Project Description

Shann Ray Ferch, PhD., Jiying (Jenny) Song, PhD., Alan Carter, Sr., and Chad Hartnell, PhD.

Scholar, poet and prose writer Shann Ray Ferch, PhD. teaches leadership and forgiveness studies in the internationally recognized PhD program at Gonzaga University. His books include Forgiveness and Power in the Age of Atrocity: Servant-Leadership as a Way of Life, five co-edited volumes on servant-leadership, including Conversations on Servant Leadership, and Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness, the novel American Copper, winner of the Foreword Readers’ Choice Award, the story collection American Masculine, named a “3 Books Every Man Should Read” selection by Esquire and winner of the American Book Award, and Balefire, winner of the High Plains Book Award for poetry.

After earning her Master of Engineering in China and working in the field of IT for 14 years, Jiying (Jenny) Song came to the United States to obtain a Master of Divinity from George Fox University and a PhD. in Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University. She taught at George Fox University and worked as a data analyst for the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE project. Presently, Dr. Song is an Assistant Professor of Business and Economics at Northwestern College, Associate Editor for The International Journal of Servant-Leadership, and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Alan Carter, Sr. is a serial entrepreneur with over four decades of venture creation experience in divergent market segments, including retail building materials, radio broadcasting, international franchising of network messaging technology, and K-12 educational services. He is currently a candidate for his PhD. in Ethical and Creative Leadership at Union Institute & University. Mr. Carter and his wife, Eve, live in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and are owned by two charmingly persistent cats.

Chad Hartnell, PhD. is an Assistant Professor in the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University. He studies elements of the social context and their influence on organizational, team, and individual effectiveness. In particular, Dr. Hartnell researches leadership, organizational culture, and the interplay between them.