Each graduate school at Regent University has two COGS senators. Meet the senator for your school below.
School of Communication & the Arts
Shaunte is currently pursuing a MFA in Acting at Regent University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Theater Arts from Bowie State University. Shaunte was born and raised in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C. and has always had a love for the arts. She has been a professional performing artist for a number of years in regional theaters as well as toured in China and Taiwan. She was recently seen in Regent University's Fiddler on the Roof as Golde. Shaunte loves what she does but most of all, loves God. She knows that she is called to do a mighty work for His glory. Shaunte is honored to be serving as Senator in COGS. She is thankful to be used to encourage, motivate, and inspire the future Christian Leaders of the world.
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.
School of Divinity
Hello! My Name is Grace Park. I am currently a joint degree student with the School of Divinity and the School of Psychology. I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA but have spent the last few years traveling for missions and living in Canada. It is such a privilege to be able to study at Regent and serve the students here.
I come from Ghana, West Africa, where I have lived all my life till recently moving to Regent to study for Christian ministry. I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program, and I am hoping to major in Intercultural Studies (Missions). I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree, in Chemical Engineering, from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. I have spent the past nine years fulfilling my personal ambitions of working in the oil and gas industry back in Ghana, but I am thankful for the grace to now pursue a higher calling in missions. I envision a ministry that God uses to relay His love to the poor and underprivileged in very tangible ways; hence, service is essentially my calling. I have never been naturally suited to serving, but since God has mandated me for missions, He has anointed me with that grace and has used every means possible to equip me in that area. I see COGS as yet another important platform for God to improve my serviceability for other more traditional mission fields.
School of Education
Stephanie is originally from Rutland, Massachusetts but, as a military wife, has called many places around the globe “home”. After completing her B.A. in English and Political Science from Assumption College, she was called to attend Regent and earned here first Master’s in Government.
After spending some time in Mississippi and working as a full-time faculty member, she and her family were stationed in Sicily, Italy. While in Italy, Stephanie taught classes for University of Maryland University College and she and her family made the most of their time by traveling to many different countries in Europe.
Prior to moving back Stateside, Stephanie completed her second Master’s in Education and is in her second year of the PhD in the School of Education focusing on Higher Education.
Stephanie has a strong desire to actively participate in her communities and work to make a difference for her and future students.
Denise graduated from Old Dominion University with a Bachelor's in Nursing, and after working as an RN and raising three children, returned to ODU 20 years later to receive her Master's degree in Nursing Education. Teaching baccalaureate nursing students presently as an Associate Professor, she is a second-year student pursing a PhD in Higher Education at Regent University. With her degree, Denise hopes to research and apply new teaching methodology to the fast-paced and ever-changing nursing curriculum in order to meet the nation's need for well-informed and critically-thinking nurses. Denise enjoys flower gardening, traveling, and biking. As a COGS Senator for the School of Education, Denise would like to engage the distance learning community by enhancing their involvement within Regent University.
School of Business & Leadership
I’m from India; I graduated with a BA in English literature from Madras Christian College, Chennai, India. I was working in India, in the Aviation and Telecommunications field, before joining Regent for further studies. I’m pursuing my Master’s in Business Administration with specialization in marketing at Regent. My 16 year long career in operations and customer service, as well as, involvement in church provided me the platform to serve others. Now, I see this position as an opportunity to continue to serve my community here at Regent.
Robertson School of Government
Juliana Melton is originally from Greensboro, NC. (NC is considered to be the home of BBQ.) She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish. Her final year of undergraduate work was spent in Toledo, Spain learning the culture, expanding her knowledge, and improving her Spanish. After graduation she taught ESL in an elementary school. After this time she came to Regent and is currently working on her M.A. in Government, with a concentration in International Relations. She hopes to work in D.C. in the future. Also, she is considering working for a think tank that focuses on domestic and foreign policy and who knows she may even run for office one day!
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 M.A in Government with a concentration in international relations. After completing his studies at Regent, he plans to work in D.C for international organizations where he can use his language skills in Chinese, English and Japanese and meet people from around the world. Also, he's looking for career opportunities that help to accelerate the pace of democratization and more religious freedom in his own country.
School of Law
Students in graduate school often come from various backgrounds and are at different stages of life. As a COGS Senator, I will promote activities that focus students on their studies while taking time to have a little fun along the way by promoting the community that has made Regent Law successful. I have a wonderful wife and three little girls that remind me of the important things in life.
Born on the Feast Day of St. Bartholomew - an apostle with a reputation for resting in the shade of fig trees and evangelizing India - Paul Shakeshaft read History and Philosophy of Law before coming to Regent in the Fall of 2012. A firm believer in responsible student representation and community involvement, he welcomes student requests and questions. You may contact him by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I am a Doctoral student of Clinical Psychology. Originally from India, I have been a part of this diverse culture in USA for 2 years now. I have worked as a Human Resource professional for 6 years and enjoyed every bit of my life in between the hectic schedule. Now during our free time me and my husband love traveling, photography and being with the friends we love so much. As a school Senator, I would aim at promoting relationships across schools and hold up the values that makes Regent unique.