Retired Faculty

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    Lesa Ellis

    Lesa Ellis graduated from Westminster College before earning a doctorate in developmental psychology from the University of Oregon. She joined the faculty of Westminster’s Psychology Program in 2002 and founded the Neuroscience Program in 2007. A winner of the Gore Excellence in Teaching Award, she taught courses such as Advanced Topics in Neuroscience, Human Brain Development, and Research Methods in Neuroscience. She also developed the popular WCore class, “Yep, Brains are Cool!” She mentored many students in the McNair Program, often collaborating with them on research projects investigating the processing of emotional stimuli, among other topics. As a passionate advocate for educational equity, Dr. Ellis received a Campus Leadership Award, as well as an Unsung Hero Award from the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
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    Chris Quinn

    Christopher Quinn completed a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was appointed to a faculty position at Westminster in 1994 and served as the Director of Music throughout his career at the College. A winner of the Gore Excellence in Teaching Award with more than 40 years of experience as a professional educator, he taught a wide range of classes, including Aural Skills, Music Theory, and Choral Conducting. He built the Music program from a small minor to a thriving major, in part through his work as conductor of the Chamber Singers and the Community Choir. These popular ensembles toured widely, singing in such world-class venues as Carnegie Hall and Notre Dame Cathedral. Dr. Quinn composed Westminster’s alma mater and conducted the Chamber Singers every year at Commencement. In 2014, he was named the Florence J. Gillmor Professor of Music in recognition of his impact and commitment to Westminster College. 
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    Rob Patterson

    Rob Patterson graduated from the  University of Utah with a BA Finance degree. He completed his MBA with an international emphasis at Brigham Young University. He later became a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). Prior to joining Westminster full-time in 2004, he had over 20 years of finance, industry, and leadership experience. His experiences, ranging from owning his own business to working as a finance officer for two of the world’s largest organizations (General Electric and BHP Billiton), gave him unique perspectives on organizations of varying sizes. His last full-time industry experience was with Franklin Covey, where he was the CFO of Franklin Covey’s International Businesses, then later Vice-President of International Strategic Projects.  He also managed the Canada, Mexico, and Brazil offices. He was able to enrich the classroom with real-world personal experience and practical knowledge. At Westminster, he had the opportunity to develop several new finance courses, including the senior finance capstone course. He regularly taught international finance, investments, financial modeling, and entrepreneurial finance at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. His priority was engaging with students in a fun and meaningful way and was twice voted favorite professor by the graduating senior class. Integrated into his advanced investments class was the CFA Institute Investment Challenge. The competition teams he coached were consistently in the top three teams in the state, winning the state competition twice. He maintained an executive coaching practice while teaching at Westminster. 
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    Colleen Sandor

    Colleen Sandor hails from Buffalo, New York and is a long-suffering Sabres hockey fan. She earned her BS from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York in 1986 and her PhD in counseling psychology from the U of U in 1996. Dr. Sandor completed psychoanalytic training at the International Institute of Psychoanalytic Training (IIPT) in 2014 and is currently the co-chair of IIPT. Dr. Sandor joined the faculty in 2002 and co-founded the MSMHC program in 2007. She was chair of Psychology from 2007-2013 and chair of MSMHC from 2014-2020. Dr. Sandor teaches Individual Counseling, Substance Abuse Counseling, and Multicultural Counseling. She also supervises and mentors students helping them learn and grow into young professionals in the field. Dr. Sandor also writes about diversity issues, specifically psychoanalytic couples therapy with LGBTQ patients, couples, and parents. 
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    Michael Vought

    After earning his doctorate in Theatre Arts, Playwriting at the University of Utah, Michael Vought joined the faculty of Westminster College in 1996. Together with Nina Vought, he built the Theatre Program from a small minor into a thriving major that emphasizes the integrated wellness of the whole artist. He taught classes in Acting, Directing, and Dramatic Theory and Criticism, as well as the legendary May Term class, Vegan Revolution, which gave students the opportunity to cook delicious and healthful meals in the Voughts’ home kitchen. He directed more than fifty theatrical productions at Westminster, including Challenger Deep, for which he authored the script. The Voughts co-founded the Salt Lake Fringe Festival in 2015. Michael Vought received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Theatre Association. 
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    Nina Vought

    After earning her MFA in Theatre Arts, Scenic Design at the University of Utah, Nina Vought joined Westminster College in 1995 as Technical Director and Resident Designer. She accepted a full-time faculty position in Theatre Program in 2005. Together with Michael Vought, she built what had been a small minor into a thriving major that emphasizes the integrated wellness of the whole artist. In addition to classes in technical theatre, she regularly taught The Performer’s Body and The Yogic Experience, which helped generations of students discover the profound interconnections of body and mind. She designed costumes and sets for more than fifty theatrical productions at Westminster. The Voughts co-founded the Salt Lake Fringe Festival in 2015. Nina Vought earned a Lifetime Dedicated Service Award from the Utah Theatre Association.