Contact Us:

Rev. Walt Tennyson, Chaplain
310 Briggs Student Center
(901) 843-3804

Shannon Hoffman,
Community Service Coordinator
310 Briggs Student Center
(901) 843-3401

Alex Galloway, Student Director

(615) 517-4486

Aubrey Kearney, Student Director

(901) 212-9432

Taylor Sieben, Student Director

(510) 282-9436

Kinney Program


Volunteerism, service-learning, social activism, doing justice, servant leadership, urban ministry, civic engagement, community organizing, faith-based action/reflection, engaged learning, changing the world...?

Yes, the Kinney Program is all of the above! 



Kinney is community service at Rhodes.

We work with about 100+ service programs and agencies in Memphis. Find out right now how to get started in community service by contacting our Kinney Coordinators in these areas of service:

  • The Arts Advisors
    • Kate Morris and Dixy Yong
  • Animal Services
    • Emily Lichtenberger and Madhuri Prasad
  • The Environment 
    • Catherine Miller  and Karen Hess
  • Queer Advocacy
    • Allison Rogers
  • Healthcare and Wellness
    • Matt Cannavo, Carol Elsakr, and Alyssa Johnson
  • Hunger and Homelessness
    •  Stephanie Kasper and Dianne Loftis
  • Special Services
    • Caroline Clark and Chigozie Emelue
  • Advocates for Women
    • Ozakh Ahmed and Allison Miller
  • Multinational Advisors
    • Ginika Nwoko and Adriana Quiroga
  • Interfaith Advisors
    • Eric Adamcik and Micah Leonard
  • Mentoring and Education
    • Tony Hanna, Bekkah Barr, and Breanna Sommers 
  • Community Development
    • Ashley Dill and Evan Deere

We hope that all students who come to Rhodes will be part of the Kinney Program by serving in the Memphis community. Please contact the Kinney Student Directors or Coordinators to learn about service opportunities and how to get started, or visit the Kinney Program on InRhodes at 

The Laurence F. Kinney Program

The Kinney Program is the Rhodes campus-wide effort to engage all students in service and social action in Memphis and the broader community. More than token or simplistic volunteerism, the Kinney Program helps students understand our community neighbors, reach across cultural, racial and economic barriers, and seek lasting solutions for a more compassionate and just world.

Beginning with the inspiration of Bible professor Dr. Laurence F. Kinney in the 1950s, Rhodes community service programs have grown to include 83% of all graduating students. For almost 50 years, Rhodes students have discovered the profound impact of serving in the community, as they learn to live their passions for social change and caring for neighbors in need.

In addition to special service events and one-time service plunges into Memphis, most students make an ongoing weekly commitment to service. With connections at about 100 service programs in Memphis, the Kinney Program recruits, supports and motivates students to match personal passions and interests with social needs in the community. Kinney also sponsors voters registration drives, educational events on social issues, service training and reflection opportunities, social activism and advocacy, and works with faculty to develop service-learning courses and community-based research projects.

While sustaining a wide variety of established service sites, the Kinney Program also supports students in developing new strategies and initiatives to address unmet needs in the community.