Human Capital Development Ph.D. - Alumni

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Adams, Dr. Madonna "Penny"

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2011

Dissertation Topic: Recovering from Hurricane Katrina, small business owners conquer Katrina: a mixed methodology study

Doctorate: Ministerial Education- Truth Bible College

Master’s Degree: Public Administration- Louisiana State University

Bachelor’s Degree: Criminal Justice- University of Louisiana Lafayette

Dr. Adams is employed by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she serves as a counselor in the Veterans Upward Bound and UB Math/Science Programs.  She loves to travel and spend time outdoors with her family.

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Alsobrooks, Dr. Scott

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2010

Dissertation Topic: The quality of student experiences in traditionally scheduled courses versus block scheduled courses at Pearl River Community College

Master’s Degree: Engineering Technology- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree: Engineering- Mississippi State University

Dr. Alsobrooks was recently promoted to the role of Vice President of Economic and Community Development for Pearl River Community College.  In this role, he provides leadership to the areas of Associate Degree Nursing, Career Technical Education, Allied Health, Workforce Education, Adult Basic Education, Public Relations/Marketing, and the College Foundation.  He has taught courses in Manufacturing, Quality Engineering, and Construction Engineering Technology and collaborated with Professor Bob Coates in developing online engineering technology classes. At the Lean Enterprise Center, he delivered short courses to industry in Lean Manufacturing, Quality Control and Six Sigma as well as provided manufacturing consulting services to several organizations.  Scott received recognition from the faculty of the University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Science and Technology as the Outstanding Graduate student in 2010.

 

Bush, Dr. Susan

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Determining The Individual, Organizational, and Community Level Outcomes of a Community Leadership Development Program as Perceived by the Program Alumni

Master’s Degree:  Special Education- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree: Marketing/Management- The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Bush is the Student Services Coordinator at Gulfport High School’s Technology Center (GHSTC).  She has been with the Gulfport School District (GSD) for 20 years.  Susan’s current responsibilities include identifying and assisting students who may have barriers to achieving success in their Technology Center program.  Susan has served in leadership positions at GHSTC; most recently as co-chair of the SACS/AdvancEd and Office of Civil Rights committees.  Susan also represents the GHSTC on several district committees.  Prior to her employment with the Gulfport School District, Susan spent 12 years as a Buyer and Manager for Gayfer’s Department Store.  Susan recently became a Phillips Return on Investment Certified Professional.  Susan is also a member of the American Society for Training and Development – Lighthouse Gulf Coast Chapter.

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Burkett, Dr. Holly

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2010

Dissertation Topic: Change capacity as a determinant of sustainable ROI implementation in human resource development practice

Master’s Degree: Human Resource and Organization Development- University of San Francisco

Bachelor’s Degree: Social Work- Ohio University

Dr. Burkett, SPHR, CPT serves as Principal of Evaluation Works in Davis, Ca. As a performance measurement consultant, she assists such organizations in developing evaluation processes, programs, and systems to determine the business value of workplace learning initiatives. Certified as an ROI professional since 1997, she is recognized as an Evaluation Expert with the U.S Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Performance Review (OPR) and is a frequent conference presenter, workshop leader, and author on performance measurement topics. Editor of ISPI’s acclaimed Performance Improvement Journal, Holly also serves as a select Item Writer for the Human Resource Certification Institute’s SPHR/PHR certification exams. Holly is adjunct faculty with HRD Graduate Studies programs at Drexel University and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

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Davis-Green, Dr. Dionne

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Examining the Relationship Between Social Capital and Career Success Among Welfare to Work Participants

Master’s Degree:  Business Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration- University of Louisiana (Lafayette)

Bachelor’s Degree: Business Systems Analysis and Technology- University of Louisiana (Lafayette)

Dr. Davis-Green possesses a wealth of knowledge in health care having researched health disparities in Louisiana while employed at the Health Informatics Center of Acadiana. While in the MBA program at UL, Dionne was an integral part of assessing an economic development plan for Vermilion Parish in Louisiana.  Dionne is currently working as an instructor in the BI Moody III College of Business Administration at UL- Lafayette.  Her versatility and broad knowledge base has afforded her teaching opportunities at technical institutions and the university as well. Dionne also has experience and a broad knowledge base in various health care settings including medical staff credentialing & privileging, risk management, patient safety, and regulatory compliance.

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Green, Dr. Evelyn

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic:Employee volunteer and employer benefits from business-education partnerships as perceived by employee volunteers

Master’s Degree:  Instructional Technology- The University of Southern Mississippi

Master’s Degree:  Business Administration- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree: Hotel and Restaurant Administration- The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Green is currently an instructor in the Tourism Management Department in the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Her  research interests include:

 --Recipient, College of Business BAC Teaching Service Award, USM, 2011-2012

 --College of Business Nominee, University Innovation Award (Academic Partnership), USM, 2010-2011

 --Recipient, Innovative Instruction Award, Tourism Management, USM, 2007

 --Recipient, National Service Award, National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), 2000 - for pioneering work in campus recreation marketing

 --Recipient - Staff Excellence Award, USM, 1999

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Griffin, Dr. Mamie

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Manufacturing Mississippi's workforce: An assessment of employability skills as perceived by faculty and senior students of four year marketing related degree program

Master's Degree: Industrial Technology- Alcorn State University

Bachelor's Degree: Industrial Technology- Texas A&M University- Commerce

Dr. Griffin currently teaches Manufacturing Technology and Management related courses at Alcorn.  Her previous work experiences include positions with Cargill Grain, Ergon Refining, Mercedes-Benz, National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, and a research fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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Harbin, Dr. Tomeka

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Workplace health promotion programs: An assessment of factors influencing participation

Master's Degree: Community Development- Delta State University

Bachelor's Degree: Social Work- The University of Mississippi

A community servant leader with a mission to transform distressed communities in the Mississippi Delta, Dr. Harbin has been involved with various community projects since the fall of 2003; Improving Healthcare Access in the Mississippi Delta, Business Development and Retention Program, and Youth Entrepreneurial Program to name a few.  She has served as the Executive Director of Central Mississippi Community Action Agency, Program Director for the Youth Civic Action Program at Delta State University, Program Director for the Delta Business Institute of Health at Delta State University, and is currently directing the Debt Education for Business Transformation and Sustainability (DEBTS) at Delta State University.

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Jeffries, Dr. Richard "Rich"

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2011

Dissertation Topic: Investments in leadership and management succession planning at a Department of Defense organization in the southeastern United States: A review of strategic implications

Master's Degree: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography- Naval Postgraduate School

Bachelor's Degree: Eastern Illinois University

Dr. Jeffries is the Director of the Cooperative Organization for Meteorological Education and Training (COMET) with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. He is a 30 year veteran of the United States Navy, having retired as Commander. Rich served the last five years of his career as the Executive Officer and as Commanding Officer of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center and as Deputy Human Resources Officer on the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command staff. Rich has broad experience in training, educating, strategic planning, program management and serving on national boards and committees that govern training and education resource development.

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Kirby, Dr. Cheryl Zipay

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Assessing a Culture of Innovation Leadership on the Human Capital in Healthcare

Master's Degree: Health Communication Leadership- University of West Florida

Bachelor's Degree: Communication Arts- University of Florida

Dr. Kirby currently serves as the Associate State Director of Marketing and Workforce Development for the Florida Small Business Development Center Network.  She is also a facilitator for The Training and Development Certificate Program for The Jack & Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi, an adjunct facility member at The University of West Florida in Communication Arts and Engineering and Computer Technology Departments, a facilitator for The Pensacola State College Institute for Corporate & Professional Training.

Cheryl thrives when helping people find their true potential. As the founder of IGNITE, a consulting firm, she serves an enthusiastic consultant, trainer, and speaker who understand people make the difference in the 21st century workplace. Cheryl facilitates on leadership development, business ethics, team building, change leadership along with specializing in creativity and innovation strategies.

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Kmiec, Dr. John

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2010

Dissertation Topic: A study of the effectiveness of a pilot training program in an organizational setting: an intervention for work engagement

Master’s Degree: Workforce Training and Development- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree: Human Resource Management- Faulkner University

Dr. Kmiec serves as research associate at the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi. He is a 27 year veteran of the United States Air Force, having retired in the highest enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant. John has broad experience training, educating, evaluating and developing human capital resources in order to improve work processes, products, services, productivity and performance. John’s performance improvement accolades include the United States Air Force Chief of Staff Team Quality Award and the Rochester Institute of Technology/USA-Today Quality Cup. He is a Phillips Return-On-Investment Certified Professional and an American Society for Training and Development Mississippi Chapter Gulf Coast Lighthouse Unit board member.  As a graduate student, John was recognized as the 2009 Outstanding Graduate Student in the USM College of Science and Technology and one of the Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 2010.

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Lewis, Dr. Lindsey

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2011

Dissertation Topic: A computer ate my classroom:  assessing student interactions, perceived learning, and satisfaction in online community college career technical education courses

Master’s Degree: Workforce Training and Development- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree: Speech Communications- The University of Southern Mississippi

Dr. Lewis is the Workforce and Economic Development Specialist for the Pearl River Community College Workforce Education.  She also serves as an adjunct Speech Communications instructor.  Lindsey was selected for the 2009 Leadership Pinebelt Class and currently serves on the programs steering committee.  She is also a certified DiSC trainer and has completed the USM Training and Development Certificate program.  Lindsey is Vice-President of Professional Development for the Pinebelt ASTD Chapter and is director of the Pearl River County Distinguished Young Woman program.

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Miller, Dr. Steve

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: Leading Through Crisis: Competencies for Effective Sport Security Professionals

Master’s Degree:  Master’s of Business Administration- The University of Southern Mississippi

Bachelor’s Degree:Electrical Engineering- Mississippi State University

Dr. Miller is a consultant and training specialist with the Lean Enterprise Center at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Since 1998, Steve’s main capacity has been in the area of training, workforce development and project implementation. His area of expertise is in process improvement through the use of Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma tools and techniques. Steve has conducted Lean workshops for thousands of people as well as facilitated rapid improvement shop floor events (typically known as Kaizen events). Some of his clients include Baxter Healthcare, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, U.S. Navy, Ashley Furniture, Bender Shipbuilding, La-z-boy, Parker Hannifan, Clorox, Cooper Tire, United Plastics, Pioneer Aerospace, Solar Group and many others.  Steve holds certifications from:  Georgia Tech University – Six Sigma Black Belt; National Institute of Standards & Technology – Certified Lean Manufacturing Instructor; Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute – Certified Training Professional; and Occupational Safety and Health – General Industry Trainer.  Steve was previously a project manager with Lockheed Martin where he managed various aerospace related projects for NASA at the Stennis Space Center.  Steve has enhanced and developed several of the Lean workshops being used to cater to clients’ individual needs.  He also is an adjunct instructor in the College of Science and Technology at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Mitchell, Dr. Sidney

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2011

Dissertation Topic: Factors that contribute to persistence and retention of underrepresented minority undergraduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)

Specialist’s Degree: Education- Leadership and Instruction- Northwestern State University

Master’s Degree: Administration and Supervision- Southern University

Bachelor’s Degree:  Sociology- Nichols State University

Dr. Mitchell is currently employed at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as the Administrative Coordinator of the Veterans Upward Bound Program. Additionally, he serves as a faculty trainer with the Council for Opportunities in Education (COE), a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the expansion of college opportunities for low-income and first generation students as well as students with disabilities throughout the United States.  As a part of the COE training team, his concentration is preparing adults to enroll in college. Dr. Mitchell has presented over 100 motivational speeches/lectures throughout the United States, Barbados, Brazil, Liberia and Nigeria, Africa on topics that include but are not limited to the following: Resiliency in Education/Ministry, Educational Leadership, and the Persistence and Retention of Underrepresented Minority Undergraduate Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

 

Moore, Dr. Deborah

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: America Reads- Mississippi Future Teacher Corps: A Study of Program Completers' Perception of Factors Influencing the Decision to Become and Remain Classroom Teachers

Master's Degree: Business Administration- Delta State University

Bachelor's Degree: Business Administration- Delta State University

Dr. Moore is a Project Manager IV for Delta Health Alliance in Stoneville, MS. where she provides technical assistance to communities and organizations regarding healthcare projects. Deborah is a retiree from the state of Mississippi where she served 27 years in community and economic development. Deborah spent the last 12 years of her career at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development in Cleveland, MS where she served as AmeriCorps director for two programs and then as director of the Center for Community and Economic Development. In her role as director of the Center for Community and Economic Development she assisted grass-root communities by developing projects and programs to strengthen communities. Moore has extensive work with proposal writing having secured grants in excess of $15,000,000.00. Moore is a member of the Mississippi Center for Nonprofits board where she continues to assist nonprofit organizations and communities in training and capacity building.

 

 

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Robbins, Dr. Ginger

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: A study of the effect of appreciative inquiry on student-course engagement and attendance in the community college

Master's Degree: Recreational Therapy- The University of South Alabama

Bachelor's Degree: Educational Psychology- Mississippi State University

Dr. Turner is currently the Registrar for Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi.  Previously, she served as the Registrar and District Director of Admissions and Records at Hinds Community College, Mississippi’s largest community college.  Before accepting the Admissions/Registrar position, she served as a Workforce Specialist in the Economic Development and Training Division at Hinds.   Ginger also earned the Certified Training and Development Professional designation from the University of Southern Mississippi’s Training and Development Certificate Program and is a certified Fitness Counselor, Personal Trainer, and Aerobics Instructor through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. 

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Stewart, Dr. Richard "Rich"

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2012

Dissertation Topic: A study of the leadership code and employee engagement

Master's Degree: Master's of Business Administration- Auburn University

Bachelor's Degree:  Brigham Young University- Psychology

Dr. Stewart's most recent employment is as Human Resources Director with Cypress Bayou Casino.  He is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional.  He served as a member of the Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism management program advisory board at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was a management trustee for Engineers Local 501 in Las Vegas and has served on various other committees.  His professional interests lie in leadership, organizational development, decision making and employee performance.

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Wyre, Dr. Dwuena

PhD: Human Capital Development- The University of Southern Mississippi- 2011

Dissertation Topic: Set up for success:  an examination of the Ronald E. McNair postbaccalaureate achievement program’s mentoring component

Master’s Degree: Public Administration- Louisiana State University

Bachelor’s Degree:  Hospitality Management- Grambling State University

Dr. Wyre served as Graduate Research Assistant at the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute at USM.  She also served as the 2010-2011 Graduate Student Senate representative for the Department of Economic and Workforce Development and was a 2011 Graduate Student Symposium Committee Member and session chair.  Dwuena is a former Human Resources Assistant Division Administrator at the Louisiana Department of State Civil Service (DSCS).  Some of Dwuena’s past successful experiences at DSCS include:

Serving as administrator of a national award winning statewide supervisory learning and development program, which was cited by Governing Magazine as one of the State of Louisiana’s strengths in the 2008 Grading of the States review and profiled in the book Human Capital: Tools and Strategies for the Public Sector; Implementing, coordinating, and monitoring the Eula L. Vernell Mentoring Program; and Leading the development and implementation of an asynchronous, web-based orientation for unclassified officials on civil service policy.  

Dwuena has been a speaker at various professional conferences and workshops, and is an active member of the American Society for Training and Development and Gamma Beta Phi Society.  She is also a certified Training and Development Professional through the Jack and Patti Phillips Workplace Learning and Performance Institute.