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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laura Stenlund is in her first year as the head athletic trainer at Bethany College. Prior to earning the head athletic trainer position, she served as Bethany College’s assistant athletic trainer from 2011-2012.
During her time at Bethany College, Stenlund has been the athletic trainer for the men’s and women’s soccer teams, wrestling and softball teams. Currently she is the acting athletic trainer for the women’s soccer, wrestling and softball teams. In addition to her athletic training responsibilities, Stenlund is an associate professor in the health, physical education, and athletic training department teaching courses on athletic training.
Prior to being an athletic trainer at Bethany College, Stenlund was a graduate assistant at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. While at Hastings College she earned a master’s degree in teaching in physical education. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in athletic training from Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Mo. and an associates’ degree in Sports Medicine from Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Stenlund earned her BOC Certification in 2011 and is licensed as an athletic trainer by the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts. She is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association and the Kansas Athletic Trainers Society.
Stenlund is originally from McClelland, Iowa but currently resides in Lindsborg, Kan.