Esther Powell, EdD

President

Esther Powell, EdD

President

Dr. Esther S. Powell currently serves as Assistant Dean for Support and Engagement Services, University College and Lifelong Learning, Winston-Salem State University. She has been employed with the university 30 years in various capacities. During those years Powell has worked with undergraduate, graduate, and adult students.
Dr. Powell earned her undergraduate degree in business management from Shaw University, a master’s degree in adult education from North Carolina A&T State University and her doctorate degree in higher education leadership from Northcentral University.
She is a past president of the North Carolina Adult Education Association; she is the North Carolina State Representative for the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association of Continuing Higher Education; Vice President of the Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society; Chief Academic Officer for the Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education; and most recently, Dr. Powell was appointed to the University of North Carolina Military Affairs Council.
Other affiliations include, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and most importantly, she is a member of Friendship Baptist Church, Lexington, NC

Annie Nagle

Treasurer

Annie Nagle

Treasurer

Anne Nagle has been involved with Alpha Sigma Lambda for 10 years, and currently serves as Treasurer. She is Assistantant Dean in Providence College’s School of Continuing Education (RI). Anne earned an M.A. degree from Salve Regina University (Newport, RI) and B.A. degree from Boston College (MA).

Karen Cordova

Secretary

Karen Cordova

Secretary

I have been at Regis University for over seventeen years teaching students in the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies as Affiliate and Lead Faculty.  I work for Jesuit Worldwide Learning, which provides Higher Education to those at the Margins, a diploma awarded by Regis University. 

I had been in the role as advisor for two honor societies including Alpha Sigma Lambda where I helped our students manage and coordinate events to provide knowledge and entertainment to its members and campus community.  

My varied roles demonstrate an eclectic background but all with the sole purpose of my passion for serving the student and learner.

Guy D’Onofrio

Asset Manager

Guy D’Onofrio

Asset Manager

Guy D’Onofrio is based in Birmingham, AL, currently employed at BBVA Compass as Vice President, Business Process Strategist. Prior to joining BBVA, Mr. D’Onofrio was a senior consultant at Praxis Advisors, Fannie Mae, and BenchMark Consulting International.

Mr. D’Onofrio is a 1981 graduate of Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. While employed as a bank operations manager at Continental Bank, a predecessor to PNC Bank, Guy completed graduate studies in 1984 at the American Bankers Association’s Stonier Graduate School of Banking hosted by Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ.

As an undergraduate student, Guy was an active member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and the Cross Keys student service Honor Society.

In 1992, Mr. D’Onofrio was invited to serve on the Alpha Sigma Lambda Adult Education Foundation Board. When the Foundation was merged into the Society in 2007, he was appointed to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors as Asset Manager.

Judy Parr

Archivist and Historian

Judy Parr

Archivist and Historian

Judy Parr joined the ASL board in 1991. She served as National Secretary for many years. Currently she serves as the Archivist and Historian. Parr is a gift officer at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Patricia Lynott, PhD

Past President

Patricia Lynott, PhD

Past President

Since May of 1999, I have served as Dean of the School for Advanced Learning at Elmhurst College. Elmhurst is a comprehensive liberal arts college founded in 1871, and our current FTE is approximately 2850 students. The School for Advanced Learning facilitates initial program development, enrollment, and on-going management for graduate and adult undergraduate students representing approximately one-third of our total student population.

In July 2001, I accepted a concurrent position as Executive Director of Elmhurst Partners, a corporate training and development arm of the College based on a for-profit model and serving the professional development needs of working adults and corporate clients.

I am also a tenured, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences.

I have a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University Chicago, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Northern Illinois University, and a
B.A. in Communication from Trinity College.

Matt Hlinak

Chapter Liason

Matt Hlinak

Chapter Liason

Matt Hlinak is the Assistant Provost for Continuing Studies & Special Initiatives at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, where he leads the School of Professional & Continuing Studies. He previously managed professional development certificate programs at Northwestern University and taught at the University of Illinois.

Matt is an ex officio member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Board of Directors and the 2014 William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award winner. In addition, he is past president of the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business (MALSB), and is proud to have opened MALSB’s membership to faculty from continuing education units and community colleges. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Illinois Council on Continuing Higher Education and the Governing Board of the University Center of Lake County.

Matt’s research on adult education pedagogy has appeared in The Journal of Legal Studies Education and Liberal Education. He won the 2015 Alexander Devience Jr. Distinguished Proceedings Paper Award from MALSB for his essay on flipped classrooms and online learning. He holds a JD from the University of Illinois and an MFA—as an adult learner—from Northwestern.

Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.

Member-at-Large

Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.

Member-at-Large

Maria R. Altobello is the Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University.  She joined the faculty in 2001 and served in the Dean’s office as Associate Dean (2012-2015) prior to becoming the Dean.

 Dr. Altobello received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).

 Strategic management consulting, new investment opportunities, financial management, database design and implementation, and project management are among Dr. Altobello’s areas of expertise.  Some of the industries in which she has worked include:  oil, precious metals, procurement, engineering, media, publishing, banking, and education.  She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Accounting, Database Systems, Client/Server Computing, Web site Development, and Information Systems to students ages 18-65.

 During her tenure at Franklin Pierce University, she has provided extensive service to the community, including the following institutional committees:  Academic Standards, Curriculum, General Liberal Education, Institutional Review Board, President’s Council, Provost’s Council, and Strategic Planning.

 Dr. Altobello’s is committed to lifelong learning.  Her research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior level assessment, retention, and quality in distance education.  She has been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning destined to study prior level assessment and retention in adult student populations.  She has served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda since 2013, and Chapter Vice President of Sigma Beta Delta Local Chapter since 2004.

Dr. Terry Kidd

2018 William C. Hine Awardee

Dr. Terry Kidd

2018 William C. Hine Awardee

Serving as the Dean of the Division of Extended Learning at Houston Community College, Dr. Kidd’s administrative tenure has been devoted to making a difference and serving our most vulnerable and forgotten in society. This scope and opportunity allows him to engineer a vision that provides district wide leadership and campus based management for the largest workforce education operation in the nation. During his tenure at HCC, he established the first Alpha Sigma Lambda chapter in Houston Community College’s 46-year history. This took place in 2012 based on the need to recognize their adult learners, who work so hard and have many competing interests that oftentimes keep them from pursuing education.  Through seven major reporting units the division serves adult learners in: School of Continuing Education, Apprenticeship Programs, Corrections Education, VAST Academy, the Center for Health Care Professionals, Online Continuing Education, and the Accelerated Teacher Certification. Our The division is able to reach and impact not only the academic and workforce needs of their adult learners, but also engage adult learners in programming that builds and develops self-esteem, confidence, self-efficacy, and motivation.

Shelly Hintz

Vice President

Shelly Hintz

Vice President

Ms. Hintz is the Director of Academic Support and Retention and an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).  In this role, she focuses on helping students achieve their educational goals, which includes developing tutoring services, recognition programs, and engagement activities for the university’s adult student population.  She has been the chapter councilor for the Tau Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda for almost ten years, and also serves as an officer for two other honor societies at the university.

Ms. Hintz received her Master’s of Arts in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland- College Park. She has been an active member of the Mid-Atlantic Region of UPCEA, serving on the conference planning and awards committees. She also has been involved in the development of the Maryland College Learning Center Association (MDCLCA).