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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. May 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.

The Council is composed of eleven voting members and the most recent past Chair, when available. Members are selected from among faculty in good standing from the degree programs at Akamai University. 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 program. It investigates and recommends new and revised academic policies and procedures for consideration and approval by the University's Board of Directors. Thye Council follows at all times a consensus approach fo decisionmaking in its meetings and carries out its activities in compliance with the University's code 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. Sandra Kolbl-Holman, Council Chair
Dr. Marena Koukis, Vice Chair
Dr. James Wear, Council Secretary
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Member
Dr. Steven J. Cox, Member
Dr. Arif Hussain Shah, Member
Dr. Ben Lee, Member
Dr. Niranjan Ray, Member
Dr. Ruth Huffnman-Hine, Member
Dr. Harvey Menden, Member
Dr. Medani Prasad Bhandari, Member


Sandra Kolbl-Holman, MS, Ph.D.
Sustainability Studies

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 directions from the ground level of every village and every city block.

Marena Koukis, Ph.D.
Psychology, Counseling and IRB Chair

Dr. Koukis' main areas of interest are the neuropsychology of dreams, consciousness studies, and family therapy. Her current research focuses on dream content during pregnancy. Dr. Koukis is skilled in the use of the Hall and Van de Castle Scale of dream content analysis, and has contributed to numerous dream research projects. Her training as a marriage and family therapist has enabled her to work in a wide range of settings, from play therapy with preschoolers to group and individual therapy with adults suffering from severe mental illness and substance abuse. Dr. Koukis is the first person to be awarded Saybrook's Dream Studies Certificate. She was also recipient of the 2005-06 Saybrook President's Scholarship Rudy Melone Award for her academic accomplishments and personal research.

James O. Wear, Ph.D., CCE, CHSP, FASHE
Public Health Administration

James O. Wear holds a B.S. (l959), M.S. (l960), and Ph.D. (l961) from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville, AR). He was Managing Director, Little Rock Employee Education Resource Center (LREERC), Department of Veterans Affairs. With the Department of Veterans Affairs, he is responsible for training of engineering and safety personnel in their 172 hospitals, which includes about 10,000 employees. Dr. Wear was Professor, Biomedical Instrumentation Technology, College of Health Related Professions, and University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Little Rock, AR) from 1972-2000. He is active in the American College of Clinical Engineering, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation and the American Society of Healthcare Engineering. Dr. Wear is a Certified Clinical Engineer and a Certified Health Care Safety Professional. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Healthcare Engineering. He has served on the Certification Board of Examiners for Biomedical Engineering Technician, Clinical Engineers, and Health Care Safety Professionals. Dr. Wear is a founder and co-chairman of the Commission for the Advancement of Healthcare technology Management in Asia (CAHTMA). This organization will develop certification programs and workshops in healthcare technology management for countries in Asia. Dr. Wear has written over 150 publications in national journals in Chemistry, Clinical and Biomedical Engineering, and Hospital Safety, twenty chapters in books and co-authored Clinical Engineering Manual, Introduction to Clinical Engineering, Hospital Safety Manual, BMET Handbook, Hospital Safety Handbook, Hospital Equipment Preventive Maintenance Manual, Nursing Home Equipment Preventive Maintenance Manual, and Hospital Engineering Manual. Dr. Wear has made over 200 presentations at regional, national and international meetings in Chemistry, Clinical and Biomedical Engineering, and Hospital Safety. He has lectured in workshops and courses in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia, Australia, Thailand, Brazil, Nepal, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia. Many of these presentations have been for the World Health Organization with the American College of Clinical Engineering. Dr. Wear has taught a graduate course in Clinical Engineering Management at Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.
Applied Ecopsychology

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a Program Director of the Institute of Global Education where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University and the Akamai University Institute of Applied Ecopsychology whose program he initiated and has directed since 1990. In 1965, Dr. Cohen discovered that Planet Earth acted like a living organism and from this he founded sensory, Gaia based, degree granting Environmental and Expedition Education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University. He conceived the 1985 National Audubon International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," at the University of Massachusetts and established the sensory sciences of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology in 2008. He is the Editor of the "Journal of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology" and an award winning author of ten books dealing with Applied Ecopsychology including "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature" "The Web Of Life Imperative" and "Reconnecting With Nature." Dr. Cohen is also an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs accompanied by guitar, banjo and accordion for the U.S. National Park Service and Skagit Valley College Elder hostel on San Juan Island, Washington.

Steven J. Cox, M.P.A., M.B.A., M.P.M., Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dr. Cox holds degrees in Psychology (B.A.), Public Administration (M.P.A.), Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Project Management (M.P.M.). He is also holds certifications as a Counselor in the State of Washington, Hypnotherapy Instructor and Trainer�s Trainer, Medical/Dental Hypnotherapist, Forensic Hypnotist, Third Degree Reiki Master and Trainer, Neuro-linguistic Instructor and Trainer�s Trainer, Meta-Master Neuro-linguistic Practitioner, Holistic Healing Practitioner, Spiritual Healing Practitioner, Therapeutic Kinesiology, Metaphysical Practitioner, and Third Degree Kabalah Practitioner with Teacher Certification. In 2008, he completed his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through Akamai University and his Doctorate in Education through Universidad San Juan de la Cruz. For this Doctorate and Ph.D., he developed a learner-based approach toward education, in the form of a student manual, using a system he developed called Transformational Neuro-Linguistics. He is currently undertaking a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology through Saybrook University. His major emphasis continues to be Transformational Linguistics. His practice is based on the transformational aspects of language, belief systems, metaphors, motivational systems, and altered states of being � with an eye toward expanding consciousness, choice selection, and perception. Recently, he opened Paraversal Publishing ( in Washington State. He hopes to develop several divisions within the company including roleplaying gaming, fiction, non-fiction, and metaphysics.

Syed Arif-Hussain Shah, Ph.D.
Public Health Administration

Dr. Shah is currently working as "Consultant" and "Head" of the Central Instrumental, Drug Stability and Research Departments in the Central Laboratory of Drug and Food Analysis, Ministry of Health, in addition to the National Labs., Drug Sector, Saudi-FDA, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He worked in various reputed academic institutions including Gomal University (Pakistan), Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bonn University (Germany), King Saud University (Saudi Arabia), Ministry of Health (Saudi Arabia), The Open International University (Sri Lanka), Greenwich University (USA), Nottingham University (UK) and Saudi-FDA (Saudi Arabia), as lecturer, assistance professor, researcher/Associate professor, coordinator, drug analysis expert, consultant and professor. Dr. Shah has authored and co-authored over 166 research articles (with ISI, Impact factor: 162.796) in various international journals on topics of structural determination of new natural compounds, toxicity evaluation and assay methods for drug products. Based on his research work in 1998 he was awarded the D.Sc. degree. Dr. Shah received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the University of Peshawar in Peshawar, Pakistan and his MS and Ph.D. from the Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry, Bonn University, in Bonn, Germany.

Ben Lee, Ph.D.
Asian Business Programs

Dr. Lee is founder and President of EDS Business School, Malaysia, established in 2002. EDS is recognized as an award winning premier training and executive development organization, satisfying a rapidly growing demand for skills development training among business owners, professionals, engineers, and executives in the Asia-Pacific Region. Under his direction, EDS currently operates executive development seminars and networking activities in Malaysia, China, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and USA, and is best known for providing state-of-the-art training in management principles and practices through his unique executive development seminar program (EDS�). Dr. Lee has taken the initiative in forming training associations with universities and colleges in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and the USA and has provided leadership in establishment of an international open learning consortium in the Philippines, bringing schools together, expanding availability of educational opportunities, providing for capacity-building, and upgrading university and college teaching faculties toward earning higher academic qualifications. Dr. Lee is a leader and innovator in the emerging field of executive open learning. He has initiated successful gatherings of leaders from the corporate and business community, higher education, and NGO and public sectors at his popular EDS Residential CEO Program. This continuing education and regional networking activity is an on-going community service venture of EDS, initiate and sponsored by Dr. Lee. Dr. Ben Lee received the Doctor of Business Administration, Southern Luzon State University, Philippines 2010.

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.

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.

Harvey Menden, Ph.D., MBA

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.

Medani Prasad Bhandari, Ph.D.
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) and 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.

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Dr. Anthony Maranto, Board Vice President
Dr. James Ferrell, Board Secretary/Treasurer Architect Martial Assi, Director
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