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Doctoral Education Faculty

Audrey Green Rogers

Audrey Rogers, Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Graduate Education Programs

Audrey Rogers, EdD, is the associate dean for graduate education programs and professor of education at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH. She holds New Hampshire licensure as a social studies educator (grades 5-12) and as a digital learning specialist (K-12). She is past president and current member of the NH IHE (Institutions of Higher Education) Network, a consortium of all NH educator preparation programs. She received her bachelor's in history from Tufts University. She holds a master’s degree in history from the University of New Hampshire and a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She holds a doctoral degree in leadership and learning from Rivier College. Her recent research focused on competency-based education and assessment literacy in preservice educators.

 Jessica Brennan

Jessica Brennan, MS

Assistant Dean for Graduate Education Programs

Jessica Brennan, MS, is the assistant dean for graduate education programs. She is a third-generation graduate of SNHU and has a lot of passion and historical knowledge for our university. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Advertising, and Retailing with a minor in sociology and a concentration in fashion merchandising from SNHU. She also holds graduate certificates in marketing and international business, as well as a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Master of Science in Marketing from SNHU. She was also involved as an undergraduate student in student organizations, being honored with a national Who’s Who award, and has worked in a variety of roles across the university, including the School of Business, the School of Arts, Sciences and Education, global campus, special programs and graduate education programs. Brennan also teaches occasionally as an adjunct for the School of Business in undergraduate marketing and fashion merchandising courses.


Dr. Richard Ayers

Dr. Richard Ayers graduated from Norwich University with a degree in mathematics education that eventually led to teaching in Colorado where he received his master's degree and doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Colorado. 

He served as a principal at the middle and high school level in Colorado and New Hampshire before transitioning to the superintendency. Ayers has been an adjunct professor for several New Hampshire universities with a primary focus on educational philosophy and ethics and educational leadership. He is proud to be part of the doctoral program at SNHU since the onset.


Fatma Ayyad, Ph.D.

Dr. Fatma Ayyad is an instructor at Southern New Hampshire University and independent consultant for research and evaluation. She earned a doctorate in evaluation measurement and research from Western Michigan University (WMU), two master's degrees in adult and higher education and strategies of science teaching, as well as an online/blended teaching certificate. Prior to joining SNHU, Ayyad worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware. Ayyad also worked as a researcher within the College of Education at Grand Valley State University. She demonstrated competencies and skills in research methodology and teaching in diverse settings. 

Ayyad has published articles on diverse academic issues, including current challenges in higher education, diversity and co-teaching. As a research manager at Pinellas County Schools, she planned and conducted research and evaluation for federal and local educational programs. She inspired the use of a formal evaluation plan and logic model for a systematic program evaluation. Dr. Ayyad also worked as a researcher and coordinator for the GEAR UP program at WMU. She has more than 15 years of experience in educational research and evaluation and eight years of teaching science and providing training for science teachers in middle and high schools. 

Dr. Frank Bass, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Frank Bass

Dr. Frank Bass received his PhD in Instructional Leadership from Boston College and holds a master’s degree in English literature from the Bread Loaf School of English. Bass spent the bulk of his career in public education, beginning as a substitute teacher in 1974 and serving as a teacher, coordinator and athletics coach over the next ten years. 

Over the last 25 years, he served as both principal and superintendent in New Hampshire schools, retiring from Concord in 2020. Bass currently serves as an adjunct in the MA, CAGS and doctoral programs at SNHU.

FacultyDr. Peter Berg

Dr. Peter Berg, a lifelong educator and educational leader, works with teens and young adults as a mental health counselor. He works with educational innovation and the transformation of education, as well as working with learners and families to find the right educational fit. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Walden University.

He is an adjunct instructor at Southern New Hampshire University in the educational leadership doctoral program, as well as teaching at Antioch University and the Transformative Learning Foundation. He is the author of the best-selling book "The Tao of Teenagers: A Guide to Teen Health, Happiness & Empowerment," and his work includes helping teenagers empower themselves so they can take charge of their health and happiness and be the masters of their own lives. His mission is to guide youth and families to create transformations that lead to health, happiness and empowerment. His research focuses on holistic education, transformative leadership and self-determinant education models directed by learners. Peter is the assistant director of the Alternative Education Resource Organization whose mission is to bring learner-directed, learner-centered educational strategies to all learners and families.

Abigail BergenDr. Abigail Bergen 

Dr. Bergen joined SNHU in 2022 as an assistant professor of general special education after serving as a special education administrator and having several roles within the public school system as a special education teacher. Bergen has completed publications and presentations on topics regarding special education at national and international conferences. She was also recognized with the Emerging Leader Award from the New Hampshire Association of Special Education Administrators. 

Dr. Bergen earned her Bachelor of Arts in English at Johnson State College, as well as a Master of Education in Moderate Disabilities 5-12 at Salem State College. She holds a doctorate in leadership and learning from Rivier University. Her dissertation focused on resources that help special education students develop self-efficacy. Bergen's research interests include educational systems in emerging countries and educational trends and issues. Bergen's most recent professional endeavors include conducting research and teacher workshops in Belize and serving as a member of the Round Table at the International Round Table Symposiums at Oxford University. 

Kimberly Blanchette, SNHU Doctoral FacultyKimberly L. Blanchette Ed.D

Kimberly Blanchette, EdD, serves as the associate vice president of business and STEM academic programs at Southern New Hampshire University. Blanchette has served in training and higher education as an academic leader for almost three decades, passionately driven to foster growth in learning and goal achievement of individuals and teams. Her academic focus has centered on curriculum and instructional quality of face-to-face, blended and online programs. Prior to Southern New Hampshire University, she served Daniel Webster College in the capacity of dean for academic support and faculty affairs, assistant provost and associate dean for the School of Business, Management and Professional Studies. Early in her career, Blanchette served Boston University as manager of off-campus programs and as program manager for authorized education as part of the team that secured the prestigious Microsoft Excellence in Training award.

Her research interests include the challenges and opportunities of rapidly changing markets and industries, managing costs, global competition and highly mobile and distributed work teams. She has published and presented on the topic of leadership and is particularly interested in multigenerational and technological impacts on leaders and organizations.

Blanchette earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell before moving on to earn a Master of Science in Administrative Studies in Innovation and Technology Management from Boston University. She also earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University and possesses a CMC (Certified Master Coach) from the Center for Coaching Certification.

Dr. Mark Branco, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Mark Branco 

Dr. Mark Branco has served for almost thirty years as an educator both in the classroom and in leadership positions. He spent the first 11 years of his career as a middle school and high school music teacher and band director. He then served as a middle school assistant principal for 5 years, a middle school principal for six years and an assistant superintendent for six years. Branco currently serves as the superintendent of Rockport Public Schools in Rockport, MA. Additionally, he has facilitated a variety of professional development sessions throughout New England and teaches graduate classes in educational leadership. 

Branco has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education from Westfield State University, a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Fitchburg State University and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University. His professional areas of interest include professional development, school improvement planning, community relations/communication, organizational and change leadership, supervision and evaluation, curriculum development and instructional, assessment and grading practices. He enjoys spending free time with his family, playing his drums and playing golf. He is a better drummer than golfer. 

Dr. Eboni M. Caridine, SNHU Doctoral Faculty

Dr. Eboni M. Caridine

Dr. Eboni M. Caridine is a native of Illinois and an accomplished educator and visionary leader known for her expertise in education and organizational management. She is an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University. She remains committed to academic excellence by teaching and working closely with doctoral students in education at Southern New Hampshire University. Her passion for inspiring the next generation of educators has led her to mentor countless students, fostering their intellectual growth and professional development.

She is also the owner and CEO of EMC Consulting and the director of operations and programs for City Impact in Lincoln, Nebraska. Beyond academia, Caridine brings her visionary leadership to the corporate landscape. As a director of operations and programs, she oversees the daily operations and leads the leadership team in strategic planning, process optimization and resource management.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master of Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago, a Master of Management from Robert Morris University in Chicago and a PhD from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Diane Carreiro Doctoral Faculty Headshot

Dr. Diane Carreiro

Diane Carreiro is beginning a new principalship at the North Intermediate School in fall 2023. She is finishing her 12th year as the principal at the Fuller Meadow School in Middleton, Massachusetts. She has also held the position of curriculum specialist, math specialist, grade 1 teacher and integrated preschool teacher.

Earning her doctoral degree in educational leadership in 2016, Carreiro was in the second doctoral cohort at SNHU. She also earned her master’s degree in special education and her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Salem State University. Currently, Carreiro is an adjunct professor at Merrimack College. She also supports current SNHU students in their doctoral journeys.

Amy Cole, SNHU Doctoral Faculty

Dr. Amy Cole

Dr. Amy Cole earned a PhD at McGill University in integrated studies in education, master’s in education from University of New Hampshire and bachelor’s in international relations at Boston University. She has a long career in education, first as a middle school teacher and then as a curriculum director in public schools in New Hampshire and Vermont. 

Dr. Cole now holds the position of assistant head of school for academics at Hawaii Preparatory Academy on Hawaii's Island (Big Island). She has held academic appointments at McGill University, Saint Michael's College and the field-based EdD program at Southern New Hampshire University, teaching courses in teacher education, educational leadership and educational research. Her research and teaching interests include teacher pedagogical beliefs, teacher learning, curriculum development, assessment practices, secondary school transformation and research methods, including qualitative and mixed methods with a particular fondness for the creative use of research methods, such as visual methods, memory methodology and metaphor analysis. 

Dr. Lois Costa, SNHU Doctoral FacultyLois B. Costa Ed.D

Dr. Lois B. Costa is the superintendent of the Hampton school district in Hampton, New Hampshire. She holds a New Hampshire licensure as an elementary educator, principal and superintendent. She is a past board member of the NH EDies, Schools of Excellence and is a current member of the New Hampshire Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

Dr. Costa received her BS in Early Childhood Education from the University of New Hampshire, her MEd in Elementary Education from the University of New Hampshire, her certification in administration from Rivier University and an EdD from Southern New Hampshire University. She was the Elementary Principal of the Year and Nationally Distinguished Principal of the Year in 2014. Her school was named the 2012 School of Excellence for the State of New Hampshire. Her primary area of research centers on school climate and leadership. She was invited to serve on a school climate panel at the AERA Conference in April of 2016 in Washington, DC. 

Lisa Dias, SNHU Doctoral FacultyLisa Dias

Dr. Lisa Dias earned her doctorate in educational leadership and learning from Rivier University in 2016 and also holds a master’s degree in education with K-12 certification in health and physical education. 

She has spent the past sixteen years working in administrative leadership as a principal for ten years and as a head of school in an independent school serving early childhood, elementary and middle school ages. Dias has been a part of the adjunct faculty at SNHU since 2017 in the MEd program, more recently supporting doctoral students during their dissertation journeys. Outside of the academic realm, she enjoys volunteering her time to support young athletes in the development of their leadership skills. 

Cynthia Freyberger, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Cynthia Freyberger

Dr. Cynthia Freyberger has been teaching for Southern New Hampshire University’s School of Education since 2019. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science from Fitchburg State College, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Notre Dame College, an Advanced Graduate Studies in Educational Leadership from Rivier College and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Learning from Rivier University. Prior to teaching at SNHU, Freyberger taught clinical laboratory science and life sciences at both the high school and college level. The majority of her time in public education was spent supervising middle and high school curriculum, instruction and assessment for all subject areas. Freyberger has been a presenter and member of technical advisory groups for Aurora Institute (iNACOL). She chairs visiting accreditation teams for the New England Association for Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and was a long-standing board member of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Committee (EDies).


Karin Heffernan MLIS, Ed.M.

Karin Heffernan is a research and learning librarian and associate professor at SNHU, where she has been for nearly 8 years. She has been an academic librarian for over 20 years serving at New England College and Proctor Academy.

She previously taught in public schools (from elementary through high school), in art programs and even water aerobics for 11 years. She holds an MLIS from the University of Rhode Island and an MEd from Harvard University. Her research focuses on information literacy, pedagogy and undergraduate research. She spends her free time hiking with her husband, her dog (Hazelnut) and her three adult children when they return for visits to New Hampshire.


Nicole Hudson, Ed.D.

Dr. Nicole Hudson is the executive director of workforce education for the University of Nevada - Las Vegas. She is responsible for engaging employers, deepening community connections and assessing and advising on degree and certificate programs related to high-growth job sectors. 

Prior to this role, Hudson served as associate director of campus relations for the office of online education and was responsible for online instructor faculty development. Hudson has spent over 25 years in higher education and in talent acquisition and training roles. She has taught since 1999 in face-to-face and online environments. She holds a doctorate in organizational leadership and certification in human resources.

Tanisha King, SNHU Doctoral Faculty

Dr. Tanisha King

Dr. Tanisha King is a three-time alumna of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an international speaker, author and consultant. She is the founder and CEO of Dr. King Speaks, LLC, where she teaches organizations how to move from performative to transformative diversity, equity and inclusion practices. Additionally, she serves as the chief inclusion officer at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she leads diversity strategies and provides consultation to the c-suite. She is also an adjunct professor in their Department of Social Medicine. 

King has served her communities through volunteerism and the joining of community boards of directors. During her employment at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, she won a political seat as a member of the Champaign County Board. She serves as a journal reviewer for a few medical publications and her article was recently published in the AMA journal of ethics. Her previous work was in the social work field as a mental health professional where she worked with individuals, couples, families and groups using a cognitive behavioral model in the realm of domestic violence. King has been a featured keynote speaker for distinguished organizations such as Deloitte, Ohio Health and Illinois Association of Social Workers, as well as having worked with countless colleges and universities to enhance their culture and employee sense of belonging. King’s mission is to use her story and intersectional lens to influence societal change and leave a legacy for her children to be proud of and follow. 


Dr. Michelle LaPointe

Michelle LaPointe has her PhD in educational leadership & policy analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She uses her knowledge of policies to support authentic learning experiences at all stages of life, as well as preparing school leaders to develop effective school programs. LaPointe has evaluated programs and worked for federal and state agencies, non-profit organizations and school districts across the United States.

LaPointe recently served as a research fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School. In addition, she served as the research director at both Stanford University’s Education Leadership Institute and Lesley University’s Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative. Through these roles, LaPointe gained extensive experience translating research to decision-makers and practitioners to support the implementation of effective programs.


Dr. Kim Lindley-Soucy

Dr. Kim Lindley-Soucy has worked at Londonderry (NH) High School since 1993, first as a member of the English Department, and has served as curriculum coordinator for the humanities since 2006. She moved from New York City to attend college and has been in New England ever since, falling in love with the area during her first teaching position at Minuteman Technical High School. 

She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston College, her Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts Boston and an EdD with a focus on Language Arts and Literacy from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2006. She has been involved with the doctoral program at SNHU since 2013, having taught and co-taught varied courses in qualitative research, assessed comprehensive examinations and served on several dissertation committees. Her research interests include literacy, writing instruction and students with special needs, particularly autism spectrum disorders. She has co-authored an article on the use of robot therapy for students with ASD. She lives in Londonderry, NH with her husband, daughter, dog and cat. 

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Dr. Phil Littlefield

Dr. Phil Littlefield served for thirteen years as the superintendent of schools of SAU #15, which includes the towns of Auburn, Candia and Hooksett. Previously, he served almost 20 years as the superintendent of  Methuen (MA) Public Schools. He has also worked as the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel in Methuen, middle school principal and assistant principal in Foxborough (MA) and curriculum coordinator in Hopkinton (MA). 

Dr. Littlefield started his career in education in Hopkinton as a teacher in the Hopkinton School System, where he taught biology, chemistry and general Science. Littlefield has a bachelor’s degree from Boston University, master’s degree from Framingham State College and CAGS from Worcester State College. He earned his doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Littlefield has extensive experience teaching in higher education at Southern New Hampshire University, Salem State College and the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He is an avid snowmobiler, ATV enthusiast and boater. His Harley Davidson Heritage provides for countless hours of riding across New Hampshire. He enjoys spending his free time with family and friends. 

Sarah Marandos, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Sarah Marandos

Dr. Sarah Marandos has been an adjunct professor at Southern New Hampshire University since 2013. She is currently the assistant superintendent in Pelham, New Hampshire and was previously a teacher and administrator in Nashua, New Hampshire. Sarah was also an adjunct at Rivier University for ten years. 

Dr. Marandos earned her BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, an MAT and CAGS from Rivier University and an EdD in Leadership and Learning from UMass. Her research focus was social emotional learning and early intervention. She serves on the board for the Nashua Education Foundation. She lives in Salem, New Hampshire with her husband and daughters: Kendall, Brady and Maya.


Dr. Michael Moriarty

Dr. Michael D. Moriarty earned his BS in Biology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He received a master's degree in education administration and his EdD from American International College in Springfield, MA. Moriarty has been in public education for the past 18 years as a teacher and administrator in Massachusetts and Vermont. 

He is currently the assistant director of learning design for the North Country Supervisory Union in Newport, VT. Moriarty has been an adjunct professor in Southern New Hampshire University's EdD program since 2019, teaching courses focused on positive psychology, leadership theory, organizational development and educational research. In addition to teaching courses, Moriarty currently chairs and sits on dissertation committees and comprehensive exam committees. 

Amanda Murchison, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Amanda J. Murchison

Dr. Amanda J. Murchison earned both her doctorate in educational leadership and master's degree in secondary english education at Southern New Hampshire University. After teaching at Goffstown High School for 16 years and serving as an adjunct professor in the secondary clinical master of education program at SNHU for two years, Murchison transitioned to full-time faculty as assistant professor of secondary education in the fall of 2022. 

Her research interests include gender equity, gender attitudes and teacher preparation program design. A New Hampshire native, Murchison enjoys spending time on Lake Winnipesaukee with her husband, Gerry, and their two dog children, Simon Bentley and Féirín McGee. When she is not helping students, researching or relaxing on the lake, one can find Murchison at the barn or competing at horse shows with her American saddlebred horse, Bruno. 

Steven Nilhas Doctoral Faculty HeadshotDr. Steven Nilhas

Dr. Steven Nilhas earned a BA in English from Washburn University of Topeka, followed by a MS in Communication from Fort Hays State University. He then completed his PhD at the University of Kansas with a major in educational policy and leadership and a minor in special education. His career has taken him from the dry windy plains of western Kansas to Asunción, Paraguay to Cartagena, Colombia and most recently to northern New Hampshire. Nilhas has taught high school English, coached speech and debate and has served in various administrative roles, including superintendent of schools, principal, director of curriculum, instruction, and assessment and federal grants director. These positions included rural, urban, suburban and international locations. His college teaching experience includes adjunct instructor roles for Fort Hays University, the University of Alabama, the Universidad Evangelical Paraguay and Southern New Hampshire University. 

Dr. Nilhas enjoys teaching students of all ages and interests, and he places a high emphasis on student engagement and personalized student-centered learning. He has worked over the years to address issues of equity and fairness and to encourage the involvement of all stakeholders in education at various levels. 


Inza Ouattara, EdD, MPPM

Dr. Inza Ouattara serves as the Maine state refugee coordinator and has a doctorate degree in educational leadership and a master’s degree in public policy and management. Ouattara is a multidisciplinary faculty member with strong interests in capacity building, health equity and community development.

He coordinates and administers the federal refugee program in Maine and convenes the State Refugee Advisory Council. He develops and administers the refugee state plan and is the federal ORR’s primary contact for programmatic and fiscal compliance with federal regulations, policy and program priorities. He creates and manages partnerships, engages local communities and collects and utilizes data for strategic program management while leveraging local, state and national resources.


Dr. Jeremy Owens

Dr. Jeremy Owens has worked in higher education as a researcher, faculty member and administrator for over 25 years. He has spent the last 6 years as an academic and leader at SNHU. In the doctoral program he focuses on research methodology and leadership courses. Before becoming an administrator, Owens was a researcher who focused on the genetics of addiction. In this capacity, he used models to determine candidate genes as well as the amount of variance that contributed to complex from these candidate genes. 


Dr. Ronald Pedro

Dr. Ronald Pedro earned his EdD as a member of the first SNHU EdD cohort (2012-2017). He has a Master of Education in School Administration, a Master of Fine Arts in Non-Fiction Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in English. He was a high school English teacher, assistant principal in middle and high schools and a principal of a middle school and K-8 school. 

In 2012, Pedro joined the SNHU School of Education as the certification manager. He later moved to the special programs and advanced studies office, where he worked in recruitment and admission of graduate and doctoral programs and finally to campus transfer admission in 2022. From 1987-1992, Pedro served in the United States Army, taking part in Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Saudi Arabia and Iraq), Air Assault School (Fort Campbell, Kentucky) and Airborne School (Fort Benning, Georgia). Currently, he lives on Long Island, Maine, with his wife, Susan. He has four children, Kate, Michael, Jonathan and Hunter.

Richard Poor, SNHU Doctoral Faculty

Richard Poor

Richard Poor currently serves as the principal of a large urban middle school in Massachusetts. Previously, Poor served as an assistant principal, instructional coach and teacher in several urban schools, gaining extensive experience in school turnaround/restart.

Poor holds a BA in History from Framingham State University, MEd in Secondary Education from Endicott College, CAGS in School Leadership from American International College and an EdD from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Poor's research interests have focused on the turnaround of underperforming urban schools and the impact of positive behavior systems.

A veteran of the United States Army, Richard resides in New Hampshire with his wife and two young children. 


Dr. Irv Richardson

Dr. Irv Richardson is currently the coordinator for public education and school support at NEA-New Hampshire. In this role, he provides professional learning opportunities for New Hampshire educators. Richardson also teaches at Southern New Hampshire University in the educational leadership doctoral program.

He has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, teaching principal and principal. He has also served as a senior consultant for TBA Consulting Group, working extensively with states on projects such as Teacher Quality Enhancement grants, consulting with state departments of education, working on educator induction and developing national standards for leaders and teachers. Richardson was the associate executive director of staff development for educators, a subsidiary of Highlights for Children. He was Maine’s Teacher of the Year in 1988 and received a National Educator Award from the Milken Foundation in 1993.

Kendra Rickerby, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Kendra Rickerby

Dr. Kendra Rickerby joined the community of SNHU adjunct professors in 2020. She is currently the head of school at the Expeditionary School at Black River in Ludlow, VT. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a major in English and a minor in anthropology at the University of Vermont. Her career began as a ski instructor at Stowe Mountain Resort, during which she also completed a Master of Arts from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. 

She has since earned a Certificate of Education Finance from McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and a PhD in Educational Leadership from Lesley University. Her research and teaching interests focus on social entrepreneurial leadership strategies, cost-efficient education funding models, equitable systems design and learner-centered and community-based schools' organizational design. 

David Ryan, SNHU  Doctoral Faculty

Dr. David Ryan

David Ryan is currently the superintendent of schools in New Hampshire’s SAU 16. He has served as an education leader for the past 26 years in positions ranging from superintendent of SAU 53, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in the Manchester School District, principal of Nashua High School North and assistant principal at Manchester High School Central. At Nashua High School North, he was recognized as the 2012 Charles A. Napoli New Hampshire State Principal of the Year and one of three 2013 NASSP/MetLife National Principal of the Year Finalists.

Dr. Ryan has served as a member of the National Principals Advisory Panel for the College Board, is currently the chair of their New England Regional Council and continues to serve as a commissioner on New Hampshire's statewide task forces for public school funding and minimum academic standards. He is a presenter and an adjunct instructor in the areas of systems leadership, school law and doctoral research at the University of New Hampshire and Southern New Hampshire University. He holds an EdD and MEd in Education Leadership from Boston College, an EdS in Education Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a BA in English from Plymouth State University. David and his wife of 26 years, Maura, make their home in Hooksett where they have raised their three sons. 

Mustafa Safiia, SNHU Doctoral FacultyDr. Mustafa Safiia

Dr. Mustafa Safiia is an assistant vice president of academic quality & strategy at SNHU. He has over 10 years of experience in higher education spanning a variety of academic and leadership roles. Safiia has taught courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He holds an EdD in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University. He is currently pursuing an MBA at Boston University. 

Dr. Safiia is an avid CrossFit athlete who takes health and fitness seriously. 


Dr. Robert St. Cyr

Dr. Robert St. Cyr is currently the owner of Techsploration, Inc. As a professional presenter of the physical sciences, he visits a clientele of 140 schools in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. St. Cyr started his teaching career in music education with a bachelor of arts degree. He taught music in Hudson, NH, for ten years and earned a master’s degree in educational supervision and administration from Notre Dame College. In 2017, he earned an EdD in Educational Leadership from Southern New Hampshire University, and his dissertation is entitled "Decision Making Processes and Declining Enrollment in Northern New England." 

St. Cyr started his public school administration career in Litchfield, NH, as an assistant principal. He served as a school principal in Mont Vernon and Candia, NH, for 16 years. He left the field of administration in 2018 to return to Techsploration, Inc. as the owner and president of the company. He also teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the graduate and doctoral programs at SNHU. 


Dr. Jenn Scarpati

Dr. Jenn Scarpati has worked in the field of elementary education for the past 23 years. She has spent the past 10 years serving in the role of principal. Her passions include urban education, leadership and social-emotional learning. As part of her work on CASEL’s National Practitioners Advisory Group, she published “Ready to Lead: A Principal’s Reflection on a Decade of SEL Reform.” She enjoys exploring the outdoors with her family.


Sara Truebridge, Ed.D.

Sara Truebridge, founder of EDLINKS™ and an adjunct faculty member in the educational leadership doctoral program at SNHU, is a globally recognized strengths-based thought leader in education, passionate about “Educating The New Humanity to Awaken and Lift Humanity to See Good. Do Better.” With 40+ years of experience in education, Truebridge is uniquely situated as a pioneer and visionary having worked in all sectors: policy, practice and research. She has presented two TEDx Talks, taught in the classroom, authored legislation, contributed chapters and wrote a book about resilience published by Teachers College Press. Truebridge continues to engage in groundbreaking research on topics including resilience, SEL, compassion fatigue, trauma, healing, equity and the role COVID-19 has had in education. 

Kathryn Welby, SNHU Doctoral Faculty

Dr. Kathryn Welby

Dr. Kathryn Welby is an associate professor of practice and director of K-12 teacher preparation programs at the Winston School of Education and Social Policy at Merrimack College. She is the author of the book "Remote Learning Strategies for Students with IEPs" (Routledge, 2021).

Her research and publications are grounded in her 15+ years of experience as an educator working in urban schools. Welby has been nationally recognized for her research on topics such as remote special education during the pandemic and her work on the impact of the opioid epidemic on schools. 

Welby graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2019. In 2020, her dissertation, "The implications of the opioid epidemic on select elementary schools in crisis regions of the Northeast: A multiple case study investigation," was awarded the Schmitt Award for excellence in graduate research from the New England Educational Research Organization. Her dissertation is under a book contract with Routledge/Taylor & Francis with an expected release in 2024. In addition to her research, she is a featured educator in Education Week and Wallet Hub and a contributing author for Edutopia, ADDitude Magazine, Academic Leader, Inside Higher Ed and Phi Delta Kappan. 

Welby lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. She spends her free time all over New England at ice rinks, soccer fields, gymnastic meets, basketball courts and baseball fields, watching and cheering on her children. 

Bernadette Weltsek, SNHU  Doctoral FacultyDr. Bernadette Weltsek

Dr. Bernadette Weltsek graduated from St. John’s University with a BS in Elementary Education and an MS in Secondary Education that led to a 34-year career as a high school social studies teacher and department head. She has an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and an EdD from Southern New Hampshire University. 

Currently, Weltsek is a lead evaluator at Western Governors University. Her qualitative dissertation focused on the lived experience of transgender and gender non-conforming high school students. She lives in Bow, New Hampshire with her husband.