McPherson College has announced the addition of a number of staff members.

Joining the athletic training staff are head trainer, Scott Hooker, and assistant athletic trainer, Lora Ferguson. Both Hooker and Ferguson hold national and state certification and licensure in athletic training.

Hooker completed his M.S. in Kinesiology and Recreation with an emphasis in athletic training at Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois. He completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology and a Bachelor of Arts & Science in Kinesiology at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., in 2003.

Lora Ferguson received her Bachelor of Science from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas, in 2004, and completed her Master of Education in May of 2006 at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. In her final year at Stephen F. Austin, she designed and supervised rehabilitation programs for all sports.

Also joining the athletic department, Heather Kuhn has accepted the position of assistant softball coach. She received her Bachelor’s in Community Health Education in 1998 from KU, and her BSN/RN in 2000. Kuhn played second base on the KU softball team from 1994-97, has received various honors including Big Twelve All-Conference Second Team, and has played in the NCAA regional tournament twice. Heather moved to McPherson in 2005 with her husband Ryan and daughter Riggs.

Steve Fickert, who has more than 30 years coaching at professional, college and high school levels, is now working with the football squad as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach. Fickert received his B.S. from Butler University and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.

Cedric Shell and Reggie Mathis are new to the football coaching staff working as assistant coaches. Shell has a B.S. degree in broadcast communication from Alcorn State University. Mathis earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Central Oklahoma.

Ms. Carolyn Mosteller has joined the Admissions team as an admissions and financial aid counselor. A native of Wichita, Kan., she holds a B.A. in Psychology from Wichita State and an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends. For the past six years she has been teaching English at three colleges and universities in South Korea.

Mr. Matt Pfannenstiel has accepted a position as an admissions and financial aid counselor. He is a recent graduate of Bethany College with a degree in Business Administration. His family home is Ness City, Kansas.

An alumnus of the class of 2000, Ms. ShaRhonda “Shay” Maclin has joined the McPherson College staff as an admissions and financial aid counselor. As a student she was active in the campus community including student government, serving as president for two years; she has remained involved in campus life, most recently as class agent.

Teri Kubin joined the team as the office assistant in the admissions and financial aid office in May. She is a life-long resident of McPherson. She most recently was employed at the American Red Cross.

Christina Paulsen accepted a position in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She is a 1998 graduate of McPherson College with an interdisciplinary degree in Music Psychology.

Thomas Hurst has accepted the position of campus minister. He received his B.A. from Manchester College with a degree in sociology, and a Master of Arts from Ohio University in American Government and Foreign Policy. Hurst also completed coursework at Bethany Theological Seminary in 2003-2004, and holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from Temple University.

A life-long member of the Church of the Brethren, Tom has served as an area representative for Heifer International, Executive Director for On Earth Peace Assembly, and pastor of the Downsville Church of the Brethren in Williamsport, Md. Tom comes to McPherson College from Westminster, Md., where he served as Mid-Atlantic Regional Field Manager for AFS Intercultural Programs.

Karen Caylor began working as the administrative assistant to the dean of students in July. Karen was formerly employed at the McPherson Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. She and her family live in McPherson.

Amy Hoffman has accepted the position of resident director of Dotzour Hall, along with Student Activities Board advisor. Amy is a 2005 graduate of Manchester College where she received a degree in psychology. She is a native of McPherson.

Sally Nelson began working as the director of alumni development and events coordination in February. Nelson, a 1978 graduate of McPherson College, is a native Kansan, and grew up in the Abilene area. She has two children who are currently attending the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

Jill Brax has accepted a full-time position as library technician. Previously Jill held part-time positions in the Curriculum and Instruction Department and the library. She has worked for McPherson College for 22 years.

For additional information, please contact Lisa Easter at (620) 242-0450.