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Academic Council Bylaws
2020 Academic Council Membership and Leadership
2020 Academic Council Biographies

The Academic Council was founded by the initiative and leadership of Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, Dr. Anthony Maranto, and Dr. Douglass Capogrossi in 2003. As the Council elected new Chairs, Dr. James Wear and Dr. Deryl Gulliford were both able to contribute greatly in moving the Council toward a more effective body within the structure of the University. In 2012, Dr. Mary Jo Bulbrook moved the Council further toward an effective advisory body, helping to initiate the Institutional Review Board and new standardized classes for the doctoral research functions of the University. Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman lead the Council forward professionally and helped integrate further the work of the Council and Board of Directors. The University greatly appreciates the work of these Council Chairs over the early years in the development of the Akamai University Academic Council.

The Council is now composed of eleven voting members and the most recent past Chair or Vice Chair and up to three alternates. Members are selected from among faculty in good standing from the degree programs at Akamai University. As many as three altenates are selectd to fill vacancies, should they arrise. The Council has extensive advisory powers and responsibilities for all academic activities of the University, including curriculum and instruction, research, academic support and outreach and recruitment. The Council oversees the quality of conduct of on-going academic programs and advises relative to elimination of existing programs. It investigates and recommends new and revised academic standards, policies and procedures for consideration and approval by the University's Board of Directors. The Council follows at all times a consensus approach for decisionmaking in its meetings and carries out its activities in compliance with the University's Cde of Ethics and Professional Behavior. Each November, or as soon as possible thereafter, the Academic Council holds its organizational meeting and elects officers for the coming year.


Dr. Tricia Devin, Council Chair
Dr. Harvey Menden, Council Vice Chair
Dr. Ruth Huffnman-Hine, Council Secretary
Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman
Dr. Niranjan Ray
Dr. Henry Zeidan
Dr. Stacey Mallory
Dr. Medani Prasad Bhandari
Dr. Owen Owunwanne
Dr. Vijay P Gupta
Dr. Traian D. Stanciulescu
Dr. Juanita J. Rinas
Dr. Nirmal Kumar Sharma


Tricia W. Devin, Ed.D.
Council Chair

Dr. Devin holds an EdD, MA, PA and BA from Pepperdine University, a Post-Doctorate Ph.D. from Polytechnic University, Berlin, and an RN in Critical Care from the University of Alberta, Canada. She completed her Fellowship Program in England. Dr. Devin served as Provost of Academic Affairs, Dean of Business and Management at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, and Critical care and Trauma Specialist in California for fifteen years. She has taught online, on-ground, Flexnet and distance education for the past ten years. In 1981, she developed and implemented a specialized consulting business based in Los Angeles, California, with businesses in re-engineering and restructuring transitions. She has worked for corporations in United State, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Harvey Menden, Ph.D., MBA
Council Vice Chair

Dr. Menden is Director, Training and Organizational Development for a multi-billion dollar business. He previously held the position as a Senior Consultant for the Human Resources Organizational Capability Group at Amoco Corporation. He has provided services as either an employee or an external consultant to Fortune 500 companies such as The General Electric Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Black and Decker, Canada Life, and Little Tikes. He possesses extensive experience within Human Resources, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, International Business, and Adult Education. Dr. Menden is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and has previously served on the Atlanta chapter's board. He serves as adjunct faculty at Newport University. Dr. Menden received his Ph.D. in Business Education from International Institute for Advanced Studies, D.Min. from CBCS, an MBA from Newport University, and a BS in Political Science from the State University of New York.

Ruth Huffman-Hine, PhD
Council Secretary

Dr. Hine has a wide range of experience, with twenty-four years in Adult Education designing and implementing programs for adult students in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis. During her tenure at MSD Wayne Township, she served as director, manager, curriculum author and consultant, instructor, tutor trainer, and advisor for new program implementation. She possesses extensive experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Adult Education. Dr. Hine has initiated services for local business and industry including Allison Engine, Chevrolet Truck & Bus, National Starch, Chrysler Foundry, and the Midwest U.S. Army Recruiting Center. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Akamai University, graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Hine has designed and taught courses in English as a Second Language. She has developed programs of instruction for College Preparation, Secondary High School Completion, and Literacy. She completed research on Needs of Volunteer Tutors in Adult Education. She has written articles and presented papers, and authored award winning curriculum in Adult Education. Recognized as a professional in Adult Education, Dr. Hine was a guest of the Deutscher Volkshochschul in Germany. She has maintained interest in genealogy and has written a family history book. Dr. Hine has been active in professional organizations, Kappa Gamma International, Phi Delta Kappa, the International Reading Association and Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She was a member of the Governor Speaker Forums in Indiana and was recognized in the 2008 publication of Adult Education Administrators in Indiana. Dr. Hine holds a Doctorate in Education, San Juan de la Cruz University; a Doctorate in Educational Administration, Greenwich University; M.A. in Adult Education, Indiana University; a B.S. in Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, with permanent teaching certification.

Sandra Kolbl-Holman, MS, Ph.D.
Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman comes to Akamai University with a multi faceted international scope through her education, experience and career interests. Born in Germany to a German mother and an Austrian Jewish father, Kolbl-Holman was educated in Canada, Germany and the United States. Kolbl-Holman is a gifted scholar who reached her senior year of high school at age 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree honors with distinction from Saint Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. Her nursing program was part of the fast track Lethbridge Community College RN degree program. Kolbl-Holman's Art studies began in Europe and continues through the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California. Her graduate scholarly training followed through Carlton University, the University of Lethbridge, Akamai University conferring her doctorate with high honors and norming a new intelligence measure for Dr. Robert Sternberg during his tenure at Yale University. During Kolbl-Holman's academic career, she has received graduate teaching assistantships for undergraduate counseling and theories, full tuition scholarships at the graduate level, graduate scholarships for academic excellence, graduate awards for women in higher education, a national award in program evaluation for program logic model development, graduate and undergraduate research assistantships, two undergraduate teaching assistantships, presented at academic conferences and is academically published and recognized. Kolbl-Holman's professional history illustrates successes for her serving in politics, mayoral duties, working as a political journalist, coordinator of volunteer programs in criminal justice environments, developing treatment, cross cultural and community programs, psychologist, president/CEO of her business consulting firm, entrepreneur/inventor with seven patents worldwide, preparing needs assessment studies, becoming familiar with the Canadian legal system as a Probation Officer and as a lead researcher for the S.O.A.C Justice Committee that brought about new sexual offender laws, environmental supporter, author, and chief advisor for Project Nature Connect. Kolbl-Holman received the Canadian Achievement Award for Small Business presented by Petro Canada in recognition of outstanding business practices and marketing in national and international scenarios. Currently, Kolbl-Holman is building a peace oriented, humanitarian focused project with the mission goal of creating global sustainability, that starts with the essence intersections of human life and moves to a gestalt that reaches out in all directionsfrom the ground level of every village and every city block.

Niranjan Ray, B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., Ph.D. (Engineering)
Dr. Ray received his B.S.E.E., M.S. E.E. and Ph.D. (Engineering) from Jadavpur University in India. He has taught at several universities including Jadavpur University, India, Engineering University, Bangladesh and International Institute of Management Science, India. He served as a Faculty Head of Computer Division of the Indian Institute of Material Management, Kolkata, India. He was an adjunct faculty of University of Redlands, California and Greenwich University, Norfolk Island. He served as a Principal Adviser, Software Design and Development of EDSA Micro Corporation., USA. As a corporate trainer he taught Managers, Engineers of Parsons Corporation, USA in Relational Database Management System (DBMS). He also provided training on courses of Computer and DBMS to Managers, Engineers of State Electricity Board, Kolkata, India, and Indian Administrative officers at Administrative training Institute, Kolkata, India. He is a Competent Toast Master (CTM) of Toast Master of International, USA. Dr. Ray was a senior member of IEEE, USA. He has a number of published papers to his credit. His primary interests are in teaching and research in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering, Management Information Systems, Computer Applications in Business Administration including Project Management, and Systems Analysis and Design.

Henry Zeidan, Ph.D.
Dr. Zeidan received his Ph.D in Biomedical Sciences Biochemistry at The University of Hawaii, School of Medicine in 1979. He did his postdoctoral training in Medicinal chemistry and Pharmacognosy at the Medical Center of The University of Illinois, School of Pharmacy. Dr. Zeidan then joined the University of Michigan, the clinical chemistry division at Cleveland State University, as an assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry. He then joined the biomedical faculty at Atlanta University Graduate School. He served as a major Professor for five graduate students. Two received a Ph.D in Biochemistry under his mentorship. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1988. In 1991, he moved to Life University, Basic Sciences Division and was promoted to Professor in 1996. He was known among his students as a talented professor with a chess game approach and was awarded a Ph.D? (putting him or her through) degree by numerous Professional students. Dr. Zeidan held positions as Visiting Professor in St. Matthew School of Medicine, University of Texas, Kuwait University, and Professor of Biomedical Sciences at St. Christopher's School of Medicine, Greenwich University, and Graduate School of Health Sciences. He served as a major Professor of two graduate students who obtained their Ph.D in Preventive Medicine and Human Physiology. He served as an Educational Mentor at Creighton University, School of Pharmacy, and Pharm D Program. He received recognitions as outstanding teacher, Smith Kline & French Laboratories faculty award for outstanding faculty and Fulbright Scholar. He acted as a consultant to Cairo University, National Research Center, Cairo and Kuwait University. Dr. Zeidan also acted as a clinical Laboratory Director to several Reference Laboratories. Henry is a Fellow of National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry, Diplomat of American Board of Bioanalysis, and a Fellow of the Association of Clinical Scientists. Dr. Zeidan has numerous publications. His major research focused on the application of Spin Labels in Biomedicine and Pharmacology, the molecular mechanisms of biogenic amines degradation and Sickle hemoglobin. Dr. Zeidan accepted a Position as Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Nevada College of Pharmacy in 2003. Henry enjoys spending his leisure time with his dedicated wife and lovely five children. He enjoys playing tennis, swimming, traveling, chess and hunting two birds with one stone.

Dr. Stacey Mallory, Ph.D.
Prof. Mallory's educational background began in computer programming. She continued to advance her skillset in network administration and technical support, but ultimately utilized her strong technical background and interests in website development. Prof.Mallory has volunteered her time to a diversity of causes supporting personal and global transformation and empowerment. Currently she assists with the degree program for Project NatureConnect. She dedicated twenty-five years as an advocate for domestic violence victims, earning her national and international recognition. Though her technical skills filled a niche and her volunteer work helped others, Prof. Mallory often found herself yearning to return home to nourish her soul. While exploring she discovered Project NatureConnect and completed a Masters in Applied Ecopsychology. As a fellow traveler in our current era of human evolution, she lives her life very simply, nestled in trees with wild nature. Prof. Mallory is finally home.

Medani Prasad Bhandari, PhD

Dr. Bhandari is interested in teaching and mentoring in the field Community and Economic Development; Environmental Studies; Sustainability Studies; Peace, Diplomacy and International relations. His main interest as a teacher and researcher centers on the intersection of local and global interests (trans-society/trans-border) capacities in addressing global political economy; green economy, natural resource management challenges, environmental sustainability, and the effects of climate change. He is also interested in risk analysis, public policies, and behaviors that contribute to the goal of catalyzing action across the global community, increase public awareness and change public attitudes on global climate change; natural resource governance issues, human rights abuse, sustainable development and environmental degradation. His goal is to utilize scientific and cultural knowledge, research skills, and extensive experiences to help address the challenges of global environmental change, the green economy, and sustainability. He is also interested as well in assessing the economic, social and environmental impacts on natural resources/ environmental sustainability. His ultimate objective is to cultivate and engage multidisciplinary knowledge-based networks to minimize the impact of climate change on marginalized societies and to reduce societal conflict over natural resources.

Dr. Owen Ngozi Owunwanne
Dr. Owen Owunwanne is a school teacher at Montgomery County Public Schools in the state of Maryland. He worked for Delta T Group, a Health Care Service Agency; Maxim Health Care Services as as a Therapeutic Behavioral Aide; a school registrar for Washington District of Columbia Public Schools. He served on grading and reporting development committee for Middle School students. He served on school curriculum for students youth services in Washington District of Columbia. He served as Co-Director as well as a Policy Advisor, UNICEF-United Nations Association, global Classroom, DC area for over 1,900 teachers and students. Dr. Owunwanne graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo with B.S. degree in Business Administration. He earned his MBA in 1982 at the University of Beverly Hills California, and earned his MA degree in psychology at Saybrook University in California. Dr. Owunwanne has a PhD degree in Applied Psychology, Health Psychology, Psychophsiology from Akamai University Hilo, Hawaii in 2011. Dr. Owunwanne has over 20 years of experience in business entrepreneurship.

Vijay P Gupta, MD, PhD
Dr. Gupta earned his M.B.B.S. from Agra University in India, his D.F.M. in Forensic Medicine from Bangalore University, India, and his Ph.D. in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology from Greenwich University. Subsequently he did his American Board in Forensic Medicine from American College of Forensic Examiners International, Springfield,U.S.A. He was honoured with a D.Sc. from Colombo for his contributions to Forensic Medicine and Medical Education. He had worked for The Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia for more than a decade as Director Emergency and Clinical Toxicology. He is member of many international and national academic bodies including the Executive Advisory Board of American College of Forensic Examiners International, Springfield, USA. He has 48 publications to his credit and most of them appeared in International Journals. He had supervised research work of 10 medical postgraduates leading to Ph.D. and Master's degrees. Presently, he is working as Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at HIHT University, Dehradun, India.

Traian D. Stanciulescu, PhD
Dr. Stanciulescu, born in 1951 (Potlogi, Romania), has an interdisciplinary academic formation: architecture & philosophy and history faculty (psychology and sociology included). He has worked as an architect, as a lyceum professor, and finally as a university professor at the University of Iai. As a scientific researcher at National Inventics Institute (1993-2008), he auto-didactically studied biophotonics and its emergent implications in the field of human health optimization, having many original contributions, theoretical and practical (inventions) also. He has didactic abilities in the field of teaching "know how"? disciplines, such as semiotics, hermeneutics, creatology, persuasion strategies, etc. which he synergetically applied in teaching and research activity. He is involved in many social-cultural events, being an efficient leader, permanently involved in public relationships by conferences, courses, etc. He has abilities in creative fields such as: poetry, music and painting, directly used for a personal "connection energy" preservation.

Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC, PhD
Dr. Rinas has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for several years, and continues to be a licensed counselor in private practice. Dr. Rinas has considerable experience in qualitative methods of research. Her Akamai University doctoral research used a blended method of qualitative inquiry to better understand complex relationships between people involved in selected activities, focusing on the psychological and ecological implications of different forms of communication. She pursues research interests in consciousness, social change, human-nature interconnections and psychological/ social interdependencies within diverse cultures and societies. Her interests have been fueled by work experiences in job coaching, human resource administration, case management, emergency mental health and crisis-management services and Juanita's personal journey from homelessness to higher education in Western society. She has worked with diverse client populations and belief systems. Dr. Rinas is an active advocate for cultural preservation, multicultural communication, environmental preservation, ecological sustainability, social justice and reform. She is proactive regarding the creation of positive, creative, and sustainable work and living environments, applied education, training, and research. She values indigenous rights, spiritual freedom, women's rights, and integral, life-long learning. Ms. Rinas has a published poem: Seamless Flowing. She writes for a local, independent newspaper and has a column, Beyond the Heard Mentality, which promotes self-care, connections with community, environment, mental health, social issues, and community services.

Nimal Kumar Sharma, Ph.D., MBA, LLB, MCOM, BCOM, PGDHRM, PGDMM, PGDFM.
Council Member

Prof. (Dr.) Nirmal Kumar Sharma is highly educated and has extensive qualifications in the Business stream. He has completed a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM), Master of Commerce (MCOM), Bachelor of Laws (LLB), Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Management with concentration business administration. In addition to above ultra-high qualifications Prof. (Dr.) Sharma has also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management (PGDHRM), Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management (PGDMM), Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management (PGDFM) and some professional development subjects. He completed all his qualifications from world's top-class universities with brilliant consistent meritorious academic records and achievements. He has a tech-savvy outlook with extensive long work experience. His experience level which he has obtained in different highly developed countries includes different academic institutions/universities, corporate houses, Fortune 500 MNC, banks, autonomous government bodies, courts, etc., Having a proven track record of successfully managing students, resources, and staff to improve educational services, thereby providing management and students with the best learning and teaching environment and opportunity to achieve their full potential. Possessing the required enthusiasm, vision, drive and adaptability necessary to manage a modern advance higher-level classroom environment. He is highly educated and experienced with multiple qualifications and specializations. His areas of expertise include Marketing Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management, Business Administration and Management, Banking, Law and related areas. He has a deep interest in music, science, and technology, politics, games, and fitness. Professor (Dr.) Sharma could be reached at

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