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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Aug. 25, 2017

    Northwest welcomes new employees to begin 2017-18

    Northwest Missouri State University welcomes 45 new employees as it begins its 2017-18 academic year.

    The new employees, who are those hired at Northwest after the 2017 spring trimester began, include 22 faculty members who will begin teaching courses when the fall trimester starts Aug. 28.

    Information about the new employees, including their positions and professional experiences, is provided below.

    Lawrence Alford is performance facilities manager in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. He comes to Northwest from Fort Scott Community College where he was director of theatre and technical director for the Ellis Fine Arts Center. He has worked as a professional equity actor and a professional stage technician, having directed and designed more than 30 productions. He obtained bachelor’s degrees in theatre and theatre education at Missouri Southern State University and master’s of theatre studies with an emphasis in production and design from Southern Oregon University. 

    Lawrence Alford

    Elizabeth Apodaca is a fifth and sixth grade instructor at Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families. She comes to Northwest Avondale, Arizona where she taught fourth grade. She previously taught fifth and sixth grades in Phoenix. 

    Elizabeth Apodaca

    Dr. Josie Baugher becomes an assistant professor of education and program coordinator for Northwest’s graduate reading program. She previously served as a teacher education instructor at North Central Community College in Trenton, Missouri, and an elementary teacher in the Grundy County R-V School District. She earned her doctorate degree in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and she earned her master’s degree in reading and bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Northwest.  

    Dr. Josie Baugher

    Matthew Bax is an instructor of agricultural education. He comes from Smithton R-VI in Smithton, Missouri, where he taught secondary agriculture. He has a master’s degree in agricultural education from Iowa State University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary agricultural education from Northwest.

    Matthew Bax

    Adrianna Bennett started in June as a library circulation specialist at the B.D. Owens Library. She had been working as a night audit at Boulder’s Inn and Suites in Maryville and at the Maryville Public Library as early literacy coordinator. Previously, she was a teen programmer for the central branch of the Greensboro Public Library in North Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature and social work from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Brandon Bland is a multimedia specialist in the Office of University Marketing and Communication. Previously, he was a production technician at WDAF-TV in Kansas City. He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass media with a television production emphasis at Northwest.

    Brandon Bland

    Dr. Andre Brown is director of residential education in the Office of Residential Life. His previous experience includes work at the University of Central Missouri, the University of Missouri-Columbia, Auburn University and Arizona State University. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia and his master’s degree in college student personnel administration and bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Central Missouri.

    Dr. Andre Brown

    Dr. Debra Brown is a lecturer of music education. She comes from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Her previous experience also includes work as a teaching assistant and visiting professor at the University of Kansas and teaching elementary general music in the Olathe, Kansas, public schools. She has her doctorate degree in music education from the University of Kansas, a master's of music education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a bachelor's in music education from Baker University. 

    Dr. Debra Brown

    Dr. Jessica Cascio is assistant professor of psychology. She comes from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she was an instructor in social psychology and psychology of personality. She earned her doctoral and master’s degrees in social psychology at Florida State University. She also has a master’s degree in industrial and organizational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lamar University in  Beaumont, Texas.

    Dr. Jessica Cascio

    Kelly Cave is a sculpture artist-in-residence. She comes from Salem, New York, and has held residencies at Salem Art Works, Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Franconia Sculpture Park in addition to being part of the fabrication team at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. She has a master’s degree in sculpture from the University of Cincinnati and a bachelor’s degree in fiber and material studies from Syracuse University.

    Kelly Cave

    Mike Cunningham came to Northwest in March as offensive line coach for the Bearcat football team in the Department of Athletics. He spent the last two seasons at Winona State University and has previously coached at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of North Dakota, Minnesota State and Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has a bachelor’s degree in family sciences from New Mexico State University.

    Mike Cunningham

    Mallory Daugherty is an admissions representative in the Office of Admissions. She comes to Northwest after two years as senior admissions representative at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa, where she also earned her master’s degree in management. She earned her bachelor’s degree in public relations from Northwest. 

    Mallory Daugherty

    Hayley Ellis is a residential counselor in the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing. She recently graduated from Grand View University with a bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education. She is applying for graduate schools to pursue a Ph.D. in history. 

    Hayley Ellis

    Dr. Michael Faris is an assistant professor in art education. He came from Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Illinois, where he was an art instructor. He has his doctorate degree in art education from Indiana University Bloomington as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in art education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.

    Dr. Michael Faris

    Dr. Bradlee Gamblin is an assistant professor of psychology. He comes from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He earned his doctorate in experimental psychology at the University of North Dakota, and he has a master’s degree in general psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Kentucky University.   

    Bradlee Gamblin

    Linda Hersh is a custodian in Facility Services. Her previous employment includes work for the city of Maryville and Energizer.

    Linda Hersh

    Elizabeth Hevern is assistant athletic trainer in the Department of Athletics after spending the last year as an athletic training resident at the University of Connecticut. She worked for the Bearcats from 2014-16 as a graduate assistant while completing her master’s degree in applied health and sport science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in athletic training at the University of Connecticut.

    Elizabeth Hevern

    Jarod Hilsabeck began in May as a groundskeeper in Facility Services. Previously, he was employed by MFA in Maryville.

    Jarod Hilsabeck

    Megan Hoelting is a lecturer in composition. She comes from Chandler-Gilbert Community College in Chandler, Arizona. She earned both her master's and bachelor's degrees in English education at Missouri State University.

    Megan Hoelting

    Kristopher Holman-Hudson joined the University in May as an admissions representative in the Office of Admissions. He recently completed his bachelor’s degree in public relations at Northwest. 

    Dr. Abdelmonaem Jornaz is assistant professor of mathematics. He comes from Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, where he was a lecturer. He earned his doctorate degree at Missouri S&T in mathematics with a specialization in statistics along with a master’s degree in mathematics. He also has a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in statistics from Tripoli University in Libya.

    Dr. Abdelmonaem Jornaz

    Dr. Jeongae Kang is an assistant professor of special education. Previously, she worked in the Office of Special Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, as a special education teacher in Houston and as a general education teacher in South Korea. She has a doctorate degree in special education from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, a master’s degree in special education from Purdue University in Indiana, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and language from Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.

    Dr. Jeongae Kang

    Alex Kirt is an assistant professor of audio broadcasting and comes from Southern Illinois University. He has his master’s degree in mass communication and media arts and a bachelor’s degree in radio and television, both from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

    Alex Kirt

    Scott Kuhlemeyer joined the University in May as a senior project manager in Facility Services. He came to Northwest after 21 years at White & Borgognoni Architects where he was a principal and manager of its St. Louis office for 15 years. He earned bachelor’s degree in architecture from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

    Matthew Loudon is a lecturer in composition and rhetoric. He comes from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pennsylvania, through which he is completing his doctorate in literature. He earned his master’s degree in English from Northwest and has bachelor’s degrees in English, philosophy, and secondary education with an emphasis on English from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri.  

    Matthew Loudon

    Tamara Lynn is an instructor of special education. She comes to Northwest after completing an education specialist degree last spring at Northwest. She has 15 years of experience in K-12 special education. She earned her master’s degree in special education from Northwest and a bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

    Tamara Lynn

    Mackenzie Magwire is assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions in the Department of Athletics. She joins the staff after working as entertainment coordinator at Harrah's Casino Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa. She has a bachelor’s degree in public relations and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Northwest. 

    Mackenzie Magwire

    Dr. Justin Mallett is director of diversity and inclusion in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Most recently, he was director of the American Intercultural Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. His previous experience includes work as director of the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois, and as an admissions counselor and coordinator of new student orientation at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin, and he has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in communication from the UW-Stevens Point.

    Dr. Justin Mallett

    Dr. Marcus McGee joined the Northwest faculty last spring as an assistant professor in the School of Agricultural Sciences. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Veterinary Diagnostics and Production Animal Medicine at Iowa State University. He has a doctoral degree in animal physiology from the University of Idaho as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science from Mississippi State University.

    Dr. Marcus McGee

    Michael McVinua is coordinator for marketing and recruitment at Northwest- Kansas City. He recently completed his Master of Business Administration at Northwest and served as a graduate assistant in the School of Education. He has a bachelor’s degree from Northwest in international business. 

    Michael McVinua

    Dr. Kyle Miller is an assistant professor in journalism. He comes from KLGA-FM in Algona, Iowa. He completed a doctoral degree in journalism and mass communication at the University of Iowa. He also has a master’s degree in communication studies and a bachelor’s degree in contemporary media and journalism from the University of South Dakota.

    Dr. Kyle Miller

    Dr. Shinichi Nagata is an assistant professor of recreation. He previously served as an instructor in therapeutic recreation at Indiana University and the University of Human Arts and Sciences in Saitama, Japan, as well as a research intern at Centerstone Research Institute and an officer at the Tokyo Sports Association for the Disabled in Tokyo. He earned a doctorate in leisure behavior at Indiana University, a master’s degree in recreation at Northwest and a bachelor’s degree in human science from the University of Tsukuba in Ibaraki, Japan.  

    Shinichi Nagata

    Dr. Neil Nuttall began work in May as director of Northwest-Kansas City. Previously, he served for 12 years as president of North Central Missouri College in Trenton. His public school experience included more than two decades as a superintendent. He also has served as an adjunct instructor for Northwest, teaching graduate courses in the School of Education. He has his doctorate degree from the University of Oklahoma in Higher Education and Higher Education Administration, a master’s degree in public school administration from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education with emphasis in history and physical education from Western New Mexico University.

    Dr. Neil Nuttall

    Dr. Chase O'Gwin is an assistant professor of psychology. He comes from University of West Georgia, where he earned a doctorate degree in psychology with an emphasis on consciousness and society as well as a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology at Brigham Young University.

    Chase O'Gwin

    Kiersten Orton is office manager in the Department of Athletics. She served as the Bearcat women's basketball graduate assistant during the past two seasons. She earned her bachelor’s degree in mathematics education at the University of Central Missouri, where she was a member of the women’s basketball team for four seasons. In April, she completed her master’s degree at Northwest in applied health and sport sciences.

    Kiersten Orton

    Dr. Oscar Pérez-Hernández is an assistant professor of agronomy. He comes from the University of Central Missouri. He has a doctorate degree in agronomy and a master’s degree in in plant pathology with an emphasis in epidemiology from Iowa State University. He also has a bachelor’s degree in agronomy with a specialization in plant protection from Universidad Autonoma Chapingo.

    Dr. Oscar Pérez-Hernández

    Charlene Piel is project assistant at the Regional Professional Development Center. She has 31 years of experience in education and comes to Northwest from Hillyard Technical Center in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she was a college and career coordinator. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business education from Northwest and a master’s degree in industrial vocational technical education from the University of Central Missouri.

     

    Julie Robertson joined Northwest in March as a financial assistance counselor. Previously, she worked as a pre-release caseworker for the Gateway Foundation Corrections Division.  She has 11 years of higher education experience, including academic advising, TRIO Student Support Services and residential life. She has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in higher education with a student affairs emphasis from Western Kentucky University.

    Julie Robertson

    Dr. Everett Singleton is an assistant professor of educational leadership. He comes from the Gateway to Independence Youth Development Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and previously served as a principal and teacher in the Tennessee Department of Children Services Education as well as a residential counselor for the Tennessee Department of Children Services. He has a doctorate degree in education and human resource studies with a higher education leadership specialization from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in education from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree in health education from Middle Tennessee State University.

    Dr. Everett Singleton

    Jeffery Steele came to Northwest in April as project manager in Facility Services.

    Dr. Travis Tennant is an assistant professor of animal science. He comes from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was an extension associate for meat science. He earned his doctorate degree in animal science at North Carolina State University; as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in animal science at West Texas A&M University.

    Travis Tennant

    Joseph Tomasso is an assistant professor of music. He comes from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he was a member of the woodwind faculty. His other professional experience includes memberships in the American Chamber Winds, Florida Chamber Players and the Gainesville Chamber Orchestra. He is completing his doctorate degree in musical arts with an emphasis in oboe performance through the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. He has a bachelor’s degree in music performance with an emphasis in clarinet and saxophone from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and master’s degrees in music with an emphasis in multiple woodwind performance and pedagogy from the University of North Carolina Greensboro and in music with an emphasis in oboe performance from the University of Florida.

    Joseph Tomasso

    Matt Tritten came to Northwest in March as an underwriting sales associate for KXCV-KRNW. Tritten previously served as assistant general manager of the St. Joseph Mustangs summer collegiate baseball team and spent four years at KQTV in St. Joseph, working his way up to the sports director role. He earned his bachelor’s degree in broadcasting at Northwest.

    Matt Tritten

    Megan Walker is a lecturer in psychology. She comes from Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She has a master’s degree in exercise and sport sciences from Ithaca College in New York and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.

    Megan Walker

    Matthew Woolery is a residential counselor at the Missouri Academy. He completed his bachelor’s degree in computer science at Northwest last fall and is beginning work toward his master’s degree in applied computer science.

    Matthew Woolery


    For more information, please contact:

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

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