The General Conference Education Team
The Education Department team is responsible for the coordination, promotion, training, and quality of the global Seventh-day Adventist educational system, which includes 8,514 schools, colleges and universities, with 108,656 teachers and 1,954,920 students.
Working in close cooperation with the Education Department directors in the 13 world divisions, the staff offers services to boards, administrators, and faculty of Adventist colleges and universities worldwide. The staff also provides support through the world divisions to educational leaders at union/ conference/ mission levels and to teachers in Adventist elementary and secondary schools to ensure that the Adventist philosophy of education and the principles of faith are integrated into the life of each institution.
In addition, the staff cooperates with Adventist Chaplaincy Ministries and the Youth Ministries Department in nurturing the faith of Adventist students attending non-Adventist colleges and universities worldwide.
Lisa M. Beardsley-Hardy, PhD, MPH, MBA, Director
Board Chair for the Adventist Accrediting Association and Editor-in-Chief for College and University Dialogue.
Dr. Lisa Beardsley-Hardy completed two years of theology at Newbold College, England, and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology from the SDA Theological Seminary, Far East (now Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies) in the Philippines. She earned graduate degrees in public health (MPH, Loma Linda University), educational psychology (PhD, University of Hawai’i at Manoa), and management (MBA, Claremont Graduate University, California).
Dr. Beardsley-Hardy held faculty positions at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, the University of Illinois, Andrews University and Loma Linda University. Her administrative experience includes department chair of health education at Toivonlinnanseminaari, Finland; assistant dean for medical education & evaluation, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria; associate vice president for academic affairs, Andrews University; and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Loma Linda University. She served as a chaplain at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois and Lakeland Medical Center, Michigan and holds ecclesiastical endorsement as an educational chaplain and an associate healthcare chaplain.
Born in England, Dr. Beardsley-Hardy holds UK, Finnish and US citizenships. She and her husband Dr. Frank Hardy have a daughter and two grandchildren. Her special interests include mushroom hunting, cross-country skiing and music.
Hudson Kibuuka, EdD, Associate Director
Liaison for higher education and advisor to the South Pacific Division, the Southern Africa-Indian Ocean Division, the Southern Asia-Pacific Division, and the West Central-Africa Division; and editor, College and University Dialogue.
Dr. Hudson Kibuuka was born in the Republic of Uganda and holds a B.Sc. with majors in Mathematics and Chemistry and a minor in Physics, as well as a concurrent Diploma in Education (Mathematics Education and Primary Teaching Methods), and the Master of Education (Educational Administration & Planning) from Makerere University, Republic of Uganda. He also earned a Bachelor of Education, Doctor of Education (both in Educational Management), and a Certificate in Business Management, all from the University of South Africa. Dr. Kibuuka spent some time of immersion in the French language at the Adventist University of France, Collonges-sous-Salève, and also speaks Luganda and Swahili in addition to English. He has been an educator since 1979.
Dr. Kibuuka’s experience includes service as secondary science teacher, registrar, college and university lecturer, Director of Education for the SDA Church in Uganda, Division Director of Education for the Eastern Africa Division and since 2003, Director of Education, for the East-Central Africa Division. His numerous presentations and publications focus on educational administration, board training, leadership and integration of faith in math and education. He is a sought-after graduation and seminar speaker with a special interest in equipping students for public campus ministry. He enjoys reading, travel, sports, and listening to music. He and his wife Rosette have three sons and a daughter.
Mike M. Lekic, PhD, MPH, MDiv, Associate Director
Liaison for higher education and advisor to the East-Central Africa Division, the Euro-Asia Division, the Inter-European Division, and the Southern Asia Division; and Executive Secretary for Adventist Accrediting Association.
Dr. Mike Mile Lekic holds a diploma in theology from Adventist University of France, Collonges-sous-Salève and a teaching certificate of French as a second language from Alliance Française, Paris, France. He earned an MDiv, M.A. (Educational and Developmental Psychology), and a PhD in Education from Andrews University, and an MPH in International/Global Health from Loma Linda University.
Dr. Lekic has served the Seventh-day Adventist Church in four divisions. He is ordained and worked as a pastor in Germany. He has served as teacher/academy principal/department chairman and president of Haitian Adventist University in Haiti, superintendent of schools in Quebec, Ontario and New Jersey conferences, and Director of Education for the Adventist Church in Canada. Prior to the current appointment in 2010, he was the Southern Asia-Pacific Division Director of Education. He is an experienced accreditor, having served on K-12 accreditation work in North America and Southern Asia Pacific and on over 100 accreditation site visits at the tertiary level around the world. His special interests include educational excellence, quality assurance and continuous quality improvement. Native of the former Yugoslavia (Kosovo), he also holds US and Canadian citizenships and speaks English, French, German, Serbo-Croatian and some Spanish. He enjoys music, gardening, and photography. His wife, Nada is a nurse and the couple has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Julian Melgosa, PhD, Associate Director
Liaison for higher education and advisor to the North American Division, the South American Division, and the Trans-European Division; and Associate Editor, The Journal of Adventist Education (International Editions).
Dr. Julian Melgosa was born in Spain and graduated with a bachelor’s degree with majors in education and psychology from the University of Madrid (Spain). He earned an MA in psychology from the same institution and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Andrews University (USA). Dr. Melgosa is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a prolific author in the area of emotional and mental health for professional and semi-popular press publications, including widely spread books such as Less Stress and Positive Mind and Adult Bible Study Guide—Jesus Wept: The Bible and Human Emotions, that was used in every Seventh-day Adventist Church Sabbath School class around the world.
Dr. Melgosa has taught at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He has served as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) where he also went on to serve as president. Most recently, he served as Dean of the School of Education and Psychology and Professor at Walla Walla University. He has served the Seventh-day Adventist educational system in five divisions: the Inter-European Division (Sagunto Adventist Academy and College), Trans-European Division (Newbold College, UK), Southern Asia Pacific Division (AIIAS, Philippines), North American Division (Andrews University, Walla Walla University, USA) and Inter-American Division (visiting professor at Montemorelos University, Mexico). He has been an accreditor with the Philippine Accrediting Associations of Schools, Colleges and Universities and for the Adventist Accrediting Association.
Dr. Melgosa was elected General Conference associate director of education in 2015. He also serves as Associate Editor of The Journal of Adventist Education (international editions). He is a citizen of Spain and the United States of America. His wife Annette is a librarian and they have two adult children, Claudia, a veterinarian in New Mexico and Eric, a graphic designer in California. Dr. Melgosa enjoys road biking, backpacking and international cooking.
Liaison for higher education and advisor to the Inter-American Division, the Middle East and North Africa Union Mission, and the Northern Asia Pacific Division; coordinator of special projects; and Board Chair for The Journal of Adventist Education.
Dr. John Wesley Taylor V was born in Puerto Rico and has served as teacher and administrator in various institutions, including Montemorelos University (Mexico), the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (Philippines), and Andrews University and Southern Adventist University (USA). He has taught at the elementary through graduate levels, in a dozen different countries. He holds bachelor’s degrees in health science and in religion, master’s degrees in educational administration and in instructional technology, and doctorates in curriculum and instruction (Andrews University), and in educational psychology—gifted and research (University of Virginia).
Over the years, Dr. Taylor has made presentations at international conferences, written articles in various professional publications, chaired master’s and doctoral theses and dissertations, and served at a national research center and on evaluation and accreditation teams. He is a frequent speaker at youth events, educational seminars and workshops, and graduations. Areas of professional interest include the philosophy of Christian education, data-driven decision-making, quantitative and qualitative research methods, spiritual leadership, and strategies for high-level thinking and for nurturing faith.
Since 2010, Dr. Taylor has served as an Associate Director of Education at the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, as well as an editor of College and University Dialogue and chair of the Advisory Board for The Journal of Adventist Education. Special interests include camping, hiking, snorkeling, gardening, music, and the study of people and cultures. His wife, Miriam, is a certified meeting professional, and together they have a daughter, Carolyn, statistician, and a son, John Wesley, physical therapist. Dr. Taylor describes himself as “a friend of young people and a partner with teachers.”
Faith-Ann A. McGarrell, PhD, Editor, The Journal of Adventist Education
Dr. Faith-Ann A. McGarrell served as a teacher for 17 years. She has taught English and Language Arts (grades 7-12), Basic Writing, and Freshman Composition (college/university). Prior to her appointment to The Journal of Adventist Education, she served as associate professor of teaching, learning, and curriculum, and director of the curriculum and instruction program at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Her primary responsibilities included teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education and curriculum and instruction; supervising student teachers; advising graduate students; and, serving on dissertation and thesis committees. She has published papers and chapters in her field, and presented her work at research and professional conferences, nationally and internationally. Her current area of research interest is autobiographical narrative inquiry in curriculum studies, which she pursues as part of a faculty/student research writing collaborative group.
Born in Georgetown, Guyana, South America, Dr. McGarrell spent her growing up years in Guyana, Trinidad, and Berrien Springs, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at The University of the Southern Caribbean (AA Natural Science; BA English), and her graduate studies at Andrews University (MA English Literature; PhD Curriculum and Instruction). In addition to the classroom, Dr. McGarrell enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and music.
Susan Araya, DAg, Joint Managing Editor, College and University Dialogue
Dr. Susan Araya serves as a joint managing editor for College and University Dialogue, to care for the editorial coordination and publication of the Spanish and Portuguese versions of the journal. From her bachelor’s degree to her doctoral studies, she has maintained her undimmed vision of probing and studying one of God’s great gifts to humanity: the world of plants. Her bachelor’s degrees are in agro engineering and agronomic sciences. Her Master’s degree is in plant production, and her doctorate is in agronomy, focusing on research in the area of genetics and plant breeding.
Dr. Araya hails from Chile, but has worked in several South American countries as a teacher, researcher, manager of an agronomy experimental station, environmental educator, and professor of genetics and plant breeding. She also managed and served as text editor for the translation department of the South American Division in Brazil.
Valérie Moorooven, Joint Managing Editor, College and University Dialogue
Valérie Moorooven serves as a joint managing editor for College and University Dialogue, to care for the editorial coordination and publication of the English and French versions of the journal. Valérie comes from France. Her post-secondary education includes Diplôme d’Etudes Universitaires Générales en Sciences de la Nature et de la Vie, a two-year university degree in natural sciences; Diplôme d’Etat d’Assistante Sociale, a three-year State Diploma of Social Welfare Worker; and a Certificate in Advanced English, University of Cambridge.
Before joining Dialogue, Valérie served as a social worker on Reunion Island; an English-French translator and administrative assistant in the Indian Ocean Union Conference, Madagascar; and, for the past eight years, a French elementary school teacher in Pretoria, South Africa.