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Rev. Sherri E. Barnes, associate director for university and church relations and associate pastor for The Village Church, is also a Christian educator and ordained United Methodist elder from the Western North Carolina United Methodist Conference (WNCUMC).
Rev. Barnes works strategically with Pfeiffer”™s board of trustees, faculty, staff and key alumni in several ways. Specifically, her objectives are to further develop relationships with and create programming for United Methodist churches that enhance the professional effectiveness of church leaders, introduce prospective students and their families to Pfeiffer, and generate support for Pfeiffer programs that help students become principled Christian leaders regardless of their chosen major.
Cindy develops and maintains the advancement office”™s database systems and processes, in addition to providing research, analysis and reporting for Pfeiffer”™s fundraising efforts. Previous positions at the university includes campaign coordinator, grant writer and development director.
Prior to coming to Pfeiffer in 1992, Cindy served as director of communications at Lambuth University, Jackson, Tenn., and at Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas. In those roles, she was responsible for implementing communications strategies, was university spokesperson and served as a liaison to the news media. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas.
Laura Bryan has a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Texas Tech, a COAMFTE-Accredited program, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She served as Capital Chapter Director of NCAMFT 2013-2015, and is currently the Ethics Chair for NCAMFT. Her contributions to scholarship, teaching, and supervision are mostly through service in training programs, first in Texas and now at Pfeiffer University. She has also maintained a small private practice providing supervision of associate licensed LMFTs in North Carolina and therapy services for individuals and couples in the local area.
Robert Cox, EdD, LPC, LCAS, CSI, CCMHC, ACS is currently an Assistant Professor of Human Relations (Substance Abuse Track) and Assistant Coordinator of the Human Relations Program at Pfeiffer University-Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an adjunct professor in Pfeiffer’s MMFT program. Robert is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS), as well as a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC). He is a Certified Clinical Supervisor Intern (CSI) by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board and an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Dr. Cox is also licensed as a professional counselor supervisor in Tennessee.
Dr. Cox earned his doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of Memphis in 2016. He holds a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling with a concentration in Addictions Counseling from Appalachian State University (1998). He is a Minority Fellows Scholar (2013).
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Jeremy Currier has served as head men's basketball coach for three seasons at Pfeiffer University and seventh season as a collegiate coach in 2012-13.
In his first season as Pfeiffer head coach, Currier and his top scoring offense in the Conference Carolinas led Pfeiffer to a fifth place finish. The 2010 Falcon team was among the league leaders in three point field goals made, offensive rebounds per game, rebounding margin, team scoring, and free throw percentage. Chris Woods was named Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, and NABC All American while amassing the 2,000 point career point total.
Prior to Pfeiffer University, Currier served as head coach at NCAA Division III Daniel Webster College in Nashua, N.H. Currier inherited a program that suffered a winless campaign prior to his arrival and within two years, the program made two straight conference tournament appearances. Hired as the youngest men”™s head basketball coach in the NCAA in 2007-08, Currier”™s recruiting efforts helped net the New Hampshire State Player of the Year and the program went on to post its highest season wins total in 10 seasons.
Dr. Kelli Fellows, assistant professor of business communications/Charlotte campus, earned a bachelor's degree in public relations and master's degree in speech communication from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a doctorate in speech communication from the University of Georgia. Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Fellows gained corporate public relations experience and arrives at Pfeiffer after faculty experience at several universities, most recently UNC Wilmington.
Jenna Gulledge graduated from Pfeiffer with a degree in Business Administration. While attending Pfeiffer, Jenna worked as a student ambassador in admissions and served an officer in the Student Government Association. She held the role of Student Government Secretary from 2009 - 2011 and President this past year. One of her accomplishments was the establishment of the Dream Big Task force whose purpose is to address the student body's needs and interests through long-term projects.Jenna manages the phone center and direct mail campaigns. Jenna is also responsible for providing support to broad-based appeals. Jenna works closely with faculty and program directors to more effectively cultivate alumni giving through affinities such as academic programs, organizations and interest groups.
J.D.-The Ohio State UniversityMBA- Queens College
Professor Hoying has over 30 years experience as a CPA, with experience with regional and national accounting firms and companies. In addition to being a licensed CPA, Professor Hoying is also a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Financial Planner and a licensed attorney-at-law (Ohio). His consulting practice focuses on various business issues that affect business owners and managers on a daily basis
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Office Location: Administration Building 2nd Floor - Rm 223
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Rev. Kathleen Kilbourne is a native of Orlando, Florida. After receiving her undergraduate degree in Christian Education from Pfeiffer University and her Masters from Appalachian State University, she served in churches for 22 years as an educator with a primary focus in youth ministry and adult and family life. She is an ordained deacon of the United Methodist Church and since 1997 has been the Director of the Master of Arts in Practical Theology degree program for Pfeiffer University on their campus in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2006, she also became the Director of the Center for Deacon Education, a ground-breaking partnership between Pfeiffer's School of Religion and Wesley Theological Seminary.
EducationBA, Christian Education, Pfeiffer University, 1979MA, Community Education, Appalachian State, 1986Diaconal Studies, Methodist Theological School of Ohio, Perkins School of Theology, and Garrett Evangelical Seminary
United Methodist Church CredentialsCertified in Youth Ministry, 1994Consecrated Diaconal Minister, 1995Ordained Deacon in Full Connection, 1998
Professional OrganizationsNational Christian Educators FellowshipWestern North Carolina Christian Educators FellowshipWNC Board of Ordained Ministry 2003-2012
Dr. Leist joined the Pfeiffer Faculty full-time in 2008. He teaches many of the undergraduate courses in the Department of Health Administration in addition to the graduate course MHA 776 Comparative International Health (London). He strongly believes that it is important for his students to grow and cultivate new leadership skills, which is his passion. According to Dr. Leist, healthcare is not an easy profession in which to provide leadership because of its complex and constantly changing environment. He wants his students to develop new leadership skills and apply them to shape a successful future for healthcare.
Dr. Ying (Laura) Lu, assistant professor of computer information systems/Misenheimer campus, earned a bachelor's degree from Sichuan University, China, and a master's degree from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, before completing doctoral studies in business administration at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She comes to Pfeiffer from UNC Charlotte, where she taught a variety of business courses at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, and has private industry experience in bioinformatics and marketing.
Dr. Luck holds a PhD in English from the University of South Carolina; before coming to Pfeiffer, she taught at Queens University and Davidson College. She is currently Full Professor of Business Writing at Pfeiffer. In addition, she has been a professional writer for over 30 years, with experience that ranges from writing for national television to writing for international mainstream magazines to editing award-winning crime novels. She is an arbitrator for FINRA, the financial industry's national regulatory association, and a certified mediator for NC's state superior court. Her consulting clients have ranged from the Department of Justice to GMAC Finance to Child Care Resources, Inc. In addition, she has coached dozens of professionals in communication practices.
Deborah Lung, PsyD, LPC is currently an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for Human Relations and Substance Abuse at Pfeiffer University in Charlotte. Dr. Lung currently teaches both undergraduate and master’s level courses in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, including: Advanced Psychopathology, Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders in Family Systems, Appraisal of the Individual, Adolescent and Child Therapy, Systems Foundations of Relationships, Theories of Personality, Skills for Relationships, and Life Span Development. She is also a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in private practice.
In 2007, Dr. Lung earned her Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical and School Psychology (Psy.D.) in the Combined-Integrated doctoral program (APA accredited) at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She also earned her Educational Specialist and Master of Arts degree in Community/Agency Mental Health (CACREP accredited) in 1995, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education in 1984 at James Madison University.
Since joining Pfeiffer in 2005, Teena has served in several capacities including associate director of alumni relations, development officer and coordinator of alumni events. Prior to joining the Pfeiffer family, Teena worked for Wachovia Bank as a branch manager and financial specialist in Albemarle, N.C. and for the bank”™s wealth management division in Concord, N.C. She is also an alumna of Pfeiffer.
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Dr. Miller has been employed by Pfeiffer University for 15 years. She currently serves as the Dean for the Division of Applied Health Sciences. She is responsible for the management of the Departments of Health Administration; Marriage and Family Therapy, Nursing, Health and Exercise Science, and Human Relations. She is a full Professor teaching required courses in the Center for Professional Advancements and the MHA program.
Dr. Miller is engaged in developing health administration leadership toward the goal of improving health systems internationally. She is currently working with the countries of Turkey and Liberia through the establishment of executive health care administration certificate programs.
Dr. Minyard is an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance. She has 25 years of professional work experience including the Congressional Budget Office in National Security International Affairs, Merril Lynch Capital Markets (Debt Trading Strategy), FDIC/RTC where she evaluated assets from insured institutions from all over the country, and Bank of America Corporate Audit in Global Corporate Investment Banking.
She earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Dr . Minyard has more than 25 years of experience working in a broad spectrum of financial services, as well as institutions affecting financial policy. These have included the Congressional Budget Office in National Security International Affairs, Merrill Lynch Capital Markets in Debt Trading Strategy, the FDIC/RTC, where she evaluated assets from insured financial institutions from all over the country, and Bank of America Corporate Audit for Global Corporate Investment Banking. Her various positions have involved her in the evaluation of all types of financial instruments and balance sheets. Most recently she has focused on new analytical tools for managing credit risk and micro credit.
Paula Morris provides administrative support for all the areas within the Office of Student Development: residence life, The Village Church, health services, counseling services, the Center for Outdoor Leadership, student activities and the dean of students.
Paula holds a bachelor's degree from Berry College and has experience in the non-profit sector, church-relations, business and real estate.
Dr. Nahavandi has over a decade and a half experience in consulting and research and has been a faculty member at Pfeiffer since 2003. He is self described as "in the zone" when in the classroom. He tells his students that Economics is a difficult but extremely powerful subject to understand the world around you. Dr. Nahavandi's goal is for his students to learn how to think critically and analytically about business and personal decisions and to lead an organization by correctly allocating resources and thinking strategically.
Office Location: Administration Building - 2nd Floor - Rm 222
Barnett Parker is a professor of economics in the Department of Health Administration at Pfeiffer University. He received his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from University of Massachusetts. Continuing his education, Parker received his Master”™s and Ph.D. in management science from the University of Rochester. His work with marketing and strategic planning models has taken him to almost 50 countries, where he continued his research and published a variety of referred journals.
Susan Perkins earned her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Virginia Tech, a COAMFTE-Accredited program, in 2010. She was awarded AAMFT's Dissertation of the Year honor for her dissertation focusing on client factors in couples therapy. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho and is applying for licensure in North Carolina. She is a Pre-Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidate. Dr. Perkins is also a member of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors as well as other related professional associations. Dr. Perkins served as President of the Idaho Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and President of the Idaho Counseling Association and was presented the Wing Award for volunteer service in 2015.
Bob Reasso '73 returns to Pfeiffer as the vice president for athletics, athletic director, and head men's soccer coach. Bob holds an M.Ed from Springfield College, and has extensive experience in athletics at all levels. Prior to coming to Pfeiffer, Mr. Reasso served as the athletic director at Husson University for three years. While there, the athletic department won 16 conference championship titles. He also established four new teams during his tenure, increasing the athletic department from 14 to 18 teams.
Before becoming the AD at Husson, Reasso was the head men's soccer coach at Rutgers University for 29 years. His career record during his time there was 351-183-71, which is ranked as the 10th among all time Division I coaches. He led his teams to 13 NCAA tournament appearances, including three Final Four and two Elite Eight appearances. Reasso also claimed six conference championships. In 1990, he was named as the Division I National Coach of the Year by the NCAA. Nineteen of his players were named All-Americans, and over 50 of his former players went on to play professionally in Europe and the United States.
Mr. Reasso has also received numerous other awards, including being inducted into the Raritan High School Sports Hall of Fame, Pfeiffer Univerity's Sports Hall of Fame, the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey Hall of Fame, and the Loyal Sons of Rutgers.
Caroline is a 2007 graduate of Pfeiffer University with a major in psychology and has completed her Masters of Art in Counseling from the University of North Carolina Charlotte in 2009. Additionally, she brings a wealth of experience and energy to the position.
Her office is located in the Stokes Student Center, room 222, and she can be reached at extension 3026.
Michael Seda, associate professor of accounting/Charlotte and Raleigh campuses, holds a bachelor's degree in accounting and MBA from St. John's University, Queens, N.Y., doctorate in business education from New York University, and doctorate in business administration from Argosy University. Concurrent with business experience that spans more than 30 years is teaching experience that covers the depth of his professional expertise at such institutions as UNC-Chapel Hill, Fairleigh Dickinson University, North Carolina Central University and Campbell University, among others.
Honors & Awards
Portia Smith has an EdD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Argosy University-Sarasota, a CACREP-Accredited program, and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Valdosta State University, a COAMFTE-Accredited program. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of North Carolina. She is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidate.
Daniel Stillwell has a Ph.D. in Family Therapy from Saint Louis University and MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary, both COAMFTE-Accredited programs. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of Illinois. His application for the LMFT in North Carolina is in process. He is a Clinical Fellow of AAMFT and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor candidate.
Emily Stone, Ph.D., LMFT is currently an Assistant Professor in Marriage & Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University's Graduate School in Charlotte, North Carolina and is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor.
Dr. Stone was born in Sumter, South Carolina at Shaw Air Force Base where her father served as an Air Force Chaplain. She grew up in Cleveland, Tennessee where she also graduated from Lee University with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity. After work as a psychiatric case manager and substance abuse counselor Dr. Stone earned a Masters of Arts in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary (now part of Fresno Pacific University) in Fresno, California. Following a few years spent overseas in the Czech Republic working with youth and then several years in private practice back in Cleveland, Tennessee, she completed a P.h.D in Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee before settling into the Charlotte, North Carolina area.
Dr. Swain completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Dillard University of New Orleans. She also has obtained a dual Master”™s degree in Business Administration and Health Administration at Pfeiffer University. For more than 35 years she has held a leadership role as an RN in hospitals, home health, physician”™s practices, human resources, long term care and operational leadership. She is also a certified administrator for the Family and Medical Leave act (FMLA).
Dr. Vogt has over 35 years of clinical, educational, and administrative experience in the health services sector including:
Dr. Vogt holds a LEAN certificate and consults in the nursing industry in long term care and education program development. Dr. Vogt has taught health law and ethics, health policy and health administration for several years and serves as a curriculum coordinator for the health administration department. She is the University liaison for the American College of Healthcare Executives for the state of North Carolina.
Susan Wilkie, Ph.D., LPC, LMFT, NCC, NCSC is currently a Professor and Program Director for Marriage & Family Therapy at Pfeiffer University's Graduate Schools in both Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. Also founder of the MMFT Program at Pfeiffer, she is both an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and LPC Approved Supervisor, and a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice.
Dr. Wilkie was born in Washington, D.C., and graduated from the University of Maryland with an undergraduate degree in education. A classroom teacher, assistant principal, and gifted specialist, she earned a master's degree in Administration & Supervision from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a second master's degree in School Counseling, and a doctoral degree in Counselor Education, both conferred by the University of New Orleans in 1991 & 1994, respectively.
Pearl Wong, Ph.D., LMFT, LMFT-S is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Marriage & Family Therapy Program at Pfeiffer University's Graduate School in Charlotte, North Carolina. She also serves as the Servant Leadership Steward for the program. She is an AAMFT Approved Supervisor and a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) in private practice.