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Executive Management Committee

The Executive Management Committee at Maryland University of Integrative Health unites the administrative and academic leaders in a transparent and inclusive shared governance model. This group creates strategic initiatives and manages the University’s financial and human capital to advance the University’s mission and vision.


Frank Vitale

Frank Vitale, M.B.A.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Drawn to Maryland University of Integrative Health by the values and principles that have so ably guided the university, Mr. Vitale was elected president and chief executive officer in August 2010 after serving three years in other executive roles at MUIH including chief executive officer, executive vice president and chief development and operations officer, and vice president for business and finance.

Mr. Vitale brings to his role as president and CEO nearly 40 years of experience as a for-profit and non-profit executive, primarily engaged in strategic business development, operational excellence, and resource development. In 2000, he made a conscious decision to transfer his years of experience as a for-profit executive to the work of socially-minded organizations. As a result, and prior to joining MUIH (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in 2007, Mr. Vitale moved from the New York area to Baltimore, Maryland, to serve as president and chief operating officer of a large 501(c)(3) public benefit organization whose focus included mental health and education. During his five-year tenure and with an emphasis on SROI (social return on investment), programming revenue grew from $10 million to more than $22 million, with more than 400 direct care workers employed.

Previously, Mr. Vitale served as senior vice president of strategic development and corporate affairs for a highly diverse, international technologies company, which, during his 13-years, grew nearly fourfold to $4.3 billion. His career also includes executive-level business development assignments in the fields of health care and electronics technology. He began his career as a journalist and continues to enjoy writing and photography.

Mr. Vitale earned an M.B.A. from Temple University, a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Delaware Valley College, and completed the extended executive business development programs at the Harvard Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He is a graduate of the Center for Management Design with a focus on organizational change and corporate culture.

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Gail Doerr

Gail Doerr, M.S.

Vice President for University and Student Affairs

Gail Doerr rejoined Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in March 2012. She brings more than 20 years of executive-level experience in marketing and communications within health care and in marketing and enrollment management in higher education, including her time at Tai Sophia from 1999 to 2003 as Director of Communications and Outreach.

From there, Ms. Doerr joined the University of Maryland School of Nursing as the Assistant Dean for Communications and Professional Development. In this role, she provided the leadership for positioning the college and its programs within the highly competitive field of nursing. Within the first year of Ms. Doerr's tenure, through strategic branding and communications, the university moved up in U.S. News and World Report rankings from number 10 to number seven among more than 400 national nursing schools. She was responsible for enrollment marketing and enrollment management for baccalaureate, master, and doctoral programs, and successfully launched Maryland’s first doctor of nursing practice degree and first clinical nurse leader master’s degree.

Ms. Doerr also worked in program and business development and communications for the LifeBridge Health System and Howard Community College. She has consulted on organizational development, as well as marketing and branding, and teaches courses in leadership, change management, and personal values.

Ms. Doerr serves on the board of directors for Evergreen Health Care, is the Chair of their Communications and Outreach Committee, and serves on Howard County's Local Health Improvement Coalition.

Ms. Doerr holds a bachelor’s degree from Mercy College, a master’s degree from Fordham University, and post-graduate certificates in leadership and organization development from the Harvard Business School and Georgetown University.

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Louise Gussin

Louise Gussin, J.D., M.D.E.

Vice President for Administration and General Counsel

Louise Gussin brings to Maryland University of Integrative Health a mix of legal and academic experience. She began her service at MUIH in November 2008 as director of business services, was promoted to associate vice president for business and administration in August 2009, and was elected vice president for administration and general counsel in June 2010.

In addition to serving as general counsel, Ms. Gussin serves as corporate secretary, and oversees human enrichment, risk management, and health, compliance, and safety. 

Ms. Gussin has previously served as: assistant attorney general for the state of Maryland, representing the University System of Maryland and other public higher education institutions; academic director of the legal studies program at University of Maryland University College, serving as curriculum expert for the development of online legal studies courses; adjunct professor at University of Baltimore School of Law and at University of Maryland University College, where she taught several online courses; and attorney in private practice, representing clients in a variety of corporate, real estate, and litigation matters.

Ms. Gussin earned her juris doctorate degree from University of Baltimore School of Law. She also earned a Master of Distance Education and a certificate in Distance Education and Technology from University of Maryland University College. Ms. Gussin earned two undergraduate degrees from University of Maryland University College: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies.

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Marc Levin

Marc Levin, M.B.A., M.A., CPA

Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Marc Levin joined Maryland University of Integrative Health in March 2008 as Associate Vice President for Financial Services, was promoted to Vice President for Business and Financial Services in September 2008, and to Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in September 2012.

Mr. Levin has more than 20 years of experience in accounting, finance, and operations for public and private healthcare companies. He is proud to use his talents not only to strengthen the financial foundation of MUIH, but also to expand the University's impact on the world. Responsibilities under Mr. Levin include finance and accounting, financial aid, information technology, campus and facilities, and bookstore and café.

Mr. Levin holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland. Mr. Levin has earned a Master of Art in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). He is also a certified public accountant and the author of Eight Shifts for Wellness: Practical Transformative Steps to Enhance Health, Wellness, and Well-Being.

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Cheryl Walker Shapero

Cheryl Walker Shapero M.L., MCC

Vice President for Institutional Development, Chief Values Officer, and Interim Program Director, Health & Wellness Coaching

Cheryl Walker Shapero is Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Chief Values Officer at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She previously served as Academic Director of Graduate Programs in Health Philosophy and Promotion and Program Manager for the University’s health coaching and wellness coaching graduate certificate programs. She also previously served as director of at Tai Sophia Institute’s (now MUIH) Transformative Leadership and Social Change (TLSC) program, was a faculty member in the TLSC program for 10 years, and served as Dean of Students from 2000-2005.

Ms. Shapero has been a senior consultant and executive coach with a leading international organization development firm, consulting and coaching in the areas of leadership effectiveness, communication skills, team building, conflict resolution, diversity, change management, and transitional strategies. She has a comprehensive understanding of organizational change and has been intimately involved with helping organizations through challenging transitions. Her work has involved organizational restructuring, change management, cultural renewal, downsizing, and strategic redirection. She also brings to her work at MUIH more than 30 years as a successful small business owner.

Ms. Shapero received a bachelor’s degree from Antioch University and has a Master of Leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. She also holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) certification from the International Coach Federation.

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Mary Ellen Hrutka, Ph.D.

Acting Provost

Dr. Mary Ellen Hrutka spent 15 years at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), including nine years as Vice Provost and Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies.  UMUC is the largest university in Maryland and the leading public online university in the world.  Dr. Hrutka led the university’s efforts to overhaul the undergraduate curriculum and build a robust inventory of academic majors, minors, and certificates worldwide in a system that served more than 29,000 students in both on campus and online programs. She managed a staff of more than 80 full-time employees and 1,500 faculty members, and participated in university governance and management at the cabinet level.  

In addition to her work at UMUC, Dr. Hrutka is recognized as an expert on quality assurance in education, the non-traditional learner and adult education, as well as the importance of support for non-public school students and faculty.  She was a founding member of MarylandOnline and Quality Matters and represented UMUC on many inter-institutional initiatives. She is an Adjunct Professor in The Graduate School at UMUC and teaches in the area of organizational development, leadership, and change, and previously taught leadership in The Undergraduate School as well as at other universities. Dr. Hrutka was the founding Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Catholic Schools Consortium.

Since July 2014, Dr. Hrutka has served Maryland University of Integrative Health as an online consultant and worked with faculty and staff to support the growth and quality of online courses.  In November 2014, she was appointed by the Provost to serve as the Acting Academic Director, Nutrition Programs.

In recognition of her service to UMUC, Dr. Hrutka was named as the first Dean Emerita of UMUC. She is a former member of the Board of Trustees at St. John’s College High School and is a current member of the Boards of Elizabeth Seton High School and the San Miguel School.  She serves on the Maryland Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council.

Dr. Hrutka received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Miami, M.A. in Counseling and College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, College Park, B.A. in Sociology from Southern Connecticut State College and A.A. in Liberal Arts from Westchester Community College, and she is a graduate of Leadership Maryland. 


Jeff Millison

Jeff Millison, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)

Academic Director, Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Jeff Millison is the Director of the Master of Acupuncture program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. A faculty member of MUIH (formerly Tai Sophia Institute )since 1992, he currently serves as a clinical supervisor and teaches multiple courses. Mr. Millison served on the board of the Maryland Acupuncture Society from 1992 to 1996 and is certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

He has been in clinical practice since 1991 and is the co-founder and co-director of the RiverHill Wellness Center (Ellicott City, MD), a multidisciplinary and integrative center for health and healing.

Mr. Millison is a 1991 graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now MUIH). He also earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland in 1985, and in 1988 completed course work towards a master’s degree in holistic psychology from Boulder College. In 1996 he completed a two-year program in Chinese herbal medicine.

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James Snow

James Snow, M.A., RH(AHG)

Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Interim Academic Director, Integrative Health Sciences

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Interim Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has more than 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing.

Mr. Snow has worked as a clinician and educator in the field of Western herbal medicine and served as director of MUIH’s (then Tai Sophia Institute) herbal medicine program. He has conducted and published research on the cognitive effects of rosemary and the development of a questionnaire to measure wellness. Mr. Snow is a contributing author to the Gastrointestinal Nutrition Desk Reference, sits on the editorial committee for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, and serves as a reviewer for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

Mr. Snow’s current research projects include investigation of attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among Western herbal practitioners; the role of context effects in the effectiveness of Western herbal medicine; and exploring the construct of healing presence. At MUIH, his work also focuses on enhancing research literacy and capacity among complementary and integrative health faculty.

Mr. Snow holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from MUIH, and completed the herbal residency program at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is also a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.


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 Michael Tims  

Michael Tims, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Herbal Programs

Michael Tims is Academic Director of Herbal Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute). He has taught at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, and has had broad experience in the herbal supplement industry as a managing partner of Cash Grocer Natural Foods, as a clinical herbalist, and as an academic researcher focused on the chemical ecology of endangered medicinal plant species.

Dr. Tims also collaborated with federal regulators to provide medicinal plant toxicity assessments. He co-developed HerbMed, a web-based herbal database providing access to scientific data on the use and safety of herbal medicine, and he completed an NIH/NIST postdoctoral fellowship developing Botanical Standard Reference Materials.

As the founder of Radix Medicina, a science education and writing business, Dr. Tims provided experimental design support for analytical methods development and field experiments for the herbal products industry, and developed online biology textbooks. He also created a science education blog, Bardo’s Calculus, and a blogging collective for writers and artists at the Hyattstown Millstone.

Dr. Tims received his BA in English/Writing from George Mason University and his Ph.D. in the Chemical Ecology of Medicinal Plants from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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 Kathy Warner

Kathy Warner, Ph.D.

Academic Director, Nutrition and Integrative Health

Kathy Warner brings to her position a rich background in higher education leadership, research, and administration as well as comprehensive experience in online learning, program design, curriculum delivery and teaching. Her academic and research areas of focus have been in the sciences. 

Prior to joining MUIH, Dr. Warner was the associate dean of academic affairs in the undergraduate school of University of Maryland University College (UMUC). She previously served UMUC as the assistant dean of the social, behavioral, natural, and mathematical sciences unit, in which she oversaw experiential learning, the director of natural science and environmental management programs, and the assistant director of science. During her tenure at UMUC, she played a lead role in a university-wide assessment of science literacy and in new course and program designs.

Dr. Warner served as the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation grant for Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Improvement, a program that seeks to improve the quality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for college students. Her grant focused on constructing a Virtual Chesapeake Bay Watershed Science Center. Dr. Warner also served as the co-investigator for a Next Generation Learning Challenges grant with the Open University of the United Kingdom and Anne Arundel Community College and coordinated a Carnegie Corporation grant on adaptive learning. 

Dr. Warner was also a research fellow at the Uniformed Services University and an adjunct faculty member at College of Southern Maryland, Marymount University, and Montgomery College.

Dr. Warner holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from University of Kentucky and a

B.S. from Washington College.

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