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Student Advisory Council

The purpose of the Student Advisory Council is to provide the administrators, staff and faculty of the schools with valuable perspective and insight concerning the adult student experience at Bethel.

Meet the Members

Nadiya Borshch

Nadiya Borshch

Graduate School Student

Originally from Ukraine, I came to United States as a freshman in high school. Coming to the U.S. was always my dream and I still cannot believe I've already been here for nine years. Some of my favorite things to do are going camping, traveling, singing in choir, playing tennis and spending lots of time with my family and friends. I also enjoy going back to Ukraine to visit my family whenever I get a chance. I currently work for a small entrepreneurial bank in the Twin Cities area.

James D'Angelo

James D'Angelo

College of Adult & Professional Studies Student

A shirt I own states, “Never stop learning.” My email tagline reads: “lifelong learner, artist, explorer.” My last three years in one word: perseverance. I recently completed two years of Physical Therapy (PTA) studies, and three semesters of theatre. I would like to pursue a master's degree in Theology or Divinity. This is my fourth time back to university, and I've worked in the fields of sales, management, broadcasting, and professional photography. God in His providence decided that now was the time for me to be at Bethel, so here I am - bring on the adventure!

Christina Gerloff

Christina Gerloff

College of Adult & Professional Studies Student

Christina Gerloff is a Christian Ministries major from the great state of Texas. Christina enjoys watching football, tinkering in her craft room, but mostly spending time with her husband of 17 years and their 9-year-old son. After a 23-year career in interpreting for the deaf, she was called into ministry in 2017. Currently, Christina is the Director of Children’s Ministry at RockPoint Church in Schertz, Texas. She is excited for the journey that God has in store for her.

Kalie Johnson

Kalie Johnson

Graduate School Student

I grew up in Richfield, MN and attended Bethel University from 2011-2015. I was a part of the Bethel women's hockey program for four years and spent two of those in a leadership role. I graduated with my bachelor's in athletic training and a minor in community health. Post undergrad, I worked as an athletic trainer at Richfield High School for three years until I began my masters degree. I am currently in my first year of the M.S. Physician Assistant program and will graduate in 2020.

Laura Kozamchak

Laura Kozamchak

Bethel Seminary Student

Laura Kozamchak is currently in her second year at Bethel Seminary. She attends most classes in-person in St. Paul, and is working toward an M.Div. degree. She is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota but she got a chance to live seven years in the Bahamas, where she worked in children’s ministry and taught music. Although she relished that experience, she is happy to live back home in Minnesota. Some of her favorite things are being active outdoors, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Winnie Lee

Winnie Lee

Bethel Seminary Student

Winnie is a student in the MFT program at Bethel Seminary San Diego. As a Chinese American, she noted the power of the narrative is specific to each person she has met. The cultural diversity in San Diego provides a fantastic backdrop for training in marriage and family therapy. Winnie is an extrovert who enjoys singing, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. Boy Scouts of America, church ministries, PTA, and patient advocates are areas that get to share her time.

Travis Leinonen

Travis Leinonen

Bethel Seminary Student

Travis Leinonen is pursuing a Master's of Divinity with an emphasis in Transformational Leadership. This past year Travis moved back to his hometown of Cook, MN with his wife and 5 children after running a coffee farm, teaching and serving in an amazing congregation in Napoopoo, Hawaii for the past 6 years. He enjoys spending time outside with his wife and children and being active at North Woods school. Travis seeks to know Christ and make Him known through service in the community, prayer and reflective practice. He's prone to leaps of faith and enjoys traveling wearing his Kahikolu Congregational Church na'opio (youth ministry) t-shirts!

Christian Markvicka

Christian Markvicka

College of Adult & Professional Studies Student

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and graduated from Spring Lake Park High School. I immediately went into culinary school attending Le Cordon Bleu, but that was not my passion nor calling. I grew up in the church and felt at some point things would come around, but I didn’t want to go into ministry. At the age of 20, God called again and I answered with a “yes”. I'm currently studying Christian Ministries, and hope to further my education by attending Bethel Seminary to get my master's in Children's and Family Ministry.

Kayla Pavelka

Kayla Pavelka

Graduate School Student

Hello! My name is Kayla Pavelka and I am currently a student in the M.A. in Counseling program at Bethel. I love to spend time with my fiance, family, friends, and dogs. I enjoy reading, hiking, puzzles, and coffee shop sits. I am always up for a good conversation and love to meet new people. I hold a B.A. in Psychological Science and Sociology/Anthropology from Gustavus Adolphus College and I currently work at the University of Minnesota.

Suzanne Rauch

Suzanne Rauch

College of Adult & Professional Studies Student

Suzie Rauch is a Business Management major from Lynd, MN, where she and her husband own and operate a tree and landscaping business. In her free time, Suzie loves to read, spend time outdoors, and enjoy quality time with her family. She grew up playing various sports and as an adult loves watching and coaching her sons. When Suzie is not home with her family, or helping her husband, she can be found helping within her community. She is president of the Parent Teacher Organization, election judge, volunteer and coach.

Melissa Serra

Melissa Serra

Bethel Seminary Student

Hello! My name is Melissa Serra and I live in Appleton, WI with my husband Chris. We have three awesome kids: Julia, Joe, and Sophia. I am about to begin my fourth semester in seminary and I am loving this journey! God led me to seminary (something I never would have anticipated three years ago) and for the first time in my life, I have no plans as to where it will lead. I'm totally trusting Him in the process. I currently work for a non-profit that supports children's homes, agricultural projects, and pastoral training in Myanmar, Southeast Asia. I also work with the elderly at a nursing home and volunteer at a thrift store doing visual merchandising. I have no shortage of things to do but it is all good stuff I'm blessed to be part of!

Steven Stoltzman

Steven Stoltzman

College of Adult & Professional Studies Student

I am married and a father of seven children. I currently work in Houston, TX as an insurance agent for American Income Life. My dream is to one day own a large home on a decent-size hobby farm, so that my wife and I have plenty of room for all of our children (and eventually grandchildren).

Geoff Wood

Geoff Wood

Seminary Student

I live in Madison, Wisconsin with my wife Stacy and our two kids, Jeremiah (3) and Joella (newborn). I also serve as the Worship Director at Journey Church Madison. In my free time I love to watch sports, cook anything on the grill and play guitar. I am just beginning my final year at Bethel Seminary in the M.A. in Ministry program.