Meet the Center4ME Staff

Melany A. Pearl
Executive Director

Melany A. Pearl, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, began her service at Liberty University in 1996. 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 campus community outside of her responsibilities in the Center4ME in several volunteer capacities including; administrative advisor of national honor society Alpha Lambda Delta, sub-committee chair on the NCAA self-study, SACSCOC committee member, mentor with the Campus Pastors' Office, and most recently a Wellness Champion with the Live Healthy Liberty initiative.

Her present and past civic volunteerism includes: Martin Luther King/Lynchburg Community Council board of directors and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia board of directors and Lynchburg’s Many Voices One Community inaugural steering committee. Pearl’s professional memberships include; National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Virginia Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and Association for Christians in Student Development.

In her personal life, “DP” as she is known to students thrives on competitive fitness and does CrossFit, Spartan Races and powerlifting competitions. She enjoys international travel and has been to Bali, Guadeloupe (French West Indies), Mexico, Canada, Bahamas, Jamaica, Israel, Palestine, France, Bermuda, Italy, Greece and Turkey.


Jose Hernandez
Campus Relations


Jose Hernandez is originally from a small town in Southern Texas. He has spent his life serving others in a variety of capacities. Jose graduated from Liberty University with a Bachelors of Religion and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies and has a passion for minority and first-generation college students. He aspires to attain a secondary Masters in Psychology culminating with a Ph.D. in Education Psychology.

Jose continues to serve the local Spanish community as a leader in Thomas Road Baptist Church Spanish Campus: Nuevo Amanecer officially serving as the Director of the Connection Ministry (Guest Services and New Membership Classes) and unofficially serving wherever he needs to serve.

He began public speaking at the age of 12 with a heart for seeing people broken before the Lord. He has served as a worship leader, youth director (both local and regional), and as anything that is needed to further God’s kingdom. 


Kerensa Dunfee
Associate Director
Cultural Competency, Assessment


Kerensa Dunfee is our Associate Director of Cultural Competency and Assessment coming from the Washington DC area. Having grown up in the Midwest she moved several times having lived in seven states in total.

She spent six and a half years on staff at a multicultural church in DC as the Director of Communications & First Impressions as well as the Youth Ministry Director. As the oldest of five children, all of her siblings are adopted which fostered her passion for understanding diversity at an early age. She has lived in a highly Hispanic area outside Chicago, Scandinavian Minnesota, the farm town mentality of Fargo, ND and the urban melting pot of the DC area.

Currently, Kerensa lives in the Lynchburg area with her husband Chris and enjoys time off with friends and creative activities. Anything from cooking to cross-stitch to sewing or puzzles, they are good for her soul!

Her overarching desire and heart is for those who leave Liberty to be grounded in a clear understanding of cultures across the United States. Kerensa’s prayer is for those who walk through the doors of Center4ME would be able to use these learning experiences for the greater good of the Kingdom.


Stephanie Smith
Associate Director
LEAD Fellowship


Stephanie Smith is one of our Associate Directors for the LEAD Fellowship program. She is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico and currently resides in Lynchburg, Virginia.

In 2012, she graduated from Randolph College with her Bachelors in Political Science and Dance with a concentration in International Relations. Afterwards, she came to Liberty University and received her Masters in Public Policy. She is currently pursuing an Education Specialist degree in order to better serve the students within the classroom setting.  In the fall, her goal is to earn an EDD in Educational Leadership.

Stephanie enjoys serving in the children’s ministry at Blue Ridge Community Church and attending Bible studies. She also loves to travel, dance, hike, and the culinary arts. She has had the opportunity to travel across the United States as well as Costa Rica, Chile, and the Dominican Republic.

Stephanie’s education, knowledge, and cultural experiences will help her to carry out Center4ME’s mission of bringing unity within the diverse set of cultures on campus.


Allen Ancheril 
Associate Director
Public Relations


Allen Ancheril was born and raised in Danbury, CT. He moved to Virginia to attend Liberty University in 2006 and has stayed locally ever since. He earned his B.S in Graphic Design and his M.A in Management and Leadership. Allen was formerly a public relations student worker and a Graduate Assistant for the Center4ME from 2007-2011.

Allen grew up in an Asian-American family but was immersed in a diverse neighborhood and had early exposure to other cultures, primarily Hispanic and African American Cultures. 

He is ecstatic to return to the Center4ME as the Associate Director for Campus relations. His favorite verse is 1st Corinthians 9:22 “Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (ESV).  Allen’s desire is to be an asset to the Center4ME and its mission to encourage a commitment to the Christian life and to enhance sensitivity to the needs of others. 

In his free time, Allen is an avid CrossFit Athlete and marksman, builds computers and enjoys superhero comic books and movies. Allen also loves international travel and has been to the following Countries; India, England, Bosnia, Australia, New Zealand and Jamaica.


David Shinkle
Associate Director

Visual Communications

David Grayson Shinkle was born and raised in Winchester, Virginia. He is of German, Jewish, and Native American descent. 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 them with God's strength.

David is a Liberty University alumni, having received his Bachelor of Visual Communication Arts. He is the former Executive Chief of staff of ministries and works as both a Marketing 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)


Samantha Newton
Operations Manager

Samantha Newton was born and raised in Lynchburg, VA and is the Center4ME Operations Manager. She has a passion for planning events and has planned over 100 weddings and other events and aspires to own a wedding business in the future. Currently, she is working on completing her Bachelors in Business Administration and plans to use her degree to pursue her entrepreneurial goals.

Samantha is ambitious and seeks God first in everything and for the strength to pursue his will (Philippians 4:13). In her spare time, she stays busy pursuing hobbies such as DIY projects, decorating, gardening, and planning her next big road trip.

Jasmine MacKinney
Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director

Jasmine McKinney comes to Lynchburg from a small town in South West Virginia. She is currently perusing her Bachelors in Business Marketing. Jasmine serves the Center for Multicultural Enrichment Center as the Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director. She has a passion for culture and seeks to help bridge the gap of diversity. She has served in several capacities before joining the Center4ME team. 

Jasmine also enjoys serving as the Youth Director and Board member at her local Church. She loves to dance, shop, and experience new things, try new foods and venture out to new places. Jasmine is excited about working for the Center4ME and looks forward to ensuring the success and longevity of Center4ME’s purpose.