Project Leadership

Daniel Hutchinson

Daniel Hutchinson is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Belmont Abbey College, and directs the Digital Humanities program.

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Troy Feay

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Latoya Gardner

Latoya Gardner is the President and CEO of the House of Mercy. 

Emily Sharpe

Ellen Weir

Ellen Weir is an Associate Professor in the English Department at Belmont Abbey College.

Haley Cooper

Project Contributors:

Thirty Years of Mercy

Digital History Project

Originally from the great state of South Dakota but was raised mostly in Sierra Leone, West Africa. Troy received a PhD in French history from the University of Notre Dame, and has taught at Belmont Abbey College for 15 years, where he teaches courses in European and African history.

Emily Sharpe is an public health specialist who served in the US Department of State’s Office of the US Global AIDS Coordinator, as the Team Lead for President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in Southern Africa. Emily also served as the CEO and President of House of Mercy from 2018-2020.

Haley Cooper is a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at the Duke Global Health Institute. 

Students Interns & Contributors

Zach Aehlert served as a digital assistant in summer 2021. He will graduate with a degree in History in 2021.

Philip Carrescia served as a digital intern in spring 2020. He graduated with a degree in History in 2020.

Maureen DeGrinney served as a digital assistant in summer 2021. She will graduate with a degree in History in 2021.

Bethany Gareis attended Belmont Abbey College from 2016-2020 and graduated with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Classical Languages. Since working with House of Mercy in the Spring of 2020, she has gone on to teach ESL online while working as the Office Coordinator for the Office of College Relations at Belmont Abbey College. With plans to enroll in graduate studies in the future, she looks forward to many more opportunities to work on Digital Humanities projects. 

David Girsch served as a digital intern in spring 2020. He graduated with a degree in History and a minor in Medieval Studies in 2021.

Alexis Rosson served as a digital intern in spring 2020. She will graduate with a degree in History and a minor in Digital Humanities in 2022.

Rylee Yarrington served as a digital intern in spring 2020. She graduated with a degree in History in 2020, and is currently a student in the Master's Degree program in History at North Carolina State University.