Speakers for 2021
From Beyond the Wheaton College Community
Writer and Speaker
Kathy Khang is a writer, speaker, and yoga teacher based in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and When to Speak Up and the Psalms Devotionals with the Alabaster Bible. She has more than 20 years of ministry experience focusing on leadership development and racial justice.
Deborah Masten lives in Chicago and is currently the Director of Global Personnel with Serve Globally, which is a part of the Evangelical Covenant Church. Formerly on staff at Quest Church in Seattle as the Associate Director of Global and Local Ministries, Deborah is a licensed therapist. She lived in Cambodia for 14 years, has 3 adult children who live on the West Coast, and is captivated by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. Deborah is also a huge Lenny Kravitz fan.
Dr. Jacqueline Ogega
Director, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion, World Vision
Co-Founder and President, Mpanzi Empowering Women and Girls
Dr. Jacqueline Ogega is the Director of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion at World Vision US and the co-founder and president of Mpanzi, a non-profit organization dedicated to female empowerment in rural Kenya. She earned her Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom and has more than 18 years of experience in international development and peacebuilding. Working with various organizations, Dr. Ogega has proven herself to be an invaluable teacher, researcher, and leader in addressing gender equality, social inclusion, child protection, and female empowerment through thought leadership, new business development, program quality assurance, and impact. A survivor of gender-based violence, she believes in individual agency, societal resilience and equity of systems as essential and achievable pathways to lasting, transformative change, all topics which she explores in her upcoming memoir.
Homeschooling Mother of 10
Rachel Schuchardt is a homeschooling mother of 10 children. She grew up as a missionary kid in Singapore, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College, and married her college sweetheart. She now spends her days teaching, mentoring college students, chasing toddlers, arbitrating disputes, and cooking large vats of food for unexpected dinner guests.
Executive Director, Christians for Social Action; Board of Directors, International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation, More in Common, Churches for Middle East Peace
Nikki Toyama-Szeto is an experienced speaker, writer, and trainer who encourages Christians to have a faith-fueled engagement with the world’s most challenging issues. Before serving as the Executive Director of Christians for Social Action (CSA), she served in leadership positions at International Justice Mission, the Urbana Conference, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. As a writer, editor, and speaker, Nikki focuses on topics such as justice, leadership, gender, ethnicity, faith, and organizational culture. She completed her masters in organizational leadership at Eastern University, studying in South Africa, and currently resides in the DC metro area with her family.
Follow Nikki on Twitter @ntoyamaszeto, learn more about her at Christians for Social Action, and find her books on Amazon.com.
Sandra Maria Van Opstal
Executive Director and Co-Founder of Chasing Justice
Sandra Maria Van Opstal is a second-generation Latina and the Executive Director of Chasing Justice. An author, pastor, and activist on the west side of Chicago, she holds a M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is currently pursuing doctoral work in Urban Leadership and Transformation. Sandra has provided leadership for global movements such as Lausanne, The Justice Conference, and Urbana Missions conference and serves as a board member for CCDA. Her work centers the pursuit of justice under the umbrella of the global church for the mobilization of the next generation of leaders.
Kimi Bryson ‘17
Master of Arts in Religion
Writer; Doctoral Student, Rutgers University
Kimi is a writer, Black feminist, Ph.D. student, and gluten-free baker. Her writing and research explores gender, sexuality, faith, and race. She is professionally, personally, and spiritually committed to helping Black women and other women of color get free. Her work is featured in The Wheaton Tide, Clerestory Mag, and in her monthly substack newsletter Poets and Revolutionaries.
Charity Fort, J.D., ‘12
Attorney; Speaker; Board Member, Wheaton College Center for Urban Engagement Board of Advisors, among others
Charity Fort, a graduate of Harvard Law School and Wheaton College, is a practicing attorney who works at the intersection of finance and real estate. She has spent the majority of her career working in "big law” and has recently elected to focus more specifically on affordable housing and community development. Ms. Fort has mentored a number of students and colleagues as they transitioned into corporate work spaces. She has also served many hours as an advisor and member of not-for-profit boards.
Liuan Huska, ‘09
Author, Freelance Writer
Liuan Huska is the author of the recently-released book Hurting Yet Whole: Reconciling Body and Spirit in Chronic Pain and Illness. She studied anthropology as an undergraduate student at Wheaton and as a masters student at the University of Chicago. She has written for publications including Christianity Today, Sojourners, The Christian Century, Hyphen, and Geez. She lives with her husband and three little boys in West Chicago.
Find Liuan on Twitter @LiuanHuska, Facebook @LiuanHuskaAuthor, and on her website.
Alumnae, Faculty and Staff
Crystal Cartwright ‘08
Second-year Doctoral Student in Higher Education
Director of the Student Activities Office, Wheaton College
Crystal M. Cartwright, MBA, serves as the Director of Wheaton College's Student Activities Office and is a second-year doctoral student in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Crystal is passionate about racial justice and women's empowerment, and as a leader and advisor, she is committed to advocating for the inclusion of women of color's intersectional experiences in conversations, community building, and scholarship. Crystal’s scholarly interests are centered on the racial identity development of Black undergraduate women at predominantly White Christian institutions. She considers it a privilege to walk alongside and mentor students in their spiritual, leadership, gendered, and racial-ethnic identity development.
Contact Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Becky L. Eggimann, Ph.D., ‘00
Dean of Natural Sciences and Associate Professor Chemistry, Wheaton College
Dr. Eggimann is a chemistry professor and Dean of Natural Sciences at Wheaton College. A computational chemist, she uses computers and programs to create models of complex chemical systems and then sees the interactions of the molecules and atoms that comprise the system. Fascinated by the molecular world, Dr. Eggimann’s research interests are intensely focused on molecular details. Her research involves using molecular simulations, primarily Monte Carlo methods, to investigate the microscopic properties of interesting aqueous systems. Apart from research and teaching, Dr. Eggimann enjoys spending time with friends and being a part of the Wheaton community.
Learn more about Dr. Eggimann.
Dr. Christin J. Fort, ‘10
Professor, Wheaton College; Scholar, Speaker, Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Christin Fort is a clinical psychologist who is deeply invested in the integration of clinical psychology and theology. One of her favorite personal challenges as a professor is finding ways to incorporate key themes from the Biblical text into the lecture of the day. As a practicing clinician, she also enjoys working with clients who struggle to find meaning and purpose in the midst of pain and suffering. The experiential knowledge of the ways that human beings search for, and create, meaning through the experience of pain serves as a catalyst for her research and offers practical application points for use in academic and church leadership contexts.
Emily Langan ‘94, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Communication, Wheaton College
Dr. Emily Langan serves as an Associate Professor of Communication at Wheaton College, but serves primarily as a scholar and teacher of close relationships. Dr. Langan centers her scholarship on friendships, a uniquely important interpersonal relationship type. Dr. Langan earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University and is professionally affiliated with the International Association of Relationship Research, the National Communication Association, and the Religious Communication Association. She believes that we are designed to live interdependently with others because we were created in the image of God.
Find Dr. Langan on Twitter @iheartsharpy, Instagram @iheartsharpy, and her online faculty profile.
Professor Lilianna Quiroa-Crowell, ‘12
Visiting Assistant Lecturer in Urban Studies and Anthropology, Wheaton College
Professor Lilianna Quiroa-Crowell is a cultural anthropologist and doctoral student at the Graduate Center, CUNY. This year she teaches in the anthropology and urban studies department. Her scholarship focuses on the banana industry in Guatemala and Maya Indigenous political organizing. Professor Quiroa-Crowell’s interests lie in the relationship between memory, violence, and contemporary Indigenous women organizing.
Faculty and Staff
Dr. Sheila Caldwell
Chief Intercultural Engagement Officer, Wheaton College
Dr. Sheila Caldwell is a diversity and student success champion with nearly two decades of experience in higher education. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and, prior to coming to Wheaton College, served as an advisor, director, investigator, liaison and advocate within the Technical College System of Georgia and the University of Georgia. Through her work, Dr. Caldwell has enhanced equity and college completion for underrepresented students, created diversity leadership and vision statements, and fostered academic attitudes of inclusivity. Recognized as an accomplished, exemplary leader, her professional affiliations include memberships with National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education, Complete College America, and Southern Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel.
Tanya D. Egler, B.S. Ed
Director of Wheaton College Gospel Choir
Program Assistant, Office of Multicultural Development, Wheaton College
Tanya Egler is a talented vocalist with over thirty years of musical experience. Raised in a musical family, Tanya and her late husband, Pastor Calvin Egler, passed on their passion for music to their three children who witnessed their parents singing across the globe. The Eglers have shared their expertise as music and media workshop facilitators, and they continue to tour globally. As a soloist, vocal coach, music workshop clinician, and director of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir, she has coordinated tours, appeared on television, sang, produced and written music professionally. Tanya’s greatest joy is to sing, encourage, and inspire others through music.
Find Tanya on Instagram @tanyamickegler and Facebook.
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Dr. Karen An-hwei Lee
Provost and Professor of English, Wheaton College
National Books Critics Circle
Dr. Karen An-hwei Lee serves as the Provost at Wheaton College. She earned her Ph.D. from University of California-Berkeley, served as Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer and Point Loma Nazarene University, taught at Seattle Pacific University’s MFA program, and served as professor and department chair at Vanguard University. A poet, novelist, literary critic, and scholar, Dr. Lee has been published in national literary journals such as Prairie Schooner and Washington Square Review. Her scholarly interests include poetry, fiction, and world literature.
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt, Fr.Hist.S.
Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Wheaton College; Fellow, Royal Historical Society; Vice-President, Calvin Studies Society Board; Teaching Elder (Pastor), Presbyterian Church (USA); Author
Dr. Jennifer Powell McNutt is the Franklin S. Dyrness Associate Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Wheaton College. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of St. Andrews. Dr. McNutt is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and is involved in academic societies including SCSC, ASCH, ETS, and AAR. An award-winning teacher and author, she is an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and serves as Parish Associate at First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn along with her husband, the Rev. Dr. David McNutt.
Follow Dr. McNutt on Twitter @jpowellmcnutt and Instagram @jenniferpowellmcnutt.
Marie Morrison, Ph.D.
Staff Therapist, Wheaton College Counseling Center
Dr. Marie Morrison is completing her postdoctorate as she serves as a staff therapist at the Wheaton College Counseling Center. Before coming to Wheaton, she counseled university students in Cambridge and community members through All Souls Anglican Church in London. She has led guided meditation and relaxation in Canada, the UK, refugee camps on the Greek island of Lesbos, and here in Wheaton.
Dr. Emily Hunter McGowin
Assistant Professor of Theology, Wheaton College
Priest and Canon Theologian, Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (ACNA)
Dr. Emily Hunter McGowin is an assistant professor of theology at Wheaton College, a priest and canon theologian in the Diocese of Churches for the Sake of Others (ACNA), and the author of the book Quivering Families. She is currently working on a practical theology of families, tentatively titled Households of Faith (IVP, forthcoming). Her areas of expertise include systematic theology, practical theology, theology and gender, and ethnography. Dr. McGowin’s interests lie in bringing history and texts into conversation with the lived experience of Christian communities.
Director of Equity and Title IX, Wheaton College
As the Director of Equity and Title IX at Wheaton College, Diane Padilla is responsible for ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff have equitable access to education, programs, and employment opportunities. Prior to her work at Wheaton, Diane served as an Assistant General Counsel and Executive Director in JP Morgan Chase & Co.’s Employment Law Group; she also practiced law at a large immigration firm with the federal government and a non-profit agency. Diane received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law.
Amy N. Allan, Ph.D.
Student, Old Testament Biblical Studies
Old Testament Scholar, Speaker, and Professional Musician
Amy is a third year Ph.D. student whose research interests include patristic and rabbinic interpretation of the Scripture, anthropomorphic language for God, Old Testament prophets, ancient Near Eastern culture, and feminist theological approaches to the Bible. She is currently in the ordination process with a call to bridge the divide between ecclesial and academic settings. Her heart for ministry includes concerns for the holistic care of abuse survivors, anti-racism activism, preaching, care for the homeless, and creative ways to honor and represent her Native American heritage in the Church.
Find Amy on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/amy-nichole-a-78b66376/.
Rev. Abi Cyr
Church planter and pastor, L!FE Church Manchester, New Hampshire
Abi Cyr is a graduate student with the Propel Cohort of women at Wheaton College. She and her college sweetheart Joe planted and co-pastor L!FE Church in southern NH, where they nest with their six children by birth and adoption. Abi’s heart is for people to experience Jesus and to welcome His healing and transformation in every facet of their lives.
Find Abi on Instagram @abi.cyr and Facebook Pastor Abi Cyr.
Graduate Assistant, Office of Multicultural Development, Wheaton College
Cristina Guevara, of Cliffwood, NJ, completed her B.A. in Psychology at Wheaton in the Spring of 2019. She is now pursuing her Master's in Higher Education and Student Development, making this her sixth year at Wheaton. Cristina has the ultimate privilege of serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of Multicultural Development, where she serves Unidad, Wheaton's Latino/a student organization; the Shalom Community, a multicultural living-learning community; and the Summit Scholars Program. Cristina hopes to continue working in higher education in positions focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Find Cristina on social media @cristinaeguevara.
Camisha Kibble, M.A.
Doctoral Candidate, Wheaton College; Therapy Extern, University of Chicago Medical Center
Camisha Kibble is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Wheaton’s Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program. Originally from the south, she has lived in both Texas and Arkansas. Camisha’s work focuses on the experiences of African Americans within the United States with regards to racism, activism, and faith practices; she emphasizes these experiences with the hopes of building a foundation for sustainable activism and communal wellness.
Find Camisha on Instagram @peaceinparsimony and Facebook as Camisha Kibble.