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Master of Science in Human Resource Development Online Program Faculty


Learn From the Experts
Learn From the Experts

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 the Journal 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.

FACULTY & STAFF


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...


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 ...


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 ...


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 join...


Angela Francesco, J.D.

Angela Francesco, received her Bachelor’s Degree from Villanova University and her law degree from Temple University School of Law; she is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania. She has extensiv...


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...


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 sta...


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 pr...


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...


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 operati...


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 Compensatio...


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 st...


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-Foun...


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 amplify...


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 ...


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...


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...


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 intera...


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 (...


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 fi...


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 &...


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 progr...


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 expertis...


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 organizat...


Melissa Ksenak

Ms. Ksenak is currently a Senior Human Resources Business Partner for Lockheed Martin Corporation. She supports the Information Systems & Global Services business area with a focus on the Finan...


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 Performanc...


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 r...


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 rece...


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 planni...


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 ho...


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, ...