Faculty: meet your biggest supporters

Nexford's faculty share a mission: to help you achieve your dreams.

Your professors come from different backgrounds – they're dedicated to providing you the highest quality education possible. Meet your coaches, mentors, and motivators.

The personal touch

When you have a dedicated team on your side, you'll never be alone. Hailing from many different countries and with online education expertise, our faculty provides you world-class support. Ask them questions during one-to-one office hours or live chat, email them any time, and get individual feedback on your assessments.

Our Faculty - Team Members

  • Dr. Sheila Fournier-Bonilla

    Chief Academic Officer

    Known for passion about conveying the value of higher education

    • PhD, Interdisciplinary Engineering, Texas A&M University
    • MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Dr. Sheila Fournier-Bonilla is Nexford’s chief academic officer. She has more than two decades of academic leadership experience serving institutions of higher education across the US, Latin America and Europe.

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    She led various National Science Foundation research projects, designed and implemented an innovative engineering curriculum for the Texas A&M University System, directed graduate programs for leading institutions in online learning such as Capella University and Walden University, and implemented innovative academic systems for universities throughout Latin America. Her ability to optimize academic systems has contributed to the digital transformation of more than a dozen universities in the Americas. This experience has exposed her to numerous educational models where she has created a unique academic operations model that promotes optimization while exceeding quality standards each and every time.

  • Lileth Gonzales

    Assistant Professor

    Known for having a good work ethic

    • MS, Entrepreneurship, De La Salle University
    • BS, Commerce, De La Salle Lipa

    Lileth has twelve years of relevant management experience in the financial service industry and teaching competency in Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management and Human Resource Management. She is a Licensed Professional Teacher (LPT) in the Philippines. Currently, she is taking her PhD in Management from the Lyceum of the Philippines University.

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    She has worked at the University of Batangas, the Philippines, as program head of BS Business Administration, and has significant experience in the business world. She is a member of professional organizations such as the Council of Deans and Educators of Business (CODEB) and the Philippine Association for Teachers and Educators (PAFTE).

    In her spare time, she enjoys reading books, playing badminton and writing.

  • Dr. Robin Johnston

    Chief Learning Officer

    Known for mentoring and competency-based education expertise

    • EdD, Organizational Leadership, Argosy University
    • MS, Human Resource Development, Towson University

    Dr. Robin Johnston serves as Nexford’s vice president of academic innovation and learning design. Throughout her career, Dr. Johnston has held executive leadership positions in higher education, human resources, and healthcare. Prior to joining Nexford full time, Dr. Johnston worked as a consultant for the university.

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    Her past experience includes the director of academic innovation for McGraw Hill Higher Education and associate dean for business at Excelsior College. She has served as dean, associate dean, program chair, professor, instructional designer, adjunct instructor for various online and traditional institutions and mentor for the Online Learning Consortium. Dr Johnston lives in Venice, Florida and holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership, an MS in Human Resource Development and Management, a BA in Psychology, and is a certified job and career transition coach.

  • Dr. Debbie Wilson

    Visiting Professor

    Known for making difficult topics easy to understand

    • DMgt, Global Leadership, Colorado Technical University
    • MBA, Regis University
    • MS, Accounting, Liberty University

    Dr. Debbie Wilson is a core member of Nexford’s expert faculty. She has 26 years’ professional and academic experience working in various accounting positions primarily in the construction and real estate industries. In addition, Dr. Wilson was a global analyst for a national financial company with a team housed in Dubai and India.

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    Before this, she earned her Doctorate of Management in Global Leadership from Colorado Technical University, MBA from Regis University and MS in Accounting from Liberty University. She has experience in teaching online and onground, the courses she teaches include accounting, management, marketing, finance, international business, economics, and general education. Dr Wilson also develops university courses, and mentors newly hired instructors for various colleges and universities.

  • Cornelis Coetzee

    Associate Professor

    Known for innovative and progressive thinking

    • BTech Public Relations Management
    • MTech Marketing

    Cornelis Coetzee, born and educated in South Africa, has had a career spanning more than 25 years, working in both industry and academia. In 2012, he won the Faculty of Management Lecturer of Year Award at the Tshwane University of Technology, and is currently working on his PhD Business Management at Nelson Mandela University.

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    Cornelis has experience in both contact session, online and distance education. Cornelis also worked as a lecturer at several South African education institutions as well as in the private sector including Toyota SA, First National Bank and Eskom. He is an accomplished course content developer with a wide range of topics/subjects to his credit. He is a member of a variety of professional body’s including; Digital Media & Marketing Association, Southern African Institute of Management Scientists, European Marketing Academy, and the Marketing Association of South Africa. His research interests focus on the development of online business strategies, specifically marketing strategies.

  • Dr. JoAnna Shore

    Associate Professor in Academic

    Known for being a lifetime learner

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Argosy University
    • Master of Data Analytics, Maryland University College
    • Master of Business Administration and Computer Science, Frostburg State University

    Dr. JoAnna Shore, serving as an Associate Professor in Academia, has more than 23 years of experience in higher education. She has taught in several higher education institutions including Frostburg State University, Bowie State University, and Allegany Community College.

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    Her expertise is in Management of Information Systems, however, she has taught a variety of courses including MS Visual Basic, Microsoft Office, Introduction to Business, Principles of Management, Data Analytics, E-commerce, Leadership, and International Business and more. She holds a Master Certification in Data Analytics.

  • Nicolene de Wet du Toit

    Teaching Assistant

    Known for making the impossible, possible

    • BA Industrial Sociology
    • ETDP Education Training Development Practices

    Nicolene has 25 years of ongoing study and educational experience in several industries. These industries range from; Guidance to Business leaders for Strategic Management, Managers, Educators and Study Guides; Entrepreneurship; Leadership; Academic mentoring; Consultant to the Government teaching the South African Constitution to local Politicians and Administrators.

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    Nicolene’s strengths involve the translation of complex topics for individuals and groups. Her main focus is contextualizing learning and then guiding the implementation and application of it. More importantly, helping the individual understand how it will benefit their career and future. Nicolene also specializes in developing people to reach a fine balance between critical thinking and teamwork.

  • Creselda Jane Ebba

    Teaching Assistant

    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.

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    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.

  • Dr. Michael B. Rodriguez

    Teaching Assistant

    Known for training facilitation and public speaking

    • 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 5 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.

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    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.

  • Dr. Emmanuel Dotong

    Teaching Assistant

    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.

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    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.

  • Dr. Greg Harms

    Visiting Professor

    Known for psychology and business expertise

    • Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and Organizational Development, Adler School of Professional Psychology
    • MBA, Keller Graduate School of Management
    • MS in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University

    Dr. Harms has a dual background in psychology and business. He has worked in a number of behavioral health organizations in the Midwest United States providing psychological services to clients as well as acting in leadership and administrative capacities. Dr. Harms also works in private practice as a health psychologist and organizational consultant.

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    As a licensed psychologist in multiple states, Dr. Harms specializes in providing psychological treatment for chronic health conditions, assessing for ADHD and other cognitive impairments, and providing supervision to post-graduate mental health professionals seeking licensure.

    As an organizational consultant, Dr. Harms works with leaders and employees within both non-profit and for-profit companies to align businesses processes with the organizational mission, increase employee engagement, and maximize business income.

    Dr. Harms also has extensive teaching experience working with undergraduate and graduate students in business and psychology programs. Dr. Harms has taught economics, management, marketing, and accounting and finance since 2006 and has worked with graduate students to complete their research capstone requirements. He has consulted on multiple doctoral dissertations and supervises doctoral psychology students as they learn how to provide clinical psychological services. Dr. Harms has also taught as an adjunct in local substance abuse counseling training programs and presented to multiple community organizations. He completed his doctoral dissertation on the relationship between perceived ethical climate and employee engagement in HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States.

    Currently, Dr. Harms lives in Chicago, IL (USA).

  • Caroline Fernandez

    Writing Coach

    Known for a fascination with language

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

    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.

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    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.

  • Dr. Emilsen Holguin

    Visiting Professor

    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.

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    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.

  • Dr. Kathleen Hargiss

    Visiting Professor

    Known for dedication to academic excellence

    • PhD, University of South Florida
    • MBA, University of Miami
    • MA, Northwestern University

    Dr. Kathleen Hargiss has been involved in course facilitation and design for numerous online universities for the past twenty-years. Educationally, Dr. Hargiss earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida where she also completed Post-Doctoral studies in Technology, MBA from the University of Miami, M.A. from Northwestern University and Post Graduate studies in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Dr. Hargiss also completed specializations in International Studies and Management Information Systems. To date, she has mentored 488 Doctoral Dissertations and served on 411 Committees. For the past ten years, Dr. Hargiss served as a Co-Chief Editor for the International Journal Strategic Information Technology Applications (IJSITA).

  • Aletta De Winter

    Teaching Assistant

    Known for turning problems into passions

    • B. Mus Performance
    • Master of Business Administration

    Aletta de Winter has 40 years’ experience in education and training. This has been divided between working in the world of business as well as in music. In 1991 Aletta completed her MBA and started working in research, followed by working as Marketing Manager as well as Training Manager, Assessor and Moderator in various industries. Her career has taken her to the USA as well as the UK.

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    While fulfilling her responsibilities in Management roles, she has maintained her career as a musician and music teacher. By combining music, singing and art with business during teamwork sessions, is one of her trademarks. Many an attendant at these programs were amazed at their own ability to test these new waters and being successful.

    As a musician Aletta worked as a teacher and performer as well as conductor for many successful choirs. She has participated in the first International Piano Competition held in South Africa. Currently she supports and guides less advantage children with the joy of learning more about various styles of music.

  • Dr. Michael Johnson

    Visiting Professor

    Known for nuclear and academic expertise

    • BS in Sociology, University of the State of New York, Albany, NY
    • BS in Nuclear Engineering Technology, Excelsior College, Albany, NY
    • MS in Management, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
    • Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ

    Dr. Johnson has 40 years’ professional and academic experience working in various businesses, primarily in the nuclear and academic industries. Dr. Johnson’s academics began in 2013 as an online instructor. Dr. Johnson teaches a variety of courses, including an MBA leadership course, thermodynamics, nuclear regulation and rules, nuclear plant systems, and reactor core fundamentals.

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    Additionally, Dr. Johnson develops university courses for Nexford University and other colleges. Dr. Johnson’s doctorate focused on organizational leadership and he has researched nuclear leadership. He has presented research to the International Atomic Energy Association and the American Nuclear Society.

    Currently, Dr. Johnson lives in Baldwinsville, NY (USA).

  • Dr. Nicholas Bucciarelli

    Visiting Professor

    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

    Dr. 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.

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    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.

    Dr. 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.

  • Steve Jobe

    Visiting Professor

    Known for inspiring students to become lifelong learners

    • BA, Business Economics, Wofford College
    • Ed, Secondary History, Oglethorpe University
    • MEd, Secondary Social Studies, Converse College
    • MLA, History, Converse College

    Steve Jobe brings a wealth of experience to Nexford University. For the past 25 years, he has taught and mentored students in high school and university in United States History, World History, European History, Human Geography, American Government, and Comparative Government.

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    Born and raised in Southern Indiana, Mr. Jobe’s academic journey began at Wofford College (South Carolina) where he earned a BA in Business Economics with the assistance of a basketball scholarship. He received his teaching certification in Secondary History at Oglethorpe University (Georgia) and two Masters degrees in Secondary Social Studies and History from Converse College (South Carolina).

    As an advocate of local history, Mr. Jobe has written 12 young adult books on Spartanburg, South Carolina history, which are distributed in the local school districts. He possesses a passion for presidential history and political campaigns, as well as having extensive experience in sports, as a player and coach at the collegiate and high school levels.

    Mr. Jobe resides on Saint Simons Island, Georgia with his wife and two teenagers.

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