REVEREND KIM CAPE
United Methodist Church
Dr. Kim Cape has a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree, with a focus on Leadership, from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. As executive director of New Church Growth and Transformation for the Southwest Texas Annual Conference, she has worked to help recruit and train new church pastors for the United Methodist Church.
Her previous experience includes serving as the District Superintendent in both Austin and McAllen, Texas, and working for the General Board of Discipleship on the Upper Room Development staff. She served the Texas Methodist Foundation and was Senior Pastor of four churches in Texas.
She has served on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry, taught the Course of Study of the Perkins School of Theology, represented the Southwest Texas Conference on the Jurisdictional Episcopacy Committee, and served as an elected member of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM). She was chosen to lead the Southwest Texas Conference delegation at General Conference in 2004 and 2008.
In 2010, Dr. Kim Cape was chosen as General Secretary of GBHEM. She is the first woman to occupy this position and is leading this organization with a focus on adaptive leadership and global education.
REVEREND KATHERINE ELBERFELD
The Gabriel Center for Servant Leadership
In founding the Gabriel Center for Servant-Leadership, the Rev. Katherine Elberfeld has devoted her life's work to spreading the power and healing touch of servant-leadership throughout the world. Prior to establishing the Gabriel Center, Ms. Elberfeld, an Episcopal priest, served parishes in Northern Virginia for five years. Before entering seminary, Ms. Elberfeld worked as a newspaper reporter, free-lance writer, and editor. Her articles on servant-leadership have appeared in regional and international publications including, "Leadership," "New Therapist," "Concepts in Human Development," "Leadership in Action," "The (Lexington, Ky.) Advocate," the "Virginia Episcopalian," "Washington Diocese" and "Pathways," the official magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta. Ms. Elberfeld's published work also includes, "To Speak of Love: Reflections on Servant-Leadership in Life and Work," "In the Midst of Sunflowers: Embracing the Power of the Spirit in our Life and Work," "Jordan to Jerusalem," a book of meditations for the season of Lent and short stories that have appeared in "Appalachian Heritage," the literary magazine of Berea College, Berea, Ky. Her first novel, "The Lady of the House," was published by Fithian Press. Ms. Elberfeld is also an experienced facilitator in the applied human behavioral sciences and is an accomplished, dynamic public speaker.
Katherine Elberfeld holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., a master's degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C., and a master's degree in divinity from Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia.
DR. VIVIAN A. BULL
Interim President, Drew University, Madison, New Jersey
President Emerita, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon
Dr. Vivian A. Bull is currently serving as Interim President at Drew University. She previously served as the 18th president of Linfield College for 13 years. During her tenure at Linfield, Dr. Bull led the College through a dramatic transformation, more than doubling the size of the McMinnville campus, adding some 14 new buildings, and raising a record $74 million in a capital campaign. The college's visibility and stature grew along with the campus.
Prior to going to Linfield, Dr. Bull served in the Department of Economics at Drew University for over 30 years. She has specialized in international economics with specific focus on economic problems of the West Bank and Gaza, and is a recognized authority on Middle East affairs. Dr. Bull has served as a consultant to a number of institutions of higher education, to corporations, and to a variety of government and non-government organizations. She served on the executive committee of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (the regional accrediting organization) and on the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. Dr. Bull previously served on the board of the Fred Meyer Inc. and the Fred Meyer Foundation and the American National/Chemical Bank in New Jersey. She helped organize the College of Management and Administration of Africa University in Zimbabwe and is a former trustee of the university where she continues to serve as a consultant.
Dr. Bull is currently working with the Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, where she is chair of the investment committee, serves with the University Senate and is working with a new international education project. This project has enabled her to consult on higher education issues on five continents. She served as chair of the Board of Trustees of the Albright Institute for Archaeological Research (in Jerusalem) and of the Board of the local United Methodist Church.
Dr. Bull received her doctorate from New York University in 1974 and her bachelor's degree from Albion College in 1956. She had a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate work at the London School of Economics. Dr. Bull has studied in Norway, Great Britain, and the Netherlands. Beginning in 1960, she worked with her husband, Robert Bull, on archaeological expeditions in ancient Palestine. She served as registrar and treasurer of the Joint Archaeological Expedition to Caesarea Maritima, Israel, a project her husband directed, in the summers from 1970-1996.
DR. DIANE SUBER
Saint Augustine University
Dianne Boardley Suber, 10th President of Saint Augustine's University, assumed the presidency of the College (now University) on December 1, 1999. Under her presidency, the University has experienced increased enrollment, reinstituted the football program, fielded a marching band, expanded the adult learners program, established innovative degree granting programs to include Biomedical and Scientific Communication; Forensic Science; the Center for Real Estate Development and Property Management; Allied and Medical Sciences program; and Film and Interactive Media. On August 1, 2012, the College officially became Saint Augustine's University. The University is on target to offer its first master's degree program in Fall 2014 – the Physician Assistant Studies Program. The first female to lead the institution, Dr. Suber is an experienced educator and administrator with nearly 40 years of teaching, consulting, and administrative experience from preschool to higher education. She has served as a classroom teacher; elementary and middle school principal; university professor and consultant to several national educational organizations. Prior to assuming the helm at Saint Augustine's University, Dr. Suber held administrative positions of increasing responsibility at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, including instructor, Dean, Assistant Provost and lastly, Vice President for Administrative Services. Dr. Suber received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Hampton (Institute) University, a Master's of Education degree in Curriculum Development and Supervision from the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign, and a Doctorate of Education degree in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (VA Tech) in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Throughout her nearly 13-year tenure at Saint Augustine's University (SAU), Dr. Suber has been appointed to and served on organizational Boards that reflect varied levels of influence at local, state and national levels; and organizations with focus on educational, civic, political, social and spiritual agendas. Dr. Suber has been appointed to the President's White House Initiative Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) under three presidents, the only member of the Board to have served for such tenure. Most recently she was appointed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to serve on the Secretary's inaugural Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC). Her office reflects numerous awards and recognitions that denote her achievements in the field of education and leadership. But she is quick to introduce you to her "real heartbeats" – her three grandchildren: four year old, Taylor Marie Lewis, daughter of Suber's oldest daughter Nichole Lewis; 13 year old Nyjil Brevard Saint Thomas; and seven year old Samantha Dianne Ari Thomas, children of Suber's younger daughter Reagan Thomas and husband Furah.
Marisa Rivera is the President of Mpowerment Works, a consulting firm designed to impact global change by empowering people and focusing on empowering the majority: "Women". Mpowerment Works, LLC, provides unique domestic and international seminars, keynote presentations, and innovative programs; all designed to empower people to become agents of social change. Marisa Rivera is a Social Entrepreneur. Currently she is producing Latina Voices: Leadership Journeys, an educational video showcasing Latina leader sharing their secrets to success.
Her extensive work experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors have always been used to resolve justice and equality issues facing the world today. Ms. Rivera has over 30 years of combined educational, consulting, international, and community development, leadership development experience. Prior to starting Mpowerment Works, Ms. Rivera was President of the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI), the top leadership program for Latinas in the country. Before leading NHLI, Ms. Rivera worked in higher education as the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Community Relations at Black Hawk College in Illinois and at Western Illinois University managing the Hispanic Program for Educational Advancement as well as the Learning to Lead Program for Hispanic students. Her work experience also includes several assignments overseas, including working for the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Embassy in Panama and as a consultant in organizational development in Spain. She has been invited as a U.S. State Department speaker to Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Colombia and Curaçao and teleconferencing on programs on Women's empowerment in Bolivia and Mexico. She served as as an international elections observer in Honduras. Ms. Rivera has also participated in a fellowship to Israel and Puerto Rico with the American Jewish Committee and Project Interchange. She recently traveled to Africa to work with Women's groups in Kenya and Rwanda with the World Pulse Organization.
Ms. Rivera is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has a BA in Communications from American University and a Master's degree in Education Administration from Western Illinois University. She is also a graduate of the Harvard University JFK School of Government Executive Program, the Center for Creative Leadership Institute, the Gallup Leadership Institute, the HACR Harvard Business Executive Program on Corporate Governance, and the Mexican American Solidarity Foundation. She is the recipient of the Cesar Chavez Community Service Award given by the US Hispanic Leadership Institute, and she was awarded as one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews. She is also the recipient of the "Huesped Ilustre Medal from the city of Ayacucho, Peru, The Women Helping Women Award by the Hispanic Professional Women's Association, The Trailblazer Award by Latina Style Magazine, the Global Impact Leadership Award from the Hispanic Women's Corporation, the Superior Honor Award from the State Department, the Administrative Excellence In Promoting Multiculturalism Award from Western Illinois University, and the Illumination Award from the City Club of the Quad Cities. Ms. Rivera has been featured in Hispanic Magazine, the Woman MBA Magazine, the TV shows Hispanics Today, Lifetime Television for Women, Champions of Change, LatinaStyle Magazine, Monster.com and the Soy Latina, Soy Unica SAMHSA website. Ms. Rivera has extensive community service and volunteering experience. She served on the Board of the U.S. Committee for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Currently she is on the board of World Pulse, a nonprofit organization that addresses global issues through women's eyes. She was appointed by Governor Mark Warner of Virginia to the Commission on the Status of Women and was a Board member for Habitat for Humanity in Northern Virginia, has volunteered for many Latina Youth groups, the Red Cross of America, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, The Girls Scouts of America, the Make a Difference National Project, the March of Dimes, the Boys and Girls Club, the Read Aloud Program, the Quad Cities Minority Achievement Project, Quad Cities Mentoring Program, Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce Leadership, the Civil Institute for Women of Color. Ms. Rivera is a dynamic keynote speaker who will energize your audience and inspire them to achieve their dreams. She is a strong advocate for Latina leadership, youth empowerment, women entrepreneurship and global activism. Her areas of expertise include; leadership training; empowerment and inspiration for personal development, management experience in national and international programs development, non-profit governance, Hispanic marketing, diversity training, and fundraising.
Reverend Larry Hollon
United Methodist Communications
The Rev. Larry Hollon is the chief executive of United Methodist Communications, the global communications agency of The United Methodist Church. United Methodist Communications seeks to increase awareness of the denomination in communities and nations around the world, as well as offering services, tools, products and resources for communications ministry.
Since being named general secretary in 2000, Hollon has led the denomination in the creation of award-winning advertising campaigns that have significantly raised both public awareness and favorable impressions of The United Methodist Church. A visionary leader in global health issues, his leadership has been instrumental in raising millions of dollars to save lives through malaria prevention.
Hollon was chosen by the Nashville Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America as the winner of the 2008 Apollo Award, an award given annually to a senior Middle Tennessee executive who has a proactive public relations and communications philosophy and, as a leader, demonstrates the public relations function within his or her organization. In 2011, he was named the 2011 Communicator of the Year by the United Methodist Association of Communicators.
Before joining United Methodist Communications, Hollon was an award-winning producer whose primary focus was telling the stories of persons affected by poverty. His work has taken him to more than 50 countries to collaborate on projects ranging from the stories of street children in Brazil to economic self-development in rural villages in Africa. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations. He has also worked in television news and commercial radio as a talk show host, and has been published in numerous publications.
In 2012, Hollon authored We Must Speak: Rethinking How We Communicate Faith in the 21st Century. The book issues a clarion call to action for mainline denominations to speak now in the language of the day or risk becoming obsolete in this media-saturated world.
Hollon is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma and Saint Paul School of Theology.
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, astronomy and riding through the countryside on his favorite motorcycle – a vintage Kawasaki Vulcan Drifter.
Co-founder and Chair
Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)
Valeisha Butterfield – Jones is an award-winning political strategist, women's activist and pop culture expert. Butterfield-Jones currently serves as the National Youth Vote Director for the Obama for America Campaign and as the Co-founder and Chair of the Women in
Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN).
Ms. Butterfield-Jones has been recognized by ESSENCE Magazine as a top 40 executive under 40 years of age, by TheRoot.com as a top 100 African American influencer, Glamour Magazine and more. Butterfield-Jones began her career as the Executive Director of Russell Simmons' Hip-Hop Summit Action Network (HSAN) and continued as the National Director of Diversity for the Alzheimer's Association and served in the Obama Administration as the Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Valeisha Butterfield-Jones has been featured by Black Entertainment Television,
AOL's Black Voices, USA Today, ABC News, NBC News, Black Enterprise and other major news programs and publications. Butterfield– Jones was born in Wilson, NC and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Butterfield-Jones is married to Dahntay Jones of the Dallas Mavericks and gave birth to the couple's first child in 2012. She is the daughter of U.S. Congressman G. K Butterfield and N.C. Legislator Jean Farmer Butterfield. Follow Butterfield – Jones on Twitter at @valeis
Student Government Association, President
Mahogany Terry is a senior at Wiley College majoring in Secondary Education with a concentration in Mathematics. Ms. Terry plans to graduate May 2014. She was born to parents Patrick and Cornelia Terry, and raised in Baytown, Texas, just east of Houston. She possesses a contagious passion for challenging and motivating her peers. Leadership has always played a major role her life. She arrived at Wiley College on an athletic scholarship to play basketball with the Lady Wildcats. She played two seasons, serving one as co-captain, and made an appearance at the 2010 Red River Athletic Conference Tournament under the direction of Coach Janet Eaton. After her run in basketball came to an end, she was invited to join the Student Government Association. Ms. Terry also served with the 2012-2013 Senior Class Cabinet as a Public Relations Officer and in April of 2013, decided to take a step further into leadership. Ms. Terry currently serves as the President of Student Government Association (SGA) and leads a team of hardworking and dedicated officers. Under the mentoring and advising of Dr. Joseph Morale, the SGA has affected the campus with unity, pride, and excellence. Upon graduation, she plans to get a Master's of Business Administration, own and invest into businesses, and travel the world. She believes that God is, and will always be, the guiding light of her life and lives by her favorite scripture, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
DR. DORRIS ROBINSON-GARDNER
Dean, Division of Graduate Studies
Jackson State University
Dr. Dorris R. Robinson-Gardner has served the higher education community for more than forty years. She has served at public, private, two-year, and four-year colleges and universities earning tenure and promotion as an assistant professor, associate professor and professor. Further, she served as the State Coordinator for Academic Programs at the Arkansas Department of Higher Education, recommending approvals of new academic programs for two-year and four-year colleges and universities and certification of out-of-state colleges and universities to offer academic programs in the State of Arkansas. She has provided leadership as a faculty chairperson, coordinator of graduate programs, and associate dean for academic studies. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to China, and Korea, lectured nationally and internationally including Germany, France, and Cuba, served as a reviewer for federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, several publishing companies and consultant evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities.
In 1997, she became Dean of the Graduate School at Jackson State University. Under her administration, graduate enrollment increased by 90%, retention rates climbed to 82% and the graduation rate increased to 79%. In 2000, the Carnegie Commission classified the university as a doctoral research-intensive university and in 2005 reclassified it as a research university, high research activity. She developed CyberOrientation and CyberAdvising providing graduate students with access to on-line orientation and advising and a series on Best Practices in Graduate Education.
Under her leadership, she assisted university departments in developing partnerships including those with Howard University, the University of California system, University of Nebraska, Washington State University, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts, University of Florida, Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education Programs (NAGEP) and the Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi (AGEM). These programs focused primarily on increasing doctoral degrees for underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
She holds degrees from Arkansas Baptist College and Ouachita Baptist University where she was Phi Delta Kappa and Alpha Epsilon Lambda. She received her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and was among the first African-Americans to receive this degree. Dr. Gardner is Immediate Past President of the Council of Historically Black Graduate Schools (CHBGS) and serves on the Boards of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS), the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the Yale University R25 REID Scientific Advisory Board. Previously, she served as the President of the Mississippi Association of Graduate Deans. She is married and has four children and three grandchildren.
Texas Hunger Initiative
Jeremy Everett is the founding Director of the Texas Hunger Initiative (THI) which is a capacity building project within the Baylor University School of Social Work and a partner of the United States Department of Agriculture, Texas state agencies, and a number of other national and state based anti-hunger and poverty organizations that seeks to develop and implement strategies to alleviate hunger through research, policy, education, community organizing, and community development. THI organizes coalitions across the state to ensure access to healthy food for all Texans. Presently THI has coalitions representing 48% of the population of Texas with 12 regional offices and approximately 100 staff resourcing Texas communities which have resulted in millions of additional meals being served to Texas children since its beginning in 2009.
Jeremy was also the founder Guadalupe Street Coffee (GSC), a social entrepreneurship venture, whose mission is to deal with the root causes of poverty in San Antonio's West Side through holistic community development approach. The coffee shop was developed in collaboration with the West Side community, city government, and the non-profit sector. GSC was also home to an innovative college preparatory program that had a 100% college placement rate for first generation college students during Jeremy's tenure. Guadalupe Street Coffee received the City of San Antonio's Redevelopment Project of the Year award in 2008. Jeremy managed Guadalupe Street Coffee while serving as Program Director of Community Ministries with Baptist Child and Family Services.
Prior to working in San Antonio, Jeremy worked for international and community development organizations as a teacher, religious leader, community organizer, fundraiser, and organic farmer. He frequently delivers presentations to churches, non-profit organizations, universities, and the government sector on the subjects of poverty, community development and organizing, hunger, and social entrepreneurship. Jeremy regularly writes for the Huffington Post and has been featured on PBS documentaries and talk shows such as Feeding Minds: Texas Takes on Hunger and Obesity. Jeremy was recently (2012) recognized for his work in social engagement by the University of Texas LBJ School's Strauss Center for International Security and Law as a Next Generation Project Fellow. Jeremy earned a bachelor's degree from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Baylor University. He is the co-author of "Advancing Childhood Food Security Through Organizing Strategies." Jeremy is married to Amy Miley Everett and they have two sons: Lucas and Sam.
Nate Parker is an American actor and musical performer who has appeared in The Secret Life of Bees, The Great Debaters, and Pride. Parker has had the opportunity to perform alongside Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker and Terrence Howard. Parker has overcome turbulence and turmoil in his life both as a youth and a collegian. He was raised in both Virginia and Maine, but blossomed as a wrestler in his later high school years in Virginia. Parker was an All-American wrestler in both high school and at the volunteer wrestling coach and a political activist.
Parker was born in Norfolk, Virginia, to Carolyn, a 17 year-old mother at the time. His mother never married his biological father, but did wed the man who gave Parker his last name. Parker has four younger sisters. During Parker's time in middle school, Carolyn fell in love with Walter Whitfield who was station in Bath, Maine in the United States Air Force. Although his mother married Whitfield and moved to Maine, Parker, despite the physical distance after the move, remained close to his biological father emotionally. His father died when Parker was eleven, however, Parker became involved in classroom fights and home power struggles with his stepfather, Whitfield. Parker moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia to stay with his maternal uncle Jay Combs, a former wrestler, at age 14.
Parker aspires to provide scholarships to youth between the ages of 17 and 25 at Wiley College through the 100 Men of Excellence Initiative. He has been a supporter of Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as, a program call Peace4Kids, which is an afterschool program for youths in Compton, California where kids are involved in daily activities and are taught basic financial management skills. Parker also coached a wrestling team of 10, 11, 12 years at Rosemead High School and he assists in coaching wrestling at Rio Hondo College. Parker was an active supporter of and volunteered for the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign.
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