Student Development Staff

Mark Endraske

Mark Endraske

Dean of Students

As the Dean of Students I have the opportunity to shape the student experience and help facilitate Simpson's goal of being a Christ-centered learning community. I work with a caring and committed staff that provide direct support for students and student leaders. Some of my other responsibilities include serving as the Title IX Coordinator, a member of the President’s cabinet, and leading the retention committee.

Some of our goals in student development are to: (a) support the mission of the university, (b) promote learning outside the classroom, and (c) challenge and support students to grow and learn holistically (intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally). These goals are accomplished through a variety of programs and services led by a terrific group of professionals that interact with students on a daily basis. In the end, we want to see students not merely survive their university experience, but truly thrive, to come to a deeper understanding of who they are in Christ, understand the gifts, talents, and strengths they possess, and leave Simpson prepared to lead as a member of their community and God's kingdom.

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    I am a proud Simpson alumnus and also completed a MA degree in Houston, TX. I started my career in higher education at Simpson, where I worked in Spiritual Life from 2002 until 2007. After Simpson, I moved to Houston and worked in Residence Life at a Christian liberal arts university from 2007 until returning to Simpson during the summer of 2015. I love working with college students and am happy to have the opportunity to give back to a University that gave so much to me during my time as a student.

    I spend most of my free time with family. I am married to Amy, who is also a Simpson alumnus. We have been married for 16 years and have two children, Haley and Aden. I was born and raised in Nor Cal and am excited to be back in Redding. I enjoy visiting local coffee shops and drink way too much coffee... or just enough. I also enjoy reading, mostly books about faith and theology. I spend as much time as possible outdoors and am always looking for new adventures with my family.

Residence Life

Brian Howell

Assistant Dean of Men

As the Area Coordinator, I oversee our amazing team of Resident Assistants and the residence halls, and work as a part of the Residence Life team. I am here to serve our student body and to help to create a student residential experience that is both memorable and impactful for our residents. My desire is to see students grow into who they were created to be, and to foster a culture in which this is possible.

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    Having been born and raised in Redding California, I chose to spend my undergraduate years at Simpson University studying Youth Ministry and Spanish. After my years at Simpson I worked as a Worship Coordinator at Little Country Church in Redding, where I helped to oversee the worship teams in the youth and young adult ministries, mentoring leaders, coordinating teams, and leading worship.

    When I’m not with students, I love being outdoors hiking, running, climbing, and enjoying the goodness of God’s creation with my friends and family. If I’m not outside, you will likely find me reading, creating music, or sipping an americano at one of our local third-wave coffee shops.

Student Engagement

Sarah Jobson

Associate Dean of Campus Life

As Director of Student Engagement, I oversee a myriad of community events, including Nitelife, Exposure, and Block Party. I also get to oversee and lead Diversity within the Simpson University community, ensuring every student has the opportunity to belong. I am passionate about discipleship and mentoring, as well as connecting with and engaging students. Simpson University is a tremendous place for students to explore, learn and grow. My desire is that every student feels welcomed and pursued into a community that values each one for who God says they are.

Spiritual Formation

Jose Palos

Director of Spiritual Formation

As the Director of Spiritual Formation, I have the privilege of overseeing four main branches of spiritual life here in our community, which are: Worship, Campus Ministries, Local Service Outreach, and WorldSERVE. My goal is to create opportunities for holistic spiritual growth and outlets for Chrisitan service locally and abroad.

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    I graduated from Vanguard University with a degree in Religion and Organizational Leadership and a double minor in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies from BIOLA University. Before coming to Redding, I worked in urban communities doing church planting and outreach for almost 15 years and for 10 of those years I worked in community development, pastoring and mentoring in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas of Southern California.

    I believe I’m able to leverage my experience here at Simpson by serving students that come from diverse backgrounds. My desire is for students to come into a genuine encounter with God through his Word, Spirit and community so they might intimately know God and know themselves and be sent out to be salt and light in the world.

    I have been married to my wife Marcy for 9 years and am a daddy to Enoch (4) and Pennie (7). I was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and now happily call Redding my home. On my down time, I love to read/listen to books, am into weightlifting, cycling (when I'm not too lazy) and hiking with my family. My kids are small but they can trek! Fun facts: I have an English bulldog named Luna I call my little hippo and on the Enneagram I identify with personality type 4 wing’d 5. My wife identifies as 9 wing’d 8.

Academic Success Center

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Louis Burkwhat

Associate Dean of Student Services

The Academic Success Center engages in the intellectual growth and success of Simpson University students by providing them with resources, education, guidance, and support to assist them in their individual efforts. This is accomplished through offering services such as tutoring, academic coaching, handouts, exam proctoring, and disability accommodations. These resources are free to all Simpson University students.

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    I joined the Simpson University community in August of 2015. My past higher education work experience includes work with federal grants such as Educational Talent Search and GEAR UP. Both grants focus on increasing student success, student viability in higher education completion, and rigor of academic pursuit. My higher education journey began at Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, South Carolina, where I earned both Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. I then transferred to Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, where I earned a B.A. in History. I continued my journey to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where I earned an M.A.E. in Student Affairs in Higher Education. From Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina, I received an M.Div in Pastoral Care. I am currently working on my Ph.D. in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. When not assisting Simpson University students in succeeding, I enjoy spending time in my local church, with family, kayaking, hiking, and with a captivating book.

Miriam Fryberger

Academic Support Specialist

I work as the Academic Support Specialist in the Academic Success Center. I help coordinate academic mentoring and test proctoring services for our students. In addition, I meet with students who are struggling academically and provide training for developing healthy study habits. I have been with Simpson since March 2018. I have my bachelor's degree from Colorado State University-Pueblo and am currently taking classes with Tozer Seminary. I love learning and helping students to grow and flourish as well. It is a privilege to walk alongside our students as they discover God's direction for their lives and become equipped and educated for the work He lays before them.

Norm Slosted

Student Success Coordinator

As the Student Success Coordinator, I am a member of the Academic Success Center staff and provide academic support focused primarily on Simpson University student-athletes. Our office provides services that include, but are not limited to, learning disability accommodations, peer mentoring and tutoring, consultation and workshops on learning skills and strategies, and supervised “study halls”.

My position as Student Success Coordinator is currently part-time. I also serve as the full-time Multi-Area Director for the California North State Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). FCA’s vision is to see communities transformed by Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes. I am excited to bring my years of experience and passion to see Simpson University student-athletes be successful in an environment that embraces the faith-integration of learning and collegiate athletics.

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    I joined the Simpson University team in April of 2018 and bring over twenty-seven years of experience serving in the fields of education and Christian ministry. During those years, I served at three Christian universities, one state university, and one PreK-12 Christian academy—a combined thirteen years as a university chief student affairs administrator and four years as a school superintendent. In addition to serving in numerous lay ministry roles over the years, I also served as an Interim Associate Pastor at the Vineyard Church in Stafford, Texas before moving back to California in October of 2015.

    During my undergraduate years at Azusa Pacific University, I was active on campus, played football, sang in the male chorale and a quartet of football players, served as a Resident Assistant in the freshmen residence hall, and participated with the on-campus FCA organization. I graduated with my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (’81), and later returned to APU to complete a Master of Arts in Student Development (’90) and a Doctorate in Education with a focus on Higher Education Leadership (’10).