Student Development Staff


A headshot of Associate Vice President of Student Development Dr. Mike Loomis

Dr. Mike Loomis

Associate Vice President for Student Development

mloomis@simpsonu.edu

Our role and goal in student development is three fold: (a) support the mission of the university, (b) promote learning outside the classroom, and (c) challenge and support students to grow and learn holistically (intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally). These goals are accomplished through a variety of programs and services run by a terrific group of professionals that interact with students on a daily basis. In the end, we want to see students not merely survive their university experience, but truly thrive, to come to a deeper understanding of who they are in Christ, understand the gifts, talents, and strengths they possess, and leave Simpson prepared to lead as a member of their community and God's kingdom.

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    I came to Simpson University in the summer of 2014 with nearly 25 years of experience in student development and Christian higher education. I earned a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College (MA), a master's in Christian education, with an emphasis in campus ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MA), and a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from Azusa Pacific University (CA). I have been blessed to serve at five other Christian colleges and universities and bring a passion for experiential education, leadership development and character formation.

    My wife and I have three children, two of whom are in college. In addition, I am a hobby farmer, outdoor enthusiast (camping, hiking, kayaking), and love to travel on my bicycle.


Residence Life

Mark Endraske

Mark Endraske

Director of Residence Life

mendraske@simpsonu.edu

As the Director of Residence Life I have the opportunity to shape the overall residential experience and support Simpson's goal of being a Christ-centered learning community. I work with a wonderful group of Resident Directors that provide direct support for residents and student leaders. Some of my other responsibilities include promoting Residence Life to new students, advocating for residents, hiring and training student leaders, and ensuring that residents thrive during their time at Simpson.

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    I am a proud Simpson alumni and also completed a MA degree in Houston, TX. I started my career in higher education at Simpson, where I worked in Spiritual Life from 2002 until 2007. After Simpson, I moved to Houston and worked in Residence Life at a Christian liberal arts university from 2007 until returning to Simpson during the summer of 2015. I love working with college students and am happy to have the opportunity to give back to a University that gave so much to me during my time as a student.

    I spend most of my free time with family. I am married to Amy, who is also a Simpson alumni. We have been married for 16 years and have two children, Haley (15) and Aden (12). I was born and raised in Nor Cal and am excited to finish raising our children here. I enjoy visiting local coffee shops and drink way too much coffee...or just enough. I also enjoy reading...mostly books about faith and theology. I spend as much time as possible outdoors and am always looking for new adventures with the family.


Leeza Arzaga

Leeza Arzaga

Resident Director (RD)

larzaga@simpsonu.edu

As a Resident Director at Simpson University, my role in Student Development is to foster a welcoming and safe atmosphere for students living in the residence halls. I oversee the Irwin-Shellrude and Morgan-Sharpe halls and the Resident Assistants in these halls, where I have the pleasure of supporting students by addressing both their academic and personal needs. I work closely with the Resident Assistants to provide quality programming, a sense of community, and creative ways to connect our residents to the exciting opportunities on campus. I enjoy inspiring students to dream and providing them with the necessary tools to work toward making their dreams become a reality.

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    I graduated from Simpson University in 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology, and during my time as a student here I was heavily involved in the Residence Life program. My involvement as a student leader in Residence Life gave me a passion to learn more about higher education, so upon my graduation, I attended Azusa Pacific University to pursue an M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development. After marrying my life partner and obtaining a new degree, I am so excited to be giving back to a community that has invested so much in me as a student, a leader, and a follower of Christ.


Audrey Hale

Audrey Hale

Resident Director (RD)

ahale@simpsonu.edu

As a resident director for Simpson University, I am hoping to enhance my students' experiences in the residence halls by providing opportunities to connect socially, spiritually, and emotionally with one another and to the university as a whole. There is so much potential in the college years to make memories and friendships that will last a lifetime, and I want to be a catalyst for that sense of belonging at Simpson. I value leadership and development, so my hope is that our students will leave college feeling prepared, confident and brave as they go change the world.

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    I received my bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and my master's degree in College Counseling and Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. My work in student affairs includes supervision of clubs and organizations, campus events, first year leadership, and residence life.


Andrew Heiligenthal

Andrew Heiligenthal

Resident Director (RD)

aheiligenthal@simpsonu.edu

As the Resident Director for the men's residence halls (Thompson-Mangham and Currie-Ediger) I help coordinate activities and programs for the halls as well as provide a point person for Resident Assistant's and on-campus residents to reach out to with ideas, needs or questions.

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    I graduated from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota with degrees in Political Science and Sociocultural Studies with a Sociology emphasis. In the past, I have held positions in the social service sector including a Program Director for a tutoring agency working with at-risk elementary students, a Case Manager for single-parent families receiving public assistance and later adults with developmental disabilities and a Curriculum Developer for young adult church ministries. I am currently working on my Master's in Intellectual Leadership at Tozer Seminary at Simpson. I also have a penchant for leadership and community development studies.

    My wife Kalley and I are both native Midwesterners but have lived in Redding for several years. We are passionate about serving at our local church and in community-development efforts across the city of Redding. I am an avid sports and music fan, and one of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I love Simpson and am a whole-hearted believer in the power of our school motto: Gateway to world service!


Spiritual Formation

Kevin Bennie

Kevin Bennie

Campus Pastor

kbennie@simpsonu.edu

I oversee the Spiritual Formation Department which includes WorldSERVE, Strike Teams, and the International Workers in Residence (IWIR) and their Global Impact team. I am responsible for on-campus ministry which includes the bi-weekly chapel, worship team, prayer leaders, and pastoral care.

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    I am a native Californian but completed my undergraduate work in Organizational Communications at George Fox University in Oregon. I completed my graduate education at Biola University in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care and it was there I fell in love with ministry to college students; I love being a part of the spiritual transformation of students and walking alongside them during these formative years! I worked at Biola for three years before moving with my wife Amy and two daughters (Ksena and Niya) to Redding to take the Campus Pastor position in 2015. I look forward to being a part of what God wants to do in the lives of this generation and what He wants to do through them to change their world!


Dannielle Stahly

Dannielle Stahly

Coordinator of Student Missions

dstahly@simpsonu.edu

As the Coordinator of Student Missions, I have the privilege and joy to lead WorldSERVE, our student missions program. WorldSERVE is a year-long discipleship journey which includes a short-term service project in the spring or summer. Our main objective for all students participating on a WorldSERVE team is that they would BE DISCIPLED in order to MAKE DISCIPLES. Our team members commit to being discipled through intensive training, mentoring, and team building. They are then sent around the country and globe, joining with God to make disciples as they partner with a long-term worker in sharing the gospel, praying for the lost, caring for the poor, and furthering God's plan of redemption for the nations.

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    I grew up in a small town in Oregon and came to know the Lord when I was a junior in high school. I graduated from Simpson University in 2007 with a BA in Cross-cultural Studies. My time as a student was such a time of growth and formation for me and I am so grateful for the Christ-centered higher education I received. I was able to participate in several mission trips and service projects, which fostered my love for God's work around the world. My husband and I met while attending Simpson University and were married in 2008. We are very active in our local church and love being able to walk alongside people as they grow closer to Christ.


Hannah Dewater

Hannah Dewater

Coordinator of Community Service

hdewater@simpsonu.edu

As the Coordinator of Community services I head up the Strike Team program. I seek to connect the Simpson community with Shasta County through acts of meaningful service. A "strike team" is a volunteer group of students, staff and faculty, who go out on short-term work projects in the community. The teams work with organizations and individuals in the Redding area. Jesus taught that it is better to serve than to be served, and we are seeking to live that out. I also facilitate a required class for undergraduates where Simpson students volunteer at various organizations during the semester.

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    I attended Bethany University in Scotts Valley, CA until its closure, then transferred to Simpson University where I earned my BA in General Ministries. I also helped with the women's basketball team as the Head Team Manager and currently am an Assistant Coach. I ran on the cross-country team and was a Spiritual Formation Intern for three years. I love people and have a passion to see them grow in the Lord and serve their community.


Student Engagement

Amber Kelly

Amber Kelly

Director of Student Engagement

akelly@simpsonu.edu

As the Director of Student Engagement my role includes so many fun and exciting things on campus. I personally oversee our Associated Student Body representatives, our Student Activities team and the campus rock wall. As a director in the Student Development Department I have the great pleasure of working with others who oversee the development of student leaders. We take part in planning training and opportunities for leaders to grow during their time at Simpson. Our office also facilitates the oversight of Commuter Life, clubs and organizations, intramurals and our diversity efforts. I have been at Simpson since July 2015 and I am excited to see this institution grow and become a place that students, faculty and staff call home.

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    I received my B.A. in Liberal Studies from Azusa Pacific University in 2011 and more recently received my M.A. in Higher Education from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA where I also served as a Resident Director for three years. I feel greatly blessed to be a part of Simpson University and be able to help encourage students to make their college experience more rich and full as they walk through their time here. I believe in living fully where you are, knowing why and how you are connected to a place and how it shapes you. I want Simpson University to be the place that students feel connected to and the place that shapes them for great Kingdom work.


Administration

Karen Smith

Karen Smith

Administrative Assistant to the Associate VP for Student Development

ksmith@simpsonu.edu

As the Administrative Assistant I have the privilege of helping our wonderful students and guests when they walk through the doors of our office or call on the phone. I also help coordinate our office, the Grant Suite, for our truly amazing staff. Making our workplace a great place to be is one of my personal goals. I really think I have one of the best jobs at Simpson University.

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    My college degree in Recreation Administration is from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. I have worked in full-time Christian Camping, outdoor parachurch ministries, and have been on the management team of a large California fabric store chain. The most important job that God has given me has been Mom for our two sons. Now young men, our oldest has graduated from Liberty University and lives in Virginia and our youngest works for Cal Fire and attends Shasta College. Youth ministry has always been a heartbeat for me and most of my 30 years of involvement has been with my husband Lance. We have been married for 27 fantastic years. I am a native Californian, growing up in Soquel which is about 5 miles from the beach in the Santa Cruz area. We have lived in several locations on the west coast including Washington state and Redding has been our home for the last 12 years. I love the outdoors and the community here.


Student Accountability

Jessica Christian

Jessica Christian

Coordinator of Student Accountability

jchristian@simpsonu.edu

As the Coordinator of Student Accountability at Simpson University, my job involves coordinating and implementing the redemptive discipline process for our undergraduate students. I have served in Student Development at Simpson University since 2000 and continue to love being a part of this community as much as I did the day that I arrived. I have a heart to see lives changed and am continually amazed to see the transformational and redemptive heart of God actively at work at SU.

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    I grew up in several different places from Minnesota and Arizona to British Columbia, Canada (I'm a dual citizen). I graduated from Trinity Western University in 1998 with a degree in Intercultural Religious Studies and a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. It was my phenomenal, life-changing experience in college that led me to pursue a career in Student Development. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, playing games, watching LOST, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family and my friends. My husband is originally from India, and we have two precious children: a daughter who was born in 2007 and a son who was born in 2010.


Academic Success Center

Louis Burkwhat

Louis Burkwhat

Director of the Academic Success Center

lburkwhat@simpsonu.edu

The Academic Success Center engages in the intellectual growth and success of Simpson University students by providing them with resources, education, guidance, and support to assist them in their individual efforts. This is accomplished through offering services such as tutoring, academic coaching, handouts, exam proctoring, and disability accommodations. These resources are free to all Simpson University students.

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    I joined the Simpson University community in August of 2015. My past higher education work experience includes work with federal grants such as Educational Talent Search and GEAR UP, both of which are focused on increasing student success, student viability in higher education completion, and rigor of academic pursuit. My higher education journey began at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina where I earned both Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. I then transferred to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky where I earned a B.A. in History. I continued my journey to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky where I earned a M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. The latest stop in my journey was at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where I earned a M.Div in Pastoral Care.

    When not assisting Simpson University students to succeed, I enjoy spending time in my local church, with family, kayaking, hiking, and with a captivating book.