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In every issue of Higher Degrees, we highlight NCU alumni around the world who are truly achieving higher degrees in their lives and communities.

Accomplishments

  • Hassan Ahmed, 2016 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in international business, is an adjunct professor at State University of New York at Albany and an adjunct assistant professor at LaGuardia Community College.
  • Tricia Berry, 2014 PhD in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership, has completed extensive speaking engagements during the past 15 months, including presentations at three different international conferences. Her most exciting presentation occurred at an international leadership association in South Africa, where she presented information about the DEEP project. DEEP is a concept created by a business leader in Nigeria who is working to provide meaningful educational and vocational training for young adults in his community.
  • Chris Bettineski, 2015 PhD in education, is the director of school psychology/behavior services and online learning for the InterMountain Education Service District (IMESD) in Pendleton, Oregon. In this role, he supervises a wide variety of staff including all school psychologists and education specialists, and supports 18 rural school districts in northeast Oregon.
  • Desmond W. Bikoko, 2012 DBA with an emphasis in international business, is the president and chief executive officer of Madison Holdings in Malawi, which operates a car rental company and a training, consulting and recruitment firm with nearly 300 employees. Recently, the organization added a university and a debt collection firm as its subsidiaries, with plans to go into real estate. Bikoko is also the current mayor of Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city.
  • Ben Boccuzzi, 2014 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in healthcare administration, is on the advisory board of Bramer Group LLC and serves as a medical science liaison for Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. He also is an adjunct professor for University of Maryland University College and American Meridian University.
  • Brian Bontempo, 2010 PhD in education with an emphasis in educational leadership, has served as the county superintendent of schools in Lake County, Ohio, the state president for county superintendents in Ohio, and as an adjunct professor for NCU. Recently, he was the superintendent of the Auburn Career Center in northeast Ohio.
  • Carol M. Booton, 2013 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in marketing, recently published her second book, "Applying Theory," aimed at helping doctoral candidates understand how to apply theory in their dissertation research projects. Her first book, "Resubmit! 28½ Reasons Why You Can't Get Your Dissertation Proposal Approved," was published in 2016. Both books are available on Amazon.
  • Elisabeth Box, 2015 MAMFT with an emphasis in the California licensure track, works for a nonprofit as an intensive in-home therapist to children and teens. She renders mental health services in the home, clinic, school, and in the community, depending on need and therapeutic benefit. Box just completed 3,000 clinical hours and has submitted her packet to the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for review and for an assigned exam date. Once she passes the exam, she will be a fully-licensed MFT.
  • Arthur Breaux, 2016 MBA with an emphasis in project management, is a nuclear section supervisor for NextEra Energy Resources, the world's largest operator of wind and solar projects, headquartered in Juno Beach, Florida.
  • Robert Bryant, 2016 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in organizational leadership, teaches business analytics, management, leadership, and statistics at Grand Canyon University and Villanova University.
  • Amber Ciccanti, 2012 DBA with an emphasis in criminal justice, is a retired sergeant from the Willingboro, New Jersey Police Department. In 2017, she transitioned to a full-time faculty position with Rowan College at Burlington County in the Criminal Justice Department. She is the creator of Calming Sirens, an event that brings together public safety officials and the special needs community. Often, those with autism and sensory processing disorders are afraid of public safety officials because of the large or loud vehicles with flashing lights and sirens, uniforms, and K9s. At Calming Sirens, community members meet and visit with officials, touch their equipment, climb into their vehicles and trucks, and learn that the officials are there to help them in an emergency.
  • Roger Doss, 2012 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in applied computer science, is a senior software engineer with Promethean Labs in New York City.
  • Tom Engblom, 2018 DBA with an emphasis in project management, is the vice president and regional account executive for Mutual of Omaha Bank. He is a lecturer for many organizations throughout the United States and will soon have an article published in CAI Community Manager.
  • Diane Hamilton, 2012 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in management, is host of the nationally-syndicated leadership radio show, Take The Lead. Her show highlights C-suite executives and other successful individuals, sharing their stories and insights. Through her work as the MBA program chair at the Forbes School of Business and at several other universities, she has taught more than 1,000 business courses. Hamilton is the creator of the Curiosity Code Index (CCI), which determines factors that impact curiosity. She has authored multiple books, including "It's Not You, It's Your Personality," which was required reading at a technical university. Her next book, "Cracking the Curiosity Code: The Key to Unlocking Human Potential," is due to be published in late 2018.
  • Kurt K. Hubbard, 2015 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in health psychology and behavioral medicine, was recently promoted to the role of dean of medical and allied health at Remington College. He recently presented on the state of the U.S. healthcare system regarding social-behavioral, psychological, and health science areas at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference in Belfast, Ireland.
  • Eric James, 2015 MEd with an emphasis in PK-12 principal leadership, is the head principal at River Elementary in Hannibal, Ohio, in the Switzerland of Ohio School District. He also serves as assistant football coach and strength coach at River High School.
  • Elwin L. Jones, 2014 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in organizational leadership, spent 25 years with Walmart Stores, Inc., before becoming assistant provost for academic affairs and dean for the College of Business for Columbia Southern University. Jones also teaches graduate courses and has spoken at several leadership conferences in Brazil.
  • Christian Klaue, 2016 PhD in education with an emphasis in educational leadership, was recently hired as an adjunct professor at Trinity Western University in British Columbia where he teaches an online masters of leadership program.
  • Louis Lazo, 2015 PhD in education with an emphasis in educational leadership, is an adjunct faculty member for the Department of Biology, Health, and Wellness at Miami Dade College. He has published a few articles relevant to the respiratory care profession and allied health continuing education. Lazo is co-authoring a book about educational leadership in the Miami school district.
  • Lorinda F. Lewis, 2016 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in marketing, has started her own business, Guided Problem Solving (GPS) Training & Consulting LLC, focusing on organizational culture change and employee engagement. She is an adjunct faculty member at two universities, a prominent public speaker, and a prolific author with 12 published journal articles and a book in the works.
  • Amy D. Linder, 2016 PhD in education with an emphasis in athletic administration, is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Recreation Administration at North Carolina Central University. This is her second year on the tenure-track journey. Since graduation, she has published her dissertation, an article based on her dissertation and another manuscript. She is completing a study on physical activity behaviors among traditional and nontraditional college students at a historically black university in North Carolina.
  • Hoan Dang Loi, 2010 MBA, was recently promoted to vice president of operations for LF Logistics, a Li and Fung company (Hong Kong) that strives to create the supply chain of the future for sourcing, logistics, and e-commerce. He will be a lecturer at Ba Ria-Vung Tau University, educating Vietnamese students about world-class supply chain and logistics practices.
  • Jesse Maggitt, 2016 DBA with an emphasis in human resources management, was selected as a U.S. Presidential Management Fellow and served at the U.S. Department of Education until 2018. Currently, he is a performance management analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon.
  • Guillermina Raffo Magnasco, 2016 PhD in education with an emphasis in English as a second language, is conducting a survey, writing an article and planning to attend the ASPC conference in 2019.
  • Mike Manlove, 2013 MA in psychology with an emphasis in health psychology/behavioral medicine, has been an employee of the Federal Government of the United States for 32 years. He published an article for the Rocky Mountain Arsenal on the use of pesticides, metals and nerve gas.
  • Joe Marencik, 2012 PhD in education with an emphasis in education technology management, teaches physics and engineering at Shaker Heights High School, in Shaker Heights, Ohio. He also teaches special methods and educational technology courses as an adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University. And he has taken on a technology leadership role in the Shaker Heights City School District providing technology input, training and facilitating professional learning sessions.
  • Stanton F. McNeely III, 2013 PhD in education with an emphasis in higher education leadership, is the president and chief executive officer of the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
  • Anis I. Milad, 2012 DBA with an emphasis in financial management, hosts the Anis Milad YouTube channel which includes her opinions, songs, sonatas, and music composition. She is a professor at DeVry University and a part-time faculty member at SUNY Empire State College.
  • Kristine V. Nakutis, 2016 PhD in education with an emphasis in higher education leadership, is the executive director of the Austin Peay Center of Austin Peay State University at Fort Campbell in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. She is responsible for two education buildings and the enrollment of 1,100 students per semester, and finds satisfaction seeing soldiers succeed in their academic pursuits.
  • Peter J. O'Donnell, 2013 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in health psychology/behavioral medicine, is a director of psychology, neuropsychology and behavioral medicine at HealthSouth Nittany Valley Rehabilitation Hospital, in Pleasant Gap, Pennsylvania. He is also a clinical consultant with Beacon-Light Children's Behavioral Health Services, part of Journey Health System, and a forensic psychologist at SCI Rockview State Prison in the mental health unit. An award-winning beekeeper, O'Donnell has won three blue ribbons and two second place awards at the Centre County Grange Fair.
  • Sharon Olson, 2015 PhD in education with an emphasis in organizational leadership, is a professor of information technology at Bay Path University. She is also a business systems analyst with ProUnlimited, performing data analysis for corporations including MassMutual.
  • Jacob Ongaki, 2016 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in financial management, is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. He recently received tenure at Colorado Mesa University.
  • Julie Parker, 2012 PhD in education with an emphasis in exceptional student education, was recently promoted to associate professor in the School of Human Sciences at Mississippi State University. She has six published manuscripts and abstracts, one peer-reviewed early childhood curriculum, five extension publications, and 19 peer-reviewed presentations at international, national, and regional meetings. She was also appointed by the governor of Mississippi to serve on the State Interagency Coordinating Council for the Health Department's First Steps program.
  • Patricia Precin, 2014 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in general psychology, has a new position as the assistant professor of programs in occupational therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at Columbia University's Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, New York.
  • Patricia A. Riola, 2014 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in applied computer science, is partially retired from Desales University where she serves as a consultant and adjunct professor in the graduate program. She is an instructor in cybersecurity for the University of Delaware Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and the co-author of "Integrating Cell Biology Concepts: Comparing Learning Gains and Self-Efficacy In Live and Virtual Undergraduate Lab Experiences," (2018, Wiley).
  • Lorrie Rodrigue, 2013 PhD in education with an emphasis in educational leadership, is the superintendent of Newtown Public Schools in Newtown, Connecticut. She was the principal of Newtown High School from 2014 to 2017 and the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS)/NASSP Principal of the Year award at the secondary level. She traveled to Washington, D.C. to network with other recipients from across the U.S. and with legislators on Capitol Hill.
  • Galit Ventura-Rozen, 2016 MAMFT with an emphasis in general family therapy, was recently featured on the cover of the international magazine Business Rocks, based in London. She currently writes for five publications and has over a dozen published articles.
  • Courtney Sanders, 2016 MBA with an emphasis in management of engineering and technology, has advanced from the beginner level within her Toastmasters club.
  • James Sapp, 2012 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in general psychology, has been promoted to associate professor of psychology and started a new position as program director of counseling psychology at Kentucky Christian University. He is in discussions with a publisher regarding his first book on working with at-risk youth, with an expected publishing date in 2019.
  • Linda Searight, 2015 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in general psychology, is the author of "Your Pastor Has Failed You: The Truth About Israel." Her second book is scheduled to be released by November 2018.
  • Richard Sheng (Sheng Shi Fan), 2012 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in management of engineering and technology, has been selected for the 11th group for the National 1000 Talent Program and 4th group for Shanghai 1000 Talent Program. He has more than 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and has published six papers in the American Society of Engineers and Engineering International magazines. In addition to holding three research patents, Sheng is a U.S. Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award judge and examiner. He is now writing a book titled "System Engineering for Aerospace: A Practical Approach," which will be published next year.
  • Anthony J. Sirianni, 2015 DBA with an emphasis in criminal justice, retired from law enforcement after 30 years. In 2016, he was hired as a criminal justice instructor at North Georgia Technical College.
  • Darin Spencer, 2016 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in advanced accounting, is a tenured assistant professor of accounting at Catawba College, a private four-year college in Salisbury, North Carolina near Charlotte. He is also the chair of the accounting department.
  • Ronald Spicer, 2016 DBA with an emphasis in advanced accounting, has published "Case Study on Factors that Affect the Commission of Financial Fraud" (paperback) and "Enterprise Risk Management and Sarbanes-Oxley: Impact on Accounting Audit Practice" (paperback and e-book).
  • Monica Stinson, 2012 MA in psychology with an emphasis in general psychology, recently joined Elder Care Alliance in San Francisco as vice president of human resources.
  • David Stout, 2010 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in health psychology and behavioral medicine, is the president of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Previously at Brookdale, he was professor of psychology and human services, then dean of Freehold Campus and vice president for student success.
  • Cathy Tsang-Feign, 2012 PhD in psychology with an emphasis in general psychology, published the third edition of her book, "Living Abroad: Keep Your Life, Family, and Career Intact." Based on her 30 years of counseling expatriates and their families, the book offers psychological advice for living in or relocating to another country. It's available on Amazon and via www.livingabroadbook.com. Tsang-Feign continues her successful private practice in Hong Kong. In her spare time, she is a beekeeper, gardener, and plays a Guzheng, a Chinese musical instrument.
  • Robert Uda, 2012 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in homeland security, is the 2018 Distinguished Faculty of the Year at Colorado Technical University. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member teaching homeland security courses online for the Master of Science in Emergency Services Management program at Columbia Southern University's College of Safety and Emergency Services.
  • Andy Watts, 2007 MBA with an emphasis in criminal justice, works at the Navy's Recruit Training Command where he ensures that staff have the current and the correct levels of security clearance.
  • Sue D. Weaver, 2015 PhD in business administration with an emphasis in criminal justice, was recently promoted to associate professor and department chair of social sciences at Emmanuel College in northeast Georgia. In 2017 and 2018, she was selected to provide training at the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA) annual conference. In 2017, she delivered her training session "Dangerous Dog Encounters: Best Practices for Police Officers," which was based on her research and peer-reviewed journal article by the same title. In 2018, she delivered her "Strategic Approaches for Police with the Mentally Ill" training session – a synopsis was published in the ILEETA Journal.
  • Bernard A. Wheatley, 2012 DBA with an emphasis in healthcare administration, is chief executive officer of Schneider Regional Medical Center in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. He recently presented "Thriving as a Small- to Mid-Sized Hospital" at the 9th Annual Becker's Hospital Review Meeting, and "Hurricane Recovery in St. Thomas and the Status of the Healthcare System" at the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C.
  • Richard A. White Sr., 2016 DBA with an emphasis in homeland security, leadership, and policy, is an adjunct professor for the American Public University System's Homeland Security and Emergency Management department. He was recently hired by FEMA to work on Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery, and spoke on the topic of accident investigations at a criminal justice conference for Lone Star D&M Texas & Associates LLC in Bryan, Texas. In March 2018, he published a poem, "The Policeman's Fight," on PoliceOne, a law enforcement website.