Dr. Kinnaird has nearly two decades as a scholar-practitioner in the field of criminal justice. He grew up in Salina, Kansas and began his career as a deputy with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Department in Hays, Kansas. During his police tenure, Kinnaird served as a jail officer and certified law enforcement officer holding assignments in patrol, investigations, field training, defensive tactics and tactical team operations. He was also a guest use of force instructor at the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center. Dr. Kinnaird served the Hays community for ten years.
As an academic, Dr. Kinnaird is formerly tenured as a department chair/assistant professor of justice studies at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas and department chair/associate professor of criminal justice at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Kinnaird is widely published in a variety of peer-reviewed outlets and has an active training and research agenda.
Dr. Kinnaird earned his B.A. in sociology (1997) and M.L.S. in justice studies (1999) from Fort Hays State University and his Ph.D. in human services/criminal justice (2004) from Capella University, Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation on police misconduct and risk management was published by the International Journal of Police Science and Management.
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.
Mark Lucas, Ph.D., returns to Bethany College from the University of Oklahoma, where he was a tenured associate professor of choral music education and the associate director of choral activities. He conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers. He founded the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1,000 young men in concert. Before the University of Oklahoma, Lucas served for four years as director of choral activities at Kansas Wesleyan University and taught vocal music to students in grades 6 to 12 in Marion, Kan.
Lucas received a degree in music education from Bethany and a Master of Music in choral conducting and a doctorate in choral music education from the University of Oklahoma. As a tenor, Lucas has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice and is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages.
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, is an associate professor of music at Bethany College. He has also been the Billue-Burnett Distinguished Professor of Music since 2003.
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. He is an active member of Kansas Music Teachers Association as the College Faculty Forum Chair.
Beyond his teaching, Masterson maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative artist. He has performed recitals in many central and southern states 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.
May has been a part of baseball as a player every year of his life from age of six including 4 years at Claremont McKenna College and finished his playing career pitching professionally for the Dordrecht Hawks in 2007. May’s coaching career began in 2006 with summer pitching coaching stint in Whitefish, Montana for the Glacier Twins American Legion A team and has been coaching every year since; with positions as: head coach for the Dordrecht Junior team; JV head coach Malibu High School Softball; and pitching coordinator and varsity associate head coach for three years with Malibu High School Baseball. May moved to college coaching in 2012 as an assistant coach with MacMurry College, IL; and then moving to Pomona College, CA again as an assistant in 2013. Pitching is the focus of his work as a player and as an assistant coach empowering young pitchers to improve their skills at every level, and pitching will be his primary focus at Bethany and assist heavily in recruiting future Swedes.
May received his Bachelors of Science degree in history-government from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A.M from the University of Redlands, CA.
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.
McCormick comes to Bethany from McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., where he spent 16 years as head softball coach. McCormick was designated head softball coach in spring of 1999, when the college instituted softball as a formal club sport. In 2000, the school established softball as an official intercollegiate sport.
McCormick was named Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) Coach of the Year in 2003. His 2003 squad won the KCAC regular season co-championship, which marked the first conference title for McPherson College in a women’s sport in 25 years.
McCormick previously served as the KCAC softball chairperson, and as the conference NAIA Region IV softball representative.
In addition, McCormick had an integral part of the management and development of the McPherson Lady Express, a summer softball program. In 2000, McCormick’s Senior Lady Express team won the Kansas state title. Prior to his time at McPherson College, McCormick served as an assistant softball coach at McPherson High School for four years.
McCormick also works in the facilities department at Bethany College.
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.