Meet Your Collegiate Advisor Professional Development Forum Presenters

The Advisor Professional Development Forum is a unique professional learning event designed to help advisors take their chapter to the next level. Attendees will engage in an idea exchange led by leading advisors and corporate partners.

View the complete Advisor Professional Learning schedule here. Learn a bit more about the presenters at this year’s event:

Dr. Marshall Mitzman | Chabot-Las Positas Community College (CA)

Education in A Business World | Keynote Speaker

Both a businessman and an educator, Dr. Mitzman brings 30 years of experience to the discussion. He has managed sales for major corporations, owned four businesses and served on numerous nonprofit boards and educational organizations. His community involvement, combined with his passion for students, has positioned him to build a vital platform for student success.


Sarah Levine | NAA Education Institute 

Engage: The Concept, The Experience and The Path Forward

Sarah Levine is the director of workforce development for the National Apartment Association Education Institute. Sarah supports workforce and economic development organizations, as well as high schools, colleges and universities throughout the U.S. to develop comprehensive training and career development programs aimed at students and job seekers. Her focus is on promoting career awareness and creating new pipelines of talent for NAA’s members. Sarah has worked in this capacity for the apartment industry and previously the retail industry for nearly 20 years.


Dr. Kenneth Williams | Kettering University (MI)

Increasing Chapter Visibility: Dispel the Myth and Collaborate

Dr. Kenneth Williams is an assistant professor in the School of Management at Kettering University, where he teaches accounting and finance courses at both undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. Williams received his BBA-Finance from the University of Michigan, his MBA-Finance from Wayne State University and his PhD-Business Administration (with a specialization in organizational leadership) from Northcentral University. Dr. Williams also completed post-graduate studies in accounting and commercial bank management.


Steve Lowery | Chabot College (CA)

Introspection: Helping Students Discover Their Leadership Traits

After graduating high school in 1971, Steve Lowery enlisted in the Air Force and did several tours in Vietnam. Steve returned to the United States in 1975, left the Air Force in 1978 and spent 5 years as a police officer in Arkansas. He reenlisted in the Air Force in 1982 and transitioned to the Air Force Reserve in 1994, then reentered law enforcement, retiring in 2012. Steve has been a campus safety officer at Chabot College since 2012 and an advisor to the Human Resource Management Program and Chabot College DECA chapter since 2015.


Shelly McVay | William Jewell College (MO)

Live What You Learn: Engage Active Learning

Shelly McVay is an assistant professor of business at William Jewell College. She has taught variations of marketing and business strategy for over 28 years, including as an adjunct professor at Baker University and the University of Missouri-Kansas. Shealso has practical experience in marketing while working for Hallmark Cards, Inc. for over 31 years in a wide variety of roles including product development, advertising, business consulting, sales and marketing research.

In addition, she owned a marketing consulting company for 20 years and worked with clients such as Disney, Helzberg, National Baseball Players Association and Carnival Cruises to develop new products and national advertising campaigns. She also owns a college consulting business, College Quest, where she advises high school and college students on potential colleges, academic paths and scholarship options.

Shelly holds a MBA from Rockhurst University, a BBA in business and journalism from Baylor University and is currently working on a DBA at William Howard Taft University.


Nico Valencia | Project Manager, Intuit Education

Prepare Your Students for The Future of Business with Free Quickbooks from Intuit Education

Nico Valencia is a program manager for Intuit Education. His passion for diversity, education and business all complement his current mission of supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs and accountants by training educators how to use QuickBooks as an innovative learning tool in their classroom.


Catherine Pinkas | Chabot College (CA)

Project-based Internships: A True Advantage for Your Students

Catherine Pinkas is a business faculty member of Chabot College and a certified project management professional with over 20 years of experience. She combines her understanding of business together with project management best practices to help students gain meaningful business experience.


Dr. Jeff Cornwall | Belmont University (TN)

Running An On-Campus Entrepreneurship Challenge

Dr. Jeff Cornwall is the Jack C. Massey chair and professor of entrepreneurship at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Cornwall has received national awards for his work in curriculum development and teaching. In 2013, the United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreneurship named Dr. Cornwall the National Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year. He has authored nine books and numerous articles on entrepreneurship and has participated in numerous startup ventures throughout his career.


John Gustincic | Northwood University (MI)

Taking Awareness of DECA to New Heights!

Professor John Gustincic, JD, ABD, PMC, CFE, is the director of the Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity & Enterprise at Northwood University. In addition to his administrative role, he teaches a broad range of business classes, such as accounting, tax and business law. Prof. Gustincic is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Law. He also serves on the State Bar of Michigan Character and Fitness Committee. Prof. Gustincic has served as the Northwood University DECA chapter advisor for three years.


Josh Derry | Knowledge Matters Inc.

This is Not the Marketing Simulation You Think You Know

Josh Derry is a sales consultant with Knowledge Matters who has been with the company for almost 1 year. He holds a B.S. in marketing from Central Connecticut State University. Josh feels strongly that today’s technology literate students can vastly benefit from the engagement simulation-based learning provides, compared to textbooks and traditional case studies. Being married to an educator, Josh has a first-hand account on how students are learning in the classroom and feels that Knowledge Matters’ simulations are the future of learning.


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