Search Akamai University

Tel: 1 (808) 934-8793 (International) Toll Free Number: 1 (855) 934-8793

All About Akamai
Alumni Commentary
Degree Programs
Tuition and Fees
Virtual Campus
Virtual Library
Research Hall
Contact Information
Enroll Now

Visit The Akamai University Store

Contribute to Akamai University

Join the Akamai University Sponsorship Campaign

Header-Welcome to 



Academic Council Bylaws
2017 Academic Council Membership and Leadership
2017 Academic Council Biographies

The Academic Council was founded by the initiative and leadership of Dr. LaWanna Lease Blount, Dr. Anthony Maranto, and Dr. Douglass Capogrossi in 2003. As the Council elected new Chairs, Dr. James Wear and Dr. Deryl Gulliford were both able to contribute greatly in moving the Council toward a more effective body within the structure of the University. In 2012, Dr. Mary Jo Bulbrook moved the Council further toward an effective advisory body, helping to initiate the Institutional Review Board and new standardized classes for the doctoral research functions of the University. Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman moved the Council forward professionally and helped integrate further the work of the Council and Board of Directors. The University greatly appreciates the work of these Council Chairs over the early years in the development of the Akamai University Academic Council.

The Council is now composed of eleven voting members and the most recent past Chair. Members are selected from among faculty in good standing from the degree programs at Akamai University. As many as three altenates are selectd to fill vacancies, should they arrise. The Council has extensive advisory powers and responsibilities for all academic activities of the University, including curriculum and instruction, research, academic support and outreach and recruitment. The Council oversees the quality of conduct of on-going academic programs and advises relative to elimination of existing programs. It investigates and recommends new and revised academic standards, policies and procedures for consideration and approval by the University's Board of Directors. The Council follows at all times a consensus approach for decisionmaking in its meetings and carries out its activities in compliance with the University's Cde of Ethics and Professional Behavior. Each November, or as soon as possible thereafter, the Academic Council holds its organizational meeting and elects officers for the coming year.


Dr. Melinda Connor, Council Chair
Dr. Harvey Menden, Vice Chair
Dr. Tricia Devin, Council Secretary
Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman, Recent Past Council Chair
Dr. Ruth Huffnman-Hine, Member
Dr. Niranjan Ray, Member
Dr. Michael J. Cohen, Member
Dr. Medani Prasad Bhandari, Member
Dr. Lee Karling, Member
Dr. William Wong Teck Foo, Member
Dr. Vijay P Gupta (MD), Member
Dr. Traian D. Stanciulescu, Member
Dr. Juanita J. Rinas, First Alternate
Dr. Anthony Maranto, Second Alternate


Melinda H. Connor, D.D., Ph.D., AMP
Council Chair

Dr. Melinda H. Connor is trained as a clinical psychologist, neuropsychologist, drama therapist, massage therapist and in over twenty different styles of energy healing. Dr. Connor was the recipient of a 3 year NIH T32 post doctoral fellowship in complimentary medicine research at the University of Arizona under Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Iris Bell where she was the former director of the Optimal Healing Research Program at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, directed by Dr. Gary E. Schwartz. Currently a member of the teaching staff for several universities, Dr. Connor is the CEO for the National Foundation for Energy Healing and has a private research and healing practice in Arizona. She is the author of four books: Professional Practice for the Energy Healing Practitioner, Advanced Body Reading, See Auras! and Ten Daily Needs Toward a Healthier, Happier Life.

Harvey Menden, Ph.D., MBA
Vice Chair

Dr. Menden is Director, Training and Organizational Development for a multi-billion dollar business. He previously held the position as a Senior Consultant for the Human Resources Organizational Capability Group at Amoco Corporation. He has provided services as either an employee or an external consultant to Fortune 500 companies such as The General Electric Company, The Coca-Cola Company, Black and Decker, Canada Life, and Little Tikes. He possesses extensive experience within Human Resources, Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, International Business, and Adult Education. Dr. Menden is a member of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI) and has previously served on the Atlanta chapter's board. He serves as adjunct faculty at Newport University. Dr. Menden received his Ph.D. in Business Education from International Institute for Advanced Studies, D.Min. from CBCS, an MBA from Newport University, and a BS in Political Science from the State University of New York.

Tricia W. Devin, Ed.D.
Council Secretary

Dr. Devin holds an EdD, MA, PA and BA from Pepperdine University, a Post-Doctorate Ph.D. from Polytechnic University, Berlin, and an RN in Critical Care from the University of Alberta, Canada. She completed her Fellowship Program in England. Dr. Devin served as Provost of Academic Affairs, Dean of Business and Management at the Graduate and Undergraduate levels, and Critical care and Trauma Specialist in California for fifteen years. She has taught online, on-ground, Flexnet and distance education for the past ten years. In 1981, she developed and implemented a specialized consulting business based in Los Angeles, California, with businesses in re-engineering and restructuring transitions. She has worked for corporations in United State, Canada, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Sandra Kolbl-Holman, MS, Ph.D.
Recent Past Chair

Dr. Sandra Kolbl-Holman comes to Akamai University with a multi faceted international scope through her education, experience and career interests. Born in Germany to a German mother and an Austrian Jewish father, Kolbl-Holman was educated in Canada, Germany and the United States. Kolbl-Holman is a gifted scholar who reached her senior year of high school at age 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree honors with distinction from Saint Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada. Her nursing program was part of the fast track Lethbridge Community College RN degree program. Kolbl-Holman's Art studies began in Europe and continues through the Academy of Art in San Francisco, California. Her graduate scholarly training followed through Carlton University, the University of Lethbridge, Akamai University conferring her doctorate with high honors and norming a new intelligence measure for Dr. Robert Sternberg during his tenure at Yale University. During Kolbl-Holman's academic career, she has received graduate teaching assistantships for undergraduate counseling and theories, full tuition scholarships at the graduate level, graduate scholarships for academic excellence, graduate awards for women in higher education, a national award in program evaluation for program logic model development, graduate and undergraduate research assistantships, two undergraduate teaching assistantships, presented at academic conferences and is academically published and recognized. Kolbl-Holman's professional history illustrates successes for her serving in politics, mayoral duties, working as a political journalist, coordinator of volunteer programs in criminal justice environments, developing treatment, cross cultural and community programs, psychologist, president/CEO of her business consulting firm, entrepreneur/inventor with seven patents worldwide, preparing needs assessment studies, becoming familiar with the Canadian legal system as a Probation Officer and as a lead researcher for the S.O.A.C Justice Committee that brought about new sexual offender laws, environmental supporter, author, and chief advisor for Project Nature Connect. Kolbl-Holman received the Canadian Achievement Award for Small Business presented by Petro Canada in recognition of outstanding business practices and marketing in national and international scenarios. Currently, Kolbl-Holman is building a peace oriented, humanitarian focused project with the mission goal of creating global sustainability, that starts with the essence intersections of human life and moves to a gestalt that reaches out in all directions from the ground level of every village and every city block.

Ruth Huffman-Hine, PhD

Dr. Hine has a wide range of experience, with twenty-four years in Adult Education designing and implementing programs for adult students in the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indianapolis. During her tenure at MSD Wayne Township, she served as director, manager, curriculum author and consultant, instructor, tutor trainer, and advisor for new program implementation. She possesses extensive experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development and Adult Education. Dr. Hine has initiated services for local business and industry including Allison Engine, Chevrolet Truck & Bus, National Starch, Chrysler Foundry, and the Midwest U.S. Army Recruiting Center. She currently serves as an adjunct faculty member at Akamai University, graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Hine has designed and taught courses in English as a Second Language. She has developed programs of instruction for College Preparation, Secondary High School Completion, and Literacy. She completed research on Needs of Volunteer Tutors in Adult Education. She has written articles and presented papers, and authored award winning curriculum in Adult Education. Recognized as a professional in Adult Education, Dr. Hine was a guest of the Deutscher Volkshochschul in Germany. She has maintained interest in genealogy and has written a family history book. Dr. Hine has been active in professional organizations, Kappa Gamma International, Phi Delta Kappa, the International Reading Association and Association for Adult and Continuing Education. She was a member of the Governor Speaker Forums in Indiana and was recognized in the 2008 publication of Adult Education Administrators in Indiana. Dr. Hine holds a Doctorate in Education, San Juan de la Cruz University; a Doctorate in Educational Administration, Greenwich University; M.A. in Adult Education, Indiana University; a B.S. in Education, Butler University, Indianapolis, with permanent teaching certification.

Niranjan Ray, B.S.E.E., M.S.E.E., Ph.D. (Engineering)
Dr. Ray received his B.S.E.E., M.S. E.E. and Ph.D. (Engineering) from Jadavpur University in India. He has taught at several universities including Jadavpur University, India, Engineering University, Bangladesh and International Institute of Management Science, India. He served as a Faculty Head of Computer Division of the Indian Institute of Material Management, Kolkata, India. He was an adjunct faculty of University of Redlands, California and Greenwich University, Norfolk Island. He served as a Principal Adviser, Software Design and Development of EDSA Micro Corporation., USA. As a corporate trainer he taught Managers, Engineers of Parsons Corporation, USA in Relational Database Management System (DBMS). He also provided training on courses of Computer and DBMS to Managers, Engineers of State Electricity Board, Kolkata, India, and Indian Administrative officers at Administrative training Institute, Kolkata, India. He is a Competent Toast Master (CTM) of Toast Master of International, USA. Dr. Ray was a senior member of IEEE, USA. He has a number of published papers to his credit. His primary interests are in teaching and research in the fields of Computer Science and Engineering, Management Information Systems, Computer Applications in Business Administration including Project Management, and Systems Analysis and Design.

Michael J. Cohen, Ed.D.

Recipient of the 1994 Distinguished World Citizen Award, Applied Ecopsychologist Michael J. Cohen, Ph.D., is a Program Director of the Institute of Global Education where he coordinates its Integrated Ecology Department and Project NatureConnect. He also serves on the faculty of Portland State University and the Akamai University Institute of Applied Ecopsychology whose program he initiated and has directed since 1990. In 1965, Dr. Cohen discovered that Planet Earth acted like a living organism and from this he founded sensory, Gaia based, degree granting Environmental and Expedition Education outdoor programs independently and for the National Audubon Society and Lesley University. He conceived the 1985 National Audubon International Symposium "Is the Earth a Living Organism," at the University of Massachusetts and established the sensory sciences of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology in 2008. He is the Editor of the "Journal of Organic Psychology and Natural Attraction Ecology" and an award winning author of ten books dealing with Applied Ecopsychology including "Educating, Counseling and Healing With Nature" "The Web Of Life Imperative" and "Reconnecting With Nature." Dr. Cohen is also an accomplished folk song artist and contra dancer who presents traditional music programs accompanied by guitar, banjo and accordion for the U.S. National Park Service and Skagit Valley College Elder hostel on San Juan Island, Washington.

Medani Prasad Bhandari, PhD

Dr. Bhandari is interested in teaching and mentoring in the field Community and Economic Development; Environmental Studies; Sustainability Studies; Peace, Diplomacy and International relations. His main interest as a teacher and researcher centers on the intersection of local and global interests (trans-society/trans-border) and capacities in addressing global political economy; green economy, natural resource management challenges, environmental sustainability, and the effects of climate change. He is also interested in risk analysis, public policies, and behaviors that contribute to the goal of catalyzing action across the global community, increase public awareness and change public attitudes on global climate change; natural resource governance issues, human rights abuse, sustainable development and environmental degradation. His goal is to utilize scientific and cultural knowledge, research skills, and extensive experiences to help address the challenges of global environmental change, the green economy, and sustainability. He is also interested as well in assessing the economic, social and environmental impacts on natural resources/ environmental sustainability. His ultimate objective is to cultivate and engage multidisciplinary knowledge-based networks to minimize the impact of climate change on marginalized societies and to reduce societal conflict over natural resources.

Lee Karling, PhD

Dr. Karling obtained her PhD from USM in early 2008. Her area of specialization is in Human Resource Management (HRM) with an emphasis on human resource development and learning. Her interest is also in industrial psychology and human behaviors at work. She has been involved in continuous research in linking personalities with job function and performance and hopes to present a research paper late next year. She also specializes in DOE (design of experiment) for the HRM function, specifically for HR development. Dr. Karling has many years of working experience in both the manufacturing and service industries with more years in the service industry as Head of Department. She has been involved in corporate training for more than 10 years and is a Certified Trainer from ACAP Australia. She also holds a unique Graduate Certificate in Adult Teaching and Learning from RMIT University, Australia. She is currently on a retainer with a listed local company as a HR consultant in all HR related matters from HR planning and recruitment to industrial relations. The consultancy work also extends to the subsidiaries of the listed company. Dr. Karling specializes in HRM related training as well as specific interpersonal skills and workplace behavior training aimed at improving workplace efficiency, effectiveness and relationships. She is committed to assisting organizations in their human resource development endeavors and specializes in assisting organizations design, execute, and feedback on training evaluation system for continuous development in the organization's human resource development efforts. Her current passion is in cross-generation management focusing on assisting organizations in tapping into the potentials of the millennial workforce and providing guidance to senior management in maximizing the talent of the new generation (Gen Y). She is also able to provide training workshops in specific supply chain management areas, specifically inventory management, warehouse system design, and purchasing management for effective cost down.

William Wong Teck Foo, PhD

Dr. William Wong obtained his Doctor in Education (EdD) degree from University of Science Malaysia in 2007 and MSc in Electronics from Queen's University of Belfast, UK in 1986. He worked in electronic industry for almost 12 years since 1988; and ventured in the academia as Lecturer, Head- School of Engineering, Director of Postgraduate Centre, Coordinato- Lab Development , Academic Director, Deputy Principal and Principal at various institutions in Higher Education Institutions. He received the Learning Grant Award from Kontron Manufacturing Services Sdn. Bhd to pursue the JT Frank Academy Certification as a Professional in Practice of Knowledge Management (POKM) in 2007, and awarded with the STAR Leader Award by the Laureate International Universities Network in 2011. In the quest of pursuing excellence in quality management and training, he has been certified as the Train-the-Trainer by HRDC, Malaysia (2007), Certified Trainer by the International Accrediting Institute, USA (1997), Applied Statistician (with distinction) by Advanced Micro Devices Inc (1993), Certified Quality Engineer by ASQ, USA (1993) and Auditor/ Lead Auditor of Quality System trained by Neville- Clarke Limited (1998). Prior to date, over 20 research papers have been presented in both national and international conferences, in which some of them have been selected and publish in books / journals. He also conducts transnational postgraduate residential seminars, supervises MBA and PHD students for research projects in the fields of education, business and management. Currently, he is active in action research and staff development on pedagogies and instructional strategies; and serve as an in-house project driver for the latest ISO9001:2015 Standard in Equator College, Penang, Malaysia.

Vijay P Gupta, MD, PhD

Dr. Gupta earned his M.B.B.S. from Agra University in India, his D.F.M. in Forensic Medicine from Bangalore University, India, and his Ph.D. in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology from Greenwich University. Subsequently he did his American Board in Forensic Medicine from American College of Forensic Examiners International, Springfield, U.S.A. He was honoured with a D.Sc. from Colombo for his contributions to Forensic Medicine and Medical Education. He had worked for The Ministry of Health Saudi Arabia for more than a decade as Director Emergency and Clinical Toxicology. He is member of many international and national academic bodies including the Executive Advisory Board of American College of Forensic Examiners International, Springfield, USA. He has 48 publications to his credit and most of them appeared in International Journals. He had supervised research work of 10 medical postgraduates leading to Ph.D. and Master's degrees. Presently, he is working as Professor of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at HIHT University, Dehradun, India.

Traian D. Stanciulescu, PhD

Dr. Stanciulescu, born in 1951 (Potlogi, Romania), has an interdisciplinary academic formation: architecture & philosophy and history faculty (psychology and sociology included). He has worked as an architect, as a lyceum professor, and finally as a university professor at the University of Iai. As a scientific researcher at National Inventics Institute (1993-2008), he auto-didactically studied biophotonics and its emergent implications in the field of human health optimization, having many original contributions, theoretical and practical (inventions) also. He has didactic abilities in the field of teaching "know how"? disciplines, such as semiotics, hermeneutics, creatology, persuasion strategies, etc. which he synergetically applied in teaching and research activity. He is involved in many social-cultural events, being an efficient leader, permanently involved in public relationships by conferences, courses, etc. He has abilities in creative fields such as: poetry, music and painting, directly used for a personal "connection energy" preservation.

Juanita J. Rinas, MA, LPC, PhD
First Alternate

Dr. Rinas has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for several years, and continues to be a licensed counselor in private practice. Dr. Rinas has considerable experience in qualitative methods of research. Her Akamai University doctoral research used a blended method of qualitative inquiry to better understand complex relationships between people involved in selected activities, focusing on the psychological and ecological implications of different forms of communication. She pursues research interests in consciousness, social change, human-nature interconnections and psychological/ social interdependencies within diverse cultures and societies. Her interests have been fueled by work experiences in job coaching, human resource administration, case management, emergency mental health and crisis-management services and Juanita's personal journey from homelessness to higher education in Western society. She has worked with diverse client populations and belief systems. Dr. Rinas is an active advocate for cultural preservation, multicultural communication, environmental preservation, ecological sustainability, social justice and reform. She is proactive regarding the creation of positive, creative, and sustainable work and living environments, applied education, training, and research. She values indigenous rights, spiritual freedom, women's rights, and integral, life-long learning. Ms. Rinas has a published poem: Seamless Flowing. She writes for a local, independent newspaper and has a column, Beyond the Heard Mentality, which promotes self-care, connections with community, environment, mental health, social issues, and community services.

Anthony Maranto, PhD
Second Alternate

Dr. Maranto currently serves as a senior environmental consultant and program manager for numerous clients at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration where he supports a wide range of projects across the National Geodetic Survey, the Coast Survey Development Laboratory, the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, and the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, among others. Prior to his work with NOAA, Dr. Maranto provided scientific and program support to numerous organizations across the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army. In his twelve years of consulting for DoD, he oversaw research, management, and policy projects related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) defense; environmental compliance and health; natural and cultural resource management; land use management; and pollution prevention technologies. Dr. Maranto received his BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; his MA in Environmental Science from Goddard College; and his Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the Union Institute. As a researcher and educator, Dr. Maranto has a wide range of experiences and interests. He was formerly the Director of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Radioecology Laboratory. Additionally, he has held posts in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and in the Department of Biology at Essex Community College in Baltimore. He currently serves as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee at Morgan State University and sits on the board of directors for two non-profit organizations; Kupenda for the Children (a charity that supports physically and mentally handicapped children in the developing work) and LEEK Mountain Preserve (an organization which provides conservation support and outdoor recreation opportunities to wounded US service members). Dr. Maranto is the founder and Chief Editor of the Pacific Journal of Science and Technology, presently in its tenth year of publication. He has authored or co-authored over 50 publications and presentations on numerous topics including carcinogenic risk assessment, environmental management, radioecology, health physics, data quality control, and neurological receptor modeling.

Student Representative

To Be Selected

Non-Voting Ex-Official Members

Dr. Douglass Capogrossi, Board President
Dr. Anthony Maranto, Board Vice President

Applied Psychology
Integrative Psychology
Business Administration
Engineering and Technology
Economic Development
Environmental Studies
Applied Ecopsychology
Educational Leadership
TESOL Literacy
Public Health Administration
Complementary and Alternative Medicine -CAM
Sustainability Studies
Peace, Diplomacy, and International Relations
Transpersonal Psychology
Professional Studies
University Center
Degree Programs
Honoris Causa Program
Community and Continuing Education

Access Newsletter

Contribute News

Link to Akamai on Facebook

Akamai University is internationally accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). The University has earned Premier status with ASIC for its commendable areas of operation. ASIC is an approved accrediting body for the purposes of compliance by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) is a member of the British Quality Foundation (BQF), sits on the Quality Standards Group of UK NARIC, and is one of a number of international accrediting bodies listed in the international directory by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in the USA and is a member of the CHEA International Quality Group (CIQG).


Akamai University
110 Haili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720 USA