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Ruth Anderson

Faculty for Fall 2018 term:

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 her work and to her life. Currently, Ruth is director of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, where she has taught all the core classes in addition to Centering Prayer, Call, Money, Power Redefined, Enneagram and many classes exploring the issues of children and poverty. Ruth was actively engaged in the creation of Guilford Nonprofit Consortium and in the design of The Executive Director Academy and writes a monthly article for the newspaper on the work of a nonprofit in the community. For close to 15 years, Ruth has been involved in the work of Partnership Village, a transitional housing community where she organizes tutoring, facilitates summer camp opportunities and participates in the Future Bound program. Ruth is a facilitator, 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.

Steve Cushman earned an MFA from UNC-Greensboro and has published seven books, most recently the poetry collection, How Birds Fly. He has taught writing workshops at UNCG, Guilford College, The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro, and The Creative Center. More information on Steve and his writing can be found at www.stevecushman.net

Marjorie Donnelly is a Certified Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition who facilitates Enneagram workshops and panels, in addition to conducting individual Enneagram interviews to identify type. Marjorie received her M.Ed. in Counseling from the University of Virginia and has 14 years of teaching and counseling experience in public education. She is a graduate of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Spiritual Guidance and is a certified Veriditas labyrinth facilitator. She has provided spiritual direction and led retreats, workshops and small groups since 2000. Marjorie’s faith is grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and she encourages contemplative awareness and practice. She presently serves as Director of Christian Formation at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Greensboro, NC. Her family is a real live “Brady Bunch,” and Marjorie loves her role as wife, mom to six adult children, and Nana to six grandchildren.

Summer Estes received her MA from Denver Seminary in an integrative program in theology and community counseling. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and keeps a part-time private practice. When she is not actively keeping up with her three young children and hubby she finds herself engaged in connecting with others and learning modalities and practices that help her “come home” and inhabit her heart. She loves fostering an environment for others to do the same.

Greg Farrand spent the majority of his childhood in Japan and Taiwan, returning to the States as a teenager and attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal Prep School in Bethesda, MD.  He moved to NC to attend UNC-Greensboro and married his wife Beth a week after graduation in 1994. They moved to Uganda, East Africa to serve for a number of years as missionaries, then returned to NC to begin studies at Reformed Theological Seminary and to serve as Director of College Ministries for a Presbyterian church. After graduation and ordination in the Presbyterian church in 2002, Greg planted a church in downtown Greensboro and served as Senior Pastor for almost nine years. Subsequently, Greg and Beth served as Co-Executive Directors of Selah Spiritual Formation, a non-profit focused on spiritual direction and retreat leadership. In 2010, Greg became involved with the Servant Leadership School and was invited to join the staff at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church being ordained as a priest in 2016. Greg currently serves as an Associate Rector at Holy Trinity and core curriculum teaching staff for the Servant Leadership School. Greg and Beth have three sons.

Linda Hiatt has been a yoga student for eleven years, a certified yoga teacher for five years (200 RYT) and is currently completing her 500-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.

Ashley McCarthy is in private practice in Greensboro, N.C. She enjoys integrating spiritual practices and relational exercises into her psychotherapeutic work and has a keen interest in exploring the mind in our head, as well as the mind in the heart and belly (body). In her work and in her life, Ashley is passionate about helping others not lose track of their own story. Mindful self-compassion and, more recently, somatic self-compassion have been hallmarks for Ashley moving from hiding to being seen, numbing to fully feeling, and denying to living in what is real. A few of her hobbies and pleasures include: cooking and meal-sharing; reading poetry; early morning quiet; Joe Van Gogh coffee; trail running; mountains of any kind; close friends and neighbors; and the themes Frederic Buechner writes about. Ashley studied Communication Studies/PR at UNC-Greensboro and received her Masters in Counseling and Theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with high honors. She and her husband have literally climbed mountains and descended valleys as wilderness guides and figuratively done the same in their 24 years of marriage. They are each other’s greatest adventure. Her twins are her biggest surprise and she loves surprises; especially the kind she likes.

D​onna Rodriguez is a mother and business owner living in Summerfield, NC. While earning her degree in psychology in Wilkes-Barre, PA, Donna worked as a counselor/advocate providing crisis intervention and counseling services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in medical emergency rooms and in the legal system. Currently, Donna works with individuals and groups who share a desire to illuminate the Divine Nature that is inherent in all, by providing the space and practices that reveal our unseen bond. Dedicated to the revelation of our Divine inter-connectivity, she also serves in the teacher body of the Evolutionary Collective, a global community of pioneers wholeheartedly participating in the emergence of the new paradigm of Unity.

Allison Spooner received her M.Ed. from UNCG in Reading Education. She spent 10 years teaching middle and high school students, and she currently works at Guilford College as an academic coach and professional tutor. She loves to spend time with her husband and son hiking, biking, and doing other outdoor activities.

Ruth Wiley is a psychodynamic psychotherapist practicing in Raleigh, NC. She graduated summa cum laude from UNCG and earned her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. Her meaningful time in Seattle runs deep in her veins. The primary focus of her practice is journeying with individuals and couples as they grow and heal through the beauty of the therapeutic process. Ruth also focuses on companioning others in their places of loss, be they weighty or seemingly small, by holding space for clients and honoring the profound human need to be accompanied as we grieve. Ruth worked as a doula for over 25 years and she now brings this skill to her work by supporting people of all walks to begin or continue on a path of self-compassion. She believes self-compassion is utterly necessary for sustainable spiritual formation and whole living. She believes God is always calling us deeper into grounded real-life love. Ruth’s own self-compassion shows up in reveling in the people and experiences she enjoys: her husband, her kids and their spouses, her grandkids, and her friends. She dabbles in interior design where she finds creating beauty deeply nourishing. She is also an avid reader, knitter, writer, and is always ready to go for a long walk in nature. Ruth also adores lollygagging as much as possible.