Featured Speakers

Opening Session: Scanning the Horizon: Opportunities for Discovery

Lt. Gen John SattlerLt. General John Sattler, US Naval Academy

Session Description: This presentation will walk the audience through the process of having a vision/dream, but only being able to achieve it through constant learning and education.  One must have a bias for action in the self-knowledge/education arena.  A diploma is not the end all...it is the start of the journey but a must to be successful!

Lieutenant General John F. Sattler earned a B.S. Degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in 1971.  He graduated with honors from the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Corps Command and Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

LtGen Sattler served as the Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (J5) the Joint Staff from September 2006 until his retirement in August 2008.  Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Commanding General of the First Marine Expeditionary Force and Commander, Marine Corps Forces Central Command from September 2004 to August 2006.  During this period, he commanded all forces in Al Anbar Provence in Iraq from September 2004 through March 2005.  Prior to Commanding I MEF, he was the Director of Operations (J3) for Central Command from August 2003 to July 2004.  In November 2002, he stood up and commanded the initial Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and established the Headquarters in the Country of Djibouti.  He commanded the Second Marine Division, Camp Lejeune, NC prior to sailing to the Horn of Africa. 

LtGen Sattler served in three other positions as a junior general officer.  He was the assistant Division Commander, Second Marine Division from June 1997 to August 1998.  He reported to the Joint Staff in September 1998 and served as the Deputy Director for Operations (Combating Terrorism) J-34 until July 2000 when he reported to Marine Corps Headquarters where he served for one year as the Director for Marine Corps Public Affairs.

In addition to the normal tours as a junior infantry officer, LtGen Sattler served three years as an acquisition officer and four years as the Marine Corps Congressional Liaison Officer to the House of Representatives.  He brings 37 plus years of Marine Corps experience in leadership, command and staff positions, jointness, interagency coordination, strategic planning, congressional liaison, strategic communication and team building to the Team.

Subsequent to his retirement in August 2008, he spent the next two years as a senior mentor with both the Marine Corps and Joint Forces Command.  He left the mentoring program in November 2010 and currently sits on a number of boards of directors/advisory, does some consulting/speaking, and is honored to hold the Leadership Chair in the Vice Admiral James Stockdale Ethical Leadership Center at the US Naval Academy.

Keynote Session: Shaping the Future: What Lies Ahead for Professional and Continuing Education

Pete SmithPeter Smith, Orkand Endowed Chair, UMUC

Peter Smith, Ed.D., whose distinguished career in higher education includes serving as founding president of both California State University Monterey Bay and the Community College of Vermont, has been appointed the Orkand Endowed Chair and Professor of Innovative Practices in Higher Education at University of Maryland University College (UMUC).

Smith brings a wealth of knowledge in academic innovation and learning science to UMUC—already a global leader in adult higher education. In his new role, Smith will collaborate with UMUC’s academic leadership and collegiate faculty to further strengthen the university’s strategic positioning and its delivery of learning and support services. He will also serve on the provost’s Academic Innovation Advisory Council, which will be established to help guide the academic direction of the university.

In his role as founding president of California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB), where he served from 1995 to 2005, Smith was responsible for building the university, literally, from the ground up. He guided the institution through all stages of accreditation and raised nearly $100 million from external sources for the development of academic buildings and programs. CSUMB is widely recognized for several core characteristics, including an outcomes-based curriculum, a strong science and technology program, the first wireless computer network on a public university campus in America, a focus on first generation college students, and a commitment to service learning as a core component of the curriculum.

Just two years after earning his Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University in 1968, Smith led the effort to design and establish the Community College of Vermont. As the college’s first president, Smith accepted an additional assignment from the Chancellor of the Vermont State College System to create the Office of External Programs, which included developing the External Baccalaureate Degree program for non-traditional students and a portfolio assessment program for evaluating students’ experiential learning accrued outside of college.

After leaving Cal State Monterey Bay in 2005, Smith was responsible for the supervision and management of more than 700 staff located in more than 30 countries as Assistant Director General for Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization in Paris, France.

In 2007, Smith joined Kaplan University as a senior vice president for academic strategies and development and more recently served as founding president of Open College at Kaplan University. In that role, Smith used no-cost Open Educational Resources (OERs) to support learners who work toward a competency-based degree in Professional Studies. Also at Kaplan, Smith was responsible for development and implementation of initiatives to improve academic quality, including a set of policies that are considered the gold standard for online and blended learning.

Smith’s work as dean of the George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development from 1991 to 1994 ultimately led to the school being recognized as one of the leading professional schools in the Mid-Atlantic region and among the top 50 in America.
Smith also served his home state of Vermont as a state senator (1980-1982) and as Lt. Governor (1982-1986), while earning his Doctor of Education in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University in 1984.

He ran successfully for the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman-at-Large from Vermont and served from 1989-1990. While in Congress, Smith was a member of the Education and Labor and Government Operations committees and served on the post-secondary education subcommittee.

Smith has also been a senior fellow at the American Council on Education and vice president for development at Norwich University.

Concurrent Session: What Senior Leaders Need to Know About Instructional Design

http://upceanet.membershipsoftware.org/content_images/Camille%20Funk.jpgCamille Funk, Director, eDesign Shop, George Washington University & Director, eDesign Collaborative (UPCEA)

Camille Funk is the director of the eDesign Shop at the George Washington University. Prior to joining GW in 2012, she worked at TD Ameritrade and Brigham Young University's Independent Study program as an instructional designer, at a private school as an elementary school teacher, and has published two books. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in International Education Development, with a minor in Curriculum and Teaching from Columbia University, Teachers College. In 2015, she started the Higher Education eDesign Association (HEeD) for instructional design and multimedia teams in higher education institutions throughout the country. In May 2016, HEeD merged with UPCEA to form UPCEA’s eDesign Collaborative. She now serves as the director of the collaborative. 

Concurrent Session: Emerging Technologies for Professional, Continuing, and Online Education

Ray SchroederRay Schroeder, University of Illinois-Springfield and UPCEA

The founding director of the Center for Online Leadership, Ray Schroeder, is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in online education. As both a faculty member and administrator, Ray brings both deep knowledge of and a passion for advancing the field of online education—its potential to transform institutions struggling in the new economy, its role in expanding access for time- and distance-challenged students, and its capacity to revolutionize teaching and learning.

Ray has been engaged in online learning since 1997. He has built a very successful program with more than 20 online degree and certificate programs at the University of Illinois Springfield. Ray is well-known nationally as a leader in the field, annually delivering more than two dozen keynote addresses and invited conference presentation. He regularly publishes articles, book chapters, and the very popular daily Online Learning Update, Educational Technology and the Professional, Continuing, and Online Education Update blogs. Thousands of leaders and professionals in the field follow Ray’s blogs and tweets on a daily basis. Schroeder is the inaugural recipient of the prestigious A. Frank Mayadas Leadership Award and the 2012 Innovation Fellow for Digital Learning by the UPCEA. Most recently, he has founded the UPCEA Center for Online Leadership.

Concurrent Session: Jobs of the Future and the Emergence of Alternative Credentials

Jim FongJim Fong, UPCEA

Jim Fong has more than twenty years’ experience as a marketer and researcher in the higher education community. Prior to joining UPCEA’s Center for Research and Marketing Strategy, Jim worked as a higher education strategic marketing consultant and researcher for two firms and prior to that was the Director of Marketing, Research and Planning for Penn State Outreach where he played a major role in program development research and marketing department transformation. While at Penn State, he was responsible for managing teams of marketing planners, competitive analysts, market researchers and enrollment management staff.

Over the years, Jim has taught graduate and undergraduate marketing and research classes for Drexel University, Penn State University, Duquesne University, Framingham State University and The University of Vermont.

Prior to his career in higher education, Jim worked as director of research for a large advertising and marketing agency in New England and director of analytics for what was the nineteenth largest global research company at the time.  He has authored a number of publications on the marketing of online education, new program development and the organization of marketing departments.

Jim holds an M.B.A., an M.S. in Applied Statistics and a B.S. in Mathematics, all from The University of Vermont.

General Session Panel: Navigating Change: Tend to Your Career Too

Bea Gonzalez
Sarah Steinberg
Cheryl Shapero

Network: Leadership and Strategy

Bea González, Dean, University College, and Special Assistant to the Chancellor, Syracuse University

Sarah Steinberg, Chief Executive Officer, Frogstone Strategies

Vincent Kiernan, Dean, Metropolitan School of Professional Studies, The Catholic University of America

Moderator: Cheryl Shapero, Vice President, Institutional Development and Chief Values Officer, Maryland University of Integrative Health

Session Description: Continuing educators and their units are often asked to lead and bear the winds of change in rapid and unexpected ways. In doing so, though, continuing educators themselves run the risk of focusing primarily on the unit and the institution, rather than taking the time to invest and reflect on their career transitions in the midst of the institutional change they are leading. This panel will discuss the types of career transitions they have experienced, the circumstances leading to such changes, how their career changes were impacted by institutional changes, how they prepared for and took full advantage of career transitions, and looking back on such transitions what they would have done differently. 


Bethaida “Bea” González has more than 30 years of experience in continuing education as well as a distinguished record of public service.

González joined University College (UC) in 1984 as an academic advisor and quickly rose through the ranks. After serving as associate dean at UC, she was appointed interim dean in 2004 and dean in 2007.

As dean of University College, González supervises quality programming for continuing education and summer programs, including credit and non-credit undergraduate and graduate studies, online and web courses, the English Language Institute, the Veterans Resource Center, and Summer@Syracuse programs.

González has served on and is a member of several professional organizations including the Association of University Summer Sessions, the Education Commission of the States, New York State Representative, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO). As a long-standing member of the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), González has been asked to present at many conferences/workshops. She is currently president of UPCEA for the 2014-15 term.

González has been elected to public office three times. In 2001, she became the first Latino/a to be elected president of the City of Syracuse Common Council. She also served on the Syracuse City School District’s Board of Education.

González has received numerous awards and recognitions. She was named a Hispanic American of Distinction in New York State and an Unsung Heroine by the Central New York National Organization of Women. She has been the recipient of a Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation for Service and the SU Women of Influence Award, among others.

González was born in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and is a resident of Syracuse.

For more than 30 years, Sarah Steinberg has drawn upon her broad knowledge and expertise in engineering, marketing and business strategies, as well as senior leadership in higher education, to guide colleges and related organizations to achieve revenue growth and sustainability.

After spending more than a dozen years in Chicago specializing in soil-structure interaction and advancing the use of geotextiles and other cost-saving solutions for building on marginal soils, Sarah transitioned into higher education and senior leadership at Johns Hopkins University (1993-2013).

As dean of Part-time Graduate Education in the Whiting School of Engineering and the Krieger School of Arts and Science, Sarah expanded the academic offerings to include more than a dozen fully online masters degree programs; with combined annual program enrollments exceeding 5,000 students and total annual tuition revenues of more than $50M. She had overall responsibility for academic program development, corporate partnerships, student recruitment and retention, finance/operations, and marketing.

In 2010, Sarah was named the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (admissions, financial aid, athletics, housing/dining and student life) and soon thereafter the Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University. As Executive Vice Provost, she had responsibility for university-wide strategic initiatives, including those in online and continuing/professional education. Sarah was the Chair of the University Task Force on distance learning and took the lead on many growth initiatives, including the initial Johns Hopkins University MOOC partnership with Coursera – now generating nearly $2M in annual revenue for the University.

Sarah founded Frogstone Strategies in 2014, following two-years as CEO of ShalomLearning, a non-profit organization focused on teaching Jewish education in blended online and on-site formats. She has now returned her attention to higher education, and her work with colleges and universities, to maximize their revenue growth and achieve long-term sustainability.

Sarah is a dedicated mentor to women in engineering and in higher education, and is a frequent presenter, writer, panelist, and moderator. She serves on several for-profit and non-profit boards, including the National Education Initiative, the Workforce Solutions Group, Teamify.io, ShalomLearning, and ChaseFuture.

Dr. Kiernan joined the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies in June 2016. Previously, he served as an associate dean at George Mason University and Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies, where he led the university's undergraduate program for working students. He earned a Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Maryland, College Park; an executive master's in leadership from Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business; and a master of science in adult and continuing education from Kansas State University. Prior to his work in academe, Dr. Kiernan worked for more than 20 years as a science and medical journalist, and his academic research centers on science and medical journalism, more particularly on relationships between journalists and the scientific establishment. His 2006 book, Embargoed Science, critically examined news coverage of the latest scientific research.

Cheryl Walker Shapero is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Values Officer at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She previously served as Academic Director of Graduate Programs in Health Philosophy and Promotion and Program Manager for the University’s health coaching and wellness coaching graduate certificate programs. She also previously served as director of at Tai Sophia Institute’s (now MUIH) Transformative Leadership and Social Change (TLSC) program, was a faculty member in the TLSC program for 10 years, and served as Dean of Students from 2000-2005.

Ms. Shapero has been a senior consultant and executive coach with a leading international organization development firm, consulting and coaching in the areas of leadership effectiveness, communication skills, team building, conflict resolution, diversity, change management, and transitional strategies. She has a comprehensive understanding of organizational change and has been intimately involved with helping organizations through challenging transitions. Her work has involved organizational restructuring, change management, cultural renewal, downsizing, and strategic redirection. She also brings to her work at MUIH more than 30 years as a successful small business owner.

Ms. Shapero received a bachelor’s degree from Antioch University and has a Master of Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She also holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) certification from the International Coach Federation.

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