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Michele Lansdowne, PhD, Economic Development
Michele Lansdowne, PhD
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Dr. Michele Lansdowne received her BA in English from Lewis and Clark College, an MA in German Literature from the University of Washington and a Masters in Business Administration from Western Washington University. Her Ph.D. is from the Union Institute and University in Liberal Arts, with emphasis on Entrepreneurship and Community Economic Development. She taught business courses and directed Tribal Business Information Centers at tribal colleges for twenty-nine years. From 1988 to 1994, she headed the business department at Northwest Indian College and developed the first Tribal Business Assistance Center. From 1994 to 2007, she headed the Business Development Department at Salish Kootenai College, creating the Tribal Business Information Center that became a model for seventeen other TBIC’s on reservations.

Lisa Shaffner Albright, PhD, NCC, LPCMH, Psychology

Lisa Shaffner Albright, PhD is an adjunct Professor in the Psychology Program at Goldey-Beacom College (USA), the graduate mental health program at Springfield College (USA) and is a licensed professional counselor of mental health (LPCMH) in private practice. Dr. Albright has a dual doctorate in psychology from the Universidad Central de Nicaragua/Universidad Azteca.  She teaches students the fundamentals of psychology, assisting them in gaining access to the knowledge psychology offers in order that they might gain a better understanding of other human beings and the world in which they live. Her continued goal is to try to understand how each of us is alike or different in areas such as personality, intellectual abilities, behavior, habits, and cultural influences. Dr. Albright is involved in developing a new  treatment/therapy for adolescents with behavioral problems; the research will challenge the existing theories that children or adolescents are “already formed,” and; therefore, beyond any life-altering or personality-changing treatment. In addition, she is involved with alternatives to psychotropic medication including self-hypnosis, meditation, yoga, and Asian alternative medical approaches. Dr. Albright is also creating a manual for use by the layperson to assist him or her in mentoring troubled adolescents. Currently, she is actively involved in various film projects that involve interpersonal relationships, alternative education, social change projects, and revealing issues regarding the inadequacy of providing social and mental health services to those who are most in need. Dr. Albright is a member of the European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN) (NAP) and Williamsburg District Historical Foundation (USA).

Ernest R. Rugenstein, PhD, Cultural History


Dr. Rugenstein received his PhD in Cultural History from Union Institute & University in 2009 and has been teaching in post-secondary education since 2003. He is published and specializes in research and investigation. His experience in higher education involves long term adjunct appointments at higher education institutions, including Hudson Valley Community College.

His doctoral dissertation was entitled "Clash of Cultures: Uprising at Akwesasne" and centered on the violence at a reservation near Massena, NY from 1989 to 1990. He has an M.A. in European History and an M.A. in Religion/Ministry with a B.A. in History.
Mali Burgess, PhD, Art and Architecture of Consciousness

Mali Burgess received her B.A. from Princeton University and her PhD from the Union Institute and University. She did graduate work at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and independent study in consciousness, healing, and cross-cultural arts, disciplines and traditions.

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