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March 30, 2021

Northeast Spotlight

WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council

With diverse backgrounds, each Alumni Advisory Council member brings professional experience to help WGU succeed.

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The WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council was established in 2020 to provide counsel to Regional Vice President Rebecca L. Watts, Ph.D. on geo-specific needs and trends and to help shape the direction and fulfillment of the university’s mission. 

As a nonprofit, accredited online, competency-based university, WGU established the Council to grow and strengthen the university’s connections with key stakeholders in the region. Comprised of 13 leaders and influencers from a variety of sectors in the northeast, the Alumni Advisory Council provides insight on the most effective ways WGU can expand access to career-relevant post-secondary educational opportunities from Maine to Virginia.

With impressive, diverse backgrounds, each Alumni Advisory Council member brings professional experience and industry expertise that will bolster the university’s ability to serve historically-underrepresented students and ensure WGU succeeds in its principal mission: To expand access to affordable higher education through online, competency-based degree programs that address key workforce needs.

The WGU Northeast Alumni Advisory Council members are:

Lisa Marie Bermudez- B.A. education
Assistant principal, Harford County Public Schools
Aberdeen, Maryland

Simon FitallB.S. business management
Co-founder and CEO, Galileo Analytics
Washington D.C.

Charles HaasM.B.A., M.A. educational studies, M.Ed. learning and technology
Director testing and learning centers, Mercer County Community College
Trenton, New Jersey

Robin Hill- B.S., M.S. nursing
Program director for the Practical Nurse Program Hagerstown Community College
Hagerstown, Maryland

William HuberB.S. information technology
Chief technology officer, CDI, 
New York, New York

Marqus HutchinsonB.S. information technology, M.B.A.
Chief technology officer, Intelligent Waves LLC
Reston, Virginia 

Derrick JohnsonM.B.A.
Vice president and chief diversity officer, Talley Group
Washington D.C.

Melissa KammerM.B.A.
Vice president human resources, Charles E. Smith Life Communities
Rockville, Maryland

Sherry NorquistM.S. nursing leadership and management
Director of corporate social responsibility, Sentara Healthcare
Norfolk, Virginia

Anthony RiveraB.S. information technology
CEO, Aretec Inc.
Fairfax, Virginia

John SenkowB.S. information technology network design and management
Director of unified communication, Comcast
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jamie SwannM.S. nursing leadership and management
Director II, CCC plus, Anthem, Inc.
Richmond, Virginia

Wendell Thomas- B.A. business management
Vice president information technology, Safe Horizon, Inc.
New York, New York

WGU offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the in-demand career fields of business, K–12 teacher education, information technology and health professions.

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