Dr. Abi-Nader
Dr. Jeannette Abi-Nader, H.M.
Professor Emeritus

Jeannette is Associate Professor Emerita of both the Teacher Education and Leadership programs at Gonzaga University. She has been a teacher for 67 years beginning in secondary schools where she taught Spanish and English in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Atlanta, Georgia. She received an M.A. in Communication Arts at Notre Dame University where she taught in summer sessions from 1976-1986. While in Georgia, she became interested in the education of Latino students and decided to study for a doctorate in curriculum and instruction. Her research focused on a school in Boston where she spent the better part of a year observing a highly successful teacher of Latino students and writing about his strategies for helping them create a vision of the future that brought them academic and personal success. Her dissertation received two national awards and Georgia State School of Education "best dissertation" award. 

She then moved to higher education and taught in the School of Education at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she was able to specialize in multicultural education. An important opportunity came when Gonzaga offered a teacher certification program in Hawaii that introduced her to yet another culture with different needs. She applied for a grant from James S. McDonnell Foundation: Cognitive Studies for Educational Practice which she and a colleague from Washington State University were awarded a $250,000 grant to study the influence of feedback on writing skills. Later, she joined the faculty of the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga, teaching courses in qualitative research and diversity leadership. She also mentored students working for their Ph.D. Again her interest in multicultural education led her to focus on Native American students, helping them through the dissertation process.

She had the opportunity to practice leadership skills as a member of the Leadership Team of her congregation when she was elected to congregational leadership and moved back to Pennsylvania. She continues to mentor doctoral students through their dissertation process by email, phone calls, and occasional visits to campus.

Kristine Hoover
Dr. Kristine Hoover

Skype: Kristine.Hoover

Dr. Hoover is an Assistant Professor in Gonzaga University's Leadership program. She comes to Gonzaga by way of nine years of experience as a faculty member in the Management Department at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Her degrees include a Master of Business Administration, Master of Organization Development, and Doctorate in Leadership Studies. She publishes in the areas of applied ethics, organization development and human resources, and service learning and has made presentations at the International Leadership Association (ILA), North American Case Research Association (NACRA), and Colleagues in Jesuit 

Business Education (CJBE). She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and in Emotional Intelligence (EI) and has been a trainer for the SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. She currently serves on the State of Washington Legislative Ethics Board.

Dr. Debby Hutchins

Dr. Hutchins' bio + photo to come.

Dr. Mary Jeannot

Dr. Jeannot's bio + photo to come.

Dr. Tom Jeannot
Dr. Thomas Jeannot

Tom Jeannot is a professor of philosophy at Gonzaga University. He was hired at G.U. in 1986.  He has taught in the School of Professional Studies since the late eighties.  He completed his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1992.

His scholarly and research interests include ethics, the history of philosophy, Marxism and Critical Theory, classical American philosophy, and phenomenology and hermeneutics.

Dr. John Navone
Dr. Father John Navone

John J. Navone S.J. is a Jesuit priest, theologian, philosopher, educator, author, raconteur, and Professor Emeritus of Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ithaca Press (NY) has just published Atheism Today: A Christian Response, which Navone co-authored with Bernard Tyrrell, S.J. Navone has also been published in Human Development: "Famine to Fullness: Metaphors for Spiritual Development" (Winter 2011, pp. 18-25); "Finding God and Ourselves in Parables" (Summer 2012, pp. 42-48); and the forthcoming "Hearing God's Word in Silence" (Winter 2012). More info can be found here.

Dr. Jerri Shepard
Dr. Jerri Shepard

Dr. Jerri Shepard graduated with a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of San Francisco. She has been at Gonzaga in the School of Education since 1990, teaching classes in counseling, leadership, culture, diversity, and resilience. Her courses have been delivered in Alberta, British Columbia; Washington state; and on campus, as well as in the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies. Jerri combines her love of art, creativity, and culture in her courses. In her spare time, she designs and creates jewelry and travels to the most interesting locations.

Larry Spears
Larry Spears

Larry C. Spears is President & CEO of the Larry C. Spears Center for Servant-Leadership, Inc. (Indianapolis), established in 2008; and he is Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University (Spokane). From 1990-2007, he served as President & CEO of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant-Leadership. Spears had previously been Managing Director of the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium, a cooperative association of 12 colleges and universities in the Philadelphia area. He also served as a staff member with the GLCA Philadelphia Center and Friends Journal, in Philadelphia, PA. Spears is also a writer and editor who has published hundreds of articles, essays, newsletters, books and other publications on servant-leadership. Dozens of newspapers and journals have interviewed him, including Fortune, the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Washington Post, and Advancing Philanthropy. A 2004 television broadcast interview of Spears by Stone Phillips on NBC’s Dateline was seen by 10 million viewers.

Bob Stilger
Dr. Bob Stilger

Transformation Institute
924 East 9th Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202, USA

Bob is an activist scholar who works all over the world helping people step into their leadership in communities and organizations. In the mid-seventies he co-founded Northwest Regional Facilitators in Spokane and served as it's Executive Director for 25 years. NRF was one of the early community development corporations in the West and, in addition to extensive work to give citizens voice in their communities, NRF did extensive work in affordable housing, child care and nonprofit capacity building. In the first decade of this century, Bob worked with The Berkana Institute ( where he served as Co-President for five years and worked with a translocal network of leadership learning centers in places like India, Pakistan, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Senegal, Greece, Canada, US Mexico and Brazil. Berkana was founded in 1992 by Margaret Wheatley after she wrote Leadership and the New Science. Bob is currently Vice President of New Stories ( and President of The Transformation Institute ( where his work is on thriving and resilient communities with a particular emphasis on using disaster and systems collapse as a springboard for transformation and resilience( He does extensive work in Japan to support communities in creating a new future after the triple disasters of 3.11.11. His daughter is a doctoral student in ethnobiology at CUNY, he and his spouse Susan Virnig bike in the annual 300+ mile Cycle Oregon ride, and he's a Visiting Professor in the Ethical and Creative Leadership concentration in the PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at Union Institute and University.

Dr. Jon Stratton
Dr. Jon Stratton

Jon Stratton has taught various courses in Ethics for Gonzaga’s Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies for ten years. His primary interests in ethics and leadership is the relationship between personal integrity and responsible leadership. Jon’s philosophical background is in the linguistic philosophy of Heidegger and the critical theory approach by Habermas. He is also an admirer of Kwame Anthony Appiah’s cosmopolitan approach to values. Jon’s approach to leadership ethics is experimental and pragmatic, with an emphasis on openness to others, respect for perspective, and a commitment to bringing goodness into the world. Dr. Stratton did his graduate work in philosophy at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He has taught seminars for the National Science Foundation, and earned several grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has taught Philosophy at Walla Walla Community College for over thirty years. He has an avid interest in wilderness, fishing, gardens,and baseball.

Lazarina Topuzova
Dr. Lazarina Topuzova

Tilford 214

Dr. Topuzova holds a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah. She has an MA in American Literature from Sofia University (Bulgaria) and a Masters in Peace and Conflict Resolution from the European Peace University (Austria). Currently, she teaches Methods of Organizational Research, Leadership and Diversity, as well as the ORGL Capstone and several elective courses.


Dr. Topuzova has spent time in Kosovo working on educational program development, capacity building and conflict resolution skills training for youth from diverse ethnic backgrounds, as well as co-existence and art workshops. Her research interests and expertise are in working with communities, youth, families, refugees, internally displaced persons, as well as services targeted toward those populations. Competency-based and online education, as well as developing leadership capacity in community and grassroots organizations, are among the areas of research that Dr. Topuzova is presently engaged in.


Dr. David Whitfield
Dr. David Whitfield

510-995-8392 (educational coaching and GU contact)
510-995-8177 (consulting office) (GU contact info) (Intercultural leadership - consulting) (social justice blog) (Intercultural leadership - consulting company) (social justice blog)

David enjoys awakening the minds of leaders and challenging the status quo by inviting individuals to lead from the heart.

Since 1998 he has taught and developed courses and is adjunct for the doctoral program at Gonzaga University. Previously, he was Chapman University's lead instructor for their masters program in Organizational Leadership where he received an award for Teaching Excellence. For the University of Oklahoma's Human Relations and Adult and Higher Education departments, he taught for the European Programs. For nine years he also taught for Boston University's graduate programs in Human Services/Human Resource Education throughout Europe.

To his scholarly work, Dr. David Whitfield brings decades of knowledge and a deep collection of experiences in interactive training and organizational consulting in both national and international cultures. Currently, he serves as co-founder of Intercultural Leadership, LLC. Previously, he ran Integral LEADERSHIP Inc. in Europe and U.S.A. serving clients in leadership development, career coaching, and cultural competency. 

Doctorate in Organizational Leadership (Higher Ed Admin) University of San Francisco
Certificate in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Chicago
M. A. in Executive Development in Human Services, Ball State University
B.S. in Business Administration-Operations Management, University of San Francisco

sandi wilson
Dr. Sandi Wilson
Professor Emeritus


For the past 28 years, Sandra M. Wilson has taught and served as department chair for Gonzaga University’s Leadership Studies Program, retiring as Professor Emeritus in May 2010. She continues to work with doctoral students, serving as the chair of their dissertation committees. This is work she loves to do for it provides an amazing opportunity to learn from students about their deeply held passions and to celebrate with them their accomplishments as scholars.

Sandra’s most recent research concerns relational practices that enhance personal and organizational growth, health, and wellness. An example of this research centered on leadership for the eradication of poverty in Lesotho, Africa. 

She continues to consult with various educational institutions on relational practices, program evaluation, and long-range planning.

All Are Welcome Here
All Are Welcome Here