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Richard T. Johnson
Richard Johnson is the Assistant Dean of the Honors Program for the College of Business at the University of Illinois. He is responsible for overseeing and managing the prestigious business honors program as well as the elite James Scholars. Richard works closely with the corporate partners of the Business College (KPMG, Deloitte, PWC, EY, etc.) in developing integrated programs and curriculum for tomorrow's leaders. He also teaches undergraduate courses in critical thinking, strategic planning, change management, and personal leadership including building individual leadership action plans (LAPs). Richard believes in the problem-based learning methodology to increase retention through application of knowledge to the individual's unique environment. [read]

Dr. Rosita López

Dr. Rosita López is a gifted inspirational lecturer of international demand as keynote speaker in forums ranging from educational reform to corporate and public governance. Her presentations are lively, her illustrations practical, and her messages motivating and inspirational.

Dr. López is a proud educator who equally excels as an orator, as she does in the boardroom. She has served on the Casa Central Board, one of the largest Hispanic serving nonprofit organizations in the United States, for over 20 years, 10 of them as Chairperson. She also serves as Chairperson of the Northeastern University El Centro Board in Chicago for over 18 years.


Dr. Abdin Noboa-Rios
Dr. Abdin Noboa-Rios, a native of Puerto Rico, was raised in Bronx, New York and Chicago, Illinois. He has been in the field of research and social action programs for over 31 years, with principal concentration in the areas of education and psychology. His educational background includes six earned degrees from various universities such as the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard University. Among his academic achievements, he has completed two post-doctoral interns, including a summer institute on advanced survey research methods from the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. [read]

Dr. Sonya Whitaker
Dr. Sonya L. Whitaker is an educational consultant, keynote speaker and workshop presenter. Furthermore, Dr. Whitaker maintains her dedication and commitment to schools by serving in the capacity of Director of Literacy/Social Studies/Career Education for the largest elementary school district in the state of Illinois. In this position she is responsible for coordinating curriculum, instruction, assessment and implementing research-based professional development opportunities for administrators and teachers. Furthermore, her responsibilities include, but are not limited, to monitoring and communicating data in district literacy achievement, as well as analyzing and interpreting state and district data for continuous improvement of student achievement in the areas of literacy and social studies. [read]

Jack Broderick
With passion, enthusiasm and insight, honed by 34 years of federal military and civilian experience, Jack Broderick brings an in-depth knowledge of human relations, equal opportunity and military diversity issues to the Souder-Betances team. [read]

Dr. Walter B. T. Douglas
Dr. Walter B. T. Douglas is currently Special Assistant to the President of Andrews University for Diversity and Director of the Institute of Diversity and Multiculturalism. Douglas has conducted workshops, seminars and lectures on diversity and multiculturalism in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, and Caribbean and South Africa. He has worked with the Human Resources Association of Trinidad and Tobago, the James White Library at Andrews University, Berrien Springs, Michigan, the Director and staff for Human Development at Lake Michigan College, Benton Harbor, Michigan, and the Kellogg Corporation in Battle Creek, Michigan along with nationally known diversity consultant and practitioner Dr. Samuel Betances from Souder, Betances and Associates, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. [read]

Mary Ann Epps RN., BS., CNOR
Mary Ann Epps is a Perioperative Nurse at Wuesthoff Health System Center, Melbourne Florida. Formerly from Hartford, Connecticut, she was one of the first Perioperative nurses in Connecticut to become certified in her specialty and has maintained her certification for the past 25 years. During her 41 years in Perioperative Nursing, some of the administrative positions she has held include Assistant Director of a trauma center, Head Nurse and Educational Coordinator in two medical centers. She is licensed in three states. [read]

Dr. Sherrie L. Fowlkes
Dr. Sherrie Fowlkes is a diversity practitioner with Souder, Betances and Associates and has over 20 years of experience as a clinician working in both the academic and mental health arenas. A graduate of the University of New York at Albany with a Ph.D. in counseling psychology, she has an extensive background in conducting workshops and seminars on a variety of topics including pain management, peak performance, cultural competencies and mid-life changes. She has presented to both small and large groups including military troops, clinicians in Lithuania, university professors in South Africa and Kenya as well as at universities and hospitals throughout the Northeast. She has taught and presented on topics that include Leadership Skills, Smoke Cessation, Strategies for Wellness, Time Management, Problem Solving Techniques and Critical Incident Stress Management. [read]

Major Peter M. ("Pete") Balogh
Major Peter M. ("Pete") Balogh earned a Bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1986. He received his commission through ROTC Det. 925 and was assigned to Undergraduate Navigator Training at Mather AFB, CA, then to B-52 Offensive Avionics Training at Castle AFB, CA. His operational bomber assignments were to the 441st Bomb Squadron at Mather AFB, CA and the 325th Bomb Squadron, Fairchild AFB, WA. After cross training to the KC-135 tanker, Major Balogh served with the 43rd Air Refueling Squadron at Fairchild as an instructor and evaluator navigator until he left active duty in 1992. [read]

William Micklus
William Micklus has served 29 years as a Peace Officer for the Burnsville, MN Police Department. A Supervisor for 23 years, Micklus' duties included the Watch Commander role in the Patrol Division and Detective Sergeant. [read]

Gladis Benavidas
Gladis Benavidas is the Principal of BENAVIDES ENTERPRISES (BE), Inc., a Management Consulting firm located in Madison, Wisconsin U.S.A. BE Inc. Ms. Benavides and her colleagues have extensive experience and provide expert technical assistance and training. They effectively address issues such as Diversity Management, Equal Opportunities, Strategic Planning, Organizational Development, Labor Relations, Conflict management and Client/Customer service in the context of cross-cultural communications. [read]