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President/Chairperson:  Dr. Patrick G. Callaghan,
Northwood University

Dr. Callaghan is currently the Online Lead Faculty member of
Northwood University.  He is also the President of HR Partners,
Inc. a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan based Human Resources and
technology consulting firm specializing in strategic planning,
executive coaching, HR consulting services and technology
aided instruction. Prior to joining HR Partners, he was the
Director of Human Resources at AlixPartners, LLC where he
established and implemented the human capital strategy for
one of the most successful consulting firm in the world.  Prior to
AlixPartners he worked at Walsh College where he was the
senior executive in charge of the Office of Online Learning.

Dr. Callaghan is the former senior vice president of AT&T
Capital Corporation, where he served as a strategic officer for
ten years, directing corporate initiatives such as Competency
Development, Succession Planning, Workforce Restructuring,
and Human Performance Management.

Dr. Callaghan has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in

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Economics and Management from Albion College, a Master of
Arts degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan
University, and a doctoral degree in Education, specializing in
Instructional Technology, from Wayne State University. He has
also attained the highest certification in the Human Resources
profession – Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).

Vice-President:  Dr. Roger P. Bober, The University of

Roger Bober is Associate Campus College Chair, College of
Education, for The University of Phoenix, Metro Detroit Campus
and president of Leadership Capabilities - a limited liability
consulting corporation designed to assist organizations in
leveraging technology and integrated applications. He has
served multi-campus community colleges for more than 30
years as a professor, department head, dean, deputy provost
and chief academic officer.  Dr. Bober established Macomb
Online in fall 1998 and led its growth in programs, courses,
faculty and enrollment into the third largest online college
among community colleges in the State in 2006.  Dr. Bober is
also a certified online facilitator and currently teaches for a
number of senior colleges and universities throughout the
nation teaching graduate level courses in Business
Administration and Higher Education.

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Treasurer:  Dr. Edward D. Callaghan, Oakland Community

Edward D. Callaghan received his Ph.D. degree from the
University of Michigan, M.B.A. from Wayne State University,
and B.S. degree from the University of Detroit. Dr. Callaghan
serves as a board member for a variety of organizations,
including Henry Ford Health System, Henry Ford Macomb
Hospitals, Motor City Lyric Opera, Gilda’s Club, Metro Bureau
Services, and Brother Rice High School. He is employed by
Oakland Community College as a Business Faculty Member,
after serving as President of Orchard Ridge Campus and as
Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and College
Communications. Dr. Callaghan also serves as an Arbitrator
with the Michigan Employer Relations Commission.

Member-at-large:  Carl Weckerle, Macomb Community

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Mr. Weckerle currently serves as the Associate Director of
Instructional Technology & Virtual Learning where he is focused
on improving the educational standard of higher education in
the areas of curriculum development, technology integration,
eLearning and data-driven decision making. He has a strong
interest in opportunities where instructional design and
technology can improve organizational and learning

Mr. Weckerle began in Workforce Development at the College
in 2004, where he had the opportunity to work with business,
industry, state and federal government. He was instrumental in
leading the State to develop the MIOSHA Training Institute in
partnership with the College. Mr. Weckerle’s primary focus was
instructional design and strategic initiatives and has delivered
presentations nationally in those areas.

Mr. Weckerle received his Master of Education degree in
Instructional Technology and his Bachelor of Science degree in
Education, both from Wayne State University.

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Member-at-large:  Terri Washburn, Walsh College

Terri Washburn, Assistant Vice President for Academic
Administration, is presently the interim Dean for the Division of
Online Learning for Walsh College, and also serves as interim
Department Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Business
Information Systems degree. She has been teaching online for
ten years. Terri possesses a Master’s of Science in
Management and anticipates the completion of her PhD in
Organizations and Management this fall.

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Member-at-Large:  Celeste Henderlight, Specs Howard
School of Media Arts

Celeste is a professional educator with experience in both
academic and business environments.  She designed
award-winning training for General Motors while working for
General Motors University, and managed GM strategy
board-mandated courses throughout the US, Canada, and
Mexico.  She was instrumental in bringing eLearning to General
Motors employees around the world.

Her strong interest in DL and using computers to teach began
many years ago while volunteering her time at her children's
elementary school.  She continually pursued her interests with
more education in computers and instructional technology.  She
earned an MS degree in Computer Science at the University of
Detroit Mercy, and is currently working on her PhD at Wayne
State in Instructional Technology.  When beginning her PhD

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program two years ago, Celeste designed the first DL courses
for the Master's program in Instructional Technology.  She is
also completing a certificate program in DL through the
University of Wisconsin, Madison, and has earned a Certificate
of Knowledge for Online Teaching through the Career College
Association.  Celeste is currently the Director of Online
Learning and Instructional Technology at the Specs Howard
School of Media Arts.  She is responsible for establishing
standards and guidelines for quality online course design and
instruction, and for meeting all guidelines established by the
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges.  Her
role includes training all personnel in distance learning
methodologies, as well as overseeing the evaluation of all
courses and instruction.  She has recently been selected as a
Distance Education Specialist for the Accrediting Commission
of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

Member-at-Large:  Dr. Karen Rhoda, Consultant

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Dr. Rhoda been working in online education for over 20 years
and both Dean and Assistant Dean. Dr. Rhoda‘s bachelor’s
degree is from Indiana University, and she also attended
Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana. Her Master of Arts and
Ph.D. in sociological foundations of education were earned at
The University of Toledo. 

 Dr. Rhoda has served on the United States Distance Learning
Association’s Advisory Committee and was nominated for
outstanding leadership in distance learning to that organization
in 2003. She served on the Ohio Learning Network’s Academic
Outreach and Distance and eLearning Futures task force
committees and the Ohio Learning Network Catalog
Implementation Committee.

 Dr. Rhoda has presented at numerous regional, state and
international online learning conferences. A 2005 paper
co-authored with Dr. Carol Nelson-Burns regarding the
development of an e-writing center and presented at the Annual
Distance and Learning Conference led to an invitation to apply
for the 2006 Sloan Effective Practices Award, Faculty

 Currently, Dr. Rhoda is working on The Administration of
Distance Learning in Higher Education: Benefits for a Changing
Society                                   . Her book chapter,
“The Role of Distance Education in Enhancing Accessibility of

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Adult Learners” is published in
Best Practices for Adult Learning

Member-at-Large:  Dr. Beatrice Talpos, Wayne County
Community College District

Beatrice Talpos received her Ph.D. from Walden University, her
M.A. from the University of Detroit, and B.A. from the University
of Detroit.  She is a full time faculty member in the Political
Science Department at Wayne County Community College
District and currently serves as chair of the Political Science
and History Departments. She is one of the founding members
of the WCCCD online initiative and for many years served as
the mentor for new online instructors. Presently she is Chief
Negotiator for the faculty union at WCCCD.


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