Mike Alumbaugh obtained his MBA with a concentration in operations excellence from Southwestern College Professional Studies in 2003.
Currently, Alumbaugh serves as chief operating officer for O2, a provider of oxygen safe assemblies, testing and cleaning services and a start-up tubing manufacturer called Yart manufacturing. Both of these companies are located in Wichita Kansas. Prior to this, he was the director of operations for an aviation supplier for 10 years and led the turnaround of the organization’s operations that resulted in top performance ratings, receiving several supplier of the year awards and being recommended to others by existing customers.
Alumbaugh has more than 20 years of business leadership experience including large corporations, small businesses, international business, logistics, strategic planning, manufacturing leadership, supply chain, and manufacturing. These businesses were involved in industries ranging from data storage to aviation, and the sale and distribution of wholesale electrical products.
He is a Six Sigma black belt and credits his formal education in Kepner-Trego and constraint management as keys to critical thinking and effective managerial decision-making.
MBA Health Administration
Allison Apaza holds a master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) in Healthcare Administration from The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Apaza has spent the majority of her career working in emergency services as the director of an emergency shelter in Andover, KS. She has also worked in international health as the interim director of a clinic, school, and orphanage in Bukaleba, Uganda, and in several roles within the mental health field.
She has been an affiliate faculty member for Professional Studies since 2014, teaching courses within the Healthcare Administration program. She is passionate about preparing competent professionals to work in the ever-changing world of healthcare administration and is proud to be a member of Southwestern’s faculty.
EdD Educational Leadership and MS Education Curriculum
Dr. Marcella Aycock has served as an affiliate faculty member in higher education since the late ’90s, including many administration and leadership classes. She has also served as a consultant and provided many types of professional development and corporate training for companies such as GE and Bombardier.
She earned her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. Her dissertation focus was on mentoring educational leaders. She earned her undergraduate degree from Fort Hays State University and her master’s degree from Newman University and Fort Hays State University.
Dr. Aycock serves as a managing director for network engagement for NAF, an educational nonprofit. She works with school districts in Detroit, Birmingham, Milwaukee, New Orleans, and other locations supporting high school students’ career pathway programs and connecting business partners with the schools.
Before joining NAF, Dr. Aycock led the development team and served as the founding director of the Early College Program at Butler Community College. She has more than 30 years of experience in education, which has included teaching and administration in public school districts, with 16 years as a building principal.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Roy, and two children – Katy and Connor. They own a vintage airplane and love to attend aviation events. She also enjoy working on craft projects, riding her Harley, and quilt-making. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Children First as well as several other nonprofit boards, including the Fort Hays State Foundation Board of Trustees.
Masters of Library Science
Judy Bastin has worked in the library field for 27 years. After she obtained her MLS degree from Emporia State, she served in academic, public, and school libraries, leading to a breadth of library practice knowledge.
Bastin has been employed for the past 18 years at Butler County Community College where she currently serves as a research and instruction librarian. Through her position, she has taught information literacy to many different classes. Since 2019, she has taught 120 courses, which reached 1,300 students. She also provides faculty education, presenting more workshops for faculty than any other presenter at Butler.
Besides her librarian role, she also teaches research classes online at Southwestern College Professional Studies, where she has taught since 2015. Bastin has been involved in statewide professional library activities, including serving as president of KLIRT and the Two Year Academic Libraries Interest Group. She also delivers many presentations at national, state, and regional conferences. She also founded the Rose Hill Public Library in Rose Hill, KS and served on its board for 10 years.
Ken Brown holds a master’s degree in Humanities from American Public University and a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from Blackburn College. He is retired from the Illinois Department of Corrections where he worked for 26 years as a corrections recreation specialist and taught theatre, art, and humanities to prison inmates for the Illinois prison system, Lincoln Trail Community College, and Lake Land College.
He is a United States Army veteran and a successfully produced playwright whose one-act play “Shadow” was included for production in the Changing Scene Theatre Company’s 1987 New Playwrights Competition in Denver, CO. Other theatre experience includes work as the Artistic Director for the Eden Theatrical Workshop in Denver, CO and Artistic Director for the Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge, CO.
Brown is a teacher member of the Folger Shakespeare Library and is currently developing a website promoting online immersive study of the Bard from a conservative yet non-academic, contemporary cultural perspective. As a Professional Studies adjunct in General Studies, Ken teaches theatre appreciation and ethics. He was also given the opportunity to serve as course developer for a new Critical Thinking and Argumentation course for Southwestern Professional Studies.
An advocate of lifelong learning, study of the great books, and the arts, he resides in Robinson, IL with his wife of 30 years, an old cat, and two small puppies who can frequently be seen assisting with his online teaching duties.
Becky Burch has worked in higher education since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development from Cal State, Fullerton and a master’s degree in Counseling from Chapman University.
Becky was a program manager for Chapman University, which entailed recruiting and guiding prospective students through the application process, evaluating credits in transfer, advising students about their academic degree program requirements and providing additional guidance for student success. She managed all aspects of the selected undergraduate programs she worked with, including scheduling of courses and faculty.
For 12 years, Becky taught on-ground, blended, and online courses as an adjunct faculty member to traditional, non-traditional, adult, and military students. Since 2013, she has also designed, evaluated, maintained, and taught orientation and training & development courses to the faculty of Southwestern College Professional Studies (SCPS).
Becky does training and development of new and established faculty at SCPS, and in 2016, her position expanded to director of operations for faculty affairs. This position includes supervision of the process of faculty peer review and mentoring as well as direction of the Online Writing Center. She also oversees course management processes and regularly analyzes the effectiveness of these processes. She analyzes faculty payroll for accuracy and is a voting member of the Academic Affairs Council and Curriculum Council.
Becky resides in Poulsbo, Washington with her husband, who is retired from the US Navy, two daughters, two cats, and a pond full of fish.
MS Computer Information Systems and MBA
Neil Chapman earned an MBA with a Specialization in Accounting from Nova Southeastern University in 1992 and a Master of Science in Computer Information Systems, also from Nova Southeastern University, earned in 1997.
Neil Chapman has over 33 years of professional experience in the high-tech industry. He began his career with IBM in Boca Raton, Florida in product engineering. He has held engineering positions with Modular Computer Systems and Honeywell Building Automation. Chapman has served as the manufacturing engineering manager at Tau-Tron, Inc. in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, and then as director of manufacturing engineering for Coulter Electronics in Miami, Florida. He founded Electronic Test and Assembly Corporation (ETAC) In Fort Lauderdale, Florida. After selling ETAC Chapman he worked as the engineering manager for a division of Tyco Industries. When this facility moved to Connecticut, Chapman developed a database management system for underwriting municipal bond insurance at Municipal Bond Insurance Company. He then worked for Neurometric Vision Systems and Identification Technologies International, two startups in facial recognition systems. There he functioned as vice president with management responsibilities in accounting, finance, marketing, and engineering.
Neil Chapman has over 20 years of college and university experience teaching various subjects, including financial and managerial accounting, entrepreneurship, statistics & probability, research methodology, critical thinking, algebra, operating systems, UNIX, network design, TCP/IP, and software engineering. He resides in Delray Beach, Florida, and is researching mergers & acquisitions.
MA Business Management
Randall Doll is a lifelong resident of Kansas. He owns Walnut River Ranch, located in the Flint Hills tallgrass prairie region, which contracts row crop, cattle and native bluestem hay production. He is a board member with American Ag Credit located in Santa Rosa California as well as Farm Credit Council Services in Denver Colorado. He is the President and CEO of Capital Partners Group LLC, a training and development firm.
Doll has an extensive business background that encompasses Fortune 500 management positions including PepsiCo Inc./Pizza Hut Inc. located in Wichita, Kansas and Purchase, New York, as well as over a decade of experience in government including elected and appointed positions at the regional and state level. He has served the past three governors of Kansas and most recently served on the Kansas Parks and Tourism board, a cabinet level position for the State of Kansas.
He has been teaching at the university level since 2005 primarily in the academic fields of strategic planning and economics and has developed and deployed credentialed, post-secondary undergraduate programs for our nation’s finest: The United States Air Force. He holds a BA in Business from Wichita State University’s Barton School of Business and an MBA from Webster University located in St. Louis, Missouri.
MS Human Relations and Business
Anika Doucette attended Louisiana Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Science) in August 2001. She later received a Master of Science Degree in Human Relations and Business from Amberton University in Garland, Texas in May 2005.
Mrs. Doucette’s VA career spans over 19 years of service. She began her career at the Overton Brooks VA Medical Center in Shreveport, Louisiana where she completed a one-year clinical internship in Medical Technology. Mrs. Doucette then went on to the North Texas VA Medical Center in Dallas, Texas as a medical technologist, generalist. In that role, she was responsible for complex analysis, quality control and evaluation of normal and abnormal laboratory results.
In June of 2005, she became an employee at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. While at the Atlanta VA, she has served in a multitude of roles, including health system specialist, chief of voluntary service, and chief of the Consumer Affairs Department.
In 2011, after excelling at multiple roles within the local facility and Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN), Doucette embarked upon an exciting journey and became a member of the Office of Patient Centered Care and Cultural Transformation Program Office, VHA Central Office, serving as a field consultant. In February 2020, she became a Regional Lead responsible for Whole Health implementation for over 35 facilities spanning from Louisiana to North Dakota. She supervises field consultants and works collaboratively with VA facility executive leaders across the country to strategize, plan, coordinate, and implement whole health as an approach to healthcare delivery in a patient-centered culture. She is also a PROSCI Certified Change Management Practitioner.
Doucette resides in Georgia with her husband and children. She enjoys reading and basking in tranquil outdoor spaces. A giver to her community, she serves the community through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
As a business leader and non-traditional learner, Jim Duncan understands both the value of continuous self-improvement and the struggles that can arise when trying to balance career, family, and academic responsibilities. He believes sustainable and effective workforce development, whether in a corporate, government, or higher education environment, requires motivated leaders and learners.His learner-centered and competency-based philosophy of teaching has been honed over 12 years of designing, developing, and delivering high quality, innovative, and engaging organizational training and college instruction at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels.
Three key strategies drive his teaching: (1) providing substantive and differentiated feedback in both formative and summative assessments to help each student achieve learning objectives, (2) developing the professional competencies of students so they can lead and succeed in “the real world;” and (3) mentoring students to help them overcome barriers to success. Duncan’s students know that he cares about their learning and their ability to make a difference in not only their own lives and careers, but to society as a whole.
MS Criminal Justice
Darron Esan is a 24-year law enforcement professional, currently holding the rank of lieutenant with the Orlando Police Department. Prior to his law enforcement career, Darron graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Criminology. Shortly after graduation, he began a career with the Tallahassee Police Department where he served as a Patrol Officer for three years. Esan was hired by the Orlando Police Department in 1999 where he was promoted to sergeant in 2006. As a sergeant, Esan supervised the first Joint Homicide Investigation Team, the first of its kind in the United States, investigating high-profile homicide cases in the central Florida region. In 2014, Esan was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He is currently serving as a watch commander over the Orlando International Airport Division.
During his career, Lt. Esan has had the opportunity to serve as a Hostage Negotiator for 10 years and currently serves as the deputy team commander over the Emergency Services Unit. As a member of the Emergency Services Unit, Lt. Esan responded to and assisted with the coordinated response to the Pulse Nightclub shooting among many other critical incidents which required an ESU response.
Lieutenant Esan has an MS in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin. He also holds certifications including Digital Professor, Human Diversity Instructor, State of Florida General Instructor, Basic Narcotics Investigations, and DEA Narcotics Investigations. He has been an adjunct professor for Southwestern College Professional Studies since 2017 and has had the opportunity to serve as a course developer for multiple courses within the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security disciplines.
Loriana (Lori) Fiorino is a retired master police officer and detective of the Orlando Police Department where she was employed for more than 20 years. As a detective in the Special Victims Unit, she retired as their expert in working child exploitation cases.
Fiorino is currently a detective analyst with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office in the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Unit, which deals with all online child exploitation cases. As a member of the ICAC Task Force, she has had the opportunity to consult with numerous experts at the local, state, and national levels in the area of child pornography, internet child solicitation, and computer forensics. Possessing a passion for educating officers, civilians, children, and parents about the dangers behind the screen, Fiorino engages in public speaking, seminar presentations, and in-home coaching regarding internet safety.
Fiorino earned her B.S. in Criminology from Florida State University in 1993. She later earned her master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University. She is currently a registered marriage and family therapist intern in the state of Florida and teaches as an adjunct in the areas of psychology, criminal justice, and sociology.
MS Management and Master in Educational Technology (Cert. Executive Leadership)
Vernon Friday has a master’s degree in Management (MSM) from Southwestern College. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Southwestern College and an associate’s degree from Central Texas College.
Vernon was previously the owner of a mobile notary services business. He was the assistant director for recruiting and military affairs for the Fort Bliss, Texas campus of Park University. Prior to that, he was a transition counselor for the Army Career and Alumni Program (now known as the Soldier for Life-Transition Assistance Program). Vernon had spent most of his professional years as a member of the U.S. Army, mainly working as the senior enlisted manager in the perioperative nursing section and surgery department. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom (Mosul, Iraq), where he received the Combat Action Badge (CAB), and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), where he received the Bronze Star Medal (BSM) for service. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2012 after more than 24 years of service to his country.
Vernon has been an affiliate faculty member for Professional Studies since 2015, teaching courses within the Operations Management and Strategic Leadership programs. He is a fan of all things related to management and leadership. He is also a fan of history and is a voracious reader who owns thousands of books. He tries to inspire students and others to be life-long learners. He is married, and his wife is a Licensed Master Social Worker who is also a social work Field Instructor for the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). Vernon is proud to be a member of Southwestern College’s faculty and proud to be a Moundbuilder.
Micah Fry is an affiliate faculty member and project specialist at Southwestern College Professional Studies. She has an associate’s degree in graphic design from Cowley County Community College, and both her bachelor’s degree in strategic communications and her Master of Arts in Communication are from Wichita State University.
After teaching on Southwestern’s main campus, Fry came to Southwestern College Professional Studies in 2019. She teaches professional communications and speech, both online and in person through the school’s partnership with T-Mobile.
She resides in southcentral Kansas with her husband, who is a collegiate soccer coach, and their two dogs, Mosby and Daphne. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling.
PhD Public Administration Health Policy and Management and Organizational Behavior and Leadership, MHA, and MS Accounting (Cert. Emergency/Disaster Management)
Dr. Greenia received the MHA and PhD in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Dr. Greenia has over 20 years of diverse experience in healthcare operations, quality management and strategic planning. He has worked in several settings, including government, for-profit, not-for-profit, academic medical centers as well as a children’s hospital. Dr. Greenia is board certified in healthcare management and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
MA Emergency Management
Captain Dale Hager has served in Law Enforcement for the past 24 years as an officer, detective, school resource officer, DARE officer, canine handler, narcotics investigator, sergeant and captain for the State of North Dakota, the City of Lino Lakes, the University of Minnesota Police Department and, most recently, for the City of White Bear Lake. He has taught in higher education since 2015 and with Southwestern College Professional Students since 2016.
Hager’s servant-teaching style focuses on equipping students with the knowledge and skills they need to not only succeed in their selected fields, but also to recognize their unique ability to move their professions forward. He attempts to impart any wisdom learned from both successes and failures he’s experienced to students in an attempt to encourage them to recognize their own potential and opportunities for growth. Specifically unique to policing, his wish is to leave the profession better than how he found it and in the better prepared hands of our future leaders.
He earned his Master of Arts in Emergency Management from Walden University and his bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University.
In his free time, Hager enjoys spending time with his family, playing basketball and camping – or as some like to call it – “glamping.”
DBA Organizational Leadership and MBA Information Technology Management
Dr. Joseph E. Hamlett started teaching at Southwestern College in 2014. He holds associates degrees in both Human Resource Management and Aviation Maintenance Technology, a bachelor’s degree in Computer Operations Technology, an MBA in Information Technology Management and a Doctorate in Business Administration specializing in Organizational Leadership. He has over 20 years of leadership experience in both the military and civilian organizations.
Dr. Hamlett recently retired from nearly 35 years of combined military service where he was the senior enlisted advisor for the Missouri Air National Guard. In this role, he was responsible for all matters affecting the readiness, training, and professional development for all 1,900 enlisted members in the Missouri Air National Guard.
Dr. Hamlett currently works at Honeywell FM&T as a Technical Learning Specialist where he is responsible for curriculum development and facilitating training for newly hired engineers, inspectors, operators and supervisors. He is an entrepreneur and is the owner/operator of Leading 2 Change Consulting, LLC a leadership training and development firm.
Dr. Hamlett teaches courses within the Business Administration, Leadership and Management degree programs for Professional Studies. He currently resides in Grandview, MO with his wife of 35 years, three adult children, and five grandchildren.
MBA and MS Leadership
Jessica Hance holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southwestern Adventist University and two master’s degrees in business administration, and leadership from Grand Canyon University. She is no stranger to the online learning modality and often shares strategies that helped her along the way. As the first in her family to complete a college degree, she’s experienced many roadblocks in her educational journey that almost made her quit. Her experience has helped her realize the importance of education and she attributes much of her success to her encouraging mother.
Hance has worked in the accounting field since the early 2000s. She has taught a variety of finance, accounting, and business courses at Southwestern College since 2017. Currently, she works full time as a financial analyst for a research university where she produces, compiles, and analyzes a wide array of reports relating to business operations that help executive leaders make key decisions. She is often called upon for her streamlining capabilities on a variety of processes that has improved the flow of common activities within her department as well as improved the accuracy of information. She’s a firm believer that good data helps make good decisions.
Personally, Hance loves all animals and has five cats. She also enjoys playing video games in her free time and walking around the neighborhood with her cats in their pet stroller. While this may seem weird to some, her enthusiasm to be herself resonates throughout her personal and professional life. Many learners have found her very easy to talk to. She encourages communication as a key aspect of student success, especially in an online environment. She enjoys working for Southwestern College and looks forward to getting to know each of her students.
MS Organization Performance/HR
Chris Harris is a credentialed human resource professional with the distinctive Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Credentialing Institute (HRCI), as well as the SC-P credential from the Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM).
Harris has been an affiliate faculty for Professional Studies since 2016 and teaches a variety of human resource and operations management courses. He also has the privilege to assist with special projects within the Professional Studies programs.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare Administration and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Performance & HR, both were obtained in the hybrid and online setting, which provides him with a solid background in the PS teaching style. Professionally, he has several years of human resource experience in local government, private industry and healthcare organizations providing all aspects of HR operations and leadership. In addition to his HR experience, Harris is a certified paramedic and certified EMS Instructor often assisting in teaching EMS programs.
MS Security Administration
Stacy Harvey holds a Master of Science in Security Administration from Southwestern College Professional Studies where she also received two graduate certificates: one in Emergency Planning and the other in Enterprise Risk Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Operations Technology from SCPS.
Harvey retired from the United States Air Force in 2015 after 15 years of service. She deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008, Operation Enduring Freedom in 2009 and Operation New Dawn in 2010. In the military, she also served as an Anti-Terrorism Officer, Operations Security Officer, and a Security Manager.
Harvey has over 20 years of experience as a leader, supervisor, and trainer. She specializes in SQL programming, Windows Servers, SharePoint, and Microsoft Office 365. She is currently working for Vyve Broadband as a network engineer.
She joined the affiliate faculty team at Professional Studies in February 2015, where she teaches courses in Security Management and Computer Technologies. She resides in Hays, Kansas with her husband and two boys.
MPA and Master of Criminology
Peter Herdt served 34 years in law enforcement spanning three states: California, Vermont, and Ohio where he held the position of chief of police for five of the seven police departments he served. He began his career as a patrolman with the Oakland Police Department in California. He also worked as a field evidence technician, sergeant in the patrol and Special Operations Section, SWAT Team leader, detective-sergeant, and supervisor. He left there to become chief of police of the Springfield Police Department in Vermont. Later, he relocated to Ohio to be chief of police at Ohio State University, then Correction Training Program manager for the Law Enforcement & Correction Institute at Central State University. Subsequent positions included the chief of police for the City of Riverside, chief of police for Jackson Township, and chief of police for the Clearcreek Township.
Following his retirement from the police service, he worked for 12 years as a private consultant in police and security administration/operations for municipal governments, universities, and private corporations. He has been an affiliate faculty member for Professional Studies since 2007.
Herdt holds a Master of Criminology degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University, San Francisco where he was awarded an Outstanding Achievement Certificate of Accomplishment for Academic Excellence after achieving a 4.0 grade point average. For 25 years he was a Certified Protection Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security – International, and a personal protection specialist by the Executive Protection Institute. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, the U.S. Secret Service Dignitary Protection School, and Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission Certified Special Subject Instructor. Since 1988, he has served as a lead police management consultant for the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He also has substantial experience in dignitary/executive protection and performing promotional assessment centers and organizational assessments for public safety agencies.
Herdt has received a multitude of awards and recognitions from the departments he has served throughout his career and was interviewed by ABC’s 20/20 and CNN-HLN regarding his investigation of a serial killer.
DM Organizational Leadership, Master of Health Service Administration, MBA, and Master of Education – Educational Management
Dr. Jackson earned his Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He also has master’s degrees in Health Service Administration, Educational Management, and Business Administration from Strayer University. He is also a certified Lean Six Sigma White Belt.
Dr. Jackson currently works as a procurement and fleet manager where he is responsible for managing and training county personnel for his county’s procurement functions adding analytical reviews to complex purchasing requirements. He is also responsible for establishing standard operating procedures for the purchasing department to ensure all purchasing functions and operations are efficiently executed.
He has been awarded the ATLAS Award for Supply Chain Performance and Supply Chain Efficiency as well as the Naval Supply Efficiency Blue “E” Award.
Dr. Jackson teaches courses within the Business Administration and Operations Management degree programs for Professional Studies. He currently lives in Delaware.
PhD Management, Leadership and Organizational Change, MS System Engineering, and MBA Technology Management
Dr. Michael Johnson, Ph.D. has 30 years of aerospace engineering experience, which has included various assignments from individual contributors to management in the areas of simulation support of research and development, lab test, flight test, and new airplane design. He has held positions including R&D computer operations manager, systems engineer for the 787 static and fatigue aircraft interfacing with all global partners, and 787 engineer training development and deployment leader to name a few.
Dr. Johnson holds a B.S. in Computer Science, an MBA in Technology Management, an M.S. in Systems Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Management. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster, the highest level education award available. Dr. Johnson is also an experienced mentor and trainer, and recognized leader within the local district organization.
He resides in Garden Ridge, Texas near San Antonio.
Shelley C. Koltnow holds a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from the C. Blake McDowell School of Law at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. She has been licensed to practice law by the Ohio Supreme Court since November 1989. She completed her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in biology at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and her Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Phoenix. Shelley also is board certified in healthcare management by the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Koltnow practiced transactional and regulatory law from 1989 to 1997. Following her time as a practicing attorney, Shelley served two Ohio health systems as their chief legal officer, establishing some of the first healthcare corporate compliance programs in Ohio. She joined Via Christi (now Ascension Via Christi) in Wichita, KS in 2006 as its vice president of corporate responsibility. She also served as the Institutional Compliance Officer for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX. There, she oversaw compliance for academic, research, medical center, and physician billing, as well as serving on several campus-wide ethics and compliance committees. In 2014, she started a compliance consulting firm (IntraVires Health Compliance Consultants), serving clients around the country.
Shelley has served on the Audit Committee of Presence Health and the Arthritis Foundation – Heartland Region, in Chicago and as a member of several boards of nonprofit organizations. She has served on organizational committees such as Institutional Review Board, Ethics Committee, Pension Oversight, Worker’s Compensation, Human Resources, Executive Compensation, Physician Compensation, IT Governance, Policy & Procedure, HIPAA Compliance, Executive Compliance, Risk Management, Executive Management, and Revenue Cycle.
Koltnow teaches online courses for Professional Studies within the Health Administration and Business Administration programs. She resides in Indiana.
MS Security Management
Scott Largent holds a Master of Science in Security Management from Bellevue University and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Montana State University – Billings.
Largent is currently employed in Corporate Security with the Flex-N-Gate in Urbana, Illinois. Formerly, as a U.S. Marshal, Scott managed the daily administration, surveillance, alarm monitoring, and emergency response for the Department of Justice Security Operations Center in Washington, DC for seven years.
He exceled as a Montana highway patrolman in Billings, Montana. Besides normal enforcement efforts, Scott was a state leader in child safety advocacy, an accomplished public safety instructor, and a media and emergency management liaison. Then, he transitioned to the Nevada Highway Patrol where he added additional duties as public information officer, public safety training officer, and firearms instructor. He served in his first law enforcement role in his hometown of Rantoul, Illinois.
Largent seven years in the United States Marine Corps with specialties of radio technician, advanced marksmanship instructor (and National Match shooter), and marine security guard with postings in Havana, Cuba and Brussels, Belgium. He also served six years with the Montana Army National Guard in artillery fire direction control and wildland firefighting. He currently assists the Police Training Institute of the University of Illinois with tactical scenario training.
MA Clinical Psychology
Michael Lau has a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and a MA in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. He has been a licensed clinical professional counselor within the state of Illinois since 1993 and is also a Certified Health Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition from the State of New York.
He has been working in the mental health field for approximately 27 years. He has held numerous positions in his career including intake psychotherapist, psychotherapist, case manager, director of psychological testing, director of performance/quality improvement, and chief compliance officer. He is currently in private practice and the co-owner of Integrated Therapy and Health Coaching, LLC.
He has published many articles and presented at the state and national levels on topics including performance improvement, statistical quality control, corporate compliance, and medical necessity as it relates to psychology and various areas within the field of psychology and mental health. He also participated on the editorial board for a number of years for Compliance Watch Newsletter.
Michael has taught for various community colleges for approximately 17 years, teaching many different subjects within the discipline of psychology. He has been teaching within the psychology program at Professional Studies since 2018.
MS Security Administration
Natalie Leutwyler holds a Master of Science in Security Administration from Southwestern College Professional Studies where she also received two graduate certificates: one in Emergency Planning and the other in Enterprise Risk Management. She also holds two undergraduate degrees from Southwestern: a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development.
She joined the affiliate faculty at Professional Studies in 2019, where she teaches courses in Security Management and Administration. She has over five years of experience in U.S. and global privacy laws and industry-agnostic information security. She worked for several years in the healthcare industry as a HIPAA Privacy and Security Officer, where she stood up a privacy and security compliance program for a CLIA and CAP certified toxicology lab. Currently, she holds a position as a Lead Privacy and Security Analyst, where she champions the development of privacy and security controls in a risk- and compliance-based framework; leveraging regulations and frameworks such as CCPA, GDPR, HIPAA, ISO 27001/2:2013; and NIST 800 series.
Prior to pursuing her passion in privacy and security, Ms. Leutwyler received her Associate of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. For six years, Ms. Leutwyler worked as an A-10 Warthog Crew Chief in the 917th Fighter Squadron of the U.S. Air Force; during which time she deployed to Afghanistan, where she was awarded Operation Enduring Freedom Top Performer by her unit commander in 2012.
Ms. Leutwyler currently resides in Frisco, Texas.
MS Security Administration
Richard Lewallen enlisted in the United States Marine Corp upon graduating high school and continued to serve as an active duty Marine for the next 30 years. During his career in the Marines he worked in the telecommunications field, serving in multiple billets and deploying overseas several times. He was assigned as a senior command advisor both as a First Sergeant and Sergeant Major during his last decade of service. He was privileged with the opportunity to lead an infantry battalion into combat twice, provide mentorship and oversight to the Marine Corps’ Aviation School, and guide the professional development of over 10,000 service members serving across the country. Richard retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 and immediately started work as a Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Course Instructor at Topeka High School. After two years, he accepted his current position as the Antiterrorism/Force Protection Program Manager for the Adjutant General’s Department in Topeka, Kansas.
He holds a Master of Science in Security Administration.
MS Criminal Justice
Eduardo holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice Technology from Valencia College, a bachelor’s degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from Mountain State University, and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida. He has provided instruction at the college-level for 10 years with experience in on-ground, hybrid, and online instruction. Eduardo has been an affiliate faculty member with Southwestern College since 2012 and is excited to share his expansive experiences with students.
Currently a member of the management team for the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) at one of the largest insurance companies in the country, he oversees general fraud investigations to major Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) investigations. He works hand-in-hand with local, state, federal law enforcement agencies, and the National Insurance Crime Bureau to assist in the successful prosecution of both civil and criminal cases. Eduardo has held the positions of intelligence specialist with the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence, superintendent with the Central Florida Regional Transportation Authority in Orlando, Florida, manager of Emergency Support Function -1 with the Orange County Florida Office of Emergency Management, and police officer/violent crimes detective/S.W.A.T. Operator with the Orlando Police Department. Upon retirement as a public servant, Eduardo pursued a dual-career as instructor and college professor.
Eduardo has received numerous awards including Detective of the Year presented by the Victim Services Coalition and State Attorney of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Central Florida, Award of Commendation, Merit Award, Award of Excellence, SIU Investigations of the Year Award Florida, SIU Investigations of the Year Award Country-Wide, and Million Dollar Club Award for Recoveries. He holds extensive advanced certifications related to Criminal Justice.
He currently lives in Central Florida.
MBA Organizational Leadership
Renee Mathes has worked in the long-term care industry since 1987 with a focus on financial management, human resource management, training and education of staff. She enjoyed working with family members as they work through the aging process with their loved ones.
Mathes takes pride in her work as she believes healthcare is a broad field needing qualified professionals in many different positions. She takes pride in helping her students find their niche in the field and encouraging their futures. She is proud to be part of the faculty at Professional Studies.
She currently resides in rural west Tennessee with her husband.
MA Speech and Drama, Theater and Drama
A native Kansan, Misty Maynard was born and raised in Winfield and received her undergraduate degree from Southwestern College. She attended summer school at Emporia State University in ‘72 and ’73 and a six-week workshop on Lessac Voice and Diction at SUNY Binghamton before entering graduate school at the University of Kansas where she received her master’s degree in theater.
She worked out of the Bowlus Fine Arts Center in Iola, acting as a communications link between art councils in nine counties, the Kansas Art Commission in Topeka and professional artists and touring companies as the Program Coordinator for S. E. District of Community Arts Councils of Kansas.
She was the Executive Director of the Pittsburg Area Arts and Crafts Association where she advised and aided the Board of Directors on administrative matters, organizational structure and on selecting, implementing and evaluating programs and projects. She submitted grant applications, handled all office concerns, attended state and district conferences, and compiled, typed, and mailed a monthly newsletter. She was an artist in residence through the Kansas Arts Commission in Topeka before she began teaching as an adjunct instructor on the college level and now has over 35 years of college teaching experience.
Maynard owns and operates the Kechi Playhouse, a little theater housed in what was a Methodist church in Kechi, KS. The business has been operating for 38 years. The 100-year-old building underwent a major rehabilitation in 2019 thanks to a Federal Community Development Block Grant. She has written eight full-length plays and is a Kansas Writer’s Project Fellow.
Shaun Miller is a highly experienced professional with over 20 years of professional experience in information security, business continuity, and overall technology. He has worked in industries ranging from manufacturing to banking and several in between, which gives him the unique ability to not only understand the concepts in which he teaches but also pull from experiences to connect with students from multiple backgrounds and help them understand complex concepts.
Miller currently manages a large international team of information security professionals supporting a large technology service provider in the insurance industry. In addition to his full-time job, he has also taught at the university level for over 10 years
He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Park University in 2000 where her earned his B.S. in Computer Based Information Systems. In 2008, he earned his MBA from Baker University.
He has served as an advisor to the Board for the Kansas City Chapter of ISACA and currently serves on the Executive Board for the Jayhawk Area Council of Scouts BSA and brings his expertise and passion to those roles.
MA Theology and MS Leadership
Mr. O’Donnell is an adjunct faculty member, mentor, and peer reviewer for Southwestern College Professional Studies. He hails from Omaha Nebraska. He has an associate’s degree in Nondestructive Testing Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. He is a Southwestern graduate where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Studies (Cum laude), a Master of Arts in Theological Studies with Thesis, and a Master of Science in Leadership degrees.
O’Donnell is a decorated combat veteran and a retired senior non-commissioned officer (SNCO) from the Air Force after more than 22 years of active duty service. He is a licensed member with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree with a concentration in Church Leadership through Bethel Seminary.
An affiliate faculty member at PS since 2011, O’Donnell teaches general studies, leadership, and ministry courses. He is a lifelong learner and enjoys helping people develop into the best version of themselves.
He and his wife of 32 years live in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he enjoys making leather goods, playing guitar, and spending time with their two grown children.
PhD Education – Instructional Design for Online Learning, MS Curriculum, Instruction, and Technology, and MA English and Linguistics
Melissa Olt holds a Ph.D. in education, a M.S in curriculum, instruction & technology, an M.A. in English, and a B.A. in French.
Olt is a published author, an accomplished instructor of English, and a course developer. She has been an affiliate faculty for Professional Studies since 2019, where she teaches English courses and is a writing consultant in the OWC. She has taught English online at multiple institutions of higher education since 2002.
She is a current member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners & Educators. She has a special interest in ESL, foreign languages, and dyslexia. Originally from Indiana, she currently resides in Maryland with her husband and three daughters.
DM Organizational Leadership and Master of Public Administration
Dr. Perez holds a Doctor of Management (DM) degree with emphasis in Organizational Leadership (OL) from the University of Phoenix. He also holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State University Fullerton.
Dr. Perez currently works as a facility security officer (FSO) supporting a small start-up company in Irvine, California. He has over 34 years in the aerospace arena working for the Boeing Company and Northrop Grumman Corporation as an industrial security manager supporting national security programs in the satellite, missile defense, F22 & F35 fighter aircraft arenas. Dr. Perez created knowledge management programs at both companies in anticipation of losing retirement eligible employees.
Dr. Perez teaches courses within the Security Management degree program for Professional Studies. He resides in Murrieta, California with his wife and their two rescue dogs.
EdD Aviation and Space Education and MBA Management
Dr. Perryman started teaching at Southwestern College in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance, an MBA in Management and a Doctorate in Aviation and Space Education. Dr. Perryman has over 35 years of experience in business. His business acumen comes from leading and consulting companies in a variety of industries including financial services, manufacturing, automotive, retail, higher education, real estate and big ticket consulting services. He has over 20 years of experience teaching. He also designed two complete first-of-their-kind degree programs in Oklahoma.
Dr. Perryman is a serial entrepreneur and president of Perryman Enterprises, Inc. He oversees the operations of MAFS Consulting (est. 1986), The Professor Tutoring (est. 1989), Federal Direct Tax Services of Oklahoma (est. 2015), and Free Oklahoma School Folders (est. 2015).
Dr. Perryman spends his free time keeping up required continuing education for his real estate license and his tax business. Dr. Brian Perryman enjoys spending time with his fiancé and their four adult children. A native Oklahoman, he currently resides in Oklahoma City where he volunteers as a leader in men’s ministry at his church.
MS Public Administration
Captain Lovetta Quinn-Henry joined the Orlando Police Department in September 2000. She currently commands the Community Relations Division, which has 68 sworn officers and five administrative professionals. The division encompasses School Resource, Crime Prevention, and the Neighborhood Watch Units. Additionally, the captain manages a Volunteer Coordinator who oversees college interns and community volunteers. The Community Relations Division works with community members, residents and businesses, to ensure safety, police transparency, and community engagement.
As the Police Labor Advisor, Quinn-Henry serves as the advisor to the chief of police on labor matters. She attends arbitrations on the Chief’s behalf and participates in grievance procedures. Additionally, she has a primary role in representing the city of Orlando’s interest in employee contract negations.
Quinn-Henry’s professional history consists of assignments as a patrol officer, Property Crimes, and Crimes Against Children detective. When promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2007, she worked in North and West Patrol Divisions. She later became a detective/sergeant, where she supervised the West Property Crimes and Special Victims Units, and then she was selected as the Orlando Police Department’s Public Information Officer. After her promotion to lieutenant, her assignments included the Downtown Community Policing, North Patrol Division, and the Training/Inspections & Accreditation Unit. In her past captain assignments, she managed the West Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions.
She currently serves as the Deputy Team Commander for the Critical Incident Stress Management Team (CISM), which provides peer support for officers and professional staff. She is a member of the Central Florida Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She also enjoys being a mentor for the police department’s youth mentoring program, Operation Positive Direction.
Quinn-Henry earned her B.S. in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and her graduate degree in Public Administration from Troy University. As a wife and mother, she values family time as well as time spent as an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
PhD British History and MA British History
Kimberly Rush is an affiliate faculty member for Southwestern College Professional Studies, teaching history and ethics.
Dr. Rush received her PhD. in history from Louisiana State University. Her research interests are Tudor/Stuart Britain, the Renaissance, and Arkansas history. She is also a faculty member for American Public University and Southern New Hampshire University and a reviewer for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture. Her first book, Historic Photos of Little Rock, was published by Turner Publishing.
Dr. Rush lives in Arkansas with her two sons.
MA Homeland Security/Security Management
Lionel Santiago holds a BS in Political Science and Interpersonal Communications from the University of Central Florida and an MA in Homeland Security with a concentration in Security Management from The American Military University. He is the lead faculty for the criminal justice and security management programs for Professional Studies.
Lionel is currently employed as a detective with the Orlando Police Department, where he has served for more than 21 years. During his tenure with the OPD, he has been assigned to Patrol, Neighborhood Patrol Unit, Parramore Heritage Bike Unit, and Criminal Investigations in both Property and Economic crimes. In 2015, he was assigned to the Orlando Police Department’s Airport Division as a member of the Airport Tactical Unit. In 2018, he was asked to lead a new initiative to directly hire reserve officers to work at OIA. During that time period, he was also selected to become a Task Force Officer (TFO) in the local FBI-Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and was assigned to cover aviation and other transportation-related threats to Central Florida. He has recently returned to the Airport Tactical Unit and continues to serve in the JTTF as a TFO.
Lionel is a member of the Orlando Police Honor Guard, a former member of the Emergency Services Unit, the Emergency Response Team, and the Police Hazmat Team. He is a Florida Department of Law Enforcement Instructor certified in General Subjects, Defensive Tactics and Physical Fitness. He is also a certified Florida Crime Prevention Practitioner. Lionel also served eight years as an infantryman in the United States Army and the Florida National Guard.
MLA Information Management Systems
Louis Savoldy earned a B.S. in Computer and Information Science from the University of North Florida and received a master’s degree in Management Information Systems from Harvard University. In addition, he holds a graduate-level web-development and an Oracle Java Programming professional certificate.
He has 20 years of professional software development experience in the financial and healthcare domains. Throughout his career, he has developed many medium to large-scale client-server applications using various programming languages, frameworks, and persistence models.
In addition to his role at Southwestern, Louis is currently a Senior Software System engineer responsible for the development and architecture of a patient-facing hospital application that serves tens of thousands of users. His expertise includes relational data modeling, system integrations, system architecture, and API development using Java and the Spring framework.
Russ Schoech earned his BS in Business Administration from Wichita State University in 2001 and his MBA from Southwestern College in 2004.
Schoech has 29 years of practical experience. His career started out on a help desk for a health insurance company in Wichita, KS while he was attending college. His position there involved supporting “green screens” for an IBM AS/400 legacy system. From there, he began working for Southwestern College and helped set up the first Blackboard system for online learners. When he had some free time, he used it to learn new programming languages and wrote the college’s first online enrollment system, for which he received the Fassnacht Outstanding Administrator Award in 2004. That opportunity allowed him to work as a full-time programmer for several years writing Go.edustar for Harris School Solutions.
Schoech currently works for a law firm in Kansas where he is able to continue programming on internal systems as well as perform server administration and eDiscovery work.
He has been a lifelong resident of Kansas, a state he deeply loves and enjoys.
MFA Creative Writing and MA English Literature
Kristen Scott is an award-winning author for two of her essays, Federico Garcia Lorca and the El Diván del Tamarit, interpreted by his essay, The Duende and Interpreting Sufism in the Poetry of Faiz Ahmed Faiz. She is also a six-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in Poetry.
Scott has published two collections of poetry from Garden Oak Press, Opiate (2014), and Liaisons (2011). She is also in over 100 Anthologies word-wide and graced four covers of the Albanian National Newspaper, Nacional. She has been interviewed for several publications in India, Albania, and the Middle East. Her works have been translated into Arabic, Albanian, Turkish, Italian, and Bangladeshi. Scott is also Editor in Chief and web designer of the literary publication, KNOT Magazine, which publishes renowned writers as well as beginners worldwide.
Scott has attended educational conferences at Oxford University, Princeton, Saudi Arabia, and the famed Writer’s Workshop in Iowa. She has also lectured in Saudi Arabia and studied with Dr. Cornell West of Princeton, Pulitzer Prize winners, and nominees, Ishmael Reed, Dr. Sam Hamod, Duff Brenna, and Jack Marshall.
Kristen has lived with her husband for several years in Marmaris, Turkey, where the Aegean and Mediterranean meet. Her new collection of poetry debuts in the fall of 2021.
MA Instructional Design and Technology and MA Curriculum and Instruction
Czar Sebastian holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology as well as Curriculum and Instruction from Emporia State University and Wichita State University respectively.
Sebastian has spent the entirety of his career teaching computer science at a secondary institution in the Wichita Public School District. He has also done various stints working as an adjunct instructor and consultant.
He has been an affiliate faculty member at Professional Studies since 2014, teaching courses within the Computer Science Program. He cares about making independent learners and problem solvers. Computer science runs parallel to these beliefs.
Joel holds an MBA from Southwestern College, a BS in Computer Information Systems, as well as a degree in computer technology and network administration. He currently holds a position as a business systems analyst at Koch Industries where he works closely with IT developers. His role requires extensive use and knowledge of databases, agile and waterfall development cycles as well as a master-level understanding of PowerBI and Tableau as he is required to to provide data analysis and data stories to the legal team so they are able to make better data informed decision. His previous positions at Koch include litigation technology analyst, application systems analyst, and customer support trainer. He holds several CompTia and Microsoft certifications.
Joel integrates his knowledge of systems administration as well as his experience in project management, computer programming, and training and document creation to the online classroom setting.
He currently resides in Derby, Kansas.
Morea Simmons was born and raised in Winfield, Kansas, home to Southwestern College, where she earned both a bachelor’s degree in business administration and an MBA. She has more than 24 years of experience in finance. She spent more than 14 of those years in publishing in both newspaper and magazine as a controller and director of credit for the Kansas City Star.
She moved back to Winfield where she worked in both the aircraft and beef industries and in 2014 she took a position as a business administrator for the Kansas Department of Corrections at Winfield Correctional Facility. There she accomplished the task of completing of the Standard Operating Procedure Manual for all the Business Administrators across the State of Kansas within the Department of Corrections.
Morea has been an affiliate faculty member for Professional Studies since 2018 and teaches all accounting courses, from financial accounting to corporate accounting. She teaches with the hope to always make it interesting and fun. Morea currently resides on a farm north of Winfield, KS with her husband Troy and their three dogs, 15 chickens and 28 goats. They have two adult sons, Colby and Jake.
Arthur smith is currently serving as Executive Director for Faculty Affairs and Academic Support for Southwestern College Professional Studies. He is responsible for furthering instructional excellence in addition to faculty appointment, credentialing, and other faculty and academic-related administrative activities. Prior to this role, Arthur served as program director for the business and leadership programs at Professional Studies.
Arthur’s professional knowledge and skills include expertise and experience in entrepreneurship; business strategy, leadership and management; knowledge, information, and technology management; business and market research; and quality and performance improvement. Arthur has held leadership, management, and specialist positions in healthcare and higher education organizations, as well as having been responsible for his own series of companies serving healthcare and human services organizations. Arthur has also served as an undergraduate and graduate higher education instructor before assuming the roles of program director and then executive director. Arthur recently authored the chapter, “Ensuring Quality: The Faculty Role in Online Higher Education” in the book Handbook of Research on Building, Growing and Sustaining Quality E-Learning Programs.
Arthur’s current professional interests and research include strategic and knowledge-based leadership and management, community and corporate sustainability, and organizational and cultural anthropology. Personally, Arthur’s major interests are in nature photography, nature and anthropological exploration, and conservation.
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership and MBA
Dr. Spears walks in excellence bringing over two decades of skills – innovative, organized, insatiable drive, and leadership – with high job performance in diverse work environments. Dr. Spears is a lifelong learner, trainer, and educator who lives to make a difference while being the best version of herself. Dr. Spears has a broad understanding of employee development and professional business processes to include risk management on how to leverage resources to achieve desired outcomes.
Dr. Spears is a result-driven professional, leading projects, teams, and staff to support strategic business goals is what she does best. She is dedicated with a powerful work ethic, and eagerly accepts new challenges. Dr. Spears is a proud United States Marine Corps (USMC) veteran of 10 years and is currently employed with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a Training Officer.
While juggling her career and family, Dr. Spears’ educational background includes a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from University of Phoenix, Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, Bachelor of Science in Human Resource from Park University, and an Associate of Science in Management from Park University. Lastly, Dr. Spears enjoys unselfishly caring for her veterans, golfing, riding her motorcycle, and traveling abroad when she is not engaged in her various organizations and loving on her family and friends.
MS Environmental Studies
Julie Turner has a master’s degree in environmental studies from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. She also has a bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has worked for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources as an environmental specialist inspecting and evaluating land-disturbing activities to ensure compliance with the Sedimentation Pollution Control Act of 1973, mining activities to ensure compliance with the Mining Act of 1971, and dams to ensure compliance with the Dam Safety Law of 1967. She also worked as a geologist for an environmental consulting firm in Wichita, Kansas where she led fieldwork for the groundwater monitoring and remediation program and performing the lead field functions for drilling projects.
Turner joined the affiliate faculty team at Professional Studies in February 2014, teaching Science of Our World and Culture, Society, and the Environment. She enjoys educating learners in how environmental issues span all fields of study and the importance of scientific thinking on both global and local scales. Currently she home educates her three young boys and volunteers as a den leader in their Cub Scout pack in North Carolina.
PhD Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and MS Manufacturing Engineering
Hessam Vali is an experienced operations executive with a great focus on Lean Six Sigma programs, Quality Management Systems and Supply Chain Management. He has been working in different industries such as urban constructions, aviation and automotive. During his tenure, he helped several organizations to develop and promote the operational excellence, continuous improvement and problem-solving culture resulting in breakthrough improvements, both financially and operationally. Dr. Vali is co-founder and managing partner in two growing startup businesses both established in Wichita, Kansas; An operations consulting firm helping U.S. manufacturers improve their bottom line by adopting Lean system principles and a software company helping clients achieve their operations objectives using data science and cloud-based technologies.
Vali received his bachelor’s degree Industrial Engineering in 2005. He then continued his education by pursing an MBA program in Carlton University with a focus on financial management. In 2011, he moved to Wichita and started his PhD program in Industrial Engineering and graduated in 2016. He is a Certified ISO 9001 Internal Auditor, Certified Quality Engineer, and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.
While pursuing his PhD program at Wichita State University, he was recognized and awarded as an Outstanding International PhD Candidate. He also received an award from American Society for Quality- Wichita Chapter for his contribution in Quality.
DM Organizational Leadership and Master in Human Resources and Training
Dr. Ivy White is a seasoned human resources professional with 26 years of extensive HR experience inclusive of employee relations, workers’ compensation, leave administration, recruitment, organizational behavior, and training and development in conjunction with employment law. Dr. White has a Doctorate degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership complimented with a Master’s Degree in HR and Training and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has worked in both public and private sectors as well as unionized environments. Dr. White has been a part of the Professional Studies faculty for almost five years and facilitates several classes in human resources and leadership for graduates and undergraduate programs. Dr. White currently works full time in human resources for a manufacturing company and is also a part-time Zumba instructor. She resides in Texas.
PhD Business Administration Management Information Systems and MBA Project Management
Dr. Wibbenmeyer obtained her Ph.D. in MIS from Northcentral University, MBA in Project Management from Wright State University, and a BS in MIS from Wright State University. Both her MBA and BS degrees were earned in a mixed on-ground/online learning environment and her Ph.D. was completely obtained online, giving her years of online learning experience. She also has her Six Sigma Black Belt certification, has been a certified project manager for over 18 years, and is an ITIL master as well.
Dr. Kelly Wibbenmeyer currently works at Mercy as a Director of IT Automation. She is actively working on Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Knowledge Management (KM) projects within her organization. She has taught project management for more than 10 years and thoroughly enjoys teaching in online and on-ground environments.
She currently resides in St. Louis, MO with her two sons and husband of more than 18 years.
MS Management – Organizational Leadership
Doug Wilson holds a MS in Management from Colorado Technical University and a BS in Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is currently a doctoral candidate seeking a Ph.D. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Northcentral University. Wilson has been a professional student for most of his adult life and has spent much of his academic life online.
He is currently head of change for Airbus Americas Engineering where he leads change for two engineering locations supporting over 500 engineers who support the commercial aviation division for Airbus Americas.
While in the Air Force, he led a team in 2009 that competed and won the Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award. He has since been recognized by Airbus’ Leadership University to facilitate, train, and build content for the 135,000 colleagues that make up Airbus worldwide. He holds an Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) license as well as achieved multiple Black Belt certifications for Lean and Six Sigma. He is multi-year member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Following his active duty retirement from the Air Force, he relocated to southern Alabama where he enjoys being close to the water just south of Mobile.