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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 23, 2013

Northwest welcomes 65 new employees to start fall trimester

Northwest Missouri State University welcomes 65 new faculty and staff members as it begins its fall 2013 trimester.

The new employees, who are those hired at Northwest since the spring trimester began, were recognized during the University’s annual fall All-Employee Meeting Aug. 21.

The new employees and their positions are listed below along with a glance at their professional and academic experiences.

T.J. Allen Jr

T.J. Allen Jr. is a sports field groundskeeper.

Loren Beverlin is a groundskeeper.

Nola Bond

Nola Bond is vice president of human resources. Prior to joining Northwest, Bond was employed at Eaton Corporation in Shenandoah, Iowa, where she served as human resource manager and was a member of the senior leadership team. Bond has a degree in human resource management from Bellevue (Neb.) University and numerous certifications, including Senior Professional in Human Resources, Professional in Human Resources and Certified Change Management Specialist.

Leslie Bowman

Leslie Bowman is a secretary in the Department of Professional Education.

Jennifer Bucy

Jennifer Bucy is a financial analyst in the controller’s office. Previously she was a senior auditor and certified public accountant with BKD, LLP in Kansas City. She has Bachelor of Science degrees in accounting and finance as well as Master of Business Administration degree from Northwest.

Joy Budine

Joy Budine is an instructor and early childhood teacher at the Phyllis & Richard Leet Center for Children & Families. Previously, she was an early childhood special education preschool teacher in the St. Joseph School District. She earned her Bachelor of Education from Missouri Western State University.

Dr. Alisha Campbell

Dr. Alisha Campbell serves as assistant professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences, specializing in biotechnology in support of the nanoscience program. She received her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology and a doctorate in genomic science and technology from the University of Tennessee–Knoxville. She comes to Northwest from Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tenn., where she was a postdoctoral research associate.

Dr. James Campbell

Dr. James Campbell serves as assistant professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences specializing in microbial ecology. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biology from Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas, and he holds a doctorate degree in biology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He previously worked as a postdoctoral research associate with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oakridge, Tenn.

Jamie Campbell

Jamie Campbell serves a term appointment as a lecturer in political science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. A native of Northern Ireland, she holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Northwest, a master’s in political science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and she is nearing completion of a master’s in history at Northwest.

Dr. Brett Chloupek

Dr. Brett Chloupek serves as assistant professor of geography in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Kansas and a master’s in geography and certificate in geographic information systems from Oklahoma State University. He has taught at the University of Nebraska-Kearney and Kansas State University. He has also served as a fellow with the National Science Foundation and the National Security Education Program.

Summer Christensen

Summer Christensen is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Education. She comes to Northwest from the University of South Dakota where she served as the induction coordinator for a Teacher Quality Partnership Grant. Prior to her time at South Dakota, she worked for 12 years as an elementary teacher in the public school districts of North Kansas City and Liberty. She has a Bachelor of Science in education from William Jewell College and a Master of Arts in teaching from Webster University. She is working toward her Doctor of Education degree in reading. 

Jaime Collins

Jaime Collins is office manager in Colden Hall and secretary for the Department of English & Modern Languages. Her previous work experience includes 15 years in human resources at Energizer and at New York Life Insurance Company, both in Maryville.

Ashley Davis

Ashley Davis serves as assistant professor of English in the Department of English and Modern Languages. She holds a Master of Science degree in secondary English and language arts education from Troy University in Troy, Ala., and is working toward her doctorate degree with a specialization in secondary English and language arts at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. She taught high school English for five years in Troy, Ala. She will be teaching courses related to Secondary School English pedagogy as well as courses in Composition and Introduction to Literature.

Suzi Decker

Suzi Decker is a residential counselor at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. She comes to Northwest after working as a resident assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and in the special education department at a K-12 school in South Dakota. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries and wildlife from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Terra Feick

Terra Feick is coordinator for access services in the Department of Academic and Library Services. Previously, she was an undergraduate psychology advisor and programs assistant for the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also worked locally as a personal counselor with Inspired Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Missouri State University, a Master of Arts in counseling and guidance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a Master of Science in higher education leadership from Northwest.

Marshall Fey

Marshall Fey is assistant athletics director for media relations and communications. He comes to Northwest from The University of Akron (Ohio) where he served as the assistant director for new media for the three years. He also spent time as assistant sports information director at California State University-Bakersfield and gained experience as an athletics communications intern at Harvard University. He has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Fort Hays State where he competed in track and field. He has a Master of Education in sport administration from Wichita State University.

Deborah Flugrad

Deborah Flugrad is an instructor and second level teacher at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She comes to Northwest from the Saint Joseph School District, where she was a kindergarten, first and third grade teacher. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Northwest and a Masters of Arts degree in education from Baker University.

Robert Fulton

Robert Fulton comes to Northwest as a beef production technician in the Department of Agricultural Sciences. He has worked for multiple farms and agricultural businesses throughout his career. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

Edward Gibson IV

Edward Gibson IV is coordinator of intercultural affairs in the Office of Intercultural Affairs.

Christopher Hardin is Hudson/Perrin complex director.

Dr. Joseph Haughey

Dr. Joseph Haughey serves as assistant professor of English in the Department of English and Modern Languages. He has just completed his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo with a specialization in English Education. Joseph has six years of experience as a middle school and high school English teacher, and for the past two years he has been teaching Language Arts at Kotlik School in Kotlik, Ala. Joseph will serve as our new program coordinator for English Education and will teach Methods of Secondary School English, other courses related to Secondary School English pedagogy, as well as courses in Composition and Introduction to Literature.

Dean Hicks

Dean Hicks serves as an instructor for the Department of Agricultural Sciences. He has a Master of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and just retired from teaching at Tarkio High School. He has also taught at Bronaugh (Mo.) High School. Hicks has earned the Missouri Vocational Agriculture Distinguished Service Award and numerous awards from the Missouri Association of Agriculture Educators. He has many years of experience with FFA and the Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association.

Grady Hilsabeck

Grady Hilsabeck is a groundskeeper.

Dr. Nigel Hoilett is an assistant professor for the Department of Agricultural Sciences. He earned his doctorate and Master of Science in soil science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, along with his Bachelor of Science at Lincoln University. He has research and teaching experience at Ohio State University and has taught at Franklin University, Lincoln University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. Hoilett also has experience with the Missouri Department of Conservation and with banana and coffee export companies in Jamaica.

Keisha Holtman

Keisha Holtman is an admission specialist in the Office of Admissions. She comes to Northwest from the St. Joseph Metro Chamber where she worked as an administrative assistant for membership. She received her bachelor’s degree in business management from Northwest.

Dominic Hurst

Dominic Hurst is an officer in the University Police Department. He is a graduate of the Missouri Western State University Law Enforcement Academy. He spent eight years working at Kawasaki in production.

David Kiene

David Kiene is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Education. He has 25 years of teaching and administrative experience in Kansas and Missouri, and was most recently a principal in the Marceline School District. He has a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University, a master’s in curriculum and instruction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a doctorate degree from Saint Louis University analyzing state policies for online secondary education.

Koeun Kim

Koeun Kim is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Education. She has worked as a preschool and kindergarten teacher in Korea and comes to Northwest from Madison, Wis. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in early childhood education at Ewha Woman's University in Seoul, Korea and holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in early childhood education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also is a doctoral candidate.

Jamie Kwon

Jamie Kwon is a residential counselor at the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa., with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and elementary education. During her time at Duquesne, she worked as a resident assistant for three years for freshmen, upper classmen and student-athletes.

Dr. Na Li

Dr. Na Li serves as assistant professor of Computer Science in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. She earned her doctorate from the University of Texas-Arlington in privacy and security issues in networks and her bachelor’s degree from Nan Kai University in China. Na comes to Northwest from The University of Texas-Arlington where she has been a lecturer in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering. 

Katie Machovsky

Katie Machovsky is a scholarship and outreach specialist in the office of Financial Assistance. Previously she was manager of external alumni relations at Missouri University of Science & Technology and annual fund and prospect research assistant at Dakota State University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from University of South Dakota.

Anthony Maly

Anthony Maly is campus activities coordinator in the Office of Campus Activities. He comes to Northwest from St. Cloud (Minn.) State University where he was a program advisor. Maly completed his Master of Science in college counseling and student development at St. Cloud State in May and has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Iowa State University.

Susan Manning is a custodian.

Andrea Mason

Andrea Mason is a third grade instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She served the last two years as a teacher and reading coach in Lee County Public Schools in Fort Myers, Fla. She also spent 17 years teaching kindergarten and early childhood literacy in the Liberty Public School District. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and early childhood from Northwest. She has a master’s degree in elementary education and an administrative certification from Baker University.

Samuel Mason

Samuel Mason is a development sales underwriting associate for KXCV. Previously he was a manager of distribution services for RR Donnelley & Sons in Liberty and manager of fulfillment operations for Source-Interlink Co. in Bonita Springs, Fla. He earned his Bachelor of Science from Northwest in broadcasting and business.

Salena Matheny

Salena Matheny is a registered nurse at Wellness Services. Previously she worked at St. Francis Hospital and Health Services in Maryville and at Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Dr. Rex McAliley

Dr. Rex McAliley serves as assistant professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences specializing in human anatomy. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis on aquatic ecology, a master’s degree from Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, and a doctorate in biology from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Dr. Jay McGhee

Dr. Jay McGhee serves as assistant professor of biology in the Department of Natural Sciences specializing in wildlife ecology and conservation. He received a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology and a master’s degree in biology from Texas State University and holds a doctorate in fisheries and wildlife science from Virginia Polytechnic & State University. Prior to his appointment at Northwest, he served as a visiting assistant professor in the Biology department for Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va.

Rita Million

Rita Million serves as the director of nursing in the Department of Natural Sciences and work with North Central Missouri College to enhance the two institutions’ collaborative nursing program. She received her associate degree in nursing and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. She has a master’s degree in nursing with the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, where she is working toward her She worked previously as a lecturer and clinical instructor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

Dr. Dee Moore

Dr. Dee Moore is outreach education coordinator for Northwest’s outreach programs. She is a retired public school administrator from the Platte County R-3 School District. She earned her Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Central Missouri, a specialist degree in education administration from Northwest and her doctorate in education leadership from the University of Missouri-Columbia.   

Ashley Pregeant

Ashley Pregeant joins Northwest as the office manager of the Teaching and Learning Center. Previously, she was a learning specialist at Louisiana State University’s Academic Center for Student Athletes. She earned both her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s degree in library and information science from Louisiana State University.

Dr. Ryan Reed

Dr. Ryan Reed serves as assistant professor of political science in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a doctorate and masters in political science from the University of California-Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in communication from the University of Southern California. Reed Northwest after serving in faculty positions at the University of Wyoming and the University of California-Davis.

Gregory Rich

Gregory Rich is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Education. He comes to Northwest with 31 years of experience as an educator in Missouri public schools, most recently in the Hickman Mills School District in Kansas City, where he retired as associate superintendent of secondary education. He received his bachelor’s degree in education from Tulsa University, his master’s degree in administration and an education specialist degree from University of Central Missouri and his doctorate degree at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Michael Rivera is a part-time custodian.

Dr. Kevin Romig

Dr. Kevin Romig serves as assistant professor of geography in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a doctorate in geography from Arizona State University with a master’s in geography and certificate in geographic information science from the University of Southern California-Los Angeles. Romig worked previously at Texas State University-San Marcos and the University of North Dakota.

Cindy Rumpf is a project assistant for curriculum and instruction at the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center. She is retired from the Salem R-80 School District after serving two years as superintendent and four years as assistant superintendent. She also spent nine years as middle school principal in the East Buchanan C-1 School District and has 10 years combined of teaching experience at East Buchanan, Savannah Middle School and in the St. Joseph School District. She has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Missouri Western State University as well as a master’s degree in administration and a specialist in education and superintendency from Northwest.

Buck Scheel

Buck Scheel is an assistant women’s basketball coach and instructor in the Department of Athletics. He spent the last three years as assistant women’s basketball coach at State Fair Community College in Sedalia. From 2007-2010, he was head women’s basketball coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Scheel has a bachelor’s degree in business management with a marketing emphasis and a master’s degree in sports management from Columbia Southern University.

Jessica Schmidt

Jessica Schmidt is the executive secretary for the Department of Academic and Library Services. She comes to Northwest having worked as a digital imaging clerk for the National Archives Civilian Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, as an archives technician for the National Archives Federal Records Center in Lenexa, Kan., and as an archives technician at the National Archives in Kansas City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest in history and journalism.

Donella Sherry

Donella Sherry is a project assistant for curriculum and instruction in math and technology at the Northwest Regional Professional Development Center. She recently returned to the United States after spending the last two years teaching instructional technology for K-7 at Chiang Mai International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She also has teaching experience at West Nodaway and South Nodaway schools. Sherry earned her Bachelor of Science in education and her Master of Science in education with an emphasis on teaching instructional technology, both from Northwest.

Angela Smith

Angela Smith serves as public relations and program coordinator for Northwest’s outreach programs. Previously, she was employed in human resources at McCormick Distilling Company. Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and broadcasting at Northwest and her Master of Business Administration from Grantham University.

Dr. Eddie Smith

Dr. Eddie Smith serves as an instructor of mathematics in the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Information Systems. He earned his doctorate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in mathematics education where he also earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and educational specialist degrees. Eddie comes to Northwest from UMKC where he was an adjunct and visiting professor in mathematics education. He 15 years of experience teaching mathematics in urban K-12 public schools and 12 years of experience teaching at the college level.

Michael Smith

Michael Smith is head women’s basketball coach. He spent the past five years at Truman State University, following stints at Moberly Area Community College and as an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Angelo State. Smith earned his master’s degree from Northwest and received his undergraduate degree from Central Methodist University in Fayette.

Brandon Stanley

Brandon Stanley is chief officer of marketing and design in the Office of University Relations. He comes to Northwest from Worlds of Fun, where he spent the seven years manager of public relations and two years as a marketing account executive. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwest in business management.  

Dr. Kathryn Strickland

Dr. Kathryn Strickland serves as assistant professor of music and director of athletic bands in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music education at Louisiana State University. She just completed her doctorate in music education at LSU. A veteran teacher for 12 years in the public schools of Louisiana, Strickland has been a conference presenter and clinician on several occasions at state and national conventions and is active as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. She will direct the Bearcat Marching Band, pep band and percussion studio at Northwest in addition to music education coursework.

Mel Tjeerdsma

Mel Tjeerdsma is director of athletics. He retired as the Bearcat football head coach in 2011 following 17 years of service. Prior to rejoining Northwest, Tjeerdsma coached Team USA to a world championship at the 2011 International Federation of American Football World Cup in Austria. He also was a member of Austin College’s Institutional Advancement development team where he led athletics fundraising efforts. Tjeerdsma earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern (S.D.) State College and a master’s from Northwest.

Bobby Tso

Bobby Tso serves as lecturer in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts specializing in ceramics. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northwest and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Iowa. Tso will teach ceramics with new approaches including 3-D printing and advanced mold making.

Matthew Trussell

Matthew Trussell is director of the Small Business and Technology Development Center in in Chillicothe. Most recently, he taught in the Chillicothe School District. From 2005 to 2012, he was a vocational agriculture instructor and physical education instructor in Bosworth. From 1992 to 2008, Trussell worked with Tater Creek Angus, an entrepreneurial enterprise that coordinated the breeding and selection of cows for artificial insemination. Trussell received a Master of Science in education from Northwest and a Bachelor of Science in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Patty VanCleave

Patty VanCleave is a fourth grade instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School. She retired from Eugene Field Elementary in Maryville six years ago and since worked as a state facilitator for character education at the Regional Professional Development Center. She also has done extensive substitute teaching and worked as an adjunct professor in curriculum and instruction at Northwest, supervising the content practicum, reading and language arts practicum, and student teachers. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northwest.

Dr. Robert Voss

Dr. Robert Voss serves as assistant professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds a doctorate and master’s degree in history from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He previously taught at Creighton University, Nebraska Wesleyan University, Hastings College and Mendota High School in California.

Dr. Tim Wall

Dr. Tim Wall is an associate professor in the Department of Professional Education. He returns to Northwest after serving as associate professor at Missouri Western State University since 2009. Wall taught at Northwest from 2002 to 2009 and spent a year teaching at North Nodaway High School in Hopkins. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Truman State University, a Master of Science in Education in teaching history from Northwest and a doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Sharri Wallace

Sharri Wallace is a custodian.

Tish Warner

Tish Warner serves as an instructor of chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences. She will be teaching Physical Science and Chemistry courses. Tish is an alumnus of Northwest where she received both her Bachelor of Science in chemistry and Master of Science in Science education. Previously, Tish worked as a high school teacher with Worth County R-III in Grant City.

Jeremiah White

Jeremiah White serves general maintenance I.

Dr. Sue Wood

Dr. Sue Wood is an assistant professor in the Department of Professional Education. She comes to Northwest from the Fort Dodge (Iowa) Community School District, where she was director of curriculum, instruction and assessment. She earned her doctorate degree at the University of South Dakota-Vermillion.

Denise Workman

Denise Workman joins Northwest as a budget analyst in the Controller’s office. Previously, she was a fiscal officer for Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments in Maryville. She earned her Bachelor of Science in accounting and her Master of Business Administration from Northwest.


For more information, please contact:

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

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