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Our Faculty - Team Members

  • Faculty and Technology Coordinator

    Creselda Jane Ebba

    Faculty and Technology Coordinator

    Known for human resource and language expertise

    • BSBA Marketing Management, University of the Cordilleras
    • Master in Business Administration, University of the Cordilleras

    Cres has more than 7 years of industry experience, with a specialization in human resource management.

    She is certified in conducting targeted selection interviews and language assessments. With a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management, she pursued her MBA in the University of the Cordilleras-Philippines. In the same institution, she began her career in the academe as an instructor.

    Her experience expands from customer service, compliance, administrative management, labor relations, to organizational development.

    Outside work, Cres is passionate about travelling and sustainable living. She advocates for mental health and women's rights.

  • Teaching Faculty

    Dr. Michael B. Rodriguez

    Teaching Faculty

    Known for training facilitation, public speaking, and research

    • Master in Business Administration, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas, Philippines
    • Doctor of Business Administration, Lyceum of the Philippines University

    Dr. Michael B. Rodriguez is a scholar in the field of business, a well-versed researcher, international resource speaker, and a dedicated professor. He has over nine (9) years of experience in the Higher Education industry. He was the Program Head of BS Business Administration, Assistant Professor, and Faculty Researcher in one of the Philippines’ top universities.

    His experiences in curriculum development, experiential learning, and business research made him a passionate and creative educator that focuses on competency-based education. Dr. Rodriguez earned his Doctor of Business Administration Degree in the Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Philippines with Academic Excellence Award in 2017; his Master in Business Administration in the same University in 2014. With his strong intellectual and practical foundation on business, research, and education, tagged with his determination and work ethics, Dr. Rodriguez continues to improve his craft by establishing links with national and international organizations.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Emmanuel Dotong

    Associate Faculty

    Known for being a young polymath

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
    • Master in Business Administration, Colegio de Dagupan
    • Post – Baccalaureate in ASEAN Studies, University of the Philippines
    • BS Hospitality Management, University of the Cordilleras

    Emmanuel is a Certified Microsoft Educator with an interdisciplinary background in business, hospitality, and international studies. He has more than seven years of combined managerial practice in the industry, academe, and NGO.

    As an educator, he served as department chair, research chair, faculty researcher, and student-exchange program lecturer teaching international students from several universities in Germany, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

    He has also worked as a sales and marketing manager, a freelance graphics designer, a social media manager, and a service quality manager in a hospitality-related company. Emmanuel is a founder of Zelery, a fresh produce e-commerce company situated in the Philippines. He also serves as an international director for education & research in an international socio-civic organization and a marketing communications officer in a professional marketing association.

  • Writing Coach/Teaching Faculty

    Caroline Fernandez

    Writing Coach/Teaching Faculty

    Known for a fascination with language

    • B.A. Language and International, Trade-Clemson University
    • M.A. German, University of Florida
    • ESL Certified

    Caroline’s experience includes living and teaching in Doha, Qatar at an international school, instructing K-12 and university students in German, and leading the ESL program for several large elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S.

    She currently lives in Gig Harbor, WA which is just South of Seattle in the U.S. Her interests are in reading, dog rescue, and in travel.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Emilsen Holguin

    Associate Faculty

    Known for transforming dreams into plans

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Leadership. Walden University
    • Master of Business Administration, Excelsior College
    • Bachelors of Sciences, Excelsior College
    • Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University

    Dr. Holguin combines professional and academic experience. She brings over 15 years of experience in the banking and fashion industry. Her expertise includes helping startups to develop their strategies and business plans. In addition, Dr. Holguin has served as a business consultant in areas related to organizational culture and business strategy.

    Dr. Holguin is a passionate advocate for online learning. She has held various senior roles in higher education institutions, among them associate provost for student services and assistant provost for academic operations. She has served as a leader for higher education regional accreditation reviews and manage state registrations of over 30-degree programs.

    Her research interest is human behavior in the workplace. Dr. Holguin has 10 years of teaching experience. She has taught leadership, organizational behavior and management.

  • Associate Faculty

    Nicholas Bucciarelli

    Associate Faculty

    Known for Artificial Intelligence and Automation

    • BA History, Saint John Fisher College
    • MS in Software Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • MBA in Business Administration, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    • E-Cornell-Marketing AI Certification

    Bucciarelli has over 47 years of professional experience that spans both the public and private sectors relative to the research and development of advanced technologies and supporting methods across multiple industries that involved managing diverse and large product teams. He is currently a Senior Lead Cloud Architect for Artificial Intelligence Development Operations at Unisys Corporation.

    In parallel to this experience and his current position with Unisys, is his mentoring at the collegiate level for Cornell University as an Instructor for eCornell and a Senior Fellow for Systems and Software Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this role with Cornell University, he taught for Penn State, Syracuse, Saint John Fisher College, State University of New York, Columbia School of Medicine, Elmira College, and provided workshops to several branches of the military relative to cybersecurity requirements to prevent SQL Injection attacks, deploy artificial neural-networks, configure cryptographic modules, and develop enterprise-wide security architecture models that span a four-tier systems architecture model.

    Bucciarelli is a a results-driven technologist with proven success in building and leading global teams of technical professionals in designing, developing, implementing and innovating data and security enterprise technologies and infrastructures. He is am adept at solving complex technical problems and leading innovation in Information Technology projects related to the Department of Defense (DoD), CENTCOM, National Security Agency (NSA), US Military Branches, etc., while working for Oracle, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Eastman Kodak as well as doing work in these areas for several Federal Civilian Agencies such as GSA, FDA, IRS, etc.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Bill Reed

    Associate Faculty

    • Bachelor of Science in Technology
    • Master of Science in Management
    • Ph.D. is in Management Performance and Leadership

    Dr. Bill Reed has over 21 years of experience in graduate-level teaching, including experience in the online model. Throughout his career, he was involved in the development of sales and management personnel, organizational behavior, and front-line and executive-level leadership. He also pursued academic experiences where his academic background compliments his business and management experience.

    His first academic degree was a Bachelor of Science in Technology. Later, he successfully completed a Master of Science in Management. His Ph.D. is in Management Performance and Leadership.

    Dr. Reed began his working career as a corporate pilot, with type ratings in Lear Jet, serving executive clients throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico. After seven years of flying experience, he accepted a position with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller in both Chicago and New York. In 1981, he entered the business world, owning numerous businesses and organizations. During this time, he was active in the training and development of his salespeople and managers. After 17 years of self-employment, he entered the corporate environment where he was active in management for almost 9 years. His most recent corporate position was Executive Director of Sales for a division of a $2.5 billion sales organization.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Noelle Kendrick

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy and Public Administration
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science

    Dr. Kendrick is a member of Nexford’s associate faculty in the grad and undergrad business programs. She has held leadership positions in six industries including ed-tech solutions, e-commerce business development, higher education administration, and municipal government as a city commissioner. Her skills cross business and education where she enjoys work within the industry and the classroom.

    Dr. Kendrick's previous positions include the Director of Industry Partnerships in an ed-tech solutions company, Director of Business Development for a large e-commerce multi-store company under the House of Staunton, a business development consult across a variety of companies, the Director of International Initiatives at Excelsior College, an award-winning college instructor that has been teaching for over a decade across 4 institutions of higher education, a K-12 teacher, the City Commissioner of Wade, NC, and a soldier in the US Army. Her experiences cross many industries, allowing her to make strong connections with students in multiple professional fields and degree programs. She has served on multiple public and private boards for education, human relations, girls development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Michael H. McGivern

    Associate Faculty

    Known for using common sense and helping others to succeed

    • Ph.D., Organizational Development, Walden University
    • M.S., Manufacturing Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Central Connecticut State University

    Michael has professional experience in managing and consulting on Organizational Development/Redesign, Operations & Quality Management, and Human Resource issues. He held the position of Executive Consultant for a global consulting firm and positions in Fortune500 organizations as Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Manager of Manufacturing, Superintendent and Manufacturing & Quality Engineer

    Michael’s visiting professor experience focuses on the delivery of courses on the following: Corporate Sustainability, Ethics, Economics, Organizational Development/Behavior, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Quality Management and Dissertation/Thesis research.

    Michael has also presented at numerous conferences including IAMB, ACBSP, FBI National Training Academy, Clemson University, University of North Texas, UCEA New England, Maynard Consulting, ASQ, AMA, SHRM, QACC, Timken Bearing and Industry Week’s America’s Best Plants. Michael has contributed articles to a variety of professional journals including IJSITA, IAMB, Development Dimensions International, Management Decisions, AMA, SHRM, and Futurics

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Sandra Fonseca

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Turabo University
    • Master of Information Systems, EDP University
    • Cybersecurity Best Practices Graduate Certificate, University of Fairfax
    • Information Systems Auditing Graduate Certificate, EDP University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – Information Systems, University of Puerto Rico

    Dr. Sandra Fonseca has over 30 years of experience in the IT cybersecurity, data governance, and project management field, both in state and federal government, as well as over 24 years in academia, where she has served as a program designer and lead, as well as program director for MSIT and Cybersecurity programs.

    Dr. Fonseca is an IT, audit, project management, statistics, and accounting professor, program director, and instructional content developer. Her specializations are in information technology, risk management, IT audit, cybersecurity, statistics and data modeling, operations, and project management.

    Currently Dr. Fonseca is working on her second dissertation towards a degree in education with a specialization in instructional design. She’s an advocate for professionalization, the reason why she has collaborated and served as a volunteer and board member at the board of directors for local chapters in Puerto Rico for ISACA, ISSA, and PMI. In Washington DC she’s a volunteer for the Washington DC chapter of ISACA, and PMI.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Kyle Allison

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Business Administration, California Intercontinental University
    • MBA, Amberton University
    • BA in Communication Studies, University of North Texas

    Dr. Kyle Allison is an experienced digital marketing executive and professor in the field. He possesses over a decade of working in corporate e-commerce and digital marketing with companies such as Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, VF Corporation and other top retail and brand companies.

    Focusing on developing marketing strategy at the heart of being customer-centric, is Dr. Allison's passion in his career. Focusing on driving optimized user experiences, strategic marketing campaigns, and driving analytical solutions to meet the needs of the market, is the key pillars of his experience and career interest.

    Providing that real-world application and experience into the classroom as a passionate instructor and content expert is what drives his scholarly spirit.

    He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from California Intercontinental University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas.

    Aside from being a scholarly practitioner, he spends his free time with family and keeping up with current events.

  • Associate Faculty

    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode

    Associate Faculty

    Known for inspiring people

    • PHD Candidate, University of Texas School of Public Health
    • MBA, Human Resource Management, Strayer University
    • MS, Health Service Administration, Strayer University
    • Graduate Certificate, Management and Finance for International Health, Boston University
    • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Biological Sciences, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta
    • National Diploma (AA equiv.), Accounting, Ogun State Polytechnic

    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode is a  multipotentialite with more than two decades of experience in the fields of global health, nonprofit, research and education. She has taken leadership roles at nonprofit organizations, public and private educational organizations; and has presented papers nationally and internationally on global health, social, management,  and finance areas.

    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode is a business owner and believes that educating, impacting and improving people’s health status is her life calling. She also believes that people’s health status can be improved by improving their socio-economic status and has devoted her life to finding ways to improve the socio-economic and health status of populations. She is a business owner and believes that educating, impacting and improving people’s health status is her life calling. She also believes that people’s health status can be improved by improving their socio-economic status and has devoted her life to finding ways to improve the socio-economic and health status of populations

  • Associate Faculty

    Carolyn Hess

    Associate Faculty

    • BS Sociology, SUNY College at Buffalo
    • MS Biology, UT Arlington

    Carolyn Hess is a Life Sciences teacher through and through. Having taught a spectrum of Sciences for 24 years, she enjoys "spreading the word" about Science in both face-to-face and remote milieus. Her recent experience includes Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Anatomy & Physiology (secondary and post-secondary).

    When Danai is not teaching, she loves to be active and outdoors, whether it is hiking, participating in water activities such as paddle-boarding or swimming at the beach, or anything else! She finds touching and smelling (and catching!) biological things irresistible, and will usually save a worm on a bike trail, help the turtle cross the road, or find herself with a pocket full of shells or rocks at the end of a long walk.

  • Associate Faculty

    Professor Hector Gonzalez

    Associate Faculty

    • MBA, Universidad Católica de Córdoba

    Hector Gonzalez is a forward-thinking executive with demonstrated ability to enhance operational performance, impact revenue growth, and maximize operating profits through people alignment, technology-based processes, and culture development. He has experience managing multi-million dollar P&L throughout highly regulated and economically fluctuant environments.

    Hector Gonzalez has international experience in a wide range of industries. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Rutendo Mudzamiri

    Associate Faculty

    Known for leadership development, mentoring leaders, fund development, and accelerating women's dreams as a mentor and a serial social entrepreneur

    Dr. Rutendo Mudzamiri, affectionately known as Dr. Ru is a Zimbabwean-born serial social entrepreneur based in the United States. Since 2001, Dr. Ru has initiated and supported several women-led initiatives in over 23 African countries. She is a sought-after development leader and passionately helps organizations excel through resource mobilization, philanthropy, and partnerships

    While she has worked with several partners to accomplish women empowerment-related projects, Dr. Ru has funded 80% of the initiatives she leads. Dr. Ru leads and mentors an active network of over 15 000 women leaders. Dr. Ru is a trained leadership practitioner with a doctorate in Strategic Leadership from Regent University in the United States.

    Her mantra is, "Leaders are born, Great leaders are developed, and the Greatest are called".

    When she is not mentoring the community of leaders, Dr. Ru actively spends her time providing coaching and training services to thriving start-ups providing individualized coaching, leadership development, and organizational cultural assessments through her coaching practice.

    Dr. Ru has delivered classes at a Duke University Summer School Program and provided coaching and consulting services to local nonprofits and international organizations.

    She currently serves as a Visiting Professor at a University in Washington D.C where she teaches Business Culture, Introduction to Intrapreneurship, and Innovation. Dr. Rutendo Mudzamiri is the Chief Impact Officer of Her Next Level, a social enterprise focused on propelling women's leadership and enterprise forward globally.

  • Associate Faculty

    Danai Strother

    Associate Faculty

    Known for identifying the positive challenge out of every negative

    • B.S Corporate Communication, Lamar University
    • MBA, Prairie View A&M University

    Danai Strother is a native of Houston, Texas, but is of Jamaican descent. Danai has taught different variations of speech and business communications on the secondary level and higher education level. Along with communication, Danai holds a strong interest in health and nutrition as she owns her own nutrition shop in the Greater Houston area.

    When Danai is not teaching she can be found giving wellness assessments, assigning meal plans in her shop, and serving healthy products to her community.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Kenneth Granberry

    Associate Faculty

    • DIBA, Doctor of International Business Administration, Nova Southeastern University
    • MST, Master of Science in Taxation, University of Miami
    • BS, Bachelor of Science, Finance & Multinational Business Operations, Florida State University

    Dr. Kenneth Granberry is a collaborative and success-driven tri-lingual executive with extensive accomplishments in over 20 countries developing cross-functional and cross-border teams in analysis, budget & planning, project management, audit, reporting, and risk management to ensure success in optimizing performance.

  • Associate Faculty

    Traci Sumner

    Associate Faculty

    Known for teaching all kinds of history

    • M.A. History, CSU Stanislaus
    • B.A. History, CSU Stanislaus

    Traci Sumner is a higher education veteran with nine years of college instructor experience and eight years of alternative high school instructor experience. She has a BA and an MA in history from CSU Stanislaus and is deeply passionate about history.

    Traci teaches because she wants to give back the excellent education she has been lucky enough to receive. While education has been a big part of her life, it isn't everything. She has two wonderful kids and a husband who keeps the technology running. Her hobbies include reading and cooking. She lives in the sunny Central Valley in California with her family and dog.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Troy Abel

    Associate Faculty

    • PhD, Human Computer Interaction, Iowa State University
    • M.F.A., Graphic Design, Iowa State University
    • B.F.A., Graphic Design, Valparaiso University
    • B.A., Visual Communications, Valparaiso University

    Dr. Troy Abel

  • Associate Faculty

    Aisling Byrne

    Associate Faculty

    Known for enabling people and organizations to grow and develop

    • CPTD, Certified Professional in Talent Development
    • SHRM-SCP, Senior Certified Human Resources Professional
    • M.S. Business, Leadership and Management, Western Governors University
    • B.S. Business, Human Resources Management, Western Governors University

    Ms. Byrne combines professional and academic experience as a strategic people and talent leader and educator . Ms. Byrne has served in senior HR leadership roles in national, global and start-up organizations in a variety of industries including e-commerce, retail, hospitality, real estate, property management, healthcare, and technology.

    Ms. Byrne has extensive professional HR experience leading the development and implementation of strategic people and organization initiatives in Talent Development, Performance Management, Employee Experience and Engagement, Rewards & Recognition, Learning and Development, Leadership Development and Organizational Transformation.

    Ms. Byrne is a passionate advocate for online learning and has also held various roles in higher education institutions where she served as faculty and as a lead program designer in online learning. Her experiences across many industries allow her to make strong connections with students in multiple professional fields and degree programs.

    Ms. Byrne is also member of SHRM’s Advocacy Team where she advises and advocates on crucial issues shaping public, social and business policies and is also an advisor with the SHRM Foundation championing research based solutions and awarding scholarships to developing HR professionals. In addition, Ms. Byrne is also a writer and contributing editor on current HR and careers topics.

    Ms. Byrne is an advocate of non-profits and provides pro bono HR consulting for the Taproot Foundation as well as serving as an advisory board member for an education non-profit.

  • Associate Faculty

    Christopher Fant

    Associate Faculty

    • MBA, Gardner-Webb University
    • BSBM, Clemson University

    Christopher Fant

  • Associate Faculty

    Mark McCoy

    Associate Faculty

    Known for building educational wealth that transcends for generations

    • Ph.D. of Business and Technology, Capella University
    • M.S. of Project Management, Keller Graduate School of Management
    • MBA of Business Administrations, Keller Graduate School of Management
    • B.S. of Project Management, IT Security Management, ITT Technical Institute of Business and Technology

    Mark McCoy is a Certified Higher Education Professional (CHEP) and a passionate educator. He executes and connects arguments on topics with genuine relationships. His philosophy is to enable students with teaching that relates to and reinforces learning objectives so students can deliver those taught skills in their current job or future endeavors.

    “I am a first-generational academic in my family like most of you. I want students to observe the opportunities in their education and embrace the results of success and prosperity.”

    Marks' full-time hybrid remote position is Vice President of Information Technology, Business Solution for a bio-engineering firm located in Minnesota. He is also a business owner and has teaching relationships with other schools. He is continuing his education by obtaining a Ph.D. in Business Administration and Information Technology. When he is not working or teaching, or learning, he enjoys family, hiking, walking, and traveling to foreign countries.

  • Associate Faculty

    Adebowale Onatolu

    Associate Faculty

    Known for studying forever to enhance his knowledge

    • Doctor of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
    • Master of Science, Marketing Communications, Roosevelt University
    • Bachelor of Arts, Business & Management, Northeastern Illinois University

    Adebowale (Debo) Onatolu holds a BA degree in Business and Management, MSMC degree in Marketing Communications and a Doctorate in Business Administration. Teaching for Debo was something that he always planned on doing because it would allow him to stay in the classroom and keep him studying forever.

    His professional experience includes corporate positions with a National Hospitality company that managed gift shops in fine hotels. He owned and managed an insurance agency for a national insurance company for 10 years before getting into the teaching profession. Dr. Debo still participates in various conferences and workshops to enhance his knowledge in his business contents areas and has over 15 years of education experience as an instructor and a year plus as Academic Department Chair. In his spare time, Dr. Debo likes to watch war movies, American football, soccer, and CNBC and relaxes with marketing and management reading materials.

  • Associate Faculty

    Joseph Moussa

    Associate Faculty

    Known for his passion for accounting

    • MBA, Accounting, Touro University Worldwide
    • BSBA, Accounting, California State University

    Joe received his B.S. in Accounting and Masters in Business Administration in Accounting. Since 2007, he has worked in Public Accounting and has functioned as a licensed CPA since 2013. His love has been teaching and sharing with aspiring Accountants his subject matter expertise and has been doing so since 2014.

    Joe lives and breathes accounting and hopes to bring not only theoretical understandings of our various learning objectives but also real-life implications.

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