Board of Directors

Thomas Anglewicz, FAIA

Architect
Boulder, Colorado

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.

Sonia Benitez

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.

Norman Bloomberg

Vice President - L& I Global Operations
Laureate Online Education, Global Enrollment and Business Development

Norman Bloomberg delivers operational support for Laureate Network products (Advantage Courseware, One Faculty, One Campus, One Folio) and services targeted to achieve corporate hybridity targets. He serves for student and faculty support, course translations, course building/ maintenance as well as course registration are delivered by our operations unit in Honduras. He also has additional services such as rights and licensing, text procurement and fulfillment, project management and vendor management are delivered from the Columbia office. He provides operational consultancy to network institutions to ensure best practices are followed when delivering courses online.

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.

Yen Ha

Principal
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

President
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.

President
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.

Bonnie Copeland, Ph.D.

Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation, Laureate Education. Former President and Executive Director, Fund for Educational Excellence

Dr. Bonnie S. Copeland joined Laureate Education in September 2009. As Divisional Vice President, Academic Quality and Accreditation, she provides regulatory leadership and support to Laureate institutions and programs regarding regional, national, and specialized accreditation. She also oversees the reviews of quality assurance, the conduct of regulatory research and analysis, and assists institutions in maintaining compliance with accreditation and regulatory requirements. Dr. Copeland has more than 40 years of experience in the field of education, most recently serving as chief executive officer for the Baltimore City Public School System. During her tenure, student performance on state assessments, along with the high school graduation rate, increased significantly. Under her leadership, Baltimore became a school system of choice through the creation of smaller high schools, more focused on academic rigor; additional K-8 schools; and 12 charter schools. Dr. Copeland established a state-of-the-art accountability system, SchoolStat, and was able to close an operating budget deficit of $58 million within two years. Previously, Dr. Copeland served as president and executive director of the Fund for Educational Excellence and as executive vice president of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a public policy organization whose mission is to improve the business climate of the Baltimore region. She has also held various positions at the Maryland State Department of Education, including acting state superintendent and four years as deputy state superintendent of schools. In December 2011, Dr. Copeland was appointed by the U.S. Department of Education to serve as an Alternate Negotiator on the Teacher Preparation Negotiated Rulemaking Committee to recommend regulations regarding the Title II and Title IV reporting requirements on teacher education program quality and the TEACH grant program. Twice named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Dr. Copeland is an active member of the community. She serves on a number of boards, including the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, and the Fund for Educational Excellence. She was selected for the Greater Baltimore Leadership program in 1995 and was admitted to Phi Delta Kappa in 1980. From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Copeland served as vice chair of the New Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, appointed by the governor of Maryland and mayor of Baltimore City.

Dr. Copeland earned her PhD from St. Louis University and her BS and Master of Education from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.