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Ana Abad-Jorge

Faculty
Program
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management
Certificate in Health Sciences Management

My own experience confirms my belief in the importance of education and lifelong learning.

Ana Abad-Jorge has always been passionate about being an educator. When she was in college, her goal was to become a high school science teacher, but when she graduated, she chose instead to pursue a career in clinical nutrition and dietetics. Upon completing her master’s degree, she became a pediatric nutritionist and registered dietitian.

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Angela Orebaugh

Faculty
Program
Certificate in Cyber Security Analysis
Certificate in Cyber Security Management
Certificate in Information Technology

I was looking to make a transition that reflected my evolving interests. The School gave me a great opportunity to do that.

Angela Orebaugh epitomizes the School’s commitment to select certificate faculty members who combine impressive work resumes with expertise in the classroom. Orebaugh, who holds a master of science in computer science from James Madison University and a Ph.D. in information technology from George Mason University, spent over 20 years in industry, starting as a database programmer.

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Celeste Greene

Faculty
Program
Certificate in Public Administration

It's great to hear from former students that our courses really helped their careers.

Celeste Greene is not afraid to innovate. As an associate professor and program director for the School’s graduate Certificates in Leadership and Public Administration, Greene helps faculty take full advantage of online technology. “It’s come a long way,” she says. “Today, you can deliver classes that have the immediacy of face-to-face instruction.”

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Charlotte Matthews

Faculty
Program
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

I want my students to realize that good writing just doesn’t happen. You have to work at it.

A well-regarded poet, Charlotte Matthews brings her sense of the poet's craft to her writing classes, while insisting that students find their own voices.

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Fan Gao

Faculty
Program
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Students at BIS have fulfilled my expectations. They are really engaged and ask very good questions.

Fan Gao realized she had a vocation for working with adult learners as a doctoral student in interpersonal communication and psychology at Northwestern University. When Gao learned about the opening for a faculty member in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program, she jumped at the opportunity, seeing a way to combine her interests in adult learning and psychology.

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Jim Simos

Faculty
Program
Certified Financial Planning

By teaching financial planning, I'm giving my students the opportunity to similarly impact their clients’ lives.

Jim Simos tends to downplay his considerable experience. “I like to tell people I have a diversified business background,” he says. “But what that really means is that I have had four or five unrelated careers.” Regardless of how you count, Simos’ background adds up to a big plus for students in the School’s Certified Financial Planning preparatory certificate program. Of the first 28 students who completed the certificate program, 28 passed the CFP® exam on their first try.

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John McCarthy

Faculty
Program
Graduate Certificate in Leadership
Human Resources Management
Procurement and Contracts Management

I’m proud to be part of an organization that recognizes veterans and the sacrifices they have made.

Veteran and faculty member John McCarthy is proud to be a part of an organization that recognizes veterans and the sacrifices they have made. He's also proud of the students he teaches in his courses in the School’s graduate certificate programs in leadership, human resources management, and procurement and contracts management.

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Julie May

Faculty
Program
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

I enjoy stepping out of my intellectual comfort zone, and I encourage my students to join me.

Julie May describes herself as the quintessential lifelong learner. That’s one of the attractions for her of her chosen field—art history. “Art history gives you a window into virtually any subject,” she says. “You can use it to shed light on subjects like economics, politics, or religion, and you invariably learn something new.”

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Nammy Lee

Faculty
Program
Certificate in Accounting

Each learner’s history and experiences affect their learning style and pace.

As an assistant professor, Nammy Lee sees herself as a facilitator, helping students master the intricacies of accounting and meet their professional goals. As an administrator, she has a different purpose. The director of the School’s Certificate in Accounting, Lee is a community builder, bringing the program’s faculty together to exchange ideas and advance its quality. Both roles are expressions of her long-term passion for adult education.

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Rashida Biggs

Faculty
Program
Certificate in Health Sciences Management
Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Sciences Management

I like bringing in real-world examples of issues hospitals are facing and challenging students to solve them.

Rashida Biggs is driven by the desire to help people master the knowledge and competencies they need to advance their careers.

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Stephen Levine

Faculty
Program
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

It is extremely energizing to teach adult students, especially the highly motivated students in our program.

Stephen Levine likes to play the blues—so much so that he is part of an acoustic blues duo—Dr Levine and the Dreaded Blues Lady. But when he talks about the School’s Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program, he sounds far from blue. “It’s a remarkable program for remarkable people,” he says.

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Steven Soares

Faculty
Program
Graduate Certificate in Project Management 

As a teacher, you have to decide where you want to take your students and guide them along that path...

Taking an online class from Veteran Steven Soares is an immersive experience, thanks to his own desire to learn and his passion for teaching others.

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Tim Longo

Faculty
Program
Master of Public Safety

MPS graduates will gain the data-driven knowledge, best practices, and practical skills required for law enforcement leadership.

One of the goals of the Master of Public Safety is to give law enforcement officers the information and insight needed to meet the challenges of 21st-century law enforcement successfully, but it will do so in the context of what Longo calls “the fundamental elements of policing that will never change.”

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