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Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

September 11th, 2017

NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2016'17 school year:

Joshua Booth, sports information director. He has a B.S. in business administration (minor in sport management) from Bethel College.

Jennifer Chappell-Deckert, assistant professor of social work. She has a global studies from Bethel College, an MSW from the University of Michigan and is completing doctoral studies in social welfare at the University of Kansas.

Timothy Eberl, instructor of biology (sabbatical replacement). He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological science from Wichita State University.

Adam Esses, head women’s basketball coach. He has a B.A. in secondary math education from Bethany College, Lindsborg, and an M.S.Ed. in mathematics/science education from the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Mario Felix, head men’s soccer coach. He has a B.A. in sociology from MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe.

Adam Fontana, assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music. He has a bachelor’s degree in music from the State University of New York, an M.A. in music and music education from Columbia University, a master’s degree in music education/wind conducting from the University of Hartford, and a Doctor of Musical Arts in wind conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Jeff Hoskisson, head track and field coach and head cross-country coach. He has a B.S. in secondary education from Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, and an M.S. in physical education/exercise and sports science from Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg.

Megan Kershner, director of career services. She has a B.A. in music from Bethel College.

Sharon Kniss, director of education and training for the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR). She has a B.A. in peace, justice and conflict studies from Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and an M.A. in international peace studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Brad Kohlman, director of alumni relations. He has a B.S. in elementary education from Bethel College and an M.Ed. in sports management from Wichita State University.

Sheila Landis, assistant professor of nursing. She has a BSN from Newman University, Wichita, and a Master’s of Science in Nursing-Leadership and Management from Western Governors University, Salt Lake City.

James McCartney, admissions counselor. He has a B.A. in business administration from Bethel College.

Clark Oswald, director of financial aid. He has a B.A. in business administration and German from Bethel College. He moves to the Office of Financial Aid from a position as assistant director of admissions.

Eric Preheim, admissions counselor. He has a B.A. in business administration and psychology from Bethel College.

Brad Shores, scramble band and athletic band director. He has a B.A. in music education from Fort Hays State University.

Richard Southern, head men’s and women’s tennis coach. He has a B.A. in business administration from University of the Southwest, Hobbs, New Mexico, and an MBA from Southwestern College, Winfield.

Bethany Wentzel, Student Life office coordinator

Scott Weston, head volleyball coach. He has a bachelor’s degree in physical education with K-12 certification from Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph.

Nick Wilson, graduate assistant in athletic training

Adjunct faculty

Amber Dittert, mathematics

Chandra Johnson, literary studies

Mike Miller, visual arts and design

Renae Schmidt Peters, music

Amy Regier, music

Barbara Vogt, visual arts and design

Richard Walker, history and conflict studies

Jennifer Wintermote, literary studies

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2016'17 analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see

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As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.