Goodwin University Cabinet Membership
The members of Senior Cabinet include the President and Vice Presidents of Goodwin University.
Mark Scheinberg is the founder and president of Goodwin University. He has served on committees of the Connecticut Employment and Training Commission, the Capital Region Workforce Development Board, the MetroHartford Alliance, and the Legislative Task Force on Allied Health. In addition, President Scheinberg has served as president of the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, International Board member of the Young Presidents Organization, Executive Board member of the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, and Board of Governors officer for the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education. He has organized and presented at a number of international leadership seminars in Paris, Tibet, London, Washington, and Johannesburg, as well as in many local venues. President Scheinberg was named one of Greater Hartford's 50 Most Influential People of 2009 in Hartford Magazine. He currently resides in Haddam Neck, Connecticut.
Dr. Danielle Wilken joined Goodwin in 2002 and was appointed provost and Dean of Faculty in April 2019. Dr. Wilken serves as the University's Chief Academic Officer, and her responsibilities include overseeing the Center for Teaching Excellence, distance education, and all issues related to curriculum, teaching, and learning. In addition, she ensures compliance with regional and programmatic accreditors. Dr. Wilken has extensive experience in new program and curriculum development, including the establishment of graduate degree programs. Dr. Wilken launched and continues to champion the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) teaching initiative, which has resulted in higher levels of faculty engagement, scholarships at Goodwin, and the recent creation of Goodwin University's Institute for Learning Innovation (GUILI).
Dr. Wilken holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Hartford, a master's degree in Health Care Policy & Management, and bachelors' degrees in Clinical Laboratory Sciences and Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Dr. Wilken's dedication and passion for supporting student excellence at Goodwin is paralleled in her personal life as well. Dr. Wilken is married and a mother to Eric, Rachel, and Yogi (a 130-pound St. Berdoodle). Her desire to prepare her own children to excel as students and unique learners was instrumental in leading her to champion Goodwin's adoption of Universal Design for Learning as the institutional pedagogy.
Todd Andrews has been with Goodwin University since 2005. Todd originally joined Goodwin University as Director of Development & Grants and is responsible for the creation of the Office of Institutional Advancement and the Marketing and Communications department. As Senior Vice President of Economic & Strategic Development, he is an integral part of campus master planning and the execution team. Todd oversees new business development opportunities, the University's Grants department, community and government relations, and magnet school initiatives. Todd was also instrumental in the creation of the Goodwin Foundation.
Todd represents the University on a variety of community boards including: Capital Workforce Partners Board, Hartford/East Hartford Innovation Place "LAUNCH" Board, East Hartford Working Cities Challenge "EH Connects" Board, and the Town's Silver Lane Advisory Committee.
Prior to his current role, he served as Vice President for College Relations & Advancement. Todd is also the founding Chairman of Integrated Health Services' Board of Directors. He previously served as Chairman for the Governor's Coalition for Youth with Disabilities Board of Directors, and served on the board of Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain.
Prior to Goodwin, Todd was Vice President at the MetroHartford Alliance and an Economic Development Specialist with United Illuminating. He has also served in various neighborhood, community, and municipal development roles for the City of New Britain, Town of Enfield, and Town of East Hartford. Todd holds a master's degree in Management from the University of Saint Joseph, and has a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern CT State University. Todd is an East Hartford native, enjoys the outdoors, and lives in Newington with his wife, Anne Marie, and twin daughters, Katelyn and Megan.
Ann Clark served as Goodwin's Executive Vice President and Provost from the University's 1999 inception until 2019, when she was named Provost Emerita. Before joining Goodwin, her career experience included more than 25 years in leadership and faculty roles in the private occupational business sector plus several years as a public high school English teacher. Ann holds a BA in English Education from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She served as a member of the Advisory Committee on Accreditation for the State of Connecticut from 2010 to 2013 and was a 2014 class member of Leadership Greater Hartford's Summit Program for Advanced Leaders. In 2017, Ann won the Women in Business Leadership Award from the Hartford Business Journal. In 2019, she received the Honorary Alumna Award for leadership and unparalleled dedication to student success. Ann served on the Winding Trails Board of Directors from 2016-2019 and was elected Board President in 2019.
Tyrone Black, Ed.D.
Tyrone C. Black is Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Goodwin University. He earlier held the positions of Coordinator of Dual Enrollment and Director of Early College Programs at Goodwin before joining Wooster School as Director of College Guidance and later as Head of Middle and Upper Schools and Director of Student Advancement. He holds an MS in Education from the University of New Haven and an Ed.D in Higher Education Administration and Organizational Change from Benedictine University. Dr. Black also serves as Presiding Prelate and Pastor of Ebenezer Holy Temple, Inc., in Hartford.
Bryant Harrell has been with Goodwin University since 1990 and oversees all aspects of facilities and technology. Bryant and his team play an integral role in the rapid expansion of Goodwin University and its campus.
Jean McGill joined Goodwin University in November 2010. She is responsible for the strategic planning, execution, and oversight of all human resources activities for the University including: employee relations, recruiting, benefits, compensation, and payroll. Jean has served in a variety of human resources and business operation roles during the last 20 years, including positions at Cigna, Prudential Retirement, and Travelers. Jean earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Connecticut and is pursuing a master's degree in organizational psychology. In addition to her responsibilities in human resources, she has served as adjunct faculty in Goodwin University's Business Administration program, and holds workshops throughout the community on myriad topics such as diversity and inclusion, and strength-based leadership.
Jean is passionate about helping people discover their unique gifts to develop their untapped potential. She is a member of the Human Resource Association of Central Connecticut and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Edwin J. Meyer, Jr.
Edwin Meyer, Jr. CPA, holds a master's degree in Accounting and a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Fairfield University. With more than ten years' experience in the finance arena, Edwin has served as a project manager and product controller for private equity and major hedge fund companies in New York and Connecticut. Edwin is the Vice President of Finance at Goodwin University and oversees a team of finance professionals, accounting specialists, and financial aid representatives. Edwin currently lives in Wethersfield with his wife, Kathryn, and his four young daughters.
Rich McCarty grew up in Suffield on the Connecticut River and is very happy to be back on the River! Rich serves in the Office of the President as the Assistant to President Scheinberg with a focus on philanthropy, governance, board relations, strategic planning and institutional initiatives. Having served as a CEO for the New Britain-Berlin (CT) and the New Rochelle (NY) YMCAs, he brings a unique skill set to nonprofit management. Other educational experience was as a Major Gifts Officer and Alumni Relations director for his alma mater, Fairfield University — from which he holds a BS in Marketing and an MBA in Operations Management.
Rich and his wife, Anne, are the parents of two boys: RJ, who is a professional musician, and Sam, who is an offensive lineman hoping for a professional football career. The McCarty's make their home in Plantsville, CT.
Dan Noonan is a native of Waterbury, CT and is the youngest of five children. He is a graduate of Charter Oak State College and completed his Masters of Science degree in Management in May 2014 from the University of St. Joseph.
Currently serving as the Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing & Communications, Dan began his career with The University in May of 1996 when it was known as the Data Institute Business School. Initially working with the Career Services department, he knows the importance of helping our students find employment and believes that helping our students and graduates find work is one of the main outcomes of a Goodwin education. Since the summer of 1997, Dan has focused his work on admissions and marketing. In 2012, Dan spoke at the Adult Student Marketing Conference in Austin, TX. His presentation highlighted Goodwin's high touch enrollment process to a large group of higher education admission and marketing professionals from throughout the country.
As The University has grown, Dan has played an important role in many change initiatives – transitioning from a business school to a two-year college, through the accreditation process with the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, transitioning to a baccalaureate institution of higher education, and the implementation of two student information systems as well as moving to our current campus location, to name a few.
Melissa Quinlan, Ph.D.
Dr. Melissa "Missy" Quinlan joined Goodwin in 2016 and was appointed Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness in 2020. Dr. Quinlan brings a diverse array of experience as a researcher, data analyst, and educator. Her primary responsibilities include providing oversight to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Office of the Registrar, and Online Studies. In addition, she ensures compliance with all state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the National Clearinghouse, and the Connecticut Office of Higher Education. Dr. Quinlan is responsible for guiding the institution towards upholding accreditation standards at the regional and programmatic levels. Further, Dr. Quinlan has extensive expertise in the area of assessment, having improved Goodwin's procedures through multiple innovations under her direction.
Dr. Quinlan holds a doctoral degree in Pedagogy and Teaching Administration from Springfield College. In addition, she holds a master's in Education degree in Instruction and Curriculum and a baccalaureate degree in Exercise Science, both from Southern Nazarene University.
Dr. Quinlan is a strong advocate for using data to inform decisions and strives to make complex information understandable and useable. Her research interests include youth development and higher education. Dr. Quinlan resides in southern Massachusetts with her wife and their two young children.
Paula Dowd, Ed.D.
Dr. Paula Dowd is the Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions at Goodwin University. Paula has been a faculty member at Goodwin for more than 15 years, holding positions that have included adjunct professor, Program Director of Health Science, and Department Chair for Health and Natural Sciences before becoming Dean.
Prior to her career in academia, she spent more than 20 years in the field of health care, primarily in laboratory services. In her free time, Paula enjoys gardening, spending time with friends and family, and engaging in DIY home projects, which she admits she is not very good at.
Diana LaRocco, Ed.D.
Dr. Diana J. LaRocco is Dean of the School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and at Goodwin university in East Hartford, Connecticut. Before coming to Goodwin, she held a full-time faculty position in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Hartford in Hartford Connecticut for over 12 years. There she served as the major advisor for 50 completed dissertations examining issues in K-20 education. Among other doctoral level courses, she instructed children, families, and community; strategic planning; research methods; and instructional design. Diana also taught undergraduate courses in early childhood and 6th year courses in school administration.
While at the University of Hartford, Diana was the Director of the Center for Leadership in Education and Health in the Institute for Translational Research in the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. She also served as the University's Coordinator of Assessment. In service to the university, Diana was a member of the Human Subjects Committee, and the college's academic standing and promotion and tenure committees.
Before coming to the University of Hartford, Diana was the Director of Research and Grants in the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (formerly the Department of Mental Retardation). Diana has over 29 years' experience working in the field of developmental disabilities and has extensive experience as a special education teacher working with infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. She also administered a birth-to-three program in the Northwest area of Connecticut. Diana has been an active member of The International Division for Early Childhood (DEC) of the Council for Exceptional Children for many years and has held several positions in DEC Governance. She is a Past President and currently chairs the Policy and Advocacy Committee.
Diana's research interests focus primarily on examining what can be characterized as new forms of shared leadership and three related areas of study: leveraging personal power, advocating, and collaborating. This type of leadership is not related to formal positions of power or authority, and it spans a variety of organizational settings, including schools (K-12), institutions of higher education, and public and not for profit human services organizations.
Diana earned her doctoral degree in Education from the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. She also has a B.S. in Psychology and M.S. in Elementary Special Education from Central Connecticut State University and a 6th year in Administration and Supervision from the University of Hartford.
Nick Lentino has been with Goodwin University in the Admissions Department since 2002. The spirit of the Goodwin community and the students The University serves are the biggest reasons why Nick finds Goodwin to be such a big part of his life.
Nick grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts and graduated from Providence College in 1996. He started interning for a local morning radio show shortly after graduation. Nick became a producer of two morning shows at Radio 104 in Hartford. As exciting as it was to prepare a show to make the morning commute a more enjoyable drive for some in the greater Hartford area, after five years, Nick realized it was time to move on to and find something more rewarding.
His sister, Tamara Webb, is a Curriculum Director and a Psychology professor at The University and had admissions experience at the time The University was formally a business school named Data Institute. She suggested that Nick try getting involved with the Admissions office. Since then, Nick has worked as an Admissions Officer, Senior Admissions Officer, Assistant Director of Enrollment, Director of High School Admissions and is now an Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admissions at The University.
Nick got married in October of 2010 to his wife Jennifer and they have a son named Eliot. They live in Wethersfield, CT.
Gary Minor has been with Goodwin University since January of 2013, where he serves as Senior Director of College Relations. In this role, Gary is responsible for leading Goodwin's public relations activities, and serves as principle liaison among city, state and federal decision makers, as well as related inter-governmental agencies and associations.
Prior to joining Goodwin University, Gary spent 32 years at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), where he retired as Director of State and Local Government Affairs. In that role, Gary led UTC's interaction with the State of Connecticut, as well as seven other states where UTC had a significant presence. Gary has also served in various operating and public affairs capacities at UTC operating units Otis Elevator and Pratt & Whitney.
While the majority of Gary's professional history involves communications, public affairs, and media and customer relations, he was most honored to serve as Executive Assistant to two former UTC Chairmen, Harry Gray and Bob Daniell.
A native and nearly life-long resident of Manchester, CT, Gary, a former Manchester Police Sergeant, is deeply rooted in local organizations and efforts. He currently serves as a Director on the Greater Hartford Community Foundation Board, the host organization for the Travelers Championship, a PGA Tour event. Gary also serves on the Development Committee for the Manchester Road Race. Additionally, he has held previous positions on numerous other area boards and committees to include the former East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, now the Connecticut River Valley Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to his professional history, Gary is also proud to have served both his state and his country. He holds an Honorable Discharge for his six years of service with the Connecticut Army National Guard.
Clifford Thermer, Ed.D.
Dr. Clifford E. Thermer - A 24-year veteran who has served both in municipal and state police forces in a wide variety of patrol and administrative functions. Retired from state service at the rank of Lieutenant from the Office of Administrative Services as the Commandant of the State Police Academy and Educational Coordinator for the Department of Public Safety. Career includes fifteen (15) years developing training at the recruit, incumbent, supervisory and management levels; implementing traditional and distance learning initiatives for personnel; staff development, liaison with colleges and universities; and providing educational advising to personnel.
Dr. Thermer has taught at all levels of higher education holding adjunct positions at Middlesex Community College in the Criminal Justice Program; a visiting faculty position in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership and has also served as an adjunct, teaching policing and leadership related courses in the Sociology Department at the University of Hartford; an adjunct faculty at the Albertus Magnus College – New Dimensions Program at the graduate and undergraduate levels teaching Change Strategies, Religion in the Workplace and Government. He held positions at Quinnipiac University as Associate Director of the Organizational Leadership Program and Visiting Assistant Professor of Management in the Lender School of Business.
In August 2010, Dr. Thermer joined Goodwin University as Associate Professor and Director of the Organizational Studies Program and the Director of the Business Administration Program. In March of 2011, Dr. Thermer became chair of the Department of Social Science, Business and Education. In January 2013, Dr. Thermer was promoted to Assistant Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Goodwin University.
Sandra Ward has served as the Director of Grants for Goodwin University since 2018. In this role, she and the grants team partner with all areas of the university to secure resources that promote the institution's mission. The grants department manages over $5.5 million of federal, state, and private foundation funding. This role is Sandra's second at Goodwin, having worked over a decade ago as the founding director of the Human Services Program. She brings to her role 25+ years of experience in nonprofit and public-sector environments; including youth training and employment and positive youth development programs, K-12 and higher education, psychiatric treatment settings, and cultural arts programs. She has expertise in partnership development and strategic planning at the organizational and systems-level. Over the course of her career, Sandra has led and collaborated on the design and launch of several innovative community-based and culturally relevant initiatives in the Greater Hartford area including community schools, youth violence intervention programs, and training institutes for youth development professionals and middle-management human service professionals. She holds a BA in English Literature and African American Studies from Trinity College, an MA in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University and an MSW from the University of Connecticut with a focus on Policy and Planning and Administration. Sandra and her husband Fredd call East Hartford home, where they live with their children Nathaniel and Cassidy, and dogs Jackson and Billie Jean.