Union Institute & University Board of Trustees Elects New Chairperson, Trustees, and Treasurer

Union Institute & University Board of Trustees Elects New Chairperson, Trustees, and Treasurer

CINCINNATI, OH - The Board of Trustees of Union Institute & University elected a new chairperson, two new trustees, and a new treasurer at its January 25, 2018 quarterly meeting. The appointments are effective through January 25, 2020.


The new chairperson is Ms. Christine van Duelmen, former executive director and conference coordinator for the International Council for Innovation in Higher Education. She also works as a consultant specializing in adult online education. The Toronto, Canada native has served on the Union Board of Trustees since 2004. She replaces Mr. Roger Allbee of Townshend, Vermont, who served in that position for the last two years and will continue as a trustee.


Dr. Kim Byas, a trustee since 2014, will serve as Vice Chair. Dr. Byas is a health care leader and serves as Regional Executive with the American Hospital Association. He is also a UI&U alumnus, earning his Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership in 2013.


Julie S. Washington and Felice Nudelman were elected as new trustees.


Ms. Washington is an accomplished senior executive whose career spans Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, Gillette, Nestle Purina Petcare, Jamba Juice, Luxottica and Bristol-Myers Squibb. She is founder and president of Inspired Actions, LLC, a consulting and coaching company.


Ms. Nudelman is Executive Vice President of the Weiss Institute at the Say Yes to Education Foundation.  Prior to joining the foundation, she served as Chancellor of Antioch University in Yellow Springs, OH, from 2011 to 2016 and as chief global officer, innovation & partnerships. She spent 12 years with The New York Times Company, responsible for developing and overseeing education initiatives, including The New York Times Knowledge Network.


Mr. Donald Feldmann, will serve as treasurer. Mr. Feldmann is President and CEO

Rippe & Kingston Capital Advisors, Inc. He has served as a trustee since 1989 in numerous positions including chairperson.


Dr. Roger H. Sublett, President of Union Institute & University will continue in his role as secretary. 


Union’s Board of Trustees members are as follows:

Mr. Roger Allbee

Retired CEO, Grace Cottage Hospital and Rural Health Clinic

Retired Secretary of Agriculture

Townshend, VT


Dr. Richard N. Aft (Union Ph.D. 2000)                            


Philanthropic Leadership

Cincinnati, OH


Dr. Kim Byas (Union Ph.D. 2013)

Regional Executive, American Hospital Association

Chicago, IL


Dr. Lee Binder (Union Ph.D. 2001)

Head of School

Greenfield Day School

Miami, FL


Mr. Steven Bishop, CPA

Senior Manager, Assurance

Plante & Moran

Cincinnati, OH


Dr. Dan Cahill

VP, Market Leader, Kentucky

Horan & Associates

Cincinnati, OH


Ms. Sharon Dunbar

Vice President, General Manager

Federal Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems

Alexandria, VA


Mr. Donald Feldmann

President and CEO

Rippe & Kingston Capital Advisors, Inc.

Cincinnati, OH


Ms. Kay Goss

World Disaster Management, Inc.

Washington, DC


Dr. Gladys Gossett Hankins (Union Ph.D. 1994)

President, Global Management Consultant

Telora Victor, Inc.

Cincinnati, OH


Dr. Shekhar Mitra

President, InnoPreneur

Former SVP, Global Innovation, Procter & Gamble Company

Cincinnati, OH


Felice Nudelman

Executive Vice President

Weiss Institute Say Yes to Education Foundation

New York, NY 


Dr. Roger H. Sublett (Secretary)        


(Ex officio)                             

Union Institute & University

Cincinnati, OH


Mr. Edgar L. Smith, Jr.


World Pac Paper, LLC

Cincinnati, OH


Dr. Dennis Tartakow (Union Ph.D. 2001, M.Ed., 2006, Ed.D. 2010)

Editor in Chief

Ortho Tribune

Marina del Rey, CA


Ms. Julie S. Washington


Inspired Actions, LLC

Mason, OH


The Board of Trustees meets four times a year.


About Union Institute & University

Union Institute & University is a non-profit, regionally accredited university specializing in providing quality higher education degrees for adults nationwide. Founded in 1964, Union’s academic programs and services are the result of more than five decades of identifying and refining ways to structure and deliver education to meet the needs of adults. Distinguished as the pioneer in adult education, Union perfected the concepts now common in higher education such as the hybrid model, a blend of online and traditional classroom instruction, interdisciplinary studies, and student centered education with socially relevant and applicable learning outcomes in its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs.


The university is guided by its core mission to educate highly motivated adults who seek academic programs to engage, enlighten, and empower them to pursue professional goals and a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.


Union is a national university with academic centers located in: Ohio, Florida, and California.

For more information about Union Institute & University, visit www.myunion.edu or call 1- 800-861-6400.