Creating Intentional Partnerships with Lutheran Universities

Panel of Representatives

Learn more about the programs at Lutheran universities that could benefit your students, such as intensive English classes. Consider new ways to partner with Lutheran higher-education institutions. Share your great ideas or educational needs with a panel of professors and representatives from Lutheran universities. This interactive session is designed to foster an active exchange of information and explore new ways to benefit educational ministries from across the globe.

Facilitator—Karin Semler, ALEA Executive Director
Panel of University Representatives
Dr. Marilyn Reineck, Concordia University St. Paul
Dr. William R. Cario, Concordia University Wisconsin/Concordia University Ann Arbor
Rev. Dr. Ted Engelbrecht, Concordia University Portland
Dr. Michael Schulteis, Concordia University Irvine
Mr. Jeremy Geidel, Concordia University Nebraska
Dr. Eugene Kim, Concordia University Irvine—Asia Programs
Dr. Sherry Fraser, Concordia College Bronxville

About the Representatives….

reineckMarilyn Reineck, Ph.D., is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Concordia St. Paul. With over 35 years of higher education experience, she was previously the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Concordia Chicago and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University St. Paul, a Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Studies. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in communication theory emphasizing family, small group, and organizational communication. She has coached forensics and directed children’s theater as well as other dramatic productions. She is a trained bereavement facilitator and is skilled in several conflict resolution programs.  Dr. Reineck served as the Vice Chair of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. Dr. Reineck has published in Communication Education, Family Firm Institute publications, and other teaching publications. She has presented papers to the National Communication Association (NCA), Central States Communication Association, National Council on Family Relations, the NCA Communication Ethics Conference, the University of Hong Kong, and the Family Firm Institute. She received the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Family Firm Institute in 1995 for “Home to Business and Business to Home: Role Carryover Between Spouses in Family Businesses.”  She has book chapters published in Survivor Lessons and in Culturally Sensitive Models of Gender in Family Business. Additionally, she co-authored Allyn & Bacon’s VideoWorkshop: Public Speaking, Student Learning Guide and Instructor’s Teaching Guide I and II (2003, 2005) and co-produced Student Speeches III as well as its accompanying User’s guide (2006). Her current research interests include online pedagogy, coping with loss, survival in the Holocaust, and supportive communication. She was a Thrivent Leadership Fellow for 2010-2011.



William R. Cario (Ph.D., American History, New York University) has served in Lutheran education nearly all of his adult life.  With a baccalaureate preparation in Education and History (now Concordia University Chicago), he taught in Lutheran elementary and high schools for his first calls.  Since 1990, he has served at Concordia University (WI and MI), first as a faculty member in the History Department and more recently as an administrator.  Since 2008 he has been Senior Vice President of Academics at Concordia, serving as the chief academic officer of the institution.




image002Rev. Dr. Ted Engelbrecht: Born in and raised by missionary parents in India, Ted and his wife, Jacqueline Noel, likewise served the LCMS Mission Board for 27 years in India, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

After working in international schools in Belgium and Luxembourg, Ted taught at the Kodaikanal International School in India, besides taking on various administrative functions for the mission and the partner church there. He also taught and was Religion Department Head at the HK International School. In 1996 he and his wife and family of four children moved to Hanoi to open the LCMS official presence there, starting ministries in rural community development, in teaching ESL in several local universities and in theological education with local pastors. He also served as a ‘Pastor at the Church’ of the Hanoi International Church and as Area Facilitator for SE Asia and then Executive Director of ALEA for the LCMS.

Ted and Jacqueline left VN in 2011 and he is currently teaching Religion and Theology at Concordia University and serving as Chair of that Department. He also serves on the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board for Clark County, WA, and the National Association for Mental Illness Board for SW WA.


Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 2.58.59 PMDr. Michael Schulteis has been at Concordia University since 2003 teaching in the School of Education specializing in Science and Mathematics education as well as classroom management. He currently serves as the Director of Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs. Prior to arriving at Concordia University he taught at the Junior High School level as a 7th grade homeroom teacher teaching multiple subjects and as a science specialist for grades 6-8. At the High School level Michael taught chemistry, biology, and honors biology as well as being a coach and the taxidermy club advisor. Prof. Schulteis earned his Bachelor of Arts degree (Biology) in 1995, California Teaching Credential in 1996 and his Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction in 1998 all from Concordia University Irvine. In 2005 he earned his Doctor of Science Education degree from Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Australia. His dissertation thesis was “The Condition and Effects of Evolutionary Education in the Parochial School.” He is also a sought after seminar presenter and has made presentations to teachers across the United States, as well as from around the world including teachers from Korea, Japan, China, South Africa, and Australia. Most recently he has been working with local Lutheran schools on teacher professional development.  Dr. Schulteis is married and his wife also teaches at Concordia and is in the Mathematics Department. They have 2 boys. He enjoys travel, photography, gardening, Disney and fishing.


Jeremy became the Director of Enrollment Management Initiatives at Concordia University, Nebraska during the summer of 2014.  Responsible for expanding and strategizing Concordia’s ministry to new populations, he has been able to develop partnerships with Lutheran high schools and community colleges in the United States, as well as various schools internationally.  On campus, Jeremy has partnered with faculty members to start up several new programs from scratch, such as the Music Therapy program and the Trap and Skeet team.  Jeremy has held several roles since coming to Concordia in 1998, to complete his master’s degree in secondary education administration.  After initially graduating from Concordia in 1996 with a B.S. Ed., he taught at Lutheran High School Westland in Michigan for two years.  Jeremy is married to Dr. Amanda Geidel, Director of Special Education at Concordia University, Nebraska, and they are blessed with 4 children, Madison, Claire, Noelle, and Jonah.


Vocationally, as Dean at Concordia University Irvine since 2007, Dr. Eugene P. Kim ( advances the university’s interests in China and the Asia region; has established MOU’s and partnerships with over 30 Chinese universities and schools in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming and other cities; is responsible for the strategic planning of the university’s Asia strategy; manages marketing, promotion and university branding in China; implements short-term study abroad programs for undergraduate and graduate students to China and Southeast Asia; and has designed and oversees hybrid (US-China) graduate programs with over 400 alumni in International Education, International Business, International Development and joint MAIS/MBA.

As a scholar practitioner, Dr. Kim speaks at major conferences sponsored by eminent organizations such as Comparative & International Education Society, WASC, and CS Lewis Foundation.  He received his Ph.D. in Comparative Education and Social Sciences from UCLA in 2004, served as Managing Editor for the Comparative Education Review, researches and publishes on topics ranging from K-12 administration to international higher education to multiple intelligences, and most recently co-edited a book published in 2016 by Routledge titled, Business in Contemporary China.  As a teacher educator, he has provided teacher training workshops for districts and schools in Los Angeles, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Dr. Kim is passionate about educational reform and innovation, where during his tenure at Pepperdine University, he chaired the charter school initiative committee and founded an urban professional development school in urban Los Angeles.  Through  his company, Integrated Education, he has consulted on K-12 and university start-ups and educational development programs in the US and Asia.  He has served as chairman of the board with Emperor’s College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Mustard Seed Foundation’s Harvey Fellows and is founder of House for Kids, a non-profit that provides educational and social support to homeless and undocumented women and their children in Hollywood.  He lives in Shanghai on mission with his wife, currently the third grade team leader at Concordia International School in Shanghai, and their two children, Emily and Ethan.


SherryFraser Sherry Fraser received her bachelors in social work in 1977 from Valparaiso University in Indiana, her masters in social work in 1980 from the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus, Jane Addams School of Social Work, and her doctorate in executive leadership in 2014 from Saint John Fisher College.

She worked as a social work professional in various agencies and organizations in Gary, Indiana; Queens, NY; and Westchester County. In 1984 she began teaching undergraduate social work at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY.  During her 32 year tenure at the college she served as assistant, associate and full professor of social work, program director, division chair, associate dean for residence life, academic dean, and dean of the college before being appointed Provost in 2014.  She maintains a small private practice and welcomes time to relax and reflect at her home in the Adirondack Mountains.

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