Writer bios

We've heard from many women that mentors are essential to their flourishing, both personally and professionally. We've assembled a team of mentors to answer your questions about life, work, and relationships as a woman in the academy and professions. Read their perspectives in our Dear Mentor column.

Claire Galloway is a PhD student in ​the ​Neuroscience and Animal Behavior program ​in the Department of Psychology ​at Emory University in Atlanta. Her research focuses on the ability of newly developed drugs to reverse neural and behavioral dysfunction in a transgenic rat model of Alzheimer's disease. When she's not running experiments in the lab, Claire likes to experiment​, creating​ ​healthy, delicious ​recipes. She is ​also ​an avid bruncher, hiker, and player of obscure board games. 

Sharon Gartland, OTD, OTR, is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at UW-Madison where her specialty is in developmental disabilities.  She enjoys the combination of teaching, administrative and clinical responsibilities that makes up her job. She is the former national director of Women in the Academy & Professions and continues to participate in the ministry as a volunteer and frequent contributor. She is married to Craig Gartland, a local church pastor and former long-term InterVarsity staff and leader. Together they have four children who are gradually getting launched into the world as functional adults but continue to store a lot of their stuff in the basement. She believes strong prayer practices and a supportive faith community are key to flourishing in career and family life. 

Stephanie Gehring is a partial native of Portland, Oregon, and of various German towns. She holds an MFA in poetry from Cornell, recently fell in love with the Book of Kells through the lovely animated film The Secret of Kells,and is currently finishing a Master’s degree at Duke Divinity School. Among her favorite things are yellow-orange roses, improv comedy, and reading good books while going on long walks (which requires less coordination than you might think).

Michael Gehrling is InterVarsity's Director of International Graduate & Faculty Ministry, and also serves as co-pastor of the Upper Room, a Presbyterian (USA) church plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He received his BA from Grove City College, and his MDiv from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Michael is single, and is a proud son, brother, uncle, godfather, and friend.

Jean Geran is currently launching a new social enterprise called Each Inc. focused on using new technology to better protect orphans and vulnerable children globally. She spent several years at the State Department in Washington, DC, working on issues including human rights, trafficking in persons, child protection, refugee policy, democracy promotion, and governance. Her academic and professional work has focused on the policy intersection of human rights and sustainable development in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Originally from Michigan, she is and now happily back living among friends in Madison, WI, where she enjoys staring at water.

Lynn Gill completed her Ph.D. in analytical chemistry at Purdue University. She worked in the pharmaceutical industry before joining InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries in 1999. Since then she has been planting and building graduate student and faculty fellowships first in North Carolina and most recently in southern California and the west. She is currently the Regional Director for the GFM West Region. Lynn lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband David, son James, and daughter Julie.

Connally Gilliam is the author of Revelations of a Single Woman: Loving the Life I Didn’t Expect (Tyndale, 2006). She serves as “Special Counsel” to the Director of the National Metro Mission of the US Navigators (an organization with whom she has worked for 11 years). Prior to that, she taught high school English, college writing and worked at an international public policy think tank.

Deborah H.C. Gin is director of research and faculty development at The Association of Theological Schools. Previously, she served as a faculty fellow in the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, and as associate professor of ministry at Azusa Pacific Seminary. She has also held positions as the director of diversity studies and director of the MA in Worship Leadership program at Azusa. She was the former director of Asian American Women on Leadership. She earned an MDiv from Haggard Graduate School of Theology, a master’s of music degree from the University of Southern California, and a PhD in higher education from Claremont Graduate University. She resides in Pittsburgh with her husband, Michael.

With degrees in political science, French, theological studies, and New Testament, Anna is a learner at heart. She’s ministered in both local churches and on university campuses, most recently with InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries in North Carolina. A member of the Redbud Writers Guild, Anna loves speaking and writing, and her work has been published in Not Alone and Let Us Keep The Feast. She is married to Jeff, a Presbyterian pastor, and together they are raising two young children. As editor of The Well, she hopes to encourage, support, and challenge women in graduate school and beyond. Find her on twitter at @amgissing.

Jeff is a campus minister at Wake Forest University. He serves on the staff of InterVarsity’s Graduate & Faculty Ministries. He is also a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church. Jeff is married to Anna Moseley Gissing, whom he met while in seminary at Beeson Divinity School. Jeff and Anna welcomed Nathan Patrick into their lives on April 29, 2008. He is the coolest kid in the world and both of his parents love hanging out with him.

Sandra Glahn is an adjunct professor in Christian education and pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary. From “A Faith and Culture Devotional,” by Lael Arrington and Kelly Kullberg (Zondervan.) Article also published online at http://www.findinggodat.org/. Excerpt from “Little Gidding” by T. S. Eliot. Glahn is editor of Kindred Spirit magazine and author of Informed Consent as well as the Coffee Cup Bible Studies series.

Laura Goetsch blogs at Thinking About Such Things, hunting down wisdom and humor with equal ferocity. She is a thinker and laugher who loves clotheslines, public schools, and the Midwest.

Dorothy Littell Greco writes on how following Jesus is meant to change everything. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, or on her website. Her first book is Making Marriage Beautiful.

Jeff Greenberg is Professor of Geology and Environmental Science at Wheaton College in Illinois. His graduate studies included the University of Kentucky and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most of his recent studies provided opportunities for undergraduate students to combine service and research for the needs of people and environment in the "two-thirds world." Greenberg and his wife are parents of five children, four of them adopted.

Karen is the National Director of InterVarsity's Women in the Academy and Professions, and she lives in Marietta, Georgia, with her husband and three teenage boys. Except for some years taken off to raise her sons, she has spent her adult life in and around InterVarsity — originally as a student and campus staff member in Michigan and currently in Atlanta. An entrepreneur at heart, she and some student leaders started the grad fellowship at Michigan State and the MBA fellowship at Georgia Tech. She loves to use her gifts of hospitality and teaching to create a welcoming place for people to connect with God and with each other. Although she rarely has time for it, you can find Karen at her sewing machine when ministry progress gets hard to measure and she needs to see tangible results from her efforts. She loves dark chocolate, good coffee, and British television.

Deborah Haarsma is chair of the Physics & Astronomy Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she enjoys researching galaxies and galaxy clusters with her students. She speaks and writes on science and Christianity, including Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design written with her husband Loren, and Delight in Creation: Scientists Share Their Work with the Church, an essay collection edited with Rev. Scott Hoezee. When not at work, she can be found tending her rose garden or reading Lois McMaster Bujold novels.

Ashley Hales holds a PhD in English from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After years away, she’s back in the southern California suburbs helping her husband plant a church, chasing her four little children, and writing a book in the wee hours. Her writing has been featured in Books & Culture, ThinkChristian, (in)courage, The Englewood Review of Books, and other places. A member of Redbud Writers Guild, she’s also an editor and contributor at The Mudroom. Find Ashley writing at aahales.com, on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.

Tricia Hall is a family physician and a part-time faculty member at the University of Minnesota-North Memorial family medicine residency. She and her husband have three children who keep them running. Tricia also volunteers with a number of non-profit organizations, working on alleviating poverty and healthcare disparities worldwide.

Katelin Hansen (@strngefruit) is an alumna of the University of Richmond InterVarsity undergraduate and Umoja chapters, and is currently a member of InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network at The Ohio State University where she is pursuing a doctorate degree in neuroscience. Katelin is the editor of By Their Strange Fruit (BTSF), an online ministry facilitating justice and understanding across racial divides for the sake of the Gospel. BTSFexplores how Christianity’s often-bungled relationship with race and racism affects modern ministry and justice. Recognizing that racial brokenness hinders our witness to the world,BTSF strives to increase the visibly of healthy and holy racial discussion by approaching justice and reconciliation from a Christ-minded perspective.

Elizabeth Harper is an assistant professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She is a medievalist, a feminist, a mother, and a gardener — not necessarily in that order. 

Michelle Shappell Harris is pursuing an MFA in creative non-fiction at Ashland University and holds a BS in Elementary Education from Ball State University. After nineteen years working through InterVarsity Link in Gabon and France, she and her family now make their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana, were she works at The Reclamation Project, coordinating low-cost translation and encouraging friendships across cultural barriers. She and her husband have two children, a dog, and two cats.

Dorothea Hawthorne earned a PhD from the University of Chicago in 2005 and is currently Assistant Professor of English and Honors at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in central Ohio. She has taught Renaissance literatures at Wheaton College and Baylor University as well as conversational English and American culture in universities in southwestern China.  She and her colleague-husband Kevin have two young energetic boys and are fine-tuning their “work-life-housework-play-worship” balance.  She loves teaching Shakespeare, drinking loose leaf tea with friends, hiking in the woods, praying for others, and singing obscure Advent songs from The Oxford Book of Carols.  Her hope this year is to abide more deeply in Christ.  Dr. Hawthorne is a Harvey Fellow. 

Naomi Haynes received her PhD in anthropology from the University of California, San Diego, and is currently a Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.  Her scholarship has examined the relationship between Pentecostal Christianity and social life in urban Zambia.  She is a co-curator for anthrocybib, the Anthropology of Christianity Bibliographic Blog.  In her spare time, she enjoys running, baking, and reading novels.

Catherine Hervey received her MFA in fiction from the Sewanee School of Letters. She lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with her husband and daughter, where she contributes to Books and Culture and collects rejection letters.

Micheal Hickerson, former Associate Director for InterVarsity’s Emerging Scholars Network, lives and works in Cincinnati with his wife Elizabeth and their three children.