Joseph Allred

Joseph L. Allred, Managing Partner, Mentor Partner Associates, is a retired US Army Officer, serving in Field Artillery and Public Affairs assignments (1972-1996), and has been involved in mentoring as a civilian contractor for more than 20 years specializing in Inter-Cultural Mentoring.  He has worked for several defense companies in the US and overseas as a mentor and mentor trainer to US and international organizations.  He developed the Mentor Partner Program, a mentor training program that focuses on building a partnership in the mentoring relationship and it was the first program accredited by the IMA in 2011. He was an Associate Member of the IMA  Board of Directors from 2010-2011.   He holds a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Utah, with an emphasis in Media and Persuasion and has taught leadership communication courses at the University level.

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Karen Posa Amrhein

Dr. Karen Amrhein is the director of First Year Experiences and Mentoring at California University Pennsylvania (Cal U). Karen served as a member of the International Mentoring Association’s Board of Directors from 2007-2014 and currently serves as an associate board member. She has presented at numerous regional, national, and international conferences on the concept of mentoring and has also provided consultation for various mentoring programs in higher education. Karen also serves as the co-advisor of Cal U’s chapter o the freshman honor society, Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD), and was a member of the national council of ALD from 2011 to 2014. She is a certified facilitator of True Colors and EQ: A Different Kind of Smart. Karen earned a master’s degree in Adult and Community Education from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a doctoral degree from West Virginia University in Educational Leadership in Higher Education.

Marsha Carr

Dr. Marsha L. Carr, an award-winning educator and international consultant, is a former superintendent , director of curriculum, principal and reading specialist. In 1993, Carr designed a 20-book emergent level reading series named StoryMakers, which became an international success and was published in two languages. She was bestowed Teacher of the Year Award while in Maryland and was recognized by the Maryland House of Delegates as well as received the Maryland Governor’s Citation for her work in and out of the classroom. In 1994, Carr was honored with the Milken National Educator Award, the most coveted educator award, and joined a prestigious family of outstanding educators around the nation as well as serves as a Fulbright Specialist. At UNCW, Carr was awarded the 2015 Start-Up Award in faculty entrepreneurship for her work in self-mentoring, a concept she developed and owns a registered trademark, and was honored by North Carolina as the 2016 Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year in professional development (self-mentoring). She is the author of Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader (also available in Spanish), Self-Mentoring: The Invisible Leader ManualEducational Leadership: From Hostile Takeover to a Sustainable Successful System and a co-author of The School Improvement Planning Handbook Focusing on Transition to Turnaround.

David Clutterbuck

David Clutterbuck

David Clutterbuck is a leading international authority on leadership and developmental dialogue. David was named as number two amongst the UK’s top coaches by the Sunday Independent. David is a visiting professor at the Mentoring and Coaching Research Group, Sheffield Hallam University (MCRG), at the coaching and mentoring faculty of Oxford Brookes University, and at York St John University. He co-founded the European Mentoring Centre in 1992 and helped to steer its evolution into the European Mentoring and Coaching Council – the main co-ordinating body for professional practice in this area in Europe. He has been chair of both the UK and European research committees of the EMCC and is now a lifetime ambassador for the EMCC. He lectures on coaching and mentoring at universities and conferences around the world. He is an external examiner in coaching and mentoring for several educational institutions, including Ashridge. David has coached and consulted widely in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He originally brought the concept of structured mentoring to Europe in the late 1970s and has developed an international reputation for his mentoring programme design and support. He advises companies and governments on how to develop the effectiveness of Boards/top teams and how to develop talented senior managers into talented directors and corporate leaders; often working one to one with top management to help them become role models for good coaching and mentoring practice. He designed the Stepping up to the Board and Board Evaluation programmes for the National School of Government. He is an experienced non-executive director. A serial entrepreneur, he is currently building his third group of companies (having twice sold and started again) – an international network of mentoring and coaching trainer/ consultants. David is author or co-author of 60 books, of which more than one-third are in the area of coaching and mentoring. These include the first substantive books on developmental mentoring, team coaching and coaching culture. He maintains a continuous research agenda. Among his current research interests is talent management in the context of complex, adaptive system environments, and multi-country mentoring.

Robert Garvey, York St John University

Robert Garvey

Professor Bob Garvey Ph.D., FHEA, FRSA holds the chair in Business Education at York St John Business School. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and of the Royal Society of Arts. He is one of Europe’s leading academic practitioners of mentoring and coaching. Bob has extensive experience in working across many sectors of social and economic activity. This includes both large and small business and the public and voluntary sectors. He has developed many training films, delivered international Webinars and developed interactive training materials on a variety of coaching and mentoring topics. Bob mentors/coaches a number of people from a variety of organisations and walks of life. Currently, he is supervising 10 research projects on a range of coaching and mentoring issues. Bob has published many papers on the practice of coaching and mentoring in a variety of journals including the bestselling ‘Mentoring Pocket Book’ and ‘A very short, slightly interesting and reasonably cheap book on Coaching and Mentoring’. He is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the International Mentoring Association (IMA). He regularly contributes to the professional journal ‘Coaching at Work’ and in 2014 ‘Coaching at Work’ awarded him a lifetime achievement award for contributions to mentoring. Also in 2014, Bob received the EMCC’s mentor of the year award. He recently published ‘The Fundamentals of Coaching and Mentoring’: a 6 volume reference collection in the Sage ‘Major Work Series’.

Catherine A. Gorman

Catherine A. Gorman, M.A., is the Associate Director of Student Engagement at Florida SouthWestern State College.  In her position, she promotes mentoring practices by overseeing the Peer Mentor Program and its incorporation in a first-year seminar course.  She has been creating and directing mentoring programs for the past 6 years.  Through her oversight, peer mentor programs were initiated in 3 living-learning communities, 3 academic programs, the student-athlete learning center, and a library support program at Florida Gulf Coast University. Catherine continues researching and learning about mentoring best practices and the positive impact it has on students in higher education.  Ms. Gorman also teaches the importance of mentoring in a Mentor Leadership course, in addition to teaching other first-year collegiate courses.  She is an IMA Certified Mentoring Consultant, and an IMA Peer Reviewer.

Ridwanah Gurjee

Ridwanah is the Volunteer Development Coordinator 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.

Kathryn Hollywood

Dr. Hollywood received her Ph.D. in Administration and Supervision with a concentration in Church/Organizational Leadership, from the School of Education, Fordham University, New York City. She holds a Specialist degree in Counseling and two Master’s degrees from St.John’s University (Clinical Psychology and Theology). Dr. Hollywood is a Professor of Leadership at Concordia University Chicago, in the College of Innovation and Professional Programs where she oversees graduate programs in Higher Education Leadership, Community College Leadership, Organizational Leadership, and Health Care Leadership as well as the MA in Leadership Studies. She is holds doctoral faculty status serving on numerous dissertation committees at CUC. Dr. Hollywood is serving a four-year term on the editorial managing board of the Journal of Leadership Educators, the journal of the Association of Leadership Educators ( She was recently made a board member of the International Mentoring Association.

Allison McWilliams

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.

Miriam Witmer

Miriam M. Witmer, Ph.D., teaches Educational Foundations at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. Her most recent published research is entitled Ethnically diverse education students’ perceptions of mentoring: Implications for college success and career aspirations. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and she mentors student teachers. She is also the coordinator of the Color of Teaching Mentoring Program at Millersville University. The primary mission of this organization is to recruit and retain students of color in post-secondary education programs. She has also co-facilitated the Side-by-Side program, focused on inspiring students of color to consider careers in education. Her current research focuses on identifying needs and characteristics of students of color in college education programs and mentoring. She has presented at a variety of conferences including AERA, ATE and PACTE, PA-NAME and NAME, NBGSA, IMA, and AACTE. She has published an article entitled, The Fourth R in education- Relationships in the May/ June 2005 (Vol. 28 Mo. 5) issue of The Clearing House.