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.
Sean McMannis comes to Bethany from Burbank, Calif., where he had been the head girls’ soccer coach at Marantha High School for two years. He had also been the Crescenta Valley Soccer Club head coach for both boys and girls teams for four years.
McMannis is a 2005 graduate of The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Calif., where he played soccer as a left back for four years. In 2001, his team won the NCCAA National Tournament in Florida. McMannis was the head scout for The Master’s College women’s soccer team (NAIA Div. 1) when the team ended its season ranked fourth in the nation. McMannis also holds a master’s degree in coaching and athletic administration from Concordia University in Irvine, Calif. He holds a NSCAA National Diploma and a USSF “C” license in coaching.
McMannis is married to Raeanna (Elze) McMannis of Fairfield, Calif., and they have 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.
Morehouse will take over as Head Women’s Basketball Coach for the 2013-2014 season.
Morehouse has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Montana-Western for the past two years. During last year’s season, the UM-Western team posted a 25-10 overall record, tied for the Frontier Conference regular-season title, and advanced to the round of sixteen at the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s team went 24-10 and advanced to the Elite 8 quarterfinals of the NAIA Men’s Division I National Tournament.
Since 2009, Morehouse has also worked in the UM-Western Student Support Services department as the TRiO Retention Specialist. Morehouse’s previous roles at UM-Western include assistant women’s basketball coach, sports information director, and head women’s junior varsity coach, when he compiled a 10-4 overall record and completed the first ten-win season for the program.
Before UM-Western, Morehouse coached at Victor High School from 2004 to 2007, leading the boys’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in four years and the girls’ basketball program to its first divisional tournament appearance in over eight. Morehouse also developed the “Little Pirate” basketball program for second through fifth grade students and has instructed numerous basketball camps.
Morehouse earned his Bachelor of Science in secondary education from the University of Montana-Western and his Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Grand Canyon University.
A native of Aurora, Colo., Laura (Christopher) Moreno attended Lamar Community College where she received her associate of arts degree before transferring to Bethany College. She graduated magna cum laude from Bethany in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in sports management.
Moreno was a softball player for the Swedes, earning first-team and second-team All-KCAC honors as a second baseman and designated player. She was an NAIA Academic Scholar Athlete, a member of Beta Tau Sigma Honorary Scholastic Society, and on the Academic Dean’s Honor Roll. While attending school, she worked as a student assistant to the director of communications and sports information director. Upon graduation, Moreno was an assistant softball coach at Bethany before moving on to a head coaching position at Brown Mackie College in Salina for the last three years.
Moreno has also worked for Rocking M Radio out of Salina as a radio personality and as a freelance sports reporter at the Lindsborg News Record.
Moreno and her husband Jose reside in Lindsborg.
Professor Morris taught as an adjunct professor in spring 2013 after working in the health care industry in Salina for 8 years. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in pre-professional biology at William Penn College in Oskaloosa, Iowa and a bachelor of science degree in human biology at National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is a doctor of chiropractic. She is married and has two children and enjoys traveling and participating in church activities.
John Mullen, Ph.D., is a retired U.S. Naval Reserve Commander, who earned his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and specializes in epistemology and philosophies of religion and science. He has previously taught at St. Gregory’s University, Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, Oklahoma Baptist University, and Valparaiso University. Mullen began at Bethany in 2012.
Gretchen Norland has been an assistant professor of secondary education at Bethany College since 2012. Norland teaches education courses in classroom management, middle and secondary methods, foundations of education, and educational psychology. Norland received her Masters of Arts in education from Baker University in 2009. She has taught as an adjunct instructor for Baker University. Norland is also a former graduate of Bethany College, earning her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in English education in 1979.
Norland has 32 years of teaching experience in USD 400, Smoky Valley. She is certified in K-9 elementary, 7-12 English, 5-8 history, and 7-12 psychology. Her teaching experiences also include virtual charter school and online instruction. Norland received leadership training at an ASCD conference in differentiated instruction and alternative assessments, and has given district presentations. She has served as co-chair of the Professional Learning Communities Social Studies Committee, North Central Accreditation in Reading Committee, and USD 400 District Steering Team.
At Bethany College, Norland is currently serving on the Curriculum Committee and is a member of the Teacher Education Committee. Norland is active in the Education Department accreditation and assessment process. On the ACCK council, she is the secondary coordinator of education representative for Bethany. Norland served on the Kansas Teacher of the Year State Selection Committee for the 2012-2013 year. She has been a member of the Bethany College Teacher Education Advisory Council since 2009.