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Board of Trustees

Michael R. Wiley, PhD, Chair (2023), Blue Springs, MO

Sue Bevington, Vice-Chair (2023), Kirkland, WA

David J. Brown, MBA, Treasurer (2023), Lake Winnebago, MO

Samuel G. (Sam) Smalldon, MBA, Secretary (2025), Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Joe Booz, JD, (2024), Scottsdale, AZ

Holly Caskey, (2023), Maplewood, MN

Stassi D. Cramm, PhD, (2023), Independence, MO

Emily Hughes, JD, (2025), Iowa City, IA

Aleksander (Aleks) Memca, (2024), San Diego, CA

Randall E. Pratt, JD, (2025), Lees Summit, MO

Dennis Shields, JD, (2023), Baton Rouge, LA

Julia Snethen, PhD, (2023), Kenosha, WI

Ryan Watson, (2024), Overland Park, KS

Toyia K. Younger, PhD, (2025), Ames, IA

(Terms expire at midnight the day before the summer meeting of the year indicated.)

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Executive Council

Patricia H. Draves, PhD, President

Shane Adams, BA, Chief Marketing Officer

Talia Brown, MEd, Chief Information & Data Officer

Kristi Hettrick, BA, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Beth Higdon, MA, Executive Director Planning and Effectiveness

Jennifer Matney, MA, Vice President for Business and Finance

David Schaal, EdD, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students

Jodi L. Seymour, Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Joel D. Shrock, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Deborah Skinner, MSEd, Vice President for Enrollment and Strategic Growth

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Office of the President

Patricia H. Draves, PhD, President

Jodi L. Seymour, Executive Assistant to the President and Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees

Miriam Dozier, PhD, Director of Human Resources

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Academic Affairs

Joel D. Shrock, PhD, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

Paul Binnicker, MBA, Director, Center for Graduate and Continuing Studies

Kevin Brunner, PhD,  Director, Ackerley Computer Science and Technology Scholars Program

Gabriel Chrisman, MLIS, Director, University Libraries

Tanya Coffelt, EdD, Chair, Gleazer School of Education

Robert Davidson, PhD, Director, Master of Science in Nutrition and Human Performance Program

Jared Doty, MBA, Director, Center for the Study of Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship; Director of Esports

Ioseb (Soso) Gabelaia, PhD, EdD, Interim Chair, Department of Humanities

Steven Glazer, PhD, Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Zac Harmon-McLaughlin, DMin, Dean, Community of Christ Seminary

Elise Hector, PhD, Associate Dean, School of Nursing

Donna Hurt, MSW, Director, TRIO Student Support Services

Nancy King, PhD, Director, Life and Leadership Program

Sharon Little-Stoetzel, PhD, Associate Dean, School of Nursing

Jolene Lynn, PhD, Dean, School of Nursing

Melanie Mason, DAT, Chair, Department of Health and Movement Science

Kimberly Manuel, MFA, Interim Chair, Department of Visual and Performing Arts

Jeffery McElroy, EdD, Chair, C.H. Sandage School of Business

Sean McMannamy, PhD, Director, Master of Science in Data Science and Analytics Program

Peggy Mothershead, BA, Registrar

Leigh Murray, PhD, Director, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

Julie Neas, MEd, Director, TRIO Talent Search

James Redmond, PhD, Director of Academic Support Labs and Tutoring

Mary Shawgo, PhD, Chair, Department of Natural and Physical Sciences

Jason Smith, PhD, Chair, Department of Math, Computer Science, and Data Science

Brian J. White, PhD, Director, Honors Program

Pam Worlund, BA, Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty

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Business Services

Robert Lundeen, MBA, Interim Vice President of Business and Finance

Janice K. Tiffany, JD, Executive Director of Business Services

Sherri Brenizer, BS, Director of Accounting Services

Talia Brown, MEd, Chief Information Officer

Susan Reed Illg, Associate Treasurer

Kevin Rushing, MA, Director of People and Project Management

Stephanie Shields, AA, Institutional Research and Reporting Coordinator

Brenda Toney, Facility Services Manager

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Institutional Advancement

Kristi Hettrick, BA, Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Paula Anderson, MBA, Senior Director for Advancement Services

Lisa Gilbert, BA, Donor Engagement Coordinator

Rick Isham, MBA, Senior Director for Major Gifts

Ginelle Sakima Roberts, DDS MS, Director of Development

Jeffrey Morgan, BA, Director of Development

Patrick Gwamna, BA, Director of Development

Angela Slosarski, BS, Associate Director for Annual Giving and Campaign Relations

Georgia Seagraves, MA, Associate Director for Advocacy and Alumni Engagement

Jessica Kelsey,BA, Executive Assistant to the Vice President

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Institutional Effectiveness

Beth Higdon, MA, Executive Director for Planning and Effectiveness

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Graduate Faculty 2024-2025

Year in parentheses designates date of appointment.

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Community of Christ Seminary – Faculty

Zac Harmon-McLaughlin (2019), David and Betty Nipper Endowed Dean’s Chair
BA, MAR Graceland University; DMin, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Anthony Chvala-Smith (2002), Assistant Professor of Theology and Scripture
BA, Central Michigan University; MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; PhD, Marquette University

 

Community of Christ Seminary – Faculty Associates

David Anderson (2018), Faculty Associate
MAR, Graceland University; DMin, Lipscomb University

Jared R Beverly (2017), Faculty Associate
MTS, Chandler Divinity School of Emory University; PhD, The Chicago Theological Seminary

Matt Frizzell (2020), Faculty Associate
MTS, Saint Paul School of Theology; PhD, The Chicago Theological Seminary

Katie Harmon-McLaughlin (2020), Faculty Associate
MAR, Graceland University; DMin, San Francisco Theological Seminary

Brittany Longsdorf (2020), Faculty Associate
MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary; Dmin, Boston University School of Theology

Barbara Walden (2019), Faculty Associate
MA, State University of New York

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Nutrition and Human Performance – Graduate Faculty

(Doctoral faculty are noted with an asterisk.)

Robert Davidson (2021), Associate Professor of Nutrition and Human Performance
BS, MS, Utah State University; PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

James Geiselman (2017), Assistant Professor of Allied Health
BS, Illinois College; BS, MS, DC, Logan University

Melanie Mason (2020), Visiting Assistant Professor of Health and Movement Science
BA, Northwestern College; MS, Kansas State University; DAT, Temple University

 

Nutrition and Human Performance – Faculty Associates

Angela Brekken (2022), Faculty Associate
BS, University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Rutgers); MS Eastern Michigan University; EdD, Minnesota State University (Moorhead)

Daniel J. Jablonski (2022), Faculty Associate
BS, MS, DC, Logan University

Vanessa K. King (2022), Faculty Associate
BS, MS, DC, Logan University

Jeffery P. Krabbe (2022), Faculty Associate
BS, University of Nebraska; MS, University of Bridgeport; MPH, Purdue University; DC, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Rhonda M. Pittman (2022), Faculty Associate
BS, MS, DC Logan University

Jacob Sherer (2022), Faculty Associate
BA, Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville); BS, MS, MS, DC, Logan University

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Science and Mathematics – Graduate Faculty

(Doctoral faculty are noted with an asterisk.)

Jeffrey Draves (2017), Professor of Chemistry
BA, Monmouth College; PhD, University of Illinois

Sean McMannamy (2022), Assistant Professor of Data Science
BA, University of North Carolina at Asheville; MS, North Carolina A&T State University; PhD, Central Michigan University

Arup Ghosh (2023) Assistant Professor of Computer Science
MS, University of Trento; PhD, Ajou University

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School of Nursing – Graduate Faculty

(Doctoral faculty are noted with an asterisk.)

Melanie Hijaz (2017), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
BSN, Washburn University; MSN, University of Kansas

*Keith Jenkins (2022), Assistant Professor of Nursing,
AS, Roane State Community College, MS, Walden University; FNP, Maryville University of Saint Louis; PMHNP, University of Southern Indiana; DNP, Aspen University

*Kathleen Lenz (2011), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
BSN, MSN, University of Missouri-Columbia, DNP Graceland University

*Jolene Lynn (2017), Dean, Associate Professor of Nursing
BSN, Pittsburg State University; MSN University of Missouri-Kansas City; PhD University of Missouri-St. Louis

*Sharon Little-Stoetzel (2012), Professor of Nursing
BS, Truman State University; MSN, University of Missouri-Columbia; PhD, University of Phoenix

Kathleen Mammen (2006), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
BSN, University of Maryland at Baltimore; MSN, Medical University of South Carolina

Allison Roberts (2020), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing,
BSN, Missouri State University, MSN, Duke University, DNP Wichita State University

*Wilaiporn Rojjanasrirat (2009), Professor of Nursing
BSN, Sappasittiprasong Nursing College; MA, University of Kansas, Lawrence; PhD, University of Kansas

Debra Stedem (2016), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
BSN, Missouri Western State College; MSN-FNP, University of Central Missouri

Diane Weinrich (2018), Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing
BSN, Central Missouri State University; MSN, DNP Graceland University

Jeana Wilcox (2021), Associate Professor
BA, University of Missouri; BSN, University of Central Missouri; MSN, PhD, University of Kansas

 

School of Nursing – Graduate Faculty Associates

Ashley Adams (2021), Faculty Associate
BSN, Nebraska Wesleyan University; MSN, Liberty University; Post-master’s AGACNP, DNP, Graceland University

Leigh Alexander (2021), Faculty Associate
BSN, Pittsburg State University; MSN, Wichita State University; post-master’s PMHNP Washburn University

Spencer Ashby (2022), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, Graceland University

Lisa Bourne Ringenberg (2010), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, University of New Mexico; DNP, University of Massachusetts Global

Stephanie Day (2017), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, Graceland University

Erin Duvall (2021), Faculty Associate
BSN, Southwest Baptist University; MSN, Missouri State University; Post-master’s, University of Cincinnati

Kayce Erikson (2021), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, Graceland University

Tonya Erickson (2015), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, DNP, Graceland University

Leigh (Diana) Erion (2014), Faculty Associate
BSN, MSN, Graceland University

*Andrea Garner (2018), Faculty Associate
BSN, Webster University; MSN, University of Phoenix; DNP, PhD, Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College

*Jean Gordon (2006), Faculty Associate
BSN, University of Miami; MSN, Kaplan University, DBA, Nova Southeastern

Katie Kincaid (2020), Faculty Associate
BSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City; MSN, Graceland University

Lara Landreneau (2022), Faculty Associate
BSN, University of Louisiana-Lafayette; MSN, Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

Meghan E. Macy (2011), Faculty Associate
BSN, Rockhurst University-Research College of Nursing; MSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City

La’Chelle Moore (2022), Faculty Associate
BSN, University of Central Missouri; MSN, DNP, Maryville University

Colten Sharp Ebert (2023), Faculty Associate
BSN, University of Missouri-Kansas City; MSN, Graceland University

Paul (Trae) Stewart III (2024), Faculty Associate
MSN, Case Western State University; PhD, University of Southern California

Peggy Ward-Smith (2020), Faculty Associate
BSN, Rush University, MSN, St. Xavier University, MS-Counseling Psychology, Avila University, PhD, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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Physical Therapy – Graduate Faculty

(Doctoral faculty are noted with an asterisk.)

*Stephanie Anderson (2022), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BA, Greenville College; DPT, University of Illinois at Chicago

*Matthew Casale (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, DPT, Saint Francis University; PhD, College of Health Care Services at Nova Southwestern University

*Darla Cathcart (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, Louisiana Tech University; MPT, DPT, Louisiana State University; PhD, University of Arkansas Medical Sciences

*Jamie Dyson (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, Northeastern University; DPT, A.T. Still University

*Wendy Herbert (2023), Associate Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, MS, PhD, The Ohio State University

*Jamie Holloway (2022), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, Florida State University PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; DPT, Duke University

*Mareli Klopper (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BPhysT, University of Pretoria; DPT, Evidence in Motion; DSc, Bellin College

*Leigh Murray (2021), Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, Methodist University; BS, Winston-Salem State University; MA, PhD, Kent State University

*Patricia Nelson (2022), Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, University of Minnesota; ScD, Texas Tech University

*Michael (Mike) Powers (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, University of Florida; MS, DPT, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals; EdD, University of Florida

*Taylor Rees (2023), Assistant Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, Kansas State University; DPT, South College; PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center

*Rebecca (Becca) Reisch (2023), Clinical Professor of Physical Therapy
BS, University of Wyoming; MSPT, DPT, Pacific University School of Physical Therapy; PhD, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals

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