Comings and Goings

Monday, January 13th, 2020

The university welcomes David Cimbora as the new dean of the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. He arrives from the Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University in La Mirada, California, where he served for 22 years, most recently as associate dean of doctoral programs since 2016. As associate dean, he was program chair for both the PhD and PsyD programs in clinical psychology. In addition, he oversaw the accreditation and admissions processes for both doctoral programs. Previously, David served as director of clinical training at Rosemead from 2005 to 2016 for both the PhD and PsyD programs. His Rosemead tenure has included stints as a full professor (2015-19), associate professor (2004-15) and assistant professor (1997 to 2004). A licensed psychologist since 1999, he also worked at the Biola Counseling Center for 22 years seeing couples and individual patients. In all, his career in psychology has spanned more than 25 years and has included work in educational and clinical settings in Colorado, New Mexico and California. David holds a PhD (1997) and master’s degree (1994) in child clinical psychology from the University of Denver, as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Washington (1991). He lives in Dundee and is married to Marie. They have two children: Nathaniel (18) and Sam (16).

The physician assistant program has hired Mariah Fredericks as an administrative assistant. She is a familiar face on campus, having served since August of 2018 as an assistant coach with the university’s women’s soccer team. Previously, she served as a global intern for the Samaritan’s Purse organization in 2017, gaining experience in volunteer recruitment and event facilitating. While serving with Samaritan’s Purse in Myanmar, she created curriculum nutrition program activities, and planned and coordinated community partnership and local outreach events. Mariah was also a volunteer soccer coach with Soccer Without Borders in Greeley, Colorado, in 2018. She earned a bachelor’s degree in youth ministry and organizational development from Colorado Christian University (2017), where she was a member of the school’s 2016 national championship soccer team at the NCAA Division II level. Mariah lives in Newberg and attends Saint’s Hill Church.

Mary Lou Lewis joins the university to work as an administrative assistant in the music department. For the past two years she’s worked as a tax executive assistant for Delap LLP in Lake Oswego, where she managed the day-to-day needs of tax partners and tax department staff. Previously, she was employed for four years at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland as an administrative assistant for radiologists. Mary Lou has also worked as a real estate broker and as a legal administrative assistant for a San Francisco-based law firm. Outside of work, she has been active as a board member, event committee member and volunteer coordinator for the Young People’s Theatre Project in Portland over the past 11 years. Mary Lou holds a bachelor’s degree in social services from Western Washington University (1986). She lives in Wilsonville with her husband Jeffery, and they have four grown children – Joseph, Jacob, Emily and Matthew. She attends the Church of the Resurrection in Tualatin, where she is part of its praise band.

Heather Rollins joins the university as an assistant professor in the physician assistant program. Prior to her arrival, she worked as a physician assistant in primary care for more than 11 years at the WVP Keizer Clinic in Keizer, Oregon, where she also served on WVP’s management, quality improvement and finance committees in recent years. She started her physician assistant career in urgent care in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In all, she joins George Fox with more than 14 years of clinical experience. She earned a doctor of medical science degree from Lynchburg University in 2019 and previously completed physician assistant training at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, earning a master’s degree in physician assistant studies in 2005. Heather enjoys spending time with her family, with whom she likes to hike, kayak and camp throughout Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

Curt Stilp brings more than 20 years of medical experience to his role as an associate professor and associate director of the School of Medical Science (PA program). For the past 11 years he has worked at Oregon Health and Science University as an assistant professor in the school’s Division of Physician Assistant Education (2008-19). Curt most recently held the position of associate professor in the school’s Office of Academic Affairs and Division of Physician Assistant Education (2019). He also served as director of OHSU’s Oregon Area Health Education Center (AHEC) the past three years. In the three years previous, he was an assistant professor in OHSU’s Office of Academic Affairs. Prior to his arrival in Portland, Curt was an assistant professor (2007-08), instructor (2005-07) and lecturer (2004-05) in the Physician Assistant Department at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago, Illinois. He holds a doctorate in higher education and education leadership from Portland State University (2017), a master of science from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2001) and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Winona State University (1997). He lives in Newberg with his wife of 22 years, Jodi, and their four children –  Grant, Katie, Alli, and Paige. The family attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Portland.

The student accounts office has hired Aimee Soles to serve as a student accounts specialist on both the Newberg and Portland campuses. She worked most recently as a services director for Daniels Chapel of the Roses in Santa Rosa, California (2015-16), for which she counseled families and made funeral arrangements. Previously, she was a clinical research coordinator for the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend (2014-15 and 2010-12) and a program assistant for the Kids Center in Bend, responsible for assisting its medical evaluation team (2013-14). Most recently, Aimee has volunteered her time to care for and engage individuals with Alzheimer’s general dementia through Catholic Charities’ Shaw Center for Memory Care in Santa Rosa (2016-18). Aimee earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of the Pacific in 1997. She lives in Beaverton with her husband Jay. They have three children – Aidan, Josie and Brent – and plan to launch a house church.

The advancement office welcomes Jessica Warburton as an associate director of development. She arrives with eight years of experience in the fundraising and development arena, most recently working as director of annual giving for the Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion and Polk Counties for the past year and a half. Before that, she worked for nearly five years as an area director for Young Life in Lampasas, Texas. Beyond work, Jessica is active at Outward Community Church in Salem, where she is part of a Bible study group that has supported the Marion County Food Share and Salem for Refugees programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and communication studies from Texas State University (2010). Jessica lives in Newberg with her sister.

Jekabs Bikis, dean of the College of Business since 2017, came to a mutual agreement with the university to end his employment at George Fox effective at the end of last month. Jekabs is a person of integrity who aligned with the university’s mission, and his service to the university is appreciated. We wish he and his family well in this next chapter of their life and encourage you to do the same if you see him on campus. During the spring semester, the provost’s office will manage day-to-day operations with assistance from the president and a group of business faculty.

Debbie Hawblitzel (Music), Kristi Welker (Student Life), Steve Wiley (Plant Services), Christine Saladino (Social Work) and Sarah Stevenson (Library) are no longer with the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Jeff Fair has transitioned to a position with plant services as a porter on the Newberg campus.

About Our People

Monday, January 13th, 2020

Mark McMinn (Doctor of Psychology) published an article, “Is the Wisdom of Mary Unique for a Teenager,” in the Dec. 13 online edition of Christianity Today magazine. In it, Mark uses the story of Christ’s birth to point out that conventional and practical wisdom don’t necessarily come with age, and that the wisdom of the young should not be overlooked or dismissed.

Ed Higgins (English Emeritus/Writer in Residence) published his poems “Garden Ruin” and “another distance” in the Winter 2019 issue of The Orchards Poetry Journal, an online publication. Ed also published his piece “tulips language” in the December 2019 issue of World Haiku Review, the official magazine of the World Haiku Club.

Ron Clark (Seminary) has been named executive director of the Kairos Church Planting organization. Regarding the future of Kairos, Clark says, “My hope is to see 100 new churches planted during my service and leadership and to see us develop Christian leaders who engage our culture, practice hands-on ministry, and proclaim a Gospel that transforms others into disciples of Jesus. I also hope that through this ministry we can provide hard evidence that Jesus truly saves and offers hope of transformation and healing.”

Comings and Goings

Monday, December 9th, 2019

The Office of Plant Services has hired Bart Hutchison as an electrician. He brings nearly 15 years of maintenance and repair experience. Most recently, he’s worked since July as a maintenance electrician for the National Frozen Foods Corporation operation in Albany, Oregon. Prior to that, he worked in the same capacity for Stahlbush Island Farms of Corvallis, Oregon (2018-19) and as a facilities electrician for Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon (2016-18). Bart has been a licensed electrician since 2009 and previously attended Linn-Benton Community College. He lives in Albany with his wife Vanessa. They have three children – Bart Jr., Sidney and Ryker – and attends Neighborhood Church in Albany. He is also involved in missions work with his wife’s father’s church in Honduras, Edificando la Familia.

Fawn Kalugin has joined the university to work as an administrative assistant in the plant services office. For the past year she has worked as a project assistant for Woodburn Construction in Woodburn, Oregon, where she prepared contracts, did payroll and clerical work, and handled invoices, among other duties. Before that, she gained work experience in retail, serving as a brand ambassador for Banana Republic at its Woodburn location (2017-18) and as a sales associate at Wilsons Leather, also in Woodburn (2016-17). Fiofana lives in Gervais with her husband Joe. They attend Saint Nicholas in Woodburn.

About Our People

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Sarita Edwards (Christian Studies) coauthored a book, Breaking through the Boundaries: God’s Mission from the Outside In, published this fall through Orbis Books. In it, four experienced missiologists draw upon biblical narratives to highlight key roles played by those outside established Jewish/Christian religious tradition in the service of God’s mission. The authors apply the missiological insights gleaned from the biblical accounts to contemporary issues such as global migration crises and interreligious strife. Coauthoring the book were Azusa Pacific University’s Paul Hertig and Young Lee Hertig, and Robert L. Gallagher from the Wheaton College Graduate School.

Paige Parry (Biology) and two George Fox biology alumni, Elizah Stephens and Chris Murar, collaborated with Daniel Tinker from the University of Wyoming to publish a paper, “Environmental determinants of recruitment success of subalpine fir (Abies lasiocapra) in a mixed-conifer forest,” in Western North American Naturalist, a peer-reviewed scientific journal focusing on biodiversity and conservation in western North America.

Ed Higgins (Writer in Residence and English Professor Emeritus) published a haibun, “Syntax Connections,” in the most recent issue of the online journal Failed haiku (a Journal of English Senryu).

Don Powers (Biology) coauthored an article, “The allometry of daily energy expenditure in hummingbirds: an energy budget approach,” accepted for publication in the Journal of Animal Ecology. In it, the authors suggest that the unusually high energy cost of flight (including hovering) explains why daily energy expenditure increases with body size faster in hummingbirds than it does in any other warm-blooded animal.

Jennifer Lehman (Business) presented “Faith, Stewardship and Legacy Planning (and tax benefits for you)” at the First Presbyterian Church in Newberg on Nov. 24.

Kent Yinger’s (Seminary) book, God and Human Wholeness: Perfection in Biblical and Theological Tradition (Cascade, 2019), was released in October. In it, Kent argues that God intends flourishing and wholeness for his human creation rather than “perfection.”

Comings and Goings

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Melinda Olson has joined the graduate admissions counseling team to work as an admissions counselor for the Doctor of Education program. She arrives from the Hillsboro School District, where she was a secondary resource specialist for the past two years, teaching college and career prep classes for high school students. Melinda lived in Texas prior to that, working as a special education teacher at Hutto Middle School in Hutto, Texas (2015-16), serving as a fitness instructor at a YMCA in Austin, Texas (2013-14), and working as a special education coordinator (2011-13) and teacher (2010-11) at Harmony Charter School in Austin. She holds a master of education degree with a specialization in multicultural special education from the University of Texas (2006) and a bachelor’s degree in speech communications and public relations from Miami University (2005). Melinda lives in Hillsboro with her husband Russell, their two children, Xavier and Stella, and Shadow the dog. The family attends Sonrise Church in Hillsboro and enjoys exploring the outdoors and discovering good restaurants. Melinda’s hobbies include reading, cooking, Latin dancing, and as of very recently, knitting.

Cory Hand (Athletics), Kenton Miller (IT) and Matt Williams (Plant Services) are no longer with the university.

About Our People

Monday, November 25th, 2019

Nicole M. Enzinger (Education) published and presented two conference papers at the 41st annual meeting of the North American Chapter of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education. The first paper, “What does it take to be a fox? New horizons for communities of practice,” critiqued scholarly mathematics education communities with comparison to virtual mathematics education communities. The second paper, “Prospective teachers’ collective knowledge: Solving integer missing subtrahend problems,” described thinking from a collective perspective as a way to transition away from deficit perspectives on prospective teachers’ mathematical thinking. 

Mark David Hall’s (Politics) book, Did America Have a Christian Founding?, published this fall, earned a spot on World Magazine’s “2019 Books of the Year,” considered “vivid and insightful new releases for better understanding America, world events, history, science, and theology,” according to the publication’s website. Mark’s book made the short list of “Best History Books.”

Jenny Lehman (Business) recently published an article, “Charitable bequest importance among donors to different types of charities,” in the International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing.

Comings and Goings

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Steven Billings has joined plant services as an irrigation technician. For the past year and a half he’s worked for Landservices, Inc. of Hillsboro, serving as a landscape project estimator and manager. Previously, he did the same work for PGM Landscape in Portland (2017), worked as a maintenance manager for Lewis Landscape Services of Beaverton (2017) and was employed as an area manager for Coast Landscape Management in Napa, California (2014-15). Steven also owned and operated his own landscaping and maintenance business from 2004 to 2013. He attended both Linn Benton Community College and audited landscaping and horticulture courses at Oregon State University. He has been a state-certified landscape technician since 1995. Steven lives in Beaverton with Susan, his wife of 42 years. He has three children – Lorcy Ann, Tyler and Spenser – and attends City’s Edge Church in Beaverton.

Nina Inglesby has joined the advancement office as an operations specialist. She graduated this spring from Central Washington University with a master’s degree in information technology and administrative management. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Central Washington (2018). Since finishing school, Nina has worked as a program coordinator for the Boys and Girls Club of Bend, Oregon, for which she did program planning for ages 7 to 13. Previously, she worked as an intern and gallery assistant work-study student at Gallery One in Ellensburg, Washington, in 2017-18. Nina lives in the Sylvan Highlands neighborhood of Portland with her husband, Henry, and attends Westside: A Jesus Church in Tigard. She is the daughter-in-law of employee Craig Inglesby, director of the university’s Bridge Network program.

The university’s IDEA Center has hired Carol Parker Walsh, JD, PhD, as an assistant director and as a career and internship coach. For the past five years, she has run her own consulting business, serving as a career and executive coach for high-achieving women, a personal branding expert and image consultant for entrepreneurial and professional women, and as a leadership and organizational consultant for small, mid-size and Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit associations. Previously, Carol worked as the associate dean for the School of Human and Organizational Development and director for the Master’s in Organizational Development & Leadership at Fielding Graduate University (2009-12). She’s also an Amazon best-selling author, a member of the Forbes Coaching Council and has presented on the TEDx stage at Portland State University. Carol has an extensive background in the healthcare industry, serving as an assistant professor in the doctoral program at the OHSU School of Nursing (2007-11) and as an assistant professor and interim director in the Oregon MPH program (2004-11). She holds a PhD in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University (2005), a JD in employment law from Chicago-Kent College of Law (1991), master’s degrees in human development (2004) and organizational development/management (2002), both from Fielding, a bachelor’s degree in organizational communication from Loyola University of Chicago (1989), and has completed post-doctoral work in the public health program at the University of North Carolina, Chapel-Hill, and the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. She lives in Vancouver, Washington, with her husband Thomas. They have two adult children: Madelyn, a junior pre-med major at California Lutheran University, and Nicholas, a digital technology student at Washington State University.

Stephanie Bestland (Oregon Writing Project) is no longer with the university.

Movers & Quakers

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Holli Paskewich, formerly in the School of Education, is now an administrative assistant with the physician assistant program.

About Our People

Monday, November 11th, 2019

Javier Garcia (William Penn Honors Program) released a book, Recovering the Ecumenical Bonhoeffer: Thinking after the Tradition (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic), this month. In it, Javier explores the possibilities for Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s theology to revitalize interest in the ecumenical movement and Christian unity today. Although many commentators have lamented the waning interest in the ecumenical movement since the 1960s, the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in 2017, coupled with recent in-roads such as the ecumenical efforts of Pope Francis, have opened new possibilities for the ecumenical project. In this context, Javier presents Bonhoeffer as a helpful model for contemporary ecumenical dialogue.

Randy S. Woodley (Seminary) in October traveled to Nova Scotia to give the prestigious Hayward Lectures at Acadia Divinity College, the first George Fox professor to be extended that invitation. The lectures provide academic dialogue to stimulate critical engagement and reflection on key and emerging ideas in church history, Christian theology and biblical studies. The school hosts the event to give world-class scholars in the aforementioned disciplines the opportunity to present their freshest work and emerging or disruptive ideas in the formats of lecture, conversation and writing. While in Nova Scotia, Randy also spoke at the Acadia Chapel service, addressed Acadia faculty, engaged in several interviews, and preached at St. Andrews United Church of Canada in Halifax. The lecture series was entitled “Indigenous Theology as Original Instructions and a Critique of the Western Christian Worldview.”

Jennie Harrop and Rae Casey (Department of Professional Studies) have spoken at two conferences this fall on behalf of the university’s degree completion programs. On Oct. 4, the two offered a discussion titled “Ensuring Excellence: Training, Mentoring, & Affirming Adjunct Faculty in Degree Completion Programs” at the 2019 Leadership in Higher Education Conference in St. Louis. On Nov. 7, they presented a session, titled “More Than Just Basket-Weaving: The Challenge of Marketing Adult Ed to Colleagues, Administrators, and Those Who Hold the Purse Strings,” at the 2019 Council for Adult and Experiential Learning Conference in Chicago.

Brenda Morton (School of Education) and Anna Berardi (Graduate School of Counseling) are celebrating the wide reception of their open access textbook, Trauma-Informed School Practices: Building Expertise to Transform Schools. Released in September, it currently has more than 1,000 downloads, including at 120 institutions in 25 countries. The text identifies trauma-informed educator competencies and how these advancements invite systemic change involving all who are committed to K-12 education.

Ed Higgins’ (English Faculty Emeritus) poem, “Lattés,” appears in the “Coffee” section of Issue 49 (October 2019) of Hong Kong’s Voice & Verse Poetry Magazine. Ed also published a flash fiction story, “Arion, The Poet,” in the current online issue of Mediterranean Poetry (Oct. 26, 2019).

Megan Fisher (Parent and Family Programs) recently presented an educational session, entitled “Happy Little Accidents: Maximizing Campus Connections in Times of Transitions,” at the 2019 Association of Higher Education Parent/Family Program Professionals’ national conference. Fisher’s session explored how today’s changing attitudes toward higher education is forcing universities to maximize staffing while still continuing to provide consistent quality programming. She encouraged attendees to utilize campus networks and look for innovative opportunities to weather these changes in order to provide better collaboration, more opportunity to engage in healthy parent/student relationships, and increase diverse voices. Her session was one of 32 sessions chosen from 68 applicants.

About Our People

Monday, October 28th, 2019

Mark David Hall’s (Politics) book, Did America Have a Christian Founding?, was published this month by Thomas Nelson Books. In it, Mark debunks the assertion that America’s founders were deists who desired the strict separation of church and state and instead shows that their political ideas were profoundly influenced by their Christian convictions. In addition, Mark received word last week that the university’s John Dickinson Forum, created to promote thoughtful study, discussion and debate about America’s founding principles, was designated an “oasis of excellence” by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

Several of the Graduate School of Counseling faculty were in Seattle in mid-October for the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 2019 National Conference. The group jointly presented on the topic, “Setting the Table for Critical Conversations Around Religious Privilege in Counselor Education.” Those in attendance included Michelle Engblom-Deglemann, Lorraine DeKruyf, Richard Shaw, Keith Dempsey, Unique Page and Keleigh Blount. Lorraine also presented on “School Counseling Site Supervisor Training: Overcoming Constraints Using a Brief Experiential Model” with Dr. Diana Gruman from Western Washington University and Dr. Lucy Purgason from Appalachian State University.

Paige Parry (Biology) collaborated with three colleagues to publish a research paper, “Multi-scale integration of tree recruitment and range dynamics in a changing climate,” in Global Ecology and Biogeography, a bimonthly peer-reviewed scientific journal that specializes in publicizing research in the field of macroecology. Paige worked with Jeff Carroll (Colorado State University), Patrick Martin (the University of Denver) and Matthew Talluto (Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries in Berlin, Germany) to write the piece. The paper describes a novel integrated metamodeling approach designed to assimilate diverse datasets to improve projections of species responses to climate. Parry and colleagues applied this modeling approach to predict changes in distributions of western North American tree species while directly integrating information on tree recruitment.

Cherice Bock (seminary) wrote an entry on “Watershed Discipleship” in the book An Ecotopian Lexicon (University of Minnesota Press), released in October. The book suggests new words, novel interpretations of English words, and loanwords from other languages that can help us imagine how to adapt and even flourish in the face of socioecological adversity. Bock’s entry discusses the Christian framework of watershed discipleship: participating as stewards in the community of creation, building partnership networks of care within our local regions (watersheds), and emphasizing equity based on Christ’s invitation to love our neighbors.

Ed Higgins (Professor Emeritus, English Department/Writer-in-Residence) is coeditor of the anthology Hunger: The Best of Brilliant Flash Fiction 2014-2019. The collection was released at the Fort Collins Book Festival Oct. 19. In addition to coediting the story selections, Ed also wrote the anthology’s introduction, setting forth elements of this form of brief storytelling as, essentially, “Tell us a full story in 1,000 words or fewer.” The anthology’s international stories have been chosen from the Ireland/U.S.-based online journal Brilliant Flash Fiction. Several anthology authors gave readings, and flash fiction workshops were offered at the launch event.

Jenny Lehman (Business) presented at the Academy of Financial Services conference in Minneapolis on Oct. 16. Her presentation, “Work-Life Balance and Burnout Among Women in Financial Planning,” was coauthored with Cindy Riecke, Rebecca Henderson and Aman Sunder from the College for Financial Planning.

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 (, and from 2011 to 2015 she served The Journal of Homiletic ( 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.