Developing Servant Leaders. Transforming Lives.

Meet the Staff and Academic Counselors

Shelby Cantwell

Director, Veteran Service Center

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Email: shelby@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5557

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Pursuing a Master in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing
Favorite Thing About DBU

The Christ-centered community of faculty, staff, and students that strive to glorify God through excellence in the classroom and extracurricular.

Favorite Scripture

"Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves, which was also in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 2:3-5

Hobbies
  • To be outdoors and explore new places
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Taking my dog on walks
  • Traveling
Student Concentration

Military & Veteran Students


Amanda Ferreira

Director of Recruitment

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Email: amanda@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5337

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Business Administration and Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Favorite Thing About DBU

The Events

Favorite Scripture

"But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified." - 1 Corinthians 9:27

Hobbies
  • Traveling
  • Fitness
  • Finding trendy coffee shops

Taryn Hockett

Academic Counselor

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Email: taryn@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-7162

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development
  • Pursuing a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Favorite Thing About DBU

How Christ-centered and personal everything/everyone is at DBU.

Favorite Scripture

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved." - Ephesians 2:4-5

Hobbies
  • Spending time with my family and friends
  • Spending time outdoors
  • Reading and playing games

Chris Spalding

Director of Recruitment

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Email: christophers@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5142

Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Communication
Favorite Thing About DBU

The relationships that I have created with both professors, the staff and friends during my time here.

Favorite Scripture

"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen." - 1 Peter 5:10–11

Hobbies
  • Spending time with my family
  • Woodworking
  • Hunting
  • Reading

Cindy Stroud

Academic Counselor

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Email: cindy@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5809

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Communication
  • Master of Arts in Communication
Favorite Thing About DBU

The students I serve and the faculty & staff.

Favorite Scripture

“He has told you, O man, what is good: And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” - Micah 6:8

Hobbies
  • Spending time with family
  • Reading
  • Movies

Joyce Wallace

Academic Counselor

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Email: joycew@dbu.edu
Phone: 214-333-5882

Education
  • Bachelor of Arts and Science in Christian Ministries and Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Professional Development
Favorite Thing About DBU

The Christian atmosphere – I’m able to talk about the Lord any time and my co-workers share my same love of the Lord.

Favorite Scripture

"Nothing can separate us from the love of God." - Romans 8:38-39

Hobby
  • Playing the piano
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