EMU at Lancaster


Nancy Wise
RN to BSN Site Coordinator

Nancy has been teaching full-time in the Eastern Mennonite University Lancaster RN-to-BS in Nursing Program since July 2014.

Prior to full-time teaching at EMU Lancaster, Nancy taught at EMU Lancaster as an adjunct faculty member, and also gained teaching experience through her role as clinical and classroom instructor, Harrisburg Area Community College Lancaster Campus 2009-2014, clinical instructor at Alvernia University, 2013, and through several graduate assistantships at Villanova University, 2009-2013.

Nancy has gained valuable experience in conducting research studies, and publishing research findings through her own research in the pregnant adolescent population, and through active participation on externally-funded research committees at Villanova University.

Nancy is married to Brian and has a son (Serving in the Army Reserves), daughter-in-law, grandson Owen, and daughter, son-in-law (serving in the US Air force). She and her family have attended LCBC for several years and Nancy is an active volunteer in teen ministry.

Adjunct Faculty


Mary Jensen
Associate Provost

Mary Krahn Jensen has served as associate provost of EMU at Lancaster since July 1, 2015. Prior to that, she was employed for 18 years at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN, holding a variety of roles including Director of the MA in Marriage and Family Studies program and Associate Dean of Academics. She received her Ed.D. in organization learning and development from the University of St. Thomas in 2010. Her research examined the impact of self-awareness on the leadership practice of educators. She has also co-authored a several articles on relational spirituality and formation. She is a qualified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and provides consultation regarding intercultural development in the education sector. She is the parent of two adult sons.

Mark Wenger
Director of Pastoral Studies

Before picking up his current director responsibilities, Mark pastored for more than eighteen years in Pennsylvania and Virginia. Now he combines administrative and teaching responsibilities for the STEP Program (Study and Training for Effective Pastoral Ministry), and for Master of Divinity level seminary courses in southeastern Pennsylvania. His research and writing interests are in the areas of preaching and worship, particularly rites and ministries of healing. He and his wife Kathy attend Groffdale Mennonite Church; they have two young adult daughters Regina and Charlotte. He likes to sing, to talk politics and theology and do fix-up projects around the home. He writes a bi-monthly “Matters of Faith” column for the Lancaster (Pa.) Sunday News.

Tandi Book
Grad Academic Program Asst

Tandi lives in Lancaster city with her husband, John Thomas. They attend Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster. In her free time she enjoys gardening, making soap, and cooking up old-fashioned foods. Tandi graduated from Temple University with a degree in Geography & Urban Studies.

Ashley Goudie
Enrollment Counselor
Assistant Director, MA in Ed
Sheryn Jerchau
Student Accounts Coordinator
Steve Kriss
Assoc Dir Pastoral Studies

Steve is a pastor, student, teacher, follower of Jesus living in Philadelphia. He’s studied communication and continues to write a column for Mennonite World Review frequently. As a pastor, Steve has served with Mennonite congregations in Johnstown, PA and Staten Island, NY and with emerging groups in Pittsburgh. He currently worships with Philadelphia Praise Center, a growing multiethnic, urban Anabaptist congregation. Steve enjoys traveling, writing, biking and is committed to living a healthy life of rest, risk and learning that prioritizes relationships with family, friends, colleagues, faith communities and neighbors near and far.

Marcy Root
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
Lisa Sauder
Registration & Advising Coord
Julie Siegfried
Director of Operations

Julie Siegfried was born and raise in Doylestown, Pa. She is married to Fred Siegfried and has four adult children. Julie and her husband Fred spent the first few years of marriage with MCC on a native Canadian reservation as community development workers. Prior to moving to Lancaster, Pa., Julie and Fred spent about six years as full-time staff at Spruce Lake Retreat in the Poconos.
Julie’s life and career choices surround a love for family and the work of God’s kingdom within the Anabaptist community. Julie’s role as Director of Operations for EMU Lancaster continues to offer variety and opportunities to honor her family and faith community.

Catherine Stover
Assoc Dir Mktg & Program Dev

Catherine Stover was born in Bologna Italy. She grew up as a third culture kid and has lived in over 6 countries. She is married to Lynn Stover and has two children. Catherine and her husband are both former Peace Corps volunteers.

Catherine’s role as Associate Director of Marketing and Program Development for EMU Lancaster continues to offer variety and opportunities to honor her family and faith community.

Linda Witmer
Director RN to BS in Nursing

Linda is the Administrative Director of the Nursing program in Lancaster, PA. She teaches Community Health, Cultural Perspectives, Family Health, and Global Trends in Health in the RN-BS in Nursing program. Linda has 23 years of international experience, serving under both Mennonite Central Committee and Eastern Mennonite Mission with the K’ekchi’ Maya in Guatemala. She did leadership training and was the program coordinator for the health, development, and church programs. In 1996 Linda worked alongside the K’ekchi’ to initiate the Bezaleel Education Center for K’ekchi’ youth and a land project for landless K’ekchi’. Her work as a community health nurse in Coatesville, PA led to the initiation of Bridge of Hope, a program for homeless women and children. At Goshen College she taught Community Health, Transcultural Nursing, Health Care for the Poor and served as adjunct professor located in Guatemala offering an annual 3-week course on “Doing Theology in Latin America.”

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