Originally from Clearwater, Kan., Courtney Long has been playing the saxophone for 15 years and piano for 20. She received her bachelor’s in saxophone performance from Friends University in 2008, where she had many great performance opportunities, including Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and Jazz a Juan in France. Long then received her master’s in music theory and composition from Wichita State University in 2010.
Long came to Bethany in 2012 after previously teaching in Wichita at The Independent School and the Word of Life Traditional School. She has taught private lessons for over ten years and actively composes and performs music.
Long has played with the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and Wichita Wind Ensemble Professional Band. She supports music education for youth by serving as a woodwind judge for the Kansas State High School Activities Association and saxophone teacher for the Kansas Lions Band.
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.
Ken Macur received his doctorate in accountancy from the University of Illinois in 1988. He also has a Master of Business in finance and a Bachelor of Science in accountancy, also from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), still licensed to practice in the state of Wisconsin.
From Illinois, he accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. He left his tenured, full professor position to develop a strategic management and information technology consulting practice, which he dissolved in 2008.
Prior to coming to Bethany College, Macur was the associate vice president for academic affairs and online learning at Edgewood College. Edgewood College is a liberal arts college in Madison, Wis. It is sponsored by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.
As Provost, Macur oversees academic affairs, student development including the residence halls, athletic affairs, spiritual development, the Wallerstadt Learning Center, the registrar’s office, academic support services, and information technology.
He and his wife have two daughters. They reside in Lindsborg.
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.
Matsakis has spent the past three years as the head coach at Enka High School in North Carolina. Prior to his current position, Matsakis was in the Canadian Football League as the offensive coordinator for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after serving at the offensive coordinator for one year at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Matsakis’ coaching experience also includes head coach at Texas State University, assistant head coach at Texas Tech University, offensive coordinator at University of Wyoming, head coach at Emporia State University, special teams coordinator/tight ends coach at Kansas State University, offensive coordinator at Hofstra University, assistant coach and graduate assistant coach at Kansas State University and assistant coach at Barberton High School in Barberton, Ohio.
From 2004 to 2007, Matsakis stepped away from coaching to serve as President and CEO of Big Season Sports, a multimedia sports conglomerate. He also founded the American Football Quarterlymagazine, which is now American Football Monthly, the national trade journal for football coaches.
In 2007, Matsakis began Triple Shoot Football Clinics to help high school and college football coaches implement his offensive system. He conducts coaching clinics nationwide as well as football camps for high school and youth league players.
Matsakis was a three-time All-Conference kicker at Capital University (1980-83) and was a four-year letter winner. He currently holds the school record for longest field goal for making a 54-yarder in 1981. He was drafted in the 8th round of the 1984 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Matsakis earned his Bachelor of Arts in biology from Capital University in 1984. In 1986, he received his teaching certification in science from Capital University and in 1989 he received his Master of Science degree in curriculum and instruction from Kansas State University.
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.
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.
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.