Educational Leadership Faculty
Mark Anderson, Ed.D.
Dr. Mark Anderson is an adult education practitioner with experience beginning in the Air Force and technical instruction for aircrew communications, curriculum-development, assessment, and leadership. An experienced professional with over 20 years of experience and expertise in the planning, design, implementation, and sustainability of system-wide programs, e.g. analytics, regulatory compliance, and organizational effectiveness. Experiences include start up, rapid-change, multi-site operations, Lean, Six Sigma, and other catalyst programs. Proven successes for initiatives greater than 25% of market cap. Recently accepting administrative roles in higher education as: adjunct graduate and doctoral faculty; DBA chair; dissertation chair, director of institutional effectiveness, associate VP for curriculum, assessment & research, IRB chair; and now the Vice President for Lean Higher Education at National American University, serving as a senior university leader responsible for all aspects of Lean. Mark earned an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, a MS in Organization Management from the University of La Verne, a BA, and an AAS degree from the Community College of the Air Force.
Catherine Beck, Ed.D.
Dr. Catherine Beck is an accomplished education administrator and published author with 23 years’ experience as principal in a dual language elementary and a higher education environment. Has led the dual language school in the successful implementation of second language acquisition instructional professional development. Overseen learning initiatives in high schools to maximize students passing accelerated or advanced level tests to gain admission into various college programs. Has taught GED and ESL classes to adult learners at Colorado Mountain College. Currently teach online at Concordia University Online Doctoral Program. Solid work history with a successful track record of improving student placement and college test scores. Strong leadership and learning improvement skills.
David Belding, Ed.D.
Dr. David Belding earned his Bachelor of Music Education with a minor in percussion from Texas Christian University in 1987. He earned his Master of Education and his Doctorate in Education majoring in Educational Leadership from Tarleton State University. His dissertation, “A Comparative Study of a Traditional and Non-Traditional Principal Preparation Program,” shows his interest in non-traditional delivery methods. Dr. Belding presented the results of his research at the University Council for Educational Administration in October, 2007. He has worked in Texas public schools for 27 years with four different school districts. He has served as a band director, middle school assistant principal, elementary principal, high school principal, central office administrator, and currently as Superintendent of Schools for Millsap I.S.D. During his career, Dr. Belding has been active with educational transformation efforts. He served on the Board of Directors for TxASCD and TSNAP. He was selected by the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) for participation in the Future Ready Superintendent Leadership Institute in 2012. He was named by TASA as a regional transformation contact and is working with the Texas High Performing Schools Consortium. Dr. Belding led the efforts to form a consortium of 10 districts to engage in school transformation as outlined in the TASA document entitled, "Creating a New Vision for Public Schools in Texas: A Work in Progress for Future Conversation and Development." Dr. Belding has been featured as an honoree by Parker County Today Magazine as the recipient of the Roger Grizzard Teaching Award and as one of the “100 Parker County People to Meet.” He has been married to Angela for 27 years. They have three children and a daughter in law with a grandchild on the way in April, 2015.
Peggy Blood, Ph.D.
Dr. Peggy Blood has taught since 1968. She was hired by American College of Education in 2008. Her teaching interests and experience are in the areas of program evaluation, multicultural education, research ethics, curriculum and instruction, and organizational leadership and strategy. She has written and presented on at-risk students and e-learning education on comparative, international, and development education topics with emphasis in higher education. Most of all Dr. Blood loves to travel and work in her garden. Dr. Blood holds a Ph.D. in administration education; 30 credits post-graduate study, a master's in education, and a master's in fine arts. Her experiences have involved the development of new programs, credentials, and certificates.
Stephanie Burch-Bynum, Ph.D.
Dr. Stephanie Burch-Bynum has experience in the recruitment, admission, and retention of students; budget control and implementation; marketing and community outreach in higher education. She has recruited faculty to staff classes. She has acted as a liaison for students, faculty, and administration. She has given presentations at conferences and is a published author. Her doctorate of philosophy degree is in educational policy studies from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has held administrative and teaching positions in higher education. Her mission is to increase access to higher education and to increase educational opportunities for all.
Joyce Cooper, Ed.D.
Dr. Joyce Cooper received her doctorate in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. She received her master degree in Curriculum and Instruction and master degree in Education. She is a recipient of the Principal of the Year award from The Council for Exceptional Children in 2010 and 2012. She enjoys international travel and has visited Tokyo, Japan sponsored by the Fulbright Teacher Program and Brazil.
Angela Dallas, Ed.D.
Dr. Angela Dallas has a desire to be a life-long learner. Her academic preparation began with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia College, a Masters of Education Degree in Educational Leadership & Supervision from University of West Alabama, an Educational Specialist Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from, a Doctorate of Education Degree in Instructional Leadership both from Argosy University, post graduate studies Education Leadership Superintendence tract at Arkansas State University and ESOL at Henderson State University. She has obtained 14 years of professional leadership experience, as an Administrator; Angela has also developed, implemented, and maintained professional learning communities, developed undergraduate and graduate level courses as well as 9 years of collegiate teaching experience in the bachelor, master’s and doctoral areas. Dr. Dallas is Co-author of Parent Handbook on getting Children Ready for Learning and Parental Involvement Handbook: Schools and Parents working together to improve Learning, editor of a drama novel, presented at National and International Conferences. She is also the co-author of three papers/articles published in December 2009, January 2010, and March 2010 of the Journal of Teaching and Learning and the Journal of Critical Issues in Education, Yearly family activity calendar to strengthen family literacy.
Audrey Donaldson, Ed.D.
Dr. Audrey Donaldson has 35 years of service in the field of public education. She currently is employed as an adjunct professor for American College of Education, and as an educational consultant. As the former chief officer for Chicago Public School’s Office of Teacher Recertification and Professional Standards, she was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Illinois state teacher recertification guidelines for Chicago’s 28,000 teachers. Prior to this position, she served as an assistant superintendent for elementary education, a teacher, assistant principal, elementary school principal, and a high school principal. As a consultant, she's conducted an independent evaluation of the tutorial programs offered in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and has worked in several school districts across the country. Academically, her qualifications include an undergraduate degree in English language arts from Loyola University, a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, and a doctorate in educational leadership. She has also completed post-doctoral coursework at Western Illinois University to fulfill the requirements for her superintendent’s endorsement. She is married and is the mother of two sons. She is actively involved in the church, and holds membership in a wide range of professional organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys reality television, movies, and the theater. Her ideal weekend includes a trip to New York to catch the most recent Broadway shows.
Nita Ellis, Ed.D.
Dr. Nita Ellis is currently a school administrator with extensive, varied, and successful administrative experience. She has proven, effective, and creative leadership with a record of accomplishments due to a unique ability to build a team dedication to a common goal, objective, and vision.
David Franklin, Ed.D.
Dr. David Franklin has worked in primary and secondary schools across California. He has taught education courses at the undergraduate, Master's and Doctorate levels. He was awarded an Educator of the Year award from the California League of Schools and has been an active conference presenter across the state. He started his career in education as a music teacher and has released three albums of rock music.
Doug Funk, Ed.D.
Dr. Doug Funk, or Steven Douglas "Doug" Funk, received a bachelor's degree from Texas Tech University, a master's degree from Tarleton State University, and was part of the dual degree program at Texas Christian University that incorporates an MBA with an Ed.D. He works at Aledo High School in Aledo, Texas, and has a song that will soon be released on iTunes.
Beverly J. Greene, Ed.D.
Dr. Beverly J. Greene currently serves as principal of a Headstart-8th grade elementary school in a large urban school district. Previous professional experiences include reading specialist, and assistant principal and curriculum coordinator. As instructional leader, Dr. Greene has provided professional development on topics including data-driven, standards-based instruction, and assessments and effective literacy practices that build instructional capacity in school faculty and staff. Dr. Greene has earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. She is passionate about teaching, learning and literacy.
Theresa Greene, Ed.D.
Dr. Theresa Greene has over 17 years of experience teaching at the college level in Doctorate, Masters and Bachelor programs. Currently, she instructs college courses in the area of early childhood development and teacher education. In addition, she works as an independent consultant to train instructors and provide teacher workshops for Elementary and Secondary schools. She has experience in the area of childhood and school age programs with the US Air Force for 10 years, as well as, experience with the legislature in Sacramento to bring bills pertaining to children to the Senate. In her travels with the US Air Force, she had the opportunity to visit the Reggio Emilia Schools on two separate occasions as well as attend workshops in Reggio, Italy. Her doctorate degree is in Education and Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and her Masters and Bachelor’s degrees are from California State University Sacramento in Child development and Education Administration and Policy, respectively. She worked with a Legislative group in Sacramento on bills pertaining to children and education with State Assemblymen and Senators. She has recently moved from Florida to Ventura, California and enjoy traveling, reading, and scuba diving.
Brenda Hargrove, Ed.D.
Dr. Brenda Hargrove has been an educator and lifelong learner for 22 years. She obtained all of her college degrees–bachelor's, masters and doctorate–while working mostly full-time and being a mother! Since her first travel experience in high school to Mexico and her upbringing in the south during the Civil Rights movement, she has been an advocate for cultural understanding and tolerance in the public schools. She traveled to Belize during a summer study, and completed two Fulbright Grant experiences in Argentina and Mexico.
Michelle Howard-Schwind, Ph.D.
Dr. Michelle Howard-Schwind earned her Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of North Texas. She served five years as a middle school principal, and five years as an assistant principal. Dr. Howard-Schwind taught ESL, speech, theatre, and the arts for nine years. Dr. Howard-Schwind currently serves as a director of organizational improvement in Texas. In her life outside of education, she attempts to corral a cub scout, a ballerina, and a mechanical engineer.
Joanne Hughes, Ph.D.
Dr. Joanne Hughes has 21st century school of distinction intel, scholastic administrator principal of the Year Dallas Association of School Librarians Texas Mentor School Texas Education Agency Principal of the Year Dallas Independent School District Special Education Department Principal of the Year Dallas Independent School District Character Counts School Award Dallas Coalition on Character and Values Special Emphasis Award in Character Education United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School United States Department of Education.
Elizabeth Johnson, Ed.D.
Dr. Elizabeth A. Johnson is an experienced educational leader with over a decade of experience in a K-12 setting. She completed her BS at Indiana University Southeast in Secondary Education, mathematics. She obtained her M.Ed. and her Ed.D. online through Jones International University, in Curriculum & Instruction, and Educational Leadership, respectively. She collaborates with the Ohio Department of Education Network of Regional Leaders, the District Leadership Team, Building Leadership Team, and Teacher Based Teams. She is currently working on education articles as well as making presentations in both Ohio and Kentucky. She has extensive experience with curriculum development, and data analysis. In her free time, she enjoys time with family, Zumba three times a week, and walking her dogs.
Patricia Krumnow, Ed.D.
Dr. Patricia Krumnow earned her bachelor's degree in secondary science and began teaching middle school in 1999. Since then, she has earned three more degrees, all in education, culminating with her doctorate in educational leadership. She has been married for ten years, and has two daughters ages eight and four.
John Kuykendall, Ph.D.
Dr. John A. Kuykendall is an Associate Professor of Higher Education. Kuykendall’s research examines college access for diverse populations; student retention and engagement in a range of activities and experiences in higher education, including intercollegiate athletics; the pre-college experiences of high school students who want to enter science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields; and the persistence of diverse graduate students toward doctoral degree attainment. He has published articles in the American Educational Research Journal and other peer-reviewed academic journals, as well as several book chapters. His bachelor’s degree in Biology is from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, master’s degree in Educational Leadership is from Christian Brothers University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education is from Indiana University.
Deborah Lee, Ed.D.
Dr. Deborah Lee has served in education for almost 30 years. She was a high school teacher for 13 years, and a high school administrator for nine years. She has been a director of the Upward Bound Program for seven years. She has been teaching with American College of Education for about four years. She has a passion for helping students, and she loves working at ACE.
Debra Mertz, DM
Dr. Debra Mertz is extremely passionate about education and is considered to be a life-long learner. She loves learning and it shows by her various 12 degrees in higher education from Business and Technology to Fire and Emergency Services and Criminal Justice. She has taught courses on ground and online and is considered to be a SME in online and distance education. She currently serves as VPAA and has served as Associate Provost, Academic Dean, and Chair over online and distance education programs and loves the changes in technology and delivery modalities. Her new learning commitment is serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Dr. Mertz has now joined ACE teaching in the Business and Technology Divisions. In her spare time she loves to fly, visit her sons and grandsons, rappel, and volunteer in the US Air Force CAP and SAR.
Shenequa Miller, Ed.D.
Dr. Shenequa C. Miller earned a Ed.D. in Leadership and Management from Capella University, an M.Ed. in Administration from Lamar University, and an M.S. in Counseling and a B.A.A.S. from Dallas Baptist University. She has over 21 years of experience in the field of education as a graduate professor, vertical lead for online counseling and education graduate programs, campus administrator, lead school counselor, and special education teacher. Certifications include Principal (Pre-K – 12), School Counselor (Pre-K – 12), and Special Education Teacher (Pre-K – 12). Hobbies include participating in 5k runs, working in her flowerbeds, and spending time with her husband of 23 years and their four children.
Marsha Phelps, Ed.D.
Dr. Marsha Phelps brings to American College of Education an Ed.D. from Northern Illinois University, with focus in HRD/workforce development, and an MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in urban education, marketing, and finance. Blending her industry and educational experiences, Dr. Phelps served as vice president of academic affairs for a city college of Chicago, and as full-time consultant/coordinator for the Illinois State Board of Education, training teachers in the preparation of curriculum for 21st century secondary career programs. She is certified and experienced teaching grades K-12, and possesses endorsements in secondary English, cooperative education, and business, marketing & entrepreneurship. Still, she has learned more from her fifth-graders than from all of her other institutions combined!
Camille Quarterman, Ph.D.
Dr. Camilla Quarterman received her A.A. degree from Lake City Community College and transferred to Florida State University. With a great determination and self-discipline, she received her B.S. degree in criminology in 3.5 years. Because she wanted to help students before they were involved with the legal system, she enrolled in Armstrong Atlantic State University to complete her teacher certification. She began her teaching career in 1955. She went on to earn an M.Ed. and a doctorate degree. She was on the dean’s list from 1993-2005.
Karen Ratliff, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Ratliff in her position as a National Faculty member at ACE, currently teaches various courses in the Educational Leadership department. She is a Capstone Committee Member and Internship Supervisor in the Educational Leadership department. She has contributed to the decrease in EL 503 course dropout rate from 16% to 7% and assisted professors in teaching the course, due to large enrollment. She also support the Department Chair and peers with developing the 2012 EL Program Outcomes, aligned with the ISLLC-2008 and NPBEA-2002 objectives. Additionally, she revise coursework and objectives for the EL 570 course.
Ursula Ricketts, Ed.D.
Dr. Ursula Ricketts has over 20 years’ experience in the field of Education. The experience includes educator, school counselor, school administrator, and non-profit administrator. Dr. Ricketts has a B.S. in Education, M.A. in Counseling Psychology, M.B.A, and Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction. Dr. Ricketts has a passion for teaching and learning and the insurance of access and equity for all learners.
Karen Rooks-Dotson, Ed.D.
Dr. Karen Rooks-Dotson received her Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University, M.A.,Ed. from Governors State University, and University Park, Illinois. She received her bachelor's degree from Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and administrator for Chicago Public Schools for 34 years. Dr. Rooks-Dotson is a published author, and is experienced in the areas of Applied Dissertation Models and Identifying Students Using School-Based Problem-Solving. She has traveled to five continents, about 40 countries, and 16 territories. She is a former 501(c) CEO who worked with teenage youth to help them develop educationally, emotionally, and socially.
Matt Silverman, Ed.D.
Dr. Matt Silverman is skilled in curriculum alignment, technology, staff development, test analysis, budgeting, staffing, grant writing, strategic planning, and implementation of best practices in instructional methodology, curriculum development, and communication with students, parents and the community. He currently holds a Type 75 - Leadership & Administration, Superintendent Endorsement, ESL Endorsement and Type 3 & 9 - Music, K-12.
William Smith, Ed.D.
Dr. William Smith has been a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, and has numerous experiences in serving the needs of adult learners. He has been a leader in building-level, district-level, and state and national-level school reform. During his educational career, he has been fortunate to be a practitioner as a building principal of a large comprehensive high school; a district-level superintendent of a K-12 school district; and a theorist as the leader of an intermediate school district’s efforts to reform secondary education in one of the highest achieving counties in Michigan. His experiences include successful federal grant writing, leadership in professional education organizations, and professional development for all levels of educators. His passion for the learning process continues to fuel his drive to support others on their quest to be more impactful in the educational setting.
Felicia Steagall, Ed.D.
Dr. Felicia Steagall is a motivated, enthusiastic educator with 5+ years’ experience who endeavors to foster a cohesive student learning atmosphere for all students. An educator who has provided social and instructional intervention strategies for students a risk of failure. Also, a change agent in a high poverty, low performing school. Also, an educator who creates a curriculum that is rooted in a knowledge base ideology which draws from a variety of sources including current research and literature, national and state professional association standards, federal and state governmental guidelines, and the field of practice.
Carol Theodorou, Ed.D.
Dr. Carol Theodorou received her bachelor's from Georiga State University, and her master's and doctorate degrees in administration, continuing and higher education from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. She has a superintendent's endorsement, a Type 75 certificate, and a 7-12 Teaching certificate. She has moved up the administration ladder from dean/activities director to assistant principal to principal. She was a consultant with International Education Enterprises, recruiting international students for five community colleges throughout the U.S. She has conducted leadership workshops in both public and private organizations, and has been honored by the State of Illinois Directors of Activities for her years of service.
Kimberly Truslow, Ed.D.
Dr. Kimberly Truslow received an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has served as middle school science and math teacher, math instructional specialist, middle school assistant principal, middle school principal, full-time college professor, and elementary school principal. Her current role is as elementary principal. Dr. Truslow's research interests include women in leadership and conflict management. Dr. Truslow resides in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband and one son. Teaching at the college level provides Dr. Truslow with synergism in the work of educating all students as she gleans new knowledge from her students from around the world.
Deborah VanOurkerk, Ed.D.
Dr. Deborah VanOurkerk is a veteran educator of over thirty years teaching experience with an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Change. Her dissertation topic of Literacy Acquisition in At-risk Students has given her invaluable literacy expertise. She has experience teaching grades K-12 and am the Science Department Chair at her middle school. In addition to her multiple subject teaching credential, she has a Science and a Math subject matter authorization. She is a GATE certified teacher and she serves her campus as the district GATE representative. In addition, she is a member of the Curriculum Advisory Committee that analyzes and promotes appropriate K-12 curriculum. She has an administrative credential and served as summer school principal for six years prior to the program’s discontinuance. She is married with two grown children. Her daughter and her husband have a girl and a boy and live close by. Her son is studying to become a firefighter. Her husband does freelance videography and video editing. They live in Southern California and enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and tennis year round.
Kristine Vowels, Ed.D.
Dr. Kristine Vowels earned a doctorate degree in supervision, curriculum, and instruction from Texas A&M-Commerce. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in educational administration with a Valid Texas Principal certification, as well as a degree in health and physical education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. She also holds a Valid Texas Teaching certificate in both fields of instruction. Most recently she was the expert witness for the Texas Civil Rights project, which defended a case of a gay student who was bullied by her coaches. The TCRP won the judgment with the courts, citing her opinion as the deciding factor. This has recently led to a precedent in Texas. She is an extreme sports enthusiast.
Justin Weindorf, Ed.D.
Dr. Justin Weindorf has been teaching with ACE for the past four years and she has been able to teach all of the educational leader’s courses. She has also taught several curriculum and instruction courses, as well as serving as an internship supervisor.
David Weischadle, Ed.D.
Dr. David Weischadle is a professor of Education (emeritus) at Montclair State University in New Jersey. His professional experience and academic preparation ranged from pre-school to graduate education, from schools to community-based groups. His doctoral degree is in curriculum and instruction, which has allowed him the opportunity to teach, research, and consult in schools, colleges, state and federal governmental agencies, and other organizations and institutions. He has extensive experience in post-secondary education, elementary and secondary education, special education, at-risk children and youth programs, and early childhood education. Dr. Weischadle is also experienced in healthcare, social agencies, and community education. He has also served as a faculty fellow at Princeton University and as an adjunct professor at a number of other institutions.
Elaine Wilson, Ed.D.
Dr. Elaine Montgomery Wilson attended Alabama A&M University where she received her B.S. in Early Childhood. She was given a vision that revealed the purpose for her life and it was an understanding that all children could learn if given the right tools and the dedicated professionals. Therefore, Dr. Wilson decided to become the vessel of change. She continued to perfect her educational learning through the Master’s program in Education Administration at the University of Cincinnati. In 2005 was accepted as a graduate student in the University of Cincinnati Urban Educational Leadership doctoral program and graduated in 2008 where she received an Educational Doctoral degree. Dr. Wilson has served in an urban elementary school for 27 years. She was a third grade teacher for eleven years and presently serving as the principal at the Phoenix Community Learning Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. As she reflected on her position of being a principal for the last 17 years, Dr. Wilson is humbled to serve the children that will guide us into tomorrow. Dr. Wilson believes that as an urban educational leader it is important that one possesses integrity, a sense of ethics, trust, and can build relationships with actions that value those that one leads. In fall 2010, Dr. Wilson was honored to present a presentation for Dr. Thomas Sergiovanni entitled: Heart, Head, Hands, and Moral Authority at the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision.
Julius Wynn, Ed.D.
Dr. Julius Wynn has 25 years of experience in public education in Pinellas County Florida. He has been married for 26 years to his wife, Tonya. He has a son and two daughters; two are still in college and one has completed both her bachelor's and master’s degrees.