Meet the Faculty

Accounting

Gary Brooks, DBA, CPA
Gary Brooks has held accounting and finance positions with leading defense contractors. For the last 25 years, his work has been in support of the intelligence community focused on the federal budget process, including budget reporting and execution.  He teaches Introductory Accounting and Selected Topics in Advanced Accounting. Brooks holds an MBA from Averett University and a DBA from the University of Phoenix.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia and holds the following certifications:  CIA, CITP, CGFM, CGMA, and CDFM-A.

William Cardine, MBA
With over 21 years as an instructor with SCPS, Bill Cardine brings a diverse 50 years of professional business and accounting experiences to his Cost Accounting classroom.  Cardine has extensive experience as an auditor, corporate accountant, accounting and management consultant, and a sole practitioner.  He taught for several universities in the Washington, DC area and has served as an accounting department head.  Cardine also served on a Presidential Commission under President Reagan to provide private sector/academic experience and training to federal agencies   He is a past editor and publisher of a weekly corporate newsletter, “State of Regulatory News” and has co-authored Venture Capital Formation in the U.S.  He holds an MBA from George Mason University.

Gary Dittmer, MS, CPA, CMA, CGMA
Gary Dittmer has extensive experience in public and private accounting in both financial accounting and taxation. His initial focus was on financial accounting and auditing. Most recently, Dittmer’s focus has been on taxation.  He managed a tax compliance group for KPMG and moved to Ernst & Young, LLP as a senior manager of a team to develop a corporate tax outsourcing practice. For the past nine years, he has been the senior tax director for Spok Holdings, Inc. Dittmer has served on the Editorial Board of the Virginia Society of CPA’s, Disclosures, and has published several articles on income and financial accounting. He has been teaching in the accounting certificate for almost 20 years. Dittmer holds an M.S. in Taxation, as well as a B.S. in Business Administration, in addition to following certifications CPA, CMA, and CGMA.

Richard T. Evans, MBA, CPA
Richard Evans brings over 20 years of professional accounting experience to the classroom. He is passionate about helping students become professionals and leaders in their chosen field of accounting.  Evans has been teaching at SCPS since 2006, with courses in Governmental Accounting and Auditing.  He received his MBA in Accounting from California State University and holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) designations.  He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in California and Virginia.

Leon Hutton, MBA, CPA
Leon Hutton has over 30 years of teaching experience in accounting, finance, and strategy for several universities in the Washington, DC area and teaches Intermediate Accounting. He is a teacher- practitioner working for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, overseeing financial reporting, internal controls, and the financial statement audit. Hutton served as the financial representative to a U.S. delegation to the Soviet Union negotiating costs for an arms control treaty. He holds an MBA from Florida Institute of Technology. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia, and holds a Government Financial Manager’s Certification (CGFM).

Marshall Kasten, MS, CPA
Marshall Kasten has been teaching for SCPS for over 15 years and brings extensive professional accounting experiences to his Introductory Accounting class.  He serves currently as Vice President of Finance for ManTech International Corporation.  Prior to ManTech, Kasten was a Senior Tax associate at KPMG where he won the KPMG Teaching Excellence award.  Kasten holds a Master in Accounting from Virginia Tech. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia.

Nammy K. Lee, Ph.D., CPA
As program director and assistant professor for the undergraduate Certificate in Accounting, Nammy Lee brings wide-ranging industry experiences both as a public and a private practitioner. Prior to teaching, Lee worked in the public sector conducting audits of diverse entities engaged in commercial real estate and construction. She later served as a consultant to individuals and small businesses.  Lee’s research interests are in accounting education, focusing on improving student retention and academic learning outcomes, and her work is available through Open Access Publishing.  Lee has a Master in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College and holds a Ph. D. in Organization and Management from Capella University.  She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Maryland. Learn more about Nammy Lee in the classroom.  

Noel Montesa, MS, CPA
Noel Montesa has been involved in adult education for 18 years, and teaches Introductory Accounting.  Currently, he is the Senior Director of Finance and Administration for the ARRS (American Roentgen Ray Society – association serving radiologists worldwide). Previously, Montesa served as a Director of Finance for the NSA (National Society of Accountants), ASBO International, and SCORE.  A member of the Virginia Society of CPAs and the ASAE (American Society of Association Executive), he served on the Ethics Committee of the Virginia State Board of Accountancy for five years.  Montesa holds a Master in Accountancy from Strayer University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in Virginia. 

Certified Financial Planning

Sheffield Richey, JD, LLM, CFP
Sheffield (Sheff) Richey spent the first 11 years of his career as an attorney/lobbyist, but in 1983 entered the MBA program at Georgetown University where he graduated Beta Sigma Gamma. He is a CFA and CFP, having worked 25 years as a portfolio manager and equity analyst. He teaches personal finance and banking in the Finance Department at George Mason University. Richey earned a J.D. from Emory University and an L.L.M. in labor law from Georgetown University.

Gary Roseman, Ph.D., CFP

Gary Roseman works as an economist in Washington, D.C., and teaches the insurance planning and capstone courses. Previously, he taught economics in the U.S., Ukraine, and Russia. He was a Fulbright research scholar in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, a Rotary Foundation grantee in Irkutsk, Russia, and worked in research projects in Central Asia. Roseman holds a Ph.D. from Emory University, a CPA license (Alabama), and is a CFP certificant. 

Jim Simos, MBA, CFP
Jim Simos brings to the classroom a business career that includes over three decades of diversified experience in the fields of commercial real estate, financial planning, banking, accounting, corporate training and non-profit management.  He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and an Enrolled Agent (EA), and teaches IRS Special Enrollment Exam prep and commercial real estate classes at Northern Virginia Community College. Simos earned an MBA from Rutgers University, and two graduate certificates in international business from Georgetown University and the University of Hawaii. Additionally, he has completed over 600 hours of continuing education required for his CFP and EA certificates, and his real estate licenses. Learn more about Jim Simos in the classroom

Criminal Justice

Roger Depue, Ph.D.
Roger Depue is the founder of the Academy Group, Inc.  He is retired from the FBI, where he served as chief of the Behavioral Science Unit, the first administrator of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, and as a member of the first Swat Team. Depue is a former Marine, Chief of Police, and County Juvenile Officer. He has been a participant and speaker at White House conferences and testified as an expert witness before both Houses of Congress.  He has been an expert witness in the Columbine “school shooting” civil case, served on the Governor’s Virginia Tech Review Panel, and attended the Round Table on Lethal Violence at the invitation of Vice President Joseph Biden. Depue is the author of Between Good and Evil. He holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Development.

Jonathan Kosarin, JD
Jonathan Kosarin serves as Associate Counsel, Special Projects Division, assigned to the Department of Defense Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office. He has over 30 years of experience in acquisition, government contracting, and fiscal law. Previously, he served as Assistant General Counsel at the National Reconnaissance Office; Deputy Counsel, Special Projects Division; and Associate Counsel, Naval Supply Systems Command.  While on active duty as a JAG with the Army, he served as European Trial Attorney and Attorney Advisor at the U.S. Army Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and as Trial Attorney, U.S. Army Contract Appeals Division. Kosarin earned a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School and a Master of Laws in Government Procurement Law from the George Washington National Law Center. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College.

Timothy Longo, JD
Timothy Longo recently retired as chief of police of the city of Charlottesville. Longo previously served 19 years with the Baltimore Police Department, where he rose to the rank of colonel, serving as chief of technical services, chief of staff to the police commissioner, Southeastern District commander and director of the Emergency Communications Center. He worked in patrol and commanded the Special Investigations Section within the Internal Investigations Division. Longo has been a recipient of the Police Commissioner's Award of Excellence and the Webber Seavey Award. He is a graduate of Towson University and the University of Baltimore, School Of Law. He currently serves as a police practices expert in both criminal matters and Section 1983 claims, and assists in the monitoring of two consent decrees; United States of America v. City of Cleveland and United States of America v. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

John Lord, MPA
John Lord is the Managing Director of Lord/Thompson Associates, a training and consulting group specializing in leadership and organizational development.  Lord’s management experience is distinguished by 15 years as the University of Virginia’s Director of Organizational Development and Training and 5 years as the founding Director of the University’s Leadership Development Center. He received his MPA from the University of Connecticut.  He has been an active member and officer in various professional organizations, including the American Society for Training and Development.

Camille Wright Miller, Ph.D.
Founder and President of The Virginia Group, Camille Miller has engaged with organizations and individuals for over 20 years. Her clients include Fortune 500s, the Virginia Governor’s Office, state and federal agencies, and small enterprises. She has been interviewed on radio and television, appeared in features in The Roanoke Times and Rolling Stone magazine, and wrote a business-advice column (Working it Out) for The Roanoke Times. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Virginia.

John Whitlow, Ph.D.
With more than 25 years of experience in senior management and executive roles, John Whitlow has provided consulting and leadership training for organizations in both the public and private sectors. Currently, he serves as President for JHW Consulting Services, an organizational consulting and training firm. From 1992-2003, Whitlow served as Vice President and on the senior executive staff of Plow & Hearth, a national consumer catalog company. He also served as Director of Employee Assistance for BellSouth Corporation. Whitlow completed a Ph.D. in Organizational Development in 2001 from Fielding Graduate University. He has held faculty appointments at several of the nation’s most prestigious leadership training centers, including The Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, North Carolina and The Federal Executive Institute in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Cyber Security

Jim Lantzy, D.A.H.
Jim Lantzy leverages tools, and instructional innovation and open thought to deliver curriculum that is real-time, agile, and relevant with today’s ever-changing cyber environment.  Building upon his relationships across academia and industry, Lantzy works to provide opportunities to enhance and develop leaders at every level.  His passion comes from enabling others to work toward their strengths and provide them with the resources needed to achieve their goals.  He is a proponent that true continuous learning occurs outside of classrooms and that [the act of doing] through experiential learning opportunities allow a unique avenue where students can realize their full potential. With varying leadership experiences over a 26-year career in the federal government, he uses opportunities to leverage his diverse educational background in accounting, industrial relations and personnel management. Lantzy holds a Doctorate in Arts and Humanities. 

Angela Orebaugh, Ph.D.
As program director and assistant professor for the graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, Angela Orebaugh brings a broad spectrum of expertise in cyber security as a technologist, researcher, educator, and author. She synergizes 20 years of hands-on strategic and technical experiences within industry, academia, and government to perform leading-edge research and advise clients on cyber security strategy, management, and technologies. Orebaugh served as a Fellow and Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led several cyber security initiatives and emerging technology areas. Additionally, she is the author of several bestselling technology books including: Wireshark and Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit, Ethereal Packet Sniffing and Nmap in the Enterprise. She has a Master of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University. Learn more about Angela Orebaugh in the classroom.  

Charles Pak, Ph.D.
Charles Pak has nearly 30 years of hands-on business and technical experience. He serves as a New Business Solution Architect in Information Security in both the private and public sectors, and most recently provided cyber security solutions to large government agencies. Additionally, Pak provides technical management and consulting for large, diversified global clients in healthcare, financial services, and communication sectors.  He has published in several publications, is a regular presenter in the field, and holds over a dozen technical certifications. Pak has a Master in Network Security and a Ph.D. in Information Security from Nova Southeastern University.

Randall Sylvertooth, MS
Randall Sylvertooth is a career industry subject matter expert (SME) in cyber security, working as a contractor for the U.S. Government in various capacities. He holds a Master of Science Degree in the Management of Information Technology from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce and a Master of Science Degree in Information Security and Insurance from George Mason University’s Computer Science Department at The Volgenau School of Engineering. He is working on his doctoral degree in Security and Assurance from George Mason University.

eMarketing

Sachin Anand, MBA
Sachin Anand currently manages two e-commerce businesses and a social decision-making mobile app. In addition to his entrepreneurial efforts, Anand teaches New Media Strategies and consults on economic development and new media strategies with nonprofits and small businesses in the Washington, DC area. Previously, he worked as the Director of Business Development at GoVacuum, overseeing the company's online operations and e-commerce strategy. Anand also worked as an independent consultant in Buenos Aires, Argentina helping small businesses develop online marketing and social media campaigns. He holds an MBA from George Washington University, with a focus on finance and entrepreneurship.

John Page Duffy, MBA
As the principal consultant at JPD Associates, Page Duffy takes the lead in developing eMarketing campaigns and Internet marketing strategies that offer early returns, and then provides hands-on consulting during their implementation. Duffy authored the text, eMarketing – Internet Marketing Today, A Handbook for eMarketers, that is currently used for the program's capstone eMarketing course. Previously, he taught Internet Marketing courses at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he received the Outstanding Faculty Award for 1998. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from West Point and a MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Federal Acquisition

Joseph Harrison
For over 40 years, Joseph Harrison has been engaged in contracting, procurement, and project management in the public and private sectors. In the federal government, he was a Federally Warranted Contracting Officer for 20 years, and served as Principle Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Director of Contracts Management, and Program and Project Manager. Upon retirement from the federal government, Harrison was employed by a major commercial systems integrator, serving in various contracting roles. 

Peter McKeen, MA
Peter McKeen’s procurement career spans 25 years, having worked in contract management and as a procurement analyst for several national law firms specializing in procurement law.  He continues to offer guidance, and research and analysis on contract management and procurement law issues. McKeen co-authored Federal Procurement Law for the Contracts Professional, (SMG 2014).  He is active with academic groups and international organizations involved in the study and reform of national procurement systems, including the research network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization, based in Paris at SciencesPo University.  McKeen is a contributing author in the group’s book: Integrity and Efficiency in Sustainable Public Contracts, Balancing Corruption Concerns in Public Procurement Internationally, (2014). He also serves as a Leading Practitioner in Public Procurement for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group comprised of procurement experts from member states seeking “a global view of leading procurement practice.”  He is involved in their ongoing project to develop new materials and guidance on effective strategies and practices for the administration of public procurement. McKeen earned an M.A. from the George Washington University. 

George Powers, JD, PMP
George Powers has over 30 years of professional experience, including 11 years of teaching experience in legal education in federal acquisition and environmental law. He is an experienced project manager that has successfully managed simultaneous projects that have delivered quality services to his government clients. He teaches negotiated contracting, construction contracting, and construction project management. Powers is recognized as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and as an Advanced Communicator (Bronze) and Advanced Leader (Bronze) by leading national and international professional organizations.  He is a member (retired) of the Maryland and New Jersey state bars and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He earned a Juris Doctor (with Honors) from the George Washington University Law School.

Health Sciences Management

Ana Abad-Jorge, Ed.D., MS, RDN, FAND
Ana Abad-Jorge is program director and assistant professor for the Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management (BPHM) and the graduate Certificate in Health Sciences Management. Previously, she served as a pediatric nutritionist in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and as the program director for the Nutrition and Dietetics Internship Program at the University of Virginia Health System. Abad-Jorge has over 27 years of clinical experience in pediatric nutrition support, and nutrition and dietetics education. She has been an invited speaker at the local, state, and national level on a variety of pediatric nutrition support and education topics. Abad-Jorge has authored a number of publications including basic nutrition research, nutrition practice research, and nutrition support review articles within book chapters, professional newsletters, and peer reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition in Clinical Practice. She holds a master’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Florida and an Ed.D. in Higher Education and Adult Learning from Walden University.  She is an active member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) and also serves as a program reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.  Learn more about Ana Abad-Jorge in the classroom.

Rashida Biggs, DHSc., MPH, CHES
Rashida Biggs is a Certified Health Education Specialist who has been working in the health care arena for over 15 years. She has experience developing and managing health promotion/disease programs implemented at community health centers. Additionally, she has facilitated community‐based participatory research and intervention efforts to reduce chronic disease disparities in minority and underserved communities in South Florida. Biggs also has experience in group practice management, and due to her extensive background in program development, management, and evaluation, she has been called-upon to provide technical assistance in program planning and execution by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Miami-Dade County’s Department of Health, and the Public Health Trust. She received her bachelor’s in Liberal Arts/Biology and a master’s degree in Public Health from Florida International University, and obtained her Doctorate in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University. Biggs has served as faculty for both undergraduate and graduate programs in public health and healthcare administration.  She is a member of the American Public Health Association, American College of Healthcare Executives, and the Florida Public Health Association.

Maria Kronenburg, Ph.D, MBA
Maria Kronenburg has a diverse background in health care including administration, program management, cost-management, health care information systems, business analysis, and decision support. Additionally, she has taught both online and hybrid courses in health care management and planning, health economics, health policy and administration, legal/social issues in health care, managed care, and health care administration. Most recently, Kronenburg served as assistant professor of management/health services administration at the Sorrell College of Business, Troy University-Global Campus, and has taught for Old Dominion University. Previously, she  worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC, and as a director/health care administer for AMERIGROUP /Wellpoint Corporation, a large Medicaid managed care organization. Kronenburg holds a Ph.D. in Urban Services-Health Services and an MBA from Old Dominion University.

Human Resources Management

Paul W. Combs, D.Ed.
Paul (Bill) Combs has a 40-year career spanning senior management roles in defense-contracting and management-consulting.  He has over 35 years of experience in training, organization development, and performance management at Northrop Grumman and Booz Allen.  Combs consults widely in the field of performance management domestically for Fortune 500 organizations, and internationally throughout Central Europe. His research has focused on human performance technology. His work has appeared in two textbooks widely used in the field, and in such publications as American Journal of Industrial and Business Management, Journal of Management and Social Sciences, and ASQ Quality Management Journal.  Currently, he serves as a full-time professor in Marymount University's School of Business Administration, where he teaches in the MBA program. He has also held teaching appointments at the University of Maryland and George Mason University. Combs received his Master of Science and Doctor of Education degrees from Virginia Tech. 

Roderick French, Ph.D.
With over two decades of experience in the U.S. Marine Corps, Roderick French has acquired insight into the important interplay of psychology, leadership, and management. His experiences, as well as his desire to learn, inspired him to pursue, upon retiring from the Marine Corps, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in management. His desire for academic excellence and managerial efficiency made him, in May 2001, a logical choice for the Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). During his tenure as a PMF, French was not only employed in a managerial position with the Navy but also taught Organizational Behavior at the Naval Postgraduate School. In his current capacity as Director of Total Force Manpower for the Office of Naval Research, French purposefully leverages and manages resources and people to efficiently reach desired objectives.

John R. McCarthy, Ph.D., MBA
John McCarthy is the Program and Operational Resource Officer with the U.S. Navy’s only Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Improvised Ordnance /Weapons Technical Exploitation command. McCarthy was recruited in 2006 by the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and was subsequently mobilized as a reserve Naval Officer to initiate infrastructure and organizational development for the newly established Technical Support Detachment (TSD), which was to specialize in investigating, exploiting, and attacking the IED manufacturing network during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before returning to active duty military and now federal service, McCarthy held a leadership position supporting business and financial operations at a non-profit healthcare organization and was a technical business development executive for a global specialty chemical manufacturer serving the industrial sector, for over 16 years. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of leadership and management for a number of universities for the past 12 years. McCarthy earned an MBA as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership studies. Learn more about John McCarthy in the classroom.

Nicole Runyon, Ph.D.
Nicole Runyon has had a diverse professional career which includes serving as a deck officer aboard Great Lakes commercial ships, a fleet supervisor for ships owned by a steel manufacturer; and a human resources director for a startup dot com and a horticultural distributor.  She has been teaching online since 1998. She is a subject matter expert in online learning and has taught a diverse platform that includes hundreds of graduate and undergraduate classes in management, human resources, education, marketing, and related fields.  Runyon earned a Ph.D. in Education and an MS in Administration, and is certified as a SPHR and SHRM-SCP.

Ellen C Stokes, ABD, MBA
Ellen Stokes has a 20+ year career with nonprofits in various capacities from human resources manager to auditor. Late in 2016, Stokes will earn a Ph.D. in business administration focusing on organizational leadership and human resources management. She holds an MBA focused on management and strategy, and a certificate in HRM. She is a certified professional in human resources (SHRM-CP) and (PHR), six sigma green belt (CSSGB), and is working towards a project management professional (PMP).

Paul Weatherhead, M.A.
Weatherhead is a program manager with the U.S. Postal Service and a former employee relations manager with Mobil Oil.  His primary pay policy responsibility is the Postal Service’s Pay-For-Performance Program which received the Excellence in Human Capital Management Award at the Government HR Innovations conference.  He has extensive experience in areas of performance management, compensation and benefits, training and development, and labor relations.  Weatherhead is a frequent guest speaker at national conferences of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the WorldatWork Total Rewards Association, and the postmaster and supervisory associations of the USPS. Weatherhead was recognized as a Thought Leader by the Compensation Café. He earned an M.A. in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University and a B.A. in sociology from the University of Virginia.

Information Technology

Syama Chaudhuri, Ph.D
Syama Chaudhuri spent 15 years working in defense industries, where he was responsible for a variety of engineering systems modeling, simulation, analysis, and software programs development.  He was an Associate Professor at University of Maryland University College, College Park, Maryland for seven years and was nominated twice for the Stanley J. Drazek Teaching Excellence Award Program from 2004 to 2006. He has authored over 30 publications and presentations. Chaudhuri is the founder and president of Sensor Data Integration, Inc. in Alexandria, Virginia, working on SBIR projects for U.S. Air Force and Navy.  He has been an adjunct faculty member at University of Virginia since 2009.  Chaudhuri earned his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. 

Mary Dunaway, Ph.D.
Mary Dunaway is the director of data science programs and assistant professor. In 2014, she was recognized as one of only 49 female, African-American, information systems business school professors in the U.S. As a rising scholar, Dunaway has successfully published several journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings. She is a dynamic STEM academic who is a sought-out speaker and panelist for numerous conferences/workshops, sharing her expertise in information systems and data science.  She is also a member of the STEM Institute Advisory Board. Her research in Text Analytics will be released in 2017 in the edited book, Analytics and Data Science: Advances in Research and Pedagogy. Prior to her academic career, Dunaway spent over 25 years in various leadership roles in corporate project and information systems management. She is leading the effort within SCPS to develop and launch an online graduate Certificate in Applied Data Analytics.  Learn more about Mary in the classroom.

Pritpal Kochar, MS
Pritpal Kochar is a technology and business visionary with extensive experience in design and delivery of cost-effective, high performance solutions in support of rapid business growth. He believes in the proven ability of IT to solve business challenges while managing costs and risks.  He has excellent business process and strategy development skills.  Currently, Kochar is an independent consultant with Aequor Technologies where he provides assessment and mentoring for application selection and software solutions. He also serves as chief technology officer at UVa’s Curry School of Education. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from Pace University.

Angela Orebaugh, Ph.D.
As program director and assistant professor for the undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology, Angela Orebaugh brings a broad spectrum of expertise as a technologist, researcher, educator, and author. She synergizes 20 years of hands-on strategic and technical experiences within industry, academia, and government to perform leading-edge research and advise clients on cybersecurity strategy, management, and technologies. Orebaugh served as a Fellow and Senior Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she led several cybersecurity initiatives and emerging technology areas. Additionally, she is the author of several bestselling technology books including: Wireshark and Ethereal Network Protocol Analyzer Toolkit, Ethereal Packet Sniffing and Nmap in the Enterprise. She has a Master of Science in Computer Science from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in Information Technology from George Mason University. Learn more about Angela Orebaugh in the classroom.

Mary Smith, MS, Ed.D.
Mary Smith has over 20 years of IT experience. Currently, she is a consultant/instructor with Computrain where she provides business and individual clients with customized technology solutions. She leverages her extensive technical expertise to deliver advice on the appropriate, most cost-efficient use of technology. Smith has a Master of Science in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University and an Ed. D. in Education from Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Mike Vito, MS
In addition to teaching Information Technology at several universities, Mike Vito has a wide range of technical and leadership based skills.  He is experienced with standard, object based, and object oriented programming languages; relational database management systems; modern n-tier internet-based computing systems as well as systems engineering and software development. He currently works as an agile coach, helping teams create better products through collaboration. Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Penn State University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Virginia Technical Institute.

Lisa Wentzel, MS
With 20 years of experience, Lisa Wentzel is skilled in: NT System/LAN/Network Administration, Programming (Visual Basic, HTML, JavaScript), Lotus Notes, MVS/VTAM Mainframe Systems Program, Network Security and EDP Audit.  She has been with the Federal Reserve since 1992 where she has received multiple awards including one for establishing a division computer lab for the development and testing on non-invasive review procedures for different operating and hardware systems, security products, and configurations. She holds a Master of Information Technology – Business Technologies from George Mason University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Bobby Beamer, Ph.D.
Bobby Beamer provides classroom instruction focused on business issues, including marketing, risk, and statistics. His past experience includes serving as Vice President of Web Services for the CFA Institute, in Charlottesville, Virginia, and operating as an independent consultant for such organizations as the World Wildlife Fund and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. His research interests include analysis of the food system and retail food marketing. Beamer’s work has appeared in the Journal of Food Distribution Research and Agribusiness. He holds an M.S. in Economics from Virginia Tech and a Ph.D. in Economics from Purdue University.

Fan Gao, Ph.D.
Fan Gao provides classroom instruction in psychology and interpersonal communication. Her past experience spans industry, nonprofit organizations, and academia. Gao has held the position of a media planner at Saatchi & Saatchi, a journalist at news media outlets, and a project officer at the British Council, European Union, and world-class museums. She has also held teaching positions in higher education institutions. Her teaching and research interests lie at the intersection of social and health psychology. Gao is particularly interested in interpersonal relationships and stress reduction strategies--including religion, social support, exercise, yoga, and meditation--and how these strategies contribute to psychological well-being. She holds a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Communication and Psychology from Northwestern University. Learn more about Fan Gao in the classroom.  

Robert Guttman, MA
Robert Guttman has been an editor-in-chief, entrepreneur, and educator in Washington, D.C. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of a successful non-partisan publishing firm, Political Profiles, which published profiles on the presidential candidates of the 1980s. The Political Profiles Report became one of the largest circulated political newsletters in the country. Guttman was also editor-in-chief of EUROPE, the European Union flagship magazine, in which he covered the fall of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall.  He was also responsible for founding TransAtlantic online magazine while at Johns Hopkins University SAIS.  Through a partnership with the Financial Times newspaper group, Guttman conducts more than 70 high-level conferences with America and Europe’s leading policymakers. Active in participating in and covering national politics, he is a frequent guest on CNN, CNN International, and C-SPAN, and hosted his own public affairs radio show in Washington. Guttman has been teaching graduate classes in foreign policy, politics, and the media at the Johns Hopkins Washington, D.C. campus since 2006. He has been teaching for UVA since 2013. He holds an M.A. in International Studies from American University. 

Glenn Kessler, Ph.D.
Glenn Kessler’s professional experience spans higher education, information technology consulting, and business and technology management. As an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, his commitment to teaching and the University community were recognized through the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. More recently, he served as Associate Director and Assistant Professor in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS).  Today, he resides in Maine and continues to teach for BIS and the University of Maine. Kessler received a M.A. in Philosophy from McGill University and a Ph.D. in Logic from Princeton University. His publications cover topics such as modal logic, philosophy of mathematics, and technology project management. Learn more about Glenn Kessler in the classroom.

Stephen Levine, Ph.D.
Stephen Levine has been teaching courses on U.S. cultural history for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) since 2006. Leaving a tenured position at the University of Maine to come to Charlottesville, Levine found BIS students a revelation. “They bring a mix of personal and professional experiences to discussions that you just don’t encounter in the traditional classroom." In 2014, he was appointed the program’s first full-time faculty member and is currently serving as its director and associate professor. When not in the classroom or directing BIS, Stephen can be found performing blues music or farming. Learn more about Stephen Levine in the classroom. 

Ann Marie Plunkett, Ph.D.
Since the inception of the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) in the Fall of 1999, Ann Marie Plunkett has taught courses in Nationalism and National Identity, the Great War, the Second World War, and Issues in the Social Sciences.  She has been very involved with the Capstone process, teaching the Proseminar courses and mentoring students on topics in history and  interdisciplinary social sciences,  including  women and international development and poverty, immigration, and  post-conflict societies.  Her research interests are Irish nationalism and national identity and political and social movements. Plunkett holds a B.A.  degree in history from Brown University, and  M.A. and Ph.D. degrees  in history from the University of Virginia with emphasis on Britain, Ireland, and modern Europe. 

Charlotte Matthews, MFA
Charlotte Matthews is author of two poetry books: Still Enough to Be Dreaming and Green Stars (both Iris Press). Recently, her work has appeared in such journals as American Poetry Review, The Mississippi Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Story South. Her honors include fellowships from The Chatauqua Institute, The Sewanee Writers Conference, The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and The Virginia Center for Creative Arts.  In the spring of 2014, Matthews was appointed Distinguished Professor of Humanities at Missouri University of Science and Technology. As an associate professor, Matthews teaches writing classes and directs the Writing Center for SCPS.

Julia May, Ph.D.
Julia (Julie) May holds both a master’s and Ph.D. in art history from Virginia Commonwealth University. While her doctoral dissertation focused on the art of small-scale indigenous cultures in the Four Corner’s region of the U.S., her recent research, curatorial work, and teaching reach across time and cultures.  She has delivered papers on her work on 19th Century Quaker artist Marcus Mote, recently contributed an introductory essay on 19th Century Indiana landscape painting to the book, (Indiana University Press), developed a host of exhibitions including those on African art, Chinese and Japanese scroll paintings, and indigenous Australian art. In addition, she has published a number of book reviews and has served as a judge for art exhibitions and shows. Learn more about Julie May in the classroom.  

Leadership

Ed Kropp, Ed.D.
With significant experience in private industry and government agencies, Ed Kropp founded E.H. Kropp & Associates.  He specializes in the design and implementation of dynamic leadership training and development programs, strengthened by his range of experience from military leadership to senior executive positions in industry.  Kropp earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, where he focused his research on cognitive-moral development of prison inmates in correctional settings. This initial research has led to follow-on studies and volunteer work focused on inmate rehabilitation at several correctional facilities throughout the northeast United States.  Kropp teaches graduate-level courses in project management, leadership development, organizational change, and risk management. He is also currently a leadership development coach in the Excellence for Government Fellow’s Program for senior government mangers in Washington, DC.

Russ Linden, Ph.D.
Russ Linden is a management educator and author who specializes in organizational performance and change methods. He is an adjunct faculty member at UVA and the Federal Executive Institute. He writes a column on management innovations for Management Insights, an online column sponsored by Governing Magazine. He is the author of five books; the most recent published in 2010, Leading Across Boundaries: Creating Collaborative Agencies in a Networked World.  His clients have included several intelligence and defense agencies, the Departments of State, Transportation, Treasury, HHS, Interior and Education. He has also worked with a governor, a state attorney general, and over four dozen nonprofit, state and local government agencies. He earned a B.A. in History and a Master in Social Work from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia.

John McCarthy, Ph.D., MBA
John McCarthy is the Program and Operational Resource Officer with the U.S. Navy’s only Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Improvised Ordnance/Weapons Technical Exploitation command. McCarthy was recruited in 2006 by the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and was subsequently mobilized as a reserve Naval Officer to initiate infrastructure and organizational development for the newly established Technical Support Detachment (TSD), which was to specialize in investigating, exploiting, and attacking the IED manufacturing network during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before returning to active duty military and now federal service, McCarthy held a leadership position supporting business and financial operations at a non-profit healthcare organization and was a technical business development executive for a global specialty chemical manufacturer serving the industrial sector, for over 16 years. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of leadership and management for a number of universities for the past 12 years. McCarthy earned an MBA as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership studies. Learn more about John McCarthy in the classroom. 

Kim Riley DBA, CPA, CFE
For nearly two decades, Kim Riley has worked in higher education serving as a faculty member in business and as an applied business system coordinator for the five regional campuses of Ohio University. She also has over 25 years of experience as owner of a public accounting firm, working with corporations such as Dow Chemical, Dynegy, Americas Styrenics, and Rumpke. For almost a decade, Riley worked for AlliedSignal (Honeywell) performing a variety of corporate finance and accounting functions. Riley holds a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) in Accounting, as well as an MBA. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Ohio and holds the Certified Forensic Examiner credential (CFE).

Peter Ronayne, Ph.D.
Pete Ronayne has been serving as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Virginia for over 15 years, offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses in leadership and organizational development as well as in international relations and foreign policy.  Currently, he serves as a  Senior Faculty member at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), where he works with the full range of CCL’s client organizations—from the Fortune 500 and the world’s largest public sector organizations to NGOs and educational institutions.  A skilled presenter and facilitator, Ronayne speaks widely on issues of leading change, neuroleadership, resilience, innovation, engagement and motivation, and navigating generational differences.  Before joining CCL, Ronayne spent 15 years as a dean and senior faculty member at the Federal Executive Institute (FEI) in Charlottesville, Virginia – the Federal sector’s premier center for leadership development.  While at the Institute, he directed the flagship Leadership for a Democratic Society program, launched FEI’s Center for Global Leadership, and co-founded the institute’s “NeuroFed” program on neuroscience and leadership. Ronayne has a wide range of leadership assessment certifications including FIRO-B, MBTI, The Challenge of Change, Workplace Big 5, Change Style Indicator, Influence Style Indicator, Hogan Assessments, Kirkpatrick Bronze, and CCL’s 360 Assessment portfolio. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Pre-Health Sciences

Robert E. Burnett, Ph.D.
Robert Burnett has been a professor of chemistry and an enthusiastic adviser to pre-medical students for more than 35 years. In addition, he has held senior research leadership positions in both academic and pharmaceutical organizations. As Academic Director of the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, Burnett serves as a member of the admissions committee and works closely with students on the academic components of the program from matriculation through completion and application to medical school.  He also teaches organic lecture and laboratory courses specifically for students in the program. 

Robert D. Powers, M.D., M.P.H.
A professor in the University of Virginia Departments of Medicine and Emergency Medicine, Robert Powers has spent more than 25 years in academic practice. He sees patients and teaches in the Emergency Department, inpatient internal medicine wards, palliative care, and outpatient adult clinics. As Medical Director for the Post-Bac Pre-Med Program, Powers serves on the admissions committee and contributes to program administration and student advising. He teaches a seminar on the structure, function, financing, and challenges of American health care. Powers also supervises and coordinates clinical orientation and shadowing experiences, enabling students to get exposure to patient care and medical practice. 

Procurement & Contracts Management

Scott Cook, MBA, CFCM
Scott Cook is the Director of Small Business Programs at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, where he oversees socioeconomic issues and serves as a liaison with other federal departments and agencies, state and local organizations, and industries. He is responsible for fostering small, disadvantaged, and economic utilization programs and assisting firms in obtaining government contracts. With over 30 years of experience in the cradle-to-grave management of multi-year, multi-million dollar federal contracts, Cook is a Certified Federal Contract Manager (CFCM) and is DAWIA/FAC-C Level III certified and has held an unlimited Contracting Officer warrant.  He is the coauthor of   “Managing Cost Reimbursable Contracts:  Providing Guidance in Difficult Waters,” published in 2010 by Government Training Inc. Cook earned an MBA from George Washington University and was a recipient of the Secretary of the Navy Career Fellowship for graduate study, and was a graduate of the first GSA Trail Boss contracting officer program. 

Ronald Falcone, MBA, CPCM
Ronald Falcone is co-founder and Executive Vice President at Distributed Solutions, Inc., (DSI) where he oversees all aspects of Contracts Management. DSI provides software and solutions to federal contracting and program offices in order to automate and accomplish their business processes more effectively. As an active member of the National Contracts Management Association (NCMA), Falcone currently serves on the National Board of Directors and has served as the Tysons Corner Chapter President, as well as numerous volunteer and chapter office positions. Nationally, he has presented at leadership conferences and has been published in Contract Management magazine. Falcone is a Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and was awarded the NCMA Fellow designation in 2011. He earned an MBA.

John Ford, JD
John Ford, a Senior Consultant at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, has almost 40 years of experience in government procurement. For most of his career, Ford was a procurement attorney with the Department of Defense (DOD).  At the time of his retirement, he was the Deputy General Counsel for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), where he concentrated on litigation support in matters of interest to DCAA before the boards of contract appeals and Federal Courts.  Among other things, this involved interpretations of the cost principles, the Cost Accounting Standards, and the Truth in Negotiations Act. While with the DOD, Ford served on the Contract Administration and Tax Subcommittees of the Defense Acquisition Regulation (DAR) Council.  He also acted as the informal legal advisor to several teams charged with promulgating FAR provisions to implement the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act. Ford is a retired Army Reserve JAG Colonel having served 31 years on active duty and in the Reserves. He earned a J.D. degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Michael Edmund Giboney, JD
Michael Giboney’s leadership and supervisory experience spans 30 years, in which his responsibilities as a senior federal attorney included acquisition of major weapons systems, research and development, transportation and travel, and construction. He spent 20 years directing acquisition legal services affecting the nationwide interests of the transportation industry.  On four occasions, he supervised the preparation of testimony and acted as counsel and witness before congressional committees on major DOD acquisition programs and national legislation affecting the transportation industry.  Giboney co-authored Federal Procurement Law for the Contracts Professional (2014).  He holds a J.D. degree from the University of Utah, and is a member of the Virginia Bar and the Utah Bar. 

Gladis Griffith, JD
Gladis Griffith is a member of the federal Senior Executive Service, setting policy for investigations, audits, and inspections of federal procurement programs and contracts. For over 20 years, she has advised on combatting fraud in high-profile, national, and multi-national multi-million contracts as counsel with the Offices of Inspector General for the Postal Service, the U.S. Department of State, and the Agency for International Development. She helped create and lead anti-corruption initiatives to assist countries such as China, Namibia, Vietnam, Chile, and the Republic of Armenia to establish audit infrastructures and independent fraud combating units within their respective governments, similar to the American Office of Inspector General model. Prior to Government Service, she worked in private practice on personal injury, contracts, and criminal defense cases.  She holds a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College School of Law and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court and the Massachusetts State Bar.

Joseph Harrison
For over 40 years, Joseph Harrison has been engaged in contracting, procurement, and project management in the public and private sectors. In the federal government, he was a Federally Warranted Contracting Officer for 20 years, and served as Principle Assistant Responsible for Contracting, Director of Contracts Management, and Program and Project Manager. Upon retirement from the federal government, Harrison was employed by a major commercial systems integrator, serving in various contracting roles. 

Matt Mazgajewski, MBA, PMP, CPCM
Matt Mazgajewski is a Senior Contract Administrator for Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., a large strategy and technology consulting firm.  While earning his undergraduate degree, Mazgajewski served as an intern at the 96th Contracting Squadron on Eglin Air Force Base and later assumed roles as a contract specialist and contracting officer at the 92nd Contracting Squadron on Fairchild Air Force Base and at the Centralized Acquisition Service for the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 6) for the Department of Veterans Affairs.  While serving at Fairchild AFB, Mazgajewski was named civilian of the year in 2010 for exceptional contract management and administration by the 92nd Air Refueling Wing, 92nd Mission Support Group, and the 92nd Contracting Squadron. He is on the executive council of NCMA’s Hampton Roads Chapter as President-Elect, and is a certified Project Management and Contract Management professional.  Mazgajewski received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Project and Acquisitions Management at Northwest Florida State College (formerly Okaloosa-Walton College), and his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Webster University. 

John McCarthy, Ph.D., MBA
John McCarthy is the Program and Operational Resource Officer with the U.S. Navy’s only Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and Improvised Ordnance/Weapons Technical Exploitation command. McCarthy was recruited in 2006 by the Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division and was subsequently mobilized as a reserve Naval Officer to initiate infrastructure and organizational development for the newly established Technical Support Detachment (TSD), which was to specialize in investigating, exploiting, and attacking the IED manufacturing network during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Before returning to active duty military and now federal service, McCarthy held a leadership position supporting business and financial operations at a non-profit healthcare organization and was a technical business development executive for a global specialty chemical manufacturer serving the industrial sector, for over 16 years. In addition, he has served as an adjunct professor of leadership and management for a number of universities for the past 12 years. McCarthy earned an MBA as well as a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization and Management with a specialization in Leadership studies. Learn more about John McCarthy in the classroom. 

Peter McKeen, MA
Peter McKeen’s procurement career spans 25 years, having worked in contract management and as a procurement analyst for several national law firms specializing in procurement law.  He continues to offer guidance, and research and analysis on contract management and procurement law issues. McKeen co-authored Federal Procurement Law for the Contracts Professional, (SMG 2014).  He is active with academic groups and international organizations involved in the study and reform of national procurement systems, including the research network Public Contracts in Legal Globalization, based in Paris at SciencesPo University.  McKeen is a contributing author in the group’s book: Integrity and Efficiency in Sustainable Public Contracts, Balancing Corruption Concerns in Public Procurement Internationally, (2014). He also serves as a Leading Practitioner in Public Procurement for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a group comprised of procurement experts from member states seeking “a global view of leading procurement practice.”  He is involved in their ongoing project to develop new materials and guidance on effective strategies and practices for the administration of public procurement. McKeen earned an M.A. from the George Washington University. 

Robert Perkins, JD
Robert Perkins is an attorney and a member of the Virginia and D.C. bar associations. He has a broad range of experience in federal procurement and acquisition issues in both the public and private sectors. Perkins is retired from the Senior Executive Service, where he last served as the Legal Counsel to a Federal  Inspector General.  He is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School with J.D. and LL.M. degrees. 

George Powers, JD, PMP
George Powers has over 30 years of professional experience, including 11 years of teaching experience in legal education in federal acquisition and environmental law. He is an experienced project manager that has successfully managed simultaneous projects that have delivered quality services to his government clients. He teaches negotiated contracting, construction contracting, and construction project management. Powers is recognized as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and as an Advanced Communicator (Bronze) and Advanced Leader (Bronze) by leading national and international professional organizations.  He is a member (retired) of the Maryland and New Jersey state bars and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. He earned a Juris Doctor (with Honors) from the George Washington University Law School.

Project Management

Edward H. Kropp, Ed.D,
With significant experience in private industry and government agencies, Ed Kropp founded E.H. Kropp & Associates.  He specializes in the design and implementation of dynamic leadership training and development programs, strengthened by his range of experience from military leadership to senior executive positions in industry.  Kropp earned his Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Virginia, where he focused his research on cognitive-moral development of prison inmates in correctional settings. This initial research has led to follow-on studies and volunteer work focused on inmate rehabilitation at several correctional facilities throughout the northeast U.S.  Kropp teaches graduate-level courses in project management, leadership development, organizational change, and risk management. He is also a leadership development coach in the Excellence for Government Fellow’s Program for senior government mangers in Washington, DC.

Michael Powers, D.M.
Michael Powers has been a successful project manager for almost two decades working in the environmental, commercial construction, and IT industries. His research has focused on methods to achieve small business success in particular regions of the country. Powers earned a Master of Science in Administration and Business from The University of South Dakota and a Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from The University of Phoenix.

Steven Soares, MBA
Steven Soares works as a Data Analytic & Audit Resolution team lead in Financial Improvement Operations for the Department of Education. He has been recognized by the Department of Defense Comptroller for improvements to financial management internal controls. Recently, he received awards from the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Financial Management and Comptroller, and the American Society of Military Comptrollers for large team process improvements. Soares holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Learn more about Steven Soares in the classroom. 

Kandis Wyatt, Ph.D., PMP
Kandis Wyatt, PMP, has served as a project manager for over 20 years. She has taught courses in public administration, business, disaster management, climate change, project management, logistics, ethics, supply chain management, and leadership/management. Her teaching philosophy is to promote learning and success in both the in-classroom and online teaching environments by using technology to develop effective training and support materials. Wyatt is a highly-recognized civil servant and has received several awards from the National Weather Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Commerce. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Administration, as well as master’s degrees in meteorology and water resources. In addition, Wyatt holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University, a PMP® certification from ESI, and serves as a lifestyle coach.

William Yates, Ed.D., MS, PMP
William Yates has been associated with the graduate Certificate in Project Management for over a decade, teaching in the classroom and online.  He has a senior project management, operations, and professional education background, with experience driving efficiencies into operations, streamlining product and service delivery, and achieving superior customer care satisfaction. Yates’s research has focused on adult learning and development, and chaos and complexity theory. He is particularly interested in human dynamics in project management. He received his Doctorate in Human Resource Development and his Master Degree (Project Management) from The George Washington University.  

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Public Administration

John Dunning, Ph.D., MPA
For two decades, John Dunning has been teaching courses in strategic human resource management, training and development, public budgeting and finance, organizational behavior, and theories of leadership.  His practitioner experience includes a career in the United States Air Force, specializing in personnel planning, management, and development. After retiring from the Air Force he worked as an organizational and human resource development consultant for Drake, Beam Morin (DBM) and Data Systems Design Corporation (DSD). Dunning holds a Doctorate in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MPA from Auburn University. He is also a graduate of the Air War College and the Air Command and Staff College. He is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society (Interdisciplinary Studies) and the Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Affairs and Administration Honor Society). 

Celeste Murphy Greene, Ph.D., MPA
Celeste Greene is assistant professor and program director for the graduate certificates in Public Administration, Leadership, and Project Management. Greene has over 20 years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Prior to joining the faculty at SCPS in 2008, she taught as an Assistant Professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and San Diego State University. Prior to her academic appointments, Greene worked as a legislative aide for former Congressman Leon Panetta and at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her research focuses on environmental policy, local government financial management, and quality of life issues. Greene’s work has appeared in Public Administration Review, International Journal of Public Administration, Public Administration Quarterly, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, Review of Policy Research and Journal of Business and Public Affairs. She holds a Master of Public Administration from The George Washington University and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University. Learn more about Assistant Professor Celeste Greene in the classroom. 

Sheila Toppin, DPA, MPA
Sheila Toppin is a "prac-academician," having a dual career as a practitioner and academician. For 20 years, she served in community corrections as a parole officer and a U.S. probation officer/supervisor. For 15 years, she has taught public administration and criminal justice, and currently is an assistant professor in the public administration department at Clark Atlanta University. Toppin holds a MPA from Clark Atlanta University, and Doctorate of Public Administration from Valdosta State University. Her conference presentations include the American Society of Public Administration, Southeastern Conference of Public Administrators, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators Executive Leadership Institute, and the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators. Toppin’s work has appeared in the Justice Policy Journal, Public Administration Times, Georgia Journal of Public Policy and the Education and Information Technology Journal. 

Public Relations

Matt Charles, DPA
For over a decade, Matt Charles has provided a suite of public and community/government relations services for a number of nonprofits, government organizations, and small businesses and startups. He serves as deputy spokesperson for the University of Virginia. Previously, Charles served as director of media relations for the UVA Darden School of Business and director of communications and public relations for Danville (Va) Regional Foundation. In addition to teaching in UVA’s Certificate in Public Relations, Charles also serves as an instructor for American University’s Master in Strategic Communication, Northeastern University’s Master of Corporate and Organizational Communication, and Chautauqua Institution’s Special Studies. Charles earned his doctorate in public administration with a focus on public policy /communications from Valdosta State University. He holds an MPA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.A. from UVA. He is also a graduate of the UVA Sorensen Political Leaders, Duke University’s Nonprofit Certificate, and has completed coursework toward a Certificate in Leadership from the Darden School. 

Kirsten Fatzinger, MS
Kirsten Fatzinger began her career as a high school English teacher, and since 2009, has been teaching courses in the noncredit Certificate in Public Relations.  She formerly taught at Marymount University and Prince George’s Community College. Outside of the classroom, Fatzinger is the Founder of Cape Partners which creates and delivers training and communications solutions for major clients in hospitality and financial services.  She is experienced in training, communications, leadership development, executive coaching, “great place to work” strategy, events management, organizational development, brand marketing, recruiting, and onboarding. Fatzinger earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in education.

Christian Klein, JD
Christian Klein is a 20-year veteran of Washington, D.C.’s political trenches. As managing member of Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein, PLC, he oversees the law firm’s public policy advocacy practice and manages client lobbying initiatives, public relations campaigns, and political action committees. He also provides general counsel and management services to nonprofits. Klein is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia, and U.S. Supreme Court bars.  He earned a law degree and master’s degree in congressional politics from Catholic University. Since 2005, he has taught political PR and PR ethics and law.

Rob Pasquinucci, MA
Rob Pasquinucci brings more than 20 years of public relations, journalism, and marketing experience to the classroom. Throughout his career, he has developed and executed successful programs that built awareness and enhanced reputations through various content marketing, public relations, social media, and advertising strategies. Pasquinucci has held leadership roles at the University of Cincinnati, Luxottica, Northern Kentucky University, Northlich, gyro, and Phi Delta Theta. His career started in journalism as a reporter at a mid-sized daily newspaper. He has taught a variety of public relations courses, including digital public relations, PR writing, feature writing, intro to PR, business writing, communication research and newsletter production. Pasquinucci is a frequent speaker at industry conferences. He earned an M.A. in Communication and is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America.