Lisa Wallentine, Kim Campbell and Lisa Downs began their MidAmerica experiences as students at the school. All three are still Pioneers, now serving as employees of the university as they use their collegiate experiences to fuel a passion for their jobs serving students today.

Lisa Wallentine, associate professor of business, was a student at MidAmerica from 1990-1994 and was involved in cheerleading, cross country, Associated Student Government and served as a Resident Assistant in the dorms.  She said her time as a student was an incredible experience and that MidAmerica’s impact on her life did not end when she walked across the graduation stage.

“I really found my calling here,” Wallentine said.  “I knew I wanted to be a professor. I felt that calling my junior year, that I wanted to come back because this place had impacted me so much and the professors had impacted me so much that I wanted to be a part of doing that for someone else.”

Wallentine said that MNU fully prepared her for life and for all that she would face as a person, both spiritually and academically.

“I think God has his hand on this place,” Wallentine said. “I think he has a plan and purpose for MidAmerica and for the lives that go through here.”

She not only loves teaching in a Christian environment, but she loves the atmosphere of helping others and bringing glory to Christ.

“To me, every day I work with college students, it gives more and more hope for the next generation, because you see the great things that students are doing and great good that they want to bring to the world,” Wallentine said.  “It is really an encouragement to be able to be a part of that.”

Lisa Downs attended MNU from 1988-1992. Downs appreciates being able to work alongside faculty members that impacted her as a student while she strives to, in turn, impact the lives of the students on campus. Photo courtesy of Lisa Downs. Lisa Downs attended MNU from 1988-1992. Downs appreciates being able to work alongside faculty members that impacted her as a student while she strives to, in turn, impact the lives of the students on campus. Photo courtesy of Lisa Downs.

Building relationships with the students here at MidAmerica is something that Kim Campbell, the director of marketing, also loves.  She was a student at MNU from 2002-2005. After two days of being in the nursing program she said she realized God was leading her in a different direction and switched her major to business communications.   

Campbell said that while she was successful in her jobs after college, she was uneasy with her career path until she received a call asking for her to apply for the director of marketing position at MidAmerica.

“I eventually knew it was the right thing to do,” Campbell said. “I took a really substantial pay cut to come to MNU, like a lot of people have, and I just knew that God was teaching me a lesson about values and priorities. It could not have been more clear.”

Now, Campbell loves coming to work in a healthy team environment every day. As she sat in her office after her first week working at MidAmerica, she knew she was in the right place.

“I believe in what happens here and I could never buy into that anywhere else,” Campbell said. “You don’t always get the chance to work for a company that you believe in.”

Lisa Downs, the director of external relations, was a student at MidAmerica from 1988-1992.  After she graduated, she taught school for a while, until a phone call came asking if she wanted to be an admissions counselor.

“I always thought it would be great to come back to MidAmerica and do something whether it was teaching or working here, because I enjoyed my experience so much and because people invested in me while I was a student here,” Downs said. “To be able to come back and do the same thing for students at MidAmerica, I thought it would be such a cool experience.”

Downs believes that students are the best part about working at MNU. She said she also loves working with faculty members, many of whom were teaching while she was a student.

These three women are striving to impact a community that first impacted them. They returned to MidAmerica to bring the kind of joy and support that they felt as students to current students having their first experience with MNU, continuing MidAmerica’s legacy of leadership inspiring leadership.