Stephen Frye, Ph.D.

Stephen FryeSteven Frye is an Associate Professor and the Interim Director of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville TN where he teaches courses in adult learning and religious studies. He holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Tennessee. Prior to entering academia, he spent over fifteen years in pastoral ministry and social services work. His areas of interest and scholarship are adult learning, adult non-traditional students in higher education, adult religious education, conceptual change, and belief challenges in the learning process. He is currently the president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education and serves on the board of the Association for Non Traditional Students in Higher Education. Steve and his wife Becky have been married for 32 years and have two young adult sons: Jordan and Taylor.

Jonathan E. Taylor, Ph.D.

Jonathan E. TaylorJonathan E. Taylor is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Professional Studies at Troy University, Montgomery, AL. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of Tennessee. Prior to his academic career, he spent over a decade as a training coordinator and instructor in workplace contexts. His areas of interest and scholarship are learning resistance, learning engagement and motivation, conceptual change, and workplace training and development.

Kim Weitkamp, Owner, TreeHouse Artists

Kim WeitkampHumorist, keynote speaker, presenter, coach, singer, songwriter, producer, and spoken word artist. A lot of titles...but one main thing ties them all together: story.

Weitkamp speaks and performs before tens of thousands of people a year. She is a storyteller at the top of her craft and whether the story is tucked into a speech, performed from stage, or used as a tool for learning, one thing is for sure, at the root of all she does, Weitkamp is first and foremost a storyteller.

Weitkamp has keynoted for some of Forbes most recognized companies and has been the closing speaker for many high profile charity events, helping organizations reach their financial goals time and time again. She regularly plays the role of coach and consultant for companies/non-profits such as Purina, Nestle, Habitat for Humanity, Feeding America, International Storytelling Center, and many others.

For more than 23 years, Weitkamp has been helping educators, organizations, and businesses utilize the power of story.

Weitkamp blends her mastery of humor, story, and communication into her presentations making them entertaining, enlightening, and educational.

She holds an armload of awards including the prestigious Leadership in Communication Award from Toastmasters Int’l, the Blue Ridge Excellence in the Arts Award, and several Storytelling World Awards. She is also the owner of a design company, TreeHouse Artists, and a record label, Road Candy Records. Weitkamp is the founder of the Wrinkles Project and creator of the Peace by Piece Project in conjunction with the Taubman Museum of Fine Art. She has written, produced, and recorded eight audio collections, six of them award winners. Her latest project is a folk operetta that has gotten high praise within the music industry and storytelling community.

Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D.

Belle WheelanDr. Belle Wheelan currently serves as President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities. Dr. Wheelan received her Bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in Texas (1972) with a double major in Psychology and Sociology; her Master’s from Louisiana State University (1974) in Developmental Educational Psychology; and her Doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin (1984) in Educational Administration with a special concentration in community college leadership.