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Meet Our Team

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

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 VP of People & Culture, 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 and am the point person for CBC coverage, worker's compensation, and tuition benefits for employees. 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!

Kisa Nop

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 programs and conduct Strengths coaching sessions as a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. I can partner with you to set up your student employees and to bring a new employee onboard. I amange our Bethel Celebrations, New Employee Mentorship Program, and our Student Employee and Student Employment Supervisor of the Year award process. 

Favorite Quote: “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” -E.E. Cummings & “I know you've got mountains to climb but always stay humble and kind.” -Tim McGraw

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.

Sydney Mischke

Student Worker
ANC 538 | sym63264@bethel.edu

Empathy. Achiever. Ideation. Individualization. Input.

What I Do at Bethel: I am a student worker for the Office of People and Culture! I manage the OPC website, various administrative tasks, and other very exciting projects to help better Bethel!

Favorite Quote: “What is for you will not pass you” – unknown 

Favorite Way to Spend the Weekend: With my friends in the cities at a coffee shop, thrift store, or live music events—I also love movie nights!

One Thing I Can’t Live Without: My people, and my dog <3

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.