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Barry Armstrong

Dept: Marketing Department
Title: General Manager for The Journey FM

Barry Armstrong came out of retirement in August 2014 to take on the challenge of reformatting and rebranding Victory FM to The Journey. With more than 30 years of experience, he was the perfect choice for the job. Barry has honored Victory FM’s 30-year-legacy of successful Christian radio by helping the station transition into a format designed to reach future generations in new and creative ways. His vision and leadership are a great asset and blessing to the station, the staff, and the university.

Ben Bailey

Dept: Registrar
Title: Academic Progress Analyst

Ben Bailey is a key member of our analyst team. He has a gift for attention to detail and always exhibits a Christ-like attitude. In addition to the various tasks he handles, Ben is always willing to take on any special projects that come his way. Ben has a great sense of discernment and is able to successfully navigate complicated issues. Ben has quickly excelled in our department and has also earned a good reputation in other departments for his professionalism, pleasantness, and quality work. When Ben processes a student, you can be sure that it’s 100% accurate.

Paul Bloomfield

Dept: Club Sports
Title: Head Coach Women’s ACHA D1 Hockey

Paul Bloomfield serves as the head coach of the Women’s ACHA DI Hockey team within Club Sports. As a coach, Paul seeks to help young people grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and athletically. Paul is exceptionally gifted at recruiting, committed to excellence on the ice, and has a heart dedicated to sharing the Gospel. These attributes, combined with a special group of athletes, were reflected clearly this season as the team won their first American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) Women’s DI National title! Club Sports is truly grateful for the heart and energy that Paul brings to our team.

Heather Brown

Dept: Academics
Title: Event Coordinator - Career Center

Heather has been with the Career Center for two years and is the events coordinator for the department. Heather’s professionalism and dedication is reflected in the 26 major-specific career fairs and over 30 employer information sessions that she has coordinated in the past two years. It takes time, planning, and good-old-fashioned hard work to organize these events. Employers are consistently commenting on how wonderful and professional Liberty University conducts its events, and this is a testament to Heather. Ultimately, she does whatever it takes to support the mission of the Career Center and the university. She is the complete professional, and she is a wonderful example of Christ-like character. We are blessed to have her here!

Jesse Castro

Dept: Club Sports
Title: Head Coach Men’s Wrestling

Jesse Castro has been the head coach of men’s wrestling under Club Sports since 2012. In that time, Jesse has brought great encouragement, wisdom, and passion for student-athletes to his team and our department. His humble heart and strength of leadership was demonstrated clearly through the perseverance and fortitude of his athletes this year, culminating in their first National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) National Championship tournament title! Together we celebrate the teams’ accomplishment, but even more so, we celebrate Coach Castro’s servant heart and desire to live out a passionate, godly life.

Tyler Harris

Dept: Finance & Administration
Title: Analyst, Accounts Payable

Tyler joined Accounts Payable (AP) after his graduation from Liberty in the summer of 2010 and has been a consistently strong worker in all aspects of his duties. In 2011, he was selected as an AP analyst, which involves in-depth data analysis, problem solving, and coordination with both AP and other university staff members. Tyler has been essential in recent AP initiatives, requiring extensive interaction with banking and software support representatives.

Beth Laughlin

Dept: Information Technology
Title: Manager Software Engineer

Beth is a program manager in IT Development. Beth has a willingness to go above and beyond her job description and does so with a positive attitude. Beth’s positive energy is contagious and creates a friendly and enjoyable workplace. Beth’s character and strong work ethic are huge assets to the IT software application team.

Tasha Panasci

Dept: Development
Title: Data Information Specialist

Tasha serves in the Development Call Center as our data information specialist. She started as a student worker while attending Liberty for her undergraduate degree. Tasha relocated across country when her husband, Paul, came home from overseas. This past year, they decided to move back to Lynchburg, and Tasha rejoined our staff. She is a great asset to our office, helping with day-to-day processes. From completing her daily tasks to helping with special projects, Tasha excels at everything she does. She is the perfect example of a team player, always willing to help out however she can. We truly enjoy having Tasha in our department and appreciate her remarkable work ethic.

Daniel Poole

Dept: Planning and Construction
Title: Electrician's Helper

We want to congratulate Daniel on a job well done in the Construction Electrical Group. Daniel is from this area and enjoys hunting, fishing, and gardening. He has several years’ experience in the electrical field and has quickly become a vital part of this fast- paced department. We appreciate all his hard work to help make Liberty a world-class university.

Scott Thompson

Dept: Academics
Title: Professor of Law; Director, Center for Lawyering Skills

Scott Thompson joined the law school in 2004 and serves as the director of the Center for Lawyering Skills. As director, he developed the law school’s six-course Lawyering Skills program and has shaped its implementation since the outset. The program provides practical training in litigation and transactional skills that sets our students apart upon graduation. In the past few months, the program has been recognized for its excellence by two national magazines. In addition to teaching skills courses, Scott is the head coach for the school’s moot court competition teams. Currently ranked eighth in the nation, the program is having its most successful year ever.