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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 25, 2010

Northwest welcomes new employees for 2010-11 school year

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest welcomes 21 new staff members and 21 new faculty to start its 2010-2011 academic year. New staff members are those who have begun working at the University since February.

Casy Abington Dr. Casey Abington is an assistant professor in the accounting, economics and finance department, where she will be teaching general economics; money, credit and banking; and a graduate course in financial management. She earned her doctorate in May from Kansas State University, where she also taught.
Jerin Adcock Jerin Adcock became library generalist/reserve at Owens Library in May. He received his bachelor's in business management and marketing from Northwest in 2008. He returned to earn his MBA, which he completed in May.
Brooke Badger Brooke Badger is registrar services specialist. She received her bachelor's in marketing from Northwest in May and plans to begin the MBA program at Northwest next summer. Brooke is from Des Moines, Iowa.
Steven Banks Steven Banks is an instructor in the art department. He accepted a one-year appointment to teach sculpture courses, jewelry and metals, and introduction to three-dimensional design studio. He taught previously at Northwest and Saint Ambrose University. He was exhibits manager for The Putnam Museum, construction coordinator for Midcoast Fine Arts Bucktown Center for the Arts and has written numerous articles and art reviews for the River Cities' Reader.

Nate Blackford is director of strategic research in the Office of Institutional Research. Nate will lead entrepreneurial efforts, analyze needs and translate them into data requests. He previously worked in Kansas City at Service Management Group and Cerner Corporation. He earned his bachelor's and his MBA from Northwest.

Lori Brack Lori Brack is an instructor with a one-year appointment in the English department. She will teach composition and introduction to literature. She was a full-time adjunct instructor at Kansas State University at Salina, and taught as an adjunct at Kansas private colleges and community colleges.
Stacy Carrick Stacy Carrick became vice president of finance in February. A Certified Public Accountant, she received her bachelor's from Northwest in 1988 and an MBA from Webster University. Carrick served in a variety of capacities for Heartland Health in St. Joseph, most recently as the director for decision support services.
Sarah Creason

Sarah Creason is an instructor in the family and consumer sciences department. She holds an associate degree in childcare administration, a bachelor's in family and consumer sciences education and a master's in early childhood education, all from Northwest. She was preschool teacher in the Early Care and Education Center.

Kurt Davis Kurt Davis is a new groundskeeper on the west side of campus. He previously farmed in Ravenwood for 40 years. His son Ryan is a Northwest graduate; his other son Tyler worked on our athletic grounds this summer.
Kyle Dennis is a lecturer in the communications, theatre and languages department. He earned his bachelor's in economics with an emphasis in finance from Southern Illinois University in 2008 and completed a master's in communication studies from Texas Tech University this month. He was a member of Southern Illinois' national champion competitive debate team and coached Texas Tech to a national championship in March.
Kash Dhanapal

"Kash" Vishnuprakash Dhanapal is Franken Hall director. He has a bachelor's in economics with a minor in business administration from Northern Michigan University.

Travis Dimmitt Travis Dimmitt is a project assistant for curriculum and instruction at the Northwest Missouri Regional Professional Development Center. Dimmitt taught social studies the last six years at North Nodaway High School. He earned his bachelor's from Northwest in 1998 and his master's in secondary education administration.
Jennifer Edick Jennifer Edick is Wellness Center coordinator. Previously, she was employed in the quality assurance department at Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc. in St. Joseph. She is completing her bachelor's in business management at Northwest.
Clint Farnan Clint Farnan became custodian in March. He works in the Fire Arts building, landscape services and athletic grounds areas. Prior to coming to Northwest, he was employed at Conception Abbey.
Teresa Foster-Heerman Teresa Foster-Heerman is a custodian in Garrett-Strong. She has a degree in cosmetology and previously was employed as a custodian for Lomas Janitorial in Independence.
Lynne Gilbert Lynne Gilbert is administrative specialist to the president. Lynne arrived in July from Andrew County Soil and Water Conservation District. She has a range of experience in schools, hospitals, financial institutions, private corporations and government agencies. She earned her bachelor's in human environmental services from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ashley Greeley Ashley Greeley is department secretary in the computer science and information systems department. She earned her bachelor's in office information systems and financial computing from Northwest. She previously worked six years at Nodaway Valley Bank.
Ellen Haley Ellen Haley is an instructor with a one-year appointment in the communication, theatre and languages department. She will teach Spanish and upper-division language education courses, in addition to Spanish courses at Stanberry High School. She's taught in Missouri public schools since earning her bachelor's from Northwest in 2006. This summer, she completed her master's at Northwest in teaching English language learners.
Kevin Hawkins Kevin Hawkins is a new officer. He is an accounting major and recent graduate of the police academy at Missouri Western State University. He was a University Police student employee for two years.
Kevin Hiatt Kevin Hiatt began as a custodian in February. He is assigned to Franken, Dietrich and East Tower Suites. Previously, he was employed seasonally with the Staffing Center in St. Joseph.
Courtney Holt

Courtney Holt became director of the Early Care and Education Laboratory Center and head teacher in the family and consumer sciences department. She has her master's in early childhood education from Northwest and her bachelor's in early childhood education from Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa.

David Johnson David Johnson is an instructor in the accounting, economics and finance department, where he will teach fundamentals of business finance and financial institutions. Previously, he taught at Allen University in Columbia, S.C., and as finance adjunct at the Moore School of Business and the School of Hotel, Restaurant, and Tourism at the University of South Carolina.
Melvin Johnson

Dr. Melvin Johnson is an instructor with a one-year appointment in the geology and geography department. He will teach a variety of lower- and upper-division geography courses. He specializes in economic geography and water resources development, conflict and conflict resolution, with areas of interest of North American and Africa.

John Katsion

Dr. John Katsion is an assistant professor in the communication, theatre and languages department. He will teach fundamentals of oral communication and upper-division classes in the communication area. He taught previously at Hannibal-LaGrange College in Hannibal and at Multnomah University in Portland, Ore.

Jackie Kibler Dr. Jackie Kibler joined the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing as director of counseling. She returned to Northwest from the University of Montana, where she spent two years as a faculty member in the psychology department. From 2001 to 2008, Kibler was a faculty member in the psychology, sociology and counseling department at Northwest, where she continues adjunct teaching each trimester.
Monica Landess

Monica Landess is an instructor in the curriculum and instruction department. She is director of Horace Mann Laboratory School. She was elementary principal in the Stewartsville C-2 School District since 2005. Landess earned her bachelor's in early childhood and elementary education from Northwest and a master's in educational leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mindee Lieske

Mindee Lieske is an instructor with a one-year appointment in the English department. She will teach composition, introduction to literature, and upper-division writing courses such as technical writing and writing for the online age. Mindee also is interim coordinator of the Writing Center. She previously taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, California State-Northridge and the University of Southern California.

Diana Linville Diana Linville is an instructor in the computer science and information systems department where she will teach computers and information technology, spreadsheet applications, advanced spreadsheets and charting, database applications, and IT hardware and software. A Northwest alumna, she previously taught at Northwest as an adjunct and at the Maryville Technical School.
Michael Lyle Michael Lyle became an officer in April. His background consists of police work with Springfield, Republic and Aurora Police departments. In 2004, he retired after 31 years with Southwestern Bell Corp., where he was area manager of design engineering and construction for the southwest Missouri region.
Michael Mandrick Micheal Mandrick is a PC specialist. He graduated from Northwest this year with a bachelor's degree in interactive digital media-visual imaging. As a student he worked as a computer consultant in Owens Library, PC technician in the Electronic Campus Support Center and multimedia designer in the CITE office.
Terry Manies Terry Manies is grants coordinator and works with community partners to secure external funding to support Northwest's mission. Terry has worked in grant funding at the University of Kansas Higuchi Biosciences Center, Baker University, the Kansas Department of Corrections and the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services.
Mahammed Meziani Dr. Mohammed Meziani is an assistant professor in the chemistry and physics department. He specializes in nanoscience and organic chemistry
Melissa Mincy started this summer as financial assistance specialist. Previously she taught second grade at Northeast Nodaway and was a Head Start preschool teacher. She has a bachelor's in education with a minor in early childhood from Northwest.
Meghan Nelson

Meghan Nelson is an assistant women's basketball coach. Nelson spent the last two seasons as assistant coach at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota, where she earned her MBA. Nelson has a bachelor's from Southwest Minnesota State University where she completed a five-year playing and coaching career.

Douglas Overmier

Dr. Douglas Overmier is an assistant professor in the music department. He serves as interim director of bands in addition to conducting instrumental ensembles and teaching conducting and arranging classes.

Jonathan Pluskota

Dr. Jonathan Pluskota is an assistant professor in the mass communication department, where he will teach media leadership, media criticism, radio production and advise students working at KZLX. He comes to Northwest from The Art Institute of Austin where he was director of audio. He earned his bachelor's and master's from Southern Illinois where he also taught.

Adam Rittel Adam Rittel joined Northwest as custodian at Brown Hall. He holds a master's in risk control from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His wife, Kristina, is employed at the Missouri Academy.
Cindy Scarbrough

Cindy Scarbrough is preschool lead teacher in the family and consumer sciences department. She also will teach at Horace Mann Laboratory School and Early Care and Education Laboratory Center. She is a Northwest alumna.

Tiebing Shi Tiebing Shi is an assistant professor in the marketing and management department. He will teach undergraduate and graduate level international business courses and undergraduate marketing management. Previously, he taught at Queen's School of Business in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he is a doctoral candidate in marketing. He received his MBA from the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing.

William Siever

Dr. William Siever is an instructor in the department of computer science and information systems, where he will teach computer programming and data and file structures. He comes to Northwest from Michigan Technological University. He also was an instructor at Missouri University of Science and Technology, where he completed his doctorate.

Rena Smith

Rená Smith is an instructor in the chemistry and physics department. She is a Northwest alumna and specializes in science education. Previously, she taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia for the teacher development program.

Janet Steins

Janet Steins began as a custodian in June. She is assigned to the Alumni House, Martindale and the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center. She has a son, Michael Clements, who will graduate from Northwest in December.

Deborah Taylor

Dr. Deborah Taylor is an assistant professor in the educational leadership department, where she will teach foundations of educational administration, secondary school teaching practicum II, and school and society. Her previous experience includes teaching and administrative work at the U.S. State Department-sponsored school in Taiwan; in Tulsa, Okla., Public Schools; as well as at public schools in Missouri, Iowa and Bahrain in the Middle East.

Philip Wainwright

Dr. Philip Wainwright is an assistant professor in the educational leadership department. His experience includes 18 years as superintendent of schools in Iowa and five years as a secondary principal. He also spent six years as dean of students for the Eastern Iowa Community College District. Most recently, he was associate professor of education at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. He will teach pluralism in a multicultural society, and school and community relations, in addition to working with practicum students and supervising student teachers.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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