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.
Assistant Dean of Students & Doane Hall Residence Director
As an Eastern University alum, I am thrilled to be back at Eastern living and working among students. I am a nationally board-certified and licensed professional counselor with a Master's Degree in counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky, and post-graduate credits from Liberty University in Virginia. I love being a part of the students' lives as they make the transformational journey through their college years. My husband, Matt, and I reside in Doane Hall.
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 Teams Coordinator
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.
Student Activities Coordinator & Gallup Residence Hall Director
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
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 at Lebanon Valley College and the highly-ranked Lower Merion School District. Nate, an alum of Eastern University, earned a B.S. in Business Management and a M.Ed. in Multicultural Education. Nate also has studied at Regent University where he earned his M.A. in Communications Digital Media, and will graduate with his doctorate in Strategic Leadership, Coaching in 2015. Nate is blessed to be married to Marianne (also a graduate of Eastern), and currently resides with his family in the Village Apartments (where he also serves as an RD). Nate has a real passion for sports and entertainment, and has both played and coached at the college level. He has acted in features such as Prime, Hitch, Without a Trace, and Amazing Sports Stories. Nathaniel enjoys spending time with his family, playing strategy board games, cheering on his Philadelphia sports teams, watching HGTV, and writing. Overall, Nathaniel 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, Nathaniel 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.
In my spare time I volunteer and serve on the boards of The Chester Pearls Foundation, Chester Planning Commission, and am past board member of the Chester YWCA. Currently, I serve as President of the Tau Delta Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
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.
Director of Safety & Security
I am Jim Magee, your Director of Safety and Security at Eastern University. I came to Eastern University after a 30 year career in law enforcement. As a police officer, I was assigned to various units including patrol, motorocyle/traffic, detective, undercover/vice and DARE officer. After retiring from the police department, I was appointed as the Bail Administrator of Chester County, where I directed pre-trial services and release for all criminal cases in the county. I live in Downingtown with my wife, Kathie. We have 3 children: Mandi, Kelsey, and Jim. I am an elder at my church and currently chair the Service & Outreach Committee and I am active in men's ministry.
Director of Student Services
Hi, as Director of Student Services, I, along with my team, am responsible for overseeing support services for all students in the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CCGPS) and Palmer Seminary. 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.
Sparrowk Hall RD & Housing Coordinator
Christina Best is a Pennsylvania native from Kutztown who is returning to PA by way of KY. She and her husband, Joshua, attended Berea College in Berea, KY, where they met. Christina graduated with B.A. in English, with Secondary Education certification. She began working for Eastern Kentucky University as a Residence Hall Coordinator, and advised the Outdoor Pursuits, ROTC, and Healthy Lifestyle "living learning communities" in a 20-story traditional residence hall. During her second year at EKU, she managed a 512-bed apartment complex, and was able to become Green Dot Instructor certified. In their free-time, Christina and Joshua enjoy spending time with family and friends, playing music, hiking, backpacking, camping, cooking, identifying trees, and having people over to their home.