Faculty & Staff
Brad Berky, Director & Faculty Internship Coordinator
With over twenty years with Westmont in San Francisco, Brad is the Director and Professor of Urban Practicum and the Faith, Ethics and Vocational Formation seminar. He was a student the program and has been a faculty member since 1990, thus providing him with a unique depth of insight and experience around what makes a semester in San Francisco so transformative. Brad holds a B.A. in Political Studies from Gordon College; an M.Div. in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and has completed four years of a Ph.D. in Social Ethics at the Graduate Theological Union. Prior to joining the program, he lived and worked with intentional Christian community located in a low-income neighborhood of Oakland, CA where he served as a youth worker and later as program director of its Central American mission-development agency. He lived in El Salvador and Guatemala during these years following earlier stints as a prison chaplain, campus minister and coffee shop barista.
Brad enjoys the arts, the outdoors, cross-cultural encounters and most of all working with college age young adults. He also spends a fair bit of time these days keeping up with his teenage son who is a sports nut to the core as well as connecting with close, long-time friends. His other passions include the integration of faith and social justice, racial/ethnic reconciliation and holistic spiritual formation. Good food, good music and a good laugh likewise sustain him. In working with the program, Brad thrives on seeing how students discover themselves, the world and God in renewed ways and the privilege of journeying with them in this process. Brad recently led a Mayterm Course in SF, Thailand, and Cambodia regarding Human Trafficking and served as Faculty Director of Westmont in Mexico in Fall 2010.
Karen Andrews, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Urban Studies and English
Karen has taught Urban Studies, English electives and Independent Studies tutorials on Westmont in San Francisco since Fall 1997. A native of Southern California and alumna of Westmont College (’83), Karen previously taught in the English department at Westmont, and on England Semester 1994 with Professor Steve Cook. Prior to returning to her alma mater in the mid-1990s, Karen taught at various institutions such as Azusa Pacific University, Harvey Mudd College, and Kobe College—a women’s college in Kobe, Japan.
Together with her young son, Karen lives in the Bernal Heights neighborhood here in San Francisco. She is devoted to parenting, teaching, and pursuing God's truth and beauty through literature and the arts. In her teaching and writing, she highlights the voices of those who are silenced and marginalized. She treasures relationships with family and friends, especially sharing meaningful conversation over meals. Karen typically spends her leisure time reading, walking, playing with her son, watching movies, listening to music, thinking, praying, writing, conversing with friends and enjoying the simple pleasures—like a good cup of tea.
Elle Noble , Assistant Director of Operations
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Elle arrived at Westmont in San Francisco in August 2014. Previously she studied and worked at Fuller Theological Seminary at both the Pasadena and Menlo Park campuses. Originally, she hails from the United Kingdom. She enjoyed studying at Edinburgh University and working in diverse fields such as educational travel, homeless non-profits, and various for-profit enterprises before moving to California. Now, she enjoys living and working in San Francisco with her husband, Chris. She very much enjoys being on staff at Westmont in San Francisco and is excited to contribute to the unlimited potential of such a rich program.
Kailie Barnes ,Resident Assistant
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Kailie joined the Westmont in San Francisco staff in June 2015 as the Student Life Coordinator. A recent graduate of Westmont College, Kailie majored in Art. She developed a passion for people and the artistic uniqueness of each individual through her coursework and experiences as a student at Westmont. During her time there, Kailie served as a Resident Assistant for one year where she deepened her appreciation for student development and quality conversations. Kailie is a WSF alum and was influenced by an environment where she was encouraged to delve into her interests and vocational desires as well as discuss major topics and live in a city where she could experience them first-hand. Kailie is passionate about serving others, creating art, and allowing others the space and encouragement for their own creativities and pursuits. As Student Coordinator, she enjoys the opportunity to utilize and intertwine her passions in a way that serves students and encourages them to develop their own passions and see how they can be utilized in their context.