Consultants/North America


Judyth Wier is a 26-year fundraising professional working with not-for-profits and institutions of higher learning. Nineteen of those years were spent in leadership roles that included planned giving, marketing, fundraising, management, external communications, and strategic planning. She has lived and worked on two occasions in Central and Latin America. She serves as a Philanthropic Advisor at National Peace Corps Association.

Her higher education career includes serving as Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Cottey College in Missouri, Chief Fundraising Officer for the University of New Orleans, Louisiana, Executive Director of the Advancement Louisiana State University of Veterinary Medicine, and Associate Vice Chancellor University of Alaska, Fairbanks. She has raised over $500 million including extensive success with major donors and planned giving fundraising and major funding from foundations such as Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Liz Claiborne, Art Ortenberg Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation of Alaska, and the Mellon Foundation. Judyth has her B.S. from Auburn University, Masters in Sociology from Tulane University and is a Certified Fundraising Executive.

Ms. Wier areas of expertise include:

  • Institutional Advancement
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Strategic Planning
  • Annual Support
  • Corporate Giving

Ann Liska is a 37 year higher education professional and recently served as the Interim Registrar for Marygrove College located in Detroit, Michigan.

In her 25+ year career in higher education in the United States and in the United Arab Emirates Ann has worked as a Registrar Higher Colleges of Technology and The Petroleum Institute in the UAE, Kutzstown University of Pennsylvania, Lake Michigan College and Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. She has solid experience in best practices, staff development, change management and International education.  Ms. Liska has Ellucian Banner functional expertise including system conversions. Ann’s favorite role is as a coach and mentor who can inspire teams to achieve shared goals.  She is a member of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and has presented a numerous state and national events on the fields of Record Systems. Ms. Liska has her Bachelors from Illinois State University and Masters in management Information Systems from Lawrence Technical University.

Her areas of expertise include:

  • Registrar
  • Ellucian Banner Systems
  • Admissions and Records
  • International Education

Dr. Shah Hasan is a change management/Leadership Development expert who has worked in higher education for over 30 years. Dr. Hasan has provided mentoring and consulting support to various universities and corporations as part of his continuing agenda of action learning, experimentation, and professional development related to leadership development and managing organizational change. Dr. Hasan is currently serving as a Special Assistant to the President at Wilmington College in Ohio.

As a higher education administrator he has served in a number of senior positions including being a provost for 2 universities, a Dean of Business for Urbana University and Ohio Dominican University in Ohio as well as the Director of the MBA Program at Otterbein University in Ohio. He has also served as faculty and in Student Affairs throughout the Midwest. He has facilitated transformational change & partnerships in academic, student, and business affairs and developed and led undergraduate and graduate/adult/online programs at small liberal arts colleges. Dr. Hasan has a B.A. from the College of Wooster, Masters in Higher Education from Ohio State University and a Ph.D in Higher Education from Ohio University.

Areas of Expertise include

  • Professional Development
  • Establishing Graduate Programs
  • Online Education
  • Leadership Development

Marci Powell is President/CEO of Marci Powell & Associates and an expert in the field of educational technology with extensive experience in applications related to lifelong learning and innovation. She is also the founder of Virtually Inspired, a place where educators can come for inspiration by perusing each video showcase below to see how creative professionals around the globe are infusing technology with learning. It ranges from holographs and educational games, to drones and robots, 21st century educators are forging new and amazing trails in technology-enhanced teaching and learning.

Ms. Powell is Chair Emerita and Past President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). Marci was inducted into the USDLA Hall of Fame, named Higher Ed Tech Decisions Top 10 Leaders in Higher Education as well as an EDEN fellow for the European Distance and ELearning Network for her distinguish contributions to the European learning field.

Before assuming her current position Powell was the Global Director for Education at Polycom. She has also served as Director of Educational Advocacy for AT&T. Powell began her career as a classroom teacher and quickly moved on to serve as an administrator at various educational institutions across Texas.

Ms. Powell also writes and speaks on digital learning, video for learning, and innovative education for numerous national and international media sites. Ms. Powell has her Bachelors of Education from Lamar University in Texas.

Areas of Expertise include

  • Learning & Innovation
  • Educational Technology
  • Distance Learning
  • Global Education and Partnerships

Dr. Gautam Sen is a Professor in the School of Natural and Social Science for Lehman College, City University of New York. He is a Higher Education Executive, Scientist, and Professor.

He has served many different roles – from a Program Officer in Oceanography at the National Science Foundation (US) to Vice-Provost of Research & Graduate Studies at American University of Sharjah (UAE) and Dean of Natural & Social Sciences. He and his students/postdoctoral fellows have carried out extensive fieldwork in the Caribbean, India, the Middle East, continental United States and Hawaii. He is a published author and written in a number of academic publications and journals.

He received several research awards and a prestigious Service Award from Florida International University, where he was a Professor for most of his academic career. Dr. Sen has his Ph.D in Geosciences from the University of Texas, Dallas.

Areas of Expertise include

  • University Leadership
  • Research and Grants
  • Graduate Programs
  • International Education