Gena Bugda has been at Kaplan University since 2009. She holds a master’s degree in education, has 16 years of experience in the early childhood field, and enjoys teaching courses for the early childhood degree programs. Her goal is to help students be successful by recognizing the many obstacles adult learners face and by helping them overcome challenges and believe in their abilities.
Steve DeLong has been teaching mathematics on campus and online for over 20 years. He is the author of two mathematics textbooks and is currently writing fiction. His mathematical interests include algebraic coding theory, personality traits as a predictor of mathematical ability, and the relationship between mathematics and the law.
Cathy Hochanadel holds a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing, an MBA with a marketing concentration, and a PhD in business administration with a marketing concentration. She began her teaching career in 2000 and has been with Kaplan University since 2002. She has been involved in marketing for many years. She began as a business analyst in the marketing department for EDS and also worked in direct marketing for a small business. Before joining academia, she was a marketing manager for a large commercial real estate company in South Florida.
Holly Parker is a full-time faculty member and course lead for the Kaplan University course Introduction to Health Science and the open course version HSO100. She has been with Kaplan University since January 2008. Holly holds a bachelor’s degree in communication disorders and a master’s degree in education and is finishing up a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness.
Denise Schoenherr has been with Kaplan University since 2005 and holds her MBA and DBA in finance from Baker College Graduate School. She believes that adult learners are a very important part of the population of the University. She has completed her dissertation about adult learners, mathematics anxiety, and the coping strategies used to overcome mathematics anxiety.
Heather Dana received a bachelor’s degree in business and an MBA from Auburn University. Prior to teaching at Kaplan University and focusing on higher education, Heather worked in business for 8 years. She has a passion for adult learning and understands the challenges of balancing life and learning as she is currently pursuing her PhD in finance.
Dr. Pam DeLotell has been in higher education for more than 30 years as an educator, administrator, and higher education consultant with more than 25 of those years in leadership and consulting positions at various institutions. She received her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University, her MBA from Lindenwood University, and her PhD from Northcentral University. She has authored a number of journal articles on both online education and organizational culture and leadership. Dr. DeLotell has been with Kaplan University since 2000.
Jane McElligott is a full-time faculty member in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Kaplan University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Massachusetts, a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Kaplan University. Jane has practiced family law and social security disability law. She has a passion for animal law.
Robert holds a Juris Doctorate degree and has been with Kaplan since the beginning of 2004. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member in the department of public safety and is the Faculty Senate President for Kaplan University. He is also a member of the National Criminal Justice Association where he serves as a Western Regional Representative as well as on multiple committees. Prior to coming to Kaplan, Robert was involved in the legal, aerospace, and logistics communities in Southern California.
Calliope Pappadakis has been teaching for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at Kaplan University since 2010. She earned a Bachelor's Degree from Messiah College in PA, and a Master's of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Richmond, VA. She teaches a variety of arts and humanities courses for several universities, and enjoys guiding students to make connections between their own lives and the creative expressions of the humanities.
Peg Terrell has been at Kaplan University since January 2009. She holds a master's degree in education with a business emphasis. She is a full-time academic administrator at a community college in addition to teaching at Kaplan University. Her favorite quote is by Nelson Mandela, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Paul received his Bachelor's Degree from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, an MS in Accounting from the University of Missouri and an Executive Juris Doctor degree from Concord Law School. He spent twenty years in the banking industry in Kansas City and retired from banking after a term as President of the Arrowhead State Bank. He began teaching in 1980 as an adjunct professor for one of the community colleges in Kansas City. He’s taught and designed courses for the American Institute of Banking and began teaching full time in 1989.
David Hayes has been with Kaplan since 2009, teaching composition and creative writing. He holds an MFA in creative writing from National University and an MS in forensic psychology from Walden University. He has written many novels, plays, films and graphic novels that are available worldwide and can often be found presenting on writing at academic conferences and popular culture conventions. He resides in Michigan with his wife and niece.
Melissa Bahle has been an educator for the past 15 years and has been teaching Composition I and II at Kaplan since 2012. She holds a master's degree in English Language Learning from Western Governor's University. She and her husband reside on a 40 acre homestead in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania with two dogs and a motley crew of chickens. She hopes that all her students leave the class feeling more confident in their writing skills.
Open College Faculty Lead
Carolyn Stevenson holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s degree in communication, an MBA, and a Doctor of Education with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change. She has published several books and articles on the topics of technical writing and online learning. Carolyn has been working for Kaplan University since 2004.