Executive Director: Harlan R. Beckley, Ph.D.

Dr. Harlan R. Beckley is currently serving as SHECP’s interim Executive Director. Dr. Beckley received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Illinois and a Doctorate in Christian Theological Ethics from Vanderbilt University. Dr. Beckley taught in the Religion department at Washington and Lee University from 1974 to 1997. In 1997, Dr. Beckley helped to create and became the first Director of the Shepherd Program on Poverty and Human Capability. In 1999, Dr. Beckley was named the Fletcher Otey Thomas Professor of Religion and in 2002 he received the state of Virginia’s highest award for excellence in education, the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Award. He retired from the W&L and the Shepherd Program Faculty in 2014. Dr. Beckley served as Vice President and President of the Society of Christian Ethics from 1999-2001 and as Acting President of Washington and Lee University in 2005-06. He served as the founding director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty from 2012-2017. For these and other accomplishments, Dr. Beckley received an honorary doctorate from Washington and Lee University in 2018.

Academic Director: Stephanie Rolph

Stephanie Rolph is Associate Professor of History at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. A native of Mississippi, Stephanie received her Ph.D. from Mississippi State in 2009. In addition to her work with SHECP, she also serves as Director of Community Engaged Learning at Millsaps and offers college classes to women at the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility. Stephanie is an active scholar of the post-1945 American South. Her publications have appeared in The Right Side of the Sixties and the Journal of Southern History. Her first book, Resisting Equality: The Citizens’ Council, 1954-1989 will be available June 2018 from Louisiana State University Press. rolphsc@shepherdconsortium.org

Internship Director: Amy K. DeHart

Prior to joining SHECP in October 2014, Amy was Assistant Director for Conferences, Programs, and Marketing for the Virginia Military Institute – Center for Leadership and Ethics, 2009–2014. This position capped her 15 year association with conference and program development for the Institute. She previously served senior account executive for Kearns & West, Inc., a national public affairs consulting firm; assistant press secretary for a U.S. Presidential campaign (1988); and a press assistant for a Vice-Presidential Campaign (1984). In between, she raised two children and held a variety of interesting part-time jobs, including working for a start-up internet provider and taking photos for a weekly newspaper.  She and her husband and partner of more than 35 years, Morris Trimmer, live in Lexington, Virginia.  She earned her B.A. from Earlham College. dehartak@shepherdconsortium.org

Communications Director: Sam Kille

Sam Kille brings more than two decades of nonprofit communications and leadership experience to his role as Communications Director. He has secured coverage in print and broadcast outlets around the world, and has appeared on several national programs, including CNN American Morning, Wake Up With Al, MSNBC Live, FOX News Live, Katie CouricCBS Early Show, Celebrity Apprentice, Anderson Cooper Live, and Wall Street Journal Live. Before joining SHECP, Sam was the communications manager for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a grant-making organization that supports post-9/11 impacted veterans. Prior positions have included public affairs officer for Team Rubicon, a veteran-led disaster relief organization, and regional communications director for the American Red Cross in Greater New York. He began his professional career as an award-winning military journalist and public affairs specialist in the U.S. Marine Corps. sam.kille@shepherdconsortium.org

Work-study Students

Alex Woodward

Alex Woodward is a junior at W&L who plans on majoring in Global Politics and minoring in Poverty and Human Capabilities. She enjoys church and spending time with friends and family. Alex is also an avid fan of The Bachelor. In the future Alex plans on attending law school to become a human rights lawyer. She is looking forward to many more years working for SHECP.

Philemon Kinoti

Philemon Kinoti  is a senior international student from Nairobi, Kenya, majoring in Global Politics and minoring in Education Policy. He enjoys hanging out with friends, writing and playing pool. Besides SHECP, Philemon is a member of the Washingtonian Society and African Society. He has previously worked for the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Office of Student Affairs at Washington and Lee University. Philemon plans on pursuing a career in International Law.