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…the atmosphere of Bethel is vibrant, caring and friendly. I have had the best experience here…
Claire Unruh ’12

Staff

Aaron Austin

Aaron Austin

Vice President for Student Life
Ext: 324
Phone: 316-284-5324
Education:
  • B. Music Education Kansas State University 1997
  • M.Ed. Arizona State University 2002
Joanna Bjerum

Joanna Bjerum

Director of Counseling, Career Services & Experiential Learning
Ext: 326
Phone: 316-284-5326
About Joanna: Joanna (Dreier) Bjerum is a proud 2005 graduate of Bethel College’s Social Work program. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Newman University in 2010.

She has spent the past nine years serving in various roles within the Child Welfare System in Kansas, including supervising a team of social workers for the past five years. She is thrilled to be joining our community this summer.

Her professional interests include marriage/relationship dynamics, trauma and work/life balance

She lives in Newton with her incredible husband John, 2-year-old daughter Davy and Baby Bjerum #2 expected mid-fall.
Jean Butts

Jean Butts

Resident Director, Coordinator of Cross-Cultural Engagement
Ext: 338
Phone: 316-284-5338
Amber Chalashtari

Amber Chalashtari

Resident Director, Director of Housing
Ext: 371
Phone: 316-284-5371
Education:
  • BA McPherson College
Patsy Dirksen

Patsy Dirksen

Student Life Office Coordinator
Ext: 324
Phone: 316-284-5324
Education:
  • A.A. Bethel College
Gabriel Fonseca

Gabriel Fonseca

Resident Director, Coordinator of Student Activities
Ext: 371
Phone: 316-284-5371
Peter Goerzen

Peter Goerzen

Campus Pastor, Director of Church Relations
Ext: 356
Phone: 316-284-5356
Paige Townley

Paige Townley

Resident Director, Coordinator of First-Year Success
Ext: 369
Phone: 316-284-5369