Course Faculty

Leadership 1100 Instructor Bios

Dr. John A. Kline is the Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Director of the Troy University Institute for Leadership Development. He earned his Ph.D. degree in 1970 from the University of Iowa, taught at two major civilian universities, and accepted a position in 1975 as associate professor at the USAF Air University located at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. In 1986 he achieved Senior Executive Service (SES) status. From 1991 until 2000 he was the Air University Provost with responsibility for faculty, academic programs, libraries, technology, budget and support of 50,000 resident and 150,000 distance-learning students annually. In early 2000, Dr. Kline joined Troy University. In 2010, Dr. Kline received the Troy University Ingalls Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching, given to the one teacher who has “most diligently, effectively and cheerfully conducted his classes during the current academic year.” Dr. Kline and his wife, Ann, live in Montgomery and have five grown children and a bunch of grandkids.

Dr. Christopher C. Shannon is the Associate Director for the Institute for Leadership Development at Troy University. Prior to joining the Troy University faculty in 2012, Professor Shannon served 28 years in the United States Air Force. He has earned a Bachelor of Science, Industrial Technology, from Southern Illinois University, a Master’s of Art in Management from Webster University, a Master’s of Military Operational Art and Science, from Air University and an Ed.D, in Education, Leadership, Policy and Law, from Alabama State University. His service in the Air Force took him to over 13 different countries and helped broaden his exposure to a variety of cultures and background. He has held academic positions as the Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at Texas A & M University, TX; Academic Instructor for Air Command and Staff College Master’s program and the Director of the On-Line Master’s, Leadership in Warfare Distance Learning course at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. His position prior to joining the Troy team was as the Commander and Professor of Aerospace Studies for the Air Force Reserve Officer Corps (AFROTC), Detachment 017 at Troy University. He and his wife, Jerdie, are from Clarksdale, MS and they have three sons.

Mrs. Chanukah Anderson is an Adjunct Instructor of Leadership and works within the First Year Studies office as the Coordinator of Testing and Assessment. Chanukah received her B.S. in Psychology and Human Services at Troy University in 2005 and a M.S. in Post-Secondary Education/Psychology in 2007. As an undergraduate, Chanukah was very involved in a variety of campus organizations including Trojan Ambassadors, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and the University Housing office. Currently, she is the campus advisor for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She and her husband, Eujon, were married in May 2010. As a former leadership student and participant in Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Kline’s Capstone Leadership Seminar, Chanukah has taught LDR 1100 every semester for the past three years. Dr. Kline adds this: “Chanukah is much loved and admired by her students; some of my very best upper division students sing her praises as one who does an excellent job of focusing on the students, yet helping them learn the necessary content.”

Mr. Derrick Pernell Brewster is the Assistant Dean of Student Services at Troy University’s Troy Campus. Brewster earned his B.S. in Recreational Management from Alabama State University and earned his M.S. in Sports and Fitness Management from Troy University. Brewster has been employed at Troy University since 2000, where he served as the Coordinator of Student Services. Today, Brewster assists with the day to day operations of many Student Services areas including, but not limited to: Student Activities, Event Management, Judicial Services, Recreation and Intramural Sports. He has also been an adjunct faculty member since 2006. Brewster currently serves on the Board of Directors for the local American Cancer Society, Boys and Girls Club and he is a key committee member to the African American Leadership Conference. He is married to Michelle Morgan-Brewster and is the father of one child, 11 year old Jayla Chanel Brewster.

Mrs. Wendy Huckabee Broyles is an Adjunct Instructor of Leadership and the Director of Assessment for the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness at Troy University. Wendy earned both her B.A. in Graphic Design (2005) and M.S. in Post-Secondary Education with a concentration in English (2010) from Troy University. She is working toward an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. As an undergraduate student at TROY, Wendy served as Mortar Board President her senior year, was editor of the University’s yearbook The Palladium for two years, was an SGA Senator for two years, and participated in Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Kline's Capstone Leadership seminar as an honor scholar. Wendy is married to another TROY alumnus Jonathan Broyles, who is a Student Development Counselor at TROY's Dothan Campus. The two have one daughter named Emma Grace.

Mr. Ellis Bush who is an instructor in leadership studies holds an M.B.A. from Penn State University. While he has lived and taught at universities around the world, Ellis’ finds his greatest enjoyment in teaching Leadership classes here at Troy University. He lives and works on the farm his great-grandfather established just south of Troy where he finds fulfillment in growing much of what he and his wife Becky eat. A day riding on the tractor is a day well spent! He also helps teach Ballroom Dance at the University with his favorite dance being the waltz. His passion is teaching and he loves being in front of the classroom interacting with students, challenging them to think and learn and grow. He enjoys swimming, reading and the fellowship he finds with others at Bush Memorial Baptist Church.

Mr. Jonathan Cellon is Coordinator for Student Learning Initiatives at TROY and oversees the First-Year Learning Communities Program. Jonathan is the LC facilitator for the PASSAGE and Civic Engagement & Leadership LCs and also oversees the TROY service-learning program. Prior to coming to TROY, Jonathan worked at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an Assistant Director in the University Career Center from 2007 - 2009. He has worked at TROY since 2009. Jonathan graduated from the University of Florida in 2005 with a B.S. in Family, Youth and Community Sciences and the University of West Florida in 2007 with a M.Ed. in College Student Personnel Administration.

Mrs. Bronda Denison is an Adjunct Instructor of Leadership and Director of Annual Giving in the Office of Development at Troy University. Bronda earned her B.S. in Finance from Troy University in 1991 and an M.B.A. in Information Systems in 2007. Bronda has taught LDR 1100 since 2008. Bronda also serves as the majorette coordinator for the Sound of the South Marching Band. She designed and taught choreography for dancers and twirlers for talent competitions, beauty pageants and marching competitions. Bronda has two teenage daughters, Carrley and Cailyn. Dr. Kline adds this: “Bronda is always cheerful and a bundle of energy. She has a passion about everything she does-nowhere does it show more than in the classroom. Students love her classes; and they love Mrs. Bronda because she is fun and she cares.”

Mr. Ivan Merritt is currently the Associate Dean of First-Year Studies and a Professor in Leadership Studies at Troy University. Prior to joining the Troy University faculty in 2010, Professor Merritt served the United States with a 27 year Air Force active duty career. Academically, he has earned a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University, a Masters of Art from the University of North Carolina, and a Master’s of Science from Air University. His extensive career experience includes 12 years of teaching Physical Education and coaching intercollegiate gymnastics at the United States Air Force Academy, Professor of Aerospace Studies and Commander for the Air Force ROTC detachment at Troy University, and Protocol duties at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida which entailed foreign dignitary / distinguished visitor relations and responsibilities. Additionally, Professor Merritt’s background brings to the department, international relations experience as a diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, and instructor / facilitator expertise gained through teaching International Studies, National Security and Cultural Studies at Air Command and Staff College. Ivan and his wife, Kami, are originally from Charlotte, NC, and they have two sons, John and Lee; a daughter-in-law, Sarah; and a grandson, Caden.

Mr. Dendy Moseley is an Adjunct Instructor of Leadership and currently serves as the Program Coordinator of the Statewide Transfer Articulation Reporting System (STARS) here at Troy University. Dendy received both his B.S. in Finance from Troy University in 1998 and Masters in Business Administration in 2007. Dendy is currently taking coursework towards his Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama. Dendy is married to another Troy University graduate, Beth and they have one son, Camden who is very involved in several campus and community projects such as the “Chipping in to Fight Cancer Golf Tournament” he created in 2003. He is also the chapter advisor for the Sigma Chi Fraternity here at Troy University. In his free time Dendy enjoys playing golf, reading and spending time with his family.

Mr. Ryan Spry is an Adjunct Instructor of Leadership and served at Troy University's Coordinator of Intramural Sports and served as Faculty Advisor for FarmHouse Fraternity before taking a position in early 2010 as Student Life Coordinator at Wallace Community College in Dothan. Ryan received both his B.S. of Business Administration from Troy University in 2005 and Master of Public Administration in 2008. Ryan plans to pursue an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration from the University of Alabama in 2011. In 2009, Ryan recently married another TROY graduate, Amy Scaro, who works in Troy University’s eCampus division. As an undergraduate, Ryan, served as SGA President, was highly involved in many activities, and participated in Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Kline's Capstone Leadership seminar. Ryan taught LDR 1100 for two semesters in 2009 and now teaches LDR 1100 online. Dr. Kline adds this: “Ryan is a proven leader who takes on any challenge and succeeds. He is an excellent online teacher just as he is an excellent teacher in the traditional classroom because he cares about students and he cares about learning.”

Mrs. Suzi Welch has been teaching in Troy's Institute for Leadership Development since January 2012. She is originally from Fairfax Station, VA and is currently living in Enterprise, AL with her husband and daughter. Mrs. Welch received her B.A. in English from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and her M.A. in Leadership from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, GA. She has a background in Legislative Affairs and University Housing/Student Affairs, but hopes to continue teaching and to eventually receive her Ph.D.

Mr. Phillip Wilson is currently an Adjunct Professor in Leadership Studies at Troy University. Prior to joining the Troy University faculty in 2013, Mr. Wilson served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 23 years. He has earned a Bachelor of Science from Wayland Baptist University in Occupational Education and a Masters of Art from Wayland Baptist University in Human Resource Management. Mr. Wilson has decades of operational leadership experience in various functions, including; security police, communications and nearly a decade of combined experience in education and training. His extensive career culminated as an instructor and the Director of Education for the United States Air Force First Sergeant Academy where he accumulated over 1,000 hours taught at the collegiate level.

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