Session 1: Anticipation, Dr. Scott Daniels
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Emerson Auditorium
Dr. Scott Daniels is the Senior Pastor at College Church of the Nazarene in Nampa, Idaho and NNU alumnus. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and college campuses. Prior to coming to College Church, Scott was the Dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University and the Senior Pastor of Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena, California. He also served as pastor of Richardson, TX Church of the Nazarene for four years and Associate Professor of Theology and Ethics and Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK for seven years. Scott and his wife Debbie have four children. They have a deep passion for the Church and for taking some of the difficult and rich concepts of theology and making them accessible and practical for "everyday" followers of Jesus.
Session 2: Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level, Kenton Lee
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., Brandt Center
Kenton Lee is a 2007 graduate from Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). In 2009, he founded Because International, a non-profit organization committed to practical compassion. Currently, Kenton serves as the Executive Director of Because International. One of the first projects of Because International, "The Shoe That Grows" can adjust and expand five sizes and was launched in the fall of 2014. Currently there are over 20,000 pairs of The Shoe That Grows in over 25 countries around the world. The Shoe That Grows has been featured in Oprah Magazine, CBS News, Washington Post, Inc. Magazine, and most recently, the NBC's The Today Show. In addition to his undergraduate degree from NNU, Kenton holds Master's degrees in Organizational Leadership (Regent University, '09), Nonprofit Management (Regis University, '10), and Divinity (NNU, '12). From 2009 to 2014, Kenton returned to his alma mater to serve as the Assistant Director of Campus Life. Kenton lives in Nampa, Idaho with his wife Nikki (NNU, '06) and two kids Kenny and Rosie.
Other Conference Presenters:
Robert Poe, or "Poe", serves NNU as the Resident Director of Sutherland Hall, the sophomore men’s dorm. He graduated from NNU in 2009 with a Degree in Christian Ministries before moving to Kansas City to attend Seminary. There he met his wonderful wife Julianna, who attended MNU. Upon graduating with a MA in Christian Formation and Discipleship, they moved back to Idaho to become youth pastor at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene. Poe has a passion to see young men and women grow in faith, embracing their true selves as the beloved of God.
Amanda Marble serves as the Director of the Career Center and undergraduate retention at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). She is a proud graduate of Northwest Nazarene University and served in various student leadership roles during college, including Student Body President. Prior to returning to NNU, Amanda served at Pepperdine University as the Manager of the Student Alumni Organization and Student Advancement, and Eastern Nazarene College as the Coordinator for New Student Orientation, Resident Director, and advisor to Student Government. She has a MA in Higher Education from Geneva College and is completing her Ph.D. in Higher Education from Azusa Pacific University.
Mark Baas is the Resident Director for Corlett Hall at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). He received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from NNU and served in various leadership capacities including Resident Assistant, Peer Mentor and Vice President for his senior class. After graduating from NNU, Mark earned a master’s degree in Business Management from American Intercontinental University. He is currently putting his education to work owning several businesses in the Treasure Valley. With his beautiful wife, Mark enjoys the challenge of raising their three year old son in the residence hall. He is thankful for the opportunity to serve at NNU.
Terri J. Blackburn, RN, BSN, serves as NNU’s Wellness Center Director. Terri is a graduate of Boise State University and is currently working on a Masters in Nursing Leadership and Education through NNU. Terri caught the leadership “bug” in high school when she was elected as Student Body VP. Throughout college, Terri had multiple student leadership roles, culminating in BSU's College of Health Sciences’ selection for the Founder's Leadership Society. Terri has also had numerous leadership responsibilities across two careers, the first in Business / Technology and the second in Nursing. Currently, in addition to her job at NNU, Terri is Board President for the Canyon Area Immunization Coalition.
Doug English has been the head volleyball coach at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) since 2013. During his time as head coach the volleyball program has been ranked as high as 10th in the country, won their first GNAC Conference championship, and made their first appearance in the NCAA Regional tournament since 2007. Prior to NNU, Doug was an assistant coach for 9 seasons at multiple Division 1 programs. Doug attended California State University Northridge where he played volleyball and earned a degree in mathematics with an emphasis in education.
Joel Pearsall brings significant professional experience and personal commitment to Northwest Nazarene University as the 13th president. Joel earned a B.A. in Accounting and Business Administration from NNU in 1980 and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law in 1983. He served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Charles Donaldson, Idaho Supreme Court, and was in private practice in Salem, Oregon, from 1985-1994. In 1994, he transitioned to begin service as business administrator for Salem First Church of the Nazarene. Joel is a member of the Idaho and Oregon State Bar Associations and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Idaho. From 1992-1999, Joel served on NNU’s Board of Trustees, and became the university’s vice president for financial affairs and in-house legal counsel. In August 2008 he was named vice president for university advancement before being named the 13th president. The Pearsall family has a rich history with NNU. Joel’s father, Dr. Kenneth Pearsall, served as president from 1973 to 1983. Joel has been to married Nikki (Moritz), a 1979 graduate of NNU, for 36 years and they have three sons and a daughter-in-law.
Dr. Mike Poe is just completing his 19th year at NNU and is the program director for the Educational Leadership graduate program. He was a school administrator for 15 years prior to joining NNU and has taught in the Educational Leadership program for 23 years. Dr. Poe’s primary focus is leadership and supervision with Servant Leadership a key area of his teaching. During his educational career he has served in leadership positions in various organizations at the national, state and local levels.
Dr. Lori Werth is currently an Associate Professor and Chair of the Graduate Education Department at Northwest Nazarene University. Lori is a first-generation student, immigrated to the United States and learned how to speak English in Elementary School. She has worked in higher education for nearly 20 years in a variety of administrative capacities including Admissions Counselor, Student Services Coordinator, International Programs Coordinator, Director of Admissions, and Vice President for Enrollment Management. Much of her work in administration has focused on using and evaluating data as steps to the school improvement process.
Malinda Poe is a licensed counselor and works in NNU’s Wellness Center. She loves working with college students and thinks it’s a unique place to be in life. She is the advisor for the Peer Mentors and is currently assisting a student with research on the connection between spirituality and sexual functioning. She is actively engaged in her local parish as well as with the connections her parish has in Byumba, Rwanda. Malinda tries to get out on Idaho’s local rivers as much as she can in the summer and enjoys the local farmer’s markets and downtown Boise lifestyle.
Grant Miller is the Director of Community Life at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU). He graduated from NNU with degrees in Political Science, Public Communications, and Philosophy, and holds an M.A. from NNU's Graduate Theology program. He is husband to Jen, father to Whittaker, and is passionate about student leadership, church ministry, rugby, Christmas, and Disneyland.