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Dr. Patrick Williams

Education Profile:

PhD, Curriculum & Instruction, Andrews University 1998
MBA, Management & Accounting, Andrews University 1988
BS, Accounting, Northern Caribbean University 1985

Biography:

Dr. Patrick Williams, Professor of Business and Accounting, currently serves as the Associate Provost and Dean for the School of Arts and Social Sciences. He comes to Washington Adventist University from Northern Caribbean University where he was Associate Vice President for Academic Administration.

Prior to serving as the associate vice president for academic administration, he served for 5 years as vice president with responsibility for professional and continuing education, graduate education and research, quality assurance, assessment, information technology and university security. Prior to working at NCU he was assistant professor of business and accounting and assistant dean for the School of Business at Andrews University.

Patrick is married to the beautiful Christine Williams and is the proud father of Patrick II, Roger and Emily.

He considers himself a people person who brings passion, rigor and currency to his classrooms and the academic environment. He subscribes to the admonition found in Micah 6:8 which states: “He has shown thee oh man what is good, and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

Research and Professional Activities:

Patrick Williams’ professional areas of interest include the undergraduate business curriculum and how the undergraduate curriculum prepares students for work and civic engagement, also the tension of balancing the need for fiscal viability and commitment to the institution’s mission.

Dr. Herma Marie Percy

Education Profile:

Ph.D., Political Science, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
M.A. degree, Political Science, Howard University, Washington, D.C.
B.A. degree, Communications, Oakwood University, Huntsville, Alabama.

Biography:

The homeland security program director and associate professor at Washington Adventist University where she is developing and directing academic programs in emergency preparedness and disaster response, cyber security, and homeland security. She is also a member of the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council of Maryland. She previously served as the first Assistant Director of Cyber Security Partnerships for the Cyber Center in Maryland. She was also with the Homeland Security & Criminal Justice Institute at Anne Arundel Community College and assisted in launching the first homeland security undergraduate degree program in Maryland. She is the first professor in the state to teach a full time undergraduate homeland security program. Dr. Percy has also taught the Transportation Security Administration (TSA airport screeners) at their Virginia headquarters on “National Security Challenges for the 21st Century.” She also taught at Howard University and Clayton College, and authored an American Government course for Griggs University. Dr. Percy also has extensive practical experience responding to disasters and her research presentations include IDGA 2013 Homeland Security Conference, “Ten Mistakes Made in Disaster Planning and Response;” Maryland Emergency Management Agency 2013 Homeland Security Educators Conference, “Changes in Emergency Preparedness Higher Education;” and the “Psychosocial Impact of Disasters: Model for Psychological First Aid Training for the Faith Community.”

Research and Professional Activities:

Her published work includes: “ A Public Responsibility: Citizens have an important role to play in preventing terrorist attacks, Baltimore Sun 5 May 2013; Will Your Vote Count: Fixing America’s Broken Electoral System (Praegers: Connecticut, 2009); Impact of the 2000 Presidential Election on the American System of Government (Signature Books: D.C., 2004); “Historical Development of the Early Childhood Education System,” In Improving Quality and Access in Education (World Bank: D.C., 1998); “Effective Media Relations,” In Legislative Handbook (Association of Women’s Health … D.C., Jan 2001). In addition, Dr. Percy has extensive experience working on political campaigns and with the government, advocacy and international organizations such as the World Bank. She is also a radio news anchor and Television political analyst.

Grethel Bradford

Education Profile:

EdD, Argosy University
BS, Columbia Union College

Biography:

A native of the lovely island of Jamaica, Dr. Bradford’s educational experience span thirty years. She has worked with students from pre-school to the graduate level. Currently, she teaches in the Psychology Department of Washington Adventist University. She also is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Research and Professional Activities:

Dr. Bradford has a deep interest in issues that affect immigrant women, but are often ignored and minimized. Her dissertation focused on the experiences of immigrant adult caregivers. Her dream is to continue highlighting issues that impact the overall mental well being of immigrant women, thereby providing clinicians further insights on how they may provide appropriate mental health support to this segment of the population.

Veronique Anderson

Education Profile:

EdS, Educational Leadership, Liberty University, 2011
MS, Speech Language Pathology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2000
BS, Elementary Education, Andrews University, 1986

Biography:

Born in New Jersey, Professor Anderson has worked as a therapist in the public school and in private clinic settings. She has also taught in public and private K-12 schools before coming to Washington Adventist University. Currently she teaches in the education department, coordinates the field experiences for the NAD student interns and supervisors the special education aspect of student internship.

Current Research or Professional Activities:

Professor Anderson is currently in the final stages of completing her doctoral studies in educational leadership at Liberty University. Her major area of interest is in leadership development and special education.

Gaspar F. Colón

Education Profile:

PhD, New York University
MPH, Loma Linda University
MDiv, Andrews University
BA, Atlantic Union College

Biography:

Gaspar Colón is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at Washington Adventist University (WAU) and, since September 2002, also serves as Director of the Center for Metropolitan Ministry, which is housed at WAU. Previous to this Dr. Colón worked as Director of the Office of International Relations and Director of Disaster Preparedness and Response at the world headquarters of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International.

Dr. Colón was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico and was raised in New York City. A graduate of Greater New York Academy, Colón continued his studies at Atlantic Union College and received a B.A. in Theology and German (1972). After college graduation he married May-Ellen Netten from Hartford, CT. The Colóns have worked in Greater New York Conference (1972-1979), Southern New England Conference (1979-1985) and the Michigan Conference (1985-1988) of Seventh-day Adventists in pastoral ministry, health ministry, youth ministry, evangelism, Sabbath School/Personal Ministries, prison ministries, and Community Services. After working as Health Ministries Director, Associate Ministerial Secretary, and Family Ministries Co-director for the Africa-Indian Ocean Division, Colón served as founding Assistant General Secretary of the Euro-Asia Division as well as founding the department of Health Ministries and co-founding the department of Family Ministries in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. Colón holds a Master’s Degree in Divinity from the SDA Theological Seminary at Andrews University (1976), a Master’s in Public Health Degree from Loma Linda University, School of Public Health (1976), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Religious Education from New York University (1987).

Gaspar Colón’s wife, May-Ellen is currently Assistant Director of the Sabbath School/Personal Ministries and Director of Adventist Community Services International of the General Conference. They have two children. Ivan is a dentist working in Honolulu, HI and Sara-May serves as associate pastor at the Garden Grove Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Southeastern California Conference.

Research and Professional Activities:

Colón was the convening founder of the VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) for the North-East Region of the United States in 1981 and subsequently served as the organization’s president.