ANTSHE Board Members
Your ANTSHE Board of Directors is dedicated to the success of our organization and the success of our members, both professional and academic. Each Board of Directors demonstrate their commitment to nontraditional students through their many works in academia, and have been a non-traditional learner themselves and can relate personally to the challenges that nontraditional students face when attending college. Board of Directors are elected for a term of two years.
Dr. R. Lee Viar IV, President
Dr. R. Lee Viar IV, President of ANTSHE, is a graduate of Capella University and earned his Ph.D. in Post-Secondary Adult Education and Training. He is a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor and is always pursuing other educational opportunities. He traveled to Harvard University as part of the Class of 2013 earning a Post- Doctorate in Management Development, successfully completed the Fellowship Program in Higher Education Management at Vanderbilt University in 2014, completed a Post-Doctorate in the Challenges of Leadership in Teams Program at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in the summer of 2015, studied at the University of Oklahoma and earned over 30 credit hours towards a DBA in Organizational Behavior. He is a Maryland native, achieved the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors Designation Honors and graduated from Frostburg State University. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Management. He is a Professor-Senior Lead Business Faculty in the School of Management and Business teaching at the Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral levels.
Dr. Viar is an innovative teacher and published author, writing the book, "The Nontraditional Learner's Guide to Success" as well as contributing to several other academic journals, publications, and interviewed on the topics of higher education and the nontraditional learner. He has a deep passion and devotion to education and being a lifelong learner. He has been a college professor for over 16 years both online and on campus. In addition, he has over 20 years of professional marketing and business experience in the areas of banking and marketing management. When Dr. Viar is not in the classroom or volunteering for ANTSHE and a Trustee on the Board of ECCSSA, he enjoys spending time with his wife Lori and their six children. He also enjoys reading about United States History, is a devoted Redskins fan, being outdoors, is currently writing a Civil War book recounting the life and accomplishments of a family member who survived the conflict, and enjoys watching classic movies.
R. Todd Powell, Vice-President
R.Todd Powell, ANTSHE's Vice President, is an Assistant Director and part-time Instructor of Education at Kennesaw State University. His career includes over 20 years of experience pertaining to academic success and personal development of students at both two and four-year institutions. Todd is in his 7th year in his role as Assistant Director at KSU. He manages the overall functions, programming, and operations of Adult Learner Programs/Lifelong Learning Center. Todd holds a Master of Arts degree in Education and has been recently recognized by the Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE) for his commitment and service to adult learners.
The program has been recognized for best practices in the 2008 Journal, Serving Adult Learners: A Handbook for Effective Practice. In 2010, ALP/LLC was recognized by ANTSHE in their campus survey measuring nontraditional student friendliness, where KSU earned the highest rating of all participating institutions nationally. Most recently, Mr. Powell's program was recognized by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Commuters and Adult Learners with the Outstanding Adult Learner Program Award at ACPA's 2013 National Convention.
Dr. Esther S. Powell, Academic Affairs Office
Dr. Esther S. Powell , a retired Assistant Dean for Support and Engagement Services, University College and Lifelong Learning, Winston-Salem State University. Dr. Powell has nearly thirty years in higher education. Her experience in higher education has included Business and Financial Affairs, Student Affairs, Advancement and University Relations and Academic Affairs (where she has worked and continues to work with undergraduate, graduate, and nontraditional adult students), which makes her a great fit as Academic Affairs Officer at ANTSHE.
Dr. Powell earned her undergraduate degree in business management from Shaw University, a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University and her doctorate degree in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.
She is a past president of the North Carolina Adult Education Association (NCAEA). She is the North Carolina State Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) and Dr. Powell is President of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society.
John Bannister, Scholarship Officer
Dr. John Bannister has over a decade working with adult learners, both in campus based and online environment. He is a professor and advisor, and also trains faculty in designing their courses for adult learners. He completed his undergraduate degree as a nontraditional student and continually advocates for this student demographic in various settings. John holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education Leadership, a M.B.A. and Graduate Certificates in Marketing and Educational Technology. He is currently the Instructional Designer for Metropolitan College, at Johnson C. Smith University.
Lori A. Viar, Communications Officer
Lori Viar, ANTSHE's Communications Officer, has a great passion for helping others to succeed. She is a technical writer and has 18+ years of experience working in administration in the financial and healthcare industries. She has developed an easy-talking writer style and a detail-oriented nature. Her areas of expertise include: website developer, software manuals, text books, product instructions, technical online content, memorandums, employee manuals, newsletters, and policy manuals. Lori graduated from Colorado Technical University Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management while earning Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors. She plans to further her career as a technical writer and in the near future will be embarking on her educational journey again to fulfill her goal of attaining a graduate degree in technical communication.
As a nontraditional learner, Lori had to overcome many obstacles to achieve her educational goals. While attending college, she was changing career fields and raising six children, which was by far her greatest challenge and yet the most rewarding. She considers herself a lifelong learner who is dedicated to helping other nontraditional learners succeed in their education.
Dr. Steven Frye, Membership Officer
Dr. Steven Frye is currently Interim Director / Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Studies at Tennessee Tech University. He earned the Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of Tennessee. He also holds degrees from Carson-Newman College, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Duke University. Prior to entering into academic life, Frye served in Church ministry for 15 years, worked as a supervisor in Children¹s Services, and was director of a Appalachian Outreach and the Samaritan House Homeless Shelter in Jefferson City, TN.
Dr. Bryan Forsyth, Veterans Officer
Dr. Bryan Forsyth is a Lead Business Faculty with Colorado Technical University in the College of Business and Management. He has worked in a variety of industries including government, food, electronics, telecommunications, transportation, manufacturing, distribution and education. Bryan’s principal areas of expertise include knowledge and learning management, organizational and employee development, organizational systems interventions and leadership development. Bryan has been a professional in the training and development/education arena for approximately 30 years.
Additionally, Bryan is currently teaching business, management and other social science courses for undergraduate, MBA as well as Doctoral studies. Bryan received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Vocational Education from Southern Illinois University, majoring in Education, Training and Development. A Master of Arts degree from Ottawa University specializing in Human Resources and Organizational Change Management where he graduated at the top of his class. And lastly, he has completed his doctoral studies at Walden University for a degree in Applied Management and Decision Sciences emphasizing Knowledge and Learning Management where he also graduated at the top of his class. Bryan focused much of his energy during his doctoral program in trying to understand how human capital assets can be maximized to gain recognizable value. Bryan spent 15 years with the military (Air Force) and attained his Associates and his Bachelor’s degrees while serving on Active Duty.
Dr. Forsyth, from his own military experiences and years in uniform brings not only a wealth of knowledge of the challenges of our men and women in uniform in their personal lives, but also their academic journey well. His drive and passion for both education and our nation's veterans makes him a great asset to ANTSHE as the Veterans Officer and we are proud to have him on our Board of Directors.
Marion E. Roberts, Student Representative
Marion E. Roberts is an administrative professional with over twenty years of experience in higher education. Prior to assuming her position as Administrative Support Associate in the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences, Business and Education at Winston-Salem State University; Marion worked in several offices at The George Washington University in Washington, DC.
Dedicated to assisting all students, particularly nontraditional adult learners; Marion currently serves as President of the Nontraditional Adult Student Organization (NASO) at Winston-Salem State University. NASO is an organization for all WSSU adult students enrolled at the university. That, currently, represents approximately 30% of the total enrollment.
Ms. Roberts earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from American Inter-Continental University and is currently completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Winston-Salem State University.
Marion is a native of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As the Student Representative for ANTSHE, Marion serves as a goodwill ambassador for nontraditional student members, and will be the voice of the students on ANTSHE's Board of Directors. In her role as Student Representative, Marion is also available to address questions pertaining to on-campus adult learner programs.