Advisors

ISLP Advisors are professionals in their respective fields. Their dedication to their scholars often extends past the end of the program and can become an enduring mentorship as scholars launch their careers or begin graduate studies.

Peter Tharp, U.S. Foreign Service Officer, (Ret.); MS Policy, Strategy, and Defense Economics; MS International Studies; MS Education; BS History
Peter Tharp is a retired Foreign Service Officer. He served in Saudi Arabia, Liberia, South Africa, Panama, Japan, Turkey, and Mexico. Prior to the Foreign Service, he retired from the United States Marine Corps. He graduated from The Basic School, Amphibious Warfare School and the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. Peter attended the Naval War College, the Air War College, and taught at the Army's Command and Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas. He has a BS in History, MS in Education, MS in Policy, Strategy, and Defense Economics, and an MS in International Studies. He has previously been an Advisor with ISLP in South Africa, Australia, and China.

Casey Skvorc, PhD, JD, Medical Psychologist
Dr. Casey Skvorc is a medical psychologist and attorney on the staff of the Occupational Medical Service at the National Institutes of Health. His practice is located on the main campus in Bethesda, and includes coverage for the Integrated Research Facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland and the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.

Dana Owens, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dr. Dana N. Owens is a clinical associate professor with Nova Southeastern University. She graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine with a Doctorate of Medicine, completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency training at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, and completed fellowship training in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Florida Hospital Celebration Health. Dr. Owens has also worked and traveled to places afar and has participated in advancing Women’s Health issues in foreign countries by volunteering her time and expertise in teaching and performing charity surgeries.

George Peterson, MBA, CPA, CDP
George Peterson is a seasoned international business and higher education executive. He has been an ISLP Advisor for the Delegation on Business & Entrepreneurship in Australia, China, and the US. He has lived and worked in Azerbaijan, Bosnia, China, Egypt, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Niger, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Korea, Switzerland, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. He graduated from Cornell University with an MBA and two Engineering degrees. He has CPA and CDP certifications.

John Buxton, MS, MBA, PE, PMP, EVP; President, Windward Project Management LLC
John Buxton is an independent management consultant with over 30 years of experience in project management, including consulting and delivering training in dozens of countries around the world. Prior to starting his consulting and training business, he was an international staff officer in the US Air Force. John is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Ohio State University, and the University of Colorado with graduate degrees in engineering and management as well as an MBA in finance. He also holds post graduate certificates from Georgetown University and The George Washington University.

Leslie Timperman, BSN, RN, LSN, NCSN
Leslie Timperman has over 14 years of nursing experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Cincinnati in 1984. She then worked for seven years in Coronary Care Units, telemetry units, and Cardiac Rehabilitation. During this time she was certificated as an exercise test technologist and performed stress testing. In 2008 she completed a School Nursing Certification at Wright State University and became a Nationally Certified School Nurse in 2011. From 2010-2012 Leslie worked for the Nursing Institute of West Central Ohio, a branch of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. While there, she managed the Living Laboratory and operated human patient simulators collaborating with faculty to develop simulation experiences to enhance the education of student nurses throughout the community. Leslie is currently working towards certification as a diabetes educator.

Thomas Potts, LEED AP BD+C, Beck Concrete Construction
Thomas Potts has over 20 years in the construction industry. His diverse experience includes renovating automotive production plants, building high end retail malls and facility management of infectious disease laboratories. He currently owns and operates a concrete formwork company in south Florida. Thomas is a graduate of Michigan State University and holds a LEED AP BD+C certification.




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