Staff

Kevin Pischke, WJU Library Director

KEVIN PISCHKE

Dean, Academic Support & Resources
916.577.2292
kpischke@jessup.edu

  • M.S. Library Science (2005) University of North Texas
  • M.A. Christian Education (2004) Dallas Theological Seminary
  • B.S. Biblical Studies/Historical Studies (1999) Multnomah University

Kevin and his wife Dena live in Roseville, CA with their four children: Cooper, Paige, Zeke, and Fisher. Kevin was the first history major to graduate from Multnomah in 1999. He went on to pursue further education at Dallas Theological Seminary and University of North Texas.

Kevin currently serves as the Library Director & Director of the Learning Commons at WJU, where he loves working with college students to achieve their educational goals. In his spare time, Kevin enjoys coaching his children’s soccer teams, fishing, and watching Dr. Who.

For someone looking for a fun read, Kevin recommends C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

 

Rosamond Kania, Library & Academic Technology Assistant

ROSAMOND KANIA

Library & Academic Technology Assistant 
916.577.2288
rkania@jessup.edu

  • B.A. English (2016) William Jessup University

Rose is from Amador County, CA, eventually relocating to Rocklin to attend William Jessup University with odd years of commuting between the two. Rose graduated WJU in 2016 after three years of involvement in archaeology with the Lahav Research Project, affiliated with Emory University.

Rose worked in William Jessup's library for two years as a student worker, and she could not be happier to have been hired back as staff. She loves the community of learning that the library fosters, and she is passionate about stories of every kind. Rose enjoys oranges, playing drums, and travelling whenever she can afford it. In her spare time she will be found outdoors.

For a good read, Rose specifically recommends The Brothers Karamazov, the Harry Potter series, Shakespeare's plays, The Little Prince, and the genre of confessional poetry.

 

Michael Kares, Access Services Coordinator

MICHAEL KARES

Access Services Coordinator 
916.577.2295
mkares@jessup.edu

  • M.A. New Testament Language and Literature (2013) Biola University
  • B.A. Pastoral Ministry and Biblical Studies (2010) William Jessup University

Michael was born in Northern California, but spent several years on the Oregon Coast--next to the dunes that inspired the Frank Herbert’s classic of the same name. He returned home to Northern California during high school, and attended William Jessup University from 2006 to 2010 for his B.A. Not one for breaks, he began work on his M.A. at Biola University, graduating in 2013.

Michael worked in libraries all throughout school, where he found he loves organizing, answering questions, finding his next book to read, and volunteering. When he is not doing any of these, he loves to sit down and watch superhero movies and T.V. shows (though he has never read the comics).

Michael suggests everyone read Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. He says it is dark, a bit twisted, and a great redemption story.

 

Ayla Elkins - Library Outreach Coordinator

AYLA ELKINS

Library Outreach Coordinator 
916.577.2297
aelkins@jessup.edu 

  • B.A. Family & Children's Ministry (2011) William Jessup University

Ayla and her husband Christopher live in Yuba City, CA with their two kids, Declan and Violet. Ayla attended Azusa Pacific University, then eventually transferred to William Jessup University to complete her degree in 2011. After graduation, she remained in the WJU community as a staff member in the School of Professional Studies, assisting faculty with technology questions and training.

Ayla began pursuing her master's degree in Library and Information Science in the Spring of 2017 and is thrilled to now be working in the WJU library, where she can apply what she is learning on a daily basis. In her free time, Ayla enjoys working at her pottery wheel, baking for her family & friends, listening to audiobooks and eating delicious food with her husband.

For someone looking to get swept into an epic and fantastical story, Ayla recommends The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. For a lighter read, Ayla recommends We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene.

 

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