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Directors

Christmas Thomas, Margaret

Biography

Dr. Margaret Christmas Thomas has served as interim and as an assistant dean at Concordia University and previously worked in the office of Adult, Graduate and Online Programs to help programs from all over the university reach new levels of rigor and relevance in an online environment. She began at Concordia as a professor in the School of Education, then as Director of Curriculum and Assessment for the Master of Arts in Education Master's programs, which include master's degrees for Administration, Curriculum and Instruction and School Counseling. She also assists in the Doctorate in Educational Leadership program.

Most recently she has moved to the Dallas, Texas area with her family. She will continue working remotely with Concordia and the Townsend Institute as Director of Curriculum and Assessment primarily working with CACREP Accreditation.

For the years prior to higher education she led national Counseling/Academic services for a large national human services provider and consulted internationally in Europe and the United Arab Emirates in the areas of counseling, education and special education services. She has hosted several national conferences for counselors and educators and presented on these topics across the United States and the United Kingdom. Prior to her national position she was a principal at Excel Middle and High School, a school designed exclusively to serve expelled students. The school became a national model during her stewardship for agencies who seek to serve the “hardest to serve” populations of young people.

During her Ph.D. research and while completing her clinical supervision for her licensure in psychotherapy (FL) she completed her dissertation on the effect of counseling interventions on the academic achievement and behavior of secondary at-risk youth. Beyond her primary career, she has served as an adjunct professor and curriculum writer of Psychology and Education at Belhaven University from 2005 to March 2010.

Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., Education and Leadership, Barry University
  • M.A., Counselor Education, University of Central Florida
  • B.A., Psychology, University of North Florida
Makin, Scott

Biography

Scott has a Master’s in Counseling Psychology and is the Executive Director of the Townsend Institute for Leadership and Counseling. Scott was previously the Founder and Director of the Wabash Friends Counseling Center for 21 years. The counseling ministry grew to 7 satellite offices in surrounding cities with over 20 clinical staff. In addition to this Scott created a yearly psycho-educational conference that became one of the largest one-day conferences in the Midwest for nearly 25 years. Scott is also an executive leadership coach and business consultant. Scott met Dr. John Townsend in 1996 and has co-facilitated 5 different teams with John. Scott is also a Senior Director of the Townsend Leadership Program and runs a group out of Indianapolis.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, Trinity International University
  • B.S. Psychology, Houghton College

Faculty

Biography

World traveling, adventure seeking adrenaline junky, motorcyclist, husband, and father Michael Anderson. After a brief hitch in the US Army National Guard, Michael joined the staff of Cru and continues to work in vocational ministry with Cru's Athletes in Action. He teaches and consults in leadership development, team building, and communication all over the world. Among his resources are degrees in Electrical Engineering (AS), Communication Science (BA UConn), a master's degree in Communication and Leadership from Gonzaga University, and decades of experience in executive leadership. Michael is also a certified executive coach, CoreClarity Facilitator, and Action Learning Facilitator. It is his great joy to work as an adjunct at Indiana Wesleyan University and Concordia University, Irvine as he leads people and teams around the world to wild success.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Communication and Leadership, Gonzaga University
  • B.A. Communication Science, University of Connecticut

Biography

Jill has a Ph.D. from Capella University in Organizational Management with an emphasis in Leadership. She has a M.S.M. from Notre Dame de Namur University with an emphasis in Project Management. Jill’s experience spans from 12 years in the collegiate classroom to working in the board room as a business executive for more than 20 years. A dynamic and seasoned entrepreneur with a track record in developing and implementing effective business processes, Jill has experience in managing and leading internal teams, creating win-win relationships with vendors and suppliers to improve cost-efficiency across the supply chain, and tracking adherence to organizational strategy, strategic objectives and action plans. Currently she is the chairman and CEO at NSI (Nutritional Services, Inc.) in San Carlos, CA.

Cummins, Rich

Biography

Rich Cummins is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel College (IN). With more than twenty-years in senior leadership and experience with c-suite positions, Rich is a life-long learner who is oriented toward growth and constantly pursuing ways to challenge himself and those around him. Having received a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and an Advanced Executive Coaching credential from the inaugural Townsend Institute Class at Huntington University, Rich desires to help others lead at the highest level possible by developing a strong character, healthy relationships, and high performance. Currently, Rich is pursuing his doctoral degree in higher education leadership from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Additionally, Rich is an executive coach who is certified in the EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360 emotional intelligence assessments.

Degrees Earned

  • Ed.D. student in Higher Education Leadership, Bethel University (In Progress)
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership, The Townsend Institute at Huntington University
  • B.A. Political Science, Purdue University

Biography

Livingston, Scott

Biography

Scott is the president of Livingston Consulting Group and IntegratEI, where he partners with professionals with a focus on emotional intelligence to improve their execution and performance in their organizations. Many of his clients have expressed that he works with “heart and edge,” meaning that he’s friendly and engaging, but also holds his clients accountable to their performance objectives.

Biography

Leah Nelson is an experienced leader with over 23 years of leadership experience in the military and business sectors. As a coach, she has helped individuals and businesses achieve next level outcomes. She carries a unique leadership perspective combining relationships with the need for results in both the personal and professional realms. She specializes in helping both men and women achieve their vision and achieve significant growth in both their professional and personal lives.

Leah completed her undergraduate studies at the United States Naval Academy. She served for 13 years in the military, where she was a Helicopter Pilot and a Leadership Instructor/Facilitator. Following military service, she has spent the last 20 years as a small business owner working in coaching, recruiting, leadership training and development, sales and marketing, and small business development. She received her Masters of Organizational Leadership through the Townsend Institute at Huntington University.

Helping others achieve their goals and design their lives with excellence and balance is one of Leah’s greatest joys. An avid athlete, Leah recently completed the Boston Marathon.

Degrees Earned

  • M.A. Counseling Psychology, Trinity International University
  • United States Naval Academy
Thompson, Michelle

Biography

Michelle has a Master of Arts in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN. She has a Master of Science in Organizational Development and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution from Abilene Christian University. Currently she is Executive Director of Leadership Development & Training at Greater Houston YMCA Association, Houston, TX. Previously, she was the Senior Training Manager at Cameron in Houston, TX. She was the Executive Director at CrossPoint Community Church in Katy, TX and the Next Generation Strategic Leader at St. John in Ellisville, MO.

Wilhelm, Juliana

Biography

Through the thousands of face-to-face hours of therapy and coaching with high capacity leaders in both the public and private sector, Juliana has first-hand knowledge of the type of impact created when leaders are equipped with skills such as emotional intelligence and are strengthened in their personal character competencies. Benefits range from employee productivity, positivity, and retention to less burn out at high-level positions and satisfying personal lives.

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