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Institutional Review Board (IRB): IRB Members

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Meet the IRB Members

Dr. Heather Miller, IRB Director

Heather Miller

Emailhmiller@ncu.edu

Dr. Heather Miller has been working with Social Behavioral and Educational IRBs since 2005. She is passionate about supporting students, faculty, and staff through the process so they best understand how the IRB applies and can help their own research. She is passionate about helping novice researchers set up feasible studies to achieve their personal goals in a timely manner. She has been mentoring students through doctoral research since 2006 and is also mentoring students in the School of Education. When Heather is not looking at IRB information or mentoring students, you’ll find her hiking with her dogs and amazing husband, imagining the possibilities of food that can be cooked in a crockpot, and hassling her teenaged kids about pretty much everything.

Jenelle M. Dembsey, IRB Coordinator (Non-scientist)

Jenelle Dembsey

Emailjdembsey@ncu.edu

Jenelle M. Dembsey has been at NCU since 2019. She has an MA in Composition and Communication from Central Michigan University, a Graduate Certificate in Online Writing Instruction from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and BAs in English and Writing/Rhetoric from Oakland University. Jenelle has researched online writing tutoring, online writing instruction, accessibility, and disability, and she worked in writing centers for 8 years before coming to NCU. Outside of NCU, she is the Founding President of the Online Writing Centers Association. She currently lives in Cincinnati, OH, with her family. She enjoys Jurassic Park just a little too much and has a wearable dinosaur head in her office.

Josh Leonard, IRB Systems Analyst (Non-scientist)

Josh Leonard

Emailjleonard@ncu.edu

Josh Leonard obtained his BS from ASU and is set to complete his MBA in Project Management in the Spring of 2021. Josh has been with NCU since 2018 and has enjoyed working in higher education. He is passionate about helping others achieve academic success while on his own academic journey. In his spare time, Josh loves to stay up to date on the latest auto trends and news, visit out of state friends and family, gardening, and pretty much anything that involves being out in the sun.

Dr. Kristopher Lichtanski, IRB Chair

Kristopher Lichtanski

Emailklichtanski@ncu.edu

Dr. Kristopher Lichtanski holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Capella University, an MA in Clinical Psychology from New College of California, and a BA in Counseling/Clinical Psychology from San Jose State University. Kristopher has been affiliated with NCU since 2006 and is currently serving as Distinguished Core Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His current academic interests intersect psychology, philosophy (both East and West), cultural anthropology, and the humanities, and center around the psychology of individual differences, social construction of identity, consciousness and creativity, and healing practices across history and cultures. Apart from psychology, Kristopher has studied music and theater for many years, is a professionally trained classical pianist and choral singer, and has performed in several contemporary theater productions in Europe and the US. He is originally from Poland and currently residing in Graham, WA, located in the beautiful western part of Washington State (south Puget Sound area).

Dr. Robert George, IRB Media Specialist

Robert George

Emailrgeorge@ncu.edu

Dr. Robert F. George holds a Ph.D. in Educational Thought and Sociocultural Studies, an MA in Psychology from University of Northern Colorado, and a BA in Biology from Harding University. He has been affiliated with NCU since 2013 and is now Professor in the School of Education. Additional experience includes military linguist, a Vietnam Veteran, Air Force enlisted, and served in the conflict in 1972-73. Dr. George also has experience in public school teaching, education software evaluation, adult education, Program Director for the Nuclear Medicine Technology program, and IRB Chairperson. Robert is passionate about helping students complete their dissertations and helping faculty improve their workflow.

Dr. Brian Allen, Board Member

Brian Allen

Emailbrianallen@ncu.edu

Dr. Brian Allen has a Doctor of Business Administration in Technology Entrepreneurship, an MBA, and Master of Project Management. He is the program lead for the Doctor of Business Administration degree program and is the Director of International Partnerships for the School of Business. His research interests are in the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, entrepreneurship, project management, strategic planning, international business, business information technology leadership, and applied research for solving real world business problems. Brian has broad experience in leadership in information technology, ecommerce, telecommunications, international sales and operations management, and international project management with work leadership in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. He and his bride are the proud Air Force veterans and the parents of six children and two grandchildren. 

Dr. Christopher Lacy, Board Member

 

Dr. Christopher E.D. Lacy’s formal education includes obtaining his Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies-Mathematics from Texas Southern University (2013), Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction- Mathematics: K-14 from Concordia University-Portland (2015), and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Inquiry, & Transformation from Concordia University-Portland (2020). He has been teaching secondary mathematics for over 7 years; catering to At-Risk, Special Needs, and English as a Second Language youth. He has served in multiple leadership roles as a lead coordinator for summer school and intervention programs, content and cross-curricular production, and head facilitator on his school’s Safety & Civility’s Board. His research includes problem-solving, cultural-responsiveness, promoting creativity, mathematics, and improving the quality of learning experiences for all learners through content and cross-curricular teacher discourse. His hobbies include singing, volunteering for his church, exercising, and quality time with his loved ones. Overall, Dr. Lacy’s mantra is that the road in education is continuously opening his eyes that he is a pillar to those that he teaches and those that he teaches are a pillar in improving his mastery in becoming the best educator he can be each day; making education interchangeable.

 

Dr. Twyla W. Damond, Board Member

Twyla Williams-Damon

Emailtwilliamsdamond@ncu.edu

Dr. Twyla Williams-Damond’s formal education includes a dual Master’s Degree in Business Administration and in Health Administration (2012) and a doctorate in Educational Foundations and Leadership with a specialty in Higher Education Law (2014) from the University of Louisiana- Lafayette. She has over 12 years of experience in higher education with a focus on consulting for universities and colleges by assisting them with ascertaining whether specific departmental initiatives are in alignment with the overall organizational missions and visions. In higher education, Twyla has instructed traditional, hybrid, and online classes with a concentration on doctoral learners and the dissertation process. At Northcentral, Twyla is associated with the NCU Graduate School as a Dissertation Chair and Faculty member, as well as the Institutional Review Board team.

Dr. Williams-Damond is also passionate about narrowing the academic gap for minority students and develops programs that contribute to a more seamless matriculation for them into higher education. One of these endeavors includes spearheading the development of a Charter School Management Organization in Louisiana for low-income students.

Twyla’s research interests include social injustice, diversity issues, evaluation, and the doctoral student experience. Twyla and her husband, Rickey, maintain dual residency between Youngsville, LA and Beaumont, TX and enjoy cooking and traveling together. Their family includes 7 daughters with 5 of them currently being enrolled in college, one son, three grandsons, and two granddaughters.

Dr. Antoinette Kohlman, Board Member

Antoinette Kohlman

Emailakohlman@ncu.edu

Dr. Antoinette Kohlman has an MA and PhD in Organizational Psychology, a Master of Human Resources and Organization Development, and a BA in Sociology-Anthropology. She is affiliated with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include mentoring relationships, organizational change and learning, and research ethics. Antoinette lives in Westminster, MD, and is a horror and sci-fi movie buff: Aliens and Jaws are her favorites.

Dr. Chad Sines, Board Member

Emailcsines@ncu.edu

Dr. Chad Sines has a Doctor of Business Administration, an MBA, Masters in Biochemistry, and is currently working on his Masters in Health Administration. He has worked in international business environments. He has extensive research experience in both hard and social science using qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods with a strong list of publication across both sciences. His specialties are health care, education, international business and sustainability. He teaches most MBA and DBA courses. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing fiction.

 

Latrice Smith, Board Member

Email: latrice.smith@gcu.edu

Latrice Smith is a native of Los Angeles California, but currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona. She has been married for over 20 years and has two children. She holds an undergraduate degree in Addiction Counseling and a Master’s degree in Business Administration. The beginning of her career was focused in the field of finance working with a fortune 500 financial institution. She has currently spent the past 13 years working in the field of education with Grand Canyon University primarily focused on supporting students entering into the field of professional counseling. The past three years with Grand Canyon University have been spent supporting administrative functions and education efforts within the Institutional Review Board.

Dr. Gabriele Suboch, Board Member (Prison Rep)

Gabriele Suboch

Emailgsuboch@ncu.edu

Dr. Gabriele Suboch’s formal education includes a Master's Degree from Impac University (2003) in Business Administration and Public Administration, a Master's Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University (2007), and a PhD in Business Administration and specialization in Criminal Justice from Northcentral University in 2009. In December 2010, Gabriele retired after 18.5 years of working with the Lee County Sheriff's Office, whereof she spent 15.5 years as a Crime Scene Specialist. She has attended over 1,200 hours of forensics specialized training and over 650 hours of law enforcement/correction training. Gabriele is a certified Crime Scene Investigator and a certified Bloodstain Pattern Examiner. Gabriele was a military dependent while her husband was in the Army during Desert Shield. He was deployed for Desert Storm. As a military family, her significant other attended military school overseas.  Her hobbies are camping and the outdoors. She loves her garden as well as cooking and baking. She lives in Florida, so she can almost all year long sit outside on her porch and read a good book. Her favorite authors are Patricia Cornwell and her forensic science mysteries.

Dr. Beth Patrick, Board Member

Email: bdarrigopatrick@ncu.edu

Dr. Beth Patrick has an PhD in Marital and Family Therapy, a MA in Clinical Psychology, and a BA in Psychology. She is affiliated with the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her research interests include reciprocity in caregiving relationships, therapeutic change processes, and equitable mental health within the queer community. Beth lives in Southern California, and enjoys being outside with her two dogs, practicing yoga, or trying out local restaurants!

Dr. Chad Becker, Board Member

Email: chadbecker@ncu.edu

Dr. Chad Becker is faculty in Northcentral University's School of Education where he chairs dissertations and teaches graduate courses.  Chad earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University - Bloomington, with a specialization in Curriculum Studies and a minor in Communication and Culture.  He also earned his MSEd in C&I from Purdue University with a specialization in Literacy and Language as well as his BSEngEd from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo. Chad has taught secondary school English (NY State certification) and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate education courses in C&I, Ed Leadership, and ELL/ESL.  Working as a professor in USAmerican higher education since 2008, Chad has been faculty at both brick-and-mortar and online universities.  Chad's scholarship, in the short tradition of Curriculum Studies, is critical and multidisciplinary.   When not engaging academic pursuits, he finds respite from learning with his dogs, caring for his 190-year-old house, his lovely partner Jen, and any travel he can get.  Recent trips include Oaxaca, Paris, Amsterdam, and two bucket-listy road trips from Seattle to San Francisco, and San Diego to San Francisco a few years later.  When relaxing at home, the smell of bagels, croissants, Italian bread, sopapillas, breadsticks, and pizza shells fill the air, as Chad has found his inner baker. 

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