Paul Elsner

Paul Elsner - Biography

Paul Elsner was Chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District 1977-1999. He received his doctorate from Stanford University in 1964. Elsner graduated from Harvard’s Institute for Educational management. The Maricopa Community Colleges are internationally recognized for leading-edge performance in technology transformation, workforce training and economic development.

He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Council on International Intercultural Education, is a member of the Board of Directors, League for Innovation in the Community Colleges, and also served as League President. Dr. Elsner also serves on the Board of Advisors of the American Student Association of Community Colleges, the American Council on Educations (ACE) Commission on Leadership Development and the ACE's Business-Higher Education Forum. Dr. Elsner also serves on the advisory boards of , Eduprise , Protocol, and the National Governor’s Association and the American Society of Training and Development ‘s Commission on Technology and Adult Learning. This past year his consultancies and speaking took him to China, South Africa, The Netherlands, Ireland, Barcelona, Japan and the United Arab Emirates.

Don Campbell
Don Campbell

Don Campbell has served on the Governing Board for the Maricopa County Community College District since 1982; he is the current President. Dr. Campbell has been an extremely stable force on the Maricopa Board through his longevity and untiring commitment to teaching and learning and equity and diversity within the Maricopa system.He has also served in a variety of capacities, ranging from teaching to administrative and school board leadership, at Arizona State University. He served for
twenty-eight years with the Arizona NationalGuard, where he fulfilled his duties as Chief of Social Action and an Education Officer. He is currently working on special projects for the State Adjutant General's Office under Donald Owens. He has also worked with the American Society for Training and Development, the AmericanManagement Association, and
the NAACP. In addition, he has owned his own own real estate business, Campbell and Associates, since 1990.
Dan Brimhall
Dan Brimhall

Dan Brimhall is an instructor of Mandarin Chinese for beginning and intermediate students at Mesa Community College.  He has taught Chinese
language, culture and business practices to individuals and corporations. He has taught culture classes to students attending study abroad programs in China.  His undergraduate field of study was Chinese as well as Asian
Studies with an emphasis on international business and holds a MBA. He has lived, studied, and worked in Asia for over 3 years.  He also works as an international assignment manager providing relocation services to Expatriates.  He has also worked for an Asian based capital investment company.
Jianping Wang
Jianping Wang - Biography

My name is Jianping Wang and I am a native of the People’s Republic of China. I began my study in higher administration at Harvard Graduate School of Education and currently I am completing my doctoral study at Fielding Graduate University with the concentration on community college leadership. Since 1993, I have been a senior administrator at two American community colleges. Both as a practitioner and a researcher, leadership and leadership development are subjects of great interest to me. As I closely watch, in distance, the reform of the Chinese higher education system, I sense an increasing need for leadership development. Since 2001, I have been involved with private universities and colleges such as Sanjiang College and Xian International University in their leadership development programs.
John Frankenstein

John Frankenstein - Biography

John Frankenstein’s professional and academic career has centered on Asia and China for the past four decades. After service in Southeast Asia in the U.S. Navy and a decade as a Chinese language officer in the U.S. diplomatic service, he opted for the academic life, teaching at Thunderbird, the University of Hong Kong and the Copenhagen Business School's Asian Research Center. He also was the Director of the US-China Education Foundation’s Community Colleges program, which brought together American community colleges and their Chinese counterparts. He is now a visiting professor at Brooklyn College/City University of New York. He has published more than 70 articles in professional and academic journals, and consults regularly with both private and public sector organizations on Chinese affairs. He holds a BA from Stanford and a PhD in political science from M.I.T.

Antoine Barnaart

Antoine Barnaart - Biography

Antoine Barnaart is the Australian Team Leader for the Australian China ( Chongqing) Vocational Education & Training Project. This 5 ½ year project is funded by the Government of the Peoples Republic of China and the Australian Government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID). The project goal is to promote the reform of China’s vocational education and training system.

Antoine has an extensive background in vocational education and training and international education with over 25 years experience in rural and regional education in northern Australia. Prior to working fulltime in China, Antoine was a Pro Vice Chancellor (Vice President) at the Charles Darwin University Australia, for 7 years, with responsibility for vocational education and training and the University’s international activities. Antoine has a passion for teaching and was the 1993 recipient of the inaugural Excellence in TeachingAward at the University. He is also a 1997 graduate of the Academy for Leadership and Development of the Chair Academy and has been a frequent visitor to the US, including Arizona since 1996.

Judy Teng
Judy Teng - Biography

Judy Teng was born in, raised in Hong Kong and educated in the United States.  She earned two Master’s Degrees in Education and Counseling from the State University of San Francisco.  Her career in higher education began as a counselor in providing educational, personal and career guidance at City College of San Francisco.  She became the District Diversity and EEO Compliance Officer for more than four years before changing her focus to

workforce and economic development. Teng became the Dean in charge of Corporate Education and Continuing Education in 1991.  She has successfully diversified the corporate education to China and Japan for the last decade.

Clyde Perry

Clyde Perry - Biography

Clyde Perry
is Division Chair at Gateway Community College. He became interested in international education in the mid 1990’s when the first group of faculty came to Maricopa from WuYi University. Although he did not host the person assigned to GateWay himself, he was the person on campus responsible for scheduling his time and interacting with him. In 1999 he was selected to participate in the faculty exchange to Wuyi University where he was welcomed as one of their own. He returned in 2000 as the representative of Maricopa and accompanied six Maricopa faculty on their exchange. During that trip he was invited to Shunde Polytechnic to talk about vocational education in the United States and also discussed a sister college relationship. Dr. Ghanatabadi and he returned to China in 2001 to visit Shunde Polytechnic and signed their sister college agreement. Since then he has returned to Shunde with a faculty member from the automotive program to help develop their automotive program.

Over the years his wife and he have had the pleasure to host eight faculty, five from Wuyi University and three from Shunde. They continue to e-mail all of the friends they have made over the years as a result of international education.

Jerrie Ueberle

Jerrie Ueberle - Biography

Jerrie Ueberle is the founder and president of Global Interactions, Inc., a Phoenix-based non-profit corporation focused to increase worldwide communication and understanding among U.S. professionals and their international counterparts. The purpose of this work is to create partnerships with colleagues to continue the dialogue and develop sustainable relationships. Conferences, seminars, and study programs engage participants in sharing best practices, research, and technologies that contribute to identifying common concerns and discovering new methodologies for achieving results. The work of Global Interactions began in 1984 and has focused primarily on China spanning a 20 year period of rapid change and development.
She serves on the Foundation Board of Directors of SIAS University, the first private U.S. University in China, located in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. 

She is president of Jerrie Ueberle & Associates, a women-owned and operated company specializing in collaborative team building for personal and organizational change. Consultation and training is tailored to specific contractors to accelerate shifts in personnel and organizational outcomes.

Garry Ong

Garry Ong

Garry Ong was born in Guangzhou, China and immigrated to the United States from Hong Kong at the age of 12. Garry earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing from Arizona State University and is currently the CEO and President of G.O. Enterprises., Ltd. - Operator of Mu Shu Asian Grill of Phoenix.

Garry served as one of 14 Commissioners appointed by President George W. Bush to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) - for the United States and US territories in the Pacific.  Garry has been actively involved with the Maricopa County community for almost 20 years.

Howard Woo
Howard Woo

Howard Woo is the Managing Director of Howard Woo Consultants, a firm with over 10 years of experience specializing in helping International companies & individuals to understand the importance of the cultural aspects of Chinese & Japanese society in order to have a long term successful business relationship in Asian countries. Mr. Woo has obtained a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of San Francisco; M.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a M.A. in Far Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Lara Collins

Lara Collins - Biography

I have been teaching communication at South Mountain Community College for 23 years. My specialization is intercultural communication and I have taught in China, Mexico and Canada. I have been involved with the Maricopa International and Intercultural Exchange programs since their inception. I went to Wuyi University in 1998, the second year of that program, and I went to Mexico in 2000. I have had the privilege of hosting three Wuyi Fellows in my home. I conduct orientations for the Chinese upon their arrival in the US, and I work with the Maricopa Fellows before they depart for the international exchange programs.

The most important thing I have gained from these experiences is the relationships I have developed with colleagues around the world. I cherish the exchange of ideas and cultures, and especially the warm friendships that I have enjoyed for many years now. I am looking forward to the Sedona Conference and the opportunity to discuss observations and insights with old colleagues and new.

Michael J. Seiden

Michael J. Seiden - Biography

Michael J. Seiden has been President & CEO of Western International University since 1995. He has more than 20 years experience in adult education, serving as an adjunct faculty member with Regis University, University of Phoenix and Western International University. Prior to his current position, he served as Executive Director/Program Chair, Technology Programs Department, Univ. of Phoenix. Mr. Seiden also has 25 years of experience in industry, as Director, Information Systems with Johns-Manville Corp. and Managing Consultant at Berger & Co., a regional information management consulting firm based in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Seiden holds Bachelor of Arts in Applied Science and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering degrees from Lehigh University and a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering degree from Rutgers University. He has written various articles in professional and trade journals and has presented papers at conferences and seminars throughout the U. S., Canada and Japan.

Mr. Seiden’s international experience includes the management of data centers in Canada and France, as well as international educational partnerships in India, the United Arab Emirates and China. He is also Past President, Executive Committee and Board member of the Phoenix Sister Cities Commission which administers nine Sister City relationships throughout the world.

Patricia Honzay

Patricia Honzay

Patricia Honzay is the Director of Employee and Organizational Development for the Maricopa Community Colleges. Her department provides employee training in the areas of personal leadership, supervisory skills, diversity, OSHA and safety training, diversity as well as training on technology applications. Department programs also support short-term internships within the organization or as community volunteers with a goal of skill development for the Maricopa employees. She has participated in International travel to the Netherlands, England, Ireland, Australia and China. Her interests include exploring avenues for international experiences for all Maricopa Employees.

Dr. Honzay completed her doctorate studies at Northern Arizona University with an emphasis in Community Colleges. She has a Masters Degree in Vocational Education and Bachelors degree in Marketing and Distributive Education from the University of North Dakota. She has earned the Senior Human Resources Professional Certification from the Society of Human Resources.

Chris Forde
Chris Forde - Biography

"Chris Forde began his study of Taijiquan in 1992 (also written as Týai Chi Chýuan). In 1997 Chris met Grandmaster Chen Xiaowang, 19'th Generation Standard Bearer of Chen Style Taijiquan. Recognizing a unique opportunity to learn from this historic figure and to improve his own understanding and skill, he began to travel nationally and
internationally to study directly with Master Chen. Chris organizes the Arizona branch of the Chen Xiaowang World Taijiquan Association, he teaches Chen Style Taijiquan in the Phoenix metropolitan area and hosts Master Chen for seminars each fall in Phoenix. Chris also demonstrates
Taijiquan at several Asian cultural festivals in the Phoenix area. In March 2005 Chris visited Chen village in Henan province China to study Taijiquan with Master Chen at the birthplace of the art, he also spent time vacationing in and around Beijing."

Dr. Bernard Luskin
Dr. Bernard Luskin

Dr. Bernard Luskin has had distinguished careers in the corporate world, education, entertainment and psychology.  University Business Magazine selected Luskin as one who has had exceptional careers in both education and corporate life.  Luskin has made recognized major contributions to both digital media and learning. He is a licensed psychotherapist, with Degrees in Business and a UCLA Doctorate in Education, Psychology and Technology.  Dr. Luskin has been president and CEO of divisions of major Fortune 50 and 500 companies, including Philips, PolyGram, and Jones Education Networks, Mind Extension University, Knowledge TV, and Digital Century.  He has authored bestseller economics, technology and education books, television series and CDs.  He pioneered New Media News on cable television. His recent book Casting the Net Over Global Learning has been recognized for its contributions to the emerging psychologies of online learning. Dr. Luskin is presently Executive Vice President and Director of the Media Psychology and Media Studies programs at Fielding Graduate University, and Chairman and CEO of Luskin International. As a former college and university president, he is founding president of Coastline College, including KOCE, TV in Orange County California, Orange Coast College and is founding chancellor of Jones International University, the first fully accredited, fully web based university. He has taught at UCLA, Claremont Graduate University, California State University, Pepperdine University and The University of Southern California. Luskin is a pioneer in Media and Media Psychology.  Luskin has received two Emmys from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and received distinguished leadership and alumni awards from the UCLA Doctoral Alumni Association, California State University at Los Angeles, The University of Florida, and Long Beach City College. He is Co-Chair of the Digital Media Committee of the British American Business Council, and was evaluator of the USC project on Visual Literacy. He is acknowledged for placing the first computer in a community college in America, for leading the way by putting the first 50 movies on compact disc in partnership with Paramount Pictures, and he is noted for significant milestone contributions in intellectual property, forensic media and media psychology. The Irish Government, Inside Multimedia Magazine, and the European Union each recognized Dr. Luskin's contributions with Lifetime Achievement awards digital media.
Ron Bleed
Ron Bleed

Ron Bleed is Vice Chancellor of Information Technologies for the Maricopa Community Colleges. He has served in that position for the past 25 years. He also has been elected to serve two terms as Chair of the Board for EDUCAUSE. He has been selected to serve several corporate
advisory councils including Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, AT&T, and Apple. He has presented at numberous profressional conferences and consulted at many colleges. His recent work includes working with Adobe
and the George Lucas Foundation on visual literacy. He is a promoter of the hybrid course concept and the redesign of campus spaces for social learning.
  Rick Effland

Rick Effland

Rick Effland teaches anthropology at Mesa Community College.

He has been a radical innovator for the college. He has been in China several times and has been one of the first architects in setting up faculty exchange programs in China. He has been deeply impacted by the openness and genuineness of Chinese students. He also taught in China during a sabbatical and team-taught with Dr. Elsner.

Megan McShane

Megan McShane

Megan McShane is the Assistant Professor of Art History at Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Her dissertation, /Exquisite
Corpse: The Practice of Surrealist Collective Drawing, 1925-1941/, received the President’s Award for Writing on Women’s Issues at Emory
University. Her research interests include French art of the inter-war period, art and ecology, as well as art and technology. While at Emory, she held a fellowship in the Violence Studies Program,where she developed courses on the Visual Rhetoric of Violence. In her current teaching post, she is working with The Center for Environmental and
Sustainability Education, to further her work on the art and ecology movement, which is informed by conceptions of time as interrelated with technology. She has taught African Art at Spelman College and is currently engaged in analyzing pedagogical issues in South Africancontemporary art.