Shawn M. Knopp is the Director of Bands at Smoky Valley High School and Smoky Valley Middle School in Lindsborg, Kansas. He is in his fourteenth year of teaching and is currently in his eleventh year at Smoky Valley. His responsibilities at the high school include directing the Concert Band, select Jazz Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Quartet and teaching Music Theory. At the middle school level, he directs the Concert Band, Jazz Band, 5th Grade Band and 6th Grade Band.
Under Knopp’s direction, the Smoky Valley High School Band has traveled to Chicago, IL for performances at Northwestern University and the Field Museum, San Antonio, Texas and Nashville, Tennessee. The Smoky Valley High School Concert Band was selected to perform at the Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Convention in 2009, 2013, and 2014. Most recently, the Smoky Valley High School Jazz Ensemble was selected to perform at 2015 Kansas Music Educators Association In-Service Convention. The Concert Band has also performed at Kansas State University with the K-State Concert Band as part of the “Side- by-Side” Concert Series.
Prior to teaching in Lindsborg, Shawn served as Director of Bands for U.S.D. #393, Solomon Public Schools from 2003-2005. Knopp earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Kansas State University in 2002 and completed his Master of Music degree, with an emphasis in Wind Band Conducting, from Kansas State University in 2009. In 2012, the Kansas Bandmasters Association recognized Shawn with the Outstanding Young Band Director Award.
Within the Lindsborg community, Shawn serves on the Board of Directors for the Lindsborg Arts Council and is director of the Lindsborg City Band. In addition, he teaches Clarinet and Saxophone at Central Christian College; Clarinet, Saxophone, and Woodwind Techniques at McPherson College; and Clarinet, Saxophone, and Woodwind Methods and Repertoire at Bethany College. Shawn is currently Vice-President of the South Central District of the Kansas Music Educators Association and also serves as High School Honor Band Co-Chair and previously served as the Middle School Honor Band Chairman. His professional affiliations include the National Association for Music Education, Kansas Music Educators Association, Kansas Bandmasters Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Holly Krech Thomas began teaching in the Psychology Department at Bethany College in 2012, after moving to Kansas from New York City, where she taught at Kingsborough Community College, CUNY.
She received her doctorate in cognitive science and linguistics from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in 2004. With interests in cognitive psychology ranging from perception and attention to language processing, Krech Thomas’ research includes experimental studies about reading transfer and speech perception as well as pedagogical work on using contemplative practice in the classroom.
When not on campus, she teaches in the Christian education program at Christ Cathedral in Salina, volunteers in the PTA at her children’s school, and delights in riding her bicycle around town.
Greg LeGault is an associate professor of theatre at Bethany College. A member of the Bethany College faculty since 2000, LeGault is artistic director of Bethany College Theatre and teaches courses in acting, oral interpretation, playwriting, theatre history, set design, and directing. He is currently serving as chair of the English, Theatre and Communications Department.
His plays have been performed in a number of venues, including Strawdog Theatre in Chicago and the Orlando Fringe Festival. His full-length play “Masterpiece” was produced in the Southern Illinois University Playwrights’ Workshop. A one-act version of the play received the Christian M. Moe Playwriting Award for Best Short Play. “In the Wake,” co-written with Michael Speller, was a play lab selection at the 2009 Great Plains Theatre Conference in Omaha.
LeGault has over 25 years of experience in acting, directing and set design. He earned his M.F.A. in Playwriting from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, an M.A. in Theatre History and Criticism from Ohio University, Athens, and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a Performance Emphasis from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Linda Lewis, a professor of English at Bethany since 1987, is the author of a number of articles, as well as four books: The Promethean Politics of Milton, Blake, and Shelley (1992); Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Spiritual Progress (1998); Germaine de Stael, George Sand, and the Victorian Woman Artist (2004); and Dickens, His Parables, and His Reader (2011).
She has written numerous conference papers and has been invited to present her scholarship for the New York Browning Society and the Swedish Writers Union, and at the Oxford Round Table.
At Bethany, Lewis has received the Mortvedt Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership award, the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching, and the Sears Teaching Excellence award.
Lewis received her Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, her M.A. from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and her B.A. from East Central State, Okla. She taught British literature, composition and linguistics and retired in 2014.
Loranelle Lockyear is a professor of chemistry at Bethany College. She has been a member of the Bethany College faculty since 2002.
At Bethany College, Lockyear teaches general chemistry, analytical chemistry, physical chemistry, and scientific research & writing. She is an advisor of the Bethany College Bio-Chem Club.
Lockyear’s research has been published in many scientific journals. In 2005, she contributed two chapters to the book Microfluidic Techniques: Reviews and Protocols. She co-holds an international patent for an “Apparatus and Method for Trapping Bead Based Reagents within Microfluidic Analysis Systems.”
Lockyear has given presentations of her work at Kansas State University, the American Chemical Society National Meeting, micro-TAS, Pittcon, and numerous other venues.
Previously, Lockyear has done post-doctoral research with Jed Harrison at the University of Alberta and taught at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo.
Lockyear earned her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Mark Lucas is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he is also director of the Bethany Oratorio Society and Co-Chair of the Department of Music. At Bethany, Mark teaches conducting, music education courses, voice lessons and is the conductor of the Bethany College Choir and Bethany College Chamber Ensemble. He is also the Senior Choir Director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Prior to his appointment at Bethany College, Mark was a tenured Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma, where he conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers.
Dr. Lucas received a degree in Music Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation, Adolescent Males’ Motivations to Enroll or Not Enroll in Choir, is a study of what factors influence young men in grades 7 and 8 to participate in choir. His more recent work has been published in the Choral Journal and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. Mark is currently serving on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal.
As a tenor, Mark has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice. As a conductor, Mark’s past work ranges from preparing major works, such as Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to extensive work with middle and high school choirs. In his teaching he employs an integrated approach to choral methods, using authentic teaching experiences as a major part of course work
Dr. Lucas is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages. He is the founder of the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1000 young men in concert.
Previously, Mark served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and taught vocal music to students in grades 6-12 in Marion, Kansas. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Jeanne, and their two boys, Matt and Jake.
Melissa earned her BS in Marketing and MBA at the University of Phoenix. She worked as a Membership Manager at Sams Club in Salina, and has 20 years in sales experience and customer service. She has an interest in running. She completed the Walt Disney World Marathon in January of 2014. Melissa has two children and is originally from San Diego, but most recently lived in Abilene, Kansas for ten years.
Professor Martin has 15 years experience in large CPA firms working in information systems management, continuing professional education management and IT control auditing and seven years of higher education teaching experience in accounting, MIS, and computer applications. She earned her bachelor’s of science degree in accounting from Kansas State University in 1992 and a master’s of public accountancy from Wichita State University in 2002. She was named to the 40 under 40 List as a CPA Technology Advisor in 2007, 2008 and 2009 and has been a speaker for AICPA Tech and Practicioners Conference. She enjoys Kansas State athletics, riding her Harley, cooking and spending time with her family.
Daniel J. Masterson, DMA, NCTM, is an associate professor of music at Bethany College. He held the Billue-Burnett Distinguished Professor of Music from 2003-2012, and the Fury Distinguished Professor of Music from 2012-2015. He is the current President of the Kansas Music Teachers Association, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Masterson joined the faculty at Bethany College in 2000. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Illinois, a Master of Music from Wichita State University and a Bachelor of Arts from McPherson College. At Bethany, he teaches piano, piano pedagogy and music theory, and directs the Chapel Choir. He has studied with Ian Hobson, Paul Reed, and Steven Gustafson.
Beyond his teaching, Masterson maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative artist. He has performed recitals in many throughout the region and has extensive experiences in accompanying for soloists and chamber ensembles. He brings additional versatility to the music department from his experience as a public educator, private teacher and church musician. He is regarded highly as teacher, clinician, adjudicator and director.
Ryan McClintock is a 1999 graduate of Bethany College with focus in Music Performance. He has been a Guitar Instructor at S.M.Hanson Music in Salina Ks since the Fall of 1999. McClintock proudly began teaching guitar lessons at Bethany College in the Spring of 2015.
Lucas McCormick is an assistant professor of chemistry and has been a member of the faculty since 2013.
At Bethany College, McCormick teaches general chemistry, organic chemistry, biochemistry, and participates in the Bethany Quest and Interdisciplinary programs. In addition he has an interest in sustainability, and is active in campus green projects.
Previously, McCormick was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas where he obtained his doctorate in synthetic organic chemistry. His graduate research has been published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. A native of Emporia Kan., he earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Emporia State University.
Kevin McCoy is the General Manager of Sodexo Campus Services at Bethany College and has been running the food service since May 1998. He has worked for Sodexo since 1985 in a variety of positions around the Midwest. Kevin graduated from University of Central Missouri in 1982 with a bachelor’s degree in Hotel, Motel and Restaurant Administration.
Mark McDonald has been a faculty member at Bethany College since 1996. A graduate of Bethany College in 1991, McDonald earned his doctorate in systematics and ecology at Kansas State University in 1996. McDonald has taught general biology, microbiology, genetics, immunology, and numerous other courses and serves as the pre-medical programs advisor.
McDonald has been active in various campus initiatives including curriculum reform projects and sustainability initiatives. He has served on several campus and faculty committees and has served as President of the Faculty Senate and Faculty Representative to the Board of Directors. He also coordinates the Bethany Quest program, which is a two-year orientation program which engages students in Bethany’s core values and Directions of Excellence. McDonald is a past recipient of the Mordvedt Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, the Greg and Beth Pierce Service to Students Award, and the Donna Meredith Humphreys Award for Teaching.
Amanda McLaughlin ’04 earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Chemistry Teaching and prior to returning to Bethany College to work in the financial aid office, worked in financial aid at IBMC College in Cheyenne, Wyoming. She has also taught junior high science in USD 321 at St. Mary’s, at USD 306 at Southeast of Saline, and was a program instructor for chemistry and biology at KS Kids@GEAR UP in Salina.
She enjoys reading good books, watching movies and spending time with her family. She is married and has two daughters.
Diane Miller started teaching at Bethany in the spring of 2013 as the professor for managerial accounting. She has now expanded her course schedule to include Career Planning.
Miller has been teaching as an adjunct instructor for 14 years, for many different colleges/universities. Before that, she was an accountant for 20 years and a purchasing manager for 15. Miller has been a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) since 2008.