The Faculty of Davidson Centre for the Professions is comprised of experienced experts in the fields of pastoral and clinical counseling, spiritual direction, professional coaching, and physical, nutritional, and financial wellness. They have a deep passion for their areas of expertise, and value the opportunity to work with participants in this unique program structure. They are drawn from a wide regional area, and represent the best in their professions.

Consultants, Counselors, & Professional Coaches

Cindi Ackrill, MD

  • Member and former Board Member, International Society of Neurofeedback and Research
  • Fellow, American Institute of Stress
  • Wellcoaches, Certified Wellness Coach
  • Advanced Executive and Peak Performance Coach Training
  • BS Duke University
  • MD University of Maryland School of Medicine

John V. Arey, Jr., DMin

  • North Carolina Fee-based Practicing Pastoral Counselor
  • Former Executive Director, Sanctuary Counseling Group
  • Fellow, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Diplomate, American Psychology Association
  • Retired Elder, Western North Carolina Annual Conference, UMC
  • Certified Eriksonian Hypnotherapist, Certified in EMDR
  • BA, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
  • MDiv, Duke Divinity School
  • DMin, Southern Methodist University

Claudia Barnes, MA, ACC

  • Claudia Barnes, LLC, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Coach International Coaching Federation (ACC)
  • Coach U International Graduate
  • Duke Integrative Health Coach Training
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC)
  • BA Business Administration, Georgia State University
  • Counseling degree, Gordon Conwell

Cate Buckner, LCSW

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • University Psychological Associates, Charlotte, NC
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
  • MCSW, Michigan State University
  • BA Psychology and Religion, Kalamazoo College

Alix Felsing, MSOD

  • Executive Coach Certification, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Teacher, Business Communication, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Certified in WorkPlace Big Five personality profile, DISC
  • Expertise in resilience, career derailment, journaling
  • BA Journalism, Michigan State University
  • MS Organizational Development, Queens University of Charlotte

Tim Hagler, LCHMC NCC

  • One:12 Counseling, Charlotte
  • South Carolina LPC-1
  • Former Field Missionary Director, Honduras
  • Spanish Language School
  • BS Wingate University
  • Masters in Sacred Literature, Trinity College and Seminary
  • MACC Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

Eddie Ingram, MDiv, MSW, LCSW

  • Pastoral Psychotherapist/Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Spirit Song Counseling Group
  • Spiritual Director
  • Ordained Elder, Western North Carolina Conference, United Methodist Church
  • BS from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
  • MDiv from Candler School of Theology, Emory University
  • MSW from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC

Polly Kimmel, CFP

  • Certified Financial Planner

Mary Perkins Kinken, DMin

  • Perk of Art Wellness, LLC
  • North Carolina Fee-Based Practicing Pastoral Counselor
  • Eagala Certified Equine Specialist
  • BS Centre College of Kentucky
  • MDiv Duke Divinity School
  • DMin Graduate Theological Foundation

Mary G. Langhorne CFP

  • MGL Financial LLC
  • Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI)
  • Certified Financial Planner Certificate
  • Member Financial Planning Association, National Association of Tax Professionals
  • Board Certified fee only Certified Financial Planner
  • BA University of Connecticut
  • Masters Certificate in Project Management George Washington University

William Mills, MDiv, MTh, PhD

  • Graduate Coaching Program Vibrant Faith Coaching, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Ordained Priest, Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Stephen Minister/Leader
  • BA Millersville University (History)
  • MDiv/MTh, St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary
  • PhD, Union Institute & University (Pastoral Theology)
  • Author

Tom H. O’Neal, MDiv

  • Diplomate, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, Retired
  • Former Clinical Director, Davidson Clergy Center
  • BA Furman University
  • MA Wake Forest University
  • MDiv Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Cynthia Pierce, MS, LPC

  • Former Director, CareNet Counseling of Statesville and Lake Norman
  • Licensed LPC, North Carolina
  • Member, American Association of Pastoral Counselors
  • MS Loyola University, Pastoral Counseling
  • Wesley Theological Seminary, Graduate Theological Studies

Monica Corbitt Rivers PhD

  • North Carolina Licensed Psychologist
  • Feedback and Leadership Coach, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
  • Coach Core Essentials Program (CEP)
  • Member, International Coaching Federation
  • BA Spelman College
  • PhD Vanderbilt University

Louis B. Reed, DMin

  • North Carolina Certified Pastoral Counselor
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
  • BA Texas Wesleyan University
  • MDiv Southern Methodist University
  • DMin Emory University

Joseph Seymour DMin

  • Certified Enneagram Instructor
  • Retired United Methodist Minister
  • Former Chair of the Order of Elders
  • Author/Retreat Leader
  • BA Greensboro College
  • MDiv Duke Divinity School
  • DMin Graduate Theological Foundation (Spiritual Direction)

Steve Scoggin, MDiv, PsyD, LCMHC

  • Interim Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice-President of Behavioral Health, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • Licensed Professional Counselor, North Carolina and Virginia
  • Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association
  • Coach Core Essentials Program (CEP)
  • BA University of Oklahoma
  • MDiv Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • PsyD Graduate Theological Foundation

Suzanne Schilling, PCC, ELI-MP

  • Suzanne Schilling Coaching, LLC
  • Member International Coaching Federation (PCC)
  • iPEC Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
  • Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
  • Core Dynamics focus on Transition and Well-Being
  • BS Business, San Jose State University
  • Certification in Process Management, UNC, Charlotte, NC

Katherine Sherrill, MA, LCMHCA, MT-BC

  • Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
  • Board Certified Music Therapist
  • Pastoral Psychotherapist at Sanctuary Counseling Group
  • Provisional Deacon, Western North Carolina Conference, UMC
  • Advanced Certificate in Self Psychology and Religion
  • Trained in Brainspotting
  • MA Pastoral Care and Counseling, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Sem.
  • BM Music Therapy, Appalachian State University

Leesa Sluder, MA

  • Founder and President, Triple Bottom Line Consulting LLC
  • Financial Advisor, Earth Equity Advisors
  • Coach Certification, NC State University, Business Coach Institute
  • Health Coach, Duke Divinity School Clergy Health Initiative
  • BS University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • MA Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • Former Interim Director, Davidson Clergy Center

Katie M. Stankiewicz, CPC, Eli-MP

  • Willow Equine, Inc.
  • Advanced Certified Eagala Equine Specialist
  • Sacred Money Archetypes Certified Coach
  • 48 Hr Business Breakthru Certified Coach & Trainer
  • iPEC Certified Professional Coach (CPC)
  • Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner (ELI-MP)
  • Certified Professional Coach, International Coaches Federation
  • Reiki 2 Practitioner

Spiritual Directors

Linda Beauregard, SFO

  • Member, Spiritual Directors International
  • Certificate in Spirituality from Loyola, New Orleans
  • Former Administrator, Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church, Charlotte
  • Roman Catholic
  • Contemplative Healing Touch, Contemplative Spiritual Direction

Don Carroll, MPhil, MFA, JD

  • Former Director, North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Professional Coach and Certified Strozzi Somatic Coach
  • Enneagram Specialist
  • Society of Friends (Quaker), United Methodist

Clarence Fox, MRel

  • Graduate Shalem Institute
  • Member, Spiritual Directors International
  • MA Pastoral Studies, Loyola University
  • Episcopalian

Dianne Lawhorn, MDiv

  • Graduate, Shalem Institute
  • Certified Stephen Ministry Leader
  • Certified Prepare-Enrich Counselor
  • Ordained Elder, United Methodist Church
  • MDiv Asbury Theological Seminary
  • Associate Pastor of Education and Family, Davidson United Methodist Church

Jan E. Lorah

  • Certificate of Spiritual Direction, Haden Institute
  • Member, Spiritual Directors International
  • Ordained Elder, Presbyterian Church USA
  • BA University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Certificate of Theological Studies, Virginia Theological Seminary
  • Musician

Jane McAlister Pope

  • Graduate, Shalem Institute
  • Retreat Leader, musician
  • Editor and Writer,  Retired, The Charlotte Observer
  • Episcopalian

Jody Seymour, DMin

  • Certified Enneagram Instructor
  • Retired United Methodist Pastor
  • Former Chair of the Order of Elders
  • Retreat leader, Author

Barbara Thiede, PhD

  • Ordained Rabbi
  • Member, Spiritual Directors International
  • MA University of Missouri, Columbia
  • PhD University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Columnist

Fitness Trainers & Nutritionists

Stephanie Byers, CPT

  • Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise
  • Foundations of Strength and Conditioning Instructor
  • YMCA Health Coach
  • Fitness Specialist, YMCA
  • BS Stockton State College

Travis Chilcot

  • Owner, Nutrition Healthworks
  • Sports Nutrition Certification
  • Former ACE Personal Trainer Certification
  • Nutrition and Meal Planning Consultant
  • BS Western North Carolina University, Nutrition and Dietetics

Sandy Hindi, MDA, RD, LDN

  • Nutrition Healthworks
  • Licensed and Registered Dietitian
  • Masters in Dietetic Administration
  • Weight Management, Healthy and Sustainable Nutrition Habits
  • BS San Diego State University
  • Masters Utah State University

Sondra Tackett, Registered Dietician

  • Nutrition Healthworks
  • Supermarket Dietician
  • Healthy and sustainable nutrition habits
  • Masters, Brooklyn College

Mary Kennedy

  • Co-Owner Melting Point Hot Yoga, Huntersville, NC
  • 200 Yoga Teacher Training Carolina Yoga
  • 500 Yoga Teacher Training Urban Bliss
  • Business Administration Loyola Marymount, CA

The Fitness Team at the Lake Norman YMCA

21300 Davidson St
Cornelius, NC 28031

Administration & Development

George W. Jacobs

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  • Co-Founder and President, Davidson Centre for the Professions
  • Ordained Presbyterian Minister
  • Co-Director, Fund for Professional Excellence at The Foundation for the Carolinas
  • BA Centre College of Kentucky
  • MDiv Princeton Theological Seminary
  • PhD (ABD) University of South Carolina

Gordon R. Jacobs

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  • Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Davidson Centre for the Professions
  • Chair, Professional Renewal Initiative
  • BA Centre College of Kentucky