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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 25, 2012

Northwest welcomes 43 new employees to begin school year

Northwest Missouri State University welcomes 18 staff members and 25 faculty members for a total of 43 new employees to start its 2012-2013 academic year. New employees are those who have begun working at the University since February.

Jamison Allen

Dr. Jamison Allen is a lecturer in Department of Agricultural Sciences. He comes to Northwest from the University of Arizona and has additional teaching experience at the University of Idaho. Allen holds a doctorate degree from the University of Arizona in animal science.

Stephanie ALlen

Stephanie Allen is a custodian in Custodial Services.

Shandy Beck

Shandy Beck is an instructor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems and will teach management information systems and computer literacy courses. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest and previously worked at the Cerner Corporation.

Daniel Biegelson

Daniel Biegelson is a lecturer in the Department of English and will teach composition courses as well as Introduction to Literature. Biegelson previously taught composition at Metropolitan Community College in Independence. He graduated with a Master of Arts in English and American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2009. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Montana in 2004.

Steve Biley

Steve Biley is a groundskeeper in Facility Services.

Stancy Bond

Stancy Bond is a lecturer in the Department of English and will teach composition courses as well as Introduction to Literature. She taught composition last year at Missouri Western. She earned her Master of Arts in English from Northwest in 2011.

Steven Chappell is student publications director and lecturer in the Department of Communication and Mass Media. Chappel is founder and CEO of a clearinghouse for communication internships and entry-level jobs for college communications students. Most recently, he served as director of convention technology at Vanderbilt University and student media specialist at Simpson College. He has also taught at Middle Tennessee State University, Truman State University, University of Missouri-Columbia and Stephens College. Chappell received a Master of Public Administration from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.

Travis Cochenour

Travis Cochenour is an officer in the University Police Department.

Alex Cruz

Alex Cruz is a data analyst in Institutional Research. Before coming to Northwest he was a technical support agent for Suddenlink Communications. He received his Bachelor of Science in interactive digital media with a new media emphasis from Northwest in 2008.

Joy Daggs

Joy Daggs is an assistant professor of communication in the Department of Communication and Mass Media. Her most recent teaching experience was at Culver-Stockton University. She has also taught at Columbia College, the University of Missouri at Columbia and University of Northern Iowa. She earned her doctorate in communication from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Ande Davis

Ande Davis is a lecturer in the Department of English and will teach composition courses as well as Introduction to Literature. He previously taught composition, creative writing and literature courses at Washburn and Eastern Oklahoma State College. He earned his Master of Arts in creative Writing from Minnesota State University at Mankato in 2009.

Kathryn Donovan

Kathryn Donovan is an academic advisor in the Advisement Assistance Office. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in public relations in 2010 and her Master of Science degree in higher education leadership in April, both from Northwest. As a Northwest student, she worked in the Office of Campus Activities and the Student Affairs Complex and was a SOAR leader.

Omer Duckworth

Omer Duckworth is a boiler plant maintenance technician operator in Facility Services.

Kelsi Franklin

Kelsi Franklin is an admission representative in the Office of Admissions. She completed her Bachelor of Science in organizational communication at Northwest in 2011 and is working toward her Master of Education in guidance and counseling. Previously at Northwest, she was a graduate assistant at the Northwest Visitor’s Center and a student ambassador among other roles. 

Steve Frogge

Steve Frogge is a lecturer in the Department of English and will teach Introduction to College Writing, Composition 111 and Introduction to Literature. He previously taught composition and literature courses at Northwest and at Missouri Western. He graduated from Northwest in 2007 with a Master of Arts in English.

Heidi Hensen

Heidi Hensen is a lecturer in geology in the Department of Natural Sciences. Hensen will teach environmental geology, geomorphology and hydrogeology. She previously was an instructor in geology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and an adjunct faculty in geology at San Jacinto College in Houston. She completed Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and physics at Sam Houston State University and holds a master’s degree in geology from Baylor University, where she is a doctoral candidate. Her research interests include land use change, soil erosion and reservoir sedimentation and shallow Earth geophysics.  

Mark Kellog

Mark Kellogg is the head women’s basketball coach after seven seasons at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. Prior to that, he spent four seasons at Montana State University and was the assistant men’s basketball coach at West Texas A&M University. He graduated in 1998 from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and physical education and earned a master's degree in sports and exercise science from West Texas A&M in 2000.

Ashley Knierim

Ashley Knierim is the campus visit coordinator in the Office of Admissions. Previously, she was a program coordinator and program manager at Cerner Corporation. She earned her Bachelor of Science in business management and marketing as well as her Master of Business Administration from Northwest.

Lacy Kobbe

Lacy Kobbe is the customer service coordinator in Facility Services. Previously she has worked as assistant manager for Casey’s General Store, and as a senior office support assistant and mailroom supervisor at the Maryville Treatment Center.

Gayla Kobialka

Gayla Kobialka is an assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and will teach music education. She worked as the lead music teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia and is a Kennedy Center Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) partner. She has a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, both in piano pedagogy from Wichita State University. She is working toward her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music education.

Helen Konstantopoulos Helen Konstantopoulos teaches English as a Second Language (ESL) in Northwest’s ESL program. She comes to Northwest with 16 years of experience teaching ESL in Greece and was a restaurant manager for five years. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and her ESL certification while working in Greece.
Larry Lee

Larry Lee is director of business development and tenant relations for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Lee previously served as director of technology development and commercialization for the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), director of the enterprise development laboratory at the UMKC Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and as director and a business consultant for the UMKC Missouri Small Business Development Center. He also has served as an adjunct professor at Northwest. Lee earned both his Bachelor of Science in marketing and his Master of Business Administration degrees from Northwest.

Robert Machovsky

Robert Machovsky serves as the annual giving manager in University Advancement. He previously worked in similar roles at Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of South Dakota. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in alcohol and drug studies from the University of South Dakota.

Cindy Martin

Cindy Martin is an instructor and early childhood teacher at the Phyllis & Richard Leet Center for Children & Families. Previously, she was director and lead teacher in the Worth County R-III School District in Grant City. She earned her Bachelor of Education degree from Northwest.

Rolland Martin

Rolland Martin is a library circulation and maintenance specialist at the B.D. Owens Library. Previously, he worked for Rural Electric Cooperative and held a maintenance position with Wise Hotels Inc., which operates multiple hotels in Maryville and southeast Iowa.

Elizabeth Mason

Elizabeth Mason is the office manager in the Office of Institutional Research. Previously she was a supervisor at Tinker Tots Preschool Inc., where she oversaw licensing, compliance, budget and professional development. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kan.

Kristin Mattio

Kristin Mattio is an instructor and the assistant women’s basketball coach. She comes to Northwest from Fort Lewis College, where served as the assistant women’s basketball coach for five seasons. She also has coached at Memphis Central High School in Memphis, Tenn., Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., and Montana State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management in 2003 from Evangel University in Springfield. In 2006, she earned her Master of Science degree in sports and wellness leadership from Austin Peay.

Brooke McBride

Brooke McBride is the assistant director of campus activities in the Office of Campus Activities. Previously, she was an academic advisor in the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Prior to that, she was membership services coordinator at the Alpha Sigma Alpha National Headquarters and served as the greek life coordinator at the University of Missouri at Columbia. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Northwest and her Master of Arts degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Justin Meneely

Justin Meneely is a carpenter and works on maintenance in Facility Services. He came to Northwest from Stinson Morrison Hecker LLC in Kansas City where he was a senior records analyst. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Truman State University in 2005 and is working toward his Master of Arts degree in history at Northwest.

David Monismith

Dr. David Monismith is an assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. He graduated from Oklahoma State University where he completed his doctorate in computer science. His interests include high performance computing and computational intelligence.

Eric Mousel

Dr. Eric Mousel is an associate professor and department chair for the Department of Agricultural Sciences. He comes to Northwest from South Dakota State University. Mousel earned his doctorate degree in agronomy from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nicholas Peters

Nicholas Peters is an assistant athletic trainer in the Department of Athletics and will work primarily with the men’s basketball program. He comes to Northwest after completing a one-year athletic training internship with the Denver Broncos. He received his bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Fort Hays State in 2008 and his master’s degree in health and physical education from Northwest in 2010.

Lynn Prinz

Lynn Prinz is an instructor and second level teacher at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She comes to Northwest from Taylor, Texas, where she was a first and second grade teacher at Naomi Pasemann Elementary School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Texas Lutheran University.

Kendall Prinz

Dr. Kendall Prinz is an assistant professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts where he will teach low brass and music education. He previously worked as an instructor of music at Texas Lutheran University, a faculty member at Texas Lutheran University Summer Music Academy, was the director of Instrumental music in Sabinal Independent School District, Director of Bands at Taylor Middle School, and principle tuba for the University of Texas Wind Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra. He has a bachelor’s degree in music education from Texas Lutheran University, a Master of Music degree in music composition from the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in tuba performance from the University of Texas.

Earnestine Rich

Earnestine Rich is a residential counselor at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing. She recently graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. with her degree in Africana studies and a minor in sociology and biology. At Rutgers, she was a resident assistant, computer lab consultant and tutor for student athletes.

April Salinas

April Salinas is a clerk at the Mail/Copy Center. She completed her Bachelor of Science in business management and marketing at Northwest in May. As a Northwest student, she was a student employee in the Mail/Copy Center and in Textbook Services.  

Jonathan Scarbrough

Jonathan Scarbrough is a carpenter and works on maintenance in Facility Services.

Meghan Sheil

Meghan Sheil is an instructor and early childhood teacher at the Phyllis & Richard Leet Center for Children & Families. Previously, she was pre-Kindergarten director and lead teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School in Stuart, Fla. She earned her master’s degree in education from Northwest.

Mary Shields

Mary Shields is an instructor and heads the resource room at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She joins Northwest after working as a special education teacher at Eugene Field Elementary School in Maryville. She earned her master’s degree in education from Northwest.

Kathleen Spears

Dr. Kathleen Spears will serve as assistant professor of physiology in the Department of Natural Sciences and will teach biology, medical terminology and human physiology. Previously, she was an adjunct assistant professor of biology at William Woods University in Fulton. She received a bachelor’s degree in biology from Truman State University and holds a doctorate degree in biological sciences from the University of Missouri at Columbia. Her research interests include neural stem cell biology, mechanisms of cancer stem cell differentiation and cell-based therapy for central nervous system disorders.

David Struve

David Struve will serve as a lecturer in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences where he will teach American Historical Survey and Western Civilization II. He completed a Bachelor of Science in social science education and a master's degree in history at Northwest.

John Tiffany

John Tiffany is a transportation fleet mechanic in Facility Services.

Connie Wallace is a custodian in Facility Services.


For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Missouri State University
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