the edessa team


Jeffrey M. speller


  • Cardinal Stritch University, Ph.D. Leadership, projected 2020

  • Cardinal Stritch University, M.B.A. 2013

  • Tennessee State University, B.S.EE 1993

  • 17 years experience in senior level management with fortune 500 companies

  • 34 years experience in electrical engineering, robotics, operations management, facilities management, HR and compliance


lynne R. dixon-speller

Academic Dean / Chair, Design Department

  • Western Kentucky University, M.S. Textiles and Clothing 1982

  • Western Kentucky University, B.S. Interior Design and Architectural Planning 1980

  • 31 years experience in higher education teaching as an Assistant Professor and Instructor

  • 6 years experience as department chair (Fashion)

  • 1 year experience as Interim Campus Director and Academic Dean


Malik J. Cupid

VP, Student Affairs and Services / Disability Coordinator

  • University of Iowa College of Law, J.D. 2002

  • Pace University School of Education, M.S.T. 2016

  • Colgate University, A.B. 1996

  • 6 years experience as Special Education Teacher, Elementary

  • 3 years experience as Field Director for political campaigns

  • 3 years experience as Health Care Researcher

  • 2 years experience as Business Development Director


Kim Dunisch

Chair, Marketing Department

  • Concordia University, M.B.A. 2005

  • University of Wisconsin-Stout, B.S. Retail Merchandising and Management-Fashion Marketing 2001

  • Western Wisconsin Technical College, A.A.S. Marketing, Fashion Marketing, Retail Management 1999

  • 9 years experience in Higher Education Instruction

  • 8 years experience in Higher Education and Technical Training Employment

  • 11 years experience in Fashion Retail and Business Management Experience


Hannah Evancy

Director of Admissions

  • Argosy University, M.S. Organizational Leadership 2015

  • Rollins College, B.A. Organizational Communication 2008

  • 3 years experience as Director of Admissions in higher education

  • 3 years as Recruiter in Higher education

  • 4 years experience as Area Coordinator for study abroad program in higher education

  • 5 years experience as Student Coordinator and advisor


Neil J. Hoffman

Consultant and Advisor

  • M.S. and B.S., The State University of New York at Buffalo

  • 8 years President,  MIAD

  • 2 years Associate Director, WASC

  • 5 years Higher Education Consulting

  • 7 years President, Otis College of Art and Design

  • 8 years President, California College of the Arts

  • 2 years President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

  • 4 years Dean, CEO, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design

  • 5 years Founding Director, Program in Artisanry, Boston University

  • 5 years Associate Dean, Rochester Institute of Technology


Alyce C. Katayama

Senior ADVISoR

  • Goucher College, B.A. Economics, cum laude

  • University of Maryland School of Law, J.D., cum laude

  • Georgetown University Law School, work on Master of Law -- Taxation

  • 43 years experience in the legal profession

  • Retired Partner at Quarles and Brady LLP


David C. Levy

Consultant and Advisor

  • B.A. Columbia College, Columbia University

  • M.A. and Ph.D. New York University

  • 12 years President, Education Group, Cambridge Information Group (The School of The New York Times, Sotheby's Institute of Art, Bach to Rock

  • 10 years President, Sotheby's Institute of Art

  • 14 years President, Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design

  • 2 years Chancellor, The New School for Social Research New York

  • 21 years CEO and Executive Dean, Parsons School of Design (A Division of The New School)

  • 4 years Vice-President, Parsons School of Design

  • 4 years Director of Admissions, Parsons School of Design


jasmine M. moore

VP, Financial Aid

  • Argosy University, M.B.A. 2016

  • Springfield College, B.S. Human Services 2009

  • 10 years experience in Student Financial Services

  • 6 years experience in Financial Aid as FA officer and Associate Director


Lauren Robb

Technical Services / Librarian

  • Argosy University, M.B.A. 2017

  • Dominican University, M.L.I.S. 2011

  • University of Wisconsin, B.A. History and Art History

  • 18 years experience in IT, HR and Operations Management

  • 9 years experience as Higher Education Librarian


Stephanie Sherman

Director of Development

  • Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, M.A. Public Affairs 1998

  • DePaul University, B.A. Urban Studies and Urban Sociology 1995

  • 3 years experience in Donor Relations

  • 9 years experience in Fashion Business Ownership

  • 4 years experience as Executive Director of BID #5 and Third Ward Association