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*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

*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. 

Jacalyn (Jackie) Claes, Ph.D., LCSW received her doctorate from The University of Iowa and has served as a faculty member both at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and at the University of Louisville. Dr. Claes' passion is teaching. She is excited to bring Brene' Brown's Daring Way Curriculum to the Servant Leadership School in Greensboro.

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.

Greg and Beth Farrand are co-founders of Selah Spiritual Formation in Greensboro, NC. They met at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, then headed to Uganda, East Africa with World Harvest Mission. They returned to the states to work with Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Winston-Salem, and Greg started studies at seminary. After graduation and ordination, they planted Spring Garden Community Church in downtown Greensboro, where they pastored and lead for over eight years. In 2010, they felt called to a new adventure and established Selah Spiritual Formation. Greg is an avid reader, hiker, rock climber, and all-around lover of the outdoors. Beth loves reading, spending time with friends, and creating art. She is currently enrolled at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. Greg and Beth live with their three sons and ancient Golden Retriever.

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.

*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.

Melissa Malone is a learning specialist who worked in the world of brain injury and learning disabilities before discovering neurofeedback. Currently, she practices as a Bio-Neurofeedback trainer, working with children and adults who seek to enhance self-regulation of brain and body for improved functioning at work, school, or play. A long-time student of servant leadership, she explores how the self-regulation skills she teaches clients for improved functioning can support and deepen spiritual practice and personal development.

Shelley Miller manages the Sacred Garden Bookstore at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. She is a lifelong lover of books and learning and a long time student of Servant Leadership. An EFM graduate, Shelley has facilitated first Fridays at Healing Ground. A seeker most of her life, Shelley loves reading, music and she is the mother of five adult children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Elon with her cat, Ginger.

Barton Parks taught and participated at Guilford College for three decades, including helping to create a new major, Community and Justice Studies. In Greensboro, he and others initiated One Step Further, where he mediated, brought Delancey Street to Greensboro, and co-chaired city council committees on community issues. Today, he serves in anti-racism activities and on the Board of Commissioners of the Department of Social Services. He sees we human beings as almost infinitely sensitive to each other, and seeks the connections between the outermost structures of society and our innermost subjective lives.

*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.

Sue Spidell, MSW, LCSW received her graduate degree from the Joint Master of Social Work Program at NC A&T and UNCG. She is the Director of Family Support Service for Family Service of the Piedmont, where she supervises therapists working with families. Sue has been an adjunct faculty member at UNCG for the last 10 years.

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.

Marilyn Wolf, M.Ed., LPC is a counselor, teacher, and retreat leader in Greensboro. Through her practice, Full Circle Counseling and Consulting (www.fullcirclecounselor.com), she enjoys helping people explore that place in their personal and professional lives where the psychological and spiritual intersect. She has been involved with Servant Leadership since 2009 and is both a student and teacher of the Enneagram. She is the author of two published articles and is currently working on her first book.

*Currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro.

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