EMU at Lancaster

Faculty

Peg Greiner
Instructor, RN to BS

Peg grew up in Manheim, Pa. She has been an RN for 38 years and holds a Masters of Science degree in Nursing with an interest in gerontology. Peg retired from the Department of Veterans Affairs after a combined 26 years of service at the Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; and Lebanon, Pennsylvania VA Medical Centers. Her career positions with the VA included Infection Control Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist/Nurse Practitioner in Extended Care, Associate Director of Nursing Service, Staff Development Specialist, Director of Medical Center Education, and Associate Director of Patient Care Services. Peg also earned a Masters of Art degree in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction and has had a private spiritual direction practice for 18 years. She teaches at Kairos School of Spiritual Formation in the Spiritual Direction Training Program. Merging both areas of wellness leads to her interest in Holistic Nursing. Peg is currently living in Lititz, Pa. She has two adult daughters, biological sisters who were adopted from South Korea as toddlers. Peg was widowed after 25 years of marriage; and after 11 years alone, she is happily remarried as of 2010.

Priscilla Simmons
Academic Director RN-BS

Dr. Simmons is the academic director and major professor for the ADCP RN-to-BS track in Lancaster, PA. She earned her EdD from Teacher’s College at Columbia University, an MSN from Columbia University, an Ms Ed from Temple University and her BS from Messiah College. She is an experienced medical-surgical and critical care nurse. Her research has focused on effectiveness of the nursing school environment and the development of caring ability among nursing students. She is married to Mark Simmons who is the Director of the School of Respiratory Therapy at York College of Pennsylvania. Dr Simmons has two grown children, Clinton who is married to Christina Yoder and Ted who is married to Heather Edelman. Dr. Simmons is involved in the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church.

Nancy Wise
Instructor

Staff

Mark Wenger
Director of Pastoral Studies

Before picking up his current director responsibilities, Mark pastored for more than eighteen years in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now he combines administrative and teaching responsibilities for the STEP Program (Study and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry), and for Master of Divinity level seminary courses in southeastern Pennsylvania. His research and writing interests are in the areas of preaching and worship, particularly rites and ministries of healing. He and his wife Kathy attend Groffdale Mennonite Church; they have two young adult daughters Regina and Charlotte. He likes to sing, to talk politics and theology and do fix-up projects around the home. He writes a bi-monthly “Matters of Faith” column for the Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News.

Ashley Goudie
Admissions Advisor
Sheryn Jerchau
Administrative Assistant
Steve Kriss
Assoc Dir Pastoral Studies

Steve is a pastor, student, teacher, follower of Jesus living in Philadelphia. He’s studied communication and continues to write a column for Mennonite World Review frequently. As a pastor, Steve has served with Mennonite congregations in Johnstown, PA and Staten Island, NY and with emerging groups in Pittsburgh. He currently worships with Philadelphia Praise Center, a growing multiethnic, urban Anabaptist congregation. Steve enjoys traveling, writing, biking and is committed to living a healthy life of rest, risk and learning that prioritizes relationships with family, friends, colleagues, faith communities and neighbors near and far.

Kristin Oberholtzer
Administrative Asst, MA in Ed

Kristin assists part-time with the daily operations of the Master of Arts in Education program in Lancaster, Pa. When not wrangling data or pleading with the office equipment (or vice versa), Kristin teaches ESL at a local community college. In both contexts, she finds pleasure in helping students progress toward their goals. Her professional interests include second language composition and corpus linguistics. Kristin lives in the city of Lancaster with her husband, Trace, with whom she occasionally rides tandem bicycle. They have two dogs.

Marcy Root
Administrative Assistant and Receptionist
Pamela Rutt
Assistant Director, MA in Ed

Pam gives oversight to the Master of Arts in Education program in Lancaster, PA under the direction of the MA in Ed program director. Pam and her husband, Roger Rutt, are both EMU alumni. They have 3 adult children. Pam also teaches ESL/ASL (American Sign Language) and GED classes for adults who are Deaf with the Literacy Council of Lancaster and serves on the Education Committee of Lancaster Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.

Jim Siburt
Assistant Director, RN to BS

James Eric Siburt is a PH.D. candidate at Alvernia University as well as the Assistant Director for the RN to BS program and Adjunct Faculty at Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster. His research interests are interdisciplinary examining forms of resistance and power through the intersection of popular culture media, leadership theory, religion, and communications, with a primary research interest in the role visual semiotics plays in revealing these forms. He is currently finishing a dissertation that examines the forms of resistance and power represented in pop-culture media.

Julie Siegfried
Office Manager

Julie Siegfried was born and raise in Doylestown, Pa. She is married to Fred Siegfried and has four adult children. Julie and her husband Fred spent the first few years of marriage with MCC on a native Canadian reservation as community development workers. Prior to moving to Lancaster, Pa., Julie and Fred spent about six years as full-time staff at Spruce Lake Retreat in the Poconos.
Julie’s life and career choices surround a love for family and the work of God’s kingdom within the Anabaptist community. Julie’s role as Office Manager for EMU Lancaster continues to offer variety and opportunities to honor her family and faith community.

Catherine Stover
Advancement & Marketing Assoc
Linda Witmer
Assoc Prof/Admin. Director and Associate Professor

Linda is the Administrative Director of the Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives, Family Health, and Global Trends in Health in the RN-BS in Nursing program. Linda has 23 years of international experience, serving under both Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Mission with the K’ekchi’ Maya in Guatemala. She did leadership training and was the program coordinator for the health, development, and church programs. In 1996 Linda worked alongside the K’ekchi’ to initiate the Bezaleel Education Center for K’ekchi’ youth and a land project for landless K’ekchi’. Her work as a community health nurse in Coatesville, PA led to the initiation of Bridge of Hope, a program for homeless women and children. At Goshen College she taught Community Health, Transcultural Nursing, Health Care for the Poor and served as adjunct professor located in Guatemala offering an annual 3-week course on “Doing Theology in Latin America.”

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