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Conference Presenters

Women in Leadership in Higher Education

Stephanie B. Blondell

Stephanie B. Blondell - Pepperdine University

Stephanie Bell Blondell is an assistant professor of law and practice and associate director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She supervises the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Pepperdine, she served as the manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program in the area around Seattle, Washington. Prior to this she was the alternative dispute resolution coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented a labor and employment mediation program for city government.

Before joining Straus full-time, Bell served as an adjunct professor at Straus, the Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington master of public administration program. Bell earned her BA with honors in American civilization from Brown University, and her JD from the University of Washington School of Law.


Patricia Hsieh

Patricia Hsieh - Pepperdine University

Patricia Hsieh is in her eleventh year tenure as president at San Diego Miramar College. Hsieh is also an experienced and well accomplished faculty member and student services professional. Prior to her current position, Hsieh served as Vice President of Student Services and Interim President at Sacramento City College. Hsieh has spent her career working to improve student access, equity and success in California community colleges. At San Diego Miramar College, she has been instrumental in transforming the College to enhance teaching, learning, completion, community relations, and partnership development with business, industry, and K-16 institutions.

Hsieh understands the important connection between community colleges and the economy and was the former chair of the Economic and Workforce Development Advisory Committee to the California Community Colleges Board of Governors, the former chair of the Commission of Workforce Development of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and a member of the Community College League of California (CCLC) Advisory Committee on Legislation (ACL). As an active member of the business community, she serves as a member of the Board of the Asian Business Association and is the first educator to serve as a trustee on the Board of San Diego Maritime Museum and City of San Diego Mayor's API Advisory Committee. Hsieh is also a recognized leader on national education issues and is currently serving on the Commission of Internationalization and Global Engagement and the Commission on Educational Attainment and Innovation of the American Council on Education (ACE) in Washington, DC. In addition, Hsieh is a member of Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA), the chair of the Executive Committee of Sustainability Taskforce of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), as well as a former member of the Executive Committee and Board of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

To promote global interaction in higher education, in 2008, Hsieh assisted AACC in establishing the Vocational Education Leadership Training (VELT) Program with the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE) to provide leadership training to the senior administrators and presidents in the Chinese Technical and Vocational Colleges.

Hsieh has been frequently invited to share her expertise in leadership, community colleges, and workforce development at the state, national and international conferences. She presented at the Southern California ACE Women Conference Forum, Community College League of California (CCLC) Annual Conference, Community College Baccalaureate Association (CCBA) Annual Conference, League for Innovation Conference, AACC Annual Conference, US-China Community College Conference, World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics World Congress, and US-China Vocational and Technical College Conference.

Hsieh studied at the Harvard University Management and Leadership in Education (MLE) Program and Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and has received her doctorate in Institutional Management in Higher Education focusing on Community College Administration at Pepperdine University, her master's in Guidance and Counseling from Wayne State University, and her bachelor's in Western Languages and Literature from Chengchi University in Taiwan. Hsieh was the 2006 Asian Heritage Award recipient, and in 2010 she was selected as a Fulbright Fellow to promote American Community Colleges to the Russian Federation higher education.


Laura Robinson Harbert

Laura Robinson Harbert - Pepperdine University

Laura is a clinical psychologist and an ordained Presbyterian minister. In July, 2014 she began a new position as Dean of the Chapel and Spiritual Formation at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is also an Assistant Professor at Fuller's School of Psychology teaching in the area of the integration of psychology and theology.

Her B.A. is from Wheaton College (1981) and M.Div. (1986) from Fuller Theological Seminary and Ph.D.(1988) from Fuller's Graduate School of Psychology.

Her doctoral dissertation was on the role of forgiveness in emotional healing. Laura's passion is integrating her experience as a clinical psychologist with spiritual growth and discipleship. She has also enjoyed the opportunity to preach, teach, and lead retreats on subjects that integrate psychology and faith.

Laura and her husband Mike have five children between the ages of 23 and 30. She loves reading, exploring on her tandem bike with her husband, cooking, hiking, and trying to become a gardener.


Helen Easterling Williams

Helen Easterling Williams - Pepperdine University

Helen Easterling Williams, EdD, is the dean of Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP). Williams, a lifelong educator, has served two decades in higher education leadership.

Prior to assuming her role at GSEP in August 2014, Williams was the president of Health Education & Welfare International, a firm that provides consultative services designed to improve the health, education, and welfare of individuals, faith-based organizations, higher education institutions, and elementary and secondary educational organizations.

Williams previously held the deanship at the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University, where she successfully led school reaccreditation efforts (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and initial accreditation for the School Psychology Program, established the Emerging Technology Center, and developed an international visiting scholar program. She also served as a professor of doctoral studies in the School of Education.

Williams earned her bachelor's degree in speech correction with a minor in biology from Jersey City State College, a master's degree in speech and language pathology from Towson State University in Maryland, and a doctorate of education degree in educational leadership at the University of Delaware. She focused on the topic of internationalizing the community college. Her present scholarship focuses on education leadership particularly as it relates to both technology and women. Dr. Williams is an American Council on Education Fellow, class of 2004-2005.


Mary Ellen Azada

Mary Ellen Azada - Pepperdine University

Mary Ellen Azada is currently serving as the Executive Director of Call Discernment at Fuller Theological Seminary. She also served as an Associate Pastor in Missional Engagement at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley for a decade. She was one of the founding church planters of Wellspring Covenant Church in Hawaii. She is the founder and former Executive Director of A Safe Place, a ministry to children of incarcerated parents. The first congregation she served in was First Presbyterian Church of Burlingame as the Associate Pastor to the Community. Before working in the church, she was a school counselor at Nana'ikapono and Pearl City Elementary Schools and a grade level counselor at Kamehameha Schools in Hawaii.

Her three most favorite things are: The apple of her eye is her 19-year old son, Benjamin. Her second love is Roxy, her sweet, cocker spaniel. Her third favorite is small plates...dim sum, izakaya, tapas, mezzo!


Karen A. Longman

Karen A. Longman - Pepperdine University

Karen A. Longman serves as the Ph.D. program director and professor of doctoral higher education at Azusa Pacific University (APU); the department currently serves just over 120 Ph.D. and Ed.D. students from across North America and around the world. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in the Center for the Study of Higher Education, holds master's degrees from U.M. and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Albion College in Michigan.

While at APU, Karen has served on the Faculty Senate for six years and since 2007 on Doctoral Studies Council, chairing the Council for two years. Her primary teaching responsibilities include Higher Education Administration, Introduction to U.S. Higher Education, Policy and Politics, and Higher Education Ethics. Beyond APU, Karen serves as a Senior Fellow of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), where she worked for 19 years as Vice President for Professional Development and Research. In that role, Karen coordinated the development of the Executive Leadership Development Initiative which has served nearly 400 participants (presidents, chief academic officers, and emerging leaders) since 1996. Additionally, she has directed the CCCU's Women's Leadership Development Institutes and the Women's Advanced Leadership Institutes since 1998.

Karen has been involved with several national and international boards over the past 20 years, including the English Language Institute/China, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the National Center for Leadership, and the International Association For the Promotion of Christian Higher Education (IAPCHE).

Karen and her colleague, Laurie A. Schreiner, co-edit the journal Christian Higher Education: An International Journal of Research, Theory, and Practice. Karen also edited the 2012 publication Thriving in Leadership: Strategies for Making a Difference in Christian Higher Education. She is currently co-editing a book series being sponsored by the International Leadership Association focused on "Women and Leadership" and co-edited the first volume in the series, titled "Women and Leadership in Higher Education." See: http://www.ila-net.org/communities/ag/WomenAndLeadershipV1.pdf

Her research and publications focus on gender issues, leadership development, and Christian higher education.


Gail Wallace

Gail Wallace - Pepperdine University

Gail Wallace, Ph.D. is co-founder of The Junia Project, an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University, and a consultant for the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning. The focus of her doctoral studies at Walden University was adult development and learning, including women's development and spiritual formation. She recently completed a Certificate in Theology and Ministry through Princeton Theological Seminary.


Kate Wallace Nunneley

Kate Wallace Nunneley - Pepperdine University

Kate Wallace Nunneley M.Sc. is co-founder of The Junia Project, Operations Manager for the Wesleyan Holiness Consortium, and an adjunct professor in political science. A committed Christian and millennial feminist, Kate enjoys writing and speaking on the intersection of politics, religion, and gender. She holds a Master of Science from London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from Azusa Pacific University.


Goli Sadri

Goli Sadri - Pepperdine University

Goli Sadri is Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Women's Leadership Program in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton. She teaches courses in Organizational Behavior and Leadership. Goli received her Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the Victoria University of Manchester in the U.K. She has published articles on a number of themes related to management and leadership in organizations including emotional intelligence, employee empowerment, communication, resolving conflict and managing in a global business environment. Her publication outlets include Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Vocational Behavior and Training and Development. She has served as Adjunct Professor in Germany, Peru, Spain and Vietnam. In addition, Goli served as Adjunct Leadership Coach for the Center for Creative Leadership for over ten years.


Laura Skandera Trombley

Laura Skandera Trombley - Pepperdine University

President Laura Skandera Trombley became the eighth president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in July 2015. A specialist in Mark Twain, Trombley began conducting research at The Huntington as a young scholar, using rare materials in the Library to help shape her doctoral thesis. The Huntington had long been a part of Trombley's world; a Southern California native, she regularly accompanied her mother to The Huntington as a young child to explore the gardens and galleries. Trombley is the author of five books. Her most recent, Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years, was published in 2010. As a graduate student, she discovered the largest known cache of Mark Twain letters, which ultimately became the primary source material for her dissertation and her 1994 book, Mark Twain in the Company of Women. Her other books include Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship (2002), Critical Essays on Maxine Hong Kingston (1998), and Epistemology: Turning Points in the History of Poetic Knowledge (1986).

Before coming to The Huntington, Trombley spent 13 years as president of Pitzer College and worked to raise its national profile and enhance its reputation for academic excellence. In 2012, President Obama appointed Trombley to the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board that was established by Congress to supervise the global Fulbright program. Trombley was elected vice chair of the board in November 2014. Pitzer has been a top producer of Fulbright awardees among U.S. liberal arts colleges since 2010. Trombley has written regularly about issues affecting U.S. higher education, contributing to The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Huffington Post, and The Daily Beast. Her scholarly articles have appeared in publications such as American Literary Realism and The Paris Review. In addition to the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, she is a member of the Chief Executives Organization and the Council of Presidents of the Association of Governing Boards.

Before Pitzer, Trombley was dean of the faculty, vice president for academic affairs, and a professor of English at Coe College. She was a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin in American Studies at the Universitaet Eichstaett in Germany and received early tenure at SUNY Potsdam, where she held several administrative posts, including assistant provost. The daughter of an elementary school principal and a second-grade teacher, she enrolled, at the age of 16, at Pepperdine University, where she earned her B.A. in English and humanities and graduated summa cum laude with a master's degree in English. She earned her Ph.D. in English from the University of Southern California.


Debby White

Debby White - Pepperdine University Debby White is a consultant with CarterBaldwin Executive Search in Atlanta, GA. She is part of their non-profit and higher education practice where she focuses on university president, cabinet and administrative level executive searches. Prior to search, Debby spent over 25 years in higher education, first as a professor and then in a variety of senior leadership roles. In addition, Debby was director of a Lilly Endowment grant focused on the "theological explorations of vocation" and for several years was a key Higher Education Consultant with Gallup where she traveled extensively providing college faculty and staff development, team coaching and individual strengths coaching to students and seminar participants at both public and private institutions.

Debby has been involved with the Leadership Development Institutes for the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities since 1998. In recent years she has served these Institutes as a strengths coach and spiritual director. Debby earned her Ph.D. in Psychomusicology from the University of Washington and remains a UW Huskies football fan.

Debby is married to Cal White, a retired Christian college academic administrator. They live in the Atlanta area and have a daughter, Amy and son-in-law, Josh, who live in Chattanooga, TN with granddaughter, Lucy.


Amy Drennan

Amy Drennan - Pepperdine UniversityAmy Drennan currently serves as the Executive Director of Vocation and Formation Integration at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, California. In this role, Amy helps to strategize division goals and creates organizational structures and processes for the Vocation and Formation Division. Additionally, she hires, trains, and oversees approximately 80 Vocation and Formation small group leaders. As part of a team, Amy is developing a training course to improve pedagogical practices and integration of academics and spiritual formation for Fuller professors. Her past roles include InterVarsity campus minister, licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and Spiritual Director. Amy has a passion for coaching people into a larger vision of leadership development, self-reflection, cultural competence, and spiritual integration than they would have seen for themselves. She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. Amy's other loves include triathlons, jazz, spicy food, and cross-cultural adventures.


Karen Williams 

Karen Williams - Pepperdine University As Executive Director for the UCLA Anderson Center for Management of Enterprise in Media, Entertainment & Sports (MEMES), Karen is responsible for the strategic oversight, management, and implementation of fundraising, student events, industry conferences, and research initiatives.

Prior to joining UCLA Anderson School of Management, Karen spent twenty years in senior media and marketing roles working for blue chip companies including Disney-ABC, Time Warner, Viacom, and Johnson & Johnson. Karen's prior positions include Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Essence Magazine. At Essence, Karen launched a number of the brands top-tier programs—including the annual ESSENCE Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, which premiered during Oscar Week in Los Angeles in 2008, and a programming partnership with CNN, which included the launch of a weekly news segment "What Matters". As Associate Publisher Karen led the development of Essence industry leading proprietary research studies including Smart Beauty, Smart Style, and Black Women Revealed. In 2010 she was integral in the planning of ESSENCE's year-long40th anniversary celebration, which culminated with ESSENCE's Fierce & Fabulous Awards Luncheon.

Prior to joining ESSENCE, Williams was the Vice President, Integrated Marketing for Disney-ABC Television Group's ABC Family Cable Network. In that position, she managed ad sales promotional partnerships, trade marketing and sales development for the channel. Prior to that, Williams was Executive Director, Integrated Marketing and Promotions for the ABC Television Network, where she developed and executed ad sales marketing partnerships for ABC Daytime, SoapNet, ABC Unlimited, ABC News and ABC.com. In addition, Williams was previously the Director of Licensing for Hearst Magazines Brand Development, responsible for creating brand extension programs for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, and Country Living. Williams began her career in brand management, working at both Johnson & Johnson and Sara Lee.

In 2009, Williams was recognized by The Network Journal's list of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business. She is a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles, and sits on the diversity board of the Pasadena Playhouse and advisory board of Dress for Success Worldwide West. Williams graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and received her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. She resides in Los Angeles.


JoAnna Moore

JoAnna Moore - Pepperdine University Ms. Moore began her collegiate career at the prestigious Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama; one of the top universities in the South where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. Ms. Moore then began her career directly out of college as a music teacher. At the end of her first teaching year, she married and relocated in the fall, making it impossible to secure a teaching position for the upcoming school year. She interviewed for and secured a job in the property-casualty insurance field instead.

In 1981, Ms. Moore was promoted to a Casualty Field Representative (CFR) with Mercury Insurance Services, LLC. JoAnna Moore advanced quickly in the company; from her early years as a CFR to becoming a Chief Claims Officer, a position she held for over 18 years, finally advancing to Senior Vice President of Claims, where she oversaw more than 2,000 employees in 13 states. Ms. Moore was also the first female spokesperson on Mercury's initial TV advertising campaign, appearing in numerous TV commercials and in print media advertisements.

In August of 2013, Ms. Moore resigned from her CCO position in Claims and became an executive consultant, responsible for employee coaching and training at Mercury. This became the launching pad from which she founded her own company, J. Moore Consulting Services (JMC) after she retired from Mercury in 2014.

With over 34 years in the insurance field, JoAnna Moore combined her education, technical skill, client service ability, employee training/mentoring experience and skilled financial planning into J. Moore Consulting Services, a top consulting firm in the Orange County area.

J. Moore Consulting offers the legal community and the property & casualty insurance carrier invaluable claim process reviews, insurance consulting services and expert witness review and testimony. JMC delivers an objective and thorough analysis, review, and competent evaluation of property-casualty insurance claims, both first and third party. Additionally, they review cases to assure that insurance clients meet standard claims process and practice criteria, adhere to Fair Claims Practices Act Regulations and maintain proper overall management/handling of claims. JMC assists its clients through the complete claims process and if necessary, they are available to assist in litigation support services. Ms. Moore and her firm have hands-on experience with the complete process from claim to trial. Working directly with organizations, firms and individuals, JMC also utilizes their experience and skills by teaching anxiety reduction strategies, practicing testimony through role playing and mock trial, while supporting clients through each step of the process.

On a local level, Ms. Moore has completed the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training in her local community. She has also been asked to be the keynote speaker during Annual Business Week at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, where she has also served as a guest class lecturer and advisor on the insurance curriculum and course offerings.

Ms. Moore has served for over 10 years on the Advisory Board for the Center of Insurance Studies, part of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at California State University, Fullerton and has received an Outstanding Contribution Award from the University for her services. In addition, she is a participating Advisory Board Member of the Women's Leadership Institute at Auburn University in Alabama; a member of the National Association of Professional Women; is a former member of the Pacific Claims Executive Association and has been featured in several Who's Who registries of National Business Leaders.

In July 2015 Ms. Moore was recruited to design and implement a Women's Leadership Program within the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics at CSF and the program officially launched on November 6, 2015 with 25 participating students.

When not at the office or on a consulting engagement, Ms. Moore enjoys spending her spare time gardening and riding her horse. She also serves her local community as a hospice volunteer.


Doretha O'Quinn

Doretha O'Quinn - Pepperdine UniversityDoretha O' Quinn is the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Vanguard University. She has over 25 years of service in both public and private education and is an ordained minister in the Foursquare Denomination. Prior to joining the administration at Vanguard, Dr. O'Quinn served as the Vice Provost of Multi-Ethnic and Cross Cultural Engagement at Biola University. Her other administrative experience includes serving as Associate Dean for the School of Education at Point Loma Nazarene University and Program Director for Graduate Studies in Education at the Inglewood satellite campus for Biola University. In addition to her administrative experience, Dr. O'Quinn also held faculty positions in Graduate Education at both Biola University and Point Loma Nazarene University.

Provost O'Quinn's education includes a Ph.D in Intercultural Education and a M.A in Christian School Administration from Biola as well as graduate studies at University of California, Los Angeles, and California State University, State Dominguez Hills. She received her B.A. in Theology with a minor in Missions/Christian Education from Life Pacific College.

Dr. O'Quinn is author of the book Silent Voices, Powerful Messages: The Historical Influence and Contribution of African-Americans to the Foursquare Gospel Movement, and a contributing author of the book Our Voices: Issues Facing Black Women in America and Alone in Marriage. She is also a contributing editor to Women in Ministry Leadership published by Foursquare International.
Provost O'Quinn has received several honors including:

• Fellow recipient for CCCU Advanced Women in Leadership; Distinguished Educator of the Year, 2002
• West Angeles Bible College; Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Foursquare Church
• Outstanding African American Educator of the year from National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Delta Upsilon Chapter.
• County of Los Angeles Community Service Award from Councilwoman Yvonne Braithwaite Burke

She is also a member of several professional organizations including the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the National Society of Experiential Education, and the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD). Doretha is passionate about diversity programming and church missions and outreach. She has personally traveled to over 15 countries. She is deeply committed to family and service and enjoys spending time with her husband Mike and her 9 grandchildren.


  Deanell Reese Tacha 

Deanell Reese Tacha - Pepperdine University  Deanell R. Tacha, Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law, Pepperdine School of Law is a graduate of University of Kansas, B.A., and the University of Michigan School of Law, J.D. She served as Chief Judge (2001-2007) and has been a Circuit Judge since 1986 in the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Dean Tacha has been active in the American Inns of Court movement as a spokesperson for enhanced ethics, professionalism, and civility in the legal profession, and served as president for the national Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court (2004-2008). She was named recipient of the Devitt Award in 2007 and the John Marshall Award in 2008. In 2012, she was honored by the American Inns of Court with the A. Sherman Christensen Award.


 Bernice Ledbetter

Bernice Ledbetter - Pepperdine University Dr. Bernice Ledbetter serves as a Professor of Organizational Theory and Management at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Dr. Ledbetter's professional background includes serving as a Vice President at Right Management Consultants, internationally known career transition and organizational consulting firm. Dr. Ledbetter is a recipient of the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, she is a regular contributor on the Huffington post Blog, and a frequent speaker on advancing women in leadership to large organizations including Fortune 500 and other industry groups. Dr. Ledbetter serves as the director of the Center for Women in Leadership.


Kendra Killpatrick

Kendra Killpatrick - Pepperdine UniversityDr. Kendra Killpatrick is a Professor of Mathematics and Associate Dean of Seaver College at Pepperdine University. She graduated with Distinction from Stanford University with a double major in Mathematics and Biological Sciences. She completed her Ph.D. in Mathematics at the University of Minnesota and taught for three years at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, where she was named the Graduate Professor of the Year for the math department. At Pepperdine, she has been awarded the Howard A. White Award for excellence in teaching. She currently serves as the Faculty Director of the Regents' Scholars program for Seaver College and as the Associate Director of the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program, a national program that provides the opportunity for undergraduate math majors to study mathematics in Budapest, Hungary. As the Chair of the Committee on Women Faculty, she has worked to organize the first Mentoring Pod Program for female faculty at Seaver College and to develop dependent care initiatives for all faculty. She serves the mathematical community as the founder and organizer of the Pacific Coast Undergraduate Mathematics Conference which was named by the American Mathematical Society as one of two "Programs That Make A Difference" for 2015.


Irene Neller

Irene Neller - Pepperdine University Irene Neller is Vice President for Communications, Marketing, and Admissions at Fuller Theological Seminary since 2013, after serving 26 years at Biola University, as vice president of university communications and marketing and senior advisor to the president.

A recognized leader in Christian higher education, she was Chair for the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) national committee for communication officers.

She earned a B.A. from Bethany University, and an M.A. in Communications from CSU, Fullerton. She's earned national recognition for marketing and public relations campaigns by American Marketing Association, Admissions National Reporting Agency, Council of Advancement in Support of Education, Evangelical Press Association, and the Public Relations Society of America. Biola was also named one of the ten fastest growing private research universities from 2002 to 2012, by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Neller volunteers her time for non-profit organizations and is committed to mentoring girls and women featured in a recently published book, Mothers are Leaders. She has been married 29 years and has two sons.


  Tabatha Jones Jolivet

Tabatha Jones Jolivet - Pepperdine University Tabatha Jones Jolivet serves as an associate vice president of student life at Pepperdine University, where she has worked as an educational administrator since 1997. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (humanities) and a Master's degree (theology and ministry) from Seaver College and a PhD (education) from Claremont Graduate University. She is Title IX coordinator for students, teaches part-time in the First-Year Seminar program, and is active in the community. She is a longstanding member of the Seaver College and University Diversity Councils and chairs the University SaVE and Student Care teams. Moreover, she is committed to educational praxis that places transformative learning, spirituality and faith, social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion at its center. She is the proud mother of her daughter, Shelby, who studied Public Relations at Pepperdine. Ayo Waves!


Regan Harwell Schaffer

Regan Harwell Schaffer - Pepperdine University

Dr. Regan Schaffer is a professor of management and organizational behavior in the business administration division at Pepperdine University. She currently serves as director of the Service Leadership Project and the executive director of the Nonprofit Leadership Collaborative. As the Faculty Director of Service-learning, she collaborates with numerous faculty on curriculum design and assessment. She has been honored with the Center for Teaching Excellence Innovative Teaching Award and the highly selective Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Schaffer is actively involved with numerous non-profit organizations throughout Los Angeles. Together with her students she has partnered with over 500 nonprofit organizations to address community needs.