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President's Leadership Team

President's Leadership Team

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Stacey Berggren

Chief Admissions Officer
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Larissa Bunker

Director of Human Resources
Larissa Bunker joined the staff at NNU in 2018 as the Director of Human Resources with 10+ years of experience in leadership roles with a focus on Human Resources. Larissa possesses a wide range of skills in HR, regulations, and benefits. She has a passion for leadership development, coaching and training, and extensive experience leading compliance efforts. Larissa holds a B.S. in Business Administration & Management, Human Resources from Park University (WA), and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt focused on process improvement methodologies.
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Carey Cook

Vice President for Student Life
Dr. Carey Cook received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Communications from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1988, his Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Albertson College of Idaho in 1992 and his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Idaho in 2002.
Dr. Cook came to Northwest Nazarene University in 1993 as Director of Leadership Development in the Student Development area and served in that role until 2001 when he assumed his role as Vice President for Student Development. Previously, Dr. Cook was a counselor and Case Manager for Starting Point Chemical Dependency Services (1992-1993) and Youth Pastor at Valley Shepherd Church of the Nazarene (1988-1990).
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Mark Cork

Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Mark Cork joined the staff of NNU in August of 2017 as Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications. Prior to this, Mark spent more than 13 years in the marketing and advertising industry working at two of Kansas City’s leading agencies. While in these roles he worked with such clients as Pfizer, AstraZeneca, John Deere, Cessna, Bayer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City and many more.
In addition, Mark is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and has held pastoral roles in the local church, along with administrative roles at the denominational level. Regardless of the role, Mark has consistently been a leader who is passionate about accomplishing a shared vision and creating a culture of positivity and success. He’s someone who leads up, down, and laterally to build relationships that make a difference, both in productivity and passion for the work. He’s a leader who makes connections, brings clarity where there is confusion, makes abstract ideas relevant, and unites people around a goal or cause. Mark understands that appreciating people and their contributions is not only important, it is critical.
Mark began his education at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, KS. He has also taken graduate courses at Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation at Northwest Nazarene University. His wife of 40 years is Jacque (Cook) Cork and they have 3 married children and 6 grandchildren.
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Steve Emerson

Vice President for Finance & Operations
Steve Emerson most recently worked as Senior Vice President (SVP) of Commercial Banking at the Bank of the Cascades. In addition to his role as SVP, he has held leadership positions at American Bank of Commerce, First Security Bank, KeyBank, Farmer’s and Merchants Bank and Home Federal Bank over the span of his career. Emerson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting in 1992 and a Master of Business Administration in 1999, both from NNU. He also played on the basketball team. He is married to his wife, Jonna, and together they have four children: McKenna, Chandler, Ellie and Annabelle.
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Fred Fullerton

Executive Director, University Mission & Ministry
Dr. Fred Fullerton serves as as Executive Director of University Mission & Ministry. He is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and, prior to assuming his current assignment, served as the Lead Pastor for nine years at the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene located on the campus of Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Dr. Fullerton is a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University (Th.b, '77) and Nazarene Theological Seminary (M.Div., '85). In 2006, Eastern Nazarene College conferred on him the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree. From 1991-2000, Dr. Fullerton served as the Director of NYI Ministries where he led Nazarene Youth Congresses in Phoenix ('95) and Toronto, Ontario, Canada ('99) and traveled to 25 countries leading youth ministry training and preaching at global youth conferences. He has served as a trustee at Nazarene Theological Seminary, chaired the New England District General Assembly Resolutions Committee and served as a member of the District Board of Ministerial Credentials.
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Brad Kurtz-Shaw

Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dr. Kurtz-Shaw comes to NNU from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois in 1991. He has served as professor, coordinator of new faculty development and as interim vice president for academic affairs. Shaw holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Religion, a Master of Arts in English and a Ph.D. in American Literature. He was a Fulbright scholar and later a Fulbright professor of American Literature at University of Bergen, Norway.
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Mark Wheeler

Vice President for External Relations
Mark Wheeler serves as Vice President for External Relations, which entails overseeing all external relations departments of the university, including University Advancement, Admissions, Marketing, Alumni Relations and Community Relations. Prior to his current role, Wheeler served as NNU's Associate Vice President of Development since 2012 and as Director of Major Donor Relations from 2002 to 2007. He is a 1987 and 2005 NNU graduate with Bachelor of Biological Science and a Master of Business Administration degrees, respectively.
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