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Balthrop, Chris

Information Technology Networking – BAS, AAS
chris.balthrop@faculty.abtu.edu

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Master of Science – Computer Information Systems, Nova Southeastern University
Bachelor of Business Administration – Management Information Systems, University of Georgia
CompTIA A+ Certified

Barnett, Dennis

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
dennis.barnett@faculty.abtu.edu

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Master of Information Systems (MIS), University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science – Information Technology/Software Engineering, University of Phoenix
Associate of Arts – General Education, University of Phoenix
Military – Signal Support Systems Specialist (700 Hours), Fort Gordon, GA, U.S. Army

Boley, Damien

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
damien.boley@faculty.abtu.edu

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Master of Science – Information Systems with an emphasis in Web Technologies, University of Central Missouri
Bachelor of Science – General Studies, University of Central Missouri

Bassett, Chris

Doctorate of Management degree in Organizational Development and Change  – MBA,BAS, AAS
chris.bassett@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

  • Doctorate of Management degree in Organizational Development and Change, Colorado Technical University
  • Master of Science degree in Management, Colorado Technical University
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Finance, University of Wisconsin Superior

Experience:

  • 12 years as an instructor
  • 4 years academic IT and Business Course Evaluator
  • 2 years academic Course Department Leader
  • 2 years academic Supervisor
  • 5 years curriculum and course development
  • 3 years Distance Learning Instructor

Certifications:

  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Project Management
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Lean Kaizen Facilitator
  • IT and Business Transformation
  • Change Management
  • Strategic Planning and Visioning
  • Distance Learning Instructor


Boykin, Melinda

Master of Arts in Communication Management – BAS, AAS
Melinda.boykin@faculty.abtu.edu
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Boykin, Melinda

 Credentials:

  • Currently enrolled in Doctor of Philosophy with a concentration in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Communication Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting
  • Minored in Computer Information Systems

  Experience:

  • Working in Higher Education over 15 years
  • 20 years working with teenage girls, mentorship and business etique
  • 20 years working with small businesses in development of financial statements, business operations and budget planning
  • 10 years auditing non-profit organizations, small corporations and medium size organizations
  • 15 years in supply chain management

Certifications:

  • Certified Texas Contract Developer, State of Texas 2019
  • Certified Professional in Supply Management, ISM 2013-2019
  • Certified Professional in Supplier Diversity Management, ISM 2014-2019
  • Certification in Women’s Leadership – Case Western Reserve University 2009
  • Enrolled IRS Tax Agent – IRS 2010-current


Brantley, Lafarrah

Health Information Technology – BAS, AAS
lafarrah.brantley@faculty.abtu.edu

Master of Health Services Administration, Strayer University
Bachelor of Science – Technology Support and Training Management, University of South Carolina

Cheasty, Michelle

Business Technology and Accounting – MBA, BAS, AAS
michelle.cheasty@abtu.edu

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Credentials:

Doctorate in Education- Concentration in Training and Performance Improvement – Capella University

Master’s degree in Business Administration – American Business & Technology University

Master’s degree in Educational Administration and Educational Technology- The College of New Jersey

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, concentration Accounting – Seton Hall University

Experience:

K-12 Educator and Administrator- 19 years

Online Instruction – six years

Certifications:

WV Education Licenses: Business Education 05-AD (21-1 0600), Elementary Education 0K-06 (21-1 3600), Multi- Categorical LD, BD, MO 0K- 06 (21-1 4115), Multi- Categorical LD, BD, MO 05-AD (21-1 4115), 64-1 Temporary Administrative Certificate (0001 Superintendent PK-AD, 0006 Supervisor General Instruction PK-AD, 0015 Principal PK-AD), 05-AD Social Studies (21-2-3000), English 05-AD (21-2-1000) and Algebra.

NJ Education Licenses: Elementary School Teacher (00357615), Teacher of General Business Studies (00357616), Teacher of Students with Disabilities (925400), Supervisor (587505), Principal (587623), School Administrator (657144)

National Bookkeeper Association Bookkeeper certification

Various Microsoft Office 2013

Cohen, Jan

Master of Health Information Technology – BAS, AAS
jan.cohen@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

PhD in Business (in progress) – Capella University

Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration, Lynn University

Master’s degree in Accountancy, University of Phoenix

Bachelor’s Degree in Hotel Restaurant Administration

Experience:

Accounting – Card Services Settlements – 7 years

Interim Administrator Assisted Living Facility- 1 year

Administrator Nursing and Rehab Center – 2 years

Executive Director Healthcare Facility – 2 years

Assistant Administrator – 2 years

Adjunct online instructor – 10 years

Certifications:

Nursing Home Licensure – State Of Florida – retired

Heath Facility Administrator – State of Indiana – retired

Certified Advanced Facilitator

FYS Certification

Notary Public – State of Delaware

Covey, Cheryl

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
cheryl.covey@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

Masters In Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning,Capella University 2008

Bachelors of Science, Information Technology, Franklin University 2005

Associate of Technical Studies, Web, TQM, Computer Electronics & Executive Secretarial,2003

Associate of Applied Business, Executive Secretarial, 1995

Experience:

Worked as an IT technician, Conducted training for faculty, as well as, students

An instructor at the college level for the past 20 years teaching Microsoft Office, Computer repair, and Web Design courses.

Certification:

Microsoft Office 2010 Master
Microsoft Office Word 2016 Certified
Microsoft Office Excel 2016 Certified
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016 Certified
Microsoft Office Word Expert 2016 Certified
Microsoft Office Excel 2019 Certified
Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2019 Certified

A+ Service Technician certification, 2000

ICCertified Instructor

Crabb, Randy

Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Administration– MBA, BAS, AAS

randy.crabb@faculty.abtu.edu
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Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration, Northcentral University
Master of Science in Technology, Texas State University
Bachelors in Industrial Technology, Oklahoma Panhandle State University

Cullam, Terry

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
terry.cullum@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials:

PhD. Student in Human Capital Development with an emphasis on Instructional Design and Technology, University of Southern Mississippi.

Master of Science in Information Systems with an emphasis on Information Assurance, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Bachelor of Technology in Information Systems, Mississippi University for Women

Experience:

10 + years as an educator/instructor

Certifications:

CompTIA A+

CompTIA Network +

CompTIA Security +

Microsoft Technology Associate

CCNA Routing and Switching: Introduction to Networks

C-Tech Fiber Optic Based Systems C-Tech Copper Systems



Duhart, Ladonna

Master of Arts degree- AAS, BAS

 Ladonna.duhart@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials: 

Master of Arts degree -Keller Graduate School of Management -Network & Communications Management Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts degree -Marygrove College  – Computer Science Detroit, Michigan

Experience:

 20 years as an educator

 15 years as a mentor teacher

10 years Training the Trainer with Technology Integration

10 years Technology Consultant / Business Owner

Certifications:

Cisco Certified Academy Instructor

Cisco Certified Network Professional

Cisco Certified Network Associate

Cisco Certified Field Technician

Cisco Certified Design Associate

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Elinsky, Alexandra

Doctorate of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Business/Finance – BAS, AAS | Psychology – General Education
alexander.elinsky@faculty.abtu.edu
Doctor of Philosophy – Industrial/Organizational Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – 2018
Master of Business Administration – Finance, Ursuline College
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology, Ursuline College

Credentials:

Doctorate of Philosophy in Industrial/Organizational Psychology – The Chicago School of Professional Psychology – Pending 2018

Master of Business Administration in Finance – Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Ursuline College, Pepper Pike, OH

Experience:

8 years in field operations management and project management

7 years of marketing

3 years of small business ownership

3 years of consulting

2.5 years of teaching in higher education

2.5 years serving as a career coach and student mentor

Certifications:

Mental Health First Aid

Ferns, Brent

Master of Business Administration

Information Resource Management – BAS, AAS
brent.ferns@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials: 

Master of Business Administration- Management Information Systems -Northcentral Univ.

Master of Science in Administration-Information Resource Management – Central Michigan Univ.

Bachelor of Business Administration-Management / Computer Information Management – Northwood Univ.

Associate General – Management and Information Systems – Lansing Community College

Experience:

Mr. Ferns has over 20 years of experience in management and information technology. He began his career as a computer systems specialist for the United States Marine Corps, before spending several years as an information technology consultant for organizations of every type and size. Mr. Ferns then moved into management, first as the Information Technology Manager for the Michigan Army National Guard at Fort Custer Training Center and then as the Global Data Center Operations Manager for the largest division of General Motors, before taking a promotion to Director of Global Hosting and Network Services for the Saginaw Steering division of Delphi Corporation. He now teaches to pass on all he has learned to the next generation of managers and information technology specialists, while doing some management consulting from time to time.

Ford, Steven

Doctorate of Management- Project Management

Project  Management – MBA, BAS, AAS

Steven.ford@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials: 

Doctor of Management-Project Management, Colorado Technical University

Master of Science, University of North Dakota

Bachelor of Sciencee, US Air Force Academy

Certifications:

Project Management Professional (PMP)

LEED AP (BD+C) 

Six Sigma Lean Black Belt Professional Certified

Project Management – Lean Process Certified 

Lean Supply Chain Management Certified

Publications:

Ford, S. W., Jr. (2020). Reducing voluntary turnover rates via motivational strategies for top-tier project team members in Denver, Colorado (Order No. 28255647). Available from ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. (2466344748).

Ford, S. (2020). Contingency Planning vs. Scenario Planning, PM World Journal, Vol. IX, Issue VII (July).

Ford, S. (2019). Risk and Quality Integration; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue IX (October).

Ford, S. (2019). Continuous Process Improvement as a Function of Program Management; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue VII (August).

Ford, S. (2019). Income as Incentive: An Examination of Money as a Motivator Among Top Tier Employees; PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue II (February).

Fresh, Dimitric

Master of Business Administration

Health Care Management – BAS, AAS
dimitric.fresh@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials: 

M.B.A in Healthcare Management, Western Governors University

B.B.A. in Marketing, Minor in Management, Baker College

Experience:

Senior Contract Analyst – current

Financial coordinator – 3 years

Family Case Manager – 2 years

Manager – 1 year

Adjunct Instructor  – 5 years

Gann, Rich

Phd Industrial Psychology

Master of Business Administration

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
rich.gann@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials: 

 PhD Industrial Psychology (ABD, Masters of Business Administration.)

Masters of Management. 

Bachelors of Science Information Technology.

Certifications:

CISSP, CISA, CISM, CDPSE, CEH, Security+, Network+, A+, CCNA.


Graham, Christina

Christina.graham@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Doctorate of Business Administration, with a specialty in Applied Computer Science University of Southern California University, for Professional Studies 

Master of Science degree in Business Administration, Indiana Wesleyan University 

Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, Butler University

Experience:

Educator instructor since 2010

4 years as a mentor teacher

2 years Northwest Missouri Regional Professional Development Center Advisory Committee and Governing Board member

1 year member of American Educational Research Association

4 years Academic Advisor

Certifications:

PMP, Project Management Professional, PMI Institute

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, AIGPE

Certified Scrum Master, Scrum Alliance

ITIL 4 Foundations, Axelos

FLMI, Fellow Life Management Institute

Hutchinson, Phillip

Healthcare/Pharmacy Technician, Vocational
Phillip.Hutchinson@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials:

Bachelors, Biology – Wofford College

Bachelors, Spanish – Wofford College

Experience:

6 years pharmacy technician, clinical research coordinator, online instructor.

Certifications:

Nationally Certified Pharmacy Technician

State Certified Pharmacy Technician 

Jackson, Harry

Information Technology/Security – MBA, BAS, AAS
harry.jackson@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials: 

Doctor of Education – Strategic Security, Henley-Putnam University
Master of Arts – National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
Master of Arts – Strategic Intelligence, American Military University
Bachelor of Science – General Engineering, United States Naval Academy

Experience:

Intelligence Officer (Joint Doctrine) in the Plans, Exercise, and Doctrine Division, Deputy Directorate for Intelligence Plans and Operations in the Directorate for Intelligence, J2, – United States Navy Reserve

GS-15 Information Technology Specialist – Program Manager

HUMINT/Reserve Attache  – United States Navy Reserve

IT Specialist (Information Security/Policy & Planning)

Sr. Information Assurance Engineer

Sr. Security Consultant- Defense Intelligence Agency

Systems Engineer, Program Analyst, and Facility Security Officer- Missile Defense Agency

Electronic Warfare Officer, Combat Direction Center Watch Officer, Force Over the Horizon Track Coordinator

 Certifications:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional – Information Systems Security Manager

Certified Information Security Manager

Certified Ethical Hacker

Project Management Profesional

Prince2 Foundation

ITIL v3 Foundation

Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Jones, Ramona

Project Management Professional
Ramona.jones@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:
Masters of Science in Healthcare Administrations, Louisiana State University Shreveport
Bachelor of Art in Business Administration, Lindenwood University
Experience: 
1 year as Project Manager 
9 years as Senior Healthcare Consultant 
2 years as Physician Practice Administrator 
5 years as Sr. Healthcare Billing Specialist/ Office and Clinical Administration
Certifications:
Professional Project Management (PMP)- Dec 2019 
Lean Six Sigma Certification- Jan 2018 

Koelliker, Deanna

English – General Education
deanna.koelliker@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials

Master of Arts degree in English, Northwest Missouri State University

Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership, Northwest Missouri State University

Bachelor of Science degree in English, Northwest Missouri State University

Experience

19 years as an Educator/Adjunct Instructor

7 years virtual instruction

10 years coordinator of ACT English /Reading instruction at Park Hill South High School

2 years Department Chair

9 years Advanced Placement instruction

3 years curriculum writer

3 years professional development presenter

2 years writing center tutor

2 Years RTI committee member

13 Years PLT member

Certifications

Missouri Lifetime Teaching Certification

Advanced Placement Instructor Certification

ACT Teachers as Coaches Certification, Focus on Learning

Krouse, Debra

debra.krouse@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Doctorate of Business Administration, Walden University
Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering, United States Merchant Marine Academy

Experience:
8 years as an instructor
34 years as an engineer/engineering manager
Mentoring program developer/8 years mentoring program administrator and mentor
11 years member of US Naval Reserves

Certifications:

Project Management Professional 

Kulcsar, Alex

Mathematics – BAS, AAS
alex.kulcsar@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials:

Master’s Degree in Computer Science – American Sentinel University

Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics – University of Michigan

Experience:

CEO and CTO – five years (presently)

Instructor, Instructor Trainer, and Faculty – 20 years (presently)

Systems Programmer/Analyst Lead – 15 years

Certifications:

CompTIA A+

CompTIA Network+

Microsoft Certified Professional

Lightcap, Richard

Network and Programming – BAS, AAS
richard.lightcap@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

EdD (in progress), American College of Education

DBA (ABD), Argosy University

Master’s degree Computer Information Systems, University of Phoenix

Bachelor’s degree Information Technology, University of Phoenix

Experience:

Director of Technology – 2 years, presently

IT Operations Support Manager – 4 years

IT Manager – 2 years

Quality Assurance Engineer – 1 year

Adjunct Online instructor –  9 years, presently

Chair, School of Information Technology – 5 years

Dean Academic Affairs – 5 years

Associate Dean – 2 years

Certifications:

ITIL Foundation Loyalist Certification Services

Digium Certified Asterisk Administrator (dCAA)

Microsoft Certified Trainer

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

Microsoft Certified Solutions Engineer

Technology Specialist – Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects

Specialist – E150-6141 Programming with HTML5/CSS3

Professional – B345-5317 Windows Server

Authorized Symantec Consultant – Archiving and eDiscovery

STS Symantec Enterprise Vault 10.0 for Exchange

STS Symantec Clearwell eDiscovery Platform

STS Veritas Storage Foundation and High Availability Solutions for Windows

STS Veritas Storage Foundation for Unix

STS Symantec NetBackup 7.5

Luciani, Kristian

Credentials:

Master in Business Administration, Webster University

Bachelor in Commerce and Finance, University of Toronto

Experience:

16 years as a higher education educator

6 years Program Director, Finance & Banking

6 years Director of Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab

4.5 years Assistant Dean for Accounting and Finance

3 years in commercial banking

don.mccourtney@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Master Business Administration, California Coast University

Master of Science degree in Psychology, California Coast University

Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology emphasis on Addiction, Marymount College

EXPERIENCE:

40 years as a Behavioral Health Professional in Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Care

Corporate Director of Substance Use Disorder Services  

CEO/Executive Director for freestanding and hospital-based facilities

Developed and implemented all levels of the continuum of care for Behavioral Health Services

Associate Administrator for a Behavioral Health Managed Care Organization

Directed Marketing Strategies for profit enhancement

Responsible for developing, implementing, and adhering to multimillion-dollar budgets

Provided direct care to patients and families with Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health Challenges

Conversant with Joint Commission, Medicare, and TriCare licensing and accreditation requirement

Certifications:

Relapse Prevention Specialist

 Peer Recovery Specialist

Substance Abuse Counsellor

Metropoulos, Nick

nick.metropoulos@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

    Master of Business Administration, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
    Masters Computer Information Systems, Bentley University  

    Bachelor of Science degree, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Experience:

    15 years as an Enterprise Architect
    3 years as an instructor
    5 years Network Manager
    10 years Systems Engineer
Certifications:

    ITIL V3 Certification
    Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, IBM

Morgan, Jacqueline

Technology – BAS, AAS
jacqueline.morgan@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials: 

Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
Bachelor of Science – Computer Information Systems, High Point University

Experience:

6 years as an educator/instructor

2 years as a mentor teacher

11 years as a small business owner

7 years as a marketing consultant

2 years professional development presenter

Moya, Lillian

Lillian.moya@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials

Master of Science in Psychology with an emphasis on human factors, Grand Canyon University

Bachelor of Business Administration in General Business Studies and Marketing, Florida Atlantic University

Associates of Arts in Biotechnology and Art/Art Education, Miami Dade College

Professional Certificate Pharmacy Technology Graduated Suma Cum Laude, Ashworth College

Experience

Over 15 years in entrepreneurial business development

Over 15 years in business transformations focused on innovative technologies including social media, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing

State of Florida Finalist in InovateHER entrepreneurial innovation competition

Certified Teacher in the State of Florida for Business, Marketing, and Social Sciences

Program developer in Miami Dade College’s College of Continuing Education (Hialeah Campus) for Entrepreneurship and Management

Nomination for Miami Dade County Public School’s Rookie Teacher of The Year Award

Founder of Dr. Watts Wellness (mobile app), Soup of The Day (mobile app), lemktg.io, Articollectiva, Inc. (community engagement arts program)

 International business, technology, and health systems and patient care speaker and presenter

Experience

Over 15 years in entrepreneurial business development

Over 15 years in business transformations focused on innovative technologies including social media, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing

State of Florida Finalist in InovateHER entrepreneurial innovation competition

Certified Teacher in the State of Florida for Business, Marketing, and Social Sciences

Program developer in Miami Dade College’s College of Continuing Education (Hialeah Campus) for Entrepreneurship and Management

Nomination for Miami Dade County Public School’s Rookie Teacher of The Year Award

Founder of Dr. Watts Wellness (mobile app), Soup of The Day (mobile app), lemktg.io, Articollectiva, Inc. (community engagement arts program)  International business, technology, and health systems and patient care speaker and presenter

 Certifications

State of Florida Department of Education Business, marketing, and social sciences teacher

Advanced Placement Instructor

Various professional development certifications from international organizations and universities including the United Nations, The World Health Organization, Johns Hopkins University, The University of Leeds, Queensland University

Nagarajan, Nithya

nithya.nagarajan@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Master of Science in Mathematics, AnnamalaiUniversity, India

Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, BharathiarUniversity, India

Bachelor of  Education, AnnamalaiUniversity, India

Advanced Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications, Indian Computer Academy, India

Java and Web Design Credited Classes, MCC, MO

UNIX, LINUX and Networking Credited Classes, JCCC, KS

Experience:

19 years as an educator/instructor

5 years Instructor at Vatterott College

8 years Instructor at ITT Technical Institute

2 years Associate Dean of General Studies and leadership team

4 years Adjunct Instructor at JCCC

1 year Adjunct Instructor at Brown Mackie College

9 months Adjunct Instructor at National American University

Noudjo, Andre

andre.noudjo@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials

Master of Science, International Economics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Bachelor of Science, Business Economics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Bachelor of Business Administration, Management Information Systems, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Certificate Business Statistics and Analysis, Rice University, Houston, TX

Experiences

  3 years Business courses instructor

  10 years Project Management Analyst

  5 years Project Coordinator

  2 years Systems Analyst

Certifications

PMP-CAPM

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt

CompTIA IT Technician

Okafor, Chi

chi.okafor@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Bachelor’s in Business Administration – Accounting CPA Path Chadron State College – Chadron, NE

Master’s in Business Administration Chadron State College – Chadron, NE

Doctorate in Business Administration – California Southern University – Costa Mesa, CA

 Experience:

25 years of accounting, leadership and management experience

Certifications:

Microsoft Office Specialist Master Instructor

Paulikens, Patricia

Business – MBA, BAS, AAS
patricia.paulikens@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

Doctorate of Business Administration Southern California University for Professional Studies, Santa Ana, California  

Master of Business Administration, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ  

Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics Montclair State, Upper Montclair NJ 

Experience:

30 years of insurance experience

10 years teaching in both brick and mortar and online environments

20 years of insurance training experience

22 years of sales management experience 

Certifications:

Licensed P&C producer State Of New Jersey

Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC)

Associates in General Insurance (AINS)

Randolph, Melvin

Business – MBA, BAS, AAS
melvin.randolph@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

Applied Associate of Science, Music and Video Business – Art Institute

Bachelor of Arts, Music Business – Columbia College

Masters of Science, Integrated Marketing Communications – Roosevelt University

Doctorate of Business Administration, Marketing Concentration – Argosy University

Experience:

Adjunct Professor – six  years

Marketing Consultant – seven years

Online Instruction – five years, presently

Certifications:

None

Rivera-Clarkson, Zia

Healthcare – AAS
zia.rivera-clarkson@faculty.abtu.edu

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Credentials: 

MBA: Forbes School of Business at Ashford University 

BA Healthcare Administration: Ashford University 

Experience: 

Eight years as an educator/instructor

Three years as Certification Administrator/Proctor for AMCA 

Two  years Certification Administrator/Proctor for NHA 

39 years as Revenue Cycle Manager/Healthcare Administrator

19 years as Healthcare Management Consultant 

Certifications: 

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist from AMCA 

Certified Medical Office Administrator from AMCA

Certified Electronic Health Records from AMCA

Certified Billing and Coding Specialist from NHA 

New York State Licensed Vocational Teacher for Medical Billing, Coding and Medical Office Administration  Certified Professional Coder from AAPC  

Salmon, Arthur

arthur.salmon@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Doctor of Computer Science – Cybersecurity and Info. Assurance, Colorado Technical University.

Master of Network and Communications Management, Keller Graduate School of Management.

Bachelor of Science – Technical Management in Business IS, Devry University.

Associate in Science – Computer Networking Technician, Fresno City College.   

Experience:

 9 years as a technical instructor

19 years as a Network Engineer & Architect

8 years as a Security Engineer

3 years as a Compliance Office

Certifications:
Microsoft

MCT

MCSA: 2008/2012/2016

MCSE: Security

MCITP:

MCP

Cisco

CCNA: RnS/Sec/Voice/Video/Coll/Design

CCAI, CCNP: RnS and CCDP-Design

Cisco Certified Network Professional Enterprise certificate

Cisco Certified Network Associate certificate

Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Advanced Infrastructure Implementation certificate

Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Core certificate

Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Design certificate

Juniper

JNCIA

EC Council

CEH

CompTia

A+

Network+

Security+

Server+

Linux+

VM Ware

VCP-DCV 5 & 6

LPIC

Linux Essential

Linux LPIC 1

ISC2

CISSP

Seenath, Lystra

lystra.seenath@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Master of Arts in Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Experience:

15 years as an educator/instructor

10 years as an advocate

david.sims@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Master of Science in Cyber Security, Liberty University Lynchburg, VA

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Stratford University

Experience:

25 years as an IT professional

15 years of IT staff training and mentoring

10 years as an educator/instructor

15 years as a support center lead, supervisor, or manager

4 years as a member is ISACA

Certifications:

CompTIA A+

CompTIA Project+

HIPAA Security training

In process certifications include: AWS Cloud Practitioner, Microsoft Azure, Cisco CCNA Cyber Security, and renewing Cisco CCNA Route Switch. 

Stone, Nicole

Information Technology – BAS, AAS
nicole.stone@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

Master of Business Administration, Franklin University
Bachelor in Applied Science in Information Technology and Management of Information System, Franklin University
Associate in Applied Science in Network Security and Advanced Computer Networking, Rhodes State College

Experience:

Nicole has been working in the technology field from a local computer store, to a part of the Information Systems Department at Rhodes State College.   Working full time and going to school full time online, Nicole saw the value of online education.  She wants to provide an encouraging and inspiring online atmosphere for her students.  Nicole delights in sharing her love of technology and desire to learn with others who want to further their education.

I have over 15 years of experience working in the technology field. 

Information Systems Department – 6 years

Business Manager – 8 years to present

Business and Information Technology Consultant – 8 years to present

Adjunct Instructor – 8 years to present

Online Instructor – 5 years to present

Curriculum development and update – 2 years

Szymanski, Kerry

Credentials:

Doctorate of Business Administration degree in Marketing, Argosy University

Master of Business Administration degree in Marketing, University of Oregon

Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, Syracuse University

Experience:

15 years as an educator/instructor

10 years as a marketing consultant

6 years in corporate marketing

12 years in entrepreneurship

5 years USPTA Tennis Coach

5 years as Chair of the Curriculum Committee Published Author, Seduce Your Customers

10 years national speaker on branding and marketing

1 year stand-up comedian

Uko, George

Business & Technology – BAS, AAS
george.uko@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

Masters, Organizational Management – University of Phoenix

Bachelors, Communications – Arizona State University

Associate of Arts, Business – Johnson County Community College

Experience:

20 years of Accounts Receivable, Collection, Fraud, Underwriting, and Customer Service experience. George has worked in the Credit Card industry, animal pharmaceuticals, banking, and e-commerce businesses.

Walters, Felicia

Information Technology – MBA, BAS, AAS
felicia.walters@faculty.abtu.edu
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Credentials:

PhD – Doctor of Information Technology, Capella University

MHRM – Master of Human Resource Management, Keller Graduate School of Management

MBA – Master of Business Administration; concentration: Information Systems Management, Keller Graduate School of Management

Bachelor of Science – Family and Consumer Sciences (Sequence in Apparel, Merchandising and Design, Illinois State University

Experience:

Felicia has a background that spans more than 13 years of professional experience in Information Technology, Business, Marketing, eCommerce, Human Resources, and Higher Education in a number of managerial and strategic planning roles. She has taught courses in these disciplines at the college level since 2005.

She understands the desire for a flexible learning option because during her educational studies she worked full-time while balancing a 2-hour commute to work each way. Today her dedication to learning is still as strong as she is currently working on the dissertation phase of the Doctor of Information Technology degree program.

Certifications:

SAFe® 5 Agilist (SA)

Associate Human Resource Professional (aPHR™)

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®),

Graduate Certificate in Ecommerce Management, Keller Graduate School of Management

Graduate Certificate in Wireless Communications, Keller Graduate School of Management

Ward, Terrence

terrence.ward@faculty.abtu.edu

Credentials:

Doctorate of Philosophy degree in Applied Management and Decision Science (AMDS), Walden University

Master of Business Administration in Technology Management, University of Phoenix

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, University of Maryland University College

Associate of Arts and Sciences (A.A.S.) in Information Systems Technology, Community College of the Air Force

Associate of Science in Information Technology, Butler County Community College

Experience:

34 years as a military/government employee

22 years in USAF as a Supply Systems Analyst

11 years as Program Management Analyst

Certifications:

ITIL Foundation Certificate

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Exam 480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MCSA: Web Applications Exam 486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications

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Uko, Stephen

Business – Vocational
steve.uko@faculty.abtu.edu

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Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, Kansas State University

Credentials:
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Kansas State University

Experience:

15+ years in Technology and Business Environment
Industries: Telecom, Technical Support, Banking
Roles including: Vendor Manager, Project Manager, Program Manager, Customer Service Supervisor…

Zapinski, Michael

Business/Project Management – BAS, AAS
Michael.zapinski@faculty.abtu.edu
Master in Business Administration – Project Management, Colorado Technical University
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration, Aspen University

Credentials:

Doctorate in Business Administration (current student), Keiser University

Master in Business Administration (Project Management), Colorado Technical University

Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Aspen University

Project Management Professional (PMP) 

 Experience:

23 years as an Engineer in the Automotive Industry

Electrical and Mechanical Engineering

Project Management

Proposal and Estimations

International Assignments for Projects

5 years In-Class and Online Instructor 

Cheasty, Michelle

STAFF INFORMATION

Cheasty, Michelle

Chief Academic Officer

Michelle.cheasty@abtu.edu

Credentials:

  •   PhD, MBA, MEd, BSBA

 Experience:

I have been in education since 1997, and have taught online since 2011.

Wietlisbach, Karl

Director of Funding

Karl.wietlisbach@abtu.edu

Credentials:

  •   BS Information Technology, St. Petersburg College

 Experience:

Karl has 20 years of experience working in Financial Aid on the school and lending side with schools such as St. Petersburg College & Miami University as well as companies including Sallie Mae & ELM Resources.

Atieh, Amber

Registrar and School Certifying of Veterans Affairs and Armed forces

https://www.linkedin.com/in/amber-atieh-a73338101/

Credentials:

  • BAS in Political Science (pre-law)

 Experience:

I have worked at ABTU for 10 years now and have accomplished so much. I have been the director of Veteran Affairs and the School Certifying Official since 2013. I am the Registrar and processed entry and dismissals of students. The Registrar position was very educational, I gained experience in processes for all federal and state agencies including VA, DOE, MDHE, IPEDS and DEAC. I worked as Director of Success, in the Success or Retention Department and helped thousands of students enroll and complete their degree. I have also gained experience in Title IV (Financial Aid), Admissions. As Director of Human Resources, I’ve gained experience with payroll processing, HR benefits and employment law.

Drake, Kourtney

Assistant Registrar

kourtney.drake@abtu.edu

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kourtney-drake-8359ab86/

Credentials:

  • MBA- Project Management

 Experience:

Responsible for the organization and administration of various academic information. Knowledge in FERPA guidelines, IPEDS reporting, and working with DOE, DEAC, and other regulatory agencies in regards to accreditation.

Waggoner, Adrienne

Student Advisor

Adrienne.waggoner@abtu.edu

Credentials:

  • B.I.S Communications

 Experience:

Most of my professional career has been in Corporate Sales Management, but I’ve also worked as a Paralegal, a Marketing and Branding Specialist, and ran my own small business consulting company.   As a student advisor I’m responsive, attentive, and encouraging.

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