Faculty & Staff Directory

Senior Administrators

Jim Belcher

Jim Belcher

President

president@providencecc.edu
With his appointment as the 3rd president of Providence in July 2014, Dr. Belcher brings to the office a great zeal for Liberal Arts Education coupled with an ideal wealth of visionary leadership in the Reformed…Read more »

Dr. David Corbin

Dr. David Corbin

Vice President for Academic Affairs

dcorbin@providencecc.edu
Dr. David Corbin has taught political philosophy, American politics, international relations and politics & literature at the University of New Hampshire, Boston University, and The King’s College over two decades. Read more »

Dawn Dirksen

Dawn Dirksen

Vice President of Finance and Operations

dirksen@providencecc.edu
Dawn Dirksen is the director of finance and operations for Providence Christian College. She is responsible for the financial and business operations of the college. Read more »

Michael Kiledjian

Michael Kiledjian

Vice President of Advancement

mkiledjian@providencecc.edu
Michael Kiledjian is the Director of Advancement. He has a broad résumé in development and planned giving. Read more »

Brian DeHaan

Brian DeHaan

Director of Athletics

brian.dehaan@providencecc.edu
Brian DeHaan is the Director of Athletic at Providence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Azusa Pacific University, where he also competed in baseball, as well as Read more »

Geoff Shaw

Geoff Shaw

Dean of Student Life

geoff.shaw@providencecc.edu
Geoff Shaw is the Dean of Student Life at Providence. He graduated from Calvin College and Covenant Theological Seminary and has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and campus minister (with Reformed University Fellowship) in Southern California. Read more>>

Faculty

Brandon Addison

Brandon Addison

Director of Educational Technology and Online Learning and Adjunct Professor of Business

addison@providencecc.edu Brandon Addison was born and raised in Mishawaka, Indiana, in the shadow of the Golden Dome. In 2007, he migrated from the Midwest to Ontario, California to attend Providence Christian College, graduating in 2009…Read more »

John Cunningham

John Cunningham

Associate Professor of Humanities

cunningham@providencecc.edu
Dr. John Cunningham is associate professor of humanities. Prior to working at Providence, he spent many years as a pastor and counselor. Read more »

Whitney Gamble

Whitney Gamble

Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

gamble@providencecc.edu
Dr. Whitney Gamble is associate professor of biblical and theological studies at Providence Christian College. Read more »

Scott A. Swanson

Scott A. Swanson

Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies

swanson@providencecc.edu
Dr. Scott A. Swanson is professor of biblical and theological studies at Providence Christian College and one of the first full-time faculty members. He calls biblical and theological studies, “a tremendously exciting endeavor…Read more »

Jan Van Spronsen

Jan Van Spronsen

Director of Academic Resource Center, Director of Institutional Assessment, Disability Coordinator, Instructor of Education

vanspronsen@providencecc.edu
Jan grew up in Michigan and was transplanted to California thirty years ago. She received her degree in Special Education and Liberal Studies from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI and a Masters degree in Educational Leadership…Read more »

Adjunct Faculty

Alan Armes

Alan Armes

Adjunct Professor of Film and Video Production

armes@providencecc.edu
Alan Armes is a film & television Editor in Los Angeles, CA. Alan earned a BA in Art from Houghton College, NY with minors in Philosophy & Educational Ministries and then attended the LA Film Studies Center…Read more »

Ben Austin

Ben Austin

Adjunct Professor of Greek

austin@providencecc.edu
Dr. Austin was born in Thunder Bay Ontario, and lived in Winnipeg Manitoba until the age of nine. He lived in the Chicago Suburbs where he studied Theology and History at Trinity Christian College. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan…Read more »

Nicholas Barrett

Nicholas Barrett

Adjunct Instructor of English

barrett@providencecc.edu

Nick Barrett is from Denver, Colorado. He and his wife Rita moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend Fuller Seminary and work with youth at Hollywood Pres. Nick has a BA in Biblical Studies from Colorado Christian University and an MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He is currently pursuing a PhD at Fuller Seminary in Theology and Culture and an MA in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine.

Julie Bykerk

Julie Bykerk

Adjunct Instructor of Education

julie.bykerk@providencecc.edu
Julie Bykerk serves as an instructor of Children’s Literature at Providence Christian College. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with minors in English and history from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan…Read more »

Bernard Chadwick

Bernard Chadwick

Adjunct Instructor - Art

chadwick@providencecc.edu
Bernard (Bernie) Chadwick is a native southern Californian who has briefly lived in Costa Rica and Switzerland and has traveled throughout Europe and South America. He earned a BFA in Painting from the Laguna College of Art and Design…Read more »

Valentin Gonzalez-Bohorquez

Valentin Gonzalez-Bohorquez

Adjunct Instructor of Spanish

gonzalezbohorquez@providencecc.edu

Dianne Harmel

Dianne Harmel

Instructor of Music

dianne.harmel@providencecc.edu

Dianne Harmel, M.A., is the CEO and artistic director of Foothill Academy of Vocal Arts, a nonprofit organization she founded in 2006 to provide voice instruction and choral music opportunities for elementary and high school youth in the Greater Pasadena area. Harmel is an accomplished mezzo-soprano soloist specializing in oratorio work. She studied with Metropolitan Opera mezzo Herta Glaz while at the University of Southern California, and is pursuing a DMA in Music Education from Boston University.

Larry McHargue

Larry McHargue

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Biology

mchargue@providencecc.edu
Dr. Lawrence McHargue began his association with Providence Christian College in 2002 as a member of the Board of Directors and has added teaching duties as a visiting professor of science with the college…Read more »

Lawrence R. Mumford

Lawrence R. Mumford

Visiting Adjunct Professor of Music

mumford@providencecc.edu
Dr. Mumford is Professor of Music Theory, Music History, Aural Skills, and Piano.  He obtained his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from USC in 1989, and he has taught music at the university level since 1992…Read more »

Paula Orr

Paula Orr

Adjunct Instructor of English

orr@providencecc.edu

Paula Sword Orr joined PCC in the spring as an adjunct professor, and is the curriculum coordinator for the English and Communication Concentration. More>>

Dr. Chuck Ryor

Dr. Chuck Ryor

Adjunct Professor of Communication Arts

ryor@providencecc.edu
Chuck Ryor serves as an Adjunct Professor of Communications. Dr. Ryor is also a local Pastor at Prism Church in Pasadena (www.PrismChurch.com), which is part of the Sojourn Network of Churches. He received his PhD from Florida State University…Read more »

Joanna Schiestl

Joanna Schiestl

Adjunct Instructor of Sociology

scheistl@providencecc.edu

Jaci Schork

Jaci Schork

Adjunct Instructor

jaci.schork@providencecc.edu
Jaci has dipped her feet into almost every possible role at Providence over the last year, assisting the Women’s Volleyball team to a 12-13 record, training the Resident Assistants alongside Bethany and Johnathan, and educating the students in Physical Education courses as an Affiliate Professor…Read more »

Peter Uwarow

Peter Uwarow

Adjunct Instructor of English

uwarow@providencecc.edu
Peter F. Uwarow grew up in South Carolina, the son of a Christian college professor. As such, he grew up appreciating higher Christian education. He received a B.A. in the Humanities from a small Christian university…Read more »

Keri Whitaker

Keri Whitaker

Adjunct Instructor—Health and Physical Fitness

keri.whitaker@providencecc.edu
Keri was born and raised in Orange County, CA. She holds a Bachelors degree in liberal studies and a CA Teaching Credential. She taught at the elementary school level for 7 years in grades K–4…Read more »

Academic Office

Danielle Alsky

Danielle Alsky

Academic Success Director and Writing Center Coordinator

danielle.alsky@providencecc.edu

Danielle Alsky is a Providence graduate from the class of 2015, and she recently obtained her M.A. in Literature and Composition from California State University, Long Beach in May 2017. Forever a Sea Beggar at heart, she has returned to begin the new Writing Center at Providence and assist with student academic success and retention. >More

Max Belz

Max Belz

Director of Experiential Learning

max.belz@providencecc.edu Max Belz originally joined the Providence staff as an admissions counselor in 2009 and has since transitioned to directing experiential learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Covenant College…Read more »

Patty Tsai

Patty Tsai

Registrar

tsai@providencecc.edu
Though born on the east coast, Patty Tsai grew up in southern California. As a first generation Taiwanese American, she has had plenty of experience straddling two cultures and is very enthusiastic about Providence’s efforts to engage…Read more »

Elijah Villafana

Elijah Villafana

Assistant Registrar

elijahv@providencecc.edu
Elijah was part of the first graduating class in 2009. Having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in history and a minor in Biblical and Theological Studies…Read more »

Advancement Office

Michael Kiledjian

Michael Kiledjian

VP of Advancement

mkiledjian@providencecc.edu
626.696.4058

Mark Pomerville

Mark Pomerville

Advancement & Digital Media Manager

mark.pomerville@providencecc.edu
Mark Pomerville joins Providence after several years producing unscripted television programs such as MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, ABC’s Extreme Weight Loss and Game Show Network’s The American Bible ChallengeRead more »

Admissions Office

See Meet Your Counselor page

Business Office

Dawn Dirksen

Dawn Dirksen

VP of Finance and Operations

dirksen@providencecc.edu
626.696.4001

Dwayne Johansen

Dwayne Johansen

Business Manager

dwayne.johansen@providencecc.edu
626.696.4036

Brent Pafford

Brent Pafford

Associate Finance and Operations Analyst

brent.pafford@providencecc.edu
Brent Pafford serves as Associate Finance and Operations Analyst, previously serving as the Executive Assistant to the President..Read more »

Student Life Office

See Student Life Staff page

Library

Wanda DeVries

Wanda DeVries

Librarian

devries@providencecc.edu
626.696.4008

Athletics

Go to www.seabeggars.com to see full staff profiles and assistant coaches

Chris Chown

Chris Chown

Head Volleyball Coach

chris.chown@providencecc.edu
626.696.4051

Sam Mahtani

Sam Mahtani

Women's Soccer Coach

samuel.mahtani@providencecc.edu
626.696.4020

Sam Mahtani joined the Providence community in December 2014 to start the men’s and women’s soccer program and transitioned to only the women’s program in 2018. He holds a M.A. in Coaching & Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine, and a B.A. in Business Management from Trinity Christian College. In addition to his work at Providence, he is also the head boys soccer coach at Maranatha High School, is involved with various camps and FCA, and a photographer. Sam is a member of Grace Pasadena Church in Pasadena, CA.

Trevor Davidson

Trevor Davidson

Head Baseball Coach

trevor.davidson@providencecc.edu
626.696.4025

Trevor Davidson has been Providence Christian College Head Baseball Coach since 2017. Trevor was previously an Assistant Baseball Coach for Biola University. Coach Davidson holds an Associates (AA) Degree in general studies from College of the Canyons, a B.A. in Business Administration from California Lutheran University and will be completing his Master’s in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine in February. Trevor played two season of professional baseball for the Victoria Seals (2010) and the Tucson Toros (2011).  

Coach Davidson lives in Pasadena and is a member at Prism Church.

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Head Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach

matt.wilson@providencecc.edu

Walker Haynes

Walker Haynes

Men's Soccer Coach

walker.haynes@providencecc.edu

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