Lori Anne Shaw, MS
Lori Anne Shaw has served at Duncum Center Solutions at Abilene Christian University (ACU) since 2007. As executive director, she provides strategy and partnership for the ACU’s continuing education, professional development, and corporate learning programs. Lori Anne is also the organization’s lead trainer with experience providing training and leadership retreats around the U.S. for Fortune 500 companies, small non-profits, and across the globe in Kenya and Rwanda. Previously, Lori Anne served as a mediator specializing in workplace disputes and as Director of Training and Development for the Duncum Center.
Lori Anne has served ACU’s Master of Arts in Conflict Management and Resolution program as a course developer, the practicum coordinator, and as a course facilitator in Negotiation and Mediation, Managing Conflict in Schools, Managing Conflict in the Workplace, Communication and Conflict Theory, and Advanced Mediation courses. She also served as co-trainer for program’s Conflict Resolution Residency Session – a five day, practice-based negotiation and mediation training, and the 40-Hour Basic Mediation Training.
B.S., Psychology, Abilene Christian University, 2004
M.S., Psychology, Abilene Christian University, 2006
Certificate, Conflict Resolution, Abilene Christian University, 2006
- Pursuing Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership
- Certified facilitator for the Conflict Dynamics Profile®.
- Board Member (2015 to present), Texas Association of Mediators
- Officer (2013 to present), Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable
- Research publication: Shaw, L. A. (2010), Divorce mediation outcome research: A meta-analysis. Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 27: 447–467. (PDF)
- Received grants from Community Foundation of Abilene (2008) and from United Way of Abilene (2009) to develop Conflict Management for Adults in Poverty Curriculum
Cris Manning, MBA, MM/PA
Community Partnership Executive
Cris Manning serves as Community Partnership Executive for Abilene Christian University, a national leader in Christian higher education. In this role, Cris is responsible for the development and management of corporate, community, and industry relationships. His work serves to bolster ACU’s brand visibility and loyalty, and position the University as the educator of choice for working adults. Cris’ academic background includes a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, Master of Business Administration, and Master of Management in Public Administration.
Cris was brought on board with ACU following a twelve-year career operating a component of a business development and workforce solutions team in the proprietary education space. In this capacity, Cris helped to guide corporate development strategy and served as the primary interface with several of the largest customers across the Apollo Education Group corporate portfolio.
In addition to his university experience, Cris has also completed several professional development programs including Ferrazzi Greenlight Sales Development, Disney Institute Relationship Management, and AXIOM Selling Sciences. Cris’ personal interests include his family, his church community, and outdoor activities.
April Henry serves as the Site Administrator for ACU at CitySquare. April provides administrative planning and support for the curricular and co-curricular learning experiences at CitySquare. She serves as the onsite point of contact for ACU faculty/staff and community partners who connect with ACU at CitySquare for specific events and manages the request process, schedule, and details for ACU faculty and staff who bring students to CitySquare for service-learning experiences. When needed, April serves as onsite supervisor, mentor, and advisor for ACU students serving internships or other ongoing experiences. April also supports the residential housing component for Ashby Commons where she oversees housing needs and assignments, facility maintenance, and security protocols. April received her Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of North Texas in 2015, and is currently a Marriage and Family Therapy student in ACU’S online graduate degree program.
Joe L. “Joey” Cope, JD
Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies & Associate General Counsel, Dallas Campus
Joey is responsible for building and expanding the Duncum Center for Conflict Resolution and Duncum Center Solutions. He currently serves as Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and Associate General Counsel, Dallas Campus. A mediator for more than 18 years and a practicing attorney for more than 30 years, Joey served the Duncum Center as founding executive director from 2000 – 2017, casting vision for the organization while serving as the center’s lead trainer and consultant.
He also serves as an associate professor in Abilene Christian University’s graduate programs in conflict management and resolution and has served as an adjunct professor for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at the Pepperdine University School of Law, the William H. Bowen Law School at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock, and the Southern Methodist University Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management.
B.A., Telecommunications, Texas Tech University, 1977
J.D., Texas Tech University School of Law, 1986
Certificate, Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, 2002
- Co-author, Texas Practice Guide: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Thomson Reuters/West Publishing
- Co-convener (2010), Texas Mediation Trainers Roundtable
- Chair (2011), Past Chair (2012), Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas
- Board Member (2013 to 2017), Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
- Recipient, Justice Frank G. Evans Award (2017) from the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, State Bar of Texas