Advancement Staff

Senior Vice President for University Advancement

Phone: 785-248-2330
Email: paul.bean@ottawa.edu
Education
MBA - Baker University
BA - Southwestern College

Paul Bean returned to Ottawa University January of 2009.  He had previously been the Vice President of University Advancement at his alma mater, Southwestern College in Winfield, KS.  Mr. Bean worked in the advancement office of Ottawa University from 1994 – 1999.
 
Mr. Bean is a 1985 graduate of Southwestern College, where he earned a BA in International Business. He later earned an MBA from Baker University (Baldwin City, Kansas).  He led the largest campaign in Southwestern’s history before returning to Ottawa where he led the largest campaign in OU’s history.  The Advancing the Vision Campaign at Ottawa University was completed in 2015 and raised over $24 million.
 

Director of Development and Planned Giving

Phone: 785-248-2337
Email: janet.peters@ottawa.edu
Education
JD - University of Iowa
BA - Univeristy of Iowa

Leadership Gift Officer

Phone: 785-248-2336
Email: nori.hale@ottawa.edu
Education
MEd - Wichita State University
BA - Ottawa University

Nori accepted the position of Leadership gift officer in 2015 after serving Ottawa University in the Adawe LifePlan Center as Director of Corporate Relations for one year and in Advancement Department as Director of Alumni Programs for 5 years.  Prior to these endeavors, she was  Director of Advertising for The McPherson Sentinel daily newspaper and worked in other business support roles while raising five very busy children with her husband, Dave Hale ’69, in Chicago, IL, and McPherson, KS. 
 
Nori is a 1971 graduate from Ottawa University with a BA in Psychology and was known then as LaNora Schmidt.  She later earned an MEd in Counseling from Wichita State University.
 
 

Alumni Director

Phone: 785-248-2333
Email: courtney.klaus@ottawa.edu
Education
BA - Ottawa University
School of Allied Health - University of Kansas       

Courtney was a Provost scholar at Ottawa University and graduated with honors in 2005 with a BA in Biology.  She continued her education at the University of Kansas Medical Center, School of Allied Health, in diagnostic cardiac sonography.  She has worked for the Olathe Medical Center for the past several years.

Courtney lives in Ottawa with her husband, Stan (’06), and two sons Bryce and Beckham. She also served on the Ottawa University Alumni Association Board of Directors for the past year.
 
Courtney is excited to return to Ottawa University and to work with all the amazing alumni that have graduated from OU.  In addition to her alumni duties she is looking forward to connecting with current students to help them realize that even after graduation, they have a home at Ottawa University.

University Chaplain
Director of the Fredrikson Center for Faith and Church Vitality

Phone: 785-248-2334
Email: john.holzhuter@ottawa.edu
Education
MDiv & DDiv - Trinity College (UK)
MEd - Capital University (UK)
BA - Marymount College


Chaplain John Holzh├╝ter is an educator and long-time advocate for the needs of disadvantaged youth.  He currently serves as the University Chaplain for Ottawa University and leads the Fredrikson Center for Church and Faith Vitality.  Since 1999 he has worked as an efficiency and process-improvement consultant for several (federal) government agencies and served on task’s forces for the last three Kansas Governors. He specializes in profit/not-for-profit partnerships and private, state, and federal grant funding and compliance.  He has served as a secondary school administrator and as the director of an alternative high school and led large non profit agencies from start-up to national service footprints. In addition to past Chaplaincy roles with the Veteran’s Administration and VVA-Chapter 912, he has served as a ‘WorkForce Development Specialist’ , assisting current and former military personnel, senior citizens and with restorative justice case referrals.   A widower, with two grown sons, he lives in Ottawa, Kansas.


Assistant for University Advancement

Phone: 785-248-2331
Email: susan.trendel@ottawa.edu
Education
Emporia State University

Annual Giving and Social Media Manager

Education
BA - Ottawa University