Administrative Faculty


Julie Dishman, Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Julie joined the staff of ESR in 2014 as Receptionist to Admissions and the Faculty, and is currently responsible for recruiting new students as well as overseeing the admissions process for ESR. She earned a B.A. from Ball State University in 1998.
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Jonelle Ellis, Director of Business Services and Facilities

Jonelle joined the administrative faculty at ESR in 2018 and manages the school's business affairs and facilities. She earned a B.A. from Indiana University East in 2014.
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Mandy Ford, Director of Community Engagement

Mandy joined ESR in 2007 and serves as the liaison between the school and alumni, donors and other community members. She earned a B.A. in Communications from Indiana University East in 2001.
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Ryan Frame, Joint Seminaries Director of Seminary Computing Services

Ryan joined ESR in 2014, and directs the school’s computer services, working with faculty, staff and students. He earned a B.S. from Indiana University in 2012.
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Matthew Hisrich, Dean of Earlham School of Religion, Vice President of Earlham College

As Dean, Matt Hisrich serves as ESR's chief operating officer and a vice president of Earlham College. Matt is a graduate of ESR, having received his M.Div. in 2008. He joined the school in 2012 as Director of Recruitment and Admissions and stepped into the role of Acting Dean in July of 2018. In March 2019 he was appointed Dean. Matt also earned a B.A. in Political Economy from Hillsdale College in 1999 and a Doctor of Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2018.

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Avis Stewart, Interim President of Earlham College

Avis Stewart was appointed Interim President in June 2018. Stewart served as Vice President for Community Relations from 2002-2015 and Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Community Relations from 2015-17. 
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April Vanlonden, Joint Seminaries Registrar 

April joined ESR in 2009. She is a recorded Friends minister and earned a B.A. from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1983 and an M.Div. from ESR in 2004.
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Brent Walsh, Director of Student and Alumni Engagement

Brent oversees student services and alumni relations. He graduated from ESR with an MDiv in 2013 and joined the school in January of 2019.
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