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 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 Atkin's 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.
Ludmila Battista has been an online college professor for over 16 years in the education and professional studies field, most recently focusing on the increasingly ubiquitous area of mindfulness and meditation in enhancing personal and professional development. She has served as a faculty advisor for student organizations, lead curriculum and course development and facilitated outcomes-based assessment integration into courses. Her research/interests include project-based learning, motivating and engaging students in higher education and supporting special needs students.
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 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.
Gregory L. Bock, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of philosophy and religion at The University of Texas at Tyler and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. His research includes medical ethics and the ethics of forgiveness. He has published articles on various topics, including Jehovah's Witnesses and blood transfusions, surrogate decision-making, and miracles.
Lyvonne "Proverbs" Briggs is a preacher, poet, educator, and creative social entrepreneur. She is the founder of beautiful scars, a storytelling agency focused on addressing sexual trauma, healing, and resiliency. Lyvonne graduated from Yale Divinity School with a Master of Divinity and Columbia Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and teaches spin classes for fitness and fun!
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.
Kim L. Brown-Jackson has over 20 years of experience as practitioner, academician, 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, medical device, pharmaceutical, financial, and aviation safety).
Brown-Jackson is known for utilizing best practices to identify opportunities for expanding services, increasing better health outcomes, articulating how streamlined processes add value to the patient and client outcomes, reducing the days to go live, delivering positive outcomes and revenue for the government, organizations, companies, and clients.
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.
Dr. Sharon L. Burton is a consultant (i.e., change management, business process improvement, diversity & inclusion, program management, and customer service), as well as an adjunct professor. She earned a DBA in quality systems management, two MBAs – Human Resource Management, and Management, in addition to seven certifications.
Dr. Juan Caraballo Resto is the Director of the Honors Program at the University of Puerto Rico and the Director for the M.A. in Religious Studies program at the Theological Seminary of Puerto Rico. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Anthropology from the University of Aberdeen and a Diploma in Modern Standard Arabic from the University of Jordan. His upcoming book is titled, Global Labels, Local Meanings: Islamic 'Fundamentalism' Across Cultures. He teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, social justice and religious traditions.
The first decade of Melissa Carter’s career began in the music business at Violator management which managed artists such as Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Mobb Deep, and 50 Cent before moving into digital sales and marketing as a music business executive for Warner Music Group and then the top music company in the world, Universal Music Group. Melissa embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. For the last ten years, she has served as a meditation teacher and holistic wellness coach and consultant. In the last four, her private practice brought her to 16 different countries to facilitate workshops and seminars focused on intuitive and emotional intelligence, personal narrative, self-care, mindfulness and now belonging. Melissa has also coached various companies, colleges, and C+ executives to identify gaps and needs within their company cultures to cultivate stronger mindfulness tools, connections and leadership. She currently serves as the Associate Director for Global Spiritual Life at New York University and is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Programming. She offers a course through the Silver School of Social Work entitled; "Answering the Call: Spirituality, Service and Social Change." Melissa also serves as the New York facilitator for Connection Coalition, a non-profit organization offering Trauma Informed Outreach Mindfulness and Yoga training. She is a birth/death doula and in her spare time volunteers for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue and New Sanctuary Coalition. Melissa has been featured in Good Housekeeping Magazine, Billboard Magazine as one of their "Top 30 Under 30 Executives" and various mindfulness blogs and podcasts including “The Naked Podcast,” and “The Trailblazer Podcast.” Brooklyn now serves as her home.
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.
Dr. Hwa Young Chong serves on the Round Table for Peace in the Korean Peninsula for the United Methodist Church. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Religious and Theological Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Dr. Chong is the author of In Search of God's Power in Broken Bodies: A Theology of Maum and blogs on the theme Dreaming with God: Spiritual Writings on Peace, Justice and Love. She teaches courses on interfaith cooperation, religion in the public life and social justice.
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.
Dr. Bethlehem Dejene is a cultural ambassador for GoCulture.org, an organization that equips students, ex-patriots and others with cultural skills to foster smooth transition and mutual understanding in a new cultural context. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology from Northwestern University. She is involved in filmmaking and contributed several articles to the Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. She teaches courses in religion and culture.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
Ms. Lori Fazzino is a Research Associate for the Atheist Research Collaborative. She holds a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she is also in the candidacy stage for her Doctor of Philosophy. She recently co-edited the collection of essays, Organized Secularism in the United States: New Directions in Research. She teaches courses on interfaith leadership, religious tolerance and social justice.
Marlene Fernández received her MA from Pacific Oaks College and serves as an adjunct faculty member at various colleges in the San Gabriel Valley—both online and onground. Her passion is teaching and empowering others to discover and develop their leadership, creative skills, and full potential. She is also the founder of a non-profit women’s support foundation, which serves women and young girls from all walks of life—focusing on training, teaching, and promoting self-value and esteem. Fernández, along with her husband, are the founders of the Center LA, a ministry and community resource center serving the San Gabriel Valley area and surrounding communities. As an ordained minister, Fernández has a strong call to teach and is a passionate worship leader. She also speaks at conferences at seminars throughout the nation and abroad.
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.
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.
Dr. Kathleen Green 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. Green teaches courses in interfaith relations, and social justice.
Carlos Guzman has a PhD in Psychology from Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center in San Francisco, an M.S. in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Psychology from California State University Fullerton. He primarily teaches mindfulness and doctoral courses in diversity, research and statistics. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, as well as Saybrook and California State University Fullerton Alumni Associations and a contributing scholar for the Journal of Children and Schools for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).
Dr. Gregory Hall is President of the Bluegrass Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Executive Director of Daisy Alliance, an NGO that sponsors student simulations addressing global conflicts. On the academic front, he serves as Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky's Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. His upcoming book is tentatively titled, Power Relations in the Post-Obama Era: Examining US-China-Russia Relations. He teaches courses on conflict resolution, diplomacy and peace studies.
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.
Dr. Johnson is a design professional, management expert, and registered scientist specializing in the architecture, engineering, and construction professions. He is also a doctoral dissertation chair, professor, and research scholar within the academic and research professions. He has established a high-level professional expertise in management science, including program and project management from a global perspective as well as local. As an inducted presidential member of the National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), he has evolved his leadership skills to a recognized national level through the former Sigma Alpha Pi chapter of Lawrence Technological University and is a full member of the NSLS and is committed to leadership growth, service, and activity.
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. Audrey is also a certified executive life coach, focused on "accompanying social justice leaders and teams to unchain power for transformation."
Dr. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana previously served as the Associate Director for the Salam Institute for Peace in Washington, DC. Her current position is Associate Director of the Conflict Resolution Program at Georgetown University. Among her publications is the book, Standing on an Isthmus: Islamic Approaches to War and Peace in Palestine. She teaches in the areas of peacebuilding, human rights, and intercultural dialogue.
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.
Thomas Lasalvia's Ph.D. is in Urban and Environmental Economics from Binghamton University, and his MA is in Economics from Northeastern. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at William and Mary. His background is in Urban and Environmental Economics and his commitment to environmental justice, urban renewal, and community service comport well with the ethos of sustainability.
Christine Lustik, PhD is 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 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 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.
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.
Originally hailing from Ludington, MI, Sarah Montgomery-Richards studied at the undergraduate and graduate levels at Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) in Comparative Religion. Additionally, she has an M.A. in Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University. Her experience includes: teaching at Western Michigan University in the Department of Comparative Religion during graduate school, a current adjunct faculty role in the Philosophy Department at Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Traverse City, MI where she teaches Western and Eastern Religions, and a faculty position with Claremont Lincoln University. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards serves as the faculty advisor for the NMC Global Citizenship and Religion Student Group, and co-lead NMC students on study abroad trips to Ireland (March 2018) and India (May 2018). She will also be leading another group of students to India in May of 2019 to study religion and culture. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards participated in the 2015 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Salt Lake City, UT, as well as the 2018 Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto, Canada. Her background includes world religions, psychology and philosophy of religion, interfaith action, mindfulness, religion in the public sphere, and myth and ritual, and she has a keen interest in international education. Mrs. Montgomery-Richards enjoys teaching in an academic setting, as well as leading group meditation, and participating in the celebration of a variety of world spiritual perspectives.
EbonyJanice Moore is a Hip Hop Womanist, scholar, and activist doing community-organizing work, most specifically around decolonizing authority and black women's body ownership as a justice issue. She is the founder of a multi-platform think-space: Black Girl Mixtape, an online black women lead school: BGM Institute, and a professional training intensive: BGM Accelerator.
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.
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.
The Reverend Jeremy D. Nickel earned an MDiv from the Pacific School of Religion and an MA in Alternative Liturgical Practices from the Graduate Theological Union, both in Berkeley, CA. Ordained a Unitarian Universalist minister in 2011, he served Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist congregation in Fremont CA until June of 2017. After leaving congregational ministry Rev. Nickel founded SacredVR and then Project EvolVR to create spiritual resources and a Health and Wellness community in Virtual Reality. He has led meditation sessions and taught for over two decades in real life as well as online and in Virtual Reality. His interest primarily lies in the intersection of technology and spirituality.
Sue K. Park holds a PhD in Practical Theology and ordination in Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad. Deeply rooted in faith communities, Sue's research interests include interfaith relations, spirituality, Asian American theology, and feminist theories/theology. She also holds a BA from University of Florida, an MDiv from Duke University, and an STM from Union Theological Seminary.
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.).
Dr. Sunil Ramlall bring several years of teaching management courses, including human resources management. He has Ph.D. and M.Ed. in HRD from the University of Minnesota and an MBA and BA in HRM from the University of St. Thomas. He has been a FT faculty at Cardinal Stritch University, University of St. Thomas and Minnesota State University, Mankato. Prior to academia, Dr. Ramlall worked in various professional HR roles at Target Corporation, Carlson Companies, Northwest Airlines, and University of Minnesota.
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 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.
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.
Nandita Sabnis received her PhD from Arizona State University in Human Communication. Her research has focused on how marginalized groups use technology to produce autonomy and equity. Prior to working in academia, she worked in various industries focusing on achieving racial, socio-economic, gender, education, and environmental equity. Additionally, she is a trained dialogue facilitator and conflict mediator.
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'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.
Shaun Saunders has been a professor of writing and literature for 13 years. The author of 5 books, Shaun is currently an Adjunct faculty member at Claremont Lincoln University and Bloomfield College, and holds degrees from Seton Hall University (B.A./M.A. English), Duke University (M.Div), and Princeton Theological Seminary (Th.M.).
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., 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Sophia Town holds a Ph.D. in human communication with an emphasis in organizational communication and leadership from Arizona State University. Her research, which spans the fields of communication and management, is based in “phronesis” (i.e., practical wisdom. Dr. Town’s current work explores the ways that mindfulness informs how leaders understand and approach paradoxes that arise in their organizations. In 2018, Dr. Town was recognized as the Jeanne Lind Herberger Fellow for transformative research and praxis. That same year, she received ASU’s Teaching Excellence Award.
Chris 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.”
Stephanie Varnon-Hughes, PhD, is the Director of the Claremont Core 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. 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 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 regards 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.
Dr. Eric Weed is involved in discussions on religion and race for the United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Theological, Ethical and Historical Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Among his published works is the groundbreaking book, Religion and White Supremacy in the United States. He teaches in the areas of Holocaust studies, critical race theory, and interfaith engagement.
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.
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.