Writer Bios

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Linda Stratford received her PhD from the State University of New York, Stony Brook, in History, with emphasis on Art in Society. Her life mission is to stir up thoughtful discussion of the visual arts. She teaches Art History at Asbury College where she also serves as Art Department Chair and a Lilly Scholar. She serves on the Board of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA) where she recently edited an issue of the CIVA journal SEEN dedicated to the topic of “Art and Vocation.”

As of Christmas 2017, Adrienne is a third year tenure-track faculty member in special education & teacher preparation at Western Carolina University, living very near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. She and her husband relocated from the Atlanta, Georgia region, where she taught high school special education for 12 years before earning her PhD at Georgia State University. Aside from chopping up fallen trees for firewood, her passions include improving interactions between high school teachers and struggling students and equipping teachers to teach diverse students. 

Debra Sulai holds a Ph.D. in religious ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Master's degree in theology from Regent College (Canada). She has taught at several colleges and universities, most recently as Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Siena College. Her research focuses on applied ethics and politics and she is a vocal advocate for a more just and humane academic labor system, particularly for contingent faculty. Debra currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, who is also an academic.

Lauri A. Swann received a B.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from The George Washington University, and her M.Div. and D.Min. from Wesley Theological Seminary where her thesis was Sex Trafficking within the Black Church Community: A Call and Response. She currently serves as the campus staff minister of InterVarsity's Graduate and Faculty Ministries, Black Scholars and Professionals (BSAP) Fellowship for the Washington, D.C., region, specifically on the campuses of Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). Before joining Intervarsity she served as both a youth and young adult pastor and taught in both the private and public charter school systems in Washington, D.C. She is married to Kevin and together they have three beautiful children. Lauri blogs at Peeling Oranges at Midnight.

Christine Tatum is editor-in-chief of Infoition News Services, which delivers business news and information on demand to Fortune 500 companies, congressional lawmakers, and White House officials. Her career stops include The Chicago Tribune and The Denver Post. She is a North Carolina native who now lives in Denver with her husband and their two children.

Tina Teng-Henson was born and raised on Long Island, New York. Although she grew up in a Chinese church, she became involved with the multi-ethnic InterVarsity chapter at Harvard and a socioeconomically diverse church in the South End of Boston where she felt her world and heart blown open by God. Tina was also significantly influenced by seasons of life spent overseas in the Dominican Republic, China, and Kenya. In addition to being a wife to John and a mom to their young daughter and son, Tina is serving at  First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara (reachingthevalley.org), having completed her Master of Divinity degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. She loves playing volleyball, helping people grow in their spiritual life, and is always up for connecting with new people! 

 

Miriam Thangaraj is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Comparative and International Education at the Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research considers global education and development discourses of schooling, childhood, and vulnerability as they shape national policy, as well as intervene in the daily lives of children and families in their particular contexts.​

Natalie d'Aubermont Thompson lives in Dexter, Michigan with her husband David and their three young children (two boys and a girl). She's an avid reader and coffee aficionado — you can often find her chasing after her kids with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. She moonlights as CEO of Saltar Consulting and writes about life and all things literary at Living by the Page. Natalie is Argentine-American and has worked, studied, and volunteered in over 35 countries. She and her family attend Knox Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Steven Timmermans, PhD (University of Michigan), is President of Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Previously he served in a variety of administrative and teaching roles at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Common themes throughout all of his higher education experiences are community engagement and creating college access for students. Prior to entering higher education 20 years ago, Timmermans served as a pediatric psychologist.

 

Nikki Toyama-Szeto serves as Program Director for InterVarsity’s triennial missions conference, Urbana. Before joining InterVarsity, she worked as an engineer in Silicon Valley. While on staff, Nikki served at Stanford, U of San Francisco, and UC Berkeley and helped develop and direct the Global Urban Trek, an urban immersion program designed to challenge students to use their majors on behalf of the world’s poor people. She is co-editor of the book More than Serving Tea, a collection of essays, stories, and poems looking at the intersection of race, gender, and faith for Asian American women. Nikki resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family.

Caroline has served with InterVarsity since 2002 as a campus staff member in northwest Indiana and most recently in central Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on creative writing from Purdue University in 2002 and is currently working toward a master’s in clinical mental health counseling at Messiah College. Caroline, her husband, John, and their three children live in “the sweetest place on earth,” otherwise known as Hershey, Pennsylvania. In her spare time, she likes to read, discover new music, and attempt to train her uncontrollably exuberant Labrador retriever, Pax. Caroline is an associate with Women in the Academy and Professions.

Bob Trube is Senior Area Director for InterVarsity's Graduate & Faculty Ministry team in the Ohio Valley (Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania) and leads the ministry to graduate students and faculty at The Ohio State University. He resides in Columbus, Ohio, with Marilyn and enjoys reading, gardening, choral singing, and plein air painting. 

Kathy Tuan-MacLean serves as Associate Director for InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries (GFM), supports the Boston Faculty Fellowship as its campus staff, and just celebrated her 25th year with InterVarsity. Kathy has a PhD in Human Development & Social Policy from Northwestern University. Her dissertation was on “The Interracial Friendships of White & Asian College Students,” a topic that capitalized on her passion for racial reconciliation. She’s married to Scott and has three children — one in college, the other two in high school. Her latest adventure in the blogosphere can be found at kmactuan.wordpress.com.

Steve Turley has been with GFM at Rice University since 2010, advising the Rice Graduate Christian Fellowship and the Jones (MBA) Christian Fellowship, and cultivating a Christian faculty network in greater Houston. He holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University, an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and a PhD in History from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. In addition to GFM work, he has served as a lecturer in History at Rice University, and as Adjunct Assistant Professor in History at Fuller Theological Seminary - Texas. His first book was published in 2014 by Asghate, Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in New Spain, 1524-1599: Conflict Beneath the Sycamore Tree. Steve married Ruth Lopez in 1994, and they now have two sons together. Ruth serves as Associate Professor of Sociology at Rice.  

Jen Underwood lives in West Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, six kids (three biological, one adopted, and two international students), and a dog. After many years of teaching (middle-school through college), she is now working on a theology degree, blogging at jenunderwood.org, writing magazine and news articles for a Christian high school, and freelancing in any spare time. On her list of "likes" are interesting and thought-provoking books, walking in the woods, knitting, breadmaking, and spending rare moments of quiet with her husband. 

Michelle Van Loon is the author of four books, including Moments & Days: How Our Holy Celebrations Shape Our Faith. She writes for Christianity Today's CTWomen and maintains her own blog, Pilgrim's Road Trip, on the Patheos Evangelical channel. For more about Michelle, see her site: MichelleVanLoon.com.

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