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Senior Vice President
Vice President for University Development
Vice President for Research and Publications
Board Secretary and Treasurer
Chair of Academic Council
Director at Large
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Dr. Douglass Capogrossi
President and CEO

Dr. Capogrossi has established and administered a variety of formal and non-formal education programs including distance learning colleges, trade apprenticeships, correctional education programs, work experience projects, on-the-job training ventures within industry and the human services, cross-border university affiliations, distance learning training programs for industry, and adult job training through center-based programs. He holds permanent teaching credentials in the United States in commerce and social studies and lifetime certification as a counseling teacher for the emotionally disturbed. Dr. Capogrossi has ten years experience developing and delivering successful correctional education programs for adult inmates in Hawaii prison facilities with emphasis in parenting, cognitive development, transition to work and community, and adult basic education skills. Dr. Capogrossi is an experienced community service administrator, where his expertise rests primarily with creation of NGO corporate structures, program funding, excellence of Board operation, and implementation of a wide spectrum of government and nonprofit training programs and emergency services projects. Dr. Capogrossi has held top management positions in industry, serving as General Manager of Micrographic Systems, a medical camera-manufacturing firm in Silicon Valley California for a brief period in the early 1980s and he owned and operated America Builders, a successful licensed general contracting firm. Dr. Capogrossi has extensive community service experience on NGO boards and is highly experienced with founding activities for new nonprofit ventures, especially with antipoverty programs. He has served as a member of the Board of an international quality assurance agency in higher education. Dr. Capogrossi earned his Bachelors in Business Administration, his Master's in Curriculum and Instruction, and his Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Cornell University, USA, where he completed an extensive dissertation investigating the effectiveness of the American education system. Among his more recent published scholarly papers, The Assurance of Academic Excellence among Nontraditional Universities was published in the Journal of Higher Education in Europe. Dr. Capogrossi has dedicated his career in service to humanity, through his efforts to improve the human condition.

Dr. Anthony Maranto
Senior Vice President

Dr. Maranto currently serves as a senior environmental consultant and program manager for numerous clients at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he supports a wide range of projects across the National Geodetic Survey, the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, among others. Prior to his work with NOAA, Dr. Maranto provided scientific and program support to numerous organizations across the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. In his twelve years of consulting for DoD, he oversaw research, management, and policy projects related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defense; environmental compliance and health; natural and cultural resource management; land use management; and pollution prevention technologies. Dr. Maranto received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; his MA in Environmental Science from Goddard College; and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Union Institute. As a researcher and educator, Dr. Maranto has a wide range of experiences and interests. He was formerly the Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Radioecology Laboratory. Additionally, he has held posts in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in the Department of Biology at Essex Community College in Baltimore. He currently serves as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee at Morgan State University and sits on the board of directors for two non-profit organizations; Kupenda for the Children (a charity that supports physically and mentally handicapped children in the developing work) and LEEK Mountain Preserve (an organization which provides conservation support and outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded US service members). Dr. Maranto is the founder and Chief Editor of the Pacific Journal of Science and Technology, presently in its twelfth year of publication. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications and presentations on numerous topics including carcinogenic risk assessment, environmental management, radioecology, health physics, data quality control, and neurological receptor modeling.

Dr. Niranjan Ray, B.S.E.E. (Hons.), M.S.E.E., Ph.D. (Engineering)
Vice President for Universiy Development

Dr. Ray is a Program Director of Corporate Training (Six Sigma), and Deputy Program Director for the Akamai University Business Administration Program. He is President of Roswell 83, LLC (3 star hotel, Motel 6), and serves on the Board of Directors of 101 Crescent, Inc. (3 star hotel, Quality Inn & Suites). Dr. Ray received his B.S.E.E (Hons)., 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. Dr. Ray joined the Akamai University faculty during 2002 and as such has been considered a founding member of the AU academic team.

Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman
Vice President for Research and Publications

Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman is Program Director for the Integrated Sustainability Studies program at Akamai University (USA) and founder of the Ancient Intuitive Recovery Konsortsium (A.I.R.-K'). Kolbl-Holman is researching a pioneering earth/neuro-intention/body sustainability process that renews healing and connections with our ancient life's purpose. She brings to any setting 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 as a youngster at age 2 years and were nurtured in Europe. Her passion for Art continues through the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California. Her graduate scholarly training followed a path through Carleton University, the University of Lethbridge, and with Akamai University. She has been conferred her doctorate degree with high honors. 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. She also had the honor of working towards norming a new intelligence measure for Dr. Robert Sternberg during his tenure at Yale University. 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, former chief advisor for Project Nature Connect and a SIP Mentor. 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 two-fold peace oriented, humanitarian focused project with the mission goal of creating global sustainability through life's purpose, 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.

Dr. Eileen Cheng, DPharm
Board Secretary and Treasurer an Corporate Liaison

Dr. Cheng completed the Pharm.D. in 2002 at University of California, San Francisco. She served with Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and as an Intern Counselor & Pharmacy Intern. with American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr Cheng has a valuable history of professional achievements, including serving as President at Akamai Educational Services, LLC, Hilo, Hawaii (2003 – Present) and President of Big Island Naturals, LLC & Hamakua Naturals, LLC (2016 – Present). She served as a Professional Translator at (2015 – Present) in English and Chinese. Dr. Cheng was President and Pharmacist In Charge with Hamakua Family Pharmacy, Inc, Honoka`a, Hawaii (2004 – 2016)

Dr. Melinda Connor, D.D., Ph.D., AMP
Chair of Academic Council

Dr. Melinda H. Connor is trained as a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over twenty different styles of energy healing. Dr. Connor was the recipient of a 3 year NIH T32 post doctoral fellowship in complimentary medicine research at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell where she was the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, directed by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz. Currently a member of the teaching staff for several universities, Dr. Connor is the CEO for the National Foundation for Energy Healing and has a private research and healing practice in Arizona. She is the author of four books: Professional Practice for the Energy Healing Practitioner, Advanced Body Reading, See Auras! and Ten Daily Needs Toward a Healthier, Happier Life.

Prof. Dorcas Brem, MS
Director at Large

Prof. Brem earned her Bachelor of Science in Agri-Business (1995) at University of Hawaii at Hilo and the Master of Science in Professional Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialty, in 2001 from American School of Professional Psychology/Hawaii, Argosy University. She holds a licencse as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor from the State of New Mexico (#0109611) and Mental Health Counselor in the State of Hawaii (#156). She has practiced for fifteen years as an individual and family therapist, a military and family life therapist, an intensive case manager, a substance abuse therapist, psychologist, behavioral therapist and a clinical therapist. Assitionally, Prof. Brem operates a successful Tax Consulting business.

Dr. Harvey Menden, Ph.D., D.Min., MBA, BS
Director at Large

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.


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