University Officers

Dr. Richard Oliver

Rick OliverDr. Richard Oliver is the CEO of American Sentinel University. Previously, he was a professor at the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. While there, Dr. Oliver received the Outstanding Professor Award and a Dean’s Teaching Award. For several years, he served as a visiting professor of management at the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. In 2016 he was named a Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) 2016 Innovation Award Winner. The award recognized his vision and guidance to introduce several key technological advances geared to assisting students to successfully complete their coursework at the University.

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Oliver had a 20-year career at Nortel Networks, where he was vice president of marketing, and he also worked for DuPont Co. Dr. Oliver is the author of seven books and more than 50 book chapters and journal articles about management, technology and education, and has lectured around the world on these topics.

He served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Services Marketing and the Journal of Strategic Management Education. Dr. Oliver has served on seven corporate boards and was chairman of the board of directors of Symmetricom, a high-tech telecommunications company, from 1997 to 2004.

Dr. Oliver holds a Ph.D. in informatics from the State University of New York, a Master of Arts in communications from the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Science in economics from Cornell University.

Mary Adams
President and Chief Academic Officer

Mary AdamsMary Adams is the president and chief academic officer of American Sentinel University. She has more than 25 years of experience in distance education, including serving as president of Aspen University from 1992 to 2004. Ms. Adams served as commissioner of the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, DEAC (Formerly Distance Education and Training Council-DETC), and as past chair of the Research and Education Standards Committee. She has chaired more than 30 accreditation visits and received the DETC’s Distinguished Service Award and Distinguished Recognition Award. In 2016 she received the DEAC’s Person of the Year award, their highest recognition for individual achievement.

Ms. Adams holds an MBA from ISIM University and a Bachelor of Arts in history from California State University, Fullerton.

Donna Prudhomme
Chief Financial Officer

Donna Prudhomme is the chief financial officer of American Sentinel University. She has over 20 years’ experience in accounting with ten years in higher education. Prior to coming to American Sentinel, Donna was the assistant southeast area director of finance for Ernst and Young. While at American Sentinel, Donna has served as the controller and institutional research analyst.

Ms. Prudhomme holds an MBA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama.

Management Team

  • Kristine Zewe, Senior Vice President, University Administration, People & Culture
  • Brian Carlisle, Vice President, Information Technology
  • Loren Ellison, Vice President, Strategic Programs
  • Christine Hansen, Vice President, Operations
  • Natalie Hunter, Vice President, Financial Aid & Compliance
  • Tiina Hyvonen, Vice President, Marketing Operations
  • Dr. Victor Menin, Vice President, Admissions Services
  • Devon Putnam, Vice President, Student Engagement
  • Michael Rickart, Vice President, Partner Engagement

Healthcare Learning Innovations

Healthcare Learning Innovations provides a comprehensive digital portfolio of interactive courses, educational simulations, and innovative learning products and services for healthcare professionals as well as educators.

Jeff Caplan
President, Healthcare Learning Innovations

Jeff CaplanJeff Caplan is the president of Healthcare Learning Innovations at American Sentinel University. He has an extensive background in healthcare and healthcare IT, strategic business development, and online learning. Previously, Jeff was senior vice president of enrollment and retention at American Sentinel University.

Prior to American Sentinel, Mr. Caplan was the executive vice president for a specialty healthcare media company and the vice president of marketing and product management for a healthcare electronic exchange between hospitals and suppliers. Mr. Caplan spent his early career at DuPont, where he led a variety of businesses and functions.

Mr. Caplan holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Rutgers University.