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.
School of Divinity
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.
Joshua Nangle was born in West Virginia, however he has lived most of his life here in Virginia Beach. In 2013, he graduated from Bethel College in Hampton, Virginia with Bachelors in Christian Ministry. From Bethel, he decided to come to Regent University and is currently working on his Masters Degree in the Divinity School. Josh is involved in the preaching and teaching ministries at the church where his grandfather pastor’s, and his dream is to lead a church in a large American city where the church can preach the Gospel in word and deed. Josh is excited to be a part of what God is doing here at Regent, and he is thankful for the opportunity to serve the Regent graduate students as a divinity Senator!
School of Education
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.
Brian Gitonga is born and raised in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. He graduated from the United States International University (USIU) of Africa with a bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration concentrating on Marketing. After his graduation, he started a transport business and worked at an Entertainment and Events Management Company. In addition he has experience in real-estate development and management. Brian is currently enrolled in the masters program in Business and Leadership school concentrating in Entrepreneurship. Upon completion, he plans on starting his own business with the aim of empowering Africa economically through business initiatives. He can speak three languages - English, Swahili and Kikuyu and aspires to learn other languages. He is excited to be part of COGS and serve the student community.
Robertson School of Government
Nathanael Kreimeyer is a Senator from the Robertson School of Government. He is in his second semester studying for a Master of Arts in Government with a concentration in American Government. Before coming to Regent University, he received his Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences with a teacher licensure and a Master of Arts in History with a concentration in American History from Liberty University. Nathanael was born and raised in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. He acquired his first taste of history and government through his visiting of the government facilities and world-class museums of the nation’s capital. Nathanael hopes to continue his studies in Colonial Virginia’s House of Burgesses by studying for a Doctorate of Philosophy in History. After finishing school, Nathanael hopes to honor his calling from God by teaching either at the colligate level or in a secondary school.
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
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.