2016 SUS FACULTY RETREAT

Speakers & Presenters

Nancy Aulenbach

Assistant English Professor (Louisville) Nancy Aulenbach has now released her third book in, A Vampire Trilogy: Isle of the Undead under the pseudonym N.E. Tovell. The third book again visits the vampire/faerie/human blend Delbeth McDermot and her vampire husband Galian McDermot who have assumed the roles of vampire Celtic king and queen and are raising their blended family on the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea. This episode of the myth brings them to a final battle with the Thule vampires in South America and the birth of the child destined to unite the Fae and save the world.

George Bergstrom

George Bergstrom has been the Instructional Librarian at Sullivan University since February 2014. He graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington in 2003 earning a master’s degree in library science. As an undergraduate, he attended Rose Hulman Institute of Technology graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Science.
An avid game player from an early age, George first started learning about the educational use of games while working at Purdue University. There he coordinated many library game events, took classes in the design of games, and became a Fellow at the Purdue University Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments. As the instructional librarian, he uses game mechanics whenever possible in his teaching.

Charles Brown

A 41-year veteran of libraries, Charles L. Brown has been the Director of Sullivan University (SU) libraries since 1999. He was also the first coordinator of the university’s institutional effectiveness (IE) (2007 – 2010), served as a SACSCOC IE evaluator, and, was the charter-author and a charter (2006) member the university’s Planning and Evaluation Coordinating Council (PECC). The PECC systematically evaluates and assesses institutional effectiveness (IE) processes and their data- and values-driven results as presented by members of the Sullivan University community.
Most recently, he was the “first writer” and project manager for the university’s 2015 SACSCOC Certification Compliance. He writes a quarterly Academic Illuminator column on “SACSCOC (still) Matters,” and has presented at SACSCOC conferences on IE and has authored peer-reviewed articles on IE. As a participant in SU’s last two SACSCOC full reaffirmations and intervening subchanges, in addition to additional accreditation and writing/copyediting experience with ABETS, ACF, ACPE, ARC-PA, CCNE, and IACBE, he has served (2003 – ) on many SACSCOC full reaffirmation, subchange, and domestic/international onsite/off-site visits.

Amber Cann

Dr. Amber Cann earned her doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. Following graduation, Dr. Cann worked in various hospital, community pharmacy, and compounding settings. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Louisville in 2007. Prior to her current position at SUCOP, Dr. Cann made her career in healthcare informatics. She has been responsible for coordinating the build of large hospital systems’ pharmacy and oncology electronic medical systems and oncology electronic medical systems.
Dr. Cann is chair of the SUCOP Innovation and Technology Advancement Committee (ITAC), and also serves as a board member of the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy’s Pharmacist Recovery Network.
Dr. Cann is the director of the Sullivan University Drug Information Center and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Administration Sciences. In her free time, she enjoys beekeeping.

Scott Cordle

Scott Cordle is the Department Chair for Information Technology in the College of Information and Computer Technology at Sullivan University. He is also an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department. Mr. Cordle has taught for Sullivan University since 2002. He began as an adjunct instructor teaching introductory courses in programming. He began his full-time position in January 2003. He accepted the Department Chair position in 2006.
Prior to his current position at Sullivan University, Mr. Cordle worked as a Client Systems Analyst with Trover Solutions, a Data Analyst at Product Specialties, and a Training Manager with Sodexho Marriott. His varied experiences help demonstrate the real-world need for the technologies that are taught in the classroom.
Mr. Cordle is currently pursuing his doctoral degree at Sullivan University. He has previously earned his Master of Science in Managing Information Technology from Sullivan University in 2002. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a major in voice from Shorter University in Rome, Georgia.

Joan Combs Durso

Joan Combs Durso is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School since Fall 2010 and has taught in Louisville, Lexington and online, and is chair of the Master’s of Public Management Program. She teaches econ., quant., research methods, and public sector management. Her research projects are on women veterans’ wealth and on measuring the loss of caregiving capacity to Ebola. A Navy Supply Corps veteran, she has also taught at Bellarmine University, KCTCS, Eckerd College, Penn State Great Valley, and Fordham University. She has completed five half marathons, is training for her sixth, and is learning to play the cello.

Emily Esposito

Dr. Emily R. Esposito received her B.A. from Bellarmine University (2001) and subsequently began work as a laboratory technician at the University of Louisville’s Birth Defects Center. While in the lab, she obtained her M.S. from the University of Louisville (2006). In 2008, she was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Louisville, where she worked in the Pharmacology and Toxicology department and the department of Molecular, Cellular and Craniofacial Biology. For over seven years, she worked on numerous research projects, including investigating the effects of maternal cigarette smoke exposure on embryonic and fetal development in vivo and the study of toxic effects of cigarette smoke in vitro. Details of her research are found in over 10 publications and have been presented at the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Conferences.
Today, Dr. Esposito’s research investigates the effects of several essential oils on lung cancer cell growth as potential adjuvants to cancer treatment. This work has been presented at the Society of Toxicology Conferences and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Research studies have coincided with the development of an innovative pharmacy elective course, Aromatherapy Science, which has been detailed in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education Journal. Prior to her faculty position at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy, she was an adjunct faculty member and lecturer at several schools in the area, including Bellarmine University, Spalding University, and Galen College of Nursing. She currently teaches pharmacology and medicinal chemistry courses and continues to bring her love of science to the classroom.

Gabe Ghammachi

Gabe Ghammachi is Dean of Students at Sullivan University Louisville and chair of the Healthcare Management program. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and a dual master’s degree from Webster University.
An accomplished educator, administrator and entrepreneur, Gabe has built a career out of helping others.

Laura Jones

As the Talent Management Specialist for the Sullivan University System, Laura Jones coordinates training for all new admissions and financial planning employees to align compliance requirements with skills essential to success in these positions. In her ten years with the Sullivan University System she has trained well over 200 new employees. She is also responsible for facilitating on-going training for admissions and financial planning personnel. A member of the Sullivan University System Human Resources team and administrator for the Velocify CRM, Laura is actively involved with the daily operations of SUS campuses, especially Admissions. As a four course Dale Carnegie Trainer, Laura delivers the Skills for Success, High Impact Presentations, Sales Success and Leadership Training for Managers programs. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in business marketing, Laura also has a Certificate in Equine Administration from the University of Louisville and a master’s degree in business administration from Sullivan University.

Jo Ann S. Klein

Jo Ann graduated SHI School of Medical Massage in 1999. In 2015, she attained an Associate in Applied Science in Medical Massage. She has been a massage instructor for Spencerian College since 2007. Prior to joining Spencerian College, Jo Ann worked as a Licensed Massage Therapist, inpatient and outpatient, for St. Elizabeth Hospital in Edgewood, KY and in private practice.
In addition to teaching for Spencerian College, Jo Ann teaches the blending component of an aromatherapy elective at the Sullivan School of Pharmacy and has a private practice in St. Matthews.

Donna Larson

Donna Larson is an instructor at SCTD. She has 17 years teaching computer fundamentals, operating systems, programming logic, and introduction to programming.

Tina Lewis

Tina Lewis is currently the Medical Department Director at the Spencerian College – Louisville Campus and oversees nine educational programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in medical technology. She achieved her Master of Arts degree in adult education from Western Kentucky University. She is certified by both the American Society for Clinical Pathologists and the American Medical Technologists as a Medical Technologist and is also a Registered Medical Assistant by the American Medical Technologists. Prior to coming to the Sullivan University System, Tina spent many years working on the clinical side of healthcare as both a medical technologist and medical assistant. She specialized in healthcare related to Hematology and Oncology. Tina lives in Meade County, Kentucky with her husband of 19 years and her two daughters. She loves watching her children play high school sports and is active in the booster clubs for both basketball and the Interscholastic Equestrian Association team. She is a full-time working mother and wife, but in her free time, she enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband.

Heather Merrifield

Dr. Heather Merrifield is the Department Chair for Conflict Management Programs at Sullivan University. Prior to her current role, she was the Training Coordinator for The Sullivan University System where she was responsible for identifying resources, creating programs, and delivering training and professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Prior to Sullivan, Heather was an Operations Analyst for Humana. In that role, Heather was a liaison working inter and intra-departmentally to improve communication, cross-functionality, and collaboration among departments and site locations. She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified, and leverages process improvement skills to improve relationships and reduce costs. Heather earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Sullivan University, and her Ed.D. in Leadership Education from Spalding University, in Louisville, KY. Dr. Merrifield has presented on conflict management, workplace bullying, and online learning. Her research interests remain focused on effective mitigation of conflict and how organizational leadership can affect outcomes.

Kenneth Moran

Dr. Kenneth A. Moran is Dean and Professor in the College of Business Administration at Sullivan University, where he teaches management and organizational theory, organizational behavior, and managerial negotiations.
His primary research interest is organizational resilience and its role in assisting administrators in higher education institutions to more successfully cope with organizational decline without loss of institutional effectiveness.

Sarah Patsfield

Sarah has taught in the surgical technology program at Spencerian college Louisville for ten years and has been the program director for six years. She obtained her surgical technology diploma from Spencerian College in 2004, a surgical technology AAS degree from Spencerian College in 2008, and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with focus in management and healthcare management from Sullivan University in 2014. Sarah is married and has four sons, ages eight, seven, six, and four years old.

Anthony Piña

Dr. Anthony Piña is Associate Provost for Online Learning and a member of the graduate faculty at Sullivan University. Over the past three decades, Tony has developed taught numerous face-to-face, hybrid, or fully online courses for California State University, Brigham Young University, Rio Salado College, La Sierra University, University of Louisville and Sullivan University. At College of the Desert and Northeastern Illinois University, he was in charge of the institutions’ educational technology and faculty development. Tony has trained thousands of preservice teachers and college faculty plus, delivered over 180 conference presentations.
He is the author of over 50 academic publications and is working currently on his fourth book on distance education. Next week, Tony will complete his elected term as President of the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications & Technology, the major international professional association for instructional design and educational technology.

Sacha Pruitt

Sacha Pruitt has been a full-time instructor in the General Education department at Sullivan University’s Lexington campus since 2004. She teaches composition courses and first year experience (FYE); in this role, she works with a large portion of Sullivan’s newest students. She is interested in understanding the communication needs of Sullivan’s students and faculty and in creating curriculum that meets the needs of all stakeholders.

Sarah Raake

Dr. Sarah Raake obtained her Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy as part of the inaugural graduating class. Upon graduation, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with a focus in ambulatory care at the Center for Health and Wellness at SUCOP.
Dr. Raake currently practices in ambulatory care at both the Center for Health and Wellness and a University of Louisville outpatient clinic. Her professional interests include authentic clinical assessments and instructional design, and clinical interests include general ambulatory care with a focus on diabetes.

Angela Riggs

For the past 25 years, Angela Riggs has dedicated her career to creating positive learning environments for diverse learners from preschool to the adult learner in higher education. Embracing a variety of curriculum philosophies, coupled with research on how children and adults learn, has been her focus. Curriculum and instructional development along with the facilitation of program assessment opportunities at Sullivan University for the past 16 years have led Mrs. Riggs to expand into other training and development areas. Beginning fall 2016, she accepted the position of Quality Enhancement Plan Coordinator. With many transferable skills such as designing and updating online courses, she has demonstrated her proficiency to integrate technology to improve instruction and further student learning.
Prior experience focusing on student portfolios that enhance career development. Angela has presented at international conferences, served on the INA Board of Directors, as well as, chaired the education committee to work with educators around the world developing an INA assessment tool. She has also served on the KY Governor’s Work Group to develop professional standards in the childcare industry, as well as, interviewed on NBC’s Today Show. Angela is a lifelong learner who enjoys exploring technology and learning beyond the classroom by traveling the world.

Renee Rust-Yarmuth

In her 13 years at Sullivan, Dr. Rust-Yarmuth established the Wellness Center, now known as The Counseling Connection (2015). Her master’s work at the University of Dayton focused on religious studies and theology with a focus on ritual and symbol, thus including spirituality. At United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH she focused on group dynamics with counseling components for groups and individuals.
Her clinical experience has included independent contract work as a pastoral counselor with Indiana’s Quinco Behavioral Health System (now renamed Centerstone) and a 15-year private practice licensed as both Marriage & Family Therapist and Mental Health Counselor. As a Kentucky Licensed Pastoral Counselor, she incorporates all three licenses. Her completed Clinical Pastoral Education units (2012) strengthen her non-denominational chaplaincy. Prior to the specialties in mental health, she taught at both high school and college levels (UD, Edgecliff, and Sullivan, where she is a full professor). She is past president of the American College of Counselors (1998-2002), a published poet/author, and a Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator.

Barry Sanford

Barry Sanford, Senior Instructional Designer, coordinates the work of the instructional design team that develops all online courses for the Sullivan University System. Barry holds an M.Ed. in instructional technology and has been with SUS for five years.
Previously, he worked in instructional design in the private sector and in the military context, and taught in the field of Human Resource Development at the University of Louisville for ten years. Beyond instructional design, Barry has experience in database design and development.

Anthony W. Santamassino

Tony Santamassino is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, executive coach, career counselor, and organizational consultant with over 40 years of diverse experience as a counselor, international business and management consultant, executive advisor, law enforcement officer and hostage negotiator, entrepreneur, senior executive, and corporate CEO.
As a crisis counselor, he has served on the board of directors and as treasurer of the American Association of Crisis Interveners, and as managing editor of the organization’s professional journal Emotional First Aide: A Journal of Crisis Intervention. He has trained hundreds of mental health professionals, physicians, nurses, and police officers in crisis intervention, hostage negotiation and suicide prevention techniques.
Tony has also served as confidential consultant and mentor to owners and administrative staffs of small and medium sized businesses in manufacturing, distribution, human capital, service, and fabrication industries.
As an HR consultant, career counselor, and coach, Tony has conducted over 100 resume development and job search seminars and outplacement notification consults for individuals, as well as, small and medium sized businesses along with numerous Fortune 500 corporations. He has served on numerous boards, committees, and staff positions throughout the Metro Louisville Area in areas of education, health, commerce, and outreach.

Josh Simpson

Josh has been teaching English for 15 years, and he has been a faculty member at Sullivan University since 2004. He has served as chair of the English department since 2011.
Josh earned his BA from Berea College, his MA from Eastern Kentucky University, and currently he is in the process of completing his PhD at the University of Louisville.

Anna Stamp

Anna Stamp has been teaching at Sullivan University since 2004. Classes she has taught have included everything from FYE 101 to English courses to Managerial Communication Skills 510.
In addition to her teaching, she is also the co-coordinator of the Sullivan University Mentor Program. Anna graduated from the University of Louisville with her PhD in Humanities in 2011.

Stephanie R. Weber

Stephanie Weber has worked at Spencerian College Louisville for two years as a full time didactic instructor of surgical technology. She obtained her surgical technology AAS degree from Spencerian College in 2012. She is married and has two children, a son who is two and a daughter who is one.

Mark Wiljanen

Over the past two years, Mark Wiljanen has served as Director of Institutional Research at Sullivan University, where he led the development of the Quality Enhancement Plan and currently facilitates the assessment and evaluation operations of the Planning and Evaluation Coordinating Council (PECC) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).
Prior to that, he managed all evaluation team activities, research, and data processes for the GEAR UP Kentucky program from his position as Senior Research Associate at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Mark earned his Ph.D. in geography at the University of Wisconsin (M.S. University of Wisconsin, A.B. Wittenberg University) and taught courses in geography, geographic information science, and statistical analysis for a number of years before moving to the Council on Postsecondary Education to pursue his intertwining interests in educational policy, statistical modeling, and assessment.

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