Lori Brack joined the Bethany faculty in August 2012. She is a graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and of the University of Kansas.
Her poems and essays have been published online and in print journals including North American Review, Superstition Review, Packingtown Review, Another Chicago Magazine, and Mid-American Review. Her poems are included in two anthologies of Kansas poets, Begin Again (2011) and To the Stars Through Difficulties (2012). Her chapbook, A Fine Place to See the Sky, was written in collaboration with her grandfather’s 1907-1918 Kansas farming journal as a poetic script for a work of performance art by Ernesto Pujol. It was published in 2010 by The Field School, New York.
Originally from New Jersey, Cathy has been a Derby, Kansas resident since 1992. She has her undergraduate degree from Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio in Business (Marketing) and her MA in Pastoral Psychology and Counseling.
Her first exposure to Higher Ed was in Residential Life at her Alma Mater for five years as a Hall Director. Following that, Cathy was a stay at home mom and extensive volunteer in her church, school and community while she raised their children. She re-entered the workforce into public education in 2001 where she was a paraprofessional, an MIS clerk and administrative assistant in special education, finally returning to higher education in 2011 with Cowley College.
While at Cowley, Cathy was a member of the team that developed and implemented a comprehensive student services “one-stop-shop” for student needs. Her experience includes a working knowledge in records, financial aid, advising, and scholarships.
Cathy is married to Mark, registrar at Friends University, Wichita. Together they have four adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and one granddaughter. In her spare time she likes to sew, research her family history, and blog.
Dan Callihan graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Botany and a Master of Science in Biological Science. He worked as an Instructor of Biological Sciences, at Spoon River College from 2000-2008, also a Student Success Coach, at Spoon River College from 2008-2010. Following that he was the Assistant Director of Center of Learning Excellence, at MacMurray College from 2010-2014. He has certifications in On Course I and II by Skip Downing; is a Certified Developmental Education Specialist, Kellogg Institute, Appalachian State University; and Certified Learning Center Professional Level 3, National College Learning Center Association. His interests include science, history, music, art, entertainment, and strategy games.
Robert Carlson is a professor of business at Bethany College. He has been a member of the faculty since 1983 and is the Business Department Chair.
Carlson has been owner and manager of an accounting, tax and consulting business in Lindsborg since 1975. He is a Certified Tax Professional by the National Society of Tax Professionals. He earned his M.B.A and a B.S.B. in business administration and management, both from Emporia State University.
He has done additional study at Fort Hays State University, Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Emporia State University and Augsburg College Mexico Global Study Seminar. Prior to working at Bethany College, he has taught at Emporia State University and Garden City Community College.
Carlson has previous business experience with the U.S. Small Business Administration in Wichita, Kan., Pool and Sinnard C.P.A.s, Gigot Enterprises and Amoco division of Standard Oil.
Carlson is professionally affiliated with, among others, the Midwest Finance Association, McPherson County Economic Development Committee, National Federation of Independent Business and Smoky Valley Development Company.
Linda Conley started at Bethany in December 2007 after completing her Associate of Applied Science in health information technology at Hutchinson Community College.
Eric Corby received his BA in music form Marymount College in Salina Kansas and his Master’s in percussion performance degree From Fort Hays State University. Mr. Corby is a percussionist with the Salina Symphony and performs the percussion duties for Sunrise Presbyterian Church in Salina. In addition, Eric plays the drums in various local country and rock bands.
Vicki Cornett, originally from Redfield, Iowa, has been working at Bethany in the Admissions Office doing various duties. Originally starting out with processing she transitioned into recruitment and has been assistant director of recruitment since that time. Cornett enjoys working with students and enjoys watching them grow as they navigate their path to graduation. She and her husband have two daughters.