The key people at Education Strategy are unique in that they are individuals from higher education - working to advance higher education. It is this blend of deep education knowledge with that of business acumen that sets Education Strategy apart from other solution providers. Both of our executive leaders continue to teach at least one course to maintain faculty rank and gauge the ongoing pulse of higher education.
Nathan J. Greeno, Ph.D.
President & CEO
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Nathan is a Higher Education Thought Leader specifically targeting the blending of strategic business acumen with educational mission. He is an adult learning expert, educational consultant, speaker, and award-winning author. He has been quoted by leading news firms such as MSNBC, MSN, Encarta and AOL, as well as major publications including Education Executive, Chief Learning Officer Magazine, HR Trade Journals, and The American Society for Training and Development.
Since 1988 Nathan has served over 100 different colleges and universities across the US and abroad - aiding them with strategic adult enrollment services and cutting-edge adult centric curriculum. His work also spans leading learning organizations such as Mobil Oil, Pfizer, New Jersey Natural Gas, Delta Air Lines, FDNY and The Wackenhut Corporation. His board service includes multiple years and chairmanship of non-traditional credit organizations such as The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Services. As an author, his book, Corporate Learning Strategies (2006), received the accolade of being named The American Society of Training and Development's Spotlight Book of the Year.
Prior to Education Strategy, Nathan worked as an independent consultant under the trade name of Drawing Board Consulting Group and served as the founding president of Synergistics, Inc., both in the educational services sector. He also served as Vice President at Advance Consulting Network and Center Director for the Metro Toledo campus of Spring Arbor University. Nathan still teaches adult learners in an online format and remains current as a practitioner within his trade.
His educational credentials include a bachelors degree in Psychology from Roberts Wesleyan College; a master's degree in Educational Administration from Michigan State University; extensive post graduate work totaling over 40 doctoral credits in Social Psychology and Organizational Development at Bowling Green State University; and a doctoral degree (honoris causa) in Commercial Science from John Dewey University, awarded to him for his significant advancement of the business learning field.
Teresa Shafer, Ph.D.
Sr. Vice President
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Teresa demonstrates her passion for serving adult students as a full-time faculty member and administrator at Tiffin University (TU) as well serving on the senior management team at Education Strategy. She brings over twenty years of higher education experience having held numerous positions in both large state universities as well as small private colleges. Having served in both administrative and faculty positions, Teresa brings a unique perspective when working with higher education clients.
Having spent much of her education career founding and building programs or branch campuses, she understands the importance of efficient internal systems and solid external support in order to meet strategic goals. Teresa currently serves as Associate Dean of International Business Programs at TU after a six year stint as Dean of Assessment and Accreditation and another six year role as Dean of Arts and Sciences. Teresa served as an adjunct faculty member at a number of colleges and universities before joining TU, where she currently holds the rank of Professor of Management. She has published and presented research both nationally and internationally and is a sought after speaker and consultant.
Teresa serves as an assessment specialist and peer evaluator with the North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Her specialty is student learning and faculty development programs. Teresa became involved with Education Strategy in 1996 as TU's first Director of Accelerated Degree Programs where she led the successful start-up operation for the university, now one of the school's premiere programs.
In addition to her educational industry experience, Teresa brings over fifteen years of corporate sales and marketing experience from both the profit and non-profit sectors as well a professional certification within the insurance field.
Her academic credentials include an associate's and bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University, and a master's and doctorate degree from Bowling Green State University in the areas of Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior. Teresa continued her education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education earning a certificate in Educational Leadership and Management.
Deborah A. Kowalik, M.O.D.
Business Development & Operations
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Deborah is a recognized specialist in organization growth and human capital management for accelerating the attainment of business operation's goals and objectives. Her career has included extensive work in analyzing processes and measurements resulting in reduced cycle time, costs, and improved quality.
Prior to joining Education Strategy, Deborah was a member of the Global Executive Leadership Team of Mobil Chemical Products Division and managed the implementation and transition of the Exxon Mobil merger. She also held a number of leadership positions with Whirlpool Corporation including product manager in the Education and Training Center. In addition, Deborah served eight years in the U.S. Navy that included time during the Iran Hostage Crisis. She was instrumental in the operations for returning dependents and service personnel during that time.
Deborah holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Distributive Education with a Secondary Teaching Certificate and Vocational Certification from Western Michigan University. She also holds a Master's of Organizational Development from Bowling Green State University.
Linda Lane Sheridan, M.A.
Curriculum & Support Services
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Linda has over twenty years of higher education experience with her career devoted to serving the adult learner at both the community college and university level. During her tenure as chief academic advisor, assistant and later interim director of an extended higher education campus, Linda assisted in the development and implementation of a new degree completion program dedicated to the adult learner. She advised students in over 50 programs and guided them from admission through graduation. Linda has extensive understanding of the experiential learning model and was instrumental in obtaining academic credit for nontraditional learners through military, CLEP, DANTES and ACE evaluated professional development.
She has broad experience in distance education, including management, scheduling and implementation of programs through online, virtual, videostreaming, and hybrid instruction. Linda was responsible for the creation and management of web content at the community college and university level.
Linda developed collaborative relationships with faculty, staff and community leaders and served on several education and workforce development committees in the Northern Virginia region. She also served as a clinical instructor for Old Dominion University's Human Services program.
Linda received a BA in Economics and Political Science from Mary Washington College and a MA in Counseling from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Ananda J. Jones, M.S.
Marketing & Partnership Development
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Ananda is a professionally established client relations specialist having been employed by a large global pharmaceutical company as a sales representative with the responsibility of managing over 160 accounts. Prior to her employment in the pharmaceutical industry, Ananda managed domestic and international customer accounts and relationships for one of the world's largest aerospace corporations. Most recently, Ananda was recruited by Connecticut's only public online adult college to develop and maintain a contact database of potential students and corresponded with inquiries using both technology-based and telephonic communications while providing detailed analytical progress reports to senior staff.
Ananda earned her master's degree in Management with a concentration in Marketing from Rensselaer at Hartford and her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut.
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Dave is passionate about the integration of technology and learning. He has a record of driving business success for publishers in both higher education and training & development markets for over 20 years prior to joining Education Strategy. He served as Divisional Director for the Emotional Intelligence Assessments Division at MHS, an international publisher of psychometric assessments. He also served as a Learning Resources Consultant at 4D Training Resources where he assisted a wide variety of for-profit and public organizations in meeting their learning & development goals and online assessment needs. From 1990 to 2004 he worked in a variety of sales and marketing roles for McGraw-Hill Ryerson and John Wiley & Sons.
David has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in English from the University of Guelph.
Harry E. White, M.S.
Harry's career in higher education management spans thirty-two years of employment at both public and private institutions in multiple states. His most recent employment of twelve years was with the only public distance learning college within the Connecticut System of Higher Education where he served as an executive leader in charge of driving new enrollment to online courses for the college.
Currently, the college offers over 230 online courses delivered in 5, 8 and 15 week terms including those developed by Education Strategy. The growth and recognition of academic excellence associated with the college's online courses continues to have significant positive revenue impact for the college.
During his tenure as Dean for Development, Marketing & Enrollment Services, he played a key role in the college's strategic planning, conceived, developed and managed the implementation of the college's Title IV participation with the federal government, established and maintained collaborative relationships with organizations such as the Aetna and the U.S. Military, and was influential in shaping the college's blueprint for the future.
Harry possesses broad and deep higher education management skills with outcomes targeted to the return or growth of institutional financial health, maintains a proactive leadership style and has a profound appreciation for the adult learning model.
His educational credentials include a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Oneonta and a master's degree in Counseling from Long Island University.
Christopher Johnson, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Johnson has extensive background in the higher educational setting. He has a total of 17 years of higher education experience with over half of those years serving as an instructional leader.
Dr. Johnson currently serves as a faculty member with Central Pennsylvania College- Online Division (Summerdale, PA) and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies with Endicott College (Beverly, MA). He primarily instructs leadership and management courses, but favors his love of general education courses.
Dr. Johnson's other professional activities have been as an independent reviewer with ACICS- national accrediting organization and as an exam reviewer with the College Board's Educational Testing Service. He is active in the local community as a volunteer with the juvenile courts, the elementary school district and as a flag-football coach.
Dr. Johnson received his BS in both History and Political Science from Western Carolina University and has a Master's degree in Education from Temple University. His doctorate degree is from Capella University in Education with a concentration on Higher Education Leadership.