About Grantham University

Full-time Faculty

Grantham University’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. The University’s programs prepare graduates for a variety of career fields.

A key component to student success and the University’s overall curriculum is the faculty, comprised of full-time staff, who focus on teaching, curriculum development and design, and student advising; and adjunct instructors, whose primary responsibility is teaching.

Academic Deans

Nicole Buckley, D.B.A.
Niccole Buckley, D.B.A. 
Dr. Niccole Buckley is the assistant chief academic officer as well as the dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business. In addition to a Doctorate of Business Administration, she also holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science from Park University and several certifications, including CAEL prior learning assessor, Six Sigma Green Belt and Criteria Reference Instructional Development. Dr. Buckley has experience in the financial and legal industries as a corporate trainer, publishing several training sessions before joining Grantham University as a faculty member.

Currently serving as IACBE Region V's Board Vice President, Dr. Buckley has a long history of presenting at IACBE conferences, board meetings and events, as well as the National IABPAD conference. She recently published "Employer Perceptions of Military Members with Online Degree” through IABPAD. She's been on Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women since 2007. While at Grantham, Dr. Buckley served as faculty and chair of the Mark Skousen Business School before transitioning into her current roles.

Margareta Smith Knopik, Ph.D.
Margareta Smith Knopik, Ph.D.
Dr. Margareta Smith Knopik, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, received her Ph.D. in Education Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. After 30 years in higher education, she has experience with many types of academic organizations, and teaching and training environments – online and in traditional classroom settings. Prior to joining Grantham University, Dr. Smith Knopik spent three years as vice president and chief operations officer for a specialized accrediting body.

Nancy Miller, Ph.D.
Nancy Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Miller, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has taught in three countries, online and on the ground, and had dean, chair and program director experience. She worked as a civilian in an Air Force research lab investigating telescope control and managing the design and implementation of systems for a large telescope. Her Doctor of Philosophy is in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Control Systems from the University of New Mexico. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance, a Master of Science in Applied Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University.

Steve Turner, MBA
Steve Turner, MBA
Steve Turner, dean of Faculty and Student Services, is a retired Marine Corps Officer. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Av erett University. Mr. Turner is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a registered representative with FINRA.
Donna M. Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Donna M. Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Dr. Donna M. Ehrlich, dean of Curriculum Development, has extensive experience in leadership roles in both Fortune 500 companies and higher education. She has over fifteen years of experience specifically in higher education administration, serving as a Dean of School of Health Professions and Director of Business Administration and was responsible for the curriculum and program development in health care, business and information systems. Dr. Ehrlich holds a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Nova Southeastern University, as well as a Master of Science in Information Systems and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources.
Charles Cookson, MBA
Charles Cookson, MBA 
Charles Cookson, dean of Foundations Faculty, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Grantham University and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and anthropology from the University of Kansas. He is currently finishing his dissertation on how work-life balance programs influence job satisfaction and employee turnover. Mr. Cookson teaches a variety of business courses, including business and society, introduction to operations and quality management, leadership in organizations, and training and development.
Tina Freestone

Tina Freestone, M.A.

​Tina Freestone, associate dean, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, spent several years as a law enforcement officer with a special assignment as a narcotic detective. Her experience includes drug investigations, police operations and procedures, criminal investigations, interviewing and interrogation, corrections, and covert operations. Ms. Freestone continues to teach and update curriculum, coupling her practical experience in law enforcement with her education to advance Grantham’s Criminal Justice program. She holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. 



Jennifer Shreckengost, M.A.Jennifer Shreckengost, M.A.
Jennifer Shreckengost, chair of Faculty Development and Education Training, holds an educational specialist degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri, Columbia; a Master of Arts in Teaching - Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Saint Mary; and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from William Jewell College. Ms. Shreckengost's experience includes curriculum and faculty development, Web 2.0 technologies, and adult and online learning. She serves as Grantham's faculty specialist, facilitating new faculty orientation, faculty mentoring and coaching, overseeing the Teaching and Learning Center, as well as faculty professional development for online teaching and learning.

Dana Basara, MSNDana Basara, MSN
Dana Basara, chair of the School of Nursing and Allied Health, received her master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Massachusetts. She is currently working toward a Doctorate in Nursing Practice in Organizational Leadership from the University of Kansas. Ms. Basara has managed three Level I Trauma Centers and, most recently, worked in both community college and university settings managing nursing and leadership courses. She sits on the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council as a member of the Clinical Practice Steering Committee for the United States.

Julius Leary, MBA
Julius Leary, chair of the Mark Skousen School of Business, holds a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Elmhurst College. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education, Interdisciplinary Leadership, through Creighton University. Prior to joining Grantham, Mr. Leary applied his business expertise in a number of industries. Before transitioning into his current role, he served as business faculty for Grantham.

Tabitha Davis, MBA
Tabitha Davis, chair of Foundations Faculty, holds a Master of Business Administration from Mid America Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the same school. Ms. Davis began her association with Grantham as part of the Foundations Faculty with the Mark Skousen School of Business. Before joining Grantham, she held positions in management, advising, continuity planning and community relations for educational organizations, private business and local government. Her civic-minded spirit has led her to lead and facilitate a number of area non-profits events and organizations, including the Olathe Cultural Festival and the Americana Jubilee Cultural Festival Event.

Lorchi Lo, MBA
Lorchi Lo, chair of Foundations Faculty, holds a Master of Business Administration from Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Dana College. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Education at Creighton University. Mr. Lo sits on the McGraw-Hill advisory board. Prior to Grantham, he held positions in management and recruiting within the telecommunication and service industries. During his time at Grantham, Mr. Lo served as a business faculty and associate chair of Foundations Faculty before transitioning into his current role.



College of Engineering and Computer Science

Robert Brent Tracy, M.S.   

College of Arts and Sciences

Alexander Ames, Ph.D. John Lyon
Cory Cannon William Neville
Theresa Connolly Melia Pfannenstiel
Matt Diggs, M.A. Stephanie Phillips
Gregg Gildersleeve Sarah Powell
Timothy P. Goss, M.A. Carol Pugh
Dane Howard Michelle Sodaro
Colby Keslar Michael Turner

Mark Skousen School of Business

Faith Bell Eric Hughlett
Archuleta Chisolm Julius Leary
Tabitha Davis Lorchi Lo
Keri DeVrieze Craig Sandusky
Elhan Durguti Christina Taylor
Anthony Houchin  




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