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HNGR Faculty and Staff

James Huff, Ph.D. Headshot

James Huff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of HNGR and Anthropology, Associate Director of HNGR
Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D. Headshot

Laura S. Meitzner Yoder, Ph.D.

Director and John Stott Chair of Human Needs and Global Resources; Professor of Environmental Studies

Laurel SchoneLaurel Schone, M.A.

Student Support Coordinator

Laurel Schone has an M.A. in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Wheaton College and most recently worked as a counselor at a nonprofit counseling agency in Chicago. Laurel brings significant international experience to the position, having lived and worked in a global context for almost a decade, working with trafficked women in Nepal, and helping individuals and families navigate the ups and downs of cross-cultural adjustment. She has a passion for walking alongside people living and learning in international environments, and enjoys a good cup of coffee, being in the mountains, and seeing people thrive.

Kelly Wilson, M.A.

Partnership and Placement Manager

Kelly grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City and studied Environmental Science and Spanish at Wheaton.  She participated in HNGR and completed her internship in 2015 with Fundación San Lucas in Nicaragua.  Kelly is incredibly thankful to be a part of the HNGR team, where she has the joy of maintaining the links with HNGR’s network of over 80 current partners and making connections with new organizations and faith communities that could host student interns. Through personalized discernment conversations, Kelly works to match students with internship placements that fit them well according to their field of study, personality, and passions, then support the logistics to make the placements a reality. She is honored to support students, accompany partners, and foster an environment that prioritizes doing justice and listening to marginalized people as the heralds of the Kingdom.

Laura AtkinsonLaura Atkinson

Office Coordinator

grew up in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton College in 1996 with a degree in Sociology. Her work experience includes a variety of “helping roles” ranging from Social Services at a nursing home; a teacher’s aid in preschool; a director of children’s ministry; and most recently before HNGR, working as Office Coordinator in the Athletics department on Wheaton’s campus. 

Laura and her husband Tim have lived in Wheaton since 1996 and have three children. Outside of school, the kids enjoy a variety of sports, friends and youth group. Laura is excited to be serving in the HNGR department where she can use her passion to help others. She enjoys developing relationships with the HNGR students as well as the many partners, faculty, parents, and others associated with the program.

Nina MantalabaNina Mantalaba

HNGR Communications Specialist

Nina Mantalaba was a HNGR intern in 2019, interning in Quezon City, Philippines. There, she learned about holistic transformation through storytelling and sharing art. She graduated from Wheaton in 2020 with a degree in Anthropology and Psychology.

Nina is passionate about listening to, learning from, and amplifying others’ voices. She enjoys conducting interviews and curating others’ stories into different pieces of media. She believes that by listening to others' stories, one can connect, empathize, and relate with others around the globe.

Other than a well-crafted interview, she enjoys connecting with students, visiting museums, and creating art with others.

HNGR Supporting Faculty

HNGR is supported by the following advisory committee members. Many other Wheaton College faculty mentor, advise, and visit HNGR students in the field. 

James Beitler, Ph.D. Headshot

James Beitler, Ph.D.

Director of the Wade Center, Marion E. Wade Chair of Christian Thought, and Professor of English
Enoch Hill, Ph.D. Headshot

Enoch Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Economics
Christine Jeske, Ph.D. Headshot

Christine Jeske, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Anthropology
Jake Johnson, PhD, LMFT Headshot

Jake Johnson, PhD, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Training Coordinator, Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Keith Johnson, Ph.D. Headshot

Keith Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor of Theology, Undergraduate Chair
Christine Goring Kepner, Ed.D. Headshot

Christine Goring Kepner, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Spanish
Hanmee Kim, Ph.D. Headshot

Hanmee Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History
Cherith Lundin, M.F.A. Headshot

Cherith Lundin, M.F.A.

Associate Professor of Art, Department Chair
Amy Reynolds, Ph.D. Headshot

Amy Reynolds, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Sociology
Jovanka Tepavčević, Ph.D. Headshot

Jovanka Tepavčević, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology