Zollikon Institute Staff and Instructors

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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.

Ben Beachy leads the Information Technology department at Keim—the team responsible for technology systems and technology strategy. He holds a master’s degree in business administration and has taught for several universities. Ben and his family live just south of Berlin. When not gardening or cycling, Ben enjoys making music, working crossword puzzles, and reading any book that comes to hand.

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.

John Miller Zollikon Institute
John Miller is Founder and President of SUPERB Industries in Sugarcreek, Ohio.  He holds a master’s degree 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.
John Miller Zollikon Institute

Jason Moyer serves as the Chief Academic Officer at the Zollikon Institute beginning in August 2023. He graduated with his Doctorate degree in Rhetoric from the University of Iowa in 2011. From there joined the faculty at Malone University in 2012 where he earned tenure and served in a variety of administrative capacities including Vice President for Enrollment Management and Executive Director of External Partnerships and Innovation.

Jason grew up in a Mennonite community in Eastern Pennsylvania where he learned to love the distinctiveness of Anabaptist education rooted in a relationship with Christ, guided by scripture, and flourishing within the hospitality of the community of believers. Jason and Stephanie live with their two children Wesley and Eloise in Canton, Ohio.

Rachelle Mullet Zollikon Institute
Rachelle Mullet has been working in education for nineteen years. She earned her degrees in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist from Malone University in 2004, followed by a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2010. She has worked as an Intervention Specialist at East Holmes Schools and Gospel Haven Academy. She and her husband Kendrick live near Berlin, Ohio, with their children Jackson, Christian and Gabrielle. Rachelle enjoys reading, traveling with her family and watching her children play sports. She values education and has a passion for working with students with learning disabilities. She enjoys being a part of Zollikon Institute and shares the vision to equip educators and promote learning.
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 and his wife Natalie have two children, Auden and Rowan, and live in Wooster.
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.
John Miller Zollikon Institute

Phil Tieszen Phil is a marketing leader with deep experience in both the non-profit and for-profit world. He moved to Holmes County in February of 2020 to help spearhead Keim’s marketing efforts. He brings a data-driven approach to strategy and enjoys helping others dream big to reach and expand their potential. Phil has taught several sales and marketing courses, including a class last fall at the local Zollikon Institute.

He lives in Berlin with his wife and two beautiful daughters. When he’s not at Keim, he enjoys reading good books, spending time outdoors and playing guitar or bass with the worship team at his church.

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.

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.
Marcus Yoder Zollikon Institute
Franklin Miller –  Franklin and his wife Brittany, along with their children Willow and Finley, love to travel, play board games, sample quality food, and make new friends. When he is not in front of a choir, he loves to smoke meat, entertain guests, take walks with his family, and chat up the neighborhood. Franklin graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Music from Kent State University where he served as the assistant for Kent Chorus. Studying Dalcroze Eurhythmics at Ashland University has shaped much of his rehearsal process. Franklin has conducted the Minerva Community Choir, Voice of Light Chorale, and has guest conducted the Ohio Men’s Choral Festival, Kent State Chorus, and Oasis Chorale. He is currently teaching grades 5-12 music and choir at Legacy Christian School, directing the Zollikon Community Chorus, and hosting delightful guests at his short term rental, The Hemlock Place. As a chorister, he has sung with various choirs and served as the East-Central Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. Franklin strives to bring life and energy to the rehearsal process with the firm belief that music making should be inspiring, God-honoring… and fun!

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