About the School of Professional And Career Education
Dr. Peter Brewer
Assistant Professor and Associate Dean of Distance Education
Peter Brewer was born and raised in Virginia, USA, and earned his Doctoral of Musical Arts degree from University of Miami in 2009. His DMA concluded with the publishing of his essay The Creative Process of Ira Sullivan, which was a phenomological study of the jazz improvisations of Miami area jazz legend Ira Sullivan. Dr. Brewer currently serves as Director of Instructional and Faculty Coordination and Assistant Professor of Music for PACE, where he teaches History of Jazz, History of Rock, Music Appreciation, Survey of Romantic and 20th Century Music, and designed and teaches Music and the mind, a new 400-level course on the psychology of music. In addition, he maintains an active performance schedule in Miami and worldwide as a saxophonist and clinician in applied saxophone and jazz theory / improvisation.
Dr. Barry Brock
Assistant Professor, Health Services Administration
Dr. Barry J. Brock is an Academic Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Health Services Administration, and an Assistant Academic Coordinator of Professional Administration for Barry University’s School of Professional And Career Education. Dr. Brock has been with Barry University since 1993, where he developed the undergraduate Health Services Administration program, and assisted in the development of both the professional administration undergraduate and graduate programs. He had also held teaching appointments with the University of Central Florida, Nova Southeastern University, and Seminole Community College.
In addition to his duties with Barry University, Dr. Brock is also affiliated with the American Council
on Education, the American Academy of Medical Administrators, the American College of Contingency
Planners, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is also currently a Medical Service
Corps officer with the US Navy Reserve, serving as the Medical Intelligence and Health Planning Officer
with the US Joint Forces Command. He has been selected for Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare
and was recently awarded the Navy Commendation Award and the Joint Services Commendation Award.
In addition to his scholastic work, Dr. Brock has over twenty years of experience in health services administration with major organizations such as HCA, Orlando Regional Health System, and DCH Health System. He has a Doctor of Education and Master of Public Administration, both with health systems specializations, and has completed the Center for Health Studies Executive Management Program.
Dr. Alvaro Carreras
Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator Administration
Dr. Álvaro Carreras, Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator for Administration earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. While his doctoral concentration was in Management, his dissertation was in the field of Finance. He is a graduate of the University of Miami where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration. Before becoming a full-time faculty at Barry University in 2013, Dr. Carreras was an Adjunct Professor for sixteen years. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate level, including courses in Management, Finance, and Engineering.
Dr. Carreras has over thirty years of business experience, having worked in both the profit and nonprofit corporate sectors. He has held supervisory positions in finance, accounting, engineering, and customer service. Dr. Carreras has also been part owner of several companies including his own management consulting firm.
Dr. Khaled Deeb
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Information Technology
Dr. Khaled Deeb is a full-time faculty member in the School of Professional And Career Education (PACE) at Barry University. Dr. Deeb is an associate Professor and the Program Director of Information Technology. Dr. Deeb is actively involved in research activities that integrate technologies with human performance and corporate development while bringing to the classroom some of the most innovative technologies to empower students with both the technical knowledge and entrepreneurial skills necessary to excel in today's competitive environment. Dr. Deeb was awarded a full scholarship from NASA to pursue his PhD during which he focused his research and publications on data mining, artificial intelligence, and semantic knowledge. He has collaborated with researchers and physicians from various universities and government entities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, www.cdc.gov), on various grant and research projects. His current research include biotechnologies, biostatistics, health informatics, artificial intelligence, and data mining.
Dr. Timothy DePalma
Assistant Professor of Emergency Management
Dr. De Palma worked as an Emergency Manager for six years (2008-14), and developed, facilitated and participated in several emergency exercises. At the federal level, he served as a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security -- Science & Technology Directorate, awarding grant funding to academic programs in the U.S. Locally, he collaborated with a team of instructors to teach ICS 300 & 400 to 450 Officers at Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and separately, collaborated with a team to develop Miami-Dade County's Threat & Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) in 2014-15.
Dr. De Palma began teaching emergency management courses at Barry University as an adjunct professor in 2014, and soon afterward he accepted a full-time Assistant Professor position in the School of Professional and Career Education’s (PACE) Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management Program (BSEM). During the past 25 years he served as Assistant Dean for Student Development supervising several units, and as Director of Career Services.
The US Department of Education responded to the Virginia Tech massacre by awarding Emergency Management in Higher Education grants for the first time in 2008. Dr. De Palma partnered with 2 other full-accredited universities in S. Florida and was awarded the largest grant in the nation ($582K) for which he served as the federal project director. The grant allowed the consortium of institutions, which included Barry University, to conduct vulnerability assessments, develop Comprehensive Emergency Management Plans, conduct training and exercises to test their plans, and develop significant partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies, the private-sector, and non-profits.
Peers elected Dr. De Palma to serve as the Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF) Chair of the Campus Security Work Group (Region VII – S. Florida), for which he served for two years. While Chair, he facilitated the procurement of state homeland security grant funding for K-20 schools. Separately, in 2013, he participated in the State of Florida's Domestic Security Strategic Plan Review, and served as the Statewide Funding Chair for the RDSTF Campus Security Work Group, which secured Homeland Security grant funding for K-20 schools in the state of Florida.
Dr. Sean Erwin
Assistant Professor of Theology and Philosophy
Dr. Patricia Feito
Associate Professor of English and Humanities
Patricia M. Feito is Associate Professor of English and Academic Coordinator of English for the School of Professional And Career Education. She earned her Ph.D. in English at the University of California, Irvine where she specialized in literary modernism, the novel, critical theory and composition theory. She earned her M. A. in English and English Language at the University of Michigan, and her B.A. in English at Florida International University. Dr. Feito joined the faculty at Barry University in 1995 and has served as the Academic Coordinator for English at the School of Professional And Career Education since 1998. Her interests lie in the areas of modern and contemporary fiction and poetry, the psychology of reading and creativity, theories of adult learning, and the intersection of all of these areas with the natural world we inhabit. A teacher foremost, Dr. Feito’s teaching philosophy may be summarized as one that seeks to wed the richly lived experiences of reading and writing with the analytical skills inherent in academic thinking in order to promote personal and intellectual integration in the development of adult learners.
Dr. Celeste Fraser Delgado
Professor of English and Humanities
Celeste Fraser Delgado is associate professor of English, academic coordinator of arts and humanities statewide, and academic coordinator of English in central and north Florida. An award-winning arts critic and editor, she is currently a contributor to the Knight Arts Blog (www.knightarts.org), and formerly music editor and Latin music critic for the Miami New Times. She is co-editor of Everynight Life: Culture and Dance in Latin/o America (Duke University Press, 1997) and is currently conducting research on Caribbean Carnival traditions in the United States. Fraser Delgado directs Carnival Arts, a collaborative service project with Florida youth crisis shelters through which PACE students join local artists in teaching drumming, dancing, and maskmaking to youth in crisis. She also directs the Citizen Critics project, where Barry students and their peers at other South Florida universities write and post reviews of local arts events at neverwatchalone.ning.com. She is also a board member of the Human Services Coalition, working to deepen the partnership between Barry University and local human service efforts.
BSEM Academic Coordinator and Instructor
Daniel Hahn is the Plans Section Chief for the Santa Rosa County Florida, Division of Emergency Management, the Citizen Corps coordinator, and the coordinator of SAFER Santa Rosa, the county COAD (Community Organizations Active in Disasters). Daniel spent 22 years in the United States Army prior to starting his career in emergency management in 2006. Daniel was named the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) 2009 Emergency Management Professional of the year. Daniel is also a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) through International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Daniel earned his master’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management with American Military University, graduating with honors, and an MBA specializing in homeland security policy and leadership through Northcentral University. Daniel is a member of the Editorial work group for IAEM, and is on the editorial advisory board for Continuity Insights magazine, as well as an editorial board member for the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning. Daniel serves on several boards, including Healthy Start and Bridges out of Poverty. .
Dr. Carole Huberman
Assistant Dean PACE
Dr. Carole Huberman received her doctoral degree from the Union Institute and University in Public Policy and Feminist Scholarship. Prior doctoral work was also performed at Penn State in Public Affairs in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to the academic work performed at both Union Institute and Penn State, Dr. Huberman holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Pennsylvania, Fels School of Government. Her research agenda includes both public sector and private sector topics given that Dr. Huberman holds a Masters Degree in Accounting-Tax Law from Temple University. At Temple, she performed undergraduate work in Business Administration. Dr. Huberman is a licensed Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiner and a Certified Forensic Accountant. In 2010, Dr. Huberman won the Bright Lite award from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government for her work in Government Innovation and Change Management during a time of fiscal austerity.
In addition to her administrative duties, Dr. Huberman holds faculty rank as an assistant professor and teaches in both the Masters of Public Administration and Administration curriculums at ACE.
Prior to joining Barry University, Dr. Huberman was the Chief Audit Executive for the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury.
Dr. Andrea Keener
Dean and Professor of Behavioral Science
Born and raised in Germany, Dr. Andrea Keener attended the Universitaet Heidelberg before moving to the United States and subsequently earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Keener received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Florida International University and is a licensed therapist and qualified supervisor in the State of Florida specializing in anxiety and mood disorders. Dr. Keener is currently Professor of Behavioral Sciences. Further, she serves as Dean for the School of Professional and Career Education at Barry University.
Dr. Keener’s research interests focus mainly on childhood anxiety disorders and children’s reactions to trauma. She has worked with mental health professionals and first responders in New Orleans in an effort to address anxiety and post traumatic stress in children after Hurricane Katrina. She has served as consultant to the Terrorism and Disaster Center of the University of Oklahoma’s Health Sciences Center, as well as the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Dr. Keener further serves as a consultant to the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine Disaster and Extreme Event Preparedness Center (DEEP Center) and as such has been engaged in extensive training and development of preparedness and early response programs for disasters and acts of mass violence. She has published in the area of disaster preparedness and response and frequently delivers key note addresses and presentations nationally as well as internationally.
Dr. Pamela Luckett
Assistant Professor of Information Technology
Pamela G. Luckett is Assistant Professor of Information Technology for the School of Professional and Career Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Science Education specializing in Computer Science Education at Florida Institute of Technology. She earned her M.S. in Computer Science at Western Michigan University specializing in relational database and artificial intelligence and her B.S. in Computer Science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Luckett joined the faculty at Barry University in 2000. She has served as Assistant Academic Coordinator for Information Technology, Regional Dean of Administration, and the Associate Dean of Operations and Enrollment Management.
Dr. Luckett is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) with diverse experience in both public and private sectors including assessment of information systems, strategic planning, and project/ program management.
Dr. Luckett is a member of the Project Management Institute. Her research interests include prior learning assessment, project management, workplace and community partnerships, and the integration of emerging technologies.
Dr. Marilyn Marousek
Assistant Professor of Human Resources
Dr. Marilyn Marousek received her PhD in Education & Leadership with a Specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University in May, 2007. Her dissertation was entitled: A Study of Leadership & Culture. She earned a MS in Human Resource Management in 1986 and a BA in Sociology in 1981 from La Roche College, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Marousek also attended Appalachian State University in Boone, NC for undergraduate coursework.
Dr. Marousek serves as Assistant Professor, Academic Coordinator, Human Resource Management and Financial Planning for the School of Professional And Career Education at Barry University. She teaches undergraduate and graduate human resource, marketing, and business classes at various university locations. Since 2006 Dr. Marousek has been the Project Coordinator of two grants from Miami-Dade County to provide training for social service workers who work with elders and special needs clients. Dr. Marousek also serves on Barry University’s Community Learning Project where she works with Miami Shores principals and teachers on professional development projects.
Prior to transitioning to faculty Dr. Marousek was Associate Dean, Regional Administration for North Florida and Director of Continuing Education; Associate Dean for Continuing Education and Director of University Off Campus Site Coordination; Regional Director of Partnerships; Assistant Director for St. Petersburg and Avon Park, and Academic Advisor/Recruiter. Prior to Barry University, Dr. Marousek was the Assistant to the President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees at La Roche College in Pittsburgh, PA from 1986 to 1997. She served in various capacities at La Roche including Assistant Registrar.
Dr. Marousek is a member of the Society of Human Resource Management. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, Nu Psi Chapter of Barry University. Dr. Jenkins has presented papers at the International Academy of Human Resource Development in Lille, France, and domestically at the International Academy of Business and Public Administration, the Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Dr. Jalane Meloun
Professor of Administration
Dr. Jalane Meloun currently teaches full-time for Barry University in the HR, business, public administration, psychology, IT, and research methods disciplines. She is the past Academic Coordinator for the Administration Department and finds time to serve as the HR Subject Matter Expert on the Hollywood, FL, city’s Civil Services Board, where she has served as the chair and vice-chair.
Dr. Meloun received her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Akron’s top four nationally ranked program. Currently, she finds time to work with older adults, a favorite population of hers to educate.
Dr. Meloun’s students have repeatedly nominated her for Applause Awards for teaching at Kent State University, and Apple Awards for her classroom performance at Barry University. Nationally, she has earned attention for her research on computer anxiety by winning the prestigious IPMAAC-Human Resources Paper Award in 2005, amongst three other Best Paper Awards.
Currently, she hold both the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and Global Professional in Human Resources (GPHR) credentials and is the 15th person in Florida to earn both designations. Dr. Meloun has continued to earn top credentials in her field of both the Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) and Project Management Professional (PMP). She also was a first place winner of the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI) Strategic Management Best Practices Essay Contest. At Barry University, she serves as the SHRM advisor and directed her chapter to not only earned the Superior Merit Award, but also the Outstanding Chapter Award from the over 400+ active college chapters. For Barry University, Dr. Meloun teaches both the SPHR/PHR review course as well as the Essentials of Human Resources course.
Dr. Meloun has presided and served on numerous boards of directors, including Human Resource Association of Broward County (HRABC), Greater Miami Society for Human Resource Management's (GMSHRM) Global Forum, and Sheridan Hills Elementary (SHE) PTO, as well as served as the parent representative on the SHE School Advisory Council (SAC).
Dr. Richard Orman
Professor of Public Administration
Dr. Richard Orman is Professor of Public Administration at Barry University. He created the curriculum for both the Bachelor of Public Administration Degree and the Master of Public Administration for Barry. Prior to joining Barry University, Dr. Orman was on the faculty of the School of Public Administration at Florida Atlantic University and served as its initial director. Dr. Orman holds a Master of Regional Planning from Syracuse University and a PhD in Metropolitan Studies from the Maxwell School of Citizenship at the same institution. Currently, he is a member of the Retention and Dismissal Committee and the Grade Appeals Committee of the university. Dr. Orman is providing guidance to the school toward accreditation of the Master of Public Administration by the National Association of Schools of Public Policy and Administration.
In addition to his service through education, Richard has been an active participant as a professional. He is a former City Manager and City Planner. As a planning consultant, he has authored more than 40 comprehensive plans and land development regulations. He was recently nominated by the Florida Chapter of American Planning Association to be a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners. For seventeen years, he was an elected board member for the Northern Palm Beach County Improvement District. From 1980 to 1988, he served on the Board of Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council appointed by Governor Graham. He worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in both Russia and Bulgaria, training local government officials in those newly emerging democracies. Dr. Orman has published numerous professional papers and articles and is currently researching online teaching for the Master of Public Administration.
Dr. Michael Provitera
Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior
Dr. Michael J. Provitera is an associate professor of organizational behavior at Barry University, Miami, Florida USA. He received a B.S. with a major in marketing and a minor in economics at the City University of New York in 1985. In 1989, while concurrently working on Wall Street as a junior executive, Dr. Provitera earned his M.B.A. in finance from St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He obtained his D.B.A. (Doctorate of Business Administration) in management from Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2000. His dissertation chair was Dr. Joseph Hair, originally from Louisiana State University and now at Kennesaw University---Dr. Hair is a premier marketing expert with published textbooks in marketing and statistics.
After leaving Wall Street as an executive, Dr. Provitera joined Saint Peter’s College in Jersey City, New Jersey, as an Assistant Professor of Management on a six year tenure track, in September 2000. In January, 2004, he accepted an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior position at Barry University. In this capacity, Dr. Provitera teaches management at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to Dr. Provitera’s academic credentials, he offers fifteen years of Wall Street corporate experience at various investment banks. In his last position at Mizuho Financial Group, he was an Assistant Vice President of Fixed Income Operations where he managed fourteen people.
Dr. Provitera’s current research pertains to management, management education, leadership, and positive organizational behavior. In addition, he frequently speaks on the topic of self-motivation and self-leadership. He has over 25 peer-reviewed publications and several magazine articles written for the popular press. In October 2002, he published a lead-article in The Journal of Applied Management and Entrepreneurship for that issue. His recent publication on Teaching with Norma Rae is published in the Journal of Management Education. In addition, Dr. Provitera published a book titled “Mastering Self-Motivation: Preparing Yourself for Personal Excellence.”
Dr. Sandra L. Roberts
Associate Professor of Administration
International Business, Leadership, Cultural Work –Related Values, Self-Efficacy
Dr. Sandra L. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Administration. She received her Ph.D. in Leadership and her M.A. in Humanities from Barry University and teaches courses in such areas as ethics, leadership, marketing, and diversity. She brings over 18 years of experience at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in teaching, program development and distance education. Dr. Roberts spent her formative years in Peru and attended the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at the American School of Lima, Peru.
Dr. Roberts was a senior international advertising executive and Latin American photo-journalist for many years developing and implementing integrated multi-lingual marketing, advertising and public relations initiatives, including off-shore campaigns and special events for clients throughout Latin America, Europe and the US. A recipient of numerous awards for national and international journalism and Spanish language creative marketing campaigns she is also the author of Hispanic Market Opportunities. Dr. Roberts’s research interests focus on International Business, Leadership, Cultural Work-Related Values, and Self-Efficacy.
Dr. Roberts serves as a consultant to Rotary International’s Polio Initiative; board member of Alfalit International; founding member of Women in International Trade; and Past-President of the Miami Shores Rotary Club and former Co-Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce - Leadership Americas Committee. She also serves as an Advocacy and Public Policy Leader for the American Cancer Society and has led groups to both Tallahassee, FL and Washington, DC speaking on behalf of the Cancer Action Network. Dr. Roberts further serves as a program reviewer for the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service.
Dr. David Romano
Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences
Dr. John A. Rushing Sr.
Assistant Professor for Administration
John A. Rushing, Sr., DBA, SPHR, GPHR is an Assistant Professor for Administration in the School of Professional And Career Education at Barry University. He previously served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Regional Director for North Florida. His bachelor's degree is from the University of Miami, Master's Degree in International Business is from Nova University and his Doctor of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He teaches in the Master's of Administration program and in the undergraduate administration program. His research interests are international human resource management, professional ethics, academic professional development and education research.
Dr. Rushing is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management and a Global Professional in Human Resource Management. He has served on the board of the Big Bend Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management. He is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) as served on the board of the Tallahassee branch of ASTD. He is a member of the Academy of International Business and has served as the Historian and the Secretary of the Academy of International Business SE USA Chapter. He is a fellow of the SE USA Chapter of the Academy of International Business. Dr. Rushing served on the PACE faculty committee for adjunct faculty professional development and serves on the Distance Education Committee. He served as a Faculty Senator, and served on the Ethics Committee and now serves on the Course Exchange Committee. In the community he served as Vice President of the Reston Homeowners Association. Dr. Rushing is the author of two children’s books and one novel and is a member of the Tallahassee Writers Association.
Prior to moving to Tallahassee he served on the Board of Broward County ASTD and the Board of the Barry University Chapter of PDK and was a member of the American Education Research Association.
Dr. Sandra Schrouder
Associate Professor of Public Administration
Dr. Sandra Schrouder is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Barry University. She received a BA (Honors) degree from the University of the West Indies, an MBA from Nova Southeastern University and a PhD in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Dr. Schrouder’s research interests are in the areas of Management, Public Policies, Public Finance, Education Policies, Organizational Studies, Bureaucratic Discretion, and Juvenile Justice. Her publications include articles in peer reviewed journals such as Development in Practice, Journal of Economics and Finance Education, International Review of Economics Education, and Applied Economic Letters. She is the co-author of the book “Contemporary issues in the Development of Caribbean Economies”, and the author of BarCharts: QuickStudy Business: Management Leadership, a quick study guide designed to illustrate the importance of leadership in the business world. Dr. Schrouder also serves as a reviewer for the International Review of Economics Education (IREE) Journal.
Dr. Schrouder is also active in the community serving on the community relations board of North Broward Hospital (Broward Health); she is the co-chair of the umbrella organization for Jamaican alumni associations operating in Florida (The Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations of Florida (CJAAF) Inc.), and she co-edits its newsletter the Coalition Monthly.
Dr. Robert Scully
Professor of Administration
Dr. Robert E. Scully, Professor of Organizational Behavior, has a Doctor of Business Administration degree in Management and a Masters degree in Economics. He has taught as a full-time faculty member at Barry University since 1992. Dr. Scully has extensive experience teaching a variety of business, management and leadership courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has also held corporate management positions with large and small enterprises and in Management and Organizational Development with Unisys Corporation. Other responsibilities have included serving as Associate Director for the American Council on Education’s State Affiliate Office at Barry University; National Coordinator and Distance Learning Evaluator for the PACE/Credit program; Florida Sterling Award Examiner; and as a management consultant.
Since 1993, Dr. Scully has served as Academic Coordinator for a variety of Administration specializations and degree programs at the Rooney School of Professional And Career Education. Other responsibilities have included serving as a Faculty Senator; Associate Director for the American Council on Education’s State Affiliate Office at Barry University; National Coordinator and Distance Learning Evaluator for the PACE/Credit program; and Sterling Quality Award Examiner for the State of Florida.
In addition, he has over ten years of full-time business experience including serving as a Management and Organizational Development Specialist with Unisys Corporation at their Worldwide Education Center in Princeton. He also co-developed CONNECTIONS, a quality service program for college staff, which has been implemented by over 1000 colleges and universities.
Dr. Eric Smith
Assistant Professor of Public Administration
Dr. Eric Smith is originally from Annapolis, Maryland and spent 26 years in the fire service in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. He came to Florida in 1996 and worked for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue for 12 years. Dr. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and the Academic Coordinator for Emergency and Public Safety Management.
Dr. Smith received a Bachelor of Public Administration degree from Barry University’s School of Professional And Career Education. A Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University, A Master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University, and a Doctorate in Education in Organizational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Smith is also a graduate of the Notional Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.
Dr. Carol-Rae Sodano
Professor of Organizational Leadership and Sociology
Carol-Rae Green Sodano holds an Ed.D in Administration ( Widener University), M.A. in Counseling (LaSalle University, Pa.), and a M.A. in Sociology (Fordham University). She has over thirty-five years of both undergraduate and graduate teaching experience and over 18 years’ experience in counseling. In addition she worked for 15 years as a consultant to both large and mid-size corporations and not-for-profits on issues of organizational development, particularly related to change management. Dr. Sodano came to Barry University in 2001 as Dean of ACE and held that position until she retired from the position in 2011. She is currently a fulltime member of the faculty, Professor of Organizational Leadership and Sociology, Ft. Myers site.
Dr. Stephen Sussman
Associate Professor of Public Administration
Dr. Stephen Sussman is an Associate Professor of Public Administration in the School of Professional And Career Education at Barry University, where he teaches in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and bachelor of Public Administration (BPA) programs. He earned his MPA and PhD in Political Science from Georgia State University. Dr. Sussman has authored and coauthored numerous articles, conference papers, and book chapters.
Dr. Sussman serves as a peer-reviewer for the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. He serves on the Undergraduate Committee of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). In 2008, he was appointed National Fundraising Chair for the 2009 American Society of Public Administration, National Conference. His teaching and research interests include public policy analysis and evaluation, public law and administration, research methodology, non-profit administration, and distant-education pedagogy/andragogy.
Dr. Sussman served/serves as an elected member of Barry University’s Faculty-Senate, Graduate Council, Undergraduate Council, and numerous other university committees. In addition to his university service, he serves/served on the board of directors in Palm Beach County for Jewish Family and Children’s Services, Jewish Residential and Family Service, the Commission for Jewish Education, American Jewish Committee, and Community Partners (Housing Partnership and Parent Child Centers) where he is currently Vice Chair of the board of directors. Additionally, Dr. Sussman is currently the Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Palm Beach County. He previously served as vice-president and member of the board of directors for the Palm Beach Synagogue.
In 2007, Dr. Sussman was appointed to a U.S. Department of Education Federal Rule-Making Committee as a primary negotiator for regulations relating to the General Provisions for the Title IV programs of the Higher Education Act of 1965. In 2007, Dr. Sussman was named an American Jewish Committee (AJC) Lowenstein Fellow and served on the AJC Washington, DC-based Congressional National Advocacy Task-Force.
Dr. Sussman is engaged in professional development. In December 2013, he completed a Professional Certificate in Organizational Leadership through NeighborborWorks America. NeighborWorks America is a congressionally created organization, with a mission to promote neighborhood reinvestment in affordable housing and community development.
Dr. Ann Swaner
Associate Professor of Theology
Ann Shepard Feeley Swaner is Associate Professor of Theology and Academic Coordinator of Theology in the School of Professional And Career Education. She joined the Barry faculty in 1992. She earned a BA degree from the University of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto and a PhD in religion from the University Of Iowa School Of Religion. Her professional interests include theology of marriage, history of Christianity, and history of religion in the United States. Dr. Swaner teaches these undergraduate courses at Barry: Theology: Faith, Beliefs, and Traditions (THE 201), Comparative Religion (THE 303), Dynamics of Faith, Beliefs, and Theology (THE 306), Christology (THE 307), History of Christianity I and II (THE 334 & 335), and The American Religious Experience (THE 352).
Dr. James Talerico
Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator of Public Administration
Dr. Carol Warner
Associate Professor and Coordinator of Mathematics
Dr. Carol Warner is the Mathematics Coordinator for PACE and Associate Professor of Mathematics. She also serves as the Alpha Chi Honor Society moderator. She joined Barry in 2009, after 17 years with the University of Arkansas system, where she was very active. She helped change the climate of her campus through years of innovative statistical student surveys. She chaired many faculty committees, sponsored numerous student organizations – including the Organization of Adult and Returning Students, and won the Master Teacher of the Year award in 2006. Warner has been involved in community service on every level. She was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, Meals on Wheels, Girl Scouts, the Adolescent Pregnancy Clinic, Project Compassion, the American Cancer Society, the Chamber of Commerce and the Red Cross. She was a founding board member of the Single Parent Scholarship program, designed websites for local non-profits, helped coordinate the community arts festival, provided guided tours of historical homes, and was an invited motivational speaker for the Women’s Crisis Center. Warner is currently a sustaining member of the Junior League of the Palm Beaches, and volunteers at the Kravis Center and at the Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League. A Phi Beta Kappa and recipient of the Fulbright Senior Scholar award, Warner earned her doctorate in 2005. Her area of expertise is math anxiety and factors influencing the success of mathematics students.
Instructor of Administration
Rodney Watson was born and raised in New Jersey, USA. At the age of 18 entered the Military, while serving in the military he was duel admitted and received his Associates in Business at Montgomery County Community College and his Bachelors at Gwynedd Mercy College in Blue Bell PA. He transitioned with the Military to the Jacksonville area where he was accepted and received his MBA at the University of North FL 2006. From November 2011 to present he is the Site Manager/ Full time Faculty /Student Advisor for the Barry Ace location out of Jacksonville Fl. He teaches Management ,Leadership, Marketing, and Quality and productivity.
Dr. David G. Wolf
Associate Professor of Health Services Administration
Dr. David G. Wolf is an Associate Professor of Health Services Administration for Barry University’s School of Professional and Career Education.
Dr. Wolf graduated from Villanova University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administrative Science. David graduated with distinction from Cabrini College in 2007, where he received his Master of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and graduated in 2012, obtaining his Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with highest honors from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.
Dr. Wolf began his career in the long-term care industry in 1983 and purchased his first nursing home 1990. He successfully grew his company and at the time of the sale in 2000, his organization encompassed a skilled nursing facility, assisted living facility, home health care agency, nurse staffing agency and outpatient rehabilitation facility.
In February 2013, David accepted an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Biomedical Science appointment in the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL.
Dr. Wolf is currently working as a Co-Principal Investigator on several research projects that include topics related to long-term care, leadership and mentoring.
David currently serves on the graduate council, distance education committee and is a member of the awards committee of the Center for Community Services Initiatives (CCSI) at Barry University.
Dr. Wolf is a member of the Board of Directors and a Fellow of the American College of Health Care Administrators and is a certified nursing home administrator, certified Assisted Living Administrator and certified administrator of Subacute Care Services. He is a licensed to practice in both Florida and New Jersey.
Dr. Anita Zavodska
Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences
Dr. Závodská is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sciences. She joined the School of Professional and Career Education (PACE) at Barry University in 2002. In her role as Academic Coordinator for Natural Sciences, she oversees PACE’s science curriculum. She also teaches courses in environmental science and on climate change. She is a trained garbologist who conducts international municipal solid waste research. She earned a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Arizona in Tucson while working with a private, non-profit environmental organisation where she headed an NIH-funded environmental health project along the Arizona/Mexico border. Additionally, she was involved in research projects aimed at reusing recyclable materials, testing optical sorters for glass and analysing home health remedies.