Peter Kovacs was born in Budapest, Hungary. In 1960 he immigrated to the United States and moved to San Diego, California.
In 1967, Kovacs joined the Kelco Company, a San Diego based specialty chemicals manufacturer and a Division of Merck & Co. Inc., as a laboratory chemist. After a series of domestic and international technical and business assignments, Kovacs was appointed President and CEO of the company in 1993. Kovacs led the sale of Kelco to Monsanto in 1994. He was subsequently chosen to join the Monsanto Operating Council and to merge the Nutrasweet Company with Kelco, forming the $800 million food ingredient firm, which then became one of the largest industrial biotechnology companies, the Nutrasweet Kelco Company. He served as President and CEO until his retirement in 1997 after 30 years of service.
Kovacs graduated from San Diego State University in 1966 with a degree in chemistry. He also attended the Stanford University and ENSIAD (Fountainbleu, France) Executive Management Programs. He is currently serving on the Boards of Trustees of the Desert Research Institute and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Kovacs is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Institute of Food Technologists. Kovacs and his wife, Marilee, reside in Incline Village, Nevada.
- BA, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- MS, Elementary Education, Nova Southeastern University
- MEd, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
- PhD, Special Education, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Delilah Krasch is an adjunct faculty member for the online M.Ed. program. Dr. Krasch is also a project facilitator for the Early Childhood Department of Clark County School District and is an autism and early childhood special education content specialist for the New Teacher Center and the e-Mentoring for Student Success program. She has also served as a part-time instructor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and taught third grade, second grade, and self-contained autism classes.
- PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dr. Dottie Kulesza is an assistant principal in an elementary school in Clark County School District. Dr. Kulesza received all of her degrees from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been teaching a variety of courses for the past several years in Sierra Nevada College’s M.A.T. and M.Ed. programs, both face-to-face and online.
Dr. Lalchandani holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in operations research from Cornell University. Throughout his career he focused on the application of operations-research techniques to a variety of industrial and government problems and operating roles in the high-tech industry, predominantly superconductors, computer systems, and software. His role gradually increased in scope from strategic planner to chief financial/administrative officer and finally as chief executive officer of a venture-backed software company (representative companies are National Semiconductor and Oracle).
For the past 15 years, he has worked as part-time advisor, board member, and general business mentor to a number of early-stage information-technology companies. Representative companies are Juniper Networks, AtHome Corps, and Cerent & Equinix.
- BA, New College of California, San Francisco
- MFA, University of California, Davis
Chris Lanier is an artist with a background in both traditional and digital media, and a demonstrated interest in hybrid forms, having worked in multimedia performance, digital animation, web production, and comics. His animation has screened at Sundance and won awards at several international festivals, including the Grand Prize for Internet Animation at the Ottawa International Animation Festival. His graphic novel “Combustion” was published by Fantagraphics Books, and his comics have appeared in a variety of venues, including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Reader, Nickelodeon Magazine, and the Indiana Review. He is also an essayist and critic whose art criticism has appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including The Believer, HiLobrow.com, the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon Magazine, the Bay Guardian, and the Comics Journal. Most recently, he curated the exhibit “The Art of Howl,” featuring concept and animation art from the film “Howl,” which featured James Franco as the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. He also did storyboarding for the film. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Digital Art at Sierra Nevada College.
- MA, California State University at San Jose
Michael is in his 44th year in professional education.He has served in the capacity of secondary teacher and college adjunct professor, student teacher supervisor for student teachers, as a secondary counselor, and as a principal at elementary, middle and high school levels. He also was a district director of K-12 programs.
- BA, Zoology, B.S., Oceanography, University of Washington
- PhD, Limnology, Dartmouth College
Levitan has been with SNC since 1986. He has conducted research on Daphnia and Mysis in Lake Tahoe and is doing research at the University of Montana Biological Station at Flathead Lake involving the effects of changing lake levels on ecosystem dynamics. He teaches courses in environmental science, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Chuck has involved many students in active research and many of these projects have resulted in presentations at professional meetings.
- BS, Business Administration, Arizona State University
- MS, National Security Strategy, National War College
- MBA, Arizona State University
- Certified Public Accountant.
Professor Lewellen is a retired senior Foreign Service Officer, having served with the Agency for International Development for over 25 years, and has worked extensively overseas in Africa and Asia, including long-term assignments in Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zimbabwe, Malawi, and Ethiopia. She has had short-term assignments in South Africa, Namibia, and Cambodia as well, and has also taught courses in project management and administration in Kenya, Zambia, Afghanistan, Senegal, and Washington. Ms. Lewellen currently teaches classes in international studies and business.