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Nine New Teachers Join FHU Faculty

Henderson, Tennessee - Aug 28, 2018

Freed-Hardeman University has added nine faculty members to its Henderson and Dickson teaching staff for the Fall 2018 semester.

“This year's cohort is amazing,” FHU Provost C.J. Vires said. “They come to FHU with impressive credentials and tremendous experiences. I fully expect them to be outstanding in the classroom and exceptionally good mentors.”

Dr. Nicole Breeding teaches in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and is a counselor in the University Counseling Center. Ashley Prentice is an assistant professor with the Department of Health and Human Performance and Loren Warf is an instructor in English. Mark Scott has returned to FHU as an assistant professor of computer science and Martin Johnson is the missionary-in-residence for this year. Dr. Shawn Mathis is a part-time instructor in behavioral sciences. All of these are a part of the faculty in Henderson.

Breeding, who holds both a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling from FHU, also earned a Doctor of Education in counseling psychology from Argosy University. She has experience in therapy, counseling and social services. Most recently, she was an outpatient therapist with Carey Counseling Mental Health Center in Paris, Tennessee.

Prentice has worked as a physical therapist at various locations in West Tennessee, most recently Hardin Medical Center in Savannah, Tennessee. She graduated from FHU with a Bachelor of Arts in biology in 2012 and completed a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Harding University in 2015. She is also a credentialed clinical instructor for physical therapy students.

Warf is engaged in a doctoral program at Baylor University. She expects to complete a Ph.D. in English language and literature next year. While at Baylor, she taught writing courses and was the research assistant for Dr. Sarah Floyd for her forthcoming book, “Haunted Property: Slavery and the Gothic.” Warf was also the script consultant for Melanie McCullough’s “The Surprise Party.” She is a 2008 FHU graduate.

Scott, who is returning to the FHU faculty, has also taught technology courses at Lipscomb University and been a technology consultant on network security. With a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Memphis State University and a Master of Science in telecommunications and information systems from Christian Brothers University, he is currently enrolled in a doctoral program with Capella University.

Johnson has spent the last five years as a missionary in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. From 2005 until 2009, he taught at the Church of Christ Bible School in Papua, Indonesia. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from FHU in 2011 and a Master of Ministry in 2012. He and his wife Julie also studied at Sunset International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas.

Founder and Director of the Board of OnSomble, Inc., Mathis helps healthcare organizations maximize the value they provide patients by reducing unwanted variations in practice and improving efficient allocation of resources.

He has written three books related to the topic. Mathis holds a bachelor’s degree in Bible from FHU, a master’s degree from Lipscomb University and a doctoral degree from Faulkner University.

In Dickson, Dr. Amy Downey is an assistant professor of education and Suzanne Gillson is an assistant professor of nursing. In addition, Roy Malecha, assistant professor of social work, will teach in both Henderson and Dickson.

Downey, a 1985 FHU baccalaureate graduate, also holds a Master of Science from Middle Tennessee State University and a Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University. She was a teacher and administrator with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for 32 years.

Gillson holds a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree from the University of Central Oklahoma and a Master of Science in nursing education from the University of Houston-Victoria. She is currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Texas Woman’s University in Houston. Most recently, she has been an assistant professor of nursing at Houston Baptist University. She was a staff nurse at various locations for 18 years.

Malecha received a Bachelor of Social Work from FHU in 2009. He also holds a Master of Social Work from University of Tennessee-Nashville. For the last four years, he has been a hospital liaison team leader with Centerstone in Nashville. He has also worked with child protective services and been a family development specialist and therapist.