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Meet the Library Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff of Regent University Library. Access contact information and learn about their interests and responsibilities.

Meet the Library Faculty & Staff

Dean of the University Library

Esther Gillie, DMin, Ph.D, MDiv, MS in Library & Information Science, Master of Church Music

Dean of the University Library

Contact me 
757-352-4182

Responsibilities:

  • Directs the operation of the University Library
  • Curates holdings in divinity and related topics

 

Interests:

  • Christian spiritual formation
  • Church Music
  • Spending time with family
  • Writing
  • Knitting

 

 

Operations and Business Manager

Jonathan Bekker, MA

Operations and Business Manager

 

Contact me
757-352-4185

Responsibilities:

  • Budget management
  • Operational support of Library Administration

 

Interests:

  • Hiking
  • Reading (Favorite Authors: Brandon Sanderson, C.S. Lewis, Hans Boersma)
  • Language Learning
  • Photography

 

 

Public Services and Resource Management

Dorothy Hargett, MLIS, MA

Head of Public Services and Resource Management

Contact me
757-352-4152

Responsibilities:

  • Supervises Public Services, Resource Management, and  Fulfillment Services 
  • Administrator/Director for Electronic Theses and Dissertation Submissions
  • Curates holdings in psychology, counseling, health sciences, and sociology

 

Interests:

  • Spending time with my family
  • Worship
  • Travel
  • Ministry

 

 

Sarah Balding, MA, BA

Public Services Supervisor

Contact me
757-352-4163

Responsibilities:

  • Manages, hires, trains, and schedules student workers in circulation.
  • Oversees course reading lists and physical course reserves.
  • Provides customer service at the Resource Desk for all library patrons.
  • Supervise the Resource Desk's inventory and financial transactions. 

 

Interests:

  • Listening to audiobooks/podcasts (fantasy and historical fiction are my favorite genres)
  • Baking
  • Spending time with my husband and daughter
  • Biking and swimming

 

 

Julia Fernandes, BA

Resource Purchasing & Management Supervisor

Contact me 
757-352-4158

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains all print and electronic journal subscriptions
  • Orders and processes all print and online book and journal requests
  • Collects database usage statistics
  • Works with staff and faculty on special projects

 

Interests:

  • Reading (primarily children's books and historical fiction)
  • Graphic design, especially for churches
  • Baking & sweets
  • Anime & manga (most recommended: March Comes In Like A Lion)

 

 

Elizabeth Keen, MA, BA

Fulfillment Services Supervisor

Contact me
757-352-4424

Responsibilities:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Holds
  • Digitization

 

Interests:

  • Reading - especially L.M. Montgomery, Agatha Christie, and Scott Keen.
  • Playing board games with my husband and five daughters.
  • Trying out new recipes to feed the family.

 

 

 

 

Noah Musicant, MS, BS

Purchasing & Fulfillment Specialist


Contact me
757-352-4310

Responsibilities:

  • Process purchase requests
  • Fulfillment Services

 

Interests:

  • D&D
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Game Development
  • Video Games
  • Story Writing

 

 

Christine Payne, MFA, MA, BA

Public Services Supervisor

Contact me
757-352-4159

Responsibilities:

  • Provides customer service at Resource Desk, answering patron questions and requests.
  • Manages, hires, trains, and schedules student workers for Resource Desk.
  • Oversees reoccurring projects like shelving, shifting, weeding, and shelf maintenance,
  • Assists with Library Social Media, including the creation of content and oversight of social media pages.

 

Interests:

  • Biblical Studies & Spiritual Formation
  • Film and Television
  • Writing
  • Fine Arts and Crafts
  • Vegan & Vegetarian Cooking

 

 

Khai Talavera

Public & Fulfillment Services Supervisor

Contact me
757-352-4619

Responsibilities:

  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Holds
  • Digitization
  • Circulation

 

Interests:

  • Swimming
  • Cooking
  • Football
  • Pop Culture

 

 

Research and Instruction

Meredith Ader, MLS

Head of Research & Instruction

Contact me 
757-352-4184

Responsibilities:

  • Research and Instruction
  • Directs outreach and marketing
  • Curates holdings in education and nursing

 

Interests:

  • Plants
  • Writing
  • Art (Painting and sketching)
  • Exploring new places
  • Spending time with loved ones

 

 

Denise Crews, MA, Ph.D.

Instruction Librarian

Contact me 
757-352-4121

Responsibilities:

  • Instructs undergraduate students in research
  • Answers reference inquiries
  • Curates holdings in English, government studies, history, philosophy, etc.

 

Interests:

  • Gardening
  • Cooking
  • Decorating
  • Traveling

 

 

Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Initiatives

Harold Henkel, MSLS, MBA

Head of Special Collections, Archives, and Digital Initiatives

Contact me 
757-352-4198

Responsibilities:

  • Organization & conservation of University Archives
  • Organization & conservation of Library Special Collections
  • Curates holdings in business, communication, film & television, government, leadership, and theatre


Interests:

 

Technical Services

Carine Mattix, BA

Head of Library Systems & Technical Services

Contact me
757-352-4824

Responsibilities:

  • Maintains library catalog.
  • Manages library systems and troubleshoots access issues. 
  • Oversees book donations and collection updates. 
  • Oversees acquisitions. 

 

Interests:

  • Outdoor work
  • Running
  • Camping
  • Playing card games/ board games

 

 

Melissa Danko, MLIS, BS

Technical Services Supervisor

Contact me 
757-352-4173

Responsibilities:

  • Cataloging & Metadata
  • Curates holdings in the natural and technical sciences

 

Interests:

  • Working outside
  • Reading