Faculty: meet your biggest supporters

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

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

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Our Faculty - Team Members

  • Chief Academic Officer

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett

    Chief Academic Officer

    Known for dedication to education at all levels and life-long learning

    • EdD, Educational Leadership, Edgewood College
    • MED, Administration and Supervision, National Louis University
    • BS, Education with endorsement in Special Education, Indiana University

    Dr. Cathy Plunkett serves as Nexford’s Chief Academic Officer. She has more than three decades of experience in education, starting as a teacher and principal in K-12 and moving to post-secondary education over 15 years ago.

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    Dr. Plunkett has had leadership positions in both the academic and business sides of an institution, serving as a Campus Director, Regional Director, Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Director of Regulatory Compliance. The knowledge and experience gained in all of these positions provide solid platform to provide support and guidance to all all departments of the university to ensure compliance with accreditation and state licensing standards. She is passionate about learning and providing students with a positive educational environment for them to meet their educational goals and ultimately succeed in their chosen career.

  • Faculty and Technology Coordinator

    Creselda Jane Ebba

    Faculty and Technology Coordinator

    Known for human resource and language expertise

    • BSBA Marketing Management, University of the Cordilleras
    • Master in Business Administration, University of the Cordilleras

    Cres has more than 7 years of industry experience, with a specialization in human resource management.

    She is certified in conducting targeted selection interviews and language assessments. With a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing Management, she pursued her MBA in the University of the Cordilleras-Philippines. In the same institution, she began her career in the academe as an instructor.

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    Her experience expands from customer service, compliance, administrative management, labor relations, to organizational development.

    Outside work, Cres is passionate about travelling and sustainable living. She advocates for mental health and women's rights.

  • Teaching Faculty

    Dr. Michael B. Rodriguez

    Teaching Faculty

    Known for training facilitation and public speaking

    • Master in Business Administration, Lyceum of the Philippines University – Batangas, Philippines
    • Doctor of Business Administration, Lyceum of the Philippines University

    Dr. Michael B. Rodriguez is a scholar in the field of business, a well-versed researcher, international resource speaker, and a dedicated professor. He has over 5 years of experience in the Higher Education industry. He was the Program Head of BS Business Administration, Assistant Professor, and Faculty Researcher in one of the Philippines’ top universities.

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    Dr. Rodriguez earned his Doctor of Business Administration Degree in the Lyceum of the Philippines University - Batangas, Philippines with Academic Excellence Award in 2017; his Master in Business Administration in the same University in 2014.

    With his strong intellectual and practical foundation on business, research, and education, tagged with his determination and work ethics, Dr. Rodriguez continues to improve his craft by establishing links with national and international organizations.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Emmanuel Dotong

    Associate Faculty

    Known for being a young polymath

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Colegio de San Juan de Letran
    • Master in Business Administration, Colegio de Dagupan
    • Post – Baccalaureate in ASEAN Studies, University of the Philippines
    • BS Hospitality Management, University of the Cordilleras

    Emmanuel is a Certified Microsoft Educator with an interdisciplinary background in business, hospitality, and international studies. He has more than seven years of combined managerial practice in the industry, academe, and NGO.

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    As an educator, he served as department chair, research chair, faculty researcher, and student-exchange program lecturer teaching international students from several universities in Germany, Taiwan, and Indonesia.

    He has also worked as a sales and marketing manager, a freelance graphics designer, a social media manager, and a service quality manager in a hospitality-related company. Emmanuel is a founder of Zelery, a fresh produce e-commerce company situated in the Philippines. He also serves as an international director for education & research in an international socio-civic organization and a marketing communications officer in a professional marketing association.

  • Writing Coach/Teaching Faculty

    Caroline Fernandez

    Writing Coach/Teaching Faculty

    Known for a fascination with language

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

    Caroline’s experience includes living and teaching in Doha, Qatar at an international school, instructing K-12 and university students in German, and leading the ESL program for several large elementary, middle and high schools in the U.S.

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    She currently lives in Gig Harbor, WA which is just South of Seattle in the U.S. Her interests are in reading, dog rescue, and in travel.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Emilsen Holguin

    Associate Faculty

    Known for transforming dreams into plans

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Leadership. Walden University
    • Master of Business Administration, Excelsior College
    • Bachelors of Sciences, Excelsior College
    • Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University

    Dr. Holguin combines professional and academic experience. She brings over 15 years of experience in the banking and fashion industry. Her expertise includes helping startups to develop their strategies and business plans. In addition, Dr. Holguin has served as a business consultant in areas related to organizational culture and business strategy.

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    Dr. Holguin is a passionate advocate for online learning. She has held various senior roles in higher education institutions, among them associate provost for student services and assistant provost for academic operations. She has served as a leader for higher education regional accreditation reviews and manage state registrations of over 30-degree programs.

    Her research interest is human behavior in the workplace. Dr. Holguin has 10 years of teaching experience. She has taught leadership, organizational behavior and management.

  • Associate Faculty

    Nicholas Bucciarelli

    Associate Faculty

    Known for Artificial Intelligence and Automation

    • BA History, Saint John Fisher College
    • MS in Software Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • MBA in Business Administration, Rochester Institute of Technology
    • AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
    • E-Cornell-Marketing AI Certification

    Bucciarelli has over 47 years of professional experience that spans both the public and private sectors relative to the research and development of advanced technologies and supporting methods across multiple industries that involved managing diverse and large product teams. He is currently a Senior Lead Cloud Architect for Artificial Intelligence Development Operations at Unisys Corporation.

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    In parallel to this experience and his current position with Unisys, is his mentoring at the collegiate level for Cornell University as an Instructor for eCornell and a Senior Fellow for Systems and Software Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to this role with Cornell University, he taught for Penn State, Syracuse, Saint John Fisher College, State University of New York, Columbia School of Medicine, Elmira College, and provided workshops to several branches of the military relative to cybersecurity requirements to prevent SQL Injection attacks, deploy artificial neural-networks, configure cryptographic modules, and develop enterprise-wide security architecture models that span a four-tier systems architecture model.

    Bucciarelli is a a results-driven technologist with proven success in building and leading global teams of technical professionals in designing, developing, implementing and innovating data and security enterprise technologies and infrastructures. He is am adept at solving complex technical problems and leading innovation in Information Technology projects related to the Department of Defense (DoD), CENTCOM, National Security Agency (NSA), US Military Branches, etc., while working for Oracle, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Eastman Kodak as well as doing work in these areas for several Federal Civilian Agencies such as GSA, FDA, IRS, etc.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Bill Reed

    Associate Faculty

    • Bachelor of Science in Technology
    • Master of Science in Management
    • Ph.D. is in Management Performance and Leadership

    Dr. Bill Reed has over 21 years of experience in graduate-level teaching, including experience in the online model. Throughout his career, he was involved in the development of sales and management personnel, organizational behavior, and front-line and executive-level leadership. He also pursued academic experiences where his academic background compliments his business and management experience.

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    His first academic degree was a Bachelor of Science in Technology. Later, he successfully completed a Master of Science in Management. His Ph.D. is in Management Performance and Leadership.

    Dr. Reed began his working career as a corporate pilot, with type ratings in Lear Jet, serving executive clients throughout the U.S., Caribbean, Canada, and Mexico. After seven years of flying experience, he accepted a position with the FAA as an Air Traffic Controller in both Chicago and New York. In 1981, he entered the business world, owning numerous businesses and organizations. During this time, he was active in the training and development of his salespeople and managers. After 17 years of self-employment, he entered the corporate environment where he was active in management for almost 9 years. His most recent corporate position was Executive Director of Sales for a division of a $2.5 billion sales organization.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Noelle Kendrick

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Leadership
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Policy and Public Administration
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Political Science

    Dr. Noelle Kendrick is a member of Nexford University’s associate faculty in the graduate and undergraduate business programs. She has held leadership positions in six industries including e-commerce business development, higher education administration, and municipal government as a city commission. Her skills cross business and education where she enjoys work within the industry & the classroom.

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    Dr. Kendrick's previous positions include the Director of Business Development for a large e-commerce multi-store company under the House of Staunton, a business development consult across a variety of companies, the Director of International Initiatives at Excelsior College, an award-winning college instructor that has been teaching for nearly a decade across 4 institutions of higher education, a K-12 teacher, the City Commissioner of Wade, NC, and a soldier in the US Army. Her experiences cross many fields, allowing her to make strong connections with students in multiple professional fields and degree programs. She has served on multiple public and private boards for education, human relations, girls development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Michael H. McGivern

    Associate Faculty

    Known for using common sense and helping others to succeed

    • Ph.D., Organizational Development, Walden University
    • M.S., Manufacturing Management, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • B.S., Industrial Engineering, Central Connecticut State University

    Michael has professional experience in managing and consulting on Organizational Development/Redesign, Operations & Quality Management, and Human Resource issues. He held the position of Executive Consultant for a global consulting firm and positions in Fortune500 organizations as Manager of Organizational Effectiveness, Manager of Manufacturing, Superintendent and Manufacturing & Quality Engineer

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    Michael’s visiting professor experience focuses on the delivery of courses on the following: Corporate Sustainability, Ethics, Economics, Organizational Development/Behavior, Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Operations Management, Quality Management and Dissertation/Thesis research.

    Michael has also presented at numerous conferences including IAMB, ACBSP, FBI National Training Academy, Clemson University, University of North Texas, UCEA New England, Maynard Consulting, ASQ, AMA, SHRM, QACC, Timken Bearing and Industry Week’s America’s Best Plants. Michael has contributed articles to a variety of professional journals including IJSITA, IAMB, Development Dimensions International, Management Decisions, AMA, SHRM, and Futurics

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Sandra Fonseca

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Business Administration, Turabo University
    • Master of Information Systems, EDP University
    • Cybersecurity Best Practices Graduate Certificate, University of Fairfax
    • Information Systems Auditing Graduate Certificate, EDP University
    • Bachelor of Business Administration – Information Systems, University of Puerto Rico

    Dr. Sandra Fonseca has over 30 years of experience in the IT cybersecurity, data governance, and project management field, both in state and federal government, as well as over 24 years in academia, where she has served as a program designer and lead, as well as program director for MSIT and Cybersecurity programs.

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    Dr. Fonseca is an IT, audit, project management, statistics, and accounting professor, program director, and instructional content developer. Her specializations are in information technology, risk management, IT audit, cybersecurity, statistics and data modeling, operations, and project management.

    Currently Dr. Fonseca is working on her second dissertation towards a degree in education with a specialization in instructional design. She’s an advocate for professionalization, the reason why she has collaborated and served as a volunteer and board member at the board of directors for local chapters in Puerto Rico for ISACA, ISSA, and PMI. In Washington DC she’s a volunteer for the Washington DC chapter of ISACA, and PMI.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Kyle Allison

    Associate Faculty

    • Doctor of Business Administration, California Intercontinental University
    • MBA, Amberton University
    • BA in Communication Studies, University of North Texas

    Dr. Kyle Allison is an experienced digital marketing executive and professor in the field. He possesses over a decade of working in corporate e-commerce and digital marketing with companies such as Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, VF Corporation and other top retail and brand companies.

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    Focusing on developing marketing strategy at the heart of being customer-centric, is Dr. Allison's passion in his career. Focusing on driving optimized user experiences, strategic marketing campaigns, and driving analytical solutions to meet the needs of the market, is the key pillars of his experience and career interest.

    Providing that real-world application and experience into the classroom as a passionate instructor and content expert is what drives his scholarly spirit.

    He holds a Doctorate of Business Administration from California Intercontinental University, an MBA from Amberton University, and a BA in Communication Studies from the University of North Texas.

    Aside from being a scholarly practitioner, he spends his free time with family and keeping up with current events.

  • Program Director

    Dr. Ann Larson

    Program Director

    Dr. Ann Larson

  • Associate Faculty

    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode

    Associate Faculty

    • PHD Candidate, University of Texas School of Public Health
    • MBA, Human Resource Management, Strayer University
    • MS, Health Service Administration, Strayer University
    • Graduate Certificate, Management and Finance for International Health, Boston University

    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode is a  multipotentialite with more than two decades of experience in the fields of global health, nonprofit, research and education. She has taken leadership roles at nonprofit organizations, public and private educational organizations; and has presented papers nationally and internationally on global health, social, management,  and finance areas.

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    Olufunke (Funke) Akiyode is a business owner and believes that educating, impacting and improving people’s health status is her life calling. She also believes that people’s health status can be improved by improving their socio-economic status and has devoted her life to finding ways to improve the socio-economic and health status of populations. She is a business owner and believes that educating, impacting and improving people’s health status is her life calling. She also believes that people’s health status can be improved by improving their socio-economic status and has devoted her life to finding ways to improve the socio-economic and health status of populations

  • Associate Faculty

    Carolyn Hess

    Associate Faculty

    • BS Sociology, SUNY College at Buffalo
    • MS Biology, UT Arlington

    Carolyn Hess is a Life Sciences teacher through and through. Having taught a spectrum of Sciences for 24 years, she enjoys "spreading the word" about Science in both face-to-face and remote milieus. Her recent experience includes Biology, AP Environmental Science, and Anatomy & Physiology (secondary and post-secondary).

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    When Danai is not teaching, she loves to be active and outdoors, whether it is hiking, participating in water activities such as paddle-boarding or swimming at the beach, or anything else! She finds touching and smelling (and catching!) biological things irresistible, and will usually save a worm on a bike trail, help the turtle cross the road, or find herself with a pocket full of shells or rocks at the end of a long walk.

  • Associate Faculty

    Professor Hector Gonzalez

    Associate Faculty

    • MBA, Universidad Católica de Córdoba

    Hector Gonzalez is a forward-thinking executive with demonstrated ability to enhance operational performance, impact revenue growth, and maximize operating profits through people alignment, technology-based processes, and culture development. He has experience managing multi-million dollar P&L throughout highly regulated and economically fluctuant environments.

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    Hector Gonzalez has international experience in a wide range of industries. He is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Rutendo Mudzamiri

    Associate Faculty

    Dr. Rutendo Mudzamiri

  • Associate Faculty

    Danai Strother

    Associate Faculty

    • B.S Corporate Communication, Lamar University
    • MBA, Prairie View A&M University

    Danai Strother is a native of Houston, Texas, but is of Jamaican descent. Danai has taught different variations of speech and business communications on the secondary level and higher education level. Along with communication, Danai holds a strong interest in health and nutrition as she owns her own nutrition shop in the Greater Houston area.

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    When Danai is not teaching she can be found giving wellness assessments, assigning meal plans in her shop, and serving healthy products to her community.

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Armando Amaro-Salas

    Associate Faculty

    Dr. Armando Amaro-Salas

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Troy Abel

    Associate Faculty

    Dr. Troy Abel

  • Associate Faculty

    Christopher Fant

    Associate Faculty

    Christopher Fant

  • Associate Faculty

    Dr. Kenneth Granberry

    Associate Faculty

    Dr. Kenneth Granberry

  • Associate Faculty

    Traci Sumner

    Associate Faculty

    Traci Sumner

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