2020 Doctoral Bios

Artis%2C%20Carrie.jpgLYNX Advocate, Frederick County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

Carrie Artis has been working in the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) System of MD for over 11 years. Currently, she is one of four LYNX Advocates at Frederick High School. The new Linking Youth to New Experiences (LYNX) program is not only the first of its kind in Frederick County, but also in the country. As a LYNX Advocate, Carrie is the case manager for LYNX Scholars at Frederick High School. Her responsibilities include advocating for students to gain academic in-school, digital, and out-of-school educational experiences. Carrie also creates FCPS and community partnerships for LYNX scholar experiences. Carrie also serves on the FCPS Superintendent’s LYNX Advisory Council. Prior to becoming a LYNX Advocate, she served as the FCPS Teacher Recruiter in the FCPS Department of Human Resources. During those four years, she organized and led the teacher recruitment program, which included organizing job fairs, drafting the FCPS Diversity Recruitment Plan, coordinating administrative and teacher recruiters, organizing PDS and non-PDS interns, as well as many other duties relating to teacher recruitment. Prior to working in the Department of Human Resources, Carrie taught social studies at Frederick and Linganore High Schools.

Before going into the education field, Carrie worked as an economist for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC). As an IRS economist, she worked on the 1120s project. As an Industry Economics for the FMC, she performed and wrote economic analyses for the TransPacific and TransAtlantic Maritime Trades. As a result of studying abroad in Beijing, China, during her junior year of college, Carrie gained a great insight into economics and international relations.

Carrie brings her unique experiences and talents to her new role as a LYNX Advocate and organization leader.

Education

Certificate, Educational Leadership, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2016
MAT, Teaching, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 2006
B.A., Economics/East Asian Studies, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St. Mary’s City, Maryland, 1999

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)
Maryland State Education Association (MSEA)
Frederick County Teachers Association
Member of the FCPS Strategic Goals Implementation Team
Member of the LYNX Advisory Council
FCPS/PDS Leadership Team 2013–2017

Awards, Honors and Certifications

MSDE Administrator I/II Certification
MSDE Social Studies, APC

Personal and Professional Goals

My personal goals are to continue leading the marriage ministry with my husband and raising our three children to be God-fearing citizens committed to God, family, and community. My professional goals are to continue being an educational leader and inspire other educators to think out of the box in order to meet the diverse needs of students.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I have always wanted to earn a doctorate degree. When I learned of the doctoral program at Hood College in leadership, I was intrigued because I hold leadership positions in both my professional and personal lives. I am committed to becoming the most effective leader possible. Earning this doctorate degree is providing me with a sense of accomplishment as well as an expertise in effective leadership.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Holy Bible

Favorite Leadership Quote

“A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bach-Watson%2C%20Gayle%20%201.JPGPastor, Christ Reformed United Church of Christ, Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Career Highlights

By the time Gayle Bach-Watson considered applying to the DOL Program at Hood College she had lived at 17 addresses throughout the northeast United States. Never having had a hometown, per se, the most important things in her life became family, relationships, and her church life. Gayle began her college career at the University of Maine at Orono, continued at Montgomery College while working a job with a rotating shift, and graduated with a B.A. in clinical psychology from George Mason in Fairfax, Virginia. She worked at a number of different positions in several different professions, never quite feeling fulfilled or satisfied. She took a hiatus of several years to have children – her daughters, Jessica and Alexandra – and then answered a call to attend seminary. Gayle attended Wesley Theological Seminary, graduated in 1999, and was ordained into the Christian ministry of the United Church of Christ in 2000. Since then, she has pastored several churches and has held a number of leadership positions in the local association, the area conference, and the larger denomination. One of the most exciting has been to serve as part of the Polity Teachers Network of the United Church of Christ, which is on the frontline of training new pastors.

From an early age Gayle has believed in stretching her horizons while engaging in widely varying pastimes, interests, and hobbies. These include genealogical research, singing with the Shepherd University Masterworks Chorale, medieval history, research, and re-enactment, travel, bird-watching, and hiking. Gayle is just finishing renovating a 117-year-old farmhouse in Knoxville, Maryland.

Education

M.Div., Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C., 1999

B.A., Clinical Psychology, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1981

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Polity Teacher’s Network, United Church of Christ, Cleveland, Ohio
National Association of Female Executives
National Association of University Women
American Association of University Women
National Chamber of Commerce for Women
U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Named one of the top four Bible students, graduating class of 1999, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.

Award for Military Excellence, University of Maine, Orono ROTC, 1976, 1977.

Publications

Bach-Watson, G. (1996, June). Midnight Meditations. Welcome Home, Fairfax, VA.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, August). Civilizing the Savages. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, July). Sundae Soiree. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, June). Party Planning. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, May). Parties from Around the World. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, March). Frugal Favors. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, February). Valentine's Parties. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1995, January). Slumber Party. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, December). Holiday Recipes. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, November). A Thanksgiving Party. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, October). Halloween Party. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, September). An Afternoon Tea Party. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, August). Homeroom Parties. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, July). 10 Tips for Safe Camping. El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, May). Morning Misery" El Paso's Kids.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, Winter/Spring). Morning Misery. Atlanta Baby.

Bach-Watson, G. (1994, Winter/Spring). Fifty Ways to Cherish Your Children. Oakland Birth to School Project Newsletter, East Bay Perinatal Council, Oakland, CA.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, November). Fifty Ways to Cherish Your Children. Parent's Press, Berkeley, CA.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, October). Coping with Colic. Carolina Parent.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, July). Coping with Colic. Indy's Child.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, May/June). Midnight Meditations. Parent & Child.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, May). Dad's Day. Parent Guide News.

Bach-Watson, G. (1992, March). Morning Misery. Parent Guide News.

Bach-Watson, G. (1991, November). Fifty Ways to Cherish Your Children. New York Baby.

Bach-Watson, G. (1991, November). Fifty Ways to Cherish Your Children. Parent Guide News.

Bach-Watson, G. (1991, October). Croup Crisis. New York Baby.

Bach-Watson, G. (1991, August). Fifty Ways to Cherish Your Children. Family Journal.

Wilkins, Wallace. (1976). Imagery-based decisions. (Researcher credit on article). Psychotherapy: Theory, Research & Practice, Vol. 13(3), 253–254.

Personal Goals

To fulfill my personal potential, goals, and dreams while making the world a better place, simply because I was here this day.

Professional Goals

To be able to assist my church and my denomination through achieving personal expertise and mastery in the area of religious leadership.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Many professionals come to a turning point in their lives and their careers when they must reassess the path they have traveled and where their journey will go next. I have come to that point. It is time to reexamine my role in my profession and in my denomination. Many religious groups, including many Christian denominations are at a point of crisis in their histories, and, I believe, that it is leadership that will make the difference in the coming years as to which will succeed and flourish and which will slowly fade away.

Favorite Leadership Books

The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard

You Can Do Anything: The Surprising Power of a “Useless” Liberal Arts Education, by George Anders

Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Truman, by David McCullough

Deep Survival, by Laurence Gonzales

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” —Harry S. Truman

Borgen%2C%20Noah%201.JPGGlobal Category Manager, AstraZeneca

Career Highlights

Noah Borgen is currently a Global Category Manger and a Business Partner for MedImmune (AstraZeneca’s early phase biotech company) at AstraZeneca. Noah co-leads teams responsible for evaluating the capabilities of AstraZeneca’s procurement professionals and for making partnering part of the AstraZeneca enterprise procurement model.

Noah had his first leadership role at age 9, when he was asked to train and lead a team of teenage referees in a youth basketball league (and where he first learned the importance of using influence rather than authority). Noah later enlisted in the United States Navy, where he led with situational authority in law enforcement, and was regularly kept at the side of one leader or another as a sounding board or candid counsel. Near the end of his enlistment, Noah deployed to Afghanistan where, as petty officer, he was asked to attend and then run senior officer logistics meetings.

The combination of Naval law and logistics experience helped Noah to transition to a role in corporate procurement following his enlistment. Noah worked at Johnson & Johnson leading professional services and IT categories for their pharmaceutical R&D company, Janssen Research & Development, from 2012 to 2013, and then for the whole of Johnson & Johnson R&D from 2013 until 2016. While at J&J, Noah started Villanova’s Executive M.B.A. program. In 2016 Noah finished his EMBA, but not before moving his family to Maryland to work in his current role at AstraZeneca as a Global Category Manager and Business Partner to MedImmune.

Noah’s journey has been challenging, but he regularly reflects on how often his professional roles mirror a 9-year-old attempting to train, lead, and manage a team of teenagers.

Education

Executive M.B.A., Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, 2016
B.S., English (Creative Writing), Towson University, Towson, Maryland, 2009

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Institute for Supply Management (ISM)
American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)
Association for Business Process Management Professionals International (ABPMP)
International Association of Risk and Compliance Professionals (IARCP)
International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP)
Business Process Management Institute
Procurement Leaders
Procurious

Personal Goals

To inspire others to improve.
To continually learn.
To write what is worthy of being read.
Most importantly: To provide my family with comfort and opportunity.

Professional Goals

I aspire to be a voice of inspiration and a senior leader. I aim to inspire through leadership themed writing and presentations. And I hope to reach a top leadership role in a company that holds integrity as a key pillar of success.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

My goals in my personal and professional life are to inspire through my words and my leadership. The doctoral program promises to encourage me to continue to write, learn, influence, and present as well hone my leadership abilities.

Favorite Leadership Books

The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (in Real Life), by Chris Hardwick

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, by Michael Watkins

Thinking in Systems, by Donella Meadows

How Will You Measure Your Life?, by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon

Favorite Leadership Quotes

"I'm not looking for the best players, Craig, I'm lookin' for the right ones." —Herb Brooks in Miracle

“To have his path made clear is the aspiration of every human being in our beclouded and tempestuous existence.” —Major Garland Briggs in Twin Peaks

Brown%2C%20Philip%20John%20%201.JPGPresident & CEO, Phoenix Mecano Inc., Maryland

Career Highlights

Philip Brown, President and CEO, Phoenix Mecano Inc., celebrated his 20th anniversary in June 2017. Before moving to Maryland to join Phoenix Mecano Inc., Philip worked as managing director of Phoenix Mecano Ltd. in the United Kingdom. Philip served as a marine engineer in the Royal Navy (UK) from 1978 to 1988.

The Phoenix Mecano Group is a global technology company with a worldwide presence at more than 60 locations and on all six economically relevant continents. The most important markets of the three divisions – Enclosures, Mechanical Components and ELCOM / EMS – are mechanical engineering, measurement and control technology, electrical engineering, automotive and railway technology, energy technology, medical technology, aerospace technology and home and hospital care. Philip Brown serves on the Phoenix Mecano Managing Group Leadership Committee, Switzerland, and oversees the North American business interests.

As part of his North American responsibilities, Philip serves as chairman of Orion Technologies LLC, in Orlando, Florida. Orion specializes in single board computers as well as full system design and development. He is also president of Okin America Inc., a North American product subsidiary located in Mississippi manufacturing motion furniture systems. In addition, Philip serves as president of Tefelen LLC, launched in June 2017 in Frederick, Maryland, manufacturing medium-voltage electrical technology.

Eight years after relocating to the United States in 2005, Philip, his wife and three children became U.S. citizens in 2013. Philip also has immediate family overseas in both the UK and Australia. He enjoys spending his free time with family and supporting extracurricular, athletic, and academic activities.

Education

MBA, Henley Management College, Henley-on-Thames, UK 
Incorporated Engineer IEng., Engineering Council, UK

Publications

Brown, Philip (2003). The Dynamics of Long-Term Relationships in the Business-to-Business (B2B) Environment. Henley Management College.

Personal Goals

Family, Health, Integrity
Identify and commit to a worthy cause.
Teach and mentor in the B2B environment.

Professional Goals

Consistently align to stakeholders’ expectations.
Protect all dependent employees.
To further embed the leadership culture to direct, empower, support and to eliminate the term, sense and contextual meaning of delegate or delegation.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

The DBA will assist my continued international career, but more importantly will be the cohort and faculty interactive learning experience. Through the MBA program, I was fortunate to interact with an international cohort with diverse experience and perspectives. In my review of the Hood College Doctoral Program, the cohort experience diversity was a key factor. In this DBA journey, I am specifically looking to expand on my MBA dissertation subject matter and to examine Customer Lifetime Value Process Quantitative Metrics.

Favorite Leadership Books

It Doesn't Take a Hero: The Autobiography of General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, by Norman Schwarzkopf

Jack: Straight from the Gut, by Jack Welch

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —Winston Churchill

Crilly%2C%20Brian%202.JPGDirector of Systems and Software Engineering, Thales Defense & Security, Inc., Clarksburg, Maryland
Adjunct Faculty, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland

Career Highlights

Brian Crilly attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received both a B.S. and an M.S. in electrical engineering. After working for several years as an electronics engineer and software developer in both government and private sector positions, Brian eventually moved into a functional management role at Thales. In order to help solidify his skills as a manager, Brian attended Mount St. Mary’s University and graduated in 2013 with an M.B.A. and a certificate in project management. Brian continued to pursue his interest in project management, and received both the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification from the Project Management Institute. Beginning in 2015, Brian began teaching project management classes in the evening at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Prior to his functional management role at Thales, Brian held a number of engineering roles, including:

Electrical Engineer, US Army Armament Research and Development Center, responsible for development of proximity fuzes
Senior Engineer, Wabtec Railway Electronics, responsible for development of locomotive “black-box” recorders and braking systems
Field Applications Engineer, Wyle Electronics, responsible for supporting customers who are using field programmable gate arrays
Staff Engineer, Thales Defense & Security, responsible for development of wireless voice and data communication system for military and public safety applications

In his spare time, Brian stays active with swimming, running, and biking. He also enjoys skiing and hiking with his family. Other favorite pastimes include watching his son and daughter compete at various athletic events, and dabbling in sports and nature photography.

Education

MBA, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 2013
Project Management Certificate, Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, Maryland, 2013
MSEE, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1993
BSEE, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 1990

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Project Management Institute (PMI)

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), Project Management Institute, 2015
Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute, 2013
Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business Administration, Beta Pi Chapter, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2013

Publications

Memory Issues in Power Aware Design of Embedded Systems: An Overview, The Second International Workshop on Compiler and Architecture Support for Embedded Systems, Washington, DC, October 1999

A Low Height, High Resolution Altimeter, 39th Annual Fuze Conference, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, April 1995

Using Comb Filters to Remove Noise due to Periodic Modulation, 38th Annual Fuze Conference, El Paso, Texas, April 1994

Personal Goals

To continually challenge myself to learn something new and to inspire others to reach for their goals.

Professional Goals

I hope to make a greater impact on the people around me, helping my co-workers and students to advance their knowledge and skills as I share what I have learned with them through teaching, mentoring, and example.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

This program will provide me with an opportunity for continued growth in my field, and allow me to help others through service and example. This program will allow me to contribute more effectively as both a manager and an educator.

Favorite Leadership Book

Drive, by Daniel H. Pink

Favorite Leadership Quote

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." —John Quincy Adams

Currens%2C%20Christopher%202.JPGSenior Advisor to the Associate Director for Management Resources (ADMR) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Career Highlights

Chris Currens is the Senior Advisor to the Associate Director for Management Resources at NIST, who is the executive responsible for all NIST-wide institutional support and administrative offices and their functions. Chris came to MR after serving as the Deputy Director of the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace in the NIST Information Technology Laboratory. Prior to that, he spent 4 years as Associate Director for Program Development in the NIST Engineering Laboratory (EL). During his time in EL, he accepted a 1-year detail to the White House Council on Environmental Quality in the role of Deputy Associate Director of Green Technology. Before joining EL, Chris spent 7 years in the NIST Advanced Technology Program (ATP) as a program manager and economist. He also served as the Senior Advisor to the ATP Director. While at ATP, he was detailed to the NIST Office of Technology Partnerships to assist with various programmatic efforts, including leading the Interagency Working Group on Technology Transfer.

Currently, Chris also supports the NIST Leadership, Management and Organizational Development Program in providing organizational and professional development advice to NIST leaders, training and matching coaches with current and aspiring NIST leaders, facilitating continuous improvement initiatives and interventions, and developing and delivering a comprehensive leadership development curriculum. He is a Senior Fellow and former coach at the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to inspire a new generation of civil servants and transform the way government works.

Chris has extensive professional experience beyond NIST. He worked as a senior auditor in the Office of Inspector General at both the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency, and at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, as well as at Salomon Brothers Inc., in New York.

Educational Background

MPA, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
MBA, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
B.S. (magna cum laude), Accounting with a minor in Finance, Mount Saint Mary’s College

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Senior Fellow, Partnership for Public Service, Washington, D.C.
Member, International Coaching Federation (ICF)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification
Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Personal and Professional Goals

Chris’s personal goals include attaining (eventually) a certain level of proficiency in a variety of hobbies: cooking, golf, foreign languages, cycling. Professionally, he would like to follow his career in the federal government with teaching and consulting, working with small companies and non-profits on topics such as organizational leadership and development and executive coaching.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Society needs organizations that excel in their respective endeavors. Excellent organizations share one thing in common—people who are competent, passionate, and committed to results. I want to gain the skills and knowledge to help people make a positive difference in their organizations and in their own personal and professional development.

Favorite Leadership Book

I found Leadership on the Line: Staying Alive Through the Dangers of Leading, by Ronald A. Heifetz and Martin Linsky, to be very helpful. I heard Dr. Heifetz lecture once, which brought the book alive for me. Stepping back from a challenging situation to gain perspective (“going to the balcony”) has always served me well.

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe's couplets: ‘Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.’” —William Hutchison Murray

Dao%2C%20Kathryn%20%201.JPGManager, Compensation, Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc.

Career Highlights

Kathie Dao joined Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (LBR), in 2015. Kathie brings more than 15 years of experience in the areas of operations and administration, data analysis and reporting, recruiting, workforce planning, HR information systems, process improvement, training and development, and compensation administration and design. Prior to joining LBR, Kathie held several human resources positions, most recently human resources project manager, for Bechtel Infrastructure & Power Corporation. Prior to that, Kathie supported Marriott International’s corporate law department in the areas of development, operations and labor and employment.

Education

MBA, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2014
Graduate Certificate in Organizational Development, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2014
B.S., Business, Mount St. Mary’s University, 2008

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Awards and Honors

Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification, Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI)
Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

Personal and Professional Goals

Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) certification, Society for Human Resource Management

Personal Goals

Inspire my children to pursue their dreams relentlessly.
Be an example that learning is a journey rather than a destination.

Professional Goals

Be a part of, positively impact, and add value to my organization in the achievement of its mission.
Attain credentials for professional advancement and entrance into academia.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

While working toward a master’s degree, I found the organizational development courses to be particularly interesting, sparking my desire to learn more. Hood’s doctoral program provides a path for me to continue my leadership journey.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Leadership Challenge: How to Make Extraordinary Things Happen in Organizations, 5th Edition, by Barry Posner and James M. Kouzes

Favorite Leadership Quotes

“Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” —Vince Lombardi

“A good objective of leadership is to help those who are doing poorly to do well and to help those who are doing well to do even better.” —Jim Rohn

Jansen%2C%20James%20%201.JPGSenior Vice President, Chief Quality & Integrity Officer, Adventist HealthCare

Career Highlights

Susan Glover currently serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Quality and Integrity Officer for Adventist HealthCare, located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. In this role, she is a member of Adventist HealthCare’s (AHC) senior leadership team, and provides overall direction for Quality and Patient Safety in AHC. Her responsibilities include leading system-wide performance improvement activities and the Care Excellence Electronic Health Record implementation. Susan also serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Adventist HealthCare and is responsible for compliance and internal audit services in the health system. Prior to her work with Adventist HealthCare, Susan has served in various executive and nursing roles in Adventist HealthCare organizations for the past 31 years.

Susan is a past board member and chair of Maryland Patient Safety Center, a committee member of the MHA Clinical Quality Committee, and a committee member of the Maryland Health Care Commission Data Advisory Committee. She also served as inaugural chair of the Montgomery County Healthcare Collaborative on Emergency Preparedness. This innovative committee, created in 2001, was charged with developing a comprehensive Montgomery County provider emergency preparedness response system after 9/11. In addition, Susan serves as the Rotary International District 7620 Chair for the Youth Exchange Program.

Education

MHA, University of Maryland, University College, College Park, Maryland, 1989
BSN, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, 1980

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

American College of Health Care Executives
American Society for Quality
Health Care Compliance Association
National Quality Forum
Rotary International
Leadership Montgomery
The Women’s Giving Circle of Frederick County

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Certification in Healthcare Compliance, CHC
Fellow, American College of Healthcare Executives, FACHE

Personal and Professional Goals

I will develop a deeper understanding of the art and science of effective leadership and improve my ability to develop leaders and teams to achieve their goals and mission.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

This is the next step in my lifelong journey of learning and continuing to become a better person and leader.

Favorite Leadership Book

Leader of One, by J. Gerald Suarez, Ph.D.

Favorite Leadership Quote

"The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He is the one who gets the people to do the greatest things." —Ronald Reagan

Jansen%2C%20James%20%201.JPGProgram Manager, Program Management School, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Career Highlights

Since joining Veterans Affairs in 2011, James Jansen has managed and led numerous programs such as Senior Program Management, Market Intelligence, Critical Thinking, Lean Six Sigma and Contracting Officer Representative training. He has supported $1.65 billion ceiling contracts, managed the administration of over 40 presentations per year, was a guest speaker at two Acquisition Workforce Innovation Symposiums, was primary instructor for Market Research, Market Intelligence, Instructor Certification Training, and instructs other classes as needed. Since 2015, James has been the program manager of Veterans Affairs Program Management Center of Excellence, with more than 1,800 members. He has experience providing contracting and program management support for programs ranging up to $25 billion.

Prior to joining Veterans Affairs, James served for 20 years in the US Army. He has served around the world including Korea, Bosnia, Somalia, and Iraq. His last assignment was as the Walter Reed Medical System Base Realignment and Closure Senior Enlisted Leader. As the team senior enlisted leader, James assisted numerous department chiefs in determining efficient and economical space management and utilization plans with the merger of two large hospitals with each other and a third hospital tripling in size as part of the $2.6 billion project. He was a key leader for personnel issues, manpower reviews, and work force mapping of staff to positions, training requirements, and space requirements evaluating 10,575 positions for transition. To do so, he worked collaboratively with leadership in numerous layers of multiple service command and control elements as well as civilian agencies active in the national capital region. He was a voting member of the leadership team that determined solutions to software needs and assisted in identifying over 800 software systems impacted by the closure of Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Education

M.S., Computer Information Systems, University of Phoenix, Honolulu, Hawaii, 1999
B.S., Psychology, South East Missouri State University, 1988

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Inaugural Member, Veterans Affairs Acquisition Corps
Program Manager, Veterans Affairs Program Management Center of Excellence
Program Manager, Veterans Affairs Program Management School Alumni Association

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Numerous Military Awards including Bronze Star and Order of Military Medical Merit
Veterans Affairs Chancellor GEM Award, March 2017
Federal Acquisition Certification for Project and Program Managers Senior Level
Federal Acquisition Certification for Contracting Officer Representatives Level 3
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Instructor Trainer Certification

Personal and Professional Goals

I am very committed to improving program management and the program management culture at Veterans Affairs to improve the care we give our nation’s veterans. My long-term goal is to gain new academic research and organizational leadership skills and to apply them to project, program and portfolio management and leadership within Veterans Affairs.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

With comprehensive training from the doctoral program in organizational leadership, I will be equipped to lead by facilitating a research–supported program management culture, and improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency that may hinder an organization from accomplishing outcomes beneficial to our veterans.

Favorite Leadership Book

Good to Great, by Jim Collins

Favorite Leadership Quote

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” 
—Colin Powell

Jones%2C%20Essence%20%202.JPGProgram Manager, Contemporary Family Services, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Career Highlights

A native Washingtonian, Essence Jones is passionate about assisting others and giving back. Essence holds a dual bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology, a master’s degree in human sciences/psychology, and a certificate in thanatology. A human services professional who has been working in the field for over 15 years, Essence has expertise in case management, budget and grant management, supervising, and training. Well equipped with in-depth knowledge of human behavior theories, including extensive experience assisting people with addictions, behavior problems, disabilities, and mental illness, she is also experienced within such varied settings as community living programs, government agencies, detention centers, college campuses, and residential placement centers. While adept in crisis intervention, de-escalation techniques and problem-solving skills, Essence is also expertly capable of making recommendations and referrals to other sources when necessary. She is also a skilled public speaker.

Adroit at curriculum creation, Essence is a successful instructor who has improved retention rates and funding. She is a proven leader who is able to work with diverse stakeholders and keep all relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs, and recommend changes as appropriate. As a program director and project manager, Essence has developed structures and professional recordkeeping methods that increased the proficiency and effectiveness of her Core Services Agency, which delivers mental health services to Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Louisiana.

Education

M.A., Human Sciences and Psychology with a Certificate of Thanatology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland
Graduate studies (30 credits), Counseling Psychology, Towson University, Towson, Maryland
B.A., Psychology and Sociology, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Life and career experiences have led me to strive for the highest degree possible. Earning a doctorate will assist with being able to help others and hopefully inspire them to overcome all obstacles in their lives.

Favorite Leadership Book

My most recent reading has been Pretty Brown Face, by Andrea and Brian Pinkney. My infant son enjoys having this book read to him, and I love that it teaches him self-confidence, a building block needed to instill leadership qualities.

Favorite Leadership Quote

As a descendent of Frederick Douglass, one of my favorite leadership quotes is “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Kelly%2C%20Ebony-Nicole%20%201.JPGInstructional Specialist, Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

2017–present Instructional Specialist, Accelerated and Enriched Instruction, Montgomery County Public School, Rockville, Maryland

2015–2017 Content Specialist, World Languages, Visual & Performing Arts, White Oak Middle School, Silver Spring, Maryland

2012–2015 Consulting Teacher, MCPS, OHRD

2009–2012 ESL Educator, Sargent Shriver Elementary School Grade Levels K, 2, 3, 4, 5 2007–2009 Primary Years International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) in ESL, Istanbul International Community School, Istanbul Turkey

2005–2007 ESOL Teacher/Team Leader, Sargent Shriver Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland

2003–2005 Adult Literacy Educator, Adult ESOL and Literacy Program, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Maryland

2003–2005 ESOL Teacher, Pinecrest Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland

2000–2003 Special Education Teacher, Learning and Academic Disabilities Combination Classroom (LAD), Rosemont Elementary School, Gaithersburg, Maryland

1998–2000 Special Education Teacher, LAD, JoAnn Leleck at Broad Acres Elementary School, Silver Spring, Maryland

2011–2013 Adjunct ESL Professor, Prince George’s Community College, Language Studies Department, Prince George’s County, Maryland

Education

M.Ed., Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 2002
B.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Maryland, 1998
Spanish Certificate, Maryland in Ecuador, Cuenca, Ecuador, 1997

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Member, Montgomery County Education Association, Maryland State Education Association, National Education Association, autumn 1998–present (NEA/MSEA)

Member, National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)

Member, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Committee Member, Minority Affairs Council Montgomery County Education Association, 2010–2015

Board Member, American Turkish Association of Washington, D.C., 2011–present

Member, The Montgomery County Alliance for Black School Educators, 2003–present

MCPS D.R.E.A.M. Team Consultant, advocacy and recruitment to educators of color and educators who teach in schools with high minority populations, Summer 2011–2016

Member, Montgomery County National Board-Certified Teacher Network, 2010–2015

Board Member, Montgomery County National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Steering Committee, 2010–2015

Member, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) Network Affiliates, Montgomery County National Board-Certified Teacher Network 2009–2014

NEA National Diversity Training Cadre, Trainer 2012–2014

Member, Hispanic Employees Association of Montgomery County (HEA), autumn 2005–2010

Member, Washington Area Association of Teachers Teaching English to Students of Other Languages (WATESOL), autumn 2003–2008

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA-Admin II exam), 2017

National Board-Certified Teacher, certification: Early and Middle Childhood/English as a New Language, 2017

WIDA Administrator, ACCESS for ELLs Training Certification, exp. 2015

Certified National Board Candidate Support Provider/Trainer, 2014

Advanced Professional Certification, MSDE, ESOL, Special Education K-12, 2010

Carol Chen Outstanding ESOL Teacher Award for Outstanding Leadership and Community Service 2010, Division of ESOL/ Bilingual Programs, Montgomery Co.

Teacher Certification K-12, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Maryland State Department of Education, 2002

Special Education, Maryland State Department of Education, 1998

Publications

Master Teacher Video Trainer, Teaching with Poverty in Mind Resource DVD, autumn 2010

Program Analyst, National Education Association Human and Civil Rights Cadre, spring 2010

Curriculum Co-developer, Newcomer Curriculum for English Language Learners in grades K-8; Montgomery County’s Division of ESOL/Bilingual Programs, summer 2007

Master Teacher Video Trainer, Discovery Channel Teacher Training, United Video streaming, 2005

Presentations

Co-Presenter, Maryland State Education Association Jumpstart National Board for Professional Teaching Standards conference (co-presenter), Bowie, Maryland, autumn 2010, 2011

Co-Presenter, MCPS New Employee Onboarding workshop, Rockville, Maryland, autumn 2010 and winter, autumn 2011

Presenter, Education Systems in Turkey from an International Teaching Perspective, Living in Istanbul and a Glimpse into a U.S. Education System. Turkish Consulate, Washington, D.C., April 2010

Presenter, Seven Effective Strategies to Help Mainstream Second Language Learners in the General Education Setting, Istanbul International Eastern European Conference, Istanbul, Turkey, 2009

Personal Goals

Enthusiastically forge ahead as a lifelong learner while being the best Mama to my son, daughter to my mother, and friend to my village I can be.
Elevate my “travel enthusiast spirit” by trekking to multiple countries on all seven continents; three continents to go! 
Fulfill my long-term dream of becoming a published author (an international travel children’s book and a memoire).

Professional Goals

I aspire to be a race and equity practitioner, scholar and international consultant focusing my work in advocating for increased attention to the needs of diverse gifted children, in particular, African American and Latino students and their families, so that they may benefit from local “highly accelerated and enriched” programs in order to have a positive impact on their local and global communities.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I’m incredibly fortunate to be the mother of a healthy, social, inquisitive, observant, and oftentimes tenacious, two-year-old toddler, a gift of responsibility I do not take lightly. My son is my inspiration, my drive, and my motivation. Every decision I make circles back to the impact it will have on him. I reflect extensively my actions and the effect they have in shaping him into a well-rounded/grounded contributor to our society. I want every decision I make to be one that aids my ability to help him have a healthy moral compass so that one day he will be a positive change agent for social justice domestically and globally. I want him to be proud of me. It’s important that the activities and professional development in which I engage are ones he can be proud of and inspired by. In addition to parenthood, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to study abroad, travel internationally, and thrive in my career. Five years ago, I had an epiphany; I would become a mother, and I would secure my doctorate by 45. These two desires, though very seemingly dissimilar, would not only be personally rewarding, but would also be two ways in which I’ve felt I could leave a legacy of “paying it forward” in the world.

While I’ve been able to see my first desire of becoming a mother come to fruition, I now look forward to the work of securing the second—earning my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (DOL). I staunchly believe the course offerings, the cohort expectations, the cutting-edge, 21st century, action research–based instruction, and the rigorous accelerated program completion in Hood College’s DOL program are a perfect match for my personal and professional goals. I also believe, as a mid-career professional with varied experiences in leadership, world travel, cross-cultural communications, language acquisition, curriculum writing, program development, and working with adults, that it is time to once again stretch myself professionally.

The efficacy and fidelity of instruction and coursework offered in Hood College’s doctoral program will allow me to learn the tools needed to become a scholar-practitioner. I understand that effective instructional and culturally responsive teacher-leaders do not just impact students and adults within the four walls of their settings, but they also move beyond their classrooms to rouse others to participate in the process. The leadership, research, and community-galvanizing tools I’ll garner from the program will extend my reach and allow me to effect change on an international platform as well.

Favorite Leadership Books

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and Hidden Power of Character, by Paul Tough

Favorite Leadership Quotes

“It’s time for us to be comfortable with the uncomfortable conversation about race. If we truly believe in equal rights and equal opportunity in America, we need to have real conversations about this issue. We can’t be color blind, we have to be color brave.” —Mellody Hobson

“Service is the rent that you pay for room on this earth.” —Shirley Chisholm

"Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another." —John C. Maxwell

Lozupone%2C%20Ja-Bette%20%202.JPGDirector, Achieving the Promise Initiatives, Montgomery College, Maryland

Career Highlights

While completing a B.A. in communications at Hood College, Ja’Bette worked in various industries including retail management, an accounting firm, and in communications. After graduating from Hood in 2004, she discovered her passion for working in education while supporting a business scholars program at Montgomery College. While in this role, she returned to Hood College to complete her M.B.A. In 2011, Ja’Bette became the founding director of marketing and recruitment for the Ana G. Mendez University System, Capital Area Campus. In 2013, she returned to Montgomery College in the Office of the Vice President and Provost, Germantown Campus, and held several positions until 2016, when she assumed her current position of director of Achieving the Promise Initiatives.

Education

M.B.A., Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2010
B.A., Communications, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland, 2004

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Board Member, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, Montgomery County
Board Member, Future Link Inc.
Board Member, Germantown Alliance
Member-at-large, American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)
Former President, Montgomery College Rising Professionals Association

Awards, Honors and Certifications

40 Under 40 Award, American Association for Women in Community College, 2016
National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Award, 2009
Montgomery College Outstanding Staff Service Award, 2008

Personal Goals

To be courageous and realize my full potential
To provide stability and security for my family and future generations
To never take my loved ones, opportunities, or blessings for granted

Professional Goals

I aspire to be a humble and effective leader who knows when to listen and when to follow my gut.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I am committed to a lifelong journey of learning, discovery and reflection. This doctoral program in organizational leadership will prepare me to lead the type of change I believe is needed in the world.

Favorite Leadership Book

Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom—not your typical leadership book, but I believe that in order to learn to lead, you first have to learn to live.

Basic Black: The Essential Guide for Getting Ahead at Work (and in Life), by Cathie Black

Favorite Leadership Quote

"A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent." —Douglas MacArthur

Mann%2C%20Sundra%20%201.JPGPrincipal, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

Having the privilege of serving in multiple schools across the largest school district in the state of Maryland over the past 14 years has been a unique and rich experience. Beginning my career as a special education teacher led me to a greater understanding of "success for every student" and what it means to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all scholars. Being a magnet coordinator imparted the importance of clear communication and how to bring multiple stakeholder groups together for a common goal. Finally, working at multiple levels (elementary, middle, and high) taught me the importance of high expectations for all scholars. As a principal, I am committed to eliminating barriers and challenging inequities to ensure that academic success is no longer predictable by race or socioeconomic status.

Prior to entering the field of education, I worked in the corporate sector for organizations such as IBM, CellularOne, and JonesDay. My experiences as an account executive, customer service supervisor, and paralegal were not lost when I transitioned to education. I continued to call on those organizational, managerial, data collection, and customer service skills as a school-based leader. Working in industry has provided me with a well-rounded point of view to heighten the sense of urgency to educate and prepare scholars under my care for college, career, and community.

Education

Post M.A., Administrative and Supervision, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, 2005
M.A., Secondary Special Education, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., 2003
M.S., Business Management, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, Maryland, 1999
B.S., Business Finance, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, 1991

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Montgomery County Association of Administrators and Principals (MCAAP)
Montgomery County Alliance of Black School Educators (MCABSE)
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Maryland Educator Advanced Professional Certificate: Administrator I/II
Maryland Educator Advanced Professional Certificate: Generic Special Education 6 – Adult

Personal and Professional Goals

My vision is to empower others by leading in a manner that eliminates inequities that unjustly create barriers for children and to ensure they have access to a quality education that will prepare them for college, career, and community.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

Through the Doctor of Organizational Leadership program, I expect to sharpen my leadership aptitude in a manner that equips me to manage within a competitive environment and empower others to perform at their highest levels. Upon successful completion of the Doctor of Organizational Leadership program, I would have engaged in theoretical study, scholarly research, and practitioner collaboration, all to excel my leadership competencies from transactional to transformational.

Favorite Leadership Book

John Maxwell books on leadership

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success. It can contribute to nation-building and reconciliation.” —Nelson Mandela

Ojo%2C%20Olaoluwasupo%201.jpgFounder & CEO, Change Health Systems, Inc. and Change Holdings, Inc.

Career Highlights

An accomplished executive with more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in business development, change management, and process improvements involving both start-up and growth organizations, Olaoluwasupo is a result-oriented and decisive leader with proven success in new market identification and strategic positioning for multimillion-dollar healthcare and retail organizations.

Olaoluwasupo excels in dynamic and demanding environments while remaining pragmatic and focused. As a visionary leader and entrepreneur, he founded and successfully grew numerous businesses from zero revenue to multimillion-dollar revenue. In 2002, he founded Change Health Systems, a community healthcare organization that provides behavioral interventions to individuals and families, and which has recently expanded to a wellness firm. This firm has treated more than 3,000 individuals in the past 14 years and currently treats about 1,000 patients at two locations in Maryland. In 2009, he founded Change Holdings, a retail and logistics business that exports fast moving consumer goods to Africa. He also founded Change Resource and Support Services Inc., a staff placement agency that hires temporary to permanent professionals for government and non-governmental organizations. And in 2012, he founded Change Properties, LLC, a real estate management company.

Olaoluwasupo currently serves as the minister in charge of music and the chairman of the building committee in his local church. He has also organized several contemporary Christian music concerts for his local church.

Education

MSW, School of Social Work, University of Maryland
B.S., Business Administration, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Certificate, Doing Business in Emerging Markets, Harvard Business School Education Program
Certificate, Supply Chain Management and Operations, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Board Chair, Change Health Systems, Inc.
Board Member, Broadview Advisors & Company
Board Chair, GWS Blessed Concept Limited
Board Member, Hebron House, Inc.

Awards, Honors, and Certifications

Christ Villa 2017 Leadership Award
City of Baltimore Mayor’s Citation, 2003

Personal and Professional Goals

I have as a task the vision of building a global brand that will positively influence humanity in healthcare delivery and in the educational sector. In the educational sector, my desire is to build an educational consortium and Leadership Institute that will prepare young Africans and African Americans for leadership roles in Africa and its diaspora.

Professional Goals

I aspire to be a voice of inspiration and a senior leader. I aim to inspire through leadership themed writing and presentations. And I hope to reach a top leadership role in a company that holds integrity as a key pillar of success.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

A doctoral program in leadership is important, as it gives the education seal of expertise. With two decades of experience in leading and managing a multimillion dollar business, my aim for coming to this unique institution is to bridge my practical experience acquired over the years with theoretical knowledge for personal and organizational growth. I am strongly persuaded that obtaining a doctorate degree in leadership is the right step in expanding my personal capacity to successfully handle what lies ahead in my professional future as the leader of a global business conglomerate. A doctoral training in leadership from this institution would help in honing my leadership practices and also provide the intellectual guidance needed for excelling in a fast-paced and ever-changing business world.

Specifically, the cohort model of the program is quite appealing, as it fosters discussion and learning in an environment that seeks to blend practical experience from the group with a theoretical approach in an academic setting.

Favorite Leadership Book

Holy Bible

Favorite Leadership Quote

“But it should not be that way with you. Whosoever wants to be your leader must be your servant.” —Matthew 20:26, ERV

Rabideau%2C%20Melany%201.JPGDirector of Patient Analytics and Quality Performance, Frederick Regional Health System

Career Highlights

Melany Rabideau has a background in health information technology, having worked as an analyst for a large multi-entity health system in South Central Pennsylvania before joining Frederick Regional Health System in 2015. In 2016, Melany moved into a new director role, supporting the development and transformation of Frederick Regional Health System's physician enterprise: Monocacy Health Partners. Merging her public health knowledge and passion for health policy in practice, Melany enjoys focusing on value-based care and repositioning Frederick Regional Health System as Frederick's premier Patient Centered Medical Neighborhood.

Educational Background

MPH, Public Health in Practice and Policy, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
B.A., Public Health Science, University of Maryland, College Park, 2012

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt
Central Penn Business Journal Future of Healthcare Award

Personal Goals

Eat well and travel often

Professional Goals

Make an income while making an impact

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

I have the privilege of improving the health of the Frederick community in my professional life and instantly related to Hood College’s “preparing leaders, transforming communities” mission. A doctoral program will provide me with the tools and expertise to lead through complex changes as the delivery of health services evolves.

Favorite Leadership Book

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World, by Adam Grant

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Do not listen with the intent to reply, but with the intent to understand.” —based on Steven Covey

Sandhu%2C%20Simarjeet.jpgMultidisciplinary Educational Training and Support (METs) ESOL Teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools, Maryland

Career Highlights

In 2003, one semester before graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in elementary education, I met two distant cousins who inspired me to pursue a career in teaching English as a second language. My cousins, both females, ages 18 and 19, came to the United States with limited literacy and language skills. Because of cultural obligations, their family wanted them to marry; however, my belief in providing opportunities for women in my culture prompted me to advocate for my cousins, as well as many others I have met over the past 14 years. It was this experience that led me to the various jobs I have had since 2003.

My career began at Howard Community College (HCC) as a writing tutor, and then emerged as an adjunct faculty position in both the credit and non-credit departments. I was an ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) instructor from 2003 to 2011. While teaching at HCC, I began my master's degree program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. At the same time, I also was hired as an ESOL teacher for Howard County Public Schools, spending days in the elementary school, two evenings in a graduate class, and three evenings as an adjunct instructor. In the summer of 2007, I was also given the opportunity to work as a visiting professor at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

From 2005 to 2013, I was selected to present my ESOL research at various conferences across the United States. I presented at Maryland TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), MAACE (Maryland Association for Adult Community and Continuing Education), MSET (Maryland Society for Educational Technology), Penn State Lehigh Valley, and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education).

In 2012, I wanted to expand my experience in Instructional Technology, so I changed my path for a short time and was hired as a Training Specialist for the Learning Standards Office at the Veterans Affairs Academy in Frederick, Maryland. This experience gave me first-hand experience in analyzing gaps in trainings and developing curriculum to enhance programs. Although this was an eye-opening experience, my passion rested in teaching English as a second language. In 2014, I became a METs (Multidisciplinary Educational Training and Support) ESOL Teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools.

Aside from my love of teaching, I also have a passion for singing and art. I have been singing since 1988, and have performed across the United States and India. My biggest audience was at

the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., with over 40,000 in attendance. In 1999, I sang on national television in India. In 2015, I released my first album worldwide. Currently, I have three music videos and over eight songs released. My songs are from a variety of languages including English, Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu. My music has been streamed in more than 71 countries and can be found on several platforms, including iTunes, iHeart Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music, and YouTube. My alias, Simi Malak or Simi Malak Kaur has a special meaning. "Malak" means angel in Arabic, and "Kaur" means princess in Punjabi. Malak was given to me by a student who said that I was a like an angel sent down from God. Kaur is the middle name given to females in the Sikh religion.

In addition to singing, I also have a love for drawing and painting. Most of my artwork is spiritual and has also been distributed to people near and far, including in India and Saudi Arabia. My teaching, music, and art all have one common theme: to motivate those often forgotten and those who have lost their voice. It is through teaching, music, and art that I hope to become a leader who helps those around me to blossom.

Education

M.S., Instructional Technology, Towson University, 2015
M.A., Instructional Systems Development, English as a Second Language, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2007
B.S., Elementary Education, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2003
Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Technology Integration, University of Maryland, University College
Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Distance Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Systems Development, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

National Education Association (NEA)
Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA)
Omicron Delta Kappa – International Honor Society in Education
Kappa Delta Pi – National Leadership Honor Society

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Advanced Professional Certificate, Maryland
Elementary Education, Grades 1–6
Early Childhood Education, Grades Pre-K–K
ESOL, Grades K–12

Publications

Sandhu, S., Lohnes-Watulak, S. & Martinez-Alba, G. (2013). Exploring the Impact of the TAG Interactive Reader on the Motivation to Read and Reading Outcomes of English Language Learners. In R. McBride & M. Searson (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2013 – Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3362–3366). New Orleans, Louisiana, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 24, 2017 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/48616/.

Personal Goals

To become a better person each day and help make a difference in the lives of people I meet. To fight for those often forgotten and those who have lost their voice and provide them with a chance to see their dreams come true. Success to me is not an "I" thing, it’s a "we" thing. Success is not standing on the podium alone, but standing alongside with those around me who have reached their goals and surpassed me.

Professional Goals

To obtain a doctorate and become an effective leader in the ESOL field. As a leader, I would like to help develop programs and lead educators to understand how to work with ESOL students and ensure that they become successful citizens of our community and beyond.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

The Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Hood College is the ideal program for someone like myself, someone who strives to become an effective leader not only for my organization, but also to extend to communities near and far.

Favorite Leadership Book

I Am Malala, by Malala Yousafzai

Favorite Leadership Quote

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” —Mother Teresa

Troutman_web.jpegDirector of Residence Life and Student Conduct, Hood College

Career Highlights

Matt Troutman was involved in various student organizations as an undergraduate at Indiana University Kokomo, making him feel connected to the campus and his peers. Learning of student affairs as a profession, after graduating, he worked in student activities as a programming coordinator for 4 years at his alma mater while taking graduate classes nearby in higher education. Over the past 17 years, Matt has worked in student affairs in five different states at five institutions of higher education, private and public. Since 2015, Matt has worked in the Division of Student Life at Hood College, overseeing the College’s judicial system and housing program. He enjoys working closely with students to support and challenge them in their development, as well as leading the Residence Life team to accomplish its mission and goals.

Education

M.S., Education, Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, 2002
B.A., Social and Behavioral Sciences, Indiana University Kokomo, Indiana, 2000

Professional Memberships and Affiliations

Association of College and University Housing Officers – International
Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators

Awards, Honors and Certifications

Donald Lane Service Award for Student Service, Indiana University Kokomo, 2004
Virginia Association of College and University Housing Officers Service Excellence Award, 2013

Personal and Professional Goals

My goal is to continue my passion of helping people grow, improving systems, and facilitating problem-solving, ultimately in the role of dean of students at a small, private liberal arts institution of higher education.

Why is a doctoral program important to you?

This program is right for me because of the subject matter, the program’s cohort and scheduling structure, and geographic proximity. I enthusiastically look forward to learning with and from outstanding people. I plan to advance my career because of the credentials and educational experiences gained from obtaining my Doctorate in Organizational Leadership at Hood College.

Favorite Leadership Book

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell

Favorite Leadership Quote

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway.” —Eleanor Roosevelt