Mike directs the programs and activities of the study center and helps to connect others to this important work. He has a passion for helping students develop as leaders and connect their faith with all aspects of life.
Mike is a proud Hokie and 1988 graduate of Virginia Tech, where he received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He recently earned a doctorate in theology and higher education from the University of Winchester in the UK, and holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins University, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He enjoys throwing a frisbee for his golden retriever, Cooper, to catch.
Prior to assuming this role, Mike served six years as a deputy commandant for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, where he provided guidance, mentoring and education for cadets in a campus-based residential leadership development program. He now serves on the boards of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Alumni, Inc. and the Consortium of Christian Study Centers.
James Depret-GuillaumeDirector of Programs
James develops the activities and cultivates the student relationships at the study center — from reading groups to the Fellows program to large-scale events. He’ll likely be the first face you meet or person you email as a student involved with the study center.
James grew up in Roanoke, VA. He studied Mathematics at Virginia Tech, earning both Bachelor’s (’17) and Master’s (’19) degrees in the subject. James spent the next two years in Macon, Georgia, serving as a ministry intern for Reformed University Fellowship at Mercer University. It was during that time that he met and married his wife, Merrianna. James loves soccer, pickleball, pool, board games, and – when he has the time – a little math. He also loves a good story, whether in a book or over coffee with a friend.
Rachel KimzeyDirector of Operations
Rachel helps keep the study center organized, provides administrative support, and helps keep the many activities and programs going smoothly! Her passion is being the hands to the head and heart of something — helping an idea become reality.
A Blacksburg native, Rachel got her B.A. in Humanities long-distance from Thomas Edison State University (’18) through the Unbound program. She has worked all kinds of jobs, including but not limited to: housekeeping, floral design, substitute teaching, social media management, and horse wrangling.
She spends a lot of her time with her family of 10, her local church in the NRV, and her friends around the country. She is a firm believer that Jesus changes everything, that books are the best, that things should be beautiful, and that getting off topic can make for amazing conversations.
Liv AdenStudent Intern
Liv helps with weekly hospitality, helps facilitate events, and gets a million small communication things done!
Elizabeth is a sophomore from Falls Church, VA majoring in Biomedical Engineering. Outside of class, you can find her hanging out with friends, at events with my local church or the BSC, and reading anything I can get my hands on. (She’s currently working her way through C.S. Lewis.)
Debbie CarlierManagement Professional, Former VT Staff
Deborah Carlier was born and raised in upstate New York to Chinese immigrant parents. Keen to avoid being merely a consumer of culture, she is interested in joining others in creating things that will aid in human flourishing – something the study center loves to explore. After years of raising a family in Blacksburg and working for Virginia Tech, she now resides in windy Chicago with her husband, Paul.
Jefferson Jones Life Coach/Chaplain
Jefferson J. Jones serves in full time ministry as the Senior Leader and Founder of Surge Ministries in Christiansburg, VA. Surge is a college ministry that exists to help students find their identity in Christ while supporting them in life and spiritual formation during the college years.
Taylor Rollo has been the Associate Pastor at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church since moving to Blacksburg in 2013, including oversight of Christian Education, church community life, youth group, missions, and graduate student ministry. Taylor and his wife, Erika have two boys: Gabriel and Corban.
Damon ThompsonDentist, Entrepreneur
Damon Thompson is the Founder/CEO of Real Life Dental, with locations in Blacksburg and Christiansburg. He is passionate about remaking the dental customer experience into one that is remarkable. He and his wife Andi live in Blacksburg with their sons.
Jonathan BoreykoVT Faculty
Jonathan Boreyko is an associate professor and the Principal Investigator of the Nature-Inspired Fluids & Interfaces Lab in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He and his wife, Shanda, are the parents of 4 sons and 1 daughter.