Meet the Cambodia Study Tour Participants
Ben Norquist, Director of the Department of Faith and Mission, course instructor
Ben Norquist is passionate about helping Bryan College equip students to lead rich lives that are personally satisfying and that contribute to God’s work around the world. He studied History and Politics at Bryan College and received his M.A. Western Liberal Arts at St. Johns Graduate Institute. Ben is married to Ariel and they have three kids, Henrik, Soren, and Freya. Although they are from Wisconsin originally, they love their life with students and friends in eastern Tennessee.
Kauri Tallant, Assistant Director of Counseling and Soul Care and Instructor in Psychology
Kauri Tallant is completing her third year of employment at Bryan College. She earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. Ms. Tallant brings her knowledge on trauma and its impacts on various parts of personhood to the Human Trafficking Study Tour. Ms. Tallant is currently being challenged by a year-long small group experience where is she reading chronologically through the Bible as well as putting much Scripture to memory.
Madison Mondell, Politics and Government
Madison Mondell is completing her sophomore year at Bryan College and currently studying Politics and Government with a Law Option in hopes to attend law school after graduation. Madison has held an interest in human trafficking and modern day slavery since she was in high school. In the future, Madison hopes to take the knowledge she learns about human trafficking and apply it towards anti-human trafficking efforts on the legal front. Madison was an Irish dancer for 12 years. She is world-ranked and carries the blisters proudly.
Trey Oxendine, Biblical Studies
Trey Oxendine is currently a sophomore Biblical Studies major at Bryan College. He is on staff with Cru (formerly, Campus Crusade for Christ) and preparing to work with its high school ministry in Long Beach, CA. Long Beach holds the second largest Cambodian population in the world outside of Cambodia and as a result the issue of human trafficking is very near to the city’s heart. The desire both to connect with students in California and see God’s justice and mercy play out in the lives of millions of slaves worldwide has led Trey to a more involved study of trafficking here at home as well as on the ground in Cambodia this May.
Rose Prince, Psychology
Rose is pursuing a B.A. in Psychology at Bryan College and hopes to graduate in May. After that, she plans to work with a non-profit for a few years before going back for an M.A. to specialize in School Psychology. She has been involved in SSTOP, a student group against human trafficking, at Bryan College for the past four years and cares greatly for survivors. Telling stories of injustice and seeking restoration in that area are two things she is very passionate about. Rose also enjoys the musical works of John Lennon, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Beatles.
Erica Thompson, Theater and Political Communication
Erica Thompson is a dual major in Theater and Political Communication. She is planning to receive a master’s degree in Costuming or Communications. She has had a passion for the victims of human trafficking for the last eight years. She first learned about trafficking when a missionary came to her church from Cambodia, and talked about how they had rescued a twelve year old girl from the sex trade. In Erica’s spare time she loves reading and memorizing poetry; her favorite piece is Bury Me in a Free Land
by Francis Harper.
Amanda Torres, Psychology
Amanda Torres, a junior Psychology major, is currently in her third year at Bryan College. After she graduates from Bryan next May, she plans to attend a graduate school to earn her Master’s Degree in Psychology. Amanda is passionate about aftercare recovery programs for survivors of human trafficking and plans start her own aftercare recovery program after she completes graduate school. Amanda loves to play sports, especially basketball, and also loves Latin ballroom dance.
Jonathan Warner, Politics and Government
Jonathan Warner is looking forward to working in his field of study following graduation, with the eventual goal of holding elected office. Warner first became interested in the subject of human trafficking when he came to Bryan. His passion for justice and interest in the topic as a cultural issue has continued to spur his involvement. As a child, Warner grew up in Saint Louis; naturally, he is a long time Cardinals fan.