Westar Institute, along with its publishing imprint Polebridge Press, is managed by a Board of Directors and small staff. Thanks for taking the time to learn more about the people behind the everyday operations of Westar!

Meet the Staff

Arthur Dewey

Publisher Arthur J. Dewey is Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati. A distinguished teacher, writer, translator and commentator, he is the author of Inventing the Passion: How the Death of Jesus was Remembered (forthcoming 2017) and co-author of The Complete Gospel Parallels (with Robert J. Miller, 2011) and The Authentic Letters of Paul (with Roy W. Hoover, Lane C. McGaughy, and Daryl D. Schmidt, 2010). Dewey’s poetry has appeared in Christian Century and his poetic perspective aired on the Saturday Morning Edition on Public Radio Station WVXU (91.7) in Cincinnati for more than a dozen years. Read academic CV

David Galston

Executive Director David Galston is a University Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He is the author of three books, Archives and the Event of God (McGill-Queens Press, 2010), Embracing the Human Jesus (Polebridge Press, 2012), and God's Human Future (Polebridge Press, 2016). He holds a B.A. from the University of Winnipeg, a M.Div. from Vancouver School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from McGill University. David works cooperatively with the Westar Board of Directors and academic seminars, helps to recruit scholars, participates in conference planning, and assists the development of Westar programs. Read academic CV

Barbara Hampson

Copyeditor Barbara Hampson has an M.A in Music Criticism and a Bachelor of Music from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario; a Bachelor of Education in Music and English from the University of Toronto; and has taken courses with the Editors' Association of Canada. She also works in communications for a regional office of the United Church of Canada where she is the webmaster and the editor of Contact, a quarterly newsletter. For several years she served as co-editor of Axial, the journal of the SnowStar Institute in Canada.

Bill Lehto

Chief Operating Officer Bill Lehto manages the finances and day-to-day operations of Westar Institute and Polebridge Press. He has a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California, and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley.

Char Matejovsky

Managing Editor Char Matejovsky is Managing Editor for books and journals at Polebridge Press and Westar Institute. A veteran editor, typesetter, and book designer, she earned a B.A from the University of Montana and a French Language Certificate from the Sorbonne. In 1981, she founded Polebridge Press with Robert W. Funk and in 1986 she assisted with the creation of the Westar Institute. She is the author of Stones & Bones: A Child's Guide to Evolution (2007), Shadow on the Moon: A Child’s Guide to the Discovery of the Solar System (2014), and winner in 2004 of the Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting Award (lyrics) from the Great American Song Contest.

Robaire Ream

Art Director/Production Manager Robaire Ream manages graphic design and production for a wide range of materials, including Polebridge Press books and audio-visual materials, The Fourth R, Forum, meeting promotions, mailers, and anything else that needs a creative touch. He has more than 30 years of graphic design and production experience, with a diverse graphic design résumé that includes work as a stained glass window designer, art instructor, and prop and background designer for Warner Bros. Animation. His illustration talents can be seen in Stones and Bones (2007), a children's book about evolution. He has a graphic arts certificate from Ecole Sornas, France, and studied graphic design at California State University Northridge.

Alexis Waggoner

Director of Marketing and Digital Education, Alexis Waggoner works closely with both Westar’s Marketing Committee and the Executive Director to advance the presence and value of Westar in our culture through social media and the use of digital media in public education. Alexis brings to Westar a unique blend of digital marketing and religious education experience. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary. 

Raphael Platte

Web Technician Raphael Platte joined Westar in 2018, bringing over 5 years of Software Development experience. He's a self-taught programmer, and has worked on a wide variety of projects, from building iPhone apps to developing super-fast web experiences for any device.