North Park University Names New Faculty, Staff for 2012–2013 Academic Year

North Park University

Employees welcomed at 'Gathering Day'

CHICAGO (August 22, 2012) — North Park University welcomed new full-time faculty and staff to the University as the 2012–2013 academic year began. The new employees were introduced to the University community August 21 at North Park's annual Gathering Day activities, held in Anderson Chapel.

New Faculty

  • Cheri Coakley, visiting assistant professor of nursing
  • Dr. Daniel White Hodge, assistant professor of youth ministry, and director, Center for Youth Ministry Studies
  • Dr. John J. Laukaitis, assistant professor of education
  • Dr. Kezia Shirkey, assistant professor of psychology
  • Sarah Thorngate, instructor of bibliography/reference and electronic resources librarian, Brandel Library

New Staff


  • Cordell Henry, assistant men's basketball coach
  • Tom Slyder, head men's basketball coach
  • Paul Thomas, head women's soccer coach

Development and Alumni Relations

  • Roby Geevarghese, major gift officer
  • Carissa Gomez, stewardship coordinator
  • Sarah Snow, major gift officer

Distributed Learning

  • Catherine Howorth, support services coordinator


  • Tracy Churchill, recruitment associate
  • Jennifer Lundeen Dixon, director of undergraduate recruitment

Information Technology

  • Andrew Johnson, technology coordinator
  • Andre Lodree, technology coordinator

International Office

  • Dr. Sumie Song, assistant director

Brandel Library

  • Anna-Kajsa Anderson, director of archives

Physical Plant

  • Jim Needleman, groundskeeper

Residence Life

  • Cat Fillmore, resident director, Anderson Hall
  • Candice Johnson, resident director, apartments and houses
  • Belford Williams, Jr., resident director, Ohlson House and Sohlberg Hall

Safety and Security

  • Charisma Eaglin, chemical hygiene and lab safety officer


  • Rev. David Kersten, dean

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