Gateway to Service….. Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

Mikhail M. Kulakov


Education Profile:

D. Phil., Theology, Christ Church College, University of Oxford, 2002
MA, Theology, Andrews University, 1992
BA, Theology, Newbold College, 1984


Born in Russia, Dr. Kulakov led in the development of theological higher education in the former USSR. He founded Zaoksky Theological Seminary and served as its first president and professor of Theology. In the MA in Religion program he teaches Theological and Ethical issues and the Doctrine of the Church. In the undergraduate program he teaches Law and Human Nature, Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of War and Peace and Introduction to Postmodernism.

Research and Professional Activities:

Currently Dr. Kulakov is on a five year sabbatical (2010-2015) to complete the translation of the Bible into Russian and serves as Editor in Chief and the Director of the WAU Russian Bible Translation Institute (BTI). Working in collaboration with biblical scholars from universities across Russia, BTI is an initiative in international and inter-denominational collaboration. The Institute has already published the Pentateuch, the Minor Prophets and the New Testament and the Psalms. Dr. Kulakov has been involved in projects funded by the Pew Charitable Trust including the study of Law and Human Nature in the Teachings of Modern Christianity, administered by the Law and Religion Department of Emory University, and Proselytism and Orthodoxy in Russia conducted by Keston Institute, Oxford.


Education Profile:

DM (candidate), Organizational Development and Change, Colorado Technical University, 2016
MBA in International Management, International Marketing, Monterey Institute of International Studies, 1990
BBA, Administrative Assistant, Pacific Union College, 1989
BA, French, Pacific Union College, 1989


Professor Pichot aims to provide academic excellence and practical business competencies to her students through a variety of learning activities that engage the learners. As interim chair, she provides leadership in the Department of Business through curriculum design, assessment, and excellence in teaching, instilling in students a desire for service, excellence, and moral leadership. Her passion is to impart knowledge by facilitating learning and professional growth whether in the classroom or leading students in community service outreach through the Enactus organization. Before she came to Washington Adventist University, she taught at Andrews University, Institute of Business and Medical Careers, Lake Michigan College and Southwest Michigan College.

Research and Professional Activities:

Over the past 20 years, she has helped over 200 organizations go from “getting by” to “exceeding expectations.” She trains managers and employees in time management, organizational skills, and productivity, along with team-building and visioning for corporations. She has also facilitated hundreds of workshops and strategic planning nationally and internationally. She possesses extensive knowledge of multi-cultural environments, having lived, studied and worked in South America, Europe and Africa. She is fluent in Portuguese and French, in addition to English.</blockquote


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.