Start of academic year brings new faces to new places at Tabor

Tabor College welcomed many new faces, as well as some familiar ones, into new positions for the 2006-07 academic year.

Longy Anyanwu, originally from Nigeria, comes to Tabor as an associate professor of computer science. Anyanwu previously served at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Ill., in the same position.

Josh Arnold’s previous experience includes serving as associate pastor at Cornerstone Fellowship at Shenandoah, Ill., and admissions representative for Lincoln Educational Services, Denver, Colo. Before settling into the resident director’s apartment in the men’s “quad,” he called Essex, Iowa, home.

Chris Baarts, admissions counselor, is a 2006 graduate of Tabor College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration/marketing and finance. As a student, Baarts served as Business Club president and Student Activities Board treasurer.

Steve Berg, Hillsboro, transitions from director of alumni and related programs to director of alumni events. He will also serve as sports information director and head women’s softball coach.

Twyla Burke hails from Virginia Beach, Va., and now serves Tabor as bookstore manager. Her background includes internet information and marketing in the realty industry.

Shin-hee Chin, McPherson, will transition to a full-time faculty position in January 2007 due to growth in the graphic arts area. She currently serves as assistant professor of art and design.

Eric Codding shifts from resident director and director of resident life to dean of students. Codding’s experience in the classroom also gives him the opportunity to teach selective courses.

Cindy Denning, a 2002 Tabor graduate, moves from library assistant to women’s resident director.

Will Enger, a 2006 Tabor graduate, serves Tabor as an admissions counselor. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and was a two-year resident assistant.

Steve Fox comes to Tabor from Odessa, Texas, as an assistant football coach for the defensive line. He coached and graduated from Abilene (Texas) Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

Ivan Goepferd comes with more than 30 years of football coaching experience, including Oklahoma Panhandle State University, North Dakota State College of Science and University of Northern Colorado. He will serve as assistant head coach and defensive back coach.

Delbert Gray, former adjunct instructor at Fuller Theological Seminary, will serve as assistant professor of biblical and religious studies. Along with teaching in Russia and Moldova, he was also a full-time faculty member at Baptist Theological College, Cebu, Phillipines.

Michael Hagen, Hillsboro, will take over the men’s and women’s tennis programs as interim head coach.

Debbie Hardle-Gray, instructor of social work, holds professional experience in children’s social services, elementary education and camp directing. She comes from direct practice as a social worker in the Los Angeles area. She also has more than 10 years of experience as a social worker.

Johannah Hein joins the volleyball coaching staff as head junior varsity coach and assistant varsity coach.

Jeffrey Henderson, Deerfield, Ill., holds a doctorate in molecular genetics and a bachelor’s degree in science/mathematics with a concentration in biology. He will serve as associate professor of biology. Past professional experience includes assistant professor of biology at Trinity International University, Deerfield, Ill., and lecturer at Ohio State University.

Jeanelle Herrel will use her experience in counseling and psychotherapy as she serves as assistant professor of family studies. She previously served at the Christian Family Counseling Division at Wisconsin Lutheran Child and Family and Services. She also taught in high school and elementary school settings.

Connie Isaac, coordinator of Learning in Retirement, will serve with the Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies as research assistant/administrative assistant.

Jesse Janzen returns to Tabor to work as an admissions counselor. Graduating last May with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, Janzen previously served as an attendant care worker at PrairieView in Marion, a youth group intern and camp counselor.

Kevin Johnson, Otterburne, Manitoba, fills the new position of director of spiritual formation/campus pastor. His past experience includes director of community life at Providence College, director of residence life at Taylor University College and residence director at Tyndale College, all of Canada.

Landon Jordan, North Newton, joins the financial aid office staff as financial aid representative. He will also join the women’s basketball coaching staff. Jordan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 2006 and an associate’s degree from Hesston College in 2003. He was most recently employed by Midland National Bank.

Norma Kline now serves as the accounting assistant/ cashier in the business office. She previously served as office manager at the Marion County Appraiser’s Office and payroll coordinator at Norcraft Companies, Newton.

Sheryl Lehr, postal clerk, previously compiled Marion County records for the Hillsboro Free Press. Other experiences include bookkeeping for a church in Oregon and receiving manager at Jeson Enterprises, Gresham, Ore.

David Loewen, Hillsboro, extends his one-year contract to serve permanently in the education department.

Ben Meekin, Wheaton, Ill., serves as men’s resident director for Dakota Hall and director of intramurals. He comes from Wheaton College where he served as public safety dispatcher/switchboard operator.

Brian Mills, assistant professor of psychology, has nine years of practice as a therapist and in social services, as well as several years of teaching experience. He previously taught psychology and family counseling at Barclay College, Haviland.

Stephanie Moss, Hillsboro, serves as assistant coach for the women’s soccer program, and also possesses some recruiting responsibilities.

Robin Ottoson fills the director of library services position. She came from Azusa Pacific University where she served as reference librarian in the Stamps Theological Library.

Natalie Porter, admissions counselor, is a recent graduate of EmporiaState University with a bachelor’s degree in business. Recently, she held an intern position with Bankers Life Casualty, Topeka.

Karrie Rathbone serves Tabor as associate professor of biology and chair of the biology department. She previously served as assistant professor and natural science department chair at McPherson College. She earned her doctorate in agronomy from Kansas State University.

Micah Ratzlaff, who joins the men’s basketball team coaching staff, came from East Central University, Ada, Okla. There he maintained the assistant men’s basketball position. Ratzlaff is a 2003 Tabor College graduate and two-time basketball All-American.

Kathy Regier, teacher education coordinator, comes from an assorted teaching background consisting of positions at Newton Christian High School, Hutchinson Community College, Tabor College and Wichita State University.

Amy Rouse accepted the position of library assistant. Last May, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and previously worked in the library as a student worker since 2003.

Robert Rubel is the head football coach and assistant professor of physical education. He formerly functioned as offensive assistant, assistant athletic director/compliance, kickers coach and academic coordinator for the Abilene (Texas) Christian University football team.

Sheila Rubel takes over the co-ed cheerleading program as head coach.

Amy Siple brings experience as a nurse and educator at Tabor College Wichita and Bethel College to a new position created in response to the nursing program’s growth at TCW. Her title is assistant professor of nursing and curriculum coordinator.

Cherry Stucky fills another new position, titled associate dean of continuous improvement and effectiveness, to assist with the accreditation process, strategic planning and assessment. Stucky assisted in the accreditation of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Calvary Bible College.

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