FACULTY & BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Ruth D. Anderson, Ph.D. received her M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in Communication. Ruth, a professor at North Carolina State University for 15 years and then vice-president of Kindermusik International for eight years, brings both theory and practice to servant leadership. Currently, Ruth is director of The Servant
Leadership School of Greensboro, where she teaches and learns in Servant Leadership 1, Centering Prayer, Compassion Circles, Enneagram and through other servant leadership experiences. Ruth is an author, consultant, and speaker who has written two books: Hairpin Turn: Trusting Your Heart’s Direction in Leadership and Life and Ruthie Stories: Recapturing the Girl Left Behind.
The Rev. Frank Dew is a chaplain at Greensboro Urban Ministry and a pastor at New Creation Community Presbyterian Church. He holds a B.A. from Wake Forest University and a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School. Frank provides guidance for Stephen Ministers and teaches classes at Greensboro Urban Ministry for The Servant Leadership School of
Marjorie Donnelly, as founder and director of InnerWalk, is a guide for the inward journey of exploring spirituality, psychology and creativity. She is also the director of adult education at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Greensboro. She is an experienced teacher, retreat leader, labyrinth facilitator, and spiritual director who provides tools and practices that have changed her own life. Marjorie’s faith is grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and she encourages contemplative awareness and practice. In her work, she incorporates a variety of traditional and non-traditional educational trainings, including a M.Ed. in counseling from the University of Virginia and certifications as a Shalem spiritual director, Veriditas labyrinth facilitator, and Enneagram teacher.
Linda Hiatt has been a yoga student for six years and is currently completing her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at the Triad Yoga Institute. In addition, Linda is a certified catechist in all three levels of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a religious formation experience for three- to 12-year-olds. Linda believes her dharma (life’s purpose) is to share the gifts both
these practices bring to the soul’s journey.
The Rev. Timothy Patterson is one of the founders of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, Tim’s experience includes six years’ work as a counselor on an in-patient psychiatric unit, two years of Clinical Pastoral Education at Duke Medical Center, and completion of the certificate program in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary in New York. Since arriving in Greensboro in 1989, Tim has served at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church where he became Rector in 1995. He was awarded the 2001 Leadership Medal by Leadership Greensboro for his work in community outreach and establishing The Servant Leadership School.
Nan Perkins is a lifelong seeker, and a graduate of the Servant Leadership School Certification program and of Shalem’s Personal Spiritual Deepening Program. She is vice-president emerita at Elon University, where she served in various teaching and administrative positions for 33 years, and also serves as Senior Associate for Credo, Inc., a higher education consulting firm. She is active in First Presbyterian Church in Burlington, where she has served as elder, teaches adult Sunday School, and helps to coordinate the Furniture Ministry. She finds great pleasure in her roles of wife, mother of three, and grandmother of six.
Curt Shaw continues to be surprised by life itself and by God’s daily interruptive redemption. Living in rural intentional community, establishing an inner-city home for children or trauma, raising two daughters, color his passion for living justly. Curt served with Quakers, laboring to help congregations become genuine communities. Married to Ann, they left their professional lives, moving here to help raise their granddaughter. Elouise, now 2, is Curt’s current spiritual mentor… really.
The Rev. Susan Sherard, Associate to the Rector, grew up in the Methodist church in Mississippi and received her B.A. degree from Lake Forest College, Illinois, and her M.A. from Sangamon State University, now part of the University of Illinois system. After a decade of working in non-profits and creating fabric art, she went to the General Theological Seminary for her M.Div., after which she was assigned to Madison County, NC, to found a new church. While at the Church of the Holy Spirit from 1985–2000, she also served as a retreat leader and board member with the Sims Institute for Servant Leadership. After marrying Tom Panek and moving to Southern Pines, Susan became an active priest in the Diocese of North Carolina, serving as a church consultant, retreat leader and supply and interim priest. Susan shares her time between Holy Trinity and the Servant Leadership School, and she is often spotted walking to and from her city apartment or working in the community garden.
Ellen Summers has led creative writing workshops in Greensboro since 2009. She was professor of English at Hiram College and taught in the adult education program at Ursuline College. She took her M.A. and Ph.D. in English at UNC-CH, studied at the Folger Shakespeare Institute, and has been certified to lead workshops in the Amherst Writers and Artists method. Having moved from the scholarly to the creative side of literature, her poetry is beginning to find a wider audience. She was chosen to read her verse as part of the “Poetry, Jazz, and Java” series sponsored by the Greensboro Public Library and Writers’ Group of the Triad in April 2011. She is working on her first novel.
Paul C. Volk is a small-group facilitator, workshop leader and spiritual director. Paul had a private counseling practice in New York. Paul holds a Master’s degree in social work from Fordham University’s School of Social Service, and a Master’s of Education (Special Education) from the College of New Rochelle. He also completed the certificate program in spiritual direction at General Theological Seminary, as well as completing the two-year program at the School of Christian Healing at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Connecticut. He believes that telling, hearing and listening to our own personal stories leads to healing and reconciliation.
Jacinta White, a student of servant leadership and director of The Word Project, leads countless workshops and trainings, is called upon as keynote speaker for programs, serves as a consultant to non-profits, and is the co-director of the LifeVerse Project. She was also the 2012 and 2013 Coordinator for the NC Poetry Out Loud Competition, a judge for the 2014 NC Poetry Out Loud Competition, and a judge for the 2012 Guilford County and 2014 Winston-Salem/Forsyth County High School Poet Laureate contests. Jacinta is also a NC Arts Council Teaching Artist and the part-time program director for Leadership Winston-Salem.
Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed., LPC calls herself “a guide for personal and spiritual transformation.” Through her practice, Space for Conscious Living, she helps others explore their true essence; experience deeper relationships with self, others and the Divine; uncover their heart’s calling; and manifest their gifts in the world. She works with fellow spiritual seekers individually as well as through teaching and leading small groups, workshops and retreats. She is also both a student and teacher of the Enneagram. Marilyn credits The Servant Leadership School with helping her to realize the work she does as a true path and calling at this time in her life.