The IMA board of directors provides the intellectual leadership and commitment necessary to drive progress in the field of mentoring. The international membership of the board combines the best of academic and research advances in the field with the best of practical implementation within diverse contexts.

The Board meets bi-monthly via teleconference with the executive director to translate the IMA vision into practice. Board members serve four-year terms.



Dr. Nora Dominguez, President

presidential term: 2014 – 2018
board term: 2012 – 2016

Director, Mentoring Institute, University of New Mexico, USA

Nora Domínguez is director of the Mentoring Institute, a professional consultant, and part-time faculty member at the University of New Mexico (UNM), with more than 20 years developing and implementing workforce training and mentoring programs. Domínguez earned her M.B.A. from Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and her Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technologies from UNM. Professional experiences include educational and management positions in banking and higher education, financial consulting services, and program evaluation. She is member of several boards, including the International Standards for Mentoring Programmes in Employment and the Diversity Leadership Council. Domínguez is an editorial reviewer for the International Journal for Mentoring and Coaching and member of the editorial review board for the Student Learning through Mentored Scholarship Journal.

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA


Dr. Nancy Phenis-Bourke, President-Elect

president-elect term: 2014 – 2018
board term: 2012 – 2016

Dr. Phenis-Bourke serves on public and private nonprofit boards, including hospital, community foundations, and private adult and youth special services. Her expertise is in strategic planning, nonprofit board governance with policy making, and protocols, which she applies to her private consulting contracts. She also specializes in sustainability plans and regulatory compliance. Dr. Phenis-Bourke is a certified national principal mentor, facilitator, and a True Colors trainer/facilitator. Her organizational leadership has been recognized by local school districts, the Indiana department of education, the federal department of education, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and Leadership America. Nancy enjoys adventure and leisure travel, global culinary experiences, home gardening, golfing, reading mysteries, sport biking, designing jewelry, and networking. She is married and has four adult children living in four states. Dr. Phenis-Bourke resides in the Midwest and in Southeast.

Pendleton, Indiana, USA

Ms. Carol Riley, Secretary-Treasurer

secretary-treasurer term: 2014 – 2018
board term: 2013 – 2017

Dr. Riley is  the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) ssociate Executive Director, Professional Learning and Outreach.. She advocates for pre-K–12 principals in the areas of professional development, research, and leadership initiatives. She has served as associate executive director for NAESP Membership Development, and is a past-president of the Ohio Association of Elementary School Principals. Carol was an adjunct professor for graduate reading courses and a consultant with the Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals developing a non-profit foundation for educational improvement. She has also worked in adult literacy and home schooling programs. Carol has presented internationally on mentor programming, professional learning, and principal standards. She has served as principal for 14 years in rural and suburban school districts in Ohio, an administrative director of curriculum and instruction, a supervisor for 46 elementary schools, and a teacher.

Haymarket, Virginia, USA

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Dr. Brenda Marina, Member

board term: 2017-2021

Dr. Brenda Marina is an associate professor at Georgia Southern University, where she serves as the director for the Center for Global Education. Dr. Marina is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education and has served as a moderator for the Research and Mentoring strand for the European Mentoring and Coaching Council E-Conference. Dr. Marina is the author and co-author of publications related to Leadership though Mentoring, Women in Leadership, Multicultural Competence in Higher Education, and Global Education Issues. She serves as a faculty advisor for the Student Abolitionist Movement, which promotes awareness about human trafficking worldwide. Dr. Marina serves on a Women & Gender Studies Executive Board, and is the editor for the Georgia Journal of College Student Affairs. Dr. Marina maintains multiple professional affiliations in the US and internationally. She is a speaker at state, national, and international conferences related to her research.

Akron, Ohio, USA


 Dr. Linda Searby, Member

board term: 2016 – 2020

Dr. Linda Searby is an associate professor of Educational Leadership at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, where she teaches courses in Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Supervision, Action Research, School Change, and Mentoring. She is an associate editor for Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnerships in Learning journal, member of the editorial review board for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and reviewer for several journals in educational leadership. Dr. Searby has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles on the development of a mentoring mindset in the protégé and is a mentoring coach and trainer. She is co-editor of Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development and co-editor International Handbook of Mentoring (both forthcoming). Dr. Searby is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University (B.A.), Eastern Illinois University (M.S.), and Illinois State University (Ph.D.). Along with her husband, Dr. Mark Searby, she is the co-owner of Peacewood Consulting, a leadership development and mentoring resources consulting business.

Auburn, Alabama, USA.

Julie Gonzales, Member

board term: 2016 – 2020

Julie Gonzales is the assistant director of education enrichment programs at Elmhurst College. She mentors Elmhurst College students by providing career advising and mentoring opportunities and as the advisor to the honors student organization, ECHO. She is an expert in mentor program design and has directed the college’s mentoring program, which was the first to receive accreditation by the IMA, for over ten years. She is a member of the Elmhurst College Honors Program committee, the Career Education Advisory Council, and is treasurer for the Elmhurst College Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. Ms. Gonzales graduated from Elmhurst College with a BS in Management and MA in Industrial Organizational Psychology. She is an active member in her community serving the United Methodist Northern Illinois Conference church representative and certified lay speaker, a member of her local church council and is founder and director of an after school program, “Easy” Care Youth Program, serving middle school youth in her community.