David A. Hall, MD
Dr. Hall has had a fascination with science from an early age. He graduated from
the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1968. He went on to
complete a rotating internship at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena and then
pursued a general psychiatry residency at the Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.
He became certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1975.
He collaborated with Beckman Instruments in developing the world's first artificial
pancreas and he shares two patents with them on this device. Dr. Hall is an accomplished
violinist and wrote two violin concertos.
His specialization in psychiatry led him to explore the field of social psychiatry,
in which society as a whole is viewed as the patient. This further led to the notion
of "the root causes of social dysfunction," in which all social problems are compared
to a tree, with roots, branches, and leaves. He observed that most people shortsightedly
focus on the leaves of the tree, and miss the root causes. He further explored a
type of meditation using theta and delta wave entrainment, and described a unifying
theory of human consciousness development based on many disciplines including psychoanalysis,
developmental biology, thermodynamics, and meditation.
Tyler Covey, CPA, CMA, CFM
Tyler Covey has more than 17 years experience in conducting audits and reviews of
state and local government and nonprofit entities, and in managing operations for
private-sector companies. He has a broad knowledge base in conducting performance,
investigative, compliance, and financial evaluations and audits. He is a Certified
Public Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, a Certified Financial Manager,
and has a bachelor of science in Business Administration-Accountancy from California
State University, Sacramento.
Mr. Covey has supervised numerous high-profile evaluations, audits, and consulting
engagements while working as a Principal and Co-Director of Performance Audits and
Investigations for MGT of America and the California State Auditor’s office. Many
of these reviews involved evaluating business processes and auditing management
and administrative practices and performance. Mr. Covey has led several investigative
or performance audits and management reviews of schools and charter schools and
has assisted numerous schools and government agencies with process improvement,
compliance issues, governance, organization, resource allocation, and internal controls.
Mr. Covey is seen as an authority in charter schools, has given several presentations
on charter school governance and monitoring, and has worked on charter school legal
matters for the State of California. Because of his extensive work in education
and charter schools, Mr. Covey has been invited twice to participate in educational
delegations that toured and shared ideas with educational leaders in Turkey.
Moreover, Mr. Covey has served as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial
Officer for a private health care staffing company—which became one of the fastest
growing nurse staffing companies in the nation. Mr. Covey also served as a partner
in a Certified Public Accountancy firm and as the Production Services Manager for
a leading bank. Finally, Mr. Covey is a member of the MGT Board Finance Committee.
Elizabeth Wiley, MA JD
Elizabeth Wiley is a lawyer with almost 20 years of experience as the director of
her own consulting firm. The firm specializes in racial tension and gang abatement
programs. She also has extensive experience in domestic violence and single mother
Ms. Wiley received her JD from Valley University and California College of Law and
her MA from Pacific Oaks College. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Organizational
Management from the University of Phoenix.
She has developed equi-therapy and aquatherapy programs for the Boy Scouts of America.
She has been a Level 1 horse trainer and an animal therapy trainer form more than
15 years. Ms. Wiley is also a twelve step program specialist and is certified in
first aid, CPR and urban disaster search and rescue.
Lisa Gerr is a tenured sales and marketing professional with many years under her
belt in sales, sales management, business development and marketing as well as independent
consulting. She has had the pleasure of working with many personalities on a wide
variety of projects. Among her recent ventures; she formed the commercial inflatable
industry’s very first online store. Currently Lisa works as consultant in marketing,
sales, customer relationship management and market research.
Continuously contributing to her education, Lisa Gerr has accumulated over 17 years
of overall business experience. These include four years in video production, ten
years in the sales and marketing of equipment and supplies to the video, film and
broadcast industry and over three years in the branding, sales and marketing of
commercial inflatables to business consumers in the amusement industry. Additional
experience has been gained in other verticals such as education and alternative
health through independent projects. This knowledge and skill is deepened because
Lisa has fully participated in all primary aspects of the business cycle; as a business
consumer, as a channel reseller and as a manufacturer. This familiarity with the
full business cycle provides a versatile understanding of how each of these entities
interacts with the other and what intrinsic needs exist within these enterprises.
Very driven by her entrepreneurial spirit, Lisa has independently launched two businesses
and assisted other start ups and young companies to gain the traction necessary
to become viable enterprises.
Exploring human behavior, the psychology of relationships, the process of negotiation,
needs analysis and behavior modification has always held Lisa’s interest and focus
both academically and non-academically. Her strengths include communication, project
management and meeting deadlines. On a personal level, she is driven by a passion
to leave things better than when she arrived; whether it is a company, a community,
a facility or the planet. Lisa supports social and business engines that are ethical
and will create a positive effect in society. She is motivated to contribute to
the building of the social framework within which our young citizens can stage the
local and global changes that are necessary to preserve both the earth as well as
humanity’s quality of life and evolution.
Paula M. Whitehead, MA
Paula M. Whitehead received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, with emphasis
in Radio, Television and Film Production, Ethnic Studies, and Public Relations in
2001. In 2004, she received a Master of Arts in Bilingual/Multicultural Education,
and a TESOL certificate. Both degrees were received from California State University,
As a Peruvian immigrant to the United States, Ms. Whitehead is particularly sensitive
to the specific problems of those who come to this country and are faced with the
task of acquiring the skills necessary to succeed in a new cultural environment.
Her educational skills have provided her with additional insight into, and empathy
for, the challenges students face when learning new languages, and struggling to
make a good life for themselves.
Ms. Whitehead has held various positions in educational support and instruction.
Since 2007, she has served as a Curriculum Research Developer Specialist.
Pamela Smith’s interest in education was first sparked by the challenge of teaching
her younger brother, who has Down’s syndrome, to read and write. This early event
started her on a path that she continues with today at Free World U. She is led
by a strong desire to help children learn, especially those for whom it is most
Prior to coming to Free World U, Ms. Smith worked as a paraprofessional in a self-contained
special education classroom. In her position as aid to the special education teacher,
she helped compile IEPs and worked individually with the students. She also created
pertinent learning materials to help the students meet their learning goals. Along
with a personal and professional knowledge of special needs children, she brings
with her a desire to make education relevant and readily available to all students
and meet them at their point of need regardless of what their special requirements
Mark Rollins, a graduate of the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University
of California, Berkeley, is an expert in the field of intellectual property. Mr.
Rollins has both practical and managerial experience in his field. On multiple occasions
he was responsible for structuring core financial analyses and detailed reports
projected to save clients in excess of $50 million. His strong work ethic, initiative,
and attention to detail gained Mr. Rollins an annual award from employer Ocean Tomo,
LLC, and promotion to the position of Associate within the Expert Testimony Practice
Using his background in Business Administration, Mr. Rollins has improved productivity
of new hires at Ocean Tomo, LLC through the implementation of enhancements in the
training experience. His experience as a student at Meihi Gakuin University in Yokohama,
Japan combined with his personal interest in international travel gives Mr. Rollins
a unique global perspective that he has applied to working with clients from Taiwan.
Mr. Rollins has co-authored and contributed to articles published in Patent Management
& Strategy, a Law Journal Newsletter.
Mr. Rollins recognizes the difference education can make in a child’s life, an understanding
that led him to form a tutoring service for underprivileged students. This desire
to help young people reach their potential also led him to offer his skills to the
Board of Directors at Free World U. A third-degree black belt in karate, Mr. Rollins
enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and photography.
Ms. Augusta is a creative educational leader with a wide range of P-16 experience
combining theoretical background in constructivist learning theory with job-embedded
field experience in professional development, teaching and administration. As founder
and CEO of The Learning Mode, she is known and highly regarded for her creative
ability to build partnerships and programs that produce impressive organizational
growth results for diverse clients, schools and organizations. Ms. Augusta has provided
consulting services to various agencies and programs related to individual, team
and organizational development. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Molloy
College, Master of Arts in Education from Hofstra University and is a NYS certified
teacher. Additionally, Ms. Augusta holds a post graduate Advanced Graduate Diploma
in Administration from SUNY Stony Brook and holds NYS School District Administration
Ms Augusta turned her devotion to education and taught elementary school for 15
years for the Baldwin Public Schools before starting her own family. As a life-long
learner, she is also trained as an Executive Coach and is a Certified Professional
Resume Writer. A consultant specializing in coaching and career development, an
on-going portion of Ms Augusta’s career responsibilities involves human resource
management, with an emphasis on hiring, evaluations, employee training and technology-enriched
An experienced grant, proposal and technical writer, Ms Augusta authors numerous
grants for not-for-profits, faith-based organizations, and educational facilities.
She also serves a grant reviewer/scorer for the NYS Education Department and Phi
Delta Kappa International sessions review committee for action research.
When her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2008, Ms Augusta became
involved with the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information in
support of their work with virtual trials. She co-authored the book, “The Brain
Tumor Guide for the Newly Diagnosed”, which is available at Amazon.com with all
proceeds going to the Foundation or as a free download at the foundations’ web site.
Whatever area Ms Augusta works with, her work is known to motivate, empower and
encourage a renewed, revitalized commitment to education, regardless of the focus.
Her aim is to offer hands-on and learner-centered strategies, whether it is a classroom,
business or organizational setting.
Laura Thompson Shive
Laura Thompson Shive brings varied experiences in management and education to her
position as Chief Operating Officer at Free World U. A certified K-8 teacher, she
has taught fourth- and fifth-grade inclusion classes for Stafford County Public
Schools. She has taught second through fifth grade Spanish and German enrichment
classes and remedial summer school. Trained in Hands-On-Equations, having completed
an internship at a model school for inclusion, and having taught students with identified
learning disabilities, mental retardation, developmental delays, and Gifted and
Talented students, as well as English as a Second Language students, Laura Thompson
Shive is experienced in meeting the educational needs of a variety of students.
As a Director of Education for Sylvan Learning Center, Laura Thompson Shive was
able to affect dramatic changes to students’ academic achievement through customized
instruction and successfully designed educational programs that elevated performance
of the Center's students by multiple grade levels. She managed a staff of certified
teachers and support staff, conferenced with families, maintained academic records
and schedules, and collaborated on budget implementation. She also instructed students,
ranging from kindergarten to college, one-on-one and in small groups, and supervised
the Center's teachers.
In addition to her professional background, Laura Thompson Shive enjoyed many unique
opportunities as a student, including representing the United States as an exchange
student to St. Petersburg, Russia, participating in the elite University Scholars
program during her undergraduate education, and receiving homebound instruction
during an illness, all of which increases her ability to relate to the individual
needs of Free World U's students. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education,
cum laude, with a minor in Biology from Bloomsburg University, and maintained a
4.0 in her post-baccalaureate studies in Curriculum and Instruction at the University
Sunshin Fungcap, MPA, CHHP
Sunshin has worked in the nonprofit arena for over 10 years as an administrator,
a teacher, trainer, workshop facilitator, organizational team builder, and a life
coach. She received her bachelor’s in Psychology at SUNY Stony Brook and her Masters
is in Public Administration in Nonprofit Management and Educational Studies. Her
most recent experience involved overseeing operations for several residential, rehabilitative,
and day program facilities for individuals with developmental disabilities and being
part of the strategic planning committee to evaluate training tools to enhance programs
within the agency.
Sunshin’s experience in workforce development and administration is not limited
to human resources, but also private and alternative education. Experience includes,
co-operating a tutoring and home-schooling program in Atlanta, GA. Teaching private
elementary through middle school, language arts, vocal performance, and drama in
GA, Teaching middle school children with Asperger Syndrom at a home school facility,
overseeing a children’s learning center, and teaching universal pre-k in Atlanta.
Serving individuals in New York with visual and hearing impairments, she taught
for the Hellen Keller School for the Blind and Deaf. While working as a public administrator
part time, Sunshin also acts as a consultant and coach for her own organization
and business SUNdays Wellness, Inc. Her role is to empower youth and adults to meet
their potential, priorities, and achieve results in areas that challenge them.