Erin and Phil on their recent trip to Florence
Public Policy Coordinator & Instructor
Erin Cox is excited to be joining the ASP team this fall and looks forward in particular to working with the public policy track. She recently completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the George Washington University, with a concentration in immigration policy. Prior to moving to the East Coast, Erin spent 5 years in the thriving metropolis of Oklahoma City, OK, where she attended Southern Nazarene University, became a fervent OKC Thunder fan, and spent a year as an AmeriCorps member. She is also an alumna of BestSemester’s Latin American Studies Program. She now lives in Baltimore, MD, with her husband Phil and has become a veteran Baltimore-DC commuter. In her spare time, Erin enjoys playing volleyball, running, hiking, eating (or attempting to cook) ethnic food, and coordinating the young adult ministry at her church.
After several years of getting encouragement from faculty at a number of CCCU campuses, I was finally able to attend Acton University, a three-day conference sponsored by the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids, June 18-20. The University serves to advance the Institute’s mission of “promoting a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles”.
Three things about the Acton University experience are well mentioning: first, the number and quality of lectures and presentations from American academe and practitioners in business, public education, public policy, and ministry. With over a thousand economists, philosophers, and theologians attending the nearly 100 sessions, the main challenge was to decide which presentation would have to be dropped from my personal wish list.
Second, the Acton team structured the event in a way which demonstrated that widely varying theological traditions–Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant (Reformed, Pentecostal, and African-American Baptist)–each have a contribution to make to the work of promoting a “free and virtuous society.”
Third, and maybe the most fun, was hanging out with the like of Tyler Castle (ASP alum now with the Value & Capitalism Project at the American Enterprise Institute) and Steve Garber (former ASP faculty now leading the Washington Institute for Faith, Vocation & Culture). Steve’s influence was evident everywhere–in conversations, presentations, books. And Tyler, well, let’s just say he’s making a strong contribution to a very important initiative. I also discovered that he is a model of grace under pressure when it comes to travel logistics and nearly-missed flights. Grand Rapids at 4am will never be the same.
From left: Steve Garber, Tyler Castle, and Gerry Hartis
Elizabeth Pitts has worked at ASP for the past five years. She is originally from South Carolina and attended Wheaton College in Illinois. Elizabeth has worked in higher education for 15 years and loves engaging with college students as they build professional skills and prepare to transition into the working world. At ASP, she directs the Internship course, Professional Mentorship Course, and alumni relations. Elizabeth is currently conducting research for her dissertation and hopes to earn her Ph.D. in higher education in the next year. She and her husband Lee live in Alexandria, VA, and they love camping, hiking, and leading a church small group together. They’re expecting their first child, a daughter, in December 2014.
Director of Business & Leadership Studies
Gerry spent his early career in the wilderness, literally. His company provided outdoor experiential leadership education to schools and corporations. Since 1991, Gerry and his wife Joanna have lived in the Washington metro area where he originally served as the Executive Director of a management consulting company and as an entrepreneur in energy, IT, and education. Gerry joined the faculty of ASP in 2007 to teach courses related to the intersection of business and sustainable development to advance human flourishing. Gerry and Joanna enjoy the vibrant urban scene of Washington and its easy access to their favorite outdoor activities–kayaking, biking, hiking.