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


Ridwanah Gurjee

Ms. Ridwanah Gurjee, Member

board term: 2013 – 2017

Ridwanah is the Volunteer Development Co-ordinator for the University of Central Lancashire and Course Leader for the programmes in Community Leadership. After graduating with a degree in BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology in 2001, Ridwanah, began her role as the Volunteer Development Co-ordinator of Millennium Volunteers V-Involved and the Higher Education Active Community Project within the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership. She has received the 200 Hour Millennium Volunteer Award of Excellence and the Mentor of the Year Award for Lancashire for empowering disadvantaged young people in secondary schools as part of the National Mentoring Pilot Project. She has worked as a Clinical Support Volunteer at the Queens Park Hospital, Mental Health Unit in Blackburn, as well as a Witness Service Support Volunteer at the Preston Magistrates Court. Ridwanah was invited to meet the Queen at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party for her involvement in volunteering and community projects throughout Preston and East Lancashire. She is highly experienced in volunteer management and support and in delivering community based learning. Ridwanah’s work with international student volunteers earned UCLan a place in the Times Higher Education Award Finals for Best International Student Experience. Ridwanah is also a Local Education Authority Governor for schools in Lancashire.

Preston, Lancashire, UK

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Dr. Brenda Marina, Member

board term: 2013 – 2017

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.

Deer Park, New York, USA


Dr. Allison McWilliams, Member

board term: 2013 – 2017

Dr. McWilliams is the director of Mentoring and Alumni Personal & Professional Development at Wake Forest University. As director, McWilliams provides support, guidance, and resources for formal and informal relationships and programs to prepare students for life after college. Dr. Williams has served as a facilitator for leadership development, organizational development, and mentoring programs and initiatives for both higher education and public sector audiences.

Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA

Monica Porter

Dr. Monica Porter, Member

board term: 2012 – 2016

Dr. Porter is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Success
Enrollment Management & Student Life and the Director of the Office of International Affairs for the
University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Ann Rolfe

Ms. Ann Rolfe, Member

board term: 2012 – 2016

Australia’s most published author on mentoring, Ann Rolfe has thirty years’ experience in learning and development and a background in career counselling. For two decades, she has specialised in mentoring, setting up programs, and training people in fields as diverse as health, construction, energy, communications, education, law, and government. Internationally respected as a trainer, consultant, and presenter, her training programs and resources are used in many countries to develop and support mentoring. Ann has spoken at national and international conferences in Australia, Canada, China, the Philippines, Singapore, and USA. She runs regular webinars that attract participants from around the world. Ann Rolfe’s contributions to mentoring have been recognised with the 2011 LearnX Asia Pacific Platinum Award for Best Coaching/Mentoring Training Program and in 2013, the New South Wales Juvenile Justice Excellence Award for Innovation.

Umina Beach NSW, Australia


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.

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Dr. David P. James,  Member (On leave)

Dr. James is one of the original founding members of the International Mentoring Association and served as its second President from 1989-2000. Upon completion of his presidency, he was awarded the distinction of President Emeritus.

Dr. James is an internationally known leader and expert in training, establishing and evaluating mentoring programs. He has made numerous presentations on mentor and protégé training and the essential elements for comprehensive formalized mentoring programs. Clients include colleges and universities, school districts, public and private, community organizations, private and public industries, and corporations. Dr. James has also written extensively on the subject of mentoring and student retention in the field of higher education.

Dr. James has received numerous honors for his contributions in mentoring. Among these are: 2012- Distinguished Dr. David P. James Legacy Award by the IMA for Excellence in Mentoring; 2011- Dr. David P. James Mentoring Award for Outstanding Faculty, Staff, and Student Peer Mentor, Prince George’s Community College, Largo, Maryland

Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Elizabeth City State University, master’s degree in World History from Georgetown University, and his doctorate in Higher Education from Nova University.