Karen Kennedy Schultz is the Director & Professor of the Center for Public Service and Scholarship at Shenandoah University. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary, her MBA from Shenandoah University, and her Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. She has received the Teacher of the Year award, university-wide, and Teacher of the Year from the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy and from the Student Government Association and the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. She serves on the Virginia Governor’s Board for Service and Volunteerism and numerous other service boards and committees. Public service, education, and students are her passion.
Anne Lewis has worked in local government for fifteen years and currently serves as the Assistant City Manager for Harrisonburg, Virginia. She obtained her Master and Bachelor degrees from Shenandoah University. She has also completed the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) and Leading, Educating, and Developing (LEAD) Certificate from the University of Virginia – Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service. She is an International City/County Management Association Credentialed City Manager. Anne serves on the Virginia Local Government Management Association (VLGMA) Executive Committee and the Shenandoah University Alumni Board. Anne is married with one daughter who attends Radford University.
Sharen Gromling serves as the Executive Director of Our Health, Inc., an area non-profit dedicated to improving the health of our community. Her specific responsibilities include managing the 70,000 square foot Kendall Community Campus buildings and grounds which includes office space for twenty area non-profits; writing and administering grants for our non-profit partners; training and technical assistance; and connecting volunteers through our Volunteer Action Center. She was responsible for starting the Our Health’s Healthy Living and Farmers’ Market Events on the campus in 2011. She also serves as a lecturer and trainer in human resource management for Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions. She obtained her bachelors and masters degrees in Psychology from the University of Richmond. Her passion is training and she is delighted to be a part of this year’s Leadership by Design Summer Program.
Adrienne Bloss, Ph. D., is Shenandoah University’s Vice President for Academic Affairs. She received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1983 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in Computer Science in 1989. From 1988 to 1991 she served as assistant professor of computer science at Virginia Tech, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses and maintained a research focus in the efficient implementation of functional programming languages. In 1991, she left Virginia Tech to join the faculty at Roanoke College, where she developed an enduring appreciation for the liberal arts. She has published and presented in both computer science and higher education, has been active in the Association of American Colleges and Universities, and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies. In 2006, Bloss completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University. In 2010-2011, she was a Fellow with the American Council on Education, during which her host institution was Shenandoah University.
Bernard (Bernie) Lewis recently retired from thirty-five years of private practice in Winchester as a clinical and forensic psychologist. He has consulted over the years with various agencies on ethical policies and procedures and was a member of the ethics committee of the Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Washington and Lee University and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Virginia. He is the author of Local Heroes: Winchester, Virginia 2000-2010, an examination of the lives and leadership styles of seventeen community leaders.