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Thinkers

Gavriel’s Horn, sponsored by Zenith Media Tracking, is a diverse group of thinkers with varied backgrounds, academic credentials, and professional experiences. Each thinker brings a unique, tacit perspective to this site to help you see your world in a new way because you never know who has the missing piece of an idea that creates the divine spark to help you innovate.

Welcome to our thinkers page.

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Dr. Nicholas J Markette

Nicholas Markette created Gavriel’s Horn as an outlet for a life-long curiosity regarding how the human molecule works.  Dr. Markette directs finance and strategy for Zenith Media Tracking and has over 25 years experience in finance and management.  Beginning in 1985, he began working in banking and finance.  Dr. Markette served as the Executive Vice President of a financial services firm; as Chairman, Director, and Chairman of the Compensation Committee for a public company; and currently serves as a Director on the board of a tele-communications company.  He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a B.S. in Finance.  Dr. Markette earned his master’s and doctorate from…(Read full bio)

Dr. Kevin Barksdale

Director of Human Resources Programs at Houston Baptist University and former Dean of the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University.  A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Dean Barksdale received his Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia in May of 1989.  He received his PH.D in business administration from Georgia State University in August of 1994 with a concentration in personnel and employment relations.  Upon completion of his doctorate, he accepted a position at The University of Memphis as an Assistant Professor of Management where he served as advisor to student groups and was active on several doctoral dissertation committees.  In 1998…(Read full bio)

May Chien Busch

May Busch, former COO of Morgan Stanley Europe, is an Executive in Residence in the Office of the President at Arizona State University (ASU) where she lectures and conducts workshops on leadership, and works on interdisciplinary initiatives across the university with a focus on leadership, entrepreneurship and sustainability.  ASU is the largest public research university in the U.S. and pioneer of the New American University model for higher education.

May is also a founding partner of M|C Advisors, a consultancy that…(Read full bio)

Dr. Cory Dobbs

Dr. Dobbs is the founder and president of The Academy for Sport Leadership, a leadership training firm that uses research, sound educational principles, and learning theory to create leadership development resources for student-athletics.  A former college basketball coach, Cory researched and developed the transformative Becoming a Team Leader program for student-athletes while coaching.   Cory has worked with professional athletes, collegiate athletic programs and high schools teaching leadership as a part of the sports experience and education process.  As a consultant and trainer Dr. Dobbs has worked with such organizations as…(Read full Bio)

Bill Griffin

Bill is the Director of Planning for Halifax Health, a major trauma center, in Daytona Beach Florida.  Bill has been with Halifax in various capacities such as C.O.O. from 82-94,  and in his current role involving the development of the Halifax Health System: including an HMO, Hospice, self insured health plan and physician joint ventures.  Bill received his Masters in Health Administration (MHA) from The Ohio State University after serving in the US Air Force.  Bill likes to remain active in community building through leadership with the United Way, Rotary International, Hospice, Child Foster Care , educational support organizations and international youth exchange. (View full bio)

Lisa Jones

Born in Houston, Texas in 1994, Lisa Jones is currently a senior at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.  As well as taking a demanding academic course load, she is involved in leadership positions in most of her extracurricular activities.  President of Hamilton’s Model United Nations team, Lisa has received numerous awards for her performance as a delegate at the annual MCCMUN competition.  A classical pianist, Lisa has earned top honors in both the Arizona Study Program and the International Piano Guild.  She serves as woodwind captain and clarinet section leader in the Hamilton Marching Huskies, first chair tuba in Symphony Winds…(Read full bio)

Mark Kastel

Co-founder of The Cornucopia Institute, a farm policy research group based in Wisconsin and director of its Organic Integrity Project.  Cornucopia’s goal is promoting economic justice for family-scale farmers.

Prior to its launch he was president of M. A. Kastel and Associates.  His professional practice included political consulting, lobbying work on behalf of family farm groups, and business development benefiting family-scale farmers…(Read full bio)

 

Jim Kotas

Jim Kotas is retired and highly recommends it. Formerly a Director of Programs with Lockheed Martin he is now Chairman of the GE Volunteers of north central Florida and serves on the Advisory Board of the Wings of Hope Foundation and is involved in other community projects. His background is engineering with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida.  He began his career on the Apollo Program at Kennedy Space Center with General Electric and helped design and build the early simulation technology used in flight trainers and …(Read full bio)

Dr. Jean Mandernach

Research Professor and Director of the Center for Innovation in Research and Teaching at Grand Canyon University. Her research focuses on enhancing student learning through assessment and innovative online instructional strategies. In addition, she has interests in examining the perception of online degrees, the quality of online course offerings and the development of effective faculty valuation models. Jean received her B.S. in comprehensive psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, an M.S. in experimental psychology from Western Illinois University and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln…(Read full bio)

Dr. John Mlinarcik

As the founder & CEO of PCS-Global, a 34-year change management, organizational consulting, out-sourcing and life coaching firm, John Mlinarcik, Ph.D, is about helping people change.

He has logged over 100,000 hours managing individual, couple and group resistance to planned change – from both an emotional and business entrepreneur’s perspective.  His company focuses on life coaching, confidential consultations, business-improvement consulting with phone & internet out-sourcing, organizational-alignment and…(Read full bio)

Dr. Ram Nayar

As Director of Academic Research and a Senior Professor of Microbiology at the Daytona State College School of Physical, Biological and Marine/Environmental Science Department, Dr. Nayar has over 30 years of teaching and research experience in the biological field. He has been a Principal Investigator of research training grants from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for over 25 years, and also a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and grants from Florida State Department of Education. He has conducted In-Service teacher training workshops in the biological sciences for K-12 teachers as well as…(Read full Bio)

Professor James Shraiky

Director of Healthcare Initiatives and a Professor in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, The Design School at Arizona State University, USA. Before coming to ASU, James worked as a healthcare architect and a medical planner in North America, Asia, and the Middle East. James’s research focuses on disease pathology interpretation into design decisions making in addition to interdisciplinary health education. In recent years, James launched multiple research projects focusing on contemporary health issues facing societies. This includes a project in central Africa that investigates the connection between design with high child mortality rates…(Read full bio)

Dr. Phil Wagner

To say that Dr. Phil Wagner has a passion for advancing the science of elite athletic performance is an understatement. Since the day he first began studying exercise physiology over a decade ago as an undergraduate at UC Davis, Dr. Wagner has been driven to discover the secrets for unlocking athletic potential, both in the gym and in the heat of competition.

Graduating with honors from Davis in 1999 and nationally certified as a strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he headed to Florida to…(Read full bio)


Dr. Dan Kuntz

Athletic Director of California Lutheran University.  Full bio coming soon.

 

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