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.
Mike Lawrence comes to Bethany College from Wiregrass High School in Wesley Chapel, Fla., where he was the head coach. He coached quarterbacks, wide receivers, and running backs, helping lead the Bulls to a 4-6 record. Lawrence had taken over a program that had not won in two years and was 0-23. In 2014, he helped 11 players continue their career playing football and to get a college education. He also had seven players make the All-Pasco County Conference team. Lawrence has been coaching high school and arena football for the last 10 years.
Lawrence received his bachelor’s degree in Social Studies from Kansas State University in 1997. Lawrence was a free agent and spent the 1999 season playing arena football for Topeka Knights. He then played in NFL Europe in 2002, GFL 2002-2005, and went back to arena from 2006–2011, where he won two championships; one as a player and the other as a player coach.
Lawrence brings energy and passion to the Bethany football program, along with experience from his playing days under Bill Snyder and Manny Matsakis. Lawrence had a celebrated playing career at Kansas State: his sophomore season in 1994, Lawrence split time with fellow running back Eric Hickson, and they became the first two backs to rush for 100 yards in the same game multiple times. In 1996, Lawrence earned All-Conference honors after rushing for over 1,000 yards and helping Kansas State to its first New Year’s Day bowl game. Lawrence ended his career as the Kansas State all-time leading rusher.
Lawrence is a native of Miami, Fla.
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.
Edward F. Leonard III, Ph.D. began as Bethany’s 13th president on August 1, 2007. He came to Bethany from Wilmington College in Ohio, where he served as vice president of college advancement for nine years. Prior to that Leonard served William Jewell College and Georgia College in the areas of admissions, alumni, and development.
Over Leonard’s tenure, Bethany College has seen success in the following areas:
- Developing a bold and audacious vision and strategic directions – As One Bethany we will soar bigger, better, and stronger, guiding student success and with them co-creating the best total experience by living Bethany Pathway while qualitatively renewing each component of the Bethany experience and by focusing our resources to deliver results or to add value
- Reaffirming the college’s guiding principles through clarity in identify and mission, core values, and promise to students
- Imagineering the Bethany College of the 21st century through four missional directions of discovery, reflection, & vocation; servant leadership; global citizenship; and sustainable living, which resulted in a new interdisciplinary general education curriculum (Bethany Pathway), a new first-year experience program (Bethany Quest), and strategic partnerships with MindFire Academy (Wichita, Kansas), Harlaxton College (Grantham, England), Karlstad University (Karlstad, Sweden), and Linnaeus University (Växjö, Sweden)
- Growing enrollment 14% from 537 to 626
- Increasing freshmen-to-sophomore retention from 53% to 64%
- Raising almost $3.9 million (exceeding the goal of $3.5 million) toward the construction of the Bud Pearson Swedish Chapel and Mabee Welcome Center, the first fully-fundraised building in over 30 years
- Launching the largest fundraising campaign in the college’s history at a $25 million stretch goal and a $20 million base goal
- Enhancing the campus’ facilities and technology 79% from a net $6.3 million to a net $11.3 million
- Receiving reaffirmation of accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the National Schools of Music and initial accreditation and reaffirmation of accreditation with the Commission on Accreditation for Athletic Training Education
A champion of engagement, Leonard’s service to higher education and the community over the last six years include:
- Chair of Council of College & University Presidents of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Chair of Kansas Independent College Association
- Board of Directors member of Kansas Independent College Finance Authority
- Board of Directors member of Lutheran Educational Conference of North America
- Vice Chair of International Chess Institute of the Midwest
- Board of Directors Executive Committee member of Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery Foundation
- Board of Directors member of Swedish Council of America
- Board of Directors member of North American Interfraternity Conference
- Member of City of Lindsborg’s Sister City Committee
- WEBELOS Den Leader of Lindsborg’s Cub Scout Pack 120
- Volunteer Coach of Lindsborg Wavemakers Swim Team
- Former Chair of Associated Colleges of Central Kansas
- Former Chair of Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity
- Former Vice Chair of Kansas Independent College Finance Authority
- Former Bear Den Leader of Lindsborg’s Cub Scout Pack 120
- Former Wolf Den Leader of Lindsborg’s Cub Scout Pack 120
Leonard has been recognized by the Independent College Advancement Association with the Ernest E. Sheetz Mentor Award, is a recipient of William Jewell College’s Citation for Achievement, and an inductee in the William Jewell College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Leonard holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from William Jewell College, a Master of Business Administration from St. Louis University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Most importantly, Leonard and his wife, Sheila, have two sons, Quade and Thomas.
You can learn more about President Leonard by reading his e-portfolio at http://edleonard.foliotek.me/.
You can learn more about President Leonard by reading his e-portfolio at http://edleonard.foliotek.me/.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.