2019 ACADEMIC COUNCIL
Academic Council Bylaws
2019 Academic Council Membership and Leadership
2019 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.
2019 ACADEMIC COUNCIL MEMBERSHIP AND LEADERHSIP
Dr. Harvey Menden, Past Vice Chair
Dr. Tricia Devin
Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman
Dr. Ruth Huffnman-Hine
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
2017 ACADEMIC COUNCIL BIOGRAPHIES
Harvey Menden, Ph.D., MBA
Past 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.
Tricia W. Devin, Ed.D.
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.
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.
Ruth Huffman-Hine, PhD
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.
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. Stacey Mallory, 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.
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.
To Be Selected
Non-Voting Ex-Official Members
Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Board President
Dr. Anthony Maranto, Board Vice President