Faculty and staff appointments

Mike Baker ’93, director of Aviation, holds a master’s in business administration from Tabor College – Wichita and a bachelor of science – professional pilot from Utah Valley State College (Orem). Baker previously worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation/Federal Aviation Administration – Wichita Flight Standards District Office as a front line manager in the General Aviation Operations Unit and Flight Safety International Certificate Management Unit since 2014.

Travis Bunk, nursing professor, will provide clinical instruction at Via Christi in Wichita and in McPherson and Hutchinson. He holds a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Wichita (Kan.) State University, and he expects to complete a master of science in nursing education degree from Wichita State in 2020. Bunk has worked as a nurse at McPherson (Kan.) Memorial Hospital since 2014, and has experience as a mental health case worker.

Casey Cole, Student Success faculty, will teach the Career Development course, advise students still deciding on a major and assist with the JumpStart program, study labs and more. She holds a master’s degree in management from Southern Nazarene University (SNU, Bethany, Okla.) and a bachelor’s in business and sports management from Southeastern University (Lakeland, Fla.). Prior to coming to Hesston, she spent more than three years as a student success specialist at SNU.

Jeremy Deckinger ’18, staff flight instructor, will serve at Hesston through the summer before transferring to Kansas State University (Manhattan).

Chase Glaum, visiting communication professor and assistant baseball coach, will teach speech communication while communication professor Kendra Burkey ’00 is on sabbatical during the 2018-19 year. He holds a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and a master’s degree in exercise science and health promotion. Glaum most recently served as assistant baseball coach at Southern Nazarene University.

Sandra Hiebert, registrar and dean of assessment and accreditation, holds a master of arts in public affairs from the University of Minnesota (Minneapolis) and a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University (Manhattan). She most recently worked in the area of workforce development.

Carla Lahey, theatre professor and Campus Activities Board (CAB) director, will direct one of the four mainstage productions each year, teach one theatre course, develop and lead a traveling theatre ensemble and recruit for the program. She holds a master’s in theatre education from Florida State University (Tallahassee) and is completing a Ph.D. through Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge). Lahey has teaching and directing experience and is particularly interested in theatre in a church setting.

Kristi Martin, nursing professor, will provide clinical instruction on campus and at Newton Medical Center. She holds a master of science in nursing education degree from Fort Hays (Kan.) State University and a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Regis University (Denver, Colo.). Martin has worked as a public health nurse for health departments in Kansas and Washington, and is married to Steve Martin ’04.

Morgan Martin ’14, admissions counselor for the Midwest/West, majored in early childhood education at Hesston, and has been resident hall advisor at Lancaster (Pa.) Mennonite School for the last four years.

Lorren Oesch ’16, women’s resident director, completed a degree in peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, Va.) in May.

Lois O’Malley, adjunct Spanish professor, has a Ph.D. in foreign language acquisition from Kansas State University, master’s degrees in Spanish education and young adult pastoral ministry, and a graduate certificate in spiritual direction. She has spent more than 30 years as a Spanish educator, including at both Kansas State and Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina).

Carla Proctor, preschool teacher, will lead teach the Tuesday/Thursday morning class and assist in teaching the Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning class. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa). Prior to her Hesston College appointment, she operated her own home daycare in Hesston for more than 10 years.

Byron Rupp, J.D., vice president of Advancement, started his role in February 2018. He earned a Juris Doctor from Washburn University School of Law (Topeka, Kan.) and an undergraduate degree from Bethel College (North Newton, Kan.). He is also pursuing Certified Fundraising Executive certification. Prior to his Hesston appointment, Rupp served for 18 years at Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International, the world’s largest international legal association, including as Director of Development and Operations since 2008.

Austin Troyer ’18, staff flight instructor, completed his Certified Flight Instructor II rating this summer and plans to stay at Hesston through the 2018-19 academic year.

Jonathan Tumblin, men’s resident director, holds a bachelor of arts in recreation management and youth ministry from Bluffton (Ohio) University. Most recently, he was a day program instructor/gym coach for Good Shepherd Manor, an organization that provides support to men with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Hesston College 2017-18 retirees Rachel Horst, DaLonna Schroeder, John Sharp, Gerry Sieber, Bonnie Sowers and Lyndel Walker
Hesston College 2017-18 retirees Rachel Horst, DaLonna Schroeder, John Sharp, Gerry Sieber, Bonnie Sowers and Lyndel Walker

2017-18 Faculty and staff retirees

As other faculty and staff members moved into the next chapter of their lives this year, we are grateful for the impact each of these individuals has had on the Hesston College community, and we wish them joy and fulfillment in their new season!

Rachel Horst, Food Service, 1986-2018
Outside of connecting with students in the dining hall, Rachel and her husband, Don, often hosted college groups on their farm, and spent five summers giving leadership to the Disaster Management students serving their summer field experience at Mennonite Disaster Service locations. In her retirement, Rachel plans to continue to volunteer with MDS.

DaLonna Schroeder, administrative assistant in athletics and science, 1994-2018
DaLonna was vital to athletic department operations and took the lead on NJCAA eligibility and compliance. In her retirement, she hopes to spend more time with family and hobbies she enjoys.

John Sharp ’73, history and Bible professor, 2005-18
John came to Hesston to write the centennial history book, A School on the Prairie (2009). After the March 2017 abduction and murder of his son, MJ, who was part of a U.N. panel of experts investigating conflicts and government abuses in the Kasai region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, John feels called to a new mission that includes writing, speaking and tour-leading.

Gerry Sieber ’64, cross country/track and field coach, 1970-94, 2009-18
In his first stint at Hesston, Gerry won 10 men’s soccer regional championships and was named NJCAA Coach of the Year eight times. He also coached track and men’s basketball and served as physical education department chair and athletic director. In 2009 he established the college’s men’s and women’s cross country programs, and was inducted into the NJCAA Soccer Hall of Fame in 2015.

Bonnie (Kauffman) Ac65, ’67 Sowers, nursing professor, 1970-74, 1975-2018
Bonnie retired as Director of Nursing Education in 2017 after 37 years in that role, and then taught an additional year in the Nursing program while helping with the transition for new Director of Nursing Education, Becky Bartell.

Lyndel Walker, nursing professor, 2016-18
Lyndel brought strong clinical skills to Hesston, and her expertise was appreciated as the nursing program launched its RN to BSN program in January 2017.