Faculty & Staff

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Faculty

Dodd Galbreath

Assistant Professor

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615.966.1774 (ext. 1774)

Phyllis Hildreth

Associate Professor

Phyllis Hildreth joined the Institute for Conflict Management in May 2010 and now serves as Academic Director and Adjunct Professor, as well as Adjunct Professor for Lipscomb’s Institute for Law, Justice & Society. Her experience includes serving as a Chief Counsel in the Office of the Public Defender for the...

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615.966.5695 (ext. 5695)

Steve Joiner

Dean, College of Leadership and Public Service
Director, Institute for Conflict Management

Steve Joiner is the Dean of the College of Leadership & Public Service and also Managing Director of the Institute for Conflict Management. He is a professor in areas of systems design, negotiation, conflict in religious settings, and leadership. Joiner has extensive experience conducting management and staff trainings, courses, and...

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615.966.7141 (ext. 7141)

Emily Jones

Academic Director for the Institute for Sustainable Practice
Assistant Professor of Sustainable Practice

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615.966.5076 (ext. 5076)

Kristine LaLonde

Associate Dean, College of Leadership and Public Service
Academic Director, School of Public Policy
Professor of Leadership and Public Service

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615.966.6692 (ext. 6692)

Matt Milligan

Academic Director, Institute for Conflict Management
Assistant Professor of Conflict Management

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615.966.2502 (ext. 2502)

Linda Schacht

Associate Professor
Strategic Advisor to the Dean

For over thirty years Schacht has advised government, business, and non-profit leaders on communication and strategy. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she has held the top communication positions for a national Presidential campaign, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee....

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615.966.1341 (ext. 1341)

Randy Spivey

Academic Director, Law Justice and Society

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615.966.2503 (ext. 2503)

Michelle Steele

Academic Director, Leadership and Public Service
Co-Director, Andrews Institute
Associate Professor

Academic Director at the institute is Michelle D. Steele. With more than 15 years experience working with governmental agencies, Steele served as director of Nashville’s Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods for four years during the Purcell administration, is a former case manager for the Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency, and most recently,...

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615.966.5181 (ext. 5181)

Staff

Cathy Cate

Executive Director, Leadership Tennessee

Cathy Cate serves as the institute's Director of Community Leadership programs and the Executive Director of Leadership Tennessee, the only statewide leadership education program in Tennessee. She served as Executive Director of Leadership Blount County for six years and has worked with higher education and corporate groups for more than...

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615.966.5196 (ext. 5196)

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Program Manager

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615.966.7140 (ext. 7140)

Sonya Hairston

Director of Corporate, Community, and Alumni Relations

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615.966.1344 (ext. 1344)

Kells Johnson

Director of Marketing and Communications

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615.966.7226 (ext. 7226)

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Community Engagement Manager

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Program Coordinator

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)

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Director of ICM Events, Partnerships, Alumni and Rule 31

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615.966.5085 (ext. 5085)

Kate Stone

Director of Engagement for Leadership Tennessee

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615.966.5197 (ext. 5197)

Adjunct Faculty

Tracy Allen

Adjunct Faculty

Tracy Allen is an international professional mediator, arbitrator and ADR trainer. As a litigator and business tax attorney for many years, she now specializes in conflict resolution and ADR. Allen acts as a neutral service provider in other ADR areas such as early neutral evaluation, summary jury trials, special master,...

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Adjunct Faculty

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Larry Bridgesmith

Adjunct Faculty

Larry Bridgesmith serves as a Senior Fellow and associate professor at the Institute for Conflict Management at Lipscomb University. He is the President of Creative Collaborations LLC a consulting and training organization. He is also Of counsel with Miller & Martin, PLLC. In these roles, Bridgesmith brings over 30 years...

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Brandon Craft

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)

Janice Dyer

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)

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Adjunct Faculty LJS

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Adjunct Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)

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Adjunct Faculty

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Adjunct Faculty

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Beth Morrow

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.2502 (ext. 2502)

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Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.7140 (ext. 7140)

Giuliano Scarsi

Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)

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Adjunct Faculty ICM

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Adjunct Faculty

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615.966.1771 (ext. 1771)