Meet the IMA Board of Directors

IMA Executive Board of Directors

President; Retired Higher Education Professor and Administrator

Brenda Marina, Ph.D.

Brenda L. H. Marina, Ph.D., is a retired higher education leadership educator. She has been a board member for since 2013 and a general member since 2004. 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. Her scholarship explores women in leadership, mentoring for leadership, multicultural competence in higher education, and global education issues from a womanist perspective. She is the author and co-author of several publications related to her scholarship. Her published books include Beyond Retention: Cultivating Spaces of Equity, Justice, and Fairness for Women of Color in U.S. Higher Education and Mentoring Away the Glass Ceiling in Academe: A Cultured Critique. She is the former Publications chair for IMA as well as chair of the Governance Committee.
President-Elect; Associate Director of Student Engagement, Florida Southwestern State College; IMA Certified Consultant

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 is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of South Florida. She is IMA President-Elect, and an IMA Certified Mentoring Consultant.
Secretary-Treasurer; Associate Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Florida

Linda Searby, Ph.D.

Dr. Linda Searby is an associate clinical professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Supervision, Action Research, School Change, and Mentoring. She has also taught at Auburn University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the Co-Editor of 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 protege and is a mentoring coach and trainer. She is the Co-Editor of Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development and Co-Editor of the Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring. 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. Dr. Searby was instrumental in facilitating the move of IMA's home to the University of Florida in 2018.

IMA Board of Directors

Kathleen Sciarappa, Ph.D.

Mentor Training Facilitator; National Certified Mentor; 151 Tremont St., Boston, MA 02111; Ratified August 2019


Nancy Phenis-Bourke, Ed.D.

Past President

National Association of Elementary School Principals Mentor Coach; Active member on public and private nonprofit boards; IMA Mentor Training Coordinator and Facilitator
6471 S Fox Chase,
Pendleton, IN 46064


Julie Gonzales

Chair, Accreditation Committee

Julie Gonzales
Champaign, IL
Ratified April 2016


Joseph Allred

Owner, Mentor Partner Associates

Ratified June 2016
528 N. 650 E
Lindon, Utah 84042


Donna Augustine-Shaw, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Educational Leadership Kansas State University & Associate Director, Kansas Educational Leadership Institute (KELI)

Ratified March 2018
2535 Dundee Ln.
Salina, KS 67401


Marsha Carr, Ed.D.

Department Chair, Educational Leadership, University of North Carolina-Wilmington; Owner of Edu-Tell, LLC

Ratified March 2017
2139 West Cougar Rock Circle, House No. 179
St George, Utah, 84770


David Clutterbuck, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Coaching & Mentoring, Henley Business School, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield Hallam, York St. John, UK; Distinguished Fellow, Th Conference Board; Co-Dean, Global Team Coaching Institute; Practice Lead, Coaching and Mentoring International

Ratified December 2013
Woodlands, Tollgate, Maidenhead,
Berks UK SL6 4 LJ


Andrea Engler, Ed.D.

Senior Executive Director of Student Transitions and Success, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI)

Ratified April 2017
815 W. Michigan Street UC 2001D
Indianapolis, IN 46202


Robert Garvey, Ph.D.

Managing Partner, The Lio Partnership

Ratified November 2014
13 Blakeney Place
York YO10 3HZ

Skype: robert.garvey7
Twitter: RobertGarvey6


Carol Riley

Past Secretary-Treasurer 2014-2016; 2016-Retired Associate Executive Director-National Association of Elementary School Principals; 2020 IMA Conference Chair;

Ratified 2013-2017, 2018-2022
15221 Fog Mountain Circle
Haymarket, VA 20169


Laura Lunsford, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Psychology, Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC.

Ratified April 2017
Taylor Hall 205, P.O. Box 369
Buis Creek, NC 27506


Miriam Marguerita Gomez Witmer, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations; Director, Color of Teaching Mentoring Program, Millersville University, Millersville, PA

Ratified November 2017
Stayer 405
Millersville University
Millersville, PA 17551 USA


Mark A. Minglin, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Academic Support Programs, & Bepko Learning Center, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Ratified July 2018
815 W. Michigan St., Taylor Hall UC 2001C
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202


Ben Kutsyuruba, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Educational Policy, Leadership, and School Law

Queens University, Ontario, Canada

Duncan Hall, A 324

Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7M 5R7


Roger Benton Fillingim, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist & Distinguished Professor, University of Florida (UF) College of Dentistry and Director of the UF Pain Research & Intervention Center of Excellence.; Director, The Mentor Academy in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Clinical and Translational Science Institute
2004 Mowry Road, Gainesville, FL 32610


International Ambassador Members

Anna Sofia Saldanha

International Ambassador Member; Professional Translator, Translation, Proofreading, Editing, Post-Editing, and Mentoring; English, Spanish, & Portuguese

Ratified December 2018


Jane Lewes

International Ambassador Member; Director, The Learning Consultancy, Wales, UK.

Ratified January 2020


Ajay Kelkar

International Ambassador Member;Co-Founder Hansa Cequity.PCC; Leadership Coach. Mumbai, India


National Ambassador Members

Lisa Z. Fain, J. D.

CEO, Center for Mentoring Excellence; Founder, Vista Coaching

National Ambassador; Ratified June 2019
Center for Mentoring Excellence
3040 78th Avenue SE #1173
Mercer Island, WA 98040


Emeritus Board Of Directors

Dr. Vernon Allwood

Dr. Nathan Avani

William Brescia

Dr. Marcia Canton

Dr. Linda Coy

Jesse Dansbe

Maurice T. Davis

Dr. Nora Dominguez

Truls Engstrom

Jan Hall

Dr. David James

Dr. Frances Kochan

Margo Murray

Dr. Charles Allen Sadberry, Sr.

Linda Stromei

Martha Warfield

Dr. Katherine Wilcox