Claudio Re, is currently serving as the Director of Bands at Bethany College, where he conducts the Concert Band and athletic bands. His academic assignments include, among others, courses in the Music History and Conducting curricula. He is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthen all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provide avenues for the expression for the artistic self that is inherent in each of us. His strong beliefs regarding the benefits of music’s relationship with the community come from his Italian heritage and long association with Italian community bands. He has appeared as a clinician, lecturer, and guest conductor in Italy and in the United States. His scholarly interests gravitate primarily around theories of canon formation in western art music, and how they apply to conversations regarding standard repertoire for the wind band.
Dr. Re received his diploma in trombone performance from the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia, Italy, a Master of Art in instrumental conducting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he studied with Ronald Johnson, and his Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Florida. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Kenyon College in Ohio.
Jodi Frisbie Reese returns to Bethany College, where she was an Assistant Professor of Music from 2006 to 2010. Prior to her return to Bethany, she also served as an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Dodge City Community College. Frisbie Reese received her Masters Degree in Vocal Performance from Boston University and her Bachelors Degree in Music Education from Iowa State University.
She has sung roles with Opera Omaha, Boston Lyric Opera, Utah Opera, Indianapolis Opera, and numerous regional companies in the Northeast. She has also performed in concert with the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Boston’s Back Bay Chorale Orchestra, among others. A frequent clinician and adjudicator in Kansas, Ms. Frisbie Reese is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and the National Association for Music Education.
Rande Repp has served 24 years with the Salina Police Department. He has
been assigned as a Traffic Accident Reconstructionist, Master Police
Officer, Field Training Officer, Honor Guard Member, and Computer
Technology Assistant. Prior to law enforcement, Professor Repp spent a
decade with the U.S. Army as Military Police. His
duties included supervisor, investigations, and protective services in
the United States, South Korea, and Central America. He was recognized by
the Secretary of Defense and performed security duties for two Presidents
of the United States.
Professor Repp earned his B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from
Mountain State University (WV) in 2005, and his M.S. in Criminal Justice
from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. Rande has served in a variety of
community positions including two terms on the Board of Trustees for the
Lindsborg Evangelical Covenant Church.
Andrea Ring began working as an adjunct professor at Bethany College in the spring of 2009. In the fall of 2009, she joined the faculty full-time. Ring became chair of the psychology department in fall 2013.
Ring received her Bachelors of Science in psychology in 2002 from Fort Hays State University and her Masters of Science in clinical psychology in 2005, also from Fort Hays State University.
Ring worked as a clinical psychotherapist at Salina Regional Health Center in the Intensive Outpatient Program for four years prior to teaching. She continues to maintain her professional license and work in field of mental health.
At Bethany, she teaches classes in general psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, counseling and behavior modification. Ring helped to establish the new addiction counseling major in 2012 and currently functions as the program coordinator. She also serves as the faculty sponsor for the Bethany College Psychology Club.
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.
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.
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, Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice, was at Bethany College since 2005, but taught at the college as an adjunct instructor since 1978 until his death in 2014. 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.
Nelson Smith has received wide-spread recognition for his work as a painter and sound artist. He has been awarded four Michigan Council for the Arts Individual Artist Grants, the national Art Matters grant, several artist residencies including a Residency Fellow at Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Senior Artist in Residence, Harvestworks (New York), Vermont Studio Center, and many other honors and commissions. He earned a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art. His paintings are included in many significant public and private collections including the Museum of Modern Art’s Artist Book Archive and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Besides composing for his own installation and performance productions, his sound designs and scores have also been commissioned for the films and performance works of Sue Carman-Vian, among others. His installation and performance works have been presented in a variety of galleries and non-traditional art spaces in Detroit, New York, and Cleveland.
Dr. Melody Turnquist-Steed is currently serving as the Assistant Academic Dean at Bethany College. In addition to her administrative duties, she teaches organ, coordinates the sacred music program, and directs the Bethany College Handbell Ensemble & Genesis Ringers.
A native Iowan, Dr. Steed received degrees in Organ Performance from the University of Northern Iowa, University of Cincinnati, and 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 College, Dr. 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 performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and the International Trumpet Guild. Along with trumpeter, Keith Benjamin, she performs as the trumpet/organ duo, Clarion. The duo has recorded two compact discs Clarion, New Music for Trumpet and Organ (1994), andNew Vintage (2001) and been featured on the National Public Radio program, Pipe Dreams!, performing Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 551.
Dr. Steed has most recently been honored for her service to Bethany College as a 2013 recipient of the Mortvedt Award for Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership.
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.