Adjunct Faculty

Cindy Anderson

Cindy Anderson

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: PhD, Leadership specialization, Capella University (2020, expected); MA in Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; BA in Anthropology and Sociology, College of Idaho

Other Training/Certifications: Post-Masters Certificate in College Teaching, Capella University

Expertise and Research Interests: I began teaching at George Fox in 2009 at the Boise Center. My work as a cultural educator and leadership trainer informs my teaching through my work in China, Thailand, The Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Italy, and Switzerland, and among Canada’s First Nations. I am passionate about helping people expand their cultural capacities, apply their knowledge, and explore new understandings. “Be Known” is the perfect fit for my teaching philosophy. My courses are designed to provide students a glimpse of the world through others’ windows and to gain understanding of their own world in a validating way, as fellow beings created by God.

Email: andersonc@georgefox.edu

Gary Barrett

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic BackgroundMBA, Marylhurst University ; BA in Communication, Marylhurst University

Expertise and Research Interests: Gary has taught with George Fox University since 2005. He has especially enjoyed getting to know his students on a personal level and experiencing their joy of learning and accomplishment. Gary as been a Business Consultant and Financial Manager with Barrett Corporation for the past 18+ years and is on the Board of two non-profit corporations as the Financial Administrator.

Email: gbarrett@georgefox.edu

Frank Barsotti

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MS, Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin; BBA, Industrial Relations, University of Wisconsin

Other Training and Certificates: Strategic HR Management Program, Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business

Expertise and Research Interests: During my career I worked for three employers in both the public and private sector and in union as well as non union environments. I was with Hewlett Packard for 30 years holding various HR roles and retired as the Senior Director of Employee Relations for the Americas region. My team consisted of 60+ people in five countries serving HP’s five major businesses with a total employee population of 70k employees. 

Email: fbarsotti@georgefox.edu

Aaron Bear

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; BA, Bible and Pastoral Ministries, Global University

Other Training/Certifications: Re:Generate Fellow, Wake Forest School of Divinity's Food, Faith, & Religious Leadership Institute, 2015; GreenFaith Fellow, 2016

Expertise and Research Interests: In 2007 I began my journey as an adjunct instructor with George Fox University. I started teaching in the classroom at the Boise Center and then transitioned to online instruction in 2013. Whether standing in front of students or interacting with them online, I am honored to serve for a university that puts students first and keeps Christ in everything. In a world filled with an abundance of information and yet so many uncertainties, the Christian Faith and Thought course provides an invaluable opportunity for students to reflect on their personal worldview. Our culture is so fast-paced that we can easily lose sight of the issues that matter most. I love teaching this course because I get to create a safe and respectful environment that challenges students to drill down on their values and beliefs, and expose them to content that they may have never encountered before.

Email: abear@georgefox.edu

Mark Brazo

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: EdD, George Fox University; MEd, George Fox University; MA, Institute for Creation Research; BS, Biology, & BS, Chemistry, University of California, Irvine

Expertise and Research InterestsMathematics and the Sciences

Email: mbrazo@georgefox.edu

Joseph Brewer

Joseph Brewer

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, George Fox University; BS, Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University; BS, Project Management, George Fox University

Other Training/Certifications: PMP, Project Management Institute

Expertise and Research Interests: As a business consultant, professionally, my expertise lies in project management, operations management, process definition and improvement, strategic planning, as well as change management. Helping companies take their strategic initiatives and execute them into tactical, operational goals is an extremely rewarding process to be a part of. Through efforts combined with project and change management, as well as lean and agile approaches to a rapid cycle workplace, keeps the world of business vibrant, entertaining, challenging and rewarding, all tied into a single neat package.

Email: jbrewer@georgefox.edu

Roger Button

Roger Button

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic and Professional Background: MDiv, George Fox Evangelical Seminary; BA, Business Organizational Leadership, George Fox University

Other Training/Certifications: Certificate in Spiritual Formation, George Fox Evangelical Seminary

Expertise and Research Interests: I am the chaplain at the Clark County Family YMCA. I am an ordained, recorded Quaker minister. I hold a master of divinity degree and a certificate in spiritual formation; I am also a certified spiritual director. I have been a youth pastor, an associate pastor, and a senior pastor. I have spent time inside the walls of the church, but God has called me outside of the church, a place that was modeled for us by Jesus. I love the YMCA and believe in its mission. I am married to my lovely wife Laurie. We have three children and two grandchildren. In my past life, before ministry, I was the vice president of operations for Lithtex Printing Solutions.

Email: rbutton@georgefox.edu

Michelle Cox

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Oregon State University; MA, Counseling, George Fox University; BS, Bachelor of Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University

Expertise and Interests: I taught Human Development and Family Studies at Oregon State University for three years before joining the faculty at George Fox. I taught in the Graduate Department of Counseling for seven years. In addition to my role as Instructor for the Adult Degree Program at GFU, I currently teach masters students in counseling for Northwest University, Oregon State University, and Liberty University.

Email: mcox@georgefox.edu

Jason Faler

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MHA, Master of Healthcare Administration, Seton Hall University; MSJ, Master of Science in Jurispridence, Seton Hall University, BA, Political Science, Oregon State University

Other Training and Certificates: FACHE, American College of Healthcare Executives

Expertise and Research Interests: Jason is a commissioned officer in the Army National Guard and teachs Healthcare Administration.

Email: jfaler@georgefox.edu

James Fishback

James Fishback

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: JD, Lewis & Clark Law School; MS, Information Assurance, Norwich University; BS, Management & Business Information Systems, George Fox University

Expertise and Interests: I bring over 15 years of IT and development experience to the team. I have worked with all sizes of businesses from startups to the Fortune 500, and in industries as diverse as high-tech electronics measurement and information security consulting to janitorial services and non- profits. I am a veteran of the Iraq War, where I served as an infantryman in Kuwait and Iraq with the Oregon Army National Guard’s 1/162 INF Battalion. Currently I work at AltusLaw LLC as a business development manager. A significant portion of my graduate study has been focused on information security, privacy,and technology. After completing my MS in Information Assurance, I passed the CIPP/US certification test and became a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals while in law school. My law school capstone research paper discussed the increasing recognition of privacy violations as a legally cognizable harm for purposes of FTC enforcement under Section 5 of the FTC Act. Both my business and academic interests lie in the interplay between law, technology, and society. Privacy and security both play an integral part in helping to solidify and enforce cultural norms, and I enjoy advising businesses and teaching students in this area.

Email: jfishback@georgefox.edu

Aimee Frazier

Aimee Frazier

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: BS, Health and Human Kinetics, Warner Pacific College

Expertise and Interests: During my time in college I studied kinesiology and health—how the body responds to movement and nutrition. I find the science of the body to be fascinating! My thesis research consisted of exploring how the body is a paradox; It must be broken down in order to grow stronger. From 2009-2014 I worked as a Personal Trainer, applying the science that I learned in the classroom to assist others in making healthy life changes and understand the intricate processes that their body goes through when they move and eat.

Email: afrazier@georgefox.edu

Wes Friesen

Wes Friesen

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, University of Portland; BS, Business Administration, George Fox University

Other Training and Certificates: 14 Professional Certifications: CCE, CBF, CBA, CFM, CMA, CTP, CMDSM, EMCM, MCOM, MDC, CM, PHR, APP, ICP

Expertise and Research Interests: I manage the billing, credit, and payment functions at Portland General Electric. I am an elder at my church and sit on several non-profit boards. I aspire to be a servant leader and developer of people. I am excited to help motivate adult learners become even more successful in their careers and in life. I try to bring real world experiences and applications into the classes so that they are relevant and not merely theoretical. I have had articles published in business trade journals over 60 times. I write an on-going Management Column for a business trade journal called Mailing Systems Technology.

Email: wfriesen@georgefox.edu  Website: wesfriesen.com

Mel Galvin-Conrad

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, Masters of Business Administration, George Fox University; BA, Human Resource Management, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: I have worked for the State of Oregon for twenty-five years, mostly in such positions as; Labor Relations Manager for the State Police, Employment Claims Consultant for the Department of Administrative Services, Personnel Generalist for the Department of Human Services, Training Manager for Oregon State University, Core Curriculum Trainer for the Executive Department and Manager of Productivity for the Department of Transportation.Prior to my management experience, I was employed as a Traffic Investigator, signal Designer and Materials Testing Engineer with the Oregon Department of Transportation. I enjoy volunteering on various community and church boards and commissions. Currently I am the Chair for the Citizens Advisory Traffic Commission for the City of Salem. I have been a board member of one church, one church school, one theater foundation for children and one community college scholarship board. I am also an active citizens’ lobbyist and provide both written and verbal testimony before the Oregon Legislature on various bills related to education, transportation and healthcare. I am currently one of the charter members of FINE, Faith Integrated Network for Employment, in Salem, where I teach job-hunting skills at local churches. I also find great purpose in facilitating both Grief Share and Divorce Care Workshops at my church. In my spare time, I putter in my vegetable garden.

Email: conradm@georgefox.edu

Kathi Gatlin

Kathi Gatlin

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic BackgroundM.A. in Spiritual Formation, Portland Seminary; M.Ed, George Fox University; BA, Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: My greatest joy is walking alongside others in their own spiritual journey, sharing ways of understanding God anew through contemplative prayer and biblical teaching, and to see them
grow in the depth of their own understanding of who God is and who they are in relationship with God. I am a spiritual director, writer, spiritual formation group facilitator, retreat speaker, and leadership mentor. One of my favorite things is working with a group in spiritual formation and seeing a depth of vulnerability grow both individually and communally. To this end, I write and facilitate groups through spiritual formation studies, creating space for the participants to go deeper in their own relationship with God.

Email: kgatlin@georgefox.edu

Josh Jensen

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: EdD, Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University; MBA, Northwest Nazarene University; MPA, California State University Northridge; BS, Organizational Management, University of LaVerne; AA, Speech Communication, Los Angeles Valley College

Expertise and Research Interests:I have extensive leadership experience in a variety of fields. I currently serve as an Assistant Professor of Leadership engaged in teaching, scholarship, and service. I also provide ongoing leadership and human resources consulting services to organizations and churches. Previously I served as a director and instructional designer in higher education; a deputy superintendent, a chief human resource officer, and a chief financial officer for a large K-12 public school system; a director of finance and human resources for a non-profit healthcare organization; and a management analyst in local government. In addition, I have held various management roles in the private sector. My certifications include Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management and Certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator Practitioner from the Center for Psychological Type.

Email:  jjensen@georgefox.edu

Maria Kelley

Maria Kelley

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic and Professional Background: MAT, English, Willamette University; BA, Sociology, Willamette University 

Expertise and Research Interests: Through my love of learning and writing, I am able to share that passion with others. I began teaching adults in 2008 in Seoul, South Korea. My focus was on academic and admissions essays for graduate schools. My desire to help students continue on to graduate school allowed me to incorporate my belief of communicating effectively through clear and concise writing. I firmly believe that anyone can learn to write clearly and, hopefully, in turn fall in love with the art of writing. My interest lies in authenticity and eliminating fear of failure. Creating an environment where people feel comfortable to stretch outside their comfort zone is a method of pushing toward a better version of his/her self. By creating a safe environment, students feel comfortable being vulnerable, which in turn allows him/her to strive to become their best self without fear of failure. This is an area I have a passion for in terms of research and use to apply in the classroom.

Email: mkelley@georgefox.edu

Patrick Kelley

Patrick Kelly

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, emphasis in Non-Profit Management, Willamette University; BA, Religious Studies, Willamette University

Expertise and Research Interests: I encourage all my students to practice what we learn in class, and I am fortunate to have a job where I get to do the same! As the Director of Graduate and ADP Admissions for George Fox University, I oversee a team of 12 people and have a hand in marketing, sales, and finances for the graduate and adult degree majors. I am most passionate about team leadership and employee development to help people fulfill their potential in work and in life.

Email: pkelley@georgefox.edu

Sara Kelm

Sara Kelm

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, English, Baylor University; BA, English, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: I have taught a variety of writing classes, from research writing to business/technical writing to advanced composition. I have taught in face-to-face, online, and hybrid formats, and I have taught student populations from traditional undergraduates to adults.
I wrote my master’s thesis on the intersection of composition pedagogy, spiritual identity, and creative nonfiction/autobiography. I plan to continue researching the benefits of studying and writing personal narrative at the college level.

Email: skelm@georgefox.edu

Maddie Lowen

Maddie Lowen

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling, George Fox University; BA, English, George Fox University; BS, Early Childhood & Elementary Education, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: The written word is a fundamental part of who we are as individuals and as a culture. Even our informal daily communication has become written: text messaging, emails, social media, etc. By improving writing skills and learning to understand the different mediums we communicate through, we are better able to express ourselves, communicate our needs, and connect with those around us. My goal as a writing professor is to provide students with the tools they need to pursue their goals and build the lives they want.

Email: mlowen@georgefox.edu

Barbara Lybarger

Barbara Lybarger

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, George Fox University; BA, Social & Behavioral Studies, Minor in Management and Organizational Leadership, George Fox University 

Expertise and Research Interests: My deep concern for the marginalized has always been a driving force in my life. I'm drawn to those without a voice and to those that society often overlooks. This has always propelled me forward in finding ways to touch the lives of the hurting in meaningful ways. I have an innate curiosity and respect for those whose experiences are culturally different than my own, and this has motivated me to use every educational project and learning opportunity as a vehicle to deepen my understanding and empathy for the marginalized. From an undergraduate project exploring the marginalization of the LGBTQ community to attending seminars on sex trafficking and interviewing members of the Islamic faith, I continue to grow in the understanding and compassion necessary to effectively serve. I possess a strong social justice inclination and have used it to connect with inmates during my internship experience at the Washington County Jail. I now serve in a Community Mental Health setting, and I continue to learn and grow, striving to find common ground with others.

Email: blybarger@georgefox.edu

Jack Lyda

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, Military Studies, American Military University; BS, Physical Education Teaching, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: I have more than 30 years of experience in operations and management. I also have a good amount of experience hiking and backpacking. One backpacking trip I took recently was 50 miles on the John Muir Trail, which included a climb to the top of Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the 48 states.

Email: lydaj@georgefox.edu

Ron Miller

Ron Miller

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MEd, Corban University, BA, Management and Communication, Western Baptist College

Expertise and Research Interests: I have over 40 years of progressive and successful leadership experience in purchasing systems, project management, quality assurance, customer service, government service, and people management. I have a demonstrated ability to work in different phases of the organization through process improvement, budget control, and human resource management, coupled with mature communications and problem-solving skills.

Email: rmiller@georgefox.edu

Rob Morgan

Robert Morgan

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, Western International University; BS, Business Administration, University of Phoenix

Expertise and Research Interests: In addition to over 30 years of teaching adult learners, my experience includes almost 40 years in the banking and finance industry, where I served in executive management with responsibility for leading the lending function of entire banks. I believe this combination of academic theory and practical business experience has provided me with a unique background that allows me to mentor students and prepare them for career success.

Email: rmorgan@georgefox.edu

Andre Oliver

Andrew Oliver

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MSM, IT and Project Management, Colorado Technical University; BS, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University

Expertise and Research Interests: At George Fox, I have taught technology, quality, and project management for the adult degree program. I have over 18,000 hours of project management experience, I have managed a Project Management Office, and I have trained and mentored software developers and corporate executives. Currently, I am researching and applying waterfall to agile transitions to improve customer involvement in development processes. This research ties into the courses that I teach the students of George Fox. Assuring quality and leading cross-functional teams are key fundamentals acquired and enhanced in my classes. Many employers state these fundamentals are two of the top five needs for future and existing professionals.

Email: aoliver@georgefox.edu

Jen Overstreet

Jen Overstreet

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA Masters of Business Administration, George Fox University; BA Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: I used to work as an Enrollment Counselor in the Adult Degree Program and I understand the demands and needs of Adult Learners. I’m excited for the opportunity to work with students on a different level than academic advising.

Email: joverstreet@georgefox.edu

Emily Pearlman

Emily Pearlman

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: Masters of Public Health (MPH), Portland State University; Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA), University of Portland

Other Training and Certificates: Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)

Expertise and Research Interests: During my time at George Fox, I have taught courses in both the adult degree program and online for the traditional university program. I have experience building and managing leadership programs for staff and clinical providers. I am passionate about building healthcare workers of tomorrow through mentoring and career development as well as working to offer development programs to clinicians to ensure their satisfaction. I have conducted research on the development and implementation of patient education classes as well as new performance improvement continuing education courses for physicians.
I am a Certified Health Education Specialist, which allows me to spend time focusing on population health, public and community health, and learning about national and local efforts to address the imperatives set forth by the Institute of Medicine’s Triple Aim.

Email: epearlman@georgefox.edu

Jim Slagle

Jim Slagle

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: PhD, Philosophy, University of Leuven; MPhil, Philosophy, University of Leuven; Licentiate, Philosophy, University of Leuven; BA, Philosophy, University of Leuven

Expertise and Research Interests: Broadly, my research interests lay in the intersection of philosophy, science, and religion. My primary areas of focus are epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and the history of philosophy.

Email: jslagle@georgefox.edu

Tsz Yin Szeto-McNatt

Jim Slagle

Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy, George Fox University (anticipated 2019); MA, Curriculum and Development, Chapman University; BS, English Education, New York University

Expertise and Research Interests: As a former National Writing Project fellow at the Gateway Writing Project (St. Louis, MO) and Area 3 Writing Project (Davis, CA), I have transformed the way in which I teach and view writing. As an inexperienced teacher, I often relied on formulas and strict adherence to structure to introduce writing to students. However, I believe that there must be a balance of structure and experiential learning for individuals to begin viewing writing as a necessary communication tool. Over the years, I have learned that it is imperative that a student understand that the format is meant to be a platform to convey ideas. Despite a structured format, one can still inject his or her own creative voice. The most powerful writing is dictated by the truth that a writer yearns to share. Those words are then shaped into a form that reflects coherency in the most persuasive level. Therefore, writing should not be endowed to the select few gifted masters of our fine language. With the right guidance and proper practice, even the most harried student can produce a piece of writing that he or she can be proud of.

Email: tszetomcnatt@georgefox.edu

Susanne Tringali

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic BackgroundMA, Art History, University of Oregon; BA, Art, Marylhurst University

Expertise and Research InterestsI have taught art history for 18 years at PCC, and recently came back from living in Florence, Italy, where I lived for seven years, while teaching online for PCC. I teach drawing and printmaking.

Email: stringali@georgefox.edu

Jonathan Umfleet

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MBA, George Fox University; BA, International Studies, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: Jonathan’s experience lies in international sales, product and financial analysis, and project management with manufacturing companies. He has been involved with various product introductions.

Email: jumfleet@georgefox.edu

Jim Weller

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MS, Management of Human Relations and Business, Amberton University; BA, Management of Human Resources, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: I began my adjunct teaching career at George Fox University in 2001 after my wife and I retired from Wycliffe Bible Translators, a Christian mission organization. Many years earlier, our middle daughter attended GFU for her freshman year, providing my first exposure to this fine institution of learning. While serving with Wycliffe, I successfully completed the degree completion program at GFU (our youngest daughter has since obtained a degree in project management through the adult degree completion program at GFU). My passion for George Fox runs deep, both as an institution where Christ is honored and a place for gaining meaningful knowledge about living a Christ-centered life in our world. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree through the degree completion program was a life-changing thing for me. Opportunities opened up for me to be in positions of leadership and management in the mission work we did and previous to that at a fire department in the Beaverton area. After 19 years, I retired from Wycliffe, having served as International Coordinator of Management Training for a few years. Previously, I took an early retirement from the fire department after 18 years of service, 10 years as a Battalion Chief. With those experiences came a deep respect for leaders. Dare I say that I am in love with the whole concept of how leadership and good management practices work? There, I said it, because that’s where I’m at in life.

Email: jweller@georgefox.edu

Peter Wilson

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: Psy.D. Clinical Psychology, George Fox University; MA in Clinical Psychology, George Fox University; BA, Management of Human Resources, George Fox University

Expertise and Research Interests: After graduating from the Adult Degree Program with a degree in HR Management and earning a Psy.D. degree from George Fox, Peter came back to teach classes in 1995.

Email: pwilson@georgefox.edu

Marc Zimmerman

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Position: Adjunct Faculty

Academic Background: MA, International Transactions, George Mason University; BA, Journalism/Public Relations, University of Maine-Orono

Expertise and Research Interests: I bring a unique perspective to the table, having acted as a liaison and lobbied international, federal, state, county, and municipal governments for businesses throughout my career. My most recent experiences with the country of Ghana had me working at the highest levels of that government on a finance concept that I conceived of and initiated; I consulted closely with their embassy, minister of finance, and head of their central bank for three years. Before relocating to the Portland area, I lived in Silicon Valley for seven years, teaching international business and consulting for a Connecticut firm, where I researched and reported on financial intelligence, data, market conditions, comparative tactics, and strategies of Fortune 500 corporations and California government entities. The information and opinions I gathered were included in reports published periodically for internal use at Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, CS First Boston, Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Citigroup, and others. Prior to that, I spent 15 years in Washington, DC, working in Congress on foreign affairs, defense, international trade, small business, and economic development. Later, I worked at a law firm where I lobbied Capitol Hill on behalf of employee stock ownership of companies (ESOPS) and then was involved with financial consulting for MCI Communications and MCI International before my trek west.

Email: mzimmerman@georgefox.edu