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Notable Faculty

Every faculty member in the Capella School of Public Service holds a doctoral degree. Our experienced instructors provide expertise to regional, national, and international public service and health care organizations including emergency response agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 500 health care organizations, the U.S. armed forces, and the U.S. government.

Beth Koenig, JD


Beth Koenig serves as Dean for the School of Public Service Leadership at Capella University. With an over 20-year career in higher education, she has taught, advised, and mentored both undergraduate and graduate students. She has also developed and supported numerous sponsored research initiatives and has led several enterprise-wide, university infrastructure improvements.

In addition to her background in education, Beth has worked in government relations, has served as a Minnesota Supreme Court qualified mediator, and presented best practices in building university research. She also sponsored program initiatives to local, state, national, and international audiences. Beth holds a JD from Hamline University School of Law and a BA from St. Catherine University (formerly the College of St. Catherine) in Speech Communication and Music, Opera Performance.

Dinah Manns, MA, EdD

Interim Chair of Human Services and Research, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Before joining Capella in 2010 as a core faculty member, Dinah Manns held numerous executive positions in health care and community service agencies and oversaw personnel, program, and fiscal management. Her executive positions included serving as the Chief Operating Officer of the largest federally qualified health center in Oklahoma and as Director of the Education Opportunity Center at Rogers State University.  Dinah’s teaching background spans over 25 years, and she has worked in online education since 2005.  After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The College of William and Mary in Virginia, she earned her MA in Counseling from Oral Roberts University and her Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University.  Dinah is an avid researcher, and her recent work includes a qualitative study on health literacy in 2015 and a study of culturally competent communities in early 2016.