Staff and Advisors


Leslie Bertholdt

Leslie Bertholdt

Assistant Director of Admissions (Undergraduate SAL Programs)

Leslie works with all incoming bachelor's degree-completion students in the School of Adult Learning, leading them through the application and admission process. She'll help you review transcripts and provide helpful advice on what courses could transfer. You can talk with Leslie about your educational and career goals and she'll help you find your best fit in the majors and programs we offer.

Request more information from Leslie about the School of Adult Learning, or contact her at (773) 244-4577 or lbertholdt@northpark.edu.

Jared Christensen

Traditional Undergraduate Admissions

Jared Christensen leads the team in the Office of Undergraduate Recruitment and Enrollment, helping first-year and transfer undergraduate students who are interested in traditional majors and programs find their place at North Park. Get to know our admissions counselors to ask a question or get started with the application process today.


Hannah Barbosa

Hannah Barbosa

Student and Academic Services Coordinator, Academic Advisor

Teaches: Personal Development, Christian Ethics
At North Park since: 2001

Hannah appreciates serving as an advisor at North Park because she believes that in the School of Adult Learning, “our students are not numbers, but people. All of my students are worthy of individual attention.” As an instructor for the personal development class, she enjoys seeing students explore their faith as something that can lead to better physical and mental health. She received an MA in Christian ministry from North Park, and her BA in history with an emphasis in Latin America from Princeton University.

Patricia McCanna

Patricia McCanna

Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Teaches: Integrative Capstone Seminar
At North Park since: 2006

Patti has been working with adults returning to school since 1982 and says, “The degree completion program at North Park offers adults a quality path to finish work they started elsewhere.” As Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) coordinator, she works directly with students who enjoy the benefits of the School of Adult Learning’s option to earn academic credit by articulating college-level learning that has taken place outside the traditional classroom setting.

She coordinates the capstone seminar for School of Adult Learning students, where she works with students at the end of their North Park careers, enjoying seeing them plan for graduate work or other opportunities. Patti has master’s degrees in English and spirituality from Loyola University Chicago.

Julie Westerman

Julie Westerman

Faculty Development Coordinator and Academic Advisor

Teaches: Writing for the Disciplines, Studies in Literature, Film Studies
At North Park since: 1999

Julie enjoys the environment of North Park, where, as she says, “faith is encouraged to be a part of the conversation, and where teaching and interaction are the true priorities.” She believes that the School of Adult Learning provides important opportunities for student interaction and participation, as well as hands-on assistance from advisors and faculty.

“We know our students and the challenges they face,” Julie says. “The program is full of people who really care about student learning, achievement, and progress.”

She received a master’s degree in writing from DePaul University, and is pursuing an MFA in creative fiction at Northwestern University.


Danielle Testen

Danielle Testen

Office Manager

At North Park since: 2012

Danielle received a bachelor of science in organizational leadership from Dominican University’s adult learning program. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society for adult learners. Danielle believes in doing her part to create a learning experience that is service friendly, accessible, and flexible for North Park’s adult students.

She enjoys attending North Park chapel services and volunteering with Working in the Schools (WITS), a literacy organization for elementary public school students. Danielle appreciates being able to serve at a Christian university.