2018-19 HRM Advisory Committee

forbes school of business and technology logoEstablished in 2016, the Forbes School of Business & Technology HRM Advisory Committee provides support and counsel to the academic leadership of the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management and the Master of Human Resource Management degree programs within the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Members offer their expertise and experience serving as advocates for the HRM programs. Learn more about each of the 2018-2019 Advisors below.




louis efronLouis Efron is a globally recognized thought leader, speaker, writer and Human Resources executive. He is the author of How to Find a Job, Career and Life You Loveand Purpose Meets Execution: How Winning Organizations Accelerate Engagement and Drive Profits and two upcoming books, Behind the Ink: Lessons from the Transformation of an Industry and the children’s book, What Kind of Bee can I be? He is a contributing writer for Forbes and Huffington Post and the founder of The Voice of Purpose and the charity World Child Cancer USA. His career credits include Head of Global Employee Engagement for Tesla Motors, International VP of HR for JDA Software, VP of HR for the Fortune 300 medical device company, Stryker, Broadway theatre and he currently serves as the VP of Teammate Experience for DaVita, a Fortune 200 patient care organization. He has lived and worked throughout the US, Europe, Africa, and Asia. He studied Labor Relations at Cornell University, New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and Advanced Leadership at Harvard Business School. He holds a BA from California State University, Fullerton, as well as a BS and JD from Saratoga University School of Law.



katie howardKatie Howard is a Senior Director of Human Resources who partners with Government Officials and Community Leader to provide advisement on all facets of HR including: Talent Management; Total Rewards; Performance Management and Compliance; Risk, Safety and Workers Compensation. Throughout her 15 years of professional experience she has functioned in multiple leadership and consultative roles in a variety of employment sectors. Her advisory role has provided guidance for over 100 businesses and 4000+ staff members. Katie feels the knowledge, expertise and education are important to the field of HR, but relationship and trust are the true foundation to a high functioning Human Resources Department. Katie is highly involved in the human resources community and the community she serves. She recently participated as a HR panel member for the Forbes Thought Leadership Summit and has been a two time panelist for the Jacksonville We Rise Women’s Conference. Katie also serves as an active board member for the McKinney Clinic, a Federally Qualified Health System, chaired the Leadership Nassau Steering Committee, and runs for Team RWB, an athletic group that supports Veteran Awareness. Katie holds a B.S. in Business from Wright State University and is a certified Professional in Human Resources (PHR).


jeff hunterJeff Hunter, CEO and Founder of Talentism, is an entrepreneur described as a “restless innovator”. Jeff held leadership positions at Electronic Arts, Dolby Laboratories and Bridgewater Associates. His published work on innovation, talent and creativity, new technologies, and strategies demonstrate his passion for people finding. Jeff is an entrepreneur who decided to become a big company manager to learn more about the conventional wisdom on hiring and managing people. That lead to the creation of a new way of thinking about business building and strategy called "Talent Architecture." Over the years has published and spoken widely about innovation, talent and creativity, as well as innovating new technologies, strategies and approaches to competitive advantage. Single-minded focus on ways to reduce the waste of economic and human potential.




katie thiryDr. Katie Thiry is the Program Chair for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. She is also the founder and Faculty Advisor for the Ashford University Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter, a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Dr. Thiry is a recognized expert and leader in the HR field having earned the SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) credential, Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) from the Association for Talent Development (ATD), Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Performance Management Institute (PMI), and is a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT) through the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). She holds a PhD with an emphasis in Training and Performance Improvement from Capella University, a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She has over 19 years of experience in Human Resources and Training and Development, where she has held titles such as Manager of Human Capital Development, Training and Performance Improvement Consultant, and Senior Training Specialist. In these roles, she partnered with organizations to implement successful training initiatives to increase the effectiveness and performance of their teams, reviewed and evaluated courses and resources to address identified needs for the organization, and designed, developed, and delivered custom training.


cathy nguyenDr. Cathy Nguyen Sin is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and the Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. Dr. Nguyen Sin holds a PhD in Organizational Leadership & Development with a specialization in Training and E-Learning from the University of Rockies, an MBA with a specialization in Finance and a Bachelors of Arts in Accounting from Ashford University, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from University of Phoenix. Prior to joining Ashford University, Dr. Nguyen Sin worked almost 10 years for one of the largest banking and financial institutions in the world that serve millions of customers across 70 countries and territories. Over the past several years, she has contributed to the planning, design, and development of new and revised online programs at Ashford University, in addition to teaching college-level online courses.



leah westermanLeah Westerman is an Assistant Professor for the Master of Human Resource Management (MHRM) and Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management (BAHRM) degree program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University. She holds a Juris Doctor from the Dickenson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Economics and International Business from Drexel University. She has been licensed to practice law since 2004. Prior to joining Ashford University, Westerman was defending clients against medical malpractice lawsuits, and practiced civil litigation, employment and business law. For over six years she has taught Undergraduate and Graduates courses.