2015 Honorary Sigma Chi Pi Recipients

Dr. Charles Kinman  (1985)   

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After serving 9 years in the United States Air Force, including 3 years during the Vietnam War, Dr. Charles Kinman came to Northwest University to train for ministry in 1981 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Ministries. He has sinced become an ordained minister, earned an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, completed a residency in Marriage and Family Therapy, and earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. In his current role as a license marriage and family therapist, Dr. Kinman has served for the past 18 years as the Director of Counseling at Bethany Christian Assembly in Everett, accomplishing over 30,000 hours of individual and family counseling. Dr. Kinman has also taught at Northwest University for the past 13 years, impacting over 3,000 students in our undergraduate and graduate programs.


Reverend Ricardo Quintana  (1985, 2014)       

Ricardo Quintana graduated from Northwest University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministries.  Following graduation, he served as our first full-time Admissions Counselor, recruiting students from 1985-1988. He married Karen Hendrix in 1988 and became the Youth Pastor for Neighborhood Church in Bellevue. While on staff at Neighborhood, he became the proud father of daughters Stephanie and Taylor, who would both go on to attend Northwest University. Then, after serving thirteen years as pastor of Woodside New Life Church in Marysville, Rev. Quintana began a successful managerial career with a Fortune 500 company. In 2009, he accepted the opportunity to join the team at New Life Church in Renton as Executive Pastor where serves to this day. Pastor Quintana recently finished his Master of Arts in Missional Leadership at Northwest University and has stayed with us as a part-time faculty member.


Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson (2000, 2003, 2008)         

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson earned a B.A. in Psychology in 2000, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2003, and a Post-Master’s Certificate in International Community Development in 2008; all from Northwest University. Then in 2011, she completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a dual Cognate in Higher Education Administration and Global Studies from Seattle University. During that time, Dr. Gustafson served the Northwest University community and specifically the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences in many critical roles such as Core Group Leader, Program Director, Director of Curriculum, Director of Doctoral Dissertation and Research, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, and finally as the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. Last year, Dr. Gustafson accepted a role with California Baptist University as Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences. Cal Baptist’s gain is truly NU’s loss.