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ANTSHE Conference 2019 Speakers









APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Thursday, April 4 - 12:30 PM ASLHS Lunch Keynote Speaker

 David A. Vise

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Executive

Director, Modern States Education Alliance

David A. Vise serves as the executive director of Modern States’ "Freshman Year for Free," a

philanthropy dedicated to making college more accessible and affordable for all. He is also a senior advisor to New Mountain Capital, a New York-based investment firm.

A Pulitzer Prize-winner, Vise spent more than 20 years as a reporter at The Washington Post. He has authored or co-authored four books, including “The Google Story”, a national bestseller published in more than two dozen languages.

Vise received his MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he is included on a list of 125 most influential alumni. The School also honored him with The Joseph Wharton Award for career achievement and community service. Vise studied at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary doctorate of literary letters from Cumberland University.

A past president of Washington Hebrew Congregation, Vise was a member of the first delegation of liberal Jews to meet with the Vatican. He is a first-generation American whose parents escaped Nazi Germany. Vise is married to his wife, Lori, an education consultant who focuses on college planning for high school students with learning differences. They have two daughters.

Topics: Innovative online programs making college more accessible for non-traditional students, why alternative pathways to college are needed and Modern States and the CLEP exam as a resource for non-traditional students.

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Thursday, April 4 - 2:40 PM Spotlight Speaker

Venita R. Thomas

Ph.D. Student in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University

Venita “Vee” Thomas, a native Cincinnatian served in the U.S. Army as an Executive Administrative Assistance [71 Lima] assigned to the G2 (Military Intelligence) for Headquarters & Headquarters Company, 3rd Infantry Division; Würzburg, Germany. Venita graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management, Master of Art in Labor (Law) & Employment Relations and from Xavier University (Cincinnati) with a Master in Education. Venita is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University (Cincinnati) majoring in Higher Education; her dissertation will focus on African American female veterans and the transition breach between military and civilian career preparation.

In Addition to being an Adjunct Associate Professor, Motivational Speaker & talk radio host- some of her community involvement includes the YWCA and Serve City & Chosen (Hamilton, Ohio) Board of Directors, Chairwoman for Vocation Consulting Creation sponsor of G.R.O.W. (Girls Ready and Organized for Work) which is a six week Summer program for teenagers focusing on Business as a career. Venita’s passion and calling are mentoring those under-served and underprivileged. Venita’s Motto: "Nothing beats a failure but a try, so NEVER GIVE UP!"

Topics: The reintegration process of veterans and as Educators. The mindset, work habits, and expectations of veterans from authoritative figures. Concepts of duties, rights and obligations of veterans.

Friday, April 5 - 9:45 AM  - Keynote Speakers

Dr. Robert Hill 

Professor Emeritus – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) & Education Consultant

Dr. Hill has over 35 years of experience as a K-12 teacher, college professor, and higher education administrator. He previously served as a full-time associate professor of higher education leadership at NSU’s Abraham S. Fischler College of Education where he taught live, blended, and online graduate classes. He also served as an online field associate and a dissertation advisor. He has been the Co-PI on a National Science Foundation Grant, and has been awarded faculty research grants at two different private universities. He is passionate about students and learning. His current research focus is on the professoriate & shared governance, and free speech & civility on campus.

Dr. Hill started his education career by teaching high school English in the public school system for ten years, before turning to postsecondary education. In addition to serving as a faculty member and graduate advisor for over a decade, Dr. Hill has served higher education as a director of student services; associate dean; coordinator of a Title III- Funded Academic Support Center; academic advisor; coordinator of student teaching; faculty advisor; department chair; and doctoral enrollment counselor for twenty-five years at different private colleges & universities. He is a member of the Association for the Study of Higher Education [ASHE], and the American Association of University Administrators [AAUA] (on the board of directors and is on the editorial board for the Journal of Higher Education Management). He is a current reviewer for the Journal for the Study of Postsecondary and Tertiary Education, and he is a peer reviewer/evaluator with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

He has presented at numerous regional and national conferences, and he has published articles on both academic affairs- and student affairs-related topics. Hill holds a BAE in English education from the University of Florida, a M.Ed. in educational administration and supervision from the University of South Florida, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Dr. Maria E. Gambuzza

An energetic educator, a higher education leader, and a mindful leadership mentor.

Currently, Dr. Gambuzza serves as Assistant Vice-Provost, Academics at Strayer University. Her latest area of research explores the principles of mindfulness and positive psychology applied to leadership to fostering meaningful human connections, at work, at home, and in the classroom.

As a faculty, Dr. Gambuzza embraces a sincere passion for teaching and profound commitment to her students’ success. She cares about those who believe in education as the efficient path to success in life. The concepts of active learning and collaboration are central to her philosophy of education. As a leader, Dr. Gambuzza manages a team of more than 100 faculty with a feed-forward mindset to promote high-performance habits and excellence. As a mindful leadership mentor, Dr. Gambuzza has been invited to present her research work at Airbus Group, Navarro Pharmacy, Strayer University, Johnson and Wales University, University of Carabobo (Venezuela), the Leadership in Higher Education Conference, the Associate for Nontraditional Students in Higher Education, and B&F Heineken Group (Spain). 

Dr. Gambuzza earned a Doctor of Education degree with a dual concentration in Higher Education Leadership and Human Resources Development from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor degree in Human Resources Management from University of Carabobo-Venezuela. Her most recent academic achievement is a Certification in Positive Psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Friday, April 5 - 12:00 PM - Purdue University Global Sponsored Lunch Keynote Speaker

Dr. Aaron Thompson

President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education

Aaron Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design. He was named president of the Council in October 2018, following the retirement of Robert L. King. He came to the Council in 2009 from Eastern Kentucky University, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including associate vice president for academic affairs, university programs. In May 2016, he left the Council to serve as interim president for Kentucky State University and returned to the Council in summer 2017.

His leadership experience spans 27 years across higher education, business and numerous non-profit boards. Thompson has researched, taught and consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his career.

As a highly sought after national speaker, Thompson has presented more than 800 workshops, seminars and invited lectures in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, overcoming obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, organizational goal setting, building relationships, the first-year seminar, and a variety of other topics. He continues to serve as a consultant to educational institutions (elementary, secondary and postsecondary), corporations, non-profit organizations, police departments and other governmental agencies.

Thompson has published more than 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. He has authored or co-authored the following books: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up, The Sociological Outlook, Infusing Diversity and Cultural Competence into Teacher Education, Peer to Peer Leadership: Changing Student Culture from the Ground Up. He also co-authored Thriving in College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success, Thriving in the Community College and Beyond: Research-Based Strategies for Academic Success and Personal Development, Diversity and the College Experience, Focus on Success and Black Men and Divorce.

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Saturday, April 6 - 2:40 PM - Closing Keynote Speaker

Juanita Hines

Speaker/ HR & Educational Consultant, Career & Professional Development Specialist

A graduate of North Carolina's esteemed Appalachian State University, Ms. Hines obtained her Bachelors of Science in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She has always been dedicated to helping people and encouraging professional empowerment, which is the goal of her book “Master Your Career Playbook: Resumes” and eventually the book series.

With more than ten years of training and development experience, she has been responsible for instructing people on all levels of the employment spectrum within vast industries, levels and professions. As a former recruiter for one of the DC area's largest- locally owned staffing agencies and a distinguished Contract Recruiter, Ms. Hines has successfully placed professionals ranging from entry-level to C-suite and executive level positions within Fortune 500, government contracting, profit as well as non-profit companies. A few of the clients that she has directly supported includes: The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), BearingPoint, Booz/Allen/Hamilton, Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM), KPMG, among other internationally recognized corporations and Global Oil & Gas companies.

While extremely successful in Corporate America; Ms. Hines has since made the decision to focus her attention as an Educational Development Specialist; which allows her to go into high schools, colleges, universities, organizations and associations where she offers training empowerment sessions to students and members on a variety of topics ranging from interviewing and resume writing sessions to teaching students the importance of managing their social media images, making good decisions as well as considering alternative career paths. She is most excited about having the opportunity to empower and educate today’s youth with tools and information that can equip students for future success. Her goal is to impart knowledge in today’s youth and students that will allow them to set insurmountable goals, achieve them and succeed beyond measure.

Ms. Hines has spoken within a variety of universities, institutions and associations, including: Tulane University, Bennett College, Texas A&M University, Shaw University, Texas Southern University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Prairie View A&M University, among other colleges, school districts and numerous other university conferences and workshops, empowerment and enrichment camps. She has served as a national conference speaker, moderator, panelist and speaker on numerous panels for organizations, including, but not limited to: 100 Black Men of America, Project Management Institute (PMI), National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Through Regional Consulting, Ms. Hines assists and encourages people to strive for their fullest potential and she works to improve the types of positions that can be obtained by offering professional training consultations, empowerment sessions and services that will enhance the quality of life for her clients.



April 1 - October 31

  • Early Registration
May 15
  • Call for Proposals Open
February 18
  • Call for Proposals Closed
March 1
  • Deadline for Presenters to Register to be included in Program
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