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Webinar No. 1
Annie M. Shibata, Ph.D., discusses Susan B. Anthony
Annie M. Shibata, Ph.D.For 30 years, Dr. Annie Shibata has educated and trained individuals on international and cultural communication inside and outside of the classroom. She currently is a faculty member in the B.S. in Communication program in the School of Management. Prior to joining Walden in 2009, she was assistant dean at The Culinary Institute of America and held various faculty positions at Marist College, Columbia-Greene Community College (SUNY), and the State University of New York–New Paltz. While living in Japan from 1982 to 1998, Dr. Shibata also taught at several institutions, including Chikushi Jogakuen University, Higashi Byoin Nursing School, Kyushu Sangyo University, and Seinan Gakuin Junior High School. In 1986, she founded New York English School in Fukuoka, Japan, for communication and cross-cultural training. Dr. Shibata received her B.A. in Speech Communication from the State University of New York–Oneonta, completed her M.A. in Liberal Studies/Intercultural Communication from the State University of New York’s Empire State College, and earned her Ph.D. in Education from Capella University.
Lianne (Lulu) Williamson, Ph.D., discusses bell hooks
Lianne (Lulu) Williamson, Ph.D.Currently the program director for the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a faculty member in Walden’s College of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Lulu Williamson has taught at Walden since 2008. She previously held academic positions at several institutions, including Montana State University–Billings, Billings Montessori School, Chief Dull Knife College, and Georgetown University. She is a playwright and arts producer, and prior to her academic career, Dr. Williamson worked in the television and film industry, including serving as set decorator for Homicide: Life on the Street and also reviewing the arts for The Anchorage Daily News. Dr. Williamson earned her B.A. in Communication from American University and holds two master’s degrees, one in media studies from Montana State University–Billings and the other in drama studies from The Johns Hopkins University. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alaska–Fairbanks. Dr. Williamson’s research areas of interest include contemporary feminism and social change and how the two intersect.
Vanda Marques, Ph.D., discusses Meg Whitman
Vanda Marques, Ph.D.Prior to joining Walden in 2011 as a faculty member in the M.B.A. and M.S. in Leadership programs in the School of Management, Dr. Vanda Marques taught business and management courses at several Connecticut-based institutions, including Albertus Magnus College, Central Connecticut State University, Charter Oak State College, Tunxis Community College, and Post University. Before entering academia, Dr. Marques made her mark in the business world with her extensive experience in continuous improvement and lean events, international business development, project management, and operations and supply chain management at United Technologies Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. She has a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from Central Connecticut State University, an M.B.A. from Albertus Magnus College, and a Ph.D. in Business with a specialization in leadership from Capella University. The French-born, Portugal native also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP)® certificate from the Project Management Institute. Her research interests include transformative leadership, top-quality management, and female leaders in the new management paradigm.
Webinar No. 2
Andrea Lindell, Ph.D., RN, MSN, ANEF, discusses Dr. Loretta Ford
Andrea Lindell, Ph.D.Prior to joining Walden in 2011 as a faculty member and director of Walden’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, Dr. Andrea Lindell was dean of the College of Nursing for 20 years at the University of Cincinnati where she was also the senior associate vice president for academic affairs in the Medical Center. She also previously headed the schools of nursing at Oakland University and the University of New Hampshire and taught at The Catholic University of America. Dr. Lindell has previously served as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and continues to engage in professional organization accreditation as an on-site reviewer for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Her publications, presentations, and consultations have focused on nurse leadership, managing academic careers, and psychiatric nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree from Villa Maria College and earned both her MSN in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing and her Ph.D. in Psychiatric Mental Health from Catholic University. Dr. Lindell has RN licensure in Ohio and Pennsylvania, where she previously worked at St. Vincent Hospital, Warren Visiting Nurse Association, and Rouse Retirement Community Skilled Nursing and Independent Living.
Margaret Skelton, MN, RN, discusses Abbey Meyers
Margaret Skelton, MN, RNMargaret Skelton joined Walden in 2009 as a faculty member and coordinator of the M.S. in Clinical Research Administration program in the College of Health Sciences. She previously was the founder, program director, and assistant professor of clinical research administration education programs at George Washington University. In addition, Ms. Skelton has also taught at Roanoke-Chowan Community College; Old Dominion University; Medical College of Georgia; University of Washington–Seattle; and the Medical University of South Carolina, School of Nursing, where in 1974 she developed its first nursing research course. Her career includes 15 years as a critical-care nurse and serving as the first research nurse at Harvard Medical School-affiliated Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. In addition, she has been the director of operations and subject recruitment at George Washington University’s Institute of Clinical Research and Clinical Trials and the director of education, conferences, and meetings for the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP), and she remains a consultant in the clinical research industry. Ms. Skelton holds both her BSN and MN from the University of Washington and is working on her Ed.D. in Human and Organizational Learning, Executive Leadership, at The George Washington University.
Regina Galer-Unti, Ph.D., discusses Dr. Dorothy Nyswander
For her entire career, Dr. Regina Galer-Unti has studied and taught health advocacy, both as a critical element in the health policy formulation process and as a mandated ethical responsibility of public health education specialists. Since joining Walden in 2005, Dr. Galer-Unti has taught at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels for the public health and health sciences programs in the School of Health Sciences. Prior to that, she was a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Illinois. Dr. Galer-Unti has presented at the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), and the Health Education Advocacy Summit. In addition, her work on advocacy has been published in the Journal of School Health, the American Journal of Health Education, the American Journal of Health Studies, Health Promotion Practice, and the American Journal of Public Health. She holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, an M.S. in Health Education from Illinois State University, and a Ph.D. in Community Health from the University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign.
Webinar No. 3
Nina Nabors, Ph.D., discusses Dr. Beverly Greene
Nina Nabors, Ph.D.Dr. Nina Nabors joined Walden’s School of Psychology in August 2001 as a faculty member and has also served as associate dean for the school and as assistant dean for faculty development in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to joining Walden, she was tenured faculty in the psychology department at Eastern Michigan University. Professionally, Dr. Nabors is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan and is board certified in rehabilitation psychology. Dr. Nabors currently heads the governing board for the Association for Women in Psychology. An accomplished author and seasoned presenter, Dr. Nabors has an active research agenda, with research interests including rehabilitation psychology, psychology of women/gender, multicultural psychology, LGB psychology, womanist/feminist therapy, and women with disabilities. She received both her B.S. in Psychology and her M.S. in Clinical Psychology from Illinois State University and earned her Ph.D. at the University of Florida with a major in clinical and health psychology and a minor in neuropsychology.
Tiffany Rush-Wilson, Ph.D., PCC-S, NCC, LP, CCC, discusses Dr. Becky Thompson
Tiffany Rush-Wilson, Ph.D.Dr. Tiffany Rush-Wilson serves as the skill development coordinator for the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program in Walden’s School of Counseling and Social Service. Previously, she held academic positions at Yorkville University and John Carroll University. A licensed psychologist and supervising professional clinical counselor in Ohio, she is also a national certified counselor in the United States and a certified Canadian counselor. She is co-owner of and independent psychotherapist at a counseling and eating recovery practice in Ohio. Dr. Rush-Wilson is an active volunteer at the Eating Disorders of York Region, a nonprofit organization in Toronto, and has presented at the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, the International Conference on Eating Disorders, the Academy for Eating Disorders, and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Cleveland State University; her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from John Carroll University; and her Ph.D. in Counseling, concentrating in women’s issues and eating disorders with a psychology cognate, from the University of Akron.
Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, Ph.D., discusses Dr. Darla Deardorff
Ivonne Chirino-Klevans, Ph.D.Dr. Ivonne Chirino-Klevans is program director for Walden University’s Center for International Programs, where she works to develop tools, activities, and improvements that enhance and support the international student experience. She also explores new partnerships in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Puerto Rico to expand online higher education in the region. She joined Walden University in 2005 as a professor of organizational psychology. Her extensive experience includes years of working with Fortune 500 companies to design training and development programs and serving as program director for Duke Corporate Education. Dr. Chirino-Klevans received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana; she also holds an M.B.A. from the Universidad de las Américas and a master’s degree in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. Earlier in her career, she served as the psychologist for the Mexican national rowing team and contributed to the team’s silver-medal victory at the 1991 Pan American Games. She is a Pan American Games medalist in gymnastics.
Webinar No. 4
Suzanne James, Ph.D., discusses Sister Anne Joachim Moore
Suzanne James, Ph.D.Dr. Suzanne James is specialization coordinator and core faculty member in the M.S. in Higher Education and M.S. in Adult Learning programs in The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. Prior to joining Walden, she served as senior vice president and interim president at Upper Iowa University. She also was the vice president of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a faculty member at Concordia University. Her research activities include a research study on student-centeredness among online faculty. Dr. James has published articles and presented on topics including retaining community college adjunct faculty, psychology and online education, online professional development for faculty, distance education and accreditation, and integrating graduate studies with corporate responsibilities. Dr. James has also served as consultant evaluator, peer reviewer, and member of the academic review council for The Higher Learning Commission. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from Iowa State University and earned her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.
Christine Jax, Ph.D., discusses Vivian Gussin Paley
Christine Jax, Ph.D.Dr. Christine Jax, an education leader and reform strategist focused on educational systems, teacher preparation, student achievement, and accountability, is the associate dean of doctoral programs in Walden’s Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership. She was previously a professor and department chair of early childhood education with Capella University. Dr. Jax was appointed to the post of commissioner of education for the state of Minnesota in 1999 by Gov. Jesse Ventura. Prior to that, Dr. Jax founded and ran an elementary school and support agency for homeless children in Minneapolis called the Learning Center for Homeless Families. Dr. Jax has a bachelor’s degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree in public administration from Hamline University, and a Ph.D. in Education and Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She received the highly competitive Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship in 1996 to complete a dissertation, The Meaning of Education to African-American Alternative High School Students in Minneapolis.
Anne Hacker, Ph.D., discusses Mary Parker Follett
Anne Hacker, Ph.D.For more than 30 years, Dr. Anne Hacker has worked in nonprofit and governmental child welfare sectors. She joined Walden in 2009 and teaches in the School of Public Policy and Administration. She also has experience teaching health and human service policy at Western Michigan University in the College of Health and Human Services. Dr. Hacker owns and operates a consulting firm specializing in organizational assessments, strategic planning, and grant writing for nonprofit organizations and also serves on a number of nonprofit governance boards. Dr. Hacker is a member of the editorial board of Public Voices, the journal of the National Center for Public Performance at the School of Public Affairs and Administration for Rutgers University–Newark. Her research interests include organizational behavior and decision making, nonprofit and community planning, policy analysis, complex systems theory, workplace spirituality, leadership, followership, peace, and justice issues. She received her bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and earned both her M.P.A. and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University.