Dr. Mark Lucas is an Associate Professor of Music and the Director of Choral Activities at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas where he is also director of the Bethany Oratorio Society and Co-Chair of the Department of Music. At Bethany, Mark teaches conducting, music education courses, voice lessons and is the conductor of the Bethany College Choir and Bethany College Chamber Ensemble. He is also the Senior Choir Director at Messiah Lutheran Church in Lindsborg.
Prior to his appointment at Bethany College, Mark was a tenured Associate Professor of Choral Music Education and the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Oklahoma, where he conducted the University Singers, taught choral conducting and courses in choral methods, and supervised student teachers.
Dr. Lucas received a degree in Music Education from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas and an M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma. He received his Ph.D. in Choral Music Education from the University of Oklahoma. His dissertation, Adolescent Males’ Motivations to Enroll or Not Enroll in Choir, is a study of what factors influence young men in grades 7 and 8 to participate in choir. His more recent work has been published in the Choral Journal and UPDATE: Applications of Research in Music Education. Mark is currently serving on the advisory committee for the Music Educators Journal.
As a tenor, Mark has sung professionally with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and remains active in teaching studio voice. As a conductor, Mark’s past work ranges from preparing major works, such as Brahms’ Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, to extensive work with middle and high school choirs. In his teaching he employs an integrated approach to choral methods, using authentic teaching experiences as a major part of course work
Dr. Lucas is a frequent clinician and adjudicator for choral groups of all ages. He is the founder of the Young Men’s Vocal Workshop at the University of Oklahoma, which has featured more than 1000 young men in concert.
Previously, Mark served for four years as Director of Choral Activities at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas and taught vocal music to students in grades 6-12 in Marion, Kansas. Mark enjoys spending time with his wife, Jeanne, and their two boys, Matt and Jake.
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, NCTM, is an associate professor of music at Bethany College. He held the Billue-Burnett Distinguished Professor of Music from 2003-2012, and the Fury Distinguished Professor of Music from 2012-2015. He is the current President of the Kansas Music Teachers Association, and is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
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, and directs the Chapel Choir. He has studied with Ian Hobson, Paul Reed, and Steven Gustafson.
Beyond his teaching, Masterson maintains an active schedule as a solo and collaborative artist. He has performed recitals in many throughout the region 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.
Ryan McClintock is a 1999 graduate of Bethany College with focus in Music Performance. He has been a Guitar Instructor at S.M.Hanson Music in Salina Ks since the Fall of 1999. McClintock proudly began teaching guitar lessons at Bethany College in the Spring of 2015.
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.
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.
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.