Board of Trustees

Simpson University President Dr. Norman Hall

Dr. Norman D. Hall


Dr. Hall became Simpson University’s 15th president in June 2018. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Hall served as the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University (Ill.). He also was Vice President & Dean of Student Development at Greenville University. He served at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.); Ashland University (Ohio); University of California, Santa Barbara; and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Hall received his doctorate in educational administration from Pepperdine University (Calif.), a master of science in education from Southern Illinois University, and bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology from Greenville University.

Dr. Hall and his wife, Alison, who is from Northern Ireland, have three college-age children.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Dr. James Postma

Dr. James M. Postma


Jim Postma is a professor (and former Chair) in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University, Chico. He is a member and former chair of the Academic Senate of the California State University. He has retired from faculty at CSUC after 37 years. Having been married to Beverly for over 45 years, they now have two daughters (one a Simpson alum) and three grandchildren. Jim and Bev attend Evangelical Free Church in Chico.

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Dr. Jo Anne C. Cripe

Vice Chair

Jo Anne Cripe was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. Jo Anne, a former Simpson University professor, also taught for Butte Community College for 16 years prior to her retirement in 2016. After her undergraduate years at Gordon College (Biblical Studies and English), Jo Anne earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from James Madison University and a Doctorate in Human Development and Education from Boston University; she has spent her career in higher education and local church ministries. Jo Anne and her husband Jeff (a walnut farmer) have been married for over 35 years and have two young adult sons. The Cripes live in Chico, CA in the middle of their 90-acre walnut orchard. They are active in their home church, Bidwell Presbyterian, with a special focus on Young Adult Ministries.

A headshot of Dr. Betty Dean, chair of Simpson University’s Board of Trustees

Dr. Betty M. Dean

Vice Chair

Betty Dean is the Superintendent/President Emeritus for Butte-Glenn Community College District and was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007. Dr. Dean served as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2011 – October 2015. She has been married to Clyde Powers for over 20 years, has 3 wonderful step daughters, and 9 grandchildren. She also is an active member of Bidwell Presbyterian Church – Chico, CA.

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Mr. Michael C. Fitzpatrick


Mike Fitzpatrick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2006 after serving for several years on the Simpson Foundation Board of Directors. After graduating from Claremont McKenna College, he went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree from University of California School of Law in Berkeley, CA. He and his wife, Merlynn, live in Redding, CA and have four children, two of whom are pastors. Mike coordinates a ministry to Mien (Laotian) refugees in Shasta County through the Redding First Church of the Nazarane. Mike and his wife, Merlynn, spend about 4 months each year sharing the Good News in towns and villages in S.E. Asia.

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Mr. Alan E. Burchett

Alan Burchett is a graduate of UC Berkeley and Hastings College of the Law and is practicing law in Chico, CA. He is certified as a specialist by the California State Bar Association in estate planning, probate and trust law. He has served as an elder and board member at his home church, Neighborhood Church of Chico, where he and his wife Brenda have served in numerous capacities. They also love to serve abroad doing short term mission trips. Alan and Brenda have been married for over 40 years and have two children and three amazing grandchildren.

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Mr. Bill Carlson

Bill Carlson has spent nearly 50 years in the power generation industry, including 15 as an independent consultant. He has decades of executive experience in larger corporations with extensive background in budgeting, finance, operations, capital planning and human relations. Bill has a degree in mechanical engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he met and married his wife. The Carlsons have two children and four grandchildren and live in Redding, where they attend Pathway Church, a C&MA church where Bill has taught SundaySchool for about 15 years. He has been active on school district, chamber of commerce, youth mentoring, and energy alliance boards. His son earned a master’s degree at Simpson University, and his brother produced a radio program at Simpson when it was located in San Francisco.

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Mr. Gary D Friesen

Gary Friesen serves as Vice President/General Counsel for The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Before that he was in legal private practice and served many years on the leadership team of Peacemaker Ministries. Gary loves to teach and has taught conflict resolution and leadership issues across the globe. He recently completed his PhD studies in biblical peacemaking. Gary has been married to Laurel for over 30 years with whom he shares four grown children.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Raymond Homan

Mr. Raymond L. Homan

Raymond Homan was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2004 and serves as chair of three committees: Business Finance, Employee Benefit Plan, and Audit. A Simpson alumnus, he has worked in business management for over 30 years and with a military storage contractor for 20 years. He serves on the finance board of the First United Methodist Church in San Diego, where he lives.

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Mrs. Julie K. Irving

Julie Irving was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2011. After serving 30 years as a middle school health educator, Julie retired in 2008 to spend more time with her family and to devote herself to passions outside the classroom. She enjoys volunteer work, gardening, time with family, and traveling to Germany to visit her grandchildren. She has been married to husband Kent for over 40 years, and is mother to three grown children, one of which graduated from Simpson.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Harold Kimball

Mr. Harold W. Kimball

Hal Kimball is retired from the Seattle public school system where he worked since 1970. He earned his undergraduate degrees in history-Bible and education at Simpson Bible College and Seattle Pacific University, respectively, and a master's in educational administration from Western Washington University. He has been married to his wife, Loretta, for more than 50 years and they are blessed with three children. The Kimball’s reside in Seattle, WA, and attend Arbor Heights Community Church.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member William Malick

Rev. William W. Malick

South Pacific District Superintendent

Bill Malick was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008. He serves as superintendent of the C&MA’s South Pacific District. Prior to that, he spent many years pastoring, church planting and serving as church planting director for the district. He and his wife, Deborah, have been married for over 30 years and live in Murrieta, CA.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Mark Matheson

Mr. Mark B. Matheson

Mark Matheson was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2009 and is the owner/president of Matheson Trucking. He and his wife, Sherrie, have a son, Josh, who graduated from Simpson University and a daughter, Lauren, who graduated from Biola University. He is a life member of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship. Mark and Sherrie attend Rolling Hills Church in El Dorado Hills, CA.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Adam McElvain

Adam McElvain

Adam McElvain was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2020. A Simpson alumnus, he has served in the United States Air Force and California Air National Guard and has been the speaker at Simpson University's commencement. In 2016, Adam was elected to a four-year term on the Redding City Council and served a one-year term as mayor. As a partner at Pacific Sky Creative, Inc., a local marketing firm, Adam is able to show his unique ability to think both technically and creatively. Because of this position he has a rich history of working closely with many regional business and industry leaders. Adam and his wife have two young children. They attend the Stirring Church in Redding.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Dr. Thomas J. Perry

Dr. Thomas J. Perry

Tom Perry is a physician, OB-GYN, and has had a private practice since 1981. He serves on a medical malpractice committee with the Christian Medical and Dental Society. He is a member of Pathway Church in Redding, CA, and was an elder for nine years. He and his wife, Betty, serve as advisors on missions’ matters and they have both gone on mission trips to Mexicali, Mexico with Simpson RN students. They enjoy staying involved with the college students, especially with the missionary kids, to whom they serve as dorm parents when needed. Tom and Betty have three daughters.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Dennis Pust

Dennis Pust

Dennis Pust currently serves as the interim superintendent for the Alliance Northwest district where he has served as the associate superintendent for the past decade. Prior to his district role he served Alliance pastorates in Illinois and Oregon for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Crown College and Trinity Seminary. He and his wife, Tracey, have been married 40 years and live in Woodburn, Oregon. They have four children and eight granddaughters.

A headshot of Norm Reinhardt, vice chair of Simpson University’s Board of Trustees

Mr. Norm F. Reinhardt

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a B.S. in Engineering Science, Norm Reinhardt was commissioned as an officer in the US Army Signal Corps. He transitioned into executive leadership roles at technology companies to include General Instrument, Cisco Systems, and World Wide Technology. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Client Support and Operations at a privately held technology company, Levels Beyond. He holds graduate degrees from Pepperdine University (MPA) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS). Norm and his wife, Brenda, have been married for over 40 years and have two adult daughters. They have been active in The Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Georgia and Southern California.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member David Richey

Mr. David S. Richey

Dave Richey was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and is the senior business leader at Visa Inc. He attended Simpson College in San Francisco, 1974-1978. He also attends Neighborhood Church of Castro Valley. Dave and Kim met while attending Simpson and have been married for over 30 years. They have three sons and seven grandchildren, who are an indescribable joy.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Patty Taylor

Rev. Dr. J. Wayne Spriggs

Wayne Spriggs became the District Superintendent of the Central Pacific District March 1, 2020. Prior to coming to the Central Pacific District Wayne served three terms as District Superintendent of the Eastern PA District (C&MA), Interim District Superintendent of the MidAmerica District (C&MA), senior pastor, church planter, and redevelopment pastor both in Canada and in the US. Wayne graduated in the first class of the Doctor of Ministry program at Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY and is an Adjunct Professor at Crown College. Married to Janet, they have two adult children and four grandchildren.

A headshot of Simpson University Board of Trustee member Lue Thao

Mr. Lue Thao

Lue Thao is the chief financial officer for a community health center corporation, an elder/trustee/youth director of the Alliance Church of Merced, and the former treasurer of the Hmong District. Lue was born and raised in Xieng Khuang, Laos and is a graduate of Illinois State University, Lewis University MBA program, and Covington Seminary. Lue and Abigail have three sons.

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