Our Faculty

Molly Bowie Cook

Head of Tutorial Programs

University of Memphis- BS in Education and minor in Art. Loves working along side her sister, Sherri Spain, in fulfilling the Bowie dream created by her father and brother, 20 years ago. Outside of Bowie, she is more than likely to be enjoying family and the joys of having two granddaughters.

Susan Thomas

Assistant to the Head of Tutorial Programs

University of Tennessee- BA in Political Science; Covenant Theological Seminary- Masters of Divinity. She grew up in Memphis and moved back after 20 years in St. Louis. She specialized in educational leadership at seminary and has led several mission groups abroad. She also edits dissertations for doctoral students, writes spoken word poetry, and cheers for the Cardinals.

Our Tutors

Sarah Appleton

University of Tennessee- BA in Political Science; University of Memphis- Doctor of Jurisprudence

Her favorite hobby is napping, though she also enjoys reading novels and geocaching when the weather is nice.

Kristen Bergstein

University of Memphis - BA in Elementary Education

She’s originally from Pittsburgh and loves to read in her free time, especially with her kitten, Gus, on her lap.

Kim Brown

University of Memphis- BS In Elementary Education (K-6)

She loves to worship God, spend time with family, teach, and participate in creative and performing arts.

Claudia Carlton

University of Memphis- BA in Professional Studies with a Minor in Spanish

Her ultimate dream in life is to become a contestant on Dancing With The Stars. Not as the professional dancer, but as the star. She's not sure how she will become famous enough to do that, but she likes to dream big. Also on a more serious note, she is bilingual and graduated college a semester early.

Adam Davis

University of Mississippi- BA in Liberal Arts, with minors in English, History, and Sociology.

His favorite sports teams are the Grizzlies and the Ole Miss Rebels. He enjoys going to any kind of sporting event, and often goes to Grizzlies games. He loves to play pool, and played competitively from 13 years old until he graduated college. He has an extremely spoiled dog named Max.

Robbie Davis

University of Memphis- BA in History with a minor in German

He studied in the Czech Republic and Germany. He loves to read and play guitar.

Andrew Gafford

University of Memphis- BA in Communications/Concentration in Film and Video Production; Currently seeking BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Memphis

His hobbies include playing and watching basketball (Go Spurs, Go!), playing board games, backpacking, and spending time with his family.

Suzanne Harvey

University of Mississippi - BA in English Education; Currently pursuing a Masters in English Literature at the University of Memphis.

Her senior year she played the role of "Sharpay" in High School Musical, and Disney invited their cast to go to Disney World and perform their show on one of their stages.

Danian Jerry

University of Memphis - BA in English and Philosophy; MFA in Creative Writing

Enjoys reading fiction and writing about Memphis music.

Missy Keough

University of Mississippi- BBA in Finance; Christian Brothers University- MAT

She loves playing with her two dachshunds and taking them for walks.

Gil Maneclang

Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS- BBA in Finance and Minor in History; Currently pursuing a MAT degree at University of Memphis

Loves MS state football, playing disc golf, hiking with his wife Anna, and walking his dogs through Shelby Farms.

Laren McCormack

Lipscomb University- BS in Computer Science and Music Performance; Minor in Pure Mathematics and Pure Science; Mdiv in Ministry and Theology

She enjoys reading with a cup of tea on her balcony while God's beauty is on display around her. When she's not reading, she can be found creating her own beauty through painting, knitting, crocheting, or whatever other new art style she decides to try.

Kate Murphy

Rhodes College- B.S. in Biology; University of Memphis- currently pursuing a M.A. in Literature

Collects cozy blankets, hardback books, and fashionable school supplies.

Doug Nanney

University of Memphis- BA, Political Science; MA, Political Science/Public Administration

If there isn't a college football game or a classic movie on, he enjoys reading a good whodunnit mystery.

Josh Nave

Lee University- BA in Spanish and Communicates; Louisiana State University- MA in Hispanic Studies

He's visited 13 countries! He also traveled through central and southern Mexico for a summer Fulbright-Hays project, and he lived in Madrid, Spain for two years where he taught at a bilingual elementary school. He currently works as a university Spanish instructor.

Aaron Nichols

University of Memphis- BA in Foreign Languages (Spanish/French); minor in Communications

He likes to run, take his bike out on the green line, and watch movies.

Leslie Pace

University of Memphis- BS in Biological Engineering; Currently pursuing a Masters in Biomedical Engineering

She has a cat named Ronald 'Fleasley' because she's slightly obsessed with Harry Potter. She loves to paint. She also visited five countries one summer with her best friend while studying abroad- her favorite was Ireland.

Nettie Parr

Arkansas Tech University- BS in Psychology; Pursuing Master's in Educational Leadership

She's a part of a soul and R&B band called "The Players" and a jazz/funk band called "Outer Ring". The band has played for the cast of "The Help". She's a huge fan of Memphis music, including: Hi Records, Stax, and Royal Studios. She loves to sing, play guitar, paint, and write music.

Emily Perez

Union University- BS in Mathematics; MA in Urban Education

She and her husband have a concrete finishing business, a baby girl, and another on the way!

Hannah Pitner

University of Memphis- BA in Spanish and Journalism; Currently pursuing MA in Spanish

She loves to travel. She's studied in Spain and Costa Rica. She loves nonprofit work. She's worked for a child sponsorship program in Honduras and for a fair trade jewelry company in Memphis.

Tiffany Pulliam

University of Memphis- BA in Public Relations

She loves to travel and attend concerts.

Jason Rice

University of Memphis- BA in English and Creative Writing

Before beginning his teaching career at the Bowie Center, he played music on Beale Street. He still plays music regularly with Faux Killas, an original rock and roll band here in town. He also very much enjoys spending time with his niece and nephew!

Laura Rice

University of Memphis- BS in Biology

She is an aspiring gardener, a lover of birds, and has a weakness for karaoke. Her perfect weekend would include camping or fishing with her husband and son, relaxing by a campfire.

Meredith Serna

University of Memphis- BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Scenic Design and Technology

She enjoys making wedding cakes, playing piano, and going to the gym. She loves her Clemson Tigers! She also loves history and reads constantly.

Samantha Shockey

University of Memphis- BSED Early Childhood Education- undeclared minor sociology; Bethel University McKenzie, TN- MAED

She loves planting/potting flowers.

Sara Simpson

University of Memphis- BA in Elem. Education (K-6) and Special Education (K-12); University of Texas in Arlington- MA in Science Education

She would be a great addition to a trivia team, especially one that needs a pop culture member. She teachers herself German on DuoLingo and reads books!

Rachel Stein

University of Memphis- BS in Biology and Honors in Chemistry

When she's not studying for pharmacy school exams, she loves to watch Masterchef Australia, to bake, and to cook for my friends and family.

Sadie Stodden

University of Memphis- BA in Foreign Language and Literature: Concentrations in Spanish and Portuguese

She is a fair-weather cyclist who loves to explore her favorite city (Memphis!) on two wheels. When the weather is just not right for riding, she loves to sew and create gifts for her friends and family.

Kelsey Sullivan

Memphis College of Art- BFA focusing in illustration and drawing; minor in art history.

Spends quiet weekends at home painting and drawing while her bunny runs around the house.

Selam Tesema

University of Tennessee- BS in Biochemistry and minor in Neuroscience; Candidate for Doctor of Medicine at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

She came to Memphis from Knoxville for school and has been loving it so far. She loves cooking and staying active. She's excited to run for the upcoming St. Jude Marathon.

Emily Thompson

Christian Brothers University- BA in Mathematics

She loves to spend time with her husband and two dogs at Shelby farms.

Emily Thrash

University of Memphis- BA in Philosophy and Fiction Writing; MFA in Fiction Writing; Currently seeking ME in Curriculum and Instructional Design

She's an aspiring writer currently looking for a literary agent to represent her completed novels. She grows hot peppers to make hot sauce and infused oil and honey.

Caroline Tomlinson

Harding University- B.S. Mathematics, minor in Bible; Freed Hardeman University- M.Ed. Education

Enjoys the outdoors, knitting, sports, gardening (flowers are her passion), reading, photography, cooking, sewing, quilting, traveling, and spending time with her five children, loving husband, and her many friends.

DeAnna Wallace

Harding University- BA in Spanish, English; Currently pursuing MA in Spanish at the University of Memphis

She has traveled to Peru, Macchu Picchu, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Prague, and Czech Republic. She used to play the tuba and alto saxophone.

LaDayne Williamson

Huntingdon College- BA in Psychology and Sociology; Judson University- Elementary Education

Being raised in the South, she spends her Sundays worshipping the Lord and Saturdays watching college football. Whenever football is over, she loves to read and pretend to quilt. Roll Tide and Hail State!

Laura Williamson

University of Alabama- BA in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education

She loves football, both college and pro. Her favorite team is the Alabama Crimson Tide! Roll Tide!

Halle Wright

University of Memphis- BA in Spanish; Currently pursuing an MA in Spanish

She loves to travel. She's studied in Spain and Nicaragua. She's also traveled to six countries and counting!