President, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
President, Cleveland University – Kansas City
In August 2017, Dr. Ron Oberstein was named the third president of Life Chiropractic College West. Dr. Oberstein brings extensive experience and vision to the Life West community. He has rejuvenated the connection within the campus to the principles of Lasting Purpose; Giving, Doing, Loving and Serving from our own abundance.
Dr. David Wickes is the President of the CMCC, having been appointed in July 2014. Prior to his tenure at CMCC, he served as Dean of the College of Chiropractic at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut. His past academic appointments were at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon and the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. Positions held at these institutions included tenured professor, department chairperson, director of training and assessment, dean of clinics, vice president of academic affairs and executive vice president.
Northeast College’s 5th president, Dr. Michael Mestan, is a second-generation doctor of chiropractic and has a proud history of leadership in the profession. He has worked as a chiropractor, chief resident during his diagnostic imaging residency, professor of diagnostic imaging and owner of a private practice of radiology. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed and indexed journals, serving on editorial boards for chiropractic-related journals and being part of accreditation site visit teams, Dr. Mestan has also served on the executive committee of the American Chiropractic College of Radiology and has held various faculty and administrative chiropractic college appointments.
Dr. Ciolfi is Dean, College of Health Sciences and Associate Professor at the University of Bridgeport. He received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Lakehead University, a second bachelor’s degree in nutrition and doctor of chiropractic degree from Life University, a master of business administration from the University of Fredericton and a doctorate of business administration from Walden University. Dr. Ciolfi practiced for a 14-year period in private and multidiscipline office settings as a chiropractic physician in Ontario Canada and St. Augustine Florida before entering into education on a full-time basis. He has been with the University of Bridgeport since 2015 serving as the Dean/Director for the School of Chiropractic and Associate Dean, College of Health Sciences before his current role as Dean, College of Health Sciences.
Dr. Bushway was appointed as the President and CEO at Northwestern Health Sciences University in November 2018. She previously served as Provost and Executive Vice President. Dr. Bushway has also served as a consultant to the Lumina Foundation regarding Competency Based Education in Higher Education. She was previously an Advisor in the Office of the Undersecretary at the Department of Education in Washington, DC. Prior to this, she was an interim associate Dean at the University of Wisconsin – Extension and the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Academic Innovation, Provost and interim President at Capella University. Dr. Bushway has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including 17 years with Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she held a variety of faculty and leadership roles. She earned both her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Psychology from Iowa State University. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters and conference presentations throughout her career.
Dr. Carl S. Cleveland III is a fourth generation doctor of chiropractic, grandson of the founders, and the third president of Cleveland Chiropractic College, now Cleveland University-Kansas City. He is a tireless ambassador for the chiropractic profession as represented by his service history. Having served as president of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges and president of the Council on Chiropractic Education, currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, the National Chiropractic Legal Action Fund and the William M. Harris Family Foundation. He is a founding member of the Chiropractic Summit and has served as national spokesperson for the ACA/ICA Alliance for Chiropractic Progress. Dr. Cleveland III teaches Foundations in Philosophy and Science of Chiropractic.
Jonathon Egan, DC, MPH, PhD serves as Assistant Provost, Academic Administration, at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) and was previously Dean of Los Angeles College of Chiropractic at SCU. With education in chiropractic and public health – and experience as President of a county Board of Health, a chiropractor within the VA, and a health educator and administrator – Jonathon encourages chiropractic engagement in interprofessional education, collaborative practice, health equity, and whole-person health.
Dr. Rachel Ersing joined D’Youville in 2019 as executive director of the chiropractic department, and also serves as the athletics diversity and inclusion designee. The athletics diversity and inclusion designee plays a vital role in fostering the relationship between the NCAA national office, athletics department, conference office and campus. when information around inclusive programs, emerging diversity issues and other related equity initiatives needs to be shared. Dr. Ersing works closely with the Senior Woman Administrator to address and strengthen D’Youville’s values and principles around diversity and inclusion.
Dr. Foster has been President/CEO of Texas Chiropractic College since 2016. Prior to being elected President, he served as Provost and Chief Academic Officer. He also has experience in institutional effectiveness and quality, student assessment, and clinical operations. Dr. Foster received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Texas Chiropractic College.
Dr. Illes was appointed to Vice President in 2022 and will be responsible for the academic, financial, and clinical oversight of the Keiser University College of Chiropractic Medicine and Spine Care Clinic. For the past five years, Dr. Illes has served as a full-time faculty member for the KUCCM and has been instrumental in the development and growth of the chiropractic program. In addition, she serves as the President of the Faculty American Chiropractic Association (FACA) and holds a seat on the House of Delegates for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA).
After a scientific Baccalaureate, he graduated from the Institut Franco-European de Chiropraxie-Paris (IFEC) in 1996. He obtained in 2008 a Master of Law, Ethics and Health co-delivered by the National School of Advanced Studies in Public Health and the University of Rennes. He runs a private practice in Rennes since 1997 and teaches Health law, professional liability, professional regulation, ethics and deontology since 2008. He has been President of IFEC since 2007. He represents the profession to the French authorities for all topics related to chiropractic education. In 2012, he was elected Vice-President of ECCE and became President in January 2014.
Dennis Marchiori (mar-KEE-ohr-ee), D.C., Ph.D., became chancellor of Palmer College of Chiropractic in December 2009. He graduated with his doctor of chiropractic degree from Palmer College in 1990, and went on to earn his M.S. degree in anatomy at Palmer in 1992. In 1995, he completed a three-year residency in radiology at Palmer College leading to diplomate status with the American Chiropractic Board of Radiology. Dr. Marchiori received his doctorate in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa in 2005.
Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD became the seventh President of Logan University in March 2013. Dr. McDonald has more than 20 years of experience as a Senior Administrator at chiropractic institutions and 30 years as a successful Chiropractic Practitioner. After graduating from Logan with his chiropractic degree in August 1982, Dr. McDonald spent eight years in Eureka, Mont., where he co-owned a multidisciplinary clinic that linked medical, chiropractic, physical therapy and mental health. Dr. McDonald earned his Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Healthcare Administration from St. Ambrose University in 1997. He received his Juris Doctorate in 2001 from Valparaiso University School of Law with a Healthcare and Elder Law Certificate and Alternative Dispute Resolution Certificate.
Since receiving his doctorate of chiropractic, Dr. Morgan has constantly been on the forefront of all things that elevate the reputation of health and wellness. Presidents, Supreme Court Justices and members of Congress have been under his care. He established the first chiropractic clinic at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and was the chiropractor to the U.S. Naval Academy football team. Dr. Morgan serves on an advisory board created to address injuries sustained by U.S. Armed Forces Personnel during active duty operations, and served with the Navy outright in a Special Warfare unit. Dr. Morgan quickly brought his rich depth of experience to the students at Parker and works so that a diverse and established career like his own is available to all at Parker. His contagious passion for shaping the future of healthcare is a driving force at Parker and informs the legacy of the university and its students.
Since his appointment as the fifth president of Life University in May 2017, Dr. Scott has championed a significant commitment to enhancing the University’s academic offerings, campus culture and physical facilities, while placing emphasis on expanding research infrastructure and supporting the rich diversity of the campus community. During Dr. Scott’s tenure, Life University has added new online academic programs and the first accredited degree program in a Georgia correctional center for incarcerated students. In addition, student enrollments have seen new heights through impactful retention initiatives that support student learning, engagement and success.
Dr. Snow is Senior Campus Administrator and dean of Academic Affairs for Palmer’s West Campus. His previous roles include dean of Academic Affairs, dean of Clinics, faculty clinician and he has taught courses throughout his 28-year tenure at Palmer West. Greg has presented several papers at scientific conferences, has authored or co-authored four articles, and is a peer reviewer for several scientific journals. A 1990 graduate of Palmer College’s West Campus, he received his B.A. from the University of Iowa and is currently pursuing a Masters in Educational Leadership at Cal State University East Bay.
Ms. Munson has 20 years’ experience in organizational management, strategic planning, brand strategy, and business development. She has served the chiropractic profession since 2013 as SVP of operations with the American Chiropractic Association, and in 2022, joined the Association of Chiropractic Colleges as Executive Director. Prior to her career in nonprofit management, Ms. Munson managed strategic planning initiatives for a higher ed software development company. She received her MA in cultural anthropology from George Mason University where she also serves as adjunct professor.