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Dr. Nathaniel Dunlap, Jr. founded the PRF Teaching Ministry and serves as the Chairman of the Board and the Executive Director of the PRF Institute. Dunlap earned his Doctor of Ministry degree in Theories and Practices of Conflict Transformation from New York Theological Seminary. He also graduated from Virginia State University, (BIS–Administration of Justice), Columbus State University (MPA–Justice Administration), and Columbia Theological Seminary (MATS–Ethics). Dunlap is the published author of Don’t Leave Me Like This: Inspiration to Leave a Legacy and his leadership experience includes overseeing 100,000 students through the U.S. Army Personal Financial Management Course (Fort Benning, GA). As a wartime veteran, Dr. Dunlap served as an enlisted and commissioned officer on both active duty and in the Georgia Army National Guard.
Earl Martin Phalen was appointed as a Director of the PRF Teaching Ministry in 2017, after serving over two years on our Advisory Council. Director Phalen holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. He also is a graduate and accomplished collegiate athlete from Yale University (BA–Political Science). Mr. Phalen is the Founder/CEO of the George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academies (PLA), a nationally recognized network of 20 charter schools serving over 10,000 scholars in Indiana and around the country. As a proven educational leader, Phalen also founded Summer Advantage USA in 2009 and The B.E.L.L. Foundation (Building Educated Leaders for Life) Foundation in 1992.
- Shatara J. SherwoodDirectorShatara J. SherwoodDirector
Lieutenant Commander Shatara J. Sherwood was appointed as the Director of the PRF Teaching Ministry in 2015, after serving two years as a Host of the PRF Table radio show. Lieutenant Commander Sherwood graduated from Georgia College and State University (BS–Nursing) and Troy University (MS–Nursing). With more than 20 years of uniformed service to date, LCDR Sherwood served in the Air National Guard before her appointment to the U.S. Public Health Service as a commissioned officer. Her medical and compliance experience has been widely noted with the Department of Homeland Security, Indian Health Service, and U.S. Marshals.
Minister Adia H. Sanders was appointed as a Director of the PRF Teaching Ministry in 2015, after serving three years as a Host of the PRF Table radio show and volunteer. Director Sanders graduated from Livingstone College (BS–Political Science) and from Webster University (MA–Human Resources). She is also 2013 graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC). She is currently enrolled at Liberty University to obtain her MA in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her leadership experience includes almost 20 years of service to the U.S. Army, MAJ Sanders serves as the Commander, El Paso Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS), El Paso, TX. Sanders is also a 2-time wartime veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Cathy D. DunlapBoard SecretaryCathy D. DunlapBoard Secretary
Cathy D. Dunlap has served the PRF Teaching Ministry since 2008 and serves as the Board Secretary. Secretary Dunlap graduated from Auburn University (BS–Mathematics) and later from Troy University (BS–Psychology). She has over 30 years of experience in the legal profession specializing in wills, probate and estate planning. She currently serves as the Supervisor for the United States Bankruptcy Court, overseeing daily operations for filing, managing and general administration of over 100 bankruptcy cases filed daily in the Middle District of Georgia. She previously worked as the Chief of Staff for a for United States Congressman and has held numerous non-profit leadership positions.
- Sa'eed Abdul-KhabeerBurlington, NJSa'eed Abdul-KhabeerBurlington, NJ
Sa'eed Abdul-Khabeer was appointed to the Advisory Council in 2017, after serving two years as a founding board member of the PRF Teaching Ministry in 2015. As the owner of Abdul-Khabeer Insurance Agency LLC, he assists individuals, families, and businesses to acquire the financial resources for their goals and dreams. His 25+ years of experience in the for-profit and non-profit sectors include small business consulting, community development, and entrepreneurial endeavors, and program administration. Abdul-Khabeer’s academic career includes teaching the mathematics series at various colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Sa’eed graduated from Temple University (BS–Business Education), the University of Phoenix (MBA with a Public Administration concentration), and Drexel University (MS–Higher Education).
- Hunter Biggers, IIIGrovetown, GAHunter Biggers, IIIGrovetown, GA
1SG (Ret.) Hunter Biggers, III, a native of Columbus, GA, served most of his career in the U.S. Army in the field of information technology, where he gained extensive computer experience with Help Desk Operations. 1SG (Ret.) Biggers retired after 24 years of dedicated service after multiple assignments as a First Sergeant, where he led soldiers throughout the world, to include during combat tours. Advisor Biggers graduated from the University of Management and Technology (BS–Science and Information Technology) and has earned Microsoft and Computing Technology Industry Association (ComTIA) certifications.
- Jerri R. CarrollColumbus, GAJerri R. CarrollColumbus, GA
Jerri R. Carroll serves as the Campus Registrar and Disability Services Coordinator for Troy University’s Phenix City Campus in Phenix City, AL. She has nearly 20 years of higher education experience spanning the areas of records management, admissions, advising, student conduct and general student services related functions. She is also an adjunct instructor with the university. Prior to joining TROY, she worked in the areas of human resources, insurance, and other service-related industries. Advisor Carroll graduated from Western Kentucky University (BA–Corporate and Organizational Communication), Troy University (MS–Human Resource Management), and is near completion of a Ph.D. in Adult Education at Auburn University.
- Darold CarsonMontgomery, ALDarold CarsonMontgomery, AL
Major Darold Carson, a native of Tuskegee, AL, currently serves as the Director of Soldier Family Support Division for over 18,000 soldiers and their families within the Alabama National Guard. He began his military career in the U.S. Air Force as an enlisted Aerospace Maintenance Technician before joining the NG to become an Aviator Officer. This accomplished aviator of the OH-58D "Kiowa Warrior" and the UH-60 "Blackhawk" aircrafts has held numerous leadership positions to include Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Advisor Carson graduated from Troy University (BS–Marketing Management and Research; MS–Human Resources Management).
- Brian CopelandHuntersville, NCBrian CopelandHuntersville, NC
Reverend Brian Copeland is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) where he currently serves Ramah Presbyterian Church in Huntersville, NC. A theologian and pastor at heart, he has served churches throughout Georgia and Alabama. Rev. Copeland graduated from Winthrop University (BA– Philosophy and Theology) and Columbia Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity). Advisor Copeland has offered his leadership to the Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis International, Boy Scouts of America as a Chaplain, the NAACP, local soup kitchens, and various other communities.
- Van JacksonOpelika, ALVan JacksonOpelika, AL
Captain (Ret.) Van Jackson began his career in law enforcement as a correctional officer with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office (Alabama). He served 25 years of his 29 years in the Investigations Division, including 15 years in command as the Chief Investigator at the time of his retirement. Mr. Jackson graduated from Troy University (BS–Criminal Justice; MS in Education with a Criminal Justice concentration), where he also serves as an adjunct instructor of Criminal Justice. He also graduated from the Selma Police Academy, U.S. Air Force Police Academy, and the 212th session of the FBI National Academy. Advisor Jackson plans to continue serving and protecting his community by helping to bridge the gap between officers on the street and its citizens through teaching biblical principles.