Student Development Staff

Dr. Mike Loomis

Associate Vice President for Student Development

Our role and goal in student development is three fold: (a) support the mission of the university, (b) provoke learning outside the classroom, and (c) challenge and support students to grow and learn holistically (intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally). These goals are accomplish through a variety of programs and services that are run by a terrific group of professionals that interact with student 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, understand the gifts, talents, and strengths they possess, and leave Simpson prepared to lead as a member of their community and God’s kingdom.

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.

Travis Osborne

Director of Spiritual Formation

As the Director of Spiritual Formation, I have the privilege of creating opportunities for students to mature in their Christian faith and practice. I oversee chapel at Simpson along with prayer groups, worship teams, local service in the community, and our short-term missions program. I love being able to walk with a community of young adults as we ask God to transform us to be more like Him.

I graduated from Simpson in 1995 with a degree in Youth Ministry and am currently working on a Master of Divinity at A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. I am licensed and ordained as a reverend with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. In my spare time, I enjoy wrestling with my three children, laughing with my wife, and journaling at a local coffee shop.

Joe Slavens

Director of Student Life

As the Director of Student Life at Simpson University, my job includes overseeing Residence Life, Commuter Life, and the undergraduate discipline process. My job is very rewarding, and we have a great community here at Simpson. Helping others reach their potential and goals, both personally and corporately, is an exceptionally fulfilling part of my profession. Working alongside quality team members and colleagues is also a real pleasure.

I grew up in central Washington and Oregon and spent some high school years in Redding. I graduated from Cedarville University in 1994 with degrees in Public Administration and Political Science, in 2000 from Multnomah University with an M.A. in Pastoral Studies, and I am currently working on a PhD in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University. In my spare time I enjoy reading, playing, and chatting with my three daughters, born in 2010, 2007 and 2005. In addition, my Australian wife and I enjoy long weekend getaways, late night Hulu, and eating out as often as possible.

Tammy Cleveland

Director of Student Inclusion

As the Director of Student Inclusion, I am able to do something I truly love and that is point to the redemptive work of Christ to heal, deliver and set free every community of God’s Creation. Since I am drawn to the collective work of young adults to connect with others, better their surroundings and pursue their personal best, overseeing student inclusion is rewarding and fulfilling. At Simpson, God is doing amazing things in the lives of our students. Through activities, student government and student clubs/organizations, students are encouraged to enlarge their vision about leadership, pure entertainment and community inclusion.

I have lived in the Bay Area, but I grew up in Redding, Calif. In 1991, I had the pleasure of wearing the Ms. Shasta County crown and sash, and currently I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I graduated from A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in 2011 with a Master of Divinity. My undergraduate degree is in Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.

Jessica Christian

Coordinator of Student Life

As the Coordinator of Student Life at Simpson University, my job includes coordinating the leadership training and development for our Commuter Life and Residence Life student staff as well as coordinating and implementing the 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.

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.

Anna Frandsen

Residence Life Supervisor

As Residence Life Supervisor, I aim to create a thriving living and learning environment in the community of our Residence Halls. We hope to create a holistic space where students can walk fully into the life that God has called them in the present, creating life-long healthy life habits for the future. I oversee the work of our Faculty in Residence, the Residence Life Coordinator, and coach/develop 30 talented student leaders. We work together to create this successful Christ-centered living and learning environment.

I grew up in southern San Diego but have fallen in love with the unique beauty that northern California has to offer. I attended Simpson University and have a bachelor's in Mass Media Communication with a minor in Bible and Theology. I completed my master's in Counseling Psychology in 2013 and am a registered MFTI working towards licensure. My most recent experiences include being employed with a local foster family agency as social work personnel, and completing individual, family and group therapy in our local elementary school district. I enjoy being able to see my counseling skills bring students to whole living, thriving in every life season. My specific areas of interest include, Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, and Self-Harm behaviors.

I’m married to a handsome outdoorsman, and we enjoy being active and investing in the lives of students together.

Jenn Masters

Student Life Specialist

As the student life specialist, I wear many hats to serve our wonderful students. I assist the Director of Student Life; I oversee and manage our housing software as well as all incident reports; I’m the budget keeper and a liaison between Student Life and other SU departments regarding student needs.

I graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry and worked in the Christian music industry for several years. I then received my Pastoral Care and Counseling degree from LIFE School of Ministry. My background as a youth pastor and worship pastor has helped me to serve our students and their parents well. I am very active in my church community and have a passion to see people set free by knowing who they are in Christ. I am a worship leader, mentor, singer/songwriter, speaker, and author. However, my favorite role is being married to my best friend Zac who happens to be an amazing man of God!