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About the Office

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Office of the Provost Leadership

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Paula M. Crone, DO

Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

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pcrone@westernu.edu


Joshua McFarlen, CPA, CA, MPAcc

Interim Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Josh joined WesternU in July 2018 as Associate Vice President for Finance. He was then named Vice President for Finance, and in April 2021 was appointed Interim Chief Financial Officer. He leads the University’s Financial Services & Treasury, Student Financial Aid, Auxiliary Enterprises, Procurement Services and Risk Management departments. The CFO’s Office ensures WesternU’s financial growth and stability in support of the long-term sustainability of its mission. Josh earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from the University of Regina and a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Saskatchewan. He is an active, licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California and Canada. Prior to joining WesternU he worked in the audit practice of Big 4 public accounting firm KPMG, as well as with the University of Saskatchewan and in private industry financial services.

jmcfarlen@westernu.edu

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Beverly A. Guidry, EdD

Senior Vice President, University Student Affairs

Dr. Guidry has been with WesternU since 1982. During her tenure at WesternU, she has served as Director, Health Careers Opportunity Program/Admissions Recruiter, Assistant, Associate and Director of Admissions before being named Assistant Dean of Student Affairs in 1996 and later Dean of Student Affairs. She served as Vice President of Enrollment Management and University Student Affairs and was named Senior Vice President for University Student Affairs in 2019. She currently leads the offices of Admissions and Enrollment, Enrollment Systems and Operations, University Student Affairs, Learning Enhancement and Academic Development, the Harris Family Center for Disability and Health Policy, and the Office of International Students and Scholars. Dr. Guidry holds a bachelor’s degree in Leadership and Management, master’s degree in Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in Strategic Organizational Development, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne.

bguidry@westernu.edu

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Bradley S. Henson, DDS, PhD

Interim Senior Vice President, Research & Biotechnology

Dr. Bradley Henson received his DDS and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. As a dentist-scientist, his approach to teaching, research and practice has always focused on bridging the biomedical sciences with the clinical sciences. His primary research interests are in the areas of head and neck cancer cell signaling and cancer drug discovery. Dr. Henson is also passionate about promoting oral and overall health in indigenous communities, with special interests in reducing the burden of cancer and diabetes, promoting food sovereignty and pre-colonization diets, and reclaiming traditional healing practices.

bhenson@westernu.edu

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Suresh Appavoo, EdD, MIM

Vice President for Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism

Dr. Suresh Appavoo (he, him, his), brings over 30 years of higher education experience in diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racist work to WesternU. He leads the Office of Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism at WesternU, and serves as an Adjunct Professor in the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Appavoo earned a Doctorate in International and Multicultural Education from the University of San Francisco, a Master of International Management degree from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of the Pacific. His primary areas of teaching, research, and practice focus on intersectionality, race, class, and gender in higher education. Dr. Appavoo served as a Fulbright Scholar to the Maldives (2012-13) and was a tenured Associate Professor of Education and Dean for Diversity & Equity at Dominican University of California previously. He has conducted numerous diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism workshops and educational trainings for multiple organizations internationally.

sappavoo@westernu.edu

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College Deans

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Jonathan Daitch, MEd

Associate Provost, Online Education

Following a brief career in the film and television industry, Jonathan has overseen the development of innovative distance learning and online education at multiple institutions since 1998. He joined WesternU in 2018, and since then has worked with multiple colleges to create media-rich and interactive instruction within online courses for academic programs and continuing education. His talented team supports multiple online learning technologies, and together their goal is to deliver a high quality, modern, engaging teaching and learning environment for students and faculty. Jonathan earned a BA in Film & Video Production from The Pennsylvania State University and an MEd in Educational Leadership from Concordia University — Portland.

jdaitch@westernu.edu

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Elizabeth Rega, PhD

Associate Provost, Faculty Affairs
Associate Vice President for Academic Community Engagement | Institutional Engagement, Planning, & Effectiveness
Professor of Anatomy, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

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erega@westernu.edu

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Dean Smylie, DVM

Associate Provost, Ventures
Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine

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dsmylie@westernu.edu


Rob Warren, DO, MBA

Associate Provost, Clinical Affairs
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Executive Director, WesternU Health

Rob is proud to serve the WesternU mission as a team member in the Office of the Provost. He is a WesternU alumni from the COMP class of 2001. Rob completed his residency in Family Medicine at Baylor Scott and White, then his healthcare focused MBA at UCI. Rob is passionate about health and wellbeing for society. The relationship between healthcare systems and health professions higher education is a perfect intersection to impact a brighter future. Rob believes in the unlimited potential for each person and strives to help people see that in themselves. His interests include time with family and friends, mountain biking, yoga, good food, travel and being an active musician.

rwarren@westernu.edu

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Di Lacey

Associate Vice President, WesternU Oregon

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dlacey@westernu.edu

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Tim Wood, DHSc, PA-C

Associate Vice President, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Tim oversees the areas of Learning & Development/Instructional Design (IDLD), Educational Technology Innovation (ETI) and Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE). Tim is an alumnus of the WesternU MSPA class of 2002 and has been teaching at WesternU since 2007.

Tim is a physician assistant by clinical training and has been teaching in the College of Health Sciences since 2007. He continues to teach in the Department of Physician Assistant Education as an Associate Professor after having held the position of academic coordinator before taking on university-wide duties for faculty development. He completed his doctorate in the foundations of education/teaching and learning and continues to pursue his research interests of student learning styles, as well as the use of technology in the classroom to improve learning outcomes.

twood@westernu.edu

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Rick Leeper, MBA

Assistant Vice President, WesternU Oregon
Senior Director of Operations

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rleeper@westernu.edu

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Mirabelle Fernandes Paul, EdD

Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, WesternU Oregon
Associate Dean, Student Affairs, COMP-Northwest
Chief Diversity Officer, COMP and COMP-Northwest

Originally a biochemist/molecular biologist, Mirabelle joined WesternU in 2014. Since then she has served as a Deputy Title IX coordinator. Mirabelle has also served, led and consulted on many teams at the college, state, university and national level, including accreditation teams, AACOM Council of Diversity and Equity, and the WesternU Humanism-Strategic Planning group (H-SPG). Mirabelle is published in a range of topics, including molecular biology, medical anthropology, and DEI (diversity, equity, inclusion). She currently serves the WesternU Oregon campus as Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs; Associate Dean, Student Affairs of COMP-Northwest; and Chief Diversity Officer of COMP and COMP-Northwest.

mfernandespaul@westernu.edu

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Karoline Almanzar, MLIS

Director, Pumerantz Library

Karoline Almanzar was named Library Director of the Harriet K. & Philip Pumerantz Library in 2019, previously holding the position of Associate Director of Access Services. She graduated from San Jose State University with a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and is currently enrolled in University of La Verne’s Organizational Leadership doctoral program. With over twenty years of experience as part of the WesternU family, she works with her team to support educational excellence for the WesternU community.

kalmanzar@westernu.edu

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Carla Kavanaugh, BS

Executive Assistant to Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

ckavanaugh@westernu.edu

 


 

 

Carolina Alirez

Executive Assistant to Interim Provost and Chief Academic Officer

calirez@westernu.edu