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Executive Board of Directors of Contemporary Review

Dr. Joan Marques has more than 20 successful years in advertising, radio- and television production, and dynamic entrepreneurship, executed in two continents. She co-founded and co-managed three business corporations and one non-profit organization focusing on the advancement of women, in Suriname, South America, prior to her migration to the U.S. Dr. Marques holds a B.Sc. in Business Economics from MOC (Suriname), an MBA from Woodbury University; and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University. She has authored more than 100 scholarly and popular articles and eight books, among which Joy at Work, Work at Joy: Living and Working Mindfully Everyday, and The Awakened Leader, One Simple Leadership Style That Works Every Time, Everywhere. Her current study interests pertain to Buddhist practices in the workplace, Workplace Spirituality, and Awakened Leadership.

Dr. Satinder Dhiman has guided business leaders for the last 25 years, and served for 10 years as a Senior Lecturer in Commerce at DAV College in North India. He has co-authored various textbooks in the area of accounting and management, and currently serves as Professor and Chair of Management, and Ass. Dean of Business in Woodbury University's Graduate Program.  Dr. Dhiman won ACBSP's prestigious International Teaching Excellence Award in 2004. He holds a B. Sc. And a Masters degree in Commerce (with Gold Medal) from Panjab University, India; an MBA from West Coast University, Los Angeles; and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University.  He has done post doctoral work at Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton. His current research interests include Buddhist influences on workplace performance, transformational leadership, and spirituality in the workplace. 

Contemporary Review Board Members

Patricia Aburdene is an author and motivational speaker. Her latest book, Megatrends 2010: the Rise of Conscious Capitalism, was published in 2005. Aburdene has lectured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South America, Australia, and the Pacific Rim.

Dennis S. Ross is a rabbi at Temple Emanuel of Worcester, Massachusetts. His book, God in Our Relationships: The Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber, is released by Jewish Lights Publishing (2003) .

Jerry Biberman, Ph.D., is Professor of Management at the University of Scranton. He is a founder and first chair of the Management, Spirituality and Religion interest group of the Academy of Management, and co-editor of Spirituality in Business.

Vic Liptak is an Associate Professor of architecture and Dean of the Faculty at Woodbury University. She develops and teaches interdisciplinary courses with colleagues from arts and sciences, including Knowledges and Energy and Society.

Alex Pattakos, Ph.D., is widely respected as a pioneer in transformational thinking. He is the author of the best-selling book, Prisoners of Our Thoughts, which is based on the wisdom of his mentor, the world-renown psychiatrist, Dr. Viktor Frankl.

Marshall Goldsmith, Ph.D., is a world authority in helping successful leaders get even better Marshall has been ranked #14 of the Top 50 Thinkers globally. He has written 27 books and hundreds of articles, interviews, columns and videos.

Margaret Benefiel is CEO of She teaches at Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, and at the Milltown Institute in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of The Soul of a Leader and Soul at Work, and coaches leaders and organizations.

Linda Ferguson, Ph.D., conducts workshops and retreats worldwide. She authored The Path for Greatness: Spirituality at Work. In Linda's second book, Staying Grounded in Shifting Sand, she introduces Transformational Empowerment.TM

Richard Barrett is an internationally recognized author, consultant, and speaker. He works with CEOs from all over the world, and is the author of Building a Values-Driven Organization: A Whole System Approach to Cultural Transformation.

Douglas Cremer, Ph.D., is Dean of the Institute of Transdisciplinary Studies, and Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies at Woodbury University. He has been published in multiple journals and explores the history of postmodern thought.

Robert Rabbin is an established author, executive coach, and self-awareness teacher. Robert is the creator of RealTime Speaking, a daring style of public speaking that calls for integrity, vulnerability, and authentic connection.

Leo O'Hara, Ph.D., is Professor emeritus at Woodbury University. His most recent position was Chair of the Politics and History Department. He is a great advocate for non-traditional students.  He retired in 2009.

Ian I. Mitroff, Ph.D., has published over 250 papers and articles and 22 books. He is a frequent guest on national radio and TV talk shows. He recently co-authored the book, "Dirty Rotten Strategies: How We Trick Ourselves and Others into Solving the Wrong Problems Precisely."

David Rosen, Ph.D., is Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs, at Woodbury University. He has taught courses that range from developmental writing to interdisciplinary studies in areas such as health and disease, sports and society, and dreams.

Edward Clift, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Dean of the Department of Communication at Woodbury University. His research interests include social systems and the relationship of aesthetics to thought and behavior.

Judi Neal, Ph.D., is the Director of the John H. Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at University of Arkansas, and the author of Edgewalkers: People and Organizations that Take Risks, Create the Future, and Thrive on the Edge.

Mohammed M Nadeem, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, and Marketing Program Lead at the School of Business and Management, National University. He has over ten years of marketing leadership experience from Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Western Digital Corporation in Silicon Valley, California.

Frederick T. Evers, Ph.D., is a Professor of Sociology and Director of Teaching Support Services, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada. With Drs. James Rush and Iris Berdrow, he published The Bases of Competence: Skills for Lifelong Learning and Employability in 1998 (Jossey-Bass, 1998), among various other books.

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Representative of the Board of ASPEX and Chief Editor of Contemporary Review:
Dr. Joan Marques