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2014-958-009 Global Studies Don Forrer sj.jpgDon Forrer has a Doctorate in Business Administration and serves as management professor at Hodges University of Naples, Florida.  Additionally, Don is the CEO of Cybernetics Concepts, a management consulting team specializing in utility economics.   He serves as an adjunct professor and member of the faculty partner team at Central Michigan University in addition to teaching at Troy State University, Strayer University, South University, Excelsior College, Embry-Riddle University, & International College. He has lectured on management topics in Taiwan, Japan, Guam, and throughout the United States.  Don has presented his research at prestigious international conferences in the areas of utility economics and online learning.   Additionally, Don has been published in several international journals.   Since retiring from the U.S. Army in 1992, Don has held senior leadership positions as the Operations Director at Troy State University and the Director of Information and Management for the City of Cape Coral, Florida.  Additionally, Don served as the Director of Online Learning and the MBA Program Director at Hodges University.  Don currently provides consulting for small businesses and provides workshops for new businesses in southwest Florida.  He is a member of the prestigious Rates and Charges Committee of the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  This committee writes the M1 manual that defines rates and charges for the water and wastewater industry.  Additionally, Don serves on the board of the Clute Institute and is an editor for the Journal of Business Information Systems. 

2014-958-017 Global Studies Linda Gunn sj.jpgLinda Joyce Gunn earned her B.S. in Operations Management from Indiana University; M.B.A. in Finance from University of Notre Dame; and Ph.D. in Organization Development from Union Institute and University. Dr. Gunn also earned the designations of Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM) from the American Hospital Association and the Associate Certified Coach (ACC) from the International Coaching Federation. Linda has worked in management positions for both private and not for profit organizations with her most recent experience in a 600 bed hospital as Director of Risk Management/Physician Services. She has taught both traditional and nontraditional settings. 

2014-958-003 Global Studies Jose Mabesa sj.jpgDr. Jose R. Mabesa, Jr. has served as an Adjunct Professor at CMU since 2006.  Additionally to his teaching, Dr. Mabesa has also served as Faculty Partner since 2013.  Professionally, Dr. Mabesa is the Associate Director for Systems Engineering at the U.S. Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, MI.  Academically, Dr. Mabesa earned his BS, MS and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.  Dr. Mabesa is also a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma Engineering Honor Soceity and Mechanical Engineering Honor Soceity, respectively.  Dr. Mabesa has 20+ peer reviewed technical papers in the subjects of Microelectromechanical Systems (MEMS) and Shape Memory Materials.

2014-958-007 Global Studies Todd Wilmore sj.jpgTodd Wilmore - In 2001 I started my relationship with Central Michigan University as an Associate Graduate Faculty member teaching classes for the Masters in Education program, including The Adult Learner, Planning for Instruction in Nontraditional Settings, Methods and Techniques of Training and Development, and Advanced Technology in Education.  One accomplishment I am proud of with CMU is development and facilitation of a special Education Workshop to prepare struggling students for a special section of the capstone course. I have also been a member of the Adjunct Faculty with Saint Leo University since 1996 and part of their Distance Learning Program since 2001, teaching undergraduate classes in Human Resource Management, as well as an Associate Faculty member with Ashford University since 2014. 

Independently, I have been a Mentor Coordinator and contract trainer with a real estate investment company. I have worker with several manufacturing and business service organizations, providing process assessments, training needs assessments, job task analysis, competency model development, facilitated leadership development workshops and acted as an Executive Advisor. 

More recently I presented sessions at educational and training conferences on using stories in training and learning titled, working with multi-generational learners, "Digital Badges, ePortfolios, and Skill Matrices", gamification in learning design, futurism, innovation, and other topics. I also published a handbook for learning professionals called Keys to How We Learn. Ten Perspectives on Learning

I am an active member of the Association for Talent Development, where I have been a moderator for webinars at the local chapter, and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  When not busy with all the above I am active in my church, play guitar, and spend precious time with my wife Pat.