Centennial Seminars

An exceptional line-up of Centennial Seminar presenters will be joining us for our Centennial Celebration this year. Centennial Seminars will take place at 9am on Friday, November 2nd.

Dr. Kelly Arnold
Medical Director of Clinica Medicos
What is Clinica Medicos?
This seminar will introduce the mission and services of Clinica Medicos, a private family medicine practice, established in 2015 to provide full-spectrum care for the underserved and uninsured Latino population in Chattanooga.
Kelly Rodney Arnold, MD, was born in Los Angeles, California, where she was introduced to Latino culture. Dr. Arnold pursued a Spanish major through study and travel and received her medical degree at UTHSC Memphis. Her collective experiences inspired Clinica Medicos for the Latino community of Chattanooga. She serves as Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at UT COM/Erlanger, where she practices Family Medeicine/Obstetrics, and provides educational resources for physicians inclined to care for underserved, uninsured populations.
Randall Brandt
Elicia Brown
Singer and Speaker
Matthew Brumlow
So You Want to be an Actor?
Lee alumnus Matthew Brumlow discusses the life of the professional actor from preparation to performance.
A proud member of Actors Equity Association, Matthew Brumlow has played lead roles with some of the finest regional theatres in America during his twenty year career including Actors Theatre of Louisville, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Montana Shakespeare in the Parks, Long Wharf Theatre, and many others. He has been a resident company member of Chicago’s award winning American Blues Theater company since 2001 where he has sixteen production credits. Matthew is a three time Joseph Jefferson Award nominee and recipient of Chicago’s 2014 Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor as well as Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Matthew graduated from Lee as the F.J.Lee Award winner with a BA in English in 1996. He is also a graduate of University of Idaho (MFA Directing) and Northwestern University (MA Acting.)
Genie Byrd
Potholes, Pimples, Pressures, and Other LIFE STUFF as Teachers Head to School
Beginning teachers give 100% as they attend classes, accept their well earned degrees and begin the interview process. But how much real life stuff is possible to know? During this informative session layered with humor, facts and helpful information will be shared as well as tips for success, unbelievable stories (often on the way to school) and inspiration for our beginning teachers. Encouragement, warmth and sensitivity to fears of the unknown will be blended as I share my first years as teacher, counselor and administrator.
Genie Byrd is a retired teacher, counselor and administrator, and presently a children’s book author, motivational speaker and encourager. Genie and James live in Augusta, Georgia where Genie enjoys teaching piano, traveling, hosting small church groups, teaching writing tips at local schools and celebrating family near and far. Genie and James are part of four- generation Lee alums supporting and encouraging their growing family to attend Lee University. She presently has one granddaughter at Lee.
Stacey Isom Campbell
Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Lee University
Vanessa Carey
Vice President, Women’s Services for Atlanta Mission
Atlanta Mission and Women’s Services
This seminar will present the services provided to women through the Atlanta Mission, such as The Atlanta Day Shelter, My Sister’s House. The Mission serves 250 women and children daily.
Vanessa has a Master of Education in Counseling and has spent the past twenty years in corporate America with companies such as Cox Communications in the areas of training and development, leadership development, and organizational development. Her experience and education along with her passion for missions, ministkry, and desire to serve have perfectly prepared Vanessa to serve at Atlanta Mission. She is a 1985 graduate of Lee.
Dr. Dale Coulter
Associate Professor of Historical Theology, Regent University
 Dale Coulter is an associate professor of historical theology at Regent University and co-editor of PNEUMA: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies. His research interests church history and the use of models in theological discourse. Coulter has been published in numerous journals and has authored two books — Per Visibilia Ad Invisibilia: Theological Method in Richard of St. Victor (2006) and Holiness: The Beauty of Perfection (2004). In addition, he provided the afterword to Alan Kreider’s Social Holiness: A Way of Living for God’s Nation (2008). Coulter serves on the editorial Board of Victorine Texts in Translation and is co-editor of its first volume: Trinity and Creation. He is a regular contributor to Regent University’s Renewal Dynamics blog
Bruce Deel
Founder and CEO of City of Refuge
Social Justice from a Kingdom Prospective
The story of City of Refuge and its social justice impact in Atlanta and other cities is founded and based on scriptural principles that continue to be relevant in today’s society.
Bruce Deel is a graduate of Lee University, husband for 31 years to his wife Rhonda and father to 5 daughters. Bruce founded City of Refuge 21 years ago and has been recognized by local, state and national leaders for his work with those marginalized. Bruce serves as a consultant to multiple non-profits and speaks in both religious and secular settings on the subject of compassionate care.
Dr. Carolyn Dirksen
Distinguished Professor Emieritus
100 Years of Lee
From its humble beginning on January 1, 1918 to the present, Lee has been guided by the hand of God. Although much has changed, Lee is still a Christ-centered entrepreneurial enterprise that reaches a wide range of students and sends graduates out to change the world.
Coming to Lee in 1968, Carolyn Dirksen has been a full-time faculty member for half the life of the institution. She participated in Lee’s development from a junior college, worked on the first regional accreditation, saw the rapid growth of the late 1980s, and witnessed the transformation from a small, sectarian college to a world class university.
Andrew and Marbi DiPastena
Owners, Can Do It Solutions, LLC
Creating Custom Props and Design Experiences
Join us as we present how creative designers bring themes, stories and experiences from imagination and concepts to reality. We will explore how to weave and create narratives into compelling environments and unique spaces. Get ready to ride the roller coaster from conceptualization and collaboration to creation and implementation.
Marbi and Andrew DiPastena have been creating some of the most exciting themed environments since graduating from Lee University in 1995. They initially began design work for churches across the US and quickly their innovative reputation afforded them opportunities to sculpt and build creations in all types of business venues. They use a myriad of techniques from foam sculpting, structural framework, painting, faux finishing and other fine arts to produce unique objects and creative environments.

Marbi established Can Do It Solutions, LLC in 2015 which took her designing of unique sets, props, and environments to a new level in providing services for theme parks, trade shows, parades, schools, churches, camps and residential homes. Marbi and Andrew consider it an honor to partner with their alma mater, Lee University on several of the Centennial Celebration projects you see here today.

Dr. Johnny Evans
The Importance of Rural Communities and Medicine
Ellis Hall Fire Panel
Karen Hanks Folino
Sr. Executive with Cargill Protien Division; Group Lead
The Sole of a Leader
Whether male or female, one of our most impactful pursuits is finding our footing as a leader. Now more than ever, as our political and social landscape changes, women seek to develop their capacity for influence in business while bringing their own unique, inherent and soulful strengths to the table. In this seminar, long-time business woman, Karen Folino, invites you to walk in her shoes as she shares about how highs and lows, successes and failures, in her personal and professional journeys have changed her trajectory and informed her leadership in corporate America. Together, you’ll explore foundational principals for the sole of a leader based on Karen’s SHOES methodology:
S – Sure-Footed: How to be comfortable in our own shoes.
H – Hopeful: We wear our dreams on our feet, giving reality to our aspirations.
O – Open: As Cinderella demonstrated, new shoes can change a life.
E – Empathetic: The importance of walking awhile in another’s shoes.
S – Situational Leadership: How to slip on the right shoe for the job.*This seminar will particularly target women, but men are welcome.
Karen Folino is a Sr. Executive with more than thirty years in Corporate America. Her experience has been concentrated in Technology, Consumer Product companies, Customer Success, Supply Chain and Transportation. A significant focus of her career has been in progressive management, leadership and customer experience Fortune 100, midsize and start-up companies.

Karen is currently Group Transportation & Logistics Leader, Protein North America in Business Operations & Supply Chain for Cargill Protein Division, headquartered in Wichita, KS. She joined Cargill and made a move to the Midwest from the East coast in June, 2017.

Karen graduated from Lee University in 1978 with a BS in Business Education. She holds advanced degrees from both Harvard Business School, the University of Tennessee.

Indyasia Johnson Fowler
Dr. Dudley Gardner
 A. Dudley Gardner, professor of history and political science at Western Wyoming Community College, earned his Ph. D. from the University of New Mexico in 2000. He has written several articles and books on Wyoming—including, with Vera Flores, Forgotten Frontier: a History of Wyoming Coal Mining, (Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1989).
Harry Hargrave
Museum of the Bible
The Development of the Museum of the Bible Washington DC
The presentation will describe the development of the 430,000 square foot museum from concept stage to the grand opening of the completed museum. Q & A will take place following the presentation.
Harry Hargrave is President of HMH Capital Group located in Dallas, Texas. He served as the Owners Representative for the MOTB Board of Trustees for seven years. His responsibilities for the project included the City selection, site selection within Washington, DC; and the oversight of planning design and construction of the project.
Mark Harris
Songwriter, Artist
Mitch Harris
Merrill Lynch, Financial Advisor Former: St. Louis Cardinals, Pitcher United States Navy, Lieutenant
Impossible vs. Improbable
Throughout life you will face obstacles that seem impossible. Through courage, perseverance and strength you can transform a seemingly impossible challenge into something that is merely improbable.
Mitch grew up in Georgia and then attended high school in North Carolina. Upon graduation, Mitch received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy. Following his four years in Annapolis, he would go on to serve five years on active duty going on three deployments. After several passages through the Strait of Hormuz, drug operations in South America, and visiting over thirty countries Mitch would go on to pitch for the St. Louis Cardinals. He would become the first pitcher to complete his service and make it to the big leagues and only the second Naval Academy graduate to play in the MLB.
Drs. Suzanne and David Holt
At the Crossroad of Religion and Politics: Middle East Portraits
On the surface, study abroad can seem like a bundle of fun and unique experiences. Yet properly engaged, such experiential learning has led many Lee University students to discover challenging differences between themselves and others about the things that matter. This is especially so at the crossroad where politics and religion meet. Join our presenters who will give us a glimpse into their travels as they share several portraits of individuals they have met at this crossroad who taught them much about themselves and the world we live in.
Susanne Hamid Holt is currently the Director of LEAP (Learn, Engage, Achieve Program), a TRIO Grant program through the US Department of Education. She has serves in many capacities at Lee, but most notable, Suzanne was instrumental in establishing First Year Programs and the Global Perspectives Program at Lee University.

Before returning to the US in 2013, Dr. David Holt directed the Cairo based Middle East Studies Program for the CCCU DC. where students studied Islam, Arabic, the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, and traveled to countries like Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Tunisia, Morocco, After experiencing the revolution in Egypt with nearly 30 American students, David moved the program to Jerusalem. Dr. Holt facilitated speaker engagements with US and local diplomats, authors, journalists, religious and political leaders, and youth groups–Israeli-Jewish, Eastern Christian, and Muslim. More recently, David has written and taught online graduate and undergraduate courses in international relations,US national security, global governance, US foreign policy, US foreign policy of the Middle East, Middle East Politics, and other political science courses.

Trained in comparative and international politics (PhD. U of Chicago), political philosophy (MA Claremont), theology (M Litt. St. Andrews UK), and history (U Calif. San Diego), David loves to probe the boundaries at the intersection of religion, politics, and history. He continues to act as a consultant and speaker on Middle East issues and to plan (and lead) tour groups interested in learning more about the region.

Dr. Tammy Johnson
Director of LUDIC (Lee University Developmental Inclusion Classroom)
Dr. Eric Moyen
Department Head of Educational Leadership Mississippi State University
Higher Education and Big Time Athletics
This seminar will examine the historical roots of athletics in American higher education, and discuss the ways in which it has impacted colleges and universities. The seminar will further address challenges currently facing big time athletics and discuss possible solutions. Finally, the session will consider the value of athletics at institutions like Lee University.
Eric Moyen spent thirteen years at Lee University where he served as a professor and department chair in the Helen DeVos College of Education, director of First-Year Programs, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs. He currently works at Mississippi State University as Department Head of Educational Leadership. His research interests include higher education as well as the role of athletics at colleges and universities.
Tripp Phillips and Lee Phillips
President of Le-Glue LLC
Tripp Phillips: I wanted to let you know about a new invention that I created. I was tired of my LEGO creations falling apart as I played with them. I told my dad (who is a scientist) that I wanted a glue that would hold the pieces together but would release if I wanted to get them apart. NO EVIL KRAGGLE (permanent Glue). He came up with a formula in his lab that holds the blocks over 12 times stronger but the best part is, just soak them in water and the pieces release like magic. That is how Le-Glue was created. You can see my story on our YouTube Channel by clicking this link https://youtu.be/4xpcwhjQ7fc or just visit our website www.Le-glue.com . You can also view our Shark Tank appearance in Episode 1 of Season 10. We are now partners with Mr. Wonderful! https://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/episode-guide/season-10/1-season-10-premiere-episode-1
Tripp Phillips is a 7th Grader at Dalton Middle. He developed Le-glue while in the 3rd grade. He manufactures, packages and sells Le-glue all over the world and Just made an appearance and a deal on Shark Tank.

Lee Phillips is a graduate of Lee University 1990. He is the director of Professional Testing Laboratory servicing the flooring and textile industry. He is the Managing director of Le-glue.

Samaritans Purse Rep
Dr. Mark Scully
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lee University
Barak Obama and the Trhee Traditions of Executive Power
Dr. Mae Adams Shirley
Dr. Jodi L. Southerland
Communications & Fund Development Of One Accord Inc.
Of One Accord Ministry: Building A Solid Base for Well-Being in Appalachian East Tennessee
Participants will learn about the state of health in Appalachia compared to the U.S., and the role faith-based non-profit organizations can play in addressing health disparities in the region. The presentation will highlight alumna Jodi Southerland’s journey from Lee University to Of One Accord Inc, a Christian service organization that is actively working towards creating a culture of health in East Tennessee.
A native of Northeast Tennessee and graduate of Lee University’s Intercultural Studies Program (2002), Jodi L. Southerland, DrPH brings several years of experience in school-based health promotion planning, research, and practice. Jodi is now in her 9th year as Clinical Instructor of Community Health at the College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), teaching courses in health promotion program planning, research methods, grant writing, and community organizing. She has published and presented extensively on issues related to adolescent health outcomes in Appalachia. In 2018, Jodi transitioned to a new role as Communication and Fund Development Director for Of One Accord, Inc, a Christian service organization serving Appalachian East Tennessee.
Kevin Ung
Director of McNair Scholars Program, Lee University
From Cambodia’s Killing Fields to American Academia: An Intergenerational Story of God’s Redemptive Power
Kevin Ung will share the intergenerational story of his family’s journey from the Khmer Rouge genocide in Cambodia to American college academia. Come hear about God’s redemptive and restorative power in the midst of cultural, societal, and academic influences.
Kevin Ung currently serves as Director of the McNair Scholars Program at Lee University. His professional work consists of student engagement research, academic program development, and socio-cultural educational inititatives serving primarily underrepresented and underserved commununities at faith-based institutions. Previous areas of service include Unior University, East Texas Baptist University, and Wheator College. Kevin is married to Carly and they have a 17-month old game changer named Jubilee.
Hall Whiteside
Film Panel:
The motion picture industry has migrated east making Atlanta a hotbed for moviemaking and a home for production crew and actors. This panel will discuss the film industry’s move to Atlanta and the challenges of breaking into the industry. The panel includes Julia Denton, Hal Whiteside, and Grayson Russell who have all acted in major studio films including Baby Driver, Geostorm, Diary of a Wimpy Kind, and the spring 2019 release, Greyhound. The panel also includes Vincent Graziano who has worked in various production roles on Black Panther, Thor: Ragnorok, Baby Driver, and First Man. Professor Beecher Reuning, an award winning writer and director, will moderate the panel.
Hal Whiteside was born and raised in Tuscumbia, AL, birthplace of Helen Keller. He graduated from the University of North Alabama, majoring in Management.

Hal worked in corporate America in logistics for 25 years before coming an actor. He has been a full-time actor for 6 years and is based in Atlanta. He enjoys building characters

Dr. Ruth Wienk
Assistant Professor of Sociology