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LLUAHSC administrators honored for their service

Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, smiles as she is presented with her gift by Lowell C. Cooper, MDiv, MPH (left), chair, Board of Trustees, LLUAHSC, and Kevin Lang, MBA, executive vice president for finance, LLUAHSC.
Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH, smiles as she is presented with her gift by Lowell C. Cooper, MDiv, MPH (left), chair, Board of Trustees, LLUAHSC, and Kevin Lang, MBA, executive vice president for finance, LLUAHSC.
During a special dinner held December 12 in the Campus Cafeteria, five LLUAHSC administrators were honored for their dedicated service.

Lisa Beardsley, PhD, MPH; James L. Kyle II, MD, MDiv; J. Lynn Martell, DMin; Barry L. Taylor, PhD; and David L. Taylor, DMin, were the guests of honor during the dinner. Though Dr. Kyle was unable to attend, the other administrators were on-hand to receive a framed print from artist Nathan Green.

“Thank you for a legacy of service inspired by and exemplary of our mission of ‘Participating in Christ’s ministry to make man whole by bringing health, healing, wholeness, and hope to humanity,’” said B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president of Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center, during the evening. “We wish you God’s continued blessings.”

Dr. Behrens continued, “Your vision, values, and experienced leadership in areas vital to our growth have made possible many of the major achievements realized by this academic and health care community during the past three decades.

“Passionate commitment has been the compelling common theme of your service—service both crowded with perils and crowned with triumph; and your creative efforts and best energies reflect the highest credit upon you individually and collectively.”

The following administrators were honored:

Lisa M. Beardsley, PhD, MPH
Born in the United Kingdom, Lisa M. Beards
David L. Taylor, DMin (right), interim dean, Faculty of Religion, is congratulated by Mr. Lang.
David L. Taylor, DMin (right), interim dean, Faculty of Religion, is congratulated by Mr. Lang.
ley, PhD, MPH, joined the Loma Linda family in 1999 as vice president for academic affairs (later vice chancellor) of LLU and LLUAHSC. Before coming to Loma Linda, Dr. Beardsley served as associate vice president for academic administration and dean for graduate studies and research at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She had previously served as assistant dean for medical education and evaluation and associate professor of medicine at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria. While at Andrews University, Dr. Beardsley was responsible for long-range coordination and quality assurance of graduate programs and interdisciplinary, multischool graduate education.

Dr. Beardsley received her master’s degree in public health with an emphasis in health education from the School of Public Health in 1983. She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1989. She completed clinical pastoral education at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois and has worked as a hospital chaplain there and at Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph, Michigan.

Dr. Beardsley has a wide variety of teaching experience—from the grade school level in Finland in the early 1980s to university level at the University of Hawaii in the late 1980s, and the University of Illinois in the 1990s. She has lived throughout the United States and in England, Finland, Sweden, and the Philippines.

Dr. Beardsley’s researc
J. Lynn Martell, DMin, recounts a story to the audience as B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president, LLUAHSC, looks on.
J. Lynn Martell, DMin, recounts a story to the audience as B. Lyn Behrens, MBBS, president, LLUAHSC, looks on.
h interests and publications center around culture and health, and clinical skills assessment.

She received the Distinguished Paper Award from the Hawaii Educational Research Association and American Educational Research Association in 1990 for research on the reliability of clinical skills assessment using standardized patients.

This past fall Dr. Beardsley assumed her new role as associate director for the department of education of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. She serves as liaison for higher education to the North American, South Pacific, Trans-European, South-Africa Indian Ocean, and West-Central Africa Divisions.

James L. Kyle II, MD, MDiv
James L. Kyle II, MD, MDiv, joined Loma Linda University as dean of the School of Public Health in 2004. Born and raised in south central Los Angeles, Dr. Kyle was introduced to Adventism when his parents sent him to the nearest private school from his home. His mother, hoping that her boy wouldn’t convert to Adventism, was a little let down when her son was baptized a few years later in the Adventist Church. Not only that, but he became a pastor, receiving his master of divinity degree from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan. Ironically, Dr. Kyle ended up baptizing his mother into the Adventist Church.

Three years after earning his master of divinity degree, Dr. Kyle went to Palau, an island in the Pacific, to conduct an evangelistic series. One day,
Barry L. Taylor, PhD, addresses the audience in attendance after receiving his gift.
Barry L. Taylor, PhD, addresses the audience in attendance after receiving his gift.
while he was walking along in hot weather and very thirsty, a local islander gave him a coconut. The islander chopped off the top with his machete, and Dr. Kyle drank the coconut juice. Shortly after, he became extremely sick. Apparently the machete was not very clean.

While being treated as an outpatient at the local hospital with people laying on floor mats, Dr. Kyle suddenly felt that God wanted him to become a physician. Shortly thereafter, he started his pre-medical requirements despite discouragement from many people with whom he worked. Dr. Kyle was accepted into 11 different medical schools. He selected the School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles.

He took his internship and residency at UCLA and worked as an internal medicine specialist in the San Diego area, where he was honored with the Doctor of the Year Award twice by the city. He served as a captain in the United States Army Reserve as a primary care physician from 1995 to 2000, receiving many awards including the Army Commendation Medal.

Dr. Kyle also served as vice president for the California market of Schaller Anderson, as well as pastor (part-time) of the Breath of Life Seventh-day Adventist Church in Westchester, California. His professional activities have included serving as president/ CEO of Genesis Healthcare Strategies and administrative dean for the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.

J. Lynn Martell, DMin
J. Lynn Martell, DMin, joined the Loma Linda family as vice president for advancement for Loma Linda University, Loma Linda University Medical Center, and Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center in 1999. Prior to that he served as president of the Hawaii Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

After serving as pastor and teacher in the Alaska Mission of Seventh-day Adventists, Dr. Martell went on to earn his master of arts degree in Old Testament studies and a master of divinity degree from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, in 1967. He earned his doctor of ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, in 1990.

During his pastoral career, Dr. Martell held evangelistic, ministerial, and administrative positions in the Mid-America Union, North Pacific Union, and Columbia Union Conferences of Seventh-day Adventists. Prior to becoming president of the Hawaii Conference in 1993, he was church ministries director for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

A lifelong athlete, Dr. Martell is an avid mountain climber. He has reached the summit of many of the world’s highest peaks. During his college days before he joined the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Dr. Martell was a member of the Sacramento State University boxing team. While in college, Dr. Martell participated in 25 boxing matches—winning 23. In 2002, Dr. Martell and his boxing team were inducted into the boxing hall of fame in Sacramento.

Dr. Martell transitioned from his position as vice president earlier this year. He continues to serve Loma Linda as director, special services, for Loma Linda University Medical Center radiation medicine.

Barry L. Taylor, PhD
Barry L. Taylor, PhD, was appointed to the position of vice president for research affairs in 2000 by the Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center Board of Trustees. In 2002, he was appointed vice chancellor for research affairs for Loma Linda University. He joined the Loma Linda University faculty in 1976 as an assistant professor of biochemistry in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Taylor was appointed chair of the department of microbiology and molecular genetics in 1988. He was responsible for the formation of the Center for Molecular Biology and Gene Therapy. Investigating the behavior of bacteria has been Dr. Taylor’s passion for many years. When visitors came to his laboratory, he enthusiastically demonstrated how bacteria find their way to the right concentration of oxygen.

In his role as vice president for research affairs, Dr. Taylor was responsible for the research infrastructure on campus including compliance with federal and state regulations that relate to research.

Dr. Taylor completed his doctorate in biochemistry in 1973 with a minor field in microbiology at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He received the Commonwealth Scholarship in 1964 from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

In 1975 and 1976, Dr. Taylor served as visiting postdoctoral fellow at the John Curtain School of Medicine, Australian National University, Canberra.

In 1980, 1982, and again in 1986, he was named the Basic Science Investigator of the Year by the Walter E. Macpherson Society of the School of Medicine. Dr. Taylor received the Outstanding Investigator Award from the Walter E. Macpherson Society in 1988.

He has been an invited lecturer to many institutions and symposia around the world including Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia; NASA/Ames Research Center, San Juan Bautista, California; Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; and the Rousell Uolaf Conference on Chemotaxis, Paris, France, among others.

Dr. Taylor transitioned from his administrative positions this year. He continues to do research at Loma Linda University.

David L. Taylor, DMin
David L. Taylor, DMin, came to Loma Linda University as professor of religion in 1994. In 2001, he was appointed associate dean of the Faculty of Religion, and since July 1, 2004, he has served as interim dean.

Prior to coming to Loma Linda, Dr. Taylor served as president of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (encompassing Bermuda, New England, and New York) from 1992 to 1994. He served as the vice president of the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (encompassing Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, and Hawaii) from 1991 to 1992.

He served as vice president and secretary of the Central California Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Clovis, California, from 1987 to 1990. Dr. Taylor has functioned as a pastor in the Southeastern, Southern, and Northern California Conferences.

He accepted the challenge of youth ministries director and inner-city coordinator in the Southeastern and Central California Conferences, respectively, as the first African-American to serve in the Pacific Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

While teaching at Pacific Union College in Angwin, California, he accepted the responsibility of chair of the Faculty of Religion and associate professor of religion. At Oakwood College in Huntsville, Alabama, he ministered as chaplain and assistant professor of religion and later became assistant to the president for west coast marketing.

Dr. Taylor’s educational background includes a bachelor of arts degree in theology and history from Oakwood College, Huntsville, Alabama, earned in 1957; a bachelor of arts degree in history and theology at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California, in 1959; a master of arts degree in applied theology from Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, earned in 1967; and a doctor of ministry degree in American Christian history and preaching from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, in 1977.

Dr. Taylor will continue his service in the Faculty of Religion upon the arrival of the new dean.

By Richard Weismeyer and Dustin R. Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 29, 2007