Board of Fellows
To advise and assist the director and the faculty of the PhD in Organizational Leadership at Eastern University in the fulfillment of the program’s vision and mission. A Board of Fellows provides an external lens and an extended network that can help the program be more connected to the outside world. Opportunity will arise for relationships to develop with the director, faculty, students, the university and one another to advise, encourage, network, mentor, support and pray regarding the following:
- The realization of the vision, mission and goals of the program
- The advancement of the reputation of the program
- Sponsoring projects that enrich the program
- Connecting with individual students and faculty for future vocation, service and encouragement.
The board of fellows is a body of Christian scholars and businesspersons recognized for their distinguished achievement and service who embrace the vision of the board and are willing to become ambassadors for the PhD program. The board meets once a year.
Dr. Joan k. Singleton (CHAIR)
Dr. Joan K. Singleton is the vice president for Workforce and Organizational Effectiveness at Milton Hershey School, Hershey, PA. Prior to joining Milton Hershey School, Joan was the vice president of Finance and Administration/Chief Financial Officer at Azusa Pacific University.
She also served as the senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer of La Petit Academy. Joan’s career began in public accounting with ten years of service with Arthur Andersen and Deloitte & Touche.
She is a board member of World Vision.
Joan received her Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Business Administration from Eastern University, a Masters in Taxation degree from Villanova School of Law, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a certified public accountant.
Dr. Michael Barbalas
Michael Barbalas is currently president for China business for Goodrich Corporation, a US Fortune 500 company in the aerospace industry.
Prior to joining Goodrich he served as the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in China from November 2006 to March 2010 where he oversaw the programs and services to support over 1,200 member companies and 2,600 individual members. He previously served on the board of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and was Vice Chairman in 2005.
From 1997 to 2006, he was Managing Director, Andrew Telecommunications (China) Co. Ltd. Under his leadership the company grew to be the largest and a leading manufacturing and R&D site for Andrew Corporation globally. He previously worked in management positions in Tianjin, China for Management Technologies International, and in Hong Kong for Friends of China Foundation. He holds a B.S degree in Chemistry from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University. Michael reads and speaks Chinese.
Michael is a frequent speaker on operational excellence, leadership development and foreign investment in China. He has a keen interest in cross-cultural aspects of management and leadership development.
Dr. Annie Hunt Burriss
Annie Hunt Burriss is the Special Assistant to the President at the Medical College of Georgia and the recipient of a 2011 Georgia Bio Industry Growth Award.
Burriss, a founder of GaBio, was honored for linking business, academic, government and philanthropic sectors to advance Georgia’s bioscience industry. At MCG, she advises the President on mission-centered and market-smart initiatives, optimizing collaboration with academia, business and government.
Before joining MCG, she served as Executive Director of then-Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Commission for a New Georgia, as the Governor’s Senior Adviser and as University System of Georgia Associate Vice Chancellor for Economic Development.
As an economic developer she helped secure the American Cancer Society’s national headquarters relocation to Atlanta and pioneered a focus on public-private intellectual capital partnership development programs within the university system. She has served as a member of the GaBio Board of Directors, Executive Director of the Commission for a New Georgia, a state board member of the Technical College System of Georgia and president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association. She has been named five times in Georgia Trend magazine’s 100 most influential Georgians.
She earned a master’s degree in city planning from Georgia Institute of Technology and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ronald B. Evans
Ron is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Psychology and Westminster Theological Seminary with a Masters of Divinity.
Founder and manager of the Mustard Seed bookstores for over 35 years.
Elder at the Church of the Saviour in Wayne, PA.
Member of Eastern University’s Board of Trustee since 1993, with continuos participation in the Student Development Committee. Ron serves as the liaison between the university’s trustees and the Board of Fellows.
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Dr. Harold Heie
Harold Heie is a Senior Fellow at the Center for Christian Studies at Gordon College (Wenham, MA), where he served as Founding Director from 1994 to 2003. He previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Messiah College (1988-1993) and Northwestern College in Iowa (1980-1988). Prior to that, he taught mathematics at Gordon College (1975-1980) and The King’s College (1963-1975).
He has a BME degree from the Polytechnic Institute of NYU, an MSME from the University of Southern California, and an MA and PhD in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University. He has co-authored (with David Wolfe) Slogans or Distinctives: Reforming Christian Education (1993), co-edited The Reality of Christian Learning: Strategies for Faith-Discipline Integration (1988, with David Wolfe) and The Role of Religion in Politics and Society (1998, with A. J. Rudin and M.R. Wilson). He has authored Learning to Listen, Ready to Talk: A Pilgrimage Toward Peacemaking (2007), and co-edited, with Michael King, Mutual Treasure: Seeking Better Ways for Christians and Culture to Converse (2009). His latest book, co-edited with Mark Sargent, is Soul Care: Christian Faith and Academic Administration, which will be released in March 2012. He has published a number of essays on the nature of Christian higher education, in the Christian Scholar’s Review and other journals and books.
He serves as a Senior Fellow at the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
Mrs. Perry Lane
Perry Lane is the current founder and CEO of the infant apparel start-up, Nantucket Baby. From August 2007 through August 2010, Perry was a senior associate at Tapestry Networks, an organization that brings leaders together for strategic dialogues that set the agenda for economic, social, and organizational change. While at Tapestry, Perry brought extensive knowledge in research, current affairs and writing to her role.
Prior to joining Tapestry, Perry worked for Fox News Channel in New York City as an intern on “Hannity & Colmes.” Previously, she worked in London, England for At Your Service, the United Kingdom’s premier event planning company.
During her undergraduate years at Harvard, Perry worked in the Harvard Admissions Office and served as president of the Harvard Club of Rhode Island. She served as captain of the varsity women’s lacrosse team and volunteered for ECHO, an on campus peer counseling organization. Perry holds a BA in Government from Harvard College. A native of Barrington, Rhode Island, she enjoys travelling, skiing, piano, spending time with her family and cheering on New England’s sports teams.
Mr. Bob Oliver
Bob Oliver was named Senior Vice President, U.S. Pharmaceutical Sales for OAPI in 2010. He oversees all pharmaceutical sales functions for OAPI, and leads marketing for the neuroscience franchise.
Mr. Oliver has built an exemplary record as a sales and marketing leader over his more than 20 years in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined OAPI from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Senior Vice President, Primary Care Sales and Commercial Operations. In that role he had responsibility for sales and commercial operations in the U.S. and General Management in Puerto Rico. He was also a member of the US Management Team (USMT). Earlier at Wyeth, as Vice President and Global Business Manager, Oncology Sales and Marketing, he oversaw the successful global launch of an oncology drug. In his first role at Wyeth, he served as Vice President, Vaccine Sales.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Oliver spent 16 years in senior sales and marketing positions at Johnson & Johnson. In his last role there as Group Director, Global Marketing, he was co-chair of the Global Life Cycle Team with alliance partner Eisai. Earlier, as Group Director, Sales & Marketing Training & Development, he oversaw marketing and sales training for the Primary Care and Specialty sales forces. Mr. Oliver also held district manager and product management roles in both retail and hospital specialty channels.
Mr. Oliver earned an MBA degree in Marketing from the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph’s University, where he sits on the Pharma Board of Directors. Bob also has a BA degree from Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ.
Dr. Bramwell Osula
Dr. Bramwell Osula is an applied human services practitioner with a wealth of experience that cuts across the areas of global leadership, cultural analysis, and consultant management.
Dr. Osula holds a Ph.D. in Sociology. His teaching, research, and consulting practice is the result of living explorations in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Canada, the United States, and Europe.
Dr. Osula is active in a variety of leadership and other programs as a professor, consultant, trainer, and mentor. He is a frequent participant in and organizer of training workshops and professional development seminars. His interests include leadership development, organizational diagnosis, consulting theory and practice, ethics, cross-cultural analyses, security and public policy.
Prior to joining the faculty at Regent University, Dr. Osula served as director of business development for an IT consulting firm. He was also an adjunct faculty member at the City University of New York and College of Saint Elizabeth in New Jersey.
Dr. Efrain Rivera
Efrain Rivera is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer at Paychex. Rivera was formerly corporate vice president and chief financial officer at Bausch & Lomb, a global eye health company. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Administration for Houghton College.
Rivera was born in Paterson, New Jersey. He received a B.S. degree in Psychology from Houghton College and went on to earn an MBA in Finance from The William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester as well as a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from New York University. He also earned an Executive Doctorate in Management from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio.
In the mid-1980s, Rivera worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. In 1989, he joined Bausch and Lomb and held director positions in Investor Relations and Business Analysis. In 1994, Rivera served as general manager of B&L Mexico and later in the 1990s as vice president of its Finance and Vision Care operations in Rochester. He continued his career as president of B&L Canada and Latin America. In 2002, he was elected an officer of the company and shortly thereafter took a leave of absence to serve as Dean of the School of Professional Studies at Eastern University, near Philadelphia, PA. In 2004, he returned to B&L and was named corporate vice president and treasurer. He took an early retirement from B&L in 2009.
Rivera is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Financial Manager (CFM), a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, and a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society for business. He and his wife Michele, a Houghton alumna who also graduated in 1978, are parents of two teenaged children.
Mr. Kenneth Volpert
Ken Volpert is Principal, Sr. Portfolio Manager, and Head of the Taxable Bond Group at The Vanguard Group, in Valley Forge PA., where he oversees management of Vanguard’s taxable bond funds, both indexed and active. The 40+ portfolios, with assets of more than $300 billion in global investments, are managed by a team of over 60 investment professionals (portfolio managers, traders, and credit analysts).
Ken has nearly 30 years fixed income management experience, holds his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois-Urbana and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.
He lives in St. Davids PA with his wife of 25+years and three teenage children. Ken and his family attend Church of the Saviour in Wayne PA, where he is active on the Elder Board.