Claudio Re, Ph.D., is an advocate for universal music literacy, believing that enduring relationships with music and other arts strengthens all relationships, personal as well as professional, and provides avenues for expression of the artistic self that is inherent in each of us. His strong beliefs about the enduring benefits of music’s relationship with the community come from his Italian heritage and long association with Italian community bands
Re received a 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 Dr. Ronald Johnson, and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Florida. He has previously served as visiting assistant professor of music at Kenyon College in Ohio.
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 working on a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition at Texas Christian University.
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 ranching business. He was a full time administrator staff member and part time adjunct faculty member of Friends University in the business and information technology/graduate school for nearly 15 years; a senior faculty facilitator at Baker University and lecturer for computer science/information technology at Newman University. He earned a Ph.D. in public policy and administration, specializations in public policy and non-profit management and leadership from Walden University. His other degrees include: M.B.A from Baker University; M.M.I.S. from Friends University; B.B.A. and A.S. from Friends University. He is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha National Honors Society, Who’s Who in Kansas Phi Beta Lambda; is an Eagle Scout; and awarded the Kansas 4-H Gold Key and Lions Clubs Arion Awards.
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.
Jason Schneider currently serves as an admissions representative within the Bethany College Admissions Office putting his recruiting efforts to work for the entire campus.
A native of Great Bend, the Schneider family is a well-known basketball family around Kansas as his brother, Doug is currently head coach at Smoky Valley High School and his brother, Scott is a graduate assistant at Wheeling Jesuit University.
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.