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Cabinet Members

Patrick Farley, Executive Vice President for Finance

Patrick Farley

Patrick Farley earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland and a Communications degree from Washington Adventist University. He also holds a M.S. in Finance from the University of Baltimore.

Farley has been in this position since July, 2004. From 2002 to 2004, he served as controller at WAU. Prior to joining WAU, Farley worked in the communication and government contracting industry as controller, senior accountant and staff accountant.



Cheryl Harris Kisunzu, Provost

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Cheryl Harris Kisunzu was appointed provost of Washington Adventist University (WAU), in August 2013. She is the former executive dean and director of nursing at Mountain View College Dallas, Texas.

Kisunzu holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Andrews University Berrien Springs, MI; M.S. in Nursing as a Family Nurse Practitioner from Rush University, Chicago, IL; and B.S. in nursing, also from Andrews University, Berrien Springs. Her special area of interest is that of leading change for progressive excellence in higher education as defined by Kotter’s 8-Step Model . Consistent with this passion, the focus of her doctoral research is the analysis of performance excellence at our nation’s three Malcolm Baldrige Award winning institutions through which she determined strategies used, by academic leaders of distinction, for anchoring change in higher education.

She has held senior level positions of progressive academic and administrative leadership, including grant administrator at Eastfield College Mesquite, Texas for its historic 1.4 million dollar Texas Workforce Commission Grant, Vice President for Human Resources and Organizational Development as well as the administrator for the Life Science Human Services Division and Director of the Nursing Program at Harper College Palatine, IL She has also over 14 years of teaching experience achieved through faculty appointment at Vanderbilt University Nashville, TN, Loma Linda University Loma Linda, CA, St. Louis Community College Meramec St. Louis, MO and Harper College Palatine, IL. She currently retains an adjunct faculty position in the doctoral program of leadership at Andrews University. As the WAU chief academic officer she serves as Professor. Of significance is that Dr. Kisunzu believes in the unique value and potential of each student entrusted to the university’s care. She considers it a joy to lead in a manner which ensures that  learning prepares students for Daniel 1:20 distinctiveness such that their life service responds to the needs of our global society in a manner that is both relevant and progressively enriching.


Janette Neufville, Chief Operations and Compliance Officer

Janette NeufvilleJanette Neufville earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. Neufville provides oversight and monitoring of institutional compliance for federal, state, church, and accrediting bodies and recently earned a professional certification as a Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence. Prior to her current role, she served as the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

For twenty-five years before to joining WAU, she served as an analyst, business consultant and program manager at various Fortune 500 companies, including Nasdaq, Andersen Consulting (now Accenture), EDS (now Hewlett Packard), and Sprint Nextel. Neufville is responsible for institutional research; institutional effectiveness; institutional data integrity; and support of assessment, accreditation, and strategic planning.


Amy Ortiz-Moretta, Vice President for Student Life

Amy Ortiz-Moretta is no stranger to higher education.  During the last 19 years at Kettering College in Ohio, she served in a variety of student-focused roles including Director of Student Life and Residence Hall, Director of Alumni Relations and Career Services, Title IX Coordinator, and Assistant Professor. She holds an MS in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling and is a licensed professional counselor.

Ms. Ortiz-Moretta is also no stranger to WAU, having received her BS in Counseling Psychology here. Her son, Sonny, is currently a junior Political Science major at WAU.


Tanya Sweeney, Executive Director of Development

TanyaSweeneyTanya Sweeney worked for almost 20 years in sales and marketing in the telecommunications industry with AT&T, Lucent Technologies and COMNET International Co., a Chicago software development company before making the transition from the corporate world to the non-profit arena in 2006. At that time, she began working as Resource Development Director for the United Way of Greater Union County in Elizabeth, NJ, then as Director of Major Gifts for the Epilepsy Foundation headquarters in Landover, MD, and most recently as Director of Development at Friendship Place in Washington, DC, a homeless services provider. She joined Washington Adventist University in March, 2017.

She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, a MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a certificate in Executive Management from Northwestern University.


Doug Walker, Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Communications

Doug Walker earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Howard University and was a Senior Executive Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Prior to joining the university, he served as the Deputy Commissioner for Communications at the Social Security Administration. He has served in marketing and communication leadership roles for over 20 years.