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Bethel announces new faculty and staff appointments

August 29th, 2019

New faculty participate in the 2019 Walk of Welcome.

Bethel welcomes new faculty in athletic training, English, forensics/communication arts, HPE, math, music, and psychology, and staff in a variety of areas.




Amber Celestin, director of student success and retention and assistant professor of English. She is a 2004 Bethel graduate in English and has an M.A. in English from Wichita State University. She was most recently chair of student success and foreign languages at Ivy Tech Community College, Bloomington, Ind.

Brad Celestin, assistant professor of psychology. He is a 2003 Bethel graduate in psychology and has a Ph.D. in psychology with a minor in social neuroscience from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Devi Gandikota, visiting assistant professor of mathematics. She has an M.S. in mathematics from Wichita State University, where she most recently taught.

Justin Helmley, director of forensics and instructor of communication arts. He has an M.A. in communication studies from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He was most recently interim director of forensics and instructor of communication at Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.

Katie Hoody, interlibrary loan assistant. She has a B.A. in philosophy from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn.

Megan Leary, instructor of mathematics. She is a 2014 Bethel graduate in mathematics and has an M.S. in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma. She continues teaching at Hesston College.

Christina Liu, assistant professor of music. She has a DMA in piano performance with pedagogy emphasis from the University of Kansas and most recently taught at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth.

Emily Lockhart, assistant professor of health and physical education. She has an M.S. in physical education from Pittsburg State University, with certificates in personal training, strength and fitness, and sports nutrition. She was most recently chair of the Department of Sport Science and Health at Central Christian College of Kansas, McPherson.

Rebecca Schrag, Kauffman Museum exhibition assistant. She is a 2019 Bethel graduate in graphic design. 

Dan Sigley, director of athletic training and assistant professor of health and physical education. He has a Doctor of Athletic Training degree from the University of Idaho.

Miranda Soriano, instructor of nursing. She is a 2016 Bethel nursing graduate, moving from an adjunct clinical instructor role to full-time faculty.

Renae Stucky, access services librarian. She is a 2016 Bethel history graduate, and was previously half-time at Kauffman Museum and half-time as Bethel interlibrary loan assistant.

Emma Ware, athletic training graduate assistant. She has a B.S. athletic training with a minor in kinesiology from Kansas State University.

Holly Winiarczyk, athletic training graduate assistant. She has a B.S. in athletic training from Winona (Minn.) State University.


Jason Greever, adjunct instructor of social work. He has an MSW from Washburn University, Topeka.

Jenny Masias, adjunct instructor of Spanish. She has a B.A. in modern classical languages from Wichita State University.

Dan Muhwezi, adjunct professor of sociology. He has a Ph.D. in sociology and anthropology from Iowa State University.

Angela Sager, adjunct instructor of philosophy. She has an M.A. in philosophy from Fordham University, Bronx, New York.




Mark Brown, Information and Media Services support technician. He has an associate degree in business administration from Butler Community College and several computer program certificates from Wichita Area Technical College.

Tricia Clark, director of marketing and communication. She has a B.A. in English literature from Kansas State University and was most recently director of communication and marketing at Bethany College, Lindsborg.

Danica Dickson, admissions visit and events coordinator. She has a B.S. in strategic leadership from Southwestern College, Winfield, with a certificate in change leadership and operational.

Chywonna Gonzalez, coordinator of residence life. She is a 1994 Bethel graduate in mass communication studies.

Ashleigh Hollis, director of annual giving. She has an MBA from Southwestern College, Winfield.

Jill Hoopes, director of student wellness. She has an MSW from Newman University, Wichita, with Kansas certifications: Specialist Clinical Social Work License, Clinical Addictions Counselor, and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Damon Klassen, media services coordinator. He continues as an instructor in communication arts and adviser for KBCU-FM.

Ana Parra, coordinator of student activities and engagement. She has an M.A. in college student development with a concentration in administration from Kansas State University.

Brad Shores, recruiter and promoter for summer camps and events. He continues as director of the Bethel College Steel Drum Band and the athletic pep band. 

Garrett Whorton, director of development. He is a 2007 Bethel graduate in health management and most recently worked at Southwind Global Aviation in Moundridge. He was a Bethel admissions counselor from 2008-11.

Leroy Wilson, information services coordinator. He has an M.S. in software design and development from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn.




Matthew Barlow, head tennis coach. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washburn University, Topeka, where he was most recently assistant tennis coach.

Josh Booth, assistant athletic director. He is a 2016 Bethel graduate in business, and continues as Bethel sports information director.

Ashley Davis, head dance coach. She has a B.S. in business marketing and management from Bethany College, Lindsborg, where she was most recently head cheer and dance coach.

Kelly Parsley, head track and field and cross-country coach. He has a B.A. in communications from California University of Pennsylvania and was most recently head cross-country and track and field coach at Point Park University, Pittsburgh.

Bethel College, a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887, is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is the highest-listed Kansas private college listed in Washington Monthly’s “Top Bachelor’s Colleges” for 2019-20 and according to, is the highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates. For more information, see

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