Daniel Dentino is responsible for developing and maintaining a campus environment that is complementary to and consistent with the educational mission of the college. He also plays a key role in support of the college’s retention goals. Dentino oversees all aspects of student development at Bethany, including the management of residential education and services, campus activities, Greek life, counseling services, health and wellness initiatives, international student services and study abroad, new student orientation, leadership development, crisis response, the academic center for excellence, first and second year experience programs, and student clubs and organizations. Dr. Dentino also teaches as a member of the Religion and Philosophy Department.
Dentino joined Bethany in the fall of 2012 after working at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Fla., where he had been the vice president for student affairs and dean of students since 2001. He brings over 15 years of experience in higher education as an administrator and professor, having also served Duquesne University, Providence College, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Dentino earned his doctorate in Systematic Theology and has taught a variety of theological courses and published numerous works. He has been a volunteer football coach for several schools and has also done volunteer work at soup kitchens and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Dentino was honored as a Refiner’s Fire Excellence in Teaching Award finalist, Ave Maria University Faculty commencements speaker in 2010, recipient of the Naples Illustrated Magazine “The Power of Ten” Award, and recipient of the Gulfshore Business Magazine “40 Under 40” award. He and his wife are the proud parents of two children.
Levi Esses has been associate dean for student development and director of first year initiatives since 2013. Esses is a 2002 graduate of Bethany College and started his career at Bethany in spring of 2002 as director of residence life and assistant football coach. From 2004-2007 he taught high school math and coached. From 2007-2013, Esses was employed by Kansas State University Salina as assistant director of student services, overseeing residence life, student activities, student government, and counseling services.
Esses earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary math education in 2002 and a Master of Education from Wichita State University. He is responsible for oversight and organizing, managing, and directing a comprehensive system of the First Year Initiative (FYI), co-coordinating the Quest program, leading college retention efforts, and planning and executing new student orientation. He also oversees the student Pathfinders, Resident Director/FYI and teaches a Quest section.
Outside of his responsibilities on campus Esses does color commentating for Bethany Swedes radio for football and basketball games. He and his wife, Janice 01’, enjoy spending time together with family and friends and are deeply committed to Lindsborg and the Bethany community.
Charlotte (Jalkeus) Anderson, Bethany alumna of 1986, performs study abroad advising and is responsible for international student services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in political science from Karlstad University in Sweden. During her time at Karlstad, she came to Bethany to study internationally.
Prior to moving from Sweden to Lindsborg in 1990, Anderson was the information secretary for the Swedish Deaf Association and before that she worked at the Swedish National Radio. She started working at Bethany College in 2006 by teaching Swedish.
A Swedish citizen, Anderson has written several articles on Swedish and Swedish-American heritage, which have been published both in Sweden and in the U.S. She is active with cultural events in Lindsborg, many of them including folk dancing and fiddling. She is often seen around town in her authentic Swedish folk dress and frequently gives presentations on Swedish folk cultural topics. She and her husband Dean Anderson ‘76 have two bilingual, multi-cultural daughters.
Juliann Plimpton joined Bethany College in 2013 as an athletic trainer and residence director. Originally from Gladstone, Mich., Plimpton received a bachelor’s degree in athletic training with minors in chemistry and biology from North Park University in Chicago. She received a master’s degree in education from Southwestern College in Winfield, Kan.
Prior to Bethany, Plimpton worked as an athletic trainer for Southwestern College where her primary responsibilities were men and women’s soccer, track and field, and JV athletics. She was also the advisor for Southwestern College Athletic Training Society for two years. In addition, she worked campus security while at Southwestern.
In her free time, Plimpton enjoys watching movies, reading books and going camping.
Nancy Young began her Bethany College experience in 2013 as the assistant director of admissions – transfer specialist. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s in marketing and Delta State University with a Master of Education degree. She is also certified to teach English, marketing and elementary education in Mississippi.
Young worked with McPherson College for four years as director of marketing, advisor and freshman seminar teacher. Prior to McPherson College, she worked in corporate marketing with Underground Vaults and Storage, Inc. and Outdoor Technologies, Inc. In addition to her marketing experiences, Young taught elementary school in Clarksdale, Miss. for five years.
A McPherson, Kan. resident, Young did freelance work for the “100 Years of All Schools Day” book compiled by the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau. She also contributes freelance work to “The McPherson Sentinel.”
Within the community, Young serves as school board member for USD 418. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership McPherson Class, involved with the Chamber of Commerce and a member of Young Professionals of McPherson. Active within the McPherson Church of the Brethren, Young serves on the Faith Formation Team and the Haiti Medical Committee. She previously participated in handbells and chancel choir.
In her free time, Young enjoys spending time with her family, attending sporting events, book club, and her dog, Nelly.