Stephens College Dream Up


Leslie Willey, Dean, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Leslie Willey is the dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, director of the Stephens College Children’s School and director of the Master of Education program. She earned her Ph.D. and M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, studying literacy and early childhood education, and a B.A. from Stephens College. Willey has taught in both public and private early childhood and elementary classrooms and has served as an educational consultant to schools, providing professional development to teachers throughout the U.S. She also worked as a consultant and provided professional development through the Ministry of Education in New Zealand. Willey often presents at state and national conferences.

Steph Borklund, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking
Steph Borklund has more than 10 years of experience as a producer, director and editor. Her works include documentaries, narratives, and corporate and industrial videos. She previously worked as director of post production in California for Left Coast Productions, where she won several Telly, Aurora and Summit Creative awards (editing) for her corporate and industrial work. Borklund embraces the power of the film medium and continues to create educational and meaningful films. Her most recent film, I Am One, a short film about bullying, is nearing completion and getting ready for distribution. Other recent works include being first assistant camera on Getting Away Together, a PBS television series, and co-producing and editing the documentary Hollywood East, a film documenting the silent film era in Jacksonville, Fla. Her most rewarding job has been teaching at Stephens and having the opportunity to teach the next generation of female filmmakers. She earned her M.F.A. from Savannah College of Art and Design and a B.A. from the University of Kansas.

Kelly Hulse, Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies
Kelly Hulse has been a trainer and instructor at Mark Hulse Stables in New Bloomfield for more than 20 years. She is a licensed USEF judge. She is a past board member of the Missouri Horse Shows Association. She has also been an instructor at Kelwood Stables in Oregon City, Ore., and at Sea Beauty Farms in Chesterfield, Mo. She has a B.S. in Equestrian Science from William Woods University.  

Sara Linde-Patel, Instructor; Program Coordinator of Equestrian Studies
Sara Linde-Patel graduated from Stephens College and has been riding and competing since 1986. In her youth, she successfully competed on various levels of the Greater Arkansas Hunter Jumper Association. Having worked in various aspects of the industry, her knowledge ranges from training and teaching hunter jumpers to assisting at a major equine breeding facility and managing one of the top hunter jumper facilities in Dallas. Linde-Patel was also a veterinarian technician for a small and large animal practice. She has been successful locally as well as on the “A” circuit of the North Texas Hunter Jumper Association as a coach and competitor. In addition to barn management in Dallas, she maintained a steady flow of up to 60 riding students as well as multiple horses in her training program.

Sean Livengood-Clouse, Assistant Professor of Education
Dr. Sean Livengood-Clouse teaches Education, Psychology and Counseling courses in the Education programs at Stephens, where he’s been on faculty since 2006. He also serves as the certification officer for the School of Interdisciplinary Studies’ educational programs. Livengood-Clouse has a B.A. in Psychology and master's degrees in counseling psychology and human development and family studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. As of this summer, he will also be a licensed psychologist. He is an expert in life span and child development, counseling psychology, multicultural issues in psychology. In addition to his faculty position, Livengood-Clouse provides therapy for clients at a non-profit, no-fee family mental health clinic in Columbia. He is a member of the Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the American Psychological Association.

Chase Thompson, Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking
Chase Thompson is a fourth-generation teacher with a passion for helping students find their creative voice through digital filmmaking and photography. Aside from teaching at Stephens, he is an independent filmmaker. His feature-length documentary Zielinski was selected into Slamdance, True/False Film Fest and Radar Hamburg International Independent Film Festival, and it received Best Political Doc at Philadelphia Independent Film Festival and the Golden Reel Award at the Nevada Film Festival. Thompson is a screener for Slamdance and is working on his next feature, The Legend of Sir Lattimore Brown. In the meantime, he wrote and directed Threshold (Fargo Film Fest) and Flat Black (2014). In April 2014, Thompson led a group of students to Haiti to create a short documentary for the buildOn organization. A photo from this trip will appear in the Photographer’s Forum Best of 2014 publication later this year. He earned his B.S. from Columbia College and is pursuing his M.B.A. at Stephens.

Kerri Yost, Associate Professor of Digital Filmmaking
Kerri Yost is an independent filmmaker who learned filmmaking overseas in London, Austria and Poland while teaching English abroad. After returning home to Missouri, Yost focused on films about the people in the Midwest. Her feature film Neither Here Nor There documents Bosnian refugees starting new lives in Missouri, which played on PBS and was nominated for an Emmy. Her short films Billy and the recent X-Ray Man both won awards at film festivals. She is also the founder and programming director of the Citizen Jane Film Festival. She earned her M.A. from the University of Central Missouri and a B.A. from the University of Missouri–Columbia.