Nov. 17, 2018
After teaching adjunct for Biola Nursing Program last year she now joins as a full faculty member in the Nursing Department as an Associate Professor. Her professional career includes over 35 years nursing experience in various settings including, Intensive Care, Medical, Surgical, Home Health and Community Services with more than 15 years in management of Medical, Surgical, Social Service, Cardiopulmonary Service, and Education departments. She served as Chief Educator at a Medical Center and has taught adjunct several years at University of Great Falls, RN - BSN Nursing Program. Her Master Thesis was focused on the use of a mentor model in the orientation and education of new graduate nurses as they enter the workplace. Other research interests include mentoring, management, leadership, community based nursing, communication and conflict management. She has published on the topics of Collaborative Training Efforts Within a Rural Hospital Setting, Reduction of Burnout and the Benefits of Short Term Medical Work, and Communication and Conflict Management. Donell has three adult children, and one grandchild; she and her husband Clark attend Whittier Area Community Church. Over the years she has been very involved in ministry and numerous community activities.
Freddy Cardoza has ministered for 20 years in churches and parachurch ministries of all sizes, and has taught academically for more than 20 years at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. He has taught internationally and regularly teaches adjunctively at both the graduate and doctoral levels.
Freddy serves as Director of Christian Education Programs at Talbot School of Theology and Biola University.
Freddy served for 12 years on the Board, including 8 years as Executive Director for the Society of Professors in Christian Education (SPCE, formerly NAPCE). SPCE is the academic society of evangelical professors representing over 100 seminaries, universities and liberal arts colleges that teach in the areas of spiritual formation, Christian ministries and Christian education.
Freddy received a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and completed all required coursework for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D./ABD). He earned a Master of Arts from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and holds a Bachelor of Science from Liberty University.
Freddy is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (ETS), in addition to serving on various board and speaking regularly at churches, conferences, conventions, retreats and seminars in the United States and abroad.
Laura Dryjanska obtained a European/International Joint PhD in Social Representations and Communication in the field of social psychology at the Sapienza University of Rome (Italy) in 2012. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Sapienza University of Rome and is currently an assistant professor for Rosemead School of Psychology. Her research interests include social representations applied to diverse fields: migration, human trafficking, intergenerational solidarity, ageing, place-identity, and organizational psychology. Dr. Dryjanska is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and Polish (her mother tongue).
Dr. Dryjanska belongs to INTERFASOL, the European interdisciplinary network of scientists funded by the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST), action IS1311, dedicated to intergenerational family solidarity across Europe. She is also a member of both the American Psychological Association (APA) and the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP). As a result of her interest in human trafficking, Dr. Dryjanska recently served as the Coordinator for Italy of the Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery; among other engagements, she represented this organization during the Working Group on “Trafficking in Human Beings: Modern Slavery” organized in 2013 by the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and of the Social Sciences (Final Statement).
Alan McMahan has served in churches in North America and on the Pacific Rim as well as taught in the areas of missiology, church growth, leadership, organizational development and evangelism. He has been active in training undergraduate and graduate students including mid-career professionals, Bible school teachers, pastors and denominational leaders through the U.S., Canada, Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia in the effective means to develop leaders and grow churches. He maintains an active consulting service in churches and is the former President of the American Society of Church Growth. He has earned degrees from Fuller Seminary, Asbury Seminary, the Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College. His Ph.D. dissertation was entitled, "Training Turnaround Leaders, Systemic Approaches to Reinstate Growth in Plateaued Churches." He has served as a Vice President for the Alliance Theological Seminary, and as the Academic Dean at The King’s College in mid-town Manhattan. McMahan now works at Biola University as an Associate Professor in the School of Intercultural Studies and serves as the Department Chair for the Undergraduate Intercultural Studies Program. He is married to Terri, and has two sons.
Helen Mitchell comes to Biola University as a leadership and strategy coach, speaker, and author. She is also the Director of the Talbot Center for Faith, Work & Economics at the Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. Helen has been sought out as an expert to incorporate and apply faith, work and economics in both business and in the local church. She has spoken at conferences, on radio programs, guest lectured at other universities, business and pastoral groups, and authored faith and work articles and small group curriculum. She started her business career with AT&T becoming an area vice president with Lucent Technologies at the age of 30 and holding various leadership roles. As an early adopter of faith, work, and economics in the local church, and as a licensed minister on the pastoral staff, she was the architect and visionary of the Saddleback@Work ministry at Saddleback Church.
James Petitfils completed his doctorate from UCLA in 2013, writing a dissertation exploring ancient Roman, Jewish and Christian discourse on exemplary leadership. His research interests include storytelling and moral formation in the Roman Mediterranean, early Christian martyrdom and leadership in the New Testament and early Christianity. He has previously taught at UCLA, Talbot and Biola University in the areas of world history as well as New Testament history, literature and leadership. Along with his research and teaching, he has been a pastor in Redondo Beach for over 15 years. Petitfils is happily married and has two young kids. He enjoys surfing, family beach days and burritos.
Dr. Steffen served 20 years with New Tribes Mission, 15 of those in the Philippines. He is Professor Emeritus of Intercultural Studies in the School of Intercultural Studies at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
Erik Thoennes is committed to teaching biblical and systematic theology so that he and his students love God and people more fully. He strives to make the necessary connections between the study of theology, obedience to Jesus and fulfilling the Great Commission. He has taught theology and evangelism at the college and seminary levels for several years and is a frequent guest speaker at churches, conferences and retreats, in addition to co-pastoring a local church. Thoennes has received the University award for faculty excellence and professor of the year. His research interests include godly jealousy, the atonement, the exclusivity of Christ and theology of culture.