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Meet the Center4ME Staff

Melany A. Pearl

email mapearl@liberty.edu

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
Administrative Assistant
For Director Pearl

email kmclaughlin@liberty.edu


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.

She graduated from Liberty University in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business majoring in Human Resource Management and is currently pursuing her MBA in International Business. Along with her interests in traveling and learning about other cultures, Karen has a passion for singing and actively participating in the culinary arts. 
Karen strives to utilize the knowledge and experience that she has in order to carry out Center4ME’s mission of bringing unity within the diverse set of cultures on campus. She has a passion for working with students and desires to apply the instructions seen in Romans 12 in her daily life.

Joy Jefferson
Associate Director
Cultural Competency, Assessment

email jajefferson@liberty.edu


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.  

While attending college at Liberty, she was involved with the Center4ME as a student worker and participated in various programs. She graduated from Liberty University in 2004 with her Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences. After graduating, she moved to Cedar Hill, Texas where she pursued a Masters of Education in Higher Education at Dallas Baptist University (DBU). While attending DBU she worked full-time at Amberton University as an academic advisor. In May of 2008, she graduated with her master degree. 
Joy's education and cultural experiences have equipped her to serve students from various cultures and of various ethnicities and the Center4ME is happy to welcome her back to the team.

Anthony Lopez
Associate Director
LEAD Fellowship

email alopez6@liberty.edu


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.

David Shinkle
Office Manager

email dgshinkle@liberty.edu


David Grayson Shinkle was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia. He is of German, Jewish and Native American decent. Having been born with a cleft lip and palate facial deformity and twenty-four subsequent corrective surgeries, David has had the precious opportunity to face many trials and overcome these trials through God's strength.

David is a Liberty University Alumni, having received his bachelors in Visual Communication Arts. He is the former Executive Chief of staff of TrueLife.org ministries and works as both a marketing specialist and Office Manager for the Center for Multicultural Enrichment.

“As Christians, we must take seriously the responsibility to communicate Christ in the language of the people who need receive Him. Imagery as communication is, perhaps, the most universal of languages; and we are a part of the most media saturated generation who has ever lived. In order to be all things to all men, we must be skilled in the art of visual messaging. I’ve come to work at the Center for Multicultural Enrichment to design graphics to that same end.”
- David Shinkle (2 Peter 1:1-12)

Cassandra Lassegue
Special Events Coordinator

email elassegue@liberty.edu


Cassandra Lassegue is originally from Port-au-Prince, Haiti and has been residing in Deerfield Beach, Florida for the past ten years. She loves living in the Sunshine State and spending time at the beach. She has a passion for traveling and adventure. She has traveled to Ecuador, China, Thailand, and The Bahamas. Although she has visited different countries and cultures, Cassandra has a heart and passion for Haiti and takes frequent trips back to her home country to serve the people of Haiti, believing that ‘to whom much is given, much is required’.

She graduated from Clearwater Christian College located in Florida in December 2012 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Bible. Desiring to pursue higher education, Cassandra moved to Lynchburg and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling while working as the event coordinator for the Center4ME. She wants to get her license in Professional Counseling to counsel children and adolescents who need guidance and help in life. 

Cody Hawley
Graduate Assistant
LEAD Fellowship

email chawley@liberty.edu


Cody Hawley is originally from Cape May, New Jersey, but has moved nine times living in seven different states. He graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication. Throughout his time at Liberty, he was involved with Student Leadership as both a Prayer Leader and Spiritual Life Director. Before acquiring this position, Cody worked at the Center4ME as a Peer Mentor.
Mr. Hawley is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Strategic Communication from Liberty University while working part-time for the Center4ME. His future goal is to pursue a doctoral degree. His hobbies include sports, reading history, and drinking coffee...lots and lots of coffee.

Grace Yasa Guo
Graduate Assistant
Cultural Competency

email gyasa@liberty.edu


Grace Yasa Guo was born in China as a fourth generation Christian. She is thankful that God sent Hudson Taylor’s team to inland China and spread the gospel light to her great grandfather. Grace grew up in the cosmopolitan and coastal city of Guangzhou in China, where her mother taught English at the international school she attended. After high school, the Lord led her to Eucon International College on Saipan, an American island in the middle of the Pacific, for her B.S. degree in Education. Overseas, she served as a bilingual reporter. She also competed in diverse oratory and piano competitions both at home and abroad. In her spare time, Grace enjoys being a concert pianist. She is grateful that God has providentially led her to Liberty University for her M.A. degree in Strategic Communications. She is zealous for God and prays to live a God-glorifying life while serving at the Center for Multicultural Enrichment.