NNU welcomes 11 new faculty members

Last Updated 19 December, 2016

Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to welcome 11 new faculty members to campus this fall. They join the group of 118 faculty and will be teaching in academic support, biology, business, counseling, education, innovation in the Doceo Center, and nursing in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Catherine Becker joins the Center for Academic Success and Advising as an assistant professor of academic support. She earned her B.A. in English at NNU and her M.A. in English literature at Mercy College. Currently, Becker is working on a Ph.D. from Idaho State University.

Joining the College of Adult & Graduate Studies, Lynn Bohecker is the assistant professor of counseling. She earned a B.S. in psychology at University of Wisconsin-Stout and an M.S. in family and marriage counseling at California State University before receiving her Ph.D. in counselor education & counseling at Idaho State University.

Assistant Professor of Innovation in the Doceo Center Michelle Claverie is joining NNU this fall. She earned a B.A. in elementary education from Boise State University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from NNU. Claverie is pursuing an Ed.S. in educational leadership: building administration from NNU.

Assistant Professor of Education Aileen Hale is joining the College of Adult & Graduate Studies. She holds a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from Fuller Theological Seminary and an Ed.D. from the University of San Francisco.

Jessica Henderson comes to the College of Adult & Graduate Studies as an assistant professor in counseling. She has earned a B.S. in psychology from Boise State University, an M.A. in counselor education from the University of Montana and a Ph.D. in health science, counselor education and counseling.

Assistant Professor Ayokunle “Ayo” Hodonu is joining the biology department. After earning his B.S. and an M.A. in biology at Boise State University, he continued his education at Idaho State University, graduating with D.A. in biology last May.

Joining the business department this fall, Joshua Jensen is the assistant professor of business. He holds an A.S. in speech communication from Los Angeles Valley College, a B.S. in organizational management from the University of LaVerne, an M.P.A. from California State University Northridge and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

Assistant Professor Tracy Marshall joined the Department of Education. She earned a B.S. in education from Abilene Christian University and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Texas, Arlington.

April Orduno comes to the nursing department as an assistant professor. She graduated with an A.S. in nursing from the College of Western Idaho in 2013 and an M.S.N. from NNU last May.

Assistant Professor Shannon Panfilio-Padden joins the education department this fall. She holds an A.A. from Lassen Community College, a B.A. in performance theatre from Whitworth University, an M.A. in teaching from Concordia University, an Ed.S. in educational leadership and building administration from NNU, and a Ph.D in educational leadership from NNU.

Joining the nursing department this fall is Maureen Tarrant, instructor of nursing. She earned a B.S. in nursing from Crown College and a B.A. in English and French from the University of Western Ontario (King’s College).

In addition to the academic positions they assume, these individuals may also be found in their lesser known roles of landscape artist, world traveler, cyclist, photographer, seamstress, musician, outdoor enthusiast and chef, to name a few. It is interests and abilities such as these—in addition to their experience—that make NNU certain our new professors will be wonderful contributors to our liberal arts education.