Meet the Faculty

Every year, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies employs approximately 120 faculty who provide instruction for courses in our degree and certificate programs. Below is a snapshot of our faculty who have had long-standing teaching assigments with SCPS, some of which have continued for a decade or more.

Blue Background

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.

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.

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
Nammy Lee is faculty lead and associate professor. She brings wide-ranging experiences spanning over 30 years as an educator and a public and private practitioner. Lee worked in the public sector conducting audits and later served as a consultant to small businesses.  An innovative educator, she successfully converted the School’s Certificate in Accounting to a fully online program, with a focus on instructional design for student engagement and interaction. Her research in accounting education has been presented at the International Education Conferences and featured at the Virginia Educators’ Symposium.  She serves on the executive committee of the VSCPA Board as a Vice Chair, helping to create a culture of learning and promoting accounting careers to students. Lee holds a Master’s in Accounting and Financial Management and a Ph. D. in Organization and Management with a specialization in Business. 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

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

Eric Wiegand, CFP
Eric Wiegand is the Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Lehigh Valley Market Director for River Wealth Advisors, an independent RIA with over $1B in assets under management and administration. He has spent 15 years helping high-net worth clients identify their financial objectives and needs, then building personalized plans that align with their financial goals. Additionally, recognizing the complexities associated with estate planning, Wiegand developed a one-page, revolutionary visualization tool, called Legacy Mapping™, which simplifies the complex flow of a client’s assets. He brings this passion for serving his clients and helping them plan for, and achieve, their financial objectives to the classroom as a lecturer in NCPR 500 (Personal Financial Planning), NCPR 505 (Estate Planning) and NCPR 506 (Capstone). Wiegand is a graduate of The George Washington University and earned his Certified Financial Planning accreditation from the University of Virginia. He also holds a Series 66 license. 

Criminal Justice

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.

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.

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. 


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.
Angela Orebaugh brings a broad spectrum of expertise in cybersecurity 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.  

Health Sciences Management

Maria Kronenburg, Ph.D, MBA
Maria Kronenburg is an assistant professor of health sciences management. She has a diverse background in health care including administration, program management, cost-management, health care information systems, business analysis, and decision support. She has taught courses in health care management and planning, health economics, health policy and administration, health informatics, healthcare finance, statistics and research, managed care, and health care legal and social issues at several universities. Previously, she worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in Washington, DC, a Director of Cost Management and Quality Improvement for Amerigroup-Anthem Corporation, and was a Decision Support Manager at Children’s Health System in Norfolk, VA. Kronenburg holds a Ph.D. in Urban Services-Health Services and an MBA from Old Dominion University. She received her undergraduate degree in math from the College of William and Mary. She is a board member for Healthcare Administrators of Tidewater, a local chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Human Resources Management

Ron Beckwith, Ph.D.
Ron Beckwith enjoys over 35 years of organization leadership experience as practitioner, coach, organization development consultant, and teacher. His experience spans a range of corporate, government, non-profit, and higher education organizational sectors.  Ron has successfully led a range of organization initiatives around talent management and human capital development and is widely regarded for developing progressive organization strategies and transferring this experience to the classroom. He has held a number of leadership positions across a range of management roles including Director – Workforce Planning, Development and Diversity, District Manager, Director – Business Development, Director – Professional & Leadership Development, and Senior Consultant. Ron holds a Ph.D. in Human Resources Leadership Development.

Eric D. Coleman, Ed.D., MBA
With over 35 years business experience in human development, Eric Coleman has extensive experience providing leadership in developing and implementing strategies and policies to address leadership and workforce needs, including developing, implementing, and facilitating Talent Management initiatives.  As a SHRM Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), he has extensive experience strategically aligning an organization’s workforce to its missions through effective management of human capital policies and programs.  He was the architect and co-key designer and change agent to design/develop and validate competency models that are critical to human development for several organizations, most recently the Department of Energy, where he serves as the Director, Office of Workforce and Organization Development.  Formally, Coleman was a Senior Organization Development Consultant at the University of Virginia’s Leadership Development Center.  He has been an adjunct professor in leadership and management at several universities for the past 20 years. Coleman earned an MBA and a doctorate in Human Resources.  His research areas of focus are distributed leadership and change management.

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.

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.

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

Angela Orebaugh, Ph.D.
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

Dozens of instructors teach in the School's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program. Individuals who serve as full or part-time assistant or associate professors are listed here.  

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 interim associate dean for academic programs 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 Chautauqua 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.


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.

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 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

Charles M. Grisham, Ph.D.
Charlie Grisham is a Professor and Associate Chair in the University of Virginia Department of Chemistry where he has taught biochemistry, introductory chemistry, and physical chemistry for more than 40 years. In addition to teaching a post bacc only section of biochemistry each spring semester, Professor Grisham is taking on the Academic Director role where he will host regular office hours throughout the academic year in order to support each student’s academic success. He is the author of several university-level textbooks and a developer of computer software devoted to teaching and learning biochemistry. 

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 Bacc 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

Kenneth Buck, Ph.D.
Kenneth Buck is a former senior executive in the federal sector, with over 30 years as an innovator and change-agent in the disciplines of Acquisition & Supply Chain Management, Procurement, Human Capital, and Organizational Change Management. He has a successful track record designing and fielding business intelligence models and algorithms to predict and measure organizational efficiency. He was the federal government’s point person for the development and implementation of the Share-in-Savings concept. Buck received his Ph.D. in Human & Developmental Systems from the Fielding University in 2006.

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.

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.

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. 

James Rich, Ph.D.
James Rich has 35 years of contracting expertise with the Army Corp of Engineers where he held numerous leadership positions. DAWIA certified in both contracting and project management, Rich has extensive experience in large dollar federal source selection to include serving as Contracting Officer for the Army Residential Communities Initiative, a largescale privatization initiative designed to improve family housing across the Army.  In his position with the USACE he served as Chief of Workforce Development managing workforce development and training strategies for civilian contracting specialists and non-contracting USACE personnel. Rich holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies, Public Policy Analysis from Portland State University.

Sheila Wright, CPCM, PMP, JD
Sheila Wright is the Director of Contracts & Procurement for Grant Thornton, LLP.  She started her professional career as an Intern for the Department of Veterans Affairs in career path development.  Wright has worked in commercial, international, state and local government, and federal government contracting for international technology firms, non-profit and commercial organizations. She obtained a Juris Doctor at the College of William and Mary.  Wright is a member of the National Contract Management Association and the Project Management Institute and holds both the Certified Professional Contracts Manager (CPCM) and the Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications.

Project Management

EdwardH. 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.

Susan Parente, MS, PMP
Susan Parente is a Principal Consultant at S3 Technologies, LLC and a University Professor at multiple Universities. Parente is an author, mentor and professor focused on risk management, traditional and Agile project management. Her experience is augmented by her Masters in Engineering Management with a focus in Marketing of Technology from George Washington University, DC, along with a number of professional certifications. Parente has 23+ years’ experience leading software and business development projects in the private and public sectors, including a decade of experience implementing IT projects for the DoD. She holdsPMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PSM I, CSM, CSPO, CISSP, CRISC, RESILIA, ITIL, and GCLP designations. 

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.

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.  

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 an associate professor and program director for the graduate certificates in Public Administration and Leadership. 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 Associate 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 Safety

Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D.
Bryon G. Gustafson, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and Director of the Master of Public Safety program at the University of Virginia. He works closely with the FBI National Academy (NA) to build on and extend from NA curriculum to deliver a robust educational experience that empowers today's law enforcement leaders for tomorrow's challenges.

Previously Dr. Gustafson served in a variety of public service roles. He was Dean of Public Safety at American River College and an Adjunct Professor of Criminology in the Sociology Department at Sacramento State University. He was unanimously elected as the 50th Chief Sergeant-at-Arms by the California State Assembly for its 2017-2018 session. Prior to that he was Chief of Police at the Stockton Unified School District Police Department and Chief of Standards, Evaluation, and Research at the California Department of Justice, Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Dr. Gustafson also served as an Affiliated Faculty Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Colorado Denver where his work focused on training and policy interventions relative to the causes of fatal and career-ending law enforcement traffic collisions.

Dr. Gustafson is a graduate of the 218th FBI National Academy and was the 113th President of the Delinquency Control Institute at the University of Southern California (USC). He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Colorado Denver, is a Pi Alpha Alpha MPA graduate of USC, and also holds a Magna Cum Laude BS in Psychology from Excelsior College. He is married to Dr. Sara E. McClellan, a public policy and administration professor. They have two cats--“Sedona” and "Theo"--and make their home in West Sacramento, CA.​