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BW Welcomes 2012 New Faculty, Program Directors to Campus

Carrie Davis Todd 

Carrie Davis Todd
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and Geology

Ph.D., Purdue University; M.S., Ohio University; B.A., Carleton College

Carrie brings extensive teaching experience to BW. She was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and Worcester State College. Her research interests focus on surface water and related processes. Her most recent projects involved the study of hydrology of the Johnstown Flood of 1889 and investigating the impacts of acid mine drainage on macro-invertebrates. She is deeply committed to enhancing undergraduate education through the use of a variety of teaching methods and research opportunities.
James Fell 

James Fell

Associate Professor of Nursing, Division of Health and Physical Education

M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University; M.S.N., B.S.N, Case Western Reserve University; B.S., Allegheny College

James brings with him over 10 years of didactic and clinical teaching experience in Nursing Doctorate, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Diploma, and Associate Degree Nursing programs at such institutions as Case Western Reserve University, Huron Hospital, Cuyahoga Community College, Lorain County Community College, and the Cleveland Clinic. He also was a Captain (retired) in the Nurse Corps, United States Navy Reserve. He has worked extensively with veterans and most recently as a Care Team Director for the Warrior Transition Program in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
 Mark Gersten

Mark Gersten
Medical Director, Physician Assistant Program
Division of Health and Physical Education

M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine; M.S., Union College; B.S., Albany College of Pharmacy

Mark completed his residency in emergency medicine at Akron General Medical Center and has been a practicing emergency physician since 1991 at Mercy Medical Center in Canton, OH.  He also has been Director of Medical Education for the Emergency Department. He has worked with physician assistants for the past 15 years and has been a clinical preceptor for medical students and residents. His interests include toxicology and medical mission work.

Steven Gross

Associate Professor, Music Theatre Music Director

Conservatory of Music

D.M.A., M.M.A., Yale University; M.M., B.A., Northwestern University

Steven has extensive professional experience as a conductor and pianist in music theatre and has collaborated on many new and existing musicals both nationally and abroad. He returns to BW after having been a lecturer for master classes and a guest music director/conductor for BW’s 2008 production of “Parade”. Most recently, Steven was a faculty member at Coastal Carolina University.

Jacob Kamm

Assistant Professor of Accounting, Division of Business Administration

M.Acc., Cleveland State University; M.B.A., University of North Carolina; B.A., Davidson College

Jacob comes to Baldwin Wallace’s Division of Business Administration having most recently been the Principal at Oberalpen Capital, Ltd. in Cleveland. He had been President and CEO at EFCO, Inc. Recently, Jacob was a lecturer in the Department of Accounting and Business Law at Cleveland State University.



Emilia Lombardi

Assistant Professor of Public Health and Health Promotion

Division of Health and Physical Education

Ph.D., M.A., B.A., The University of Akron

Emilia specializes in medical sociology and issues related to health disparities among race/ethnic, sexual, and gender minorities. As a medical sociologist, she has extensive teaching experience and has conducted research on topics related to infectious diseases, substance use, and gender and sexualities. Her most recent faculty position was at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in the Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

Chandra Lynch

Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Health and Physical Education

M.S.H.S and B.S., Cleveland State University; P.A., Cuyahoga Community College

Chandra's background includes laboratory medicine, particularly HLA typing for organ and bone marrow transplant.  She has over 10 years of clinical experience in various fields, including neurology, bone marrow transplantation, and family practice. Chandra most recently held the position of academic coordinator with the Cuyahoga Community College PA Program offered in collaboration with Cleveland State University. Her main interest in clinical medicine is primary care.

Andy Merolla

Associate Professor, Department of Communication Studies

Ph.D., The Ohio State University; M.A., West Virginia University; B.A., Baldwin Wallace University

An alumnus, Andy returns to BW. Most recently, he was an Assistant Professor on the faculty of Communication Studies at Colorado State University, and an adjunct Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health. Andy has published extensively in his field of study and teaches a diverse array of courses, including public speaking, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, conflict management, communication theory, and persuasion.

Jacqueline Morgan

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Division of Health and Physical Education

E.M.B.A., Baldwin Wallace University; M.S., Kent State University; B.S., University of Toledo

Jacqueline is not new to BW, but she moves from a graduate student in our Executive M.B.A. program and gerontology certificate program to a faculty position. Most recently, she was a faculty member at Cuyahoga Community College and an adjunct faculty member in the continuing education division of the Nursing program at Cleveland State University. Jacqueline is currently a doctoral program student at the University of Toledo in the Higher Education Program.

Clint Needham
Assistant Professor, Composer-in-Residence, Conservatory of Music

D.M.A., M.M.A., Indiana University Jacobs School of Music; B.A., Baldwin Wallace University

A BW alum, Clint most recently taught at Ohio Wesleyan University. He maintains an active career as a professional composer. Several of his works have been performed and/or commissioned by leading ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, American Composers Orchestra, United States Air Force Band of the West, and the American Brass Quintet, among others. His work has been performed nationally as well as in Japan, Europe, Australia and most recently South America.

Christian Nsiah

Associate Professor, Division of Business Administration

Ph.D., M.A., B.B.A., Middle Tennessee State University

Christian's experience includes being an Associate Professor of economics/finance at Black Hills State University (South Dakota). Christian has published extensively and frequently presents his research work in the areas of international economics, economic development and economic growth at regional, national and international conferences and workshops. Christian is a three-time Olympian and had been a volunteer coach for the Black Hills State University track team.


Jared Pennington

Program Director, Physician Assistant Program
Division of Health and Physical Education

M.H.S., Drexel University

Jared has extensive experience as a practicing physician assistant in abdominal organ transplantation, emergency medicine, and pediatrics. He has taught at Drexel University and The University of Akron. He is actively pursuing a doctorate in public health from Kent State University under a specialization in health policy and management with research interests in the intersection of physician assistant practice and public health, access to care for underserved children, and chronic disease epidemiology in pediatric populations.


Christopher Turner

Director and Professor, Neuroscience Program

Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch; M.S., Indiana University; B.S., Chelsea College, University of London

Chris was most recently on the faculty in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he pioneered the inclusion of undergraduate students in federally funded research. Before assuming this position, he completed two different post doctoral fellowships in neuroscience at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and served as a research scientist at both Yale Medical School and UCSF. His research interests include the impact of drug and injury on the immature brain, cell death in the immature brain, and the potential link between neonatal brain injury and schizophrenia.


Susan Van Vorst

Director, Conservatory of Music

M.A. Arts Management, The University of Akron; B.A., Kent State University

Susan joined the BW in April. Prior to her appointment, she was a senior development professional for The Cleveland Orchestra, where she led her staff in support of the annual fund, comprehensive funds campaign and other initiatives to advance the institution financially and strategically. Before joining The Cleveland Orchestra, she was Foundation President and Vice President, Fund Development for Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Susan is not new to BW. From 1989-97 she led enrollment efforts for the BW Conservatory of Music.

Robert Vance

Associate Director of Choral Studies and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education, Conservatory of Music

D.M.A., University of Cincinnati; M.M., B.M., Western Michigan University

Robert brings several years of diverse teaching experience, including Voice Instruction, Choral Conducting and Music Education Instruction. He has held faculty and Choral Conducting positions at Xavier University, Gettysburg College, University of Cincinnati and Western Michigan University and at high school and middle school levels. His accomplishments include numerous solo and choral performance credits both nationally and abroad.

Joseph Yonke

Assistant Professor/Academic Coordinator, Physician Assistant Program, Division of Health and Physical Education

M.S., B.S., University of Toledo; M.P.H., The Ohio State University; B.S., Bowling Green State University

Joseph has practiced as a physician assistant in emergency medicine, hospital medicine, and infectious disease settings at such facilities as the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Department of Public Health and Saint John Westshore Hospital. His research interests include HIV/AIDS, health disparities, physician assistant practice issues, as well as psychiatric disease. He served as a clinical advisor on medical mission to Peru, has given various lectures, and served as a clinical preceptor.


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