Board of Trust
Dr. Judy Burckhardt served as dean of nursing and healthcare programs at American Sentinel University from 2013 until 2017. Previously, she was the dean of nursing and health programs at Kaplan Higher Education Campuses and before that, the vice president of Kaplan’s School of Nursing. Dr. Burckhardt has many years of experience as an educator and administrator in diploma, ADN and BSN programs. She led the nursing division at Kaplan Test Preparation and spearheaded the development and growth of the company’s nursing programs. Dr. Burckhardt is the co-author of a top-selling book of strategies for preparation for the NCLEX-RN exam and has published numerous articles for nursing publications.
Dr. Burckhardt holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts in education with an adult education emphasis from Washington University, a Master of Science Nursing with a nursing education emphasis from Kaplan University and a Bachelor of Science Nursing from Loyola University.
Natasha Blackshear is an attorney in private practice. Ms. Blackshear’s prior experience includes serving as partner at Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP, running its Nashville office. In 2011, Ms. Blackshear was recognized by the Nashville Post as one of Nashville’s top 101 lawyers.
Prior to her legal career, Ms. Blackshear was a venture capitalist for five years at Council Ventures, LP, where she was part of a four-person team investing a $52 million fund. She also worked as a corporate valuation consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Blackshear was appointed by former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen to the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and served as a commissioner for nine years. She served for eight years on the board of directors of Market Matters, Inc., an independent, notfor-profit international development organization.
Ms. Blackshear is admitted to the bar associations of New York, Massachusetts (retired status) and Tennessee. Ms. Blackshear holds a J.D. from Harvard University and an MBA and Bachelor of Science in applied economics and management from Cornell University.
Michael Bowling is President, DirectTV Latin America Northern Region. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President for Corporate Strategy at AT&T. In that role, Mr. Bowling was responsible for driving AT&T’s over-all long-term planning and strategic initiatives.
Prior to his role at AT&T, Mr. Bowling served as Chief Marketing Officer, Business Solutions. In that role, Michael was responsible for driving the growth of a $37B wireline business as well as the Business Mobility service portfolio. He had also been President of AT&T Mexico and served on the Boards of Telmex and Telmex International. Previously, with BellSouth, Mr. Bowling was Vice President of Converged Services and Platform Development as well as Vice President of Marketing and Product Management for Broadband from 2003 to 2005. He also served in a wide range of marketing and sales capacities within BellSouth’s domestic enterprise and consumer operations since joining BellSouth in 1990.
In addition, he serves as Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Frank Mayadas has served as a senior advisor to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation since 2010, advising the foundation on its continuing grants in the Anytime, Anyplace Learning Program. From 1992 to 2009, he served as a program director at the foundation.
Previously, Dr. Mayadas spent 27 years at the IBM Corporation, serving in a number of capacities, including vice president, research division, technical plans and controls; vice president, technology and solutions development; general manager, university and college systems, IBM personal systems; and secretary of IBM’s Corporate Management Board and the IBM Management Committee, among other positions.
Dr. Mayadas holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from Cornell University and a B.S. from the Colorado School of Mines.
Robert Neumeister has served as a senior financial executive for numerous companies over a 40 year career. He has served as EVP and CFO of Linux Networks, Dex Media, Prolexis Pharmaceuticals, and Aerie Networks. He also held the positions of VP- Financial Operations for Intel, CFO of Sprint PCS and SVP – Finance and Controller of Nortel Networks. In 2008, he was Chairman of the Board and CEO of Geeknet, for which he served on the board of directors from 2001 until 2010. Previously, Mr. Neumeister served on the boards of Symmetricom and Covad Communications Group.
Mr. Neumeister holds an MBA from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and English from Vanderbilt University.
April Savoy is Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Acceptance Insurance Company. Her responsibilities are those of a chief legal and chief compliance officer and assistant secretary for the enterprise, providing legal and regulatory, litigation, government relations, compliance, board governance and risk-management leadership. She serves as the executive staff liaison to the Board of Directors’ Audit and Risk Committees.
Previously in her career, April held many leadership roles culminating in Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Litigation/Office of the Compliance and Legal Office. She was responsible for strategic process and project management for enterprise litigation, including property & casualty and financial services complex case management, auditing, financial and board reporting, and panel counsel selection.
She also has been Senior Attorney and Corporate Legal for Safeco Insurance, Associate Chief Counsel for the American Cancer Society and Health Care and Securities Associate for Kilpatrick Stockton, LLP. She completed a legal internship in the Health Office of U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts through the U.S. Senate Labor & Human Resources Committee.
April is an active volunteer, including serving as Governance Chair for Siloam Health Board of Directors and as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has been on the Resource Development Committee of United Way of Central Ohio and been a Board Member of The Lincoln Theatre, Seattle Art Museum and Pratt Fine Arts.
April earned her Juris Doctorate from the Harvard Law School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Affairs (summa cum laude) from Spelman College and completed the Year Abroad Program at the University of Lancaster in England. She is a member of the Bar of the States of Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, and Tennessee, and is a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, Association of Corporate Counsel and National Association of Corporate Directors. Currently, April is the 2020 American Bar Association TIPS Section Conference Co-Chair.
Dr. Kenneth McLennan has extensive experience in higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and was president and CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance from 1987 to 1999. He has served on the faculty of University of Guelph, Ryerson University, Rutgers University and Temple University where he was Chair of the Department of Economics. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and in the graduate Public Policy Program at the College of William and Mary.
Currently, Dr. McLennan is an adjunct faculty member in the Joint Eastern Virginia Medical School – Old Dominion University Master of Public Health Program where he teaches the course ‘Public Health Administration and Management’. In government, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development, U.S. Department of Labor (on leave from Temple University (1972-1974). He was Division Chief, Social Affairs and Industrial Relations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Paris, France (on leave from Temple University, (1972-1977).
Dr. McLennan’s Ph.D. is from University of Wisconsin-Madison, his MBA is from the University of Toronto and his B.Sc. is from the London School of Economics.
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