Each graduate school at Regent University has two COGS senators. Meet the senator for your school below.
School of Communication & the Arts
Roderick Bradford, Jr.
Roderick Bradford Jr. was born and raised in the city of Washington, D.C. and is the second oldest of five siblings. To date, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Visual Performing Arts from The Johnson C. Smith University (2013), and graduated with honors. He currently is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts Degree at Regent University’s Master’s Program with a concentration in Acting, and now serves as a new COGS Senator for the 2014 year. He has worked in many aspects of the theater for the past six years, including interning at Penumbra Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as North Carolina Actor’s Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina; and has acted in numerous plays including A Raisin in the Sun, and directed a number of plays as well. He just finished a show last season that was put on by the COM Arts department called Bus Stop, as he portrayed the character Carl. Now he is casted in one of this season’s line-ups in The Drowsy Chaperone. Roderick dedicates all his talents back to God and as a result, he ultimately wants to apply the aesthetics of art to promote social awareness and change.
Ta'Varis Wilson was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia. Ta'Varis graduated from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia in May of 2013 with a Bachelor's Degree in Speech and Theatre: Theatre Concentration. He is currently entering his third and final year of the Master of Fine Arts in Acting Program at Regent University. Ta'Varis not only serves as a Council of graduate Students Senator for the School of Communication and Arts, but also as the Treasurer of the Council of Graduate Students. He has performed at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters in Dallas, Texas, Albany Municipal Auditorium in Albany, Georgia and the Imperial Theatre in Augusta, Georgia. He has been in numerous plays but some of his favorite acting credits include, Dewey in The Diviners, Joseph in Black Nativity, and Cory in Fences. He dedicates his all to God because without God it is impossible but with God All Things possible.
School of Divinity
Octavia Stancil is a 2-year MDiv Student at Regent University with a concentration in Biblical Studies. Octavia was born in Detroit, MI and has moved over 22 times in her life with her missionary family. Octavia is very passionate and devoted to the school of Divinity, hoping for more unity and interactions among the students. She has served as a youth minister and in church administration since she was 15 years old in her local home church in Greenville, SC. She is eager to continue this journey in COGS as your senator as she continues to pursue and dedicate her life more to God and His overall purpose for her life.
School of Education
2 Vacant Senator Positions Available. Contact Kasturi Bhattacharjee (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
School of Business & Leadership
Ivan Papish is originally from Ukraine. Ivan is working on his MBA at the Regent University School of Business and Leadership. In 2002 he graduated from the Academy of Customs Services in Ukraine with a BA in Economics (specializing in accounting and audit). After graduation, for over nine years Ivan worked at a Government management position in Ukraine. Since 2005 Ivan have been actively involved in the development and management of the Christian Center of Entrepreneurship Development in Ukraine. Ivan worked a few years as a missionary with International Christian organization Youth With A Mission (YWAM), where he also finished a couple of Christian schools. Currently Ivan is working as an Accounting Assistant at CBN International. Ivan is looking forward to using his experience in serving the student body of Regent.
Tao is originally from Shenzhen, the largest Special Economic Zone in China (It was the first experimental ground for Chinese capitalism since 1979). He completed his B.A in political science from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and spent his Junior year in Akita, Japan to learn the country's history, politics as well as improve his Japanese. When Tao studied in Japan, he taught English and politics in the local Open University and was convicted to comprehend and respect people from different countries by the misperception among various cultures he witnessed. Tao is currently studying for a joint-degree of M.A in Government with a concentration in international relations and M.B.A in SBL with a concentration in entrepreneurship. He is interested in programing and photography and passionate about starting innovative tech company.
Robertson School of Government
Jonathan Lantz is a student in the Robertson School of Government. He hopes to graduate in May of 2016 as a Master of Public Administration. He is originally from Reading Pennsylvania and is the oldest of four children. He received his Bachelors Degree in History from Thomas Edison State College. Coming to Regent has blessed him in so many ways and he is looking forward to assisting you a Council of Graduate Students Senator!
Vacant Senator Position Available. Contact Jonathan Lantz for details.
School of Law
Chelsea Harkins was born and raised in Georgia, and calls the small town of Hoschton, her home. She is the youngest of five children and was homeschooled through her pre-college years. She went on to attend Georgia State University and graduated, Summa Cum Laude, with a BA in Criminal Justice. Chelsea then applied to Regent School of Law, at the age of 19. Upon acceptance, she moved to Virginia in 2014 where she is currently working on her Juris Doctorate, here at Regent University. A few of her goals are to obtain an LLM, after getting her Law Degree, and work fervently in the war against sex trafficking. Chelsea’s passion and love is to serve people. In fulfilling this love, after graduating, she plans to return to Georgia to run for political office. In addition, Chelsea has a heart for ministering to children and especially young girls. During her undergrad, while working in prosecution law on both the State and Federal level, she says that the Lord stirred up this mighty spirit within her to fight for His children, which just might be in a courtroom one day. A few things that Chelsea holds very dear to her heart are, Pearls – the kind you wear, and AMERICA. Being a southerner throughout her entire life, she believes the word “y’all” should be an official word in the English Vocabulary. As Law Senator, Chelsea is humbled to have the opportunity to serve her school and community and hopes to unite the students across the various programs. She believes in bringing everyone together, just as members of the Body of Christ. She loves seeing the families here at Regent grow and build wonderful life-long friendships, and is excited to be a part of that. In addition to serving on COGS, Chelsea is President of the Regent School of Law’s Chapter of Christian Legal Society. Favorite Scripture: Mark 8:36—“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?”
Vacant Senator Position Available. Contact Chelsea Harkins for details.
School of Psychology & Counseling
Andreas (Andy) Bienert was born and raised in a small country town about 30 minutes north of Vienna, Austria, close to the Czech-Republican border. He has completed internships and missions work in the United Kingdom, Portugal, Macedonia, and the USA. Andy is currently completing my graduate studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regent University. His undergraduate coursework was completed in Austria, majoring in Early Childhood Education and Children’s Psychology. He has worked with various populations including adults and youth with special needs. Andy still serves as an adjunct instructor in Austria, lending his knowledge of pre-school pedagogy, kindergarten didactics and developmental psychology to a private community college. His goal is to complete his Masters and Doctoral work here at Regent University, and then return to Austria, in order to establish a healthy foundation for Christian counseling and psychological services. In addition to COGS, Andy serves with a non-profit organization that supports human trafficking victims that are brought through Vienna, Austria. His core area of research interest is Fatherhood, especially the importance of a healthy relationship between a father and a son.
Julian Henry Heath was born and raised in the city of Macon, GA and is the youngest of seven siblings. To date, he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Middle Georgia State University, and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Argosy University. He is currently attending Regent University’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Health Psychology, and now serves as a new COGS Senator for the school of Psychology and Counselling for the 2015 year. He has worked as a counselor, psychometrician, and instructor for the last five years. He currently holds a license as a Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and works as an online instructor of Psychology for Middle Georgia State University.