Dr. James Alexander is adjunct professor of cello performance and world music at Lake Michigan College. He has written and presented on the influence of Vietnamese traditional music on the cello works of P. Q. Phan, Vân-Ánh Võ, and Nhật Minh Nguyễn. He teaches all levels of cello, composition, and improvisation, intermediate guitar and piano, and beginning violin, viola, ukulele, and bass guitar.
A Certified Executive Pastry Chef by the American Culinary Federation and member with more than 20 years of experience in post-secondary culinary education. A native of Guadalajara Mexico where he owns and operates a culinary consulting company specialized in International Cuisine and Confectionery Arts.
Education: An Associate's degree in Culinary Arts from GRCC and a Bachelor's degree in general education from Baker College. Additionally, he has taken numerous continuing education courses and attended seminars in Germany, Spain, Canada and Mexico.
Professional Memberships: Member of the American Culinary Federation since 1992. Mexican Chefs Federation, International Food Service Executive Association.
Contributions: Often invited to serve as head judge in National and International Culinary Competitions- Presenter/ guest speaker in various universities and resort in US, Mexico and Latin America. Constantly involved in multiple fundraising opportunities throughout the world helping different charitable organizations such as March of Dimes, Share our Strength, Every Woman's Place and the Mexican Red Cross
Professional/Real-World Experience: Prior to becoming an educator, I worked as executive chef, and executive pastry chef in various settings including five star hotels, fine dining restaurants and private country clubs. I believe you never stop learning and am passionate about teaching others.
Social Links: Instagram= Luisamado777
Personal website = www.luisamado.net
Personal Mantra: Do it right or don't do it at all.
Bachelor of General Education, General Studies; AAS Culinary Arts, Culinary
I hold a Ph.D. in Higher Educational Leadership, an MBA with a concentration in finance. Like many of my colleagues, I am a graduate of LMC and Siena Heights College (at that time). I reside in Kalamazoo with my husband of 25 years and my daughter who graduated in 2017.
Education: Masters in Business Administration, Central Michigan University, 1997 Doctorate in Higher Educational Leadership, PhD, Western Michigan University, 2015
Awards: Beta Gamma Sigma - 1997 - Present, Lifetime member of Betta Gamma Sigma (Highest academic honor that can be bestowed on a Business Student).
Contribution: Strategic Planning in Higher Education, Doctoral Dissertation.
Published Articles: Augustyniak, L. (2015). "An Exploration of Strategic Planning Perspectives and Processes within Community Colleges Identified as Being Distinctive in Their Strategic Planning Practices" [Doctoral Dissertation - Western Michigan University]. Scholarworks.
PhD Educational Leadership-Higher Ed; Master of Business Administration, Educational Leadership- Higher Ed, Master of Business Administration, Business; Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration; Grad Course (Finance)