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Lorraine Priest, PhD
Dr. Lorraine Priest holds several degrees: Associate Degree in Business Administration (Johnson & Wales University): a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, (University of Phoenix): Masters in Business Administration (University of Phoenix): and a PhD in Applied Management and Decision Science, with a major in Leadership and Organizational Change (Walden University). Dr. Priest has provided learning opportunities to employees, and created training for her employer on a global basis. Dr. Priest’s research focuses on diversity in thinking of managers and has extended her knowledge by contributing to publications in the area of corrections. She is a member of the Center for Workplace Diversity Research at the University of Phoenix and a dissertation chair, committee member and University Research Methodologist (URM) for the College of Doctoral Studies. Dr. Priest has co-authored several articles in corrections to enhance her education and reach out to additional research. Her research on A Phenomenological Exploration of Mediation Models of Transformative Learning was a research study that explored the role of mediation in enhancing transformative learning and in fostering an integrative vision for higher online education. The study focused on the impact of peer mentors, facilitators, to address the problem of suboptimal student retention and completion rates in online graduate courses. She has served as the Area Chair in Management and has been a facilitator in the Bachelors and Masters programs. Her ability to be a high school dropout and successfully succeed in obtaining her PhD is inspiring to those who may not believe they too can succeed. Dr. Priest has an exploring nature and enjoy rock hunting and making their treasures into necklaces, rings and bracelets. She also is a volunteer to call and train potential Bingo callers.