Family and Consumer Sciences

Department Chair and Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ed.D. (Higher Education and Organizational Change), 2012, Benedictine University
P.M.P. Certification, 2018, Project Management Institute
M.Ed. (Higher Education), 2004, Loyola University Chicago
B.S. (Industrial Technology), 1993, Illinois State University

Dr. Figus joined Olivet’s full-time faculty in 2019 as chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and a professor. She teaches courses in architectural and retail management. From 2000 to 2004, she was an adjunct professor at Olivet, teaching Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) for interior design.

Two of her outstanding career accomplishments are the Project Management Professional (P.M.P) Certification from the Project Management Institute and completion of coursework as a student of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Programs in Professional Education.

Dr. Figus’ professional experience includes four years in civil engineering and 21 years in higher education teaching and administration. She has led occupational and adult educational programs, supervised research projects, and led successful budget development and fiscal management activities. 

She is a Watermark Insights Knowledge Ambassador and a member of the Project Management Institute, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Chicago Area Assessment Group, Society for Technology in Education, and Kankakee Community College Welding Technology Advisory Board.

In her leisure time, Dr. Figus enjoys cooking, fishing and photography. She is married to Eddie and is “Bonus Mom” to his daughter, Reese. 

School of Life and Health Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ed.D., 2000, Nova Southeastern University
M.A.E., 1985, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., 1973, Olivet Nazarene University

When discussing her students, Dr. Richardson has no trouble bragging about their accomplishments, and enjoys sharing how Olivet has contributed to their success.

Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences in the School of Professional Studies and a professor, she currently teaches courses in interior design, fashion merchandising and education. Olivet has previously honored her with the Faculty Member of the Year award.

Dr. Richardson has earned the CFCS certification in Family and Consumer Science through the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Her professional memberships include: American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) and National Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences (NATFACS). She is also a member of Kappa Omicron Nu, the human sciences national honor society, and Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society in the field of education.

She and her husband, Kenneth, have three daughters: Tara and her husband, Matthew, and their children in Pennsylvania; Tiffany and her husband, Jeff, and their sons in Bourbonnais; and Tai and her husband, David, and their children in Georgia.

In her leisure time, she enjoys the quieter activities of quilting and reading, as well as outdoor activities like biking, hiking and boating.

Assistant Professor
School of Life and Health Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
M.S. (Family and Consumer Sciences/Dietetics), 2005, Eastern Illinois University
B.S. (Dietetics), 2003, Olivet Nazarene University

Joining Olivet's faculty — first as an adjunct professor in 2010 and then as a full-time faculty member in 2013 — has been a career highlight for Professor Kimberlin. Currently, she teaches dietetics courses primarily, including community nutrition, food systems management, sports nutrition, and nutrition education and counseling.

In addition to being a registered and licensed dietitian (R.D.), she is also a certified nutrition educational specialist through the Society of Nutrition Education and Behavior, and has served as a textbook editor. Her professional experience is in the areas of clinical dietetics and corporate wellness. She has received numerous service excellence award nominations in her work as a clinical R.D. with Sodexo.

Professor Kimberlin is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), South Suburban Dietetic Association (SSDA) and Kappa Omicron Nu honor society.

When not in the classroom or lab, she heads for the outdoors and enjoys biking, hiking and running. She also likes to cook, read and spend time with her family. She is married to Dale and is stepmother to his adult sons, Michael, Ryan and Jacob.

She is the faculty sponsor for Kappa Omicron Nu, the honorary society for Family and Consumer Sciences.

School of Life and Health Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ph.D., 2011, Capella University
M.S., 2005, Rosalind Franklin University of Health Science and Medicine
M.B.A., 1995, Olivet Nazarene University
B.S., 1978, Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Anstrom joined the faculty of Olivet Nazarene University in 1995 as an adjunct instructor. In 1999, she accepted the position of director of the ONU dietetic program.

She received her bachelor of science degree in 1978 from Eastern Illinois University, and a master's in business administration at Olivet Nazarene University in 1995. She has certification as a registered and licensed dietitian (RD/LD) and as a food safety instructor for the State of Illinois.

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