There are more than 70 instructors teaching in GPS, many of whom teach in the M.S. in Project and Program Management. All are working professionals who bring their real-world project management experience into the classroom, ensuring that courses are current, fresh and relevant.
The profiles of the M.S. in Project and Program Management instructors are listed below in alphabetical order:
Leanne Bateman, MA, PMP, CSM, Six Sigma Green Belt, CIP is the Principal Consultant with Beacon Strategy Group, a Boston-based management firm specializing in project management services. Leanne has more than 20 years of project management experience across the areas of health care, information technology, high-tech manufacturing, human resources, construction, senior housing, government, and higher education. She is a member of the Project Management Institute, AIIM: The Global Community of Information Professionals, and the Scrum Alliance. Leanne serves as the Academic Program Chair at Brandeis for the Project & Program Management program. She has taught at Brandeis University since 2007.
Cheryl ColemanMSPM, PMP, has more than 25 years experience in help desk management, desktop technologies, call center technologies, project management and business analysis. She has over 12 years of experience as a technical project manager and has a graduate degree in Project Management. She is a member of Project Management Institute and a certified project management professional.
Stephen Gentile, MS, MBA, PMP, has over 25 years of Information Technology Project Management experience in the Financial Services Industry. As a director in the IT Project Management Office, he is responsible for IT governance, with a focus on compliance initiatives and the project management framework, standards and the monitoring of audit initiatives. He is responsible for facilitating, coaching and training team members on the compliance standards and has lectured at Elms College on Business Ethics and Management. He has been a Project Management Professional since 2002 and has taught at Brandeis since 2005. Stephen also serves as the Academic Program Chair for the Strategic Analytic program.
Denise M. Guérin, JD, PMP, is a principal with Xtispex Consulting Group of Cambridge, MA, a project management consulting firm. Her interests include risk management, project management for professional practices and non-profits, and post-project archiving/documentation. In addition to risk management, she has also taught courses in scheduling, budgeting and resources, contracts and procurement, and business law. She also has more than 25 years experience as a business and transactional attorney.
Jim Hassey, MA, MS, PMP, was a software engineer and manager at Data General for 17 years, and worked at Fidelity Investments defining and implementing improvements to project management processes and practices. He currently works with a law firm where he provides IT support and works on legal research projects.
Philip Holberton, BA, CPA, is the founder of Holberton Group Inc – Speaking of Leadership, a business advisory firm specializing in strategic, organizational, and executive coaching. He also has more than 20 years of executive experience in companies such as General Cinema Theatres, Cambridge NeuroScience, Becton Dickinson and a number of other start-up companies. He is the retired President & CEO of Differential Proteomics Inc., a private biotechnology company and now runs CEO Peer Advisory Boards in the greater Boston area.
Jim LaCreta, MS, is the Executive Director of Technology at Brandeis University’s International Business School and the chair for the Information Technology Management program. He has more than 15 years of experience working in technology and communications. In addition, he is active within several local and national IT consortia. He holds a Master’s Degree in IT Management from the Rabb School of Continuing Studies. He is also an Education – Leadership and Communication Specialization PhD candidate for 2014 at Northeastern University.
Laurie Lesser, MA, is the Associate Director of Instructor Recruitment and Development at Brandeis University, Division of Graduate Professional Studies. In addition to developing and teaching Professional Communications for Brandeis GPS, she has been consulting, developing, and teaching communication classes at Babson College since 1998. She also has been an adviser and Vice President at the Sinnott School, a local nonprofit computer training institution where she worked for more than 20 years.
John J. MacMillan, MBA, is currently on the business faculty of the Thompson School at the University of New Hampshire and serves as an instructor in economics, accounting, and communications for Granite State College. Jack has taught communications courses at the University of New Hampshire, Babson College, Regis College, Daniel Webster College, and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. His career has included work as a political speechwriter, college debate coach, Dean of Institutional Relations for a small New Hampshire college, and owner and manager of a small publishing firm.
Nadeem Malik, MS, is a senior consultant with over 20 years industry experience in project and program management, global software development management and solution architecture for mid to large scale Information Systems. He is a member of the Project Management Institure (PMI), American Computing Machinery (ACM), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He is also a graduate of Brandeis University, class of 1988.
Anne Marando, MS, is the director of academic programs and distance learning for GPS, where she has been teaching since its inception in 1997. She has held project and process management positions at several organizations and has led virtual and colocated teams. Her specialty areas include project and program management, risk management, distance education, methodology management, and software development.
Charles Mutunga, BSC, MSE, PMP, is a senior-level project-management consultant. He has more than 20 years of experience across the areas of telecommunications, information technology, software development and higher education. Charles is proficient in object-oriented software analysis & design. He is a subject matter expert in UML based modeling of software artifacts across the entire software development life cycle. Charles additionally serves as instructor in the faculty of media studies at Humber College where he teaches software/database architecture, design & development.Charles has published an insightful book, “Demystifying Innovation: A Guide to Project Leaders” at Createspace.
Cynthia Phillips, PhD, is currently serving as an instructor for the IT Management, Information Security and Health and Medical Informatics Programs. Her background is in software development, requirements engineering, and information systems management. She has also taught a variety of industry seminars and has been involved in online education at Brandeis and other institutions.
David T. Priddle, MBA, is the Director of Professional Services at Akken, Inc. where he is responsible for the successful onboarding of customers world-wide. His career includes client-facing roles in information technology consulting and software development, and he has extensive experience in planning and managing software implementations. He is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Phoenix focusing on project management.
Amy Todd,PhD, is a Sociocultural Anthropologist. She spent 16 months in Mexico studying the regulation of urban public markets. More locally, she has worked as program director and consultant for the Federation of Massachusetts Farmers Markets. From 2005 to 2007, she traveled with American and international students to Brazil, South Africa, India, New Zealand, Paris, and Mexico as faculty for the International Honors Program. She has also taught anthropology at MIT and Dartmouth College, and writing courses at Northeastern University. Currently, she is a full-time instructor in biological and sociocultural anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Aline Yurik, PhD, is the Program Chair for the Software Engineering program. She teaches courses in the software engineering and virtual management curricula. Aline’s industry experience is in software architecture specializing in enterprise and business systems design and development. She has been a software development manager on a number of information technology projects, spanning virtual and global teams. Aline has a PhD in Computer Science from Brandeis University.
Jeff Williams, MBA, is currently employed by Charles River Laboratories as the Global Director of Capital Projects and Real Estate, with more than 25 years experience in both high-tech manufacturing and bio-tech industries. His responsibilities have included strategic planning and extensive domestic and international construction project management, totaling $700,000 sf and $300m, allowing him to deliver a real world approach to Brandeis University’s Construction Project Management curriculum.
Valerie Smedile Rifkin, MA, is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Academic Programs and is a full-time instructor in the Rabb School of Continuing Studies, Division of Graduate Professional Studies at Brandeis University. She received her BA in Anthropology and Classical Archaeology and Art History, and her MA in Anthropology, both from Brandeis University. The focus of her research was on Mesoamerican archaeology. Valerie has over eight years of experience in higher education administration, with an emphasis on student financials, enrollment management, and data analysis and reporting.
Jennifer Drewry,MS, MSP, has significant experience in project and process leadership across the financial service and transportation sectors. Deeply involved in higher education, her interests include technology-enabled collaboration, legal project management, team dynamics, and organizational behavior. She recently presented “Legal Project Management: It’s a Process” to the Bay Area Association for Legal Professionals. She is a member of the Project Management Institute as well as the American Bar Association.