From My Desk to Yours

From My Desk to Yours: Community Updates

ULS President’s Newsletter | Fall Term 2018-19

Volume I, Issue 17

Dear ULS Community,

As many of you are aware, ULS has undergone several changes in the past few weeks. In this newsletter, I would like to share with you some of the restructuring changes being made to better serve the needs of ULS as we move into the future.

Since the beginning of our unification in July 2017, United Lutheran Seminary has faced significant challenges, but has also experienced tremendous blessings. We have learned a great deal about what is needed to move the institution forward in fulfilling our mission of unifying, learning, and serving. Our hope, through this current restructuring process, is to move towards an organizational structure that aligns with our strengths, while also taking into consideration current financial realities.

President’s Council Changes

The President’s Council has been renamed as President’s Cabinet and will consist of:

  • VP of Advancement, The Rev. Dr. Angela Zimmann
  • Chief Financial Officer and VP of Administration, Mr. Scott Ganley
  • Dean and VP of Student Services and Academic Affairs, Rev. Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian
  • Chief Communications Officer, Mr. Barry Hill

Organizational Changes

Mr. Dennis Trotter, COO, and Pastor Trina Johnsten, V.P for Student Services and Enrollment, are no longer serving in their previous capacities. Going forward, any administrative issues should be directed to Mr. Scott Ganley, CFO, and any questions related to operations should be directed to Mr. Kyle Barger.

For now, questions related to student affairs should be directed to Dean Sebastian. We plan to make an offer to a new Director of Student Services in the near future, who will handle questions related to student affairs and will report to the Dean.

I want to thank Mr. Trotter and Pastor Trina for their excellent service to ULS, and I wish them the very best in their future endeavors.

Other Structural Changes

Kyle Barger has been named Senior Director of Operations and will report to the CFO & VP of Administration, Scott Ganley. The following staff members will now report to Kyle:

  • Wendy Mizenko, Director of Housekeeping, Facilities, & Special Events, Gettysburg
  • Dave Reecher, Director of Maintenance, Gettysburg
  • Alberto DeJesus, Director of Facilities Management
  • James Ziebell, Reception & Mailroom Manager, Philadelphia

Michael Reid has been named Director of Public Safety and will report to the Sr. Director Operations, Kyle Barger. All Public Safety officers will now report to Michael Reid.

Ed Henry, Director of Human Resources will report to the CFO & VP of Administration, Scott Ganley.

Donald Redman has been named Director, Informational Technology reporting to Kyle Barger.

Alex Reid, Education Technologist & Coordinator of Student Learning Assessment will now report to Dean Sebastian.

“I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Creator God, our world is full of change. Rivers change their course. The tide rolls in and rolls out again, changing the shore with every cycle. Mighty mountains crumble, lofty new ones rise up in their place, and the world goes on. Comfort this community in the midst of our changes. Give us the patience to accept new things, and the wisdom to recognize that each sunset heralds a new dawn. In the name of your son our savior Jesus Christ we pray.


Richard Green
Interim President

Significant Events and Updates

Special Thanks

Many thanks to Bishop Don and Carol Main for hosting myself, Dorothy, and several ULS supporters at their home on Wednesday evening. It was an evening filled with friendship and fellowship, and I am grateful for my time with them. Special thanks to the Advancement Staff for organizing the event.

Bishops’ Visit

United Lutheran Seminary will host its annual Bishops’ visit October 22-25 (Oct 22-23 Philadelphia Campus and Oct 24-25 Gettysburg campus). These visits are primarily student-focused and are an opportunity for Bishops to interact and create relationships with students for the future. Please consider participating in the many (free) community meals and the conversation sessions.

Conversations with Students

This week, I hosted two events for students to ask questions and receive updates from my office. It was a joy to hear from so many of you, and I am looking forward to the next event on October 29 in Gettysburg. If you were unable to make it or feel more comfortable sharing one-on-one, please feel free to contact Joe Carlucci ( who will happily schedule some time in-person, via telephone, or through Zoom Technology.

Community Outreach

East Mt. Airy Neighbor Association
Along with colleagues from the Property Disposition Task Force, I met with members of the East Mt. Airy Neighbors Association to update them on campus-related activities. I am planning on hosting more events like this in the future for our Seminary community.

Common Ground Recovery Community

I met with alum Rev. Tom Scornavacchi who briefed me on the incredible work being executed by Common Ground Recovery Community — “Where grace embraces brokenness.” I am so proud of all of our alumni and always enjoy hearing about their ministries.