Faculty Program Directors for Graduate Programs

Meet the experts committed to excellence in your graduate program experience.

MBA, and MS in Management

Michele Paludi

Michele PaludiMichele A. Paludi, PhD, is the senior faculty program director for the graduate business programs in the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. She is the author/editor of 54 college textbooks, and more than 200 scholarly articles, book chapters and conference presentations on developmental psychology, psychology of women, workplace violence, work/life integration, sexual harassment, campus violence, gender, and discrimination. Her book, Ivory Power: Sexual Harassment on Campus, (1990, SUNY Press), received the 1992 Myers Center Award for Outstanding Book on Human Rights in the United States. Dr. Paludi served as chair of the U.S. Department of Education’s Subpanel on the Prevention of Violence, Sexual Harassment, and Alcohol and Other Drug Problems in Higher Education. She was one of six scholars in the United States to be selected for this subpanel. She also was a consultant to and a member of former New York State Governor Mario Cuomo’s Task Force on Sexual Harassment. Dr. Paludi serves as an expert witness in psychology for court proceedings and administrative hearings on sexual harassment, workplace violence and also race discrimination. She has had extensive experience in conducting training programs and investigations of equal employment opportunity issues for businesses and educational institutions. In addition, Dr. Paludi has held faculty positions at Franklin & Marshall College, Kent State University, Hunter College, Union College, Hamilton College, Siena College, and Union Graduate College (now Clarkson University) where she directed graduate certificate programs in leadership and human resource management.

MS in Criminal Justice

Gretchen Schmidt

Gretchen SchmidtGretchen Schmidt has been in academia for nearly 20 years. Currently she serves as the faculty program director for the Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at Excelsior. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Toledo College of Law in 1998 after several years in the legal field she determined that she could give back more and make more of an impact on peoples lives through teaching. She went back to school and earned an MSCJ with a forensic psychology concentration and an MBA. As a lifelong learner herself, she truly believes in Excelsior’s mission.

Master of Public Administration

Candice Ward

photo of Candice WardCandice Ward is the faculty program director for the Master of Public Administration program. She has more than 13 years’ experience in higher education as a face-to-face and online faculty member and course developer. Prior to Excelsior College, she engaged in psychological research, counseling and worked in the legal field as an office manager for a midsize law firm with branch offices in several states and Mexico. Dr. Ward holds a PhD in Psychology with an emphasis on integrating technology, psychology, and learning from Grand Canyon University.

MS in Healthcare Administration and MS in Health Sciences

Anna Zendell

Anna Zendell is a social worker by training. She is currently a senior faculty program director for the School of Graduate Studies, overseeing the Master of Science in Health Sciences degree program. She also teaches regularly for the School. Her areas of interest are developing innovative teaching strategies for our adult learners, particularly working professionals, and supporting family caregivers of older adults and people with disabilities. She is active in her local community on issues of elder care and food insecurity. In her personal life, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, hiking and all things to do with nature.

MS in Cybersecurity

Amelia Estwick

Dr. Amelia Estwick is the program manager at the National Cybersecurity Institute at Excelsior College (NCI) responsible for their cybersecurity research, training, and academic initiatives. Prior to her service at NCI, she worked in the Department of Defense (DoD) as a Technical Director for their Threat Operations Center, which is responsible for monitoring and securing DoD networks against cyberattacks. She has over 20 years of government IT experience (both civilian and military) working in the areas of cybersecurity, information assurance, and computer network operations and has held multiple positions to include: Senior Cybersecurity Analyst, Computer Science Researcher, and Software/Systems Engineer. Over the past four years, Dr. Estwick has been an adjunct professor for three universities and has taught various undergraduate and graduate cybersecurity courses to include: Risk Management and Analysis, Cybersecurity Ethics, Information Assurance, Advanced Cybercrime Analysis, Intrusion Detection/Incident Response, and Computer/Digital Forensics. She is a National Physical Sciences Consortium (NPSC) Fellow, a Certified Ethical Hacker (C|EH), and a member of several computing and cybersecurity organizations.

MS in Nursing

Caroline Mosca

Caroline K. Mosca is the managing faculty program director in the BS/MS nursing program at Excelsior College. Mosca brings 15 years of experience in higher education and has taught in associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs, in both traditional and distance education settings. Prior to her current position at Excelsior College, Mosca was an assistant professor of nursing at The Sage Colleges in Troy, N.Y., where she taught courses such as Theoretical Basis of Nursing, Community Health III, Women Changing the World, and Nursing in a Sociopolitical Environment. She also helped develop and implement many programs that aided in student experience and performance. Mosca has also held positions as an assistant professor of nursing and nursing lab coordinator at Maria College in Albany, N.Y.; a nurse education specialist and clinical coordinator at Albany Medical Center; and a registered nurse at a private practice in Saratoga, NENY Cancer Care Center in Schenectady, N.Y., Albany Medical Center, and at Seton Health in Troy, N.Y. Mosca has been published in many health care journals and presented at various national conferences.

Robin Dewald

photo of Robin Dewald

Robin Dewald PhD, RN, CNE, is a faculty program director with Excelsior College’s graduate nursing program. She has been with the College since May 3, 2010, overseeing BS and MS nursing courses. In addition to her nursing responsibilities, Dr. Dewald works as the mentor for all newly hired course instructors at the college. Prior to working with Excelsior College, she worked as a clinical nurse in pediatric emergency and ICU, quality assurance, and taught in the face-to-face classroom and clinical learning environments, as well as online. Dr. Dewald graduated from Capella University, with a PhD in Education, Russell Sage College with a MS in Nursing Education, and from The Ohio State University with her BSN. Dr. Dewald has published some of her work related to her doctoral dissertation, “Teaching Strategies that Promote Cultural Sensitivity in Nursing Education”, and has presented her work related to the power of presence in online education, mentoring, using educational technologies, the ways of knowing, just culture, mentoring, and assessment of learning with a variety of organizations.

Bonny Kehm

photo of Bonnie KehmBonny Kehm is the faculty program director in the baccalaureate and master of science programs for the School of Nursing. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from Webster University, her doctorate in nursing education from Capella University, and her graduate certificate in health care informatics from Excelsior College. She has received several honors and awards throughout her nursing career and has served on the National League for Nursing (NLN) Foundation Scholarships Selection Committee; the Elsevier Education Advisory Board; an NLN Ambassador; and was appointed by the governor of Missouri and, confirmed by the full state Senate, to the Missouri State Board of Nursing. In addition, she is the Board’s elected Secretary and serves on the Board’s Nursing Education Committee, which regulates and oversees nursing education programs.