Meet our Board of Governors
Antioch University’s leadership is comprised of a Chancellor, University Leadership Council, and a Board of Governors who work together to further the University’s mission and support faculty and students in all our programs. Together they are focused on creating a culture that fosters collaboration and shared responsibility across the University.
Carole Isom-Barnes, PhD
Carole Isom-Barnes joined the board in October 2013. Carole, a resident of Huntersville, North Carolina, is a retired Bank of America Executive and current President of Xperience Leadership, LLC. With over 30 years of business leadership experience, Xperience Leadership, LLC supports organizations, business owners, and leaders in the midst of systemic change. As a business management subject matter expert, she enhances the capacity of employees, teams, and organizations to produce higher quality customer-focused results.
Carole is also an Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication at Queens University in Charlotte teaching graduate business and organizational communication courses. She is a frequent speaker and panelist at academic and professional events. She presents on topics, such as organizational leadership, social and economic disparities.
A graduate of Antioch’s PhD in Leadership & Change Program, Carole obtained her B.A. from Brandeis University and her M.A. from Queens University. She also is certified as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
Carole currently serves on the Boards of the University of North Carolina Continuing Education, the Carolinas College of Health Sciences, and Mecklenburg County Human Resources Advisory committee. She is a member of the International Leadership Association (ILA), the National Communication Association (NCA), and Women Executives of Charlotte (WE).
Paul Mutty, JD,
Paul Mutty joined the Board in February 2014. He retired from Starbucks Coffee Company in 2018. While at Starbucks, Paul served in several capacities, including senior vice president and interim general counsel. He managed a number of functions within the company, including the company’s global legal teams, the ethics and compliance department, global safety and security department, global resilience function, and its international business development team. Paul also spent a number of years helping with the development of Starbucks’ expansion into markets in Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Paul’s experience includes the negotiation and establishment of numerous international joint ventures, complex license arrangements, mergers and acquisitions, and consulting on a variety of commercial, labor, employment, and dispute resolution matters.
Prior to joining Starbucks, Paul was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for SP Investments, Inc., a private investment company, and was a partner in the law firm of Riddell Williams in Seattle. Paul served on the Board of Governors of City University of Seattle, including a term as Vice Chair of the Board. He also served as a trustee of the King County Bar Foundation.
Paul holds a JD degree from Tulane University Law School and a BA from the University of Rhode Island. He lives in Seattle, Washington, with his wife Lisa, and has two children, Sam and Nina.
Teri Cannon, JD
Teri Cannon is the Founding President of Minerva University, serving as President until April 2022 after nearly 10 years with Minerva. She continues with Minerva as a senior advisor. She is a lawyer and higher education professional with more than 40 years experience in various academic, leadership, and consulting roles for a wide variety of institutions and accrediting agencies. Teri has consulted with more than 40 educational institutions on issues related to accreditation, student achievement, governance, and organizational change and development. Prior to that, she served as Executive Vice President of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WCSUC), and was dean of two small California law schools and associate dean at a major public university. She served as the Educational Consultant to the California Committee of Bar Examiners, which accredits law schools in California, and to the American Bar Association for the approval of paralegal education programs. She has served on several governing boards and two accrediting commissions, and has written and spoken widely on issues related to accreditation, governance, the changing landscape of higher education, legal ethics, access to legal services, and diversity in the legal profession and the academy. Ms. Cannon holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA and a law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.
Steve Crandall, JD
Steve Crandall joined the Board in November 2016. He is the President and CEO of ProMotion Holdings, a communications consulting and content technology firm that provides corporate, non-profit, and legal industry clients with the technology and talent needed to meet the increasing demands of content creation and distribution in the 21st century. Prior to founding ProMotion Holdings, Steve served as CEO of Portfolio Strategy Consulting, providing investment strategy to some of the world’s largest institutional investors.
In addition to an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Washington and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University School of Law, Steve also earned a degree in Video Production from the Art Institute of Seattle. He is an award-winning video producer and a recognized expert on digital media. Steve was the Greater Seattle Business Association Business Man of the Year in 2005.
A founding principle of ProMotion Holdings is to give back to the community by supporting charitable causes through pro bono projects and employee engagement. In addition to his role on the Antioch University Board of Governors, Steve serves on the boards of the Center for Children and Youth Justice, Seattle 4 Rotary (one of the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in the world), and the GSBA Corporate Advisory Board.
As the son of a career Army officer, Steve says his exposure to military values and a variety of cultures helped to shape his global perspective on life and work. He is passionate about issues of diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. Steve is a former Eagle Scout and Assistant Scout Master. Recognizing that courage comes in many forms, Steve founded the Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award in honor of his parents.
Katrin Y. Dambrot joined the Board of Governors in 2014. She has served on the Compensation, Audit (as Chair in 2017/18), Finance and Executive Committees, and on the Sustainability Task Force. She currently serves on the Development and Audit Committees.
She also served as President of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), a leading professional association in the global financial services industry, from 2015-2017. She currently serves as Chair of its Operations Resource Committee. In previous years, she served on the FWA Board of Directors as Vice President Career and Business Advancement and International Affairs (2012-2014) and was the 2014 Organizer and Co-Chair of its International Conference in Berlin, Germany. She also served as co-chair of the Not-For-Profit Committee of the FWA from 2008 to 2012.
Katrin’s has a wealth of new product and marketing experience with such companies as Unilever, Pepsico, Seagram, Beneficial Corporation, BNY and Primedia. Through Dambrot & Company, which she founded in 1989, she has consulted on product/service development and marketing strategy with such firms as Citibank, D&B, PwC, Prudential, New York Life Investment Management, Staples, IBM, Schering Plough, Cambrex and many others, as well as with foreign governments and the UN.
She has lectured widely on marketing issues to many organizations including the Financial Institutions Marketing Association, American Marketing Association, Society for Human Resource Managers, Internet Publishers Association and Rotary International as well as to colleges and universities.
Katrin has served as a mentor for Columbia University Graduate School of Business’ Global Social Venture Competition.
Katrin was born in Chile and is conversant or fluent in several languages.
Janet Dewart Bell, PhD
Among her accomplishments are an Emmy® for outstanding individual achievement (CBS-TV affiliate in Washington, DC) and programming for National Public Radio honored with a Peabody award, considered the highest award in broadcasting.
She has been a key strategist and senior executive at a number of national organizations, including The Opportunity Agenda, PolicyLink, the National Urban League, the National Committee on Household Employment, and National Public Radio (NPR). She was Director of Communications and Public Relations for District Council 37, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), in New York City. As a Visiting Research Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, she developed and taught a course on Effective Advocacy and co-taught a constitutional law course with her husband Professor Derrick Bell.
She developed and managed The Opportunity Agenda’s acclaimed Communications Institute, a four-day, intensive multi-media training for social justice advocates. As Director of Communications at PolicyLink, Bell was instrumental in developing the organization’s collaborative approach to advocacy and communications and developed the trademark “Lifting up what works.”® As Director of Communications at the National Urban League, she was the League’s chief communications strategist and editor of The State of Black America. As part of AFL-CIO delegations, she has taught trade unionists in Morocco and Tunisia. She was the Chairperson of the District of Columbia Commission for Women and represented the District at the International Conference of Women in Nairobi, Kenya.
Bell established the Derrick Bell Lecture Series on Race in American Society at the New York University School of Law, now in its twenty-fourth year. Along with other lead donors, she helped establish in 2012 the Derrick Bell Fund for Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Professor Bell’s alma mater, to honor his memory and legacy. She has also endowed the Janet Dewart Bell scholarship at Baruch College, where she earned a Master’s.
Bell is the founder and president of LEAD InterGenerational Solutions, Inc. A nonprofit dedicated to developing intergenerational leadership as social change agents. She serves on the boards of CancerCare, the Southern Center for Human Rights, and the Women’s Media Center.
She is an ordained elder, serving at First Presbyterian Church of Brooklyn, an intentionally inclusive and diverse Christian community, where all are welcome.
Lance Dublin, BA
Lance Dublin joined the Board in October 2013. As CEO and Chief Solutions Architect with Dublin Consulting in San Francisco, Lance specializes in three areas: 1) revitalizing learning; 2) implementing change, and 3) transforming organizations. Prior to forming this firm, Lance founded The Dublin Group, a leading provider of corporate learning and change management services. In his 40-year career, he has worked with Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and non-governmental organizations across the world.
Lance is also a much sought-after speaker and has presented keynote addresses at over 500 national and international conferences and seminars. In addition, Lance co-authored “Implementing e-Learning,” which is recognized as the capstone book in the ASTD series on e-learning and change management, has contributed to other books, published numerous articles, and is quoted regularly in leading industry magazines and journals.
In 1971, Lance co-founded Antioch University/West, the western campus of Antioch College; which was one of the nation’s first fully accredited “University Without Walls.” While Dean and Provost, he expanded the campus to include centers in Seattle, Washington, as well as in Los Angeles and Monterey, California.
Lance is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Synergos Institute, a non-profit organization committed to reducing poverty and increasing economic equity in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. He is also a former Board Member of Saybrook University.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Antioch College in Educational Planning and Administration.
Gregory K. Finkelstein
Gregory Finkelstein joined the Board in the of Summer 2020. He runs his own consulting practice, Talent Development, focused on advising Colleges, Universities, and Education Technology companies. He is also a Senior Advisor to Tyton Partners in their new Center for Higher Education Transformation focused upon bringing innovative growth, affiliation, and capital solutions to Colleges and Universities.
Prior to that, Greg held Executive Leadership Team roles at two publicly traded ed-tech companies – Zovio (NASDAQ – ZVO) and John Wiley and Sons (NYSE – JWA). Previously, Greg was a co-founder of two market-leading businesses – prominent online program management (OPM) business named Deltak and a first-generation bootcamp business named The Beacon Institute. In total, Greg and the firms that he led have worked with over 150 Colleges and Universities serving tens of thousands of those schools’ students and thousands of faculty members.
During his time leading Deltak, Greg was also part of the executive leadership team that acquired and then oversaw Rasmussen College for nearly a decade. Greg began his career as a network engineer for several companies including a national consortium of network integration firms named USConnect. Greg received his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) from Tulane University.
Greg has always been an active participant in social and community efforts serving various non-profit organizations in and around Orlando including Central Florida Hillel and the Jewish Academy of Orlando. Earlier this spring, Greg and his wife Cheryl were honored in a local Orlando annual community gala for their consistent and continued support of the community. His son (Elijah – 20) is a sophomore at Northwestern University and his daughter (Emily – 18) is a senior at a local public high school.
Holiday (Holly) Hart McKiernan, JD
Holiday Hart McKiernan, JD, is Lumina’s executive vice president, chief operating officer, and general counsel. She oversees operations, legal affairs, and board governance, and served as acting CEO while President and CEO Jamie Merisotis was on sabbatical in 2019.
Her work has included exploring the Bologna Process and the implications this reform effort might have for US higher education. McKiernan shaped Lumina’s approach to social-impact investing and has become a frequent speaker and thought leader in that area. She speaks frequently on governance, legal, and policy issues related to nonprofit organizations and higher education.
McKiernan began her career practicing law with a concentration on nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations. Before joining Lumina in 2003, she was executive director and counsel for Alpha Chi Omega, a national sorority, and advised universities on how to reduce high-risk behavior among students.
McKiernan has co-authored several journal articles, including “Making the Implicit Explicit: Demonstrating the Value Added of Higher Education by a Qualifications Framework,” in The Journal of College and University Law. She wrote “Higher Education and the American Workforce” for Trusteeship, the magazine of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges.
She serves on the boards of DePauw University, Christian Theological Seminary, and St. Vincent Foundation. She also is on Antioch University’s Board of Governors, and the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Board of Visitors.
James (Jim) T. McGill, PhD
Jim assembled and supported a highly competent team of administrative and financial professionals to serve the Johns Hopkins University, including supervision of all finance, human resources, facilities, audit, and business process functions. He was responsible for recommending and implement policies, operations, and monitoring the performance of functions and services essential to supporting the academic and research mission of the University.
Successfully implemented new finance (payables, receivables, payroll, and accounting), human resources, supply chain, and grants and contracts modules of an SAP enterprise-wide system. The multi-year project brought the Johns Hopkins Hospital and most of its affiliates, along with all components of the University, except the Applied Physics Laboratory, onto the same administrative platforms. The “go-live” time was simultaneous for all organizational entities and modules of the new system. Concurrently, seven previous duplicate (University and Health System) operations were consolidated into single service centers. These initiatives enabled reductions in costs, improvement in accuracy and timeliness of data, and enhanced effectiveness of operations. He and his team revamped the structure of and policies for the Trustee investment committee, followed by the establishment of a dedicated investment office. Recruited a chief investment officer from a university with a larger endowment to manage an approximate $3 billion portfolio. In addition, Jim served as Executive Vice President, at University of Missouri System, as well as Vice President for Administrative Affairs. He served as Vice President at Oregon Health Sciences University (now Oregon Health and Sciences University), and as Associate Vice Chancellor for Resource Planning and Allocation at University of Illinois Medical Center. Jim also worked at Illinois Board of Higher Education, Institute for Defense Analysis, and Stanford Research Institute.
Jim earned his Ph.D. in Operations Research at Stanford University, and BA, BS (Honors), Mathematics, at Oregon State University.
Recent memberships include: Mercy High School (for girls), Member of Board; Evergreen Health Coop affiliate, Your Health Network, Member of Board; Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Member of Board; TIAA-CREF Institute, Fellow; Forum for the Future of Higher Education, Member; and Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Member of Audit Committee.
Charlene Moore Hayes, JD
Charlene Hayes joined the Board in October 2020. She is the Owner and Principal Consultant of CM Hayes LLC, a national human capital consulting practice focused on providing a wide range of human resource services primarily to mission-driven, nonprofit organizations, large and small. A certified mediator and leadership coach, Charlene helps leaders manage complex issues within their organizations, develop policies and practices that ensure the acquisition, retention, and development of top talent; and, build the people systems needed to deliver on organizational goals and missions.
Before CM Hayes, LLC, Charlene served The Johns Hopkins University for two years in the role of Senior Executive for Human Capital Strategy. As a senior adviser to the president, she was responsible for a broad range of human capital initiatives, including leadership recruitment and development, executive compensation, and employee relations at senior levels throughout the university. Charlene spent her first 12 years at Johns Hopkins as vice president for Human Resources, the university’s chief human resources officer, and retired from Johns Hopkins on June 30, 2017. She spent approximately eight years before Johns Hopkins in chief human resources officer roles at North Carolina State University and Purdue University. Charlene also served in various other HR positions at Purdue and the University of California at San Diego.
Charlene currently chairs the Governance Committee of the United Way of Central Maryland; serves The Family Tree of Maryland as Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Human Resources Committee; is a member of the Board of the Job Opportunities Task Force, a Baltimore, Maryland organization focused on workforce development; and is Vice President of the Board for Baltimore Corp., a Baltimore social impact organization focused on equity and racial justice in the workplace. A founding member of the American Research Universities—Human Resources Institute, Charlene is an emeritus member of the Institute. She previously co-chaired the National Science Foundation’s Business and Operations Advisory Council and chaired the Johns Hopkins Homecare Group’s Human Resources Committee. Charlene also served as a member of the local advisory council for YearUp Baltimore.
Charlene earned an AB from Cornell University and JD from The George Washington University. She and her husband, Floyd W. Hayes, III, have four adult children and five grandchildren.
William (Bill) Plater, PhD
Bill Plater joined the Board in October 2015. He is an American higher education consultant and Indiana University Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs, Philanthropy, and English, and Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties Emeritus at IUPUI. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his work in educational innovation, university civic engagement, internationalization, and the development of learning technologies. Before joining Indiana University in 1983, Bill was associate director of the School of Humanities at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Bill is a member of the National Advisory Panel on the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement. He has worked for WASC as Senior Advisor for International Affairs, conducting International Quality Assurance site visits world-wide. For 14 years, Bill served on CAEL’s Board of Trustees, including two years as chair. He is involved in the Delphi Project on Changing Faculty and Student Success (USC), where he is a contributor to meetings and papers on issues related to changing faculty roles. He also serves on the Advisory Council of the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis. In 2010, Bill served as an External Reviewer for Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change. He was a participant in a team of 14 people known as the Project on the Future of Higher Education led by Antioch’s Alan Guskin and Mary Marcy to develop models of institutional transformation to prepare colleges and universities to respond to external pressures for cost containment, accountability, and student-centered instruction.
Bill holds a BA, a MA, and a PhD in English literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has received honorary doctorates from Purdue University and the National Institute for Development Administration (Thailand).
Rich Preyer, MS
Rich Preyer III, joined the Board in July 2018. He currently works at The North Carolina Arboretum (TNCA) as the Conservation and Environmental Education Specialist. He is an educator, curriculum designer, and program evaluator. He recently co-authored Project OWL, a state-wide curriculum initiative to help teachers become more comfortable using their school’s outdoor spaces to teach science.
He has served as an Evaluation Consultant for Maine Outdoor School (MOS), recently founded by two Antioch alums, and leads evaluation workshops for AmeriCorps Project Conserve, a service program designed to promote environmental literacy and action in local communities in western North Carolina.
Rich also serves on the Board for the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC). A land trust based in Asheville, NC that conserves farmland, scenic beauty, clean water, and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in the mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina. Rich holds an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University and a BA in history from Wake Forest University. In his spare time, Rich plays tennis and ultimate Frisbee, fly fishes, backpacks, and rafts.
Juan “Kiko” Suarez, PhD
Kiko Suarez joined the Board in October 2018. Dr. Juan “Kiko” Suarez likes to be described as a global citizen. Born in Spain and naturalized US citizen in 2016, Kiko has a unique blend of international experience in leadership development, marketing, and communications, corporate responsibility, and information technology in Fortune 50 corporations, entrepreneurial startups, and strategic philanthropy. From 2009-2016, Kiko served as lead executive for communications and innovation at Lumina Foundation, where he also directed the Foundation’s work in social impact investing and evaluation. Then he served as Chief Impact Officer for United Way of Central Indiana, as well as Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer at the American College of Education. Prior to 2009, he served as a public affairs and communications executive for global companies like CEMEX and DuPont.
In 2019, he launched MyCareerMD, a private coaching and counseling practice that serves middle and high-level executives in areas like leadership development, career transitions and communications training. He is also serving as an associate professor of Business Communications and Executive Presence at the Jack Welch Management Institute and working with clients as Chief Strategy and Creative Officer at the boutique PR firm Media Moon Communications.
He has a doctoral degree in Leadership and Change from Antioch University, and he was awarded the title of “doctor honoris causa” from National Louis University. Among his many publications and speeches, his dissertation was on the role of wisdom in leadership and innovation processes, which he presented at TEDx at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in Indianapolis in 2014.
Martha Summerville, PhD
Martha Summerville joined the Board in July 2014. She is an executive consultant with extensive experience in organization design and development, human resources, and education. As president of Summerville Consulting LLC, founded in 2000, she specializes in an array of work related to governing board development and executive effectiveness, which includes board retreat facilitation, board self-evaluation, senior team development, and board-CEO partnership.
Prior to founding her consulting practice, Martha held management positions in organization development and strategic human resources at Aetna, Inc., in Hartford, in the health business, financial services, and corporate human resources. Prior to Aetna, she held management positions in several Connecticut hospitals.
Martha served on the Guilford College Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2008, and then from 2009 to the present. Martha was the founding board chair of the AUNE Board of Trustees.
She holds a B.A. from Guilford College, Master of Divinity from Yale University, Master of Human Services Administration from Antioch University (O&M), and a PhD in Adult Learning from the University of Connecticut. In 2007, she received the “Outstanding Professional Award” from UConn’s NEAG School of Education.
She and her husband, Dr. Jeffrey W. Summerville (AUNE ’85 and ’01), live in New Haven, CT, in their 1894 house they affectionately refer to as the “casa in restauro perpetuale.”
Eugene (Gene) Tempel, EdD
Eugene (Gene) Tempel, joined the Board of Governors in March 2018. He is founding dean emeritus of the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and led the world’s first school devoted to the study and teaching of philanthropy. Generous donors recently established the Eugene R. Tempel Endowed Deanship at the school to honor Prof. Tempel. He is an internationally recognized expert on philanthropy.
With nearly four decades of philanthropy leadership, administration, and fundraising experience, Gene played an integral role in establishing the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s precursor, the Center on Philanthropy at IU, and served as the center’s executive director from 1997 – 2008, transforming it into a leading national resource.
An early leader in creating the field of philanthropic studies, Gene was the first elected president of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, a national association of academic centers and programs that focus on the study of nonprofit organizations, voluntarism, and philanthropy. He is professor of philanthropic studies and adjunct professor of higher education at Indiana University.
Committed throughout his career to strengthening the philanthropic sector, Professor Tempel chaired the national Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Ethics Committee for many years and served as a member of Independent Sector’s Expert Advisory Panel, which created national guidelines for nonprofit governance and ethical behavior. He is a past chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He has mentored many of the nation’s most successful executives in philanthropic fundraising.
A popular presenter, Professor Tempel has authored numerous columns, articles, and other publications in the field.
Gene earned a BA degree in English and philosophy from St. Benedict College, an MA in English, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.
Lillian Pierson Lovelace,
Lillian Pierson Lovelace, an active community volunteer, first joined the board in 1989. When Lillian retired from the board in 2002 after more than 12 years of distinguished service, she was elected Trustee Emerita.
She is president of the Board of the Casa Serena and serves on a variety of other boards, including Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, the Gould Center for the Humanities, the Santa Barbara Chapter of the League of Women Voters, and Phoenix House, a halfway house for psychiatric patients.
Lillian attended Antioch College 1946-48 (Class of 1951) and graduated from Antioch University Southern California in 1989.
Major gifts from Lillian and her husband Jon (now deceased) have generously supported many of Antioch University’s initiatives over four decades including new program development, institutional advancement, faculty development, educational outreach, visiting scholars, and cross-cultural education, to name just a few. She has been the primary benefactor to Antioch University Graduate School of Leadership and Change.
Bruce Bedford, PhD – In Memoriam
With deep sorrow, we regret to share the passing of Bruce Paul Bedford on April 29, 2021. Bruce was a sitting member of the Board of Governors of Antioch University at the time of his death with a total of twenty-six years of board service to Antioch. He was a guiding force through many difficult times and periods of re-invention of the University serving at one time as the Acting Chancellor. With the full support of the Board of Governors and the University leadership, Bruce was the 2013 recipient of an honorary PhD degree from Antioch University for his selfless service and his deep dedication to Antioch University’s mission.