Leah Klapperich directs the art therapy program at Marian University. She is committed to the understanding that the creative process involved in the making of art is healing and life enhancing. This refers to not only visual art, but all of the arts, including music, poetry, drama, dance and movement.
As an educator, Klapperich strives to integrate the arts with academic excellence and creative process skills for the development of the whole person, mind, body and spirit.
Klapperich began an exploration of therapeutic arts while studying the relationship of the arts and human consciousness at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, Cali. Specializing in the use of the mask as symbol and art form, she found that masks can “unmask” deeper understandings of ourselves, our common ancestry with each other and our connectedness with the natural world. Masks integrating natural materials and human awareness continue to be her art expression of choice and can be further viewed at www.4leahsart.com.
Mary Klein has served as a professor at Marian University for more than 25 years, and has been recognized for her excellence in undergraduate teaching and academic advising. Her classroom focus is on service learning and application of knowledge, and has taught a variety of classes in communication, leadership and theology. Currently, she teaches primarily in the organizational communication emphasis in the traditional undergraduate program as well as many of the leadership courses. She has also taught masters and doctoral courses.
Her research interests include leadership of effective volunteer organizations. She is currently working with one of Marian's doctoral candidates on a research project assessing intercultural development during classroom instruction in the subject matter. Klein lives in Cleveland, Wisconsin near the shores of Lake Michigan where she gardens and bikes. She is member of the Lakeshore Chorale, and serves on its board of directors. Also, she is a cantor for Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Sheboygan, Wis. In her spare time, Klein knits, plays guitar, and is an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers.
Originally from Wautoma, Wis., Christina Kubasta earned her Master of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in poetry from the University of Notre Dame, and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wells College. Her chapbook, A Lovely Box, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2013. Her poems and translations have appeared in numerous journals, including So To Speak, Stand, The Spoon River Poetry Review, Verse Wisconsin and The Notre Dame Review.
She teaches composition, literature, creative writing and gender studies.
Brian Lydeen is originally from North Dakota and taught instrumental music at several levels ranging from beginning through university in North Dakota, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin.
He is a frequent saxophone and jazz guest artist and woodwind performer, as well as clinician and adjudicator throughout Wisconsin. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Lydeen is an active performer in many regional and area musical groups including the Wisconsin Symphonic Winds, the Searle Pickett Saxophone Quartet, and the Mohawk Avenue Jazz Band, and is director of the Lighthouse Big Band. He is also a member of the National Guard 132nd Army Band in Madison, Wis.
Dr. Lydeen’s performance credits include Allen Vizzutti, Aaron Neville, Bob Newhart, David “Fathead” Newman, Tom “Bones” Malone, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, Tony Scodwell, Kevin Mahogany, The Yellowjackets, David Liebman, Maria Schneider and Eugene Rousseau. He is also a reoccurring woodwind performer for Broadway show musicals traveling through Wisconsin.
Dr. Lydeen holds degrees in music education and saxophone performance from the University of Mary, the University of Northern Colorado, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His principle teachers include Loran Eckroth, Scott Prebys, Eric Nestler, Jim Riggs, Roger Greenburg, James Smith and Les Thimmig. He lives in Fond du Lac, Wis., with his wife and their two children.
John Morris received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in 1991, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1984; both degrees were in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Morris completed post-doctoral research at the Biological Process Technology Institute at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation and post-doctoral research involved protein separation for biochemical applications with focuses on precipitation and chromatography.
Dr. Morris entered the medical device field in 1993 working for Possis Medical, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Over a period of nine years as an engineer, research manager, and consultant, he worked on the design, testing, and manufacturing of the AngioJet® Thrombectomy System. This device allows radiologists and cardiologists to quickly and safely remove blood clots from the circulation, such as in the case of heart attacks. John also worked for St. Jude Medical on devices used to correct coronary arrhythmias.
Dr. Morris moved to Fond du Lac with his wife and daughter in 2002. He made the jump to academia with the move and has taught classes in chemistry, biology, math, statistics and environment science at both Marian University and the University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac. He is very passionate about his work with Marian University’s Social Justice Committee, which he has co-chaired for a number of years. In his free time, Morris enjoys singing and playing guitar, woodworking, biking and cross-country skiing.
Hillary Quella holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in both Fine Art and Art Education from the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh. In passionate pursuit of further knowledge, Quella has also studied at the University of Valladolid, Spain, and with notable photographers such as Jerry Uelsmann, Phil Borges and Jim Richardson.
Quella participates in prominent shows and exhibits her work across the country. Quella’s work and commissions are held in private collections. She has been the recipient of an Educational Research Grant, and a Fulbright specifically for teachers from the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund.
Having a curiosity of the world and its cultures has taken Hillary to remote villages in Peru, to China, and Lhasa, the spiritual center of Tibet. Past personal projects have shown the indigenous cultures of Peru, as well as the beauty of Tibet. Currently, Quella’s work explores spirituality and questioning the unknown.
Lance Urven earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree in genetics from the University of California Davis, a Master of Science from Western Illinois University in Zoology, and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Ethology from the University of Illinois.
Urven’s research interests include developmental and cell biology, and uses his experience to teach introductory courses in biology, genetics, biostatistics, biology seminar, and developmental biology. In addition, Urven has expanded his interests in germ cell migration to include undergraduate and graduate student projects on opossums, cattle and horses.
Through his master’s research, Urven documented the developmental stages of Betta splendens, the Siamese fighting fish, and used immunohistochemistry to study avian reproductive cells’ embryonic origin and migration in his doctoral work. Urven conducted post-doctoral research in molecular biology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and the Southwest Biomedical Research Foundation in San Antonio, where he worked on the transcriptome and epigenetic changes in mouse reproductive cells.
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