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Our professors are distinguished scholars, active researchers, published writers, and faithful Christians who demonstrate what it means to be both Christ-followers and leaders in their academic fields. As mentors and role models, they play a huge role in the integration of faith and learning at Bethel.

Program Directors & Lead Faculty

Katie Bonawitz

Katie Bonawitz

Program Director | katie-bonawitz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Bonawitz is a 2020 Fulbright Teaching Grant recipient to Tomsk, Russia. She researched disabilities amidst world religions for her doctoral work. Other research areas of interest include serving individuals with disabilities across the world, principles of Finnish Education, collaboration with general and special education, and transformational teacher preparation. Her special education teaching specialties include history, legal issues, mild-moderate disabilities, and cultural and ling. . . read more.

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Eydie Dyke-Shypulski

Department Chair | eydie-shypulski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Eydie Dyke-Shypulski (LICSW) has served as the chair of the Department of Social Work at Bethel University, MSW program director, and associate professor of social work.

Amy Evans

Amy Evans

Program Director | ale42385@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Dr. Evans completed her undergraduate degree at Northwestern College, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She then completed a master's degree in counseling at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has worked in a variety different counseling settings, including private practice, college counseling center, and inpatient substance use disorder treatment. She has teaching experience with counselors-in-training both online . . . read more.

Christy Hanson

Christy Hanson

Program Director | c-hanson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Family Medicine; Orthopedics, specializing in spine care; Urgent Care

Leslie Helgerson

Leslie Helgerson

Program Director and Professor | sam-helgerson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Rachel Jorgensen

Rachel Jorgensen

Program Director and Adjunct Instructor | rra35368@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Educator with a specialized focus in the areas of work-based learning, internship development and special education.

Jeanine Parolini

Jeanine Parolini

Program Director, MBA Coaching Program Director, Associate Professor and Career Coach | j-parolini@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Dr. Parolini has developed thousands of leaders in hundreds of organizations throughout the world. Her passion is to invest in principled people, leaders and learning organizations. Jeanine coaches leaders, teams and organizations to be continuous learners, self-aware, trustworthy, responsible, collaborative, empowering and innovative. She speaks and writes on a variety of topics involving effective leadership, teams and organizational life.

Tracy Reimer

Tracy Reimer

Program Director | t-reimer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Tracy's research interests focus on effective school leadership practices specifically for marginalized and underrepresented populations. Topics include equity literacy, structural ideology, education gaps, and culturally responsive leadership. Tracy focuses on the daily actions of school principals that build a culture of a professional learning community and hold high expectations and value added instruction for all students.

Lisa Silmser

Lisa Silmser

Program Director and Adjunct Assistant Professor | l-silmser@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Lisa is grateful to have been called to the ministry of teaching. She keeps current on K-12 practices by remaining in the classroom and readily shares practical expertise and stories from her experiences in a variety of settings, including teaching special education students in an online school. She teaches in the MA in Teaching, MA in Special Education and M.A. in K-12 Education programs. She is program director for MA in K-12 Education. Areas of interest include Instructional Strategies, . . . read more.

Wendy Thompson

Wendy Thompson

Program Director | wendy-thompson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Dr. Thompson is the Program Director for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Program that launched in spring, 2019. She is thrilled to be a part of the Doctor of Nursing Practice program and has taught at Bethel University since 1998. Wendy has over 30 years of experience in public health nursing and healthcare administration. Her interests include nursing leadership, population-focused health care, community engagement, health equity, and healthcare finance. She also has experience in curriculu. . . read more.

Molly Wickam

Molly Wickam

Program Director | m-wickam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Dr. Wickam is a Professor of Education and Business/Leadership and the Program Director for Bethel's MA Teaching, B.S. Accounting, and B.S. Business Management.

Katrina Wu

Katrina Wu

Program Director | katrina-wu@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Katrina Wu is a certified nurse-midwife with expertise in home and birth center settings and developing sexual and reproductive healthcare services. Her clinical and research interests include innovative models for prenatal care delivery, increasing access to midwifery care in underserved communities, and increasing racial and cultural diversity among midwives. Her dissertation work titled, "The Integration of Telemedicine in Routine Prenatal Care." . . . read more.

Pamela Zimmerman

Pamela Zimmerman

Program Director and Adjunct Instructor | pamela-zimmerman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Social gerontology and aging policy.

Faculty

Tonya Allen

Tonya Allen

Adjunct Faculty | t-allen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Tonya started with Bethel University in 2022. Tonya is an educational leader within an intermediate school district and teaches within the BA in special education and MA in K-12 education programs.

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Jodi Baker

Adjunct Instructor | jodi-baker@bethel.edu

Diane Banigo

Diane Banigo

Adjunct Faculty | dib72237@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Diane Banigo is a doctorate-prepared nurse-midwife (with in & out of hospital birth experience) called to do more than help women birth babies. When she is not at the bedside of moms, Dr. Banigo is journeying alongside women giving birth to their vision while living out their God-given purpose in life. As a fierce community advocate for Black Maternal Health matters, she is also a nurse educator, perinatal consultant, and business owner.

Aryn Baxter

Aryn Baxter

Adjunct Faculty | arb64867@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Dr. Aryn Baxter works at the intersection of international higher education and international development. Her mission is to enhance the capacity and commitment of individuals, teams and institutions to create a more just, peaceful and sustainable world by informing and expanding access to transformative global learning opportunities

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Lisa Bekemeyer

Adjunct Instructor | ldb86486@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2001

Bekemeyer is passionate about teaching language through CI (Comprehensible Input) and TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). She bases her courses on these tenents and strives to help her learners gain a variety of strategies for teaching language through content.

John Bergeland

John Bergeland

Adjunct Professor and Thesis Advisor | jbergeland@isd12.org | Started at Bethel: 2005

Content Area Literacy, Disciplinary Literacy, Vocabulary Instruction, Teaching Reading, Middle School Education

Randy Bergen

Randy Bergen

Adjunct Faculty | r-bergen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Randy's primary job as associate provost is to help ensure the academic quality of all adult undergraduate, seminary, and graduate programs. Before becoming an academic administrator, he was a psychology professor with research interests in academic success and resilience in the wake of failure.

Neil Best

Neil Best

Adjunct Professor | nabest@alaska.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Dr. Neil Best has been working in Higher Ed for almost 20 years now. He received his PhD from Azusa Pacific University in Higher Education and his dissertation explored on the campus climate predictors of sexual assault victimization. His Master’s degree is in Leadership from Trinity Western University. He has professional experience working in the areas of Equity and Compliance, Residence Life, Student Engagement, Leadership Development, and Student Conduct. He currently serves as De. . . read more.

Emily Blackmer

Emily Blackmer

Assistant Professor of Social Work | emily-blackmer@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Assistant Professor in CAPS BA Social Work; Associate Program Director of CAPS BA Social Work Emily Blackmer's background includes working for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services as a Children's Social Worker, being assigned to Treatment and Dependency Investigation units. She has also worked in medical social work in a wide range of medical specialities including intensive outpatient psychiatric care, the emergency department, critical care units, mother/baby. . . read more.

Cheryl Bostrom

Cheryl Bostrom

Adjunct Assistant Professor | c-bostrom@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1995

My areas of expertise include culturally valid assessment, international education, teacher education, educational leadership, English language learning, scholarly research and writing, and intercultural communication. In addition to teaching and advising at Bethel University, I am serving with TeachBeyond.

Greg Bourland

Greg Bourland

Instructor | g-bourland@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Business Management, Talent Management, Senior Level Human Resources Leadership, Executive Coaching and Development, Quality (Lean/Six Sigma/Baldrige), Mergers and Acquisitions.

Mauvalyn Bowen

Mauvalyn Bowen

Professor | mm-bowen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. Bowen has done extensive work in Jamaica and the Caribbean, as an administrator, consultant, and faculty. Her research interests lie in the areas of entrepreneurial marketing, social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial training for micro and small entrepreneurs in developing countries. She served as a member on the local board of HOPE International which helped to develop her passion for entrepreneurship with a purpose. Mauvalyn co-authored the textbook " Entrepreneurship for Caribbe. . . read more.

Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Joni Burgin-Hartshorn

Adjunct Instructor | j-burgin-hartshorn@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Educational Leadership, School Safety, Instructional Leadership, Policy and Administration

Joe Burk

Joe Burk

Adjunct Faculty | ijb83464@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

I have taught International Baccalaureate Middle Years Science and Diploma Program Biology for over 20 years and I have worked as the IB MYP Principal Examiner for Biology for over five years. I have also worked as a graduate level instructor for over five years and enjoy many aspects of adult education.

Jason Byers

Jason Byers

Adjunct Faculty | jason.byers@allina.com | Started at Bethel: 2020

Lead Physician, Allina Coon Rapids Family Medicine Residency, St. John's/U of M

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Debra Castner

Associate Professor | dcastner@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Deb is passionate about special education as she is driven to enhance the quality of life for those with a disability. Her interest in special education was not innate, as life occurrences shaped her view and interaction with others. Her life journey created the individual she is today, thus inspiring her to construct environments where all ability levels are embraced. Deb is a special education teacher at Grandview Middle School in the Westonka School District.. . . read more.

Meg Cavalier

Meg Cavalier

Adjunct Faculty | cavmeg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

I received a B.A. in Elementary and Science Middle School Education, M.A. in K-12 Education and Ed.D. in Education Administration from Bethel University. I currently serve as the Executive Director at St. Paul City School, a charter school district serving 550 PreK-12th grade students. My work in education has varied from teaching at the Minnesota Zoo to, an elementary Special Education teacher, 7-12 science teacher and secondary principal and a private school in Bloomington, MN. I have had. . . read more.

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Alex Chan

Adjunct Instructor | alex-chan@bethel.edu

Kelsey Chavalas, LICSW

Kelsey Chavalas, LICSW

Adjunct Professor | keh64398@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Adjunct professor with experience in both public and non-profit child welfare, and public waiver programs supporting community inclusion for individuals with disabilities.

Kari Christensen

Kari Christensen

Adjunct Instructor | k-christensen@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2012

Christensen's teaching specialty is the International Baccalaureate Programmes - the Diploma Programme, the Career-related Programme, the Middle Years Programme and the Primary Years Programme.

Renee Clark

Renee Clark

Assistant Professor | r-clark@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Renee Clark is a nurse-midwife with experience in hospital and birth center settings. Her interests include primary care, increasing diversity in the midwifery workforce, care for displaced people, and integrative medicine. Her DNP work focused on the use of shared decision-making and the use of obstetric ultrasound in a freestanding birth center.

Vicki Clark

Vicki Clark

Adjunct Faculty | vic58924@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

A lifelong learner paying forward the encouragement I received from others.

Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich

Dawn Dahlgren-Roemmich

Clinical Director and Adjunct Faculty | dawn-roemmich@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Research interests include waterbirth vs conventional birth and the outcome differences

Jolyn Dahlvig

Jolyn Dahlvig

Adjunct Faculty | jed35737@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

My personal commitment/guiding statement: As a leader, teacher, family member, and friend living at my highest and best I am strong, courageous, spacious, and wise so that I can contribute to Shalom (inclusive community) so that others can freely live into their vision. I am a student affairs leader for Oregon Institute of Technology who works from the Portland-Metro campus, about 20 miles from S of Portland. My research areas of interest include student success and assessment, positive . . . read more.

Jessica Daniels

Jessica Daniels

Doctor of Education | j-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Before becoming a faculty member, Jessica served as the Assistant Provost at a private west coast university. In this role she supported the deans, faculty, and students in the six colleges and schools at the University. She also has student development experience, managing community life, housing, student conduct, orientation, student programs, etc. as the Assistant Dean of Students. Jessica's research interests are under the broad umbrella of higher education as a platform for positive so. . . read more.

Nikki Daniels

Nikki Daniels

Associate Professor in Organizational Leadership | n-daniels@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1989

Self Analysis, Self Leadership, Organizational Leadership, Team Development

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Leona Derden

Adjunct Professor | ler43264@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

I am married and have five wonderful children and four grandchildren. My educational background includes me completing my Doctor of Education degree this spring at Bethel University, a Master of Arts in Teaching from St. Thomas University and my Principal Licensure from St. Mary’s University. I started my career as a social worker working with abused and neglected children in Chicago, Illinois and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In 1997, I relocated to Minnesota and was looking for a career . . . read more.

William Derden

William Derden

Adjunct Professor | wid88763@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Adjunct Professor Specializing in Special Education Due Process and Law Graduate of Bethel Educational Doctorate Program.

Jamie Dolieslager

Jamie Dolieslager

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Sciences Emerita, Athletic Trainer | doljam@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Associate Professor Dolieslager taught in the Human Kinetics and Applied Health Sciences department

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Anthony Dorn

Adjunct Instructor | agd26756@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Data and decision making, managerial finance, and managerial economics.

Taneesha Douglas

Taneesha Douglas

Associate Professor | taneesha-douglas@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Taneesha Reynolds Douglas, MSN, MBA, CNM is joining the nurse-midwifery program as an associate professor. Hailing from Dayton, OH, and living in Nashville, Tennessee, Taneesha's journey to nursing and midwifery was sparked by a transformative encounter during her college years, compelling her to empower others mentally, spiritually, and physically. With degrees from Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, and the University of Phoenix, her expertise as a Certified Nurse Midwif. . . read more.

Neal Dutton

Neal Dutton

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics and Applied Health Science | dutnea@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1980

Athletic Training, Nutrition, and Wellbeing

Nathan Elliott

Nathan Elliott

Adjunct Instructor | nathan-elliott@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Nathan Elliott has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and educational consultant. He began teaching at Bethel University in 2013, and has since developed several new courses in the areas of instructional methods, assessment practices, and technology integration. He also enjoys advising students as they develop their thesis projects.

Kacia Engel

Kacia Engel

Adjunct Professor | kle57947@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Strong passion for emergency medicine and acute care issue. Interested in wellness for healthcare providers; given all the stressors faced.

Toni Estis

Toni Estis

Adjunct faculty | aestis57569@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

I am a certified nurse midwife, with experience in hospital and birth center settings. I currently work for a community clinic, and support women from a variety of diverse backgrounds-which is one of my favorite things about the work of midwifery. My clinical passions include breastfeeding, postpartum support and truly just being present with families.

Karin Farrington

Karin Farrington

Adjunct Professor, Thesis Advisor and Thesis Advisor | k-farrington@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Karin started her teaching career in 2004 in K-12 Special Education EBD, SLD, OHI, and ASD and has taught in federal settings I,II,III,IV. She received her K-12 Art teaching license in 2018, has four years of teaching experience as a K-5 Elementary Art teacher, and is currently a High School Art teacher. Karin began her adjunct position at Bethel University in 2013 in the Special Education MA program where she was an instructor, thesis advisor, and student teacher supervisor. After receivin. . . read more.

Carrissia Feaster

Carrissia Feaster

Faculty | caf78793@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner currently practicing in Reno, NV in both roles. I love mentoring students, catching babies, and Michigan football.

Doris Feltham

Doris Feltham

Adjunct Professor | d-feltham@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Dr. Feltham is an experienced Certified Public Accounting with over 30 years of experience teaching accounting and finance. She enjoys assisting individuals in learning accounting and finance skills that will help individuals succeed in business leadership.

Paul Floyd

Paul Floyd

Adjunct Faculty | paul-floyd@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Capstone/Business plan development, strategic planning, senior healthcare legal-compliance and leadership ethics in both the CAPS program and the MBA program at Bethel Univ.

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Amy Fox

Adjunct Faculty - Student Teaching Supervisor | beiamy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Secondary Science, Trauma Informed Instruction, Education Equity, Environmental Education

Joel Frederickson

Joel Frederickson

Adjunct Faculty | frejoe@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

Frederickson's research interests include the psychological impact of apologies and how students change over four years from participating in college. This includes changes in cognition, beliefs, and spirituality.

Karen Gabriel

Karen Gabriel

Adjunct Instructor | karen-gabriel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Karen has 40 years of experience in the field of education. More than 30 of those years have been in special education. Karen recently retired from Anoka-Hennepin District 11 after being a special education lead teacher for 20 years at a middle school. As department leader, Karen provided leadership and support to staff, parents and students regarding special education. She coached/mentored special education teachers and collaborated with general education teachers to successfully provi. . . read more.

Cynthia Goetz

Cynthia Goetz

Director of PA Academic Support, Associate Professor | c-goetz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

I have worked in the areas of Family Medicine, Urgent Care, Bariatric Medicine and Retail Medicine. My passion is serving the PA Profession in various leadership positions and teaching students about state and national practice issues of the PA profession.

Alexis Greeves

Alexis Greeves

Adjunct Professor | alexis@hopeandhealingmn.com | Started at Bethel: 2010

Play therapy with deaf and hard of hearing children

Cindy Hansen

Cindy Hansen

Adjunct Instructor | cjm54467@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Cindy has been honored to serve God as a teacher and principal in PK-12 public education (Illinois and Minnesota) since 2000. She is currently the principal of Pine Island Elementary in Pine Island, Minnesota. Her research interests include principal career paths, employee turnover, and social, emotional, and spiritual health of both students and adults.

Rachel Hanus

Rachel Hanus

Adjunct Faculty | rah79986@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Rachel Hanus is a nurse midwife with clinical experience in home birth, birth centers, and hospital settings. Currently working at the Minnesota Birth Center. She co-founded a non-profit providing transitional housing to homeless pregnant women in 2013. Her clinical interests include functional medicine in women's health, infertility, and increasing access to midwifery care.

Paige Hardy

Paige Hardy

Associate Professor of Nursing | p-hardy@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Paige practices full scope midwifery in a rural critical access hospital in western Minnesota. She has been a Nurse-Midwife for 19 years, all at the same clinic.

Tedi Anne Hasapopoulos

Tedi Anne Hasapopoulos

Adjunct Instructor | tedi-hasapopoulos@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

New product development and strategic planning, applied ethics, data and decision making, business plan development, marketing, customer insights and research. Recent developing expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion organization best practices.

Tammie Haveman

Tammie Haveman

Director of Clinical Partnerships, Assistant Professor | t-haveman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program

Polly Hendel

Polly Hendel

Assistant Professor | p-hendel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Assistant Professor, Physician Assistant Program. Background in retail medicine and behavioral health.

Erica Hering

Erica Hering

Enrollment Counselor, Program Coordinator, Adjunct Faculty and Adjunct Faculty | e-hering@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2005

Erica is a former elementary school teacher who has served in higher education for 12 years. Erica has worked with the Doctoral and Licensing Program in Educational Leadership since 2006. She also received her doctoral degree through Bethel's program.

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Nicole Higgins

Adjuncy Faculty | nih45543@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Education Professional Committed to: Special Education Inclusion Developmental Disabilities Transition Programs Person Centered Planning Education Technology

Jenny Hill

Jenny Hill

Adjunct Professor | jch93249@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Jenny Hill (@Bibliophile84) has been recognized on WCCO TV for her work as an elementary school library media specialist. She recently completed her Doctorate of Education from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN. Jenny loves drinking strong coffee, reading good books, and savoring deep thoughts. You can find her book and blog online at walkingwithtension.com. Jenny lives in central Minnesota and attends Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, MN.

Ryan Hovis

Ryan Hovis

Teaching Partner of Counseling | ryan-hovis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Teaching Partner of Counseling

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JESSE JOHNSON

Adjunct Faculty | jessej6@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2022

Bethel Graduate (1968). Math instructor for 30+ years. Applied math experience as a network engineer for 15 years. Married 55 years to Bethel graduate, 4 grown kids, and 13 grandkids.

Jeff Jacob

Jeff Jacob

Professor | j-jacob@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

Teaching and research interests in applied econometrics, economic development and business analytics.

Ross Jahnke

Ross Jahnke

Adjunct Instructor | ross-jahnke@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Ross Jahnke teaches courses on leadership and higher education administration. His research has examined empowering leadership behaviors and trust in higher education contexts. Ross has also presented at accreditation conferences on topics including assessment of student learning and strategic decision-making. With graduate degrees in both theology and higher education leadership, he seeks to foster the integration of students' deepest beliefs and values with their approaches to leadership.. . . read more.

Peter Jankowski

Peter Jankowski

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy | pjankows@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Jankowski's research focuses on differentiation of self and spirituality; positive psychology; psychotherapy effectiveness; faith integration in psychotherapy; narrative and experiential therapy; and clinical supervision.

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Gary Johnsen

Adjunct Instructor | gjohnsen@bethel.edu

Human resource management, human resources transformation, leadership.

Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson

Athletic Training Clinical Coordinator | jl-johnson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1996

In addition to her teaching role, Johnson also serves as an Athletic Trainer and the Physical Therapist for Bethel's athletic teams.

Kevin L. Johnson

Kevin L. Johnson

Teaching Partner | klj84696@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Dr. K.L. Johnson is a Teaching Partner (Adjunct Associate Professor) at Bethel University. He teaches in the Undergraduate (CAS Business and Economics Department), as well as both the Adult Undergraduate, and Graduate MBA Programs of Bethel (CAPS/GS).

John Kantke

John Kantke

Adjunct Professor | john.kantke@voamn.org | Started at Bethel: 2011

Ethics and Aging

Melanie Keillor

Melanie Keillor

Adjunct | mek94264@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Educational leader committed to Interrupting the status quo. Currently serving Minneapolis Public Schools to identify strong solutions, create structures, and measure school improvement work. Research focuses on SLIFE, immigrant populations, and the under-served.

Peggy Kendall

Peggy Kendall

Faculty | p-kendall@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Kendall is a recent Fulbright Scholar who spent time in Poland researching issues related to eldercare. Her current field of study examines caregivers, specifically how culture impacts an individual's willingness to care for an aging relative and how COVID-19 has impacted the relationship between caregiver and elder. Her secondary research and writing focuses on how technology impacts faith, relationships, and identity.

Alicia Klein

Alicia Klein

Director of Academic Education, Assistant Professor | alicia-klein@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Family medicine serving underserved patient populations. Acute and chronic disease management, women's health, and pediatrics.

Jennifer Koenig Nelson

Jennifer Koenig Nelson

Core Faculty | Clinical Director | jen94387@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Clinical Supervision and Training; Trauma and Loss; Identity Development; Relationship Development; and Issues of Faith and Spirituality in the therapeutic process

William Kron

William Kron

Adjunct Instructor | wjk97757@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Teaching and Learning

Susan Larson

Susan Larson

Adjunct Faculty | Susan.larson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2013

Susan Larson is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist with a history of working in public, private, and charter schools. She currently works in an urban school district as an SLP and clinical supervisor. Her strong interest and experience working with autistic individuals from age three to 21 led her to Bethel University where she began to teach in the special education program in 2013. Susan teaches courses in autism and is also a thesis advisor, a role she thoroughly enjoys. Her prof. . . read more.

Daniel Leafblad

Daniel Leafblad

Adjunct Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Physician Assistant Studies | d-leafblad@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Infertility, minimally invasive endoscopic surgery, laser surgery

Jason Li

Jason Li

Professor of Psychology | j-li@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Li focuses his research on cross-cultural and multi-cultural competence in counseling. He also has a passion for exploring the integration of psychological and Christian perspectives in counseling.

Minyoung Lim

Minyoung Lim

Assistant Professor of Social Work | minyoung-lim@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Minyoung Lim is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Bethel University. She holds an MSW from University of Pittsburgh and PhD in Social Work from Indiana University. Minyoung has diverse practice experience from micro to macro including social work research in government and direct practice in Aging.

Mary Lindell

Mary Lindell

Associate Professor | mlindell@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Dr. Lindell is interested in practices and interventions that support student success in inclusive environments. She enjoys facilitating general and special education teacher development and partnering with schools to better prepare teachers and serve (P-12) students well. Her research agenda centers on the impacts of inclusive post-secondary programs and Bethel's BUILD program.

Jonathan Lofgren

Jonathan Lofgren

Adjunct | lofjon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

I'm mainly a hospitalist, but teach adjunct at the PA program.

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Amie Lorence Grubidge

Adjunct Instructor of Education | amie-lorence@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Adjunct Instructor of Education

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Michelle Louis

Adjunct Faculty | mlouis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Dr. Michelle Louis is the founder of The Leading Mind, LLC which is dedicated to merging positive psychology and applied leadership practice. She is an executive coach, consultant, and speaker who specializes in translating concepts from psychology into practical strategies for developing leaders holistically and helping organizations thrive. Dr. Louis has spent 20 years in faculty roles in higher education, most recently as Associate Professor of Doctoral Higher Education at Azusa Pacific . . . read more.

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Karin Lyon

Instructor | k-lyon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Karin is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Registered Play Therapist. She owns a private practice in White Bear Lake and focuses on trauma and anxiety in adults and children.

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Angela Mansfield

Adjunct Professor | alm68587@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

My professional objective is to be an integral part of making schools into the social equalizers they can be. I believe that leadership sets the tone for student achievement. Effective leadership is able to bring educators together toward a learner-centered philosophy thereby creating a common goal of learning and achievement for everyone involved. Solid leadership will guide educators to culturally responsive, equity focused, highly effective, research-based instruction and assessment pra. . . read more.

Peg McCormick

Peg McCormick

Associate Professor of Education | p-mccormick@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Peg McCormick's interests and areas of specialization include Behavioral Theory, interventions for the EBD classroom, resilient health and occupational longevity for teachers, and best practices for the support of international student teachers.

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Molly McKinnon

Student Teacher Supervisor | moe44467@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Molly graduated in 2002 with a bachelors in Elementary Education and Deaf and Hard of Hearing license. She started her teaching career in 2002 as a K-12 Special Education Itinerant Deaf and Hard of Hearing teacher. Molly then moved into the classroom working with students who have moderate to severe cognitive disabilities. She received her masters in special education in 2004 with added licenses in Developmental Cognitive Delay (DCD), and Physical and Healthy Disabilities (PHD). Molly has f. . . read more.

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Melissa Miller

Adjunct Instructor | mam95375@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

2017. Adjunct Instructor. Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Chemistry and Psychology minor, University of Saint Thomas, 1996. Master of Arts in Education, University of Saint Thomas, 2000. Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership, University of Saint Thomas, 2004.

Maia Miller

Maia Miller

Adjunct Faculty | maia-miller@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Maia has been working and teaching in the special education field for over 20 years. During this time she has worked with students in all disability areas. Maia started, like many, as a para in a special education classroom. For 10 years Maia worked with middle school students teaching reading, writing, and social skills classes. She also taught in a center-based DCD program for multiple years. For the past 9 years, Maia has worked as a Work-Based Learning Coordinator for high school s. . . read more.

Scott Moats

Scott Moats

Adjunct Faculty | moatss@crown.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

I have been in Christian Higher Education for about 28 years. I have worked in many areas including: teaching, administration, and operations.

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Randy Moberg

Adjunct Instructor | ram44555@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2009

Moberg has worked at Bethel since 2009.

Scott Morrell

Scott Morrell

Adjunct Instructor | stm93723@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Conflict Competency Development, Organization development, executive development, team development, employee engagement, and talent management.

Jan Mrozinski

Jan Mrozinski

Adjunct Faculty | j-mrozinski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Professor Mrozinski's education and experiences are in the fields of both mental health and special education. Given this background, she is interested in preparing teachers to serve students and families in professional, focused, and compassionate ways.

Krista Nauman

Krista Nauman

Assistant Professor | krista-nauman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Assistant professor in the PA program and physician assistant in orthopedic spine surgery

Blair Nelson

Blair Nelson

Assistant Professor | blair-nelson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: January 2022

Dr. Nelson is the program director of Bethel University's Master of Science in Medical Sciences. The program director serves as a mentor to students and helps facilitate the integration of faith and learning in the program. Additionally, Dr. Nelson is an assistant professor in the Master of Science Physician Assistant program at Bethel University.

Greg Nelson

Greg Nelson

Program Director | gregory-nelson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2007

International Baccalaureate education.

Jonathon Odom

Jonathon Odom

Adjunct Faculty | joo97226@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Jonathon Odom has research experience in the cytoprotective pathways of cellular physiology as well as a passion for the clinical applications of anatomy and physiology in healthcare. He has special interests in the areas of curriculum design and assessment, faith-integration, and professional development of PA students.

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Nichole Olsen

Adjunct Professor | nio53336@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Living life out loud unapologetically for Jesus. Kindness, compassion, empathy, grace, these are the things I want more of everyday. Bethel has been a light in the world for me. A place to learn, grow, and thrive. Not just a building, but a community designed to equip you for a future to glorify our creator in all that you do. Worked in the K - 12 system for over 8 years full time, moved to part time this last fall. Joined the Bethel community as an adjunct faculty member to give back to th. . . read more.

Richard Olson

Richard Olson

MBA Adjunct Instructor | rwo62666@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

Adjunct Instructor of Business MBA Adjunct Instructor The majority of Ric Olson's working life continues to be dedicated to serving elders within the senior living arena. The focus on serving elders has resulted in work in numerous settings including but not limited to: health care, management, leadership development and training, accounting and finance, budget and planning, cash management, project development, strategic planning, operational assessments, Medicare, Medicaid, Managed Car. . . read more.

Chad Osgood

Chad Osgood

Adjunct Faculty | chad-osgood@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Chad Osgood utilizes his 25+ years of leadership experience in higher education to provide appropriate administrative oversight as the Academic Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Students (CAPS) and the Graduate School (GS). Dr. Osgood spent the early part of his career as a faculty member, Department Chair, and Athletic Trainer in the College of Arts and Sciences. He then transitioned to the Graduate School to be a Program Director and eventual Dean. He has significant experi. . . read more.

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Alecia Pankratz

Adjunct Faculty | a-pankratz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Alecia Pankratz is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Education Graduate program as a reading field experience instructor. She graduated from Bethel University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Literature and in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Literacy. She teaches high school English and reading at Anoka High School in Anoka, MN.

Craig Paulson

Craig Paulson

Professor of Educational Leadership Emeritus | craig-paulson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Craig is a tenured faculty member within the Bethel University Doctor of Education: Leadership in Higher Education Program as well as the Doctor of Education: Leadership in K12 Administration and K12 Administrator Licenses Program. He has moved from full-time to phased-in retirement focusing on Comprehensive Examinations, Institutional Review Board approvals, and dissertation advising.

Beth Peterson

Beth Peterson

Acting Associate Dean of Nursing | e-peterson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1982

Dr. Peterson's areas of interest include mental health nursing, nursing care of the elderly, gerontology, end of life care, nursing curriculum development and assessment, and the theology of suffering. Her publications and presentations primarily focus on faith and health integration, suffering, and professional boundaries.

Linda Probert

Linda Probert

Associate Professor of Education | linda-probert@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Beginning as a general education elementary teacher, Associate Professor Probert has taught at Bethel since 1996 in both the CAS, CAPS, and the Graduate levels. Her main responsibilities are teaching Reading Foundations and working with students as they complete their edTPA during student teaching. She also is one of the professors that teaches Foundations of Education.

Matthew Putz

Matthew Putz

Instructor | m-putz@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2008

Dr. Putz teaches courses on conflict management, ethics, organizational systems, organizational leadership, organizational change, and philosophy of technology.

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Steve Raimo

Faculty of CAPS and GS (College of Adult & Professional Studies and Graduate School) | steve-raimo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2017

With an undergraduate degree in accounting, a masters in business administration, and a doctorate in strategic leadership (from the School of Global Leadership and Entrepreneurship at Regent University), Dr. Raimo's thirty-plus years of organizational leadership and management experience in the United States and over-seas with multi-national corporations, small business, government, and non-profit organizations give him a distinctive perspective and expertise as an organizational coach and . . . read more.

Breanna Reed

Breanna Reed

Adjunct Professor | Blw18873@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Breanna Reed is a Board Certified Art Therapist specializing in Anxiety, Spirituality, and Depression. She has experience working with people with physical and developmental disabilities, adolescents, and young adults. She is passionate about incorporating her client’s faith perspectives into the counseling session. She is passionate about training the next generation of counselors and building a Christian support system. She is the Owner and Supervisor at Creative Connections Counseli. . . read more.

Jerrion Richardson

Jerrion Richardson

Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work | j-richardson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Jerrion Richardson, MSSW, LICSW is a clinical assistant professor with the Social Work Department at Bethel University. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Austin Peay State University and a Master of Science in Social Work degree with a concentration in Evidence-Based Interpersonal Practice from the University of Tennessee. Jerrions practice experience includes working with people in crisis both environmental and behavioral. Jerrion has training in Critical Incident Stress Debri. . . read more.

Ryan Richardson

Ryan Richardson

Adjunct Faculty | rgr64245@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2024

Ryan is originally from the state of Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. Following a season of mission work in northwest Montana, Ryan and his wife, Kristen moved to Texas and earned their Masters of Divinity degrees at Baylor University. After almost a decade of working as a university chaplain at Baylor, Ryan pursued further study in the field of Higher Education Administration, receiving his PhD in 2016 from Azusa Pacific Uni. . . read more.

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Kaylena Riendeau

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work | k-riendeau@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Kaylena has the honor of investing in students each day at Bethel University, witnessing their expertise grow in social work, admiring their dedication to enacting positive social change, and mentoring them in their faith.

Ruben Rivera

Ruben Rivera

Associate Professor of History Emeritus | ruben-rivera@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1997

Ruben was the Chief Diversity Officer at Bethel University, and has long been a faculty of the history department and taught one course each semester at the college and one in the summer at the graduate school. As Chief Diversity Officer, Ruben engaged in numerous strategic initiatives across all our schools, including the Shalom seminar, developing institutional capacity in cultural intelligence and intergroup dialogue, racial and other forms of bias mitigation, hiring for inclusive excell. . . read more.

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Mark Robertson

Adjunct Instructor | mark-robertson@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2006

Robertson previously served as superintendent of schools for Fridley Public School District in the Twin Cities area from 2006-10, when he was selected as Minnesota Superintendent of the Year. Over the past 31 years, his experiences working in education have included work as a science teacher, staff developer, activities director, associate principal, and high school principal.

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Eric Roesler

Adjunct Professor | err79847@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

I am excited to be teaching adults. I have 15+ years experience teaching high school students about Business, Marketing, and Economics. I am enjoying being able to transfer that knowledge to adults as well.

Kristi Romo

Kristi Romo

Adjunct Faculty | kristi-romo@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Kristi Romo is an adjunct faculty member in the Special Education Graduate program as a reading field experience instructor. She graduated from University of Northwestern-St. Paul in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Literature and in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Literacy. She also graduated from Hamline University in 2015 with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a Q-Comp Peer Evaluator for the Anoka-Hennepin School District. . . read more.

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John Rudberg

Adjunct Associate Professor | john-rudberg@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1998

Managerial economics, managerial accounting.

Emily Rustman

Emily Rustman

Adjunct Professor | emily.rustman@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2019

Emily is passionate about developing special education programs for students with special needs; focusing on social-emotional learning, strategic planning and systems theory. She enjoys collaborating and learning with other educational professionals to promote a growth mindset while developing high expectations for all students. Emily is currently the Director of Special Services for Westonka Public Schools.

Bethany Sahli

Bethany Sahli

Adjunct Professor/Student Teaching Supervisor | b-sahli@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

I am grateful that God has led me to Bethel and am enjoying my second year on staff. I have spent 12 years in education, during which I have had the privilege to hold teaching and administration positions at elementary and middle schools across the Twin Cities and in my home state of Indiana. My husband, two boys (8 and 3), and I live in the heart of St. Paul. I am passionate about educational equity and school transformation.

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Aynsley Scheffert

Assistant Professor of Social Work | aym87336@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Dr. Aynsley Scheffert is an Assistant Professor of Social Work teaching in both the Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work programs and serves as the BSW Program Director with Bethel University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern College in Orange City, IA in 2007 and her MSW from St. Thomas University in 2015. Following completion of her MSW degree, she worked as a hospital social worker at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and then as an individual, fam. . . read more.

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Hendrika Schoon

Adjunct Faculty | h-schoon@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Hendrika (Hennie) Schoon has served in various capacities within the student life department for the past twenty years including dean of students, judicial advisor, and community life director. She has earned a B.S.W (Calvin University), an M.S.W (Western Michigan University) and an Ed. D, (Bethel University) and has worked in both Canadian and American universities. Along with serving as an adjunct professor, Dr. Schoon serves as an Area Coordinator at Calvin University and is a Mental Hea. . . read more.

Susan Schwope

Susan Schwope

Teaching Partner Adjunct Instructor | s-tag@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Psychology Mental Health Special Education

Jenna Seal

Jenna Seal

Adjunct Instructor | jks29647@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Seal has held a variety of leadership roles in the field of aging services, in both assisted living environments and skilled nursing facilities. She is currently serving as the housing director of an assisted living community in St. Paul, and is actively involved in advocacy efforts for senior healthcare.

Sara Shady

Sara Shady

Professor | s-shady@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Shady's teaching focuses on fostering healthy communities amidst significant difference, including racial/ethnic, religious, and political differences. She is also interested in how we teach empathy. And she is a specialist in 19th and 20th c. Continental Philosophy, particularly Existentialism

Marta Shaw

Marta Shaw

Adjunct Instructor and Adjunct Instructor | gilmara@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Marta Shaw is a lecturer in the Institute of Public Affairs at Jagiellonian University in Poland, and an Adjunct Professor in the Doctor of Education program at Bethel University. Her research has focused on leadership and management of education, comparative and international education, intercultural leadership, and the implications of research in neurobiology for the theory and practice of educational leadership.

Timothy Shaw

Timothy Shaw

Professor | t-shaw@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1985

Shaw's research interests include development of chick nervous system, the brain and feeding behavior, relationships between the structure of the brain and behavior, progress in new clinical treatment options, and the biology of morality.

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Heidi Simons

Adjunct Professor | heidi-simons@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

Heidi has taught Social Studies since 1996 at Bloomington Jefferson High School, been an Instructional Mentor to 1st & 2nd year teachers and has lead professional development. In addition, she has taught at MN State University - Mankato for their Graduate Teacher Program. She is very excited to become part of the Bethel University community and work with future educators in the courses she will instruct.

Shanna Slice

Shanna Slice

Adjunct Professor | smg97337@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Hello. I'm excited to be an adjunct professor at Bethel University for their graduate school art education program. After doing social service work for ten years, I went through the program I now get to teach for and became a high school art teacher. I'm passionate about both art and effective teaching in the 21st century. Outside of teaching, I enjoy creating art of course and camping, traveling, and spending time outside with my family. I believe as humans we all have the need to create. . . read more.

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Adjunct Faculty | rms23539@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Rebecca currently practices in a large tertiary-care facility in southern Minnesota where she does inpatient and outpatient obstetrical care, as well as being an early pregnancy loss provider. She is pursuing a PhD with research in risk stratification in rural obstetrical patients and risk for severe maternal morbidity/mortality.

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Melan Smith-Francis

Adjunct Faculty | mj-smith-francis@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2024

Certified Nurse-Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner...loving what I do!

Krista Soria

Krista Soria

Adjunct Faculty | ksoria@umn.edu | Started at Bethel: 2016

Dr. Soria teaches research courses for the Educational Leadership program.

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Raymond Sperl

Adjunct Faculty | raymond-sperl@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Instructional Technology Integration; Science Instruction

Michelle Steffenhagen

Michelle Steffenhagen

Teaching Partner | allmica@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Steffenhagen's research interests include purpose and wellbeing in emerging adults.

Allison Steinke

Allison Steinke

Adjunct | aja66338@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2020

I am a Ph.D. Candidate enrolled at the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I'm a qualitative researcher that utilizes in-depth interviews, content analysis, and netnography to answer research questions on topics related to journalism, digital and social media, and social justice with an emphasis on solutions journalism and the anti-human trafficking movement. I am minoring in sociology and am a research assistant for the University. . . read more.

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Charles Strand

Adjunct Faculty | c-strand@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

I enjoy my work at Bethel University in the area of Special Education! As a retired special educator, my greatest passion now is to help Graduate Students be more successful as special education teachers!

Maya Sullivan

Maya Sullivan

Adjunct Faculty | mas43936@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

I work full time as a higher education administrator. Teaching other future higher education leaders is my great pleasure!

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Barry Sullivan

Adjunct Instructor | b-sullivan@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2000

Highlights Dr. Sullivan served for about 30 years in the Office of Government Relations in the Minnesota Department of Education, where he coordinated the development of state education policy recommendations to the legislature; interpreted state and federal education regulations for school leaders and the public; and acted as a liaison between the department and other federal and state agencies. Included in these tasks were yearly, detailed summaries of new state laws along with presentati. . . read more.

Cameron Svihla

Cameron Svihla

Adjunct Faculty | cameron-svihla@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

I'm MN born and raised. I completed both my undergraduate and graduate studies at Bethel University, completing my PA studies in 2019. For the first 2 years of my practice, I was at the CentraCare Plaza Urgent Care. I am currently a provider in the emergency department at HCMC where I plan to be long-term. Outside of medicine, I spend my time with my friends/church community, finding new music, working out, and playing a variety of sports (tennis, pickleball, golf). I'm so excited to be ba. . . read more.

Jeanne Szarzynski

Jeanne Szarzynski

Adjunct Faculty | j-szarzynski@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Physician Assistant

Teresa Maria Taylor

Teresa Maria Taylor

Adjunct Faculty | t-taylor@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Dr. Taylor is a teacher at heart. Since 2014, she has served as an educational leader in higher education. Before transitioning to her current administrator role, she served as a K-12 educator. Dr. Taylor is passionate about empowering others through education and teaches a variety of graduate-level courses. Her research is in culturally responsive teaching and is an advocate for educational equity. Dr. Taylor received her doctoral degree from Bethel University.. . . read more.

Corey Tolliver Sr.

Corey Tolliver Sr.

Adjunct Instructor of Social Work | c-tolliver@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2023

Corey currently serves as the Director of Operations and Clinical Lead for Life Services Mental Health Agency in Richmond, Virginia. As Director of Operations, Corey implements strategies and plans to service the homeless community suffering from increased mental health symptoms, chronic homelessness, and limited support from family and friends. Corey has implemented community assistance programs and workshops for professionals on self-care and building healthy relationships with those in t. . . read more.

Deanna Towns

Deanna Towns

Core Faculty | Assistant Professor | d-towns@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Clinical Supervision; Trauma and Abuse; Development of Counseling Internationally; Virtues in Learning Acquisition; Military Families Deanna Towns earned her bachelor's degree in social work from University of Georgia, her master's in marriage and family therapy from Liberty University in Virginia, and her doctorate in counselor education and supervision at Regent University in Virginia. Prior to joining the Bethel community, Deanna worked as an adjunct professor at Regent University and . . . read more.

Sandra Traudt

Sandra Traudt

Associate Professor of Social Work | s-traudt@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Sande Traudt has specialized experience in integrative practice; children, youth, and families; gerontology; group work; ethics; supervision; violence prevention and intervention; trauma informed practice; resiliency; justice and spirituality; compassion fatigue; and self-care. Her years in social work education have focused on faculty liaison work, integrative seminar, practice based research, ethics, experiential learning, and utilization of case studies in social work education.. . . read more.

Helen Trenz

Helen Trenz

Adjunct Instructor | yet58993@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2019

Dr. Helen Trenz is the Director of Research at the Center for Health Care Research at UnitedHealth Group. Previously, she was with Optum Life Sciences as a Senior Health Economics Researcher with the Health Economics and Outcomes Research team. Dr. Trenz earned her MA in International Development from American University and PhD in Applied Economics with a focus on Health Economics from the University of Minnesota. At Bethel she teaches undergraduate and graduate economics courses in the CA. . . read more.

Nicole Truniger

Nicole Truniger

Adjunct Professor | ntruniger@gmail.com | Started at Bethel: 2019

Dr. Nicole Truniger is an Adjunct Professor at Bethel University teaching Healthcare Policy and Economics. Nicole earned her Bachelors of Nursing degree and Doctorate of Nursing Practice in Nursing Leadership from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Nicole brings experience caring for patients as a bedside nurse as well as healthcare operations and leadership experience in a variety of care settings. Nicole continues to share her passion for learning as an adjunct professor for both St. . . read more.

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Lauren Van Gomple

Adjunct Instructor/Lecturer | lsv89686 | Started at Bethel: 2018

As a Bethel Alumna, Professor Van Gomple is proud to contribute to the valuable learning that takes place at Bethel. After many years in the special education classroom, she brings her experience and expertise to her role as a teacher educator! Personal areas of expertise include social-emotional learning, trauma-informed practices, evidence-based intervention, literacy, assessment, and instructional design.

Julie Ann Vingers

Julie Ann Vingers

Associate Professor of Nursing | j-vingers@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2011

Dissertation research on lateral violence in nursing and nursing education. Nursing experience in Mental Health and Maternal-Child nursing. Has been working as a Certified Nurse-Midwife serving a diverse population of women since 1995. Named as a fellow to the ACNM in 2022. Currently teaching in the M.S. in Nurse-Midwifery program and practices at Minnesota Women's Care. Clinical interests include perinatal mental health, trauma informed care, and antenatal care.. . . read more.

Safary Wa-Mbaleka

Safary Wa-Mbaleka

Associate Professor of Leadership in Higher Education | Wa-Mbaleka@Bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Associate Professor of Leadership in Higher Education

Michelle Wang

Michelle Wang

Adjunct Faculty | mfw38922@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2018

Michelle's research interests focus on effective school leadership practices specifically focused on change management. Topics include equity, data/assessment, standards, school reform, and adaptive leadership.

Ruslana Westerlund

Ruslana Westerlund

Associate Adjunct Faculty | r-westerlund@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2002

Drawing on her identity as a Christ-following Ukrainian immigrant, Professor Westerlund's passion is to advocate for linguistically and culturally minoritized people, including students in school systems at various levels. She tries to live Christ's highest calling to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Mary F. Whitman

Mary F. Whitman

Associate Professor | m-whitman@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2004

Whitman’s research interests include expatriate and repatriate adjustment, motivation, and job satisfaction. She has also worked on research exploring personality factors with both organizational and self-identified expatriates. Her research participants include expatriates and repatriates from around the world.

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Taylor Williams

Supervisor of Student Teacher Candidates | t-d-williams@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2022

Education Administration Special Education

Chipp Windham

Chipp Windham

Lead Instructor, Adjunct Instructor | Curtis-Windham@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2014

Organizational Leadership, Leadership, Followership

Jodi Wolkerstorfer

Jodi Wolkerstorfer

Adjunct Instructor of Education | woljod@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2015

Jodi is passionate about supporting current and soon-to-be educators on ways to collaborate and find success for all students including those with special education needs.

Gretchen Wrobel

Gretchen Wrobel

University Professor of Psychology | g-wrobel@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1988

Wrobel conducts research on curiosity as it affects relationships in adoption, including the adopted person, adoptive parents, and birth parents.

Samuel Zalanga

Samuel Zalanga

Professor of Sociology Emeritus | szalanga@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 1999

Zalanga's doctoral fieldwork focused on the comparative role of ruling elite coalitions in development policy formulation and implementation in Malaysia and Nigeria. He specifically studied the process and politics of neoliberal economic reforms and implementation in the two countries as part of a broader global political-economic issue of the relative role of states and the market in the contemporary incarnation of global capitalism. Zalanga grew up in the rural, social margins, and peri. . . read more.

Nick Zeimet

Nick Zeimet

Director of Field Education and Assistant Professor | nick-zeimet@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2021

Nick is a clinical social worker with more than 10 years of psychotherapy and community social work experience. He volunteers with Mount Sinai Human Rights Program conducting remote evaluations for those seeking asylum in the United States. He is the past President of SAMS - MN Chapter (Syrian American Medical Society) and Mental Health Committee member of SAMS - national. He was lead coordinator of the first SAMS Mental Health Psychosocial Support report and in 2019 led a mental health mis. . . read more.

Annette Ziegler

Annette Ziegler

Adjunct Instructor | annette-ziegler@bethel.edu | Started at Bethel: 2010

Ziegler is the principal of Coon Rapids High School and was the former principal of Coon Rapids Middle School. She served as assistant principal at Sandburg Middle School and Anoka High School following her tenure as dean of students in Kern Unified School District in California.