Paula Peinovich, PhD
Dr. Peinovich brings 35 years of outstanding leadership of higher education to the College. Long a champion of serving the underserved in higher education, Dr. Peinovich has devoted her career to meeting the needs of working adults. She began her career as an officer of AFT Local 243 in Madison, Wisconsin, where she championed and successfully won a fight for women's rights on the job. Over her career she has focused on developing learner-centered, innovative programs delivered at a distance and in an online environment, as Academic Vice President at Excelsior College and most recently as President of Walden University. She is extremely well-positioned to lead NLC through its exciting expansion with new programs and improved accessibility to education for all union members.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Council on Higher Education Accreditation, is the past president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education, a Fulbright Scholar, and a frequent presenter and writer on distance education, accreditation and assessment. She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison, and a bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.
Executive Assistant to the President
Laura Barrantes, MA
Laura joined the College in August 2011 and brings with her over 10 years working in higher education. Laura has worked in student affairs at the University of Maryland, College Park, the University of California, Irvine, American University, and most recently, at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. She holds a BA in Government from Cornell University and an MA in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland.
Jeff Bria, MBA
Since 2006, Jeff has been the CEO of Bria Consulting. In addition to independent consulting, he has held positions as an Executive Director of Students Services and University Registrar for Walden University; Director of Partner Relations and Business Integration Manager for iSeek Solutions; Associate Director of Academic and Student Affairs for the College of Visual Arts; Registrar and Director of Academic Advising for the College of Visual Arts. He began his career as an Assistant Registrar at Northern Michigan University. Jeff holds a BA in Public Administration and Education from Northern Michigan University and his MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Director of Financial Aid
D Denny, PhD
Dr. Denny joined National Labor College in May 2013 as Director of Financial Aid with more than 35 years of administrative experience in student financial assistance. She earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, her master's from The Ohio State University, and her bachelor's from Marietta College.
Vice President for Government Relations, General Counsel and Director of Human Resources
James Gentile, JD
James has taught classes for the University of Baltimore, Montgomery College, and NLC. He holds a BA in Philosophy and Government from Georgetown University and a JD from Catholic University.
Dean of Labor Studies
Daniel Katz, PhD
Daniel Katz joined NLC in January 2012 as Dean of the School of Labor Studies and interim Dean of the School of Professional Studies. Daniel was an Associate Professor of History at the State University of New York, Empire State College, where he was also chair of the Master of Arts in Policy Studies program. He earned his PhD in history at Rutgers University. His book, All Together Different: Yiddish Socialists, Garment Workers, and the Labor Roots of Multiculturalism was published in November by New York University Press. He is also co-editor of the forthcoming anthology from the New Press called Labor Rising: The Past and Future of Working People in America. Katz has been an organizer and union representative with the Service Employees International Union, the United Auto Workers, the American Federation of Teachers, and Doctors Council of New York City. He sits on the boards of directors of the New York Labor History Association, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. He is also a contributing editor of Labor: Studies in Working-Class History of the Americas, the official journal of the Labor and Working-Class History Association (LAWCHA).
Vice President for Marketing and Communications
Lara L. Manzione, JD, LLM
Lara joined National Labor College in April of 2011. Before NLC, Lara served as Assistant Director of Strategic Communication for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees where she oversaw ten professional staff who designed communication and outreach strategies for new organizing campaigns. Originally from Connecticut, Lara worked at the state's Commission for Human Rights and Opportunities as well as for Connecticut's Speaker of the House. Lara earned her bachelor's degree from Brown University, JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and LLM from Golden Gate University Law School.
Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Bruce A. Pankey, MBA
As the Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer at NLC, Bruce has responsibility for financial strategy, planning and operations. Bruce comes to NLC from George Washington University where he served as Director for Finance. He has more than 25 years of hands-on experience in finance, accounting, budget management, contract administration as well as strategic planning, systems technology design and implementation. He holds a BS in Business Administration from Olivet Nazarene University and an MBA in Finance from Averett University.
Director of Admissions - Associate's Degree Program
Carol Rodgers, MS
Carol came to the College from the AFL-CIO on a one-year temporary assignment in 1995 to work with the nationally acclaimed Rail Workers Hazmat Training Program where she remained until her appointment in 2007 within the NLC's president's office. She held the positions of shop steward and assistant shop steward for many years and has been on numerous committees at the College. Carol graduated with a BA from NLC in 2000 with a double major in Labor Studies and Labor Safety and Health. While a student she served as an Executive Board member and as secretary-treasurer of the Student Union. Carol holds a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Development/Knowledge Management from George Mason University.
Vice President for Operations
Beth Shannon, MS
Beth has been with NLC since December 2002. Prior to joining NLC, she worked for the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department, including two years working on education and training programs in Asia. She holds a BS in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and a MS in Organization Development from American University.
Director of Enrollment Management
Lucas J. Sifuentes, MBA
As Director of Enrollment Management, Lucas is responsible for admissions and financial aid at NLC. With a student-centered approach, he is committed to helping new and returning students discover the many academic program options at the College as well as assisting them through the financial aid process. With a dozen years of admissions and financial aid experience, Lucas comes from Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore where he was Director of Admissions. A native of Texas, he holds a BA in philosophical studies and an MBA from the University of Dallas.
Director of Institutional Research
Ann K. Stehney, PhD
Ann joined National Labor College in 2012 to establish an office of institutional research. A self-described information junkie, she is responsible for developing and managing research and analysis in support of campus planning, strategic decision-making, data reporting, enrollment management, and assessment of programs and institutional effectiveness. Ann holds an AB degree from Bryn Mawr College (PA) and PhD from Stony Brook University (NY), both in mathematics. Over her career, she has been a tenured faculty member at Wellesley College, an applied mathematician at a federally-sponsored think tank, academic dean at Rutgers University and Cedar Crest College, and director of institutional research and planning at Moravian College and Fairfield University.