Our Advisory Board

Our purpose

The purpose of the GetSet Learning Academic Advisory Board is to assist both institutions of higher education and GetSet in fulfilling their respective educational missions and to help students succeed.

The role of the Advisory Board is to:

  • Serve as an informed liaison between GetSet and the broader educational and academic community
  • Seek to ensure that GetSet Learning practices and products reflect state-of-the-art research and theory regarding student success and retention
  • Develop an understanding through discussion, research, and data about the impact of social and cognitive factors on student success
  • Inform the development of a shared body of knowledge and practice for users of GetSet
  • Serve as thought leaders, shaping and informing the discussions around student success, retention, and social support
  • Facilitate the dissemination of findings from GetSet implementations to the research community
  • Help establish partnerships and opportunities with institutions of higher education and researchers to further innovation and best practices in student success

Expectations for GetSet are to:

  • Work with and share information and data with Advisory Board members
  • Partner with Advisory Board members on presentations, meetings, reports, and conferences
  • Communicate regularly with Advisory Board members
  • Facilitate meetings for the Advisory Board on a regular basis

Expectations for Advisory Board members are to:

  • Participate in periodic face-to-face and virtual meetings
  • Serve as a sounding board for GetSet and its products and practices
  • Participate in presentations, meetings, reports, and conferences related to GetSet and student success
  • Keep GetSet aware of trends, developments, and issues in student success and social support
  • Maintain the confidentiality of GetSet's proprietary information

Advisory Board members

Art Blakemore, PhD

Art Blakemore, PhD

GetSet's Academic Partner

Art Blakemore has been shaping student success his entire career. He currently holds the position of Vice Provost of Student Success for Arizona State University, recognized as a leading institution for innovation and student experience.

Art received his PhD from Southern Illinois University and both his MA and BA from the University of Detroit. He has been awarded the Teacher of the Year from ASU’s Department of Economics more than once and holds Editorships for the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Southern Economic Journal, and the Journal of Human Resources. He has been Guest Editor for the Journal of Labor Economics and has previously been appointed to the London School of Economics and Australian National University.

Along with a prestigious list of colleagues in his field, Art has co-authored research on Innovations for Success to Increase Equity, Excellence, and Affordability; Adaptive General Education Programs; and a Redesign of College Algebra.

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Robert Feldman, PhD

Robert Feldman, PhD

GetSet's Chief Scientific Advisor

As the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Dr. Robert Feldman works closely with the Chancellor of the University, promoting campus priorities and initiating efforts to improve the quality of the campus. He also serves as Senior Fellow in the Center for Student Success Research at the University and is a member of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass.

Prior to serving as Senior Advisor to the Chancellor, Feldman was Deputy Chancellor of the University, and before that he was Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Interim Dean of the College of Education. Feldman also was the founding director of Power-Up for College Success, a first-year experience course for students at UMass Amherst. He serves as Chief Scientific Advisor at GetSet.

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Feldman received a BA with High Honors from Wesleyan University (from which he won the Distinguished Alumni Award) and an MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Feldman is winner of the College Outstanding Teaching Award and recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer award. He has written more than 250 books, book chapters, and scientific articles. In addition, he was President of the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation, a coalition of groups representing the behavioral and brain sciences. He currently serves as Chair of the McGraw-Hill Education Learning Science Advisory Board, and he is on the Board of Trustees of the New England Public Radio Foundation, of which he is President, and the Social Psychology Network Board.

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Diane Asaro, MSN

Diane Asaro, MSN

Clinical Health and Wellness for Colleges

Diane Asaro, MSN, RN, is a health and wellness consultant bringing over 30 years of experience working with medical, mental health and wellness issues in higher education. Ms. Asaro most recently served as the Director of the Wellness Center at Loyola University of Chicago and was responsible for the vision, planning, and implementation of wellness services for emerging adults and nontraditional students.

Under her leadership, traditional medical and mental services were merged and redesigned utilizing a wellness approach and new modalities to better respond to the changing needs of college students. Known for her evidence based approach yet willingness to be an innovator, Ms. Asaro provided a variety of ways for students to receive support and to engage with their university. She codeveloped and served on behavioral concerns teams and spearheaded and successfully introduced a variety of outreach programs, including a dog therapy program.

Ms. Asaro received her Master's in the Science of Nursing degree and BSN from Loyola University of Chicago. She was one of the first nurses in the country to be certified in college health nursing. Her teaching experience includes University 101 classes, psychiatric nursing at the baccalaureate level, and health systems management.

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Diane Asaro, MSN

Elise Awwad, MA

National Enrollment and Operations Strategist

Elise Awwad, Vice President of Strategic Enrollment at DeVry University, brings more than 15 years of higher education experience, particularly within the enrollment management departments. She has held various leadership roles within DeVry University, continuing to take on roles of increased responsibility as it relates to student enrollment and student success. She currently leads the University’s admissions and student central departments—new student recruitment, student finance advising, and academic advising—focusing on the student journey from initial interest in enrollment through graduation.

As the Vice President of Strategic Enrollment, Elise has been leading the University towards successful student outcomes through innovative initiatives along with business process re-engineering, including the introduction of various tools to better guide the department’s strategy through data and research. Her enrollment teams focus on a high touch student experience, integrating technology and various support resources to meet the service needs of the University’s new and continuing student population. She has been focused on building highly engaged, high performance teams throughout her career, currently leading a colleague population of roughly 600 across 45+ locations.

Elise received an Executive MBA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a BA in Small Business Management from Southern Illinois University. She also earned a certificate in public policy from the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She holds several leadership development certifications and is the founder and Chair of DeVry University’s women’s affinity group, helping accelerate the advancement of women in higher education. As Chair, she recently presented on behalf of DeVry University at the Women in Leadership: Higher Education Conference at Harvard University.

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Michael Bedell, PhD

Michael Bedell, PhD

Business School Administration and Human Resources

Dr. Michael Bedell is Dean and Professor of Management for the College of Business and Management at Northeastern Illinois University. Dean Bedell is a business advisory board member for several firms including Perfect Search Media, a Chicago company that focuses on search engine optimization and developing marketing strategy and content for their clients. Dr. Bedell also participates on several civic and nonprofit boards including the Illinois CPA Society Diversity Council and the Petersen Pulaski Business and Industrial Council.

Prior to joining NEIU, Dr. Bedell was a Professor of Management and MBA Program Director at California State University Bakersfield. Dr. Bedell's research interests include teams, training, HR information systems, and entrepreneurial HR issues. Dr. Bedell's participation on the PeopleSoft Academic Advisory board provided his students with the opportunity to be some of the first students to use a modern ERP-class HR Information System in the college classroom. Dr. Bedell also served for a decade as part of the board of directors for the Kern County Chapter of SHRM.

Dr. Bedell's PhD from Indiana University provides foundation expertise in Human Resource Management, Operations Management, and Statistics. His MBA and Baccalaureate degrees are from the University of Kansas in the fields of Business Operations and Psychology. In his spare time, Dr. Bedell plays trumpet and piano and enjoys spending time with his five kids, swimming, family barbeques, and home improvement projects.

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Terri Hines, MA

Terri Hines, MA

Non-traditional Student Operations and Analysis

Terri Hines, the Vice President of Student Affairs for Colorado Technical University, oversees overall care for students on the Colorado campuses and across the online adaptive learning platform. Her student success team synthesizes data intelligence and predictive analytics to provide strategic recommendations and initiate immediate, proactive outreach to improve student experience and outcomes. Hines has spent the last 25 years building strong cultures of engagement in university and fortune 50 retail environments in Campus President, Regional Vice President of Operations, and Vice President of Operations roles. She holds a master’s degree in music composition from Northwestern University in Evanston and a bachelor’s degree in music composition from DePaul University in Chicago.

Kimberly K Hollingsworth, MSEd

Kimberly K Hollingsworth, MSEd

Community College Emerging Urban Leadership

Kimberly Hollingsworth, President of Olive-Harvey College, One of the City Colleges of Chicago, has over twenty years of higher education experience and has committed the majority of her career to community college education. Prior to joining the City Colleges of Chicago, she worked in Admissions and Enrollment Management at Eastern Illinois and DePaul University, serving as Cook County Recruiter and Coordinator of Transfer Services respectively.

President Hollingsworth joined City Colleges in 1999. During her tenure at City Colleges, President Hollingsworth has worked in a number of executive administration positions including Dean of Continuing Education, Dean of Student Services, Dean of Instruction, and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. In July of 2019, she was appointed as President of Olive-Harvey College. She has worked at four of the seven colleges in the City’s District. President Hollingsworth has participated in and helped lead two Higher Learning Commission visits, has successfully written grant proposals totaling over $10M, has developed strong and sustainable shared governance models while at the City Colleges of Chicago, and is known for her experience in strategic planning and strategic enrollment management.

President Hollingsworth earned her Bachelor of Science in Business and a Master of Science in Education from Eastern Illinois University. She is currently completing a doctorate in Higher Education Administration at Northern Illinois University. She has a son who is a freshman and member of the baseball team at the University of Oklahoma.

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Steven Nakisher, PsyD

Steven Nakisher, PsyD

Clinical Psychology

Dr. Steven Nakisher is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and experienced entrepreneur. He founded the largest and most successful psychology group practice in Chicago, the Center for Personal Development. Dr. Nakisher is also the founder of Cornerpiece Consulting, a consulting firm specializing in the people side of business, and Talbott Teas, a gourmet tea company that was acquired by Jamba Juice in 2012. His greatest fulfillment comes from his passion in building his businesses and helping others grow and succeed.

David Potash, PhD

David Potash, PhD

Community College Research Leadership

David Potash, PhD, joined City Colleges of Chicago as Wilbur Wright College President in 2013, bringing more than 20 years of higher education administrative experience to this outstanding Chicago Northwest Side community college. Previously, Dr. Potash served as Chief Academic Officer at Curry College, a Boston area four-year liberal arts institution with graduate programs and a preprofessional focus. He worked for ten years in the City University of New York system. At Hunter College, CUNY, he was Associate Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Baruch College, CUNY, he served as Associate Provost for the Teaching and Learning Environment.

Dr. Potash has experience with accreditation through HLC, NEASC, Middle States, and New York State. He has developed and led multiple planning efforts, revised curricula and programs, and strengthened institutional commitments and programs for equity, inclusiveness, academic quality, academic support, financial literacy, wellness, technology, and student success. He has overseen experiential education and career services reforms, first year programs, developmental education, and partnerships with K-12, higher education, and business.

Dr. Potash has a BA from Rice University, where he majored in English and Philosophy. He earned an MA in History from NYU, where he also taught writing. His PhD in history is from Cambridge University, where he wrote about early twentieth century American conservatives. Dr. Potash has taught a variety of US history courses, focusing on political history and international relations. He is active in social media.

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