The Advisory Board for the Master’s in Higher Education Administration consists of distinguished practitioners who guide the future direction of the program and provide students with mentorship and professional opportunities. These esteemed experts play an essential role in connecting the program to a deep network spanning local, national, and global communities.
Erika Cohen Derr, D.L.S.
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs, Georgetown University
Erika Cohen Derr serves as Assistant Vice President in Student Affairs at Georgetown University. She oversees a variety of student engagement units, including student organizations, leadership programs, new student orientation, campus recreation, student centers, and events management. She holds a B.S. in Anthropology from the College of William and Mary, an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Maryland, and a Doctorate in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. Her doctoral research studied the effects of achievement-oriented context on student leadership identity development.
Amol Dani, M.S, M.B.A., C.P.A.
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Georgetown University Main Campus
Amol Dani is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Georgetown University Main Campus and oversees the Main Campus Finance and Business Services staff in the Office of the Provost. Reporting directly to the Provost, he is responsible for establishing direction and providing leadership in financial and personnel policy formulation, revenue and expenditure management, and financial and longitudinal planning. Prior to this role, Mr. Dani was the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate Dean for Executive Education at Georgetown University Qatar campus. Mr. Dani earned his undergraduate degree in accounting and economics from the Sydenham College of Commerce and Economics, University of Mumbai, India, a master’s degree in business administration from Warwick Business School in the United Kingdom, and a master’s degree in leadership from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. He is also a Certified Public Accountant from the United States and currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Higher Education Research, Evaluation, and Enhancement from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom.
Erwin Hesse, Ed.D.
Executive Director of Enrollment Management, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Erwin Hesse has a decade of admissions and recruitment experience in higher education. He is the executive director of enrollment management at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies, and previously worked at the University of Maryland undergraduate admissions office and the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School admissions office. Dr. Hesse holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and criminology from the University of Maryland, a master’s in public administration from the University of Baltimore, and a Doctorate in Education from Johns Hopkins University. His dissertation focused on the professional development of college admission counselors in the state of Maryland with regards to multicultural counseling competencies when recruiting undocumented students. He has published and presented on his research in academic journals and at major national conferences.
Molli Herth, M.Ed.
Program Manager for Faculty Affairs and Development, Office of the Provost, George Mason University
Molli Herth brings fifteen years of higher education experience and has been with the Office of the Provost at George Mason University since September 2019. Prior to her current role, she served as the inaugural Program Director for the Higher Education Administration program at Georgetown University where she oversaw launch activities, student advising, and other programmatic initiatives. Prior to her time at Georgetown, Ms. Herth worked at The George Washington University, where she directed team initiatives within online and accelerated campus programs for the School of Nursing. Ms. Herth holds a bachelor's degree in public administration and a master’s in education from Grand Valley State University. Her thesis focused on non-traditional student service accommodation and partnership within higher education. Prior to her career in higher education, she specialized in youth development within the nonprofit sector.
Jonathan Kaplan, J.D.
Education Executive, Strategic Advisor & EdTech Investor
Jonathan Kaplan has served in leadership positions in higher education, business, and the public sector. He advises a range of education and other companies on market trends, digital learning, and investment opportunities. Mr. Kaplan also is a lecturer within the Higher Education Administration master’s program at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies. Mr. Kaplan previously served as President of Walden University and CEO of the Online Division at Laureate Education, Inc. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kaplan served in the White House as special assistant to the President for economic policy under President Bill Clinton, and practiced law as an associate at Covington & Burling.
Kelly Leahey Schoepke, M.P.S.
Assistant Dean, Business & Management, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Kelly Leahey Schoepke has been at the Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies since 2012, serving as Senior Admissions Advisor, Assistant Dean for the Sports Industry Management Program, and most recently, Assistant Dean for Business and Management supporting four master’s degree programs. Previously, Ms. Leahey Schoepke worked in legal and IT recruiting. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from Boston College and a master’s degree in sports industry management from Georgetown University.
Sarah B. Steinberg, Ed.D.
CEO, Frogstone Strategies
For more than thirty years, Sarah Steinberg’s professional and personal interests have been at the intersection of technology and education. During her twenty-year tenure at Johns Hopkins University (1993-2013), initially as Senior Associate Dean/Executive Director of Part-Time Graduate Education, she oversaw business strategies and the implementation of more than a dozen fully online master’s degree programs. In 2010, Dr. Steinberg was named Vice Provost for Student Affairs and subsequently the Executive Vice Provost of Johns Hopkins University, taking on responsibility for university-wide strategic initiatives. Today, as Founder and CEO of Frogstone Strategies, Dr. Steinberg leverages her extensive leadership experience in higher education and education technology to work with colleges, universities, and private industry to achieve revenue growth and sustainability. She holds a B.S. and master’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, an MBA from Northwestern University, and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jodi Tirengel, Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, Planning & Development, Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies
Jodi Tirengel has worked in the field of higher education since she was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Davis. She has held positions in graduate admissions and student services at American University, The George Washington University, and the education technology company 2U. Dr. Tirengel received a master's degree in higher education administration from The George Washington University and a doctorate in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.