Business & Entrepreneurship
Phi Beta Lambda
ALC's Business Department Purpose
When Alice Lloyd first came to Kentucky, she declared “The leaders are here!” For this reason, the Alice Lloyd College Business Department is committed to developing today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders. Through training in Business and Entrepreneurship, our students have a competitive edge when leaving our campus. Many go on to obtain advanced degrees, while others choose to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation.
Alice Lloyd College’s Business Program provides students with a basic understanding of the primary functional areas of business (accounting, finance, management, and marketing). The core component of the program is designed to provide a broad educational base through substantial education and through a common body of business knowledge. The elective component gives students the flexibility to tailor their course of study. Generally, the first two years of study consist primarily of pre-business courses and general education. The following two years are oriented toward providing the student with a strong business background and in-depth study of the business environment. The Business Program also offers minors in Accounting, Business Administration, and Entrepreneurship. In the fall of 2013, Alice Lloyd introduced its new major in Accounting and Business Management.
The Business Program strives to prepare students for positions of leadership and service to Appalachia. Graduates of this program can provide leadership through self-employment, employment in area businesses, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and through graduate work or further study in business-related fields.
The economic imperative of this area is to establish a diversified economic base that will provide a variety of job opportunities. Providing this region with graduates who are well-prepared and dedicated to service in Appalachia may serve to attract new industry and increase efficiency in existing businesses. The Alice Lloyd graduate is encouraged to understand the area’s economic condition and is challenged to consider proposals for improvement. The foresight and commitment of those indigenous to this region remain the driving force for needed changes.
Meet our Faculty
Mrs. Rachel Childers
Rachel L. R. Childers graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Accounting. During her time as a student at Alice Lloyd College, Mrs. Childers was an active member of the student body serving as Vice President of Phi Beta Lambda, Vice President of Student Government, and Homecoming Queen. She learned valuable marketing, communication, and management skills as the Supervisor of the Alice Lloyd College campus radio station WWJD. She was recognized academically with awards for Outstanding Junior in Business Administration, Outstanding Senior in Business Administration, and the Caney Cottage Scholarship. She was also awarded the ALC Campus Spirit Award and the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for her contribution of service and leadership to Alice Lloyd College and the local community.
She received a master’s degree in Business Administration at Eastern Kentucky University in 2010. There, Mrs. Childers served as a graduate assistant to the Department of Business and Technology.
Mrs. Childers worked for Hospice of the Bluegrass from January 2011 to July 2014 as a Provider Liaison for Fayette and Jessamine Counties. There she created successful marketing campaigns for her territory and worked to improve communication between hospitals, nursing facilities, physicians, community groups, and hospice care. She was also an engaged member of the community as a member of Women’s Professional Forum, Women Leading KY, The Willows Advisory Board, Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce and the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce.
In August of 2014, Mrs. Childers married James Brock Childers of Leburn, KY and moved back to her hometown to teach at her alma mater. In addition to teaching Entrepreneurship courses, Mrs. Childers also serves as the Director of the Alice Lloyd College Appalachian Entrepreneurial Development Program, advisor to the Alice Lloyd College Entrepreneurship Club, and serves on the Caney Cottage Scholarship selection committee.
Mrs. Childers and her husband currently reside in Leburn, KY and are active members of the Hindman First Baptist Church. Mrs. Childers is also an active participant in local economic development efforts including Shaping Our Appalachian Region and the Southeast KY Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Lenore Mitchell Pollard
Dr. Lenore Mitchell Pollard was born in Oakland, CA. As the daughter of a career soldier, she had the opportunity to experience living in four states and the Panama Canal Zone. She has lived in eastern Kentucky since she was 14 and proudly claims Knott County as her home.
Dr. Pollard received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Alice Lloyd College in 1992. While at Alice Lloyd College, she earned state and national awards in Business Decision Making, Job Interview, and Ms. Future Business Executive. She was also awarded Outstanding Senior in Business Administration and the Caney Scholarship to help fund her graduate studies. During her junior year at Alice Lloyd College, she accepted Christ as her Savior, which she expresses is the most rewarding decision she has made in her life.
Dr. Pollard received her Master of Business Administration from Eastern Kentucky University in 1993 where she graduated second in her class. In 2006, Dr. Pollard earned a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Her dissertation is titled Presidential Leadership Styles and Innovation in Private Liberal Arts Institutions of Higher Education.
Before entering higher education, Dr. Pollard had a career in marketing research and sales. She performed the test market for Beech Nut’s Trophy tobacco and conducted marketing research for Proctor and Gamble that led to the introduction of Low Fat Jiff Peanut Butter. While working for Nabisco, she managed over one million dollars of sales and increased sales for her territory 23%. For the last 17 years, Dr. Pollard has taught business administration at Alice Lloyd College where she also chairs the Business Administration Department and coordinates the Leadership Education Program. While at Alice Lloyd College, Dr. Pollard has twice received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award.
Dr. Pollard’s most valued accomplishment is her family. She has been happily married for over 20 years to her husband, Robert C. Pollard, and they have three wonderful children: Tannon, Mitchell, and Viola Faith.
Mrs. Denise H. Jacobs
Denise Hylton Jacobs graduated from Alice Lloyd College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration in 1986. She earned a Master’s Degree in Business Administration at Morehead State University in 1987 and began teaching at Alice Lloyd College that fall. She has since completed additional graduate work in Economics at Morehead State University and teaches both Business and Economics courses at ALC.
Mrs. Jacobs received the Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award in 1993 and currently chairs the Social Science/Business Division at Alice Lloyd College along with the Academic Affairs Committee. She is also a member of the Caney Cottage Scholarship Committee. Mrs. Jacobs is the primary adviser for Phi Beta Lambda, a national organization for students with an interest in business. ALC’s chapter of Phi Beta Lambda has been named Kentucky’s outstanding chapter for the past 2 years. In addition, she is an active member of Hindman First Baptist Church and lives in Pippa Passes with her husband, Byron Jacobs, and their 3 children.
Dr. Jerry Wayne Slone
Dr. Jerry Wayne Slone graduated from Alice Lloyd College in 1978. Afterwards, he attended the University of Kentucky, earning a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979 and a Master’s in Business Administration in 1981. Dr. Slone is a licensed Certified Public Accountant. He graduated from the University of Louisville’s School of Law in 1989, and, in 2012, he completed his Doctorate of Education at the University of the Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Kentucky.
Dr. Slone often speaks at local civic events as well as grade schools, high schools, and college commencement ceremonies. He also speaks frequently at Alice Lloyd College Alumni events, traveling the region, providing updates on the college to Alumni chapters.
After graduating from law school in 1989, he returned to Hindman to practice law. He was the Knott County Trial Commissioner and is currently the Master Commissioner for Knott County. He is a former attorney for the City of Hindman and President of the Knott County Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Slone was appointed as a charter member of the Pippa Passes City Council when the City was incorporated in 1984 and continued on the council until going to law school in 1986. Upon returning from law school, he was elected to the Pippa Passes City Council from 1990 to 1998. He served as the Mayor of Pippa Passes from 1998 through 2002.
Dr. Slone has been a faculty member at Alice Lloyd College since 2001. His primary field of instruction is Accounting and Business Law. He has been a member of the Alice Lloyd College Alumni Board since its inception in 1997. He has served as the Chairman of the Alumni Fund Raising Committee since 2001 and is currently Vice President of the Alice Lloyd College Alumni Board. Over the last ten years, he has worked extensively with Director of Alumni Relations, Teresa Grender, to increase alumni financial contributions to the College. In 2012, the percentage of Alumni giving to the college reached a record high of 42%, which placed the school 29th in the nation in alumni giving and number one in the nation for all regional colleges and universities.
In 1996, Dr. Slone married Holly Preece, daughter of John and Wilma Preece of Brinkley, Kentucky. They have a son, Zane, and a daughter, Eden. The Slones reside in Pippa Passes, Kentucky. He and his wife are members of the Hindman Baptist Church where they serve as Vacation Bible School Directors each year.
Mrs. Lisa Stepp
Lisa Gloshen Stepp was born in West Virginia and graduated from Marsh Fork High School. She first came to Pippa Passes in 1989 when she enrolled at Alice Lloyd College. She graduated in 1993 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration.
Upon graduating, Mrs. Stepp served as the administrative assistant to the Academic Dean at Alice Lloyd before moving into the title of Director of Career Services and Campus Outreach. After marrying in 1999 and leaving for a few years, she returned back to Pippa Passes when her husband took a position on campus. Since then, she has served in various roles including Manager of the Campus Radio Station (WWJD) as well as Web Page Monitor at ALC.
Mrs. Stepp’s goal was to continue her education after graduation but it wasn’t feasible at that time. Flash forward twenty-one years: after her daughter began middle school, she began praying and asking for God’s guidance to see if the time was right. Once she felt it was, she went back to school in 2014 and earned her Masters of Business Administration from the University of the Cumberland’s in 2016. She completed this award among the top of her class. In 2017, she chose to apply for her Ph.D. and is now a candidate to earn this prestigious honor in Business Administration with a focus in Accounting in the near future.
In addition to her current position at Alice Lloyd College, Mrs. Stepp also serves as an adjunct instructor for the University of the Cumberlands. Classes she has taught, or will teach this year, include Auditing Entrepreneurial Law, Business Technology, Principles of Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, and Governmental and Non-profit Accounting, Introduction to Computers, and Business Applications. In addition, as part of the position at Alice Lloyd, she will also be working with institutional assessment.
Mrs. Stepp’s favorite role is being wife and mother. She has been married for almost 20 years to her husband Gary D. Stepp, and they have one daughter, Elisabeth, who is a junior at the June Buchanan School. The family also has one dog (ZuZu) and three cats (Daphne, Jingle, and Julep.) Her hobbies include traveling and she especially enjoys visiting historical sites.
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