Our Staff

Founders  Mary Anne   Inglis  and  Victoria Chance

Founders Mary Anne Inglis and Victoria Chance

Victoria Chance is a former high school English teacher in Travelers Rest, South Carolina.  She taught in the public system for 27 years.  She graduated from Furman University and has a Master’s degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University.  She is a board member of Greenville’s Interfaith Forum and a member of St James Episcopal Church. Her husband Bob is an Art professor at Furman University.  She has two children Cody Chance and Anna Chance Friddle and two grandchildren, Olivia and Savannah James.

Mary Anne Inglis currently teaches English as a Second Language at Michelin’s French Bilingual School in Greenville, SC.  Previously, she managed her husband, Bob Inglis’ political campaigns for the SC-4 Congressional District.  She graduated from Duke University with a degree in International Relations.  She is a member of St. John in the Wilderness Episcopal Church and a board member of Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Her husband is Executive Director of RepublicEN, a non-profit whose goal is to educate and encourage Republicans about free enterprise solutions to climate change.  Together, they have five children, Robert, Mary Ashton, McCullough, Andrews and Meade.

Colorado Director  Russell Evans

Colorado Director Russell Evans

Russell and Victoria have been friends since they met at Naropa University in 2007. For the past decade they have been experimenting with models of how to bring people together in divisive times. Russell moderated a Democracy Debate Tables at political rallies during the Obama Presidency where we would facilitate a back and forth dialogue between political rivals. He has also more recently attended “Build the Wall” as well as “Immigrants are Welcome” rallies to enable conversations and de-escalate conflict.

He is excited to be expanding My Neighbor’s Voice into Colorado and is working to build the program so that it can replicate nationally.

His wonderful partner Heather volunteered at the Sister’s of Charity Ministry in Calcutta while in her 20’s. When they discovered their mutual passion for serving the world, they fell in love, got married, and now have two children, Genevieve and Edwin. When Russell isn’t busy being a dad, he sneaks away to climb mountains.

Our Board

 
Samuel Lyons  is retired from the Federal Government after serving in the US Air Force and working in Human Resources in the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Interior and the United States Railroad Retirement Board. He grew up in Abbeville County, SC and went on to graduate from South Carolina State University with continuing education at George Washington University, the University of Georgia and the Federal Executive Institute in Denver, Colorado. Upon retiring in 1993, he has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad and has been an active volunteer in serving the underprivileged in the communities he has lived in from Louisiana to South Carolina.

Samuel Lyons is retired from the Federal Government after serving in the US Air Force and working in Human Resources in the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Interior and the United States Railroad Retirement Board. He grew up in Abbeville County, SC and went on to graduate from South Carolina State University with continuing education at George Washington University, the University of Georgia and the Federal Executive Institute in Denver, Colorado. Upon retiring in 1993, he has traveled extensively both in the US and abroad and has been an active volunteer in serving the underprivileged in the communities he has lived in from Louisiana to South Carolina.

Involved in education throughout her career,  Jane Thomas  earned degrees in English from Winthrop College and Florida State University. She taught English, French and History in high schools in South Carolina, Texas and North Carolina and worked to eliminate illiteracy.   Since her retirement in 2013 Jane continues to serve as a volunteer with the Greenville Public Schools, and spend time with her family.

Involved in education throughout her career, Jane Thomas earned degrees in English from Winthrop College and Florida State University. She taught English, French and History in high schools in South Carolina, Texas and North Carolina and worked to eliminate illiteracy.

Since her retirement in 2013 Jane continues to serve as a volunteer with the Greenville Public Schools, and spend time with her family.

Rick Zepel , Ph.D. has had a forty year career in public education and organizational change. He completed his Ph.D. In Educational Leadership has most recently completed post doctoral work in educational change at Harvard University and 25 years working in public education. He is an active member of Beth Israel Congregation in Greenville, SC for 35 years and currently serves as Vice President with a personal goal of working on inter and intra community acceptance and growth dealing with diversity and cultural change.

Rick Zepel, Ph.D. has had a forty year career in public education and organizational change. He completed his Ph.D. In Educational Leadership has most recently completed post doctoral work in educational change at Harvard University and 25 years working in public education. He is an active member of Beth Israel Congregation in Greenville, SC for 35 years and currently serves as Vice President with a personal goal of working on inter and intra community acceptance and growth dealing with diversity and cultural change.

Gracen Ledford  attends Bob Jones University and is pursuing a degree in International Studies. She grew up on her family’s produce farm found just north of Travelers Rest, SC. She is a member on the Bob Jones’ women’s basketball team and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of Marietta First Baptist Church in Marietta, SC.

Gracen Ledford attends Bob Jones University and is pursuing a degree in International Studies. She grew up on her family’s produce farm found just north of Travelers Rest, SC. She is a member on the Bob Jones’ women’s basketball team and in her free time enjoys reading, watching movies, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. She is also a member of Marietta First Baptist Church in Marietta, SC.

Veronica Schoell  is a German-Brazilian that chose the USA (Greenville, SC) as her home in 2003, after growing up in Brazil and studying in Germany and the Netherlands.  She’s been in the automotive industry for over 15 years and works closely with BMW and Volvo. She is the events chair of the ITW Women’s Network (IWN), and a member of Women in Manufacturing (WiM).  Veronica’s first My Neighbor’s Voice dinner was in the fall of 2018 and she’s been “hooked” ever since. Veronica now a proud MNV moderator and board member.

Veronica Schoell is a German-Brazilian that chose the USA (Greenville, SC) as her home in 2003, after growing up in Brazil and studying in Germany and the Netherlands.

She’s been in the automotive industry for over 15 years and works closely with BMW and Volvo. She is the events chair of the ITW Women’s Network (IWN), and a member of Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

Veronica’s first My Neighbor’s Voice dinner was in the fall of 2018 and she’s been “hooked” ever since. Veronica now a proud MNV moderator and board member.