Faculty and Administration

Board of Trustees

As valued colleagues, teachers and mentors, the faculty of Aquinas Institute hold advanced degrees in their areas of professional expertise and years of leadership experience in service to the Church.

Dedicated Teachers

Aquinas faculty encourage their students to be active learners by sharing their own experiences, hopes and questions. Their teaching is animated by a commitment to justice and an awareness of the importance of theology and spirituality to public life.

Active in Community and Scholarship

Practicing what they teach, our professors maintain active involvement in various professional organizations and participate in a range of pastoral activities. They also remain committed to research and writing and are represented through publication in both scholarly and popular journals.

Faculty Bios

Please take the time to get to know our faculty:

Emeriti

Adjunct Faculty

RYAN BARKER

  • Adjunct Instructor of Health Care Policy
  • M.A. in Public Policy Administration, Concentration in Health Policy, Universtity of Missouri-St. Louis

PHILIP BOYLE

  • Adjunct Professor of Organizational Ethics in Health Care 
  • Ph.D., St. Louis University 

BILL BRINKMANN

  • Spiritual Formation, M.A. in Health Care Mission, 2011-
  • M.A.H.C.M., Aquinas Institute of Theology 

TODD BUTLER

  • Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Theology
  • D.Min. (Preaching), Aquinas Institute of Theology

MICHAEL DEMKOVICH, O.P.

  • Adjunct Professor of Spirituality 
  • Ph.D., Catholic University of Louvain

DAVID EBENHOH

  • Adjunct Instructor in Spiritual Direction, 2012-
  • MA (Spirituality), Creighton Universty 

RABBI BARRY FRIEDMAN

  • Adjunct Professor, 2009-
  • M.A.H.L., Hebrew Union College; D.Min., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, D.D., Hebrew Union College

JIM FUNK

  • Director of Formation, Executive Ministry Leadership Program, Ascension Health
  • M.S. Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Indiana University/Purdue University, Indianapolis
  • Certificate of Formation Science, Theology and Anthropology, Epiphany Academy of Formation

DONALD GOERGEN, O.P.

  • Adjunct Professor of Sacramental Theology and Philosophy, 2008-
  • M.A. (Theology), Ph.D., Aquinas Institute of Theology.

ERIN HAMMOND

  • Adjunct Instructor in Church, Mission and Ministry 2013-
  • MA, MDiv, Aquinas Institute of Theology 

DIANE KOORIE, R.S.M.

  • Director, Aquinas Ministry Formation, Oklahoma City, 2001-
  • M.R.E., Loyola University; M.Ed., University of Georgia.

MEGAN MCELROY, O.P. 

  • Adjunct Instructor in Homiletics
  • M.Div., Catholic Theological Union 

DOMINIC MCMANUS, O.P.

  • Adjunct Instructor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
  • M.Div./M.A., Aquinas Institute of Theology

JOSEPH MILNER

  • Adjunct Instructor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology
  • M.A. (Sacramental Theology), St. Louis University

DAVID MIROS

  • Adjunct Professor of Church History, 2005-
  • Ph.D. (Historical Theology), St. Louis University.

CELESTE MUELLER

  • Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology
  • Vice President, Spiritual and Theological Formation, Ascension Health
  • M.A. Theology, Aquinas Institute;  D.Min., Eden Theological Seminary

JAVIER OROZCO, S.F.O.

  • Adjunct Professor of Catholic Social Teaching, 2011-
  • Ph.D., (Theology), Loyola University of Chicago

MARY MARGARET PAZDAN, O.P.

  • Professor of Biblical Studies, 1985-2010
  • Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies, 2010
  • M.A., (Biblical Studies) Providence College; Ph.D., University of St. Michael's College, Toronto.

JOSPEH RAAB

  • Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Theology, Siena Heights University, Adrian MI
  • Ph.D., (Systematic Theology), University of St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology

REV. JAMES RAMACCIOTTI

  • Adjunct Professor of Canon Law, 2008-
  • M.Div., Kenrick Seminary; J.C.L., Pontificie Universita Gregoriana, (Rome).

MARK REPENSHEK

  • Adjunct Professor of Health Care Ethics
  • Ph.D. (Health Care Ethics), Saint Louis University 

REGINA SIEGFRIED, A.S.C.

  • Adjunct Professor of Cross Disciplinary Studies, 2009-
  • Master of Christian Spirituality, Creighton University; M.A. (English), University of Wisconsin; Ph.D., St. Louis University.

VICKI SIMON

  • Adjunct Instructor in Pastoral Spanish
  • M.A. in Spanish (minor in Latin American Studies), St. Louis University, and M.A. in Human Resources Management, Washington University in St. Louis

JOHN PAUL SLOSAR

  • Adjunct Professor of Health Care Ethics 
  • M.A. (Philosophy) and Ph.D. (Health Care Ethics), St. Louis University.

MICHAEL STANCIL

  • Adjunct Instructor of Field Education, 2001-
  • Master in Public Administration, Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

SUSAN WHITTAKER

  • Adjunct Instructor in Health Care Ethics
  • M.A.H.C.M., Aquinas Institute of Theology

DAVID WRIGHT, O.P.

  • Adjunct Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology, 2008-
  • Ph.L./M.A. (Philosophy), Pontifical Faculty of Philosophy, River Forest, IL; M.Th. (Theology), Aquinas Institute of Theology; Ph.D. (Liturgical Studies), University of Notre Dame.
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Directory
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Administration
President
David Caron, O.P.

Vice-President and Academic Dean
Gregory Heille, O.P.

Director of Institutional Advancement
Stacey Krieg, B.S.

Business Manager
Thomas Barbarak, B.A.

Registrar
Erin Hammond, M.Div., M.A.

Director of Admissions and Financial Aid
David Werthmann, M.A.P.S.

Oklahoma City Ministry Formation Program
Program Director
Diane Koorie, R.S.M., M.R.E.