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Our faculty are committed to maintaining a high degree of competence in their specialties and also to helping students develop the ability to think critically, independently, and creatively. They foster a learning environment of mutual support and cooperation in the context of a Christian worldview.

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Dr. Steven Lee, Chair

Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2041

Current teaching areas: General Chemistry and General Chemistry Laboratory, Analytical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry

Education: Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison. Specializing in analytical chemistry.

Interests: Bread baking, metal work, archery

Joseph Brannaka

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2299

Current Teaching Areas: Introductory Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry Laboratories, Organometallics, and Organic Structural Problems


  •  Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Organic Chemistry – University of Florida
  •  Bachelor of Science (BS) in Chemistry – Southern Adventist University


Research Interests: Synthesis of organometallic catalysts, Study of organic mechanisms

Dr. Kyle Craig

Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2762

Current teaching areas: Biochemistry, General Chemistry, Introductory Chemistry, Integrated Chemistry Laboratory, Chemistry Seminar.


  • Ph.D., The University of British Columbia. Specializing in bio-organic chemistry with an emphasis in natural products/drug discovery.
  • M.S., Walla Walla University. Biology, with an emphasis in rodent ecology.

Interests: Camping, Hiking, Canyoneering, Photography, Reading

Nerissa Lewis

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

(509) 527-2040

Current teaching areas: General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD),Louisiana State University
    • Synthesis and characterization of B12model complexes and the study of their potential use in the targeted delivery of therapeutic and diagnostic metal compounds. 
    • Design of ligands for the chelation of metals, particularly cobalt, rhenium and platinum. 
  • Masters of Science (MSc), University of Southern Mississippi 
    • Synthesis and characterization of novel vanadium(IV) complexes and the study of their potential use as cancer therapeutic agents.
    • Development of a viable mechanism for the fate of the products obtained upon aerial oxidation of novel vanadium(IV) complexes.


  • TA Scholar Award presented by the Department of Chemistry (Louisiana State University) in recognition of outstanding services as a teaching assistant.
  • The Metro New York Chapter graduate student award for the application of precious metals to Medical Research awarded by the International Precious Metal Institute, Inc.
  • Certificate of academic leadership awarded by the American Afro Association of the University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Certificate of Excellence for outstanding performance in Analytical Chemistry awarded by the University of the West Indies.
  • Certificate of academic excellence awarded by the University of the West Indies.

Professional experience and certifications: 

  • Development of new methods for the synthesis of metal compounds. 
  • Knowledge in the characterization of metal compounds by using FT IR, UV-Visible, Fluorescence, Circular Dichroism, 1D and 2D 1H and 13C NMR Spectroscopies, ESI and MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry, and Cyclic and Square Wave Voltammetry. 

Interests: Hiking, camping, swimming

Last update on October 17, 2018