Online Journal Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors provides oversight to the journal to ensure that the publication is developed in a manner that is consistent with its mission.

Kitty Kautzer

Dr. Kitty Kautzer


Dr. Kautzer began her career in education as a science teacher for seventh through twelfth grade students. She joined DeVry Institute of Technology in 1988, first as a Career Counselor and later as an instructor. After earning her Master of Science Degree in Adult Education, Dr. Kautzer accepted the position of Assistant Director of Education with the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, a 6,000 member professional association, where she was responsible for developing continuing medical education which generated over two million dollars and awarded more than 76,000 CME credits annually.

Dr. Kautzer earned her Doctorate Degree in Adult and Continuing Education in 1999, at which time she began to work within the Regional Educational Laboratory System. During this time, she served on the research team for a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to examine teacher access and utilization of web-based resources. Additionally, she served on the 1999 Secretary of Education’s Conference on Evaluating the Effectiveness of Technology. Dr. Kautzer then joined Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), based in Honolulu, Hawaii, as Associate Director of Professional Development, where she oversaw the development and delivery of an online Master's Degree program created to meet the needs of a culturally, politically and economically diverse population of educators distributed across the South Pacific.

Dr. Kautzer joined Career Education Corporation in 2002 as Corporate Director of New Program Development. She has served in a number of capacities since that time, including the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Art and Design Strategic Business Unit, where she oversaw the academic operations of 15 institutions of higher education located in 10 states and regulated by three different national and regional accreditation bodies. In her current role of Corporate Vice President of Academic Affairs, she serves as the academic liaison on the Program Innovation Team, oversees the Enterprise Risk Management of educational quality, and facilitates best practices in program development and delivery across Strategic Business Units within the organization.

Patricia Kapper

Dr. Patricia Kapper

Dr. Patricia Kapper grew up in a small town in northwestern Wisconsin and received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire. She began her teaching career in Kenosha, WI, teaching at the high school and later at the technical college. Over time, she took on various administrative roles in the Wisconsin technical college system, the most recent being that of Dean of Business and Graphic Arts at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

In addition to her Bachelor’s degree, Pat also holds an M.S.T. and an Ed.D. in Adult Education. She also completed the Executive Leadership program at Stanford University. These credentials prepared her for her role as Dean of Academic Affairs at DeVry Institute of Technology in Addison, IL, and for her position as Sr. Vice President of Education at Career Education Corporation, a private for-profit system of 81 career colleges around the world.

Pat has enhanced her professional growth through involvement in various professional and civic organizations. These have included President of the Wisconsin Vocational Association, vice president of the American Vocational Association, member of the Career College Association Board of Directors, current member of the Imagine America Foundation Board of Directors, and member of the Kiwanis Club.

Sam Hainer

Sam Hainer

Sam Otis Hainer is the Business Director for the Higher Education division of Harvard Business Publishing.  Prior to joining HBP four years ago as a product manager, he spent nine years at the Harvard Business School where he led the design of numerous web sites and developed online products and learning communities for executive education programs.  Mr. Hainer earned his M.B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Babson College, and his B.A. degree from Colby College, cum laude.

Robert L. Martin

Robert L. Martin was appointed President of the Imagine America Foundation in March 2006. The Foundation, which is the preeminent scholarship provider and research-funding organization for the career education sector, came under his direction in 1999 when it was then known as the Career Training Foundation. As the Foundation began to increase its operations and responsibilities, Mr. Martin earned eventual appointment to President.

Through Mr. Martin's leadership, the non-profit organization has become its own influential organization in the career college realm. Once the in-house research body under the Career College Association, the Foundation has considerably expanded its member schools and charitable donors and has established its own identity as an independent organization. Today, the Foundation supports more than 500 career college members across the United States and Puerto Rico. The Foundation, through financial support from the 21st Century Workforce Fund, has initiated research studies focused on the impact of career colleges, their role in meeting the nation’s current skilled-worker shortage and other broad public policy issues facing the higher education sector. The Foundation has also provided more than $40 million in scholarship and award support for graduating high school seniors, adult learners and U.S. military veterans attending career colleges nationwide.

Before joining the Foundation, Mr. Martin was an independent consultant serving both public- and private-sector clients. He assisted with government relations, marketing and business development service initiatives for national trade associations, major textbook publishers, educational software developers, computer hardware manufacturers and Internet service providers.

Prior to his consulting work, Mr. Martin attained senior positions at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as the Vice President/Executive Director of the Center for Workforce Preparation. His involvement led the Chamber to create the Center and develop a national outreach program that now serves the more than 3,000 state and local chambers of commerce nationwide. Mr. Martin also worked extensively with senior-level officials at the U.S. Departments of Education, Labor, and Health and Human Services, as well as the White House and other leading business/trade associations. He directed all research and public policy activities in these areas.

In addition, Mr. Martin was selected to serve on the personal staff of Congressman Robert W. Daniel of Virginia. He also spent five years in state government: three working for the governor's office in the State of Indiana directing state manpower programs and two as a senior staff associate at the National Governors Association in Washington.

Mr. Martin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Business Administration from Central Michigan University and a Master's of Public Administration from Indiana University.