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

Cheryl Hines

Vice President

Cheryl Hines

Vice President

Cheryl Hines is currently the Vice President. She was 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 a chapter councilor since 2006.

Cheryl is the Coordinator of Student Outreach and Non-Traditional Student Support in the State University of New York College at Cortland’s Advisement and Transition office. She advises undecided, undergraduate students, assists with the early alert program and teaches COR 101: The Cortland Experience, a first-year student seminar.

Cheryl is a member of NACADA and ANTSHE. She is also the advisor for the Non-Traditional Student Organization as well as the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega chapter at SUNY Cortland. She has been employed by SUNY Cortland for 18 years and by the State of New York for 26 years. She is married with a college-aged daughter.

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.

Pam Vaughan Sturgeon PhD

Executive Director

Pam Vaughan Sturgeon PhD

Executive Director

Dr. Pamela Sturgeon (formerly Collins), passionate about educating adult learners, has focused her career in continuing education and determining ways to educate and better serve the adult learner. She worked for 20 years at Eastern Illinois University (EIU) serving in several positions, all within the School of Continuing Education. Her experience includes working on non-credit programs, conferences and workshops, summer sessions, the Academy of Lifetime Learning, online learning, study abroad and degree-completion programs. While working at EIU, Pam earned her Ph.D. in Leadership in Higher Education Administration. More recently, Pam moved to Philadelphia to serve as the Academic Dean & Executive Director for the School of Continuing & Professional Studies at Philadelphia University (PhilaU).

Having a chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda at EIU, Pam recognized the importance of the society. The ASL Home Office came to EIU in 1996 and Pam was fortunate enough to become the Assistant Executive Director for the organization. In 2011, she became the Executive Director and is privileged to work closely with the Board of Directors for the Society. ASL is an excellent organization that truly helps students and it is an honor to work with such a prestigious group.

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.

Carrie Johnson

Asst. Exec. Director

Carrie Johnson

Asst. Exec. Director

Since 2011, Dr. Johnson has directed the B.A. in General Studies, an adult degree-completion program, at Eastern Illinois University. She previously held a faculty position at a university in the Chicago area.
Dr. Johnson earned her Ed.D. in Adult and Higher Education from Northern Illinois University. She has spoken internationally on her research which focuses on adult accelerated courses, adjunct faculty development, teaching adults, and supporting underprepared adult learners in higher education. She has also published several journal articles and book chapters on these topics. She is the past-president of the Adult Higher Education Alliance and a contributing editor for the Adult Education Quarterly.

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.

Betty Telford

2017 Will Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

Betty Telford

2017 Will Hine Distinguished Service Awardee

I joined the staff at Salem College in 2007 and have held a variety of positions. From the early days at Salem I well remember the first induction and the establishment of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapter, Chi Nu. I had been invited by several students being inducted and the initial membership was 8 students. Quickly the adult students learned the value of membership and invitations to join were coveted. By 2010, I volunteered to take over the duties of chapter adviser, planning two induction services each year, providing opportunities to expand leadership skills for members and educate the adult population and faculty on the value of membership.

Maria R. Altobello, M.B.A., A.L.M., Ed.D.

Member-at-Large

Maria R. Altobello, M.B.A., A.L.M., 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.