Vivian A. Sanchez, Chair
Chair, Board of Directors
NewSchool of Architecture & Design
CEO, GPS Campus Based Universities, Laureate Education, Inc
Vivian Sanchez has served as Chair of the school’s Board of Directors for three years.
Ms. Sanchez brings a wealth of higher education experience to her leadership role at NewSchool. Having worked in public research universities in the United States and private institutions in nine countries, Ms. Sanchez offers NewSchool a global insight into higher education for both campus-based and pioneering digital learning. In her previous roles as President and Senior Administrator in higher education, Ms. Sanchez guided institutions to achieving national recognitions, attracting world-class faculty and implementing innovative technology solutions for academic instruction and student support. Through affiliations with top ranked universities and strong industry connections, Ms. Sanchez has demonstrated her student-centered approach by providing unique academic experiences that ensure each student is prepared for a global, competitive market.
Ms. Sanchez has led Laureate Design Universities for the past three years and recently was appointed CEO of Laureate’s specialty institutions. Prior to joining NewSchool and Laureate, Ms. Sanchez served as president of Whitney University System, a university network enrolling more than 65,000 students across five higher education institutions. She formerly served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of administration at Florida International University—one of the 25 largest public research universities in the United States—and served as advisor to the president of Cleveland State University.
Ms. Sanchez earned her MBA at Harvard Business School where she received the Dean’s Award for Extraordinary Contribution and her B.S. in Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
Thomas Anglewicz, FAIA
Thomas M. Anglewicz was Principal in Charge of HMC Architects until retiring in 2010. Prior to joining HMC Architects, Anglewicz was Urban Studio Director for Austin Veum Robbins Partners’ San Diego-based office. Through his extensive involvement with the Downtown San Diego Partnership and other community organizations, Anglewicz has been a vocal advocate for the creative redevelopment of San Diego’s downtown core and waterfront lands since the early 1990s. From 1995 to 2005 Anglewicz was a principal with the MW Steele Group, where he provided firm leadership for public, institutional and urban design projects. Among other efforts, he was a key member of the planning and urban design team responsible for the original North Embarcadero Visionary Plan in 1997. The following are some of the major projects in San Diego for which Anglewicz was responsible: Coronado Public Library–Coronado, Calif.; California Western School of Law Library–San Diego, Calif.; UCSD Faculty Club–La Jolla, Calif.; The Bayview–San Diego, Calif.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Department of Humanities, Health, & Society at Florida International University
Since 2012, Sonia Benitez has served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Department of Humanities, Healthy, & Society at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (FIU COM). During her time at FIU COM, Benitez has driven the execution of many regulatory parameters of the program that expanded the access to health services and personalized health education to South Florida’s most vulnerable communities. Prior to her employment at FIU COM, Benitez served from 2005 to 2012 as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., a nonprofit organization created in response to a need for local control and leadership of the newly-privatized child welfare system. From 1997 to 2002, Benitez was Vice President of Finance for Visa International Latin America & Caribbean region, where she led financial planning, treasury, accounting, financial operations, and tax teams for operations in 32 countries. Benitez is a Certified Public Accountant; she received a Bachelor in Accounting and a Master in Taxation from Florida International University.
Divisional Vice President
Laureate Online Education, Global Enrollment and Business Development
Norman Bloomberg serves as Divisional Vice President of Global Enrollment and Business Development for Laureate Online Education. His previous leadership background includes positions in the financial and educational sector, including Divisional Vice President of Enrollment Management at Walden University, Vice President of Marketing Communications at Mindsurf Networks, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for ASPECT Languages Schools, and Vice President of Internet Banking for Citibank. He holds an M.B.A. and a B.S. from New York University.
Denise DeZolt, Ph.D.
Chief Academic Officer
Laureate Education, Global Products and Services
Dr. Denise DeZolt brings a range of expertise in higher education through teaching and academic positions as well as administrative leadership posts. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer at Laureate Education, Global Products and Services, and previously served as Chief Academic Officer and Senior Vice President at Walden University. She also served as the institution’s Dean for the College of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences and the School of Psychology. Additionally, she held teaching and academic positions at the University at Albany, Lewis and Clark College, University of Rhode Island, and Illinois State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from Kent State University, an M.S. in Education Counseling from University of Dayton, and a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences from Plattsburgh State University. Her areas of expertise include graduate and distance education, psychology, multiculturalism, and diversity in higher education.
Front Studio Architects, New York, NY
Yen Ha is a founding principal of Front Studio, established in 2001 in New York City. She completed her undergraduate work with honors and continued with postgraduate work in urbanism at L’École d’Architecture in Paris, France. Fluent in French and Vietnamese, Yen is a LEED-accredited professional and a licensed architect. She has been profiled in the New York Daily News, Real Estate Weekly and the Mann Report. Her recent work has been featured in Interior Design, Icon Magazine, Wallpaper, and The New York Times. Yen has been a panelist at Catholic University, the Academy of Arts in Gdansk, Poland, the AIA Center for Architecture in New York City, and at Carnegie Mellon University.
Sharen Hannah, Esquire
Mettron Contracting, Tallahassee, Fla.
Sharen Hannah is president of Mettron Contracting, Inc. and works with the design team of Baycrest+Mettron, a Construction Management Joint Venture on the Florida A&M University Gore Education Complex Renovation and Remodeling Project. She is a civil engineer, attorney and entrepreneurial professional whose 29 years of experience and multi-disciplinary skills include small businesses and local organizational management and construction management. She worked for Florida Power and Light Company for 13 years as a Senior Distribution Designer, Construction Service Engineer, and a Minority Business Specialist. She served as Director of Public Works in the State of Florida and was active in working with the community on issues related to capital improvement projects, redevelopment, and recycling. In 2002, she and her husband, Caleb E. Hannah, III, founded Mettron Contracting, Inc. She is a native of Miami, Fla. and has degrees from the University of Florida School of Civil Engineering and School of Law.
Charles O. Heller, Ph.D.
Annapolis Capital Group, Annapolis, Md.
Dr. Charles O. Heller is President of Annapolis Capital Group, a management consulting and investment firm. At the same time, he is a writer and Professor of Practice/Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland Smith School of Business. Previously, he was Director and Investment Committee Chair of Athlone Global Security, an international venture capital firm investing in early-stage companies in the homeland security sector. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Heller was General Partner of Gabriel Venture Partners, an early-stage, bi-coastal, venture capital fund. He has been very active in the Mid-Atlantic business community for many years as a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and mentor to many of the region’s entrepreneurial companies. For 10 years, he was President of the Baltimore-Washington Venture Group, an angel investor network. Dr. Heller received B.S. and M.S. degrees from Oklahoma State University and a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America, all in engineering.