Nassar Nassar, PhD

Nassar S. Nassar is the president and CEO of Savant Learning Systems. He earned his PhD from Capella University with a specialization in entrepreneurship, an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bethel University. An instructor in Bethel’s MBA program, Dr. Nassar’s area of expertise is leadership and entrepreneurial initiatives within the educational arena.

Stephen Pew, PhD

Stephen Pew has over 30 years of healthcare senior leadership experience. He has worked with public and private, not-for-profit and for-profit healthcare organizations and businesses in community health, continuous quality improvement, patient safety, appreciative inquiry, strategic planning and performance management. He most recently served as associate professor in Park University’s graduate school, and executive director of the Master of Healthcare Leadership Program. He has also taught Organizational Psychology at Creighton University, and Quality Improvement in Medicine at Rockhurst University for third-year medical students. He has held executive-level positions in healthcare; has been a Vice President for Healthcare Strategic Planning and Marketing; a licensed nursing home administrator; and holds a certificate in Civil and Family Mediation and Conflict Resolution. He is a published author and public speaker, and holds copyrights on diversity measurement tools for large organizations. He recently co-authored the book “Don’t Go There Alone: A Guide to Hospitals for Patients and Their Advocates.” He is the founder of Health Advocacy Leadership and Learning Organization (HALO), an organization dedicated to educating and training professionals and volunteers in health and patient advocacy by teaching patients, families and advocates to be more informed consumers.

Kim LaFevor, DBA

Kim LaFevor serves as Dean for the College of Business at Athens State University, where she previously served as Faculty and Department Chair for both Management and Human Resource Management Programs and Faculty. Concurrently, Dr. LaFevor instructs business curriculum as a facilitator for Bethel University’s MBA Program, beginning as the program’s first developer and instructor in 2007. She has taught collegiately for 24 years at both the undergraduate and graduate level, specializing in the areas of advanced human resource practices, labor relations and employment law. She also serves as a consultant in the areas of leadership development, recruitment and selection, performance management, compensation administration and labor relations. She served three terms as President of the Tennessee Employment Relations Research Association (TERRA) and presently sits on their Board of Directors. She is entering her second term as College Relations Director for the Alabama SHRM State Council, and holds advanced HR certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Prior to her current responsibilities, she had a 21-year career with General Motors, specializing in human resource. She holds a BS with dual majors in Psychology and Personnel Psychology from Athens State University, a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Management from Troy State University, and a Doctorate of Business Administration with dual majors in Management and Education from the University of Sarasota.

Gail Southwell, PhD

Gail Southwell is an experienced executive coach, consultant and negotiator with a specialty in developing leaders to accomplish meaningful and quantifiable objectives that align to organizational goals. Dr. Southwell coaches emerging leaders to prepare them to take on greater responsibilities. She also delivers interactive workshops delivered to leadership teams, to help them discover how their behaviors shape the organizational system. She retired from Ford Motor Credit Company as Director of Human Resources and has over 30 years’ experience in corporate, manufacturing, assembly, parts depot, education and the finance industries. She holds a PhD in psychology, with an emphasis on building sustainable systems through artful negotiations and sensitivity to people within the organizational structures. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with the International Coaches Federation trained in NLP, career and executive coaching with a specialty in conflict resolution, a seasoned negotiator, and a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 trained civil mediator. She serves as an adjunct Professor at Athens State University, in addition to teaching Human Resource Management for Bethel University’s MBA program.

Shea Slonaker, PhD

Shea Slonaker teaches both undergraduate and graduate classes for Bethel University, including Managerial Economics, Business, Government and the International Economy, Managerial Accounting, Quantitative Approaches to Managerial Decision- Making, and Strategic Planning. She also taught Principles of Macroeconomics and Principles of Microeconomics at Middle Tennessee State University. She received her PhD in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University. She has published academic articles in her primary research fields of entertainment and labor economics. In addition to her academic research, Dr. Slonaker has worked in the financial services arms of both government and non-profit health care.

Brett Gardner, EdD

Brett Gardner brings more than 20 years’ experience within both corporate (Fortune 50) and entrepreneurial business environments in the Human Resources field. Dr. Gardner led the Vendor on Premise initiatives for Staffmark Staffing Services in the Middle Tennessee market from 1997 through 1999. He also served in a leadership capacity with Dell Computer Corporation during Dell’s first U.S. expansion, resulting in approximately 1,500 hires in a period of 20 months. Gardner also served as the Vice-President of Human Resources for Edgenet, Inc., a software company based in Brentwood, TN. During his tenure with Edgenet, Dr. Gardner helped grow the company from 45 employees to more than 275, and headed two U.S. expansions, and a corporation in the India market. He was instrumental in designing HR operations and infrastructure to support these operations and optimize productivity. He earned both his M.A. in Organizational Management and his Doctor of Education in Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University. He serves as a faculty member with Bethel University in the school’s College of Professional Studies.

Richard Geyer, DBA

Richard A. Geyer holds a Doctorate of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Tiffin University, Tiffin, Ohio; and a Bachelor of Science in Communications with a concentration in Telecommunications from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Dr. Geyer has over 29 years of experience in service-industry marketing and managing non-profit and governmental programs in his local community. Dr. Geyer managed a $2.5 million budget as the Director of Senior Programs for nine senior centers in two counties. He also directed a rural transit system and commercial kitchen that provided hot meals to the homebound, and currently serves his community as an elected official, overseeing a $2 million budget for a township of over 6,000 people. Dr. Geyer has five years’ experience directing recruitment efforts for a local college, and over 14 years’ experience teaching undergraduate and graduate business courses.

Tracy Tuten, PhD

Tracy L. Tuten is the author of multiple books on marketing. Frequently quoted in the press, including the New York Times, Brandweek, the International Herald Tribune, and the Washington Post, she is a leading contributor to industry views on leveraging the Internet for branding. Dr. Tuten’s research has appeared in such journals as Psychology & Marketing, the Journal of Business Research, and Social Science Computer Review, among others. She has served consultant and guest professor roles internationally (in Korea, Germany, France, Croatia, and Argentina) and in the United States with organizations that include Samsung Electronics, Royall & Company, the Martin Agency, and the NFL Coaches Association. She twice served as a Fulbright Scholar and has won numerous awards for teaching excellence; was awarded the prestigious O’Hara Leadership Award in Direct and Interactive Marketing Education; and served as the Social Media Marketing Master at ad:tech New York in 2010. She has conducted many keynotes and training sessions for such groups as Dell Computers, Samsung Electronics, TeliaSonera, and the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the NC Travel and Tourism Association, and the Custom Content Council, among others.

Linda Gunn, PhD

Linda Gunn is president of A.G.S. Consulting, Inc. In addition to serving as an instructor at Bethel University, she is also on the faculty of Western Governors University, Indiana University Northwest and Central Michigan University. Dr. Gunn received her Master of Business degree in finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. She earned her PhD in organizational behavior from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Gunn recently earned her designation as a certified professional in healthcare risk management (CPHRM). She is also a founding board member of the Kid’s Chance of Indiana, Inc., a not-for-profit organization designed to provide scholarships to children of employees who have been catastrophically injured or died from an Indiana work-related incident.

Alan S. Whiteman, PhD, FACMPE

Alan Whiteman has served as the MHA Program Director and Interim Director Ph.D., Health Sciences, at Walden University, as well as Associate Dean, Health Sciences, with the MS Health Services Administration and Master of Public Health programs at Barry University. Dr. Whiteman has over 40 years’ experience in the healthcare industry, and has taught graduate school for over 20 years. He earned his MBA in Management and Marketing, and holds a PhD in Health Services. A Life Fellow in the American College of Medical Practice Executives (FACMPE), he served as Team Leader on the college’s Professional Paper Committee. His academic interests lie in leadership issues related to medical group practice.