Expert Directory

Donna S. Sheperis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Associate Chair for Clinical Training

Palo Alto University

Mental Health Counseling, Depression, Anxiety, Ethics and counselling, child and family counseling

Donna Sheperis, PhD. joined PAU in 2016 and currently serves as an Associate Professor, Associate Chair for Clinical Training, Chair of the PAU Faculty Senate, and Co-Chair of the PAU Institutional Review Board. She earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Mississippi and her masters in Counseling from Delta State University. Donna has taught for land based and online programs since 2000. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Mississippi and Texas; a Board Certified Counselor; a Board Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor; and an Approved Clinical Supervisor with 30 years of experience in clinical mental health counseling settings. 

Dr. Donna Sheperis is active in the counseling profession. She is past-president of the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling and on the Ethics Appeals Committee for the American Counseling Association. Previously, Donna served as chair of the ACA Ethics Committee. She also serves on the Ethics and Bylaws committees for the Association for Humanistic Counseling and the Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. She is active in scholarship and research as well with multiple articles in peer reviewed journals. In addition, she has authored multiple book chapters and textbooks including Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Fundamentals of Applied Practice for Pearson Publishing; Ethical Decision Making for the 21st Century Counselor for SAGE Publishing; and Foundations of Substance Use and Addiction Counseling: Principles and Applied Practice for Cognella Publishing (in press).

 

Kenneth Sher, Ph.D.

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Research Society on Alcoholism

Alcohol

Kenneth J. Sher, Ph.D., is a nationally renowned scholar, researcher, and mentor whose work has greatly advanced our understanding of the etiology and course of alcohol use disorder (AUD), particularly as it relates to personality traits and their evolution. Dr. Sher has been at the forefront of research on personality, alcohol misuse among college students, and the behavioral pharmacology of alcohol. He is also a highly regarded expert in longitudinal research methodology. Over the course of his career, Dr. Sher has studied a wide range of topics contributing substantially to our understanding of the development of alcohol and other substance misuse. He has examined risk mechanisms that influence AUD onset and progression, premorbid predictors of future AUD (e.g., cognitive mechanisms and individual differences in the psychopharmacological responses to alcohol), and the involvement of family history of alcoholism in multiple etiological pathways to AUDs. 

His diverse research interests include: personality, as well as developmental changes in personality, as predictors of alcohol misuse and AUD; gene-environment interactions in the development of AUD; and predictors and consequences of binge drinking and alcohol misuse among college students (including 21st birthday drinking and other extreme drinking occasions). Dr. Sher has also investigated the phenomenon of “maturing out” of alcohol problems, demonstrating that maturing out is associated with differences in age-related personality changes that are accompanied by decreased impulsivity and neuroticism and is not merely a consequence of constrained opportunity occasioned by the assumption of adult roles. 

Dr. Sher had led two major ongoing longitudinal cohort studies that have followed individuals beginning in their freshman year of college and into mid-life. In addition to the development of AUD, this research tracks drug use and comorbid psychiatric disorders. A particularly innovative aspect of this work is the incorporation of genotyping which may provide key information on individual differences in susceptibility to AUD. 

In addition to using traditional survey approaches, Dr. Sher’s research employs event-based data to capture the momentary moods, motivational states, and cues that precede drinking events. This work is critical to understanding transient influences on drinking behavior and related consequences on a given occasion. 

A major focus of his current work is the critical evaluation of existing diagnostic approaches and development of empirically-based criteria and algorithms for AUD diagnosis. This research holds promise for improving AUD diagnosis in clinical practice, and advancing research on the causes and correlates of AUD.

Dr. Sher has been continually funded by NIAAA for more than 30 years. He has had more than 250 papers published in peer-reviewed journals and he has authored and edited several books. 

Dr. Sher earned his undergraduate degree from Antioch College, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Indiana University, and completed clinical internship training at Brown University. He is the Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, where he directs a pre and postdoctoral training program in alcohol research.

political economy of growth, Sustainable Development, regional integration, Developing Economies, Global Governance & Politics, Sub-Saharan Africa, Africa, Africa business, Capitalism, Free Enterprise, global trade, Developing Countries, Emerging Markets

Landry Signé is a David M. Rubenstein Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He joins the Africa Growth Initiative where his research focuses on the political economy of growth, sustainable development, governance, fragile and failed states, regional integration, and business in Africa.

Professor Signé is a distinguished fellow at Stanford University’s Center for African Studies, chairman of the Global Network for Africa’s Prosperity, an Andrew Carnegie Fellow, a 2016 Woodrow Wilson Public Policy Fellow, and a professor and senior adviser on international affairs to the chancellor at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He serves as special adviser to world leaders on international and African affairs.

Professor Signé has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for “finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues” and as a Tutu Fellow. Previously, Professor Signé served as president of a strategy firm and as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford. He also served on the board of AMPION Catalyst for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Africa, Citizens Governance Initiative, and the United Nations Association of Canada–Montreal, and was appointed by a United Nations Undersecretary-General to serve on the Global Network on Digital Technologies for Sustainable Urbanization.

Professor Signé has authored many academic and policy publications focused on Africa, the global political economy, the politics of economic reform and foreign aid, emerging and frontier markets, institutional change, political regimes, state capacity, service delivery, and governance. Among those publications are "Innovating Development Strategies in Africa: The Role of International, Regional and National Actors" and the forthcoming "African Development, African Transformation: How Institutions Shape Development Strategy," both published by Cambridge University Press. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Harvard International Review.

Professor Signé holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science as well as a master's in Political Science from Jean Moulin Lyon III University, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Montreal. Additionally, he attended Stanford University for Postdoctoral Studies in Political Science, attended the Executive Program in Leadership at the University of Oxford, and studied Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.

Health Economics, Children's Health, development economics, Health Policy, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, congestion pricing

Emilia Simeonova, PhD (Economics from Columbia University in 2008) joined Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2013 from Tufts University. Between 2011-2012 she was a research fellow at the Center for Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. Emilia’s research interests in the economics of health care delivery, patient adherence to therapy and the interaction between physicians and patients, racial disparities in health outcomes, the long-term effects of shocks to children's health and intergenerational transmission of health.  Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Swedish Research Council and the Danish Academy of Sciences. 

travel industry, Travel and Tourism, Travel Entrepreneur

Lorraine Simpson, Two-Time Magellan Award Winning Travel Entrepreneur and now Cityline TV Travel Expert, started out as many Travel Advisors did, with a home-based franchise, a computer, and very limited resources. Her office was in an unfinished basement, and she had to get creative with her marketing initiatives. Focused, driven, and full of enthusiasm, she was determined to shine in the travel industry. The rest is history. Within five years she was selling over $4 million annually and was collecting multiple awards on a regular basis. Now a regular on National and Regional TV, Lorraine is a the most visually recognized Travel Professional in the media today. Lorraine shares her secrets to success in her Mentoring/Coaching program, at speaking engagements at major travel industry events, and on Experiential Luxury Mastermind FAM trips in some of the most exotic destinations in the world. She is also a widely known expert in the areas of inventive travel, group travel, escorted group travel, events and travel, corporate travel, eco-tourism, culinary tourism, post-pandemic business recovery, and best places to travel off-the-beaten path. 
Visit her online today: www.lorrainesimpson.com

Diabetes, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Diabetes Alert Day, Diabetes and Adults, Type 1 Diabetes, Type Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Diabetes Medications, Diabetes Drugs

Sisson is an assistant professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Pharmacy where he teaches pharmacy, nursing and medical students about drug therapy for hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes. 

Consulting, Marketing News, Recruitment, Marketing, Public Relations, Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, LGBT consumers, Multicultural, Diversity, Minority

Lisa Skriloff founded Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. (MMR) to serve as a business resource to corporations, communications firms, and journalists, providing information and referrals.  Established in 1994, MMR is a consultancy, B2B public relations and marketing firm, and editorial supplier, working with the leading experts in Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans, LGBT consumers, and other ethnic and niche market groups. MMR is also the publisher of The Source Book of Multicultural Experts, MMRNews (http://multicultural.com/multicultural-marketing-news), and a Multicultural/Diversity Speakers Showcase (http://multicultural.com/Speaker_Showcase/speakers_all).

She is both an expert herself, available for interviews and consulting, and also a conduit to other specialized experts via her Source Book of Multicultural experts online at http://multicultural.com/sourcebook/sourcebook_companies.

Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. is a WBENC certified woman-owned business and also certified by New York City and New York State. Our specialization is multicultural markets and diversity, working with companies such as ad agencies, research firms, corporate marketing executives, media and other communications professionals involved in marketing to Hispanics, African Americans, Asian Americans, people with disabilities, LGBT consumers and women- and minority- business owners. We provide marketing support and writing services to corporations and organizations. Writing services include ghostwriting speeches and PowerPoint presentations on multicultural marketing and diversity, as well as tailored reports and briefing memos. Other topics of expertise: multicultural travel, dance travel, and destinations.

Lisa Skriloff is also the founding editor & publisher of Multicultural Travel News at https://multiculturaltravelnews.com/.

For more about MMR please visit http://multicultural.com/services/products_services.

Prior to starting the company, Lisa had a 10-year career at The New York Times, where she held a number of director-level positions in the Promotion, Marketing, Advertising, Circulation, and Special Projects departments. She oversaw the development of special sections for the Hispanic market, among other advertorials, and was responsible for numerous merchandising programs, sales promotions, and product introductions. As Director of Consumer Promotion, she managed the $13 million annual advertising campaign and earned an Effie for her work on the launch of the National Edition of The Times. She was appointed by the publisher to serve on the newspaper’s first diversity committee.

Fluent in Spanish, Lisa has worked extensively in the Hispanic market. She had advertising sales responsibilities for Caballero Spanish Radio in New York where she also wrote the company’s trade newsletter, Hispanic Age. During two years in Spain, she directed ad sales, and wrote articles, for an English language city publication in Madrid. She started her career as a Bilingual Elementary School Teacher in Madison, Wisconsin.

Among the many awards and honors, she has received: YWCA Salute to Women Achievers; Working Woman Magazine’s award for Innovation in Entrepreneurship, PRSA award for Best Newsletter, PRWeek’s Solo Practitioner of the Year in Public Relations and she was a finalist for NAWBO’S (National Association of Women Business Owners) Signature Award. In 2009, she was nominated for a Latinos in Social Media Award, in the category of the Best NY Latino(a) Social Network Leader. Her very first award, from the Little Red Train Camp, (pre-school) was for “Most Friendly Girl in her Group.”

Lisa has been a guest speaker and moderated panels on Ethnic Marketing at the Direct Marketing Association Emerging Markets Conference; the Health & Beauty Association Global Expo; and the IIR and SRI’s conferences on Marketing to Multicultural Markets, Marketing Financial Services to Multicultural Markets, and Multicultural Markets Online. She proposed the course at New York University's (NYU) School of Continuing and Professional Studies, “Marketing to the New Majority: How to Reach the Multicultural Consumer," which she created and taught for 11 years, and taught a similar workshop at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Institute for Diversity Education & Leadership. She created the workshop “How to Establish Yourself as an Expert” offered by The Seminar Center in NYC and has been a guest speaker at Florida State University’s Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication and at the University of Texas School of Journalism & Mass Communication. She has been quoted in The New York Times, Advertising Age, The Wall Street Journal, among many others, on multicultural marketing, about minority and women-owned businesses, and regarding travel experiences in 60 countries. A native New Yorker, she has also lived in California, Wisconsin, Spain, Mexico, Germany, and England.

Over the years Lisa Skriloff has been active in numerous associations including the Hispanic Public Relations Association, the Black Public Relations Association, the diversity committee of the Ad Club of NY and has served on the boards of the Publicity Club of New York and the National Association of Women Business Owners-NYC Chapter. She has lent her marketing and public relations skills on a pro bono basis to organizations such as Asian Women in Business and the American Women’s Economic Development associations. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she has chaired the NY Chapter of Cabinet 99, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and served on the Board of the WAA.

Lisa is a frequent writer on travel and has contributed to Travel Agent Magazine, The NY Daily News, Jaxfax and Fodors Guides, and is the founding editor of Multicultural Travel News (MTN) and Dance Travel News. She specializes in multicultural travel, Spanish language destinations, dance, and cruise travel. View articles at https://lisaskriloff.com/travel/

She is co-author of the book “Men Are From Cyberspace: The Single Woman’s Guide to Finding Love Online” published by St. Martin’s Press in December 1997.

law and business , policy planning, Public Policy, Politics, International Relations

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the CEO of New America, a think ​and action ​tank dedicated to renewing the promise of America, bringing us closer to our nation's highest ideals. She is also the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor Emerita of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009–2011, she served as director of policy planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, as well as meritorious service awards from USAID and the Supreme Allied Commander for Europe. Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs (formerly the Woodrow Wilson School) from 2002–2009 and the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law at Harvard Law School from 1994-2002.

Dr. Slaughter has written or edited eight​ books, including ​The Chessboard and the Web: Strategies of Connection in a Networked World (2017)​, Unfinished Business: Women, Men, Work, Family (2015), The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007)​, and ​A New World Order (2004), ​as well as over 100 scholarly articles. She was the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. In 2012 she published the article “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All,” in the Atlantic, which quickly became the most-read article in the history of the magazine and helped spawn a renewed national debate on the continued obstacles to genuine full male-female equality.

Dr. Slaughter is a contributing editor to the Financial Times and writes a bi-monthly column for Project Syndicate. She provides frequent commentary for both mainstream and new media and curates foreign policy news for over 140,000 followers on Twitter. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. She received a B.A. from Princeton, an M.Phil and D.Phil in international relations from Oxford, where she was a Daniel M. Sachs Scholar, and a J.D. from Harvard. 

Sickle Cell Disease, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine

Kevin Smith, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at Loyola University Medical Center, and an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, both in Maywood, Illinois. Dr. Smith joined Loyola University Medical Center in 2011 as a medicine-pediatrics hospitalist.

He was named the Associate Chief Medical Officer for Quality & Safety in 2016, and the Chief
Medical Officer in 2020. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Vanderbilt University and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Smith completed his residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He currently is working on his master’s degree in business administration in health care management from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Smith is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Physicians, and the Society of Hospital Medicine.

He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and two children. He enjoys the Cubs, travel, music, and college basketball.

Pain Management, interventional pain management, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Shoulder Pain, post stroke pain, Knee Pain, Sciatica, post amputation, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Dr. Soriano is an expert in pain management, interventional pain management, and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He treats patients at The Center for Pain Treatment and Regenerative Medicine at LifeBridge Health in Maryland. Dr. Soriano completed his residency at Temple University Hospital, his internship at Kennedy memorial Hospital and earned his medical school degree from University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Family Medicine, Ambulatory Medicine , Health Promotion and Disease Prevention , Health Promotion, Disease Prevention, Cancer Prevention, Tobacco Cessation, Osteoporosis, Tobacco, Diabetes

Spangler is one of the world's leading experts in tobacco epidemiology and was the keynote speaker for 2004 World Health Organization Tobacco and Community Health Conference in New Delhi, India. He founded the first physician-run tobacco-cessation clinic in North Carolina and was recently awarded $1.6 million grant to develop tobacco cessation curriculum for medical schools across the United States. He has won several prestigious awards including the Association of Teachers of Preventative Medicine Program of the Year Award and the Behavioral Sciences Forum Program of the Year Award. He is currently co-Principal Investigator on a longitudinal study of tobacco use among students at 11 colleges and universities in NC and VA.

IRB, IRBS, Human Research Protection Programs, Expanded Access, Expanded Access Program, FDA, Compassionate Care, clinical trial, Clinical Research, Research Ethics, Clinical Trials

Marjorie A. Speers, Ph.D., is a global leader in human research protections. Most recently, she was the inaugural president and CEO of the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs, Inc. (AAHRPP), retiring in 2013.

Dr. Speers views the opportunity to lead this one-of-a-kind foundation—and continue to contribute to research protections and public well-being worldwide—as the natural progression in an exemplary career of public service. Before establishing AAHRPP in 2001, she served as acting executive director of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, she oversaw research protections for all domestic and international research.

Dr. Speers is a graduate of Dickinson College, where she serves on the Board of Trustees and established a scholarship that has benefited numerous international students. She also holds doctoral degrees in psychology and epidemiology from Yale University.

Aldona Spiegel, MD

Director, Houston Methodist Center for Breast Restoration

Houston Methodist

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Dr. Aldona Spiegel certified in plastic surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. She completed her medical training at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine. Spiegel completed a residency in general surgery and plastic surgery at John Hopkins Hospital. She also completed a residency in plastic surgery and a fellowship in microsurgery at Baylor College of Medicine. Spiegel's clinical focus is microsurgery, breast reconstruction, breast sensation and specialized perforator flaps (DIEP, SIEA, SGAP flaps). Her clinical expertise allows her to focus on research in innovative surgical techniques, such as muscle-preserving flaps.

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Assistant research professor in the Center for Global Health Science and Security. She can address the importance of global frameworks supporting health systems strengthening for public health emergency preparedness and response, and particularly those focused on preventing infectious disease outbreaks. In the context of Ebola, she can speak to her professional experience of supporting public health capacity building during and immediately after the West Africa outbreak (Guinea) and the importance of communication and coordination among multisectoral partners on a national, regional and global level.

Mark Stapp

Executive Director, MRED/Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate

Arizona State University (ASU)

Real Estate, Real Estate Development, community planning, Sustainable Development, Investing

Mark Stapp has been involved in planning, investing in, developing, and consulting on real estate for more than 30 years, with a focus on sustainable development.

Stapp is the Fred E. Taylor Professor in Real Estate at the W. P. Carey School of Business, and Director of the Master of Real Estate Development program. In addition to his appointments within the W. P. Carey School, Stapp is a faculty associate in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Stapp is also the managing member of the investment and development firm Pyramid Community Developers, LLC, and president of U.S. operations for the Swiss investment company Naef International Management since 1995.

Evan Starr , Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Management & Organization

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Noncompete Labor Agreements, Employee Mobility, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Labor Economics, law and economics, Strategic Human Capital

Evan Starr is an Assistant Professor of Management & Organization at the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Denison University. He originally hails from Claremont, California. Starr's current research examines issues at the intersection of human capital accumulation, employee mobility, entrepreneurship, and innovation. In a recent set of projects utilizing employee-employer matched data and survey data that he and coauthors developed, Starr examined the use and impacts of noncompete agreements and their enforceability on the provision of firm-sponsored training, employee mobility and earnings, and on the creation, growth, and survival of new ventures.

Sexual Violence, sexual violence prevention in K-12 schools, gender violence, Sexual Harrasment

Nan Stein, Ed.D., is a senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women. She has conducted research on sexual harassment/gender violence in K-12 schools and teen dating violence for more than 30 years and co-led the Shifting Boundaries, school-based dating violence prevention program. A former middle school social studies teacher, drug and alcohol counselor, and gender equity specialist with the Massachusetts Department of Education, she has collaborated with teachers’ unions and sexual assault/domestic violence agencies throughout the U.S. Stein has authored many book chapters, law review articles, and academic journal articles as well as commentaries for the mainstream media and the educational press, and often served as an expert witness in Title IX/sex discrimination-sexual harassment lawsuits in K-12 schools heard in federal and state courts. She has been featured in scores of print and broadcast media stories. Stein’s research portfolio has been funded by the National Institute of Justice of the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Education Association, the Open Society Institute of the Soros Foundation, and other private family foundations.

With funding from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Stein has been studying schools to prevent Dating Violence/Harassment (DV/H). The long-term goal of this study is helping prevent dating violence, sexual violence, and sexual harassment by employing the most rigorous methods to evaluate strategies for altering the violence-supportive attitudes and norms of youth. The study evaluates the relative effectiveness of Shifting Boundaries, a multi-level approach to DV/H prevention programming (in terms of knowledge, attitudes, intended behavior, behavior, and emotional safety of youth participants) for middle school students in 55 middle schools in a large urban school district.

Stein is also working with the Justice and Gender-Based Violence Research Initiative Team at the Wellesley Centers for Women to document the current landscape (the breadth and differences) of campus approaches to investigations and adjudication of sexual assault. The project will result in guidelines that will assist colleges with assessing their capacity and preparedness to meet new and existing demands for sexual assault response models.

Stein holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Antioch College Graduate School of Education, and a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In 2007, she received the Outstanding Contribution to Education award from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Sociology

University of California, Irvine

Psychology, Feminisim, body and mind, Diversity and Inclusion

Sabrina Strings, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. A certified yoga teacher, her work on yoga has been featured in The Feminist Wire, Yoga International, and LA Yoga. Sabrina is also an award-winning author with publications in diverse venues including, The New York Times, Scientific American, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. Her book, Fearing the Black Body: The Racial Origins of Fat Phobia (NYU Press 2019), was recently re-released as an audiobook and is available on Audible, iTunes, and Google Play. Stay up to date on her latest writings, travel and speaking engagements at SabrinaStrings.com or follow her on Twitter @SaStrings.

J. Gerald Suarez , Ph.D.

Professor of the Practice in Systems Thinking & Design | Fellow, Center for Leadership, Innovation and Change

University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business

Management, Organizational Design, Systems Thinking, Total Quality Management, Work-Life Balance

Dr. J. Gerald Suarez is a premier educator, speaker and consultant in the fields of Organizational Design, Systems Thinking and Total Quality Management. Suarez joined Smith in 2005 as Executive Director of the multidisciplinary Quality Enhancement Systems and Teams (QUEST) Honors Fellows program. He was a Ralph J. Tyser Teaching Fellow and an Executive Education Senior Fellow. From 2008 to 2010 he served as Associate Dean of External Strategy, leading the offices of marketing communications, recruitment and career services. Suarez earned the prestigious Allen J. Krowe Teaching Excellence Award and has been consistently selected a Top 15% Faculty Member at the Smith School. He teaches at the corporate, executive MBA, custom EMBA, international, and undergraduate levels. He is also a Lockheed Martin Visiting Technical Fellow.

Prior to joining the Smith School, Suarez served under two administrations in the White House as the Director of Presidential Quality -- the first such post in the institution’s history. In this capacity, he initiated efforts to inculcate systems thinking and organizational redesign into the White House Communications Agency, the White House Military Office and the Executive Office of the President of the United States. He also served as Director of Customer Support and Organizational Development for the White House Military Office. Suarez traveled aboard Air Force One and Presidential helicopters in numerous missions worldwide. He received many Presidential awards and commendations for his work, including the Exceptional Civilian Service Medal, the White House Distinguished Service Award, the Commander-in-Chief Coin, and the White House Certificate for Meritorious Service.

Prior to his White House assignments, Suarez worked for the Office of the Under Secretary of the Navy’s Total Quality Leadership Office and for the Navy Personnel Research and Development Center in San Diego, California. In these roles, he served as a researcher, instructor and consultant for both the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense (DoD).

Suarez has been active academically in both the United States and abroad. For ten years, he was a Visiting Professor at the Asturias Business School in Spain and was presented with the 49th Jovellanos Award in 2002, and the 4th Dali Original Sculpture Award in 2008 for his significant contributions to the advancement of social responsibility. At the National Graduate School of Quality Systems Management, he led the development of the institution's academic vision as the Chief Academic Officer, and was subsequently named Faculty Member of the Decade (1993-2003). Suarez has traveled to Shanghai and Tianjin, China as an educator and consultant, and in 2006 he designed and delivered an accelerated MBA train-the-trainer program to a select team of faculty members of the Islamic University of Gaza in Cairo, Egypt.

Suarez has produced several publications and instructional videotapes on teamwork, organizational redesign, and how to manage fear in the workplace. He collaborated with the late W. Edwards Deming and served as facilitator during his famous 4-day quality seminars. His publications and training strategies for educating the Defense workforce in quality management received DoD-wide distribution. His work has been showcased in international publications such as the Harvard Deusto Business Review as well as in national publications such as Quality Progress, the Journal for Quality and Participation and Executive Excellence. His research on “Fear in the Workplace” was featured on public television and showcased in the commercially available video series, "Better Management for a Changing World."

Suarez holds a master's degree and a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico, and he has been certified as a Chief Information Officer by The National Defense University Information Resources Management College. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences. Currently he resides in Fairfax County, Virginia with his wife and three children.
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