Directory


  • TRIO Office Manager
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.2904

  • Student Support Services
    Academic Coordinator

  • Wendy Johnson Donnell, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Education
    Office: 918, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.3667
    Wendy.Donnell@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:

    B.S.E. from the University of Kansas, M.S.E. from Kansas State University, Ph.D. from University of Missouri-Kansas City

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    Dr. Donnell's area of expertise is literacy acquisition, with emphasis on culturally and linguistically diverse students. She comes to Avila after 30 years in the public schools; during that tenure, she held positions at the classroom, school, and district level. She has participated as an invited team member of an international reading research group investigating literacy in Cuba, and has also participated in local, national, and international literacy conferences as invited guest and facilitator/presenter. Recently Dr. Donnell has worked on special literacy projects with the Office of the Mayor of Kansas City, MO and the office of the Superintendent of Kansas City, KS Public Schools. Dr. Donnell currently advises undergraduate elementary education teacher candidates, and teaches in the undergraduate education and international advocacy programs, and the graduate TESOL program.

  • katie floyd

    Upward Bound
    Assistant Director
    Phone: 816.501.2488

  • Heather Noble Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1013
    Phone: (816) 501-2969 
    heather.noble@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the states of Missouri and Kansas. 

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    She specializes in counseling and assessing diverse individuals, along with training and supervising graduate students in their clinical work. B.A., Baker University, M.S., Ph.D. University of North Texas

    Dr. Noble is a licensed psychologist in the states of Missouri and Kansas.  She specializes in counseling and assessing diverse individuals, along with training and supervising graduate students in their clinical work.  She maintains a small clinical practice in geropsychology and health psychology.  The courses she teachers are related to understanding personality and social behavior, assessing for cognitive abilities, and applying foundational counseling and helping skills.  Her research interest is in the development of psychological tests.

  • Avila Admissions

    Phone: 816.501.2400

  • Marci Aylward MFA

    Associate Professor
    Office: 818
    Phone: 8165013695
    marci.aylward@avila.edu

    Artist

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    Artist Statement

     

    Marci Aylward

    6010 Oak Street

    Kansas City, Missouri 64110

     

    Kansas City, Missouri USA based artist Marci Aylward, whose paintings are shaped by influences from her education at the Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Parsons School of Design in New York and Brighton Polytechnic in Great Britain.  Studies in art introduced her to Cezanne, Corot and other masters in the “plein aire” painting tradition. The freshness and immediacy of working from life outdoors has inspired her to paint the immediate surroundings in which she lives. Paintings of both urban areas and the Midwestern countryside, expresses color, light and shadow is an attempt to portray harmony and contrast in the immediate world that she lives in.

     

    Study of art with such artists as Stanley Lewis, Wilbur Niewald, Paul Resika and Leland Bell have had the most influence on the artistic path traveled. This formed a philosophy, which is grounded in the present yet looks to what is universal to all humans.  It is the honest expression of the world in which we all live in today.  Aylward mostly works with oil paint, but also utilizes pastel, watercolor and gouache. Aylward states, I would like to accomplish work that exemplifies the nuance and truth of the visual world. Each composition is compared to writing a poem or a piece of music when I paint.  The process of making art is most important and that experience fulfills and grounds me in the essential important things in life worth doing.

     

    Marci Aylward has shown her work extensively in the United States in the Midwest and East Coast.  The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art has three of her paintings in their permanent collection and is in numerous private collections.  She has also shown her work Internationally in Germany, Russia, Vietnam, Mongolia and South Korea.

     

    She currently is an Associate Professor of Art at Avila University in Kansas City, and Director of the Thornhill Gallery.

  • Teresa Johnson, MFA

    Thornhill Gallery Director
    Adjunct Instructor
    Office: Thornhill Office
    Phone: 816-501-3762
    teresa.johnson@avila.edu

    Thorhill Director and Art instructor

  • Eric Winter MFA

    Associate Professor; Chair of Art + Design
    Office: 810
    Phone: 816-501-2445
    eric.winter@avila.edu

    Graphic Design

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    ERIC WINTER, MFA

    Associate Professor, Chair of Department Art + Design

    eric.winter@avila.edu
    816.501.2445


    Eric Winter is a visual communicator with a varied professional background in print, environmental and interactive design. He has specific interest in the areas of design activism, sustainability, and design's affect on both built and natural environments. As an educator, Eric strives to prepare students for professional practice by providing a constructive foundation in graphic design, and inspiring a passion for responsible design and its significant role in society.

    Prior to joining Avila, Eric worked as an environmental graphic designer for Gensler, a global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. His experience at Gensler involved a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, team approach to designing branded environments and signage/wayfinding systems for a variety of retail and corporate clients.

    A small-town Kansas native, Eric balances his passion for design with a life-long passion for the outdoors. He holds a M.F.A. in Visual Communications from Kansas State University and has studied abroad at the Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich, England.

  • Academic Affairs

    Phone: 816.501.3759

  • Accounting

    Phone: 816.501.3720

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  • Wendy Acker

    Wendy Acker

    Interim Dean of the School of Business
    MBA Director
    Phone: 816.501.3798
    Wendy.Acker@avila.edu

    B.S., Kansas State University; M.B.A., Avila University; Ph.D., University of Kansas

  • Admission (Undergraduate)

    Phone: 816.501.3603

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  • Advancement

    Phone: 816.501.3602

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  • Phyllis Allman

    Night & Weekend Secretary
    Phone: 816.501.3641
    Phyllis.Allman@avila.edu

  • J. Richard Anderson

    J. Richard Anderson

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    J.Richard.Anderson@avila.edu

    B.S.B.A., M.B.A., Rockhurst University
    Primary Teaching Area: Finance

  • Anthropology

    Phone: 816.501.3641

  • Dave Armstrong

    Dave Armstrong CSJA

    Director of Mission Effectiveness and Campus Ministries
    Phone: 816.501.2423
    David.Armstrong@avila.edu

  • Art (Art Education, Art Therapy, Graphic Design)

    Phone: 816.501.3653

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  • Megan Ashcraft, MSN, RN

    Nursing Instructor
    Phone: 816-501-3686
    Megan.Ashcraft@avila.edu

    Megan Ashcraft RN, MSN began teaching at Avila Fall 2016. She teaches in the Foundations and Health Assessment courses. She has experience as an adjunct clinical faculty.  Megan has been a nurse for 16 years, specializing in medical/surgical nursing and trauma case management at The University of Kansas Hospital.  In May 2016, Megan graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Education.

     

    Megan has lived

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    Megan Ashcraft RN, MSN began teaching at Avila Fall 2016. She teaches in the Foundations and Health Assessment courses. She has experience as an adjunct clinical faculty.  Megan has been a nurse for 16 years, specializing in medical/surgical nursing and trauma case management at The University of Kansas Hospital.  In May 2016, Megan graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a Masters Degree in Nursing, specializing in Nursing Education.

     

    Megan has lived in Kansas City her entire life. She shares her home with her husband, two sons, a daughter, a dog and two cats. Her passion is educating patients and sharing her love of nursing with students.  She loves to spend time with her family, travel, ride jet-skis and do arts and crafts.

  • Jan Asnicar

    Adjunct Professor
    Phone: 816.501.2480
    Jan.Asnicar@avila.edu

  • Athletics

    Phone: 816.501.3634

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  • Kate Austin

    Kate Austin

    Director of Intensive Language & Culture Program
    Office: Foyle 926
    Phone: 816-501-3771
    Kate.Austin@avila.edu

  • Avila Advantage

    Phone: 816.501.3737

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  • Timothy Ayers

    Adjunct Professor
    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Timothy.Ayers@avila.edu

  • Regan Baker

    Regan Baker M.S.

    Student Support Services
    Assistant Director
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.2427
    regan.baker@avila.edu

  • Jason Baldwin

    Director of Student Life
    Phone: 816.501.3754
    Jason.Baldwin@avila.edu

  • Brittani Ball

    Majors: International Business & Marketing (honoree in Marketing)

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    Avila faves:  Transferring from a small community college, interaction between students and professors was a very important factor in the university I picked. Avila professors and advisers often went above and beyond to help. They took the time to answer simple questions or to put me at ease about some of the unknowns that the future holds. The Avila classes helped crystallize what I want to build my career around. Attending Avila provided me with lasting relationships with my fellow students (and friends) as well as professors. These relationships will help me in the future and enable me to help others as well.

    Update/Plans:  I am growing my career portfolio and will soon be pursuing a graduate degree.

  • stanley e. banks

    Stanley E. Banks

    Artist in Residence
    Assistant Professor of English
    Phone: (816) 501-3679
    Stanley.Banks@Avila.edu

    B.A., M.A., University of Missouri-Kansas City 

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    Personal Statement
    As Avila’s Artist-in-Residence, my main objective is to bring visibility to the university’s Creative Writing emphasis in the English major. The writing of poetry, short stories, and plays is an extremely popular pursuit by more and more professionals, students, and the general public in the contemporary world. Even before coming to Avila, I took on the cause of broadening the audience for writers in all genres. 

    Further, as Artist-in-Residence, I am joining a great tradition of artists who believe strongly that the world needs and must know about the importance of the imagination as it relates to Creative Writing. As a result, I see myself as an ambassador for Avila to the community, state, and nation. I know Avila’s Creative Writing students will go on to be serious professional writers. Finally, it is my intention to create a reputation for Avila as a place that allows one’s creative muse to flourish.

    Awards & Recognition

    2002: Kansas City, Missouri Mayor’s Recognition Proclamation Award; The United Minority Media Association's Leadership Award from the Midwest-
    Southeast Regional Conference; The Special Exhibit of Stanley E. Banks’ Life and Literature at the Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.  2000: Writers Place Award in Kansas City, Missouri  1989: The National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship/Grant for Creative Writing 1987: Future Playwrights of America Institute Playwriting Award from the University of Missouri-Kansas City 1981: The Langston Hughes Prize For Poetry from BookMark Press, University of Missouri-Kansas City  1979: The English Department Award at University of Missouri-Kansas City             

    Books / Publications

    • On 10th Alley Way. Kansas City: BookMark Press, 1980. 
    • Coming From a Funky Time and Place. Kansas City: The Georgia A.B. Press, 1988.
    • Rhythm and Guts. Kansas City: The Georgia A.B. Press, 1992.
    • Blue Beat Syncopation . Kansas City: BookMark Press, 2003. 

    Anthologies 

    • “Uncle Orie.” The English Journal. Ed. Stephen N. Judy. East Lansing, Michigan: National Council of Teachers of English, 1979: 29. 
    • “Dee.” Shooting Star Review. Eds. E. Ethelbert Miller et al. Pittsburgh, PA: Shooting Star Productions, Inc., 1990: 14. 
    • “Huey Newton Sang His Song.” The Berkeley Poetry Review. Eds. Natalia Apostolos and Jonathan Bradford Brennan. Berkeley, CA: The Berkeley Poetry Review, 1991: 49. 
    • “Ghosts After 27 Years.” I. Ed. Stephen Caldwell Wright et al. Sanford, Florida: The Seminole Press, 1998: 46. 
    • “Annihilation No. 7-11.” Memories & Memoirs. Ed. Sharon Kinney Hanson. Warrensburg, MO: The Mid-America Press, Inc., 2000: 8. 
    • “Dysfunctioning.” Emerson of Harvard: A Celebrative Bicentennial Anthology to Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882). Ed. John H. Morgan. Bristol, IN: Quill Books, 2003: 4. 
    • “On Composing the Personal Poem.” Veterans’ Voices. Ed. Margaret Clark. Mission, Kansas: Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project, Inc., Spring 2002: 2. 

    Poetry

    A Black And Blue Woman
    She hates being the head 
         of the house, 
         would rather blast the radio loud, 
         let B.B. King pick her troubles away. 
    When two policemen woke her 
    in the middle of the night 
         with news that her youngest son 
         had been murdered, 
         she got mad with B.B. King 
         for twenty-four hours straight. 
    Three months later her husband 
         of twenty-five years 
         was found bled to death 
         with two bullet wounds 
         in his throat and neck 
         made by a Saturday Night Special. 
    When a doctor called 
    to tell her what had happened, 
         she cursed him and the males 
         in her family, 
         slammed down the telephone receiver, 
         ripped open a can of beer, 
         fussed with God, 
         pleaded for B.B. King 
    to wail away her deep, dark blues.

    Carl
    Blown into two pieces 
    by a blast from a sawed-off shotgun; 
         that’s all his family 
         can remember sometimes. 
    Newspaper articles were written 
    as though he were born 
    a vicious street punk. 
    But, this fragile gangster 
         with a chipped front tooth 
         and ears that seemed 
         bigger than his head 
         never got the chance 
         to mature into 
         a good citizen. 
    In a photograph of 
    him at age four, 
    that his mother sleeps with 
    under her pillow, 
    he has vanilla ice cream and snot 
    smeared from chin to forehead 
         while walking gently 
         with a load 
         in the seat 
         of his pants.  

    America Are We Safe, Were We Ever
    Will we ever let America 
         Be true to her huddled masses? 
    Why do we glorify myths, 
         stereotype the least amongst us, 
    get outraged only by 
         some atrocities? 
    America, is a little starving, 
         some homelessness, 
         factions of racism tolerable? 
    Are we safe among ourselves? 
         Will a jail on every corner 
         be enough? 
    Can our pop musicians play 
         our troubles into oblivion? 
    Can we be truly free 
         if a few do away with liberties 
         they think unnecessary? 
    Will it matter in the 
    21 st Century if the 
         O’s in the ozone are massive, 
    if the planet is a 
         totally polluted place, 
    if hazardous waste makes all of us 
         other kinds of human beings? 
    Should we count on scientists 
         producing enough genetically 
         perfect human beings? 
    Maybe one day our lives 
         will be fairy tales— 
    the Brothers Grimm our gods, 
         and even then can any 
         of us guarantee that
         the bogeyman won’t visit.

  • Joe Barnhill

    Director of Disability Services
    Office: Disability Services, Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.3670
    Joe.Barnhill@avila.edu

    Joe came to Avila in 2004. He helps students achieve academic success. He enjoys watching college sports especially the Avila Eagles.

  • bethany bauer

    Bethany Bauer

    Senior Director of Admission
    Phone: 816.501.2481
    bethany.bauer@avila.edu

  • Grant M. Beck

    Grant M. Beck

    Associate Professor of Accounting
    Phone: 816.501.3724
    Grant.Beck@avila.edu

    B.S.B.A., Rockhurst University; M.A.S., University of Illinois; Ph.D., University of Missouri- Columbia

  • Aaron Bennett

    Advancement Events & Meetings Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3613
    aaron.bennett@avila.edu

  • Karyn Bentley Ph.D.

    Dr. Perry began teaching at Avila in 2005.
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    B.A., Washington University
    M.A., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
    Ph.D., University of South Carolina-Columbia

    Dr. Perry began teaching at Avila in 2005.

  • Barry Berglund M.S.

    barry.berglund@avila.edu

    Mr. Berglund is a detective for the Kansas City Missouri police department, a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a former Special Agent for US Army Criminal Investigations.
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    B.S. University of Missouri-Columbia
    M.S. Avila University

    Mr. Berglund is a detective for the Kansas City Missouri police department, a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, and a former Special Agent for US Army Criminal Investigations. His specialties include criminal investigation and international terrorism investigations. Mr. Berglund began teaching at Avila in 2006.

  • Nate Beyerink

    Library Intern
    Office: Hooley-Bundschu
    Phone: 816.501.3711
    Nathaniel.Beyerink@avila.edu

  • Biology

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • Dr. Kelly Birch

    Adjunct Faculty/Accompanist
    Kelly.Birch@Avila.edu

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    Originally from Los Angeles, mezzo soprano Kelly Birch now resides in Kansas City, having recently completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. ​ She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of California, Irvine and a Master of a Music in Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory. Dr. Birch currently teaches Collaborative Piano and is Staff Accompanist at Avila University.

    Dr. Birch is a versatile performer and educator in both voice and collaborative piano. She has been teaching private voice, piano, and music theory lessons for over 16 years; first with OrchePia School of Music based in Orange County, California, then with the Kansas City School of Music in Lenexa and Overland Park, followed by graduate teaching at UMKC, and now at Avila University. She is a member of good standing with the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She regularly accompanies singers, instrumentalists, and churches across the Kansas City Metro Area in lessons, recitals, competitions, auditions, and religious/holiday services.

    An active operatic and concert performer, Dr. Birch has sung regularly with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City since 2015 and with Musica Sacra since 2016. She performed Gustav Mahler’s Resurrection Symphony under the baton of Kyle Pickett and the Topeka Symphony Orchestra in April of 2016 and made her European debut in the role of Suzuki in Puccini's Madama Butterfly with the Varna International Opera Academy, based in Stara Zagora, Bulgaria. She will be going back to Bulgaria this summer to perform the title role in Maurice Ravel’s L’Enfant et les Sortilèges. Last year she traveled to San Diego to perform the role of Delfa in Cavalli's Giasone with Opera NEO and will be returning in July to perform the role of Rosmira in Handel's Partenope. During her time at UMKC, she performed the lead roles of Bertarido in Handel's Rodelinda, Zita in Gianni Schicchi, and La Zia Principessa in Suor Angelica, and as a soloist with the UMKC Wind Ensemble, UMKC Choirs, and as a winner of the 2017 Concert & Aria Competition.

  • martha blackman

    Martha Blackman MSN, RN

    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Phone: 816.501.2403
    Martha.Blackman@Avila.edu

    Martha Blackman, RN, MSN and Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taught at Avila University since 1998. She currently coordinates and/or teaches in a variety of courses in the junior and senior year including Patient Care Skills, Health and Illness 1 & 2; Pharmacology, Development of the Professional Nurse 1, and Population Based Health.

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    Martha Blackman, RN, MSN and Assistant Professor of Nursing, has taught at Avila University since 1998. She currently coordinates and/or teaches in a variety of courses in the junior and senior year including Patient Care Skills, Health and Illness 1 & 2; Pharmacology, Development of the Professional Nurse 1, and Population Based Health. Ms. Blackman also co-teaches an interdisciplinary course, Global Health Concerns, in the summer.

    Martha has worked as a registered nurse in many different roles and clinical settings. She has been a staff nurse on cardiac intensive care and telemetry units, as well as an orthopedic unit. She has worked in the field of Home Health as a nurse case manager, a clinical supervisor, and an agency administrator. 

    Martha is also active in several cycling organizations and is an avid cyclist. She leads a weekly ride for area cyclists and is a League Cycling Instructor through the American League of Bicyclists.  You will see her bicycle in her office most days since she rides to work.

    Martha received a B.A. in Human Development and Family life from the University of Kansas in 1974. She also earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Kansas (1977 and 1996 respectively).

    Martha was named the 2004-2005 Avila Professor of the Year.

  • Shari Blank

    Shari Blank

    Lecturer
    Phone: 816.501.2443
    shari.blank@avila.edu

  • Don Blinzler

    Technician
    Phone: 816.501.3629
    Donald.blinzler@avila.edu

  • lonna boen

    Lonna Boen MSN, RN

    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Phone: 816.501.3688
    Lonna.Boen@Avila.edu

    Lonna Boen, RN, MSN has been an instructor at Avila University since 1994. She provides theory and clinical instruction to undergraduate students in the area of medical-surgical nursing. Her main teaching focus is in the areas of health assessment, patient care skills, pharmacology and beginning level medical-surgical nursing. Lonna is coordinator of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee.

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    Lonna Boen, RN, MSN has been an instructor at Avila University since 1994. She provides theory and clinical instruction to undergraduate students in the area of medical-surgical nursing. Her main teaching focus is in the areas of health assessment, patient care skills, pharmacology and beginning level medical-surgical nursing. Lonna is coordinator of the School of Nursing Admissions Committee. She advises a large group of nursing students at the University, is a Faculty Athletic Representative and is very active in the academic community on campus. 

    Lonna's past practice experience has been in the area of medical-surgical nursing as a staff nurse and as an outpatient clinic manager for a hospital in South Dakota. Following graduation from her master's program, Lonna became project coordinator for a large NIH Grant at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska. Lonna also provided clinical instruction for students at UNMC in their undergraduate nursing program.

    Since moving to Kansas City, Lonna has become active as a volunteer for the Red Cross, providing assistance for flu clinics in the local area. She is also a volunteer at Rachel House which is a pregnancy resource center.

    Ms. Boen received her BSN from South Dakota State University and her MSN at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1984.

    Lonna was named the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 Avila University Professor of the Year.

  • Bookstore

    Phone: 816.501.3630

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  • Debra Bortniker

    Debra Bortniker

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3671
    Debra.Bortniker@Avila.edu

    Debra has been the Office Manager for the School of Nursing since August 1999. She has a BA in History and English from UMKC.

  • Erin Boston, BSN, RN

    Nursing Education & Resourse Center Coordinator
    Phone: 816-501-3693
    Erin.Boston@avila.edu

  • Box Office - Theatre

    Phone: 816.501.3699

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  • Rich Bradford

    Rich Bradford

    Lecturer
    Richard.Bradford@avila.edu

  • Liz Bradish

    Liz Bradish

    Office Manager
    School of Science and Health
    Office: 209 O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3655
    Liz.Bradish@avila.edu

  • Fr. Keith Branson, CPPS

    Avila Chaplain
    Office: n/a
    Phone: n/a
    padrekb_CPPS@yahoo.com

    Fr. Keith has had a diverse career in music and ministry. As a musician, he has worked in many different churches, directing choirs of all ages, has taught music on several levels, and has presented organ 

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    recitals and workshops in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana and Ohio, as well as having original compositions performed at the University of Kansas, the University of Nebraska, and Catholic Theological Union. Since becoming a Missionary of the Precious Blood and ordination as a Catholic priest in 2000, he has been a preacher, a spiritual director, a teacher, a college administrator, a pastor, and a chaplain. Now he is involved in Retreat and Renewal Ministry based at Precious Blood Center in Liberty, MO as well as serving as Chaplain at Avila University in Kansas City, MO.

    You can follow Fr. Keith and his blog:

     http://homiliesandstraythoughts.wordpress.com/

  • Christine Brough

    Christine Brough

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Christine.Brough@avila.edu

    B.A., Rockhurst College; M.S., Texas Women’s University; Ph.D. candidate, University of Southern California
    Primary Teaching Area: Health Care

  • rhonda brown

    Rhonda Brown MSN, RN, CCRN-K

    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Phone: 816.501.2917
    Rhonda.Brown@avila.edu

    Rhonda Brown RN, MSN, CCRN-K has been a full time faculty member since August of 2006.  She she was a clinical and laboratory adjunct faculty member 2004-2006. Rhonda is currently an Assistant Professor, is a clinical instructor and teaches theory in the Health and Illness III, High Acuity and Capstone courses.

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    Rhonda Brown RN, MSN, CCRN was hired as a full time faculty member in August of 2006, although she was a clinical and laboratory adjunct faculty for Avila for the previous two years. Rhonda is currently an Assistant Professor and teaches theory in the Health and Illness III course and the High Acuity Course. She teaches and coordinates clinical in the Practicum II course and High Acuity Clinical. She will also coordinate the theory portion of the Capstone course and be involved in the Capstone Clinical. Rhonda received her ADN in 1980 and her BSN in 1982 from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Rhonda received her MSN in Clinical Specialty and Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1988. She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 1980.

    Rhonda's clinical experience includes being a staff nurse on a surgical floor, medical and surgical intensive care units, and instituting the role of Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist in a community hospital. Prior to her faculty appointment she was a staff nurse in the Post Anesthesia Recovery Unit. Rhonda has been certified as a Critical Care Nurse (CCRN) since 1986 and is also a Basic Life Support Instructor Trainer and an Advanced Cardiac Life Support training center faculty.

    Rhonda has five boys and enjoys involvement in their activities as well as music, skiing, reading and travel

  • jessica brunsman

    Jessica Brunsman MSN, RN, CPN

    Assistant Professor
    Phone: 816.501.2406
    Jessica.brunsman@avila.edu

    Jessica Brunsman, MSN, RN, CPN, began teaching as full-time faculty at Avila University in 2013, although she was adjunct clinical faculty for one year prior.  She teaches Health Assessment Lab, Pediatric clinical in the Practicum II course, Women and Children, and Capstone theory and clinical. She also took on the role of co-clinical coordinator in 2016-2017.

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    Jessica Brunsman, MSN, RN, CPN, began teaching as full-time faculty at Avila University in 2013, although she was adjunct clinical faculty for one year prior.  She teaches Health Assessment Lab, Pediatric clinical in the Practicum II course, Women and Children, and Capstone theory and clinical. She also took on the role of co-clinical coordinator in 2016-2017.

    Jessica has been a registered nurse since 2007, and has earned her Certification in Pediatric Nursing (CPN), as well.  She has worked at Children’s Mercy Hospital since 2003, where she continues to work with the inpatient population in the following specialties: orthopedic, neurology, rehabilitation, and nephrology.  She is active on many committees there, including her unit education, scheduling, and spirit committees. She is a member of the CPN Champion hospital-wide committee, which encourages and supports employees wanting to become CPN certified.

    Jessica earned a degree in Photojournalism from Arizona State University in 2002, with a minor in Family Studies.  She earned her BSN from St. Luke’s College in 2007, and she completed her MSN with a Nurse Educator focus in December 2013 at Webster University.  She was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau in 2012. She is active on the Charlie’s House Education Committee.

    Jessica is married, has three young children, and enjoys spending time with her extended family.  Jessica has grown up in the Kansas City area and is originally from St. Louis, MO. Jessica is passionate about teaching nursing and sharing her love for the profession with others.

  • Crystal Bruntz

    Director of Student Financial Services
    Phone: 816-501-3782
    Crystal.Bruntz@avila.edu

  • Dr. Amity Bryson

    Dr. Amity Bryson

    Music Chair
    Phone: 816.501.3651
    Amity.Bryson@Avila.edu

    Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs both Avila Singers and University Singers.

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    Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs both Avila Singers and University Singers. Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia, she is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.

    Dr. Bryson is active in local, state, and national professional music organizations and is a member of the board of the Kansas City Metro chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. She also serves on the state board of Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women's Choirs.

    As a lyric soprano, Dr. Bryson continues to perform on both the recital and opera stage. Recent recitals include a program of art songs by women composers, featuring In a Persian Garden by Liza Lehmann. Opera roles have included Zerlina, Juliette, and Ännchen, but most memorable was her portrayal of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.

  • Dr. Amity Bryson

    Music Department Chair
    Professor of Music

    Amity.Bryson@Avila.edu

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    Dr. Amity Bryson, Music Department Chair, teaches various music courses including applied voice, and directs Avila Singers, Cyrene, and University Singers. Dr. Bryson completed her doctoral work at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music and holds both a BS Ed in music education and a MM in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is also an alumnae of Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri. In addition to previous faculty appointments at William Woods University and Westminster College, Dr. Bryson has taught in the public school systems at both the elementary and secondary levels.

    Dr. Bryson is active in local, state, and national professional music organizations. She has served as Secretary, Vice President and President of the Kansas City Metro chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as on the state board of Missouri Choral Directors Association as Repertoire and Standards Chair for Women’s Choirs.

    As a lyric soprano, Dr. Bryson continues to perform on both the recital and opera stage. She has a recurring role in the Gaslight Cabaret as both singer and music director.  Recent recitals include a program of art songs by women composers, featuring In a Persian Garden by Liza Lehmann. Opera roles have included Zerlina, Juliette, and Ännchen, but most memorable was her portrayal of Gretel in Hänsel und Gretel.  Musical Theatre roles include Mama Morton in Chicago and the Witch in Into the Woods among others.

  • Amy Bucher, Ph.D.

    Amy Bucher Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1022
    Phone: 816.501.2468
    amy.bucher@avila.edu

    Dr. Bucher is a licensed psychologist who maintains a small private practice working with individuals and couples.

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    B.A., University California Irvine
    Ph.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City

    Dr. Bucher is a licensed psychologist who maintains a small private practice working with individuals and couples. She teaches courses related to communication skills, personality psychology, and theories of counseling and addiction. Dr. Bucher heads the Laboratory for the Study of Language Use and Behavior Change, where she is collaborating with students interested in linguistic indicators of deception, and motivation to make changes related to health.

  • Brian Buckler

    Brian Buckler

    Professor of Marketing
    Director of Undergraduate Business Development
    Office: Whitfield 505D
    Phone: 816.501.3723
    Brian.Buckler@avila.edu

    B.S., M.B.A., Missouri State University; Ph.D., University of Texas - Arlington

  • Dr. Katie Burgess

    Dr. Katherine Burgess

    Assistant Professor
    Office: 208E O'Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3685
    katherine.burgess@avila.edu

    Dr. Burgess earned her Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2007.

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    Her research interests focus on animal development, tissue regeneration, and stem cells, specifically studying cell signaling pathways involved in planarian regeneration. She teaches introductory biology, anatomy and physiology laboratory, and biochemistry.

    Started at Avila
    2010

    Courses Taught
    Introductory Biology, Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, and Biochemistry

    Research Interests
    Dr. Burgess earned her Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in 2007. Her research interests focus on molecular and morphological analyses of cell signaling pathways important in animal development and tissue regeneration.

  • Kendall Burke

    Database Information Coordinator
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-3639
    Kendall.Burke@avila.edu

  • Business (MBA Admission)

    Phone: 816.501.3601

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  • Business Administration

    Phone: 816.501.3720

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  • Business Education

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • Business Office (Payments & Refunds)

    Phone: 816.501.3700

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  • Campus Ministry

    Phone: 816.501.2423

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  • Campus Safety

    Phone: 816.501.2466

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  • Campus Services

    Phone: 816.501.3629

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  • Rebekah Capeder

    Majors: Finance and Management (honoree in Management)

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    Avila faves:  I loved the small class size at Avila because it gave me the opportunity to have more one on one time with my professors. I really enjoyed going to my classes and knowing just about everyone in there. I also loved that I got the opportunity to be a student athlete. Playing basketball and going to school has taught me a lot especially time management. Another favorite about Avila would be meeting my fiancé, Tim Gilday, who also attended Avila.

    Update/Plans:  I plan to work at CBIZ, Inc. I had to opportunity to internship there in the summers of 2013 and 2014. I am currently working as a temporary HRIS clerk there right now. After graduation I plan on working there full time.

  • Bryan Capers

    Bryan Capers MSW

    Upward Bound
    Upward Bound Director
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.2488
    bryan.capers@avila.edu

  • Bailey Carr

    Bailey Carr '09, '12

    Director of Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
    Phone: 816.501.3780
    bailey.carr@avila.edu

  • Sara Carvalho

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Sarah.Carvalho@avila.edu

    B.S., DeVry University M.B.A., Avila University
    Primary Teaching Area: Accounting

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    JT Cattle

    Director of Development
    Phone: 816.501.3696
    jt.cattle@avila.edu

  • Eman Chalshotori

    Adjunct Cello Faculty
    Eman.Chalshotori@avila.edu

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    Eman Chalshotori leads a dynamic career as a performing artist. He enjoys a merited reputation as a musician of exceptional versatility and integrity. His musical horizons are seemingly boundless and he is in great demand both as a chamber musician and as a solo performer. Eman received his Bachelors of Music from Stephen F. Austin State University and a Masters of Music in Cello Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. His teachers include Dr. Tess Remy-Schumacher, Dr. Evgeni Raychev, Carter Enyeart, Mark Gibbs, and Michael Mermagen.

    Eman has performed internationally in Asia and Europe as a soloist and chamber musician. He made his solo debut in 2002 with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic performing the Saint-Saëns Cello Concerto. Eman was most recently featured with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Orchestra performing Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote. Currently, he is the Principal Cellist of the Topeka Symphony and Assistant Principal Cellist for the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas.

    Outside of the classical music realm, Eman has collaborated with artists such as Imogen Heap, Elspeth Summers, Simple Tree, Quixotic, and Calvin Arsenia.

  • Chemistry

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • Brian Ciolek M.S., SCCC, CSCS,*D, RSCC

    Instructor of Kinesiology
    Director of Strength & Conditioning
    Office: 217E O’Reilly
    Phone: 816.501.3736
    Brian.Ciolek@avila.edu

    B.S. Exercise Science, University of Central Missouri
    M.S., Exercise Science, California University of Pennsylvania
    Specialty Certifications: CSCCa-SCCC, NSCA-CSCS,*D, NSCA-RSCC

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    Brian Ciolek, M.S., SCCC, CSCS,*D, RSCC serves as a full-time faculty member in the Avila Kinesiology department and as the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the Athletic Department. Brian earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Central Missouri in 2005 and Master of Science in Exercise Science from California University of Pennsylvania in 2008.  He also holds numerous coaching/sports certifications including Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (CSCCa), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA), and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach (NSCA). 

    Brian is an experienced educator and strength coach who uses functional movement evaluation and performance testing to establish baselines that inform his strength and conditioning program design, as well as, to measure progressing athletic development.  This day-to-day practical application of movement science content supports Brian’s instruction of courses in the areas of measurement and evaluation, exercise and nutrition, personal fitness training, and strength and conditioning.

  • Kari Clevenger

    Kari Clevenger

    Associate Dean
    Director of School of Professional Studies
    Phone: 816.501.3675
    Kari.Clevenger@Avila.edu

  • Natalie Cobb

    Natalie Cobb, Ed.D.

    Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences & Assistant Professor of Education
    Office: 909, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2432
    Natalie.Cobb@avila.edu

    B.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas, M.S.Ed. from the University of Kansas, Ed.D. from the University of Kansas

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    Mrs. Cobb is an Assistant Professor, and Director of Clinical and Field-Based Experiences for graduate and undergraduate programs. Within these roles, she supervises the Teaching Excellence Team, Practicum and General Methods placements, teacher candidates and interns. She is the instructor for the Final Clinical Experience Seminar class, and she teaches other Education courses. She is also an Academic Advisor in the School of Education. Previously, she taught high school English for ten years in the Shawnee Mission and DeSoto school districts. She also served on the Curriculum Council, and was the Department Chairperson. She has certifications in secondary English and Social Studies. Her areas of expertise are curriculum, instruction, and teacher development. Mrs. Cobb is currently finishing her Doctoral degree at the University of Kansas.

  • carol coburn

    Dr. Carol K. Coburn

    Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
    Office: Borserine Hall, Office 412
    Phone: 816.501.3713
    Carol.Coburn@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    Dr. Coburn is a Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies and the Director of the CSJ Heritage Center at Avila University.  

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    Dr. Coburn received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1988 where she worked as a Research Assistant and Teaching Assistant in the History Department and as teaching faculty in the Women’s Studies Department.  Since coming to Avila University in 1989, she has taught courses in education, history, psychology, religious studies and women’s studies.  Dr. Coburn has published two books on American religious history and women’s history, including Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender and Education in a German Lutheran Community, 1868-1945 (University Press of Kansas, 1992) and Spirited Lives: How Nuns Shaped Catholic Culture and American Life, 1836-1920 (University of North Carolina Press, 1999).

  • Janna Cochran, BSN, RN

    Clinical Site Coordinator
    Phone: 816-501-2467
    Janna.Cochran@avila.edu

    Janna graduated from William Jewell with a BSN in 2015.  She is wife to Michael and a mother of three: Lauren, 15; Rachael, 14; and Alex, 12. When not working, they keep her running with Debate tournaments, Volleyball and Soccer games. She is excited to be the new Clinical Site Coordinator for the School of Nursing.

  • Ivy Collier

    Ivy Collier

    Grant Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3636
    ivy.collier@avila.edu

  • Communications (Advert/PR, Film/Digital Media, Health, Sports)

    Phone: 816.501.3653

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  • Computer Science

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • Dr. Chad Cooley

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    Physical Science
    Office: 210A
    Phone: (816) 501-3790
    chad.cooley@avila.edu

     Ph.D., University of Missouri

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    Dr. Cooley earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in 2014. His research focuses on the synthesis of fluorescent molecules and their use in the detection of biologically active molecules. Dr. Cooley teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry.

  • Counseling & Career Services

    Phone: 816.501.2901

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  • Cristina Cowan

    Athletic Director
    Phone: 816.501.3756
    Cristina.cowan@avila.edu

  • Julie Cowley

    Assistant Director of University Ministry
    Office: Carondelet, 105
    Phone: 816.501.0427
    Julie.Cowley@avila.edu

    Julie Cowley is in her fifth year as Assistant Director of University Ministry at Avila. She enjoys mentoring students and witnessing the evolution of faith and service 

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    working in their lives through their involvement in Ministry. Some of Julie’s responsibilities involve facilitating two student-led ministries, Service Ministry and Justice Ministry, and coordinating four week-long service immersion trips each year. On top of assisting with the management of our growing number of ministry leaders, Julie co-teaches first year seminar class, sits on various campus committees and is actively engaged as an Associate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. 

  • Criminology & Justice Studies

    Phone: 816.501.3641

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  • Daryl Cronk

    Head Baseball Coach
    Phone: 816.501.3739
    daryl.cronk@avila.edu

  • CSJ Offices

    Office: 816.501.2956
    Phone: 816.501.2944

  • CSJ Offices

    Phone: 816.501.2944
    816.501.2956

  • Stephen Daggett

    Dr. Stephen S. Daggett

    Professor of Biology
    Office: 208A O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3654
    stephen.Daggett@avila.edu

    Dr. Daggett advises traditional students interested in pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, pre-optometry, and pre-chiropractic students.

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    Dr. Daggett received his Ph.D. at The Pennsylvania State University in 1993, the year he came to Avila. His research interests include any question/problem relating to the history of biology and the biology of microorganisms.  Dr. Daggett teaches introductory biology, general microbiology, immunology, and genetics.

    Started at Avila 
    1993

    Courses Taught 
    Bioethics, General Biology, Genetics, General Microbiology, Immunology

    Research Interests 
    Interested in the history of infectious diseases; the genetics and evolutionary biology of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (commonly known as pond scum); and methods in biology teaching.  Editor of the education journal Bioscene since 2005 for the Association of College and University Biology Educators.

    Hobbies 
    I enjoy reading, classic movies and piano. 

  • Dance

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Jaya Daniel

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Jaya.Daniel@avila.edu

    M.B.A., Avila University
    Primary Teaching Area: Management

  • Justin Davis

    Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies
    justin.davis@avila.edu

  • Dave Deitch

    Institutional Research Director
    Phone: 816.501.2941
    Dave.Deitch@avila.edu

  • Dining Services

    Phone: 816.501.3755

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  • Reginald Dixon

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Reginald.Dixon@avila.edu

    B.S. Business Management, Oakwood College; M.S.M., University of Alabama; Doctorate of Management, University of Phoenix
    Primary Teaching Area: Management

  • Ann Dorrell

    Ann Dorrell

    Admission Advisor
    Phone: 816.501.2945
    Ann.Dorrell@avila.edu

     

  • Nancy Douglas

    Nancy Douglas

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Nancy.Douglas@avila.edu

    B.S., M.B.A., Avila University
    Primary Teaching Area: Accounting

  • Michelle Driscoll

    Registrar & Director
    Office: Registration
    Phone: 816.501.3608
    Michelle.Driscoll@avila.edu

    M.A., Olivet Nazarene University

    B.A., Hannibal-LaGrange University

  • Brandon Droge

    Assistant Athletic Director
    Sports Information Director
    Phone: 816.501.2936
    brandon.droge@avila.edu

  • Todd Drummond

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Todd.Drummond@avila.edu

    B.S.B.A. University of Missouri - Columbia; M.A. Economics, UMKC
    Primary Teaching Area: Economics

  • Sara Eckinger

    Eagle's Aware-Program Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.2909
    sara.eckinger@avila.edu

  • Economics

    Phone: 816.501.3720

  • Stacy Keith

    Stacy Keith, Ed.D.

    Director of Graduate Education & Assistant Professor of Education
    Office: 906, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2446
    Stacy.Keith@avila.edu

    B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, M.S.E. from Graceland University, Ed.D. from Saint Louis University

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    Dr. Keith serves as the Director of the Graduate Education programs. She is also the academic advisor for the School of Educations’ master's programs: International Education and Leadership, Teaching and Learning, and Teaching English as a Second Language. During her years of service at Avila, Dr. Keith has taught undergraduate and graduate education classes and supervised student teachers. Dr. Keith serves on the advisory council for the School of Graduate Studies, the Teacher Preparation Advisory Board and the International Education Advisory Board. She is also a member of Avila University’s Faculty Assembly.

  • Education - Graduate Admission

    Phone: 816.501.2464

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  • Dana Edwards

    Dana Edwards

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.2943
    Dana.edwards@avila.edu

  • Elementary Education

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • English

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • nicole esquibel

    Nicole Esquibel MFA

    Associate Professor
    Dean, School of VisCom
    Office: Dallavis, Office 808
    Phone: 816.501.2404
    nicole.esquibel@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    Nicole Esquibel is an award-winning video and filmmaker, writer, and poet. 

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    She is a graduate of the prestigious University of Iowa's MFA-Film and Video Production program. Her theoretical articles and written works of fiction have appeared in publications such as Sinister Wisdom and Our Voices. Ms. Esquibel's films and videos have screened both domestically and internationally, including winning the "Between the Lines" award at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. hush, the first film created under her production company Flying Dragon Films, received tremendous critical acclaim and the project was a closing night selection for the Kansas International Film Festival and screened at the Hot Springs International Documentary Film Festival. Recently she completed, La Pucelle, an experimental retelling of the trial of Joan of Arc, shot on Super16mm. Tu Me Quieres Blanca (You want me White) 2010, is a found footage project inspired by a poem by Alfonsina Stori, which seeks to explore the secondary role of Chicana women and Machismo in 20th Century America. Esquibel is author of The Image and the Border: the Films of Willie Varela, a chapter in Experimental Film: The Missing Frames. Currently, in pre-production on a feature length documentary, Neva (working title), examining the death of Neva Arlene Romero, a 21year-old college student and a series of bombings that took place in Boulder Colorado in the spring of 1974.

  • Finance

    Phone: 816.501.3720

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  • Financial Aid

    Phone: 816.501.3600

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  • Chuck Finch

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Charles.Finch@avila.edu

    B.A. Math and M.B.A. in Finance, UMKC; M.A. Economics, KU
    Primary Teaching Area: Economics

  • Greg Fitch

    Dr. Greg Fitch

    Professor and Chair of Biology
    Office: 210 B O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3789
    greg.fitch@avila.edu

    Dr. Fitch advises biology majors, pre-physical therapy students, pre-pharmacy students, and pre-veterinary students.

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    My chief professional interest is how the nervous system, especially the brain, produces consciousness and behavior. My chief teaching assignment is Human Anatomy and Physiology, which I teach at Avila every semester. Other courses that I teach include one that compares the functioning of various types of animals from mammals to insects, an interdisciplinary course about how the brain generates behavior, and an interdisciplinary course about the history and philosophy of science in which we travels to places, such as Rome or Paris or the Galapagos Islands, where important events in the history of science have occurred. I've been teaching at Avila since 1997 and, before that, taught for one year at Kansas City Kansas Community College and eleven years at Kansas State University.  

    I received a B.S. degree in 1977 from the College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University, with majors in biology and psychology. I earned a Ph.D. degree in 1997 from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Kansas State University, majoring in physiology. Between degrees I managed to spend a fun summer studying neurophysiology at the University of Nottingham in Great Britain. I also co-authored a college-level textbook, Understanding Human Anatomy and Physiology (West Educational Publishing), which was published in 1993.

    In addition to research involving educational (pedagogical) methods, I like to approach the question of how the nervous system produces behavior by asking questions about the behavior of simple organisms, chiefly the bean beetle Callosobruchus maculatus. I am also interested in philosophy, including the philosophy of science. Since coming to Avila I have directed a wide variety of student research projects ranging from the effects of myocardial infarction in various regions of the rat brain to egg laying behavior in bean beetles.

    When I'm not working, I read, collect 50s and 60s rock-and-roll, play a wide variety of games, participate in a rotisserie baseball league, play the guitar (poorly), spend as much time as possible outdoors, try to not be driven to clinical depression by politicians, and try to have a useful influence on my two sons.

  • Tyrun Flaherty

    Tyrun Flaherty

    Instructor of Biology, Science Laboratory Manager
    School of Science and Health
    Office: 217C
    Phone: 816-501-2919
    Tyrun.Flaherty@avila.edu

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    I received my M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Kansas and my M.A. in Education from Pittsburg State University. My research interests fall in the fields of behavioral ecology and environmental science. I also work with local elementary and middle school educators on science content and pedagogy. With my free time, I enjoy staying active by playing baseball and softball, running, and traveling with my wife.

  • Daniel Fluke

    Daniel Fluke

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Daniel.Fluke@avila.edu

    B.S. California State University, Chico; M.B.A. University of Nevada, Reno; Ph.D. California Coast University
    Primary Teaching Area: MIS

  • Kevin Foster

    Financial Aid Coordinator
    Phone: 816-501-3609
    Kevin.Foster@avila.edu

  • Doris Ann Frede

    Doris Ann Frede, CPA

    Professor Emerita
    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Doris.Frede@avila.edu

    B.S., M.A., University of Central Missouri

  • Cindy Freeman

    Head Dance Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2478
    cindy.freeman@avila.edu

  • lynn gallagher

    Lynn Gallagher MSN, RN, CNE

    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Director RN-BSN Program
    Phone: 816.501.2409
    Lynn.Gallagher@avila.edu

    Lynn Gallagher MSN, RN, CNE has been at Avila University since 2008 as an adjunct instructor, NERC Coordinator, and full time faculty.   She transitioned to a full time faculty position in the School of Nursing in the fall of 2011. In the fall 2015 Professor Gallagher was promoted to Assistant Professor.  She functioned as the Simulation Coordinator in academic years 2014 -2015 and 2015 -2016, and worked with faculty during that tenure to implement a curriculum wide simulation program for the A

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    Lynn Gallagher MSN, RN, CNE has been at Avila University since 2008 as an adjunct instructor, NERC Coordinator, and full time faculty.   She transitioned to a full time faculty position in the School of Nursing in the fall of 2011. In the fall 2015 Professor Gallagher was promoted to Assistant Professor.  She functioned as the Simulation Coordinator in academic years 2014 -2015 and 2015 -2016, and worked with faculty during that tenure to implement a curriculum wide simulation program for the Avila University School of Nursing. In the fall of 2015 Professor Gallagher began her involvement with the RN to BSN Nursing Program administered through Avila’s School of Professional Studies. In the fall of 2016 she was named the director of that program.  Professor Gallagher’s teaching assignments in the traditional undergraduate program include teaching Gerontology and Foundations of Health and Illness Concepts in the fall and Population Based Health Concepts and Capstone Practicum in the Spring. Professor Gallagher continues her involvement with the simulation program by being an active facilitator for simulations in both semesters.

    Professor Gallagher has been a registered nurse for over 30 years and has practiced nursing in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. Her medical/surgical background was gained at a variety of hospitals in San Diego, Honolulu and Newport, RI. In addition, Professor Gallagher also has experience with a variety of community focused educational programs and has taught in several health occupation programs from the CNA level to the BSN level since 2002.

    As the spouse of a career military member, Professor Gallagher has lived throughout the US and overseas. She has volunteered in a number of roles for the Boys and Girls Scouts of America, the American Red Cross and most recently at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Health Fairs. Professor Gallagher enjoys reading and many handicrafts such as cross-stitch and quilting.

    Professor Gallagher received her BSN from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio in 1981.  She completed her MSN, Nurse Educator Tract, in 2011 from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and in the fall of 2013 earned the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) designate through the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator Program.

  • Karen Garber Miller

    Karen Garber-Miller, Ph.D.

    Dean, School of Education & Professor of Education
    Office: 914, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.3663
    Karen.Garber-Miller@avila.edu

    B.A. from MidAmerica Nazarene University, M.A. from Southern Nazarene University, Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City

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    Dr. Garber-Miller is the Dean in the School of Education at Avila University and a Professor of Education. She specializes in literacy, the language arts, international education, TESL/ESOL, and cross cultural studies. She has taught a variety of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels over many years. Dr. Garber-Miller is also a former K-12 educator. In recent years she has taught and participated in international education and advocacy projects in Armenia, Botswana, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Haiti, Hungary, Mexico, Myanmar, Philippines, Russia, Rwanda, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Thailand, Ukraine and Zambia. Dr. Garber-Miller enjoys taking students into other areas of the world to engage in educational, social justice and advocacy work as part of academic courses, service learning and volunteerism. Dr. Garber-Miller presents for an array of professional organizations as well as consults and provides professional development for K-12 schools and districts. She serves on the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Board, The Missouri Advisory Board for Educator Preparation, and the Missouri Council of Education Deans. Dr. Garber-Miller advises elementary education students and international education and advocacy students.

  • C. Alan Garner

    C. Alan Garner

    Associate Professor of Business
    Phone: 816.501.3656
    Alan.Garner@avila.edu

    B.A., University of Missouri - Columbia; Ph.D. Harvard University

  • Larry Garrison-Sullivan

    Dr. Larry Garrison Sullivan

    Dean, School of Science and Health
    Chief Health Professions Advisor and Past President NAAHP
    Office: 209 O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3655
    larry.sullivan@avila.edu

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    Dr. Garrison Sullivan has had over 42 years of experience as a Prehealth Advisor. He has served as President of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, NAAHP, and the Central Association of Advisors for the Health Professions, CAAHP. He has been on numerous national health association committees at health profession organizations including those at the Association of American Medical Colleges, AAMC and the American Dental Association, ADA. He currently is the national liaison between NAAHP and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, ASPPH, and NAAHP. He has received the Father Joseph L. Walter Award for his contribution to the advising community.

    In his spare time, Dr. Garrison Sullivan likes to travel and has made trips to Europe and Asia. He loves animals and has adopted a shelter dog named Bella who he loves to take for walks and to play fetch with. He also supports the fine arts as a member of the Lyric Opera Guild Board and attends performances of the Kansas City Symphony, Theatre League, and numerous theatrical and musical groups.

  • karin rita gastreich

    Dr. Karin Rita Gastreich

    Associate Professor of Biology
    Office: O’Rielly Hall, Social Sciences Suite, Office H
    Phone: (816) 501-2996
    karin.gastreich@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    Dr. Gastreich received her Ph.D. at the University of Texas in Austin in 1996.

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    Her research interests include plant-insect interactions, predator-prey interactions, indirect effects, cooperative behavior, tropical ecology, and conservation.  She has worked primarily with insects and spiders in Central and South America.  She teaches introductory biology, anatomy and physiology lab, plant form and function, and the interdisciplinary classes Women and Science (with Dr. Carol Coburn) and Ecology Through the Writer’s Lens (with Dr. Amy Milakovic).

  • Kristin Gaughan

    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 816-501-3672
    Kristin.Gaughan@avila.edu

  • David Gebauer

    Director of Maintenance- Residence Life
    Phone: 816.501.2973
    David.Gebauer@avila.edu

  • Phil Gebauer, M.A.

    Enrollment and Retention Manager
    Office: Foyle 1009
    Phone: 816.501.0419
    philip.gebauer@avila.edu

  • Leah K. Gensheimer, Ph.D.

    Leah K. Gensheimer Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Director of Program Assessment for Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1024
    Phone: 816.501.3698
    leah.gensheimer@avila.edu

    Dr. Gensheimer is a Community Psychologist who emphasizes an integrated systems-level, strengths-competencies approach to psychology.
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    B.S., University of New Haven
    M.A., Adelphi University
    Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Dr. Gensheimer is a Community Psychologist who emphasizes an integrated systems-level, strengths-competencies approach to psychology. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in developmental psychology, orientation to psychology, and undergraduate practicum. Her current interests include enhancement and assessment of student learning, children and youth development, and academic service learning.

  • Daniel George

    Daniel George

    Professor of Management
    Phone: 816.501.3799
    Daniel.George@avila.edu

    Associate Professor of Management B.Sc., University of Calcutta; Ph.D., University of Southern California

  • Judy Gibbs

    Judy Gibbs

    Associate Professor of Business
    Phone: 816.501.3644
    Judy.Gibbs@avila.edu

    B.A., Graceland College J.D., University of Missouri- Kansas City

  • Global Studies & Social Justice

    Phone: 816.501.3627

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  • Malcolm Gold

    Malcolm Gold

    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Phone: 816. 501.3656
    Malcolm.Gold@avila.edu

    B.A. University of Minnesota-Morris; M.S. Baylor University; Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Darby Gough

    Darby Gough

    Assistant Vice President of Student Development and Success
    Phone: 816.501.3748
    Darby.Gough@avila.edu

  • Charlene Gould

    Charlene Gould

    Dean
    Phone: 816.501.3689
    Charlene.Gould@Avila.edu

    Dr. Charlene Gould is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She oversees academic and co-curricular programming for undergraduate and graduate majors, including a professional licensure in psychology and a professionally accredited social work program.

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    Dr. Charlene Gould is Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri. She oversees academic and co-curricular programming for undergraduate and graduate majors, including a professional licensure in psychology and a professionally accredited social work program. Responsibilities include departmental strategic planning, program review, curriculum development and assessment, and budget oversight.

    Dr. Gould is Professor of Theatre and Producing Artistic Director of Goppert Theatre at Avila. She has created a partnership with Theatre for Young America, a professional children’s theatre company, which led to co-productions at the Union Station City Stage in Kansas City, Missouri and job opportunities in design and performance for Avila graduates and faculty. 

    Dr. Gould earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in theatre and film. She was a recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University where she participated in historical and interdisciplinary representation of the Holocaust. Dr. Gould co-authored an article with historian Dr. Jeffrey Myers, in Trajectories of Memory: Intergenerational Representation of the Holocaust in History and the Arts (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008). She and her co-author present at international conferences and are reviewers for the Holocaust and Genocide Studies, published by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Gould, whose teaching interests include directing, theatre history, and interdisciplinary courses, has presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and continues to direct. She serves her community by participating in a women’s educational organization and supporting an intercultural dialogue foundation. 

  • Jeanette Greene

    Accountant/Coordinator of Payroll
    Phone: 816.501.3690
    Jeanette.Greene@avila.edu

  • nilufer guler

    Dr. Nilufer Guler

    Assistant Professor of Education
    Office: Office: 912, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2960
    Nilufer.Guler@Avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    B.A. from Middle East Technical University, M.A. from Ohio University, Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia

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    Dr. Guler specializes in TESOL, ELL education and teacher education. She taught ESL/EFL courses both in the United States and abroad. Her research mainly focuses on preparing pre-service and in-service teachers to teach English Language Learners.  She is widely published, has presented at numerous conferences, and has more than 10 years of ESL/ELL teaching experience at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Guler teaches undergraduate and graduate education courses. She serves as the academic advisor for middle school and secondary education students and supervisor of student teachers. 

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    Lauren Haasch

    Admission Representative
    Phone: (w) 816.501.3774 (c) 816.825.1370
    lauren.haasch@avila.edu

  • Chad Habluetzel

    Head Golf Coach
    Phone: 816.501.3415
    chad.habluetzel@avila.edu

  • dotty hamilton

    Dr. Dotty Hamilton

    Professor, Visual & Communication Arts
    Office: Dallavis Hall, Office
    Phone: (816) 501-3646
    Dotty.Hamilton@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    She received a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in film studies, a master’s from Webster University in media communication, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri. 

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    Dr. Hamilton oversees student internships and the capstone course, Senior Seminar, where students produce an online portfolio of their work prior to graduation. Hamilton has been a long time advocate of students working with real clients as part of their college learning experience. Hamilton also received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study black film history at University of Central Florida.

    As Vice President for the Kansas International Film Festival, Hamilton brings a variety of documentary films to Kansas City every year.  Dr. Hamilton has delivered numerous conference presentations on a variety of topics from the history and practices of the Motion Picture Production Association in rating movies to images of food in South Korean film. She recently published a chapter “Appetite and Aroma: The Perception of Taste and Smell in Korean films, The Recipe and 301/302” for the book titled, Food and Film: Bringing Something New to the Table.

    Dr. Hamilton is an Affiliate Faculty in the Center for Global Studies and Social Justice, teaching several global studies courses, as well as study away courses to Montreal and South Korea. Hamilton is passionate about introducing students to global experiences and has traveled and studied abroad. Hamilton was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes trip to Morocco and has taught documentary film history as a Visiting Professor at the University of Pecs in Hungary. See her blog at The Land of Paprika.

  • Richard Hardesty

    Technician
    Phone: 816.501.3629
    Richard.hardesty@avila.edu

  • Jason Harris

    Jason Harris

    Director of Theatre Design, Technology & Management
    Associate Professor of Theatre
    Phone: 816.501.3733
    Jason.Harris@Avila.edu

    Prof. Harris teaches courses in Stagecraft, Lighting & Sound, Scene Design, and Props.  He advises Design/Tech/Management (DTM) students and students seeking certification in Green Theatre Practices.

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    Professor Harris has taught at Avila since 2003, winning Professor of the Year in 2007. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a B.S. in Secondary Education from Kansas State University. Before joining Avila Theatre, Jason made stops around Kansas City at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Starlight Theatre, Coterie Theatre, and Quality Hill Playhouse.

    Professor Harris teaches DTM courses, serves as Technical Director and Theatre Manager for the mainstage productions and theatre rentals, coordinates initiatives in Green Theatre Practices, and mentors Avila student designers and technicians on their production work. His students have won numerous awards for their work at the American College Theatre Festival (ACTF) and have earned summer internship opportunities around the country. His graduates have gone on to professional work in a variety of theatre fields as well as advance to highly-selective graduate programs.

    Off-campus, Jason serves as Technical Director and Resident Designer for The Theatre in the Park and the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, and by doing so he provides design/tech opportunities to Avila students year-round in order to further develop their portfolios through paid, professional internship experiences in additional theatre venues and environments.

    Jason is an active member of the United State Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and ACTF, of which he serves on the management team for the annual Region V Festival.  He is also a co-founder of The Backstage Connection, a company created to serve the Theatre Design/Tech community of the KC Metro area through promotion, education, and consultation.

  • Louise Hatcher

    Administrative Assistant
    Office: Blasco Hall - Lower Level
    Phone: 816.501.0417
    Louise.Hatcher@avila.edu

  • Nick Haverhals

    Dr. Nick Haverhals

    Associate Professor and Chair of Mathematics
    Office: 217B
    Phone: (816) 501-3786
    Nick.Haverhals@avila.edu

    Dr. Haverhals completed his Master’s at South Dakota State (2007) and his Ph.D. at the University of Montana (May 2011). That fall, he began working at Avila University. 

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    Dr. Haverhals enjoys teaching a wide variety of mathematics courses, which he has been able to do during his time at Avila. His research interests include undergraduate mathematics education and any open question accessible to undergraduates. When he’s not working, Dr. Haverhals enjoys spending time with his wife, three young sons and dog, watching sports, reading (mostly non-fiction) and small home improvement projects.

  • Health Services

    Phone: 816.501.3668

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  • Angie Heer

    Angie Heer

    Vice President of Advancement & External Relations
    Phone: 816.501.3727
    Angela.Heer@avila.edu

  • Sarah Hendricks

    Accounts Receivable Specialist
    Office: Student Success Center (Hodes)
    Phone: 816.501.3735
    sarah.hendricks@avila.edu

  • Joe Henshaw

    Information Technology Support Specialist
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-2939
    Joe.Henshaw@avila.edu

  • Steve Henshaw

    Network Administrator
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-2903
    Steve.Henshaw@avila.edu

  • Elise Hiatt

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3759
    Elise.Hiatt@avila.edu

  • Eric Hicks

    Head Football Coach
    Phone: 816.501.3715
    eric.hicks@avila.edu

  • noor higley

    Noor Higley

    Buchanan Initiative for Peace and Nonviolence Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3627
    noor.higley@avila.edu

  • Candice Hill

    Adjunct Percussion Faculty
    Candice@candicehill.com

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    Candice Hill was born in St. Louis, MO. She graduated from Missouri State University, where she received her Bachelors degree in Music Performance on Percussion. While at MSU, she became interested in playing Steel Pan, after joining in a group called MR8. Later on, she attended Northern Illinois University to study with Liam Teague, earning her Masters degree in Music Performance on Steel Pan. After graduate school, she moved back to Missouri to help promote the legitimacy of the steel pan as a concert instrument, and to perform and teach percussion.

    Candice performed in Trinidad with Skiffle Bunch Steel Band in the 2006 Panorama, and has performed as a guest artist in Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska and Arkansas. In 2015 she was featured as the guest artist with the Quincy Symphony Chorus. She was highlighted in an article featuring women drummers in Kansas City, in summer 2016. She has performed with several bands in the Kansas City area since 2008, including the Chiefs Rumble Drumline, Candice Hill Trio, Project Mayhem, Tropical Dreamers, NKC First Baptist praise band, Northwinds Symphonic Band and others. She also presents performing/lecture recitals for area community centers, libraries, schools, and other venues.

    Candice is the percussion specialist in North Kansas City School District, where she teaches high school drumline, concert percussion and middle school concert percussion. She is also the director of the Avila University Athletic Band/Drumline. Her original compositions for percussion ensemble and marching percussion are performed by middle and high schools, and by the Avila Drumline. She also teaches privately in NKC, on all areas of percussion.

  • History

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Jenifer Hoback

    Student Receivables
    Phone: 816.501.3606
    Jenifer.Hoback@avila.edu

  • Hodes Center (Learning Services and Disability Services)

    Phone: 816.501.3666

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  • Stephen Hoffman

    Men's Soccer Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2475
    stephen.hoffman@avila.edu

  • Samantha Honeycutt

    Softball Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2418
    Samantha.honeycutt@avila.edu

  • Ashlyn Hull

    Instructor of Radiologic Sciences
    Chairperson and Program Director in Radiologic Science
    Phone: 816.501.3624
    Ashlyn.Hull@avila.edu

  • Human Resources

    Phone: 816.501.3618

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  • Megan Hung

    Scheduling & Data Entry
    Phone: 816.501.3731
    Megan.Hung@avila.edu

  • Andrew Lutz II

    Andrew Lutz II

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Andrew.Lutz@avila.edu

    B.S.B.A., Kansas State University; M.B.A., Avila University
    Primary Teaching Area: Marketing

  • Steve Iliff

    Steve Iliff

    Director of Faculty and Curriculum
    Phone: 816.501.3737
    Steve.Iliff@Avila.edu

  • paige illum

    Dr. Paige Illum, Ph.D.

    Adjunct Instructor
    Communication
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816-501-3760
    paige.illum@avila.edu

    Fundamentals of Communication

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    Paige Illum has worked in higher education for over twenty-five years serving in a variety of enrollment and student life related positions at public and private institutions.  For the last thirteen years Dr. Illum has worked at Avila University and most recently in the role of Coordinator of Retention and the First Year Experience.  She has served the Department of Visual and Communication Arts as an adjunct faculty since 2008.  She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication at Kansas State University and her Master’s in Higher Education Administration and Ph.D. in Foundations of Education and Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. 

     

    She has delivered numerous conference presentations including key-note addresses on issues related to higher education.  Her personal influences include her parents her showed her the value and example of hard-work and perseverance. 

     

    Her professional influences include Dr. Ray Hiner, Emeritus Professor of History and Education who influenced her love of history and the value of good teaching and advising and Dr. Everett Rogers who developed the Diffusion of Innovation theory (http://sphweb.bumc.bu.edu/otlt/MPH-Modules/SB/SB721-Models/SB721-Models4.html). 

     

    Dr. Illum enjoys teaching Fundamentals of Communication as she feels the need to possess stellar interpersonal communication skills, work within a group/team environment and deliver messages in a public forum are important to any career and a valuable to personal development.

     

    “Communication works for those who work at it.”

    • John Powell
  • Intensive Language & Culture Program (ILCP)

    Phone: 816.501.3772

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  • International Advocacy

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • International Business

    Phone: 816.501.3720

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  • International Student Services

    Phone: 816.501.3772

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  • Bruce Inwards

    Director of International Student Services
    Phone: 816.501.3772
    Bruce.Inwards@avila.edu

  • IT Services Help Desk

    Phone: 816.501.2900

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  • Deanna Johnson

    Deanna Johnson

    Senior Director of Development, Alumni
    Relations & Annual Giving
    Phone: 816.501.2450
    deanna.johnson@avila.edu

  • jim johnson

    Dr. Jim Johnson Ph.D., CSJA

    Associate Professor of Physics
    Office: O’Rielly 104A
    Phone: 816.501.3622
    Jim.Johnson@avila.edu

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    Dr. Johnson earned his M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Iowa.  His work was in experimental plasma physics studying ion beam injection in a double plasma discharge device, in which he found double-layers and an associated ionization instability. Dr. Johnson has since been teaching at the college level, and he loves teaching at Avila.

     

    Classes Taught: Dr. Johnson teaches General Physics, Physics Concepts and has taught several interdisciplinary classes. He is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

     

    Hobbies: He likes Sudoku, unusual clocks and home improvement. He enjoys his daily walks (a lot) and is rarely late.

     

    Started at Avila: 2005

  • Deborah Jones (DJ)

    Deborah (DJ) Jones M.S.

    Upward Bound
    UB- College Transition Specialist
    Office: Hodes Center
    deborah.jones2@avila.edu

  • Loretta Jones

    Volleyball Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2472
    loretta.jones@avila.edu

  • Kinesiology

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • deborah king

    Deborah King MSN, MSM, RN

    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Phone: 816-501-2416
    Deborah.King@avila.edu

    Deborah King, RN, MSN, MSM and Assistant Professor of Nursing began teaching at Avila University in Fall 2013. Deborah brings to Avila University 20 years of clinical nursing experience including medical surgical, trauma, urology, PACU and Assistant Director of Nursing.

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    Deborah King, RN, MSN, MSM and Assistant Professor of Nursing began teaching at Avila University in Fall 2013. Deborah brings to Avila University 20 years of clinical nursing experience including medical surgical, trauma, urology, PACU and Assistant Director of Nursing. 

    Deborah is an experienced nursing faculty member of twelve years.  Deborah has taught both didactic and clinical nursing at the junior and senior level in Fundamentals, Adult Health, Lab, Simulation and Leadership.   At home, she enjoys spending time with her daughter and animals.

  • Laura King

    Associate Registrar
    Phone: 816.501.3611
    Laura.King@avila.edu

  • Ryan King

    Maintenance
    Phone: 816.501.3629
    Ryan.King@avila.edu

  • Paul Kirsch

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Paul.Kirsch@avila.edu

    B.S. Mechanical Engineering, University of Missouri - Columbia; M.B.A., Rockhurst University
    Primary Teaching Area: Economics

  • Patrick Kopp

    Patrick Kopp

    Assistant Professor
    Chair of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816.501.3791
    Patrick.Kopp@avila.edu

    Courses Taught:Understanding Computers, Data Structures, C++, Java, Web Page Design, Web Page Programming, Database Management, COBOL, Visual Basic and A+

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    Started at Avila
    1986

    Courses Taught
    Understanding Computers, Data Structures, C++, Java, Web Page Design, Web Page Programming, Database Management, COBOL, Visual Basic and A+

    Research Interests
    Member of Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Interests and interested in robotics and web page design

    Hobbies
    I love to play softball, I am a deacon and the Youth Committee Chair of my church.  Every summer I plan, organize and lead several youth and adult sponsors on a mission trip.  We have taken the group to Arizona, Colorado, West Virginia, Tennessee, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Mexico, and Canada.

  • Dr. Michalis Koutsoupides

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    Dr. Michalis Koutsoupides is currently Artist in Residence at Avila University, where he teaches violin, viola, piano, music theory courses and ensembles. Dr. Koutsoupides has taught in the public system and privately since 2007. He holds a Doctoral degree in Viola Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master’s degree in Violin Performance, as well as a Bachelor’s in Violin and Composition from the University of Kansas, and piano Diplomas from the National Conservatory of Cyprus and the Royal Schools of Music.

    Dr. Koutsoupides appeared in music festivals across the United States, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the United Kingdom. Dr. Koutsoupides was featured as a soloist with the Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, the St. Joseph Symphony, the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and the Austin Chamber Players. He recorded with groups in Texas, Kansas, Missouri and New York, and regularly performs with the St. Joseph Symphony, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and the Kansas City Symphony.

    He enjoys playing in the orchestra pit and conducting for shows at the New Theater, KC Repertory theater, The Barn, Jewish Community Center, Johnson County Community College, Unicorn, American Heartland Theatre, Musical Theatre Heritage and other venues around town. Michalis has orchestrated for new productions, such as Have You Met Miss Jones?, Rhythm City and arranged for several other productions. He has had the honor of sharing the stage with names such as Sir. Peter Gabriel, Idina Menzel, Shirley Jones, Ron Bohmer, Stevie Wonder and many others. Originally a native of Cyprus, Dr. Koutsoupides has become a citizen of the United States as of 2017, and is proud to be calling Kansas City home.

  • Larry Kramer

    Larry Kramer

    Online-Resources / ILL Librarian
    Office: Hooley Bundschu Library / Learning Commons
    Phone: 816.501.3712
    Larry.Kramer@avila.edu

  • Clifford Kroski

    Adjunct Instructor of Philosophy
    Clifford.Kroski@avila.edu

  • Dorie Kurtz

    Dorie Kurtz

    Cataloging & Acquisitions Librarian
    Office: Hooley Bundschu Library / Learning Commons
    Phone: 816.501.2912
    dorie.kurtz@avila.edu

  • Katie LaForge

    Women's Soccer Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2417
    Katie.LaForge@avila.edu

  • Maggie Lambi

    Perkins Loan Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3741
    Maggie.Lambi@avila.edu

  • abigail lambke

    Abigail Lambke

    Assistant Professor of English
    Phone: (816) 501-3633
    abigail.lambke@avila.edu

    B.A., Rockhurst University M.A., Ph.D Saint Louis University

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    Dr. Lambke received her Ph.D. in English from Saint Louis University. She specializes in rhetoric and composition with particular interest in the intersections of technology and rhetoric. While she researches and composes in various modes, including multimodal and textual composition, her specialty is secondarily oral compositions. Such compositions are an intricate mix of speaking and writing afforded by 20th and 21st century technological innovation. She has published two audio essays: one on the recorded lectures of Fr. Walter J. Ong, S.J., and a second on the aural artifacts from the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. In addition to composition, Dr. Lambke teaches courses that combine literature, rhetoric, and technology.

  • Bailey Larson

    Majors: Accounting (honoree) & William Randall Sowers Award honoree

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    Avila faves:  Meeting new people.

    Update/Plans:  I'm beginning Avila's MBA program in the fall.

  • Gerald Larson

    Gerald Larson PhD, RCEP, PES

    Associate Professor of Kinesiology
    Chair of Kinesiology Department
    Office: 208F O’Reilly
    Phone: 816.501.3714
    gerald.larson@avila.edu

    B.A. Psychology, Mid-America Nazarene University
    Ph.D. Exercise Physiology, University of Kansas
    Specialty Certifications: ACSM-RCEP, NSCA-CSCS, USAW; TPI Level 2

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    The 2017-18 Academic Year will be Dr. Larson’s tenth year at Avila University.  He serves as Chair/Associate Professor of Kinesiology and Director of the Golf Performance Lab.  Dr. Larson earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mid-America Nazarene University (1988); a Master’s degree with a dual emphasis in exercise physiology and sport psychology from the University of Kansas (1996); and a Doctorate degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas (2001). He also holds specialty certifications as a Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sports Medicine), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (National Strength and Conditioning Association), and is Titleist Performance Institute Golf Level 2 Certified. In his role as Director of the Golf Performance Lab he works with golfers of all ages to improve movement quality and quantity (i.e., mobility → stability → function), optimize individual swing efficiency, and increase swing performance.  

    Started at Avila: 2008

    Courses Taught: Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Exercise Testing & Prescription, and Sport Psychology

    Clinical and Research Interests: Dr. Larson’s innovative KinesioFit™ programming integrates soft-tissue release, postural control during movement, and functional exercise to produce pain free motion, fitness for health, and enhanced sport performance. 

  • susan lawlor

    Susan Lawlor, MFA

    Professor Emeritus
    Art + Design

    Graphic Design

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    She has been Creative Director for Fleishmann-Hillard Public Relations, Woods Creative Group, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her graphic design work has won national awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the International Association of Business Communicators, as well as awards from the Kansas City Advertising Club and the Kansas City Art Director's Club.

    Susan earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. She also attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. Prior to joining the faculty at Avila University, she taught Graphic Design at the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas.

  • Laurie Lawrence

    Data Coordinator
    Phone: 816-501-2495
    Laurie.Lawrence@avila.edu

  • tekeyah lawson

    Tekeyah Lawson

    Admission Representative
    Phone: (w) 816.501.2920 (c) 816.825.7446
    tekeyah.lawson@avila.edu

  • Mary LeCluyse

    Academic Support Specialist
    Phone: 816.501.3757
    Mary.lecluyse@avila.edu

  • Robin Lehman

    Office Manager
    Office: Foyle Hall 1010
    Phone: 816.501.3661
    robin.lehman@avila.edu

  • Paige Libbert

    Paige Libbert

    Social Media & Information Literacy Librarian
    Office: Hooley Bundschu Library / Learning Commons
    Phone: 816.501.3710
    Paige.Libbert@avila.edu

  • Library Services

    Phone: 816.501.3621

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  • Kristi Littleton

    Kristi Littleton

    Assistant Professor of Radiologic Science
    Phone: 816.501.3612
    Kristi.Littleton@Avila.edu

    B.S.R.T., Avila University
    M.S. Ed, Kansas State University

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    Started at Avila
    1996

    Courses Taught
    Radiologic Science I, II and III, Radiation Biology and Protection, Radiologic Pathology, Cross-Sectional Anatomy, Curriculum Review and First Year Seminar.

    Research Interests
    History of X-ray, as it relates to radiation biology and protection, and its founders.  I am a member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Missouri State Society of Radiologic Technologist and a member of its Board of Directors.

    Hobbies
    I collect (and love) Wizard of Oz memorabilia, chocolate, Spiderman, M&M’s and Looney Toons (no comma) and chocolate. Did I mention that I love chocolate? I love to bake (especially with chocolate) work in the garden, read and eat (not necessarily in that order). I am an animal lover and try to be as ecologically responsible as possible.

  • Dr. Teresa Lorenz-Do

    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Phone: (816) 501-3642
    Teresa.lorenz@Avila.edu

    B.A. Gannon University M.A. and Ph.D University of Arizona

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    Dr. Lorenz-Do earned her Ph.D. in Spanish from the University of Arizona with a specialization in contemporary Latin American literature. During her time at the University of Arizona, Dr. Lorenz-Do taught language, culture and literature courses in the Spanish major and minor programs. Dr. Lorenz-Do currently teaches Spanish language and culture classes within Avila's Spanish minor program, as well as Medical Spanish courses, and is Global Studies & Social Justice affiliate faculty.  

    Dr. Lorenz-Do’s most recent research interests include border culture and literature with a focus on family. She also enjoys translating in her free time. 

  • Tabitha Lundquist

    Purchasing/Accounts Payable Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3617
    Tabitha.Lundquist@avila.edu

  • Marketing & Communication

    Phone: 816.501.3716

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  • lauren martin

    Lauren Martin

    Admission Staff
    Phone: (w) 816.501.3779 (c) 816.825.1371
    lauren.martin@avila.edu

  • Arica Maurer M.A.

    Coordinator of the Buchanan Initiative for Peace & Nonviolence
    Office: Cardondelet Hall, Room 107
    Phone: 816.501.3627
    arica.maurer@avila.edu

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    Arica has an M.A. in international peace and conflict resolution from American University's School of International Service and a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of Kansas. Arica began her career at the U.S. Department of State as a grants management specialist in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. There, she worked on economic development and education projects primarily in Iraq in addition to smaller projects in Tunisia and Palestine. Arica was then promoted to a grants officer position in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs where she managed the countering violent extremism (CVE) portfolio in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Arica has also lived, studied, and conducted research in other conflict prone areas such as Lebanon and Colombia. In addition to her experience abroad, Arica also worked in a volunteer capacity with Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services in Kansas City and Washington, DC. She is fluent in Spanish and speaks Levantine Arabic at the intermediate level.

  • Sue Ellen McCalley, Ph.D.

    Sue Ellen McCalley Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychology
    Phone: 816.501.2433
    sueellen.mccalley@avila.edu

    Dr. McCalley is Professor of Education and Psychology at Avila.

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    B.S. Northwestern University
    M.A. University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Ph.D. University of Kansas

    Dr. McCalley is Professor of Education and Psychology at Avila.

  • Teresa McClain

    Teresa McClain

    Lecturer of Psychology & Faculty Support
    Phone: 816.501.2943
    Teresa.Mcclain@avila.edu

  • Jamie McConnell

    Jamie McConnell

    Director of Graduate & Advantage Admission
    Phone: 816.501.0428
    Jamie.McConnell@avila.edu

  • Anna McDonald

    Anna McDonald M.S.

    TRIO Project Director
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.3719
    anna.mcdonald@avila.edu

  • Elizabeth McKinley

    Coordinator of Career and Counseling Services
    Phone: 816.501.3767
    Elizabeth.mckinley@avila.edu

  • Janet McManus

    Director of Human Resources
    Office: Blasco Hall - Lower Level
    Phone: 816.501.3618
    Janet.McManus@avila.edu

  • janice nannie mead

    Janice Nannie Mead MS, LPC, ATR-BC, RASAC-II, CTS

    Adjunct Instructor
    Art + Design
    Office: 814
    Phone: 816-501-3657
    janice.mead@avila.edu

    Art Therapy

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    Nannie graduated from Avila University in 2008 with a dual Masters in Counseling Psychology and Art Therapy. She currently practices as an Art Therapist, Professional Counselor, Substance Abuse Counselor, Clinical Trauma Specialist and Certified DBT Clinician at Ozanam for adolescent boys and girls. Nannie's background includes work with individuals and groups in psychiatric hospitals and a residential facility setting. She has developed an art therapy substance abuse program serving adolescents and has completed a painting series and mural research project involving youth within a residential setting. She has a private practice, Art Affects, LLC, in Downtown Lee's Summit, Missouri. She provides gallery showings on the Fourth Fridays of the summer months in connection with the Downtown Lee's Summit Cultural Arts Committee. She serves on the Board of the Kansas Art Therapy Association. Nannie received the 2015 School of Visual and Communication Arts Alumni Association Award  She has taught Art Therapy classes at Avila since 2013.

  • kathy mendenhall

    Kathy Mendenhall, MA

    Adjunct Instructor
    Art + Design
    Office: Dark Room
    Phone: 816-501-3657
    kathy.mendenhall@avila.edu

    Photography

  • Edina Messina

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Edith.Messina@avila.edu

    B.A., Avila University J.D., University of Missouri- Kansas City
    Primary Teaching Area: Paralegal

  • Dr. Stephanie Meyer

    Adjunct Voice Faculty
    Stephanie.Meyer@avila.edu

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    Dr. Stephanie Meyer (soprano) teaches voice at Avila University and UMKC Conservatory’s Community Music and Dance Academy. She holds her Bachelor of Music Education degree from South Dakota State University, Master of Music from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from University of Missouri-Kansas City. Her dissertation entitled, Moving Songs, celebrates diversity in the arts with seven songs by André Previn and Toni Morrison, presented in collaboration with two dancers, piano, cello, narrator, and photography from the Nelson-Atkins’ exhibit, Through The Lens: Visions of African American Experience, 1950-1970.

     Meyer’s previous roles include Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte),  Le feu and Le rossignol (L’enfant et les Sortilèges), Mrs. Fiorentino (Street Scene), La Fée (Cendrillon), Bastienne (Bastien unt Bastienne), Madam Herz (Der Schauspieldirektor), Barbarina (Le Nozze Di Figaro), Tytania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), the title role of Donizetti’s Rita, and Maria (West Side Story).

  • Middle School Education

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • Dr. Amy Milakovic

    Assistant Professor of English
    Chair – English
    Office: Borserine Hall, Office 405
    Phone: (816) 501-3633
    amy.milakovic@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:

    M.H., University of Dallas

    Ph.D., Texas Christian University

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    Dr. Milakovic received her Ph.D. in English from Texas Christian University and joined the Avila faculty in 2009. She specializes in rhetoric and composition, with research interests that include the rhetoric of war, visual rhetoric, and modern rhetorical theory. Dr. Milakovic has served as Managing Editor of Composition Studies and published a book review on composition pedagogy in Rhetoric Society Quarterly. In addition to teaching writing, she also teaches courses which examine the intersection of war and the arts, particularly as their interplay both shapes, and is informed by, public discourse. 

  • Don Miller

    Don Miller

    Phone: 816.501.2469
    Don.Miller@avila.edu

    B.S., M.A., Physics, University of South Dakota
    Primary Teaching Area: Organization Behavior & MIS

  • Renee Miller

    Renee Miller

    Admission Advisor
    Phone: 816.501.2952
    Renee.Miller@avila.edu

  • kelly minerva

    Dr. Kelly Minerva

    Assistant Professor of English
    Phone: (816) 501-3691
    Kelly.Minerva@Avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    B.A., University of Scranton
    M.A., University at Buffalo
    Ph.D., University of Toronto

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    Dr. Minerva received her Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Toronto, where she also earned a graduate certificate in South Asian Studies. She specializes in postcolonial literature with particular interest in how space and narrative devices interact in novels set in Bombay and Mumbai, India. Her research has been published in Postcolonial Urban Outcasts (2017), The University of Toronto Quarterly (October 2015), and Transnationalism, Activism, Art (2013).

    She joined Avila's faculty in 2015, and she is affiliate faculty in the Center for Global Studies & Social Justice, and a Steering Committee member for Women & Gender Studies. Dr. Minerva teaches both literature and composition courses.

  • Maggie Mohrfeld

    Director of Major Gifts
    Phone: 816.501.2430
    maggie.mohrfeld@avila.edu

  • Ron McCleary

    Bill Moran

    Visiting Instructor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816.501.3637
    William.Moran@Avila.edu

  • Daniel Morel

    Adjunct Faculty
    Daniel.Morel@avila.edu

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    Daniel Morel is a Kansas City-based composer who energizes his music with spectral lyricism. Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his music reflects myriad literary and natural interests. His works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry.

    Mr. Morel has received awards and honors from the Mizzou New Music Initiative, Byrdcliffe Guild, the City of Hartford, the Hartt School, the Longfellow Chorus, and the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, among others. Recent premieres include the UMKC Conservatory Orchestra, Columbia Civic Orchestra, and Seasons Festival Orchestra.

    Mr. Morel holds degrees from Bucknell University (BA) and The Hartt School, University of Hartford (MM, AD). He is currently working on a doctorate at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Performance details and further information are available at www.danmorel.com.Daniel

  • Tonia Morgan

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3641
    Tonia.Morgan@Avila.edu

  • Dr. Hadas Moshonov-Cohavi

    Assistant Professor of Mathematics
    Office: 210C
    Phone: (816) 501-2448
    Hadas.Moshonov-Cohavi@avila.edu

    Dr. Moshonov-Cohavi earned her PhD in Statistics from the University of Toronto (2007).

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    Shortly after her graduation she joined the research office of the Medical Imaging Department at the University Health Network in Toronto and served as a research statistician designing and supporting various research studies.  In addition, Dr. Moshonov-Cohavi has a true passion for teaching math and has been engaged in teaching both undergraduate and graduate level courses in Mathematics and Statistics since 2003. Her research interests include classification using logistic regression, measures of agreement and reproducibility and undergraduate mathematics and statistics education. At home, she enjoys cooking, walking in nature, studying spiritual wisdom, practicing Kung-Fu and spending time with her family.

  • georgia mueller

    Georgia Mueller, MA

    Adjunct Instructor
    Art + Design
    Office: 814
    Phone: 816-501-3657
    georgia.mueller@avila.edu

    Art History

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    Georgia Mueller earned her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MA from University of Central Missouri. She has been a painter most of her life and has work in several private and public collections. She enjoys the classroom and feels teaching is a good fit with her artistic pursuits.

    Artist's Statement

    The process of tapping into the nebulous zone that only occurs when I am actively engaged in seeing, filtering, reacting and drawing, is a continuous flow. The fragility of this equilibrium is stunning. Tapping into this state of mind results in a moment of purity. I am in a state of connection with my painting and the real world. A lightning rod between the two, I make the circuit complete.

    My artistic influences include Wilbur Niewald, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock.

    Philosophy of Teaching

    I think it is very important to give the students an opportunity to see original art. In my view there is nothing like the primary source. I feel the real function of this class is to give students an opportunity to find themselves face to face with art that has the possibility to change their lives. We venture out and discover a world many of them were not aware existed. If I can somehow ignite a spark in them that opens this world, they will be forever changed. And expanding your students’ world view is always a goal in teaching.

    http://www.wilburniewald.com/

    http://www.jackson-pollock.org/

    http://www.vangoghgallery.com/

    http://www.paulcezanne.org/

     

  • Torie Murillo

    Women's Basketball Coach
    Phone: 816.501.3740
    Victoria.Murillo2@avila.edu

  • Alicia Murillo

    Alicia Murillo, MA

    Assessment Coordinator & Certification Officer
    Office: 910, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2465
    Alicia.Murillo@avila.edu

    B.A., M.A. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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    Mrs. Murillo assists students with the completion of the state teacher certification process. Additionally, she coordinates the collection and dissemination of assessment data for university, state, and federal reporting needs.

  • Music

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • jeffrey myers

    Jeffrey W. Myers Ph.D.

    Department Chair
    Professor of History
    Phone: 816.501.3649
    Jeffrey.Myers@Avila.edu

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    At the Iowa City Yacht Club, Dr. Jeffrey Myers, Professor and Chair of History at Avila University, waited with guitar in hand to sit in with the Blue Tunas, the house blues band—a respite from graduate school and an opportunity to experience the terror and exhilaration of live music. However, it is blues in a larger theoretical sense that also relates to Dr. Myers. A vital element of the blues is call and response, something that has become a centerpiece of Myers’s later research in a completely different context. 

    Dr. Myers, a preeminent Holocaust scholar and historian of German history, was called to study the Holocaust after hearing a survivor bear witness. His response has come via teaching and scholarship to preserve the memory of and advocate for victims of this dark time in history.

    Myers received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Iowa. He then studied as a research fellow at the University of Freiburg and the Institute for European History in Mainz. During these four years, Myers honed his knowledge of the language, culture, and history of Germany and witnessed history in the making with the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification.

    At Avila University, Myers teaches German history, world history, and co-teaches the Holocaust in History and on Stage, an interdisciplinary course that explores the intersection of history and theatre. Myers has served as a Blue Ribbon Judge for the White Rose Essay Contest sponsored by the Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, an organization that recently named him to its Board of Governors. Dr. Myers and co-author Dr. Charlene Gould from theatre have written an article exploring representation in Holocaust theatre, which will be published in a forthcoming anthology.

  • Deanna Nelson

    Deanna Nelson

    Senior Director of Development
    Major Gifts
    Phone: 816.501.2435
    deanna.nelson@avila.edu

  • Rebecca Nichols

    Rebecca Nichols

    Circulation Manager
    Office: Hooley Bundschu Library / Learning Commons
    Phone: 816.501.2428
    Rebecca.Nichols@avila.edu

  • Dr. Francis Origanti

    Dr. Francis Origanti

    Chair and Associate Professor of Social Work
    Phone: 816.501.3647
    francis.origanti@avila.edu

    Dr. Origanti joined the Social Work Program as the Chair in 2011. After graduating with his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Loyola College in 1996, he went on to graduate with his Masters in Social Work from Loyola College in 1998.

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    For the next two years, he worked as a social worker in an adoption agency dealing with in-country and inter-country adoptions before coming to the United States in 2000 to get his Ph.D. in Social Work from the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. During this time he worked as a research assistant in the Office of Accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education. He joined the social work faculty at Creighton University before moving to Kansas City.

    His primary teaching areas include Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Welfare, and Social Work Research. He also teaches “Human Rights and Social Justice,” an interdisciplinary travel course to India.His teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning. He believes that students should be able to bridge all three areas of practice - micro, mezzo, and macro - skills in social work. Dialogue, discussions, and role plays are some of the tools he uses to enhance knowledge and understanding of social work issues. Dr. Origanti brings with him a global perspective on understanding several social issues. He believes that we as a community need to address these social issues and there is no better place to begin this dialogue than in the classroom. 

    Dr. Origanti serves on the Commission on Accreditation for Council on Social Work Education, is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission, and Vice-Chair of the National Planning Committee for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.

  • Tracy Owens

    Executive Assistant
    Phone: 806.501.3750
    Tracy.Owens@avila.edu

  • jose parisse

    Josh Parisse

    Director of Undergraduate Admission
    Phone: 816.501.3775
    josh.parisse@avila.edu

  • ken parsons

    Dr. Ken Parsons

    Director, Center for Global Studies & Social Justice
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Office: Carondelet Hall, Office 108
    Phone: (816) 501-2407
    ken.parsons@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    Philosophies of Violence & Power, Philosophy of Technology, Contemporary European Philosophy, Social & Political Philosophy

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    Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and the Director for the Center for Global Studies & Social Justice. He joined the department in August 2008 from his previous teaching positions at Central Michigan University (2007-08) and SUNY-Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY (2005-07). His research currently focuses on the philosophical problems of how we represent phenomena of violence and how we exercise moral judgments about it, in particular as these problems relate to mass violence & genocide. In this arena, the questions are:

    • What is it that is under consideration for reflection when one “thinks clearly about violence”?

    • How are philosophers to represent and reflect upon phenomena that in its most concrete manifestation is an experience of harm and suffering?

    • How does one frame the historical realities of violence in ways which make violence salient for those it is being represented for?

    He has presented his research in South Korea, Hungary, Canada and Italy, most recently with the Society for European Philosophy/Forum for European Philosophy. Previously he taught courses within the areas of Value Theory (Social-Political Philosophy, Ethics), Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Technology and Critical Reasoning. He continues to co-teach interdisciplinary courses which integrate Philosophy and other academic perspectives/methodologies (Music, Media & Film Studies, and Social Work). This Fall semester he is traveling again with students and Dr. Amity Bryson (Music) to Berlin, Germany, as part of a course on Music & Politics. In the Spring 2016 semester he will travel to Guatemala again with Professor Nicole Esquibel (Media & Film Studies) as part of a course on mass violence and genocide. Finally, as part of a 3-year project funded by the Hilton Foundation to the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dr. Parsons will be working with Dr. Coburn on designing, refining, and evaluating a Cultural Diversity & Conflict Management curriculum, along with many Sisters of St. Joseph from around the world. The two will travel to Le Puy, France, in late October and early November of 2015.

  • benjamin pascoe

    Benjamin Pascoe, MFA

    Assistant Professor
    Communication
    Office: 815
    Phone: 816-501-0425
    benjamin.pascoe@avila.edu

    Film & Digital Media

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    Benjamin Pascoe is an award winning filmmaker who has written, directed, produced and edited a variety of films that have screened for enthusiastic audiences around the world. His foundation is in narrative storytelling, but Ben has developed a taste for both experimental and documentary works. His most recent feature film, LEAVE IT ON THE TRACK, a documentary exploring roller derby culture in Austin, Texas, enjoyed a lengthy run on the festival circuit, including a celebrated world premiere at the 66th Edinburgh International Film Festival.   

     

    Ben has always been interested in teaching, but his spark was reignited while living and working in Austin, Texas. As an instructor for the Austin Film Society, he helped high school students develop and produce their own short films. Ben found this experience to be extremely rewarding and he decided on a career path that would offer him the best of both worlds: “Avila University encourages excellence in the classroom as well as professional development from their faculty. I fell into a wonderful opportunity here; one that will allow me to grow as an artist, and one that will enable me to guide our young filmmakers in their intellectual and creative development.”

     

    Ben’s current project is a biography about Radames Pera, the child actor who played the iconic character, Grasshopper, in the 1970s television series, KUNG FU (1972-1975). Ben is also a board member for the Kansas International Film Festival and he enjoys contributing to its continued success.

     

    Since joining the VisCom team at Avila University, Ben has come up with a set of priorities. On the very top of that list are his students: “I have spent my life developing a certain set of tools. Now I have the chance to share my knowledge and influence the next generation of storytellers, as we collaborate and discover new paths together.”

     

    Benjamin Pascoe’s Productions: http://vimeo.com/channels/pascoe

  • Dr. Marcia Pasqualini

    Marcia Smith Pasqualini Ph.D.

    Professor and Chair of Psychology
    Director of Faculty-Student Research
    Office: Foyle 1008
    Phone: 816.501.3661
    marcia.pasqualini@avila.edu

    Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology.

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    Professor of Psychology

    B.S., Tulane University
    Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia

    Dr. Pasqualini is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in Clinical Neuropsychology. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in biological psychology, applied research methods, and emotion. She is also the faculty advisor for Psi Chi/Psychology Club. Dr. Pasqualini runs the Emotions Laboratory and invites interested Avila undergraduate and graduate students to join. Her current research interests include cognitive and psychophysiological aspects of emotion regulation, bio/neurofeedback, and facial expressions.

  • Bryan Perez

    Majors: Business Administration (honoree in Business Administration)

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    Majors: Business Administration (honoree in Business Administration)

    Avila faves:  Bryan moved back to South America after graduating in December. We wish him luck!

  • Lindee Petersen Wilson

    Lindee Petersen Wilson BSW, MSW, LCSW, LSCSW

    Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Education
    Phone: 816.501.3648
    lindee.wilson@avila.edu

    Lindee Petersen Wilson joined the Social Work department at Avila University in the fall, 2002. She has extensive social work experience in child and family services, as well as over 20 years of teaching experience in schools of social work.

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    Lindee Petersen Wilson joined the Social Work department at Avila University in the fall of 2002. She has extensive social work experience in child and family services, as well as more than 20 years of teaching experience in schools of social work.

    Lindee is a licensed specialist clinical social worker in the state of Kansas, where she has a small clinical social work private practice, specializing in Internal Family Systems (IFS) treatment. She is a member of National Association of Social Workers and Baccalaureate Program Directors association.

    For 18 years Lindee served as a family social worker and clinical supervisor in a juvenile delinquency diversion and prevention agency. In addition to providing supervision and family social work services, she designed and implemented an early identification program for young children who had a first-time arrest. The program organized families, schools, older youth in detention facilities, and police departments to prevent further delinquency behavior and to strengthen family units.

    Lindee teaches Generalist Social Work, and three social work practice courses focusing on individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations. She also teaches special topics courses on child maltreatment, child protection, and resiliency and trauma recovery, as well as grief and loss, and crisis intervention at the individual and community levels. As Director of Field Education, Lindee oversees the Field Education component of the curriculum and places students in agencies to complete their 500 hours of field experience.
     

  • Political Science/Pre-Law

    Phone: 816.501.3641

  • Bradley Poos

    Dr. Bradley Poos

    Assistant Professor of Education
    Office: Foyle Hall, 916
    Phone: 816.501.2431
    Bradley.Poos@Avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:

    B.A. from the University of Kansas, M.Ed. from Rockhurst University, M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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    Dr. Poos specializes in the historical and sociological foundations of education and has particular expertise in the areas of race and schooling in the United States. His research and publications have largely focused on exploring the lived experiences of people of color around issues of school segregation and desegregation. Dr. Poos began his career in education as a middle school and high school social studies teacher, before working as a middle school counselor and is certified in both secondary social studies and K-12 counseling and guidance. Dr. Poos teaches both undergraduate and graduate students and advises middle and secondary education students, as well as student teachers. Additionally, Dr. Poos serves as the faculty sponsor for the Avila Education Association (AEA) and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society (KDPi).

  • Dr. Robert Powell

    Dr. Robert Powell

    Professor of Biology
    Office: 110 O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.2440
    Robert.Powell@avila.edu

    Dr. Powell earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 1984.

    http://www.avila.edu/bobpowell 

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    He has been at Avila since 1972.  His research interests are focused on the natural history and ecological relationships of amphibians and reptiles in the West Indies.  Dr. Powell teaches introductory biology; animal form, function, and development; ecology, evolution, vertebrate anatomy, and interdisciplinary courses on environmental issues (with Dr. David Wissmann) and the natural and cultural history of Hawaii and the Bahamas (with Dr. Wissmann).  He coordinates an NSF-funded summer undergraduate research program offered every other year.

    Started at Avila
    1972

    Courses Taught
    General Biology II, Animal Form, Function and Development, Ecology, Evolution, Vertebrate Anatomy, Environmental Issues, Darwin & Literature, Natural & Cultural History of the Islands (Hawaii and the Bahamas), Opening of the West: Lewis & Clark.

    Research Interests
    Community ecology and natural history of West Indian amphibians and reptiles.  Authored and co-authored several publications and books.

    Hobbies
    I love chasing lizards, photography and travel, especially to places where I can chase lizards…

    http://www.avila.edu/bobpowell 

  • Pre-Health Professions

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • cathryn pridal

    Dr. Cathryn Pridal

    Professor
    Office: WHI 502
    Phone: 816.501.3761
    Cathryn.Pridal@avila.edu

  • Dr. K. Ryan Proctor

    Chairperson, Department of Law & Justice Studies
    Assistant Professor of Criminology & Sociology
    Phone: 816.501.3793
    proctorkr@avila.edu

  • Psychology

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Psychology - Graduate Admission

    Phone: 816.501.2969

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  • Purchasing

    Phone: 816.501.3631

  • Radiologic Science

    Phone: 816.501.3655

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  • Jeff Randolph

    Jeff Randolph

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Jeffrey.Randolph@avila.edu

    B.A., University of Missouri- Kansas City M.B.A., Avila University
    Primary Teaching Area: Marketing

  • Aruna Rao

    Aruna Rao

    Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Software Engineering
    Phone: 816-501-3678
    Aruna.Rao@avila.edu

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    Aruna serves as an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering department. She completed her Master of Science in Management Information Systems from Northern Illinois University, pre-medicine course work at Rockhurst University, and PhD course work and comprehensive exams in Health Policy and Management at University of Kansas Medical Center.

    Aruna also serves as the architect for Truvant’s healthcare vertical, including data science, information security and IT transformation services. Her work history includes a wide range of IT management roles with the Kansas University Medical Center and Truman Medical Centers. 

  • Margaret Rausch

    Adjunct Instructor of Religious Studies
    margaret.rausch@avila.edu

  • Janet Reagor Ph.D., RN

    Interim Dean and Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Phone: 816.501.3672
    Janet.Reagor@avila.edu

  • maureen reardon

    Maureen Reardon, CSJA

    Creative Services Manager
    Phone: 816.501.2496
    maureen.reardon@avila.edu

  • Registrar

    Phone: 816.501.2410

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  • Religious Studies

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Residence Life

    Phone: 816.501.2485

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  • Jesus Revilla

    Majors: International Business (honoree)

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    Avila faves:  My favorite moment at Avila as a student athlete was building a solid group of friends who now I consider part of my family.

    Update/Plans:  I will be pursuing my MBA in Finance here at Avila University. I am also planning on internships to get a good sense of how work is here in the United States to see if my future is here in the States.

  • Caroline Riley

    Graduate Admission Advisor
    School of Business
    Phone: 816.501.2483
    Caroline.Riley@avila.edu

  • Chris Roberts

    Manager of Campus Safety
    Office: 816.501.2425
    Chris.Roberts@avila.edu

  • Joseph Roberts

    Dr. Joseph
 Roberts

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry
    & Chair of Physical Science
    Office: 217A O’Rielly
    Phone: 816.501.3788
    joseph.roberts@avila.edu

    Ph.D., North Carolina

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    Dr. Roberts received his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina in 2014. His research interests include nanoparticles, nanotoxicity, and a general interest in environmental chemistry. Dr. Roberts teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, and physical chemistry of biological systems.

    Started at Avila: 2015

    Courses Taught: CH 131 - General Chemistry I, CH 137 - General Chemistry II, CH 321 - Analytical Chemistry, CH 350 - Physical Chemistry of Biological Systems, NS 110 - The Science of Popular Culture

    Research Interests: My research interests are predominately nanoparticle related. I'm currently interested in multivalent metal oxide nanoparticles (like magnetite) and their ability to hold 2 different charge states simultaneously. I'm also interested in nanotoxicity, nanoparticle based sensors and assays, and nanoparticle synthesis. I also have a "hobby" interest in a variety of food sciences.

    Hobbies: I am an avid comic book enthusiast, especially Batman from the 60s. I also enjoy all varieties of gaming (including teaching new gamers!). I recently started attending cooking classes at the Kansas City Culinary Center in Overland Park. I enjoy sampling craft beers.

  • Pattie Robertson

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3689
    Pattie.Robertson@avila.edu

  • Rachel Robinson

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.2945
    Rachel.Robinson@avila.edu

  • darren roubinek

    Darren Roubinek

    Sr. Director of Marketing & Communications
    Phone: 816.501.2422
    darren.roubinek@avila.edu

  • Cory Roup

    Cory Roup, M.S.Ed.

    Graduate Education Enrollment & Academic Advisor, School of Education
    Office: 908, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2464
    Cory.Roup@avila.edu

    B.S. from Northwest Missouri State University, M.S. Ed. from Northwest Missouri State University

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    Mr. Roup has an educational background in psychology and education, focusing on guidance and counseling. He has earned his certification as a 7-12 School Counselor and has taught a variety of Student Success and Academic Strategies courses in higher education. He specializes in the areas of the state teacher certification process, student recruitment and retention, and the admissions process. Mr. Roup coordinates the enrollment of all Graduate Education students, and serves as the Academic Advisor for all Graduate Initial Teacher Certification students.  He also serves as a member of the Graduate Studies Committee. 

  • Stan J. Silvia

    Stan J. Salva

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Stanley.Salva@avila.edu

    B.S., University of Missouri- Kansas City M.S., University of Kansas M.B.A., Central Missouri State University
    Primary Teaching Area: Management

  • holly sanders

    Holly Sanders

    Assistant Director of Admission
    Phone: (w) 816.501.3773 (c) 816.754.4308
    holly.sanders@avila.edu

  • Sarah Sanford

    Sarah Sanford M.S. Ed., R.T. (R) (CT)

    Clinical Coordinator and Instructor, Radiologic Science
    Phone: 816.501.3787
    Sarah.Sanford@Avila.edu

    B.S.R.T. Avila University
    M.S.Ed., University of Kansas

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    Started at Avila
    2015

    Courses Taught
    Clinical Education, Radiographic Procedures, Special Topics; Computed Tomography

    Research 
Interests
    My interests lie in the technology of our ever changing field. I enjoy learning cutting edge advances so I can bring that information to our students. I am a member of the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. 

    Hobbies
    I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling. In my spare time I coach soccer and love being active.

  • Adrian Sargeant

    Dr. Adrian Sargeant

    Visiting Professor
    Adrian.Sargeant@avila.edu

  • Tena Saucedo

    Tena Saucedo

    Placement Coordinator for Clinical and Field-based Experiences, School of Education
    Office: 907, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2420
    Tena.Saucedo@avila.edu

    B.A. from Columbia College, Certificated in Mental Health and Wellness

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    Mrs. Saucedo is the placement coordinator for all field-based and clinical experiences for Avila University’s School of Education. She serves as the liaison between the School of Education, teacher candidates, and school districts. She also handles field-based and student teaching correspondence and related administrative duties.

  • Julie Saviano

    Julie Saviano

    Office Manager, School of Education
    Office: 911, Foyle
    Phone: 816.501.2467
    Julie.Saviano@avila.edu

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    Mrs. Saviano is the office manager for the School of Education. She began her career at Avila in August 1999 where she served as Director of the Child Care Center for five years. In August 2004 she joined the School of Education.

  • Dominick Scalise, Ph.D.

    Dominick Scalise Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1018
    Phone: 816.501.2447
    dominick.scalise@avila.edu

    Dr. Scalise is a licensed counseling psychologist, specializing in the integration of spiritual and religious themes in counseling, counseling process and outcome, romantic attachment, and career development.
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    B.A., M.A., Truman State University
    Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City


    Dr. Scalise is a licensed counseling psychologist, specializing in the integration of spiritual and religious themes in counseling, counseling process and outcome, romantic attachment, and career development. He has worked in diverse settings clinically (universities, hospitals, and outpatient settings) and enjoys teaching clinically oriented courses in the graduate program.  In addition, he has current research projects related to the integration of spiritual issues in counseling as well as career development among early career psychologists (ECPs). Dr. Scalise is past chair and serves on the ECP committee for the Society of Counseling Psychology.

  • Erin Joy Schmidt

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Theatre
    Office: GOP 321
    Phone: 816.501.2405
    Erin.Schmidt@Avila.edu

    Erin Joy Schmidt is a nationally recognized actor, director, and teaching artist. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University, where she was awarded the prestigious Shubert Scholarship for Excellence by her peers.

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    Erin Joy Schmidt is a nationally recognized actor, director, and teaching artist. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School at New School University, where she was awarded the prestigious Shubert Scholarship for Excellence by her peers. She also holds additional training in Meisner Technique from The Ward Studio and Alexander Technique from the Alexander Technique Center for Performance and Development in New York City. She is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio.

    As an actor, Erin has performed regionally in over forty productions, including several world premieres. She has worked at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Mirror Rep, City Theatre, and Palm Beach Dramaworks, among others. She has been an acting company member at Mad Cat Theatre Company since 2007, and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association.

    Prior to joining the faculty at Avila, Erin was a Professor of Theatre at Broward College and New World School of the Arts, where she taught all levels of acting, and most recently, she was Artistic Director at the Frierson Theatre in Chattanooga, Tennessee where she directed several productions, including     Into The Woods, The Grapes of Wrath, Uncommon Women and Others, and Pippin.   

  • Dr. Matthew Scrivner

    Adjunct Voice Faculty
    Matthew.Scrivner@avila.edu

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    Dr. Matthew Scrivner, bass baritone, from Auburn, Kansas, is a multi-faceted musician who has been teaching at Avila University since January of 2012. Matthew earned his Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in German from Washburn University, his Masters of Music in Vocal Performance and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

    He has been performing regularly in Kansas City since his first appearance with the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in the 2008 World Premiere production of Kirke Mechem’s John Brown. Throughout the spring of 2017 he will be appearing in the Lyric Opera Express troupe, bringing opera education and performance opportunities to children in schools throughout the Kansas City region. Matthew has maintained a private studio at the Kansas City School of Music located in Lenexa and Overland Park, since 2003.

    Scrivner's operatic credits include: creating the role of the Ox in the world premiere of Leah Sproul Pulatie’s opera for young audiences: How the Camel Got His Hump; Dr. Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Il Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Settler #2 in the world premiere of John Brown, and Colline in La bohème. Matthew was a participant in the first ever L’arte del canto lirico program presented in conjunction with the Orvieto Musica festival in Orvieto, Italy in the summer of 2008. His soloist credits include: Bass Soloist in Haydn’s Creation at Avila University, Petrus in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion conducted by Andrew Megill of Westminster College at UMKC, and Bass Soloist in the Requiem settings of Dvořák and Verdi.50

  • Secondary Education

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • Tammy Shinn

    Tammy Shinn

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Tamara.Shinn@avila.edu

    B.S. Geography, University of Central Missouri

  • Melissa Shipman

    Cheer Coach
    Phone: 816.501.2473
    Melissa.shipman@avila.edu

  • donald simon

    Donald Simon, JD

    Adjunct Professor
    Communication
    Office: 814
    Phone: 815-501-3657
    donald.simon@avila.edu

    Media Law, Fundamentals of Communication

  • Stephen Sirridge, Ph.D.

    Stephen Sirridge Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus
    stephen.sirridge@avila.edu

    Dr. Sirridge is a Licensed Psychologist, and has been a teacher and psychotherapist for thirty years.
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    B.A., M.S., Ph.D., University of Kansas

    Dr. Sirridge is a Licensed Psychologist, and has been a teacher and psychotherapist for thirty years. He is currently the President of the Kansas City Association of Psychoanalytic Psychology (KCAPP) which is the local chapter of Division 39 Psychoanalysis of APA. He completed a two year advanced training program in psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

  • Joseph Sjuts

    Controller
    Phone: 816.501.3615
    Joe.Sjuts@avila.edu

  • Ronald Slepitza

    Ron Slepitza Ph.D., CSJA

    President
    Phone: 816.501.3750
    Ronald.Slepitza@avila.edu

  • Bill Sloan

    Men's Basketball Coach
    Phone: 816.501.3743
    William.Sloan@avila.edu

  • Brian Smith

    Information Technology Support Specialist
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-2967
    Brian.Smith@avila.edu

  • Je'Kel Smith

    Head Coach Track/Cross Country
    Phone: 816.501.2477
    JeKel.Smith@avila.edu

  • leslie dorrough smith

    Dr. Leslie Dorrough Smith

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies
    Office: Borserine Center, Office 409
    Phone: (816) 501-3684
    Leslie.Smith@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    Dr. Smith has been at Avila since 2010, where she is currently Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department

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    Before coming to Avila, she taught at a number of different institutions, including Missouri State, Drury University, and Pepperdine University. Interests Include: Sociology of Religion, American Conservative Protestantism (Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism), Feminist and Gender Theory, American Religious History (General), Gender and Religion, Discourse and Rhetoric Studies, Critical Social Theory, and Pluralism and Religious Tolerance

    Dr. Smith’s work is interdisciplinary, drawing from sociological, historical, critical, and feminist theoretical perspectives.  Her primary research is concerned with the ways in which social groups use religious language to create avenues of social influence and political power, with particular focus on American evangelicals.  More specifically, her interest in how language has shaped sex and gender-related public policy led to the publication of her first book, Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America (Oxford University Press, 2014), which provides a rhetorical critique of one of the nation’s largest conservative women’s movements.

    Dr. Smith is also interested in the methods scholars use to study groups that they politically oppose, and she has recently finished chapters for two separate, edited volumes that explore everything from feminist scholarly methods to the politics of code-switching.  She is the author of numerous other articles and book chapters, and is a frequent community speaker on various topics related to religion and culture.  Future monograph-length projects include an examination of how sex scandals are handled by the American public, and what impact such events have on the rhetorical conceptualization of the political process.  In addition, Dr. Smith is a member of the Culture on the Edge collective, an international working group of scholars probing questions of politics and identity, and she is an active contributor to the group’s blog.

  • joseph anthony snorgrass

    Dr. Joseph Anthony Snorgrass Ph.D., MCRP, AICP

    Professor
    Communication
    Office: 806 Dallavis
    Phone: 816.501.2494
    janthony.snorgrass@avila.edu

    Communication, Advertising, Branding & Strategic Media Advisor: Talon Media Network, Talon Advertising Group (TAG), AAF Student Chapter, and Avila BSU

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    influences: Gordon Parks, Paul Robeson, Frank Lloyd Wright, E. Simms Campbell, Marshall McLuhan, Al Reis, Howard Luck Gossage, Daniel Burnham

    Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass is a recognized and awarded professional in the fields of advertising, management, administration, and brand development. He is also a credentialed photographer and mixed-media artist. He received his Ph.D. from Walden University's School of Public Policy and Administration focusing on emergent media communications in public policy environments and non-profit management. He also holds two Master's degrees from the Ohio State University and a B.A. from the University of Kansas. He is certified as an Economic Development Specialist (EDS) by the National Development Council and has national certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Snorgrass specializes in new media, augmented reality applications, accessibility, universal design strategies, brand cultivation, and diversity marketing.

    As an educator, Snorgrass describes his teaching style as intellectually demanding, introspective and visionary. He expects students to develop an appreciation and understanding of both the art and science of advertising, media, technology and communication mediums then to become confident in this knowledge and it's applications in the real world. He teaches with a "bottom-line" orientation and a genuine sensitivity for the holistic nurturing of his students. His teaching philosophy is geared to prepare students not just to react to the world, but prepare them to change the environment and society in which they exist through forces of their own.

    Snorgrass is a change driven, rule-bending creative thinker, deeply invested in using digital technology and the design process to elevate community engagement, institutional innovation and participatory problem solving.

    Links:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/janthonysnorgrass

    www.jasa-media360.com

    http://advertologist.blogspot.com

    http://zzzzroots.blogspot.com

     

  • Social Work

    Phone: 816.501.3641

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  • Sociology

    Phone: 816.501.3641

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  • Fabian Solis

    Systems Administrator
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-3695
    Fabian.Solis@avila.edu

  • pam sparks

    Pam Sparks

    Admission Representative
    Phone: 816.501.3692
    pam.sparks@avila.edu

  • Special Education

    Phone: 816.501.2467

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  • Marchita Stanton

    Marchita Stanton M.S.O.D.

    Lead MSOD Faculty
    Phone: 816.853.4592
    Marchita.Stanton@avila.edu

  • Regina Staves, Ph.D.

    Regina Staves Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1020
    Phone: 816.501.0491
    regina.staves@avila.edu

    Dr. Staves is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in psychological trauma, compassion fatigue, attachment in children and adults, family systems, child abuse and prevention and ethics.

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    B.A., University of Kansas
    M.S., Avila University
    Ph.D., Capella University

    Dr. Staves is a licensed professional counselor, specializing in psychological trauma, compassion fatigue, attachment in children and adults, family systems, child abuse and prevention and ethics. Her interests include child development, specifically emotional and brain development, psychopathology, social issues impacting children and society and restorative justice. Dr. Staves is active in our community as an advocate to prevent child abuse and neglect and also to support restorative justice in our community.  She currently serves on the board of the Missouri Children's Trust fund, where she is a former board chair. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric hospital, and private practice; and has also mentored adults reentering society post incarceration. Dr. Staves currently teaches undergraduate and graduate classes and facilitates workshops in her areas of expertise, including compassion fatigue and child sexual abuse prevention.

  • Ken Stock

    Facilities Manager
    Phone: 816.501.2961
    Kenneth.Stock@avila.edu

  • linda strelluf

    Linda Strelluf, MLA

    Associate Professor
    Communication
    Office: 807
    Phone: 816-501-3680
    linda.strelluf@avila.edu

    Advertising, Public Relations

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    Linda Strelluf has been engaged in the study and practice of oral and written communication for more than twenty-five years. Following this passion, she received a BA in Speech from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and earned a Master's degree in both Film and Literature from Baker University. 

    Before coming to Avila, she was employed as a company agent for Starlight Theatre, worked on promotions for a national theatre chain, taught classes in communication, English, and theatre, lectured on how to overcome audience anxiety and conducted seminars on how to access creativity. In 1986, Strelluf founded a small company and in 1998, affiliated with Country Sampler Group. 

    Currently, she is an assistant professor at Avila University in Kansas City. She teaches a variety of classes including communication fundamentals, public relations, corporate communication, film studies, American pop culture, mass media and society and promotional writing. She works with “real world" clients to give students the opportunity to practice the high standard that professionals expect in the workplace. Her students have worked with the WW I. national museum, the Kansas City Toy and Miniature Museum, and a variety of retail and health related organizations, winning numerous local, regional national, and international awards for their work. Strelluf is also the faculty adviser for the campus chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC/AU). 

    Linda Strelluf was elected by the national membership to the Association for Women in Communication (AWC) Board of Directors. Strelluf served a three year term on the board and was board liaison to 36 student chapters at universities.across the United States. She was also Chairman of AWC's Clarion Award Committee and has been a judge for the past Ten years. Strelluf is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and the adviser to Avila University's IABC student chapter. She is a past member of the St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf Advisory Board, and served as Secretary/Treasurer on the executive committee. 

    Specialties: Strelluf specializes in using current popular culture trends, which enhance public relations messages. 

    By using interactive communication methods, she facilitates student enthusiasm that results in academic and personal growth of students.

  • Michael Stuckey

    Director of Facilities
    Phone: 816.501.2414
    Michael.Stuckey@avila.edu

  • Student Experience

    Phone: 816.501.3660

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  • Student Life

    Phone: 816.501.3754

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  • priscilla subramaniyam

    Priscilla Subramaniyam, MBA '13

    Marketing Manager
    Phone: 816.501.2966
    priscilla.subramaniyam@avila.edu

  • Sarah Sullivan

    Sarah Sullivan

    Director of Undergraduate Advising for School of Professional Studies
    Coordinator of Online Learning for Avila University
    Phone: 816.501.0429
    Sarah.Sullivan@Avila.edu

  • Stephanie Sullivan

    Degree Audit Systems Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3729
    Stephanie.Sullivan@avila.edu

  • Steven Sweat

    Director of Residence Life
    Phone: 816.501.2485
    steven.sweat@avila.edu

  • Shellye Tabor

    Event/Service Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3629
    Shellye.Tabor@avila.edu

  • Talon Media Network

    Phone: 816.501.3705

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  • John Taranto

    Bookstore Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3630
    John.Taranto@avila.edu

  • Sima Tarokh

    Instructional Technology Specialist & Computer Science Adjunct Faculty
    Office: Information Technology
    Phone: (816) 501-2484
    Sima.Tarokh@avila.edu

  • Paula Tarwater

    Financial Aid Office Manager/VA Certifying Official
    Phone: 816-501-3781
    Paula.Tarwater@avila.edu

  • Diana Taylor

    Institutional Research Associate
    Phone: 816.501.3616
    diana.taylor@avila.edu

  • Theatre

    Phone: 816.501.2405

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  • Theatre (Musical Theatre, Theatre Design & Tech., Acting & Direc

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Adonna Thompson

    Adonna Thompson

    Archivist
    Martha Smith Archives and Research Center
    Office: Hooley Bundschu Library / Learning Commons
    Phone: 816.501.3620
    Adonna.Thompson@avila.edu

  • Thornhill Gallery

    Phone: 816.501.3762

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  • Deborah Thornton

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3660
    Deborah.Thornton@avila.edu

  • Paul Toler

    Paul Toler

    Vice President of Finance
    Phone: 816.501.2487
    Paul.Toler@avila.edu

  • TRIO Programs - Upward Bound

    Phone: 816.501.2904

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  • Lizzi Truetken

    Majors: Finance (honoree)

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    Avila faves:  I've always been a student athlete and Avila gave me the ability to continue playing the sport I love. Volleyball has given me tools to win on and off the court. It also gave me friends that will last a lifetime... I also loved having professors who cared enough to push me to be better student and person. I wouldn't have been able to graduate early or find my dream job without their support.

    Update/Plans:  Started at Cerner Corp. in January 2015 as a Delivery Consultant working in Reporting and Analytics. Plan to start working on my MBA in either Health Care Administration or Mathematics some time in the near future.

  • Janine Urness

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3653
    Janine.Urness@avila.edu

  • Tamiika Vincent

    Tamiika Vincent M.S.

    Upward Bound
    Academic Coordinator: GHS/RHS
    Office: Hodes Center
    Phone: 816.501.2438
    tamiika.vincent@avila.edu

  • bruce voegele

    Bruce Voegele MA, BSN, RN

    Nursing Instructor
    Phone: 816.501.3638
    Bruce.Voegele@avila.edu

    Bruce Voegele, MA, BSN, RN, has taught at Avila University since 2005. He currently teaches Healthcare Informatics and Development of the Professional Nurse II in the fall semester and Psychosocial Nursing Concepts and Practicum 1 in the spring semester. Bruce has worked as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings over the past 37 years.

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    Bruce Voegele, MA, BSN, RN, has taught at Avila University since 2005. He currently teaches Healthcare Informatics and Development of the Professional Nurse II in the fall semester and Psychosocial Nursing Concepts and Practicum 1 in the spring semester.

    Bruce has worked as a registered nurse in a variety of roles and settings over the past 37 years. He began as a staff nurse at a local medical center on a mental health unit with adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. He also assisted the development of urgent care clinics – beginning the first cardiac rehab program in a shopping mall in the United States. Additionally he has worked as a director of nursing at a free-standing psychiatric facility and as an assistant director of nursing at a local nursing home.

    Bruce also worked as a performance improvement/staff development specialist at a local hospital for fourteen years with duties that included performance improvement activities; orienting and providing ongoing education to new employees, as well as working with nursing instructors and nursing students.

    Bruce has volunteered as a nurse at numerous health screenings including National Depression Days, Alcohol Screening days and National Anxiety Screening days. He participated for many years as a volunteer for a mini-triathlon held annually at Shawnee Mission Park.

    He enjoys the outdoors and has walked many miles with his dogs believing that routine exercise benefits both the two legged and four legged animals.

    Bruce received a BSN from Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska and an MA from Webster University in Kansas City, Missouri.

  • John Wade Ph.D.

    Dr. Wade began teaching at Avila in 2005.
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    B.A., University of Dallas
    M.A., University of North Texas
    Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

    Dr. Wade began teaching at Avila in 2005.

  • Jordan Wagge, Ph.D.

    Jordan Wagge Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Psychology
    Office: Foyle 1021
    Phone: 816.501.2964
    jordan.wagge@avila.edu

    Dr. Wagge teaches courses in cognition, research methods, cultural psychology, drugs and behavior, and general psychology in the undergraduate and graduate programs.

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    B.S., Northern Kentucky University
    Ph.D., Miami University (Oxford, OH)

    Dr. Wagge teaches courses in cognition, research methods, cultural psychology, drugs and behavior, and general psychology in the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her research interests include visual perception, psychophysical methods, and pedagogy. She runs the Cognition Laboratory and is excited about working with students in a research setting. Dr. Wagge's current research involves examining environmental contributions to shifts in belief as well as the effects of current states and motivations on eating behaviors and choices.

  • Kelly Watson

    Kelly L. Watson Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of History
    Phone: 816.501.3645
    Kelly.Watson@Avila.edu

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    In 2010, Dr. Watson earned her PhD from Bowling Green State University in American Culture Studies with a primary focus in early American history and a secondary specialization in Latin American history. She also earned graduate certificates in both Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies.  She possesses an MA from Bowling Green State University in American Culture Studies and a BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a double major in Ancient Studies and American Studies.

    Dr. Watson is currently completing her first book, (tentatively titled) Conquering Cannibals: Gender and Empire in North America, 1492-1763, which will be published by New York University Press in 2014. Her research focuses on the development and maintenance of European imperial power in North America. She examines the ways in which the discourse of cannibalism shaped European views on Indigenous Americans and thus impacted the progress of empire. More generally, Dr. Watson’s research interests include: early American history, imperialism and colonialism, Atlantic studies, the history of sexuality, women’s history, and the history of race and ethnicity. 

    Prior to her position at Avila, Dr. Watson was a Visiting Assistant Professor of History and Gender & Women’s Studies at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. At Avila, Dr. Watson teaches a range of courses focused on American history, Latin American history, cultural studies, as well as Gender and Women’s Studies.

  • Danielle Weaver

    Transcript & Student Support
    Phone: 816.501.3732
    Danielle.Weaver@avila.edu

  • Weekend Program

    Phone: 816.501.3737

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  • Jon Weimer

    Jon Weimer

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Jon.Weimer@avila.edu

    B.S., St. Vincent College; Ph.D., Texas Tech University
    Primary Teaching Area: Quantitative Methods

  • wil weiss

    Wil Weiss

    Admission Representative
    Phone: (w) 816.501.3776 (c) 816.825.1373
    wil.weiss@avila.edu

  • Debbie Whiles

    Transcript & Student Support
    Phone: 816.501.3734
    Debbie.Whiles@avila.edu

  • Mary Kay Whitacre

    Spiritual Life Coordinator
    Office: Carondelet, 106
    Phone: 816.501.0426
    Mary.Whitacre@avila.edu

    Since graduating from Avila in 1977 with degrees in Elementary Education and Religious Education, and completing a master's degree in Religious Education from Seattle University in 1981...

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    Mary Kay has served the Roman Catholic Church as a paid professional minister in a variety of roles. Today, she divides her time between St. Thomas More Parish as their RCIA Director; Souljourners Ecumenical Spiritual Direction Formation Program as faculty, supervisor, and spiritual director; and Avila University as Spiritual Life Coordinator. This wife and mother of two adult married children has enjoyed returning to her roots here at Avila, and is energized by the life and spirit she shares with today's students.

  • Rex Wiant

    Rex Wiant

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Rex.Wiant@avila.edu

    B.S., Iowa State University; M.L.I.R., Michigan State University
    Primary Teaching Area: Economics

  • Sue M. King Willcox, Ph.D.

    Sue M. Willcox Ph.D.

    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Phone: 816.501.3759
    Sue.Willcox@avila.edu

  • susan winters

    Susan Winters

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3666
    Susan.Winters@Avila.edu

    Susan came to Avila in 2006. She enjoys the contact she has with the students at Avila and is an active volunteer for her school district.

  • Dr. David Wissmann

    Professor of Sociology
    Phone: 816.501.3643
    David.Wissmann@Avila.edu

  • Women's and Gender Studies

    Phone: 816.501.3689

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  • Richard Woodall

    Richard Woodall

    Professor of Economics and Business
    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Richard.Woodall@avila.edu

    B.A., University of South Florida; M.A., University of Iowa D.A., Illinois State University

  • Christopher Wray

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Christopher.Wray@avila.edu

    B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance, Washington University; J.D., Notre Dame
    Primary Teaching Area: Accounting

  • james wright

    James Wright, CSJA '84

    Marketing & Communications Coordinator
    Phone: 816.501.3716
    james.wright@avila.edu

  • angel yanez

    Angel Yanez MSN, RN,

    Nursing Instructor
    Phone: 816-501-3682
    Angela.Yanez@avila.edu

    Angel Yanez, RN, MSN began teaching at Avila in fall of 2014. She teaches in Patient Care Skills, Health Assessment and Simulations, and has been an instructor in both the community college and university settings.

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    Angel Yanez, RN, MSN began teaching at Avila in fall of 2014.  She teaches in Patient Care Skills, Health Assessment and Simulations, and has been an instructor in both the community college and university settings. She has taught in LPN and RN programs, and loves teaching. She is a lifelong Kansas Citian, and loves the Royals and the Chiefs.

    Angel has been an RN for 30+ years, most of that time working clinically in the Hospice setting.  She has also worked in Home Health, Critical Care and as a Nurse Consultant, holding a variety of positions from staff nurse to Nurse Educator to Director and for a time as an Administrator. 

    She and her husband have been married for 31 years and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren (so far). She loves spending time with family, traveling, reading and crafting.  Educationally Angel is very interested in the topic of Simulation in Health Care Education. Angel is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

  • Dane Zeller

    Phone: 816.501.3720
    Dane.Zeller@avila.edu

    B.A. Psychology, UMKC; M.B.A. (Marketing) Avila University
    Primary Teaching Areas: Management and Marketing

  • Dr. Beringia Zen

    Beringia Zen

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
    Office: Borserine Centre 404
    Phone: 816.942.8400
    beringia.zen@avila.edu

    Research and Teaching Interests:

    Catholic Studies, Christian Spirituality (primary concentration in Ancient and Medieval periods), Biblical Studies (primary concentration in Hebrew Bible), and Literary Theory

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    Dr. Ling Zhang

    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Office: Whitfield, Office 506B
    Phone: (816) 501-3697
    Ling.Zhang@avila.edu

    Scholarship & Teaching Interests:
    B.A. Nankai University China; M.S. Southern Illinois University; Ph.D. Temple University

  • Amber Zumalt

    Office Manager
    Phone: 816.501.3603
    Amber.Zumalt@avila.edu

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