Central Methodist University Welcomes New Faculty

Six full-time members join four departments

As Central Methodist University begins a new academic year, it welcomes six new full-time faculty members, according to Dr. Rita Gulstad, vice president and dean of the university. Two new members will teach in the business department, two in nursing, and one each in athletic training and music.

Amanda Crowe, assistant professor of business, has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a Master of Business Administration degree from William Woods University.

She recently worked as a support coordinator for the Missouri Department of Mental Health. She has also taught English to non-native English speakers abroad; and before that, was an automobile claims representative for State Farm Insurance.

Crowe is active in the U.S. Army Reserves and is currently working on her doctorate in business administration.

Laura Fisher, associate professor of accounting, has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City.

She has taught both undergraduate and graduate classes in the Business Department of Lincoln University in Jefferson City, and undergraduate classes at Westminster College.

Prior to teaching, Fisher worked in the departments of Health and Senior Services, Mental Health, and Corrections for the State of Missouri; and as a reimbursement specialist at Boone Hospital Center. She became a Certified Public Accountant in 1981.

Melissa Loehnig, assistant professor of music, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Music (piano performance) degree from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.; a Master of Music degree in piano accompanying from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla.: and her Doctor of Music in piano performance, also from Florida State University.

She has served as lecturer and assistant professor of music at Whitman College in Washington state. Her duties included teaching, coaching, and playing for students.

Loehnig has also accompanied faculty and served as staff pianist for numerous schools and universities in Florida and in Austria.

Sean Pridgeon, assistant professor of nursing, earned both his Bachelor of Science in Nursing and his Master of Science in Nursing – Clinical Nurse Leader degrees from Central Methodist University.

He is currently a member of the United States Army Reserves where he is First Lieutenant, Critical Care Nurse, and Platoon Leader; and Staff Nurse II in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the University of Missouri Hospital in Columbia, Mo. He has also served as a flight nurse with the Air Evac Lifeteam in Salem, Mo.

He is a graduate of the Critical Care Nurse Residency, the president of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) morale committee, a member of the University of Missouri Hospital Safety Seals, and a preceptor for new staff in CICU.

Hope Taylor, assistant professor of nursing, graduated from the University of Central Missouri with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and is working toward her Master of Science: Nurse Educator degree at Walden University in Minneapolis.

Taylor received her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at Boonslick Technical Education Center in Boonville and her associate's degree in nursing at Excelsior College in Albany, N.Y.

She has worked as a nurse for 12 years at Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall, Mo. During that time she has been a clinical care coordinator; preceptor for labor/delivery, postpartum, and newborns; charge nurse; and emergency room nurse. She also taught as an adjunct professor at Missouri Valley College.

Kimberly Bell Wilson, assistant professor of athletic training, attained her Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training degree from the University of Central Missouri (UCM) and her Master of Education degree from Central Methodist University.

While at UCM in Warrensburg, she served as instructor in the Department of Nutrition and Kinesiology as part of the ATEP program (Accredited Athletic Training Education Program). Most recently she has been serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Central Methodist University.

Outside of teaching, Wilson has served anewfacultys an athletic trainer for ROTC at UCM, was an athletic trainer at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital in Clinton, where she worked with Clinton High School students; and as an athletic trainer for the Kansas City Royale Rodeo with the Justin Boots Sports Medicine Team.

Photo Caption: New full-time faculty at Central Methodist University include, from left, Melissa Loehnig, Hope Taylor, Sean Pridgeon, Laura Fisher, Amanda Crowe, and Kim Bell Wilson.


Posted August 28, 2013