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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 2, 2011

Northwest welcomes new employees for 2011-2012 school year

Northwest Missouri State University welcomes 27 new staff members and 19 new faculty to start its 2011-2012 academic year. New staff members are those who have begun working at the University since February.

Dustin Atkins Dustin Atkins is an officer in the University Police Department. He earned a bachelor's of science in criminal justice with an emphasis in law enforcement from Missouri Western State University. He has more than a year of experience as a city police officer and currently is a reserve deputy.
Jill Baker

Jill Baker is an instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to serving Northwest as an adjunct instructor since 2002, she has been a project assistant for curriculum and instruction and a reading consultant at the Regional Professional Development Center on the Northwest campus. She has served as a classroom teacher and staff developer at Saint Gregory Barbarigo School in Maryville, North Nodaway Elementary School in Pickering, and Joe Mathias Elementary in Rogers, Ark. Baker earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and learning disabilities and her master’s degree in educational administration, both from Northwest.

Wren Baker Wren Baker was named director of athletics in February 2011. Before joining the Bearcats he spent five years as athletic director at Rogers State University in Claremore, Okla. Baker was the first athletic director in RSU history and led the development of one of Oklahoma's most successful collegiate athletic programs. Prior to joining Rogers State, Baker was the principal and athletic director at Valliant (Okla.) Public Schools. Before entering administration, Baker was an assistant for the Oklahoma State University basketball program from 2001 to 2005, under the direction of former head coach Eddie Sutton. From 1999 to 2001, Baker was an assistant men's basketball coach at his alma mater, Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Baker received his bachelor's in health and physical education from SOSU and his master's in educational leadership from Oklahoma State University.
Heidi Beatty Heidi Beatty is a third grade instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education with a social studies concentration and a master's in educational leadership: elementary administration, both from Northwest. She comes to Northwest from the Savannah R-III School District where she taught sixth grade math and science course, beginning in 2008.
Maurice Bolden is a residential counselor in the Missouri Academy of Math, Science and Computing. He earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also earned a certificate of accomplishment in youth work at the Kanakuk Institute and served K-Life ministries for six years. He also has worked as a counselor and assistance director at Kids Across America/Higher Ground.
Kelsey Bowlin Kelsey Bowlin joins Northwest as an instructor in the Department of Biology. She will teach general biology lecture and lab courses,biology practicum and coordinate all biology labs. She earned her bachelor's degree in biology from Northwest and is completing her master's in biology.
Chad Bostwick Chad Bostwick is an instructor and linebackers coach for the football team. Bostwick served as the linebackers and special teams coach at the University of Central Missouri during the spring of 2011. Prior to that, he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines where, in 2010, he helped the Orediggers to the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Bostwick was a linebacker at Northwest from 2000-2004 while earning his bachelor's degree, and he was a graduate assistant from 2005-2006 while completing his master's degree.
Jeremy Bryson Jeremy Bryson, assistant professor in the Department of Geology and Geography will teach introduction to geography, people and cultures of the world, geography of North America, geography of Asia, and map use and interpretation. He previously taught at State University of New York-Cortland and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota. He owns a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University, a master's degree from Montana State University and a doctorate degree from Syracuse University.
Kimberly Casey Kimberly Casey, assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science, joins the Northwest faculty to teach introduction to American government, introduction to criminal justice and juvenile justice, Previously, she taught at William Jewell College in Liberty, Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich., the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Carl Albert State College in Poteau, Okla., and Murray State College in Tishomingo, Okla. She earned her bachelor's degree in history and a master's in religion from Azusa Pacific University, and her doctorate in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
Emily Churchman Emily Churchman is an instructor and assistant coach for cross country and track and field. She served as a graduate assistant for the Bearcats last season after completing her track and field career in 2010 at Northwest. After receiving her bachelor's degree, she continued her education at Northwest and completed her master's in health and physical education in May. During the summer of 2010, Churchman tried out for the United States bobsled team. She passed the first two stages of qualifying and was invited to tryouts in Lake Placid, N.Y., but missed the final cut.
Posie Coats Ella "Posie" Coats is co-teaching pre-kindergarten at the Early Care and Education Lab Center, and she is Bearcat Club supervisor. She has experience teaching infant, toddler and pre-kindergarten children as well as substitute teaching for various school districts in northwest Missouri. She also has been a math tutor coordinator for the Talent Development Center. Coats earned her bachelor's degree in business administration (small business management) from Missouri Western and her master's in elementary education from Northwest.
Jaclyn Cochenour Jaclyn Cochenour is coordinator of counseling services for Upward Bound. She received her bachelor's in speech and organizational communication from Northwest and is completing her master's in guidance and counseling. She has a range of experiences in higher education and school district settings.
Mary Collins Mary Collins joined Northwest as controller in April. She had been employed since 1999 in a variety of capacities at Heartland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph, most recently as clinical decision support coordinator. Prior to working at Heartland, she was the accountant for Eckard's Home Improvement and was an accounting instructor at Northwest. Collins received a bachelor's degree in accounting and a master's of business administration with an accounting emphasis, both from Northwest. She also was a member of the Northwest women's basketball team from 1991 to 1995.
Carl Cook Carl Cook is an officer in the University Police Department. A recent graduate of the Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy. Prior to his graduation he was a member of my Carpenters Union Local.
Nathan Davis Nathan Davis is assistant athletics director for marketing, promotions and licensing. Previously he was the assistant athletic director for operations at Abilene Christian University and assistant to the director of athletics for operations at Southwest Baptist University. He also served as the sales manager at West Texas Golf Cars in Abilene, Texas. Davis, who played collegiate basketball, holds two degrees from Southwest Baptist University, a bachelor's in business administration with an emphasis in marketing and management as well as a master of business administration.
Kyle Dennis is a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages.
Karen Detrixhe Karen Detrixhe is an assistant professor in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages. She is teaching Spanish communication and culture courses and methods of teaching foreign language in the primary and secondary school. Previously, she was supervisor of foreign language education at the University of Kansas, an English lecturer at Universidade de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, and a Spanish instructor at Wichita State University. She also served as a graduate assistant at University of Kansas and and University of Arizona. She earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish education and her master's in Spanish at Wichita State University. She has completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate degree in foreign language education from the University of Kansas.
Phillip Dowden Phillip Dowden is assistant athletics director for media relations and communications. He came to Northwest from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas, where he served as assistant director of athletics media relations. Dowden earned his bachelor of arts degree from Missouri Southern State University, where he also was a sports information assistant.
Shantel Farnan Shantel Farnan, an instructor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, will teach introduction to cross categorical special education, cross categorical methods, special education practicum and administration of special education. Previously, she was special education director in the Maryville R-II School District and served as a cross categorical special education teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville. She also was an adjunct at Northwest and a cross categorical special education teacher at Northeast Nodaway. She has her education specialist degree for superintendent, a master's degree in educational leadership: elementary and bachelor's degree in elementary education: special education, all from Northwest.
Sarah Finn Sarah Finn is an instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School.
Elyssa Ford Elyssa Ford is an assistant professor in the Department of History, Humanities, Philosophy and Political Science. She will teach courses in U.S. history and women's history and direct the public history minor. Previously, she taught at Paradise Valley Community College in Arizona and had fellowships at Rowan University in New Jersey and Babes-Bolyai University in Romania.She also has experience working at multiple museums, including the National Cowgirl Museum and the Arizona Jewish Historical Society. She earned her bachelor's degree from Colby College in Maine and her master's, doctorate and graduate certificate in museum studies from Arizona State University.
Christine Gerin is a physiology instructor in the Department of Biology. Gerin was previously employed at the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Gerin earned her doctorate in neurophysiology from the University of Montpellier, located in south France. She also holds a degree of vasculo-nervous microsurgery from the University of Montpellier's School of Medicine.
Dan Gordon Dan Gordon, an assistant professor of educational leadership, will teach school and community relations, pluralism in a multicultural society, secondary teaching practicum II and supervises student teachers. He has 28 years of experience in public education including 19 as a secondary administrator. He served the last three years as a supervisor with Missouri's Department of Education. He earned his bachelor's degree in education: biology and earth science and a master's in education: secondary administration from the University of Central Missouri. He earned an educational doctorate in school administration and an educational specialist degree in secondary administration from the University of Missouri.
Denise Hunt Denise Hunt is a custodian at the Wellness Center and the McKemy Center for Lifelong Learning. She has worked in the custodial field for more than 20 years.
Michael Johnson Michael Johnson returns to Northwest as vice president of university advancement. Most recently, Johnson was assistant vice president of alumni relations at the University of Northern Colorado. Prior to that, he was director of alumni relations at Northwest and operations manager of Northwest's radio station and NPR affiliate, KXCV/KRNW. He earned his bachelor's degree in mass communication from Northwest.
Shiva Marru is an instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems.
Kyle Miller Kyle Miller is an officer in the University Police Department. He has experience working at the Nodaway County Jail and is Class A-POST certified.
Vickie Miller Victoria Miller is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership where she will teach multiculturalism, school finance, secondary practicum II and student teaching responsibilities. Most recently she was superintendent of the Maryville R-II School District. She earner masters and specialist degrees from Northwest and a doctorate from Capella University.
Scott Nielson Scott Nielson is associate athletics director for external affairs. He comes to Northwest from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he had worked in various positions in the athletics department since 2003 and most recently was director of marketing. Nielson earned his bachelor's degree in public relations from Northwest.
Donald Noble Donald Noble is a custodian in Brown Hall. Previously he worked in Maryville factories specializing in parts and assembly. He earned his welding certification from Northwest Technical School.
Amy Phelps Amy Phelps came to Northwest in March as an assistant volleyball coach. She had been the assistant at Alaska Fairbanks for the previous six seasons. Prior to that she coached at her alma mater, Graceland University, and spent two seasons as a graduate assistant at Northwest.
Josh Rector Joshua Rector is a residential counselor in the Missouri Academy of Math, Science and Computing. Previously, he was a resident assistant at Northwest while completing his bachelor's degree in humanities.
Walter Redden Walter Redden becomes Student Union event coordinator and support technician in Auxiliary Services. He is continuing to pursue his bachelor's degree in public relations at Northwest. He also has worked as a student employee in the offices of admissions and student affairs. Additionally, he is a customer service manager at Walmart.
Abby Riley Abbey Riley is coordinator for the first-year residential experience and works in Phillips, Millikan, Dieterich, Hudson and Perrin halls. Previously she was a complex director at Northwest, program consultant at Graceland University-Independence and complex director at the University of Kansas. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication and publication design at Graceland University and her master's in higher education leadership from Northwest.
Samuel Rucker Samuel Rucker joins Northwest as beef production technician in the Department of Agriculture and is working on his master's degree in agriculture. He earned his bachelor's degree from Kansas State University where he was a member of the 2010 Reserve National Champion Livestock Judging Team.
Sam Rynearson Samuel "Chance" Rynearson is a custodian at the J.W. Jones Student Union during evenings. He is taking classes at Northwest during the day.
Matthew Schieber Matthew Schieber is instructor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. He will teach computers and information technology, management information systems and other Microsoft Office courses. He was a graduate assistant for the computer science and information systems department, receiving both his bachelor's and master of business administration degrees from Northwest.
Victoria Seeger Victoria Seeger is assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, where she will teach courses in literacy. Previously, she taught at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, and was a literacy and instructional coach in the Seaman Unified School District in Topeka, Kan. She completed her master's at Washburn University and has a doctorate from Kansas State University.
Jason Shaver Jason Shaver will teach English as a second language. Previously, he was an ESL coordinator and instructor at Conception Seminary College and at Crowder College in Neosho. He has a master's degree in teaching English as a second language from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix and a bachelor's in international communication and international studies from Missouri Southern State University.
Roger Stone Roger Stone is a custodian at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He worked at Everyready Battery for 31 years in maintenance before retiring in December. He also has worked at Walmart in its lawn and garden department.
Brian Swafford Brian Swafford joins Northwest as instructor in the Department of Communication, Theatre and Languages. In addition to serving as director of forensics he will teach fundamentals of oral communication, argumentation and debate and public speaking. Last year, Swafford was interim director of forensics at Boise State University coached the team to a national championship at the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament. Prior to that, he was associate director of forensics at Ohio University, which won national championships at Novice Nationals in 2008, the Pi Kappa Delta Biennial Tournament in 2009 and the Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament in 2010. He also researches fan cultures, focusing specifically on sports fans and comic fans. Swafford received his bachelor's from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Communication Studies and a master's from Ohio University in rhetoric and public culture.
Amanda Thrower is a Spanish instructor at the Horace Mann Laboratory School.
John Tiner John Tiner is an instructor in the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Counseling and serves as the course redesign coordinator for general psychology. He has 17 years of teaching experience at the college level and taught most recently at Oklahoma State University. Tiner has an education specialist degree in psychology and counseling from Arkansas State University and master's in administration from Southeast Missouri State University. He is working on his dissertation for a doctorate in educational psychology at Oklahoma State University.
Suzanne Von Bahren Suzanne Von Behren is a registered nurse in Wellness Services. She earned her bachelor's in biology and psychology as well as a bachelor of science in nursing from Northwest. In her free time, Von Behren said she enjoys volunteering, running, photography and sports.
Karen Wigger Karen Wigger is project assistant for curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on positive behavior support in the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center. She is retired from the public school system after 32 years.She earned her bachelor's degree at Missouri Western State University.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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