Review Board Bios
The Peer Review Board is comprised of representatives of the field that will evaluate the journal submissions to determine currency and relevancy of the topic to the target audience, as well as the degree to which the topic has been thoroughly addressed.
Janet Abri, Ph.D.
Dean of Academic Affairs
DeVry University – Addison Campus
Janet Abri began her academic career as a guidance and vocational counselor for the University of Texas, El Paso, Texas. She then traveled abroad and taught English language and writing courses at various institutions of higher education in the Middle East. After returning to the United States, Dr. Abri taught psychology courses at Ray College of Design in Schaumburg, Illinois. In 1995, she joined DeVry University where she is currently the Dean of Academic Affairs of the Addison campus and its Centers.
Dr. Abri received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in psychology from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana; her Master’s of Education degree in Educational Psychology and Guidance Counseling from the University of Texas, El Paso, Texas; and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Human Resource Management from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Dr. Abri currently resides in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband of 33 years, Tony. She is an avid crossword puzzler and reader and can often be found in the kitchen on weekends cooking and baking.
Dr. Gary Carlson
Vice President for Academic Affairs
ITT Educational Services
Dr. Gary Carlson is currently the Vice President for Academic Affairs at ITT Educational Services, Inc. in Carmel, IN. Gary holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and an M.S. degree in Special Education from the same institution. Gary also holds an Ed.D. degree from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction.
Dr. Michele Ernst
Chief Academic Officer
Globe Education Network
Dr. Michele Ernst is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Globe Education Network, which operates over 20 campuses primarily in the Midwest. Prior to joining Globe Education Network, Michele worked for ITT Educational Services as the National Director of Academic Affairs and before that she served as the Director of ITT Technical Institute in Eden Prairie, MN. A passionate career educator, Michele has taught both residential and online classes. Using her 17 years of progressive experience in the career college sector, she has created and implemented successful training programs for deans, associate deans, program chairs and instructors with a focus on faculty performance management and student retention. Michele earned her Doctorate in Education from Hamline University in St. Paul, MN. She holds an M.A. degree in Communication Studies from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and a B.A. degree in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. For her doctoral research, Michele studied why for-profit career colleges move from national to regional accreditation and the implications to higher education.
Sean directs the research staff, services and agenda in Eduventures’ Continuing and Professional Education Learning Collaborative, a consortium that includes more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. In addition, Sean leads original research and analysis of trends and practices in the development, delivery and marketing of continuing and professional education. Eduventures is the leading information services provider to the education sector.
Sean is a nationally recognized expert on the higher education market, and he has authored or co-authored more than 130 in-depth research reports and briefs since joining Eduventures in 2000. He has nearly a decade of deep education industry experience working across a variety of functional areas as an analyst, consultant and manager.
Sean is a frequent speaker at higher education conferences, and his analysis and commentary are featured often in leading media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CBS Television. Sean also has been an invited presenter at government and accrediting agency meetings on education policy, and has extensive experience advising senior executives of universities and corporations on market strategy.
Prior to Eduventures, Sean worked in high-tech public relations at Manning Selvage & Lee; as a systems analyst at Union International Systems; and as the principal and founder of Kranberry Systems, a technology consulting firm. Sean holds an M.B.A. from the New York Institute of Technology and a B.S. in marketing from Northeastern University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was elected to Beta Gamma Sigma.
Dr. Jerry Gallentine
National American University
Dr. Gallentine began his career in higher education as assistant professor of biology at Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, NE, from 1965 through 1968. Subsequently, he served several institutions as a faculty member and administrator through progressively more responsible positions.
In 1993, Dr. Gallentine was appointed as president of what is now National American University, a private, regionally accredited, multi-campus institution with its system offices in Rapid City, SD. His leadership in vision-building, team-building, goal-setting and long-range planning has brought about a growing sense of unity of purpose, innovation and overall improvement in morale. He has guided the college toward greater recognition, continuous quality improvement and significant enrollment growth.
Gallentine has guided the growth and development of National American University to record enrollment growth, campus expansion and expanded programming through the MBA degree. NAU is on the forefront of Internet instructional programming and has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission to offer Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees online. Gallentine has been recognized as a leader in distance learning programming and quality initiatives in the field. He continues to serve as the university president of the National American University system.
Dr. Stephanie Krol
Director of Education
Everest College – Burr Ridge, IL
Stephanie Krol, Ed.D., has been Director of Education for Everest College (a division of Corinthian Colleges, Inc.) at the Burr Ridge campus since 2008. Corinthian Colleges operates 106 campuses nationwide, as well as Everest University Online and WyoTech. Dr. Krol has worked in several sectors of education over the last 12 years including non-profit, for-profit and online. Currently, she is responsible for implementing appropriate educational programs, successful delivery of course content, student recruitment, orientation and retention, ensuring overall student satisfaction levels, implementing "Inspire" training, supervision of Academic Program Directors, Student Services, the Registrar’s Office and the Learning/Testing Center. She also is responsible for compliance with all regulatory requirements, including Sarbanes-Oxley, State, Federal and Provincial governing bodies, accreditation agencies and internal audits.
Prior to working at Everest, Dr. Krol worked as the Faculty Training Manager for Colorado Technical University Online (a division of Career Education Corporation), training over 400 faculty in proper use of an online platform. She created and conducted faculty in-services for 600 online adjunct faculty members, increasing the faculty training completion rate to 100%. She was responsible for tracking faculty training information and worked closely with departments relating to Human Resources, Technical Support, Web Support, the Academic Department, Payroll and the Registrar’s Office.
Dr. Krol has coordinated and conducted many professional development seminars. She currently serves on her campus’ National Honor Society board. She is the President of her school's Ambassador Program and has served on several faculty retention and hiring committees over the last several years. She has also taught in the traditional sector of education as well as online. She is currently a member of her local Chamber of Commerce.
Dr. Krol received her undergraduate degree in Psychology with minors in Applied English and Communication from Saginaw Valley State University. She received her Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and Public Administration, also at Saginaw Valley. She earned her Doctorate of Education from Wayne State University in 2004. Her dissertation focused on communication apprehension in children (a fear of public speaking that can transfer into adulthood).
Dr. Gary Meers
Vice President of Education
Gary Meers is the Vice President of Education for MaxKnowledge, Inc. In his role as vice president, he writes, facilitates and coordinates professional development courses for career college instructors. In addition, he conducts workshops and seminars throughout the world in the areas of leadership and professional development.
He has been an educator and consultant for the past 30 years. Currently he is a senior professor in the College of Education and Human Resources at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. He has written more than 125 articles and numerous books about human resource development, career planning and student success. As a result of his contributions to education, he has been invited to consult and speak in all 50 states and 12 foreign countries. His work in these settings has involved state agencies, local school districts, human service agencies, prisons, universities, workforce development agencies, corporations, hospitals and career colleges.
His formal education culminated in a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri. In using his formal education, he taught school in inner-city settings in Colorado and Missouri. His college teaching experience was developed in Missouri, Wyoming and Nebraska.
Dr. John Olson
ECPI College of Technology
John Olson has worked in the career college sector for over 18 years. He taught classes for a number of years and then moved into administration. At various times, he has served as Coordinator for General Education, Campus President and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Currently, he enjoys his time as a campus president. John has a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature, an M.S. in Human Resources Management, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration. His primary research interests are in student retention and educational technology.
Dr. Randy Wells
Vice President of Academics
Daymar Colleges Group
Dr. Randy Wells is the Vice President of Academics for Daymar Colleges Group, a group of private career colleges with 21 schools and a student population of over 5,100 that operates in a variety of markets in the states of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Indiana, including one school which is completely virtual. Dr. Wells previously served as Vice President for Adult and Graduate Studies and a full professor at Mount Vernon Nazarene University (Mount Vernon, OH). Dr. Wells received a B.A. in Religion from Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU), a M.Div. from the Nazarene Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO) and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Education from Barry University (Miami, FL). He previously served as the Dean for Graduate and Adult Education with EXCELL (Executive Center for Lifelong Learning) at MVNU. He has also served as the Assistant Program Director and as the Director of Faculty Services & Academic Records for the LEAD Program (Leadership and Education for Adults) and as a professor at Eastern Nazarene College (Boston, MA). Dr. Wells has authored and co-authored numerous leadership-related articles and presented on adult education and leadership at conferences nationwide.