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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

Professor Atkins’ education started on the job including 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 secretary, she became aware 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 MA 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

Professor Berman has been teaching in higher education for more than 14 years and most recently completed a second master’s degree in the area of adult education and design. As a full-time instructional designer, she is focused on finding evidence-based strategies to increase learner satisfaction and promote long-term retention of information. Erin has a passion for understanding how people learn and for finding ways to incorporate that in her own courses as an instructor.

David Brown, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

David Brown's Ph.D. is in Environmental Toxicology from Duke University. His MS and BS are from Ohio University and are in the field of Biology. He is currently a Professor of Biology at Marietta College. He was the SME for the Environmental Science course. He understands CLU's desire for an interdisciplinary program and can pitch the science at the appropriate level to students needing to have the knowledge of Environmental Science but not needing to be "scientists" per se. He is very familiar with CLU's mission and vision. He has been invaluable in helping us build the program.

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, 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: 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. Specializes in regulatory compliant industries (biologics, therapeutics, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).

Brown-Jackson has served as a leadership development manager, executive coach, quality assurance and regulatory affairs,  national curriculum manager for all Biomedical and Technical training (HQ Biomedical Services Division- blood, tissue, plasma services) for the largest provider of health and safety training in the world. She is currently in advanced drug development in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and defense (CBRND) against chemical threats supporting the  Department of Defense, Joint Program Executive Office, CBRN Medical (formerly Medical Countermeasure Systems) Chemical Defense Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Regulatory Advisor - Therapeutics, Medical Quality Advisor, Medical Device Combination Product Advisor, and QMS Subject Matter Expert.

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

Dr. Kim L Brown-Jackson has been accepted into a doctoral program at Capital Technology University in the Cyber Security Leadership specializing in Health Care. A new journal article was published, "Intersections of Telemedicine/Telehealth and Cybersecurity: The Age of Resilience and COVID-19 in Buletin Stiintific in June 2022.  She has published a new book chapter in Consumer-Driven Technologies in Healthcare: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice and in Engaged Scholarship and Civic Responsibility in Higher Education, both IGI Global textbooks. She has written and contributed to 6 book chapters and over 45 peer-refereed journal articles and numerous medical reference publications. Dr. Brown-Jackson has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership, strategy, change management, lean in healthcare, quality, communications, critical thinking, and performance management.

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.

Donnamaria Culbreth, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Donnamaria holds a Ph.D. in Business, Organization and Management with a specialization in Human Resource Management. She has taught business and legal courses for over 19 years and specializes in human resource management and business administration and management. She developed the “College Prepared Workforce Ready Instruction Methodology” which incorporates her experiences in the consulting industry, corporate America, the private, public and non-profit sectors to help students develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in the twenty-first century workforce. She has written several books, articles and plays, is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Colorism Studies and founder and CEO of a non-profit organization. She is currently writing a series of diverse and realistic case studies to use in business courses.

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., Teaching Faculty

Matthew Donovan holds a PhD from Arizona State University in Organizational Communication; his MS is from Illinois State University in Interpersonal Communication and BA is from Anderson University. In addition to being a member of the CLU CORE teaching faculty, Donovan works as a senior manager in corporate innovation for a pharmacy benefits management company. His research interests span investigative pedagogy, transformational leadership, organizational culture, and health justice. He has led strategic organizational culture efforts at a Fortune 50 company, has published in Communication Education, serves as an advisor to the Digital Therapeutics Alliance, and is an inventor on four U.S. patents. Donovan’s areas of expertise include: Organizational Communication; Corporate Innovation; Health Justice and Policy; Discourse of Medicine; Critical Studies; Hacktivism; Alternative Forms of Organizing; and Transformational Leadership.

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.

Nita Evans, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. Nita Evans is an education entrepreneur and social change champion. She is the Founder of Catch Education, a college and career success program that prepares scholarship athletes to reach their full potential and use their platform to make a difference in the world. As the CEO of GLC Consulting she leads teams on socially responsible projects focused on educational and economic equity and empowerment. With over fifteen years of teaching experience Dr. Evans holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University, Certificate in Leadership from the National African American Women's Leadership Institute and an Executive Certificate in Sports Philanthropy from George Washington University's School of Business. A faculty member in the Master of Arts program in Social Impact at Claremont Lincoln University, Dr. Evans teaches courses on Resource Models for Social Impact, Mindful Leadership and Civic Engagement. When she is not working to help make the world a kinder and fairer place, Dr. Evans is traveling the world and making memories with family and friends.

Jennifer Ewing, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Teaching Faculty

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.

Alisher Faizullaev, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Alisher Faizuallev served as the Ambassador for Uzbekistan to the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the Russian Academy of Sciences and a Higher Doctorate in Political Sciences from the University of World Economy and Diplomacy. He has authored numerous books and articles, including "Symbolic Insult in Diplomacy: A Subtle Game of Diplomatic Slap." His vast experience is a huge bonus for the courses he teaches in diplomacy, conflict resolution and peace studies.

Andrea Fox, Teaching Faculty

Ms. Fox has two masters degrees (Master of Medical Science and Master of Health Administration) and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focused on medical sciences. She has 9 years experience in a variety of healthcare administration roles and has accepted a new role at Stanford University as Director of Fracture Liaison Consult Service for the orthopaedic trauma department. In addition, Ms. Fox has demonstrated extensive volunteer international service health care work in West Africa.

Bruce Gillies, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Bruce Gillies comes to Claremont Lincoln with extensive experience in leadership coaching, organizational consulting, and leadership experience. After a 22 year active duty career in the US Navy, Bruce retired as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He supervised HR offices, engine rooms on ships, and teams of Career Counselors. He earned his Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, California. A published author, Bruce has also consulted with government agencies, professional sports teams, private industry, and individual leaders. Bruce has an extensive teaching background having taught at Pepperdine, University of North Carolina, Webster University, and California State University, and others.

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

Dr. Kathleen Rudoff currently serves as the Executive Director for the Yale Humanist Community. She received a Doctor of Ministry in Multifaith Studies from New York Theological Seminary. She writes for the Journal of Religious Humanism and holds membership in several professional organizations. Dr. Rudoff teaches courses in interfaith relations, and social justice.

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Shawni Jackson-Triggs, Ph.D. is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is the founding director of the Bob Virgil Center of Entrepreneurship at Harris-Stowe State University and has assisted many people within the St. Louis Community to start and develop their business. Dr. Jackson currently works as a Learning Delivery Specialist and has over 20 years’ experience in Training and Delivery. She holds a PhD in Organization and Management, a MBA in Business Administration, a BA in Sociology & Anthropology and is a certified Life Coach.

Audrey Jordan, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

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.

Carol Madison, M.A. (ABD), Teaching Faculty

Carol Madison served as Executive Director of the Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence at Indiana University for eleven years, retiring in 2016. The Center studies leadership and develops programs for leaders across all sectors. She recently moderated a panel on leadership at the International Leadership Association's annual global conference and remains active in the field of leadership development.

Anthony Mansueto, Teaching Faculty

Anthony Mansueto is a scholar, teacher, organizer and academic leader with roots in social theory, philosophy, and theology. He has published nine books including, most recently, The Ways of Wisdom: Towards a Global Convivencia Theology (Pickwick 2016). In addition to teaching for Claremont Lincoln he currently serves as Executive Dean for Liberal Arts at El Centro College in Dallas.

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.)

Robert McManus, Ph.D., Faculty Chair

Dr. McManus is the Chair of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership Ethics concentration at Claremont Lincoln University. Dr. McManus' books include Understanding Leadership: An Arts and Humanities a Perspective (Routledge) and Ethical Leadership: A Primer (Edward Elgar). His current scholarly project is Leadership and Communication: Theory and Practice (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr. McManus holds a PhD in Communication as well as a Master of Business Administration.

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.

Alvin Perry, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Alvin S Perry possesses a DBA in Entrepreneurship from Walden University, an MBA from Centenary College, and dual BBA Degrees in both Marketing and Management from Valdosta State University. Dr. Perry's corporate experience consists of management positions with IRI, Colgate-Palmolive, NCR Corporation, the Pepsi-Cola Company, M&M/Mars and Wal-Mart. He has Higher Education faculty experience with Claremont Lincoln University, Beulah Heights University, Saint Leo University, William Paterson University, Montclair State University, Pillar College, and Essex County College. Dr. Perry also has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur launching six startup companies. Dr. Perry is also an inventor, professional speaker, songwriter, author (7 Publications), filmmaker, and fashion designer (PV designs, Inc.).

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 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.

Dr. David Ross, Teaching Faculty

David Ross has over 20 years' experience in higher education administration and teaching. David is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Claremont Lincoln University, Thomas Edison State University and National Louis University. David has graduate taught courses in industrial/organizational psychology, organization leadership and measuring individual differences. He believes the missing components in today's leadership training programs are mindfulness, fostering productive dialogue and collaboration among organizational members. David earned a PhD in Organizational Psychology from Walden University, an MA in Counseling and a BA in Latin from Montclair State University. David has consulted with companies such as Jet Blue and private educational organizations on their employee training and development programs. David is a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology, and the Association for Talent Development. His research interests including mindfulness training for employees and the use of AI mindfulness apps to increase mindfulness in college students and employees. Outside of his career, he is an avid street hockey player, baritone saxophone player, and enjoys spending time at the beach with his family.

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's M.A. is in Educational Leadership from the University of Wollongong, Australia. His current research is in the area of leadership and sustainability. In fact, he co-edited one of the textbooks we will be using in the program - Innovations in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives. He is active in the field and is well regarded in this area. His background in service learning makes him a good fit for action research as well.

Khallid Shabazz, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Col. Khalid Shabazz is the highest-ranking Muslim Chaplain in the United States Army. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership from TUI University and a Master of Arts in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. He is actively involved in overseeing the development of chaplains from a number of faith traditions and providing spiritual care for their families. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation and social justice.

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Kendra L. Smith, Ph.D., is the Associate Director in the Office of Community Engagement in the Center for Population Health Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine. She is responsible for expanding the ethical use and knowledge of community-engaged research throughout the Stanford School of Medicine community. Previously, Kendra served as a research analyst at the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University investigating policy trends in homelessness, demographic shifts, and citizen engagement. Also, she worked as a post-doctoral scholar under the direction of Kevin Desouza and a research fellow at the Center for Urban Innovation at Arizona State University, where she researched various topics on local government, crowdsourcing, citizen science, and smart cities.

Kendra specializes in working with diverse communities. She is an affiliate of the Stanford University Muslim Mental Health Lab and works with various internal and external groups on enhancing diversity within Stanford University as well as in community partnerships.

Kendra earned a doctorate in Community Resources & Development at Arizona State University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. She has a strong background in university-community partnerships, community engaged research, workforce development, and the utilization of crowdsourcing platforms. Her passion is building healthy communities.

Heather Staples, Ph.D., Teaching Faculty

Heather is a strategic‐thinking human resources professional with almost 20 years of extensive experience across diverse industries and is highly skilled at managing and streamlining processes with an authentic and hands-on leadership approach. She also brings a wealth of knowledge in online teaching and administration. Her research interests include positive organizational scholarship, generations in the workforce, and diversity.

Carolyn Stevenson, Ed.D., Teaching Faculty

Dr. Stevenson completed her Ed.D. from Roosevelt University, M.B.A. from Kaplan University, and M.A. in Communications from Governor's State University. She also received her certification in Online Learning from the Illinois Online Network (sponsored by the University of Illinois). She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, open educational resources, and prior learning and has over 20 years teaching and administrative experience in higher education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

She served as the Former Director of Education and Special Project Lead, AWARE (Action Within a Resilient Environment) for SeaTrust Institute in a volunteer capacity. She was the first Director of Education for SeaTrust Institute and also led the U.S. and global youth programs for middle and high school students, AWARE in 2013 and 2014 and attended two UNFCC meetings in Warsaw and Lima.

D. C. Nosakhere Thomas, D.Min., Teaching Faculty

Dr. D.C. Nosakhere Thomas serves as Adjunct Professor at Claremont Lincoln University. Prior work included serving as Adjunct Professor for the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, and Assistant Program Chair for the College of Arts and Sciences at Argosy University (Ontario, CA), where he has taught undergraduate to doctoral level courses over the last nine years. Dr. Thomas is the Senior Apostle of Rainbow Community Praise Center International (Fontana, CA), City of Fontana Community Service Commissioner and Director of Faith and Community for Los Angeles Councilmember Marqueece Harrison-Dawson. Dr. Thomas has studied nursing, fundraising, real estate investing and has earned a Doctorate (DMin) in Pastoral Counseling and Pan African Religious Studies from Claremont School of Theology, an MBA from Argosy University, an MDiv in Family Life Education and BA in Theology and Accounting. He is currently a PhD candidate in Higher Education Leadership at Northcentral University.

Not only is he well sought after in the academic community, but also in the civic and private sectors as executive/life coach, activist, commissioner, trainer and consultant. Over the years, Dr. Thomas has served as a columnist, pastor, therapist, accountant, real estate investor, social worker, marketing director, loan officer, certified nurse’s assistant (CNA), chaplain, and professor having published more than thirty articles and a book entitled Accessing the spirit; and he is currently writing a book entitled: Strengths-based solutions for college students. Dr. Thomas’s research interests include: higher education leadership, higher education persistence, self-efficacy, strengths theory, positive psychology, African American and Latino males, religion and spirituality, social theory, civic engagement, coaching, and leadership.

Dr. Manuel De La Torre, MBA, Ed.D., Teaching Faculty

Manuel De La Torre, MBA, EdD, has over 15 years of multidisciplinary experience in architecture, real estate, urban planning, project management, military human resources, university administration, and organizational development. After receiving his doctorate in Organizational Leadership with a focus on entrepreneurship and transformational change, he became a business consultant supporting change management, value creation and sustainable growth practices in small to global organizations.

Chris Trevett, Teaching Faculty

Professor Trevett comes to Claremont Lincoln after four years teaching public speaking and rhetoric, and assisting in communication courses at Portland State University, four and a half years teaching philosophy at Global Ministries University, and a one-year stint with Warner Pacific University teaching human development. He developed and continues to teach the graduate, online course “the Philosophical Christian Mind” for GMU, which he describes as a “critical examination of the confluence of philosophy, psychology, and theology.” He has also participated as a guest lecturer in a series at Rose Schnitzer Manor in Portland, OR, called “Let’s Talk,” on the topic of intercultural communication. In 2018, he volunteered in tutoring at Portland State’s Intensive English Language Program; also in that year he acquired a TEFL/TESOL certificate from the International TEFL Academy in Chicago. He feels that the tremendous diversity of his face-to-face classes at PSU has been a “life-altering” event that has enlivened all his subsequent teaching experiences and solidified his multi-disciplinary approach to teaching—and his own continuing education. His professional career outside of academia includes ten years as both a curriculum development associate and international sales manager for Canter & Associates, an educational publisher in Los Angeles, now known as Laureate Education. He also served in the US Navy from 1985 to 1988, aboard the USS Ranger (CV-61), as a Religious Program Specialist, a position that was described at the time as a “glorified librarian.” now teaches in the social sciences for several universities. Her interests include the change process, identity, relationships, and communicating in the digital age.

Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, Ph.D, Director of Claremont Core

Dr. Varnon-Hughes is the Dean of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership at Claremont Lincoln University, and an award winning teacher and interfaith leader. She is the host of the religion & culture podcast In Times Like These and author of Interfaith Grit: How Uncertainty Will Save Us. 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 religious and 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.

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 currently researching bullying and harassment in healthcare and has worked in several hospitals in Virginia over the past 13 years in various roles, including management, home health liaison, account executive, and technician. Dr. White earned his Bachelor’s 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.