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Executive Staff

Nigel Long, M.B.A.

Vice President for Marketing and Enrollment Management

Nigel currently serves as Vice President of Enrollment Management providing leadership and oversight for the enrollment management department, which includes the management of the Office of Admissions and the Office of Financial Aid. 

Nigel joins MUIH as an experienced leader with a wealth of experience of over 10 years in various areas of enrollment management and student affairs at both public and private institutions. In previous roles Nigel has created, implemented, and managed integrated recruiting and admission strategies and evaluated the effectiveness and efficiency of Enrollment Services Functions, Testing and Assessment, New Student Experience/Mentor Programs and Call Center operations. He has been successful with increasing student retention by implementing initiatives that support student persistence and graduation completion and as a leader within student affairs, Nigel has created, implemented and supported programs designed to celebrate and promote diversity and inclusion as well as student safety and success.

   

Tita Gray, Ed.D., M.B.A., CC

Associate Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer

Dr. Tita Gray has over 25 years of corporate and higher education experience. She currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student and Alumni Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Maryland University of Integrative Health where she manages academic and career advising, career services, student support services, and all equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.

Prior to this role, she served in positions at Miami Dade College as Director of Advisement and Career Services and San Diego State University as Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Director of the Business Advising Center in the Fowler College of Business. She has taught numerous business and leadership courses and has been awarded multiple Outstanding Faculty Awards.

Dr. Gray is a certified Career and Life coach and has practiced as a consultant, coaching senior executives. She is a member NACADA, NASPA, and NADOHE. She is an active advocate for LGBTQ issues, including workforce discrimination. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Baruch College in NYC, a M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and a Doctorate of Education from San Diego State University. Furthermore, she completed the coveted Management Development Program at the Harvard Institute for Management Development. Dr. Gray has a TEDx talk called “My Greatest Fears Created My Strongest Values.” She is the author of a career planning book called Follow Your Purpose. She is a highly regarded motivational speaker, an avid sports fan, and has a cool dog named Toby.

   

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

Dean, Academic Affairs

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and 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.

 

   
Kathy Warner

Kathy Warner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Department Chair, Nutrition and Herbal Medicine

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.

 

   

Diane Finlayson, M.A., C-IAYT, ERYT-500

Department Chair, Yoga Therapy

Diane Finlayson brings to her position deep institutional history in the field of yoga therapy as well as experience in curriculum development, program design, and teaching. Her master’s thesis was on the practice of Ayurveda in America.

Prior to joining MUIH, Finlayson was the owner of yama studio (Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation Arts) where she trained over 400 yoga therapists, therapeutic yoga teachers, ayurvedic wellness coaches, and meditation facilitators between 2000 and 2015. Hers was one of the first three studios to offer Yoga Teacher Training in the Baltimore area. Additionally, she developed a series of yoga and mindfulness classes for staff and faculty and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions which were offered consistently on five campuses as weekly programs as well as in workshop formats. She has taught yoga philosophy courses at Johns Hopkins Odyssey and Osher, Towson Osher, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Carroll Community College and the former Baltimore Hebrew University. She also served as program director for the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University and has taught various aspects of yoga therapy at studios and schools all along the East Coast.

As an avid lifelong learner, Finlayson feels it is important to foster the ongoing love of learning and curiosity in those she teaches, and is committed to maintaining her connection to being a student as well as a teacher. She continues to learn about ways to work with writing, narrative, expressive arts, and spirituality as means of enriching her own life and of adding depth to the possibilities of yoga therapy. She was drawn to MUIH for its values of community, mindfulness, integrity, inquisitiveness and discernment and looks for ways to live out those values in her work within the university environment and in yoga therapy.

Diane Finlayson holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She was recently honored with the new credential of Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has held the Yoga Alliance status of ERYT-500 for some years.

 

   

Rebecca Pille, Ph.D., M.S., CHWC, CWP

Department Chair, Health and Wellness Coaching

Dr. Pille is the Program Director for MUIH's Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) programs. She advocates for the health and wellness coaching field and directs all activities related to MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program and Master of Arts degree in HWC. Dr. Pille is also faculty for the HWC and the Health Promotion Master of Science degree.

Before joining MUIH full-time in January, 2017, Dr. Pille was a recognized leader in workplace wellness in the federal government. She directed all aspects of a federal agency’s Health Promotion & Wellness department, to include managing a staff of clinical and administrative personnel, and overseeing an annual budget for delivering holistic health programs and services to a global workforce. To engender a culture of wellness at work, she established a corporate wellness infrastructure consisting of a senior executive-level Wellness Council, a health practitioner Wellness Working Group, and an employee Wellness Ambassadors program. She has presented throughout the federal government (Capitol Hill, DoD, Federal Occupational Health Nurses, Institute of Medicine, and NIH), at Howard County Health Department, and with UM’s Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Dr. Pille is a member of the Institute of Coaching and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Health Literacy Research and Practice. Dr. Pille has a Ph.D. in Psychology (Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine), an MS in Applied Behavioral Science, and is recognized as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC) through Wellcoaches School of Coaching, and a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) through the National Wellness Institute.

   

Claudia Joy Wingo, M.P.H., PGDipTropMed, B.S.N., RN, DMH, MNHAA, CN 

Department Chair, Health Promotion

Claudia Joy Wingo is Interim Program Director, Health Promotion, practicing Clinical Herbalist, RN, Certified Naturalist and Public Health Educator. She completed a Master in Public Health in 2012 at James Cook University, Australia and was a senior lecturer in Advanced Herbalism and Nutrition at Australasian College for Natural Therapies in Sydney. She is currently Head of Education on the Executive Board of the National Herbalist Association of Australia. Claudia’s interest in health, nutrition, and herbalism has a long history. Following a Chef’s apprenticeship, she studied medical botany in Israel and Australia, receiving Diplomas in herbalism and nutrition. She then trained as an RN and worked in Outback Australia, Central America, PNG & Bangladesh. Claudia was core faculty, then Clinical Chair & Clinic Director in the MSci of Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia 2001 – 2008 and was adjunct faculty at University of MD’s CAM program. She has been a practicing herbalist and health educator since 1981.

   

Melissa Cahill, SHRM-CP, PHR

Director, Human Enrichment

Melissa is the Director of Human Enrichment at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has more than 19 years of experience working in human resources. She brings experience in Human Resources in Higher Education related to recruiting and orienting new employees, serving on the Diversity Committee to implement recruitment strategies and training, leading employees benefits, developing and implementing employee wellness initiatives, and providing consultations for employee relations.

Melissa holds a M.S. in Human Resource Management from University of Maryland, University College and a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resources from Towson University. She has earned the credentials of SHRM-CP from the Society for Human Resource Management and PHR from Human Resources Certification Institute.

   

Lesly Elvard, M.S.

Director, Information Technology

Lesly Elvard is the Director of Information Technology at MUIH, providing strategic oversight of Information Technology activities, governance and standard IT policies and procedures, resource allocation, Information Technology protocols, and leadership for the continued development of a robust, and secure IT environment throughout the University.

With a reputation for judicious use of resources—and resulting cost containment — Mr. Elvard spent 19+ years in Information Technology roles in non-profit and higher education where he led responsive IT teams that consistently delivered results by aligning technology initiatives with business goals, with substantial improvement to service delivery, standardization, and business/systems performance.

Mr. Elvard holds a master’s degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems with a Focus in Information Security from Johns Hopkins University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Networking from Strayer University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Theta Kappa.

   
 

Michelle McNear, Ph.D.

Director, Natural Care Center 

Dr. Michelle McNear has over 20 years’ experience in the field of public health and wellness. She holds a MS in Exercise Physiology along with a MS in Public Health and a PhD in Public Health. Dr. McNear is currently the Clinic Director at the Natural Care Center, where she manages clinical operations, marketing, and securing grant funding for future patients. Her career has focused on health care administration, clinical research, strategic planning and quality improvement initiatives. Many of her responsibilities have included design and delivery of community-based health education programs. In addition to her role as clinical director, she is currently adjunct faculty at Maryland University of Integrative Health.