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Master of Science in Human Resource Development Faculty & Staff

All Human Resource Development courses are taught by Villanova University’s acclaimed graduate program faculty, who bring real-world expertise into the online classroom – thereby bridging the gap between academic theory and practical applications. These noted experts don’t just know HR, they helped set the standards by contributing to the Body of Knowledge content for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) and other leading organizations.

Villanova’s instructors are actively involved with leading industry organizations, including: SHRM Area I Board of Directors; SHRM Workplace Health, Safety and Security Committee; SHRM local chapters; Advisor for Villanova’s award-winning SHRM Student Chapter; Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology (SIOP); Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists; and the American Psychological Association. They are also widely published, with articles featured in theJournal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Systems Software and International Business Schools Computer Users Group Quarterly; a chapter in SHRM’s HR Strategies for the New Millennium; and A Guide to Successful Business Relations with the Chinese.

Ronald Adler | Keith Black | David Bush | Lawrence Cozzens | Maureen Curley | Barbara Lee Davidson | Judith Dickinson | Melodie Dorminy | Angela Francesco | John Garber | Christopher Giangrasso | Annette M. Girondi | Brendan Hennessy | Deborah J. Hormann | James Houston | Kevin Kelley | Philip Kenney | Melissa Ksenak | Joseph Kwiatkowski | Ginamarie Ligon | Diane Lirio | Amy Masci | Allen McMillin | Megan Mulka | Angela Nader | Richard Powell | Ronald Preston | Karen Stipa | Robert D. Stokes | William J.T. Strahan | Patricia Sullivan | Barbara C. Timony

Ronald Adler, M.B.A

Mr. Adler has more than 36 years of HR consulting experience working with U.S. and international firms, small businesses and non-profits, insurance companies and brokers, and employer organizations. Mr. Adler is the president-CEO of Laurdan Associates, Inc., a human resource management consulting firm specializing in HR audits, employment practices liability risk management, HR metrics and benchmarking, strategic HR, and unemployment insurance (UI) cost management. Mr. Adler is a co-developer of the Employment-Labor Law Audit™ (ELLA®), the nation’s leading HR auditing and employment practices liability risk assessment tool. Mr. Adler has assisted Congress and state legislatures in the development of employment and UI related legislation and has testified before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee on UI and the U.S. Senate H.E.L.P. Committee on genetic discrimination in the workplace. Mr. Adler has also served as an expert witness in discrimination and negligent hiring cases.

Mr. Adler holds an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a BS in finance from the University of Maryland. Mr. Adler is a certified instructor on employment practices issues for the CPCU Society and has conducted continuing education courses for the Institute of Internal Auditors, the AICPA and the Society for Human Resource Management.

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Keith Black, JD

Mr. Black is Vice President of Human Capital at Aon Consulting, where he focuses on creating a “Respectful Workplace” platform through education, communication and treatment of employees. His areas of specialization include employment practices training, workplace dispute mediation, workplace investigations, human resources compliance, and labor and employment law. Mr. Black’s previous roles include Vice President of Human Resources and General Counsel at DecisionOne Corporation, Vice President at Counsel Consulting Group LLC, and National Sales Employment Practices Leader and Human Resources Director at AstraZeneca.

Mr. Black earned his JD from Villanova University Law School and BA in Labor and Industrial Relations from Penn State University. He is a certified workplace dispute mediator, and is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and California.

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David Bush, PhD

Dr. Bush is the founding Director of Villanova University’s Master of Science in Human Resource Development program. He also serves as a Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Development at Villanova, and his professional and academic specialization involves developing HR metrics for evaluating talent and performance. A respected teacher, researcher, consultant and speaker, Dr. Bush has 30 years of experience working with change management in industries ranging from pharmaceuticals and chemicals to manufacturing and transportation. He recently published the Handbook of HR Metrics and has co-authored a volume on healthcare communication and quality. He has written approximately 100 articles for various research and professional publications, and previously served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Systems Improvement.

Dr. Bush holds a PhD in Psychology from Purdue University, an MA in Psychology from the University of Wyoming and a BA in Math and Psychology from the University of South Florida. He has also earned certificates in Human Resources and Project Management from Villanova University and a Divinity Leadership Academy Certificate from the Pennsylvania State University – Great Valley Graduate Center. He was certified by the Goldratt Institute as an Academic Jonah in the Theory of Constraints.

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Lawrence Cozzens, PhD

Dr. Cozzens is an experienced learning and organization development professional with expertise in online learning. He is adept at building learning communities and teams, facilitating group interactions and delivering engaging lectures both in person and online. Dr. Cozzens has served in a variety of roles throughout his career, including Performance Consultant and Regional Training Manager at McKesson, Organization Development Consultant at SAP, Organization Development Manager at SmithKline Beecham, Account Manager at Zenger-Miller and HR Generalist at CIGNA.

Dr. Cozzens earned his PhD in Human and Organization Development from Fielding Graduate University. He also has an MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University and a BS in Business Administration from Drexel University.

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Maureen Curley, MS

Ms. Curley is a Training Analyst at PJM Interconnection, LLC. She received her MS degree in Human Resource Development, an MA degree in Liberal Studies and a BA degree in Psychology from Villanova University.

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Barbara Lee Davidson, PhD, MBA

Dr. Davidson is a Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness Executive and Consultant with significant successes designing and implementing programs across all functional areas of HR and OE (compensation, benefits, employee relations, performance management, talent acquisition/development, Six Sigma, culture change, organizational development/effectiveness and change management). Her strength is in recognizing and acting on opportunities to align and integrate HR and OE processes with operational business processes to optimize achievement of business and culture goals and build strong infrastructures for the future.

In addition to her consulting activities for both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, Dr. Davidson participates with the Board of the Philadelphia HR Planning Society as an active member of the Programs Committee in developing thought-leadership events for HR and Line Leaders.

Dr. Davidson earned her PhD in Group Processes and Adult Education, and her MBA in Industrial Relations and Organizational Behavior, from Temple University.

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Judith Dickinson, MS

Ms. Dickinson has worked in the field of Human Resources for more than 16 years and is currently the Associate Vice President of Human Resources for ARAMARK, headquartered in Philadelphia. She joined ARAMARK in 2010 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources for Laureate Education. Prior to Laureate, Ms. Dickinson was in escalating human resources leadership positions at Arkema Inc., Campbell Soup Company, and SIEMENS. She has previous teaching experience and has been a guest speaker at HR conferences and symposiums. Also, she is currently on the Board of Directors with CityLit Project.

Ms. Dickinson received her BS degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, earned her MS degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University, and has attended Cornell University to obtain a certification in Labor Relations and holds her Professional Human Resource certification.

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Melodie Dorminy, MBA

Ms. Dorminy is a Manager in Global Human Resources Reporting and Analytics at Pfizer. Her professional experience includes various positions of increasing responsibility during her nine years in financial accounting and 18 years in human resources. Most recently, she served as Technical Advisor/Team Leader at Towers Perrin and HRIS Manager at AmeriGas. Ms. Dorminy's experience includes managing projects and system conversions.

Ms. Dorminy earned her MBA in MIS from St. Joseph's University and a BS in Business Administration/Accounting from Millersville University

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Angela Francesco, JD

Ms. Francesco is a teacher and consultant with extensive experience in human resource management. In addition to leading certificate and degree courses at Villanova University, she is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton business school. Ms. Francesco was previously employed as Vice President of Human Resources for a pharmaceutical company, where she created and implemented HR strategy for the organization’s research and development operations in the U.S., U.K. and France. She also served as Vice President of Human Resources for the nonprofit MCP Hahnemann University, where she was responsible for recruiting, policy development, employee relations, and training and development.

Ms. Francesco received her JD from Temple University School of Law and earned her bachelor’s degree from Villanova University. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania.

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John Garber, MS, SPHR®, CSP

Mr. Garber is Vice President of Total Rewards and Human Capital Solutions at The Addis Group.  He has over 22 years in risk management, human capital, employee benefits and occupational health & safety.  He provides risk management and human capital management consulting services to a wide range of organizations from growth oriented middle market accounts to publicly traded international organizations. This includes enterprise risk assessments and solutions oriented strategies for risk mitigation and control, human capital assessments and consultation across a wide spectrum of HR and performance related initiatives, employee benefit plan strategies as well as workplace learning and development processes.  In addition to his role with The Addis Group, John also serves as a Chief Learning Officer for Addis Intellectual Capital (AIC) providing learning and development support as a consultant in the organization’s proprietary business models and certification program.  Prior to joining The Addis Group, Mr. Garber was the founder and President of Garber & Associates, LTD, a human capital and risk management firm.

He is the author of the EMS Safety and Risk Control Resource Manual, contributing author to the Employment Labor Law Audit (ELLA®), and has published many articles on health, safety, security and risk management.  He served on National SHRM’s Expertise Panel for Workplace Safety and Security and provided testimony in 2003 before the Congressional House Committee on Small Business on Litigating Title I of the ADA on behalf of SHRM.  In April 2010, Mr. Garber was awarded the Villanova University Graduate Program in Human Resources Outstanding Alumni Award for contributions to the human resources profession

Mr. Garber earned an MS in Human Resources Development and Post Masters Certificate in Advanced Human Resources Applications from Villanova University, a MS in Training and Organization Development from Saint Joseph’s University, and a BS in Occupational Health and Safety from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.  He also has taken doctoral course work at The George Washington University in Human Organizational Science. He was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society for academic achievement while attending Villanova University.

Mr. Garber is certified as Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®), a Board Certified Safety Professional (CSP®), and is licensed in property & casualty insurance, accident, health, and life insurance, as well as fixed annuities.

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Christopher Giangrasso, MS

Mr. Giangrasso has worked in the field of Human Resources for more than 25 years and currently is Vice President of Human Resources and Communications for Arkema Inc., headquartered in Philadelphia. Mr. Giangrasso joined Arkema in 2005 after serving as Vice President of Human Resources at the Campbell Soup Company. Prior to Campbell's, he was Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Airgas, Inc and Vice President of Human Resources at Aramark Corporation. Earlier in his career, he specialized in organizational development, psychological assessment and executive education in positions at the Borg-Warner Company and Siemens Corporation. Mr. Giangrasso has eight years of higher education teaching experience at Cabrini College and has been a frequent guest speaker at HR conferences and other academic institutions.

Mr. Giangrasso received his BS degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s University and earned his Master’s Degree in the field of Industrial Psychology from Temple University.

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Annette M. Girondi, PhD, SPHR

Dr. Girondi is the Change Management Lead for North American Operations at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Wilmington, Delaware. In this role, she leads the design and implementation of change programs intended to enhance employee engagement for effective program execution and sustainable business results. Dr. Girondi has led change programs for key business programs such as Lean Operations, End to End Supply Chain Management, and People and Organization culture plan.

In her current role, she also leads the development and execution of the overall change management program for North American Operations. A key part of this program is providing practical tools and techniques for effective change leadership and employee acceptance of change. This program is used by managers and change management practitioners as they lead employees through today’s business reality of constant change.

Dr. Girondi earned a doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron, and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources by the Society of Human Resource Management.

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Brendan Hennessy, JD

Mr. Hennessy is a practicing attorney in the area of employment law. Currently associated with Sidney Gold & Associates, P.C., Mr. Hennessy represents employers and employees in federal and state courts and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in a wide variety of employment disputes. Over much of the past decade, Mr. Hennessy has represented large Fortune 100 companies, small “mom and pop” companies as well as individual employees in matters involving all aspects of the employment relationship.

Mr. Hennessy earned a J.D. from Temple University and a B.A. from St. Joseph’s University. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Hennessy resides in Chester County, Pennsylvania with his wife and two kids.

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Deborah J. Hormann, MS, PHR, CHCR

Ms. Hormann is a human resource professional with over 25 years experience working within a wide variety of industries and sectors, including healthcare, manufacturing and real estate. Her expertise lies in recruitment, training, management, employee relations, career coaching and leadership development.

Ms. Hormann is currently a Sr. Talent Strategist; her client work focuses on talent management and leadership development. She has been employed at The Children’s Hospital for 10 years, and prior to that with various Philadelphia-area healthcare systems. Ms. Hormann has served in a variety of leadership roles in human resources.

Ms. Hormann holds her Master’s degree in Human Organizational Science/Human Resource Development from Villanova University. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Temple University. She is adjunct faculty at Villanova University in the Graduate Studies in Human Resource Development program. Ms. Hormann is an active member of the Philadelphia Area Association of Healthcare Recruiters. She is also an active member of the Society of Human Resource Management and National Association for Health Care Recruitment. In addition, she is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

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James Houston, JD, MBA, MS, PHR, PCC

Mr. Houston has been working as a full-time facilitator, leadership coach, and organizational development change agent at the Boeing Company in Ridley Park, PA since 2003. His primary role is to provide support to individuals and teams in order to help them become more effective in a teaming environment. He also develops large-scale initiatives around workplace culture, employee involvement and engagement, and the performance of product and process-improvement teams. Prior to Boeing, James was a healthcare administrator for many years, working at the Temple University Health System, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Albert Einstein Hospital, all in Philadelphia.

Mr. Houston earned a BA in Philosophy from Bates College, followed by a year at Yale Divinity studying Philosophy of Religion. He earned his law degree from Temple Law, a Masters in Human Resource Development from Villanova, and an MBA in Human Resource Management from Walden. He is currently finishing an MA in Organizational Development at the Fielding Graduate School in Santa Barbara California. He is certified as a Professional Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation, with over 1,000 hours of coaching experience, many at the executive level.  He also holds a PHR certification through HRCI.

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Kevin Kelley, SPHR

Mr. Kelley is an experienced Human Resource professional with more than 15 years in the profession. Mr. Kelley currently serves as a Senior Partner in the Learning & Talent Management organization with SAP specializing in Executive and Leadership Development. Prior to SAP, he held Human Resource positions of increasing responsibility with global leaders Lockheed Martin, Johnson & Johnson, Lattice Semiconductor, Black & Decker and First Data Corporation.

Mr. Kelley earned an MBA from Binghamton University, a MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University and a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations from Le Moyne College. He is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the HR Certification Institute.

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Philip Kenney, MSHR

Philip Kenney serves as Vice President Human Resource for Bisk Education, Inc. in Tampa, FL and is responsible for corporate-wide strategic HR initiatives. His previous roles include Vice President Human Resources for Vitality Foodservice, Vice President Human Resources for Lykes Bros., and various Regional HR roles with Owens Illinois. Mr. Kenney’s HR career extends over 25 years in manufacturing, consumer goods, transportation and education with specific experience in HR regulatory compliance, benefits administration, talent management, human capital development, and strategic HR development.

Mr. Kenney earned his MS in Human Resources Management from Florida Institute of Technology and his BS in Human Resources Management from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

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Melissa Ksenak

is currently a Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Lockheed Martin Corporation. Ms. Ksenak supports the Information Systems & Global Services business area with a focus on the Finance & Business Operations function. Ms. Ksenak’s current responsibilities include providing strategic HR support to both leaders and employees in areas such as staffing, equal employment opportunity, compensation, performance management, talent management, workforce strategy/organizational development, investigations and disciplinary actions.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Ksenak completed a Leadership Development Program in Human Resources with Lockheed Martin Corporation. During the program she rotated throughout different business areas across the country while completing assignments in all functional areas of HR as well as directly supporting the Vice President of HR and Workforce Strategy. Before joining Lockheed Martin, Ms. Ksenak held HR positions with SAP America, AOL Time Warner Cable and New York State Electric & Gas Corporation.

Ms. Ksenak obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management from the University of Scranton and holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development from Villanova University.

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Joseph Kwiatkowski, MS

Mr. Kwiatkowski is a multi-disciplined executive with proven entrepreneurial, leadership and teaching skills in starting companies, human resources, corporate wealth maximization, strategic operations management and information technology. He started or managed financial institutions on and off Wall Street for American Express, Credit Suisse First Boston, MBNA, Advanta, Bank of Delaware/PNC and others. Mr. Kwiatkowski is recognized as an industry expert in service delivery through operations excellence. He has taught industrial engineering courses at Delaware Tech, operations management at Goldey Beacom College and finance at Villanova University (as of March 2011). Mr. Kwiatkowski also counsels new and evolving companies part time as a SCORE volunteer. He owns and operates Pinnacle Management Advisors, an international consultancy specializing in emerging and high-growth companies.

Mr. Kwiatkowski received his undergraduate degree in Management and Marketing from the Wharton Business School and graduate degree in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania. He holds additional degrees in Information Technology, Industrial Engineering and Bank Finance. Mr. Kwiatkowski guest lectures at his alma mater and was honored to give the keynote speech at the Wharton Business School undergraduate commencement in 2004

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Ginamarie Ligon, PhD

In addition to her role as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Graduate Program in Human Resource Development at Villanova University, Dr. Ligon serves as Director of Performance Consulting: Psychological Associates. Her primary area of research is in aptitude treatment interaction, focusing on how organizational interventions can impact individuals’ knowledge, skills, abilities and personality characteristics. Dr. Ligon’s professional interests include the management of innovation as well as the development and early identification of ethical and destructive leadership. As an industrial and organizational researcher, she leads applied projects in creativity, leadership, integrity and workplace climate. She previously worked as a research assistant at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Ligon holds a PhD and an MS from the University of Oklahoma as well as a BS from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

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Diane Lirio, MS

Ms. Lirio is Principal, Human Resources at Vanguard. Her previous employment includes Manager of Compensation and HRIS at QVC, Compensation Analyst at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Compensation Analyst at Atlantic Financial.

Ms. Lirio holds an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Cornell University.

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Amy Masci, M.S. HRD, PHR

Mrs. Masci is an experienced human resources professional and adjunct faculty professor. She currently works as an Human Resources Generalist at Campbell Soup Company. In this role, Mrs. Masci is responsible for partnering with her client group in Corporate Supply Chain and assisting them in the areas of talent management, succession planning, performance management and development, organizational development, employee relations and training. Mrs. Masci also has taught HR related courses at LaSalle University, Temple University and Rutgers University in Camden, NJ.

Mrs. Masci earned her MS in Human Resource Development from the Villanova University Program in Spring 2005. She received a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College.

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Allen McMillin M.S. HRD, PHR

Mr. McMillin is an experienced human resources professional and adjunct faculty professor. He currently works as the Director of Human Resources at Crozer-Keystone Health System and oversees the strategic and daily operations of the Human Resource Department. Mr. McMillin’s previous role was with LifeBridge Health as the Manager of Compensation, where he was responsible for partnering with managers to make strategic decisions about compensation and focusing on HR metrics to maintain market competitiveness.

Mr. McMillin earned his MS in Human Resource Development from the Villanova University Program in Spring 2001. He received a BS in Labor and Industrial Relations from Pennsylvania State University.

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Megan Mulka, MS

Ms. Mulka is an HR Central Information Services Consultant at Pfizer. She previously served as Manager of Executive Development Programs at AMETEK and HR Specialist at Towers Perrin.

Ms. Mulka received her MS in Human Resource Development from Villanova University and her BS in Management Science and Information Systems from Pennsylvania State University.

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Angela Nader. MS

Ms. Nader is an organizational development consultant and executive coach with more than 18 years of experience in organizational development, training and human resource management. She is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Aspire Career Network, LLC, which offers a suite of personalized tools designed for the recruiting, outplacement and career management fields. Ms. Nader was previously Managing Partner at BGH Executive Coaching/Consulting and served as Human Resource Manager, Organizational Development Manager and Consultant at Ocean Spray Cranberries. Her clients have included WhiteWave Foods, InformaTraining Partners, The Walters Group, Johnson & Johnson and Progresso/General Mills, among others.

Ms. Nader holds an MS in Human Organizational Science/Human Resource Development from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Muhlenberg College. She received coach training through The Coaches Institute (CTI) in San Rafael, California.

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Richard Powell, MBA

Mr. Powell is a financial professional with extensive experience in the financial services industry. He is a Senior Financial Advisor at VALIC, a subsidiary of AIG, specializing in financial planning for individuals and retirement plans for groups. Earlier in his career, he held a number of positions in the banking industry where his responsibilities included evaluating the benefits programs for cost effectiveness. He has held an adjunct faculty position at Villanova University for 11 years.

He has an MBA from Widener University and a BS in Economics from Widener University. He is active in several civic and religious groups including Boy Scouts of America.

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Ronald Preston, MA

Mr. Preston is President of Kudos Unlimited, Inc. where he applies his talents and 20 years of experience to strategically assisting organizations in aligning with their best practices, and amplifying their strengths to achieve profitability, sustainable improvement and success. His record of accomplishments in leading major projects include the management of consulting teams; assessment design; coaching and leadership development; management and labor relations; behavioral safety and environmental compliance; and a variety of consultant and training roles in diverse industries ranging from pharmaceuticals to mining.

Mr. Preston earned his masters of Arts in Applied Psychology from the university of Santa Monica, and his Arts Bachelors Organization System Development and Design from the Gestalt Instructive in Cleveland as well as extensive training in Whole Scale Systems Change through coursework at American University/NTL. Mr. Preston is a certified relational therapist, a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, American Society of Training and Development, international Society of Performance Improvement, Philadelphia Area Coaching Alliance, and is past chair the Philadelphia Region Organization Envelopment Network.

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Karen Stipa, MBA

Ms. Stipa is an experienced human resources systems professional and adjunct faculty professor. Ms. Stipa currently is an Independent Business Owner with ACN, an international small business and home services provider. Within the HR Technology space, Ms. Stipa was Senior Director for HR Systems at Aramark Corporation in Philadelphia, PA. She was responsible for systems as they related to every function within human resources to include Recruiting, Talent Management, Benefits Administration, Compensation and Shareholder Services. Prior to that, she consulted for a variety of companies within their Human Resources divisions on projects such as process re-engineering and enterprise systems implementation working with various systems to include Oracle, PeopleSoft and Lawson.

Ms. Stipa earned her MBA with a concentration on Organization Management from Drexel University and her BS in Human Resources from Cabrini College.

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Robert D. Stokes, Ed.D

Dr. Stokes is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Villanova University, where he also teaches undergraduate and graduate classes in Public Administration, Psychology and Education. In addition to his work at Villanova, he has taught online courses and trained faculty in teaching online at institutions such as the University of Richmond, Hofstra University, Fairfield University and Broward Community College. He has published training materials for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM®) and American Payroll Association, and has been recognized by both SHRM and the American Management Association.

Dr. Stokes received his EdD from Indiana University, his master’s degree from the University of Vermont and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond.

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William J.T. Strahan

Mr. Strahan has been involved in various aspects of Human Resources work for almost 25 years. He began his career with over a decade of work at Macy’s Department Stores and Riggs National Bank. At those companies his work ranged from recruiting, compensation, benefits and employee relations work. The second decade of his work included practicing law with Muldoon, Murphy & Faucette, a Washington, D.C. boutique firm specializing in financial institutions. His concentration was in the area of Compensation and Benefits – mostly in the context of mergers and acquisitions and in initial public offerings. For nine years, Mr. Strahan worked as office head at Mercer HR Consulting in Philadelphia, the firm’s second-largest US office and a Worldwide Partner. His area of personal consulting expertise was Executive Compensation, and his client list included numerous Fortune 25, 50 and 100 companies. Mr. Strahan has returned to corporate HR work and is currently the SVP for Compensation and Benefits at Comcast, the country’s largest cable system operator and a leader in telecommunication and information distribution.

Mr. Strahan holds a B.A. from Villanova University, a Certificate in Employee Benefit Administration from Georgetown University and a Juris Doctorate from the George Mason University School of Law. His writings have been published in numerous books, articles, and speeches.

Along with his wife and two sons, Mr. Strahan resides in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Reinvestment Fund, a leading community development fund, and Holy Child Academy. He is on the Board of Directors as well as Treasurer for the Cable Telecommunications HR Association.

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Patricia Sullivan, MS

Ms. Sullivan is Founder and CEO of Profit by Design, HR Consulting (PDHR), specializing in leadership coaching and strategic business consulting. Prior to starting Profit by Design, HR Consulting, she spent 20 years in leadership roles. As a human resources executive she has led results driven projects in ISO and FDA regulated companies. She is an expert in organizational development, HR and training. Ms. Sullivan has provided high ROI services in leadership development, adult learning, recruitment and performance management.

Ms. Sullivan was awarded undergraduate and graduate degrees from Temple University, majoring in HR Management. Currently, she is attending USF, working on her doctorate in Adult Education, with a focus on leadership development. Her many certifications include: Certified SPHR, Senior Professional in HR Management (HRCI/SHRM); Energy Leadership™ Index Master Practitioner (iPEC); Certified Empowerment Coach (Institute for Professional Empowerment Coaching); Certified Conflict Resolution Mediator (Institute for Conflict Management); Certified Master Trainer (Langevin Learning); Certified Yoga Instructor (Yoga Life Institute)

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Barbara C. Timony, Ed.D., SPHR

Dr. Timony is Manager of Learning & Development at Independence Blue Cross in Philadelphia, PA.  As a member of the leadership team in IBC University, Dr. Timony manages a team of learning professionals, establishes and executes a vision for the learning and development function, and develops instructional strategies are align with business goals.

Dr. Timony has extensive corporate experience as an internal consultant in organizational development, leadership and team development, executive coaching, and training. She has over ten years experience teaching at the graduate level. Dr.Timony’s background spans more than 20 years in such diverse industries as aerospace, financial services, insurance, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals. She has worked at local and global levels to develop competency models, performance management systems, post-merger change management strategies, and leadership development programs.

Dr. Timony holds doctorate and master’s degrees in Adult Education from Widener University, and certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Society of Human Resource Management. She is a certified Coach and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) practitioner.

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