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Bethel makes new faculty and staff appointments

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College announces the following new faculty and staff appointments for the 2007-08 school year:

Rosa M. Barrera, assistant to the president. She has a B.S. from Newman University and most recently worked at Prairie View Mental Health Services in Newton.

Cordell Black, assistant football coach (defensive line coach). He was previously a defensive line and defensive back coach at North High School in Wichita and is currently a student in sociology at Wichita State University.

Denice Bruce, instructor of communication arts (fall: interim co-director of forensics during sabbatical of John McCabe-Juhnke). She currently teaches communication at Hesston College and Wichita State University.

Jean Denney-Grotewohl, director of dance for Bethel College Academy of Performing Arts (BCAPA). She has a B.A. from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland, Baltimore and an M.F.A. from Arizona State University and is a doctoral student at Texas Women’s University, Denton. She was most recently a visiting professor at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

Gregg Dick, interim vice president for business affairs. He replaces Lowell Peachey, who resigned, and continues to serve as controller.

Patsy Dirksen, assistant to the vice president of student life. She was most recently assistant to the president.

Nathan Eigsti, assistant in Institution and Media Services. He graduated from Bethel College in May 2007.

Peter Garibaldi Jr., assistant football coach (head receiver coach and return specialists coach). He graduated from Bethel College in July 2007 and most recently worked at ResCare in Newton.

Elizabeth Gatz, clinical instructor in nursing. She has a B.S.N. from Wichita State University and is a staff nurse and unit educator at Newton Medical Center in the maternal/child unit.

Diana Graber, administrative assistant in the Office of Alumni Relations. She has a B.A. from Bethel College and was most recently a paraprofessional in the Moundridge High School library.

Brian Huxman, assistant women’s basketball coach. He has a B.A. from Bethel College. He was most recently an assistant basketball coach and head JV basketball coach at Newton High School. He currently works for Mid-America Youth Basketball and as a real estate agent for Coldwell Banker Stucky and Associates.

Kulsum Kapacee, associate professor of nursing. She has a B.S.N. from Bethel College and an M.S.N. in women’s health from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was most recently a labor and delivery nurse and nurse practitioner at Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Joanne Kaster, clinical instructor in nursing. She has a B.S.N. from St. Mary of the Plains College, Wichita, and an M.S.N. from Wichita State University and currently works as a family nurse practitioner in the Emergency departments at Via Christi St. Joseph and Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita.

Stacy Koontz, assistant volleyball coach. She has a B.S. from Bethel College and most recently worked for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

Suzanna Mathews, instructor of communication arts (fall: interim co-director of forensics and interim chair of theater during sabbatical of John McCabe-Juhnke). She has a B.A. from Bethel College and an M.A. from Wichita State University. She most recently taught public speaking and served as assistant forensics coach at Hutchinson Community College and is currently a freelance writer and actress as well as co-owner of Sweetman’s Chocolate in Wichita.

Noah Morford, assistant football coach (linebacker coach and strength and conditioning coordinator). He is a 2007 graduate of Friends University and is currently in a master’s degree program in exercise science at Wichita State University.

Lois Preheim, assistant professor of education and director of the elementary education program. She has an M.Div. from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind., and a Ph.D. in education, curriculum and instruction from the University of Nebraska.

Steve Ralos, men’s and women’s soccer coach. He has a B.S. from Newman University and was most recently assistant men’s soccer coach at Newman. He is currently on the coaching staff of the Air Capital Blazers in Wichita and is director of coaching for the Air Capital Soccer Association.

Gerry Sieber, cross country coach. He recently retired from 13 years at Bethel as soccer coach and instructor of physical education.

Mark Smith, Haury Hall resident director. He has a B.A. from Bethel College and most recently worked for Foothills Gateway, an agency serving the developmentally disabled, in Fort Collins, Colo.

Michelle Snodgrass, adjunct professor of nursing. She has a B.S.N. from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, N.Y., and an M.S.N. from Newman University. She was previously an adjunct professor at Wichita State University and currently works at Via Christi Medical Center, Wichita, as an R.N. in the Emergency department.

Mychal Thompson, assistant football coach. He is a 2006 graduate of Bethel College.

Toby Tyner, associate director of development. He graduated from Bethel in May 2007.

Mark Yoder, men’s basketball coach. He has a B.S. from Fresno (Calif.) Pacific University and a master’s degree from Wichita State University. He was most recently commissioner of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).

Robert Yutzy, coordinator of congregational ministries for the Kansas Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (KIPCOR). He has an A.A. and an A.A.A.S. from Hesston College and an M.A. from Eastern Mennonite University. He most recently worked for the Strategies for Trauma Awareness and Recovery (STAR) program at EMU while co-pastoring at Yoder Mennonite Church.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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