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Meet Our Presenters – William Portier

William L. Portier holds the Mary Ann Spearin Chair in Catholic Theology at the University of Dayton. Dr. Portier received his Ph.D. in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto in 1980. He taught at Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland for twenty four years and helped to build that […]

Meet Our Presenters – Rev. Shirley King

Reverend Shirley King is married to William M. King. They reside in Benson NC. She is the mother of three children, one deceased, grandmother of seven, great-grandmother of eleven. She completed her Masters of Divinity at Shaw University in May of 2009. Rev. King brings a broad and very applicable set of life experiences to […]

Meet Our Presenters: Joshua Casteel


Joshua Casteel served as a US Army interrogator and Arabic linguist at Abu Ghraib Prison in the immediate wake of the prisoner abuse scandal. In 2005 he received an honorable discharged as a Conscientious Objector and in 2006 served on the board of directors of Iraq Veterans Against the War. Joshua was featured […]

Meet Our Presenters: Elyse Gustafson

Elyse Gustafson, a First Lieutenant and chaplain candidate in the US Army Reserve, is attached to the 48th Combat Support Hospital at Ft. Meade, MD while she continues the process for ordination in the Episcopal Church. She is presently the assistant to the rector at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, VA and a part-time […]

Meet Our Presenters: Pete Bowen


Pete Bowen is the President of Servite High School, an all-male Catholic leadership and college prep school in Anaheim, California, owned by the Friar Order Servants of Mary. Prior to this, Mr. Bowen was a leadership and ethics consultant, and an executive with several high-technology companies. Bowen served 11 years on active duty […]

Meet Our Keynote Presenter: Lt. Col. Peter Kilner

Lieutenant Colonel Peter Kilner will be the keynote speaker on Friday evening. His keynote is entitled “Making Sense of the Beauty and Tragedy of a Combat Deployment.” Join us at 6:30pm in Goodson Chapel. This keynote is open to the public.

He will also offer a breakout session entitled, “A Moral Justification for […]

Meet Our Presenters: Dr. Harold Kudler


Dr. Harold Kudler trained at Yale and is Associate Clinical Professor at Duke. He has received teaching awards from the Duke Department of Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychoanalytic Association. From 2002 to 2010, Dr. Kudler coordinated mental health services for a three state region of the U.S. Department of […]

Meet Our Presenters: Shenandoah Nieuwsma

Shenandoah Nieuwsma is a PhD student in Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the happy wife of Jason Nieuwsma, a psychologist who works with chaplains and veterans at the Durham VA and the doting mother of two girls. She has an MA in American Studies from the University […]