Rebecca Smith, Host
Executive Director, The Offices of Strengths & Vocation
Rebecca Smith is a Believer, Maximizer and Connector. She is committed to making San Diego a better place to work, play, learn and visit.
She is Executive Director of The Offices of Strengths & Vocation at Point Loma Nazarene University, which provides career services to undergraduate students.
Rebecca serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of San Diego County, where she is Chair of the Women's Leadership Council. She was appointed in 2012 as a Commissioner for the City of San Diego, Commission for Arts & Culture. She is Chair of the Advocacy & Outreach Committee, leading the charge to secure public funding for local arts organizations.
Thriving at the intersection of business and education, her career includes working as a Recruiting Consultant at Eastridge Workforce Solutions, Vice President at the San Diego Workforce Partnership, Career Coach at QUALCOMM, Associate Principal at High Tech High, and Employment Coordinator at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.
She holds a Master of Education in Counseling from University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, San Diego. Rebecca is an active member of The Rock Church.
David Adey, M.F.A.
Professor, Art + Design
David Adey is a PLNU alum and Professor of Art and Design. He began his career in graphic design working for clients such as Intel, Pepsi, Nike, Qualcomm, Taylor Guitars, Hasbro and Universal Studios. His more recent cut-paper works explore the fraught intersection between our physical bodies and the increasingly digitized world they inhabit. His sculpture has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Orange County Museum of Art, Torrance Art Museum, Cranbrook Art Museum and galleries and venues nationally and internationally. His Hide series was selected for the “State of The Art, Discovering American Art Now” exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. This exhibition is currently touring nationally and will open in February at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. His work has been reviewed and featured in publications including Art in America, Art Ltd., LA Weekly, Installation Magazine, Artbound by KCET, Riviera Magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune, Wired, KPBS and The Huffington Post who ranked his installation sculpture “John Henry” among the top 10 exhibitions for 2010.
Jamie Gates, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Justice and Reconciliation
Jamie Gates, M.Div., Ph.D., serves Point Loma Nazarene University as Professor of cultural anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Social Work and as the Director of the university’s Center for Justice and Reconciliation (www.pointloma.edu/cjr). Having been raised in and studied apartheid South Africa, Jamie continues to focus on justice and reconciliation as central concern. Jamie and his family founded and lived in a covenant household with another Christian family 2005–2008, learning to live simply and sharing all goods in common in the spirit of the early Christian communities (Acts 2 and 4). He became an
ordained minister in 2006.
Jamie lives with his favorite roommate Michelle, married to her since 1992, and together they’ve shared their home with Charisa, Anthony and Micael. They all love singing together and Jamie will even occasionally bust out the saxophone.
He loves playing with their two dogs, Charlie and Ell. But you’ll often find him out on the PLNU tennis courts beating on that small fuzzy yellow ball with anyone who will join him. Table tennis is also
not out of the question. Lord of the Rings
Concern for the immigrant in our midst has been
of strong interest to Jamie since he himself immigrated back and forth to South Africa as a missionary kid. Jamie has developed lectures, seminars and workshops on immigration, theology and the church for multiple settings.
Jamie is also committed to interfaith work as part
of his Christian call to be “ambassadors of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5.7-18). He has been a leading member of the Interfaith Center for Worker Justice for over a decade, working for better wages, benefits and working conditions for the lowest paid workers. This also led to concern for living wages all along the supply chains that fuel
the products and services in our lives.
Working for the sake of human trafficking survivors has become an important part of Jamie’s life. He co-lead the National Institute of Justice research project “Measuring the Extent and Nature of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in the San Diego/Tijuana Border Region” (2013–2015). He co-chairs the Research and Data Committee of the San Diego County Advisory Council on Human Trafficking and CSEC. He mentors campus organizers against human trafficking. He also serves as faith-based organizer with the following national and local organizations: Faith Alliance Against Slavery and Trafficking, Churches Against Trafficking, Interfaith Center for Worker Justice and the Wesleyan-Holiness Consortium Freedom Network. Jamie is the lead consultant to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, USA/Canada on
Jamie is co-author of Living Justice:
Revolutionary Compassion in a Broken World (2007) and co-author/editor of Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination (2012).
April Maskiewicz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology
Director, University Now Program
After teaching high school biology from 1990–1999, April Cordero Maskiewicz returned to college to earn her doctorate in Math and Science Education from the biological and natural sciences departments at UCSD and SDSU, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at UCSD in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Now, as a biology professor at Point Loma Nazarene University, April’s research focuses on developing more effective approaches for teaching introductory ecology and evolution that are grounded in the learning sciences literature. April is deeply committed to helping students and the church engage in meaningful conversations that bridge the science and religion divide. She also helps to educate and empower first generation college students as the Director of the University NOW program.
Ted Vickey, Ph.D.(c)
Adjunct Professor, Kinesiology
Ted Vickey is the Founder & President of FitWell, Inc., a fitness consulting company specializing in innovation and emerging technology. He is also currently completing a Ph.D. in Engineering, focusing on interdisciplinary research within exercise science, technology, and social networking at the National University of Ireland at Galway. He is an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for the American Council on Exercise,
the largest non-profit accredited certification organization in the fitness industry. He has also consulted with companies and organizations such as the White House, Department of Commerce, Securities and Exchange Commission, Fruit of the Loom, TSA, Sylvania, and Allied Irish Bank.
Hadley Wood, Ph.D.
Professor, French and Literature
Raised in St. Louis, MO, educated in New England, living in California for many years with her late Oklahoma husband, and frequently visiting France, Hadley Wood considers herself appropriately eclectic and eccentric, if not downright funky. Being at a small Christian liberal arts establishment has not always allowed her to teach her specialization of 16th and 17th century French literature. Instead, she developed language teaching skills (she published a text with Houghton Mifflin) and some familiarity with Children’s Literature, World Drama, Michel Foucault and Literary Criticism. Such a disparate teaching assignment has been unified by an abiding fascination with teaching itself and with determining how to make specific material and skills accessible to as many students as possible.
As the former Director of PLNU’s Center for Teaching and Learning and former Director of the Honor’s Program, Dr. Wood pursued the passion for teaching with two different and far more complex audiences. Although currently retired from full-time teaching, she continues to be energized by some challenging part-time teaching assignments. She is currently teaching her dog to use a seat belt when in the car. He’s not a promising student, but
Dr. Wood has not abandoned hope.