EMU at Lancaster
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. Their oldest son, Clinton, is married to Christina Yoder. Both are teachers. Their youngest son, Ted is married to Heather Edelman. Both are registered nurses. Dr. Simmons is involved in the Lancaster Brethren in Christ Church.
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.
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.
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 serves on the board of Anabaptist Deaf Ministries and on the Education Committee of Lancaster Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services.
Julie Siegfried was born and raise in Doylestown, Pa. She is married to Fred Siegfried and has four young 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 and administrative assistant for EMS Pa. continues to offer variety and opportunities to honor her family and faith community.
Linda is the Administrative Director of the RN-BS Degree in Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives and Family Health. 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.”