge for its January 2015 issue. Assistant editor duties include reviewing/recommending publishable fiction submissions and passing those shortlisted on to the editor.
Phil Smith (Christian Studies) will read a paper, “The Peril (or Promise) of Hope,” at the Northwest Conference on Philosophy on Oct. 10 at North Idaho College.
Oct. 7 Cindy Howard
Oct. 8 Kristi Hagen
Oct. 9 Dana Bates, Brian Doak, Caroline Wildhaber
Oct. 10 Rob Felton, Jim Smart
Oct. 11 Gary Eckerdt
Oct. 13 Kathy Weiss
Oct. 14 Traci Porter
Oct. 15 Debra Espinor, Elizabeth Licon, Gina Worley
Oct. 16 Joyce Engberg, Richard Shaw, Caleb Wheelock
Tiona Cage has joined the university to serve as assistant director of international student and scholar services. She will also provide support for Rebecca Hernandez, the associate VP for intercultural engagement and faculty development and director of the Center for Peace and Justice. For the past five years, Tiona has worked as an F-1 international student advisor for the Center for Global Engagement at Florida State University. Prior to that, she spent a summer providing counseling services at a children’s home in Trinidad and Tobago and then served a year in the Peace Corps (2008-09) as a community capacity builder in Botswana, assisting with HIV/AIDS life skills programs for at-risk youth. Tiona holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Florida State University. She recently moved to Newberg and attends Colossae Church.
The Office of Academic Affairs welcomes Laurie Fair to serve as an administrative assistant. Most recently, she worked from 2006 to 2011 for Burns Capital Investment Advisors, Inc. of Newberg as a client relations manager, and for the past four years has worked on a temp basis for the company. Previously, she spent 11 years (1985 to 1996) as a support technician and analytical assistant for GTE-Northwest of Beaverton, and operated her own Demarle at Home bakeware and kitchen tools business in 2005-06. Laurie holds a bachelor’s degree with a double major in statistics and marketing from the University of Oregon (1984). She lives on Bald Peak with her husband, Jeff, and son, Jacob, a senior at Newberg High School. Her daughter, Hannah Stevenson, works at the university’s Portland Center. Laurie and her family attend Family Life Church in Newberg.
After 21 years working at George Fox, Peggy Kilburg (Human Resources) retired as of last Friday. Her plans in retirement include what she calls her “G” list of who/what she plans to spend more time with/doing: God, Gary (her husband), grown kids, grandkids, good books, gardening, going places, getting more exercise, good works and goofing off.
Ashley O’Doherty (Adult Degree Programs) left the university this month to take a position at Newberg High School.
Tiffany Caldwell (Nursing) has left the university.
Paul Anderson (Christian studies) published an article, “The Social Conscience of the Saint John’s Bible I – the Invitation to Forgive, Today and Always,” in the religion section of the Sept. 15, 2015, online edition of The Huffington Post.
Sept. 22 Kearsten McCoy, Josh Nauman
Sept. 24 Elise Gibson, Steve Leijon
Sept. 25 Debbie Berho, Darla Norgren, Marc Shelton
Sept. 26 Isaac MacDonald
Sept. 28 Aimee Frazier
Sept. 29 Robert Bredemeier
Sept. 30 Marcia Bogert, Terry Huffman, Laurie Lieggi, Laurie Lorenzen
Oct. 1 Anna Berardi, Paul Chamberlain, Rachel Gerig
Oct. 3 Sarita Gallagher
Oct. 4 Doug Beatty, Jane Wilson
The Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life welcomes Kearsten McCoy as an administrative assistant and Serve Day coordinator this fall. She recently moved to Oregon from Michigan, where she worked as the director of college ministries for Central Wesleyan Church of Holland, Mich., for the past two years. Before that, Kearsten was a graduate resident advisor at Wheaton College in Illinois from 2011 to 2013 and worked as an office assistant to the residence life coordinator at Wheaton in 2012. Kearsten earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies from Indiana Wesleyan in 2010 and a master’s degree in Christian formation from Wheaton College in 2013. She lives in Newberg with her husband Justin, who is working on a graduate degree in marriage, couple and family counseling at George Fox.
George Fox alumnus Rick McNeal joined the marketing communications department last month as digital marketing administrator. Rick graduated from the university in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in music performance (saxophone) and worked in the university’s marketing communications office as a student from 2003 to 2006. Most recently, he has spent the last two years as a communications manager for Holiday Retirement, a national retirement living company headquartered in Lake Oswego. He has been a writer for Mad Fish SEO and a content manager for MyBinding.com. In addition to his degree from George Fox, Rick holds a master of worship arts degree from West Coast Bible College and Seminary (2012) and recently completed the MBA program at Marylhurst University. He lives in Newberg with his wife, Christine, a former admissions counselor at George Fox. They have two children, Ariy and Ava, and attend Sherwood Community Friends Church, where Rick is the director of worship arts.
Lawrence Metzger has moved from Oman to work at George Fox as a visiting assistant professor in the English Language Institute. For the past two years, he was a lecturer at Sultan Qaboos University’s Language Centre in Oman, specializing in educational grant writing on critical thinking research, content-based course material design, and teaching of law, engineering and commerce students. Previously, he worked for three years teaching business ethics and commercial law at Abu-Dhabi Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Lawrence has also developed conflict resolution course materials and taught English as a Second Language at Qatar University’s International Affairs Program (2009-10). Lawrence taught at the Kwansei Gakuin University School of Policy Studies in Japan (2005-07), where he served as academic writing course coordinator and interactive materials designer for advanced students after having taught fundamental English integrated skills courses in Kobe, Japan (2000-04). Lawrence was a former coordinator of the Fulbright Scholarship Program in Ukraine (1993-95) while teaching American Sociology of Education at Kharkov State University. He is a former Fulbright Scholar in Polish Church-State relations at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (1987), holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Columbia University Teachers College in New York (2007), a master’s degree in Soviet and East European studies from Kansas University (1983) and a bachelor’s degree in Russian language and literature from Kansas (1982). He has been happily married for the past 15 years and lives in Newberg with his wife, Natsuyo, and two teenage sons, Kentaro and Shinjiro.
The university welcomes Colleen Sump as a Career and Academic Planning (CAP) coach in the school’s IDEA Center. For the past year and a half she has worked as the director for alumni and parent engagement at Willamette University. Previously, she spent five years as the assistant director of the Master of Fine Arts in Writing Program at Pacific University, and five years as the education coordinator for Friends of Historic Champoeg. Colleen earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and lived in Newberg for 23 years before recently moving to St. Paul with her husband, Damon. Her children include twin adventurer sons – one who recently graduated from Alaska Pacific University and the other from Azusa Pacific University – and a daughter who currently attends Azusa. Colleen attends Newberg Friends Church.
Steve Gilday (Security) retired from the university on Sept. 1.
Terry Huffman (Education) participated in the Oxford Education Research Symposium at Pembroke College of Oxford University in August. A review panel evaluated 169 proposals, and ultimately 24 scholars were invited to participate in an intensive three-day symposium divided into three board topical areas. Terry’s paper, titled “Tribal Strengths of Native Americans as Indigenous Educational Leaders,” was selected as outstanding paper in the session organized around the theme “Social Change and Education.” The 24 participants included scholars from Australia, China, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Ed Higgins (English) published his poem “Thirteen Ways of Looking at Blackbeard (with thanks to Wallace Stevens)” in the April 2015 edition of Parody Poetry, a literary magazine. The piece is a parody of Wallace Stevens’ “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird.”
Sept. 8 Mark Pothoff
Sept. 9 Josiah Philipsen, Tim Timmerman
Sept. 11 Jeff Duerr
Sept. 12 Kelly Chang
Sept. 15 Jared Roth, Lauri Smith
Sept. 16 Erin Johnson, Josh Sweeden
Sept. 17 MaryKate Morse, Christee Wise
Sept. 18 Darryl Brown, Jennie Harrop, Leah Payne
Sept. 21 Heidi Thomason
The university welcomes Lu Ann Anderson as an assistant professor of education. Lu Ann has been an adjunct faculty at George Fox since 2008. She will specialize in teaching special education after spending the 2013-14 school year as the interim special education director for the Cascade School District in Oregon. Previously, she was the special education coordinator for the McMinnville School District (2010-12) and an employee of the Willamette Educational Services District (2004-10), for which she served as a coordinator for multiple ESD special projects (2009-10) and as a K-12 special programs coordinator in the Newberg (2006-08) and Yamhill-Carlton (2004-06) school districts. Lu Ann also worked for the Oregon State Department of Education as an education program specialist in the Office of Special Education. She also served on the Oregon State Vocational Rehabilitation Council (2003-07), the policy partner to the Department of Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, in the early 2000s. In the 1990s, she taught in the Newberg School District. Lu Ann earned a master’s degree in education/special education from Portland State University and a bachelor’s degree in early childhood/human resources from Empire State College/SUNY of New York. She lives in McMinnville with her husband of 36 years, Mickey. Their blended family includes three children, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Their son Chris is a full-time student at Chemeketa Community College, daughter Annette lives in Washington and is a forensics technician with the FBI, and daughter Debbie lives in Texas and works as a hospice nurse.
After teaching on an adjunct basis at George Fox the past 14 years, Rhonda Andrews joins the university full time this fall as an assistant professor of social work. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Registered Play Therapist, she has taught a wide range of social work courses, including Field Practicum I, II and III, Child Welfare Services, and Social Work with Children and Families. She has also served as a field liaison, coordinating and collaborating between George Fox students and various community agencies. In addition, Rhonda has worked in private practice as a therapist in her own counseling office since 2007. And, from 2004 to 2009, she worked as a social worker with International Family Services of Newberg. In all, Rhonda has more than 20 years of social work experience, working previously in various roles for the Department of Human Resources, Child Welfare Services of Honolulu (1993-96), Dallas, Ore., (1996-97), Oregon City and Portland, Ore., (1997-2000). She holds a master of social work degree from the University of Hawaii, Manoa (1994), a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oregon (1991) and an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Lane Community College. Rhonda lives in Newberg with her husband Chris and children Elizabeth (17) and Hudson (13). The family attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.
Sandra Banta-Wright joins the School of Nursing this fall as an assistant professor of nursing. For the past year she has been a lecturer at the University of Washington’s Family and Child Nursing program within the School of Nursing after completing a two-year postdoctoral fellowship through the Biobehavioral Nursing & Health Systems program. She also served as clinical adjunct faculty at Washington’s School of Nursing, specializing in parent-child nursing, from 1993 to 2011. Sandra also worked at Oregon Health & Science University during the 1990s through 2012, in a variety of roles that included research assistant, clinical instructor, and neonatal nurse practitioner in the Neonatal Care Unit within Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. She holds a PhD in nursing science from OHSU (2012), a master of nursing degree from the University of Washington (1989) and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from St. Mary of the Plain College in Kansas (1980). Sandra lives in Portland with her husband, Bruce. Their children, Brian and Catherine, will be freshmen at Clackamas Community College and Kansas City Art Institute, respectively. Sandra and Bruce attend Holy Family Catholic Church in Portland.
An adjunct professor at George Fox since 2006, Andy Copeland joins the university full time this fall as a shop manager for the theatre department and a visiting lecturer of theatre. Andy has had extensive teaching and theatrical experience in the past decade. In addition to teaching acting classes and serving as a scene shop manager at George Fox, he has acted on TV (Runestone, by Road’s End Productions), starred in the web series Everything Will Be All Right by Bright Daylight Productions, and appeared in a number of short films, including 271 by Tall Sparrow Films. He has also been active on stage, performing lead roles in Northwest Classical Theatre, Valley Repertory Theatre and American Heritage Theatre productions, among others. He also wrote and directed the short film Moment by Moment and is revising a feature-length script that deals with themes of autism and happiness. Andy earned a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from Southern Nazarene University (1995) and completed the two-year Professor Actor Training Program of the Portland Actor’s Conservatory (2001). He lives in Newberg with his wife Cara and children Jack, Henry, and Lily.
Jenny Elsey has joined the Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life as the director of intercultural life. She comes to George Fox from Azusa Pacific University, where she was director of mobilization in the Center for Student Action for the past two years. Prior to that, she spent six years as the associate director of Azusa’s Office of Ministry and Service. Jenny also gained higher education work experience at Life Pacific College as associate dean of students and director of student life (2006-07) and as a residence director at Azusa from 2003 to 2006. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in communications (2001) and a master’s degree in college student affairs (2003), both from Azusa Pacific. She lives in Newberg with her husband Erik and two boys, Kai and Rhys. The family is seeking a church home.
Megan Fisher, an alumna of the university, has returned to campus to serve as the associate director of parent programs. A 2001 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre and fashion merchandising/interior design, Megan has been a stay-at-home mom in recent years while also volunteering as Antonia Crater Elementary parent-teacher organization coordinator (2013-present). She was also chairperson of the Playground Improvement Project in Baker City, Ore., (2012-14). After graduating from George Fox, she worked as a costume shop manager and designer at Rock Valley College in Illinois (2001-03) and as a graduate teaching fellow at the University of Oregon (2003-04). She lives in Dayton with her husband Troy and children Ainsley (9), Asa (7) and Axel (5). They attend Athey Creek Christian Fellowship.
The institutional technology office welcomed Catherine Hillenbrand as a business analyst in August. She is a CPA and has worked the past six years as an independent consultant offering business systems, finance and tax advisory services. Prior to that, she worked for a year as a systems consultant for DWFritz Precision Automation of Wilsonville (2008-09) and as a senior finance manager for the same company in the early 2000s. Catherine was also a finance manager for Silicon Graphics of Milpitas, Calif., for five years (1995-2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University-East Bay (1992). Catherine lives in Sherwood with her husband Mark and two children, Brian and Danielle, and attends Countryside Community Church in Sherwood.
Dane Christian Joseph joins the College of Education this fall as an assistant professor of education. For the past four years, he has taught as an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Pacific University. He also worked at Pacific as an assistant coach (2010-12) and as an associate head coach (2012-present) in the women’s soccer program. Dane’s teaching and research experience also includes one year as an instructor in Pacific’s College of Arts & Sciences (2010-11), three years as a graduate research assistant in Washington State University’s Learning and Performance Research Center (2006-09), and one and a half years as a graduate teaching assistant in Washington State’s Department of Philosophy (2005-06). Dane holds a PhD in educational psychology with emphasis in research evaluation and measurement from Washington State (2010), a master’s degree in philosophy from WSU (2006), and a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Concordia University Wisconsin (2003). He lives in Forest Grove with his wife Morgan and son Ira, and plans to find a new church in Sherwood.
After serving as a financial aid assistant in the university’s Office of Financial Aid since May, John Kaye joins the university as a financial aid specialist this fall. He is currently a student in George Fox’s entrepreneurship program, expecting to graduate in December of 2016. In addition to his job as a student employee, he gained work experience as a technical support advisor for Xerox in Tigard (2013-14) and as a counselor at summer camps at Quaker Hill Camp and Twin Rocks Camp. He also taught for a year at Evangelical Friends Mission in Rwanda, Africa (2009-10). John lives in Newberg and attends Newberg Friends Church.
Muh Bi Lin, also known as “Toby,” has made the move from Taiwan to serve as an associate professor of social work this fall. For the past two years he has served as the head of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at National Chi-Nan University in Taiwan. Also, since 2009, he has worked as an associate professor in the department, teaching courses that included nonprofit leadership and management and general education courses on love, marriage and family. From 2010 to 2014, Muh Bi was a senior advisor for World Vision Taiwan, a Christian humanitarian organization. He taught previously in the U.S. as an associate professor of social work at Western Kentucky University (2003-08), and for about nine years he was the chief operating officer of the China office of World Vision International, based in Hong Kong (1994-2003). Muh Bi holds a PhD in social work from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (1997), a master of social work from the same school (1988) and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Soochow University in Taiwan (1977). He and his wife Lisa are both involved in various kinds of marriage and family ministry. Their two children, Cindy and Churng, are living in Seattle.
The university welcomes Keelan LoFaro to work as an assistant professor of education at the graduate level. She has worked the past four years as a science teacher and department chair at Alice Deal Public Middle School in Washington, D.C., and since August of last year has served as an adjunct graduate-level professor in American University’s School of Education. Previously, she taught science at the middle school level at Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson in Washington, D.C., (2009-11) and at Middle School 322 Renaissance Leadership Academy in New York, N.Y. (2006-09). She has also worked since 2006 to lead professional development initiatives with Teach for America in New York City. Keelan earned a master’s degree in education from Pace University in New York (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Oregon State University (2005). She and her husband Daniel are moving to Portland.
The university welcomes Gina Miller as an assistant professor of political science and international studies. As a graduate student at the University of Alabama, she spent nine semesters teaching five different courses in the school’s Department of Political Science while earning a PhD in international relations. She also spent her last year as a graduate assistant designing leadership, professional development and service-learning courses for Alabama’s Honors College. Gina’s doctoral research investigated the role of nonviolent dissent as a form of political contention that influences the preferences and behaviors of domestic actors. Gina holds both a master’s degree in international relations (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations from Alabama (2004). She is moving to Newberg and is excited about getting to know the campus and community.
The School of Nursing has hired Kristine A. Nelson as an assistant professor of nursing. Kristine arrives with nearly 40 years of experience in the nursing profession. For the past two years she has worked as the simulation operations manager within the Smart Hospital of the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Previously, she spent three years (2010-13) as an assistant professor of nursing at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, and six years (2004-10) as a clinical nursing instructor in the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing. Through her career, Kristine has held several positions, including staff nurse, evening charge nurse, nursing coordinator, research assistant and nurse manager, since she began her nursing career in 1976. She has worked in Oregon, Washington, Texas and Ohio. She earned a bachelor of science in nursing from Oregon Health and Science University in 1976 and later a master of nursing degree from OHSU in 1983. She is moving back to Portland with her husband Randy and daughter Karlee after being away from the area for more than 24 years.
Alumnus Kyle Pfeiffer joined the university this month as director of alumni relations. A 2002 graduate of George Fox with a degree in business management, Kyle has worked the past three years as general manager of the Uptown Billiards Club in Portland, managing a staff of 24. Before that, he spent a year in Hawaii working guest services at the Ritz Carlton in Maui (2011-12) and worked for three years (2008-11) as an area director for Young Life International in Portland. Kyle also has experience in corporate sales management, working in that capacity for the Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Eugene, Ore., in the mid-2000s. He lives in Yamhill with his wife of seven years, Rama, their son Jaden (6) and daughter Soraya (1). They attend Newberg Foursquare Church.
Christine Saladino joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of social work. For the past four years she has served as director of the bachelor of social work program and as an assistant professor of social work at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. Prior to that, she spent two years as an instructor of sociology (2009-11) and three years as an instructor and coordinator of behavioral sciences majors (2006-09) at Southwest Baptist. Prior to beginning her career in higher education, Christine was a social worker in Florida, at Wuesthoff Health System facilities in Melbourne, Fla., (2005-06) and Rockledge, Fla., (2003-05). She holds a doctor of philosophy degree in human services from Capella University (2014), a master of social work from the University of Central Florida (2006), a master’s degree in Christian education from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (2000) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Southwest Baptist University (1997). She is moving to Wilsonville with her Jack Russell Terrier “Frisky.”
Beronica Salazar joins the Graduate School of Counseling this fall as an assistant professor of counseling. Originally from Texas, she was a graduate teaching assistant in Idaho State University’s counseling program the past three years. She specialized in teaching graduate courses in clinical mental health counseling and in marital, couple and family counseling. She also gained teaching experience as an adjunct faculty member at Northwest Nazarene University (2010-11), where she taught social and cultural diversity courses. In addition, since 2010, Beronica maintained a private practice counseling trauma survivors and providing postgraduate counselor supervision. She earned a PhD in counselor education and counseling from Idaho State (summer 2015) and also holds a master’s degree in counseling, marriage and family, from Northwest Nazarene, and a bachelor’s degree from Boise State University. She is moving to the Portland area with her spouse and children and attends St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Beronica has been a longtime advocate for the Latino community and intends to continue to remain active in service opportunities to promote diversity.
The social work program welcomes adjunct professor Elizabeth Schallert to join the program part time this fall as an instructor. Since May of this year she has been working as a mental health clinician in the multicultural counseling program at Lutheran Community Services Northwest in Portland, and previously she served as the development and member coordinator for the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee. She also taught part time at George Fox in 2014-15, specializing in teaching field seminar, community development and macro practice courses in the social work program. Elizabeth has also developed and volunteered as a clinician with the Christian Peacemaker Teams’ Circle of Care program for the past three years. She holds a master of social work degree from Monmouth University (2010) and a bachelor’s degree in social work from George Fox (2009). She lives in Portland and attends Wilderness Way Community.
Jon Schatz joins the College of Business to teach entrepreneurship as a visiting assistant professor of business, working half time. His experience in the business world includes the founding of several start-up ventures and also serving as an executive in large corporations. He holds a Master of Science in Teaching degree from Portland State University (1989) and a bachelor’s degree from Willamette University (1985). Jon lives nearby on The Sunny Day Tree Farm in Sherwood, where he and his wife raise and sell Christmas trees. As a self-described “serial entrepreneur,” Jon looks forward to passing on the lessons learned in the hopes of motivating, inspiring and creating the next generation of successful entrepreneurs.
Michelle Shelton has joined the adult degree program as a half-time assistant professor of professional studies. She has taught on an adjunct basis at George Fox since 2013, both in the College of Business and in the ADP program. In addition, she taught courses in 2014-15 at Portland Community College, Chemeketa Community College and at Brandman University, a division of Chapman University. For the past five years Michelle has also worked as both a freelance editor for Sage Publishing of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and as an APA editor at George Fox, editing and proofing doctoral dissertations in the College of Business. She holds a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Azusa Pacific University (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University-Long Beach (1994). Michelle lives in Newberg with her husband Paul, director/chair of the doctor of business administration program at George Fox, and their three boys. They attend Newberg Friends Church.
The university welcomes Liz Simmons as an area coordinator this fall. For the past two years she has been a resident director at Indiana Wesleyan University, and before that, she was a student services assistant at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky from 2010 to 2013. Liz also worked at Indiana Wesleyan as an assistant resident director (2009-10) and as a resident assistant (2007-09) while earning a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature and English (2010). More recently, she earned an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2013. Liz lives on campus with her husband Michael and baby daughter Bina. Michael just started as the manager of the Bruin Store on campus.
The School of Education welcomes John Spencer as an assistant professor of education in the school’s Graduate Teaching and Leading Department. For the past 11 years he has taught several subjects at the middle school level in the Cartwright Elementary School District, an urban Title I school district in Phoenix, Ariz. And, since 2008, he served as a project director, providing site-level and district-level leaders with the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of projects. John has also worked as a speaker and consultant, specializing in talks on technology, digital literacy, creative assessment and project-based learning, for the past four years. He has also been active as an author since 2008, publishing both fiction and nonfiction materials in print and online. John holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Northern Arizona University (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (emphasis on history) from Arizona State University (2004). He and his wife Christy will be moving to Newberg with children Joel, Micah and Brenna.
Danielle Warner joins the music department this fall as an assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. She has spent the last four years teaching music in the Midwest, most recently at Wayne State College in Nebraska, where she was director of choral activities in 2014-15. Previously, she was a graduate teaching assistant at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance in Kansas City, Mo., for three years. Danielle also gained teaching experience as an adjunct professor of music at Whitman College in 2010-11 and as a choral music educator at Pacific Middle School in the Evergreen School District of Vancouver, Wash., from 2007 to 2009. She holds a doctor of musical arts from the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance (2014), a master of music from Western Washington University (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in music from Whitman College (2004). She is moving to Newberg with her husband, Ryan, and son Carver.
The School of Education welcomes Donna Webb as an assistant professor of education who will specialize in STEM subjects. For the past year she has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University and as a professional development instructor with the Portland Metro STEM Partnership. Also, since 2012, she has worked as an independent curriculum writer for Scholastic Inc. & Media of New York. Previously, Donna taught science in the Beaverton School District (1997 to 2005), the Fort Bend Independent School District of Sugarland, Texas (1993-97), and the Spring Branch Independent School District of Spring Branch, Texas (1985-93). She holds a doctorate of education in educational leadership from Portland State (2015), a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from PSU (2011) and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Dallas (1985). She lives in Portland with her husband Don and son Travis. She plans to look for a church home in the Newberg area.
Nicole Wessman-Enzinger joins the School of Education as an assistant professor of education. She will be teaching both mathematics and education courses at George Fox. During her time in graduate school, she taught classes as part of her assistantship at Illinois State University, specializing in classes covering numerical reasoning and teaching mathematics in elementary school. Previously, she was an assistant mathematics professor at Olivet Nazarene University (2010-12). Nicole also gained teaching experience as a high school math teacher at Herscher High School in Herscher, Ill., from 2005 to 2010. She earned a PhD in mathematics education from Illinois State University this year, after earning a master’s degree in the subject from DePaul University in Chicago (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in the discipline from Olivet Nazarene University (2005). Her research interests are centered on children’s thinking about negative integers prior to instruction in school. Nicole and her husband, Kyle, are moving from the Chicago area to Newberg this summer. They have a Yorkshire Terrier, Sophie, and enjoy cycling, especially long distances on road bikes.
Steve Winterberg joins the Department of History, Politics and International Studies this fall as a visiting assistant professor of international and intercultural studies. For the past two years he was an adjunct professor in global studies at Azusa Pacific University, specializing in teaching anthropology classes to undergraduate students. In addition, since 2011, he has served as executive pastor of Citylights Church of Fountain Valley, Calif. He holds a doctor of philosophy in intercultural studies from Biola University (2015), a master of divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (2003) and a bachelor’s degree in history from Baylor University (2000). He is moving to Newberg with his wife Shelly. They are expecting their first child in November.
Rebecca Yazzie joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of social work. For the past five years she has worked as a treatment services supervisor with the Oregon Youth Authority, based in Woodburn, Ore., where she oversaw mental health services to youth residing in long-term housing units. She also taught on an adjunct basis at George Fox in the spring of 2014, and since 2011 she has been on the faculty of the University of Phoenix’s School of Human Services’ Oregon campus in Tigard, Ore. Rebecca also gained experience in the field as a psychiatric social worker with the Oregon Youth Authority from 2005 to 2010. She has also taught at Portland State University (2008-11) and at Warner Pacific College (2007-08). A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Rebecca is set to earn a PhD in social work and social research in the coming academic year (2015-16) from Portland State University. She holds a master of social work from Arizona State University (2005) and a bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Arizona State (2001). She lives in Beaverton and attends Holy Trinity Catholic Church.
Vern Choin (Portland Center Plant Services) retired from the university in August after 12 years of service to George Fox.
Jennifer Kepler (Academic Affairs) left the university in August to accept a new position at Western Oregon University.
Chris Meade is returning to full-time teaching in the MBA program after filling the role of College of Business dean for one year. The College of Business will be jointly led by Provost Linda Samek and department and program leaders Paul Shelton, Justine Haigh, Annette Nemetz and Jared Roth until a replacement is found. A search is anticipated to begin next summer.
Richard Silver is now director of mail and print services.