Melany A. Pearl, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, began her service at Liberty University in 1996 as office coordinator for the Center for Multicultural Enrichment. In 1998, she was promoted to her current position, director.
Pearl is an alumnus of Liberty where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Arts in Human Relations. She has served the university in several volunteer capacities including; administrative advisor of national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta, sub-committee chair on the NCAA self-study, SACS committee member, mentor with the Campus Pastors' Office, and member of the Multicultural Advisory Board.
The director is actively involved with various civic organizations. She currently serves as on the board of directors for both the Martin Luther King/Lynchburg Community Council and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia and was on the inaugural steering committee members for the Lynchburg’s Community Dialogue on Race & Racism.
Pearl’s professional memberships include; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American Association of Christian Counselors, and Association for Christians in Student Development.
In her personal life, she enjoys international travel and has had the opportunity to visit Mexico, Bahamas, Jamaica, Israel, Palestine, France, Bermuda, Italy, Greece and Turkey.
Karen McLaughlin is the newest member of the Center4ME family and is the Administrative Assistant for Director Pearl. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the daughter of a retired military officer and has moved over twenty times in her life. In addition to the places she has lived, Karen has had the privilege to travel to Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Joy Jefferson is our Associate Director for Cultural Competency & Assessment. She hails from Fort Worth, Texas and is a proud Texan at heart.
She has had the opportunity to live in Brazil and South Korea. Joy chose to attend Liberty University because it is a Christian university that trains up men and women to serve in various fields around the world.
Anthony F. Lopez is originally from Queens and Long Island, NY. He is a first generation Latino-American of Guatemalan descent. Throughout his life, Anthony recalls witnessing and hearing about his parents' struggles as immigrants, and how those experiences helped him to develop his character and a grand appreciation of foreigners, different ethnicities and cultures. At Liberty University, this concept was only reinforced.
The first in his family to attend college, he holds a Master's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Master's degree in Religion with a concentration in Apologetics and Theology from Liberty University's Seminary. The first undergraduate college he attended was an HBCU, later a community college, and a State University.
Anthony has worked as a Mental Health Counselor for four years and volunteers as Junior High School minister at a local church. As Associate Director of LEAD Fellowship, Anthony believes in unity within diversity. Here he points to Revelations 7:9 and Jesus’ prayer to the Father for unity in John 11.
Pamela Rodriguez was raised in Torreon Coahuila, Mexico and has resided in Sacramento, CA for the past 10 years. California is place she absolutely loves. She is a junior here at Liberty University studying to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance/Economics with career goals of becoming an Investment Broker. Pamela is a very outgoing personality and her love for the Lord is evident in her outlook on life.