Eight New Members Join Board of Directors

LINDSBORG, Kan. October 21, 2011—The Bethany College Board of Directors welcomes eight new members. Michael Girlinghouse, Leroy Hackley, Jeremy Koehler, Kurtis Meyer, Bob Mooney, Michael O’Dell, Todd Waletzki, and Marlene Waltz began their terms in August and will attend their first regular board meeting on October 28. The Bethany College Board of Directors provides the college fiduciary, strategic and generative leadership.

Pastor Mike Girlinghouse from Norman, Okla., is the Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA), which included more than 12,000 members in 55 congregations. He previously served as the pastor of the University Lutheran Church and Student Center and has over 20 years of experience in campus ministry. Girlinghouse earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, one of eight ELCA seminaries. He was ordained in 1987. Girlinghouse replaces Floyd Schoenhals, who had been the Bishop of the Arkansas-Oklahoma Synod since 1994.

Leroy Hackley Jr. from Byron Center, Mich., is a Bethany alumnus serving as the athletic director at Jenison High School. He has over 30 years of experience directing athletic and recreation programs in education. Hackley received his bachelor’s degree in recreation from Bethany College in 1980 and his master’s in recreation education from the University of Iowa. He recently received the Michigan Intramural and Recreation Sports of Merit in 2010 and has been awarded numerous other honors, including West Michigan Athletic Director of the Year in 2009.

Jeremy Koehler from Wichita, Kan., is a sophomore at Bethany majoring in criminal justice. He is a Bethanian scholarship award recipient and the president of the Swede Government Association (formerly student congress). Koehler attended Wichita High School East, where he was the editor-in-chief of the Messenger newspaper that was awarded the 6A Kansas State Journalism All-State Newspaper. Koehler is an Eagle Scout, an International Baccalaureate Diploma recipient, and a legacy student of alumna Julie Bothner Koehler ’81.

Kurtis Meyer from St. Ansgar, Iowa, is the director of resource development with the National Council of Churches, where he secures resources and enhances relationships with donors. He received his bachelor’s degree from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and attended master’s classes at Pennsylvania State University. Meyer also has experience as a consultant for nonprofit organizations, providing assistance with community relations, strategic planning, and development. He has actively served in churches across the U.S., including as president at Trinity Lutheran Parish in Minnesota, Mona Lutheran Church in Iowa, and Normandale Lutheran Church Foundation. Meyer has previously served Bethany as a consultant and as an acting vice president for advancement.

Bob Mooney from Monument, Colo., is a telecom solutions architect for Telcordia Technologies, where he provides technical and software solutions for telecom companies. Before working at Telcordia, Mooney had over 35 years of experience with Qwest Communications. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration, management, and finance from Regis University. Two of his three daughters are graduates of Bethany College.

Michael O’Dell from Albuquerque, N.M., is the president of O’Dell Financial Services LLC, a financial advisory consultancy broker through Raymond James Financial Service. He has previously served as a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch and is retired from the U.S. Air Force, where he earned numerous awards for his management of support functions. O’Dell earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Metropolitan State College in Colorado and his master’s from Troy University. He has been active in several churches across the U.S., including serving as a board member to the Holy Cross Lutheran Church and as president at Newport News.

Todd Waletzki from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is currently the chief operating officer of CompuPay, Inc., where he manages payroll, treasury, and tax services. He has previously worked at AOL, Sprint, and Southwestern Bell. Waletzki received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Bemidji State University and his master’s in economics from Southern Illinois University. He has two children, one who is a current student at Bethany.

Marlene Waltz from Kansas City, Mo., is the national director of solution sales at Sprint, where she is responsible for the nationwide sales force that sells wireless devices for business solutions for large and small companies. Waltz has worked at Sprint since 1994 and previously served sales, leadership, and accounting roles at IBM and Hallmark Cards. Waltz attended Bethany from 1970 to 1972 and earned her bachelor’s in journalism and master’s in business from the University of Kansas.

Bethany College, established by Swedish Lutheran immigrants in 1881, is a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The mission of Bethany College is to educate, develop and challenge individuals to reach for truth and excellence as they lead lives of faith, learning and service. Bethany College is on the Web at www.bethanylb.edu/.