As the CEO and Regional Dean for Northeastern University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus, Dr. Richards oversees the delivery of high quality professional education on campus, and advances the university’s global corporate partnerships and research capabilities.
Dr. Richards began her career in higher education over 20 years ago. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she was Dean of the Cato Campus and Academic Dean of the Professional Careers Division at Central Piedmont Community College. Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Richards held leadership roles in business & industry training, corporate and continuing education at the community college. She also held various leadership roles at Regis University, the University of Denver and Colorado State University.
A recognized leader in the community, Dr. Richards served two terms on the Charlotte Chamber’s Executive Committee and three years as Chair of the Education & Workforce Development Committee. She is an active board member of MeckEd and president-elect of Women Executives. Nationally, she serves on the Chair Academy’s Worldwide Leadership Training International Practitioners and Presidents’ Board and held previous regional leadership roles for the National Council for Continuing Education & Training and the Association of Conference and Event Directors International. Dr. Richards has been recognized by the Mecklenburg Times as one of Charlotte’s 50 Most Influential Women and by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 40 Under Forty leader.
Dr. Richards holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication, a master’s degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and Ph.D. in Leadership for Higher Education.
Dr. Margaret “Peg” Bernhard is responsible for the delivery of academic programs, student support services and campus operations. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she served in a variety of administrative roles at Western Michigan University and Marquette University including Director of Academic Programming and Outreach, Interim Vice Provost for Extended University Programs, Research Officer, Director of the Employee Assistance Academic Program and Director of External Relations for the College of Business Administration.
Dr. Bernhard was assistant professor for the School of Community Health Services at Western Michigan University and an adjunct instructor for the College of Professional Studies at Marquette University.
Dr. Bernhard has a doctorate in public administration, master’s degree in educational leadership, and bachelor’s degree in political science and organizational communication all from Western Michigan University. She is currently completing a master’s degree in dispute resolution at Marquette University.
As Sr. Academic & Student Support Specialist, Carlie Houchins manages the day-to-day site operations at Northeastern University’s Charlotte Graduate Campus. Houchins serves as an ambassador to prospective and current students, members of the community, business leaders, visiting faculty and other University administrators. She supports students through academic advising, registration and policy guidance, while maintaining a safe and effective environment for students, faculty and staff.
Houchins has extensive academic experience as an adjunct professor at various universities and colleges in the Charlotte area. Her teaching focus has been largely in marketing and public relations, which stems from her professional background in business.
Houchins received a BA in education from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and an MBA in marketing management from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. She is currently completing an Ed.D. in educational leadership at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, where she was awarded the Graduate Assistantship and a full-tuition scholarship. For her outstanding merit, she was invited to be a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
Pasquale Quintero, Jr.
Pasquale Quintero, Jr. serves as the Admissions Recruiter for the Charlotte region.
Quintero is responsible for graduate recruitment initiatives for the colleges and programs available at the Charlotte campus. He organizes and executes various recruitment events and Northeastern-hosted events on campus as well as at corporate sites. Working with the Charlotte staff, Quintero manages partnership follow up and prospect conversions in order to increase student enrollment.
Quintero brings with him a diverse background in higher education—from residential life to academic advising and program management. Prior to joining Northeastern, Pasquale worked as program manager at Wake Forest University’s Charlotte campus managing the daily operations of the Evening and Saturday MBA programs, teaming with admissions to develop marketing strategies and participate in on- and off-campus recruiting events.
Quintero received a BA in anthropology from the College at Oneonta, The State University of New York, and a MEd in higher education administration from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
As the Assistant Director of Admissions, Tammy McNish acts as the face of the Charlotte Graduate Campus welcome center in Uptown Charlotte, greeting students, corporate partners, alumni and visitors on the first floor level. As the first line of contact for prospective students, McNish represents broad knowledge of the university including Charlotte campus operations, courses and programs.
McNish has several years experience in higher education. Most recently, she was an admissions counselor at Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., where she recruited adult students and promoted the university’s programs. Prior to Queens, McNish managed alumni relations, special events and communications at her alma mater, Hood College. There, she was also the assistant editor for Hood Magazine, the college’s alumni publication.
McNish received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Hood College in Maryland, where she graduated with departmental honors. In 2003, she was selected for the Los Angeles Times Jim Murray Sports Journalism Workshop.
Roxanne Ward serves as the Campus Administrative Officer. In addition to supporting Dr. Cheryl Richards, Ward serves as the primary point of contact for the administrative office and provides assistance to the Charlotte senior staff.
With a professional background in higher education, Ward is attuned to what engages and inspires students, parents, alumni and donors. Prior to joining Northeastern University, she managed the administrative functions for the president’s office at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, N.C. Ward also supported the president’s office at The Nature Conservancy, an international environmental conservation organization headquartered in Arlington, Va.
Ward received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland University College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude and was the Student Commencement Speaker.