Comings and Goings

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Michelle Dawson joins the university as director of university events this fall. She arrives from Pepperdine University, where she worked from 2012 to 2014 as a special events coordinator. Prior to that, Michelle was an executive event coordinator for the Office of the President at California State University San Marcos (2008-11). She also has extensive experience in event planning for wedding venues, florists, a bridal store and other businesses. Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Illinois State University (1996) and holds a certification in wedding and event planning from San Francisco State University College of Extended Studies (1998). She lives in Newberg with her husband Brian and has two children: Sabrina, studying at Westmont College, and Drake, a student at George Fox.

The university welcomes Lorie Brubaker to work part time as coordinator of George Fox’s Science Outreach Program. She has worked the past five years as a teacher at Veritas School in Newberg, providing instruction in nine subject areas. Previously, she was an educational assistant in the reading programs at Dundee Elementary School from 2005 to 2010. Lorie also gained classroom experience as an educational assistant at Mountain View Middle School (2004-05) and at Renne Middle School (1992-96), both in Newberg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from California State University, Long Beach in 1987 and a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from George Fox in 2011. She lives in Newberg with her husband of 35 years, Tim, and they have three children: Dana (a George Fox nursing alumna), Luke and Paul. Lorie and Tim attend Grace Baptist Church in Newberg.

Brenn Borror (Marketing Communications) left the university Sept. 12 to move nearer to his fiancée, who is in a five-year graduate program (PsyD) at Biola University. He will be assuming the role of creative director at the Christian company Convene.

Trey Watt (Plant Services) has left the university as a groundskeeper but remains an assistant coach with the George Fox baseball program.

Jon Gemeroy (Plant Services) left George Fox in mid-August to further his education.

Dale Journey (Plant Services) is no longer with the university.

Terry Peters (Plant Services) left the university in late July to work at Schnitzer Steel, located closer to his home.

Mike Rader (Plant Services) retired from George Fox Aug. 31 after 22 years of service at the university.

Patti Cooke (Plant Services) is retiring from George Fox. Her last day will be Oct. 2.

About Our People

Monday, September 18th, 2017

Several university employees are serving on the board and associated journal of the International Christian Community of Teacher Educators (ICCTE), a faith-based teacher educators organization. Scot Headley is a founding member and provides invaluable support to the journal; Josiah Philipsen is the webmaster for ICCTE-J; Linda Samek serves as treasurer; and Jennie Harrop, Tom Buchanan and Susanna Thornhill serve as the editorial team for ICCTE-J. As a peer-reviewed journal, ICCTE-J publishes two issues annually in order to promote scholarly exchanges supported by a Christian worldview. The fall issue launched in September 2017.  The ICCTE conference happens biennially and will be hosted in 2018 at Abilene Christian University May 22-25. Contact any member of the editorial team for more information on this vibrant community; the journal is always looking for submissions and peer review partners.

Randy Woodley (Seminary) wrote a chapter, “The Poor and Poverty in North American Indigenous Traditions,” for the book Poverty and the Poor in the World’s Religious Tradition: Religious Responses to the Problem of Poverty (editors William H. Brackney and Rupen Das), published by Praeger in June. Randy also presented a session, titled “Embracing Ethnic Diversity and Learning from Indigenous Communities,” for The Global Church Project’s Healing Our Broken Humanity: A Seven-Part Film Series on Race, Justice and Reconciliation. Finally, Randy was one of 10 architects of a document, “The Declaration on Christian Faith and White Supremacy,” released last week on a national platform with signatories such as Walter Brueggemann, Jim Wallis, Lisa Sharon Harper, Shane Claiborne, David Gushee and MaryKate Morse (Seminary). The statement was developed by concerned Christians after the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, and modeled after the famous Barman Declaration drafted by theologians such as Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who felt the church needed to take a stand against the nationalistic movement that became Nazism. In the same spirit concerning a nationalistic movement in America concerning White Supremacy, a number of theologians, scholars and activists came together to draft “The Declaration,” which has now been signed by more than 2,000 Christians in its first week. People may read “The Declaration” and the call to Act, and sign, at

Tim Tsohantaridis (Christian Studies) teamed with John S. Knox to write a book, God in the Details: A Biblical Survey of the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures (Kendall-Hunt Publishers). The book presents the story of the Bible in a systematic, yet straightforward manner. Readers are introduced to a broad investigation of the Hebrew and Greek scriptures (including writings from the intertestamental period), providing the highlights of each book in the Bible as well as historical and cultural details to mesh out the stories and to provide depth of understanding.

Jamie Johnson (Spiritual Life, College of Christian Studies) had a book review published in the CCCU Advance Spring 2017 issue: “Sanctity in the Ordinary: A Review of Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.”

Paul Anderson preached at Reedwood Friends Church (Sept. 17) on “Abiding in Christ and Being Friends of Jesus,” and he represented George Fox at the internment memorial service for John Punshon (former visiting professor of Quaker Studies, 1990) in London (Aug. 12). Paul also presented the following papers: “From One Inclusive Quest to Another — A Tribute to Marvin W. Meyer” (Chapman University, Los Angeles, May 2017); “Quaker Presidents We Have Known, Or Thought We Did — Hoover and Nixon,” Friends Association for Higher Education (Guilford College, Greensboro, North Carolina, June 2017); “John Among the Gospels: A Bi-Optic Hypothesis” and “The Spirituality of Jesus: An Inclusive Quest” (Stellenbosch University, South Africa, August 2017); and “A Bi-Optic Hypothesis: An Inclusive Theory of Gospel Relations,” Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas (University of Pretoria, South Africa, August 2017). Paul also wrote a new foreword for The Prophet-King, by Wayne A. Meeks, and published in the Johannine Monograph Series (Vol. 5) of which he is a coeditor (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2017).


Monday, September 18th, 2017

Sept. 21         Arden Schellert, Heidi Thomason
Sept. 22         Kearsten McCoy, Josh Nauman
Sept. 24         Steve Leijon
Sept. 25         Darla Norgren, Marc Shelton
Sept. 26         Isaac MacDonald
Sept. 28         Aimee Frazier
Sept. 29         Robert Bredemeier, Hannah Souter
Sept. 30         Marcia Bogert, Terry Huffman, Laurie Lieggi, Laurie Lorenzen
Oct. 1             Anna Berardi, Paul Chamberlain

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 4th, 2017

A 2013 George Fox alumna, Brittany Baker, has joined the university as associate director of sports marketing. She has worked as a freelance writer for nonprofit organizations and small businesses for the past year and, before that, was a writer and editor with the Luis Palau Association in Beaverton, Oregon (2013-16). Her previous experience also includes a year working as a resident advisor at Linfield College (2010-11). Brittany earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from George Fox and attended Portland State University earlier this year for post-baccalaureate speech and hearing sciences courses. She lives in Beaverton and attends Bridgetown Church.

A professor with more than 50 years of experience in music education, Dick Elliott, joins the music department this fall as a half-time visiting assistant professor of music and director of bands. Dick has been a longtime adjunct at George Fox, where he’s taught band since 2006, and he’s taught on an adjunct basis at Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College and Western Oregon University as well. His band teaching career began in 1966 in Seaside Public Schools, and he taught band and choir at the elementary, middle school and high school levels in the Newberg School District from 1968 to 2006. Dick holds a master’s degree in music from Illinois Wesleyan University (1966) and a bachelor’s degree in music education from Linfield College (1965). He lives in Newberg with his wife Judy, a retired third-grade teacher who taught in Newberg schools for 25 years. They have two grown children, daughter Crissa and son Marc, and two 9-year-old twin granddaughters. The Elliotts attend Newberg First United Methodist Church.

The registrar’s office welcomes Audrey Lichten as an office coordinator. For the past two years she has worked for Suite 4, an internet marketing service based in McMinnville, as an operations manager (2016-17), a branding and creative consultant (2015-17) . Before that, while a student at Linfield College, Audrey worked as an administrative assistant and intern in the school’s student affairs office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in electronic arts from Linfield in 2015. She lives in McMinnville and attends Church on the Hill.

Arden Schellert joins the university this fall as a visiting assistant professor of social work and sociology. For the past three years, he has been an assistant professor of social work and the social work program director at Tabor College in Kansas. Arden worked previously as a resident caretaker for a women’s shelter in Hillsboro, Kansas (2015-16), as a basic education instructor at North Island College in British Columbia (2013-14), as an instructor of social work at Thompson River University in British Columbia, and as an instructor of criminology at Northwest Community College in Canada (2013-14). In addition, he has more than 25 years of experience in the social work field. Arden earned a doctor of philosophy in social work from the University of Toronto in 2002 and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada (1991). He lives in Newberg with his wife Barbara. They have one adult daughter, Mary-Joy.

Angeleen Umfleet joins the university this fall as an administrative assistant for the Department of History, Sociology and Politics. Previously, she worked as a marketing assistant for ROCO Winery of Newberg, providing graphic design, marketing, advertising and event coordination from 2011 to 2014. Before that, she was a receptionist, executive assistant and production assistant for Swearington Advertising from 1991 to 1995. Angeleen also owned her own graphic design business, Riveting Design, from 1997 to 2011, and since 2011 she has run Angel Food Candy, a business specializing in creating and marketing organic, gluten- and dairy-free candies. Angeleen lives in Newberg with her husband James and their two daughters, Anna and Grace, and attends Northside Community Church.

Lisa Burton (Employee Empowerment) has left the university.

Arlene Candela (Employee Empowerment) has left the university.

Tammy O’Doherty (PsyD) has left George Fox.

About Our People

Monday, September 4th, 2017

Mark McMinn (PsyD) recently released a book, The Science of Virtue: Why Positive Psychology Matters to the Church, through Brazos Press. In the words of reviewer Steven J. Sandage of Boston University, the book “places the best of contemporary positive psychology research in fruitful dialogue with ancient Christian wisdom.”

John Spencer (Education) and colleague A.J. Juliani cowrote a book this summer, Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Learning (IMpress). In it, the authors provide teachers, coaches and administrators with a roadmap that will inspire innovation, authentic learning experiences, and practical ways to empower students to pursue their passions while in school. At the peak of its popularity, the book reached the top-200 list in sales on Amazon.

Jenny Elsey (Spiritual and Intercultural Life) and Beronica Salazar (Counseling) applied for and attended the CCCU Multi-Ethnic Leadership Development Institute in June. They are part of a year-long leadership development program that includes shadowing a leader at another CCCU institution. Jenny will shadow President Michael LaRoy at Calvin College and Beronica will shadow Dr. Rukshan Fernando, an associate dean at Azusa Pacific.


Monday, September 4th, 2017

Sept. 7            Tony Longstroth, Jen Macnab, Nathan McDaniel
Sept. 8            Mark Pothoff
Sept. 9            Jeffry Fair, Josiah Philipsen, Tim Timmerman
Sept. 11          Jeff Duerr
Sept. 12          Kelly Chang
Sept. 13          Paige Parry
Sept. 16          Erin Johnson
Sept. 17          Kenton Miller, MaryKate Morse
Sept. 18          Darryl Brown, Jennie Harrop, Leah Payne

Comings and Goings

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Courtney Anderegg joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of communication. She arrives from The Ohio State University, where this August she earned a PhD in communication and specialized in college and university teaching. She has spent the last six years as both an independent instructor and teaching assistant at Ohio State, specializing in courses that cover topics including communication and society, nonverbal communication, public speaking, and persuasive communication. Her research interests include romantic relationships, interpersonal communication, media portrayals of relationships, social networking sites and attachment. Prior to earning her doctorate, Courtney earned a master’s degree in communication from Ohio State (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Pittsburgh (2011). She lives in Newberg with her husband, Jon, and son, Liam.

Barb Bokenyi joins the university as the department coordinator for the Department of Professional Studies. For 11 years, from 2005 to 2016, she was assistant director of the criminology and criminal justice online program at Portland State University, managing the day-to-day operations of the bachelor’s degree-completion program. Previously, she worked for one year (2004-05) as an administrative program specialist at Reclaiming Futures, an organization dedicated to helping young people recover from drugs, alcohol and crime. Barb also gained administrative experience as a program manager for the Tribal Administration Program (2000-03) and as an administrative assistant for the Graduate School of Social Work at PSU (1996-2000). She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Miami University of Ohio (1974). Barb lives in Lake Oswego and has three children –  Leanne, Phillip and Derek – and attends Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton.

Patrice Brown joins George Fox as an assistant professor of art and design this fall. She arrives with more than 10 years of commercial experience in the interior design field in healthcare, government, banking and retail settings. For the past three years she worked as a senior occupancy planner for Verizon/JLL in Alpharetta, Georgia. Four years prior, she was in space management/lease administration for Acentia/Federal Aviation Administration in College Park, Georgia, where she prepared construction documentation for construction bids and managed computer-aided facilities management/computer-aided drafting software for long-term facility planning. Her previous work experience included stints with the Coca-Cola Company as an assistant project manager (2005-07) and with Equifirst Corporation/Barclays Bank as a space planner (2007-08). Patrice earned an MFA in interior design from Brenau University (2016), an associate of arts degree in interior design from American InterContinental University (2004) and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Tuskegee University (1994).

After spending the past four months as a regional international student advisor at Miami University in Middletown, Ohio, Tiona Cage is returning to George Fox this fall to work as an instructor of social work. Tiona served as the assistant director for international student services and as a diversity and inclusion specialist at George Fox from 2015 to the spring of this year. Prior to her employment at George Fox, Tiona worked at Florida State University as an international student adviser from 2010 to 2015 and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana from 2008 to 2009. Tiona holds a master’s degree in social work from Florida State University. She lives in Newberg and is excited to be back on campus.

Lisa Cleath joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of biblical studies. She makes the move to Oregon from Berlin, Germany, where she was a research fellow of Aramaic papyri with the Elephantine Papyrus Digitization Project at the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection of the State Museums of Berlin. Previously, she earned a PhD at UCLA in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, with a focus in Hebrew Bible, in 2016. She has taught on a wide range of subjects since 2009, including Old Testament Hebrew, literature and religion of the Hebrew Bible, New Testament Greek, and French for academic reading. In 2016-17, she worked on an adjunct basis for Portland Seminary, for which she taught the online courses Introduction to Old Testament Hebrew, Hebrew II, and Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds in the Old Testament. In addition to a PhD, Lisa earned a master’s degree in Near Eastern Languages and Cultures from UCLA (2011), a master’s degree in biblical studies and theology from Fuller Theological Seminary (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in French and Bible/theology from Wheaton College (2000). She plans to live in Newberg and enjoys cooking with butter, experiencing art installations, and bouldering cave ceilings.

Bryce Coefield joins the university to work as the assistant director of intercultural life. Since February of this year he was an adjunct professor teaching on cultural diversity in the workplace at the College of Extended Learning at Point Loma Nazarene University. Before that, he worked for three and a half years as the assistant director of intercultural affairs and student organizations in the Intercultural Affairs Office at Pepperdine University. In the year prior to that assignment, he worked in the same office as an intercultural programming advisor. Also, for the past two years, he was an executive board member for the California Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education. Bryce is currently a doctoral student in Azusa Pacific University’s Doctor of Philosophy program (anticipated completion in 2020). He holds a master’s degree in college counseling and student development from Azusa (2013) and a bachelor’s degree in Africana studies from Pitzer College (2011). He recently moved to Newberg from Santa Clarita, California, with his wife Kari.

Min Choi joined George Fox in July as an area coordinator for residence life. He most recently worked for four years as a residence director at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago (2012-16) and as a teacher’s assistant at the same institution in 2012. Min also served as a pastoral resident intern at Park Community Church in 2015 and 2016, working two years as a campus pastor intern. He earned a Master of Divinity from Moody Bible Institute in 2016 and a bachelor’s degree in zoology from The Ohio State University in 2010. Min lives in Newberg with his wife, Sarah, and their 20-month-old son, Isaac. The family attends Journey Church in Sherwood.

Juliette De Soto joins George Fox this fall as a visiting assistant professor of English. She arrives from Providence Christian College in Pasadena, California, where she worked as an assistant professor of English and instructor of English from 2011 to 2016. Juliette also served as director of the college’s Academic Resource Center and as its Accreditation Liaison Officer (2013-16). Before Providence, she taught at Biola University as an adjunct professor of English (2008-10). Her teaching and research interests include twentieth-century American literature, gender studies, and literary theory. Juliette earned a PhD in English from Claremont Graduate University in 2016, a master’s degree in English from California State University, Northridge in 2010, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Biola University in 2005. She lives in Portland with her husband and attends Grace United Reformed Church.

Pam Fifer joins the university’s nursing program to serve as director of the department and as an assistant professor of nursing. For the past year and a half she served as the academic coordinator of health sciences at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. Previously, she taught theory and clinical courses as a nursing faculty member at Chemeketa from 2004 to 2015. Before that, she was a resident care manager with Keizer Retirement and Health Care Village in Keizer, Oregon (2004) and both an interim site manager (2003) and director of nursing (2003) at West Valley Hospital in Dallas, Oregon. In all, she has worked 25 years in the nursing profession, beginning as a registered nurse at Salem Hospital in the early 1990s. Pamela is currently enrolled in the doctor of education program at George Fox and holds both a master of science in nursing (1997) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing (1992) from the University of Portland. She lives in Keizer with her husband David, and the couple has one grown son, Aaron, who is married to Beth. The Fifers attend Lakepoint Community Church in Keizer.

The seminary has hired Rachael Fissell as an administrative assistant for its masters programs. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a show coordinator for the Journey Arts Group of Vancouver, Washington, for whom she supervised operations and organizational aspects for three annual productions. Also, from 2011 to 2016, Rachael was the owner and operator of Your Cleaning Time, a housecleaning business. She attended the University of Oregon in the early 1990s. She lives in Beaverton with husband Garrett and their three children – Eli, Madison and Riley. The Fissells attend Westside Community Church.

After a year away, Karlyn Fleming returns to George Fox this fall as an executive assistant in University Advancement. She originally began her career at the university in 1988, working in both the registrar’s office and career services. She returned to the university in 1998, when she began a 10-year stint as the administrative assistant in the school’s spiritual life office. More recently, she served as an executive assistant in the Office of Academic Affairs (2008-14) and as an executive assistant at Portland Seminary (2014-16). Karlyn holds a master’s degree in ministry leadership from Portland Seminary (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in social science from Trine University (1987). She lives in Newberg with her husband Jim, and they attend Countryside Community Church.

An alumna of both the university’s undergraduate and master of education program, Carrie Hall, joins George Fox this fall as an assistant professor of education. She has worked the past three years as a teacher at Bridges Middle School in Portland, where she taught fifth- through eighth-graders. Previously, she taught third- and fourth-graders at Joint School District #2 in Meridian, Idaho (2008-12) and third-graders in the Hillsboro School District (2006-08). More recently, she gained clinical experience as an educational specialist with Northwest Neurobehavioral Health of Meridian, Idaho (2012-14). She is currently in the process of earning a PhD through the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho, with a focus on neurodevelopmental disabilities and special education. She graduated from George Fox’s MEd program in 2008 and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the university in 2004. She lives in Portland with her husband Trevor and sons Jadon and Ian, and attends Eden Community Church.

A licensed clinical social worker, Shereen Hullum, joins the university this fall as an assistant professor of social work. It is a homecoming of sorts for Shereen, who both attended George Fox as an undergraduate student and also worked as an adjunct professor of social work at the institution from 2014 to 2016, specializing in teaching the courses Social Work with Children and Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice. For the past three years, she has worked as a child and family therapist in the Intensive Community Treatment Services division of Trillium Family Services of Portland. Before that, she was a case manager and therapist in the foster care unit of the Beech Brook behavioral health agency in Pepper Pike, Ohio. Among her areas of specialization are child and family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma informed care, and crisis intervention. Shereen earned a master’s degree in social administration from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2011 and a bachelor’s degree in social work from George Fox in 2010. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband Christopher. The couple attends New Direction Community Church in Portland, where she has volunteered the past three years as a core planning committee member, as a co-youth pastor and as a children’s church teacher.

After working on a part-time basis, Justin Johnson was hired full time earlier this summer as a senior engineering technician. For the past six years he has worked as a laser applications engineer for LPKF Laser and Electronics. In all, Justin has worked in the engineering profession for 26 years, employed as a robotics technician, shop supervisor and technical supervisor in the 2000s and as an engineering technician in the early- to mid-1990s. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering technology from the Oregon Institute of Technology in 1999 and an associates in applied science in mechanical engineering from Portland Community College in 1994. He lives in Newberg with his wife Danna and son Jack. The family attends Newberg Christian Church.

The Office of Spiritual and Intercultural Life welcomes Monik Kadarmanto as a trips coordinator. She has worked since May as a Friends leadership training coordinator for the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, working with George Fox’s financial aid office and Portland Seminary to disperse donor-funded scholarships to Quaker students. Also, since January, she has worked as a program coordinator for Peace Village, a day camp for children ages 2 to 8 in Newberg. During the fall semester of 2016, Monik worked as an adjunct instructor for the university’s Liberal Arts & Critical Issues class. She led a George Fox summer serve team to China in 2016. She holds a master’s degree in social justice in education from Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences from Calvin College (2003). Monik lives in Newberg with her husband Dwight Burton, a George Fox alumnus, and they attend North Valley Friends Church.

Young-Il Kim joins George Fox this fall as an assistant professor of sociology. For the past three years he has worked as a research assistant professor in the Institute for Studies of Religion at Baylor University. His fields of interest include family, religion, and civic engagement. Young-Il earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Virginia in 2010. His undergraduate and master’s degrees were from Yonsei University in South Korea. He lives in Sherwood with his wife Gahyoung and daughters Claire and Elaine. The family attends Korean Bethel Presbyterian Church.

The university welcomes David Martinez this fall as an assistant professor of Spanish. He arrives from the University of Georgia, where he has worked as a graduate teaching assistant since 2012. Previously, he was a visiting assistant professor at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, New York, in 2011. David has also taught internationally, spending two years as an English and Spanish teacher at Fu Ren High School and Long School in Chiayi, Taiwan (2009 to 2010), and the two years before that teaching the same two subjects at the Kennedy Language Solutions and Open Schools in Madrid, Spain. In all, he has taught Spanish in a variety of settings for 13 years. David has a PhD in Romance languages from the University of Georgia (2017), a master’s degree in Spanish from the University of Tennessee (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Spanish from Taylor University (2001). He lives in Newberg with his wife Susana Barnreuther and their children Alba, Lucas, Vanessa and Nicholas. The son of missionaries to Spain, David enjoys the outdoors (climbing and mountaineering), traveling, soccer and ping-pong.

The university has hired a former All-American lacrosse athlete, Katie Mastropaolo, as the new head coach of its women’s lacrosse program. She comes to George Fox after a four-year career at the University of Mary Washington, where she graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in geography. She was named the Virginia State Sports Information Directors’ Association College Division Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Year her senior season. She was a star defender during her four-year career, earning multiple accolades for leading the Lady Eagles’ backline. Katie was named first-team All-American in her final year, as well as a two-time all-region athlete and a three-time all-conference player. Most recently, she spent the 2015-16 year working as an international humanitarian aid worker. She served as squad leader for the 11-month mission trip around the world, partnering with existing churches and organizations to further ministry and those in need. She also has six years of coaching experience within the Nike Lacrosse Camps, the Randolph Macon Lacrosse Camp and the Seminole Summer Lacrosse League. Katie lives in Newberg and is seeking out a church home.

Katherine Morland joins the university this fall as an administrative assistant in the College of Engineering. She is the bookkeeper for her husband’s business, Red Wall Property Inspection, and since 2011 has worked as a solutions clerk for New Seasons Market at Progress Ridge in Beaverton. Previously, she worked in inventory management and bookkeeping for Provvista Specialty Foods in Portland. She holds a master of arts in teaching degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland (1991) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Alma College in Michigan (1982). She lives on a 40-acre farm near Ewing Young Elementary School in Newberg with her husband of 26 years, Tim, a 1984 George Fox alumnus. They have two sons, Sam (a 2017 George Fox graduate) and Aaron, currently a junior at Cal Poly. The Morlands have three dogs, a small herd of cattle, seven chickens and two barn cats. Tim and Katherine attend 2nd Street Church in Newberg, where Katherine is a catechist in the children’s Atrium program.

The university’s William Penn Honors Program welcomes Heather Ohaneson as an assistant professor this fall. For the past two years, she has worked as an assistant professor in Azusa Pacific University’s Honors College, specializing in courses that covered both classic literature and biblical texts. In addition to teaching Contemporary Civilization as a preceptor and lecturer at her alma mater, Columbia University, she has served as an adjunct instructor at Fresno Pacific University and as an associate faculty member at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research. Heather’s teaching and research interests include the history of Western civilization (from Plato to postmodernity), philosophical theology, 19th-century philosophy, the history of Christian thought, and the Hebrew Bible. She holds a PhD in religion (2013), a master of philosophy in religion (2010) and a master’s degree in religion (2008) from Columbia, as well as a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religion from Barnard College in New York (2003). Heather lives in Newberg. She hasn’t found a church home but plans to periodically attend St. Kevork, the Armenian Apostolic Church in Clackamas.

Grace Packer has joined the university as the office coordinator in the IDEA Center. A former student-employee at the university, Grace has worked since May as a summer intern at the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, where she observed the grant and proposal processes and learned about nonprofit leadership and management. Previously, she was a Cultural Ambassadors intern during her senior year at George Fox (2016-17). She also worked in the university’s IDEA Center as a career and academic planning office assistant (2016-17) and as a registrar’s office assistant (2015-16). Grace earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Fox in the spring of this year. She lives in Newberg and currently attends Red Hills Church.

Vicki Piersall, who brings more than 20 years of senior leadership experience at Xerox, Schnitzer Steel and Sims Metal Management, has been hired as chief financial officer. She was worldwide controller and director of consolidation at Xerox, a leading printer company with annual revenue at the time of $22 billion. When Tektronix was acquired by Xerox in 1999, Vicki oversaw global consolidation efforts. She moved to Schnitzer Steel in 2002, serving as chief accounting officer and chief strategy officer. During her tenure, the enterprise transformed into a significant international company and grew from $800 million to $4 billion in annual revenue over a 10-year period. From 2012 to 2014, Vicki served as senior vice president of strategy and business development for Sims Metal Management. She assisted in the turnaround of the North American recycling business, taking it from the red into the black over a three-year period. Since 2015, she has served as an independent consultant, providing expertise in the areas of financial business assessment and turnaround planning, strategic planning, and merger and acquisition transactions. Vicki has a bachelor of business administration degree from Oregon State University and a master’s degree in information technology from the University of Oregon. She lives in Portland with her husband, Mark, and attends Westside (Solid Rock).

Erica Ramirez joins Portland Seminary this fall as the Richard B. Parker Assistant Professor of Wesleyan Theology. A San Antonio native, Ramirez earned degrees from Southwestern Assemblies of God University and Wheaton College, and she is a PhD candidate at Drew University’s Graduate Division of Religion. She is presently completing her dissertation, “Making Pentecostal Matriarchal Divinity: A Bakhtinian-Kristevan Reading of Azusa Street Mission.” Erica has contributed articles to Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Canadian Journal of Pentecostal-Charismatic Christianity, and Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. She has presented academic papers to the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Association for the Sociology of Religion, and the Red de Investigadores de Fenomenos Religiosos. She is an Hispanic Theological Initiative scholar, a fellow with the Forum for Theological Exploration and a doctoral fellow with the Louisville Institute. Her research interests include women’s lived religion, Latin American religion, 20th century Pentecostalism, and Latina/o Pentecostalism. Erica is passionate about the value of Pentecostal worship traditions and has served as a worship leader in congregations throughout the United States. This December, she and husband Chris will celebrate 16 years of marriage; together they have three children.

The university welcomes Melissa Ramos this fall as an assistant professor of biblical studies. For the past eight years she has worked as a lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles, specializing in teaching courses on Jerusalem and Near Eastern languages and cultures. She has also served as an adjunct professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary since 2007. Previously, Melissa was an associate pastor at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wichita, Kansas, from 2003 to 2006. She holds a PhD in Near Eastern languages and cultures from UCLA (2015), a master of philosophy in religious studies in biblical Hebrew from Cambridge University (2002), an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary (2001) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of California, Irvine (1997). She currently lives in Ojai, California, and will be moving to the Newberg area with her husband Francisco this fall. They will be looking for a Presbyterian church (PCUSA) to attend. Melissa does equestrian riding and has an Arabian mare named “Liliana.”

The graduate admissions team welcomes Bethany Ramse as admissions counselor for the Graduate School of Counseling. For the past four years she has worked as an account executive and outreach strategist for MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International of Denver, working remotely to begin new church partnerships, support organizational growth, and develop lead generation strategies. Previously, Bethany worked as the director of Christian education and outreach for Peace Lutheran Church of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, and as the young adult coordinator for World Mission Prayer League of Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 2008 to 2013. Bethany earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota (2008), with a double major in parish education and administration, and outreach. She lives in Tualatin with her husband, Jonathan, an economics professor in the university’s College of Business. They moved to Oregon this past December and attend Trinity Lutheran Church in Hillsboro.

Alumnus Pete Rusaw joins George Fox as a visiting assistant professor of mathematics this fall after serving in the department on an adjunct basis during the 2016-17 academic year. He also taught math at Newberg High School over the past year, and since 2001 he has served as pastor of Wapato Valley Church in Gaston, Oregon. He taught math for 22 years (1994 to 2016) at Forest Grove High School and also taught the subject at Portland Community College from 2002 to 2004. Pete also coached three sports – baseball, softball and volleyball – at the high school level in the early 2000s. He earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Portland State University in 2001 and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics education from George Fox in 1994. He lives in Cornelius with his wife Amy, also a 1994 George Fox graduate, and their children Annika, Linnaea, Noah and Moira. They live in Newberg and plan to find a church home in the community.

Jim Russell has joined the IT department as a computer support specialist. He has more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry, working on both server and client platforms. He was employed previously at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, serving as a systems engineer from 2008 to 2015 and, before that, as a processor and chipset validation manager from 1992 to 2007. Jim holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Marylhurst College (1992), an associate’s degree in computer science from Portland Community College and an associate’s degree in electronics from Fullerton College. He lives in Hillsboro with his wife Mila, a native of Belarus. Jim has three grown sons (Matthew, Jonathan and Patrick), a step-daughter (Arina) and a step-son (Peter). Jim and Mila attend Athey Creek Christian Fellowship in West Linn and enjoy traveling, hiking and golf.

The George Fox Graduate School of Counseling welcomes alumna Emily Sallee as a visiting assistant professor of school counseling this fall. She has worked as a school counselor at Holcomb Elementary School in the Oregon City School District since 2009, and she currently serves as the Oregon School Counselor Association’s president-elect. At Holcomb, she was responsible for providing individual and small-group counseling, classroom guidance lessons, and serving as a primary behavior intervention specialist. This marks a return to George Fox for Emily, who earned a master’s degree in school counseling from the university in 2009. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in human development from Warner Pacific College (2007) and is currently a doctoral candidate in Oregon State University’s counselor education and supervision program. She lives in Tigard with her husband Matt and their children Willa, Josie and Logan. The family attends St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Portland and occasionally St. John Fisher in Portland.

The marketing communications office welcomes Sarah Small as the university photographer. An alumna of the university, Sarah has worked as a self-employed professional photographer for the past three years, during which time she built up a network of 7,000-plus followers on social media while specializing in taking photos for weddings and websites. She has also worked since January of this year as a staff writer for The Good Trade, an online publication that serves as a resource for ethically minded consumers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art from George Fox in 2016 and served as a resident assistant for residence life in 2014-15. Sarah lives in Salem with husband Daniel, a student at Willamette Law School. They attend Salem Alliance Church.

A current and past George Fox student, Bethany Stoller, joins the university as a visiting assistant professor of education this year. She is currently enrolled in the university’s EdD in educational leadership program (expected completion in spring of 2018) and holds a master of arts in teaching degree from George Fox (2011). She has stayed in the area since completing the MAT program, working as an instructional coach and English language development teacher at Chehalem Valley Middle School in Newberg since 2015. Previously, Bethany was a language arts and reading teacher at Chehalem Valley (2012-15) and a humanities and reading teacher at the school (2011-12). She has also served as a children and youth director at Resonate Christian Church in Sherwood since 2012. In addition to her MAT at George Fox, Bethany earned a bachelor’s degree in cross-cultural ministry and the Bible from Boise Bible College (2010). She lives in Sherwood and serves at Resonate Christian Church.

A 2017 alumna of the university, Mckenna Tillotson, joins George Fox as affinity marketing coordinator. For three years, from 2014 to 2017, she worked as an intern in the university’s sports marketing office, and during her senior year she coordinated the school’s Penn Pals Kids Club. She also had the opportunity to study abroad at the American University of Rome during her college experience. In addition to her position at the university, Mckenna gained work experience as an intern for PDX Parent magazine in the summer of 2015, and in the summer of 2016 she was the director of PDX Parent with her own intern and volunteer team. She earned a degree in marketing from George Fox this spring and recently got married to Jack Tillotson. They live in West Linn and attend Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin, where Mckenna has been volunteering in the nursery for the past 10 years.

Maranda Turner joins George Fox this fall as an assistant professor of education. She most recently served as a K-12 sheltered instruction coach in the Gresham-Barlow School District, creating professional development sessions for teachers of all grade levels. She also worked as an adjunct professor at Portland State University (2010-17), where she specialized in graduate-level courses that included the English for Speakers of Other Languages endorsement and bilingual special education. She taught previously as an adjunct at Concordia University in Portland (2010-13) and taught at the elementary-school level (K-5) in the Reynolds School District in Troutdale, Oregon. Maranda holds a master’s degree in special education from Portland State University (2010), a master of education degree in educational leadership from the University of Portland (2002) and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concordia University (1998). She lives in Corbett, Oregon, with her husband Troy, her daughter Claire, and a small flock of animals. She attends St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Portland.

The university has hired a former NCAA Division III All-American, Natalie Turner, as its first head coach of the newly created men’s and women’s swimming programs. She will build the culture and the team from scratch in the 2017-18 academic year, with plans to compete in the 2018-19 season as a member of the Northwest Conference. Natalie comes to George Fox from Spokane, Washington, where she was the head coach of the Spokane Waves Aquatic team since 2012. Previously, she was the assistant coach for the Coeur d’Alene area swim team in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Natalie graduated from Whitworth University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice (2010). A four-year swimmer, she was a four-time NWC Swimmer of the Meet and a 12-time individual NWC champion. She still holds the individual NWC record in the 200 free, 500 free and 1,650 free. She was a 10-time NCAA Division III All-American and a two-time NCAA Division III Relay All-American. In 2010, she was named Whitworth University Female Athlete of the Year. She lives in Wilsonville with her husband Michael Woodward.

The residence life office welcomes Kristina Van Der Eems as an area coordinator this fall. For the past year she worked as a resident director in the student life office at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Before that, she was an administrative assistant (2015-16), a resident director (2015) and a graduate assistant of residence life and student success in the student development office at Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts. Kristina also gained experience as a student development intern in Asbury University’s student development office in 2014. She holds a master’s degree in education from Eastern Nazarene College (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Asbury University (2014). Kristina lives on campus with her husband Seth and her daughter Evelette (“Etta”).

The nursing department welcomes Jenny Vuksich as an administrative assistant. For 11 years, from 2005 to 2016, she worked directly with the CEO and CFO of Disability Specialists, Inc. to provide support as an executive administrative assistant, for which she created marketing documents, prepared instruction manuals for policies and procedures, and hosted training sessions. She was also a commissions specialist for the company from 2007 to 2016. More recently, in 2016-17, she worked as an operations manager for The Folder Center in Portland. Jenny holds an associate’s degree in business administration from Heald College of Portland (2003). She lives in Newberg with her husband Malcolm and two teenagers, Evie and Tj. She also has two crazy dogs, Elvis and Gracie. She has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church & School in Sherwood for more than 20 years.

An assistant professor of art and design, Brandon Waybright, joins the Department of Art and Design this fall. He arrives from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois, where he has worked as an assistant professor of graphic design since 2013. He has also been a regular lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the past year, and he continues to run the mobile design studio he founded, CAPE design, for which he creates identities, objects, websites, posters and publications for clients. Previously, Brandon served as the outreach and education coordinator for the Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art at Westmont College (2012-13). He won the President’s Prize for Teaching at Trinity College in 2016 and has showcased his work at exhibitions throughout the Midwest and West Coast and offered presentations at Princeton, Northwestern and DePaul University, among other national colleges. He holds a master of fine arts in graphic design from Otis College of Art and Design (2012) and a bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in printmaking from Westmont College (2009). He lives in Newberg with his wife Kelsey.

The Office of Student Life has hired Kristi Welker as the director of commuter programs. She arrives from Western Oregon University, where she was the Apartments resident director. Previously, she was a resident director at the College of Brockport, State University of New York, a resident director at Oklahoma Baptist University, and an admissions counselor at Huntington University. Kristi earned a master’s degree in higher education administration, with an emphasis in student affairs, from Upper Iowa University in 2015 and a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry from Huntington University in 2009. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Tyler, an assistant professor of cinematic arts, and their children, Mackenzie (5) and Logan (1).

Sunggu (Paul) Yang has joined the College of Christian Studies as an assistant professor of Christian ministries. For the past two years he has served as the Louisville Institute’s Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, where he taught courses ranging from homiletics and worship to prophetic ministry and “Film & Preaching: The Gospel According to Hollywood.” Also, since 2014, he has served as founder and general editor of The Journal of Asian American Theological Forum. He was also managing editor of The Journal of Homiletic (2011-15) and is the author of one book, Evangelical Pilgrims from the East: Faith Fundamentals of Korean American Protestant Diasporas (2016), and two books that are in progress. Sunggu, ordained by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has preached at venues around the nation. He holds a PhD in religion from Vanderbilt University (2014), a master’s degree in liturgical studies from Yale Divinity School (2010), an MDiv from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2009) and a bachelor’s degree in theology from the College of Theology at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. He lives in Sherwood with his wife, Rebecca Jeong, and they are expecting their first baby girl in September.

Rodney Birch (Library) left George Fox earlier this month. He is now working at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho, where he is the coordinator for instruction and research services in the Riley Library, part of the Leah Peterson Learning Commons.

Dana Bates (Athletic Training) left George Fox on July 30. She is making the move to Pacific University, where she will be an assistant professor teaching in the school’s Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) program.

Bree Stairs (Residence Life) left the university in mid-July.

Diana Koba (Registrar’s Office) left the university in late July to get married and is moving to Washington D.C., where her husband lives.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Liz Simmons has been promoted to associate director of residence life. She will also maintain her area coordinator duties, but her responsibilities will broaden in terms of the department’s operations.

Penny Martin has moved from the Department of History, Politics and International Studies and the Department of World Languages and Sociology to the Department of Art and Design, where she is the new administrative assistant.

Chris Pulver is now the assistant director of student accounts.

Sherri Moore is now the graduate and adult degree program student account and veterans manager.

About Our People

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Brent Weaver (Music) has been selected as one of six Oregon composers for the second round of Portland Piano International’s Commissioning Project. He is one of 12 composers overall who have been commissioned to compose new works for piano, each of which has a connection to earlier work. Brent’s new works are an homage to 19th-century German composer Johannes Brahms – a set of two Intermezzos for piano. They will be performed by Sahun (Sam) Hong, a performer and teacher designated as a “rising star” by PPI, as part of a recital in Bauman Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 14, in an event sponsored jointly by PPI and the George Fox music department.

Greg Allen (Adult Degree Programs) this summer served as a management and leadership consultant for the Hanna Brophy Law Firm, for which he will serve as a “management and leadership consultant in residence” from 2017 to 2020. Hanna Brophy is a midsized law farm that includes 15 offices in California. He is working on multiple strategic management and leadership-focused projects that will significantly impact how the law firm and all litigators at HB will practice law in the digital space. He plans to take many of these projects and integrate them into his management and leadership classes this year and beyond. Also, in June, Greg served as a military education consultant for The American Council on Education in Quantico, Virginia, working with both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army.

Brian McLaughlin (IT) was featured in the August issue of Mazama magazine, in which he and his teammates describe what it’s like to be a K9 handler for search and rescue in the Northwest. Working with his dog “Schooch,” Brian has been involved in search and rescue for about three years. After two years of training, he and “Schooch” were certified with Search And Rescue Dogs of the United States (SARDUS) as a Type II Wilderness Air Scent K9 search team. They look for live people and are currently training to also find those who are deceased. The organization they volunteer with, Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, responds to law enforcement requests throughout the state of Oregon and occasionally in Southwest Washington.

Mark David Hall (Politics) published an article, “Can Oregon Compel Its Citizens to Pay for Killing Others?,” in Library of Law and Liberty, an online resource that brings together serious debate, commentary, essays, book reviews, interviews, and educational material in a commitment to the first principles of law in a free society. In addition, Mark coauthored a piece with student Emily-Lynn Warren, titled “The first federal criminal case on female genital mutilation will test the limits of religious liberty,” published on the Learn Liberty website.

Ed Higgins (English) published four pieces recently in a variety of online literary journals. His poem “July Heat” appeared in the July 16 edition of Plum Tree Tavern; the poem “Recent Vocabulary” is in the Summer 2017 issue of The Literary Nest; his flash fiction story “Intro to Philosophy” is in the Summer 2017 issue of the Ginosko Literary Journal; and his haibun “My Dark Job History” is in the July 2017 edition of Contemporary Haibun Online.

Don Powers (Biology) and two colleagues published an article, “Using whole-group metabolic rate and behavior to assess the energetics of courtship in red-sided garter snakes,” in the August 2017 (Volume 130) issue of the scientific journal Animal Behaviour, published for the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour in collaboration with the Animal Behavior Society. First published in 1953, Animal Behaviour is a leading international publication and has wide appeal, containing critical reviews, original papers, and research articles on all aspects of animal behavior.

The IDEA Center partnered with the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce Steps Up Internship Program this summer to serve 16 high school- and college-aged students (ages 16 to 24). The nine-week program included a paid summer internship that featured four hours of professional development each week. Classes were held in the Stevens Center every Wednesday; the rest of the week students worked at their assigned locations. The IDEA Center’s Elise Gibson and Wendy Flint taught two of their workforce development workshops. Topics included making the most of internships, professional conduct, teamwork, communications, resume building, job searching and mock interviews. Companies participating in the internships included Laurel Ridge Winery, Reid Rental, ARE Manufacturing, Newberg Ace Hardware, Water Oasis, Newberg City Hall, ​the Chehalem ​Park ​& Recreation​ District​, Chehalem Property Management, Rallison Cellars, and Lewis Audio Video. At the end of the program, students presented what they learned to their employers. George Fox students participating included Karli Ashley, an interior design graduate; Katherine Shafer, a junior politics/international studies major; Danielle Prow, a senior cinema and media communication major; and Tristan Lerma, a junior graphic design major. For more information on the program, visit this link.

Jen Macnab (Registrar’s Office) was named the Administrator of the Year for 2016-17, while Kathy Harris (Communication Arts/Theatre) was named Staff Member of the Year.


Monday, August 21st, 2017

Aug. 22           Bryce Coefield, Carmen Jermann
Aug. 23           Erik Bay
Aug. 24           Scott Barnett, Maddy Boylan, Heather Ohaneson, Jane Sweet
Aug. 26           Elizabeth Hamilton
Aug. 27           Karlyn Fleming
Aug. 28           Rebecca Hernandez, John Natzke
Aug. 29           Lois Mulkey, Matthew Swanson Chengping Zhang
Sept. 2            Laura Hartley
Sept. 4            David Green

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The university welcomes Jekabs Bikis as dean of the College of Business. He joins the university after working as chair of the Business Administration Department at LCC International University in Lithuania since 2014. Before that, he spent eight and a half years at Dallas Baptist University, serving as an assistant and associate professor of business, in addition to working in a number of administrative roles, including as faculty liaison for service learning (2007-09), director of hybrid education (2009-11), interim associate dean of the College of Business (2011-12), and dean of online education (2012-14). In all, he has 14 years of teaching and administrative experience. Jekabs earned a PhD in public policy and political economy from the University of Texas at Dallas (2011), an MDiv in theology from Baylor University (2005), an MBA in international business from Dallas Baptist University (2001) and a bachelor of business administration in finance from Dallas Baptist (1999). While in Dallas, he was also on the board of the Dallas-Fort Worth Association for Business Economics, serving as president in 2013. He currently lives in the countryside near Scholls as his family looks for a home in Newberg. Jekabs is married to April, and they have three children: Isaac, Christian and Liva.


Adam Puckett, a 2004 graduate of George Fox and a member of its board of trustees since 2011, joined the university in June as director of athletics, taking over for retiree Craig Taylor. Adam arrives from Delap, a Portland-based accounting and advisory firm where he was a partner and worked the last 13 years as a Certified Public Accountant. He was an athlete himself at George Fox in the early 2000s, and he remains No. 4 on the school’s all-time lists in the long jump and triple jump. He earned All-American status in the long jump his senior season, and in 2014 he was honored with the university’s Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award. Adam has remained active at the university since graduating with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and accounting. In addition to serving on the board of trustees, he has worked the past year and a half at George Fox as an adjunct professor teaching corporate tax classes. Adam lives in Newberg with his wife, Brook, and their two young children, Michaela and Josiah.


Ryan Ingersoll joins George Fox this summer as dean of libraries. He arrives from Seattle Pacific University, where he has been head of library technology since 2010. Before that, he spent two years as a teaching and learning spaces liaison at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. Ryan worked previously as a youth and family ministry coordinator for high schoolers and adults at Zion Lutheran Church in Kent, Washington (2007-08), and he gained higher education experience as an information technology systems administrator at Trinity Lutheran College in Everett, Washington (2003-07). More recently, he taught courses on digital readiness and faculty teaching strategies at Seattle Pacific in 2015-16. Ryan earned a master’s degree in digital education leadership from Seattle Pacific (2016) and a bachelor’s degree in youth and family ministry from Trinity Lutheran College (2007). He lives in Newberg with his wife Heather and young son Theodore.


After working on a part-time basis since January, Maddy Boylan is now a full-time administrative assistant in the Graduate School of Counseling. Prior to serving in her part-time role, she was a graduate assistant in the department from November of 2015 to December of 2016. Maddy worked previously in Seward, Nebraska, where she was a sales associate for Second Closet, a secondhand store that served the local community (2014-15), and an intern and volunteer with CASA for Children, for which she served as a court-appointed advocate for children involved in family court matters. Maddy earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and psychology from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in 2015. She lives in Portland with her husband Matthew and their two rescue pets, a cat named Simba and a dog named Nala. Maddy and Matt are still looking for a church community to call home.


Jeff Wright (IT) left the university in late May.

Thomas Peng (Admissions) left George Fox in early June.

Lizz Schallert (Social Work) left the university at the end of June.

Elise Gibson (IDEA Center) has been accepted into the university’s PsyD program. Her last day working in the IDEA Center will be Aug. 4.

Megan Gifford (Adult Degree Program) left the university at the end of June.

Dexter Ballard (Custodial) left the university in June.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The following employees have assumed new positions at the university: Rob Felton (executive director of marketing communications), Emma Glennen (associate director of undergraduate admissions), Megan Janes (associate director of graduate admissions), Patrick Kelley (director of graduate, adult degree and international admissions), Lindsay Knox (executive director of undergraduate admissions and financial aid), Rob Leslie (director of digital strategy), Sarah Reid (director of affinity marketing) and Jane Wilson (director of admissions operations).

Cheri Hampton has moved from being department assistant in the Department of Art and Design to serving as the new executive assistant to Laura Hartley, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Also changing roles is Lynn Scott, who has assumed the full-time position of assistant director for the Center for Study Abroad.

Joe Thouvenel, formerly a career and academic planning (CAP) coach, is now assistant director/career and internship coach in the IDEA Center.

Kaitlyn Ragan, formerly the IDEA Center coordinator, has taken Joe Thouvenel’s place as a CAP coach.

About Our People

Monday, July 10th, 2017

Mark Pothoff (Student Life) was part of the leadership team that facilitated the New Professionals Retreat as part of the Association for Christians in Student Development’s (ACSD) annual conference, held at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. At the ACSD conference, held June 5-8, Mark teamed with Rick Muthiah (Learning Support Services) to present a workshop titled “Who Let the Dogs In? Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals in Campus Housing.”

Marc Shelton (Education) presented “If We Just Knew What We Know Now: A Lesson Learned for Interagency Collaboration to Prepare Leaders for Effective Inclusive Schools: Oregon Example” at the CEEDAR Center’s Cross-State Convening event in Chicago in June. He presented on behalf of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration.

Brian R. Snider (Computer Science) published his recent work, “Estimation of Localized Ideal Oximetry Sensor Lag via Oxygen Desaturation–Disordered Breathing Event Cross-Correlation,” in SLEEP:  Journal of Sleep and Sleep Disorders Research. He also gave a presentation on the work in June at the SLEEP 2017 conference in Boston, Massachusetts. SLEEP is the premier world forum to present and discuss the latest developments in clinical sleep medicine and sleep and circadian science.

Cherice Bock (Seminary) recently served as the scholar in residence at Reedwood Friends Church. She offered a six-week series of 12 classes and a sermon on the topic “Quakers & Creation Care: Ecotheology & Action from a Quaker Perspective.”

Ed Higgins’ (English) flash-fiction story, “Latté plus,” was published in the Spring/Summer issue of The Round Up, an online literary magazine, and the Australian online literary journal, Vending Machine Press, published his poems “Later now, but” and “Imago Dei: What God’s Good For” in its June 13 issue. In addition, Ed recently published three poems in online literary journals: “Under the Eaves” is in riverbabble (June 2017); “Oh, you are not” is in experiential-experimental-literature (June 2, 2017); and a reprint of “He drank” is in Degenerates: Domestic Violence Edition (June 2017).


Monday, July 10th, 2017

July 11           Jillian Sokso
July 12           Chris Pulver
July 13           Jordan Nelson
July 14           Rebecca Yazzie
July 15           Jonathan Gemeroy
July 16           Megan Fisher
July 17           Kasondra Silva
July 21           Gordon Aarness, Jeff Houck, Daniel Kang
July 22           Carl Anderson, Luann Foster
July 23           Randy Dalzell, Donna Kestek, Mark Stone, Clyde Thomas
July 25           Muh Bi Lin
July 26           Bob Dexter, Rand Michael
July 27           Randy Woodley
July 29           David Hansen
July 30           Dale Isaak, Ron Mock, Liz Simmons
July 31           Lindsay Knox, Gary Spivey
Aug. 1            Jason Brumitt, Rob Westervelt
Aug. 3            Nancy Thurston
Aug. 4            Jered McConaughey
Aug. 5            Michelle Shelton, Linda Warberg
Aug. 6            Elizabeth Anderson
Aug. 8            Jill Sikkema
Aug. 10          Christine Saladino
Aug. 11          Colleen Sump
Aug. 12          Ken Ingram, Elizabeth Roark
Aug. 13          Kathy Heininge, Jeff Marble, Jamie Noling-Auth, Nate Peach, Jocelyn Stein
Aug. 14          Jenny Zaganiacz
Aug. 16          Casey Brooks, Lizz Schallert, Gary Sehorn, Seth Sikkema, Tyler Susmilch
Aug. 17          Saiko Mair
Aug. 19          Jim Foster
Aug. 20          Audrey Paice
Aug. 21          Nicole Enzinger, Josh Sauerwein

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The university welcomes Abigail Hortegas as a data manager for the undergraduate admissions department. She has worked at the university as a data entry specialist on a temp basis for the past year and, before that, spent a year as a design associate for Jonathan Adler, a home décor products company. While a student at Seattle Pacific University, Abigail worked as a manager at a local bookstore and coffee shop in 2014-15. She also worked as an office assistant for Seattle Pacific’s School of Health Sciences in 2013-14. She lives in Newberg with her husband Alexander and attends Door of Hope church in Portland.

Alexandra Harrington has joined the university as a student accounts specialist and veterans certifying official at the Portland Center. She has worked the past five years in the dentistry profession, working most recently as a dental assistant for a practice in Milwaukie, Oregon. Previously, she worked as a surgical assistant at two different dental practices (2013-16) after starting her career in the field as a dental assistant (2012-13). Alexandra is currently enrolled in George Fox’s management and organizational leadership program and previously studied dental assisting at Concorde Career College and applied science at Portland Community College. She lives in Aloha and attends Pilgrim Lutheran Church.

Brett Papineau has transitioned from a temp position as a software engineer and programmer analyst to a full-time job as a programmer analyst for the university’s data analytics team. He has been with the university since November of last year. Brett previously worked in conjunction with the University of Idaho and its associated partners in software engineering and technical support positions in Moscow, Idaho. He graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor’s degree in computer science in 2014. Brett currently lives in McMinnville and likes to attend a variety of churches with various family members and close friends.

Plant Services welcomes Glory Lehman as a custodian. She has been self-employed as a house cleaner for the past 17 years. The daughter of missionaries, she spent some of her growing-up years abroad, including her high school years, as she earned a high school-equivalent diploma as a home-schooled student in Daegu, South Korea, in 2000. Glory lives in Newberg with her husband Jason and four children – Zebulun (17), Noah (15), Jonah (13) and Skye (11) – and attends Horizon Church in Sherwood.

The following faculty members are retiring from the university or are leaving George Fox this summer to pursue other opportunities: Dirk Barram (Business), Ginny Birky (Education), Kathy Campobasso (Education), Eileen Celentano (Art and Design), Sik Yin Chan (Social Work), Karen Hamlin Bezanson (Education), Rachael Henry (Education), Joshua Hren (English), Mary Johnson (Education), Alan Kluge (Business), Virginia Lundquist (Nursing), Chris Morrissey (Sociology), Roger Newell (Christian Studies), David Pollock (Engineering), Bo Sanders (Seminary), Mary Schmitt (Christian Studies), Jeff Tatum (Sociology) and Pat Vandehey (Music).

After 17 years of service to George Fox, Rich Bass (IT) is leaving the university this Friday, June 9. He plans to build websites that promote his wife Atoya’s hair stylist business and dedicate more time to his passion of painting scenic landscapes in oil pastels, oils and acrylics.

Sandy Cherachanko (Student Accounts) left the university in May.

Natalie Harrington (Women’s Lacrosse Coach) has left the university.

Holly Kirby (Engineering) left the university to make the move to California, where her husband took a job.

Sarah Taylor (Student Life) has left George Fox to transition to a full-time parenting role and to join her husband at his new job at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California.

Merrill Johnson (Dean of Libraries) is retiring from George Fox this summer after 37 years of service to the university. His future plans include volunteer work, spending more time with his wife Candy, and doing extensive research into his family’s history.

Craig Taylor (Athletic Director) is retiring from the university this summer after serving in multiple capacities at the school for 43 years. He plans to spend more time with his wife Kathy, more time on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, and do some consulting work for Division III institutions. His last day at George Fox will be June 30.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Marc Shelton will assume the title of interim dean of the College of Education beginning on July 1.

About Our People

Monday, June 5th, 2017

The following faculty members recently received tenure: Tatiana Cevallos (Education), Keith Dempsey (Counseling), Brian Doak (Christian Studies), Abigail Favale (English), Marie-Christine Goodworth (Doctor of Psychology), Corban Harwood (Mathematics), Nate Peach (Business), Paul Shelton (Business), Jillian Sokso (Art and Design), Susanna Steeg Thornhill (Education) and Yune Tran (Education).

The following faculty members recently received the title of “professor”: Carol Brazo (Education), Mike Foster (Engineering), Eloise Hockett (Education), Kris Kays (Psychology), Sue O’Donnell (Psychology), Cliff Rosenbohm (Social Work) and Jim Smart (Biology).

The following faculty members recently received the title of “associate professor”: Marie-Christine Goodworth (Doctor of Psychology), Nijay Gupta (Seminary), Elizabeth Hamilton (Doctor of Psychology), Corban Harwood (Mathematics), David Kerr (Art and Design), Kris Molitor (Education), Josh Sauerwein (Business), Shannon Scott (Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts), Steve Sherwood (Christian Studies) and Chad Stillinger (Engineering).

Kaitlyn Ragan, the IDEA Center’s newest CAP Coach, represented George Fox at the 2017 Handshake User Conference at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on Monday, June 5. Other universities presenting included Stanford, Whittier, Wesleyan, Princeton, Michigan State, Auburn and BYU-Hawaii. George Fox was the first university in Oregon to implement Handshake for internship and job postings in October 2016. Fourteen other Oregon colleges and universities are joining the network on July 1. Kaitlyn has become an expert in Handshake and presented “Using Experiences to Track Internships” at the conference.

Led by the efforts of Merrill Johnson, Alex Rolfe and Rodney Birch (Library), the university’s Digital Commons is now a repository for The Christian Librarian, the official publication of the Association of Christian Librarians organization. The addition to the university’s digital archives system makes the publication discoverable via search engines and more accessible to readers worldwide.

Ed Higgins (English) spent all four Sundays in May teaching an adult Sunday school class at the First Presbyterian Church in Newberg. The title of his class was “My favorite narratives from the Hebrew Bible: Ruth, Esther, Susanna and Joseph.” In addition, Three Line Poetry featured one of Ed’s previously published poems on its Facebook page, and his poem “Via Dolorosa” was featured in a recent issue of the online literary magazine Embers Igniting. Also, Ed’s poem “Epistemology” was reprinted in the collection Peace Poems: Celebrating 60 Years of New Jersey Peace Action (1957-2017). The poem was previously a part of “Speak Peace,” a three-year national tour and exhibition sponsored by Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center, which paired Vietnamese children’s art with peace-related poems by several American writers. The poem has also been published in Friends Journal, Poets Against War and the George Fox Journal.

Craig Taylor and Blair Cash (Athletics) were among seven individuals honored with the Northwest Conference’s Distinguished Service Award this month. The award goes to those with longtime associations with the conference and its member schools who either moved on to other endeavors, recently retired or announced their impending retirements. Craig is set to retire this summer after serving as athletic director at George Fox since 1988 and working at the school for 43 years. Blair formerly served as sports information director at George Fox (1999 to 2014) and took over as the assistant commissioner/SID for the NWC in 2014-15.

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) preached at Whittier Friends Church (April 2), spoke on “Seeing the Word of God” for The Saint John’s Bible Exhibit and Special Lecture at Azusa Pacific University (April 18), and delivered the inaugural New Testament lecture for UCLA’s Center for the Study of Religion (April 25): “The Spirituality of Jesus in the New Millennium – A Fourth Quest for Jesus.” Also, his forward to Volume 4 in the Johannine Monograph Series was published by Wipf & Stock: “Peder Borgen’s Bread from Heaven – Midrashic Developments in John 6 as a Case Study in John’s Unity and Disunity.” Paul’s essay, “The Power of the Resurrection,” was published on the Huffington Post site on Easter morning, and his sixth review of CNN’s “Finding Jesus” series, “On Thomas and Evidence – No Doubt!,” was published by The Bible and Interpretation. Finally, his review of four chapters in Early Quakers and their Theological Thought, 1647-1743, and a tribute, “Remembering Arthur O. Roberts,” were published in Quaker Religious Thought. A second tribute, “Remembering John Punshon (1935-2017),” was published in Quaker Life.

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) coauthored an article, “Examining Pinterest as a Curriculum Resource for Negative Integers: An Initial Investigation,” with Josh T. Hertel, from the mathematics department at the University Wisconsin-LaCrosse. The piece, published on the Education Sciences site, provides an overview of their research describing the mathematical integrity of integer Pinterest pins. In addition, Nicole was among seven colleagues representing five universities who collaborated on an article that describes prospective teachers’ algebraic reasoning and symbol use on a multi-step fraction word problem. It was recently published in the International Journal for Mathematics Teaching and Learning.


Monday, June 5th, 2017

June 6              Keisha Gordon, Joyce Staats, Alan Thurston
June 8              Jeannine Graham, Adam Haldorson, Shannon Stueckle
June 9              Mark Terry
June 10            Tim Goodfellow, Carlos Ordonez
June 11            Jing Hao, Ty Sohlman
June 12            Beronica Salazar
June 13            Robby Larson
June 14            Brian Snider
June 15            Karen Bezanson, Jennifer Lichtenberg, Gary Tandy
June 16            Craig Taylor
June 17            Neal Ninteman
June 18            Sherri Moore, Donna Webb
June 19            Tim Jaquith, Mark McMinn, Kristi Wheaton
June 20            Janet Herron
June 21            Jamie Johnson, Susanna Steeg
June 22            Penny Martin, Alyssa Rands, Dinah Steig, Daniel Sweeney
June 23            Rachel Thomas
June 24            Terri Crawford, Catherine Kacalek, Patty Vanier
June 25            Mike Rader
June 27            Darby Thiessen, Debby Thomas, Kipp Wilfong
June 28            Michael Meek, Dan Schutter
June 29            Mary Peterson, Nathan Slegers, Andrew Baer
June 30            John Heitz
July 1               Nancy Fawver
July 5               Megan Janes, Natalie Di Francisco

Comings and Goings

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Joel Bock (Marketing Communications) left the university on April 28. He and wife Cherice are staying in the area. Joel is looking forward to spending more time with his boys and continuing to support Cherice as she finishes her graduate work while he takes time to consider what is next in life.

Mary Monahan (Advancement) resigned her position with the university and has accepted a position as the registrar at the new Mountainside High School in the Beaverton School District.

About Our People

Monday, May 1st, 2017

Eloise Hockett (Education) and John Muhanji published a new book, Lessons from Cross-Cultural Collaboration: How Cultural Humility Informed and Shaped the Work of an American and a Kenyan (Wipf and Stock). In it, the authors share their unique experiences of cross-cultural collaboration using the principles of cultural humility, primarily in Kenya. From Mt. Elgon, to a village in rural Kenya, to working with teachers in schools, John and Eloise describe each project through the lens and perspective of an American and a Kenyan. Within these narratives, they also share their journey of how they learned to engage and work with one another and learn from each other.

Ed Higgins (English) presented a workshop, “The Push and Pull of Poetry Writing,” at the eighth annual Terroir Creative Writing Festival in McMinnvile on April 22. The annual festival is sponsored by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County and held at Chemeketa Community College’s Yamhill Valley branch campus. Also presenting at the event was former adjunct professor Lynn Otto, who conducted a workshop on revising poetry, “Getting to Know Your Poem.” Ed also had his micro-flash story, “To a student left out,”  published on Tiny Text’s April 24 Twitter site. The challenge was to create a story in 140 characters or fewer.

Mark McLeod-Harrison (Christian Studies) recently published Image, Incarnation, and Christian Expansivism: a Meta-Philosophy of Salvation (Cascade Books, April 2017). In the book, Mark considers what’s wrong with both narrow exclusivist and narrow inclusivist accounts of the gospel, and proposes a broad inclusivism called “expansivism.” Expansivism makes human access to the gospel unique to the individual and enables Christian theologians to provide varying, potentially conflicting yet true accounts of the theological underpinnings of the salvation provided by Christ.

This spring, Sarita Gallagher (Christian Studies) published a chapter, “Interfaith Education and the Missio Dei: A Case Study in the Pacific Northwest,” in the book Engaging the Nations: Contours of Mission Theology in Global Perspectives (Orbis Press). She also presented an academic paper, “The Spirit of God in Enemy Camp: Cross-Cultural Mission among the Philistines in 1 Samuel 4-7,” at the 2017 Society for Pentecostal Studies Conference at Urshan College/Urshan Graduate School of Theology in Florissant, Missouri, in March.

Mary K. Schmitt (Christian Studies) published an essay, “The Communal Dimensions of Birthing Imagery in Paul’s Epistles,” in the Spring 2017 issue of the Wesleyan Theological Journal. Schmitt asserts that Paul’s birthing imagery operates metaphorically in ways that correspond to John Wesley’s phrase “new birth,” and that careful examination of birthing metaphors offer important avenues for reframing some of the conversation around new birth in the Wesleyan tradition.

Laura Hartley (Dean, College of Arts and Sciences) was one of 45 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges to participate in the 2017-18 Senior Leadership Academy. Laura will participate in an opening seminar in San Antonio in November and a closing seminar in Washington, D.C., in June of 2018. She will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the academic year. The academy is designed to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division – including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement – in independent higher education.