Center for Organizational Leadership

Meet the Team

At the heart of the center is a dedicated team of professionals. Drawing upon extensive experience and academic training, the center’s team of faculty and staff are proven and reliable guides for those seeking personal and professional growth. Building upon the expertise of each member of the team, each course is designed by scholar practitioners to help prepare students to anticipate and address real world challenges. Although the pursuit of a graduate degree is a highly personal experience, with the support of our faculty and fellow students, it is not a journey you will take alone.

Andrea Bishop, Ph.D.
Academic Director

Dr. Andrea Bishop provides leadership over the academic offerings of the Center and also teaches LEAD 6102, Organizational Communications. She is an eager and energetic force focused on building this exciting new academic program and establishing standards of academic excellence for the students of the Center. She brings a wealth of experience as both an educator and administrator. See More

Prior to her appointment with the Center for Organizational Leadership, Dr. Bishop served as the coordinator of virtual learning for UofM Global, the online arm of the University of Memphis. In that role, she helped create and administer the Prep Academy, a unique online bridge program designed to better prepare students for the academic rigor of higher education.

Dr. Bishop earned her doctorate in writing, rhetoric and technical communication from the University of Memphis. With more than a decade in higher education, she has taught students at all academic levels, designed curriculum for both online and on-ground courses, and developed programmatic assessments for writing programs. She believes that better communication leads to better teaching and learning.

A confessed word nerd and lifelong learner, Dr. Bishop is passionate about teaching and loves interacting with and learning from her students and fellow faculty. Her research interests focus on voice and agency in student writing.

A native of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Bishop received a BA in English and a MSED from Harding University before beginning her doctoral work at the University of Memphis. Bishop resides in Bartlett, Tennessee, with her husband of 24 years, Mike. They have one son currently studying integrated marketing communications at Harding, and another son in high school.

Nathan Mellor, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Dr. Nathan Mellor is the executive director of the Harding University Center for Organizational Leadership and CEO of Strata Leadership, LLC. A two-time TEDx speaker, author and executive coach, he has provided more than 3,000 coaching sessions for executives throughout the United States. He also teaches LEAD 6101, Personal Leadership Development, in our MAOL program. See More

Dr. Mellor holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Harding University and a Master of Dispute Resolution and Doctorate of Education from Pepperdine University. He has also pursued post-graduate and executive education through the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody Professional Institute and the College of Executive Coaching.

Dr. Mellor has provided leadership development services to hundreds of nonprofits, governmental agencies, companies, churches and educational institutions. A sampling of organizations he has served includes: AAR Corporation, Agility Medical Group, American Airlines, ArcBest Corporation, Bank of Oklahoma, Bob Moore Auto Group, California State University System, CoorsTek, Cytovance Biologics, Federal Drug Administration, Idemitsu, Immediate Care, Insurica, Kimray, Locke Supply, MidFirst Bank, Mississippi Department of Human Services, National Christian School Association, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Oklahoma Health Care Authority, Paycom, REI Oklahoma, SandRidge Energy, Sonic, TriCorps Security, Warren CAT, WPX Energy and the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Dr. Mellor has taught part-time or full-time since 1997. Prior to joining Harding in 2021, he taught at Baker College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Pepperdine University and York College. He has been a guest presenter at institutions including: Emporia State University, East Central State University, Oklahoma Baptist University, Oklahoma Christian University, Oklahoma State University, Pepperdine University, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, WPX Energy, Yale University and York College.

His background in higher education administration includes serving as assistant director and co-founder of the Mitchell Center for Leadership and Ministry at Harding, assistant director of Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. He also served as the vice president of community engagement and advisor to the president at Oklahoma Christian University.

In pursuit of educational, humanitarian and religious interests, Nathan has studied or taught in Australia, Belize, China, England, Guyana, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Russia and Rwanda. He is passionate about developing future leaders and is the co-founder of the Presidential Leadership Institute, hosted on the campus of York College, in collaboration with the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum. He is the former chairperson of the Oklahoma Ethics Consortium and received the Executive Pilot award in 2018.

Mellor met his wife, Christie, at Harding, and the two were married in 1997. They have two daughters, Annalise and Arden. He and Christie are fans of the national parks and enjoy visiting them whenever possible.

Kinsey Marshall
Admissions Advisor

Kinsey is a 2016 graduate of Harding University and has a diverse and fascinating background. Kinsey grew up in Juneau, Alaska, but she decided on Searcy, Arkansas, for her college town and left Alaska for the lower 48 in 2013. After graduation, she went to work for Walt Disney World as a VIP Tour Guide. Her three years with the Disney brand allowed her to polish her skills in sales, hospitality, program management, branding, and event planning. See More

Her Alaskan upbringing eventually prompted her away from the perpetual heat of Orlando, Florida, and sent her back to Searcy where she could at least enjoy some distinct seasonal weather while also working for her alma mater. Kinsey spent two years working for the Harding University Undergraduate Admissions office, helping high school seniors through their admissions process. These experiences helped Kinsey grow in her sales background and realize her love for helping others reach their fullest potential.

As our team’s admission expert, Kinsey brings a wealth of knowledge and a warm, sunny personality to everything she does. Kinsey is also a student in our MAOL program, so she truly has firsthand knowledge when she speaks about what we do.

Kinsey loves to travel and lists her favorite destinations as New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, and of course, any Disney location.

Advisory Council

Through the advisory council, experienced professionals from throughout the United States and beyond provide insights regarding the future of organizational leadership. The council meets on an annual basis, freely sharing their unique personal and professional experiences for the purpose of advancing the field of organizational leadership. In addition to helping ensure the Center’s course content is relevant and applicable, members of the advisory council lend credibility by helping connect the Center to a larger audience of practitioners.

Scott Balentine, MBA, PMP
Manager, Project Management Office
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
Memphis, TN

Thaddeus Bartlett, M.S.
Associate Curriculum Director
Pro-Active Performance
Atlanta, GA

Fila Bertrand, Ph.D.
Senior Manager of Professional Services, PMO
PDI Software
Tampa, FL

Jeremy Bohnett
Director of Sales
Plano, TX.

Lance Boyd, M.S.
Merit Health Natchez
Natchez, MS

Creston Burse, DSL
Chief Information Security Officer
Jackson, MS

Joy Carter
Senior Manager, CI & Strategy
Tyson Foods
Springdale, AR

Christy Cate, M.Ed., MSE, MFT
Digital Innovation Consultant
Region 14 Education Service Center
Abilene, TX

Sheryl Chesnutt
Boys & Girls Club of Rutherford County
Murfreesboro, TN

Bryan Clifton, MSOD
Founder and CEO
Myriad Insight
Edmond, OK

Keith Cronk, M.Litt.
Senior VP of HU Online
Associate Professor of Business
Harding University
Searcy, AR

Reet Cronk, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of HU Online
Professor of Business
Harding University
Searcy, AR

Wade Coggins, J.D., MBA
Director of Talent Management
Fort Smith, AR

Jennifer Cooper
Director of HR
Administrative Concepts Inc. (ACI)
Philadelphia, PA

Nathan Copeland, Ed.D.
VP of Operations
Wiggins Incorporated
Montgomery, AL

Michael Crouch, Ph.D.
Grad. Research & Teaching Assistant
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN

Drew Custer, M.Div.
Instructional Designer
Arkansas Federal Credit Union
Jacksonville, AR

Carter Davis, MBA
Head of Global Loyalty Partnerships
Expedia, Inc.
North Richland Hills, TX

Mary Ann Duncan, Ed.D.
EVP of School Operations
Lewisville, TX

Mark Erwin, J.D.
Chief Clerk
Mobile County Probate Court
Mobile, AL

Allen Frazier, Ph.D.
Dean, Professor of Business
Harding University
Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration
Searcy, AR

Keri Forney
Talent Business Partner
Career Consulting, Coaching and Connections
Cincinnati, Ohio

Chad Gardner
Benefit Concepts of Arkansas
Maumelle, AR

Shad Glass, MBA
Executive Vice President
Kimray Inc.
Oklahoma City, OK

Susan Hainzinger, PHR, sSHRBP
Senior Human Capital Consultant
Hogan Taylor, LLP
Tulsa, OK

Stacey Lewis, MBA
AVP, Sr. Credit Analyst
Vision Bank
Ada, OK

Joe McClary, Ed.S., CAE, CPTD
Executive Director
National Business Education Association
Reston, VA

Scott Mueller, M.S.
SVP, Organizational Development
MidFirst Bank
Oklahoma City, OK

Ron Nelson, M.S.
Custom Home Account Executive ADT
New York City, NY

Cassie Niemann, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Talent & Org. Dev. Manager
Oklahoma City, OK

Eli Perkins, Ph.D.
Director of Sales & Business Development
Nashville, TN

Bret Raymond, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
The Pack Shack
Rogers, AR

Penny Reed
Dental Coaching Institute
Charlotte, NC

Raymond Richardson, M.S.
Senior Human Resource Manager
553rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion
Fort Hood, TX

Andrea Roten, MSE
Sr. Partner, Family Recruiting and Experience
Walton Enterprises
Bentonville, AR

Liliana Sánchez Iglesias, M.E.
Founder & Consultant
MarketAble Trade & Development
Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Starla Sharpe
Manager of Learning and Development
Planet Home Lending, LLC
Irving, TX

Philip Shero, Ph.D.
MasterMinds Leadership
Fort Worth, TX

Ryan Sorrell, MFT
VP Population Health and Health Plans Network Management
Christus Health
Irving, TX

Tama Williamson
President and CEO
TriggerPoint Media
Austin, TX

Tanya Young Stump
Head of Training & Talent Development
Global B2C Sales at Wayfair
Portland, OR

Rachel Tirhi, M.S., J.D.
VP of Operations & Compliance
People Performance Resources, LLC
Fort Worth, TX

Eryn Tribble, M.A.
Director of Program Evaluation
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services
Norman, OK

Lauryn Turner
Chief of Staff
USA Gymnastics
Indianapolis, IN

Jo Umberger
Umberger Development Partners
Dallas, TX

Heather Wells, Ed.D.
CEO/Executive Director
Brain Balance Centers of Katy, Mansfield, Southlake and The Woodlands
Katy, TX

Ed Young
Oklahoma City, OK

Steve Young, MBA
Coach & Development Specialist
Scottsdale, AZ

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The Center for Organizational Leadership

Harding University
915 E Market Ave
Box 12223
Searcy, AR 72149-5615