2013-2014 Provost Scholars Mentors

Portrait of James Bader

James Bader, M.S., is the Executive Director of the Leonard Gelfand STEM Center at Case Western Reserve University. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Bader was a full time lecturer in the Department of Biology where he taught courses in introductory biology, aquatic biology, ecology, and microbiology. He also served as director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education where he was the principal investigator for the Gelfand Science and Engineering Fair program and the NSF-funded Science in the Circle program. Mr. Bader holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University.

Portrait of Cheryl Cheatham

Cheryl Cheatham, M.L.S., is a reference and resource delivery librarian at the Judge Ben C. Green Law Library. Ms. Cheatham has managed the educational media department, worked as a Reference Librarian, and served as the library liaison to the law school’s nationally ranked Law–Medicine Center. Prior to joining the Green Law Library, she served as a Reference and a Managing Librarian at two law firms in downtown Cleveland. Ms. Cheatham holds a master’s degree in Legal Studies from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

Portrait of Scott Fine

Scott Fine, MBA, BA, is an assistant professor in banking and finance at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management. He teaches courses in financial strategy, corporate finance, financial decision making, mergers and acquisitions, valuation and   private equity and value creation. Before joining the Weatherhead School, he was a professional strategic consultant, investment banker, public company Chief Finance Officer and private equity business owner. Mr. Fine has a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University. 

Portrait of Dr. Faye Gary

Faye Gary, EdD, RN, FAAN, is the Medical Mutual of Ohio Kent W. Clapp Chair and Professor of Nursing at the Bolton School of Nursing at CWRU. She has provided consultation to numerous world communities including the Republics of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, the Kingdoms of Lesotho and Swaziland. In addition to providing consultation around the world, she chairs the Executive Committee of the National Advisory Committee for the Minority Doctoral Fellowship Program. Dr. Gar received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing and Sociology from Florida A & M University, her master’s degree in Psychiatric Nursing (Child and Adolescent) and Anthropology from Saint Xavier College in Chicago, Illinois, and her doctorate degree in Special Education and Anthropology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. 

Portrait of Jonathan Gordon

Jonathan Gordon, JD, BA, works as a Professor of Lawyering Skills at Case’s School of Law. Before joining Case Law School in 1989, he spent a year in private practice in Cleveland and three years as a trial attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mr. Gordon received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science (and International Affairs) from Columbia College in New York and his law degree from Columbia University School of Law. Professor Gordon also teaches in CWRU's Law School International LL.M. Program.

Portrait of Dennis Harris

Dennis "Coach" Harris, BS, is the National Youth Sports Program Project (NYSP) Administrator and State Coordinator at Case Western during the summers. He assumed leadership of the NYSP program in 1996. After his appointment, Coach Harris introduced an academic component to the porgram, including mathematics, chemistry and biology. In addition, he incorporated the “P.R.I.C.E” (Prevention, Research, Intervention, Compassion and Education) model to ensure the success and growth of the program and the youth. Coach Harris also serves as the NYSP state coordinator for Ohio, working with the programs at the University of Toledo, the University of Akron and Cleveland State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in history from The Ohio State University.

Portrait of James Lalumandier

James Lalumandier, MPH, DDS, BA, is Chair and Professor in the Department of Community Dentistry at the School of Dental Medicine. His specialty is dental public health and he is a diplomat of the American Board of Dental Public Health. Dr. Lalumandier is involved in several large-scale outreach programs providing care to several thousand underserved individuals annually, and primarily to school children. His research centers on preventing dental disease and oral health disparities. Dr. Lalumandier has published widely in both the dental and medical literature. He received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm Center in Manchester, NH, his DDS degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and his MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Portrait of Sana Loue

Sana Loue, PhD, JD, MSSA, MA, is a Professor in the Department of Bioethics and serves as the Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity in the School of Medicine. She has secondary appointments in the Departments of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Psychiatry, Global Health, and at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. Dr. Loue holds graduate degrees in law (J.D.), epidemiology (Ph.D.), medical anthropology (Ph.D.), social work (M.S.S.A.) and secondary education (M.A.). She is also ordained as an interfaith minister. Dr. Loue’s primary research focus is on HIV risk and prevention and family violence in marginalized communities. She has authored and edited over 70 peer-reviewed articles, 58 book chapters and 27 books. 

Portrait of Patricia McDonald

Patricia McDonald, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor in the Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Her primary research interests include the prevention and treatment diabetes, chronic illness and health promotion. She was also the principal investigator for the “Teaching Acceptance to Chronically Ill Older Adults,” “The Beauty for Ashes” projects, and co-investigator for the Parent Grant program with Dr. Jaclene Zauzniewski. Dr. McDonald earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing from The Ohio State University, and her doctorate in Nursing from Case Western Reserve University. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Michigan. 

Portrait of Marilyn Mobley

Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, MA, BA, is the Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity, and Equal Opportunity and is a Professor of English. She provides strategic leadership for the university-wide effort to develop and sustain a welcoming environment for faculty, students, staff, and alumni. Prior to her appointment at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU), she served as Provost at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Associate Provost for Educational Programs at George Mason University in Virginia and a tenured Associate Professor of English, where she was also a faculty member for 19 years. Dr. Mobley has a PhD in English from CWRU, a master's degree in English from New York University and a bachelor's degree from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. 

Portrait of Shannon French

Shannon E. French, PhD, is the Inamori Professor of Ethics, Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, and a tenured member of the Philosophy Department. She also has secondary appointments as a professor in the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Law and the Department of Bioethics. Prior to starting at CWRU in July of 2008, she taught ethics for eleven years as a tenured Associate Professor of Philosophy at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. French received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy, classical studies, and history from Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas) and her Ph.D. in philosophy from Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island).

Portrait of Ryan Pretzer

Ryan Pretzer, MBA, is a technical writer at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). He is an experienced business professional with a background in strategic and tactical marketing, business information systems, and global operations management and financial and managerial accounting. Prior to joining Case Western Reserve, he worked as a paralegal and business analyst in the Customer Contact Practice Group at Progressive Insurance. Mr. Pretzer holds a bachelor’s degree in English and professional writing from Rochester College and a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in marketing, from Cleveland State University. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in English and Literature (expected 2016) from CWRU. 

Portrait of Kenneth Johnson

Kenneth R. (Ken) Johnson, MBA, BA, has been a Visiting Professor with DeVry University (Cleveland campus), teaching on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as an Adjunct Professor for other regional universities. He has taught for more than a decade, covering subjects including Business & Management, Business Ethics, Economics, Financial Management, Leadership and Organizational Behavior and Mathematics. Mr. Johnson received his B.A. in Economics and Business from Wheaton College (IL) in 1982, and an M.B.A. in Health Systems Management from Case Western Reserve University in 1985. He is currently pursuing a multi-disciplinary Ph.D. in Health Policy and Applied Ethics at Case Western Reserve University, drawing upon the Medical School, Law School, Business School, the Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence, and the Center for Policy Studies.  

Portrait of Eddie Hernandez

Chef Heriberto “Eddie” Hernandez, started in the hospitality industry at the age of 16, working his way up from busser to line cook in just a few short months at a restaurant in Texas. After relocation to South Bend, Indiana, Eddie enrolled in a culinary program at Ivey Tech State College. In 2005, he began working for the Centerplate organization at the Palace Royale. Because of his passion and creativity, Eddie frequently assisted with programs at other Centerplace venues including the Detroit Auto Show, the Yum Center in Louisville, and the Iron Man Triathlon at Lake Placid. With Centerplate, Eddie was named Executive Chef of the Peoria Convention Center in 2012. He has since found a home with Bon Appétit Management Company at CWRU in late 2013.

Portrait of Ramya Ramadurai

Ramya Ramadurai, was born in Chennai, India and grew up in Pune, India. She has a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering from the University of Pune. She also has a master’s degree in Operational Oceanography from Rutgers University and currently works in Case Western Reserve’s information technology as a project manager. She has been a part of the Provost Scholars program since last year and enjoys spending time with her mentees and other mentors. Her passion and vision is to ensure that more girls adopt careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, and more women gain leadership positions in the majority of corporations in America and the rest of the world.

Portrait of Vicken Totten

Vicken Totten, MD, MS, FACEP, FAAFP, is the Director of Research for Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. She is also an associate professor at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Totten graduated from the University of Southern California and attended Loyola University in Illinois for her medical school. Her training in Family Medicine started in Tennessee and was interrupted by 2 years’ service in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). She completed her training back in  California. Dr. Totten began a career in academia when she went to Sweden in 1989 to teach emergency medicine. After that, she taught and did research in New York before coming to Case in 2006. One of her favorite phrases: “I want to see you accomplish more than you currently even dream of.”

Portrait of Vicken Totten

Irena Kenneley, PhD, RN, CNE, CIC, FAPIC, Associate Professor, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing

Portrait of Vicken Totten

Sharon Milligan, PhD, MSW, MPH​​​​​​​, is an Associate Professor of Social Work, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA) and Master in Nonprofit Management Organizations (MNO) programs at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio., U.S.A. At the Mandel School, she is also Associate Director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development. Dr. Milligan teaches graduate courses in community development, social welfare policy and research methodology. Dr. Milligan directed a study to uncover technology for evaluating conditions and assets in low-income communities. She directed several funded research projects focusing on health and minorities. A contributor of scholarly articles to professional literature, Dr. Milligan’s publications appear in Women and Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, Controlled Clinical Trials, Social Work in Health Care, The Gerontologist, Ethnicity and Disease, Community Mental Health Journal and Arthritis Care and Research.