Zollikon Institute Staff and Instructors

ZOLLIKON INSTITUTE / About / Our Staff and Instructors

Norita Yoder Zollikon Institute

Norita Yoder serves as the President/Executive Director of Zollikon Institute.  The joy of learning and the desire to empower others on their faith journey has been a theme throughout her life. She holds a Master’s in the History of Christianity from Yale University, and a Bachelor’s in History from The Ohio State University. Throughout her lifetime, she has served in educational and ministry roles, including work through the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.  Her aim is to equip young adults to spread an authentic Gospel of Christ that is peaceful, lifegiving, and powerful. She lives with her husband, Marcus, in Millersburg, Ohio.

Stephen Byler Zollikon Institute

Steve Byler has served in pastoral ministry for thirty years in the conservative Anabaptist world in both Virginia and Ireland. The classroom has been one of his joys; he has taught for multiple Mennonite Bible Institutes and schools in addition to teaching in churches stateside and abroad. In his interactions across the Anabaptist communities, he carries a deep concern for the ongoing development of teachers and leaders within our churches and schools. He and his wife Rosalind live in Harrisonburg, VA. They have seven children and are enjoying the arrival of grandchildren.

Marcus Yoder Zollikon Institute
Marcus Yoder is the Executive Director of the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center and the Ohio Amish Library, located in Berlin, Ohio.  He graduated with his Master’s in the History of Christianity from Yale University in 2015.  He earned his Bachelor’s in History from The Ohio State University.  Marcus was born to an Amish family in the heart of Holmes County, Ohio.  He moved to the Mennonite church where he has had active roles in teaching, pastoring, preaching, and writing over the past twenty-five years.  His study of Anabaptism has guided his life and informed his interpretation of Christian theology.  His love for Christ and community motivates his continued life of service.  He and his wife Norita Yoder currently live in Millersburg, Ohio.
Rachelle Mullet Zollikon Institute

Rachelle Mullet has been working in education for fifteen years.  She holds licenses in Early Childhood Education and Special Education (K-12).  She and her husband Kendrick live near Berlin, Ohio, with their three children.  Rachelle substitute teaches at Gospel Haven Academy and Berlin Elementary.  She says, “Having experienced Christian education as a student and teacher, I am excited to be a part of the Zollikon Institute and its mission and vision to equip educators and promote learning.”

Jeanene Nisly Zollikon Institute

Jeanene Nisly is bookkeeper and project manager for Shenandoah Christian Music Camp. She has been happily married to Wendell for 20 years and is a long-time member of Oasis Chorale, as well as a lay counselor/mentor in her community. She is currently a student at Westminster Theological Seminary and plans to graduate in May 2022 with a Master of Arts in Counseling.

Larry Troyer Zollikon Institute

Larry Troyer serves as the CFO at ProVia, a manufacturer of exterior doors, windows, siding, veneer stone, and metal roofing.  He also provides counsel for two family-owned businesses with his sons and is involved with several nonprofit organizations, including the local community school where he provides financial oversight as a board member.  In recent years, Larry has been involved in a number of financial educational venues and finds fulfilment in passing along the business principles he has learned in real life practice.

Jim Smucker Zollikon Institute
Jim Smucker is President of Keim, a 580-employee home center and building supply company in Charm, Ohio.  He holds both Masters’ and Ph.D. degrees in Management.  Prior to his work at Keim, Jim served for twenty-seven years as a partner and President of the Bird-in-Hand Corporation, a hospitality management company in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in business and organizational management at several universities.  His research interests include empowerment in the workplace and developing authentic leaders. He has embraced Anabaptism as a foundation on which to build a model of serving leadership throughout his adult life.  He lives near Sugarcreek, Ohio, with his wife Anna and has three adult children and two grandchildren.
Wendell Nisly Zollikon Institute

Wendell Nisly is Executive Director of Shenandoah Christian Music Camp, as well as a music instructor at its camps and events. He holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Wichita State University, and after teaching and conducting for a number of years, he also completed a Masters in Choral Conducting at James Madison University. In addition to his teaching and administrative positions at SCMC, he serves as artistic director of Oasis Chorale.

John Miller Zollikon Institute
John Miller is Founder and President of SUPERB Industries in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  He holds a Master’s in Organizational Management and a Minor in German.  John lived and worked in Germany for four years and travels to Germany frequently.  He is fluent in High German and understands the cultural nuances of the language and the dialects in southern Germany and Switzerland. John lives in Sugarcreek and is excited about giving back to the local community through Zollikon Institute.
Stuart Mullet Zollikon Institute
Stuart Mullet earned his master’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi, and his bachelor’s degree in English from Grace College in Indiana.  He especially looks forward to utilizing his schooling in an Anabaptist setting.  “It’s important to me that we not only pursue excellence but foster a kind of writing and reading practice that enriches our Anabaptist communities–that grounds us in our rich history, theology, and traditions even as we encounter other perspectives.”  He recently moved to the Holmes County area with his wife, Natalie.  They have one child, Auden, and are awaiting their second child.
Carita Keim Zollikon Institute

Carita Keim has lived in Berlin, Ohio, for most of her life and cares deeply about education.  For the past nine years, she’s taught secondary history, English, and Bible classes at Gospel Haven Academy in Millersburg.  She graduated from the teacher apprenticing program of Faith Builders in 2011 and the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2015, with minors in history and creative writing. She recently completed her Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of the South.  She currently works part time as a tour guide for the Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center.  She’s excited to work with Zollikon Institute in empowering individuals to communicate in authentic and restorative ways.

Contact us today to find out how you can begin. 

Email:  inquiries@zollikon.org

Office:  330.390.4142