Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rodney '84 has consistently provided leadership in Wheaton's developing diverse community. He has helped to develop the greater than 80% retention rate of students of color at Wheaton and the recruitment of students, faculty, and administration throughout his greater than 30 years of ministry.
He has served on the Racial Harmony Commission of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; on the Board of the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference Inc.; on the Diversity Task Force of the Association of Christians in Student Development; and is a recipient of the latter's Jane Higa Award for Racial Harmony. Rodney and his wife Hasana '86 have two children and share a passion for Christ, music and encouraging others to rejoice in the Lord.
Interim Assistant Director
B.S. Human Development & Family Life, University of Alabama Certificate in Management, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio
Billye is a “developer” who finds joy in watching others reach their potential. During her 13 years at Wheaton, she previously worked as Telephone Services Manager, Career Coach and now serves in the Office of Multicultural Development. Although she spent two decades in corporate telecommunications, she defines her vocational calling as encouraging and supporting the development of others. She is married to Chip Kee and they have one daughter, Krista.
Gospel Choir Director/Program Assistant
Tanya Egler has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir for 28 years. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up in a singing family that fostered her love for God and music.
Tanya earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She and her husband Calvin '95 are co-founders of Passion Ministries. They are blessed to have three young adult children who love and serve God.
Hee-Jung joined the Office of Multicultural Development in December 2013 as Office Coordinator. As a former international student herself she understands the important role the Office of Multicultural Development may have in helping minority students become acclimated to Wheaton College.
She has enjoyed not only connecting with students and staff members but also helping them to reach their visions and goals. In her free time, she loves nature walking, gardening, doing DIY projects, traveling with her family, and cooking Korean foods.
Graduate Resident Assistant
B.A., International Studies, Spelman College, '15
M.A., Systematic Theology, Wheaton College, '19
Tuwa Karnley is pleased to have the opportunity to serve in the OMD this year. Tuwa was born in Atlanta, GA but spent most of her life in the beautiful (read: best) state of Maryland. In 2015 she earned her BA in International Studies with a concentration in Development from Spelman College in Atlanta. Following this she spent a year working in youth ministry and outreach at her church in Maryland. She is now pursuing her MA in Systematic Theology here at Wheaton College and is eager to see what God has in store for these two next years! In her free time Tuwa loves reading, chatting with friends, and craft projects. Stop by the OMD and say hello!