Since Liberty's inception, the university's mission has always been for its faculty and staff to be used by God to change students' lives. Over a year ago, the university leadership established a vision for the faculty and staff to realize anew just how much ‘You Matter’. A university-wide initiative with the same title, ‘You Matter’, was launched to provide faculty and staff with the fresh resources to continue this mission. One aspect of the ‘You Matter’ initiative was to create a visible and sustainable employee recognition program. Liberty University believes that informal, department-level recognition is an important aspect of acknowledging the individual accomplishments and contributions of staff and faculty members. In keeping with the principles established within the local university-wide ‘You Matter’ initiative, the School of Business desires to ensure that the crucial efforts performed by our on-line team are also recognized.
Therefore, the School of Business has created a monthly recognition program entitled, Service with Excellence. The program is based upon the concept of acknowledging the superior service provided by the online adjunct team! Faculty are nominated by their Instructional Mentors or School of Business Administration. The School of Business recognizes and values the strength in our teams, and the sacrifice our faculty makes in servicing our students and will continue to encourage and support efforts in building a team environment.
|Dr. Beverlin Hammett|
Dr. Beverlin M. Hammett earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior with a specialization in Information Systems Management in order to help companies develop strategies to strategically align their corporate goals with their technology. Her desire to do so came from her years of experience of creating strategic initiatives for international corporations. Beverlin thought she would teach after a couple of years of corporate work, however, her desire to teach came immediately after completing here degree. Since obtaining her degree, she has taught in various institutions in America as well as South East Asia. She has instructed students from South Korea, Morocco, China, Japan, Uzbekistan, Iran, France, and various parts of Africa and Asia. She has taught a plethora of subjects that range from Strategic Management, Emerging Markets to Systems Analysis and Design and Entrepreneurship & Innovation. While also teaching, she is engaged in other activities such as hosting a “What’s Your Problem” radio show in Seoul Korea and presenting seminars to various universities on “Developing Life Goals from a Biblical Perspective”. When she is not teaching, she is traveling throughout South East Asia sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ as a missionary and has traveled to 30 different countries.
Congratulations, Dr. Beverlin Hammett!
Ashley Partridge holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and a Master's of Science degree in Accounting and has been teaching undergraduate accounting classes for Liberty University Online since January 2011. In addition to teaching Ashley is the Grant Accountant for the City of Lynchburg, VA and she is also a member of the Virginia Government Finance Officer's Association. When she is able to take her focus away from the classroom, Ashley enjoys reading, going to the beach and cross stitching.
Congratulations, Professor Ashley Partridge!
Melissa lives in Virginia with her husband and two children. She came to know Christ as a teenager and remains amazed at all the wonderful things He has done in and thru her life thus far. Melissa earned her MA in Applied Economics from UNC-Greensboro in 1997. While completing her master's degree, she began teaching as an adjunct instructor at Rowan Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury, NC. Soon thereafter Melissa was employed by Wake Forest Medical School's Section on Social Sciences and Health Research to assist with cost-benefit analyses related to clinical trials. When she moved to Virginia, Melissa chose to again pursue teaching undergraduate economics courses and has enjoyed doing so for several years. Melissa makes a consistent effort to pursue professional development in the areas of economics and instruction via conferences and workshops. She considers successfully home-schooling her
own children K -12 as her greatest accomplishment in life. In her free time, Melissa enjoys watching her family practice judo, reading, cooking, visiting tea rooms and traveling.
Congratulations, Melissa Muender!
Doug earned his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in 2007, specializing in aerospace and defense. As a member of the US Air Force civilian workforce, he has served in a variety of positions ranging from technical disciplines to logistics management. While in the role as the Transformation Chief at the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Doug was responsible for, managed and directed the improvement activities across the Center’s 22,000-employee workforce. During his tenure in this role, Doug taught a wide range of internal courses on program and project management, cost estimation, requirement definition, lean and six sigma process improvement, and quality management systems. He has delivered lectures and seminars at various Dept. of Defense conferences on logistical and engineering management topics. He began teaching at Liberty University in the Spring Term of 2011 for the Business Department. Outside of his professional career, Doug teaches Sunday School at his church and in his spare time is writing a work of fiction centered on religious history.
Congratulations, Professor Doug Dynes!
|Dr. John Obradovich|
Please join us in congratulating Dr. John Obradovich as our June – Service with Excellence recipient! John and his bride of 19 years, Lori, live in Grandville Michigan just southwest of Grand Rapids. Their son Nick (19 years) is in the U.S. Army and their daughter Brandi (also a LUO Ministry student) and two grandchildren live nearby. John holds an earned doctorate in Organization and Management and has been teaching college-level courses since 2006. He also teaches in the areas of Finance, Management, and Research Writing. He has held various positions in business and industry and is currently working on his first book related to the impact of culture on various organizational financial outcomes.
Congratulations, Dr. John Obradovich!
|Jesse Barnes, CPA|
Please join us in congratulating Jesse Barnes. Jesse really enjoys being part of the team at Liberty University! He also works for Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens, P.C. (JCCS) one of Montana’s premier CPA firms. Before joining JCCS, Jesse owned and operated a bookkeeping business. He earned his Masters of Accountancy through The University of Montana. Previously Jesse worked at a local church and taught at Clark Fork School of Ministry, a training school for church leaders. Jesse loves the Lord, and is passionate about seeing His kingdom extended. Some of his greatest joy is found in the blessing of an amazing wife and two wonderful children, a boy and girl. Outside of spending time with his family and friends, Jesse also enjoys running and anything outside in Big Sky Country.
Congratulations, Professor Jesse Barnes!
|Dr. Kevin Blarksdale|
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kevin Barksdale as our April, Service with Excellence Award recipient. Kevin received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration, graduating Magna Cum Laude from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in May of 1989. He received his doctorate in business administration from Georgia State University in August of 1994. Kevin’s experience extends beyond his academic service and achievements into local industry where he has served as Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Chevrolet franchise and the Toyota franchise. Kevin has also written and published over 50 articles and papers on various topics of business management including organizational performance, employee commitment, and management education, and research methods. He has consulted with a wide variety of retail and wholesale organizations including American Express, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Autozone, Delta Airlines, CibaVision, Promus Hotels, and Dittler Brothers Press.
Congratulations, Dr. Kevin Blarksdale!
|Dr. Hubbarb Harvey|
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hub Harvey as our March Service with Excellence Award recipient. Hub’s educational journey is colorful! He majored in Criminal Justice at the University of Alabama at Birmingham completing his BS in 1988. In 1992 he graduated from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University with his Juris Doctor. While in Law School, he studied international, constitutional and medical law at the University of Kent in England, the University of Heidelburg in Germany and the University of Victoria in Canada. It was during his tenure as a Trial Attorney and Deputy District Attorney in Alabama that he felt and answered God’s call on his life to enter the ministry. He then completed his MDiv, and worked for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for several years. Hub now enjoys running his consulting business and staying very active with the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and Critical Incident Stress Management teams with his wife, Joy.
Congratulations Dr. Harvey!
|Dr. Megen Saez|
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Megen Saez as our February Service with Excellence Award recipient. Megen was nominated by her Instructional Mentor, Rebecca Lingley, for consideration in our monthly recognition initiative. Megen was originally born in Middletown, Ohio but currently resides in Cleveland, TN. She has a Masters in Computer Information Systems and a PhD in Business Management and Organizational Leadership. Megen has vast experiences in consulting and leading in various business projects for a major pharmaceutical company. She is qualified for and teaches in various online areas and when she ‘kicks-back’ she enjoys reading, sewing, watching sports, and spending time with her husband of 11 years and their three children.
Congratulations Dr. Megan Saez!
|Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake|
Please join us in congratulating Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake as our January Service with Excellence Award recipient. Deborah was nominated by her Instructional Mentor, Rebecca Lingley, for consideration in our ‘first ever’ monthly recognition. Deborah resides in the Atlanta, Georgia metropolitan area with her husband E. M. Blake and their 12-year old son DeMarco Blake. Besides worshiping God, Deborah enjoys gourmet cooking and watching Food Network with her sous chefs Blake and DeMarco. Her background includes careers in education and the nonprofit arena. Deborah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Old Dominion University, a Master of Public Administration from Troy State University, and a Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.
Well done, Dr. Deborah Johnson-Blake!