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Dr. Leonard Kageler
Len Kageler, Ph.D. (Leonard.Kageler@nyack.edu) is Professor of Youth and Family Studies in addition to his duties as Dean the Center for Teaching Excellence & Faculty Resources. Before coming to Nyack in 1993 he spent 20 years as a full time youth pastor. He has been a volunteer youth worker since.
Len received his BA from the University of Washington, his M.Div. from the North American Baptist Seminary, and a Ph.D. (Sociology) from Fordham University in New York City. He speaks and presents seminars around North America and the world. He has written many books, including: two for youth, three for parents of teenagers, and five for youth workers. You can get more info on The Youth Ministry Survival Guide(Zondervan/Youth Specialties) or The Volunteers Field Guide to Youth Ministry (Group) from Amazon.com. Lens newest book, Youth Ministry in a Multi-Faith Society was released in May, 2014 by InterVarsity Press.
In 2014-2015 Len is scheduled as a seminar presenter at several youth pastor gatherings, including the Youth Specialties Sacramento and Atlanta conventions. Additionally his teaching and speaking ministry will include presenting an academic paper at conference in London, as well as being the main resource person at a pastors conference hosted by best selling author Len Sweet. Len is married to Janet and has three daughters. He is a serious runner, and loves backpacking and skiing.
Dr. Gregg Makin
B.A. from Houghton College, M.S. from Hofstra University, Ph.D. from Regent University
Gregg Gregg.Makin@nyack.edu has been a Youth & Family Studies Adjunct Professor at Nyack College, at the Manhattan campus, for the past 5 years. His willingness to serve students beyond the classroom brings stability to the city program. He and his wife, Joyce, have been married for 31 years and they have two grown children in their 20's. Growing up in central PA, Gregg began his personal relationship with Jesus Christ as a teen. During those years he also learned to root for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins.
As a Youth Pastor and Youth Leader, Gregg has been working in the field of Youth Ministry for over 31 years. He currently ministers as the Discipleship Pastor at Living Faith Christian Church on Long Island, where he has been serving since 1983. He has a passion for community, and for helping people get connected to God and with one another.
In addition to loving to run and bike, Gregg plays tennis, raquetball and frisbee golf. He also avidly reads anything by NT Wright, J. Ortberg, and Cloud & Townsend.
Dr. Shaylee Perez
B.A. Columbia University; M.A. and Psy. D. Biola University
Shaylee, Shaylee.Perez@nyack.edu has been teaching in the YFS Department for Nyack since the Fall of 2012, at both the Manhattan and Rockland campuses. She was born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in New York City with her husband, Anthony, and daughter, Emily. Shaylee and Anthony have been married for 15 years.
In addition to being a regular Adjunct Professor in YFS at Nyack College, Shaylee currently practices as a licensed, bilingual, Clinical Psychologist in New York, N.Y. Other responsibilities include working as a Visiting Faculty member for the Teacher’s College of Columbia University and a Clinical Supervisor for the ABC Project for New York University. She holds membership in the American Psychological Association as well. Relative to ministry, Shaylee serves as the Asst. Director of Youth Ministries for the Spanish Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in New York, NY, where she has been helping to lead the youth ministry since 2005.
In the past Shaylee has worked as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Intake Coordinator, Clinical Instructor, and Field Supervisor for Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Previous youth ministry experience includes leading as the Assistant Youth Director of the Spanish Western Youth District of the C&MA, while also serving as a Youth Leader in her local church in Fullerton, California.
In her spare time, Shaylee leads workshops on raising healthy children and adolescents.