Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rodney '84 has consistently provided leadership in Wheaton's developing diverse community. He has helped to develop the greater than 80% retention rate of students of color at Wheaton and the recruitment of students, faculty, and administration throughout his greater than 30 years of ministry.
He has served on the Racial Harmony Commission of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities; on the Board of the National Christian Multicultural Student Leaders Conference Inc.; on the Diversity Task Force of the Association of Christians in Student Development; and is a recipient of the latter's Jane Higa Award for Racial Harmony. Rodney and his wife Hasana '86 have two children and share a passion for Christ, music and encouraging others to rejoice in the Lord.
Eva Ortiz is a resident of Aurora, Illinois with her beloved husband Andy. Entrusted with over 25 years of service to the community at large, Mrs. Ortiz brings with her a love for Christ (and his children), a passion for higher education matched with energy and a sincere interest to connect with people. She has a B.S. in Education from Northern Illinois University and a M.A. in Christian Leadership from Liberty University.
With a diverse background in training and motivating leaders to action, Eva is committed to utilizing her God–given gifts to encourage, empower, and challenge students to excel throughout their Wheaton experience by celebrating their “uniqueness” and maximizing their individual opportunities for communal growth. More info >
Gospel Choir Director
Tanya Egler has enjoyed the opportunity to serve as the Director of the Wheaton College Gospel Choir for 20 years. She is a native of Cleveland, Ohio where she grew up in a singing family that fostered her love for God and music.
Tanya earned a B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University. She and her husband Calvin '95 are co-founders of Passion Ministries. They are blessed to have three young adult children who love and serve God.
Hee-Jung joined the Office of Multicultural Development in December 2013 as Office Coordinator. As a former international student herself she understands the important role the Office of Multicultural Development may have in helping minority students become acclimated to Wheaton College.
She has enjoyed not only connecting with students and staff members but also helping them to reach their visions and goals. In her free time, she loves nature walking, gardening, doing DIY projects, traveling with her family, and cooking Korean foods.
Graduate Resident Assistant
Sam Lau is the Graduate Resident Assistant in Multicultural Development. Sam will work primarily with the Shalom Community and the SUMMIT program supporting Church and Nieves scholars. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Canada, he most recently spent six years in student ministry with Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship in Canada. Hearing God's call for a change of scenery, he is currently completing his Masters degree in the Wheaton College Graduate School. In his free time he enjoys playing racquet sports, birdwatching, camping, and watching movies. He's passionate about diversity and reconciliation and is looking forward to learning and growing in both during his time at Wheaton.
Graduate Student Assistant
Christina is incredibly grateful to join the OMD as the Graduate Student Assistant for the 2016-2017 school year. She will be working primarily in the area of programming multicultural events on the Wheaton campus as well as supporting the OMD student programming team. Christina originally hails from the mighty state of Delaware but has called the Midwest her home for the past 13 years. A Wheaton grad of 2007, Christina has worn several hats since graduating from college. She has been a music teacher, a pastor's wife, and a mother of three children, and now a grad student in the Christian Formation and Ministry program at Wheaton. In the two minutes of free time that Christina has, she enjoys reading, traveling, trying different foods, and spending time with her wonderful family. Christina is passionate about empowering and encouraging college students, particularly women, and exposing college students to the joy and blessing that diversity brings.