Kristin Dixon

Dean of Education and Counseling

B.A. Business and Computer Education - Oregon State University
M.Ed. Oregon State University
Ed.D in Educational Leadership - George Fox University


Dr. Dixon taught secondary school business and computer courses for 13 years, which included four years at an international school in Nairobi, Kenya. She began her career in higher education by teaching at Chemeketa Community College’s Santiam Campus, as well as teaching computer skills to incarcerated individuals pursuing a Bachelor’s degree. She also spent 11 years teaching MAT (Master of Arts in Teaching) candidates at George Fox University, and supporting and directing the university’s regional sites in Salem, Redmond, and Boise. Dr. Dixon joined Corban in 2013.


Kristin likes traveling (she has been to more than 30 countries), hiking, drinking coffee with family and friends, spending time with family, and serving at her church.

Why Corban

“First of all, I believe teaching and counseling represent a calling from the Lord, which provides significant opportunity to love, educate, guide and influence others. Corban has a strong presence in the local school communities—both public and private, faith-based schools—as well as the work preparing teachers in Indonesia. Our counseling department is preparing counselors to bring healing to individuals with significant wounds and help them find greater freedom. It is a privilege to serve beside both educators and counselor-educators, knowing the long-term spiritual impact these professions have on others.”


Roy Bunch

Director of Graduate Education, Associate Professor of Education

Graduate Teacher Licensure, Associate Professor of Education

Ed.D. Portland State University
M.Div. Emmanuel School of Religion
B.Th. Northwest Christian College


Jesse Payne

Director of Undergraduate Education


B.A. Vanguard University of Southern California
M.A. Vanguard University of Southern California
Ed.D. University of Southern California

Teaching Experience

  • 5 years of non-directive play therapy/group instruction for at-risk students in grades K-3 with the Chula Vista Elementary School District in Southern California
  • 3 years of elementary teaching experience in Orange County, CA
  • 4 years of after-school and summer instruction in science for elementary-aged students

Other Experiences

  • 5 Years as Director of Education for Amen Clinics, Inc.
  • 3 Years as Director of Human Resources for Amen Clinics, Inc.


  • Change Your Brain, Change Your Life (Before 25), 2014, Harlequin Non-Fiction
  • Making a Good Brain Great: High School Course (2009), Mindworks Press
  • What I Learned from a Penguin: A Story on How to Help People Change (2006), Mindworks Press


  • Jesse has been married to Breanne since 2004 and they have two children. Elias was born in 2009 and Emmy was born in 2011.


  • USC Football
  • NFL Fantasy Football
  • Technology/computers/tablets/electronics/smartphones
  • Cars

Why Corban? I was blown away by the amazing sense of community, support, and love that is present on this campus. I strongly believe in the mission of our university and am always looking for ways to make an impact within our school and in our broader community.


Aaron Imig

Director of Graduate Education

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Graduate Education, Assistant Volleyball Coach

B.A. Dordt College
M.S. Ed. Dordt College
Ed. D. George Fox University

Prior Work Experience

  • Secondary Principal, Salem Academy Schools, Salem, OR, 2008–2010
  • Adjunct Professor, Corban University, Salem, OR, 2008–2010
  • Assistant Principal, Salem Academy Schools, Salem, OR, 2007–2008
  • Social Studies / PE Teacher, Capital Christian School, Sacramento, CA, 2003–2007
  • Social Studies / PE Teacher, Salem Academy Schools, Salem, OR, 1999–2003
  • PE Teacher, Intermountain Christian School, Salt Lake City, UT, 1998–1999


  • Sports & Exercise
  • Reading (Historical biographies and novels)
  • Travel
  • Spending time with my family – wife Jennifer and children Isaiah, Arie, and Ruby

Alexis Mendez

Director of ESOL

Director of ESOL for Education Department

M.A.T. Willamette University
B.A. Willamette University
ESOL/Bilingual Teaching certification, Western Oregon University

Alexis taught in preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade bilingual classrooms in Puebla, Mexico; Santa Clara, Calif.; and the Salem-Keizer School District for 10 years prior to coming to Corban.

She helped write and administrate a Title VII grant which created a Spanish language preschool program in West Salem, which focused on early literacy skills and school-readiness for English Language Learners. She also served as the teacher for the program.

She taught as an adjunct instructor for the Education Dept. at Corban University for four years before accepting a position on faculty.

She and her husband, who is from Puebla, Mexico, live in Salem with their three children.



Christie M. Petersen

Assistant Professor of Education


B.A., Point Loma Nazarene College
Masters, Regent University
Ed.D., George Fox University


2010-2012 Hillsboro School District, Hillsboro, OR
Principal, Groner Elementary
Title I Coordinator/Title X Homeless Student Liaison

2008- 2010 Hillsboro School District
Title I Coordinator

2003-2008 Hillsboro School District
School Improvement TOSA/Title X Homeless Ed. Liaison
Adjunct Professor of Education for the University of Portland

2000-2003 Hillsboro School District
Title 1 Teacher, Minter Bridge Elementary School

1991-2000 Virginia Beach Public City Schools, Virginia Beach, VA
Grade 4 Special Education Inclusion and Kindergarten Classroom Teacher
Taught staff development summer sessions for literacy and math
Adjunct professor at Regent University for Master’s degree program

1990-1991 Menifee Union Elementary, Menifee, CA
Grade 3 Teacher- ESL Mainstream Classroom

1988-1990 San Diego Unified School District, San Diego, CA
Second Grade Student Teacher, Loma Portal Elementary
Teacher’s Aide, Loma Portal Elementary/Spanish Tutor Bilingual Field Work (K-1), Ocean Beach Elementary


  • Educational Specialist and Data Owner for Oregon Department of Education
  • Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (Aspiring Administrator Membership)
  • Northwest Women in Educational Administration
  • committee member for the Oregon Department of Education Early Childhood Initiatives Advisory Committee 2006-2007
  • committee member of Washington County Homeless Education Network (HEN)
  • committee member for the Oregon Department of Education Early Childhood Initiatives Advisory Committee
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • International Reading Association
  • Regent and Point Loma Alumni Associations
  • Phi Delta Lambda Honor Society


  • Leadership Coach for Education Northwest serving Oregon's lowest performing schools.
  • Evergreen Christian Center work with homeless youth and families
  • Advent Conspiracy projects
  • Tillicum Camp Counselor with Rolling Hills Community Church
  • Christian Youth Theatre (CYT) parent volunteer
  • Portland Symphonic Girl Choir parent volunteer
  • Horizon Christian High School football and baseball parent volunteer
  • CHS Community Football team parent
  • HBBA Baseball
  • Evergreen Little League
  • Reedville Baseball team parent
  • Village Baptist AWANA
  • Beaverton Christian Church Youth

Sang-Eun Dyer

Assistant Professor of Education, Director of Reading Endorsement

Associate Professor of Education, Director of Reading Endorsement
B.A. Cheong Ju National University of Education, Korea
M.A.E. Ball State University
Ph.D. Ball State University

  • I started working in the Corban Education Department in the fall of 2006. I always wanted to work in a good Christian environment and I was/am glad to find one.

  • My teaching experience at Corban leads me believe that Corban is an academically rigorous school and that it has a dynamic Christian environment surrounded by friendly people.

  • My husband and I began attending Salem Alliance Church after we moved to Salem. Currently, I am a member of the IRA (International Reading Association), ORA (Oregon Reading Association), and NAME (National Association for Multicultural Education).

  • On a personal note, I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. After 9 years of teaching in elementary schools, I decided to come to the U.S. to study at a graduate school in 1999.

Jim and I married in 2004, and we adopted two kids (Iris and Isaac) from S. Korea. I like to travel around, read books, watch Korean drama with my husband (with English subtitle), and eat Thai food.


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