Board of Directors
Concordia University – St. Paul
A German-American dual citizen, Renata studied German and Political Science as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota and completed her M.S. in Business through Boston University. For 18 years she lived in Germany, working in international banking, international student exchange, as a cross-cultural trainer and as a community college English language instructor. She also fulfilled her Army Reserve obligation in Germany until the fall of the Berlin Wall.
From 2001-2006, she taught both face-to-face and online general management subjects such as Management Theory and Application, Organizational Behavior and Critical Thinking and Decision Making at the Seattle campus of the University of Phoenix. Since 2006, she has been lead faculty at Concordia University, St. Paul, as a Professor of Business Management and Chair of the Business Administration and Management program.
Rev. Mark Koschmann
Rev. Mark Koschmann joined the faculty at Concordia University in the fall 2015 as the Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach and as an Instructor of Theology and Missiology. He also spearheads the new mentoring program of the Hoffmann Institute in urban and cross-cultural outreach. Rev. Mark Koschmann teaches courses on Christian mission and outreach, world religions and a special course offering for students taking part in the Hoffmann Mentoring Initiative, “Faith, Vocation and Justice in the City.”
Previously, Rev. Mark Koschmann served as mission and outreach pastor at Chapel of the Cross-Lutheran, a multi-racial congregation in north county St. Louis. In the aftermath of the crisis in Ferguson, MO, he and members of his congregation worked with community leaders, protestors, police, and fellow Christians to bring hope and healing to a bitterly divided city. He is currently finishing up work on his Ph.D. through Saint Louis University with an emphasis on religion, race, and U.S. urban history. His dissertation research examines how Christian congregations responded to urban and racial strife on Chicago’s West Side from the 1950s-1970s.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Dr. Melissa Baartman-Mork
Prior to coming to the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, Dr. Baartman-Mork was employed with the University of Minnesota-Duluth Health Services providing psychotherapy and conducting neuro-psychological assessments for the UMD Medical School. She currently works part-time at a mental health clinic in New Brighton, MN, as part of her ongoing clinical practice. At the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, Dr. Baartman-Mork serves as the Chair of the Psychology Department and a Professor of Psychology.
Rev. Robin Bell
For fourteen years prior to coming to the University of Northwestern - St. Paul, Robin Bell worked in urban multicultural settings in Milwaukee, WI and Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN as the Vice President of Twin Cities Urban Reconciliation Network (TURN), and the senior, associate, and assistant pastor at three multicultural congregations. He also served his community in North Minneapolis and St. Paul by working with youth workers and young people. Currently, he works as an Assistant Professor of Christian Ministries at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. His vocational interest include working to improve pre-service teacher education programs in order to prepare pre-service teachers and youth educators to successfully teach in increasingly diverse and multicultural contexts of learning
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Rev. John Spaulding