Michael Todd Shinholster is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Culture Bridge and a Lecturer of International Business at Kennesaw State University. Todd, as he is known, has worked on various projects for companies and organizations such as Audi, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Siemens, KIA, AGCO, Lowe's, The Coca-Cola Company, Georgia Lottery, DuPont and Solvay Pharmaceuticals. He has also worked for Delta Air Lines, the Atlanta Paralympic Organizing Committee, the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games and the 2004 G-8 Summit.
Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is a member of Phi Beta Delta – Honor Society for International Scholars and the German School of Atlanta. He continues to work, consult and teach in a variety of areas including international affairs, international business, cross-cultural training and corporate event logistics.
Todd received his M.B.A. in International Business from Kennesaw State University and his B.A. in German (Language & International Business Concentration) from Georgia State University.
Kristopher Newbauer, EdM, MHRM, SPHR, CPLP, CPT is Director of Human Resources Learning & Organization Development at Rotary International, the world's oldest—and one of the largest—humanitarian service club organizations in the world. Mr. Newbauer holds a Masters of Education (EdM) in Global Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Masters of Human Resource Management (MHRM). He holds certificates in human resources from Cornell University, DePaul University, and the American Management Association. Newbauer serves on the adjunct faculty in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Penn Foster Career School
Connie Dempsey joined Penn Foster in 1988 and currently serves as their Chief Academic Officer. Prior to joining the company, she was a teacher and served in various positions in education, business, and industry. In 2005, Ms. Dempsey transitioned from Director of Compliance and Academic Affairs to her current position, where she is responsible for academic policies, oversight of faculty, instructional activities, regulatory compliance, and strategic direction.
Ms.Dempsey received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education from Bloomsburg University and a Master of Science Degree in Correlated Business from the University of Scranton. She is currently serving a third appointed term on the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools and is a member of the Research and Educational Standards Committee of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
Ms. Schnaider oversees professional development at RBF Consulting (one of the Nation's leading planning, design and construction firms) which includes the University of RBF which achieved IACET Accreditation in 2009. She has over thirteen years of experience in professional development, with experience in both corporate and higher education developing and managing programs to meet changing organizational needs.
Although her experience extends to children, she specializes in program development and adult learning theories and advocates integrating technology into the learning environment for better transfer of knowledge. This is Ms. Schnaider's first term on IACET's Board of Directors.
Consultant, Adult Education
Miramar Beach, FL
North Florida Community College
Tara Orlowski is the Chair of the Council on Standards Development. She has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Florida. She is an Institutional Effectiveness Coordinator and Early Childhood Program Director at North Florida Community College. In addition to her experience in higher education, she also has a background in public policy at the state government level.
Memphis Light, Gas, Water Division
Francenia Johnson, PHR, is Supervisor of Operations and Measurements at Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW), Memphis, TN. MLGW is the nation's largest three-service municipal utility and provides electric, gas and water service to nearly 430,000 customers. Fran's area has responsibility for succession planning, talent management, evaluation of continuing education courses, corporate climate surveys, employment and promotional testing, quality improvement teams and leadership development.
While on IACET's board Fran has served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Executive Committee, Program Planning Committee and as Chairman of Membership Resources Committee. Fran is also a member of American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and Society of Human Resources (SHRM).
Fran holds degrees in education from Morris Brown College and University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University). Fran has over 30 years in the area of education and training and is a Covey and Organization Dynamics, Inc. (ODI) certified trainer.
Dr. Tom Creely is CEO of EthixFirma, LLC, an applied ethics education and advising services company. Since 2005, his affiliation with IACET has included being an Authorized Provider and a Commissioner, as well as serving on the Nominating Committee. In 1995, Tom first taught Naval Officers under the IACET Guidelines at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, RI.
After retiring as a career Naval Officer, he has been Associate Director of the Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsibility, Georgia State University, an Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies at the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character, Kennesaw State University, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Tom is a founding member of the World Affairs Council of Atlanta and has served on the Board of Directors of Atlanta Compliance and Ethics Roundtable and as Vice Chair of the Beaufort County Affordable Housing Governing Council. Tom earned his Ph.D. at Salve Regina University and has MDIV and MBA degrees. He currently resides in Metro Atlanta.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Society of Women Engineers
Peter Finn is currently the director of learning and development for the Society of Women Engineers, where he oversees the development of leadership and career development education. The Society of Women Engineers (SWE), which is a not for profit organization focused on the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with over 23,00 members representing a diversity of industries and engineering disciplines. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Northwestern University in the School of Education and Social Policy. Peter has designed and managed a number of projects for a diverse set of organizations including non-profits; associations; educational institutions and corporations. Prior to his current role, Peter served as the director of educaiton at the Goldin Institute, a Chicago based non-profit that provides training and consultative support to NGOs. Peter received a MS in Learning and Organizational Change at Northwestern University with a specific focus in knowledge management systems.
NASA Safety Center
Brook Park, OH
For more than 28 years, Mr. John D. Marinaro has held management positions devoted to fields such as: aerospace and electrical engineering; safety management, particularly in NASA operations; software development and validation; airplane and helicopter flight operations; and other project management responsibilities. His career has included service with NASA, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Naval Air Systems Command, and three of the four major branches of the United States Armed Forces.
Mr. Marinaro entered the Federal Senior Executive Service in 2009 and currently leads the NASA Technical Excellence Division responsible for developing and managing the NASA University for Safety (web-based) and promoting Technical Excellence throughout the NASA Safety community. Prior to this position, Mr. Marinaro served as the Executive Director of the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel, which was chartered by Congress after the deadly 1967 Apollo 1 launch pad fire to oversee NASA space flight programs and directly advise the NASA Administrator. Mr. Marinaro has overseen more than 40 NASA projects, including IV&V for the Shuttle Program and the International Space Station, while leading a business unit that was responsible for independently validating all of the Agency’s safety and mission-critical software. The organization, consisting of 23 civil servants and 120 contractors, successfully executed a $50 million operational budget over the two year period, staying on schedule throughout and achieving a four percent cost variance under his leadership.
Mr. Marinaro additionally led and successfully managed five full-service, flight operation organizations.
The largest and most challenging was a 150-person, 12-helicopter medical evacuation operation which successfully transitioned from the Huey helicopter to the Blackhawk during this period. One of these assignments involved international operations -- overseeing all U.S. military helicopter operations in El Salvador in support of Hurricane Mitch relief efforts.
When Mr. Marinaro retired from military service, he had completed more than 22 years (active and reserve) with the U.S. Marine Corps, Navy and Army National Guard. With more than 3400 rotary and fixed-wing flight hours, he still regularly pilots both helicopters and airplanes. He holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and is an active flight instructor and member of the Civil Air Patrol.
Mr. Marinaro is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Service Medal and DOD Meritorious Service Medal (both in 2007) and has completed numerous NASA and FAA mid- and senior-level leadership courses. He is a graduate of the Army Combined Arms Staff Services School and as a young Officer was the 29th Division Aviation Brigade’s nominee for the Army’s General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award (1998 and 1999).
Mr. Marinaro received a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics from Southern Illinois University. He is also a graduate of the Georgetown University Senior Executive Leadership Program.
A native West Virginian, Mr. Marinaro has three children and is married to Ms. Krista Piersol Marinaro, who formerly served as an Assistant Prosecutor in Marion County, WV and as an Internal Revenue Service attorney in the Office of General Counsel.
North Shore-LIJ Health System
Lake Success, NY
Nancy B. Riebling is the Director of Operational Performance Solutions and a Master Black Belt for the North Shore- LIJ Health System.
Operational Performance Solutions is a division of the Health System’s
In her role as Director she over sees 3 system master black belts, teaches the six sigma and lean methodologies as well as mentors projects through out the health system. Working with senior leadership, she translates strategic goals and initiatives into six sigma, lean, or FTD (fast track decision making ) projects to drive improvement across the organization.
Childcare Education Group
Maria C. Taylor is a senior executive with over 20 years of sales, marketing, operations and management experience. She is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Childcare Education Institute (CCEI), an organization that specializes in online training and workforce management systems development for the early care and education industry. Her company has provided over 700,000 hours of professional development to educators nationwide as well as developed workforce management systems for the child care workforce in Connecticut, New Jersey and California. During her tenure with CCEI, the organization achieved IACET AP status as well as national accreditation. In addition to serving on the IACET Board, she also serves on the Board of the National Registry Alliance and Co-Chairs their Standards and Data Committee, who recently introduced an accreditation-type project for registry systems.
Ms. Taylor has a Bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Georgia, and a Master's degree in business administration from Georgia State University.
University of Illinois
Sandra L. Williams is a consultant and professor of ethics, corporate values, and building trust in the workplace. Her work is a unique blend of business experience, training and development, and current research in the human resource development field.
Dr. Williams is the creator of two values-based ethics training programs offered by the Better Business Bureau of Chicago entitled: Ethics for Business Success, and is the designer of Insight, an integrity guiding program for leaders. She is also the author of a strategic and team responsibility program published as Human Capital Management & Development. Her mission is to elevate the level of trustworthiness, ethical behavior, and value principles within organizations, and to provide leaders with a foundation for both corporate responsibility and personal integrity. Toward this end, she designs ethics training programs and customizes ethical leadership workshops.
Dr. Williams’ written work has been published in both research journals and management magazines, including: the Journal of Organizational Excellence, the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, Business Horizons Journal, Human Resource Development International, the RMA Journal, Corporate Responsibility Officer, Association Forum, and Human Resource Management Perspectives.
Her training seminars offer practical tools to raise leadership levels and corporate responsibility profiles, while building respected marketplace reputations for organizations. Topics include: Ethics for Leaders; Trust in the Workplace; Leading With Integrity, and Strategic Corporate Responsibility. She also designs customized training programs and strategic planning sessions for organizations. Recent clients include: Bank of America, the Better Business Bureau, True Value Corporation, Deloitte & Touche, Integritas Institute, the Illinois Leadership Center, DePaul University, the ABA’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking, the Illinois CPA Society, and the Union League Club of Chicago.
Dr. Williams is a professor of Human Resource development and a Master Instructor in Online learning within the College of Education at the University of Illinois. She is a former Senior Vice President with Bank of America, where she was responsible for executive learning and development.
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