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Meet the Team:
Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services, and Assistant Teaching Professor in Intercultural Theological Education
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Shonda has worked in theological education for nearly 20 years and has served in multiple leadership roles. As a visionary higher education administrator, she has an established track record of providing strategic leadership at academic institutions, establishing best practices in recruitment and admissions, promoting diversity and inclusion, engaging student learning through teaching and co-curricular programming, and grant writing leading to substantial funds. Her dissertation, Graduate Theology School Choice: An Examination of Racial/Ethnic Minority Master of Divinity Students, looked closely at how the school choice process unfolded for racial/ethnic students enrolled in an MDiv program by listening to the individual narratives of these students and their habitus. Shonda's scholarly interests include the intersection of theological school choice and race, and her focus broadly examines intercultural practices that promote communal thriving with and among faith leaders and faith communities. She teaches in the area of intercultural competency for ministry. Shonda is a ordained elder in The United Methodist Church (North Texas Annual Conference), certified administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), and trainer for intercultural communication. Read more.
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Strategic Communications
Mark values the implementation of spaces and conversations that enliven individual's visions and expectations for positive change. A native of a small rural town in Eastern North Carolina, he studied religion at Campbell University and proceeded to earn his M.Div with a concentration in formation and witness from Emory University's Candler School of Theology. Originally imagining a call to parish ministry, during seminary he found himself energized while engaging in respectful, meaning-seeking conversations with students interested in theological education as they sought to imagine how they were uniquely gifted to create positive change in the world. At the School of Divinity, Mark provides strategic leadership in enrollment management, admissions technology, communications and marketing, learner-centered space planning, and creative design. He has worked in admissions for over a decade, previously serving on the admissions staff at Candler School of Theology, as well as having worked in congregational ministry in North Carolina and Georgia, prison chaplaincy, and human resources and finance for a global semiconductor service company. Mark also teaches online religion courses at Campbell and regularly preaches at congregations across North Carolina. He is an avid kayaker, small-scale farmer, aspiring home chef, and father of two.
Raised on an apple farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Rayce hails from a rich Appalachian religious culture that emphasizes the importance of one’s personal narrative in the collective makeup of a community’s mosaic identity. Prior to serving in his role at the School of Divinity, Rayce has worked as an Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Admissions at Wake Forest University, as the Director of Youth Ministry at Green Street United Methodist Church, and as the Director of North Star LGBTQ Community Center in Winston-Salem. He studied Education at Emory & Henry College where he graduated with honors in 2013 prior to earning his M.Div at Wake Forest University School of Divinity in 2016. In addition to his work at Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Rayce also serves on the Board of Directors of North Star LGBTQ Community Center and sits on the Operating Cabinet of the Continuum of Care for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Rayce is quite possibly the biggest Dolly Parton fan you will ever meet, an avid hiker, and loves to travel anywhere with his beautiful pup named Dolly.
Admissions Office Manager
Mary Ellen is originally from Wilmington, N.C. and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has extensive experience in office administration and management. At the School of Divinity she manages day-to-day operations for the admissions office, community life, and the work-study program. She has two children.
Associate Director of Financial Aid
Tom is a graduate of Appalachian State University and Wake Forest University. After graduate school, Tom transitioned straight into the financial aid office as a financial aid counselor and over the past 11 years increased job responsibilities to become an Assistant and now Associate Director. Tom is currently responsible for need-analysis, packaging, and counseling for approximately 20% of Wake Forest's undergraduate population; serving on the Appeals Committee to review all special circumstances to ensure students's demonstrated financial need is fully met; awarding all athletic aid and maintaining NCAA compliance for Division I athletics program; administering federal and institutional aid for the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Divinity; leading financial literacy programming and training; and serving as the liaison to the First Generation Scholars program and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Tom is passionate about providing access and information about financial aid to students and their families. He is married to Rebecca and they have two dogs with various rabbits, deer, and squirrels living off the backyard vegetable garden at their home.
Financial Aid Counselor
Lauren has worked with Student Financial Aid at Wake Forest University for four years and has been working in financial aid field for nearly a decade. At Wake Forest, the majority of her time is spent working with the divinity and graduate school populations. She assists in the awarding of both institutional and federal funding, as well as meeting with each cohort of divinity students to provide counseling sessions on loan debt and other topics related to financial well-being.
Director of Leadership Development and Spiritual Life
Chris teaches in the discipline of spirituality with a particular emphasis on the role of spirituality and spiritual practices in the formation of healthy, faithful, religious leaders. His scholarly interests include the intersection of the Enneagram and spiritual practices, reflected in his dissertation, Exploring Effects of the Intersection of the Enneagram and Spiritual Practices upon the Spiritual Lives of Divinity Students. Chris is an ordained minister, spiritual director, teacher of the Enneagram in the Narrative Tradition, labyrinth facilitator, and InterPlay leader.
Academic Skills Instructor and Program Associate for Community and Lifelong Learning
Hilary graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in Economics in 2006. She then spent a year in Chicago participating in an urban ministry program before coming to the School of Divinity as an MDiv student. She graduated in 2010, where her primary interest was New Testament studies. She taught religion courses at Forsyth Technical Community College and worked as a Children and Youth Minister at Shallowford Presbyterian Church for four years. Hilary is available to help students with a variety of academic questions and concerns, including effective reading strategies, writing skills, research questions, time management coaching, and much more. She also offers workshops each semester focused on these topics. In addition to academic coaching, Hilary helps coordinate community and lifelong learning events for the school.