Professor Riordan earned her bachelor of arts degree at Bethany College in English and music with a theatre minor and a master of arts degree in English at University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently ABD and finishing a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University.
Before joining Bethany College, she was an English instructor and general education chair at Salina Area Technical College. She was awarded Graduate Instructor of the Year in 2011 at TCU. She has presented papers at national conferences such as the Rhetoric Society of America and the Conference of College Composition and Communication.
Her interests include aural and multimodal rhetoric, composing with new media, theatre, film, gardening, nature walks, and music.
Robinett has served as the assistant cheerleading coach at Hutchinson Community College for the past year. Beginning in 1999, he attended Hutchinson for two years and was the captain of the cheerleading team. Robinett received the Ambassador of the Year award and earned his associates of arts degree in May 2001.
Before coaching at Hutchinson Community College, Robinett was the interim head coach and captain of the cheerleading team at Oklahoma State University. He competed for six years at NCA Collegiate Cheerleading Nationals, with a third place finish his last two years. Robinett was also the men’s basketball strength and conditioning volunteer and a Share the Wealth Peer Educator.
After successfully graduating from OSU, Robinett worked as the sports performance coach at Cris Carter’s FAST program in Coral Springs, Fla. He coached athletes in speed dynamics and jump technique and developed strength programs. Robinett assisted in preparation training for the NFL Combine. He then was the director of sports performance at All-Star Sports in Paisley, Fla. He provided nutritional guidance to athletes, developed NFL Combine preparation programs and assisted college and NFL coaches with specific drills. Robinett has also worked as a personal trainer at LifeTime Fitness and Genesis Health Clubs in Plano, Texas, and Salina, Kan.
Robinett is CPR/AED, First Aid certified and lifeguard certified. He is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Robinett earned his Bachelor of Science in nutrition and exercise and Master of Science in applied exercise science from Oklahoma State University.
Professor Rogers grew up working on several cattle ranches in Western Kansas and is still involved in his family’s businesses. Before joining Bethany College, he was a full-time administrative staff member and adjunct faculty member at Friends University in both the College of Business and information Technology and Graduate School for nearly 15 years. He has also served as a Senior Faculty Facilitator at Baker University in the MBA Program and as a Lecturer for Computer Science/Information Technology at Newman University.
Professor Rogers earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration, with specializations in Public Policy and Non-profit Management from Walden University. He also holds a M.B.A. from Baker University and a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems from Friends University. Dr. Rogers is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society and was inducted into Who’s Who in Kansas Phi Beta Lambda. Dr. Rogers has been awarded the Kansas 4-H Key Award, Lions Clubs Arion Award, and holds the rank of Eagle Scout.
Ann Samuelson received her Bachelor of Music Education degree and Kodaly certification from Indiana University and her Master of Music degree from the University of Connecticut. She has played professionally with the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and the Hartford Symphony as well as many other New England orchestras for over 30 years. She was the Concert Master of Musica Dolce, a chamber ensemble of Westerly, RI, and as such, was soloist and first violinist for the resident string quartet. She has previously taught in the Ohio and Connecticut public schools before raising a family. She has been part-time organist and Children’s Choir Director of her church in Connecticut before moving to Kansas.
Mel Sankey joined the Enrollment Services staff as an assistant coming from a career background with USD 305 in Salina and Central Kansas Foundation also in Salina. She attended school at South High School in Salina and at Mile High College in Denver. She has a son and a daughter and one grandson and enjoys crafts, gardening and sports.
Ken Schaefer joins Bethany College as an Admissions Counselor. He came to Bethany from Kettering University where he served as assistant director of admissions. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in higher education student affairs from Central Michigan University.
He is an avid golfer and enjoys participating in and viewing great theater.
Shaw earned a B.F.A. in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a member of its European Honors Program.
Shaw earned a M.F.A. in painting from Yale University.
He joined the faculty at Bethany College in 1993; he is an Associate Professor and teaches drawing, painting and printmaking.
Shaw has exhibited in college and university galleries throughout the state and at the Salina Art Center.
David Slack is in the director of the Bethany College Athletic Training Education Program. He directed the efforts to accredit the college in 2008 and led a similar process at Washburn University in 2005. Slack holds an educational doctorate in sports management from the University of Utah (2004), a master of arts degree from Brigham Young University (1986), and a bachelor of science from Utah State University (1981). He held a dual role as Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Athletics at Brigham Young University from 1986 to 1992 and served as Executive Director of the Utah Summer Games from 1994 to 1998.
He and his wife are the parents of four children and two grandchildren.
Alexander “Lex” Smith earned a Ph.D. in higher education at The Ohio State University and undergraduate degrees at Denison University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and at Ohio University where he earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He was honored in 1978 with the Dissertation of the Year Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administration. He is married and has three grown children and seven grandchildren, three of who are now college students. His interests include tennis, photography, reading, hiking and traveling.
Brenda Smith is the director of the Swede Nation Station, formerly the Bethany College Bookstore. She handles all aspects of the college store, including aiding students with their textbook orders, supervising student workers, ordering all clothing, gift items and office supplies and maintaining the store’s website.
She began her position at Bethany College in 2001. Prior to that, she taught first grade at Grace E. Stewart Elementary school in Salina, Kan. for 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and art from Bethany College.
Brenda and her husband have two children and one granddaughter.
Douglas Smith, associate professor of criminal justice, was at Bethany College since 2005, but taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978. He taught classes in police, probation, delinquency and administration, and criminology. He also founded the Bethany College Law and Order Club.
Smith had over 35 years of experience in criminal justice. He worked in the 28th Judicial District Court, Salina, Kan., as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Director of Court Services and Trial Court Administrator I.
He was a board member of the Salina Youth Care Foundation and was twice elected president of the Kansas Association of Court Services Officers. He served on committees for the Kansas Supreme Court and assisted in developing an interdisciplinary investigation team for child abuse cases. His work on this team garnered acclaim from the National Association of District Attorneys and the Federal Department of Health and Welfare.
Smith earned his Master of Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.
Soelberg comes to Bethany from East Otis, Mass., where she was the assistant soccer coach at the Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls for summer 2014. She was responsible for working with the head coach to create session plans, carrying out practice sessions, and teaching mental skills, nutrition, and the importance of individual practice.
Prior to her time at the Berkshire Soccer Academy, Soelberg served as the equipment manager and assistant soccer coach at Bakersfield College from July 2013 to December 2013. There, she issued athletic equipment, lockers, and equipment storage and assisted with the fitting of athletic equipment to individual athletes. Soelberg also had roles in the planning and administration of practice, assisted with game day preparation and game strategies, and helped with recruiting.
From June 2013-June 2014, Soelberg was the assistant soccer coach for the South Valley U-12 team. She also spent time as a high school substitute teacher in the Kern High School District from January to June 2014.
Soelberg holds a Bachelor of Science in Sports and Exercise Science from Brigham Young University-Hawaii, where she graduated summa cum laude with a 3.89 grade point average in April 2013, and played on the women’s soccer team. She also has an Associate of Arts Degree from Bakersfield College, graduating cum laude.
Starkey coached the 2012 season at Southern Oregon University in the Frontier Conference. After concluding the 2012 season, Southern Oregon had compiled a 9-3 record, earned a Frontier Conference Championship, and ranked fifth in the country after finishing their season with an appearance in the NAIA National Quarterfinals.
Starkey coached one All-Conference player while at Southern Oregon. He spent the four previous seasons at Delta State University as an assistant coach, which included three Gulf South Conference Championships and appearances in the Division II National Championship, National Semifinals, and National Quarterfinals.
Starkey is a native of Southaven, Miss., where he graduated from Southaven High School. He graduated from Delta State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in education with a physical education major and an English minor.
Melody Turnquist-Steed is an assistant professor of music at Bethany College. Her responsibilities include teaching organ and music theory, as well as serving as the chapel organist and coordinator of sacred music.
A native Iowan, Steed received her bachelor’s degree in organ performance from the University of Northern Iowa and her master’s from the University of Cincinnati. Steed received her doctorate degree from the University of Southern California. She has studied organ with Marilou Kratzenstein, Jesse Eschbach, Roberta Gary and Cherry Rhodes.
Prior to her appointment at Bethany, Steed served as the organist at the prestigious Westwood United Methodist Church where she presided at the Shaffer Memorial Organ.
An active recitalist, she has been a featured performer at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists. In January 2006, she was a featured soloist for the National Public Radio program Pipe Dreams Live!, performing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551.
Along with trumpeter Keith Benjamin, she performs in the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), and New Vintage (2001). Steed has performed as an organ soloist and as a member of Clarion in both Hungary and Romania.