Human Services Faculty
Purdue Global Leadership
Sara Sander began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 1997. She has served in a variety of positions including professor of communications and languages and program coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences, now known as the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her experience includes over 15 years of teaching adult learners, with a focus in the last 10 years in online education and administration.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MA and BA, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Research Interests: Emotional intelligence, faculty performance and behaviors, communication in the online classroomSara Sander Link
Miranda Brand has served as associate dean in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2011. She joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2006 as an adjunct instructor in the School of Graduate Education and subsequently led the Department of Educational Studies as academic chair from 2008 to 2011. Prior to joining Purdue Global, she served 20 years in public education in various roles including teacher, curriculum coordinator, staff development presenter, and school administrator.
Education: EdD, Nova Southeastern UniversityMiranda Brand Link
Tessa Holst currently serves as the assistant dean of students within the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences where she oversees and generates initiatives to develop student engagement and improve student retention. She is also responsible for problem identification and resolution for second-level student complaints and conflicts. Prior to her current role, Holst served as the graduation director and event planner within the Provost Office. She was responsible for bi-annual graduation event ceremonies, celebrations, and faculty retreats. She has worked in higher education for over 25 years and recently completed her second term as school board member for her local school district, having served for 4 years as president.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)
Honors and Achievements: 2017 Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Non-Academic Support Team Award (Kaplan University), 2005 Hero Award (Kaplan University), 2003 Extra Mile Award (Kaplan Higher Education)Tessa Holst Link
Betsy Tomei oversees the scheduling team responsible for the College of Social Behavioral Sciences, School of Nursing, and Concord Law School and manages the Universal Scheduling process for campus and online programs. She has also served as adjunct instructor, assistant chair of the Department of Professional Studies, and scheduling manager. Tomei has been in the field of education both as an educator and administrator since 1995. She started her career with Johnson & Wales University as a financial planning counselor and financial aid officer. Tomei later joined the Chicago Public School Department, where she served as a teacher and technology coordinator, and returned to higher education when she joined Purdue Global.
Education: MBA, Johnson & Wales University; MA, Saint Xavier UniversityBetsy Tomei Link
Cheryl Bradt-Hyland is the assistant department chair of the undergraduate and graduate Human Services Department. She has previously worked in higher education as a site supervisor for field internship placements, consultant, trainer, curriculum developer, and as an adjunct professor at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition, she has both management and clinical experience in community mental health and the private sector, and works with individuals, families and children in her private practice. Bradt-Hyland is a licensed therapist in the state of New York, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner, and an Employee Assistance Coaching Specialist.
Education: MS, Capella University
Memberships: HS-BCPE through the Center of Credentialing and Education (committee member, campus coordinator/liaison)Cheryl Bradt-Hyland Link
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty and Full-Time Adjuncts
Melanie Beath teaches various undergraduate courses in human services. She serves as the course lead for a course on human behavior and the environment. Prior to joining Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University), Beath started her academic career at Buena Vista University. She has been actively involved in the human services field for over 25 years in the areas of juvenile justice, child and family counseling, mentoring, college counseling, nonprofit management and case management, along with teaching and public speaking. She has credentials as a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential and Temporary License in Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT).
Education: MA, Alliant University; BA, Central College
Research Interests: Student involvement and outcomes in human behavior and the environmentMelanie Beath Link
Juliet Bradley teaches a variety of courses in the Human Services Department, and has revised and developed courses on the undergraduate and graduate level. Within the Human Services Department, she has also acted as faculty advisor for different student organizations, mentored new faculty members, and has served as a course lead for several classes. Additionally, she served on several University-wide committees and task forces and has facilitated orientation sessions for new students. Bradley has worked in higher education since 2006, teaching courses related to human development, behavioral health, and human services in onground and online formats. Additionally, she is a Licensed Social Worker with 17 years of experience in the fields of human services and social work and has experience writing grants for a nonprofit mental health agency.
Education: PhD, University of Delaware; MA, Boston College; BA, West Chester University
Honors and Achievements: Presentations at national and international conferences
Research Interests: Children with disabilities, adolescents with mental health issues and substance use problemsJuliet Bradley Link
Jessie Budzinski is a full-time adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Department. She is the instructor for two undergraduate courses, and has been involved in multiple student retention initiatives. Prior to teaching, Budzinski was a field instructor for the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina and worked with social work students at Western Carolina Community Action, where she served as both the director of Transylvania County Head Start and Early Head Start child care centers and the Mental Health Coordinator. She also worked in a variety of early intervention programs with young children with special needs and their families.
Education: MSW, University of Michigan
Honors and Achievements: Presentations at state Head Start conferences and national Birth-to-Three InstitutesJessie Budzinski Link
Nancy Duncan is a full-time adjunct faculty member in the Human Services Department. She is the instructor for a variety of undergraduate courses with a special interest in children and families, trauma, neonatal abstinence syndrome infants, and intergenerational transmission of poverty and trauma. Prior to teaching, she was an ER child abuse investigator, forensic interviewer at CPS, and program director, and spent many years in the court systems and worked with foster children, adoptions, and trauma-related issues. She has also worked at a mental health in-patient facility, as a family life program director, and worked extensively with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, and many other challenges in the field.
Education: MSW, California State University, Sacramento
Publications: Child Welfare journal, Diabetes, WebMD, Self, Experience Life
Research Interests: Intergenerational transmission of poverty, abuse, and substance abuse, child trafficking and child traumaNancy Duncan Link
Michelle Fischer teaches various undergraduate courses in human services, with special emphasis on children and families. She also serves as a course lead and assists with course development. Previously, she has served as assistant chair of professional studies. Fischer started her academic career at Delaware County Community College before moving on to teach at Strayer University, Holy Family University, and Kaplan University (now Purdue Global) as an adjunct faculty member. She is also a Licensed Social Worker.
Education: MSW, Temple University
Honors and Achievements: Professional presentations “Positivity During Tough Economic Times” and “Helping Online Students Learn to Learn”; Best Faculty Mentor Award; Outstanding Professor Nominations
Memberships: National Association of Social Workers, Academy of Certified Social WorkersMichelle Fischer Link
William Goodwin teaches various undergraduate courses in human services with emphases ranging from clinical practice to administration and leadership. In 2010, he joined the human services faculty at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) and became a full-time adjunct in 2015. Goodwin has over a decade of experience providing mental health and counseling services. A licensed professional counselor, he has counseled individuals struggling with addiction as well as those dealing with anxiety or depression.
Education: EdS, Oral Roberts University; MA, Liberty University; MBA, Amberton UniversityWilliam Goodwin Link
Lynne Hale teaches various first-term undergraduate human service courses. She joined Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a full-time adjunct faculty member in 2014. Hale also counsels in the private and public sector.
Education: PhD, University of North Texas
Publications: Community College Journal of Research and Practice
Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor (Supervisor, Texas)
Honors and Achievements: 2015 Outstanding Student Selected Faculty
Memberships: National Organization for Human Services, American Counseling Association
Research Interests: Retention in higher education, health and wellnessLynne Hale Link
Denise Orpustan-Love is a full-time adjunct faculty member and course lead in the Master of Science in Human Services program. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in human services, sociology, and social work since 2007. Orpustan-Love has developed and revised multiple courses in higher education and served on several university committees. She has more than 20 years of practice experience as social worker in a variety of settings, specializing in gerontology and health.
Education: PhD, California Institute of Integral Studies; MSW, University of California, Berkeley
Publications: An Exploration into Basque Spiritualism: A Heuristic Study, The Mill House Speaks: Seven Pathways to the Ancestral Basque Homeland
Honors and Achievements: Keynote speaker, Bi-Annual Basque Cultural Day, San Francisco (2017)
Research Interests: Indigenous health and wellnessDenise Orpustan-Love Link
Linda Simon teaches classes in the Human Services Department. She began her career as a probation officer. After working in this field for a few years, she decided to obtain her counseling degree. Simon has over 19 years of experience working with couples, families, and children/adolescents in different settings. She has served as a peer reviewer and is the faculty advisor for the Tau Upsilon Alpha honor society. Simon is currently licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Georgia and is also a National Certified Counselor.
Education: EdD, Argosy University; MS, Jacksonville State University; BA, Shorter College
Honors and Achievements: Numerous presentations on stress, burnout, and academic success in the elementary and middle school setting
Research Interests: Stress, burnout, bullying, preventionLinda Simon Link
Kristy Vukoder teaches various undergraduate courses in human services. Her specialty is working with first-term students by helping them navigate the online environment. Vudoker started her career teaching group communication at Seton Hall University and moved on to teaching at Rutgers University. After teaching on campus for 11 years, she moved on to Purdue Global as a full-time adjunct online and teaches at her local community college part time.
Education: MA, Seton Hall University
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Classroom Innovation Award; Professor of the Year Award NominationKristy Vukoder Link