Comings and Goings

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Carter Bedsole has joined the university to work as a software architect for the new Catalyst College. A 2019 alumnus of George Fox, from which he earned a bachelor’s degree in both computer science and mathematics, he gained industry experience as a probability research intern at the University of Connecticut in the summer of 2018 and as a software design engineer for Tektronix in Beaverton after graduation. As a student at George Fox, Carter served as a resident assistant from 2017 to 2019. Also during his student days, he was part of a George Fox team of three that placed first in the state of Oregon in an Association for Computing Machinery-sponsored programming contest. He lives in Beaverton with his wife, KariAnna, also a George Fox graduate, and attends Church of the Vine, an Anglican church in Newberg.


The university welcomes Kirby Killen as an enrollment manager in the registrar’s office. She arrives from Joan Austin Elementary School in Newberg, where she has served as an educational assistant since February of this year. Prior to that, Kirby lived in Oklahoma, where she worked as the director of freshman experience at Oklahoma Christian University (2016-18) and as a freshman counselor (2012-16). She holds both a bachelor’s degree in psychology (2012) and an MBA (2016) from Oklahoma Christian University. Kirby lives in Newberg and attends Newberg Church of Christ.


Samantha Parrish (Campus Public Safety), Ally Weatherford (Social Work) and Edwin Espana (Plant Services) are no longer at the university.

Movers and Quakers

Monday, October 14th, 2019

With the reorganization of the registrar’s office, the following employees have been promoted: Nancy Fawver, to senior associate registrar; Tamara Reams, to associate registrar; Rachel Ryan, to assistant registrar; and Britny Scholz, to assistant registrar.

Sonia Rademacher has been promoted to the position of buyer in the plant services office.

About Our People

Monday, October 14th, 2019

Tricia Hornback (Intercultural Studies, Center for Peace & Justice) authored an article, “The Shifting Sands of American Indian Education in the Northwestern United States,” in the International Journal of Diversity in Education. The article provides an overview of significant historical influences affecting American Indian education and identifies encouraging emerging trends in American Indian education in the Northwest. Specific examples of encouraging trends in increased tribal involvement observed in federal Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) and Northwest public school districts are provided. Examples include educational partnerships with the Navajo Nation as well as Northwest tribes such as the Lummi Nation, Spokane Indian Tribe, Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

George Fox employee Paul Fodge (Mathematics) is featured in an article, “A Custom Adaptive Tandem Trike,” that appears in Recumbent & Tandem Rider magazine (#64). The piece, written by engineering adjunct professor Nick Gilbert, details how the university’s servant engineering program undertook a project to build a custom wheelchair tandem bicycle to allow Fodge and his granddaughter to go for rides together.

An article in the fall issue of Advance, the magazine of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, highlights what George Fox is doing to address food insecurity on campus. In the piece, titled “More Than Just a Meal,” the university’s Bruin Community Pantry is featured, along with insight on the subject from Jere Witherspoon (Student Life). You can read it here.

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

William Cheaqui has joined the admissions department to work as a data analyst. He arrives from Salem, where he worked as a transit operator for Salem-Keizer Area Mass Transit for the past three years. He also did volunteer work as a data analyst for the city of Salem in 2018-19 and is using his skills in data collection and database organization to assist two local coffee shops in the Salem area. This fall, William completed a master’s degree in business analytics at Grand Canyon University, and he holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible evangelism from Bob Jones University (2010). He lives in Keizer with his wife Jamie and their two foster children. The family attends Salem First Baptist Church.


The undergraduate admissions office welcomes Keenan O’Hern as an admissions counselor this month. Since March he’s worked as a marketing coordinator for Core Health & Fitness in Vancouver, Washington. Previously, he was a teaching assistant for digital marketing students and a marketing operations specialist with GreenFig Micro Education of San Mateo, California (2017-19), from which he earned a micro degree in applied business science in 2015. Keenan also has experience as a search engine optimization and pay-per-click specialist, working as an intern with Web301 of Bend, Oregon, in 2017-18. He earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from George Fox in 2018 and also had the opportunity to study abroad in Rome in 2016. Keenan lives in Portland with his wife Stacy, also a 2018 George Fox graduate, and attends Door of Hope in Portland.


Michelle Kang has returned to serve as a program coordinator for the PsyD department, resuming a position she held in 2017-18. She worked previously as an office manager for Kang and Associates Physical Therapy Inc. of Ventura, California, from 2005 to 2013. Prior to that, she was director of conference services for the C.S. Lewis Foundation of Redlands, California, in 2003. Michelle earned a bachelor of business administration degree in economics from Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business in 2000. She lives in Newberg with Daniel Kang, an associate professor in the university’s doctor of physical therapy program, and their three daughters, Lauren, Claire and Grace.


A 2019 graduate of George Fox, McKenzie Young, has joined the university as a user experience designer for the new Catalyst College. For the past three and a half years, she has run her own freelance illustration business, McKenzie Young Art, for which she’s illustrated children’s books, designed logos and characters, done spot illustrations, and created editorial illustrations. Also, since December of 2018, she has worked as a marketing graphic designer for Soma Games in Newberg. While a student, she was an intern in the university’s Department of Art and Design in the fall semester of 2018. McKenzie earned a bachelor’s degree in studio art this spring. She lives in Tualatin.


Courtland Sherreitt (Media Production Services), Stephanie Bugas (Advancement) and Ji Haverda (Student Accounts) are no longer at the university.

About Our People

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

Jillian Sokso (Art and Design) recently gave a public lecture on her studio practice at the College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The lecture was part of the Frogman’s Print Workshops series, for which Sokso also taught a course in Monotype, and exhibited work at the university’s Weber Gallery. Her work was also recently exhibited in “AIFA: Emerging” at the Anne Irwin Fine Art in Atlanta, and will be shown in another exhibit, “Of Print-bearing Age,” curated by Sarah Pitrus, at the Flatbed Press Gallery in the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia this fall. 

Tai Harden-Moore (Advancement) authored an article, “Academic Bullying: Higher Education’s Dirty Little Secret,” in the August 16, 2019, issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Corban Harwood (Mathematics) hosted two faculty workshops this summer (funded through a three-year National Science Foundation grant), from which more than 25 articles have been published by the 50 participating mathematics faculty from across the country. In alignment with the grant’s goals, these publications guide interdisciplinary student investigations and inquiry-based curriculum development in support of improving STEM education. Corban also recently presented “Mathematics as a Language of Creation” at the adult Sunday school class at Newberg First Presbyterian Church.

Terry Huffman (Education) published a book, An Appalachian School in Coal Country: Facing the Challenges of a Changing Region, through Lexington Books. In it, Terry examines the struggles and triumphs of an elementary school in one of the poorest counties in the United States. Despite economic crisis in the county, Creekside Elementary School is achieving unprecedented academic success. The book explores the objectives, goals and challenges of the educators of Creekside Elementary and the ways in which they are able to serve the needs of their students and community.

Comings and Goings

Monday, September 9th, 2019

The university has hired Gary Bering as a strategic finance business partner. He brings more than 15 years of accounting and financial operations experience. Most recently, he worked the past two and a half years as a controller at Alpenrose Dairy, Inc. in Portland, where he managed all accounting, finance, fixed asset, banking and human resources functions for five legal entities. Before that, he worked for seven years as the controller at Harley-Davidson of Portland, managing all accounting, finance, IT, human resources and inventory functions for two Harley-Davison dealerships and the Triumph North America AMA Road Racing Team. Gary also worked as a controller for Loen Nursery in Sherwood (2005-10) and as an accounting manager for Longview Fibre Company in Longview, Washington (2003-05). He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Washington in 1991. He lives in Sherwood with his wife, Beth, and children Jacob and Caitlyn. The family attends St. Francis in Sherwood.


Kelsey Brown joins the university to serve as a career and academic planning coach in the IDEA Center. She has worked the past four years at Sheridan High School in Sheridan, Oregon, where she was a school counselor. Before that, she gained school counseling internship experience at Glencoe High School in Hillsboro (2014-15), Parkrose Middle School in Portland (2014) and Gilbert Heights Elementary School in Portland (2013). Kelsey also brings teaching experience, having taught at the junior high and high school levels at Portland Christian High School (2012-14) and junior high students at Asunción Christian Academy in Asunción, Paraguay (2011-12). Kelsey earned a master’s degree in school counseling from Lewis & Clark Graduate School in 2015 and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Northwest Nazarene University (2011). She lives in Newberg with her husband Jonny and two children, Ollie (2) and Audrey (6 months), and attends Colossae in Sherwood.


Jodi Gill joins the university this fall as an international student affairs administrator. For the past three years, she has served as CEO of GIDE USA, a consulting business she founded that consults U.S. K-12 schools on international program development and creates partnerships between U.S. and foreign schools and churches. Her work with international students began in 2004, when she began a two-year commitment to direct an international high school program at a Christian school in Portland. She followed that by founding an international program at Horizon Christian School in Tualatin in 2007, for which she directed marketing until 2015. At its peak, the program included 26 study program students and 60 cultural experience program students from eight different countries. For the past six years, Jodi has done extensive traveling to China, India, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan in an effort to build MOU school-to-school partnerships with international students and families. A graduate of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in management and organizational leadership in 1997, Jodi lives in Canby with her husband Mike and daughters Taylor, Hannah and Sara, who will transfer to George Fox this year. The family attends Canby Foursquare Church.


Jenny Headley has made the transition from adjunct professor to visiting professor in the university’s School of Social Work. She has worked on an adjunct basis the past four years, teaching courses in both the Master of Social Work program and at the undergraduate level. Also, for the past year, she has worked as a part-time school social worker at Four Corners Elementary School in Salem, Oregon. Previously, in 2017-18, Jenny served as the MSW intern supervisor at Hillside Inn in Newberg. Her experience in the field includes work at different levels of care within the mental health system. She was the clinical team lead (2013-14) and was a primary therapist (2010-13) for the Eating Disorder Partial Hospital Program at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland. Additionally, she worked as a social worker at the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Program at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, and as an outpatient therapist with Morrison Child and Family Services. Jenny is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Oregon. She earned a master’s degree in social work from New York University in New York in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University in 2001. She lives in Newberg with her husband, Paul, and their children Simon (5) and Emma (3), and their dog, Panda. She attends North Valley Friends Church in Newberg.


Jay Jamieson joins the university to serve as medical director for George Fox’s physician assistant program, set to launch in 2021. The move to George Fox is a return to work for Jay, who retired in 2017 after 34 years in practice. He had most recently worked as a physician at WVP Medical Group clinics in the region from 2011 to 2017. Prior to that, he was a physician and owner of Keizer Family Physicians, P.C., for 24 years. He also gained medical experience abroad, serving as a medical missionary with Youth with a Mission in the Philippines (1985-87). As a family medicine physician, he was trained to perform the full scope of care, from childbirth to geriatrics, and in outpatient and inpatient settings. In addition, Jay has a long history of working with PA students and those in practice. He earned his medical degree from the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1980 and holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Willamette University (1975). Jay lives in Salem with his wife of 43 years, Kelly, a retired elementary school teacher. The couple has five grown children – David, Daniel, Joseph, Holly and Erin – and seven grandchildren. Jay and Kelly attend Salem Alliance Church.


The university welcomes Kathi Norman to serve as director of clinical education and as an assistant professor of medical science for the newly created physician assistant program. For the past five years she has worked as a coach and educator at Positive Psychology Health & Well-Being, a Portland-based business she also owns. She has also worked, since 2012, as an emergency department physician assistant at Northwest Acute Care Specialists in Portland. Previously, she was a physician assistant in urgent care at the Multnomah Family Care Center in Portland (2014-17) and a physician assistant in family practice and urgent care at Doctors Family Clinic and Immediate Care in Tigard (2012-14). All told, Kathi has more than 18 years of experience in the physician assistant profession. She holds a doctor of medical science degree from the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, Virginia (2019), and earned a master of applied positive psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania (2017), a master of science in biomedical science from the University of Toledo (2000) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ohio University (1997). Kathi lives in Beaverton and has three grown children and four grandchildren. She attends Sunset Presbyterian Church in Portland.


Athletics has hired Brandon Rupp as director of game management and as a full-time baseball assistant coach. A 2006 alumnus of the university, he has worked the past two years as an assistant baseball coach at Lewis & Clark College in Portland while also running his own business, the Yard Baseball Academy, for which he has served as lead instructor since he launched the venture in 2008. He also gained coaching experience as an assistant baseball coach at George Fox from 2006 to 2012. Brandon played baseball for the Bruins from 2004 to 2006 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He lives in Tigard with his wife Kristine, and they attend Westside: A Jesus Church in Beaverton.


The university has hired Jacob Salsbury as a visiting lecturer of cinematic arts. He has worked the past two years at Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, where he was a teacher assistant in Intro to Animation and Intro to 3D courses this spring and, for the past two years, a 3D printing team leader at the university. Concurrently, he was a student club leader on campus and worship leader for a student led chapel. He has won recognition for his work, including an Emmy nomination in the Lower Great Lakes Chapter for his short-form PSA for Habitat for Humanity and a Kinema Commonwealth Award. Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree in digital media arts and animation from Huntington University in the spring of this year and received instruction in animation and illustration at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in the summers of 2014 and 2015. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his family and fiancée, Emily, and attends Blackhawk Church.


About Our People

Monday, September 9th, 2019

Mark David Hall (Politics) is in Louisville, Kentucky, this week to participate in a debate at the University of Louisville. On Wednesday, Sept. 11, Mark will debate the topic “Did America Have a Christian Founding?” with Andrew Seidel, representing the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Scheduled to take place in the Edstrom Library’s Chao Auditorium, the event will be videotaped and air on C-SPAN’s Book Channel at a date to be determined. In addition, Mark was recently appointed to the Oregon Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. The commission’s committees advise the national organization about the state of civil rights in their respective states, lifting up important issues that committee members encounter in their own communities.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall’s (English) 2018 book, All the Stars Denied, was selected as a finalist in the Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards in the Middle Grade/ Young Adult Fiction category. In the book, a companion novel to her acclaimed Shame the Stars, Guadalupe tackles the first mass deportation event that swept up hundreds of thousands of Mexican American citizens during the Great Depression, told through the perspective of a 15-year-old girl.

Ed Higgins (English Emeritus) published a poem, “Over Lattes,” in Coffee Poems: Reflections of Life with Coffee, in World Enough Writers, an online publication that publishes a diverse variety of themed poetry anthologies and selected individual collections.

Comings and Goings

Monday, August 26th, 2019

The university welcomes the return of Debbie Berhó this fall to serve as a professor of Spanish and as chair of the world languages and applied linguistics department. Most recently, she has provided program evaluation for several Council for Christian Colleges & Universities member institutions and worked locally as a Spanish interpreter and translator for the health care and agricultural industries. Previously, she taught Spanish at George Fox from 1997 to 2016 and, toward the end of her tenure, served as chair of the Department of World Languages, Sociology and Cultural Studies (2014-16). Debbie also worked as program director of the Latin American Studies Program with the CCCU in San Jose, Costa Rica, in 2016-17. Debbie earned a PhD in Latin American studies (1998) as well as a master’s degree in the same discipline (1995) from the Latin American Institute at the University of New Mexico. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Northwest Nazarene University (1988). Debbie lives in Newberg with her husband of 32 years, Benoit, a George Fox MBA and doctor of education program alumnus. She has three grown children and two grandchildren, and attends River Street Church of God in Newberg.


The Graduate School of Counseling welcomes Keleigh Blount as an assistant professor of counseling and as director of the clinical mental health counseling program. She arrives from Greensboro, North Carolina, where she worked as an outpatient therapist at the Peculiar Counseling and Consulting clinic for the past two years. Concurrently, she was a graduate assistant in the Office of Career Services at North Carolina A&T State University. Keleigh also gained teaching experience during the 2018-19 academic year, serving as a teaching assistant at North Carolina A&T while finishing up her doctoral program. She previously was a master’s-level intern at the North Carolina State University Counseling Center in 2015-16 and worked as a practicum intern at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center in Greensboro in 2015. Keleigh completed her PhD in rehabilitation counseling and rehabilitation counselor education in May of this year from North Carolina A&T State University. She also holds a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the same institution (2016), as well as a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2012). She lives in Portland.


Athletics welcomes Jeff Cero to work as co-director of the new tennis facility and as head coach of the men’s tennis program. He has worked with the university’s tennis team off and on the past six years, serving as an associate coach in the early months of 2013 and 2015, and since September of last year. With head coach Neal Ninteman, Jeff helped the Bruins go 40-21 overall and 27-4 in Northwest Conference play during his coaching tenure. He also served as a national boys and girls coach for the Pacific Northwest region in 2018. His previous coaching experience included a year (2013-14) as head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis team at Colorado Christian University. As a player, Jeff competed at the Division I level for Portland State University (2007-11), where he earned All-Academic Big Sky Conference honors 2008 through 2011. Outside of tennis, Jeff has served as the youth director (2017-19) and junior high pastor (2014-17) at Beaverton Foursquare Church. He lives in Portland with his wife Carissa and attends Beaverton Foursquare Church.


The university welcomes Dominic Done as a professor of applied theology. For the past five years, he has served as the lead pastor of Westside, A Jesus Church, in Portland. Previously, he worked in ministry in several locales around the world, including as a senior pastor at Calvary Chapel South Maui in Hawaii (2003-10), as president of Calvary Bible College in Hawaii (2003-10), and as a missionary in Mexico and Vanuatu. He also taught English for companies in Vienna, Austria (2002). He recently wrote a book, When Faith Fails: Finding God in the Shadow of Doubt, published by Thomas Nelson in February of this year. Dominic earned a master of theology degree in applied theology from the University of Oxford in 2012, a master’s degree in religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and Graduate School in 2010, and bachelor’s degrees in both psychology and religion from Liberty University in 2009. He lives in Beaverton with his wife Elyssa and daughter Amelia.


The College of Engineering welcomes Kayt Frisch as an associate professor of biomedical engineering. She arrives from Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, where she taught as an associate professor in the engineering and physics departments and directed the college’s motion biomechanics laboratory for the past eight years. She has served as chair of the school’s physics department since 2016. During her PhD work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from which she earned a master’s degree in 2008 and a PhD in 2011, she worked as a teaching assistant and instructor. Among her accomplishments at Dordt, she successfully obtained $130,000 in external funding from the Carver Foundation to set up a lab facility, and her research included studying correlations between biomechanics during hitting a volleyball and injury history using high-speed motion capture and image analysis. In addition to her master’s degree and PhD, she holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Calvin College (2006). She lives in Newberg with her husband Kurt and their children, Peter (4) and Annika (2). The family attends Church of the Vine in Newberg.


The College of Engineering has hired Lora Froescher as an administrative assistant. This marks a return to George Fox for Lora, who worked as an admissions event coordinator at the university from 2003 to 2007. Her most recent administrative experience came with the Life Impact Ministries, for which she worked as an executive assistant to the president and international director from 2014 to 2016. More recently, she worked at the Newberg Bakery as a prep baker in 2017. Lora earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Whitworth University in 2000. She lives in St. Paul with her husband Ken, daughter Lydia (12) and son Connor (10). She attends Red Hills Church in Newberg, where she is a fifth-grade small-group leader.


Jessica Ann Hughes has joined George Fox as director of liberal arts and as an assistant professor of English. Since 2017, she has worked as an assistant professor at Holy Cross College in Notre Dame, Indiana, teaching British and American literature, composition, and college seminar courses. During the 2018-19 academic year, she served as head of the college’s Languages and Communication Department, and in 2017-18 Jessica was English department chair, during which time she designed and implemented a new English major and oversaw the redevelopment of the college’s writing center. Previously, she was a visiting assistant professor at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois (2016-17) and, from 2011 to 2016, she taught courses at the University of Notre Dame. Jessica also taught English at St. Andrew’s Cathedral School in Sydney, Australia, from 2004 to 2006, responsible for English and literature courses for the eighth through 12th grades. Her research publications focus on the intersection of 19th-century British literature, historical theology, and biblical scholarship. She holds a PhD in English (2015) and a master’s degree in English (2014) from the University of Notre Dame, as well as a master’s degree in theological studies from Regent College (2010) and a bachelor’s degree in English from Westmont College (2000). Jessica recently moved to Newberg with her husband Andrew, children Abigail (9) and Daniel (6), and dog Ziva.


Rebecca Jeong joins Portland Seminary as a Louisville Postdoctoral Fellow and assistant professor of pastoral theology. She has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship (2019-21) from the Louisville Institute as part of the Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative. Rebecca is a practical theologian whose research interests coalesce around the following themes in homiletics and liturgics: Psalms and contextual preaching, modern homiletical theories for ethnic minorities, women preaching and leadership, and multicultural worship. Before her arrival, Rebecca served churches as a pastor of Sunday school and youth ministry for more than a decade in South Korea and the United States. She also worked at a Christian middle school as a full-time chaplain in South Korea. She was an editor of homiletics and liturgics for the Journal of Asian American Theological Forum (aatfweb.org), and from 2011 to 2015 she served The Journal of Homiletic (homiletic.net) as a managing editor. Rebecca holds a PhD in practical theology from Boston University’s School of Theology (2019), a master’s degree in homiletics from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (2008), and three degrees from Presbyterian University and Theological Seminary in Seoul, South Korea. She lives in Sherwood with her husband, Sunggu Yang, and their baby, Stella C. Yang. She attends Lake Grove Presbyterian Church.


Randy King has joined George Fox as an assistant professor of education, responsible for teaching in the Adult Degree Program’s elementary education program. For the past three years, he has worked as a student achievement specialist at West Powellhurst Elementary School in the David Douglas School District in Portland, where he did instructional coaching of K-5 teachers. Before that, he was a first-grade teacher at Gilbert Park Elementary School in Portland from 2005 to 2016. Randy has also been active outside the classroom, serving as a facilitator on Powellhurst’s building leadership team (2016-present), as a member of the district’s math leadership team and assessment team (2016-17), and as a building leadership team rep at Gilbert Park (2014-16). He earned a doctor of education degree from George Fox (2016), a master’s degree in education from Lesley University (2008) and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from George Fox (2003). He lives in Clackamas with his wife Kelli and two sons, Carter (4) and Hudson (2). The family attends Abundant Life Church in Happy Valley, and Randy recently served in Puerto Rico through Forward Edge for a week in July.


Lorretta Krautscheid joins the university this fall as an associate professor of nursing. She comes to George Fox from the University of Portland’s School of Nursing, where she was associate professor and interim associate dean for the past year and, from 2012 to 2018, an assistant professor. Her tenure at Portland also included serving as director of the university’s master of science programs in 2014-15 and as an instructor from 2010 to 2012. Lorretta was also director of the University of Portland’s Learning Resource Center and simulation program from 2004 to 2010. Previously, she gained teaching experience as an instructor at Oregon Health & Science University’s School of Nursing (1997-98). She gained clinical practice experience in various locations throughout her career, including as a birth center RN (2000-10) and clinical education specialist (2001-04) at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro. Lorretta holds a PhD in nursing education from Capella University (2012), a master’s degree in innovative leadership and management in nursing from OHSU (2003), and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Montana State University (1994). Her research focuses on educational strategies promoting resilience and attenuating moral distress among student nurses. She lives in Beaverton with her husband, Steve, and has three children: Beth, Mark and his wife Carissa, and Nick. Lorretta and her family attend church at Holy Trinity in Beaverton.


Jennifer Lehman joins the College of Business as an assistant professor of financial planning. She arrives at George Fox after a visiting professorship at the University of Utah. From 2014 to 2018, while pursuing her PhD, she worked as a graduate part-time instructor at Texas Tech University, teaching courses in estate planning, investments, job hunting, and personal finance. Previously, she was an economics instructor at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas, from 2010 to 2014. Her primary teaching interests are trusts and estates, investments, personal finance, and behavioral finance. Prior to teaching in Texas, Jennifer gained higher education experience as the assistant director of career services and alumni relations at Texas Wesleyan School of Law (2003-04) and as director of the William S. Boyd School of Law’s career services department (2004-05). She earned a PhD in personal financial planning from Texas Tech University in 2018 and holds a School of Law Juris Doctor from the University of North Carolina (1996) and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Texas Christian University (1992). Jennifer lives in Newberg.


The Graduate School of Clinical Psychology welcomes Ken Logan as a professor of clinical psychology. He has spent the past five years working as a professor of counseling at Western Seminary in Portland, teaching courses that cover topics that include neuropsychology, psychopharmacology, and the integration of psychology and theology. In addition, his responsibilities included serving as executive director of Western Seminary’s A New Day Counseling Center from 2015 to 2018 and as director of its marriage and family therapy program in San Jose, California, in 2015-16. Previously, from 2004 to 2014, he was a professor of psychology at William Jessup University in Rocklin, California. Ken also served as an adjunct professor of counseling psychology at Western Seminary in Sacramento, California (2002-13), and taught courses for Capital Normal University in Beijing, China (2010-11). All told, he has taught in the field for 22 years, beginning his career as an associate professor of psychology at Bethany University in Scotts Valley, California (1997 to 2001). Ken holds a doctor of psychology degree from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University (2002) and both a master’s degree in clinical psychology (1995) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology (1991) from California State University, Sacramento. He is a licensed psychologist in California and Oregon and specializes in working with first responders, military personnel and ministry families. He and his wife Cheri have been married for 22 years. They have two children, Jacob (16) and Zach (13), and recently relocated to Newberg.


Ekaterina Lomperis has been hired as an assistant professor of theology for George Fox University and Portland Seminary, and as a faculty fellow in the William Penn Honors Program. Raised and educated in the countries of Moldova and Russia, she moved to the United States to earn a master of divinity from Harvard University (2011) and a PhD from the University of Chicago (2018). She arrives from Oregon State University’s School of History, Philosophy, and Religion, where she served as an instructor for the past year. She was also a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago in 2018-19. Ekaterina’s primary area of academic expertise is the early modern era, particularly the Protestant Reformations. As an educator, she is passionate about using her research in historic Christian theologies to equip her students and the 21st-century church to address contemporary challenges. Her additional interests include contemporary global Christianity and the history of Christian spirituality. Ekaterina moved to the area with her husband and three children this summer. She is an active member of the United Methodist Church.


The university has hired Amber Nelson as an assistant professor of clinical psychology. An alumna of George Fox, from which she earned a doctorate in clinical psychology (2016) and both master’s (2014) and bachelor’s (2009) degrees in psychology, she’s worked the past three years as a pediatric psychologist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute & Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where she completed two years of postdoctoral fellowship and joined as a licensed staff psychologist in August of 2018. While there, she worked at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center as an inpatient consultation supervisor and, since November of 2017, as a pediatric psychology consultation service assistant coordinator. Amber also assisted in the center’s Sickle Cell Transition Clinic and Cystic Fibrosis Center as well as in the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Pediatric Psychology Outpatient Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Sleep Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Sickle Cell Clinic and Center for Diversity. Prior to that, she spent one year (2015-16) as a doctoral psychology intern at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. Before leaving for the East Coast, Amber gained experience as a behavioral health extern at Childhood Health Associates of Salem (2015), with the Behavioral Health Crisis Consultation Team in Yamhill County (2013-15), at Oregon Health & Science University (2013-14), and with the Rural School Behavioral Health Consortium in St. Paul, Oregon (2012-13). She lives in Tigard with her dog and hopes to rejoin her home church at Westside: A Jesus Church.


The university has hired Marcy Nielsen as a student accounts specialist. For the past five years, she has worked as a human resources specialist (2018-present) and bookkeeper (2014-present) for Our Table Cooperative, a regional co-op that includes a farm store and a subscription service to Community Supported Agriculture. She has also been active as a leader for a moms’ prayer group at Horizon Christian School, the box office manager for Sherwood High School’s Performing Arts Boosters, and a music librarian for the Voices of the Performing Arts. Marcy earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Taylor University in Indiana in 1989 and spent eight years in the auditing field before choosing to be a stay-at-home mom. She lives in Sherwood with her husband Dave and their four children: Riley, Trevor, Kendall and Delaney. She attends Grace Chapel in Wilsonville.


The College of Business welcomes Dongjun Rew (“DJ”) as an assistant professor of marketing. For the past year, he has worked as an assistant instructor of marketing at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg, Texas. He also held the positions of adjunct lecturer of information systems (2016-17) and graduate research assistant (2014-present) at the university. Dongjun previously gained teaching experience as a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Statistics at Washington State University (2012-14). His areas of teaching interest include consumer behavior, service marketing, brand management, pricing strategy, and social media. He earned a PhD in business administration from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley this summer and holds a master’s degree in statistics from Washington State University (2014), a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington State (2011), and an MBA from Dankook University in Seoul, South Korea (2008). Dongjun lives in Sherwood with his wife, Nayoung, and their two boys, Enoch and Joseph.


The university’s physical therapy program welcomes Lyndsay Stutzenberger as an assistant professor of physical therapy. While working toward her doctor of philosophy in kinesiology, completed this summer at Oregon State University, she spent the past four years as a graduate teaching assistant at OSU, most recently as an undergraduate research assistant mentor and online instructor (2018-19). Previously, she worked for Salem Health, as a PRN physical therapist (2013-17) and an outpatient orthopedic staff physical therapist at Salem Regional Rehabilitation Center (2008-12), and for Healing Hands Clinic of Natural Therapies in Salem (2012-13) as an outpatient staff physical therapist (2012-13). In all, she has worked in the physical therapy profession for 13 years. In addition to earning her recent doctorate, she holds a doctor of physical therapy degree from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky (2005) and a bachelor of health science degree from Bellarmine (2004). Lyndsay lives in Salem with her husband, Eric, and dog, Pippin, and attends Queen of Peace Catholic Church.


Ekaputra Tupamahu joins Portland Seminary and the university this fall as an assistant professor of New Testament. A native Indonesian, he earned a master’s degree and an MDiv from Asia Pacific Theological Seminary, and holds master’s degrees from the Claremont School of Theology and Vanderbilt University. He arrives from Nashville, Tennessee, where he served as a worship pastor at Connection Pointe Church from 2014 to 2018 and as an instructor of Koine Greek at Vanderbilt University (2016-17). Ekaputra has a broad range of academic interests, including the politics of language, race/ethnic theory, postcolonial studies, immigration studies, critical study of religion, and global Christianity. His writings have appeared in, among others, the Journal for the Study of the New TestamentPneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, the Indonesian Journal of Theology, and the Asian Journal of Pentecostal Studies. He was a recipient of the Forum for Theological Exploration dissertation fellowship (2017), the Louisville Institute honorary dissertation fellowship (2017), and the Asian Theological Summer Institute fellowship (2016). He also serves as a member of the steering committee of the Paul and Politics Seminar at the Society of Biblical Literature’s annual meeting. Ekaputra lives in Lake Oswego with his wife, Jeanny, and their two children, Norman and Wesley.


The university welcomes Vanessa Walkley as an assistant professor of nursing. For the past year, she has worked as a staff RN at Providence Newberg Medical Center, assigned to the wound and ostomy outpatient clinic. Concurrently, she has been a foot and nail care nurse at Hearthstone Assisted Living in Beaverton (2018-present), at Rosewood Specialty Care in Hillsboro (2017-present) and at Courtyard Fountains Senior Living in Gresham (2017-present). Vanessa has also taught courses at George Fox on an adjunct basis for the past two years. Previously, she was a certified wound, ostomy, foot and nail care nurse with Oregon Health & Science University/Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro from 2008 to 2017. Vanessa also gained experience as a medical/surgical staff RN at Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro from 2003 to 2008. Altogether, she has more than 30 years of experience in the nursing profession. She earned a master of science in nursing education degree from Lamar University (2016), a graduate certificate in healthcare simulation education from Boise State University (2017), a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the Linfield Good Samaritan School of Nursing (2012), and a diploma of nursing from Good Samaritan Hospital and Medical Center School of Nursing (1985). She lives in Newberg with her husband Tim, a 2018 alumnus of George Fox’s Master of Social Work program. She has four grown daughters – Jocelyn, Alyssa, Jacquelyn and Ashley – and one granddaughter, Violet. Vanessa attends Newberg Christian Church.


The College of Christian Studies welcomes Graedon Zorzi as an assistant professor of theology and philosophy. Graedon did his doctoral work at Yale in the departments of religious studies and political science. He specializes in early modern theological, moral, and political thought. His dissertation examines how John Locke’s theological anthropology shapes his influential moral and political theories. During his time at Yale, Graedon, his wife, and their two children lived in New York. Before beginning his doctoral studies, Graedon worked as a pastoral associate at Christ the King Anglican Church in Alexandria, Virginia. He earned his MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (2010) and his BA in philosophy and political science from Tufts University (2007).


Editor’s Note: More new employees will be featured in the next issue of eColleague.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Corey Haverda has been promoted to director of advancement operations.

Rebecca Yazzie will be serving in the role of interim BSW program director for fall 2019.

About Our People

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Employees of the Year

The following four individuals were recognized as Employees of the Year for 2018-19. Included are comments about each, written by their supervisors.

Kelly Hughton is the frontline contact and coordinator for prospective students who visit outside of our events. Last year, she coordinated details for 765 individual visitors, a 20 percent increase from the year before. She also coordinated registration details and special requests for 363 Friday@Fox guests and overnight visits for over 500 students for all types of visits. Beyond these administrative details, she can often be found personally walking late visitors to catch up to a tour, giving tours herself when people can’t make set tour times, and arranging special visit activities outside our normal hours for people who can’t visit during the week. In every way, Kelly’s core work grew in volume this year, and she executed the details with excellence and a willingness to change her systems to handle the increase without more resources or hours.

Kelly is a community servant and friend to many. She has served on the Staff Development Committee and the Serve Day Executive Committee for the past three years. In the undergraduate admissions office, she helps plan retreats and team development initiatives. She proves that leadership is about seeing what is possible and motivating others to come along, regardless of position.

If you don’t know Kelly, you are missing out. She is friendly, outgoing, welcoming and cares deeply for others. Most importantly, she has a “secret sauce” – a default attitude of assuming positive intent in others. What if we all had this? It would transform our work and our world.


Since 2014, Elise Trask has served our student-athletes and the university community exceptionally well as our associate director of athletics. She is also a graduate of George Fox who played on the national championship basketball team of 2009 that recorded a perfect 32-0 season. Elise loves George Fox and cares deeply about our student-athletes and their experience. She personifies the Be Known promise as a wise mentor to many of our students and others, and carries out her many responsibilities with grace, wisdom, leadership and courage.

Her supervisor, Adam Puckett, writes, “Over my professional career, I have been blessed to work with a lot of talented managers and coworkers. It is not an exaggeration for me to say that Elise is, hands down, the most talented coworker I have ever had the privilege to work with.”

Without a doubt, Elise embodies the values and aspirations of our Christ-centered community. Her organization, love for students, servant’s heart, attention to detail, humility, strong work ethic, deep love for God and others, and wisdom and insight are important contributions to the ongoing important work and mission of George Fox University!


Tiona Cage has served George Fox and our students in a number of roles, including in International Student Services, the Center for Peace and Justice, as a faculty member in social work, and most recently at the Portland Seminary as the associate director of academic advising and community life. In this position, Tiona has excelled in service to students. She has done many of the admissions interviews, and in her time as associate director, the seminary has captured a greater percentage of applicants to matriculate: Enrollment in the masters programs has soared from 35 new students in fall 2017 to 71 new students in fall 2018. She has stepped in to provide training for adjuncts and organize commencement, as well as fall orientation, and is now involved in two grant initiatives: the Wabash Small Project grant for race-critical consciousness and the Lilly Endowment grant for thriving congregations.

Tiona has streamlined and standardized academic advisement and now does course plans and maps out curriculum for all masters students at the seminary – a task that was previously spread to all faculty. Most importantly, she has been a great check and balance to the seminary dean’s strategic vision. She asks good questions on the seminary’s masters curriculum and around cultural competencies. Roger Nam reports that he is a much better dean because of Tiona, and the seminary students ultimately receive a much better experience.


Dave Adrian has served George Fox for the past 39 years, in addition to his time here as a student-athlete. The advancement team saw a number of transitions in both leadership and staffing this year, and Dave was a model of professionalism and stability. He embraced a number of changes and championed the new direction of our fundraising efforts.

It is in no small part that, due to his diligence and commitment to working with donors to support our students and programs across campus, that the fundraising totals for FY19 held steady and we did not see a significant decline in our revenue. This is even more remarkable when we consider that Dave was the only full-time fundraiser for the university for much of the year, and that we were not in an official campaign last year.

Dave lives the Be Known promise and has been an inspiring mentor and friend to not only his colleagues on campus but to many of our students, parents and donors. You will often find Dave spending his free time on campus at the track, field or gym supporting our student-athletes and coaches. He will make fast friends and makes sure to meet and greet every family member and student-athlete in attendance. He also will spend his free time supporting many of the music and arts programs on campus as well.

We are blessed to have Dave represent George Fox University and thank him for the gifts that he shares with us and our community.


Don Powers (Biology) and four coauthors, including George Fox alumnus Joey Canepa, published a research paper, “Hummingbirds budget energy flexibility in response to changing resources,” in the British Ecological Society’s publication Functional Ecology. The piece discusses how, as resource availability or abiotic conditions change, hummingbirds can adjust how they allocate energy to activities such as foraging, resting and reproduction. This behavioral flexibility in energy allocation may be a key factor in determining free-living animals’ fitness in changing environmental conditions.

Leah Payne (Seminary) in mid-August explored what happens when a tradition’s unique understanding of calling meets societal norms of leadership in a Christianity Today podcast, “Quick to Listen” with Morgan Lee. In the interview, Payne discusses why women have struggled to advance past the pastorate, the unique ways Pentecostals understand church leadership, and why many Pentecostal churches have pastor couples that lead churches together. You can listen to it here

Paul Anderson (Christian Studies) edited Volume 8 in the Johannine Monograph Series, The Gospel of John in Christian History: Seven Glimpses into the Johannine Community (expanded and revised), published in July by Wipf & Stock. This and the other seven volumes in the series, beginning with Rudolf Bultmann’s commentary on John as Vol. 1, were given to the Marburg University Library at the Society for New Testament Studies meetings in August. At those meetings, Paul was invited to respond to a paper in the Philo Seminar with “On Philo, the Via Negativa, and John’s Dialectical Theology – A Response to Athanasios Despotis.” Paul also co-led a workshop at the on-campus Northwest Yearly Meeting sessions in July on “Speak, Lord, For Your Servant is Listening – Answering God’s Call,” and he presented a PowerPoint on “Seeing the Word of God – The Illuminative Power of The Saint John’s Bible” at the First Christian Church in Portland. Finally, Volume 6 in the Quakers and the Disciplines Series (for which Paul is the founding series editor) – Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability (coedited by Cherice Bock) – was published in time for the Friends Association for Higher Education meetings in June, held at Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill Conference Center in Philadelphia. There, Paul presented a paper, “Elizabeth Fry – A Noteworthy Friend.” He also preached at Reedwood Friends Church on the topic “Christ-Hymns Then and Now.”

Ron Clark (Portland Seminary) has spent the summer directing youth groups from across the country to complete a new houseless community (Agape Village) in Portland. The village will be open this fall and be Portland’s sixth community. Visit this link for updated news or for volunteer youth class projects in the village movement to end homelessness.

Comings and Goings

Monday, August 12th, 2019

The university welcomes Victoria Holland as an administrative assistant for the Graduate School of Counseling. She worked most recently for the Medical Consultants Network, for which she served as an administrative assistant the past two years. An alumna of the university, Victoria worked as an admissions intern at George Fox during the 2013-14 academic year. She graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in art, with a fashion design concentration, in 2015. Victoria lives in Newberg with her husband, Chris, and attends Red Hills Church. She is an avid boulderer and rock hunter, and for three months of her life she lived in Seoul, South Korea.


Jared Horton has transitioned from a temporary role to full time as an HVAC preventative maintenance technician in plant services. He has worked as a shop assistant on campus since January, and before that worked in general construction labor for Horton & Company LLC, based in McMinnville. An alumnus of the university, he was a work-study student in George Fox’s electrical department (2016-17) and in its custodial department (2015-16). Jared is earning an associate of applied science in building inspection technology credential through Portland Community College, with an expected completion of that program in September of this year. He lives in Newberg and attends Timberline Baptist Church in Sherwood.


Alumna Lael May has joined the finance office as an accountant. She arrives with an accounting background after working at several large manufacturing firms, including Erickson, Inc., an aircraft manufacturing and operating company based on Portland, and Davis Tool, Inc., a metal machine and manufacturing firm in Hillsboro. She also performed a variety of job functions over 10 years at the Lattice Semiconductor Corporation in Hillsboro, including IT business relationship manager, finance project manager, and as the SOX compliance audit manager. Lael earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from George Fox in 2004. She lives in Beaverton with her husband Rick, their Jack Russell Terrier Paprika, and Maw the cat. The Mays have six adult children and four grandchildren, with whom they spend a lot of free time riding quads and dirt bikes throughout Oregon. Their church home is Westside: A Jesus Church.


The IDEA Center welcomes Nadine Pasin as an office coordinator. An alumna of the university, she’s worked as an office administrator for Natural Health Works, a naturopathic practice in Oregon City, since December of last year. She graduated from George Fox with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, with concentrations in studio arts, English, and organizational communication, in December of 2018. While a student, Nadine was a student career specialist (2017-19), a marketing intern (2018), and a teacher’s assistant (2018), all in the IDEA Center. Nadine lives in Oregon City and attends Athey Creek Christian Fellowship in West Linn.


The student life office welcomes Amy Reeves to serve as an area coordinator for the Edwards and Gulley halls as part of residence life. For the past year she has worked as an academic enrichment coordinator at Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where she facilitated guidance for a staff of 75 student workers and oversaw peer tutoring and academic peer mentoring while assisting with student success coaching. Before that, from 2014 to 2018, Amy was a resident director at Mount Vernon. Concurrently, from 2013 to 2017, she was the university’s residence life coordinator, overseeing the school’s housing process. Before that, she was a resident assistant at Mount Vernon (2009-13). Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Mount Vernon Nazarene in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Higher Education program at Geneva College, with an expected completion in 2020. She lives in the Kelsey House with her husband, Micah, and dog, Bane.


Athletics welcomes Jenéa Shoemaker as the assistant director of sports information and marketing. She has worked the past year as a communications intern for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, serving as the assistant to the director of strategic communications. Among her duties were promoting the 23 Division II athletic programs sponsored by the conference through maintenance of its website, and producing and maintaining social media content for the largest Division II conference in the country (17 institutions). The year prior, she worked as a sports information intern at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with 13 DII programs and acted as the primary contact for women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s track and field, and softball. Jenéa earned a bachelor of business administration degree in sports management from State University of New York at Canton in 2018. She lives in Wilsonville.


Portland Seminary welcomes Gaby Viesca as its director of strategic planning and outreach. For the past five years she has worked as a women’s pastor at Cedar Mill Bible Church in Portland, where she contributed to the overall leadership, direction and vision of the church while also leading its women’s ministry. Previously, she served as a church leadership consultant at Centro Biblico Neguev in Beersheva, Israel (2012); cofounded and directed a Christian leadership nonprofit organization, Lideres con Valor, in Monterrey, Mexico (2010-11); and worked designing global strategies at General Electric in Monterrey, Mexico (2008-10). She holds a master’s degree in biblical studies from Regent University (2014) and a bachelor’s degree in international business from the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico (2007). Gaby lives in Portland.


Shereen Hullum (Social Work), Kelly Carlisle (Education), Matt Sargent (Registrar), Sarah Southworth (Business), Tyler Welker (Cinematic Arts), Matt Dyment (Residence Life), Collin Cram (Athletics) and Joe Thouvenel (IDEA Center) are no longer at the university.

Custodial services’ Kathy Dexter, Kera Hallman, Joshua Howlett, Christina Kiefiuk Yates, Teresa Lamm, Glory Lehman, John Libemday, Laurie Lorenzen, Jeff Marble, Tahlia Martin, Caleb Wheelock and Mike Wirta are no longer at the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Marina Alcala-Medel is now an advancement operations specialist in the advancement office.

Corey Haverda is now a data analyst in the advancement office.

Jamison Loop has transitioned out of the undergraduate admissions office to take a new position in the marketing communications office, where he will serve as marketing program manager.

Nancy Fawver is transitioning to the role of senior associate registrar.

Brett Meyers is taking on an additional role, serving as both coordinator of student programs and, as of late July, as area coordinator for the new Newlin Hall.

About Our People

Monday, August 12th, 2019

Jennie Harrop (Adult Degree Program) published a book, The Jesus Quotient: IQ to EQ to AQ (Wipf & Stock) in July. In it, she addresses the idea that, as leaders, our capacity to hear is often muddied by an inability to acknowledge our own insufficiencies and emotions. She observes how Jesus knew his God-given purpose and emotional character so deeply that he was able to operate out of these foundations boldly and instinctively. Jesus’s infallible Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Quotient (EQ) allowed him to focus on a third concept called “Audience Quotient” (AQ): an individual’s ability to focus consistently, completely, and effectively on others. The book argues that, if the church is to earn a voice in this culture, it cannot be about the components of church at all, but instead must be about the individual souls within the church – pastors included. The better we ground ourselves in the truth of who we were created to be (IQ, EQ, and AQ), the better able we will be to love God fully and love those around us as we love ourselves.

In the Family

Monday, August 12th, 2019

David Green, a former George Fox University Board of Trustees chair, passed away on Aug. 2. President Robin Baker wished to share some words about David …

“David loved and cared for the mission of George Fox. In the Quaker way, he took the time to listen and show great kindness and patience in every conversation and decision. He was always responsible, diligent in his duties as board chair, had a compassionate heart, and served the board well. Please hold his wife, Ruth, and their children in your prayers. I know they covet your prayers.”

David’s memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Tigard Community Friends Church.

Comings and Goings

Monday, July 15th, 2019

The university’s marketing communications office welcomes Vanessa Spier as the department’s marketing creative director. Most recently, from 2013 to 2018, she served as director of strategic communications for Singapore American School in Singapore, overseeing the institution’s communications and marketing efforts while partnering with the school’s superintendent, board and leadership team to redefine its mission, vision and strategic plan. Her work helped further Singapore American School’s reputation as one of the world’s largest and highest-performing international schools, with 4,000 students and an operating budget of $150 million. Previously, Vanessa worked as a corporate communications manager for Microsoft’s Asia Pacific Headquarters (2012-13), managing internal communications for the company as well as developing a cross-company communications program, among other duties. She also worked internationally as a freelance editor in the Philippines (2003-09) and as a public relations specialist with the U.S. Agency for International Development in Cairo, Egypt (2000-02). Vanessa earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Willamette University in 1994. She lives in Lake Oswego with husband Mike, son Hayden (16) and daughter Avery (14), and attends Rolling Hills Community Church.


The library welcomes Jenny Bruxvoort as a research and instruction librarian and assistant professor. She arrives from the University of Illinois Library in Urbana, Illinois, where she served as a graduate assistant in library assessment since August of 2017. As part of her employment, since December of 2017 she has worked on an independent research project for which she gathered and coded data on the portrayal of librarians in college science textbooks – a study she plans to publish. Jenny also gained library experience as an Atkins Fellow for assessment and analytics in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s J Murrey Atkins Library in the summer of 2018. She graduated this spring with a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Calvin College (2016). Jenny lives in Tualatin with her husband Brandt.


Finance has hired an accounting specialist, Patrick Culligan, this month. A stay-at-home dad the past five years, he worked previously as an express client services representative at Fiserv, Inc., a financial services technology company, in 2013-14. Prior to that, for seven years, he was an operations specialist with OnPoint Community Credit Union, responsible for processing member wire transfers, check processing and research, and providing operations support for credit union branches, among other duties. Patrick attended Portland State University, where he focused on communication studies (2005-10). He lives in Newberg with his wife Andrea and their 6-year-old twin boys, Noah and Carter. The family attends St. Peters Catholic Church in Newberg.


Alumna Kacie Warden has joined the student financial services office as an account specialist. A spring 2019 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, Kacie has worked in student accounts for the past two years as a work-study student. Also while a student, she played for the university’s women’s basketball team (2015-17), has been active in the National Society of Leadership and Success (2018-19), and since 2011 has been a youth sports coach at Monroe Grade School in Monroe, Oregon. She also worked for eight years (2010-18) as a laborer and equipment operator on her family’s farm, Warden Farms. Kacie lives in Newberg.


Elizabeth Anderson (Student Life), Jennifer Farland (International Admissions), Abigail Hortegas (Admissions), Jim Jackson (Advancement), Nadine Kincaid (Campus Public Safety), Alex Pia (International Admissions), Dinah Steig (Student Accounts) and Jenny Zaganiacz (Student Life) have left the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, July 15th, 2019

Jacob Vahlenkamp has transitioned from a temp position to serve as a data manager in the admissions department.

John Kaye has transitioned to an applications analyst position in IT after serving as an operations specialist in the student accounts office.

Stephanie Bugas is moving from her position of director of advancement operations to that of associate development officer.  

Tai Harden-Moore, director of grants administration, has returned to the advancement office after working the past two years in academic affairs. 

Mitzi Martinez is moving this month from the IDEA Center to residence life to serve as an area coordinator.

About Our People

Monday, July 15th, 2019

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 Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, June 3-6. Joining him at the conference were student life’s Brad Lau, Kristi Welker, Min Choi, Brett Meyers and Stephanie St. Cyr, as well as Mitzi Martinez from the IDEA Center. At the conference, Lau co-presented a workshop, “Shining a Light: The Current State of Student Mental Health,” while Welker also co-presented a workshop, “Building a Commuter Inclusive Campus.”

Comings and Goings

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Alumna Abby Buckles has joined the university’s William Penn Honors Program to serve as its admissions coordinator. A 2018 graduate of George Fox, from which she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology while participating in the honors program, Abby has worked extensively on campus since her arrival as a freshman. Since September, she has worked as a retail associate in the Bruin Store. Previously, she was a student employee in the psychology department (2017-18) and both a student intern (2016-17) and student employee (2014-16) in the honors program. She lives in Newberg with her husband Zak, a student in George Fox’s PsyD program. The couple attends Church of the Vine in Newberg.


The marketing communications office welcomes Missy Downs as a marketing campaign and event manager. She graduated from George Fox this spring, earning a bachelor’s degree in marketing, and has worked as a marketing intern and graphic designer in the marketing communications office for the past four years. In addition, she served as a resident assistant on campus (2017-18) and worked as an organizational aid and social media manager for the Newberg Bakery (2018-19). Missy also gained external work experience as a marketing consultant for the Newberg Rotary Club during her senior year. She lives in Newberg and attends Journey Church in Sherwood, where she teaches preschool children.


The following professors are retiring from George Fox this summer: Christine Austin (ELI), Bob Bredemeier (Art and Design), Gary Buhler (Art and Design), George Byrtek (ADP), Viki Defferding (Spanish), Steve Delamarter (Seminary), Jim Foster (Dean, College of Behavioral and Health Sciences) and Mark McLeod-Harrison (Philosophy). Buhler will return to teach on an adjunct basis.

After 20 years of service with Bon Appetit on campus, Denny Lawrence is retiring this summer.

Danny Cross (Athletics), David Kerr (Art and Design), Kelly Lafferty (Graduate Admissions), Steve Leijon (Business), Paul L’Esperance (Nursing), Danette Newkirk (Marketing Communications), Janelle Olivarez (Marketing Communications), Marcus Peters (Plant Services), Polly Peterson (English), Erica Ramirez (Seminary), Aida Ramos (Sociology), David Rawson (Business), Jon Schatz (Business), Grace Tissell (IDEA Center), Rebecca Valdovinos (ELI) and Gina Worley (Graduate Admissions) have left the university. Leijon, Rawson and Schatz will return to teach on an adjunct basis.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, June 10th, 2019

Seth Preuss is taking over as director of sports information after serving as assistant director of sports information since last fall.

Belinda Creighton has transitioned from the Finance office to working in Employee Empowerment, where she will serve as a lead payroll specialist.

Elrika Shaw has transitioned out of the plant services department and into a position with Campus Public Safety as an administrative assistant and parking operations manager.

About Our People

Monday, June 10th, 2019

The following professors have been awarded tenure, effective Aug. 15: Joseph Clair (Christian Studies), Dawn Ford (Cinematic Arts), Marcey Keefer-Hutchison (Physical Therapy), Gary Sehorn (Doctor of Education) and Cindy Zablotny (Physical Therapy).

The following professors have been promoted from associate professor to professor, effective Aug. 15: Tyler Cuddeford (Physical Therapy), Amy Dee (MAT), Dawn Ford (Cinematic Arts) and Brent Wilson (Computer Science).

The following professors have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor, effective Aug. 15: Jason Brumitt (Physical Therapy), Anderson Campbell (Christian Studies), Pam Fifer (Nursing), Jing Hao (Chemistry), Jennie Harrop (ADP), Celeste Jones (PsyD), Daniel Kang (Physical Therapy), David Liu (Business), Sarah Southworth (Marketing), Sarah Stevenson (Library), Matthew Stump (Biology), Danielle Warner (Music) and Brandon Waybright (Art and Design).

Jim Steele (College of Business) was the keynote speaker for the annual Leadership Summit for YMCA of the Columbia-Willamette on May 13. Seventy-five executives, managers and supervisors from every part of the organization participated in a three-hour interactive session on the topic of “Coaching through Change.”

Ron Clark (Portland Seminary) was presented the Midori Hamilton Award by the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The award is given each year for an individual’s outstanding work in domestic and sexual assault service to the state of Oregon. Clark is currently with a mission in Colombia training clergy, military and law enforcement in violence prevention in churches and the community. His book Freeing the Oppressed, used in the past at the seminary, is now available in a new Russian translation to be used by advocates, law enforcement and clergy in Russian-speaking faith communities in the Northwest. 

In April, Rachel Thomas (University Archives) presented “ArchivesSpace 2.0: A Step Further” at Northwest Archivists 2019 with fellow archivists Steve Duckworth (Oregon Health & Science University), Zach Selley (Reed College), and Conor Casey (University of Washington). The presentation focused on advanced uses of ArchivesSpace, an archival collection management software to enhance intellectual control of archival collections.

Cherice Bock (Seminary) coedited Volume 6 in the Quakers & the Disciplines Series, entitled “Quakers, Creation Care, and Sustainability.” The book is set to release at the Friends Association for Higher Education conference in Philadelphia June 13-16. Bock contributed an essay and a coauthored essay to the volume. Craig Goodworth also contributed to the volume, and Paul Anderson (College of Christian Studies) serves as the series editor.