Strategic Plan 2022-2027
BS General Studies - University of Missouri
MS Psychology & Counseling - University of Central Missouri
EdD Educational Administration
BS Labor Management Relations - Ottawa University
MAS Professional Counseling - Ottawa University
MA Human Resources - Grand Canyon University
EdD Organizational Leadership
ASN Nursing - North Central Missouri College
BAH Healthcare Administration - Ottawa University
MBA Business Administration - Walden University
DBA Business Administration
BS Computer Science - National University
MS Computer Science - Colorado Technical University
PhD Computer Science
BS Applied Mathematics - Islanmic Azad University
MS Economics - Management and Planning Educ & Res Inst.
MA Financial Economics - Ohio University
MS Mathematics - Ohio University
PhD Economics - Ohio University
BS Computer & Information Systems - NED University
MS Software Engineering - Sir Syed University
MS Data Analytics - IP
BA Communications - University of North Texas
MBA Business Administration - Amberton University
DBA Business Administration
BS Elementary Education - Emporia State University
MLSC Library Science - Emporia State University
Diedre Altic is a retired elementary teacher and librarian. She taught for 37 years in Ottawa schools. She graduated from Ottawa High School, earned BSE and MLS degrees from Emporia State University. Diedre had many leadership roles in USD 290 during her career. She is passionate for helping future educators.
BSN Nursing - University of Kansas
MSN Nursing - University of Mary
MBA Business Administration - University of Kansas
PhD Curriculum & Instruction
BA Psychology - University of South Florida
MEd Counseling Human Relations - Northern Arizona University
MEd Special Education - Argosy University
MA Clinical Psychology - Argosy University
Psy D Clinical Psychology - Northern Arizona University
Dr. Melanie Anderson earned a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from Arizona School of Professional Psychology. She also has Master of Education degrees in Special Education and Counseling-Human Relations from NAU, and a bachelor’s in psychology from USF. She is currently working on obtaining a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction (Gifted Education) at ASU and an Associate’s in Criminal Justice Studies at Paradise Valley Community College. Dr. Anderson holds a Standard Professional Teaching Certification - Mild-Mod Special Education, K-12 and a Provisional Gifted Endorsement, PreK-12.
Dr. Anderson has been a licensed psychologist since May 2014 and owns a private practice where she provides therapy to private pay clients and utilizes CBT. She also works as a contractor clinical psychologist in a police and public safety practice providing evaluations and clinical intervention services. Services include psychological screening of entry-level police officer and public safety applicants (e.g., police officer, reserve, SWAT, fire fighter) and after-critical-incident interventions (i.e., post-shooting and post-use-of-force). Her interests include Forensic Psychology, Criminology, and Criminal Profiling.
In addition, she has over 18 years of college-level teaching experience as an adjunct professor and taught psychology, counseling, and teacher education courses at ASU, Phoenix College, PVCC, Argosy University, and Ottawa University. She is also a GCU dual enrollment instructor.
BSW Social Work - University of South Florida
MSW Social Work - Florida International University
BA Social Sciences Anthropology - Adelphi University
MA Early Early Childhood Education - Adelphi University
Adjunct Professor in Business
MA Organizational Management - University of Phoenix
BS Management - Cardinal Stritch University
Jennifer Ardellini earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management at the University of Phoenix. She has been an educator for eleven years in the School of Business. She teaches several business courses, such as Organizational Management, Women in Management, Introduction to Management, Business Ethics, and Organizational Behavior. She has served as the Adjunct Faculty Mentor at the Wisconsin Campus. Correlating textbook information with real-world situations, providing stimulating discussions and continual support of the adult learner, is what drives her energy and enthusiasm. She receives outstanding student reviews.
BA Organizational Communication - Arizona State University
MAC Counseling - University of Phoenix
Abra Arlinsky has a Masters in Counseling and is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) and CRP (Certified Resilience Professional) with a Specialization in Positive Psychology. Abra Arlinsky is a Clinical Director in community behavioral health and resides in Phoenix, Arizona. Her relevant work experience includes 23 years of behavioral health practice as a therapist, clinical supervisor and Clinical Director. Abra Has been an adjunct instructor of graduate studies in counseling for 19 years.
-Salutogenics and What's Right With You. (2021). Arizona Trauma Institute.
-Wellness Through Education. (2021). 22nd Annual Summer Institute for Behavioral Health, System Transformation. Arizona State School of Social Work.
-Recovery College. (2019). Reinventing Recovery in Arizona. Arizona Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners.
-Counseling Concepts and Skills. (2010). SIAS University, Zhengzhou, China.
Adjunct Professor in ISTI
PhD - St. Louis University
MBA - University of Louisville
BS - Franklin University
Instructor Bob Armbrust, PhD is an adjunct professor of business at Ottawa University’s Kansas City and online campuses. Dr. Armbrust earned his doctorate from St. Louis University and his MBA from the University of Louisville with an emphasis in Operations Management. His corporate career includes senior leadership positions at Fortune 500 organizations such as H.J. Heinz, Coca-Cola and Perrigo Pharmaceuticals. In 2006, Dr. Armbrust decided to make a career change and enter academia. He has since taught numerous online and local modality courses. His teaching interests include Strategic Planning, Project Management and the MBA Capstone course. In his free time he loves to travel and stays committed to lifelong learning.
BA Elementary Ed and Biblical Studies - Emmaus Bible College
M.Ed Integrating Technology - Walden University
BS Mgt & Computer Information Systems - Park University
MA Leading Adult & Org Learning - Park University
Master Certificate in Project Management - University of Kansas
Hi, my name is Joe Ascensio
I live in Kansas City, Missouri with my wife. I have two grown children that no longer live at home YAH!.
I enjoy teaching, creating online courses, consulting and writing. I have a master’s degree in education with a master’s certificate in Project Management. I also hold a bachelor's degrees in computer technology. My passions in life are my family (I am a grandpa!), using and learning about technology, and teaching others to use technology.
If you want to connect with me on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joeascensio/
BS Computer Science - Rollins College
MEd Instructional Technology - Nova Southeastern University
EdD Curriculum & Instruction
Adjunct Professor in Education
PhD - University of Missouri, Kansas City
MA - University of Missouri, Kansas City
BA - Syracuse University
Dr. Nicole Baker grew up in Kansas City, MO and completed her undergraduate degree in English at Syracuse University. She spent the first part of her career teaching K-12 in the suburbs of Kansas City. While teaching high school, she completed her doctoral studies at UMKC with a focus in literacy. Upon completion of her PhD, she decided to make a career change and moved from K-12 to higher education. She has taught with Ottawa University since 2013.
Adjunct Professor in Nursing
MSN - University of Kansas
BSN - Baker University
Callie Ballenger has known she wanted to be a nurse since the age of five. As a child Callie was always setting up a hospital with her dolls and examining them with her toy doctor kit. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant during her senior year of high school and worked at a nursing home through nursing school. Instructor Ballenger graduated from Baker University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree in 2002. Upon graduation from nursing school she worked as a staff nurse on the organ transplant, renal, and vascular unit at The University of Kansas Hospital, which is a large academic medical center in Kansas City, KS. In 2006 Callie became the Unit Educator where she did staff education on new equipment and procedures and facilitated orientation for new employees and clinical rotations for nursing students. In 2006 Callie began her master’s education at the University of Kansas and served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the school of nursing skills lab where she taught assessment and foundation skills to undergraduate nursing students. Callie loves teaching others and sharing her passion for nursing with the future generations of nurses. Callie graduated from the University of Kansas in 2009 with a Master’s Degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and with a post master’s certificate in Healthcare Education. She then worked for six months as a nurse practitioner for the liver transplant surgeons in which she facilitated communication and care for patients between the surgical team and consulting services. Instructor Callie Ballenger is currently a Clinic Manager at Take Care Health Systems which operates the clinics inside Walgreens Pharmacies. Here she provides episodic care and preventative/wellness services to 18 months and older. Callie manages the day to day operations of two clinics and a staff of five NPs while actively working 35 hours per week seeing patients in the clinic.
On a personal note Callie has been happily married to her husband for 11 years. She has two boys and her hobbies are attending her kid’s school and sport activities. Callie is active in the PTA at her son’s school and in her spare time she enjoys scrapbooking and ATV riding.
EdD - Spalding University
MPA - University of Louisville
BA - Spalding University
Janet Barrow, EdD grew up in Lawrence, KS and completed her undergraduate degree at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She has devoted her career to human resources and earned an MPA from the University of Louisville and a Doctorate of Leadership Education from Spalding University while serving as Director of HR at Louisville International Airport. She enjoys her return to Kansas and has been an adjunct instructor with Ottawa University since 2009.
MA Economics - University of Miami
MS Geology - University of Paris IV, Sorbonne
BA - University of Montreal
Instructor Billy Bataille grew up in Montreal, Canada, but was accepted into the PhD program at the University of Miami where he completed his Master’s degree in Economics. He also completed a Master’s degree in Geography at the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne to complement his global academic knowledge. Billy taught at California State University-Bakersfield, NYIT at their China campus, and at Temple University.
He enjoys learning about the world in general, through cinema and other art forms and through his travels which took him to the Himalayas, the Tropical Rainforest of Borneo, Europe, across all but five U.S. states, and Jerusalem.
Instructor Bataille has enjoyed teaching and interacting with the Ottawa University student body since 2016.
DPN Nursing - IP - Walden University
MSN - Walden University
BSN - Indiana University Southeast
BS Elementary Education - Ottawa University
MS Instructional Design & Technology - Emporia State University
BA Psychology - University of Wisconsin
MA Psychology - University of North Dakota
I have been an undergraduate psychology instructor in both ground and online formats since 2012. I have taught a wide variety of psychology courses.
Undergrad Violin - Missouri Western University
Masters Violin - University of Missouri Kansas City
Katie Benyo received her Masters in Violin Performance from The University of Missouri, Kansas City. She not only performs and teaches classical music, she has also performed and recorded in many different styles of music including country, traditional Americana, jazz, fiddle, bluegrass, pop and rock. She performed at the Major League Baseball World Series, the American Royal World Series of BBQ, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, and with Lindsey Stirling, 2Cellos and Evanescence. She uses her eclectic performing background to inspire students no matter their musical interests. She studied pedagogy at Indiana University's retreat for Violin and Viola teachers under Mimi Zweig, and she taught at the international music festival, VerArte in Arequipa, Peru.
EDD - University of Nebraska
MS - University of North Dakota
BS - Minot State University
Dr. Berg grew up in North Dakota. His experiences are primarily in academic/administrative higher education, entrepreneur/business owner, corporate education/consulting in both domestic and global environments. University academic experiences include full professor & department chairman, Northern State University; Director of Arizona State University Computer Institute; Dean of Academics at Western International University-Phoenix campus and London England campus; multiple Professor-of-the-Year awards; and, textbook author.
Dr. Berg has entrepreneurial experiences owning and operating small businesses including a small manufacturing company, a retail western store, and an assisted living care home. He also worked his way through college in a grocery store and in oil field trucking. He started and continues to operate a grocery store from scratch in a small town with revenues the first year and following years reaching $1 million.
Dr. Berg has worked as a national and global consultant and seminar leader doing seminars through Bottom Line Institute LLC with multiple years as a Strategic Planning in IT seminar leader for American Management Association. Seminars have been held in the USA, Canada, Taiwan, England and Russia in corporate/business/government environments, on these topics: information technology, strategic planning & management, C-Level strategic planning, information management, marketing, leadership, and power & politics.
Dr. Berg has been teaching in Ottawa University’s MBA program since 2006.
BS Management - Lesley University
MEd Human Resource Education - Boston University
BA Psychology - Wichita State University
MEd Counseling - Wichita State University
MA Clinical Psychology - California School of Professional Psych
PsyD Clinical Psychology
MBA Business Administration - California School of Professional Psych
Dr. Sonja Bethune holds an M.Ed. in Counseling from Wichita State University and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Health Psychology from Alliant International University, previously known as California School of Professional Psychology. She has also earned her MBA in Social Media Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University.
Dr. Bethune is a licensed Clinical Psychologist for the state of California; however, she recently relocated to her hometown in Wichita, KS. She has acquired over 22 years of experience working in various settings relating to the field of psychology: high schools, intensive outpatient clinics, hospitals, colleges, community-based treatment centers, in-home treatment, adolescent group homes, and residential treatment centers. For the past several years, she has been teaching both undergraduate and graduate-level courses in subjects pertaining to psychology for various online institutions.
Key occupational accomplishments include being the Director of Assessment and Referral for a few psychiatric hospitals in Southern California in which she effectively supervised crisis situations with patients as well as administered psychiatric assessments to the chronically mentally ill population. She also worked for a clinical trials company that focused on developing new psychotropic medications for various mental disorders. Furthermore, she has provided online cognitive behavioral therapy to adults who present with relationship issues, depression, and anxiety. She has demonstrated her passion for teaching through various scholastic accomplishments in which she co-authored a book that focuses on teaching strategies for online instructors. She also co-authored and published a journal article that centers on implicit bias within the online classroom.
BA English - Boling Green State University
M.Ed - Grand Canyon University
ASN Nursing - Pima Medical Institute
BSN Nursing - Grand Canyon University
MEd Educational Leadership - Colorado State University
MA Curriculum & Instruction - University of Colorado
MS Information Systems - Grand Canyon University
EdD Organizational Leadership ABD
PhD - Capella University
MBA - University of Phoenix
MSHI - Independence University
BA - ITT Technical Institute
Dr. Black earned his PhD in Education in 2010 with a primary focus on higher education administration and distance education technologies. He also has an MBA in Technology Management and an MS in Healthcare Informatics. Dr. Black began working professionally in IT operations support and management in 1990 and entered the higher education and educational technologies arena in 2000. Dr. Black has extensive IT operations and project management experience and has led IT for both Fortune 500 and Research 1 University organizations. In conjunction with teaching and administration in higher education, he currently also works as an IT Director with an IT services outsourcing company in Salt Lake City. Dr. Black enjoys sharing his IT experience as it relates to the topics presented in classes and how they apply in current industry areas.
BME Music Education - The University of Kansas
BS Social Science - Black Hills State University
MA Sociology - Arizona State University
BA - Washburn University
MA - University of Missouri
MBA Business Administration - Keller Graduate School
MIS Information Systems Management - Franklin University
DBA Business Administration - Ottawa University
I currently work for United Health Group as a Director of Data Engineering supporting a team of business analysts and data developers in managing the Midwest region reporting and analytics for our Medicare population. I have been with United for the last 14 years. I have my master's in business administration, master information systems management, and leadership certificate and will be obtaining my doctorate in the spring of 2024 from Franklin University. I have been an adjunct professor at Ottawa University since 2019. I have helped to write three separate courses for the data analytics space with Ottawa. My favorite course that I both wrote and have taught often is People's Analytics. I love the concept of business analysis and helping employees develop and improve their organizational situations.
BS Technical Communication - Missouri State University
MSEd Elementary Education - University of Phoenix
EdD Ethical Leadership
Top-performing Language Arts Educator with 15+ years of progressive and focused experience motivating students and fostering innovative growth through strategic planning and technology integration. Consistent exceptional results as a relevant and organized teacher, identifying new opportunities and administering effectual writing and language development. Excellent delivery of complex material. Reputation for building rapport with positivity and integrity. Proven problem solver with outstanding ability to communicate clearly through intentional feedback and doctorate-level training, leading to students’ personal growth and success.
PhD - Trident University International
MS - Minot State University
BS - Wright State University
Dr. Nicholas Bowersox is currently an operations research analyst for the Department of Defense, United States Air Force, Wright Patterson Air Force Base, OH. In this role, he provides statistical and mathematical analyses to analyze the Department of Defense Supply Chain. Additionally, Nicholas is quite active in the academic arena. He has been a college professor for ten years, both teaching and developing courses from the doctoral to undergraduate level in a wide variety of areas such as general management, leadership, strategic management, business policy, organizational behavior, human resources, knowledge/information management, business ethics, business statistics, and algebra. He has taught both traditional and online students of all types, including both military and civilian, as well as traditional and adult learners in accelerated learning formats. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, trail running, disc golf, being outdoors, and spending quality time with his beautiful wife.
BA Education - Kansas State University
MA Psychology & Communication - Kansas State University
PhD Communications & Theatre
BA Communications - Walden University
MBA Business Administration - Walden University
BEd Education - University of Nebraska
MS Counseling & Guidance - University of Nebraska
EdD Educational Psychology - National Louis University
I have experience in the field of Counseling Psychology and Rehabilitation Psychology with over 20 years of work history in both teaching and private practice. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and a National Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC).
BS Computer Science - University of Mississippi
BBA Applied Computer Science - Northcentral University
MBA - Northcentral University
Nathan Braun is a talented educator with nearly a decade of experience teaching in higher education. His ability to make lasting connections with students is not only impressive, but the measure he uses to gauge his success. Prior to his time in higher education, Nathan served as the IT Director for a national healthcare company and has extensive experience in the world of computer and information security. Nathan looks forward to putting this experience to work for the students of Ottawa University.
BA Economics - University of Central Missouri
MA Economics - University of Central Missouri
PhD Organizational Leadership
Mark is an author, keynote speaker, and the CEO of PARTNERNOMICS®, an
international software, training, and consulting firm that has helped thousands of
business professionals learn and leverage the “science of partnering.”
Mark is recognized as a global expert at forming and leading partnerships with
complementary organizations in order to grow profits and achieve an organization’s
purpose. Mark’s powerful insights and strategies for business growth led him to be a
Strategic Advisor to company leaders at Dell, Bridgestone, Mercedes-Benz, T-Mobile,
and hundreds more.
Prior to founding PARTNERNOMICS® in 2014, Mark served in several senior executive
roles with multiple technology firms. He formed and led over 300 multi-million dollar
partnerships while working for a Fortune 100 firm that included more than $10 billion in
contract value. Mark’s pedigree includes a Ph.D. in Business Administration, a Master’s
Degree in Economics, 20 years of strategic partner leadership, an Adjunct Professor of
Business & Economics, and a six-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.
BA Theatre Arts - Blackburn College
MA Humanities - American Public University
AS - Rock Valley College
BS Graphic Art Technology - Northern Illinois University
MBA Business Administration
I have been teaching in higher education for 21 years which includes 14 years at Ottawa University. I teach undergrad, MBA and doctoral classes. Some of the courses that I teach our Management and Leadership, organizational behavior, Capstone, Business Sustainability and Ethics, Business Math, and Economics. Prior to teaching I spent 15 years in the printing industry.
JD - University of Arizona
BA English - University of Utah
Judge Bryant is an Administrative Law Judge for the State of Arizona. He started his legal career as a Law Clerk at the Arizona Court of Appeals and then as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona. He was an ALJ with the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings and heard a wide variety of cases from 1997 to 2014. One of his areas of specialty is Special Education Law, as he was one of only two ALJs who heard and decided Special Education cases for the entire State over a fifteen-year period. He is currently an ALJ for the Arizona Board of Fingerprinting. He has taught Legal Assisting classes in almost every area of law for over 20 years. He started teaching Special Education Law at Ottawa in 2014. Judge Bryant also teaches Education Law and US Constitution.
BA Information Systems Technology - Ottawa University
MA Psychology - Fielding Graduate School
Adjunct Professor in Education
MSEd - Saint Joseph's University
BA - Rutger's University
Lisa Buccigrosse is an Ottawa University Faculty Member at the Residential Campus in Surprise, Arizona. She has been with Ottawa University since 2011. She instructs classes in teacher education, liberal arts, and foreign languages. She has been an educator in a variety of capacities (teacher, professor, administrator, instructional coach, and mentor) since 2001 at both the elementary (K-8) and higher education levels. She has both online and face-to-face teaching experiences as well as course development and curriculum development for both modalities of instructing and learning. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Spanish, which she received from Rutger’s University. Her Master’s degree is in Elementary Education, which she received from Saint Joseph’s University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, recently renewed in 2018, in the area of Early and Middle Childhood with a specialization in English as a New Language. She is certified in the State of Arizona with Principal and Elementary Teaching Certificates and endorsements in Early Childhood, English as a Second Language, Bilingual Education (English/Spanish), and Gifted Education. Lisa also serves as a national presenter and course facilitator with the National Education Association.
For fun, Lisa enjoys traveling. She has traveled to 27 foreign countries to expand her cultural awareness and understanding. Additionally, she enjoys taking care of her adopted rescue animals including dogs, cats, parrots, and horses.
PhD - Northcentral University
MA - Ottawa University
BA - Ottawa University
BS Computer Science - Kentucky State University
MS Management - Cardinal Stritch University
Adjunct Professor in Arts & Sciences
MACc - Auburn University
BACc - Auburn University
Professor Kimberly Byrd is a Full Time Instructor in the School of Business at Ottawa University. She was born in the Republic of Panama and lived there until she was 18 years old. Her family owns several businesses including a construction company, a property management company, and a landscaping company. She is very involved in the PTA at the local schools and work with the teachers and children every week. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with honors. She then tackled the Certified Public Accountant exam and passed. She worked for several years in the business world and decided to take on the challenge of a Master’s Degree in accounting. She felt the best option for her to accomplish this goal was online classes due to her workload, family schedule, and many responsibilities. She knows personally what a sacrifice it is to make the commitment to attend college while having so many other obligations. She also graduated with honors from her Master’s program. Professor Byrd has been in the accounting profession for many years. She has worked in private, public, governmental and non-profit organizations. She has also worked for several accounting firms.
BFA Fine Arts - California State University
BA English - California State University
MA Comparative Global Education
BA Organizational Leadership - Ottawa University
MBA Business Administration - Ottawa University
BS Elementary Education - Arizona State University
MEd Counseling - Arizona State University
BA Business Administration - California State University
MBA - University of Redlands
I have over 25 years of experience working in Financial Accounting. Positions held were Financial Controller and CFO. I have worked in manufacturing, hospitals, banking, and real estate industries.
PhD Biological Chemistry - University of California at LosAngeles (UCLA)
MS - University of California at LosAngeles (UCLA)
BA Chemistry - California State University
Dr. Carlson spent her formative years in Denver Colorado where she enjoyed skiing, camping, biking and tae kwon do. She left Colorado to go out of state to California for her education. During her undergraduate years she worked as a chemist for American McGaw Pharmaceuticals. After earning a doctorate at UCLA (in the Mental Retardation Research Center) she did post-doctoral research for 6 years at University of California Irvine, California State University Fullerton and University of Colorado School of Medicine. During this time, she was inspired by conversations with Hugh Ross who went on to found “Reasons to Believe”, and Francis Collins, then head of the Human Genome Project. Dr. Carlson went on to become an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at University of Colorado at Denver where she developed an interest in the biochemistry of nutrition and did research on the iron storage protein ferritin.
She had a heart to integrate faith and learning and this lead her to a position at Colorado Christian University as an Associate Professor of Chemistry. Dr. Carlson has also enjoyed teaching AP and IB biology and chemistry in high school for many years. She lives in Surprise and enjoys golf, camping, biking scuba diving, worshiping God, spending time with family and friends and teaching chemistry!
BSW Social Work - University of Wisconsin
MAC Professional Counseling - Ottawa University
Professor Carrington is currently working as part-time Adjunct Instructor at the OU-Brookfield, Wisconsin Campus where she teaches human services courses as well as provide tutoring services for the COMPS Exam and the Writing Center. She also works full-time as Licensed Professional Counselor at a local Mental Health Clinic.
BA Psychology - University of Massachusetts Lowell
MEd School Psychology - Ottawa University
BS Sports Management - Grand Canyon University
BS Business and Computer Science - Emporia State University
MS Instructional Design and Technology - Emporia State University
MSW - University of Kansas
BA - University of Missouri, Kansas City
Instructor Mark Cederburg grew up in Kansas City and obtained degrees in psychology, sociology, and social work. These degrees prepared him for work in the fields of child welfare, family services, mental health, and disabilities. For the past 15 years, Mr. Cederburg has focused on academia, teaching ground and online classes at several universities. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with budding human service workers.
BS Psychology - University of Arizona
MA School Psychology - University of Arizona
PhD School Psychology
BS Sociology/Psychology - Grand Valley State University
MA Addictions Counseling - Grand Canyon University
MEd School Counseling K-12
BA Sociology - Arizona State University
MAC Psychology - Immaculata University
.DBH Behavioral Health
BBA Business Administration - University of La Verne California
MBA Business Administration - University of La Verne California
MDiv/MA Theological Studies - Pepperdine University
EdD Organizational Leadership
BA Social Studies Education - MidAmerican Nazarene University
MA History - Emporia State University
MSW - University of Illinois
BS - University of Illinois
Sue Cohen earned a BS degree in Psychology and an MSW in Social Work from the University of Illinois. She worked as a therapist for the first ten years of her career and then served as a Program Administrator in a large non-profit organization in Northeast Wisconsin overseeing a variety of services in the areas of crisis intervention, sexual assault, youth prevention, and treatment programs and services for runaway and homeless youth. She has been teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs in Wisconsin for the past 25 years. Currently, she serves as a Supervisor of Initial Assessment Specialists for the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families. Sue enjoys doing federal grant reviews and spending time with her grandchildren.
BM Music Education - Seton Hill College
MM Vocal Performance - Carnegie Mellon University
DMA Vocal Performance - Rutgers University
Dr.Donna Connolly has garnered acclaim from locales as diverse as Bangkok, Cairo, Manila, Hong Kong, Korea, and Italy and major opera and concert houses in New York City and the United States.
A Metropolitan Opera National Council Audition winner, as well as a first prizewinner in the Liederkranz Foundation Competition, and National Federation of Music Clubs National winner, she is also a recipient of the Sullivan Foundation Grant and the Puccini Foundation Award. She has performed with Bravo Productions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. In addition, she was selected for the distinguished Voice Internship at Mount Sinai’s Grabscheid Voice Center in New York City under the leadership of Dr. Peak Woo.
Dr. Connolly has her DMA degree from Rutgers University Mason Gross School for the Arts and her Master’s degree is from Carnegie-Mellon University. She is a proud alumnus of Seton Hill University where she was honored with the title of Distinguished Alum. Presently she is an Adjunct Professor at Ottawa University in Surprise, AZ, and Grand Canyon University in Glendale, AZ. Dr. Connolly is a member of The National Association of Teachers of Singing and the New York Singing Teachers Association. Dr. Connolly had the pleasure of serving as a faculty member at the AIMS Summer Music program in Graz, Austria as well as a faculty member of Tarleton University’s Summer Music Study Abroad program in Tuscania, Italy under the auspices of the Lorenzo de Medici School in Italy.
BA Elementary Education - Arizona State University
MA Elementary Education - Northern Arizona University
MA Speech Communication - California State University
BA Organizational Management - Southern California College
David Cook is an instructor of communication. He received his BA in Organizational Management from Southern California College (Now Vanguard University), and his MA in Human Communication from Cal. State University with concentrations in persuasion/compliance gaining and organizational communication. David has more than 25 years of management experience in the public and private sectors. In 2004 He founded his own communications company providing corporate training and consulting to clients ranging from local pastors to fortune 100 companies. He has taught at Ottawa since 2006.
MA Economics - University of Missouri - Kansas City
BA Economics - Political Science - University of Missouri - Kansas City
Doug Copeland grew up in North Kansas City, Missouri and completed his undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science, as well as his Master’s in Economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Doug has 37 years teaching as a full-time faculty member at Kansas State University, Pittsburg State University and Johnson County Community College. He has taught a wide variety of courses beyond economics, including finance, international business, and statistics. He has also authored many editions of Study Guides, Instructor’s Manuals, and Test Banks that accompany textbooks, and has co-authored a few textbooks as well over the last 30 years. Doug has been excited to teach for Ottawa since 2015. In his spare time he enjoys horseback riding and traveling.
AA - Glendale Community College
BA Communication Studies - Arizona State University
MEd Elementary Education
BM Music - University of Missouri
MA Music - University of Missouri
BA Accounting - Ottawa University
PhD - Capella University
MBA - University of Cincinnati
BA - Kenyon College
Dr. Bari Courts received his PhD from Capella University in Organizational Management and an MBA in Management from the University of Cincinnati. In addition, Dr. Courts has a BS in Mathematics from Kenyon College. He earned his degree from Capella entirely online and is very familiar with the time commitment and other issues associated with completing a degree online; he understands it is not easy but it is very rewarding. Dr. Courts has been teaching online for over 12 years now and has taught courses that include e-Commerce, Economics, Management, Organizational Behavior, Research Methodology, and Statistics. His professional background includes some time in the insurance industry and a position as a project manager for a major ERP software implementation. He also owns a small self-storage business just outside of Cincinnati.
Professionally Dr. Courts is a board member of two organizations, conducts presentations on various topics, and writes course curriculum. His research interests include writing about social media. His most recently published article is titled "The Influence of Social Media on 21st Century Leaders". In his free time Dr. Courts stays active by playing soccer for exercise, and singing in both a barbershop chorus and barbershop quartet.
BS Information Systems - University of Phoenix
MPA Public Administration - Western International University
MA English - Northern Arizona University
BA English - Arizona State University
Dan Crawley completed an undergraduate degree in English from Arizona State University and a master's from Northern Arizona University, with emphasis in Creative Writing. He has been an instructor at Ottawa University for twelve years, teaching a number of English literature and creative writing courses. Altogether, Dan has been teaching English courses in higher education for twenty-seven years at various community colleges and universities throughout Arizona. He is a published fiction writer, with over 100+ stories appearing or forthcoming in a number of online and print journals. Also, he is the author of the following fiction collections: Straight Down the Road (Ad Hoc Fiction), The Wind, It Swirls (Cowboy Jamboree Press), and the forthcoming Blur (Cowboy Jamboree Press, 2023).
PhD - Indiana University
MSN - Indiana School of Nursing
BS - Indiana Wesleyan University
ASN - Indian Central University
Dr. Crisp is an instructor and course content expert in Ottawa's online master's nursing leadership program. She has been a pediatric nurse for the past 40 years serving in a variety of leadership capacities in both professional and volunteer arenas. She received her doctorate in 2009 and taught at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus for 7 years before taking time off to care for her mother at the end of life. Dr. Crisp is mother of a young adult who is medically complex and ventilator dependent, works as a pediatric home care nurse, volunteers for a Boston terrier rescue, and is mom to 2 dogs, 3 cats, and foster mom to 1 Boston terrier through the rescue, In her spare time, she likes to read, knit, and practice photography.
BS Communication - Arizona State University
MEd Higher Education - Arizona State University
BSW Social Work - University of Wisconsin
MSW Social Work - University of Wisconsin
I have worked in the field of social work since first graduating with my BSW in 1977. I have worked in a variety of settings; from non-profits, public child welfare, community based hospitals, Veteran's Administration Hospital and a large Medical Center and Level 1 Trauma Center. I have been teaching at Ottawa, on and off, for over 20 years.
BS Psychology - Indiana University
JD - University of Louisville
I am a licensed attorney who has been teaching in higher education for over 23 years. I have developed online courses, migrated courses from one LMS to another, mentored courses, and served as an advisor to students. I just completed authoring a Tort Law textbook for Cengage. I have also written over 8000 assessment questions, instructor manuals, power points, and more to coincide with different textbooks for different areas. I am well-versed in multiple LMS and computer systems as well as design programs.
AA Liberal Arts - Monroe Community College
BS Psychology - State University of New York College
MA Psychology - Roberts Wesleyan College
MS School Psychology - Walden University
BS Public Administration - University of Arizona
MAC Counseling - Arizona State University
I have twenty years experience providing vocational counseling to diverse individuals including Veterans, individuals with disabilities, college students, worker's compensation recipients, and those who are unemployed. I am also experienced in administering vocational evaluations and assessing job readiness, transferable skills, job seeking skills, occupational knowledge, and work habits of individuals. Additional experience in career development counseling and addressing strengths and barriers in community and educational settings.
MS Education - University of Kansas
MM Operatic Performance - Boston Consercatory
DMA Vocal Performance
BS Education - University of Wisconsin
MA Education - Ottawa University
AA General Studies - Ilisagvik College
BS Business Administration - Stevens-Henager College
MBA Business Administration - Capella University
PhD Business Management
Dr. Jaime Davis is an education and organization consultant in addition to her teaching roles at several colleges and universities. Jaime holds a Ph.D. in Business Management with an emphasis in Leadership. She is a dynamic public speaker and has spoken at several conferences and events on topics such as leadership, communication, customer service, and the power of influence.
BS Education - University of Milwaukee
MSW Social Work - University of Milwaukee
EDd Educational Leadership & Management
AS Computer Networking Systems - ITT Technical Institute
AS Web Development - ITT Technical Institute
BA Marketing - Lakeland College
MBA Business Administration - City University of Seattle
EdD - Lakeland College
BA Communication - William Jewell College
BA Art - William Jewell College
MA Speech Communication
BSN Nursing - Baker University
MSN Nursing Education - Fort Hays State University
I am an RN with a background in med/surg for 10 years and Staff Development for an additional 10 years in a local hospital. I joined Ottawa University to teach online Nursing courses. I enjoy teaching new nursing students and RN to BSN students furthering their degree. Nursing is my passion and I enjoy teaching nursing courses to others.
DM - University of Phoenix
MS - Ottawa University
BS - Emporia State University
AS Information Technology - Rio Salado Community College
BA Organizational Management - Ashford University
Master in Organizational Leadership - University of Arizona Global Campus formally Ashford University
Doctor of Education - Nova Southeastern University
Professor and Cybersecurity Leader with over 10 years of experience in the field.
BA Psychology - Ashbury University
MS General Psychology - Eastern Kentucky University
MS - University of Wisconsin
BS - University of Wisconsin Parkside
BA English - The University of Kansas
MA English - The University of Kansas
BM Music Performance - Millikin University
MM Vocal Performance - Rice University
MA Vocal Studies - University of Kansas
PhD Music Education
BM Applied Music - Kansas State University
MEd Education Teaching - Emporia State University
BS Computer Science - South Carolina State University
MBA - Webster University
PhD Information Systems and Communication
PhD - Grand Canyon University
MBA - University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
BBA - University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Julie Dilling resides in Wisconsin with her family. She completed her doctoral degree, a Doctor of Philosophy in General Psychology with an emphasis in Integrating Technology, Learning and Psychology, at Grand Canyon University. Julie's research on teaching presence and social presence in the online classroom continues to be at the forefront of her teaching methods to promote a collaborative online learning experience for students. Julie is a licensed CPA. While working on her Master’s Degree, Julie was a senior manager for an international public accounting firm implementing accounting software and training clients on how to effectively use the software in their organization. After completing her Masters, Julie began teaching undergraduate courses in the Accounting program for a variety of colleges. Her passion for teaching grew, and in 2003 she left the corporate world to become an educator full-time. Julie continues to consult for former clients while teaching full-time at a local community college and enjoys the practical application as well as the opportunity to share business world examples with students. Julie teaches on the Brookfield campus as well as online for Ottawa University in their undergraduate, graduate, and EMBA programs. She is committed to supporting student success and promoting meaningful learning.
BA Healthcare Management - Ottawa University
MPH Public Health - New York Medical College
DPH Public Health
I want to take a moment to tell you a little about myself. I completed the Doctor of Public Health degree and pursued a graduate certificate in Applied Biostatistics at the University of South Florida. It was essential to attain a background in population health and statistics to interpret and convey healthcare data. I have my master’s in health management and Policy from New York Medical College and additional AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association) coursework that emphasized Biomedical, Health Information Management, and Coding Basics. This master’s program and AHIMA education complemented my bachelor’s in health care management from Ottawa University (Arizona). My master’s and doctorate were online programs, which gave me a deeper understanding of what online students experience when achieving their education.
Currently, I work in the Health Care Economics and Market Access (HEMA) division for a medical device manufacturer; however, I am field-based and have much flexibility. In my day-to-day activities, I educate executives, physicians, mid-level providers, and ancillary staff on technical information about cardiovascular disease, healthcare economics, and reimbursement. The financial and reimbursement aspects of healthcare are a constant theme in my conversations with these stakeholders. I typically present healthcare information in many forums that range from one-on-one conversations to speaking in front of roughly 60+ healthcare professionals. Furthermore, I have a background in cardiovascular research at both the clinical and manufacturer levels.
AA General Education - Modesto Junior College
BS Management - California State University
MBA Business Administration - University of Phoenix
MHA Health Administration
I have had the fortune of gaining industry-recognized operations, manufacturing process, business analysis, and project management experience in world-renowned healthcare and high-tech environments. In-depth experience in operations and supply chain management, logistics, procurement, sourcing, inventory control, warehousing and distribution, computer automation, and software development & integration. Thoroughly familiar with a broad range of manufacturing protocols, including Demand Flow Technology (DFT), KANBAN, TQC, JIT, ERP & MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems), FDA, Six Sigma, LEAN, and ISO.
BS Elementary Education - University of Kansas
MS Curriculum & Instruction - University of Kansas
MA Educational Administration
BA Elementary Education - MidAmerica Nazarene University
MS Education - University of Kansas
EdD Curriculum & Instruction - University of Kansas
Carolyn Doolittle is a reading specialist in the Gardner-Edgerton School District. When she began her career in the early elementary classroom, she soon realized the importance of starting students off as strong readers, and so began her graduate work to become a reading specialist. She moved into the higher education realm, and spent more than twenty-five years in teacher education programs as adviser, professor, and program director. A little more than 5 years ago, however, she felt it was time to return to the world of K-12 teaching, to gain a sense of what the realities of teaching were for the 21st Century teacher. Dr. Doolittle holds an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, specializing in reading and language arts. She serves on her district’s ELA curriculum committee and as an instructional coach. In order to stay connected to the higher ed. classroom, she continues to adjunct, and present at various conferences and workshops.
MA Communication - Eastern Michigan University
BS Communication - Eastern Michigan University
Christine Douglass grew up in Livonia, Michigan and completed her undergraduate degree at Eastern Michigan with a major in Communication and a minor in Professional Writing. Upon graduation, Christine worked ten years as a Human Resources Manager for a local cable and internet provider. While working, Christine served as a graduate teaching assistant at Eastern Michigan University and graduated with an MA in Communication. Shortly after graduation she made a career change to the academic world and has been teaching online and in the traditional classroom for the past ten years. Christine enjoys being able to integrate her real world experience in her day to day encounters in the classroom. Christine is currently working on a second Masters at Davenport University in Business Management.
BS Sociology - Arizona State University
MAEd Special Education - University of Phoenix
Adam Dregely is currently completing a Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. During his training he obtained supervised practica and internship placements in the areas of susbtance use as well as child and adolescent psychology. As part of his doctoral training he is completing a doctoral project on the barriers to substance use recovery that LGBTQIA+ individuals experience and has contributed to a variety of published works. Adam has professional, personal, and training history in traumatic stress. He has provided training in the state of Arizona to foster agencies, works as a surrogate parent for the AZ Department of Education for foster youth, and regularly volunteers in service of those who have experienced trauma.
AS Data Processing - Longview Community College
BS Systems & Data Processing - William Jewell College
PhD Management - Capella University
PhD Leadership - Baker University
PhD - Capella University
MLS - Fort Hays State University
BA - Mid-America Nazarene University
Donald D. Dunn is a faculty member who has taught 33 different courses in leadership, management, ethics, business ethics, and practical ministry for six universities over the last eight years. He holds a BA in Religion from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a Master of Liberal Studies degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University, and a PhD in Organization and Management (specializing in Leadership) from Capella University. His subject matter expertise (SME) is in ethical leadership concentrating in business ethics. In addition to his teaching roles, Dr. Dunn offers his research-based The Moldable Model© to help companies design ethical workplaces, committed employees, and competitive advantage. Dunn authored an executive MBA textbook in 2016, published by Business Expert Press entitled: “Designing Ethical Workplaces: The Moldable Model©.” Dr. Dunn has taught for Ottawa University for seven years both in the undergraduate and graduate business programs.
JD - Rutgers University
MS - Duquesne University
BA - Temple University
Ms. Durant holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Rutgers University School of Law. She also holds a Master of Science degree in Global Leadership from Duquesne University.Currently, she teaches both graduate and undergraduate course at Ottawa University. Ms. Durant has been a practicing international business attorney for the past 17 years with concentrations in business development, cyber law and intellectual property. Additionally, Ms. Durant has spent many years as a technology sector international business consultant. Further, Ms. Durant serves as a non-profit board member for several national organizations and has served as corporate general counsel on several instances. Ms. Durant has authored several business law articles and is a frequent public speaker and conference panelist on legal matters and emerging global economic issues.
PhD Business Management IP - Capella University
MBA - University of Phoenix
BA Political Science - University of Kansas
Elhan Durguti is from Lawrence, Kansas. He is husband to a beautiful wife, father to a precious newborn daughter, and has a passion for teaching. In the early years of his professional career he worked for the casino and hotel industry promoting gaming and training staff to the new customer relationship management policies. He has also spent time in the pharmaceutical industry educating clients of their medical prescription benefits. Mr. Durguti’s passion for education made the transition to higher education a natural fit. He is currently a senior business faculty at Grantham University where he teaches business courses, ranging from Business Statistics, Principles of Business Management, Ethics and Business, Marketing, Business Negotiations, International Business, and Business Policy and Strategy. In addition to teaching Mr. Durguti manages and mentors faculty and staff, designs business courses, and manages assessment projects for his university. He joined the Ottawa family in 2015 as an adjunct for the School of Business. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling to different countries, reading, writing, and playing golf.
BS Commerce - DePaul University
JD Juris Doctor - The John Marshall Law School
Certified Mediator - Northwestern University
Certified & Licensed Chaplain - International Fellowship of Chaplains
Real Estate License - California Bureau of Licensing
Professor Durkin utilizes his law and business experiences teaching Business Law, Business Ethics and a variety of other courses. Durkin worked in a major Chicago law firm prior to opening a private law practice. He became an entrepreneur and was the owner/operator of businesses in Chicago and Atlanta. He also received a real estate license and worked as a small business broker helping business owners valuate, sell and purchase companies and real estate in Southern California. He has mentored at-risk youth through mentorship programs for over 20 years. He is also a practicing corporate chaplain in the Phoenix area.
When he is not in the classroom, Professor Durkin enjoys playing golf, travelling and grilling.
BA - University of Oklahoma
MDivinity - Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD Religion - Baylor University
Online Adjunct Instructor, Ottawa University, 2010-present
Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Saint Leo University (Gwinnett Center), 2014-2020
Online Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Saint Leo University, 2014, 2017-2020
Online Adjunct Instructor, Grand Canyon University, 2009–2013
Online Subject Matter Expert, Ottawa University, 2010
Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Belmont University, 2003–2004
Adjunct Instructor of Religion, Campbell University, 1999–2003
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campbell University, 1999–2003
Adjunct Instructor of Humanities, University of Phoenix (Oklahoma City campus), 1999
Instructor, University of Oklahoma’s Center for English as a Second Language, 1997–1999
Adjunct Instructor of Religion, McLennan Community College, 1990–1991
UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY (GWINNETT CENTER)
REL 110 Emergence of Christianity
REL 123 Christian Spiritual Vision
REL 223 Religions East and West
REL 224 Salvation in the Christian Tradition
REL 426 The Gospel of John and Related Readings
REL 470 Christology
DISTANCE LEARNING UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
REL 230 Islam: The Straight Path
ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY
REL 123 Christian Spiritual Vision
REL 124 Introduction to the Old Testament
ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT OTTAWA UNIVERSITY
REL 11123 Introduction to the Old Testament
REL 11223 Introduction to the New Testament
REL 23723 Dimensions of Faith
REL 21024 Christian Thought I
REL 22003 Exploration of Personal Ministry
REL 41523 Issues in Science and Religion
REL 44823 Life and Thought of Paul
REL-49023 Comprehensive in Religion
ONLINE UNDERGRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
BIB 113 Old Testament History
CWV 101 Christian World View
INT 463 World Religions
PHI 103 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics
PHI 105 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
PHI 305 Ethical Thinking in the Liberal Arts
PHI 318 Faith and Reason
PHI 351 Christian Apologetics
ONLINE GRADUATE COURSES TAUGHT AT GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
BIB 502 New Testament Foundations
HTH 505 Systematic Theology I
INT 520 Cross-Cultural and Multicultural Ministry
COURSES TAUGHT AT BELMONT UNIVERSITY
REL 110 Understanding the Bible
REL 112 Introduction to the New Testament
REL 117 Comparative Spirituality
COURSES (UNDERGRADUATE, GRADUATE, HONORS) TAUGHT AT CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY
RELG 125 Introduction to Christianity
RELG 224 Introduction to Christian Ethics
RELG 251 World Religions
RELG 348/CLNR 525 Medical Ethics
HONS 301 The Ethical, Social, and Legal Issues of the Human Genome Project
COURSES TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX
COURSES TAUGHT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA’S CENTER FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
COURSES TAUGHT AT MCLENNAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Introduction to the Old Testament
Introduction to the New Testament
BA Psychology - University of Arizona
MA Psychology - United States International University
PhD - Capella University
MA - Liberty University
BA - Park University
BS Kinesiology & Health - Miami University
MS Sports Leadership - Northeastern University
PhD Organizational Leadership
BS Agribusiness - Arizona State University
MEd Counseling - Northern Arizona State University
PsyD School Psychology
BA Psychology - Ohio State University
MEd Community Counseling - University of Oklahoma
PsyD Counseling Psychology
BM Piano Performance - Sichauan Conservatory of Music
MM Piano Performance - Sichauan Conservatory of Music
DMA Musical Arts Piano
BS Public Safety Administration - Grand Canyon University
MBA Business Administration - University of Phoenix
BS Health Fitness & Promotion - Central Michigan University
Sarah has been teaching in higher education for 25 years. She has held a full-time faculty position at Carroll University for 13 years and is currently the Associate Dean and an Associate Professor in the Sullivan School of Business. She holds a Doctor of Business Administration in Healthcare Leadership and Innovation from Concordia University Chicago. Prior to teaching, she worked in many aspects of health care, including the federal government, hospital systems and private insurance. Sarah has experience in wellness, physician contract relations, and managed care. She has extensive experience in online course and program development and holds a special interest in distance learning programs and pedagogy. Sarah developed and started an undergraduate major in healthcare administration at Carroll in 2014, which is now the second largest major in the School of Business. Her research interests include the opportunities and challenges of women in leadership positions.
BA Speech Communication - University of Wisconsin
MS Communication - University of Wisconsin
I have my Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and minor in Marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. I also have my Master's Degree in Communication with an emphasis in Corporate Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
EdD - Lynn University
MEd - Lakeland University
BA - Marquette University
Dr. Allen Farina was raised in Wisconsin, but currently resides in Florida. While in Wisconsin, Dr. Farina earned his bachelor’s degree in Sociology at Marquette University and his master’s degree in Education at Lakeland University. In Florida, he pursued doctoral studies in Educational Leadership at Lynn University. Dr. Farina currently works with learners at all levels of education with several universities and colleges. He serves on dissertation committees for students pursuing doctoral degrees in Education, teaches graduate classes in Education, facilitates undergraduate courses in Sociology, and instructs students at the Associate level in Psychology. Curriculum writing and mentoring new online faculty are also current job functions. Past positions include teaching and administration in K-12 and higher education settings. Dr. Farina’s passion is being of service to students with the goal of helping them build bridges to get from “where they are” to “where they want to be." His favorite education mantra from the late and great Mr. Mandela is, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
I have been a nurse for 18 years and have worked in the following areas: Oncology, Bone Marrow Transplant, Ortho, Long Term Care, Surgical Oncology, Vascular, and Med/Surg. I was fortunate to work on various units. I have been an educator since 2012 and have experience teaching in the classroom, nursing lab, online, clinical, and simulation. I have facilitated courses such as Nursing Research, Informatics, Palliative Care, Leadership, Med/Surg I, Health Policy, Family Nursing Roles, Nursing and Cultural Diversity, and Community-Based Nursing. I have facilitated clinical rotations for Nursing Fundamentals, Med/Surg, and Community Nursing. I earned an MSN with an emphasis in education in 2012 and a DNP in 2019. I stay abreast of current evidence-based nursing practices by continuing active membership in professional organizations and participating in professional development opportunities focused on the best strategies for teaching and learning. I enjoy working with nursing students and always look forward to facilitating student success.
BA History - East Stroudburg
MA History - University of South Carolina
AS Animal Technology - Madison Area Technical College
AS Industrial Engineering - Moriane Park Technical College
BBA Business Administration - University of Pheonix
MS Human Resource Management
Jill Feller has been a Human Resource professional since 2002. She has worked in manufacturing, retail and service industries throughout her career. She has established Human Resource departments at two companies that she worked for when Human Resource was non-existent. She is now an adjunct professor for the business department online.
BS Business Administration - Regis University
MA Counseling/Comm Counseling - Denver Seminary
EdD Counselor Education & Supervision
Dr. Deborah Nichols has been teaching in higher education since 2013 and is Adjunct Faculty for the Mental Health Counseling program and Addiction program at Ottawa university and Walden University. She earned her doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision with her dissertation research focused on The Supervisory Working Alliance Between Clinical Supervisors and Clinicians Working in the Community Corrections Setting across the United Sates. She has a master’s degree in Counseling and credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, and Licensed Addiction Counselor in Colorado as well as a national Master Addiction Counselor credential and Approved Clinical Supervision credential. Dr. Nichols’ clinical experience began in 2004 focusing on addictions, criminal conduct, and mental health issues. Additionally, she maintains a current private practice providing counseling, neurofeedback, and clinical supervision to individuals and couples. Dr. Nichols presented at national and state conferences for the American Counseling Association Annual, NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals, Colorado Counseling Association, and Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals. Dr. Nichols served as national Chair of the Student Membership Committee for NAADAC. She served on the Executive Committee of the Colorado Association of Addiction Professionals from 2012 to 2018 and as a conference committee member for CAAP and NAADAC. Dr. Nichols is the recipient of the Colorado Counseling Association Outstanding Advocacy Award 2014-2015 in recognition of her leadership, advocacy, contributions, and sustained commitment to the community and CCA.
BA Sociology - University of Florida
MS Education - University of Florida
EdD Education Curriculum & Instruction
Dr. Heidi Fernandez is a disciplined and experienced leader, program designer, and professor with expertise in performance management and higher education administration. The focus of her career has been on leading academic operations in top-level higher education management roles, such as Department Chair, Associate Dean, Dean, and Interim Vice-Provost. She has delivered key initiatives through leadership, curriculum design and planning, and program management. One objective has been re-imagining educational resources in online courses.
BM Music Composition - University of Hartford
MM Music Composition - SUNY Fredonia
MA Music Theory - University of Kansas
PhD Music Theory
BA Elementary Education - Arizona State University
MA Education - University of Phoenix
MA School Psychology - Argosy University
2001-2004 Medical assistant Instructor at Apollo College
2004-2006 3rd grade Elementary School Teacher in Alhambra School District
2006-2011 1st and 3rd grade teacher in the Chandler Unified School District
2011-2012 School Psychologist Intern in Chandler Unified School District
2012-present Certified School Psychologist working in Elementary and Secondary schools in Chandler Unified School District
2018-2020 In person Adjunct Faculty in school psychology Program at Ottawa University Glendale AZ campus
2021-Present Online Adjunct faculty for Ottawa University in the Education and Psychology programs
BS Psychology - Edgewood College
MSW Social Work - University of Milwaukee
PhD - University of Phoenix
MA - Fielding Graduate University
MS - Regis University
MBA - University of St. Thomas
Dr. Jimmie Flores has extensive background in both Management and IT courses. In fact, he has a doctorate in each of these disciplines. Over the past two decades, he has held professional employment positions in companies like Shell Oil Company, Prudential, and USAA. In 2000, he launched an IT company, which provided IT services to collegiate conferences. Because of his love for education, he decided to change career direction in 2008 and become an IT Consultant / Corporate Trainer. Today, he teaches courses that he developed to organizations, mostly related to Project Management and IT. He also directs global teams in their project management endeavors, and travel frequently to India, The Philippines, and South America. His academic and research interests include Information Technology, Global Business, Project Management, and Organizational Behavior.
MA - Northern Arizona University
BS - Brigham Young University
Michelle Flory taught in the inner city elementary schools in Phoenix, Arizona before becoming a reading specialist with her master's degree from NAU. She then went on to teach as an adjunct faculty member for seven colleges in Arizona before relocating to Utah with her family. She currently is an adjunct faculty member for five colleges and is completing her PhD with Utah State University in Instructional Leadership with an emphasis in Literacy. Her specialties are curriculum, literacy and reading coursework, and children's literature.
BBA Business Administration - Wayne State College
MBA Business Administration - Arizona State University
PhD - Walden University
MAHR - Ottawa University
BS Vocal Educations Studies - Southern Illinois University
Dr. Forsyth (Bryan) has worked in a variety of industries including government, food, electronics, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, distribution and education. Bryan’s principal areas of expertise include knowledge and learning management, human resource management, organizational and employee development, organizational systems interventions and leadership development. Bryan has been a professional in the training and development/education arena for approximately 30 years.
Additionally, Bryan is currently teaching business, management and other social science courses for undergraduate, MBA as well as Doctoral studies. Bryan received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Vocational Education from Southern Illinois University, majoring in Education, Training and Development. A Master of Arts degree from Ottawa University specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Change Management where he graduated at the top of his class. Bryan has completed his doctoral studies at Walden University for a degree in Applied Management and Decision Sciences emphasizing Knowledge and Learning Management where he also graduated at the top of his class. Lastly and most currently, Bryan has completed a Post-Doctoral Degree program in Global Leadership at Colorado Technical University.
Dr. Forsyth (Bryan) has a family of four and an extended family that involves many friends and colleagues around the globe. Travelling and taking a hike in the Rocky Mountains is always fun as is riding the mountain bike and being with family and those friends relaxing and enjoying life whenever possible.
MA - Wheaton College
BA - Taylor University
Gary Fortney has a Master's Degree in Christian Ministries from Wheaton Graduate School and a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education from Taylor University – Fort Wayne. He has served as an education program director and specialist for over twenty years with the Arizona Department of Education. His experience also includes administration of Christian Schools in the Phoenix area along with being a pulpit supply for several churches. Earlier experience also included serving as a youth pastor. Gary has facilitated virtual classes for seven years total. Facilitating these classes has been answer to prayer and fulfillment of a life-long vision for ministry.
BS Education - Northern Arizona University
BS Athletic Training-Coaching - University of Idaho
MS Sports Health Care - Arizona School of Health Sciences
PhD Health -IP
BA Secondary Ed - Spanish - Benedictine College
MA School Leadership - Benedictine College
MAE Curriculum & Instruction
AS Applied Science - Pratt Community College
BS Agriculture/Animal Science - Oklahoma State University
MS Management - University of Phoenix
Dr. Fuller Biography:
Having attained a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership, I realize how valuable experiential learning is in the classroom. My doctoral dissertation focused on experiential learning, or more specifically, the isomorphic mechanisms of transformational leadership skills development and transference through the use of metaphor.
The past 40 plus years of management/leadership experiences has afforded opportunities to observe business function pertaining to employer/stakeholder interactions, successes, and failures. My agribusiness related professional life strengthens my academic association with student professionals of widely diverse backgrounds. I believe the interpersonal insight into how professionals in other industries think and act is the core of experiential learning, and the foundation of effective classroom learning. Interestingly enough, the thoughts of business and social functions are very similar across industries and this is ever present in the online learning environment where student make-up is industry, ethnically, and racially diverse. The diversity of the adult student base aids in making the online learning experience a valuable life-long learning opportunity in the classroom and at work, that is further enhanced when combined with concepts and theory from the courses.
As a facilitator, I adhere to the highest personal and professional morals and ethics. I openly embrace new ideas and apply my efforts with the utmost diligence. I maintain a very high work ethic and welcome the viewpoint of others into the conversation. I expect the same from my students.
I have taught nearly all manner of classes pertaining to business management and organizational leadership, including many research courses. I began my career as a regional operations manager in the agribusiness industry and later was a territory manager for a national agribusiness company. I had a private management consulting business for 10 years after this. During this time, I felt a calling toward and began teaching at some universities/colleges and quickly went full-time in an EdD in Organizational Leadership program, where I transitioned into also becoming the IRB Chair for the colleges of Psychology, Education, DBA, and Organizational Leadership. I was an Assistant Program Director for a DBA program where I managed 30 plus dissertation faculty, hired, reviewed, taught, and chaired as well. In 2007 I was one of the principal partners in a university start-up that just recently sold. I have chaired over 70 doctoral dissertations in EdD, DBA, and PhD programs. I have also chaired many Masters capstone and theses in various business programs including MSM, MBA, and Communications. I am additionally a strong APA instructor and editor having taught APA to colleagues and administrators and editing many classroom papers, capstone/ theses, doctoral dissertations, and IRB materials. I have experienced APA from the fourth to now the seventh edition. Much of what I have accomplished overlapped with me doing several of these ventures at the same time, with a great many hours spent each day involved with each venture. 😊
BA Public Comm & Human Relations - Western Illinois University
MBA Business Adminsitration - University of Phoenix
EdD Organizational Development and Leadership - Grand Canyon University
Brian is an experienced technology leader who has spent his 28 year career in sales leadership, partnership/channel leadership, portfolio leadership, and individual contributor roles for large Fortune 500 companies throughout North America and abroad. A demonstrated performer and team leader by consistently exceeding results, creating go-to-market strategies, and leading successful practices from $1B+ annually. Brian has experience working in markets that include, ecosystems/partnerships, global, enterprise, state/local government, education, telecommunications, media, high tech, and aerospace.
Fortune 500 companies worked for include: Palo Alto Networks, Accenture, Cisco, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple
Today, Brian leads the global technology Infrastructure Services and Digital Cloud partnership organizations as a member of Wipro’s Chief Growth Office. His team consists of 30 team members located in the Americas, Europe, India, Asia/Pacific, and Middle East.
In this role, Brian is responsible for the overall sell-with and sell thru strategy, performance, and executive relationships for Wipro’s most strategic partners. He is accountable for growth, go-to-market campaigns, and the overall partnership agenda for the Fullstride Cloud Global Business Line (GBL). While Brian reports into the Chief Growth Office, he is also accountable to the executive leadership of the Cloud and Infrastructure Services practices and is responsible for creating multi-partner opportunities across all Wipro business lines ensuring cross-collaboration and strategy. In FY24, Brian is accountable for $1.6B in partner-influenced order bookings.
AAS Nursing - Cayuga Community College
BSN - Suny Health Science Center
MSN - Breyer State University
DSN - State University of New York
PhD - Capella University
MA - San Jose State University
BS - San Jose State University
Dr. Audra Gardner was born, raised and currently lives in Silicon Valley. She taught her first chronic disease self-management class on campus for Stanford back in 1995 and fell in love with the online format after teaching the first online version of this course in 1998. She completed her PhD coursework online, so she understands what it's like to be an online student as well as online professor. Dr. Gardner has a passion for teaching in the online environment and helping students achieve their academic and professional goals. She has taught students with a wide range of academic goals from those wishing to pursue a certificate to resident MD's. Dr. Gardner has also trained many distance educators. She currently teaches various classes at several universities and serves on about a dozen dissertation committees at any given time - and loves every minute of it!
AA Clarinet Performance - Pensacola State College
BM Clarinet Performance - Arizona State University
MM Clarinet Performance
DMA Clarinet Performance
BM Voice Performance - University of Mississippi
MM Voice Performance - Arizona State University
DMA Voice Performance
DM - University of Phoenix
MAOM - University of Phoenix
MS - Arizona State University
BA - Arizona State University
Barbara Gast, DM, is the Vice President for United Chase Group, an executive recruiting and leadership consultancy group. She is credited with over 35 years of expertise in human resource management, performance consulting and leadership development. She held the title of vice president in the private sector of association management and marketing boards. As an agency director in the public sector, she co-authored the state code of ethics governing licensing of healthcare professionals. Dr. Gast completed her studies including the Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, the Master of Science in Agribusiness Marketing and Management, and the Master of Arts in Organizational Management. She is currently a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and American Society for Training and Development. She served three years on the Arizona Cancer Society’s scientific research task force.
Dr. Gast enjoys hiking around Piestewa Peak Mountain in central Phoenix. She has one son who is an attorney in Tucson.
BA Home Economics - Pittsburg State University
Masters Curriculum and Instruction - Emporia State University
Educational Specialist in School Psychology - Emporia State University
Doctorate in K-12 Leadership - Baker University
Professor Gill has taught both core and non core subjects. Professor Gill has taught at urban, suburban, and residential psychiatric hospitals. Professor Gill has also been an administrator for a behavior program. Professor Gill is currently working as a school psychologist and adjunct professor.
BA Business Admin/Finance - Park University
MBA Business Administration Finance - Park University
AA Biblical Studies - Minnesota Bible College
BA Theology & Pastoral Leadership - Minnesota Bible College
MA New Testament
Deacon is the Lead Pastor of Vintage Church in Lawrence, KS, is the co-author of the Cross Vision Study Guide with Dr. Gregory Boyd, and an Adjunct Professor of Religion at Ottawa University.
BS Physics - Ludong University
PhD Physics - University of Science and Technology China
EdD - Walden University
MEd - Carroll University
BA - Ottawa University
James-Etta Goodloe, EdD is an Adjunct Faculty member at Ottawa University’s Indiana campus. Dr. James-Etta earned her doctorate in Education and Adult Learning at Walden University. She teaches liberal arts capstone courses and has served as a Subject Matter Expert for Ottawa's Online division. As a student, Dr. James-Etta earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Management at Ottawa's Wisconsin Campus. While in Wisconsin she went on to earn her Master of Education degree from Carroll University. She has taught for Ottawa University since 2008 and enjoys guiding students through the same courses she once took as an OU student.
BA Education - University of Montana
BA Education - History Literature - University of Montana
MA Classical Civilization History and Literature - University of Montana
Professor Gould has a bachelor’s degree in Education and History with a minor in English. Gould also has a master’s degree in English, History, and Classical Civilizations from the University of Montana. In pursuit of his master’s degree Gould traveled to Rome and Greece giving lectures on various subjects in Ancient Classical History and Classical Mythology. Gould has taught all levels of academia and taught a few classes to senior citizens. For the past 18 years Gould has been teaching English Literature, Composition and Grammar as well as Humanities courses, at Glendale Community College and Estrella Mountain Community College in Arizona. Over the course of Gould’s career, he has written and revised a collection of writing rubrics and lesson plans and integrated them into online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes. My leisure time is spent with various hobbies mostly sewing and embroidery. My greatest joys are my tri-pawed Boxer Ethel and my Boxmas Newt both of whom are rescues.
MSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
BSW - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Judy Grady, MSW, is an adjunct professor at Ottawa University's Wisconsin campus. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 30 years and currently maintains a private practice in addition to teaching. Judy's current area of interest is in the area of neurobiology as it applies to mental wellness, and the use of mindfulness meditation and yoga as healing tools.
Judy is a Wisconsin native. When not in the classroom or therapy office, she can be found wandering the globe, sewing in her studio, experimenting with new recipes in her kitchen, or on the yoga mat.
BS Bible Ministry - Manhattan Christian College
MS Community Counseling - University of Phoneix
AS Theology - Calvary Chapel Bible College
BA Christian Studies - Briercrest College
MA Theological Studies - Liberty University
MDiv Homiletics - Liberty University
DMin Ministry - Liberty University
PhD - University of Southern California
MHA - University of Southern California
BA - University of Vermont
Originally from Vermont, Dr. Greenia moved to California to earn the MHA degree in 1991. Since that time he has spent his life in the warmer weather offered by the West Coast. Dr. Greenia has over twenty years of diverse experience in healthcare operations, quality management and strategic planning. He has worked in several settings, including government, for-profit, not-for-profit, academic medical centers as well as a children’s hospital. Dr. Greenia is board-certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Healthcare Executives.
BS Secondary Education - Drake University
MEd Bilingual Multicultural Education - Northern Arizona University
Masters in Curriculum and Instruction - Western Governors University
Becky Gregory is an adjunct professor from Goodyear, Arizona, with 23 years of teaching experience. She has taught history, political science and English at the middle school, high school, and college level. Becky holds a Bachelors in Secondary Education from Drake University, a Master’s in Multicultural Education from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governors University. Becky began working at Ottawa University in 2008. She currently teaches Political Science classes for Ottawa University Online as well as American History and English at the high school level.When she is not teaching, you can find her spending time with her husband and three dogs.
Bachelors of Social Work - University of Wisconsin
Masters in Social Work - University of Wisconsin
Prior to teaching at Ottawa, Mary Alice Grosser was a practicing Social Worker for over 30 years. She worked in Child Protective Services both as a Social Worker and Supervisor in Wisconsin as well as California. While in California she partnered with Cal-State San Bernardino and San Bernardino County Social Services to bring a BSW and MSW to the local University and provided supervision for the Title IV E Stipend Program. While there she also taught Child Abuse and Neglect classes for the MSW program.
Mary Alice was also the Program Director for the Children's Advocacy Center of San Bernardino County providing supervision for the forensic child abuse program which included training for law enforcement and other community partners.
After returning to Wisconsin in 2006, Mary Alice worked as a Supervisor in CPS for Waukesha County. In 2010 she began teaching as an Adjunct instructor for Ottawa's Brookfield Campus and in 2016 became the Professor in Charge for the Human and Social Services Adult and online program. In 2023 she retired from her administrative position at Ottawa however remains an Adjunct instructor for Wisconsin and online classes. Mary Alice continues to enjoy her ongoing role with students looking to be the professional helpers of tomorrow.
BS Finance - University of Tampa
MS Cybersecurity - Grand Canyon University
PhD Psychology - Saint Louis University
MA Clinical Psychology - Saint Louis University
BS Psychology - University of Wisconsin
Dr. Eric Habrel is an adjunct instructor at Ottawa University and teaches courses in the Master of Arts in Counseling program. Dr. Habrel taught at the graduate level in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee for over 20 years and has been an adjunct faculty member at Ottawa University - Wisconsin since 2012. He has also served as a faculty member and approved supervisor with the Family Therapy Training Institute since 1988 and provides consultation services to Aurora Family Service and Recovery Point. Dr. Habrel has been in private practice as a Psychologist in Southeastern Wisconsin since 1986. His expertise in marital and family therapy is used in his clinical work, consulting and seminar presentations as well as in the teaching, supervising and training of other mental health professionals throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.
BS Chemistry - Purdue University
MS Computer Science - Southern Poltechnic University
DM Management Information Systems - University of Phoenix
Brent Hafner is an adjunct faculty member with over 30 years of experience in IT, academia, and business sectors. After graduating from Purdue University with a science degree and obtaining a teaching certification, he taught in the public schools before getting his Computer Science masters and moving into the IT field as a programmer and Systems Engineer. While working, he taught evenings as an adjunct professor at American Intercontinental University teaching adults seeking the bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and technology. After relocating to a new job as Systems Administrator, he obtained his Doctorate in Business with an emphasis in Information Technology, which opened the door for his current role at Ottawa University.
In addition to spending time with his family, he enjoys running, hiking, biking, and swimming as well as reading topics as they relate to history, philosophy, technology, and science.
MBA - Western Illinois University
BA - Western Illinois University
After a career in corporate accounting with firms such as Standard Oil in Chicago, The John Connolly Group in Iowa, and Kindercare Learning Centers in Alabama, Professor Mary Haines has served in such positions as Operations Controller, Assistant Director of Finance, Accounting Manager, and Controller. Mary has been bringing her accounting experience and passion for learning to the classroom for 18 years as an adjunct instructor for Huntingdon College and currently Ottawa University. When not teaching, Mary works part-time coordinating fundraising events to raise support for seminary student education. Most recently, she worked for a local CPA firm during tax season, redesigning their website and assisting in their conversion to a paperless environment. Active in her community, she serves on the executive board of a local non-profit and High School PTO. She resides with her husband and two sons in Overland Park, Kansas.
BSE - Missouri State University
MLA - Baker University
MAEd - University of Kansas
Instructor Hankins grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and completed her undergraduate degree at Missouri State University. She began her career as a high school English teacher, teaching literature and composition courses, while pursuing her MLA, with a concentration in Literature. Upon completion of her MLA degree, Instructor Hankins decided to make a career change from secondary education to post-secondary education. She completed her MAEd with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas in 2017. She has taught with Ottawa University since 2010.
In her spare time, Instructor Hankins enjoys running, reading and spending time with her family.
BA Anthropology - University of Chicago
MA Cultural Anthropology - University of Iowa
MFA Fine Arts
BA - California Lutheran University
MS Theology - Dallas Theological Seminary
PhD - Dallas Theological Seminary
BA Integrated Studies - Seattle Pacific University
MA Middle Level Math Education - Western Governors University
Professor Harder spent the first five years of his teaching career as a 6th grade math teacher in Seattle, WA and Overland Park, Kansas. Professor Harder is now teaching Intermediate Algebra at Olathe North in Olathe, Kansas, and working as an adjunct professor for Ottawa University.
BS Computer Operations Technology - Southwestern College
MS Security Administration - Southwestern College
BME - Indiana University
BM- Indiana University
MM Music Education
George Hattendorf currently serves as an Adjunct Music Faculty member at Glendale Community College and Music Education Faculty at Ottawa University. He retired after 44 years as a music educator and most recently as the Director of Bands/Orchestra and Fine Arts Department Leader at Mountain Ridge High School (2005-2017) in Glendale, Arizona where he served for twelve years. Prior to his appointment at this Deer Valley School, he was the band director and department leader at Barry Goldwater High School (2002-2005) for three years and prior to his move to Arizona he was the Director of Bands and Orchestra at Chesterton High School in Chesterton, Indiana for twenty years. In addition to public school positions in Illinois, Stevenson High School (1987-1989), and Georgia, where he opened Lassiter High School in 1982, Mr. Hattendorf was the Associate Director of Bands at New Mexico State University (1985-1987) where he was the director of the “Pride” Marching Band in addition to concert and other athletic bands and the percussion studio. He also served as Associate Professor of Music at VanderCook College of Music (1982-1985) in Chicago where he was in charge of concert and jazz bands and the percussion studio.
Ensembles under his direction amassed an enviable record of excellence in the areas of concert, marching and jazz including numerous state, regional and national recognitions. The Mountain Ridge Bands received consistent Superior and Superior with Distinction honors in concert, jazz and marching activities. The Mountain Ridge “Pride of the West” Marching Band appeared as a 2007 Rose Bowl Parade participant, a 2008 Arizona representative to the Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship and Parade, 2009 the band was the only Arizona representative to the 56th Presidential Inaugural Parade in Washington D.C. honoring President Barack Obama, in 2011 the band represented Arizona and the USS Arizona in the Waikiki Holiday Parade and events commemorating the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, in 2014 the Woodwind Choir and Saxophone Orchestra represented Arizona at the prestigious Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, in 2015 the program was commissioned by the NFL to perform at the 2015 Pro-Bowl, the 2015 NFL Experience and Super Bowl XLIX, and in 2016 the band once again represented Arizona and the USS Arizona in the Waikiki Holiday Parade and events commemorating the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The bands also presented eight clinic performances at the Arizona Music Educators Association State Convention including the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Winds, Jazz Band, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Choir and Woodwind Ensemble. Additionally the Mountain Ridge Winter Guard was recognized as State Champion six times.
The Chesterton High School bands were also recognized in the areas of concert, marching and jazz. The Trojan Guard Marching Band was a four-time Indiana state champion 1978-1981, as well as Bands of America Regional and Grand National finalist and the 1981 Indiana representative to the Presidential Inaugural Parade for President Ronald Reagan. Additionally the Chesterton Winter Guard was a four time Indiana High School Color Guard Association state champion. The bands performed at state music conferences as well as the Outback Bowl Parade/Concert/Field/Jazz champions twice. The New Mexico State Pride Band performed at Oakland Raiders game and was the collegiate inaugural band at the Lord Mayor of London New Year’s Day Parade in 1986.
Mr. Hattendorf graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Music Performance/Music Education (1973) and from VanderCook College of Music (1980) with a Master of Music Education. Mr. Hattendorf was recognized for excellence in teaching on numerous occasions by the Duneland School Corporation and was chosen as an Outstanding Music Educator in the Chicagoland area (1993). Mr. Hattendorf was recognized as a Deer Valley Unified School District.
BA International Relations - University of Wisconsin
MBA International Management - Thunderbird Graduate School
Twenty-five years financial services professional held six FINRA licenses. Held positions of broker, advisor, hedge-fund trader, instructor, investor relations and marketing for financial and non-financial firms. Taught at college and university levels (undergraduate and graduate) across a broad spectrum of disciplines since 2002. Classes included finance, economics, personal investing, cultural diversity, business management, statistics, international studies. Acted as facilitator (asynchronous online) for sociology coursework. Contributed articles to publications online and in print and conducted a small financial radio program in 2006. Blogged about social issues and financial/economic issues since 2010. Editor for a prestigious economic research report (SED) since 2012.
EdD - Grand Canyon University
MAHR - Ottawa University
BA - Intercontinental University
Dr. Hembree grew up in Northern Arizona and proudly served in the United States Navy. After his honorable discharge from the Navy, he completed his undergraduate degree in business administration and worked as a director of recruitment. After serving years in the operational side of the business, he made a transition to a career in human resources and completed his graduate degree in human resources from Ottawa University. He went on to work in leadership roles in human resources, taught HR courses as an adjunct and earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Organizational Development. Dr. Hembree teaches many human resources and business courses. He has a passion for human resources and loves to provide engaging learning environments.
EdD - University of Kansas
MS - Emporia State University
BS - Sterling College
Dr. Justin Henry grew up in Sterling, Kansas and completed his undergraduate degrees at Sterling College. While teaching high school Chemistry and Physics at Ottawa High School, he completed his Master's of Science from Emporia State University. After completing this degree, Dr. Henry served three years as an assistant principal at Ottawa High and three years as the principal while earning his Doctorate of Education at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Henry has served as a Kansas superintendent for over a decade, first serving four years in the Southeast of Saline School district and currently in USD 265, Goddard Public Schools. In addition to serving as a superintendent, Dr. Henry is a consultant for the McPherson and Jacobson Executive Search Firm, teaches at Ottawa University and is active in multiple professional organizations including the Kansas School Superintendents Association, the American Association of School Administrators, Suburban School Superintendents, and the Mid-American Association of School Superintendents.
M.LA. - Baker Univeristy
MA -Webster University
MA - Gonzaga University
BS - Park College
BA Psychology - Pittsburg State University
MA Counseling Psychology - University of Kansas
BA Business - Ottawa University
MBA - Ottawa University
Doctorate in Religion Education ASA Florida
Procsi Change Management Certification
25 years in Training, Education, and Change Management. My goal as an educator is to help students succeed in their academic careers. This is done through intense discussions and interactions on ideas, thoughts, and questions.
My hobbies include my cats, photography, and providing clergy service.
BA Journalism - Colorado State University
MBA Marketing - Regis University
BS Education - University of Nebraska Lincoln
MA Literature - Baker University
BA Elementary Education - Drury College
MS Management - Baker University
MEd Education - Jones International University
Teaching at Ottawa both in the classroom and online has been a joy and a passion for the last 23 years. As a professional in the business field, I am blessed to be able to utilize both my business and academic knowledge to help students reach their potential. I am proud to be a part of this caring faith-based university that is Ottawa.
BA Business Administration - Tulsa Junior College
BBA Accounting - University of Oklahoma
MEd Secondary Education
MBA - Wayne State University
BA - Oakland University
Allison Hubley completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She spent the early years of her career working in various positions with the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, Michigan, and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Quality Healthcare Providers, P.C. in Dearborn, Michigan. She then transitioned into higher education on a fulltime basis in 2003. While working as a project manager at HFHS, Ms. Hubley earned a Master of Science in Administration with a concentration in Health Services Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University. She also holds a post-baccalaureate certificate in forensic accounting and fraud examination and works in a volunteer capacity with law enforcement. She enjoys conducting seminars to senior citizens and small business owners on fraud awareness and fraud prevention; she is the author of a bi-monthly "Scam Alert" column for a senior services newsletter. Ms. Hubley has been with Ottawa University since 2007 and teaches online courses as well as in-class courses at the Phoenix Campus.
MA - Pepperdine University
BA - University of California
Micheal earned his Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from UCLA and his Master's Degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. He teaches several different psychology courses at Ottawa University. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he currently works with adolescents at a high school in a counseling and teaching capacity. He is interested in the way gender influences behavior and his emphasis is in counseling and diagnosing mental disorders as well as human sexuality. He also has a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA to aid his students in their future academic goals.
In Michael’s free time he enjoys cooking, bowling, spending time with his family, and of course, talking about psychology!
BS Psychology - University of Maryland
MS Mental Health Counseling - Emporia State University
BS Sociology Psychology - University of South Dakota
MA Sociology - Marshall University
PhD Sociology & Anthropology
BM Wind Performance - Central Washington University
MM Music Performance - Arizona State University
BM Instrumental Music - Arizona State University
MM Instrumental Music - Arizona State University
BS Biology Chemistry - University of Missouri
MA Curriculum & Instruction - University of Missouri
PhD Educational Leadership
MS - University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS)
MBA - Baker University
BS - University of Missouri at Kansas City (UMKC)
Professor Hutchison has worked in IT for almost 40 years, primarily in data management and architecture roles. He is a decorated US Navy veteran of submarines, specializing in nuclear power plant machinery and welding. His teaching interests include IT, project management, and data visualization courses. When not teaching or taking classes, he builds giant-class model aircraft. He has taught at Ottawa University since 2019.
BA English - Arizona State University
MA Educational Leadership - Northern Arizona University
EdD Educational Leadership
DBA - Argosy University
MSc - National Louis University
BA- Trinity College
Dr. Quentin Jackson is an adjunct faculty member at Ottawa University in the Executive MBA program. He brings 25+ years of management and organizational analysis experience to the MBA program.
From 2012 to 2018, Dr. Jackson served as an Assistant Professor of Management in the College of Business at Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Jackson also served as Chair of the MBA Program + Director of College Accreditation and Assessment.
Dr. Jackson attended Northwestern University and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal & Group Communications from Trinity College. In addition, Quentin has a Bachelor of Biblical Theology from International Seminary and a Master of Science in Management from National Louis University. He also completed a series of PhD coursework in the Education and Human Resources program at Colorado State University.
Quentin earned the degree of Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) with a concentration in International Business from Argosy University. Quentin’s dissertation research investigated the impact of knowledge management systems on human performance in relation to global business education and research. His doctoral research and writing earned the Emerging Scholar Award for Best Dissertation.
Dr, Jackson is extending his doctoral research through completing an Ed.D. degree in Higher Education Leadership at Alverno College Graduate School. His research inquiry focuses on the emerging intersection of artificial intelligence systems, university development, and organizational sustainability.
Quentin’s professional career included positions at the American Academy of Pediatrics and Pearson Education. Quentin also held the positions of Senior Business Analyst, Senior Business Consultant, and Systems Project Leader/Project Manager at Kraft Foods, and Business Services Analyst and Global Systems Project Implementation Manager at HP Enterprise Services. He has 25+ years of experience in Business, Management, and Information Systems.
M.Ed. - Northern Arizona University
BS - Arizona State University
Rick grew up in Ventura, California where he majored in Criminal Justice and played football at Ventura College. He spent 13 years in the Arizona Department of Corrections as a Correctional Officer and a Parole Officer. He served 3 years in the prison as a tactical operator while supervising inmate workers in construction projects. After several years as an officer, Rick began a degree in education in order to instruct college students. Three years later, he decided to concentrate solely on educating future law enforcement officers and retired early. Rick is in his first year with Ottawa University. He also instructs at local community colleges in the Phoenix area and teaches a high school law and public safety program. Rick has written a college textbook on Corrections, which is in final layout for publication. When not assisting and educating students, Rick likes watching football and riding his Harley Davidson.
BA Sociology - University of Arizona
MACSS - Southwestern Baptist Tehol Seminary
MDvi - Arizona State University
MSW Social Work - Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD Practical Theology - Southwestern Baptist Tehol Seminary
Amy Elizabeth Jacober (she/her/hers) is an outspoken advocate, author, and educator
focusing on underserved populations. In recent years, her focus has been various areas of
intersectionality which include disability and increased mental health. Dr. Jacober has been teaching graduate, undergraduate, and professional students to consider context when looking at individuals and systems as well as faith and culture. She excels in connecting core beliefs with practical action bridging the gap between theory and practice. She has taught and lectured in universities, colleges, non-profits in the US and abroad for more than twenty years.
MAED - Western Governors University
BA - University of California
BM Voice - University of Oklahoma
MM Performance - Arizona State University
BA History - McNeese State University
MA Media Communications - Webster University
BA Psychology - Argosy University
MAHR - Ottawa University
MA Professional Counseling
MBA - William Woods University
BA - University of Kansas
Dr. Frances Johnson is a Faculty Instructor at Ottawa University’s School of Business. She teaches in the Online Division and at OU’s Brookfield, WI campus for the Executive MBA program. She earned her Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership degree from the University of Phoenix’ School of Advanced Studies and the Master of Business Administration (major in Human Resource Management) degree from William Woods University. The University of Kansas is her alma mater, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Human Resource Administration. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR).
Dr. Johnson’s career history consists of working as a Human Resources Director/Sr. HR Business Partner for 25+ years in the following industries: government, publishing, retail, manufacturing, distribution/warehouse, and healthcare. Dr. Johnson is the author of a ProQuest database dissertation: “Automobile Manufacturing Workers: A Phenomenological Study of Job Loss on Family Relationships.” She resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and her two adult children reside in Dallas, TX and Denver, CO. Perhaps, she has something in common with some of her students, having earned both her MBA and doctorate degrees as a married parent, working full-time. Therefore, she understands the work-life balance challenges which adult students may be facing.
Her educational focus is Human Resources Management/Organizational Development and Business Communications. For the past 11 years, Dr. Johnson has owned an HR consulting firm, and supported small businesses. She enjoys art collecting, gourmet cooking, and writing short stories.
BSN in Nursing
Masters of Science in Nursing
EdD in Adult Education
As a registered nurse who worked in multiple hospitals across the county in medical surgical nursing, kidney transplant unit, multiple sclerosis, and orthopedic surgery. From this experience, I have learned a great deal in nursing and continued my education. In using this experience to continue to grow as a registered nurse and nursing instructor I have developed a passion and personal commitment to fostering a positive learning environment for students.
BA English & Political Science - Concordia College
MPA Public Administration - The University of Kansas
JD Juris Doctorate
With over 20 years of work experience in legal, administrative, and regulatory affairs, I am a passionate and driven leader in the healthcare sector. As the Regional Director of Legal Contracting and Property Administration at AdventHealth, I oversee the contracting and property management functions for a network of hospitals and clinics in the Midwest region. I leverage my skills in administration, teamwork, and project management to ensure compliance, efficiency, and quality in all aspects of legal and operational matters. Previously, I served as the Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Ransom Memorial Hospital, where I managed the legal, risk management, compliance, and human resources departments. I also have a strong background in public administration and education, having worked as the Executive Vice President of Administration and Regulatory Affairs at Ottawa University, and as the County Administrator and Counselor/Legal Counsel for Franklin County, KS. I hold a Master of Health Administration from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of South Dakota.
BS Electrical Engineering - University of Florida
MS Mathematics - Louisiana State University
MSW - Augsburg University
BS - University of South Dakota
Instructor, Heidi Kammer-Hodge is pleased to serve as adjunct faculty for the Ottawa University, online addiction program. Professionally, she maintains over twenty years as a leader, executive, consultant, and provider in behavioral health and integrated care. Instructor Kammer-Hodge has a Masters in Social Work with emphasis in family practice and policy/ administration from Augsburg University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of South Dakota in social work and addictions studies. She is a licensed mental health professional and licensed addiction professional. Instructor Kammer-Hodge has served as a senior and executive leader for over ten years. In addition, she maintains a consulting firm that specializes in evaluation, grant writing, and infrastructure development with non profit organizations. She serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Minnesota, Ottawa University, and Briar Cliff University. Instructor, Heidi Kammer-Hodge grew up on a farm in Bloomfield, Nebraska. Prior to relocating to Iowa in 2016 to be closer to family where she grew up, she was in the Twin Cities- Minneapolis, Minnesota for seventeen years. She has two beautiful daughters, Emily (14) and Grace (11) with her husband, Vince. She has taught with Ottawa University since 2018 and enjoys integrating her behavioral health clinical and business experience to support students for career success.
MSIT - Kaplan University
MEd - Northcentral University
MBA - Northcentral University
BBA - Northcentral University
Todd Kane’s experience in business, healthcare and healthcare administration spans 25 years during which time he has served as: the president and CEO of a multi-million dollar private national healthcare recruitment and outsourcing firm for more than a decade; the vice president of a publically traded healthcare staffing and outsourcing firm; and in various other leadership positions including chief operating officer, regional vice president, regional director, and more. In 2009, Todd decided to share his experiences with others through teaching and mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and certificate learners at a variety of universities and other institutions of higher learning.
AS Mathematics - Labett Community College
BS Education - Emporia State University
MS Mathematics - Baker University
MS Leadership - Lamar University
EdD Educational Leadership - Emporia State University
BA English - University of South Carolina
MA English - University of South Carolina
BA Elementary Education - Ottawa University
MA Educational Theory and Practice - Arkansas State University
After graduation from Ottawa University, I was a substitute teacher for the local school districts in fall of 1982 and I then took on a full-time position as a third-grade teacher in the West Franklin School District in the spring of 1983. In the fall of 1983, I began my teaching career with USD#290 as a first-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School. After five years, I moved to a third-grade classroom and remained until my retirement in May of 2022. During this time, I took numerous classes to keep current on the educational trends. In the fall of 2023, I began working at Ottawa University as a Student Teacher Supervisor. I continue in that role as well as serving as an adjunct professor.
MS - National University
MBA - Webster University
BS - University of Virginia
Instructor Keogh grew up in Virginia and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. He has held various management positions in Operations, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management, and General Business Management in the U.S. Marine Corps, at Ford Motor Company, and at United Technologies Corporation. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). He has been teaching university classes since 2003. He has taught with Ottawa University since 2012.
BA Political Science Film/Video Comm - Georgia State University
JD Litigation Concentration - Western Michigan University
MSN - Grand Canyon University
BSN - Arizona State University
April Klasko grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and completed her associates degree in nursing at Phoenix Community College. She started her nursing career as an RN in Labor and Delivery at an inner city hospital in downtown Phoenix, Arizona and became Assistant Director for a high risk Labor and Delivery unit at the same hospital. She obtained her BSN at Arizona State University and then her MSN at Grand Canyon University. She has worked for the same healthcare organization for over 20 years in various roles including Quality, Risk and Peer Review. She recently started her journey with Ottawa University in January 2018. She is looking forward to using her educational and employment experience to help students in the nursing program be successful and while enjoying their education experience.
BA Political Science - University of Arizona
Post Baccaloureate Teaching Certificate Secondary Ed - Arizona State University
M Ed Secondary Ed/Educational Technology - Arizona State University
MLIS Library and Information Sciences - University of Arizona
Janice Koenig M.Ed MLIS
As an accomplished educator with over two decades of experience, Professor Koenig is a dedicated professional renowned for her unwavering commitment to fostering excellence in education. With an extensive background spanning traditional classroom instruction, library and media expertise, online teaching, and leadership roles, she has consistently proven herself as a dynamic and visionary leader in the field of education. Driven by her passion for education, Professor Koenig seeks opportunities where she can leverage her vast experience, expertise, and knowledge to continue making a positive impact on students, teachers, and the educational community at large
For more than 20 years, Professor Koenig has been a driving force in the education sector, exemplifying her passion for nurturing young minds and facilitating lifelong learning. Her career has been marked by remarkable accomplishments and a relentless pursuit of educational excellence. Notable highlights include:
Versatile Educator: Professor Koenig's career is characterized by its versatility, from her role as a classroom teacher, where she designed and implemented curriculum-aligned lessons, maintained records, and integrated technology for enhanced learning, to her tenure as a Library Media Specialist, where she promoted literacy and provided invaluable resources to the school community. With her rich educational background and extensive experience, Professor Koenig combines the best of theory and practice to deliver outstanding results in her roles as an educator and leader.
Online Education Pioneering: As the iSchool Lead Teacher at Dysart High School, she spearheaded the development of a cutting-edge online learning environment. She created and facilitated an engaging, participatory learning atmosphere, harnessing collaboration, communication, and critical thinking to empower online students.
BBA Business Administration - Park University
BS - Winona State University
MEd - Azusa Pacific University
Instructor Alana Kopp grew up an Air Force brat and finished her high school years on the family's historical farm in Kimball, Minnesota. She completed her Associate of Arts and Bachelor degrees in Rochester, Minnesota. In the early 1990's she moved to the west coast to begin her teaching career in San Bernardino, California and pursued her master degree in pupil personnel services. Alana has spent over 25 years in education within the public schools as classroom teacher, instructional coach (including turn-around coaching with Arizona Department of Education) and elementary school counselor. Alana began teaching with Ottawa in the Master of Arts in Education in the School Counseling program in 2017 and wishes she had begun this endeavor earlier. She is a pastor's wife and mother of two young men. Ministry and family keep her active and she loves relaxing at the beach.
BA Human Resources - Ottawa University
Rebecca Kotch made her debut with Ottawa University over a decade ago. With humble beginnings as a facilities assistant, she climbed in multiple areas of student advising that lead to Leadership roles. As a proud alumni she has led a career within Corporate Tax. Her experience specializes in different areas such as Property Tax, Federal Tax Insurance and her passion, Human Resources.
AS Nursing - Kansas City Community College
BSN Nursing - The University of Kansas
MHSA Health Services Administration - The University of Kansas
MSN Nursing - The University of Kansas
DNP Nursing Practice - The University of Kansas
BS Public Safety Admininstration - Grand Canyon University
MA Education Adult & Distance Learning - University of Phoenix
BA Music Performance - California State University
BS Civil Engineering - University of Missouri/Washington University
MS Civil/Structural Engineering - University of Kansas
Phd Civil Engineering
DBA - CalUniversity
EMBA - University of Wisconsin
BS - University of Wisconsin
Cyndi Kaye Lambach is an Adjunct Professor at Ottawa’s Wisconsin Campus in the Executive MBA program. Dr. Lambach earned her doctorate in Information Systems and Enterprise Resource Management. She has been in academia and worked in the IT field for 30 years, mostly focusing on Network, Security, ITIL and SDLC. When she is not teaching, she enjoys golfing, traveling Europe and home renovation projects.
BS Criminology - Eastern Michigan University
MS Criminal Justice & Human Services - University of Cincinnati
MPA Public Administration
I am Joseph Lambert. I am a Parole and Probation Agent for the Michigan Department of Corrections and have held this position for 12 years. Before that, I had 5 years of physical security experience. I have been teaching online at various colleges and universities since 2013.
BS in Elementary Education
MS Educational Leadership
MS Special Education
PhD Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. Betsy Lawrence is an 8th grade science teacher at Indian Trail Middle School in the Olathe School District. Dr. Lawrence completed her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Pittsburg State University in 2004. She continued her education by completing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Pittsburg State University in 2008, a master’s degree in Special Education from Pittsburg State University in 2012, and most recently her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas in 2022. Dr. Lawrence is currently serving as the Past President of the Kansas Association of Teachers of Science. She also most recently was selected as a finalist of the Presidential Award of Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Award for the state of Kansas at the secondary science level in 2023. Dr. Lawrence is starting her 20th year in education, six in the elementary school setting and 13 at the middle school level. Betsy loves to engage in new learning opportunities that will benefit her students to see the latest and greatest research that is being conducted and how her students can see themselves becoming part of this work.
BA English - New England College
MSS Sport Science - Coaching - United States Sports Academy
BBA Business Administration - University of the Incarnate Word
MBA Business Administration - University of Texas
Dr Leland has worked several years on the accounting and finance field. Focused on markets and investments, primarily. Has extensive knowledge in financial reporting, analysis, financial investment analysis, budgeting, financial modeling, and more.
BA Music - Lawrence University
AS Math-Science - Victor Valley Community College
Pharm D - Western University of Health Sciences
BA Economics - University of Kansas
MA Economics - Wichita State University
PhD General Business
Summary of Teaching Philosophy
Engaging students with diverse backgrounds and work experience is exhilarating to me, and I find that bringing information to them in several different media enhances the learning process. The human aspect of learning appeals to me more than the memorization of formulae—although understanding them can help us explain the social and personal behaviors that make up business, management, and economics. While I believe creating an environment with known expectations is important, I also am empathetic to students and their situations since I was also an online student while working full time. I believe that my relationship with students can continue past the end of the term, and I take great pride that many former students continue our discussions on social media to this day.
I engage students in the classroom by asking the second and third question, and encourage them to post answers that are thoughtful. I am very visible in the virtual classroom—I frequently post announcements and responses to discussion threads, in addition to answering emails on a timely basis. I help students teach each other by encouraging dialogue through learner discussions and team assignments. Incorporation of my professional experience as an executive and senior manager in business management, program management, finance, and other disciplines in aerospace brings practicality to the subjects. I believe that teaching is a way to give back and is an important role in society. I believe in life-long learning; it is how I initially started my journey in teaching over 25 years ago. Teaching is a way to continue my education and remain current in business academics.
• Over 25 years of Teaching Experience on Ground and Online
• Course and curricula development experience in Economics, Management, and Financial Analysis
• Experience with Blackboard Learn+ including Ultra and Canvas Learning Management Systems
• Over 10 years in executive and senior management positions in Aerospace
• Diverse professional background including business management, quality, and finance
• Experience as an online adult learner in doctorate program—including foreign learners
• A strong focus on Quality and Customer Service—including student interaction
• Process Improvement and Lean Initiative application in the manufacturing environment
Colorado Technical University—Colorado Springs, CO 2021-present
Lead Faculty—Economics and Management/College of Business Management
o Reduced the number letter grade D and F as well as withdrawals in economics classes by over 50% in 2022
o Reduced the number letter grade D and F as well as withdrawals in management fundamentals class by 20% in 2022
o Responsible to hiring, coaching, and facilitating approximately 45 Adjunct Online economics and management professors
o Assist in course development for undergraduate and graduate economics and management courses
o Participate in various interdisciplinary boards in the College of Business Management
o Teach online economics and management courses at the graduate and undergraduate level
Franklin University—Columbus OH
Adjunct Faculty Online and On Ground 2015-present
• Blended (online and on ground mix) and full online MBA and DBA courses taught in Poland, Saudi Arabia, Oman, and North Macedonia
o Organization and Project Management
o International Business
o Managerial Economics
o Business Environment
o Strategic Management (MBA Capstone)
o Member of dissertation committees
Ottawa University—Ottawa, KS 2015-present
• Executive MBA courses taught—Overland Park, KS and Brookfield, WI
o Managerial Economics
o Corporate Strategy
o Executive Practicum
• Online courses taught at undergraduate and graduate levels
o Entrepreneurial Economics
o Corporate Strategy
BS Psychology - Northern Arizona University
MAC Psychology - Pepperdine University
Enthusiastic and adaptable Adjunct Instructor and Life Coach with 15+ years of success teaching, coaching, and mentoring students to achieve academic goals. Meticulous and detail-oriented leader, diligent at tracking, evaluating, and reporting on student progress to maintain alignment with short- and long-term goals. Passionate and engaging communicator, adept at cultivating positive relationships with diverse online student body to encourage full participation.
Adjunct Professor, Applied Trumpet
MM - University of Missouri - Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
MA - University of Missouri - Kansas City, Conservatory of Music & Dance
BM - Bethel College
Aaron Linscheid is a trumpet performer and educator based in Kansas City. In addition to his work as an educator, Linscheid is also an accomplished performer. Recent performances include with his own trio, the Diamond Empire Band and performances of original works with Clint Ashlock’s New Jazz Order. Before moving to Kansas City, he spent several summers in the Education Department of the New York Philharmonic.
BS Education - Indiana University
MA Education - Arizona State University
PhD - University of Texas at Arlington
MN - Wichita State University
BSN - Wichita State University
Dr. Debra Logan has been educating nurses for over 30 years and most recently as an Ottawa University faculty adjunct. Dr. Logan’s work in higher education includes teaching in Associate, Baccalaureate, and Graduate Nursing Programs. Her specialties are in vulnerable populations and community health. Dr. Logan has been a Dean of Nursing, a Director and Chair of Nursing, and a Chair and Director of Nursing and Health Sciences. She is an experienced grant writer, coordinator, and principal investigator. Dr. Logan has served as a clinical nurse educator in small and large hospital systems, as well as in the academic setting. By empowering nurses to grow in their practice, or to help grow new nurses from scratch, her goal has always been to change the lives of patients through nursing education. Dr. Logan has worked in small, rural towns, a medium-sized city, and for the last 25 years, in the large, urban setting of Dallas-Ft. Worth. She, along with her husband, is an avid collector of Native American art. Dr. Logan once co-owned a rare book and coffeehouse in Dallas.
BA Psychology - University of Central Florida
MA Elementary Education - University of Central Florida
Kelly Lohman is a Faculty member in the School of Education at Ottawa's Online campus. Miss Lohman earned her Master's in Elementary Education and Bachelorette's in Psychology at the University of Central Florida. She has been an educator for 20 years and worked as an Elementary Teacher. She teachers Elementary Reading Practicum and The Exceptional Child courses; she has also served as a subject matter expert for The Expectational Child course and assisted on the OU Advisory Council. She looks forward to teaching Education courses for Ottawa online. In her free time, Miss Lohman loves family time and spends all of it with her only child, Madi at the theme parks and pool!
BA Film Production - Webster University
MA Speech Communication - Hofstra University
PhD Communication Studies
MSN - University of California
BA - University of California
Instructor Low, MSN, RN, OCN, CMSRN was raised in Southern California and was inspired by the example of her mother to become a nurse. She attended UCLA and obtained her BA in English Literature, and then went on to complete her MSN in their Masters of Entry Level Clinical Nursing (MECN) program as well as participate in nursing research. Her background is in Hematology-Oncology and and Medical-Surgical nurse education at a large hospital in Los Angeles. She recently joined Ottawa University in 2017 and looks forward to helping prepare students to obtain their BSN and become nurses who transform lives.
BS Education - Ottawa University
MS Physical Education - Old Dominion University
BS Mathematics - Villanova University
MS Mathematics - Villanova University
I have been teaching mathematics for ... let's just say a long time! I earned my bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Villanova University.
I live in Philadelphia and I am a huge College Basketball fan - my Dad is actually a college men's basketball coach and I am the Director of Men's Basketball Operations at Philadelphia University where my Dad has been the head coach for 55 years. He was inducted in 2011 into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Adjunct Professor in Arts & Science
Telephone: Adjunct Professor in Arts & Sciences
PhD Anthropology - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MS Human Services - Springfield College
BS Psychology - Upper Iowa University
Dr. Magnuson has been a lifelong resident of Wisconsin and earned his baccalaureate in Psychology at Upper Iowa University. He earned his Master's degree in Community Psychology with a focus on Medicine, Society and Culture at Springfield University. After earning his Master’s degree, Dr. Magnuson began teaching psychology and statistics for the social science courses. He has taught with Ottawa University since 2005.
Dr. Magnuson earned his Doctoral degree in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Christopher enjoys working with people who have a vested interest in changing the world through education. His teaching techniques may best be summed up as “outside of the box” and he loves learning from new experiences. He believes that you should enjoy your work and that work should be interesting and challenging.
B.A. Business Economics and B.S. - Ottawa University
MBA Finance- Ottawa University
Jacob Maichel joined Security Benefit in August 2021 as an Investment Analyst. He currently works as part of the Commercial Real Estate Investment (CRE) team, where he predominately focuses on origination of new loans ranging from $50M-$100M+ and also assists in management of the current ~$6.3 billion CRE portfolio.
BA Elementary Education - University of Arizona
MEd Elementary Education - Arizona State University
BS Theatre - Northern Arizona State University
MA Curriculum & Instruction - Ottawa University
MAT - Webster University
BA - University of Iowa
Kathy Markley grew up near Chicago, Illinois and completed her undergraduate degree (BA) at the University of Iowa. For 5 years she taught 6th grade in Des Moines, before moving to Overland Park. She taught in Center School District for 25 years, and during that time taught some seminars on Fred Jones’ Tools for Teaching classroom management at Baker University. Professor Markley also received her MAT degree during this time from Webster University. After retirement she became an adjunct supervisor for Ottawa University’s education program and is still very involved. In her free time she travels with her husband and enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandson.
AS Business - Cardinal Stritch University
MAHR Human Resources - Ottawa University
I am Denise Martin, Manager of an HR Shared Services Center. The HR Shared Service Center plays an important role within any organization because we support the organization's most important asset - its people. I have been working in the HR field for over 15 years, as an HR professional, I enjoy being able to help people through the entire lifecycle of their careers - that starts at hire and continues on through their retirement. I have been an adjunct instructor at Ottawa University since 2013 teaching HR in Healthcare Organizations and helping students understand the ever-challenging and changing world of Human Resources.
BA Criminal Justice - John Jay College of Criminal Justice
MA Writing in Popular Fiction - Seton Hill College
PhD Linguistics - IP
AAS Computer Networking Systems - ITT Technical Institute
BS Information Systems Security - ITT Technical Institute
MBA Technology Management - Capella University
PhD Information Systems Management
BA Accounting - Lakeland College
MBA Accounting - Lakeland College
MS Accounting - IP
BS Management Computer Systems - University of Wisconsin
I have been working in the IT industry for over 25 years. I have been teaching IT courses since 2005. My background in IT ranges from PC and server support to IT security. I have taught courses from Microsoft Office, PC repair, server administration, IT security, cloud basics, and various networking courses.
BA Drama - Southwestern College
MA Theatre - University of Kansas
BSE Physical Education - Emporia State
MS Physical Education - Emporia State
BA Communications - Pennsylvania State University
MA Organizational Management - University of Phoenix
BA Biomedical Research - St Cloud State University
MS Microbiology - Iowa State University
Dana McCullough was born and raised in Minnesota, where she received her BS degree in Biomedical Science from St. Cloud State University. She then moved to Ames, IA for graduate school at Iowa State University where she earned her MS in microbiology. Her research was on coronavirus and swine virology, and she worked for several years with Diamond Animal Health, The National Animal Disease Center, and the Veterinary Medicine Research Institute. She started and owned an equestrian center in Ames. Using her Spanish speaking skills, she became involved in mission work to Mexico and Guatemala. She is now works with Education and More, a non-profit that serves indigenous families in Guatemala. She enjoys her time in the classroom teaching Spanish and feels that it is a very important asset to everyone's education. When not in the classroom or Guatemala, she also works with youth teaching hunter/jumper riding at a barn in Spring Hill, KS.
AA - Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
BS Psychology - University of Southern Mississippi
MS Psychometry - Mississippi State University
PhD Educational Psychology
BM Instrumental Music Education - Northwest Missouri State University
MM Music Performance - University of Missouri
PhD Music Education - IP
BA Art - Ottawa University
MEd Education - Mid America Nazarene University
Ms. McAdoo has taught a variety of classes (including general psychology & developmental psychology, public speaking, interpersonal communication, intro to sociology, current world events, English Composition I & II, two & three dimensional art classes, graphic arts and digital photography) at three community colleges and two universities. She began teaching at Ottawa University in 2017.
A professional photographer (who worked as a string photographer for the local newspaper), Ms Mac enjoys all of the arts, including music, theater, and photography as well as the visual arts--especially painting, design, and drawing. She has traveled extensively, to 45 States and 13 different countries, as travel is her favorite hobby! A "history nerd," she also enjoys reading, genealogy, gardening, and crafts of all sorts.
A Past President of the Ottawa University Alumni Board, Ms. McKenzie McAdoo is a third generation graduate of OU--her oldest son, a fourth generation grad. She is also a Life Member of the Franklin County Historical Society.
BS Marketing - Fairfield University
MBA Business Administration Marketing - Nova Southeastern University
DBA Business Administration Marketing
Dr. McLaughlin has served in higher education for over 25 years, primarily in Enrollment Management, Advertising, Marketing and Business Development. In these roles, she was responsible for branding initiatives, strategic planning, media placement, business partnerships, etc. In her most recent position, she served as Associate Dean of Marketing. She has also lectured at many colleges and universities including Nova Southeastern University, Florida Atlantic University, Keller Graduate School of DeVry University, Barry University, Broward College, Park University and Lynn University. She also serves as an Adjunct Instructor and Course Developer with Ottawa University in the online graduate programs through the College of Business. Dr. McLaughlin also serves as a course developer and curriculum developer for the Park University College of Management.
She is the President Emeritus and Founder of the Higher Education Partnership for Southeast Florida, and a member of Sigma Delta Beta, the National Honor Society for Graduate Business, Management and Administration.
Dr. McLaughlin has published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as coauthoring Leading Latino Talent to Champion Innovation (2014), Caraballo, V., McLaughlin, G., and McLaughlin, H. Business Expert Press, New York.
One of the greatest benefits of studying the field of business is that important, significant and transformative business decisions are being made every day, all over the world, and these decisions can impact not only the performance of a firm specifically but may sometimes impact global economies as well. As students of business, you are exposed to these events on a daily basis via numerous media outlets, and given the extent to which we are all connected electronically, these newsworthy business events should enhance your understanding and appreciation of business decisions from a practitioner perspective. As an instructor, I try to integrate relevant business news and events of the day/week into the course discussion as appropriate. I have always found that the learning experience is greatly enhanced when theory is explained and evidenced in practice.
My role is to serve as a mentor and facilitator to encourage students to interact with each other on a professional and collegial level through the exchange of information and ideas in a mutually respectful environment.
BA English Literature - Pepperdine University
MA English - California State University
MA Clin Mental Health Counseling - Arizona State Univeristy
PhD English Rhetoric/Comp and Linguistics - Arizona State University
Dr. Regina has studied and taught many facets of the English language, including Literature, Composition, Linguistics, and Rhetoric at the undergraduate, and graduate levels in a 20-year long career as a Professor of English. In that experience, Dr. Regina discovered the transformative power of literature and writing in her own life, so she left the field of English to pursue a graduate degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University to help others also enjoy that therapeutic power in Literature and Writing. This new educational endeavor allows her to use creative works, such as poetry and expressive arts, as well as cognitive behavior therapy to assist others on their paths to healing. Having a passion for language studies, Dr. Regina still enjoys teaching in the college setting though her passion is integrating it with therapy.
Bachelor's of Science in Engineering
Masters of Business Administration with Accounting
Upon completion of his Bachelor's of Science in Engineering and Masters of Business Administration with Accounting, Jack pursued a career in undergraduate education. In August 2022, he started as an adjunct professor at Ottawa University AZ, where he taught undergraduate level math and accounting courses. Prior to teaching at Ottawa University, Jack spent five years working for UK-based company Explore Learning as a professional tutor in mathematics and science. In 2023, Jack has continued to work as adjunct professor on the Surprise, Arizona campus focusing on the accounting, mathematics and engineering areas.
BA Psychology - Arizona State University
MA Educational Psychology - Arizona State University
BME - University of Northern Iowa
MM Trombone Performance - University of Missouri
DPS - Pace University
MA - Fairleigh Dickinson University
BA - Montclair University
Dr. Meehan has spent most of his career in the financial services, electric utility, consumer electronics, and high-tech industries, working in various human resources and consulting roles. He has had leadership responsibility for talent management, HRIS, compensation, and benefits. In academia, he was an adjunct Associate Professor of Management at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business and has taught at Ottawa University since 2009. He is a member of WorldatWork; he served on their seminar faculty for 20 years, is a former Committee Chair and Board member, and holds both Compensation and Benefits certifications. Dr. Meehan is a Founding Board Member of the Arizona Total Rewards Association. He also served on the Society for Human Resources Management’s Compensation and Benefits Committee. Dr. Meehan has published extensively with over 20 articles, book chapters, case studies, and conference presentations to his credit.
EdD - Baker University
MEd - MidAmerica Nazarene University
BA - MidAmerica Nazarene University
BA Special Education - Arizona State University
MS Early Childhood Education - Walden University
AA - Rio Saldo College
BS Psychology Christian Counseling - Liberty University
MA Professional Counseling - Grand Canyon University
PhD General Psychology -IP
BA History - University of Rhode Island
MLS Library Science - University of Rhode Island
MA History - American Public University
MA Political Science
MEd Educational Administration - Grand Canyon University
MS Leadership - Grand Canyon University
BS Chemistry- Arizona State University
Fred Miles grew up in Urbana, Illinois, and completed his undergraduate degree at Arizona State University and his MS in Leadership at Grand Canyon University (GCU). He spent the majority of his career at Motorola in Arizona and international locations in China as well as many of the company’s other Asian operations working in Human Resources. Upon completion of his MS degree in 2005, he decided to make a career change and enter academia. He started his teaching endeavors at GCU and began his teaching at Ottawa University in 2007. Fred also retired from the United States Air Force as a Lt Colonel after 25 years. He enjoys facilitating learning through the integration of his business and military experiences with his academic knowledge for students within the classroom.
BA Economics - Brooklyn College
MBA Business Administration - Pace University
BS Justice Studies - Arizona State University
MS School Counseling - Capella University
PhD - Regent University
MA - Regent University
BA - Howard University
Arian T. Moore, Ph.D. has 15+ years of experience in the field of communications after working in radio, television, and print. She is the publisher of Bibs & Business Magazine, a magazine geared towards working moms, helping them find support, tools and resources for work-life balance. She has a doctorate in organizational leadership from Regent University, a Masters of Arts in journalism from Regent University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University. Dr. Moore serves as adjunct faculty for a number of universities, teaching leadership, journalism and communications courses.
BA Psychology - University of New Hampshire
MBA International Marketing - Thunderbird School of Global Management
PhD - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
MA - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
BS - University of Wisconsin, Platteville
Instructor Dr. Rebecca Mullane grew up in Necedah, Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin - Platteville. After graduation, she worked in the Marketing Department for an insurance company before starting in Admissions and Recruitment at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha. While working at UW-Waukesha, she returned to school in the evenings and online to complete her Master's Degree in Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Shortly after, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin - Sheboygan to work as a Student Success Coordinator with at-risk students. During this time, she returned to school again in the evenings and online to complete her Doctorate in Communication from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. For the past five years she has taught Communication courses full-time at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. She has taught as an adjunct for Ottawa University since early 2016 and enjoys working with students taking online courses.
BA Christian Studies - Grand Canyon University
MA Christian Ministry - Grand Canyon University
DMin Transformational Leadership
DBA - Nova Southeastern University
MBA - Western International University
MA - Duquesne University
BA - Duquesne University
Dr. Tony Muscia is President and CEO of Global Communication Alliance which specializes in educational consulting and seminar development. His background includes a unique blend of corporate, entrepreneurial and educational experience combined with extensive classroom teaching.
Previously, Dr. Muscia served as a Consulting Advisor for the Portman Institute of Technology in Singapore. He was also Executive Director of the International MBA Program and Director of International Business Programs at Arcadia University. Prior to his tenure at Arcadia, he served in a dual role as Director of Graduate Business Studies and Director of Enrollment Management at Ottawa University.
Dr. Muscia has owned and operated ten businesses, and his corporate experience includes serving as Chief Executive Officer at the Speakers Academy, Inc. as well as senior management positions in several multi-million dollar companies. He was also a marketing and management strategist for the Small Business Development Center in Arizona.
In addition, Dr. Muscia was Director of the Small Business Management Program and the Casino Management Program at Scottsdale Community College. While at Western International University, he was appointed Chair of Graduate Business Programs and Chair of the Marketing Department.
BBA Management - Iowa State University
MBA Business Management - University of Kansas
BS Education - Missouri Southern State
MS Educational Technology - Pittsburg State University
BA Economics - Eastern Kentucky University
MBA Finance - University of Wisconsin
BS Broadcast Journalism Telecomm - Oral Roberts University
JD Juris Doctorate - University of Minnesota
BS Home Economics - New Mexico State University
MA Human Resources Development - Webster University
Dr. Charlotte Newman serves as an adjunct Faculty Associate at various universities while having a variety of course approvals in Human Resources, Business, Management, Entrepreneurship, and General Education. She has experience as a Business Program Director, as the Director of Workshops & Training which focused on educating and facilitating faculty scholarship poster sessions, and as a College of General Studies Lead Faculty Area Chair. She has received the Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award from two different universities. Additionally, Charlotte and her business partner have a mechanical design engineering consulting company in the local area. Her business background also includes staff positions at educational institutions and in the corporate environment. Charlotte is an active member of the local Society for Human Resource Management chapter and she also volunteers her time to give back to the local community.
BS Liberal Arts - Northern Arizona University
Graduate Certificate in Communications - Grand Canyon University
MLA Creative Writing and Literature - Harvard University
Austin Newport is a Harvard-educated writer with a diverse background in coaching, teaching, and technical writing. With over a decade of experience in media, Austin has developed a reputation for creativity, innovation, and excellence. He is committed to creating a supportive and challenging learning environment for his students, inspiring them to hone their skills and develop their critical analysis. He brings practical experience and knowledge to his courses as an award-winning and published writer. Beyond his teaching responsibilities, Austin is also a budding novelist devoted to professional development, participating in conferences, research, and scholarly activities. Austin Newport has become a valued member of the Ottawa University community through his approachable demeanor and dedication to his craft.
BS - University of Kansas
Jon Niccum is an award-winning journalist, author and screenwriter. Since 2011, he has been an entertainment writer and critic for the Kansas City Star. Prior to that he spent 10 years as an editor at the Lawrence Journal-World and its website Lawrence.com, and seven years as an editor at The Pitch, the Kansas City alt-weekly newspaper.
He is the author of “The Worst Gig: From Psycho Fans to Stage Riots, Famous Musicians Tell All.”
He graduated KU’s film department in 1989. He has taught journalism and film at KU since 2013 and at Ottawa University since 2015.
BS Accounting - University of North Carolina
MaCC Accounting - Webb University
MBA Economics - Webb University
My college education started at a North Carolina Community College just as you are starting your higher educational journey. I completed an A.A.S in Accounting and Business Administration from Mitchell Community College in Statesville, NC. Upon completing those degrees, I decided to transfer to the University of North Carolina - Charlotte to further my education in accounting. I received by B.S. in Accounting and began my professional career in banking and finance with First Union Bank. During my tenure with the bank (including Wachovia and Wells Fargo) I held various positions including: Teller, Teller Manager, Roving Service Transaction Specialist, Financial Specialist, Licensed Financial Specialist, Senior Financial Specialist, Branch Manager, and Support Manager for the North Charlotte Region's Area President. While working for the bank, I continued my education with Gardner-Webb University by obtaining by MaCC in Accounting. I made the decision to change careers and become a full-time faculty member at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. As a life long learner, I went back to Gardner-Webb University to complete by Masters Plus Certificate in Economics. I am currently finishing my Doctor of Business Administration degree at Gardner-Webb.
In my spare time, I like to travel to different Hard Rock Cafes all over the world. Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, I have visited 145 different locations within the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Holland, and Denmark.
BA Psychology - The University of Tennessee
MAC Counseling - Lesley University
BSc Economics - Ahmadu Bello University Nigera
MSc Economics - University of Ibadan Nigera
PhD Economics - Strayer University
EMBA Business Administration - Strayer University
MS Management - University of Ibadan Nigera
I earned a PhD in Economics, Master in Business Administration (MBA), Master of Science in Management [MSM Concentration in Leadership] from University of Ibadan, Jack Welch Management Institute, and Strayer University respectively. I have worked as an Adjunct Faculty/Economics at Prince George's Community College, Instructional Connections, LLC., Art Institute Pittsburgh Online Division, Southern States University, Strayer University and Research Economist at Social Science Research Network (SSRN). Currently, I am an Adjunct Faculty/Economics at Baker College, University of Arkansas Grantham, Montana State University, Upper Iowa University; and MBA Operations Management instructor at University of the People. I am committed to helping students acquire an applicable and marketable knowledge and skills through creating an active, collaborative and constructive teaching-learning environment.
BS Biology - Western Illinois University
MS Health Science - Western Illinois University
MBA Business Administration
AS Business - Wichita State University
BA Communications - Washburn University
DBA Business Administration - University of Phoenix
Academic Teaching Highlights
Glenda Overstreet-Vaughn, DBA, MBA
OTTAWA UNIVERSITY, OTTAWA, KANSAS CAMPUS 2015 - present
Adjunct Faculty Professor and Subject Matter Expert (SME)
Create course syllabus and other material that assist in the teaching and delivery of MBA and undergraduate business strategy leadership, organizational development, entrepreneurial management, and innovation courses using the Blackboard learning management system.
Serve as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for business, Entrepreneurship, HR, Training and Strategic Planning.
Deliver online and classroom instruction.
BAKER UNIVERSITY, TOPEKA, KANSAS CAMPUS
2010 - Present
Adjunct Faculty Instructor
Create course syllabus and other material that assist in the teaching and delivery of MBA, MAOL and undergraduate business management, strategic management, leadership, entrepreneurship, oral communications, and written communications courses to college students using the Moodle Learning System.
Deliver online and classroom instruction.
Instructed and facilitate courses such as team building, cultural competency, management development, human resource management, financial management quality management, systems training and other programs
Certified leadership instructor
Certified Human Resources
Certified Human Resources
AVP/ Quality and compliance Manager
Program and Project Manager
VP of Business Affairs
President and CEO
Human Resources Consultant
Specific Instruction/Facilitation Experience (undergraduate and graduate):
Kansas City Business and Technology College – Quality Management Instructor
Kansas City Community College – Basic Quality Tools Application Instructor
First Step FastTrac Business Entrepreneurial Training Administrator, Facilitator, and Business Coach– Kauffman Foundation since 2003
Baker University – Business Management, Oral & Written Communications – Adjunct Faculty Instructor, Topeka Campus
City Government - Frontline Leadership Training
Non-Profit, City and State Government – Strategic Planning, HR Training, Transitional Leadership Practices, Virtual Team Development/Management, Systems Training, Quality Management, Customized training topics
The creative Organization - fall 2015 - Ottawa U (online)
The Leadership Perspective - fall 2015 - Baker MBA 595 (campus)
The Leadership Perspective - fall 2015 - Baker MBA 595 (online)
Principles of Organizational Management - winter 2015/2016 - Baker MBA 524 - campus Dec 9 - Jan 27
Entrepreneurial vision and strategies
Ottawa online Jan 11-March 5
Leadership perspective Online - Feb 29-Baker U
Executive leadership - 3/10 - bakeru
Executive leadership sub 4/5-4/20
Strategic management August - October 6. Baker campus
Principles of Org mgmt online
August 6 through Oct 10
Doctoral Degree in Business Administration, July 2012
Northwestern California School of Law 2013 1 year
Certified Profit Mastery Facilitator (Financial decision making tool)
Certified GrowthWheel Facilitator (Business Analysis process)
Working on Certification as Economic Developer with International Economic Dev Council
Certified Bookkeeping Training completed using Quickbooks , July 2010
Masters in Business Administration (MBA Degree), 2006
B.A. degree in Communications with minor in Criminal Justice, 1992.
A.S. degree in Business (Legal Assistance),1984
Licensed health and life insurance agent in the State of Kentucky
Former licensed health and life insurance agent in the State of Kansas
Certified Leadership Training Instructor with Achieve Global (formerly Zenger-Miller), 2002
Certified Facilitator and Administrator for First Step Entrepreneurial Training
Certified Facilitator for First Step Child Care Entrepreneurial Training
Previously licensed as NASD Series 6, 26, and 63
Completed Real Estate Principles C
BSW Social Work - Middle Tennessee State University
MSW Social Work - Our Lady of the Lake University
BA Communication - University of Wisconsin
MBA Healthcare Management - American Intercontinental University
MEd Leadership - Walden University
MS Communication - Grand Canyon University
PhD General Psychology - American Intercontinental University
Adjunct Professor in Business/IT
MS - Friends University
BA - Park University
After a successful career in business, Professor Richard (Rick) Owens decided to complete his lifelong goal of education and return to school. Rick’s first degree was Computer Information Systems, which ignited a passion in him to continue and earn his Master in Management Information Systems. Rick has been teaching since 2000, and has been educating Business and IT students with Ottawa University since 2008.
Rick is currently a Sr. Systems Analyst for Sprint, and he lives in an old house in a small town about 55 miles north of Ottawa's Overland Park campus. Outside of IT systems and educating students, Rick loves to garden, read sci-fi, play computer games, and do some art [mostly poetry with a healthy dash of neo-abstract painting.] Currently Rick has made the decision to do the final mad dash for his PhD, is in the process of completing his dissertation and will soon be known as Dr. Rick Owens.
BSN Nursing - Regis University
MSN Nursing - University of Phoenix
Dr. Jody Panian worked in the acute care/surgical services setting for 20 years. This was the beginning of her clinical career in neuro, leading to moves in other clinical specialties; ortho, neuro, cardiac, surgery, and gastroenterology. She later focused on developing hospital programs learning marketing and program design by creating a tertiary outreach program for trauma extremity injuries. Panian also developed a Hepatitis C patient care education program for Kaiser Permanente resulting in best-practice care and handling of patients requiring treatment resources. She has spent time in leadership, and the last 12 years in nursing academic education.
Dr. Panian was nominated for a Nightengale Luminary award in 2022 for her leadership as the Director of the CCU Nursing BSN program for initiatives in raising NCLEX pass rates and program re-development. She currently teaches with CCU and Ottawa Universities as an online affiliate for BSN and Graduate education.
She believes that the foundation for nursing comes from the Bible. Nursing is a calling to serve and care for others. It is important to integrate Biblical truths within course content in the form of related scriptures and personal experiences. Praying for students is important to usher in the Holy Spirit and help build the faith of students. Working for faith-based Universities sets an expectation for students to grow into Christian leaders. These expectations and standards allow nursing students to learn to practice nursing as a ministry, not just a career.
BSW - Longwood College
MS Human Services - Capella University
My name is Ms. Devon (pronounced Devin) S. Parham. I am from Petersburg, Virginia, about 20 miles from the State Capitol of Richmond. I graduated from Longwood University with a BSW. I also graduated from Capella University with a Master of Science in Human Services. Currently, I am a Division Director with Hanover Department of Social Services. My primary job function is supervising the I have been working Services Team. I have been a social worker for over twenty-three years. Since 1998, I have worked in Social Work, and I love working with people. Most of my work experience involves Domestic Violence counseling and Child Protective Services.
BS General Studies/Psychology - University of Kansas
Senior Executive Leadership Globalization, Leadship Diversity, and Innovation - Harvard Business School
Krystal Parker is a former executive for a Fortune 200 publicly traded oil and gas company. She has over 25 years of experience in organizational management, leading hundreds of employees to provide J.D. Powers, award-winning customer service to more than 2.1 million customers across the U.S. A former college dropout, Parker advanced her education at Harvard Business School for senior executive leaders focusing on innovation, globalization, and leadership diversity.
BA - University of Massachusetts
MA Calligraphy and Literature - Goddard College
MFA Creative Writing - Argosy University
MA Clinical Psychology - Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Doctor of Psychology - Arizona School of Professional Psychology
Deborah Partington, PsyD earned both a masters and doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Arizona School of Professional Psychology. She currently has a full-time private practice in Phoenix, AZ From 2006 through January 2015 she directed the psychology training and internship program at Southwest Behavioral Health Services. She developed he program which achieved APA accreditation in 2015. She has been a member of the Arizona Psychological Association Ethics Committee for the past 12 years. Between 2013 and April 2017, she served as chair of the committee. Dr. Partington is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Mentor Award and the 2022 Distinguished Contribution to Diversity Award, both from the Arizona Psychological Association. She is a board member of the AzPA Psychology Training Consortium and a founding member of the Women in Psychology interest group. Dr. Partington completed training in humanistic-existential psychology through the International Institute of Humanistic Studies, and has a chapter included in Unearthing the Moment: Mindful Applications of Existential-Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychotherapy, edited by Myrtle Heery, PhD. Dr. Partington holds a Master’s Degree from Goddard College, VT, and a Master’s of Fine Arts/Creative Writing from ASU. Her first novel, Telling Stories, was published in 2015. Her second novel, Telling Shadows, was published in 2022.
BA Managerial Economics - University of California
MA History- San Jose State University
Professor Patel was born and raised in California and earned a Bachelors in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and MA in History from San Jose State University. He has taught several History courses at various community colleges in the Bay Area and has been teaching online courses for the past 15 years.
BA Linguistics - San Diego State University
MA Theology - Fuller Theological Seminary
MS Hebrew & Judaic Studies - New York University
PhD Hebrew & Judaic Studies
BS Psychology - Eastern Kentucky
MDiv Divinity - Asbury Theological Seminary
BA Political Science - University of St Thomas
MA Political Science - American Public University
PhD Business Administration
BA Mathematics and Physics - Whitman College
MA Applied Mathematics - University of California
PhD Computational Science IP
BM Secondary Vocal Education - Concordia College
MM Choral Music - Arizona State University
DMA Choral Conducting
MS Physical Education - University of Idaho
PhD General Psychology
BM Vocal Performance - Stephen F Austin State University
MM Vocal Performance - Simpson College
MAED - Colorado State University
BS - Colorado State University
Kristi Piccone grew up in Wray, Colorado and Ft. Collins, Colorado and completed both undergraduate and graduate degrees at Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. She spent the majority of her career teaching high school students Biology, Human Anatomy & Physiology, and Forensic Science. She also spent much of her career coaching Women's Gymnastics and Women's Diving. After retiring from a successful and rewarding teaching career, she made her way to Ottawa University, where she can now devote her time and passion for teaching to their wonderful students. Kristi loves being outside in the warm Arizona sun and golfing.
BS Human Biology - Tarant County Community College
MS Biology - Upper State New York University
Doctorate and BS in Science - Texas Chiropractic College
Because of her passion for teaching, while in private practice, Dr. Katherine Pinotti began her career as a teacher developing a Medical Assistant program. Later, she studies to become a Highly Qualified Texas Teacher and taught the Health Science program for Career & Technology at the High School where her children attended. Dr. P also earned a master's in biology and environmental health. Along with her clinical and business management experience, she is skilled in Blackboard, D2L, eCollge and Moodle online platforms and has taught science courses in-house and online for over twenty years. After retiring from private practice, Dr. P was elected County Commissioner. She continued to teach online, serving her community for eight years and acquiring certification as a (CPM) Certified Public Manager. Leaving public office in 2017, she began to teach full time and has been an online instructor in biology, ethics, nutrition, and other healthcare related courses for Ottawa for several years. Dr. P is also a writer, loves Dobermans, horses, and lives on a small farm in East Texas where she spends her time doing what she enjoys most, helping and chatting with students, writing, and developing online courses.
BFA Fine Arts - Whitwort University
MAT Teaching - Western Carolina University
EdD - The European Graduate School Switzerland
AS Nursing - Northeast Oklahoma A&M College
BSN Nursing - Oklahoma Wesleyan University
MSN Nurse Education - University of Oklahoma
APRN - University of Oklahoma
Heather Pollet's professional background includes education, cardiac nursing, medical-surgical nursing, and women's health. She has more than 30 years of nursing experience, and has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in family practice since 2017. She joined the adjunct nursing faculty at Ottawa University in 2020. Heather also works as the Vice President for Career & Technical Education at Coffeyville Community College, previous to this role, she was the Director of Nursing for 10 years at Coffeyville.
MBA - University of Chicago
BS - Illinois State University
Instructor Pollock grew up in Chicago, Illinois and completed his undergraduate degree at Illinois State University. He spent the majority of his career at Illinois Tool Works, in Chicago working in product development and brand management, and Reebok International in Boston, Massachusetts working in brand marketing, national account marketing and strategic planning. While in Chicago, Instructor Pollock pursued his MBA with a concentration in marketing, strategic management and finance at the University of Chicago, while working for Illinois Tool Works. Upon completion of his MBA degree, Instructor Pollock decided to make a change from business-to-business marketing at Illinois Tools Works to consumer marketing at Reebok, International. After working as VP Marketing at St. Louis Music, in St. Louis, Missouri, Instructor Pollock started his own marketing consulting firm and began his career as an adjunct instructor at Maryville University in St. Louis. He has taught with Ottawa University since 2015 and enjoys integrating his business and consulting experience for students within the classroom.
AS Psychology - Coconio Community College
BS Health Sciences Nutrition & Foods - Northern Arizona University
MS Nutritional Sciences - University of Texas
Alec Poppenwimer teaches nutrition at Ottawa University in Surprise, Arizona. He is a functional nutritionist and an integrated health specialist at Moon Integrated Health where he works with a diverse client base from high performance athletes to disease management.
BA Sociology - Washburn University
MSW Social Work - Washburn University
AAS - Johnson County Community College
BS - Ottawa University
Adjunct Professor in English
MA - Emporia State University
David Prihoda is from Olathe, KS. He is a current PhD student at Old Dominion University, having graduated from OU in 2011 with a BA in English Literature and an MA from Emporia State in 2022. He's taught English and writing in Ottawa, Olathe, and Overland Park, Kansas, as well as abroad in Malaysia with the Fullbright Program. David currently teaches College Writing, Technical Writing, Creative Writing, and a class of his own design entitled Narrative in eSports Titles and Literature. He is also a Writing Specialist at Johnson County Community College.
BA Philosophy & English Lit - University of Missouri
MA Philosophy - University of Kansas
Education has always been part of my life. I taught general education courses as an Adjunct Professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS for more than 20 years. I am a professional project manager with a major bank and have been working in project management for more than 15 years. Teaching project management at OU brings together my passions of teaching and project management.
BS Music Education - Grand Canyon University
MM Music Education - Kent State University
MBA Health Care Management - Layola University
DM - St Christopher College of Medicine
BS Sociology - University of Central Arkansas
MS Sociology - University of Central Arkansas
PR - Peer Recovery Specialist (IC&RC credential)
CS-D - Certified Clinical Supervisor - Distance Delivery endorsement (IC&RC credential)
AADC - Advance Alcohol and Drug Counselor (IC&RC credential)
Master of Science
Lisa K. Ray, MS, ACADC, CS-D, PR, has just retired as Program Director for the Bachelor of Science in Addiction Studies Program at the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) with the Department of Health Sciences. She presently teaches as an adjunct for UCA, Ottawa, and Rio Salado Community College. She also had a private practice in Addictions Counseling and Consulting, with offices in Conway and Little Rock for eight years. Prior to her association with UCA, she was employed by the Arkansas Department of Community Correction for over 17 years. Initially, she served as a probation/parole officer and subsequently as the first Treatment Manager for the Probation/Parole Division and aided in the creation of the Treatment Division for that portion of the agency. While she served as Treatment Manager she had the opportunity to oversee the implementation of 28 Drug Courts in the state as well as the placement of over 20 counselors in area probation/parole offices. The Treatment Division grew from one staff member to 53 during her 5-year tenure.
BA English & Spanish - Sam Houston State University
MA English - University of Kansas
PhD American Studies
BA Psychology - University of Arizona
MA Family/Child Psychology - California School of Professional Psych
PhD Clinical Psychology
BS Accounting - Baker University
MBA - Southwestern College
Dr. Reynolds obtained his Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Walden University, MBA from Southwestern College, and Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Baker University. Dr. Reynolds is also a non-active Certified Public Accountant.
Dr. Reynolds retired from Koch Industries in 2022. His last position was Senior Director of Business Process Transformation. He has over 30 years in leadership positions in Information Technology (IT) roles. He was CIO of several divisions of Koch Industries and led the IT portion of several large acquisitions and divestitures. Before his work at Koch Industries, he worked for a global consulting firm and was one of the lead designers for a software package for the oil and gas industry that is now owned by SAP. Dr. Reynolds has taught several undergraduate courses on leadership, accounting, and information technology. He has also helped design and teaches graduate level courses on innovation and technology management, globalization, and leadership.
BA - Metropolitan State University of Denver
MS Counseling - University of Phoenix
Kristie Richardson, a seasoned School Counselor, boasts a robust foundation in mental health and counseling. She possesses outstanding leadership, advocacy, and collaborative abilities. She has been honored with the ICAP award from the Colorado Department of Education, recognizing her exceptional efforts in implementing Individual Career Academic Plans. Her adeptness in establishing positive connections with diverse groups is remarkable. Kristie is fervently dedicated to utilizing counseling and education to support students in achieving their aspirations.
DHA - Medical University of South Carolina
MBA - Utah State University
ADN - Weber State University
Dr. Suzanne Richins is known as an early adopter of technology and innovation. As a senior leader in healthcare, she was one of the first to look at using analytics to structure staffing schedules based on patient arrival acuity to the Emergency Department for her masters’ thesis. The methodology was adopted throughout Intermountain Healthcare and various other well-known healthcare systems. While serving on an American Hospital Association-PMG Board and the Joint Commission Professional and Technical Advisory Committee, she conducted her dissertation on patient satisfaction prior to the adoption of these standards by both of these respected organizations. Her latest work is in using analytics to predict patient outcomes and improve quality. She also teaches DBA, MBA, DHA, MHA, and DNP students for various universities while conducting her own research projects. Her first book on healthcare innovation and her second book on emerging technology were published in 2015.
BA Business Administration - Ottawa University
BA Biological Sciences - Ottawa University
MS Business Administration
BA - University of New Mexico
MA - University of Alabama
PhD Business Administration ABD
Professor Keith Rieger earned his bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of New Mexico, his master’s degree in Marketing from the University of Alabama, and completed his PhD Marketing coursework at Texas Tech University. Intertwined with his education he has gained 15+ years experience as an executive & consultant for numerous companies & organizations around the world.
He has been a business professor since 2008, instructing 100+ undergraduate & graduate – online & on-campus – business courses. In addition, he is a full-time Marketing Consultant & Executive Coach helping others to optimize their lives, careers and businesses. Finally, he is the author of several books, including the following:
Most importantly, he is passionate about learning and sharing knowledge to help others be successful and achieve their goals.
BA Political Science & Intl Relations - Brigham Young University
MS Political Science - Brigham Young University
J. Reuben Clark, Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1980 Juris Doctorate
• Commercial and Residential Financing Professional
Supervised, managed and directed the Commercial and Residential Financing for multiple Major Builder / Developers in the Phoenix-Metro area. Provided legal representation for institutional and private Commercial and Residential Lenders
International Land Development
• Coordinate the acquisition, development and offsite construction for 34 lot ocean view luxury lots in Puerto Penasco, Mexico. Director of Operations for the construction and development and sales of 47 luxury single family home community “Diamond Village” in Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico
• Successfully carried out all aspects of SITE LOCATION, CONTRACT NEGOTIATION, CONTRACT PREPARATION, FEASIBILITY ANALYSIS, DUE DILIGENCE EVALUATION, FINANCING, and CLOSE of ESCROW for more than 20,000 Single Family and Multifamily units.
In-House General Counsel
• Proficiently provided all legal direction and analysis required to successfully carry out Escrow and Title Insurance, Development, Builder and Construction Business.
Accomplishments: University and College Instructor
• Adjunct Faculty – Online Ottawa University 2008-2023 (Business Law –Business Ethics, Masters Level - Quantitative Analysis (7010) Political, Legal and Social Influences on Business, (7900), Conflict Resolution, Employment Law, Business Law Conflict Resolution, Business Ethics)
• Adjunct Faculty - DeVry University 2008 - 2023 (Business Law)
• Adjunct Faculty – Online Instructor Ashford University 2009-2022 (Political Science, International Relations, Business Law, Business Ethics, Conflict Management, Administrative Law, Criminal Justice, American History)
• Adjunct Faculty - Online Chamberlain College, 2016-2022 (Political Science) 330).
• Adjunct Faculty – Online Argosy University 2012-2018 (Doctoral Level International Business -7616, Masters level, Business Ethics & Employment Law 6018 Contract Law 6020, Bachelor Level Business Law
• Adjunct Faculty – Online University of Phoenix 2007-2015 - Certified Advance Facilitator (Finance 419, 370, Decision Making, 467 Real Estate Principles 415 Risk Management, 370 Business Finance)
BS Business Administration - University of Central Florida
MA Educational Psychology - Ottawa University
AAS Television & Motion Picture - Scottsdale Community College
BA Broadcast Communications - Arizona State University
MA Communication Studies
BS Education - University of Nebraska
BA English - University of Nebraska
MA English Creative Writing
BS Psychology - Colorado State University
MA Community Counseling - Regis University
PhD Mythological Studies
AA Liberal Arts - The Pennsylvania State University
BSN Nursing - The Pennsylvania State University
MSN Nursing Human Development - The Univeristy of Tennessee
BS Mathematics - Central Michigan University
MS Engineering Systems Management - Arizona State University
PhD Organization and Management
BA Theatre Arts - Texas Womens University
MMA Management Administration - Metropolitan State University
MED Education and Technology - Texas A&M
MS American Language and Literature
E. Dd IP - Marygrove College
Instructor Sabha is a senior lecturer at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Instructor Sabha has over ten-year of educational experience designing and teaching different computer courses in different areas of IT such as programming, networking, and cybersecurity. Some of the course that instructor Sabha designed & teaches are Cisco Networking, Java Programming, Ethical Hacking & Computer Forensics.
In addition to Educational Experience, instructor Sabha has also over ten years of technical experience. Instructor Sabha worked as a full-time software engineer for Quad Tech, Inc. in Wisconsin for eight and half years. During that time, instructor Sabha was involved in developing high-quality applications. Also, instructor Sabha has working experience in computer networking as he worked as a network administrator for several years. Instructor Sabha holds different computer certifications like CCNA, Security+, Network+ and A+.
Instructor Sabha also enjoys travelling & watching soccer.
BA International Relations - George Washington University
MBA Management - DeSales University
DM Organizational Development and Change
MS Reading - Pittsburg State University
PhD Curriculum and Instruction - Kansas State University
Dr. Julie Samuels is an accomplished educator and scholar, in Curriculum and Instruction. With a Ph.D. from Kansas State University, earned in 2006.
Samuels began her academic journey with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Ottawa University in 1989. Her passion for teaching led her to further her studies, earning a Master of Science in Reading from Pittsburg State University in 1998.
With an impressive career spanning several decades, Samuels has made significant contributions to the field of education. She has served in various capacities, including serving as an Elementary School Principal in USD #365, Osawatomie, KS, since 2018. Her earlier experiences include roles as an Elementary Classroom Teacher in Mansfield RIV, Mansfield, MO, and USD #367, Osawatomie, KS and also served as a 7th-8th Grade Classroom Teacher and Head Coach for Girls Basketball in Garnett, KS.
In the realm of academia, Samuels held the position of Associate Professor in Teaching and Leadership, showcasing her dedication to shaping future educators. She excelled as a Program Coordinator for Graduate Reading, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Unified programs and also took on the role of Director of the Honors College.
Samuels is not only a seasoned educator but also a lifelong learner. She has continually honed her skills, as evident through her certifications. Samuels earned certifications in School Leadership (District and Building) and Reading Specialist from the Kansas State Department of Education.
Samuels' impact on education extends far beyond the classrooms they have led and the programs they have shaped. Her legacy is one of dedication, innovation, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. Through her extensive academic background, professional experiences, and continuous commitment to learning, she has not only transformed the lives of their students but have also inspired colleagues and future educators alike.
Samuels continues to be a guiding light in the world of education, embodying the true spirit of a lifelong educator and scholar.
BA Police Science - Ottawa University
MS Criminal Justice - Utica College
PhD Business Administration IP
MEd Curriculum and Instruction - Southwestern College
BS Business Administration - California State University
David (Dave) Sanders is an experienced financial professional with a background in financial analysis, portfolio management, and financial deal structuring. He is a commercial banking relationship manager at National Bank of Arizona where he manages a $200 million portfolio of banking clients and helps advise them on strategic growth, financing, and business acquisition matters. With over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, Dave brings his experience and education to his clients, students and prospects to provide solutions to issues that arise.
Dave graduated from The W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University with an MBA in 2011, and received his Bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University San Marcos. Dave also sat on the Surprise City Council for 2 years where he was able to leverage his education and business acumen to help the city continue to grow.
During his time away from work, Dave loves spending time with his wife Steffany of 20 years and their three children Jayden, Grayson, and Emma. His hobbies include backpacking, camping, exercising, and hanging out with the family dog Joey.
MEd Educational Leadership - Northern Arizona University
Ed D Educational Leadership - Northern Arizona University
I hold 27 years of progressively responsibe experience in public education in Arizona. I've held the following positions: high school business teacher, career and technical education director, high school principal, special education director, federal programs director, grant writer, and public information officer. I am also an elected official serving as a school board member for a local school district.
B.A.- Psychology, Creighton University
M.A.- Counseling, University of Nebraska
Ph.D.- Counseling Psychology, Arizona State University
Daniel Schulte, Ph.D. is adjunct faculty member in Professional Counseling at Ottawa University. He is a licensed Psychologist in Arizona, and is credentialed both as a National Register Health Service Psychologist and a National Certified Counselor. In addition to his work at Ottawa, he currently provides psychotherapy and counseling services to adult individuals and couples in his practice in Mesa, AZ. Prior to moving to private practice, Dr. Schulte was the Director of Training and Associate Director at Arizona State University Counseling Services. Through his career, Dr. Schulte has also been active in volunteer work and with professional organizations. He is a past president of the Arizona Psychological Association, and continues as an active member of this organization, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium.
BA Art History and Studio Art - Pace University
MA Clinical Art Therapy and Counseling - Long Island University
BM Music Education - University of Southern California
MM Music Education - Arizona State University
PhD Music Education IP
AS Music - Santa Rosa Junior College
BM Music Therapy - Chapman University
MS School Psychology
BA - Adams State University
MA - National University
MFA - National University
BSHC/MH - University of Phoenix
MSHA - University of St. Francis
DHA - Capella University
Dr. Seal-Villafranca grew up in Louisiana and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Phoenix. He has worked in the health care industry for twenty years in both mid-management and executive management roles. Currently, he serves as the president of the board which oversees licensed health care administrators in Arizona and is the Executive Director for an Arizona State Professional Licensing Board. He is a Fellow with the American College of Health Care Administrators and serves as a subject matter expert for legal matters involving health care facilities. He has taught with Ottawa since 2019 and enjoys integrating his working knowledge and experience into the classroom to assist his students. Dr. Seal-Villafranca earned his Doctor of Health Administration with Specialization in Leadership Management from Capella University.
BA Computer Application
MBA Finance - Indiana University of Pennsylvania
MBA Information Technology
BS Accountancy - Arizona State University
MBA Human Resources - Keller Graduate School of Management
PhD - Management of Organizational Leadership
MS - Management Information Systems
MEd - Special Education
BS - Computer Information Systems
BS is Business Administration and Economics from Auburn University
MS in Construction Management from Western Carolina University
PhD in Management from Walden University
Professor Sherman's first professional work experience was as a Marine infantry officer. He retired from the United States Marine Corps as a Major with 23 years of service a Rifleman and Infantry/Ground Reconnaissance Officer. Over the past 17 years, He has had a successful business career working as a Project Engineer, Quality Control Manager, Project Manager, General Manager, Director of Operations, Vice President of Operations. In his current role he is a divisional President for a Fortune 500 company overseeing the Mission Critical and Federal Government Contracting lines of business.
MA Secondary Education - University of North Florida
Technical Certificate - Networking and Information Technology - Wichita Technical Institute
BS in Computer Information Systems - Friends University
I have a diverse background spanning IT, business, project management, and education. My technical expertise encompasses Windows Server administration, cloud services, and a range of software applications, including Microsoft Office 365, Splunk, Jira, and more. I am also well-versed in virtualization, LAN systems, and have hands-on experience with AWS, Azure, SQL, and programming languages such as Visual Basic, C#, and Java.
BM Music - Ithaca College
MM Choral Conducting - Eastman School of Music
DMA Choral Conducting
BA Psychology - Bard College
MS Counseling Education - Canisius College
BA Secondary Education English - Arizona Christian University
MMin - Grace School of Theology
EdD - University of Kansas
MS - Emporia State University
BS - Friends University
Dr. Debbie Smith and her husband relocated a couple of years ago to Oklahoma to be near their daughter and granddaughter. She currently works online for several universities and loves what she does! Prior to teaching online, she served over 20 years in higher education administration. She holds an Ed.D. from the University of Kansas in Educational Leadership and Policy, with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and a focus area in evaluation and assessment. For the past 11 years, she has taught graduate level online courses focusing on education, educational research, comps preparation and the dissertation process. She has been with Ottawa University since 2004. Her research interests include the areas of assessment, accreditation and faculty development, where she has published and presented nationally. Dr. Debbie is an ever-positive professor eager to help students grow and develop a love for lifelong learning.
MPA - University of Missouri, Kansas City
BA - Baker University
Adjunct instructor Garth Smith grew up in Kansas City, MO and lived in Saudi Arabia for 11 years working for an airline with a contract to train employees of Saudi Arabian Airlines to operate the airline self-sufficiently. He was a human resources manager and then the overall project manager for the airline. Since that time he has made a career in the behavioral health field as Director of Network Operations for New Directions Behavioral Health, an organization owed by several Blue Cross insurance plans. His expertise in negotiating contracts with health care providers, developing educational workshops, profiling professionals, and analyzing specialty needs for individuals in need of health services has given him a rich background for instructing in the areas of management, social services and health care on both undergraduate and graduate levels.
Practical Nursing - NCKTCK
AAS - Cloud County Community College
BSN - Ottawa University
MSN-Ed - Ottawa University
Kim began working as an educator in 2005 as a training officer working in emergency medical services. In 2016 she graduated from Cloud County Community College and became a registered nurse. In 2018 she accepted a part-time clinical instructor position, and in 2019 she began teaching full-time. Kim graduated with a BSN from Ottawa University in 2020. She continued her nursing education journey with Ottawa University graduating with a Master of Science in nursing degree with an emphasis in education in 2022. She feels blessed to share her experiences, knowledge, and passion for nursing.
EdD - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MA - Boston College
BA - Clark University
Dr. Margaret Smith earned her BA in Psychology and certificate in Gerontology from Clark University, her MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College, and her EdD in Education (focusing on alcohol and other drugs in higher education) from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her research focuses on high risk drinking among college students with a focus on college women. She has worked as a case manager for elders, an alcohol and other drug counselor in a hospital based clinic (while also serving as an addiction consultant on the psychiatric center), Coordinator of GLBT programming at Dartmouth College, an alcohol and other drug educator at Dartmouth College, and now a tenured, full professor at Keene State College in Health Science/Addictions. She earned her MLADC in alcohol and drug counseling in New Hampshire and is a presenter at national and regional conferences. She is the President of INCASE (International Coalition of Addiction Studies) and an active member of NAADAC (the Association for Addiction Professionals). Her areas of expertise include addiction, GLBT counseling and culture, co-occurring disorders, gerontology, and women. Dr. Smith loves camping, fireflies on a hot summer's night, reading, learning, and working with students!
MEd - University of Nebraska, Omaha
BA - University of Nebraska, Omaha
Instructor Smith grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and now lives in Olathe, KS with her husband and five boys. She currently teaches first grade with the Olathe Public Schools and serves as Adjunct Faculty for Ottawa University in the Education department. She obtained her National Board Certification in 2014 and serves on many committees within her school and school district. Writing and receiving grants for furthering STEM education and Project Based Learning is one of her passions. She is the recipient of many awards including the 2020 Olathe Elementary Teacher of the Year, the 2019 Kansas Agricultural Teacher of the Year, the 2016 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and the 2014 Kansas Society of Professional Engineers Kansas Teacher of the Year.
AAS - Blue River Community College
BBA - University of Missouri
MBA Finance - Park University
BS Info Comp Science Networking - Park University
MS Info Sys Business Analytics - University of Missouri
BA Administration and Legal Processes - Mills College
BA German Studies - Mills College/Universitat in Munich
MA Economics - John Hopkins University
PhD Economics - John Hopkins University
Dr. Smrha has been a full-time economics and business instructor for over 25 years. She was born and raised in Northern California, and left the state to go to graduate school in Baltimore, Maryland. Her first fulltime position after she finished her Ph.D. in economics landed her in Northeast Kansas, and she has lived and held faculty and administrative leadership positions in higher education here for nearly 30 years.
MAED - Northern Arizona University
BA - University of Massachusetts
Ruth Soles was born and grew up on the East coast, New Jersey-Maine. Early on in her career she had the opportunity to teach for the Department of Defense Schools in Germany. Ruth moved to Arizona in 1980 and now calls the valley home. She taught in the public school system at a primary school for 28 years. She was fortunate to be able to take a core group of students from Pre K all the way through to third grade after teaching pre-first for nine years. She then went to Special Ed. Her last eight years, she has spent teaching Kindergarten. She still substitutes frequently and enjoys spending time in different classrooms.
Ruth has a, BA in Early Childhood Education from University of Massachusetts and MAED from Northern Arizona University. She is certified in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education and has endorsements for Reading Specialist, and ESL. She is also a certified Educational Therapist. When she is not working, she enjoys reading, crafting, and sewing. She sews many different things but her favorite things to sew are clothes for American Girl size dolls. Ruth has two grown children, both married and living in the valley. She has three beautiful granddaughters ages 8, 12, and 15.
AAS Data Processing - Tidewater Community College
BA Business Administration - Saint Leo University
MS Management - Fielding Graduate University
MA Organizational Development - Regent University
PhD Organizational Leadership - Troy State University
M.A. - Education
Ph.D, Psychology - specialty in Addiction Studies
I have worked many year in the addiction treatment field as a clinician, program developer, supervisor, and administrator. I have taught at the college/university level for 23 years in the field of addiction studies.
BA Psychology - Mercy College
MA School and Community Psychology - Wayne State University
PhD Counseling Services
MBA - University of Phoenix
BS - University of Louisville
Dr. Etta Steed is an Adjunct Faculty at Ottawa’s Overland Park campus. She teaches business courses in the Executive MBA program. Dr. Steed earned her doctorate in Business Management with a specialization in Organization Leadership at the University of Phoenix. She has been an educator for over 12 years and worked in higher education for 15 years. In her free time, Dr. Steed loves to visit aquariums in the U.S., planning events, and spending time with her sons and their recreational activities.
ASN Nursing - Central Community College
BSN Nursing - Oklahoma Panhandle State University
MSN Nursing - Northeastern State University
BM - University of Missouri
MA Business Administration
EJD - Concord Law School
MBA - University of Phoenix
BS - University of Louisville
Instructor Stephens grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville. She spent the majority of her time in business, project management and 20 years in the military as a Transportation and Logistics Officer. During those years she pursued MBA, Law Degree, PhD and continuing education at her favorite bucket list colleges. As a way to give back to society she wants to help others achieve their education goals through a degree. She has taught with Ottawa University since 2009 and enjoys integrating her organizational management and business experience for students within the classroom.
BME Music Education - Northern Arizona University
MEd Curriculum and Instruction - University of Nevada Las Vegas
BA Music Education - University of Northern Iowa
DBH - Arizona State University
MA - Webster University
BS - University of Central Missouri
Instructor Kendra Stewart-Nelson is an adjunct faculty member that teaches in the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program. Dr. Stewart-Nelson earned her doctorate degree in Behavioral Health at Arizona State University. She has worked in the behavioral health field for over 20 years. She brings private practice and clinical setting expertise into her classrooms. She has taught with Ottawa University since 2016. With each teaching moment, Dr. Stewart-Nelson looks forward to integrating innovation and creativity with her students. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, writing and being outdoors.
MSCS - University of Nevada
BS - University of California - Berkley
BA - Claremont Men's College
MBA - University of Phoenix
PGCE - University of Huddersfield
BA - Leeds Metropolitan University
Instructor Stone was raised in Sheffield, England and completed his BA degree in Business at Leeds Metropolitan University. He moved to Philadelphia and then Phoenix, completing an MBA and beginning studies to achieve his doctorate in Organizational Leadership in 2016. Mark is both an academic and serial entrepreneur with a passion for entrepreneurship. His business ventures have included the formation of non-profit and for-profit sports instruction, camp, and consulting enterprises. He is a veteran in the classroom with outstanding student reviews, uses his business experience to make classes real and understandable, and is excited to devote his energy, passion and leadership to Ottawa University.
BS Mathematics Education - Nova Southeastern University
MS Innovative Teaching of Mathematics - Nova Southeastern University
Associate Degree Earth Science - Santa Ana College
Bachelor Business Administration - Elmhurst University
Master Healthcare Management - St Francis University
US Marine corps veteran. Twenty plus years Consulting and Developing Healthcare Management Service Systems for US hospitals and medical centers. Twelve plus years online Healthcare Management Instructor of undergraduate and graduate studies - Ottawa University
BA Christian Ministries - Southwest Baptist University
Bachelor Science Business Admin - Winona State University
Masters International Management - Thunderbird School of Global Management
Ph.D. Financial Management - Northcentral University
Steven T. Syrmopoulos, Ph.D., CFP(R), ChFC
Dr. Syrmopoulos has been working in the finance and financial planning arenas for over 40 years; corporate finance, international finance, and personal financial planning. He has been teaching money at the university level in both graduate and undergraduate programs for 30 years.
One of the things he is fond of saying is that the more he teaches, the more he learns. His consultancy practice is ongoing and consists of a small number of advisees, individuals and small businesses, to whom he provides investment and retirement program suggestions and ideas primarily in the context of his position as an educator.
The research which Dr. Syrmopoulos conducts is primarily in the area of Financial Literacy, studied through the prism of Behavioral Finance or as he prefers to put it, why people make the decisions they make about money. This ongoing research work has examined the efficacy of private Financial Literacy Programs, the lack of retirement plans in small businesses, and the commercial bank takeovers of the investment banking firms during the 2008 financial crisis.
Syrmopoulos has been at Northern Arizona University since 2018, and very much enjoys working with both traditional and nontraditional students who are about to embark or reembark on lifelong and productive careers in Finance and Financial Planning, as these are the minds that will shape the world in which we live tomorrow. Dr. Syrmopoulos feels very strongly when he states that education is his passion and teaching is his privilege.
Steve Syrmopoulos, Ph.D.
BS Accounting - Nicholls State University
MBA - Nicholls State University
MA Taxation - NorthCentral University
PhD Business Administration
BS Human Resources/ Small Business Management - California State Polytechnic University
MS Global Supply Chain - Indiana University
PhD Organizational/Inst Leadership
MS Professional Counseling - Grand Canyon University
PhD Psychology/Cognition and Instruction
AGS - Glendale Community College
BA Psychology - Ottawa University
MA Community Counseling - Ottawa University
MA School Guidance Program
BSEE - University of Missouri
MBA Business Administration - Rockhurst University
MS Electrical Engineering - University of Kansas
Steve Thomas, residing in Kansas City, MO, has consistently demonstrated versatility and expertise both in academia and the professional realm. With an academic teaching career spanning over two decades, Steve currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Ottawa University, a position he has held since 2015. He has been pivotal in facilitating both technical and non-technical courses across undergraduate and graduate levels. His commitment to fostering critical thinking, analytical prowess, and robust communication skills among students is evident from his pedagogical approach, which aligns with the university's emphasis on these facets. Over the years, Steve has honed his presentation and communication techniques, making him a revered figure in the academic community. His dedication to the university and his students is reflected in consistently high evaluations he receives from both peers and students alike. His academic portfolio boasts courses in Computer Science, Algebra, Research and Analysis (Statistics), Advanced Networking, and several graduate-level subjects.
Parallel to his illustrious academic journey, Steve has carved a niche for himself in the professional world. Currently, he holds the title of Senior Systems Engineer at American Century Investments, where he plays a crucial role in creating VMs for the company's RHEL 6.x and 7.x environments, and provides extensive support for the company's NERC CIP environment. Before this, Steve rendered his services as a Senior Systems Engineer at AOS (Hallmark), offering high-level technical architecture consulting services. His professional journey also includes a significant tenure as a Senior UNIX Administrator at Sprint. Here, Steve was responsible for a plethora of tasks, ranging from managing a vast array of servers to providing daily team leadership for a group of System Administrators. His intricate understanding of various operating system platforms, coupled with his experience with key software components, made him an invaluable asset to the team. Steve's roles over the years have required him to don multiple hats, from managing crucial networking elements to participating in complex integration projects spanning multiple layers of the OSI stack.
Steve's dual expertise in teaching and professional services is underpinned by a strong educational foundation. He holds a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, with an emphasis on Computer & Network engineering. He also earned a Master of Business Administration from Rockhurst University, focusing on Organizational Development. This unique blend of technical acumen and business insights positions Steve as a multifaceted professional, capable of bridging the gap between academia and industry.
BA Secondary Education - Ottawa University
MA Education Intervention - Ottawa University
BM Piano Performance - University of Alabama
MM Choral Conducting - Univeristy of Alabama
DMA Choral Conducting - ABD
Associate of Arts Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Masters of Arts
Dr. Patricia V. Tobin earned her Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Post Secondary & Adult Education, from Capella University, a Master of Arts degree in Studio Art from California State University, Fullerton, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California State University Long Beach. She is a university professor, curriculum writer, faculty mentor, coach, and doctoral committee member. She also holds a teaching certificate for grades 7-12. She has instructed undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students for US universities and in the United Kingdom.
BS Family Studies and Human Development - University of Arizona
MEd Educational Foundations - Northern Arizona University
BS Psychology - Syracuse University
MA Guidance and Counseling - UMKC
MAT Secondary Social Studies - Kansas State University
PhD Urban Leadership and Policy Studies in Education - UMKC
I have a broad background in psychology, education, and teaching, with specific accomplishments and higher education student services leadership and administration. I am currently a senior research associate for UMKC’s office of research development responsible for multiple projects focused on students and persons with disabilities in higher education and transitioning into the workforce; AI and data science; and institutional policy development. My career at UMKC includes serving a decade in the career services office before becoming an assistant vice chancellor for the division of student affairs and enrollment management responsible for student conduct, counseling, health, testing, career services, disability services and later for the student auxiliary departments of residential life, conferencing and food service, and campus recreation. I have created and taught a variety of for-credit courses from human resources, counseling, and career development, and I have presented at national and regional conferences, and conducted research on peer mistreatment behaviors in higher education, employee engagement, and career development.
BA Human Services Psychology Sociology - Ottawa University
MA Counseling - Ottawa University
BA Communications - Pepperdine University
MA Communications - University of Southern California
Associate in Science, Accounting - Southwest Florida College
Bachelor’s in science, Accounting - Hodges University (Formerly International College)
Master’s in business administration, Accounting - Capella University
Doctor of Business Administration - Walden University
Hello, my name is Dr. Daisy Valentin (she, her, Ella).
My professional experience spans over 20 years in Managerial Accounting, Finance, and Leadership. I have worked mainly in Human Resources and Corporate Controller positions in the Nonprofit and profit sectors. I am co-owner and President of Valyntin Consulting, LLC, and have Certifications in Project Management Essentials (PMEC), Lean Six Sigma White Belt (LSSWBC), Six Sigma Essentials Certification, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFLEN).
I also have been an online professor for the Higher Education sector for over nine years in various universities and colleges across the country and internationally.
MS - Independence University
MSPSY - University of Phoenix
MBA - Texas A&M University
BS - Indiana University
BS - University of Phoenix
MEd Early Childhood Education - Northern Arizona University
BA Journalism - Humboldt State University
MEd - Northern Arizona University
BS Business Administration - Columbia College
MBA Business Administration - Webster University
DBA Finance - Nova Southeastern University
Post Doctorate of Management - Colorado Technical University
I am Dr. Geoffrey Vanderpal, I am a passionate business professional leading successful economic analysis through development, oversight, & risk management. I have 25 years of financial industry and business experience.
My academic qualifications include a Doctorate degree in Finance and Business and a Post-Doc in Global Leadership. Some of my certifications are Certified Financial Planner, Certified Treasury Professional, and Chartered Life Underwriter certifications.
Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies in Trauma, Abuse, and Deprivation
Master of Arts in Human Resources
Master of Arts of Professional Counseling
Doctor of Behavioral Health
Dr. Vargas has over ten years of experience working with diverse and unique individuals in clinical, K-12, and academic settings. He has held clinical and scholarly titles, including counselor, program director, clinical supervisor and director, college assistant dean, adjunct faculty, clinical assistant professor, and school counselor. Dr. Vargas specializes in diversity proficiency, trauma-informed care and treatment, substance use disorders (SUDs), and addictions, amongst other counseling-related topics. Dr. Vargas believes in the uniqueness and potential of each human being. As a member of the helping professions, Dr. Vargas encourages creating a compassionate, welcoming, genuine, diversity-affirming, and promoting unity through mutual respect and a goal-informed service plan.
BA Psychology - California State University
PsyD Clinical Psychology
BS Applied Mathematics - Harvey Mudd College
MA Mathematics - University of California
I worked as a software developer for more than a dozen years, programming software for coordinate measurement machines in several different computer programming languages.
I have worked as an online math instructor for more than another dozen years, teaching college courses ranging from developmental math to upper-division math courses.
I have created a variety of teaching-related resources for algebra, statistics, cryptography, and particle swarm optimization.
My current research interest is in computer vision.
BA Theology/Religion - Azusa Pacific University
M. Ed Teaching and Learning - Kaplan University
MSM Leadership - George Fox University
MDiv - George Fox University
DMin Leadership and Spiritual Formation - Kaplan University
MSW - Washington University
BA Management & Human Relations - Mid America Nazarene University
Instructor Carla Vause, LSCSW, LCSW was raised in the Kansas City area and completed her undergraduate degree at Mid-America Nazarene College. After completing her MSW at Washington University, she spent two years in supervision working on the eating disorder unit at Baptist Hospital in Kansas City to earn her clinical degree. Since the year 2000, she has enjoyed her private practice in Overland Park, KS with a specialty in Families in Crisis. In 1995 she taught her first class at Ottawa University. She is excited to be a part of the Human and Social Services team.
BS Psychology - Nova Southeastern University
MS Psychology - Tulane University
PhD Psychology - Tulane University
Dr. Venezia grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where she earned her B.S. in Psychology from Nova University (now Nova Southeastern University). Her M.S. and Ph.D., both in Psychology, were earned at Tulane University. As the spouse of a U.S. Army officer, her career has varied widely in both location and professional role. At various points in her career, Dr. Venezia has worked as a staff psychologist at a juvenile detention center in Houston (TX), a school psychologist with multiple large school districts, and an instructor of psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels at multiple colleges and universities. Dr. Venezia has taught with Ottawa University since 2010, specializing in the psychology capstone course.
BS Business - Training Institute of Management and Comp
ME Economics - Cheikh Anta Diop
MBA Business Administration - Colunbia Southern University
MDiv - Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
MA - University of Missouri, Kansas City
BS - Oklahoma Baptist University
Mary Vorsten grew up in the Ozarks of southern Missouri. Her undergraduate degree is in biology. Between undergraduate and graduate school she lived and worked in the Spanish speaking community of Chicago. Her master’s degree is in counseling psychology and the focus of her degree in theology was family ministry. Mary has worked in the mental health and addictions treatment field for over thirty years. She has taught for Ottawa University since 1993 in the areas of human resources, human services, psychology and addiction studies. She integrates a spiritual focus in her teaching process to assist the student in defining the importance of their spiritual understandings as they prepare for their career. Mary has a private counseling practice in the Kansas City community.
AS Nursing - Henry Ford Community college
BS Nursing - South University
MS Nursing - South University
DNP Nursing Practice - South University
MBA - University of Detroit-Mercy
BS - Oakland University
Bachelors of Arts in Psychology
Master of Arts in Family Systems Therapy
PhD in Clinical Psychology
Charlie Walker is a licensed professional counselor (LPC), and has been licensed since 2002. He earned his Master’s degree in family systems therapy, from Phillips graduate institute, in 1997. He received his Doctoral degree in clinical psychology, from Pacifica graduate institute, in 2003. Charlie has over 28 years of experience in the mental health field.
Charlie taught for Ottawa, from 1999-2003, and again from 2015-present. He has taught a variety of courses, and seeks to create an engaging learning environment, in all his classes.
Charlie has specialized training in cognitive behavioral therapy, and in treating anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, trauma, and existential life issues. He is well-trained in family systems therapy, trauma resolution therapy (EMDR), humanistic/existential therapy, and Jungian therapy. Outside of work, Charlie enjoys hiking in the mountains, playing music, spending time with his family, and reading.
BS Management - Florida A & M University
MBA Business Administration - Florida A & M University
BA Technical Sales - Weber State University
BS Computer Information Systems - Arizona State University
MBA - Arizona State University
D Ed Educational Leadership - University of Phoenix
MM Violin Performance - Capital Normal University
DMA - The University of Kansas
AA General Studies - Ohio State University
BA Business Administration - Bluffton College
MEd Elementary Education - Grand Canyon University
EdS Educational Administration - Capella University
EdD Educational Leadership - Oral Roberts University
Professor Wannemacher recently reflected on his time in his early 20s when he thought he may go to an Ivy League school for an MBA and then take an adventure on Wall Street for a couple years but his journey was quite different. He did, however, attend The Ohio State University (I am a Buckeye) and then ended up in Minneapolis, MN at a start-up e-commerce company in the late 1990s and early 2000s. You will remember this was the time of the Internet boom and social media was just coming onto the scene through Friendster and MySpace. He thought his stock option would make him a millionaire in 24 months but they never did gather enough traction and they stalled out at Your.Net. He learned a lot but soon moved into Mortgage Banking and then over into education in 2004.
This is my 21st year in public school education after 6 years in business. I currently work as the Superintendent at Aguila Elementary School District in Aguila, AZ. This is a small school District in northwest Maricopa County, not too far out of the Phoenix metro. I was a teacher for 10 years, Director for 2 years, and Principal and Superintendent for 8 years now. Aguila is my legacy at this point in my life; the families, students, staff and facilities are very personal to me and one day when I leave I want it to be prepared for the future and leave it better than I found it. I am on the Advisory Board at the Grand Canyon University School of Education, but I am newer to Ottawa University. I have also served as an advisor and consultant to the Arizona Department of Education.
From an academic perspective I have an undergraduate degree in business, an M.Ed. in Elementary Education, Ed.S. in School Administration and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. Also, I have a degree (M.A.) in Christian Ministry and a graduate certificate in Law & Public Policy. I enjoy studying all the arenas in a culture/society and have really put this learning to work as an educator, especially as a Superintendent.
I love to read, and probably have a library of 3000 books, and I am finally getting back into some functional working out after completing my Ed.D. in 2021. I am simply training now to get ready for some treacherous hiking in the Middle East this fall when I visit Israel for the first time with my Church!
BM - Portland State University
MST - Portland State University
Dr. Brian Ward is a keyboardist, recording artist, composer, arranger, and educator from the Pacific Northwest. Ward has performed with Bobby Watson, Will Matthews, Leroy Vinnegar, Bobby Torres, Shirley Nanette, Dee Daniels, Curtis Salgado, Obo Addy, The Oregon Symphony, The Spokane Jazz Orchestra, and others. Brian helped create the "City of Roses" arrangement by Esperanza Spalding, which won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for Vocal Performance in 2013. Dr. Ward was awarded the Andrew B. Cius Jr. Award for outstanding student composer at the University of Kansas School of Music in 2022. Brian lives in Kansas City, where he performs jazz and blues weekly.
AA Sociology - Los Angeles Southwest College
BA Sociology - California State University
MS Counseling and Guidance - Alliant University
PhD Educational Leadership - La Verne University
BM Theory and Composition - University of Miami
PhD - American University
MA - Goddard College
BS - University of Utah
Karly Way Schauwecker, Ph.D. describes herself as a lifelong learner, and this love was instilled early on, growing up in the small ski town of Killington, Vermont. In addition to skiing, her family nurtured a wide range of creative interests, from arts and crafts, to music and drama while volunteering in the local summer playhouse. Her academic interests are wide-ranging as well, with degrees in three fields: Communication, Psychology & Counseling, and Sociology. Karly is also a certified yoga instructor and trainer, and continues to take classes of all types (you may even find her in a few at Ottawa). An online adjunct instructor since 2015, she teaches undergrad and graduate classes in Sociology, Psychology and Counseling.
BA in Communication from Wichita State University
MA in Communication from Wichita State University
Sarah Beth Webb, MA, has a background in nonprofit management, including serving as the director for both the American Diabetes Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association here in Kansas. Webb teaches at several universities around the KC Area including Ottawa University, School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards Campus and University of Missouri Kansas City She has her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Strategic Communication from Wichita State University.
AS in Addictions from Rio Salado Tempe AZ
BS Addiction Counseling - Ottawa University
MAC Counseling - Ottawa University
LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) trained in SUD and Trauma. Currently working towards REAT (Registered Expressive Art Therapist). Certified Clinical Trauma Therapist. Enjoys spending time with friends, family and my fur baby Gunner.
BS Management - Oklahoma Wesleyan University
MHR Human Relations - University of Oklahoma
PhD Interdisciplinary Studies - University of Oklahoma
BS General Engineering - United States Naval Academy
EMBA Business Administration - University of Utah
PhD Business Administration - University of Utah
BS Accounting - Oral Roberts University
MBA Finance - Clark Atlanta University
ADN Nursing - Johnson County Community College
BSN Nursing - Graceland College
MA Education - University of Missouri
MA Counseling and Guidance - University of Kansas
PhD Nursing - University of Missouri
BS Psychology - University of Utah
MBA Human Resource Management - National University
MS Educational Counseling - National University
Maureen Wilkinson is a dedicated and accomplished educator, bringing over two decades of experience in the field of school counseling to Ottawa University. Serving as an Adjunct for the Master of School Counseling program since 2019, Maureen plays a crucial role in shaping the next generation of school counselors. With a strong educational foundation, Maureen holds a Master of Science in Educational Counseling from National University, an MBA also from National University, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Utah.
Throughout her extensive career, Maureen has been a stalwart advocate for student success, contributing to the development of well-rounded, resilient individuals. Her wealth of knowledge and practical insights, gained through years of hands-on experience as a school counselor, enriches the educational experience at Ottawa University. Maureen's expertise extends beyond the classroom, where she actively participates in fieldwork placements, ensuring that students receive real-world exposure to the demands of their profession.
Beyond her professional achievements, Maureen is a loving mother of two grown sons and a proud grandmother of two grandchildren. In her free time, she embraces the great outdoors with enthusiasm, indulging in activities such as skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, and any adventure that allows her to connect with nature.
Maureen Wilkinson's passion for education, commitment to her students, and love for the outdoors make her an invaluable member of Ottawa University's educational community. Her dedication to the field of school counseling and her unwavering support for students contribute significantly to the university's mission of empowering individuals to pursue their educational and professional aspirations.
M.S. Curricuum & Instruction- Kansas State University
M.A. Philosophy- Unversity of Kansas; M.A. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology -University of Kansas
M.A. Indigenous Studies- University of Kansas
Ph.D. Candidate in Cultural Anthropology-University of Kansas (anticipated December 2023); Juris Doctor with Certificates in Natural Resources & Environmental Law and Federal Indian Law-KU School of Law
I am a lifetime resident of Kansas, a lifelong learner, career educator, and interdisciplinary scholar. I grew up in Garden City, Kansas and moved east to attend college at Kansas State University (KSU)--Go Wildcats! I then moved a bit further east to attend the University of Kansas (KU)--Rock Chalk! I hold eight degrees, six of which are advanced, in a variety of disciplines including law, philosophy, ecology, Indigenous studies, philosophy, education, and more! I am presently a doctoral candidate in cultural anthropology at KU with plans to defend my dissertation research this semester!
I love to learn, and I love to teach. I am most intrigued by exploring the "frontiers" of knowledge and discovering and exploring interdisciplinary intersections. If you are interested in reading some of my published work, please check out the link to my ResearchGate profile (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Deborah-Williams-16) which will give you open-access to my recent publications. My current doctoral research explores barriers preventing Native American student persistence in STEM. In many respects, it is my life's work as it incorporates much of my own educational training and professional experiences as a career educator.
Native Americans are the most underrepresented population in STEM. I was first inspired to explore why this was (and still is) the case 23 years ago as a graduate student in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU. I was also serving as a Program Coordinator for a NIH-funded Grant at Haskell Indian Nations University, a TCU, in Lawrence. I graduated with a masters in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and left the Program Coordinator position to attend law school but never stopped thinking about ways to help remove barriers to Native American student persistence in STEM. In hindsight, I think I needed some "processing time" to fully understand and begin to effectuate change in this area! After maturing as a person, a scholar, and accumulating a variety of perspectives that my formal (and informal) educational experiences provided, I was better prepared to investigate the multifaceted nature of these barriers. Importantly, my dissertation also explores possible paths towards overcoming many of these barriers. I am excited and grateful to be able to contribute to the discourse by offering insights that literally took most of my career to develop and refine.
I have approximately 25 years of experience teaching undergraduate, graduate and law school courses in a variety of disciplines including environmental science, ecology, philosophy, ethics, business ethics, bioethics, natural history of Kansas, environmental policy and law, bioethics and law, public health law and more. I always look forward to teaching and learning with my students every semester!
BS Athletic Training - Hofstra University
MS Health Science - Towson University
MEd Educational Leadership - Grand Canyon University
23 Years in Education as a Teacher, Athletic Director and Administrator for Dysart and Peoria School Districts.
10 years as an Elected Official in the City of Surprise.
Certified Athletic Trainer in Pro Hockey, College and High School.
Licensed Real Estate Agent.
Developed a number of community programs including the Vista Center for the Arts, Growing Minds Preschool, and other community programs.
BA Business Administration - Northwood University
MBA Finance - H Wayne Huizenga School of Business
MA Accounting - Argosy University
B.S.Ed in Elementary and Special Education
M.Ed in Counseling
PhD in School Psychology
Corrie Wilson has been working in special education in Arizona since 1997. Prior to working at the Wellness Center as the lead school psychologist, she worked as a resource teacher and special education coordinator. She is adjunct faculty at four different universities, and enjoys teaching future school psychologists.
BA Communications - California State University
MS Education Counseling - National University
MEd Human Relations - Northern Arizona University
Professor Wilson has worked at the Deer Valley Unified School District for 17 years, They are now working at Barry Goldwater High School as a school counselor and counseling department lead.
AS Nursing - Metropolitan Community College
BS Nursing - University of Phoenix
MS Nurse Administrator - University of Mary
MBA Management - University of Mary
I have been teaching as an adjunct faculty member for over 12 years in both onsite and online environments. My current full-time position is Director of National Healthcare Surveillance for the bleeding disorders population for a company where I work directly with the CDC. I have been a nurse for over 23 years. I started as a floor nurse with my ADN and worked in different areas through the years while earning my BSN, MSN, and finally, my MBA. My nursing background is in Pulmonary, Med/Surg, Telemetry, Home Health, and Therapeutic Apheresis before transitioning into a Program Manager/Business Manager role for bone marrow transplant, which finally led to my current position.
BS Accounting - University of Baltimore
MS Taxation - University of Hartford
JD - Georgetown University Law Center
BA - History - Ottawa University
MA - Ancient/Classical History - American Military University
PhD - Military History - Liberty University
I graduated from Ottawa University with a BA in history in 2018. I have been an adjunct with Ottawa since 2020. I have my MA in ancient/classical history with an emphasis on ancient warfare and my Ph.D. in military history with an emphasis on Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have two children Kaitlyn (16) and Andrew II (13). I teach a wide variety of history courses at Ottawa and have created several new courses to include Black history and a seminar on Operation Iraqi Freedom. I try to illustrate to my students the importance of military history and how conflict has shaped our world.
BS Psychology/ Criminal Justice - Northern Arizona University
MA Applied Health Psychology - Northern Arizona University
DNA Neouroscience - University of Tubigen
BS Communication - Southern Utah University
MA Professional Communication - Southern Utah University
MBA - University of Utah
BS - Westminster College
Petrina is CPA and CISSP, with extensive experience in strategic risk management. Petrina is the Vice President of Information Security and Compliance at O.C. Tanner. In her role, Petrina leads the cybersecurity strategy, governance, risk assessment, compliance, and awareness functions. Petrina has held leadership positions at global companies: JPMorgan Chase, NBC Universal, The Walt Disney Company, and top-tier consulting firms: Deloitte and Accenture. Petrina oversaw the Regulatory Reporting Function for the Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, where she drove processes to securely collect and analyze highly sensitive data.
Petrina is a strategic leader that collaborates across functions to drive transformational change. Petrina has led global initiatives to establish, enhance and assess cybersecurity programs.
Petrina has led SOC 2 examinations, AWS security assessments, IT audits for SOX, and has overseen cybersecurity managed service offerings. She has led cloud transformation efforts – helping organizations move from on-premise environments to adopt multi-cloud environments. Petrina serves on the boards of the YWCA of Utah and the ISACA Utah Chapter.
BA Psychology - University of Louisville
MA Human Resources Management - Webster University
MBA - Spalding University
MS Computer Information - Webster University
EdD Leadership Education - Florida Institute of Technology
My name is Dr. Jill Young. I hold a doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management, a Master of Business Administration, and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems. I have worked as a corporate trainer, a market research analyst, and in positions in finance and sales, along with my teaching career. At one time, I owned my own photography business, and I still do photography on the side. I am also involved in course development and serve as chair and committee member on dissertations at two other colleges. I enjoy teaching online, feel it is my calling, and hope to continue for as long as possible.
DBA - Grand Canyon University
MBA - University of Wisconsin
BA - University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Dr. Doula Zaharopoulos has 28 years of experience as a business owner and 18 years as a college professor. She founded and ran three successful small businesses including an online retail business. She is full time faculty for the Maricopa Community College district where she teaches business courses including accounting, marketing and business law. She developed several online courses for Ottawa University from 2001-2010, and more recently, 16 online courses that have passed Quality Matters Review standards for Maricopa Community Colleges. She is a dedicated teacher, business consultant and researcher. Dr. Zaharopoulos holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches a variety of business law courses and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of Arizona.
She resides in Scottsdale and enjoys spending time playing tennis, swimming, learning new languages, attending the symphony, and serving as Publicity Chairperson for the Greater Phoenix Greek Festival.
Bachelor of Arts: Speech Communications, Iowa State University
Master's of Education: Educational Studies and Learning Media, University of Utah
PhD: Professional Studies in Education, Iowa State University
Dr. Susan M. Zvacek (CollegeTeachingCoach.com) is an independent consultant, speaker, and online teacher, focused on cultivating learning-centered teaching in higher education. Her disciplinary interests include online learning, engineering education, and instructional design. Susan’s speaking experience is diverse, with keynote addresses and workshops in the Czech Republic, Austria, Costa Rica, Estonia, Slovakia, Cyprus, England, Portugal, China, Germany, and throughout the United States. She has had two Fulbright appointments (Prague, CZ and Porto, PT) and served as an NSF reviewer for three years. Her 25+ years of experience in higher education included teaching, dissertation advising, and administration. She has been an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer and Distinguished Speaker for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Her publications are on topics such as course design, online learning, remote labs, and higher order thinking, including co-authoring Teaching and Learning at a Distance (currently in its 7th edition) and the original Blackboard for Dummies, as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and newsletter columns.