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Faculty and Administration

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Chief Executive Officer
Wallace K. Pond, Ph.D.

President and Chief Academic Officer
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD

Founding President
Stanley V. Paris, PT, PhD, FAPTA

Hilmir Agustsson, DPT, MHSc, MTC, CFC
Director of Online Education

Jennifer Briar
Executive Director of Finance

Director of Fellowship and Residency

Dionne DeGrande, MSHSA, RRT
Clinical Education Department Head

Rebecca Estes PhD, OTR/L, CAPS
Director of Master of Occupational Therapy Program, TX Campus

Richard Ferguson
Executive Director of Marketing and Admissions

Christina Ferrandi
Director of Operations

Heidi Gracie
Director of Marketing

Debra Gray, PT, DPT, MEd
Flexible DPT Program Manager, FL Campus

Jordan Hamson-Utley, PhD, ATC
Director of Master of Health Science Athletic Training Program

Lori Hankins
Director of Continuing Professional Education

Errin Heyman
Dean of Educational Effectiveness

Karen Howell, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Director, Institute of Occupational Therapy

Anne Hull, EdD, OT/L
Director of Flexible Master of Occupational Therapy &
Transitional Doctor of Occupational Therapy Programs, FL Campus

Rhonda James
Director of Financial Services

Adrianne Jones
Director of Admissions and Enrollment

Jodi Liphart, PT, DHSC, NCS
Director of Transitional DPT Program, FL Campus

Daniel Lofald, PhD
Director of Doctor of Education & Doctor of Health Science Programs

Ellen Lowe, PT, PhD
Director of Physical Therapy Program, CA Campus

Jose Lozano, MD, CSFA, OA-C
Director of the Master of Orthopaedic Assistant Program

Nicola Martin
Director of Human Resources

Cindy Mathena, PhD, OTR/L
Vice President/Dean of Post Professional Studies

Judith Olson, PhD, OTR
Director of Occupational Therapy Program, CA Campus

Catherine Patla, PT, DHSc, MMSc, MTC, FAAOMPT
Director of Academic Initiatives

Cherie Peters, PT, MPT, MHA
Director of Flexible Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, CA Campus

Dean Reynolds
Director of Information Technology

Robert Rice, MS, PhD
Interim Campus Director/DPT Program Director, TX Campus

Diane Rondinelli

Jeffrey A. Rot, PT, DHSc
Director of Physical Therapy Program, FL Campus

Jeremy Wells, JD
Vice President of Student Administration

Thom Werner, PT, PhD
Assistant Director of Flexible DPT Program, TX Campus

Faculty Research


Hilmir Agustsson

Christopher Ingstad

Marilyn Miller

Elizabeth Ardolino

Christopher Ivey

Sheri Montgomery

Kristen Barta

Kristen Johnson

Lisa Nichols

Elizabeth Bergman

Edward Kane

Margaret Nonnemacher

Kunal Bhanot

Navpreet Kaur

Jude Nwoga

Anne Boddy

Erica Kiernan

Judith Olson

Todd Bourgeois

Joanne Laslovich

Catherine Patla

Annie Burke-Doe

Steve Laslovich

Cherie Peters

Eric Chaconas

Tammy LeSage

Holly Reed

Lisa Chase

Cynan Lewis

Terri Roberts

Christine Childers

Jodi Liphart

Jeffrey A. Rot

Erin Conrad

Daniel Lofald

Megann Schooley

Will Conrad

Melanie Lomaglio

Erin Schwier

Matthew Daugherty

Scott Love

Laurie Shimko

Heather David

Ellen Lowe

Kayla Smith

Bonnie Decker

Jose Antonio Lozano

Martha A. Sneary

Anna Edwards

Kerry Mallini

Rob Stanborough

Rebecca Estes

Kathleen Manella

Suzanne Trotter

Gary Gorniak

Cindy Mathena

Jim Viti

Amanda Grant

Jim Mathews

Jon Warren

Debra Gray

Elisabeth McGee

Julie Watson

Kathy Hagy

Susan McNulty

Thomas P. Werner

Karen Howell

Larry Mengelkoch

Margaret Wicinski

Anne Hull

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