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Bethel makes new faculty/staff appointments

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -- Bethel College announces the hiring of the following new faculty and staff for the 2004-05 school year:

    Leah Barnhard, Wichita, adjunct professor of accounting. She has a B.M.E. in music therapy from the University of Kansas, a M.B.A. with concentrations in marketing and economics from Wichita State University and a D.B.A. from Argosy University. She is currently an associate professor at Newman University, Wichita, and an adjunct professor at Wichita State University.
    Rachel Epp Buller, Newton, assistant professor of art (sabbatical replacement). She has a B.A. in German and fine arts from Bethel College and a M.A. and PhD in art history from the University of Kansas.
    Angela Byrd-Stephenson, Valley Center, head women’s soccer coach. She has a bachelor’s degree from Newman University and a master’s degree in criminal justice from Wichita State University. She coaches high school girls’ soccer in Valley Center, and owns EagleEye Investigations in Wichita, a private investigation firm specializing in criminal defense work.
    John Cayton, North Newton, head tennis coach and instructor in health management. He has a B.S. in psychology and a M.S. in physical education from Emporia State University. Before coming to Bethel, he served eight years as an administrator with the U.S. Tennis Association in Champaign, Ill., and Kansas City, Mo.
    Jennifer Chappell-Deckert, North Newton, adjunct instructor in education, adjunct instructor in social work. She has a B.A. in global studies from Bethel College and a M.S.W. with a specialization in school social work from the University of Michigan. She is currently a school social worker for the Harvey County Special Education Cooperative.
    Rhonda Durant, Hutchinson, adjunct instructor in nursing. She has a B.S.N. from Bethel College and will complete her M.S.N. from Wichita State University in December. She currently works as a R.N. at Hutchinson Hospital.
    Cory Ferralez, Hesston, admissions counselor. He has a B.S. in social work from Bethany College, Lindsborg, and was previously a supervisor at United Methodist Youthville in Newton and head boys’ and girls’ track coach at Hesston High School.
    Karl Friesen, Hesston, assistant professor of computer science (sabbatical replacement). He has a B.A. in mathematics from Bethel College and a M.S. in computer science from Purdue University. Most recently, he was a computer systems administration and networking consultant.
    Eric Gillberg, North Newton, graduate assistant in athletic training. He has a B.S. in athletic training and movement science from Texas Christian University. At TCU, he worked with the football team and the men’s tennis and soccer teams.
    George Leary, North Newton, adjunct instructor in education. He has a B.A. in natural sciences from Bethel College and a M.S. in educational administration from Kansas State University, and currently serves as principal of Chisholm Middle School, Newton.
    Tara Logan, Hesston, director of Office Services. She was most recently on the staff of the Hesston Recreation and Community Education office.
    Karen Loucks, North Newton, adjunct instructor in education. She has a B.S. in social work and a B.S. in elementary education from Bethel College and currently teaches 4th grade at Slate Creek Elementary School, Newton.
    Lynn Loucks, North Newton, adjunct instructor in education. He has an Associate of Arts degree from Hesston College, a B.S. in elementary education from Bethel College and a M.Ed. in elementary education with an emphasis in science from Wichita State University. He currently teaches science at Santa Fe Middle School, Newton.
    Jodi Ostlund, Moundridge, instructor in nursing (part-time). She has a B.S.N. from Bethel College and currently works as an intensive care nurse at Hutchinson Hospital.
    Phil Sawatzky, Newton, instructor in art (sabbatical replacement). He has a B.A. in art and Spanish from Bethel College and is completing a M.A in Spanish at Wichita State University. He currently teaches English Language Learners through USD 373, Newton, and is an instructor in Spanish at Tabor College, Hillsboro. He was an admissions counselor at Bethel College from 2001-2002.
    Marcy Thiesen, Moundridge, instructor in nursing (part-time). She has a B.S.N. from Bethel College and currently works as a R.N. at the Moundridge Clinic.
    Julie Wiens, Hutchinson, instructor in nursing (part-time). She has a B.S.N. from Bethel College and currently works as an intensive care nurse at Hutchinson Hospital.
    Melanie Zuercher, Hesston, writer/editor for the Office of Institutional Communications and News Service. She has a B.A. in English and communication from Goshen (Ind.) College and a M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind.

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