Dr. Regis Gilman
Dr. Regis Gilman
Dr. Regis Gilman, now serving as Executive Director has been involved with the Society since 1984 when she first learned of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and most proudly in 1990, when she chartered the ASL chapter at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). Her service to the Society over the years includes Secretary, Vice President and President of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Foundation and serving as a chapter counselor at four institutions. ECU has chartered its chapter Fall 2017. She completed a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from Drake University, and then earned her Doctor of Education in Educational Policy and Leadership - Higher Education from the University of Kansas. While at Appalachian State University directing a Department of Education grant, and to further prepare for the rapidly changing field of continuing and higher education, she completed a post-doc Master of Arts in Educational Media-Instructional Technology.
Until July 2016, Regis served as Dean of the School of Continuing Education at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, IL – Home Office of Alpha Sigma Lambda. Always focusing on serving adult learners, at ECU Regis serves as the Executive Director of the Office of Continuing Studies with oversight of services to online and off-campus degree-program students, continuing professional education, the lifelong learning program, faculty-led summer study abroad, testing and proctoring centers, military outreach, summer school, and the Gateway Technology Center – a collaborative center with NC State University. Dr. Gilman has 36+ years’ experience in adult and continuing higher education. Throughout her career, she has worked with adult learners as an administrator in continuing higher education, graduate programs, evening college and summer school. She believes in recognizing the many experiences and accomplishments of adult learners, and their impact on higher education. Her academic interests involve outreach and access through instructional technologies and the impact of technology on retention, goal attainment and degree completion. She is married to Retired Chief Stephen R. Hume, USN SSN. She enjoys returning to North Carolina, spending more time with her grandsons, international travel, sailing and needlework. She is past president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education and has expressed how honored she is to serve the Society in this interim capacity.
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.
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).
Esther Powell, EdD
Esther Powell, EdD
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
Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.
Maria R. Altobello, Ed.D.
Education provides upward economic mobility and I am living proof of its power. This is why I am passionate about higher education.
For the last 17 years, I have worked with first-generation college students through the development of undergraduate, graduate, and pathway programs. I aim to reduce the entry barriers by providing potential students with access to higher education opportunities. I also strive to create environments that support students through their journey. Increased access and a supportive environment have a positive impact on student retention and success.
I received an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology and Distance Education and an M.B.A. from Nova Southeastern University, a specialization in Finance and an A.L.M. in Information Technology from Harvard University, and a B.S. in Business from Universidad Metropolitana (Venezuela).
As Dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at Franklin Pierce University, I oversee undergraduate and graduate programs designed with the adult student in mind. My current focus is to explore alternatives to lower the cost of education and time to degree completion.
I am committed to lifelong learning. My research interests relate to issues surrounding adult learners, including prior learning assessment, retention, and quality in distance education. I have been the recipient of grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) destined to study prior learning assessment and retention in adult student populations.
Engaging in community service is an important component of my work. I served as Chapter Vice President of Sigma Beta Delta Local Chapter 2004-2018. I have also served as Chapter Councilor for Alpha Sigma Lambda since 2013. In 2017, I began my service as Member at Large of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and I am now serving as Treasurer.
Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes academically outstanding adult students in higher education. As a member of the Board of Directors, I am able to act on my passion of assisting students as they navigate their way towards graduation by providing access to and exploring opportunities. I am looking forward to continuing my service should I be chosen.
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.
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.
2019 William C. Hine Awardee
2019 William C. Hine Awardee
Emily Snyder directs all operations for the Office of Commuter Student Services and Off-Campus Living at Stony Brook University, which serves a commuter student population of over 15,000, approximately 10% of which are identified as non-traditional students/adult learners. Her work focuses heavily on building community and support services that encourage a vibrant and holistic college experience for this substantial cohort, with a spectrum of diverse needs and life circumstances. Offering this valuable group of students a “home away from home”, ways to connect with others who are sharing a similar student experience, and opportunities to be recognized has brought tremendous pride in and confirmation of the importance of this work. Emily’s goal is to connect with the institution’s non-traditional population as early on in their academic journey as possible, a primary motivator while she collaborated to create the University’s non-traditional student specific orientation experience.
Emily established the Phi Omega chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda in 2011, which has provided an essential platform to highlight the incredible academic achievements of Stony Brook University’s adult learners. Engaging adult learners in campus life and fostering relationships with and among the non-traditional student population has been tremendously rewarding, and energizes and inspires Emily to continue her work with and for this demographic. She is eager to support Alpha Sigma Lambda's Board of Directors this year, and to provide any insight that may be helpful to chapters across the country.
Cheryl is the Coordinator of Student Outreach and Non-Traditional Student Support at the StateUniversity of New York College at Cortland’s Advisement and Transition office. Her duties include advising undecided, undergraduate students, assisting with the early alert program, teaching COR 101: The Cortland Experience, a first year semester, as well as serving as the chair of the Non-Traditional Student Support Advisory Committee. Cheryl currently serves at the Member-at-Large. She served as the Vice Present in 2016 and the Secretary from January 2013 through December 2014. She won Alpha Sigma Lambda’s William C. Hine Distinguished Service Award for the 2011-2012 academic year and served as an ex-officio member on the Alpha Sigma Lambda board during that time. She has been the councilor for the Lambda Omicron chapter since 2006. Cheryl is a member of NACADA and ANTSHE. She is also the advisor for the Non-Traditional Student Organization. She has been employed at SUNY Cortland for over 20 years and by the State of New York for over 28 years. She is married with an adult daughter.