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J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP
J. Davidson Frame, PhD, PMP
Academic Dean
davidson.frame@umtweb.edu

Dr. Frame has been a major player in technology management and project management education and training since the 1980s. He has written nine books and more than 30 scholarly articles on these subjects. His Managing Projects in Organizations (2003) is a business best seller. His most recent book, Framing Decisions: Decision Making that Accounts for Irrationality, People and Constraints, was published in 2013.

Prior to joining UMT, Dr. Frame served as a Professor of Management Science at The George Washington University (1979-1998), where he was Chairman of the Management Science Department (1988-89), and Director of the International Center for Project Management Excellence (1995-98). He also established the Master of Science in Project Management degree program at The George Washington University.

Dr. Frame has been active in the Project Management Institute (PMI), where he served a total of eleven years on the Board of Directors, served as Director of the Certification Program and Director of Educational Services. He received PMI's Distinguished Service Award and Person of the Year Award. In 2004, he was made a Fellow of PMI.

Dr. Frame has trained more than 35,000 managers worldwide over the past two decades. He has taught technology management, project management, and general management courses at organizations such as Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Fannie Mae, AT&T, Motorola, Sprint, Lucent, Boeing, IBM, and Marriott.

He holds the following degrees: a Ph.D. and an M.A. from American University, where he focused on development economics and quantitative methods; and a B.A. from the College of Wooster, with a focus on history and mathematics. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Yanping Chen, MD, PhD, PMP
Yanping Chen, MD, PhD, PMP
President
yanping.chen@umtweb.edu

Dr. Chen has been running major education and training programs in China and the United States since the mid-1980s. Prior to coming to the United States in 1987, she was planning director for China's manned space flight program, where 200 projects were being carried out concurrently.

Dr. Chen is the Founder and President of the Yankee Clipper Group, an international training and consulting firm. Prior to establishing the Yankee Clipper Group, she was an International Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, a Visiting Scholar at The George Washington University, a Director of Planning and Management for a large government organization, a Senior Research Scientist, and a Cardiologist.

She has taught at The George Washington University, the International Space University, and Beijing Medical University. Her areas of expertise include: international business management; project management; public administration; public policy; science and technology policy and management; entrepreneurship; and leadership.

In 1992-1995, Dr. Chen served on the Certification Committee of the Project Management Institute (PMI). She was elected PMI's Board of Directors in 2005 and again in 2008. In 2008, she was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Project Management Institute.  In 2012, she was made a Fellow of PMI.

Dr. Chen has authored more than twenty publications covering a broad range of international science and technology policy and management issues as well as medical technical issues. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.

She holds the following degrees: Ph.D., Public Policy, The George Washington University; M.A., Science, Technology & Public Policy, The George Washington University; and M.D., Bethune Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China. She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Gregory J. Marsh, MSCS, MCDBA, MCSE
Gregory J. Marsh, MSCS, MCDBA, MCSE
Dean and Director of IT
greg.marsh@umtweb.edu

Mr. Marsh has over 36 years’ experience in Computer Science and Information Technology plus 11 years' experience in Electronics Technology.  He has managed major defense contracts (7 years), lead System Software development contracts (5 years), held the Position of Chief Technology Officer in two corporations (11 years), and is now both a Dean and the Director of Information Technology at the University of Management and Technology.  He has mentored and trained hundreds of employees in Computer Science, Information Technology and the management of technology contracts.  He is the author of An Introduction to Programming for the Absolute Beginner, published as a Kindle Book in 2013.

He holds the following degrees: Master of Science in Computer Science (UMT), Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (UMT), and Associate of Science in Electronics Technology (Belleville Area College, Belleville, IL).  He holds the following Industry Certifications: Microsoft Certified System Engineer, Microsoft Certified Database Administrator, Enterasys Certified System Engineer, and Avaya Certified Engineer.

Kenny Burrow, PhD, PgMP, PMP, PCP, CM, CSP
Kenny Burrow, PhD, PgMP, PMP, PCP, CM, CSP

kenny.burrow@umtweb.edu

Dr. Burrow is a Risk and Process Analyst and Project Manager. Prior to joining UMT he worked as Program Manager and Project Manager for the military and several government contractors. He has served as an Adjunct Professor for Webster University as well as an instructor for the University of Maryland and Central Texas College. Dr. Burrow owns his own project/process management consulting business.

Dr. Burrow received his PhD in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University, an M.S. in Systems Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, an M.S. in Operations Management from the University of Arkansas, an M.B.A. in Project Management from the University of Management and Technology, a B.S. in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University, a B.S. in Computer Technology from the City University of New York, and a Certificate in Process Management from the University of Texas.

He holds Program Management Professional (PgMP), Project Management Professional (PMP), Project+ Certified Professional (PCP), Certified Manager (CM), and Certified Safety Professional (CM) certifications. He is also DAWIA certified in Program Management, Systems Planning, Development, Research, and Engineering, Acquisition Logistics, and Information Resource Management.

Douglas Kildsig, MS
Douglas Kildsig, MS

douglas.kildsig@umtweb.edu

Mr. Kildsig’s special area of interest is business strategy and policy development and implementation. He has worked in a large corporate environment, holding positions in Marketing Management and Project Management. He has also been involved in the business planning, strategy development, and general management of several start-up business ventures.

Mr. Kildsig currently devotes his career as adjunct faculty for several universities, teaching in the areas of Entrepreneurship, Business Strategy & Policy Development and Implementation, Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Business Law, Supervision & Leadership, and Organizational Theory & Behavior.

Mr. Kildsig holds an M.S. in Management from Purdue University, W. Lafayette, IN and a B.S in Management from Purdue.

James Lewis, PhD
James Lewis, PhD

Dr. Lewis is an experienced project manager who teaches project management seminars throughout the United States, England, and the Far East. His solid, no-nonsense approach is largely the result of the 15 years he spent in industry, working as an electrical engineer, engaged in the design and development of communication equipment.

He is president of The Lewis Institute, Inc., a training and consulting company specializing in project management, which he founded in 1981. From 1980 to 2000, Dr. Lewis trained over 20,000 supervisors and managers in Argentina, Canada, England, Germany, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, and the United States. He continues to train about 1,000 individuals each year.

He has held various positions, including project manager, product engineering manager, and chief engineer, for Aerotron, Inc. and ITT Telecommunications, both of Raleigh, NC. He also was a quality manager for ITT Telecom, managing a department of 63 quality engineers, line inspectors, and test technicians. 

Dr. Lewis is the author of: Project Planning, Scheduling and Control, Third Edition; Mastering Project Management; The Project Manager's Desk Reference, Second Edition; Working Together: The 12 Principles Employed by Boeing Commercial Aircraft to Manage Projects, Teams, and the Organization; Fundamentals of Project Management; How To Build and Manage a Winning Project Team; and Team-Based Project Management. He is co-author, with Bob Wysocki, of The World-Class Project Manager, published by Perseus in 2001. 

Dr. Lewis has a Ph.D. in Psychology and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, both from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Michael O’Brochta, MS, PMP
Michael O’Brochta, MS, PMP

Michael O’Brochta has been engaged in the theory and practice of project management for more than thirty years. He was a major project management thought leader at a large Federal government agency, where he helped drive project management practice. He was rewarded for his efforts by receiving a Medal of Merit from his agency. He is an expert in managing large and small science and technology projects. He is also an expert on establishing and running project offices, developing and managing project portfolios, and developing project management capabilities among project workers. He has written and lectured extensively on project management practice in organizations.

Mr. O’Brochta has a BS in Electrical Engineering awarded by the Newark College of Engineering. He also earned a Master’s in Engineering Management from the George Washington University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Bryan Parker, MS, PMP, DFSS
Bryan Parker, MS, PMP, DFSS

bryan.parker@umtweb.edu

Bryan Parker is a successful project manager and business technologist who has worked extensively on projects within the financial services sector over the past 25 years. He has led projects in support of some of the largest bank mergers in U.S. history. Additionally, he has worked on numerous projects for the FDIC and USAID. His areas of project expertise include IT infrastructure, mergers and transitions, business process improvement, Six Sigma, and International Development.

Mr. Parker holds both an M.S. in Management and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Management and Technology, and a BBA from West Texas A&M University.  Additionally, he has a Diploma in Commercial Banking from the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Ross Small, MPA
Ross Small, MPA

ross.small@umtweb.edu

Mr. Small plays a lead role in UMT's Criminal Justice programs.  He joined the Virginia Air National Guard in 1999 as a Security Police Officer and has been on active duty at the Bolling Air Force Base in Washington DC, as well as in Richmond, VA, in Charleston, SC, and at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. During his service, he also participated in helping evacuees in New Orleans during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Prior to joining UMT, Mr. Small was a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and a Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the Transportation Security Administration.

Mr. Small holds an MPA with a focus on Administration of Justice from George Mason University, and a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, graduating Cum Laude. He was a member of Lambda Alpha Epsilon (The American Criminal Justice Association) from 1999 to 2003.

Alan Stretton, MA
Alan Stretton, MA

Alan M. Stretton recently retired as Adjunct Professor of Project Management in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia. He began working with UTS in 1988 to develop and deliver a Master of Project Management program. Prior to joining UTS, Mr Stretton worked in the building and construction industries in Australia, New Zealand and the USA for some 38 years, which included the project management of construction, R&D, introduction of information and control systems, internal management education programs, and organizational change projects.

Mr. Stretton was Chairman of the Standards Committee of the Project Management Institute from late 1989 to early 1992, where he worked to upgrade the Project Management Body of Knowledge so that it reflected current practice. He held a similar position with the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM), and was elected a Life Fellow of AIPM in 1996. He was a member of the Core Working Group in the development of the Australian National Competency Standards for Project Management. He has published over seventy professional articles.

He holds an honorary Doctorate in Strategy, Program and Project Management from ESC, Lille, France , an MA in Mathematics from Oxford University, UK and a BE in Civil Engineering from Tasmania.

Vijay Verma, MBA, PMP
Vijay Verma, MBA, PMP

Vijay Verma is a leading authority on organizations and the human side of managing projects.  He has written extensively about people on projects, including Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager.  He was made a Fellow of PMI in 2011 in recognition of his scholarly contribution to the project management field.

Mr. Verma holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia, Canada, an M.E. in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, Canada and a B.S. in Engineering from Pubjob University in India.

Robert James Voetsch, PhD, PMP
Robert James Voetsch, PhD, PMP

robert.voetsch@umtweb.edu

Dr. Voetsch has extensive experience in the management of diverse projects around the globe. He has worked as: project manager, World Health Organization, Sudan; country project manager, United Nations Volunteers, Sri Lanka; field supervisor, United States Peace Corps, North Yemen; and field supervisor, United States Peace Corps, South Korea.

His areas of expertise include: project management design, development and implementation; strategic planning; start-up program organization and integration; and management of multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural projects.

Dr. Voetsch has worked as a consultant/trainer at The George Washington University, the Florida Institute of Technology, and the Project Management Service Bureau. He has been a trainer for the Yankee Clipper Group and Louis Berger International.

He received a Ph.D in Management and Organization from The George Washington University, an M.S. in Project Management from the George Washington University, an M.A. in Public Administration from American University, and a B.A. in Political Science from American University. Mr. Voetsch is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)

Julie Pal-Agrawal, PhD
Julie Pal-Agrawal, PhD

julie.pal@umtweb.edu

Dr. Julie Pal-Agrawal has taught English Literature, Philosophy, Cultural Theory, World Religion, Technical Writing and Composition classes in both on-line and traditional classroom settings for over a decade, during which time she has also had the opportunity to participate in curricular design, has served as a subject matter specialist, and as a teacher-trainer and faculty mentor for new instructors. Currently Dr. Pal-Agrawal is working on a publication relating to Barbary Captivity narratives in Early America.

For Dr. Pal-Agrawal, online education is an exciting medium through which to communicate serious academic content within a rigorous program. Dr. Pal-Agrawal feels it is her mission in the online classroom to provide knowledge, positive guidance and encouragement, while ultimately enabling students to become knowledge practitioners in the real world.

Dr. Pal-Agrawal holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia, an M.A. in English from Georgetown University, and a B.S. in Natural Sciences from Johns Hopkins University.

Thomas P. Morra, MA
Thomas P. Morra, MA

thomas.morra@umtweb.edu

Professor Morra possesses 20 years of extensive experience teaching Public Speaking and other courses in various communication disciplines at the college and university level. He has published scholarly articles outlining his research in communications education and is currently working with Kendall Hunt Publishing in developing an Intercultural Communication textbook to accompany courses he developed for NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute, where he functions as a curricular consultant.

Mr. Morra earned an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Marymount University, an M.A. in Communication Arts from Montclair State University, NJ, and a B.A. in Speech Communication from East Stroudsburg University, PA.  In addition, Mr. Morra has successfully completed 36 semester credit hours of Post Graduate Studies in Public Communication at the University of Maryland.

S. David Burke, DBA, ME, PMP
S. David Burke, DBA, ME, PMP

david.burke@umtweb.edu

Dr. Burke has 30 years of engineering experience, including more than 20 years in engineering management supporting multi-million dollar U.S. Department of Energy capital asset projects, nuclear facility operations, safety documentation development, and nuclear fuel management. He has served positions as Chief Engineer, Lead Engineer, Senior Engineer and Scientist and Manager at Washington Savannah River Company/Savannah River Remediation. He is now the SRR Control Systems Engineering Manager focusing on continuous improvement and computing innovation.

Dr. Burke earned his Doctorate in Business Administration with UMT. He also holds an M.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Carolina, and a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is a PMI-certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Dr. Burke has also achieved his ultimate goal: becoming a Certified South Carolina Barbeque Judge.

Jacqueline Howard, MBA, PMP, CSBB
Jacqueline Howard, MBA, PMP, CSBB

jacqueline.howard@umtweb.edu

Ms. Jacqueline Howard has led projects of varying size and scope, both domestic and international for over 10 years at GE and GE-Capital. She has worked extensively in the human resources, payroll and tax areas, including the implementation and redesign of new payroll systems in Japan and the UK. She also led multiple projects focused on six sigma and lean principles, in both the services and healthcare industries. These efforts involved all aspects of project management, including vendor selection, change management, scoping and planning, execution and control. She is proud to be an Air Force spouse and has lived all over the U.S. and abroad.

Ms. Howard holds an MBA from the University of Management and Technology, Arlington VA, and a BA from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. She is a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSBB) and Project Management Professional (PMP).

John Hu, MS
John Hu, MS
Director, Academic Programs
John.hu@umtweb.edu

Mr. Hu had been working in the Aerospace and Defense industry since 2000. As an engineering manager at Northrop Grumman, he identified and addressed technology gaps in the company's long range strategies in areas such as unmanned systems, cyber security and attack, processing systems and software. He was a project manager on various airborne surveillance radar programs, ground based detection and tracking radar programs and electronic warfare systems. In his role as supply chain management strategic sourcing manager, he negotiated contracts, created and maintained supplier relationship and resolved program supply chain issues. He was also a team lead on internal research and development projects. In addition, He worked in various positions within systems engineering, digital systems, test engineering, quality and business development. Mr. Hu was a member of Northrop Grumman's fire brigade assisting and engaging in fire and rescue with the fire department.

Mr. Hu holds an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia. While at Purdue, Mr. Hu received the prestigious Magoon Award for teaching excellence. He was the President of IEEE at University of Virginia.

Renee Warren, MSCS
Renee Warren, MSCS

renee.warren@umtweb.edu

Ms. Warren teaches and develops courses in computer science and IT, including JavaScript, Java, C++, VisualBasic (.NET), Algorithms, data structures, and database, and Web publishing using HTML.  Prior to teaching at UMT, Ms. Warren served as an adjunct faculty member and subject matter specialist at Grantham University from 2001-2004.

Ms. Renee Warren holds an M.S. in Computer Science from University of Management & Technology and a B.S. in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Bryan E. Stambaugh, PhD, PMP, CPCM
Bryan E. Stambaugh, PhD, PMP, CPCM

bryan.stambaugh@umtweb.edu

Dr. Stambaugh has been working in the Aerospace and Defense industry for over 32 years, with extensive domestic and international experience. As Director of Business Winning Operations & Excellence with BAE Systems, he oversees many activities instrumental to investing in and acquiring new business. His broad functional and Program Management experience transcends all phases of the project life cycle, whether perpetuating existing business or competing for truly new business. Core to his business philosophy is pulling Customer Voice into the heart of operations to build relationships and help guide strategic direction of the enterprise.

Dr. Stambaugh holds a Ph.D. in Management from the University of Management & Technology, an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University and a BA from York College of PA. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Professional Contract Manager (CPCM) and he graduated from the Advanced Program Management Course sponsored by the Defense Systems Management College. Bryan also completed executive certificate programs in International Business Management sponsored by Penn State and Georgetown University, has held adjunct faculty status with four colleges and has several publications to his credit.

Timothy M. Riley, MBA-PM, MSIT-MIS
Timothy M. Riley, MBA-PM, MSIT-MIS

tim.riley@umtweb.edu

Tim Riley serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for multiple UMT Computer Science and Information Technology courses. Through UMT, Mr. Riley holds the following degrees; Master of Business Administration majoring in Project Management, Master of Science majoring in Management Information Systems, and Bachelor and Associate degrees in Business Administration. He is also a former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant, and Persian Gulf Veteran, with 12½ years of active duty service credit. His Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was focused on Satellite Communications; specifically on spacecraft orbital platform operations, spacecraft payload control operations, and terrestrial special circuits design & fielding.

Tim Riley served 10 years as a Project Manager and General Contractor in the Building Trades. After his military tours, he served 6 years as a Satellite Network Operations Center Manager for the largest Provider of Satellites, Satellite Capacity, and Satellite Services worldwide. For a period of 7 years Mr. Riley was a Project and Program Manager for the 1st, 2nd, and 4th largest world-wide Satellite Industry Leaders providing products, services, and support for both Government and Commercial programs and users.

During 2013 and 2014, Tim Riley had the honor of directly fulfilling a Program Management position within NASA (in Cleveland, OH) for the NASA SCaN Program. This was a role that required him to directly coordinate the use of terrestrial and satellite assets aboard the International Space Station (ISS). His most recent role is that of Management & Program Analyst for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Tim attributes his career success to God's grace and UMT's instruction.

Adrian P. Vancea, PhD
Adrian P. Vancea, PhD

adrian.vancea@umtweb.edu

Dr. Adrian P. Vancea is the primary mathematics instructor at the University of Management and Technology. His background in mathematics and statistics makes him highly qualified to teach courses such as College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Basic Statistics, Finite Math, and Calculus.

Dr. Vancea holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2009), an M.S. in Statistics from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (2010), an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2003), and a B.S. in Mathematics from Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2002).

Dr. Vancea currently serves as Program Analyst/Statistician at the National Institute of Health (NIH). Prior to this position, he served as a biostatistician at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (2010-2013). During that time, he was also an adjunct faculty member at the Georgetown University teaching statistics. From 2003-2010, he was a faculty member the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania in the Mathematics Department.

Dr. Vancea has published articles in scholarly journals on various math, statistics, mathematical modeling, mathematic informatics and biomathematics subjects. Dr. Vancea also published a book, Advanced Algebra, in 2000. In addition, as a student, Dr. Vancea won international and national awards in mathematics contests and competitions.

William Vaughan Wilburn, MA
William Vaughan Wilburn, MA

william.wilburn@umtweb.edu

Mr. Wilburn has 16 years of experience teaching college courses in sociology, including Introduction to Sociology, Race Relations, Marriage & the Family, Social Work, and Social Psychology. His teaching philosophy is grounded in his diligence in striving to connect what students cover in class to insights on life's lessons.

He previously taught for Florida Junior College in Jacksonville, FL in the Programs Afloat College Education (PACE) program aboard a U.S. Navy Destroyer and is an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, where he served as paratrooper and social worker. He also held the position of adjunct internet sociology instructor at Chowan University and Southeastern Community College.

Mr. Wilburn holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a B.S. in Business Administration from Austin Peay State College in Clarksville, TN. He authored the article "Testing Talcott Parsons Theory of Motivation," published in the Journal of Social Psychology.

David Lipton, MA, MA, MS
David Lipton, MA, MA, MS

david.lipton@umtweb.edu

Professor Lipton holds two Master of Arts degrees in History, one with a concentration in American History from Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, and the other with a concentration in Global History from American Military University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Jersey City State College, graduating Summa cum Laude with the distinction of National Dean’s List and member of the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Previously, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Computer Science at San Francisco State University.

Professor Lipton has extensive teaching experience as an Adjunct Professor of History. He has taught Modern Global History, the History of Western Civilization I and II, American History I and II, Contemporary American History, and the History of Aging in America. He has taught both in classrooms and online.

For more than 20 years, Mr. Lipton has presented on current topics in History at numerous conferences, including the Annual Conference of the Mid-Atlantic World Association (MAWHA). He is author of five books, including Premodern Antarctic World Ethnohistory (2005) and History’s Philosophy through Debates (2006).

Roland J. Lewis, MSHS
Roland J. Lewis, MSHS

roland.lewis@umtweb.edu

Mr. Roland Lewis possesses over 14 years of combined experience as a United States military combat veteran, Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance contractor, and Department of Defense civilian employee serving as a Special Security Representative, Information Assurance Security Officer, and Acquisition Security Specialist responsible for the management and implementation of organizational security programs traversing over multiple security disciplines including Personnel , Operations, Communications, Information, and Industrial Security as well as Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection and Emergency Management.

Mr. Lewis holds a Master of Science in Homeland Security as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Management and Technology. He is also a member of the Delta Epsilon Tau International Honor Society.

Dale Baker, MALD
Dale Baker, MALD

dale.baker@umtweb.edu

Dale Baker has a diverse background in foreign affairs and financial markets. He served as a US Foreign Service officer from 1987-2000 with the former US Information Agency, specializing in media relations, academic exchanges and cultural outreach programs. His diplomatic career spanned five tours overseas in southern Africa and the Balkans, including Johannesburg, South Africa when the ANC was unbanned (1989-1991), and Croatia and Bosnia in the turbulent 1990's. He is proficient in Croatian and French.

Following his Foreign Service career, Mr. Baker started his own equities management business, running investment portfolios for private clients from 2000-2014. He also authored numerous investing articles for various financial Web sites. He subsequently worked in foreign investment promotion for a Washington area firm, and currently consults at Unicepta, a German media analysis company.

Dale Baker holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He also studied European politics at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.

Diane M. Zizak, PhD
Diane M. Zizak, PhD

diane.zizak@umtweb.edu

Dr. Zizak has conducted research and published in the areas of implicit learning and the mere exposure effect. She has also done research in subliminal processing and its effect on decision making and evaluative judgments.

She has experience teaching college level courses in psychology and education, as well as working as a teacher trainer and staff developer for the NYC DOE. Her areas of expertise include gifted education, literacy and curriculum development. She is currently a UFT Teacher Center coach, reading specialist and curriculum consultant for gifted education.

Dr. Zizak holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from City University of New York. She has a Master's Degree in Experimental Psychology from Brooklyn College, as well as New York State Certification in both Gifted Education and Reading. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and Chinese at Hunter College.

Don Kirk Macon, PhD, EdD
Don Kirk Macon, PhD, EdD

don.macon@umtweb.edu

Dr. Don Kirk Macon is a recognized researcher and scholar in multiple academic areas. Among his multi-disciplinary degrees, Dr. Macon holds a Ph.D. in Humanities from the Universidad Central de Nicaragua, an Ed.D. in E-Learning and Educational Technology from Northcentral University, and a Master of Arts in Humanities from California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Dr. Macon is a certified public school educator in Texas and in New Mexico with licenses for superintendent, principal, librarian, and classroom teacher with credentials in English, Social Studies, Physical Education, Special Education, English as a Second Language (ESL), Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education, Psychology, and Technology Education. He has won Teacher of the Year on a public school campus as well as Most Outstanding Faculty Member on a university campus.

He has developed workshops and has conducted professional development seminars across the United States in consultation with educational organizations and institutions. Dr. Macon is affiliated with several professional organizations, including the New Mexico Library Association, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS), and Multimedia Educational Resources for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT).

Dr. Macon has also been a keynote speaker at conventions and conferences in New Mexico, Wyoming, and Texas. Aside from his consulting and teaching responsibilities, he designs courses and teaches for several institutions of higher learning.

Yingda Xu, MBA
Yingda Xu, MBA

yingda.xu@umtweb.edu

Ms. Xu teaches and develops courses in economics, marketing, and on a wide range of management topics, such as organizational behaviors, human resource management and leadership.

Prior to joining UMT, Ms. Xu worked for the Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, Novartis, in its offices in Beijing, China, holding positions in human resource management. She worked extensively in all the facets of human resource management, including organization and employee development, information system, compensation and benefit, and training.

While pursuing her MBA degree, she was involved in a U.S. Department of Education funded project on identifying private and public strategies to expand foreign trade in Louisiana.

Ms. Yingda Xu holds an MBA from Loyola University New Orleans and a B.A. in English/International Relations from Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. She is a member of The Honor Society of Beta Gamma Sigma.

Glen Laman, DBA, PMP
Glen Laman, DBA, PMP

glen.laman@umtweb.edu

Dr. Glen Laman enjoyed a long career in the corporate arena with stints at Coca-Cola, JC Penney and others in Information Technology and Project Management. He has also worked in Market Research, Marketing and County Government, and is a founding board member and past president of the Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta.

The author of Jamaican Entrepreneurship: A review of the characteristics, traits and ideas of some of the islands most accomplished entrepreneurs, Dr. Laman started and operated a restaurant and a frozen food import company. He has been instrumental in the launch and operation of an e-money startup in East Africa.

Dr. Laman holds a Doctor of Business Administration degree from UMT, an MBA from Brenau University, and a BS in Biology from Pace University.

Robin Schaefer, DNP, CRNA, FACHE, NEA-BC
Robin Schaefer, DNP, CRNA, FACHE, NEA-BC

robin.schaefer@umtweb.edu

Dr. Robin Schaefer is the Assistant Vice President of Nursing Services for CarolinaEast Health System. She is responsible for leadership of clinical areas including General Surgical, Orthopedic, Cardiac Surgery, Intensive Care, Maternal Child Services, Cardiac Step Down, Neurology and Perioperative Services. She is accountable for more than 500+ FTEs and $150 million budget. She has lead Perioperative services through corporate reorganization, management restructuring and development of a new governance structure. With her leadership, profitability has increased significantly, teamwork is enhanced, and processes have been transformed. Dr. Schaefer is passionately committed to providing the best clinical care, and has a keen interest in contributing to the transformation of the healthcare system of the U.S.

Dr. Schaefer earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University, her Master's degree in Nurse Anesthesia from Virginia Commonwealth University- Medical College of Virginia, and her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York. She is active in several professional organizations, including AONE, ACHE, AORN and American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. She is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives as well as Nurse Executive Advanced Board Certified. Her leadership extends into the community, where she was presides on the board for the Chamber of Commerce, leads the American Heart Association, 2017 Executive Leadership Team for the New Bern Heart Ball.

Fran Decker, DHA, MBA
Fran Decker, DHA, MBA

francis.decker@umtweb.edu

Dr. Fran Decker has 30 years of clinical and leadership experience in the health care marketplace. His career has included direct patient care, technical, and organizational roles at Cardiac Systems Inc., and the University of Minnesota. Since that time he has transitioned to the medical device industry where he has taken on high level responsibilities in clinical cardiology procedural case support, providing product education and training as a Senior Field Clinical Engineer with St Jude Medical and most recently as a Clinical Account Specialist with Biosense Webster, part of the Johnson & Johnson family of companies.

Dr. Decker earned his Doctorate in Health Care Administration at the University of Phoenix, a MBA in Health Care Administration with honors at Regis University, and B.A. in Management Information Systems from Metropolitan State University. He recently completed a Health Care Master Certificate (Black Belt) in Lean Six Sigma at Villanova University.

Christopher Elg, MPA, MAS
Christopher Elg, MPA, MAS

christopher.elg@umtweb.edu

Mr. Elg is currently the Chief of Police for the Village of Tequesta, Florida. He was a New York State Trooper for ten years and a Police Chief for the last 22 years in other states such as Washington State, New Jersey, Michigan, Louisiana and now Florida. Other experiences include being an assistant fire chief and an EMT responding to all medical, fire, and rescue emergencies. For the past twenty-eight years, Mr. Elg has served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve and is currently assigned as a Special Agent in the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS). Mr. Elg has been teaching online for nine years in the criminal justice and homeland security disciplines. He has also taught for many years at several local and state police training academies.

Mr. Elg holds a M.P.A with Criminal Justice Administration concentration and a BS in Police Science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He also holds a M.A.S from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. In his free time, Mr. Elg likes to read, travel and spend quality time with his family.

George Ackerman, PhD
George Ackerman, PhD

george.ackerman@umtweb.edu

Dr. George Ackerman is a Professor in the areas of Criminal Justice, Law, Homeland Security and business. He received his Ph.D. from the School of Public Service Leadership, Capella University, a J.D. from the Shepard Broad Law Center, and M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University . His current research focuses on the underserved population of family members of homicide victims.

Janeen Guest, M.A., PhD
Janeen Guest, M.A., PhD

janeen.guest@umtweb.edu

Dr. Janeen Guest has worked in procurement as a Contracting Officer for almost 10 years in the federal government. She has a variety of experience working on various simplified to complex acquisitions. In addition, she has mentored and trained over twenty junior contract specialist and acquisition interns throughout her tenure. Dr. Guest has a Level III Federal Acquisition Certification in Contracting (FAC-C).

Dr. Guest holds the following degrees: Ph.D. in Political Science from Howard University in Washington DC, a Master of Arts in Economics from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts from University of Detroit Mercy also in Detroit. Dr. Guest is also a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

Ryan Repich, PhD
Ryan Repich, PhD

ryan.repich@umtweb.edu

Dr. Ryan Repich is an expert in the fields of manufacturing, operations, and supply chain management. Presently, Dr. Repich is a Sr. Vice President of Operations for the McLane Company. Previously, Dr. Repich has led operations for Studco Building Systems, Ultrafab Sealing, and Garlock Sealing Technologies. Academically, Dr. Repich received his Doctorate in Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College and achieved concentrations in operations and supply management with doctoral research conducted in support from Xerox and DHL operations.

Lastly, Dr. Repich has been an active participant in academia with guest lectures at Syracuse University, Nazareth College, and course development work for Touro College, Rasmussen College, State University of New York system, and project sponsorship for the Rochester Institute of Technology and American Military University. Dr. Repich has over 7 years of online instructional experience.

Ralph Reilly-Garcia, PhD
Ralph Reilly-Garcia, PhD

ralph.reilly@umtweb.edu

Dr. Reilly-Garcia has extensive real world industrial experience. While working at AT&T, he worked on ground breaking projects such as new operating systems and programming languages. He was a development advisor at Lucent Technologies and designed personal computer applications at Electronic Data systems. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Reilly-Garcia was an astronaut candidate at NASA and was selected to be a Mission Specialist in the Teacher in Space program. Unfortunately the program was terminated for civilians due to the shuttle disaster.

Dr. Reilly-Garcia earned a doctorate in Information Technology with an emphasis in Human Computer Interaction from Stevens Institute of Technology. He earned his Masters and Bachelors in Computer Science from Barry University in Miami Florida.

Hannah Francis, DBA
Hannah Francis, DBA

hannah.francis@umtweb.edu

Dr. Hannah Francis is a seasoned professional with over 35 years of experience in the defense department with expertise in financial management, government contracts, personnel administration, and business administration. She currently works as a contract analyst on the staff of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense, Intelligence. She previously served as the Deputy Director, Finances, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering, USD Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. She is certified in defense financial management, and business, cost estimating, and financial management (Level III).

Dr. Francis was awarded the Doctor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science Business Administration degrees from the University of Phoenix. She attained an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from Troy University. She is a member of the Delta Mu Delta, International Honor Society in Business, and Defense Acquisition Corps.

Tai Cleveland, DCS
Tai Cleveland, DCS

tai.cleveland@umtweb.edu

Dr. Tai Cleveland has over 20 years of experience working in the IT field. He has also taught IT and CS courses at many Universities including being the Cyber Security-Forensics and Network Systems Program director at Keiser University.

Dr. Cleveland holds a Doctorate of Computer Science and Masters in Information Systems Security from Colorado Technical University, and his bachelor of science in Electronics Engineering from Northeastern State University.

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