Dr. Patrick G. Callaghan, Northwood University

Dr. Callaghan is currently the Online Lead Faculty member of Northwood University.  He is also the President of HR Partners, Inc. a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan based Human Resources and technology consulting firm specializing in strategic planning, executive coaching, HR consulting services and technology aided instruction. Prior to joining HR Partners, he was the Director of Human Resources at AlixPartners, LLC where he established and implemented the human capital strategy for one of the most successful consulting firm in the world.  Prior to AlixPartners he worked at Walsh College where he was the senior executive in charge of the Office of Online Learning.

Dr. Callaghan is the former senior vice president of AT&T Capital Corporation, where he served as a strategic officer for ten years, directing corporate initiatives such as Competency Development, Succession Planning, Workforce Restructuring, and Human Performance Management.

Dr. Callaghan has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Management from Albion College, a Master of Arts degree in Human Resources from Central Michigan University, and a doctoral degree in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology, from Wayne State University. He has also attained the highest certification in the Human Resources profession – Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR).



Dr. Edward D. Callaghan, Oakland Community College

Edward D. Callaghan received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Michigan, M.B.A. from Wayne State University, and B.S. degree from the University of Detroit. Dr. Callaghan serves as a board member for a variety of organizations, including Henry Ford Health System, Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, Motor City Lyric Opera, Gilda’s Club, Metro Bureau Services, and Brother Rice High School. He is employed by Oakland Community College as a Business Faculty Member, after serving as President of Orchard Ridge Campus and as Vice Chancellor of Human Resources and College Communications. Dr. Callaghan also serves as an Arbitrator with the Michigan Employer Relations Commission.



Carl Weckerle, Macomb Community College

Mr. Weckerle currently serves as the Associate Director of Instructional Technology & Virtual Learning where he is focused on improving the educational standard of higher education in the areas of curriculum development, technology integration, eLearning and data-driven decision making. He has a strong interest in opportunities where instructional design and technology can improve organizational and learning effectiveness.

Mr. Weckerle began in Workforce Development at the College in 2004, where he had the opportunity to work with business, industry, state and federal government. He was instrumental in leading the State to develop the MIOSHA Training Institute in partnership with the College. Mr. Weckerle’s primary focus was instructional design and strategic initiatives and has delivered presentations nationally in those areas.

Mr. Weckerle received his Master of Education degree in Instructional Technology and his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, both from Wayne State University.



Dr. Terri Washburn, Walsh College

Dr. Terri Washburn, Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration, is presently the interim Dean for the Division of Online Learning for Walsh College, and also serves as interim Department Chair for the Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems degree. She has been teaching online for ten years. Terri possesses a Master’s of Science in Management and a PhD in Organizations and Management. Her research area of interest is the rapid growth in online learning and its possible correlation with softer skills in the workplace.



Dr. Beatrice Talpos, Wayne County Community College District

Beatrice Talpos received her Ph.D. from Walden University, her M.A. from the University of Detroit, and B.A. from the University of Detroit.  She is a full time faculty member in the Political Science Department at Wayne County Community College District and currently serves as chair of the Political Science and History Departments. She is one of the founding members of the WCCCD online initiative and for many years served as the mentor for new online instructors. Presently she is Chief Negotiator for the faculty union at WCCCD.



Ms. Jan Feldbauer, Schoolcraft College

Jan Feldbauer has an MBA and B.S. Degree from the University of Detroit/Mercy and is a recipient of the NISOD Teaching Excellence Award.  Originally from the Detroit Metro area, she worked for 18+ years as Full Time Professor of Business Management and Marketing at Austin Community College in Austin TX.  She has also taught at Macomb Community College in Michigan, and is currently a Full Time Professor of Business at Schoolcraft College in Livonia.  

Her industrial background includes positions as: 

  •  Training Manager, Sperry Vickers, where she developed and presented over 20 programs for all levels of employees, with emphasis on managers, supervisors, and professionals at ten nationwide plant locations. She was instrumental in creating and managing Vickers Management Development and Communication programs.
  • Production Control Specialist, Ford Motor Company, Tractor Division.
  • Burroughs Corporation, Human Resources Specialist and Accounting Intern.

She has been a past Board Member of Reading is Fundamental and St. Michaels Development Board, and has served as Chair for Fundraisers with the National Paralysis Foundation.  She organized and supervised volunteers as the Austin Symphony Orchestra Manager for over 6 years.  She volunteers with the On Course Foundation, a London-based charity for rehabilitation and employment of disabled soldiers.  She is a talented glass artist whose work has been displayed in Central Texas Glass competitions.  She enjoys golf and pursues international interests through travel. She has visited more than 25 countries, often accompanied by student groups for international education and awareness. 



Mr. James S. McCann

James S. McCann is a graduate of the University of Michigan, and received his undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University in 1966. Mr. McCann started his career with Lamphere Schools as a High School teacher in 1971. Since then, he has held numerous positions throughout the district, including Lamphere High School Assistant Principal; John Page Middle School Principal, Lamphere High School Principal and for the past 20 years, Superintendent. When Mr. McCann assumed the Superintendency in 1986, he began organizing district teams to train staff in the areas of networking, programming, and software utilization. As a result, Lamphere Schools offers continuous, specialized instructional classes for staff while maintaining an ongoing education program. The internet has been a perfect match with Jim McCann’s vision of providing each student with the opportunity to access knowledge from every classroom to anywhere in the world. 

 In 1994, Mr. McCann was honored with the Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) Winners’ Circle Award. A summer school program dedicated exclusively to expanding opportunities for students in the area of technology, and the integration of technology into the curriculum were prominent factors for receiving the award. In 1996, through Mr. McCann’s leadership, Lamphere Schools created the classroom of the 21st century when it became the JASON Project’s Primary Interactive Network (PIN) site for the State of Michigan, one of only 30 sites in the world. In June of 1998, Mr. McCann received ITEC’s “Excellence in Education Technology Award”. Mr. McCann’s vision continues; he constantly seeks partnerships with business and education in an effort to bring diverse and current technology to students.

 Mr. McCann has served his community on a variety of Boards as President for the Michigan JASON Foundation; Chairman of St. John’s Oakland Hospital Board of Directors; Vice President of the Madison Heights/Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce; Board Member of the Michigan Schools and Government Credit Union and Chairman of the Instructional Technology Committee for the Oakland County Superintendents Association. Mr. McCann’s hobbies and interests include playing golf, photography, boating, music, electronics, and he enjoys sports as a spectator.