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Meet Our Team

Meet our collaborative, highly-interactive, and strengths-based People and Culture team.

Jenny Marchiniak

Chief Human Resources Officer
ANC 532 | jenny-marchiniak@bethel.edu
651.635.8657

Strategic. Maximizer. Futuristic. Intellection. Arranger.

What I Do at Bethel: Provide leadership to the Office of People and Culture; partners with leaders to plan and execute strategies; seeks ways to create efficient, effective and consistent practices that drive high-performance; and facilitates enhancements that promote operational excellence and a thriving culture.

Favorite Quote: “Do not be afraid.  Open wide the doors to Christ.”  -Pope John Paul II

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: Outdoors whenever possible, with family, friends, and pets, flower-gardening, biking, golfing, reading and working on home-improvement projects. 

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: My relationship with Jesus Christ.  

On a silly note:  cherry dilly bars.

Christine Osgood

Director of Culture and Wellbeing
Associate Professor
ANC 544/TNHS N203 | osgchr@bethel.edu
651.635.2101

Learner. Connectedness. Intellection. Futuristic. Empathy.

What I Do at Bethel: As Associate Professor of Wellbeing I act as the Program Coordinator for the general education course GES140 Introduction to Wellbeing. I work with an amazing team of faculty to deliver this common curriculum course to incoming students. As Director of Culture and Wellbeing, I pay attention to the things in our Bethel culture that impact employee wellbeing and work to help our system keep what is good while improving what needs to change.

Favorite Quote: “If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story.” -Ivan Illich & “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: Waking up early to watch the sun rise with a cup of steaming hot coffee. Being outside as much as possible to feel nature all around me. Playing games with family. Listening to friends. Preparing real food that is shared around a table with people I love. Listening for the still small voice of God in the midst of all these lovely moments.

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: Coffee. (and my family)

Esa Hytti

Payroll Administrator
ANC 538B | e-hytti@bethel.edu
651.638.6592

Intellection. Consistency. Learner. Input. Context.

What I Do at Bethel: I make sure that peeps get their monies. More specifically, I maintain staff and faculty records in Banner, I process contracts and stipends, I process staff changes in Banner, I handle time sheets and leave reports as well as their approvals, I deal with leave time, and I also try my best to answer any questions people have about their paychecks.

Favorite Quote:
Laurie: “It was the boogeyman.”
Dr. Loomis: “As a matter of fact… it was.”
-Halloween (1978)

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: I honestly love a weekend with no plans, where I get to read my books and simply give rest to both my body and mind.

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: My books… and the gym. Books. Gym. Gonna have to go with two things.

Jill Stroud

People & Culture Coordinator
ANC 530 | j-stroud@bethel.edu
651.638.6119

Developer. Responsibility. Positivity. Context. Arranger.

What I Do at Bethel: I report to the Chief Human Resources Officer, which keeps me busy! If you call the main phone line, I am the one that directs you to the right person! I manage the department files and background checks. I also manage the calendars and do scheduling for various areas. I disperse meal/drink cards to employees that want to recognize their coworkers for going above and beyond their normal work! I love serving the Bethel community and those outside our walls!

Favorite Quote: “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right Spirit within me.” -Psalm 51:10 & “May my life leave footprints that someone else could follow straight to Jesus.” -Unknown (I have this up in my office space!)

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: Spending time with family/friends, (eating and baking which absolutely go hand in hand) reading and biking!

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: Jesus- Reading His Word every day and listening for His voice!

Jake Wynia

Talent Acquisition Specialist
ANC 534 | jake-wynia@bethel.edu
651.638.6232


Woo. Positivity. Communication. Includer. Connectedness.

What I Do at Bethel: As the talent acquisition specialist, I manage the recruitment process for all non-faculty employees, assisting hiring managers through the process from job posting, resume review, interviews to onboarding!

Favorite Quote: 1 Corinthians 13:13a (MSG version) “Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly”

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: In the summer, it has to be going up to the lake. In the winter you can find me INSIDE, watching the newest Disney+ TV show, playing video games or playing board/card games with family or friends.

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: I don’t think I can choose one. IF I had to, it would be my faith in Jesus, his grace freely given to me everyday and the hope of knowing that the best is yet to come! (Honorable mention - my wife, my friends and family, the Vikings and Star Wars.)

Kisa Barthel

People Relations Specialist
ANC 543 | k-nop@bethel.edu
651.638.6520

Harmony. Responsibility. Arranger. Empathy. Consistency.

What I Do at Bethel: In my role I lead the Student Employment program and Onboarding program and conduct Strengths coaching sessions as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. I will partner with you to set up your student employees and to bring a new employee onboard. I manage our Bethel Celebrations, New Employee Mentorship Program, and our Student Employee and Student Employment Supervisor of the Year award processes. It is a joy to serves in these areas!

Favorite Quote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” -E.E. Cummings & “Be a best friend, tell the truth and overuse "I love you"." - Lee Brice

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: Enjoying the mountains or lake with the people I love. Preferably with yummy food and no mosquitoes. I also love going to the drive-in movies!

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: A toss-up between burgers and sneakers.

Koni Thomas

People Business Partner
651.638.6245
Strategic, Relator, Maximizer, Ideation, Connectedness
What I do at Bethel: I’m the collaborative partner who works closely with the managers at Bethel to assist with whatever the team’s needs are. The goal is to find fair, equitable solutions to problems, issues, and concerns.
Favorite Quote: “In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey 
Favorite way to spend the weekend: Spending time with my husband and our dogs. Waking up early on Saturday to be with my Bible Study group. Taking time to enjoy the space around me and just breathe. Taking
in a football game – usually not live as my team is in New England!
One thing I can't live without: The positive energy of belief from my husband. He believes in the good when I struggle, he believes in me when I falter, he makes me laugh when I get sad, and he keeps me grounded in the Lord.

Angie Cyrankowski

Benefits Administrator
651.638.6103
Discipline. Consistency. Futuristic. Relator. Developer.
What I do at Bethel: I am your go-to person for any benefit questions you may have. I manage health, dental, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement plans, CBC coverage, worker’s compensation, short-term and long-term disability, etc.
Favorite Quote: “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.” – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Favorite way to spend the weekend: Sleeping in, going out for brunch, taking a walk, and
watching a movie. Having no plans is also a good plan!
One thing I can't live without: My family, coffee, and tacos!

Cara Horstman

Title IX Coordinator & Compliance Specialist
651.638.6992
Achiever. Futuristic. Competition. Learner. Significance.
What I do at Bethel: My role at Bethel is the Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Specialist. I work closely with students, staff, and faculty who have experienced harassment or discrimination. This can include sexual, race and ethnic, and disability harassment and discrimination. Often this involves walking people through their options, guiding people through a complaint process, and connecting people to support services and interim measures.
Favorite Quote: “We are only doing as well as the least fortunate people in our society.”
Favorite way to spend the weekend: Sleeping in, drinking a cup of coffee and making breakfast with my husband, finding a new place to eat pizza, and watching a movie!
One thing I can't live without: Avocado