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Amy Hamar
Director of Lifelong Learning
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Laura Tywater
Coordinator of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning Faculty


Mary Nelle Chumley

Lipscomb Alumna and Special Event Hostess

Chumley’s unbroken legacy of volunteerism at Lipscomb began when she and her husband returned to the university in 1958 after a period during which he taught in Indiana. In those days at small colleges, faculty had wide-ranging responsibilities beyond the classroom. As art department chair, her husband was responsible for decorating everything from Board meetings to dorm lobbies to Homecoming, and she was in the middle of—or out in front of—these extracurricular assignments. A gifted floral arranger, Chumley quickly became recognized as the campus event decorator. But she contributed far more: for many years, she was the de facto showrunner for Homecoming, coaching participants on their roles and managing this and other events. 

It was Chumley’s idea to use Avalon, university founder David Lipscomb’s historic, on-campus home, as a bed and breakfast or meeting space for campus visitors. Her vision was to use the proceeds to endow the Associated Women for Lipscomb (AWL)-Centennial Scholarship. The administration granted that request and invested in restoring Avalon to its original configuration and modest, country splendor. Chumley began serving as scheduler, host and caterer—roles in which she continues to serve more than 45 years later. She and others volunteered their time in every role — including cooking meals for the visitors — so all of the proceeds would go to the scholarship. A campus publication from 2001 stated more than $23,000 was raised that year alone from activities at Avalon. Today, nearly $414,000 has been generated for the Centennial Scholarship endowment principal. In the past 20 years, more than 600 scholarships have been awarded from the AWL-Centennial Scholarship fund. 

The success of the AWL-Centennial Scholarship led them to endow additional scholarships, and satellite AWL chapters also adopted scholarships as their primary focus. In the same 20-year period, a total of 1,627 AWL scholarships have been awarded. Because of their appreciation for her vision and service, AWL established the Associated Women for Lipscomb–Mary Nelle Hutcheson Chumley Endowed Scholarship in 2015. 

In 2006, Chumley was named the university’s “Alumnus of the Year,” an honor she shared with her husband Charles Chumley (’39), a 1991 “Alumnus of the Year” honoree.

In recent years, Chumley has immersed herself in serving the university’s alumni relations office, particularly with the Lifelong Learning and senior alumni programs. She is described as “a third staff member” and “a life saver” by the professionals in those programs. She is happy to do the “small things” that have a big impact in constituent services, such as meticulously reproducing yearbook photos of 50-year class reunion attendees, setting up registration areas, greeting guests, coordinating events, and general office work.



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Fred Frawley

Folklorist and Minstrel


  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education - Florence State College
  • Master of Arts, Guidance & Counseling - University of North Alabama
  • Doctor of Education, Educational Administration - Tennessee State University


  • (1968-1984)  Officer, United States Army, Command and Staff Assignments with Military Units in the U.S. and World Wide 
  • (1984-1988)  Director of Army Officer Education, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • (1988-1994)  Counseling Coordinator, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN
  • (1994-2003)  Middle School Principal, Franklin Road Academy, Nashville, TN
  • (2003-2011)  Director of Learning Services and Assistant Elementary Principal, Franklin Road Academy

Licensure & Certification:

  • Tennessee Professional Administrator License (K-12)
  • Tennessee Teacher License (Elementary Grades 1-8)
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC)


  • American Counseling Association
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
  • Military Officers Association of America
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • National Board for Certified Counselors
  • National Storytelling Network



Paul Keckley

Managing Editor, The Keckley Report

Paul H. Keckley is Managing Editor of The Keckley Report, a healthcare policy analyst and widely known industry expert.

He is a frequent speaker and advisor to healthcare organizations focused on long-term growth, sustainability and advocacy strategies.

In addition to weekly Keckley Report, he has published three books and 250 articles. During the period preceding the passage of the Affordable Care Act, he facilitated sessions between White House Office of Health Reform and major health industry trade groups as private sector input was sought in the legislation.

He is an advisor to Erdman, Sullivan Cotter, Lumeris, Western Governors University and the Lipscomb University College of Pharmacy. He is a member of the Health Executive Network and Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Previously, he served as Managing Director of the Navigant Center for Healthcare Research and Policy Analysis (2014-2015), Executive Director of the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions (2006-2013), executive administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (1998-2006), Chief Executive Officer of PhyCor Management Corporation-the IPA Subsidiary of PhyCor Inc. (1994-1998) and Managing Partner of The Keckley Group, a health care research and policy analysis firm (1974-1994). He also served as Independent Chairman of Interdent, a California dental practice management company (1992-1996) and as an Adjunct Professor in the Schools of Medicine, Business and Health Policy at Georgetown University and Vanderbilt University.

He completed his B.A. at Lipscomb University, his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Ohio State University, and a fellowship in economic policy at Oxford University. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, and enjoys golf, jogging, and the search for great coffee.


Michael Shane Neal

Lipscomb Alumnus and Renowned Portrait Artist

Michael Shane Neal is among the most sought after young portrait artists in America today. 

Recently completing portraits of such luminaries as Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, former Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham, U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd, and Federal Chief Judge Anthony Scirica. 

Neal's current commissions include former Majority Leader and U.S. Senator Bill Frist, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne, former Chancellor of Vanderbilt University Gordon Gee, former CEO of HCA Jack Bovender, Emily Couric for The Emily Couric Cancer Center and Tony Award winning actress Marian Seldes for the Players Club in New York.

Since beginning a full-time career as an artist at the age of 21, his dedication to quality and passion for his work has lead to the successful completion of portraits on display around the country. Of particular note was the commission to paint Senator Arthur Vandenberg for the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Vandenberg’s portrait is the first commission of its kind in nearly 50 years, and upon receiving the commission at the age of 32, Neal is among the youngest artists ever commissioned by the United States Senate. 

Receiving his B.A. from David Lipscomb University, Neal recently received the "Young Alumnus of the Year Award" from his alma mater. He has also studied at the Santa Fe Institute of Fine Arts, The Scottsdale Artist School, and the Lyme Academy of Art. Carving out time for teaching each year, Neal is a popular demonstrator and lecturer at venues around the country. His work has been featured in publications such as American Artist, International Artist, Sketchbook, and The Artist’s Magazine, Art News, and Fine Art Connoisseur.

Neal is a faculty member of the Portrait Society of America and an Exhibiting Artist member of the National Arts Club. He is also a member the Allied Artists of America, the Artist Fellowship of New York, the Cumberland Society of Painters, the Oil Painters of America, the Audubon Artists, the Players Club of New York, the Salmagundi Club, and the Copley Society. 

Recently selected as a participant in Leadership Nashville class of 2010, Neal is also a member of the Exchange Club of Nashville and an active member of his church. Neal enjoys community outreach projects, golf, plein air landscape painting, and reading with a particular interest in history. The father of two, Neal and his wife reside near his studio located minutes from downtown Nashville.


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Skip Nipper

Nashville Author and Historian

Skip Nipper is the author of Baseball in Nashville (2007, Arcadia Publishing), is a member of SABR (Society of American Baseball Research) and SABR's Grantland Rice-Fred Russell (Nashville) chapter, and serves as secretary of Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association.

He is a contributing author to SABR's Biography Project, an ongoing effort to research and write comprehensive biographical articles on players and managers in the major leagues, or otherwise made a significant contribution to the sport. A recurring presenter at the Southern Association Conference at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama, his most recent participation was on March 3, 2018, when he featured the history of Vols, Inc., the corporation formed in 1958 to save Nashville professional baseball from extinction.

Skip was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Baseball in Literature and Culture Conference at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and presented his knowledge of Sulphur Dell at the SABR 40 convention in Atlanta, Georgia in 2010. He has participated in panel discussions about Nashville's baseball past at the Metro Nashville/Davidson County Library and Metro Archives and various civic groups and posts regularly to his website blog

He assisted the Nashville Sounds staff in providing historical information and images within First Tennessee Park during construction and before the opening of the ballpark in 2015. A graduate of Stratford High School and Memphis State University, Skip and his wife Sheila reside in Mt. Juliet.


Pamela O'Neal

Author and Historian

Pamela Dawn O’Neal is a grateful servant of the One who came to serve, and considers this to be her greatest and most impressive credential. She attended Harding University and Texas A&M University, majoring in both Biology and Psychology. However, for the past quarter of a century, she been captivated by a profound love for the study of ancient Egypt, searching vigorously for indications in Egyptian history to verify the Hebrew sojourn in that great country. Reading and accumulating notes to that effect has become her pastime, her pursuit, and her passion. She is completely self-taught in this subject, but her theories concerning the convergence of the Biblical Exodus and well-documented Egyptian records are unique in that there is no compromise to the integrity of either source.  Her book, The God of Egypt, expounds her theories. 

Pamela is a frequent ladies day speaker, presenting lessons across the country. She has authored three books in a series of Bible class teacher training programs, has written four week-long sets of nature-centered Bible camp courses, complete with lessons, related activities, and crafts for campers ages nine through eighteen. She has been asked to devise Bible class curriculums and related lessons for congregations in multiple states. She has been a speechwriter for a professional athlete and a proofreader for a university president.  She also has composed over 1000 songs.

Pamela lives in Ridgetop, TN with her husband of forty-one years, T. Brian O’Neal. Brian is Director of Operations and Engineering for Lipscomb’s Mullican Studios and is an elder and teacher at the Ivy Point Church of Christ. They have three daughters: Dr. Summer O’Neal, Auburn Spicer, and Taffeta Xu.


Steven Ortiz

Lipscomb’s Director of the Center for Archaeological Studies

Steven Ortiz is the director of the newly established Lanier Center for Archaeology at Lipscomb University where he is also a professor of archaeology and biblical studies. He was instrumental in establishing a new academic program in Archaeology and Biblical Studies at the Tandy Institute at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. This institute was recently eliminated, and he and FIRSTNAME? Davis were fortunate to have a new home for the research center at Lipscomb. He has over 30 years of archaeological experience in Israel as he has been a senior staff member at several field projects. Ortiz’s research and publications focus on the archaeology of David and Solomon, Iron Age I and II transition, and the border relations between Judah and Philistia. 

He is the principal investigator of the Tel Gezer Excavation Project and is the co-director at Tel Burna (Biblical Libnah). He received his doctorate from the University of Arizona. He received an MA in near Eastern Archaeology from the University of Arizona, an MA in Bible History from Jerusalem University College, and a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from California State University, Los Angeles. He has over 35 years of archaeological experience in Israel. Ortiz’s research and publications focus on the archaeology of David and Solomon, Iron Age I and II transition, and the border relations between Judah and Philistia. 

He has served or currently holds leadership positions in several scholarly and academic associations. Dr. Ortiz was recently the Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professor at the Albright Institute. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, he is passionate about teaching students and the church on the relevance of the historical and cultural context in the interpretation of scripture. He grew up in East Los Angeles and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East. He is married to Beth and has two children Rebecca and Nathaniel. He lives in a divided house as his daughter is attending the University of Texas at Austin and his son attends Texas A&M.



Linda Peek Schact

Retired Lipscomb University Faculty; Founding Director, Nelson and Sue Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership; and Former Senior Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Linda Peek Schacht has advised government, business and nonprofit leaders on communication and strategy for over forty years. A veteran of the Carter White House press office, she has held the top communication positions for a national Presidential campaign, USA Today, the Majority Leader of the U.S. Senate, and the Senate Democratic Policy Committee. She is a former vice president for global communications and public affairs strategy for The Coca-Cola Company and senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

As founding director of Lipscomb’s Andrews Institute for Civic Leadership, she created programs that reflect her lifelong commitment to developing leaders who serve the common good. She is a frequent commentator and author on leadership, politics and government. As a board member of the International Women’s Media Foundation and Athena International, Linda has worked to advance women’s leadership around the globe. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, Women Business Collaborative advisory council, and recipient of the NBJ Women of Influence Trailblazer award, the Athena Award, and the YWCA’s Academy of Women of Achievement.


Nobie Stone

Retired, U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr. Stone received his BS and MS degrees from Florida State University and his Ph.D. from The University of Alabama-Huntsville (UAH). He is retired from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration where he was a senior scientist at the Marshall Space Flight Center; was Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for science experiments on eight space missions; and served as the chief scientist for the STS-46 and STS-75 Space Shuttle Missions. His experimental research on the ionospheric wakes of orbiting spacecraft is internationally recognized.  He served on the staff of the graduate school at UAH; served as a technical referee for a number of scientific journals; and has authored more than 150 technical publications.

Dr. Stone is a member of the Mayfair Church of Christ in Huntsville, Alabama, where he serves as an elder and adult Bible class teacher. He has published a book by the above title discussing the necessary relation between science and scripture. He is married and has three children and six grandchildren. 


J.T. Thompson

Owner, The Lotz House

On any given day, visitors will find J.T. Thompson suited up with a tie and vest leading tours around the Lotz House. It’s white robust columns greet passers-by on Columbia Avenue in Franklin, Tennessee.

When J.T. Thompson moved to Franklin when he was 15, his first job was taking guests on tours of the Carter House. From an early age, he has had a great love of history and is passionate about historical preservation.

In 2000, a for sale sign in the yard of the Lotz House got the attention of this 1985 Harding University graduate and former television news director. He and his wife, Susan, purchased the house at that time. It is one of the three major house tours that shape the story of the Battle of Franklin, along with the Carter House and Carnton. The Thompson’s waited eight years before opening the doors for the first tour.

The Lotz family stood as witnesses to history as they watched the Battle of Franklin unfold in front of them on Nov. 30, 1864, a time that the Thompsons want preserved for the generations who come after them. The Lotz House has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1976.


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Kay Wyatt

Retired Lipscomb Academy English Faculty

Kay Wyatt is a retired high school English teacher.  She completed her undergraduate studies at Lipscomb University and received her Master's in English teaching from Middle Tennessee State University.  She worked as assistant manager of international operations at Commerce Union Bank, and later taught English at David Lipscomb High School for seven years while raising her three children.