Adjunct Faculty Member and Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence; BA, Morris Brown College; MDiv, Payne Theological Seminary
My educational journey began at the Seven Hill Schools, a private college preparatory program in Cincinnati, Ohio. I attended Howard University and graduated from Morris Brown College receiving a BA in Spanish. My undergraduate interests in language, anthropology, and ministerial studies prompted me to study in the Dominican Republic at Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra. During this study abroad experience, I became intrigued by the continuity of culture that was evident among people of the African Diaspora. I attended Payne Theological Seminary, receiving the Master of Divinity degree. While a seminary student, I led a missionary tour to Guyana, South America for the African Methodist Episcopal Church Department of Missions. My interest in African cultural continuities inspired my thesis research entitled: Ain’t Got Time to Die: the African Spiritual Inheritance of the African Methodist Episcopal Church. As a member of the Mary Baldwin University philosophy and religion faculty, I teach African-American Religion and Community and Practice, two courses that support the African-American studies minor. I also teach Faith, Life and Service and Community Service. I have also taught religious studies courses as a part of the May Term study abroad experience in South Africa and have supervised ministerial practicums for pre-seminary students.
My work at Mary Baldwin University is shared between the philosophy and religion department and the Office of Inclusive Excellence. For the past seventeen years, I have worked directly with students serving as the faculty advisor to individual students and to more than nine student organizations. I have been honored with the Advisor of the Year award five times throughout my tenure. My work as a retention specialist has helped to transform the diverse face of Mary Baldwin University. As the Associate Vice President of Inclusive Excellence, I direct both the Ida B. Wells gateway and the PERSIST Program- a student success program for African American women. I also oversee the Ubuntu Student Mentoring Program and the Sista Friends Alumni Mentoring Program and plan and coordinate programming to bolster multicultural learning and inclusive excellence.
Prior to coming to Mary Baldwin, I served as the Director of Minority Affairs at Monmouth College, a member of the counseling staff at James Madison University and I taught in the religion departments at both James Madison University and Virginia Tech University.
My ministerial career has spanned 35 years. As an ordained African Methodist minister, I have served three congregations: Bethel A.M.E. Church – Harrisonburg, Virginia, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church – Roanoke, Virginia, and Christ Our Redeemer A.M.E. Church – Staunton, Virginia. I planted Christ Our Redeemer in 2000 to address the spiritual needs of college students and to offer opportunities for ministerial supervision for students interested in campus ministry. My work as the coordinator for the Virginia Annual Conference Women in Ministry resulted in programming designed to mentor and support female clergy. I currently serve as the Dean of the Virginia Annual Conference Board of Examiners (African Methodist Episcopal Church) and am responsible for developing the training curriculum for African Methodist clergy.
I participated in the 1999 spring voyage of Semester At Sea traveling throughout the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia with my husband and son. I am an avid supporter of civic engagement and cross-cultural learning. I spend my summer hiatus playing in my garden and the school year nurturing students, helping them to become their best selves.