Dr. Rebecca J. Stoltzfus

Dr. Rebecca StoltzfusPresident

Goshen College 2017 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7180

B.A., Goshen College
M.A., Cornell University
Ph.D., Cornell University

President Rebecca J. Stoltzfus became the 18th president of Goshen College in 2017. A 1983 Goshen College graduate, she was vice provost for undergraduate education and professor of human nutrition at Cornell University before returning to lead her alma mater.

President Stoltzfus studied chemistry at Goshen College and received master’s and doctoral degrees in human nutrition from Cornell University. Before joining the Cornell faculty in 2002, she taught human nutrition at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (Baltimore, Maryland) — the top-ranked school of public health in the United States. Her ongoing research focuses on the causes and consequences of malnutrition in women and children in low-income countries.

As a vice provost at Cornell, President Stoltzfus oversaw initiatives designed to enhance undergraduate instruction and campus efforts to support inclusivity and academic success for all 14,000-plus undergraduate students. She was part of the leadership team of Engaged Cornell, a university-wide public engagement initiative.

President Stoltzfus is married to Kevin W. Miller, a 1985 Goshen College graduate. They are parents of two young adults, Lydia ’18 and Gabe Miller ’20.

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Dominique Burgunder-Johnson

Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment

Goshen College 2015 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7568

B.A., Goshen College
M.B.A., Eastern Mennonite University

As vice president for marketing and enrollment, Dominique Burgunder-Johnson oversees the development, implementation and assessment of holistic college brand and marketing strategies that result in the highest impact, return on investment, and outcomes for the institution. As well, she provides direction and leadership to traditional undergraduate admissions and financial aid.

Burgunder-Johnson graduated from Goshen College in 2006 where she double majored in history, and peace, justice and conflict studies. She later went on to study marketing and communications at Central State University, and earned a Master of Business Administration in 2016 from Eastern Mennonite University. She also served as a member of the Goshen College Alumni Board from 2013-2015.

Prior to her return to GC in 2015, Burgunder-Johnson lived in Washington, DC where she held leadership positions at two of the country’s largest environmental advocacy nonprofits as director of online campaigns for The National Wildlife Federation, and as the director of digital innovation for The Sierra Club.

Jewel Lehman

Professor of Kinesiology, 2018-19 Faculty Chair

Goshen College 2004 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7658

B.S., Eastern Mennonite College
M.S., James Madison University
Ed.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Jewel Lehman is a kinesiology professor and department chair. Upon graduation from Eastern Mennonite University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education, Lehman taught at Bethany Christian High School and coached volleyball, JV basketball, track and field, and later softball. Afterward, she returned to her hometown of Harrisonburg, Virginia, to pursue a master’s degree at James Madision University. While in graduate school, she had a teaching assistantship and the opportunity to assist with their NCAA DI volleyball program.

After graduating, Lehman coached volleyball and taught at Campbell University in North Carolina. In 1998, she began a Doctor of Education program at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, and taught motor learning, racquetball, wellness, aerobic conditioning, weight lifting, tennis and other undergraduate courses. She later began teaching at Greensboro College as an adjunct before accepting a full-time contract teaching physical education classes in the teacher licensure program.

In 2014, Lehman began teaching at Goshen College in the education department, and coaching the volleyball team. The following year, she accepted the chair position and a teaching assignment in the physical education department. In 2012, the department name was changed to kinesiology and an exercise science major was added. She was awarded tenure and promoted to full professor the following year. Her teaching load continues to include courses in the exercise science program, physical education teacher licensure classes and the capstone class for seniors. In addition to departmental administration, Lehman supervises student teachers and interns on a regular basis. In 2017, the department collaborated with the business and communication departments to add a sport management major.

Lehman is a certified exercise physiologist and personal trainer by the American College of Sport Medicine, one of the most respected associations in the field. She continues practicing personal training on a limited basis in the Greencroft Rinker Family Wellness Center. She connects Goshen College kinesiology students with opportunities there and other internship sites in the community, including the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facility in Goshen Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center. Lehman completed an IDEA Fit: Exercise and Functional Training for Older Adults certificate from the Functional Aging Institute in 2017.

Gilberto Pérez, Jr.

Dean of Students

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7434

B.A., Eastern Mennonite University
M.S.W., Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico

As Dean of Students, Gilberto Pérez, Jr. provides direction and leadership to the offices of residence life, campus ministries, counseling and health and academic support center. He serves as a liaison among administrators, teaching faculty, parents and students. Perez communicates with parents and other necessary parties to address students’ personal and academic development. He serves broader campus community on select committees that address academic, institution and constituency concerns. As the adviser for Student Senate and director of student leadership program, he supports the larger learning environment through development of policies and programs promoting the personal growth of students within the college’s mission and values. Perez also assist offices in the interpretation and compliance of federal laws and guidelines, such as Title IX, FERPA, American Disability Act and contributed to successful reaccreditation process by the Higher Learning Commission.

Pérez has served as associate professor of social work at Goshen College since 2012 and became senior director of intercultural development and educational partnerships in the college’s Center for Intercultural and International Education in 2014. Prior to coming to Goshen College, Pérez was employed at Northeastern Center, a community mental health center in Northeast Indiana. There he worked on authoring the Bienvenido curriculum, a nationally recognized mental health promotion curriculum for Latino immigrants that addresses access to mental health services, increased knowledge of mental health and increased sense of belonging for Latinos in their respective communities. The curriculum has been implemented in 13 cities in Indiana and is available in 14 states across the United States.

Pérez earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), as well as a graduate certificate in conflict transformation from EMU. He earned a master’s degree in social work from the Universidad Interamericana in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers. His social work experiences include hospice social work, emergency social services 911 and community mental health. Pérez lives in Goshen with his wife and three children.

Deanna Risser

Vice President for Finance

Goshen College 1999 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7557

B.A., Bluffton University
M.B.A., Indiana University, South Bend

As vice president for finance, Deanna Risser oversees accounting and auxiliaries such as the bookstore and dining hall services.

In her time at Goshen, Risser has worked in various departments in addition to her work in finance, including church relations, human resources, provost’s office and institutional research. She led a unit of Study-Service Term in Nicaragua in 2012. She was instrumental in updating the Employee Handbook and providing overall support for the 2015 comprehensive evaluation for continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Risser is involved in several local nonprofit organizations. She is past board chair and volunteers at Ten Thousand Villages in Goshen, and is current board chair at The Hermitage, a contemplative retreat center near Three Rivers, Michigan. Risser is a Middlebury native and resides in Goshen.

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Dr. Ann Vendrely

Vice President for Academic Affairs & Academic Dean

Goshen College 2018 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7503

B.A., Goshen College
M.S., University of Indianapolis
Ed.D., Loyola University Chicago
D.P.T., Regis University

As vice president for academic affairs and academic dean, Dr.  Ann Vendrely is responsible for managing and administering the academic programs consistent with the mission of Goshen College and overseeing the Good Library, Mennonite Historical Library, Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center, general education, international education, graduate and continuing studies, and the registrar’s office.

Prior to coming to Goshen, Vendrely was the associate provost and associate vice president for academic affairs at Governors State University in University Park, Illinois, which included launching a new general education program and overseeing a successful accreditation process. She was also a professor of physical therapy at the university and previously served as the program coordinator for the school’s transitional doctor of physical therapy degree program.

Vendrely is married to fellow 1985 Goshen College graduate Pat Vendrely, and they are the parents of 2016 Goshen College graduates Kate and Chris Vendrely.

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Kathleen Yoder

Executive Assistant – Office of the President (ex officio)

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7501

B.A., Goshen College

Kathleen Yoder became the Executive Assistant for the Office of the President and joined the Cabinet in Fall 2015. Yoder performs the administrative and operational functions of the office of the president and provost, manages the business of the president’s office and provides support for the board of directors. She works with the Cabinet to facilitate communication between administrators, faculty and staff, students and external constituents.

Yoder moved to Goshen and began working for the college in 2012. Prior to her current role, Yoder served on the Enrollment Leadership Team for 2014-15 and as the HLC Coordinator for the 2015 comprehensive evaluation for continued institutional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission.

Todd Yoder

Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Goshen College 2012 – present

Phone: (574) 535-7645

B.A., Goshen College

Todd Yoder is a 1984 Goshen College alumnus who majored in biology and secondary education. A native of Ohio, he taught for several years before pursuing a career in sales management in Georgia and later in Pennsylvania. Yoder joined the Goshen College advancement team as a major gifts officer in 2012 because of his strong commitment to the mission of the college. He is an enthusiastic advocate for our academic programs, the Maple Leafs Athletic Club, the Music Center and many other aspects of the college. Yoder is actively involved in the Elkhart Rotary Club, and a member of the Wellfield Botanic Gardens Board of Directors and Salvation Army Advisory Board.