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Dr. Brian Allen, Board Member

Brian Allen

Dr. Brian Allen has a Doctor of Business Administration in Technology Entrepreneurship, an MBA, and Master of Project Management. He is the program lead for the Doctor of Business Administration degree program and is the Director of International Partnerships for the School of Business. His research interests are in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, entrepreneurship, project management, strategic planning, international business, business information technology leadership, and applied research for solving real world business problems. Brian has broad experience in leadership in information technology, ecommerce, telecommunications, international sales and operations management, and international project management with work leadership in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. He and his bride are the proud Air Force veterans and the parents of six children and two grandchildren. 

Dr. Chad Becker, Board Member


Dr. Chad Becker is faculty in Northcentral University's School of Education where he chairs dissertations and teaches graduate courses.  Chad earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University - Bloomington, with a specialization in Curriculum Studies and a minor in Communication and Culture.  He also earned his MSEd in C&I from Purdue University with a specialization in Literacy and Language as well as his BSEngEd from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Chad has taught secondary school English (NY State certification) and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate education courses in C&I, Ed Leadership, and ELL/ESL.  Working as a professor in USAmerican higher education since 2008, Chad has been faculty at both brick-and-mortar and online universities.  Chad's scholarship, in the short tradition of Curriculum Studies, is critical and multidisciplinary.   When not engaging academic pursuits, he finds respite from learning with his dogs, caring for his 190-year-old house, his lovely partner Jen, and any travel he can get.  Recent trips include Oaxaca, Paris, Amsterdam, and two bucket-listy road trips from Seattle to San Francisco, and San Diego to San Francisco a few years later.  When relaxing at home, the smell of bagels, croissants, Italian bread, sopapillas, breadsticks, and pizza shells fill the air, as Chad has found his inner baker. 

Dr. Linda Collins, Board Member

Email: lcollins@ncu.eduDr. Linda Collins

Dr. Collins earned a Doctor of Education from Northcentral University in Education Technology Management and a Master of Science degree in Educational Change and Technology Innovation from Walden University. She is an e-learning pioneer with over 25 years’ experience in higher education as an academic department chair and an e-learning educator teaching and designing academic programs in education, computer information systems, and business. She is currently a Distinguished Core Adjunct Faculty member and Dissertation Chair at Northcentral University in the School of Education and was awarded Outstanding Dissertation Chair, Part-Time in 2020. Dr. Collins also holds the esteemed Faculty Emeritus status from Maricopa County Community Colleges. She served as a lead and member of the Institutional Review Board at Mesa Community College for 20 years and an IRB member at Northcentral University for several years. She has dedicated her career to addressing the needs of at-risk students at a distance, students who have external barriers to success, promoting women in technology, and implementing emerging educational technology strategies in which she has received several grants from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Department of Labor and was recognized by the State of Arizona for starting the one of the first blockchain programs in the US. 


Dr. Linda Cummins, IRB Chair


Linda earned her MSW and PhD from The Ohio State University and has been a full-time faculty member at NCU since 2013. Since arriving at NCU she has served in the school of education as a dissertation chair, SME, academic reader, faculty mentor, faculty senator, and faculty lead for the PhD programs in education; and as an IRB reviewer, and IRB chair for the university. Dr. Cummins has a background in clinical nursing, psychology, and social work, with a focus on policy and research and has held tenure track faculty positions at Illinois State University and Indiana University, teaching and publishing in the areas of social policy and research methods. Her research has focused on homeless populations, mental illness and addiction, and community partnerships for serving vulnerable populations. She is currently conducting a mixed methods study on the moral orientation of licensed professional caregivers. Dr. Cummins lives on an organic farm on the South Coast of Oregon where she tends to goats, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks, and grandchildren.

Dr. Deanna R. Davis, Board Member


Dr. Deanna R. Davis holds a Ph.D. in Workforce Development & Organizational Leadership, M.A. in Higher Education Administration and B.S. in Business Management. Dr. Davis has worked professionally in higher education for over 20 years. She has provided leadership for various academic support offices, cultivated external partnerships, taught students from diverse backgrounds, and directed academic programs that focused on student success and retention. She has presented at numerous conferences and published research on leadership development among female leaders in academia and business. Her research focuses on business management, virtual organizations, leadership development, workforce management, organizational culture, and talent acquisition. Deanna’s personal interests include traveling, practicing yoga and reading autobiographies.  

Dr. Adia Garrett, Board Member


Dr. Adia J. Garrett earned a PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She began teaching in 2003 and has devoted her career to the scholarship of teaching and learning in higher education. Her interests include program evaluation, curriculum development, learning outcomes assessment, metacognitive awareness, inclusion, and student engagement. She is a mentor for a wide range of psychology courses in both the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Undergraduate Studies. When she’s not Teaching, Dr. Garrett enjoys the other two Ts—Traveling and Training.


Dr. Robert George, IRB Media Specialist

Robert George

Dr. Robert F. George holds a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies, an MA in Psychology from University of Northern Colorado, and a BA in Biology from Harding University. He has been affiliated with NCU since 2013 and is now Professor in the School of Education. Additional experience includes military linguist, a Vietnam Veteran, Air Force enlisted, and served in the conflict in 1972-73. Dr. George also has experience in public school teaching, education software evaluation, adult education, Program Director for the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, and IRB Chairperson. Robert is passionate about helping students complete their dissertations and helping faculty improve their workflow.

Dr. Jonathan Green, Community Board Member


Dr. Jonathan Green has a PhD in Organizational Management, specializing in Leadership. He has also acquired a Master of Business Administration in Marketing, and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and Counseling. Over the past 35 years he has worked with helping people, individuals, and teams to realize their full potential. He has worked with the disadvantaged and disabled, as well as corporate leaders in both private and public sector. He brings a wealth of experience across multiple industries and field including Psychology, Information Technology, and Business. His research interests are team transformational leadership, team development, and business coaching. Dr Green has authored multiple books across a broad genre of topics including business issues, and leadership skills.


Dr. Dave Hildebrandt, Interim IRB Director


Dr. David Hildebrandt (Dr. Dave) holds a Ph.D. in Management, a M.A. in Instructional Technology, and a B.S.B.A. in Operations Management. Dr. Dave has over 30-years working in High Technology that included time as a programmer, systems analyst, eBusiness, eGovernment, entrepreneur, marketing, and training. Dr. Dave has worked with clients around the world, and spoken at numerous international conferences. Dr. Dave has also worked with the United Nations Office of Information and Communications Technologies on mobile learning strategies for the developing world. Dr. Dave’s interests are improving access to learning in the developing world. Dr. Dave Delta Mu Delta International Honor Society in Business and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. When time permits, Dr. Dave serves on the boards of local non-profits in Napa Valley. His favorite local non-profit is If Given A Chance, which assists high school that have been affected by demoralizing family instability, poverty, emotional and medical hardship to complete high school and prepare to enter college or vocational training.

Dr. Ronald Iammartino, Board Member


Ron Iammartino is an adjunct faculty member at NCU and has also served on the part-time faculty at Rutgers University and the George Washington University.  He holds a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the George Washington University, an MA in Quantitative Methods from Columbia University, an MBA in Finance from Monmouth University, and a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy. His prior work in agent-based statistical modeling and cybersecurity has been published in the Engineering Management Journal, Complex and Intelligent Systems Journal, Systems Engineering, and the Cyber Defense Review. Ron is a career Army Signal Officer. He has previously served as a Signal & IT Action Officer on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Army Staff in Washington, D.C. He was most recently assigned as the Army War College Fellow at Princeton University, NJ.  

Dr. Alice Myers, Board Member


Dr. Myers is the Program Director, Department of Nursing for NCU School of Health Sciences since 2020. She obtained her PhD from Capella University in 2010 in Post-Secondary Adult Education and has her MSN in Nursing Education. She has served as a SME on various dissertation committees and is an AR for SHS DHA dissertations. Before joining Northcentral University, Dr. Myers worked as an educator and consultant for nursing programs across the United States. She advised and educated nursing leadership and faculty on curriculum, accreditation, and interventions for student success in her role. Dr. Myers maintains active membership in many professional nursing and community organizations.

Dr. James Ready, Community Board Member


Dr. James Ready has a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Marketing, and an MBA with a dual concentration in marketing and information systems management. He teaches marketing, operations management, research methods and designs, and statistics at a variety of AACSB/ACBSP universities in the United States, and formerly served as a Program Director of a DBA Program. His research interests focus on improving the quality of research in the business domain and has worked with over 50 students to complete their terminal degree. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Ready was a self-employed consultant performing C-level consulting services to family-controlled businesses, Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profit organizations and Federal entities. He is a veteran of the US Army Finance Corps.

Sheillie Rebman, JD


Shellie Rebman is a practicing attorney and has been full-time faculty at Northcentral University (NCU) since 2018. Before joining NCU, she was an adjunct professor at several schools teaching business and education law as well as ethics and leadership graduate and undergraduate courses. During her tenure with NCU, she has been program lead for the Master in Legal Studies (MLS) program where she developed curriculum and courses in addition to overseeing the program. She also built the undergraduate Paralegal program, developing the program, curriculum, and courses. She is currently with JFK School of Law at NCU where she teaches remedies, legal methods, legal research and writing, and she is also the director of internships. During her tenure, she has served on the retention, scholarship, and curriculum committees, she is currently the Commons Steward for the Law School and was the Commons Steward for the MLS program. In her legal career, Shellie has been an Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Prosecutor, Clemency Counsel to the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, and has been a civil law defense and plaintiff’s attorney. She now has a small practice representing employees in the areas of Worker’s Compensation and employment law. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband and two sons.

Dr. Maria Rodriguez, Board Member


Dr. Maria Antonia Rodriguez earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology with a Health Emphasis and an MA in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University. Before starting full-time at NCU in 2017 as a professor in the Department of Psychology, she was a tenured professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru and a health science specialist at the New York Harbor Healthcare System, Manhattan VA. She transitioned to her role as associate director of faculty support and development in late 2020, and she currently trains and evaluates faculty in the Department of Psychology in addition to serving on dissertation committees. Her current research focuses on health behavior change and women’s behavioral health. During her free time she enjoys travelling and going on adventures with her family.

Dr. Jacqueline Rogers, Board Member


Dr. Jacqueline Rogers is a Senior Core Part-time Faculty in the School of Health Sciences and serves as the chair for the School of Health Sciences Part-time Faculty Council and as Senator on NCU’s Faculty Senate, she is a voting member of NCU’s Academic Affairs Committee. Career experience includes curriculum development of face-to-face and fully online undergraduate and graduate courses, course mapping of institutional and program learning outcomes, mapping of nationally-recognized leadership competencies to courses at the master's and doctoral levels and an external reviewer for regional and programmatic accreditation organizations. Dr. Rogers is a member of the American College of Health Executives and holds leadership and consultative positions in her community. Dr. Rogers has more than three decades of clinical experience in healthcare delivery and leadership with more 21 years of experience in post-secondary healthcare education as faculty and academic administrator. Dr. Rogers areas of interest and expertise include health administration, health care education, strategic planning, program review and outcome assessment, curriculum development and instruction, leadership development, higher education leadership, management and development of human resources. Her research interests include cognitive load theory and the effect of cognitive load on student achievement, and critical thinking skills development.


Dr. Chris Schweigert, Board Member

email: cschweigert@ncu.eduDr. Chris Schweigert

Dr. Schweigert earned his Doctorate of Science in Cybersecurity degree from Capitol Technology University. He is currently an adjunct professor at Northcentral University and teaches several courses in the Technology Management and Cybersecurity programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Schweigert has over 25 years of experience in cybersecurity in both the public and private sectors. Dr. Schweigert has experience running Managed Security Services organizations and Security Consulting. He held the position of CISO with a medical imaging company and has experience in AWS. He served for 12 years in the US Air Force and has held various positions in services and healthcare organizations. He enjoys spending time. In the outdoors snow skiing, fishing, river rafting, and camping with his family.  

Dr. Shedrick Shields, Board Member


Dr. Shedrick Shields is an Assistant Professor for the School of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing at Northcentral University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida State University, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Alabama, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Shields has over 20 years of experience in nursing with extensive backgrounds in nursing education, nursing leadership, family practice, and primary care. He is an experienced nurse educator and has expertise teaching and facilitating didactic and clinical courses for undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to joining Northcentral University, he was a National Health Service Corps Scholarship recipient and provided primary care to underserved communities in addition to serving as a visiting and assistant professor. Dr. Shields is a board-certified autonomous practice family nurse practitioner with board certification from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Shields’ research interest is in qualitative works, specifically dealing with culturally specific care and the care of underserved populations. He has held several leadership roles that include coordinating nursing courses, curriculum development, and the development of nursing specific leadership strategies. He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, and several other philanthropic and fraternal organizations that promote health, wellness, and community engagement.

Dr. Gabriele Suboch, Board Member (Prison Rep)

Gabriele Suboch

Dr. Gabriele Suboch’s formal education includes a Master's Degree from Impac University (2003) in Business Administration and Public Administration, a Master's Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University (2007), and a PhD in Business Administration and specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University in 2009. In December 2010, Gabriele retired after 18.5 years of working with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, whereof she spent 15.5 years as a Crime Scene Specialist. She has attended over 1,200 hours of forensics specialized training and over 650 hours of law enforcement/correction training. Gabriele is a certified Crime Scene Investigator and a certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner. Gabriele was a military dependent while her husband was in the Army during Desert Shield. He was deployed for Desert Storm. As a military family, her significant other attended military school overseas.  Her hobbies are camping and the outdoors. She loves her garden as well as cooking and baking. She lives in Florida, so she can almost all year long sit outside on her porch and read a good book. Her favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell and her forensic science mysteries.