Dr. Nilson, D. Min.
President and Academic Dean
Dr. Nilson is the president and academic dean of Emmanuel Institute of Leadership. He is an ordained minister and president of Katartizo Healing and Discipleship Center, a ministry of Emmanuel's House in pastoral counseling for seven years. Dr. Nilson has been working in pastoral counseling and deliverance ministry for over twenty-six years. He has served as missionary/pastor in church planting in Brazil for near ten years. He also has served in pastoral ministry in various churches in Pennsylvania. Dr. Nilson received the Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family from Palmer Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA.
Stahsha Giffing, M.J.
Registrar & Admission Officer
Stahsha Giffing joins the faculty at Emmanuel
Institute of Leadership as a professor of communications. She began her career in the field of
communications working as the Public Relations Director for Susquehanna
Communications, a division of the Susquehanna Pfaltzgraff company. Later she accepted a position as an Account
Manager for Marketing Works, a full-service marketing, advertising, and public
relations firm. Working with a wide
range of clients, Stahsha honed her skills and broadened her knowledge of
marketing and advertising in various industries – from nonprofits to financial
institutions to healthcare organizations. Most recently, Stahsha has enjoyed
teaching courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Communications and English
departments at Central Penn College.
Stahsha has a B.A. degree in public relations with a minor in speech
communications from York College of Pennsylvania and a Master of Journalism
degree with concentrations in public relations and advertising from Temple
Mr. Jeffrey A. King, M.S.E.
Mr. King has worked in the computer software industry for fifteen years. During his career, he has been involved with all aspects of software development, including design, programming and testing, as well as team leadership and training. A graduate of Octorara Area High School, Mr. King received a B.S. in Applied Physics/Computer Science with a concentration in Software from Grove City College, and went on to receive a Master of Software Engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Mr. Kenelm Shirk, III, Esquire
Kenelm L. Shirk, III is a third generation lawyer who grew up in the Ephrata, Pennsylvania and graduated from Ephrata High School. After working for the State Legislature during law school, Mr. Shirk began his career as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Glenn E. Metzer (deceased) of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Mr. Shirk is a career-long member of the Lancaster Bar Association and American Bar Association; previously holding multiple leadership positions in the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He has served as President of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Ephrata Downtown Revitalization.