Walla Walla University Announces New Professors

Five Professors Join Faculty

By: Becky St. Clair

Jody Carlisle, Steve VanOrden, Elisabeth Ritacca, Ferdinand Regalado, & Anthony Remboldt (not pictured)

Walla Walla University welcomes its new faculty joining the campus.

Jody Carlisle
Jody Carlisle joins the faculty in WWU’s School of Business after four years as senior planner of dried groceries for Wal-Mart Stores.  In this role he prepared category level plans and margins supporting annual sales of $2.5 billion, managed a direct import and domestic supplier base, and more.  While working for Wal-Mart Stores, Carlisle received four awards, including an award for a self-initiated audit that saved the company $6 million in 50 test stores.  This followed several years as an auditor and senior accountant for various firms.  His experience also includes serving in the U.S. Army for three years and instructing for University of Phoenix.  Carlisle holds three associate’s degrees in administration of justice, accounting, and administration of business, as well as a bachelor’s degree in accounting and two master’s degrees in professional accounting and business administration.
Elisabeth Ritacca

History and Philosophy

Recently completing her doctoral degree in U.S. history from University of California-Davis, Ritacca focused on cross-cultural women’s and gender history.  In 2003, Ritacca received a master of arts degree from Purdue University in U.S. and European history.  Since then, she has served as associate instructor at UC-Davis, teaching classes such as American Women and the Family, and Jacksonian America.  Ritacca served as a consulting scholar for the California Reads program in 2011, and was a research assistant for the Teaching American History Institute’s History Project for UC-Davis over two summers.  Ritacca has received multiple awards and fellowships, including the Eugene V. Debs Fellowship in UC-Davis’ department of history, and the Frederick N. Andrews University Fellowship for Purdue’s graduate school.
Ferdinand Regalado


Prior to his appointment at WWU, Ferdinand Regalado served as a theology professor at Universidad de Montemorelos, Mexico, Inter-American Adventist Theological Seminary in Miami, Fla., and as adjunct professor at Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies in the Philippines.  He has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including classes such as Christian Ethics, Ellen G. White Writings, and Pentateuch.  Fluent in Spanish and Tagalog, Regalado has also studied biblical Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic, selected Semitic languages, and German, French, and Arabic.  He has also served as pastor and elder in various locations.  Regalado has been a square coordinator at the archaeological dig site at Tall al-‘Umayri in Jordan, and his work has been published more than two dozen times.  He holds a doctoral degree in religion, a master of arts degree in religion, and two bachelor of arts degrees in theology and history and philosophy of religion.
Anthony Remboldt


Anthony Remboldt is a recent graduate of WWU’s technology program, having received his bachelor of science degree in aviation technology this past June.  During his tenure as a student at WWU, Remboldt completed an internship as an aircraft mechanic, and also spent a year as a flight instructor for the university.  He has spent the last few months as a line pilot in Alaska, and is FAA certified as a commercial/instrument pilot, qualified to pilot a single engine plane (both land and sea) and a multi-engine (land).  Remboldt is tail-wheel, complex, high-performance, and high-altitude endorsed.
Steve VanOrden


No stranger to the Walla Walla Valley, Steve VanOrden spent a year and a half as director of operations for Walla Walla Health Medical Group, while simultaneously running his own business, Medi-Search Group, LLC.  Medi-Search is a nationwide search firm placing both physician and allied health professionals in hospital and clinic facilities.  Prior to this, VanOrden spent seven years as a clinic administrator for a medical group in California, where he organized and implemented high quality controls, offering a flexible management structure.  Profitability doubled the year following the implementation of his plans.  Before this position, VanOrden completed a two-year service with Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) in Mozambique. In this role he was responsible for more than 400 employees involved in various food security development programs, road and bridge construction, water sanitation, and disaster relief programs. VanOrden is currently pre-accepted into the doctoral degree program at Walden University, and has completed a master’s degree in public administration, and an international business degree from University of Washington-Pullman.

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