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Faculty Who Inspire

CLU faculty is comprised of experienced scholar-practitioners committed to mentoring and inspiring students to find practical and inclusive solutions for societal and organizational challenges.

Chuks Agada, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Chuks Agada is both a scholar and practitioner in the field of Human Resources. As a scholar he has established a reputation in curriculum enhancement, instructional design, and the integration of technology into online courses. He has taught the subject of human resources for up to a decade. As a practitioner, he has gained professional experience in various human resources leadership and consultation roles for a number of notable organizations such as GE, LinkedIn, HSBC Banking Corp. His current research interest are: Talent Acquisition, Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources, and Talent Management.

Suzanne Atkins, Teaching Faculty

Suzanne Atkin's education started on the job at organizations as diverse as the World Bank, the Department of Defense, and high tech companies. She is also owner of Workplace Harmony, a training and consulting firm. As an executive, she became aware of the power of communication and how it can be less or more effective. After returning to higher education as an adult learner, she earned two Bachelor of Science degrees in Social Science and Communication Studies. After earning her MS in Communication Studies, she now teaches in the social sciences for several universities. Her interests include the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.

Shanelle Benson Reid, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Shanelle Benson Reid is President and CEO of ACCESS Global Group and ACCESS Global Enterprises is a Consultant, Coach, Author and Professional Speaker. Her expertise is in areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Cultural Competency, Social Awareness, Equity and Community/Individual Empowerment. Her consulting focuses on cultural competency, social awareness and equity in education and employment. Dr. Benson Reid earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and a Master of Arts in Education from CSUSB as well. Dr. Benson Reid earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne. Her personal motto is "inspire individuals to pursue self-discovery, empower them to be innovative, progressive and revolutionary in thought and motivate them to be global activists.” Dr. Benson Reid’s work is changing the landscape of society by empowering individuals, families, and organizations. Here at the ACCESS Global Family of Companies, “we encourage self-assessment and self-discovery while promoting innovative and progressive designs for change and implementing strategies for sustained success.

Erin Berman, Teaching Faculty

Erin M. Berman holds advanced degrees in both Corporate and Professional Communication (MS) and Instructional Design (MEd) and has been working in higher education for more than seventeen years as both an instructor and an instructional designer. She demonstrates the

ability to blend research from the learning sciences with student-facing application to create an enriching and equitable learning experience, with a focus in the online space. Erin serves on the board of her local community garden and leads mindfulness and yoga events in the community.

As a fun fact, she, and her family live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of VA and foster farm animals in support of the local ASPCA.

Dr. Kim Brown-Jackson, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Kim L. Brown-Jackson holds a Doctorate in Business Administration in Quality Systems Management specializing in Health Systems, a Masters in Biomedical Sciences focusing on pathology and molecular oncology with additional PhD research, a professional MBA-Management certificate, an Associate in Biotechnology and Forensic Science as a National Science Foundation Fellow, and a Bachelors in Biological Sciences with a cluster minor in Business Administration. She holds certifications including: Change Management Professional, Quality and Business Process Improvement (Lean, Six Sigma Black Belt), Advanced Telemedicine and Telehealth with Telestroke specialty, Certified Kirkpatrick Four-Level Evaluation, and as a Distinguished Toastmaster.



Dr. Brown-Jackson has over 25 years of experience as a practitioner, academician, global quality healthcare leader, and performance and learning strategist guiding business process improvement through biomedical services, public health, advanced drug development, telemedicine/ telehealth initiatives. She specializes in regulatory compliant industries (biologics, therapeutics, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).



Dr. Brown-Jackson is on the Global Health Access Institute Advisory Board where she focuses on Telemedicine and Telehealth, for American Meridian University (AMU) as the Advisor of I-CAN (IHI Change Agent Network) Initiatives, and for AMU/American University for Science and Technology (Lean in Healthcare) Teaching Faculty, and as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Marisa Bryant, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Marisa Bryant retired after serving over 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. Her background and specializations range from Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and Human Resource Management. As a former online student herself, and a strong advocate for online learning and learners, she understands what it is to be on both sides of the learning equation. along with teaching at Claremont Lincoln University, she teaches at 5 other higher learning institutions: Ashford University, American Military University, Colorado State University-Global Campus, Walden University, and Upper Iowa University.

Alicia Chatman, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Alicia Chatman has 15 years of practical experience within healthcare as a healthcare researcher, expert in Health Information Management, Quality, Health Economics and Business Operations and university teaching. Dr. Chatman holds a Doctorate of Healthcare Administration (DHA) and has been a faculty member and dissertation editor for seven years. Dr. Chatman’s motto is “Your attitude determines your altitude”, meaning: your attitude will take you as far as you are willing to go.

Donna DiMatteo-Gibson, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Donna DiMatteo-Gibson received her Bachelor of Arts in both Speech Communications and Psychology from the University of San Diego. She also has two Masters of Science degrees in the areas of psychology and industrial-organizational psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) which is now called Alliant International University. In June of 1999, she graduated from CSPP with a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Dr. DiMatteo-Gibson has been teaching online graduate and undergraduate courses since 2001 and enjoys it immensely. She also has own consulting practice where I work with different organizations to improve organizational effectiveness and employee satisfaction.

Dr. Matthew Donovan, Ph.D., Program Chair, M.A., Organizational Leadership (MOL) Program Chair, M.A., Sustainability Leadership (MSL)

Matthew (Matt) Donovan, Ph.D., is the program chair of the Organizational Leadership (MOL) and Sustainability Leadership (MSL) programs at CLU. In addition, he leads user-experience research teams and new product development in the healthcare industry. Matt's academic research and expertise focus on transformational leadership approaches, organizational communication, health justice and equity, social determinants of health, citizen science, and positive activism. He is published in multiple academic journals including Communication Education, Applied Communication Research, and Management Learning.



Professionally, Matt has worked at multiple Fortune 500 companies, leading organizational change initiatives, communication campaigns, product launches and innovation initiatives. He is the inventor of multiple patents focused on biometric technology use cases.



Matt earned a doctorate in Organizational Communication at Arizona State University and a Masters of Science from Illinois State University. He is motivated to build equitable, more environmentally and socially responsible workplaces.

Dr. Cecelia Doyle, Teaching Faculty

Dr. Cecelia Doyle is currently the Early Learning Coordinator at South Washington County Schools where she coaches more than 50 Teachers in best practices to close the achievement gap. She was Dean of the School of Education at Rasmussen College where she grew the program from 4 to 24 campuses and national online while innovating a workforce program that celebrated 3,000 graduates. While there she was selected Master Leader in Education in recognition of leadership in making a difference for children, families, and communities (Exchange Magazine). Dr. Doyle has served as a Professor at the University of Minnesota, Concordia University and Metropolitan State University. She earned her Doctorate in Education – Adult Learning from the University of Minnesota where she studied young immigrants’ experiences and the impact on mainstream educators. She leads a hiking group year-round in Minnesota as a way to savor the beauty of the great outdoors.

Jennifer Ewing, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Program Chair, M.A., Human Resources Management (MHR)

Jennifer Ewing has been practicing human resources, health and safety management for over twenty-nine years in both union and non-union environments. She is certified as both a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and a Senior Certified Professional through the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP). She holds her MBA from Michigan State University and her BSBA from Central Michigan University. Additionally, she has been an adjunct professor for over sixteen years and enjoys passing along her experience and knowledge to her students.

Audrey Jordan, Ph.D., Jerry D. Campbell Professor and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist

Dr. Jordan’s consulting areas of expertise are in capacity building for resident-centered, place-based community change; cultivating community, organizational and collaborative partnership capacities for results accountability; and teaching about and facilitating conversations to promote racial equity and social justice. Dr. Jordan is also a certified executive life coach, focused on “accompanying social justice leaders and teams to unchain power for transformation.”

Gene Lankford, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Gene Lankford is a Pastor in The United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Theological, Historical, and Ethical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and a Master of Theological Studies in Religions of the World from Harvard University. In addition to his more than 25 years serving as a pastor and his teaching of courses on World Religions, he has several years of experience working with Hispanic/ Latino immigrants and on immigration issues. An ethical response to immigrants and immigration issues is one of his major research interests, beginning with his doctoral dissertation. He believes in taking an interfaith, intercultural, and interdisciplinary approach to ethical issues.

Christine Lustik, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Lustik is the owner of Mindfulness in Organizations, LLC. Christine trains individuals and groups within education, non-profit, healthcare, government, and corporate organizations how to practice Mindfulness with the goal of increasing focus and resilience and decreasing stress and chaos. Christine thrives on creating training for each individual organization to introduce Mindfulness in a way that works with their culture and goals. Previously, Christine spent 14 years in the online education arena of higher education, as Director of Distance Education, instructional designer, and faculty member. Much of that time was spent at Western Wyoming Community College supporting the education and community needs of a very large rural area in Southwest Wyoming. Christine earned her Masters and Doctorate in Education from Capella University, with a focus on leadership and online education. She has also completed two Mindfulness Teacher Training programs, with a focus on bringing the practice of Mindfulness into organizations in a sustainable way and connecting Mindfulness with nature whenever possible.

George “Mac” McCarthy, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. McCarthy has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an M.A. in Economics from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Montana. He is currently the President and CEO of Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA., which seeks to improve quality of life through the effective use, taxation, and stewardship of land; it researches and recommends creative approaches to land as a solution to economic, social, and environmental challenges. Mac has served for decades in philanthropy at several foundations with national and international reach, working to address inequities in transportation, housing, land use, and poverty reduction. Mac, along with other staff and faculty, are partnering with CLU to develop the MPA program; their expertise, experiential learning opportunities and other resources will add contemporary, real world and concrete benefits to our students’ learning. (Land Use Planning, Scenario Planning, Legal Frameworks, Public Finance.)

Nancy Moretti, Teaching Faculty

Nancy Moretti has been teaching in higher education since April of 2004. As a previous business owner, department chair, and associate dean, Nancy shares real-life examples related to course content with her students. Nancy believes in delivering a robust cognitive presence in the classroom, and she exhibits this as she shares in threaded discussions, shares feedback in the grade book, writes announcements, and as she shares with students via telephone calls, emails, and via webinars. Nancy has two undergraduate degrees, two graduate degrees and is currently a doctoral candidate, and when not teaching, she is working on writing her dissertation.

Sidney Morse, D.B.A., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Morse is an established academic with scholarly journal publications, presentations, and community involvement that focus on change, leadership, and empowerment. He has been inspiring students academically for over four decades. Dr. Morse began his own consulting firm 26 years ago and is still a managing director providing strategic and leadership development.

Casey Reason, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Casey Reason earned his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Leadership Studies where he was a Dan Douglas Scholar. The author of seven books, he has over two decades of experience as a keynote speaker, leadership trainer, and executive coach. His specialization is helping leaders learn to consistently create organizational cultures ideal for innovation. He's coached CEOs, led C-Suite leadership training and provided high-impact aspiring leadership training for companies like American Express, General Dynamics, and Origami Owl. His first book was endorsed by Dr. Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager. Casey is also a national expert in the concept of Professional Learning Communities as an approach to leading deep and sustaining organizational renewal in K12 education using collaboration as a central focus. He unique skillset blending innovative leadership training and transformative instructional design was featured in an article on Forbes.com after winning the Blackboard International Designer of the Year award in 2012. Dr. Reason lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with his sons Brice and Kiah.

Urmala Roopnarinesingh, Teaching Faculty

Urmala Roopnarinesingh lives in South Florida. She has over 10 years experience in both higher education, as well as healthcare. Her career includes several leadership positions in pharmaceuticals, medical practices and higher education administration. She has a Masters degree in Health Services Administration and she is currently completing a Ph.D. in Leadership and Higher Education Administration. Urmala is originally from the island of Trinidad, West Indies. She enjoys going to the beach, reading and traveling.

Rev. Dr. Kathleen Rudoff, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

The Reverend Dr. Kathleen Rudoff currently serves as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, CT. She previously was the Executive Director for the Yale Humanist Community. She received a Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Studies from New York Theological Seminary. She has written for the Journal of Religious Humanism and has authored a series of daily meditation journals. Dr. Rudoff teaches courses in interfaith relations, social justice, and mindfulness.

Phyllis Sarkaria, M.A., Teaching Faculty

Phyllis H. Sarkaria is a human capital executive, coach, and adviser and serves on the teaching faculty at Claremont Lincoln University. Before starting her consulting practice, Phyllis was Vice President, Human Resources for Quidel Corporation, a leading manufacturer of medical diagnostic tests, where she oversaw the company's global HR strategy and programs for over 12 years.

Rian Satterwhite, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Rian Satterwhite (MA, Educational Leadership, University of Wollongong, Australia) is an established scholar in the area of leadership and sustainability, with more than fifteen peer reviewed and professional publications. He is also co-editor of Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives. Rian is a 20+ year member of the International Leadership Association, a member of the Committee for the Advancement of Leadership Programs, and was a founding member of the Sustainability Leadership Member Community. Additionally, he has served in multiple leadership roles within professional organizations including chair of Leadership Education and co-chair of the Leadership Education Academy.

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D, Dean of Teaching, Learning & Leadership

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, PhD, is the Dean of Teaching, Learning & Leadership, and an award winning public school teacher and community educator. Dr. Varnon-Hughes was a co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, a peer reviewed journal, and its sister publication, State of Formation, an online forum for emerging ethical leaders. She holds a PhD from Claremont Lincoln University, an MA and STM from Union Theological Seminary, and her undergraduate degrees are in English and Education, from Webster University. Her research interests include mindfulness, resilience, and equipping communities to build programs and policies that promote justice and flourishing.

Jason Waldow, Teaching Faculty

Professor Waldow has a master’s degree in Business Leadership Communications and a Master’s of Science in Communications education. He has been teaching Communications for over fifteen years in both on-ground and online settings. His current research centers on executive function in regard to the communication process. This involves TBIs and learning obstacles. Recently, he has started to explore research involving communication and environment, specifically focusing on young learners. The majority of his studies focus on cultural and educational communications. Professor Waldow has served as a team leadership consultant for Boeing executives which allows his research and studies to interconnect in the private sector. He has also utilized his Communications background to help create crisis management strategies for organizations. He enjoys working with local non-profits that help “at-risk” youth and has been involved with the Big Brother Big Sister organization for many years.

Tim White, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. White is a faculty member of the MHA program at CLU and currently researching Ketogenic diets to improve patients' lives with Parkinson's disease. He has worked in healthcare as a manager and recently consulted on laser safety policies for healthcare. Before completing his education and entering the healthcare field, Dr. White worked in the UPS management sector for 12 years, where quality improvement was a constant focus. Dr. White earned his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (2010) from Liberty University and his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Management (2013) from Saint Leo University. He earned his Doctorate of Health Science with a concentration in Education (2017) from A.T. Still University, where his research focused on attendance barriers to ophthalmology appointments.

Lisa Wright, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. Wright has a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Therapy, a Master's Degree and Ph.D. in Special Education, all from the University of Missouri. Dr. Wright is a Faculty Leader for the University of Missouri Service Learning program where she leads students in service learning in Chiang Mai, Thailand and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In addition, Dr. Wright serves as a reviewer for several professional organizations and journals and is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for the state of Florida and teaches ballet as a volunteer to young children with disabilities.

Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of this list of faculty for the current and upcoming terms. Faculty departures, changes, and substitutions may be made without notice.