Jim Barks

Jim Barks is the chair of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Computer Engineering Technology programs at the Sullivan College of Technology and Design. Jim has over 20 years of experience with the Sullivan University System, including 17 years as an adjunct, three years as a full time instructor and two years as a department chair. Jim was also an Electronic Systems Engineer for Naval Ordnance Station Louisville for 29 years, where one of his primary responsibilities was training sailors in the operation and maintenance of Naval Gun Weapon Systems. Jim earned a Master of Engineering degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisville. Throughout his teaching career, Jim has been keenly interested in understanding diverse student populations as a basis for retention of students and working with them to successfully prepare for their technical careers.

George Bergstrom

George Bergstrom has been with Sullivan University’s Louisville campus as the Instructional Librarian for three and a half years. He is an avid game player and has done research on the use of games in education. With over 12 years of experience training and teaching research methods and the use of technology, George looks forward to implementing games into the classroom to help increase student engagement.

Charles L. Brown

Charles L. Brown, a 42-year veteran of libraries, has been the Director of Sullivan University libraries since 1999. He has also coordinated the university’s institutional effectiveness for three years, served as a SACSCOC IE evaluator and is a charter (2006) member of the university’s Planning and Evaluation Coordinating Council (PECC). The PECC systematically evaluates and assesses institutional effectiveness 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 and the Merger Prospectus and Subchange reports. As a participant in Sullivan University’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 on many SACSCOC full reaffirmation, subchange and domestic/international onsite/off-site visits.

Brian Carter

Brian Carter received his Ph.D. in Computer Engineering and Computer Science from the University of Louisville. He has an M.S. in Software Management from the University of Detroit-Mercy and a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan. Brian is a U.S. Army veteran. Dr. Carter is an entrepreneur, driving several start-ups. He is the owner and Chief Research Officer at Chippewa Software Technology. His experience includes software development for many large companies and governmental agencies. He is a leader and visionary of software for personal, business and research. Brian’s focus is to bring data to life through applications from micro to large scale cloud apps. Brian is a Computer Science adjunct professor at Sullivan University, College of Information and Computer Technology. Brian has many publications and enjoys delivering sessions to conferences and user groups.

Joan Combs Durso

Joan Combs Durso has taught at Sullivan University since 2009 in Louisville, Lexington and online classrooms. She teaches economics, quant and research methods, finance and public sector management. A Navy Supply Corps veteran, she also enjoyed four years as an analyst at UPS Air Group.

Teresa A. Daniel

Teresa A. Daniel serves as Dean of the Human Resource Leadership (HRL) Program at Sullivan University. She is also chair of the HRL concentration in the university’s Ph.D. in management program. Her growing body of work on toxic leadership and workplace bullying has been actively supported by the Society for Human Resource Management through numerous interviews about her research and its implications, and the publication of two of her four books. She is the co-author of “Stop Bullying at Work: Strategies and Tools for HR, Legal, and Risk Management Professionals” and was honored as an Initial Fellow of the International Academy on Workplace Bullying, Mobbing and Abuse in 2014.

David Hinkes

David Hinkes, a Spanish bilingual native Miami Beachian for a half-century, is a professor at Sullivan University Graduate School of Business after a seven-year stint as Chair/Associate Professor of Management and Marketing at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) based in Harrogate, Tennessee. He holds dual doctorates in Management and Marketing from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Florida and all six available professional sales and marketing certifications from the three different accrediting bodies. He has 27 years of corporate sales/marketing experience in the document management services outsourcing industry. He is CEO of Hink, Inc., a management/marketing/sales/keynote speech consultancy, since 1991 (www. hinkinc.net). His book (now in its 3rdEdition) “Selling by Objectives (SBO): The Handbook for More Profitability in the 21st Century” is receiving rave reviews. He is married to Deb, his supermodel, for 35 years, and they have three “kids”—Jenny (33), Missy (31) and Steve (28). His hobbies are reading, jogging, bowling, table tennis, theatre, football, basketball and music.

Janie Johnson

Janie Johnson has taught Organizational Management classes in the General Education Department for Spencerian College Lexington for over 11 years. She teaches Organizational Conflict Management classes for Sullivan University Lexington and has taught those classes for over six years. She has served as chair of the department over the past seven years. Janie has an A.A. in Paralegal Studies
and a B.S. in Organizational Management from Midway University, an M.P.A. in Human Resource Management from Kentucky State University, a Master’s Certification in Strategic Organizational Leadership from Villanova and a Master’s in Organizational Conflict Resolution Management from Sullivan University, along with a Master’s Certification on Organizational Conflict Management. She has also presented in-service conflict resolution strategies for various topics for in-service programs. She has been key note speaker for new student introduction gatherings. Janie has also presented at conferences and other universities in the area.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is a professor in the Graduate School at Sullivan University and has been with the university since 1997. In addition to serving on the faculty, he has also served as the Dean of the Graduate School. He teaches economics, quantitative methods, operations, project management and competitive strategy, among other duties. Jeff received a B.A. from Michigan State University, an M.A. from Western Michigan University and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky.
Jeff is currently pursuing research with Heather Merrifield on why students who take project management courses aren’t interested in certifications and if specific interventions can be undertaken
to remedy the situation. In his spare time, his hobbies include competing in Ironman triathlons, cycling and running.

Haleh Karimi

Haleh Karimi has been an IT Executive, working in Fortune 500 companies for over 18 years. She was an integral part of the IT Innovation and Development Center that Coca Cola Enterprises created in Louisville to engage local universities with their IT development and innovation departments. Before that, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive in their global IT department until they closed, both as a developer as well as an operations analyst. In between these two positions, she worked at Steel Technologies and led many IT projects in various areas, such as HR, Finance and Manufacturing.
Haleh began teaching about a decade ago, fell in love with it, and thus changed career paths and is following her passion. She is currently the Chair of Dynamic Web Development Department at Sullivan College of Technology and Design, educating and enhancing the educational part of our community with her passion. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Strategic Management at Sullivan University.

Jim Kearfott

Jim Kearfott has been Director of Student Retention for the Sullivan University System since 2009 and has taught as an adjunct faculty member since 2011. He has also worked in admissions and business-to-business functions since joining Sullivan University in 1989. Jim earned a B.A. in Christian Ministry, a B.S. in Human Resource Leadership and an M.S. in Dispute Resolution.

Cara Marco

Cara Marco is the Assistant Library Director at Sullivan University. She has published articles in Interweave Knits, Library Journal and on the Library Journal blog, and she presented at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting, the Kentucky Library Association/Kentucky Association of School Libraries (KLA/KASL) Joint Conference, the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians
(OVGTSL) Annual Conference and the KLA Library Instructional Round Table Conference. She is a graduate of Bellarmine University, the University of Kentucky (Master’s of Science in Library Science) and Sullivan University (Master’s of Business Administration).

Heather Merrifield

Heather Merrifield is the Department Chair for Master’s of Management Programs at Sullivan University. She has been with Sullivan since 2007 when she became the Training Analyst for the Quality Enhancement Center. Before joining Sullivan University, Heather worked in management and as an operations analyst for both a Fortune 100 and a Fortune 300 company.
Heather has progressive experience teaching foundational success strategies, professional development, group dynamics, effective communication, leadership, management and conflict management
on both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, she has edited and revised a Collaborative Workforce training manual for the Sullivan University International Center for Dispute Resolution. She has presented for Sullivan University on the effectiveness of training for professional development and the creation of life-long learners. Additionally, she has co-presented in the field of workplace bullying for both Sullivan University and the North American Council for Staff, Program, and Organizational Developers (NCSPOD), online teaching for the Kentucky Convergence Conference and on emerging fields in higher education for SACSCOC.
Heather’s academic interests remain focused on effective mitigation of conflict and how leadership can affect organizational outcomes.

Anthony Piña

Anthony Piña is Associate Provost for Online Learning and Distinguished Lecturer in the Graduate School. He is past-president of the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)—the major international professional association for instructional design and educational technology—and has served on the AECT Board of Directors. Tony has been a consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, local government agencies, educational institutions and the U.S. Coast Guard. He is the author/editor of four books and more than 50 academic publications and has delivered over 190 conference presentations. He serves on the editorial boards of three scholarly journals and has served as a guest editor for two scholarly journals. Tony has taught for Brigham Young University, Rio Salado College, California State University-San Bernardino, La Sierra University, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Louisville and Sullivan University.

Bonnie Wible

Bonnie Wible earned her BA in Speech and English Education from Ball State University and her M.A. in Adult Education and Leadership from the University of Portland. She has presented at various educational conferences in Honolulu, Chicago, Denver, Portland and Washington, among others. In addition, she has taught numerous Hospitality Management courses in Hawaii and Guam.

Dennis M. Wible

Dennis M. Wible has been in education in various positions his entire life, beginning as a public Jr./Sr. high school teacher in 1969 to his current position as University Supervisor of Student Teachers for Ball State University. Dennis has been the director of various private colleges and schools for over 30 years in Indiana, Hawaii and Guam. Having conducted seminars and workshops from Alaska to Texas, Virginia to California and most states in the middle, he is familiar with the needs of career school teachers and students. For over 25 years, Dennis has been the facilitator of the APSCUL Leadership Institute. Dennis has a B.S. from Ball State University and an M.A. from the University of Portland.

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