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  • Ann Leslie Claesson, Ph.D.

    Ann Leslie Claesson

    Ann Leslie Claesson currently serves as the Lead Faculty for the Personalized Learning Nursing programs at Northern Arizona University.

    Dr. Claesson has over 16 years’ experience in university and healthcare education/ administration, course/program development, accreditation, and quality improvement analysis, and academic research and funding. Professionally speaking, Dr. Claesson also has over 20 years of experience in healthcare administration (for-profit and not-for-profit entities), public health, critical care nursing, cardiovascular and diabetes care and management, hospice, Level I trauma, clinical research and funding procurement, scientific writing and editing, clinical education, systems analyst for accrediting agencies, and grant peer reviewer for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  

    Research interests focus on grant funding procurement, clinical service optimization, health literacy, alignment between health information technology mitigation of perceived system threat. Dr. Claesson also has an extensive publication record in areas ranging from immunohistochemistry, public health, amputation prevention and education, to the detection of advanced persistent threat in networks and systems (cybersecurity) as applied to the viability of healthcare information systems and databases. 

    Her academic background includes a PhD and MA in Human Organization Development, MSN and BSN and in Nursing, certification as a Professional Sociological Practitioner, and multi-state licensure as a Registered Nurse.

    Jeannie L. Copley, M.S.


     Jeannie Copley

    Jeannie Copley currently serves as the Lead Faculty of Computer Information Technology for Northern Arizona University’s Personalized Learning program. She is also an adjunct faculty for NAU–Extended Campuses with a teaching focus on Management Information Systems. 

    With over twenty-seven years of corporate and educational experience, Professor Copley has devoted her entire career to the field of Information Technology. Her industry experience includes working as a Programmer Analyst, Senior Network Engineer, Senior Firewall Engineer and as an IT Director on both a national and global scale. She has broad experience in global business operations, especially IT deployment, IT Project Management, Information Security and Network Engineering.  She also has extensive experience in online learning curriculum design and technology deployment.  

    Jeannie has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Science in Telecommunications and Software Technology from Rochester Institute of Technology. 


    Dora M. Donovan, M.A., M.B.A., C.M.C. 

    Dora Donovan

    Dora Donovan currently serves as the Lead Faculty of Small Business Administration for Northern Arizona University’s Personalized Learning program. She was instrumental in the design and development of this business degree program. 

    Professor Donovan has over 30 years of working in higher education, as a teacher and administrative project manager, with an emphasis in the areas of business development, organizational performance, financial analysis and adult learning. She has served in numerous administrative capacities, to include interim CEO, lead project manager, public school administrator and lead instructional manager. 

    Professor Donovan is a Certified Business Analyst and Business Management Specialist, providing services in training, coaching and project management. She has worked in the field of business development and finance management for over 25 years.  


    Cori Gordon, Ph.D.

    Dora Donovan

    Cori Gordon is the Coordinator for the Personalized Learning programs, and currently serves as the Lead Faculty of Liberal Arts for Northern Arizona University’s Personalized Learning program. 

    She has a Doctorate in English Education, a master’s degree in Theatre from Arizona State University, and she has a bachelor’s degree in Secondary English Education from Indiana University. She has taught students from 6th grade through college, in subjects including English, theatre, storytelling, puppetry, literature and composition. 

    Dr. Gordon specializes in digital storytelling and innovative educational technologies.  She is also a young adult novelist. Her novel, Beauty Isn’t Pretty, is available on Kindle, and she has another in the works. Dr. Gordon has a breadth of experience with public speaking including academic presentations, in-service professional development presentations and a variety of theatrical performances.  

    Donna M. Simon, Ed.D. 

    Dora Donovan

     Donna Simon currently serves as the Lead Faculty of Management for Northern Arizona University’s Personalized Learning program. Dr. Simon brings more than 14 years of experience in college/university administration, course development and teaching, as well as 15-plus years of corporate experience in management, communication and media relations.  

    Her career includes service in a broad spectrum of higher education institutions including large/midsize/small public universities, a small private university, community colleges, and an Historically Black College/University (HBCU). Her roles have spanned from Director to Vice President and Chief of Staff leading departments in Communications/Printing Services, Legislative Relations, Institutional Research, Information Technology, Admissions, Advising, First Year Experience, Counseling, Disability Services, and Career Services.

    Dr. Simon has published several articles on Assessment, Leadership, Marketing, and First Year Experience and presents on these subjects nationally. She is a professional photographer and has published numerous images for publications and organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

    She earned a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts in Communication from California State University, Northridge, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Journalism from Western Washington University. She studied corporate photography and portraiture at Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA.