In Residence Series

The Ferrum College In Residence Series initiative is designed to bring the real-world experience of current and retired professionals to the classroom. Guest speakers tour campus, audit classes, interact with students and faculty and are asked to deliver a lecture sharing their personal experiences and philosophies. Speakers offer insight on the knowledge, skills and leadership qualities necessary for a successful career. Many of the lectures are open to both the College community and the general public.

If you are unable to be in attendance for the lecture but would like to view it, the LiveStream can be found here.

2014 Fall Semester Speakers

Amie Stepanovich, Executive in Residence

Senior Policy Counsel, Access

Monday, September 8, 2014

Amie StepanovichAmie Stepanovich is Senior Policy Counsel at Access, an international human rights organization that defends and extends the digital rights of users at risk around the world. She is an expert in domestic surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy law. At Access, Ms. Stepanovich leads projects on digital due process and responds to threats at the intersection of human rights and communications surveillance.

Previously, Ms. Stepanovich was the Director of the Domestic Surveillance Project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, where she provided expert testimony at hearings in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, as well as in State legislatures. She has discussed the privacy implications of surveillance at many prominent events, including the Internet Governance Forum (US), the General Assembly of the Atlantic Treaty Association, and the Dialogue on Diversity conference.

Ms. Stepanovich is serving as co-chair for the forthcoming 2014 Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference. In 2014, she was named as a Privacy Ambassador by the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, Canada, and was recently recognized as one of Forbes magazine’s 30 under 30 leaders in Law and Policy.

Ms. Stepanovich has a J.D. from New York Law School, and a B.S. from the Florida State University.  She is a member of the New York and Washington, D.C. bars, the Federal Communications Bar Association.

My E. Chung

President and Chief Executive Officer, Luna

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

My E. ChungMr. Chung joined the Luna team as president, chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors in April 2011. He has served as an executive in both private and public companies in the communications industry. Mr. Chung has experience building strategic corporate direction and has a history of leading multifaceted organizations to profitability. He has a strong sales and marketing background, with an expertise in capitalizing on high potential commercial opportunities and bringing technologies to fruition. Before joining Luna, he served as the senior vice president of worldwide sales for Sunrise Telecom. Prior to joining Sunrise Telecom, Mr. Chung served as president and CEO of Circadiant Systems, Inc., where he was instrumental in the sale of Circadiant to JDS Uniphase Corporation. Mr. Chung also served as group president of Spirent Communications, where he developed and executed strategies that transformed Spirent into a market leader in the communication test and monitoring industry. Mr. Chung received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Matt Lohr

Director of the Knowledge Center, Farm Credit of the Virginias

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Matt LohrLohr served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2006–2010, representing the 26th district in theShenandoah Valley, made up of the city of Harrisonburg and part of Rockingham County. From May 1, 2010 until December 16, 2013, he served as the 14th Commissioner of theVirginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services under Governor Robert F. McDonnell. Lohr currently works for Farm Credit of the Virginias as director of the Knowledge Center. In this position he facilitates the sharing of knowledge and resources for the betterment of all farmers.

Lohr is a member of the Republican Party.

While in the House, Lohr served on the committees of Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources; Counties, Cities and Towns; and Finance. He also served as chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee. During his time in office, he was presented "Legislator of the Year" awards from the Virginia Career and Technical Education Association and the Virginia Economic Development Association. In 2003 he won the American Farm Bureau "Excellence in Agriculture" Award as well as numerous farming and environmental stewardship honors.

Oren Lyons

Native American Faithkeeper, Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy

Oren LyonsOren Lyons is a Native American Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. Once a college lacrosse player, Lyons is now a recognized advocate of indigenous rights.

Oren Lyons was born in 1930 and raised in the culture and practices of the Iroquois on the Seneca and Onondaga reservations in Upstate New York. For over fourteen years he has taken part in the meetings in Geneva of Indigenous Peoples of the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations, and helped to establish the Working Group on Indigenous Populations in 1982. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Forum of Spiritual and Parliamentary Leaders on Human Survival, and is a principal figure in the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders. He was a negotiator between the governments of Canada, Quebec, New York State and the Mohawk Indians in the Oka crisis during the summer of 1990.

In 1992 he addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations where he opened the International Year of the World’s Indigenous People. Lyons has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Syracuse University. He has been the recipient of the Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor, the National Audubon Award, the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations, and the Elder and Wiser Award of the Rosa Parks Institute for Human Rights.

Lyons serves on the board of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and is board chairman of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations. Since January 2008 Oren Lyons is the Chairman of the Board of the Swedish company Plantagon International AB.

2013 — 2014 Speakers  
Roddy Moore
Director of Blue Ridge Institute and Farm Museum

James E. Winkler
President & General Secretary, National Council of Churches

Alfred "Al" Midgett '79
Author, Founder/CEO of The NobleMen

Kimberley S. Crannis '83
Chief of Police, Blacksburg, Virginia

Jim Wade
Director & Former President, Advance Auto Parts

Woody Crenshaw
Founding President of SustainFloyd

William H. Fralin, Jr.
President and CEO of Medical Facilities of America, Inc.
2012 — 2013 Speakers
Julie E. Swanson 
President/CEO of Lutheran Family Services of Virginia

Patrick Patterson

President of Novozymes Biologicals

Nancy Howell Agee

President and CEO of Carilion Clinic

Jeffrey A. Marks

President and General Manager of WDBJ7

Michael W. McColl '93

Voice Actor

2011 — 2012 Speakers
Harvey D. Brookins, Jr. 

Market President & Business Banking Manager at Wells Fargo

Marc A. Schewel 

President of Schewel Furniture Company

Michael J. Quillen 

Executive Chairman of the Board of Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. 

Clay Campbell

President of Martinsville Speedway

Charles Patton

President and Chief Operating Officer of Appalachian Power

Debra C. (Debbie) Meade

President and Publisher at The Roanoke Times

2010 — 2011 Speakers
Dennis Cronk

President and CEO of Poe & Cronk Real Estate Group

John Williamson

President and CEO of Roanoke Gas Company

Ed Walker

Managing Director of Regeneration Partners LLC

Neal Naff M.D.

Neurosurgeon at the Cyber Knife Program at John Hopkins

2009 — 2010 Speakers
E. Michael Mutchler

Vice President and Group Executive at General Motors

Baxter F. Phillips, Jr.’66

President of Massey Energy Company

Frank M. Simms
Manager of Hydro Operations for American Electric Power (AEP)

Edward G. Murphy M.D.
President and CEO of Carilion Clinic