Joel Swails is serving Emmanuel College as the Director of Campus Safety. He most recently has returned from an extended period of duty with the US Army National Guard. He continues to serve with his National Guard Unit out of Gadsden and Birmingham, Alabama, as a Non-Commissioned Officer. He has a background in a variety of security services. Joel maintains a Georgia paramedic certification with 5 years of medical experience and is a trained Georgia Firefighter serving with the Franklin Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Joel also volunteers in the community as a medical First Responder.
Matthew Robinson, a 2014 graduate of Georgia College & State University enters his 2nd year as the assistant baseball coach. Coach Robinson comes to Franklin Springs from nearby Hull, GA where he attended Madison County High School. After graduating he accepted a scholarship to play college baseball at Georgia College. He also played for the SCBL in the summer and was an all-star as well as playing for Perfect game for a summer in New York.
Feb 12, 2016 - NEGA Night to Shine
Night to Shine is an unforgettable prom night experience, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, centered on God’s love, for people with special needs ages 16 and older. On one night, February 12, 2016, more than 200 host churches in 48 states and 7 countries hosted Night to Shine. More than 70,000 volunteers and 32,000 honored guests shared the same amazing prom experience on the same night around the world. This year Emmanuel sent students to volunteer and love on these precious children of God. Our local organizer had this to say, "These kids go their whole life feeling that they aren't good enough and our judged for their disability, but that night they had the opportunity to go to prom and be kings and queens. That night I saw so many kids just smile as we all shouted when they stepped out of the limo. From the moment they got out to the moment the night ended there was never a bad moment. People were all over the place playing games, eating, getting pictures taken, and dancing. I would definitely open this to the campus if given the opportunity to do this event again. So many lives were changed that night and this will be a night that not only they will remember but everyone who volunteered will remember as well."
Dr. Yang Liu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Georgia and previously his M.S. in Mathematics from a top university (according to U.S. News & World Report) in China. He has taught a wide range of undergraduate/college math courses and statistics courses at various levels, including both lower and upper levels, at College of William & Mary and Michigan State Univ. Dr.
Kethan is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and came to the USA because when he earned a scholarship to play college tennis in 2004. He graduated from the University of Memphis at Lambuth with a B.S in Sports Management and Health & Human Performance. After graduating in 2008, he started working at UML as the assistant tennis coach, before earning accepting the Head Coach position.
Owen is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BS in Physical Geography. He retired as a full Colonel from the U. S. Air Force after 36 years of service. During that time, he served in over 20 countries. While on active duty he wrote a course on Airborne Drug Interdiction and taught that course at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center to State and Federal law enforcement officers for three years. He is married to Jacqueline and they have three grown children. They reside in Carnesville and are members of the Royston United Methodist Church.
Andrea Reganato, adjunct psychology professor, teaches courses in general psychology, personality theory, marriage and family, and human growth and development. She received her B.A. in psychology from Emmanuel College and her M.S. in marriage and family therapy from Lee University.
While in her master's program, Andrea gained a specialization in play therapy while working with children and parents. Besides teaching, Andrea is involved at her local church and enjoys connecting and spending time with students.
Elise Thrift is a 2012 graduate of Emmanuel College who majored in Psychology. She went on to receive her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Regent University in 2015 and her license as an LAPC in the state of Georgia. Currently, Elise serves as the Clinical Director at Bethel Haven Inc., which is a non-profit Christian counseling agency in Watkinsville, Georgia. There, Elise has the opportunity to work with children, teens and adults in the counseling setting.
Jake holds a B.S. in Humans with Exceptionalities and a M.S. in Counseling from Carson-Newman College. After graduating he coached at WVU Tech and Brewton-Parker College. Jake is married to Kristi Brumbelow who practices as a CRNA at Athens Regional Medical Center.
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