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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 President for Student Development
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5823
E-mail: bbrigham@eastern.edu

Hi! I am the Vice President 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.

Daryl Hawkins

Dean of Students
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5823
E-mail: dhawkins@eastern.edu

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.

Sara Ralph

Assistant Dean of Students & Doane Hall Residence Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5952
E-mail: sralph@eastern.edu

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
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5826
E-mail: jmodica@eastern.edu

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.

Heidi Birtwistle

Associate Athletic Director / Hainer Hall Residence Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-1738
E-mail: hbirtwis@eastern.edu

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.

Theresa Noye

Kea/Guffin Hall Residence Director & Chapel Worship Teams Coordinator
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5992
E-mail: tnoye@eastern.edu

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.

Nichelle Bennett

Student Activities Assistant & Gough Hall Residence Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-225-5045
E-mail: nbennet1@eastern.edu

Nichelle Bennett enjoys serving and living out her purpose everywhere she goes.

Anthony Harris

Housing Coordinator & Eagle Residence Hall Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5840
Email: aharris8@eastern.edu

Anthony hails from the great city of Louisville, Kentucky, where he most recently worked as a residential youth counselor at Maryhurst with adolescent and teen girls in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Program. He has earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Louisville, where he was an active student leader and involved in various areas of student development. Anthony holds a BS in Pan African studies with a minor in Religious Studies, and an M.Ed in College Student Personnel. He looks forward to helping students grow and develop into the people they are called to be and wants to be of any assistance he can in their professional, emotional, and spiritual growth. He will serve Eastern as Housing Coordinator and Resident Director of Eagle Hall.

Benjamin Howard

Student Activities Coordinator & Gallup Residence Hall Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-225-5575
Email: bhoward@eastern.edu

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

Director of Leadership Fellows Program & Instructor of Leadership
The Village Residence Hall Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-1314
Email: nstuzma@eastern.edu, lfp@eastern.edu

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.

Student Activities Coordinator & Gallup Residence Hall Director
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-1705
Email: bhoward@eastern.edu

Mike Schmersahl

Office Manager for Student Development & Yearbook Adviser
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5823
E-mail: mschmers@eastern.edu

I serve Eastern as the Office Manager in Student Development. In May 2012, I graduated from Messiah College with a B.A. in English Literature, and during the summer of 2012, I was blessed with the opportunity to join the Student Development Staff at Eastern, where I work in the Office of Vice President Brigham and manage an amazing staff of student workers. Currently, I am enrolled in Eastern University's Campolo College of Graduate & Professional Studies, in the M.Ed. program with a concentration in Multicultural Education.

I live within walking distance of the St. Davids campus in nearby Wayne, PA, and when I’m not in the office, I enjoy cooking, watching sports, going to the movies, and learning as much as I can about nearly every subject.

I feel abundantly blessed to be able to work in Student Development, especially at a university as special as Eastern, where staff members embody a loving and compassionate servanthood, and where students from every walk of life come to flourish in both faith and intellect.

Dr. Lisa Hemlick

Director of the Cushing Center for Counseling & Academic Support (CCAS)
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5830
E-mail: lhemlick@eastern.edu

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.

Director, Multicultural Student Initiative & Goode Scholars Program
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5872
E-mail: jirving@eastern.edu

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.

Thelma Lunsford-Gray

Tutorial Coordinator
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5836
E-mail: tgray@eastern.edu

Rev. Lunsford-Gray coordinates and implements the tutoring services for the entire Eastern academic community, including students in the Campolo School of Graduate and Professional Studies. She serves as coordinator for accommodations for students with learning differences and physical challenges. Before coming to Eastern, she served as a public school teacher and reading specialist in the Lower Merion School District, working primarily with students with learning differences.  She received a BA in Education from Shaw University, her MA in Human Resources from Villanova University, and her M.Div from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary (now Palmer Seminary).

John Nordlof, PhD

Writing Specialist
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-1453
E-mail: jnordlof@eastern.edu

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.

Janet Topper

Director of Student Health Center
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5955
E-mail: jtopper@eastern.edu

I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Gwynedd Mercy College, and have enjoyed 29 years serving in the specialty area of community health as a Home Health Care Nurse, Parish Nurse, and a Certified School Nurse in the Public School System in Montgomery County. I enjoy working with young adults to empower them to make healthy lifestyle choices, learn to navigate our healthcare system, and provide medical treatment as needed.  I believe in a holistic approach to healthcare, addressing and caring for the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our students.  In my spare time I enjoy many outdoor activities, walks with our dogs, but most of all, spending time with my husband, Bob, and our three grown children.

Jim Magee

Director of Safety & Security
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-1720
E-mail: jmagee@eastern.edu

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.

Kathy Kautz de Arango

Director of International Student and Scholar Services
Student Development
Phone: 610-341-5870
E-mail: kkautz2@eastern.edu

Rev. Kathy Kautz de Arango first developed her passion for international education when teaching at the Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey CEM in the Greater Metropolitan Mexico City area. It was a natural fit to work with international students and scholars after returning to the US. She now has over 10 years of experience in international education and understands international students well. Her responsibilities include providing the wide variety of immigration-related papers that internationals need to live and maintain their visa status in the US, counseling them on decisions affecting their visa status, and helping them adjust to the American culture and educational system. Rev. Arango earned a BA from Goshen College, teacher certification from Millersville University, an M.Div from Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary and an MS in Nonprofit Management from Eastern University. She is married to Obed Arango, they have two bi-national children, and are proud to be a bi-cultural family. Obed and Kathy direct a nonprofit organization for the advancement of the Latino community.

David Schlosser

Director of Student Services
Phone: 610-225-5721
Email: dschloss@eastern.edu

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.

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