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, Communion, Compassion, Money, Power, Writing, the Enneagram, and through other servant leadership experiences.
Ruth is the author of 3 books and a workbook. In her book, Hairpin Turn, Ruth Anderson, describes her discovery of servant leadership and entrance into another way to lead and live -- hence the title of a hairpin turn! The proceeds from the book Hairpin Turn benefit the children at Partnership Village, a nonprofit in Greesnboro that serves the needs of formally homeless children and their families. Ruthie Stories: Recapturing the Girl Left Behind, is based on real-life experiences, uncovered and written "from the heart" while learning and teaching at The Servant Leadership School.
Visit www.hairpinturn.org to learn more about Ruth Anderson, her books, and to subscribe to a newsletter and/or blog about leadership and life lived from the heart.
*ROBIN BRITT serves as the Executive Director of Guilford Child Development. He received a law degree from UNC-CH in 1973, a graduate law degree from New York University, and became a partner in the Smith Moore law firm in Greensboro. He served in the cabinet of Governor Jim Hunt from 1983-1987 as Secretary of the NC Department of Human Resources.
HARRIET BULLOCK, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, has been a student of Servant Leadership for years and currently is engaged in the Certification Program at The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro. Harriet has worked at a community mental health center, a psychiatric/chemical dependency hospital setting and currently in private practice.
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 Greensboro.
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 First Presbyterian 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.
*DEE IRWIN, Ph.D., taught child psychology and human development for 30 years in university settings (Columbia University, Teachers College, Stanford University, UNC–Greensboro). With Pat Bailey, she founded Healing Ground in 2000, a small retreat center in Summerfield, NC that supports the mission of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro. She loves teaching, offers spiritual direction, facilitates small-group work with churches, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations, and is
a student and teacher of the Enneagram.
*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.
ELLEN SUMMERS has taught writing and literature for 20 years at the college level. She earned a doctorate in English at UNC-CH, and was a prize-winning professor at Hiram College. Since moving to Greensboro in 2009, she has led independent writing workshops as a certified Amherst Writers and Artists workshop leader and has taught a writing class at The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro. A published poet and playwright, Ellen is also an oratorio soprano.
THE REV. TONJA THORPE, an ecumenical at heart, has served congregations for over a decade as a ministering person, coach and consultant in the areas of leadership and educational training/development and spiritual formation. Tonja is also an experienced retreat leader, labyrinth facilitator, and offers spiritual coaching and guidance in combination with a variety of healing modalities to include Healing Touch. She received her B.A. from Laurel University and a M.Div. from Hood Theological Seminary. Currently, Tonja serves as Coordinator and Consultant for Servant Leadership School where she continues to explore and evolve in community in the work of spiritual transformation.
JACINTA V. WHITE, MPA, is the founder and director of The Word Project, an organization committed to engaging and assisting persons on their journey of self-discovery, expression, and healing though poetry writing. Jacinta, a published writer and poet who received the Press 53 Poetry Award in 2008, works with organizations such as the Greensboro Public Library, Brenner’s Children Hospital, the Women’s Resource Center, the Carolina Center for Hospice and End of Life Care, and the Adult Center for Enrichment. She holds a B.A. from the UNC–Greensboro and a M.P.A. from Georgia State University in Atlanta and is currently working on her certification through the National Association of Poetry Therapy.
MARILYN WOLF, M.ED., LPC, LCAS, is a psychotherapist and teacher in Greensboro with over 25 years’ experience. Her practice, Full Circle Counseling and Consulting, is grounded in both Sacred and Transpersonal Psychologies and is where mental health and spiritual development find a natural intersection. She is a student and teacher of the Enneagram and has been involved with Servant Leadership since 2009. One way Marilyn envisions her work is in the words of Mark Nepo:
“At heart, our mental health comes out of the sacred relationship between our deepest Self and the very source of life.” (The Book of Awakening, p.218) You can read more about her at www.fullcirclecounselor.com.
KISHIE WYATT first came to The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro as a student, in the fall of 2005. She was amazed at how the philosophy of servant leadership created peace, joy, and a deep connection to God in her life. These principles were further explored when she became a registered yoga therapist. Kishie incorporates the spiritual aspects of The Servant Leadership School into her yoga classes, giving participants the opportunity to experience their spiritual practice at a physical level, by uniting mind, body, and soul.
*Currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro.