Meet the Staff
Get to Know the Student Development Staff
Some of the Student Development Staff have provided their profiles so that you can get to know them better.
Bettie Ann Brigham
Vice Provost for Student Development
Hi! I am the Vice Provost for Student Development, Bettie Ann Brigham. I graduated from Eastern College with a BA in Communications and then received my MS in Counseling and Human Relations, with an emphasis in Higher Education, from Villanova University. I have completed the Ed.D at The University of Calgary's Graduate Department of Educational Research: Higher Education Leadership. I began my career in Student Development at Eastern as a Residence Director, became Assistant Dean, Associate Dean, and then Dean of Students in 1996, and in 2004 became the Vice President of the department. Although I loved living on campus (and in fact, I lived in Hainer Hall for 15 years), I now live with my husband in Wayne, PA. I have two grown children, Allison, who is a Registered nurse living in Maine, and Jon, who is in medical school in Philadelphia. I believe that among the Christian colleges, Eastern is unique; in fact there is no comparison! We allow students a great deal of personal freedom while maintaining the essentials for Christian community. We are more inclusive than exclusive and we like questions! We believe that diversity in community is important and that learning to appreciate those who are different than us is essential to effective living. We place an emphasis on caring for each other and for those outside Eastern as Jesus did and this has become a framework for an ethos within the student body that is refreshing and enjoyable, as well as challenging. I am deeply committed to Eastern University and its students. My major responsibilities include working with a wonderful staff of Directors who oversee all aspects of student life and working with the President and other Vice Presidents to promote a student-centered and growth producing University community. Although I enjoy every aspect of my work, I especially enjoy working with students to problem solve, promoting programming and policies that both challenge and support all EU students and working through issues with individual students; helping them to adapt if necessary, grow as needed, and meet challenges that shape their future lives and the lives of those they touch.
Dean of Students
I currently serve as the Dean of Students at Eastern University. I am dedicated to empowering others to reach their full potential through being in intentional and healthy relationships. Before becoming the Dean of Students, I served in the capacity of Residence Director and Counselor on the St. Davids campus. Although I have lived in the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic region and now in Pennsylvania for many years, I have a tendency to still speak of New Orleans, LA as "home." I earned an undergraduate degree from Nicholls State University (LA) and also an undergraduate degree from Southern University of New Orleans (LA). I obtained a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa (IA) and the Master of Theological Study from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Theological Seminary of Eastern University). I am married to Donna, and we have two awesome children, Clifton and Tabitha. We reside in Berwyn, PA.
Joseph B. Modica
University Chaplain / Associate Professor of Biblical Studies
As University Chaplain, I am primarily interested in assisting students in their faith development and spiritual formation. I am also interested in the classroom integration of faith and learning. I am married and have four children. My wife, Marianne, is a professor in Early Childhood Education at Valley Forge Christian College in Phoenixville, PA. My formal education includes a BA in Psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York, an M.Div. from Alliance Theological Seminary, and the M.Phil and Ph.D. in New Testament and Early Christianity from Drew University. I served as a pastor in Queens, New York and was ordained by the Christian & Missionary Alliance denomination.
Associate Athletic Director & Hainer Hall Residence Director
Heidi earned her BA in psychology in 1988 from Messiah College and her M.Ed in Educational Counseling in 1995 from Eastern College. She serves as the Associate Athletic Director and Residence Director of Hainer Hall. She and her husband Mark have a daughter, Ali, and a son, Jackson. Heidi has been at Eastern since fall of 1990.
Kea/Guffin Hall Residence Director & Chapel Worship Team Advisor
Theresa, AKA “Kea Momma,” has been a part of the Student Development team since 1995. Her love for students is evident and quite contagious. She holds the MA in Education from Chestnut Hill College and a BA in Communications from Hampton University. Theresa is the Resident Director of Kea-Guffin Hall. In addition, she serves as the Black Student League Advisor and coordinates the Chapel Worship Teams. In her spare time, she oversees The Better Part Ministries, a ministry committed to facilitating selfless, uninhibited worship experiences. Theresa lives in Kea Hall with her wonderful husband Henry, an avid sports fan. They have two beautiful children, Regal and Nia.
Director of Student Life Programming & The Village RD
As a Pennsylvania native, I am delighted to return to my home state. I received my BA in Religion and Bible from Houghton College in 2005 and my MA in Theological Studies from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2008. Before coming to Eastern, I served as the Youth Director for a large church in North Carolina. My work in residence life and in student activities here at Eastern allows me the opportunity to get to know a great number of students on our campus. My passion is helping students encounter God and grow deeply in their faith and my work here at Eastern allows me to do that in fun and exciting ways.
Nathaniel J. Stutzman, DSL
Nathaniel Stutzman has been a part of the Student Development team at Eastern since 2008, previously working as the Assistant Dean of Students. Nathaniel came to Eastern after working in the student life at Lebanon Valley College and teaching and coaching in the well-known Lower Merion School District. Nate, an alum of Eastern University ('05), earned a B.S. in Business Management and Marketing and a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education at his alma mater before extending his studies to Regent University (VA) where he earned his M.A. in Communications Digital Media and a Doctorate in Strategic Leadership. Nate is blessed to be married to Marianne ('05), and currently resides with his family in Paoli, PA.
Nate has a real passion for the entertainment business and besides having owned his own media company has acted in features such as Prime, Hitch, Without a Trace, and Amazing Sports Stories. He enjoys spending time with his family, building his strategy board game collection, cheering on Philly sports teams, watching HGTV, leading consulting and coaching initiatives and writing music. Nate also teaches multiple leadership and organizational development courses at Eastern, as well as at neighboring universities, and has developed seven distinct college courses.
Overall, Nate has a true passion for students, and is excited to help them develop and mature as women and men as they translate knowledge and experience into lives marked by intentional servant leadership in their active pursuit of the common good. In his role, Nate hopes to engage each LFP cohort in holistic dialogue and activities that will foster cyclical learning opportunities that are congruent with the core values of LFP: Leadership Development, Faith Formation, & Philanthropic Creativity.
Dr. Lisa Hemlick
Director of the Cushing Center for Counseling & Academic Support (CCAS)
Dr. Lisa Hemlick serves as director of the Cushing Center for Counseling and Academic Support (CCAS). She holds a BS in Psychology and a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Hemlick provided psychological services in several colleges, hospitals, and community settings before joining the staff at Eastern in 1995. In addition to her administrative duties, she provides counseling and psychotherapy to students, oversees the counseling internship program at CCAS, teaches and mentors students during the summer EQUIP program, and is an adjunct faculty member with the MA program in community/clinical counseling. Dr. Hemlick has a strong commitment to helping students of all backgrounds overcome obstacles so they can realize their personal and spiritual potential. Her particular areas of interest and expertise include college student development, integration of the Christian faith and the practice of psychotherapy, and counselor supervision. She is an active member of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Hemlick resides in Philadelphia.
Jackie Irving, M.S.
Assistant Dean of Students for Multicultural Student Initiatives & Director, Goode Scholars Program
I have the privilege of planning and administering programs that contribute to cultivating the development of students’ cultural competency, multicultural appreciation, leadership development, academic success and civic engagement. I enjoy helping students discover, explore, and appreciate the gift of diversity created by God, while witnessing their educational, personal, and spiritual development.
I began my career at Eastern in 2001 as a Career Counselor and Sophomore Retention Program Coordinator. I have also served as Multicultural Student Advisor, W. Wilson Goode Scholars Program Coordinator, adjunct faculty, and academic advisor. I currently serve on the University’s Intercultural Competency Team and annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Commemoration committee. Prior to coming to Eastern, my professional experience includes: legislative affairs assistant, minority and women's business development associate, marketing assistant, employment coach and recruiter, career counselor, and academic advisor.
My professional memberships include the Pennsylvania Office of Women in Higher Education, National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADHOE), and President of the Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania Officers and Liaisons of Multicultural Affairs (PALOMA). I have a number of professional development certifications in Intercultural Competency and Diversity Awareness.
I am a proud alumnus of Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where I received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education. In continuing my quest for knowledge, I am pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Education.
My favorite scripture is Micah 6:8 and favorite quote is “Be the Change you wish to See” by Mahatma Gandhi.
John Nordlof, PhD
John graduated with a BA in English Literature and Philosophy from Wheaton College in 1991. He has also completed an MA in English at Loyola University Chicago and a Ph.D in English at the University of Delaware. John has taught at numerous institutions, including Loyola, Delaware, Elizabethtown College, and Wilmington Friends School. Most recently he served as assistant professor of English at Regis College in Weston, MA. John lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia with his wife, Susan, and daughter, Annika. In his free time John enjoys learning the guitar, camping, worship and song leading at his church, and involvement in church-based community organizing.
Assistant Dean of Students; Director, Advising Office
Hi, as Director of the Advising Office, I am responsible for overseeing our team of Student Success Advisors. I have been with Eastern University since 2008 and even graduated in December, 2010, with an MBA (Health Administration). I have two degrees from Villanova University: MS in Organizational Science, and BA in Sociology. Prior to joining Eastern, I spent 12 years in the financial services industry at companies such as Cendant Mortgage, Bank One (JP Morgan Chase), and GE Financial Services. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two daughters.
Gough Hall RD & Student Life Programming Coordinator
I'm Bryce, a fun loving guy from the Midwest. I really value new experiences for myself and with others which is what brought me to Eastern to be the RD of Gough. Before this role I did a lot of different things in Minnesota from working in churches, to serving young adults with disabilities, to being a tennis professional instructor and coach. My undergraduate was completed at Bethel University in Youth Ministry, Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reconciliation Studies. My undergraduate time was a major momentum shift in my life that set me on course to work with others and their spiritual journey. Because of this passion I then went to Bethel Seminary to study more about ministry and get my Masters of Divinity. Being able to care for others souls, no matter where they are coming from or going to, is when I feel most alive. Otherwise I love to be outside playing tennis and Ultimate Frisbee or inside playing strategy board games. I would welcome anyone to connect to and sit down for a meal together. See ya around!
Gallup Hall RD & Student Housing Coordinator
I am Courtney Johnson, and I am honored to serve as the Housing Coordinator and Resident Director of Gallup Hall. I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California but have enjoyed the Greater Philadelphia Area as my temporary home. I have an Associates of Arts degree in Communication Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Ministry. For about four years, I had the great opportunity to work with youth, outreach, community groups and connections in various churches. I am passionate about students and helping them reach their God-given potential. I believe that formation is done well over a cup of coffee and conversation. In my role as well as in my life I strive to be present in all things, recognizing both challenges and growth, so that every day is an opportunity for learning.
Alexis (Lexi) Dunbar
Eagle Hall RD & Act 101 Counselor
Lexi Dunbar is a native of Philadelphia and alum of Eastern University. She is passionate about social justice, especially for children and young adults. Lexi has worked in various nonprofits and has experience in program development, speaking, and writing on behalf of the organizations she has served. As a recent Master of Theological Studies graduate from Biblical Theological Seminary, Lexi is thrilled to work as the Eagle Hall Resident Director and Act 101 Counselor where she can use her theological training and personal skills to serve the students at Eastern. Lexi is out-spoken, funny, and desires nothing more than to be a voice and champion by speaking up for the forgotten ones.