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Center for Women's Leadership Committee Members

Bob Daugherty

Bob Daugherty

Dean, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Mr. Daugherty is the Dean of the Forbes School of Business and Technology and a Professor of Strategy and Finance. He has overall responsibility for defining the school’s strategic priorities and for providing the resources and management to pursue them. Mr. Daugherty leads a highly engaged faculty and administration to support FSBT’s mission. He has enhanced the school’s curricula and reputation, its academic vitality and has engaged students in a way that reinforces and builds the connected, purpose driven nature of the Forbes community. Mr. Daugherty has cultivated relationships with alumni and business leaders on a national and international level and has elevated the school’s profile within the global business community. He has a genuine affinity for and understanding of business education and university culture. He previously served as the CEO of the Jack Welch Management Institute. Mr. Daugherty served a five-year term as a Fulbright Scholar Specialist, a program funded by the U.S. State Department with a focus on Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Daugherty also writes a regular column for Forbes China on investing, education and leadership.

During his business career, Mr. Daugherty has built his reputation on an ability to attract outstanding executives, management teams and boards of directors. Having served on over two dozen corporate boards, he regularly advises private equity firms, institutional investors and family offices on corporate governance. Mr. Daugherty has a deep knowledge of the legal, regulatory and fiduciary duties of boards. As a director, he has helped serve shareholders’ interest by aligning management compensation plans. With a focus on decision making, particularly capital allocation, Mr. Daugherty assists CEOs on strategies to deliver long-term returns for shareholders. As an investor, he has invested or co-invested in a wide range of growth companies and undervalued businesses. Mr. Daugherty holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University, a master’s degree in American Studies from Columbia University, and a master’s degree in Management from the University of Cambridge.

Mentoring Workgroup

Katie Thiry

Katie Thiry, PhD

Department Chair, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Katie Thiry is the Department Chair for Organizational Studies in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. Dr. Thiry also serves as Lead Faculty (Professor) for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree programs and Faculty Advisor for the University of Arizona Global Campus/Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

Dr. Thiry is one of the founding Board members for the Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL) established by the Forbes School of Business & Technology to provide a community for networking and professional development and make recommendations to organizational practices through existing and novel research. As an active CWL Board member, Dr. Thiry co-established the CWL Mentorship Program to support the Center's vision of a world in which all women are empowered as leaders.

Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) Certification from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) and is a Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD) and Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Dr. Thiry has over 20 years of experience in human resources and training and development, having held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams; reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization; and designed, developed, and delivered custom training. In her previous role for a Fortune 50 company, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of an enterprise-wide learning management system (LMS). It was in this technical role that she gained an increased appreciation for the use of technology to enhance learning experiences and working interactions.

 

Teresa Kuruc

Teresa Kuruc

Director of Faculty Support and Development

Dr. Kuruc worked at Ashford University* from 2009 to 2013 and then returned to the institution to serve as the Associate Director of Academic Operations in 2018. Academic Operations is the administrative bridge between Ashford’s faculty lifecycle and student experiences. As Associate Director, Dr. Kuruc oversees the Faculty Scheduling, Faculty Contracts, and Faculty Data and Systems teams, partnering with academic leadership, student services, data management, learning technology, human resources, and other operational departments to support priority faculty initiatives for achieving desired student outcomes.

Dr. Kuruc has nearly 15 years of experience in higher education, including: teaching upper-division undergraduate foreign language, culture, and literature courses at The Ohio State University, Indiana University, San Diego State University, and the University of California San Diego; managing community outreach for academic programs at Ohio State and UC San Diego; and, serving as resident director for study abroad programs at Ohio State. Prior to becoming Associate Director of Academic Operations at Ashford, Dr. Kuruc served as an Instructional Specialist and Associate Director of Instructional Services.

Dr. Kuruc earned her PhD in Comparative Literature from UC San Diego. She has an MA in Russian Literature and a BA in Russian, both from The Ohio State University.

 

Sarah Steinberg

Sarah Steinberg

Consultant

Dr. Sarah B. Steinberg has worked inside and outside of Higher Education as a leader and consultant in many different areas including student and academic services, online education, professional and continuing education, technology implementation, and academic program development. She is a leader in the Higher Education eco-system – working at the forefront of educational and technological innovation/implementation online and onsite for adult professional and continuing education.

Sarah joined Johns Hopkins University in 1993 as a Program Director in the Whiting School of Engineering. Over 20 years at Johns Hopkins, Sarah advanced into central leadership roles as Executive Director, Senior Associate Dean, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, and Executive Vice Provost.

In 2014, Sarah founded a nationally recognized higher education consulting firm, Frogstone Strategies, specializing in advising leaders of adult and online education. She currently advises university presidents and other leaders on strategic planning issues related to the rapidly expanding field of professional and continuing education online and onsite. She also works with edtech firms in the higher ed eco-system, advising on strategies to effectively create partnerships with universities and colleges domestically and internationally.

Sarah received her B.S. and master’s in Civil Engineering from Cornell University, an MBA in Finance and Marketing from Northwestern University, and a Doctorate in Higher Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Gail Hoskyns-Long

Gail Hoskyns-Long

Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Gail Hoskyns-Long is the Program Chair for the Bachelor of Arts in Operations Management and Analysis in the Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus, where she focuses on courses in operations management and integrated supply chain management. She hold a PhD in Organization and Management and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University, and a Master of Arts in Adult Education along with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Central Michigan University. Prior to joining UAGC full-time, she worked within the corporate arena for more than 25 years in the area of automotive design and manufacturing with General Motors and suppliers. She has also taught traditional and online courses for the past several years, and enjoys incorporating new and different modes of learning and technology into her students’ educational experiences. A favorite quote of hers is by B.B. King: “The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.” Dr. Hoskyns-Long lives north of Detroit, MI with her husband, and enjoys boating and listening to audio books.

 

Connie Whitten

Conni Whitten

CHAMPS Program Coordinator

Dr. Conni Whitten is an Associate Professor for the Forbes School of Business and Technology® at the University of Arizona Global Campus, where she teaches courses in organizational management. She earned a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership with a specialty in Human Resource Development at Nova Southeastern University. Her master’s degree is in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Troy University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Dr. Whitten’s career began in the insurance and medical industries, and she then worked for 20 years as an administrator in public education. She enjoys interacting with adult learners and believes the University of Arizona Global Campus offers a nicely structured format that benefits both the student and the instructor. She says, “The students I’ve had the pleasure to share with know and understand that my number one priority is their success. I am proud to be their learning partner during our time together, and I will do everything within my ability to move them to a positive ending – as long as they are willing to do their part.” Dr. Whitten resides in LaGrange, GA with her husband Michael. They have five adult children and seven grandchildren.

 

Machele Ruiz

Machele Ruiz

CHAMPS Program Coordinator

Machele Ruiz is a CHAMPS Program Coordinator for the Student Affairs Department. In her role, she has given guidance to mentors and mentees to get them ready for their connection. Machele has been part of CHAMPS since 2014, first as a mentor then a Program coordinator. She enjoys interacting with students daily and assisting them when needed. Machele earner her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management with a concentration in Human Resource and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management with a concentration in Leadership. Both degrees she earned here at University of Arizona Global Campus. Machele resides in Queen Creek, AZ just south of Phoenix with her husband Steve and their kitty Hooch.

 

Evan Gray

Evan Gray

Student Success Program Manager

Evan Gray is the Student Success Program Manager for the Student Affairs Department. In his role, Evan oversees the CHAMPS Mentoring Program for students and alumni. Evan earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Missouri University Science & Technology and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arizona Global Campus. Evan resides in Olathe, KS just outside of Kansas City with his wife Jaime and two children, Cadence and Cooper.

 

Membership Workgroup

Susan Gould

Susan Gould

Lead Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Susan Gould earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Northwestern University, and a Master of Management degree with majors in finance and managerial economics from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She also holds the CFA designation from the CFA Institute. 

Gould previously worked for 20 years in corporate finance, where she prepared business valuations of privately held companies in a wide variety of industries, including natural gas, printing, construction equipment manufacturing, architecture and engineering, retail, and commodities trading. Gould specialized in representing Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) from implementation and stock purchase through sale transactions. Gould has been teaching for several years both on site and online with various institutions including Ashford University (now the University of Arizona Global Campus), Oakton Community College, and College of Lake County. 

Gould’s teaching philosophy is based on her passion for lifelong learning. She advises her students to remember the words made famous by Dr. Seuss: “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” 

She hopes all students enjoy the learning process. “My passion is encouraging students in lifelong learning. There is something to be gained from every experience, even when a class is a struggle or life gets complicated. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with students on their progress.”

She lives in the suburbs of Chicago and is married with three children. In her free time, she likes to read, attend Broadway musicals, volunteer, and spend time with friends.

 

Peggy Sundstrom

Peggy Sundstrom

Lead Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Peggy Sundstrom has been a faculty member first with the University of the Rockies, then Ashford University, and now with the University of Arizona Global Campus since 2009. She is the Lead Faculty for the doctoral program in Organizational Development and Leadership within the Forbes School of Business & Technology and teaches courses in leadership and management and doctoral research planning. She also facilitates In-Residence workshops and mentors doctoral students completing their dissertation or Applied Doctoral Project. During her academic career with the University of the Rockies, Peggy served as Chair of the Academic Standards Committee and a member of the Academic Dispute Resolutions Committee, the Academic Senate, and the Doctoral Research Project Taskforce. At University of Arizona Global Campus, Peggy has served on the Academic Senate, the Doctoral Curriculum Committee, and, most recently, the Doctoral Advisory Committee. She coordinates the university's Research Symposium which provides a forum to showcase student research, as well as the Doctoral Research Poster session in conjunction with commencement.

In addition to being a full-time faculty member, Dr. Sundstrom is a management consultant to organizations and individuals experiencing transition and change. She specializes in strategy and planning, change management, and employee growth and development. Prior to beginning her management consulting practice, Dr. Sundstrom held various professional and management positions in academic administration and healthcare over a twenty-year period. Her years of experience in both corporate staff and divisional leadership roles contribute to her expertise and understanding of organizational behavior and leadership. Dr. Sundstrom is noted as a developer and presenter of business training curriculum and is a professional member of the National Speakers Association.

In 2007, Dr. Sundstrom was named one of Colorado’s “Outstanding Women in Business” by the Denver Business Journal. She was also honored with this distinction in 2003. In 2006, Dr. Sundstrom was named the “Women in Business Champion of the Year” by both the Colorado District Office and Region VIII of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In 2009, she was part of a team that won a national award for volunteerism from the Life Care Centers of America for animal-assisted therapy with nursing home residents. Peggy serves as a Board member of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico, as the coordinator of DU Rising, a mentoring program for young conservation leaders, and on the coordinating committee for a national scholarship program to support graduating high school students interested in a career in conservation. She is an active volunteer for Guides Dogs for the Blind and has been honored as “Hero of the Year” three years running by Bridgepoint Education.

Events/Education/Research Workgroup

Maja Zelihic

Maja Zelihic

Department Chair, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Maja (Maya) Zelihic is a Fulbright Specialist, Full Professor, and a Department Chair of the Advanced Management Studies at the Forbes School of Business & Technology (FSBT). Dr. Zelihic is a Global Dialogue Partner at NAFSA, the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education.

In the last few years, Dr. Zelihic served as a Program Chair of the MAOM, MBA, and DM programs, and a Professional Development and Scholarship committee at FSBT. Also, she served as a Communication Director of ABSEL (Association for Business Simulation & Experiential Learning). She is a global educator and a researcher at heart.

Dr. Zelihic is the recipient of Western International University Excellence Award for Contributions to Faculty Peer Development, three-time University of Phoenix Faculty Scholarship award, recognized as one of the top 10 Forbes School of Business & Technology faculty members in 2013, recipient of the University Fellows grants award in 2014 (as part of a team of four), and again the recipient of the University Fellows Grant award in 2016, 2018, and 2019 as the principal investigator.

In 2016, Dr. Zelihic was honored to be the recipient of both the 2016 Excellence in Scholarship Award (nominated by her peers) and Forbes School of Business & Technology President’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. Dr. Zelihic is an editorial advisory board member of the Journal of Global Business Management and a peer reviewer at the University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute and Journal for Excellence in Business Education.

In the last few years, Dr. Zelihic conducted a series of comprehensive research ventures in Zambia, Haiti, Cuba, and Mexico. She also conducted multiple workshops in India. She presented at 25 international conferences and seminars/workshops in Europe, Middle East, Africa, US, and the Caribbean. She completed her Fulbright research in Zambia.

She has a doctoral degree in Organizational Management, two master’s degrees - MBA and a Master in Organizational Leadership development with specialization in corporate training and e-learning. She is published in more than 20 articles in various refereed journals, such as Springer’s Quality and Quantity Journal, Life Science Journal, Journal of American Business Review, and Journal of Strategic and International Studies. Dr. Zelihic co-authored a book on perception scheduled to be published by the end of 2020.

 

Brandy Havens

Brandy Havens

Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Brandy Havens is an Associate Professor of Accounting at the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. She attended High Point University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA).

Brandy’s professional background includes general accounting and financial reporting for a manufacturing company, financial statement audits and internal control audits for a Big 4 public accounting firm, and Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) financial reporting for a publicly-traded technology company. She frequently works as a technical writer and subject matter expert in the development of accounting and finance educational materials, CPA review content, and continuing professional education (CPE) courses.

Brandy has published articles in the International Journal of Business Research, International Journal of Business Strategy, and Contemporary Issues in Education Research.

She began developing and teaching online accounting courses in 2006 and enjoys the interaction with students and the opportunity to guide and assist others as they pursue their career goals. Brandy instructs a variety of accounting courses including but not limited to financial accounting, managerial accounting, intermediate accounting, cost accounting, forensic accounting and fraud detection, auditing, and taxation.

 

Irina Weisblat

Irina Weisblat

Lead Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Irina Weisblat is an Assistant Professor in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC). She holds a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership with a specialization in Postsecondary Education from San Diego State University. Her doctoral dissertation was concerned with the effectiveness of business education in California, specifically exploring the question of whether the skills and competencies that colleges teach actually meet the needs of the global economy. Dr. Weisblat also has a Master of Business Administration in Global Management from National University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English, with a concentration in Teaching, from St. Petersburg University, Russia.

In addition to her 15-year professional experience in business, Dr. Weisblat has taught a variety of courses to undergraduate and graduate students. She has authored and published several articles in refereed journals, chapters in academic books, and two workbooks on entrepreneurship. She is the past President of California Business Education Association (CBEA) and International Society for Business Education (ISBE). Dr. Weisblat serves on the Advisory Board for the Center of Women’s Leadership at the Forbes School of Business & Technology. She is the President of UAGC’s Chapter of Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society.

Dr. Weisblat believes teaching is a task of paramount importance. She says, “Jobs in the 21st century require advanced competencies, work ethic, leadership, critical thinking, and ability to innovate. These are the core values that University of Arizona Global Campus’ academic programs focus on. I am honored to participate in fostering these qualities in business students.”

Dr. Weisblat is the Lead Faculty for the Supply Chain Management area of emphasis that was recognized as one of the best online programs in the nation in three consecutive years (2018, 2019, and 2020). In accord with UAGC’s mission “to continuously improve the way individuals learn,” Dr. Weisblat personally makes it a goal for herself, as a teacher, to persistently improve the supply chain management curriculum and instruction by demonstrating her own subject matter expertise. She connects the complex theoretical concepts with the practical, everyday business situations. One of the demands of the modern job market is ability to apply the skills and knowledge in practice. Dr. Weisblat teaches her students to make solid, data-driven, informed decisions in the interest of their organizations and for the purpose of sustainable and responsible business practices. This is an effective way to connect the course outcomes to the real world of business.

Dr. Weisblat lives in San Diego, CA with her husband Sidney. They both love travel, art, classical music, and good books. Aside from her passion for teaching and writing, Dr. Weisblat is an excellent cook, which comes in handy when her daughter Dasha and other family members and friends visit. Spending quality family time together is considered a great luxury.

 

Jennie Walker

Jennie Walker

Lead Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Jennie Walker is Lead Faculty for the BA in Business Leadership and the MA in Leadership at Forbes School of Business & Technology. She has been full-time faculty with the University of Arizona Global Campus since 2015. Previously, she was Director of Executive Education and Associate Faculty at Thunderbird School of Global Management. Prior to earning her PhD at the University of Denver, she worked in corporate leadership development and talent management within several Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Walker specializes in developing people and organizations for success in complex, diverse, and increasingly global environments. She has direct study and work experience in Spain, Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, Suriname and India, along with extensive international travel and is fluent in Spanish. She has worked in adult learning and performance since 1995, designing and facilitating programs in leadership, communication, diversity, performance management, employee engagement, and HR management for multiple industries. She has specialized in corporate leadership development since 2002, designing and delivering programs for many companies-including several industry leaders in the Fortune 50.

Dr. Walker has been an invited speaker at professional and academic conferences, such as International Leadership Association conferences, Academy of Management, Society for Human Resources Management Annual International Conference, SHRM conferences on Diversity & Inclusion and Strategy, ATD, Human Capital Institute Global Talent Management Summit, American Educational Research Association conferences, and Academy of International Business conferences.

She is widely published in journals, magazines, books, and blogs, including Journal of Management Education, Advances in Global Leadership, HR People & Strategy Journal, MBA Women's Guide to Success, Inside HR magazine (Management Tools column 2013-2017), SHRM's award-winning blog We Know Next, and the co-authored book "Developing Your Global Mindset: The Handbook for Successful Global Leaders." Dr. Walker has two books forthcoming, “Teaching Methods in Business: Vol. 1. Experiential Exercises in the Classroom” (Edward Elgar) and “International Leadership Research and Practice” (Routledge/Taylor & Francis). She is a GLOBE project researcher (CCI) and actively pursues an agenda of research on leadership topics, with specific interest in global leadership, leadership development, women’s leadership, cross-cultural management and resilience.

Dr. Walker lives in central California (Santa Barbara County). In her free time, she enjoys travel, movies, creative writing and, above all, spending time with her four children and her pets.

Marketing/Social Media/Communication Workgroup

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson

AVP for Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Morgan has been with the University of Arizona Global Campus since 2008. She currently leads the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, including faculty support and development and academic operations teams. In her role, Morgan supports all aspects of the Global Campus faculty lifecycle, champions the University’s teaching & learning mission, and strives to continuously improve the faculty and student classroom experience.

Morgan brings over 13 years of experience in higher education to Global Campus. Since joining, she has served in several roles including: director of Instructional Services, associate director of Writing Services, manager of Writing Services, and associate faculty. Morgan has taught more than 60 undergraduate courses, primarily for Global Campus’s Forbes School of Business and Technology. She currently serves on the Forbes School of Business and Technology’s Center for Women’s Leadership Board and as a mentor.

Morgan is a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership. Her research focuses on teaching practices in online classrooms. She earned her MA in Education (Distance Education specialization) and her MA in Organizational Management degrees from Ashford University, and her BA in Public Relations and Marketing from St. Ambrose University.

 

Leah Westerman

Leah Westerman

Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Leah Westerman is an Assistant Professor with the University of Arizona Global Campus where she teaches courses in Human Resource Management. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Dickenson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and International Business from Drexel University. She has been licensed to practice law since 2004. Westerman first started in defending clients against medical malpractice lawsuits, and later practiced civil litigation and business law. For over five years she has taught courses online. Dr. Westerman lives in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband and two young children.

 

Avisha Sadeghinejad

Avisha Sadeghinejad

Lead Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Avisha Sadeghinejad is a Lead Faculty and Associate Professor in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus (UAGC). She holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Marketing from Golden Gate University. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year Award from Ageno School of Business at Golden Gate University. She also holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Sharif University of Technology, the Digital Marketing Analytics certificate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Certified e-Marketing, and Certified Social Marketing Associate certifications from eMarketing Association.

Prior to joining UAGC, Dr. Sadeghinejad worked as the marketing officer at a startup company where she developed and implemented a strategic marketing plan with an emphasis on email marketing, video-email marketing, and marketing automation. In addition, she spent some years in the food industry where she practiced strategic marketing, brand management, market research, and market analysis. As a consumer behavior consultant, she pioneered her company’s first customer advocacy program. A few well-known global brands that she handled are NUK® of Germany (products for nursing mothers, babies, and children) and Familia® Muesli of Switzerland (breakfast granola). /p>

Living and working in a few different countries has shown Dr. Sadeghinejad that the world is all about diversity, and that being open-minded, welcoming, and patient is the key to happiness and success. “For a teacher, every day is different. When you teach, you are also constantly learning, and that is the beauty of this career in my opinion. I believe that passion and enthusiasm are contagious. If you are a teacher who is passionate about learning, you always learn with and from your students which helps them as well develop this passion by example.” For her students, she gives this advice: “Knowledge is the most precious treasure you can ever collect, so learn something new every day.”

Dr. Sadeghinejad has led the development of the BA in Marketing program (BAM) at the Forbes School of Business & Technology and has designed and developed several graduate and undergraduate courses with an innovative and engaging approach.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading books, practicing Persian calligraphy, and piano.

 

Haley Pestner

Haley Pestner

Manager of Faculty Support and Development

Ms. Pestner has been with Bridgepoint Education since 2012. She was formerly aligned with the University of the Rockies, where she was responsible for all faculty operations after being promoted to Academic Operations Supervisor. She joined the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in 2018. Since joining the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in her role as manager, her efforts in faculty support and development have been directly aligned to the College of Doctoral Studies including the support of the Doctoral In-Residence. Ms. Pestner brings 16 years of experience in the proprietary higher education field to Ashford University*.

Ms. Pestner earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing as well as a Masters of Management with an emphasis in Proprietary Higher Education Management from National American University. She is an active volunteer in her community with Junior Achievement and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Partnership & Community Outreach

Karen Ivy

Karen Ivy

Department Chair, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Dr. Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy, Ph.D. is the Technology Studies Department Chair for Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. She is also co-founder of the media tribute company, Visionary Expressions, LLC. Karen is a life-long learner, and her educational background consists of a combination of business, technical, marketing, and management advanced studies. This includes a Ph.D. in Organizational Management with a specialization in E-Business (Capella University), Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Management/Marketing (St. Thomas University), and an BA degree in Mathematics with a Computer Science focus (Washington University in St. Louis, MO).

Dr. Ivy’s professional experience includes over 30 years of business, technical, and leadership contributions in the aerospace, manufacturing, commercial consumer and office, health care, and information technology industries. She is an accomplished Senior Leader in the Information Technology Services industry with expertise in strategic development and oversight, service delivery, program management, and technology transformation.

Dr. Ivy is an established public speaker with focus on leadership, motivation, innovation, technology trends, and disruptive technology strategic integration. She has been the keynote presenter for many regional and national business conventions and educational functions.

Dr. Ivy is a native of St. Louis, MO, and currently resides in Parker, Colorado. She enjoys giving back to the community and being a catalyst for change in our society. She has a passion for continuous learning and very much enjoys leading through change, developing others to reach their potential, teaching, singing, golfing, and travel.

Her goal is to inspire others to achieve their ultimate goals in their educational and career endeavors and to explore their passion to the fullest!

 

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

Core Faculty, Forbes School of Business and Technology®

Michael Hayden is Lead Faculty of both the Master of Information Systems Management and Bachelor of Business Information Systems programs and Assistant Professor for the Forbes School of Business & Technology at the University of Arizona Global Campus. He earned a Master of Business Administration (UC San Diego) and a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education and Development (SIU). Additionally, he has earned numerous IT certificates and certifications: Computer Information Systems- Networking Concentration, A Plus, Network Plus, Security Pro, Cisco CCNA Instructor, Linux Pro, Cyber Security, web development, MS Server 2012 Pro, and MS Desktop Pro.

His professional background includes over 28 years of experience in education, information technology, network administration, security/cybersecurity, entrepreneurship, and business management. He founded several companies focused on addressing customer's data-intensive decisions in technology, network security, IT management, finance, shipping, and purchasing.

He works with many entrepreneur centers, veteran and women’s leadership organizations, and supports student teams to develop technology ventures. Michael supports the Sponsorship and Outreach directions for the FSBT Center for Women’s Leadership (CWL). He is also the Faculty Advisor of the Forbes School of Business & Technology Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

He is retired from the United State Marine Corps, after 21 years of service. He and his family live on the west coast. His personal hobbies are competitive programming, learning about new technologies, reading tech blogs and magazines, and learning new computer languages and skills.

 

* Ashford University is now the University of Arizona Global Campus.

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