Profiles

Karina Clennon

Biography Prior to joining the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Faculty at Bethany Lutheran College, Karina served as Assistant Director of the Career Development Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Since 2013, she has provided individual and group counseling for a diverse population of undergraduate and graduate students with an emphasis on issues pertaining to career…

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Ben Kohls

Biography I have worked as a clinical mental health counselor since 2007. After graduate school at MSU-Mankato, I began my career serving as a counselor for at-risk youth at a residential program in Florida. I also gained experience working in community mental health by serving as a home-based counselor in both Florida and South Dakota….

Madison Barber (’19)

Bethany Major: Legal Studies Job: Paralegal at Birkholz & Associates, LLC in Mankato Graduate School: Attending University of St. Thomas Law School for the 2020-21 school year in Minneapolis. What you do: At work I am responsible for drafting legal documents, conducting legal research, serving subpoenas, and interacting with clients and court personnel on a…

Kendra Porath (’19)

Bethany Major: Biology and Psychology Job: Radiation Oncology Graduate Researcher at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota What you do: I study novel treatments for glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of malignant primary brain tumor. Through collaborations with Harvard, MIT, and Stanford, we conduct comparative research projects to identify personalized and translational treatments for patients….

Jordan Poff (’19)

Bethany Major: Engineering Sciences Job: Truss Designer at Emmerich Wood Products, Andover, Minnesota What you do: While working here, I lay out where floor and roof trusses are needed in houses using a CAD software. After that, I go in and engineer the trusses to see if they work. If not, I have to make…

Jessica Berlinger (’19)

Bethany Major: English withSecondary Education Employment: High School English Teacher at Springfield Public School in Springfield, Minnesota. If you are continuing your education, what are you studying? Master’s Program; English track at Ohio Dominican University with an Est. graduation date 2021. What you do: I teach 9th and 12th grade English at Springfield. With my…

Claire Widmer (’19)

Bethany Major: Theatre Employment: Lead Deck Electrician at Sight and Sound Theatres in Ronks, Pennsylvanis.  What you do: I’m in charge of the deck electricians, which is a part of the lighting department, at Sight & Sound. During performances, we work backstage to move and power sets, and in between performances, we perform maintenance on…

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Veeva Lee (’20)

WHAT YOU DO • • • Currently, I am a graduate student at Webber International University in Florida. I am working towards earning my MBA in Sports Business Management. I also compete on the Women’s Beach Volleyball team. WHAT INSPIRES YOU • • •  My family inspires me. I am the oldest of three, and…

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan.

Omar McMillan (’96)

Bethany alumnus Omar McMillan (’96) was named one of the ten finalists from across the state of Minnesota in the 2020 Teacher of the Year program. McMillan is a fourth-grade teacher at Richfield STEM School, and the head high school boys’ basketball coach for the Richfield Spartans varsity team. McMillan was a scholarship basketball player…

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Jason Jaspersen

Education M.S., Experiential Education (Minnesota State University) B.F.A., Studio Art (Minnesota State University) Academic Interests/Specialties Exploring apprenticeship models for experiential art education. Versatile creative specialties include bronze casting, direct plaster sculpting, oil painting, sumi ink painting, woodblock printing, bookbinding, digital illustration techniques, video production, and sand animation. Professional Background Instructing and mentoring in areas of…

Carrie Pfeifer

Education Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University-Fischler School of Education Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Minnesota State Mankato Bachelor of Science in Education-Martin Luther College Academic Interests and Specialties Special Education Curriculum and Instruction The Science of Reading Professional Background Carrie is the chair of the Bethany Lutheran College Education Department…

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Alanna Lienig

Licensure District Director of Special Education, MN Department of Education K-12 Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities, MN Department of Education K-12 Learning Disabilities, MN Department of Education K-6 Elementary Education, MN Department of Education 5-8 Social Studies, MN Department of Education Education Bethel University, St. Paul – Doctorate: Educational Leadership  Special Education Director Licensure Her doctoral dissertation, “A…

David Reagles

Education Ph.D., History and Culture, DrewUniversity (2018) M.A., History of Christianity, Wheaton College (2013) Academic Interests and Specialties Modern British and European History The History of the Book and the History of Reading Malcolm Muggeridge The History of Emotions The History of Empire and Colonialism The History of Christianity Theories of Secularization Research My research…

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Carter Dahl (’19)

Carter is the  Digital Manager for Minnesota State University Men’s Hockey in Mankato, Minnesota. What you do: – Rebrand and redesign the Minnesota State Mavericks Men’s Hockey team social identity – Utilize new graphic templates to portray a consistent message and brand identity – Create weekly graphics showcasing the Mavericks team – Manage a team…

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Justine Bennett (’18)

Justine Bennett, Graphic Designer with Minuteman Press What you do: I work with a variety of customers updating and creating new designs. The projects include wide format signs for companies around the area including Hilton Double Tree Hotels and Ford Dealerships. I also help with new companies establishing logos and branding. What inspires you: There…

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